The Fishing Nerd

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  1. I hope they all get raises and contracts too, but companies that just paid a bunch of money to buy product lines don't typically hand out cash, unfortunately.
  2. I am with you there - when everyone used to curse the bluefish back in the day, I used to think to myself 'one day they'll be gone and we'll know we're all f**ked'. Well, it seems like we're there. I used to see blitzes off the shore regularly on the beach where I fish, usually when I'd just be walking by casually with the dog, not even fishing. This season? Even from the boat they were hard to find. Really strange, and alarming.
  3. Gridlock - which is exactly what we need. Why you guys think any of these crooks, whether they're wearing blue or red jerseys - have anyone's best interests in mind but their own is beyond me. Let them sit and squabble over minutia 99% of the time, then on the rare occasion where they need to actually get something useful done, have to do so collaboratively with the thought that a couple of wrong moves and they'll lose their jobs as professional pickpockets come next election.
  4. What part of NJ, out of curiosity? I have a friend who's been looking for something similar, I'll pass it along.
  5. I don't know, I'm inclined to take Pops at face value. Maybe it wasn't as blatant as he's making out, maybe the mechanic thought he had authorization to go ahead with the repairs that Pops had never intended. English isn't Pops' first language, and stuff like that happens all the time. But before the whole drama erupted, I'd like to know why the mechanic didn't have more in the way of authorization (in particular, a deposit on a credit card or a signed invoice) before he committed to the work. I've had work done on a boat before, I've never had a case where a mechanic that I'm working with for the first time did over a thousand dollars worth of work without getting something up front, either in cash, a signed bill, etc. If for no other reason than to protect themselves. It would be different if I had done work before, where the mechanic could trust that I'd pay for the repairs upon completion. I can see why the judge ruled the way he did, because there's not much in writing and the boat has been fixed, so he views it as payment for services rendered.
  6. I keep a pair of Knipex on the boat in case I need to cut a hook or something heavy. As far as fishing, I buy generic, aluminum fishing pliers off Amazon for under ten bucks. They last about 3-4 seasons before the cutters give in. I figure at that rate, it's cheaper to just buy and replace than invest in a very good pair that someone could easily just lose overboard anyhow.
  7. Not sure how else to refer to them - they're obviously very different from the kids I grew up around in the 80's, as I'm sure we were from the kids my parents grew up with. I got to see the problem somewhat magnified before I had kids, working for an investment bank that was turning over to younger staff. I went from seeing managing directors who used to print out e-mails in order to read them, to younger traders who would carry multiple cell phones so that they could get updates on their personal crap and work related stuff in real time. That tech shift - combined with the 24 hour news cycle completely changed the world in a very short period of time, and it had a severe impact on how a kid was raised. Add in some slower changes, like the number of single income households (Dad worked, mom raised the kids) to dual income or single parent homes (kids spent more time in day care, with sitters, etc.). It's not a surprise that children today, the younger ones especially, are completely different from their peers years ago. I see a difference in my kids; my older two are 14 and 16, and didn't grow up with a tablet on hand 24x7. My youngest is 9, and was around the smartphones/tablets a lot more than the older two. As a result, his attention span is worse. He's a good fisherman, largely because I force him to spend his summers getting away from those damn things and trying to restore what's left of his attention span.
  8. You take it wrong - three of them.
  9. That's a great post. Kids today have it tough, and I feel sorry for them overall. Not for every last thing, obviously in some ways they have it better, but in a lot of ways it's worse. Case in point - freedom. When I was a kid in the 80's, I could disappear for a whole day and my mom had no idea where I was. I'd be out in the park, in the playground, riding a bike with my friends or fishing. I'd be out of sight, and that would be fine. Imagine if that were to happen now - you'd have the SWAT team out trying to find your kids. Everything has become rigid and organized. You want a sobering update on today's youth? Find a bunch of kids who don't know each other, and put them in the same place. They won't socialize or mingle at all. Won't acknowledge one another. Growing up, I must have played about a thousand hours of baseball, basketball and football with kids I didn't know, because fields were occupied or we didn't have enough people on our own to play. Now? Kids are so used to regimented, structured schedules that they can't function without direction. They weren't born that way, that's how they were taught.
  10. Yeah - make no mistake - nobody, and I repeat - nobody - is giving the line a pass. This isn't 'hey, with another QB this line would be alright'. It's that the combination of QB and OL is a disaster. The OL by itself is probably enough of a problem, but it's like taking a patient with a gunshot wound to the head and stabbing him in the leg, Eli isn't helping matters any. Combined with his nearly $20M a year salary, he's part of the problem.
  11. Because if Eli is part of the passing ineffectiveness, and passing sets up the run in today's NFL, then defenses can queue up on the run game because they have no passing game to fear. That, combined with the OL's inability to do proper assignment blocking - means Barkley has people waiting for him, either at or before the LOS. And it's all just theory - we can't know for sure until Eli takes a seat and someone remotely credible takes a few passes behind the same line.
  12. No, the judge is right - Pops sued, and the mechanic filed a countersuit. Pops' claim was dismissed and the judge found in favor of the defendant's countersuit. But you're absolutely right - I wouldn't waste any time with a lawyer. The cost will get out of hand faster than anything else. Right now, Pops will continue to be on the hook for storage until he picks it up, so every second that passes costs him money. He can't just abandon the boat, because he's got a judgement against him - he'll have to pay. Depending on how far the mechanic wants to take it, this can result in liens and credit collections. Not worth the trouble or aggravation for Pops. Best course of action - pay, get the boat back, sue for the quality of the repairs. Claim that you paid for repairs that weren't completed in accordance with generally acceptable marine mechanic standards. This sucks, but unfortunately that's how the law works. For every Pops, there's been a mechanic who gets shorted because he made repairs that someone promised they'd pay for, and then they refused to do it. The system is fair, but a fair system can and will be abused, that's just how it is. Mechanics liens happen all the time because there's no shortage of jerks who ask for work to be done when they know they have no intention/ability to pay for it. Hit up Yelp, Google Reviews, etc - and leave this guy every negative review you can find, to help other people avoid him in the future. Do that AFTER you get the boat, though. And welcome to boating! When it's not the legal system and crooked mechanics screwing you, it's companies who boost the cost of parts by 5x because they write the word 'marine' on them, it's the local towns jacking up the prices of permits and registrations for trailers, etc. BOAT = break out another thousand. And sadly, with inflation that thousand is going less distance than ever before.
  13. It's a long answer that boils down to - it's not all on Eli, but more if it is than you'd think, and it's not necessarily his fault. He didn't forget how to play football. He did get older though, and he's taken a beating. Combine the changes to the game with his age and some shell shock, and it's time to move on. Football used to be about establishing the pass through the run - you ran the ball well, which set up play action and vertical passing. Defenses couldn't field additional DBs because they weren't able to stop the run as well as having a heavier linebacker in his place. That's moved more and more to a model of the pass setting up the run - quick, short strikes that are the equivalent of a run from a yardage perspective. Force the defense to jam WRs at the line and commit to coverage, and open up lanes for a running back to be effective, which would in turn open up PA passing. In the past decade, college offenses have become far more simplified than they had been. They used to be a true NFL farm system - get players who were just about pro offense ready, some more than others, after a year on an NFL roster they were ready to compete at the next level. Some of your blue chip players either had superior technique or athletic ability that made them ready sooner. Now, the college game is entirely spread offense. That's completely different from the NFL, so players come in practically playing a different sport with regard to technique. In particular offensive linemen - whose jobs relied a lot more on technique than other positions, where athletic ability and diagnosing a play are more important (a WR needs to be fast, have good hands, and be able to figure out what route he's running based on the playcall and defense - a OL is a lot more reliant on how he moves, where his hands and feet are at all times, and where he needs to shift based on the defense and his linemates). Offensive line play has dropped around the NFL. Pockets are a lot dirtier, which means QBs need to slide a lot more. Mobility was never a big part of Eli's game, but he was better at this. He's certainly slowed down, but also shows that he's quicker to dump off and reluctant to take hits. Not blaming him - he took a severe beating for years, but look at what happened to Kurt Warner before he got to the Giants. Same deal, and he needed a couple of seasons before he took off again. Eli's much older now. Factor everything at once - dropoff in line play, change in offensive philosophy league wide, Eli's older and slower, and less inclined to stick in there and take a hit. They needed to put in a different QB for a few games (to see how he'd react to different D's), to see how much of that equation is Eli, and how much of it is the putrid OL. Nobody's giving the OL a pass, but the Giants need to figure out what they're going to do moving forward, and Eli isn't going to be part of that equation for much longer.
  14. If it turns out that they manage to block at a decent clip (and can actually run the damn ball), it means this combination of QB and OL isn't going to work, and maybe Eli's game is just too far gone to work with anything but a very strong OL (good luck finding one of those these days). It also tells you about what they'll need for next year if they part ways with Eli. If the line is decent with a different QB back there - then a solid veteran QB coupled with OBJ and Barkley might be enough to compete, if not get back into the playoffs. If not, then they need to blow it up again, and they should spend the next couple of years rebuilding.
  15. He was a project. Sadly, same spot the Giants are in now with Lauletta. Both were developmental prospects who needed some time on the bench before they saw the field. The Giants don't learn from their mistakes, and that seems to continue beyond GMs and coaches. Last year it was Geno Smith and Davis Webb, this year it's Alex Tanney and Kyle Lauletta. In fact, it's possible they're worse off now - Geno Smith had at least started (poorly) at QB in the NFL. Tanney's had one game, he's a complete stiff. What was there to prove by benching Eli? How much of the line's issues are his relative immobility, and possibly his decision making due to some of the beatings he's had over the years. If he comes out for 2-3 games and the Giants blocking remains just as bad, then you know that whatever you've done hasn't improved the situation. If he comes out and they block better, then maybe there's some combination of OL and QB that just doesn't work. The Giants have been trying to fit an OL around Eli for a long time now. Different players, drafted or FAs. Different coaches and position coaches. Different offenses. Different GMs. Everything has been different except for 2 things - Eli, and the scouting department. Now it's time to change 1 of those two things. I don't see how the Giants didn't fire their scouting department last year - but remember, the guy in charge of pro scouting there has a last name that ends in 'ara'. Eli needs to sit for a game or two, and even if Lauletta isn't ready, they should see both how the offense changes when Eli is out, and whether Lauletta has any positive traits that are worth building on. They won't, though. You'll get Eli all of this year, and probably next as well. It's a sinking ship with no direction.