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  1. Florida State released the contract details for coach Mike Norvell on Thursday. The contract is for six years and will pay Norvell $26.5 million through 2025. That's $4.4 million annually, before factoring in an annual retention bonus of $250,000. Norvell was making $2.6 million in his last season at Memphis. He'll make $215,000 in annualized sum. The additional compensation, by year, goes as follows: Year 1 - $3,535,000 (annualized) Year 2 - $3,785,000 Year 3 - $4,035,000 Year 4 - $4,285,000 Year 5 - $4,785,000 Year 6 - $4,785,000
  2. Those are my thoughts as well. The whole setting up for a presser and painting the field a week out does make me question if something else is in the works for a HC that is done with regular season play and whoever accepts first is the guy. That way things would be ready for a Franklin or Campbell should they jump. I'm thinking it's down to Franklin and Norvell though.
  3. FSU could be getting closer to a new head coach. On Monday, Bobby Bowden Field received a fresh coat of paint and an elevated stage and chairs were set up in the Dunlap Champions Club at the south end zone for what appears to be a press related event. LINK
  4. Hey guys, long time, no log in or post. So these are of course rumors, so take them with a grain of salt, but it's what I've heard as one of the resident FSU fans here on the boards. Supposedly, FSU raised upwards of $20M in private donations to cover Taggart's buyout. FSU of course denies that. For the cluster that everyone can clearly see in Tallahassee, I'd love for them to own up to raising the $$. I think it would go a long way to say that we won't settle for mediocrity. Bob Stoops was reportedly in Tallahassee yesterday afternoon. The latest "rumor" is that Bob Stoops
  5. I was pleasantly surprised with last night's episode. The Whisperer's were just down right creepy and reminded me a lot of the movie "The Strangers" in how they just appeared. I think they could add a much needed level of suspense with this new threat if they do it right. Daryl's way of seeing which was a walker and which wasn't was fantastic. Arrow to the leg and see if he screams. I'm curious about Negan as well. As long as Michonne is around, I don't see him leaving that cell again. But if her character does leave the show, I can see him sliding into a leadership role with a change o
  6. Time to be a glutton for punishment again. Let's see how this goes.
  7. A few local shots Fall colors through rain drops on my truck's drivers side window. Fall Water Drops 1 by Jason, on Flickr Rome's locally renowned ginkgo trees at peak color Ginkgo Trees 1 by Jason, on Flickr The Old Mill at Berry College with fall color. The overflow is usually just a trickle, but lots of rain had it at a steady flow. Berry College Old Mill by Jason, on Flickr Frost Chapel at Berry College. Frost Chapel by Jason, on Flickr
  8. Disney's take on the Chinese Theater...taken with a fisheye lens Chinese Theater at Hollywood Studios by Jason, on Flickr Illuminations fireworks from the Japan pavilion at Epcot Illuminations by Jason, on Flickr Spaceship Earth at Epcot shot shooting upwards in front of one of the chrome/mirrored support legs. Spaceship Earth 1 by Jason, on Flickr Spaceship Earth with part of the water feature in front of it. Spaceship Earth 2 by Jason, on Flickr
  9. In October, we took a family vacation to Disney. On the way down, we stopped in St. Augustine to visit some family that we haven't seen in a few years. First two are from the St. Augustine area. St. Johns County Pier at sunset St. Johns County Pier at Sunset by Jason, on Flickr Castillo de San Marcos at sunrise Castillo de San Marcos Sunrise 1 by Jason, on Flickr First day at WDW, we were able to get my son signed up for the Jedi Training Academy at Hollywood Studios. The Younglings got to battle either Darth Vader or Kylo Ren depending on which group they we
  10. Newborn fawn at work Fawn 1 by Jason, on Flickr Macro of a leaf Leaf 1 by Jason, on Flickr Abandoned factory here in Rome, Ga Celanese 2 by Jason, on Flickr Harris Hawk at a birds of prey show Lobo - Harris's Hawk by Jason, on Flickr Sub adult bald eagle from the same birds of prey show. Reminding her handler who's really in charge. Liberty 2 - Bald Eagle by Jason, on Flickr
  11. Turkey in Cades Cove Turkey by Jason, on Flickr "The Tree" in Cades Cove taken in early morning light as the fog burns off The Tree by Jason, on Flickr Challenger from the American Eagle Foundation. This is the bald eagle that flies at the Super Bowl, World Series, NASCAR events, National Championship games, Presidential inaugurations, and other major events. Pretty impressive to be a few feet from him. AEF - Bald Eagle - Challenger 1 by Jason, on Flickr Sunrise from Clingman's Dome in the GSMNP Clingmans Dome Sunrise 1 by Jason, on Flickr
  12. The past 6 months or so have been crazy so I haven't had a ton of time to get out and photograph as much as I'd like. I've also been pretty lazy in sharing pictures here, but here are some from my spring trip to the Smokies. Spruce Flat Falls Spruce Flat Falls 4 by Jason, on Flickr Pileated Woodpecker Pileated Woodpecker by Jason, on Flickr A few from Roaring Fork Motor Nature Trail Roaring Fork 3 by Jason, on Flickr Roaring Fork 2 by Jason, on Flickr Roaring Fork 1 by Jason, on Flickr
  13. What time of the year did you do the trip? I want to catch the light rays in Antelope whenever I make it out there, but dread the thought of being out there in the middle of summer.
  14. It was easily the best episode in a while. I remember hearing so much hype about Jesus and I never saw it. Was I expecting too much or was his character just underwhelming? As for The Whisperer's, I'm looking forward to how it plays out. The scenes from the 2nd half of the season were creepy with them standing in fields staring at The Hilltop.
  15. I'm in the same boat about St. Lucia. It's been on our radar for a while, but it seems a bit limited. My wife would be content to just sit on the beach for however many days but I'd be bored within 30 minutes. Dominica and PR are options that we'll look into also. Hawaii would be a dream for the wife and I would love to go also, but I'd want to island hop and spend 1-2 weeks taking it in, so budget wise it's probably out. The SW is my personal pick. Fly into Vegas, check it out for a couple of days and then road trip to the Grand Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon, Zion NP, and
  16. Aside from that one bus issue, we really didn't encounter too many problems. I'd have to say that my biggest complaint otherwise were the Photopass photographers. Even though I love photography as a hobby, I want to enjoy my vacation to WDW and making memories with my little family so Photopass is a splurge that I add on. I was pretty disappointed with the results this trip. There were some photographers that clearly had no clue how to use a camera other than turning it on and taking a picture. Others were just lazy. Instead of getting on my sons level, they'd nonchalantly stand off cent
  17. Thanks! I visited GTNP and the southwestern corner of YNP in June of 2017 and it was breathtaking. The scenery was insane and part of why I want to go back. I did get a once in a lifetime picture while I was out there (it was a photography workshop). It had rained all night and my buddies and I got up at 4:00 a.m. like every morning to stake out a spot for sunrise, hoping that the rain would stop. We went to Mormon Row hoping for at least lightning shot at the Moulton Barns, but no luck. Right at sunrise, the rain turned to a sprinkle, the clouds broke to light up the front of the barns,
  18. I showed my tail one day because of the buses and probably scarred a young cast member for life. We had a character breakfast at the Contemporary at 7:30. Decided during the meal that we'd go back to the resort and nap until lunchtime and then head to MK as we were doing Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party that night and were planning on being at the park until around midnight. We finished breakfast, took the monorail back to MK and a bus back to Riverside. Our bus stop at Riverside was on the back side and the bus stopped at the front to drop off another couple first. The bus stop atte
  19. We didn't. Our plans didn't put us over there during a meal time. I wanted to try it though, I've heard that it's awesome. I enjoyed both. We went to AK twice during our trip. First day, I had my wife and son with me and walked as fast as I could to Pandora at rope drop and still had an hour wait for FoP. They rode Na'Vi River Journey while I did FoP because my son was right at the height requirement and I didn't want them waiting in line only for him to be turned away. FoP was pretty incredible though. Second day there, they slept in and I went solo for the morning and was able to run
  20. That's awesome and yes...it was our first time in Pandora. The theming was insane! We still didn't get to do everything that we wanted, but did knock out Magic Kingdom over the course of 2 days and rode every ride. I'll be in Orlando in June for a conference so I'm definitely going to head off for an evening or two to Disney once the conference is over. We're supposed to be able to get tickets for about $40 through the conference.
  21. Yosemite is on my list for sure. I went to Grand Teton and did the SW corner of Yellowstone and barely scratched the surface but would LOVE to go back. The Tetons are absolutely amazing. I can only imagine what Yosemite is like.
  22. So Disney was great and my son had an absolute blast! Meltdowns were at a minimum for a 5 year old, but now it's time to start planning our next trip and need some input. This one will be for our 15 year anniversary in 2020, so we're a little under a year and a half out. We would like to stay in the $2K range for travel and lodging, but can stretch it a little bit. Some of the places that we're considering are an adults trip to Disney (we're suckers for the mouse), Peru, Yosemite, the US Southwest and Vegas/National Parks in that area, Costa Rica, New York (neither of have been), USVI, St.
  23. Let's revive this now that summer is over and fall is on its way. I didn't go anywhere over the summer, but did take a long weekend to the Smoky Mountains with a couple of photographer buddies. I'm leaving next week to stop in St. Augustine, Fl for a day to visit family before heading to Disney with the family for a week. What about you guys? Any good trips that you've been on or have coming up?
  24. So it looks like the plug has been pulled on the latest Transformers movie, but Bumblebee is still getting his own spin-off. The first trailer doesn't do much for me, but I'm so glad that they went back to the 1980's version with the VW Beetle. This will act as prequel as being themed in the 1980's. I really wish they had started the franchise with the 80's versions to give us the back story, kind of like the MCU did with their characters. The write up seems intriguing at least. The “Transformers” franchise may appear to be dead in the water after Paramount pulled the sixth film in th
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