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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 If you factor in the annual retention bonus, Norvell could make $28 million over six years ($4.6 million per year). Norvell’s deal with FSU is heavily incentivized: For an appearance in the ACC Championship, he receives $100,000...or $250,000 if he wins the ACC Championship. $100,000 for a bowl appearance OR $200,000 for a NY6 bowl appearance OR $300,000 for a CFP appearance OR $500,000 for a Championship Game appearance OR $800,000 for a National Championship. $50,000 for ACC Coach of the Year. $100,000 for National Coach of the Year. Up to $200,000 depending on single-year APR score. The salary pool for FSU's 10 assistant coaches under Norvell is $5,250,000. This does NOT include the salary for support staff like director of operations, strength and conditioning coach, and director of recruiting. To compare, Willie Taggart started with a salary pool of $5,500,000 for assistants...but that figure also included funds towards the aforementioned support-staff roles.
  2. Jim Leavitt is no longer with FSU.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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 to FSU is almost done and could be announced as soon as the end of this week or early next week. Additionally, that rumor also says that Jim Leavitt will move from his off the field position into the DC role and Kendal Briles would remain as OC and could become HC in waiting. Again, just rumors, but we'll see what happens.
  6. 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 of heart. My only complaints were Judith (who the **** lets an 8 year old wonder outside of the walls???) and Rosita being pregnant. I literally yelled "Why in the **** do they need another pregnancy on this show?! I get that it shows life continues, but I hate it as part of the plot.
  7. Time to be a glutton for punishment again. Let's see how this goes.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 then back to Vegas. I just know the wife wouldn't be up for the early mornings and photography.
  11. 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 center and snap a couple of pictures and just say "Magic band." It was disappointing for the cost. Character interactions were mostly awesome. We were at Epcot and had sat down in Morocco to rest for a few minutes and Jasmine came out from a cast member area to head to a meet and greet. She stopped, changed course, and came over and chatted with my son for about 5 minutes. She left him with a HUGE lipstick covered kiss on his forehead. At AK, we were in line to meet Launchpad (one of my childhood favorites) and the bottom fell out. He and his cast members ran under the hanger that was his photo spot and he waved everyone in line over to get out of the rain. He signed some autographs, took selfies, and really interacted with the kids. Once the rain lightened up, he headed off until the weather cleared. We stuck around and were first in line when he came back out 15 minutes later. He probably spent a good 5 minutes with my son and I. We were at WDW Oct. 6th-13th and did MNSSHP on the 11th. Cast members were really hit and miss. They were either thrilled to be there or a disgruntled teen that was having to work and it was "just a job." Toy Story Land was great. The theming to make you feel like you were a toy in Andy's backyard was amazing. I think Star Wars Land is going to be insane in terms of crowds and will surpass Pandora. I don't know about a 100% increase, but between the Star Wars followers and the "Hey! Disney has a new land so we have to go check it out first!" folks, I can see a 25-50% increase for the first 1-2 years. Then again, I could be talking out of my rear end. I don't think we'd be interested in owning DVC at this time, but if it's possible to rent a week or anything like that, we'd definitely be interested for our next trip.
  12. 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, and a double rainbow crossed the field between the Tetons and the barns. Grand Teton Moulton Barn 1 by Jason, on Flickr
  13. 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 attendant at the front told the driver that she couldn't take us to our stop, that we'd have to "disembark" the bus, and the driver would need to take a load back to MK. As big as Riverside is, it was a 15 minute walk to our room. So I got in line at the front desk and was approached by a young lady, probably her first job, asking if I was having a magical morning. I replied with "If by magical, you mean getting kicked off of the bus, then yes, it's been a magical f***ing morning. It was deer in the head lights from that point and she grabbed a manager. I explained what had happened and he hooked us up with 3 extra fast passes each for the day that didn't exclude any rides and we didn't have to select a time. We would just walk up to any attraction in MK, scan our magic band, and hop on. My son got hooked on Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, so we rode it 3 times in a row. Overall, it was still an awesome trip and we'll be back. I'm a Star Wars junkie, so I really want to see Star Wars Land sooner rather than later (part of why I'm pitching an adults trip to Disney to the wife). I just hope they don't rush it. Toy Story Land looks great, but there was so much paint chipping in line queues that it looked like it had been opened for 4 or 5 years instead of 4 months. We try to stay somewhere different each time we go and I wanted to try either Coronado Springs or Caribbean Beach, but the construction was a turn off. And of course Caribbean Beach opened up their new lobby and whatnot like the 2nd day we were there.
  14. 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 to Pandora. We had fast passes for River Journey at 9:30 that morning so I cancelled my wife and sons since they slept in. I was able to do both FoP and River Journey by 9:45 and the park opened at 9:00. There was a time around 11 that FoP was a 4 hour wait....4.....freaking.....hours. Did you guys stay on property? We were at Port Orleans Riverside and it was nice enough.....HUGE resort though.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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. Lucia, Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Parks, Washington D.C, and Hawaii (if a good trip pops up.) Time of year would probably be late spring/ very early summer. My wife and I are complete opposites on vacation. She's content to sit by the pool or on a beach while I can do that for about an hour and then need to find something to do. I do a lot of photography, so anywhere we go needs to have plenty for me to photograph. Neither of us are big romantics so it doesn't have to be all decked out for that, but we would like a nice place to eat to celebrate our anniversary. We're still very much in the planning and research phase, so we're open to suggestions if any of you more experienced travelers have any input.
  18. 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?
  19. 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 the main series from its schedule, but that’s not so because “Bumblebee” is still coming right at you later this year. And in the middle of the night Monday night we got our very first look at the spinoff. You can check out the trailer in the embedded video above, or on YouTube right here. “Bumblebee” will take the series back in time to the 1980s, thus serving as a prequel to the main series as well as a spinoff. As often happens in these things, the trailer shows us Bumblebee striking up a relationship with a young woman named Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) by accident — while Charlie is poking around under her beat up new yellow Beatle, she spots Bumblebee’s real face. During that bit, the trailer calls back to the first time we saw Bumblebee come into the possession of the human protagonist of one of the movies, with the sequence narrated by Bernie Mac’s used car salesman in “Transformers,” when he tells Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf’) that cars pick their drivers — “a mystical bond between man and machine.” The “Bumblebee” trailer is notably light on the sort of large scale action and wacky humor that the “Transformers” movies are known for. The tone of the trailer is in keeping with how producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura has described the film — as being an “emotionally complex story” which he compared to “The Iron Giant.” Though it does give us a shot of Bee catching a flaming helicopter, as well as a villainous Decepticon disguised as a jet. That Decepticon, by the way, is Barricade, who features prominently in the main series. We also get a glimpse of John Cena and John Ortiz with a whole bunch of soldiers — because no “Transformers” movie could be complete without a military aspect. In case you haven’t been keeping up with the continuity of the live-action “Transformers” series, Bumblebee has been hanging out on Earth a while before the events of the film series and even a few decades before this movie is set. As revealed in last year’s “The Last Knight,” Bumblebee has been around at least since World War II, in which he was part of an Autobot team who fought the Nazis alongside human forces. How he ends up in Hailee Steinfeld’s possession is anyone’s guess. But I’ll guess we’ll find out when “Bumblebee” hits theaters on December 21. The film is directed by Travis Knight of “Kubo and the Two Strings” fame, and is written by Christina Hodson.
  20. Yes...We have to appeal to a global audience, not just the US.
  21. 7-10 is what I was expecting. The theater I'm going to should be about a 15 minute drive home at 10 p.m. I'm guessing we'll pick around 10:00-10:30ish if we stay at 26. I wish my Friday, Saturday, and Sunday weren't so crazy though so that I could see it at least one more time this weekend.
  22. I am. Mostly because I won't be able to go opening night or any time during opening weekend. The Thursday night showing here is at 7:00 so in theory, I should be home close to when the Falcons pick, assuming that they don't trade up.
  23. Hopefully this applies here. It does have the Marvel logo in the trailer, so I'll go with it.
  24. New Deadpool 2 trailer. Language warning.
  25. I had yesterday off and spent it catching up on some movies on my media center since my son spent Sunday night and Monday at the in-laws and my wife had to work. I got caught up on the Marvel universe by watching Doctor Strange. I was very apprehensive about watching it and kept putting it off as the previews never really excited me. It was easily the best of what I watched. Doctor Strange had a cocky, arrogant side and I felt like I was watching Tony Stark. I'm assuming most have seen it by now, but was it War Machine that he turned down surgery on right before his accident? It was something about a spinal surgery on an Air Force member in an experimental flight suit. Overall, I really enjoyed it with the low expectations that I went in with. I also watched the new Ghostbuste'rs with absolutely zero expectations of it being good. It wasn't an Oscar worthy film by any stretch, but it was entertaining. It was nice to see some references to the originals with Stay Puft, Slimer, etc but I felt like I was watching some rehashed material from the originals with the hotel, the bellhop that reminded me of the creepy art curator guy in the 2nd film, how they were kicked out of a university in the original, etc. Chris Hemsworth was a pleasant surprise, especially after the comedy in Thor Ragnarok. Overall, entertaining, decent, and killed a couple of hours The last one that I watched was Mad Max Fury road. I really don't see what all the fuss was about with this one. It was nonstop action and was entertaining for the first hour or so, but it really bored me after that. The plot didn't do a whole lot for me. Meh. It wasn't bad, but not what I was expecting or hoping for.
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