Michael Buckelew

Lilburn, GA

Michael Buckelew 1 year, 9 months ago on THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Hi my name is Corinne, and I'm a 'Battlestar Galactica' addict

So say we all! I got hooked on BSG the same way, although I watched it via Netflix instant. It took me much longer to get through it all, but every episode was great.

I have seen a couple of episodes of "Caprica." Not too bad, but considering it lasted only a year probably not as good. Another spinoff pilot was filmed, but unfortunately it got scrapped.

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Michael Buckelew 1 year, 10 months ago on WILL'S WORLD: How big a hit will boys high school soccer take?

That's definitely a tough choice for the kids. When I was a manager/trainer at Parkview during the unbeaten streak in the 1990s, a couple thousand people showing up was just what happened. A powerful rival like Brookwood would fill the stands. So these kids who choose academy will definitely miss out on that atmosphere.

However, the academies expanding their schedule is a good thing for the sport and for the kids wanting to play past high school. The reason other countries beat the U.S. so much in the men's game is academies. They're the travel ball equivalent for soccer overseas, and travel ball is what lets the best of the best in many youth sports compete against each other instead of their neighbors.

So the high school game will definitely take a hit just as college baseball and basketball do when players go straight to the pros. But this means the top-tier youngsters will become better players and more kids in high school will get the chance to play. It also means we will see better talent in the college and pro ranks. If you got the chance to see any of the MLS vs. NASL matchups in the Open Cup, you can see the difference talent makes. It's almost like FBS vs. FCS in college football.

If I were a soccer player in high school and scouts were telling me I would benefit from an academy, I'd do that. Then I would tell all my friends, family and neighbors when they could see me play.

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Michael Buckelew 1 year, 10 months ago on HAMMOCK: Thankful for Auburn-UGA football rivalry's rescue

It's almost always one of the best games of the season. This rivalry, Auburn-Alabama, Alabama-Tennessee and Georgia-Florida are pretty much THE old-school rivalries in the conference. If you take away games like that because you want to add new teams, then you have done a disservice to the conference.

I've been on both sides of the rivalry and love the history of both. We're also lucky to see so many players from the area go to both schools and do well. One of those special moments was after the 2002 game I ran into Jon Stinchcomb's mother, who was my English teacher in middle school. She was so happy for her "baby," who had recovered a fumble in the end zone for UGA that day.

Why there was even a hint of doubt about this game continuing kind of amazes me. If the people who run the SEC can't understand basics like that, they should probably search for new jobs.

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Michael Buckelew 1 year, 10 months ago on Duluth Barnes & Noble closing after 15 years

It's a shame to see that store go since I bought many a book there. But that was many years ago. I'm part of that growing trend of people buying e-books instead of hard copies because of the ever-growing advantages. The one exception I have found is getting a gift like a signed copy of a book by Vince Dooley for Christmas. OK, THAT is a huge exception.

Considering that Best Buy is also hurting and closed a store in Loganville, it's not just books that are hurting. Easy-to-use websites like Amazon that charge very little for shipping much of the time and e-vendors like Amazon, iTunes and Barnes & Noble's digital books are radically changing everything.

Hopefully the employees at the store find new jobs nearby. I can't recall the last time I visited a bookstore and didn't find great service on finding a needle in a haystack.

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Michael Buckelew 1 year, 10 months ago on Snellville's Diana DeGarmo gets engaged during 'Idol' finale

I'm not an "Idol" fan, but that was quite amazing. Ace Young gets mad props in my book for having the nerve to do that on an "Idol" finale. Good luck to the couple!

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Michael Buckelew 1 year, 11 months ago on Hardware store closes after 42 years

This was a great little store with some handy hardware folks. Many of my parents' Christmas village houses came from there, I got help finding a special screwdriver to open my MacBook Pro a few years ago, and it was great for finding just a couple of screws to fit a specialty purpose. I hope the owner has great success with his new store.

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Michael Buckelew 2 years ago on FOOD FOR THOUGHT: I’ll have a side of arsenic with that, thank you

Author Michael Pollan has great advice for what to eat. "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." He also has a "grandmother rule" that says don't eat something you couldn't imagine your grandmother preparing. For instance, grandma probably didn't use high-fructose corn syrup in her apple pie.

You highlight the main drawbacks of food production becoming a huge corporate business. "We can treat that waste meat with ammonia and it's safe enough for dogs, so why not throw it on the meat counter?" Some bean counter comes up with that idea, it doesn't start killing everybody, the company makes more money, then it's everywhere.

It's up to all of us to choose wisely, but it sure can be hard when new words get invented for the packaging every day.

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Michael Buckelew 2 years ago on THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: May the odds be ever in your favor

Corinne Nicholson, the blogger on fire!

I totally agree. I bought the first "Twilight" book to see what the fuss was all about. The part I got through wasn't bad, but it wasn't a real page-turner. I bought "The Hunger Games" the weekend my last vacation started since the Kindle version was $5. I think I read through the whole thing in about two days. I finished the series by the end of my vacation.

Maxim's editors and writers dissed the thought of another teen romance movie. I don't think those people bother to do any research because the love triangle isn't exactly the main plot of the books. I think Katniss a million times brushed off the thought because she had other things to do, like not dying.

May the odds be ever in our favor of this movie living up to the hype.

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Michael Buckelew 2 years, 1 month ago on THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT: Winter is coming

I started watching the series last year when I had a few extra coins to pick up HBO for the "True Blood" run. It was freakin' awesome. I just wish there had been more episodes.

I'm usually a fan of this type of story. Whether it be "Game of Thrones," "Legend of the Seeker" or, the ultimate, "The Lord of the Rings," I like the sword-fighting horse-riding genre.

I started reading the first book but got a little sidetracked when I heard about this book series called "The Hunger Games." At some point I've gotta get back to the books if they're as good as you say.

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