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Shilo Ayalon holds by far the oldest team records, from 2003, in the 1000 and 1650. The #2 times are from 2005. Nobody since is all that close even. Are these distances no longer emphasized?

Jake: Ah, the 1000 and the mile. Here’s the thing about those two. They’re really, really long. And in a dual meet, which typically run about three or so hours, you’re asking a distance freestyler, because they’re swum typically by the same people, to race nearly two miles, let alone other events. That’s a whole ton of yardage. Avoiding it would mean swimming only one of the two, and there’s really no point in splitting the distance freestylers so they’re competing half in one event and half in the other. Since coaches generally have leeway about what meets will look like when they agree to have a dual meet, there will usually only be one or the other. Thus, you have half the opportunities to swim the events. Similar story with invitationals, though those will more closely replicate the NCAA format at lower distances, leaving the distance events up to discretion, but, again, replicating NCAAs seems to be the prevailing thought. At the NCAA level, only the 1650 is swum, so there’s not really the opportunity to swim them both “tapered” - in championship season, the amount of yardage is “tapered off,” or decreased, to ensure peak performance. Thus, the fastest swims can come in only one of the two. Ironically, the 1000 is more prevalent - though by no means universal - at dual meets, likely to get swimmers into mile racing form, while saving them the ability to swim other events, like the 500, which actually yields more opportunities to swim the shorter of the two events. This past weekend, several Tech swimmers - notably Emily Ilgenfritz and Dylan Scott - swam both the 500 and the 1000, which is also a notoriously difficult combination. In fact, looking at the All-Time Top 10s, four of the women’s top 10 in both the 1000 and 1650 have come since 2018, as well as two for the men in the 1000 and three in the 1650. I think it comes down partially to less opportunity - distance swimming, as a club 500 and 1000 swimmer, is brutal - and partially to just not having a great distance pedigree on the men’s side lately. Whereas Ilgenfritz keeps breaking her own record in the 1000, while being a B-cut time in the 1650, the men just haven’t had a distance pedigree. They earn their keep in sprint and mid-distance freestyle, as well as backstroke and breaststroke. Such is life. Perhaps Scott, a freshman, will be a breath of fresh air in that regard. Time will tell.

Power rank films within “six degrees of SNL(and Meta stars)”.

Ben: I don’t know SNL or its alum super well, so I won’t do well here. Instead, I’m just gonna give you my favorite movie from each year of the 2010s:

2010 - Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

2011 - X-Men: First Class

2012 - The Perks of Being a Wallflower

2013 - Now You See Me

2014 - Big Hero 6

2015 - Inside Out

2016 - Swiss Army Man

2017 - Star Wars: The Last Jedi

2018 - Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

2019 - Knives Out

Jake: I’m not really sure what the six degrees of SNL are, but here’s my power ranking of the SNL feature length movies, because I am definitely a fan of those. Some.

  2. Wayne’s World
  3. Coneheads
  4. A Night at the Roxbury
  5. Wayne’s World 2
  6. Everything but Blues Brothers 2000
  7. Blues Brothers 2000

Honorable mention: Animal House, for the Belushi.

And, yes, Blues Brothers is my favorite movie of all time, which is very on brand, trust me. It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it!

Any chance we hold on to Gibbs? 50/50? Anybody were looking to flip?

Ben: For Gibbs, the longer we go that we don’t hear any news about him, the better I feel. He recently got a nice boost in the Rivals rankings, moving up to No. 70 and is now the highest ranked 5.9-rated player. As for other players, according to Rivals, OL Phillip Wilder and DE TJ Davis both visited this past weekend. I’m always down to add another offensive lineman (we need the depth), and I really like Davis’s film. He’s drawing some other interest, so I’m curious to see how that plays out. Nobody is scheduled to visit this weekend, but Gibbs and DB Javier Morton will be making their OVs next weekend right before National Signing Day. I kinda wish we were more in the market for interior defensive linemen.

What’s the worst fantasy trade (football or baseball) that you’ve ever made?

Ben: Not gonna lie. I have not played fantasy football in a very long time. In that time, I have also cared much less about the NFL in general. The Falcons constantly disappoint me, so fantasy was the main reason I stuck around and paid attention to it. I don’t remember any really good or bad trades I made because I tried to work the waiver wire more than anything.

Jake: I am strongly anti-trade for some reason, but in 2016, for some reason my fantasy baseball league let me wind up with Kris Bryant, Jake Arrieta, Jose Altuve, Eric Hosmer, Max Schezer, Dexter Fowler, and someone else I’m forgetting but he was a stud too. What a great year.

What home game in 2021 will be sacrificed to the MBS deal. Why is it obviously going to be georgia? Why hasnt the Athletic department announced this? Is there anyway to stop this from happening?

Ben: Only other game that might draw a big crowd for that would be the UNC game. Other choices would be Kennesaw State, Northern Illinois, Boston College, Pitt, and Virginia Tech. Yeah, give me UNC in MBS.

Jake: I think I’d riot for two reasons: don’t move rivalries off campus. Two, don’t play the red and black team IN A GIANT RED AND BLACK STADIUM INSTEAD OF AT HOME. Virginia Tech is usually a better draw than UNC, so I’d probably take them, as much as it would suck to lose that. Though Northern Illinois would certainly be a less problematic red and black team to play in the red and black stadium, that’s never going to happen.