Figured it out.
def setup @request.host = 'nicks.contrived.com' end
I just added subdomains to my app and of course all my tests broke but this was expected. The problem is I cannot figure out how to set the host domain for my tests. I have seen several posts all over but none of them have worked. I am using rails 2.3.2. Does anyone know how to do this? Right now it is set to the default of test.host.