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@Evercoug @Sutra He might even back up Manuel once Kolb is gone. (Of course, who knows how well Manuel will pan out?)
2 weeks, 1 day ago on Wazzu Morning Drip - Post Draft Edition
@Evercoug @Sutra Why? From everything I'm reading on the Bills side of things, everyone is excited at the prospect of him as the practice squad QB and they think he will rise to the main team once Jackson's contract is up.
Anyone think Martin Stadium in October will be fuller than Safeco now? (Well... I would hope so. That Safeco/Mariner mess is a tire fire right now!)
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Spring Scrimmage Tailblogging
My reaction to the whole thing: Spring scrimmage was Saturday??
(That sadly is how interested I've been and how much I've kept up with all things Coug). Actually my job keeps me very busy right now, and haven't had much time, but I honestly had no idea they were even much into Spring drills. Guess they would have to be since the school year's almost up.
Anyone think we stay out of the basement this year?
@Sutra Length issues aside, the biggest problem any team faces in running a zone is defensive rebounding (that is not giving the other team easy second chance points after denying them a good first shot). In a zone, you have no specific man to box-out, so you have to quickly find one--and the right one given where you and they are in the zone when the shot goes up. Given that we've never been a great rebounding team under Bone, I can see rebounding out of a zone a disaster.
1 month ago on Wazzu Morning Drip - One Shining Moment Edition
And I was not thinking at all about a certain Mrs. Enfield when I wrote that. OK, that's not completely true, but the dude can coach up kids on individual skills like nobody's business. Alonzo Mourning said he improved his own offensive game tremendously, and that he wished he met him earlier in his career. Have you seen those kids move for FGCU? WOW!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Boning for Columbine
@AdamNiehenke Paul Graham anyone? We just need to pick the best. That said, the beginning and end of the whole matter is "can you recruit?"
The Jimmies and Joes are more important in basketball than in any other sport.
Andy Enfield anyone?
@bpcoug54 Darn. Yew beet mee too the cemetery misspelling!
2 months, 2 weeks ago on In Memoriam - Accusing Coug Fans of Being "Afraid of Winnning"
@Stiffmiester I would never suggest changing NFL's current ban on players under 21. I think we're only arguing coming out after your junior year or not.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Losing Your Lunch: Take the Money and Run
Here's my Saturday comment.
We suck. I haven't watched the Cougs much this year on the hardwoods--not since the Gonzaga game. The first half of today's game was unbearable. It was like watching a bunch of junior high girls play--except they were hairy and stood 6-6 or taller. At LEAST three times our guys got WIDE open on the low block with the nearest defender lost up by the elbow. Our guards fed the guy perfectly each time. One time the guy caught it, hesitated like he was going to fake his defender (who wasn't there) TOOK A DRIBBLE, then decided after wasting two full seconds and allowing the D to get back that the shot wasn't there. The next time the guy turned a bit quicker, but he appeared to wait for the defender to get back so he had an excuse to pass it back outside. The last time the kid couldn't catch a ball that hit him in the hands. He bobbled it four or five times then decided to pass it back out. In every situation the player should have had an easy two hand flush. Instead we spent 10 minutes without a field goal. In each case--even after the delays--the Cougar had position and should have tried to power through any attempted block that close to the hoop. The Arizona player was above him--that is higher up the key. This is what they should have done and it would have drawn a foul every time. If they hadn't dinked around with the ball each time, we would have had 3 way too easy slams.
Those would have been some of the only easy baskets. Arizona was guarding VERY well outside. Maybe, if we'd made them pay each time, they might have backed off us out top a little bit.
I'm not saying we would have won. I'm saying we looked awful today. Awful, awful. They looked so bad that I firmly believe that I could not have done worse INSIDE offensively if I'd have been on the team (if I was still 22).
If Connor Halliday throws for 5000 yards, he might as well stay. No one in the NFL is going to cough up a high draft pick for his tall twig of a body. He's going to get broken up there in the big leagues! Unless he bulks up significantly, he has no chance at an early draft pick. Also, bias persists about QBs from Leach's teams. Where did Graham Harrell go in the draft? On the other hand, if you can't improve your draft stock by sticking around--and you will likely make a team--why wait? As I've gotten older I've come to the conclusion that every career decision that you make should be based primarily on economics--cost benefit analysis. If I sound wishy-washy it's because I'm thinking out loud. I choose both sides of the argument!
One final note: I really hope Halliday throws for 5000 yards!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Losing Your Lunch: Take the Money and Run
I decided to download Firefox and try it as my browser to get into the site and VOILA! No compressed pictures. I don't get kicked out! Bloguin and MS Internet Explorer--the TWO DON"T MIX!!
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Losing Your Lunch: The B1G Sucks
Sutra, I never really thought of it from the point of view of it being such a money maker for the 1-AA schools and schollies for their kids. I think having those FCS schools where other kids can go to college for free and participate is very important. That said, I don't know that that should be a consideration for the B1G or any other FBS school. Why is it their concern? And how did the FCS schools manage to survive before. They didn't all use to travel all over creation to play big teams. Alabama use to never schedule them when Bear Bryant was coach.
I was happy to hear that the B1G is switching to a 9-game schedule. From a competitive standpoint, good for them for not scheduling 1-AA schools. They'll still get their creampuffs when they schedule the little brother in their midst (the MAC).
The one thing that is a bit disturbing to me about the B1G's growth is the way that they seem to be making themselves into a wholly self-sufficient league that doesn't need to play anyone else or care about playing anyone else. If they gobble up enough of the northeast major media markets, combined with the large rustbelt media markets, they will control the football product of a majority of the populace of the country. At some point they can decide to operate outside of the NCAA, and BUY the best players and establish their own elite semi-pro league. The may just choose to have their own championship and call it good--and it may be a superior TV product that sells better than a national championship among all the hillbilly southeast schools, low population plains schools, and the "they play games too late to notice" western schools. It might be watched by more people nationwide. Certainly it would become the focus of all things ESPN. It would absolutely destroy college football as we know it.
3 months ago on Losing Your Lunch: The B1G Sucks
I got in again! Amazing. Have you blacklisted me and I occasionally sneak in or does Bloguin just hate my computer/browser or vice versa? I don't visit the site much anymore, because ever since Bloguin made the change to the different font and all of our pictures got compressed back mid-season, my browser usually shuts down when I click on "Continue Reading" or "Comments". Is anyone else having this problem. Can you relate the problem to Bloguin? Have you noticed the number of page views being down since the change?
So what rule change could you make to make the game safer from such hits? Does it become touch football? And I'm serious. Maybe touches at certain points end the play. Two hands touch the quarterback, play is over. Two hands touch an airborne receiver or who has yet to take two steps, and the play is over. It would be safer, I wouldn't like it, but I might get used to it. Maybe it would inspire more defensive backs to go for the interception. I don't know. I just have hard time seeing a major safety change working so long as players keep getting bigger, faster, stronger.
On a side note, the speech after being shot is my favorite Teddy moment of all time. I love sharing that with history kids I teach.
On another side note: Have you ever heard Teddy's voice? It is as wussy as they come. High, nasally. Like you'd imagine an ugly woman's to be.
3 months, 3 weeks ago on History Lesson - Safety, a Serious Issue We've Tackled Before
Hey, I see on the helmet schedule that Utah is scheduled to play BYU! When did they decide to resume the Holy War???!!
3 months, 4 weeks ago on Wazzu Morning Drip - Helmet Schedule 2013 'n Such
One last thing: The false narrative that became truth by repetition on comment boards everywhere was that Tuel only had good numbers in garbage time once the game was already over. Tuel defenders stopped defending him for the most part when Leach tried Halliday multiple times in front of Tuel--he just must not be that good. Tuel got dealt one of the most consistently bad offensive lines (read undersized) in PAC-12 history. At senior games, we're getting to see what happens when he has protection. We spent the last three/four years watching what he is still able to do without protection. The kid may not have the biggest arm, but he is a good decision-maker, and accurate. That counts for a lot in the NFL.
4 months ago on Wazzu Morning Drip - Helmet Schedule 2013 'n Such
Two things from me:
#1 Now go get the Coyotes! (from Phoenix)
#2 I love hearing all this about Tuel. If he gets drafted, I'm going to be mighty happy...to put it back in the faces of all those who ripped the Tuel and his abilities. And ripped commenters like me when we said (or repeated Ted Miller's analysis) that Tuel is a pro-caliber quarterback.
Even if he doesn't get drafted, he will earn an invite and I would think make a roster. I think his injury list might have some teams doubting based on durability--but if he keeps putting up these kind of numbers in senior games and shows similar stuff in team workouts then he'll find a spot. Does anyone know if he has been invited or has a chance of being invited to the NFL combine?