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@SeanHawkins @ptowncoug3012 Wasn't even just MQW that night.  I watched the replay a few times, and other guys were coming back and getting drastically underthrown balls, etc., in addition to MQW's exploits.  Everyone overemphasized the big yardage (and the win!) in that game when evaluating what CH could do.  Everything went right that night against an unmotivated, frozen team.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Angst In the Pants

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@SeanHawkins That Colorado cancellation burned me (and probably you and others) -- had 4 confidence points assigned to it and the game was cancelled.  Going to keep on trying to get to the top.

Sutra, we're not picking against the spread.  If we were, we'd all be in Vegas!

9 months, 3 weeks ago on California Game Pick

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@Soze I'm not sure about Gesser, necessarily, but I liked a lot of what I saw out of him.  Really quick release -- he just flicks his wrist and it goes out with pretty good velocity.  Also seemed pretty accurate.  He also stays pretty still in the pocket, yet has great mobility.  Finally, after he settled in, he really seemed to run the offense the way it should be run, and he got us in the end zone (yes, in garbage time).  The only thing I don't like is the release point (3/4 arm angle), but overall, he looks solid.  He may get his shot this weekend.

10 months ago on Post-Run Thoughts on a Sunday, Week 5 of 2013

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Some food for thought -- if the offense is so tough to learn, how are true freshman (and walk-on) Baker Mayfield tearing it up at Texas Tech or true freshman Jared Goff doing pretty well (slightly better numbers than Halliday, and definitely fewer picks) at Cal?  In both cases, those are true freshmen operating under first-year head coaches running Air Raid offenses.  Cal has faced some pretty good defenses as well.

10 months, 1 week ago on Pac-12 Rankings and So Forth: Post Week 4

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@SeanHawkins @Jenkins Penguins ate a big reply here.  Bottom line -- I agree!  Gotta have some hope.

10 months, 1 week ago on Post-Run thoughts on a Sunday, Week 4 of 2013

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@Sutra Agree the line will go up.  To be honest, I'd take the Trees at -9.5 if I was a betting man and could think objectively about anything involving the Cougs.

10 months, 1 week ago on Post-Run thoughts on a Sunday, Week 4 of 2013

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Good stuff.  Re Halliday, although I don't hate the guy or anything, and I don't really think I'm an "anti-Halliday" in that I want nothing more than him to succeed, I have to disagree with your sentiments, for a few reasons:

1.  Auburn had two interceptions during 2012 in its entirety.  We saw how many picks CH threw against them, and they easily could have had three or four more, where they hit the guy in the breadbasket and he dropped it.  CH easily could have had 6 or 7 picks in that game!  We saw the same thing against USC, although not to the same extent.  Too many near-picks.

2.  Here's where I'm a bit unreasonable, but I would have liked to have seen ZERO picks against the two FCS teams (let's call the Vandals what they really are).  He had a lot of time behind the offensive line and shouldn't have had any.  Even that pick to Mason was a mistake.  Don't throw a high ball to a 5'9" RB like that.  It wasn't that "only he could get it" -- it was more like he "almost could get it at full extension," which is what caused the pick.  Here, I realize I'm nitpicking, but my point is this -- if he's throwing any picks against FCS teams, I'm worried about him throwing an increased number when he has Pac-12 front sevens chasing him down and Pac-12 defensive backfields looking to pick his passes.  When under pressure, everyone reverts to old habits and ingrained tendencies.  Therefore, when we see some of the big uglies from the likes of Stanford running after him, I fully expect more of those stupid back-foot throws that will be picked by good Pac-12 DBs and safeties.

3.  Slick Rick was talking about Halliday after the game and talked about, while Halliday is good at making straight throws on a line, he has a hard time with anything requiring any touch or arc.  We saw that with the first pick against Idaho, along with Halliday completely blowing the should-have-been TD down the left sideline in the first series (Slick showed both of those examples).  Good defensive coordinators will exploit this -- they'll keep a lot of guys in intermediate zones and dare CH to try to throw over the top of them with some arc.  He's done little to show that he can do it.

So, bottom line, while I think he can make some reasonably accurate throws on a line when he has a lot of time and can step into it, he screws up when under pressure and doesn't have a lot of touch.  I'm not saying to bench the guy or anything, but he's definitely not an optimal Air Raid QB, and he's going to lose us some games.  With this defense, I'd bet someone like Jared Goff -- and perhaps even Baker Mayfield -- could get us to 8-4, whereas we're going to be damned lucky to get to 6-6 with Halliday.

10 months, 1 week ago on Post-Run thoughts on a Sunday, Week 4 of 2013

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I think we're more likely to see Robert Lewis (who could redshirt -- he's electric, but still tiny) on the pine than Bartolone, personally.  All Bartolone did was lead our team in receptions as a true freshman.  Granted, a lot of that was the position he was playing, but there's no chance of him being stuck on the pine.

11 months, 3 weeks ago on Get the H out of Here!!!!!

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What do you guys think about having Dykes in the same conference (and, for that matter, division) as Leach?  For those kids out there who are great fits for the Air Raid, we're now competing against Cal for them, and we're also allowing teams to prep for us more easily (our North Division rivals know they'll have to play two Air Raid teams per year, so they'll account for it more than they might otherwise, perhaps even in recruiting, and it would especially suck playing someone right after they played Cal).  I don't think any of this will make a HUGE difference -- Cal is going to get good players regardless, and offense is only half the equation -- but I certainly don't see it as anything other than a bad thing for us that Dykes was hired by them.

1 year, 7 months ago on Goodness of Fit | December | 2012 Articles

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Hope you guys don't can the blog.  Enjoy the discussion here.  BTW, there's no way in hell that Leach lets MW back on the team at this point.

1 year, 8 months ago on Heading to Off (Season)

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 @Stiffmiester Damn right!  Those guys overcame so much adversity to pull out that win.  Just incredible.

1 year, 8 months ago on SENIORS!!!

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Just chiming in here to note that WallaCoug not only doesn't represent our entire fan base, but he represents what I'd estimate to be about 15% of it.  Nothing personal, WallaCoug, but I think you're dead-wrong on Wulff.  I think he'd have us at 3-8.  Likely beats Colorado but loses the other games we've lost.   We wouldn't have shown up in a couple of the games, just as we've seen with this year's squad (and as we saw from all Wulff-led teams).

1 year, 8 months ago on Football Friday on a Thursday, Thank God It's the Final Week of 2012 Edition

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Sorry for the unvarnished reaction there ... man, just really don't want to see that kind of result.  Let's get a win, but if I had to, I'd settle for a moral victory tonight that looks a lot like Bone's boys almost beating UCLA without Klay.

1 year, 8 months ago on Bend But Don't Breske!

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52-17?  Fuck!

1 year, 8 months ago on Bend But Don't Breske!

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 @UWJasonUW None.  Ecklund broke his hand.

1 year, 8 months ago on Football Friday on a Thursday, Week Ten 2012 Season

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 @WallaCoug Yeah, I hear you.  I've had my own moments of unhappiness, and as I mentioned below, I have a lot of doubts about this offense going forward.

 

As for the trolls, I think it's an interesting topic, actually -- the effective trolls are the ones who present themselves as reasonable, or who pose as our own fans.  Not to be too paranoid or conspiracy-fearing, but it's pretty easy to go on a message board or forum of another team and express "reasonable concerns" or, better yet, pose as a fan of that team and freak out about all of the problems with the program.  I *might* have even done that on Dawgman a few times -- hypothetically, of course. 

1 year, 8 months ago on Fear and Criticism in Pullman

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 @crazedcoug40 Dude, ease off on Corky.  That's not cool.

1 year, 8 months ago on Fear and Criticism in Pullman

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 @WallaCoug You're pretty over the top with all of this anti-Leach venom, frankly.  You're going to let some Husky commenters on the Seattle Times get under your skin with Willingham comparisons, particularly regarding some things that haven't happened (e.g., burning redshirts to make a point)?  Those guys would like nothing more than to make our players, recruits, and fans think Leach is going to be another Willingham.

 

None of this is to say I'm ecstatic about how things have gone thus far, and I definitely have some concerns.  Big ones.  Just try to keep your wits about you a bit.

1 year, 8 months ago on Fear and Criticism in Pullman

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Agree with a lot of this, Sean.  You touched on this, but I'm just amazed at how predictable and ineffective the offense is (at least thus far).  Shotgun snap, some guys run around on intermediate routes, and the defense keeps 7 or 8 guys between 5-15 yards deep to knock the ball down or intercept it (and, if we wanted to throw a screen, to come up and stuff it after a short gain or loss due to only needing to rush 3).  It's hard to see how it can be effective.  The only "hope" I have is that our QBs aren't decisive enough and/or that our line is so terrible as to cause all of this.  I have a hard time believing it will be effective even with a better QB and and an improved o-line, though.

1 year, 8 months ago on Fear and Criticism in Pullman

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Man, this was awful.  

1 year, 8 months ago on The Day to Win

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 @WallaCoug Man, usually I'm the serious one.  I was just joking around re Ohio State.  I'd pick anyone 11-18 to beat OS in a heads-up matchup, though, along with about half of those from 19 through 25.

1 year, 9 months ago on No D-Light

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No chance that OS is really the #10 team in the country.   Maybe voters thought they were voting for OSU (i.e., THE Ohio State University)?

1 year, 9 months ago on No D-Light

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 @ErikAnderson And, since Livefyre actually let me post this time (was getting error messages before), I'll say this -- I don't dispute that we were sold something more than "hey, watch this team flail around learning a new system and go 3-9," but a lot of people were, however, way out of line with their expectations.  Also, we knew that Leach wasn't going to be a guy who would run out the clock in the fourth quarter, and that he'd make some maddening decisions sometimes.  Great when it works and aggravating when it doesn't. 

 

I'm not going to pretend that I'm happy with what's going on, though.  That's all I really want to say at the moment.

1 year, 10 months ago on Why Do We Fall?

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 @ErikAnderson Wow, you're done with the coach for good, four games in?  

1 year, 10 months ago on Why Do We Fall?

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I have a question for you guys when you have some time to analyze it.  I just don't understand how the Air Raid works if they just drop 8 guys in coverage.  We have a QB and 5 guys at the line, leaving 4 or 5 targets available.  How is it effective to have four or five guys run around with 8 guys hanging out in the secondary?  Probably just not thinking too clearly, but would be great to understand how the hell the offense is supposed to work.  How is that more effective than mixing the run and the pass in a more conventional way, preventing them from having 7 or 8 guys in coverage all game?  Yeah, I get that this is a basic question that I should know the answer to, but I'm not trying to prove how smart I am - genuinely curious.

1 year, 11 months ago on Whoops!

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 @WallaCoug If we all would have taken WSU as 13-point dogs, then that wouldn't bode well for anyone's performance in the contest.

1 year, 11 months ago on Whoops!

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Y'all are lucky this game was absent from the pick 'em contest.

1 year, 11 months ago on Whoops!

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If Mark Wahlberg had a retarded brother, he would look like Jim Mora.

2 years, 1 month ago on What's My Line?? (Part Two)

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 @oldsavage "Hey, I had Wulff with seven wins"

 

That's your first, and most important, problem.

2 years, 1 month ago on The Hunt for October

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I second this - best to Jeff and his family!  Hope the little guy gets better soon.

2 years, 1 month ago on Thoughts and Prayers

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I'm disappointed when the links in the "Backyard" section below doesn't show at least one thumbnail of a highly attractive woman.  Is there anything you can do about that?

 

As for the stadium rankings, hard to disagree with any of them, other than I'm not sure the Rose Bowl is #1 if we're evaluating it as a home venue for UCLA.   It's off-campus and not a great atmosphere for its run-of-the-mill home games (or, at least, hasn't been a great atmosphere during its recent mediocre years).

2 years, 1 month ago on Hump Day with Huddy - Stadium Rankings

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UCLA's logo is terrible.  It's not even a proper acronym, i.e., "UCLA" ... it's "Ucla."  How is that pronounced?  Yoo-kla?

2 years, 2 months ago on Hump Day with Huddy - Time to Rank Stuff

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May be a decent time to ask this question -- anyone think the Pac-12 Network will have a materially negative impact on attendance?  Don't get me wrong -- I think it's a great thing generally for various reasons -- but I'm a bit worried about some of our fans deciding that a nice warm living room with the game on HD beats driving 3-5 hours to sit in a cold stadium, especially in November. 

2 years, 2 months ago on Pac-12 Stadium Arms Race: Where Does WSU Fit?

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 @GeoffONeil Agree!  I'm seeing a lot of guys say they're not going to go to the game for this reason or because the atmosphere sucks.  I agree that it has sucked in the past, but you don't make it any better by boycotting the game.  

2 years, 3 months ago on Road Warrior's Guide to the 2012 Season Next Stop - Seattle

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To answer the question about Tuel, yes.  I'm not sure he's accurate enough or has a quick enough release for the Air Raid.  Still very early, though, and he has a lot of talent.

2 years, 3 months ago on Spokane Week Begins

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 @Sutra Makes more sense now.  Waseem was in the two-deeps as a true frosh before getting hurt.

2 years, 4 months ago on A New Era Begins

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 @Amieable  @Sutra This doesn't do anything to discourage Kaufusi from doing drugs at this point, but it does quite a bit to discourage the other 100 guys on the roster from doing drugs.  Much more than a 2-strike policy or anything else more lenient would.  (Again, I think the policy is too strict -- just trying to serve as a counterbalance on a few points here.)

2 years, 4 months ago on Zero Tolerance for “Zero Tolerance” Policies

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 @Amieable Serious question -- can you realistically envision any coach, let alone Mike Leach, changing his drug policy at this point?  "Oh, okay, you guys are right -- I won't kick guys off the team anymore for smoking pot."  It's never going to happen.  I personally agree that it's too strict if I was the one setting policy.  It's not going to change now, though.  

2 years, 4 months ago on Zero Tolerance for “Zero Tolerance” Policies

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 @jocamendo I agree with all of this.  The no-drugs policy is based upon guys being all-in and not being selfish.  I personally think it's a bit too strict, but it's a very clear policy.  I'd feel differently if he decided to boot Kaufusi for this without having indicated previously that he would do so.  

 

I do want to be clear, though, that I can see the point with Longball's argument.  I personally think the policy is too strict for my taste, and I definitely hope that those arguing for "consistency" -- i.e., wanting guys under 21 to get booted off the team for getting an MIP -- don't get their wish.  I think the policy has the potential to hurt us in recruiting for a variety of reasons, and that's tough when we're already a place that can be tougher to recruit to. 

 

 

2 years, 4 months ago on Zero Tolerance for “Zero Tolerance” Policies

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 @KyleLipe Cool, then you could schedule a game between the men's and women's teams.  After that game is about 192 - 6, you could try to persuade me as to why the relevant comparison would be 20-year old trained athletes versus some out-of-shape guys in their 30s.  

2 years, 5 months ago on Best $8.17 I've Ever Spent

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@Huddy@Sutra Yeah, I'd be a fan of Tara even if she said Lawler was going to UW.

2 years, 5 months ago on What a Sports Nut, Huh?

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@Sutra I watched Lawler's highlights again last night ... they're pretty damned incredible. Would really be excited about landing him.

2 years, 5 months ago on What a Sports Nut, Huh?

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@Selahcoug All has to do with sovereign immunity. Otherwise, Leach would have various bases for claims against TT.

2 years, 6 months ago on Victory Bell's Friday Follies

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@jclewis4@disported Don't see it. Where? Not on disported's Twitter feed or the site.

2 years, 6 months ago on Cougar Ends and Odds

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@TruCoug89@Longball@Ambush184@UWJasonUW Thanks, guys. I hear what you're saying. I still believe that generally, we would want to be in on kids getting offered by other BCS schools if we could win those matchups, but I appreciate what you're saying about the flaws in the ratings systems and in the "marketplace" of reported BCS offers. Here's hoping we win a ton of games and everyone is happy.

2 years, 7 months ago on What, Me Worry?

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@TruCoug89@Longball@Ambush184@UWJasonUW

Boiling it down, your argument is this:

- All rankings systems are wrong. All of these guys who watch tons of HS games and rate players for a living are totally wrong, not just on some guys, but generally.

- The marketplace is also wrong. The marketplace is inefficient ... WSU has a unique ability to go find legit players at the highest level in college football that nobody else can and that nobody else cares to offer. This is true despite the myriad ways today in which recruits and their coaches can get the word out about legit BCS-level prospects.

- Results on the field aren't indicative of talent. Getting blown out by teams like Cal and UW doesn't mean that we don't have the horses.

- None of that objective evidence matters -- we need to "view Wulff's players subjectively with our own eyes to judge talent." We can point out a few examples of highly-touted recruits who flopped, guys with light offer sheets who turned out to be really good, and underachieving teams like UCLA. Our subjective evaluation (as measured against what, by the way?) and handful of anecdotes carry the day.

Sorry, guys, you've failed to convince me. I essentially agree with the standards for wins TruCoug89 laid out at the end of his post, though.

In any case, I think Leach will recruit well enough to win.

2 years, 7 months ago on What, Me Worry?

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@TruCoug89@Longball@Ambush184@UWJasonUW I'm not saying Simone is better than MW. You can't throw a couple of anecdotes out there with extreme examples as the entire basis for your argument, ignoring the hundreds of examples that cut against it. Generally, better teams are comprised of better players. The recruiting market isn't perfectly efficient, and I haven't argued that it is. I dare say that if I'm betting on the outcome, though, I'll take a marketplace of Pac-12 coaches over your empirical observations on some amorphous scale each time. If nobody else in a BCS conference offers the majority of your players, that's the definition of no bid for the chosen commodity (or, I grant, some coaches not wanting to offer guys who have committed, or kids choosing not to report additional offers). Usually, it's because no other peer schools thought they were good enough to go after. Is your argument really that in the aggregate, players whose only offers are from places like North Dakota or Sacramento State are as good as players offered by multiple top Pac-12 teams?

2 years, 7 months ago on What, Me Worry?

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