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Comment 02 May 2016

I think a lot of the blame/praise can go a few directions.  Lannes, for one, for holding his ground and pinning the Russians in place, allowing everyone to rush to his aid.  Napoleon did a good job of indentifying the weak point in the Russian formation.  But, I think Benningsen is rather the goat, either for not moving fast enough to crush Lannes, and wasting the afternoon not withdrawing once he realized Lannes was getting lots of reinforcement- once his concept of the battle (Beat up on a detachment on the French army) went out the window, he should have stuck Bagration out front and pulled back over the bridges to the other side of the Alle.

Comment 01 May 2016

Depends on how you want to define it, I think.  The 1812 campaign, for example, is a rather skillful execution of a strategic plan, in my book.  (The French actually outnumbered the Russians when they crossed the Neiman.)  And the Red Army in 1944-45, while it had a numeric advantage on the Germans, also had an excellent operational and tactical system that it ran very well.  Now, both of those armies also were very accepting of casualties, too- but, Russian military thought has always embraced their large population as a strategic asset to be used properly.

Comment 25 Apr 2016

It's a lesser known battle, for sure.  The charge is rather impressive- we'll see a few more big ones before Napoleon's done, too. (Waterloo comes to mind)  I can't imagine what 11,000 horses at the gallop even sounds like.  Of course, there's also the 20,000 Winged Hussars at Vienna, for an awesome looking charge.

Comment 18 Apr 2016

See, this is reading into the spring game way too much.  Of course the offensive lines didn't look great- since neither team had one.  I doubt either of the lines practiced together before the game, and lots of guys who may or may not make the two deep played.  Some guys may have played out of position.  It takes some time for the offensive line to work together, and that doesn't happen with scratch lines in scrimmages.

Comment 17 Apr 2016

We're a bit away from Russia, but only because of Spain- Napoleon gets a nice vacation for a few years after Wagram, which isn't too far away, in terms of battles.  But, the Peninsula is interesting, and I want to look into it, for a couple of reasons.  One, Wellington is the only general who beats the French by developing a counter-system, rather than adopting, then outdoing, the French at their own system.  The second is I don't know much about it, so I want to learn more.  So, I guess I'm dragging what readership I have along for the ride. :)

Comment 15 Apr 2016

I have to be honest, this is no where near as shady as pulling scholarships right before NSD, or just not talking to kids and hoping they quit on their own, or, like back in the day, recruiting a kid you'd never play just so that he wouldn't go to Illinois or something.  

Comment 15 Apr 2016

Well, the "Commitment" is non-binding on both parties. It's just a verbal agreement, and you can't stop people from making those in private, even if they can't say it in public.

I think what would serve what you're looking for a bit would be an early signing period in football.  I don't know when you'd put it, though.

Comment 15 Apr 2016

See, I have to disagree that "Greyshirting" is on the same par as oversigning, or just not talking to a recruit and hoping he gets the message and decommits, or telling a guy two weeks before fall camp he doesn't have a scholly, or having the doctors deep six a kid to free up his spot.  

Greyshirting is nothing new.  It's been in the game for 30 years or more.  Tress grayshirted plenty of guys- or sent them to Fork Union for a semester.  Now, if this were happening a week or two before NSD, I'd agree it's shady.  But being up front before someone's senior year that they'll need to grayshirt if they want in?  I don't see it on the same level, to be honest.

Comment 15 Apr 2016

It's the classic selective memory that comes with Tress.  "He always lost the big game!" is a common complaint.  However, there were a lot of games declared "big games" before the game that suddenly became not so big games after Tress won- mostly to keep "Tress can't win big games" a thing.