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Brooklyn, NY

Member since 30 August 2010 | Blog


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Comment 14 Jan 2016

The players (excuse me, student athletes) that went on strike at Missouri just began to scrape the tip of the iceberg of the power that the football student athlete yields at universities.  If they want that day, they can get it if they can organize.  

Getting paid may be a ways off in the distance.  But getting practical benefits such as more time away from the athletic facilities and having a balanced student/athlete life are almost immediately achievable. 

Comment 13 Jan 2016

Just to be clear, if Arkansas doesn't pull off that crazy win at Ole Miss, Alabama does not go to the SEC CG.  

It's crazy to think now about how close Alabama was to sitting at home while Ole Miss would go on to Atlanta...and likely get held out of the 4-team playoff.

Comment 11 Jan 2016

Herb Hand worked with Gus Malzahn at Tulsa.  Malzahn was the OC and Hand landed in Tulsa after RichRod went to UM.  I think their coming together resulted in Malzahn really understanding the read-option and power running game from the spread formation (which Hand knew well from Rodriguez), previously I think Malzahn was mostly a spread passing guy.

Comment 10 Jan 2016

Funny, the one thing that Michigan fans should be most hopeful for in a possible OSU slide from power is completely and entirely undiscussed: our on-going co-co-co-OC debacle.  Players and talent is not the issue (otherwise we'd be playing Monday night), but if this discombobulation of an offense continues into next year, then yes Wolverines, you have hope.  

Comment 16 Dec 2015

Cool I just loaded that link in a tab.

To my understanding to cure meat you do not need the nitrites/ates, rather its fundamentally about salt simply pulling water out of the meat.  I've gotten some pretty good color without, but will definitely try the pink salt sometime soon.

Comment 15 Dec 2015

He explains it very well regarding the pink salts and I'm sure his lawyers told him to recommend everyone to use them.  I have some and will eventually use it, but I'm mostly interested to see if it makes the coloring of the cured meat come out nicer.  Otherwise I've never used it and I'm here to type these words for you here today.

Comment 15 Dec 2015

I've gotten really into home-cured meats myself.  The absolute go-to resource is Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman (from Cleveland btw).  He has a Country Ham recipe in there if I'm not mistaken, but he also has some recipes on his website.

As an aside, if you're cooking the ham it's not necessary to do the Prague Salt - I actually haven't used any of the pink salts for my cured meats.

Comment 14 Dec 2015

Andy Dalton's injury is why you need to run a simple power spread offense in which quarterbacks are as interchangeable as any other position.  Hue Jackson seems to have Cincy kind of heading in the direction of a decent spread offense, but we'll see if he keeps the bones of it the same for McCarron...often the problem is new QB comes in and the entire playbook seems to change.

Comment 10 Dec 2015

I don't get the hype about Connor Cook.  I'd call it a wash between him in Coker in the MSU vs Alabama matchup.  To me the difference in that game - and I rarely say things along these lines - is talent.  This is certainly the most talented Michigan State team under Dantonio, but the talent haul that Saban gets at Alabama is insane, all Coker has to do is get the ball in the air and their receivers will find a way to haul it in.  The talent coupled with Kiffin integrating some hurry-up no-huddle and even some zone-read makes it tough in my mind for MSU to beat them.  Let's not be confused here, when operating at optimal levels Michigan State cannot reach Ohio State-level offensive output, and that's what you need to beat Alabama.  

Comment 06 Dec 2015

Think of all the outstanding Option QB's that graduate and have no future in the NFL. I'm sure there are droves of these guys who would love a chance to prove themselves on the biggest stage for cheap.

You're on to exactly what I've been thinking about and commenting on for 5 years or so.  This 'franchise player' mentality doesn't just occupy the NFL, but also college.  But it's truly insane the NFL mania over the multi-million dollar QB.  

I don't think the Triple Option as we see it at GaTech or Navy is quite the solution.  Instead I think the spread offenses we have at Ohio State, or that we've seen at Oregon, TCU, Baylor, and Auburn (to name a few) are much closer to the solution you're looking for - they do a more effective job at truly making defenses defend every square inch of field and gets player in space through the air and on the ground.

In terms of the interchangeable QB there's no better example than Ohio State after last year.  We all know the story, but you had 3 QBs perfectly capable of operating essentially the same offense.  This concept is also part of why we saw Cam Newton, Darron Thomas, JT Barrett, DeShone Kizer.....just to name a few that succeeded right away.  

Currently in the NFL Carolina's offense seems to be the closes thing to the power spread offenses we see in college.  Oddly Mike Shula is bringing more innovation to the league than Chip Kelly.  The thing that baffles me is that the Panthers backup QB is Derek Anderson - correct me if I'm wrong.  Until a couple weeks ago Terrelle Pryor was sitting at home with nothing to do, the Panthers could have had him backing up Cam for minimal costs.  And there's a long list of others out there possessing similar skill sets to Cam that would cost very little and could potentially do about as well.

Anyway, I like where your heads at on this one!  And Cleveland is now a great place for this experiment now that they have Manziel and TP on the roster - though to be true to the theory, they should unload Manziel to save money and pick up a handful of other guys that could do just as much for less.  But I digress.....

Comment 06 Dec 2015

I just have to say it again: Connor Cook is terrible and overrated.  I can't believe how often he's either throwing 5 feet over someone's head or at their feet...or even 2 yards behind them.  When the game was truly truly on the line (that 4th down and 3) they didn't trust him to throw it, in fact, they reached down into the power spread playbook they used to beat us with their (mobile) backups and rand a speed option in which Cook kept the ball.  

Now I know why MSU has always seemed slightly 'off' this year, because they think he's an amazing quarterback but he actually isn't.  It cracked me up how often they'd try to throw back-shoulder passes to WRs down the sideline and how badly he would miss everytime.  I think Cook thinks he's John Elway and the coaching staff apparently hates to break it to him so they're just going along with him.  But they're clearly better off without him.  I'm interested to see what they look like offensively next year.