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NE stands for New England. Grew up in Connecticut where Huskeymania made me a college basketball fan. Went to college in Ohio where the Buckeyes made me a college football fan.


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    That moment is now tied with 85 yards through the heart
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Recent Activity

Comment 16 Oct 2016

I don't care if you're an OSU graduate or a fan of that team or any other team. You could be an SCLSU Muddawgs fan for all I care. It will not make you're posts interesting or compelling so it is completely irrelevant to your post quality or relevance.  Lots of luck accomplishing whatever it is you hope to accomplish by bringing it up though. 

Comment 12 Oct 2016

Whether it is Beck, Warinner, or Herman calling the game, the philosophy has been the same which is to take what the defense is giving you.  The defense was giving the deep pass and some intermediate routes (although they were congested) and the zone read.  On the speed option, jet sweeps and screens, the defense was cheating to stop the runner in the backfield.  The way to make them pay for that is to 1) run the qb since they were breaking on the runner, 2) short intermediate passes (dropped by Baugh and Wilson, coupled with poor blocking by Baugh and receivers), or 3) deep pass (badly thrown, missed timing).  Of those 3, the only thing working was zone read where the QB keeps.  Some others stated above something to the same effect.  I don't believe Meyer and Barrett are blowing smoke when they say it is fixable.  They know what to work and where the sloppiness and inexperience were showing.  The question is how much it improves this week.

Comment 10 Oct 2016

I agree.  It's not new, but it was effective again.  In 2014, there were some playmakers that overcame it fueled by the frustration of that loss.  The only explanation that works for me about IU is that even though stacking the box isn't new to the team, it was a new look to most of the playmakers on this offense this year. The reluctance to dial up pass plays?  Who knows.  Maybe wind?  Receivers have to catch the ball too which they struggled with under the pressure (not all of the passes were off).  They have to fix it or stacking the box is effective, whether new or not. Hopefully these playmakers treat it with the urgency that the 2014 squad treated it with.  

Comment 10 Oct 2016

It was the number of 3 and outs that made it feel this way.  We get concerned as fans when we don't see the offense moving the chains on every possession.  Every opponent with a fast and/or physical defense will likely put an extra man in the box after this game.  Barrett and Zone 6 now have some film to polish up on how to make them pay for that.

Comment 23 Sep 2016

I think Noah Brown can be the deep threat as he was in one of his touchdowns.  

If he continues to be un-guardable like this going forward, I'd look for defenses to stop trying to beat him one-on-one, thus opening up other opportunities for a few un-proven receivers waiting for their chance.  One other thing too, is I will admit to saying I was unimpressed with the play of Brown prior to this last game partly due to all of the hype, and it's just a testament to what a difference one game can make.  I think we aren't done seeing breakout performances from zone 6.

Comment 22 Sep 2016

Urban's x factors that make him so effective in college ball are things that I don't see translating well to the pros.  It's just my opinion, but I really think what sets him apart from his peers is not scheme (even though it is proven, he's not the only one using it with success) or emphasis on fundamentals (he's a master of this as well, but there are other very disciplined teams out there that still don't enjoy the success that Urban does) so much as it is his ability to obtain full buy-in from his athletes and full philosophical alignment from his staff.  The college game has the right environmental factors for this.  This is the stage in life where athletes need a mentor more than any other and Urban thrives in that role.  There is also the element of school pride and tradition which all college coaches use for motivation, but Urban takes that to another level both in recruiting and setting the tone to prepare his staff and players for big games.

In the NFL, what are players motivated by more than money and self interest?  Pride in the city they represent?  Unless you have a Drew Brees/New Orleans kind of relationship (which developed more out of circumstance than tradition and upbringing), that sentiment is absent in the league where trades and contracts rule the day.  Tradition? Not really.  There are a few tradition rich franchises in the NFL, but odds favor that you end up coaching a team that is in a stadium less than 20 years old and your bosses are threatening the taxpayers of the city to foot the bill for a new stadium (while still paying the bill for the one they're now going to pay to tear down) or they're moving.  Recruiting?  Meyer wins because he wins in on the field and in the living room.  Take this arrow out of his quiver in the pros.

If there is ever a person who could defy my expectations and find a way to make it work, it would be Urban Meyer; I just think he would have to reinvent his entire mojo on the road to success in the NFL.

Comment 02 Sep 2016

It's all water under the bridge now, but even for a veteran team, I found the 2015 season opener to be meh.  I re-watched the 2015 VT game yesterday and I have to say that it was not enjoyable to watch, with a few exceptions for the highlight reel plays that we all know.  The rest of it was pretty flat, from special teams play, to not being able to put an offensive drive together with any sense of rhythm, to the defense not being able to get off the field on third down (over and over and over again).  Luckily the defense shored up after that game to become the stubborn and stingy unit that it was for the rest of the season.

But it's a brand new season now!

Go Bucks, Beat BG!!!

Comment 09 Jan 2016

Apparently, he wasn't aware people move to different states.

To many lifelong PA residents, it is very rare to meet someone who wasn't also born and raised there. You were his unicorn. 

Comment 22 Nov 2015

There are many in between the two extremes too. It's a big fanbase with a broad spectrum of passion. It is possible to love this team without it causing prolonged misery.

Comment 21 Nov 2015

And perhaps there is the answer to our questions all season. One team tonight was a team playing for each other, and the other is a group of guys playing for their futures. 

Edit: I don't believe this is true for these guys, but their response to this, the first sign of adversity this season is to make these kind of announcements before the season is over and at the beginning of hate week...I don't know how to feel about it but there is no positive spin to put on it. 

Comment 08 Nov 2015

I thought he played well in coverage except in the end zone where he was behind the targeted receiver with no chance to disrupt the play for both Gopher touchdowns.  He does a good job of getting his head turned at the right time in order to maintain his ability to make a play without getting flagged between the end zones though.  

He has been suspect at times this season, but in the past, especially the post season last year, steps up when the pressure is on in big moments. Bama tried all night to match Amari Cooper against Apple instead of Grant and Apple was lights out when that happened.