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Seoul, Korea (via Tallmadge, Ohio)

MEMBER SINCE   September 07, 2017

Native of Tallmadge, Ohio. Alumnus of Kent State. Exiled to my first foreign country, South Carolina, in 2004. On to my second international experience in Seoul, South Korea, in 2015.


  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: Seoul E-Land FC

Recent Activity

Comment 27 Nov 2017

Our current cultural moment makes this situation very touchy for Schiano and the UT folks looking to hire him. The former UT board member indicates this in his cagey/equivocal/PC language:

"In the current environment you couldn't have done anything worse than [be] perceived to have known about Jerry Sandusky (and said nothing)."

The board member rightly recognizes that many people are ultra touchy about anything related to sexual assault being bantered about in the public square in Fall 2017. The faintest whiff of an accusation can stop the traffic this month. 

Other posters are probably right that if it was a higher profile coach you wouldn't be hearing this from UT fans. But also, if it was November 2016 instead of November 2017, you would probably not see this outrage from UT fans, this political posturing by TN social elites, or this caving by the UT brass. 

I am very glad that sexual assault has become utterly intolerable in our culture. But I don't like the fact that we live in a moment when an unfounded, slanderous, or duplicitous allegation could immediately derail any one of our careers---especially more publicly-facing careers. 

Like the board member's comments demonstrate, the absolute worst position an institution can be in during this cultural moment is one in which it appears---even to ignorant people with mere headline understanding of a situation and itchy Twitter fingers---to side with the accused. It's not right, but one can understand the political pressure on UT to walk back their offer given the outrage and posturing. 

It's sad that in order to let the dominos fall in Hollywood and Congress, the innocent may also occasionally be made to suffer on account of the scumbags whose perversion has created this cultural moment.

Comment 05 Nov 2017

The number of times we see Barrett running has everything to do with his (very good) reads on the option. "Force them to stop the run" includes forcing them to stop the QB keeps on the option. Simply comparing RB/QB "touches" doesn't spell "abandoning the run" or "losing our run-first identity." 

Now, those who are saying "scrap the read option; run a RB 2/3 of the time; pass 1/3 of the time" --- that's fine. I guess. Sounds more like a Tressel scheme than a Meyer scheme. Still, technically Dolo handing to Elliot for 85 yards vs. Bama was a read option. The distribution vs. Iowa did not seem to be the problem. To my eyes, it comes down to 4 picks and a defense that got humiliated. 

Does putting the ball in Dobbins's hands on a non-read hand-off give us a chance to score almost every time, a la Elliott? Sure. But we put up 49 points in regulation vs PSU with our zone read option, RPO, lateral and vertical passes. We don't need an offensive identity crisis to explain every loss. Sometimes it just comes down to turnovers and defense. 

Comment 18 Sep 2017

I'll have to look more carefully when I watch the game for the third time ... but while it was the MLB's job to stop the FB, it seemed Tuf was pursuing the ball and making tackles at the perimeter as well as between the tackles. 

I also heard that holding calls on WRs can come down to the refs and their predisposition. I'm not sure why that is, but it could be that we got flagged for blocks that many refs wouldn't bother flagging. 

Comment 14 Sep 2017

Fair enough. I'd still say that he did a lot of good games and if I had to pick JT, DBs, LBs, or Zone6 to criticize from rewatching it, it would definitely not be JT.  He looked poised, smart, mature, tough, and at times sharp overall, despite the low numbers. The other units? Not so much.

Comment 14 Sep 2017

I felt like this was a pretty defensive reaction from Meyer. It was a string of legitimate good questions by reporters given Saturday's experience. They weren't trolling him. But he got defensive. Crankypantsy. Wish he'd smile and laugh sometimes. Maybe Gene Smith can hire Terry Francona to coach Coach on how to give a great presser in which it's clear that he loves his players and staff and doesn't even hate reporters too much.

Comment 13 Sep 2017

1. Funny way you have of saying I don't have a reasonable mind.

2. I'm sure the mistakes you mention are accurate. That doesn't mean the positives I noticed aren't also accurate.

3. I'm fine with JT sliding or bailing out rather than fighting for one extra yard. He's beaten up and more fragile than he was 3 years ago. When it's 4th and 1 he'll fight and he'll get the yard. 

The Bucks played better than I had initially thought, JTBIV included. I'm back on the "hold onto 16 as long as you can" bandwagon. 

Comment 13 Sep 2017

I re-watched the OU game last night. 

Three observations:

1. JT looked like he was in charge of our offense. 

2. JT ran the ball a lot mostly because we ran a lot of options, which unless I'm mistaken is our bread and butter scheme. He also looked really good tucking and running. 

3. JT threw some bullets on the money in the middle, some quality deep balls, some poised screen and swing passes, and a few wise tosses to the waterboy in order to avoid a Deshone Kizer-like 7-sack game. 

My takeaway from rewatching the game is that I am ashamed of myself for wanting Haskins. Ramzy has now quadrupled that shame.

Final takeaway from rewatching the game? It actually wasn't that bad. 

Go JT! Go Bucks!

Comment 12 Sep 2017

In the read option, doesn't the ball carrier depend on the unblocked defensive end? Yes there have been some weird looking designed JT runs. But the base offense has QB runs built into it every time the DE behaves a certain way.

Comment 12 Sep 2017

This is bad voodoo. Urbs needs a tat NOW! Even Herman got the promised grill with his Houston boys. 

Comment 10 Sep 2017

I want so very badly for what you're saying to be untrue, but it happens so often at the top echelons that I fear it might be true. 

There's two poles within this commentariat: the "creative play calling" party and the "run the freaking ball up the middle" group. It seems to me that this is precisely our offensive identity crisis right now, and I hope UFM senses it and makes a decisive move. The head coach is absolutely responsible for culture and identity. He's got to be The Decider. I think what we've been witnessing is a lack of decisiveness on the identity level on the offense, and hence the two parties among critics. 

I don't care which identity we choose. I just want UFM to choose one and stick with it. Be Microsoft or be Apple or be Samsung, but please just be something. 

Comment 10 Sep 2017

Surprised me, too. To me it sounds like the difference between a pissed and possibly drunk fan spouting a knee-jerk reaction (but not willing to go on record with it) versus a fan who is soberly assessing our team's mechanics as well as its culture and, interestingly, seeing things similarly to how we assume UFM is seeing things. 

Comment 10 Sep 2017

I don't get your distinction between play calling and game planning. It seems to me that they're too tangled up with each other to be demarcated in this way.

Comment 10 Sep 2017

I would like to see JT give Deshone Kizer a lesson in avoiding the sack and throwing to the wide open water boy. :-/