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Florida (via Hubbard)

MEMBER SINCE   January 08, 2018


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2003 Fiesta Bowl, upper deck on the goal line, scoreboard end. My eyes were glued to Gamble from the moment they broke the huddle and he split wide right in iso.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Arch on offense, Spielman on defense
  • NHL TEAM: Tampa Bay Lightning
  • MLB TEAM: Cleveland Indians

Recent Activity

Comment 13 Apr 2019

The booth never even mentioned Harrison being on the field in the first half. He had a couple of impressive snaps where he just overpowered the LT, but looked less impressive on technique, change of direction and hustle. Potter, OTOH, showed a lot of burst, good feet, hand combat and effort.  He really stood out, wearing #97 wasn't even part of it but pretty cool icing.

Comment 09 Apr 2019

I believe the 9 player days had four each offensive and defensive players that could not cross mid-court. Only one player from each team could play both ends.  When I lived there for awhile in the early eighties, girls HS basketball was played that way in both Iowa and Oklahoma. I'm sure it's changed now in the pursuit of college scholarships, although you should never bet on what thoughts might prevail in those states.

Comment 14 Mar 2019

OBJ may make the highlight reel catches, but his catch/target ratio is pretty mundane at right around 66%, which is flat-out league average. Granted he lines up mostly in the slot in doesn't run deep and/or sideline routes, but Can't Guard Mike is an other-worldy 84%.  There are a hand full of RBs and TEs who nudge 80, but few WRs over 75.  I'm not a big believer in analytics as a rule, but the gap he's got on true comparables is huge. Having Drew Brees tossing the rock is an advantage but, at least last season, his fellow WRs were a bunch off UFAs and cast-offs, making him the sole focus of oppo schemes.

Comment 03 Mar 2019

The receivers rarely sought separation with JT.  If the ball wasn't in the air four seconds after the snap, they started blocking. ICYMI, blocking is the antithesis of getting separation.  With DH, after 4 seconds there were directional changes, coming back to the QB and looking for open spaces. Now, if this was the psychological difference in their heads between JT and Simba or if that's the instructions they had from staff, I don't know.  But there are plenty of YouTube game replays available for you to see for yourself.

Having made those observations, Haskins was always much more confident in and decisive with his throws. He also had advanced abilities to both look DBs off and throw his receivers open.  Those qualities enhanced the WRs separation skills and padded Hartline's rookie coaching resume.

Comment 02 Mar 2019

The part of Haskins I think I'll miss most is his confidence.  I don't remember how many interviews he's given where he says, "We watched some film, saw a few things we think we can attack and now it's time to go out and put on a show." And then he backs it up.  Wish we'd all had a chance to see him put 'Bama, the Sooners or Clemson into a spin cycle. I wouldn't have been betting against him.

Comment 19 Feb 2019

C'mon, man! Would tearing down the M banner at 11 p.m. on a late August Thursday night in Jerry's Playpen make any sense? Sure it may set an all-time Neilson ratings record for the time slot, but The Game is The Game precisely because of The Shoe, the Big House, late November weather possibilities and long windows for post-game activities. And I am perfectly fine with any east or midwestern rivalries having to suffer in insignificance or wait for the 3:30 time slot, because The Game is the only show in the country at noon, period.

Comment 09 Feb 2019

Just watched Baldwin's senior highlights tape on HUDL. After the normal precautionary disclaimer about highlight tapes, his arm is strong and accurate. After the snap reads are impressive and release is pretty quick, too, though not Simba-like (as if many are).  His legs, however, needn't take a back seat.  He can buy time in the pocket, has decent though not eye-popping speed, actually reads a read-option (Haskins biggest shortcoming), throw it on the run, has a stutter step and sees the field well after crossing the line of scrimmage.

Fields shouldn't relax.  If it's Game 2 and we're a 27 pt favorite in the Shoe against an OOC patsy and only up a FG at half because Fields has 2 INTs to go with a couple TDs and then throws another one to the bad guys to open the 3rd qtr, Baldwin has to see the field next possession. And Fields has to earn the position back if Baldwin moves the chains, secures the ball and puts points on the board with his opportunity.

That's just the way it is at this level.

Comment 09 Feb 2019

"Brink" being the key word there, and you could just as easily put "just the" in front of it. No doubt, Fromm is the stereotypical coach's kid - - literally built on the workshop countertop in the basement. Diet, weights, workouts, film study, the whole shooting match from an early age.  Fields is the other end of the curve - - a tremendous natural physical talent that needs to catch up with all the rest of the "stuff" that gets you to the brink - - and hopefully over it.

Comment 02 Feb 2019

Or maybe the out-of-state Day noticed during his 2 years on staff that literally every team we played got a standout performance by a 3 star Ohio native that never got so much as a look-see from the Meyer staff. And in each season we got bush-whacked by a far less talented team as our out-of-state All-American candidates walked around in a daze, confounded by the idea that the other guys wanted it more.  

Under Meyer, the only games our players left the field bleeding Scarlet and Gray were the 7 against scUM and Bama, maybe the ND bowl game but then everyone's motivated to beat the Irish. Everything else was pretty much viewed as practice, even PSU and MSU.

Comment 01 Feb 2019

My best friend from late 70s tOSU days married an FSU girl. She used to toss the Chip Ferguson game (at the Shoe!!) in our faces pretty regularly but started on souring on Bowden in the 90's. When they played VT and Michael Vick in the Y2K Sugar Bowl for the Natty and threw twice into the end zone in the last minute of the game with a 17 pt lead, she'd had enough.  Been a diehard Buckeye fan ever since.

Comment 21 Jan 2019

Where does it all end? The logic of allowing replay on any non-call opens the door to review of all ticky-tacky calls actually made. The Chiefs don't tie up the AFC game if a Pats' CB doesn't get flagged for some hand-fighting on a ball that landed 5 yards downfield. Should the booth be allowed to review and reverse a non-called hold on an interior lineman? Or review blocks in the back, called or uncalled, on kicks?. Maybe the booth should blow a horn when they feel forward progress has been stopped, and stop the game to correct all the ball marks since they are currently all off by 4-6 inches? If all decisions are given to the booth for accuracy, what does that leave for the field crew to do? Make sure they keep their earpiece in and on?

Comment 06 Jan 2019

I missed this game, but what stood out on his highlights, even from junior year, was his ability to see where the ball was going and move toward it.  Of course, it was the highlight tape, so maybe those were the only plays he made in two seasons where he actually looked for the ball. At least he showed he could do it.

Comment 30 Dec 2018

 " .  .  . sounds like Fields wants to know if Haskins is leaving to help him make his decision."

Sounds even more like Haskins has no secrets to tell him about yet, either.

Everybody needs to just chill on this subject.  A year ago it was Haskins or Burrow and the definitive nail wasn't driven until Joe broke his pinky finger hitting a helmet on a follow through. The possibilities are about infinite and are constantly subject to injury, academic eligibility, conduct (un?)becoming, drug tests, arrests, et., ad infinitum. 

Amazing how no one, pro- or con-Martell, has mentioned he was the '16 Gatorade HS player of the year. Nobody gets into the Woody, even the walk-ons, that isn't athletically talented AF, the coaches just need to develop and assess them. No big underlying drama.

Comment 30 Dec 2018

I'm pretty sure Cdub's point (because it's exactly what he wrote) is that none of us fans have seen enough of Martell or Fields or Baldwin or Chuganov to have the faintest idea of who should start next September.  The Spring Game won't show us much, none of us have access to summer camp, film or weight rooms or fall practice to have a whit of the knowledge the staff will have to make their decision. Trying to make the decision today, on this board, is fool's work. A needless displacement of above body temperature vapors.

Comment 30 Dec 2018

I'll guarantee the Husky defense hasn't seen an offense that has averaged 9 different receivers catching balls every game. On any given play, all of the 5 eligibles has to be considered a weapon, and Haskins has displayed a keen ability to recognize and exploit the mismatch or adjust to disguised coverage.

Comment 18 Dec 2018

If you don't think the Heisman adds a couple hundred grand to your annual gross for the rest of your life, go get some counseling. Preferably the financial kind. Also, the difference between  rookie contract for a 1 thru 5 pick is many millions more than for a 10-15 pick. Even if he wiped out a knee playing for the Buckeyes next year and slid to the 2nd round, that's not as big a fall from 10-15 money as 10-15 is from 1-5. And, regardless, he could wipe out a knee in rookie camp and whatever contract he's on, there's next to nothing guaranteed in them.

I'm just thinking that the Haskins family was in a fortunate enough financial position when he was 11 to put him into a camp at tOSU while they were living in NJ, so it's not like they need to have Dwayne get them moved out of some ramshackle house in the middle of BFE. I'm sure that they've raised a great kid, they're going to talk it over with him and let HIM decide. If he wants to get his degree, learn more about QBing from a great QB coach, hang with his brothers and chase Heismans or Natties, then that's what they will let him do.  And if he decides to surrender control, get picked by a team that may or may not be able to nurture, protect, utilize, develop or even have much interest in him personally, then they will support him in that, too..