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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 15 Aug 2019

Forget lying or cheating and direct your moral high ground to how each approach affects the continued development of a young human being who is struggling to correct an innocent mistake. One response is to do your best to help a kid get through a very difficult time in his life, the other is to abandon him in the name of defending "loyalty".

Comment 15 Aug 2019

IIRC, Archie did it in 31 consecutive games, including bowls. That's an NCAA record that isn't likely to ever be broken even with 15 games per year now possible, given that red shirting and third year draft eligibility have made the college game the de facto minor league system for the NFL.

Comment 13 Aug 2019

First of all, in '67 freshman weren't eligible to play varsity games so essentially everybody redshirted and the '68 season was their first playing time. They went 10-0 and won the natty. Also, there was no declaring for the NFL before your class graduated. They went 27-2 with the only losses being to ttun in '69 (Bo's rookie year) keeping them out of the Rose Bowl (and the B1G didn't allow teams to play in any other post-season games then; there were only the Rose, Orange, Cotton and Sugar Bowls, anyway.) So the 2 games they lost were for the right to play in a  natty and in an actual natty. Six members of the class were consensus All-Americans, Rex Kern, Jack Tatum and Jim Stillwagon twice each. Four are in the CFB HoF.

Comment 07 Aug 2019

Gotta call BS on this one. Whatever Schiano may have taught him about scheme, the highlight tape shows a guy with extreme physical skills. Schiano had nothing to do with that INT where he covered 30 yards of separation and tipped it to himself. It had nothing to do with taking 4 of his 7 INTs to the house (with one called back for a meaningless block Arnette made at the 3 yard line), and only one of those was less than 30 yards and unchallenged. Teenagers coasting on athleticism will almost always have a crisis in confidence once they encounter a playing field where everybody has skill and the only way to succeed is by doing the work you've never had to do before. No coach, anywhere, develops a 38" vertical, a 4.4 40 or the recognition and reflexes needed to jump a QB's throw or WR's route. Show them where the weight or film rooms are, show them how to use the equipment and encourage them to make the most out of it, yes. Take credit for the outcome, not so much.

Comment 17 Jul 2019

I don't know if you've checked in on the attendance at bowl games in El Paso or similar garden spots lately, but the best descriptor would be "sparse". Outside of the Big 4 plus maybe the Cotton and the Citrus, gates above 50K are few and far between. Money flows through corporate sponsors and TV rights, most of those being multi-year contracts and, thus unaffected by annual variances such as teams and players. 

Comment 08 Jul 2019

There are a handful of plays on those highlights where he's less than 40 yards from the end zone, there's 21 guys between him and it and he gets there with, at most, one hand laid lightly on him. He sees, reads and sets up angles and uses that 90 degree, 2-yard jump cut to devastating effect.

I rank his tape #2 to JSN's, who seems to have played against the highest level of competition. Fleming, frankly, looks to have been facing, on average, 5'8", 170 lb DBs. Gee looked fast and sure-handed, but the level of play in Washington state is apparently lacking, looked undisciplined and under-coached.

Comment 15 Jun 2019

His sophomore MSU game is a performance burned into my memory. Kaleb got 2 quick ones early and a third only a minute or so after he was put back in late in the 1st half. Andre ended up playing his career high minutes facing, and controlling, MSU's 5-star postmen on the defensive end. KDB and Tate stuffed the stat sheets for the upset, but Andre's David-and-Goliath act is what won that game, no question.

Comment 08 May 2019

Correst on Hooker's 4th, a block in the back at the 7 yard line, 4 yards behind the play. He also had another returned inside the 15-20 yard line when he had a clear path to the goal line but got shoe-stringed. Or strung, for all you would-be copy editors lurking out there.

Comment 08 May 2019

Arch always played 11 game regular seasons and they played in the Rose Bowl all 4 of his years. That's a 48-game career total, and the streak was only broken with the *ichigan game his senior year.

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.