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american flagFRIDAY,  AUGUST 17,  2018 -   "You can motivate people without engaging in bullying behavior.”  Wallace D. Loh, President, University of Maryland


"OPEN WING VIRTUAL CLINIC" -  5-DVD SET -  Priced as a set so that you can purchase all five DVDs for less than the cost of buying four  separately.    THE DVDS ARE $39.95 EACH, BUT $150 FOR ALL FIVE - A SAVINGS OF $49.75! TO BUY - http://www.coachwyatt.com/prod.h

dynamics 3 cover FINALLY! 

THE  NEW DOUBLE WING PLAYBOOK IS BEING SHIPPED!

This book represents the knowledge and experience I've accumulated in my more than 25 years of running and teaching the Double Wing.  (Those who've already ordered it and have been waiting can tell you how long it's taken me to put it together.)  My intent is to show how I build the offense with "blocks" - teaching the linemen just 8 "Building Blocks." Each building block enables your backs to run dozens of plays.

It's the most detailed "how-to" book on the Double Wing ever published.

It's 250 pages long,  with more than 150 plays, and more than 150 photos of drills and plays.

CONTENTS

I also include and explain my wristcard-based play-calling system -  it streamlines teaching and makes memorization obsolete, eliminating as much as it's humanly possible the need for kids to memorize plays.  For those coaches who might want to adopt my system, the playcards are already in the book, prepared and ready to go.  It would take you hours if you had to prepare them yourself, but all you have to do is copy them, print them on  card stock and cut them to size.  (In my opinion, this alone is worth the price!)

$39.95


TO ORDER - http://www.coachwyatt.com/DYNAMICS3.html

Q. Since I have been running your system for so long now, is there much value added with this one or is this for people just beginning? EJ, Pennsylvania

A. This is certainly designed to help the first-timer get up and running, but it's also a major upgrade for the hard-core Double Wing coach.

*********** Q. Hey coach, Does your new doublewing playbook have any plays from shotgun or any pistol or is it all from under center? CC, California

A: Coach, Except for a series from punt formation, this one is all under center.


REACTIONS TO THE NEW DOUBLE WING PLAYBOOK…

***********  Coach,  Thank you so much for putting together this updated playbook.  Mine came on Saturday and i have been studying it non stop!  I appreciate all the hard work, it's well written and as always well done with great illustrations.  Thanks again coach.  MB - Illinois

*********** Received the dvd today and as usual you did not disappoint.  DC - Maryland

*********** Got here today.  THANKS Coach.  Just in time for my vacation next week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   Not sure I can wait, though.  JI - New York

*********** I've had a great time going through your new playbook and I am only 20 or so pages in.  The graphics and tables are great!  My hopes are that someday I can have the opportunity to implement your system.  It really is my dream offense.  MH - North Dakota


*********** Coach,

I reviewed my book and DVD's. They are outstanding! TJ - New Mexico

*********** received the fruit of your labor this week & examining the evolution...interesting to note, some of the changes have already been intuitively incorporated...I’m sure, I’m not the 1st to tell you that, but there sure are plenty we haven’t thought of...like finding that $5 bill you didn’t expect in your pocket! MK - Iowa

*********** Coach, I received the book a week and a half ago and have read it twice. It is a amazing, I couldn't put it down. Very detailed and informative. A perfect book for a newbie to the Double Wing, but also plenty of information for the veterans as well. The pictures to show the various drills and skills are worth the price of the book alone, then you add the wrist card and I feel I owe you more money. Another excellent job. I cannot wait for the season to get here. There are going to be some very upset youth coaches here in Northern Vermont, they are thinking they have my team figured out. Again Coach thank you for the time you took putting this wonderful Double Wing playbook together. JG - Vermont

*********** I’ve spent an entire day delving into the deliciousness of all things doublewing. This is without question the GOLD STANDARD for materials. No one else out there has put together anything even close (I would guess since I don’t listen to anyone but you). The bar is extremely high now. I thought the original was amazing....and it was, but this one blows it away. Much appreciated. BK - Iowa

***********  Coach Wyatt - Thank you for the updates...it has really produced new excitement in our coaching staff.  I have been a disciple of the Wyatt Way since my Grand Forks, ND Red River to Larimore, ND days & now at ------- MN.  We are looking forward to trying some of the new wrinkles to make our offense better.  We’ve been using the tumble snap under center & in the gun for years (since 2008 I believe) & it works great with minimal teaching.  ALL of our linemen learn to snap.  Thank you coach for all that you do.   “It takes a set!”  PP - Minnesota

*********** The Dynamics 3.0 book is incredible. I've spent the past few nights reading it page for page. Had a coaches meeting yesterday morning and my assistants loved it. I'd like to get them each a copy of the book.  CS - Colorado

*********** I received the open wing and playbook.  The videos are golden... I love them.  But this new  playbook is really a goldmine of information and coaching points.  It is great. Thank you for your hard work. CE - Oklahoma

*********** I must say  the playbook is OUTSTANDING , I can't put it down. DP - Washington, DC

*********** Hi coach I love your book I've been studying it carefully and like some of the changes and I am still contemplating some of the other changes. I'm very excited about the product I love it. You did a great job.  RP - Minnesota

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*********** Thursday morning I heard from the wife of my boyhood friend, George Tattersfield, that he’d passed away.

George lived in St. Charles, Illinois and we hadn’t seen each other in some time, but in recent years I delighted in corresponding with him.  He sounded happy -  and happily married -  with grown kids and, now a successfully retired businessman, he was involved in a number of community activities, such as taking his yellow lab, Dickens, to schools where kids could read to him.

Growing up, George and I were as close as two kids could be.  We lived next door to each other (in a Philadelphia row house, that means you share a wall) for 14 years.

Although I was almost a year older and we were in different grades all the way through school,  we went to the same grade schools and high schools. We went to camp together, we were in Boy Scouts together, we spent time at “the shore”(Ocean City, New Jersey) in the summers, and we played football together. 

He put the latter two things together one day on the practice field when  he got knocked cold.  When he came to, he was shaking his head and muttering, “Ocean City… Ocean City… Ocean City…”

We, of course,  all thought it was hilarious.  So did our coach, who began to call him the “Ocean City Terror.”

(As far as I can tell, football - and an obvious concussion - didn’t interfere with his ability to  live a long and productive life.)

God rest you, George.

How close were we?  George was Catholic and I was a Protestant, but for a couple of summers I went with him to Holy Cross Church for instructions, I think they were called.  The nuns taught us a few things I didn’t pay much attention to, and they taught us to sing some strange hymns - in Latin - but I wasn’t there to convert to Catholicism. I was just putting in my time, because afterwards we’d play softball in the churchyard.  That was a blast.  Father Griffin was really cool.  A great athlete and a lot of fun.

Which brings me to my next point.  I’m sickened by the news out of Pennsylvania that 300-some priests - people loved and trusted by kids and their families - may have been involved in disgusting betrayals of that trust.

Other than revulsion at what those men are charged with, I’m deeply dismayed when I think of the wonderful men of the Roman Catholic faith whom I’ve known - from Father Griffin long ago, to Father Jim Sinnerud, a dear friend from Oregon who’s coached at a number of Jesuit high schools, to the great people I worked with at Central Catholic High in Portland - Father Dernbach, Father Forbes, Father Murphy, Father Karath.  I pray that they remain the men I loved and respected and are not tainted in any way by scandal.

They were great men and they were dedicated to teaching young men.

I’ll never forget the night our coaching staff first met with the Central Catholic Ram Boosters.  (As I observed,  there was a bit of drinking going on, and we came to call them the “Ram Boozers.)  We coaches were all asked to stand up and introduce ourselves and tell a little bit about our families.  You know how it goes: “I’m Hugh Wyatt, I coach the defense, my wife, Connie,  and I have a son and three daughters…”

When we got to Father Tim Murphy, our team adviser, he stood up and said, “I’m Father Murphy - and I have 450 sons.”


*********** I’m visiting family in Northern Michigan - though not Upper Michigan - and have had the TeeVee on a time or two for the...uhhh...NFL Network, watching replays.

Coupla' games had penalties for the "Leading with the head" Horror Show Penalties.  Only, the Safeties tagged with this Crime weren't trying to cause concussions or Hi-Lite Show hits.

They were trying to tackle the runner's legs, wrapping up and bringing down the runner using good ol' football tactics from a hunnert years back.

I've said it before - the last form of American Football allowed will be a curious form of Greco-Roman Football.  No legs, no head activity to be seen.  One day there will be a HS Football Game where a small HB will not be able to initiate contact with a String Bean DE without leaving his feet, and drawing another penalty for Spearing or Who-Knows-What.

Mebbe it's not so "Unintended".

Charlie Wilson
Crystal River, Florida

Maybe it’s all designed to push Pete Carroll’s bogus “Hawk Tackling,” also known as dive, duck and grab.

Or maybe it’s designed to take tackling out of tackle football. (Quick - find out who owns the “Flag Football” trademark.)

Funny how the NFL invested all that money in USA Football, which proceeded to force “Heads Up Tackling” on all the state associations, which proceeded, (since sh— flows downhill) to force it on us ignorant schlubs.   Now they’re saying “Never mind.”  I wonder if they’ll give us our money back - along with an apology for implying to all those mothers out there that their little boys’ coaches weren’t to be trusted unless they were “USA Football-Certified.”



*********** Teddy Greenstein, in the Chicago Tribune,  predicts…

Urban Meyer will keep his job, probably with some sort of slap-on-the-wrist suspension - but AD Gene Smith will go.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaafb/teddy-greenstein-urban-meyer-may-face-suspension-but-dont-expect-him-to-lose-his-job-at-ohio-state/ar-BBLXfUI

*********** Former Michigan player Jabrill Peppers, now with the Browns, remembers Maryland coach D.J. Durkin from when he was defensive coordinator at Michigan and he told Rich Eisen that DJ Durkin’s tactics were  “extreme at times.”

Describing Durkin’s style as “bully coaching,” he said, “Coach Durkin, he was a different guy, you know what I mean. His tactics were different. It felt extreme at times. I’m just as shocked reading all the stuff that’s going on now. I thought he was only like that because it was his first time coaching us. He was the defensive coordinator so he was just trying to get us to buy-in to how he wants his defense to play. I thought once he became a head coach that he would calm down a little bit, become more of a people person, a player’s coach.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaafb/former-michigan-star-jabrill-peppers-ex-coordinator-dj-durkins-tactics-felt-extreme/ar-BBLWzyZ

***********  Maryland acknowledged it made errors, and accepts responsibility for the death of 19-year-old player Jordan McNair.

"We have learned Jordan did not receive appropriate medical care, and mistakes were made by athletic training personnel," Evans said.
Evans and university president Wallace D. Loh met with McNair's parents earlier Tuesday, and Loh repeated to reporters what he told them: "The university accepts legal and moral responsibility for the mistakes that our training staff made on that fateful workout day of May 29."

Maryland did the only thing it could do.  Not only was it simply the right thing  - not making the kid’s parents go through a trial -  but  whatever it’s going to wind up costing the university, it’s nothing compared to the damage that would have been done to it by the testimony sure to come out in a jury trial.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/bigten/2018/08/14/maryland-officials-take-responsibility-jordan-mcnair-football-death-heatstroke/987340002/

*********** It’s a damn shame that Jordan McNair had to die.  But it would be an even greater shame if he were to have died in vain.

Jordan McNair is the 19-year-old Maryland football player who died, as the University’s president has conceded, as a result of “mistakes that our training staff made.”

The death of a young player should sadden everyone who loves our game,  but it appears that Jordan McNair's death led to the  discovery that Maryland’s football program has been shot through with abuse, humiliation and degradation of its players.

If his death can lead to an end to the sort of “coaching” that’s been taking place at Maryland, it would at least mean he didn’t die in vain.

If it causes colleges elsewhere to take closer looks at what’s going on in their own football programs, and cleans out the uglier actors in our game, then he would be appropriately memorialized.

(Maybe it’s because we’re getting close to election time, but I’m surprised that with 435 Representatives in Congress not a single one has recognized an opportunity and jumped on this issue yet; I’d suggest that colleges get off their asses and get moving on this before the government gets involved.)


*********** My freshman-year dorm room looked across a busy street to the New Haven Green, a lovely place in an otherwise busy, industrial city.

Like New Haven, dating back to colonial times, every New England town, large and small,  had  at its center a large, flat, grassy area known as the town green, or simply “the green.”

Few sights are more beautiful to me - more redolent of an earlier time.  

The green was a “common” area - it belonged to everybody and nobody.  In modern terms, it would be a park. 

The green was a gathering place for a number of purposes.  Facing the green, sometimes on the green itself, would be a church. Many of them, often as old as the towns themselves, have survived.  They’re usually painted white, always with a steeple.  In the really old towns, they once represented the established Church:  you either belonged to it - and worshipped there and accepted its teachings and laws - or you were relegated to a sort of second-class citizenship. (Or, in some cases, run out of town.)

On the outside chance that perhaps your “American History” teacher skipped through the colonial era in his or her rush to get to the History of American Evil-doing:  It was on the green where the town militia trained.  In colonial times, before there was a United States, before there was a police force or an army, every town had a local defense force called a militia.  It was expected that every man over a certain age would own a rifle;  and it was expected that he’d belong to and drill with the militia.  (There was no place in any town for a “conscientious objector.”)

Without doubt,  no green was ever intended to be a place for “self-medication,” but that’s what the Fire Chief of New Haven, Connecticut called it on Wednesday when 70 people overdosed on “synthetic marijuana.”  (They didn’t have “synthetic marijuana” - or, for that matter, drugs of any sort - in colonial days, but public drunkenness could get you run out of town.)


*********** If our country’s increasing disunity - its splintering into hundreds of different “identity groups” (or “communities” as we often hear) based on race, religion, sex, gender, national origin, political party, etc. etc. - pleases you, you’ll be delighted to hear what Derek Jeter, now that he’s part owner and general manager of the Miami Marlins,   is doing…

ESPN reports that throughout the Marlins’ minor league system,  the club will OFFER English lessons for Latin American players, and REQUIRE English-speaking players and coaches to learn Spanish.

Get that?  While English remains OPTIONAL for Spanish-speaking players, Spanish-speaking will be REQUIRED of English speakers. 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/marlins/2018/08/14/derek-jeter-miami-marlins-players-coaches-learn-spanish/993300002/


*********** Writes D. C. McAllister in pjmedia, America’s problem is one of privilege - but it’s not white privilege or money privilege. It’s celebrity privilege.

We hear a lot about white privilege from liberals, but no one on the Left wants to talk about the most glaring privilege infesting our nation today: celebrity privilege.

Let’s start with football players who use company time to protest — what? I’m not quite sure what they’re protesting and what it has to do with football or the flag, but they’re out there raising their fists and bending their knees. While they’re being paid by their bosses to play football and abide by team rules, they inject their politics into the sporting experience and alienate customers.

Only someone with celebrity privilege could get away with that. The lowly office worker can’t speak his mind whenever and however he wants. The cashier at Chipotle can’t spout off about his political views and drive customers out the door. The assembly line worker can’t walk off the job to protest his latest beef with society. If he did, he’d get fired in a heartbeat — justifiably so.

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Our culture is riddled with celebrity privilege, from sports to publishing. Actors, singers, and athletes who know nothing about a particular topic get to publish books while unknown writers with stellar skills and expertise are passed by because they don’t have a “platform” — another word for a pre-packaged marketing strategy so lazy, cheap publishers don’t have to create one.

When Kendal and Kylie Jenner, Madonna, Snooki, and Nicole Richie — to name a precious few — get to publish drivel while talented writers resort to self-publishing on Amazon or nothing at all, you know you’re in the midst of cultural rot.

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Ironically, these idols of fame are often the first to complain about "white privilege" or "male privilege," completely ignoring the fact that they are the ones benefitting from actual privilege. They can snap their fingers and industry dogs will come running no matter their qualifications — that’s the essence of elite privilege.

We shouldn’t blame the celebrities, though. It’s not their fault that grotesque privilege lines their pockets and expands their already inflated egos. We have only ourselves to blame. If our culture didn’t reek of celebrity worship and society weren’t littered with celebrity suck-ups, we wouldn’t have this problem.

https://pjmedia.com/trending/america-is-plagued-by-privilege-but-its-not-what-you-think/


*********** Instead of shunning IMG Academy for the way it’s introduced professionalism into high school football, new Florida State coach Willie Taggart has chosen to legitimize it by taking his Florida State Seminoles there for pre-season practice…

https://www.tampabay.com/sports/fsu-seminoles/2018/08/13/willie-taggart-doesnt-see-recruiting-perks-in-fsus-img-academy-trip/

*********** Baseball guys always loved to praise the never-changing nature of their game: you still get three strikes and four balls and three outs; the bases are still 90 feet apart and the pitcher’s mound is 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate.  And the home plate, of course, remains (as we all know) 17 inches.

There have been changes to the game, of course, such as the lowering of the pitcher’s mound, moving fences in and out, the juicing up of the ball (and the players) and the introduction of gloves as big as jai alai baskets.

By and large, though, the baseball guys were right.

Until now, that is.  Suddenly - who knows why? - there are way more guys than ever who can throw the ball at speeds that not so very long ago no more than one pitcher on a team was capable of.

Combine that with hitters who swing for the fences - since analytics have shown is the fastest way to score runs -  and you get strikeouts or home runs. Which means fewer and fewer balls in play. Which makes for a boring game.

This year, for the first time in baseball history, it’s possible that strikeouts will exceed hits.

I call that changing the nature of the game.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/16/sports/baseball-mlb-strikeouts.html


***********I should have made this a quiz question, (although this is trivia, while I would never refer to the people whose names I try to keep alive as "trivia")

Q. Only three FBS schools have NEVER played a football game against an FCS opponent:

A. USC, UCLA and Notre Dame

*********** QUIZ  ANSWER- Jim Tatum was 6-6 and at least 260.  They called him Big Jim.

Born in McColl, South Carolina, he played college football at North Carolina under Carl Snavely, then assisted Snavely when he moved on to Cornell.  He also coached the Cornell baseball team and in the summers, he played minor league baseball.

In 1942 he was hired as head coach at North Carolina, but with World War II going on, he joined the Navy, and had the good fortune to be assigned to the Iowa Pre-Flight school to assist its football coach, Don Faurot.

(At North Carolina, his top recruit was the son of one of his cousins, a big running back from Bishopville, South Carolina named Felix “Doc” Blanchard, who at the outbreak of World War II would enlist in the Army and as “Mister Inside” would win a Heisman Trophy at West Point.)

In pre-war days, Faurot was head coach at Missouri, and in 1941 he had introduced a new, option-type offense which featured large line splits, and came to be known as the Split-T.  It would take the post-war football world by storm.

Working side by side with Faurot, he learned the ins and outs of the new split-T, and the offense would serve him well  the rest of his career.

Following the war, he took the head job at Oklahoma, taking with him as an assistant a young Minnesotan named Bud Wilkinson, who had also learned the Split-T under Faurot.

After going 8-3 in 1946, he left after one season to take the job at Maryland.  Although Oklahomans were miffed at his sudden departure, he left a stacked lineup and that young assistant, Bud Wilkinson, who would succeed him as head coach and - running the Split-T - go on to become one of the greatest college coaches of all time.

In his nine years at Maryland he compiled a record of 73-15-4 (that’s .815, approaching Knute Rockne’s all-time leading .881).  His 1951 team was undefeated and beat national champion Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl, and after his 1953 Terps won the national championship, he was named AFCA Coach of the Year.

In 1956, he accepted the head job at his alma mater, North Carolina, and in three years,  he compiled a 19-17 record.

In July of 1959, he was hospitalized with a mysterious infection and died five days later.  Jim Tatum was just 46.

His overall record as a college head coach was 100-35-7.

Several players Jim Tatum coached would later become head coaches themselves:

    •    Dee Andros, Oregon State and Idaho
    •    John Idzik, Detroit
    •    Jim LaRue, Arizona
    •    Dick Modzelewski, Cleveland Browns
    •    Dick Nolan, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints
    •    Jim Owens, Washington
    •    Darrell Royal, Texas
    •    Wade Walker, Mississippi State
    •    Ron Waller, San Diego Chargers
    •    Bob Ward, Maryland


********** CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING JIM TATUM

GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS

https://newsok.com/article/2752360/tatum-ous-vain-attraction-they-called-the-big-guy-coach-among-other-things


*********** QUIZ - He was a native of Beloit, Wisconsin where he was all-state in football and track.

He played football for two years at Trinidad (Colorado) JC, and in 1954 he became the first black player at the University of Colorado.

He ran, received, and returned kicks for the Buffs.  In his senior year, he scored two second-half touchdowns to beat Missouri and earn CU a spot in the Orange Bowl. There, the Buffaloes beat Clemson, which at first had said it wouldn’t play against a team with a black player, but then thought better of it.

He was chosen in the fifth round by the Browns, and he made the team, but after three seasons he was taken by the new Dallas Cowboys in the expansion draft.

He became the Cowboys’ first-ever  deep threat. His record of seven straight games catching a touchdown pass still stands, held also by Bob Hayes, Terrell Owens and Dez Bryant.

He had the best opening game in NFL history in terms of receiving yards when in 1962 against the Redskins he caught 10 passes for 241 yards.

That same year he became the first Cowboys' player to gain 1,000 yards - rushing or receiving - in a season, and he led the NFL in touchdown catches.

In 1962 he was on the receiving end of a play that would have put him in the record books forever - a 99-yard touchdown pass.  But the Cowboys were holding in the end zone, which nullified that play and awarded the opponents, the Steelers, a safety.  It was the first time in NFL history that a team was awarded points on a penalty and it resulted in a 30-28 Steeler win.

In 1964 he was named All-Pro.

He retired after the “Ice Bowl” game against Green Bay.

After his retirement from football, he became Dallas’ first black TV sports anchor.


american flagTUESDAY,  AUGUST 14,  2018 -   "Courage - a perfect sensibility of the measure of danger, and a mental willingness to endure it." William Tecumseh Sherman

*********** How good is St. Frances Academy?  This good:  St. Frances, a small, private Catholic school in the heart of inner-city Baltimore, is so good it’s already won this year’s conference championship.

Okay, okay.

St. Frances is so good that not a single team in their league, made up of rather prestigious private schools, will schedule them.  So by default, they’ve been awarded a bunch of wins. 

That leaves St. Frances with no choice but to play a national schedule.  They’re good enough to do it, and their coach has the money to make it happen.

To look at it on the surface, you’d have to say that St. Frances is an amazing example of what a change in coaching will do.

They were 2-10 in 2015, but in came the new staff and presto - 10-2 in 2016 and 13-0 last year.

Coincidentally, Gilman school, where the new staff had coached previously and built a regional powerhouse, went from 10-1 in 2015 to 2-9 in 2016 and 5-8 last year.

Hmmm.

The coach in both cases - at Gilman and at St. Frances is a successful businessman/coach named Biff Poggi.  Having lived in Baltimore and knowing people there,  I know that Biff Poggi can take a program and build it into a power.

How he does it is another matter.

There are those who’ll claim that he’s a miracle worker - that after his success at Gilman he went to an inner city school in desperate need of a lift, gave its kids motivation to succeed, added some good coaching, and what do you know - things turned around.

And then there are those who will argue that he’s spending his way to success - that in a city that has some good players scattered around, he’s buying talent.

Who knows?  The simple fact is that the schools on St. Frances’ schedule have had enough.  They won’t play them.

And why is that?

St. Frances’ principal says it’s racism.  (St. Frances’ roster is almost totally black kids.) I call bullsh—.

The other schools say it’s a matter of their players’ safety. Come on. Unless the St. Frances players are taking weapons out onto the field, I call bullsh— on that, too.

I say that it’s about ostracism - that the other schools don’t wish to confer legitmacy on a school that they suspect is skirting the rules on recruiting.  But they know that that’s hard to prove, and they know that state associations are famously reluctant to follow up on charges. And, of course, they know that their accusations would just play into the racism argument.  So they simply choose not to play St. Frances, and having to come up with an acceptable reason, they say it’s about their player’s safety.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/high-school/bs-va-sp-miaa-football-ruling-0812-story.html

ESPN’s version of the Biff Poggi story http://www.espn.com/espn/otl/story/_/id/24263583/the-football-team-won-league-lost-opponents

*********** I didn’t realize just how good a man Stan Mikita was - and why - until my wife found this 40-year-old story in the Chicago Tribune…

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-blackhawks-stan-mikita-verdi-20180810-story.html

*********** When you find yourself in a hole, the saying goes - stop digging.

Seems there are still NFL players who insist on continuing to dig.

Surely there can’t be more than a half-dozen people in the United States who’ve watched NFL games over the last few years and aren’t yet aware that these NFL players have been kneeling and giving the Black Power salute during the national anthem because of police killing unarmed young black people… and mass incarceration… and white privilege and…

It’s been made clear on numerous occasions that large numbers of Americans - most of them white, it appears - have interpreted the anthem protests as giving them the finger,  never a good business practice when your customers are 70+ per cent white and  deluded into thinking that when they get to the stadium,  everyday matters are put aside aside - that black or white, you’re all Packers, or Seahawks, or Bears.

That myth of racial harmony in pursuit of a team goal has been exploded, and the NFL, the game of football, and our country itself are poorer for it.

Now we’re at the point where the protestors have dug themselves in, but for them to stop the digging - to no longer kneel or hold up the clenched fist - would be seen as a sign of weakness.

So they keep digging.

Meanwhile, In Tennessee, a 10-year-old boy with braces on his legs insists on getting up from his wheelchair and standing, hand over his heart, for the anthem.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2018/08/07/boy-in-wheelchair-pulls-himself-to-feet-for-national-anthem-at-tennessee-fair.html

*********** Someday, archaeologists will struggle to find out who Nick Saban was…

Says a sculptor who has several sports statues to his credit, ”To study a culture, you study the statues. So I want to create artwork that people will come back to in the future to study what happened to us,  just like we study Leonardo da Vinci today."

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24266446/bronze-epidemic-college-football

*********** Ordinarily you couldn’t get me to watch the Browns or the Jets, but I needed a football fix, so there I was last week, watching two of the worst teams in the NFL.

And I’ll be damned if they didn’t both look halfway decent.

The main reason was the play of their quarterbacks.

The media - and probably tens of thousands of Browns’ fans - went nuts over the play of much-hyped rookie Baker Mayfield, ignoing for the most part the job done by Tyrod Taylor, the starter presumptive.   All Taylor did was go 5 for 5 for 99 yards and a touchdown in two series of plays.

I heard some radio guys say that the Browns should just admit that Mayfield is their quarterback of the future, and go ahead and make him their starting quarterback.

I almost went off the road.

Future?  Don’t talk to the Browns’ coach, Hue Jackson, about the future. His record in Cleveland is now 1-31.  HIs only win came in 2016 - on Christmas eve - when the Chargers, down 20-17, missed a 45-yard field goal with no time remaining.

Hue Jackson doesn’t have the luxury of thinking very far ahead.  He knows that if he’s going to keep his job, he has to win THIS YEAR.  Future, may ass.  Put your money on Tyrod Taylor.

The Jets already have Josh McCown, who isn’t bad.  But also in the QB fight are Teddy Bridgewater and Sam Darnold, and they both were  spectacular. 

*********** I didn’t see it or hear it, but a friend and fellow coach whom I trust to tell me straight said he just happened to have the TV on Monday morning, and Megyn Kelly was talking about the guy who hijacked the airliner from SeaTac Airport.  My friend swears he heard her say, “I heard he played high school football…”

So there you have it.  Football made him do it!  He got hit in the head playing football!

Don’t let your little boy play football!

At least she didn’t say it was Trump’s fault.

*********** As a warning against giving in to someone who’s making demands, there’s an old French saying - l’appétit vient en mangeant.  Translated, it means, ”appetite comes with eating.”

It made me think of John L. Lewis.

John L. Lewis was once one of the most powerful men in America.  He was President of the UMW - the United Mine Workers, the people who dug most of our coal - from 1920 to 1960.   At a time when much of America’s power was generated by coal, when much of its industry was fueled by coal, and most of its railroad traffic was hauled by coal-burning steam locomotives, a man with the power to shut down the supply of the nation’s coal was a man with the power to shut down our country.

That was John L. Lewis, and he wasn’t afraid to use his enormous power, calling a nationwide miners’ strike, tieing up the nation’s economy if need be, in order to get what he wanted.

Once, when asked what he’d ask for it ever got everything he wanted, he answered, “More.”


***********  Hi Coach. Hope all is well.

How physical would you say your practices were?   Especially with smaller rosters. I know you had a really good group a few years ago with only a dozen or so kids.

Trying to get ideas for thinner rosters.

Thanks

If it’s at all avoidable we’re not going to lose a player in practice. But  I’d say we’re fairly physical otherwise.

In all of our blocking and tackling drills, we hit each other hard as hell, but always with a pad between the players. It seems to me that using a shield in our blocking and tackling drills enables the players to go a lot harder than they might otherwise.

We never take a man to the ground in tackling drills.

I have never seen any evidence that this adversely affects our blocking or tackling in games.

All scrimmages are THUD.  We hit and wrap up.  But no one hits low - no scramble blocking against a teammate - and no one is taken to the ground.  

We never have full-out scrimmages, and very little Oklahoma Drill or West Point drill.

We pitch a fit on violations of safety rules.

Hope that helps.


*********** A Steelers’ fan sneaked onto the practice field before he was nabbed.

The guy had on a Steelers’ uniform - actually it was more like a costume - but the dumbass made the mistake of wearing jersey #43, which hasn’t been worn since Troy Palomalu retired in 2014.

Also, it was a no-pads practice and the guy was wearing shoulder pads.

But he probably won his bet that he could get onto the field with the Steelers.

https://triblive.com/sports/steelers/13963536-74/steelers-fan-in-full-uniform-sneaks-onto-field-with-team

*********** As someone who lived in Maryland for 14 years, I’m disgusted by what’s been exposed at the University of Maryland.  The only way to describe the place is FUBAR.

It all started when they fired Ralph Friedgen (a Maryland alum) after a 9-win season, when he was voted ACC Coach of the Year.

They’ve since hired a string of ineffective coaches.  And then, facing financial disaster, they followed the money where it led - to the Big Ten - casting aside a 50-year association with the ACC and jumping into a conference where they might win a championship if they can ever arrange for Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State to be put on probation simultaneously.

Their current coach, DJ  Durkin, sounds like a guy with serious issues.

By all accounts, he and his staff were at best cold and callous in the way they treated a young man who died during conditioning drills.  They were, it seems to me, downright negligent in waiting a full 58 minutes after he had a seizure to call 911. The kids’ parents’ are suing the university, of course, and if their suit ever gets to a jury, the stuff that’s been coming out about an overall climate of player abuse and degradation is going to sway any jury and cost Maryland big. As well it should.

And then there’s the Maryland AD, Damon Evans.  Read this (from Wikipedia) about how he lost his job as AD at Georgia, and please tell me how he got hired at Maryland:

"Evans was arrested for DUI on June 30, 2010. Evans tried to bribe his way out of the arrest and had a pair of red panties between his legs when he was pulled over. The passenger in the car, 28-year-old Courtney Fuhrmann of Atlanta, was arrested for disorderly conduct. Evans was asked for his resignation and agreed to resign."

*********** Several high school coaches have written me to deplore what’s coming out of Maryland.  The ugliness that’s been reported as routine treatment of Maryland players has them concerned, rightly, that it reflects on them, too.  And on our game.

And that’s when it hit me.  Yes, just like the Big Guys, we put 11 man teams on 100-yard-long fields and we have four downs to gain ten yards and we award six points for a touchdown, and a few other things like that.

But otherwise, we have NEXT TO NOTHING in common with big-time college coaches. We don’t coach the same game.  There are good people who coach the college game - let them be embarassed by what their millionaire brothers are doing.  Let them deplore what the lowlifes among them are doing to their game.

They make millions of dollars a year.  Some of them, for God’s sake, have underlings - assistant coaches - making more than a million dollars a year.  They have dozens of people kissing their rings and fawning over them, willing to do at the snap of the head coaches’ fingers whatever they’re told to do, right or wrong.

Not all of them are greedy.  Not all of them are liars.  Not all of them are cheaters.  Not all of them are pimps.  Not all of them are consumed by blind ambition.  But they’re all surrounded and protected by sycophants whose families depend on their ability to suck up to the boss and willingness to do his bidding.

I laugh when they try to pass themselves off as their players’ surrogate fathers.  As moral exemplars.  As teachers. 

Some of them actually claim that to be teaching kids about “life.”  Please.  Sure, there are a handful who once knew what it’s like to have to teach a full day of high school classes and then coach a team. But for the most part, they’ve spent their entire lives in the confines of a college football program. Tell me what a guy who’s now  a millionaire but never earned a dime outside of college football knows about life in the real world.

They’re enriching themselves, but they’re doing it at the expense of our game, and as high school and youth coaches, we ought to distance ourselves from them. 

We aren’t in the same profession as big-time college coaches - and we ought to take great pride in that.

*********** The story that broke things open at Maryland…

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24342005/maryland-terrapins-football-culture-toxic-coach-dj-durkin

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/tracking-the-terps/bs-md-ben-jealous-maryland-football-20180811-story.html

*********** AS THE PIGSKIN TURNS…

On last week’s episode, URBAN MEYER faced the possible loss of his job as head coach of THE Ohio State Univerity Buckeyes after accusations that he had covered up the fact that one of his assistants, Zack Smith, a former player of his and the grandson of his coaching mentor, had beaten up his wife.  The battered wife, who evidently had had previous go-rounds with the guy,  didn’t press charges, but she said that she made Meyer’s wife - and other coaches’ wives - aware of what was going on.  It’s not certain whether Mr. and Mrs. Meyer, who presumably sleep together as man and wife, ever discussed a matter as important as that, but Meyer did say that he told the AD about the incident back when it happened (2015).  If the AD knew, you’d think he’d have fired the guy back then, but he didn’t, and Ohio State didn’t get around to firing him until a week or so ago. After making a statement to the press (“I know nothing”), Meyer has since been lying low.  (Or maybe just lying.)

Meantime, DJ DURKIN, a former player and assistant under Meyer, did his former coach and boss the favor of pushing him off the front page.  To do so, he had to come under accusations of running a brutal, degrading operation as head coach at Maryland, something that might not have come to light had a player not died during summer conditioning drills - and had they not handled the young man’s case  in a way no parent would expect their son to be treated.  When last we paid a visit to Maryland, Durkin and his strength coach and a couple of members of the training staff were on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation.

But wait - out of Columbus came a story that the “unnamed source” whose tip started the original wife-beating story rolling was none other than a former Ohio State assistant named TOM HERMAN, who just happens to be the head coach at Texas.  The story goes that he was miffed because Texas lost a recruit to Ohio State - and the guy who recruited him was Zack Smith. 


(From the “One a’ youse is a f—kin' lahr” Department… Herman denies that he was the source, as does the writer of the story.)

For what it’s worth: Maryland opens its season September 1.  Against Texas.  Damn shame they can’t bring in Ohio State and make a jamboree of it.

*********** With all the creeps coaching big-time college football, and  all the out-of-work sportswriters looking for the big story, don't be surprised to see another sordid Maryland-type story or two break in the next couple of weeks.

*********** There are two sports events that make me hit the “MUTE” button:

1. Any women’s tennis match when the players sound like they’e going through childbirth every time they hit a shot

2. Any football game with Beth Mowins doing play-by-play

*********** A few weeks ago I wrote about former Army linebacker Chuck Schretzman and his buddy Greg Gadson, who was severely injured in Iraq.  Just in case no one remembers the special magic that Colonel Gadson brought to the Super Bowl Giants…

https://youtu.be/ku7J3Nt7O2I



*********** Lacrosse people love their sport.  Only wrestling people compare in their passion.

Me?  I’m an outsider. I look at lacrosse and think of how much better it could be.

I’ve had three grandsons play high school lacrosse, and I’ve watched their games, and I’ve been quite impressed by the skills of the players and the speed of play as they move the ball up the field.

And then, for the most part, I’ve found myself shaking my head at how slow and dull it has suddenly become -  once upfield and in position to attack the other team’s goal, it turns an old-time basketball stall, with sticks - as they play keep away.  Remember Dean Smith’s four-corner offense?  Finally,  for some reason, someone decides to shoot.  The result is either a goal,  a resumption of the stall, or a turnover, which results in a race to the other end.  Where another stall begins.

That’s greatly oversimplified, of course, but it’s my perception.  And it’s the perception of people like me, not the passion of the true believers, that will increase  spectator interest in lacrosse.

Finally, colleges have decided to take action: college lacrosse is adopting a shot clock.

Teams will have 20 seconds to clear the ball. The shot clock would start after the ball crosses midfield, the story said. Any reset, whether it's a shot on goal or a loose ball push, will reset the clock back to 60 seconds.

Currently, officials can start a 30-second shot clock if they rule that a team is stalling. But teams can generally avoid a stalling call by firing shots over the net and getting in position to retain possession.

Every sport has its purists, people who believe that their game is perfect as it is, that any alteration is a sacrilege, and diehard lacrosse people will undoubtedly complain about this new rule, but as an interested outsider, I think it’s great.

Now, there’s one more thing they need to deal with,  a relic from the days when following a goal in a basketball game, the ball was put back into play with a center jump. (Gee, you think the team with the  big guy had an advantage?) 

In lacrosse now, after every goal, there’s a face-off. This means that a team with a good faceoff man - and I’m told that there are guys who seldom lose a faceoff - will score and then maintain possession, score and then maintain possession, etc.  To me, that goes against the concept of team play, and puts way too much importance on one player with a specialized skill.

I’d like to see them do away with the face-off after every goal and just inbound the ball from behind the goal, as basketball has done for years; at the very least, if they insist on retaining the face-off, I’d want them to require players to rotate at the position.

My apologies to lacrosse people for intruding on their sport.   It’s a good game but it could become much better - much more interesting to the casual fan - without drastically affecting its basic structure.


https://www.syracuse.com/orangelacrosse/index.ssf/2018/08/ncaa_mens_lacrosse_will_implement_60-second_shot_clock_report.html

*********** QUIZ ANSWER: As an offensive lineman at Pitt, Bill Fralic was a three-time first team All-American, and a unanimous choice in his junior and senior years.

He was the first offensive lineman to finish in the Top Ten of the Heisman Voting twice.

HIS CLAIM TO FAME:  For his senior season, the Pitt Sports Information Office created the “Pancake,” awarded each time he  put an opposing defender on his back.

In one 1983 game at Maryland, Pitt ran 11 straight plays over him.

He was the Atlanta Falcons’ first pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, the second player taken overall.

He played nine years in the NFL - eight with Atlanta and one with Detroit - and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times.  He was twice named All-Pro.

He was one of the first players to take advantage of the new NFL rules on free agency and nearly doubled his salary when he left Atlanta and signed with Detroit.

In 1998 he was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

He has testified in Congress against the use of steroids in pro football.

He has competed as a pro wrestler.

https://pittsburghpanthers.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=8668

********** CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING BILL FRALIC
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
SHEP CLARKE - PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON

*********** QUIZ - He was 6-6 and at least 260.  They called him Big Jim.

Born in McColl, South Carolina, he played college football at North Carolina under Carl Snavely, then assisted Snavely when he moved on to Cornell.  He also coached the Cornell baseball team and in the summers, he played minor league baseball.

In 1942 he was hired as head coach at North Carolina, but with World War II going on, he joined the Navy, and had the good fortune to be assigned to the Iowa Pre-Flight school to assist its football coach, Don Faurot.

(At North Carolina, his top recruit was the son of one of his cousins, a big running back from Bishopville, South Carolina named Felix “Doc” Blanchard, who at the outbreak of World War II would enlist in the Army and as “Mister Inside” would win a Heisman Trophy at West Point.)

In pre-war days, Faurot was head coach at Missouri, and in 1941 he had introduced a new, option-type offense which featured large line splits, and came to be known as the Split-T.  It would take the post-war football world by storm.

Working side by side with Faurot, he learned the ins and outs of the new split-T, and the offense would serve him well  the rest of his career.

Following the war, he took the head job at Oklahoma, taking with him as an assistant a young Minnesotan named Bud Wilkinson, who had also learned the Split-T under Faurot.

After going 8-3 in 1946, he left after one season to take the job at Maryland.  Although Oklahomans were miffed at his sudden departure, he left a stacked lineup and that young assistant, Bud Wilkinson, who would succeed him as head coach and - running the Split-T - go on to become one of the greatest college coaches of all time.

In his nine years at Maryland he compiled a record of 73-15-4 (that’s .815, approaching Knute Rockne’s all-time leading .881).  His 1951 team was undefeated and beat national champion Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl, and after his 1953 Terps won the national championship, he was named AFCA Coach of the Year.

In 1956, he accepted the head job at his alma mater, North Carolina, and in three years,  he compiled a 19-17 record.

In July of 1959, he was hospitalized with a mysterious infection - most likely Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever - and died five days later.  He was just 46.

His overall record as a college head coach was 100-35-7.

Several players he coached would later become head coaches themselves:

    •    Dee Andros, Oregon State and Idaho
    •    John Idzik, Detroit
    •    Jim LaRue, Arizona
    •    Dick Modzelewski, Cleveland Browns
    •    Dick Nolan, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints
    •    Jim Owens, Washington
    •    Darrell Royal, Texas
    •    Wade Walker, Mississippi State
    •    Ron Waller, San Diego Chargers
    •    Bob Ward, Maryland


american flagFRIDAY,  AUGUST 10,  2018 -   “In time, people will begin to realize it’s an important issue, CTE exists, but it’s much more rare than we thought,” Barry S. Willer, Professor of Psychiatry, University of Buffalo

*********** HOPE IS NOT YET LOST

A couple of recent articles give us hope that in the rush to end football as we know it, the science is NOT settled.

But don’t expect to see any mention of them in your local newspaper or any of the “national media,” because unfortunately, since they don’t help advance the argument that football is evil, that football fuels toxic masculinity, that football promotes domestic violence - they must be “fake news”

*** Politicians, Media Unfairly Single Out Football's Concussion Risk

Townhall - August 6
John R. Lott, Jr.

With the pro-football season starting this coming week for most teams, media outlets have returned to their steady drumbeat about concussions. Despite the excitement of kickoff returns, college football has bowed to pressure with a new rule this year to discourage kickoff returns.  

But if the media really cares about concussions, they shouldn't be singling out this uniquely American sport.

Women’s soccer players suffer a higher concussion rate than do male football players. A woman's soccer player who plays 10,000 games or practices would on average suffer 6.3 concussions. Compare that to 6.1 for men's football. But men’s wrestling and hockey have even much higher concussion rates of 12.4 and 8.4, respectively.

Concussions aren't the only problem. Both men's and women's soccer exceed men's football in total injuries. The injury rate is 11.14 per 10,000 athletic exposures for men's soccer and 9.7 for women's soccer. For football, it is 9.5 per 10,000.

***********
Unfortunately, soccer players are much less likely than football players to recognize that they have suffered a concussion. So, they are less likely to take the time to rest and get treatment. Perhaps players aren’t aware of the dangers because the media only fixates on concussions from football.

***********
Politicians have helped create the perception that football is particularly risky. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), the second-ranking Democrat, has introduced legislation mandating research on concussions in football, hockey, basketball, and baseball.   But there is no mention of soccer.   Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) want to pass stricter safety standards for high school football helmets.  Former President Obama went so far as to say in 2014, "I would not let my son play pro football."

If football is such a scourge, where is the concern over even riskier sports such as soccier, hockey, and wrestling?

Soccer might currently be the "in" politically-correct sport that is played by supposedly culturally superior Europeans, but parents who push their children into playing it for safety reasons are in for an unpleasant surprise.

https://townhall.com/columnists/johnrlottjr/2018/08/06/football-concussions-n2507163

*** UB study of ex-Bills, Sabres finds CTE 'much more rare than we thought'

Buffalo News - August 7
Sam Ogozalek

After examining 21 retired Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres players, a team of University at Buffalo researchers has published a series of academic papers dealing with CTE.  They contend that their evidence shows that, for some professional athletes, the risk of developing CTE is “not as great as once believed.”

While not disputing the existence of CTE, the team said that based on their finding no evidence of early onset dementia in 21 former Bills and Sabres players,  they don’t believe that CTE is as dangerous as previously thought, and, in the words of the lead investigator,  “it’s much more rare than we thought.”

***
Barry S. Willer, a UB professor of psychiatry who was lead investigator and co-author of the papers, said he started his work at UB expecting to find high rates of early onset dementia among the Bills and Sabres players.

His expectations didn’t pan out.

“We got caught up in the ‘CTE wave.’ It was, ‘Oh, God, this is serious,’ ” Willer said.

***
“News coverage has given the public the impression that CTE is inevitable among professional contact sport athletes,” the researchers wrote.
 “The results of our comprehensive investigation … do not support this notion.”

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And based off the UB study, Willer and Leddy (John Leddy, a UB professor of orthopedics)  said they believe there’s possibly a genetic trigger, or predisposition, that makes some athletes particularly prone to CTE.

“In time, people will begin to realize it’s an important issue, CTE exists, but it’s much more rare than we thought,” Willer said.


https://buffalonews.com/2018/08/07/ub-researchers-no-signs-of-early-onset-dementia-in-21-former-bills-and-sabres/

*********** My first exposure to the Baltimore accent was an eye-opener.  At first it sounded like Philadelphian, mainly in its rather cockney pronunciation of the long “O.”

But there were many differences, some subtle and some not so subtle, that made “Baltimorese” a dialect all its own.

The city was BAll-i-mer. The state was MER-lin.

Our brewery, in Highlandtown, was in HOLLandtown. FARS were put out by the FAR Department.  Saint Patrick was AHR-ish. My brother is a PO-lice. He went to the hospital in an ambu-lantz. Long John Silver was a parrot.  You cut the grass with a paramour.

Shortly after my arrival in town, I witnessed a near bar fight being settled by an impromptu arbiter who suggested that perhaps one of the two parties in the dispute was being less than truthful: “One a' youse is a f—kin lahr (liar). Make up your f—kin minds who it is.”

Which brings me to Ohio State.

Urban Meyer is still the Buckeyes’ head coach and I’m still unwilling to make any predictions.

But I sure do have to wonder…

If it’s true that he told his AD back in 2015 of the “issue” concerning his assistant coach.

And if so, ,  how the AD can explain the lack of any action against the “alleged” perpetrator of the “alleged” domestic violence until just a couple of weeks ago, when he was suddenly fired.

And why, assuming that the (“allegedly”) battered wife is to be believed, during the investigation (assuming there was one) no one ever contacted her (as she says). 

There are now three people involved here, and all I can say is, “One a' youse is a f—kin lahr.”

Actually, in this case, maybe more'n one.


*********** One of the NCAA’s answers to the basketball recruiting mess is to allow kids to hire agents.  High school kids. 

If the NBA and National Basketball Players Association change their rules and make high school basketball players eligible for the draft at age 18, as expected, players will be allowed to sign with an NCAA-certified agent starting July 1 before their senior year of high school, once they have been identified as an "elite senior prospect" by USA Basketball.


***********   Thirteen North Carolina football players will be suspended for anywhere from one to four games this season for selling shoes issued them by the school.

It all sounds so innocent, but these are not just “shoes.”  These are Air Jordans.  And they’re not any old Air Jordans, either.  They’re special, limited edition, retro, made-for-North-Carolina Air Jordans.

That might not mean sh— to you, but there are people out there, I’m told,  who will pay big money for a pair of special, limited edition, retro, made-for-North-Carolina Air Jordans.  Not to knock around in, dummy.  Not to play basketball or touch football in.  Just to have. 

And evidently these people will pay as much as $2,500 just to have a pair. 

Now, if you’re a typical college kid - football player or not - and somebody gives you a pair of shoes that you KNOW (kids are petty savvy about these things) somebody will pay you $2,500 for - what are YOU going to do?

And if you’re a college football coach and you give (sorry - “issue”)  a kid a pair of shoes that you  KNOW he can sell for $2,500 - what do you THINK he’s going to do with them?

The headline read, “North Carolina Suspends 13 Players for Selling Shoes.”

It should have read, “North Carolina Caught Laundering Money.”

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24302808/north-carolina-suspends-13-football-players-least-one-game

*********** Tom Sorensen, writing  in the Charlotte Observer about the latest North Carolina scandal…

If North Carolina had been clean, the shoe sale might not have attracted so much attention.

But I do give the Tar Heels credit for their timing.

Pro football exhibitions are starting. Former Carolina Panther receiver Kelvin Benjamin criticized Carolina quarterback Cam Newton. NASCAR CEO Brian France was charged with DWI and criminal possession of a controlled substance. And about 450 miles from Chapel Hill are Urban Meyer and Ohio State and their burgeoning scandal.

For what should be a slow sports week, there’s a lot going on. As is their custom, the Tar Heels contributed.

https://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/tom-sorensen-blog/article216352270.html#storylink=cpy

*********** It’s sad that Bobby Petrino seems to be such a sleazy sort, because he’s a coach’s kid, and I wouldn’t want to blame the way he’s turned out on his upbringing.

His father, Bob Petrino, Sr.,  the head coach at Carroll College,  in Helena, Montana for 28 years,  died July 26 at his home in Helena.

In his 28 years at Carroll, from 1971 through 1998,  he had 24 winning seasons.  Nine of his teams made it to the NAIA playoffs.
With an overall record of 163-90-2, he ranks 24th all-time in NAIA wins.

Besides Bobby, head coach at Louisville (so far), another  son, Paul , is the head coach at Idaho.

http://carrollathletics.com/news/2018/7/27/football-hall-of-fame-coach-bob-petrino-sr-passes-away.aspx

*********** I'd like to see every FBS team have to open the season against somebody tough - another FBS team and better yet, in the case of a  Power 5 Conference team, another Power 5 Conference team.  That way, when players    misbehave in the off-season and they're suspended for the first game, it'll hurt. 

*********** I do want to ask about something that I have noticed with all of your teams. When your teams score, the ball carrier is met in the end zone by the rest of the team. I admired this because of all the obvious reasons, but how did you coach this? Was there some kind of incentive or rule that you used to get all 10 players around the ball carrier when he scored?

You have to teach it.

I noticed years ago on one of my teams that a kid would score and everyone else would just head for the bench, leaving him by himself in the end zone.  I showed that to my players on video - first showing them a couple of college teams, and then our team.  I asked if anybody noticed anything strange, and one kid picked it up immediately.

It was the kid who’d scored our touchdown.   He said, “Nobody congratulated me.”

That’s when I realized that we had to coach them to  stop being cool.  To stop acting as if scoring a touchdown was no big deal. To break down their inhibitions.  (Or whatever it was.)

I told them that it didn’t make sense, as hard as they’d worked, to finally succeed and then go all ho-hum.

I told them that I was going to introduce them to being emotional - that from that point on, when a guy scored a touchdown - even in practice - I expected to see everybody on the team celebrate with him in the end zone.

I told them that everyone on the field had all had a hand in what happened, and they had all earned a right to be there in the end zone celebrating.

We practiced it.  Maybe it was fake at first.  Didn’t matter. (As my friend Greg Koenig likes to say, “Fake it till you make it.”)

We looked for it and commented on it in film sessions.  

(Of course, I constantly remind our ends and backs that a lot of people have put in a lot of effort - in practice and on that particular play - to make it possible for them to score, and I expect them to share the celebration with their teammates.)

The effect is something I’m quite proud of.   I think it helps emphasize that a touchdown is a team achievement.   I try to make sure to let a clip of a scoring play run a little longer to illustrate the end zone celebration.

I also tell players them to be on the lookout for guys who can’t be bothered doing the team thing.

Here’s how that helps:  Over the years I’ve seen guys hanging back and not taking part, and I’ve called them out on it.  I've actually  had guys who were glad to accept their teammates’ accolades when they scored, but couldn’t be bothered with going and congratulating a teammate when someone else  scored. I would take those guys aside and point it out to them and tell them it was a bad look, and that if I noticed it, teammates almost certainly did, too.

Maybe it’s a phony thing to those guys, but that doesn’t bother me.  I’d rather have them pissed off at me for making them do it than have them openly displaying their selfishness and pissing off other guys on the team.



*********** There’s been a lot in the news about “craft breweries.”  If you’re like me, you hear “craft brewery” and you think of a guy who this time last year was making home brew in his garage; or a brewpub that makes everything it sells and sells everything it makes, in a few shiny stainless steel kettles in the back.  Maybe, if it gets successful, it  bottles and cans its brews, and begins to sell its product outside its own market.  Maybe it gets so successful that it acquires - or builds -another brewery in another market, and becomes almost big-time.

For sure, though, a craft brewer will never be confused with an Anheuser-Busch.

But you might be surprised at how big some of these suckers can be.
 
A “craft brewery” is defined by the Brewers Association as having a capacity of 6 million barrels a year or less.  WTF? I thought.  That’s HUGE!

(A “barrel” - 31 gallons in size - is used as a standard of measurement of brewery capacity.  In actuality,  you can’t buy a “barrel” of beer. When you buy a “keg,” you’re buying what’s called, in the trade, a “half” -  a half-barrel, or 15.5 gallons)

The brewery I once worked for, the National Brewing Company of Baltimore, had a capacity of about 1,000,000 barrels.  That’s how much beer its Baltimore brewery  could put out in a year, running at full capacity.  We had three other breweries  in addition to Balimore - in Detroit, Miami and Phoenix - and altogether, our company’s capacity was a little over 1.6 million barrels.

By the Brewers Association’s ridiculous standards, National would have been a “craft brewer.”

My ass.  We were BIG.

How big were we?

We sponsored the Baltimore Colts.  We owned the Baltimore Orioles.   We had more than 100 trucks delivering beer in the Baltimore area alone, where we had more than a 50 per cent market share.

An average day for us in our Baltimore branch alone (we also had dozens of distributors from Pennsylvania to North Carolina) was about 30,000 cases, plus a large number of halves.  One barrel of beer yields 13.77 cases of 12-ounce bottles or cans. So 30,000 cases would amount to 2174 barrels of beer every work day. 2174 barrels times 260 work days (52 weeks x 5 days) would mean 565, 240 barrels of beer bottled and sold in the Baltimore area alone.  Add in our other markets and we came close to running at capacity.

We were pretty big, as the beer business went - but according to the Brewer’s Association, today we would be a  “craft brewery.”

Lemme tell you - 30,000 cases a day is a LOT of beer for a “craft brewery.”

In 1975, National ceased to exist. It was down to two breweries - Baltimore and Phoenix - when it merged with the Carling Brewing Company.  The new company, Carling-National, had nine breweries in all, with a total capacity of 1.9 million barrels a year.  At that time, it was the 9th largest brewing company in the US.  But like so many other good-sized brewing companies of those days, it was unable to compete with the Big Guys - Coors, Miller or Anheuser-Busch - and it went under.

But it was plenty  big.  It was no craft brewer.

*********** I know I’ve been on this topic a bit lately, but on Tuesday my wife and I went up to our place in Ocean Shores for a few day to escape the heat.

When we left Camas at 1:30 in the afternoon it was 92 degrees.  When we got to Hoquiam, Washington, the nearest sizeable town to Ocean Shores, at 4 PM it was 82 degrees. When we got to Ocean Shores, 18 miles away, it was 64 degrees.

In 18 miles, the temperature dropped 18 degrees.

*********** Stan Mikita died Tuesday.  He was 78.  Sent in 1948 at the age of 8 to live with an aunt and uncle in Canada by parents who saw no future for their son behind the Iron Curtain, he grew up to become the first Czechoslovakia-born player in the NHL.

He played 22 years in the NHL, all of them with the Chicago Black Hawks, and most of them with the legendary Bobby Hull.

He is considered one of the top 100 players in the history of the NHL.

He won the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer four times.   He is the only player in the history of the game to win the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Trophy (MVP) and the Lady Byng Trophy, for gentlemanly play in the same season.

(His winning the Lady Byng award is a story in itself.  While Mikita was not very big - about 5-8, 150 - he was  very tough, and often described as “fiesty.”  Early in his career, he was heavily penalized, but after realizing that it was hurting himself and his team, he cleaned up his act and twice won the Lady Byng Trophy.)

He also revolutionized the game.  He is given credit for inventing, quite unintentionally, the curved blade that’s now standard on most hockey sticks.  After accidentally bending the blade on his stick during a practice, he played on, and discovered that it not only gave his shots greater speed, but caused them to dive.

Using a propane torch,
he proceeded  to bend the blades on all his sticks. His teammate, the great Bobby Hull, also liked the idea, and between  the two they terrorized NHL goalies (Hull's shot was clocked at 120 mph). Finally, the NHL had to pass a rule limiting the severity of the curve of the blade.

In 1967, he became one of the first players to wear a helmet full-time, after nearly having an ear torn off by a flying puck.

From his obituary in the New York Times:

He later worked as a golf pro at a course in Illinois and founded a hockey school for the hearing-impaired in Northbrook, Ill., at which teammates were fellow instructors. A son of a friend of his was partly deaf.

“These kids have been rejected so many times in their lives,” Mikita was once quoted as saying by The Chicago Tribune. “You know how cruel kids can be. We like to think we can help them believe in themselves.”

He also was instrumental in bringing the Special Olympics to Chicago.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/07/obituaries/stan-mikita-78-dies-hockey-hall-of-famer-lifted-blackhawks.html

*********** QUIZ ANSWER: Bob Lilly was the first draft choice in the team’s history.  He came to be known as “Mister Cowboy, ” and his was the first name to go up in the Cowboys’ “Ring of Honor.”

In high school, in Pendleton, Oregon, he was an All-State two-way lineman his senior year.

He went to TCU, , where he was a consensus All-American defensive lineman his senior year.

He was named All-Pro seven times and played in 11 Pro Bowls.

He played in 196 consecutive regular season games.

He missed only one game in his career - a championship game.

He was named to the NFL All-Decade teams for both the 1960s and 1970s.

He has been named one of the top 100 players in the history of the NFL.

The Sporting News called Bob Lilly the Greatest Defensive Tackle in NFL History.”

********** CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING BOB LILLY
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
TOM DAVIS - SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
MIKE BENTON - COLFAX, ILLINOIS
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
SHEP CLARKE - PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON
JERRY LOVELL - BELLEVUE, NEBRASKA
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK - (I had a poster of him in my bedroom as a kid)
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON

*********** Hugh,

Today's quiz was one of the few that I didn't need to Google other than to confirm my response. Bob Lilly is Mr. Cowboy. I'm struck by how many of the players whom you select just seem like regular guys away from the field, which reminds me that most of them played before the huge contracts and endorsement deals of today's NFL.

This interview is interesting, especially the part where Bob Lilly discusses how he didn't like football at first, but he was too afraid to quit. It also includes a clip of his famous sack of Bob Griese in the Super Bowl.

Greg Koenig
Cimarron, Kansas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7zBHZJonIe4

*********** I have a hell of a time trying to picture Bob Lilly doing a sack dance.

*********** Because of drought in Texas, Bob Lilly’s family moved to Pendleton, Oregon (as much a cowboy town as anyplace in Texas) for his senior year.

*********** Bob Lilly has earned a reputation as an outstanding photographer.

It all started when he was named to the 1961 All-American team -  The Kodak All-American team.

Kodak gave every member of the team a 35 mm camera - “a very advanced model for the time,” in Lilly’s words - and 200 rolls of film.

From there, wrote Lynn Eodice in shutterbug,
Lilly set out about photographing his teammates, and games that took place at the Hula Bowl in Hawaii and the Shriners' All-Star game in San Francisco. By the time he became the number-one draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys, he was hooked on photography. He shot candid photos of the Cowboys and their coaches, and generally had a camera with him wherever he went.

https://www.shutterbug.com/content/bob-lilly-hall-fame-football-player-bob-lilly-shoots-scenics#68JIjwjWaZESkLky.99

*********** At one time,  Bob Lilly owned a Coors distributorship, but he gave it up after coming on the scene of a traffic accident caused by drunk driving.

"A whole bunch of Coors cans had fallen out on the highway, and he realized, 'Those young boys were drinking my product'," Ann Lilly told the Dallas Morning News in 1998.

https://sportsday.dallasnews.com/dallas-cowboys/cowboys/2018/06/09/20150713-10-things-to-know-about-cowboys-legend-bob-lilly-including-his-super-bowl-legacy-famous-photography

*********** QUIZ: As an offensive lineman at Pitt, he was a three-time first team All-American, and a unanimous choice in his junior and senior years.

He was the first offensive lineman to finish in the Top Ten of the Heisman Voting twice.

A CLAIM TO FAME:  Before  his senior season, the Pitt Sports Information Office created the first  “Pancake” stat, which it awarded each time he  put an opposing defender on his back.

In one 1983 game at Maryland, Pitt ran 11 straight plays over him.

He was the Atlanta Falcons’ first pick in the 1985 NFL Draft, the second player taken overall.

He played nine years in the NFL - eight with Atlanta and one with Detroit - and was selected to the Pro Bowl four times.  He was twice name All-Pro.

He was one of the first players to take advantage of the new NFL rules on free agency and nearly doubled his salary when he left Atlanta and signed with Detroit.

In 1998 he was voted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

He has testified in Congress against the use of steroids in pro football.

He has competed as a pro wrestler.



american flagTUESDAY,  AUGUST 7,  2018 -   “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” Ralph Waldo Emerson


*********** Do you suppose it could be fake news?

I don’t know whether I can believe this, since I read it on cnn.com, but if it’s to be believed, at least two NFL teams will employ male dancers - er, cheerleaders - this season.

Just what the doctor ordered to boost the NFL’s ratings among its core constituents.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/nfls-first-male-dancers-will-hit-the-sidelines-this-season/ar-BBLzMnx?ocid=spartandhp

*********** Old friend John Torres sent me an article in the Washington Post dealing with the proliferation of personal QB coaches.  Every kid, it seems, has one.  Many, it seems, have had one (or more) since they were seven or eight years old.

I don’t know how many of these guys have ever been head coaches themselves,  but I know an awful lot of them haven’t, because they have no idea what a pain in the ass they can be to high school coaches.  (I’ve heard horror stories about QB coaches walking right out onto the field, right in the middle of practice, to give a young client personal attention.)

Having done a bit of QB coaching myself,  I try really hard not to be “that guy” - the QB coach who interferes, maybe even hints that if a youngster were to play in another system he’d have more opportunties to show what he can do.  Maybe I’m limiting mtself, but I try to make sure that in my work to help a young player improve, I’m teaching him things that will help him make his team better - that will help, not undermine, his coach.

Trent Dilfer, who’s heavily involved in QB training, seems to get it:


“The pivotal conversation in quarterback training is which ones are teaching kids how to self-correct and become more coachable by their high school or college coach. All we are is a value add to their existing coaching.”


https://wapo.st/2voHqbl?tid=ss_mail&utm_term=.edc1c60f2127

*********** Well, here it is Tuesday, and Urban Meyer still is - or isn't -  the head coach of THE Ohio State University Buckeyes.

*********** I enjoyed the NYCU section on Mike Lude this week. I had just returned from a vacation visiting my parents in Lewes, Delaware. On a rainy day, we traveled up the U of D and walked the facility. My father found his name on two trophies in the Bob Carpenter field house and, because of construction, we were able to gain access to the football locker room and go on the field. At the team's exit point there is a giant mural of Delaware players. At the bottom it list off the years of their national champions. The final line reads: “One of America’s proudest football traditions.”

It was very cool for myself, my dad and my son to walk those halls.

Tom Walls
Winnipeg, Manitoba

***********  Interestingly, when you read the reminiscences of NFL oldtimers, the ones who built the pro game, you keep coming across nostalgia for training camp.  That was the time when grownup guys, away from their wives and families, could act like schoolboys again.

That was a time when training camp was designed to be a bit of a distance from the distractions of the big city - but not so far away that the team’s fans couldn’t make a nice day trip out of a visit.

It was football’s small-time version of baseball’s Grapefruit League, where hometown fans would escape the cold of Boston or Detroit or Philadelphia and slip down to Florida for a week or so to watch their team train.

Today, as the NFL becomes the IBM of the sports world, the whole idea of a team holding its “camp” anywhere but at team headquarters is becoming quaint and outdated.

Now, only 11 of the 32 NFL teams actually train at a place other than where they practice throughout the season.

There are all sorts of advantages to staying home: players can sleep in their own beds… there is much less chance of players acting like schoolboys again… equipment guys don’t have the hassle of having to pack up and move all that gear… there’s no worry about medical and training and rehab facilities… it’s a lot easier getting players in and out of a big city (How do you suppose the Texans get a guy out of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia - where they hold their camp - after they cut him?) and it’s easier getting the team to its “preseason” games.

Holding “camp” at the team’s practice facility, rather than out in the hinterlands, makes all sorts of sense.  Except…

It deprives fans of a unique opportunity to get close to their heroes - of a chance for little kids to see up close the guys they only know from TV.  It’s thinking in the short term, rather than investing in their game’s future.

Peter King, who’s been making the rounds of NFL training camps, did a nice video feature on the charms of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where for more than 30 years the Steelers have trained.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that doing this, continuing to give their fans far greater access than most other teams, has had something to do with the unusually strong attachment Steelers’ fans feel to their team, and with the fact that, based on apparel sales, the Steelers are consistently among the most popular NFL teams.

https://www.nbcsports.com/video/latrobe-holds-special-place-peter-kings-heart


*********** The Washington Post ran a recent article on 7-on-7, a growing offshoot of our game and a growing problem for high school coaches.

Just as AAU basketball has diminished the importance of the high school basketball coach in the recruting process,  7-on-7 is seen by many as a similar threat to the high school football coach.

College coaches find themselves faced with a classic dilemma as they decide whether to work with AAU coaches: do they cater to 7-on-7 coaches and piss off high school coaches, or do they continue to work with the high school guys - and miss out on some promising talent?

Says Todd Graham, most recently the head coach at Arizona State, “If you want to recruit the elite player, you have to be involved in it. You have to know the powers in all-star 7-on-7, whether you like it or not.”
Says  Stanford’s David Shaw, “I will also never ever, ever have a recruiting conversation with a 7-on-7 coach. I talk to high school coaches, counselors and parents.”

*********** Remember the baseball All-Star game that was stopped because they ran out of pitchers?  I remember saying at the time that surely, for the good of baseball, they could have done what anybody else who’s ever played the game has seen done - bring in a position player to pitch.

Interestingly, that’s what’s happening in everyday baseball this season.

Even though teams have large numbers of pitchers on their rosters, they’re still concerned about saving their arms, to the point where when they find themselves being blown out, they’ll say “what the hell,” and bring in shortstop, or a first baseman, or an outfielder to pitch.

As of last weekend, 39 different position players had been called in to pitch on 49 occasions.


*********** In case you still have any doubt about what’s been tearing our nation apart, look no further than the school where you teach.

 A coach wrote to tell me “I had new teacher meetings this week. Had to listen to a pussy talk about white privilege. Unreal.  These people will teach kids. Shoot me.”


*********** Talk about the undue influence of TV…

While we couch potatoes certainly enjoyed watching MAC games on week nights late in the season…

Not a single MAC game was played on a Saturday during the month of November.


*********** Bloomberg.com cites four reasons why taxpayers should never subsidize stadiums…

1. In an incredibly profitable business, if a sports team can’t make money in its current venue, that is proof that it’s poorly managed, and not something that taxpayers should be subsidizing

2. Rich owners avoid having to pay the full costs of their operations, while getting the full benefit of their team’s appreciation in value

3. There is no longer any question:  “Stadiums add little or nothing to the local economy. It certainly isn’t worth giving away billions of dollars to these businesses. The return on investment for the public is nil. These wasteful subsidies have demonstrated little if any positive economic impact on the municipalities and states.”

4. “Given the state of the nation’s infrastructure, one would imagine that there might be projects with higher priority for taxpayer dollars. Bridges are collapsing, tunnels are on the verge of failure, highways are not being properly maintained, rail lines are obsolete, the electrical grid is an antiquated patchwork and our ports are still vulnerable to terrorist attacks. This is before we even consider making our transportation system smart and capable of handling self-driving cars — or even just more efficient at traffic management. Anyone who thinks the taxpayer should be paying for building new stadiums should spend a little more time studying the state of America the rest of us deal with. Build all the stadiums all you want. But pay for them yourself.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-07-16/four-reasons-taxpayers-should-never-subsidize-stadiums


*********** Four servicemen were asked this question:  "What would you do if you found a scorpion in your tent?"

The sailor:  "I'd stomp on it and squish it."
The soldier: "I'd hammer it to death with my boot."
The Marine: "I'd catch it, bite the stinger off and eat it."
the airman:  “I’d call room service and ask why there's a tent in my room."

*********** When you know things are bad…

Nike has ended it relationship with Jameis Winston

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24278086/nike-elects-not-renew-jameis-winston-contract


*********** Another reason to like the CFL…

Toronto came back from a 28-7 halftime deficit to defeat Ottawa, 42-41, with one second to play.

Game over, right?

Not exactly.  Ottawa fielded the “ensuing” kickoff,  and the return man, about to be tackled, didn’t try to lateral - he punted!

Here’s the deal - as with all kicks in the NFL, if the punt had gone beyond the goal line, Toronto would have had to return it back to the field of play;  and had they not been able to do so, it would have meant a point for Ottawa.  Tie score.

As it turned out, the punt wasn’t long enough.  But no matter - I’d like to see the NFL top that for an ending.


*********** Hugh,

Well...turns out we had a "work day" today instead of an in-service, and appears likely this will be my last "regular" response to your News.  I'll continue to peek at it each week, and respond when I have the time.

The Hall of Fame game was played on Thursday night?  I did not know that.  Maybe a blessing??

I've convinced my wife that our next summer beach vacation will be in the Pacific Northwest somewhere.  She's all for it.  ANYTHING to get away from the sauna down here in Texas. 

My wife reminded me the other day of the comment I made to her years ago when Urban Meyer left Florida for Ohio State.  She said, "I remember you telling me that whatever trouble Urban Meyer is leaving behind in Gainesville, will eventually surface again in Columbus...at some point." 

You are fortunate to have met, and befriended, a man like Mike Lude.  Sounds like my kinda guy!

My youngest daughter worked in KC for awhile and told me she went to the coolest sports bar she had ever been in (wasn't sure if her frequenting sports bars was something I wanted to hear, but...).  Anyway...it was Chappell's.  Dang!  Missed out again!

Dwight Clark was the greatest receiver you never heard of until "the catch".  He was likely one of the first modern-day large body WR's that became more the norm for NFL teams to direct their scouts to look for.  Guys like Clark and Montana helped change the passing game.  I consider myself very lucky to have met Clark and Montana in their heyday.  I was a younger coach working Freddie Solomon's youth football camp in San Francisco at the time.  Dwight was a good guy taken away by a vile illness.  RIP.

I never really cared for Jerry Jones.  Until now.  And especially understand now why he insisted on taking Dak Prescott as his future QB. 

QUIZ:  Another of my paisanos!  AND a Domer!  Nick Pietrosante!

Have a great weekend my friend.  I'll stay in touch when I can.

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas


*********** If it were any other team sport, the new guy would have been able to step right in, seamlessly.  It happens all the time in baseball, basketball, soccer - even ice hockey.

But this was football.  Football is different, and if you needed any proof, there was Friday night’s CFL game between Montreal and Hamilton.  Montreal’s QB, an American named Johnny Manziel (maybe you’ve heard of him),  had been with the team just over a week, but there he was, facing his first professional action in quite some time, playing with teammates whose names he hadn’t even had time to learn.

And, to put it mildly, he stunk.

His first pass, thrown on his second offensive play, was intercepted.  Fooled by a zone blitz, he threw right into the hands of a linebacker who’d faked a blitz, then dropped back, unbeknownst to Manziel,  into the middle.  Things didn’t get any better for him the rest of the game.  Yes, he showed some flahes of his old self when he had to scramble - “extending the play” is the popular cliche - but for the most part he seemed out of synch with the rest of the team.  Of course, even if he had been on the same page as everyone else, it wouldn’t have made a lot of difference, because when he did look comfortable and had time to throw, the passes he did throw were not of professional-quality.

Finally, when he didn’t show any improvement, he was pulled for Vernon Adams, the guy whose starting job he’d taken.  At that point in the fourth quarter, Montreal’s offense had produced just a field goal.

Believe it or not, I actually wanted to see him do well.  So, too, did a fairly large turnout of Montreal fans.  (I’m glad I’m not one of them, because their team is bad.  Really bad.) Hamilton won, 50-11.  Not even a Hall-of-Fame performance by Manziel would have been enough.


*********** QUIZ ANSWER - NIck Pietrosante is one of the greatest football players to come out of the state of Connecticut. 

A native of Ansonia, he attended Notre Dame High School in West Haven, where he helped establish the school’s reputation as a state power.  In his senior year, 1954, Notre Dame went undefeated, outscoring opponents 332-12.  Big (6-2, 220) and fast, “Big Nick” as he was know throughout the state scored 23 touchdowns in nine games, and would undoubtedly have scored many more had his coach not rested his starters in the second half of most games.

Heavily recruited, he chose Notre Dame (the university) and for three years (1956-1958) he was their starting fullback.  As a junior in 1957, he recovered a fumble on defense, and threw the block that enabled the Irish to score the game’s only touchdown as they beat Oklahoma 7-0 and ended the Sooner’s 47-game win streak.  He was named third team All-American that year.

As a senior in 1958 he was Notre Dame’s leading rusher and was named first team All-American fullback.

He was the Lions’ first draft pick - the sixth pick overall - and rushing for a league-high 5.9 yards per carry, was named the 1959 NFL Rookie of the Year.

In 1960, he was named the Lions’ MVP, and was named to the Pro Bowl team for the first time.  In 1961 he was once again named to the Pro Bowl.

In all, from 1959 through 1965, he played in two Pro Bowls, and set a franchise record of 3,933 yards rushing.

Placed on waivers before the 1966 season, he played sparingly for two seasons with the Browns before retiring.

In 1988 Nick Pietrosante died of prostate cancer.  He was 50.

https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/NEW-HAVEN-200-Ansonia-born-Notre-Dame-bred-11506244.php

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING NICK PIETROSANTE:
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUSIANA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
MIKE BENTON - COLFAX, ILLINOIS
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
TOM WALLS - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
MIKE FORISTIERE - TOPEKA, KANSAS

*********** I used to chuckle when I’d hear TV guys say “pee-ETT-ro-SAHN-tay,” which was probably correct Italian, and maybe that’s the way the family always pronounced it.  Maybe as he got older he thought it sounded more distinguished (remmber when Tony DOR-sett became Tony dor-SETT?).  But I remember the home folks back in the New Haven area, where he first became famous, pronouncing it “PETT-ro-SAHN-dee,” and as a general rule, I go with the locals.

***********   Good morning, Hugh. I hope you and Connie are doing well.

The answer to today's quiz is Nick Pietrosante. Here's a look at Notre Dame's big win over Oklahoma in 1957:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXSnQvxpoLU.

Did you know that Notre Dame gives the Pietrosante Award every year? The award is given to the player who best exemplifies courage, loyalty, teamwork, dedication, and pride. It sounds rather similar to the Black Lion Award.

On another note, I agree with Mike Lude's take on 7 on 7 completely. We took 30-45 minutes of camp one day to work 7 on 7. I was amazed that guys who are north-south runners immediately became juke and jive guys in 7 on 7. It also brought out trash-talking among our players. I hate 7 on 7.

Coach Greg Koenig
Cimarron High School

Hi Greg-

I didn’t know about the Pietrosante Award.  Very impressive.  It does sound like the Black Lion Award.

Great video, too.  That old 16 MM film is as sharp as it was 60 years ago.

After looking at that, I found this… Army vs Notre Dame, 1957

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPqDL6VKytM

At the 1:19 mark, Nick Pietrosante runs right over an Army tackler and goes 65 yards for a TD.

Interesting how you saw 7 on 7 transform your kids right in front of your eyes!


*********** Another all-time great I know about due to good ol’ Strat-O-Matic Football…Great short yardage card! 
Mark Kaczmarek
Davenport, Iowa

*********** QUIZ: The first draft choice in the team’s history, he came to be known as “Mister Cowboy, ” and his was the first name to go up in the Cowboys’ “Ring of Honor.”

In high school, in Pendleton, Oregon, he was an All-State two-way lineman his senior year.

He went to a private college in Texas, where he was a consensus All-American defensive lineman his senior year.

He was named All-Pro seven times and played in 11 Pro Bowls.

He played in 196 consecutive regular season games.

He missed only one game in his career - a championship game.

He was named to the NFL All-Decade teams for both the 1960s and 1970s.

He has been named one of the top 100 players in the history of the NFL.

The Sporting News called him the "Greatest Defensive Tackle in NFL History.”


american flagFRIDAY,  AUGUST 3,  2018 -   "Leaders create culture. Culture drives behavior. Behavior produces results.” Urban Meyer


*********** Yes, yes, I know - it was only an exhibition (make that "pre-season") game.  The Bears scored with 2:44 left in the game to pull within one at 17-16. But then, rather than risk tying it up and maybe sending the game into overtime, they went for two.  Didn't make it. 

Whew. For a minute there, I'll bet the guys were worried they might  have to keep playing the GAME. Until somebody WON.

Yes, it's a GAME   But those a&&holes treat it as if it's work - something to be avoided at all costs.

And the point of a game is to WIN - unless it means having to play overtime.

And they wonder why  they're losing their audience.

*********** It was 85 in Camas, Washington on Wednesday, bringing an end to a stretch of nine straight days of 90-degrees or more in the Portland area.  July set a new all-time record with 15 over-90 days.   Damn, I hate hot weather. 

High temperatures are (or used to be) rare in the Pacific Northwest.  Seattle is the least air-conditioned city in the lower 48; even with all the newcomers that have been pouring in, no more than 30 per cent of its homes are air-conditoned.  Portland is the second-least.  Although only about 170 miles south of Seattle, its average temperature is a bit higher than Seattle’s, and more than half of its homes are air-conditioned.

Our house,  built in 1950, is like most of the houses built in that era, and doesn’t have air conditioning.  (Retrofitting it is not an expense we care to take on.)  It is, however, fairly well insulated, its large picture windows are double-paned, and it’s fairly well shaded by trees.

Because humidity is generally low all over the West, temperatures drop dramatically at night, so even after a 90+ day,  it’ll be down in the 60s at night.  When hot weather is expected,  we open all the windows and doors first thing in the morning to let the cool air in (no worries about bugs out here, either!).  We turn on our ceiling fans,  and around 11 or so, when the temperatures inside and out are about the same, we close everything up tight. 

Then, as long as we don’t open the doors too often, the place stays very comfortable, even on high-90 days. 

(Thursday’s high was 71.)

*********** As soon as you heard that colleges were considering adding esports (video games) teams, you just had to know what was next: parents hiring personal coaches for their little darlings.

In a recent Wall Street Journal article, parents cited two main reasons for doing so:  (1) they wanted to help their kids become winners in some game (of which I confess ignorance) called Fortnight; and (2) they hoped that it might earn their kids college scholarships.

(Does anyone realize that once, parents hired tutors to help their kids academically?  Does anyone still pay for piano lessons when they could be using the money to pay for esports coaching?)

The saddest part of the Journal article told of fathers who were paying for esports coaching for themselves so they could keep up with their kids - imagine paying to learn how to use a glove and a ball so you can play catch with your son.

https://www.workinsports.com/blog/the-rise-of-coaching-in-esports/

*********** Faced with declining turnouts for football, at least seven  Virginia private schools are planning to make the move from 11-man to eight-man football this year.

The plan calls for all teams to play eight-game schedules over 10 weeks, with a four-team playoff at the end.

*********** Hi Coach, I recently moved to another team that runs Markham’s dblwng and feel right at home.    Any advice when melding  to Don Markham’s system would be greatly appreciated.

Coach-

I don’t have a lot of experience in converting a Don Markham system, so I wouldn’t know where to begin.  Although the formations are virtually the same, there are significant differences in the systems.

For me, the difference in numbering systems and terminology would be the biggest obstacle to merging, and for someone who wants to get into my stuff and needs help, it’s essential that we speak the same language.

My best advice, though, would be that if you feel “at home” where you are and things are going well, it’s probably best not to tamper with what’s working!


*********** Rather than try to make sense of the Urban Meyer situation, I chose instead to disgorge the following not-necessarily-related thoughts…

Point Number One:  Everywhere he’s been a head coach, he’s won.

He ran an ugly program at Florida, recruiting bad people and - provided they were good enough players - excusing their behavior. 

Florida has yet to recover from what he did to win games there.

The poisonous culture he allowed - if not promoted - at Florida would ordinarily have made a guy untouchable by a top-notch progam like Ohio State, except for Point Number One.

The good name of Earle Bruce, a man who died not long ago with a good reputation, has been tarnished.

If Meyer’s wife didn’t tell him what she knew about Zach Smith’s marriage, it could only be because Meyer cleverly told her not to tell him anything he shouldn’t hear.

Police in Ohio evidently look out for the Ohio State football program the same way the police in Florida do for Florida and Florida State.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Meyer are employees of THE Ohio State University (can we finally put an end to that pretentious nonsense?), and under Title IX had mandatory reporting obligations.  Now, if he didn’t know, but she did - does this mean that she takes a federal rap to protect him?

If there’s proof that all the assistant coaches knew (since we are told that their wives did) would Ohio State fire the entire staff  for failure to report domestic abuse?  Could they retain Meyer but fire all his assistants?

Zach Smith is going to have a hell of a time finding a job that pays like this one did.  His 2017 contract called for a base salary of $300,000; if Ohio State had won the Big Ten East (8.5%)and then the Big Ten Championship (4.25%) and participated in the Playoff semifinals (21.25%) he would have received $105,000 in bonuses. 

Ohio State’s loyal followers, who’ve been through this twice before in the last 40 years, have to be looking for the slightest possible reason to avoid having to go through it for a third time.

Watch someone try to blame Zach Smith’s (“alleged”) violence  on concussions he suffered as a player.

At some point football will take a hit: enemies of the game will seize on the case as what naturally results  from the testosterone-fueled violence - the misogyny -  that is the football culture.

The Ohio State administration, already envisioning a season of #MeToo demonstrations outside the Shoe on fall Saturdays, will decide there is no way they can keep Meyer.

They will not hire Meyer’s successor yet.  They will do as they did when they had to let Jim Tressel go and appointed Luke Fickell as interim head coach.  This is Ohio State.  It’s one of the great jobs in college football and nobody is out of the running at this point.  Not even Saban.

My early guess is that they will hire Bob Stoops.  And he will step in and beat Jim Harbaugh’s ass.  After Ryan Day does it this year.

Big-time college football, flush with TV money, won’t miss a beat.  It will continue to pay its coaches and assistants - more and more of them every year - outgrageous sums of money that they couldn’t make any place or any way else legally, and they’ll do anything necessary, legal or not, to maintain their bloated lifestyle.  Which means using any  means possible to recruit people who have no business taking up space in any self-respecting college.

There still won’t be a single women’s sports program with a sign in its locker room exhorting its athletes to “TREAT MEN WITH RESPECT”

*********** I came across some article ridiculing Urban Meyer for  playing the “I’ll be a father to your son” when he’s out recruiting.

I agree.  Actually, shame on any of today’s big-time coaches who try to pull that crap.

Ever seen a team phootgraph of a modern-day big-time team?  Look at all the guys dressed up as coaches - they’re assistants, GA’s and “analysts,” and it looks like there’s 50 of them.

Then there are the players, 120 or so.

That’s one bigass family.

Are you telling me that any one of college football’s self-proclaimed father figures has ever, in a single player’s college career, spent more than five minutes alone with the kid, giving him “fatherly” advice?

They’re coaches and that’s what they’re paid to be. Why pretend otherwise?  In fact, some of them are so busy recruiting other people’s kids that they don’t have time to be fathers to their own kids.

In short:  Any time you hear one of those guys talking about being a father figure to his players he’s most likely a phony.


MIKE LUDE AND ME*********** MIke Lude and I had lunch Tuesday.  It’s become an annual event over the past ten years or so, when Mike’s in Portland to visit family.  Mike knows - and remembers - more about football, and college football in particular, than any three of us. He’s in great shape physically and, at 96, able to recall with amazing clarity events of 60 and 70 years ago - or things that happened yesterday. 

Although we talk frequently on the phone, these lunches are extra special because we have a lot of time and  because I never know where our talk is going to go.  Will it be to the Wing-T?  Mike, as Dave Nelson’s line coach, was its co-inventor: he was charged with adapting Fritz Crisler’s unbalanced single wing line blocking rules to Dave Nelson’s balanced line attack.  Many of the things that we do today are Mike’s translations of Fritz Crisler.

Will it be college football?  Mike still knows his subject.  He was a head football coach at Colorado State, and AD at Kent State, Washington and Auburn.  And he stays active in NACDA, the National Association of College Directors of Athletics.

Mike thinks that the college football structure is economically unsustainable.  He believes that the TV money won’t last, and he thinks it’s idiotic the way colleges spend the TV money as fast as it comes in.

He can’t believe the amount of money that college coaches - and not just the head coaches - are paid. (How about Iowa paying its strength coach $750,000 a year?)  We talked about how today’s salaries are NOT market-driven - that there are dozens of qualified applicants for any coaching opening, which blows up any argument about supply and demand - and said if he were an AD at a major college and looking to hire a head coach, he’d take a shot at one of the “really good” coaches at the non-Power 5 colleges.  He said there are plenty of them who wouldn’t need $3 million a year.  I said to him, “But if he wins, you’ll only keep him three years, and then he’ll be off.”  Replied Mike, “Yeah - and that would prove it was a good hire, wouldn’t it?”

Although in his entire career as AD he hired just two coaches, he did hire two pretty good ones.

At Kent State, he gave Don James his first head coaching job.  And when Coach James left for Washington, Mike joined him a year later as the Huskies’ AD.

At Auburn, he hired Terry Bowden, who went 47-17-1 before he lost out, after Mike left,  in a head-knocking contest with a powerful booster.

We got on the subject of the growth of 7-on-7.  Mike hates it.  Compares it to AAU basketball in its potential to undermine high school coaching.

We got on the topic of Hillsdale College, of which Mike is a strong supporter.  Hillsdale is where Mike got his education, where he met his wife, Rena, and where he played football for Dave Nelson, the only coach he ever worked for.  It’s fair to say that Hillsdale is a conservative college - it doesn’t take a dime of government money, which means it doesn’t have to comply with a single government order, including Title IX. 

We talked about more, of course - and then it was time to go.  Mike had to catch a flight to Tucson.

*********** Hugh,

This latest email is coming from "Slapdick" Texas (aka Austin).  Could you imagine the confusion and chaos if lefty parents decided to start changing THEIR names?  Including FIRST names and LAST names?  Or even "blending" their names?  Austington?  Columberson?  Jackstin?  Hmmm.

Your comments on "I'll get back to you" prompted me to share this with you.  As you know, at one time I was interested in coaching in Europe.  My resume is registered with Europlayers.   I received a message from my Europlayers account saying if I'm interested in a head coaching job I would have to contact the club directly.  I viewed the site and there were a number of head coaching jobs and assistant jobs available in Europe.  For kicks I inquired about a few of them.  Had never heard back from any of them, and found out that most of them are now looking for coaches again.  Hmmm.

I've utilized the wrist band-no huddle method, AND, the huddle.  I actually combined the two when I found out I had a couple of kids who were hard of hearing.  Worked pretty well.  If or when we would get behind we would go no-huddle OR do it just to change the tempo and catch the defense sleeping.  When we were ahead we would always use a huddle and take our sweet time. 

The increase in rugby injuries can be directly attributed to the increase in size and speed of the players.  It would seem to me that physics has a lot to do with it.  When there's an increase in mass and an increase in velocity the result is in an increase in the impact.  Which results in an increase in damage.  It would then seem logical why American football came up with protective equipment to minimize the damage.  Hmmm.

Imagine if that openly gay Air Force cadet DID save a drowning child!  The other cadets would likely start doing backflips off of fighter jets!

I would be concerned if the Yale Bowl replaced the natural grass surface with a different type of natural "grass".

Have a great week!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas


*********** A few years ago I wrote about a visit to Chappell’s after a Kansas City clinic.  Chappell’s, in North Kansas City, is/was one of the nation’s best sports bars - except that it should be in a category all its own, as a sports museum. 

Along with a treasure trove of Kansas City sports memorabilia, owner Jim Chappell has at least 1,000 different football helmets - high school, college, pro - hanging from the ceilings.

Now comes news from Coach Sam Knopik at KC’s Pembroke Hill School that owner Jim Chappell has sold to an outside group.

They say they’re going to keep things as they’ve always been, but I doubt it.

For sure, they won't be able to replace jim Chappell and his special affection for all things regarding Kansas City sports.

http://www.chappellsrestaurant.com/


*********** Dwight Clark, hero of “The Catch,” is gone, dead of ALS.

In his eulogy, Joe Montana said, “Catch you on the other side.”

God, what a dreadful disease ALS is.  It’s right there with Alzheimer’s as the cruelest of diseases.

With Alzheimer’s, the patient can maintain physical health, while losing it all mentally; with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), the patient remains mentally alert,  well aware of the maddening and frustrating fact that  he or she continues to decline physically.

https://theathletic.com/455229/2018/08/01/joe-montana-to-his-fallen-friend-dwight-clark-i-will-catch-you-on-the-other-side-i-love-you-i-miss-you/

The Army football family has been hit hard by ALS, with former linebacker Chuck Schretzman now dealing with it.  He and teammate Greg Gadson, who lost both legs in Iraq to an explosion, were fellow linebackers, such close friends that they were in each other’s weddings; Chuck Schretzman was the one Greg Gadson’s wife turned to for strength when her husband was hospitalized after his injury.  Now, it’s Chuck fighting to keep his strength.

Chuck’s wife, Stacy, a former Army basketball player, is a tower of strength herself as Chuck fights the ravages of ALS.

https://www.nhl.com/bluejackets/news/blue-jackets-elk-and-elk-honoree-chuck-schretzman/c-296785324

https://youtu.be/u8rhtF2ESEY

*********** Funny how the NFL, that great bastion of Constitutional law, defends kneeling during the national anthem as the players’ exercising their freedom on speech, while imposing a gag order on Jerry Jones.  They could have cracked down on Kaepernick in the first place, and avoided all the ugliness since, but no…

*********** I was reading an article in the paper about the jersey numbers that have been retired by the Boston Bruins, when I saw, “Aubrey Clapper, Edward Shore, Milton Schmidt.”

WTF?  Wait, I thought.  They did NOT attain their Bruins’ immortality as Aubrey, Edward and Milton. 

They were Dit Clapper, Eddie Shore and Milt Schmidt. That was how they were known to the people who loved them.

But those people are all gone now, and today’s keepers of the torch couldn’t care less about the old timers.  Don't even know who they were, obviously.

So Aubrey, Edward and Milton they will remain, lost to history.

Applying the same disdain for the past to baseball:

George Ruth, Joseph DiMaggio, Louis Gehrig, Lawrence Berra

Or football:

Richard Butkus, Michael Ditka,  James Brown, Raymond Lewis


*********** A baseball player found to have texted objectionable things (“I hate gay people,” “KKK”) seven or more years ago, back when he was a dumbass teenager, is now required by Major League Baseball to cleanse himself of sin by undergoing sensitivity training.

Meanwhile, a woman “of color” who just four years ago was busily texting ugly racist things about white people - when she was 26 - won’t have to attend training.

She’ll be too busy.   She was just hired as an editorial writer by the New York Times.

https://twitter.com/ArminNavabi/status/1025015489729196032/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1025015489729196032&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nationalreview.com%2Fnews%2Fsarah-jeong-new-york-times-hires-writer-racist-past%2F

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/08/02/new-york-times-stands-by-new-tech-writer-sarah-jeong-after-racist-tweets-surface.html


*********** QUIZ ANSWER  -  Billy Shaw grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi and played his college football at Georgia Tech, where despite weighing just 220, he was an All-America lineman (in the days of two-way play).

At the 1960 College All-Star Game he was switched  from defense to offense when a starter got hurt, and he spent his entire career on offense.

He was drafted by both Buffalo of the AFL, which planned to play him on the offensive line and by Dallas of the NFL, which wanted to look at him at linebacker. He chose Buffalo on the advice of his college coach, Bobby Dodd, who advised him that he’d have a better chance if he didn’t have to change positions.

Those Buffalo teams were good.  Although he was undersized at 6-2, 250, with him leading the running game as a pulling guard, the Bills won back-to-back AFL titles in 1964 and 1965.

From 1963 though 1966 he was a first team All-AFL guard, and in 1968 and 1969 he was named to the second team.  He is a member of the All-Time All-AFL team, and was named to the All-Decade All-Pro team for the 1960s.

How’s this for trivia: Billy Shaw is the only player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who never played a down in the NFL.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING BILLY SHAW
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN,  TEXAS
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTO
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
MIKE BENTON - COLFAX, ILLINOIS
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA

*********** A look at Billy Shaw,  sent by Greg Koenig, in Cimarron, Kansas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4RRUhZmHhg

*********** QUIZ - He is one of the greatest football players to come out of the state of Connecticut. 

A native of Ansonia, he attended Notre Dame High School in West Haven, where he helped establish the school’s reputation as a state power.  In his senior year, 1954, Notre Dame went undefeated, outscoring opponents 332-12.  Big (6-2, 220) and fast, he scored 23 touchdowns in nine games, and would undoubtedly have scored many more had his coach not rested his starters in the second half of most games.

Heavily recruited, he chose Notre Dame (the university) and for three years (1956-1958) he was their starting fullback.  As a junior in 1957, he recovered a fumble on defense, and threw the block that enabled the Irish to score the game’s only touchdown as they beat Oklahoma 7-0 and ended the Sooner’s 47-game win streak.  He was named third team All-American that year.

As a senior in 1958 he was Notre Dame’s leading rusher and was named first team All-American fullback.

He was the Lions’ first draft pick - the sixth pick overall - and rushing for a league-high 5.9 yards per carry, was named the 1959 NFL Rookie of the Year.

In 1960, he was named the Lions’ MVP, and was named to the Pro Bowl team for the first time.  In 1961 he was once again named to the Pro Bowl.

In all, from 1959 through 1965, he played in two Pro Bowls, and set a franchise record of 3,933 yards rushing.

Placed on waivers before the 1966 season, he played sparingly for two seasons with the Browns before retiring.

In 1988 he died of prostate cancer.  He was 50.



american flagTUESDAY,  JULY 31,  2018 -   "Much good work is lost for the lack of a little more."  Edward H. Harriman, railroad tycoon

*********** I hear from time to time from coaches who tell me they’re waiting to hear about a job - but they never hear.  The people who tell them “I’ll get back to you” never do.

There’s a special place in hell for people who don’t get back to you. If you’ve ever been out of work, you’ll know what I mean.  Dashing a hopeful’s hopes is a form of torture.

If you’re one of those people I’m referring to - if a guy’s ever called you about a job and you told him, “I’ll get back you,” and you didn’t - my wish for you is an eternity of sitting near a phone, waiting for the word that your time in hell is up.

Better yet, you’ll be burning in hell and you’ll keep calling God and you’ll keep getting His secretary, who keeps telling you He’s been getting your messages…

Or, someone who says he’s “God” will keep telling you he’ll get right back to you about getting you out of hell and up to heaven, where he says you belong.  But he never does.  (It’s not really God, of course, because unlike you, He wouldn’t lie to people.)

***********  The Diversity Department (supported by  tuition dollars) at Bath University in England has asked lecturers to refrain from using the term “as you know.”

You see, according to the “co-chair of the university’s student union race equality group” (now that’s a title to put on your business card), “Some lecturers used commonly known references stating ‘as you know,’  which could make students feel at fault for not knowing and make it difficult to engage with the course content.”

One former lecturer disagrees,  suggesting that such ideas were coming from administrators “who need to justify their salaries and who planted them in the heads of student union activists.”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5954595/Bath-University-academics-urged-stop-saying-know-case-students-feel-inadequate.html

*********** They were different times…

Next time you see some kids fixated on their smartphones, think about Jerry Lumpe.

Jerry Lumpe was a major league baseball player, and a pretty good one.  He playd second base for the Yankees, Kansas City A’s and Tigers.

In his obituary, I came across this:

Although he played solely in the American League, Lumpe grew up a St. Louis Cardinals fan, and his father, W. J. Lumpe, gave him his middle name to honor the star Cardinal pitcher Dizzy Dean. Father and son listened to Cardinal games on the network of the team’s flagship radio station, KMOX, in St. Louis. But it took some initiative to find a spot where the signal would come in clearly.

“We got the station in Sedalia, but it didn’t go very far,” Lumpe told The Springfield News-Leader in 2011. “But there was a hill about five miles north of town, and we’d sit up there in the car listening to the game, my dad and I. You tell the kids that now, and they think you’re crazy.”

*********** While reading an article in the Portland Oregonian about a commercial coding school and its efforts to recruit students from “underrepresented” groups, I came across this quote from an 18-year old graduate of the course, indicating his initial skepticism:

“I didn’t think, because I was Hispanic, I could have a career in tech.”

What?

Now, where the hell is that defeatist attitude coming from, and who the hell is filling  kids' heads full of that kind of sh—?

*********** In my latest playbook, I include a full section on my play-calling system, which uses “wrist coaches” (wristbands) containing “play cards.”  Every offensive player wears a wristband customized to his specific position.  The coach sends in a play not by name, but by co-ordinates showing its location on the play cards, and then on his play card the player locates the play and - better yet- his assignment.

Some people call this a “no-huddle” system, but I refrain from calling it that.  Sure, it allows us to run plays without a huddle, and I’ve done it on occasions.  But that was not my purpose.

One of my purposes was to streamline play-calling.  It’s a whole lot simpler to get a play from the coach on the sideline to the team in the huddle if instead of asking a substitute to transport jargon like “West Strong Liz Red Y Corner”  we reduce all that verbiage to the play’s coordinates on the card - something as simple as “20-4.”

The other purpose was to eliminate a major sticking point in teaching almost anything- the inability of some kids to memorize. In this case, it's their assignments.  Given the compact size of the play cards, we can’t explain assignments in detail, but we can give kids “cues and clues.” (Especially when you coach at a small school, you have to find ways for every able-bodied kid, even ones who are slow learners,  to contribute on offense, and this makes it possible.)

Once we discovered how the playcards got us past this sticking point, we found that we could expand the number of plays  we could run well (from a small handful to a larger handful).

As we’ve gone on, we’ve discovered other side benefits to the playcards:

We don’t huddle in practice.  We’ve found that by eliminating the unnecessary “huddling-up” between plays in practice, we’ve been able to run 50 per cent more plays in the same time period as before. (Put another way, if our aim is to run a specified number of plays, we can now do so in 2/3 the time we needed previously.)

Now, every coach knows the play that’s been called.  Coaches have wrist bands, too, and when they hear the coordinates, they know the play that’s been called.

If I want, I can stand on the defensive side of the ball while still being able to call out the plays I want to see without having to use a messenger.

In emergency situations (a common occurence in a small-school program) we can get by with one backup for the entire offensive line.  If  a player goes down, we give his wrist band to the sub, and he at least knows the assignments.

But there’s one use I never intended, and that’s to enable us to “hurry-up.”  If your intent is to do as so many college coaches have done, to emulate Chip Kelly and see how quickly you can run your offense, you’re going to need a lot more than a play-calling system.  For one thing, you’re going to have to have a hell of a staff, because you’re not going to have  much time to get coaching done during your team period. And you’re going to have to have some pretty good athletes, too, because if you don’t, you're going to find yourself punting without having taken more than a minute off the clock.  Uh-oh.  Now you’re back on defense.

My thinking, to be frank, runs counter to the race-horse idea.  My thinking is the thinking of any ball-control coach: the best defense is a ball-control offense.  If I have the ball, you don’t.  If you don’t have the ball, and my offense is taking care of the ball, you can’t score. 

What’s the hurry?  There have been many times that we’ve taken the opening kickoff and driven 70 or 80 yards for a score.  A drive like that can take seven or more minutes off the clock.  Would you rather be ahead 7-0 with five minutes left in the first quarter - or ten minutes?

Oh - and how does a seven-minute drive sound when you’re coaching youth ball and your quarters are only eight minutes long?  I’ve had many a youth coach tell me about eating up an entire quarter with one drive.

This leads me to a very thought-provoking article I found from a 1975 AFCA publication.  It’s by Pepper Rodgers, a wishbone coach who left UCLA to take the head coaching job at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.  What he discusses in the article was operating at the usual tempo, but not huddling - at least, not in a huddle. He's talking about ball control AND no huddle.
NINE GAMES WITHOUT A HUDDLE

By Pepper Rodgers
Head Coach, Georgia Tech

We went to the no-huddle offense last spring.  We thought that we would experiment with the no-huddle.  We would stay at the line of scrimmage.  We would run without a huddle, except that we would “huddle” just by standing at the line of scrimmage just as we would stand in the huddle.

Now, it did several things for us in terms of practice organization in that every player on the team watching the play being run knew the play.  You know how difficult it is at times to have a play called and the other players are standing around not knowing the play - not being able to observe what’s happening so they can learn by watching.  So when the automatic system goes in at the line of scrimmage, all the players who are watching that particular play being run know the play.  The coaches all know the play.  So that helped  us in that area.

Then, as we went through the no-huddle offense, we found that our players began to like it.  They liked what was happening because they actually could look at the defensive man while the play was being called, as opposed to going back into the huddle, then turning around and going back up there to the line. And they made calls at the line of scrimmage, like you do all the time.  They would know the play.  The play would be called by the quarterback, we’d go down, and we’d snap the football.

We went the entire spring without a huddle and we didn’t know, because we had no experience, whether in a game we could hear when we got to the line of scrimmage, and whether we could hear the entire ball game.

So we opened the season using the huddle against South Carolina and lost the football game.  Now that had nothing to do with losing.  They played better and deserved to win.

But what happened was that we didn’t know whether the no-huddle would work or not.  So now we read in the paper where a team that had been to our place and had watched our spring practice and picked up our no-huddle had used it and had been successful.  Said how many yards they made, how great it was, and so forth.  So we decided then and there that we would go into the no-huddle with the next ball game.

Well, we did, and we had a very successful no-huddle offense for the next nine football games.  And it was very effective.  And then for the last game of the season we had injuries that hurt our football team as far as the number of experienced players we had and we wound up playing with a lot of freshmen. We had not not had spring practice with them.  We lost. (To Georgia, 42-26.)

Our record using a huddle was 0-2.  Our record without a huddle was 7-2.  (Those two losses were to Auburn and Notre Dame. HW) So we did have some success without a huddle.  It was a different approach to the game for us, and I think because we used the wishbone we were able to do it because we had all our backs behind the QB.  We have not broken our wishbone.  We used two tight ends, although one of them was basically a split end.  Our ends lined up where they could hear the quarterback at all times and they could move in and out according to how the quarterback would signal to them.

So that was the concept of the no-huddle offense.  It was effective for us at Georgia Tech as we again established new rushing and total offense records.

Coach Rodgers didn't mention it, but because Tech was up at the line and ready to play, it cut down on defensive substitution and communication.

*********** Before you get all excited thinking that teaching tackling the way the rugby guys do is the answer to football’s problems - because, after all,  they don’t even wear helmets and they don’t have concussions, and blah, blah, blah… 

I’ve got news for you.   Rugby’s got problems of its own.

Actually, it’s not even news.  This is from a four-year-old article: 
"Everyone can see that rugby, at the top end, is becoming an ever more extreme sport. They know it demands particular resilience. What they still don't know is what physical shape the first generation of pro union players will be in when they hit 60. Hence the dark shadow of the concussion debate, which increasingly hovers over every contact sport.

"It's good that players are a bit more aware about concussion but it is definitely the biggest issue facing the game moving forward.”
And rugby’s problems haven’t gotten any better in the meantime.  (Maybe I should show them how we tackle?)
 

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2014/may/13/rugby-union-injuries-concern-grows-premiership?CMP=twt_gu

*********** A little note on Bob Greene…When we moved to DeKalb when I was in 10th grade, my family being relatively conservative, chose the Chicago Tribune (then a voice of the "Colonel" McCormick family, of the Cantigny Estate you’ve written about)) over the Sun Times…I would have chosen the Trib because of the Gil Thorpe cartoon…Bob Greene, then, was a young human interest columnist for the Trib and we all became big fans…he certainly can draw a tear from everyone in the family……My Mom, a librarian made sure I read his “Good Morning, Merry Sunshine” upon the birth of our 1st child, a daughter
 
Now for the 2nd part…Our daughter was born in Beatrice (bee AT triss), Nebraska, which was my 1st head coaching job…at that time Beatrice was in Class A (the big schools) classification…There were basically 3 conferences made up of the “big schools” then…Metro (Omaha area)…Capitol (Lincoln area)…and the Plains (the rest of Nebraska)…Both Beatrice & North Platte were a part of the Plains Division so there were plenty of long bus rides from Beatrice!...I now have added “Once Upon a Town” to my Goodreads list

Mark Kaczmarek
Davenport, Iowa

*********** Hugh,

First, Happy Anniversary to you and Connie, and congratulations on ?? years of marital bliss!  My wife Bernadette and I just celebrated our 43rd in June.

Five out of six days of 100+ degree temps in Austin.  Thankfully the humidity has been low.  Unfortunately the beach is 3+ hours away and unlike the Pacific Ocean, Gulf temps in TX aren't much lower than what they have been where we live.  No getting away from the heat around these parts.

My grandparents were immigrants from Sicily.  LEGAL immigrants.  They did not speak English so they had to LEARN how to read, write, and speak English WITHOUT the government providing them materials written in Italian.  NOTHING was given to them, or any of the other millions of immigrants that came to this country at that time.  They WORKED for everything they had, and NEVER complained.  They were grateful to be here, proud to be called "Americans", and carved out a good life for themselves and their two boys.  They assimilated.

An old college football teammate of mine who had served two tours of duty in Vietnam once told me how he would have enjoyed having a face-to-face meeting with Jane Fonda but he would have had to wait in a very long line to have had that opportunity.

Will be very interesting to see if any of the Cowboys players "try" to test Jerry Jones, and even more interesting to see how he responds if they do.

No surprise to see "The Mad Bomber" Daryle Lamonica at the top of one of the lists.  The pride of Clovis, CA the high school football stadium was named in his honor...while I was still a student at the school!  And another no surprise is Steve Young.  I always thought he was one of the better QB's I've seen.

There are a lot of towns in this country that see things the same way as North Platte.  And there will be many more you hear of with this President in office.

Have a great weekend...and anniversary celebration.

John Harbaugh - Someone who is not afraid to call it what it is...but forced to "rearrange" his comments by snowflakes who think they know everything there is to know about everything.

http://footballscoop.com/news/john-harbaugh-shares-text-dad-comment-callusing-young-players-riled-people/

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

Not even arguing whether for safety’s sake we should or shouldn’t have eased up some on training - but how can anybody say with a straight face that  you can ease up - whether in the military, in law enforcement  or in sports - and still turn out people every bit as tough and as hard as before?HW

*********** Where will Coach Joe Gutilla’s next letter come from?  Yesterday, it was Austin.  Tomorrow, who knows?

It started with Confederate statues.  Then street names.

Now, it’s the name of Austin, Texas.  See, Stephen F. Austin once owned slaves, so…

That’s what happens, Texans, when your capital city gets overwhelmed with transplanted liberal Californians.  They’re infesting the West.   We’ve seen it happen in Oregon and Washington.  It’s happening in Colorado and Nevada and, to a certain extent, Utah.

They flee the idiot politicians in Califiornia - but they bring their idiot politics with them.

https://www.frontpagemag.com/point/270873/left-wants-rename-austin-over-slavery-daniel-greenfield


*********** While the Big Ten is awash in TV money - more than $50 million a year per conference member (except Maryland and Rutgers, who don’t yet share fully in TV revenues) - the fans aren’t seeing any benefits.

Tickets, food and parking are expensive; to help bring in the TV money, kickoff times are moveable and often inconvenient; nobody likes Friday night games; non-conference games are more often than not useless schedule-fillers.

At the Big Ten media days, Matt Brown of SB Nation asked Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany what good all that TV money is going to do for fans, and this was the response:

It allows for the development of venues, academic support, psychological support, travel. So if you’re a fan of a Big Ten institution, typically fans support not only football and basketball but to a lesser extent Olympic and other sports ... I think it allows us to recruit nationally. It allows us to have financial aid packages to the maximum allowed by NCAA. It allows us to have the broadest base programs in the country. We have nearly 10,000 students participating and $250 billion of financial aid.

So it simply allows for a platform that provides high-quality educational and athletic opportunities. They’re really unequalled among the major conferences in the country. Without those resources, we’d be unable to have a presentation and an opportunity set that I just described.

WTF? I have read that, and re-read it, and I’ll be damned if I can find an answer to Matt Brown's question in there anywhere.

I think maybe the Commissioner is saying what the TV people have been saying:  “F—k the fans.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaafb/college-football%e2%80%99s-tv-gravy-train-is-slowing-so-focus-on-fans/ar-BBL5yLK

*********** Gays everywhere, rejoice! A defensive back at Air Force is the first openly gay player at a service academy!

Hey, gay kids - you can pursue your dreams!

Bradley Kim, a defensive back at the Air Force Academy, announced on Friday that he is gay. Kim, who shared his story on his Instagram account and through an interview with OutSports, is the first active player at a service academy to publicly come out.

"The biggest reason I want to share this is to be able to reach people who are in similar situations struggling with the same things I have struggled with," Kim told OutSports. "I want to be that example for kids that you can be gay, you can pursue your dreams, and you can have an athletic career.

Before going public with his story, Kim, a safety for the Falcons, informed his fellow defensive backs and received a standing ovation in response.

That can't be serious.  Future officers in the Air Force giving a guy a standing ovation for “coming out?”

I mean,  good for him and all that, but a standing ovation?   For revealing that he’s gay?

Those Air Force DBs sure set the bar low for  standing ovations.

I can only imagine what they'd have done if he’d rescued a baby from a burning building… or rushed into the surf to save a drowning swimmer.

https://www.stripes.com/news/air-force/air-force-defensive-back-is-1st-openly-gay-player-at-a-service-academy-1.540020

*********** The Yale Bowl was the inspiration for the Rose Bowl and for the Big House at Michigan - which in turn was the inspiration for Notre Dame’s stadium.  And it gave the term “Bowl” to the sport of football.  I thought you might enjoy this article that appeared in the New Haven register, on the 100th anniversary of the ground-breaking of the Yale Bowl.

https://www.nhregister.com/connecticut/article/YALE-BOWL-Celebrating-the-100th-anniversary-of-11426003.php

Now, it appears, the Yale Bowl will be among the last big stadia to make the conversion from grass to artificial turf…

https://www.gametimect.com/a-turfed-yale-bowl-could-look-to-host-ciac-football-championships/#photo-816382


***********  QUIZ ANSWER - Paul Warfield played on a national championship team in college and on two Super Bowl champions in the NFL.

In Warren, Ohio, as a running back on the football team, he scored 92 points as a junior and 93 points as a senior.   In track, he set state records in the broad jump, 100-yard dash and high hurdles.

At Ohio State, still a running back, he played on the Buckeyes’ 1961 national championship team.  He was named to the All-Big Ten team in both his junior and senior seasons, and was a first team All-American as a senior.  As a portent of his future career as a pro, he caught 22 passes his senior year.

He also continued to stand out in track, with a long jump of 26-2 (the world record at the time was 27-3).

He was chosen in the first round - eleventh overall - in the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, and although he was originally projected as a defensive back, Browns’ head coach Blanton Collier saw greatness in him as a receiver.  With personal coaching by recently-retired Browns’ receiver Ray Renfro, he turned into a quality receiver with spectacular speed.

In his rookie season, with him on one side and All-Pro Gary Collins on the other and all-time great Jim Brown at running back, the Browns won the NFL title, upsetting the Baltimore Colts.  He caught 52 passes for 920 yards and nine touchdowns and was named first team All-Pro.

Following the 1969 season, desperate for a quarterback, the Browns tradedhim  to the lowly Miami Dolphins for a first round draft choice (which they then used to draft QB Mike Phipps).

The Dolphins he joined were about to become the power of the NFL.  In his five seasons in Miami, they played in three straight Super Bowls and won two of them.  Their 1972 season remains the only unbeaten team in NFL history.  During his time there, he caught 156 passes for 3355 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Prior to the 1974 season, he and teammates Larry Czonka and Jim Kiick made national headlines - and brought instant credibility to the World Football League before it had even played a down - when it was announced that they had signed “future” contracts to play in the WFL in 1975, after they had played out their option year in Miami.

Although they had signed with Canadian millionaire John Bassett to play for the Toronto Northmen, by the time they were free to play in the WFL the franchise had been moved to 1975.

When the WFL failed in 1975, he returned to Cleveland to play two more seasons.

In 13 NFL seasons, he caught 427 passes for 8565 yards and  85 touchdowns.

His 20.1 yards per catch remains the highest among all receivers with 300 or more catches.

He was a six-time first team All-Pro and played in eight Pro Bowls.

Paul Warfield was named to the 1970s All-Decade team, and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING PAUL WARFIELD:
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JOSH COLE - ODESSA, NEW YORK
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
TOM DAVIS - SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
SHEP CLARKE - PUYALLUP, WASHINGTON
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOE BREMER - WEST SENECA, NEW YORK


********* QUIZ -  He grew up in Vicksburg, Mississippi and played his college football at Georgia Tech, where despite weighing just 220, he was an All-America lineman (in the days of two-way play).

At the 1961 College All-Star Game he was switched  from defense to offense when a starter got hurt, and he spent his entire career on offense.

He was drafted by both Buffalo of the AFL, which planned to play him on the offensive line and by Dallas of the NFL, which wanted to look at him at linebacker. He chose Buffalo on the advice of his college coach, Bobby Dodd, who advised him that he’d have a better chance at making the squad if he didn’t have to change positions.

Good advice. He made the Buffalo team, and those teams were good.  Although he was undersized at 6-2, 250, with him leading the running game as a pulling guard, the Bills won back-to-back AFL titles in 1964 and 1965.

From 1963 though 1966 he was a first team All-AFL guard, and in 1968 and 1969 he was named to the second team.  He is a member of the All-Time All-AFL team, and was named to the All-Decade All-Pro team for the 1960s.

How's this for trivia? He is the only player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame who never played a down in the NFL.


american flagFRIDAY,  JULY 27,  2018 -   “The faithful see the invisible, believe the incredible and then receive the impossible.” Benjamin Franklin

*********** Happy Anniversary to my wife, Connie.  The early days of making the change from the business world to coaching weren’t easy, and I couldn’t have become a coach without her constant support and encouragement.

*********** Damn.  It was 93 in Camas today. Oh well - not to worry. Where we are, 3 hours away in Ocean Shores, the high today was 60.

*********** I like today’s quote by that great American, Benjamin Franklin, because so much of coaching depends on faith - a belief in the existence of something you can’t see.   Turning out for football requires a lot of faith on a kid’s part - he puts himself in your hands, trusting you to know what it is that you’ll be teaching him and to be patient with him while he’s learning it.  He has to have faith that you'll take him to where he needs to be - when he doesn’t have the faintest idea where that is.

Think about a kid when he first turns out for football: he places blind faith in you to treat him with respect and to see to it that others do, too; to teach him the game
and help him overcome his fears;  to leave him, when football's over, wishing it would never end.

*********** While America slept…

According to a report from the Migration Policy Institute, 22 per cent of the US population does not speak English at home.

Just keep telling yourself:  “Diversity is our strength.”

Meantime, I'm still trying to figure out why we print ballots in any language other than English.

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/22-of-us-population-does-not-speak-english-at-home

*********** A recent  study shows that the best way for teachers’ unions to re-enlist those members who were cut free of mandatory union membership by the Supreme Court’s recent Janus v. AFSCME decision is to offer them more “professional development.”

Our results suggest that public sector unions are most likely to be successful not when they stress the political “voice” that unions provide, nor when they stress narrow job protections. Rather, unions looking to energize their members need to provide clear benefits that members value related to their identity as professional employees — benefits that those members can’t get elsewhere and that members have to pay dues to get.

For teachers, we found, that meant training (classes, conferences, and workshops) and classroom support on issues central to their jobs, like the use of technology and how to help students with mental health issues. Other public employee unions might offer similar benefits tailored to the jobs and skills held by their members; for state social workers, it might be trainings to better help their clients. The key seems to be assistance that helps people do their jobs better.
Based on my memories of "professional development," I have to admit to being a bit skeptical.

But then, I confess I wasn't paying careful attention.  I just saw something in there about “Classes, conferences and workships.”  Are you telling me that if I join your union you’ll work to do away with them? 

Sign me up.

https://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2018/7/17/17578832/teachers-unions-janus-strategy-labor-movement-agency-fees

*********** Say the name “Jane Fonda” around a guy who served in Vietnam - and stand back.

And cover your ears.  The woman is hated.

Without spending a lot of time on the reason why -  Miss Fonda in her zealous liberalism not only opposed the war in Vietnam, but at a time when our soldiers were being reviled as “baby killers” (by pro-abortion types, for those of you who like irony), she actually travelled to North Vietnam,  posing for photos that most reasonable persons would interpret as showing support for our enemy.

So now, 45 years later,  comes an announcement from her acknowledging that some of what she did back then was “thoughtless.”

Yeah, thoughtless.  Next she’ll say that she was young and naive. (She was 35 at the time.)

Hmmm.  Think her announcement could have anything to do with the fact that she’s got a movie coming out soon?

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/jane-fonda-vietnam-war-9-to-5-1202883934/

*********** Dale Murphy may be the best baseball player who’s not in the Hall of Fame.   The ironic thing is that although he was a back-to-back MVP and he’s got great stats, he might have stretched out his career a bit longer with a little, um, medicinal assistance.   Just enough to get him two more homers -  hung ‘em up with 398, just short of the magical 400 mark.  The question persists - while some guys are kept out of the Hall of Fame because they took PEDs, is Dale Murphy being kept out because he didn’t take them?

http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/24182944/where-braves-legend-dale-murphy-now

*********** Hugh,

One of my former high school players was coached by Tony Sparano at BU.  Absolutely loved Coach Sparano and couldn't give him enough credit for his growth as a young man.  Coming out of a CA JC Anthony was drawn to Coach Spor immediately.   Both Italian.  Nuff said.

QUIZ:  Mark Moseley of the single bar facemask below his chin.

Have a great week!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

It may have been Lombardi who when he was asked if he was only playing a guy because he was Italian. Lombardi said, no - “I’m playing him because I’M Italian!”

*********** Enjoy all the "vintage" football clips you post, especially the Ruben Mayes highlight -- watching players with real shoulder pads doing real "football things" on the field...so different from today!  Yes, WSU did run a lot of veer with the "RPM" backfield (Rypien, Mayes and Porter).  Often, the two RBs would do a simultaneous spin move at the snap (one step to the right, then a 180-pivot to the left) before getting the handoff.  They looked like the Temptations at the Apollo Theatre, and of course they disguised the direction of attack as well as the blocking-back/ballcarrier assignments.  Good Times!

Shep Clarke
Puyallup, Washington

(That’s the counter option.  Great looking play!  Real choreography! HW)

*********** The fat’s in the fire…

Jerry Jones has announced that the Cowboys WILL stand for the national anthem - “Toes on the line.”

This could make a Cowboys’ fan out of me.  If nothing else, I’ll watch the start of the Cowboys’ games before turning them off.  (It is. after all, still the NFL.)

https://www.foxbusiness.com/features/dallas-cowboys-players-must-stand-for-anthem-jerry-jones-says


*********** A few years ago I came across an article in a pre-season football magazines from 1962. Its title: "Pro Football's Vanishing Breed: The Great Quarterback"

It lamented the fact that with Sid Luckman, Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham and Bob Waterfield already gone from the game and Charlie Conerly having just retired; with Y. A. Tittle, Bart Starr, Sonny Jurgensen and Fran Tarkenton yet to prove themselves and Bobby Layne nearing the end of the line, only John Unitas remained as a truly great quarterback.

Consider how much tougher it was for a passer then...
Linemen couldn't use their hands to block
The penalty for holding was 15-yards
There was no such thing as hook sliding; if you ran, you were fair game
Intentional grounding was intentional grounding; there was no such thing as a "tackle box" outside of which one could intentionally ground the ball with impunity
Spiking was unheard-of. If you wanted to stop the clock, you threw an "out" pattern over a wide receiver's head
Defensive linemen could use a head slap
Quarterbacks were routinely hit - anywhere on their body - well after they'd thrown
Defensive backs could hit receivers anywhere on the field until the ball was thrown
Hashmarks still divided the field into thirds - there was a definite short side and wide side
With the conspicuous exception of Otto Graham, NFL quarterbacks called their own plays
Of course, in the 50+ years since that article, there have been a number of quarterbacks who can be legitimately be called "great."

Obviously, there’s more to quarterbacking than passing, and stats can never reflect that intangibles that make one quarterback a winner despite so-so stats.

But using two stats generally accepted as evidence of a passer's effectiveness - yards per pass attempt and touchdown pass percentage (touchdowns per 100 passes thrown) -  it’s apparent  that in spite of all the things the NFL has done over that time to promote the passing game,  today's top quarterbacks are no more effective than the old guys.  Probably because  teams throw so much more than they once did, and because of the influence of the short passing game,  one thing that jumps out is the relative overall decline over the years in Touchdown Percentage.

The two top quarterbacks of the Pre-and Post-World War II NFL were Sid Luckman of the Bears, and Sammy Baugh of the Redskins.   With 7.5 yards per attempt and 5.5 touchdown passes per 100 considered superior, they would be head and shoulders above today’s quarterbacks.

Over his career, Luckman gained 8.4 yards per attempt, and 7.9 per cent of his passes were for touchdowns. For Baugh, it was 7.3 yards per attempt, and 6.2 per cent of attempts going for touchdowns.  (Baugh not only called the plays, but he punted and played safety on defense.)

Except in the case of modern times, I’ve only ranked those quarterbacks considered to be among the elite of their eras.

QBs of the 40s, 50s and 60s - (With the exception of Graham, all of these QBs called their own plays)

YDS PER ATTEMPT (7.5 considered superior)

Otto Graham 8.6   (Counting his 4 years in the AAFC, it would be 9.0)
Norm Van Brocklin 8.2 (In the years 1950 through 1954, his yards per attempt were 8.8, 8.9, 8.5, 8.4, 10.1)
Y.A. Tittle 7.5
—————————————————
Bob Waterfield 7.3
Bobby Layne 7.2
Charlie Conerly 6.9

TD PERCENTAGE  (5.5 considered superior)
Charlie Conerly   6.1
Norm Van Brocklin  6.0
Bob Waterfield  6.0
Otto Graham  5.6 (If you were to count his 4 years in the AAFC: 6.6)
YA Tittle  5.5
——————————————
Bobby Layne  5.3
 

QBs of the 50s, 60, 70s - The big surprise here is Earl Morrall, often thought of simply as a backup, seldom given  enough credit

YDS PER ATTEMPT

Ed Brown 7.9
John Unitas 7.8
Bart Starr 7.8
Earl Morrall 7.7
Roger Staubach 7.7
Sonny Jurgenson 7.6
———————————————————
Daryle LaMonica 7.4
Joe Namath 7.4 
Ken Stabler 7.4
Fran Tarkenton 7.3
Terry Bradshaw 7.2

TD PERCENTAGE

Sonny Jurgenson 6.6 (Sonny never played in a championship game, but he sure could wing it)
Daryle LaMonica  6.3 (They called him the Mad Bomber and he earned the title)
Earl Morrall 6.0
John Unitas 5.6
——————————————————————
Terry Bradshaw  5.4
Fran Tarkenton  5.3
Roger Staubach  5.2
Ed Brown  5.1
Ken Stabler  5.1
Bart Starr   4.8
Joe Namath  4.6  - Surprisingly low


QBs of the 70s-80s-90s

Interestingly, among the quarterbacks of what’s considered a Golden Age, only Steve Young really stands out

YDS PER ATTEMPT

Steve Young 8.0
Dan Fouts   7.7
Joe Montana 7.5
——————————————
Jim Kelly 7.4
Dan Marino 7.3
Phil Simms 7.2
John Elway 7.1
Troy Aikman 7.0

TD PERCENTAGE

Steve Young  5.6
—————————————————————
Joe Montana  5.1
Jim Kelly  5.0
Dan Marino  5.0
Dan Fouts 4.5
Phil Simms  4.3
John Elway  4.1
Troy Aikman 3.5 - absolutely shocking!


QBs from late 90s to the present

Among current modern-day quarterbacks, Aaron Rodgers stands out.  Russell Wilson looks good, especially considering how anemic the Seahawks’ offense has been.

YDS PER ATTEMPT

Aaron Rodgers         7.9
Tony Romo              7.9 
Ben Roethlisberger   7.9
Matthew Stafford      7.9
Russell Wilson          7.8
Philip Rivers             7.8
Peyton Manning       7.7
Kirk Cousins            7.7
Drew Brees              7.6
Tom Brady               7.5
Matt Ryan                7.5
Jameis Winston        7.5
—————————————————————————
Marcus Mariota        7.4
Dak Prescott            7.4
Colin Kaepernick      7.3
Cam Newton            7.3
Carson Palmer          7.3
Jared Goff                 7.2
Brett Favre                7.1
Tyrod Taylor             7.1
Case Keenum           7.0
Eli Manning              7.0
Alex Smith               6.9 
Carson Wentz          6.8
Sam Bradford           6.6
Derek Carr               6.5 


TD PERCENTAGE - only five of modern QBs are better than 5.5 (and two of them are retired)

Rodgers         6.4
P. Manning     5.7
Romo             5.7
Wilson            5.7
Brady              5.5
—————————————————
Brees               5.3
Rivers              5.3
Roethlisberger 5.1
Stafford           5.1
Favre               5.0
Goff                 4.8
Cousins           4.7
Palmer             4.7
Prescott           4.7
Wentz              4.7
Carr                 4.6
E. Manning       4.6
Mariota            4.6
Newton            4.6
Ryan                4.6 
Winston           4.5
Kaepernick      4.3
Smith              4.0
Taylor              4.0
Keenum           3.7
Bradford          3.5

Quite surprising to me was seeing Matt Ryan and Eli Manning down there among the not-particularly-goods in TD percentage.

Not much to choose between Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick

Today’s young starters have their work cut out for them, but one or two really good seasons could greatly improve their stats, just as one or two really bad seasons could kill them.  For that reason,  without enough stats yet, I did not include DeShaun Watson or Jimmy Garoppolo. Dak Prescott and Jared Goff made the cut - just barely.

The highest yards-per-attempt among Hall of Fame quarterbacks belongs to an old-timer - Otto Graham of the Cleveland Browns, who averaged 8.6 yards per attempt. In his 6-year NFL career.

Counting his four years in the All-American Football Conference, which the Browns dominated, in his total 10-year career (1946-1955) he averaged 9.0 yards per attempt, with 6.6 per cent of his attempts going for touchdowns.

In his four years in the AAFC, he averaged 9.5 yards per attempt, and an astonishing 8.1 per cent of his passes were for touchdowns.

Graham's accomplishments were sometimes derided because he was unique among his peers. At a time when other pro quarterbacks still called their own plays, his plays were called by the great Paul Brown. Brown was miles ahead of his coaching contemporaries in his approach to offensive football, and Graham had such great receivers as Mac Speedie, Dante Lavelli and Dub Jones.

Special mention to Frankie Albert, who spent four years with the 49ers in the AAFC, and three with them in the NFL.  His career TD percentage - counting both leagues - is 6.9

*********** Tired of reading about all the creeps and crazies on the coasts who suffer from the delusion that they represent America?

There's still a Real America out there - the elites sneeringly dismiss it as Flyover Country.  Read an incredible story about the incredible people of an incredible Flyover Country town, from this week’s Wall Street Journal.

“A Soldier Never Forgets North Platte”
By Bob Greene
July 22, 2018

‘We were overwhelmed,” said Lt. Col. Nick Jaskolski. “I don’t really have words to describe how surprised and moved we all were. I had never even heard of the town before.”

Col. Jaskolski, a veteran of the Iraq war, is commander of the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade of the Arkansas Army National Guard. For three weeks earlier this summer, the 142nd had been conducting an emergency deployment readiness exercise in Wyoming, training and sleeping outdoors, subsisting on field rations. Now it was time for the 700 soldiers to return to their base.

A charter bus company had been hired for the 18-hour drive back to Arkansas. The Army had budgeted for a stop to get snacks. The bus company determined that the soldiers would reach North Platte, in western Nebraska, around the time they would likely be hungry. The company placed a call to the visitors’ bureau: Was there anywhere in town that could handle a succession of 21 buses, and get 700 soldiers in and out for a quick snack?

North Platte said yes. North Platte has always said yes.

During World War II, North Platte was a geographically isolated town of 12,000. Soldiers, sailors and aviators on their way to fight the war rode troop trains across the nation, bound for Europe via the East Coast or the Pacific via the West Coast. The Union Pacific Railroad trains that transported the soldiers always made 10-minute stops in North Platte to take on water.

The townspeople made those 10 minutes count. Starting in December 1941, they met every train: up to 23 a day, beginning at 5 a.m. and ending after midnight. Those volunteers greeted between 3,000 and 5,000 soldiers a day. They presented them with sandwiches and gifts, played music for them, danced with them, baked birthday cakes for them. Every day of the year, every day of the war, they were there at the depot. They never missed a train, never missed a soldier. They fed six million soldiers by the end of the war. Not 1 cent of government money was asked for or spent, save for a $5 bill sent by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

The soldiers never forgot the kindness. Most of them, and most of the townspeople who greeted them, are dead. And now, in 2018, those 21 busloads from the 142nd Field Artillery were on their way, expecting to stop at some fast-food joint.

 “We couldn’t believe what we saw when we pulled up,” Col. Jaskolski said. As each bus arrived over a two-day period, the soldiers stepped out to be greeted by lines of cheering people holding signs of thanks. They weren’t at a fast-food restaurant: They were at North Platte’s events center, which had been opened and decorated especially for them.
“People just started calling our office when they heard the soldiers were on their way,” said Lisa Burke, the director of the visitors’ bureau. “Hundreds of people, who wanted to help.”

The soldiers entered the events center to the aroma of steaks grilling and the sound of recorded music: current songs by Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, Florida Georgia Line; World War II songs by Glenn Miller, the Andrews Sisters, Jimmy Dorsey. They were served steak sandwiches, ham sandwiches, turkey sandwiches, deviled eggs, salads and fruit; local church groups baked pies, brownies and cookies.

Mayor Dwight Livingston stood at the door for two days and shook every soldier’s hand. Mr. Livingston served in the Air Force in Vietnam and came home to no words of thanks. Now, he said, as he shook the hands and welcomed the soldiers, “I don’t know whether those moments were more important for them, or for me. I knew I had to be there.”

“It was one soldier’s 21st birthday,” Lisa Burke said. “When I gave him his cake, he told me it was the first birthday cake he’d ever had in his life.” Not wanting to pry, she didn’t ask him how that could possibly be. “I was able to hold my emotions together,” she said. “Until later.”

When it became time to settle up—the Army, after all, had that money budgeted for snacks—the 142nd Field Artillery was told: Nope. You’re not spending a penny here. This is on us.

This is on North Platte.

Mr. Greene’s books include “Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07DGeLvDw8I



*********** QUIZ ANSWER: Mark Moseley was the last of the full-time head-on/toe-punch placekicking specialists,* and the only kicking specialist ever to be named NFL MVP…

He grew up in Livingston, Texas, and played for two years at Texas A & M and two years at Stephen F. Austin.  Originally a quarterback, he didn’t become a full-time placekicker until his senior year at SFA.

He was drafted but then cut by the Eagles and cut the following year by the Oilers, and was out of football for two years - installing septic systems - until re-discovered and signed as a free agent by George Allen’s Redskins.  He kicked for the Skins from 1974 through mid-season 1986. He finished the season with the Browns and then retired.

Mark Moseley remains the Redskins’ all-time leading scorer.

*One lone toe-punch kicker, Dirk Borgognone, was on an NFL roster for two games in 1995, but he never attempted a kick.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING MARK MOSELEY:
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOHN ROTHWELL - AUSTIN, TEXAS

*********** Mark Moseley has done okay for himself.  He got in on the ground floor of a fast food chain that has grown rapidly in recent years - Five Guys.

https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/07/03/mark-moseley-redskins-straighton-placekicker-nfl-mvp-where-are-they-now


*********** Hi Coach, Tuesday's answer is Mark Moseley.  My parents grew up in Chicago-my dad graduated from Leo High School in 1954.  He tried out for the football team; one of the fitness tests was running the 220 yard dash in full football gear-he ran it in 23 seconds, but the head coach told him that he was too small to play football.  He never played any organized football, but I was fortunate to coach with him for over 8 years.  He will be 83 in September.  Before IBM transferred him to Green Bay, we lived in Mount Greenwood- South Siders!

Mike Framke
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Coach,

It was a blessing to be able to coach with your dad!

I hope that the move to Green Bay was good for the family. I once worked for IBM and the old-timers would joke about how the initials stood for “I’ve Been Moved.”



***********  QUIZ - He played on a national championship team in college and on two Super Bowl champions in the NFL.

In Warren, Ohio, as a running back on his high school  football team, he scored 92 points as a junior and 93 points as a senior.   In track, he set state records in the broad jump, 100-yard dash and high hurdles.

At Ohio State, still a running back, he played on the Buckeyes’ 1961 national championship team as a sophomore.  He was named to the All-Big Ten team in both his junior and senior seasons, and was a first team All-American as a senior.  As a portent of his future career as a pro, he caught 22 passes his senior year.

He also continued to stand out in track, with a long jump of 26-2 (the world record at the time was 27-3).

He was chosen in the first round - the eleventh player taken overall - in the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns, and although he was originally projected as a defensive back, Browns’ head coach Blanton Collier saw greatness in him as a receiver.  With personal coaching by recently-retired Browns’ receiver Ray Renfro, he turned into a quality receiver with spectacular speed, good enough to start right away.

In his rookie season, with him on one side and All-Pro Gary Collins on the other and all-time great Jim Brown to run the ball, the Browns won the NFL title, upsetting the Baltimore Colts.  He caught 52 passes for 920 yards and nine touchdowns and was named first team All-Pro.

Following the 1969 season, desperate for a quarterback, the Browns traded him  to the lowly Miami Dolphins for a first round draft choice (which they then used to draft QB Mike Phipps).

The Dolphins that he joined were about to become the power of the NFL.  In his five seasons in Miami, they played in three straight Super Bowls and won two of them.  Their 1972 team remains the only unbeaten team in NFL history.  During his time there, he caught 156 passes for 3355 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Prior to the 1974 season, he and teammates Larry Czonka and Jim Kiick made national headlines - and brought instant credibility to the World Football League before it had even played a down - when it was announced that they had signed “future” contracts to play in the WFL in 1975, after they had played out their option year in Miami. (At that time, once a player's contract expired, he had to play one more year with his team - an "option year" -  at the end of which he would become a free agent.  In reality, few players ever took advantage of the option, chiefly because Commissioner Pete Rozelle would order any team signing a free agent to reimburse his original team with a player of comparable value.)

Although they had signed with Canadian millionaire John Bassett to play for the Toronto Northmen, by the time they were free to play in the WFL the franchise had been moved to Memphis.

The three played the 1975 season with Memphis, but after the WFL folded, he returned to Cleveland to play two more seasons.

In 13 NFL seasons, he caught 427 passes for 8565 yards and  85 touchdowns.

His 20.1 yards per catch remains the highest among all receivers with 300 or more catches.

He was a six-time first team All-Pro and played in eight Pro Bowls.

He was named to the 1970s All-Decade team, and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.



american flagTUESDAY,  JULY 24,  2018 -   “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” John Adams

*********** We may yet see Johnny Phootball on a football field this year.

After riding the pines in Hamilton, without seeing any action, Johnny Manziel has been traded to Montreal.

Montreal’s coach is Mike Sherman, and he has a bit of a history with Manziel.   Although Kevin Sumlin was the head coach at Texas A & M when Manziel made national headlines, Sherman was the head coach who preceded Sumlin, and he’s the one who recruited Manziel.


Montreal is now mired at 1-4, at the bottom of the CFL East, and they obviously need help on offense - they’ve scored just 69 points, lowest in the CFL. 

But the good news is that the first-place team in the East, Ottawa, is only 3-2.

I’m rooting for Manziel.  Not because I like him.  He’s a punk.  But I like Mike Sherman, and if Manziel can help Sherman win, well…

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/montreal-wanted-manziel-for-a-while/ar-BBKZtLf?li=BBnba9I

*********** I spent four years in New Haven and I have a special place in my heart for the town. I went to school there, but just as important, it’s where my wife and I started our married life together, and it’s where our son was born.  Its people were special.  At one time, it had the highest percentage of Italian-born of any city in the US, and it had the great food to prove it. Our landlady, Frances Picagli, introduced us to her lasagna, a dish that still, nearly 60 years later, is a Christmas dinner tradition in our home and, now, in our kids’ homes.  You want pizza?  Frank Pepe’s “apizza” (“ah-BEETS”) on Wooster Street is world famous.

So I’m especially saddened by the news that a New Haven guy who made it big, Vikings’ offensive line coach Tony Sparano,  died unexpectedly Sunday morning.  He was 56.

He was a career coach who’d made plenty of stops along the way to Minnesota.  From 2008 through 2011 he was head coach of the Dolphins, and in his first year in Miami he shocked the football world by springing a “new” formation (one that I’d first run - and named - ten years earlier) on the Patriots.  He called it The Wildcat. Just like me.

For what it’s worth, he took the Dolphins to an 11-5 record that year, just the third time they’d won that many games in a season  since Don Shula did it in 1992.  And they haven’t won that many since.  For his efforts, he missed being named NFL Coach of the Year by one vote.

RIP Tony Sarano.

https://theathletic.com/441254/2018/07/22/tony-sparano-vikings-offensive-line-coach-dies-at-56/

*********** When a black man is willing to stand up and take a conservative position on things, I  stop and listen.  When I learn he’s a West Point graduate who spent eight years in the Army,  that he’s a family man and a Christian who’s pro-life, pro-second amendment and pro-business, I want to see how far he’ll go in government.  His name is John James and he’s running for the Senate in Michigan.

https://johnjamesforsenate.com/meet-john/


*********** Wow. Major League Baseball is requiring Brewers’ pitcher Josh Hader to undergo sensitivity training - because of something he evidently said seven years ago, when he was 17.

Wow.  Sure glad they didn’t have email… twitter… Facebook… texting… back when I was 17.

Hell, only rich people could afford reel-to-reel tape recorders.

We didn’t even have copiers, for God’s sake.  What we had were carbon copies, made by putting a sheet of carbon paper (look it up) between two sheets of white paper, and inserting the three-sheet combination into our typewriter (please - don’t ask me to tell you what a typewriter was).

Whatever we typed onto the top sheet would be copied onto the bottom sheet, by the pressure of the keystrokes on the sheet of carbon paper between them.  If we really pounded on the keys, it might be possible to make two, or even three carbon copies from one original!

You only made a carbon copy if what you were writing was important.  Mostly, typewriting and carbon copies were for something formal and official.

Otherwise, when you wanted to write something to someone, you wrote it, using something called “handwriting.” (They used to teach it in schools.)  And then you’d insert what you wrote (called a “letter”) into an envelope, address it to the person you wanted it sent to, put a three-cent stamp on the envelope, then seal the envelope and put it in the mailbox down at the corner. And that would be that. 

Chances are that after your letter was read, it was thrown away. 

Maybe, if you sent it to the woman who would eventually become your wife, it would be saved, wrapped along with others like it with a ribbon and stowed away in the back of a drawer somewhere that only she knows about. 

Maybe you sent it to someone you promised to love forever - and you broke off with her not long after.  And maybe she’s kept it, too. Hmm. (There was a reason the old-timers would tell us, “Be very careful what you put in writing.”)

What I’m getting at is that it was extremely difficult, even if I wanted to, to produce any clear evidence to convince future generations that I was the crude, vulgar, unmannerly, sexist and - yes - racist a&&hole that I may have been.  Notice I said, “may have been,” because I’m not about to confess to anything.  Oh, no. You’re not going to force me to listen to some 40-year-old a&&hole telling me what I already know - that I was an a&&hole when I was 17.  Not without some proof.

Besides,  I'm now in recovery.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/mlb/la-sp-josh-hader-brewers-20180718-story.html

*********** “Handwriting has lost its importance in society.  Some schools don’t even teach cursive anymore. Yet studies have repeatedly shown that writing by hand can help you process and remember information far better than typing.  A 2014 study found that when students typed notes, they tended to scribe whatever the professor said, while those working with pen and paper were mentally summarizing and paraphrasing, which led to better test scores.” David Pierce, Wall Street Journal (Personal Technology)

*********** Randy Edsall, UConn coach 2.0,  has been making noises about paying players…

“The money is out there,” Edsall says. “You take a look at what’s happened, and they don’t get anything. You can put in there that student-athletes get a (larger) stipend. If you’re a full scholarship student-athlete, you get this. If you get a percentage, you get the percentage. And football should get more, because that’s the one where all the money is being made from. If you’re going to use their likeness and jerseys, people should get things from that. In this day and age, don’t sit there and call it ‘student-athlete’ when you’ve made all these changes and you’re making all this money. To me, it’s professionalism.”


Well.   First of all, he seems remarkably unaware of the existence of Title IX.  No one should think for a minute that the football players, even if they are the ones who bring in the dollars, are going to get paid if the softball players and volleyball players aren’t.

Second of all, there’s simple economics. Last season, UConn averaged 20,334 in six home games, the worst attendance in its history. That was down 24 per cent from 26,796 in 2016, the previous low.

UConn struggles to compete in a second-tier conference;  Edsall makes less money than some Power 5 Conference assistants.  Where the hell is UConn going to find the money to pay football players?

Edsall hasn’t coached a winning team since 2010.  That was the year he let his UConn team fly back home from the Fiesta Bowl without him, while he flew to Maryland to take over for Ralph Friedgen, who’d just been fired despite going 8-4 and being named ACC Coach of the Year.

Not sure what Randy Edsall’s purpose is, exactly, but it seems to me that after going 22-34 at Maryland and 3-9 in his first year back at UConn, he’d better spend more time worrying about whether Randy Edsall ought to get  paid.

https://theathletic.com/422378/2018/07/22/randy-edsall-uconn-football-coach/?redirected=1

*********** I suggest that college football players who are concerned about getting paid ought to look on their college careers as internships, without which the NFL won’t hire them. Internships that also provide them the opportunity, if they choose to take advantage of it, to get a college degree.

It could be a lot worse.  They could be minor league baseball players.

Many minor leaguers make less than fast food workers.  They’re paid at most $2,000 a month, and that’s just for a four-month season.  And after four years of baseball they’re no closer to a college degree than when they graduated from high school.

https://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/03/minor-leaguers-working-poor-lawsuit-mlb-bud-selig

*********** Robin Jones died Monday in Chicago.  He was 64.

He backed up Bill Walton and Maurice Lucas on the Portland Trail Blazers’ team that won the 1977 NBA title.

Shortly after the Blazers’ win, I happened to be coaching at a basketball camp at Pacific University run by Blazers’ head coach Jack Ramsay, and his chief assistant, Jack McKinney.

They were both HUGE proponents of team play, and they were infuriated by something they’d seen on TV replays of the final game: as the victorious Blazers ran off the floor and up the concourse to their locker room, hooting and hollering and hugging and pumping their fists, there was Robin Jones, sullen and alone, trudging along with his head down.

Sure, the team won. Yes, they were NBA champions. - but Robin Jones wasn’t happy. He didn’t get enough PT.   (He was playing behind two of the greatest big men ever, and he wasn’t smart enough to recognize that.)

That was enough for Coach Jack. At camp a few weeks later, he and Jack McKinney were still steaming. 

And that was it for Robin Jones.  He never played another game in a Portland uniform.

By August, he’d been traded to Houston. Shortly into the next season, he was cut,  and he never played in the NBA again.

*********** John Phillips, writing in LA Daily News about San Francisco mayor’s refusal to do anything about the city’s ever-worsening quality of life...

Who has time to crack down on the louts who are littering the streets with hypodermic needles or defecating in public?

Someone, somewhere might be using a plastic straw!

Priorities, people!


*********** A writer on the Internet who calls himself metallicman, is not high on the average American…

Somehow, this land of rugged individuals has become populated with scared children. Tiny babies with the outside appearance of an adult, but with the emotional needs of a five year old. They are taught from an early age not to deal with conflicts. They are taught to be coddled and to hide. They are taught to be sheltered. Their ability to deal with interpersonal relationships and conflict is shot, and as a result they are now a nation of crybabies that demand that their feelings be preserved and not hurt.

These fellow citizens now expect to be cared for, fed, protected, and made to feel good about themselves, all by government mandate.

What this is, it is a manufactured reality. It is a reality where only a small handful of people control the entire nation, the wealth and all the power. The rest of the people are but serfs (at best) and mostly indentured slaves, forever conditioned to behave like children reacting to their overlords with awe. It’s manufactured INTENTIONALLY.

Now, he is attempting to educate those same American people about the nature of our constitutional republic and why our constitution came to be.

It’s a fool’s errand, of course, because those most in need of understanding what he’s written have already decided that our constitution, drawn up by old white males, is outmoded and no longer appropriate to govern America in the Twenty-First Century.

https://metallicman.com/laoban4site/how-they-get-away-with-it---the-manufactured-ignorance-of-the-state-constitutions./


***********  Hugh,

Outstanding work on the updated playbook!  Thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and discovering some of the changes, improvements, and new terminology.  All that's left now is to get your DVD's on the Open Wing and I'm all set!

As a Cubs fan, I don't follow Mike Trout too closely, but IF he ever becomes available I know the Cubbies would LOVE to grab him, and that a lot of us Cubs fans would be thrilled to have him.

Staying with baseball...I missed the All-Star game...again.  Apparently so did a lot of other Americans.

The NFL backed off its "anthem rule".  The monster is quickly devouring itself, and with it, the game we love.

I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt I will not be going to see "By Reason of Sex" whether it is based on a true story or not.  Just sayin.

Whether Larry Fedora is a big-time college coach or not, I have to agree with his intention of bringing the topic to the attention of those who either don't pay attention to what's happening to our game, or those who refuse to believe it's happening.  I do agree with you that it will take a greater effort from organizations like the NFFHOF, and similar groups, to provide positive reflections on the game.

Hate to admit it, but @$$hole parents aren't exclusive to soccer.  I've seen my fair share of them in football.  Both my daughters were athletes (gymnastics and softball) and I ran into a number of clueless jerks in those sports as well.

It's hella hot here too!  Temps in the 100's all week.

QUIZ:  Frank Varrichione Another of my paisanos.

Have a great weekend!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

Joe,

I remember that Irish team - they were REALLY good - and I remember the Varrichione incident.

Notre Dame was loved by its fans and hated by everyone else (not unlike the Yankees) and Leahy was not a very likeable coach.  He was humorless and he was a whiner and a complainer and the Varrichione incident just confirmed his detractors’ opinion of him.

Growing up a Protestant in a Philly Irish neighborhood, I was surrounded by Irish Catholics who LOVED Notre Dame. They were obnoxious.   I saw several Penn-Notre Dame games, and those damn drunk ND fans were everywhere.  Leahy’s teams were REALLY, REALLY good. Johnny Lattner remains one of the greatest players I have ever seen in person.

Weather Alert:  It barely made it to 70 here yesterday!

Interesting how the most successful ND coaches were EITHER, not very likable, humorless, whiners, or complainers.  As Jay Leno would say...Hmmmm.

I grew up in a mixed north side Chicago neighborhood (Italian, Polish, German, Irish).  The Catholics outnumbered the Protestants, so most of our neighbors and my friends were huge ND fans.  I can still remember not only watching the Irish play on live TV (in Chicago the ND games trumped all the other college games); we would also watch a replay of the game on Sunday listening to the great Lindsey Nelson.

My dad knew Johnny Lattner in high school.  Dad was the starting HB at Chicago Austin High when Lattner was at Fenwick.  Back then Chicago was a bit smaller than it is now, and many of the neighborhood kids still "hung-out" with one another even though they attended different schools.  I don't believe they ever played against one another in high school, but my dad's team did play in the Prep Bowl in 1947 at the old Soldier Field in front of 90,000 fans.  Austin beat Leo HS 13-12.  Lattner's Fenwick team went to the Prep Bowl the following year.  The Prep Bowl pitted the Chicago Public School League champs against the Chicago Catholic League champs.  They still play the game today but it is a much watered-down version compared to the glory days of the 40's, 50's, 60's.


One exception - Ara was personable and had a good sense of humor.  While he was there, I actually found myself rooting for ND  because I grew to admire him so much.

The strange one was Lou.  He proved your point.  The minute he took over at ND he went from being a laugh-a-minute comic act to Mr. Sobersides the Philosopher.  From a guy that I’d drive three hours to hear to one who caused me to turn down the volume whenever he came on the tube.

I had a teammate at Yale named Art LaVallie, from Fenwick.  Needless to say he was quite proud to say he came from Johnny Lattner’s high school.  The Chicago area has always had great Catholic school teams.


*********** One of my favorite TV shows is Barnyard Builders, a group of West Virginians who make their livings acquiring and tearing down old cabins and barns all around Appalachia, and “repurposing” them - building things that range from little cabins to large chalets using the wood they’ve recovered.

Having travelled through West Virginia, and sold packaging  in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and having once lived in Western Maryland for almost ten years, I’ve come to love the regional  drawl and patterns of speech.

“Over there” will come out, in speech, as “Over ‘air.”

An example from Sunday night’s show: “You ever used one ‘em?” (“One of them?”)

*********** Q. HOW DO YOU COACH THE WINGBACK’S “FBI” BLOCK?

Since the blocking technique is the same technique we teach every day, nothing special there. The trick is in getting to the FBI (First Backer to the Inside). Since there is usually a defensive lineman between the wingback and the FBI, he has to get there without hitting (or being hit by) that DL. He is seldom able to go in front of that DL without hitting him or being hit, so I advise going “over the top” to get to the FBI.  (This is one of the reasons why our Wing is split one man wider than the TE.)

*********** Bad enough that Charlie Weis has been paid more for not coaching than most people will make in their lifetimes.

But the condition in which he left Kansas is almost criminal.

Essentially, he went so heavily for Juco transfers  that when he was fired he left his successor, David Beaty, with just 38 scholarship players.


https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaafb/after-inheriting-only-38-scholarship-players-david-beaty-hopeful-kansas-is-up-to-70-in-2018/ar-BBKUoQo


*********** It has been so hot here in Alabama I saw a squirrel soaking his nuts in Gatorade.

Tim Brown
Florence, Alabama

*********** Think baseball doesn’t have a problem?   30% of at-bats this season have resulted in strike outs or walks.

*********** QUIZ: Frank Varrichione  grew up in Natick, Massachusetts,  the son of Italian immigrants, and the youngest of ten children.

After graduating from high school in Natick, Massachusetts, he was a teammate of Don Holleder for one season at Aquinas Institute, in Rochester, New York.  Aquinas was something of a national power, travelling hundreds of miles to take on the best competition it could find.

(In the East,  there was nothing comparable to California’s junior college system, and it was not that unusual in those days for promising high school graduates to spend a year as a “P-G” (post-graduate) at a prep school.) 

His one season at Aquinas brought him to the attention of Notre Dame’s Frank Leahy.

At Notre Dame, he quickly earned a starting position at offensive tackle, and earned notoriety - and a nickname - his junior year when, just before halftime against Iowa, with time running out and Notre Dame out of timeouts, he faked an injury. The clock was stopped, the Irish managed to score a touchdown, the game ended in a 14-14 tie, and Notre Dame went on to finish the season - Leahy’s last - with a 9-0-1 record and a piece of the national championship.

He received flowers from sarcastic Iowa fans; he received an “Academy Award” for Best Actor from his teammates; on a television show, he explained, “If you were on the ground and looked at the scoreboard and saw you were trailing and running out of time,  wouldn’t you feel hurt?”

And he received a nickname - “Faintin’ Frank” - one that would stick with him through an 11-year career in the NFL.

An All-American at Notre Dame, he was a first-round draft pick of the Steelers, and was named to the Pro Bowl after his rookie season.

After six seasons in Pittsburgh, he was traded to the Rams for Lou Michaels because the Steelers needed a defensive lineman and a kicker - and Michaels gave them both.

He was durable - he missed only two games in 11 seasons.  And he was good - he was named to five Pro Bowl teams.   Steelers Hall-of-Fame teammate Ernie Stautner remembered, “In all the years Frank played for the Steelers,  he was very seldom beaten outright. He had the respect of all the defensive linemen who played against him.”   Baltimore Colts’ Hall of Famer Gino Marchettti said, “Frank was among the best I ever faced.”

Frank Varrichione is a member of the Steelers’ All-Time team and in his 11th season he was the Rams’ offensive captain.

Probably the highest praise he ever received came from the great Paul Brown.

From an interview with Pro Football Researchers’ Jim Sargent…

“Probably the best game I ever played came with Pittsburgh in 1957, when Buddy Parker was coaching and we beat the Colts, 19-13.  A guy by the name of Gino Marchetti was tearing everybody up.

“Johnny Unitas was passing everybody crazy, and they had Alan Ameche and Lenny Moore as running backs.

“Buddy Parker was so worried about stopping Marchetti that he had two or three linemen alternate at right tackle in practice that week  That was my position, and I was required to block Marchetti.

“To make a long story short, it became quite a challenge to me to block Marchetti. I had a terrific day. Marchetti didn't touch our quarterback, Bobby Layne, once. I got a pretty good writeup in the Pittsburgh paper after the game.

"Later on, I heard more about it at the 1958 Pro Bowl game, from one of the Cleveland players, tackle Mike McCormack.

"’Frank,' he said, ‘We were playing Pittsburgh the Sunday after you played the Colts.  When Paul Brown got out the film to show us that week, he said, ‘Gentlemen, I'm going to show you one of the greatest exhibitions of blocking I have ever seen in my life. I want you to watch the right tackle of the Steelers, the kind of job he did on Gino Marchetti.'

McCormack said that was the first time Paul Brown ever announced, before a game film was shown, to watch the performance of a particular player. I'll never forget that."


*********** CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING FRANK VARRICHIONE…
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
TOM WALLS - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

*********** Former Ram Merlin Olsen, a longtime friend of Varrichione, recalled his favorite story about the former  Notre Dame star, which occurred late in the 1962 season.

"Coach Svare was berating the team and it became an ugly kind of situation" Olsen said.

"Svare was saying, ‘You're a bunch of quitters  and cowards,'  when an ash tray sailed by his head, and Uncle Frank said, ‘Are you calling me a coward?'

"Svare quickly replied, ‘Not you, Frank.”

http://www.profootballresearchers.org/archives/Website_Files/Coffin_Corner/21-05-814.pdf


*********** Mark Kaczmarek writes…
iowa-nd program

I don’t have the ‘53 program, but I inherited the ‘59 program from my in-laws...this too was close loss for the Hawks...I was 8 yrs. old rooting for Milt Bruin’s Badgers with Dale Hackbart & Jim Bakken that went to get creamed by Washington in the Rose Bowl...The 1st time I ever saw a color TV was the parade & game

Interestingly, that was just about the time that programs stopped showing players without face protectors of some sort. HW

*********** Greg Koenig passes along a great story by an Iowa Hawkeye writer about the Faintin' Frank incident…

Good morning. "Faintin' Frank" Varrichione is the answer to today's quiz. His faint was quite a headline story. It appears that Varrichione wasn't the only Irish player to have a questionable injury in that game. The second link below is a fun read.

https://coachreese.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/the-fainting-irish/

http://nealrozendaal.com/2013/01/04/hawkeye-flashback-1953-notre-dame/

This was the first time I had ever heard that Leahy’s subsequent missing of games for “health reasons” might possibly have been tied to the embarrassment that his win-at-any-cost antics was causing a university whose president, Father Theodore Hesburgh, was determined would one day be known as much for its academics as for its football. HW

aquinas 1950


*********** QUIZ: He was the last of the full-time head-on/toe-punch placekicking specialists,* and the only kicking specialist ever to be named NFL MVP…

He grew up in Livingston, Texas, and played for two years at Texas A & M and two years at Stephen F. Austin.  Originally a quarterback, he didn’t become a full-time placekicker until his senior year at SFA.

He was drafted but then cut by the Eagles and cut the following year by the Oilers, and was out of football for two years - installing septic systems in his hometown - until re-discovered and signed as a free agent by George Allen’s Redskins.  He kicked for the Skins from 1974 through mid-season 1986. He finished the season with the Browns and then retired.

He remains the Redskins’ all-time leading scorer.

*One lone toe-punch kicker, Dirk Borgognone, was on an NFL roster for two games in 1995, but he never attempted a kick in the NFL.



american flagFRIDAY,  JULY 20,  2018 -   “A boy shows how much he wants to play in the spring, when it's tough, and during two a days, when it's hot and tough.” Darrell Royal

*********** Where Mike Trout is concerned, I’ll admit to being partial.  

First of all, he’s from Millville, New Jersey, a small city in South Jersey where I spent a bit of time during summers while I was in college; second, his dad’s a high school football coach and guys I know from that area said he - and Mike - are very good people;  third, he’s been very generous toward his old high school; fourth, he’s a long-time Eagles’ fan; fifth, he’s the best player in baseball right now and on target to be one of the best ever; sixth, he’s a good team man;  and seventh, he always has time for kids who want autographs.

So what’s to criticize?

Well, according to Commissioner Rob Manfred, he’s not “marketable” enough:

“Mike is a great, great player, and a really nice person, but he’s made certain decisions with what he wants to do and what he doesn’t want to do, and how he wants to spend his free time and how he doesn’t want to spend his free time.  That’s up to him. If he wants to engage and be more active in that area, I think we could help him make his brand really, really big, but he has to make a decision that he’s prepared to engage in that area. It takes time and effort.”

Commissioner, please. Give. me. a. break.

Call me an old fart - I plead guilty -  but in an age of look-at-me athletes,  baseball has, in  Mike Trout ,  another Stan Musial… another Bob Feller… another Hank Aaron - good guys who played the game as well as it could be played, and didn’t spend a minute on their “brands.”  Of course, there were other guys like DiMaggio and Williams, really good players, who not only didn’t care about their brands, but at times could be real pricks.

Baseball didn’t do a thing to “help them make their brands really, really big,” yet somehow, baseball did okay back then.

Now, with baseball fighting to stay relevant, the commissioner’s answer is for Mike Trout to “engage?” To “be more active?”  Is it Mike Trout that has a problem, or is it baseball?

Does the commissioner think it would be better for baseball if its best player were more like Terrell Owens?

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/07/19/los-angeles-angels-back-mike-trout-after-commissioners-comments-on-3-time-mvps-marketability.html


*********** The NFL’s death wish continues…

Steve Tisch is co-owner of the New York Giants, and another one of this new brand of NFL owners who really think that fans are interested in them.  He also seems to think that Giant’s fans all side with protesting players, saying that President Trump has “no understanding” of why NFL players kneel during the anthem.

“Hopefully he’ll have much more going on that he’s going have to deal with and should deal with and must deal with than worrying about what NFL players do,” Tisch said. “He has no understanding of why they take a knee or why they’re protesting. When the new season starts, I hope his priorities are not criticizing the NFL and telling owners what to do and what not to do.”

With those comments, Mr. Tisch has virtually assured that Mr. Trump will find time in his schedule to comment, if needed,  on the behavior of NFL players.

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/07/19/trump-has-no-understanding-why-nfl-players-kneel-during-anthem-giants-co-owner-says.html

*********** Hugh,

Just returned home from my vacation.  Great time with family and friends.  

First thing I did was get my mail.  Got my playbook and will be taking a long, hard look at it this week.

Caught up on your Tuesday news.

France won the World Cup?  I did not know that.

Most high school All-Star football games have gone the way of the dinosaur.  I was involved in three.  The Central Valley City-County All-Star game; the California Shrine North-South All-Star game; and the TAPPS North-South All-Star game.  All three were fun to coach, and I enjoyed meeting all of the players and making new coaching friends.  Unfortunately all three had negative things in common.  

1. Some of those chosen to play...chose not to play.  Big names too.  They either didn't have the desire to play football anymore (lazy?); or were playing summer baseball or basketball or volleyball or wrestling (you get the picture); or were signed to play in college and either didn't want to risk an injury, OR the college wouldn't let them play for fear of risking injury.

2. Marketing the game was not done very well either by the sponsors, or the media, or both.  Thus some of the expense of putting the game on fell on the shoulders of the players and their families (and another reason why some kids chose to pass on the game).  Two of the three of the games I coached in are still alive and kicking because of major sponsors still involved,  One lasted only three years.

3. When to play the game, and where.  Most took place in the summer.  Either right at the start of June, or in July, or early August.  If held in early June, depending upon where, some of the best players AND coaches were still in school.  July games, depending upon where, were unbearably hot for practices and the game itself.  By the time August rolled around most of the luster of the previous season had already worn off, and some of the best players weren't playing if their college told them not to play.

4. And finally...the "concussion" issue.  Whether real or implied, whether true or misleading, any attempt by a biased media to promote the game of football in one form or another is going to favor the game's risks rather than its rewards.

Papa John is feeling the brunt of our "new" social justice norms.  God forbid any of us quote another person verbatim if they used an "offensive" term.  If we do...the word becomes ours.

If more people truly listened to what Shelby Steele and Mark Levin have to say about our human condition we would have less division, and more unity.  Unfortunately there are too many people who would rather be sheep and follow those with the loudest mouths and larger platforms.

Terrell Owens.  When he showed up my support of the 49ers declined.   When Kaepernick showed up he made me give them up completely, and the NFL altogether.

Have a great week!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

PS  Going to the playbook right now!!

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THIS IS NO JOKE!!! (IF ONLY I WERE YOUNGER…)

We need someone to drive the Army West Point Football Equipment Tractor Trailer for all of our away games.

We need one or two drivers who have a license to drive a tractor trailer and are able to help load and unload the trailer.

Departure dates will be based on how long it takes to drive from West Point to where we are playing.

Please have anyone interested reply to me at Ben.Russell@usma.edu

If you have any questions either email or call me at 914 490 2053

Thanks
Ben Russell
Associate Athletic Director
Army West Point Athletics
639 Howard Road
West Point, NY 10996
Ben.Russell@usma.edu
914 490 2053


*********** The TV ratings for baseball’s All-Star Game continue to drop.  What a shame.  Once a mid-summer classic, it’s now something of a joke - “What the hell, as long as we have everyone here for the Home Run Derby, whaddaya say we play a ball game?”

Part of the problem is the changing nature of the game itself, more like a home run derby with real pitching.   The final score of the game was 8-6.  Consistent with today’s all-or-nothing lottery baseball, there were 10 home runs, and only one of the 14 total runs did not come as a result of a homer.

Suggestion: award a team TWO runs whenever a guy hits a triple - or steals home. (Possible four runs if he hits a triple AND steals home.)

https://deadline.com/2018/07/ratings-all-star-major-league-baseball-game-americas-got-talent-win-tv-ratings-1202428549/


*********** I’m seeing, ad nauseum, a trailer advertising a movie about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Titled “By Reason of Sex,” it’s another one of those ”Based on a True Story” Hollywood jobs, and if the trailer is any indication, it continues the Hollywood tradition of playing loose with the “True” part.

There’s a scene from early in her career in which a judge, apparently rebuking her, tells her, “The word ‘woman’ does not appear even once in the US Constitution.”

Standing up to the judge (an old, white male, of course) the young, perky (and uncharacteristically attractive) Ms. Ginsburg, played by one Felicity Jones, comes back with, “Nor does the word, ‘freedom.’”

Whoa.  Stop the presses.

I rather doubt that the young Ms. Ginsburg actually said that, because it’s simply wrong, and she’s not a stupid woman.  But it’s shocking, and consistent with Hollywood’s contempt for the truth and for its audience that in their attempt to demonstrate her fearlessness in the face of the white, male Establishment, the scriptwriters would take such liberty with the facts.

And one indisputable fact is, the word “freedom” is right there, in the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The First Amendment became a part of the Constitution in 1791,  just a year and a half after the Constitution itself was ratified.

I realize that Justice Ginsburg is getting a little long in the tooth, but she certainly isn’t old enough to remember when the First Amendment wasn’t a part of the Constitution.


*********** If, like me, you appreciate the fine points of the English language, you’ll appreciate this, which appeared in the Coeur d”Alene, Idaho Press…


Today’s dilemma, dear Readers, is whether to die laughing, or from the abject horror of these grammatical faux pas

A dangling participle walks into a bar. Enjoying a cocktail and chatting with the bartender, the evening passes pleasantly.

A bar was walked into by the passive voice.

An oxymoron walked into a bar, and the silence was deafening.

A malapropism walks into a bar, looking for all intensive purposes like a wolf in cheap clothing, muttering epitaphs and casting dispersions on his magnificent other, who takes him for granite.

Hyperbole totally crashes into this insane bar and completely demolishes everything.

A non sequitur walks into a bar. In a strong wind, even turkeys can fly.

A mixed metaphor walks into a bar, seeing the handwriting on the wall, but hoping to nip it in the bud.

Three intransitive verbs walk into a bar. They sit. They converse. They depart.

A synonym strolls into a tavern.

At the end of the day, a cliché walks into a bar — fresh as a daisy, cute as a button, and sharp as a tack.

A run-on sentence walks into a bar it starts flirting. With a cute sentence fragment.

A figure of speech literally walks into a bar and ends up getting figuratively hammered.

An allusion walks into a bar, knowing alcohol is its Achilles heel.

The subjunctive would have walked into a bar, had it only known.

A misplaced modifier walks into a bar owned by a man with a glass eye named Ralph.

The past, present, and future walked into a bar. It was tense. (Oldie but goodie)

An Oxford comma walks into a bar, where it spends the evening watching the television getting drunk and smoking cigars (thus entirely useless).

A simile walks into a bar, as parched as the desert.

A gerund and an infinitive walk into a bar, drinking to forget.

A hyphenated word and a non-hyphenated word walk into a bar; the bartender nearly chokes on the irony.

•••
Mrs. Language Person and Sholeh Patrick are columnists for the Hagadone News Network with a lame sense of humor. Contact them at Sholeh@cdapress.com.

http://www.cdapress.com/sholeh_patrick/20180717/grammarhumor_mlp_never_walks_into_a_bar


*********** Being the coach at a Christian college doesn’t guarantee that you won’t have ugly problems to deal with.

At Division III Wheaton College, a highly-rated Christian college in suburban Chicago, a nasty hazing incident has rocked the school’s football program.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-wheaton-college-hazing-fourth-guilty-plea-20180716-story.html

***********  When Larry Fedora,  North Carolina’s head coach, was asked about the new NCAA kickoff rule, he went off on how with the changes to our game it’s going to be unrecognizable in a few years, and then he got into the science (and non-science) of the CTE issue.

I wouldn’t expect any big-time football coach to be able to discuss the issue at a level that would challenge the people who make their livings either studying CTE or scaring the public, or both - and he didn’t disappoint.

And then he went even farther out on the limb, making a claim guaranteed to enrage much of today’s feminized society - that football is America, and America is football. That when football goes down, America goes down with it.   Actually, I happen to agree with him to an extent; there’s no question that America (and American kids) are getting softer. Military recruiters, and drill sergeants, will confirm that. Is the decline in kids playing football a consequence, a cause,  or a corollary?

No matter.  The point is,   a  Power-5 conference football coach making some $2 million a year is scarcely the spokesman you want for the game of football. It's  like an Iowa corn farmer touting the merits of ethanol.

Football definitely needs people to speak up for it - to tell of its unique benefits.  One group would be mothers of football players, talking frankly about the reservations they had initially, and then the growth that they saw in their sons as a result of football.  Another group would be successful men - in a variety of fields - who played football and believe that it was a strong influence in their lives.

The National Football Foundation has made an effort in the latter area, but its reach is  limited to its membership.  What’s needed is for some major corporation(s) to show the cojones to support an advertising campaign not unlike what the - gasp - NRA runs, showing people from all walks of life saying “I am the NRA.”

Instead, ours would say, “I played football.  Growing up, I needed football.  Now, more than ever, American boys  need football.”

*********** Well, T.O.’s plan’s working - he’s got us writing about him again.

The latest? He left open the possibility of his playing in the CFL next season.

Canada-based agent Jason Staroszik told TSN that his client "absolutely 100 percent" wants to play in the CFL.

"He still feels like he has some football years left in him," Staroszik said. "He just loves the game and wants to get back to playing whether it's the CFL or NFL."

The CFL's Edmonton Eskimos added the retired wide receiver to their negotiations list in June, giving the team his exclusive rights in the league. Owens then activated his 10-day clause with the Eskimos on July 14, which will give Edmonton until July 24 to either offer Owens a contract or release his rights.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/more-sports/terrell-owens-absolutely-wants-to-play-in-cfl-next-season-agent-says/ar-AAAd7X2?li=BBnb7Kz

*********** I’m beginning to think that T.O. is staying away from the Hall of Fame festivities because he knows he’d get booed.

Or, worse yet - for him -  ignored.

It’s customary, when guys get inducted, for large contingents of their city’s fans show up to honor them.  That’s the way it will be this year when Bears’ fans show up to cheer for Brian Urlacher and Ravens’ fans show up to cheer for Ray Lewis.

But think about it for a minute - who the hell would take time off and spend good money to go to Canton to honor Terrell Owens?  For what?


*********** The classic  illustration of the Yiddish word “chutzpah” was a guy murdering his parents, then asking the court for mercy - because he was an orphan.

Steve Sarkisian, ex-USC coach,  had chutzpah.  He didn’t murder anybody, but after being fired for some embarrassing drunken incidents, he  sued USC for wrongful termination because, well, the “drinking problem” that caused him to be fired was - I am not kidding - a disability.

That's chutzpah.

Actually, it was a well-publicized profane, drunken speech at a booster affair, and the suspicion that he might have been a bit tipsy during a game against Arizona State, that, among other things, led to his being fired by USC.  (In spite of his disability.)

So Sark sued USC for $30 million, claiming that USC didn’t allow him to get treated for his alcoholism (which, believe it or not, considering the insanity of our givernment, really is considered to be a disability).

No mercy for this orphan, though. An arbitrator ruled in USC’s favor.

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24052127/arbitrator-rules-favor-usc-trojans-wrongful-termination-lawsuit-former-coach-steve-sarkisian

*********** An analysis by the Portland Oregonian found that in 2017 homeless people, while making up less than three per cent of the population, accounted for 52 per cent of all arrests.

In response, the powers that be are investigating the way the police have been “interacting” with the homeless.  The Mayor, bless his terminally liberal heart,  has suggested  that there might be “profiling” going on.

*********** Brian Barlow, an Oklahoma youth soccer referee became so disgusted with abusive parents that he set up a Facebook page - called Offside - and offered people $100 for videos of outrageous incidents.  He’s received plenty of them, and he’s posted them.

The idea was to shame the f—king fools, and to some degree it seems to be working.  When some idiot parent starts in on a ref,  those aware of Barlow’s project tend to move away, lest they become co-stars on a video clip.

It’s just one example of ways that leagues are trying to cope with the fact that officiating youth sports is more than thankless - it can be downright dangerous.

Most of the anecdotes in a New York Times article about a&&hole parents seem to be about youth soccer, but in fairness to the Beautiful Game, it may simply be because there are so many kids playing the game.

One method used by leagues in Virginia and Massachusetts deals with the irrational belief by so many parents that the time and money they invest in their little darlings will be repaid someday by a college scholarship.  Organizations in those place have posted signs at the entrance to their sports complexes reading:

“No N.C.A.A. scouts are looking at your child today”

and

“No N.C.A.A. scholarships will be awarded on this field today”

https://www.facebook.com/youreoffside/

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/sports/referee-parents-abuse-videos.html?emc=edit_sp_20180719&nl=sports&nlid=2369637720180719&te=1

*********** How you can tell it’s hot at our place…

hot squirrel

*********** QUIZ ANSWER - Paul Christman is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

He played at Missouri from 1938 through 1940. He was a two-time All-American at Mizzou, leading the nation in passing in 1940.  His school passing record stood for 36 years until it was broken by Steve Pisarkiewicz.

Interestingly, after losing him to graduation, his coach, Don Faurot, introduced his “Split T” in 1941, and after he refined it and shared it with other coaches through wartime football, it became the dominant offense of the post-war era.

For five seasons following World War II  he was the quarterback in the Chicago Cardinals’ “Dream Backfield,” along with Pat Harder, Marshall Goldberg and Charlie Trippi, and he led the Cards to the only title in their long history.

Following his career, he became one of the first ex-players to become a broadcaster, and he was so good - he attributed his abilities as a color analyst to his having had to call plays as a quarterback - that he rose to the top of his new profession.  In 1962 he teamed with legendary Curt Gowdy to announce AFL games after NBC bought the AFL rights  for enough money to assure the survival of the new league.  Together, he and Gowdy called Super Bowl I (which was telecast on both NBC, which had the rights to AFL games, and CBS, which had the rights to the NFL games).

For the next two seasons Paul Christman moved to CBS and worked NFL games with another legend, Ray Scott,  but in 1970, with a bright career ahead of him, he died of a heart attack.  He was just 51.

*********** CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING PAUL CHRISTMAN
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON

*********** When I was an NFL fan I always looked forward to watching games Paul Christman was broadcasting.  Consummate pro.  And teaming up with Curt Gowdy made all of it even better.

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

*********** Paul Christman was Mizzou's record-setting QB in 1940. Check out this video from YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFxL7HgIKaI.

Greg Koenig
Cimarron, Kansas

*********** I remember when CBS replaced Tony Canadeo with Paul Christman when they paired him with the great Ray Scott...kinda sad day for us Cheeseheads...

Mark Kaczmarek
Davenport, Iowa

(Tony Canadeo, long a favorite in Green Bay both when he played and then afterward as an announcer, was known as “Mister Packer.” HW)

*********** QUIZ: He  grew up in Natick, Massachusetts,  the son of Italian immigrants, and the youngest of ten children.

After graduating from high school in Natick, he was a teammate of Don Holleder for one season at Aquinas Institute, in Rochester, New York.  Aquinas was something of a national power then, travelling hundreds of miles to take on the best competition it could find.

(In the East,  there was nothing comparable to California’s junior college system, and it was not unusual in those days for promising high school graduates to spend a year as a “P-G”  - post-graduate - at a prep school.) 

His one season at Aquinas brought him to the attention of Notre Dame’s Frank Leahy.

At Notre Dame, he quickly earned a starting position at offensive tackle, and earned notoriety - and a nickname - his junior year when, just before halftime against Iowa, with time running out and Notre Dame out of timeouts, he faked an injury. The clock was stopped, the Irish managed to score a touchdown, the game ended in a 14-14 tie, and Notre Dame went on to finish the season - Leahy’s last - with a 9-0-1 record and a piece of the national championship.

He received flowers from sarcastic Iowa fans; he received an “Academy Award” for Best Actor from his teammates; on a television show, he explained, “If you were on the ground and looked at the scoreboard and saw you were trailing and running out of time,  wouldn’t you feel hurt?”

And he received a nickname - “Faintin’ Frank” - one that would stick with him through an 11-year career in the NFL.

An All-American at Notre Dame, he was a first-round draft pick of the Steelers, and was named to the Pro Bowl after his rookie season.

After six seasons in Pittsburgh, he was traded to the Rams for Lou Michaels because the Steelers needed a defensive lineman and a kicker - and Michaels gave them both.

He was durable - he missed only two games in 11 seasons.  And he was good - he was named to five Pro Bowl teams.   Steelers Hall-of-Fame teammate Ernie Stautner remembered, “In all the years Frank played for the Steelers,  he was very seldom beaten outright. He had the respect of all the defensive linemen who played against him.”   Baltimore Colts’ Hall of Famer Gino Marchettti said, “Frank was among the best I ever faced.”

He is a member of the Steelers’ All-Time team and in his 11th season he was the Rams’ offensive captain.

Probably the highest praise he ever received came from the great Paul Brown.

From an interview with Pro Football Researchers’ Jim Sargent…

“Probably the best game I ever played came with Pittsburgh in 1957, when Buddy Parker was coaching and we beat the Colts, 19-13.  A guy by the name of Gino Marchetti was tearing everybody up.

“Johnny Unitas was passing everybody crazy, and they had Alan Ameche and Lenny Moore as running backs.

“Buddy Parker was so worried about stopping Marchetti that he had two or three linemen alternate at right tackle in practice that week  That was my position, and I was required to block Marchetti.

“To make a long story short, it became quite a challenge to me to block Marchetti. I had a terrific day. Marchetti didn't touch our quarterback, Bobby Layne, once. I got a pretty good writeup in the Pittsburgh paper after the game.

"Later on, I heard more about it at the 1958 Pro Bowl game, from one of the Cleveland players, tackle Mike McCormack.

"’Frank,' he said, ‘We were playing Pittsburgh the Sunday after you played the Colts.  When Paul Brown got out the film to show us that week, he said, ‘Gentlemen, I'm going to show you one of the greatest exhibitions of blocking I have ever seen in my life. I want you to watch the right tackle of the Steelers, the kind of job he did on Gino Marchetti.'

"McCormack said that was the first time Paul Brown ever announced, before a game film was shown, to watch the performance of a particular player. I'll never forget that."



american flagTUESDAY,  JULY 17,  2018 -   “Without winners, there would be no civilization.”  Woody Hayes

*********** In case you  didn’t hear, France won the World Cup.  (That’s a soccer tournament that takes place every four years, see, and in most nations in the world, including all the sh—hole countries, it’s a very big deal.)

The French celebrated the win, of course - perhaps even overdoing it slightly, to the point where the gendarmes (French for PO-lice) had to step in and show a bit of force.

But deep down, they’re still not happy.  Not truly happy.

See, they won because their team played ball control - stayed in that damned tight, Double-Wing formation and ran the ball. Over and over. Ran it, and ran it, and ran it, seldom passing it, while monopolizing possession and relying on a tough defense.  All the while, French fans urged them to “open it up!” (in French, of course).

Okay, I lied.  They didn’t run the Double Wing.  Or the Wishbone.  Or the split-back veer.  They were, of course, still playing soccer.

But they weren’t playing it the way the French insist it be played.  As they headed into the final game, their coach was repeatedly criticized for his team’s stodgy play, with its heavy emphasis on defense.

One reporter, accusing him of wasting all the talent at his disposal,  compared him to a man driving a Ferrari at the speed limit.

Just like many American football fans who’d rather see an incomplete pass than a ten-yard run off-tackle, seemingly preferring to lose 42-40 than win 7-6, the French aren’t happy with just winning.  They insist that a French team - a real French team - must play with élan - with style, flair, dash.

“Three yards and a cloud of dust,” does not translate into French.

Perhaps this explains their lack of success in war.

*********** Gerald Eskenazi, long-time New York Times sportswriter and author of 16 books, wrote in The Wall Street Journal,   “I chuckle when I hear an American announcer give the result of a 1-0 soccer game as “1-nil.” Does he take a “lift” instead of an elevator in his office? The “tube” instead of the subway?”

*********** Our local newspaper, the Vancouver Columbian, is a poster child for why American newspapers are dying.  Its news is politically slanted (and to the left, it goes without saying); at least half of its front sports page typically consists of photographs - usually one large one - no doubt because it saves them from having to pay writers;  the writers they do pay seem to have slept through the part of journalism school where they taught about sentence structure; and they are severely lacking in judgement when it comes to what to write about.

Consider…

This past Saturday night, the annual “Freedom Bowl Classic,” a local all-star football game featuring the graduates of our county’s 17 high schools, took place.  But you’d never have known it if you depended for your news on the Columbian - which, unfortunately, most people in the county do.

Until Friday - the day before the game - not a thing was written about the game.  In other years, there would be a story or two every day about this kid or that kid and where he was going to college, blah, blah, blah.

But this year, nothing until Friday, when they chose to write a large article about one kid for whom the Freedom Bowl would be his last game.  (With a large photo, of course, accompanying the story.)

His last game?  Right.  Sure as hell, true to the standards of today’s journalism, the topic of that lone pre-game story, was concussions.

The story was about a kid who’d suffered three of them since eighth grade, and had finally decided that that was enough. Now, according to the story, he “got proactive about his health and well-being.”

He decided to turn down a scholarship to play football at NAIA Montana Tech.   No more football for him. 

Now, I was pretty pissed  at the idea that with maybe 70 kids, each with stories of their own, they had to go negative.  They just had to imply that football was dangerous, but this kid had come to his senses and decided not to play any more.

But to show how clueless the writer was, she totally whiffed on two great ironies in the story:

1. Two of the three concussions the kid had suffered since eighth grade occurred in one single “lacrosse match.”  In other words, he suffered not one concussion attributable to football during his entire high school career.

2.  If he’s through with football - if it’s so f—king dangerous - then how come he was taking his chances, playing in this “one last game?”

*********** “One of the secrets of Trump’s success is having really, really stupid enemies, enemies who are so tone-deaf and out-of-touch that they simply cannot adopt commonsense positions that resonate among normal Americans. The establishment instead insists on telling Americans that up is down, black is white, and girls can have penises. Nope. No wonder the Normals have gotten militant…”

Kurt Schlichter, townhall.com

***********  The University of Louisville, a proud academic institution - if you overlook the occasional use of whores to recruit illiterates to play basketball -  has taken the high road and removed the name “Papa John’s” from its stadium. 

If you hadn’t heard, John Schnatter, founder of the Papa John's pizza chain, dared to use the “N-word” - in quoting someone else who used the word.  Did you get that?  No one is saying that he said it!   Whew! That's it for me - No more standing on street corners and  reading aloud the lyrics of popular hip-hop “songs."

Zap!  Just like that, the guy’s a racist,  which means anything and anyone having anything at all to do with him becomes radioactive.

Racist, did I say?  To show you just how racist the guy is - why, he even objected to NFL players’ kneeling during the national anthem. (Which I suspect is what made him a target of the “who’s a racist?” crew.)

Louisville, being the proud academic institution that it is  (oh, wait - isn’t Bobby Petrino their football coach?) will no doubt offer to return the money they took from Papa John’s for the naming rights to the stadium.

*********** My son-in-law, Rob Love, an attorney in Durham, North Carolina, went to Duke, where he met my daughter.

He’s originally from Montclair, New Jersey, where one of his classmates, whom he visited while he was in Portland recently,  is the daughter of the great Jerry Izenberg.

A sports writer for the Newark Star-Ledger since 1951, Mr. Izenberg has won the Red Smith Award, presented by Associated Press sports editors in honor of the legendary sports writer, and he’s a member of both the National Sportscaster and Sportswriters Hall of Fame and the Boxing Hall of Fame.

He is one of only three people to have covered every single Super Bowl.


*********** Strange fact: An agent named Jimmy Sexton represents 11 of the 14 SEC coaches.

*********** In World Cup Soccer, they call it the Third-Place Match.  In Suomen Amerikkalaisen Jalkapallo (Finnish American Football) they call it the Bronze Medal Game.

In the NFL, they called it a lot of things.  From 1960-1969,  a time before playoffs, when the NFL championship was played by the champions of the two divisions, the second place teams met for the supposed third place in what was originally called the Playoff Bowl.

As with its European counterparts, there was never a lot of interest in the game - among players, coaches or fans. Despite the NFL's best efforts, it came to be called the “Runner-up Bowl.” 

Or worse:  In a team meeting, Vince Lombardi expressed his lack of interest in playing in it by calling it “A sh— bowl… a loser’s game for losers.”

With the merger of the NFL and AFL and the establishment of a championship game between the two leagues (which came to be known as the Super Bowl) interest in a game between runners-up declined from slim to none.

The game actually served a noble purpose.  At a time when there was no pension for the players, the  proceeds of the game went to establish a small pension plan from which has grown today’s rather generous plan.

Interestingly, the first three Playoff Bowl games were won by the Detroit Lions.  They were the last “championships” won by the Lions, a once-proud franchise.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playoff_Bowl

http://mmqb.si.com/mmqb/2017/06/22/nfl-playoff-bowl-garbage-time

*********** Shelby Steele is one of my intellectual heroes, and I think that if we could shut down all the politicians and two-bit race hustlers for 24 hours and put him - non-stop - on all TV channels,  listening to him could personally make America better by reducing the racial tensions in American and helping black urban citizens improve their lot in life.

Sunday night, Mr. Steele, a conservative author, columnist and speaker, and a fellow at Stanford’s respected Hoover Institution, spoke with Mark Levin.  Here are some excerpts…

LEVIN: Among other things you said, "It's not surprising then that these black football players would don the mantle of protest," because you say protest is something that black Americans have had to do for Civil Rights. You look at Martin Luther King. You look at Jackie Robinson in sports, and so forth and so on, and you say, the surprise was that it didn't work this time.

"They had misread the historic moment, they were not speaking truth to power, rather they were figures of pathos, mindlessly loyal to a black identity that had run its course," so you say in the article, "Look, protest is a good thing." Protest sometimes is necessary, right, to get vote, to get equal rights, to draw the attention of society and so forth, but this one fell on deaf ears. Explain.
 
STEELE: Well, protest is central to the evolution of black American culture. It was protest that really finally won our freedom for us. Beyond that, it's always interesting to note that it expanded the idea of democracy. Democracy had all of the theory, all of the thinking - before had never dealt with the clash between race and racism and democracy. Well, it was the Civil Rights Movement, it was Martin Luther King who said, "You have to take and go beyond race even, that democracy is universal."

So that is a big part of the black American identity, and it is sort of seen as the test of your authenticity as a black, yet this protest in the NFL made the point that this was kind of fruitless at this point, and I think that central issue behind what you are talking about is the fact that the oppression of black Americans is over with.
 
LEVIN: It's over with.

STEELE: It's over with. I grew up, I mean, it was - we never thought there would be an end to oppression. I remember being a teenager, I never thought that I'd live in a society that was not segregated. It happened. Now, are there exceptions? Yes, there are a few here and there. Will racism every completely go away? No, it is a part of the - as I say in that article, it is endemic to the human condition just as stupidity is endemic to the human condition. And so we'll always have to be on guard about it.

But we are at a point where the old fashioned method of protest is obsolete. We need a lot of things, but we don't need that any more. We're at a point now where we can - we are a free people and can pursue our lives as we would like to.

LEVIN: You point out in the article in your thought process is that, that's part of the issue. We are a free people. We are all a free people.

STEELE: Yes.

LEVIN: We are not an oppressed people. Blacks are not an oppressed people quite frankly, Jews are not an oppressed people and so forth. This is America now. There is a history where there is oppression, obviously, slavery and segregation and so forth, but that is gone. And you say - and so some people are having difficulty coping with liberty. What do you mean by that?

STEELE: Absolutely. Well, when you think about it black American culture evolved over three and a half centuries. Every minute under which they lived under oppression and they adapted to dealing with the fact that those freedoms were going to be cut off. They had to somehow make a life within all of those restriction, and they did. Part of the - one of the - I think black American culture is nothing less than heroic. I mean, they evolved - look at the - you know, the contribution like music and so forth. They achieved great things.

The one thing we never had to do was to deal with freedom. That was precisely the thing that we denied, so that's not in our culture, in a vivid clear sense as it would be if we had been free - truly free. Well, we now are free. Freedom is, as the existentialist I think rightly say, a burden, it's a difficulty. It puts the individual in a position of being much more responsible for themselves, their own development as individuals and that is new for us.
 
The idea is still that black unity, we just can't be unified. That is the way ahead. Not anymore. You take yourself ahead. That's the new and stunning really fact of American life that we're now facing and having to deal with.

LEVIN: How about social justice? And equality? And the phrases like that? I hear that is what people say they are protesting.
 
STEELE: You've got all the social justice you need. Again, I lived through segregation. The freedom we have today is absolutely remarkable. We, as a people have not yet absorbed that. We have not absorbed the fact that our problem is no longer racism, our problem is freedom. We have to learn to deal with freedom, and only way to do that is to - it's going to have to be grounded in individual responsibility. That is the only chance you have with freedom, it's to take charge of your life and make a life for yourself.

http://www.foxnews.com/transcript/2018/07/15/author-shelby-steele-on-race-relations-equality-in-america.html

*********** For the better part of a week, we were blessed with having our four kids and their spouses and our 11 grandkids visiting us in Camas. They came from Colorado and North Carolina, from Boston and Seattle, from Australia and Japan.  (In all, my wife and I made 14 airport runs.)  There was one brief time during which everyone was there, and we managed to take advantage of it with a family photo. (Having been through at least 30 team photos over the years, I confess to being the anal one who staged it.)
Family Photo 2018

There was plenty for them to do: hiking on the trails nearby, exploring Portland, kayaking and paddle boarding on the nearby lakes, fixing dinner when it was their turn, and then playing all sorts of games outside our house after dinner (this time of year, it doesn’t get dark out here until 9:30 or so).  And socializing - damn, it’s fun watching those cousins and the fun they have when they get together -
they're widespread, and they don't see each other more than once every two or three years. All but three are old enough to drink now, and as evidenced by the photo below,  they've inherited my love of  beer.  (The multi-colored label is - I think - not intended to be the dreaded rainbow flag, but instead, since it's a "Mexican lager"  brewed by the Full Sail Brewing Co., of Hood River, Oregon, and named "Sesion" as a takeoff on their popular "Session" lager, it's the red and green of the Mexican flag.  I think.  I hope.)

Beer bottles



*********** What is it that Terrell Owens is best known for?  If you said, “catching passes,” you must have been watching soccer for the better part of his 15 NFL seasons, because anyone who was paying attention during the T.O. Era knows that most of his name recognition is due to his being the biggest a$$hole in the game.

But he hasn’t played since 2010,  and with the exception of a few announcements from time to time that he was thinking of making a comeback, he’s been pretty much out of the public eye.

And then came his election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I wasn’t the only one who was surprised - and disappointed - at the news, but I can’t say I was surprised when he then announced that he wouldn’t be attending the Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, preferring instead to have his own personal induction ceremony in Chattanooga (where he’d played his college ball).

It didn’t surprise me because it was vintage “T.O.” - all about being the biggest a$$hole he could possibly be.

And it certainly wouldn’t surprise me to learn that this latest stunt came on the advice of an agent smart enough to realize that while receivers - even Hall of Fame receivers - are a dime a dozen, T.O., even in a league full of a$$holes, is in a class all his own.     

His football career is over;  he can’t do anything further to advance his image as a receiver. But being an a&&hole is the essence of the T.O. brand, and his shunning of the Canton festivities ought to cement his status as the GAOAT (Greatest A$$hole of All Time) -  which means we should prepare ourselves to see him on TV soon, endorsing products.

*********** The Good Old Summer Time…

Baseball gives us ball games.

The NHL sends the Stanley Cup around to the hometowns of the players on the championship team.

The NBA gives us the Las Vegas Summer League.

The NFL, with training camp just weeks away, gives us Jameis Winston in Sexploits 2.0, LeSean McCoy and his brutish efforts to evict his live-in girlfriend , Terrell Owens turning his back on the greatest honor that can be bestowed on a professional football player, Julian Edelman - and a host of other drug abusers, performance-enhancing and otherwise - being sat down for parts of the season.  No use even mentioning the social activities of NFL alumni, the most recent of which was  last week’s attempted murder charge against Brandon Browner.

Not even the vaunted NFL PR department can get the subject back on football.


***********   QUIZ ANSWER - Steve Worster may be the greatest college running back who never played a single down in the NFL.

In his junior year of high school, his Bridge City, Texas team made it to the Class 3A state final game (Texas had only 4 classes at the time)  before losing to perennial power Brownwood, 14-0.

But in his senior year, he rushed for 2210 yards as his team went undefeated, winning the state title with a 30-6 win over McKinney.  In the title game, he sat out the second half after putting the game away with four first-half touchdowns.

All told, in his three seasons as a starter for Bridge City, he rushed for 5422 yards.  He was all-state all three years, and he amassed what was then a state-record 38 100-yard games.

One of the most highly-recruited players in the history of Texas football, he finally settled on Texas.

It was a good choice, because shortly after he arrived, Texas adopted an offense that would use his power running ability to revolutionize the game of football.

His historic significance is that was the first in a great line of fullbacks - the first fullback around which Texas coach Darrell Royal and his offensive coordinator Emory Bellard built their innovative triple-option attack.  Originally called the “Y” formation because of the alignment of its backs, it became much better known by the name it goes by today, the wishbone, a name given it by - most people believe - a Houston sports writer named Mickey Herskowitz.

Based on the threat of his running up the middle, the new offense produced back-to-back national titles for the Longhorns in 1969 and 1970.  As Texas fans shouted “Woo! Woo!” (his name was pronounced “WOO-ster”) every time he carried the ball,  he rushed for 2313 yards and 36 touchdowns, and  was a three-time All-Southwest Conference selection and a two-time All-American. He was voted Texas Amateur Athlete of the Year, and finished fourth in the Heisman voting after his senior season.

In the 1971 NFL draft, he was chosen fourth by the Los Angeles Rams, but he would up signing with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL, where he played just one season before hanging them up and returning to school to get his degree and embark on a career in sales.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING STEVE WORSTER:
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
MIKE FORISTIERE - TOPEKA, KANSAS
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN


***********  Charlie Wilson, of Crystal River Florida, my resident expert on All Things Belly - Veer - Wishbone, found some great stuff on Steve Worster in the Beaumont Enterprise…

"A professional football career never came to much. The Los Angeles Rams picked him in the fourth round of the 1971 NFL draft, but they could never come to an agreement on a contract.

"Just every underhanded trick they'd play," Worster said. "To the point they even took me out to get me drunk to sign a contract... I just finally told them I wasn't interested."

I'm reminded of John Hannah here.  If memory serves, when negotiations were starting, the suits pulled Hannah off to the side and someone said something like, "We are prepared to offer you...TWENNY THOUSAND DOLLARS!!!"

With apologies to blood-suckers, the rise of blood-sucking agents came to the forefront because of nonsense like this (See also: The Rise of Hugh Culverhouse, given the Tampa NFL franchise for "only" several mil after someone else did all the work...)

https://www.beaumontenterprise.com/sports/article/On-Christmas-Eve-1966-Bridge-City-star-faced-10816030.php


*********** Steve Worster - SI Vault -

https://www.si.com/vault/2003/03/03/338912/steve-worster-fullback-december-14-1970


*********** QUIZ - He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

He played at Missouri from 1938 through 1940. He was a two-time All-American at Mizzou, leading the nation in passing in 1940.  His school passing record stood for 36 years until it was broken by Steve Pisarkiewicz.

Interestingly, after losing him to graduation, his coach, Don Faurot, introduced his “Split T” in 1941, and after Faurot refined it and shared it with other coaches during wartime football, it became the dominant offense of the post-war era.

For five seasons following World War II  he was the quarterback in the Chicago Cardinals’ “Dream Backfield,” along with Pat Harder, Marshall Goldberg and Charlie Trippi, and he led the Cards to the only title in their long history.

Following his career, he became one of the first ex-players to become a broadcaster, and he was so good - he attributed his abilities as a color analyst to his having had to call plays as a quarterback - that he rose to the top of his new profession.  In 1962 he teamed with legendary Curt Gowdy to announce AFL games after NBC bought the AFL rights  for enough money to assure the survival of the new league.  Together, he and Gowdy called Super Bowl I (which was telecast on both NBC, which had the rights to AFL games, and CBS, which had the rights to the NFL games).

For the next two seasons he moved to CBS and worked NFL games with another legend, Ray Scott,  but in 1970, with a bright career ahead of him, he died of a heart attack.  He was just 51.



american flagFRIDAY,  JULY 13,  2018 -   "Is this my best team ever? I won't know that for another 20 years or so." Amos Alonzo Stagg

*********** Hugh,

Did manage to slip in some news today after all.  Enjoyed it as always.

Aside from that unfortunate incident I’m happy to hear your Fourth turned out to be enjoyable!

Especially sharing it with family!

Soccer...’nuff said.

Quiz:  Amos Alonzo Stagg  
UOP named its football stadium in honor of A.A. Stagg.  Unfortunately I believe the stadium no longer exists after UOP dropped its football program.  What an epitaph to a great, great man.

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas


*********** What a sorry-ass excuse for a sports event that France-Belgium “soccer match” was. With the exception of one clever behind-the-back kick by some Frenchman with an African name, watching the clock was more exciting than the soccer itself.

Not that the England-Croatia game wasn’t also a snoozer.

Even with all those little American kids growing up playing soccer, I don’t see much future for it at the major league - REAL major league - level.  Not until they start letting guys pick up the ball and run with it… and letting the other team tackle the guy with the ball… and letting the guy with the ball pass it to someone else before he gets tackled… (I’m working on more rules like that to make soccer more exciting).

*********** Need a quarterback for your college program?  California is the place to look.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-california-quarterbacks-20180708-story.html


*********** My friend Tom Hinger sent me this story, adding “This is what a REAL coach does…”

University of Alabama freshman linebacker VanDarius Cowan has been dismissed from the team for violating team rules, coach Nick Saban said in a statement on Monday.

“VanDarius has been dismissed from the team and is no longer a part of our football program due to a violation of team rules,” Saban said. “Each of us has a responsibility to represent The University of Alabama in a first-class way, and failure to meet those standards can’t be tolerated. We wish VanDarius the very best in the future.”

Last week, Cowan was charged with misdemeanor assault in relation to an incident at a Tuscaloosa bar last month. He was charged with third-degree assault and turned himself in on Thursday.

According to Tuscaloosa News, Cowan was accused of punching a 26-year-old man in the face on the morning of June 23, resulting in broken teeth and nerve damage for the victim.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/ncaafb/alabama-freshman-linebacker-dismissed-from-team-after-bar-fight-arrest/ar-AAzO90S

*********** Presidential advisor Kellyane Conway was at a Baltimore Orioles game when a stranger came up to her and took her photo and said something about her being famous “for all the wrong reasons.”

She walked over to him and said, “I’m fluent in ignoramus.  What did you say?”

She then took a photo of him and said she planned to add it to her “collection of underachieving men.”

*********** Found this on texassports.com…

Diron Talbert, who was an All-Southwest Conference selection as a junior defensive tackle in 1965 and a preseason All-American in 1966, was a three-year letterman (1964-66) and a tri-captain in 1966. A fifth-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Rams, he played four seasons there before moving to Washington in 1971. In his 10 years with the Redskins, Talbert played in a Super Bowl (in '73) and was Redskins’ captain for nine seasons, playing in more than 200 games.

On the 70th anniversary of the Redskins, Talbert was named one of the 70 greatest who played for the Skins.

He admitted he is not a regular in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium each fall.

He said he does get to one game a year.

"But, you have to remember," Talbert said, "between playing college football at Texas and playing 14 years in the NFL, well, that's 19 years of hunting seasons that I missed.


*********** NFF - New Programs added


IRVING, Texas (June 28, 2018) – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) highlighted today that seven college football teams will take the field for the first time this season. Including the five other colleges and universities that will take the field in the coming seasons, the number of schools among all NCAA divisions, the NAIA and independents offering football has increased to an all-time high of 778.
 
Since 1978 when the NCAA changed its method for tracking attendance figures, the number of schools playing NCAA football (FBS, FCS, DII and DIII) has steadily increased by 182 schools from 484 in 1978 to 666 in 2017, or an average increase of 4.7 schools per year. Adding NAIA and independent schools playing football and schools launching programs in the coming years, the number of colleges and universities offering students an opportunity to play college football has been increased to the all-time high of 778.
 
In the past six seasons alone (2012-17), 35 football programs have been added by NCAA or NAIA institutions. Only 11 football programs have been dropped during the same span, including two at schools that closed and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which returned to the gridiron in 2017. All 778 schools that offer football will be represented on the three-story helmet wall at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
 
Universities and colleges are adding football at all levels, and administrators have developed sound plans, ensuring the new programs address the unique financial, academic and long-term objectives of their respective schools. The 74 institutions listed below, who have implemented firm plans during the past decade, coupled together with the more than 20 schools with exploratory committees, create a clear and undeniable trend that presidents and trustees nationwide see the value of a football program as part of their overall academic mission.
 
“No other sport contributes more to the vibrancy of a college campus than football, and we are very pleased to highlight those schools that have added our great game,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “University and college presidents clearly see the value of having programs on their campuses, and we applaud them for understanding the role football can play in the educational experience of all their students.”
 
The rationale for adding football varies at each institution, and all of the decision makers who helped develop a plan for launching a program explain that an in-depth study played a critical role in finding the right level of play and the proper financial balance. Small colleges may cite increasing enrollment and addressing gender imbalances while larger universities might highlight the role of football in raising the institution’s profile and its ability to attract research grants. All mention creating a more vibrant on-campus community and connecting with alumni.
 
“With more than one million high school students playing football and more than 75,000 spots on college teams, there is plenty of room for expansion,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Many of these colleges clearly recognize that football can play an important role in encouraging students to continue their educations by enticing them to enroll.”
 
According to a 2015 study of five small universities published in College Planning & Management by Virginia Wesleyan College President Dr. Scott Miller and former Carlow University (Pa.) President Dr. Marylouise Fennell, adding sports teams and facilities, especially football and marching bands, can fuel an enrollment boost. According to the study, each of the five institutions experienced a six-year increase of 26 percent or more, with one school doubling its enrollment during that period.
 
The schools have added programs at every level of play and in every region of the country, experiencing successes that run the gamut. In all, the 62 programs that have added football from 2008-17 have combined for two national championships, 36 conference championships and 49 postseason appearances.
 
In 2017, UAB went 8-5 and earned a trip to the Bahamas Bowl in its first season after a two-year hiatus. Georgia State, which launched its program in 2010, won its first bowl game after a win in the AutoNation Cure Bowl and had its first NFF National Scholar-Athlete selection in Chandon Sullivan. At the FCS level, Kennesaw State (launched in 2015) claimed its first conference title in 2017 and reached the quarterfinals of the FCS Playoffs.
 
West Florida, which launched its program just two years ago in 2016, reached the Division II National Championship Game. Berry (Ga.), which kicked off its inaugural season in 2013, claimed its first conference title and first perfect regular season in its history and reached the second round of the Division III Playoffs. Reinhardt (Ga.), which also launched in 2013, posted a perfect regular season, won its conference division title and reached the NAIA National Championship in 2017.
 
These are just some of the impressive achievements at schools that have recently added football. Others include notching impressive attendance figures; attracting increased enrollment; garnering national publicity; expanding their donor bases; and receiving invitations to join conferences at the next level.
 
The planning and preparation of seven programs will come to fruition as they begin intercollegiate play this fall: Allen University in Columbia, S.C.; Alvernia University in Reading, Pa.; Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.; Keiser University in West Palm Beach, Fla.; Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich.; Ottawa University-Arizona in Surprise, Ariz.; and the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.


Allen University in Columbia, S.C., which had previously dropped its football program following the 2005 season, is among the new schools this season. The school announced in January plans to reinstate the program and that Teddy Keaton would be the team’s head coach as it begins its inaugural season this fall. The Yellow Jackets will compete at the NAIA level and will announce its 2018 schedule in the near future.  Allen also announced it would be bringing back its marching band program after more than 50 years. Administrators believe both programs will attract more students to the university, which has a current enrollment of around 600.
 
Alvernia University in Reading, Pa., will begin its inaugural season while competing as a member of NCAA Division III’s Middle Atlantic Conference under the direction of head coach Ralph Clark. Since announcing the addition of a football program, the school has changed its mascot to the Golden Wolves and made significant upgrades to its stadium.
 
Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., which announced the launch of its program more than two years ago, will see its hard work pay off this fall as the Wildcats begin their kick-off season. A member of the NAIA’s Mid-States Football Association, Indiana Wesleyan will be playing its games in a brand new on-campus stadium. “We are really looking forward to competing in 2018 and this schedule will be a great test for our football program in our inaugural season,” said head coach Jordan Langs in March.
 
Keiser University will begin its first season in West Palm Beach, Fla., behind the leadership of head coach Doug Socha. Earlier this year, the Seahawks joined the NAIA’s Mid-South Conference as an affiliate member in football.
 
Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Mich., will return to the gridiron after a 70-year hiatus this fall and compete as an independent before joining the NAIA’s Mid-States Football Association in 2019. One of the university’s main objectives with the football program is to create an active student body.
 
“[Our student section, ‘The Pointe,’ will] give us that 12th man,” said Lawrence Tech head coach Jeff Duvendeck. “It’ll give us some extra support and make the stadium louder. It’ll bring the campus together, which I think is a big part of why you start an athletic program at a school is to bring the campus community together, and having that student section is a huge part of it.”
 
Ottawa University Arizona (OUAZ), a second campus of Ottawa University in Kansas, opened its doors in Surprise, Ariz., last fall. The school will kick off this season as a member of the newly formed Sooner Athletic Conference in the NAIA, and it will play its games at the brand new, state-of-the-art Spirit Field on campus. Veteran head coach Mike Nesbitt will lead the Spirit and is “extremely excited for this upcoming season.”
 
The University of New England in Biddeford, Maine, which announcing the addition of football in 2014 and played a junior varsity season in 2017, is prepared to play its first varsity season. A member of the Commonwealth Coast Football conference, head coach Mike Lichten’s UNE Nor'easters join Alvernia as the two NCAA Division III football programs kicking off their maiden seasons this fall. The two schools will conclude their 2018 regular seasons with a game against each other in Biddeford.
 
The number of football programs across the nation continues to grow, with four additional schools announcing the launch of future teams since last fall: Allen University in Columbia, S.C. (which was previously highlighted as launching this fall); Barton College in Wilson, N.C.; Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.; and Keystone College in La Plume, Pa.
 
In January, Barton College in Wilson, N.C., announced the addition of an NCAA Division II football program with the goal of an inaugural season in 2020. The private, liberal arts college’s decision to integrate football into its athletics program is based on its mission of providing programs and opportunities to encourage the intellectual, spiritual, social and cultural development of its students.
 
According to the college’s announcement release, football will enhance campus vibrancy, community engagement and institutional growth while helping balance the current gender ratio of 70/30 women to men.
 
“This is an exciting time for Barton College,” said Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College. “We know that we also have to make choices institutionally that will continue to expand our footprint and provide new and exciting opportunities for our students as well as positively engage our friends and partners in the community. Bringing football to campus is exactly that kind of bold choice. Football will undoubtedly create a tremendous surge of energy and enthusiasm among students, as well as faculty, staff, alumni and the Wilson community.”
 
Like all colleges and universities that add football programs, Barton came to its decision on the heels of an in-depth feasibility study and detailed analysis. On June 19, the school announced Chip Hester, who coached the past four seasons at North Carolina A&T State, as the program’s new head coach. The next steps will be solidifying the timeline.
 
With an enrollment just under 2,000, Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., has fielded a sprint football team (all players weighing less than 178 pounds) since 2012. In February, the university announced it would begin transitioning to an NCAA Division II program, and the Ravens will join the Northeast-10 Conference in the sport beginning with the 2019 season.
 
“Moving to NCAA Division II Football is a significant step for the University, and one that makes sense, given the growing similarities to rules governing our existing Sprint Football program,” Franklin Pierce President Dr. Kim Mooney said in a university news release. “In terms of eligibility and expenses, the gap between Sprint and NCAA Division II Football has never been so close. Now is the logical time for Franklin Pierce to make the transition to Division II with our football program, allowing us to capitalize on the enhancements to our on-campus student experience which will come with such a transition.”
 
The changes were the result of analysis by Franklin Pierce that aimed to ensure its athletics program “continues to grow in reputation and impact, regionally and nationally.”
 
“It’s exciting to be part of something new,” head coach Rashad Watson told The Keene Sentinel. “We want people to know we’ve got a football team over here, we have a great campus and a great school that people (in the region) can enjoy.”
 
Keystone College, a 1,400-student institution in La Plume, Pa., announced in January it was bringing back its football program after a 71-year hiatus. The program will operate as a club program and play a limited schedule in the fall of 2019 before switching over to a full-varsity schedule in 2020 as a member of NCAA Division III’s Eastern Collegiate Football Conference. The Giants will play their home games at the school's athletic field and track complex, which opened in 2014, and plans call for the construction of a new field house.
 
Keystone previously sponsored the football in the late 1800s through the 1947 season, and the college believes the new program will reinvigorate the proud tradition the sport once held on campus. Notably, Hall of Fame baseball player Christy Mathewson was a member of the Keystone football team from 1895-97.
 
“We are so excited to reintroduce football as our next varsity sport,” Keystone President David L. Coppola said in a news release. “This will be a wonderful experience not only for the student-athletes who come here to continue their education and compete on the NCAA Division III level but for our entire student body and alumni as well. We can’t wait to get started and we look forward to the day when we cheer for the Giants as they take the field for the very first time.”
 
According to the college, the success of other recently added sports made football the next logical step to continue the growth of the Keystone student-athlete experience. In addition to the benefits to the players, the college stated that football will provide an enjoyable and uplifting experience for everyone associated with the college, bringing people together to socialize and share common experiences. In March, the college announced that Justin Higgins would serve as the head coach of the revived program.
 
“My family and I are thrilled to be at Keystone College,” Higgins said in a news release. “I can’t wait to get started as we work to build a football program that reflects the values and traditions that have made Keystone what it is today. We are so very proud to be part of the Keystone community.”
 
The addition of a football program often entails a long, calculated process that frequently begins with studies conducted by task forces. Schools are more likely to begin the football feasibility process if there is significant support from the community.
 
Last year, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock announced it would conduct a football and marching band feasibility study following a student-created petition calling for the sport’s addition at the school. Already a member of the FBS’ Sun Belt Conference in all other sports, the university last fielded a football team in 1955 when it was known as Little Rock Junior College.
 
In October 2017, Little Rock chose a firm to conduct the study, which is evaluating whether a football program and marching band would be a fiscally responsible and meaningful addition to the university and the central Arkansas community. The study is examining every aspect, including costs, staffing, playing venue, facility construction and economic and enrollment impact. The study will put exact figures on both a startup and annual cost for Little Rock football, helping the university determine if it will move forward with the program.
 
In May 2018, Little Rock athletics director Chasse Conque updated the University of Arkansas Board of Trustees on the feasibility study, which he said would be completed by July 1.
 
“It’s all part of the bigger vision for the athletics department to compete at the Division I level,” Conque said, according to the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
 
Another school taking a real look at adding football is the University at Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas, which boasts an enrollment of more than 28,000 students after the consolidation of the University of Texas at Brownsville and the University of Texas-Pan American.
 
The football feasibility committee at UTRGV was created in 2016 with legendary coach Mack Brown, a 2018 College Football Hall of Fame electee, as its chairman. The committee has been looking at how other universities have set up football programs in recent years to determine best practices, including the University of Texas at San Antonio, which launched its program in 2011. The UTRGV feasibility study is expected to be released soon.
 
Rick Anderson, UTRGV’s executive vice president for finance and administration, explained to the Rio Grande Guardian in April what would happen after the study is released.
 
“We do expect a student vote coming this fall,” Anderson told the outlet. “If we assume that is positive it would go to the board. It would require student approval and then board approval sometime this fall. And then, of course, it takes several years to get up and running.”

http://footballfoundation.org/News/NewsDetail/News/record-778-colleges-and-universities-now-offering-football

RANDY F AND GEN FRANK

*********** While old friend Mike Foristiere works to turn things around at Highland Park High in Topeka, Kansas, his son Randy, a senior (first classman) to be at West Point, is spending his summer as an officer-in-training at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Fort Polk happens to be the site of what’s called the Joint Readiness Training Center, designed to provide “highly realistic joint and combined arms training across the full spectrum of conflict.”

It is one of only three of what the Army calls “Dirt” Combat Training Centers, conducting realistic training exercises in order to prepare infantry units for actual combat operations.

And the Commanding General of Fort Polk happens to be Brigadier General Pat Frank, who just ten years ago was Lieutenant Colonel Pat Frank, the Battalion Commander of the Black Lions, at Fort Riley, Kansas.  He’s the guy who developed a working relationship with the Kansas State football program, and as a result, I’ve come to know him.

When he learned that Randy Foristiere was headed to Fort Polk, he arranged to have a picture taken with him, and that’s what you see.

If General Pat Frank looks like he’s in shape,  take it from Mike Foristiere, telling of Randy’s first morning at Fort Polk:

“Randy said he and the other cadets had PT (Physical Training) with General Frank this morning. Said the General is in great shape.”

When I passed along Randy’s compliments to General Frank, he wrote back…

We had a great PT session - wanted to ensure the Cadets knew how critical that first event with their Soldiers every morning is - got to attack PT, it sets the tempo for the entire duty day!Thanks for the note - BLACK LIONS!

Sure sounds to me like he’s saying, “LEAD FROM THE FRONT!”

http://www.jrtc-polk.army.mil/cg.html

*********** Coach,

Your commentary on eye contact is very timely. We decided at our coaches meeting last week that “listening with your eyes” would be this year’s character focus. Two years ago it was handshakes (before and after practice- perhaps the best and easiest teaching technique I have learned), last year it was grit (what it looks, sounds and feels like) and this year it is the mental toughness that constant eye contact develops.

Please communicate to your friend Joe Gutilla that his new HC’s son, Bryan Bennett, has a standing invitation to a home cooked meal or any other assistance that a young man in Winnipeg might need. You can provide him with my email. The end zones do take some getting used to, but the presnap waggle causes at least one offensive offsides per game. We don’t think it’s worth the risk.

Tom Walls
Winnipeg, Manitoba

*********** QUIZ ANSWER -  As a  college football player at Yale, Amos Alonzo Stagg was an end on the first-ever All-American team.

At that time, former Yale football players were in great demand as coaches, and he spent two years as head coach simultaneously at a Massachusetts prep school and  at Springfield College.

Then, for 40 years - from 1892 to 1932 - he was head coach at the academically elite University of Chicago, then a member of the Big Ten.  He was also the baseball coach for 19 seasons and the basketball coach for one season. At the age of 70, he was forced to retire by the university president, who in 1939 would discontinue football entirely at Chicago, and pull out of the Big Ten. 

After leaving Chicago, where his record was 244-11-7, he took the head coaching job at the College of the Pacific (now University of the Pacific) where he stayed for 14 years.

When he finally retired as a head coach, his overall record - at Springfield College, Chicago, and Pacific - was 314-199-35.

For the next six years, from 1947 through 1952, he assisted his son, who was head coach at Susquehanna University, in Pennsylvania, and from 1953 through 1960, he assisted at Stockton College. He finally called it quits at age 98.  He died in 1965 at the age of 102.

His contributions to the game, for which he is credited either as an innovator or a collaborator, are too numerous to list, (and some of them are attributed to others) but they include…

the center snap… the spiral snap… the onside kick… the short punt formation… the forward pass… the statue of liberty play…  the line shift… the place kick… the lateral… the tackling dummy… the unbalanced line… the Notre Dame box formation… the idea of varsity letters… the idea of numbers on uniforms… the T formation… the man in motion… the position of linebacker… the numbering of plays by players and holes

He is a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Two high schools - one in Illinois and one in California - are named for him, as is the annual game to decide the Division III National Championship.

A deeply religious man who had countless good influences on our game, was for good reason called the Grand Old Man of football.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING AMOS ALONZO STAGG:
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JASON MENSING - WHITEFORD, MICHIGAN
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
TOM WALLS - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
TOM DAVIS - SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
MIKE FORISTIERE - TOPEKA, KANSAS
JOSH COLE - ODESSA, NEW YORK
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON


*********** On the subject of Amos Alonzo Stagg, Adam Wesoloski sent along a link to action between College of the Pacific and San Jose State.

Adam Wesoloski
Pulaski, Wisconsin

P.S. You will get a kick out of this game.

San Jose State vs College of the Pacific Football Game Oct 20, 1939 - 1st Half

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgAHaNpNPJY&t=623s

One of the teams - I think it’s COP - is running from Short Punt formation.


Yale

*********** Just like all of us, Amos Alonzo Stagg was young once.  That’s the Yale team of 1888, and that’s Mr. Stagg at the left of the back row.  The big guy in the middle of the back row is Pudge Heffelfinger, considered to be the first professional football player in America.  The coach of that Yale team was Walter Camp, the man whose innovations - such as the line of scrimmage and the concept of downs - created what became American football from the rugby that they had been playing.


*********** I learned about Coach Stagg in high school. My high school coach played in a couple of Stagg Bowls and won it in 1991 playing halfback for Jim Butterfield’s Ithaca Bombers.
Josh Cole
Odessa, New York

*********** As a former d3 center and a son of a long time Coach todays quiz is in my wheelhouse Amos Alonzo Stagg...   I grew up hoping to some day to get to the Stagg Bowl. The one year we had a shot - ’97 -  we fell one slot short of qualifying for the playoffs despite finishing 8-1 and winning our league (MIAA oldest in america) title...    Just prior to that I went to the University of Chicago to watch our (Adrian College) women’s Basketball team in the NCAA tournament (my father was also the athletic director) and I remember him showing me around the key historical spots of University of Chicago Football and Amos Alonzo Stagg.

God Bless,
Jason Mensing  
Whiteford, Michigan

*********** This may be the first quiz that I have not needed to “research”. Like every former DIII player, I know the name Amos Alonzo Stagg very well. My alma mater Brockport State made it to the semi finals this year.

Tom Walls
Winnipeg, Manitoba

*********** Wayne Hardin was a great coach.  He nearly won a national title at Navy (with a QB named Roger Stabauch) and in Stabach and Joe Bellino he coached two Heisman Trophy winners.

He also coached Temple for 13 years, and left with a record of 80-50-3.  (I’d like to see Nick Saban or Urban Meyer do that.) 

I heard him speak at several clinics, and one time he happened to mention Amos Alonzo Stagg, who was still the head coach at Pacific his first year there.

Hardin’s subject was over-coaching, and as he recalled, some young assistant coach, eager to teach a quarterback some of the finer points of throwing, had begun to tinker with his technique.  The only problem was, the guy wasn’t that bad a passer as it was.  Watching what was going on, Mr. Stagg, then 84 years old, had finally seen enough, and walked over to the young assistant and asked, “Son, did you see where the ball went?”

***********   QUIZ - He may be the greatest college running back who never played a single down in the NFL.

In his junior year of high school, his Bridge City, Texas team made it to the Class 3A state final game (Texas had only 4 classes at the time)  before losing to perennial power Brownwood, 14-0.

But in his senior year, he rushed for 2210 yards as his team went undefeated, winning the state title with a 30-6 win over McKinney.  In the title game, he sat out the second half after putting the game away with four first-half touchdowns.

All told, in his three seasons as a starter for Bridge City, he rushed for 5422 yards.  He was all-state all three years, and he amassed what was then a state-record 38 100-yard games.

One of the most highly-recruited players in the history of Texas football, he finally settled on Texas.

It was a good choice, because shortly after he arrived, Texas adopted an offense that would use his power running ability to revolutionize the game of football.

His historic significance is that was the first in a great line of fullbacks - the first fullback around which Texas coach Darrell Royal and his offensive coordinator Emory Bellard built their innovative triple-option attack.  Originally called the “Y” formation because of the alignment of its backs, it became much better known by the name it goes by today, a name given it by - most people believe - a Houston sports writer named Mickey Herskowitz.

Based on the threat of his running up the middle, the new offense produced back-to-back national titles for the Longhorns in 1969 and 1970.  As Texas fans shouted “Woo! Woo!” every time he carried the ball,  he rushed for 2313 yards and 36 touchdowns, and  was a three-time All-Southwest Conference selection and a two-time All-American. He was voted Texas Amateur Athlete of the Year, and finished fourth in the Heisman voting after his senior season.

IN the 1971 NFL draft, he was chosen fourth by the Los Angeles Rams, but he would up signing with the Hamilton Tiger Cats of the CFL, where he played just one season before hanging them up and returning to school to get his degree and embark on a career in sales.



american flagTUESDAY,  JULY 10,  2018 -   "If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear." George Orwell

*********** Welcome to Portland. My grandson and his band arranged a concert in Portland to coincide with our family’s reunion.  But while one of the members ducked inside a Portland coffee shop to re-caffeinate, someone on the unofficial welcoming committee smashed the back window of his car and stole his backpack, containing his computer and his contact lenses.  Our optometrist was able to replace the contacts, but the laptop is gone forever. 

And as for the cops - in Portland, where a recent report disclosed that the ever-growing number of homeless are now responsible for 52 per cent of police calls, good luck getting them to even take a report.

*********** Mike Foristiere writes from Topeka, Kansas…

Midwest is so much different than West Coast. A lot of people fly the American flag in their yards. As I have biked or driven around town it is something I really thought stood out. I wonder if other mid western towns are like this too.

(Taking over a program that has been down for years, Coach Foristiere has made it a goal to visit the home of every one of his players, starting with the seniors.  At last report, he had visited with the parents (or parent) of 21 of his prospective players. HW)

*********** When I coached in Finland, the American coaches and players over there would get together in the city of Tampere to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Those were memorable Fourths for my wife and me.

Last week, though, I had one of the most enjoyable Fourth of Julys in my memory.

We had a chance to introduce our nine-year-old Australian-American (dual citizenship) grandson to an old-fashioned American Fourth.

It started with a large neighborhood street party, with almost 100 people, many of them getting to know each other for the first time.  It ended with beer and food and football for the little kids - and my grandson’s first pass reception - at another neighbor’s place.  And then, when darkness set in (in the summer, it doesn’t get dark out here until about 9:30) came the fireworks.  They’re illegal in Australia, so this was a real first for the little guy, but after a while he was taking his turn at lighting the fuse and then running like hell.

In every direction we turned, the sky was alive with fireworks.  It was spectacular, possibly even more so for me as I had had a few beers by then.

For their traditional grand finale, they blew up a gingerbread house, made especially for the occasion.  I’m sure it made the crows happy the next day.

And, in true responsible American fashion, by noon on the Fifth, the neighbors had swept the streets clean of all debris.

Meanwhile, if you’re one of this growing number of a$$holes who don’t like the Fourth - who say you don’t like America - if your idea of a great Fourth is protesting, or putting on a look-at-me show by climbing up the Statue of Liberty, and in the process ruining the experience for all the real Americans  whose bucket list included spending the Fourth of July at the Statue… Screw you.

An awful lot of our country’s problems  are caused by you and people like you.

I would suggest you take your sorry-ass act someplace better, except (1) I doubt that any place would have you; (2) there’s no place better anyhow. 

*********** I’ve seen enough soccer flops to know one when I see one, but when I saw the goalie from Croatia dive to make a save on a Russian shot, then lie on the ground clutching the back of his thigh as he grimaced in pain, I knew this was the real thing.  This was a hamstring injury for sure,  and anyone who’s seen an Olympic sprinter suddenly pull up, in mid-race, knows how debilitating it can be.  Anyone who’s ever had a pulled “hammy” knows how long it can keep you out of action.

So out came the “physio” (what they call trainers) and a few others to assess the injury.  This was scary, because without him, Croatia had little chance against Russia.

Fast forward to live TV: in less than five minutes, the guy was back in goal, and he played well enough the rest of the way to help Croatia beat the Russkies on penalty kicks.

Another miracle cure on the soccer pitch.

*********** A FLORIDA MAN…

Was stopped by police Friday night  for driving with an expired tag.

When they searched his car, they found a razor blade and some cocaine in the cup holder.

When he was admitted to jail, he was caught hiding marijuana and cocaine in his pants.

Up until Friday night he was the football coach at Lakeland, Florida’s Tenoroc High School.

Nice, coach.  Nice.


http://www.newschief.com/news/20180707/tenoroc-head-football-coach-arrested-on-drug-charges

*********** Hugh,

Just ordered your new playbook through PayPal.  Looking forward to receiving it, and hopefully will be able to use it very soon!

God forbid we should go out and play too many rounds of golf in a week!  Especially at OUR age!

Regarding the CFL, the son of our new head coach is a QB for the Winnipeg team.  He played at Montana State and transferred to Oregon for a one season a few years ago.  Saw him get some playing time a few weeks ago.  Still hard for me to get used to seeing all that pre-snap movement, and end zones that reach into the next province.

Continuing with football in general...that article was outstanding.  I will share it with a number of my colleagues around here.  Believe it or not, even here in football crazy Texas, many schools in and around liberal land Austin are experiencing a drop in participation numbers.  Mostly due to the misleading information being spread regarding concussions.

In complete agreement with you regarding the DW passing game.  We engaged in summer 7 on 7's every year to work on our passing game, and give our LB's and secondary work against the myriad of spread offenses we would see during the season.  The opposing coaches weren't thrilled having to defend us since most of them wouldn't see an offense like ours at all during the season.  

Apparently the Roosters haven't skipped a beat since you left Finland.  They were a monster back then right?  Speaking of American football being played overseas I understand that currently there is some brouhaha going on between various organizations that sponsor American football.  Something to do with the number of game being played??

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

*********** As I’ve been listening to updates on Andrew Luck’s rehab, I keep hearing that he hasn’t been throwing an NFL ball yet.  Nope. He’s still throwing a “high school ball,” the implication being that it is smaller and lighter, a “youth” version of that bigass NFL ball.

Now, unless something happened to the rules while I was out in space, they’re basically the same ball.  No, an NFL team can’t use a “high school Ball” - the NFL requires teams to play with the official NFL ball - but there is no prohibition against a high school team using an official  NFL ball if they want.  (And if they have the budget  to pay the outrageous price of those balls.)

*********** Anybody see the “fight” in the Atlanta-area AAU basketball game?  The “fight” in which players whaled away at referees?

This is where the college stars of tomorrow are taught sportsmanship.

http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/07/08/fight-at-aau-basketball-game-caught-on-camera-goes-viral.html


*********** One of the reasons why US soccer sucks internationally is that soccer doesn’t get the best American athletes.  Yes, it has them almost exclusively from the time they’re still babies, but at some point, for a variety of reasons,  other sports draw them away.  But organized soccer, meanwhile, insists at a very early-age on a soccer-only approach.  If you want to get anywhere, they tell kids and their parents, you’ve got to get on a travel team, and dedicate your life to soccer, year-round.

I don’t know that much about soccer, but over the years I have more than once maintained that the Beautiful Game would be better served in the US if soccer were played in-season rather than year-round, giving all those athletic kids who play other sports an opportunity to stay with soccer a bit longer.

Isn’t is possible that a great athlete who plays soccer as one of his two or three sports in high school can in the long run develop into a better soccer player than the good athlete  who has been playing soccer non-stop from infancy?

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal notes that swimming, long a sport that demands a tremendous commitment from athletes, is trending toward sharing athletes with other sports.  For the sport of competitive swimming, it’s a matter of survival.

The Journal writes...

From 2013 to 2016, the number of competitive swimmers in the 10-year-old age group dropped by almost 10%, according to USA Swimming, the sport’s governing body. While sports leagues nationwide are facing overall declines in youth participation, nearly half of the swimmers who quit said they left swimming to play other sports. More than 40% said swim team was too much of a time commitment.

“We know that swimming can be perceived as an all-or-nothing type of sport, and we know that today’s families are busier than ever with activities,” says Matt Farrell, USA Swimming’s chief marketing officer. “So we were facing a choice: Do we want to fight that culture, or decide to own it?”

In early June, USA Swimming launched its new ad campaign showing young swimmers doing other sports, in a move to position itself as a home for multisport athletes and gain back some of the kids it has been losing. It is rolling out a new, entry-level membership program called FlexSwim for young swimmers ages 5-18 who want to try competitive swimming but can commit to only a few days of training a week and two swim meets a year. In contrast, traditional training for competitive swimmers often means practice every day—before school, after school or both, depending on the age group—plus swim meets many weekends.

With  this campaign, USA Swimming has joined the forces of those of us who argue that overspecialization in youth sports is bad for a number of reasons.

I would argue that swimming is a great additional sport for a football player to engage in because it is demanding while relatively injury-free, and it promotes flexibility like few other sports.


https://www.wsj.com/articles/usa-swimming-flips-for-multisport-youth-athletes-1530538198?emailToken=f862e5ced64343573cab9e746fc5d1edL9AxtwY8svFNusXEED0n7NAjW9ypXl3jYfK2kw3R6do/7BWGP8rN+06JxQ9gqHdb+5rRp446b0GBm/7IoPI2aOekcEjxLm/d7jSmhwICuWU%3D&reflink=article_email_share


************ I’ve mentioned this before.

We’ve had birds fly into our windows and knock themselves out cold.  They lie still on the ground but they’re not dead.  Sometimes, we’ll put a shoebox over them to keep them in the dark for a while, and eventually, they all manage to regain  their senses and fly away.  Clearly, they were concussed.

But what gives with woodpeckers?  They hammer away at trees and telephone poles, and when they’re done, they go about their business as if nothing had happened.

Why don’t woodpeckers knock themselves out?  Why don’t they at least get loopy from all that banging? Shouldn't they eventually suffer from all those "mini-concussions?"

It’s a question the NFL should be asking.

Why hasn’t it occurred to some genius on the League payroll that there’s something special about woodpeckers, something that might lead to a breakthrough that would reduce the risk of concussion?

*********** TEACHING ADVICE FROM AN OLD TEACHER-COACH…

In helping a friend get started with his new team, it has become apparent to us that there’s work to be done with the new players in the area of attention. As in paying attention.

Specifically, looking at the person speaking (in this case, the coach). 

As a longtime teacher, I urge you to look around you the next time you talk to your team. How many of those kids are making eye contact with you as you talk?

It the answer isn’t “all of them,” I guarantee you that you’ve got some kids on your team who aren’t hearing a word you’re saying.

If there’s anyone who’s sitting where you can’t see his eyeballs… if there’s anyone who’s tieing his shoes or messing with a glove or whatever… you are not getting across to those guys.

This is a problem I see frequently in my travels.  Coaches seem to think that if they’ve said it, it’s been heard.  But there’s a bit more to it than that, and that’s where teaching begins.

A very simple principle of teaching is that if the students aren’t making eye contact with the teacher, the odds are very good that they aren’t listening to what he’s saying:

If you see it, you hear it.  If you hear it, you learn it.  If you don’t see it, you don’t hear it.  If you don’t hear it, you don’t learn it.

As a coach, you have an obligation to those kids who are paying attention to INSIST that their teammates also look at you when you’re talking.   No exceptions allowed.

If you don’t, you increase the chances of two bad things happening: (1) You won’t get through to everyone, which could mean a blown assignment and a lost game; (2) you’ll blow the opportunity to teach your kids a valuable lesson in being good students.

And it will be your fault.


*********** I wrote a few weeks ago about Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan.

A two-time NCAA wrestling champion, he spent a couple of years at Ohio State as an assistant coach.

Now, with suspicious timing, there has come an accusation from a couple of former wrestlers that many years ago, an OSU team physician (who’s been dead many years) uh, “fondled” the privates of some of the wrestlers.  And, concludes the accusation, assistant coach Jordan knew about it.  Or, at least, he HAD to have known.

Sorry, former wrestlers - I ain’t buyin’.  I can’t picture any straight wrestler allowing anyone, team doctor or not,  to mess with his junk.  Not without incurring a serious ass-whipping.

It sure seems as if this “story” surfaced either because the former wrestlers are looking for big money a la the Michigan State settlement, or the lefties are trying to discredit Congressman Jordan because of the way he lit into that weasel Rod Rosenstein.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3668147/posts


*********** I was raised an Episcopalian.

To say that the Episcopal Church has veered to the left is to say that grass is green.  Social causes are much more important to its leadership than the gospel, and now comes the news that it is taking a look at the book of Common Prayer,  and whether it might be time to reconsider  whether God the father really is a male, or actually some gender-neutral being. 

The Lord’s prayer:  “Our parent, who art in heaven…”

Grace: “God is great, God is good, and we thank It for our food…”

In case you wondered why I haven’t had anything to do with the Episcopal Church in years.

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2018/july/is-god-male-or-gender-neutral-episcopal-church-begins-debate-on-book-of-common-prayer


*********** It was “R-Day” Monday at West Point, the day that new cadets are officially sworn in, and the US Military Academy officially welcomed its newest freshman class for the start of Cadet Basic Training.

Included in the group are 79 football recruits from 23 different states.

(Since every cadet at a service academy is on a full scholarhip, the academies - Army, Navy, Air Force - do not have to adher to the usual NCAA limits on scholarships.

Georgia has the most incoming members of the Class of 2022 with 13. 12 players hail from Texas and 10 from Virginia. Six recruits are from Florida and five are from Louisiana. There are four from North Carolina and Maryland, and three each from Pennsylvania and California. The Black Knights also welcomed one recruit each from Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee.


*********** Adam Watters, an attorney and Justice of the Peace in Tucson, follows this page in his role as a high school coach, and he wrote, regarding Marbury v. Madison…

Some interesting trivia on this case, which I saw referenced in your News you Can Use blog:  When John Adams left office, and remember by that time he and Jefferson were extreme political enemies, he signed what were known as the Midnight Appointments naming about 20 brand new Justices of the Peace for Washington DC.  Marbury received one of those appointments, but, actually, he did not and that was the problem. 

With no Xerox machines, each appointment had to be copied and then signed and delivered before Jefferson took office.  Marbury and I believe three other new judges did not receive the appointments and Jefferson ordered that they be stopped. The subsequent shenanigans that took place would, if done today, probably result in both the impeachment of the President and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Marbury sued to secure his appointment, but the actual appointment was never found - although it was undisputedly in the hands of Jefferson and his new Secretary of State Madison.  It is strongly suspected that Jefferson simply burned the document.  Chief Justice Marshall was a close friend of the attorney who represented Marbury. In violation of his authority, Marshall also allowed evidence to be heard on the case - as you know, the Supremes do not hear direct evidence.  The United States government went unrepresented at the hearings . . . that's right, no attorney appeared to argue the government's case that it did not have to deliver the appointments.  Marshall was Adams Secretary of State when the Midnight Appointments were drafted - so he was the person responsible for seeing they were delivered, but he failed, then heard the case on that same series of events.  Conflict of interest, anyone?

Madison attended the hearings, but never spoke, and when called as a witness regarding what happened to the actual documents appointing Marbury and the others, he plead the 5th Amendment - the first cabinet member to do so.  Can you imagine if all this took place now?

Anyhow, the decision simply stated that yes, Marbury was entitled to his appointment, but that the Supreme Court did not have authority, as detailed in the Judiciary Act of 1789, to order the government to take such action.  In other words, after almost three years of litigation, the Court punted.  But that punt was a big one.  The Court said it could not help Marbury because the portion of the Judiciary Act that granted it the right to order the appointment be delivered, was unconstitutional.  In short, Congress could not give the Court powers beyond those granted in the Constitution.  It was a genius compromise move that added power to the Court, and only mildly pissed everyone else off.  The repercussion is that we have judicial review of the constitutionality of Federal law, which now angers most everyone, unless you like the ruling that is.

Oh, and it would be another 50 years after the Marbury ruling before the Supreme Court used that power again.

Adam Watters
Justice of the Peace, Precinct One
Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
Tucson, Arizona


***********  QUIZ ANSWER:  A native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Rueben Mayes led his high school team to the provincial championship, and in track he set a provincial record in the 100 meters that still stands, more than 35 years later.

As a running back at Washington State, he was twice named Pac-Ten Player of the Year.  He set an NCAA single-game rushing record with 357 yards against Oregon in 1984.  He was a consensus All-American and finished tenth in the Heisman voting.

He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

He was drafted in the third round - the 57th pick overall - by the Saints and was named the 1986 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.  He played five years with the Saints - he was named to two Pro Bowls - and finished his career with the Seahawks.

He is one of only five natives of Saskatchewan ever to play in the NFL.

While with New Orleans, Rueben Mayes was featured in a documentary entitled The Saint From North Battleford.

Credit for this QUIZ subject (I hate to refer to these stars of another era as “trivia”) to Josh Montgomery, Berwick, Louisiana

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING RUEBEN MAYES…
JOSH MONTGOMERY,
JOHN VERMILLION, ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA


*********** Had an interesting back-and-forth with Coach John Bothe, of Oregon, Illinois, who asked whether Washington State was running the split back veer when Rueben Mayes set his rushing record.

At first I said I doubted it, because Mark Rypien was the QB.  He was a very good passer, but I didn’t remember him as an option QB. But after seeing video of his big game against Oregon they were definitely running SOME veer.  Jim Walden was the WSU coach - had been for 13 years, but after Mayes left, Walden did, too, and he was replaced by Dennis Erickson - definitely not a veer guy.

Coach Bothe added…

Around that time I took a visit to Northern Illinois University and Golden “Pat” Ruel was the OC. At the visit he outlined the base of the veer offense that NIU was running. Jerry Pettibone was the HC. He transitioned to flexbone after that.

Ruel is with the Seahawks I think as OL coach.

I thought he mentioned that the veer was the offense that led to the rushing record for Mayes.

I was a high school senior at the time, I had no clue what a veer offense was. Or any offense. I was just worried about who to block on any play we ran. I always remember that coaching high school kids

*********** The video below is a fun look at Rueben Mayes’ record-setting game against Oregon. Watch the blocking: pads on pads and staying welded. Great stuff!

Greg Koenig
Cimarron, Kansas

https://youtu.be/w-evS1wCpwg

*********** QUIZ -  As a  college football player at Yale he was an end on the first-ever All-American team.

At that time, former Yale football players were in great demand as coaches, and he spent two years as head coach simultaneously at a Massachusetts prep school and  at Springfield College.

Then, for 40 years - from 1892 to 1932 - he was head coach at the academically elite University of Chicago, then a member of the Big Ten.  He was also the baseball coach for 19 seasons and the basketball coach for one season. At the age of 70, he was forced to retire by the university president, who in 1939 would discontinue football entirely at Chicago, and pull out of the Big Ten. 

After leaving Chicago, where his record was 244-11-7, he took the head coaching job at the College of the Pacific (now University of the Pacific) where he stayed for 14 years.

When he finally retired as a head coach, his overall record - at Springfield College, Chicago, and Pacific - was 314-199-35.

For the next six years, from 1947 through 1952, he assisted his son, who was head coach at Susquehanna University, in Pennsylvania, and from 1953 through 1960, he assisted at Stockton College. He  finally called it quits at age 98.  He died in 1965 at the age of 102.

His contributions to the game, for which he is credited either as an innovator or a collaborator, are too numerous to list, (and some of them are attributed to others) but they include…

the center snap… the spiral snap… the onside kick… the short punt formation… the forward pass… the statue of liberty play…  the line shift… the place kick… the lateral… the tackling dummy… the unbalanced line… the Notre Dame box formation… the idea of varsity letters… the idea of numbers on uniforms… the T formation… the man in motion… the position of linebacker… the numbering of plays by players and holes

He is a charter member of the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Two high schools - one in Illinois and one in California - are named for him, as is the annual game to decide the Division III National Championship.

A deeply religious man who had countless good influences on our game, he was for good reason called the Grand Old Man of football.



american flagTUESDAY,  JULY 3,  2018 -   “So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that fire is hot.”  George Orwell

*********** Football isn’t at the point - yet - where a running back has to be benched once he’s reached the maximum number of times he can be tackled.

But if baseball’s got the pitch count... 

Anyhow, in the College World Series final game, Oregon State coach Pat Casey left his starting pitcher, a 19-year-old freshman named Kevin Abel, go the distance.

Omigod.

Coach Casey said after the game that he’d told the kid in the sixth inning that he could stay in until Arkansas got a base runner. 

They didn’t - he wound up setting down the last 20 men he faced.

There was - still is - joy among Oregon State fans.

But there’s always one spoilsport.  This time it’s a guy who calls himself “Larry Brown” - and calls his blog “Larry Brown Sports.” And damned if he isn’t accusing Pat Casey of “borderline abuse” of his pitcher.  Those were the words he used.

(Larry Brown… Larry Brown…  Could it be the former Redskins’ running back?)

Whatever, this “Larry Brown” writes:

The usage and overuse of Abel over the past week was borderline abuse by Beavers head coach Pat Casey.

Abel pitched three times in a five-day span, including two starts in high-pressure elimination games. He threw a total of 247 pitches during that five-day span.
– 95 pitches in a win over Mississippi State on Saturday to reach the CWS finals against Arkansas
– 23 pitches during an inning of relief against Arkansas on Wednesday to keep it a 1-run game
– 129 pitches in Thursday’s shutout win over Arkansas

Abel is only 19 years old and still was asked to do that much.
Omigod.  Only 19.  Just a baby. (Will somebody please tell “Larry Brown” that an awful lot of 19-year-olds fought - and won - World War II?)

And that brutal Coach Casey, that abuser…

Casey showed that he was more interested in winning a national title than protecting the health of a valuable, young pitcher who has a promising future ahead of him. Unfortunately this is a story that is all too common in the world of selfish college baseball coaches.

Oh is that, so, “Larry Brown?”  Who are you, really?  Are you that basketball coach who can’t hold a job?

http://larrybrownsports.com/cbaseball/oregon-state-kevin-abel-pat-casey-abuse/451851


*********** I didn’t watch the first game of last Friday night’s CFL double-header, but since Jeremiah Masoli played an outstanding game in the Hamilton victory, I have to assume that Johnny Manziel isn’t pressing him very hard for the starting quarterback assignment.

A malcontent Manziel means trouble, and a sure sign that trouble lies ahead:  a friend who did watch the game said that when the camera showed Manziel, he was kneeling on the sideline, off by himself.  (For God’s sake, Johnny, grab a clipboard and stand near the coach and look like you give a sh—.)

*********** The Japanese lost their World Cup match to Belgium in the closing seconds of play, but despite the heartbreak of defeat, they set an admirable example of sportsmanship and class.

Other teams have lost in just such a manner and proceeded to trash their locker room.

Not the Japanese team.  Wrote Priscilla Janssens, FIFA (World Soccer Organization) Venue Director,

“This is the Japanese dressingroom after losing to Belgium in the 94’ minute. Thanked their fans in the stadium, cleaned up everything (bench and dressing room) and spoke to media. Even left note with ‘thank you’ in Russian. What an example for all teams!! Privilege to work with!”

Japanese Locker Room


*********** I mentioned that I’d been assisting a friend who just took another job, and for the past week, we’ve been mostly throwing the ball. 

Yes, yes, I know - the Double Wing is all about running, and passing is for cowards and blah, blah, blah.

But…

(1) A Double-Wing passing attack can be extremely productive in terms of percentage completed and touchdowns per attempt, and very sound in limiting interceptions and sacks.

(2) If you don’t have some kind of passing game, you will live to regret it.

(3) If you wait until official team practice begins to build your passing game, you’ll be too late.  The passing game is built in the summer.

(4) Not all that many kids show up for summer workouts hoping to run off tackle.


*********** I usually stay in double tight most of the time - sometimes using I-wing, Tackle over.  for an inexperienced team and I am the only DW coach what other formations would you recommend?

Coach,

My first changeup would be RAM

RAM


Chances are one of your runners is a good bit better than the other, and this way he’ll get most of the carries.

Not only that, but he has the ability to run anywhere along the line.

People may “know” that you’re going to run off-tackle right, but they still have to prepare for the counter.

The B-Back gets to his Super Power block faster, and the Wedge is really good.

Play action fakes are always better when you have a tailback to fake it to.


This is my first step in “opening” the offense to eventually become the Open Wing.


*********** You have to hand it to the NBA.  Here it is, just weeks before NFL players report to camp, and all you read about the NFL is this or that knucklehead being suspended for taking illegal drugs or - allegedly - grabbing the crotch of an Uber driver.

The NBA, meanwhile, has been sucking up most of the NFL’s oxygen with all the speculation about where LeBron would ‘take his talents” this time.

Los Angeles, is it? There,  I would say, he’s going to be under some pressure to produce. Los Angeles is a market that doesn’t tolerate mediocrity in its sports teams, with a newspaper whose sports columnists are not afraid to call out the emperor if he’s not wearing clothes.

*********** Hugh,

Billy Joe Hobert?  Wow.  That's a blast from the past!

I did not know that about Finnish name pronunciations.  So how would one pronounce Teemu Selanne??  TEEmu SELanne?  (Wish he played for the Hawks).

Talk soon!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

Hi Joe-

Great question -“Teemu Selanne” is a bit of a tongue-twister.

Most Americans get the first name correct - roughly, “TEH-moo.”

But the last name?  Correctly, it’s “SEH-lahn-neh,” but that’s too tough for Americans, so it wound up as “suh-LAHN-ee,” almost like a lunch meat!

Another Finnish tip:  just as in Hawaiian, EVERY letter is pronounced.

*********** Morning coach,

We had our Provincial finals yesterday and came out on top of a 46-38 victory. It was a back and forth affair with no turnovers and very few penalties. We had previously beaten the team by 30 points, but the night before the game our  A back (olympic hopeful speed skater) broke her hand at a skating meeting (How you break it at a meeting, I don’t know). So we had to substitute a linebacker at A and not ask her to do anything too ambitious. However, the opposing team, tightened everything up on the LOS in an effort to take away Power and Criss-cross. We managed to bludgeon our way to a few scores, but the power pass was always just a bit off the mark, even though it was open all day.

With the score tied 38-38 and two minutes left- here is what happened (see video).

The QB is not a great football player, but she is a tremendous competitor who worked on this pass for two months prior to the season. Notice how she gets her eyes around right away, hides the ball on her hip and attacks the LOS with her shoulders loaded.

After the game Shandy had an interesting comment. "Things have changed with your teams. They no longer hope to win. They go into games expecting to win. Even though that one was a nail biter, they looked like they expected to win.”

She’s right coach. We’re good (both our girls and boys teams), but there is this competitive confidence amongst the kids now, where even if the game is tight, they know it will turn out alright in the end. I’d heard of this before, but I have never been part of it for more than one season.

So now this season is over, I have an all star team to coach and then our boys season starts. I am looking at almost an entire calendar year coaching. I’m tired, but not tired of coaching.

Tom Walls
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Coach Walls, a former high school head coach coach in Winnipeg, and his wife, Shandy, started a youth football organization from scratch a few years ago, and have built it to the point where it now fields several teams at different age levels, including girls.  That was very perceptive of Shandy.  We often hear people talk about their kids having to “learn how to win.”  We don’t hear nearly so much about this positive attitude of “expecting to win” because it’s not nearly so common.  That is a huge bar to cross.

*********** I came across an interesting story about a couple living in Bainbridge Island, Washington.  It’s a rather affluent community, something of a suburb of Seattle except that Bainbridge Islanders commute by ferry.  The couple had decided to downsize, but the problem was that between their books, their art collection and the things they’d acquired in their extensive travels, they’d amassed quite a bit of “stuff.”

They decided to label everything either Red (not going with them), Green (going with them) and Orange (not sure).  Once they made their decisions  on the Oranges, they then left everything but the Greens on the shelves and tables and walls where they’d always been displayed.

And then they hosted a large party to which they’d invited friends and neighbors.  They served drinks and then held a drawing.  And in the order assigned them by the drawing, the guests were able to choose and keep the item of their choice.

This not only helped them "get rid" of things they treasured - it brought joy  to them to know those things now belong to  people who will also treasure them.


*********** I read this article on Twitter on Friday night, and then I read your NYCU this morning and had to share the article with you. It is in response to the news that Tyler Hilinski had CTE. It is a good read that points out the flawed science that is suggesting that football = CTE.

Greg Koenig
Cimarron, Kansas

(It IS a good read. HW)

http://coachfore.org/2018/06/29/in-defense-of-football/


*********** In Finland, for some reason their football games consist of 12-minute quarters.

Nevertheless, in the country’s top league, the Maple League (so-named because in its early days, the Canadian ambassador donated a trophy for the winner), the perennially powerful Helsinki Roosters defeated the Seinajoki Crocodiles, 88-21.

It’s worse than it looks.  The halftime score was 60-7.  That’s eight touchdowns in 24 minutes. All came on passes by former Duke QB Brandon Connette, who threw for 443 yards before being lifted at halftime.

Believe me, when I coached there, no one had that sort of fire power - partly because the rules at the time prohibited playing an American at quarterback.

Game story + some decent highlights footage: http://www.americanfootballinternational.com/finland-helsinki-roosters-put-an-88-21-whupping-on-seinajoki-crocodiles/?utm_source=American+Football+International+Weekly&utm_campaign=3cb14a8337-American_Football_International_Weekly11_16_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_37995d0cb0-3cb14a8337-80500341


*********** QUIZ ANSWER : As a major college QB, Billy Joe Hobert   took over  when starter Mark Brunell was injured, and as a sophomore he quarterbacked the Washington Huskies to a Rose Bowl win and a share of the 1991 National Championship. He was voted MVP of the Rose Bowl.

As a junior, he continued on his hot streak.  In early November his team was 8-0, on a 22-game win streak, and was ranked Number One in the country. As a starting college quarterback, he was 17-0.

But he had a cowboy’s name, and his undoing came when he tried to live up to it.

Suddenly, the news broke that he had been “loaned” $50,000 by a football booster - which he blew, in the words of one Seattle writer, on “cars, guns, golf clubs and wild weekends with his buddies.” He was immediately declared ineligible, his college career over.  He never started another game, college or pro.  Washington , meanwhile,  lost three of its last four games to finish 9-3.

An NCAA investigation ensued, and just prior to the next season’s opener, the Pac-10 Conference placed such serious sanctions on the football program - which the University accepted with no protest or argument - that Don James, the most successful head coach in the school’s history, resigned in protest and never coached again.

Washington  has struggled ever since to return to the heights it had achieved under him.

Hobert, meanwhile, left the wreckage of the program behind and embarked on a pro career.

He was drafted in the third round by the Raiders, the third QB selected.  After four years as a backup, he was traded to the Bills, but they cut him loose when the starting QB got hurt and he admitted that he wasn’t ready - he didn’t know the plays.

He was acquired by the Saints, who kept him for a little more than two seasons, and he spent two years with the Colts without so much as taking a snap in a regular season game.

In eight years as an NFL QB, he threw for 23 TDs and 25 Interceptions.

Since his wild younger days, Billy Joe Hobert claims to have been born again.  Maybe so. Maybe so.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING BILLY JOE HOBERT
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUSIANA (“When we were kids (and he was with the Saints) we called him ‘Billy Joe Hopeless.’)
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA (Almost forgot all about him…love your trips down memory lane!)
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
TOM WALLS - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS - Greg sent this clip about Billy Joe Hobert’s daughter: https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/high-school/kennedy-hobert-makes-a-name-for-herself-as-white-river-basketball-star/
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGON


***********  QUIZ - A native of North Battleford, Saskatchewan, he led his high school team to a provincial championship, and in track he set a provincial record in the 100 meters that still stands, more than 35 years later.

As a running back at Washington State, he was twice named Pac-Ten Player of the Year.  He set an NCAA single-game rushing record with 357 yards against Oregon in 1984.  He was a consensus All-American and finished tenth in the Heisman voting.

He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

He was drafted in the third round - the 57th pick overall - by the Saints and was named the 1986 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.  He played five years with the Saints - he was named to two Pro Bowls - and finished his career with the Seahawks.

He is one of only five natives of Saskatchewan ever to play in the NFL.

While with New Orleans, he was featured in a documentary entitled "The Saint From North Battleford."

Credit for today’s QUIZ subject (I refuse to use the term "trivia"  to refer to these people who passed our game down to us) to Josh Montgomery, Berwick, Louisiana



american flagFRIDAY,  JUNE 29,  2018 -   "Either love your players or get out of coaching." Bobby Dodd


*********** OREGON STATE WINS THE CWS!!!

To me, college baseball is baseball at its best, and the College World Series is its apex.

Did I tell you to watch Adley Rutschman, Beavers' catcher and grandson of the great Linfeld College football coach, Ad Rutschman? KId caught every game, batted .567 in the series, and set an all-time CWS record with 17 hits.

And then  their freshman starter went the entire way in the final game, pitching a two-hitter and  setting down 220batters in a row to shut out Arkansas.

But Arkansas would have been back in Fayetteville  on Thursday night, celebrating their sweep of Oregon State,  if it hadn't been for one of those freaks of the game of baseball - leading in games 1-0, and ahead by a run in the top of the ninth, with two outs and two strikes on the Beaver batter, the Razorbacks got him to hit a pop foul just past first base.  Three Razorbacks conveged in it - and it fell between them. GIven another life, the batter drilled one between short and third to score the tieing run, and damned if the next hitter didn't jack one into the stands to give Oregon State a 5-3 lead. The Razorbacks were set down in the ninth, and almost before they knew what had happened,  they'd gone from celebrating a World Series win to getting ready to play another game  - a game, as it turned out, that they were never in.

From  an empathetic point of view, I was glad that there were three Arkansas kids around  the ball on that blown play -  I'd hate for one kid to have to carry that burden.

But the highlight of the entire College World Series came for me  when the ditz with the microphone  (can a nice-looking woman still be  a jackass?) interviewed the winning pitcher after the game and asked, "Why is this emotional right now?"

*********** Jameis Winston, the poster boy for star football players who can't seem to function in civilized society, has just been suspended by the NFL for three games.  Just the kind of team leader you want.

*********** Comments on the new playbook:  “It was 105 degrees here Saturday. Sunday I was beat dead tired. My wife and family went to church and I spent 3 hours with the word.  Dynamics of the double wing. This book is that good.” JC, California

“I received the playbook yesterday and I was blown away by all the attention to detail and how the concepts are building onto each other.  Well done.  Every cold Chicago winter I putz around drawing variations of the double wing and the flexbone to keep my mind occupied......and then July comes and I bounce right back into tight double wing mode.  This book was like an adrenaline shot to the arm.” BL, Illinois

“Just received the playbook yesterday. Coach —— and I have been going through it and we cannot thank you enough. Great follow up to the original. Already plan to make some of the similar changes you note.” DB, New York


*********** INTERNET HUMOR: “If the Democrats thought that the illegals would vote Republican, you could see the wall from space.”


*********** Hugh,

The PAC 12, and the PAC 12 network hangs its hat on the fact that PAC 12 schools (Stanford in particular) dominate the Director's Cup just about every year.  Must be a west coast thing.

http://pac-12.com/article/2017/06/29/stanford-wins-23rd-consecutive-directors-cup-five-pac-12-members-finish-among-top

Maybe Mike Riley felt he could go home again and realized his time there had passed him by.  No use beating a dead horse.

At one time Puma made a decent football shoe. 

It appears Penn State has recovered from Paternogate.

I always felt in order to run a successful DW you needed a stud at fullback, two solid TE's, and a big, strong center to eliminate any A gap penetration.  When I had those three components we were virtually unstoppable.

Scott Frost's comment "what you put on social media, that's your resume to the world." is priceless.  Every parent and kid in America should adhere to that statement just by itself.

Maryland will become another AD fiasco soon.  Wait and see.

Have a great week!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

Stanford suffered for years with an AD named Ted Leyland who thought that the rest of the world really gave a sh— about the Director’s Cup, and that as long as The Card won the Director’s Cup  by taking soccer and tennis and golf and water polo championships, people wouldn’t notice that its football team sucked.  (Let’s not kid ourselves - when you’re Stanford, it’s not hard to be good in golf or tennis.  Football is a lot tougher.)

Finally, the Stanford alumni caught on.  Leyland left and Bob Bowlsby, a real AD - a guy from Iowa who knew what the real score was, came in and changed things immediately. He hired  Harbaugh, and thanks to him, Stanford's football team is  relevant once again.  As for the Director’s Cup - who cares?

Unfortunately, it’s what seems to drive The Pac-12 Network, which looks as if it’s being run to appease Title IX.  Its viewership reflects that.


*********** There seems to be a great number of instances lately in which one federal judge will decide that an action by the President in unconstitutional.  What this means, in effect, is that a single member of the judicial branch, unelected and with a lifetime appointment, has more power than the elected head of the executive branch.

Since so few Americans know the first damn thing about the Constitution (the same Constitution  that those same Americans wish we didn’t even have), it would come as a shock to them to learn that nowhere in the Constitution is the Judiciary given this power.  That power to decide whether a law or action is or is not constitutional was simply arrogated to itself by the Supreme Court, specifically Chief Justice John Marshall, in an 1803 decision known as Marbury vs. Madison.

It’s astonishing that that usurpation of power was permitted to happen, and the fear that unelected federal judges, totally beyond the power of the people to do anything about their actions, could overrule the acts of an elected Congress or an elected Chief Executive, was expressed by Thomas Jefferson, the President at the time, in this note to Justice Marshall…

You seem to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so. They have, with others, the same passions for party, for power, and the privilege of their corps.... Their power [is] the more dangerous as they are in office for life, and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with the corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots. It has more wisely made all the departments co-equal and co-sovereign within themselves.

So there we are, from no less than one of the most brilliant Americans who ever lived.

*********** President’s Trump and Putin will meet in Helsinki, Finland.

I guarantee you that not a single one of our uber-intellectual network news people will pronounce the name of the city correctly.

They will pronounce in Hel-SINK-ee.

But there is one absolutely inviolable rule in Finnish: the stress on every word - without exception - is on the first syllable.

Thus, “HELL-sink-ee.”

Of course, we say “Paris,” and not “Par-EE,” so what the hell.


*********** If it were possible for the unspeakably sad news of the suicide of Washington State QB  Tyler Hilinski to become even sadder, now comes the news that his autopsy has revealed evidence of CTE.

Deflate all the balls...  Hide the helmets...  Padlock the locker rooms... Pave over the football fields...  Don’t let your son play that awful game. 

Pass legislation requiring a trigger warning before the mention of the word “football.”

Provide federal funding to supply an iPad for every American boy on the day he turns 8, so that he'll become so engrossed in the screen that you couldn’t pry him away from it to play football anyhow.

Childhood obesity?  We’ll worry about that later.   CTE is a much more pressing societal problem.

************ Coach,

I was having a football conversation - and the question was asked "What are passing concepts?" I've looked but never really knew what is the true definition of Passing concepts...


In my definition of the term,  Smash, as one example, is a “passing concept,” the idea of putting one receiver in front of a defender and another behind him. There are a number of ways you could do that - for example, on Brown, you could have your C Back fade and stop (rather than fade and out).

You are running Sprint Brown, which is another use of the smash concept.

I would call Choice to be a concept.

You could also consider bubble and smoke as different applications of the split-end screen passing concept.

The mesh is another concept, as is the Post-Dig-Drag.


*********** Greg Koenig writes - I enjoyed the picture of Jaylen Pickle at B-back and your words about him and our team last season. He will definitely be missed. He is doing well at K-State this summer. Coach Lattimore, K-State DL coach, reported to me yesterday that the strength and conditioning coach has been impressed with Jaylen, which confirms Jaylen's report that he has been "killing the workouts." He is practicing with the 1s and 2s, and they have him getting snaps at both 3 tech DT and 5 tech DE.

*********** Found this:

www.si.com/vault/1972/09/11/614047/new-tricks-for-an-old-bear .

We're living in a sophisticated time, as you say; more worldly-wise and knowledgeable all around. In that context, is football itself as important as it used to be?
"More important than ever. What else have we got to tie to? Where else can you walk out there even, same everything, even, and compete? I think it's 10 times more important. Let me ask you this. Have you taught your children to work? To sacrifice? Have you taught 'em self-discipline? Hell, no. They don't get it in the home, they don't get it in the school house, they don't get it in the church. Not anymore. I guarantee you this. You send your boy to Fran Curci at Miami—I use him as an example because he's right up the road here—and he'll teach him those things. Check up. Look around. Maybe the football field's the only place left." Bear Bryant

We're losing it everywhere else?    "We've already lost it."

Charlie Wilson
Crystal River, Florida


*********** QUIZ ANSWER:  Eric Dickerson has to be considered one of the greatest runners in the history of the game.

He played his high school ball in Sealy, Texas, and in college, as a member of the notorious “Pony Express,”  he was an All-American, finishing third in the Heisman voting behind Herschel Walker and John Elway.

He was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft - second overall - and in his first eight seasons in the NFL he rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

In his 11-year NFL career, he played for four different teams. He rushed for 1808 yards as a rookie and was named  Rookie of the year.   He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Year three times, and NFL Offensive Player of the Year once. He was named to six Pro Bowls and was All-Pro 5 times.  He was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.

He rushed for more than 13,259 yards total - 90 touchdowns - and in his second season he set a season rushing record of 2105 that still stands, 35 years later.

Eric Dickerson  is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING ERIC DICKERSON

JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN (The 30 or 30: "The Pony Excess" was a good one.
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS (Can you imagine having to coach against him in high school? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWCMna59yCU)
MIKE FORISTIERE - TOPEKA, KANSAS
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
TITO CORREA - NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT
DAVE POTTER - CARY, NORTH CAROLINA (A great RB but not worth the eight players it took for the Colts to get him.
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON


***********   Coach Dave Potter writes from Cary, North Carolina:

Coach Wyatt,

http://www.sportsgrid.com/real-sports/nfl/ranking-the-7-greatest-nfl-coaching-staffs-ever/

Like a lot of insipid "greatest ever" polls that rarely predate the authors' births, this list is just as flimsy.  He overlooks a 1968 Baltimore Colts staff that consisted of three Super Bowl-winning head coaches," 5 NFL head coaches, and 2 Hall of Famers.
Colts 1968 Staff



*********** What led to the trade of Eric Dickerson to Indianapolis…

Dickerson did not want to play in Los Angeles any more because he was distressed with his contract, which paid him a $682,000 salary, and which he insisted on renegotiating.

''No one player is bigger than the team,'' Robinson said yesterday in Los Angeles. ''When the contract begins to affect on-the-field activities, it's time to make a move.''

The Colts, meanwhile, have not had a player of Dickerson's magnitude since they traded their quarterback, Bert Jones, in 1981.

https://www.nytimes.com/1987/11/01/sports/dickerson-traded-to-colts.html

*********** Kevin McCullough writes from Lakeville, Indiana about Eric Dickerson’s time with the Indianapolis Colts:  “every time the ball was tossed back to him the Hoosier Dome rose in anticipation…..I  think his longest run with the Colts was less than 30 yards…..He did pass the eye test lined up in the backfield…John Robinson made good use of him with the Rams”

He’s pretty close to correct - in four and 3/4 seasons with the Colts, he had season long runs of 53, 41 21, 43 and 28.

In his four and 1/4 seasons with the Rams, he had long runs of 85, 66, 43, 42, 57.

*********** QUIZ : As a major college QB, he  took over  when starter Mark Brunell was injured, and as a sophomore he quarterbacked his team to a Rose Bowl win -
he was voted MVP  - and a share  (with Miami)  of the 1991 National Championship.

As a junior, he continued the way he left off.  By early November his team was 8-0 and  on a 22-game win streak, and was ranked Number One in the country. As a starting college quarterback, he was 17-0.

Suddenly, the news broke that he had been “loaned” $50,000 by a football booster - which he blew, in the words of one Seattle writer, on “cars, guns, golf clubs and wild weekends with his buddies.”
He had a cowboy’s name, and trying to live up to it proved his undoing.   

He was immediately declared ineligible, his college career over.  He never started another game, in college or in eight years as a pro.  His team, meanwhile,  lost three of its last four games to finish 9-3.

An NCAA investigation ensued, and just prior to the next season’s opener, the Pac-10 Conference placed such serious sanctions on the football program - which the University accepted without contesting - that the head coach, the most successful in the school’s history, resigned in protest and never coached again.

The school has struggled ever since to return to the heights it had achieved under him.

The QB, meanwhile, left the wreckage of the program behind and embarked on a pro career.

He was drafted in the third round by the Raiders, the third QB selected.  After four years as a backup, he was traded to the Bills, but they cut him loose when the starting QB got hurt and he admitted that he wasn’t ready - he didn’t know the plays.

He was acquired by the Saints, who kept him for a little more than two seasons, and he spent two years with the Colts without so much as taking a snap in a regular season game.

In eight years as an NFL QB, he threw for 23 TDs and 25 Interceptions.

Since his wild younger days, he claims to have been born again.  Maybe so. Maybe so.




american flagTUESDAY,  JUNE 26,  2018 -   "Better to lose with conscience clean/Than win by methods false and mean."  Edgar A. Guest

*********** Another  comment on the new playbook by a veteran successful Double Wing coach  “Wow! So happy I bought this. I feel re-energized.  It’s why I fell in love with the offense.” P.P., New York

*********** While listening to a Portland sports talk show a few days ago, I heard them mention how bad things really are for the Pac-12 relative to other networks, specifically the Big Ten.

It seems that in a recent year - 2016, I believe - every Big Ten member received upwards of $50 million as its share of revenue from the Big Ten Network; on the other hand, each Pac-12 member school received roughly $30 million from the Pac-12 Network.  In other words, Purdue and Indiana each received $20 million than, say, USC and Washington, to name the two most financially healthy Pac-12 schools. 

That’s $20 million extra that every single Big Ten school has at its disposal to pay coaches, fund minor (and women’s) sports, build facilities, and expand its athletic bureaucracy. (I added the latter item because history tells us that is sure to happen.)

And based on the revenue projections of the two conferences, that huge disparity will not narrow.

(Maryland and Rutgers are not yet receiving  full conference shares, or I would have mentioned them as examples as well. Rutgers?  USC? Gimme a break.)

*********** After six months on the job as a special assistant to new Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith, Mike Riley has pulled up stakes and left Corvallis.

For the third time.

The first time, it was to become head coach of the San Diego Chargers.  What the hell - he’d won two Grey Cups as a head coach in Canada, and in his two years at OSU he’d started to turn the program around: he’d gotten them to a 5-6 finish, pretty damn promising for a school whose streak of losing seasons was approaching 30.  So, especially after his successor, Dennis Erickson, broke the losing streak and took the Beavers to national prominence with a waxing of Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl, he was forgiven.

The second time, after returning as Beavers’ head coach, it was to take the head job at Nebraska.  It seemed odd that Nebraska, hungry for a return to power, would tap a guy who’d been at Oregon State for 12 years and had done nicely enough that he would appear to be in a position to coach there until he retired.  (Did I mention that Corvallis, Oregon, home of Oregon State, is his hometown - where he went to high school, while his dad, Bud, coached at OSU?)  Beavers’ fans were split.  To some of them, he’d earned a shot at the kind of big-time job every ambitious coach craves.  To others, he was deserting a program and a school that needed the special attention that only a local guy or an alum could provide. To me, it was as if Nebraska had taken a guy who’d been winning stock car races on the dirt track circuit and handed him the keys to a Formula One machine.  It didn’t work, and after three years in Lincoln  in which he went 19-19, with two trips to minor bowls, Mike Riley was fired.

Which brought him back to Corvallis as a special assistant to new Beavers’ head coach Jonathan Smith.  What a deal - back in his hometown, with a chance to be the sort of mentor that every young coach could use - a guy who’s been a head coach in the CFL (Winnipeg), in the NFL, and at two major colleges.

Who knows how things were working out, but for the last six months, that was his job - until last week, when something called the Alliance of American football, an “upstart” league to use the sports cliche, came calling.

Evidently, he couldn’t resist the urge to return to coaching, if that’s what it’s going to be, joining other coaches such as Dennis Erickson, Rick Neuheisel, Steve Spurrier and Mike Martz.

This makes the third time that he’s walked away from Oregon State.  This time, I would argue, he’s giving his old school the finger.

Writes John Canzano in the Portland Oregonian,  “I’m sort of weary with the ‘Mike Riley is such a nice guy’ narrative. I wonder how many nice guys leave a place like OSU in the rear view mirror three times.”

Amen.

*********** Just what the sports world needed - another shoe and apparel company on the scene.

It’s not exactly a new company - it’s Puma, one of the first two modern-day athletic shoe companies, founded by the Dassler brothers. (How many of you know that  the name “Adidas” came from its founder, Adolph “Adi” Dassler?)

Puma, once an industry giant, has been out of the major sports business in the US for some 20 years, but perhaps spurred on by the financial problems besetting Under Armour, it appears to be returning with a vengeance.

This year’s Number One pick in the NBA draft, Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton, will be wearing Pumas.


*********** Penn State put 21,000 student season football tickets on sale last week, selling its allotment for graduate students on Monday and proceeding, day by day, until selling to the freshmen on Friday. In a total of less than 50 minutes, spread over the five days, the entire allotment of 21,000 was gone. The seniors’ tickets were gone in under three minutes.

https://www.pennlive.com/pennstatefootball/index.ssf/2018/06/penn_state_football_exhausts_s.html


*********** If you already have my new playbook and you’ve started working with your kids, you’ll want to take a look at page 154 (Sprint Brown) and 155 (Sprint Brown Throwback). If you don’t have the book yet, mark these pages down. They’re actually two variations of the same play, which I introduced on Friday to a group of kids I’ve been working with.  Almost immediately, those kids were executing sharply, even against token coverage.  If your QB has any speed at all, this  is as “RPO” as you can get, a great chance for him to either throw on the run - or run.  You’ll also want to go to the left (Sprint Black and Sprint Black Throwback). One of the beauties of this concept is your ability to “explode” to the right or the left at the snap, without any motion.


*********** Q. I have a big lineman who colleges are looking at.  He is very athletic, and when he catches the ball in our touch games he shows some real running ability after the catch. My question is, would he be more helpful to me at tight end?  And if I move him to another position, will it hurt his college prospects?

A. To answer your question(s):  If he’s good enough to play guard, he would NOT be more helpful at tight end.  In my mind, Guard is a more crucial position in the Double Wing.

But here’s something you evidently haven’t thought of yet:  if he is as athletic as you say he is, he might be the B-Back of your dreams, because if your B-Back is big enough and strong enough to block any defensive end you’ll ever see, you will definitely be able to run power off-tackle.  Every offensive coach I know of looks for a mismatch - a situation where he has a decided manpower advantage - and this is yours.  And if he is a good enough runner besides, you’ll have an inside game - between the tackles - as well. You’re on your way.

Which brings me to your second question.  For three years, back in the mid-90s, I  took a 6-4, 240 pound kid who’d been a tight end and made him my B-Back (my fullback). He was a basketball player, and quite athletic. My inspiration was something that Woody Hayes once said about what to do with  a dominant player - don’t put him at end,  on one side of the line where he’ll only affect a portion of your plays.  Put him in the middle of your offense where he can run or block and where he can be such a threat that people will become so conscious of him that it makes your misdirection plays go.  With him at B-Back, we always had a power play, and he turned into a pretty decent runner, too.  We turned around a program that a Portland newspaper called “the most forlorn program in the state of Washington.”  It didn’t hurt his college prospects in the slightest. In fact, it may have helped to show how athletic he was.  He wound up starting at Weber State, and in his senior year, Jon Newman was first-team All-Big Sky Conference as a guard. (As Casey Stengel would say, you could look  it up.)  He told me that he always got a laugh from his teammates when he’d tell them that he’d played fullback in high school.

Jaylen OickelLast season, when my old friend Greg Koenig took a job at Cimarron, Kansas, he found to his delight that he had inherited a combination tight end-defensive end named Jaylen Pickle, who had already committed to Kansas State.  Jaylen  was rated the Number 3 college prospect in the state of Kansas.  He was 6-5, 260, and he could run. 

Only a true, hard core Double Wing  coach could see what Greg saw - a big, strong, fast B-Back.  That’s what Jaylen Pickle became, and by any standard, it was a brilliant move.  (That’s Jaylen at B-Back in the photo at left.)

The Cimarron Blue Jays went 7-3, making it to the state playoffs, and outscoring opponents 360-169.   Assured of a powerful kickoff block on Super Power,  A-Back and All-State linebacker Josh Seabolt rushed for 1592 yards and 17 TDs.   Jaylen Pickle showed that he was far more than just a glorified guard, carrying 69 times for 337 yards and 13 touchdowns - plus nine receptions for 116 yards and a TD.  And he was a terror on the defensive line, where K-State intends to play him.

I don’t know how big or how athletic your player is and I haven’t seen him play. It’s not my team, obviously, and I can’t make your decision for you, but if it were my team, I would sleep well at night knowing that defenses had no answer for our B-Back - nobody who could deal with the kickout block - of my 6-5, 260 pound B-Back.


*********** There at the College World Series - Go Beavers! - the TV showed us one of Omaha’s favorite sons, the great Johnny Rodgers.

And just in case nobody knew who he was, he was wearing a hat that said “HEISMAN TROPHY.”

Do you suppose his car has a bumper sticker that says,  “HONK IF YOU HAVE A HEISMAN, TOO?”


*********** Back in March, a Michigan father, upset with his son’s basketball coach, slipped out of the gym at halftime of a state playoff game and slashed the coach’s tires.

He was caught on surveillance video, and charged with malicious destruction of property.

https://www.wxyz.com/news/parent-charged-after-slashing-coach-s-tires-during-troy-high-school-basketball-game
 
*********** The uncle of a kid who attended a camp put on by Scott Frost caught the new Nebraska coach telling the campers that if they hope to be recruited by the Cornhuskers, they’d better be very, very careful about what they post on social media…

“Aside from GPA, when we’re recruiting kids, the next thing we’re going to look at is what kind of kid the person is. And part of that is looking through every ounce of social media we can possibly look at. So if some kid tweeted something four years ago that’s bad, we’re going to know about it.

“And I’ll tell you this right now — if there’s anything negative about women, if there’s anything racial or about sexuality, if there’s anything about guns or anything like that, we’re just not going to recruit you, period. Piece of advice for you — what you put on social media, that’s your résumé to the world. That’s what you’re trying to tell the world you’re all about. That’s how you’re advertising yourself. Be smart with that stuff.”

https://www.omaha.com/huskers/football/recruiting/recruits-be-warned-husker-coach-scott-frost-is-watching-your/article_673ad077-22fa-5aa6-a935-72737de286e9.html


*********** When I was a kid, I collected stamps, and I’m sure that that had a great deal to do with creating my interest in history and geography and my love of biographies.

In reading “Evil in Disguise,” author (and reader) John Vermillion’s fourth novel, I was pleased to discover  that his main character, Simon Pack, who's quite the man of action, happens also to be a stamp collector.  (Ever the wordsmith, author Vermillion uses the fancier word - philatelist.)

*********** SPORTSGRID ranks the Howell-Landry-Lombardi Giants’ coaching staff as one of the 7 Greatest NFL Coaching Staffs.

http://www.sportsgrid.com/real-sports/nfl/ranking-the-7-greatest-nfl-coaching-staffs-ever/


*********** Maryland paid a search firm $100,000 to find itself a new AD (to replace Kevin Anderson, whose “sabbatical” turned into a firing).

Some search.  They wound up hiring a guy named Damon Evans, who was already on staff, serving as the Terps’ interim athletic director. Might as well have just lit 100 thousand dollar bills on fire.

But there’s more.  While he’s evidently been doing a cracker jack job in the Maryland athletic department, Evans does have a bit of a history.

Almost exactly 8 years ago, he was uh, “asked to resign,” as Georgia’s AD. On June 30, 2010 - while serving as Georgia’s AD, he was pulled over and charged with DUI.  But that’s not all, folks.  He was accused of trying to bribe the arresting officer. But wait - there’s more. In the car with Evans, a 40-year-old married man, was a 29-year-old woman (not his wife).  And hidden between his legs were her, uh, undergarments.  Red panties, to be precise. 

You’d think that the search firm would have brought that to Maryland’s attention, but I guess $100,000 doesn’t get you what it once did.

https://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/06/25/maryland-stays-in-house-by-naming-damon-evans-as-ad/

*********** Hugh,

I'll go ahead and get your playbook first.  From what I read today it sounds like a winner.

Also...Happy belated birthday!  What...45??

Sad to hear about the passing of Charles Krauthammer.  I may not have always agreed with him, most of the time I did, but I always respected him.  He didn't ask for pity, and was a self-reliant fighter.  A true gentleman.  He will be missed.

I recently was in one of our local stores buying groceries when I witnessed a brief argument between three people.  One was an older gentleman (about my age), and the other two were young "Austinites" (tattoos, piercings, sloppy looking, and obviously keeping Austin weird).  The older gentleman was wearing a "Maga" hat.  Get the picture?  As I happened to walk by I couldn't help but overhear the Austinites chastising the older gentleman about his hat.  I stopped to ask him if he needed any help, or back-up.  The "other" two were incredulous, and said, "Oh no, not you too??"  I said, "Yep, me too.  There are a lot more of us than you think."  They flipped us off and walked away.  The other gentleman, his name was Ted, chuckled, thanked me and said, "God help us."  I said, "Amen".  Yes...we all need to take up the cudgels a lot more!"

Youth baseball all-star teams...translation...parents can afford to pay for it.

I got a kick out of your Hal Mumme statement.  So true.

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas


*********** QUIZ ANSWER - His players, and everybody who knew pro football, knew that Jim Lee Howell’s two chief assistants - Vince Lombardi and Tom Landry, the guys in charge of his offense and defense respectively (before there was such a title as "coordinator”), were really running the team.   But Howell had the title of head coach, so he got the credit.  In his seven years as their head coach,  the New York Giants played in three NFL Championship Games, winning the title once by beating the Bears 47-7.

His overall record was 53-27-4.

Six of Jim Lee Howell’s former players are in the Hall of Fame.  And so, too, are those two assistants, Tom Landry, the defensive guy, and Vince Lombardi, the offensive guy, who went on to Hall-of-Fame careers as head coaches of  teams other than the Giants.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING JIM LEE HOWELL

JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
TOM WALLS - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
TOM DAVIS - SAN CARLOS, CALFORNIA
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON


*********** QUIZ:  He is one of the greatest runners in the history of the game.

He played his high school ball in Sealy, Texas, and in college, as a member of the notorious “Pony Express,”  he was an All-American,  finishing third in the Heisman voting behind Herschel Walker and John Elway.

He was drafted in the first round of the NFL draft - second overall.   He rushed for 1808 yards as a rookie and was named  NFL Rookie of the Year.  
In his second season he set a single-season rushing record of 2105 that still stands, 35 years later. In each of his first eight seasons in the NFL he rushed for more than 1,000 yards.

In his 11-year NFL career, he played for four different teams. He was named NFC Offensive Player of the Year three times, and NFL Offensive Player of the Year once. He was named to six Pro Bowls and was All-Pro 5 times.  He was named to the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.

He rushed for more than 13,259 yards total and  90 touchdowns.

He is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


american flagFRIDAY,  JUNE 22,  2018 -   "Confidence is the invisible cement that binds a team together."  Bud Wilkinson

***********  To my friends in Finland -
Hauskaa Juhannus.  Happy Midsummer.  To people who live in the far north,  where winter days are short and cold, the longest day of the year, when in much of the country the sun doesn't set,  is a time for great celebration.   They'll celebrate it this weekend, as Finns desert their cities and towns and head to the countryside -  where everyone either has a "summer cottage" on a lake or knows someone who does -  for a weekend of, well, strong drink.  And since everyone is expected to stay awake and party all night, the trick - at least I found - is to balance the drinking with fighting off the soporific effects of the alcohol. Frequent visits to sauna - every Finnish summer cottage has one -  followed by swims in the lake help a lot.  (The lakes are relatively shallow, and the long summer days make the water surprisingly warm.)

Unlike in the US, highway deaths do not increase measurably,  because Finland could write the book on how to handle drunk driving. The blood alcohol level for impaired driving is quite low, and police throw up random road  blocks at any place and time they wish.  It's not at all unusual to see them out checking people on a Sunday morning (how many Americans realize that even after a night's sleep, they could still have enough alcohol in their blood to - in Finland at least - send them to jail?) 

Oh - and how socialistic can you get?  - traffic fines are calculated based on the violator's income. If you're a football coach making a small stipend for  summer's work, you might pay what amounts to $100 for a speeding ticket.  But that guy in the Mercedes who wasn't going any faster than you?  It could cost him cost him a couple of thousand.

As you might expect, when  heavy drinking takes place on lake shores and on docks, Midsummer does see a fair amount of drownings. I don't know whether it's true or not but I was told many times that most Juhannus drowning victims are males, and when they're pulled out of the water their flies were discovred to be unzipped.

*********** Initital "reviews" by purchasors of "Dynamics 3.0":

When I opened the package I immediately had a flash back to 1996 when I ordered the first one. That was a pretty cool feeling. As far as the new book is concerned,  about all I can say is WOW. It should be called “Dynamics of the Double Wing 3.0, An Order of Football”, by Hugh Wyatt. I truly appreciate the effort that went into the  making of this book.  JK, New York

I can’t put down the book. Very nice job, the photos the diagrams / illustrations are amazing. I love the adjustment from true pull to shuffle for the backside guard and tackle and moving from shoeshine blocking. I used to hate to hear parents complain about their son being on his belly every play. J.C., California

The price is unbelievable....I've spent that much on videos that when I've finished watching them, I wonder how that was worth $40 for one hour. What new people to your products don't realize is the incredible support you provide after the sale. I've bought other products, sometimes multiple products from coaches, spent 100s of dollars, and never get a reply to an email.” R.D., Massachusetts

I received the new playbook this week and I have to say, A++++!!!!    I am so glad I waited. I have been running some practices already and the kids are really buying in!  I was able to find some good, young coaches to run my Jr. High program and they were skeptical at first, but after seeing all of your work in the new book and how the kids are running the plays, I have some new believers!  I am taking over a varsity team that was 0-10 last year and was outscored 579-78!  There were only 3 seniors on that team so most of the players are coming back.  I believe we will see a great improvement this year and it will have so much to do with you and your dedication to the craft. I will keep you posted of how we are doing. Let me know if you are still going to produce some new practice planners. M.T., Indiana

Love the new playbook. Well done. Didn’t expect to get it so soon so seeing it today was awesome!! Gearing up for another awesome season of double wing fun with some open wing mixed in this year as well. Your system has kept us competitive at all levels. The description on the front of the book is perfect because opponents definitely hate to see it. You may stop one play but you're not going to stop them all.  J.C., New York


TO ORDER - http://www.coachwyatt.com/DYNAMICS3.html

*********** Many thanks to those who wished me a Happy Birthday.  I'm not hard to please - my wife made me meat loaf and baked potatoes.

*********** Charles Krauthammer, political writer and commentator,  has died.  He was a brilliant, eloquent man whose integrity matched his intellect. I will miss him greatly.

*********** Go Beavers.  But if Oregon State can’t win the College World Series, then Go Bulldogs (Mississippi State).

*********** More about this later, but I'm helping an old friend, whom I've coached with in the past, to install the Double Wing at his new job.  He's been away from the offense for a few years, and after seeing all the changes since he last ran it, he asked me to do a little clinic for him and his coaches, and to spend a little time with them in their summer workouts.    It's a blast.

*********** Interesting commentary about staffs exploding in numbers. I always enjoy HS football, and a lot of games get shown on TV around here.  Can't help but observe how many assistants (all with headsets, of course) clog the sidelines even at the HS level. Same, it seems, at every level. Still, the number of NBA assistants floored me. Do you know if there are ceiling numbers, mandated by the NCAA, for instance? When I was a teen, I was pretty sure D-I college FB programs were limited to nine.

A personal observation from the Army: in general, the smaller the staff, the more high-performing the unit.  

Speaking of headsets, do you have an opinion about their use in HS and college? I'm intrigued when I run across a coach who shuns them. Say what you want about Hal Mumme, but he never wore the things. And--memory may fail me in this case--but it seems your man Leach doesn't have them most of the time either.

John Vermillion                        
St Petersburg, Florida

There are NCAA ceiling limits on the number of assistants allowed, but many of the better-funded college programs are circumventing those limits by hiring what they call “analysts” - no limit on them, since it’s a totally new concept to the NCAA.  They do almost all the work of an assistant coach such as grading video. They even sit in on meetings and some actually sit in the press box and call plays on game days.  But they can’t recruit and they can’t coach on the field. Alabama, which can afford analysts, has several. In Saban’s case, they’re like coaches in waiting, ready to step into any vacancy on the staff.  Quite often they’re former head coaches who've been fired someplace else and they’re still being paid - and paid well - by their former employer.  Interestingly, severance payments usually are reduced by the amount a guy is paid at his next coaching job… but since this isn’t a “coaching job,” per se…   I suspect that the analyst’s pay isn’t deducted from the severance payments.  Hmmm.

 It’s a nice gig for a guy who’s just been fired.

In my opinion, if someone on the staff is using headphones, the head coach needs to hear what’s going on.

I don’t see how a guy can claim to be in charge of his program and allow, say, the defensive coordinator to run the entire show without his knowledge of what’s happening.

Since you bring up Hal Mumme -

He lit ‘em up at Valdosta State, but he was 20-26 at Kentucky - and that was with cheating.

Since then, in 15 seasons as head coach at four different places, he’s had four winning seasons.  

In my opinion, he is a very bright offensive guy.  As a head coach I think he’s a very bright offensive gu
y.

************ Spenser Rapone, an avowed communist who spent four years West Point, is gone from the Army.

He got a “less-than-honorable” discharge, which means he won’t receive veteran’s benefits or a pension.

But the Army ought to take one more step: with all the American kids burdened by student loans, I’d like to see them make his sorry ass repay the American taxpayers for that great West Point education that he got at their expense.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/06/19/west-point-grad-who-posed-with-communism-will-win-in-cap-discharged.html

*********** Hugh,

From your description Coach Vogler not only sounds like a great guy, but a wonderful dad.  Both so much more than just being a good coach.

It is the Justin Chongs of this world that I have enjoyed coaching most of all.

I think the President could have at least come up with a better name than "Space Force".

Didn't you know in pro basketball there must be at least that many assistants to deal with player egos!  I would imagine that LeBron James had at least 2 assistant coaches (still didn't work).

While coaching in Minnesota and Ohio, and playing by NFHS rules, we would almost always receive the benefit of a flag when a defender would cut our FB's knees, and always the official explanation to the opposing coach was it was called for "dangerous play".  Not here in Texas.
We play by NCAA rules where cut blocking on offense is allowed.  Therefore, what's good for the goose...  Because of that we were forced to come up with a different blocking scheme on power to avoid our FB's getting cut.

Absolutely enjoyed the old NFL film clips of Mike Curtis.  Wow.  The definition of 'tough' in the dictionary should have his picture included, and the definition of 'protective' should have that Georgia grandma's picture included!

Have a great week.

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

*********** Rick Davis, who splits his time between New Zealand and Massachusetts, is a longtime Double Winger who a few years ago spent a week of pre-season practice with us at North Beach.  He writes,  “Thought you'd get a kick out of this photo....it's my brother with Alejandro Villanueva in Newport, RI (Naval War College of all places for a West Pointer). My brother's wife's family is from Columbia, and her cousin was finishing a year-long program, so my brother and his wife travelled from Florida to attend the graduation. Alejandro's father is best friends with the cousin's father, so he was there for the ceremony as well. My brother is 6'6" 240 pounds, to give you an idea how big Alejandro is. Pretty cool.”

Davis & IVllanueva

*********** Those leftist sh--ts who harassed a cabinet member while she and her husband were dining in a restaurant are very lucky that my wife and I weren't in that restaurant at the time.  We've rolled over and let this go on for so long that they think they can put on their little act with impunity.  It's time to take up the cudgels, fellas.

*********** The Little League season is over.  It’s not July yet, but Daddy ball - all-star tournaments - begin this weekend.

School is barely out here in the Northwest.  Baseball would seem to be just the thing kids need to stay busy this summer, but unless they’re an all-star, baseball’s over for them.

Sure seems short-sighted of major league baseball, which has acknowledged for years that it has to fight for its share of young athletes, to tolerate the idea of turning so many kids loose with a whole summer ahead of them.

Or are the all-star selectors such astute judges of talent that they already know from the time the kids are 12 which ones are going to play in the majors some day?

*********** QUIZ ANSWER - Of all the running backs who are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Ken Willard may be the greatest.

He was a native of Richmond, Virginia.

He was  a good enough baseball player to have been offered a contract with the Red Sox, but he passed it up in order to play football for North Carolina.

He continued to play baseball in college, and twice led the ACC in home runs.

On the football field, he was an All-American running back and was named MVP of the 1963 Gator Bowl.

He was chosen by the 49ers in the 1965 draft, the second player chosen overall.  The next two players chosen after him were Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, both taken by the Bears.

A big (6-1, 220) and strong runner, he was also an excellent receiver. He had five seasons in which his  combined rushing and receiving yardage exceeded 1,000 yards.

He played in four Pro Bowls. 

In nine seasons with the 49ers, he missed only one game.

Overall, he rushed for 6105 yards, and he caught 277 passes for 2184 yards. He scored 62 touchdowns - 45 rushing and 17 receiving.

At the time of his retirement - after playing nine years for the 49ers one with the Cardinals -  he was ranked eighth all-time among NFL rushers.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING KEN WILLARD

KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfnbezJBGVQ
TITO CORREA - NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA - Another “Strat-O-Matic” player that was a big winner for me…Ken Willard…specially on the swing pass
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON


*********** QUIZ - His players, and everybody who knew pro football, knew that his two chief assistants - the guys in charge of his offense and defense, before there was such a title as "coordinator" - were really running the team.   But he had the title of head coach, and got the credit.  In his seven years as their head coach,  the Giants played in three NFL Championship Games, winning the title once by beating the Bears 47-7.

His overall record was 53-27-4.

Six of his former players are in the Hall of Fame.  And so, too, are those two assistants, who went on to great careers as head coaches of  teams other than the Giants.



american flagTUESDAY,  JUNE 19,  2018 “To hell with exciting. I'd rather be drab as hell and win.”  Woody Hayes



*********** It was graduation at North Beach High last week, a rather emotional time for my wife and me, as the kids that I coached there are just about all gone now.  The entire coaching staff (all three of us) are now gone, but I managed to get this photo of my wife and me with former fellow coach James Vogler and his girls.  I am so proud of Coach Vogler - he has raised those young ladies by himself, since they were in grade school. It used to be a special treat for me to see them outside our locker room after practice, waiting for Dad to finish up so he could take them home.  (The word on his shirt helps explain Dad’s approach to teaching, to coaching, and to raising his kids. He was THERE for them, and he was a pillar of strength for them.)  He protected his girls and they knew he loved them, but he didn’t smother them. They were excellent students and three-sport athletes - and they are lovely people as well. 

It always amuses me when I hear about a guy giving up coaching to “spend more time with my family,” because Coach Vogler managed to coach football and track - and spend extra time after school helping kids with their math - yet still find plenty of time to be everything to his girls. For most of the time I worked with him, going back to 2008, he had to give them up every other weekend, and he was one miserable guy on those weekends. 

Now, he’s really going to have to get used to an empty house.  From the time she was a freshman, older sister Jenna was determined to attend the US Naval Academy, and there she is, in the photo,  home on leave after finishing her plebe year at Annapolis.  She hopes to become a Cobra pilot.  Mariah, Jenna’s younger sister, has  taken part in Washington’s “running start” program, which enabled her to earn an AA degree by attending a junior college the past two years. She has also received an appointment to the Naval Academy, and in a couple of weeks she’s off to Newport, Rhode Island where, like Jenna, she’ll spend a year at the Naval Academy Prep School.  Her ambition is to be a Marine infantry officer.

Coach Vogler, having raised two girls headed for careers in the military,  is not going to be an empty-nester in the Pacific Northwest: he’s headed back to his native Arizona, to a teaching job in Prescott.

justin chong*********** One of the problems with our current culture is that people are afraid to sound corny. But as coaches, we have a chance to earn a special place in our players’ lives, and corny as it may sound, we can’t be afraid to tell those boys that we love them.  Or that we’re proud of them.

At the recent North Beach High graduation I saw Justin Chong, a former player whom I hadn’t seen in over four years. He was there to watch his girlfriend’s younger brother graduate.  Justin played tight end and middle linebacker for us in 2012 and 2013, and he was one tough kid.  In fact, when he first showed up, as a junior, we were afraid he might be a bit too tough, at least off the field.  He’d been at North Beach as a freshman, but he’d been running with a rough crowd and he’d gotten into a bit of trouble, and his mom very wisely sent him to another school for a year to get him away from his buddies. When he returned after his year away, we knew he could be a player for us, but we had our doubts: we couldn’t be sure he’d changed any, and we certainly didn’t want to have to deal with the “old” Justin. 

Shortened version of the story: he was never a problem.  He was coachable.  He was a team player.  And he never got close to being in any trouble.  Oh - and he was a very good player.  His senior year, he was a team captain and an all-league linebacker on a 7-3 team, the school’s first winning team in five years.

And then, after graduation, instead of hanging around town, he headed off to a school in Idaho called Northwest Lineman College.  No, not guards and tackles - electrical linemen.  (They can’t make me say the more political correct “lineworkers.”)

He’s now an apprentice lineman in Beaverton, Oregon for Portland General Electric, and well on his way to becoming a journeyman.   I’m as proud of him as I could be of any of our players who’ve gone to a four-year college -  and I told him so.

*********** I still find myself from time to time questioning whether the Air Force shouldn’t have simply remained part of the Army - the Army Air Corps, as it was known all during the Last War That America Won.

But no… We had to have a whole new branch of the armed forces, an Air Force - with its own secretary, its own chief of staff, its own hierarchy,  its own academy.

So now our president's calling for a  “Space Force?”

WTF?

Do we really need another service lined up at the public trough, fighting for its share of defense funds?

Wouldn't you call this an “expansion of big government?”


*********** After my wife read this to me, I had to ask her to hand me the paper so I could read it myself:

“The Memphis Grizzlies have named Jerry Stackhouse, Nick Van Exel and six others as assistant coaches…”

Wait, I thought.  "Six others?"  EIGHT assistants? 

NBA teams carry just 15 players, with only 12 of them active at any one time. They play three and sometimes four times a week, which doesn’t leave a while lot of time for practice. There's no recruiting to be done, as in college. And yet,  they need EIGHT ASSISTANT COACHES?

Hmm.  So maybe this is where the NFL teams got with the idea that they need upwards of 20 assistants.

* The Eagles have 25 assistant coaches.

* The Seahawks have 23 assistant coaches, including one with the title “Offensive assistant” and another called “Associate Head Coach.”  The offensive line coach has two assistants, the defensive line coach has one. There is an Assistant Quarterbacks Coach and an Assistant Linebackers Coach.

* The Cowboys have 22, including four strength coaches.

* The Vikings have 21. The head strength and conditioning coach has three assistants. The quarterbacks coach has an assistant quarterbacks coach.

But wait -

* The Patriots have - 14.  FOURTEEN!   What does this guy Belichick know that the others don’t?

*********** LeBron James, who to the best of my knowledge never once sat his ass down in a college classroom, would seem to be the last person you’d expect to be telling us about the way college athletes are being exploited, but there he is, adding his name to an HBO show that sounds as if it’s going to be just more of the usual “pay those poor kids” rubbish.

https://coachad.com/news/lebron-james-to-co-produce-hbo-show-on-exploitative-world-of-ncaa-sports/

*********** Illinois is going to adopt a “mercy rule” for high school basketball, calling for a running clock in the fourth quarter any time there is a 30-point difference in the score at the end of three quarters.

*********** Johnny Manziel didn’t get into the Hamilton TigerCats’ game this past weekend, a 28-14 loss to the Calgary Stampeders. 

The problem with the TiCats doesn’t appear to be the quarterbacking, though.  Jeremiah Masoli threw for 344 yards.

The problem seems to be the defense.

CLUE: The defensive coordinator is Jerry Glanville, a much-heralded master of self-promotion. 

*********** Watching the Hamilton-Calgary game, I heard the referee announce a penalty for an “illegal block” - against the defense!  Damned of they didn’t catch one of these guys who are the bane of any Double Wing coach’s existence - a defender - in this case a defensive back about to be kicked out by a pulling lineman - cutting a blocker at his knees.

And what do you know?  The announcers said it was a “safety issue” - something we’ve been trying to tell officials for years.

*********** Hi Coach,
Just read your news page today...what a rotten thing to happen to Coach Potter and Coach Williams! At the clinic, I was impressed with their kids and how well they executed the offense and the new stuff you threw at them. Maybe the new coach didn't want to have to explain why his JV team was winning but his varsity team wasn't. On the other hand, I don't know how you can run two different systems with your JV and Varsity. Regardless, it looks like the guy could have found a place for two good coaches who already had an investment in the kids and the program.

Not saying this guy is not a good coach (he must be doing something right to land a high school head job) but middle school W-L records can be deceiving. Most middle school coaches I know couldn't even tell you their records. Almost always, talent wins in middle school and there is usually a wide disparity between schools. If you are fortunate to coach at the talented school, and you are a decent coach, you can win a lot of games. Things tend to even out in high school.

Just my two-cents. I hope Coach Potter and Coach Williams land on their feet somewhere they are appreciated.

Jim Crawley
China Grive, North Carolina

*********** A longtime western New York high school coach who lost his job filed a suit against parents who claimed that he had a “drinking problem” - and he was awarded $50,000.

https://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/sports/high-school/2018/05/18/high-school-basketball-coach-mark-storm-defamation-lawsuit-parents-honeoye-athletes-helicopter/543634002/

***********  When we were kids in school, we used to sit and roll our eyes when Officer Friendly should come to school and tell us (1) never dart into the street from between parked cars; (2) never chase a ball into the street; (3) always cross at the corner; (4) if there’s a traffic light, always wait for it to turn green; and especially - (5) look both ways before crossing.

Well, duh, we’d say at Number 5.  Who doesn’t?

Answer: every dumbass who’s graduated from public schools in the United States in the last 20 years or so.

We’ve been so busy teaching them how many genders there are and how to have safe sex with them that we’ve neglected to pass along to them one of the basics of survival in urban life, and as a result, pedestrians are increasingly being knocked off.

The interesting thing to me is that while states and cities appear concerned about the increased fatalities involving cars and pedestrians, most of the attention is being give to drivers - maybe they’re going too fast… maybe they’re distracted by smartphones… maybe they’re drunk or high on pot. 

There are so many explanations that it starts to sound like one of those stupid PSA’s about people not knowing which size car seat  to use (“did you know that friendly kids have more friends?” “Well, yeah - everybody knows that.”)

Well, yeah, everybody knows that drivers shouldn’t go too fast… or drive distracted… or drive while under the influence.

But I sure wish I had a dime for every fool I’ve seen crossing a busy street, immersed in texting and totally oblivious to danger.

*********** Speaking of fools,  a spectator ran onto the field during Saturday’s game between the BC Lions and the Montreal Allouettes, and wound up being knocked on his ass by a BC defensive back.

But do you think they’d let us see it?   Oh, no.  Professional football, which has no qualms about showing players hitting each other senseless, is united in its determination not to let us see drunks on the field.

Bear in mind that there is no similar protection from “comedians” holding up the bloody, severed head of the President of the United States.

http://www.theherdnow.com/video-idiot-fan-on-field-during-cfl-game-gets-knocked-senseless-by-fed-up-player/

Some of us remember a bygone era when it was okay for us poor schlubs to see - live - how a pro football player deals appropriately with an intruder in his workspace…

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=mike+curtis+hits+fan+on+field#id=5&vid=804e6de2d8563d075a231f6ec9011b2e&action=click

*********** So the FBI had people in its employ who are essentially crooked - who worked, while on the taxpayer's dime,  to undermine the election of a President.

Now, though, we can rest easy.  The Director assures us that all his employees are going to undergo "ethics training."

Right, boss.  Just take a bunch of people without ethics or scruples and give them a day or two - with pay - of lectures on ethics, and - shazam! - all fixed.   That ought to restore credibility to the FBI.

*********** There is tough.  And then there is Georgia Grandma Tough.  A Georgia woman, attacked by a rabid bobcat, strangled the damn thing, and the entire time she fought with it - if you’ve ever seen an angry wildcat, you’ll appreciate this - she refused to scream for fear it would draw the attention of her granddaughter and put her at risk.

http://www.onlineathens.com/news/20180615/hart-county-grandmother-kills-rabid-bobcat-with-bare-hands

*********** Hugh,

Spent the past three days with my sister-in-law (wife's youngest sib) so I wasn't able to catch your Friday news and quiz until today.

There's going to be some serious "splainin" to do regarding that FBI nonsense.  While I would like to believe that all of the hard-working base of the FBI are good people, it is a hard pill to swallow that those who were in charge didn't infect some of those underneath them.  We both know that whichever Humpty Dumpty they bring before the Congress to testify a lot of other Humpty Dumpty's will join in on "the great fall".  That whole "Russia gate" Mueller debacle we are witness to has done more damage to this country than "Watergate" could have ever posed.

I don't think Mike will have that problem with his parents.  He is making quite an impression on them with his home visits.  The local cops are even getting on board by bringing the kids food for them to eat before/after their workouts. 

The PAC 12 is a by-product of the progressive efforts in major cities on the west coast in general.  In my opinion its little wonder why they have fallen way behind the other Power 5 conferences in the major sports (football and basketball in particular), and have seemingly lost some of the major markets.  Examples:  San Francisco/Berkeley, Los Angeles (albeit large portions of it), Portland, and Seattle.

I missed Darryl Rogers as one of the FBS coaching choices.  Another Fresno State guy.

That's truly unfortunate news about Coach Potter and Coach Williams.  I know a guy in Topeka that could use their help!

I had the privilege of watching some of those Straight T teams on video.  They can bring it.

QUIZ:  Roosevelt "Rosie" Brown.

Have a great week!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

*********** Is it a death wish, or was there really some rational business (or sports) reason for the NFL to participate in the New York “Pride” Parade? 

https://sportsnaut.com/2018/06/nfl-to-take-part-in-nyc-pride-parade-for-the-first-time/

***********  QUIZ  ANSWER:  Roosevelt Brown was so much bigger than the other kids as a child that he was moved ahead two grades in school, and as a result,  when he reported to his first NFL camp as a rookie, he was only 19.  But he was a physical marvel, 6-3, 255 with a 29-inch waist.  His fellow rookie, Sam Huff, called him a “big Jim Brown.”

To the NFL, though, he was a total unknown,  having played at little-known Morgan State, a small historically-black school in Baltimore, in the days before the NFL scouted the black colleges.   The NFL draft lasted 30 rounds in those days, and he was the 318th player chosen, known to the Giants only because of his having been on the Pittsburgh Courier’s Black All-American team.

Rosey Brown (not to be confused with his equally famous teammate, defensive tackle Roosevelt Grier) played in 162 games in 13 seasons for the Giants, and from 1955 though 1963,  with him at left tackle on offense, the Giants won six division championships and one NFL title.  

Five players from those Giants’ teams are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he is one of them.

He was named All-Pro eight times, and played in 10 Pro Bowls.   He was named to the NFL Team of the 1950s, and in 1975 he was named to the NFL’s 50th Anniversary team.

The Giants take pride in saying, “Once a Giant, always a Giant,” and Roosevelt Brown embodied it: as a player, assistant coach and scout, he spent 51 years in the Giants’ organization.

https://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/11/sports/roosevelt-brown-71-dies-hall-of-fame-giants-tackle.html

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING ROOSEVELT BROWN-
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
TITO CORREA - NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
KEVIN MCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA

*********** QUIZ - Of all the running backs who are not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he may be the greatest.

He was a native of Richmond, Virginia.

He was  a good enough baseball player to have been offered a contract with the Red Sox right out of high school, but he passed it up in order to play football for North Carolina.

He continued to play baseball in college, and twice led the ACC in home runs.

On the football field, he was an All-American running back and was named MVP of the 1963 Gator Bowl.

He was chosen by the 49ers in the 1965 draft, the second player chosen overall.  (The next two players chosen after him were Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, both taken by the Bears.)

A big (6-1, 220) and strong runner, he was also an excellent receiver. He had five seasons in which his  combined rushing and receiving yardage exceeded 1,000 yards.

He played in four Pro Bowls. 

In nine seasons with the 49ers, he missed only one game.

Overall, he rushed for 6105 yards, and he caught 277 passes for 2184 yards. He scored 62 touchdowns - 45 rushing and 17 receiving.

At the time of his retirement - after playing nine years for the 49ers and one with the Cardinals -  he was ranked eighth all-time among NFL rushers.

american flagFRIDAY,  JUNE 15,  2018 “We have come to the dismaying realization that there are a lot of criminals wearing badges.”  Dinesh D'Souza, commenting on the IG's report

*********** It is terribly distressing to me to read the Inspector General's report and  learn of the depth and breadth of the degradation of the FBI, once one of our most trusted and valued institutions and now a tool of the DNC.   Only the fact that I'm not young, with a long life in front of me, makes the realization bearable.

*********** By now, most states have their version of what Washington calls the HIB Law - Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying.

The Washington law defines harassment, intimidation or bullying as any intentionally written message or image—including those that are electronically transmitted—verbal, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, mental or physical disability or other distinguishing characteristics, when an act:

    •    Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property.
    •    Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education.
    •    Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment.
    •    Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Schools are required to take action if students report they are being bullied. Since August 2011, each school district has been required to adopt the model Washington anti-bullying policy and procedure.
 
Beware, guys.  Call it the Law of Unintended Consequences if you will - although maybe it was intended - but there now are appearing  instances of parents using this against their kids’ coaches.

(Raise your hand if you can honestly say you’ve never hollered at a kid who’s screwed up.  Just as I thought.  Well, his parents say you intimidated him and they’ll see you in court.)

http://www.k12.wa.us/SafetyCenter/BullyingHarassment/default.aspx


*********** Greg Koenig of Cimarron, Kansas sent me a nice article about Mike Foristiere and the enormous job he’s taken on.

Mike, an old friend, has just finished his first three weeks as head coach at Highland Park High, in Topeka.

Enormous job, did I say? Consider…

Highland Park currently has a 34-game losing streak going.

It has posted just one win in the last six years - and only seven wins  total in the last 10 years.

Six of its last 10 seasons have been winless.

Its best season in recent memory was 4-6.  That was 15 years ago.

Last season, Highland Park was outscored 475-74.

Its closest game was a 43-26 loss.  That was also the fewest points it allowed.

Two of last year’s opponents put more than 60 points on them, and three more scored more than 50.  Two more just missed 50 with 49 points, and another scored 47.

Mike is up to the job.  He is mentally tough and demanding but his kids know that he loves them.  As a coach he's fundamentally sound and his teams are, too.

Mike has experience working in tough situations. In his most recent job, in Wahluke, Washington, working with a largely Hispanic population, he put a very competitive team on the field and earned the trust and confidence of the kids' parents. 

To give you an idea of how he's approaching this new job - he's begun tthe process of making home visits to every senior. He tells me, "Parents are stunned and pleasantly surprised  I come into their house and introduce myself and talk expectations."

http://www.cjonline.com/sports/20180612/mike-foristiere-embraces-rebuilding-project-as-highland-park-football-coach


*********** Unlike other power 5 conferences, the Pac-12 schools are not awash in money.  A couple of them, in fact, are hurting.  I lay the blame entirely on the commissioner, on his flawed attempt to build a network, and on his failure to find a way for people in other parts of the country to get to see Pac-12 football on the tube (Kickoffs at ten o'clock Eastern on Saturday night don't get it.) .  I won’t even mention the sorry-ass (my autocorrect wanted to spell that as psoriasis) state of Pac 12 basketball.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2018/06/12/panic-pac-12-conference-quickly-falls-behind-rivals/686880002/


*********** Portland is the definition of virtue-signaling.

Just in time for this weekend’s “Portland Pride Festival,” they’ve change the name of a 13-block-long stretch of a major downtown street - Stark Street - to Harvey Milk Street.  I doubt that Milk, the gay icon,  ever had a thing to do with Portland, but what the hell.

Not too many years ago, Portland changed the name of a major north-south arterial from 39th Avenue to Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., in honor of a guy who I know never set foot in Portland.

***********  There are only nine days for you to join the National Football Foundation and vote electronically  for this year’s College Football Hall of Fame nominees.

My ballot:

FBS Player Selections (12): Michael Bishop, Matt Cavanaugh, Tim Couch, Eric Dickerson, Jumbo Elliott, Craig Heyward, Phil Olsen, Jim Otis, Troy Polamalu, Antwaan Randle El, Larry Seivers, Elmo Wright

FBS Coach Selections (2): Dennis Erickson, Darryl Rogers

Divisional Player Selection (4): John Bothe, Bruce Cerone, Steve McNair, Gary Puetz

Divisional Coach Selection (2): Clarence Stasavich, Andy Talley

As reader Mark Kaczmarek has noted, nominee John Bothe, from Augustana, is a regular on this site.  He was a center, which means he has no stats to back him up, other than the fact that he was an All-American for Bob Reade during Augustana’s national championship run.  It helps me that Bill Lawlor, another coaching friend and an Augustana teammate, spoke of him in almost reverent terms.  And on top of that, he's been a high school coach!

Bruce Cerone from Emporia State is on there because in my early days of coaching, he played for a team called the Long Island Chiefs, and he was really good.  Steve McNair - enough said.

Clarence Stasavich was a great single wing coach at North Carolina’s Lenoir-Rhyne, and Andy Talley restarted the Villanova program and took it to an FCS national title.(And he's a great guy.)

eddie cahoon*********** It was early in the morning and I was setting up for the Raleigh clinic a few weeks ago when I heard Dave Potter, who was helping me get ready, say, “Look what the cat dragged in!”

I turned toward the door and there, almost like an apparition, was a dear friend whom I hadn’t seen in maybe 10 years.  It was coach Eddie Cahoon -  and  damned if he wasn’t wearing one of my “It Takes a Set” shirts from the old days.

Eddie is one of the many great coaches I would never have had the privilege of knowing if I hadn’t set out on my Double Wing circuit more than 20 years ago.

When we first met, he was coaching at a tiny high school in eastern North Carolina - any farther east and it would have been on the Outer Banks - called Mattamuskeet, in the tiny town of Swan Quarter.  At that time, Mattamuskeet was struggling to win a game.  When Eddie left there,  they were winners.

One summer, I drove from Durham to Mattamuskeet and helped Eddie put on a Double Wing camp. I stayed at his home and we really got to know each other.  I marveled at the devotion he showed to his kids and to the game of football.  We started early in the morning and went all day, sustained at lunch by some great East Carolina pork barbecue, and we went until 9 or so in the evening - until the kids were finished lifting.  And then the kids loaded into the school mini-bus and Eddie drove them all home, every last one of them.  Talk about out in the country - it was at least an hour and a half before he’d finished dropping them all off and we were back at the school. 

Eddie is a Marine  (I have learned never to say “was” a Marine, or “former Marine”) and he embodied the Corps’ spirit of “Can do.”  When his budget was cut and he couldn’t hire a middle school coach, he coached both the high school and middle school teams rather than allow the younger kids to miss out on football. (Remembering Eddie’s example, I’ve encountered a few situations where a head coach unhappy with his middle school coach has been reluctant to cut him loose, and I’ve advised him to coach both teams until he can find someone to coach his middle school kids properly.)

*********** A nice article about West Virginia QB Will Grier, who transferred there after losing his job at Florida.  His dad was his coach from the time he was little.

https://www.moultrienews.com/sports/a-father-and-son-s-journey-through-a-lifetime-of/article_2d1a6090-6811-11e8-98cc-b7b57b8371b5.html


*********** In my many years of doing clinics in North Carolina, I’ve done them at six different locations, and Dave Potter has been responsible for setting up the facilities at three of them.  I’ve known Dave for more than ten years, and I’ve had ample opportunity to see how good a coach he is.  He’s been a head coach at the youth, middle school and high school level - both varsity and JV.  He knows his football, he is super organized, and he is great with kids. And parents.

At East Wake HS, which has had one winning season in the last ten, he and his assistant, Olu Williams, coached the JV team to an 8-2 record last year.  The varsity struggled, finishing 3-8, and it would have been worse except that the head coach finally saw the light and installed Dave’s double wing - and won two of the last three games.

And then, after just one season at East Wake, the head coach left abruptly for another job.  Dave was qualified to be the head coach, but the school chose to go with the existing defensive coordinator.

At my recent clinic, coaches Potter and Williams had just been informed that they were being retained, and they had many of their JVs on hand to serve as demonstrators.  The coaches in attendance remarked at what good kids they were, and you and I all know that the coaching had something to do with it.

And then, this past Monday, Coaches Potter and Williams were informed that this year the new head coach was not going to have a separate JV program - he was going to combine the two squads for practice - and therefore he no longer needed their services.

Prick.

Hmmm.  The JVs went 8-2 running the Double Wing.   This guy  intends to run the spread. 

You don’t suppose he sees those JV coaches - and the fact that their kids were successful running that old school offense - as a threat, do you?

Funny how it’s “all about the kids” until it’s not.  Until it’s all about “the program.”

Now, granted, this guy may be a very good coach.  He has an impressive record as a head middle school coach (88-12), but he does sound, from a newspaper interview, as if he might possibly have let that go to his head.

“Last year was the first losing season I have ever been a part of,” he said about last season. "The circumstances were against us from the start, and there’s no blame to place on anyone.  I still don’t know if I can stand another one like that.”

Well fella, permit me to give you some advice about coachin' high school - you didn’t exactly step into DeLaSalle, and you got a lot of work to do.  And guess what?  Those guys on the other sidelines are  just as smart as you are, and sometimes they have better athletes than you do. So you can work your ass off and even as smart as you are,  and as good as that damn record of yours is is, you could still very well have “another one like that.” 

And when you do, that noise you hear in the distance will be me, out in Washington.  Chucklin.’


dave potter's van


Did I say Dave Potter was super-organized?  A photo of Coach Potter’s van - what he calls his “Locker Room on Wheels” - before it went into service.

*********** Hi Hugh,

I enjoyed watching the clips of the T offense, the faking, and “the old fashion football”. I can not remember the name of that T team we played when we were at North Beach, perhaps Willimate (Willapa Valley - HW), but they ran a split T version and had had a long winning tradition. As I remember we gave them a heck of game, losing at their place, late in the fourth quarter. I do think you came back the next year and beat them but the split t dive and double dive proved a bear to defend. I did enjoy seeing those clips, dead T, two tight ends, and wonderful faking. In this pass happy age of spread and fire there still seems to be a few hard core football offenses still around.

Jack Tourtillotte
Rangeley, Maine

*********** Hugh,

Good morning!  Like you I also have had a ton of respect for Charles Krauthammer.  For all the same reasons you mentioned, AND...the fact that he has never been anyone's lackey or yes man.  He will be missed.

Your insights into the perspective of legalized gambling from the viewpoint of the Democratic party is spot on.  They have been, are, and will always be only about "the party".  The party, the party, the party and only what's good for... "the party".

No surprise about the NBA ratings.  Frankly, I can't remember the last time I actually watched an NBA championship series, or even an NBA game for that matter.  Don't anticipate watching any in the near future either.  Lebron James??  Phooey!  Larry Bird was much better.  Michael Jordan was the best.  I think that time frame was the last time I watched an NBA game.

I analyzed game film this past season for one of our coaching buddies in Michigan.  His team won the Division 8 Michigan State Championship.***  As I watched a lot of his opponents I immediately noticed a number of teams running out of the Straight T.  I asked him about it, and he even said that there is a large group of Straight T coaches in the state, and some of them are d*** good at it.

Must be disappointing for you as a Yale alum to witness the slow, agonizing demise of its once proud reputation.  At one time it was quite something to be an "Eli" or "Yalie".  I'm sure it still is for you, but has some of it's luster been tarnished recently? 

After observing how young parents raise their children these days I have to wonder how most of us ever survived our childhoods.  But we did.  Frankly, the only public places my mom would take us (my dad was always working) were the grocery store, clothes store, or once in a great while (if we behaved) Woolworth's to get an ice cream.

Nice to see a fellow Fresno State Bulldog alum Bernard Berrian's name listed for consideration to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Have a great week!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Tecas


*** That coaching buddy, Jason Mensing, also contributed this week! (See below)

*********** I saw the Full T post on your web page and the interest of it in Michigan.   Interestingly enough the Climax Scotts it the video you posted their Head Coach Kevin Langs is a long time T coach at CS he took over a struggling program and turned them into a state champion with it.  We played them in the 2015 playoffs for the first time, of course with the T being as popular as it is in our state it is impossible to winning any championship at any division from seeing it at least once.   So we spend all year preparing for it even if we only see it a few times.   In 15' we really CS down and got out to a 42-7 lead at half, they had a little change up double wing formation that they would have their QB in pistol and run some bucksweep and trap from this gave us some challenges and we decided we were going to implement it for a empty set out of our DW the next year.   In 16' we played CS again for a regional championship and sure enough they were running all DW, after the game Kevin and I had a good laugh on how we had copied him and they had copied us....   Unfortunately, they will be making a move to 8 man in another year but we have had a couple great games with them and they are a top small school in our state every year.   

There was a Coach in Bay City named Elmer Engle who won a ton of games in the 60's and 70's running the T, Irv Sigler learned it from him and then went to Cheboygan and had 4 undefeated seasons, following that Irv went to the state of Washington as a HS coach for a few years prior to returning to Michigan and winning multiple state titles at Belding High School.   After Irv retired from teaching he took the Head Coaching job at Olivet College a school that was his alma mater but had been struggling he got it turned around there running Engle's T.   Although there are a ton of great T coaches in our state now he was the one who really made it popular and at this point I would estimate probably 1 of every 8 or so schools in our state run it.  At this point there are a couple different versions of it but all are tough to stop.

God Bless,
Jason Mensing  
Head Football Coach
Whiteford High School,
Whiteford, Michigan

Coach Mensing’s team won its state championship this past season.


***********  QUIZ  ANSWER- Gil Dobie coached at Washington for nine seasons - nine unbeaten seasons. He was 58-0-3 at Washington, contributing most of the wins (and three of the ties) of a 64-game winning streak which still stands as college football’s longest.  His teams shut out the opponents in 69 per cent of their games, and only one opponent in his nine years scored in double figures (with 14 points).

Despite all that, he was fired by a university president who blamed him for a players’ strike (which he had nothing to do with).

Moving on to Navy, he was 18-3  in three years there.  His .857 winning record is by far the highest of any coach in Navy’s long history.

In the 1920’s, his Cornell teams won three national championships.

In his 33-year career, he had 14 unbeaten seasons

It took him only 108 games to reach 100 wins, a record still unmatched among major college coaches.

Dobie’s career record at five different colleges - North Dakota Agricultural (now ND State), Washington, Navy, Cornell and Boston College - was 182-45-15.  His .780 won-loss percentage ranks him 18th all-time among college coaches.


CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING GIL DOBIE—
TITO CORREA - NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN

*********** Gil Dobie was called “Gloomy Gil,” although those who knew him said that he actually had a good sense of humor. 

There also have been stories about his being so unpopular among Washington fans that they threw things at him (“pelted him with peanuts," is how the stories often go) but that seems to have been a case of one isolated incident being blown way out of proportion.

In truth, he was so popular that the Washington fight song, “Bow Down to Washington,” written in 1915 when he had established Washington as THE West Coast power, contained the line, “Dobie, Dobie, Pride of Washington.”  (It’s since been changed to “Vic-tory the cry of Washington.)

He also may have been the first of many coaches to have been fired by a school president envious of his success.

He certainly sounds like the forerunner of today’s  Double Wing coaches.  He believed in power football - running off-tackle, and with as much interference as possible.  He stressed the importance of blocking and tackling, and of the kicking game as well as offense and defense.   He didn’t have a bag of tricks and a mile-long playlist.  He believed in limiting his offense to those few plays that his players could run to perfection.

Wrote Rich Linde, in May 2011,

Dobie kept his playbook simple and easy to learn. As a result, he insisted that each play be run to perfection and practiced repeatedly until it was sure to gain yards. Often times a practice session was devoted to  practicing and learning the intricacies of just one play.

Somewhat of a martinet, to put it mildly, he emphasized defense as much as offense, that is, blocking and tackling equally. His line play, both offensively and defensively, functioned like a machine. Every man knew his role and did it flawlessly with timing and dispatch. Finding a good kicker/punter was paramount because maintaining field position on Denny Field's muddy track could be the difference between winning and losing.


Lynn Borland wrote in the Seattle Times of an instance that illustrated his offensive philosophy:

Where Dobie separated himself was in his painstaking execution. He was an absolute perfectionist. He would spend mind-numbing hours working on a single play. Each player had to perform his role to exacting precision until exhaustion in an era when traveling squads were limited to 18 players. His teams were described as "machines."

He was dining at the Hotel Butler with George Varnell, Seattle Times reporter, after a 45-0 Thanksgiving victory when Washington State coach John "Chief" Bender stopped by.

"I can't understand that licking," Bender said. "Why Gil, we had 105 plays to work on your team."

"Maybe that was your trouble," Dobie responded. "We had only nine plays; but coach, we sure knew them all well."

He was a great believer in team play and in absolute rule, wrote Borland.

The uber-controlling coach with piercing dark eyes was also a master of psychology. He knew how to get into his players' heads. Many times he would leak to the press some supposed weakness or leave a team rumor uncorrected, only to turn the misinformation to his advantage.

Preseason practices often started with the previous year's starters on the second team to keep their egos in check.


It was never wise to cross Dobie, who once challenged his entire team to fight. He had no takers. His motto, according to Coyle (a former quarterback) : "I am always right — you are always wrong."

His harsh words could be as brutal as the sport he coached. "You are the dumbest, clumsiest, rankest collection of so-called football excuses I have ever seen," Coyle remembered him telling one team.

As for his love of the off-tackle play, Linde, in 2011, wrote,

His wicked off-tackle play and its variations, like a tank from World War I, was feared by all of his opposing coaches. As sure as tomorrow, they knew it was coming -- but couldn't devise a plan to stop the rolling monster.

In his article "Gil Dobie talks football" (Boys' Life, October 1932), Edwin B. Dooley, who played quarterback for Dartmouth, describes Dartmouth's game in 1923 with Cornell and the off-tackle play. Dobie coached at Cornell from 1920-1935, compiling a record of 82-36-7, along with three undefeated seasons.

gil dobie off-tackle"Finally, it was agreed we'd play a 7-2-2 defense. That would allow our two fullbacks to back up a seven-man line and stop the juggernaut. We kicked off. Cornell ran the ball back to mid-field. On the first play (George) Pfann went off tackle for thirteen yards. He ran slowly, allowing his interferers to clean up in front of him. And clean up they did. The next play saw Pfann go off the other tackle for ten yards. It was cruel. The play functioned despite everything. There was no stopping it.

"It came at you like a thundering herd, clearing everything out of its path. Five men ahead of the ball carrier, and each man doing his job with finesse and gusto. If you dived into the interferers to pile them up, the ball carrier would run up their backs and keep right on going. If you waited, you were cut down as though hit by a scythe. It was a play that bred fear and bewilderment and always gained yardage. On first down with ten yards to go and our team set for another smashing off-tackle play, Pfann stepped back and shot a "bullet pass" right down the center alley for a touchdown.

"The ease, the methodical coolness and the precision with which the touchdown was attained worked psychologically to our disadvantage.  Cornell scored fast and often that day and trounced us badly. "When the Big Red team came out on the field, the faces of the players were blackened with charcoal under the eyes, to counter the effects of the strong sun. They looked weird and imposing. Dobie never overlooked a single detail in preparing for a game."




No doubt his harsh early life helped mold him into the man he became.

Wrote Borlund,

Dobie was born of Scottish immigrant parents on Jan. 31, 1878 in Hastings, Minn. His life soon, quite literally, paralleled that of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield. At age 4, he lost his mother, and by 8 his father died. His indigent stepmother, with six mouths to feed, reluctantly sent Dobie and a younger brother to an orphanage.

It was more military outpost than loving home, with virtually all family contacts cut off. At his most impressionable, Dobie learned the authoritarian rule that he later displayed as a coach.

In nine years at the state-run school, Dobie was indentured out as a child laborer to four separate families. His was a loveless, bleak existence with more rejection than acceptance. Dobie, like Copperfield, was subjected to long hours of harsh manual labor and eventually ran away. And to assure this chapter of his life would end as Dickens scripted it, he was rescued by a kindhearted woman from a wealthy family. But he had been whipsawed between the orphanage and indentured service so often, he didn't graduate from high school until he was 21.

The “Pelted with peanuts” legend had its origin early in his tenure at Washington, where a couple of boosters sitting on the sideline had no success yelling at him to sit down and resorted to throwing peanuts at him.

Wrote Borland,

As that story was retold over the years, it was embellished into a fable. By 1955, Dobie was said to be so resented by UW fans that they regularly booed him and rooted for opponents. The one-time shelling morphed into a regular occurrence. By 1964, Sports Illustrated claimed prominent citizens used to "line Denny Field and throw rocks at the impervious Dobie." By 1987, a book claimed Washington fans would boo and throw fruit and vegetables from the stands.

In fact, Dobie was adored. "Bow Down To Washington," written in 1915, includes the chorus: "Dobie, Dobie pride of Washington." The many rallies where he spoke were always to packed houses with thundering standing ovations. Fans flooded the field and hung out after games, hoping to hear a word from the master. Players sang his praises despite his controlling personality and crude tirades. For decades, Seattle-area teenagers played "Gil Dobie" youth football.

http://old.seattletimes.com/html/huskies/2013484333_dobie21.html

http://4malamute.com/statuesque.html

*********** “A conversation with Dobie”  - A present-day Husky fan wanting to know how his Dawgs will do against Michigan  calls on the powers of a gypsy woman to put him in touch with the Great Dobie…

"Coach, you were the greatest Washington ever had. The charges that Suzzallo (the university president) made against you were later proven to be false. There never has been another coach who racked up the kind of record you did. You remain the most astonishing coach we ever had! You coached 61 straight games at Washington and never left the field with a loss!"

Dobie settled back in his chair and dropped his pencil. He put out what was left of his cigar and lit a fresh one. He opened a drawer and took out a small flask and took a short drink, and replaced the flask in his desk. He propped his feet on his desk. A vague look of mixed sorrow and pride crossed his scowling face.

"We were OK, I guess. We had three ties, you know."

http://4malamute.com/conversation.html


*********** The Washington Fight Song - "Bow Down to Washington" - written in 1915 prior to the big game against Cal

Heaven help the foes of Wash-ing-ton
They’re trampling at the feet of mighty Wash-ing-ton
Our boys are there with bells,
Their fighting blood excels,
It’s harder to push them over the line
Than pass the Dardanelles.

Doble, Dobie pride of Wash-ing-ton,
Leather lungs together with a
RAH! RAH! RAH!
And when we snare
That Golden Bear
You’ll never carry it back
From Wash-ing-ton-ia!

(The game was won by Washington, 72-0)

*********** Gil Dobie at BC - sent to me by Greg Koenig, of Cimarron, Kansas

https://newspapers.bc.edu/?a=d&d=bcheights19561130.2.45


***********  QUIZ :  He was so much bigger than the other kids as a child that he was moved ahead two grades in school, and as a result,  when he reported to his first NFL camp as a rookie, he was only 19.  But he was a physical marvel, 6-3, 255 with a 29-inch waist.  His fellow rookie, Sam Huff, called him a “big Jim Brown.”

To the NFL, though, he was a total unknown,  having played at little-known Morgan State, a small historically-black school in Baltimore, in the days before the NFL scouted the black colleges.   The NFL draft lasted 30 rounds in those days, and he was the 318th player chosen, known to the Giants only because of his having been on the Pittsburgh Courier’s Black College All-American team.

He played in 162 games in 13 seasons for the Giants, and from 1955 though 1963,  with him at left tackle on offense, the Giants won six division championships and one NFL title.  

Five players from those Giants’ teams are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and he is one of them.

He was named All-Pro eight times, and played in 10 Pro Bowls.   He was named to the NFL Team of the 1950s, and in 1975 he was named to the NFL’s 50th Anniversary team.

The Giants take pride in saying, “Once a Giant, always a Giant,” and he embodied it: as a player, assistant coach and scout, he spent 51 years in the Giants’ organization.




american flagTUESDAY,  JUNE 12,  2018 “History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.”  Abba Eban, Israeli diplomat

*********** I’m so saddened by the news delivered to us by columnist Charles Krauthammer that he has terminal cancer and has only weeks to
live.  I’ve been a long-time admirer of Mr. Krauthammer for his integrity, his intelligence, his wisdom, and his eloquence. 

I’ve also been a great admirer of his obvious joie de vivre (enjoyment of life), considering the sudden change of course his life took when in his first year at Harvard Medical School a swimming pool accident left him paralyzed for life from the neck down.

At times I disagreed with his arguments but I always had to listen, so beautifully did he form and express them.

He passed along the news in an incredibly sad yet uplifting farewell letter.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/08/fox-news-star-charles-krauthammer-reveals-has-weeks-to-live-in-heartbreaking-letter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fpolitics+%28Internal+-+Politics+-+Text%29&utm_content=Yahoo+Search+Results

*********** Commenting on my photo of Traymar Ruffin, East Wake High’s Black Lion Award winner, Brad Knight writes from Clarinda, Iowa…

The kind of kid that ALL good coaches seek...doesn't matter where you start, it matters where you finish.  Too many coaches think negatively about kids that are not "good" in the beginning....good coaches allow kids the opportunity to grow, develop, understand, gain confidence and learn.  Never give up on any kid, ever, as with the right "culture" many kids will achieve to or exceed expectations if they are just given a chance, and maybe given some motivation...just my thoughts.

*********** After years and years of considering gambling on sports as impure, it’s suddenly upon us.  The major reason why, writes Holman Jenkins in the Wall Street Journal:  “the funding needs of the welfare state.”

Therefore, he writes, “it should not surprise anyone that Democrats, as big supporters of the welfare state, have been the biggest supporters of gaming as a way to finance it.”

The problem for you and me is that from this point on, sports, like state lotteries, will be employed by politicians as ATM machines to pay for all their buy-the-vote schemes. “Down this road,” Jenkins writes,  “lies turning the national pastime into jai alai.  Though it won’t be presented this way, such is the consequence of the insatiable funding needs of the welfare state rippling through institutions that seemingly have nothing to do with the welfare state.”

*********** The ratings for the NBA finals on ABC were way down.  Obviously, the same-old-same-old matchup for the fourth straight year had something to do with it, but I suspect that political opinionating could be taking the NBA  in the same self-destructive direction as the NFL. Speaking only for myself, I’m sick of listening to the political opinions of uneducated athletes such as LeBron James and intellectual poseurs such as Greg Popovich and Steve Kerr who coach them.  They might be the best in the world at what they do, but skill at playing and coaching basketball just doesn’t translate into ability to comment intelligently on matters of greater importance, and even if it did, it makes no sense at all to alienate a large segment of your following.

https://deadline.com/2018/06/kevin-durant-warriors-win-nba-finals-ratings-down-nba-abc-1202406923/


*********** In terms of career winning percentage,  only four current college football coaches rank among the all-time top 33:  Urban Meyer, Chris Peterson, Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney.  Meyer, Saban and Swinney are easy picks, but I’ll bet none of you would have guessed Chris Peterson.

http://www.tiptop25.com/topcoaches_winpercent.html


*********** Charlie Wilson, of Crystal River, Florida, is a big wishbone and belly guy, which naturally means he has a weakness for the full-house T.

He sent me some clips of small schools in Michigan running full house, commenting “The QB’s faking is VERY good.”  Charlie adds, “I understand that there is a Sub-Culture in Michigan HS’s for this Offense.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVSqaJB0Duk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq7ATf6mVEY&t=307s


*********** FROM THE INTERNET:
 
I took down my Rebel flag (which you can't buy on EBAY any more) and peeled the NRA sticker off my front window.
 
I disconnected my home alarm system and quit the candy-ass Neighborhood Watch.
 
I bought two Pakistani flags and put one at each corner of the front yard.
 
Then I purchased the black flag of ISIS (which you CAN buy on EBAY) and ran it up the flag pole.
 
Now the local police, sheriff, FBI, CIA, NSA, Homeland Security, Secret Service and other agencies are all watching my house 24/7.   
 
I've NEVER felt safer and I'm saving $69.95 a month that ADT used to charge me.
 
Plus, I bought burkhas for me to wear when I shop or travel. Everyone moves out of the way,and security can't pat me down. If they say I'm a male wearing a burkha, I just say I'm feeling like a woman today.
 

*********** The changing face of international rugby…

My son, Ed, who lives in Australia, points out that 13 of the 23 players on the Wallabies, Australia’s national team, are of Polynesian descent.

Wallabies team to face Ireland
Israel Folau, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, Kurtley Beale, Dane Haylett-Petty, Bernard Foley, Will Genia; Caleb Timu, Michael Hooper (captain), David Pocock, Adam Coleman, Izack Rodda, Sekope Kepu, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Scott Sio. Reserves: Tolu Latu, Allan Alaalatoa, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Lukhan Tui, Pete Samu, Nick Phipps, Reece Hodge.


*********** It’s almost time for the College World Series, and my wife and I have been enjoying the Super Regionals.  Saturday night we watched Oregon State beat Minnesota in a late game, a really good one. Minnesota was the Big 10 regular season champion, and they had a couple of outstanding freshman pitchers who can throw, but Oregon State is really good.  I’ve mentioned before that their catcher, Adley Rutschmann, is the grandson of the great Ad Rutschmann, legendary football and baseball coach at division III (and before that, NAIA) power Linfield College.  Ad won three NAIA national football titles in the 1980s, and took one of his baseballs team to the NAIA world series.  Interestingly, he coached every game in his entire Linfield career from the press box (Just in case you ever had the idea and wondered whether it could be done). Oregon high school football is loaded with coaches who played their college ball at Linfield under Ad Rutschmann.  Grandson Adley is a big kid - 6-2, 210 - who played high school football at Sherwood, Oregon, a perennial state power that runs a very good Wing-T.

*********** John Harris, of Martinsville, Virginia, coached against Curt Warner in high school.  He wrote, “You wouldn't have enjoyed trying to defense him which was my job. His HS coach told me that, on occasion, Curt would say, before practice, ‘Coach, nobody's going to touch me today.’ And, lo and behold, nobody would, in drills, scrimmage, etc. Sounds kind of far-fetched, but with Curt, you can't automatically deny it.”

***********   A Yale tradition has sprung up called FebClub, evidently  getting its start as undergrad parties aimed at counteracting the cold, dreary New Haven Februaries.

In recent years, the FebClub get-togethers have spread all across the globe, wherever Yalies are found, and the promotion of the events made them appear like great ways for alums - young and old - to connect. To meet and socialize.  To be “mixers,” as meet-and-greets with ladies from women’s colleges were called in my college days.

And so, two years ago, my wife and I decided to give the Portland FebClub get-together a shot.  What the hell - it was being held at a place called Hopworks Urban Brewery, one of the areas’s ubiquitous brewpubs, and even if the crowd turned out to be stuffy and snobbish, there was always beer.

Arriving, we were shown to the back room where the event was taking place, and all it took was one quick peek inside to tell us that we were in the wrong place.  Instead of people milling around and mixing, young couples sat at long tables chatting, while little kids ran around the room unattended.   It looked like parents’ day at Hopworks Urban Day Care.   With beer and pizza. Little  kids easily outnumbered the adults.  We were older than the average person in the room by maybe 30 years.  Some mixer. 

The evening wasn’t wasted. We headed for the Horse Brass, possibly the greatest English pub outside of the British Isles, and enjoyed good food, good beer, and great atmosphere.

I was reminded of the FebClub fiasco on my recent trip to Raleigh, when following the clinic a few of us decided to go have a few.  The place we chose was called Oak City Brewing Company, in the suburb of Knightdale.

It was not your ordinary beer joint. First of all, it was  a house that had been “repurposed” as they like to say on HGTV. Inside, it was another FebClub,  an indoor picnic with young families seated at tables throughout the place.  There were plenty of little kids, of course.  And at least one dog (very well behaved, but a dog nonetheless).  And young mothers with babies in one hand and pint glasses of beer in the other.  To guys like us, from places like Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and DC, it blew us away. 

It got me to thinking - is this the new normal, taking kids everywhere?   Don’t they have some babysitter app on their iPhones?

Does having kids mean you can no longer do adult things, without them? 

Is this how the child of the family becomes the center of the family solar system?  Is this how today’s parents get to planning every weekend around the kids’ soccer games? To letting the kids decide where the family should to go on vacation?

Is this the way parents arrive at that stage of arrested development where they tell us that they’re “best friends” with their children?

Yes we were from another universe, because we all lived in - or recalled times and places when kids weren’t allowed in bars.  When women weren’t even welcome.

In the Pennsylvania of my youth, taverns had signs above side doors that said “Ladies’ entrance.”  That was so women could walk in and sit at a table in the back room, without having to enter through the front door and then walk past all the male drinkers at the bar.

In Connecticut, when I was in college, women couldn’t even sit at a bar if they wanted to.

And in Baltimore, when I first arrived there in the early 1960s, there were places that unapologetically called themselves stag bars.

I can see today’s liberated women, shaking their heads at those misogynistic relics of a bygone patriarchy.  It would shock them to learn that the women of those times generally supported the idea of men-only bars, because it meant that when their husbands were drinking, that was all they were doing.

http://www.oakcitybrewingcompany.com/about/

http://www.baltimoresun.com/bs-mtblog-2010-04-thats_not_just_any_foot_rest_i-story.html


***********  Oliver Luck has left the NCAA.  I thought at the time of his hiring that he was being groomed to take over as its head, after that tool Mark Emmert moved on, but my guess is that once Luck got on the inside he realized there was no future in an organization which one of these days is going to lose the rest of whatever control it still exerts over the Power Five conferences.

But he left to become - Commissioner of the XFL?

Now, Oliver Luck, who before his stay at the NCAA was AD at West Virginia, has always appeared to me to be a very smart guy.  But in this case, I think he’s nuts. 

WTF future is there in running a resurrected version of Vince McMahon’s Folly?

Yes, there will be those who’ll say that this is the perfect time to challenge the NFL.  I’m here to say that they’re nuts, too.

First of all, the challengers are aiming at a shrinking overall market.  For an assortment of reasons, TV viewership of all sports - not just the NFL - is down. 

Second, the sport of football itself is under attack, and there are signs that it may be losing its appeal to the younger audience.

Third, conventional methods of reaching the public to promote a new sports venture - newspapers and network TV - are declining in importance. Newspaper sports sections are half the size they were 20 years ago, and few newspapers employ more than one local sports columnist.  The “sports” segment in the  local 30-minute news-sports-weather show lasts maybe five minutes.  And despite all you hear about “social media,”  they have yet to prove to be adequate replacements.

Finally, although the NFL may be bruised at the moment, it is still formidable. It may be wounded but it is not slain.  It remains the undisputed giant of US sports, enjoying a monopoly that not even John D. Rockefeller ever envisioned.  The NFL was very tough to combat in the 1970s, when I was a foot soldier in the WFL’s challenge; it is impregnable now. 

But then, I’m sure Mr. Luck’s going to be paid well.   Which, when you get right down to it, is why guys take other jobs without futures, such as coaching NBA teams.

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23702411/oliver-luck-commissioner-ceo-xfl

*********** Miss America is no longer going to be a beauty “pageant.”  In fact, it’s not going to  be a “pageant” at all. Henceforth, it will be a “competition.”   And it’s definitely not going to be about beauty.  Not content with slipping ratings, the pageant - sorry, competition - promoters are aiming for plummeting ratings, going away with both  swimsuit and evening gown competitions. 

Instead, they expect Americans to get excited about young women demonstrating “their passion, intelligence and overall understanding of the job of Miss America.”

Gee, do you suppose we might get to hear a speech or two  about saving the planet, or working for world peace?

You watch - it won’t be more than five years before Miss America is a tranny - if the “competition” is even around in five years.

https://www.goodmorningamerica.com/culture/story/miss-america-scrapping-swimsuit-competition-longer-judge-based-55638426


*********** Ever met a former student and had him or her repeat something you said, many years ago?  Ever looked at them, confounded, and said, “I said that?”

Peggy Noonan wrote in her column in the Wall Street Journal of the time the great Russian writer, Leo Tolstoy, was in his sitting room when his daughter came in and said, “Papa, listen.”

She read to him a page of the description of a great battle.  He listened and said, “Oh, that’s good.  Who is that?”  She said, ‘Papa, it’s you. ‘War and Peace.’”


*********** Hugh,

Thank you for mentioning that poster from Free Republic.  If that doesn't point out the sorry contradictions of what the "new" NFL is nothing will.

I agree with you.  Yes...I'm not a fan of the "new" NFL as you know.  But I agree that my current feelings toward the "new" league has nothing to do with my feelings toward the "old" league, and the MEN who played the game back then. 

Terrell "T.O." Owens is one of the founders of the "new" NFL.  He can kiss my @$$.

QUIZ for Coach Wyatt:  This coach started his head coaching career at the tender age of 26.  He coached in five different colleges in five successive years.  His first team at his last school went undefeated in his first season there, and won the Rose Bowl.  In his first four consecutive seasons at the school his teams went undefeated, and finally lost one game in his fifth year to a school that no longer plays football.  He became the A.D. after his retirement from football, and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

That would be the great Fielding “Point-a-Minute” Yost, one of many great coaches to come out of West Virginia and the guy who built the Big House.


***********  This is your official invitation to speak at the HOF ceremony in Canton.

John Vermillion          
St Petersburg, Florida

My speech is already written…

Thank you Commissioner Goodell.

Honored Inductees and Fellow Lovers of the Game of Football…

Thanks to an invitation from my good friend John Vermillion, I have the great honor of standing before you this afternoon for the purpose of rescinding the induction of Terrell Owens into this hallowed Hall.  Permit me to explain why…

(That’s all I’ve written because at this point, I anticipate the loud and prolonged applause from the crowd will prevent me from finishing…”)




*********** COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME NOMINEES

The criteria for Hall of Fame consideration include:

    •    First and foremost, a player must have received First-Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.

    •    A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation's Honors Courts 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.

    •    While each nominee's football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post-football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and his fellow man, with love of his country. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether the candidate earned a college degree.

    •    Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years.* For example, to be eligible for the 2019 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1969 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.

    •    A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.

*Players who do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Veterans Committees.

 
Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school's geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee may make recommendations to the Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago.
 
Of the 5.26 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 997 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of those who have played the game during the past 149 years. From the coaching ranks, 217 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.


The 2019 voting deadline is June 22. If you would like to become a member and receive this year's ballot, please contact NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush at  rdilatush@footballfoundation.com.
 
- A list of candidates and capsule bios are provided below.
 
Consensus All-American: Listed as a First Team All-American by at least half of the recognized publications.
 
Unanimous All-American: Listed as a First Team All-American by all recognized publications.


2019 FBS PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
 
Flozell Adams, Michigan State-Offensive Tackle-1997 First Team All-American and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year...Three-time All-Big Ten performer who helped Spartans to three consecutive bowl appearances... Helped running backs rush for more than 100 yards in 21 games throughout career and allowed only two QB sacks in 1997 season.
 
Bernard Berrian, Fresno State-Kick Returner/Wide Receiver-2001 First Team All-America kick returner who led the nation in all-purpose yards (2,776)...Bulldogs all-time leader in career all-purpose yards (5,828) and tied school records for career TD receptions (25)...Three-time All-WAC performer who helped team to a share of the 1999 WAC title.
 
Michael Bishop, Kansas State-Quarterback-1998 consensus First Team All-American and winner of the Davey O'Brien Award...1998 Heisman Trophy runner-up who led Cats to 1998 Big 12 North title and berth in conference championship...Set 14 conference and 34 school records while throwing for 2,844 yards and 23 TDs and rushing for 748 yards and 14 TDs in 1998 championship season.
 
Lomas Brown, Florida-Offensive Tackle-1984 consensus First Team All-American and two-time All-SEC performer...Led Gators to three consecutive bowl berths and top 10 national final rankings in 1983 and 1984...Recipient of Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC's top blocker in 1984.
 
Terrell Buckley, Florida State-Defensive Back-1991 unanimous First Team All-American and winner of the Thorpe Award...Led the nation in interceptions (12) and return yards (501) during final season at FSU...Seminoles' all-time leader in career interceptions (21) who returned four interceptions and three punts for touchdowns in career.
 
Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas-Offensive Guard-1998 First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC selection...Helped Arkansas to two postseason berths and to SEC Western Division titles in 1995 and '98...Former walk-on who later started 34 consecutive games.
 
Larry Burton, Purdue-Split End-First Team All-American and Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974 and a First Team All-Big Ten selection...Led the team in receiving in both 1973 and 1974...Named team captain and team MVP in 1974.
 
Keith Byars, Ohio State-Running Back-Unanimous First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up who led nation in rushing (1,764), all-purpose yards (2,441) and scoring (144) in 1984...1984 Big Ten MVP and two-time All-Big Ten selection...Ranks fifth all-time at OSU with 4,369 career all-purpose yards and 3,200 career rushing yards.
 
Matt Cavanaugh, Pittsburgh-Quarterback-1977 First Team All-American who led the Panthers to a 1976 national title...Led Pitt to three consecutive bowl wins, earning MVP honors in the 1977 Sugar and 1977 Gator bowls...Finished Pitt career ranked second all-time (behind only Tony Dorsett) with 3,916 career yards of total offense.
 
Dallas Clark, Iowa-Tight End-2002 unanimous First Team All-American and winner of the Mackey Award as the nation's best tight end...Two-time All-Big Ten selection who helped Iowa to a share of the 2002 Big Ten title and its first-ever 11-win season (2002)...Holds record for longest pass reception in school history (95 yards).
 
Marco Coleman, Georgia Tech-Linebacker-1991 First Team All-America pick...Two-time First Team All-ACC, leading Jackets to the national championship and an 11-0-1 record in 1990...28 career sacks rank 14th all-time in ACC history.
 
Tim Couch, Kentucky-Quarterback-1998 consensus First Team All-American who finished fourth in Heisman voting in 1998 and ninth in 1997...1998 SEC Player of the Year who led Cats to first win over Alabama in 75 years...Set seven NCAA, 14 SEC and 26 school records.
 
Eric Crouch, Nebraska-Quarterback-2001 Heisman, Walter Camp and Davey O'Brien Award winner who led Huskers to 2001 national title game at the Rose Bowl...Finished career as NCAA record holder for career rushing TDs by a quarterback (59)...Led team to 42-9 record and four bowl berths.
 
Eric Dickerson, Southern Methodist-Running Back-Named unanimous First Team All-American and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1982...Twice named SWC Player of the Year, he holds 14 SMU records including career rushing yards (4,450).
 
Rickey Dixon, Oklahoma-Defensive Back-1987 consensus First Team All-American and winner of the 1987 Thorpe Award...Two-time First Team All-Big Eight selection and member of 1985 National Championship team...Finished career as school leader in single-season interceptions (9) and ranked second all-time with 17 career interceptions.
 
Vaughn Dunbar, Running Back-Indiana-1991 unanimous First Team All-American who led the nation in rushing (1,805) and finished sixth in Heisman voting...1991 First Team All-Big Ten selection, leading the conference with 150.4 ypg...Team MVP posted consecutive 1,000-yard seasons and led the Hoosiers to two bowl games.
 
Jumbo Elliott, Michigan-Offensive Tackle- Two-time First Team All-American (consensus-'87)... Two-time All-Big Ten First Team selection and member of 1986 Big Ten Co-Champions...Paved the way for Jamie Morris, who had three-straight 1,000-yard seasons.
 
Bobby Engram, Wide Receiver-Penn State-1994 First Team All-American and recipient of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top receiver...Three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection who led Lions to the 1994 conference title and four bowl wins...First-ever PSU player to record a 1,000-yard receiving season and left PSU with 12 school records.
 
Kevin Faulk, Louisiana State-Running Back-1996 First Team All-American who finished career ranked fourth in NCAA history in all-purpose yards (6,833)...Three-time First Team All-SEC selection and 1995 SEC Freshman of the Year...Set 11 school records during career and became first LSU back to average 100 yards per game during entire career.
 
David Fulcher, Arizona State-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in both 1984 and 1985...Three-time All-Pac-10 selection who led ASU to 1985 Holiday Bowl berth...Recorded 14 interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and 286 tackles in career.
 
Robert Gallery, Iowa-Offensive Tackle-2003 consensus First Team All-American and recipient of the 2003 Outland Trophy...Two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior...Led Hawkeyes to a Big Ten title, Orange Bowl appearance and a No. 8 final ranking in 2002.
 
Moe Gardner, Illinois-Defensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American (unanimous-'89, consensus-'90)...1990 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and 1989 Big Ten Lineman of the Year...Three-time First Team All-Conference pick and set school record for career TFL (57).
 
Tony Gonzalez, California-Tight End-1996 consensus First Team All-American and First Team All-Pac-10 selection...Holds Cal record for receptions in a bowl game (9 in 1996 Aloha Bowl)...Posted 89 receptions for 1,302 yards and eight touchdowns during career.
 
Jacob Green, Texas A&M-Defensive Lineman-1979 First Team All-American and two-time All-SWC selection...Set A&M records for career sacks (37) and single-season sacks (20 in 1979)...Led Aggies to berths in the 1977 Bluebonnet and 1978 Hall of Fame bowls.
 
Dan Hampton, Arkansas-Defensive Tackle-1978 First Team All-American and two-time All-SWC selection...Named 1978 Houston Post Outstanding Player of the Year in the SWC, recording 18 TFL during his senior campaign...Helped Hogs beat No. 19 Georgia in 1976 Cotton Bowl and No. 2 Oklahoma in 1978 Orange Bowl.
 
Jason Hanson, Washington State-Placekicker-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors in 1989...Holds numerous NCAA, conference and school records, including longest field goal without a tee (62 yards) and career field goals of 40 yards or more (39)...Four-time All-Pac-10 selection and 1991 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
 
Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech-Running Back-1996 unanimous First Team All-American and recipient of the Doak Walker Award...Tech's all-time leader in rushing (4,219) who tied NCAA record by reaching 1,000-yard mark by fifth game of 1996 season...Three-time All-Big 12 selection, helping Red Raiders to first Cotton Bowl since 1938.
 
Kevin Hardy, Illinois-Linebacker-1995 consensus First Team All-American and Butkus Award winner...Two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection who helped Illini to two bowl berths...Team captain started 45 games (second all-time among LBs) and ranks fourth all-time at Illinois in sacks (18) and TFL (38).
 
Marcus Harris, Wyoming-Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors as a senior...1996 Biletnikoff Award winner who finished ninth in Heisman Trophy voting and twice led the nation in receiving yards per game...1996 WAC Offensive Co-Player of the Year who set NCAA record with 4,518 career receiving yards.
 
Marvin Harrison, Syracuse-Kick Returner/Wide Receiver-1995 First Team All-American as a kick returner and 1995 Big East Special Teams Player of the Year...Three-time All-Big East selection who set a conference record with a 94-yard punt return for a TD in 1995...Left Syracuse as the school's all-time receiving leader (2,718 yards).
 
Jeff Hartings, Penn State-Offensive Lineman-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1995...Three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection who helped Lions to the 1994 conference title...Leader of an offensive unit that set 14 single-season school records and led the FBS in scoring (47.8 ppg) in 1994).
 
E.J. Henderson, Maryland-Linebacker-Only two-time consensus First Team All-American in Terps history...2002 Bednarik and Butkus award winner who helped Maryland to an Orange Bowl berth and No. 11 final ranking...2001 ACC Player of the Year and two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year, leading Terps to the 2001 ACC title.
 
Craig Heyward, Pittsburgh-Running Back-1987 consensus First Team All-American who led the nation in rushing his final season and finished fifth in Heisman voting...Left Pitt as the second-leading rusher in school history (behind only Tony Dorsett) with 3,086 career rushing yards...Rushed for at least 100 yards in every game of 1987 season.
 
Torry Holt, North Carolina State-Wide Receiver-1998 consensus First Team All-American who was the only receiver in the top 10 of the 1998 Heisman Trophy voting...1998 ACC Player of the Year who earned First Team All-Conference honors as a receiver and punt returner...NC State's all-time leader in receiving (3,379) and all-purpose yards (1,979).
 
Ken Huff, North Carolina-Offensive Guard-1974 consensus First Team All-American who captained the College All-Stars vs. Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers...First Team All-Conference and recipient of the 1974 Jacob's Blocking Trophy as the ACC's best offensive lineman...Third overall pick in the first round of the 1975 NFL draft and named an ACC Football Legend.
 
Steve Hutchinson, Michigan-Offensive Lineman-2000 unanimous First Team All-American who led the Wolverines to four bowl wins, including the 1997 National Championship at the Rose Bowl...One of only seven players in conference history to be named a four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection...Three-time Big Ten champion.
 
Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame-Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-American earning consensus honors in 1989 and unanimous laurels in 1990...Walter Camp Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1990...Led ND to national championship at the Fiesta Bowl and two Orange Bowls.
 
Larry Jacobson, Nebraska-Defensive Tackle-1971 consensus First Team All-American and Outland Trophy recipient...Led Huskers to back-to-back national titles and three-consecutive conference championships...1971 All-Big Eight performer who led Nebraska to a 33-2-1 record during career.
 
E.J. Junior, Alabama-Defensive End-1980 unanimous First Team All-American and member of two national championship teams (1978, 1979)...Three-time First Team All-SEC selection and 1980 SEC Lineman of the Year, who led Tide to two conference titles...Member of fabled goal-line stand defense vs. Penn State in 1979 Sugar Bowl.
 
Jess Lewis, Oregon State-Defensive Tackle-Named First Team All-American in 1967...Played in the College All-Star Game, East-West Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Bowl in 1970...Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967, 1969).
 
Ray Lewis, Miami (Fla.)-Linebacker-1995 First Team All-American and Butkus Award runner-up...Led Canes to Fiesta and Orange bowl appearances and ranks sixth all-time at Miami with 388 career tackles...Two-time First Team All-Big East performer who twice led the league in tackles.
 
Bobby Majors, Tennessee-Defensive Back-1971 unanimous First Team All-American who led Vols to wins in 1971 Sugar Bowl and 1972 Liberty Bowl... Two-time First Team All-SEC selection still holds conference and school record with 10 INTs in 1971...Set Tennessee records for career punt returns (117) and career punt return yardage (1,163).
 
Tony Mandarich, Michigan State-Offensive Tackle-1988 consensus First Team All-America...Finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1988...Helped the Spartans to three bowl game appearances and a victory in the 1987 Rose Bowl.
 
Ed McCaffrey, Stanford-Wide Receiver-1990 First Team All-American and two-time Stanford MVP...1990 First Team All-Pac-10 receiver who led the Cardinal in receiving yards three-of-four years...Ranks in the top 10 all-time at Stanford with 146 career receptions and 2,333 career receiving yards.
 
Darren McFadden, Arkansas-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-American (2006-consensus, 2007-unanimous) and two-time Heisman Trophy runner-up...2007 Walter Camp Player of the Year and two-time Doak Walker Award recipient...Two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year and the Hogs all-time rushing leader (4,590 yards).
 
Cade McNown, UCLA-Quarterback-1998 Consensus First Team All-American and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recipient...1998 Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year who led UCLA to consecutive Pac-10 titles in 1997 (shared) and 1998...Holds numerous school records.
 
Corey Moore, Virginia Tech-Defensive Lineman-Two-time First Team All-American (1999-unanimous) and winner of the 1999 Lombardi and Nagurski awards...Two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year led Hokies to 2000 National Championship Game...Leader of Hokies famed "Lunch Pail Defense" that led the nation in rushing defense (85.0 ypg).
 
Dan Morgan, Miami (Fla.)-Linebacker-2000 unanimous First Team All-American and first player to sweep the Butkus, Bednarik and Nagurski awards in one season...2000 Big East Defensive Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-Big East selection...Canes all-time leader in tackles (532) who started a school-record 45 games.
 
Ken Norton Jr., UCLA-Linebacker-1987 First Team All-American, leading Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins... Member of the 1985 conference championship team... Led team in tackles in 1986 (106) and in 1987 (125) and ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.
 
Phil Olsen, Utah State-Defensive End-1969 consensus First Team All-American...1969 team captain and Utah State Athlete of the Year...Selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the Hula Bowl...Brother of College Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen.
 
Leslie O'Neal, Oklahoma State-Defensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous honors in 1985...Three-time All-Big Eight selection and 1984 Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year, who led Pokes to three-straight bowl berths...Left OSU as school leader in career sacks (34), career TFL (47) and single-season sacks (16).
 
Jim Otis, Ohio State-Fullback-Named consensus First Team All-American in 1969...Member of the 1968 National Championship team...Named First Team All-Big Ten conference in 1969 and led the Buckeyes to two conference titles...Led the team in rushing three times.
 
Carson Palmer, Southern California-Quarterback-2002 consensus First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy recipient...2002 Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year who set conference/school career records for total offense (11,621 yds) and passing yards (11,818)...Led USC to a share of the 2002 Pac-10 title and first 11-win season since 1979.
 
Jake Plummer, Arizona State-Quarterback-1996 First Team All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year...Led 1996 team to an undefeated regular season and first Rose Bowl appearance since 1986...Four-year starter and two-time ASU MVP who threw for more than 2,000 yards in three consecutive seasons (8,827 career passing yards).
 
Troy Polamalu, Southern California-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 2002...Two-time First Team All-Pac-10 selection and finalist for the Thorpe Award as a senior...Two-year captain and 2001 USC MVP, who led Trojans to two bowl berths and a share of the 2002 Pac-10 title.
 
David Pollack, Georgia-Defensive Lineman-Three-time First Team All-American (consensus in 2002, 2004) and recipient of the 2004 Lombardi and Bednarik awards...Two-time SEC Defensive Player of the Year who led Bulldogs to consecutive SEC title games...UGA's all-time leader in sacks (36) and tackles for loss (58.5).
 
Antwaan Randle El, Indiana-Quarterback-2001 First Team All-American...First player in FBS history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in career...Rushed for more yards than any QB in FBS history upon conclusion of career.
 
Simeon Rice, Illinois-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-American and three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection...Holds conference and school record for career sacks (44.5) and Illini record for career tackles for loss (69)...Set school record for single-season sacks (16).
 
Ron Rivera, California-Linebacker-1983 consensus First Team All-American...Lombardi Award finalist in 1983 and named East-West Shrine Game Most Valuable Player...Selected as Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1983...Led team in tackles from 1981-83.
 
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado-Tailback-1994 unanimous First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy winner...1994 Walter Camp Player of the Year and Doak Walker Award recipient... 1994 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year who led nation in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards.
 
Lucius Sanford, Georgia Tech-Linebacker-Named a First Team All-American in 1977...A three-time First Team All-Conference selection, he led Georgia Tech in tackles in 1975 (121) and 1976 (117)...Named to the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame and the school's All-Time Team in 1991.
 
Larry Seivers, Tennessee-Wide Receiver-Two-time consensus First Team All-American in 1975 and 1976...Two-time First Team All-SEC selection...Currently ranks sixth in Tennessee history in career reception yardage (1,924) and seventh in career receptions (117).
 
Kenneth Sims, Texas-Defensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American (1980-consensus, 1981-unanimous) and recipient of the 1981 Lombardi Award...Finished eighth in 1981 Heisman Trophy voting and led Longhorns to four bowl berths...Two-time First Team All-SWC performer who ranks fourth in school history with 29 career sacks.
 
Aaron Taylor, Notre Dame-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in '92 and unanimous in '93... 1993 Lombardi Award winner and named College Interior Lineman of the Year by Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio)...Led Irish to four bowl games.
 
Joe Thomas, Wisconsin-Offensive Lineman-2006 unanimous First Team All-American and Outland Trophy recipient...2005 Second Team All-American and three-time All-Big Ten performer (First Team-2005, 2006)...2006 NFF National Scholar-Athlete who led Badgers to four bowl games and three top 20 finishes.
 
Dennis Thurman, Southern California-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-American who led Trojans to four consecutive postseason wins, including the 1974 National Championship at the Rose Bowl...Two-time all-conference selection who helped USC to two Pac-10 titles.
 
Troy Vincent, Wisconsin-Defensive Back-1991 First Team All-American and runner-up for the 1991 Thorpe Award...Two-time All-Big Ten selection and 1991 Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Year...Finished career as Wisconsin's leader in punt return yards (773) and passes defended (31).
 
Chris Ward, Ohio State-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American (consensus-'76, unanimous-'77)...Three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection who helped Buckeyes to at least a share of four conference titles...Blocked for Archie Griffin during second Heisman Trophy-winning campaign.
 
Michael Westbrook, Colorado-Wide Receiver-1994 consensus First Team All-American who led Buffs to four bowl berths and four top 20 finishes...Two-time All-Big Eight performer, leading CU to a share of the 1991 league title...Still holds eight school records and caught a 64-yard game-winning pass in the 1994 "Miracle at Michigan."
 
Lorenzo White, Michigan State-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-American, earning unanimous ('85) and consensus ('87) honors...Led State to 1987 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win...Led nation in rushing (1985), first MSU player to lead team in rushing four-straight seasons.
 
Zach Wiegert, Nebraska-Offensive Tackle-1994 unanimous First Team All-American and winner of the Outland Trophy...Led Huskers to 1994 National Championship and 1993 National Championship game appearance...Three-time All-Big Eight selection who led Nebraska to league titles every year of career.
 
Patrick Willis, Mississippi-Linebacker-2006 consensus First Team All-American and recipient of the 2006 Butkus Award, who led the nation in solo tackles (90) as a junior...2006 SEC Defensive Player of the Year and two-time First Team All-SEC selection, twice leading the league in tackles...Finished career ranked sixth all-time at Ole Miss with 355 career tackles.
 
Al Wilson, Tennessee-Linebacker-1998 consensus First Team All-American who led the Vols to the inaugural BCS national title in 1998...Helped Tennessee to four postseason berths and four AP top 10 finishes...Two-time All-SEC performer led Vols to consecutive SEC titles (1997, 1998) and only lost three conference games in career.
 
Steve Wisniewski, Penn State-Offensive Guard-1988 First Team All-American...Member of 1986 12-0 national championship team...Helped Blair Thomas rush for 1,414 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1987 and D.J. Dozier attain First Team All-America honors in 1986.
 
Elmo Wright, Houston-Wide Receiver-1970 consensus First Team All-American who earned Second Team honors in 1969 and Honorable Mention honors in 1968...Set an NCAA single-season record of eight TD receptions of 50 yards or more (1968)...Still holds Houston career records for all-purpose yards per play (21.0 avg.) and yards per reception (21.9 avg.).
 
Vince Young, Texas-Quarterback-2005 consensus First Team All-American and Heisman Trophy runner-up...2005 Maxwell and Davey O'Brien award winner who led Horns to the 2005 national title...2005 unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year and the first player in FBS history with 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a single season (2005).


2019 FBS COACH CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
 
Larry Blakeney-Troy (1991-2014)-All-time winningest coach in Sun Belt Conference history...Four-time conference Coach of the Year who led the Trojans to eight conference titles (5 - Sun Belt, 3 - Southland) and seven FCS playoff appearances in eight seasons...Led Troy to four bowl games, including wins at the 2006 and 2010 New Orleans Bowl.
 
Jim Carlen-West Virginia (1966-69), Texas Tech (1970-74), South Carolina (1975-81)-Led teams to eight bowl games and 13 winning seasons in 16 years as head coach...1973 National Coach of the Year...Three-time Southwest Conference Coach of the Year... Coached Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers at South Carolina.
 
Pete Cawthon Sr.-Austin College [Texas] (1923-27), Texas Tech (1930-40)-Led Tech to four Border Conference titles in 11 seasons at the helm...Led 1938 team to 10-0 regular season and the school's first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance...Boasts highest win percentage (69.3) among Tech coaches with terms of three years or more.
 
Dennis Erickson-Idaho (1982-85, 2006), Wyoming (1986), Washington State (1987-88), Miami [Fla.] (1989-94), Oregon State (1999-2002), Arizona State (2007-11)-Only Miami coach to lead the Canes to two national titles (1989, 1991) and boasts highest win percentage (87.5) in school history...Led teams to 12 bowl games and at least a share of seven conference titles...First coach to earn Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors at three different institutions.
 
Billy Jack Murphy-Memphis (1958-71)-Winningest coach in Memphis history, including an unbeaten season in 1963...Named National Coach of the Year in 1963 by the Detroit News and Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year three-of-four seasons from 1968-71...Took Memphis to its first-ever bowl game and is a member of the Tennessee, Mississippi State, and Memphis halls of fame.
 
Darryl Rogers-Cal State East Bay (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)-Took Fresno State to two bowl games...Achieved an unprecedented national ranking at San Jose State...Named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 1977 and National Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 1978...Won the Big Ten title in 1978.


2019 DIVISIONAL PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
 
Ashley Ambrose, Mississippi Valley State-Defensive Back-1991 First Team All-American and First Team All-SWAC selection...Named SWAC Defensive Back and Return Specialist of the Year in 1991...Led nation in punt returns during senior campaign.
 
Archie Amerson, Northern Arizona-Running Back-Named First Team All-American in 1996...Finished as school's all-time career rushing leader despite only playing two seasons (3,196 yards)...1996 Walter Payton Award recipient as Division I-AA's most outstanding offensive player... Led NAU to its first-ever I-AA playoff appearance.
 
Rick Bealer, Lycoming (Pa.)-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-American who led Lyco to a berth in the 1990 NCAA Division III National Championship...Ranks second in DIII history with 31 career interceptions and still holds DIII record with 48 punt returns in 1989 season...Four-time All-Middle Atlantic Conference selection, earning first team honors his last three seasons.
 
Eddie Bell, Idaho State-Wide Receiver-1969 First Team All-American and two-time First Team All-Big Sky selection...Ranks first in school history with 30 touchdown receptions and second in Idaho State annals with 2,676 receiving yards...Registered 3,341 all-purpose yards in career.
 
Rennie Benn, Lehigh-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-American in 1985...Currently ranks second in NCAA Division I-AA history in touchdown receptions (44), behind only Jerry Rice...Ranks seventh in Division I-AA history in career receiving yards (3,662).
 
Bill Borchert, Mount Union (Ohio)-Quarterback-Two-time First Team All-American who led Mount Union to consecutive national titles in 1996-97...1997 recipient of Gagliardi Trophy and three-time First Team All-OAC selection... Still holds multiple NCAA, conference and school records and boasts 14,482 career passing yards.
 
John Bothe, Augustana (Ill.)-Center-Named First Team All-American in 1988...One of three finalists for the 1988 NCAA Division III Player of the Year Award...Three-time First Team All-Conference selection (1986-88)...Helped Augustana to a 45-3-1 record.
 
Carl Boyd, Northern Iowa-Running Back-Named First Team All-American in 1987...Selected First Team All-Conference and Offensive Player of the Year in 1987...In 1987, he was Conference Player of the Week four times...Two-time team captain...Totaled 2,735 career rushing yards and 1,987 receiving yards.
 
Vincent Brown, Mississippi Valley State-Linebacker-1987 First Team All-American, leading the NCAA in tackles in 1986 and 1987...Set NCAA All-Divisions record with 570 career tackles...Two-time All-SWAC selection who led MVSU in tackles his last three seasons.
 
Joe Campbell, Middle Tennessee State-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1990-91)...A three-time First Team All-Conference pick, he was named OVC Player of the Year in 1990...Led the team in rushing all four years.
 
William Campbell, Western State (Colo.)-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1978-79)...Set school record for interceptions in a season with seven in 1979...Led the team in tackles his senior year with 84.
 
Vin Carioscia, Franklin & Marshall (Pa.)-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American and First Team All-Conference selection (1981-82)...Named First Team All-ECAC in 1982...Four-year letterman and a three-year starter.
 
Peter Catan, Eastern Illinois-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1979-80)...Member of the 1978 Division II National Championship team...Holds school record for quarterback sacks in a game (six), season (21) and career (47).
 
Bruce Cerone, Emporia State (Kan.)-End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1968-69)...Ranks second in NCAA Division II history in career touchdown receptions (49), fourth in career receiving yards (4,354) and ninth in receptions (241).
 
Steve Cockerham, Akron-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1976-77)...Concluded career as the school's all-time leader in tackles with 715...Led Akron to 1976 Division II Championship Game.
 
Bruce Collie, Texas-Arlington-Offensive Tackle-Named First Team All-American in 1984...Led UTA to 1981 Southland Conference title...Three-time All-SLC selection...Played six seasons in the NFL with San Francisco and Philadelphia.
 
Tom Collins, Indianapolis (Ind.)-Defensive Back-Named First Team All-American in 1985...All-time college football leader in career interceptions (37), representing all levels of the NCAA.
 
Ray Condren, Gettysburg (Pa.)-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-American, All-ECAC and All-Conference selection (1983-84)...Finished second in rushing in Division III in 1984...Named ECAC Division III Player of the Year in 1984.

Mark Cotney, Cameron (Okla.)-Defensive Back-Named First Team NAIA All-American and All-Conference in 1974...Amassed 132 career tackles and seven interceptions in two seasons at Cameron.
 
Case deBruijn, Idaho State-Punter-Named First Team All-American in 1981...Twice led the nation in punting (1980-81) and was twice the runner up (1978-79)...Season average of 45.9 in 1981 is third all-time in I-AA.
 
Parnell Dickinson, Mississippi Valley State-Quarterback-1975 First Team All-American and Pittsburgh Courier National Player of the Year...Four-time All-SWAC selection and conference Player of the Year as a senior...Finished career as SWAC's all-time leader in total offense (7,442 yards).
 
William Dillon, Virginia Union-Free Safety-Three-time First Team All-America selection (1980-82)...Tallied 16 interceptions in 1983...1983 Black College Player of the Year...Two-time First Team All-Conference selection and Player of the Year (1981-82).
 
Al Dorenkamp, Central (Iowa)-Linebacker-Named First Team All-American in 1974...Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1973-74)...Captained Central to a perfect 11-0 mark and the Division III National Championship in 1974.
 
John Dorsey, Connecticut-Linebacker-Named First Team All-American in 1983...Led the team in tackles from 1981-83...Two-time Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year (1982-83).
 
Karl Douglas, Texas A&M-Kingsville-Quarterback-Led Javelinas to back-to-back NAIA national titles in 1969-70 as well as four consecutive conference championships...First player to be named most valuable back in the NAIA championship game in consecutive years.
 
Chuck Downey, Stony Brook-Safety-1987 First Team All-America selection...Recorded 239 tackles and 13 interceptions on defense...First player in Division III history to achieve 1,000 yards on both punt and kickoff returns in a career...Currently holds 12 NCAA Division III records and 23 school records.
 
Tom Ehrhardt, Rhode Island-Quarterback-1985 First Team All-American who led the nation in passing during his final year at URI...Holds nearly every passing record in Rams history and led URI to consecutive 10-3 seasons and national top 10 finishes in 1984-85...1985 Yankee Conference Player of the Year.
 
Keith Elias, Princeton-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-American (1992-93) and 1993 Ivy League Player of the Year...Princeton's all-time leader in rushing yards (4,208) and rushing touchdowns (49)...Three-time All-Ivy performer who helped the Tigers to the 1992 conference title.
 
Curtis Eller, Villanova-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1991-92) and was named National Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News in 1992...A three-time First Team All-Conference selection, he twice earned Yankee Defensive Player of the Year honors.
 
Blake Elliott, Saint John's (Minn.)-Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-American and winner of the 2003 Gagliardi Trophy...Two-time MIAC Player of the Year who holds NCAA All-Divisions record of 47 consecutive games with a reception...Led SJU to 2003 DIII national title and owns 29 school records.
 
Richard Erenberg, Colgate-Running Back-Named First Team All-American in 1983...Broke 12 Division I-AA records...Selected as ECAC Player of the Year in 1983...All-time leading rusher in Colgate history...Two-time recipient of the Andy Kerr Award signifying Colgate's MVP (1982-83).
 
Jahri Evans, Bloomsburg (Pa.)-Offensive Lineman-2005 First Team All-American who also earned Second Team All-America honors as a junior...Two-time Division II Player of the Year finalist and three-time First Team All-PSAC East selection...Helped Huskies to the 2005 PSAC East title and an NCAA playoff berth.
 
John Fitzgerald, Central Oklahoma-Offensive Guard-First Team All-American who blocked for two 1,000-yard rushers in 1998...Led UCO to 1998 undefeated season and No. 1 final ranking...Only three-time All-American since UCO joined NCAA.
 
London Fletcher, John Carroll (Ohio)-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-American (1996-97) who holds school records for single-season (202 in 1997) and single-game (29) tackles...Two-time First Team All-OAC selection and 1997 OAC Linebacker of the Year...Led JCU to the 1997 NCAA Division III Quarterfinals.
 
Bernard Ford, Central Florida-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-American and 1987 Harlon Hill Trophy Finalist...Ranks in Top 10 of 14 UCF records, ranking first in receiving yards in a season (1,403), all-purpose yards per game (188) and average yards per catch in career (21.8).
 
Duane Fritz, Chadron State (Neb.)-Punter-Named First Team NAIA All-American in 1975...Led NAIA II and the conference in punting in 1975...Averaged 42.3 yards on 65 punts in 1975.
 
Rick Fry, Occidental (Calif.)-End-Two-time First Team All-American and All-Conference selection (1976-77)...Was the NCAA annual champion for receiving in 1976-77 and set four NCAA receiving records...Member of the Occidental Football Hall of Fame.
 
Bob Gaddis, Mississippi Valley State-Wide Receiver-1974 First Team All-American and Pittsburgh Courier National Receiver of the Year...Named 1970 NAIA Freshman of the Year en route to twice leading the NAIA in yards per catch (1971-72)...Three-time All-SWAC selection led conference in yards per catch all four years.
 
Chris George, Glenville State (W.Va.)-Wide Receiver- Two-time First Team All-America selection and four-time WVIAC pick...Led GSC to Division II National Playoffs in 1993 and '94...Member of two conference championship teams and held nine national records by career's end.
 
Don Greco, Western Illinois-Offensive Guard-Named First Team All-American in 1980...Two-time First Team All-Conference selection - winning the conference's Lineman of the Year award in 1980...A 1980 team captain, he was twice named Western Illinois' MVP.
 
Don Griffin, Middle Tennessee State-Safety-1985 First Team All-American and Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year...Three-time First Team All-Conference selection...Recorded 210 tackles, 13 career interceptions, and held school record for interceptions in a game (3).
 
Boomer Grigsby, Illinois State-Linebacker-Three-time First Team All-American (2002-04) and FCS career leader in total (550) and solo (325) tackles...Only three-time Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive Player of the Year in league history...No. 2 all-time in FCS averaging 12.50 tackles per game in career.
 
Calvin Harrell, Arkansas State-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-American who led A-State to the 1970 NCAA College Division national title...Three-time First Team All-Southland Conference, three-time SLC champs (1968-70) and two-time Pecan Bowl champs...Holds school record for 100-yard rushing games (18).
 
Ron Hausauer, Jamestown (N.D.)-Offensive Guard-Two-time First Team NAIA All-American and First Team All-Conference (1980-81)...Four-year letterman...Member of the Jamestown College Athletic Hall of Fame.
 
Pat Hauser, Cal State Northridge-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American and All-Conference selection (1982-83)... Four-year starter and letterman. 
 
Conway Hayman, Delaware-Offensive Guard-Named First Team All-American in 1970...Two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1969-70)...Led team to two conference titles and three Lambert Cup Eastern Championships.
 
Bobby Hedrick, Elon-Running Back-Named First Team All-American in 1980...Ranked second in NCAA history in career rushing yards (5,604), among all divisions, at career's end (behind only Tony Dorsett).
 
Chris Hegg, Truman State (Mo.)-Quarterback-Named First Team All-American and AFCA Division II Player of the Year in 1985...Two-time conference Offensive Player of the Year (1984-85)...Still holds eight conference records.
 
Bob Heller, Wesleyan (Conn.)-Center-Two-time First Team All-American in 1972-73... Two-time First Team All-ECAC performer who did not allow a sack during career... Key to 1972 offensive unit that set still-standing school record for 1,980 rushing yards in a season.
 
Billy Hess, West Chester (Pa.)-Wide Receiver-1988 First Team All-American and Harlon Hill Trophy finalist...1988 PSAC East Player of the Year and four-time All-PSAC receiver, who also earned all-conference honors as a defensive back in 1988...Led West Chester to PSAC title game appearances in 1986 and 1987.
 
Lynn Hieber, Indiana (Pa.)-Quarterback-Two-time First Team NAIA All-America selection (1974-75)...Won the Division II Total Offense crown in 1975...Selected as ECAC Division II Player of the Year, First Team All-East and First Team All-ECAC in 1975.
 
John Hill, Lehigh-Center-Named First Team All-American in 1971...Recipient of Football Roundup Magazine's College Division Exemplary Player Award...Named First Team All-ECAC and New York Times All-East in 1971.
 
Rene Ingoglia, Massachusetts-Running Back-Finished career ranked second all-time in FCS history in TDs (54) and as school's all-time leader in rushing (4,624) and carries (905) among others...First UMass player to average more than 100 ypg rushing in career.
 
Louis Jackson, Cal Poly S.L.O.-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1978-80)...Member of the 1980 Division II National Championship team...Holds school records for yards rushing in a career (3,444), season (1,463) and game (267).
 
Terron Jackson, Missouri Southern State-Offensive Tackle-Named First Team NAIA All-American in 1972...Member of school's Athletic Hall of Fame.
 
John Jurkovic, Eastern Illinois-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-America selection in 1988 and 1989...Two-time Gateway Defensive Player of the Year who led team to 1986 conference title...Set Gateway record with six sacks in a game and finished career as the conference's all-time sacks leader (27).
 
Ed Kelley, Hampden-Sydney (Va.)-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1974-75)...Three-time First Team All-Conference pick (1973-75)...Led the defensive unit that gave up only 10.8 points per game in 1975.
 
Garry Kuhlman, Delaware-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-American and All-ECAC selection (1980-81)...His 1979 team led all Division I-AA teams in scoring with 35.5 points and 405.5 yards total offense per game.
 
Al Lucas, Troy-Defensive Lineman-Two-time First Team All-American (1998-99) and winner of the 1999 Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player...Two-time First Team All-Southland who led Trojans to two conference titles...Three NCAA playoff appearances, including the 1996 Semifinals and the 1999 Quarterfinals.
 
Steve McAdoo, Middle Tennessee State-Offensive Lineman-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1991-92)...Earned Third Team All-America honors by the Associated Press in 1990...Three-time First Team All-Conference pick.
 
Gary McCauley, Clarion (Pa.)-Tight End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1980-81)...Member of two conference title teams...Holds school career records for receptions (135) and receiving yards (1,736)...Four-year starter.

Fran McDermott, St. Mary's (Calif.)-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1979-80)...Played in the 1981 Japan Bowl...Four-year starter and letterman...Holds school records for most interceptions in a career (21), season (8) and game (4).
 
Bill McGovern, Holy Cross-Defensive Back-Named First Team All-American in 1984...Led the nation in interceptions (11) in 1984...Set Division I-AA career interception record with 24...Two-time All-ECAC performer (1983-84)...Named 1984 team captain.
 
Steve McNair, Alcorn State-Quarterback-1994 First Team All-American and the all-time passing leader (14,496) in the FCS...Finished third in 1994 Heisman Trophy voting and the only four-time SWAC Offensive Player of the Year in league history...1994 Walter Payton Award winner who led Braves to two SWAC titles and two NCAA playoff appearances.

Tony Miles, Northwest Missouri State-All-Purpose/Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-American who led Bearcats to back-to-back Division II National Championships (1998-99) and four-consecutive MIAA titles...Set conference and school records for career receiving yards (3,890), receptions (235) and TDs (37).
 
Carl Morris, Harvard-Wide Receiver-2002 First Team All-American who holds virtually every Harvard receiving record, including career receptions (245) and TD receptions (28)...Ranks third all-time in Ivy history with 3,508 career receiving yards...Holds Ivy record for career 100-yard games (15) and 200-yard games (3).
 
Robert Morris, Georgetown-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1973-74)...Member of the Georgetown Hall of Fame and the National Slavic Honor Society.
 
Kenneth Murawski, Carnegie Mellon (Pa.)-Linebacker-Named First Team All-American in 1981...Named First Team All-Conference in 1981 and Second Team in 1980...Two-time team defensive captain...Totaled 243 career tackles and nine interceptions.
 
Ed O'Brien, Central Florida-Placekicker-Named First Team All-American...UCF record holder for career field goals made (50), field goals attempted (77) and longest field goal made (55 yards)...Helped UCF to 1987 Division II Semifinals.
 
Randy Page, Central Oklahoma-Quarterback-Named First Team NAIA All-American in 1983 and earned Second Team NAIA All-America honors in 1982...Led UCO to an NAIA National Championship in 1982...Broke 14 school records.
 
Chris Parker, Marshall-Running Back-1995 First Team All-America pick...Member of 1992 national championship team, leading MU back to national title game in 1993 and '95 (national runner-up)...Recorded 31 games with at least 100 yards rushing en route to finishing career with 5,924 rushing yards and 68 touchdowns.
 
Alonzo Patterson, Wagner-Running Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1981-82)...Finished fourth on the NCAA leading rusher list for all divisions in 1981, leading Division III with 1,487 yards...Three-time ECAC Player of the Year (1980-82).
 
Ted Petersen, Eastern Illinois-Center-1976 First Team All-America selection... Team captain who blocked for Nate Anderson, EIU's first-ever 1,000-yard rusher...Became school's highest-ever NFL Draft pick when he was selected 93rd overall (fourth round) in 1977.
 
Martin Peterson, Pennsylvania-Offensive Tackle-Named First Team All-America, First Team All-Conference and First Team All-ECAC in 1986...His teams won three conference titles.
 
Charlie Pierce, Central Florida-Punter/Placekicker-Named First Team All-America...Career record holder at UCF for punts (173), punt yardage (7,111) and points scored (297)... Helped UCF to FCS playoffs in 1993.
 
Dave Pomante, Whitworth (Wash.)-Defensive Lineman-Named First Team NAIA All-American in 1981...Two-time All-District selection...Set school records with 20 sacks in a season and 35 in a career...Led team with 117 tackles as a senior.
 
Tyrone Poole, Fort Valley State (Ga.)-Defensive Back-First Team All-America selection in 1994...Two-time Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Defensive Player of the Year (1993-94) who led FVSU to two conference titles...Recorded 44 pass breakups and 17 interceptions, returning four for TDs.
 
Gary Puetz, Valparaiso-Offensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1971-72)...Three-time First Team All-Conference selection...Made first team All-Conference as a placekicker as well in 1972...Earned team's MVP award.
 
Gerry Quinlivan, Buffalo-Linebacker-Named First Team All-American in 1984...Two-time First Team ECAC Upstate New York selection and team captain (1983-84)...Four-year starter and letterman...Two-time Most Outstanding Linebacker (1983-84) and named an NFF National Scholar-Athlete as a senior.
 
Michael Renna, Delaware-Defensive End-Two-time First Team All-American, All-Conference and All-ECAC selection (1988-89)...Delaware's Outstanding Senior Male Athlete in 1990...Finished career as the 10th leading tackler in school history with 205.
 
David Rhodes, Central Florida-Wide Receiver-1993 First Team All-American...Holds UCF records for receptions (213), receiving yards (3,618) and receiving TD (29) in career...Only Knight to record three seasons with at least 1,000-yards receiving and helped team to 1993 FCS Playoffs.
 
Kirk Roach, Western Carolina-Placekicker-Three-time First Team All-America selection (1984-86)...Four-time First Team All-Conference pick...Holds five Division I-AA kicking records, 10 conference records and 18 school records...Missed only one extra point in four years.
 
Harold Roberts, Austin Peay State-Wide Receiver-1970 First Team All-American who boasts nearly every receiving record in APSU history, including career receptions (232) and reception yards (2,999)...APSU's first four-time First Team All-OVC selection...Set NCAA record with 20 receptions in one game in 1969.
 
Bobby Saiz, Adams State (Colo.)-Quarterback-Named First Team NAIA All-American in 1989...Passed for 10,169 career yards and 87 touchdowns...Averaged 251 yards per game in total offense...Led team to No. 1 NAIA national ranking in 1989.
 
Terry Schmidt, Ball State-Defensive Back-Named First Team All-American in 1973 when he set a single-season school record with 13 interceptions...Team MVP as a senior...Played in the Coaches All-America Game and the East-West Shrine Game.
 
Larry Schreiber, Tennessee Tech-Running Back-Named First Team All-American in 1969...Set an NCAA record for most career rushes with 877...Set six conference records...Currently ranks second on the conference all-time rushing list with 4,421 yards.

Steve Schubert, Massachusetts-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-American in 1972...Averaged 81.9 yards receiving per game in 1972, which ranks fourth on the school record list...Holds school record for average yards per catch in a season with 20.1 in 1972. 
 
Joe Skladany, Lafayette-Linebacker-Named First Team All-American in 1981...Four-year starter who never missed a game...Boasts school records for career tackles (532) and blocked kicks in a season (3)...Team captain and two-time Team MVP who led nation's second-ranked defense in 1981.
 
Ed Smith, Bethel (Kan.)-Wide Receiver-Named First Team NAIA All-American in 1985...Three-time First Team All-Conference selection (1984-86)...Holds 13 school records...His 47 career touchdown receptions were two short of the national record.
 
Paul Smith, Gettysburg (Pa.)-Return Specialist-Two-time First Team All-American as a kick- and punt-returner...Set three NCAA records, including still-standing record of 527 all-purpose yards in a game (1999)...1999 Centennial Conference Co-Player of the Year and four-time All-CC First Team selection.
 
Tom Stenglein, Colgate-Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1984-85)...Two-time First Team All-ECAC pick (1984-85)...Colgate's all-time leader in receptions in a game (12), season (67) and career (144).
 
Freddie Thomas, Troy-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1986-87) and helped lead Troy to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1987...A two-time First Team All-Conference pick, he was named team captain in 1987.
 
Markus Thomas, Eastern Kentucky-Tailback-Finished career ranked third all-time in FCS history in rushing (5,149)...Two-time Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Year who led team to two conference titles...52 career rushing TDs.
 
Brad Tokar, Westminster (Pa.)-Running Back-Named First Team Little All-American in 1990...Two-time First Team NAIA All-America selection (1988, 1990)...Led Westminster to two NAIA Division II National Championships...Westminster's all-time leading rusher with 5,269 career yards.
 
Jay Wessler, Illinois College-Running Back-Named First Team NAIA All-American in 1979...Three-time member of the NAIA District All-Star Team...Three-time team MVP (1978-80) and Illinois Athlete of the Year (1979-81).
 
Tim Whelan, Tufts (Mass.)-Running Back-1976 First Team All-American who set school single-season rushing records in consecutive seasons...1976 ECAC Division III Player of the Year and George H. "Bulger" Lowe Award as New England's best player for all divisions...234 rushing attempts in 1976 is school record.
 
Gary Wichard, LIU-C.W.Post (N.Y.)-Quarterback-Named First Team All-American, ECAC Player of the Year and team captain in 1971...Played in the 1972 Senior Bowl...Set school records in career passing yards (5,373), touchdown passes (41) and total offense (5,642).
 
Mike Wiggins, Iowa Wesleyan-Punter-Named First Team Little All-American in 1987 and an NAIA All-American in 1986 and 1987...Named National Punting Champion for the NAIA in 1987.
 
Jerry Woods, Northern Michigan-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-America selection and All-Conference pick (1987-88)... Returned 89 punts for 1,129 yards, a 12.6 yard average...Returned kickoffs for 1,475 yards, a 24.9 yard average and current school record.
 
John Zanieski, Yale-Middle Guard-Named First Team All-American and First Team All-Ivy League in 1984...Selected as the team's MVP in 1984...Finished second on school's quarterback sack list with 21.


2019 DIVISIONAL COACH CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
 
Dick Biddle-Colgate (1996-13)-All-time winningest coach in Colgate and Patriot League history...2003 AFCA National Coach of the Year who led Raiders to an appearance in the 2003 FCS National Championship Game...Won seven conference titles and led teams to six NCAA playoff appearances.
 
Paul Durham-Linfield (Ore.) (1948-67)-His team won seven conference championships...Named 1962 NAIA Coach of the Year...Was the athletics director at Linfield while coaching...Member of the Oregon Sports, Helms Athletic and NAIA Football Coaches Halls of Fame.
 
Jim Feix-Western Kentucky (1968-83)-Named Kodak College Coach of the Year for Division II in 1973 and 1975...Won or shared six conference titles...Three-time conference Coach of the Year (1973, 1978, 1980)...The winningest coach in school history...Charter member of the school Athletic Hall of Fame.
 
Howard Fletcher-Northern Illinois (1956-68)-Coached unbeaten NCAA College Division and NAIA National Championship team in 1963...Led NIU to three conference titles (1963-65)...Inducted into the NIU Athletic Hall of Fame...Was the runner-up as Kodak College Division Coach of the Year in 1963...Made three appearances in the Mineral Water Bowl.
 
Ross Fortier-Minnesota Moorhead (1970-92)-School's all-time winningest coach...Led his team to seven postseason playoffs and nine conference championships...Led 1981 team to unbeaten regular season and number one ranking in the final regular season poll...Member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.
 
Morley Fraser-Albion (Mich.) (1954-68)-Led Albion to five conference championship and was named the Small College Coach of the Year in 1964...Coached one All-American, five conference Players of the Year and 65 first team All-Conference selections...Was a Commander in the U.S. Navy during WWII...Received the Distinguished American Award from the Michigan Chapter of the NFF.
 
Danny Hale-West Chester (Pa.) (1984-88), Bloomsburg (Pa.) (1993-12)-Led Bloomsburg to berth in national championship game (2000), earning AFCA Division II Coach of the Year honors...Led teams to nine playoff appearances and at least a share of 14 PSAC East titles...Boasts most wins (173) in Bloomsburg history.
 
Rudy Hubbard-Florida A&M (1974-85)-Captured back-to-back national championships, 1977 and 1978, including the inaugural NCAA Division I-AA National Title in 1978...Led A&M to back-to-back SIAC championships.
 
Eddie Hurt-Virginia Lynchburg (1925-28), Morgan State (1930-59)-Led Morgan State to six Black College National Championship and 14 CIAA titles...Posted 11 undefeated seasons, including the 1943 team that did not allow a score from a single opponent...From 1932-39, led Bears to 54-game streak without a loss.
 
Art Keller-Carthage (Wis.) (1952-82)-Named FWAA College Division Distinguished Coach in 1982 and four-time NAIA District Coach of the Year...Member of the NAIA District 14 Hall of Fame...Won eight conference titles and compiled three 14-game winning streaks...Member of the Carthage Hall of Fame and received the President's Medal of Honor.
 
Glenn Killinger-Dickinson (Pa.) (1922), Rensselaer (N.Y.) (1927-32), Moravian (Pa.) (1933), West Chester (Pa.) (1934-41, 45-59)-Winningest coach in West Chester history...Member of the College Football Hall of Fame as a player and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame...Had only one losing season in 37 years as a head coach.
 
Larry Korver-Northwestern College (Iowa) (1967-94)-Led Northwestern to two National Championships, 14 playoff appearances and 212 victories in 28 seasons on the sidelines...Twice named NAIA National Coach of the Year, he has coached 32 players to All-America status.
 
Roy Kramer-Central Michigan (1967-77)-Led CMU to the 1974 Division II National Championship, the lone national title in program history...1974 Division II Coach of the Year who guided teams to two conference titles...Coached 38 First Team All-Conference selections in career.
 
Maxie Lambright-Louisiana Tech (1967-78)-Led Tech to three consecutive Division II national titles from 1972-74...Boasted seven conference titles and named 1970s Southland Conference Coach of the Decade...Led program to Division I in 1975, earning two Independence Bowl berths, and coached 11 First Team All-Americans throughout career.
 
Dick Lowry-Wayne State (Mich.) (1974-79), Hillsdale (Mich.) (1980-96)-Won seven conference championships at both schools and earned five births in the NAIA national playoffs winning the National Championship in 1985...He was voted NAIA Coach of the Year in 1982 and was conference Coach of the Year six times.
 
John Luckhardt-Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) (1982-98), California (Pa.) (2002-11)-Led teams to 14 conference titles and 16 NCAA playoff appearances...Led W&J to Stagg Bowl in 1992 and '94 and named national runner-up both seasons...1992 AFCA DIII Coach of the Year and all-time winningest coach at W&J and Cal.
 
James Malosky-Minnesota Duluth (1958-97)-Winningest coach in Division II history at time of retirement...Led teams to nine conference championships...Named NSIC, MIAC and/or NAIA Coach of the Year 13 times...Produced 33 winning seasons in 40 years at UMD.
 
Don Miller-Trinity (Conn.) (1967-98)-Recorded 28 winning seasons out of 32...Retired as the all-time winningest Division III football coach in New England history (now second)...Four-time NESCAC Coach of the Year and 1993 New England Division II/III Coach of the Year...Team recorded best record in NESCAC seven times.
 
Charles Murphy-Middle Tennessee State (1947-68)-Captured seven Volunteer State Athletic Conference Championships...Won seven Ohio Valley Conference Championships...Named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year in 1965.
 
Jim Ostendarp-Amherst (Mass.) (1959-91)-Named UPI Small College Coach of the Year in 1964...Selected as the New York Football Writers Division II/III Coach of the Year in 1984...Captured 13 Little Three titles...Named AFCA/Kodak New England Coach of the Year in 1961 and 1964.
 
Forrest Perkins-Wisconsin-Whitewater (1956-84)-At the time of his retirement, he ranked second on the active wins list on the Division III level...Named NAIA Coach of the Year in 1966...The all-time winningest coach in conference and school history...captured 11 conference titles.
 
Bill Ramseyer-Wilmington (Ohio) (1972-90), Virginia's College at Wise (1991-2001)-Three-time District Coach of the Year...Seven Hall of Fame inductions, including NAIA Hall of Fame (1997)...Coached his teams to a winning season in 24-of-30 seasons...Coached Wilmington to an NAIA National Runner-Up in 1980...Coached 70 All-Americans.
 
Dwight Reed-Lincoln (Mo.) (1949-71)-Teams won three conference titles...Coached 93 All-Americans in four sports...The football stadium at Lincoln University was named for him.
 
Pete Schmidt-Albion (Mich.) (1983-96)-Teams won nine MIAA championships (seven outright), five NCAA Division III playoff appearances and the 1994 NCAA Division III National Championship... 1994 AFCA National Coach of the Year.
 
Gideon Smith-Hampton (1921-40)-Led Pirates to 1922 Black College National Championship... Recorded four CIAA titles and two unbeaten seasons in career...Longest tenured coach in Hampton history, boasting the second-most wins all-time at the school.
 
Clyde "Buck" Starbeck-Northern Iowa (1936-42, 1945-57)-Captured seven conference championships in 10 years...Went 31 consecutive conference games without a defeat...Member of the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame.
 
Clarence Stasavich-Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) (1946-61), East Carolina (1962-69)-Lenoir-Rhyne's all-time winningest coach who led team to 1960 NAIA National Championship...1959 NAIA National Coach of the Year, boasting three undefeated seasons at LR... Led ECU to most successful three-year campaign in school history (27-3 from 1963-65).
 
Andy Talley-St. Lawrence (N.Y.) (1979-83), Villanova (1985-2016)-Led Wildcats to 2009 FCS National Championship and 12 playoff appearances...All-time winningest coach in Colonial Athletic Association and Villanova history...Twice earned AFCA National Coach of the Year honors and led teams to eight conference titles.
 
Joe Taylor-Howard (1983), Virginia Union (1984-91), Hampton (1992-07), Florida A&M (2008-12)-Winningest coach in Hampton history (74%), leading Pirates to four Black College National Championships...Led teams to 10 conference titles and 10 playoff appearances throughout career...Four-time MEAC Coach of the Year.
 
John Whitehead-Lehigh (1976-86)-Named Division II Coach of the Year in 1977 and Division I-AA Coach of the Year in 1979...Captured the 1977 Division II National Championship...Runner-up in the 1979 Division I-AA National Championship.
 
Alex Yunevich-Alfred (N.Y.) (1937-41, 1946-76)-Had six undefeated teams...His team was 1971 Lambert Bowl Division III champions of the East...Named Small College Coach of the Year in 1956 by the Washington Touchdown Club and same in 1971 by the NY Football Writers.
 
Allen Zikmund-Nebraska-Kearney (1955-71)-His teams won 11 conference titles...Nine of his players were named NAIA All-Americas and 67 made All-Conference...Member of the NAIA Hall of Fame.


*********** QUIZ ANSWER -  Jim Weatherly was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi. 

As a quarterback at Ole Miss, he helped lead the Rebels to SEC championships in 1962 and 1963 and a share of the 1962 national title.

During his three varsity seasons playing  at Ole Miss, the Rebels went 22-6-3 and played in two Sugar Bowls and one Bluebonnet Bowl.

He was named second team All-SEC quarterback in 1964.  During his career, he completed 158 of 291 passes for 1,890 yards and 15 touchdowns, which at the time ranked him second all-time among Ole Miss passers, behind only Charlie Conerly.

At a time when college teams played only nine or 10 regular season games, he had 2,584 yards in career total offense  (694 rushing, 1,890 passing) during his career, making him  third in Ole Miss history behind Conerly and John “Kayo” Dottley.   In his career, he averaged  5.55 yards per play on 465 total plays during his career, and accounted for 26 TDs.
 
During his senior season, he had 91 completions on 170 attempts for 1,034 yards and five TDs.

In a 37-3 win over LSU in 1963, he  completed 7 of 7 passes for 105 yards and one TD and rushed for another 44 yards, including a three-yard TD.  He ran for a 45 yard TD against Houston, and a 43-yard TD against Mississippi State.

In addition to football, he was heavily involved in music. He’d been writing songs since he was 12 years old, and he had his own band during high school.  While at Ole Miss, he and his rock band, The Gordian Knot, played dates throughout the South.

HIs coach, John Vaught, encouraged his interest in music: “"Coach Vaught was a bigger than life personality to me when I was in junior high and high school," he said. "When I got to Ole Miss, I was in awe of him. It was hard to believe that I was out there on the field and he was talking to me. He was good to me about my music and was so supportive of me. I loved being at Ole Miss and I still love Ole Miss."

He was chosen in the 12th round of the 1965 American Football League draft by the Boston Patriots,  but passed up a potential career in professional football for one in in the field of music.

Good choice.  Jim Weatherly’s been writing songs for more than 50 years, and he’s now a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

Jim Weatherly’s first hit was ”Neither One Of Us," which was recorded by Gladys Knight & The Pips, who went on to record 12 of his songs, including "Where Peaceful Waters Flow," "Midnight Train To Georgia" ( a Number one Pop and R & B hit) and "The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,”   which became a #1 R & P hit and, sung by Ray Price, #1 Country as well. Price went on to record 38 of his songs.  Among those who recorded his songs were Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks.  Many of his songs have been used in movies and TV shows.

CORRECTLY IDENTFYING JIM WEATHERLY -

CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS (Jim Weatherly was blessed to have a college coach who allowed him to pursue his music career while playing college football. I don't know if that would happen in today's world.)
TITO CORREA - NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
BRAD KNIGHT - CLARINDA, IOWA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
CHRIS HILLIKER - NORTHPORT, ALABAMA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON


*********** The story behind Jim Weatherly’s “Midnight Train to Georgia.”

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=jim+weatherly+music#id=23&vid=db3f96acf2700ac6430b43395c927c1f&action=view

***********  QUIZ - He coached at Washington for nine seasons - nine unbeaten seasons. He was 58-0-3 at Washington, contributing most of the wins (and three of the ties) of a 64-game winning streak which still stands as college football’s longest.  His teams shut out the opponents in 69 per cent of their games, and only one opponent in his nine years coaching the Huskies  scored in double figures (Oregon once scored  14 points - in a losing effort).

Despite all that, he was fired by a university president who blamed him for a players’ strike (which he had nothing to do with).

Moving on to Navy, he was 18-3  in his three years there, and his .857 winning record is by far the highest of any coach in Navy’s long history.

In the 1920’s, his Cornell teams won three national championships.

In his 33-year career, he had 14 unbeaten seasons.

It took him only 108 games to reach 100 wins, a feat yet to be matched by any major college coach.

HIs career record at five different colleges - North Dakota Agricultural (now ND State), Washington, Navy, Cornell and Boston College - was 182-45-15.  His .780 won-loss percentage ranks him 18th all-time among college coaches.




american flagFRIDAY,  JUNE 8,  2018 "When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing."  Bo Schembechler

*********** THIN PICKINGS TODAY - HAVE A NICE WEEKEND AND I'LL SEE YOU TUESDAY

EAGLES NOT KNEELING

*********** There are good people on the Eagles, I’m sure, but they are being held hostage by the likes of  Chris Long.  Long happens to be rich as hell because he was lucky enough to be born big and fast, and it didn’t hurt that he had rich parents who could afford to send him to an elite private high school. (Wait - isn’t that White Privilege?)  Unfortunately, in our present-day culture, celebrity provides a soapbox that people in other cultures have to earn through education, achievement or election.

At the moment, the Eagles are disingenuously hiding behind the argument that no one on their team knelt this past season, so therefore, they didn’t disrespect our flag or our anthem.  So why's Trump on their case, anyhow?

Well, no, they didn't show disrespect by kneeling.  And Bill Clinton didn’t have sex with “Ms. Lewinsky,” either.  However, you may have noticed that they’ve been silent about the fact that they did, indeed, use our anthem as a medium for protest this season.  No, not by kneeling. JUst by giving the Black Power salute during the anthem.  Nothing disrespectful about a big F-You, America.

I have just one bone of contention to pick with Mr. Trump.  He keeps saying that flag protests are disrespectful of the military, as if none of the rest of us have any stake in this.

Mister President, you’re wrong.   They're disrespectful of our country.

*********** The NFL allowed players to kneel in protest of (it seems to have changed from what it was originally)  because, Big Football insists, it respects its players’ right to free speech.
But that hasn’t always been the NFL’s stance, and the League’s caving to the kneelers would lead one to conclude that it's more afraid of offending the kneelers than it is of losing its audience. 

From a poster to Free Republic:


* In 2012 the NFL had an issue with Tim Tebow kneeling for each game to pray, they also had an issue with Tebow wearing John 3:16 as part of his eye-black to avoid glare, and made him take it off.

* In 2013 the NFL fined Brandon Marshall for wearing green cleats to raise awareness for people with mental health disorders.

* In 2014 Robert Griffin III (RG3) entered a post-game press conference wearing a shirt that said "Know Jesus Know Peace" but was forced to turn it inside out by an NFL uniform inspector before speaking at the podium.

* In 2015 DeAngelo Williams was fined for wearing "Find the Cure" eye black for breast cancer awareness.

* In 2015 William Gay was fined for wearing purple cleats to raise awareness for domestic violence. (Not that the NFL has a domestic violence problem...).

*In 2016 the NFL prevented the Dallas Cowboys from wearing a decal on their helmet in honor of 5 Dallas Police officers killed in the line of duty.
 
* 2016 the NFL threatened to fine players who wanted to wear cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.

So tell me again how the NFL supports free speech and expression, all of a sudden... It seems quite clear based on these facts that the NFL has taken a position against any action by NFL players demonstrating RESPECT for any issue: For God, social causes such as mental health, cancer, domestic violence, for cops killed arbitrarily for being cops, for the Memory of 9/11...

BUT they will allow demonstrations of DISRESPECT for our National Flag, our National Anthem, for America , and for the American People, if it will help mollify a particular Group and its supporters. That is who and what the NFL now has shown itself to be.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3661185/posts


*********** I hate the NFL, but I respect its history and the men who made it the giant industry that it has become.  And I have no words to describe what I think of a person who so disrespects those who came before him - many of them in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, many more who aren’t - that he has announced that he will not attend his induction ceremony.

If there was any doubt in anyone’s mind as to whether Terrrell Owens’ being a total sh—head should have disqualified him from consideration for the Hall of Fame, his decision to blow off his induction ought to seal the deal.

Said 'Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News,  “I think T.O. actually was disappointed when he got in this year.  I think he was happier when he got snubbed and could play the part of the persecuted victim and moan on every radio talk show that was willing to bring him on about the unfairness of the process.   Maybe he was worried that he would become forgotten after the induction ceremony. This way, he gets his gold jacket, but still will be remembered as the guy who told the hall to go stuff it.''

Said Jarrett Bell of USA Today,   ''Think of the players who gave their all to the sport, including many worthy of Hall of Fame consideration, who will never be enshrined. Think of the family members of former players, coaches and officials - many of whom have passed away - pushing for their loved ones to receive special recognition for career accomplishments. Then think of Terrell Owens. In that order.''

TO just made it harder for the next a$$hole to get elected.

Question:  Could I come to Canton and give a speech about him anyhow?

https://sports.yahoo.com/terrell-owens-declines-invitation-hall-fame-ceremony-164454072.html


*********** Coach,

I was listening in on a recorded double wing roundtable. Coach Vallotton called you the master of the Wedge.

That led me to ask this. What is first to learn - Wedge or the Power? Coach Gregory believes wedge. Install it and master it first. Others stand firm on power first.

?????

Super Power first, for sure.  If you had to play a game tomorrow and you could install just one play, you would be far better off with 66 Super Power (Right) and 77 Super Power (Left)

Next would be Criss-Cross counter.

Then wedge.

Two reasons:

(1) Anybody can stop a wedge. If that were all you ran, you would be dead.  But in order to do so they have to give you other things.  Which is why you need to have other things before you teach the wedge.

(2) In teaching Super Power first, you wind up teaching all sorts of concepts - pulling, double-teaming, kicking out, replace and turn, etc. - that apply to most of the offense.

The wedge, on the other hand, is an outlier play that isn’t related to anything else and requires special teaching all its own.

I have had a discussion with some of my guys whom I respect as experts and some of them would prefer to teach Brown/Black (Pass) before the Wedge.

(KEEP SENDING IN YOUR QUIZ ANSWERS!)

american flagTUESDAY,  JUNE 5,  2018 "All those football coaches who hold dressing-room prayers before a game should be forced to attend church once a week."  Duffy Daugherty

*********** Speaking only for myself, Saturday’s Raleigh, North Carolina clinic was as good as any I’ve been a part of.  A small but hardcore group of guys came from as far away as Wisconsin and Ohio, loaded with questions. With just two exceptions, the coaches there had all attended my clinics previously, so there wasn’t any “why do you have such tight splits?” or “why do you block the way you do?” As a result, we were able to get right to work.  Thanks to the efforts of Coach Dave Potter, well-known Raleigh-Durham area youth, middle school and high school coach, we had the use of a meeting room and playing field, and the “loan” of some of his players for demonstration purposes.  Two young (9th grade) quarterbacks were on hand to help me illustrate the drills I use in getting a QB ready, and from there we proceeded to the ways that what I’m doing now with the Double Wing - especially Super Power - differs from what I did years ago.  Thanks to the young QBs, I was able to show how we teach the 5-step drop that’s key to the updated Brown and Black passing.  (I did have a small quantity of advance copies of my new playbook - now at the printer’s - and they went fast.)  I stressed how important RAM and LION - offset I formations - have become in my scheme of things, and how they’ve enabled me to “spread it out” to a degree while retaining the brute power of the Wedge and the off-tackle power play and the counter back against flow.  After lunch, the Lord blessed us with a two-hour gap between torrential rain storms, and we were able to go outside and demonstrate how the basic Double Wing plays can be run from Ram and Lion, with and without flankers and split ends.  And the kids picked up the bubble and smoke screens well enough that we were able to play a little 2-on-2 with our twins sets. Coach Potter's offensive coach Olu Williams was especially attentive as he worked with the new stuff.  At just about 4:30, the skies parted and we raced for cover,  where we said our good-byes.  What a great group of coaches.  If I haven’t done anything else with my clinics over the years, I’ve sure found some great people, and I feel as if I’ve helped foster a sort of brotherhood among them. They are good coaches and even better people.   One of the newcomers, a highly respected youth coach from “up north,” wrote me afterward  to say, “It was the best clinic I ever attended… it was an honor to be around so many good people.  It was an educational and wonderful experience that I was grateful to be a part of.” Needless to say, he’s now a member of the brotherhood.

RALEIGH CLINIC COACHES


Traymar Ruffin

*********** On hand to help demonstrate for the visiting coaches at my clinic what I had been talking about earlier was Traymar Ruffin, last year’s East Wake High Black Lion Award winner, and I had the chance to shake his hand personally.



I rarely share what coaches have written to nominate their players, but I have so much respect for Coach Dave Potter's judgement that I wanted to share what he  and others thought of Traymar.


Coach Potter wrote,


Traymar Ruffin is a sophomore Fullback and Defensive Tackle.  Traymar has a learning disability but that hasn't stopped him from working hard in the classroom.  I received the emails below from one of his teachers: 

Hi Mr. Potter,

Traymar Ruffin is a student on my caseload.  Traymar is a WONDERFUL young man.  I think very highly of him.  He is really proud of his achievements on the football field, which is great for his self-esteem.  Thank you for giving him that confidence and opportunity.

"On a positive note, I just want to let you know how proud I am of Traymar Ruffin.  Does he have the highest grades? No...he contends with a pretty significant learning disability and definitely struggles academically, but we've been able to keep him out of OCS due to his motivation and positive attitude.  Football is such a big part of his life.  He wants to do well on and off the field, and he sets high standards for himself both academically and athletically.  If all of my students worked as hard as Traymar does on a daily basis, my job would be REALLY easy.  Just wanted to share."
 
Thank you!

Maris Gamzon
Special Education Department Chair
East Wake High School

From Assistant Coach Olu Williams:

"I have had the the pleasure of knowing this young man for 6 months. Through my interactions with Traymar I have come to know a young man that I hope my son will be like when he becomes a young adult.  When I met Traymar, he was a timid, unconfident and reserved young man. We would do drills as a team and he would purposely finish last to make sure he did them correctly. I thought he was just being slow. What I didn't know was that he was methodically and thoroughly making himself a better football player as well as a better man.  Fast forward six months....Through his hard work and diligence, Traymar has not only become a starter on our team he has become a leader. He is one those kids that makes you wake up in the morning looking forward to coaching him. He has done this all while still excelling in the classroom and at home. He embodies what it is to be a student athlete. This is why I am recommending Traymar Ruffin for the Black Lion Award."

A previous coach said these disparaging words to the new varsity HC about Traymar's football ability, "If we have to rely on Traymar Ruffin to win football games, we are in trouble."  Too bad the previous coach didn't measure Traymar's courage and determination.  Traymar is now the starting Fullback on a team that finished 7-2 this year and was 2nd in the conference in scoring.  Traymar rushed for 5 touchdowns and averaged almost 10 yards per carry and even blocked a punt!

Traymar always shakes your hand and feels confident in approaching those he doesn't know and speaking with them.  He arrives early to the weight room and is always among the last to leave.  No one works harder in the weight room and for this he has received our "Iron Warrior" award.  He regularly stays behind to clean up and put all the weights back in their rack.  He asks the coaching staff for extra practice time to work on his game.

Traymar 15, lives with his father.  His father doesn't own a driver's license.  Despite that, Traymar always made our summer practices making sure he had a ride.  He regularly asks what he can do to get better.  Traymar regularly steps up to tell other players what/when/how and why they need to the right thing.  The bright spot of his season had to be when he scored two touchdowns in our JV game and was asked to play in the Varsity game the following night. 

Whenever Traymar is given an opportunity, he makes the most of it.  He leads by example and by choice.  He takes on a leadership role without being asked.  He doesn't take shortcuts as evidenced in his academics, work in the weight room and moving his way up from 3rd team to starting Fullback. He never gives excuses because he is always determined to succeed. 

It would be easy for a young man who lived in a home without parental participation to lack the courage to participate.  He is a self-starter and shows the leadership by telling his teammates what they need to do.  He is always the last to stay at practice and either pick up equipment or take extra reps.  He is everything a team player should be.  He has never complained about playing time; he's asked "how do I get better?"  Traymar Ruffin is the best example of a determined young man who not only gives his best effort, but expects those around him to do the same.

Based on the things that Coach Dave Potter and Coach Olu Williams - and his special education teacher - wrote about him, you’d know he’s a special kid.   Meeting him and seeing the way he conducted himself on the field confirmed it for me.  On top of all that, he's going to be a bull of a B-Back.

*********** Reading in the Raleigh newspaper about the guys competing for a spot as Cam Newton’s backup, I see one of them is Garrett Gilbert. The article added that his father, Gale Gilbert, is the only player in NFL history to play on five straight Super Bowl teams.

*********** College baseball has started to get interesting for me.  Which brings up Duke, which just beat Georgia twice Monday - on Georgia’s field - to advance to the Super Regional.    I’ve got Washington, Oregon State, Vanderbilt and Duke.  Where do I get a bet down?

*********** I was reading an article in the latest Sports Illustrated about the Icelandic national soccer team.  No, I haven’t gone and become a soccer fan, but I’m always interested in various cultures.  And in the way that cultures influence soccer, and the way that soccer influences cultures.

Iceland always interests me because its population is so small and until recently, so isolated that it’s Scandinavian to the extreme.

Where Scandinavians tend on occasion to drink to excess, Icelanders, I’m told, might find a few more occasions to do so. 

Then there are the last names.  If safe to say that a Swede with the last name of Larson once had an ancestor named Lars, and a Norwegian with the last name of Jansen is the descendant of some guy named Jan.  But in Iceland,  where there are so few people that they still go by first names, their last names are still patronymic - your last name is created from your father’s first name. And your son’s last name will be created from your first name. And so it goes, as Kurt Vonnegut would say.

Examples: in a photo in SI, three of the players are named Emil Hallfredsson,  Hannes Thor Halldorsson, and Johann Gudmundsson. That means they are the sons, respectively, of guys named Hallfred, Halldor, and Gudmund.

As for girls, let’s say that Emil Hallfredsson has a sister named Helga.  Her full name would be Helga Halllfredsdottir.   Hannes Halldorsson’s sister Johanna would be Johanna Halldorsdottir.  And Johan Gudmundsson’s little sis Margret would be Margret Gudmundsdottir.  (I’ll bet most of you have figured out that “dottir” is the Icelandic word for “daughter.” So go ahead and put down on your resume that you speak Icelandic.)

Then there is the noted Scandinavian trustworthiness, taken to the extreme in a people used to living in a tight culture which  depends on trust.

Where else but Iceland could the coach of the national team meet with his boosters two hours before a game and - with the doors locked against outsiders, media included - reveal his starting lineup (evidently a huge deal in soccer), what formation he intends to use, and his entire game plan, in detail?

Where else - except maybe Finland - could the coach share such inner secrets of the upcoming game in total confidence?

Where else but Iceland, where, the coach tells SI, “For seven years I’ve done it now, and nothing - I repeat, nothing - has been leaked on social media, even though the information they are getting is quite huge and probably sellable.  It wouldn’t be possible unless it's a community that trusts each other like here.”

*********** Great Indian cricket player Rohit Sharma threw out the first pitch before Sunday's Seattle Mariners' game, becoming the first cricketeer ever to  take part in this sillyass ritual, one that takes place in front of empty stands,  long before any actual first pitch takes place. For the record, he overthrew the "catcher." But he definitely showed good form, unlike a certain nancy-boy ex-President.

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/off-the-field/watch-rohit-sharma-throws-the-ceremonial-first-pitch-in-major-league-baseball/articleshow/64447499.cms


*********** Hugh,

Need to be short today...last day of school, baccalaureate, commencement.

Thanks for the info on Long Beach.  Sounds like my kinda place.

Enjoyed my visit with ND head coach Brian Kelly.  More later.

Have a great weekend and an even better clinic!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

*********** Good morning, Coach.

Just read your News, and have to argue with Coach T.  about Maine being the only State with no poisonous snakes. Growing up in Alaska, I know there are none there, either!

http://animals.mom.me/american-state-doesnt-poisonous-snakes-8647.html

Loved reading about your parade on Memorial Day!

Have a great weekend!

DJ Millay
Vancouver, Washington

Coach, You are right.  But don’t blame Jack Tourtillotte for the misinformation.  It was I who failed to include the all-important “Lower 48” in my statement.


*********** You WILL enjoy this relatively recent interview with the late, great Billy Cannon.

The guy had a great sense of humor and a great way with a story.

He was a good student - after LSU, he graduated from the University of Tennessee’s school of dentistry - but he confessed to having problems with Spanish. He said his professor told him (in his Spanish accent), “Beelly, I cannot teach you Spanish… You don’t know English!”

And if you’re aware of the counterfeiting conviction that sent him to prison later in life, his closing line is priceless.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx6-JVxPH-c

*********** “LGBT” visitors to the World Cup in Russia are being advised to refrain from public displays of affection.

We, on the other hand, are so advanced that we even show two guys kissing each other on our  Kiss Cams.  Let's see you do that, Ivan.

https://inews.co.uk/news/world/lgbt-world-cup-fans-headed-to-russia-advised-to-be-cautious/

*********** I’m really surprised that I haven’t read or heard anything about an obvious problem facing the NBA,  a professional sport that has 30 teams and yet has the same two teams facing each other in its finals for the fourth straight year.

*********** A couple of coaches and I were having a nice dinner Saturday night after the clinic when the subject of NFL players kneeling for the flag came up.  We were blacks and whites, but it did not turn out the way you might think. Although most “debates” on the topic, when they do occur, are at the least rancorous, ours was civil, and measured. One thing, though, did cause me some consternation.  How could I explain why there was such opposition to the actions of black players’ kneeling during the anthem in protest of police brutality when not too long ago Tim Tebow had knelt during the anthem to protest abortion and nothing was said? 

Huh?  I replied.  First I’d ever heard of that.  I’d be opposed to his doing that, I said, just as strongly as I was to the NFL players doing it.  But I”m fairly well-informed on such matters, and I can’t believe that the news media, as opposed as they were to Tebow and his Christianity in the first place, wouldn’t have had a field day if he’d knelt on behalf of the right-to-life cause.

I knew he’d knelt on the field.  But he knelt to pray, not to bring attention to any social cause.  And he didn’t do it during the national anthem.

I stated that until I saw the evidence, I couldn’t accept that that had actually happened.

And the first chance I got, I checked it out on line.

And sure enough, according to snopes.com, it is FALSE, FALSE, FALSE.

A crock.   Just another devious contrivance of the Left - fake news, if you will - to try to put you on the defensive in a “debate.”

I should add that we did come to some sort of an agreement at the table: there is no compelling national interest served by playing the national anthem before a youth football game.

Or a high school game.  Or a college game.  Or a pro game.

Make it rare and make it mean something. Something besides a “performance,” a talent show, a poor version of American Idol. 

Save it for international competition.  Bring a college band and invite everyone to sing along with it.

(I coached in Finland for seven football seasons and heard the Finnish national anthem just once in all that time.  It is beautiful and stirring and Finns revere it.)

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/tim-tebow-kneel-anthem/

*********** QUIZ  ANSWER - Curt Warner (with a “C”, not a “K”) came from tiny Pineville, West Virginia, where he was all-state in three sports.  At Penn State, he was the leading rusher for three straight seasons - 1980-1981-1982 -  and along with his roommate Todd Blackledge he helped lead the Lions to their first-ever national championship in his senior season.  He was twice named All-American,  He still ranks second in career rushing yardage at Penn State, and his 18 games of 100 or more yards rushing remain a school record.

He was drafted first by the Seattle Seahawks - the third overall pick in the draft - and led the AFC in rushing his rookie season.  In his career, he rushed for 6844 yards and 56 touchdowns.  He was twice named AFC Offensive Player of the Year, and played in three Pro Bowls.

He ended his career with the Rams, but he is in the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor.

He is often overlooked because he shares the same name (slightly different spelling) as well-known quarterback Kurt Warner.

The father of two sons with autism, he founded and heads an autism foundation. He lives in Camas, Washington and has worked as an assistant coach at the local high school.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING CURT WARNER:
TITO CORREA - NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT
CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (I know Pineville and the Warner story pretty well. Not far from Big Stone Gap, VA - my hometown)
DAVID BUCHANAN - BARRE, MASSACHUSETTS (That's Curt Warner. Part of Paterno's "Grand Experiment" that resulted in a national title in a really close game over Georgia (they only lost to Bama that year).
JASON MENSING - WHITEFORD, MICHIGAN - (He appears to be a far more impressive man than his great accomplishments in the sport.
MIKE LANE - QUARRYVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA (out rushed herschel walker in sugar bowl)
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
JOHN HARRIS - MARTINSVILLE, VIRGINIA (Pineville was our biggest rival in those days (I was an assistant at Oceana HS 14 miles away). Curt was the best running back I ever saw in person. The only way to stop him was keep the ball away from him which was difficult to do. He could score anytime, anywhere on the field. He was, and is, a better person than a football player. I dreaded trying to stop him but admire him greatly.)
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
RALPH BALDUCCI - PORTLAND, OREGON (Met him at a Camas game.)
TOM DAVIS - SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
CHRIS HILLIKER - NORTHPORT, ALABAMA
BRAD KNIGHT - CLARINDA, IOWA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON

*********** Hugh,

Curt Warner was a truly great running back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJbSwFtAe70

Coach Greg Koenig
Cimarron, Kansas

Coach Koenig has found an amazing compilation of clips of some of Curt Warner’s best runs. His combination of footwork and speed are astounding.  And if you’ll notice, he is doing it against some really good teams.

*********** QUIZ -  He is a native of Pontotoc, Mississippi. 

As a quarterback at Ole Miss, he helped lead the Rebels to SEC championships in 1962 and 1963 and a share of the 1962 national title.

During his three varsity seasons playing  at Ole Miss, the Rebels went 22-6-3 and played in two Sugar Bowls and one Bluebonnet Bowl.

He was named second team All-SEC quarterback in 1964.  During his career, he completed 158 of 291 passes for 1,890 yards and 15 touchdowns, which at the time ranked him second all-time among Ole Miss passers, behind only Charlie Conerly.

At a time when college teams played only nine or 10 regular season games, he had 2,584 yards in career total offense  (694 rushing, 1,890 passing) during his career, making him  third in Ole Miss history behind Conerly and John “Kayo” Dottley.   In his career, he averaged  5.55 yards per play on 465 total plays during his career, and accounted for 26 TDs.
 
During his senior season, he had 91 completions on 170 attempts for 1,034 yards and five TDs.

In a 37-3 win over LSU in 1963, he  completed 7 of 7 passes for 105 yards and one TD and rushed for another 44 yards, including a three-yard TD.  He ran for a 45 yard TD against Houston, and a 43-yard TD against Mississippi State.

In addition to football, he was heavily involved in music. He’d been writing songs since he was 12 years old, and he had his own band during high school.  While at Ole Miss, he and his rock band, The Gordian Knot, played dates throughout the South.

HIs coach, John Vaught, encouraged his interest in music: “"Coach Vaught was a bigger than life personality to me when I was in junior high and high school," he said. "When I got to Ole Miss, I was in awe of him. It was hard to believe that I was out there on the field and he was talking to me. He was good to me about my music and was so supportive of me. I loved being at Ole Miss and I still love Ole Miss."

He was chosen in the 12th round of the 1965 American Football League draft by the Boston Patriots,  but passed up a potential career in professional football for one in in the field of music.

Good choice.  He’s been writing songs for more than 50 years, and he’s now a member of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.

His first hit was ”Neither One Of Us," which was recorded by Gladys Knight & The Pips.  They went on to record 12 of his songs, including "Where Peaceful Waters Flow," "Midnight Train To Georgia" ( a Number one Pop and R & B hit) and "The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me,”   which became a #1 R & B hit;  sung by Ray Price, it became a #1 Country hit as well. Price went on to record 38 of his songs.  Among those who recorded his songs were  Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers, Neil Diamond, Kenny Chesney and Garth Brooks.  Many of his songs have been used in movies and TV shows.

FRIDAY,  JUNE 1,  2018 “The right thinks you’re wrong. The left thinks you’re evil.” Charles Krauthammer


*********** Some fool in Portland came up with an idea called “Reparations Happy Hour.”  Sounded kind of interesting at first - a chance for whites and blacks to meet somewhere?  I could definitely see myself buying a black guy a drink or two and enjoying some good fellowship - the sort of thing this country needs more of.

He hit up a bunch of donors - mostly white people - to contribute.  But what they were contributing to was a fund to give all “People of Color” who showed up at a certain bar a $10 bill as “reparations.”  No whites were allowed.

F—k that.

The genius who came up with the idea has since changed the name to “Reparations Power Hour,” in the belief that “Happy Hour” with its suggestion of drinking might exclude some people who don’t drink.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/26/us/reparations-happy-hour-portland.html


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********** Red Eye Hay died on May 17, two days after his 87th birthday.  Born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he played two seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, then enjoyed a long career with the Western Hockey League Portland Buckaroos from 1964 to 1969 before retiring from hockey and working as a bricklayer.

The Portland Buckeroos and the WHL were major league by today’s standards - the NHL at that time consisted of just six teams.

Red Eye Hay was a hockey player’s hockey player, a rough guy - how could  a guy called Red Eye not be? He played in the days before helmets, and he knew that he earned his paycheck by mixing it up, as he's about to do in the photo above.  He's the guy at left, who appears to know what his hockey stick is for. He is second all-time in the WHL in penalty minutes.

*********** Thanks to Eddie Campbell, of Land o’ Lakes, Florida, for sending me the link to a great story about the late Chuck Knox,  remembered as “the most intimidating coach I’ve ever been around.”

One player nicknamed him “Mona Lisa,” because it seemed as if wherever you were, his eyes were on you.

But another remembered his soft side - the time the Seahawks beat Kansas City for the first time in years, and then their plane out of Kansas City was delayed and one by one, the players slipped into an airport bar - they were in the main terminal - even though they knew that if the coach caught them he’d raise hell.  After they’d downed a few, in walked Knox.  He looked around, pulled a couple of hundred dollar bills out of his pocket, and told the bartender he was buying.

http://www.espn.com/blog/seattle-seahawks/post/_/id/30792/tales-of-chuck-knox-the-most-intimidating-coach-ive-ever-been-around

*********** Some guy named Cassius Marsh spent nine games with the Patriots, got paid well for the experience, and then was put on waivers.

He’s with the 49ers now, and he’s been telling anyone who cared to listen (both of them) that his time with the Patriots was “no fun.”

Which prompts the question: Who TF is Cassius Marsh? 

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000934539/article/cassius-marsh-hated-playing-for-new-england-patriots

*********** Arizona State has a secret weapon.  ASU 80,000 online students.   And they all pay fees - including an athletic fee.   Let’s see you match that, Notre Dame.

*********** In this video, a California JC greets a new transfer.  Some big,  long-haired guy full of tats who thinks he can play QB.  Hilarious.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVit4vSAMsk


*********** Is there really such a thing as a “Pulitzer Prize Winning rapper?"

*********** Greg Koenig, of Cimarron, Kansas, sent me a link to an article that ought to scare the hell out of most college football fans - and administrators and coaches.

It contends that the future of college football is dependent on television dollars.  Well, duh.  Except that those dollars are not going to be coming from the usual TV networks.

Says one sports executive, “We’ll see a huge shift between 2023 and 2026, we know that’s when TV rights will begin to expire. But no one knows who the bidders will be, only that they will have a lot of cash, and that the schools will have a lot of options.”

The dollars, according to the article, are going to come from FAANG (the initials of Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google). 

One of more of them will have the money and the reach to call the shots, and ultimately, when they’re paying out the bucks, they’re going to want the biggest names.

Casualties will be the smaller members of today’s Power 5 conferences: teams such as Washington State, Wake Forest, Kansas State, Boise, Purdue, Iowa State, Vandy, Baylor, Georgia Tech and Northwestern.  They’ll be relegated to the roles now played by FCS and lower-level FBS schools.

Schools most likely to make the cut:  the Wall Street Journal’s ranking of the top college football programs based on their value.

Ohio State; Texas; Oklahoma; Alabama; Michigan; Notre Dame; Georgia; Tennessee; Auburn; Florida; Penn State; Texas A&M; Nebraska; South Carolina; Iowa; Arkansas; Wisconsin; Washington; Florida State; Oregon; Michigan State; Mississippi; Clemson; Southern California; Arizona State; UCLA.

(Are you serious?  Mississippi but not  LSU?)

The author’s advice to commissioners who’ll try in vain to keep their conferences together:  “Sorry, captain. There’s only so many lifeboats.”

 Thank God I won’t be around to see that day.

https://247sports.com/college/oklahoma/Article/Conference-Re-alignment-future-football-Ohio-State-Texas-Oklahoma-Notre-Dame-Alabama-Michigan-SEC-Pac-12-Big-10-ACC--118642101/Amp?__twitter_impression=true

************* Regarding the late Philp Roth and “The Great American Novel,” Mark Kaczmarek of Davenport, Iowa writes, “OMG...I think I smell the shrimp boat fleet...loved the book too.”   Sorry, but I’m not able to explain here on a family page  what the author was referring to when he talked about the smell of the shrimp boats docking…

*********** Hugh,

Main street.  Small town USA.  Memorial Day, Independence Day parades.  Grilled hot dogs, burgers, fireworks, and townsfolk who get along and love this country.  Still can find a lot of those places in different states.  It's Americana.

Bullying.  Best defined as "continuous expressions whether written, oral, or physical that is determined to have the effect of physically harming another, damaging another's property, or placing another in reasonable fear of harm." 

Harassment.  Best defined as "a continuous course of conduct directed at a specific person, or people, that causes substantial emotional distress and serves no legitimate purpose."

Key Words:  Continuous, reasonable, substantial.  I believe we have taken the meanings of continuous, reasonable, and substantial to new heights in our society.

Unfortunately the only Kennedy that may have been worth his weight in gold died fighting for his country in World War II.

Don't get me started on the Boy Scouts...err...Scouts.

I meant to ask you before but it slipped my mind until I read what you wrote about the snakes in WA.  While I have been to eastern WA, I have never been to the western side.  Heard the beaches there are nice, and the summer weather is enjoyable.  What is your take on the Long Beach area of WA?  We've considered making a trip up that way to see what it's all about.

Well...I'm off to lunch with Coach Kelly.  If he asks what I think of this year's team I'm going to tell him "Run the Rock."

Have a great week!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

The Long Beach area is nice enough.  In my opinion, it can’t compare with the Oregon Coast, but it is more reasonable.  I compare it to Ocean Shores, where we have a place.  Neither is very ritzy.  Long Beach is more honky-tonkish, and can get quite crowded in the summer.  Ocean Shores gives you more of the impression of a small town way out on the coast. Overall I’d give Long Beach the edge, first because for us it’s about 1/2 hour closer, and second because it’s a fairly short drive to Astoria, Oregon,  a neat little town with a lot of nice restaurants and places to check out.  The difference for us is that we’ve grown to know and like Ocean Shores, and we’d have to start all over at Long Beach.

*********** My old friend and fellow North Beach coach Jack Tourtillotte is a Mainer, and his state pride compelled him to point out that Maine is the only state that doesn’t have poisonous snakes.  I told him that maybe it was because the mosquitoes, black flies and no-see-ums drove them out.

*********** QUIZ ANSWER - Bill Mallory was a “Cradle of Coaches” (Miami of Ohio) guy - played there and coached there.

He sure had the background.

He played at Miami under Ara Parseghian and John Pont.   He assisted at Bowling Green under Doyt Perry, at Yale under Carm Cozza, and at Ohio State under Woody Hayes.

In his first head coaching job, at his alma mater, he was 39-12 at Miami.  He went 35-21-1 at Colorado, and 25-19 at Northern Illinois.

He coached three different college teams to top 20 finishes.

He was the first coach to be named Big Ten Coach of the Year back-to-back.

But here’s the real proof of his ability as a coach:  He almost left Indiana with a winning record.

He is the winningest coach in Indiana football history, with 69 wins.  He led the Hoosiers to six bowl games in his 13 years there. He took Indiana to consecutive Top-20 finishes (1987-1988).  He is the only coach Indiana’s had in the post-war era - since 1947 - with a record of more than .400 (.473 to be exact).

His career win-loss record at four different colleges is 168-129-4.

He died last week, just days before his 83rd birthday and less than three weeks before what would have been his 60th wedding anniversary.

https://collegefootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/05/25/bill-mallory-indianas-all-time-winningest-coach-dies-at-age-82/


CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING BILL MALLORY…
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
Bill Mallory (knew he was a pretty good coach, but now I see him as having been a really good one)
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
I dig guys like him, Bill Snyder, and those who choose to build programs and help underdogs be competitive.  They know they may never be in the national title  running, but anyone who’s dedicated enough, patient enough and a good enough coach to pull someone up from the gutter is someone I will admire and follow.
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA - great coach....faith....family....football.....not a cliche with him......he demonstrated the "pitchfork" technique they taught on punt pro and i am still using it today
BRAD KNIGHT - CLARINDA, IOWA -  ALMOST got out of Indiana with a winning record, and that would indeed have been an accomplishment!  Very much in the mold of a "Bob Knight" guy.  Blunt, to the point with no BS.
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA - sad to hear of Coach Mallory's passing...My Dad was Director of Financial Aid during his tenure & Dad Coach & his top assistant Joe Novak were buddies
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSON
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
TITO CORREA - NEW BRITAIN, CONNECTICUT
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
DENNIS METZGER - RICHMOND, INDIANA - I had the good fortune of being an high school football coach when Coach Mallory was at Indiana.  He, and his staff, were classy, they always had time for a high school coach, even an assistant.
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK - Remember meeting him at an airport one time while playing arena football. One of our players, garland Rivers, a stud number 13 defensive back for michigan in the 80s was talking to him. Heck of a nice guy

*********** I think you'll enjoy this excerpt from a Trent Green interview about his head coach at Indiana, Coach Bill Mallory. It appears that Coach Mallory had quite an influence on Trent Green.

Greg Koenig
Cimarron, Kansas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbIEHzIGvso


*********** QUIZ - He came from tiny Pineville, West Virginia, where he was all-state in three sports.  At Penn State, he was the leading rusher for three straight seasons - 1980-1981-1982 -  and along with his roommate Todd Blackledge he helped lead the Lions to their first-ever national championship in his senior season.  He was twice named All-American,  He still ranks second in career rushing yardage at Penn State, and his 18 games of 100 or more yards rushing remain a school record.
He was drafted first by the Seattle Seahawks - the third overall pick in the draft - and led the AFC in rushing his rookie season.  In his career, he rushed for 6844 yards and 56 touchdowns.  He was twice named AFC Offensive Player of the Year, and played in three Pro Bowls.
He ended his career with the Rams, but he is in the Seahawks’ Ring of Honor.
He is often overlooked because he shares the same name (slightly different spelling) as a well-known quarterback.
The father of two sons with autism, he founded and heads an autism foundation. He lives in Camas, Washington and has worked as an assistant coach at the local high school.

american flagTUESDAY,  MAY 29,  2018 "Country music has always been adult music sung by adults," Bruce Hinton,  chairman emeritus of MCA Records


*********** I was out walking my dog Memorial Day morning when a neighbor asked if my wife and I wanted to join the “Parade”  some of the  neighbors were having - a Memorial Day parade down our street  to the Vietnam memorial in town.

Of course we did.  We joined maybe 50 kids and parents.  Lots of the  boys rode bikes, and a  couple of people walked their dogs.  Along the way, we passed the fire station, and as some of the firemen stood outside - one of them the husband of one of the marchers - they turned the engine lights on and hit the horn.

Two dads  holding American  flags stood in the middle of the one busy street we had to cross and held up traffic for us.  The one guy who was held up didn’t seem to mind.

At the monument, they asked the kids to sit around it so they could see the speaker -  one of the dads who told the kids as briefly as possible what Memorial Day was about, with a little bit of the history behind it.  As a teacher myself, I thought he did a great job of meeting his audience on their terms and making it a memorable lesson, and the kids were incredibly polite and well-behaved.  I know, I know - this is 21st century America.  Parents have given up on teaching their kids manners, right?  Not these parents.

We ended with several people saying,  spontaneously,  “God Bless America.”

And then we walked home together, many of us having made new friends.  I’m so proud of America.  I’m so proud of those parents.

black Lion Monument***********  Memorial Day also happened to be the 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Cantigny, the battle which earned the Americans of the 28th Infantry Regiment the nickname “Black Lions of Cantigny.”

Although not a major battle, it was extremely important in establishing the principle that American troops would serve under American commanders.  Until the “doughboys” proved their mettle in combat, there was pressure from our Allies to use American troops as fill-ins for their troops lost in battle.

In the middle of the esplanade at the center of the town of Cantigny stands a large bronze sculpture of a 28th Infantry Regiment Black Lion of Cantigny Doughboy sculpted by Stephen Spears and dedicated on 28 May 2008.  (The pedestal was dedicated on 8 July 2007).  The doughboy is mounted on a black stone pedestal and commemorates the first battle American forces fought and won in Europe during World War I. 

On the morning of May 28th, 1918, the 28th Infantry Regiment, US First Division, American Expeditionary Forces, commanded by COL Hanson E. Ely, conducted the first major American offensive of World War I here at Cantigny.  The rest of the First Division, and French aircraft, artillery, tanks and flamethrowers, supported the attack.  The seizure and defense of Cantigny against determined German opposition proved the worth of the American soldier and bolstered allied morale at a critical time.  Almost 900 members of the regiment were killed or wounded during the four-day battle.  The regiment earned the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and the designation "The Lions of Cantigny".  The regiments crest bears a lion derived from the coat of arms of Picardie.  Dedicated on July 8, 2007 by the 28th Infantry Regiment Association, the McCormick Tribune Foundation, the Cantigny First Division Foundation, and the Village of Cantigny.


http://www.uswarmemorials.org/html/monument_details.php?SiteID=27&MemID=75

***********  My high school, Germantown Academy, was all-male, with graduating classes around 50.  Unless there was something wrong with you, you played football.

My freshman year, a new kid, a junior named Jim Fraser, arrived at school, and he turned out for soccer.  He was a big kid, about 6-3, 215, and he was quite athletic.  Why soccer?  Because his dad, Tom, had played soccer on the national team in his native Scotland, and Jim had played it all his life.

One day shortly after his arrival at GA, for some reason he gave up soccer and turned out for the football team.

Years later, he explained to me why he had the change of heart: he'd  had a sit-down with the Lassen brothers.  The Lassen brothers, Dick and Bob, were twins, maybe 5-8, 155 pounds, but they were all whalebone and whipcord, as people once said.   They were good athletes, and they were very tough competitors.  They knew no fear, and they could strike fear in the hearts of any slackers on their teams.  In short, they were the kind of leaders we coaches all crave.

In the sit-down with young Jim Fraser, they told him that they thought he had good potential as a football player and they asked him to join them.  Oh, and they also called him a big pussy (omigod!) and suggested that  his time at GA wouldn’t be near as enjoyable as a soccer player as it would be if he joined their merry band.

He made the wise decision, and decided to play football. He turned out to be pretty good, too. He was, so far as I’m concerned, the first soccer-style kicker in the US (that was 1953).  His kickoffs went out of the end zone every time.  He was a great punter as well.  He turned out to be a very good linebacker, good enough to get a scholarship to Wisconsin, and he went on to play six seasons in the AFL with the Broncos, Chiefs and Patriots, as both a linebacker and a punter.  In his three years in Denver, he made the Pro Bowl as a punter, averaging 44.1 yards per kick.

Nowadays?  A present-day "James" (not Jim - ever notice that parents don’t use nicknames anymore?) Fraser would go home and tell his parents what had happened, and they would hire a lawyer, who would contact the Headmaster, who would fire the coach and expel the Lassen twins. And cancel the football season.  And bring in an expert to talk to the remaining students about the horrors of bullying.

Bullying, as we all know, has no place in our society.    Or does it?

I think it depends on what’s defined as bullying - and who gets to define it. 

While bullying can be an awful thing, and  trying to put an end to it is a noble goal, I’m not sure that in our efforts to end it we haven’t done our society a disservice: 

First of all, in constantly portraying bullying as almost a capital crime, have we provided self-justification for those who see themselves as “victims” to go get a gun and kill the “bullies?”

Second of all, by equating  teasing and ridicule with “hate speech,” have we created entire categories of protected people, who now feel free to openly and brazenly display behavior once considered aberrant?

And third, by removing the stigma from less-than-masculine behavior, have we given permission to boys and young men to be, well - sissies?

EXHIBIT A:  As I was walking my dog past a youth soccer practice Wednesday, the kids were running a little drill in which one would play in the goal while another would take a kick at the goal.   And then the kid who had been the kicker would become the goalie, and the next kid in line would take a shot at the goal.  As I was watching, a kid who had just kicked at goal stepped into the goal himself, and hollered at the kicker, “Don’t kick it too hard!”

I waited.

Nobody said a word.  Not the coach, not another kid.  Things just continued. A “teachable moment” blown.

Maybe it’s just accepted in today’s world that it’s okay for a boy to be a pussy -  who are we to judge?

Holy sh—, I thought.  I could only imagine football (“Please don’t tackle me too hard”) or baseball (“Please don’t throw it so hard”).

They’d probably call it bullying, but that little soccer player could use a serious talking-to. 

*********** The new Pleasure Dome in Los Angeles, the one that will house the crowds that will be breaking down the doors to watch the Rams one week and the Chargers the next, is running way over budget.  It’s already projected to cost $4 BILLION - twice the cost of any stadium ever built up to now - and it’s sure to come in at more than that figure by the time it’s ready to go.

All this to capture an NFL fever in Southern California that registers 98.6 on the enthusiasmeter.

How are they ever going to pay for such a stadium?

HINT:  Welcome to the home of the $25 hot dog.

https://sports.yahoo.com/rams-new-stadium-costs-pass-4-billion-double-u-s-stadium-142925213.html

*********** One of the kids killed in the recent Texas school shooting was an exchange student. 

It’s a horrible thing to think that parents sent their child here to spend a year and she winds up being killed.

Parents, in this case, back in… Pakistan?

I read it and I thought “WTF?”

And then I started digging.  Turns out the kid was here as part of an American taxpayer-subsidized program called YES (Youth Exchange and Study), which pays the freight for high school students from countries “with significant Muslim populations” to come and spend a year in the good old US.

According to its Web site:

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships for secondary school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the United States.

There’s that damn Ted Kennedy again, the same bastard that changed our culture forever with his overhaul of our immigration program,

Bet you didn’t know about that neat little program, did you?

http://www.yesprograms.org/


***********  Morning coach,

Had another first this week. We were playing the other first place team (beat them 38-8). They received the ball and came out in a Double Wing! This was not what they had run the previous two weeks. I called time out and went out on the field for a quick tutorial. They only ran three plays out of it, without much success.

However, as I was walking off the field after the time out, I called over to the opposing coach (who I am friendly with) and yelled: “You better be careful, that offense can get you fired!” He laughed and said something about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery.

Hahaha.  Three plays is all you need - but you have to run them well!  That’s what stops most guys.  They’d rather run new plays than make the old ones work!


*********** THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO “WTF?” DEPARTMENT

Condoms will be available to scouts at this year’s World Jamboree…

http://mobile.wnd.com/2018/05/condoms-required-at-scouts-24th-world-jamboree/

*********** I’m surprised he didn’t fall on his sword…

A Japanese football player - yes, they play it there, and they’re not bad - was challenged by his coach to show some toughness, and he responded by taking an incredibly cheap shot on the opposing quarterback, hitting him in the back of his legs, far away from the play.

All sorts of sh— has hit the fan, with the player deciding he’d had enough of the game and quitting football.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2018/05/22/japanese-college-football-scandalized-after-coach-orders-shocking-late-hit/?utm_term=.3a423d2be2b4

*********** Hillary does Yale…  (From the official university report to alumni)

Clinton recalled how many members of the Class of 2018 took part during their sophomore year in the March of Resilience, led by students of color, “to make Yale a more just, equitable, and safe place for everyone.” She noted how their activism led to the renaming of Calhoun College to Grace Hopper College, replacing the name of a graduate who was a proponent of slavery (John Calhoun) for that of a pioneering female naval officer who was also one of the first American computer programmers. A second residential college, Pauli Murray College, was named during their time as undergraduates for a “trailblazing LGBT civil rights activist,” Clinton noted.

“These changes didn’t happen on their own,” Clinton told the seniors. “You made them possible. You kept fighting. You kept the faith and because of that in the end you changed Yale as much as Yale changed you.”

Witch. It's not as if Yale, which was founded in 1701 and had been doing pretty well until its fairly recent sharp left turn, really needed any changing.

*********** I had a nice chat with Roger Kelly on Tuesday.  We don’t talk as often as we once did, partly because he no longer coaches football (Double Wing, I might add); partly because he no longer lives in Vancouver, BC, but now lives in Sweden, where he once coached basketball and met his wife; and partly because in recent years he’s been extremely busy founding and building his Web site, europlayers.com.

Roger, who once served as PR director for the CFL BC Lions, loved the Double Wing, and had quite a bit of success with it, coaching 12-man youth football, and 11-man high school football.  Because of his background in coaching overseas, he was aware of the growing interest in American football in other countries, and showing impressive foresight,  he saw opportunity in creating a way to bring together players and coaches looking for an opportunity overseas, and overseas teams looking for players and coaches.  He said that europlayers is now among the top 200 Web sites in terms of traffic.  It’s certainly the site to go to for any coach or player who’d like to experience another culture through the medium of football.

*********** I’m not exactly a political junkie, but I follow events fairly closely, and I watch a lot of Fox News.  One guy I see on there a lot is a congressman from Ohio named Jim Jordan.

He’s impressed me.  He’s a trim, good-looking guy with a nice, non-nonsense manner.  He’s conservative in his outlook, and common-sensical in his manner and speech.

And - I didn’t know this until I heard the President say it - he was once a hell of a wrestler. A “college champion,” the President I thought I heard Mr. Trump say.
Now that, of course, I had to check out.   I’ve seen too many cases where some guy sat the bench on his college team and then years later, as he rose in politics, he morphed into a Heisman runner-up.    When I hear someone say that “so-and-so was once an All-American,” or a “champion,” it’s my nature, no matter who says it,  to do my research. 

All I can say is, Wow!  Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio was a four-time state champion in high school, with a 150-1 record, and at Wisconsin, he was a three-time NCAA All-American and a two-time NCAA Division I  champion.  He was voted  “Most Dedicated” by his Badger teammates all four of his years there.

He is, to say the least, the real deal.

His oldest son, Ben, is now a wrestler at Wisconsin.

https://www.wwca.org/page/show/1507318-jim-jordan

Here's his NCAA title win overthe legendary John Smith of Oklahoma State,  himself a two-time NCAA champion, winner of assorted World and Olympic gold medals,  and now head coach at Oklahoma State:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4erlbp21RXg

*********** A guy was paddling on a river in South Carolina when a rattlesnake fell out of a tree into his kayak  and wound up biting the guy a couple of times.

Rattlesnakes in WashJust another nice thing about the Pacific Northwest.  There aren’t that many places in the US that don’t have venomous snakes, but I happen to live in one of them. There are no venomous snakes west of the Cascades Range, which roughly splits the state of Washington in two - often referred to as the wet (west) side and the dry side.  The wet side is moistened by the air coming off the Pacific.  (It does rain a bit, as you may have heard.)  As the moist air moves eastward, it falls as snow in upper elevations of the Cascades, but by the time it gets across the mountains, the moisture is mostly gone.  It’s a lot drier to the east - desert even, in some places - much more, evidently, to a rattlesnake’s liking.


In the map  the green areas are those in which the state’s only venomous snake, the Western Rattlesnake, is fairly common.  In the yellow areas, it’s seen occasionally.  And in the white areas, mostly to the west of the Cascades, it’s unknown.


“C” is Camas, where we live.  It’s just across the Columbia River from Oregon; “OS” is Ocean Shores, where I’ve coached and where we still have a place; “S” is Seattle and “T” is Tacoma.


http://www.thestate.com/news/local/article211609889.html


*********** There are a few books that I enjoy so much I re-read them.  Some of them several times.  For the longest while, it seemed weird reading a book a second time - you know, with all the great literature still to be read, why waste your time on something you’ve already read?

My answer - why listen to the same music over and over?  Why go back to the same old historic places over and over?  Why watch your favorite movie, to the point where you know everyone’s lines?

One book that I’ve read several times is “The Great American Novel,” by Philip Roth.

It’s about baseball.  Sort of.  It’s the story of an old sports writer named Word Smith, who lives in a retirement home and tells the story of the Ruppert Mundys, a team whose ball park in the fictional town of  Port Ruppert, New Jersey was commandeered by the Army for use as a World War II training camp and as a consequence was forced to play its entire season on the road.  The Mundys, made up of men (and boys) unfit for military service, were as hopeless a team as ever took the diamond.  In Smith’s telling of the story of the Mundys,  author Roth makes magnificent use of time-honored baseball cliches.  He knows his baseball and he knows his old-time ball players. Unfortunately for Word Smith, there is no known record of the Patriot League or the Ruppert Mundys,  a Communist plot having resulted in their history being expunged from all publications. This, needless to say, greatly complicates things for him, as the nurses at the home  treat him condescendingly, like a senile old fart whose imagination has run wild.  True to his days hanging around baseball players, he calls them “slits.”

Philip Roth, God rest his soul, died last week.

*********** QUIZ ANSWER: Bob Kalsu played college football at Oklahoma, and was the Bills’ Rookie of the Year in 1968, playing the entire season at guard.
Following the season,  to fulfill his ROTC commitment, he was called up by the Army and sent to Vietnam as part of the 101st Airborne. On July 21, 1970, he was killed in action.  He left a wife and a daughter, and a son who was born two days later.   His wife was informed of his death a few hours after giving birth.

He and a former Cleveland Brown, Don Steinbrunner, were the only NFL players killed in Vietnam.

Steinbrunner, who played for the Browns in 1953, joined the Air Force in 1954 to honor his ROTC commitment, but he made a career of his service.  He was killed in July, 1967.

CORECTLY IDENTIFYING BOB KALSU:
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
TOM WALLS - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

*********** He was a “Cradle of Coaches” guy - played there and coached there.

He sure had the mentors.  He played at Miami (Ohio) under Ara Parseghian and John Pont.  He assisted at Bowling Green under Doyt Perry, at Yale under Carm Cozza, and at Ohio State under Woody Hayes.

In his first head coaching job, at his alma mater, he was 39-12 at Miami.  He went 35-21-1 at Colorado, and 25-19 at Northern Illinois.

He coached three different college teams to top 20 finishes.

He was the first coach to be named Big Ten Coach of the Year back-to-back.

But here’s the real proof of his ability as a coach:  He almost left Indiana with a winning record.

He is the winningest coach in Indiana football history, with 69 wins.  He led the Hoosiers to six bowl games in his 13 years there. He took Indiana to consecutive Top-20 finishes (1987-1988).  He is the only coach Indiana’s had in the post-war era - since 1947 - with a record of more than .400 (.473 to be exact).

His career win-loss record at four different colleges is 168-129-4.

He died last week, just days before his 83rd birthday and less than three weeks before what would have been his 60th wedding anniversary.


american flagFRIDAY,  MAY 25,  2018 "A moment’s reflection is all it takes to realize that every name on your town’s monument was a real person.  One who bicycled the same streets as you, who sleepily delivered the morning Gazette, who was kept after school for cutting up, who sneaked a smoke out back, who cannon-balled into the local pond in the dog days of summer." Jerry Ciancolo, in the Wall Street Journal

MEMORIAL DAY, 2018
 
*********** Memorial Day was originally known as "Decoration Day,"  set aside to honor the men who died in the Civil War. (There was a time when certain southern states did not observe it, preferring instead to observe their own Memorial Days to honor Confederate war dead.)

The Civil War soldiers called it "seeing the elephant." They meant experiencing combat. They started out cocky, but soon enough learned how  horrible - how unforgiving and inescapable - combat could be. By the end of the Civil War 620,000 of them on both sides lay dead.

"I have never realized the 'pomp and circumstance' of glorious war before this," a Confederate soldier bitterly wrote, "Men...lying in every conceivable position; the dead...with eyes open, the wounded begging piteously for help."

"All around, strange mingled roar - shouts of defiance, rally, and desperation; and underneath, murmured entreaty and stifled moans; gasping prayers, snatches of Sabbath song, whispers of loved names; everywhere men torn and broken, staggering, creeping, quivering on the earth, and dead faces with strangely fixed eyes staring stark into the sky. Things which cannot be told - nor dreamed. How men held on, each one knows, - not I."

Each battle was a story of great courage and audacity, sometimes of miscommunication and foolishness. But it's the casualty numbers that catch our eyes. The numbers roll by and they are hard for us to believe even in these days of modern warfare. Shiloh: 23,741, Seven Days: 36,463, Antietam: 26,134, Fredericksburg: 17,962, Gettysburg: 51,112, and on and on (in most cases, the South named battles after the town that served as their headquarters in that conflict, the North named them after nearby rivers or creeks - so "Manassas" for the South was "Bull Run" for the North; "Antietam" for the Union was "Sharpsburg"  for the Confederacy).

General William T. Sherman looked at the aftermath of Shiloh and wrote, "The scenes on this field would have cured anybody of war."

From "Seeing the Elephant" - Raw Recruits at the Battle of Shiloh - Joseph Allan Frank and George A. Reaves - New York: Greenwood Press, 1989


*********** THE YANKEE FROM OLYMPUS - ON MEMORIAL DAY
"We have shared the incommunicable experience of war. We felt - we still feel - the passion of life to its top.... In our youths, our hearts were touched with fire." Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr.

 At a time in our history when fewer than five per cent of the people who govern us have served in our Armed Forces, it's useful to go back to another time, a time of men such as Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr.

Oliver Wendel Holmes, Jr.  was born in Boston in 1841, the son of a famous poet and physician. In his lifetime he would see combat in the Civil War, then go on to become a noted lawyer and, finally, for 30 years, a justice of the Supreme Court. So respected was he that he became known as "The Yankee From Olympus."

He graduated from Harvard University in 1861. After graduation, with the Civil War underway, he joined the United States Army and saw combat action in the Peninsula Campaign and the Wilderness, and was injured at the Battles of Ball's Bluff, Antietam, and Fredericksburg. He was discharged in 1864 as a Lieutenant Colonel.


The story is told of Holmes that in July 1864, as the Confederate general Jubal Early conducted a raid north of Washington, D.C., President Abraham Lincoln came out to watch the battle. As Lincoln watched, an officer right next to him was hit by a sniper's bullet. The young Holmes, not realizing who he was speaking to, shouted to the President, "Get down, you damn fool, before you get shot!"


After the war's conclusion, Holmes returned to Harvard to study law. He was admitted to the bar in 1866, and went into private practice in Boston.
In 1882, he became both a professor at Harvard Law School and a justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. In 1899, he was appointed Chief Justice of the court. In 1902, President Theodore Roosevelt named Holmes to the United States Supreme Court, where he served for more than 30 years, until January 1932.

Over the years, as a distinguished citizen who knew what it meant to fight for his country, he would reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day, and of the soldier's contribution to preserving our way of life...
On Memorial Day, 1884, 20 years after the end of the Civil War, Mr. Holmes said,

Accidents may call up the events of the war. You see a battery of guns go by at a trot, and for a moment you are back at White Oak Swamp, or Antietam, or on the Jerusalem Road. You hear a few shots fired in the distance, and for an instant your heart stops as you say to yourself, The skirmishers are at it, and listen for the long roll of fire from the main line.
 
You meet an old comrade after many years of absence, he recalls the moment that you were nearly surrounded by the enemy, and again there comes up to you that swift and cunning thinking on which once hung life and freedom -- Shall I stand the best chance if I try the pistol or the sabre on that man who means to stop me? Will he get his carbine free before I reach him, or can I kill him first? These and the thousand other events we have known are called up, I say, by accident, and, apart from accident, they lie forgotten.
 
But as surely as this day comes round we are in the presence of the dead. For one hour, twice a year at least--at the regimental dinner, where the ghosts sit at table more numerous than the living, and on this day when we decorate their graves--the dead come back and live with us.
 
I see them now, more than I can number, as once I saw them on this earth. They are the same bright figures, or their counterparts, that come also before your eyes; and when I speak of those who were my brothers, the same words describe yours.

This, from Justice Holmes' address to the graduating class of Harvard University on Memorial Day, 1895

The society for which many philanthropists, labor reformers, and men of fashion unite in longing is one in which they may be comfortable and may shine without much trouble or any danger.

The unfortunately growing hatred of the poor for the rich seems to me to rest on the belief that money is the main thing (a belief in which the poor have been encouraged by the rich), more than on any other grievance. Most of my hearers would rather that their daughters or their sisters should marry a son of one of the great rich families than a regular army officer, were he as beautiful, brave, and gifted as Sir William Napier.

I have heard the question asked whether our war was worth fighting, after all. There are many, poor and rich, who think that love of country is an old wife's tale, to be replaced by interest in a labor union, or, under the name of cosmopolitanism, by a rootless self-seeking search for a place where the most enjoyment may be had at the least cost.


I do not know the meaning of the universe. But in the midst of doubt, in the collapse of creeds, there is one thing I do not doubt, that no man who lives in the same world with most of us can doubt, and that is that the faith is true and adorable which leads a soldier to throw away his life in obedience to a blindly accepted duty, in a cause which he little understands, in a plan of campaign of which he has little notion, under tactics of which he does not see the use.


Most men who know battle know the cynic force with which the thoughts of common sense will assail them in times of stress; but they know that in their greatest moments faith has trampled those thoughts under foot. If you wait in line, suppose on Tremont Street Mall, ordered simply to wait and do nothing, and have watched the enemy bring their guns to bear upon you down a gentle slope like that of Beacon Street, have seen the puff of the firing, have felt the burst of the spherical case-shot as it came toward you, have heard and seen the shrieking fragments go tearing through your company, and have known that the next or the next shot carries your fate; if you have advanced in line and have seen ahead of you the spot you must pass where the rifle bullets are striking; if you have ridden at night at a walk toward the blue line of fire at the dead angle of Spottsylvania, where for twenty-four hours the soldiers were fighting on the two sides of an earthwork, and in the morning the dead and dying lay piled in a row six deep, and as you rode you heard the bullets splashing in the mud and earth about you; if you have been in the picket-line at night in a black and unknown wood, have heard the splat of the bullets upon the trees, and as you moved have felt your foot slip upon a dead man's body; if you have had a blind fierce gallop against the enemy, with your blood up and a pace that left no time for fear --if, in short, as some, I hope many, who hear me, have known, you have known the vicissitudes of terror and triumph in war; you know that there is such a thing as the faith I spoke of. You know your own weakness and are modest; but you know that man has in him that unspeakable somewhat which makes him capable of miracle, able to lift himself by the might of his own soul, unaided, able to face annihilation for a blind belief.

On the eve of Memorial Day, 1931, at the age of 90, Mr. Justice Holmes wrote to a friend:


"I shall go out to Arlington tomorrow, Memorial Day, and visit the gravestone with my name and my wife's on it, and be stirred by the military music, and, instead of bothering about the Unknown Soldier shall go to another stone that tells beneath it are the bones of, I don't remember the number but two or three thousand and odd, once soldiers gathered from the Virginia fields after the Civil War. I heard a woman say there once, 'They gave their all. They gave their very names.' Later perhaps some people will come in to say goodbye."

Justice Holmes died on March 6, 1935, two days short of his 94th birthday, and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. So spry and alert was he, right up to the end, that it's said that one day, when he was in his nineties, he saw an attractive young woman and said, "Oh, to be seventy again!"
A 1951 Hollywood motion picture, The Magnificent Yankee, was based on his life.


*********** Several years ago, I visited the First Division (Big Red One) Museum at Cantigny,  in Wheaton, Illinois, where I read these lines, and thought of all the Americans who died in service of their country - men who in the memories of those they left behind will be forever young...

If you are able
Save a place for them inside of you,
And save one backward glance
When you are leaving for places
They can no longer go.
   
Be not ashamed to say you loved them,
Though you may or may not always have.
Take what they have left
And what they have taught you with their dying,
And keep it with your own.
   
And in that time when men feel safe
To call the war insane,
Take one moment to embrace these gentle heroes
You left behind.
   
by Major Michael D. O'Donnell... shortly before being killed in action in Vietnam, 1970

***********After graduation from Harvard in 1910, Alan Seeger lived the life of a bohemian/beatnik/ hippie poet in New York City's Greenwich Village.  In 1914, he moved to Paris, and when war with Germany broke out, like a number of other young Americans,  he joined the French Foreign Legion to fight on the side of the Allies. On July 4, 1916, nine months  before America joined the war,  he was killed in the Battle of the Somme. He was 28. A year after his death, his poems were published.  The best known of his poems was "I Have a Rendezvous With Death," which according to the JFK Library, "was one of President Kennedy's favorite poems."

 
I Have a Rendezvous with Death
By Alan Seeger 
 
I have a rendezvous with Death     
At some disputed barricade,     
When Spring comes back with rustling shade     
And apple-blossoms fill the air—     
I have a rendezvous with Death          
When Spring brings back blue days and fair.     
 
It may be he shall take my hand     
And lead me into his dark land     
And close my eyes and quench my breath—     
It may be I shall pass him still. 
   
I have a rendezvous with Death     
On some scarred slope of battered hill,     
When Spring comes round again this year     
And the first meadow-flowers appear.     
 
God knows 'twere better to be deep     
Pillowed in silk and scented down,     
Where love throbs out in blissful sleep,     
Pulse nigh to pulse, and breath to breath,     
Where hushed awakenings are dear...  
 
But I've a rendezvous with Death     
At midnight in some flaming town,     
When Spring trips north again this year,     
And I to my pledged word am true,     
I shall not fail that rendezvous.

*********** Poppies once symbolized the Great War,  or The World War,  or, if you will,  "The War to End All Wars" (so-called because, in the conceit that seems to follow every war, people  just knew in their hearts  that after the horror of that conflict, mankind would do anything in its power to avoid ever going to war again.)


Following the World War, Americans began to observe  the week leading up to Memorial Day as Poppy Week, and long after the World War ended, veterans' organizations in America, Australia and other nations which had fought in the war sold imitation poppies  at this time
every year to raise funds to assist disabled veterans.

It was largely because of a poem by a Canadian surgeon, Major John McCrae, that the poppy, which burst into bloom all over the once-bloody battlefields of northern Europe, came to symbolize the rebirth of life following the tragedy of war.


In the spring of 1915, after having spent seventeen days hearing the screams and dealing with the suffering of men wounded in the bloody battle at Ypres, in Flanders (a part of Belgium), Major McCrae wrote, "I wish I could embody on paper some of the varied sensations of that seventeen days... Seventeen days of Hades! At the end of the first day if anyone had told us we had to spend seventeen days there, we would have folded our hands and said it could not have been done."

Major McCrae was especially affected by the death of a close friend and former student. Following his burial - at which, in the absence of a chaplain, Major McCrae himself had had to preside - the Major sat in the back of an ambulance and, gazing out at the wild poppies growing in a nearby cemetery, composed a poem, scribbling the words in a notebook.
When he was done, though, he discarded it, and only through the efforts of a fellow officer, who rescued it and sent it to newspapers in England, was it ever published.

Now, the poem, "In Flanders Fields", is considered perhaps the greatest of all wartime poems.
The special significance of the poppies is that poppy seeds can lie dormant in the ground for years, only flowering when the soil has been turned over.
The soil of northern Belgium had been so churned up by the violence of war that at the time Major McCrae wrote his poem, the poppies were said to be blossoming in a profusion that no one could  remember ever having seen before.

In Flanders Fields... by John McCrae        

In Flanders fields the poppies blow   
Between the crosses, row on row,   
That mark our place; and in the sky  
The larks, still bravely singing, fly   
Scarce heard amid the guns below.        

We are the Dead. Short days ago   
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,   
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie   
In Flanders fields.        

Take up our quarrel with the foe:   
To you from failing hands we throw   
The torch; be yours to hold it high.   
If ye break faith with us who die   
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow   
In Flanders fields.

*********** Robert W. Service is one of my favorite poets. I especially like his poems about the Alaska Gold Rush - who hasn't ever heard "The Cremation of Sam McGee?" -  but this one, about an idealistic young English soldier going off to fight in World War I,  and the grief of his father at learning of his death, is heartbreaking, especially poignant on a day when we remember our people who gave everything, and the loved ones they left behind...

"Young Fellow My Lad"

"Where are you going, Young Fellow My Lad, On this glittering morn of May?"   
"I'm going to join the Colours, Dad; They're looking for men, they say."   
"But you're only a boy, Young Fellow My Lad; You aren't obliged to go."   
"I'm seventeen and a quarter, Dad, And ever so strong, you know."        

"So you're off to France, Young Fellow My Lad, And you're looking so fit and bright."   
"I'm terribly sorry to leave you, Dad, But I feel that I'm doing right."   
"God bless you and keep you, Young Fellow My Lad, You're all of my life, you know."   
"Don't worry. I'll soon be back, dear Dad, And I'm awfully proud to go."        

"Why don't you write, Young Fellow My Lad? I watch for the post each day;   
And I miss you so, and I'm awfully sad, And it's months since you went away.   
And I've had the fire in the parlour lit, And I'm keeping it burning bright   
Till my boy comes home; and here I sit Into the quiet night."        

"What is the matter, Young Fellow My Lad? No letter again to-day.   
Why did the postman look so sad, And sigh as he turned away?   
I hear them tell that we've gained new ground, But a terrible price we've paid:   
God grant, my boy, that you're safe and sound; But oh I'm afraid, afraid."        

"They've told me the truth, Young Fellow My Lad: You'll never come back again:   
(OH GOD! THE DREAMS AND THE DREAMS I'VE HAD, AND THE HOPES I'VE NURSED IN VAIN!)   
For you passed in the night, Young Fellow My Lad, And you proved in the cruel test   
Of the screaming shell and the battle hell That my boy was one of the best.        

"So you'll live, you'll live, Young Fellow My Lad, In the gleam of the evening star,   
In the wood-note wild and the laugh of the child, In all sweet things that are.   
And you'll never die, my wonderful boy, While life is noble and true;   

For all our beauty and hope and joy We will owe to our lads like you."

*********** Hugh Brodie, an Australian, enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force in Melbourne on 15 September 1940. In 1942, Sergeant Brodie was listed Missing in Action. Before he left us, though, he wrote "A Sergeant's Prayer"


Almighty and all present Power,
Short is the prayer I make to Thee,
I do not ask in battle hour
For any shield to cover me.

The vast unalterable way,
From which the stars do not depart
May not be turned aside to stay
The bullet flying to my heart.

I ask no help to strike my foe,
I seek no petty victory here,
The enemy I hate, I know,
To Thee is also dear.

But this I pray, be at my side
When death is drawing through the sky.
Almighty God who also died
Teach me the way that I should die.

*********** Like many other phenomena in life, history has a tendency to be fickle. In 2001, some thirty-four years after the Battle of Ông Thanh, and the subsequent withdrawal of U.S. forces from Vietnam in 1973, which was followed by the "honorable peace" that saw the North Vietnamese army conquer South Vietnam in 1975 in violation of the Paris Peace Accords, most historians, as well as a large majority of the American people, may consider the U.S. involvement in Vietnam a disastrous and tragic waste and a time of shame in U.S. history. Consider, however, the fact that since the late 1940s, the Soviet Union was the greatest single threat to U.S. security. Yet for forty years, war between the Soviet Union and the United States was averted. Each time a Soviet threat surfaced during that time (Greece, Turkey, Korea, Berlin, Cuba, Vietnam, and Afghanistan), although it may have been in the form of a "war of national liberation," as the Vietnam war was characterized, the United States gave the Soviet Union the distinct message that each successive threat would not be a Soviet walkover. In fact, the Soviets were stunned by the U.S. reactions in both Korea and Vietnam. They shook their heads, wondering what interest a great power like the United States could have in those two godforsaken countries. They thought: "These Americans are crazy. They have nothing to gain; and yet they fight and lose thousands of men over nothing. They are irrational." Perhaps history in the long-term--two hundred or three hundred years from now--will say that the western democracies, led by the United States, survived in the world, and their philosophy of government of the people, by the people, for the people continues to survive today (in 2301) in some measure due to resolute sacrifices made in the mid-twentieth century by men like those listed in the last chapter of this book. Then the words of Lord Byron, as quoted in this book's preface, will not ring hollow, but instead they will inspire other men and women of honor in the years to come.


From "The Beast was Out There", by Brigadier General James Shelton, USA (Ret.)
Jim Shelton is a former Delaware football player (a wing-T guard) who served in Korea and Vietnam and as a combat infantryman rose to the rank of General. He was in Viet Nam on that fateful day in October, 1967 when Don Holleder was killed. Ironically, he had competed against Don Holleder in college. Now retired, he has served as Colonel of the Black Lions and was instrumental in the establishment of the Black Lion Award for young American football players. The  title of his book is taken from Captain Jim Kasik's description of the enemy: "the beast was out there, and the beast was hungry."


*********** The late George Jones could be a rogue, but he was a heck of a singer, and his "50,000 NAMES CARVED IN THE WALL" - a tribute to the 58,000 Americans who died in Vietnam - may be THE American Memorial Day song.


(Warning - this one  could will make you cry.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpBiVpSggNs



ON MEMORIAL DAY, I ES
PECIALLY HONOR THE MEN OF THE BLACK LIONS, AND DON HOLLEDER, FORMER ARMY ALL-AMERICAN, WHO DIED IN THE VIETNAM JUNGLE IN THE BATTLE OF ONG THANH, OCTOBER 17, 1967 (Names taken from The Wall)


K I A ... Adkins, Donald W.... Allen, Terry... Anderson, Larry M.... Barker, Gary L.... Blackwell, James L., Jr.... Bolen, Jackie Jr. ... Booker, Joseph O. ... Breeden, Clifford L. Jr ... Camero, Santos... Carrasco, Ralph ... Chaney, Elwood D. Jr... Cook, Melvin B.... Crites, Richard L.... Crutcher, Joe A. ...... Dodson, Wesley E.... Dowling, Francis E.... Durham, Harold B. Jr ... Dye, Edward P. ... East, Leon N.... Ellis, Maurice S.... Familiare, Anthony ... Farrell, Michael J. ...Fuqua, Robert L. Jr. ...Gallagher, Michael J. ...Garcia, Arturo ...Garcia, Melesso ...Gilbert, Stanley D. ...Gilbertson, Verland ...Gribble, Ray N. ...Holleder, Donald W. ...Jagielo, Allen D. ...Johnson, Willie C. Jr ...Jones, Richard W. ...Krischie, John D. ...Lancaster, James E. ...Larson, James E. ...Lincoln, Gary G. ...Lovato, Joe Jr. ...Luberta, Andrew P. ...Megiveron, Emil G. ...Miller, Michael M. ...Moultrie, Joe D. ...Nagy, Robert J. ...Ostroff, Steven L. ...Platosz, Walter ...Plier, Eugene J. ...Porter, Archie ...Randall, Garland J. ...Reece, Ronney D. ...Reilly, Allan V. ...Sarsfield, Harry C. ...Schroder, Jack W. ...Shubert, Jackie E. ...Sikorski, Daniel ...Smith, Luther ...Thomas, Theodore D. Jr. ...Tizzio, Pasquale T. ...Wilson, Kenneth P. .... M I A ... Fitzgerald, Paul ...Hargrove, Olin Jr



A TRIBUTE TO DONALD WALTER HOLLEDER UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY CLASS OF 1956 - THE MAN WHOSE STORY INSPIRED THE BLACK LION AWARD... By retired Air Force General Perry Smith (Don Holleder's West Point classmate, roommate and best man) "If you doubt the axiom, 'An aggressive leader is priceless,' ...if you prefer the air arm to the infantry in football, if you are not convinced we recruited cadet-athletes of superior leadership potential, then you must hear the story of Donald Walter Holleder. The saga of Holleder stands unique in Army and, perhaps, all college gridiron lore."

Hence begins the chapter, "You are my quarterback", in Coach Red Blaik's 1960 book, You Have to Pay the Price. Every cadet in the classes of 1956, 57, 58 and 59, and everyone who was part of the Army family at West Point and throughout the world will remember, even 50 years after the fact, the "Great Experiment".

But there is much more to the Holleder story. .
Holly was born and brought up in a tight knit Catholic family in upstate New York. He was an only child whose father died when Don was quite young. Doc Blanchard recruited high school All American Holleder who entered the Point just a few days after he graduated from Aquinas Institute in Rochester.

Twice turned out for academic difficulties, he struggled mightily to stay in the Corps. However as a cadet leader he excelled, serving as a cadet captain and company commander of M-2 his senior year.


Of course, it was in the field of athletics that Don is best known. Never a starter on the basketball team, he nevertheless got playing time as a forward who brought rebounding strength to a team that beat a heavily favored Navy team in the early spring of 1954. That fall, the passing combination of Vann to Holleder quickly caught the attention of the college football world. No one who watched those games will ever forget Holly going deep and leaping into the air to grab a perfectly thrown bomb from Peter Vann. Don was a consensus first team All American that year as a junior.


Three football defeats in 1955 after Holly's conversion to quarterback brought criticism of Coach Blaik and Don from many quarters but the dramatic Army victory over Navy, 14 to 6 brought redemption. Shortly thereafter, Holly received the Swede Nelson award for sportsmanship.

The fact that he had given up all chances of becoming a two time all-American and a candidate for the Heisman trophy and he did so without protest or complaint played heavily in the decision by the Nelson committee to select him for this prestigious award.


Holly's eleven year career in the Army included the normal schools at Benning and Leavenworth, company command in Korea, coaching and recruiting at West Point and serving as the commanding general's aide at Fortress Monroe.

After graduating from Command and General Staff College, he was off to Vietnam.
Arriving in July, 1967, Holly was assigned to the Big Red One--the First Infantry Division-- and had considerable combat experience before that tragic day in the fall--October 17.

Lieutenant Colonel Terry Allen's battalion was ambushed and overrun--the troops on the ground were in desperate shape. Holleder was serving as the operations officer of the 28th Brigade--famous Black Lions. Hearing the anguished radio calls for help from the soldiers on the ground, Holly convinced his brigade commander that he had to get on the ground to help. Jumping out of his helicopter, Holly rallied some troops and raced toward the spot where the wounded soldiers were fighting.


The Newsweek article a few days after his death tells what happened next. "With the Viet Cong firing from two sides, the U. S. troops now began retreating pell-mell back to their base camp, carrying as many of their wounded as they could, The medic Tom "Doc" Hinger was among those who staggered out of the bush and headed across an open marshy plain toward the base, 200 meters away. But on the way he ran into big, forceful Major Donald W. Holleder, 33, an All-American football player at West Point..., going the other way--toward the scene of the battle. Holleder, operations officer for the brigade, had not been in the fight until now. ' Come on Doc, he shouted to Hinger, 'There are still wounded in there. I need your help.'
"

Hinger said later: 'I was exhausted. But having never seen such a commander, I ran after him. What an officer! He went on ahead of us--literally running to the point position'. Then a burst of fire from the trees caught Holleder. 'He was hit in the shoulder recalled Hinger. 'I started to patch him up, but he died in my arms.'

The medic added he had been with Holleder for only three minutes, but would remember the Major's gallantry for the rest of his life."

Holly died as he lived: the willingness to make great sacrifices prevailed to the minute of his death.
  Caroline was left a young widow. She later married our West Point classmate, Ernie Ruffner, who became a loving husband and father to the four Holleder daughters. All the daughters are happily married and there are eight wonderful and loving grandchildren.

The legacy of Donald Walter Holleder will remain an important part of the West Point story forever. The Holleder Army Reserve Center in Webster, New York, the Holleder Parkway in Rochester and the Holleder Athletic Center at West Point all help further Don's legacy. In 1985, Holly was inducted into College Football Hall of Fame.

A 2003 best selling book, They Marched into Sunlight, by David Maraniss tells the story of Holleder and the Black Lions. Tom Hanks has purchased the film rights to the book.
An innovative high school coach, Hugh Wyatt, decided to further memorialize Don's legacy by establishing the Black Lion Award. Each year at hundreds of high schools, middle schools and youth football programs across the country, a single football player on each team is selected "who best exemplifies the character of Don Holleder: leadership, courage, devotion to duty, self-sacrifice, and--above all--an unselfish concern for his team ahead of himself." Starting in 2005, this award is presented to a member of the Army football team each year.Anyone who wishes to extend Holleder's legacy can do so by approaching their local football coaches and encouraging them to make the Black Lion Award a part of their tradition.

All West Pointers can be proud of Donald Walter Holleder; for him there were no impossible dreams, only challenges to seek out and to conquer. Forty years after his death thousands of friends and millions of fans still remember him and salute him for his character and supreme courage.

By Retired Air Force General Perry Smith, West Point classmate and roommate, with great assistance from Don's family members, Stacey Jones and Ernie Ruffner, classmates, Jerry Amlong, Peter Vann and JJ McGinn, and battlefield medic, Doc Hinger.


*********** "Major Holleder overflew the area (under attack) and saw a whole lot of Viet Cong and many American soldiers, most wounded, trying to make their way our of the ambush area. He landed and headed straight into the jungle, gathering a few soldiers to help him go get the wounded. A sniper's shot killed him before he could get very far. He was a risk-taker who put the common good ahead of himself, whether it was giving up a position in which he had excelled or putting himself in harm's way in an attempt to save the lives of his men. My contact with Major Holleder was very brief and occured just before he was killed, but I have never forgotten him and the sacrifice he made. On a day when acts of heroism were the rule, rather than the exception, his stood out."     Black Lions medic Dave Berry

*********** A YOUNG MAN'S REMEMBRANCES OF DON HOLLEDER... In 1954-55 I lived at West Point N.Y. where my father was stationed as a member of the staff at the United States Military Academy. Don Holleder was an All American end on the Red Blaik coached Army football team which was a perennial eastern gridiron power in 40s and 50s.

On Fall days I would run home from the post school, drop off my books, and head directly to the Army varsity practice field which overlooked the Hudson River and was only a short sprint from my house.
Army had a number of outstanding players on the roster back then, but my focus was on Don Holleder, our All-America end turned quarterback in a controversial position change that had sportswriters and Army fans buzzing throughout the college football community that year. Don looked like a hero, tall, square jawed, almost stately in his appearance. He practiced like he played, full out all the time. He was the obvious leader of the team in addition to being its best athlete and player. In 1955 it was common for star players to play both sides of the ball and Don was no exception delivering the most punishing tackles in practice as well as game situations.

At the end of practice the Army players would walk past the parade ground (The Plain), then past my house and into the Arvin Gymnasium where the team's locker room was located.
Very often I would take that walk stride for stride with Don and the team and best of all, Don would sometimes let me carry his helmet. It was gold with a black stripe down the middle and had the most wonderful smell of sweat and leather. Inside the helmet suspension was taped a sweaty number 16, Don's jersey number.

While Don's teammates would talk and laugh among themselves in typical locker room banter, Don would ask me about school, show me how to grip the ball and occasionally chide his buddies if the joking ever got bawdy in front of "the little guy".

On Saturdays I lived and died with Don's exploits on the field in Michie Stadium.
In his senior year Don's picture graced the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine and he led Army to a winning season culminating in a stirring victory over Navy in front of 100,000 fans in Philadelphia. During that incredible year I don't ever remember Don not taking time to talk to me and patiently answer my boyish questions about the South Carolina or Michigan defense ("I'll bet they don't have anybody as fast as you, huh, Don?").

Don graduated with his class in June 1956 and was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Coincidentally, my Dad was also assigned to the 25th at the same time so I got to watch Don quarterback the 14th Infantry Regiment football team to the Division championship in 1957.


There was one major drawback to all of Don's football-gained notoriety - he wanted no part of it. He wanted to be a soldier and an infantry leader. But division recreational football was a big deal in the Army back then and for someone with Don's college credentials not to play was unheard of.
In the first place players got a lot of perks for representing their Regiment, not to mention hero status with the chain of command. Nevertheless, Don wanted to trade his football helmet for a steel pot and finally, with the help of my Dad, he succeeded in retiring from competitive football and getting on with his military profession.

It came as no surprise to anyone who knew Don that he was a natural leader of men in arms, demanding yet compassionate, dedicated to his men and above all fearless. Sure enough after a couple of TO&E infantry tours his reputation as a soldier matched his former prowess as an athlete.
It was this reputation that won him the favor of the Army brass and he soon found himself as an Aide-de-camp to the four star commander of the Continental Army Command in beautiful Ft Monroe, Virginia.

With the Viet Nam War escalating and American combat casualties increasing every day, Ft Monroe would be a great place to wait out the action and still promote one's Army career - a high-profile job with a four star senior rater, safely distanced from the conflict in southeast Asia.


Once again, Don wanted no part of this safe harbor and respectfully lobbied his boss, General Hugh P. Harris to get him to Troops in Viet Nam. Don got his wish but not very long after arriving at the First Division he was killed attempting to lead a relief column to wounded comrades caught in a Viet Cong ambush.


I remember the day I found out about Don's death. I was in the barber's chair at The Citadel my sophomore year when General Harris (Don's old boss at Ft Monroe, now President of The Citadel) walked over to me and motioned me outside.
He knew Don was a friend of mine and sought me out to tell me that he was KIA. It was one of the most defining moments of my life. As I stood there in front of the General the tears welled up in my eyes and I said "No, please, sir. Don't say that."

General Harris showed no emotion and I realized that he had experienced this kind of hurt too many times to let it show. "Biff", he said, "Don died doing his duty and serving his country. He had alternatives but wouldn't have it any other way. We will always be proud of him, Biff."
With that, he turned and walked away.

As I watched him go I didn't know the truth of his parting words. I shed tears of both pride and sorrow that day in 1967, just as I am doing now, 34 years later, as I write this remembrance.

In my mind's eye I see Don walking with his teammates after practice back at West Point, their football cleats making that signature metallic clicking on concrete as they pass my house at the edge of the parade ground; he was a leader among leaders.


As I have been writing this, I periodically looked up at the November 28, 1955 Sports Illustrated cover which hangs on my office wall, to make sure I'm not saying anything Don wouldn't approve of, but he's smiling out from under that beautiful gold helmet and thinking about the Navy game. General Harris was right. We will always be proud of Don Holleder, my boyhood hero.


Biff Messinger, Mountainville, New York, 2001


***********  A retired Navy captain wrote in the Wall Street Journal about the strict criteria for awarding the Medal of Honor (frequently called the "Congressional" Medal of Honor)...


"Remember the Marine Corps requirement: Fall on a hand grenade to save your fellow Marines and the grenade fails to explode, you get a Navy Cross; if the grenade explodes, you might get the Medal of Honor."


The Medal of Honor was meant to be awarded sparingly,  Of the hundreds of thousands of men who fought in our Twentieth Century wars, here are the numbers of Medals of Honor Awarded:
WW I - 124;  WW II - 464; Korea  - 135;  Vietnam -  246. There were 1522 Medals of Honor awarded as a result of Civil War. (Actually, there were more than that,  but  over 900 were later rescinded.) One reason was that in the Civil War, the Medal of Honor was the only medal awarded for valor. Another reason was the enormous number of casualties suffered in that war.http://www.homeofheroes.com/moh/corrections/purge_army.html


*********** Other nations lost men in the same wars we did, of course, and they, too, honor their men who gave all, in poem and song.

Sad?  Ohmigod.  What can be sadder than the loss of a young man, one of his country's finest,  in a distant war?
One such song is known by some as "No Man's Land" and by others as "The Green Fields of France" - but either way  it's a sad lament about a young soldier named Willie McBride, killed in battle in 1916 while still a teenager.

Trigger warning: This is VERY sad.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_mBJgsaxlY

Another very sad ballad, "The Band Played Waltzing Matilda," is the story of a young Australian sent off to fight in World War I.  He was shipped off to Gallipoli where thousands of "Anzacs" (Australians and New Zealanders) were slaughtered by Turkish machine-gun fire. (I highly recommend the movie, "Gallipoli")
Although he escaped death, his legs were blown off, and his story in the song  is told from the perspective of an embittered, now-old man.

Trigger warning: So is this..   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VktJNNKm3B0


*********** Trophies for everybody. There really was a time when most Americans knew why we put aside one day a year called Memorial Day,  to honor - to memorialize - those who lost their lives in service of their country. 

Not, as the 60 or so people who buy ads in our local paper seem to think, to remember a loved one who, no matter how sorely missed,  never died in battle - never even served in the Armed Forces, for that matter - but simply did what we’re all destined to do one day.  They died.  I hate to be the one to spoil their grieiving by telling them that Memorial Day is not about them. Not about dear, departed Uncle Charlie. But somebody's got to tell them.

There are other days for that, and there are  other days for saying “thank you for your service” to veterans or active duty personnel.  364 others, if you’re really sincere.  And there's a special one, called Veterans’ Day, when our nation does honor and thank its veterans.

Actually, come to think of it: is there even one holiday - one single holiday - that hasn’t been given another meaning, one often more significant now than the original one?

New Year’s Day - Bowl Games

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday - It’s still too new a national holiday to tell what the public will do with it

Presidents’ Day - Sale! Sale! Sale! (Used to be two separate holidays. Now, few school kids could even tell you which two presidents it refers to.)

St. Patrick’s Day - Scarcely observed in Ireland, 
in much of the US it’s an excuse to get drunk

Easter - Where it's still allowed to be called "Easter", it's about Bunnies and Easter eggs.  Mostly, though, it's Spring Break.

Mother’s Day - This is the one holiday that remains as designed.  If anything, it's grown stronger.  Traditionally, this was the day when the phone company’s circuits failed. Do NOT schedule anything else on this day.   Do NOT get drunk.

Cinco de Mayo - A holiday that means nothing in Mexico, it's been turned into a Hispanic-themed St. Patrick’s Day

Memorial Day - The start of summer; the Indy 500

July 4 - Fireworks and beer and hot dogs. (Once -
for those old enough to remember - baseball double headers)

Labor Day - The end of summer; and now, the start of college football

Veterans Day - Used to be called Armistice Day, when  we celebrated the end of a horrible world war

Hallowe’en - Used to be for kids to go trick-or-treating. But now that that’s no longer safe,  adult partiers have taken it over and turned it into the second-biggest beer sales day of the year

Thanksgiving - Don’t you mean “Turkey Day?”  You know - the day before Black Friday?

Christmas -
aka "Winter Holiday." For those who didn't know - it's the “holiday” in “Happy Holidays.”

*********** In a Wall Street Journal article back in 2015, a writer named Jerry Ciancolo urged  us, the next time we pass a War Memorial with the names of dead Americans on it, to stop - and  “Touch the names of those who never came home.”

He asked that we dispense with  “hollow abstractions” such as “ultimate sacrifices,” and to think in everyday terms.

Many of those young guys, he noted...

never set foot on campus.  They never straightened a tie and headed to a first real job. They never slipped a ring on a sweetheart’s finger. They never swelled with hope turning the key to a starter home.  They never nestled an infant against a bare chest.  They never roughhoused in the living room with an exasperated wife looking on. They never tiptoed to lay out Santa’s toys.  They never dabbed a tear while walking their princess down the aisle. They never toasted their son’s promotion.  They never rekindled their love as empty nesters.  They never heard a new generation cry out, “I love you, Grandpa!”

A lifetime of big and little moments never happened because of a bullet to the body one day in a far-off land.  For those who crumpled to the ground, the tapestry of life was left unknit.


A moment’s reflection is all it takes to realize that every name on your town’s monument was a real person.  One who bicycled the same streets as you, who sleepily delivered the morning Gazette, who was kept after school for cutting up, who sneaked a smoke out back, who cannon-balled into the local pond in the dog days of summer.

On Memorial Day - with your smartphone turned off - pay a visit to your local monument. Quietly stand before the honor roll of the dead, whisper a word of thanks, and gently run your finger across their names. The touch will be comforting.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/touch-the-names-of-those-who-never-came-home-1432332593


*********** Very clever of the NFL, the way they “handled” the national anthem issue.   You say you’re down for the cause, and can’t bring yourself to come out on the field and stand for the national anthem?  Fine.  Stay in the locker room.

(With all but a few members of the team out on the field, we’ll all know who the social justice warriors are, won’t we?)

And if by chance you can’t resist coming out and kneeling anyhow - you’re that into Social Justice?  Why, go ahead.  Of course, there’ll be a FINE!  But YOU won’t be fined - your TEAM will.  Talk about a deterrent.

My guess is that teams will agree to stay in the locker room during the anthem.  Makes sense to me.  That’s what the NFL did for years anyhow.  They’d play the anthem, and then introduce the starting lineups, as the starters, one by one, ran onto the field, followed by the rest of the team.  It was pretty cool, a whole lot better than having to look at the highly-paid talking heads in the booth, then wait to have them race through the starting lineups between plays in the first series or two.

If the league had any sense it would simply return to that as official protocol.  But, of course, it doesn’t have any sense, or it wouldn’t be in this position in the first place.

Now then, whatever they decide, would some highly-paid person in the NFLPA  please earn her or her pay by explaining to the players - and their defenders in the media - that THIS IS NOT - AND HAS NEVER BEEN  - A FIRST AMENDMENT ISSUE? 

THAT THE FIRST AMENDMENT DOES NOT PREVENT AN EMPLOYER (THAT WOULD BE THE NFL) FROM MAKING WORK RULES THAT SPECIFY WHAT ITS EMPLOYEES (THAT WOULD BE THE PLAYERS) CAN AND CANNOT SAY AND DO  ON THE JOB?

The NFL, with its army of lawyers, could have made that clear enough in the first place, except that many of its owners, in an act of commercial suicide,  actually side with the players.


*********** Hugh,

Goals are something this current generation kicks balls into.

Kevin Anderson will do well at Cal State Fullerton.  One of the initial Title IX schools.  At least he won't be able to screw up the football program because they don't have one.

The overwhelming numbers of females in colleges has been a driver for many smaller schools to consider football, or even start football in order to draw more males to their campuses.

Makes sense that Yale brought Hillary in as a speaker.  Both have lost their minds.

What the Vegas Golden Knights have accomplished in their first year is nothing short of amazing, and I wasn't aware that the organization is led by a West Point man.  All makes sense to me now!
Wasn't it Douglas MacArthur that made a comment at one time about "Give me a man from West Point".

Zenger and Greenspan are two more of those AD's who will end up in a Title IX school where they belong.

Heard that cougar was emaciated.  I guess when you're that hungry discernment is the last thing considered in the thought process.

NOTE:  On May 30th I've been invited to sit with Brian Kelly at his table when he's here in Austin to address the Notre Dame Club of Austin luncheon.  Any questions you'd like me to ask him?? 😉

Have a great week!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas


Joe,

It was George Marshall who said “I want an officer for a secret and dangerous mission.  I want a West Point football player.”  The saying is on a brass plaque.  It's taken to every game - home or away - and and every Army player touches it before every game.

I’m no fan of the modern Irish but I am a great fan and admirer  of their long and glorious history.

I would be honored to sit at his table and I’d tell him so.

I’d also tell him what an honor it was to meet the spiritual descendant of Rockne, Leahy, Parseghian.

It really is a tremendous responsibility that has been entrusted to him.  

I wouldn’t know how to ask him this, but it’s interesting that he is older than all three of those greats were when their ND careers ended.


*********** QUIZ: ANSWER  Mike Gottfried was a college QB at Morehead State, and then a successful high school coach in Ohio.  He was a college head coach at Murray State, Cincinnati, Kansas and Pitt and compiled an overall record of 76-55-4.  Only at Kansas did he have a losing record (15-18-1), but it’s not that bad when you consider that their last three coaches have only won 14 games combined over eight seasons.
Although he was 27-16-2 at Pitt - and 7-3-1 in his last year there (1989) -  he was let go. According to his autobiography, it was totally the decision of the University president.  In his four years at Pitt, he was 2-2 against Penn State and 2-2 against Notre Dame, and 1-0 against Ohio State, which his Panthers beat, 42-10 in Pittsburgh.

In 2000 he and his wife founded Team Focus, dedicated to providing motivation and support to boys without fathers. He has turned down numerous coaching opportunties in order to fulfill his mission.

In 2007, along with Ron Benson,  he co-wrote his autobiography, “Coach’s Challenge: Faith, Football and Filling the Father Gap.”

He has served as a color analyst on ESPN.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING MIKE GOTTFRIED
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
CHRIS HILLIKER - NORTHPORT, ALABAMA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
BRAD KNIGHT - CLARINDA, IOWA

*********** In reading a little bit of Mike Gottfried’s autobiography, I read about his growing up in Crestline, Ohio, where “My cousins, the Harbaughs - Judy, Janet, Jerry, Jack, and Jim - lived close by.”  (That would be THE Jack Harbaugh, father of Jim and John
and a great coach in his own right.)

Baseball fans will also recognize “My good friend, Gates Brown.”

*********** QUIZ: He played college football at Oklahoma, and was the Bills’ Rookie of the Year in 1968, playing the entire season at guard.
Following the season,  to fulfill his ROTC commitment, he was called up by the Army and sent to Vietnam as part of the 101st Airborne. On July 21, 1970, he was killed in action.  He left a wife and a daughter, and a son who was born two days later.   His wife was informed of his death a few hours after giving birth.

He and a former Cleveland Brown, Don Steinbrunner, were the only NFL players killed in Vietnam. (Steinbrunner, who played for the Browns in 1953, joined the Air Force in 1954 to honor his ROTC commitment, and then he decided to make a career of it.  He was killed in July, 1967.)


american flagTUESDAY,  MAY 22,  2018 “Let me just get this out of the way: No, I am not over it.” Hillary Rodham Clinton, addressing Yale graduates.

*********** From Bill Glass’ Book, “Get in the Game!”

“Blanton Collier, our head coach, is under the influence of the ‘zero defects” program of the United States Defense Department. As a result he has tried to tell us on the team that people make errors in proportion to the amount of importance that they attach to their particular job.  Most workmen make about five per cent errors on their job; yet they will not allow five per cent errors in other areas of their lives. They won’t allow this percentage of errors in their paychecks.  They always go to the house they call home; they never go to a strange house five per cent of the time. Blanton Collier will not allow us to excuse ourselves for making mistakes. To play a football game without error is a high and possibly unattainable goal.  Nevertheless, it is a goal that our coach is determined that we strive for.”

*********** KEVIN ANDERSON UPDATE…(In which I cover the amazing story of a major-college AD who had things running so well that he was able to take a "six-month sabbatical."

FLASHBACK TO LAST OCTOBER 17 … One bit of good news for Washington State fans is that Kevin Anderson won’t be their next AD.  In a bizarre series of stories over the weekend,  Anderson, the Maryland AD,  was reportedly going to be fired for pursuing AD jobs at Texas and then Cal.  But now, out of College Park, comes the amazing announcement that he’s going to be taking a six-month “professional development sabbatical.”

Sabbaticals - time off with pay to pursue professional development - are common for professors, but  not for athletic directors. It’s fair to say that there isn’t quite the same urgency - the same need for a person to be on hand - in the philosophy department as there is in the athletic department.

Somebody has to be on the scene, to make some very important decisions.  How in the hell, I wonder, can a major university allow its athletic director to walk away from his duties? On full salary?

Full disclosure: I have long believed the guy to be a total faker.  He was hired at West Point as AD, where he claimed in his bio that in his previous job - at Oregon State - he was instrumental in hiring Mike Riley as head coach, and he “had oversight” of the football program. At the time of his hiring at West Point, I inquired about him at the Corvallis, Oregon newspaper. The guy I spoke to in the sports department had never even heard of a "Kevin Anderson."  He laughed when I mentioned the “oversight” claim.  Another person I spoke to who had connections in the athletic department at OSU reported that then-OSU AD Bob DeCarolis had evidently suggested to Mr. Anderson that he might want to  start looking for another job.

Kevin Anderson  did nothing at West Point to impress the people who follow football - Army never beat Navy during his tenure - and when Maryland hired him, very few people were sorry to see him go.

Once at Maryland, practically his first act was to fire football coach Ralph Friedgen.  Friedgen, a Maryland alum,  had just finished an 8-4 season, and had been  named ACC Coach of the Year.

Friedgen’s replacement, Randy Edsall, famously jumped ship at Connecticut - technically, he jumped ship in Phoenix,  failing to accompany his  UConn players back to Connecticut after a Fiesta Bowl defeat - in order to get started at Maryland.  Despite the head start, his term at College Park was a failure: he was 22-34 before being relieved  six games into the 2015 season.

The jury is still out on Edsall’s successor, D. J. Durkin.  He went 6-7 in 2016, his first year, but this year the Terps are 3-3, with likely losses coming up at the hands of Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and and Penn State, and potential wins against Indiana and Rutgers. Sounds like 5-7 to me.

Interestingly, there were some statements at the time of Friedgen’s firing that it had somethig to do with lagging attendance.

So how about this? In Friedgen’s last year - 2010 - average attendance was 39,168.

Attendance got a big goose in 2014 when Maryland joined the Big Ten,  and home games against Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State drew big crowds (thanks in large part to all the Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State alumni in the Washington, DC area) and the Terps averaged 46,981.

The next year, 2015, playing Penn State in Baltimore in front of 69,000, plus big crowds for Wisconsin and Micihigan, they averaged 44,341.

But here’s the indictment of Mr. Kevin Anderson: in 2016, despite being in the Big Ten, their average attendance was 39,615 - less than 500  more than the figure that supposedly cost Ralph Friedgen his job. True, the Terps’ Big Ten home schedule contained only one big hitter - Ohio State - and that game drew only 48,000.  But clearly, rather than hustling to put Maryland fans in the seats, Anderson was counting on visitors from Big Ten schools to pad his home attendance.

To show that Maryland has not been pulling its weight in the Big Ten, the 2015 Terps played in front of 100,778 at Penn State, 110,626 at Michigan, and 89,707 at Nebraska.

My guess is that this "sabbatical"  is some fancy sort of severance to spare Mr. Anderson the indignity of being asked to clean out his desk and turn in his keys.  So  instead of being fired, he gets a six-month "sabbatical."  My bet: after six months, he does not return to the job. He is, in French,  histoire.

One Maryland newspaper article I read had only one lone reader's comment, and it got right to the point:

“What the hell is going on?”

http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/news/maryland-ad-kevin-anderson-taking-six-month-sabbatical/1fg2kzb0w77ri1annn4uwapzcv

UPDATE… In April, when his “six month sabbatical” ended, he “resigned.”

He’s now holding down a job in the athletic department at Cal State Fullerton.

Sabbatical, my ass.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/tracking-the-terps/bs-sp-kevin-anderson-resigns-maryland-0413-story.html

***********  With college enrollments approaching 60 per cent female, it’s obvious that women are not exactly being discriminated against in that area.

So what do colleges do to be more welcoming to men?  Why, pretend that women are still victims, and create women’s-only programs.

To my great chagrin,  there's Yale, right in the middle of it, as usual. 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/05/18/yale-being-probed-by-doe-accused-toxic-environment-against-men.html

And there's Yale again,  doubling down on the liberal idiocy...  By long tradition, Yale does not have a commencement speaker.  Instead,  on “Class Day” the day before graduation -  there is a guest speaker, usually some graduate who had brought credit to the university and earned distinction by significant achievement. This year, they waived the “achievement” criterion,  selecting instead a classic loser, and a sore one at that: Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Give her this: she does okay in front of an adoring audience. (Not that I can remember the last time I saw her address anything but a gaggle of admirers.)  She told the fawning graduates that she’s still not over the election loss - it still bothers her.   And as a result of that loss, why, we’re really up sh—t creek. 

“Right now we’re living through a full-fledged crisis in our democracy,” she told the graduating seniors, most of whom were probably every bit as ignorant as she is in believing that we're a democracy.  (A democracy we're not. A democracy -  and the tyranny of the Mob  - scared the Founding Fathers every bit as much as a real tyrant. We are a constitutional republic.)

“Crisis?” she calls it.  What - because she lost?  Give me a break.

No matter.  We’re living through a crisis, she told them,  and  to make it through,  they’re going to need “resiliency.”  Yeah, sure.  You tell ‘em, Miss Resilient.  When the going gets tough, the tough get going,  right,  Hill?

She  had the Yale graduates eating out of her hand, but then, that’s what four years at Yale will do to an otherwise intelligent person.  For a look at what really intelligent people  unencumbered by a Yale education think, read the comments at the end of the story linked to below.

I suspect that very few of the commenters were Yalies,  certainly not of a recent vintage, and the way they saw right through Mrs. Clinton reminded me of a great quote by William F. Buckley, Junior, a truly illustrious Yalie from the days of old:

“I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.”  He could just as easily have said "New Haven" and "Yale."

https://www.nhregister.com/news/article/Hillary-Clinton-tells-Yale-seniors-they-need-12929800.php#photo-15586884

*********** Johnny Manziel is in Canada now, competing with four other QBs to make the Hamilton Tiger Cats’ roster.

Johnny Football not only has to learn the Canadian game - he has to learn coach June Jones’  run and shoot offense, not an easy assignment for a guy who built his reputation on winging it.

“I’ve never ran (sic) this many routes that are predicated off of one defender … every route has an opportunity to break three or four different ways, which is different.”

But based on what Jones told ESPN, Manziel has a chance to make the squad: "I am a firm believer, “ he said, “even when I was in the NFL, I wanted three quarterbacks that had started and played in the NFL. You can't have too many quarterbacks because you're one play away.''

http://kwese.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23545591/johnny-manziel-signs-canadian-football-league-hamilton-tiger-cats

http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2018/05/21/johnny-manziel-first-day-cfl-camp/?yptr=yahoo

*********** Hugh,

LIke many guys in the DW world I was surprised to learn of Don Markham's exploits beyond Finland and high school football.  That Toronto fiasco was just a precursor to what many of us have experienced at the high school level.  It's reached a point where young DW guys looking for a head coaching job are now being "coached" by some of us older guys in how to answer interview questions referencing to what type of offense they will run so they can stay in contention for the job.

I never met with, or talked with Don Markham.  I first heard about him when I bought Jerry Valloton's book "The Toss".  Markham was often referenced in that book.  The offense piqued my interest because when I was in Minnesota I was trying to find something that would fit the type of kids I had, and provide a needed boost in our offensive production.  As you know I did a lot of research, which led me to contacting you.  And as they say, the rest is history.  Which got me to thinking of the many outstanding DW guys I've met over the years through you.  Not just good coaches...but good men.

I see pedestrian problems every day at my school.  During lunch.  It is the only time our students are allowed to use their cell phones.  Looks like a destruction derby watching kids running into one another while looking at those damn little screens of theirs.

Mike Lude sounds like one heckuva guy.  Hope I can get the opportunity to meet him someday.

Have a great weekend!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

I wish every coach I know could meet Mike.

*********** Coach

Just a quick note to let you know what a fine tribute you gave Coach Markham. I was fortunate to hear him speak at a DW clinic in LV a while ago now. He wasn't a polished speaker, but as he went on, it was evident that he was a football genius. The way you ended the blog, "The Touch of the Master's Hand"...couldn't have said it any better (kind of choked me up a bit).

Thanks so much for sharing that.

Rick Davis
Auckland, New Zealand

Coach,

I appreciate your comments. Although from the first many of his cult followers hated me (many probably still do) I had nothing but respect for what he did.  He was a different guy who did things his “damn the critics” way, and I especially admired that.

*********** Coach,

Hope you’re doing well.  Just was catching up on your NEWS and saw Don Markham passed.  I know he wasnt a young guy but Im still kinda shocked.  He was still coaching up until a few years ago and I always assume that keeps a guy young at heart.  The guy was a legend.  I had his videos on VHS along with yours and Ive stolen more than a few ideas from him.  Sad day for all Double Wingers.  

John Dowd
Spencer port, New York

*********** I’m sorry that Winnipeg didn’t make it to the Stanley Cup Finals.  They’re one of only four teams never to have made it to the finals, along with Minnesota, Columbus and Phoenix (which, ironically, played in Winnipeg before moving south).  And I feel bad for Canada, where hockey is so embedded in the culture - there hasn’t been a Canadian team in the finals since Vancouver in 2011.

But I’m happy as I can be for the Vegas Golden Knights, and especially their owner, Bill Foley.

Mr. Foley is a 1967 graduate of the US Military Academy (West Point) and he has been quite generous toward his alma mater.  He and his wife donated $15 million toward the construction of Army’s indoor practice facility, named the Foley Center in their honor.

It might interest readers to know that while military service is required of all West Point graduates, not all of them make the military their career. 

But the education, training and leadership experience they acquire along the way serves them well in a wide variety of fields after their service is over.  West Pointers can be found in prominent positions in business, government, education and the professions.

As one example,  newly-appointed Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, is a West Pointer. Graduated first in his class.

http://goarmywestpoint.com/sports/2015/3/6/GEN_20140101119.aspx?id=119

*********** The Shaq Shack is for sale.

Located in Windermere, Florida - outside Orlando - it’s been Shaq’s home since 1993.

Let’s see.  It’s fairly large - 31,000 square feet, with 12 bedrooms and two garages that can park a total of 17 cars.

The bed in the master bedroom is round, and it’s 15 feet in diameter.  Just imagine the kids running into your bedroom in the morning and jumping up and down on that one!

There’s a 6,000 square foot basketball court - with stands, even.  And a 95-foot long pool, complete with a waterfall.  (He calls it “Shaq-apulco.”)

It’s yours for $28 million.

*********** Sheahon Zenger was just fired as AD at Kansas. In my opinion, he should have been fired years ago, when he made one of the worst hires of all time.

Sam Mellinger writes in the Kansas City Star,  “That one bad hire was Charlie Weis, who needed fewer than three seasons to decimate the program in terms of talent, credibility, relationships, and self-esteem.”

After Weis’ classic flop at Notre Dame, who - other than Sheahon Zenger - couldn’t have predicted a repeat at Kansas?  For that alone,  Zenger should have been canned, along with whoever else in the university hierarchy approved Weis' hiring.  Instead of rubber-stamping Weis' contract, wasn’t there even one person in higher administration that looked at it… and then at Zenger…  and said, “are you out of your f—king mind?”

Weis’ contract called for a guaranteed $2.5 million a year for five years.  (On top of what Notre Dame was still paying him in severance.)

In Sheahon Zenger’s behalf, I should point out that a lot of the Charlie Weis contract was pure pie in the sky: a $50,000 bonus for winning five Big 12 games, plus $10,000 for each additional Big 12 win;  $100,000 for a conference championship;  $50,000 for appearing in a bowl game plus another $25,000 for winning the bowl game;   $100,000 for appearing in a BCS bowl game and $50,000 for winning it; and double those amounts if it's the national title game;  $50,000 for being voted the Big 12 coach of the year; $75,000 for being voted AP national coach of the year.

Weis cost KU so much, just in terms of money, that when it came time to let him go,  the contractual payout left them without the resources to make a big hire, and for his successor  they had to settle for hiring a position coach.

Writes Mellinger, “This is the state of Kansas athletics, then: milking every drop from basketball while desperately trying to achieve mediocrity in football, the whole process made more difficult by demographics, history, culture, self-inflicted obstacles, and counterproductive decisions.”

Jack Morrison, who publishes a great newsletter covering Army football, notes that Zenger’s previous stop was at Illinois State, the same place that served as the training ground for another  AD named Rick Greenspan, who, Jack writes, “destroyed the Army Football program, taking us 20 years to recover.”

Greenspan came on board as AD at West Point in 1999.

One of his first orders of business was to fire popular wishbone coach Bob Sutton, who only three years earlier had been Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, and replace him with a young coach named Todd Berry -  who just happened at the time to be head coach at Illinois State.  (It’s been confirmed by those in the know at West Point that two young coaches named Jim Tressell and Paul Johnson also expressed interest in the Army job at the time.) Todd Berry was not a bad coach, before or after Army, but he was a terrible hire at West Point, where his spread-it-out, throw-it-around offense was totally unsuited to the talent that a service academy can recruit. In four seasons, Army went 5-35 under him, including 0-13 in his last season.  Greenspan, having screwed up Army football, then moved on to Indiana and Rice, two places that, like West Point, were also happy to see him go.

Asks Jack Morrison, “Is there something in the water at Illinois State?”

 http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/sam-mellinger/article211599759.html#storylink=cpy

http://kentsterling.com/2010/01/18/john-feinstein-hates-rick-greenspan-and-wants-us-to-know-it/

*********** It was certainly scary reading about the cougar that attacked two mountain bikers, killing one of them, in the Cascade Range of Washington State. It’s rare enough that a Cougar attacks humans, and rarer still that it kills one. The Washington Fish and Game people have already caught the perpetrator and euthanized it, which is sort of a shame because I could see muzzling it and de-clawing it and turning it loose on the streets of Portland to have fun chasing the a**hole bicyclists who think they own the city.  (Actually, in terms of political influence, they do.)

*********** Billy Cannon was at one and the same time the world’s fastest shot-putter and the world’s strongest sprinter.  Take your pick.  He was big and strong and fast. As a high schooler, he set state records in both the 100 and the shot put. At a time when most coaches were scornful of the value of weight lifting (“it’ll make you musclebound!”), he was a pioneer in strength training.

Billy Cannon died this past weekend in St. Francisville, Louisiana.  He was 80.   He had two major impacts on the football world: he put LSU, then a regional power, on the national sports map; and as a Heisman Trophy winner,  his signing with the AFL gave it immediate legitimacy as a serious rival to the NFL.

His story is an amazing one  - from a poor neighborhood in Baton Rouge and a rough boyhood to a national championship and a Heisman Trophy at LSU,  to the middle of a huge legal battle for his services between two warring pro football leagues, to MVP awards in the AFL, to a major position change late in his career, to a prosperous dental practice and - wham! -  to time in a federal prison for counterfeiting, to running dental clinics and then overseeing all health services for the state penitentiary.

Thanks to the link to a story in his hometown paper to Josh Montgomery, a fellow Louisianan.

http://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/sports/lsu/article_8537dc96-6b22-11e6-aea3-639b033f8014.html

QUIZ ANSWER - A native of Columbus, Mississippi, Billy Brewer played QB and defensive back at Ole Miss.  In his three years at Ole Miss, the Rebels were 26-3-1. In his senior year, they went 10-1. They shut out eight opponents and  and gave up only 21 points all season.

After a brief spell in the pros, one year with the Redksins and one in Canada, he returned to Columbus to coach high school ball at his alma mater.  In 1970 the school was integrated, and under his leadership the races combined without incident and the team went undefeated.

In 1972 he was hired as an assistant at Southeast Louisiana, and when the head coach left two years later, he was hired to replace him.  In six years there, his record was 38-24-2, and he was hired by Louisiana Tech.  In three years there, he record was 19-15-1, and after the 1982 season, when his team went 10-3 and made it to the Division II semifinals, he was hired by Ole Miss - at a salary of $47,000 a year.

In 11 seasons at Ole Miss, from 1983 to 1993, he went 68-54-3, and took the Rebels to two top-25 finishes and three bowl game wins.  He was twice named SEC Coach of the Year.

He was head coach when defensive back Chucky Mullins was left paralyzed after making a tackle, and he remained close to his former player until he died.  He arranged to honor Mullins’ memory by permitting his players to earn the right to wear Mullin’s Number 38 in games.

He also instituted the now-traditional game day walk through The Grove by the Ole Miss team.

But the Rebels were twice nailed for infractions during his tenure, and following accusations of recruiting violations in 1994, he was fired and never coached again.

His overall record at three schools was 125-94-6.

Only the legendary Johnny Vaught won more games at Ole Miss than he did.

Billy Brewer died last Saturday.  He was 83.

https://www.clarionledger.com/story/sports/college/ole-miss/2018/05/12/former-ole-miss-coach-billy-brewer-dies-college-football-rebels/605519002/

https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/ole-miss-football/field-silent-ole-miss-quiet-life-billy-brewer/

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING BILLY BREWER- -

CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
TOM WALLS - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON

*********** Coach Brewer speaking about Chucky Mullins

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=billy+brewer+and+chucky+mullins#id=2&vid=785d0953bcd1a6b462f2d01736e84c08&action=click

*********** Chucky Mullins’ last appearance at an Ole Miss game

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=billy+brewer+and+chucky+mullins#id=6&vid=1ae3131d3a7b5cdaa104f127eb7048da&action=view

*********** Coach Brewer’s memorial service and the video

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=billy+brewer+and+chucky+mullins#id=5&vid=6e82aede77a1f3b8c2c6c143c688a38c&action=view

*********** I found a YouTube clip of Coach Brewer discussing his team's 1988 victory at Alabama. I think you'll enjoy it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIl4epSbFgQ

Greg Koenig
Cimarron, Kansas

*********** I was put on the trail of Billy Brewer as a quiz subject by Charlie Wilson, of Crystal River, Florida, and less than two weeks later we got the sad news of Coach Brewer’s death.  Charlie insisted that I include the story of Coach Brewer's - and Ole Miss’ - win over Mississippi State when a gust of wind "blocked" an otherwise perfect last-second MIssissippi State field goal attempt, preventing it from passing between the uprights and blowing it back into the field of play. There was a lot more to the game than that one play, though - after being blown out for three quarters, Ole Miss had taken advantage of Mississippi State miscues to score 17 points in the fourth quarter and take a 24-23 lead. And then, seemingly in control of the game, the Rebels fumbled and the Bulldogs recovered and put on a great last-minute drive to set up the fateful field goal attempt. For that, Charlie earns the top spot on the list of today’s QUIZ sleuths.

Short version:  https://youtu.be/-jR8hMnJusQ

Long version: https://youtu.be/onMCr29D1eo

*********** QUIZ:  He was a college QB at Morehead State, and then a successful high school coach in Ohio.  He was a college head coach at Murray State, Cincinnati, Kansas and Pitt and compiled an overall record of 76-55-4.  Only at Kansas did he have a losing record. (15-18-1), but 15 wins in four seasons doesn't look too shabby when you realize that their last three coaches  have won just 14 games combined - over  eight seasons.

Although he was 27-16-2 at Pitt - and 7-3-1 in his last year there (1989) -  he was let go, largely because of friction between him and his AD and the faculty athletic representative, and an uncooperative relationship with the news media.

In 2000 he and his wife founded Team Focus, dedicated to providing motivation and support to boys without fathers.

In 2007, along with Ron Benson,  he co-wrote his autobiography, “Coach’s Challenge: Faith, Football and Filling the Father Gap.”

He has worked as a color analyst on ESPN.



american flagFRIDAY,  MAY 18,  2018 “Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”   Woody Hayes

*********** It’s always sad when a giant falls. 
Don Markham died Monday.

But his football legacy lives on.   I think it’s fair to call him the Father of the Modern Double Wing.

There was nothing new about the formation, and nothing innovative about the name, which dates to Pop Warner.  And his signature off-tackle play, with the quarterback leading, predated him.

But he brought to his offense a common-sense, no-nonsense focus, a confidence, a hard-nosed relentlessness, that few coaches possess.

I first saw his Double Wing when I was in Finland, 30 years ago.  He coached a very good team, the Roosters, from the capital city, Helsinki.  I coached a team from Jyväskylä (I bet you can't pronounce it) , a small city three hours to the north.   How good were the Roosters?  Well, they had money - they could afford to bring over TWO American coaches - Don Markham could concentrate on offense. They had good Finnish players, and at a time when their rules permitted only one American on the field at any time (and he couldn’t be a quarterback) they had a killer running game with a really good running back from Cal State Northridge named Mike Kane.  They killed people with that damned off-tackle toss play. They killed us.  They killed everybody. They killed other Helsinki-based teams, too - teams much better than us.  In 1988, they scored 470 points in 9 games.  Those other teams were coached by D-III college and JC coaches from California, and they couldn’t figure out a way to stop his offense, either.

I am not stupid.  I saw what was going on,  and I saw the problems that good coaches were having. Two years later, when  I learned that Don Markham was coaching an Oregon high school team, I managed to film two of his post-season games,  and I incorporated that off-tackle play into my offense. I had been running the Wing-T for eight years, and I had a double-tight formation as part of my package, so Don’s play was an easy addition, and it gave me the one thing I felt I lacked - a good power play.  I called it Super Power.   If I hadn’t already been running the Wing-T, I wouldn’t have considered adding an orphan play, no matter how good it was.  But to my Wing-T it was no orphan - it was consistent with everything else we ran, and it was a fairly quick and easy way to make my Wing-T better.   It not only made it better - it persuaded me to stay in that Double Wing formation 90 per cent of the time, and run most of my offense from it.

I’ve done my share in popularizing the Double Wing, but I’ve tried to be good about recognizing Don Markham as the source of my “Super Power”  (just as I’ll always credit the people at Delaware for the Wing-T that made it all possible).

I respect what he did as a coach and as a contributor to our game.   And while we weren’t friends,  neither were we the enemies that certain people wanted us to be, as if we led warring tribes of Double-Wingers.

His obituaries chiefly concentrate on his coaching in California, where he’s legendary.  They don’t mention some of the other places.

They scarcely mention that in his brief time in Oregon, his Bandon teams beat opponents so badly that it led to what has been called  by some the “Markham Rule,” by others the “Bandon Rule,” aimed at keeping scores from getting out of hand.  You could, to some degree, say that he helped bring about all the “mercy rule” nonsense that we have to deal with today.  Let’s just say that he didn’t see any point in telling his offense to stop scoring.  In an article in the Portland Oregonian, he noted, quite logically, that nobody every told volleyball teams not to beat their opponents by as many points as they could.  And let’s be reasonable - he wasn’t throwing deep and he wasn’t running triple reverses - he was RUNNING OFF-TACKLE!  Everybody in the world knew what he was going to do - and they still couldn’t stop him.

They don’t mention his time in Finland, which  when he coached there, was as far advanced as any European country in the quality of play of its American football.  In my two years of coaching against him, the Roosters  were 8-1 in 1987 and 9-0 in 1988, and they won back-to-back national championships.  In 1988 they averaged 52 points a game and  gave up a total of 65 all season.

They don’t mention that he once owned a team in England’s Budweiser League.  He told me that he finally figured out how to get players to come to practice (a huge problem with European guys that drives American coaches crazy) - he had bangers (sausages) and beer afterward.

And they don’t mention Toronto.  When Gary Etcheverry was named head coach of the CFL Toronto Argonauts, he announced that Don Markham was going to be his offensive coordinator.  (Gary was a believer.  He had coached the double wing in Stuttgart, Germany, and in Canada, as an assistant to Don Matthews, he actually prevailed on Matthews to let him run some double wing in the CFL.  I still have the video somewhere.)  When word got out among the Toronto players that this new head coach was planning on bringing in a guy to run the  DOUBLE WING (!?!) they all but mutinied. Why, they were professionals! It was beneath their dignity to ask them to run a high school offense!  Management panicked and overruled their head coach, and Gary Etcheverry had to tell Don Markham, who’d already bought his airline ticket, not to bother coming.

(Wouldn’t the Toronto newspaper guys have had a hell of a time explaining his offensive success, eh?)

Don Markham’s greatest contribution to our game, in my opinion, was more than an offense.  Others have been successful with it, but none - no one - as successful as him.  The difference, very simply, was the Touch of the Master’s Hand.  Anyone who knows the poem will understand.

http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-high-school-sports-updates-don-markham-the-coach-known-for-the-1526338363-htmlstory.html

*********** I read somewhere that some government agency is shocked - shocked - that pedestrian deaths are up by something like 40 per cent in recent years.  Yeah, what a complete surprise.

The article suggested it might have something to do with the fact that Americans are driving  larger vehicles - like maybe when you sit up so high up in the Escalade or that F-350 you can’t see those little folks crossing the street.

Actually, the problem is  big folks. They  casually stroll across  busy streets, engrossed in the tiny screens on those smartphones they’re picking away at, oblivious to any other sound than what’s coming through those buds in their ears.   With all the talk about autonomous vehicles, it appears we’re already there with pedestrians.  Surely, someone - or something -  else is doing the thinking for them.  One thing about artificial intelligence - it's better than no intelligence at all.

While our police carry out stings to entrap drivers who don’t stop for people in crosswalks, in the process they seem to have created a sense of entitlement among pedestrians.  (Ever try honking at one of those a**holes?)

Whatever happened to “Look both ways?… Cross at the intersection?…Don’t dart out from between parked cars?”  What are they teaching in schools in place of that life-saving wisdom?  (That’s rhetorical.  I already know. The Joy of Gay Sex in Racist America.)

*********** Coach Kaz - Mark Kaczmarek, of Davenport, Iowa, mentioned  “Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer,” by Warren St. John as  a good read.  He is right on. Briefly, it follows the Alabama RV Army - the pack of Crimson Tide fans who follow their beloved team, home and away, throughout the season,   I told Mark there was something archeological about the book,  like learning about about the existence of some previously unknown tribe that’s been living among us undetected.

*********** Mary Wells Lawrence is 89 now.  But when I first knew her - knew of her is a better way to put it - she was in her 30s.   I was working in advertising and marketing with a large brewing company, and Mary Wells and her work were the talk of the advertising world.   (She became Mary Wells Lawrence when she married Harding Lawrence, the CEO of Braniff International Airlines, one of her clients.)

Refused the presidency of the ad agency that she had helped build into one of New York’s best-known, she co-founded her own agency, Wells, Rich, Greene, which became legendary in the business.

If you lived in the 60s and 70s, you remember some of the ads they produced…

Alka-Seltzer: “Plop, plop, fizz, fizz - oh what a relief it is…”
“Mama Mia… that’s a spicy meat ball-a.”
“I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”
“Try it - you’ll like it.”
“No matter what shape your stomach’s in.”
I (heart) New York
Trust the Midas Touch
At Ford, Quality is Job One
Flick your Bic
Raise your hand if you’re Sure
(Sure deodorant)
Braniff - Planes in six different pastel colors; stewardesses (yes, I know - they’re now “flight attendants.” And some of them are male, too.  Well, sort of.) in smart-looking pastel-colored outfits.

In an interview I read recently, she noted that while she was the best known woman in the business, there were other women in advertising at the time, and she ascribed her being the one to make to the top to an “extreme and urgent desire to be successful.”

“You can’t just be you,” she said. “You have to double yourself.  You have to read books on subjects you know nothing about.  You have to travel to places you never thought of traveling to.  You have to meet every kind of person and endlessly stretch what you know.”

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=vintage+alka-seltzer+tv+commercials#id=20&vid=0cbb58c2596c86a53bdbe07b6f3e6f5c&action=view

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=vintage+alka-seltzer+tv+commercials#id=32&vid=2e240568df63b66d22f75217bb5f45ba&action=view

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=vintage+alka-seltzer+tv+commercials#action=view&id=49&vid=10b28206fc5ffcb085acc01fe5b26877

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=spigot-chr-ffmac&p=vintage+alka-seltzer+tv+commercials#action=view&id=24&vid=c75fde3fc40fc4b69626a831efb1fb1d

https://proofisinthewriting.com/2018/03/23/advertising-legend-mary-wells-lawrence/

*********** I had a nice long talk with Mike Lude on Tuesday.  We got going, as we often do, on any number of topics.  I mentioned my writing about the “Cry Down” rule, and that got us going on the scoop-and-score. Mike served for several years as chairman of the Football Rules Committee, and that brought up the fact that there was a direct line in that chairmanship position from Amos Alonzo Stagg to Fritz Crisler to Dave Nelson (the Dave Nelson who was Mike’s coach at Hillsdale and his boss at Maine and Delaware - the same Dave Nelson who gave us the Delaware Wing-T).

“Dave hated the idea of the defense advancing a fumble,” Mike said, believing that it resulted in lucky scores.

Dave Nelson was first and foremost a defender of the game of football, and he saw that as the purpose of the rules committee.  Mike said, “I heard Dave say more than once, ‘We’ve got to protect the integrity of the game.’”

We got on the subject of  kids' specializing in one sport.  He’s opposed. “You don’t have very many years to be a kid.  You have a long time to be an adult.”

He lives in Tucson and he’s pretty close to the Arizona program.  He likes Kevin Sumlin, the Wildcats’ new coach, and he likes the AD, a Michigander like him.

We talked a bit about Sumlin, and how it appeared that it was a matter of some alums at Texas A & M getting tired of him.  “That’s a tough place,”  Mike said, noting that they’ve had some good very coaches who’ve never been able to satisfy those alumni.

He mentioned his days as  recruiter - for years he was Delaware’s only recruiter, and he did it year-round  - and how many valuable things he picked up from high school coaches, including the “bounce pass” that he got from a coach in Texas.

He talked about Dave Nelson’s arriving at the idea of going under center - changing from single wing to Wing-T.

He remembers Nelson saying, “We’ve got to protect Harold Martin - he’s the only tailback we’ve got.  We might even have to look at T-formation.”

And the other coaches looked at him as if he were crazy.  “T formation? That’s not even football!”

*********** Who can predict the effects of the Supreme Court decision that basically opens the door to legal sports in the several states?  The Wall Street Journal’s  Jason Gay went out on a limb to say that it will almost certainly affect what we read on the sports pages, what we see on the SportsCenters, and what we hear on sportstalk radio.  They will be loaded, he predicts, with every little story having even the slightest impact on the odds and the point spreads of any event known to man.

Sheesh. And just as  newspapers are laying off talented writers and the sports section of your local paper is starting to look  more and more like a local edition of USA Today.

Personally, I can see one bright side: I'm sick unto death of all the human interest stories in our paper's sports section, and if a story about how an injury to the starting long snapper is affecting the point spread in Sunday’s game means they’ll have to spike the one about the high school girl who’s pursuing her Olympic rhythmic gymnastic dreams while trying to raise a fatherless child, then so be it.

*********** I belong to something called the Professional Football Researchers Association.  Sounds prestigious, and it will look great in an obituary, but anyone can join. Don't worry - you don’t have to write a thing.  I’m mainly interested in reading what other people write in its publications. Good stuff. To join:  $35 a year.  www.profootballresearchers.com/join.htm

One of the articles in the March-April edition of its magazine, “Coffin Corner,” contained a listing of all the former pro football players who died in 2017: Jackie Burkett… J.C. Caroline… Bernie Casey… Dan Currie… Larry Grantham… Ralph Guglielmi… Alex Hawkins… Ben Hawkins… Cortez Kennedy… Yale Lary… Tommy Nobis… Babe Parilli… Ara Parseghian (he played with the Browns)… Sonny Randle… Y. A. Tittle

It included the ages of all the players, which got my interest because of all the stuff we hear about the way playing football can led to premature death, blah, blah, blah.

A search through the list suggests that the common belief that pro football players have shorter life expectancies might be a myth. Consider:

IN 2017, 117 former pro football players died.

74 of them were 75 or older.  That’s 63 per cent. (17 of them were 90 or older - 14.5 per cent)

18 of them were 65-74

That’s 92 guys 65 and older - 78.6 per cent

In other words, 78.6 per cent of the ex-pro football players had made it at least to “retirement age.”

Amazingly, the Center for Disease Control says that for all men in the general population, that figure is 78.5 per cent. (for women, it's 86.7 per cent.)


https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr53/nvsr53_06.pdf

*********** Grandview University (college?) in Des Moines just hired (get this)

Dana Hustedt as the first woman to be the director of the eSports program.

Dana was one helluva softball player (volleyball, basketball, and track as well).  She is Grandview alum, and is the younger sister of Keith Hustedt (Galva-Holstein if you remember) and Chad Hustedt (also played for me there).

Part of me wants to say "C'mon Man!".  The other part says "way to go Dana!" 

But seriously growing up my dad always said Donkey Kong wasn't going to get me to college.....35 years later here we are....LOL

Brad Knight
Clarinda, Iowa

elmwood marine

*********** I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to coach Marine Captain Vidal Rodriguez.

Vidal was our 2005 Black Lion awardee. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was recently awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Todd Hollis
Elmwood, Illinois

WRITE ME AND ENROLL YOUR TEAM IN THE BLACK LION AWARD PROGRAM - blacklionaward@mac.com

IT’S A GREAT WAY TO RECOGNIZE A  PLAYER WHO PUTS HIS TEAM FIRST AND INSPIRES OTHERS BY HIS LEADERSHIP - THERE’S NO COST TO YOU - OTHER THAN THE EFFORT INVOLVED IN WRITING NICE THINGS ABOUT A KID YOU’RE VERY PROUD OF.




*********** Evidently all you have to do to enroll in a Dallas high school is tell them that you were left homeless by a hurricane.

At least that’s how a 25-year-old guy - who’s played college basketball and has at least one child - was able to pass himself off as a 17-year-old freshman and play on the school’s varsity basketball team. 

And date a 14-year-old classmate.

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2018/05/15/25-year-old-man-arrested-after-posing-dallas-isd-high-schooler-officials-say

*********** Canada does not have the extensive school-sponsored sports programs that we have, relying instead on community organizations (pronounced “organ-eye-zations”) to provide the teams, the equipment and the coaching.  In suburban Winnipeg, Tom Walls, an expatriate American, and his wife, Shandy, have built such an organization, the Sunrise Coyotes, from scratch. 

Tom writes,

Coach,

It is interesting that you would feature the article on the girl football league in Utah this week. Today, the CFL, did a story on the girls football league here in Winnipeg. The girls in the picture are my quarterback and linebacker. Here is a link to the article.

https://www.cfl.ca/2018/05/16/canadas-girls-tackle-football-league-breaking-barriers/

*********** Former PGA golfer Doug Ford died. He was 95, and the oldest living Masters champion.

He played in the days when golfers drove from tournament to tournament, hoping at least to make enough money to enable them to get to the next stop.

He said he would laugh when he’d hear a TV announcer talking about a present-day guy having to make a “pressure putt.”

“He’s got about a four-footer to win $800,000.  If he misses, he’s going to get $500,000.”

He said, “You should have played when I played, when you’d have that length of a putt for $100 to get to the next town.  That’s pressure.”


*********** QUIZ ANSWER: BILL GLASS was a unanimous two-way All-American lineman at Baylor in 1956. In 10 games he was credited with 154 tackles. A first round draft pick of the Detroit Lions, he chose instead to play one year in the CFL with Saskatchewan before returning to the US.  He spent 11 years in the NFL - four with the Lions and seven with the Cleveland Browns.  He went from Detroit to the Browns as part of a blockbuster deal in which the two teams swapped starting quarterbacks Milt Plum and Jim Ninowski.

As a defensive end, he made it to four Pro Bowls, and he is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

A deeply religious person, he attended a seminary in the latter years of his career, and he was encouraged by the Reverend Billy Graham to enter the ministry.

He did so, and since 1972 he has devoted his life to bringing Christ to prison inmates, through his Behind the Walls ministry.

https://www.behindthewalls.com/

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING BILL GLASS
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
TOM WALLS - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

*********** Bill Glass' book, "Get in the Game," is an interesting autobiography/expression of his faith.

QUIZ - A native of Columbus, Mississippi, he played QB and defensive back at Ole Miss.  In his three years at Ole Miss, the Rebels were 26-3-1. In his senior year, they went 10-1. They shut out eight opponents and  and gave up only 21 points all season.

After a brief spell in the pros, one year with the Redksins and one in Canada, he returned to Columbus to coach high school ball at his alma mater.  In 1970 the school was integrated, and under his leadership the races combined without incident and the team went undefeated.

In 1972 he was hired as an assistant at Southeast Louisiana, and when the head coach left two years later, he was hired to replace him.  In six years there, his record was 38-24-2, and he was hired by Louisiana Tech.  In three years there, he record was 19-15-1, and after the 1982 season, when his team went 10-3 and made it to the Division II semifinals, he was hired by Ole Miss - at a salary of $47,000 a year.

In 11 seasons at Ole Miss, from 1983 to 1993, he went 68-54-3, and took the Rebels to two top-25 finishes and three bowl game wins.  He was twice named SEC Coach of the Year.

He was head coach when defensive back Chucky Mullins was left paralyzed after making a tackle, and he remained close to his former player until he died.  He arranged to honor Mullins’ memory by permitting his players to earn the right to wear Mullin’s Number 38 in games.

He also instituted the now-traditional game day walk through The Grove by the Ole Miss team.

But the Rebels were twice nailed for infractions during his tenure, and following accusations of recruiting violations in 1994, he was fired and never coached again.

His overall record at three schools was 125-94-6.

Only the legendary Johnny Vaught won more games at Ole Miss than he did.

He died last Saturday.  He was 83.



american flagTUESDAY,  MAY 15,  2018 “It has long been the desire of our enemies to deepen and widen the line of separation between the white and colored people of this country.” Stephen Douglass

*********** The Supreme Court, by a 6-3 vote,  ruled that it’s up to the individual states, and not the federal government, to decide whether gambling on sports should be legalized.

Living in a state that has legalized the sale and use of marijuana, I just can’t see what business it is of the United States government whether or not I can legally get down a bet on a football game. (Or a hockey game or a tennis match, or whether the first pitch in the World Series will be a strike or a ball.)

The major professional sports leagues opposed the ruling, arguing mainly that legal gambling on their sports would jeopardize their “integrity.”

What they were really saying, though - with some justification - was that they hadn’t yet figured out a way to make money off the gambling on their sport, and it pisses them off no end that somebody else is about to do so.

New Jersey, the state that brought the suit that resulted in the court decision, is expected to be the first state (other than Nevada, which already has legal sports betting) to allow sports books.  Atlantic City, whose casinos had been hurt by a proliferation of casinos in nearby states, expects a revitalization with the introduction of sports gambling - at least until Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland get into the business themselves.

As with any new industry, there’s a shortage of people in the states who know the first damn thing about the gambling business, which is where companies like Paddy Power come in.  Paddy Power, an Irish gambling firm, is a big factor in Australia, where gambling is in the blood of every Aussie.  My son, who lives in Melbourne, has been working for Paddy Power, and he assures me that they’ve been watching the US situation very closely, awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision and an opportunity to offer their expertise.

*********** These Democrat weenies in Congress who have been making a big show of opposing the nomination of Gina Haspel to be head of the CIA make me want to puke.  They call waterboarding torture?  Okay, then. No more waterboarding.

Who needs it?

The next time we need to get some crucial info out of a captured enemy combatant, I’ve got a better idea: we put his sorry ass through two-a-days. In the Deep South. In early August.

*********** I was at a high school track meet on Saturday, and I saw an athlete - a very good athlete who was fast enough to win the 100 and good enough to finish second in the discus - with the name “BAYSINGER” on the back of his warmup top.

I’d seen that name, spelled that way, only once before - when I was a little boy, madly in love with the great Army football teams of Blanchard and Davis, and Navy had a quarterback with the unforgettable name of Reeves Baysinger.

I asked the kid and his father, who was with him, if there could possibly be any relation to the Navy quarterback, and to their credit they did not look at me as if I were crazy.  Instead, they actually showed some interest.  They’d never heard of anyone who spelled it that way, either.

Reeves Baysinger was named for his dad, who lettered at Syracuse in football, basketball and baseball in the 1920s.  He spent 20 years in a number of capacities in the Syracuse athletic department, and was head coach of the Orangemen for two years in the late 1940s.

His son and namesake was an outstanding high school athlete, helping lead Staunton Military Academy to the Virginia Military Schools championship, and enrolled at Syracuse where he played freshman football and basketball.

But World War II was on, and he was drafted into the Navy, where undoubtedly his athletic ability had something to do with his enrollment at the Naval Academy. There, he was a three-year starter at quarterback, and a pitcher on the Navy baseball team.

He played the entire 1946 game against Army, a game in which Navy, loser of seven straight games, faced an Army powerhouse that had gone 26 straight games without a loss.  A 0-0 tie with unbeaten Notre Dame earlier that season was Army’s only non-win in three years, and the Cadets went into the Army-Navy game a 28-point favorite.

But Navy didn’t roll over. Baysinger
led the Middies on three scoring drives, scoring one touchdown and throwing for another.  And with less than two minutes to play, and Army leading, 21-18 , Navy was driving again, deep into Army territory.

From an account in Sports Illustrated in 1961:

With fourth down on the Army 23, Chewning broke off tackle and scampered to the Army three-yard line before he was finally hauled down.

Navy had four downs, 90 seconds and three yards to go for a touchdown and what The New York Times said would be "the upset of the ages."

Baysinger handed off to Chewning, but Hank Foldberg and Goble Bryant ripped through the Navy line to stop the hard-charging fullback for no gain.

Now it was second down and still three yards to go. Chewning took the ball again, and this time Poole smashed him to the ground for no gain.


Just 60 seconds were left on the clock. Before the next play could begin, however, Navy was penalized five yards for taking too many time-outs. Now they had to go eight yards in two tries.


The Middies shifted quickly from the T to a single-wing formation. The ball was snapped back to Hawkins. He took two steps forward and then lateraled to Williams. Army had the play diagnosed, however, and Williams was snowed under by a mass of Army tacklers at the five-yard line.


Fifty-three precious seconds had gone by. There were just seven seconds left to play. Part of the huge crowd was pressed against the sidelines. Navy Coach Tom Hamilton sent in a substitute in a frantic effort to stop the clock. But the officials didn't see him in time. The second hand on the clock kept moving, and suddenly, before Navy could start another play, the gun went off. Army had held, and their undefeated streak was intact. Blanchard and Davis had played their last game for Army, and an era had ended at West Point.


The narrow win did preserve Army’s third straight unbeaten season, but it cost Army a third straight national championship.  After their tie earlier in the season, Notre Dame had swept through its schedule unbeaten, and most national polls awarded the Irish the title.

Reeves Baysinger graduated from Annapolis in 1949, and saw wartime duty in Korea and Vietnam. He earned a Bronze Star for Valor in Vietnam, and rose in the Navy to the rank of captain.  He died in 1972 of Hodgkins Disease.  He was just 45.


http://www.orangehoops.org/RBaysinger.htm

https://www.si.com/vault/1961/12/04/618701/the-middies-mock-the-odds

*********** I think  that was a football book that I just read. It was supposed to be, anyhow.  The cover said it was “the best football novel in years.”  In the bookstore a few years ago, I did find it in among all the other football books.  And the protagonist did play a season of football for a fictional SEC school named Sparta University.  But other than that, “The Forever Season,” a first novel written in 1995 by an author named Don Keith, is not what I would call a “football novel.” It is a pretty good read, but - trigger warning - it’s what I would call dark.


*********** I’m not opposed to girls playing tackle football, but I’m strongly opposed to their playing it on boys’ teams.  Dammit, there has to be one place left in society for boys to be boys. (Thanks a lot, Boy Scouts.)

In Utah, a lot of girls are playing tackle football, but they’re doing it the right way.  On girls’ teams.

Just a few years ago, in 2015, they started with 50 girls,  said league president Brent Gordon.  “Now, just three years later, we are up to 280 girls on 18 different teams.”

http://www.murrayjournal.com/2018/05/07/172787/three-murray-sisters-among-the-hundreds-playing-girls-tackle-football-this-spring


*********** OMG!!  What's next??  Scholarships for outstanding usage of cell phone apps??

Speaking of that type of thing

Do you know that in our school we award "varsity" letters to band, drama, and robotics?  Same looking letter as the athletes receive... same jacket.  In other schools I know of students in those other extra-curricular activities receive "varsity" letters too...but the letters are called "Academic" letters that look different than the "Athletic" letters... and so are the jackets!  Causes a bit of a consternation when a student is involved in both.  Which jacket does mom and dad (or just mom... or just dad... or...) buy??  Or does mom and dad (or mom... or dad... or...) buy both??

Thanks for the info on Ben Franklin, the Quakers, and the Pennsylvania Dutch.  I knew there were a lot of Germans (Amish, Mennonites, etc.) living there, so the reference to "Deutsch" becoming the term "Dutch" makes a lot of sense.  Is it true that the term "Quakers" itself refers to the story that those of that religious belief would "quake" while they prayed??

I've always held the belief that the Russians are scared to death of the Finns because of "sisu".

My gut tells me that your statistical reference regarding the results of consumption of beer in this country would definitely lead to... SOFTER.

Have a great weekend!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

Hi Joe-

I saw this all starting to come years ago, when it was game-day Friday and as the kids filed down to the gym for our pep assembly, I asked the AD when he wanted the football team introduced (a ritual part of every pep assembly) and he said, “We’re not introducing the football team today.”  I said “WTF?  Who are we going to introduce?” and he said, “The volleyball team. You know, Hugh, we have other sports besides football.”

“Then why,” I asked, "do we always have pep assemblies on the days we have football games?”

Not too many years after that, I was at another school.  The football team won a state championship - the first ever for a team of any classification from our corner of the state.  The community planned to hold a big parade for the team.  But no, said certain objectors. What about the volleyball team? They won the district title.

Nothing against volleyball, you understand.  It’s a good sport.  It just happened to be the big girls’ sport in the fall.

But that “other sports besides football” thing has taken its toll.  You can’t keep awarding letters for band, drama and robotics, and not erode the importance of football to a school.  When everything is important, nothing is important.

I believe the Russians are afraid of the Finns.  The Finns know they could never beat the Russians.   The objective of their Puolustus Voima (Defense Force) is to make sure that the Russians know that defeating the Finns will come at a very high price.  That’s definitely an expression of SISU.  You may beat me, but you will pay.  Like the old Pittsburgh Steelers, when they ran the single wing: you might beat them, but you wouldn’t enjoy the experience.

Yes, the Quakers earned their nickname that way.  The original holy rollers!


*********** Is America still making men? By Dennis Prager

Every society has to answer a few basic questions in order to succeed and even in order to survive. One of them is, "How do we make good men?"

The reason for the importance of this question is simple: Males untutored about how to control their natures will likely do much harm.

Conversely, males who are taught to how to control themselves and to channel their drives in positive directions make the world a much better place. The good man is a glory of civilization; the bad man ruins it.

Throughout American history, American society asked, "How do we make men?" (It was understood that "man" meant a good man.) Anyone who thought about the subject knew that boys who are not transformed into men remain boys. And when too many boys do not grow up into men, women suffer and society suffers.

For much of American history, making boys into men was understood to be of supreme importance, and society was usually successful. When I was a boy in the 1950s, without anyone expressly defining it, I knew what a man was supposed to be. And I knew that society, not to mention my parents, expected me to be one. It went without explicitly saying so that I would have to make a living, support myself as soon as possible and support a family thereafter.

When I acted immaturely, I was told to be or act like a man. I wonder how many boys are told to "be a man" today; and if they were, would they have a clue as to what that meant? It would appear that for millions of American boys, this has not been the reality for decades. Many families and society as a whole seem to have forgotten boys need to be made into men.

There are numerous reasons:

1. The distinction between men and boys has been largely obliterated. The older males that many American boys encounter are essentially older boys, not men. They speak, dress, and act similarly (think of men who "high-five" young boys instead of shaking their hands). And they are almost all called by their first names. Even when a boy (or girl) addresses an adult male as "Mr.," many men will correct the young boy or girl -- "Call me" and then give the young person his first name. This is often true even with regard to teachers, physicians and members of the clergy. When a young person calls an adult by his first name, the status of the two individuals has been essentially equated. Boys need men to respect. It's not impossible to do so when they call men by their first names, but it makes it much harder.

2. Boys today have fewer adult men in their lives than ever before. Many boys are not raised by any father. More are not raised by a father who lives in the home full time. Nearly every teacher and principal American boys have in elementary and high school is a female. The boy's clergy person and physician may well be women. And few male figures in contemporary film radiate manhood as defined above.

3. The ideals of masculinity and femininity have been largely rendered extinct. Feminism, arguably the most influential American movement of the 20th century, declared war on the concepts of femininity and masculinity. And for much of the population, it was victorious. Indeed, thanks to the feminist teaching that male and female human beings are essentially the same (note, incidentally, that no one argues that male and female animals are the same, only human beings are), untold numbers of boys have been raised as if they were like girls. They were denied masculine toys such as play guns and toy soldiers, and their male forms of play -- e.g., roughhousing -- were banned.

4. America has become a rights-centered rather than a responsibility-centered society. Aside from helping to produce a pandemic of narcissism, the rights-centered mindset is the opposite of the obligation/responsibility-centered mindset that makes a boy into a man. It is not good for either sex to be rights-preoccupied; but it is particularly devastating to developing men, as men are supposed to be obligation-directed. The baby boomer generation helped destroy manhood in most of the ways described here. One additional example was its widespread slogan, "Make love, not war." One cannot come up with a more unmanly piece of advice: "Don't fight for your country, screw girls." If the greatest generation had adopted that motto, Hitler and Tojo would have won. A few years ago, the city of Chicago named a street after Hugh Hefner, a man who has played games much of the day and night, lived in pajamas and devoted his life to sex -- quite a model of manhood for American boys.

5. There are few places where men can bond with other men. One major way men become men is by associating with other good men. The only places left where this normally takes place are sports teams and the military. The same holds true for boys. And much of society is now working on breaking the most significant all-boys institution, the Boy Scouts.

6. Males no longer have distinctive roles. Men do best when they are relied upon, when needed; and they feel most needed when they do something distinct from women. This exists today in sports and the military. It is symbolic -- significantly so -- that there are no more "men at work" signs on highways. Now "people" are at work. "Men" have disappeared.

7. Many churches and synagogues have been feminized. This has occurred in at least three important ways: Clergy are increasingly female (and touchy-feely males) -- for the first time in Christian and Jewish history; God is often depicted as androgynous and no longer either demanding or judging (He just loves all the time); and religion has been changed from morally and theologically demanding to a therapeutic model. So religion, too, has become yet another place where boys encounter few men, and few masculine models (even in God, as noted, is no longer masculine).

8. Instead of the traditional American model of masculinity, which was a rare combination of masculine toughness and stoicism with doing good (e.g., Superman), boys are now taught to be preoccupied with their feelings and with (unearned) self-esteem. They are not even allowed to lose; all boys playing a sport are given trophies, not just winners.

9. Increasingly, marriage is regarded as optional. The most obvious expression of men assuming responsibility -- marrying a woman and taking care of her and their children -- is no longer a male ideal. Vast numbers of men quite openly admit to having problems with the C-word (commitment) and responsibility of being a family's sole breadwinner.

When boys do not become men, women assume their roles. But they are not happy doing so. There are any number of reasons American women suffer from depression more than ever before and more than men. It is difficult to believe that one of those reasons is not the very emasculation of men that the movement working in their name helped to bring about. And so, a vicious cycle has commenced -- men stop being men; women become man-like; men retreat even further from their manly role; and women get sadder.

https://townhall.com/columnists/dennisprager/2010/01/19/is-america-still-making-men-n1291870

*********** FROM THE NEW PLAYBOOK…

I BELIEVE IN ALWAYS PRACTICING PUNTING OUT OF OUR OWN END ZONE.  EVERY DAY, WE’LL PUT THE BALL ON THE ONE YARD LINE, AND TELL THE PUNTER (1) TO MAKE SURE HE’S A YARD IN FRONT OF THE END LINE , AND (2) NOT TO TAKE A STEP BACK.  HE KNOWS HE HAS TO GET IT AWAY QUICKLY, BUT HE ALSO KNOWS (HE’S TOLD THIS A LOT) NEVER TO BE AFRAID TO TAKE A SAFETY IF HE HAS TO.

THIS IS ALSO THE TIME TO PRACTICE ACTUALLY TAKING A SAFETY – ANTICIPATING A SITUATION WHEN YOU’RE BACKED UP AND A SHORT PUNT CAN GIVE OPPONENTS GREAT FIELD POSITION – AND YOU’RE AHEAD BY ENOUGH THAT YOU CAN AFFORD TO GIVE UP TWO POINTS IN RETURN FOR GETTING A FREE KICK FROM THE 20.

IN MY SENIOR YEAR OF HIGH SCHOOL, WE WERE BEATING OUR ARCHRIVALS 7-0, LATE IN THE GAME.  BUT AFTER PUTTING ON A GREAT GOAL LINE STAND, WE COULDN’T MOVE THE BALL, AND WE HAD TO PUNT OUT OF OUR OWN END ZONE.  OUR PUNTER WAS A VERY GOOD ATHLETE BUT SOMEWHAT LACKING IN THE BRAINS DEPARTMENT, AND WHEN HE BOBBLED THE SNAP, HE PICKED IT UP AND RAN.  FIGHTING LIKE A TIGER TO GET THE BALL OUT OF THE END ZONE, HE SHOOK OFF THREE OR FOUR TACKLERS – AND MADE IT OUT TO THE ONE.

WITH FIRST AND GOAL FROM THE ONE, THE OPPONENTS PUNCHED IT IN, AND WE ENDED UP TIED, 7-7. THE TIE WOULD COST US A LEAGUE TITLE.


*********** QUIZ ANSWER.  If ever there was a coach whose career was defined by one freak play,  Paul Wiggin is that coach.
He went to high school in Manteca, California and then Modesto Junior College.

From there, he went to Stanford where he was an All-American lineman, and team co-captain along with another All-American, quarterback John Brodie.

Drafted sixth (73rd overall) by the Cleveland Browns, he spent his entire 11-year career with them, twice earning Pro Bowl honors at defensive end.  He was part of the Browns’ unit that pulled off an incredible  shutout of the Baltimore Colts,  the league’s most powerful offensive team, in the 1964 NFL championship game.

After retirement as a player, he spent seven years with the 49ers as an assistant before being hired as head coach by the Chiefs.  He was fired before the end of his third season, with an 11-24 record.

He spent two years as defensive coordinator of the Saints before being hired as head coach at Stanford.

His quarterback for three years was John Elway, but in his four years on The Farm, he never made it to a bowl game.  It was his misfortune to be the Stanford coach in the “Big Game” against Cal, a game won by the Golden Bears as a result of The Play - an incredible, multi-lateral kickoff return that stole an almost-certain win from Stanford.   Had Stanford won the game,  their record of 6-5 might have been enough to qualify for a bowl game.  And it would have left his three-year record at 16-17.  Instead, the Cardinal finished 5-6, making his three-year record 15-18.  And the next year, with Elway gone, Stanford cratered.  The Cardinal went 1-10, and with a four-year record of 16-28, the coach was gone, too.
 
From 1985 through 1991 he coached the Vikings’ defensive line, and from 1992 through 2015 he worked with the Vikings in pro player personnel.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING PAUL WIGGIN:
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA

*********** Check out this YouTube video of Paul Wiggin discussing what winning a championship meant to him. Great stuff!

Greg Koenig
Cimarron, Kansas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qgi6ajm2V5I.

*********** QUIZ - He was a unanimous two-way All-American lineman at Baylor in 1956. In 10 games he was credited with 154 tackles.

A first round draft pick of the Detroit Lions, he chose instead to play one year in the CFL with Saskatchewan before returning to the US.  He spent 11 years in the NFL - four with the Lions and seven with the Cleveland Browns.  He went from Detroit to the Browns as part of a blockbuster deal in which the two teams swapped starting quarterbacks Milt Plum and Jim Ninowski.
 
As a defensive end, he made it to four Pro Bowls, and he is in the College Football Hall of Fame.

A deeply religious person, he attended a seminary in the latter years of his career, and he was encouraged by the Reverend Billy Graham to enter the ministry.

He did so, and since 1972 he has devoted his life to bringing Christ to prison inmates, through his Behind the Walls ministry.


american flagFRIDAY,  MAY 11,  2018 “If anything goes bad, I did it. If anything goes semi-good, we did it. If anything goes really good, then you did it. That’s all it takes to get people to win football games for you.” Bear Bryant

*********** Your football team may be wearing beat-up game jerseys that you bought five years ago, but your school still managed to come up with enough money to start up a new sport.

And the sport caught on, attracting  a lot of kids who’d never played any sport before, plus a few of the football players that you’d been counting on.

The team has done well, too. Last Friday, the school held a big pep rally to send the team off to the state tournament… the  captain was just named Homecoming King, and he’s dating a cheerleader…  And at graduation, the principal announced that the team’s star performer has received a generous athletic scholarship.

WTF?

Welcome, esports - and the “digital athletes.”   

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, the National Federation of State High School Associations has recommended adding its first new sport since it adopted lacrosse back in 2000: it’s “esports,” aka video games.

We’re talking interscholastic competition, guys.  Varsity letters.  And, of course, college scholarships.  Maybe even college recruiters stopping by. (“How is he with a joystick?”)

According to the NCAA, there are now 50 colleges offering  scholarships of one sort or another.

I call BS.  This is a deceit being promoted by colleges, most of whom are so desperate for applicants nowadays that they’re using any device imaginable to convince a kid to come to their place.  And one of those devices is the so-called “scholarship.”  The BS is that it’s not a scholarship at all - it’s simply a discount.  It’s a discount  off the highly-inflated sticker price, the announced tuition figure, which isn’t much different from the sticker price on a new car - nobody actually pays it. 

But calling the discount a “scholarship” is an ego booster. Mom and Dad can brag about it.  “Zachary’s getting a $15,000 scholarship to play on the esports team at Toonerville University.” They neglect to add that Tonnerville’s tuition is $45,000 a year, and they’re still going to have to come up with another $30,000  so Zachary can fulfill his dreams of one day playing video games in the Olympics.  And dear old Toonerville? It fills a spot in the freshman class and pockets $30,000, which is $30,000 more than they’d have gotten if Zachary had gone someplace else and they’d had no one else to fill that spot.

I also call BS because it’s not as if kids don’t already have all the opportunities they need to participate in video games, without schools getting involved.  What kids need, if I’m understanding the statistics on childhood obesity correctly, is physical activity.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/are-high-school-esports-the-next-friday-night-lights-1524162330

*********** An upstate New York couple made up a tearjerker of a story about their 9-year-old kid having cancer…

A couple from central New York fabricated a 2017 story about their son having cancer, soliciting about $3,000 in funds for his recovery and a visit with the Syracuse University football team, according to the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office.

Syracuse.com reported that Martin and Jolene LaFrance faked the story of their son, CJ LaFrance, having Hodgkin lymphoma, and set up a GoFundMe page that received $3,334 in donations.

The family was also invited to attend a Syracuse practice in August 2017, where CJ, then 9 years old, met with the student-athletes and played catch with receiver Ervin Philips and linebacker Kielan Whitner. Quarterback Eric Dungey shared throwing tips and head coach Dino Babers offered his well wishes.

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23436095/couple-fabricates-cancer-story-money-visit-syracuse-orange-football-team

*********** Have you started getting emails from people you don’t even know, asking you to contribute to their online fundraiser?

Out with jogathons.  Out with liftathons.  Good-bye car washes.  Adios, gold cards.

Way too much effort.

Just give us your money.  Support our beg-a-thon.

God bless.

*********** It took him long enough to figure it out, but now that he has,  Johnny Manziel sounds as if he’s in full “it’s-not-my-fault” mode.

See, he’s bipolar, and, um, he’s been taking medication, and, like,  they’re still adjusting dosages, blah, blah, blah.

It won’t be long before he’s claiming that what he’s got is a disability.

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/johnny-manziel-hospitalized-texas-prescription-meds-issue-article-1.3977896?cid=msn

*********** “I think that one of the things that I see on the right is they are so much more willing to lie, cheat, steal, deceive, break the law — tactics that frankly we don’t use in the progressive community.”

Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood

*********** Two guys from Latrobe… My friend Tom Hinger and a fellow named Fred Rogers.

doc & fred

*********** At its recent board meeting, the AFCA approved the idea that all players transferring “up or across” divisions should sit out for a year. BUT - If they graduate, they would then get that year back.   (Uh-oh.  Did the board think this through?  Could those players then, as graduates do now, transfer to a third school and be immediately eligible?)

*********** After being badgered for almost four years by a couple of offended people, the Portland Public Schools finally ordered Franklin High School to find a new nickname.  They’ll no longer be the Franklin Quakers.

As a Philadelphian and a history major on top of that, I always got a laugh at the oxymoronic nickname, no doubt an attempt to connect Franklin, the famous Philadelphian, with the Quakers, the religious group formally known as the Society of Friends, of which Philadelphia’s founder, William Penn, was a member.  The attempted connection couldn’t possibly have missed the mark by more than it did.

(Although they are often confused in the public’s mind with the so-called “Pennsylvania Dutch,” there is no connection whatsoever between the Quakers and the assorted religious groups such as Amish and Mennonites who settled in Pennsylvania because of its climate of religious tolerance. The “Dutch” is actually a misnomer, a corruption of the word “Deutsch,” and the correct term is “Pennsylvania German.” Over the years, the Pennsylvania Dutch simply learned to live with it.  They were centuries too early to claim victimhood status and sue over the improper labelling.)

The joke is that Quakers are people with very strong religious beliefs that affect their everyday lives and conduct, and they’re not particularly worldly. On the other hand, Dr. Franklin, as he was frequently referred to, enjoyed the good life.  Many are the tales of his adventures with the ladies while on diplomatic assignment in France. As to his religious beliefs, he was raised an Episcopalian, but as he matured he became, like so many of the Founding Fathers, a Deist - explained as simply as possible, one who believes that there is a God and that He created the Universe - but from that point on, He has no involvement in the doings of the world.

His Christianity, in the words of Jon Butler, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Yale,  was doubtful: “Franklin was someone who believed far more in himself than he could possibly have believed in the divinity of Christ, which he didn’t.”

As for any connection with Quakers - yes, Franklin did found the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn's teams are known as The Quakers.  Their  teams were originally known simply as “The Red and Blue” (as Harvard was “The Crimson” and Yale “The Blue”). Without doing the research, I’m willing to bet that the “Quakers” was the invention of some clever sportswriter.  (My old school, Germantown Academy, had no nickname for nearly 200 years.  We were just “G.A.” until my high school years, when a reporter at the local newspaper, the Germantown Courier, began to refer to us in his stories as “The Patriots,” a reference to our school’s dating to 1760.  The name stuck, and they’re still the Patriots.  For what it’s worth, our arch rival, Penn Charter - the alma mater of Matt Ryan - is known as “The Little Quakers.”  But that nickname isn’t likely to change because they came by it honestly: the school is run by the Society of Friends.)

B. J. Lossing, in his "Signers of the Declaration of Independence,"  may have given the best account of Franklin’s connection with Quakers:
…he proceeded on foot to Philadelphia, where he arrived on a Sabbath morning. He was then but seventeen years old, friendless and alone, with but a single dollar in his pocket... It is said that his first appearance in Philadelphia attracted considerable attention in the streets. With his spare clothing in his pocket, and a loaf of bread under each arm, he wandered about until he came to a Quaker meeting, where he entered, sat down, went to sleep, and slept soundly until worship was closed. He was then awakened by one of the congregation, and he sought some other place of rest.

*********** Long before we rediscovered the value of “Grit,” the Finns had  “Sisu” -  a word that encompasses the virtues of determination, stoicism, bravery, resilience, hardiness, doggedness and more.  It represents the Finnish national character,  a character that’s endured in spite of harsh winters and domination by a powerful neighbor,  Russia.  In her book “The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way,” Amanda Ripley credits Sisu (and not money) as the main reason for the success of Finnish education (Finnish kids consistently score among the highest of any in the world). Finns believe that a kid will become successful so long as the family can mold and instill the value of “Sisu”  into the child’s character,  regardless of their economic circumstance.  

When Safe Spaces come to Finland, you will know Western Civilization is doomed.

*********** Coach,

Years ago I read Jon Gruden's short autobiography.  I remember his version of events the day of the Super Bowl when Brad Johnson was warming up.  Gruden said Brad had smallish hands and before every game Brad would go through every game ball in warm-ups and wear off the slippery coating that came from the factory (why would they ship balls that are slippery?)

Apparently there are an astronomical amount of footballs at the super bowl, like they throw in a new football after every play to make sure they have plenty of "game used" memorabilia.  According to Gruden there was simply not enough time for Brad to handle each football, so they had to make the last minute decision for Johnson to wear gloves during the game (I think he hadn't worn gloves all season up to this point).

Funny thing is, after reading NEWSYOUCANUSE this morning I searched images for Brad Johnson in the super bowl and he is NOT wearing gloves in any of the pictures.  Weird.  But there are other photos of Brad wearing gloves as a Viking.  Nowadays it seems somewhat common for QBs to wear two gloves, at least in the NFL and and big colleges that can afford expensive gloves.

Just wanted to share that story.  Take care!

Mathew Hedger
Langdon, North Dakota

Interesting.

(1) Gruden’s memory may be failing him

(2) Brad Johnson admitted paying someone to doctor the balls - well in advance of pre-game

(3) I have no idea why they ship slippery footballs.  It’s just an invitation to teams (QBs, mainly) to tamper.


*********** I don’t know whether this would qualify as proof that America is getting softer and less masculine, but consider:

In 2006, beer accounted for 65 per cent of the alcohol consumed by Americans 21 to 27; in 2016, it was down to 43 per cent.


*********** Hugh,

Believe it or not, but another good "tool" for roughing up a brand new slick football is a soft wire brush (used with saddle soap of course).  Not quite as much work.  Dang...maybe I could market that too!

Scoop and score baby!!  The offensive coaches should be coaching their boys up to secure the ball, and defensive players coached to take the ball away.  That's basic football.

I have some old pictures in my Fielding H. Yost football book showing ball carriers, and sure enough the ball looks A LOT like a rugby ball.

Good to see that we still have guys like Greg Koenig fighting the good fight for the game we love.

Glad to hear that Bryce Love is coming back for his senior year, but there are many of Stanford's opponents that wish he would have left early.  I sure hope my Fighting Irish don't live to regret his decision.

Can't wait to get my hands on your new stuff.  I'm trying hard to "be sick" the weekend of June 1-2 and spend time recuperating in North Carolina.

Why should the students at GW stop at changing the mascot name?  Go all the way and change the name of the university to Benedict Arnold University!?  They could be called "the Traitors" and not offend anyone.

Have a great week.

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

Interestingly, trying to take the ball away is not “basic football,” as it was originally played. From the earliest days, and until 1963 when the NCAA changed the rule, it was legal for a runner to “Cry Down,” making the ball dead immediately, without his having to take a knee. It was designed for the safety of the runner, but if it were still in force it would do away with the guys who come in on the action while a runner’s being held up and try to pry the ball loose.  And I do think that a “scoop and score” is  a cheap touchdown.

QUIZ:  What honor do the following players, from different eras of pro football, share? FWIW -  It’s not membership in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
THEY ARE FORMER NEW YORK GIANTS WHOSE JERSEY NUMBERS HAVE BEEN RETIRED

Al Blozis… Charlie Conerly… Ward Cuff… Ray Flaherty… Frank Gifford… Mel Hein… Tuffy Leemans… Joe Morrison… Phil Simms… Ken Strong… Lawrence Taylor… Y. A. Tittle

*********** CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING THE 12 AS THE FORMER NEW YORK GIANTS WHOSE JERSEY NUMBERS HAVE BEEN RETIRED

KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUSIANA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA

*********** I looked at that list of retired Giants’ numbers, and I thought, “Joe Morrison?”  Really?  Good football player.  Quite versatile. But he wasn’t exactly what you’d call retired-jersey material.   Not when other players are still wearing the numbers of former Giants like Andy Robustelli, Roosevelt Brown, Emlen Tunnell and Kyle Rote.  So I checked it out…
At the press conference after the final game of the 1972 season, Joe Morrison announced he was retiring. When coach Alex Webster had his turn at the mic, he stated nobody would wear #40 for the Giants again. Wellington Mara was in the room and when he heard Webster say that he was surprised as it had never been discussed, but he decided he was OK with it.

Other interesting facts…

THIS WILL WIN YOU A BET:  In 1935, Ray Flaherty  became the first professional athlete (in any sport) to have his number (1) retired.

THIS MIGHT, TOO - THE NUMBER THAT WAS RETIRED TWICE:  After Ward Cuff retired, the team announced that no Giant would ever wear #14 again.  But then they acquired Y. A. Tittle - and he asked for #14.  He got it, and he wore it with enough distinction that now the number is retired in honor of both Cuff and Tittle.

http://www.bigblueinteractive.com/information-pages/new-york-giants-retired-jersey-numbers/

*********** QUIZ.  If ever there was a coach whose career was defined by one freak play,  this is the one.

He went to high school in Manteca, California and then Modesto Junior College.

From there, he went to Stanford where he was an All-American lineman, and team co-captain along with another All-American, quarterback John Brodie.

Drafted sixth (73rd overall) by the Cleveland Browns, he spent his entire 11-year career with them, twice earning Pro Bowl honors at defensive end.  He was part of the Browns’ unit that pulled off an incredible  shutout of the Baltimore Colts,  the league’s most powerful offensive team, in the 1964 NFL championship game.

After retirement as a player, he spent seven years with the 49ers as an assistant before being hired as head coach by the Chiefs.  He was fired before the end of his third season, with an 11-24 record.

He spent two years as defensive coordinator of the Saints before being hired as head coach at Stanford.

His quarterback for three years was John Elway, but in his four years on The Farm, he never made it to a bowl game.  It was his misfortune to be the Stanford coach in the “Big Game” against Cal, a game won by the Golden Bears as a result of The Play - an incredible, multi-lateral kickoff return that stole an almost-certain win from Stanford.  

Had Stanford won the game,  their record of 6-5 might have been enough to qualify for a bowl game.  And it would have left his three-year record at 16-17.  Instead, the Cardinal finished 5-6, making his three-year record 15-18.  And the next year, with Elway graduated, Stanford cratered.  The Cardinal went 1-10, and with a four-year record of 16-28, the coach was gone, too. 

From 1985 through 1991 he coached the Vikings’ defensive line, and from 1992 through 2015 he worked with the Vikings in pro player personnel.



american flagTUESDAY,  MAY 8,  2018 “Good fellows are a dime a dozen, but an aggressive leader is priceless. ” Earl Blaik


*********** A few weeks ago, I wrote about the problems we were having, trying to use the slick-as-glass “official” Washington ball - the one that the state has designated as the only one that can be used in post-season playoffs.  (In exchange. no doubt, for a gratuity from the ball manufacturer.)

This was Washington, and the Spalding ALPHA is the official WIAA (state association) "championship" ball. Note the word “championship.” In WIAA-speak, that means “playoffs.”

During the season, you can use any ball you damn please, so long as it has the NFHS logo on it.

But for the post-season, the “playoff,” the state takes control, and in return for some handed to it by a ball supplier - in this case, Spalding - it then dictates to the participating teams that they must use that supplier’s ball.  Nice of it to sell off what amounts to our playing conditions.

Let’s not kid ourselves - this is a naked attempt by the state to dictate what ball you’ll use during your regular season, too, because otherwise, if you’re having any kind of  season and you have a shot at the playoffs,  at some point you’re going to have to make the switch over to the state-approved tournament ball so you’ll be ready.

That’s exactly the thinking of a lot of coaches, including this QB’s coach last year. Unfortunately, they missed making the playoffs - in their final game of the season -  and who knows? They might have made the playoffs  had they used a different ball during the regular season, one that their QB could throw and their receivers could catch.

I personally would have put making the playoffs first.  I’d have used the manageable ball in the regular season and then, once we were sure we made the playoffs, I’d start to break in the state-approved ball.

And in the meantime, I’d be trying out ways to take  that slickness off that damned Spalding ALPHA.

Okay - I’ve found out a way to make the ball usable:

First, I took a paint scraper and gently scraped as much of the hard, slick, plastic-type coating off the ball as I could.  And then, with the gloss removed and the ball now looking as if it had just barely survived a flag-football tournament on an asphalt parking lot, I applied saddle soap to it. The ball immediately regained its luster and color, but it already felt a bit softer a bit more grippable.

But it still wasn’t good enough.  My hands are fairly small, and I had trouble “air dribbling” it.  I felt it needed some scuffing.

So next, I got some sand - fairly fine beach sand - and rubbed the ball fairly briskly all over - maybe a dozen swipes on each panel.  After doing so, I removed all the sand with a dry towel, and then followed up with another application of saddle soap.

After repeating this sand-and-saddle soap procedure two more times, when I got to our QB session on Sunday, I mixed it in with the balls we’d been using.  After we’d finished, the young QB said that now he not only liked the “prepped” Spalding ALPHA - he preferred it.

I should point out that this procedure doesn’t assure the same success with another brand of ball.  And I should also point out that not all balls are genuine leather, and therefore they likely won’t respond in the same way to saddle soap.  (Lexol Leather Conditioner seems to work as well.)

Because of the expense of the damn things, I would suggest that certain balls, once they’re properly prepared to the quarterbacks’ liking, be set aside exclusively for game use and perhaps certain passing drills. 

Meantime, I just realized what a damn fool I am, revealing my secret process when  I could have made a killing selling my services to Washington high school teams come playoff time.

*********** There’s one football rule I would love to see changed.  A relatively recent addition to our game, it’s one whose elimination would return football to the game it was for much of its history.  It’s the rule that allows the defense to advance a returned fumble, permitting the defense in one stroke of good fortune - okay, luck -  to match a score that an offensive team has had to earn by careful planning,  hard work, and skillful execution.

Most fans probably aren’t aware that the rule that allows such cheap defensive “scoop and scores” has only been on the books since 1990.

E. K. Hall of Dartmouth College, a longtime member of the football rules committee and editor of the annual rules guide, addressed the idea in the 1931 Guide, deploring “the winning of games by a fluke and the neutralizing of an earned touchdown by one that is unearned.   It is generally good, snappy football when an opponent recovers a fumbled ball, but it is pure unadulterated luck if the opponent recovers it under conditions that give him a chance to run it back for a touchdown.”

Couldn’t have said it better.

(For a history of football rules - how and why they came into being - the ultimate reference is Dave Nelson’s “Anatomy of a Game.”  Dave Nelson, considered the prime inventor of the Delaware Wing-T, was a long-time member of the NCAA Rules Committee, and much of what he writes was from first-hand experience.  The book, to which he devoted much of the last years of his life, was published posthumously in 1994.)

*********** Here’s another good one from Dave Nelson’s “Anatomy of a Game” : In 1981, five different passing records were set, and average passing yards per game (which now far exceed rushing yards) for both teams (329) inched to within only nine yards of combined average rushing yards (338).

The average completion rate by all passers was 50.2 per cent - an all-time high.  Jim McMahon of BYU led the field, completing 64 per cent.

Hmmm. And then it comes out…

According to Nelson, “In 1982, the manufacturers were fudging on the dimensions of the ball in order to meet the preferences of the passers; not one legal ball was on the market.”

In a meeting of the Rules Committee and ball manufacturers, specifications were agreed on that exist today. (We think.)

Wrote Nelson, “the present ball is two inches less around the belly than the 1933 ball” - the one that’s closer to the original rugby ball, and the one that you see in the old photos where the ball carrier often holds it around the “belly.”

*********** As other, better-known backs sat out bowl games and bolted for the NFL after their junior seasons, Stanford’s Bryce Love is back for his senior year.  After a junior year in which he rushed for 19 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards, the Wake Forest, North Carolina native will likely start the season as the early Heisman favorite.

He talked about the family discussion that led to his decision to remain in school:

We made a list of pros and cons and we talked about ultimately what dreams and desires I have as a person. It was going to be a win-win decision no matter what I decided.

It wasn't really a tough decision to me. I had goals and wanted to do amazing things. Talking about them and actually doing them is something different. For me it was just having the opportunity to come back and play. My big thing, look at the legacy of people who have come through Stanford: Andrew Luck, John Elway, Darrin Nelson, Christian McCaffrey. They came in and had an opportunity to go a Rose Bowl. I just wanted an opportunity to come back and accomplish something like that. I'm not saying going to an Alamo Bowl and Sun Bowl weren't great. But I believe in the team and the coaches and wanted to be a part of it.

And being able to leave here with a degree and be a representative to the black community is just an amazing opportunity. I want to affect the younger generation and show them it's possible to go off and play football and still excel in the classroom.

I wasn't planning ahead [for the NFL] and I didn't really plan ahead in my classes, either. I would've been coming back in the offseason for probably about six or seven years just to graduate. And just for one quarter, chopping away each time. Now I'm getting closer and closer. Even now, I've still got to take 20 units a quarter. That's the max number of units you can take in a quarter. But barring anything crazy, that's where I'll be: graduating in December.

Frankly, knowing how special Stanford is and difficult it is for an ordinary student with top grades and SATs to get in, I find it hard to believe that anybody in his right mind would give up a year of attending.

Love’s ambition, long-term, is to become a pediatrician.

(Short-term - the way he talked about the Rose Bowl, it sounds as though if Stanford gets there, he might actually go ahead and play in it.)

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23367297/bryce-love-stanford-cardinal-turned-nfl-draft


*********** Dennis Claridge, Bob Devaney’s first quarterback at Nebraska, has died at the age of 76.  He was the guy at the controls when Devaney took over a Cornhusker program that had gone 3-6-1 in 1961. In Devaney’s first two years in Lincoln, he and Claridge produced a 9-2 season on 1962 and a 10-1 season in 1963.

In his book “Devaney,” the coach who turned Nebraska into a national power talked about Claridge:

“Dennis Claridge was the first quarterback I had at Nebraska. I know that fans have read and heard a lot about Jerry Tagge and Van Brownson (later Nebraska QBs who earned considerable national recognition).  But Claridge had just as much going for him.  If we’d done the things then that we did later on, there’s no doubt it my mind that he might have been the best quarterback we ever had.

“He was a winner.  I still remember him running down the sideline against Colorado and the ball shoots straight up in the air. Claridge reached back, caught it, and didn’t even break stride on his way to the end zone.

“I also remember how poorly I felt when Claridge played for me in the East-West All-American game in Buffalo.  I was head coach for the West.  John Bridgers of Baylor and John McKay of USC were my assistants.  Baylor coached Don Trull, the All-American quarterback from Baylor.  I thought Claridge was better, but I decided to play Trull the first half and Claridge the second half.  We lost the first half, and Claridge took us right down the field and got us back in the game in the second half. He did a helluva job. We got down close to the goal line and I let Bridgers talk me into putting Trull in for Claridge because Trull was a drop back passer and Denny wasn’t. Well, the first damn thing Trull does is throw an interception.  Jay Wilkinson, Bud’s son, intercepted the ball on an out pattern in the end zone.  Jay played for Duke. It never should have happened.  We had those two backs from Arizona State, Tony Lorick and Charley Taylor (who both went on to solid NFL careers - HW).  We should have rushed all over ‘em and kept Claridge in there.  I felt terrible. I apologized to Denny after the game.  I still apologize to him when I see him, but I think it hurt me more than it hurt him.”

“Although I didn’t recruit Claridge, He was one of several good, big football players from Minnesota. We always liked to recruit up there and still do, especially those big farm boys.”

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/23394678/dennis-claridge-helped-bob-devaney-turn-nebraska-dies-76

*********** In an exchange with another coach, I mentioned my accidental discovery of one of the great benefits of our pre-season circuit workouts:

One thing that I did with our pre-season circuit training at a bigger high school that we didn’t do at North Beach was that we worked with buddies - mainly because we had more players than we did stations. It helped to have guys pushing each other,  and that led me to stumble on it as a great way to build camaraderie and combat hazing:  we insisted that no incoming sophomore (we were a grade 10-12 school) could ever be left to work by himself. And no seniors could work together as long as there was a sophomore who needed a buddy.

*********** It’s slow going, but I’m almost there - a “teaser” clip from my upcoming Double Wing Playbook…
Brown 5-Step Drop


*********** The latest from the academia, source of so much of today’s leftist idiocy …

More than 200 George Washington University students have signed a petition calling for the school to adopt a new mascot and nickname because the current moniker, Colonials, is "extremely offensive."

"The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression," the petition reads.

It suggests alternative nicknames such as "Hippos" or "Riverhorses."

The Colonials mascot was adopted in 1926 to honor the school's namesake, George Washington, and is intended as a reference to colonial America and the Continental Army.

The petition reads:

We, as students of the George Washington University, believe it is of great exigence that the University changes its official mascot. The use of “Colonials,” no matter how innocent the intention, is received as extremely offensive by not only students of the University, but the nation and world at large. The historically, negatively-charged figure of Colonials has too deep a connection to colonization and glorifies the act of systemic oppression. Alternative nickname recommendations are “Hippos,” "Revolutionaries", or “Riverhorses.”

My feeling:  George Washington hasn’t played football since 1966, so what the hell. They want to be Hippos?  F—k ‘em. Let ‘em be Hippos.

http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/05/04/george-washington-university-students-launch-petition-change-colonials-mascot-nickname

*********** I find it hard to believe that a sport that prizes toughness the way ice hockey does can harbor a weirdo with a fetish for licking opponents’ faces.

The bad news for those of you who might have enjoyed seeing Brad Marchand in action is that he plays for the Boston Bruins, who just got eliminated by Tampa Bay.

http://nhl.nbcsports.com/2018/05/05/nhl-tells-brad-marchand-to-stop-licking-opponents/

*********** The April 23 issue of Sports Illustrated (Saquon Barkely is on the cover) contains a wonderful piece by the late William Nack, a longtime writer and admirer of horse racing - and horses - who died less than a month ago.

The article is about one of the true greats of any sport, Secretariat.  A horse, if you didn’t know.  A very special horse.

Nack spent all of 1972 - the year Secretariat won the Triple Crown - with the horse and the people around him. He travelled with the horse, hung around the stables, watched his workouts.  He even had the horse steal his notebook from him.

What developed was a love and respect for an animal that many of us can understand; and the pain he feels in telling of Secretariat’s passing is one we’re familiar with, too.   I was reminded of the days when I was a little kid and my older bother  would take me to the movies - I still remember one movie in which a race horse and a little dog became tight buddies.  I mean, we’re talking real friendship. And then the dog died.  Or was it the horse?  I don’t know.  But I still remember that I cried.

Anyhow, it’s a great article.  Secretariat, if you didn’t know, topped off his Triple Crown by winning the Belmont Stakes by 32 lengths.  He was racing against the best 3-year-olds in the business, and it was as if he were a breed all his own.

The only things in sports history that I can compare with it in terms of complete dominance of top competition were the Bears’ 73-0 win over the Redskins in the 1940 NFL championship game and - perhaps - Joe Louis’ first-round knockout of Max Schmeling in 1938.

William Nack was highly respected by other writers (as well as readers.)

The story goes that while Nack was a young writer, covering politics for Long Island Newsday, the editor, noticing how much he knew about horse racing, told him he’d like to have him cover the sport.

Only one problem - the job had to be posted, and as part of the charade of making it appear that there was open competition for it, Nack had to write a short note explaining why he wanted the job. He wrote, “After covering politicians for four years, I’d love the chance to cover the whole horse.”

WEDNESDAY? WEDNESDAY IS PRINCE SPAGHETTI DAY! (AT LEAST IN NEW ENGLAND)

*********** Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day - Ken Hampton, Raleigh, North Carolina

***********  Anthony! Anthony!

We always had spaghetti on Wednesdays! 

2 weeks in a row for me!!!

Jerry Gordon
Hamilton, Virginia

(In the commercial, when it was time for dinner  - Prince Spaghetti, of course - Momma would call out the window to Anthony.)


*********** Greg Koenig, head coach at Cimarron, Kansas, wrote,

Hugh,

I am sure that you remember Austin Budke, who was an All-State football and basketball player for us at Beloit. His younger brother, Brady, is now a student at K-State. A few weeks ago Brady asked me if I would answer some questions for him for an assignment he was working on. He shared his paper with me yesterday, and I thought that you might enjoy it.

Football: How much safety is enough?

By Brady Budke


The sport of football has adopted the reputation of being aggressive and action packed. With this, questions have been raised on how safe the game actually is. With safety being a top priority in the NFL, they recently implemented a new rule that has players, coaches, and fans questioning whether or not the game of football is slowly falling away from its hard-hitting nature.

The new rule states a player will be accessed a 15-yard penalty and could be ejected from the game if the player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against the opponent.

Greg Koenig is the current head football coach at Cimarron High School in Cimarron, Kansas and has 28 years of football coaching experience. Koenig says football has been a great way for him to build meaningful relationships with players and assistant coaches.

“Football is much like life,” Koenig said. “there are many opportunities to teach life lessons and develop values and mindsets that can help players to grow into mature, responsible, positive, productive men.”

 Koenig says this newly implemented NFL rule has good intentions, but he believes it will cause more issues than it solves. As a coach, he says the only thing that scares him regarding the safety of football is when coaches don’t teach proper blocking and tackling techniques.

“Because of technology and continued education, football players are safer now than ever before,” Koenig said. “It is incumbent on all football coaches, from youth leagues all the way to the NFL, to ensure safety by continuing to learn and seek the safest and most effective methods of teaching blocking and tackling.”

Austin Budke is known for his play on the basketball court at Kansas State, but actually saw himself as a better football player during the 9 years he played.

“I loved the team aspect of football,” Budke said. “being a part of a group of guys fighting towards the same goal was what made it most rewarding to me.”

Budke says he likes the new rule and its attempt at added safety, even if it takes some entertainment out of the game. As a player, he says he never had an issue with an opposing player lowering their head to make a tackle on him, but after playing for multiple years he sees why this rule is being implemented.

“I definitely see where it’s a problem in the pros and at the collegiate level,” Budke said. “The game gets a bad reputation when head injuries occur because the tackler thought it was fine to lower their head, so I think it is something that will make the tackler think twice before they go for a tackle like that.”

Despite this rule attempting to add safety to the NFL and eventually the game as a whole, fears continue to surface about the safety of children on the football field and its long-term effect on their health.

Koenig says he would encourage anyone who doesn’t want their child to play football to research improvements that have occurred in regard to equipment, rules, and education of the game, and to visit their local coach and ask specific questions about how the coach will teach players to block and tackle.

“It’s easy to get caught up in the media’s spotlight and scare tactics,” Koenig said. “but they don’t report on the incredible benefits that come from the football experience.”

Budke says since he enjoyed his time on the football field, he would let his children play football if they wanted too.

“Yeah, I enjoyed my time playing and I had a relatively injury free playing career,” Budke said. “However, I do think I would be extra careful with head injuries in particular, but I would let my kids play if they wanted because I think they’d enjoy it.”

Only time will tell if football continues its presence as a national phenomenon, but the NFL implementing new rules to make the game safer could leave a large impact on collegiate, high school, and youth football leagues.


*********** Hugh,

Good to be back.

David Cutcliffe in my own opinion is one of the most underrated head football coaches in the game today.  At his age (and the health episode he experienced) anyone with a coaching background can plainly see that neither matter in his ability to relate to his players, and get them to do the work.

While I was away I did get a chance to see the Army football team being honored by President Trump.  Good to see that the Army teams had nothing but respect for the Commander-in-Chief.

Rashad Penny was all Russell Wilson needed to become the premier QB in the NFL.

From now on we'll be buying "Scout" popcorn, and "Scout" cookies. 

UT (as it is known down in these parts) will be ridiculed by just about every college men's sports recruiter in the country.  Justifiably so.

Have a great weekend!

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas


*********** QUIZ  ANSWER - Brad Johnson came from Black Mountain, North Carolina and played football at Florida State - after first going there to play basketball. (One of his high school teammates was Brad Daugherty, and he started eight games for FSU as a freshman.) 

A quarterback, he was drafted in the ninth round by the Vikings, and in a 17-year  NFL career, he played for four different teams and five different head coaches, he took three different teams to a total of ten playoff appearances.

As an NFL starter, he was 72-53.  For 13 straight seasons, from 1995 through 2007, he completed more than 60 per cent of his passes.

He threw for more than 3,000 yards five times.   In 1999, he threw for 4,000 yards, becoming only the second Redskin QB to do so.

He appeared in two Pro Bowls.

He quarterbacked the Buccaneers to the first Super Bowl in their history - and the only Super Bowl win in their history.   He broke every one of the Buccaneers’ passing records.

In 2003, Johnson won the NFL’s “Quarterback Challenge,” competing against  Tom Brady,  Mark Brunell, Marc Bulger,  Jeff Garcia, and Matt Hasselbeck,

He was the first NFL QB to throw a touchdown pass to himself.

His quarterback coach at Florida State for all four years was Mark Richt, now head coach at Miami, and he’s married to Richt’s sister, Nikki.

His son, Max Johnson, a 6-5, 215 pound sophomore at Oconee High School in Georgia, is rated the #3 QB prospect in his class, and has already received offers from Miami, Georgia, Auburn, Florida State and Louisville.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING BRAD JOHNSON…

JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JOSH COLE - ODESSA, NEW YORK
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
TOM DAVIS - SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
DAVID BUCHANAN - BARRE, MASSACHUSETTS
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
JOHN BOWEN - MT. VERNON, GEORGIA
(I HOPE YOU GUYS WILL UNDERSTAND THAT I WASN’T ABLE TO CONFIRM  ALL YOUR ANSWERS BY EMAIL!. IF BY SOME CHANCE I MISSED YOU,  SEND ME AN EMAIL CHEWING MY ASS OUT AND I WILL HUMBLY AND PUBLICLY APOLOGIZE ON THESE PAGES.)

*********** Quite coincidentally, at the very same time that I was trying to make one stupid football usable by a high school player, I posted Brad Johnson as the subject of my quiz - and I’ll be damned if I didn’t stumble across a story about QB Johnson and his preparations for the Super Bowl that surely must have had some sportswriters drooling at the prospect of unearthing the next big sports scandal.

The story broke at the time the Patriots and Tom Brady were being portrayed as the ultimate cheaters for letting air out of footballs.

Turns out that Johnson had paid some guy $7500 prior to the Super Bowl to have the game balls - all 100 of them -  “altered” (sounds very scandalous).  Johnson didn’t see the big problem - he and the other QB, Rich Gannon, were in agreement on the need to have the balls made ready for use. Broken in, if you will.  I don’t see the big problem either, and evidently neither did the NFL, so the story died there.

The problem, to me, is with the ball manufacturers - WTF is wrong with them that they ship a product that isn’t ready for use right out of the box?  Is there anything else that you pay upwards of $100 for that isn’t ready for immediate use?

And while we’re at it… Why TF is it so important that the ball be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 psi anyhow?  Why shouldn’t it just be up to each individual team? If they want to play with a ball that’s flat, so what?  Yeah, might cut back on their fumbles, but they sure as hell won’t be able to throw it very far.

https://www.si.com/nfl/2015/01/21/brad-johnson-altered-footballs-super-bowl-xxxvii


*********** Chucky gets the credit but Brad Johnson had a fine super bowl performance to lead the Bucs.

Kevin McCullough
Lakeville, Indians

Yes, and Tony Dungy built the team.

QUIZ: (THIS MAY BE A TOUGH ONE)  What honor do the following players, from different eras of pro football, share? FWIW - They're not all in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Al Blozis… Charlie Conerly… Ward Cuff… Ray Flaherty… Frank Gifford… Mel Hein… Tuffy Leemans… Joe Morrison… Phil Simms… Ken Strong… Lawrence Taylor… Y. A. Tittle



american flagFRIDAY,  MAY 4,  2018 “I learned a great many things in the Marines that helped me as a football coach. The Marines train men hard and to do things the right way, just as a football team must train.” Hayden Fry

*********** I listened to a great “inside the headset” interview with Duke coach David Cutcliffe on the AFCA site, and I came away with so much great stuff.

He talked about the effect his heart attack had on him and his coaching.  (It’s not very well known that he was all set to be Charlie Weis’ offense coordinator at Notre Dame when he had the attack.)

It cost him that job, and it sidelined him for a year. 

Noting that  “not many people can afford to take a year off from their career,” he talked of how it helped him look at the game of football - and at coaching - in ways he’d never done before.  (I can say personally that any time I’ve been away from coaching, I’ve come back a better coach than I was,)

He talked about the importance of building trust and love on a team - and said that one of the first things he did when he took over at Duke was to  take the locks off the lockers.

He said that when he was a young coach, an older coach took him aside and gave him some great advice: (1) There’s no bigger fool than a guy who thinks he can fool  a young person.  (2) Don’t take winning or losing personally.

He said  he constantly reminds his staff:   It’s not about how they make us look; it’s about how we make them look.

And this:  Never pass up a chance to coach. On  every play something happens.  If you’re only coaching when there’s a mistake, you’re not a very good coach.

http://insider.afca.com/inside-the-headset-david-cutcliffe-ncaa-rule-changes-podcast/?utm_source=AFCA+Insider&utm_campaign=fc1ec05341-AFCA_Weekly_100317&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_343e846137-fc1ec05341-147880073

*********** It was quite a kick for my wife and me, watching the President present the Army team with the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, which goes to winner of the competition among the three service academy football teams.

First of all, the President singled out John Voit, team captain and Army’s Black Lion Award winner for his game-saving tackle against Navy.

Here’s the transcript:

THE PRESIDENT: On that snowy day you fought hard, you came from behind, and beat Navy for the second season in a row; the first time that it’s happened in over two decades.  That’s what you call a job well done.  Amazing.  Really amazing.  (Applause.)
In that most crucial game of the year, you made the entire U.S. Army proud, and you made the country proud.  Early in the third quarter, Navy was up 10 to 7 when their quarterback started racing down the field.  One of your team captains, John Voit — no relation to Jon Voight.  He wouldn’t be too good of a football player, but he’s good at other things.  Right?  John Voit — where’s John?

MR. VOIT:  Right here, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  Come on over here, John.  Big guy.  (Laughter and applause.)  Think he’s good looking enough, Mike?  I don’t know.  Well, so you went down and you stopped him with a shoestring tackle.  What a play, John.  So if he doesn’t make that shoestring tackle, what happens, Coach?

COACH MONKEN:  We probably don’t win the game.

THE PRESIDENT:  You’re probably not standing here right now, Coach.  (Laughs.)  That’s fantastic.  Thank you, man.

MR. VOIT:  Appreciate it, Mr. President.  (Applause.)

Then, the President recognized the 1958 Army team - West Point’s last unbeaten team and legendary Army coach Earl “Red” Blaik’s last team.  To represent the team, he called on Bob Novogratz, an All-American guard/linebacker on that 1958 team, and - ahem - a member of the Board of the Black Lion Award.

THE PRESIDENT: Each of you is part of a great tradition of Army football excellence that goes back many generations.  And it’s true excellence.  Here today is one of the great examples of that tradition, a key member of the legendary 1958 team.  Exactly 60 years ago, Army went totally undefeated.  That’s pretty good, General.  Right?  Good team.

LIEUTENANT GENERAL CASLEN:  It is.

THE PRESIDENT:   I don’t know.  Do you think they could have beaten you guys?  I don’t know.

PARTICIPANTS:  No! (Laughter.)

THE PRESIDENT:  They might have been smaller and not as fast.  (Laughs.)  But I’d like to recognize a member of that historic team, former All-American guard — a lot of people know this name if they know football even a little bit — great linebacker, Bob Novogratz.  Where’s Bob?  Where is Bob?  Come here, Bob.  Hey, Bob.  Come here, Bob.  (Applause.)  He’s a big guy.  He’s a big guy.  Come on up here, Bob.  Come on up.

Still looks good.  They keep them good at West Point — right, Mike?  Stand up here with us.  General, is he allowed to stand with you?  I don’t know.  Should we let him stand up here?

LIEUTENANT GENERAL CASLEN:  Yes, sir.

PARTICIPANT:  He’s in the hall of fame.

THE PRESIDENT:  Should we let him stand up here, fellas?

PARTICIPANT:  Yes, sir.

THE PRESIDENT:  He’s in the hall of fame, is right.

I’ve told Bob’s story before, but in brief, he was the son of an Austrian immigrant who worked in a cement plant in Northampton, Pennsylvania.  Bob was such a good high school wrestler that a West Point recruiter saw him and arranged for him to go to Blair Academy in New Jersey to get his grades up.   At West Point, he didn’t play football as a plebe.  But he wrestled, and it was as an outstanding wrestler that he came to the attention of Coach Blaik.  By the next fall, he was an Army football player, and by his senior year he was a two-way All-American on one of the nation’s top teams.

https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2018/05/01/president-trump-presents-commander-in-chief-trophy-to-u-s-army-football-team/

*********** The Seahawks have been catching hell for using their #1 draft pick to take San Diego State running back Rashad Penny.

Yes, they selected him ahead of some much better known running backs, playing in more prestigious programs.  But if you saw him play in the Armed Forces Bowl - when Army, knowing they couldn’t stop him, went for two and the overtime win rather than risk another OT period  - you might understand what the Seahawks were thinking.

*********** Jason Whitten is hanging them up.  Heck of a football player.    But I have to admit I don't know the first thing about him as an analyst, and it sure beats the hell out of me how he can walk right into a job as an analyst on Monday Night Football.

*********** My friend Tom “Doc” Hinger is visiting his home town of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

As is usually the case when he’s in town, he’s been asked to talk to classes at the high school who’ve been studying the Vietnam War.  Doc was an Army medic in Vietnam, where he earned the Silver Star in the Battle of Ong Thanh. The kids all know he’s a Latrobe guy, and they know a little something about his Vietnam service because part of their class work involves reading David Maraniss’ great book “They Marched Into Sunlight,” in which Doc is mentioned prominently.

Doc’s a rather self-effacing guy, and he’s not particularly comfortable talking about himself and his service.  But he does agree to do this because he loves his hometown and his old high school and he admires the teachers and kids there.

I suggested that this time he might try impressing on the kids that he, like all the now-aging vets of wars long ago, was once a young kid just like them.

That gave him an idea.  He said he might try to drive that point home by telling them that even after all these years,  “I can tell you where you’re getting your beer…”

*********** I went to college in New England, and I soon learned from listening to the radio that  (in New England at least) “Wednesday is _______ ________ Day!” Anybody  know what I'm talking about?

*********** I can’t think of anything more indicative of America’s decline than the “Boy” Scouts’ decision to change their name - to “Scouts BSA” - in order to make the organization “more inclusive.”  In other words, to admit girls. 

With membership in the Boy Scouts declining in recent years, I guess admitting gay scouts and scout leaders wasn't enough to turn things around, so might as well try  girls.

“We wanted to land on something that evokes the past but also conveys the inclusive nature of the program going forward,” said Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh. “We’re trying to find the right way to say we’re here for both young men and young women.”

There’s that damn word “inclusive” again.  

Meanwhile…
Michael Williams, a Republican candidate for Georgia governor, said the Boy Scouts of America's decision to drop the word "Boy" from their name was the "latest example of culture rot.”

“For many decades, the Boy Scouts helped turn boys into men,” Williams said in a statement. “Unfortunately, they have taken a big step toward the eventual destruction of the very elements that made them such an influential organization.”

“They caved to left-wing social engineers who want to remove the concept of male masculinity from society,” the former co-chairman of Georgia's Donald Trump for President campaign continued. “Imagine the outcome of World War II if the Greatest Generation had been raised by these politically-correct bedwetters. You’d be reading this in German.”
Gone, I guess, are the days when we guys could stand on a bridge and “go fishing” (urinate into the stream below).  Any girl who can do that deserves a merit badge.

https://apnews.com/d3efeda8ffb74b79b367fce426780d6f

http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/386107-georgia-governor-candidate-says-politically-correct-bedwetters-ruined-boy


*********** Back in 1992, Washington officially recognized fast pitch softball as a girls’ sport.  Until then, the state association had supported slow pitch, but pressure from coaches and girls - and parents, concerned about missing out on scholarships - finally won the day for fast pitch.

Now, just over 25 years later, the state has announced the return of slow pitch as a sanctioned sport for girls.  It will be played in the fall.  (Fast pitch will continue to be played in the Spring.)

I’m not sure why this is happening.  I certainly don’t perceive any decline in interest in girls’ fast pitch, and I can’t believe that there was serious pressure to bring back a sport that, we were told, girls had rejected 25 years ago.

My suspicion is that it will enable fast pitch softball coaches to pick up an additional coaching stipend for working with their fast-pitch kids in what was once the off-season.  The state suggests that its aim is to provide opportunities for more girls to participate, but I suspect that, other than the pitchers, the slow pitch lineups in the fall won’t be much different from the fast pitch lineups in the spring.

***********  I meant to ask you this earlier.  Regarding your summer circuit training, do you have any other summer football activities typically planned?  Camp, 7 on 7, weight room?
 
I know that you start the circuits a few weeks before practice - just curious if in a typical summer you had other stuff going on.
 
Coach,

Our school was very small (100 boys) and our kids were really scattered - many of them lived 20+ miles from school.  And few of them drove.

And we had to deal with a basketball program that (1) played games all June, (2) Held a week-long camp early in July, (3) took the kids to the Gonzaga camp in Spokane for a week late in July.

They were never that good in basketball, and we were pretty good in football, but no matter - basketball was FUN.  All they did was play. The basketball coach would have the gym open all the time, it seems - and he didn’t cut a soul. Not even a first-year senior who couldn’t possibly make the varsity squad.  Come one, come all.  There was even a “C” team for kids (including seniors) who would never play a varsity game.  Just funsy-wunsy stuff.  

That definitely pulled kids in an opposite direction.

So we did what we could to get them into the weight room, and to get them out throwing and catching.  I worked with the QB 2-3 days a week. Never an issue there: if a kid wasn’t willing to work to get better, he couldn’t play  QB for us.  That was understood going in. Occasionally, we might get a receiver or two to run routes.

Fortunately, a number of our linemen did not play basketball, so they lifted pretty faithfully.

We had 2-1/2 weeks of spring ball, and then, at the end of July, just before our three-week dead period, we had a three-day “summer camp” right at the school.  Basically, it was three days of two-a-days. Nobody stayed overnight, but all the kids were there.  We were pretty hard-nosed about that.  I think that you can tell a kid “I can’t make you come - but I can make you wish you had.”  We never had anyone challenge us on it.

I do think that if you only had three days like that, in the middle of the summer, with everyone in attendance, you’d be better off than spending your whole summer nagging the kids to get into the weight room,  then beating yourself to death when they didn’t come.  Coaches are competitive people and they  take that kind of crap personally. I once did, but no more.

As for going away to camp, we never considered it.  We didn’t want the hassle of having to get kids to pay for camp, then supervising them while they were there, then running the risk - even with our kids, who were very trustworthy - that something ugly might happen, and finally, taking a chance that one of our kids might get hurt in a scrimmage - and there goes our season.

Those six camp practice sessions were as useful to us as an entire first week of formal practice.  They reinforced what we’d taught the kids in the spring, and they got us a head start on the season.

Circuits occupied the three-week dead period (no coaching football or football techniques).  Coming off summer camp, and with formal practice starting in a few weeks, the kids started to get focused.

Life in a small school.



*********** It may have “Texas” in its name, but if it’s also got “University” in there, it’s liable to harbor the same fools as any other University, from Arizona to Yale.

Need proof?
The Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin recently launched a new program to help male students “take control over their gender identity and develop a healthy sense of masculinity.”

Treating masculinity as if it were a mental health crisis, “MasculinUT” is organized by the school’s counseling staff and most recently organized a poster series encouraging students to develop a “healthy model of masculinity.”

The program is predicated on a critique of so-called “restrictive masculinity.” Men, the program argues, suffer when they are told to “act like a man” or when they are encouraged to fulfill traditional gender roles, such as being “successful” or “the breadwinner.
https://pjmedia.com/trending/university-of-texas-to-treat-masculinity-as-a-mental-health-issue/

*********** I've already run into about 20 stories on Bruce et.al.

STILL can't find the story on Bruce converting from coaching shorts to coat and tie.

Look up: "The Turtle Story" , from Pope Urban (Meyer).
Tampa and Earle Bruce AND THEN Dennis Fryzel, who had Freddie Soloman as a Veer QB (Can't find the comment from Fryzel about how he would never again put that much control into one player's hands.)

This search then led to Coach Paterno and his spontaneous advertisement for Depends (2009).  That reminds me to make sure that there is always a clear path to the facilities around here.

It's great to be retired but it comes with responsibilities.

Charlie Wilson
Crystal River, Florida


************ QUIZ ANSWER: In my opinion,  Earle Bruce is one of the most underrated college coaches of all time.
He compiled a career  record of 154-90-2 as head coach at five different colleges.

A native of Cumberland, Maryland, he won a football scholarship to  Ohio State, but after he injured his knee  in practice prior to his sophomore season,  OSU coach Woody Hayes offered him a position on his coaching staff, a position he held until graduation.

He then spent 13 seasons coaching Ohio state high schools, 10 of them as a head coach. Overall, he was 82-12-3 as head coach at Salem, Sandusky and Massillon. After his Massillon teams had back-to-back 10-0 seasons in 1964 and 1965, Hayes offered him a permanent spot on his staff.

During his six years at Ohio State, the last five of them as offensive line coach, Ohio State won national titles in 1968 and 1970.
In his first college head coaching job, he took Tampa to a 10-2 record in 1972 and a spot in the Tangerine Bowl.

That took him to Iowa State, always a tough place to win. Overall he was 36-32 in his six years  there, but in his final three seasons the Cyclones went 24-11 and went to two bowl games.  His 1976 team was his best - it finished 8-3 and ranked 19th in the nation.  It averaged 439.6 yards of offense per game, and upset Number 9-ranked Nebraska, 37-28.  And it went uninvited to a bowl game.

He was Big Eight Coach of the Year in both 1976 and 1977.

He was chosen to succeed Hayes at Ohio State, and served as the Buckeyes’ head coach from 1979 through 1987.  During his nine years in Columbus, his teams went 81-26-1 and won four Big Ten championships. He took the Buckeyes to eight bowl games, including two Rose Bowls.  In his very first season he coached the Buckeyes to an 11-0 regular season and a spot in the Rose Bowl. He earned Big Ten and national Coach of the Year honors and only a one-point Rose Bowl loss to USC cost him a national title in his first season.

He was 5-4 against Michigan, defeating the Wolverines in his last game as the Ohio State coach.

After Ohio State, he coached one season at Northern Iowa before taking over at Colorado State. In his four years there, he took the Rams to what was then their best year in history - a 9-4 season that included their first bowl game in 42 years -a Freedom Bowl win over Oregon.

Assistants from his staffs who went on to considerable success of their own include Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Mark Dantonio and Pete Carroll.

Earle Bruce is a member of the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame, the Ohio State University Sports Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame.

He died on April 20 at the age of 87.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING EARLE BRUCE-
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PSTERSBURG, FLORIDA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JASON MENSING - WHITEFORD, MICHIGAN
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA (.just winning football with all the "Style Points" of Woody Hayes!
MICK YANKE - COKATO, MINNESOTA (I was in jr. high, we got either Mich or OSU every week on ABC back then, the Gophers were well off the radar. If I remember, OSU got rid of E.B. because he didn't beat Michigan enough, they brought in Cooper from ASU, who had a one sided losing record against Mich.)
CHARLIE WILSON - CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK (and dont forget, he also coached in the arena league, I remember playing against his team I believe it was Cleveland - http://www.arenafan.com/history/?page=coaches&coach=3)
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
JOHN BOTHE, OREGON, ILLINOIS
JERRY GORDON - HAMILTON, VIRGINIA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
BRAD KNIGHT - CLARINDA, IOWA
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS
TOM DAVIS - SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA

*********** Finally a mention of my proud college UNI!
Coach Bruce (left UNI prior to me playing there, but not by much).
I've heard stories about him, all good, some hilarious.

Brad Knight
Clarinda, Iowa


*********** I was working a football camp at Temple University about 7 years ago.   Coach Bruce was well into his 70's if not more.  He was visiting camp (his grandson being a Temple coach at the time) and I saw him eating alone in the cafeteria. I asked if I could join him for lunch and he, of course, agreed.  We got to talking about old times, he was telling me quite vigorously how that lineman today were not tough and in fact that if you locked in any one of his offensive lines from Ohio State  in a room w/ any offensive line in the country today that he'd know that ALL FIVE of his guys would walk out.  It was awesome!


BTW, why is it that these 9th graders who were sexting were identified as football players?  Did they play track? baseball?  basketball?  in the drama club?  Happens all the time

Jerry Gordon
Hamilton, Virginia

Good story!

All you have to do is look at the offensive line play then and now to know that he’s right.

I suspect they’re singling them out as football players because there is a bit of resentment in the community over a high school football coach making $150K a year.



*********** QUIZ - He’s from Black Mountain, North Carolina and played football at Florida State - after first going there to play basketball. (One of his high school teammates was Brad Daugherty, and he started eight games for FSU as a freshman.) 

A quarterback, he was drafted in the ninth round by the Vikings, and in a 17-year  NFL career, he played for four different teams and five different head coaches, and took three different teams to a total of ten playoff appearances.

As an NFL starter, he was 72-53.  For 13 straight seasons, from 1995 through 2007, he completed more than 60 per cent of his passes.

He threw for more than 3,000 yards five times.   In 1999, he threw for 4,000 yards, becoming only the second Redskin QB to do so.

He appeared in two Pro Bowls.

He quarterbacked one of those teams to the first Super Bowl in its history - and the only Super Bowl win in its history.   He broke every one of that team’s passing statistics.

In 2003, he won the NFL’s “Quarterback Challenge,” competing against  Tom Brady,  Mark Brunell, Marc Bulger,  Jeff Garcia, and Matt Hasselbeck.

He was the first NFL QB to throw a touchdown pass to himself.

His quarterback coach at Florida State for all four years was Mark Richt, now head coach at Miami, and he’s married to Richt’s sister.

His son, Max, a 6-5, 215 pound sophomore at Oconee High School in Georgia, is rated the #3 QB prospect in his class, and has already received offers from Miami, Georgia, Auburn, Florida State and Louisville.



american flagTUESDAY,  MAY 1,  2018 “The biggest mistake coaches make is taking borderline cases and trying to save them. I’m not talking about grades now, I’m talking about character. I want to know before a boy enrolls about his home life, and what his parents want him to be.”  Bear Bryant


*********** I’ve written often about the things I look for in a young quarterback. 

I’ve been working this winter and spring with one, a sophomore with a year of varsity football under his belt.  He’s got the tools. He’s 6-2 and starting to fill out.  He’s strong.  He’s fast. He’s got great feet.

But as a quarterback - especially as a passer -  he’s raw.  This past season was his first playing quarterback.  He’d played other positions previously,  but as will happen in times of great need, the coaches looked around, saw what they had, and asked him to play quarterback - for the good of the team.

He agreed.  And immediately, that checks one of my boxes, especially since it was not his preference: he’s unselfish.

He can be counted on.  He’s been at least 15 minutes early to every one of our sessions.  He’s a good student.  And he’s a Christian.  Not that that’s a guarantee of good character, and not that a Jew, a Muslim, a Buddhist -  or an atheist - couldn’t be a person of good character,  but to me that cross on the chain around his neck is a declaration that he’s at least attempting to understand the concept of something bigger than himself, something better than a materialistic culture, something more important than himself.

He’s coachable.   Unless I’ve been unclear in my instructions, in which case he always asks, “what do you mean?” he carries them out immediately, as if I’ve shown him a video of what I wanted.

When I show him a correction I’d like him to make in something he’s been doing - it’s done.  Immediately.  Never a word about how “weird” it feels to be doing something different. And then, even more amazingly, there’s never a backslide to the old way of doing things.  Once the change is made, it’s made.  It’s permanent.

He’s tough mentally and physically.  He’s a sprinter on the track team, but he’s not a 100-meter guy.   No, his specialty is one of the toughest events in track - the 400.

He wants to be the quarterback.  He doesn’t shy away from work. He can see and feel himself getting better, and that drives him to be better still. 

At our session Sunday, after working for almost two hours, throwing passes or one type of another at a target.,
it came time to wrap things up.  At the end, he was practicing a bootleg, throwing on the run after faking to an imaginary running back.

We were working with four footballs, so I said to him, “Okay - four more balls.” (And then we'd be done.)

He shook his head. Oh, no.  “Four more completions!” he insisted.

That’s the attitude we’re all looking for.


*********** Hugh,
 
In reference to your response to Ken Hampton of Raleigh, North Carolina  & asking for our experiences/feed back with USA Football & Heads up Tackling…my first thoughts after being mandated by our league to have our (all volunteer) CYO grade school  staff be “Heads Up” certified was exactly what you suggested “ they changed the way to teach tackling but kept the name the same & this is back to arm tackling”.  That said, I guess something had to be done to make the game safer to placate the haters, I’m just not sure this is it. But as usual I’d be willing to bet someone is making money off fear mongering & the good intentions of people trying to do the right thing.  
 
In youth football I’m sure 99.9% of us are unpaid volunteers whose main reasons for being involved is that we like teaching, love the game of football, & enjoy being around young people. So when we are told “we need” this certification or “we need” to attend this clinic we do it w/o much or any pause for thought because we don’t want to be considered as uninformed or uncaring. That said, what I find amusing with all the USA Football videos concerning Heads Up/Rugby Tackling,  is the instructors insistence to be patient with players who take time to “get it”. Well, I guess so if you’re basically teaching arm based tackling as you said & in my years of experience playing & watching games I know that arm tackling doesn’t work with much success & leads to lunging.  What I basically learned from the USA Football tackling videos is ALL I need is the 12 - 13 year old version of Earl Thomas or Kam Chancellor & all is good & I’ll be a defensive genius.
 
Just my two cents,
Sam DuMond
Phiadelphia

Coach-

Great points. Appreciate the note.

Since most of us don’t get too many Kam Chancellors in our lifetimes, we have to teach the ordinary kids that we do get an effective way to tackle, and one that’s as safe as it’s possible to make,  given that football is a rough game.


*********** “Virtue signaling” is common nowadays - it’s a modern-day version of sucking up to a particular group by expressing how virtuous you are.   It may take the form of saying good things about the group - say, a racial minority - but more often it seems to be about saying bad things about the people seen as enemies of that group.

You say Starbuck’s treated black men badly?  Ooooooh.  Bad Starbucks!  (See how easy it was for me to show how virtuous I am?)

I’m a 19-year-old white female from New Canaan, Connecticut who goes to Yale and I’m going to march against police because we all know that police randomly kill young black males!

Whether it’s marching in protest with the aggrieved group, whether it's speaking or tweeting - it’s talk.

And the reason virtue signaling is held in such low regard is eloquently explained by the old saw: “Talk’s cheap.”

If you hadn’t thought about it, what’s been happening to youth football is virtue signaling. We show that we love our children by eliminating anything that has the slightest chance of being harmful to them.

Is there a state - even Texas - that doesn’t have at least one politician who wants to show how much they love children - by wanting to end youth football?

New Jersey is the latest state to take aim at football, with a proposal by an Assemblywoman named Valerie Huttle to ban tackle football for kids under 12.

Fortunately, it sounds as if there is still some testosterone in the Garden State.

The President of the New Jersey State Senate, the guy who decides what bills get voted on in the senate, says he's “staunchly against” the bill.

"That's not happening," said State Senate President Stephen Sweeney ."They're teaching kids how to tackle properly. All you're gonna do is get kids starting later, when it's easier to teach kids early."

Not coincidentally, the three other states in which similar bills have been proposed are, like New Jersey, liberal strongholds: California, Illinois and New York.  Can my deep blue state, Washington, be far behind? 

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/04/nj_could_soon_ban_tackle_football_for_children.html

***********  Hugh,

Remember that iceberg we talked about awhile ago?

http://footballscoop.com/news/texas-hs-coach-defendant-title-ix-lawsuit-every-coachs-attention/

While I know I still have a lot to offer, I often wonder in this new day and age if I'm willing to take what this new day and age have to offer.

Joe Gutilla
Austin, Texas

The story that Coach Gutilla refers to is - to be brief - a sexting case in a small East Texas town that started when - supposedly - two high school girls, while showering, were filmed by a high school boy, a member of the football team.  The filming, according to the girls, was done without their knowledge, and despite the boy’s promise not to do anything with the video, it “got out.”  The girls’ parents contend that a football coach or two may have known about the video. 

I have lots of questions here, chief among them - WTF kind of parents raise a lout that circulates video of girls without their permission? 

Is it at all possible that the girls knew they were being filmed?  You don’t suppose?

Did I understand that the girls showered together?

What kid wouldn’t know that it was wrong to send out nude photos of girls?

Isn't "I won't show it if you kiss me" a form of extortion?

How do the football coaches - IF they knew about the film - explain this to their wives and daughters?

What’s happened to Texas men?  In the Texas of my fantasy, that girl’s father would be deciding what size buckshot to use on that vermin.

What’s the deal with a system that treats sexting as just something that kids do while they’re "learning the boundaries" - while at the same time treating those kids as wise and all-knowing when they pontificate about gun control?

Unfortunate stereotype of Texas: where else does a community lay off teachers and support staff and increase classroom sizes - while giving the football coach a $21,000 raise (to over $150,000 a year)?


http://footballscoop.com/news/texas-hs-coach-defendant-title-ix-lawsuit-every-coachs-attention/


*********** Today’s college students take all this mini-aggression, trigger-warning, safe spaces sh-- so seriously that it would make a great TV series, not unlike Portlandia.

Yes,  people who don’t know what’s actually going on in America’s colleges would consider it phantasmagoric - a figment of some demented,  writer’s pot-addled imagination.

But it’s true, I tell you.  The latest is the University of Utah. With finals approaching, the school library has a “Cry Closet,” where  stressed-out students can enter and “just let it all out” - have a good cry.

It sounds silly and all that, but it really pisses me off,  because several years ago my wife and I visited Quantico (“Crossroads of the Marine Corps”), and I remember the impact of going into the Marine Chapel and seeing a sign pointing  upstairs - to the “Cry Room.”

And I can assure you it wasn’t for college snowflakes worried about finals.


https://www.cbsnews.com/news/university-of-utah-cry-closet-lets-students-just-let-it-all-out-during-finals/

https://i.redditmedia.com/UMPvoOrpxIQdykQxuQSG7cLIPXlK3ed1EAG0CSdNWrw.jpg?s=a8adc046fdc68845f3992502c3dfec8e


*********** The first school where I “field-tested” my Double Wing was 3,000 miles away from home, in Abington, Pennsylvania, at my wife’s alma mater.  I’d become friends with Abington High's head coach, Doug Moister, on visits back east, and he became so intrigued with the idea of the Double Wing that he asked if I’d be interested in helping him install it. And so it went…

Abington had a sort of logo that looked something like this: AAA-O

Doug told me it meant “ANYBODY… ANYWHERE… ANYTIME… BAR NONE.”  Sort of a “bring ‘em on.”

He said the story was that some Abington vets brought it back from the Army after World War II.

I recently decided to check it out.

It's the real deal - its origin is attributed to Colonel Harry “Paddy” Flint, who assumed command of the 39th Infantry in Sicily, in 1943.

Evidently, when he took over, the 39th Infantry was not well regarded, and on arrival he announced that his slogan- AAA-O - "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere - Bar Nothing" - would be stenciled on the helmets of every man in the unit.

This was against orders, since identifiable marks  could provide the enemy with valuable intelligence as to whom they were fighting, but Flint won the day, saying, "The enemy who sees our regiment in combat, if they live through the battle, will know to run the next time they see us coming."

His junior officers translated the slogan a bit differently.  They said it meant they could whip “anybody, anyplace, anytime, bar none,” explaining the Abington version.

The 39th, it is said, became a top fighting unit.

Colonel Flint himself was killed in battle during the invasion of Normandy in 1944.

According to wikipedia, while trying to take out an enemy mortar…
He called for a tank, and rode atop it in a rain of fire as it sprayed the hedgerows. During the attack, the tank driver was wounded, stopping it, whereupon Paddy crawled down, and went forward on foot with his men. As he led the patrol into the shelter of a farmhouse he was hit by a sniper's bullet. Aid men soon came up, loaded the Colonel on a stretcher, and as they started for the rear, one of the men told him: "Remember, Paddy, you can't kill an Irishman—you can only make him mad." Colonel Flint smiled. On the next day, 24 July 1944, he died of his wounds.

https://9thinfantrydivision.net/a-a-a-o/


*********** Prepare yourselves, Baseball Hall of Fame…

I find it impossible to believe that Babe Ruth,  the son of a saloon keeper  in early 20th century Baltimore, a southern city in what was a slave state right up until the end of the Civil War, a kid who got into so much trouble and was so hard to handle that he was put into what amounted to a reform school - where he learned to play baseball - was what you’d call enlightened on matters of race.  That’s a gentle was of saying that by today’s standards, which is how we’re now supposed to judge anyone from the past, he would definitely be considered a racist.   I can already see the plaques and statues coming down.

*********** If you haven’t seen the parent from hell, this is it.   Caren Z. Turner, a New Jersey political activist,  Hillary fund raiser and  big shot with the Port Authority, the giant New York-New Jersey agency that manages the New York area’s bridges, tunnels, airports and harbors, tried pulling a “do you know who I am?” with a couple of New Jersey cops who’d pulled over a car that her daughter was riding in. 

She was insulting and demeaning, and I thank God that I wasn’t in those cops’ place because I know I wouldn’t have been able to deal with the situation with the calm professionalism they displayed.

By the way,  after the police officers’ chief notified the head of the Port Authority of her act, she’s now a former big shot there.

http://www.nj.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/04/forget_f-bomb_womans_name_cops_should_remember_these_names_savitsky_and_casper_editorial.html


*********** Coach,

I don’t think I have read a News You Can Use with so many references to Delaware.

I was at the Delaware vs Delaware State game in 2007. It was built up as a great Civil Rights moment because the two teams had never played each other. Coach Raymond was at the game. When a reporter asked him why Delaware and Delaware State had never played before (trying to bait him into a sound bite), he turned and looked up at the scoreboard.

The score was 44-0 Delaware.

I’m sorry to hear of Mrs. Nelson’s passing. I will let my father know of the date. He may make the trip from Lewes (pronounced Lewis), to pay his respects.

Tom Walls
Winnipeg, Manitoba

As a native of that area, of course I know that it’s "Lewis,” but it’s one of those names that only a native would know, and it’s a way to spot an outsider:  Reading (REDD-ing), Pennsylvania, Calais (CAL-iss) Maine, Puyallup (Pyew-OLL-up), Washington come to mind.

You and I both know - and Tubby did, too - that there were other reasons than the score, a Delaware romp,  but that was convenient for Tubby.  I’ll bet it was one game he didn’t want to play, for fear of the outside possibility of a loss, and its ramifications.  I’ll bypass the possibility of a race issue and just say that the chief objection to  putting Delaware State on the Delaware schedule was most likely that it might help Delaware State attain in-state recruiting parity.  Many states have been through this, in some cases requiring action by their legislatures to make a bigger state school schedule a smaller in-state cousin.  (That’s what it took to get West Virginia to play Marshall.)


*********** I really dislike the NFL, and I’ve considered “our” team, the Seattle Seahawks, to be the perfect illustration  of many of the reasons why.  Let’s see… there was motormouth (“He’s so articulate”) Richard Sherman, and there was Mister Take-a-Dump-in-the End-Zone, aka Doug Baldwin.  And then there was Michael Bennett; and Michael Bennett; and Michael Bennett.  And then there was Michael Bennett, the renowned author of “Things That Make White People Uncomfortable.”

But give the Seahawks credit for the draft pick that may actually give those of us who dislike  the NFL at least one tiny reason to pay it some attention.  What did they do?  They drafted Shaquem Griffin, twin brother of current Seahawk Shaquill Griffin.  Shaquem is a very good linebacker from Central Florida who’s now known far and wide as a young man who’s succeeded despite the lack of a hand, amputated when he was four.

And he seems like a good kid.  What a feel-good story.  There have to be people in the NFL office who are thanking God (if it’s okay to do that in the NFL offices) that fans finally have a better story to follow than Michael Sam  or Colin Kaepernick.


QUIZ ANSWER - As head coach at East Lansing, Michigan, High, Roy Kramer’s teams were 33-6-1 from 1960-1965.  After a highly successful high school career in which he posted a record of 58-14 along with two state titles, he was named head coach at Central Michigan in 1967.

In 12 years as head coach there, he was 83-32-2, and in 1974 he took the Chippewas to a Division II national title, beating Delaware 54-14.

The next year, Central Michigan moved up to Division I, joining the Mid-America Conference, but the move didn’t slow them down.  When he left after the 1977 season,  he’d posted a 25-7-1 3-year record.

Taking over as AD at Vanderbilt, he served there until 1990 when he was named commissioner of the Southeast Conference.

During his term as head of the SEC, the conference added Arkansas and South Carolina, and broke into divisions.

Roy Kramer was instrumental in the development of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), an attempt to determine a national champion by other means than polling short of a true playoff.

Roy Kramer’s book, “The Complete Book of the I Formation,” published in 1966 - just before he took over at Central - is on my list of classics.   He remained a solid I-formation, slant-five coach throughout most of his career at Central Michigan.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING ROY KRAMER:
JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK, LOUISIANA
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
JOHN BOTHE - OREGON, ILLINOIS
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA
TOM WALLS - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA (Yeah, I know Western Illinois’ rivals are supposed to be “directional” schools, but after our Sophomore year defeat by the Chips (Fall ’70), we dedicated ourselves to the beating Drake & the Chips…we took care of them 3 years in a row!)
MIKE FRAMKE, GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN (Go Broncos! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Michigan%E2%80%93Western_Michigan_football_rivalry)
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
RALPH BALDUCCI - PORTLAND, OREGON  (His book is THE book on the I formation.)

*************  Joe Gutilla, of Austin, Texas sent me a great article about Roy Kramer and his eloquent defense of our game.

http://footballscoop.com/news/man-shaped-modern-college-football-concerned-future/

************ QUIZ: In my opinion, he is one of the most underrated, underappreciated college coaches of all time.

He compiled a career  record of 154-90-2 as head coach at five different colleges.

A native of Cumberland, Maryland, he won a football scholarship to  Ohio State, but after he injured his knee  in practice prior to his sophomore season,  OSU coach Woody Hayes offered him a position on his coaching staff, a position he held until graduation.

He then spent 13 seasons coaching Ohio state high schools, 10 of them as a head coach. Overall, he was 82-12-3 as head coach at Salem, Sandusky and Massillon. After his Massillon teams had back-to-back 10-0 seasons in 1964 and 1965, Hayes offered him a permanent spot on his staff.

During his six years at Ohio State, the last five of them as offensive line coach, Ohio State won national titles in 1968 and 1970.

In his first college head coaching job, he took Tampa to a 10-2 record in 1972 and a spot in the Tangerine Bowl.

That led to the head job at Iowa State, always a tough place to win. Overall he was 36-32 in his six years  there, but in his final three seasons the Cyclones went 24-11 and went to two bowl games. 
He was Big Eight Coach of the Year in both 1976 and 1977.  His 1976 team was his best - it finished 8-3 and ranked 19th in the nation.  It averaged 439.6 yards of offense per game, and upset Number 9-ranked Nebraska, 37-28.  And it went uninvited to a bowl game.

He was chosen to succeed Hayes at Ohio State, and served as the Buckeyes’ head coach from 1979 through 1987. 
In his very first season he coached the Buckeyes to an 11-0 regular season and a spot in the Rose Bowl. He earned Big Ten and national Coach of the Year honors and only a one-point Rose Bowl loss to USC cost him a national title in his first season.  During his nine years in Columbus, his teams went 81-26-1 and won four Big Ten championships. He took the Buckeyes to eight bowl games, including two Rose Bowls. 

He was 5-4 against Michigan, defeating the Wolverines in his last game as the Ohio State coach.

After Ohio State, he coached one season at Northern Iowa before taking over at Colorado State. In his four years there, he took the Rams to what was then their best year in history - a 9-4 season that included their first bowl game in 42 years,  a Freedom Bowl win over Oregon.

Assistants from his staffs who went on to considerable success of their own include Jim Tressel, Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Mark Dantonio and Pete Carroll.

He is a member of the Iowa State Athletics Hall of Fame, the Ohio State University Sports Hall of Fame, and the College Football Hall of Fame.

He died on April 20 of this year  at the age of 87.


american flagFRIDAY,  APRIL 27,  2018 “The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.” Daniel J. Boorstin

*********** The jury has decided. Bill Cosby is guilty.

I feel very bad about it.  We “grew up together”- in  parallel universes.  I grew up in the all-white section of a part of Philly called Germantown, he in the all-black section.  There was no overlap.  Not until high school,  by which time he was going to Germantown High, an integrated public school, and I was going to Germantown Academy, an all-white private school.  We were pretty good in football; Germantown High was pretty bad.  But Bill Cosby was a very good football player, and I knew about him.  My brother had gone to Germantown High, and he went to their games, and  he’d tell me about this “Cawsby” (pronounced like “Crosby” without the “r.” - that’s Phillytawk).

When Cosby would make a career of telling those stories about playing in the streets, he could just as easily have been talking about us.  I thought it was cool, and I took great pride and pleasure in telling my classes about our “shared” experiences.

Later, when he’d become something of an elder statesman and he spoke reprovingly of the conduct of so many young black males, I thought that finally we’d find the person who could say the things nobody else had the guts to say.  Finally, we’d have that “conversation” that everybody says we need but no one’s willing to engage in.

And then he crashed.  God, how it hurts to see it,  the downfall of a guy whom I admired, whose success I enjoyed vicariously. 


*********** Seems like we’re reading about more and more  WTFWHT (what was he thinking?) incidents.

The latest was last week, when a sports anchor at a San Francisco TV station was “allegedly” caught on video stealing a jacket belonging to the Golden State Warriors’ director of team security, who also serves as Stephen Curry’s personal bodyguard.

The guy, a former 49ers’ wide receiver, will almost certainly lose his long-held job at the station. For a lousy jacket.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/25/watch-security-video-shows-tv-personality-taking-jacket-belonging-to-warriors-official/   

*********** You’ll enjoy this article about a great coach named Larry Siemering. It was sent me by Charlie Wilson, of Crystal River, Florida, whom I regard as an expert on the evolution of the belly-T and the wishbone and the veer.

http://www.recordnet.com/article/20060731/Sports/607310323

At least according to the author of the clip below, Larry Siemering was the inventor of the Belly-T offense. And as the clip relates, it was the fortuitous meeting of his quarterback, Eddie LeBaron, and the coach of Georgia Tech, Bobby Dodd, that led to Tech adopting the offense and then refining it to the point where Tech was one of the greatest teams of the 1950s.  In this particular story, LeBaron tells about the 1950 College All-Star game, in which Dr. Eddie Anderson, coach of the All-Stars, planned to use the Belly-T against the defending NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles.

BELLY ARTICLE


The College All-Star game, was started in 1934 by a Chicago sports editor named Arch Ward, who is also credited with starting baseball’s All-Star game.  Played in mid-summer as NFL teams were starting their camps, it pitted the defending NFL champions against a group of the best graduating college seniors, and for its first 25 years the series was relatively competitive - 15-8-2 in favor of the pros.

In the 1950 game, the Eagles, two-time NFL champions, fell to the All-Stars, 17-7. The attendance, at Soldier Field, was 88,885.  The All-Stars’ win cut the NFL’s edge in games to 9-6-2.

But it was something of a high-water mark for the college guys, because  in the next 25 meetings, they would win only three times.

As salaries increased, NFL teams - and agents - grew increasingly reluctant to let their players risk injury in the game.  And, too, there were issues with the defending champions having to start their camp earlier than other teams.

The 1974 game wasn’t played because NFL players were on strike, and with the World Football League (WFL) having signed a number of players, NFL teams were unwilling to spare any of their college signees to play in the game.

The final College All-Star game was played in 1976, and was called because of rain with 1:32 left in the third quarter with the Steelers winning, 24-0

The 1950 loss to the College All-Stars was a bad omen for the Eagles.  The NFL had just “merged” with the AAFC, and when the defending NFL champions  opened the 1950 season against the AAFC champion Cleveland Browns, the Browns thumped the Eagles, 35-10.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-top-ten/09000d5d8111b87e/Great-upset-in-first-game-of-1950

*********** I had a great talk with Mike Lude on Thursday, and although he is easily the most positive man I’ve ever known, he was a bit set back by two losses in the past week of people who were very important to him.

Shirley Nelson died on the same day as Mrs. Bush.  Mrs. Nelson was 97.  She was the widow of Dave Nelson, known far and wide as the inventor and developer of the Wing-T offense.  Mike Lude was, if you pardon the expression, Dave Nelson’s wing man. He played for Nelson at Hillsdale College, and assisted him at Maine and at Delaware, before leaving to take the head coaching job at Colorado State.  Needless to say, Mrs. Nelson and Mike’s late wife, Rena, were close.

There will be a memorial service in Newark, Delaware on July 21, and Mike will deliver the eulogy.

And just this past Sunday, Mike received a phone call from an old friend, Mrs. Bessie Lavan,  informing him that her husband, Al Lavan, had died. I could tell talking to Mike that this hurt.  He’d spoken to me numerous times about Al, and how proud he was of him.  He was like a son to Mike.

When Mike was coaching at Colorado State, he’d developed something of a pipeline to New Jersey, where he’d recruited successfully when he was at Delaware,  and he’d become quite close with a principal at a high school in inner-city Newark.  This principal told Mike of a young man at his school whose father had sent him north to play football his senior year (to give you an idea of how things have changed since then, the kid’s father thought he’d have a better chance of being seen if he left Florida).  The kid was a real prospect,  and the principal didn’t want him going anyplace but with Mike.

And that’s how he got Al Lavan.

Al played freshman ball, then started three years at defensive back for Mike.

It wasn’t all easy. On at least one occasion, Mike had to talk him out of going back to New Jersey, back to - who knows what?

But he stayed. After graduation, he played five years in the NFL before suffering a career-ending injury.

And then he got into coaching, starting at Colorado State.  Mike recalled the day Al asked if he could take Mike and Rena to lunch where they could meet his fiancee,  Bessie.  Mike offered to pay, but Al insisted.  What Al was doing, Mike quickly figured out, was giving Bessie the chance to talk to Rena about the life of a coach’s wife.

It must have been  heck of a talk.

Al’s career took him from Colorado State in 1972 to Delaware State in 2010.

After stops at Iowa State, Georgia Tech and Stanford, he was hired in 1980 to coach the Cowboys’ running backs.  He stayed with the Cowboys until 1988, when Tom Landry and his entire staff were let go.

After the Cowboys, he coached with the 49ers, Redskins, Ravens and Chiefs, putting in an even 20 years in the NFL. In that time, he coached such running backs as Tony Dorsett, Herschel Walker, Bam Morris, Earnest Byner, Leroy Hoard, Priest Holmes and Napoleon Kaufman.

He assisted at Eastern Michigan from 2001 through 2003, serving briefly as interim head coach when the head coach was fired, and in 2004 he was finally hired as a head coach  - at Delaware State, a historically black school with a long and pathetic football history. (In 1980, I watched Portland State beat them, 105-0.)

In 2007, his team went 10-2 and  won the school’s first conference title in 16 years. That meant Delaware State’s first-ever playoff appearance, and, coincidentally, its first-ever meeting with the University of Delaware. Delaware won, but the game drew 19,765 fans, the largest playoff crowd in Delaware Stadium history.

He must have spoiled the Delaware State folks, because after a 3-8 season in 2010, he was fired.  His overall record was 41-37.

They haven’t seen his likes since.

And whatever Rena Lude told Bessie Lavan, it must have been good advice. 

https://www.delawareonline.com/story/sports/2018/04/24/ex-delstate-football-coach-al-lavan-dies/547370002/

https://delawarestatenews.net/sports/dsu-mourns-passing-of-former-head-football-coach-al-lavan/

https://hbcusports.com/2018/04/24/delaware-state-mourns-the-death-of-al-lavan-former-head-football-coach/

*********** I recalled Mike Lude telling me how he and Don James would plan their out-of-league schedules when Mike was AD at Washington and Don James was his head coach, and I asked him again to make sure. He said their goal, outside the complete round-robin Pac-10 schedule,  was to schedule (1) "somebody fairly tough: (2) "Somebody you could sleepwalk through and still win; (3) "Somebody you can beat."

*********** Washington state libs are practically peeing their pants with excitement after passage of the so-called Breakfast After the Bell bill. 

What it means is that if a kid comes to school late, school personnel are supposed to ask if he’s eaten yet, and if he says, “No,” they’re now required to feed him first,  before sending him to class.

Said my Governor, some tool named Jay Inslee,  “If you’re going to fill a child’s head, first thing, you can’t have an empty tummy.”  (See why I called him a tool? Read that statement carefully.  It sounds as if he's saying that I, the teacher, need to make sure to eat my breakfast.)

Now here’s my issue.

By now, everybody knows about the "same-sex couple" from Washington (by way of Oregon and Minnesota) who drove their car off a cliff in California, killing them and their six adopted kids.

Tracing events backward, it appears that a possible reason why the “couple” picked up abruptly and headed south was their concern that the Washington state welfare people were closing in on them over a matter of suspected child abuse. Neighbors, it turns out, had reported  to authorities that the pair’s adopted kids were coming  over to their places at all hours and asking for food. 

So evidently not feeding your kids is a form of abuse.   Makes sense to me.  How is failure to feed your kids not child abuse???  

But wait - what about these lazy asses who expect the schools (taxpayers) to feed their kids?

They’re too poor to feed their kids, we're told.  Yeah, right. But I almost guarantee they smoke and  they’ve got cell phones. And they eat fast food at least once a week. 

Now, to rub it in our faces,  they not only don’t feed their kids breakfast, but they’re too f—king lazy to get up and send them off to school in time to suck on the government teat at the same time as everybody else.

I went to elementary school with a lot of kids from the Lutheran Home for Orphans, an orphanage originally established to care for kids left fatherless by the Civil War.  They were well-fed and well-clothed. They behaved as well as anyone else, and they did their schoolwork as well as anyone else.   They had people who looked out for them and held them accountable for what they did and didn't do.   Not in any way were they stigmatized. Tell me today's free breakfast kids - and our society - wouldn't be better off if they were in orphanages. They'd get to school on time - and they'd already have had breakfast.  Tummies full, and ready to have their heads filled, eh Guv?


https://www.accessgenealogy.com/pennsylvania/lutheran-orphans-home-asylum.htm

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*********** “The pro game is amazingly clean. Probably one of the reasons it is so clean is because we play everybody in our division twice.  You realize that you will have to play this team again, and if you play dirty in the first game, then you know you’ve got to play them in another game.” Bill Glass, former All-Pro defensive lineman.

*********** No more “curls for the girls”  in Knoxville.  Tennessee’s new strength coach has removed the mirrors from the Vols’ weight room.
“We don’t need our guys looking at themselves," he said. "We need them training.”

Well.  First of all, nobody wants to promote narcissism.  No argument from me there.

Second of all, I’m not an expert on strength training, and he is.

BUT…

Maybe I’m talking only about high school kids,  but I know what motivates them. And I know damn well that one of the things that hooks a kid on lifting - that convinces him that it’s all worthwhile and it’s producing results - is the first time he starts to see results with his own eyes.  In strength training, as with so many other things in life, seeing is believing. 

Kids aren’t very good at deferring gratification, and telling them that working their asses off now is going to make them better football players seven months from now isn’t enough to keep most kids fired up.  On the other hand, though, looking at themselves in the mirror and seeing what are starting to look like  triceps and deltoids - and, yes, biceps (for the girls) - can provide the more immediate payback that keeps them working.

http://sports.usatoday.com/2018/04/25/tennessee-football-strength-coach-doesnt-want-vols-admiring-themselves-so-weight-room-mirrors-gone/

*********** The Canada van killer was said to be angry with women. Why?  Well, he referred to himself - and others like him - as “incels.” That’s short, evidently, for “Involuntary celibacy,”  - i.e., you want it but you ain’t gettin’ it.  Count on it - some drug company will call it “IC” and tout a cure for it.  We used to just call it Lackanookie.

*********** After reading about all these “devastating,” “unstoppable,” “lethal” new offensive concepts that various guys have written about on one or another of the big-time sites, how many of you check them out on maxpreps?  Isn't it amazing how often you find out they were 3-7 last year?

*********** The insanity continues…

Yawkey Way will soon become Jersey Street.

Yawkey Way, a short street outside Boston’s Fenway Park, was named in 1977 in honor of the late Tom Yawkey, who owned the Red Sox from 1933 to 1976.

Mr. Yawkey was a very wealthy man, and  whe he died he left a lot of money to charitable causes.  Over the years generations of Bostonians have benefitted from his generosity.

But, see,  Mr. Yawkey was a South Carolinian…  and the Red Sox didn’t have a black player until 1959, well after baseball had been integrated, so… he must have been a racist.

So the name change is  part of the team’s “mission,” it says, to “reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to all.”

There’s that damn word “inclusive” again.  That seems to be the "in" word now that so many of us have had our fill of “diversity.”

Anyhow, down with the street signs!  Down with any statues!  Erase his name from the record books!  Purge the libraries of anything containing his name!

I'm just waiting for someone in Boston to discover that Paul Revere was opposed to gay marriage. (Please help me spread that rumor.)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/mlb/yawkey-way-outside-fenway-park-changed-over-racist-past/ar-AAwn8lg?li=BBnb7Kz

QUIZ ANSWER - In high school in Los Angeles, Hugh McElhenny set state records in the high and low hurdles and the broad jump.  In his one year at Compton Junior College, they went undefeated and  won the Junior Rose Bowl title.

He went on to the University of Washington - the recruiting was so dirty on the West Coast at the time that it was said, only half-jokingly, that he followed a trail of $100 bills to Seattle.

At Washington he was everything they thought he’d be.  Against Washington State, he rushed for 296 yards, a record that would stand for more than 60 years, and scored five touchdowns.

In his junior year, returned a punt for 100 yards against USC, and against Oregon, to show his versatility, he was nine-for-nine on PATs in a 63-6 drubbing of the Ducks.

He led the Huskies in rushing all three years, and when he left, he’d established 16 school records.

He was a first-round draft choice of the 49ers, and on his first play from scrimmage he went 40 yards for a touchdown.  To some, he was “Hurryin’ Hugh,” but to the 49ers he was “The King,” a title given him by quarterback Frankie Albert.

With Y.A, Tittle, Joe Perry and John Henry Johnson, he was a part of the 49ers’ “Million Dollar backfield.”

In 1961, he was picked up in the expansion draft by the brand-new Vikings, and led the team in rushing.

Traded to the Giants, he finally played in an NFL championship game. It was 1963, and the Giants, quarterbacked by his old 49ers’ teammate Y.A. Tittle, lost to the Bears.

He made it to six Pro Bowls - five times with the 49ers and once with the Vikings.

In his 13 years with the 49ers, Vikings, Giants and Lions, he gained 11,375 all-purpose yards.  At the time of is retirement, he was one of only three players in NFL history to have gone over 11,000 yards.

He is a member of the Pro Football and College Football Hall of Fame.

Hugh McIlhenny is said to be a kin to the McIlhenny family of Avery Island, Louisiana, which produces Tabasco Sauce.

CORRECTLY IDENTIFYING HUGH MCELHENNY

JOSH MONTGOMERY - BERWICK,  LOUISIANA
KEN HAMPTON - RALEIGH,  NORTH CAROLINA
GREG KOENIG - CIMARRON, KANSAS
JOSH COLE - ODESSA, NEW YORK
ADAM WESOLOSKI - PULASKI, WISCONSIN
JOHN VERMILLION - ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA
MICK YANKE - COKATO, MINNESOTA
MIKE FRAMKE - GREEN BAY, MINNESOTA
PETE PORCELLI - WATERVLIET, NEW YORK
TIM BROWN - FLORENCE, ALABAMA
MARK KACZMAREK - DAVENPORT, IOWA
TOM DAVIS - SAN CARLOS, CALIFORNIA
KEVIN MCCULLOUGH - LAKEVILLE, INDIANA
OSSIE OSMUNDSON - WOODLAND, WASHINGTON
JOE GUTILLA - AUSTIN, TEXAS


QUIZ - As head coach at East Lansing, Michigan High
from 1960-1965, his teams were 33-6-1.  After a highly successful high school career in which he posted a record of 58-14 along with two state titles, he was named head coach at Central Michigan in 1967.

In 12 years as head coach there, he was 83-32-2, and in 1974 he took the Chippewas to a Division II national title, beating Delaware 54-14.

The next year, Central Michigan moved up to Division I, joining the Mid-America Conference, but the move didn’t slow them down in the slightest.  When he left after the 1977 season,  he’d posted a 25-7-1 3-year Division I record.

Taking over as AD at Vanderbilt, he served there until 1990 when he was named commissioner of the Southeast Conference.

During his term as head of the SEC, the conference added Arkansas and South Carolina, and broke into divisions.

And he was instrumental in the development of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), the first attempt to determine an FBS national champion by other means than polling.

His book, “The Complete Book of the I Formation,” published in 1966 - just before he took over at Central - is on my list of classics.   He remained a solid I-formation, slant-five coach throughout most of his career at Central Michigan.



american flagTUESDAY,  APRIL 24,  2018 “You have to recognize that no player is so important that you can't live without him.” Bo Schembechler

*********** Dear Coach Wyatt,

I am watching the "required" USA Football training for all coaches that expect to coach youth football this year.  Although some of the items are spot on, USA Football is teaching some things that are just not correct or appropriate for the youth level.  I was very surprised that blocking is now expected to be performed using the "long arm" approach and grabbing your opponent as the effective blocking technique.  It is very surprising that there was no training for the shoulder block in this video.  I guess this is "old school" and should never be taught in the future?  Some of the long winded explanation that was used to train a youth coach is just a total waste of time.  I am not saying everything was incorrect, but the information is just not what a youth football coach needs.  Bridge Blocking, S.P.R.R.A.T, and B.L.A.S.T.; coaches will need an encyclopedia to keep up with all the verbiage that is being used in the name of youth football.  What happened to the old verbiage of Lombardi that football is about the team that blocks and tackles the best?  USA Football taking football in the wrong direction with the convoluted required training, all in the name of safer football.  I am not convinced this is the direction we should be going for safer football.  I would be very interested to hear from other coaches that are being educated with the USA Football videos.  

Ken Hampton
Raleigh, North Carolina    

Coach,

I confess to being biased. I despise USA Football, partly because they ripped off my work and sell it as their own, but mainly because they are poseurs - they pose as the “governing body of American football,” with no more right to that claim than the fact that they decided to call themselves that.  They are self-anointed.  

And then, armed with NFL funding to the extent that they really are a de facto arm of Big Football, they have pressured youth organizations and coaches to do things their way.

Remember the push for “Heads Up Tackling?”  It was so essential to your coaching that you couldn’t be “certified to coach in your state unless you took their course.

Funny thing - “Heads Up Tackling” once stood in the way of anyone wanting to coach  (“Moms, make sure your little boy’s coach is Heads-Up certified”) but now you can forget everything they once insisted that you had to learn. “Heads Up Tackling,” evidently, is now as dead as the dodo.

They still call their whole program “Heads Up Football, but the “Heads Up Tackling” itself is gone, replaced with something they call “shoulder tackling, “ or “roll tackling,” or, if you will, “Hawk Tackling” (because it seemed to originate with someone convincing Pete Carroll that rugby - a sport we broke away from more than 100 years ago, had the answer to our problems all this time.)

They tell us that it’s “rugby based.” Rugby tackling, we’re expected to believe, is effective and safe. No concussions in rugby.  Right.

It’s important to understand that there are some significant differences  between football and rugby in what’s required of tackling.   (1) In rugby, there is no line to gain.  That’s an essential difference in our sports. While football is a game of inches, as the cliche goes, rugby is not.  If the man is down, he’s down, and unless we’re talking about a score, in which he has to actually touch the ball down in “touch” (the end zone), it’s not terribly important where he’s down one way or the other. In football, the low tackle doesn’t stop a man’s forward progress, and the quality of a tackle is often the difference between a first down and fourth-and-short. (2) In rugby,when the man is down, the tackler is required to get off immediately so play can resume; (3) there is no gang tackling in rugby.  Essentially, you can’t tackle a man who’s already being tackled; (4) High tackling, defined as contact above the “line of the shoulders,” is forbidden in rugby.  A first offense calls for a yellow card and a second call for a red card, and ejection.  But how does a tackler avoid a foul when the runner lowers his head? Evidently officials, in their zeal to make the game safer, have been erring on the side of caution whenever there is any question, so teams have been making a conscious effort to lower their targets.

I watch the videos of the stuff they’re teaching and, frankly, I see our game regressing - I see a lot of weaker tackles and a lot of “heads down,”  with the possibility of accidental contact with a runner’s knee.

“Heads down" obviously increases the risk of catastrophic spinal injury. In addition, since at its base it’s arm tackling, I predict missed tackles with defenders lying on the ground like so much dead wood - and more shoulder injuries.

I, too, would be interested in others’ experiences. 


https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/jan/06/world-rugby-new-tackle-laws-what-are-they

***********  Beginning next semester, the Penn State Outing Club will no longer be going on outings.  No more  outdoor, student-led trips.

The university’s offices of Student Affairs and Risk Management has determined  that the hiking, canoeing, kayaking, trail building and camping activities that the club has long sponsored are just too dangerous.
 
“Student safety in any activity is our primary focus,” said Lisa Powers, a Penn State University spokeswoman, in an email responding to questions from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The paper forgot to ask her if that also included  football.  Or, this being Penn State, fraternity initiations.