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01/17/2019 - 12:27pm We're in East Nasty-…

We're in East Nasty--Edgefield. 

01/17/2019 - 12:23pm 2017. Would love to post a…

2017. Would love to post a photo, but I don't think I have one--would have to ask my mom if she has one tucked away. I believe that color photography was discovered the prior year.

01/17/2019 - 11:34am My g/f has a Subaru Outback…

My g/f has a Subaru Outback and loves it. We're in TN but have driven it through snow, and Subarus are known for being great in snow and yuck. 

My first car was a Ford Pinto manual transmission. We called it "Jaws" because the top of the front grill was ripped off in ragged fashion. It had strips of nylon where the seat covers once existed. Only car I've driven where pedestrians would see it, stop, point and laugh. The clutch was incredibly touchy so it would stall whenever I tried to shift in low gears. It was a fantastic (albeit frustrating) way to learn to drive a stick. Probably irrelevant these days with fancy-shmancy gear shifts, but thought I'd share a bit of nostalgia and encourage you that first cars needn't be fancy or new.

Anyway, a used Subaru seems like an ideal first car to me.

01/16/2019 - 9:13am Gravy is relatively easy,…

Gravy is relatively easy, and jar gravy is gross. I'm told that my country gravy tastes like KFCs, and I'm told that's a good thing.

I take some flour in a bowl, add some milk and stir with a fork until it's well mixed and thick. Add more milk as needed to get the right consistency. Pour that it in a skillet (iron is best, but any heavy skillet will do) and put on med-low heat until it starts to bubble a bit. Keep stirring it with the fork. Add any meat juices you have, salt and pepper to taste. If you wanted to throw in small pieces of sausage, people would hail you as a minor deity and carry you around the house on their shoulders. It should thicken up nicely. If it gets gelatinous, add more milk. If it's too thin, I suggest letting it cook down a bit, but you can add more flour--just make sure to break up any lumps and add very slowly. In general, if it's lumpy, break it up with the fork and stir faster, dammit.

Keep warm. Pour liberally. Enjoy.

01/10/2019 - 12:46pm I meant the book, but point…

I meant the book, but point taken.

01/09/2019 - 8:29pm To quote Job, "Why not just…

To quote Job, "Why not just curse God and die?"

01/09/2019 - 11:32am I think recency bias and…

I think recency bias and BPONE are impacting a lot of the "analysis" on this Board. Before OSU, we were world-beaters and ready to play anyone. We had two bad games--it happens. A lot of OSU was scheme, but a big part, I believe, was also having our DEs (a huge strength) not at their best. In addition, OSU played out of their minds. Again--it happens. FL was completely foreseeable--a glorified exhibition; players not participating; still hung over from OSU; etc.  

It's a game played by 18-22 year olds with an oblong ball. Hard to predict some times. We won 10 games. Plenty of programs would love to be in our position. I understand people are disappointed, but could we have a bit of perspective? If the overall contentment in your life is based on a sport where 10-3 makes you miserable, I suggest taking a step back and reassessing.

01/08/2019 - 9:57am My lease on my Cadillac CTS…

My lease on my Cadillac CTS is up in May, and I asked my mom if I could have my late father's '89 Jaguar XJ40. It's been just sitting in her carport for about 15 years, and a trusted mechanic is fixing it up. The car is in Southern California, and I live in Nashville. The mechanic says the car is in good shape and that rather than just shipping it, it will be fine to drive from San Diego to Nashville. I plan to take a long road trip with it, with plenty of time for it to rest on the road. Chance to connect with the car, my memories and a lot of places. Among other stops, going to see the Grand Canyon, Austin to visit my daughter, and N'Orleans.

I know a lot of issues with the '89 XJ40--digital console, door handles, rear suspension (he should have waited for the 1990 version I think). Any other issues I should think about? Thoughts on maintaining it? I plan to drive it downtown to work (about 1.5 miles each way) most days, and take it on the open road on occasion.

Would appreciate any advice or thoughts on the car. Thanks!

01/04/2019 - 11:46am None of us are purely good…

None of us are purely good or bad. Frank will always have a stain on his record, but that doesn't mean he can't also do good things. We like to categorize everyone as either good or bad, but none of us fit easily into either basket. Frank, like all of us, is a product of causes and conditions and needs, and deserves, both acknowledgement of his past and compassion.

01/03/2019 - 7:55pm I could be wrong, but I don…

I could be wrong, but I don't think he blitzed as much, he dropped back more and didn't have MN ignoring his existence. 

01/03/2019 - 6:47pm Doesn't sound like he's…

Doesn't sound like he's likely to go (I think Brian said that Long was likely the last one likely to go). That said, I wouldn't call it a need to "bounce back". Hudson was fine last year, just used in a very different way than the prior year. He'll have solid film. In the end, it's a question of how he tests out.

01/03/2019 - 4:52pm We don't run the wishbone…

We don't run the wishbone either. The flip side of what you're saying is that going for head-shots all day is very risky if the other team is able to control the ball, limit your number of shots, and is generally guaranteed points a good percentage of the time by staying ahead of the chains and grinding out yards. Yes, it has to be balanced--no one can run all the time. But with a decent passing game complimenting the run, it can be as successful, and safer, than needing to break a big play on a regular basis.

01/03/2019 - 2:55pm I understand the BPONE, but…

I understand the BPONE, but I think alot of these takes are overly simplistic and negative. How often did our QB run in 2017 compared to 2018? JH has shown time and again an ability to adapt to personnel. Yes, our running and passing attacks need to be better coordinated. The offense needs some work. At the same time, with everyone switching to spread, loading up with FBs and TEs can make it very difficult for other teams. Body blows can be damn effective.

We went 10-3. There are plenty of teams that would love to have our troubles.

01/02/2019 - 10:47am There was a psychologist who…

There was a psychologist who worked with the San Diego Chargers (RIP) back in the 70s or 80s, I believe. He wrote a book about it afterwards and described personality traits tied to particular positions. I recall him saying that WRs tended to share the same fear--a hit to the face. They tended to be the most narcissistic, as I recall.

Not sure how anecdotal or accurate the book was, and I'm too lazy to look it up, but it might be a resource in your position-based analysis.

12/20/2018 - 5:26pm Some live their lives as a…

Some live their lives as a guide, others as a warning. Either is a teacher.

12/18/2018 - 4:39pm Nice

Nice

12/13/2018 - 5:54pm Beetlejuice!

Beetlejuice!

12/13/2018 - 4:43pm Believe that Beilein exists?…

Believe that Beilein exists? Or believe in him as a matter of faith? The first is a question of metaphysics and ontology too long for this forum. The second is considered idolatry in a number of religious traditions.

I think all empirical evidence points to him being extent and a very good coach relative to other coaches. Not sure belief is required, as empiricism is sufficient in this context.

11/21/2018 - 10:14pm When the Ode to Joy scene…

When the Ode to Joy scene from Clockwork Orange isn't painful enough, watch that shite. 

11/21/2018 - 12:35pm I like this article in that…

I like this article in that it confirms what I want to hear.

Oddly, I think my biggest concern is OSU running the ball. I know they haven't done well with running most of the year, but if we have a weakness on the D, it may be at the DT position, which has been partly been covered up by Chase's mobility and able to close down holes from the DE position (get well Chase!). If Haskins runs a bit more, opening up runs between the tackles, and OSU can stay on the field with sustained drives (as Wiscy could have done running the ball, had they not demurred), it undercuts our strategy of dominating TOP, wearing down the opponent's D, and keeping our D fresh.

11/21/2018 - 11:48am Brown had the #1 D at…

Brown had the #1 D at freaking Boston College. A solid scheme should work at least fairly well even without elite athletes. If a scheme depends on having better athletes than the other team, well that can work, but only if you always have better athletes (hard to guarantee with injuries and flame-outs) and doesn't exactly require genius.

On the other hand, if your Jimmys and Joes aren't very good, no scheme will work all the time.

11/21/2018 - 11:43am One thing to consider is the…

One thing to consider is the relative strength of the offenses faced by OSU pre- and post-Bosa. OSU hasn't exactly faced a murderer's row this season thus far, either before or after, but would perhaps rub this up against fancystats to see whether the drop correlates to, for example, the offensive S&P+ of the competition.

11/16/2018 - 1:02pm Um, I think you may have…

Um, I think you may have forgotten something...

11/16/2018 - 11:14am I tend to disagree. I think…

I tend to disagree. I think the lines are helpful and back and forth is good so that I can focus on different parts of the play, e.g., watch the line then go back and watch the routes. If anything, a bit too much time spent on what players are doing who are not actually impacting the play.

As far as "better job recognizing," I'm not sure what more you can say on most plays. As I understand it, this means that the play is happening and the player is slow seeing what's going on. Gill is a good example, where he doesn't see the tackle walling him off until too late. Generally, it's getting too locked in on one part of the play (usually what the other team is trying to get you to focus on) and not seeing where the ball actually is or where it will be going.

I think these are great and really appreciate them. One small note--the sound volume on the actual play call seems much louder than the analysis--if they could be more even, it would make it easier to watch at work. :)

11/15/2018 - 9:41am Visit the Big House

For…

Visit the Big House

For your annual beating.

Hoosier daddy now?

11/14/2018 - 2:27pm He's also a semi-finalist…

He's also a semi-finalist for the Walter Camp award!

11/08/2018 - 7:23pm Not to take this on a…

Not to take this on a tangent, but wonder what SECFans would say about this. Funny--haven't heard much from them since last Saturday.

11/08/2018 - 1:45pm I had the same question…

I had the same question. Based on (I believe Seth's) write-up on RPO stuff, I assumed he would read the MLB to see whether he sucks up or drops back, but SP's eyes certainly seemed to be on the WLB. 

11/08/2018 - 10:40am Three garbed patriots

Stand…

Three garbed patriots

Stand about poised and restless

Cannon rests silent

11/08/2018 - 10:37am In Fall leaves are burned.

In Fall leaves are burned.

Ash falls from a blackened sky

on strewn Scarlet men.

11/07/2018 - 6:52pm I don't disagree. At the…

I don't disagree. At the same time, they're undefeated, so very hard to not include them.

11/07/2018 - 2:58pm I'm giddy!

I'm giddy!

11/07/2018 - 12:06pm There was just an article…

There was just an article out about how Don Brown advises NFL and other college coaches in the off season. Oddly, the people who get most uptight about this stuff are the people who don't actually play or coach.

Give away game prep to a foe--absolutely not. Give general thoughts about a common opponent or about the game in general--that's just being decent.

It's possible to have character and still win (with or without cruelty).

11/06/2018 - 3:50pm Normally I'm not a big fan…

Normally I'm not a big fan of guessing the better team by common opponents (match ups make a big difference). Looking at how each team has performed over the entire course of the season thus far, however, I would say that UM has looked stronger overall (and that's reflected in S&P+, polls, etc.). In this case, looking at match-ups as well, their strength is passing and ours is defending the pass. Our offensive strength is running the ball, and their defensive strength is...tbd. 

Taken together, these factors give me as much confidence going into The Game as I've had in quite a while. Still, though--tough place to play, and history is not on our side.

11/05/2018 - 4:52pm Your argument is that the…

Your argument is that the SEC and ACC are good because they have more star recruits. But if a conference (to choose an extreme example) has twice as many teams, but the same number of star recruits, the conference may not be good at all, but your analysis would treat them the same. I think your analysis, and assumptions, need some refinement.

11/05/2018 - 4:27pm I think it's more about his…

I think it's more about his athleticism--which is off the charts. When you have a DE who could also play WR, that's just crazy athleticism. Add to that a build that could easily add 30 lbs, and Mattison's coaching, and that's an absolute monster in the making.

11/05/2018 - 2:57pm So you can tell how good a…

So you can tell how good a team is by how the conference as a whole recruits? And that's based on total numbers, not which teams pull in which? And we can ignore that some conferences have more teams than others? Or the distribution of those stars among various teams?

But USC doesn't count?

I appreciate the effort, but this analysis doesn't seem to tell me much about how strong each conference is, particularly compared to what I can project from S&P+, etc. I have to think that talent development, coaching, etc. have an impact. Not to mention the ability of certain teams to scout better than the "experts" at ESPN, 247, etc. Otherwise, let's just give the best recruiting schools the MNC and not bother with all these games. I remember a number of Tennessee teams that recruited lights-out, and then won squat. Insert the team of your choice.

11/05/2018 - 12:29pm Thanks, Sunshine.

Thanks, Sunshine.

11/05/2018 - 12:02pm I got a license frame-…

I got a license frame--subtle and tasteful.

11/04/2018 - 4:59pm 100% chance of pain. 

100% chance of pain. 

11/02/2018 - 2:07pm 3 thoughts:

1) You likely…

3 thoughts:

1) You likely will be able to watch the game via the world wide webs

2) Prioritize people over all else

3) Make a decision! Decide now! Even a bad decision is likely better than the slow torture of pondering a question and then half-assing it. And don't question your decision unless there's a good reason (i.e., new facts are discovered, not just someone complaining).

11/01/2018 - 1:53pm I feel dumber now.

I feel dumber now.

10/31/2018 - 12:11pm I think you're right--they…

I think you're right--they stay afloat with big plays. Bit of all-or-nothing both on O and D. I think UM's D can tend to give up the big play on occasion--opposite of the bend-don't-break. The main issue may be whether Brown's defense can stay aggressive without giving up the chunks. Normally I would say more zone, but that may be an invitation for McSorely to pick us apart, and I was not terribly impressed by any of their receivers not named Hamler. Not sure they can get separation, out leap us, or even hold onto contested catches.

I'm not the expert, but might be another good game to go mostly man-to-man with a few of the "trap" zones, and have Bush drop back or "spy" a bit. Maybe a similar plan to what we ran against MSU.

10/30/2018 - 10:32am It's allowed because it's…

It's allowed because it's not actually tobacco but a mix of raw steak, metal and crushed glass.

10/30/2018 - 9:26am I was raised in San Diego,…

I was raised in San Diego, have lived in L.A., Chicago, A2, North Carolina and TN. There are certainly parts of the South that suck, as there are parts of the North. I dare you to spend a weekend in Nashville, Chapel Hill, Miami or N'Orleans and tell me you had a bad time. If you can do that, you have no soul.

10/28/2018 - 5:25pm Per S&P+, PSU's offense and…

Per S&P+, PSU's offense and defense are about equally meh. They're slightly ahead of us on O, but way behind with D, obviously. They're still top 10, and if I read S&P correctly, we're about 6 points better on a neutral field. I think we win by 2 scores with home field advantage and Franklin dumbassery, but I think the line is slightly aggressive.

10/25/2018 - 1:15pm I think this makes sense. It…

I think this makes sense. It doesn't take into account point differentials, but I'm okay with that, as the goal in these games is binary: win or lose. How do you handle a tie? I would likely use, first, any head-to-head, then some sort of fancystats ranking.

10/24/2018 - 6:22pm Something I'll never…

Something I'll never understand--reprimanding a coach for criticizing ref's or the other team, even if everything the coach says is factual or a statement of a valid opinion. Pure image above substance and hypocrisy to my eyes.

10/24/2018 - 3:00pm I'm not sure they actually…

I'm not sure they actually do. Per the article, "Contenders are listed by record and in order of FPI rank.". UGA has the same record and, apparently, a better FPI.

10/24/2018 - 2:09pm I don't know the details,…

I don't know the details, but using the defense of "my attorneys said it was okay" can waive the attorney-client privilege, thus making all the communications with the attorney subject to discovery. If that was done without a full explanation of the risks to the client, and a full consent, it seems a fire-able offense to me.