"Devil, you were good!"
Confounding the calumniators and apostates
A new breed of practical electric aircraft. Energy costs: $10 an hour. Gasp!
Playoff batting, career:
"Robots With Guns Are the Pentagon's Equivalent of Booth Babes" (link)
Super Elite Level
Leadership is a matter of having people look at you and gain confidence, seeing how you react. If you're in control, they're in control. - Tom Landry
Field Gulls is a community site for Seahawks fans hosted by SB Nation. The guy in charge (meaning the one guy SB Nation actually pays to write there) is a remarkably talented young writer named John Morgan. (His first book was published earlier this year.)
I do want to know what this offense can accomplish post-Matt, because it excites me. It excites me and frustrates me because it's teased and withdrawn. I'm not saying Hasselbeck is a Maitresse like figure paying strangers to piss on my face and hammering nails through my cock, but there is, to be crude about it, a feeling of mounting blue balls developing about this entire season. Not to project doom and gloom, but there really is no promise that Williams signs with Seattle, that Williams continues playing at this level, that this amazing talent that Seattle bumbled into through the force of Pete Carroll's charisma and connections and power to inspire, will be amazing forever.
Boswell: "The way the Giants and Rangers are stopping pulses and winning hearts, they'll probably play a seven-game World Series that ends in the 21st inning with all pitchers exhausted and two reserve catchers being called into duty as relievers. Give me the Giants' Eli Whiteside over the Rangers' Matt Treanor."
Ron Jaworski, The Games That Changed the Game: The Evolution of the NFL in Seven Sundays (link)
Tim Layden, Blood, Sweat, and Chalk - The Ultimate Football Playbook: How the Great Coaches Built Today's Game (link)
Before Carson, most secondary run support came from the safeties, but that changed in Cover-Two. The rolled-up corners made this scheme very effective if the offense ran the ball wide, because tight-covering defensive backs could take away plays designed to bounce to the outside.Then there is the film study. Jaworski reviews not just the broadcast tv tapes of the games, but the "real" film, the "All-22" coaching tapes. We learn that Mean Joe Greene experimented with his disruptive gap offset alignment - the catalyst for the Steelers' feared "Stunt 4-3" set - in November of 1974, even though the Steelers say it was later than that. The Steelers will need to issue a correction: Jaworski has it on film.
The NFL is a copycat league, and people would say, 'Did you see that? Maybe there's a way our guy can do that too.' Then I'd say, 'We don't have that guy!' We did have Raymond Chester, who was more of a power-type tight end who'd block your head off, then catch the ball downfield, and outrace you to the end zone. Nowadays you see more tight ends like Winslow and fewer like Chester.Working through Jaworski's book it becomes apparent that, back in the old days, no one ever schemed their way to the NFL championship. His illustrative game for Air Coryell is not a blowout, it's an overtime squeaker against the Raiders - a group of very talented individuals playing a few basic defenses. In his introduction Jaworski says:
I've seen teams that can play the most primitive football and be very successful doing it. Why? Because their personnel is better... But overall, today's teams are more competitively balanced... And because the talent differential is so razor thin, most successful clubs have to work hard to develop schemes that give them the advantage.Well, yes and no. Pittsburg's Steel Curtain ended the Raiders' AFC dominance, and it certainly was an extraordinary group of individuals, the incredibly gifted Jack Lambert in particular. But it was also based on a demanding defensive scheme. Bill Belichick says "that was a very sophisticated and difficult defense. There was no way you could just run it unless you really knew what you were doing." Cavemen can't play Cover-Two. Lambert was to Butkus as a cruise missile is to a IED (watch this).
[I]n '68, '69 and '70 Alabama lost a total of 13 games, with back-to-back five-loss seasons. It appeared there was no magic left in Bryant's houndstooth hat, and surely none in the pro-style passing game that was operated by his quarterback Scott Hunter. Bryant called [Darrell] Royal and asked for help. Royal and [Emory] Bellard went to Tuscaloosa and holed up with Bryant and his staff in a hotel room, teaching the wishbone. The tutoring session lasted for four days. In the ensuing '71 season, Alabama went 11-1.The wishbone was perhaps the most extreme case. "Around our offices during spring training, you couldn't swing a stick without hitting half a dozen coaches," says Bellard. "It was just unreal." (If you want to try it yourself, his book is here.)
Little pissants. At Milwaukie in 1962 I had a lot of good players, but they weren't big, physical players. That's the case at a lot of high schools. More of your good athletes are little pissants. Good athletes, but small... And I was a little pissant. So my attitude was, you take the little guys and put them out in space and they're pretty good. You put 'em in a slug-it-out kind of game, they're pretty average. So we were putting them out in space.It went from high school to college, to the pros (where Warren Moon posted back-to-back 4000 yard seasons with it), and back to college again. Long after the death of the Wishbone, Texas climbed to the summit again, with Vince Young running an offense designed for "little pissants."
On a summer evening in 1989 he was sitting in his apartment in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, watching NFL videotapes with other Iowa Wesleyan assistant coaches. Leach became obsessed with the 49ers' "smash" route, a high-low horizontal pass pattern in which two receivers essentially try to confuse a cornerback, and the quarterback reacts to the confusion. Leach wanted to know what the indicators are for reading the play, so he jumped in his car and drove six hours to a Packers minicamp in Green Bay where he knew the offensive staff were keen to those routes... "I was a young coach and I was excited about this stuff. Eighty-nine, that was the summer of love for the spread offense."Well, if these books are any indication, the summer of love never ended. Football is an obsession, and for the highest level practitioners it is a nearly complete substitute for life itself. It engages the mind as fully as chess or nuclear physics. And right now, somewhere, an assistant coach is watching film and thinking - what would happen if we...?
Dear Mister President,
I ESPECIALLY hate carpetbagging-in-Alaska Michigan Nazis!
Suddenly the player who was just looking to make the team in camp is now the go-to receiver on a team in position to win the NFC West. On Sunday, Williams had a career-high 10 catches for 123 yards as the Seahawks beat the Chicago Bears for their first road win outside of the division since 2007.
TV Doc recommendation: Medieval Lives, with the estimable Terry Jones.
" The main reason I wanted to make Medieval Lives was to get my own back on the Renaissance. It's not that the Renaissance has ever done me any harm personally, you understand. It's just that I'm sick of the way people's eyes light up when they start talking about the Renaissance. I'm sick of the way art critics tend to say: 'Aaaah! The Renaissance!' with that deeply self-satisfied air of someone who is at last getting down to the Real Thing. And I'm sick to death of that ridiculous assumption that that before the Renaissance human beings had no sense of individuality."
After the Miller fascisty incident, Silver's analysis, from the NYT blog:
Wisconsin "bullies" Ohio State? What the...
As Toledo Public Schools teacher Amanda VanNess stood in the Oval Office and watched President Obama sign an education stimulus bill, she already knew she'd lost her teaching job back home to budget cuts and low seniority...
"Rich Iott doesn’t have an anti-Semitic bone in his body," said Parker, who sought to distinguish between a Nazi uniform and an SS uniform, which he said is what Iott is wearing in the now-famous image.
This looks promising:
Fiasco is inspired by cinematic tales of small time capers gone disastrously wrong – inspired by films like Blood Simple, Fargo, The Way of the Gun, Burn After Reading, and A Simple Plan. You’ll play ordinary people with powerful ambition and poor impulse control. There will be big dreams and flawed execution. It won’t go well for them, to put it mildly, and in the end it will probably all go south in a glorious heap of jealousy, murder, and recrimination. Lives and reputations will be lost, painful wisdom will be gained, and if you are really lucky, your guy just might end up back where he started.
Fiasco is a GM-less game for 3-5 players, designed to be played in a few hours with six-sided dice and no preparation. During a game you will engineer and play out stupid, disastrous situations, usually at the intersection of greed, fear, and lust. It’s like making your own Coen brothers movie, in about the same amount of time it’d take to watch one.
I first read about him in a sports magazine, right after he converted and changed his name from Chris Jackson to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. He'd had a bad game and his coach (Doug Moe?) said something like: "I wish he'd play more like Chris Jackson, and less like Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf."
Dear Mr. Abdul-Rauf,
Go back to Africa.
He made sure he took them when he fled Denver, and then for every move he and his family have made since.
The insults and the profanities, he keeps them stuffed in a white trash bag, inside a closet. Reminders of his life's seminal moment—those 90 seconds on the floor of Denver's old McNichols Arena.
You need to go to another country that does not have the freedom that we do.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is not sure why he has kept them. But even now, 11 years after the postmarks, many have yet to be opened. "Go on," he encourages me in a defiant voice. "Keep reading."
Big Brother is friending you.
Pizza Hut single-serving cheese pizza, Las Vegas Airport, 10/12/10. Taster's notes not available at this time.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R) is totally caving to the liberal elites here. Good for him.
I hate Ohio Nazis.
Dr. X posts this from his living room with the stereo and noise cancelling headphones:
When people are concerned that you've lost your Cy Young form, it's not a bad idea to shut out the other team (14 strikeouts, 1 walk) in your first-ever playoff appearance...
People taking pictures of the food they are served in restaurants with their iPhones and then posting these pictures on Facebook. Not a fan.
Loussac Manor is no more.
I never understood anything until I went to this mammoth trope site, now I understand everything, but I'm so busy reading I have no time to do anything else.
Spinelli moved from San Francisco to Singapore in 1996, and today operates 20 stores here, as well as outlets in China and Indonesia.
Two words: Palomino Blackwing
So this book, Six Frigates, also has a bit about Teddy Roosevelt. I'm reading along and suddenly it's full-on Roosevelt time, speeches about how great war is, the White Fleet, and all that. In his spare time while at Harvard he wrote a book about the naval aspects of the War of 1812. Well, actually, he wrote the definitive book about the naval War of 1812. A book that refuted outright, with characteristic rigor and good humor, the chauvinistic pretensions of the British author of the standard reference. Thus:
In other instances it is quite enough to let his words speak for themselves, as where he says (p. 155) that of the American sailors one third in number and one half in point of effectiveness were in reality British. That is, of the 450 men the Constitution had when she fought the Java 150 were British, and the remaining 300 could have been as effectively replaced by 150 more British. So a very little logic works out a result that James certainly did not intend to arrive at; namely, that 300 British led by American officers could beat, with ease and comparative impunity, 400 British led by their own officers.
He also forgets that the whole consists of the sum of the parts. He accounts for the victories of the Americans by stating (p. 280) that they were lucky enough to meet with frigates and brigs who had unskilful gunners or worthless crews; he also carefully shows that the Macedonian was incompetently handled, the Peacock commanded by a mere martinet, the Avon's crew unpractised weak and unskilful, the Java's exceedingly poor, and more to the same effect. Now the Americans took in single fight three frigates and seven sloops, and when as many as ten vessels are met it is exceedingly probable that they represent the fair average; so that James' strictures, so far as true, simply show that the average British ship was very apt to possess, comparatively speaking, an incompetent captain or unskilful crew.But that's not the weird part.
"People ask me all the time who started the single wing," says Racely. "I tell them it was Teddy Roosevelt." The line is delivered as if it's a joke, but a visitor is unsure whether to laugh or not because Racely's one-liner is based on a popular mythology: that early in the 20th century Roosevelt intervened in football when he felt the game had become too violent, and that he changed the rules. This much is generally accurage: In 1905 Roosevelt was a participant in a process that pushed college football toward rules changes designed to make the game safer, outlawing dangerous mass-momentum closed-formation plays like the flying wedge. These rules gave rise to the game of modern football, including the forward pass and the single wing.
I cannot tell you of what infinitesimal importance I regard this incident as compared with the great issues at stake in this campaign, and I ask it not for my sake, not the least in the world, but for the sake of common country, that they make up their minds to speak only the truth, and not use that kind of slander and mendacity which if taken seriously must incite weak and violent natures to crimes of violence. Don't you make any mistake. Don't you pity me. I am all right. I am all right and you cannot escape listening to the speech either.