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Everything posted by Epictetus

  1. Clumsy draft. Needs work. Withdraw for now. Was about a 12-team playoff-bowl system I once devised.
  2. What QB in college or NFL in past 20 years has a quicker release and better trajectory than Thompson? There's the total game to learn, but if I own an NFL team this is my guy soon as I can get him.
  3. Agree 100 percent. I just wrote a lot more but will erase and leave it at that.
  4. Thank you Sir, for explanation. I’ve been out of the loop lately. Hook’em.
  5. I notice 247Sports says 4 Stars. Giving Horns just one 5-star recruit #9 National Class.
  6. ESPN this hour showing 2109 class ranking 1. Alabama 2. Georgia 3. A&M 4. OU 5. Horns saying first time three schools from same conference the top 3 Colin Cowherd would point out that all 5 programs are in the south, in warm-weather climates. He constantly points out the recruiting advantage of climate and this swath from the south across Texas. I would point out that three of these five are Cotton Bowl - SWC - Big12 landscape; in, and hovering above, the greatest state for football.
  7. What was that Sam yelled out in the Sugar Bowl...
  8. Alright Alright Alright!! Hook'em Welcome to the 40 Acres, Bru!!
  9. Beating Georgia. And the way it was done. That was big. Exclamation point. Keeping all the coaches. VERY big. Trajectory. All of the above.
  10. Well stated, and a tribute to the class of all that is Texas and Burnt Orange.
  11. Saw this earlier today. Destiny and a hand of fate has appeared in the sky with a Hook'em, admist Burnt Orange sunsets to the west... Make it so!
  12. Unrelated b-ball .... re: this Sat night ESPN, 6pm, #1Duke - #4UVA game. ... "Lucky" students are camped out in tents beside Cameron field house from now to Feb 20 home game with UNC. So today ESPN crew filmed K-Ville where the tents are, and my daughter's tent got featured! Only she had class and research lab, so texted me that just her sleeping bag and friends got in the clip. I'll be looking for my priceless REI air mattress I "loaned" her (if I ever get it back). Was said on Cowherd this week, or maybe was the Big Monday broadcast of the Duke-Syracuse game, that Coach K was only a .500 coach at Army before going to Duke. You never know how the fit will turn out. Texas needs to land whatever works for the long haul. I didn't get inside Cameron when I was there, but did attend a parents' buffet in a banquet hall next door, above Duke's trophy room where the 5 titles were displayed and literally a wall of Player of the Year recognitions. Decades of effort and accomplishments. Same as football here. Texas needs to think long-term and consistency, year in and year out. If only. ps. Just noticed that Coach K played at Army under Bob Knight... then coached there from 1975-80, so that's how that factored in.
  13. For some reading pleasure... this SEC RANT dot com thread. Wow! Aggie is taking this loss really hard https://www.secrant.com/rant/sec-football/wow-aggie-is-taking-this-loss-really-hard/81302858/
  14. My bold on last 7 words. Accurate, and changed effective this season; pronounced heavily in the Sugar Bowl. To a recruit: if you want to play top level AND be coached well and developed... and same for those lining up beside you -- and live in the top city in the country -- your zip code is 78705.
  15. So I tried to re-do the image in the previous post to make it more readable without clicking on it, and ruined the entire post. If anyone wants to clear it out, please do so. Did not allow me to edit, erase, or cancel the image. Or I knew not how.
  16. For your viewing pleasure, the Team Stats of the game. This was a beat down. I just wish the late penalties had not happened, leading to the 28-21 score, so at least it ends 28-14. Oh, well.
  17. For your afternoon entertainment, try The Paul Finebaum Show. I missed the first hour, but it's still rolling. The calls from Georgia fans are reviting! :)
  18. Excellent writeup Seahorn. In addition to those GA rushing stats-- 72 yards on 30 carries -- T.O.P. was Horns 35:00 to GA 25:00. How's that for exact minutes. Seldom see that. Horns passing yardage was 177 to GA's 224, but try this: Comp-Att for Horns was 20-28. And 2-2 on 4th down efficiency, with 9-19 3rd down. That's a lot of 3rd downs for the night. Not counting punts (guess this is how it works on the Team Stats sheet) Horns show 77 plays -- 28 passing, 49!! rushing! GA shows 65 plays -- 35 passing, just 30 rushing. This performance out of Texas, who hasn't had 10 wins in almost 10 years, against recent upstart powerhouse Georgia throws a huge wrench in the SEC-SEC hype, and/or says a lot about Herman and his coaching style. Get this also: The mighty SEC was 6-5 in their bowl games. About what it was last year. Either they have no umph for bowl games, or they really are not that strong overall playing outside their conference. Take Alabama's win out, and it's .500, which what I recall it was last year. As I showed in a previous thread, the top 5 finishers in each SEC division played 40 Non-conf. games. 9 of the 40 games were against Power 5 conference. Only 4 of the 40 were played on the road. 6 of these top finishers (again, top 5 in each div) played 8 home games. The other 4 of those programs played 7, with Aggie playing Ark at Arlington. Regular season ranking placed 8 SEC teams in the Top 25. Based on what? They mostly play each other and, on average, play 8 home games. They also play a cup cake one of the last two weeks of the season, thereby avoiding a late season loss (how can they.. when nearly all 14 SEC teams play outside the conference, and I think all are indeed cupcakes). So they end the regular season with lofty rankings overall -- 2/3 of the conf in Top 25. But then come the bowls. Bowl losses to: Virginia, Iowa, Okla-State, Texas, Baylor. Beating: NC-State, Purdue, with quality wins over OU, Penn State, UCF, Michigan (if that's a quality win). Factor in, of course, one team and one of those wins, is en route to the title game. However, Texas pushed Georgia around much more than did Bama (going aggie there). For Texas to even come close to this game performance... I mean it was over at 28-7 (true representation of the beat down); Georgia looking no better than Iowa State as a product on the field. If that. Thing I noticed about Georgia, they did not look athletic. Okay, going full-on aggie there. How did BigXII do in their bowl games against the SEC? 3-1, including besting a 14-pt underdog spread in NO. Overall BigXII was 5-3 in bowls.
  19. EDIT. 27-Dec. 11pm: Major errors in this as I mis-read a post and did not actually review State title game outcomes. Been that kind of week for me. SCRATCH THIS WHOLE PARAGRAPH: Not all the Texas teams in this 'small school' list won state. Grandview lost to Malakoff and placed 11th Nationally, and Mason (#7) lost to New Deal. HSFA -- High School Football America Small Schools Top 25 California's Mater Dei (once again!) is 2018 national champ in big school division. Small School division, 2018 National rankings: Newton #2 -- edged out by a Pennsylvania school Mason #4 Mart #7 Grandview #11 https://highschoolfootballamerica.com/high-school-football-america-small-schools-top-25/
  20. I thought the Newton offensive game plan, especially for the second half with a surprising 21-0 lead due to turnovers, was not wise and almost cost them the game. Should have been a complete run game, no 4th down attempts; punt, play defense, run clock, rely on defense and field position -- run zero risks of giving any advantage. So the pass when backed up inside the 10 risked the safety -- did happen and led to giving up 10 points. Momentum Canadian. Newton was not used to playing an NFL-type game of low-risk possession. Give nothing; make the other team earn everything. They missed #8 Brown and the lanky receiver they had a year ago. I saw an on-screen stat that I can't remember entirely... Canadian has a 47-man roster, and a large number are over 6' and a good number over 200 lbs. The production crew made that point. Hence Newton could not hold blocks for sweeps, wide angle runs, and so forth. Canadian had strength and length. So if Canadian shadowed Barlow and committed more than one to at least see what he was doing and able to get there in a hurry -- Newton should have had no offense that took time behind the line of scrimmage, meaning wide running lanes. Within 2 seconds it was too late move toward the line of scrimmage. Canadian was a manly group to deal with and needed no help in crawling back in that game. Which they did.
  21. What a year.. these recent stellar teams failed in the semis' to advance. Allen Westlake Lake Travis Cartharge Gunter * West Orange the previous weekend, I believe it was If I did not have family and work obligations, I would enjoy Thur-thru-Sat all games.
  22. I watched Newton - E. Bernard on live streaming. UIL Sports Network, actually pretty cool setup. Evenly matched, in particular the first half. E. Bernard determined not to be run on. Or passed. Chess match, the game played mostly within 3-5 yards either side of the LOS, both teams offense or defense. Neither team could break anything open and seemed to be taken out of their game -- at least Newton was. Barlow was neutralized. T. Brown #8 did not play. Newton got to the EB quarterback in the backfield not infrequently. 3rd Quarter Newton pushed the chains more and started creating separation. Penalties for each team, and reckless calls on 4th down went both ways, On 4th down, around the 10 yard line, Newton foregoing a FG attempt middle of 4th Qtr, to make it 17-7, almost cost them the game as the attempt failed, the EB drove the field and tied it at 14-14 with under 3 min to go. Newton took the kick, drove and scored with 13 sec remaining to win a hard fought game and avoid overtime, 21-14. You could see tough fundamentals played on both sides. Not a lot of explosive plays either way; I think EB had the most of those. Newton's down-field passing and screens were never successful. Bartlow stayed bottled up unable to break past the linebackers most of the night. On Newton's final drive I think their offensive style of quick huddle and somewhat deceptive formations they used may have saved this game for them. Especially the final TD play, how that was run. Would make old UH and Texas Tech teams proud. E. Bernard presented Newton a defense they had not encountered all year. Conditioned, tough, well-coached guys. Newton and Canadian, who defeated Gunter, play Thur at 3pm in Arlington.

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