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daily 01/11/2013

    • The modern football equivalent to the Colt revolver, the no-huddle/shotgun spread, has many of its origins with Texas High Schools dating back to 1985 when Art Briles transformed his Veer offense with spread formations.
    • They have fully embraced Texas’ offensive innovations and are demonstrating the superiority of the rapid firing Walker-Colt offense over the Napoleonic charges that often define SEC offensive style.
    • Texas A&M realized the size and scope of the major power vacuum in college football and how they could take advantage of it. There was a Texas-sized hole that Mack Brown left when he slowly moved Texas away from the no-huddle/shotgun spread and begin to fail to take advantage of the state’s premier talents.
    • The team with tons of resources that lacks real confidence on the field, brings in non-Texan staff and input (carpet baggers!), and is frequently blown out by Okies
    • According to the department, the lieutenants include Guzman’s father-in-law, Ines Coronel. The other is El Chapo’s right-hand-man, Damaso Lopez, who is also rumored to have family in the drug trade.
    • He’s the CEO and chairman of what’s arguably the world’s largest criminal organization, which counts thousands of traffickers and gunmen among its ranks. He’s Mexico’s most wanted man, and is believed to be in charge of half of all drug smuggling across the Mexican border.


    • Kiffin, who turns 73 in February, resigned as Southern Cal’s defensive coordinator last month after spending four years on his son Lane’s staffs at USC and Tennessee. He spent 26 years as an NFL assistant coach, including a 13-year run as Tampa Bay’s defensive coordinator before returning to college football in 2009.
    • Liberated from his title of special teams coordinator for the Jets, Mike Westhoff was free to be candid in the wake of a disappointing and at times comical 6-10 seaso
    • But if you incorporate him in different facets of your offense, I think he can be a factor. That’s what I thought we were going to do, but we never did it.
    • Westhoff envisioned Tebow would be used as a combination tight end/halfback/fullback/quarterback
    • “It was a distraction, and really a shame because that’s a hard working young man,” Westhoff said.
    • The only beers on tap were Old Style and Miller Lite.
    • The average age of the patrons was dead. At one time, Rogers Park had been an Irish and Jewish neighborhood, but immigration and suburbanization transformed its demographics to equal thirds white, black, and Latino, with a few Middle Eastern grocers mixed in for diversity.
    • My profile was so low that when I walked into the Lighthouse to watch Super Bowl LXIV, the bartenders stopped selling $5 squares for the football pool. They thought I might be a Fed.
    • “You have an affinity for seedy male subcultures,” a friend once told me.
    • “What happens when two Irishmen and a Jew buy a bar?” I asked Jason, one of the new owners and the odd man out in that joke.


        He thought for a moment, then exclaimed, “They drink the beer, and I count the money!”

    • “I used to worry that I didn’t fit in at my local bar,” I told a friend after spending a boisterous evening drinking with Vinko and Mike, a plumber who co-owned the Lighthouse. “Now, I worry that I do.”
    • I write a news blog for a local TV station, which requires me to have opinions on topics I know nothing about.
    • I didn’t even like REM—all their fans were in the Honor Society.
    • “You should send him an email and tell him you’ll be right here waiting for him,” Paddy suggested.
    • he enduring wonder of the Manning-Moore offense was not only its incredible success, but the way that success came about: by running the fewest play concepts of any offense in the league. Despite having one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time under center, the Colts eschewed the conventional wisdom of continually adding volume to their offense in the form of countless formations and shifts.
    • “I can give [you] the playbook,” said former Manning backup quarterback Jim Sorgi in 2010, Manning’s last full season in Indianapolis. “There is not that many teams they’re going to play who don’t know what they’re going to do. It’s all about execution. Their coaches are like, ‘We’ll tell the other team what we’re doing. They got to stop us.’ That’s what they do. That’s what they’re all about. And not many teams have been able to stop them yet.”
    • Sorgi was not kidding. Out-executing opponents is easier with no. 18 and the veterans around him, but the offense Moore developed for Manning drew its strength from its simplicity.
    • Despite media intimations to the contrary, the most sophisticated quarterback in the NFL ran what was arguably its simplest offense. It also just happened to be the best.
    • By using Tamme as the fulcrum, Manning is able to analyze the defense and get into one of his handful of preferred plays.
      • in all situations, find the fulcrum and adjust as needed. if, then.
    • What makes the Manning offense work is not merely having a finite number of plays; it’s having a small number of plays that fit together.
    • one of this is groundbreaking, but that’s the point. “No matter how many hours you study opponent films,” Sid Gillman, legendary NFL coach, used to repeat, “there’s only going to be eleven players on the other side of the line of scrimmage.” It’s a simple game in which strategic beauty comes not from being surprised by some new clever trick, but from the sublime, routine brilliance of a master in his element.

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