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November 9, 2012, 09:54 AM
It Is What It Is

I can't count how many times I've heard this phrase used this year. Buffs Coach Embree has used it several times each week in describing the lack of talent at various positions, the status of injuries and missed games, failure of executing the fundamentals. It may even rival the stalwart, "We just gotta get better" in frequency of use.

This has caused me to notice its use by several other coaches. I even heard it used to describe the dire situation in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

I don't have a problem with the phrase. In fact, it implies an acceptance of the problem and a willingness to address it and move on. I'm just wondering how many of you have noticed the increasing use of this phrase, in CFB and otherwise.
November 9, 2012  10:34 AM ET

I have but not necessarily this year. I had noticed it as a phrase that came into popular favor in the last five years or so. I think it became so common I began tuning it out and not paying particular notice to it anymore.

Another phrase that goes back a couple of decades that my partner at work and I used to laugh about all the time was that no player ever got cut from an NFL training camp roster for lack of production or talent, it was always "a numbers game". Players and coaches both used it incessantly. I don't even know if it's still used a lot because like 'it is what it is', I began tuning it out.

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November 9, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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I want Embree to be fired at the end of the year or even sooner. I live here in Boulder & my oldest kid attends CU. Time for a coaching change. Embree seems clueless.

See, I disagree. The coaching staff may be a bit green, but you can see by their attitude that they are good for the program. They are teaching kids to believe in themselves. They are teaching accountability.

Coaching is not rocket science. It's fundamentals and attitude. And coaches are a tight knit group that share techniques and schemes. You may be able to buy up 10 or 20 poll spots with top notch coaches, but that's probably it.

The bottom line is the Buffs have 3 ok QBs, none of whom jumps out with a grasp of the game like a Bridgewater or Mariotta. They've got a corps of receivers that can't get separation and when they do, the QB misfires. Every game, McCulloch gets open deep down the side, and whoever is in at QB overshoots him - they haven't connected on that pass once. So defenses are fine with 1on1 outside while loading the box against the run. And there's not enough speed to seal the edge.

And the defense is slow overall, so there is always a mismatch to exploit. Then someone overcompensates and gets burned.

I say let Embree do his job, it'll turn.

November 9, 2012  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I want Embree to be fired at the end of the year or even sooner. I live here in Boulder & my oldest kid attends CU. Time for a coaching change. Embree seems clueless.

See, I disagree. The coaching staff may be a bit green, but you can see by their attitude that they are good for the program. They are teaching kids to believe in themselves. They are teaching accountability.

Coaching is not rocket science. It's fundamentals and attitude. And coaches are a tight knit group that share techniques and schemes. You may be able to buy up 10 or 20 poll spots with top notch coaches, but that's probably it.

The bottom line is the Buffs have 3 ok QBs, none of whom jumps out with a grasp of the game like a Bridgewater or Mariotta. They've got a corps of receivers that can't get separation and when they do, the QB misfires. Every game, McCulloch gets open deep down the side, and whoever is in at QB overshoots him - they haven't connected on that pass once. So defenses are fine with 1on1 outside while loading the box against the run. And there's not enough speed to seal the edge.

And the defense is slow overall, so there is always a mismatch to exploit. Then someone overcompensates and gets burned.

I say let Embree do his job, it'll turn.

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November 9, 2012  12:25 PM ET

Well, Buff, it is what it is.

November 9, 2012  12:48 PM ET

Buff...you have been a loyal fan during a horrendous year. To you and the other Colorado fans who are still cheering on your team, I salute you.

November 9, 2012  02:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Buff...you have been a loyal fan during a horrendous year. To you and the other Colorado fans who are still cheering on your team, I salute you.

Thanks, D. You should see me on Saturdays, watching till the bitter end, just looking for some shred of positive play. 35 points down at the half? I'm still watching. Two minutes left and the Buffs are punting again? Still watching.

November 9, 2012  02:08 PM ET

on the plus side, that punt team is really pretty good.

November 9, 2012  02:09 PM ET

Kinda makes me wonder about Oregon's punt team. They have no experience. As a punter, do you hope your team is not so damned efficient on offense so that you can get a few licks in?

November 9, 2012  02:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Buff...you have been a loyal fan during a horrendous year. To you and the other Colorado fans who are still cheering on your team, I salute you.

+1.

November 9, 2012  06:17 PM ET

What it is. What it will be.

November 9, 2012  06:17 PM ET

Finish it for me! Feel the funk!

November 9, 2012  07:38 PM ET

Someone is off their meds today....or REALLY happy it's Friday.

:)

November 9, 2012  09:40 PM ET
QUOTE:

I can't count how many times I've heard this phrase used this year.

Given the new laws in CO, I think the phrase you will now be hearing most often out of Boulder is, "don't bogart that joint, my friend."

November 9, 2012  09:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Buff...you have been a loyal fan during a horrendous year. To you and the other Colorado fans who are still cheering on your team, I salute you.

I give my daughter huge props. Been to every home game, stayed until the end of the game each week. I'm hoping the team will have at least one decent (i.e., become bowl eligible. not wishing for a miracle here) season while she is there.

November 9, 2012  10:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Buff...you have been a loyal fan during a horrendous year. To you and the other Colorado fans who are still cheering on your team, I salute you.

Yup, this. Believe me, as a Stanford fan I've been there. But it does get better.

November 9, 2012  10:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

But it does get better.

It starts with the right coach, IMO. Harbaugh and now Shaw have been great hires.

November 9, 2012  11:03 PM ET

Do I even have to make an appearance here on this meaningless thread?
GO IRISH!!!

 
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