thebone's Comments

Posted Friday February 14, 2014, About: Coaches line up to blast NCAA rule
Settle down, sack man
Posted Friday February 14, 2014, About: Coaches line up to blast NCAA rule
LOL

Please.

The clock grinding method you speak of promotes a lack of athleticism. It's why slobbish NTs waddle off the field searching frantically for oxygen masks. That's not athleticism.

The method you speak of is to compensate for not being able to play the game at all levels.

You do realize the "work the clock" method is a tactic employed by teams with "inferior" athleticism designed to neutralize an opponent's athletic advantage, right ?

Or perhaps you think having a 400 pound slob waddle off the field looking for oxygen after sprinting 21 feet is football.
Posted Friday February 14, 2014, About: Coaches line up to blast NCAA rule
LOL

Please.

The clock grinding method you speak of promotes a lack of athleticism. It's why slobbish NTs waddle off the field searching frantically for oxygen masks. That's not athleticism.

The method you speak of is to compensate for not being able to play the game at all levels.

You do realize the "work the clock" method is a tactic employed by teams with "inferior" athleticism designed to neutralize an opponent's athletic advantage, right ?

Or perhaps you think having a 400 pound slob waddle off the field looking for oxygen after sprinting 21 feet is football.
Posted Friday February 14, 2014, About: Coaches line up to blast NCAA rule
Yeah, it causes more "injuries" insofar as coaches who can't defense it have their guys go down in pain to stop the clock.

I grew up in a little podunk place and never came off the field - RB, DB, KR, PR and both coverage teams. I have asthma too. I managed to get by. Surely these elite athletes in the richest conference can manage to play
Posted Thursday February 13, 2014, About: Spurrier not going away any time soon
He took Florida from sleeping giant to giant. Now he's at a place that was nothing before he arrived and turned them into a yearly contender, in the conference that produces the most NFL talent attracting top flight NFL prospects to the once toilet program.

Those are kind of the benchmarks of what makes someone a good coach.

And by the way, you do know that he recruited Lattimore, right ?

I never understood that line of thinking "if he didn't have..." and it gets used on people who actually brought those guys in.

I have heard it said about Bill Walsh using Montana and Rice.

It's been said about Belichik and Brady.

It's not like Spuirrier inherited Lattimore from the previous regime.
Posted Monday December 23, 2013, About: Narrowing the uprights?
And what's wrong with that ?

You don't see many DTs who call themselves "athletes" waddling off the field looking for the oxygen tank in the Canadian league. The Canadian league actually require athleticism, not girth.
Posted Monday December 23, 2013, About: Narrowing the uprights?
What the NFL needs to do is make the field larger.

You know, because they are concerned with safety. Like the moved the kickoff line to allow for more touchbacks. Because that was for safety.........not advertising.
Posted Monday December 23, 2013, About: Narrowing the uprights?
Yes, but allowing "bad officiating" to remain in place means it's easier to blame the refs for screwing up instead of acknowledging that the NFL tries to influence the outcomes of games to assist their anointed marquee teams to flourish.
Posted Thursday November 07, 2013, About: New OC in Gainesville?
Foley needs to turf Muschamp; at least the Gators scored under Zook.

Enough of these first timer non namers. Florida is not the spot to learn how to become a coach.

They had a shot at Sumlin when Meyer left. Kingsbury is at his Alma Mater.

They need an offensive mind. It is downright insulting that the Florida Gators cannot muster any OFFENSE.

Time to bring in Kerwin Bell. It's ridiculous that one of the "big 3" in the most talent rich state cannot seem to generate big plays.
Posted Thursday September 12, 2013, About: New team motto for Rangers
After a certain point, time is irrelevant.

I wonder if ineffectiveness played a part in France's perceived cowardice of recent times ie "you have the most technologically advanced military in history and plan on fighting a "war" by going door to door ? In the wrong part of the world, no less ?

Sacre bleu. Get me a smoke and leave us out of this catastrophe."
Posted Thursday September 12, 2013, About: New team motto for Rangers
So the group of people who helped you become a country in the first place.

You know, how you guys are so fond of saying things like "if it wasn't for us they'd be speaking German"

Well, if it weren't the French you'd be speaking the Queen's English.
Posted Thursday September 12, 2013, About: New team motto for Rangers
You mean the group of people who helped you become a country because you could not defeat King George alone. That group of non fighters ?
Posted Friday August 23, 2013, About: Bevy of question marks facing Driskel
I know, right ?
Posted Friday August 02, 2013, About: Bettman pushing expansion to Seattle
I say this acknowledging that a person cannot control the era in which they were born, but my view is as such; Babe Ruth was not the best player ever. He wasn't even a top 10. Babe Ruth was the best Caucasian playing in a league full of most Caucasian stickball players. He did not compete against all players from the world thus he cannot be considered the best. To me, "best of all time" really only starts once the game went international and color barriers were broken and the talent pool included players from all walks of life. Again, it's not Ruth's fault he was born when he was.

It's the same reason I consider Mario Lemieux to be a vastly superior talent to Wayne Gretzky; it's a matter of timing. Had Lemieux come into the game with a collection future hall of famers, little pressure playing on an expansion team and the benefit of multiple years of 4 on 4 hockey or 3 on 3, what might his stats look like ?

Conversely, what if Gretzky had entered on a team that had zero talent, the pressure of being the #1 overall draft pick, the pressure of being compared to a scoring machine (in this scenario, comparisons to Lemieux), with only a couple of years on 4 on4 or 3 on 3 hockey all on top of the pressure of saving a franchise.

I know it is the never ending "what if" scenario, but I am sure you know what I mean as you seem quite knowledgeable about the game.

I still think Lemieux's 88-89 season is the best ever offensive display. Imagine if, instead of an already broken down Paul Coffey, Dan Quinn, Rob Brown, John Cullen and Bob Erry he was backed by a healthy Coffey, Messier, Anderson and Kurri. And his 89 season happened during the Gretky rule era. Downright scary.
Posted Friday August 02, 2013, About: Bettman pushing expansion to Seattle
I always viewed Kovy as a Buddy Ryan on Chris Carter thing - where Ryan once said about Carter "all he does is catch TD passes" what was said about Kovy was he "only showed up int the playoffs"

Not a bad problem.

The thing about a guy like Chelios is eras. In the post Gretzky to LA/post Eagleson enter Bettman era of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ players now are workout warriors where they weren't back then. SOME were, but it was the exception. It's part of the reason cokeheads and drunks could excel in that timeframe.

There are more teams and more jobs but there are also more players as more countries are sending them. Hell, look at the percentage of Canadians now vs, say, 25 years ago.

At first, sure there will be a dilution but it evens out - more jobs = more people taking up the game. Someone before might be a great player but think they have a better shot at another sport, but with more jobs, they would give it a go.

Also, I suppose "talent" depends on who views it. I believe players today, even 4th liners, are FAR more talented than they were in the 80s because of the aforementioned money factor and the emphasis on athleticism. Is the product better ? Of course not. It's the nature of any pro sport; once aan athlete gets used to a certain lifestyle, it's hard to get the fire that got them there in the first place.

It's Rocky 3 Rocky vs Clubber part 1.

Tom Brady started modelling underwear, married a model and spends his offseason in California away from his team.

Boxers fight once a year when they become champ and they fight a defensive style to protect their payday.
Posted Thursday August 01, 2013, About: Bettman pushing expansion to Seattle
Sorry friend. As a Canadian who grew up with the game for nearly 4 decades, that's the way it is. Players today are better than they were then and there are a hell of a lot more of them. Until the 90s very few imports played in the league, particularly the Russians.

Guys like Scott Gomez get signed because they are good players. Gomez is a good player who was offered a ridiculous deal that anybody would accept. There was no way he would live up to that deal. Add in the fact that he did so in New York of all places and there was no way to label him anything but a bust, through no real fault of his own. From there he went to Montreal. Possibly the two worst places to play in terms of expectations.

It's the Rangers' plague; GMs who once caught lightning in a bottle and believe they can do it again ie Neil Smith ditching Kovalev and backing on Peter Nedved or Glen Sather believing, almost 40 years later, he knows how to unearth the next Oilers, instead of accepting the fact that he had a connected owner and he got lucky.

The fact is he is a good player who came from a good organization and has a ring on his finger from his days with the Devils. Had a guy like Gomez played in the 80s, he'd be a 100 point man. There are jobs for guys like him because he has been productive and has been on winning teams. Scott Gomez as a 7 million a year player is a joke. Scott Gomez as a 1 million a year second liner is a good option. The fact is, the talent pool was horribly diluted back then because it was a bunch of Canadians filling lines with the occasional yank, Swede, Fin or Czech rounding out a line.

Your viewpoint on the talent pool has a similar ring to it as those baseball fans who actually cite players like Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth in "best of all time" discussions.

Regardless of any of that, go back and watch some highlights from the 80s or 70s. Look at the third and fourth liners and try to tell us they are more talented than the third and fourth liners today.
Posted Thursday August 01, 2013, About: Bettman pushing expansion to Seattle
There is no dilution in talent. If anything more teams are needed to get the talent here; salary caps and sh*tty markets have forced some talent to stay abroad. But there is a need to get proper markets lined up. Regardless, expanding won't dilute the talent in the sense that it will employ less than adequate players; it might spread the elites across more teams instead of allowing some teams to stockpile. The NHL is one of the few truly global games and there's no shortage of talent around the world. Think about it - Ilya Kovalchuck is still in his prime and opted to head across. There are plenty of world class players not playing in the NHL for any number of reasons. The NHL's main problem is making itself the marquee place to be.
Posted Wednesday July 31, 2013, About: Bettman pushing expansion to Seattle
The talent pool isn't watered down; it's better than ever. That's the problem. Before the big money 90s happened the NHL was basically a beer league where a few talented players could skate circles around the rest. Big money came, plus a brighter spotlight. With the money came increased expectations which means year round conditioning. Now, instead of a handful of good athletes per team and a roster full of beer leaugers, every team is stacked with athletes from the top down. Salaries plus the cap have now made it impossible to sustain a roster, let alone build a dynasty. With so much attrition and turnover, chemistry is nearly impossible to build.
Posted Wednesday June 19, 2013, About: NFC West's lingering coaches feud
Just reminding everyone that there is a not so fine line between being found not guilty and actually being innocent. Especially when it comes to USC Football.
Posted Monday June 17, 2013, About: NFC West's lingering coaches feud
OJ was found not guilty.
Posted Monday June 17, 2013, About: NFC West's lingering coaches feud
OJ was found not guilty.
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