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VA Cane
former HS CFB player, 30+ years coaching, appraiser.
Interests: Anything Outdoors, Vinyl Records, Family, Sandlot, HS, University of Miami and Oakland Raider Football.
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Best wishes to all....we got a clear warm day...just finished looking at a house....going to see my guys as we work on those darn fundamentals!!!!! VAC
Toggle Commented Mar 21, 2015 on MaryLou We Love U! at Canespace
Special thanks to you Soup, you run a great place here!!!!! Best of luck selling homes, keep at it you will do well. They cannot make you retire or get out!!! Show them Bro!!!!!
Does playing 12 yards off the ball, on 3rd & 9, show a lack of will to win? Does having LBs 8 yards off the ball, in 3rd & short situations, show a lack of will to win? Does having a DT covering a scat-back, show a lack of will to win? How can ya'll tell if a player has a lack of will to win? But Golden's bigger problem is controlling MORALE. MORALE controls EVERYTHING...the WHO...the HOW...and the WHAT. WHO =s PERSONNEL HOW =s FUNDAMENTALS/TECHNIQUES WHAT =s SCHEME What we have are actually facts, not opinions. Great points CaneRock....thanks for the shout to Fundamentals and scheme.... Everybody wants to win.....but a great leader of men leads his men to those waters....he loves his players...but drives them, motivates them daily, scares them, pushes them...makes them look inside themselves and teaches/develops in them how to recognize and overcome the barriers and fears that stand between them and winning....its like a seed or an infant....its there; you grow all 85 guys as a group...they grow into winning intertwined with each other, as a group...TEAM...together they overcome the barriers....and that will and desire to win explodes...thats how I do it....Machiavelli posed the question is it better to be loved or feared...his answer was nurture that winning seed through love and fear....and you live and breathe it first....deeply so they see it in you...they learn it live it believe it....with a deep passion. Dude, I do not always like Cowherd....he can be arrogant....and opinionated....but often is on point. Great point about Shark and Urban....wanting to win obsessed with winning....awesome story and one we must adhere to....wanting to fucking WIN!! Lombardi....“Gentlemen, we will chase perfection, and we will chase it relentlessly, knowing all the while we can never attain it. But along the way, we shall catch excellence.” "Winning isnt everything; wanting to win is the only thing." How can that not move process if you will is based on what i said above....and Lombardi ideas, and fundamentals, teaching developing aggressive football....TEAM....Championships!!!!! I live it breathe it teach my guys the time honored tradition of winning being champions!!! My guys here it everyday....we have to Life Family School Football in that order. You hear those words of Lombardi, put in the time, play fundamental aggressive football in dynamic schemes as a TEAM....and see the growth as a TEAM...and dominate people like we do....I mean we are psycho aggressive hitters...Assassins playing that Apocalypse Now football...sharks smelling blood going into a hitting!!! you want to win and win all the time. We do it as a everyday habit...we chase perfection each day....and catch excellence as a team one play at a time. It is a high no drug can give you!!!!! I love the high; it never gets old or boring!!! Yes 1 mg we state facts....but people do not want uncensored facts....they hurt deep because they ring true. I am tired of 11 years of bridesmaid, also ran, mediocrity. I want to win and I expect AlPa and co to change step up and start winning or move aside. I wish they felt as passionate as me and my kids do; I just want to win as much as possible, its what I live for. I love my guys and how we win!!!!! Thanks CR, 1 mg and Dude....great points!
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2015 on Scarlet Knights: Bring Out Your Dead at Canespace
We have just as much speed and size as OSU has right in our back yard...we just need Butch to bring it all together.... I would agree with this 100%. You get a good # of these kids, and then some kids from outside of here...LA, TX, OK, CA and other hot beds like JJ, Butch HS, Erickson did.....its magic. You win and stay around the top. I loved the OSU attack...and while I am going to add a few wrinkles from Oregon...I have a QB coming back and a first year kid behind him that is phenomenal that can run that hurry up....we did a little....I have long been a advocate of that big OL monster DL....but I play almost 100% man....cause we are that good and athletic....and i blitz a lot out of the 46 and the 44 Killer....I run the pistol and shotgun....we will run that Jim Kelly Gun this year as our hurry up. Rumors out that we are already meeting scheming....couple coaches called me said how do you do it get them out? Simple....winning in football is so much more fun that sitting on a couch getting fat and pimply eating tacos and chips drinking soda playing loser fantasy video kids love to win....its the greatest feeling in the world. Love Myers brand of football, it was awesome; does not make me sick at all...makes me wish it was August already. Can overlook his past persona; appreciate that he is a true winner in the game. BTW there is no need to compare what OSU went through or make excuses.....they have been winning titles, putting guys in the pros for years and have 8 titles....they have been great for a long time. Besides you cannot compare people who are winning at a high level and people who are losing at a low common ground cause winning is the ticket; losing....well....I guess some people practice it for extended time periods enjoy it love it......and it becomes their God their mantra their modus know the height of mediocracy not me baby!!! Just win....Urban knows how to do it give him that!!!
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on Hurricane Hoops Is The Thing at Canespace
Ohio State University has done it again. 12 years after winning a national title, they rise to the top to do it again. Can you say power football? A monster O line and a physical D line, a capable and able QB and a hoss RB.....sound familiar? put them at #1. Deservedly so. Very impressive job by their team, and their HC Urban Meyer. While not his biggest fan, I love his coaching. At UF he had more speed and a great D, with a QB that fit the style. Same at OSU....he takes what he has.....and he wins. Matter of fact...he has won everywhere he has been..Bowling Green, Utah, UF, now OSU. # NCs in 9 years pretty damn impressive. Again, I may not like all of the persona, but I did see a humble, grateful, selflessness of a coach who did one heck of a job leading coaching developing a team to the dizzying heights of a NC. The are undisputed champs and all respect to them. Not everyone sees the fact that winning titles...absolute outright undisputed titles is solely what matters in this game at any level. You develop coach drive motivate push people to do this the right way. Remember who told ya so...the VAC...Old # 40!!! "WINNING:...Life Family School Football in that order." "Success:when Preparation meets Opportunity." "TEAM Together Everyone wins Mightily." Thats how I do it...always have and alway will. Its great to be the best....and hard. Its even better to always be close, have a shot, be in contention, to matter, to be relevant.....not many of those people around. In football The NE Pats are the model....many different titles, 3 SBs....the ultimate model to try to emulate. I am very proud of my MC Panthers, we have done a great job of being true champions in my 4 phases above...94-3 6 of last 8 SB's, 5 post season Hopewell Bowls (8 municipality tournament)...and though I am called the leader....its not so kids lead the way they do the blocking tackling put in the work. I am very proud of them, and they are the winners....perhaps a more apt title for me might be...The Developer...takes in a lot of hats.....i like that concept....go figure!!!! Have a great day all of you.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2015 on Hurricane Hoops Is The Thing at Canespace
The only stats that matter in my eyes are the W's and L's and we ended on a 4 game losing streak!!!! That is unacceptable!!! 4 Muthaf@#$ing losses in a goddamn row? GTFOH with this shyt...... Now that is REALITY!!!! AlPa lovers are blind....I don't give a damn about stats!!!! You can quote all the #s you want and defend the man....he loses way too full of excuses and is a pulling the wool over many eyes....I think he and the whole supposed leadership are satisfied with average...or worse....cause they relish in it...and keep making excuses!!!! They got you hooked like a smallmouth bass on a treble hook!!! Heres a # for you put it in your needle and shoot it!!!! 96-3 6 of last 8 SBs out of 32 kids 13-14 are far superior fundamentally, aggressively, schematically and skillwise than any team AlPa has ever coached. Stick that in your brainwashed mind and loudmouth jaw and blow it baby!!!!!! Woooooooooooo!!!!!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2014 on The Canespace Four Play Event at Canespace
I see some clouds on the horizon. AlPas tenure here is no longer a positive; you cannot build immediate success on being very average. Thats us; average playing in the Duck Dynasty Bowl. I think the dismal end to the season and a bad bowl loss could really hurt recruiting; they want to win man.....first college playoff ever would certainly make me look at those schools....FSU right there....Nick, Urban, Oregon.....the players....many others ranked above it makes the competition tougher. The U Part II coming out.....other than the stuff on 2001-2003 team....there is really not a lot to see.....just a tough time for a proud former champion....I do not see any real change since them.....all very average...after a while who cares or gets pumped up by average....not many people.
Go Canes, I read your posts, and i do not always agree with them, but 2 things I will say: you are ever the optimist, and you love UM football!!!! thats pretty damn good in my book.....keep those thoughts my friend!!!!!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
Again when I say hate I do not mean as hating someone because of race color creed or religion.....that is is very basic...they got a different color uni....and all week all game they are your enemy who you must defeat. After it is over you respect them as people and can be friends off the field...never on the field. you let it go afterwards....but not between the lines. we respect our opponents, but despise their existence on the field...I have never allowed talking, BS**itting, taunting, pointing shoving etc. We never say a word, except quiet encouragement among ourselves. We focus on now, each play....last one is done next one has not happened. When our guy is down we help him up....never help your opponent up ever. Against us they are usually the one on the ground...let them or their teammates expend the energy to get up....not us...let them use up their strength, cause with my conditioning program we are prepared. We did much better than many people thought....we did not get blown out not even hurts to lose it hurts to lose when you could have won, it is a loss it is second place...but we did see that we can play with good teams if we focus plan and execute. We did not do it 100% as that is what it takes to win, but we did not embarrass ND Big Red did.......
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
I see Golden as a guy who wants everyone to like him, especially the press, alumni, and players. The old Machiavellian question comes to mind....better to be loved or feared. I think this way; if you put fear into people, hold them accountable, you force them to face and overcome their adversaries....they see your teaching point and will appreciate it. I never berate or yell at guys; if it is a big issue i take them aside. I do raise my voice to motivate, drive, push my guys.....but never abuse people. Pelini is like that....looks at his titles or glorious wins program is run of the mill. Look at bob worked for a while, but as time moved on, it went too far and he faded. Its an art form...HS JJ were masters of it....AlPa not so much....hes a big chubby sweaty teddy bear with a little bark and absolutely NO BITE!!!! OUCH!!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
You have to despise your opponent and take it to him hard. Internalizing hate beats you; hating your opponent motivates you. Its not personal hate of a person; its the guy who wants to beat you take your pride. You must always hate losing; its bad in anything...but it will happen. I hate to lose but it makes me come back harder the next time. I do not see the passion,aggression, malice, anger and hatred in our staff....or in our players. The idea that if looks could kill has left our to get it back.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
Howard and JJ would have worked that us against the world, FSU and Rag Head laughing at us, joking us, waving that 26 game streak NC in our face.......we do not really play angry, or even intense....when Al Pa was hired I thought he would be an intense motivator not a jerk like Pelini....NB kids hate the guy.....but a JJ or HS who could get you to run through brick walls. He is not really that way, never see him get real intense. I do not yell or scream at my guys; I drive them motivate them challenge them to bre champions and use the target on back us against the world they hate us because we are silent quiet deadly assassin hard hitters who never speak...except after the game, and even then we have a code and the only thing we say is good game nothing friendly or revealing until after the line hand shake....then we can be your friend and care. Until then its silence no talk no help words just hits because we want to beat you.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
Our biggest problems are based in fundamental line play; we have a decent improved but not dominant offensive line....a little more fat on them boys than muscle, lazy, like to shuffle feet and jog instead of pick them up and sprint to bash people, blow people off the ball. On D we stand toe to toe belly to belly push and shove in one spot. We are way too slow, do not use our hands....remember them? we do not get pressure. Winston should have had his head taken off, rag and knock the hell out of him you rattle got to want to hurt him hard!!!! Big play for my guys was the QB cold coked yesterday....carried him off, and you could see the life go out of a good team....made the difference. We let too many people stand back there and throw real pressure no real hits on QB. Hits are as good as sacks...especially Tatumizers knockouts!!!! I would think a DL playing against Rag Head Crab Legs would work up pure hatred during the week; a rapist, a coward, a thief, a loudmouth joking how bad your team is, while getting away with criminal acts......that ought to stir your blood to boiling....and allow you to deliver a knockout hit with no would love to crush the guy...shut his grinning lying mouth for the night. It would never bother me to knock him out of the game!!! ....but we do not play with that much intensity on the O and D lines.....have not in a long time. got to correct that the game is won up front in the trenches!!!!!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
I'm not a big Golden fan but I put very little blame on the coaches in this game. It was a tough game full of mistakes and big plays by both teams. Berrios dropped TD. Dobards fumble. 2 dropped int's. The o-lines protection dropping off in the 2nd half. Missed fg and pat.Dorsetts dropped td... The players were put in position to win but they didn't pull it out. Think this sums it up well; you got to make plays you are young strong cannot make the plays...point being is that they lost as a team...coaches and players. good points Coke!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
Winston will get his come uppance one day....a big hit that KOs him...or a bigger hit for rapists....a prison sentence he walked away from it scott free....not a fan of him at all.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
Nebraska was ranked 11...really? Maybe a Top 25 team, not that good....HC is a jerk...not a coach!!!!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
I dont know that i would say winning is the was at one time. you can beat up the little guys, and they count as wins. we need to beat the average teams....GT Ville NB.....hell NB is not that average Wisky team....that whipped us in a bowl a few years ago....had a cat rusn for 400+ against that Black Shirt D....really? that is a good team...average. I think when you blast the little guys, beat the average guys GT, Ville, NB...and beat a good team...(not great FSU current team is not one of the all time greats despite the win streak.....not even close or could they even compete with the UM 2001-03 team) UM 01-03.....winning is the norm. nice goal to set but we are not there yet...we are getting better.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
Well said Berri a very good synopsis of what happened. FSU has better players and in the end, despite situations, won. They got some breaks, but they also made some breaks and some plays. They won a tight game. We lost as a team, and I prefer the win, but we hung tough with them and gave them all they wanted. I think up front was the big difference on the really matters so much....yea cliche sure....but honestly....its where we win. We drive you off the ball on O, and beat you off the ball and push you back on D.....pressure both ways....we penetrate your O and do not allow you penetration on D....not the whole game by all means, but it goes a long way to allow execution of the basic fundamentals of the game.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
If you dont make the plays to win against at team that has better depth then the game is gonna overwhelm you in the end. If this #Canes team wins out, bowl game included, and goes 9-4 it will feel much different than last year's 9-4 Well put guys; you have to keep playing WFO when you play a superior team. You got to match the big for it as you have nothing to lose. The fumbles penalties missed opportunities are not coaching; merely human imperfection errors that happen. You have to make the play catch cannot fumble drop the ball or get a foolish can and it will happen and the results are always bad. My only question re coaching was we went into a shell a prevent playing not to lose. I know it was a big game but you have to let it all hang out. We just played the 3 toughest games in a row to get to the SB....the 3 best seeds were set in front of me....I think on purpose and am glad I got the opportunity to knock all 3 off...cause we are very good. We played the same every game...doing what we do best and correcting adjusting to come out on top....but all out WFO to win....cause if you finish 2nd place you are just the first to lose. This team has come a ways; early losses could have been wins, but the guys are growing. Kaaya has been pretty damn good, and many people have contributed. A better all around team than last year and can get even better.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
It's EVERYBODY'S fault we lost that game last night. Spoken well by a man who knows the game. I have won a lot of games, and lost some as well. I do know this as a player and coach, you win and lose together. When you win, you all did your job fairly well, when you lose you failed to execute fundamental football. It was a good game; many predicted the Canes were gonna get blown out. Not so; we were in it and at one time controlled it. They made some adjustments and we stopped doing what got us the lead. We had some missed opportunities, turnovers and foolish penalties. It happens and you never know who or when. I was a little hard on Berrios about the possible TD; you don't bench a cat for that. It happens and it was not the ball game. The TOs, penalties, missed opportunities and playing what I call hide and seek all contributed to the loss. Kids surprised some people for sure; FSU was glad to get out of Miami. As for Winston, he is a good QB; he had some luck on the tip. Cook is a good back. I just do not like Winstons attitude; hes a shuck and jive ass MF with a wrap on his wig!!! I look forward to the day he gets drilled to the max and wakes up wondering what bus hit his stupid ass. Good player shallow weak character.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2014 on Game Day: Miami vs FSU at Canespace
Hope you all are well. Tough game this weekend; we played perhaps the toughest and equal team we have played in a long time. They do the same stuff I do...old school, fundamental run the ball play great D man up football. We scored first, then they drove one near half time. It was 7-7 all of the third quarter....good weather intense match up!!!! Fundamentals win games in the clutch, no trickery or tomfoolery. We made a big stand that had them backed up; they punted, but my WR caught it on the run at the 50 and took it to the 10. 2 plays later we punched it in off tackle to take a 14-7 lead. They tried a reverse on the ensuing KO but our coverage was really good and we had them at the 15. They went to their spread stuff.....thats when I get you. I pressured with the 44 stack and 46 D sets and they went 0-3....2 incompletes had to be thrown away due to the pressure and tight man....3rd down we sacked them at the 5. 4th and getting away from them...just tried reverse on KO....I smelled a rat....4 minutes+ left....and of course I have all my TOs so do they.....I burn one, call my D over and tell them watch the fake no way punt with 4 and change left in a game to go to the conference title game.....but lets fake their fake....I send my guy deep....all my guys calling return return.....we line up dead set still....snap a little low, they shuttle it to protector who gets 3...we take it on the 8. Next play I spread 4 wide 2 each way motion my tailback from left to right form the flank.....31 trap up the middle with my fullback....TD!!!!! They get it back go 4 throws no completes as pressure is killer!!! We kick a 18 yarder on third down....just for practice to know we can do it... We are playing for Southern Conference title after knocking off the 2 best teams in the tournament who can play with us the last 2 weeks. We play a good team Sat...they are the Cinderella as they have pulled 2 upsets as better teams over looked them. Guy is a great coach, young kid who played HS with some of my guys 15 years ago. They are good and it will be another challenge, a hard days work. If we can find a way to win, we go to SB. Busy week to prepare, hope Canes are getting ready for FSU. Go Canes Beat FSU!!!
Toggle Commented Nov 10, 2014 on Miami vs FSU: Let The Hating Commence at Canespace
Thats why I despise FSU UF etc....Jimbo saying he loves those kids...BS! Cause they making him money, but they are a bunch dumbasses who should be pumping gas. Thats why you need some type of developmental league so guys can get experience then go pro....and not waste taxpayer money for schlorships and places that should go to real students and real student athletes. I worked, played ball, went to every class and graduated on time with A History/Econ teaching degree with a 3.3 in my major. Not claiming to be Einstein, but damn I worked for it and did well. That cronyism for athletes is wrong.
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2014 on Best Win Ever! at Canespace
At one point they had something like almost 50% of their players listed as special needs/ learning disabled. That is not what college is for; how can you justify letting these people in yet you deny people who have the scores and grades. Not everyone is entitled or guaranteed a college education, and damned if they should be given one if they cannot do the work...but can play football. You know those guys do not go to class....same as UNC. BS BS!!! I thought Deon bush stepped up and played a nice game; he stuck a couple people. If you get a chance, check Anthony Harris out from UVA. He just put a monster lick on the big UNC back....guy kept coming and Anthony wrapped him up. Boy is a big back, but Harris is a big hitter tackler!!!! Wonder who taught him that? On yea VAC!!!!!! I was proud of Bush he did a nice job!!!
Toggle Commented Oct 25, 2014 on Best Win Ever! at Canespace
Thanks TSully, I am counting on us to pull it together, get a big win. Win or lose I will stick with these kids we can do it!!!
Toggle Commented Oct 23, 2014 on So This Head Coaching Thing Is Hard? at Canespace
. Convert 3rd downs and extend drives, more than we have, when not scoring quick TD's. Hopefully 5 or more extended drives, with at least 2 3rd down conversions 2. No Special Team snafus on either side of the ball 3. No offensive turnovers Very good points. 1. I would add run the ball effectively. The OL needs to provide Duke and Yerby some daylight. Give them light, they will do well. Like needs to be aggressive on runs, pick those feet up and drive people; the acks will hit holes that are there. I dont mean a 200 yard game, but a steady ground attack; get me 5 or 6. 2. Protect BK. Don't let him get sacked hit or pressured. You know they will, but keep him up as often as possible.Again the OL needs to step up. 3. No critical mistakes, especially in key situations. No false starts, offsides, face masks, personal fouls. 4. Get the run going, but keep Clive active, and do not be afraid to put PD 1 on 1 deep; take a shot. 5. Block and tackle; we wont be perfect but execute these fundamental aspects. I look forward to this one.
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2014 on So This Head Coaching Thing Is Hard? at Canespace