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VA Cane
Farther
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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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 us....so 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 evil....it 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 close....it 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 ourselves.....like 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 record.....no titles or glorious wins program is run of the mill. Look at bob Knight.....it 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 program....got 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 up....no 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 all.....you knock the hell out of him you rattle him...you 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 it....no 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 remorse....you 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 men....coach 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 norm....it 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 good...an 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).....like 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 lines....it 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 plays....got 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 pick....you cannot fumble drop the ball or get a foolish penalty...it 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 20....games 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
Raining here and I have 2 appraisals to do. It very well may be damp in Bburg....it will be chilly. Guess I am a fan, I will be at the game. Since my dad knew all the security people trained them and as I kid I parked cars, I have had great access. Guess it did not hurt playing for Beamer in hs either! I have to take my classes to renew my appraiser license Thursday-Saturday.....but I leave Thursday at 4 with my VA State Trooper buddy....3.5 hr drive but we will make it lol! Will be in a nice booth high up....rare as I always was with my dad on UM sideline. Got to be back Friday am, but it is worth it! Go Canes need a big win!
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2014 on So This Head Coaching Thing Is Hard? at Canespace
Maybe they fooled everybody; camp does not mean a thing; Game Day on the field is all that matters; you see people executing on the field now? I dont think we won a single game in spring and fall practice. You play how you practice and you are what your record says you are. Color it anyway you like; I am just telling you what I see on the field on Game Day it is the only time that matters...where you win and lose.
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on I Hate Myself For Loving U at Canespace
Gents we lost for many reasons as a TEAM; coaches do not coach skills schemes and fundamentals; players are lazy do not listen and do not execute fundamentals they have not mastered as they do no repeat them over and over. We are a talented team, but we are passive, lazy, do not know fundamental football, and we are scared to play and coach balls to the wall WFO......we are # 1 in class ranking, stars, swag, talk, clipping reading, All star games, 40 times and HS records.......BUT that does not win a damn thing if you do not put it to use executing fundamentals, being aggressive, working as a TEAM, thinking......and going out there to knock someone into next week, put them out of the game with a low clean hard fast hit.......loving doing it and never saying a word. Controlled rage and hate executing fundamentals....and loving it silently.....can you say Jack Tatum The Assassin? Love it that way!!!!!!!!!
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on I Hate Myself For Loving U at Canespace
Just in from a home field victory 24-7....4 and 0 looking good. We have given up a touchdown the last 2 weeks, but the teams we played were good teams. We run the ball protect it and play good D. We have mixed the throw in well, we are very balanced. We do not run trick and gimmick stuff very much; I see no need for it because we are so superior in real skills and can control tempo. We went no huddle several times go on first sound simple toss off tackle 4 or 5 in a row.....left them dazed and gasping...not in shape like us. Hot today!!!! We also ran a fake punt; my big boy saw it called it and ran it for 30!!!! Its something to see a 6' 185 pound 13 year old read and react...I give him the option; he called it and rumbled. My kids are very smart alert and sound.....THE FUNDAMENTALS!!!! they listen well; I hope I coach them right!! When Al Pa gets fired....we will have a CS coaching staff....yea I know we all get huffy, opinionated and such, but in reality we have a pretty good grasp of this sport. Lot of smart alert wise folks on here and we may express it differently and crude...but we know. I think we win on skill and talent today....sloppy as usual...flat and undaunting but win. To me that is sad that we take the field with a passive apathetic attitude.....far cry from the elite teams of today....and UM teams that used to strike fear in our opponents when we came out of the smoke. I think they laugh at us now....remember when we killed Nebraska in 02? They were scared. Now Duke WF UVA believe they can do it.....very sad for our once mighty program. We are about 35-50 level I think.....
Toggle Commented Sep 27, 2014 on I Hate Myself For Loving U at Canespace
4 2 5 D originated in 1960 or so, as The Eagles employed it to stop Ditka. George Allen used it as Bears DC claimed it was his. First real regular use was by Shula and Bill Arnsparger with your Dolphins. It does not matter what scheme we run, or if we had 13 on the field. The schemes are soft, passive and the coaching of defense in general is poor. At the same time, our guys do not use their hands, do not run to the ball, do not tackle well and are very spooky and unaggressive. Until we coach FUNDAMETAL FOOTBALL, and guys execute and come to play, it will not change. Its a TEAM; coaches and players share the blame.
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2014 on Devil With A Blue Dress On at Canespace
Love the player despise the drama queen stuff. Wish we had a few of him on the team; just tape them jaws and cut him loose!!!!!!!!
Toggle Commented Jul 29, 2014 on Humble Pie at Canespace