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VA Cane
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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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ESPN 30 for 30 Bad Boys on Thursday was so good I watched it again last night. I That was a tough team. They were rough at times, but the whole league played that way. They were just better at banging and boarding and defending. I never was an Isaiah fan, but watching him I found a new respect for him. That was a tough little guy. They took down all the big dogs the pretty boys in LA and Boston, and the beginnings of the Jordan era were held down a few years more. It was a great documentary about a lot of great players and a great league which is a shadow of itself now. JMO Virginia Cane.
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Their pardon me.
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Very interesting article here about Puig and his journey to America. Pretty dangerous sounding. I am sorry people live in countries like this. It is sad and tragic. At the same time, I am not thrilled by a guy coming here like this, and because he is a baseball player, many groups bend over backwards, ignore laws, and allow the guy to claim political asylum and come here to make millions. It is a racket and MLB is in it up to there ears. I try to understand peoples situation, but I do not like this and the way it was done. Not everybody gets this kind of treatment, and I cannot give it my approval regardless of how the man plays a game. http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10781144/no-one-walks-island-los-angeles-dodgers-yasiel-puig-journey-cuba
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Thank you Pre 83, I like your Teach your Children idea. Good for Life, Family, School, Football; and you must be in the same vein as me regarding music! Thank you CSN&Y. I admit I do get on the soapbox in the pulpit about fundamentals and always will. I have seen the great athletes of the modern era beginning in the early 1960s. The greats of all sports have the fundamentals down. Though the hairstyles, music, uniforms, dress codes and salaries have really changed, the reality of fundamentals have not. For example, Cousy to Kareem to Jordan to Lebron has common themes: great attitudes, great fundamentals,great effort, and great TEAM concepts. They add up to one thing CHAMPIONS both as TEAM and SELF. I think these guys all would put TEAM first. You win with great fundamental TEAMS complimented by your stars superior skills and leadership abilities. I will win every game and title with disciplined, strong fundamental, passionate, aggressive, selfless TEAMS. Well, almost every game. We are 79-3 over 7 years and have only won 5 of the last 7 titles. It is all due to my kids strong fundamentals, selflessness, discipline and passion for the 4 Horsemen of my program: Striving to win in Life, Family, Classroom, and Football in that order. I give all credit to my players for being able to do these things very well. Hers a salute to the staff for having Fundamental Fridays. Fundamentals are one of my concerns with our program. I see them lacking in so many phases of the game. I wonder are they taught anywhere anymore. I find that so many coaches at all levels have become so obsessed with winning that they rely solely on raw skills of kids. This will beat an average opponent, but when you get to a strong team, it will not work. St that point the only coaching done is screaming at them for not winning when in reality it is coaching shortcomings that are at fault. Same for the individual. you may be a 4.3 40 guy in HS, but when you get to the college level, there are others just as fast. You have to have some fundamental skills to combine with that speed or you lose. Heres to AG and staff having a renewed interest in coaching and developing fundamentals and skills in UM players that result in a renewed national presence that is real. I am tired of hearing we will get through this or Miami is back. Neither has been true yet, so lets prove all the doubters wrong and start the real climb this year.
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I think they could have beat some good teams I really do Dude. They were that good.
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In my mind, 2001-02 had to be the greatest TEAM ever, I am biased, but thats my belief. The 2001 to 2003 years were the best anybody has ever seen in college football. I have no doubt they could beat any all star team from the past 20 years!!!! While it is a myth that some college teams could beat pro teams, I think that era certainly could have. Virginia Cane
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Rohan " Bad as has ever Been at UM" Marley. My players are on spring break this week. Today their assignemt was to google Rohan Marley football highlights. I said you will never see a more intense player than this cat. He and Jack Tatum are my favorite players of all time. I have never seen a more intense smaller guy reek more havoc and hell on people than the great Rohan!!!!!! I love the guy!!!! Forever!!!!!
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Go big Gray Go!!!!!! Caw Caw!!!!!!
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I get amused when people who have not been on here for the long haul take offense to OGV. Now he can get down, dirty and evil with the best of them no doubt. But the way he goes about it is with an amazing tongue in cheek humor, and it is a breath of fresh air. If you get offended, thats ok, because he is doing it just to get you feeling like that, he's digging you. In the south where I am from, we have a saying called "getting your goat". I am sure it is used other places as well. I have a great buddy named Mark O. Farmer from Galax Virginia and he wrote the book on it years ago. To be fair, as I think about it, OGV surely co-authored that book because he will get your goat by the balls and run with it, never miss a step or a beat. He is great at it, and that is what he does. It is all meant in good fun, and it keeps things lively. I would feel incomplete without many of the OGVisms I have read over the years. If and when I get to a UM game down there, I have got to meet and have a drink with the great OGV. Learn to appreciate his wit and humor as he keeps the ball rolling. JMO Virginia Cane
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I get amused when people who have not been on here for the long haul take offense to OGV. Now he can get down, dirty and evil with the best of them no doubt. But the way he goes about it is with an amazing tongue in cheek humor, and it is a breath of fresh air. If you get offended, thats ok, because he is doing it just to get you feeling like that, he's digging you. In the south where I am from, we have a saying called "getting your goat". I am sure it is used other places as well. I have a great buddy named Mark O. Farmer from Galax Virginia and he wrote the book on it years ago. To be fair, as I think about it, OGV surely co-authored that book because he will get your goat by the balls and run with it, never miss a step or a beat. He is great at it, and that is what he does. It is all meant in good fun, and it keeps things lively. I would feel incomplete without many of the OGVisms I have read over the years. If and when I get to a UM game down there, I have got to meet and have a drink with the great OGV. Learn to appreciate his wit and humor as he keeps the ball rolling. JMO Virginia Cane
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In 2017, Gray Crow will lead my beloved Oakland Raiders to a Super Bowl title!!!!!!
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1947 today JR 42 breaks color barrier in MLB. Great day for us all as we constantly learn to appreciate other people. Their skills, talents, and abilities should not be judged by what color they are but how they relate to us and how they contribute to mankind in a positive way. Just a thought and reminder that we have come a long way and that is wonderful. However, there are still many obstacles to clear and we still have a long way to go. Keep pushing forward.
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"The sands of time on the beach can become very lonely if one retraces his footsteps and walks them over and over by himself." VAC Message here is that it is a new dawn and a new era. We must move on to brighter and better things.
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It is nice to trace where you have been, but the trail is footprints in the sand at this point. It does not really matter as we all have walked together down this rocky road. There will be better times and we have to have some faith. It is hard at times. We need someone to step up from these 4 young men to be the leader. We really are not sure what the situation is at this time. I welcome a great competitive environment for the position. It will make the players and team better. Virginia Cane
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We can only go with what we have now. You cannot cancel the season or mail it in. Olsen must get serious and work hard. Rosier and Kaaya will be here soon and I want them to work hard. I want both of them to say I can start in the fall and I will earn the position. I want them to feel that way. I think the competition is very healthy. Ryan Williams needs to get into his rehabilitation as soon as he can. Who know what he can do? He might be in the mix as well. At this point I think AG and staff need to look at all of them, and decide who is the best individual that can help us win. AG needs to start thinking about the program getting better this year and the QB will be an import aspect of making this happen. Good luck to all 4 young men.JMO Virginia Cane
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I look back at at some of those names and cannot remember who they were. I remember Marve, Kirby, Wright, J12, and Morris with ease. Who in the hell were some of those guys? Trey Burklin, Matt Perelli, Spencer Whipple, Jake Byrne,and Jorge Fernandez. The list is amazing how many names there are and how none of them panned out. They never went to the NFL and never played here. It has been a long drought regarding the recruitment, development, and success of a top notch prospect. Then again, they do not come along so often. There are few Andrew Lucks out there, and considering the program right now would you blame a guy like that for not coming here? A smart guy like Luck will see our scheme, do some research on how many guys have been here since Dorsey, see the mediocrity, realize the futility he will experience and say no to this horror hayride. Really great QBs like Luck do not come along often. Look at the draft this year. Teddy, Johnny Football, Bortles, Logan Thomas, AJ McCarron and Carr that I can think of right away. I am not sure I see a 15 year NFL cornerstone you build a contender on. It is very tough to get a good one. Would McCarron been successful here? That is hard to tell. He was a lot like KD11 in ways. He was not so mobile, had an average arm,and was not an incredible athlete. He is very smart,a great leader, and was surrounded by incredible talent. That talent was a key for him. He comes here where the talent level is noticeably inferior compared to Alabama and he might be another name on the list. It is hard to figure it out.
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I remember it fairly well. I really did not remember Berlin being in it. He had such a bad game they pulled him. He was bad. Crudup was not much better, but got us on the board. I also remember the 11/13/1999 game 43-10. We scored the first 10 and then it was all VT. Kind of cold, me and my father were on the sidelines as usual. I remember UM acting like it was -10 degrees. Came out scored 10 then got rolled. Kelly got hurt, KD11 came in for him. It was probably some of his earliest playing time. He got killed too. VT pounded the boys that night. We were terrible.
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Brock was the starter at the beat-down in Blacksburg, not Crudup. Crudup 13/21 97 4.6 1 1 Berlin 16/25 164 6.6 0 2 Here are the stats...I Crudup threw the TD after it was 31-0. Roscoe got stripped by DeAngelo Hall, Everett dropped a TD on a fake fg, Winslow got a 15 yd unsportsmanlike penalty. We did go 9-2 that year, but the cracks were beginning to show. Good players on that team, but also worthless lazy individuals were as well. Can you say Tyrone Moss? Don't care about his numbers, the guy was a cancer and a loser.
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I think J12 did a pretty decent job as QB. I don't rank people by their numbers, but rather by wins. I like to see the titles QBs have won. Division, conference and national. We did not do that a whole lot after 2003-04. RCCF, I like J12 and I think he is a nice young man. Yes he did throw it up for grabs. Yes he was immature. I saw him take that hit at UVA from a close vantage point. It did change him. I am with you about him. The best since KD11. I said earlier that Dorsey did not have a great arm, was not real mobile and not incredibly athletic. Ken Dorsey had a great line, great backs, great receivers, a great defense, great special teams and great coaches most of his career. His senior year the offensive line got too sure of themselves in the Fiesta Fiasco, and his lack of arm and mobility were exposed a bit. I will say this about KD11. He was very intelligent, a great leader, a humble guy and a great person. I met him at VT his junior year and he gladly signed my sideline pass. I will always like him, and I realize he probably played on the greatest team college football has ever seen his junior and senior years. The only stumble was on the big stage, and KD11 and everyone else on the team played a role in the Fiesta Fiasco. He was a winner on a great TEAM. You know that is my game. TEAM is what matters, WINNING is what matters and as a coach, I realize the importance of players like KD11 to get the TEAM to WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS. JMO Virginia Cane
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Regardless of completions per game, season, career, percentages, interceptions in any manner or form, there is oner thing that matters far more than all of them. Winning is the name of the game. I like winning in the regular season as you have to win there to get to they playoffs. I really like winning in the playoffs, because if you win there you get to the championship game. I love winning the championship game, because that means your TEAM is the very best. I have been close to winning it all numerous times and it is very painful for me to review the losses that kept us from winning the title. Still, 13 Super Bowls (everybody calls them that)in 36 years 5 of the last 7 makes me feel pretty good; 36% of those years we have won it all. I am greedy; we could have 6 or 7 more, but we all failed as a team. I am more than willing to give anybody all the stats, stars, and SWAG that they want. You can have all of it. I want the titles, because Champion says it all Champion = Best. I want my TEAM to be the best every year; I wish we had won 36 in a row!!! So all these guys who have been at QB since Kenny D are average run of the mill college QBs. They are very nice young men, and I like all of them as people. They were fine HS athletes, but in the end for many reasons and circumstances they turned out to be merely average college QBs. There is nothing wrong with that. God loves average people, so he made millions of them.
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RCCF thanks for the link. Fundamental Friday I really like that name. Fundamentals win championships. Glad to hear that in the conversation. Virginia Cane
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Kenny was not himself in that game. He took a lot of hits and was pressured all night. Our offensive line was certainly not the same as the prior year. They got beat by a tough front, they got intimidated and beat down. The team did a great deal of damage to themselves in the game. Picks, fumbles, bad plays, and bad penalties. WM getting hurt certainly did not help. We gave them 17 points on turnovers and you cannot do that and win. The PI call was really an after though, because it should not have come down to that play. We gave them a 4th and 13 conversion. How did that happen? Krenzel was a tough customer and their line did a good job. The big difference in the game was their line play on both sides of the ball. We were not prepared for them to play as well as they did, we gave them turnovers and realized too late that this was a real tough game. It was a dog fight, not a walk in the park. JMO Virginia Cane
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By star I do not mean just the QB position, I mean all positions. These kids may have some talent, but you have to develop it to higher level, a different degree. HS means noting at this point, as you have to live in the present. It can certainly be said Coker, RS and AG have not done a very good job at developing talent at the once proud UM-NFL finishing school. You take the fundamentals and raw talent these young men have and develop it to a highly polished complete finished product. None of these coaches have done this on a consistence basis. Coker had a lot of players here and I cannot give him credit for developing anybody. He was not a bad OC. Randy developed some kids, others were busts and other developed after they got away from his horrible methods and attitude. Randy did not like anybody, including himself. I do not see where AG has developed a ot of kids. This is a big part of the problem.
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RCCF J12 had decent numbers....they are not bad. His problems were his immaturity and he did not go through progressions properly. He would panic and throw it up for grabs right into coverage. I always was concerned with his size. He was thin and fragile. I do not know how he did not get hurt bad more often. I stood next to him at VT; rail thin. I was at UVA when he got clocked. He took a big time hit. Looking at Olsen, he appears a little thin as well. His arms are tiny. Its no wonder he has a lob instead of a dart. While the QB Parade has been quite long since Ken Dorsey, I feel it is safe to say that we have not had a QB since him. There have been bodies in the position, and they are all good kids. UM has been without a QB since 2003-04. Thats a long time dry spell to not have a top notch QB. Since 2003-04 Overall record 86-53 win 62% of games Reg season record 83-47 win 64% of games Bowl record 3-5 win 37.5% of games We have had 3 different head coaches, many changes in staff, AD issues, and a lot of warm bodies who came is as the next big star yet very few turned out to be just that. The numbers tell the story and it is hard to swallow if you love UM football. It really pales when looking at the great strides from 1983 to 2003. JMO
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I think Harris and Morris are just natural progressions in a long line of good HS QBs that came in touted as the next great UM QB but never lived up to expectations. Wright and Kirby were supposed to be great. The staff was not good as LC was not a good HC. Those guys turned out to be very average. The staff in general was not organized and strong as RS was not a good HC. The OCs did change frequently and were not good. The talent around them were also good HS players who came in touted as great and turned out to be very average. Harris, Marve,and Morris turned out to be very average as well. Marve left and never did anything at Perdue. Not a knock against them as people or players, but they were not as good as they were expected to be. This has been the pattern since 2003-04 that T Sully cited as our last great team. Even that year the QBs were not that good. Berlin had 12 touchdowns but 17 picks. Crudup had 3 touchdowns 3 picks. Matt Carter; who? did not attempt a pass.The really good QBs have eluded UM for a long time now. They recruit them, but they chose to play elsewhere, where the lights are brighter and the teams are better. The Kelly/Bernie/Vinnie/Walsh/Erickson/Gino/KD chain has not had a new and exciting link for a long time. The long list I posted last week are all nice kids, and were good HS quarterbacks. Unfortunately for us, they were very average as college players and the program as a whole has not been stable regarding administration, AD, coaching and surrounding talent. JMO Virginia Cane
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