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The University of Oklahoma Sooners Football - Reflections on my great false god
Interesting career trek, up until sometime in the mid 2000’s whenever I heard “SEC” my thought was the Securities and Exchange Commission.

SEC Headquarters, Washington, DC

The abbreviation probably did not provoke a strong association until I was out of college and in my early twenties.  So for 69% of my adult life  “SEC” was associated with Wall Street and at some point in there for the majority of my life it was.  

NOW, of course, the abbreviation instantly registers only one thing in my mind.  Football in the South Eastern Conference.  And I might add that “register” is tinged with some negativity.

Oh, what prompted this thought was a headline that although food prices  are rising the FED is taking a conservative approach on this signaling inflation.  In my past life I would have been on that data as soon as it was announced and looking at commodity prices and M3 money supply.  For those that don’t know, which probably means those that don’t care at all, spikes in commodity prices across the board are harbingers of inflation.  And for me those harbingers are at the red flare shot into a dark night sky level.

Tajh Boyd is what makes this play work.  He takes the snap in the shotgun 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage and STAYS THERE.  The running back comes up and Boyd fakes the handoff to him, Boyd still in the same place.  This causes the linebackers to run up to protect against the run.  Then Boyd, extremely fast, still in the same spot, slings the ball right over the middle to the great Sammy Watkins.  Watkins is wide open because his route is run where the linebackers would have been had they not been pulled up by the run fake. 

Tajh Boyd is what makes this play work.  He takes the snap in the shotgun 4 yards behind the line of scrimmage and STAYS THERE.  The running back comes up and Boyd fakes the handoff to him, Boyd still in the same place.  This causes the linebackers to run up to protect against the run.  Then Boyd, extremely fast, still in the same spot, slings the ball right over the middle to the great Sammy Watkins.  Watkins is wide open because his route is run where the linebackers would have been had they not been pulled up by the run fake.  Watch Sammy Watkins run, they say you run with your arms.  You can really see it here.

Correction:  Sammy Watkins had to make an incredible catch, the ball was thrown behind him.  Which means the completion was not Tajh Boyd making it work.  Watkins makes this catch full speed effortlessly, having to change his momentum.  Most players can’t make that catch in college, the few who can it is going to be with great effort going back for the ball and probably no run after catch.  Pro players are supposed to be able to catch anything within their wingspan regardless of speed or direction of momentum.  Personally I think that happens more at the combines and pass catching drills than it does in games.

Georgia Clemsom.  Since I really want to focus on Brent Venables I have to show our failures also.  Georgia’s first touchdown - 1 play 75 yard run

NEED TO GIVE CREDIT: HERBSTREIT LOOKS LIKE A GENIUS ON THIS ONE.

Clemson - Georgia           GA QB Murray makes a difficult throw, but a bad read

Clemson - Georgia           GA QB Murray makes a difficult throw, but a bad read

More Georgia Clemson, more questioning Murray’s decisions in the 1st quarter.

We’ll be spending some quality time with the Georgia Clemson game given my great love and admiration for Clemson’s defensive coordinator, Brent Venables.       This play Georgia is 3rd and 2

This should be thrown out of the game and maybe suspended for more games. Instead we have these stupid rules following the letter of the rule: where a kid flying in giving his all to stop a touchdown on a kickoff and pulls the ball carrier down by his shoulder pads gets a horse collar penalty. Or a defensive back running up full speed to try and stop a pass completion and he happens to hit helmet to helmet. Then they go through this ticky tacky was it targeting. NO THIS PLAY IS COMPLETELY TARGETING. The defender has the running back in his complete control and he knows what he is doing. With each rotation he drastically increases the speed of the ball carrier’s body and then he plants like an Olympic wrestler and whips the running backs body over and head first into the ground.

http://www.tubechop.com/watch/3080764

Texas was foolish to have Mack Brown resign.
There is the obvious for this season where he did an incredible turnaround. Taking a team that had been embarrassed twice to comeback and blow us (Oklahoma) out in the school’s biggest rivalry game and come within one game of winning the Big 12.  
But the bigger reason is they should have let Mack continue on at whatever level of success or failure till they had THE GUY.  THE GUY that everyone knows can do it.   Otherwise they could have the round robin Oklahoma went through and Nebraska has never fully emerged from.
Texas has enough money they could keep raising the stakes till they were offering a mind blowing SYMBOLIC Salary.  They could go to Art Briles and say, “We know your loyalty to Baylor and we admire that and we want to honor that and we’ll donate $125 million to Baylor and name every school you want us to ‘The Art Briles.College of..’     And we want you to know how much we value you and want you to consider our contract offer of $125 million.”  I’m not kidding.  If one baseball team thinks Tony Rodriguez is worth a quarter of a billion dollars, I have no doubt the wealthy alumni of Texas could and would pay that for several National Championships.  Forget Nick Saban he hates Big 12 air raid uptempo football;  I knew what it would do to him once it came to the SEC.*  Now Kevin Sumlin seems to me a careerist.  He might want to take it but the legitimate threats of torture then death to him and all his family and friends would preclude his acceptance.  They could wait for the next genius to emerge.  
And then there is the OTHER OPTIONS.  I keep waiting for a school to do this; Get the best offensive and defensive coordinators and get them to stay by elevating their status and salaries to the Symbolic level.  A $100 million to each with the head coach a CEO  whose contract is $75 million but he gets bonuses for conference and National Championships.  . I doubt Bill Belichick would accept a demotion to a coordinator position but he might; it would be a refreshing change to have more money and leverage than his star players.
Believe me this money will come;  Texas just should have done it first.  Cause I don’t think it would stretch Phil Knight one bit to give some very favorable Nike stock options to an Oregon coaching staff.
*I think he  might like to go back to the NFL or to Stanford

Texas was foolish to have Mack Brown resign.

There is the obvious for this season where he did an incredible turnaround. Taking a team that had been embarrassed twice to comeback and blow us (Oklahoma) out in the school’s biggest rivalry game and come within one game of winning the Big 12.  

But the bigger reason is they should have let Mack continue on at whatever level of success or failure till they had THE GUY.  THE GUY that everyone knows can do it.   Otherwise they could have the round robin Oklahoma went through and Nebraska has never fully emerged from.

Texas has enough money they could keep raising the stakes till they were offering a mind blowing SYMBOLIC Salary.  They could go to Art Briles and say, “We know your loyalty to Baylor and we admire that and we want to honor that and we’ll donate $125 million to Baylor and name every school you want us to ‘The Art Briles.College of..’     And we want you to know how much we value you and want you to consider our contract offer of $125 million.”  I’m not kidding.  If one baseball team thinks Tony Rodriguez is worth a quarter of a billion dollars, I have no doubt the wealthy alumni of Texas could and would pay that for several National Championships.  Forget Nick Saban he hates Big 12 air raid uptempo football;  I knew what it would do to him once it came to the SEC.*  Now Kevin Sumlin seems to me a careerist.  He might want to take it but the legitimate threats of torture then death to him and all his family and friends would preclude his acceptance.  They could wait for the next genius to emerge.  

And then there is the OTHER OPTIONS.  I keep waiting for a school to do this; Get the best offensive and defensive coordinators and get them to stay by elevating their status and salaries to the Symbolic level.  A $100 million to each with the head coach a CEO  whose contract is $75 million but he gets bonuses for conference and National Championships.  . I doubt Bill Belichick would accept a demotion to a coordinator position but he might; it would be a refreshing change to have more money and leverage than his star players.

Believe me this money will come;  Texas just should have done it first.  Cause I don’t think it would stretch Phil Knight one bit to give some very favorable Nike stock options to an Oregon coaching staff.

*I think he  might like to go back to the NFL or to Stanford

I don’t know what we were trying to do on this play.  But I wonder is this when the coaches gave up on Kendal Thompson.     This is first and goal against OSU late in the third quarter.  On second down we had a lineman bust his assignment so a linebacker came in untouched and leveled Clay.  On third down Blake Bell replaces Kendal Thompson at quarterback.  Bell does a scary but incredible scramble and throws a touchdown pass to Brannon Green but the OSU defender dislodges the ball before Green can secure it.    I don’t like the helmet to helmet rule because these kids are flying around so fast just trying to make plays it is too hard to control your body and the other players; BUT IT’S A RULE AND THAT IS PLAINLY WHAT THE OSU DEFENDER DID WHEN HE KNOCKED THE BALL LOOSE FROM GREEN.