A Quick Remark

I’m ready!!!

I just got this from my wife, and I thought it was amazing.

I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no airconditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office and has been unemployed and layed off and sexually harassed and gaybashed and deported. I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a Black woman for president. I want someone with bad teeth and an attitude, someone who has eaten that nasty hospital food, someone who crossdresses and has done drugs and been in therapy. I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn’t possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always a clown: always a john and never a hooker. Always a boss and never a worker, always a liar, always a thief and never caught.

~zoe leonard

That was the subject of an email my wife sent me, and it totally holds true. It’s not family friendly, but I laughed so much tears came to my eyes. It’s all at damnyouautocorrect.com.

 

I don’t know anything about this designing firm, but I liked this, and figured I’d share it. It’s from Designing Monsters.

 

Image from: AP Photo/Ezra Shaw

Overall (Grade D-)

The disappointing 2011 season ended with another dud. It was everything that 2011 was, all bundled up into 1 game. While the awful play from T. Rees was somewhat expected, the inability of the head coach to send in plays on time was not surprising and the turnovers were waiting to happen, Brian Kelly’s decision to play Hendrix instead of Crist will go down as the defining moment of the year. This action summarized what B. Kelly stood for and that is himself. He rather save face and be stubborn than give Notre Dame its best chance to win. All his decisions and statements have been made to distance himself from blame. It is always someone’s fault or the player’s fault or my system works or my players are motivated.

All the great coaches have 1 thing in common: pure desire to win, irregardless how it is done. To use all available tools to win 1 game. Who do you think Nick Saban, Urban Meyer or even Les Miles would put in place of Rees? Yep, so would everyone else. Even my better half, who doesn’t know anything about football, knew what the right call was.

Winning a game for Notre Dame is higher than proving a point. Notre Dame pulling a W is a lot higher than putting your players in.

I expected a lot more from B. Kelly as person and as the head coach.

Positives:

  1. Season ended. Just a disappointing year.
  2. Mike Floyd and Tyler Eifert. We are going to miss these guys
  3. A. Lynch and L. Nix. Great motors and effort. Nix was held a lot this game.

Negatives:

  1. Coaching. Is there any redeemable quality?
  2. Coaching. This loss in on you
  3. Coaching. Not playing your QB is a sure way to lose your upperclassmen respect

The Bonehead Call(s) of the Day:

The obvious: Playing Hendrix ahead of Crist

The obvious II: In college football, there is a thing called ‘Play Clock’. It starts winding down to 0, usually a few seconds after the previous play is over. It is important to note that once this ‘Play Clock’ displays 0, the ref will stop the game and assess a delay of game penalty. This is not good. A good way to stop the ref from assessing the penalty is to call a timeout, but the downside is that you might run out of timeouts when you really need them.

The best way to counter this ‘Play Clock’ is to get your team and the play ready to go before the time expires. It is advisable to have the play in with about 15-20 seconds left so that the team has time to set up and ensure that there is enough time for adjustments.

Offense (Grade D):
Tommy Rees (Grade F): Every ND fan was waiting for the time when Tommy would hit the wall. It was a matter of time. No one thought that it would be this ugly. He was lost, and once pressure was constant, he fell off the cliff.

Andrew Hendrix (Grade C): Came in relief. Brought a new dimension. Showed a good arm with ok accuracy. Made some bad decisions, typical for young players. On the other hand, also showed guts and made difficult throws. Displayed a good set of wheels. Maybe Kelly needs to teach all his QBS to step into the pocket. He has good potential.

RBs (Grade C-): The running game was non existent, although Wood ran hard. Stanford did a good job in closing the running. Riddick was not effective either. The field conditions did not help.

O-line (Grade D): Together with SC game, one of the worst performances of year. It reminded me of the Ty Willingham’s years. Multiple false starts, complete confusion, no physicality and blown assignments.

WRs and TEs (Grade C): Another solid performance by the usual suspects. Thank you , #3. ND fans have been spoiled for the last 6 years of great WRs. Who will step up in 2012? ND is in trouble if Eifert leaves.

Defense (Grade D+):

DL (Grade C-): With all the injuries, this was an ok showing. The 1st half was ugly, but they were able to make some adjustments and shut down Stanford for about a quarter.

LBs (Grade D+): Again, I was a bit disappointed. They missed tackles and they looked slow.

DBs (Grade D+): I liked their aggressiveness but at the same time they did not looked good in pass coverage.

Special Teams (Grade D-): Ruffer, cannot miss the chip shot.

Coaching (Grade F—–): What a mess! Just the playcalling fiascos earns an F. Good playcallers think ahead 2 to 3 plays. 1 play sets up the other. I don’t know what Kelly is thinking, maybe is time to give up the play calling duties.

Image from: AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Overall (Grade B-)

This was supposed to be a celebration for the seniors and instead, it once again became another exercise in frustration and what-ifs.

It was very tough for me to see Jonas Gray get hurt and not because he is the central piece of the Irish running game. He had finally seen the light and was playing to the full extent of his talents. I was really pulling for him and was hoping that he would eventually get a shot at the next level. I hope he has a speedy recovery and eventually tries to play in pro football.

With that in mind, it was also very difficult for me to see Dayne Crist on the sidelines. This guy is a fine representative of the university and handled the benching with dignity. He deserved a better treatment from B. Kelly. Here is hoping that he finds a nice spot in a different program (Florida, perhaps?) and reaches his full potential.

Now, back to the game

Eventually, opposing coaches will figure out T. Rees and Brian Kelly. It was a matter of time. The plan was simple yet masterful. It consisted of a 2 prong strategy. The first was to confuse T. Rees and stop the Irish passing attack (which consists of passes between -10 to 20ish yards). In order to do that, fredo dropped 7-8 in coverage, clogging up the short to middle range. It essentially shut down the passing game. They forced T. Rees to look at the deep routes and the middle of the field. He was highly inaccurate and made some bad decisions, which shaked his confidence. Once that was accomplished, they turned to shutting down ND’s rushing attack. It almost worked. ND was capable of breaking through a couple of runs and a few short passes. That was the difference in the game that was dominated by both defenses.

Guess what ND will see against Stanford?

Positives:

  1. Roby Toma. Making the case to move Riddick to RB
  2. D-Line. Solid pass rush and outstanding against the run
  3. T. Eifert. Clutch player with WR hands. Hope he stays

Negatives:

  1. T. Rees. Below average
  2. LBs. Expecting more
  3. Coaching staff. No Plan B to counter 8 man drops?

The Bonehead Call(s) of the Day:

How about inserting either D. Crist or A. Hendrix to stop the 8 man drops with a few QB runs?

Offense (Grade B-):
Tommy Rees (Grade C-): That was not his best effort. He made bad decision after bad decision. He’s deep balls were very inaccurate on deep balls. He lacks physical skills that almost cost ND 2 picks. The gameplan is out there to stop ND’s offense.

RBs (Grade B-): Sad to see Gray get hurt. Wood is good but the 1-2 punch was great. Towards the end, Wood was able to get the tough yards. Gray is just a notch better.

O-line (Grade B-): Good pass protection even with just 3 man rushing. Got pushed around a bit in the run game.

WRs and TEs (Grade B+): Besides #3, #80 and Toma, did anyone else play? Going to miss #3 next year. Hoping T. Eifert stays for senior year. Without those 2, WR’s and TEs is highly suspect.

Defense (Grade B):

DL (Grade B+): Great effort by this group. Stout against the run and good in pass rushing situations. #19 is relentless. If Tuitt or Nix play to their abilities, watch out.

LBs (Grade B-): Not too crazy about their performance.Run D was good but was surprised at their inability to defend the pass. Is this Manti’s final year?

DBs (Grade B): Good outing. Played a bit more aggressive in the 2nd half. They took some chances and fredo did not make them pay.

Special Teams (Grade B+): The FG unit has returned to its old self. The punter is in the good category as well. .

Coaching (Grade B-): Not a lot of confidence, knowing that Stanford and Andrew Luck is next.

Image from: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Overall (Grade A-)

It took me a few minutes to get used the images being shown on the screen. It was a bit distracting. I was not the only one. My better half, not knowing what the new helmets and uniform looked like, provided her own commentary, “Wait, the facemask and the rest of uniform don’t match.” This brings us to to my next point.

I am ok with different uniforms, colors, throwbacks, etc. It is the next wave of tools used in recruiting. I get it and I think it would be somewhat cool to see. But, Notre Dame can do it using a bit more discretion, common sense, class and better execution. This version was clearly a marketing ploy (aka money grabber). Also, make a stand or apply consistent standards. If Notre Dame keeps yapping about how the gold helmets are a representation of the dome, blah, blah…and then they show those ugly versions, then something is not consistent. Are the helmets a representation of the Golden Dome or just a part of the uniform that can be used for ‘enhancements’. I believe it cannot be both. My vote is to keep the helmets untouched (current shiny version is pretty good), and leave the rest for the Adidas to make some money on.

Now, back to the game.

It is November and you what that means? B. Kelly stops grab bagging and reverts back to what this team is built for, running the football. Maybe we can Jedi mind trick B. Kelly into thinking that it is always November and maybe ND will have a chance to lose 1 or 2 games a year.

This contest was a no contest. The Irish imposed their will and finished the Terrapins when they had the chance. One could not have asked for more. The running game was working perfectly. The passing game was a great compliment/weapon. The defense was stout against the run, the pass rush was good and S/T made significant improvements (except punt returns).

All in all, it was performance that we all knew Notre Dame was capable of. They have been on this consistent mode for 3 games. Let us hope that it continues through the bowl game!

Positives:

  1. Roby Toma. He is the perfect compliment to #3.
  2. RBs. Another great performance
  3. O-Line. Borderline elite
  4. D-Line. Stout against the run and solid in pass-rush

Negatives:

  1. Helmets. Enough said.
  2. T. Jones. I’m expecting more
  3. Punt return

The Bonehead Call(s) of the Day:

Stating the obvious. The helmets. Whose going to own up to this? Swarbrick? Adidas? Fr. Jenkins?

Offense (Grade A):
Tommy Rees (Grade B+): He had a solid game. He was put in a situation where he could be successful. He’s still a bit worrisome that eventually teams will figure out how to defend ND in the 0-20 yards. Can he stretch the defenses when it matters?

RBs (Grade A): Great performance by both RBs. Ran hard with great vision.

O-line (Grade A-): Gave up 3 sacks, but still a dominating performance.

WRs and TEs (Grade A): R. Toma emerged as a true slot WR. #3 looked a bit bored out there (he had a couple of drops), but still dominated. Eifert is just a stud. This is a position of worry if no one emerges to take Floyd’s place and Eifert leaves early.

Defense (Grade B+):

DL (Grade B+): The return of E. Johnson really helped shoring up the run defense. #19 is pretty good even when hurt. D. Fleming off the edge is unblockable at times.

LBs (Grade B-): The run defense is pretty good. They are good gap fillers. The passing defense leaves a lot to be desired. They all look very slow.

DBs (Grade B+): Solid outing. Lo Wood was opportunistic on the bad throw. There was good run support. They played a lot of soft coverage. There is another chance for redemption in 2 weeks.

Special Teams (Grade B+): The FG unit was solid. The punter has improved dramatically.

Coaching (Grade B+): They had the team prepared and able to close off an opponent. Another chance against a quality opponent comes in 2 weeks.

I know the helmets weren’t a grand slam according to everybody, but I liked them. Here’s how they were made. Whether you like them or not, it is still impressive how they made them.

Okay, totally cool and awesome!! Really just watch the video.

Image from: PermanentRecord

Okay, so this guy writes about uniforms, and he got this super awesome ND Promo Kit today!! Holy Crap, I totally want one. How do I get it? You can see the rest of the pictures at this flickr site – PermanenRecord.