Happy Veterans Day!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Oglethorpe have a great yearbook collection online, their Yamacraw yearbooks are available online for the years 1920-2008 minus the editions 1954 and 1972. This one is put out through the Internet Archive which to this point has a lot of experience making yearbooks available.
The Oglethorpe Library also has a database of athletics photos from the same yearbook, which I find to be an interesting tie-in since that is how I first became interested in college yearbooks.
Another good one, the Oglethorpe Yamacraw.
Okay, so the 2011 season hasn't been a particularly successful one for Army - like any season, it's been characterized by ups and downs - but so far the season has been fairly promising for the future of the program, even as 2011 continues to disappoint in the present.
I see a young team that puts a lot of pressure on itself to succeed. It's clear that Rich Ellerson's intent is to play perfect football every week. By saying "perfect football" I don't mean Army has to go 12-0; I don't even mean that Army has to perfect their offensive schemes, though they seem to execute at a very high level in general. For the most part they know how to execute on any given play. The wishbone is cranking out yardage, the Defense - earlier this year a noted liability has become a good unit - even Saturday's fake punt with the score tied (while untimely) was executed well from an assignment standpoint.
When I say Army football needs to play perfectly, I'm talking about those self inflicted obstacles: Penalties. Handling the football. Errors in situational play. Some days the Cadets need to play perfect football just to stay on the field. Other days Army may roll up a Tulane-like score with a full game of perfect football. Perfection in the 3 phases is the anomaly - it's a lofty goal to play perfect football in all three phases of a game. -perfection handling the ball is to be expected every game, from every player who touches the ball.
Want to knock the coaching staff for personnel choices, or for faking a punt at the wrong time? Fine. Not every call was the best call for the situation.
Can those things be improved upon? Sure. But there's no need to call for the coach's head after an inconsistent performance. Just like you can't expect 286 yards rushing in the first half of every game - you can't expect the coaches to get these young guys and second-stringers to win every game.
Sure Army had an early advantage, and a ton of momentum, and there were 3 games they lost in that fashion again this year. But this is as bad as it gets. Next year Army will lead the nation again in rushing and have even more depth and experience. Concerning the problem of turnovers: the Cadets couldn't hang on to the football this year? - fine they'll do it next year. I think the coaches are doing a fine job putting the team in a position to win. That isn't to say that Ellerson makes every call right - he has a penchant for gambling that is borderline self-destructive. You want to be confident enough in your fake punt that you can run it from your own 30 - the play was there... the execution?.. no.
It's a frustrating loss, no question - and we all had high hopes this year. We're right to have the expectation of great seasons, and Rich Ellerson has the program on track to compete with anyone. The youth movement is cear in the team's makeup through the whole year, we don't need Ellerson to qualify it.
"We are going to look at some different guys at some different positions, but just because the nature of the challenge this week and where we might be able to plus ourselves. It has nothing to do with the future. It has to do with the future as in next Saturday."
"(Steelman is) fighting through that last 10 or 15 percent. Having said that, I'm determined that Angel (Santiago) play. We keep saying that, but we haven't done it and he needs to. We're going to need the quarterbacks' legs to have a chance to move the ball in this game.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Here's my week 11 ballot. I really have no opinion other than the NCAA should welcome ties back into the record books. That's tie - as in Win Lose Tie. That way I wouldn't have to wait to rank LSU and 'bama
#1 and #2
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