Archive for October, 2012

PRE GAME

What’s Drew doing? 

Racing to finish his Football Preview on Power Spread to go meet  Kurt for the game!

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What’s Kurt doing? 

Waiting for Drew at Stout NYC near Madison Garden. New home for the Buckeye Faithful to watch the games on Saturday. That’s right, Kurt is no longer AWOL!

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What’s Mike doing? 

Trying to stop me from posting about what he is doing every week! Actually Mike was coaching my nephew, Casimir, in his big soccer game last Saturday, while my other nephew, Casey, used his vast photography skills to take the pictures.

I have a feeling that this week, Mike is going to have to get behind Martinez and root for Nebraska in a big Saturday night showdown with Michigan. Two teams running a Power Spread Hybrid with two coaching staffs that don’t quite get the full power and potential of this idea.

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WHAT WE SHOULD ALL BE DOING?

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OSU 8-0    PSU 5-2 

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PRE GAME

What’s Drew doing?

Working out the balance between Tennis Crier and Power Spread! Tennis all over the world! Football all over the Country.  And one crazed man trying to do it all!

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What’s Kurt doing?

AWOL!  After several attempts I cannot locate Kurt. My assumption is that he has no fears of us losing this game. He possibly may not know about the early start?!  KURT, WHERE ARE YOU!?

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What Mike’s doing?

Having breakfast at his home in San Diego getting prepared for the Big Showdown at 12:30 pst between Nebraska and Northwestern!  Looking for a big Husker win to soothe his wounds from the OSU debacle.

Hopefully Beck will find the consistency and simplicity his offense has been missing. He’s a very smart OC – maybe too smart. Pull it back some, coach! Stick to the PS and you will see Martinez flourish!

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WHAT WE SHOULD ALL BE DOING!

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PURDUE 3-3   OHIO STATE 7-0

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PRE-GAME

What’s Drew doing?

Trying to recover from his Alum, Bucknell’s, big loss to Harvard! Drew played LB for Bucknell back when Head Coach Joe Susan was the Offensive Line coach. After watching with great anticipaion, Drew must now recover for the OSU night game. MORE POWER SPREAD, COACH SUSAN

 

What’s Kurt doing?

Travelling back from his road trip to West Point where he watched Head Coach, Darrell Hazell’s Kent State team take on Army.  Hazell did some nice things as the former OSU WRs coach under Tressel.  Nice pic at game time by Kurt, who was unimpressed with Hazell’s offense even though Kent State had a big win.  He felt that Hazell is running a sub-standard “trick-play” type of offense at Kent State. More later…..?

 

What Mike’s doing?

Our resident Nebraska fan and my bro-in-law is still crying in his beer over the devastation under the OSU POWER SPREAD!  Sorry Mike, but the name of the game now is PS!  Tim Beck is a smart Coordinator, but needs to get straight on this idea.  Watch for a big article on Tim Beck and his potential as the Nebraska OC.

 

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OHIO STATE 6-0    INDIANA 2-3

IU Head Coach, Kevin Wilson, is one of the originators of the Power Spread in the late 90’s when he was OC for Randy Walker’s Northwestern team. Copied directly from the  father of the Zone Read, Northwestern’s offense was later examined by yours truly in the spring of 2000. Thus began the true transformation of the Power Spread from a scheme to an overall concept for winning football games in today’s fast paced game. No better exemplified in OSU’s blasting victory over Nebraska last week. (more…)

PRE-GAME

What’s Drew’s doing?

Studying up furiously on final game note preparations and trying to get up his first Live Commentary on Power Spread.

 

What Kurt’s doing?

Trying to get over to Stout NYC before the start of the game! Stout NYC is the new meeting place for OSU fan’s after a long run at Tonic NY in Times Square. Due to extenuating circumstances I’m unable to meet my PS buddy tonight, but most importantly have a TV from which to view the Urban Meyer Experience.

 

What’s Mike Doing?

My brother in law – the biggest Husker fan I know –  is breaking out the boxes of old baby stuff for his beautiful 6 mth old daughter and my niece, Makayla.  Something’s not right – less than an hour to THE GAME, MIKE!!  WHAT THE HECK’S GOING ON OUT THERE!??

 

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OHIO STATE  5-0    NEBRASKA  4-1

OSU has arguably the least talented team on hand since their first year of Tressel. This is not surprising as that was also a transitions after a rocky ending to another great regime under Coach Cooper.  Ohio State possibly saw its most talented teams ever during the reign of Tressel, but now have the schemes to go with the great leadership and recruiting that Coach Tress provided.  Still, in a transition year with a young team, the quality of play has been far from sterling.

“Far from sterling” seems to be the moniker for Big 10 play in 2012. While Nebraska doesn’t suffer from the transition/experience problems that plague the Buckeyes, they have bigger issues with what the coaching staff is doing on both offense and defense. OC Beck can’t seem to decide on what’s best for his offense, which is ironic, considering Martinez is obviously a run first, throw later QB.  Stick to the Power Spread, coach. What’s more surprising is the Defense – Pellini’s speciality!? Similar to the offense, there seems to be a real lack of direction in concept and scheme. Even worse is some of the shoddy fundamental play from the back 7.  This should not be happening on any Pellini defense. (more…)