Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My thoughts exactly

It's like this guy is living inside my head.

Sunday, February 26, 2012


1. So my grandmother died, which sucked.  It did force me to go home for the first time since moving up here, which in turn led me to inquire about a position in my home town when I'm done with this fellowship.
2. Ultimately I don't think my wife would be happy with that so it won't happen, even though it means turning down almost $200,000 more than I'll make in the Metroplex.  Ridiculous.
3. I've been listening to the Traditional Country Hymns station on Pandora a lot recently.  I like classic hymns like Amazing Grace, and that station has them by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Allison Kraus, and Ralph Stanley.
4. I've also been playing Amazing Grace on guitar and transcribing it into every key I can.  That limits it to major keys, of course, but still, playing it in E instead of D makes a big difference in the voicing of chords you can use.
5. I need to have words with my future colleagues about some things.  Their offer is below market value, but I agreed to it because I wanted to work with these people.  The problem is that now several unexpected expenses have cropped up, which puts our ability to buy a house in jeopardy.  I promised my wife a house when we moved back and they are going to have to make that possible.
6. Fuck the Texas Medical Board.  I paid $1000 to apply for a license, which as far as I can tell is the most expensive license application in the country.  It then takes them four months to process it.  Unacceptable, and it gets worse.  After processing and approving the application they let it be known that you have to pay almost another $1000 to "register" your license.  Ludicrous!
7. When I said I was giving up college football I should have said "college football message boards" to be more accurate.
8. Texas has seven eight commitments now for the 2013 class.  None of them are "reaches" exactly, but only a couple are the absolute best in state at their position.
  --  Jake Raulerson is either an amazing OT prospect or a pretty good DE prospect depending on how his body develops.  Let's all hope for the 35+ pounds he needs to be the former.  If he only makes it halfway no reason he couldn't make a nice TE.
  --  Tyrone Swoopes is a guy Mack clearly hopes will by VY reincarnate.  I'm not seeing it, but he's hardly a reach.  If Brewer pans out then the QB this year is a moot point anyway.
  --  Kyle Hicks at RB is meh.  He's probably the 3rd or 4th best RB in state this year.  Doesn't really matter, since RB is hardly a priority this year given the guys already on campus.
  --  Jake Oliver, a 6'4"/200# WR, is the best recruit the Horns have so far.
  --  Ricky Seals-Jones, a 6'5"/220# WR/TE is probably the second best recruit they have.  He plays QB in high school, and I'm not sure there's a clear difference between him and Swoopes there right now.  You should read that as I think Swoopes would be better at another position rather than RSJ should be Texas's QB of the future.  RSJ is also straight balling for his HS basketball team, averaging 30 and 10 per game.
  --  A'Shawn Robinson has the potential to be a great OT.  The problem is he wants to play DT.  He's a good example of the Texas coaches' new philosophy of getting good athletes on campus and then sorting out where they play.  One of those guys who shouldn't be able to move like he does at the size he is.
 -- Deoundrei Davis has locked up the Ojo Cup for most ridiculous name in this class.  He's a a Derrick Johnson starter kit at LB.
  --  Jacory Warrick is apparently number 8.  He's the Kendall Sanders of this class -- excellent athlete with great size for CB or decent size for slot WR.  Good pickup.
9.  Texas A&M is off to a kick-ass start on their recruiting class.  They have 13 commits (at least two of which will decommit before signing day, I'm sure) with top 3 guys at QB (Stewart), RB (White), and DT (Golden).  While I wouldn't take him over Oliver or RSJ, their WR commit Derrick Griffin is a 6'7" guy who moves like a 6'1" guy.  They've probably taken a couple reaches, though.  Specifically their OL recruits are questionable, their other DT commit is JAG, and their DB recruits would not have caught Akina's eye.
10. Spring practice has started and it sounds like Ash has sewn up the starting QB spot so far.  Orlando "Duke" Thomas is making a splash at CB as an early-enrollee freshman.  Sheroid Evans better watch out or he'll get Wally Pipped.  Only one practice video has been put up, and it focused on Kenny Vaccaro.  That guy is shredded.  They're practicing in helmets and shorts and his jersey looks like it's stretched across shoulder pads.
11. NFL combine notes of interest:
 -- RGIII broke off a 4.41.
 -- Darron Thomas (Oregon) is an idiot.  You don't come out early as a mobile spread QB and run a damn 4.8.  Hello CFL.
 -- Cyrus Gray (TAMU) made some money today.  4.47 in the 40 and 21 reps of 225 on the bench press.  His 40 time was only 0.02 off of LaMichael James and Chris Rainey, the top speed backs in this class, and his bench shamed them.
 -- Darrell Scott (USF - punked UT coming out of HS) dropped a laughable 4.73 in the 40.  At his size to not see him on the bench press top performers is shameful.  Another cautionary tale unfolding before our eyes.  Mack Brown Curse, imo.
-- Marc Tyler (USC) also shuffled to a 4.76 in the 40.  Shocked.  Hell, Baylor's big boy Ganaway was faster than that (4.67).
-- Fozzy Whitaker just outside the top 10 on the bench press at 20 reps of 225.  For his size that's pretty impressive.  He won't get drafted, though.  He ought to finish out his graduate degree while rehabbing and training with Wylie for a year, then workout at Texas's 2013 Pro Day and get drafted in the third round after breaking off a 4.40.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Holy shit, you guys

Amazon Prime has the entire series of Farscape!  I will never have another productive day.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

So anyway

1. I am getting old.  My wasted youth haunts me as much as the spectre of future frailty and degeneration.
2. I can't run far enough or fast enough to get any cardio benefit because of my fucking knee.  I've tried 3 different styles of shoes.  I've done months of rehab, stretching and strengthening my core, hips, and thighs.  I've worn a knee brace.  All for naught.  At almost exactly 2.5 miles I start to feel a dull knife slipping into the side of my knee, in and out with each stride.  Sucks my balls.
3. Gray chest hair.  I mean, gray beard is one thing, but gray chest hair?  You have that shit and you are officially Not Young.
4. Read the Hunger Games in one sitting last night.  Poor decision as I finished around 3 a.m.  It was an interesting premise, but in the end, not that great a book.  It's a few notches above fucking Twilight but way below something like Scott Westerfeld's Leviathan series.
5. If you have called me in the last few days and haven't heard back it's not my usual ass-hattery.  My phone won't hold a charge more than 4-5 hours these days.  I've ordered a replacement battery hoping to get at least another 6 months out of this phone.
6. I use Linux almost exclusively at home now.  I've even managed to finagle all the needed access to the hospital network from my Linux desktop.  Having said that, I have to say I'm pretty intrigued by Windows 8.  It looks cool, unique, and functional.  If it's not a tremendous resource hog or security risk, I'll probably upgrade to it when I upgrade the computer.
7. If I do that I'll almost certainly also go with a Windows 8 phone when I upgrade.  I'd like to have as seamless a system as possible.  If there are a lot more Ice Cream Sandwich Android phones by the time I do this I'd probably consider it.
8. I don't really have anything against the iPhone or iOS ecosystem, but I'd rather not get invested in the most expensive hardware options.  Also the few places I've been have seemed to find it easier to provide remote access to non-Apple devices.  Maybe that's different at non-academic institutions.
9. I'm giving up college football and taking up  a more useful obsession.  Right now I'm leaning towards urban gardening.  M-star's very concerned I'm going to be hanging old milk jugs all over the place when we move into a house.
10. M-star's great-aunt just died.  Her dad has prostate cancer.  My grandmother is on death's door.  Apparently my grandfather is growing more seriously demented.  Fuck this shit.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Been struggling

Given my pending entry into the legitimate professional world I've been struggling with the notion of killing this thing off.  The world isn't likely to miss it or anything and it would be smart to limit the chances of anyone finding the offensive things I've written here and blacklisting me professionally.

Having said that, I'm not going to do the smart thing.  (Kind of like choosing to move to fucking Michigan for fellowship instead of taking the better opportunity to stay in Texas.)  Instead I've simply taken a few steps to further dissociate my personal accounts from the blog.

So, with that out of the way, let's talk about college football!!!11!!

Texas's 2012 Recruiting Class:

QB: Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet -- neither is ready to play immediately and if Ash develops and Texas gets the right guy next year, these guys may never play a down at QB for the Horns.  Overstreet looks like a comic book character.  Brewer looks like a suburban doucher with a smoking hot sister.  Neither looks like the second coming of VY (Brewer looks more like the second coming of Applewhite), though after a redshirt year either could probably be a serviceable D1 QB.
Grade: B

RB: Jonathan Gray and Daje Johnson -- HOMERUN.  Gray is the best back Texas has signed since Jamaal Charles and he's probably a better overall player than Charles.  Also, no speech impediment.  Daje Johnson is a bit of a midget but has sub-4.4 speed, fantastic quickness, and surprising toughness running through arm tackles at the high school level.  DJ Monroe with the ability to learn the playbook, imo.
Grade: A++

WR: Cayleb Jones, Marcus Johnson, and Kendall Sanders -- classic possession receiver in the Michael Irvin/Keyshawn Johnson mold; smooth outside receiver who has good size, good speed, good hands, and good polish running routes (though great at none of these); and electric athlete who could kill it from the slot (or dominate at CB like he did in his All Star game).  These guys form a cohesive group in which each player complements the others.  Individually only Sanders is probably a homerun, but taken as a collective they are stellar.
Grade: B+

OL: Camrhon Hughes, Kennedy Estelle, Curtis Riser, and Donald Hawkins -- I don't know shit about what separates a good high school lineman from a schlub, but I know all of these guys are fucking huge.  Hawkins dwarfs most of the Texas OL from 2008 - 2011.  Clearly a change in philosophy with regard to recruiting this position.
Grade: A

TE: nobody -- Texas reached out to a guy in California who was supposed to be a stud, but he has a Greek last name, so he can't be that great an athlete.  Honestly, I'm pretty sure Hercules was the last Greek that did shit at the elite level.  Caleb Bluiett was recruited as a DE but could move to TE if needed.  He's a guy who would bring DJ Grant's pre-injuries athleticism together with the size (but hopefully not the study habits) of Dominique Jones.  Need to get a stud or two next year fo shizzle.
Grade: D

DT: Malcom Brown, Brandon Moore, Alex Norman, Paul Boyette -- Brown is Tommie Harris in Burn Orange.  Moore is a guy who played for Nick Saban as a true freshman at Bama (actually recorded some tackles against Texas in the Rose Bowl), so, you know, he's probably a'ight.  Norman and Boyette seem like JAGs.  Norman used to weigh 60 pounds more than his current listed weight.  Dude has no neck at his current weight.  I bet he looked like a damn frightened turtle at 330+.
Grade: A

DE: Toshiro Davis, Hassan Ridgeway, Bryce Cottrell, Caleb Bluiett -- Speed, power, slightly less speed, slightly less power.  Davis is the guy they stole from LSU at the last minute.  Pure speed rusher who could be a Brian Orakpo starter kit.  Ridgeway is a monster who was probably never challenged at the high school level.  He could grow into a DT.  Cottrell is possibly just a warm body, but he was stolen from Oregon a few days before signing day, and, well, fuck Oregon, that's why.  Bluiett is an athletic guy with good size.  I could see him growing into a Tim Crowder.
Grade: A+

LB: Peter Jinkens, Tim Cole, Dalton Santos, Alex De La Torre (no relation to Coach Joey) -- I'll be honest, this group is full of reaches.  Jinkens brings a lot of speed to the OLB position, but he's not the biggest guy and probably never will be.  If he can cover he'd be a badass strong safety, but I'm not sure about his future as a LB.  Cole is just a guy whose best attribute may have been his influence with teammate Malcom Brown.  Santos is a thick white guy with a bit of a gut and a reportedly Bosworthian attitude.  Thick white dudes in the middle of the defense don't tend to work out well for Texas in the Mack Brown era.  ADLT (yes, that's apparently what he answers to) is a coach's son.  He's a potential fullback candidate, so I guess there's that.
Grade: C

CB: Bryson Echols, Orlando Thomas, Kevin Vaccaro -- This is a weird group.  On paper Echols is not an elite CB prospect, but he reportedly showed well against stud WRs at his All Star game.  Thomas is an elite athlete from the home of RGIII who has never played DB.  As long as Akina's around I have faith in those types of projects.  Vaccaro junior (pronounced yoon-yer) is small and slow and his older brother would stay for his senior year if Mack gave him a scholarship.  Worth it?  I don't know.  I've never been as impressed with Vaccaro as lots of other people.  Diggs and Byndom have that shit on lock for the next couple of years anyway.  2013 class needs to hit big on CBs.
Grade: B

S: Adrian Colbert -- Blazing speed.  Hits like a truck.  Overcame a broken back after getting run over by a literal truck as a kid.  I don't know why anyone let this kid play football when he's apparently an elite track athlete anyway, but if he's going to play I'd rather he play for Texas.  Mack stole him from Baylor, which I am torn about.  I mean, I want Baylor to do well, but at the same time, I think Art Briles is a dick.
Grade: A

Overall grade: B+ to A-
The upgrades along the line of scrimmage combined with the stud athletes at the skill positions (other than QB) of the last two classes augur for a national championship in 2013/2014.

I haven't kept up with Baylor's class in anywhere near the same level of detail, but I do think they signed a better class than Texas A&M (or really any in-state school not named UT).  The Ags only signed two or three real difference makers -- Thomas Johnson at WR, Trey Williams at RB, Devante Harris at DB.  None of their offensive or defensive linemen are anything to write home about.  Meanwhile, Baylor signed a tier-one DE (Javonte Magee), a tier-one OL (Tre-Von Armstead), and two stud WRs (Corey Coleman and Kiante Griffin).  Thomas Johnson and Trey Williams are probably the best players overall, but Baylor got the upgrade in the trenches that will push them further up the ladder down the road.

That's all I have to say about that.  Well, that and fuck Michigan.

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