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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Tids and Bits

Written for your enjoyment by: Raff

It's Late Saturday Afternoon and I'm watching Game Two of the ALCS and some college football. Yanks are down 5-0 and I think are about to go down 2-0 in the series, when TBS flashes  Yankees lead series 1-0 on the scoreboard. At first I think it must be a mistake. Then I remember I did goto sleep a little early last night, and check to see that New York did score five in the eighth to win 6-5.

Looking forward to Lincecum-Halladay tonight. I think the Giants win the series. Maybe it's just a hunch. But I think they somehow outpitch Philadelphia. Although my Philly sources are telling me that Matt Cain is never very good against Philadelphia, if that is the case I might be wrong in making that pick.

The loss in the Dome was disturbing today. Not the fact that it was a loss, but the fact that is was as one-sided as it was. Pitt scored on its first offensive play and it was never really a game. Still this team has made huge strides and Doug Marrone clearly has the Orange pointed in the right direction. However, what the fanbase has to realize is that the damage that Daryl Gross did to the football program was so severe that it isn't going to be fixed over night. Still the right attitude is now in place and the right decisions are being made. Let's keep the faith and continue to build this thing. Remember Rome wasn't built in a day. Expect a better all-around performance next week at West Virginia.

To answer the readers and commenters questions, I was not at practice so I have no information. I do think we all may be reading too much into the three players that the new coaching staff brought in over the summer. The pool of available players is so much smaller after the early signing period, let alone after the second signing period that its unfair to draw conclusions based on that. However, based on that and the look of the recruits that have been identified by this staff thus far, I think it might be safe to assume that there is going to be a change in the focus. I think the players seem to be bigger players across the board, bigger guards, bigger post players. And they seem to be guys who like to shoot the basketball, which probably means we'll see more of a focus on offense. There also seems to be a desire to recruit kids who are being looked at by bigger schools and also to potentially utilize the academic advantage of the University in comparison to other schools in the conference. Burke has been recruiting this type of athlete at Princeton, Georgetown and American and it would not surprise me if he tries to make it a priority at Mt. St. Mary's.

Nebraska is in a heap of trouble at home against Texas. But I would be surprised if they didn't make it a game before all is said and done in Lincoln. We'll keep our eye on that. And of course there is a dandy going on in the SEC. Isn't there always? But not sure how much Arkansas will be able to do in the second half without Ryan Mallett who left with an injury.


  1. I saw some of the practice. You are in for some good surprises. You are correct about the style of the recruits, but I do not agree, in this case, that late recruits have hindered the prospects.

    I really believe this staff is much more perceptive and resourceful than any other staff at a similarly sized school.

    We shall see?

  2. So Harry, as far as practice, were you able to see the Fabulous Trice put on a show? Is that one of our surprises? Trice to start at PG right and do a marvelous job? That would be THEE surprise of the year. I am hoping ever so eagerly, Harry, that you will say that that is one of the surprises.....

  3. Awww, dayum, I thought that dreams could come true. hahahaha.