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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7
« Reply #195 on: May 13, 2018, 11:44:25 PM »
One was wearing big gold chains and a Broncos jersey and the other decided to wear his best white on white track suit with big gold chains and a sideways hat. Forgive me if I ignore etiquette lessons from "Coach Eminem."

"Coach Eminem!!"  Now that is funny, right there.  lol

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« Reply #196 on: May 13, 2018, 11:56:42 PM »
It is patently FALSE that one has to invest a bunch of time and effort to help the other team

--I didn't say that "one has to invest a bunch of time..."  I merely said that I did.

You could take 10 minutes to figure out a rotation on who is going to carry the ball when up big

--We always had that rotation.  Heck, we've even started our 2s, if we thought the game was likely to get out of hand in a hurry.  Slaughter Rule games in Pop Warner are a pain for everyone.  But there are limits.  We're not going to play kids out of position, nor are we going to try and keep a sub from having an opportunity to be successful.

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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7
« Reply #197 on: May 14, 2018, 12:22:52 AM »
What I trying to communicate is this

If anyone really wants to keep the score from 50 point margin wins-
It is not an unsolveable physics question that only Einstein can figure out
ANYONE can do it if they want to- without getting any of their kids hurt or disrespecting the other team or the game
I hear the same excuses every time- all are very easy to solve for

Im not of the opinion that youth football should be a Lord of the Flies thing where our goal is to win 100-0 or even 50-0
Ive always felt it was a learning environment for beyond the game
And compassion should be part of the lessons we teach 9 year old kids

Anyone can position their program to be something else= their choice, their branding and mission etc
Hitmen- Terminators- Pitbulls  etc
For me- my personal opinion- that isnt what youth football should be about- we are something much different than that- and we still play very physical and win
Ive been singing that mantra for over 20 years


Funny thing about our Spring team name. We let the kids pick it 4th grade season. Since we were a team of 11 represented by 3 different teams they came up with the Mutts.

Clever but no.... try again. They decided on the Pitbulls.

The cake at the Banquet is always fun. Here is one where 8 teams are represented as one.



Funny story behind this cake. My son goes into the Grocery Store on a Tuesday and gives them the design and pays for it at the Bakery. Saturday he picks it up and walks out the front door. A week later the cops show up at his house telling him the Grocery Store wants to speak to him about stealing a cake. They see him on video pick up the cake and leave thinking he stole it which was odd for them because they had all of his info on the work order for the cake but no receipt for payment. Why would someone steal something and leave all of their info behind?  He went down there and quickly got things straightened out so they gave him a $200 gift certificate for his troubles.  :)
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Re: My Fall 2018 Spring Season - Final Edition G1, G2, G3, G4, G5, G6, G7
« Reply #198 on: May 14, 2018, 09:24:57 AM »
Something we can all agree on is that these blowouts are no fun for either side. Iím 100% convinced that we allowed our soft schedule to affect our preparation in our one loss. If iron sharpens iron, what does room temperature butter do?
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GAME EIGHT

Played a team we have been playing most every Spring and Fall since second grade. They are always pretty edgie. No different this evening.

We showed up unfocused and thinking our chit dont stink and this team busted us in the mouth. Horrible first half with 3 TD's called back for penalties. We also had two turnovers.

We couldn't run a route, block, tackle, cover, take a handoff or snap a football.

Somehow we are up at the half 8-6.

Then the coaches got them all facing the same direction and we get the win 38-6 vs a perennial bottom feeder of an opponent.

THEN it got worse...right after the handshake line they all ran to get their snacks and drinks like a bunch of heathens. Since the beginning of time we have a post game discussion, give out 3 crunch bars, breakdown....THEN get snacks.

I lost it. Made them give all their snacks and drinks back then proceeded to rip them and new one. Then I gave THEIR crunch bars to MY Coaches as the MVPs to make a point.

The whole time Im doing this some dad that has never come to a game before is heckling us for tearing down his kid. So after I pack up I seek him out and we come to an understanding and left on good terms. Dad just doesn't get it. His kid did very well tonight. Starting DE and is a Manimal...but we rock as one and we stink as one. Period. We never call out a player. Ever.  So Im not sure how much meth this guy was on but he was dead nuts wrong.

Tonight we stunk up the house. As one.

Regular season done. Finish 7-1. Find out what Bowl Game we play in on Saturday. Taking two much needed days off. I think part of it is this team has played way too many games in a short amount of time.

We win the turnover battle 3-2. The Mojo Score shocked me because they kicked our asses but they were they ones going  down 4-0. 

Oh...and over the last month....If I had to guess...and I will go add them up eventually...I would have to say we have drawn 40+ penalties. Yah...Im boiling mad. All that tells the fans in the stands is that us coaches are cheaters getting caught.

Currently we are not winning the right way.

Im not a happy guy. Not a good season at all regardless of what pans out next week.

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GAME EIGHT
 

We showed up unfocused and thinking our chit dont stink and this team busted us in the mouth. Horrible first half with 3 TD's called back for penalties. We also had two turnovers.

We couldn't run a route, block, tackle, cover, take a handoff or snap a football.

Somehow we are up at the half 8-6.

Then the coaches got them all facing the same direction and we get the win 38-6 vs a perennial bottom feeder of an opponent.

THEN it got worse...right after the handshake line they all ran to get their snacks and drinks like a bunch of heathens. Since the beginning of time we have a post game discussion, give out 3 crunch bars, breakdown....THEN get snacks.



Currently we are not winning the right way.

Im not a happy guy. Not a good season at all regardless of what pans out next week.

Maybe your players were reading your threads all week about complaining about how best to mercy rule a team... ;) ::)

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Maybe your players were reading your threads all week about complaining about how best to mercy rule a team... ;) ::)

LOL. Not likely, but we have our share of the blame for overlooking this team. We didn't have a lot of scout film on them. Just over a quarter. My bad for looking over their defense and laughing my ass off. They were that bad. Then, when they played us, two of their guys were on fire and it took a series and a half for me to get the o-line's heads out of their asses. Once we had that situated, we started with the penalties. I don't entirely agree with Mahonz on our penalty situation, though.

Last game, for example. The one where the white had initially ejected all of the ACs. I watched the film of the drive that led to the ejections.
 - Block in the back on the PR. Legit. There was a blatant block in the back and a blindside hit within 5 yards of the official. Take your pick. We were rightfully flagged.
 - Roughing the passer. This one was a weak call. This QB had already gouged us for yardage on broken pass plays, taking off and scrambling.  Our player did not take a full step after the ball was released before hitting him. This was an NFL roughing the passer call. Not appropriate for youth or HS where QBs are more often than not a big part of the running game.
 - Roughing the passer. Legit. Our guy took 3.5 steps to truck the QB after the ball was gone.
 - Unnecessary roughness on an interception return. No idea. Cameraman was climbing down the ladder or something and we got nothing but grass after the pick.

2 legit personal foul-type penalties in one drive is pretty bad, plus whatever happened on the interception return. IMHO, this is a product of playing on the edge from an aggression standpoint. Clearly, we lack the discipline to know where that edge is and stay off it.

However . . . what really REALLY amazed me is watching the non calls on our opponent. I went back and watched that game looking to see what the other team was doing as far as infractions. Want to see holding? Any time the other team throws the ball, there are at least 2 jerseys getting stretched/torn and a legit wrestling takedown. Want to see personal fouls? Foot stomps and head pushes as the pile is coming apart. Blind side hits on guys 20 yards from the ball. It's at that point that I said "f*ck it". Play our game and worry about us. I have lost what little respect I had for our "top notch HS officials".  Professional and seasoned? Bullshit. They all have an axe to grind.

What's got me in a real funk is that parent issue. Heckling our post-game from the stands? Wow. Just, wow. My contribution to the team (on which I have no kids playing):
 - Around $600 in registration fees, gear, drinks, ice, snacks, lunches, clinics and coaching aids. I'm not even counting gas.
 - Conservatively 500 hours of my time between practices, games, film study, game planning, o-line development, etc.
 - Rides to every single practice for 3 players.
 - My heart and soul

This jackass dad's contribution:
 - Show up to one game, all season and heckle the staff in our post game because we are "tearing down his son"
 - Attempt to tear down the fooball family that we have built over several seasons
 - DNA

To be completely honest, this guy has really taken the wind out of my sails. Oh well. 3 practices, one game and a banquet. Sucks when you stop looking forward to it.
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LOL. Not likely, but we have our share of the blame for overlooking this team. We didn't have a lot of scout film on them. Just over a quarter. My bad for looking over their defense and laughing my ass off. They were that bad.



To be completely honest, this guy has really taken the wind out of my sails. Oh well. 3 practices, one game and a banquet. Sucks when you stop looking forward to it.

Do you think the coaching staff's attitude has carried over to the players?  You guys have been talking on here all season about how you're a machine, then the looooong discussion about how best to mercy rule your pitiful competition....has that general attitude of "yeah, we're better than everybody" led to complacency or started to take the edge off? 

I get it. I've coached a girls basketball team like this before.  There were certain points where you sensed the greatness slipping and winning almost became boring.  We had to have a true heart to heart team meeting to discuss exactly what our purpose was. From then on we were as sharp as I'd ever seen them. In practice and games.

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Do you think the coaching staff's attitude has carried over to the players? 

Absolutely. This has only happened twice that I'm aware of. This opponent and another one earlier on. Some of the coaches' (including myself) were arrogant and the players obviously picked up on that and it showed on game day.

There's a lot of talk about how good a coach you have to be to have a team with sparce talent play above their potential. No one really talks about what it takes to get a stacked team to play to their potential. I've coached a loaded hockey team or two with some VERY lofty goals (national championship) and I/we fell short both times. I also watched as other guys took my son's teams who were stacked to the gills. Something changes when you know you have a shot at doing something special and that's where most guys blow it. One guy, Ken Klee treated his stacked team the same way as any other team. Nothing changed in his preparation, or his expectations from game to game. He was always focused on winning the next game. He did the best out of all my son's coaches with "machine" teams, and even they crapped the bed at Nationals. However, his team had the least drama and was most enjoyable for the players by far.
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Maybe your players were reading your threads all week about complaining about how best to mercy rule a team... ;) ::)

You might be right.
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I get it. I've coached a girls basketball team like this before.  There were certain points where you sensed the greatness slipping and winning almost became boring.  We had to have a true heart to heart team meeting to discuss exactly what our purpose was. From then on we were as sharp as I'd ever seen them. In practice and games.

That is us to the letter and we need a re-boot right away.
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However . . . what really REALLY amazed me is watching the non calls on our opponent. I went back and watched that game looking to see what the other team was doing as far as infractions. Want to see holding? Any time the other team throws the ball, there are at least 2 jerseys getting stretched/torn and a legit wrestling takedown. Want to see personal fouls? Foot stomps and head pushes as the pile is coming apart. Blind side hits on guys 20 yards from the ball. It's at that point that I said "f*ck it". Play our game and worry about us. I have lost what little respect I had for our "top notch HS officials".  Professional and seasoned? Bullshit. They all have an axe to grind.



40 flags in 4 games by 4 different crews....is not personal IMHO.

We are doing something wrong by not addressing / stressing it properly.

If it was one area, a couple of players....OK. But this is a team thing on both sides of the football.

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To be completely honest, this guy has really taken the wind out of my sails. Oh well. 3 practices, one game and a banquet. Sucks when you stop looking forward to it.

Your skin is thicker than that.

Signing his son up for our Fall team was.....an interesting adventure.  :-X

Lets just be thankful he is rarely at the games. He heckled Chuck last year about playing time....before, during and after the game. Guy has no filter and....no clue.
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Your skin is thicker than that.

For the most part, but as you know, I have "buttons". It's why I have reacted poorly to some of DC's posts in the past. He's pretty good at finding my buttons.  :P

Just let me vent, rant and pout for a few days and I'll be ready for Saturday. I need a new direction and a new plan and I'll be right as rain.
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40 flags in 4 games by 4 different crews....is not personal IMHO.

We are doing something wrong by not addressing / stressing it properly.

If it was one area, a couple of players....OK. But this is a team thing on both sides of the football.

I don't think "personal" is the word I'd use. Hockey refs are known for being the least consistent, axe to grind, subjective officials in sports. They call it "controlling the game" or "leveling the ice." They think it's their duty to "improve" the game by selective calls and non-calls. I've seen a lot of it over the years and that's what I think I may be seeing this season. "Let's not call holding because the defense got a sack" becomes "let's not call holding because this defense is doing just fine." Not to mention, based on the recent "poor grading" drama involving another team, we KNOW the refs get together and discuss teams.

My theory: Just about every team commits 5 legit holds during a game and gets called for 2. We commit 5 and get called for 5.

Question for Michael:

When you explain to your o-linemen that their job is to be on their man when the whistle blows, do you see an increase in holding/block in the back penalties?
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