Self-Indulgent Post of the Week: Take Down the Five Beasts You Meet in Heaven

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9Mar 2019
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Self-Indulgent Post of the Week: Take Down the Five Beasts You Meet in Heaven

After a couple weeks on the back burner, the self-indulgent posts are back with the three questions of the week:

What am I reading? I just finished reading Takedown by Brad Thor, which is a Scot Harvath novel about a terrorist attack on New York City. These Harvath novels don’t always end with cliffhangers, but this one did. Usually I order books three at a time and would have the next one ready, but I don’t have the next one yet, dangit. So I grabbed Beast by Doug Merlino off the shelf, which had been sitting there for a year or so. Merlino embedded himself with a few aspiring (or has-been) fighters and wrote a book about it. I love watching MMA fights, even though a lot of people think it’s barbaric. And the book I have in my car is The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

What am I googling? I’ve been looking up clinic videos of inside zone and power RPOs. Next year we should have a quarterback who can do some of this RPO stuff, so I’m looking at some stuff to give him options. He’s a good athlete without a cannon arm, so we need to find ways for him to spread the ball out laterally and within 15-20 yards of the line of scrimmage.

What am I looking forward to? The spring and summer include some 7-on-7s, so I’m looking forward to getting in some 7-on-7 action when the weather allows. It’s a little early still, but we’re putting together our rosters.

23Feb 2019
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Self-Indulgent Post of the Week: The Force

(image via NPR)

What am I reading? I’m actually reading three books at once right now, but the one that has really been a page-turner is The Force by Don Winslow. It’s a fictional piece about New York police detective Denny Malone, a crooked cop who ends up being squeezed by a lot of seedy elements in the city. It’s set in 2017 and has a pretty modern vibe to it, and one reason I like Winslow is his dialogue. His characters speak more realistically than characters in a lot of books.

What am I googling? I went to see Alita: Battle Angel and saw some previews for other movies I’ve been looking into a little bit, like the new Pet Sematary and Jordan Peele’s Us.

What am I looking forward to? I’m looking forward to football season. Like, high school football season. I went to a clinic last weekend, and it got me all excited to get back out there in August. Of course, we have a lot of things to do to get ready for the year, but clinics have a way of refreshing your mind while making you impatient to implement some of the new things you learned.

8Feb 2019
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Self-Indulgent Post of the Week: Signing Day!

This was a big week for our high school football program, which sent a few guys to play college ball. It’s a bit tense toward the end of the recruiting season, when the time comes to find out whether any bigger offers are coming, whether coaches are offering scholarships, grayshirts, or walk-on opportunities, etc. It’s great and exciting . . . and also a bit of a relief when it’s done.

What am I reading? I’m reading Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams. Adams is best known for authoring The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which I greatly enjoyed when I read it several years ago, so I thought I would check out some of his other stuff. It’s . . . not as good.

What am I googling? I have been looking at running the Tite front. Against spread teams, a lot of college programs are running “Tite,” which includes a nose tackle and two 4i defensive ends. A 4i lines up on the inside shoulder of the offensive tackle. It’s a good way to take away inside runs against the spread but also have some flexibility to bring guys off the edge without sacrificing too much in coverage.

What am I looking forward to? I’m looking forward to hitting up the Glazier Clinic in Detroit (well, Novi) next weekend. Don Brown and Ed Warinner are both slated to speak, so it will be a good chance to learn some things while also playing the role of a fan.S

1Feb 2019
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Self-Indulgent Post of the Week: Screaming Like a Banshee

What am I watching? I’ve been binge-watching Banshee on Prime Video. I started a few months ago when I had some time and saw the first three episodes, but then the holidays hit, and time vanished. It originally aired on Cinemax and ran for four seasons. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s about an ex-con who escapes and then cons his way into becoming the sheriff of a fictional town in Pennsylvania called Banshee. It’s a good mix of violence and sex.

What am I googling? I have been looking up different ways to block inside and outside zone. We tried some inside zone stuff but we weren’t as good at it as we had hoped, so I’m looking at different ways to block it, different RPOs to run off of it, different motions, different formations, etc.

What am I looking forward to? I’m looking forward to what everyone should be looking forward to this weekend: Super Bowl LIII, the Patriots vs. the Rams. I’m not a fan of Super Bowl parties, because I actually like to watch the game rather than be distracted by conversations. Usually I make Buffalo Chicken Dip for the Super Bowl, but this year I want to try something else for a change. I’m not sure yet what I’m going to make, but usually it’s just one big thing since, you know, the no party thing.

25Jan 2019
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Self-Indulgent Post of the Week: What happened to Team Coco?

(image via New York Times)

What am I watching? I’m watching You on Netflix. A friend recommended the show to me, comparing it to Dexter, one of my all-time favorite shows (and a pretty good book series). You is about a book store manager named Joe who has some . . . questionable qualities but is in love with a girl named Becks in New York City. It’s based on a book by Caroline Kepnes called You.

What am I googling? I’ve been looking up what happened to Conan. I used to be a huge fan of whatever show Conan O’Brien was hosting at any given time, but then life caught up with me, I couldn’t stay up late, and I couldn’t always watch it on demand. I had a random urge to watch it this week, and I found out that it went off the air back in October for a few months. Now it’s back in a 30-minute format, which (surprise!) is shorter than its old 60-minute format.

What am I looking forward to? I heard this week about a Sopranos prequel movie called The Many Saints of Newark. There have been rumors about prequels and sequels for several years, but now some concrete plans are in the works. Michael Gandolfini, the son of James Gandolfini (who played Tony Soprano), will be playing the younger version of Tony.

What about you guys? What are you watching, googling, and looking forward to?