Sunday, October 2, 2016

Nick Saban: The Final Chapter

Who is Blake Barnett

For years the Crimson Tide's faithful had yearned for a blue chip passing quarterback. The sort of player who would remind them of those heady days when Howard Leslie Schnellenberger stepped off the plane with Joe Namath.

In the middle of Bama's opener against USC I told my brother if Alabama didn't play Barnett he would transfer. But Stacy isn't the sort of fan who watches recruiting and other moves that happen away from the field. When Barnett throws the ball it's poetry in motion, to be cliche.

As far as Barnett transferring, Alabama radio analyst and Senior Bowl President Phil Savage said Thursday morning it doesn't come as a shock. In an interview with Savage went on to say, "In some ways, he throws the ball similarly to AJ McCarron," he said. "He has a little bit of a stretch motion, and he throws the ball more than well enough to have been a winning quarterback at Alabama."

Well, Phil it seems to have been a shock to Nick Saban. According to Saban, Barnett came to his office Wednesday morning and inquired about his own future with Alabama. That is what the coach said at a news conference later unaware that the best pro-style quarterback the Tide had seen in an age made the decision to leave Tuscaloosa.

After Saban was officially informed of Barnett's departure the coach's remarks were crude and characteristically dishonest. Really coach? The grass is greener on the septic tank? Well, being from West Virginia ...

You don't have to be paid by ESPN to see that the Tide via Lane Kiffin has gone from a pro-style offense to the one star, dual threat, ball hog offense. This was undoubtedly the point of Barnett's inquiry with Saban. Barnett would not fit into this new scheme.

The one star, dual threat, ball hog offense is fine at the high school level and in the NFL where recruiting is not a factor. At the college level, according to some, recruiting is 70% of the game.  After four games Tide running back Damien Harris is 11th in the conference with 356 yards on 42 carries.  Jalen Hurts is 15th with 276 yards on 54 carries. Do you see the problem?

If you were a top prospect at running back would you want to come to Alabama and share time with the one star, dual threat, ball hog quarterback? Probably not, huh? The problem with this scheme is that it destroys every major program it touches. Tim Tebow leading rusher, where is Florida now? Cam Newton, where is Auburn now? Jameis Winston, where is Florida State now? I could go on but you should have gotten my point, Charlie Strong did.

In a pro-style offense the quarterback is a ringmaster. His job is to get the ball into the hands of the play makers. When the quarterback becomes the main play maker the talent soon dries up.

If the Bama running game is suffering could it be that the Tide is throwing the ball too much? Well Calvin Ridley is fourth in the conference in receiving. But Stewart is a distant twenty-first and star of last year's national title game OJ Howard is thirtieth. As a team Alabama is fourth in both rushing and passing and fifth in total offense among SEC teams. And yet, Barnett saw very limited action even when the Tide fell behind Ole Miss.

Receivers also avoid coming to schools with the one star offense. It doesn't bolster your NFL stock when you seldom catch a ball and the quarterback gets all of the attention. To make matters worse for Bama, Hurts would do good to hit any side of the proverbial barn at more than twenty yards.

After sitting patiently on the bench for a year as a red-shirt, Barnett saw the writing on the wall. Lane Kiffin is using the Alabama offense to audition for a new job in the NFL. At the end of the year he, too, will be gone and coach Saban will be left to peddle the idea that he's still committed to the pro-style offense. But who's going to believe him. Everybody knows, Saban lies. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Wages of Tolerance

It should be clear to see in the media coverage after the bombing in Brussels that little has changed.  There's just enough anger there to make the public think their leaders care about them.  There's just enough lip service paid to security to make the native Europeans think that their leaders will do something now. But it is all a lullaby and nothing more.
Patrol in Brussels -
Where do these terrorists come from? They come from the communities that they have established both here and in Europe. The media happily confers refugee status onto the muslim invaders who are overwhelming Europe's ability to accommodate them. And once the jihadists are here we give them rights and refuse to profile.

Really? Yep, in the name of public safety we often find a reason to suborn individual rights and freedoms. It's why we have seat belt laws. That's just one example of the myriad of laws which go against The Constitution and its principles of freedom. Yet the media has given profiling such a bad name that public safety will never trump the rights of any group which has been assigned victim status like refugee.

So let me give you the MSM playbook on terrorism. Blame security lapses not political leaders or their policies. Feature stories of survival and individual heroism. Draw the public's focus away from the pervasive homicidal ideology and treat it as a crime. It's okay to occasionally talk about the way muslims treat women but there will be no awareness campaigns on this subject.

Has the western world become so tolerant as to accept terrorist attacks as common place? Well, before I pack up this laptop for the pawnshop, let me give you my take on what we call tolerance today.

In 1930 German novelist Thomas Mann gave a public address to the German people against National Socialism entitled "An Appeal To Reason." In one of his novels you will find the following quote:

"Tolerance becomes a crime when applied to evil."

And that's just about where I stand on the subject. If someone on the other side of my border claims that among them are innocent women and children who may die if I do not let them in then my response would be that there are innocent women and children on my side of the border who may die if I let them in. If the safety of the citizens within the borders is not paramount to the nation's leaders then the nation needs new leaders.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Ferguson's Immoral Monday

If Pro-Life protesters blocked access to a Planned Parenthood facility they would be violating the rights of women who wished to use that clinic. That's simply the law. When #OnlyBlackLivesMatter protesters blocked I-70 in St. Louis it was a criminal act. Let me be crystal clear, it was a premeditated and coordinated criminal act. And they called it Moral Monday.
According to the St. Louis Post - Dispatch Tempteton and Ferrell (Pictured above) assaulted a woman through the open window of her SUV as the woman tried to negotiate the illegal protest on I-70. Mob violence or protest, you decide.

Big H/T to Gateway Pundit who has more on this. These two women have a local radio show. Federal authorities should look into whether the radio show was used to facilitate this illegal protest which resulted in the violent assault of a citizen. If there is any indication that the radio station was used to organize this event,  then the FCC should immediately suspend the licence of the broadcaster to protect the safety of area citizens. This is a very serious matter. The FBI is charged with protecting the public from threats to their safety and if a federally licenced broadcaster is using their facility to enable illegal activity which endangers the safety of the public they are obligated to investigate.

Unfortunately, we the people are being ruled over by an extremist administration. Loretta Lynch is nothing more than an Obama lackey and as such has no concern for the general safety of the nation's citizens. Therefore the hashtag Only Black Lives Matter. By not enforcing the law, in many many areas, the current administration has become a criminal enterprise.