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2017-12-06 06:53

And the last game of the regular season is up next.

Army and Navy do meet traditionally on this weekend and this season it could be a good one.
Navy did drop a bit in production and Army did become stronger.

Before I will preview the game, some news from the (football) front.

Coaches are hired fast this winter.
Arizona State hired Herm Edwards out of retirement. He did not coach for the last decade and served as ESPN analyst. Prior to that he was a NFL HC with the Jets and the Chiefs.
Florida State did not wait long and hired 1-year-Oregon HC Willie Taggart. Prior the Oregon job he was the HC of South Florida.
Mississippi State got Joe Moorhead, the Penn State OC.
Oregon State hired Jonathan Smith, Washington’s OC.
UCF did not wait long and hired Josh Heupel, Missouri’s OC.

And there are still many schools without a new HC and the domino stones will keep on falling.

Biggest loser from my point of view are the big schools outside the SEC.
They were not able to keep their HC, while money should not be a big issue, it looks like the prestige is one.

But overall there is likely a lot of stuff going on in the background I can not relate to or understand.

So far some of the other hot candidates for "promotions" in the school ranks were not selected, like Kiffin of FAU or Fleck of Western Michigan.
We will see ...

Let's have a look at the BLOCK OF GRANITE TOP GAME FOR WEEK 15

Sat. Dec 9
Army vs Navy
The only game this weekend and a very important one for the US people.
The marketing machine for the troops is spinning wild on that weekend and you get everything in camouflage, red, white and blue.
Special uniforms for the players, special setting, special stadium, this season in Philadelphia, special guests and special show.
Funny side effect is, the game itself is not really important.
Sure at the end someone will win, but do you remember the winner of last year?
Well, it was ARMY!
They were the underdogs last year by 6 and won by 4.
This season they are 3-point-underdog.
The teams had played 118 times so far and started this in 1890.
Navy leads by 10 wins now and lost their 14 game winning streak last season, so Army is now on a 1-game winning streak, if you can say it that way.
On the line is also the Commander-In-Chief-Trophy, which is granted to the best team of the 3 military academies.
Last seasons winner Air Force lost all games against Navy and Army, so the winner of THIS game will take the trophy home.
It's a big thing for the troop.
Last time Army had the trophy was 1996!
Last season I did pick Navy, but this year I will pick Army, since they did really play good games so far.
I don't expect a blowout, but I think Navy will have a lot of problems which can not be solved prior the game.
Their offense was not that good, their defense got burned from time to time.
Don't expect too many points, it will likely be a defense and run-game battle.
Army will come up strong and will stop the Navy offense wave by wave (haha).
Black Knights win. (Can't believe I did wrote that, it took only years to come to that ....)

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2017-11-29 18:57

When managers in play the game, they do it in a very special way. Some call them addicts, others say these kind of posts are creating addicts! Tonight there is the Bowl game in the so called "UK Challenge Cup" Friendly cup. A whole lot of superb teams are part of this competition, and the writer of this post here is jaleous not to be part of it. However, at 9 pm this evening the Bowl game is kicking off, between the Erdington Dooleys hosting the Leeds Celtics. The game can be visited here:

But now read the latest report from the stadium called "Jobcentre" :)

Less than three hours until the big kick-off and this reporter is unable to gain access to the Celtics and Doleys Dressing rooms.

Following reports of attempted cyber-hacking of Team computers believed to contain the playbooks of both sides, the aim was to try and get to the bottom of the finger pointing. Some say that the Doleys continued giant killings can only be maintained by foreknowledge of their opponents gameplan. Others are saying that there is a strange symmetry to the stuttering Celtic victories and their opponents failures to execute their own gameplans.

On arrival today at the Stadium, both Dressing Rooms were in lockdown mode and manned not by the usual collection of rather beefy security guards, but rather by somewhat nerdy looking technicians wielding contraptions that frankly wouldn’t look out of place on the shopping channel.

This intrepid and resourceful reporter first of all tried to talk his way through ‘the entourage’ to no avail, then tried to approach the Assistant Coaches for some information in return for a 1lb bag of pork scratchings and a couple of pies (really thought that would be a winner) but no luck there either.

So finally an attempt was made to find out information via the Cheerleading squad - whom as we know, are the masters (or rather mistresses) of access all areas. A solid five mins in the Press Box conveniences to make sure of personal presentation and off to charm some information. Sadly getting lost in the bowels of the spaghetti junction stadium (named after the midlands most infamous motorway interchange), the only cheering that took place was when stumbling out into the stands a good half hour later (hence this late report) with the most attractive thing seen in the meantime was a 5 foot Rat retching into a gutter after eating what looked like leftover Groaty Dick (a local stew - honest).

By now it was too late, the Cheerleaders were out warming up, the crowds are starting to assemble and the lure of a stiff single malt and smoked salmon blinis in the Press Box is much more alluring than a pint of mild with a side order of chitlins (trust me, they look and smell much worse than they sound).

So sadly we may never know if there has been any tampering, temping or tantrums behind Office or Pub doors - but from up here in the centrally heated and well stocked Press Box, we are looking forward to a great game ….. let the excitement begin.

I want to thank manager athos for this one! Guys like you make RedZoneAction a very special experience for me!

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