Always looking forward, I have left the painful NCAA madness behind me. I admit to not having lot of memories with the baseball team, so while that season is still in play I am just biding my time...
Waiting on the football. And the painful BCS madness.
The Blue White game this weekend played under some fantastic weather. For me there are always two parts to the event, the tailgate and the game. The tailgate could not have been better, with great friends showing up, too much food and great company. We also ended up backed up to some cool people, which is always the best. I have to get a better packing checklist together... I am not used to needing sunblock at the spring thing. Last year was a washout under cold wet skies. I am currently applying aloe lotion like drywall spackle.
Regarding the game, we looked so much better than last year, and I hope that bodes well for us. They guys looked better, more comfortable with the systems in place. I am sure that a year of growth has made their understanding so much better. I am just a fan, so I admit I have a lot to learn on the mechanics and such, so I won’t try to speak much on schemes. From a confidence perspective, it seemed that Nebrich and Whitmer had the best games from the backfield. Whitmer seemed to have the best command of the progressions and find the receivers. With the sack rules, some of the scramble was taken away, so that probably helped the defense with Nebrich. Our line needs work, but I will say that while they are learning, I saw them doing okay. Not great, but okay.
The defense looked well, spent my little brain power focussing on offense, but they had some jump to them. I can’t wait to see them exploring and exploiting someone on the field. Line was getting hands up, I saw some tips... Smallwood had a nice pop on a running back trying to sneak through a gap. The backs seemed to have a good coverage and good hands. I ended up with high hopes for pick-sixes this year.
Getting on the field after the event is definitely a treat, and this year they handed out posters for they players to sign. This was the most creative way yet to get fans into it. I hope the players enjoyed it as much as the kids (including this 44 year old one). To see the little kids faces when the HUUUUUGE players were signing, and to see the players faces when they got the occasional hug from a little kid, hands down the best. Getting to see the players up close was cool.
I got my football fix in with a tailgate, and some game to watch. I leave you with this final thought - the management in the athletic department up there is starting to get it. A great day will get up interest, and getting the fans closer to the players will bring them back. Now I gotta get back to spreading the word...