Thursday, August 8, 2013


OK Gang.

You got us!

Full confession. Here in Dilke, there's a predilection to over the top-- trippin' out-- trying to nail a point.

This time? 

THIS TIME.... ain't goin' no where near too far. 

Riders vs Stamps II has all the makings of an EPIC CONFRONTATION the likes that ain't never been seen in the CFL. 

Ya, ya, ya..... we hear ya.... Elmer... What? Ya forget to medicate today? Ya forget to pull on yer tin foil hat?

Just so happens-- more than fully medicated and the tin foil hat is fully programmed to receive.

With potential playoff implications, first place at stake, the leading rushers battle mixed with a dose of QB drama-- there's more than the usual Rider/ Stamp at McMahon hype. 

According to SeƱora El Rumpo Grande that's all true, well and good. But behind the plays on the field stage a far, far greater production is about to unfold. This is grand scale, magnitude and consequence packed, unprecedented drama for a CFL August regular season game.

A drama-- that has all the makings to put it up there with the biggest of all biggie Historical Battles. 

You name it.... Alexander The Great vs The Persians at Guagamela; Napoleon and Wellington tusslin' at Waterloo; Montgomery's and Rommel's "dust up",  at El Alamein; even Cupar's Anus McJerk droppin' gloves with D-Town's own "Insanity Klaus" Huber at center ice then the sequel battle of the Dilke Hotel pool table.

Now, the centre stage spot lights fix to shine on Field Marshall Grand Master George Cortez pitted against Stamps DC Rick Campbell.

George brings a considerable career's worth of experience, successes, knowledge, wisdom and expertise to this engagement. 

Not like Campbell just fell off the turnip cart, either. 

And, just like Montgomery at El Alamein in North Africa, Campbell's had two weeks to prepare strategy, logistics and personnel. In addition, he has access to significant expert resources-- in office and outside via connections and communication throughout the football world. 

No flies on George, neither.

Think about it.

When's the last time you saw, a CFL offence structured so radically and noticeably different from the other seven, that purrs along, (to borrow an Etch and O's term)-- like a well oiled machine?

To this point, Cortez's offence has been a systemic and operational juggernaut. 

Plenty of talent.  But, by all appearances, the players are selling out on a level that indicates they believe in each other and they believe in what they're being asked to do. They believe because the schemes and the play calling are sound and they work. Success begets success and effort becomes contagious. 

Can Campbell and the Stamp defence derail it?

Gonna call this game the greatest challenge of Campbell's career. Could well be a definer.  

Not like anyone's gonna get fired under the goal posts at half time.  BUT, the likely consequences of this OC vs DC battle are that one's reputation will be diminished-- which has potential to affect future prospects; while the other's reputation is enhanced. High stakes indeed!

Not necessarily about who wins or loses the game. It's about which co-ordinator and system prevails though the series of assaults, counter assaults and strikes to fracture the opposing structure and seize advantage. 

Campbell's opening move-- according to the depth chart released today-- has the Stamps starting twelve imports on D. Best to wait 'till they drop four, to see how that shakes out. 

Then look for the configurations in the first few series. How will he counter if George continues with the "Standard Operating Procedure"--  addin' a big body and sluggin' it out in the phone booth. 

What does Grand Master George have up his sleeve for the expected counter moves? What offensive wrinkles lay in wait?

Don't forget-- among other moments-- George ran a highly productive,  multi-formation offence with Aaron Rodgers under center at Cal Berkely; at the time when the Bears turned the Pac-10 on it's ears, some, and were bowl bound every year.  In 2004, Cal was-- a Mack Brown, "Texas Sized Tantrum" to the media-- away from sluggin' it out in the National Championship Bowl game. He's seen most of all of it; at one time or another. Campbell's gonna have to get up pretty darn early in the morning to put one over.

WHOOOWEEE!!! ........... Gonna be a good one.

 # 2 of 3 regular season.


Field Marshall Bernard Law Montgomery

Field Marshall Erwin (The Desert Fox) Rommel

Then there's the part about players executing assignments, making plays, blocking, maintaining gap integrity, tackling, running the ball, throwing, catching... ya know-- players playing the game.

The high probability is-- success one way or the other results in being in on a victory. But as only one aspect of the team game and this IS the quirky-- sometimes zany CFL-- ain't no guarantees bout nuthin'.

In the end, it's in the player's hands.

Godspeed Green and White.

THIS GAME IS BEYOND ANYTHING THAT'S COME BEFORE. And to think, some still, hold the notion CFL games don't matter until after labor day? 

Actor George Montgomery

Monday, August 5, 2013


Friends,  please be advised-- IT/ commuter/ video production wizards-- we ain't!  

The leap from the tap tap morse code wireless to the CB  radio was a BIG 10/4 ... but this computer business-- apparently-- has us by our half-wit, village comprehensionally challenged-- short and curlies. 

Even gonna let ya in on an ugly (Dilke insider), secret--- "Coke Bottles Carl Huber", he's the brains behind this video outfit.  Nuff said. 

For refresh and review:
"Gonna try and break it down real simple. The defence is designed to put a guy in every gap and contain the ball regardless of where it goes.

The zone run developed as an answer. 

It says to the D,  "you won't be able to plug the gaps and keep them plugged uniformly if we can create a crease, by either--  moving defenders horizontally while cutting others off-- WIDE ZONE RUN; or in this INSIDE ZONE RUN example--  by displacing defenders vertically (upfield) or diagonally.

Zone is just that-- zone. The Hogs get on tracks and block zones. They still account for defenders but it stems from a different premise than "man blocking". Crease reads are predetermined  based on defensive alignment and then adjusted according to the defender's reactive movement and where space is created.

Zone Run schemes require a RB who has great vision, timing and both a horizontal and a vertical burst.  Gotta go sideways sometimes before ya hit it north and south

As an esteemed CFL defensive mind recently emphasized-- some defences currently treat Cortez's run design, when he deploys the extra big bodies, like they have to defend eight gaps, when in fact they must account for ten gaps.

These are very interesting and BIG FUN TIMES to be a RIDER FAN! 

Encourage all to stay awake at wheel and don't miss out. Some very cool and extra special things happening out there thanks to George and the players.

Cortez spells it out. Nuff said.
(compliments to and of Riderville)

Inside Zone Run/ 2nd & 3. 

LaBatte and Fulton displace the 1st level guy taking him for a ride right into into the 2nd level defender; good decision to stay on it and keep ridin'. Look at the space boldly created where no space existed before. BEAUTY!

Pleased to note, what a fine job McHenry does initially sealing the backside cutting the Quick End-- Blue #75. Then, with extra effort executes the ol' "snake in the grass" double cut technique. 

Defensive ends aren't "lovin' it" these days. Hard to pin back their ears with bodies flyin' at 'em from all directions. Has a way of givin' a guy pause for thought.

Would've been intersting to be a fly on the ball and heard what Kalif beaked to Carter. Apparently #94's hyped as "COLLUSUS". The guy IS a beast but what does that make X and Blue? 

Looked more like the URBAN LEGEND-- prison shower scene.

Said play is also an example of the question posed by DJR (Curious in Cupar). Outta be able to see that Double's reverse pivot action after the hand off, put him on a parallel path with Sheets when it bent back. 

Notice how much hi-lite action involves X?

Brings to mind a recollection. 

As a fervent Rider fan and high school player, used to attend the Rider Quarterback Luncheons. Once a week at noon, during the season, they'd pack the Y.M.C.A. gym or the Armoury. The head table-- a Rider coach and a couple of players who, after the hotdogs and jello mould salads got scarfed, would answer a few questions. Then they'd dim the lights, set up the film projector, raise the screen and the coach would show fifteen minutes or so of game film. 

Back then, the Riders had Bill Baker at one defensive end and Gorgeous George Wells (of later wresting fame) at the other. Jim Eddy-- the DC, showed one particular play over and over back and forth-- full speed, slo mo, forward, backward. Marvelling over an UBER ATHLETIC play-- Wells had made. His words-- to the effect, "Look at that!  George's like a BIG OL' CAT out there!"

We'd been at the game and had seen the play but listening to and watching Coach Eddy explain and point out on the black and white game film, in detail, what Wells had done was a glimpse into a glimmering secret treasure trove. Very cool at the time.

Place a point of emphasis at 3:19 of the video. Check out how X pounces out and cuts the backside LB Black #6, then springs up and continues to maul. EXACTLY LIKE A BIG OL' CAT! 

Don't recall seeing such an UBER ATHLETIC CFL offensive lineman since the days of the well deserved, Hall Of Famer-- Rudy Phillips. 

 *shitty video images of football through a hockey looking glass courtesy of TSN arrogance and incompetence and The Modern CFL

Caleb Klauder & gang-- absolutely slay a Jimmie C Newman-- b-side-- classic. 

That was sooo' gooo'd... one, clearly, ain't enough!