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  1. Ok, this is about soccer, but …

    It tells us a lot about football too. See: https://stumblingandmumbling.typepad.com/stumbling_and_mumbling/2020/07/what-football-teaches-us.html Yeah. A lot of the time we look at recruiting rankings and think that's the end of the story. But you can have great recruiting, year upon year, and...
  2. The Last Supper

    It's well known that Leonardo's The Last Supper has deteriorated beyond repair. The original fresco was painted, for reasons known only to Leonardo and God, on a dry surface and has been flaking away ever since. Clumsy restoration efforts haven't helped. However - and I didn't know this -...
  3. Financing the site

    I know there isn't any advertising at the Swarm. But I don't know how the site is financed. What I do know is that I want to keep it up and running. Soooooo … Mods, if there are financial problems down the road, let us (I'm assuming that most everybody would be on board for this) know and we'll...
  4. How to wash your hands

    See: https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/miscellaneous-updates-1 And watch the film. I had missed the technique for washing the back of my hands included here. Btw, it's in Spanish, but it doesn't need any translation.
  5. Things have gotten too heavy around here recently …

    So all of you ought to goto: https://hungoverowls.tumblr.com The best use ever made of Tumblr. Most of these are really funny.
  6. Brains and football

    Here's a brief on recent research on the effects of football on brain development and brain disease: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/should-parents-be-afraid-to-let-their-kids-play-football/ Short article: so far the results are inconclusive, but alarming. And parents are reacting to...
  7. Something for Collins and co. to consider

    See: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2020/01/jackson-could-be-an-ultimate-weapon-a-discussion-with-the-baltimore-suns-childs-walker-about-lamar-jackson-and-the-baltimore-ravens Yep. The future of the NFL is tied up with people like Lamar Jackson and, though the article doesn't mention him...
  8. Attention Mods!

    I don't see a place to report something like this, so I'm putting it here. For the second time while I was making a reply to a post on the football forum, my computer was assaulted by a malware application called ManagePages 1.0. The application downloaded without any prompt by me and installed...
  9. And so it starts …

    See: http://www.lawyersgunsmoneyblog.com/2019/09/california-might-pass-law-ending-rules-that-are-indefensible-even-by-ncaa-standards I believe that the new law will pass and that others like it will follow soon after. Given the amount of money college sports now generate, this was about as...
  10. Ye Olde Question: What will be the first offensive play on Thursday?

    Nobody else has brought up this old chestnut yet, so I'll start. I think it will be a post to Brown. If I was Coach, the first read I'd want from the Tigger D is if they have anybody who can keep pace with Brown. If we spring him or come close, the game gets a lot different right off the bat...
  11. A data driven perspective on transfers

    True, this is only for QBs, but I thought the list might find it interesting. My guess = the impact of transfers at other positions might be about the same. Too bad these guys didn't do something more general. See...
  12. Dabo is … a villain

    I report … you decide. See: http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/08/dabo-swinney-and-the-college-football-championship-ring.html I don't know if I think Dabo is a new Bear Bryant, but, given all the fanboy posts about him and Clemson here, I thought another perspective might be in order. And...
  13. Offense transition

    I thought this looked off so I dug out my Tech/Clemson program for 2018. Zakk's program height/weight = 6'4", 294. So you could use a lot of words to describe him, but petite isn't one of them. In fact, he was one of the new breed of OL that Paul was bringing in. The height/weight of the...
  14. NFL QBs and how they did in college

    I found this very interesting: https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-nfl-is-drafting-quarterbacks-all-wrong/ I also couldn't agree more. The NFL has proven pretty bad at predicting how well potential QBs will do once drafted. Russell Wilson is the prime example, but there have been plenty...
  15. What I'll miss about Tech football … and what I hope to see

    I'll come right out and say I wanted Monken but I wasn't either blown away or discouraged by our choice of Coach. He's a good candidate and I hope he does well. But there are things I'll miss about Paul's offense: • I'll miss hearing our opponents bellyaching about how Tech was their most...
  16. Recruiting analysis

    Ok, nobody would take me up on looking at recruiting so I decided to do it myself. The results are in the small table below. I compare Tech with the three schools most like us in the NCAA - VT (sorta), Rice, and Purdue. All style themselves technical institutions, three are public and one...
  17. Rats …

    Looks like a wet Saturday down in Tampa. I was sorta expecting that, but I was hoping that things would have a chance to dry out. Looks like we'll see if the team has adjusted in practice to wet conditions this week. Well, maybe we'll be lucky and the game will be between showers. Hope we...
  18. How the ACC sees Tech

    I didn't see any threads on this series, but most of it was what you'd expect, so no sweat. But I think this guy from Pitt hit the nail on the head when he was asked which players he most remembered. Quoth he: Alex Bookser, Pittsburgh offensive tackle “What stuck out is that, no matter who...
  19. An Abomination on the Streets

    So I'm driving down East Paces Ferry to day and a Lexus Urban Assault Vehicle passes me. As I looked at the rear of the thing, I saw it. A Georgia state license plate with the University of Alabama football seal on it. And underneath the number the phrase "The University of Alabama". In red on...
  20. Hansen?

    During all the moans and groans about the OL - for good reason, of course - I didn't hear anything about Hansen. When he was mentioned in a spring press conference, Coach brushed the question off. Yet he was one of our Frosh who played last year and he looked pretty good out there (I watched)...
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