Blum Preview Column: The season of wait & see

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  1. Stormin

    Stormin Well-Known Member

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    Excellent article. Give Blum a Busch Light. Well deserved.
     
  2. GTO

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    The 3 and outs stat is certainly disheartening. I have high hopes that they can turn this around this year. We'll find out soon enough!
     
  3. Daserop

    Daserop Well-Known Member

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    Blum I wouldn't necessarily blame yourself alone for the horse taking off. There are a number of things that could have lead to this. This may be a little late for Blum, but this is a PSA for those about to or want to ride horses. What you need to know about horses: 1. Horses are not bright animals 2. Don't ever stand directly behind a horse. 3. Horses can be spooked / startled very easily and take off without warning. 4. If a horses ear are pointed back, towards it rear legs, he horse is not happy. 5. Inquire as to how long the horse has been "broken in" aka how long has it been used to people riding it.
     
  4. brentblum

    brentblum Brett Blume
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    Where was this advice 19 years ago?! Thanks!
     
  5. Ciclone

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  6. CyArob

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    Did Blum ever get back on a horse?
     
  7. brentblum

    brentblum Brett Blume
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    Ha! I did, it was a little less traumatic the next time.
     
  8. ChrisMWilliams

    ChrisMWilliams Publisher
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    This is actually an incredible idea.....
     
  9. VeloClone

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    #10 VeloClone, Aug 20, 2014
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    In the comments someone asked about the rushing yards given up in the first half of games. It made me curious so I did a little reasearch.

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    UNI 11-132 12.0
    Iowa 28-106 3.8
    Tulsa 19-38 2.0
    Texas 10-58 5.8
    TTU 20-68 3.4
    Baylor 28-149 5.3
    OSU 17-107 6.3
    KSU 20-145 7.3
    TCU 18-59 3.3
    OU 18-66 3.7
    KU 25-153 6.1
    WVU 18-124 6.9
    Total 232-1205 5.2

    Sadly the results point simply to a bad rush D and not a D getting tired as the game wears on.
     
  10. Cyclophile1

    Cyclophile1 Well-Known Member

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    Awesome read, as usual. The 3-and-out stat is simply mind-boggling for a BCS level program, and highlights the inept nature of everything related to our offense. That kind of lack of productivity goes WAY beyond injuries and attitudes. Our offense was in a vegetative state with terminal cancer, had driven off a cliff, was an Amtrak trainwreck - pick your metaphor. Simply inexcusable. We had a sense for how bad things were, but that's really a key to pinpointing the problems we had offensively and how that was making life very difficult for a pretty undermanned defense which needed the offense's help for once.

    I can relate to Blum on the horses. I'm someone, who for a long time, put horses in the "big and scary" category of creatures. I attribute it to a time when I was 5 or 6 years old and it was a "feed the horse a sugar cube" thing at the farm moment. Anyway, that horse nipped my hand a little with its teeth which looked the size of bricks. It's been hard but this had reduced quite a lot over the years. As I've gotten older, I've some to understand and feel for these creatures more and more, particularly, since I've been told I somewhat resemble these fine animals - their hind quarters specifically.
     
  11. khaal53

    khaal53 Well-Known Member

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    Correct on the 5.2 average. 107th

    In the 2nd half the ISU defense gave up 5.58. 118th out of 125.
     
  12. CyBri

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    I like to feed horses apples.
     
  13. VeloClone

    VeloClone Well-Known Member

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    Apples in, road apples out.
     
  14. CTTB78

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    I'm sure you meant 132 yards for UNI in the first half. Didn't realize it was a 12 yard average. Wow that was tough to watch.
     
  15. VeloClone

    VeloClone Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, thanks for catching that. I fat fingered it.
     
  16. cytown

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    Last year was a fluke. We stay somewhat healthy and 6 wins will be had.
     
  17. CyCloned

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    The gap containment and tackling in that game was laughable. As bad as the defense was, that was probably the worst game they played against the run. Baylor was a total team failure. I would hate to rewatch either of those games.
     
  18. bosco

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    I refuse to have Blum or anyone else bolster my expectations. Will keep mine in the cellar right where they belong thank you.
     
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  19. CycloneErik

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    That's what this year is about. We get those 6 wins, and only a select few really remember the 3 win season. If we don't, plenty of people remember, and things seem more tenuous, because it won't look (to many) like things are improving. We really need that perception of a program moving forward.
     

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