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    FYI-My column for this week is posted on the front page. Cyclones need to get a little Milton Bradley in them. I'm curious to see how you guys think they can make that happen.

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    Re: New Column

    We need ARob in the Wildcat. He would be perfect. Use it against Snyder - didn't he invent it?



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    Wow, that's pretty sobering.



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    Re: New Column

    Quote Originally Posted by brentblum
    People can pile on Austen all they want, but it’s a team effort. As the old adage says, “Players gotta make plays.”
    Yeah, but if you JUST HAD to blame one guy...

    Great article, Brent. Unfortunately I fear that it's just far too much common sense for a few of our fellow Cyclone fans to handle...


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    Re: New Column

    Good stuff.

    It seems pretty simple, if you are asking your offense to string together ten to fifteen play drives in order to score, it increases the chance for something to go wrong.
    Ding, ding.




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    Re: New Column

    Not trying to be a smart***, just curious. You touched on the fact that we hadn't had a punt/kick return for a TD in quite some time, so I am curious why you don't include punt/kick off returns in the 'Explosive Plays' category. Shontrelle had 2 great returns against Iowa and LJ had quite a few his freshman year.

    I think they can build as much, if not more, momentum than a 15 yard catch or run.



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    Quote Originally Posted by djcubby View Post
    Not trying to be a smart***, just curious. You touched on the fact that we hadn't had a punt/kick return for a TD in quite some time, so I am curious why you don't include punt/kick off returns in the 'Explosive Plays' category. Shontrelle had 2 great returns against Iowa and LJ had quite a few his freshman year.

    I think they can build as much, if not more, momentum than a 15 yard catch or run.
    That is a great and fair point. To be honest, I wasn't sure at what point a punt/kickoff return becomes "explosive." Is it 30 yards? 40? I will have to look back and see how many there have been, Sims had quite a few nice returns as well last year.


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    DeAndre Jackson nearly returned the opening kickoff against Iowa in 2006 for a TD. I think he made it to the Iowa 16 or so.



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    Re: New Column

    "It seems pretty simple, if you are asking your offense to string together ten to fifteen play drives in order to score, it increases the chance for something to go wrong."

    While I completely agree with this, its kinda funny that this is partly what killed us against Iowa. As I remember it, they didnt have any "explosive" plays in their first 2 drives. Yet by the time we got the ball for the second time the tone of the game had been completely set by Iowa.



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    Re: New Column

    Quote Originally Posted by brentblum
    It seems pretty simple, if you are asking your offense to string together ten to fifteen play drives in order to score, it increases the chance for something to go wrong.
    That's a really, really good way to put it.


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    Re: New Column

    Quote Originally Posted by brentblum View Post
    FYI-My column for this week is posted on the front page. Cyclones need to get a little Milton Bradley in them. I'm curious to see how you guys think they can make that happen.

    "Blum: Cyclones lack firepower"
    Forgive my ignorance, but what is this "Milton Bradley" thing Brent refers to -- the baseball player, or the game company?


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    Re: New Column

    Quote Originally Posted by drednot57 View Post
    Forgive my ignorance, but what is this "Milton Bradley" thing Brent refers to -- the baseball player, or the game company?
    The baseball player who explodes at the drop of a hat. Milton Bradley explodes, "explosive plays"...



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    Re: New Column

    Quote Originally Posted by brentblum View Post
    That is a great and fair point. To be honest, I wasn't sure at what point a punt/kickoff return becomes "explosive." Is it 30 yards? 40? I will have to look back and see how many there have been, Sims had quite a few nice returns as well last year.
    I'd say it's any return that gives the offense the ball in your opponent's territory.



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    Quote Originally Posted by theshadow View Post
    The baseball player who explodes at the drop of a hat. Milton Bradley explodes, "explosive plays"...
    An effect named after a player with a bad attitude towards his teammates and coaches; yeah, that's the ticket!


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    Re: New Column

    Brent -- great job on the article! This is the best ISU article, I've read all week.

    However, I would have preferred it coming on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday. I prefer sunshine blown up my *** as we get closer to Game Day.



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