Last Friday before Football (Practice)

Before we get on to different issues, a second of silence please for the dearly departed.

In a world that appears to be falling aside before our very eyes, now we’ve got to cope with yet one more vital loss.

Flags at half mast please in memoriam of the demise of the Choco Taco.


Of course this frozen deal with wasn’t Graeter’s, or a visit to Polly’s Freeze for a shake or Gelato Gilberto.

But at these instances, like 10:30 at evening and also you want one thing cool and candy and the freezer is empty, and people locations talked about above are both closed or too far to drive at that hour, and you do not wish to problem with a full grocery, there’s at all times handy.

(Whatever these locations are known as as of late, they will at all times be handy to me.)

The freezer case is by checkout with the array of drumsticks and Klondike Bars and Fudgesicles. I at all times went for the Choco Taco.

Not that it actually tasted any higher than any of these different mundane selections. But, it was a legit mixture of ice cream, chocolate, nuts and soggy taco wrap in applicable proportions for every chunk*. It may very well be consumed before it melted.

*Grew up with Drumsticks, however after you’ve got eaten the highest, there is not any nuts or chocolate left to counterbalance the ice cream and cone beneath, a practical flaw.

Most of all, at these essential final style moments of the day, Choco Taco sated.

Rest in Peace, my pal.

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Yes, soccer follow begins subsequent week. None too quickly, should you ask me.

I’ll be at Media Day on Tuesday, and shall report in with no matter nuggetoids of information are shared. Generalities, hope, enthusiasm shall high the listing, I’m so very certain.

As for follow studies, this is the annual caveat. You will not be getting something from me. For causes I clarify yearly. I do not follow. Because, frankly, they bore me. And, extra importantly, I’m not astute sufficient to assemble any reputable observations.

I’ll remind you that I’m the man who watched Teddy Bridgewater’s first passing drills, and opined he did not throw any higher than Will Stein.

I’m certain the actual soccer guys at Card Chronicle might be filling us all in.

Are we clear?

* * * * *

Gym Eyes was again at hoops follow.

I requested him particularly about Hercy Miller, whose presence fascinates me for some cause. Perhaps as a result of he is the one different pure guard in addition to El Ellis.

GE suggested Miller’s ball dealing with seemed significantly better on Thursday than beforehand, when El Ellis’s protection was so relentless, Miller had some troubles.

I inquired what number of minutes may Miller present? 8-10 figures GE, who once more talked about that Kamari Lands, though a 6-8 SF, has a reasonably good deal with. One web site described him as a “combo guard.”

From the drills Payne has been operating, my man advises there should not be a lot tomtoming of the ball after it will get previous midcourt, and even before. Passing, placement, cuts to the ring or nook. A superb factor. Loved Carlik Jones, who saved the Cards on an entire lot of offensive possessions. But he dribbled an excessive amount of.

KP and employees count on each man to be full tilt in each drill. For conditioning, and to discover ways to play that approach in November and March. If one man is not balls out, all people on the staff runs.

The one participant who will get known as out greater than others, both due to conditioning or lack of maturity GE observes, is JJ Traynor. Not dissing the child, thoughts you, simply reporting what I’m instructed from an astute observer.

The bigs are all in tune with the plan, and at all times bust their ass. As an apart KP suggested GE that they’re working to construct up Roosevelt Wheeler’s confidence. The child will get down on himself, hasn’t developed swag but.

Payne loves Adam Petway, the brand new “energy” coach. KP did a nationwide seek for that slot, and Petway’s title stored arising with these he consulted. Quotes as a result of Petway’s clearly about extra than simply lifeless lifts and squats.

Here’s the depth of Petway’s obsession with foot placement, motion, biomechanics. He develops defensive and offensive posturing for max effectivity, based mostly on every participant’s physique sort and motion propensities.

This is a few new age stuff right here. For me anyway, who grew up in an period when it was, “simply keep between your man and the basket.”

I’m suggested that Devin Ree, who obtained a late begin, is exhibiting enchancment every day.

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This won’t imply a lot to readers as a lot because it does to me, a journalist of types. But I have not heard a phrase in regards to the subsequent basketball SID. Kenny Klein suggested he’ll proceed on in some capability with the basketball program, however I doubt will probably be the nuts and bolts stuff.

Although we will hope.

What I do know is, should you go to the official basketball web page, what comes up is final yr’s roster and final yr’s teaching employees. Not good.

— cd chaplain

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