Smart Notes – Auburn offense, Rashard Mendenhall, UFL, Coase Theorem – 5/4/2011

Auburn cut-ups. Always good for the offseason:

Doc Sat shows how recruits “grow”. J.J. Watt and Nate Solder each gained 65 pounds.

Rashard Mendenhall gets himself in hot water by saying he doesn’t (necessarily) believe that Bin Laden was responsible for 9/11. This isn’t the space for a long exegesis, but it very much reminds me of when Mos Def (an intelligent guy) went on the Bill Maher show (video here) and told Christopher Hitchens and Salman Rushdie (who once had a fatwa issued against his life) basically the same thing as what Mendenhall said (and Hitchens destroys him). Ta-Nehisi Coates said everything there is to say on that subject better than I could, noting that while there’s a tradition of distrust and skepticism (good things), there must be limits; Bin Laden was not exactly bashful about taking credit for 9/11 or any of his other exploits.

How Drew Brees is working out during the lockout. Hat tip Drew Brees.

PSR on the UFL Draft:

More than at any point in its inception, last night’s U.F.L. draft was worth tracking. Why? Because those undrafted free agents might actually entertain a U.F.L. offer, thereby making them more attractive to teams looking to replenish their roster through the draft. As we saw last night, the looming lockout — and lack of U.F.A. deals — saw a number of would-be N.F.L. rookies become U.F.L. fodder.

Apparently former Rutgers QB Mike Teel found out he was drafted from a friend on twitter.

Racial bias in capital sentencing.

Understanding the Coase Theorem. Although critical, I think Coase would agree with this analysis. The point of the theorem was to highlight and isolate the role of transaction costs, not to entirely ignore them.

– Spread ‘n stuff:

This stuff from Bill Renner has been making the rounds. Although I don’t understand why it’s called a “five-wide” offense when it clearly features a runningback, the stuff in the playbook is fairly sound.

  • Just Saying

    The primary conspiracy theory these days is not that the US perpetrated the attacks directly, but that they let them happen (basically the same as the FDR-Pearl Harbor theory). So whether Bin Laden takes credit for the attacks is rather irrelevant in that scenario. Just saying.

  • Gabe

    Joseph Maxwell Cleland was an American Senator from Georgia. Cleland, a Democrat, is a disabled US Army veteran of the Vietnam War, a recipient of the Silver Star and the Bronze Star for valorous action in combat, and a former U.S. Senator. His patriotism is unquestionable unless you are a paranoid schizophrenic.

    As a veteran he was well aware of the history of all governments lying about Casus Belli. The war he faught in was started with a lie as well. The Gulf of Tonkin incident. For 30 years anyone who doubted the official story on the Gulf of Tonkin was ruthlesly branded a “conspiracy theorists”…now it has been admitted that yes it was was 100% manufactured and the story as told by the advocates of war was a lie. This is fact. You can dispute it but it will only show your ignorance to do so.

    Cleland was originally appointed to serve on the 9/11 Commission but resigned shortly after. He claimed that the Bush administration was “stonewalling” and blocking the committee’s access to key documents and witnesses.[14] A key figure in the widespread criticism of governmental opacity regarding 9/11, he was quoted as saying in November 2003: “I… cannot look any American in the eye, especially family members of victims, and say the commission had full access. This investigation is now compromised.”

    Bringing in a rapper and a football player to get into a rhetorical show with Christopher Hitchens is entertaining in a christian vs the lions sort of way. It would be more interesting for me to see a conversation between Max Cleland or some of the other 9/11 comissioners that say they were lied to consistently.

  • Just Saying

    This guy knows.

  • Gabe

    Dr. Steve R. Pieczenik is a man who held numerous different influential positions under three different Presidents and still works with the Defense Department. He served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under three different administrations, Nixon, Ford and Carter, while also working under Reagan and Bush senior, and still works as a consultant for the Department of Defense. A former US Navy Captain, Pieczenik achieved two prestigious Harry C. Solomon Awards at the Harvard Medical School as he simultaneously completed a PhD at MIT.

    Recruited by Lawrence Eagleburger as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Management, Pieczenik went on to develop, “the basic tenets for psychological warfare, counter terrorism, strategy and tactics for transcultural negotiations for the US State Department, military and intelligence communities and other agencies of the US Government,” while also developing foundational strategies for hostage rescue that were later employed around the world.

    Pieczenik also served as a senior policy planner under Secretaries Henry Kissinger, Cyrus Vance, George Schultz and James Baker and worked on George W. Bush’s election campaign against Al Gore. His record underscores the fact that he is one of the most deeply connected men in intelligence circles over the past three decades plus.

    Why not interview him about his opinions on what happened with 9/11? Why ignore his recent statements while selectively picking out a NFL runningback to tear down?

  • Thishp

    you can find all of these spread offenses cut ups on this youtube page called spread illustrated one of the most complete spread offense video librarys

  • Just Saying

    Pieczenik got on a radio show yesterday and called 9/11 a false flag, claimed Osama died in ’01 of malfan syndrome, whatever that is.

  • Jer

    I thought Khalid Sheikh Mohammed planned the attacks not bin laden

  • Red

    The Renner guy seems pretty full of himself. Don’t most spread offenses take advantage of the short passing routes of the West Coast anyway? The guy acts like he re-invented the wheel.

  • Jamaal

    Not to get into stereotypes, generally Blacks/African-Americans born during the Vietnam era and after think differently from Whites/Caucus-Americans about most generally accepted ideas. That was the point Mos Def was making about Assata Shakur, whose story is widely known by inner city blacks. That is why Mr. Mendenhall says and truly believes what he speaks or Carl Everett can espouse a disbelief in the previous existence of dinosaurs or the moon landing. It does not make them right or wrong. The education system in the United States is rigged and many blacks receive information from for lack of a better phrase, ‘out of the box’ sources. To include word of the mouth local sociologists or reading non mainstream books from libraries or bookstores. The media should not just attack these different view points as idiotic or misguided. Maybe people need to focus on why people hold these differing viewpoints…

  • Just Saying 2

    Evangelical atheists like Hitchens are the very definition of douchebag.

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  • Gabeharris

    When your own government injects a bunch of people in your community with Syphlis without telling them and watches them die just for the hell of it….ya I could see why you might think the government might lie some of the time.

  • Gabeharris

    The Tuskeegee syphlis experiments kept going all the way up until 1972! They had been going on for 40 years. There were “conspiracy theorist” in the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s who claimed that it was happening, but of course they were dismissed in the mainstream media and marginilized by “officials” as “extremists”, “radicals” and “communists”. The victims were fathers, WW2 veterans, husbands and students. Some of the “doctors” were black and some were white. Lots more interesting details regarding this episode.

    I am white. I am not a democrat and I’m not a big fan of Obama or his policies, but I find it disturbing that some of the most “politically correct” folks who are superficially hypersensitive about race issues are all too willing to throw historical context down the memory hole in order to jam certain pre-fabricated world views down our throats.

    I’ll root for Mendenhall this fall.

  • 5’10 160

    Never take the listed measurements of high school athletes seriously. According to the roster I was 6’0 180.

  • Jonathan

    Half-correct, although no less sinful. Gov’t didn’t “inject” the men of Tuskegee, but did watch them die. By any coherent standard, withholding treatment/good from an individual who needs it is immoral.

  • Ian

    I generally agree with Rognlie that us lawyer-types have completely overblown Coase. But I would point out one big flaw: Rognlie measures “efficiency” by reference to morality, whereas Coase measures efficiency by financial value creation only and leaves morality determinations to the market. More generally, Rognlie’s attack seems based on the pre-existence of a legal regime, but Coase explicitly acknowledges this and, indeed, attacks Pigou’s train/fire example on this basis (that Pigou’s “natural” state is not what one would expect in some Hobbesian state of nature). I would not conclude that Coase misunderstands that the farmer will shoot the cattleman, either. Coase’s paper asks whether to regulate more, not whether to regulate at all.

  • frank

    I applaud Mendenhall for speaking his mind: death should not be a reason to celebrate (not by anybody, anytime, nor for any reason — it’s classless), and yeah, there are a lot of unanswered questions about 9/11. Last I heard, in America we’re supposed to be able to do that. But of course, since this IS America, civil liberties must be subservient to corporate interests. I’m going to boycott Champion for dropping Mendenhall — and the Steelers if they try to punish him in any way.

  • Camerongalway

    ‘Mos Def (an intelligent guy) ‘

    I’m starting to doubt your intelligence if you believe that.

  • Anonymous

    The board at the start of the video is a classic 3 deep zone look…correct? Therefore, why would the corner play with inside technique….the last thing you would want is an outside release in that situation. Against that look I’m not running slant, out, hitch or “fade-hole like he says…. with the corner playing 7 off 1 inside against cover 3 I’m pressing his inside shoulder with speed hope for a lateral step inside and then burst up on the go route, good chance for a big play. Unless I’m missing the point here.

  • Paul

    I don’t think gaining 30 or 40 pounds in college is that unusual. Going from 18 to 22 or 23, and getting some good coaching ought to do that.

    I myself went from 155 to 185 — and I was a distance runner!

  • Mr.Murder

    Cam is a man among young men in those LSU cutups. Love the depth those Auburn pullers get on trey action they even move around edge penetration very well. Cam is usually the fullback read on any option stuff, it helps evidence his toughness.