UNC rolls into Pittsburgh this Thursday and true Freshman QB Sam Howell will be driving. Howell has put together quite a season. He’s thrown for 26 touchdowns against 5 INT’s and is ranked 26th in the NCAA with a 153.0 passer rating. He’s also sporting a gaudy 14.2 Yards Per Completion.
My good friends. Mike was gracious to allow me some space to share some Veterans Day info with you – and hopefully you will share these bits with anyone you know who is a veteran themselves.
I was asked to be the keynote speaker for three separate Veterans Day ceremonies this last week – I put together a not-too-long speech for those gatherings and it is posted below – I’ve delivered it two times in the last three days and will once more tomorrow at a rather large gathering – its been pretty well received so far (fingers crossed for the last one). Here is the speech and one of the flyers:
You can tell I got pretty choked up at the end there – this stuff hits home hard sometimes.
There are tons of opportunities for anyone who wants to get involved with volunteering with Veterans issues and with today’s military. Currently I’m working with two different hospices to provide ‘End of Life Recognition” ceremonies. That entails going to hospices, hospitals or the veterans’ home, wherever they are spending their last days, and presenting him or her with a certificate of recognition for their military service. I try to find out as much as I can about what they did in-service then I take time to have a honest conversation, thank them formally, pin a special service medal on them then give them a last salute. So far I’ve done 33 of those this year. Our WWII vets are almost all gone now so we are scrambling around to find those who we can help.
I also work with local homeless shelters and we beat the woods to find veterans who may qualify for VA benefits they either don’t know about or are scared to pursue. Sadly there are many out there – here in Howard County, MD alone I’ve worked as a liaison between the Disabled American Veterans ( DAV – a great place to start the process) and 12 homeless veterans to get them VA Disability benefits – two of those Vets had families living in tents with them. Now they all have at least enough money to get a place to live and feed themselves. There are more out there in every part of the US – we just have to find them and get them what they deserve.
The reason I go into detail above about these efforts is to show that in just this small part of our country there are many, many vets who need help… and those are just two of many ways to do so.
I guess you can see why I’ve been really too busy to enjoy and talk about football much …but how about those Panthers, huh! We could see our first nine win season in some time and kudos to the staff and players. I’ll have to watch the NC game on Thursday. (I’d get Patti into the mix big time in Spring Drills though).
As always I strongly encourage allVeterans to go onto the Veterans Administration website and create an account so you can start accessing ALL of your benefits. As always if anyone has any questions whatsoever please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll discuss your situation and I’ll work my ass off get you or whoever you know the help they need. Nothing is more important.
Please don’t think asking for help is in any way a sign of weakness or receiving some sort of charity – nothing is further than the truth. These are benefits you both earned and paid your taxes into – if you qualify for it then it is yours to have. Again, if you have any doubts whatsoever and contact me. I myself have a severe case of PTSD from my years in Search and Rescue (it’s great when you find them and pure Hell when you don’t) and it is nothing at all to be ashamed of.
Here are a few links to get you or someone you know started – first I suggest every person who served in the military for any length of time to create account an on VA.Gov and get a hard copy of their DD-214 Discharge Papers. Once that is in hand we can move forward. Here are some VA links to help get you informed:
12- Penn St at Minnesota 12- Baylor at TCU 3:30- Louisville at Miami 3:30- Wake Forest st Virginia Tech 3:30- LSU at Alabama 3:30- Kansas St at Texas 3:30- USC at Arizona St 4- Iowa at Wisconsin 7:30- Notre Dame at Duke 8- Iowa St at Oklahoma
First off, if any players, coaches or parents of players are reading this, I’d like to extend a thank you to the team and recognize the culture and overall positive attitude this team embodies.
I took my ten year old nephew, Dominick Monteleone, to the game. It was his first Pitt game. We were able to get down to the corner near where the Pitt players ran out onto the field, and as luck would have it, we were pretty much the only fans there. So the little kid in the Pitt hat just held out his hand to see if he could get any high-fives. He got two! When the players were bunched next to the bleachers right before they ran out onto the field pre-kickoff, Paris Ford reached his hand up and tapped him. Then Ford tapped Will Gragg on the shoulder and made him to it too. Very impressive fan-awareness and leadership by Ford here. Continue reading “MMQB – Georgia Tech”→
I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer A helluva’, helluva helluva helluva helluva engineer Like all the jolly good fellows I drink my whiskey clear I’m a Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech and a hell of an engineer
Oh, if I had a daughter sir, I’d dress her in white and gold And put her on the campus, sir, to cheer on the brave and bold And if I had a son, sir, I’d tell you what he’d do He would yell “To Hell With georgia” like his daddy used to do
Oh, I wish I had a barrel of rum and sugar three thousand pounds A college bell to put it in and a clapper to stir it around I’d drink to all the good fellows who come from far and near I’m a ramblin’ gamblin’ hell of an engineer! Hey!
Well well well, if it isn’t the eve of another ACC Coastal road game. Pitt visits Georgia Tech on Saturday for a 4 p.m. kick, and I’m excited about that because I live about 40 minutes away from “The Flats” as they call it in Atlanta, and I’ll actually be able to watch the Panthers in person.
What I’m not excited about is Pitt’s tendency to play down to their competition. And lets make no mistake, Pitt is better than Georgia Tech. Pitt has more talent on defense. Pitt has more talent on offense (Hard to believe but yes it is true). Pitt’s developing offensive line should be able to get some push in the running game. Pitt’s defensive style is geared towards stopping the run – which is pretty much the only thing Tech has done well this year.
Basically all Pitt has to do is tackle the running back, pressure the quarterback, and cover the deep passing routes (all of which they can do well), and they could very well pitch a shutout.
Pitt plays Georgia Tech on Saturday, and while Tech sports a 2-5 record (good for last in the Coastal division), they are plenty capable of giving Pitt a good tousle, and even knocking Pitt off if things break their way.
After all, The Jackets beat Miami on the road, just a week before Pitt lost to the Hurricanes at home.
Still, Tech is transitioning from a triple option offense to…something more modern. Everyone knows that this is going to be a multi-year project. Tech fans are invested in it, and in their coach. Geoff Collins is a hard nosed guy with Georgia roots and a (short) track record of success. Although to be fair, Collins took over a Temple program that had won 10 games back to back and went 7-6 and 8-4, but…he’s got a bowl win on his resume and that’s more than we can say for Pat Narduzzi.
The interesting thing about Collins is that it seems like the guy can recruit. He’s currently got the 22nd ranked class on Rivals for 2020. A lot of that is due to the fact that he’s already collected 22 verbals. There are only two four stars in that bunch, but the rest are all from Florida and Georgia so if his talent evaluation and player development are on point, Tech could be competitive (at least in the Coastal) in the next few years. Continue reading “Georgia Tech Preview”→