Monthly Archive: October 2018

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 15, 2018 – George Lucas

“A lot of people like to do certain things, but they’re not that good at it. Keep going through the things that you like to do, until you find something that you actually seem to be extremely good at. It can be anything.”

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“Everybody has talent, it’s just a matter of moving around until you’ve discovered what it is.”

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“Part of the issue of achievement is to be able to set realistic goals, but that’s one of the hardest things to do because you don’t always know exactly where you’re going, and you shouldn’t.”

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“Star Wars” is fun, its exciting, its inspirational, and people respond to that. It’s what they want.”

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“Whatever has happened in my quest for innovation has been part of my quest for immaculate reality.”

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“When you are a beginning film maker you are desperate to survive. The most important thing in the end is survival and being able to get to your next picture.”

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“Working hard is very important. You’re not going to get anywhere without working extremely hard.”

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“You simply have to put one foot in front of the other and keep going. Put blinders on and plow right ahead.”

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“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.”

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“Luke, there is no try, there is either do or not do.”

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“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

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“In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.”

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“You sort of see these recurring themes where a democracy turns itself into a dictatorship, and it always seems to happen kind of in the same way, with the same kinds of issues, and threats from the outside, needing more control. A democratic body, a senate, not being able to function properly because everybody’s squabbling, there’s corruption.”

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“Being in Washington is more fictional than being in Hollywood.”

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“Don’t avoid the cliches – they are cliches because they work!”

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Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

“Yoda: Ready are you? What know you of ready? For eight hundred years have I trained Jedi. My own counsel will I keep on who is to be trained. A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.”

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“[Luke has seen a vision of Han, Leia and Chewie being tortured in Cloud City]
Luke: I saw – I saw a city in the clouds.
Yoda: [nods] Friends you have there.
Luke: They were in pain…
Yoda: It is the future you see.
Luke: The future?
[pause]
Luke: Will they die?
Yoda: [closes his eyes for a moment] Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future.
Luke: I’ve got to go to them.
Yoda: Decide you must, how to serve them best. If you leave now, help them you could; but you would destroy all for which they have fought, and suffered.”

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“C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.
Han Solo: Never tell me the odds. “

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“[Luke can’t levitate his X-Wing out of the bog] 

Luke: I can’t. It’s too big.
Yoda: Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship.”

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“Yoda: I am wondering, why are you here?
Luke: I’m looking for someone.
Yoda: Looking? Found someone, you have, I would say, hmmm?
Luke: Right…
Yoda: Help you I can. Yes, mmmm.
Luke: I don’t think so. I’m looking for a great warrior.
Yoda: Ohhh. Great warrior.
[laughs and shakes his head]
Yoda: Wars not make one great.”

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“Luke: All right, I’ll give it a try.
Yoda: No. Try not. Do… or do not. There is no try.

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“[Using the Force, Yoda effortlessly frees the X-Wing from the bog]
Luke: I don’t, I don’t believe it.
Yoda: That is why you fail.”

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“Yoda: Yes, run! Yes, a Jedi’s strength flows from the Force. But beware of the dark side. Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow, quick to join you in a fight. If once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny, consume you it will, as it did Obi-Wan’s apprentice.
Luke: Vader… Is the dark side stronger?
Yoda: No, no, no. Quicker, easier, more seductive.
Luke: But how am I to know the good side from the bad?
Yoda: You will know… when you are calm, at peace, passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, NEVER for attack.
Luke: But tell my why I can’t…
Yoda: No, no! There is no “why””

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“Luke: I won’t fail you. I’m not afraid.
Yoda: You will be. You… will… be.”

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“Luke: There’s something not right here… I feel cold. Death.
Yoda: [points to a cave opening beneath a large tree] That place… is strong with the dark side of the Force. A domain of evil it is. In you must go.
Luke: What’s in there?
Yoda: Only what you take with you.”

Wikipedia:  George Lucas

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, October 14, 2018 – Colin Powell

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.”

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“Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.”

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“Bad news isn’t wine. It doesn’t improve with age.”

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“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.”

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“Experts often possess more data than judgment.”

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“Fit no stereotypes. Don’t chase the latest management fads. The situation dictates which approach best accomplishes the team’s mission.”

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“Get mad, then get over it.”

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“Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate and doubt, to offer a solution everybody can understand.”

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“If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude.”

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“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.”

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“Never neglect details. When everyone’s mind is dulled or distracted the leader must be doubly vigilant.”

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“No battle plan survives contact with the enemy.”

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“Organization charts and fancy titles count for next to nothing.”

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“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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“Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.”

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“Surround yourself with people who take their work seriously, but not themselves, those who work hard and play hard.”

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“The chief condition on which, life, health and vigor depend on, is action. It is by action that an organism develops its faculties, increases its energy, and attains the fulfillment of its destiny.”

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“The commander in the field is always right and the rear echelon is wrong, unless proved otherwise.”

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COLIN POWELL’S 13 RULES OF LEADERSHIP

1.  It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2.  Get mad, then get over it.
3.  Avoid having your ego so close to your position that, when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4.  It can be done!
5.  Be careful what you choose, you may get it.
6.  Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7.  You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8.  Check small things.
9.  Share credit.
10.  Remain calm. Be kind.
11.  Have a vision. Be demanding.
12.  Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13.  Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.”

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10 Leadership Tenets from Colin Powell, Stanford Business School

1.  Successful leaders know how to define their mission, convey it to their subordinates and ensure they have the right tools and training needed to get the job done.

2.  “Leadership is all about people…and getting the most out of people.”

3.  Leaders should never show fear or anger. “You have to have a sense of optimism.”

4.  Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error, and from experience.

5.  Leadership is about conveying a sense of purpose in a selfless manner and creating conditions of trust while displaying moral and physical courage.

6.  A false leader is someone who fails to get the necessary resources for his or her staff to do their jobs.

7.  “The best leaders are those who can communicate upward the fears and desires of their subordinates, and are willing to fight for what is needed. If not, the organization will weaken and crumble.”

8.  When something fails, a true leader learns from the experience and puts it behind him. “You don’t get reruns in life. Don’t worry about what happened in the past.”

9.  Good leaders must know how to reward those who succeed and know when to retrain, move, or fire ineffective staff.

10.  “You know you’re a good leader when people follow you out of curiosity.”

Wikipedia:  Colin Powell

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Saturday, October 13, 2018 – William Faulkner

“A gentleman can live through anything.”

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“A man’s moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”

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“A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, for the privilege of kicking you once.”

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“All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.”

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“Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”

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“An artist is a creature driven by demons. He doesn’t know why they choose him and he’s usually too busy to wonder why.”

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“Clocks slay time… time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.”

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“Facts and truth really don’t have much to do with each other.”

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“Given a choice between grief and nothing, I’d choose grief.”

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“Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder.”

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“I believe that man will not merely endure. He will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.”

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“I have found that the greatest help in meeting any problem is to know where you yourself stand. That is, to have in words what you believe and are acting from.”

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“I’m bad and I’m going to hell, and I don’t care. I’d rather be in hell than anywhere where you are.”

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“I’m inclined to think that a military background wouldn’t hurt anyone.”

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“It’s a shame that the only thing a man can do for eight hours a day is work. He can’t eat for eight hours; he can’t drink for eight hours; he can’t make love for eight hours. The only thing a man can do for eight hours is work.”

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“Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.”

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“My own experience has been that the tools I need for my trade are paper, tobacco, food, and a little whisky.”

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“The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”

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“The end of wisdom is to dream high enough to lose the dream in the seeking of it.”

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“There is something about jumping a horse over a fence, something that makes you feel good. Perhaps it’s the risk, the gamble. In any event it’s a thing I need.”

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“Tomorrow night is nothing but one long sleepless wrestle with yesterday’s omissions and regrets.”

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‘We have to start teaching ourselves not to be afraid.”

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“You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with faith.”

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“Even a liar can be scared into telling the truth, same as an honest man can be tortured into telling a lie.”

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“Be scared. You can’t help that. But don’t be afraid. Ain’t nothing in the woods going to hurt you unless you corner it, or it smells that you are afraid. A bear or a deer, too, has got to be scared of a coward the same as a brave man has got to be.”

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“I decline to accept the end of man. It is easy enough to say that man is immortal because he will endure: that when the last ding-dong of doom has clanged and faded from the last worthless rock hanging tideless in the last red and dying evening, that even then there will still be one more sound: that of his puny inexhaustible voice, still talking. I refuse to accept this. I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet’s voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.” Nobel Prize Speech, December 1950

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“Mr. Khrushchev says that Communism, the police state, will bury the free ones. He is a smart gentleman, he knows that this is nonsense since freedom, man’s dim concept of and belief in the human spirit is the cause of all his troubles in his own country. But if he means that Communism will bury capitalism, he is correct. That funeral will occur about ten minutes after the police bury gambling. Because simple man, the human race, will bury both of them. That will be when we have expended the last grain, dram, and iota of our natural resources. But man himself will not be in that grave. The last sound on the worthless earth will be two human beings trying to launch a homemade spaceship and already quarreling about where they are going next.” Speech in New York, October 1959

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“No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual’s individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol — cross or crescent or whatever — that symbol is man’s reminder of his duty inside the human race. Its various allegories are the charts against which he measures himself and learns to know what he is. It cannot teach a man to be good as the textbook teaches him mathematics. It shows him how to discover himself, evolve for himself a moral codes and standard within his capacities and aspirations, by giving him a matchless example of suffering and sacrifice and the promise of hope.” Paris Review Interview, 1958

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The two great men in my time were Mann and Joyce. You should approach Joyce’s Ulysses as the illiterate Baptist preacher approaches the Old Testament: with “faith.”

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“Life is motion, and motion is concerned with what makes man move — which is ambition, power, pleasure. What time a man can devote to morality, he must take by force from the motion of which he is a part. He is compelled to make choices between good and evil sooner or later, because moral conscience demands that from him in order that he can live with himself tomorrow. His moral conscience is the curse he had to accept from the gods in order to gain from them the right to dream.”

Wikipedia: William Faulkner

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Friday, October 12, 2018 – Lewis Grizzard

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“I don’t think I’ll get married again. I’ll just find a woman I don’t like and give her a house. “

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“I grew up in a very large family in a very small house. I never slept alone until after I was married. “

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“Life is like a dogsled race. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes.”

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“It’s difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato. “

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“Sex hasn’t been the same since women started enjoying it. “

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“The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity. “

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“The public, more often than not, will forgive mistakes, but it will not forgive trying to wriggle and weasel out of one.”

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“You call to a dog and a dog will break its neck to get to you. Dogs just want to please. Call to a cat and its attitude is, ‘What’s in it for me?’ “

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“The only way that I could figure they could improve upon Coca-Cola, one of life’s most delightful elixirs, which studies prove will heal the sick and occasionally raise the dead, is to put rum or bourbon in it.”

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“Being a newspaper columnist is like being married to a nymphomaniac. It’s great for the first two weeks.”

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“Baptists never make love standing up. They’re afraid someone might see them and think they’re dancing.”

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“I have three ex-wives. I can’t remember any of their names, so I just call ’em Plaintiff.”

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“I know lots of people who are educated far beyond their intelligence.”

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“In the south there’s a difference between ‘Naked’ and ‘Nekkid.’ ‘Naked’ means you don’t have any clothes on. ‘Nekkid’ means you don’t have any clothes on … and you’re up to somethin’.”

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“Kinky sex involves the use of duck feathers. Perverted sex involves the whole duck.”

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“Real estate agents are God’s plague on mankind when locusts are out of season.”

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“Women who drink white wine either want to get married, sell you a piece of real estate, or redecorate your house. Either way, it’s expensive.”

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“Lewis’ advice to Atlantans in case of nuclear war: “If you live on the South side of Atlanta, get on I-75 and go south. If you live of the North side of Atlanta get on I-75 and go north. If you are a Yankee get on 285.” (Note to all you Yankees — I-285 is a continuous loop around the city)”

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“I get letters from people who say, ‘What have you got against women?’ What could I possibly have against women? I’ve married three of them.”

Wikipedia:  Lewis Grizzard

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Thursday, October 11, 2018 – Andrew Jackson

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“Americans are not a perfect people, but we are called to a perfect mission.”

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“As long as our government is administered for the good of the people, and is regulated by their will; as long as it secures to us the rights of persons and of property, liberty of conscience and of the press, it will be worth defending.”

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“Every good citizen makes his country’s honor his own, and cherishes it not only as precious but as sacred. He is willing to risk his life in its defense and its conscious that he gains protection while he gives it.”

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“Fear not, the people may be deluded for a moment, but cannot be corrupted.”

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“It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes.”

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“Never take counsel of your fears.”

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“One man with courage makes a majority.”

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“Our government is founded upon the intelligence of the people. I for one do not despair of the republic. I have great confidence in the virtue of the great majority of the people, and I cannot fear the result.”

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“The people are the government, administering it by their agents; they are the government, the sovereign power.”

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“The planter, the farmer, the mechanic, and the laborer… form the great body of the people of the United States, they are the bone and sinew of the country men who love liberty and desire nothing but equal rights and equal laws.”

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“There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses.”

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“The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe.”

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“The brave man inattentive to his duty, is worth little more to his country, than the coward who deserts her in the hour of danger.”

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“Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!”

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“But you must remember, my fellow-citizens, that eternal vigilance by the people is the price of liberty, and that you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing.”

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“Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”

Wikipedia: Andrew Jackson

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – John Steinbeck

“A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip; a trip takes us.”

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“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.”

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“I am impelled, not to squeak like a grateful and apologetic mouse, but to roar like a lion out of pride in my profession.”

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“I have never smuggled anything in my life. Why, then, do I feel an uneasy sense of guilt on approaching a customs barrier?”

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“I’ve lived in good climate, and it bores the hell out of me. I like weather rather than climate.”

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“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.”

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“Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen.”

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“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”

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“In the souls of the people the grapes of wrath are filling and growing heavy, growing heavy for the vintage.”

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“It has always been my private conviction that any man who puts his intelligence up against a fish and loses had it coming.”

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“It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.”

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“It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”

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“No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself.”

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“Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power.”

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“Sectional football games have the glory and the despair of war, and when a Texas team takes the field against a foreign state, it is an army with banners.”

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“The writer must believe that what he is doing is the most important thing in the world. And he must hold to this illusion even when he knows it is not true.”

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“We spend our time searching for security and hate it when we get it.”

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“Where does discontent start? You are warm enough, but you shiver. You are fed, yet hunger gnaws you. You have been loved, but your yearning wanders in new fields. And to prod all these there’s time, the Bastard Time.”

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“Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.”

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“We are lonesome animals. We spend all our life trying to be less lonesome. One of our ancient methods is to tell a story begging the listener to say — and to feel — ”Yes, that’s the way it is, or at least that’s the way I feel it. You’re not as alone as you thought.””

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“One man was so mad at me that he ended his letter: “Beware. You will never get out of this world alive.””

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“If I wanted to destroy a nation, I would give it too much and I would have it on its knees, miserable, greedy and sick.”

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“Man, unlike anything organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, emerges ahead of his accomplishments.”

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“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.”

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“And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected. And this I must fight against: any religion, or government which limits or destroys the individual. This is what I am and what I am about. I can understand why a system built on a pattern must try to destroy the free mind, for it is the one thing which can by inspection destroy such a system. Surely I can understand this, and I hate it and I will fight against it to preserve the one thing that separates us from the uncreative beasts. If the glory can be killed, we are lost.”

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“In every bit of honest writing in the world … there is a base theme. Try to understand men, if you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and nearly always leads to love. There are shorter means, many of them. there is writing promoting social change, writing punishing injustice, writing in celebration of heroism, but always that base theme. Try to understand each other.”

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“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. It might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.”

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“The profession of book-writing makes horse-racing seem like a solid, stable business.”

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“Our species is the only creative species, and it has only one creative instrument, the individual mind and spirit of a man. Nothing was ever created by two men. There are no good collaborations, whether in art, in music, in poetry, in mathematics, in philosophy. Once the miracle of creation has taken place, the group can build and extend it, but the group never invents anything. The preciousness lies in the lonely mind of a man.”

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“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world.”

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“I guess this is why I hate governments. It is always the rule, the fine print, carried out by the fine print men. There’s nothing to fight, no wall to hammer with frustrated fists.

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Excerpt from Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck

The next passage in my journey is a love affair. I am in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection, but with Montana it is love, and it’s difficult to analyze love when you’re in it. Once, when I raptured in a violet glow given off by the Queen of the World, my father asked me why, and I thought he was crazy not to see. Of course I know now she was a mouse-haired, freckle-nosed, scabby-kneed little girl with a voice like a bat and the loving kindness of a gila monster, but then she lighted up the landscape and me. It seems to me that Montana is a great splash of grandeur. The scale is huge but not overpowering. The land is rich with grass and color, and the mountains are the kind I would create if mountains were ever put on my agenda. Montana seems to me to be what a small boy would think Texas is like from hearing Texans. Here for the first time I heard a definite regional accent unaffected by TV-ese, a slow-paced warm speech. It seemed to me that the frantic bustle of America was not in Montana. Its people did not seem afraid of shadows in a John Birch Society sense. The calm of the mountains and the rolling grasslands had got into the inhabitants. It was hunting season when I drove through the state. The men I talked to seemed to me not moved to a riot of seasonal slaughter but simply to be going out to kill edible meat. Again my attitude may be informed by love, but it seemed to me that the towns were places to live in rather than nervous hives. People had time to pause in their occupations to undertake the passing art of neighborliness.

I found I did not rush through the towns to get them over with. I even found things I had to buy to make myself linger. In Billings I bought a hat, in Livingston a jacket, in Butte a rifle I didn’t particularly need, a Remington bolt-action .22, secondhand but in beautiful condition. Then I found a telescope sight I had to have, and waited while it was mounted on the rifle, and in the process got to know everyone in the shop and any customers who entered. With the gun in a vise and the bolt out, we zeroed the new sight on a chimney three blocks away, and later when I got to shooting the little gun I found no reason to change it. I spent a good part of a morning at this, mostly because I wanted to stay. But I see that, as usual, love is inarticulate. Montana has a spell on me. It is grandeur and warmth. If Montana had a seacoast, or if I could live away from the sea, I would instantly move there and petition for admission. Of all the states it is my favorite and my love.

At Custer we made a side trip south to pay our respects to General Custer and Sitting Bull on the battlefield of Little Big Horn. I don’t suppose there is an American who doesn’t carry Remington’s painting of the last defense of the center column of the 7th Cavalry in his head. I removed my hat in memory of brave men, and Charley saluted in his own manner but I thought with great respect.

The whole of eastern Montana and the western Dakotas is memory-marked as Injun country, and the memories are not very old either. Some years ago my neighbor was Charles Erskine Scott Wood, who wrote Heavenly Discourse. He was a very old man when I knew him, but as a young lieutenant just out of military academy he had been assigned to General Miles and he served in the Chief Joseph campaign. His memory of it was very clear and very sad. He said it was one of the most gallant retreats in all history. Chief Joseph and the Nez Percés with squaws and children, dogs, and all their possessions, retreated under heavy fire for over a thousand miles, trying to escape to Canada. Wood said they fought every step of the way against odds until finally they were surrounded by the cavalry under General Miles and the large part of them wiped out. It was the saddest duty he had ever performed, Wood said, and he had never lost his respect for the fighting qualities of the Nez Percés. “If they hadn’t had their families with them we could never have caught them,” he said. “And if we had been evenly matched in men and weapons, we couldn’t have beaten them. They were men,” he said, “Real men.”

Wikipedia: John Steinbeck

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Tuesday, October 9, 2018 – Johnny Cash

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.”

And

“I wear black because I’m comfortable in it. But then in the summertime when it’s hot I’m comfortable in light blue.”

And

“God’s the final judge for Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash too. That’s solely in the hands of God.”

And

“I read novels but I also read the Bible. And study it, you know? And the more I learn, the more excited I get.”

And

“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.”

And

“How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”

And

“People call me wild. Not really though, I’m not.I guess I’ve never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I’m country.”

And

“I am not a Christian artist, I am an artist who is a Christian.”

And

“Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.”

And

“The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.”

And

“My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don’t ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father.”

And

“I love to go to the studio and stay there 10 or 12 hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don’t know. It’s life.”

And

“Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.”

And

“You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way.”

And

“You’ve got a song you’re singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you’ve got to make them think that you’re one of them sitting out there with them too. They’ve got to be able to relate to what you’re doing.”

And

“That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.”

And

“You can ask the people around me. I don’t give up. I don’t give up… and it’s not out of frustration and desperation that I say I don’t give up. I don’t give up because I don’t give up. I don’t believe in it.”

And

“Be thankful for the time you have.”

And

“Johnny Cash is a two-word answer for why it’s still good to be an American.”  Rosanne Cash on her father Johnny Cash   

Wikipedia:  Johnny Cash

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The Importance of Getting Ahead In Football Games in The Age of Scoring – Give These Hot Seat Coaches Hell Johnny Cash! – Post Week 6 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

It is always amazing how fast the college football season moves but then life itself moves fast as one gets older and we are getting old here at Coaches Hot Seat as we enter the midseason of our 12 th year doing CHS so that makes this about the 160 th time we have written the Post Week “X” Coaches Hot Seat Rankings using the Great Johnny Cash and his Terrific Song Ring of Fire to roast the coaches on the Hot Seat but before we bring Johnny out a few words on the Age of Scoring in College Football we are now right in the middle of.

Last week we wrote about the Age of Scoring in today’s College Football which is changing the game completely as head coaches see scoring more points as way to both control a football game and to provide insurance if your team makes mistakes and thus has a cushion to fall back on. Former Texas Head Coach Darrel Royal once said about a pass that…

“Three things can happen on a pass play and two of them are bad.”

….meaning an interception of course and an incomplete pass which in Royal’s mind was a wasted play as opposed to a run that gained 4 yards.

Today many coaches would laugh at such a notion that an incomplete pass was a wasted play since that could easily be made-up on the next play, but now that is a coach that has a quarterback that can make plays and bounce back from mistakes which not every college football team has as we all see every Saturday.

What is now happening in college football is that teams are pressing to score points from the opening possession to get on the board first and have some control of the game and in the process are putting pressure on the other team which is an often missed point that many coaching and playing the game of football do not completely understand.

Decades ago a legendary football coach gave a Coaches Hot Seat member the following charge:

“I would like for you to study the reaction and mistakes made by a team that is down in a football game by one more or more scores. Does the team make more mistakes if they are down on the scoreboard from the start of the game or just in the second half or do they not make more mistakes at all in working to get back to even or head of the competition. Also study if there are any mitigating factors that a team might have that allows them on multiple occasions to come back from being down in games often. If it is found that teams behind on the scoreboard tend to press and make more mistakes identify by what factor they make mistakes and if coaches in general or particular coaches tend to make mistakes when their football team is behind in a game. Finally, determine the advantage that a team gains towards winning the game if they are often ahead in the first half, at halftime, and in the second half and if teams ahead a lot on the scoreboard are able to bounce back more effectively if they lose the lead after being ahead for much of the game.” 

The report that was produced for the above requests several decades ago has been circulating at Coaches Hot Seat for about 6 weeks now since our Summer Party at Lake Tahoe and it has got to be one of the most interesting reads on football that any of us have ever encountered.

Overall it seems very clear from the report that a team that often gets ahead on the scoreboard not only tends to win a lot more games than teams that often do not score first or are able to stay within reach of the other team on the scoreboard, and teams that fall behind early to the opposing team…

Tend to make 2-times more mistakes in the first half when behind

AND

Tend to make 2 ½ to 3-times more mistakes in the second half when behind

Teams that get ahead of the competition early in football games not only are able to control the flow of the game and win more games than teams that fall behind, but when the team behind comes back to tie or go ahead the team that was ahead first and for most of the game seems much more resilient in coming back to win the game in the end.

Now the above finding could have something to do with that the team that gets ahead early and stays ahead on the scoreboard is a better team, but what seems very clear from reading this report is that….

Teams that are often ahead on the scoreboard are overall more confident football teams than teams usually playing from behind.

There are some other fascinating findings in this study that are way too deep to get into in this spot, but one of the charges for the study was to see if there were any mitigating factors that often changed the fortunes of teams that routinely fell behind on the scoreboard but would often also comeback to win the game and the mitigating factor in that case was those teams….

Tended to have a great quarterback and a strong player on defense with one and often both of those players being great leaders on and off the field.

The Bottom-Line Point from this report is that it is vitally important for football teams to…

Get Ahead Early and Keep Scoring Points in football games because teams that routinely play ahead of their opposition on the scoreboard into the mid 3 rd quarter tend to win a Helluva lot of football games!

Of course, every football coach knows all of the above, but what makes this report very relative to the current Age of Scoring that College Football is now living in is that many coaches have embraced the idea of scoring lots of points early to both get ahead and subdue the competition, but also to provide a backstop of sorts of extra points if the team plays bad as the game wears on.

Scoring lots of points is now an insurance policy and college football coaches today are throwing out the ideas of Rockne, Leahy, Bryant, Hayes and other legends of the game who wanted to “control the game” by getting a small lead and hanging onto it which is now just…

Total Horseshit

…which will only get coaches asses onto the Hot Seat and their teams beat!

Get Ahead Early and Score As Many Points As Possible = How You Win Lots of Football Games!

Let’s get to the Post Week 6 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings and if you would please Mr. Cash give these Hot Seat Coaches Hell!

Thank You Johnny!

Post Week 6 Coaches Hot Seat Rankings

1.  David Beaty, Kansas – Kansas played Top 10 West Virginia pretty well on Saturday but in David Beaty’s 42 nd football game at KU it was still another loss which now leaves Beaty’s records in 4 years on the job at….

Overall:  5 – 37

Big 12:  1 – 29

….which isn’t good in River City or any Damn city we know of and the Jayhawks still have to play in 2018:

At Texas Tech
TCU
Iowa State
At Kansas State
At Oklahoma
Texas

We would bet that Kansas gets one more win to finish at 3 – 9 which would be…

6 Wins in 4 Years

…for David Beaty at Kansas and there’s just No Damn Way Beaty survives that kind of record.

2.  Chris Ash, Rutgers – Reading the USA Today Coaches Salaries report this past week we could not help but laugh to learn that Rutgers head coach Chris Ash has a…. 

$10.35 Million Dollars Buyout

…as of December 1, 2018 and let’s take a look at what that Massively Stupid Contract that Chris Ash has gotten Rutgers exactly with Ash’s win/loss records in 3 seasons at the school:

Overall:  7 – 23

Big Ten:  3 – 19

That’s 7 wins in 3 seasons and the last head football coach at Rutgers was Kyle Flood who won….

18 Football Games

…in 3 seasons before getting fired and anyone with a working brain that has watched Rutgers play the last 3 seasons can see that the football team has gone BACKWARDS from the Flood years which weren’t all that great!

Let’s see what the 1 – 5 Scarlet Knights have left to play in 2018….

At Maryland
Northwestern
At Wisconsin
Michigan
Penn State
At Michigan State

We don’t see Rutgers winning another game this season because if you can’t beat Illinois at home…

Which has won 8 games the last 3 seasons now….1 more than Rutgers….under Lovie Smith!

…then how in the Hell exactly you going to beat any of those teams left on the Rutgers schedule?

You Are Not is the answer to that question!

What was the former AD at Florida Jeremy Foley’s thought on firing someone…

“Anything that will have to be done eventually should be done immediately.”

Yep!

3.  Randy Edsall, UConn – UConn has played 5 FBS teams in 2018 and lost to every single one of them but take a look at the scores of those games….

UCF – 56 – 17
Boise State – 62 – 7
Syracuse – 51 – 21
Cincinnati – 49 – 7
Memphis – 55 – 14

Oh….UConn did beat FCS Rhode Island and the score of that game…

56 – 49!

UConn is giving up an average of….wait for it….

53.67 Points Per Game!

In his second stint at UConn which is the last 2 seasons Randy Edsall is now sitting on records of…

Overall:  4 – 13

AAC:  2 – 8

…and the Huskies still have to play in 2018:

At South Florida
UMass
At Tulsa
SMU
At East Carolina
Temple

Maybe UConn can beat UMass but we don’t see them winning more than 2 games at the most and we cannot help but wonder….

What exactly is the point here?

There is no point!

4.  Larry Fedora, North Carolina – North Carolina had a bye-week in Week 6 but it’s back to football in Week 7 for the 1 – 3 Tar Heels with a home game against…

Virginia Tech

…followed by the below games that are left on UNC’s schedule:

At Syracuse
At Virginia
Georgia Tech
At Duke
Western Carolina
NC State

What does North Carolina end up with in 2018….

2 – 9 or 3 – 8?

Probably…and Larry Fedora’s buyout on December 1, 2018 =

$12.2 Million Dollars!

Absolutely Freaking Hilarious!

5.  Brent Brennan, San Jose State – San Jose State played a pretty average Colorado State team tough for awhile before losing 42 – 30 to drop to 0 – 5 on the season which takes head coach Brent Brennan’s records with the Spartans to…

Overall:  2 – 16

MWC:  1 – 10

….which isn’t so good especially when one considers the last head coach at SJSU, Ron Caragher, put up records in 4 seasons at the school of…

Overall:  19 – 30

MWC:  14 – 18

The San Jose State football program is stagnant at best and going backwards in reality and that’s a problem that head coach Brent Brennan better Damn fix and do it in a Helluva hurry!

6.  Bobby Petrino, Louisville – What you are watching at Louisville is a football program coming apart at the seams in the wake of the entire Louisville athletic department coming apart at the seams in the last couple of years after it was built in our humble opinion on a pile of Bullshit and we fully expect the Cardinals program to continue to explode downwards and…

$14 Million Dollar Buyout

…or not save some kind of Come To Jesus moment soon there is nothing that will save Louisville from looking for a new head football coach come December….that is if the folks at Louisville actually want real breathing human beings at their football games next season!

Looking at what Louisville has left on their schedule in 2018…

At Boston College
Wake Forest
At Clemson
At Syracuse
NC State
Kentucky

….we don’t see the Cardinals winning another game this season and Kentucky…

Totally Damn Destroying Louisville in the last game

….and if you believe in The Good and Doing Things Right then you will be hoping that the Wildcats will put a whipping on Petrino that is at least as bad as the….

66 – 31

….beating that Georgia Tech just put on Louisville!

7.  Gus Malzahn, Auburn – With the loss to Mississippi State on Saturday Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is now…

2 – 4

…in his last 6 games against Power 5 Conference Schools and we could not help but laugh out loud when finding out that Gus has a…

$32 Million Dollars Buyout

…if fired this season which maybe that is what Gus is wishing before because in our humble opinion…

Gus Malzahn is No Longer Coaching the Auburn Football Team and he has just Flat-Out Quit!

Yep…that’s our humble opinion but then Gus wouldn’t be the first person to get his ass on Easy Street and just Flat-Out Quit with Tens of Millions of Dollars coming now whether he wins another game or not….not that we think Gus Malzahn gives 2 rips if Auburn ever wins another football game!

We don’t take that opinion lightly and a former US Military Intelligence Officer here at Coaches Hot Seat who watches SEC Football very closely and all of the coaches press conferences in the SEC every week has watched Gus Malzahn’s press conferences in 2018 and the words he uses to describe Malzahn is…

“Total Indifference to his job as head football coach at Auburn.”

The now 4 – 2 Auburn Tigers have a Helluva Mess on their hands in a lot of ways we are choosing to not write about in this spot that are Auburn friends are passing along to us have left on their 2018 schedule….

Tennessee
At Ole Miss
Texas A&M
At Georgia
Liberty
At Alabama

Auburn could sleepwalk through the game and beat Liberty…right?….and they have 3 or 4 more times talent than Tennessee so that should be an easy win at home…but can Auburn beat Ole Miss, A&M, Georgia and Alabama?

Our guess is that Auburn wins 3 more games to finish at…

7 – 5 in 2018

…which ANY Damn Stumblebum falling off a train rolling through Auburn before the season and taking over this talent-filled Auburn team could have won and for a Helluva Lot Less than the…

$6.7 Million Dollars

…that Auburn is paying Gus Malzahn this season who again in our humble opinion…

Has Flat-Out Quit on his Football Team!

8.  Clay Helton, USC – Clay Helton must have been quite interested in watching Colorado beat Arizona State on Saturday with the undefeated Buffs headed to the LA Coliseum for a game next Saturday night in a game that Clay Helton and the Trojans cannot afford to lose if they hope to save this season from a Total Disaster!

The 3 – 2 Trojans have left in 2018….

Colorado
At Utah
Arizona State
At Oregon State
California
At UCLA
Notre Dame

…and we only see 2 sure-fire wins on there….Oregon State and UCLA….and the Trojans could lose both of those games easily so YES beating Colorado would be HUGE and we fully expect to see after a bye week to USC to come out and play…

Hard and Disciplined Football

….because a loss and dropping to 3 – 3 with what’s left….Not Good….Not Good At All for Clay Helton!

9.  Chip Kelly, UCLA – They had the Washington – UCLA game on the big screen at Stanford Stadium before the Utah – Stanford game on Saturday night….

With the Stanford loss to Utah being nothing short of a Total Freaking Disaster for the Cardinal in Oh So Damn Many Ways!

…and the Bruins were certainly playing hard and the offense looked like it took another step-forward but UCLA has to get a win sometime this season…right?

Maybe….here’s what 0 – 5 UCLA has left in 2018:

At California
Arizona
Utah
At Oregon
At Arizona State
USC
Stanford

UCLA might get 2 wins in 2018….just maybe!

Maybe we will come see your team play Cal in Berkeley Chip….give those Bears Hell Son!

10.  Kalani Sitake, BYU – The last thing that BYU head coach Kalani Sitake needed was to get blown-out by Utah State at home but that’s exactly what happened on Saturday losing 45 – 20 in a game that wasn’t even that close.

The 3 – 3 Cougars are now in a world of hurt because of what they have left on their schedule in 2018….

Hawaii
Northern Illinois
At Boise State
At UMass
New Mexico State
At Utah

…and what Sitake needs to do is find 3 wins in those last 6 games because less than 6 wins in 2018 after 4 – 9 last season would be a bad look…a Very Bad Look!

Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Monday, October 8, 2018 – Paul Brown

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“A winner never whines.”

And

“Football is a game of errors. The team that makes the fewest errors in a game usually wins.”

And

“The key to winning is poise under stress.”

And

“What we have currently available is what we have available.”

And

“When you win, say nothing. When you lose, say less.”

And

“You can learn a line from a win and a book from a defeat.”

Wikipedia:  Paul Brown

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Coaches Hot Seat Quotes of the Day – Sunday, October 7, 2018 – Henry David Thoreau

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“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

And

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”

And

“Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.”

And

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

And

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

And

“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”

And

“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

And

“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”

And

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

And

“How does it become a man to behave towards the American government today? I answer, that he cannot without disgrace be associated with it.”

And

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

And

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

And

“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”

And

“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.”

And

“In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.”

And

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”

And

“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”

And

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

And

“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.”

And

“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”

And

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”

And

“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”

And

“The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”

And

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

And

“There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

And

“What is once well done is done forever.”

And

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

And

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”

And

“The fate of the country does not depend on how you vote at the polls — the worst man is as strong as the best at that game; it does not depend on what kind of paper you drop into the ballot-box once a year, but on what kind of man you drop from your chamber into the street every morning.”

And

“I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe — “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.”

And

“If a man walk in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer; but if he spends his whole day as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making earth bald before her time, he is esteemed an industrious and enterprising citizen. As if a town had no interest in its forests but to cut them down!”

And

“I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living. All great enterprises are self-supporting. The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, as a steam planing-mill feeds its boilers with the shavings it makes. You must get your living by loving.”

And

“Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? Is it a freedom to be slaves, or a freedom to be free, of which we boast? We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defences only of freedom. It is our children’s children who may perchance be really free.”

Wikipedia:  Henry David Thoreau

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