Open mike week continues here at the Neptune Lounge with today's guest writer Beano Watt, an Iggles fan from down under whom you may know better as "Beanstalk" or "Bean Jovi"...
Beano's been following the Eagles and contributing commentary to a number of Iggles blogs and message boards for many a season. You'll recognize him by his down-home storytelling, comic stylings, retro video clips, and primers on Aussie slang...and occasional drunken (staged?) rants. You will also notice that this bushwhacker knows a lot about American football. Today he suggests a trend may be developing toward incorporating more aspects of Aussie style rugby into the NFL. Howard Mudd is Beano's hero in that theory. Beano calls it the "cardio factor"...
Here's Beano (far right) with his Aussie crew, from left, Jimi Jack, Montreal Bennett, and Sissy Cavanaugh...Greetings from Down Under!
Putting More Cardio in Eagles Attack by Beano Watt
I just have been thinking about some topics...
I don't have any desire to steal any MORE of ya thunder than what we do in the comments. So I will seek to inspire you then.
The Eagles Almanac was a start, I got a little bit out of it... The rips on Juan...Which ACTUALLY got Tommy Lawlor fired up. I don't think he read it all before it was published...
The Mudd mantra... Smaller, more athletic Linemen.
Comparing my native football codes is what got me thinking, We have your 250 to 290 lb big men... BUT they have to be able to run AT least 60 minutes of an 80 mins game... Constantly Working whilst on the field. Its Amazing to think of a Centre or Guard that size doing that, but they do it well when their Cardio is right. And it comes down to the forwards Cardio, not their strength, that wins the game.
Mudd I think, has been taking this Old school Rugby approach for years, and being called a genius. You want strong guys that are not bigger or taller, but Fitter than the other teams line big guys.. Sure Haloti and Ratliffs will ragdoll the inexperienced little O-lineman a few plays every game, But they will be feeling it in the 4th more than the Ragdoll...IMO...
Let alone the 'No Huddle'..., you think a hell of a lot clearer when you ain't gasping for breath...
Maybe that IS the biggest thing we missed last Off-season. Practicing that. No Huddle is a MASSIVE weapon for a fit O-line...Aye Peyton? If I am right...they will use a ton of it considering Bell is the only significant change to the O... So nearly a year and a half to get the playbook down together.
Can the same be said for 'under-proto' sized DEs and DT's... Yes... Totally... This over-used, High Motor analogy is one thing, but Fitness goes hand in hand with it.. Freeny's Agility and fitness was dominant for years.. Mathis was a converted OLB.....Why I wonder? Do you think Mudd had a hand in it? The D-lines fitness?.....I do, in the theorectical side of it.
Does Washburn get it? Being more in favour of Rotation... wanting fresh players on the field tells me, he can't get a player FIT enough to do it all day...Or MAYBE we are witnessing a distinct PLOY by Wash to take advantage of teams that haven't caught on to Mudd's mentatlity, and still think you should be paying 330 pound Hamburglars like Mayweather, coz he is big..
The Power Vs. Endurance cycle is carefully coached... But how many teams have it right?
----Beanstalk, Fan since 1990
Thank you, Beano--- Excellent talking points there... much appreciated. COMING UP THIS WEEKEND--- Don Pardo, The SPIFFO Experience,...and fresh sliders from PPW and Dutchie...
I looked up that festival, Bri......................but Potato, Potato.............not much help when you live that s**t day in, day out. Guess those living near Niagra Falls get tired of the view also. Sounds like a good time though for those that no nothing about the PA Dutch life. Could learn a lot...........or nothing. Your choice if you go. My show schedule don't allow for many other trips in the summer. Have one on the schedule for that weekend............gonna miss the Goshohoppen deal. You go. "It suits you."
Dig up a jar of that green stuff you buried in your back yard and buy a new computer already. We already know you won't leave a treasure map for the bored when yer gone.................so make some use of it.
@dutchrubb I've gone to Gosho,.a cupla times,.and enjoyed the purty of the festival,.but that was about 20 years ago,..in lieu of going agin,..I'll eat some scrapple,..reluctantly,..but keep dat shoofly away from me ,..shoofly don't bother me,..etc.etc. etc.
@briview Welp, and in lieu of getting your PA Dutch speaking lesson there...answer this simple question: Kannst du micka funga?
Kent O'Philly,....I pain when I hear his singing voice today,...BTW,...do you know why the Cover of TAAB,..created such a firestorm?....hilarious,...esp today!
@briview No ....please enlighten me!!
@Kent Phil 1967 Alas,....there's method to my madness,..as I don't spoon feed. But,.I will say this,..it centers on the pic,....happy searching!
@Kent Phil 1967 @Kent HAHAHA,....when I purchased the album,..I hadn't noticed what she was doing,..at first. Then,...Eureka!!!...you can't make that up,..and the censors wondered (alouD),..how Tull was able to get away wiff it!......now dats entertainment!
Hey Bri .... looks like Ian Anderson is touring in the US later this year doing Thick as a brick
Just in case you didn't know
Beansprout---The Aussies have been covering up a national inferiority complex with a lot of false bravado since their emergence into the civilized world. Disdained as a continent-sized penal colony for decades, they strive to prove their macho image is not just posturing. Thus the "hard drinker", tougher than nails projection. Actually Wussies would describe them better.
The real natural resource of Australia is the aborigine Maori The true macho men of Australia. When the present caucasian population is measured against the noble Maori--well, instant inferiority!
So let it be written!
@Palm Feathers A man after my own heart!
thanks - but PFC Palm knew when to duck and when to cover.
And when to re-primer the Jeep.......
@Palm Feathers That statement makes you "tougher" than anyone of them!
they were ALL tougher than me - for sure.
Morning Mr Butts
Truth - we had a 'few' other Nationals where I was - among them Australians and South Koreans.
Both - some tough folks - just saying.
Koreans were ANIMALS - Aussies weren't too far behind.
For you Bri ...... Don't tell me off though!!! hahaha
I noticed something - new.
When I go over to OTI - there is no 'Comment' section.
A 'glitch' , vacation or have I been banned somehow ???
I don't even post there.
Oh,..and b4 I forget and still able to post sumptin'...quite frankly,.I was surprised,..unless I missed it,..which is possible,..that none of you hamhocks ever made much of my AVT,..which is frankly the best Album cover of all time,..containing the greatest "rock" song of all time. That tells me sumptin'.................GK.
@briview Hey I saw Jethro Tull live once!!!! Just recognised it now nice one Bri!!!
Did too - Aqualung.
And - it WAS a good album - still have it.
My grandkids always want to look at my albums - and eww and ahh over where music 'used' to come from.......
I have not abandoned youse guys,..you need a GK. TBT,...I'm having serious issues wiff my C64,.and trying to post here has become a futile experience at times. The moment of troof is near,..and I'll prolly have to open my sealed wallet agin,..this decade,..to purchase a second generation C64,..whatever dat is. I'll be back,..by and bye...By the way,..hey dutchmaster,..who I attached dat moniker in a noble way,..did you look up dat Goshohoppen (sp) festival I mentioned yesterday?...I could not scroll back and looks fer yur response. Carry on,...knuckleheads.
don't know about a GK - but this town SURE needs an enema
OK, Dutch out..............gotta go make the doughnuts....................vanilla creme inside...............OK, Palmer?
As an addition to what I said last night, it was fun seeing other points of view expressed in the blurg. Looking forward to all of them. Don't think anyone expects a true X's and O's piece out of anyone, but there is more to football than just that. I promise you my own submission was nothing like that. ATV's and Bean's were nothing like that. So if you like to write one, choose a subject you feel comfortable with. I promise you my own was NOT a football clinic. And I did some research and got info from that. Would really like to here your prospective.............even if it isn't very deep. Who needs deep anyway? And believe me, you have not achieved success, unless the "Big Dog" growls once or twice.