Wednesday, August 31, 2011
If you're anything like me, a year only has two seasons..........there's college football season, and there's the offseason, that's it. And as I'm typing this, we are only 24 hours away from the most wonderful 4 months of the year. UNLV vs Wisconsin (ESPN) and Miss St. vs Memphis (Sports South, at least here in South Carolina) will tee it up at 8pm EST Thursday night, bringing joy to college football fans around the globe. TCU vs Baylor (ESPN) and Mich St vs Youngstown St (Big Ten Network) continue the festivities on Friday. Then, on Saturday, the game we've all been waiting for.................LSU vs Oregon at 8pm on ABC. Wait, what's that you say? OHHHHHH that's right, UGA has a game then too. Suffice it to say that I'm as giddy as a schoolgirl.
Obviously I'm on record as predicting a UGA loss on Saturday night. But man, I'm still wrestling with how I really feel about this game. It is essentially a battle between heart and mind. My heart says that this is the dawning of a new era for Coach Richt, and we're going to come out and play some lights out football.......new innovations on offense, a nasty attitude on defense, and young talent stepping to the plate and knocking it out of the park.
Then my mind says............"Seriously?" I remember the fact that once Richt abandoned the no-huddle offense, the words "UGA's offense" and "innovative" have never belonged in the same sentence.......unless, of course, that sentence was "UGA's offense is not innovative". I remember how many times I've sat there dumbfounded the past few years watching our defense play like they never watched any game film of the opponent leading up to that game. I remember wondering why I had gone to all the effort to show up for the game, when the team clearly did not. In short, I just remember that sick feeling of utter disappointment in my gut too many times recently. I don't know if it's a defensive mechanism that I just don't want to let my hopes get up too high for this game or what, but I just can't escape the feeling that we're not going to win on Saturday. Though I do agree to an extent with LC and SimpleMan that maybe how we play is more important than whether we win or lose as far as boosting confidence for the following week against the 'Cocks.
Of course, once I get a couple of drinks in me at an as-yet-to-be-established location in Downtown Atlanta on Saturday afternoon, all of my analysis will go out the window and I will be 100% certain that we are not only going to win, we are going to destroy BSU so badly that they're going to just give up on D-1 football and go back to being a JUCO. I hope LC, SimpleMan, and Reeder 3:16 have updated their texting plans, because I will likely be blowing up their phones with proclamations of grandeur - for both the Dawgs and myself. I can be quite entertaining.
On a different note, I'm fascinated by the Bacarri Rambo saga. I get what Tyler Dawgden is saying, but I can't help but spend hours the past couple of days obsessing over what is going on. Up until yesterday, I was certain that he had been suspended for the first game, and Richt just hadn't announced it yet. But the longer this drags on, I just don't know anymore. It's not Richt's style to play coy like this, and it's not like Rambo is a superstar player that teams have to scheme around to make it worth keeping the other team guessing. I just don't get it. Maybe Grantham has some things up his sleeves --- I can see how running some sets with 3 safeties on the field, moving Rambo closer to the line of scrimmage where he can make plays without having his pass coverage skills in the deep secondary exposed, would be good against a team like BSU who likes to attack you all over the field. It would get more speed up front, and you could use Rambo to spy on the TE's or the RB's on the underneath routes. But then again, maybe he really is suspended and we won't see him at all. It's just odd either way........I'm not sure what there is to gain by playing so coy with the media. Again, it's not like his presence - or lack thereof - is going to change Boise's game plan.
Anyway, it's football season, baby. Let the good times roll.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Um, I have no idea.
I really don't, but I'm going to lay out how I'm more concerned with how we look and how a loss might not be the worst thing in the world. Just bear with me:
To me, the program started it's gradual fall off the cliff after 2005. If not for that magical run in 2007 (which was actually the 2nd half of the season; does everyone remember the gloom & doom after that Vandy game and entering the bye week before UF? We actually stomped on the Vandy star and saw the first official glimpse of Evil Richt as he admonished the players for doing so. Moreno had his coming out party vs. the Gators and we couldn't be beat the rest of the way, finishing #2 in the nation), we would officially be entering year 6 of the downward slope. The Blackout game vs. Bama showed we weren't ready to play with the big boys (that's when the concerns about the S&C program first started to be loudly brought up) as we were dominated physically from the start and probably mentally after the end of the 1st quarter.
The cries for Willie Martinez's head became louder and louder and Richt finally started making moves, the latest being the long-overdue revamping of the aforementioned S&C program. The locker room cancers we suspected last year have been brought to light by carefully-worded phrases from the head coach and other players.
Where are we now? Well, there's a lot of positive talk about how we look in practice, in the weight room, on the field, etc. That's all fine well and dandy, but if we come out looking unprepared, get beat on big plays and get outworked by a less talented team, the bitching is going to be at a record level, the wardrobe jokes are going to be unbearable, Rev will cancel this blog and the whole talk is cheap crap will be splattered all over the wall after it gets done hitting the fan.
Now, let's say we come out looking strong on both sides of the ball, showing some fiestiness, yet still lose. That, I can live with. Entering the pivotal week 2 showdown w/ SC, we need to be in a positive frame of mind because that game is infinitely more important and is going to be a lot tougher, IMHO. Coming in off a hard-fought loss will likely have us pissed off. Coming in after getting embarrassed will likely have our psyche more fragile than that of an overweight supermodel.
This is the biggest issue I have with opening w/ Boise State: after the craptacular way we finished last year, opening with the #5 team in the country is really ballsy and potentially galactically stupid. If we play well and beat them, the demons are exorcised and everyone can breathe a sigh of relief. If we get our asses whipped (which I honest to God don't think will happen), dust off your torches and pitchforks.
Now, here's my game prediction: if our front 7 performs as expected and the secondary doesn't give up big plays, we'll be in this game. We do not in any way shape, form or fashion want to get into a shootout with these ponies. Along with the strong D, if our TBs and receivers perform well, we'll win. If their D line shuts down our running game and we sputter moving the ball downfield, we'll lose.
Sports is about momentum & motivation. You can have all the talent and all the plays, but unless you really come to play and do what you're supposed to do, it's a crapshoot. Richt can only motivate and game plan so much. I really think the key for us is going to be how we start. If it's on O, breaking off a big play (deep ball or a big run by Crowell) or if it's on D, knocking Moore around like he's Colt Brennan and/or snuffing their first series will get the crowd into it and we should be off and running. It's going to be a big challenge for us and we're all about to find out if we're back on track or still have a ways to go.
I'm nervous and excited as hell.
Prediction: If we play well & control the line of scrimmage, UGA 31, BSU 17
If we don't, BSU 35, UGA 21
Saturday can't get here soon enough.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
-Lao Tzu, circa 550 B.C.
"Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window."
- Peter F Drucker, 1987
Here we go, time to dazzle and amaze you guys with my predictions for the upcoming season. I'm going to do this in 4 sections:
- Conference Winners, minus the SEC
- National Title Winner
- UGA-Boise State
Rev's Pick - Central Michigan
* Conference USA - Houston is excited that Case Keenum was granted a 6th year of eligibility due to missing most of last year with a torn ACL. However, their defense stinks. Actually, a lot of the defenses in this league are pretty weak, as Conference USA has become what the WAC used to be....all offense, all the time. UCF impressed me as a solid, all around ballclub in the bowl game though.
Rev's Pick - Central Florida
* Big East - Every expert out there is predicting West Virginia to not only win, but pretty much dominate the conference this year. I'm telling you though, Dana Holgorsen is a loose cannon. It's been confirmed that he had to be escorted out of a casino for getting too rowdy, and there are other rumored similar incidents out there, not to mention the fiasco that led to him becoming head coach to start with (that wasn't his fault, but craziness seems to find him)......this all before he's coached a single game. He may be a genius, but who knows if he's going to keep himself out of trouble from one day to the next. So just to be a contrarian.....
Rev's Pick - USF
* Pac 12 - Unless the NCAA drops the hammer and makes them ineligible, it's pretty hard to pick against the Ducks. Chip Kelly's got some issues on his hands, but the dude can coach.
Rev's Pick - Oregon
* Big 10 - I'll refrain from any comments about the division names or the number-defying conference name. Even with all it has been through, Ohio State is still loaded with talent this year, and I think they will have a better year than most people expect. However, there's only one program that looks solid from top to bottom right now.
Rev's Pick - Wisconsin
* Big 12 - Again, no comments about mathematically challenged conference names. It's become the en vogue thing the past couple of weeks to say that Oklahoma is overrated. Consider me non vogue.
Rev's Pick - Oklahoma
* ACC - Florida State sure is getting a lot of love for a program that hasn't had less than 4 losses in the past 6 years, and hasn't seen less than 3 losses in the past 10 years. Until I see it on the field, I'm not ready to buy it yet.
Rev's Pick - Va Tech
Friday, August 26, 2011
I'm not freaking out yet, I know it's not uncommon for this to be done as a precaution, to assist in the healing process even though a boot isn't "necessary". But if it really is a bad injury, this is an injury that impacts all three areas - defense, special teams, and offense - and it's rare for one injury to cause that much impact. We'll keep our fingers crossed until official news is released.
**Update - I went to Branden's Twitter feed, and saw this from this morning, before any news had broken:
I'm trying a new feature that allows embedded tweets, but the timestamps are coming through a little screwy. Branden's tweet was from about 7:30 this morning, Radi's was from a couple of hours ago. Anyway, if he was just waking up from having had a serious injury the day before, gotta think his tweet would be less on the sunny side. So I'm going to take that as evidence that this is not a major injury, but we shall see.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Proposal 2011-87 suggests that the NCAA should allow four teams from leagues that don't play conference championship games to play a pair of invitational games. It's not a playoff. It's not an alternative to the BCS. It's only a chance for teams to play a 13th regular-season game that could make for excellent December viewing.
I do still like our helmets more, but think they got us beat on the rest.
Like the Rev said Wed, most of us are in the "no idea" camp when trying to figure out what we'll be this year. I've been reading some articles coming out of Boise and they appear very confident going into our game and probably with good reason. They proved in last year's game against Virginia Tech that they can travel across the country and play in this big national game. We of course didn’t prove much last year. I was surprised how we fought back to .500 to make a bowl game. I really thought after the Colorado loss, the team was done and the season was going to be epicly bad. I wonder how much that awful bowl game factors into fans psyche this year. If we blow out UCF, does everyone feel just a little better about this season, who knows.
I always like to look at betting sites for previews about games. They might not be right but they are in the business of making money, so they don’t have the usual regional, conference associated bias that a lot of other media may have. Boise by 3 in our backyard.
This obviously makes sense based on everything we know. The problem is that we have so many unknowns. Here’s my list of 5 keys to the game for a dawg win (in order of most important):
1) Defense – stop the run and pressure the QB. Moore is too good to give him time. We’ve never been a team that can put up huge numbers when we get behind. Sometimes we’ve proven we can score with teams but that does not include making huge comebacks. More times than not, we tend to make big deficits, huge deficits. *Please do not mention the great comeback against West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl, I was there and at the end of the day, we still lost. It’s only a comeback to me, if you end up winning* I really think we’re in trouble if this game gets in the high 20’s, low 30’s. Not saying we can’t win a shootout but our odds are better keeping it low scoring.
2) Defense – see #1. Discipline, everyone knows how they like to use a lot of misdirection, so stay on assignments and don’t get caught looking in the back field and let your guy run right past you. This has been a huge issue the last 2 plus seasons. Blown assignments have led to big plays, we were always a bend not break D under BVG. I think that will serve us well against Boise. Even though it’s the first game, we can’t give away first downs on penalties, make them earn every yard.
3) Don’t get too cute on offense – Boise’s defense is very good but at the end of the day, we are deeper, bigger, and faster. I’ve never understood why a team that’s so much bigger than another (not that we are that much) doesn’t just power over them. I know a defense can scheme and put a few more in the box, but Wisconsin tells you at the coin flip that they’re going to run it down your throat and they usually do. This is the way I think, so I’m always blown away when a App State beats a Michigan.
4) Special teams – take advantage of our stronger special teams. Convincingly win the field position battle and I like our chances.
5) Coaching – this is obviously more import but I’m specifically talking about mid game adjustments. I think coaches that can quickly process information and adjust make a huge difference in the first few games of the year (against good opponents). Since we aren’t 100% sure what our strengths/weaknesses are, we need the coaches to be able to pick them out quickly and adjust to them. Everyone has tape to watch later in the season but these first few games need more adjustment ability than normal. I’m reminded of a GA/FL game Rev and I went to back in the day when they threw 30 plus screen plays and we never adjusted to them. It was one of the most frustrating things to watch.
I haven't told the other, more frequent, posters about the proposal of game predictions. We usually do this through email randomly throughout the season. I think it's time to make it public and take all the criticism that comes with it. So keep checking next week for us to put it out there on the line......from outside the arena. We'll just take it one game at a time.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
His decision making is often unconventional and sometimes borders on reckless. But it's rooted in a belief in his players and a belief that they are prepared to execute something a little different. The players take note. And as a result, they love playing for Miles. He's fun. He likes to go for it. He believes in them. And the game is never over when Miles is your coach. It makes for a healthy player/coach relationship that has benefitted LSU over the last six years.And that right there absolutely nails my biggest criticism of Richt and his staff the past few years. There has been no belief in the players whatsoever (Blutarsky and PWD were addressing these issues as far back as 2 years ago, and to this point we have not seen it change on the field). That was evidenced when we kicked the field goal against UCF. It was evidenced every time we sent Logan Gray out to fair catch the ball, instead of putting somebody on the field who could make something happen. It is evidenced when you have a QB slinging the ball well all over the field, yet you choose to run Carlton Thomas up the middle on 3rd and 12 because you're too scared that you might throw an interception. The list goes on and on.
Now certainly there is a bit of a chicken/egg scenario in that do the players have to earn the faith of the coaches first, or do the coaches have to show faith in the players first? I would argue that the coaches have to show the faith first. If you call plays and believe in the players to step up and make those plays, then more often than not they will. And even if they fail, you have to continue believing in them, and if you do that, then they are more likely to succeed the next time around. But if you constantly make decisions showing that you don't trust the players to make big plays, then even when you do finally make a gutsy call, the players have been conditioned to not be confident in those situations. Early in Richt's career at UGA, he became known for being gutsy, there were numerous gutsy 4th down calls that he made or special teams strategies that put the players in position to make plays, and it nearly always worked. It became a positive feedback cycle..........the more times Richt made gutsy calls, the more times the players believed in him and came through, which gave Richt more confidence to make future gutsy calls, which made the players believe in themselves and the coaches even more, and so on and so forth. But the past few years have been just the opposite. In order for us to turn things back around, Richt has to find a way to reinstill that belief in himself and in the players, and make decisions accordingly. Richt has made a lot of changes recently, but if this mentality does not change, I'm afraid the rest of the changes won't matter. If it DOES change, however, watch out........we could be in for a fun year.
The article is written in terms of evaluating NFL QB's, but would apply at any level. Here is the basic premise:
QBR starts with this insight: Any possession in a football game has an expected value -- the average number of points the team with possession can expect to score, based on all the historical outcomes for teams facing the same down, distance, field position and time remaining. And that means we can evaluate any play by how much it increases or decreases a team's expected point total.It goes on to explain how it accounts for factors such as that a QB should get more credit for a 5 yard pass on 3rd and 3 (which increases the chance of scoring on that drive) than completing a 5 yard pass on 3rd and 15 (which does not). It also rewards things like "clutch" plays and penalizes things not currently taken into account for QB ratings, like QB's who are bad about taking sacks.
There have already been some criticisms (as there always are) of this proposed method, including this piece from Yahoo Sports. While the lack of a strength of opponent factor is a valid criticism, it's still far better than what is out there now. It will be an interesting metric to watch this year, and if it catches on at the NFL level, I hope it eventually catches on at the NCAA level as well. It would give a more interesting perspective on QB ratings.
**If you ever see a link that you think would make a good blog post, please don't be shy about sending it in, like Andy did. I never realized how hard it is to come up with ideas for blog posts - until I started blogging. You think you've got all these great ideas, then after you've written about 10 posts, you realize "Ummmm.......errrrrr......well, that's about all I had to say". So any help is appreciated! You can send me an email by clicking on my name on the right hand side of the blog here, then click on "Email" on my profile page. I'm also on Twitter, @Rev_Whitewall**
Richt on Monday reeled off several players’ names that he said followed strong springs with a continued high level of play this preseason.
The list included safety Shawn Williams, safety/ cornerback Sanders Commings and cornerbacks Branden Smith and Brandon Boykin.
Notably absent was senior safety Bacarri Rambo, who started every game last season when he was second on the team with 82 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.
Rambo did not get first-team work in the 10-minute portion of practice open to the media on Tuesday.
Richt said secondary coach Scott Lakatos would have to answer the question of which players are the starters at safety now.
"I wouldn’t know how to answer that," Richt said. "I know there are at least three that are ready to play, if not four."
Williams and Commings were the first-team safeties in practice.
Rambo has not been available for interviews this preseason after practice. A Georgia spokesman said Rambo did not want to do interviews on Monday.
There's something more to the story here. Either some in-house discipline, or a not-yet-announced suspension for the opener, and I'm beginning to suspect the latter. I have no inside info, just giving my artful interpretation of the tea leaves.
Well, I guess Derek Dooley does have a limit.
Vols safety Janzen Jackson, who was probably UT's biggest playmaker on defense (and another of Lane Kiffin's gem recruits), has apparently been dismissed according to this tweet:
If you'll remember, Jackson has had quite the checkered experienced during his time with the Vols. But despite having been part of an attempted armed robbery, another suspension due to violating team rules, then withdrawing from school and leaving for five months, Dooley had welcomed him back this summer. No word yet on what the straw was that broke the camel's back, but this is a huge loss for a very young Tennessee defense.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
*Update* - the consensus seems to be that unless there is more to the story than has been reported, it's hard to see how Charles did anything that would jeopardize his eligibility. I don't see why he would get into trouble for going to a guy's house and looking at jerseys........as long he didn't take one of those jerseys (or any other items) home with him. But as long as there's nothing else to it, we should be good to go.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
You know how you get onto YouTube sometimes, then start clicking on the suggested videos that pop up on the right hand side, and continue doing that until you end up watching things that have absolutely nothing to do with what you started out looking for? I had one of those episodes the other night. I pulled up and started watching some music videos from back in the 90's, then I followed some threads that lead me to sports-related music, then to people doing crazy dances like you see on the jumbotron at sporting events........then the next thing I knew, I was watching Braylon Edwards doing the Dougie:
I don't know what I find funnier....#65 demonstrating the Dougie as he's pleading his case to the officials, or the guys making comments in the background. All I know is I laughed a lot when I watched this. The only thing that would have made this better is if Ed Hochuli (he of the mighty bulging biceps) had actually said "Dead ball foul..............Unsportsmanlike conduct.......Illegal use of the Dougie." I think that would have even topped Ron Cherry's iconic use of "Giving him the business".
Monday, August 15, 2011
- The more I think about it, the more I don't want SEC expansion to happen. It almost seems to me like if you go to 14 teams, you have to go 16 teams from a competitive balance standpoint. Assuming they want to keep an 8 game SEC schedule for teams (I hope they wouldn't go to a 9 game schedule, the SEC gauntlet is already hard enough), with one being a yearly cross division rival, a 14 team setup becomes odd. Instead of playing your yearly rival plus two other teams from the other division, you would only play your yearly rival and then one other team from the other division. And assuming you do a home & home with that other team, you would go 10 years between playing any one specific team from the other division (outside of your yearly rival). So it would make more sense to go to 16 teams. With that, you would play the other 7 teams in your division, then your annual cross-division rivalry, so your SEC schedule would be the same every year. This actually would work well in that you wouldn't have the wide variation in schedule strength that you see now between teams in the same division (for example, neither UGA or SC play 'Bama or LSU this year, whereas UF gets them both). The only variation in schedule strength would depend on how good your yearly rival is that year compared to everyone else's......but it would be less of a variation than we have now. However, I just don't want a 16 team SEC. I don't have a concrete, logical reason as to why I don't..............I just don't.
- Some of you know I live in the Greenville, SC area, which is of course near Clemson. The Clemson fans are all thinking if the big expansion does happen, then they will get an invite along with FSU. However, I don't see any chance at all that both of those schools get an invitation to the SEC. The purpose of expansion would be to bring in new markets, so that ESPN will pay more money. Teams like Missouri (St Louis & Kansas City markets), Texas A&M (Dallas &Houston), Va Tech (D.C.), and even UNC or NC State (Charlotte, Raleigh Durham, etc) all bring new markets to the table. Clemson and FSU do not. I agree that culturally, both would be a great fit in the SEC...........but if expansion happens, it will be only for money........tradition, competition, etc will not be a consideration. If the SEC is for some reason only able to land 3 out of the list above, then I could seem them taking Clemson or FSU just for balance, but I see no way that both get in.
- I was watching the 2009 UGA-Auburn game on CSS last week, and noticed a couple of things. The first was that Ealey sure did look a lot quicker as a freshman than he did as a sophomore. Not sure what to read into that, just an observation. The second was that I was surprised at how small of a role Fairley played in their defense in 2009. I looked it up, and for the entire year, he only had 28 tackles and 1 sack (of course, that sack came against us at about our own 2 yard line). Just like John Jenkins, Fairley came in as a JUCO transfer - though he had only played one year of JUCO ball, he redshirted his first year. But it took him a year of playing at the D-1 level to blossom. Obviously we saw what type of dominating player he developed into, though. I'm saying all that just to say this: if Jenkins doesn't come out and dominate right away, cut him some slack, it doesn't mean he won't become dominant. Obviously I'd love to have him come in and have an immediate impact like Cody did, but I think the more realistic expectation is for him to be a solid contributor early on, and hopefully develop into the beast we all want down the road.
The team got a much needed day of rest yesterday, hopefully we have some good practices this week.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
If Texas A&M does jump conferences, how much do you care about that move opening up the Texas recruiting market to Mark Richt and Georgia?Much has been made about the fact that by adding Texas A&M, it would open up the Texas market to recruiting by the SEC schools. However, I think it will only help the recruiting of a few SEC schools..........namely LSU, Arkansas, the Mississippi duo, and MAYBE the Alabama schools.
High School basketball players routinely commit to top schools that are long distances from where they live....but while that does happen some with HS football players, the more common occurrence is that they stay relatively close to home. For example, while not all the top talent in Georgia stays in-state, they're usually at least going to one of the bordering states (SC, AL, TN, FL). It's a relatively small percentage of big name players coming out of Georgia that do not end up either staying in state, or playing at one of the schools in these states. For exactly that reason, I don't see UGA now being able to go out and grab a bunch of TX talent. You'd have to figure if we're going all the way to Texas for a guy, he's a stud recruit, so everybody is going to want him. So to get him to come, he'd have to choose us over top notch programs like the Texas schools, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, LSU, both the Alabama schools, Florida, and Tennessee.....all of whom are as close or closer to home than we would be. Yes, Stafford came from TX, but that was a unique case due to his father's UGA connection. But for the most part, top players in Texas aren't going to start coming to UGA just because the SEC now has a presence in the state.
The other point I've seen is that UGA could receive an indirect benefit by other schools turning more of their focus on recruiting the state of Texas and less emphasis on Georgia. Again, for all the reasons stated above, I just don't see that happening. The schools in our border states aren't going to all of a sudden put less emphasis on Georgia talent, because again speaking geographically, it's going to be much harder to pull talent out of Texas than it is to pull out of Georgia for those schools, too. Arkansas and LSU will definitely turn up their recruiting efforts in Texas, but it's not like we lose a lot of top in-state talent to either of those schools (yes, there are exceptions, but neither of them has a strong recruiting foothold in GA). If I were a fan of Arkansas or LSU, I'd be pretty excited about this potential development....but as a UGA fan, I'm pretty ambivalent. If it happens, great, but if it doesn't, that's fine too. I would be more interested in who is brought in along with A&M to balance the divisions, but that will be a post for another day.
Hope everyone has a dandy weekend.
He and the staff said it's not serious and he should be ready to run all over the Broncos as promised.
On a somewhat related note, I just read somewhere else that we didn't lose our top 2 rushers. We were relieved of them.
Friday, August 12, 2011
"Also an apparent golfer, North Korean state media reports that Kim routinely shoots three or four holes-in-one per round."
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Anyway, I really enjoyed this post about good ol' Uncle Verne, and though it was worth sharing.