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Feb. 1 2003 11:19 AM

Signifying Everything

First Fray reactions to the Space Shuttle disaster.

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This whole business of planning ahead to use Chapter 11 to force concessions from bondholders (outside stockholders being long since forgotten about) is coming to resemble an American version of the Japanese zombie corporation.

MVPosters: Joining the star ranks are baltimore-aureole (for Prudence, and the Kathleen Kennedy Townsend watch), Betty_The_Crow (for this [the best post ever?], and much else), ElboRuum (because I got tired of checking the funny ones), Retief (for solid citizenship all round), and WVMicko (one of Kaus's sharper needles). I have already tagged them (just to make sure they are starred in time for the big speech), but they should still drop by Best of the Fray for their kudos ... 11:40 p.m.

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Sunday, Jan. 26, 2002

Pirates of Mission Bay: Bucs fans or citizens of Raider Nation, many Fraysters don't buy Romesh Ratnesar's takedown of the West Coast Offense. Two key points.

1. W.C.O. is about control from the box:

Ratnesar: In the WCO, a quarterback's imagination and creativity are subordinate to timing, accuracy, and strict adherence to "the system"; the actual strategizing is done by groups of coaches watching the action from stadium skyboxes.

Gaucherre-2 (here): Sorry, mister, but the Raiders often play no-huddle style, and Gannon frequently (like 50% of the time or more) changes the play when he sees how the defense is lined up against them.

2. Disrupt the timing, and the W.C.O. goes down.

Ratnesar: The Bucs are loaded with the kinds of big, fast defenders who can disrupt Gannon's rhythm, hound his receivers, and prevent them from turning short passes into big gains.

Johngcecil (here): it is almost impossible to "disrupt the timing" of the west coast offense AS LONG AS THE RECEIVERS GET OFF THE LINE QUICKLY, because the quarterback takes such a short drop and the pass is off in about half the time of a traditional 7-step drop passing set. this ability to get off the line is the specialty of jerry rice and tim brown - that, and running really precise patterns. you don't think that every team who played the 49ers in their prime didn't try to "disrupt the timing" of the west coast offense?

(Undiscussed is the recent conventional wisdom 180 on Raiders Offensive Coordinator Marc Trestman, whose flavor of W.C.O. was long blamed for Jake Plummer's arrested development. Call: Fraywatch doesn't like the Raiders, but we respect them, even giving the points. Update: Dwayne was right (see below); bring back the old Trestman c.w.)

Finally, TonyAdragna and macbob intelligently battle over Al Davis's legacy beginning here. ...

Dwayne took the Bucs, but that was with the old helmets: Jackson Lears and Eric Banks describe an America locked in a perpetual struggle between the aleatory and W. Edwards Deming. Flyn still remembers Sister Mary Petronella's warning: playing marbles "for keeps" is a mortal sin.

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