Oof

So I spent almost seven hours yesterday just hammering away at the commuter frame with the needle files, cleaning up the lugs and all the other points where silver touched … Read more

Vikings-Cowboys Thoughts

So here’s what I liked from the Vikes game yesterday: 1. E.J. Henderson’s pick in the fourth quarter. It’s good to see E.J. back on-form and healthy. He’s the heart … Read more

My Thoughts on the Matter

Tonight, my brother and I are going to see the Vikings play the Chiefs in a pre-season NFL game. These things are normally like watching paint dry, but c’mon — … Read more

Oh, the Geekery

Last night, at poker, it was determined that there should be a new hand: the “prime straight.” This would be A-2-3-5-7 or 2-3-5-7-A (whomever was smart enough to claim the ace as an 11 would win the apparent tie). There would also be the “prime straight flush”, of course.

We also discussed the A11 Offense, a new scheme in football which puts a center and two tight ends in front of two quarterbacks in the shotgun, and six wide receivers. From the website:

The A-11 features up to all eleven players wearing an eligible receiver jersey number, either 1-49 or 80- 99, with two quarterbacks in the shotgun formation at 7 yards, and with nobody under center – thereby meeting the criteria for a scrimmage kick formation. In “base” sets, the A-11 Offense has a center, and a tight end on each side, and three wide receivers to the right, and left respectively. By spreading the potentially eligible receivers across the entire field, it forces the defense to account for every possible receiver on each play. Of course, on any given play, only six of those players can go downfield to catch a pass, and the five “covered” players remain ineligible to catch a downfield pass on that particular play.

Pretty nifty stuff, really. I’m hoping that it’ll be a possible addition to the next version of Madden, and I’d love to see some NFL team play some A11 this year or next.

In other geekitude, I’m building a new Wintel machine.

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