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JONFINEPRODUCTIONS.COM NEWSLETTER   8/10/17 Newsletter
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THE WIZARDRY OF OS
By Scott Osborne
Assistant Basketball Coach and Head Swimming Coach at Central High

        Do you remember the NFL preseason last year?  I don’t remember everything, but I remember a few things.
        I remember the Saints did not win a game.  For most NFL teams it doesn’t matter if they win or lose preseason games.  The Patriots could lose every game and still be who they are when the season starts.  The Saints don’t fall in the category presently.
        New Orleans has not won a preseason game in two years and have gotten off to slow starts in the regular season.  I don’t think the preseason losses are the cause for the slow starts.  But, the slow starts are a problem, and that is one aspect Sean Payton and Drew Brees have talked about each year.  They have openly talked about the need to avoid 0-3 or 1-4 starts to the season.  As a result, I just have a feeling this team could use some wins in the preseason to help relax.
The Saints have been 7-9 three years in a row.  They have lost all their preseason games the last two years.  The earlier something happens differently to make the team feel that this year will be different, the better.
I also remember the offensive line was terrible in the preseason.  As it turned out, the line played pretty well during the regular season.  Many conclude that the preseason doesn’t matter as a result, but I disagree.  The preseason taught the coaches and front office they had to do something and just before the season started the Saints signed Jahri Evans.  Thank you Seattle.
I still don’t think one game in the preseason matters, but the short four game season as a whole can give important insight on a team.
        LSU is having their own 4 game preseason behind closed doors.  There has been a lot of talk and concern about the offensive line.  Dropping down to 11 scholarship lineman is not ideal, but that is not my concern.
Defensive lineman, outside linebackers, receivers, and running backs rotate.  As a result, teams need to be two deep at all those positions.  Offensive line, middle linebacker, starting defensive backs, and preferably quarterbacks do not rotate.  Jamal Adams did not come off the field last year.  Ethan Pocic only came out for injury.  The depth on the offensive line will only become a concern if injuries happen.
I can hear you now, so settle down.  I know 3 offensive lineman were held out of the first preseason scrimmage for LSU.  My guess is offensive lineman are being treated with kid gloves because of the lack of depth, and that would be smart.
Honestly, I am slightly concerned about the offensive line, but not as concerned as I would have been if I knew LSU was going to lineup in the same formations and run between the tackles no matter what.  The other thing to keep in mind is the Coach Grimes does a great job of teaching offensive lineman to play multiple positions.  So the most prepared players are going to play, not simply the next player on the depth chart if they are not ready.
To repeat, the situation is not ideal, but I don’t think LSU’s current offensive line situation is a reason to think LSU will lose more games than whatever you thought a week ago.  Of course, if one more lineman in the top 7 is lost for the year, ignore what I just wrote.
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HEY REF
BY DENNIS DEARIE
VETERAL LOUISIANA HS REFEREE

        This week I’ll be keeping my words short because I’ve got some serious things to say and don’t want to bore anyone with BS that doesn’t matter. With that said let get out of the way two things; one is of course the continued racism that the NFL has shown and is showing toward that great patriot Colin Kaepernick. Seems there will be a rally in front of the NFL’s New York offices. It’s an attempt to do two things; (1) Shake down the 32 NFL owners and (2) Get Kaepernick a job.
        What many people don’t know or care is that “KAP” was adopted by a very wealthy WHITE FAMILY. He never wanted for anything, never went hungry and whatever he wanted he got. His new family spoiled him in every way possible. He lives in a $4.5 million dollar estate in an exclusive part of southern California. So he’s just another spoiled little rich kid and he’s playing America like a fool. If he cared about the treatment of blacks in America he’d be doing something to reverse the wrongs this country is guilty of in dealings with its black citizens.
        But alas, Mr. Kaepernick is just another left wing socialist liberal who needs to put his money where his mouth is or is that where he’s his foot is? He doesn’t live anywhere close to the ‘Da Hood and probably has never even seen one first hand. So if you want to HELP this guy then send all your money to me in small unmarked twenty dollar bills and I’ll be sure to deliver it to him. That’s my last comment and wasted space I’ll reserve for that idiot.
        Next subject falls under the title of “You’ve got to insane”! In my latest edition of Referee magazine they ran a short article announcing that those good-ole boys at the NFL are re-naming the position that was once called “HEAD-LINESMAN” to “DOWN JUDGE”. In their statement announcing the change the NFL says “the position needs a more GENDER NUETRAL TITLE”! It just so happens that the lone female official employed by the NFL is moving to that position this year. Just a coincidence, I think not! You be the judge, just make sure you’re a more gender neutral judge so you won’t be labeled a, well I’ll just end my comment there.
        Some of you might be aware that I just completed a three part report on what I’ve seen, experienced and know are some of the problems with the LHSAA, its football officials and their football coaches. What a lot of you don’t know is and what I found out to be true is many of you don’t give a rat’s behind about the problems and/or troubles facing the high school game. So, I asked myself if those who earn their living coaching the sport and those charged with making sure rules are followed and those responsible for putting the best qualified people in charge of the games don’t care then why should I care?
        I’ve been wondering how do I and how should I answer those questions? This continued denial of an 800 pound gorilla in the room seems to be fine with far too many people involved with high school athletics. And that’s probably the biggest problem, far too many clicks, far too many drinking buddies, far too many wanna-be’s and far too many that just don’t care to change the course of where high school football is headed.
        Here’s a quick comparison from my “old school training” and this “new math” style of officiating. Back, WAY BACK, in order to get on a varsity field on any given Friday night you had to be “seasoned” which means 5 or 6 years of paying your dues ON THE FIELD and NOT IN THE BARROOM. And after that you’d be given a couple of games to see if you can handle the heat. And if you could then and only then you’d make that very long climb from one “A” schools to four and five “A” schools. Now compare that to this crap going on today where an assigner can get his buddy or boss that had never seen a varsity locker-room much less a varsity game to be in a crew working 5-A games as his first ever exposure to the craft I so love. You might think I’m making that up but you coaches know that’s almost an every year event.
        Then you’ve got these twenty something head coaches that are just another example of what is definitely not the best way in which to raise kids. They don’t have respect for any authority and can’t figure out why they can’t control their kids during the games. Hell, they can’t control them during practices and coaches themselves have zero thoughts or ideas on how to keep control of players from day to day much less from week to week.
        Today’s officials are more like cannibals during the games than human beings. Quick example, an official on my side throws three straight penalties on our sidelines then throws a player out of the game. So I ask “What’d he do? What’d he say”? Instead of telling he looks at me in total disgust and yells “Am I supposed to train you too”? Here’s a kid just starting his third season and he talks down to me and I’ve got nearly 25 years under my belt. He had absolutely no idea what it means to work together and to communicate with the entire crew so we can keep the game under control.
        You’ve got coaches and officials answering to a state wide association that’s only concerned with making money. They’ve camouflaged another link in the “chain of command” between itself and its officials with the creation of the LHSOA, Louisiana High School Official’s Association. They claim it was put in place as a way to communicate with its officials. But we, the officials, didn’t ask for this new entity but we did get the bill and are forced to join this union to work high school games. We communicated for decades by just using a telephone. Not a cell phone but one that had a small cable coming out of the wall with a round dial and numbers punched out.
We thought we’d hit the big times when we got new phones with buttons instead of a round disk. All this modernization yet no one is communicating. I see absolutely no positives or reasons for the LHSOA existing. We all know how useful T*TS are on a bore hog but the LHSOA is more like a nipple on the T*TS of a bore hog. More is not better it is much less and before things get better we should all take a cue from a certain car that changed the world at 86 miles an hour and if not for science fiction we’d never know we had to go back to the future to fix things and make ‘em right.
   Till next week…..
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