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Lucky or good? I’ve got a few of these stories and heres one I told 8 years ago on my blog. Yes, it’s a true story too, although you may have your doubts. But I guarantee, it’s the truth. The year was 1967, I was a junior on the varsity football team and once again we just happened to be playing the Spalding Irish at Peoria Public Schools Stadium. I had been having a pretty good game at halfback in passing situations because I was a good pass protector. I had a great cut block. (illegal today in high school ball) I had only carried the ball a couple of times for short yardage. Anyway, Spalding was whipping us pretty good as always and the game was winding down to the last minute with Spalding on our three yard line ready to score again. Spalding went 10-0 that year and was coached by the great Merv Haycock. Coach Traficano, our head coach, was pretty frustrated and turned around looking at all of us guys on the sideline yelling, “Does ANYONE want to play?” He looked square at me and yelled, “Albaugh – you do! Get in there at left tackle!” Without a word I obeyed my coach and headed toward the huddle.  I’ve said before, I was small. How small? Well, by my junior year I had “grown” to about 5’5″ and weighed 128 pounds. That’s not exactly defensive tackle prototype. I was in fact, THE smallest player in the conference along with Jerry Butler of Peoria Manual. As I ran out onto the field I was thinking, “D tackle – where do I line up?” I got to the huddle and announced I was in at left D tackle. A player left the huddle, I don’t even remember who it was. I knew I was on the line, but beyond that I wasn’t sure where to go. “Where do I line up?” I yelled. As Spalding broke the huddle my teammates helped me with my alignment. I was in a three point stance directly in front of about a 190 pound guard. He looked 265 but I know he wasn’t. The quarterback started his cadence and as I looked at him to my right I couldn’t help but notice Spalding had very wide splits and there was nothing separating the QB from me but about three feet of open space. I couldn’t believe I was so close to him. In a split second I decided I was going to shoot the inside gap and crush that QB! The ball was snapped; I shot the A gap so quick the guard missed me and I was in free. The QB reversed out and booted to his right. Now he was to my left. I had shot the gap so quickly that I overran him. “Oh no, I missed him”, was my thought. I planted my right foot quickly and rerouted to my left and reached desperately with my left hand. As I was diving I got my left arm around his thighs, wrapped my other arm around his legs and brought him down for a two yard loss. Whew! I barely recovered. My teammates were pattin’ me on the back congratulating me. But I had learned my lesson. I was NOT going to shoot the gap again. On the second play they came right at me, probably expecting me to shoot the A gap again. They didn’t even block me as the right guard veered to my left. They ran a dive play right at me and I made the tackle on the line of scrimmage. All the guys were slapping me on the back as they pulled me to my feet. I had practically single handed made a goal line stand but they NEVER blocked me. Heck, I should have made those plays.

The game was over and I was headed toward the locker room when I heard a voice behind me. “Albaugh!” I turned and looked. It was Coach Traficano. He had a little smile and put his hand on my shoulder. “Nice job”, he said as we continued toward the locker room, “Thanks Coach”.

Now I ask you, was I lucky or good? Easy to say I was lucky, and maybe I was, but I dont believe in luck. On the 1st play, I was quick enough to recover and make an almost diving tackle. On the 2nd play, I made an adjustment and played it straight. Was it my fault the guard didnt block me? So I ask you again…was I lucky or good? You tell me…AND, THATS MY TAKE!

Is there any way the Washington Redskins are gonna remain the Redskins? Their owner has been stubborn but hes under tremendous pressure to change. Theres no way in these times theyre keepin that name. And lets face it, Redskins is not really a nice name to call a native American. Yeah, they called us caucasions “palefaces” but we  do have pale faces compared to some others. Or maybe that was just in the movies. Anyway, I predict the name will be changed before the season The question is what will the new name be? If they come up with something lame like the DREAM, or the Cloud, or the Wisp, Im gonna throwup. Here are some legit possibilities in my opinion. BRAVEHEARTS, WARRIORS, REDHAWKS, REDTAILS.

New on the Online Clinic…Herbert Davis, Head Football Coach at Madison-Ridgeland Academy in Madison, MS presents Simple Tempo…One Word Plays. Coach talks about how they play fast but do it a little differently. One signal for formation, one signal for the play. These guys can go FAST, or slow. He also shows a Sample practice script as well as a sample Game Call sheet. Good stuff. But its a simple system that they love.

I was watching Fox Sports the other night. They have a game every week thaey call MLB greatest games. This one caught my eye cause it was game 6 of the 2011 WS between STL Cards vs Texas Rangers. It really was a great WS game especially for us Cards fans. But it reminded me of episode 60…Cardia and Dynamis, perfect example. 7-5 in the bottom of 9th…Rangers 1 out away, 1 strike away…

Top 10 HW boxers of All time. MY TOP TEN. 10. Evander Holyfield (44-10-2) 6-2 225 …9. Sonny Liston (50-4) 6-1 215…8. Jack Johnson (55-11-8) 6-0 200…7. Jack Dempsey (55-6-9) 6-1 190   6. Lennox Lewis (41-2-1) 6-5 255 …Larry Holmes (69-6) 6-3 215   He was the legitimate heavyweight Champion of the world for five years into which time he crushed a commendable twelve defenses, part of a 48-0 run. He had a great jab, moved well, and good combinations. Heart, chin, skill, speed. He was a good one and Ive got him tied at #6. Next week we begin my Top 5 HWs of all time.

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Sweet 16 Countdown: 51. Alaska -9.2   50. Vermont -1.7   49. North Dakota 3.3   48. Wyoming 5.2  47. Rhode Island 8.4   46. District of Columbia 8.4   45. Delaware 14.7   44. South Dakota 15.3   43. New Hampshire 16.7   42. Montana 19.2  41. Maine 19.5   40. New Mexico 20.5  39. Oregon 24.2  38. West Virginia 26.3  37. Nevada 31.2  36. Idaho 32.2  35. Nebraska 32.6  34. New York 33.0  33. Iowa 34.4  32. Minnesota 35.9   31. Kentucky 36.3   30. Hawaii 36.5  29. Connecticut 37.3  28. Massachusetts 38.3 27. Wisconsin 39.9  26. Virginia 40.8  25. Oklahoma 41.5  24. Michigan 41.53 23. Kansas 41.8 22. Tennessee 41.9  21. Washington 42.6 20. Indiana 43.9 19. Colorado 44.4  18. South Carolina 44.61  17. New Jersey 44.63  16. Arkansa 45.0 15. Arizona 45.2 14. Mississippi 45.6 13. Alabama 45.8  12. Utah 46.0  11. North Carolina 46.7  10. Missouri 49.0  9. Pennsylvania 49.9  8. Illinois 50.3  7. Louisiana 51.9  6. Maryland 52.8  5. Georgia 57.2  4. Texas 60.8 3. Ohio 61.0  2. Florida 62.5  1. California 69.4

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Coach Albaugh coached high school football in Illinois for 28 years. During that time he coached at every level and on both sides of the ball. He was the offensive and defensive line coach for four undefeated teams and was a defensive coordinator in his last 11 years, twice reaching the semi finals of the Illinois state playoffs.