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  • Margaret D. Blough
    Bob, In the long lean years of the Pittsburgh Steelers, before their glory years in the 70s, there was one Steeler head coach whose plays were so predictable
    Message 1 of 126 , Jan 28, 2001
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      Bob,

      In the long lean years of the Pittsburgh Steelers, before their glory years
      in the 70s, there was one Steeler head coach whose plays were so
      predictable that, in the appropriate situation, the =Steeler= fans would
      begin to chant "Hey diddle diddle, Riddle [sp?] up the middle!". This was
      before, of course, the infamous O.J. Simpson Bowl which got the name
      because it occurred right before the pro draft in which the then USC star
      was certain to be the first draft pick. The Steelers and Buffalo were in
      contention for the worst record in the NFL until the Steelers managed to
      win the game thereby losing the right to the first draft pick to Buffalo
      and leading to the name disappointed fans gave the game. One particularly
      disappointed fan was heard to howl as the game ended, "They can't even
      =LOSE= right!". <g>

      Regards,

      Margaret



      Message text written by INTERNET:civilwarwest@egroups.com
      >

      True enough.

      And the achieved results may not equal the hoped for ones/ The Hall of
      Shame
      should be reserved for those who did not learn from the mistakes of their
      contemporaries or, indeed, from their own mistakes.

      The WWI generals kept throwing an entire generation of men against what
      were
      for the day, impregnable lines. None seemed to have learned.

      Which puts Hood up toward the to, doesn't it? :>)

      BTW, where does that leave Lee: Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg (from the
      other
      side) and July 3, 1863? Remember Gibbon recalled that when the Council of
      War in the Lester House broke up, Meade told Gibbon that Lee would attack
      the Union center the next day -- after all, Lee had tried the left and the
      right.

      Imagine a football coach in the same situation!

      The job of a general is to accomplish the goals of his country at the least
      possible loss -- not no loss, but the least possible.

      From Belmont though Chattanooga, Grant lost fewer men than Lee did at GB
      alone. In the process, Grant forced two armies to surrender and cleared the
      Mississippi Valley, KY, TN and the northern stretches of MS, AL, and GA.

      Lee ended up back where he had been following the Peninsula.

      Take care,

      Bob<
    • Margaret D. Blough
      Bob, In the long lean years of the Pittsburgh Steelers, before their glory years in the 70s, there was one Steeler head coach whose plays were so predictable
      Message 126 of 126 , Jan 28, 2001
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        Bob,

        In the long lean years of the Pittsburgh Steelers, before their glory years
        in the 70s, there was one Steeler head coach whose plays were so
        predictable that, in the appropriate situation, the =Steeler= fans would
        begin to chant "Hey diddle diddle, Riddle [sp?] up the middle!". This was
        before, of course, the infamous O.J. Simpson Bowl which got the name
        because it occurred right before the pro draft in which the then USC star
        was certain to be the first draft pick. The Steelers and Buffalo were in
        contention for the worst record in the NFL until the Steelers managed to
        win the game thereby losing the right to the first draft pick to Buffalo
        and leading to the name disappointed fans gave the game. One particularly
        disappointed fan was heard to howl as the game ended, "They can't even
        =LOSE= right!". <g>

        Regards,

        Margaret



        Message text written by INTERNET:civilwarwest@egroups.com
        >

        True enough.

        And the achieved results may not equal the hoped for ones/ The Hall of
        Shame
        should be reserved for those who did not learn from the mistakes of their
        contemporaries or, indeed, from their own mistakes.

        The WWI generals kept throwing an entire generation of men against what
        were
        for the day, impregnable lines. None seemed to have learned.

        Which puts Hood up toward the to, doesn't it? :>)

        BTW, where does that leave Lee: Malvern Hill, Fredericksburg (from the
        other
        side) and July 3, 1863? Remember Gibbon recalled that when the Council of
        War in the Lester House broke up, Meade told Gibbon that Lee would attack
        the Union center the next day -- after all, Lee had tried the left and the
        right.

        Imagine a football coach in the same situation!

        The job of a general is to accomplish the goals of his country at the least
        possible loss -- not no loss, but the least possible.

        From Belmont though Chattanooga, Grant lost fewer men than Lee did at GB
        alone. In the process, Grant forced two armies to surrender and cleared the
        Mississippi Valley, KY, TN and the northern stretches of MS, AL, and GA.

        Lee ended up back where he had been following the Peninsula.

        Take care,

        Bob<
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