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Chula Vista!

August 31, 2009
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San Diego Super Chargers…

January 12, 2009

What a great season it would have been if they went all the way. Oh well, maybe next year.
Those Steelers looked really good Sunday. The Chargers? Not so good.

Phillip Rivers was great when he actually got the chance to play. He had two plays that I think really messed up the Chargers chances. The first was in the 2nd quarter, I think. Vincent Jackson broke free on a stop and go but Rivers put a little too much on the ball. Jackson laid out and almost made a great play. If Rivers hits him in stride, he may have gone all the way.

The 2nd play was that dreadful interception after mini-me’s great kickoff return. The thing is, it wasn’t River’s fault. That ball was deflected at the line of scrimmage and made like a punt with the ensuing hang time. Bad luck.

Rivers finished 21 for 35, 308 yards, 3 touchdowns and that lamer interception. Those stats look pretty good except that 62 of those yards came on Darren Sproles 62 yard “mercy” touchdown (if the game was close, Palomalu would have rocked him).

Darren Sproles, the hero of last week’s upset of the NFL MVP was significantly less stellar. He only had 270 all purpose yards. You might think 270 is a lot… and it is. You have to remember that the Steelers scored 5 times and therefore had to kick off 6 times. Darren got 5 of those kick offs and 2 punts, racking up 164 return yards. The biggest return was the 63 yarder that was capped off by a crappy interception. There was also one punt he didn’t get to return because Weddle thought he was playing soccer and tried to header the football. And don’t forget the 62 yards gained on the “Mercy” touchdown.

The part of the game that really made me mad was the Charger’s defense. Everyone knows the basics of the 3-4 defense. For those that don’t, here’s a quick explanation… the 3 stands for three down linemen. The 4 stands for four linebackers. The three linemen generally rush the quarterback or try and stop the run. The four linebackers are supposed to defend the short to intermediate pass and also plug gaps in the case of a run. Also, coaches sometimes blitz one of the linebackers so that there are four defenders to contain the quarterback. The trick of this scheme is to disguise which linebacker is going to blitz.

I guess that sounds crafty but it really isn’t. Any high school offense line can defend against a basic 3-4 pass rush, even if one of the linebackers blitzs. If you really want an effective pass rush, you need to send more than just one linebacker. The Chargers, for some reason, don’t do this. They only sent one linebacker on pretty much every single play.

I understand that the Steelers had established the run. I also understand that sending two or three linebackers on a pass rush when the offense decides to run can be really bad. But you at least have to guess and blitz the crap out of them every once in awhile… like on 3rd and 11 or 3rd and 6 or any of the other 3rd and long situations that the Steelers converted on with great ease because Ben had a ton of time in the pocket.

Maybe I’m on crack. Maybe I have this all wrong. After all, I’m not the football coach in the family… that’s my brother Brandon. But it seems to me that the defense that did such a great job making Peyton Manning cry last week was a completly different set of guys for this game against the Steelers.

Maybe next year.

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Brandon Saiz vs. John Clayton…

December 29, 2008

My brother, the football coach, wrote a cool article about my AFC West Champion San Diego Super Chargers. It won’t be published because he pretty much calls John Clayton an idiot. However, it’s a great read if you have a team in the playoffs.

Speaking of the AFC West Champion San Diego Super Chargers (of soon to be Oceanside), what a great late season charge! I went to work Sunday night with the biggest grin on my face. No pats on the back because they’re all fans of that college team, the Oakland Raiders. Aside from that, what a great game against the Broncos. That revenge was so satisfying.

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Chargers 3d Logo…

December 5, 2008

I spent a lot of last week learning how to make realistic materials for 3DS Max. This image was made using a chrome-like material and a couple of high gloss materials.

It took me just a couple of hours to model. It took another hour to figure out the lighting. A couple of tweaks to the rendering engine and this is what I got. It took 4 minutes to render this one image. I also rendered a high resolution (1440 x 900) for my new desktop wallpaper. If you want one for yourself, email me.

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Hardest hit ever…

November 26, 2008

I just finished uploading this to youtube. Check out the ball carrier’s helmet logo. It does not survive the collision.