I didn't plan on this - honestly I didn't. My original goal was to blog and post some pictures about my journeys and other traveling topics when they occurred or about every week or two. But when you discover something unexpected - as we did when we visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science - it is hard not to share.....even though I just finished blogging about my trip to DC yesterday....so here it is:
On the third floor of the museum there is a small but magnificent gallery containing the gem-carvings of Vasily Konovalenko. To find it you must walk towards "Exploring Colorado" - walk through that exhibit towards the "Leprino Family Atrium". When you are standing in that center crossway - turn right and you will see the sign - "Gem Carvings of Russian Folklife - Konovalenko as shown in the picture on the left.
This is a one room exhibit on permanent display in the museum. The gallery is included in your museum ticket so there isn't any additional cost to view it - but it is priceless.
After leaving I decided to do a little more research on Vasily Konovalenko - so what I am writing has much of the information as gleaned from Wikileaks.......
Konovalenko was born in 1929 in the Ukraine. He passed away in 1989 in New York City. His earlier career was in the theatre where in was a set designer and later received training in art and architecture. He was self taught in gem carving and through his extensive studies and developing his carving skills he began to produce pieces of art made of gems.
He refined not only his skills but his knowledge of gems through many travels to mineral sources in the - USSR. His works became accepted by the party leaders and he was employed to produce art for them as well as for gifts that they could give to others.
He accepted this state for a number of years but felt constrained in pursuing the freedom to produce what he wanted to produce. At the same time - he became involved in a power struggle between dueling party leaders and was determined to be guilty of breaking the law when buying and selling precious gems. He wanted the chance to leave the USSR to pursue his art - except he didn't have a good reason for leaving. He felt stuck. But........
Vasily's wife was Jewish and between 1961 and 1982 there was a plan for Jews and their immediate families to emigrate from the USSR - legally. In 1981 because of his wife he left for Vienna and soon the rest of the family followed,. They subsequently moved to New York City.
According to Wikipedia - the sculptures went on display in 1984 to great acclaim.
The works are simply amazing. To give you an idea in the next photo - I am going to include the gems that were cut to create this masterpiece......
This collection is so unique - in 2016 the first ever international exhibition of his work was held in the Patriarch's Palace, Kremlin - Moscow. The 40 items shown were on loan from:
Moscow Kremlin Museums
The Samotsvety Museum - Moscow
The Russian State Precious Metals and Gems Repository - Moscow
The Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
DMNS - Trustee Alvin Cohen has purchased 20 of Konovalenko's sculptures which are on display at the DMNS. It is the only collection on display outside of Moscow.
Take the time to visit the museum and admire and appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of these fine pieces. It is a "Gem of a Gallery".......Konovalenko.
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After sharing this post with folks at the DMNS I received an email from Steve Nash who is the Chair, Department of Anthropology and Curator of Archaeology for the DMNS. He has written a book on Vasily Konovalenko and is currently working with filmmaker Erika O'Conor on the life - times and works of Konovalenko. I am including links to their efforts - which - no doubt will be a fascinating and an illuminating look at one of the finest and most unique artists of our time that you may never have heard of.......until now........
And......in 2013 from Erika's comment below: NPR former Russian Bureau Chief Corey Flintoff did a story on Konovalenko while they were working in Moscow. He will be the narrator for the film.
I especially enjoyed this piece.......Sauna II - Woman enjoying the traditional Russian Banya - "therapeutic message".
WHY? In Denver and Parker there are two IZBA Spas that employ this traditional practice. We visited the one in Denver and it is quite the experience........
Iconic - to say the least !!! My guess is that most of the folks who read this post have been there at least once and probably a few times. I hadn't been there for awhile so last week on Tuesday we visited Mt. Vernon.
It was a beautiful Virginia day not a cloud in the sky. The sun was so brilliant I couldn't take a picture across the Bowling Green in the front of the house without it "blowing out". There were a few school kids but if you take a look you won't see anyone in this shot and that was what it was like. I wouldn't say we had it to ourselves but October is a wonderful time to travel.
If you decide to visit - you need to get time-stamped tickets online before you go - this will save you waiting to get in if there are crowds....as we were there early - school field trips were coming in behind us.
There is no photography allowed in the house where many of the rooms have been refurbished - and a few are still undergoing renovation which is always fun to see what is being done. As you go from room to room there are docents there who will fill you in on the purpose of the room and the commitment to renovating the room and furnishings to their historical accuracy. For example - in some areas they have analyzed that there were 14 and as many as 22 layers of paint that had been applied. With new technology they have been able to drill down to the original color - the rooms have been updated to reflect the past ! (I actually love that statement - Updated to reflect the Past)!
Not to be a spoiler but George Washington was first and in his last days - a farmer. He had vast lands and hundreds of slaves and workers to do the daily tasks. His earlier employment as a surveyor and his proclivity for geometric orientation provided him with the tools necessary to lay out plots and plots of well designed and conceived farmland AND the buildings which housed the supplies, equipment and craftspersons necessary to support his 8,000 acres.
In reality - it isn't just to learn about the Mansion - it is to visit the "city" that was necessary at that time to support such a monumental undertaking.
Almost all - except for the finest materials that were used in the household and by the Washington's - clothing - footwear - ropes machinery - food were a product of the farm. This includes breeding selective lines of sheep to produce a higher albeit domestic quality of wool.
The leather shop was used to make saddles - shoes - bridles - anything which need to be repaired - which as you can imagine was constant as well as a blacksmith(s) for equipment "manufacturing" and repair. This farm was a city.
One thing that isn't often mentioned are the number of slaves that Washington had or "rented". At one time it was estimated that over 300 were needed to work and run the farms. A memorial has been erected to remember and commemorate them. They have been doing excavation in the surrounding woods since this area is believed to be where many were buried. Washington left in his will - that they would all be freed at his death - but not until Martha died.......+
Leaving the "Mansion" and farm there is a fabulous and I mean fabulous Museum that has been built and dedicated to the importance of General Washington and what his leadership meant during the revolutionary war. It is off the Mansion Grounds and towards the entrance. I would suggest you visit the Mansion and farms first - then spend your other time at the Museum. You might think you have seen Mt. Vernon but until you visit the Museum you haven't had the complete experience.
Entering the "Educational Center" you walk past a giant 3-D forensic face of GW. It follows you as you walk in - eerie. Immediately there is a hands-on forensic display that walks you through how they have been able to recast what they believe how Washington looked at different times of his life. They have taken it to the point where in one of the final dioramas they show him with sunken cheeks. When he died he only had on tooth left. The story goes that he had wooden teeth - apparently they isn't exactly true......the plates may have been wooden but he had real teeth - just not his.
There is so much to see and do. You could probably spend days there reviewing your history and learning new things.. To help - there is an amazing 4-D movie - yes 4-D movie called: Revolutionary War. It chronicles just how hopelessly outmatching we were in fighting the British. I believe it was at the end of 1776 - our "troops" made up of farmers and workers not skilled military fighters as the British were out numbered 5,000 to 50,000. Ten skilled soldiers to every one militia. We didn't have the resources - the supplies - the armaments. It was and looked hopeless.....but we had some fine leadership. The movie highlights the major battles and risks that Washington took in fighting the British before finally - with the help of the French - defeating General Cornwallis at Yorktown. But that isn't all the fun......the movie is in 4-D !!!!
The 4-D part makes you feel a part of the experience. Shaking seats when the canons roar - all around surround sound - flashes of light when they fire - a breezy snowfall covering the audience when Washington is at Valley Forge. On screen action sequences mixed with animated graphics tell the story superbly and bring it all to life. It was a highlight of the visit.
I hope you get a chance to visit - again. In these times it is remarkable to be able to look back at what the founders of this country decided to risk and endure to give US a start.
The Musical 1776 has a Bald Eagle hatching out of an egg. That must have been what it was like to be starting something so ambitious, so preposterous and so likely to fail that it was truly the "Birth of a Nation". We have a messy history - but all stories do. The myths surrounding Washington and his role in the "Birth" are many - and so are the truths !!!!!
Visit Mt. Vernon -
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I ended my blog yesterday with the Grandfather Rocks at the Museum of Native Americans......but it was still in the morning. Thinking that it is taking me two days to write about one - makes me smile. Writing or blogging isn't as easy as it seems...or maybe it is anyway - my morning and day continue.....
I have always loved visiting foreign capitals - often because the museums or archives are free. Yes - we will pay to visit - I don't mind those either but I had forgotten how amazing it is to visit Washington DC and the National Treasures ...and they are FREE !!!!!
After the Museum of Native Americans I made a quick stop at the National Botanic Gardens.
When I entered I was blasted by the colors of the season. On both sides of the aisle (how often can you say this....) they were splendid.
The displays captured the season of harvest as well as the enduring presence of the diversity of nature in its finest splendors. There are a number of different environments that the gardens display from the Tropics to the Deserts. Wonderful.
The light coming in the glass made so many plants glow.....I will only include a couple of pics here ....but it was peaceful, beautiful, warm and inviting.
I didn't go through the outside Gardens...I wanted to see more and to be honest the Botanic Gardens in Denver are absolutely magnificent in all seasons - especially winter. So I stayed for a bit then headed across the Mall by the Capital.
As I mentioned before and am saying it again ..... at the Smithsonian....the Museum of Native Americans....the Botanic Gardens the National Galleries.....going to the National Archives where the original Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and the Bills of Rights are on display.....the Memorials are all FREE !!!!! It was a fabulous day to tour - in October - but I get ahead of myself and I am hungry.....
My sister had told me that there is an underground walkway between the East and West Galleries that houses a cafeteria and great shops with items from the galleries. She also said the walkway is kind of like the one between concourses in O'Hara...for those who have been there.......she was wrong....it was more like Star Wars !!!!!
It was really fun. I ate at the cafeteria and had some of the best homemade chicken noodle soup - ever. It wasn't crowded and my view was of the outside fountain - a cascading wall of water. Absolutely lovely. Afterwards on to the West Gallery.
There was an exhibition of Dutch Paintings of the Wind and Seas. I love how the masters were able to capture the light and the action of nature as man bobbed like a cork on what were then considered state of the art - magnificent ships. In addition to the paintings there were a few ship models that are now 100's of years old:
You can spend hours and hours here......but I will leave with a couple of shots from the American Gallery which you might recognize......and a room of Masters.....
But let's not forget the French Impressionists or DaVinci..........the gallery has a wide variety of world class art.......and it is FREE !!!!! Amazing.....
If you want to walk through art history with an extended with a variety of styles from all places around the world the National Galleries - East and West are for you.
From there - I walked to the National Archives where the founding documents of our country are located.
Normally I would show pictures.....but no photography is allowed and it is understandable. The documents are fading. Although kept under the best preservations possible today....they are fading. But what isn't fading - very simply is what each stood and stand for.
The Declaration of Independence: we will no longer be governed from Britain - we have the right of self determination....
The Constitution: the purpose, structure (three independent branches) and process for amending and ratifying the responsibilities of government for the future needs of the country.....
The Bill of Rights......the rights individuals - NOT GOVERNMENT - have! The four pillars of which are: Freedom of Religion - Freedom of Speech - Freedom of Assembly and Freedom of the Press.......along with other rights that will not be infringed.
The men and women behind these documents, the risks they took to secure them and the foresight to realized that they didn't have all the answers and that things would change so that we as a country could adapt and create a better country for the future........wow .....again I am always in awe of the history of places I have visited around the world but this "American - Experiment" that we living in today is something to be proud of and to behold. Reminders of what has come before and what we must preserve going forward......
BUT..... I wasn't done for the day.......I decided to take the Metro and visit Union Station before heading home.
Every time I visit Union Station I think of the activity this place housed during WWII. The comings and goings of the trains before air travel was vastly commercial......I love the Grand Hall - it is splendid. The wings of the station are now shops....a mall as such. This includes both the lower and the upper floors. But the Grand Hall is still the Grand Hall......I love it.
I caught the Red Line from the station back to my starting point. It was an easy trip and a delightful day.....one I will always remember....as long as I can remember.
If you get to DC.......I hope you have a wonderful time. You can't see it all - you just can't. I hope you have a chance to go and visit the Memorials I never talked about on my one day on the Mall. Keep in mind most of the Museums are open from 10:00 to 5:00 or 5:30. Check on line if there are ones you want to visit that need a time stamp because of the crowds. Enjoy and remember - this is our Mall - our Country.........."We the People" ...... !!!!
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I have had times where it is difficult to write a blog....usually because of the subject matter not so much to say about the environment around it. I often want to convey a feeling or stimulate a thought. I don't want to just sound like a travel book. There are plenty of those . I will be honest....this blog maybe the most difficult to write at this time.
We are living in very tumultuous - confusing - disheartening - up lifting - advanced - divisive - scary - "we can come together" - we are still - "We the People....." times. As I write this on October 25th the midterm elections are 11 days away. We are awash with with ads from every angle and political party - some true others so blatantly misleading it is sad. BUT - with that being said - this is NOT a political blog. I am only going to share my "One Day on the Washington Mall". I want to convey my reverence and awe and appreciation for that. Although some of the pictures and words are a little more than one day. We have a history that is shared by us and with the world when they come to DC. With a little bit of effort - maybe we all can appreciate the story in ALL of its glory and gory. We are not perfect as a people or as a Government. We are actually - quite messy. But if we show our "decency" along with our "offensiveness" and be indebted for not just the sacrifices but for the foresight of those who strive to share our story - maybe - just maybe we can all find a way to appreciate this place we call the United States of America.
I am going to share my visit.........
Lets start with this......WASHINGTON DC TRAFFIC IS HORRENDOUS !!!!! I am from the Denver area and the issues that we have - which are ridiculous - are magnified 10-fold in DC. So for those of you visiting - here is a hint - take the Metro if you can.
The system is simple - safe (always be careful you are in a big city) but amazingly manageable.
The lines are: Red, Orange. Blue, Green,Yellow and Silver. They flow into the suburbs in all directions and transfer stations are easy to follow. For the most part in the platform areas one side goes one direction the other side...the other. It is actually pretty difficult to get lost and at some point they all lead to the city center where you can change and catch a ride to your point of interest. I came in from the Medical Center at the NIH on the Red Line. I rode to the Metro Center - transferred to the Blue line and excited at the Smithsonian. It took about 33 minutes.....which by car may have been over an hour and then trying to find a parking space..The Metro is .fabulous. Walking maybe 200 yards - I entered the Smithsonian Castle.
The Smithsonian Castle. Why the Castle.......I read a fun book by Steve Berry called "The Lost Order". Berry does a remarkable job of weaving factual elements of history into a fictional adventure-mystery-action novel. He piqued my interest in James Smithson - who had never been to America but through his final wishes left over $500,000 to establish the Smithsonian Institute back in the mid-1800's. Smithson was a chemist and gentleman scientist. The institute was dedicated to collecting and disseminating information and knowledge for all. Wow -
I won't tell the rest of the story - but he died in Genoa Italy and was buried in a grave outside of town. As the town grew - they needed to move the cemetery. Alexander Graham Bell learned of this and through - sometimes questionable means - had the body brought to the United States and placed in the Castle.
The story becomes even more suspenseful when a fire of "mysterious origin" broke out in 1865 destroying much of his writings and collections that were there. Although it is now believed it was from a stove that had been improperly installed......Steve Berry does a fabulous job weaving history with questions into his tale.
I could go on but you should get the book and enjoy the story.
After paying my respects.....I left the Castle and made my way down the mall.
a It was an absolutely beautiful October day. What was even better - I have been to DC quite a bit - as I guess many of you have - but what was missing this day was obvious - PEOPLE and HEAT. It wasn't empty of tourists or tourist buses but there were so few compared to the high season. It was spectacular to be able to take pictures and walk and enjoy the moments. NEXT ........quick stop at the Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden.
There was a museum I had never been to. It was the Native American Museum....I have been there now and it was well worth it.
Coming from Colorado and the Southwestern United States with the Dakota's, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona we encounter a lot of Native American art, artifacts, jewelry, sculptures and creations. But to see a museum that includes cultures that stretch from the tip of South America to the far reaches of Canada and Alaska and from the Atlantice to the Pacific.....magnificent collections and history. Much of the history tragic .....but as they will tell you .....they are still here.
To begin with - the architecture is astounding. There are no right angles in the building. It flows. Every inch of it flows. Inside as well as outside. You feel as if you are in nature...in a moving stream with the sky above you. This is the ceiling looking up from the center floor. it reminded me of ascension into the heavens.
The artifacts and art are a collection from the bottom to the top of this side of the globe. Indigenous peoples who lived here thousands of years before the Europeans arrived and colonized the Americas. Beauty in nature, form and use.
This has become a longer blog than I intended but it was such an amazing day.......what I will continue with on my next blog is my visit to the Botanic Gardens and the rest of the day.....but I want to finish this one and my visit to this museum with this:
This is a Grandfather Rock. If you can read the inscription - the Cheyenne believed that Grandfather Rocks were the oldest beings on the planet. Surrounding the museum there are forty of them. The one shown is dedicated to Daniel Inouye - Senator from Hawaii who served from 1963 until 2013 when he passed away. This rock was dedicated to him.
As a grandfather myself -I love this. I never knew this about large rocks..but now I believe there is no greater honor than to be considered and represented by a rock. I am honored.
What a great morning !!!!!!
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From the movie Braveheart - the last words of William Wallace before his beheading and dismemberment were "Freedom". Knowing it was a movie we can doubt that it was what truly was said - but there is no doubt of this....even as Scotland has remained now united within the UK....there is a strong and enduring sense of individuality. They have a history of "Scottish" descent - not British but Scottish. There is no other place in Scotland that stands for this than the landmark city and castle of STIRLING - SCOTLAND. To try to separate Scotland from Stirling is ludicrous. They are one and the same.
Stirling sits about 32 minutes (driving) from Glasgow and about 50 minutes from Edinburgh. It sits on a ridge between the Scottish Highlands - and Lowlands in the broad expanse of the Scottish plains. The one region of the country where all the lands come together.
As you walk the path to the castle - there is a statue to Robert the Bruce. Memorializing the time that Scotland was a land of "tribes" or families that were under the brutal rule of Edward Longshanks of England. Longshanks was defeated in his conquest and rule over the Scots by Robert the Bruce. Unknown to this day why he was so driven by his desire to rule those lands....none the less - the wars continued for years and the legacy of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce are legendary.
I have to thank Mel Gibson for bringing this story to us. I know it was just a movie - a two hour venture trying to capture - entertainment style - an amazing story - but had it not been for that movie other than the Scots and some very worldly travelers we may never have known even a little about it. We tend to focus on our own history - that is one of the reasons I love to travel....learning and experiencing the world of others.
The castle sits on a volcanic perch that overlooks the valleys. It was here that the battles were fought over the lands of Scotland. It was and is said that "Whomever holds Stirling holds Scotland".
Stirling is easy to get to but making your way to the castle can be a bit confusing. We only drove around it three times trying to find a parking space - when it was directly in front of us. Oh well......
The city is quaint and the surrounding lands are spectacular. The Castle is trying to add value to the visit. They are recreating many of the rooms - halls - with elements or reproductions of the eras but what was particularly interesting was learning about the Unicorns !
Stirling is not to be missed. The Castle - the City are wonderful but to see the land - the valley to imagine what it was like to have armies covering the hills to wage war to conquer and expand their lands to live in such a harsh environment but one that is so magnificent and rich in beauty and history.....Scotland chose the right creature to represent itself. Unique formidable and beautiful. Forever Scotland. Land of Unicorn !
A Promise is A Promise - Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum ...Glasgow Scotland. MORE THAN WORTH IT !
This may be one of the shortest posts I have written. In two words ....JUST GO !!!
In Glasgow it is not only beautiful.....and amazingly interesting...it is FREE !!!! Just take the Underground or Tube to the Kelvinhall Station and with a short walk you are there. What I like most about this Gallery and Museum is the Eclectic collections...I felt as if I was in someone's home who had collected artifacts and art from around the world. It was MAGNIFICIENT !!!!! Even before entering it was particularly beautiful with lawn bowling greens at the corner of the building and people simply enjoying their day...under a beautiful Scottish sky.
Kelvingrove has over 20 Galleries and displays (according to the web) over 8,000 objects.
From Medieval Armor and Weapons to Salvador Dali's: Christ of Saint John on the Cross....
The galleries are breathtaking.........one had floating heads"
Another - a magnificent organ built in 1902 from world famous organs makers....it is played daily at 1:00 pm. Unfortunately I was there later in the day and didn't have the privilege of hearing it ....but oh my.....I did see it and it is beautiful:
I have been to so many museums and galleries this year......my first year of "Retirement Discovery" often they blend together. From Degas to Renoir to Dali to Picasso to Pissarro to O'Keefe to Magritte t0 ...whomever or whatever is next. I would come back here in a nano-second. I loved the mix of "collections". The creative skills of mankind and the infinite beauty of nature. Housed in a historic building - easily accessible by public transportation and free to all who want to meander the halls and expand their awareness of the world....AND if nothing else.....maybe take part in the game of lawn bowling.
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I feel so fortunate. I have had the pleasure of traveling to other countries and visiting ancient empires. But you don't always have to travel great distances to have new experiences. I have - not mentioned family members in my posts to protect their privacy....and I will continue that practice but with his persmission - Steve - my brother-in-law took me on a very different journey this week. I journeyed into the realm of NFL player grading!
My brother-in-law "Steve" is a football coach. He has been a head coach at a major D1 school - has been an offensive coordinator in college and the NFL - has coached and tutored some of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and was the interim head coach for the St. Louis Rams........he also played in junior college where he set the national passing record and when he played D1 was Sports Illustrated's Player of the week after engineering an amazing fourth quarter comeback throwing the winning touchdown with just seconds left in the game (and I was there to watch). He is brilliant at understanding and coaching football. He spends his time tutoring young players - quarterbacks playing in the NFL - is a player consultant and grades NFL offensive players for ProCoach.Network. This is where my journey went. I got to spend the morning reviewing "game tape" of the Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys from this past weekend with him grading the offensive players.
The internet has changed everything. It obviously isn't game tape or film anymore. Everything is digitized. The big business of the NFL and Fantasy Football has also changed the way players are looked at. Information is power. Key players are scoured over. How they execute is evaluated by a number of coaches and they are given a grade. It is either positive or negative. As he explained there is a site: google it "PFF" which is profootballfocus.com. It is owned by Chris Collinsworth the broadcaster and former NFL player. This site is a data goldmine of player information.
The site "PFF" is chock full of statistics and player analysis. Did you ever wonder where they get all their information and how do they get it so quickly? Well, they hire people around the country to do the analysis. While I was sitting there on Tuesday morning Steve received an email with the Monday night game between the Denver Broncos and the Kansas City Chiefs. He had the game literally within 12 hours after it was over. They were asking him to grade it.
His expertise and focus is on the offense and offensive players. He told me that there are usually more than one person doing this type of work on the same game. About 70% of the time he agrees with the grading decision that was made. Which means 30% of the time they disagree. As we "watched film" he pointed out that a player may come across as missing his assignment or being out of position on a certain call - but that it may not be the players fault. It could be that the blocking scheme was wrong based on the defensive alignment. So in addition to the grading they will add comments. A way to explain why they graded it so and to look for a consensus over a disagreement.
I watched maybe 30 plays and players. Right guard - left guard - running back - quarterback - wide receiver covering a variety of plays. He would repeat the plays maybe half dozen times each to get a good look at what the player was doing right - or wrong. Where were their feet in relation to whom they were blocking? Where their hands were - their helmet placement. Their body alignment to the direction of the play.... did they move laterally or backwards or forward? Were they out of position completely? Did they hold a block too long? Did they even make the right block? What about the pass route. Did they read the defensive back correctly - make the right cut? Replay - repeat - replay until a decision was made as to the caliber of play and a grade assigned. Was their play "positive" or "negative" and why.
That data and information is then sent back to ProCoach.network which in turn compiles it and forwards to other sites including "PFF". All waiting to be accessed by subscriber, coaches and lovers of the game.
Finally - he showed me another website that is the access point for almost all players in the country down to High School and even JV in some cases. It is the highlight hub for teams, players, coaches, recruiter, etc. Anyone playing almost anywhere in the country can be found at: hudl.com It is the new "highlight" tape for young players wanting and hoping to play in college and beyond. It is where they can post their best plays and where college recruiters can see their skills. It is a new age....player evaluation without leaving the comfort of your home or office.
He does this every week. He will spend between 3 and 5 hours grading players. He has access to every NFL game played....although he is only asked to look at certain games. He will watch 2 games and grade the offenses of both teams. To say he gets to know tendencies is an understatement. He knows football and loves football.
What did I learn? I learned that what I see isn't always what is happening on the field. The nuances of the game often escape me. A friend of mine once told me "it is not what you don't know that will get you - it is what you think you know that just ain't so - that will trip you up". You think you know football until you sit with someone who really does..............
Thank you Steve - for sharing your time and knowledge with me this week. Great journey !
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To enjoy travel and see the world and often yourself as if for the first time and with with the eyes of a young child.