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Monday, February 07, 2005
 
Weekend Thoughts
by Cordeiro
In the hustle and bustle of a pre-Super Bowl Friday, I missed commenting on the latest efforts of "People for Sensitive War Fighting" to bring down a Marine Corps General for saying what he thinks.

The following quote was attributed to Lt. General James Mattis, USMC currently commanding the Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, Virginia. Up until recently, General Mattis was leading Marines tasked with capturing or killing murderous terrorists thugs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Actually it's quite fun to fight 'em, you know. It's a hell of a hoot. It's fun to shoot some people. I'll be right up front with you, I like brawling...You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain't got no manhood left anyway. So it's a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.
Now, I've known quite a few Marines in my time. They are, as a general rule, blunt. They are long on combat training at Quantico, and evidently short on tact. This is as it should be. Marines aren't going to win any battles by being polite and sensitive. Lt. General Mattis, as I have already mentioned, currently commands the Marine Corps Combat Development Command at Quantico, Virginia. By all reports he is the epitome of an American Warrior, schooled in the art of warfare and its stated purpose of destroying the enemy. I, for one, am glad General Mattis enjoys his chosen profession.

Sempre Fi, General. That said, you might want to take a quick course in tactful speaking for those in your audience who don't, can't, or won't understand the meaning of combat.

And finally, Super Bowl Commentary. I know you've all been waiting for this.

The Super Bowl is the one game I have special dispensation from the fetching Mrs. Cordeiro to watch relatively uninterrupted. It was a good game, a defensive battle which is what I (as a former defensive player) really like to see.

That said, I can give you the reason why the Philadelphia Eagles are waking up today as the NFC Champions rather than Super Bowl winners. Its very simple. The New England Patriots simply wanted it more. Some of you may argue with this, but to me it was very obvious.

As a general rule, a hurry up offense is a hurry up offense. When you have 96 yards to the other end zone (OK, lets say 75 yards to field goal range for overtime) and only 55 seconds to get there, you don't huddle. If you do huddle, you sprint to the line of scrimmage to save precious seconds. The Eagles did none of this. They sauntered to and from the huddle, they wasted too many ticks of the clock getting started.

55 seconds to score a touchdown or field goal, put in the hands of Joe Montana or John Elway, is an eternity. They were masters of the Two-Minute Drill. That scenario with either of those two quarterbacks has led to many a defensive coordinator slamming himself against the press box window in a vain attempt to commit suicide. Why? Because they knew whatever defense they fielded would be shredded.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Donovan McNabb and the Philadelphia Offense's Two Minute Drill were sadly lacking. They just didn't want it bad enough.

Here endeth the lesson.

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