I have to say, when we watch football games, my son sees things that I don't. He watches the offensive and defensive line do battle -- I follow the ball. He watches the coverage and routes -- I follow the ball. He watches the blitzes come and how the offense reacts -- I follow the ball. In an attempt to communicate at this advanced level I introduced him to Brian's UFR posts. He has grown to love this type of breakdown because it gives you a indication of individual performance based on something other than "following the ball". It also introduced us to Tacopants:
"Tacopants"? Tacopants is Jason Avant's eleven-foot tall imaginary friend. Chad Henne spent much of 2005 hitting him between the numbers, which are unfortunately eight feet off the ground and made of dreams. Blessed with infinite eligibility and the ability to sneak on and off the field without alerting the referees -- made of dreams, remember -- Tacopants has taken a lesser role in the offense as Henne matures but still pops up at inopportune times.
Brian claims the name has its genesis in this post. All credit needs to go to him. It continues to be part of the QB charting process. T9 and I typed it frequently last year during our in game text storms.
Last weekend while I was fooling around on the XBox360 version NCAA 2009 - I threw a bad pass over the open reciever and my son quipped "Tacopants". It wasn't long before I convinced him that we should modify one of Michigan's WRs in the game into Tacopants himself. I am sad to report the programmers at EA Sports decided to limit an individual players height to only 7'0'' -- but we created him anyway. On the other hand, I am happy to report with Tacopants in the lineup, Michigan easily defeated Utah, Notre Dame (in the rain), Michigan State, and Ohio State... even with Steven Threet and Nick Sheridan at QB.
RR has 5 days and 17 hours to get Tacopants to sign his letter of intent.