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Bum Phillips Passes Away

http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans/2013/10/houston-icon-bum-phillips-dies/

One of the great coaching characters in the NFL, RIP Bum. Condolences to Wade and the entire Phillips family. A sad day for the coaching profession in general and the NFL in paricular.

Bum is credited with developing the defensive numbering system still used throughout the sport today. One of his colleagues who helped him come up with it was asked why the techniques went 7-9-8 instead of 7-8-9 as you would expect, the other coach replied "By the time we got to that point, we were all too drunk to count!" I may not have gotten that quote exactly right, but you get my point.

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