Thanks for the Memories Colt

For expert analysis of last night’s game go to the following:

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Texas 21, Alabama 37

Country music act, Little Texas, had a hit song back in the early 90s titled “What Might Have Been”. Here’s the video in all of its mulleted glory, view at your own risk.

One could say that the song’s title in large part, defines Colt McCoy’s (below, photo credit:  Ralph Barrera, Austin American-Statesman) illustrious career at The University of Texas.

Let’s hop on the DeLorean and travel back to November 11, 2006. Texas, fresh off a national title, is 9-1 and in the driver’s seat of the Big XII South despite starting a redshirt freshman at QB, Colt McCoy. Their only loss came at the hands of #1 Ohio State. They’re in Manhattan, Kansas to take on a mediocre K-State team.

First drive of the game, Texas moves the ball down the field gets close to the goal line. On a 4th and 1, a QB sneak is called, Colt runs it in for the score but suffers a neck stinger knocking him out of the game. In comes true freshman Jevan Snead who performs as well as one can expect.

Colt’s injury more than likely cost the Horns a Big XII title (they lost to KSU then to A&M, opening the way for OU to take the Big XII South) and possibly a shot at a rematch against Ohio State in the National Title Game. Horns end up in the Alamo Bowl, beat Iowa and hope springs eternal for 2007.

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Thoughts on the Red River Shootout

Let me preface this post by referring the gentle reader to 2 truly magnificent summaries of the events that transpired last Saturday afternoon in Dallas:

“2009 Oklahoma Sooners Post-Mortem”

“The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly – Texas 16, Oklahoma 13″

Go check them out, but here are the thoughts of a random UT alum/fan watching the game from the comfort of his home in Houston:

  • Due to a Saturday morning family tradition (grocery shopping), I missed most of the first half.  No worries I taped the game and after watching the first half, I’m kind of glad I didn’t watch it live because I  easily avoided shaving 2 to 3 years off of my life.
  • I know that Texas’ offensive coordinator Greg Davis’ play-calling is well, offensive but seriously speaking is it not obvious that his spontaneous flashes of “brilliance” (running the Wildhorn after repeatedly punching the OU D in the mouth) have the great potential to cost his team a shot at the National title?
  • Before the season is out, will we see Will Muschamp go Buddy Ryan on the strangely Kevin Gilbride-like Greg Davis?
  • Stay classy OU player.  Defensive lineman Jeremy Beal’s bush league attempts to hurt Colt McCoy at the end of the game seem to be what a Bob Stoops-led team is about.
  • Speaking of Stoops, here is a sobering thought:  Bob Stoops has 6 conference titles, Mack Brown only has one.  Hopefully Mack adds to his grand total this season.
  • Earl Thomas, consider yourself “absolved” of what happened last year in Lubbock.  Led the Horns in tackles, 2 tackles for a loss, 1 forced fumble, and if not for a meddling teammate, should have scored recovering the fumble he forced.   How clutch is Texas’ safety Earl Thomas?  Like the guy occupying the bottom half of this pic, he leaves it all on the field [Thomas’ photo credit: Rodolfo Gonzalez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]Fire

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President Obama for Heisman

We’re about a third of the way through the college football season, and most pundits have their lists of contenders for the prestigious Heisman trophy.

Gene Menez at SI.com:

1. Florida’s Tim Tebow (concussion and all)
2. Notre Dame’s Jimmy Clausen (let’s just give it to him since he goes to Notre Dame)
3. Texas’ Colt McCoy (still riding the wave of last year’s amazing run)
4. Cincinnati’s Tony Pike (“I was at Tony’s house”)
5. Miami’s Jacory Harris (his mom had an attack of the clevers when naming him)

Fox Sports, don’t ask me why, has McCoy as the front runner followed by Tebow and Clausen and some other candidates.

Forget UH’s Case Keenum and Kansas’ Todd Reesing, let me present another darkhorse candidate whom, based on current history, has the potential to steal this thing at the end: President Barack Obama.

I know, I know, the President doesn’t currently play college football but he might. On the strength of this potential, the Prez has not only a puncher’s chance but a real possibility of taking home the hardware come December.

If anything let’s just give it to the man on the strength of the following pose in Mack Brown’s office:

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Hail to the Chief indeed!

Pedialyte

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The Elixir of Champions

Well I don’t know about “champions” but it is the libation that one Colt McCoy drank at halftime of the Texas-Texas Tech game last Saturday as he was recovering from the flu. Read about it here.

This from the story,

NCAA rules prohibit McCoy from endorsements, but come January we might see a new face promoting Pedialyte that replaces the bear currently on the label.

I’d take it further and exploit the uncanny resemblance of our beloved quarterback to former “must-have” holiday toy, the Furby. Check it out:

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Seriously, no relation

On a serious note, let’s hope that Colt regains his form from last season before the Mighty Miners from UTEP come to the ATX this Saturday.

Colt McCoy Feels Kurt Warner’s Pain

First off, last night’s Super Bowl was simply amazing. It was the kind of game that us football fans pine for as a send off to a brutally long off-season. Though I was rooting for the Cardinals, major props to the Steelers on the win.

Especially to former Longhorn great, and current Pittsburgh nose tackle, Casey Hampton on winning his second ring. I actually met Mr. Hampton on Sixth Street a few years ago.

He was a mountain of a man then, and from the looks of it, he’s still growing (below).

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If only the NFL could find me a helmet that fit…

Secondly, I’m fully aware that the college game is nothing like the pro game. There is much more (seemingly) at stake in the NFL than there is in college football, even at its highest level. So let that be established, that the NFL is vastly different than NCAA football.

This contrast is increased when one compares a regular season game (even if it’s between the #1 team and the #6 team) with the freakin’ Super Bowl, which I’m about to do.

For me, last night’s game picked a slowly-healing scab. Why?

Because I know how Arizona Cardinal fan felt at the end of the game.

I felt the same way last November 1st, when Colt McCoy drove the Longhorns the length of the field on a drive that culminated on a seemingly game-clinching touchdown against Texas Tech. Only to have the opposing QB and WR (Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree, respectively) make an eye-popping play to steal the win.

The loss cost the Longhorn a shot at the national title and will long fester in the soul of Longhorn Nation. Yes, it was not the Super Bowl but that doesn’t lessen the ‘pain’.

Last night, QB Kurt Warner seemingly led his Arizona Cardinals on a seemingly game-winning drive, ending in WR Larry Fitzgerald’s clutch 64-yard TD reception.

However, as in the Texas game, there was just enough time left on the clock to allow the opposing team to craft a dramatic game-clinching drive (Roethlisberger playing Harrell to Santonio Holmes’ Crabtree).

Here is a shot of Kurt Warner after the game, the agony on his face is manifest:

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Brother Colt feels my pain

Tim Tebow Makes the Girls Cry

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Well, Mr. All-Everything (above after taking down a brigade of Gurkhas) hasn’t chosen a spouse so that’s not what I’m alluding to with the post’s title.

Rather I’m referring to the aftermath of his effort last night against the Oklahoma Sooners. This is embodied in this award-winning shot:

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I’m not much of a conspiracy theorist, but it seems that cameramen, regardless of network, are told to find a weeping Oklahoma fan after an OU loss.

For example, remember this little fellow?

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This little guy was driven to tears by one Colt McCoy back in ’06.

Congrats to Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators for winning the BCS Championship.

So What Happens to O.J.’s Heisman Vote?

It appears that former football star O.J. Simpson is going to the hole for the next 33 years after being found guilty on numerous charges.

Many are wondering what took so long while others are left wondering if Simpson was set up (again) by hegemonic counterrevolutionary forces.

Fact: O.J. won the Heisman trophy winner back in ’68 (below)

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AP

Fact: Heisman trophy winners get to vote for future Heisman Trophy winners.

Now that we’ve gotten the facts out of the way, we’re left to ruminate on the following questions:

  • Will inmate Simpson be allowed to cast his Heisman ballot for Colt McCoy?
  • Who will continue O.J.’s indefatigable search for the real killer(s)?
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