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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Carl Pelini Gets “Jiggy Wit It” in Oslo

For those of you who don’t know who Carl Pelini is, he is the defensive coordinator and defensive line coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. His younger brother, Bo, is the head coach. Yes, this is the dynamic duo who nearly unraveled my Longhorns drive to the national title game with their brilliant defensive game plan and a boy named Suh.

Shortly after the dramatic conclusion of the Big XII championship game, Bo and Carl stormed off the field in disgust over what they perceived was a hose job from the powers-that-be. Click here and here for excellent analysis.

According to this article, the strongest words came from Carl who allegedly said, “You should be ashamed to accept that trophy!” in the direction of the exultant Texas Longhorns who were accepting the Big XII Championship trophy at midfield.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama was in Oslo to accept the Nobel Peace Prize. Many feel that POTUS hasn’t done anything to deserve such high praise, and apparently the Pelini brothers reside in this demographic and made the roadie to Scandinavia to express themselves:

I wonder what the Fresh Prince thought of the Pelinis’ act…

Tebow Wept…

In defeat, Tim Tebow is Christ-like,

Someone give this man the Heisman, it should look great flanked by the scalps of Texas OC Greg Davis and Texas OL coach, Mac McWhorther

And finally, the man who prevented BCS chaos with his golden foot, Texas kicker Hunter Lawrence,

Hook ’em

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:

Obama Heisman

Hail to the Chief indeed!

Westlake Hills… That’s Where I Want to Be

Back in college in the A-TX, I used to hold a job in which I interacted with one of the most puzzling creatures that inhabit the urban jungle: rich kid who panhandles.

That’s right, there were kids (maybe still are) who came down from the lofty spires of their parents’ Westlake Hills homes to walk the mean streets surrounding the University of Texas. How did I know they were from Westlake Hills? Well because they’d try to use their Westlake High IDs to buy cigarettes.

But the best part is that they’d ask people for change so they could purchase said cigarettes. It would not surprise me one bit if most of these kids fit this brilliant post by Mr. Landers’ to a T.

Is there anything better than a group of people who rail against a system/authority figures which put clothes on their backs and/or support their nascent drug habit? Well, maybe Woody Allen signing a petition supporting Roman Polanski, but I digress.

I was reminded of these chiflados after reading the following story this morning, Six Charged With Mob Activity and the seeing the mugshots accompanying it.

Chiflados

With the notable exception of Randy Jackson’s little brother (middle, bottom row), these 6 luminaries reminded me of my pals from Westlake Hills.

Of course, none of the Westlake kids did anything like what these 6 were picked up for, mainly dragging an Olympic banner and scuffling with the Poe-leez.

I’m not a betting man but I’d wager that after a brief council of war these 6 couldn’t name 3 Olympic Sports, and were just looking for an excuse to vent their pampered angst.

­¡Sopencos!

Cougar Town

It has been an observation of mine that there are a lot more University of Houston students/alumni who root for the Texas Longhorns than the other way around.

This has been particularly evident after the resurgence of the UT football program under the tutelage of furniture/snake oil salesman Mack Brown. It has been my policy to look down on the bandwagon jumpin’ crowd, after all they weren’t there for Rout 66 back in the day.

Of course, one is willing to be a bit more forgiving when one catches oneself jumping on a bandwagon. I grew up in H-town and fascinated by the run-and-shoot of the UH teams of the late 80s. I remember Andre Ware winning the Heisman (more on this later) and the heights which the Cougars scaled back then.

UH

St. Gregory, Inventor of the Cougar Paw

Never in my lifetime, did I think that the UH program would jump back into the national spotlight. Especially after being left out of the emerging Big XII superconference due in part to the wishes of a capricious Governor Richards.

Being left out of the Big XII and being relegated to the Siberian exile that is C-USA wasn’t enough. Back in 2001, under Coach Dana Dismal er, Dimel they managed to run the table in reverse (0-10), thus hitting rock bottom.

Fast forward to the year of our Lord 2009, and the Coogs are #12 in the AP poll due in large part to a win over then #5 Oklahoma State in Stoolwater and last Saturday’s dramatic vic over Texas Tech. Here’s the last minute of the Tech game,

The kids on campus are following Jack Buck’s sage advice and going crazy (won’t go into the missing helmets) and the Coogs are getting some national love in the form of:

  • An appearance by Coach Sumlin on the Jim Rome Show of all places.

Even though I bleed burnt orange, I hope the Coogs run the table and make it to a BCS bowl at the end of the year. I’ll be rooting for them then unless they’re playing my beloved Longhorns in said bowl game.

I don’t know why I’m getting behind this team, it’s not a sudden onset of civic pride or anything. Maybe it’s because UH’s success takes me back to a simpler time, when Astroturf and flat tops (wait for it…) reigned supreme.

Not really sure, but what is for sure is that though neither Stifler’s mom or Stacy’s mom live in H-town, it’s beginning to look like College Football sure does. Right, Andre?

Andre Ware