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.

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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

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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.

Texas Longhorns Got Hosed

Not by the voters or some of ENIAC’s descendants who comprise the BCS, but by their own conference, the Big XII.

How does the conference allow a tiebreaker to fall solely on the BCS with nary an objective thought to the FACT that my Horns beat Oklahoma by 10 points on a neutral field?!?

What really chaps the ol’ hide is that the Longhorns will be at home next Saturday watching the conference title game between North champ Missouri and South “champ” Oklahoma.

Two teams who, oh by the way, the Horns beat this season by a combined score of 101-67.

Un-freakin’-believable, what a conference!

In the words of the Sage of Stillwater (below on the right),

MAKES ME WANNA PUKE!

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AP Photo/Brody Schmidt

“You’re right Mike, that is a mother… of children”

LSU wins another Faux Championship

WARNING: Incoming rant

I don’t like LSU and I don’t even know why. I went to Texas so it has little to do with any rivalry issues (the ‘Horns thumped the Tigers last time they met back in the 2003 Cotton Bowl).

Maybe it has to do with a certain local sports radio personality who might be the biggest LSU homer this side of the folks who never attended LSU. At least he’s from Louisiana, and his wife went to LSU, I guess that counts for something.

Perhaps it’s due to their multiple of 5’s + “Rocky III” themed field (see below)

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I know, I know it’s because they share the same colors as McAllen High, yeah that must be it.

Whatever my demented and irrational reason(s), I do believe congratulations are in order to the LSU Tigers for winning another BCS Championship title game in which they (arguably) had no business participating in.

Ruminating on the previous post might do me well…