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”

OU’s Punter Gets His Horns Up

OU’s punter and noted thespian Mike Knall was recently photographed in the euphoria that ensued after his team’s dismantling of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Given who Knall punts for, one could say he was photographed in a compromising position. Here’s the shot:
hookem

John A. Bowersmith- LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL

Texas Tech 39, Texas 33… Let the Blame Game Begin

Well, not here, not on this blog. Yes, your #1 Texas Longhorns were knocked off their precarious perch tonight by the feisty Texas Tech Red Raiders, but all is not lost.

Yes, I suppose it possible to place blame at the feet of UT’s coaching staff, offensive (and they were that) line, and of course true freshman safety Blake Gideon (below) who dropped a game-clinching interception. Blake, Asante Samuel feels your pain…

Gideon has to feel terrible right now but I hope that Blake understands that everything happens for a reason. He’s going to be a great player at UT, and he needs to shake this off.

We shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that no one in Longhorn Nation (or anywhere else) foresaw the heights to which the Texas Longhorns have climbed to this season.

For consolation, I recommend we all listen to the words of Coach Brown after the ‘Horns beat USC to win the 2005 National Championship:

Again, for expert analysis go to the folks over at Barking Carnival

Colt McCoy is Mortal

Well he’s not in the technical (read: theological) sense, see here:

There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations–these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit–immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. — CS Lewis

But in today’s win over previously undefeated #6 Oklahoma State, the Texas Longhorn QB (below) showed that he does not sip nectar or sup on ambrosia.

AP

Yes, McCoy had a “bad day”. He threw 2 interceptions (one was stricken from the record thanks to a dumb roughing-the-passing penalty) and lost a fumble. But to the Heisman Trophy front-runner, a “bad day” is an average quarterback’s career game. Here are Colt’s number in today’s closely contested game:

38 for 45 (that’s a whopping 84% completion rate), 391 yards, 2 TDs
10 rushes for 41 yards, 1 TD
1 Favre-like rocket pass
1 INT, 1 lost fumble

Here are other thoughts from a random UT alum/fan watching this instant classic from the comfort of his home in Houston:

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John Murtha Shows His Support

Not for fellow Democrat Barack Obama mind you, but for college football’s #1 team, your Texas Longhorns.

AP

Hook ‘em Horns!

Leaves one to wonder what his constituents in Happy Valley think of all this…

Mack ‘N Cheese

UT head football coach, Mack Brown , is proving that it’s easy being “cheesy”
Brown up to his old (motivational) tricks for No. 1 Horns.

Ol’ Mack is rifling through his bag of motivational parlor tricks to motivate the ‘Horns and well, so far it seems to be working.  My beloved Longhorns are playing out of their minds and beyond this Orangeblood’s wildest expectations.

Let’s hope that Obi Brown’s Jedi mind tricks result in a repeat of this:

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves…

Next up: #6 Oklahoma State (I’ll leave the analysis to the experts)

…and Tim Tebow has Colt McCoy’s back as Well

[this post is a companion piece to Colt McCoy has Tebow’s Back]

Last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, Florida QB Tim Tebow (below indulging his inner thespian in a church play) would give Texas QB Colt McCoy his Heisman vote.

Tebow: McCoy would get my vote

As a past winner, Tebow can cast a ballot for the prestigious award given to the best player in college football.

Can’t really blame the big guy, given McCoy’s recent demolition of Mizzou’s defense before a national television audience: 29 for 32 for 337 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 Rushing TDs, and here’s Colt on his way to one of the rushing TDs:

Eric Gay/AP

Here’s hoping that if Colt does win the Heisman, his acceptance speech (like Tebow’s) will reflect the humility and character that God has blessed him, not to mention call the nation’s attention to Whom both of these young men attest their accomplishments to.

Mike Gundy Coors Light Commercial… Brutal

The Coors Brewing Company has been up to some hijinks with their R&D efforts as well as advertising campaigns.

In regards to their product, they now make a bottle whose trademark Coors mountains will turn blue once the beer within is the proper drinking temperature. This bottle is the descendant of those Generra Hypercolor shirts, which were the bane of those who suffer from hyperhidrosis.

Insofar their advertising is concerned, they have been running faux press conferences involving former NFL head coaches being interrogated by a group of Joe Sixpacks.

Well some enterprising folks saw fit (for the common good) to cut one of these type of ads involving Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, infamous for his epic rant. The vid is killer, check it out:

While Gundy’s face didn’t turn blue (like the Coors bottles) it did turn different shades of red…

Dr. Peter Venkman Haunts the 40 Acres

“Call it fate, call it luck, call it Karma, I believe everything happens for a reason.” — Dr. Peter Venkman

Yeah, I know that the UT-Arkansas game was a couple of weeks ago, but we’ve been behind with the posting.

That’s actor Bill Murray in Texas coach Mack Brown’s office (must have been hot in there). Dr. Venkman was in Austin that weekend for a film festival (Spike and Mike’s?). Read full story at the Wiz.

Maybe, the affable Murray chased out recent past Red River Rivalry ghosts:

  1. Quentin Griffin’s 6 TDs (2000)
  2. Roy Williams blasting Phil’s Son (2001)
  3. OU’s largest margin of victory against UT (2003)
  4. The shutout (2004)
  5. Jamaal Charles’ fumble at the 5-yard-line (2007)

Texas pulls out another one against Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy ended his now famous rant by telling the media “It makes me want to puke.”

“It” in that case was columnist Jenny Carlson’s piece on Oklahoma State QB Bobby Reid. I have a feeling though that after Texas rallied back from not one but two 21-point deficits against the Cowboys, then drive down the field to kick the game-winning field goal, Gundy will once again feel the urge to vomit.

It would not have been totally inappropriate for him (during the post game press conference) to break out with Dennis Green’s line about the Longhorns being who “we thought they were… and we let ’em off the hook!”

Gundy’s team had the Texas Longhorns on the ropes (for the third time in the last 4 years). Back in 2004, my ‘Horns rallied from 28 back and in 2005 they rallied from 19 back. During those 2 instances Texas had Vince Young so the outcome was never really in doubt.

In part because I didn’t think they had a comeback in them (no VY like the prior comebacks) and because it didn’t seem the ‘Horns D was going to stop the Cowboy offense.

While I was excited, not to mention shocked because things looked so bleak for most of the afternoon, about this win, this Longhorn team is hard to pin down.

Who are they really? There is no question that they have heart, a team can’t do what they did and not have heart.

This season has been strange since most Longhorn fans (myself included) don’t expect much from the ‘Horns this season, but then they come out and explode like they did against Nebraska last week and Okie State today.

Is Jamaal Charles ready to step in and become the next great UT playmaker?

How is it that Kansas State comes into Austin and thumps Texas 41-21, then loses to an Iowa State team whom Texas beat 56-3?