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…

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Moratorium

On using out-of-context Biblical passages or events to bash or deify President Obama.

Enough already.

This might unsettle the throngs of Left Behind devotees, but POTUS is not the rider of the white horse in Rev 6, though Anna (below) might be.


“I can even save Charlie Weis’ job”

Nor is President Obama the rider of a different white horse in Rev 19, I’m looking at you Spike Lee. This does raise the question: If POTUS got inked up, what would he go with?

Psalm 2:1-2?

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!

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

Kindled

Kindled
1: to catch fire
2: to flare up
3: to become animated
4: to become illuminated
5: to get hit so hard by a certain Texas defensive end that you lose your helmet, drop the ball and lose a contact

No need to use it in a sentence when you have a visual:

KindleAP

“Tortillas are best used for tacos” –BJG

This from a good friend of mine in reference to the asinine custom of Texas Tech fans of throwing my native land’s traditional fare onto the field. I guess when your program is tradition-starved you do what you do to generate a certain esprit de corps.

Last Saturday night’s match up between Texas and Texas Tech was hyped up by ABC as a “revenge” game. Revenge against the Red Raiders for crushing the ‘Horns title hopes last season.

Texas did beat Tech 34-24 last Saturday night. However, even if the ‘Horns had blown the Red Raiders out, that still wouldn’t have undone what transpired last year on the High Plains or erased the dull ache that Longhorn Nation feels when recalling those events. I still can’t watch Crabtree’s play without feeling nauseous.

If you want expert analysis of the win, you won’t find it here but you will find it over at Barking Carnival (no one does better than Scipio Tex):

Texas Tech Post Mortem

Just like Earl Thomas and Curtis Brown became part of former Tech receiver Michael Crabtree’s draft reel, now Tech QB Taylor Potts has become a centerpiece in UT defensive end Sergio Kindle’s.

Here’s the video of Mr. Kindle em, kindling Todd Parker, er Taylor Potts,

Pedialyte

Pedialyte

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:

Furby
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.