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

Coach Wooden’s Nightly Prayer

Sports Illustrated’s Arash Markazi recently had the privilege to sit down with legendary basketball coach John Wooden and he reports on it in the following piece, “Breakfast with Coach Wooden”.

Here’s Wooden (on the left of course) with one of his most famous pupils, Bill Walton,


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Markazi’s article contains the prayer which Coach Wooden says before falling asleep. Here it is,

The years have left their imprint — on my hands and on my face — erect no longer is my walk and slower is my pace. But there is no fear within my heart because I am growing old; I only wish I had more time to better serve my Lord. When I’ve gone to him in prayer he has brought me inner peace, and soon my cares and worries and other problems cease. He’s helped me in so many ways, he’s never let me down, why should I fear the future when soon I could be near his ground. Though I know down here my time is short, there is endless time up there and he will forgive and keep me forever in his love and care.

Awesome

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)

Ohio University Football Player Wins Lottery, NCAA doesn’t throw a fit

According to this story, “Football player hits lottery numbers, wins $250,000”, lineman Mike Eynon became the envy of his Ohio University teammates.

Of course if Mr. Enyon played at Oklahoma or USC, most of his teammates would scoff at such a pittance since they would be receiving more from boosters (allegedly).

The shocking thing is that NCAA didn’t immediately sanction Ohio University for this (it’s not a violation to play the lottery).

As for his plans for the purse, Enyon intends to “pay off college expenses and donate a sum to his hometown church in Westlake.”

I wonder if the church will take the donation? I know that if Enyon went to Bethlehem Baptist Church (where Dr. Piper serves) they wouldn’t accept the donation, see the following article:

Don’t Play the Lottery for Me!

Texas Bedevils Arizona State

Didn’t watch the Holiday Bowl due to the simple fact that we do not have cable, but thanks to YouTube as well as the gentleman who provided the video embedded below, I caught the highlights,

How ’bout those highly-paid ESPN analysts? LOL…

For a spot-on analysis of the game click here.

Texas 30, Texas A&M 38

There is something to be said for making empty boasts (what other kind is there?) regarding one’s beloved college football team.

I remarked to an Aggie co-worker back in August that my ‘Horns were going to “kill” her Aggies come the day after Thanksgiving.

Boy is my face red (maroon?). Before making such a dumb statement I should have remembered a couple of things:

  • Aggie QB Stephen McGee transforms into Tom Brady when he faces the ‘Horns (After being an embarrassment to the position of quarterback for most of the year, McGee almost hit the 400 yard mark today)
  • UT QB Colt McCoy has not been the same since that fateful day last year in Manhattan, Kansas
  • The Longhorn D is S-C-A-R-E-D of beefy Aggie tailback Jervorskie Lane and makes the other Aggie tailback Mike Goodson look like Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson
  • UT DB Marcus Griffin is not his brother
  • Greg Davis is still Texas’ Offensive (‘offensive’ being the key word) Coordinator and there is probably a reason why Steve Spurrier dubbed Mack Brown, “Mr. Football”.

I’m not a football coach but if giving the rock to Jamaal Charles is fetching you 6 to 7 yards per play why not keep feeding him the ball?

Why rely on a quarterback (McCoy) who plays scared against the Aggies?

Was it not obvious that the Ags were going to fake that field goal?

I’ll stop with the “analysis” (you can actually read a pretty good one here) for fear that I’ll wallow in the stupor that is losing to the in-state rivals.

And yes I have a feeling my co-worker (among others) is going to make me eat crow…

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?

Colleen Bellotti, meet C.S. Lewis

From CS Lewis’ Mere Christianity

The relations of the family to the outer world-what might be called its foreign policy-must depend, in the last resort, upon the man, because he always ought to be, and usually is, much more just to the outsiders.

A woman is primarily fighting for her own children and husband against the rest of the world. Naturally, almost, in a sense, rightly, their claims override, for her, all other claims. She is the special trustee of their interests.

The function of the husband is to see that this natural preference of hers is not given its head.

Colleen Bellotti, wife of Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti, proved Lewis’ words correct during an incident which is chronicled here by Oregonian columnist John Canzano.

Apparently Mrs. Bellotti was bent by one of Canzano’s columns in which he,

…reported and columnized about the two DUII’s her son [who’s on the Oregon squad] got, and his plea agreement two weeks ago, and the program’s decision to keep his suspension on the downlow… and Colleen said, “You’ve dragged our family through so much hurt and pain…”

So she did (allegedly) what any mother would do and launched a profanity-laced tirade at Canzano as the latter sat in the press box during last weekend’s USC-Oregon matchup.

Mr. Canzano’s account of the incident is truly beyond belief.

Texas beats Nebraska, again

When I was a student at THE University of Texas, the Nebraska Cornhuskers were a perennial college football powerhouse. When the Big XII conference formed prior to the 1996 season, us Longhorn fans dreaded the yearly drubbings the Huskers were going to lay on our school’s team.

Well as it happened, UT faced the Huskers in the inaugural Big XII championship and well the ‘Horns triumphed though they were huge underdogs. Since then, the ‘Horns have gone 7-1 (including Saturday’s win) against the Huskers and as it stands now, Texas is the better program.

Saturday’s win over the Huskers, I think, masks the deficiencies of this Texas team. Well I should say deficiency: the frightful playcalling of offensive (that it is) coordinator Greg Davis.

For 3 quarters the UT offense looked inept against a bad Nebraska defense. QB Colt McCoy took his usual pounding and had to come out of for one play. That one play changed the game around for the ‘Horns as dual-threat freshman QB John Chiles came in and though he didn’t carry the ball, the threat of him doing so, freed up struggling running back Jamaal Charles (below) to pick up 25 yards on the play.
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The game turned on that one play. How? Well after that play, the aforementioned Charles torched the porous Husker run defense on touchdown runs of 25, 86, and 40 yards. (For in-depth analysis click here and here.)

Though Nebraska’s run defense is pretty bad this is the kind of performance us UT fans envisioned for Charles after his spectacular 80-yd touchdown against the Sooners his freshman year.

I would say that Jamaal teased us all with the speed (he’s got Olympic sprinter speed) he showed on that one play, and has a done a better job of building a career on one play than any other ‘Horn in recent memory (well anyone not named Beau Trahan, remember that fake field goal?).

Sports fan, you’re not part of the team

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“What did we win?”

Chris Rock (above) said this in response to the black community’s reaction to the O.J. verdict. He couldn’t understand why many within that community were celebrating one man’s justification in the murders of his ex-wife and her friend. He pointed out that the verdict did nothing for the people celebrating it, the verdict only helped Orenthal James Simpson.

Rock’s words rattle around inside my head every time I hear a sports fan refer to his favorite team as “we”. This phenomenon is endemic (and I would say fuels) to sports talk radio shows, as callers give their $0.02 as to how their team can improve. They’ll say something to the effect of,

We could win more games if only we had drafted Vince Young or if we had a better offensive line.

Admittedly in the past I have done this in conversations (and sometimes still catch myself doing it, old habits die hard) without much thought.

Had a good friend in college who consistently pointed out that there is no “we” as long as we are not part of the actual team. We all thought he was crazy, but it seems that he is right. It is strange to hear people, who are not part of a team, much less the organization, refer to that team as “we.”

This point became very obvious to me after the University of Texas (my alma mater) foot ball team won the 2006 National Championship. Did I enjoy the outcome? Immensely.

In fact, I ended up hugging a grown man in celebration. The experience was special and I wasn’t even at the game. Yet Rock’s words help to put things in perspective,

What did we win?

Absolutely nothing save some moments of euphoria and so-called bragging rights, is there anything more fleeting?