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.

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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?

Colt McCoy drops Philippians 3:13 on the Longhorns

The Apostle Paul wrote this to the church at Philippi (3:13),

…but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead

Almost 2000 years later, the Texas Longhorns have been seeking a leader since Vince Young departed for NFL pastures and according to this story, Colt McCoy (below) might have finally stepped up into that role quoting Paul in the process.

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McCoy made a passionate speech after Texas’ loss to rival Oklahoma. According to the article,

McCoy said he quoted a passage from the Bible to make his point.

“Forget what is behind, strain toward what is ahead,” McCoy said. “It’s time we start doing the right things and playing well.”

Gotta love the guy, wonder if he has any plans to enter the ministry after football?

Texas Tech Says No to “Vick ‘Em”

In no way do I condone what Michael Vick admitted to doing, that is, fighting dogs for “sport” and/or gambling, and brutally killing the dogs that did not perform per Mr. Vick’s standards.

That being said, I think the current flap over a t-shirt being sold in Lubbock in preparation for this Saturday’s game against Texas A&M is a fine example of inconsistent overreaction.

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The shirt is a play on the Texas A&M motto, “Gig ’em” on the front. Seeming how the Aggie mascot is a female collie by the name of Reveille (yes, Texas A&M’s mascot is a female dog), the clear implication of the back of shirt is for the Texas Tech football team to do to the Aggies what Vick might to do Reveille, kill her.

Seeming how the Red Raiders have handled the Aggies the past 2 times they’ve played in Lubbock, the shirt does not seem too far fetched.

According to this story,

Tech officials announced the fraternity that sold the shirts was suspended temporarily and will face judicial review for allegedly violating the solicitation section of the students’ code of conduct. The school said it wouldn’t allow the sale on campus of items that are “derogatory, inflammatory, insensitive, or in such bad taste.”

No more shirts are being produced, the school said in a release.

Look, the shirt is in poor taste no question about it but banning its production?

If the frat that made these shirts makes a shirt showing a Longhorn being barbecued would there be this much outrage from the general public? Would Tech officials ban that shirt? I’m guessing not, because of the way dogs are viewed in this culture as almost-people.

The fact that we choose not to eat dog does not change the FACT that they’re still animals. True, animals which have been entrusted to us by God and therefore not to mistreat, but I think it is endemic in the U.S.A. to (incorrectly) view dogs as people, and unfortunately vice versa.

When I was at Texas, a student organization (can’t remember which) sold shirts prior to the annual Texas-Texas A&M match up. The shirts had “Gag ’em Aggies” on the front with a picture of a Longhorn receiving oral sex from a female Aggie cadet on the back.

I would say this shirt was more offensive than the one pictured above, yet UT administration not only did not lift a finger to prevent the sale of the shirt, it permitted this group to sell it on campus, inside Jester dormitory!

Not Sweet: Limas Sweed is Out for the Year

A mediocre season takes another bad turn for the Texas Longhorns.

“Longhorns lose Sweed: Wide receiver to have season-ending wrist surgery”

Well in all fairness, he hasn’t been much of a factor (b/c of the injury?) so maybe Nate Jones and Quan Cosby can step it up. Can John Chiles play receiver?

Well I suppose there’s always Jermichael Finley…

They don’t call him Captain Comeback for Nothing

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Jim Harbaugh, aka Captain Comeback

Harbaugh earned this nickname while playing for the Indianapolis Colts back in 1995. He was the toast of that town back when Peyton Manning was trying unsuccessfully to beat Florida, though it is safe to say that Manning now has the key to the city.

Jim Harbaugh ended up as head coach at Stanford prior to this season. Before the start of the season he called USC one of the best teams ever (“Harbaugh: USC one of best teams ever”)

Well today Harbaugh’s unranked Stanford Cardinal upset the #2 ranked Mighty Men of Troy in classic Captain Comeback Fashion: “Stanford stuns Trojans”

Anyone else remember Harbaugh’s exploits with the Colts?

Here here for upset wins, they are part of what make college football great and this season has been spectacular.