Colt McCoy Feels Kurt Warner’s Pain

First off, last night’s Super Bowl was simply amazing. It was the kind of game that us football fans pine for as a send off to a brutally long off-season. Though I was rooting for the Cardinals, major props to the Steelers on the win.

Especially to former Longhorn great, and current Pittsburgh nose tackle, Casey Hampton on winning his second ring. I actually met Mr. Hampton on Sixth Street a few years ago.

He was a mountain of a man then, and from the looks of it, he’s still growing (below).

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If only the NFL could find me a helmet that fit…

Secondly, I’m fully aware that the college game is nothing like the pro game. There is much more (seemingly) at stake in the NFL than there is in college football, even at its highest level. So let that be established, that the NFL is vastly different than NCAA football.

This contrast is increased when one compares a regular season game (even if it’s between the #1 team and the #6 team) with the freakin’ Super Bowl, which I’m about to do.

For me, last night’s game picked a slowly-healing scab. Why?

Because I know how Arizona Cardinal fan felt at the end of the game.

I felt the same way last November 1st, when Colt McCoy drove the Longhorns the length of the field on a drive that culminated on a seemingly game-clinching touchdown against Texas Tech. Only to have the opposing QB and WR (Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree, respectively) make an eye-popping play to steal the win.

The loss cost the Longhorn a shot at the national title and will long fester in the soul of Longhorn Nation. Yes, it was not the Super Bowl but that doesn’t lessen the ‘pain’.

Last night, QB Kurt Warner seemingly led his Arizona Cardinals on a seemingly game-winning drive, ending in WR Larry Fitzgerald’s clutch 64-yard TD reception.

However, as in the Texas game, there was just enough time left on the clock to allow the opposing team to craft a dramatic game-clinching drive (Roethlisberger playing Harrell to Santonio Holmes’ Crabtree).

Here is a shot of Kurt Warner after the game, the agony on his face is manifest:

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Brother Colt feels my pain

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The Texans Train Wreck Begins…

[Disclaimer: I know it’s only one game]

Pittsburgh Steelers 38, Houston Texans 17

Boy that game was ugly. One got the sense it was over on the first drive, after Coach Kubiak went for it on 4th and inches and fell short.

I’ll leave the in-depth analysis for the local experten but here are some thoughts from an NFL Orphan (Go Oilers!):

  • Houston still has an expansion football team
  • I thought David Carr was no longer with the Texans, so why was he out there wearing the #8 jersey? Oh, that was Matt Schaub? Could have fooled me…
  • Coach Kubiak, learn from Mack Brown’s mishandling of the Applewhite-Simms controversy: Play the guy that looks like Opie gives you the best chance to win (in your case backup QB Sage Rosenfels) and not the big money guy
  • Mario Williams (below, doing his best Ben Roethlisberger’s cape impersonation) seems to be for real (6 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble), demonstrating that the GM who loved him might have been right all along. My apologies Charlie, I always knew you made the right pick.

Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle

    High Doltage: Guarantees in Sports

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    This post is in honor of all those souls who have guaranteed a victory in sports. From athletes such as Steelers’ safety Anthony Smith who predicted his team would beat the New England Patriots, and my brother in Christ, Lions QB Jon Kitna who guaranteed his squad would post 10 wins this season.

    To fans such as yours truly who in August (yeah August) informed an Aggie co-worker that the ‘Horns would “kill” the Aggies the day after Thanksgiving (oops!).

    Mr. Smith forgot that he’s a backup DB, Kitna forgot that he plays for the Lions and I forgot that Greg Davis is still the Longhorns’ Offensive (this being the operative term) Coordinator.

    Found this article titled,
    “The Life of Guarantors”