México Actually Wins a Penalty Shootout

Mexican fans you know the routine. In an elimination match, you better hope that El Tri wins in the first 90 minutes or if not then manages to put the match away during the 30 minute overtime, why?

Because as all of us know, Mexican fútbolistas are inept at taking penalty kicks. The memories are many and are painful.

There was the ’86 World Cup quarterfinals when ze Germans bested México 4-1 in a penalty shootout. While it’s easy to blame then Mexican goalie, Pablo Larios, let’s keep in mind that his teammates couldn’t beat the German keeper. [Let’s not even mention Hugo Sanchez’ annulled goal, grrrrrr]

Then there was the ’94 World Cup Round of 16 against Bulgaria. Even though, yes Mexican keeper Jorge Campos (below right) could have better lived up to the hype his ridiculous jersey’s generated, his teammates wilted at the 11-meter dot and couldn’t buy a penalty kick. The Bulgarian keeper was the Germans and my countrymen’s penalty takers were the French.
Jorge Campos

On a lesser scale there was the harrowing loss to the hated Argentines in the 2005 Confederations Cup. In that case, my countrymen made their kicks only to have national team luminary Ricardo Osorio miss a sudden death penalty kick.

My point with all this historical hash is that my countrymen have shown an iniquitous ineptitude to execute penalty kicks and/or block them. What do you expect when your goalies’ height haven’t even come close to 6′? (This is slowly changing)

All that changed last night when my native land’s 11 bested Costa Rica in a penalty shootout in the Gold Cup Semifinal.

The frustrated/jubilant thoughts of a Mexican after the jump…

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Luke Poehlmann wins Babino Award

You ever notice that oftentimes the funniest people aren’t really trying to be funny? They just are. Most of us press a bit too hard in our feeble attempts at making others laugh.

I had a buddy in college, Jay, who is one of the funniest people I know. Yet, to my knowledge, didn’t make it a point to be funny, he just was. Mannerisms, perfectly-timed retorts, impeccable delivery were hallmarks of his comedic genius.

One fine evening, our group of friends was watching a UT game in the dorms. The particular game was against a pre-Leachian Texas Tech squad. The only reason we weren’t at the game was for the simple reason that it took place in Lubbock.

UT ended up winning a close game on a Phil Dawson (now with the Cleveland Browns) 53-yard field goal. During the game, Jay noticed one of the Horns’ backups waving a white towel, not in surrender mind you, but in support of his teammates.

That player was none other than backup linebacker Aaron Babino, who apparently has appeared in NBC’s Friday Night Lights.

Jay, for some reason, singled out Babino for the towel-waving and from that moment on Babino and his white towel were forever enshrined in our minds as the dynamic duo of athletic support.

Fast-forward to last night’s Fiesta Bowl match-up between Ohio State and the Texas Longhorns. Yeah my ‘Horns pulled it out at the end, yes the game was exciting, blah blah blah.

Borrrring. Well at least in comparison to the Babinoesque antics of Longhorn redshirt freshman Luke Poehlmann.

Poehlmann, a 6’7″, 252 lb O-lineman, who sat out his true freshman year, drew an inordinate (or not) amount of attention from Fox cameras for his act (see end of video below).

Congratulations Luke for nabbing the Aaron Babino Towel Waving Award, and perhaps earning at least a part as an extra in the next Dukes of Hazzard movie.

And by the way, thanks for sating cherished Texas stereotypes held by those outside of our great state, and for wresting the “Best Mullet in the Universe sported by a guy named Luke” award from Mark Hamill (below).

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Bad haircuts, one more jewel on the crown that is the Skywalker legacy

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”

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:
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Brent Musburger is not a fan of Beyoncé

ABC is set to air the 2008 American Music Awards tomorrow and has been incessantly running promos.

Even during Saturday Night Football, the guys in the booth have to read copy promoting this thing.

Enter 69-year-old Brent Musburger (below doing a heck of a Frankie Carbone impersonation minus the man-perm).

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As he is beginning to tell us about the AMAs, I tell my wife “He probably doesn’t even know who the perfomers are.”

True to form Musburger tells us that one of the performers is “Beyonz”.  Of course, the rest of the world knows “Beyonz” as Houston’s own, Beyoncé Knowles (below):
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Not only did my wife, myself and millions of other viewers have a good laugh, Musburger’s broadcast partner, Kirk Herbstreit, also had a good laugh but composed himself enough to correct his elder on the correct pronunciation of Beyoncé’s name.

Though Herbie was still too much in the bag not to admit before a national TV audience that he had caught Beyoncé’s act in last week’s Saturday Night Live.

I’m sure the ABC brass will forgive the golden one for dabbling in NBC programming.

As for Musburger, we all know that he’s a big fan of the Big 10 and any team that plays my Texas Longhorns but now we know that he’s not a big Beyoncé guy.

Though thanks to sideline reporter Lisa Salter’s racially awkward comment, we might have found out that Musburger digs Kenny Chesney.

Oh yeah OU thumped Tech, 65-21.

On to Stoolwater, where the fate of a conference will be decided…

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

Philly Fan takes Bottle to the Head

While I understand the euphoria that follows when one’s team wins a championship, I cannot understand the bacchanalian revelry that erupts after such a win.

Back in 1999 when I was at Texas and the Longhorns upset #3 Nebraska in Austin (see game-winning catch below), fellow students took to the streets, climbed on buses, got electrocuted in campus fountains and charmined trees throughout campus. We all got a little crazy but no one was hurt.

This year, the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series (props to former Astro Brad Lidge) and their fans, notorious for crazy behavior, took to the streets in celebration. Thankfully no cars were barbecued, no one lost their life but thanks to YouTube we were given a special glimpse into some specifics.

Take this guy who takes a well-thrown bottle to the head at around the 7-second mark:

Hope it was worth it…

Mark Richt is a Man, He’s 48

It has been said that “religion is the opiate of the masses”. This day in age more than ever, I’d argue that sports fits the bill much better. I say this as an unabashed University of Texas football fan who shuts it down on Saturdays when the ‘Horns are on broadcast TV.

While athletics get a bum rap (sometimes justifiably) in some circles, there are redeeming qualities. More importantly there are individuals within the sports world which use the platform they’ve been given to carry out the Great Commission (see Florida QB Tim Tebow’s missionary efforts in the Philippines).

Staying within this blogger’s least favorite conference, the SEC, we next go to Georgia head man Mark Richt (below).

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Richt and his wife adopted 2 children from the Ukraine and their story was told recently in this ESPN video piece [WARNING: it’s a tear-jerker]:

The Richt Family’s Life-Long Commitment

[H/t: Justin Taylor via Tim]

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.

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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.

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Hook ‘em Horns!

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