Various and Sundry

In my annual tribute to Ben Barnes, I offer various and sundry thoughts and observation on life and the Longhorns on the eve of the Oklahoma State game. Paper Cowboys The won-loss record of Oklahoma State’s 2017 opponents is 16-17. If you leave TCU out of the equation—who they lost to 44-31—the record is 10-17.  Oklahoma State has defeated, South Alabama, Tulsa, Pitt, Texas Tech, and Baylor.  I’m not suggesting Oklahoma State is overrated. I’m just saying… 9-3 Anyone? In Texas’ first six games of the season, they have an inexplicable loss to Maryland and losses to #9 Oklahoma and […]

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This One’s on the Coaches

After seven years of mediocrity there are no moral victories. Not in the world of Longhorn Football. The fact that Texas didn’t fold after falling behind by 20 points is no solace for me.  Sure, I was happy that the Horns made a game of it when it looked like it could be one of those 60 something -14 kind of Texas-OU games but Texas should never be been behind by 20, to anyone. Texas was outgained 227 to 19 yards in the first quarter. Oklahoma was ready to play, Texas wasn’t. This is on the coaches. The bare facts […]

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Feels so Good Feelin’ Good Again

And I wanted you to see ’em all I wished that you were there I looked across the room And saw you standin’ on the stair And when I caught your eye I saw you break into a grin It feels so good feelin’ good again –Robert Earl Keen I haven’t felt so good and I haven’t been so excited about a Texas-OU game in a long time.  The feeling started coming over me moments after the entire Texas offense pushed Chris Warren III over the goal line for the game winning touchdown last Saturday night. I think the reason […]

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Kansas State Knee-Jerk Reactions

Told you Sam Ehlinger should be the starter.  That’s a joke, son. Turns out that Kirk Bohls’ play-calling is pretty good.   Collin Johnson caught several passes on curl and slant routs. Wiping a little egg of my face here. Tom Herman has to learn that kicking field goals is not unmanly. Assuming Josh Rowland makes the 18-yard field goal in the first quarter attempt that Herman passed on, Texas probably wins the game in less dramatic fashion.  As I commented earlier, had Herman elected to kick a short field goal on the Texas’ opening drive of the second half against […]

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Kansas State Pre Game

Offensive Angst It’s already come to this. Four games into the Tom Herman era, Texas fans and the media—notably Kirk Bohls—are making personnel and play suggestions.  Bohls is calling for quick slants and curls to Collin Johnson.  Bohls should be embarrassed to be making play suggestions in print. That’s like saying Jordan Spieth needs to make more birdies. It reminds me of Richard Nixon calling Washington Redskins coach George Allen with a play suggestion before a playoff game in 1971 against the Francisco 49ers.  Bohls’ colleague Cedric Golden and a chorus of Texas fans are convinced that Sam Ehlinger will be […]

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