Post-Game Kansas St.

The Thrill is Gone

I thought Texas was mediocre during the first game in 2012 versus Wyoming, but at halftime of the Kansas St. game I thought Texas was going to win. They were playing their best game of the year at that point. But for Texas over the last three years eventually their mediocrity rises to the top.  Mediocre doesn’t win on the road against a 10-1 number 6th ranked team in the country. Texas is mediocre because the quarterback play is flawed, the offensive line can’t run block consistently, the defense is bad and the special teams, as usual, are bad. Sure, Texas has some very good players such as Jaxon Shipley, Mike Davis, running back Malcolm Brown, if he can stay healthy, and Alex Okafor.  There are many other good players, some of whom have been grossly underutilized such as Daje Johnson, D.J. Monroe, defensive tackle Malcolm Brown, and linebackers Tevin Jackson and Peter Jinkens. I’m sure there are more players you could add to these lists. Still, with all the good players Texas has, they’re a mediocre team and have been for three straight years. That’s on Mack Brown, pure and simple.

The Longhorn Football team is Mack Brown’s Texas Football. If you don’t believe me reference the website  Mack Brown is to Texas Football as Jerry Jones is to the Dallas Cowboys. If you think that’s a flawed analogy tell me who you think has more power over there than Brown. One of the big money donors? Only if there’s a consensus among them.  DeLoss Dodd? Please.  Bill Powers? I’ve read that he and Dodds don’t want to take on the hiring of a new football coach at this late stage of their careers.  Good to know they’re still making the tough calls and earning their millions in salaries. For better or for worse, Mack Brown is the Texas Football Head Coach for as long as he wants to be. In my opinion the whole situation is extremely dysfunctional.

So it’s pretty much up to Mack Brown to decide if he returns for the 2013 season. I’m almost certain that he will, but if he were to decide to leave he would make that decision this week because any later would put Dodds and company behind schedule for making a hire for 2013. Don’t expect that announcement.

Fan’s Expectations and Entitlement

I have had hundreds of conversations about Texas Football with a longtime fan, alumnus, diehard Mack Brown supporter and one of the smartest people I know.  His constant refrain is that Texas fans have a sense of entitlement and unrealistic expectations.  I don’t know how he can ignore the fact that it’s Mack Brown who has consistently said, until the last two years, that, “We expect to compete for the National Championship every year.” In August of this year he said, “We’re good enough to beat every team on our schedule.” If Mack Brown and U.T. would like to lower the bar on fan expectations let them say that we’re de-emphasizing the Football program and lowering the ticket price for games such as New Mexico to $50 instead of $85. Also let them say that we’re going to pay the head football coach a measly $1 million a year instead of $5.5 million. Hey, that might be a way to get Mack Brown to step aside.

The Thrill is Gone

Short of a couple of more losing seasons after 2010 I never thought I would see Mack Brown lose the fan base. Based on my unscientific research he has. All but one of the most ardent Mack Brown fans I know now think Texas would be better off if he stepped down. Let’s call 80% in favor of having a new head coach in 2013.

The good news for Mack is the only thing he has to do to get his base back is to beat OU in 2013. Is that too much to ask?

HooK eM,


Over/Under Results

The Kansas St. Over/Under played like a difficult U.S. Open Course with a scoring average of 4.7. As in golf the tough scoring conditions in Over/Under produced a fundamentally sound veteran winner. Jerry Smith wins the regular season finale with 7 correct answers. It’s the fifth straight year Jerry has posted at least on victory.  In fact Jerry has won at least once every year Willie Earl’s Over/Under has been existence. An eclectic trio if Jill Zeitz, Clayton Frink and Greg Swan tied for second place  with 6 correct.

Willie Earl will post the season standings sometime this month before the Alamo Bowl. The Alamo Bowl will serve as the Over/Under Championship Game and all players will be seeded and have a path to the Championship.  The lower seeds will have a more difficult path.

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    And if any of you good people plan to go to San Antone, let us know, we’re planning something at the compound.

    Rain dripping off the brim of my hat
    Sure is cold today
    Here I am walking down sixty-six
    Wish she hadn’t done me that way

    Sleeping under a table at a road side park
    A man could wake up dead
    But it sure seems warmer than it did
    Sleepin in our king size bed

    Is anybody goin to San Antone
    Or Pheonix Arizona
    Anyplace is alright as long as I
    Can forget I’ve ever known her

    Wind whipping down the neck of my shirt
    Like I aint got nothing on
    But I’d rather fight the wind and rain
    than what I’ve been fighting at home

    Yonder comes a truck with the US mail
    People writing letters back home
    Tomorrow she’ll probably want me back
    But I’ll still be just as gone

    Is anybody goin to San Antone
    Or Pheonix Arizona
    Anyplace is alright as long as I
    Can forget I’ve ever known her

  28. Since it’s doubtful that Brown will be leaving, it’s worthy of remembering what his Godfather did in ’68 after his three down years. You may recall that DKR followed with just a single loss, a tie and nine straight victories, including a beat down of a strong Tennessee in the Cotton Bowl at which the halftime score was 35-0. My dad picked me up from basketball practice a couple nights later and as we rode home in the dark, cold Binghamton winter, Howard Cosell was on the radio telling listeners to never mind who ended up No. 1 (Ohio State), as far as he was concerned, Texas was the best team in the nation. Anyone here think Mack can do that in ’13?

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