Pre-Game New Mexico

Scatter Shot

Stealing a page from Blackie Sherrod I’m scattering shooting while wondering what ever happened to Jitter Fields.

Excuse me if I don’t think this whole game manager thing will work out very well against West Virginia, Oklahoma St., Oklahoma, Kansas St. or Baylor. Speaking of our game manager I wonder if Mack Brown and Brian Harsin will continue to baby David Ash against New Mexico.  If he can’t run big boy plays against the Lobos who can he run them against? And speaking of New Mexico can the Horns really score enough points to cover the 38 point spread?

While I’m on a rant here lets move on to my most over-hyped category.

  1. The Texas defense. I don’t care about their #2 ranking in total defense in 2011. I saw the Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. and Baylor games last year and I saw the defense give up 276 passing yards to Wyoming last week.  I’ll start believing if they can make  key stops against Oklahoma St. and West Virginia. Or… to coin when one of my favorite sports quotes that I’m not sure who said originally but my best guess is Dan Jenkins, “tell your statistics to shut up.”
  2. Quandre Diggs. AKA the little engine that could often looked befuddled—as did the rest of the Texas Secondary—against Wyoming last week.  He also was inept on his one kick off return and couldn’t escape a one on one tackle in the open field on a punt return.

Before I go on let me remind readers that the category is over-hyped not—not any good.

  1. Alex Okafor. He’s a solid starting defensive end. He had zero sacks against pass happy Wyoming.  Until he shows more he’s simply a solid starter and maybe an honorable mention All Big 12.
  2. Last and not least or maybe least depending upon how you look at it.  The offensive line.  As 95% of the American male population and all sports talk radio show hosts can’t say enough, “really?” This is the unit that’s going to remind us of the Alabama Offensive line of the last three years?  “Really?”

Before Homer Mark strokes out let me move on to the Texas players who impressed me in week one.

  1. Malcolm Brown. I guess it’s pretty obvious but he is quite good. The thing is, unless he rolls up huge numbers, he’ll always be under-rated because he makes 7-20 yard runs look so ho hum and he may never beat out Joe Bergeron as the fan favorite. Also keep in mind that he’s running behind an average at best (see #4 of over-hyped) offensive line.  He’s possesses running back instincts that are as good as they get. I would say they’re rare but Cedric Benson was here not that long ago and he had them too but he was a power runner as Brown is more of a finesse guy.
  2. D.J. Monroe. He’s been in the dog house since his DWI a couple of years ago. Lets hope they let him out because for god-sakes he has a career 7.1 yard per rushing average. And  he’s not just a sprinter he’s a real running back who knows how and when to cut it up field.  He showed desire and toughness on his touch-down run last week when he lowered his shoulder and bounced off a tackler near the goal line. Just one more thing. Don’t forget that he returned a kick-off for a touchdown a couple of years ago. Or was it two?

One more thing before you go.  I’ve decided to replace Mike Leech with Texas State on the Watch list (soon to be updated) after the Bobcats spanked Houston last week in the greatest upset in history measured by Las Vegas points spreads.  They host Texas Tech Saturday night in what has to be the most anticipated night in San Marcos since I dated a Southwest Texas St. Co-Ed, courtesy of Andy Garrod and his girlfriend Megan, for about a week and a half in 1975.


HooK eM,



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  12. Time to recount the over-under, me thinks. I need a splash of Willie Earl with my afternoon Coke.

  13. W.E., clearly, there is an air of discontent in Longhorn Land. If the score of tonight’s game is not something like 72-3, we could be looking at either a pitchfork rally on Guadalupe Ave, or maybe Longhorn Nation just enters a phase of malaise, like Jimmy Carter once said, where basically we just …don’t…give…a…shite, anymore. Nah, il n’est pas possible. Escuchar amigos, Los Lobos are better as a Chicano rock band from East LA than they are as a football team. It should be OK, really, tonight on the football field.

  14. Things are bad Willie Earl says. We all know they’re bad he says.

    Punk teams like OSU are running wild in the street, Kenny Vaccaro is missing tackles, Coach Brown is keeping a flask under his wind breaker.

    Slowly, the conference the horns play in is getting smaller. We sit in our living rooms watching LHN and say “please W.E. just leave us alone! let us have 7 or 8 wins! a good Harsin trick play and a couple sacks against Texas Tech!”

    Willie Earl isn’t going to leave you alone, he wants you to get mad! You’ve got say “I’m a longhorn fan god dammit! and my donation to the Long Horn foundation has value!”

    Now get up out of your ergonomic chair go to the office next door and yell “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

    #WillieEarlismadashell and #heisn’tgoingtotakeitanymore.

  15. Hear me now, believe me later. We’re staring 8-4 in the face if the Horns don’t hang at least 50 on the Lobos.

  16. How about a Longhorn Network hat as the grand prize for the over/under winner for 2012. I have the hat I can provide, but I don’t have the effin’ network. I signed up for AT&T Uverse and went home this morning to meet the installer. The som bitch no-showed so I called AT&T and cancelled the install. Then called Direct TV and told them I would accept their offer to knock $30 off my bill. So…The LHN is good for something at Homer’s house.

    • I have LHN. The hat is more valuable than the network itself. Other than actual games it’s like watching local sports in Victoria, Texas.