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  1. Keith Jackson Passed Away

    Wasn't sure anyone on this board would remember Kern Tips. Ah, Sat afternoons listening to SWC games on the radio. One phrase I remember as "swing the gate play." Weren't those sponsored by Mobil or Humble Oil? I heard today that the 2006 Championship game was Keith's last to call. Perfect!!
  2. Andrew Jones diagnosed with Leukemia

    Puts life in perspective. I've a daughter in college, 1400 miles from home (Durham, NC) and while she worries only about grades, I worry about safety and wellness. Thoughts and prayers to Andrew, his family and those dearest to him.
  3. 2018 Recruiting Board/Thread

    One thing I began to realize as the second half unfolded, in particular the 4th quarter and the last half dozen exchanges of drives between Georgia and Alabama, and final 5 min of regulation and overtime... The athletes on the Bama squad. They are awesome athletes. Recruiting matters. Speed, size, ability to play over-the-top late in the game. To me they ended up looking like a pro team against a college team. Georgia was not prepared for the freshman passing attack, and lost their composure as the game wore on. Longhorns need comparable athletes and depth. I think Ohio State vs Alabama is the game that was missed. A week to prepare for just one game... Meyer might have done a better job for 60 minutes.
  4. 2018 Recruiting Board/Thread

    I just learned that. Like I said, I was working off to the side. Just saw a tweet that BOTH QBs are frosh. Amazing. I stand corrected.
  5. 2018 Recruiting Board/Thread

    I'll borrow space here for a post on tonight's title game. It ties to recruits anyway. Trying to get work done on the side, but every time I look over at the screen, Georgia has the ball. With 13-0 lead, looking at the Bulldogs QB on the sideline what I see is a grown man. EDIT: HAVE since learned that the Georgia QB is also a freshman, as is the replacement Bama QB. 22:24 Central. Until the Longhorns can stay in the program and develop a Grown Man's game here, we aren't going to be knocking heads and asserting ourselves on the field. I know I am old school, starting here in Fall of 1960 and living through all the title teams... on campus for first 3 and in town for the 4th.. but I will never waver from the fact that it requires senior (and junior) leadership and maturity to put a solid team on the field, along with star players who have developed. We need 21 and 22-year old student-athletes, some as 5-year players having a red shirt season. We need to stop relying on freshmen, sophs, some juniors, and a handful of seniors, with good players pondering their NFL career after playing a couple dozen games over 2+ seasons.
  6. 2018 Recruiting Board/Thread

    I'd look at Newton's Corbin Foster. 4.0 GPA, aims to be a doctor, 1st Team All-State, Defensive MVP of state title game (that Newton won), and was a state leader in tackles at 240. He may be 3A, but I'd still look at him. 6' 220, is patient, does not overrun pursuit, has good angles, and can wrap up. I know Newton is not a top school academically. My sister (a retired teacher there) knows his parents and talks about his solid family background and unified effort in his life as both student and athlete. The kid is grounded. I would not like to see him end up at Baylor or A&M. If he can handle the academics, I'd sure give him a look. http://www.maxpreps.com/athlete/corbin-foster/pLVcjFY2EeW-8KA2nzwbTA/default.htm
  7. ******Army All-American Game Thread******

    Everything is measured against the Texas Longhorns. 'nuff said.
  8. All good reading going into Jan and headed to the second national letter of intent day... NLID? ... whatever.
  9. Damn tootin' he's worth it!! Build the foundation for years to come!!
  10. 2017-2018 Bowl Schedule

    The second game is more defensive. Alabama looking to have that New England Patriot 'system' and edge. If the Tide takes this one and the title, will be lots of beer talk in the off season. Conference runner-up and 4th place seed romps.
  11. 2017-2018 Bowl Schedule

    Unwise squib kick with little time before end of first half allowed the field goal to cut Georgia's deficit from 17 to 14. Then with go-ahead gift scoop & score and little time left late in 4th, allowed Bulldogs to drive the field and tie it up. Then... the list goes on in OT. If OU had to lose, what better way than double OT. And again, college football's ranked teams are giving us games that resemble flag football. Or, I guess, routine Big12 football, sans Todd Orlando defense in the mix. OU - Georgia combined team stats: 45 first downs 1,058 yards 102 points Compare UT - Missouri. Texas wins by 17 points. Combined team Stats: 34 first downs. 670 total yards 49 points Thank you, Michael Dickson !! Hook'em !!
  12. 2017-2018 Bowl Schedule

    Georgia is headed for the top recruiting class and Kirby Smart has them playing hard-hitting football, often stretching the limits of legal hits. I watched a lot of the sec title game and they were punishing the Auburn players. Since the 2nd half gotten under way, doing the same to the Land Thieves. Saban may not hold the edge in the sec much longer.
  13. Thinking of pulling for OU in the playoff?

    Okay, I'm convinced. And I'm thinking now, Georgia is going to route OU. I watched the SEC Title game, and Kirby Smart had his players knocking the snot out of the Auburn players. Very physical play.
  14. 5 Quick Thoughts: Texas vs. Missouri

    Going into New Year's Eve and New Year's Day... Bowl records by Conference Big 10 7-0 Big 12 5-2 ACC 4-5 sec 1-3 Pac 12 1-7 Interesting how sec's rankings at the end of the season were dependent on them basically playing each other. Big 10 and Big 12 are combined 12-2 and have 1 team in the playoffs. ACC and sec are combined 5-8 and have 3 teams in the playoffs. I kinda of hope Blow U blows them all out of the park. Edit: 2:54 am 1/1/18 -- cancel that last line!! My head is out of the sand.
  15. 2018 Recruiting Board/Thread

    Would a 3A linebacker have a chance playing Big12 football at Texas? Talking about MVP Defensive player for Newton in their title game, Corbin Foster. 6' 220 lbs. He has speed, patience to keep the man in front of him, and is a sure tackler. https://www.hudl.com/profile/6367802/corbin-foster 2018 graduate, has good grades (albeit not a highly touted academic school) and aims to be a doctor (details from my sister who still lives in Newton, is a retired teacher there and keeps tabs on players/families, and tid bits, so passed that on to me). For the size school, Newton put a lot of good athletes on the field, and pretty sure Baylor will go after some (have already offered some) maybe Aggie. Newton's O-Line averaged 226 lbs. That's heavier than Royal's early 60s teams. As I recall. I watched the Newton-Gunter DVR replay several times. Newton barely broke a sweat and had Gunter struggling to even get up off the turf after each play by the 4th quarter. I doubt many of Newton's players have more body fat than UT players. I never saw a team fit a set of classy uniforms so well. They looked like clones of Dione Sanders. And some ran like it. Believe they lose only 4 seniors, one off the O-Line. Will probably open as pre-season 3A II favorites to repeat. They pummeled a good Gunter team, after opening game jitters, adjusting to the noise and settling down the second half. I never saw a team as gassed and beat down as was Gunter the final 10 min of that game. With Newton looking like they just walked out on the field for the opening kickoff. That's a sign of conditioning, training and mental state of a winner. Just don't know if they can handle academics of a major university and hold up to talent that's played 5A and 6A coaching and players. I do know from growing up there, timber and pulp wood is a big industry in Newton County. Kids grow up there more stout and hearty than a lot of city kids. If you get a chance to watch the 4th quarter of that game with Gunter... Newton defensive players were "laying the wood" and knocking the snot out of the Gunter players. Punishing blows to the body that took all the physical, mental and emotional wind out of them. Newton could have probably played another game after that one and likely beat the 3A Div I winner for a take-all title. Okay, I'll calm down... it's 3 am.