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JKW-Hook 'em

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JKW-Hook 'em last won the day on January 16 2014

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About JKW-Hook 'em

  • Birthday 08/24/1955


  • Biography
    Native Austinite...born and raised as is my wife. Attended UT in the mid 70's.
  • Location
    Lakeway, TX (west of Austin)
  • Interests
    Golf, Fishing, Wine, Reading
  • Occupation
    Partner Channel & Sales Manager for a software publisher.

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  1. Wow!! According to your analogy of Coach Strong's statement all but 2 coaches next year, those in the national championship game, will produce nothing more than mediocre seasons and their respective universities should look very closely at them to determine if they have the wrong leader in place. Furthermore, are you suggesting that a CEO of an organization should never say something like: "I just reviewed our 1st quarter numbers and if we don't reverse this trend quickly we are going to miss our year-end numbers and ultimately the goals we set for the year." Coach Strong made his comment following 15 practices and a scrimmage and their have been a few hints that CS is not totally pleased with the efforts from the players. Heck, he even had them stop practicing, leave and start over to get this point across. I don't see his comment any different than my example...based off what we have done to date, we are not going to hit our year-end goal of playing in the national championship game. Not sure how you make the leap that his statement that next year Texas will not be one of the final 2 teams standing is somehow a confession on his part that the task is beyond his skill-set and he is only capable of delivering mediocrity. In my opinion...that is one HUGE leap, especially given he hasn't even coached a game yet!
  2. As the post title suggests, I'm a very lucky recipient of his incredible and vast landscaping knowledge and the services provided by his amazing crew. Mark, has made two different trips to Austin to initially review my needs, offer his professional advice and vision and then again when we decided to expand the scope of work so he could again offer his expertise. In just a couple of days of both trips I had emails from him with excellent and detailed drawings (overhead/birds eye view) of what our back yard/tropical garden would like like. In addition to the drawings showing the placement of all the plants, paths, etc. he included pics of each plant and trees that he was recommending. The cost estimate he submitted for all the plants, labor, mulch, soil, etc. was very, very reasonable. In fact, it was because his initial quote was so fair and reasonable that we decided to expand the scope of work. His work included adjusting and fine tuning my sprinkler system, removal of unwanted stones, trimming of branches from existing trees and more! I guess you can tell that my wife and I are very pleased with the job that was completed today. I highly recommend you give Mark a call if you have landscaping plans in the future. You will be glad you did. Thanks again Mark!!! Hook 'em Horns! Kevin
  3. Welcome all you new OBers!! You will love this site. BTW...I'm a member of OB's too and spend nearly all my time here now. Good posters...good civil discussions.
  4. I actually did give him credit for what he said FIRST that you said I conveniently left out: "Also, after saying recruits should stay if committed, he then says "if you......." I am not a Mack hater, never have been, and don't hate him now. I have always supported him until this last season when it became clear a change needed to be made and appreciated his apparent agreement with Powers that he would step-down on his own if the criteria necessary to keep his job was not met. Despite not meeting the criteria he still was determined that his retirement would be on his terms and was convinced when he left the banquet he would be coaching in 2014. The uproar from the BMD's Saturday morning that lead to Powers telling Patterson he has to go fire Mack, I'm sure cut Mack to the bone. I agree, telling the recruits later that morning that he was leaving was an emotional time and difficult for Mack. I'm just disappointed he didn't do more to save the class and help The University and I think we all can agree he could have.
  5. I think there are a couple of troubling things in what Mack did. First, how many recruits actually attend a college despite the head coach? Is not the head coach a significant, if not the most significant factor, in a recruits decision making process. Sure, their position coach is important, but I just don't see any recruit committing to a school where they don't like the head coach or at a minimum the head coach wasn't a major factor in why they committed. Mack knew this. Also, after saying recruits should stay if committed, he then says "if you are coming here for me to coach you" which begs the question, isn't that what all head coaches do, coach their players? Finally, he didn't suggest they look elsewhere...he encouraged it and would even reward their loyalty to HIM by doing what he could for them. Look, Mack could sell ice to an Eskimo...he's one of the greatest recruiters ever, he could have used this gift to help out his beloved University and the new coach coming in by convincing these recruits he apparently "loved so much" to stay at Texas. I've heard him say many times that he tells recruits to commit to the school, because you will spend the next 4 years there, and a degree from UT will open many doors. Instead, he encouraged them to look elsewhere. Sorry, I'm struggling buying this is Mack playing the father image instead of Mack the bitter forced out coach. Quite simply, he could have helped UT, his employer, and chose not to.
  6. Sorry for your loss. Condolences and prayers sent. I had wonderful uncles and each loss was painful.
  7. Ok...tears running down my face. Thanks hornrush...I needed that.
  8. I believe he acknowledged that many were less than thrilled with Strong's efforts to keep the 2014 class together but wanted to give kudos to his 2015 efforts. Not sure where the sunshine pumping was with his post. I've not read anything to suggest CS is tooting his on horn about anything. It's pretty hard to meet your "more doing" request when spring practice hasn't even started and final signing day for 2015 recruits is more than a year away. SMH.
  9. Yep...3 years seems about right...to reach "greatness" level. I do think we will see much sooner our ability to win the battle in the trenches and start imposing our will more, just need to upgrade at a few skill positions to reach "greatness." If Heard lives up to expectations I think we are set there in a couple of years...will need to re-load at RB soon and an upgrade in receiver and tight-end talent (what is a tight-end again??). I think the defense will show improvement very quickly. It already did under Robinson. But, as stated, attitude, conditioning, discipline and a nasty streak may be evident immediately.
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  11. I would suspect in all the years of recruiting CS has done that this situation is not new to him. Therefore, whatever tactic he used, one would guess, was not a knee-jerk reaction but one that was based on history that would produce the results he wanted. Whether that result being the kid stays committed to Texas or CS knows for sure to move on and fill the ship with someone else.
  12. Sir, I saw your post about cold weather coming again around Super Bowl time. I'm in Austin (Lakeway to be exact) an so far our Sago Palms, of which we have many (potted and in-ground) have done fine so far without covering them. The coldest temps at our home so far this year have been around 22-24 degrees. What is the cold weather tolerance of these plants and should I consider covering them with what appears to be an even a colder snap coming? Also, do you offer any services in the Austin area? Thanks!! JKW

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