Brian Combs

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Thoughts on UNT-Texas

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Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium A few days into the season, and it's already been a heck of a roller coaster. Read the rest of this entry...

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September 1st, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Random Early Thoughts on the 2014 Midterm Elections

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At this point, everyone is expecting a bloodbath for the Democrats in the 2014 midterm elections.. Candidates are running away from both the Affordable Care Act and the Obama Administration. The only question is how bad it’ll be. Some Democrats are already conceding the Senate, jumping right to the bargaining stage of grief, and arguing that it won’t be a big deal to the Republicans.

To me, the biggest problem is that the Republicans are going to benefit. They …

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March 20th, 2014 at 10:31 am

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Why are the Texas Longhorns…

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So, I had this great idea for a blog post. Using Google Autocomplete, I’d see what the internet thought about the various Big 12 teams. For instance, I’d search for:

Why are the Oklahoma Sooners
Why are the Baylor Bears

Autocomplete would tell me the number one search for that phrase, and I’d make some nifty infograph out of it. Maybe a map of the region of the autocomplete word or phrase where the school is located.

Unfortunately, it turned …

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January 30th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Larry Porter

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With a home game this weekend, the Austin Longhorn Club held their lunch meeting today. Here are my notes.

First up to speak was Coach David McWilliams, who talked about his remembrances of the 1963 national championship football team. These comments, as always, should be considered paraphrasing.

They told me I only had three minutes, but I don’t know any coach that can finish a speech in three minutes.

1961 was the most talented team I was on. Instead of

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November 14th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Stacy Searels

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Today’s speaker was offensive line coach Stacy Searels. The attendance at the lunch was down quite a bit, but that may have been because of the area wide flooding.

Before Coach Searels spoke, head women’s basketball coach Karen Aston spoke. She spoke about how their season opens tonight and that team is excited to put on the uniforms and play tonight.

She said that last season was a transition year. We had injuries, but we have a new vibe. We …

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October 31st, 2013 at 3:42 pm

More Random Thoughts on the Season so Far

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The turnaround the Texas Longhorns have made the last few weeks has been nothing short of remarkable. The team is player faster and stronger, and has the confidence that only comes from knowing what your job is, and that you can get it done.

Most of that credit should go to Greg Robinson. He’s simplified things for the defense, and is putting players where they can succeed. And all the sudden we seem to know how to tackle.

The offense …

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October 29th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Duane Akina

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The Austin Longhorn Club had their pre-Red River Rivalry lunch today. The speaker was originally scheduled to be Major Applewhite, but he had filled in earlier in the year for Manny Diaz. As a result, Duane Akina spoke today.

As usual, opening statements were made by Bill Little. Remember, this should be considered a paraphrasing, not a direct quotation. The talk will be on the Longhorn Network at some point if you’d like to see the real thing.

Here’s what …

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Random Thoughts on the Longhorn Season Thus Far

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Four games into the season, Texas has beaten one bad team solidly, lost badly to two mediocre teams, and squeeked out a win against another bad team. What does that make the Texas Longhorns?

It makes them a bad team as well, although one with a bit more heart than I thought before yesterday.

The K State game was badly officiated from top to bottom, but the last few minutes were ridiculous. It really got the crowd fired up, however. …

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September 22nd, 2013 at 10:38 am

Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Darrell Wyatt

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The attendance was down a bit at today’s Austin Longhorn Club, but not as much as I had expected given the team’s showing (or lack thereof) the last two weeks. The featured speaker was wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt.

Notable attendees included DeLoss Dodds and Ronnie Brown. I talked to Ronnie briefly afterwards, and he’s really slimmed down since his playing days. He’s working for the Longhorn Foundation now.

After the usual opening festivities (opening prayer, door …

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September 19th, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Major Applewhite

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The mood was a bit grim walking into the Frank Erwin Center today, after the embarrassment in Provo. Hook ‘Em worked the crowd, trying to discourage negativity, but he didn’t have a whole lot of success.

The scheduled speaker was originally to be Manny Diaz, but he obviously had to be replaced. While we would have received very interesting answers to our questions from Coach Diaz, they sent Major Applewhite instead.

I anticipated lots of hard questions for Coach Applewhite. …

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September 12th, 2013 at 4:36 pm