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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

Notes from the Austin Longhorn Club – Mack Brown

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I attended my first Austin Longhorn Club lunch today. It’s held the Thursday before every Texas Longhorn home game, and features a speaker from the coaching staff. This week, it was Coach Mack Brown.

The event is held at the Erwin Center. On the way in, I asked how many people were expected.

The man at the name tag table hemmed and hawed a bit. He said that it’s usually 250 to 300 people, and usually about 500 when Coach …

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Sorry Texas A&M – Johnny Football Is Just Not That Into You

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Here’s a little something I’ve been working on for the last week or two:

I’ve been trying to decide when to put this out there, but with today’s news that Johnny Manziel is under investigation for signing autographs for a fee, I realized that now was the time. It’s possible that JF won’t be an Aggie too much longer.

On the other hand, it could all blow over. Perhaps Manziel is innocent, or perhaps he’ll return the money he was …

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August 5th, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Met Hugh Freeze

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I’m in New Orleans this week for PubCon Spring 2013. My family came along, so we had Monday to run around the French Quarter together.

We ended up at Grand Isle Restaurant for dinner, and decided to sit outside, since there was a nice breeze. Across a narrow courtyard from us was the sports bar Manning’s, which was hosting an alumni event for Ole Miss.

My father-in-law is an Ole Miss alum, so I follow their football team a …

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April 25th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Video: Statue of Liberty from Wyoming-Texas

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Another of my favorite plays from Saturday’s Wyoming-Texas game was David Ash and Malcolm Brown running the statue of liberty play.

Malcolm takes it 31 yards to the Wyoming 10 yard line.

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September 4th, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Video: D.J. Monroe Scores on the Wild Fozzy

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Took some video from my seats at the Wyoming-Texas game Saturday. I’m still trying to decide what my favorite play was, but this is definitely up there.

Joe Bergeron looks like he may do will with the Wild Fozzy. He had several nice reads.

And the athletic move by D.J. Monroe at the end of this play is amazing.…

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September 4th, 2012 at 9:26 am

Video: Texas Longhorn Enhanced Team Walk-in

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For several seasons now, a crowd has been gathering to watch the Texas Longhorns walk in to Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium before home football games. As the event has grown in popularity, it’s been harder and harder to actually see.

This year, they’ve expanded the event. Instead of being dropped off right at the north gate, the team is being dropped off at the corner of 23rd Street and Robert Dedman. They then walk about half a …

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September 3rd, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Pistorius Raises Questions

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Without question, the feel-good story of the London 2012 Olympics, at least so far, is the competition by Oscar Pistorius, a paraplegic who made it to the semi-final of the 400 meter dash on a pair of carbon-fiber prosthetics.

Pistorius had to petition the Olympic committee to be allowed to compete, and there are some who believe that the prosthetic legs gave him an unfair advantage.

That, of course, is inane. At least today.

At some point in the future, …

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August 7th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

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Truly a Mythical National Championship

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Most people think the BCS got this season’s two best teams into the National Championship Game. Of course, the computers solidly disagreed with this sentiment, and it doesn’t really hold up to scrutiny of comparative non-conference schedules.

But more than anything, we’ve already seen the game. The pundits told me it was the Game of the Century, so it couldn’t happen again, could it?

Alabama had their shot. On their own field. And they couldn’t get it done.

There’s no …

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January 9th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

Someone Explain Tim Tebow to Me

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Tim Tebow is a conundrum, that’s for sure. He had seven or eight plays yesterday that were amazing. Against perhaps the best defense in the league.

Then, for the rest of the game, he looked approximately the way I would have out there.

But the seven or eight plays were enough to get the Denver Broncos the victory. I can’t explain it.

DJ Gallo over at ESPN looks at Eight Theories of Tim Tebow.…

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January 9th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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