June 30, 2007
NOTE: We apparently missed the fact that Big Baby was traded to Boston. A nice consolation prize for Bill Simmons we suppose.
June 29, 2007
June 28, 2007
Although no official word is expected for months, UT officials are discussing plans to retire Kevin Durant's No. 35 jersey, possibly as early as next season.
That having been said, why are we discussing the retirement of KD's jersey and not Vince Young's? We know UT's "official" policy of only retiring the jersey's of those players who win player of the year awards. Each year the Maxwell Award is given to: The College Player of the Year. You can read it here on their website. TJ deserved it, Ricky deserved it, Earl deserved it, KD will have earned it, but VY has arguably done more for Texas football than any other Longhorn since James Street. It's time to retire #10.
There is a reason that Seattle slipped all the way to the 13th pick. I've never been do the Pacific Northwest, but I understand the weather there is awful. I can't really think of any reason to like Seattle other than the fact that my new roommate is from there. I've never been there, however, and I hate to speak ill of places I've never visited...that's the kind of thing they do in Russia. But the SuperSonics aren't going to be in Seattle much longer. The team was recently bought by a group from Oklahoma City. We all know that Oklahoma sucks, but playing in OKC would put KD only 6 hours from Austin. That's the closest KD could be to The University without playing on one of the Texas teams. Kevin Durant to the OKC SuperSonics could be the steal of the draft.
June 27, 2007
June 26, 2007
Also, in anticipation of the NBA Draft (this Thusrday), we found this awesome ad featuring KD and Gilbert Arenas.
So, Mike Maroth got traded to the World Champions from the World Runners-Up and promptly started a game at Shea Stadium. The Newest Cardinal of Them All and his overpowering 82-mph fastball* then proceeded to throw 7.1 innings of 2-hit, one-run ball. And guess what? He left the game in a 1-1 tie because the Cards could only muster one little run despite eight hits. So, of course, Shawn Green (who is currently our least favorite Jewish athlete) won the game on a walk-off solo shot to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning--just the Mets' third hit of the ballgame. Cheering for this year's version of the St. Louis Redbirds is getting more difficult by the day. But somehow we know there is no way we will be able to stop trying--even if the team ownership has.
*Description of Mike Maroth's fastball courtesy Jonathan Brater
June 25, 2007
June 24, 2007
Kip Wells: Bad Pitcher, or The Worst Pitcher?
1. Wins and Losses by a pitcher is the most overrated, useless stat in baseball
2. He's starting today. The Cardinals lose when Kip Wells starts.
But hey, we've been wrong before. Maybe the Champions will manage to score 16 runs off the Phillies' Cole Hamels and his 3.82 ERA.
June 23, 2007
June 22, 2007
"I thought it was a little classless how Coach Brown was begging for votes after the [Texas A&M] game," Rodgers said. "I think a team's record and the way you play should speak for itself, and you shouldn't have to complain about the BCS system. Coach Tedford isn't going to, although he's frustrated just like we are. I think we're a bigger team, classier than that."
June 21, 2007
June 20, 2007
St. Louis....... 7 0 0 21 -- 28
New Orleans... 0 10 7 14 -- 31
June 19, 2007
Jones decommitted ($$$) yesterday, with his mom saying he was coerced into signing with A&M. The story, according to a very knowledgeable poster at HornFans is:
The mom wasn't pushing him anywhere. Anthony Jones got hooked up with some shady characters who are in a position you'd normally look to for advice and counselling. They took Jones on an unscheduled visit to College Station --- Jones had committed to participating in Baylor's Elite Camp --- and basically kept him there until he committed. Anthony's Mom had every right to be pissed off. This isn't a parent with an agenda, at least none that is clear at this point. This is a parent rightfully upset that her son was maneuvered in a way where it seemed he had no choice regarding his decision.
You can read the full account here. All we have to say is 'wow'! We aren't sure how this situation will end but it is a welcome entertaining respite from offseason boredom.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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North Texas......... 0 0 0 0 - 0
Texas............... 14 13 0 0 - 27
June 18, 2007
Rabble Rabble Rabble Rabble Rabble Rabble Rabble!
We agree with all of the rules for discourse. Among our favorites:
3. We will abstain from constructing an All-American team (this is mostly because we are too lazy to attempt one anyway).
5. When referring to a team's ranking, we will use the BlogPoll.
15. We will limit our complete ad hominem hatred of a coach to one man and one man only. (Stoops)
16. We couldn't care less about season-end awards.
And most importantly:
17. We are fans of the game, above all else.
75 days people.
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Florida 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 6 1
Texas 0 1 0 1 0 4 0 0 X 6 10 0
W: Kyle McCulloch L: Bryan Ball
June 17, 2007
Today's box score: Texas 27, Kansas 23
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Texas............... 0 7 6 14 - 27
Kansas............ 3 6 0 14 - 23
June 16, 2007
Today's box score: Texas 82, Connecticut 78
1 2 T
#5 Connecticut 38 40 78
#1 Texas 44 38 82
June 15, 2007
June 14, 2007
If you want true, knowledgeable analysis of the Cards' young arms in the farm system, you'll need to visit Viva el Birdos. But we're just saying: there's got to be SOMEONE who might possibly, one day, maybe be a decent major league pitcher in Memphis right now. As this is going up on the blog, the World Champions trail 9-4 after two (2) innings at Kansas City. In case you're having trouble, that's nine runs in two innings for the Royals. The Royals. Yes, the Royals. After climbing back into the race in what is clearly baseball's worst division, the Champs are staring right in the face of losing 2-of-3 against the cross-state bums on I-70. When you are trying to get back into a race that you've woefully failed to sniff for most of the season, you have simply got to beat the bad teams and steal some from the good. The Cardinals can't even beat a bad one this week. And would you like to know why?
You guessed it! Kip Wells. Kip started tonight's ballgame and didn't make it out of the 2nd. The Royals scored 8 runs in the bottom half of the second. Mind you, St. Louis already has 4 runs through two frames. That's pretty good, if Roger Clemens' wife--or someone half as talented--is pitching. But with Wells on the mound, any run total under three digits is unsafe. The fact is, Wells now has 10 losses on the season, and unless the bats and bullpen bail him out tonight will make 11. He was the only pickup in a dreadful off-season, but it's time to cut your losses. Someone pitching for the Memphis Redbirds must be ready for at least a few starts until Mulder and/or Carpenter are ready. Yes, the 'Birds are 29-39 and last in their Triple-A division. Yes, they just got swept by Nashville. But there are 2 guys on the Memphis roster--Anthony Reyes and Randy Kiesler--who have at least thrown one decent game at the big league level this year. Anything would be better than a guaranteed loss every 5 days with Wells.
*NOTE: In the time it took to type this post, St. Louis posted 2 in the top of the 3rd to pull within 9-6. Even if they don't end up totally embarrassed tonight--heck, even if they somehow win--our stance on Kip Wells is unchanging. Kip Wells?! Come on.
** FINAL NOTE: Cards lose 17-8, nice to see Alex Gordon over .200...?
Today's box score: Texas 41, USC 38
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Texas............... 0 16 7 18 - 41
USC................. 7 3 14 14 - 38
June 13, 2007
June 11, 2007
More bad karma is following the Horns as former Horn Shaun Rogers is under investigation for touching a stripper "inappropriately." Finally, Michigan, one of the two college baseball teams that we've been cheering for, was bounced from the postseason by Oregon State.
Clearly you need something to cheer you up, and the fact that football doesn't start for 81 days isn't helping. It's too soon to start our Texas football preview and too boring to discuss the NBA Finals. We present to you, therefore, arguably the worst college football preseason article ever written: "Texas-sized snubs won't slow McNeal" by Matt Hayes of The Sporting News. Enjoy.
June 10, 2007
- We have adopted Mississippi State and Michigan as our new post-Texas NCAA Tourney favorites. MSU has already qualified for the CWS and Michigan began its run today. You know what sucks? Throwing 8 2/3 of no-hit ball, giving up a single with two outs in the 9th and being the losing pitcher. That's what happened today to Michigan pitcher Zach Putnam today in a 1-0 loss.
- We know reading Curt Schilling probably isn't the first thing you do when you get out of bed in the morning, but if you'd ever wanted to know what's going through a pitcher's mind as he tries to throw a no-hitter, you should definitely read this.
- Some Texas related links...Robert Joseph is a moron, Augie thinks Kyle Russell might return, and we're only 83 days from football season.
- Want to know how bad the summer drought is about to become? The TexasSports.com calendar shows exactly a 2 month hiatus between the Men's Track and Field final meet and Volleyball's opener versus Penn State. It's about to get hot and boring.
- Finally, we had difficulty finding a fifth piece of news because the offseason sucks, so please entertain yourself with the random kitten generator.
June 8, 2007
Additionally, the following Texas recruits were drafted:
Kevin Keyes -- drafted 800 to Rangers (26th round)
June 7, 2007
June 6, 2007
- First, from BON's Morning Coffee, Texas had a down year in '06-'07, Taylor Teagarden is lighting up the minors, J.P. Howell had a great season debut, and Kevin Durant didn't look so good last season.
- College Football News has posted its Texas preview which you can read here. Overall, a pretty fair assesment of Texas's chances in '07.
- Remember Curtis Thigpen? Well, he has now been called up to the Blue Jays to replace injured first baseman Lyle Overbay. Curtis is the third Longhorn from the 2004 team to play in the Majors...that was a good squad.
- Finally, the MLB Draft is less than 24 hours away, beginning at 2 PM EST on Thursday. As such, here's a mock draft having Kyle Russell going #24 to the Rangers.
June 5, 2007
Let the summer of George begin!
- MLB Draft, will Kyle Russell, Adrian Alaniz or James Russell stick around?
- Ocean's 13 released
- Nancy Drew released, will we see you there?
- Something called the College World Series begins sans Texas :(
- Live Free Or Die Hard released, can it top Nancy Drew?
- NBA Draft, will Kevin Durant really be asked to pay for part of a new arena?
- 40 Acre Sports will begin its football season preview, does a watched pot really never boil?
- Happy 231st (or something like that) b-day America
- MLB All Star Game, 'insert Peter Bean Barry Bonds defense here'
- Harry Potter released, we probably won't see that one
- The Yankees will (hopefully) be eliminated from contention, although in all likelihood they will have passed the Red Sox in the standings by now
- I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry is released, one of us has a cousin in the movie and will be expecting the red carpet treatment
- Lindsay Lohan playing a stripper probably still won't be enough to get us to see I Know Who Killed Me
- The Simpsons Movie, 'Tramapoline! Trampopoline!'
- NFL training camp begins, will Robert Meachem ever see the field? Was the Dolphins passing on Drew Brees and trade for Dante Culpeper the worst offseason move ever?
- Texas football summer practice hits full swing, what will Henry Melton do next?
- The Bourne Ultimatum released
- Rush Hour 3 released, will there be an Entourage promo in this movie?
- Life begins anew, Texas v. Arkansas state...our summer of movies, baseball and football practice mercifully ends
June 4, 2007
But enough about that. Now we want to complain. Texas received the number 4 national seed in the NCAA baseball tournament, meaning that the Horns were supposed to be slated to win their regional and host a super regional. But Texas received one hell of a draw. The Longhorns got UC Irvine as the 2 seed, Wake Forest as the 3 seed, and Brown as the 4 seed in their regional. Brown turned out to be a handful for both Texas and Wake. Wake is an ACC team with decent credentials which took Texas to 12 innings in the Longhorns' 7-4 elimination game victory yesterday. And UC Irvine is a tiny California school which, like its brethren Pepperdine, CS-Fullerton, San Diego, and Long Beach State, is a very good baseball school. Irvine defeated the Horns 3-1 yesterday with major-league performances from their starting pitcher and outfield. As we write this, Irvine leads 6-5 in the middle of the 7th inning, to be resumed from a rain delay at 1 PM CDT today. If Texas should come back and win, they would then have to win a second game to advance to a Super Regional.
Meanwhile, in Oxford, Ole Miss--who is NOT a top-8 national seed--got a draw of Southern Miss, Troy, and Sam Houston State for its regional. Once again, the NCAA Selection Committee shows it has no idea what it's doing.
To be clear, we understand that to be a champion, you're going to have to beat good teams. We also understand that if Texas can't beat UC-Irvine, then it's unlikely they'd have won in Omaha anyway. However, the number 4 seed is supposed to come with some privileges. Ole Miss did not earn the draw they got. Texas didn't either.