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Adios Longhorns

El Nino is being merciless, away down there off the coast of Peru, so it looks like Mr. B. and his Tiger Cub buds will not be making a Longhorns practice for the fourth Thursday in a row. Because the field at DK-Royal-Memorial Stadium will be soggy again and they’ll move the practice inside where there is no seating for cubs and parents. Oh, well, it was a cool invite. And there’s always next week, maybe, after Oklahoma State, which might be another Tech, or worse.

From the Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Forecast Center in New Braunfels.

Wednesday Night: A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. East northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Thursday: A 50 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71. Northeast wind between 5 and 10 mph.

Rainwise, El Nino is being merciful. Spacing it out like this–midweek now for four weeks–means we haven’t had a flash flood yet. Of course, we haven’t had a lot of rain, either, and the lakes/reservoirs are still way down.

That Longhorns practice

Mr. Boy and his fellow Cub Scouts allegedly are on for tomorrow’s Longhorns practice, the third rescheduling in a row due to rain. Meanwhile, it’s raining again, and if it rains enough today and tonight, presumably the field will be wet enough once again (as it was last Thursday) to move the coaches to move the practice inside, so none of the players are injured. Or not. We shall see. Hopefully we can see a practice before the season’s over.

Longhorns vs Iowa State

Not exactly a doormat, but the Cyclones have never beaten Texas in Big 12 conference play, so there’s no reason to get excited.

"Burnt Orange Nation rolls out the official prediction…seeing a 30-17 win for the Horns. [ESPN’s] Bruce Feldman (subscription required) sees a wider margin of victory, 45-14. He loves the matchup between Texas’ wideouts and Iowa State’s vulnerable secondary. Elsewhere, CFN sees a 41-16 route from Texas."

At 2:30 p.m. CDT, live from Austin on ABC, and the Texas Longhorns Sports Network (KVET 1300 AM, 98.1 FM) we’ll find out.

Meanwhile, enjoy Cedric Golden’s take on Longhorn Tony Hills until it disappears behind the firewall.

UPDATE  30 to 14 Horns at the 4:30 p.m. half, but with a long radar line of red and yellow storms moving southeast, all those spectators look to get wet here before the third quarter’s over. Game was delayed at 5:15 p.m., with the score 37 to 14, because of all the lightning in the area, but rain hardly touched the stadium even as it poured on other parts of the city. When they resumed about an hour later, both teams held each other off until it ended 37 to 14. Upshot was the offense probably should have put up more points to keep the Bowl Championship Series officials happy since IS is unranked. Some minor injuries on offense and defense.

Longhorns redux

The Horns are favored by a whopping amount over lowly Rice today at 5 p.m. at Reliant Stadium in Houston, despite the drubbing Ohio State gave Texas last Saturday. We’ll have a chance to see (ESPN2) the Tuscola Kid again, and maybe his backup, the (Jevan) "Snead in need." If he’s needed. Rice has beaten the Horns, but rarely, and not for a long time. I want the Horns to win decisively, but I hope Rice puts up a good fight.

Given that their offensive co-ordinator is none other than my old favorite Horns QB Major Applewhite, Rice certainly will try to fight. 

I’ll see if I can get my friend, Chuck Adams, a diehard Buckeyes fan in Jacksonville, Florida, to update us on their game. If Colt McCoy (the Tuscola Kid) keeps improving, and the Buckeyes do well, the Horns might just find themselves playing their nemesis again this season. 

UPDATE Cincinnatti put points up against the Buckeyes, to lose 37 to 7, and Rice finally found the end zone in the fourth quarter, but losing to the Horns 52 to 7 is hardly a good fight. 

Postcard from Austin

Good, inspiring embedded video of Horns highlights here with on-scene Austin report from Scott Boswell at Dallas Powerhouse who got the video from Burnt Orange Nation. Maybe by the end of the season I’ll have figured out how to do this.

Snow cones

Six year olds should never be admonished to hold on to their snow cone real tight. The cup just can’t handle the six-year-old grip. Immediately you have a break in the cup lining, usually near the lower extremity, so the grape and blueberry syrup start dribbling onto the floor of the garage and continue into the kitchen and beyond. Other bloggers, such as Dallas Sports Powerhouse, have found one should never put snow cones in a Dixie cup because "the bottoms just can’t handle all the [child’s] constant straw poking to slurp the last bits," but that might be a University of Texas problem, as it was discovered at last weekend’s Longhorns home game. Regular, Northwest Austin snow cone cups are stronger, apparently, for straw poking has never been a noticeable problem. Meanwhile, while we were at the beach at Port A, the snow cone trailer disappeared from the nearby shopping center, so Mr. Boy’s snow cone days are over for another year.

Enough about terrorism, let’s talk football

That Texas favorite, former Longhorns QB Vince Young, reportedly is set to quarterback the second and third quarters of tonight’s preseason opener Titans vs Saints game in Nashville. Mr. Boy and Mom are visiting friends in Houston for the weekend, but I know he’ll interested to hear how well his hero did on his first outing since the Rose Bowl. I can’t find any tv listing, but I guess espn.com will be the place to keep up with it.

UPDATE  Titans Radio in Nashville scores it a Saints win 19 to 16 and makes Vince’s turn sound less than impressive and even worrisome:

"Rookie quarterback Vince Young made his NFL debut midway through the second quarter and received a loud reception from the fans at LP Field. Young played throughout the entire third quarter and exited during the fourth after spraining his ankle on a scramble in the red zone."

The Austin American-Statesman has a fine picture of our hero and this much more, along with Vince’s poor stats of only 4 for 11 for 56 yards:

"Young was scrambling to his left and was tackled while throwing into the end zone. He remained down on the field, clutching his left ankle. He was subsequently removed from the game.

"The Titans told the NFL Network that Young’s injury is a sprained ankle and the training staff said the team’s prized rookie will be fine."

Ouch. That never happened when he was a Longhorn.