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Rangers win one; Longhorns slip on doormat

Nice to see Colby Lewis hold the Giants to two runs while the Rangers got two homers, one of them for three runs and took Game No. 3 by 4-2. Now if they just don’t start Hunter tomorrow night. Cliff Lee would be much better.

Meanwhile, at roughly the same time, the Longhorns fell to Baylor in one of their usual (lately) clown shows of dropped or overthrown passes and spectacular fumbles. The Bears clearly outclassed ’em and deserved to shed their “Doormat of The Big 12” rep and win it. And they did, 30-22. Yay Bears!

Open season on Texas Longhorns

Today’s losing 28-21 game with Iowa State (Iowa State!) confirms what has seemed to be true since the UCLA debacle two losses ago: This is the year for your Big 12 football team to avenge themselves against those snooty Texas Longhorns.

Consider this: “Iowa State entered Austin with the worst offense and the worst defense in the Big 12. They hadn’t defeated a ranked opponent on the road in more than 20 years, they had allowed 120 points in blowouts over the last two weeks, and most importantly, they had never beat Texas.”

It’s not just Longhorns QB Garrett Gilbert, who is (for sure) bad enough, but the porous offensive line (hey, get a QB sack for free), the seldom-open receivers, and the now-and-then defense. Coach Mack Brown, who has brought us ten entertaining years of winning teams to adore, is having a terrible 2010. (Even his belly is slack and hanging over his belt.)

Your team might as well have a good year. Next week, it’s Baylor. The “Doormat of The Big 12” has a good chance to beat its old rival. Come prepared, you Bears!

UPDATE:  Even the daily’s usual homers/cheerleaders are really upset.

Making a game of it (and winning!)

Texas, looking very much like its old self on defense and improving on offense, leads the Children of the Corn 17-3 at the half. We have a rushing QB in Garrett Gilbert, which is good because his down-field passing is ineffective so far.

And we’ve lost one running back and two outstanding defenders to injuries. If the Horns defense can keep containing Cornhead QB Martinez, they just might win this thing. Won’t that blow the bookies’ minds?

UPDATE:  Sweet, sweet victory! Texas 20-13.

MORE:  From the daily: “…said Nebraska fan Steve Kneip of Omaha … as the final seconds ticked off the clock. ‘I thought we had a chance to beat this team. … They always seem to do this to us.'”


Those golden Longhorns

Well, as some sportswriter has said, this is the first time since 2000 that the Horns haven’t been ranked. And Nebraska is waiting to make their record 3-3.

Nevertheless, it was  a good ten years. Lots of fun watching the good Horns play solid football, even winning the Champeenship in ’05. That was when Mr. B. was five years old, his having been born back at the start of that fateful 2000.

Which was also the third year of Major Applewhite, and watching him, whatever the team’s ranking or lack thereof, was worth it all. His long, accurate passes were so timely and so beautiful, you could forgive his undersized and delicate physique that found him purposely collapsing on the turf long before a sack-minded defender could reach him.

Among Major’s still-standing school records (via Wikipedia): “the longest pass play (97 yards), consecutive passes without an interception (156) and most yards passing in a game (473).”

Not even Vince or Colt could better those. Certainly not Major’s replacement Chris Simms. So if we’re due for a losing season this year, and a mediocre, Simms-like QB (and it seems we are), at least there’s the golden past to recall fondly. Thanks, guys.

Texas vs Texas Tech

A wild first half left it 14-14. The Horns had a great first quarter and then promptly reversed themselves in the second quarter, with two interceptions and too many penalties for lost yardage. Thought we had another championship team there for a while. Not so sure now at the half. Defense has to develop some consistency. Offense has to protect Gilbert and help him get something going.

UPDATE:  The defense did and the offense did and Texas won 24-14. Way too many penalties, though, but I guess that’s to be expected in an in-state grudge game.

Horns’ loss vs Tide’s win

Funny thing about that game. Just about everywhere, except maybe in Bama itself, it’s liable to become known as the game Texas lost because its QB was lost, rather than the game that Alabama won because it’s an SEC powerhouse or whatever.

Or, as the local sportswriters call it: The Game That Might Have Been. It’s not entirely true that Bama won primarily because Texas lost its All-American QB after five plays, but it sure looked that way and a lot of people, including a lot of neutral observers, sure are going to remember it that way.

Colt McCoy: injury prone

Colt’s injury last night, which probably cost Texas the BCS championship, was hardly the first time.

Not even the first time for the shoulder he said after the game had no feeling. He’d hurt it before, in 2006, followed a few weeks later by a severe pinched nerve in his neck. Then, in 2007, he suffered a mild concussion.

Says here he will now prepare for the NFL draft. He probably shouldn’t. Not only is he likely to sustain a greater injury in that more difficult arena, what team would want to invest millions in a fragile player of questionable health? He wouldn’t otherwise suffer. The Texas alumni association will see that he is gainfully, prosperously, employed for life.