10 years agoNM_TXLADY
Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
No man has a good enough memory to make a successful liar.
If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted?
I don't have hobbies; hobbies cost money. Interests are quite free.
George Carlin, George Carlin: You Are All Diseased
And so, my fellow americans: ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
John F. Kennedy, Inaugural address, January 20, 1961
10 years agoNM_TXLADY
2008 record: 12-1, 7-1 (1st-tie in Big 12 South)
2008 bowl: Beat Ohio State 24-21 in Fiesta
2008 final AP/coaches' ranking: 4/3
Coach: Mack Brown, (115-26, 12th year; 195-95-1 overall, 24 years)
Offensive coordinator: Greg Davis (12th year)
Defensive coordinators: Will Muschamp (2nd year)
Returning offensive starters: 9
Returning defensive starters: 7
Location: Austin, Texas
Stadium: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (FieldTurf; 94,113)
Last league title: 2005
2009 schedule: [view]
2009 roster: [view]
2008 statistics: [view]
Offensive: All the elements are there for Texas to have a successful season offensively. It all starts, of course, with senior quarterback Colt McCoy, a four-year starter who finished second in last seasonÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s Heisman Trophy balloting. McCoyÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s pinpoint accuracy, his 34 touchdown passes (and only eight interceptions), plus his ability to make plays on his own (he was the teamÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s leading rusher) should give Texas a decided edge in every game. Texas would prefer someone else to lead the team in rushing and that task could fall to sophomore running back Cody Johnson, a converted fullback. If not Johnson, someone must step up. ThereÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s pressure on the offensive line, which returns four starters, including exceptional left tackle Adam Ulatoski, to do its part. McCoy has a pair of experienced receivers in senior Jordan Shipley (89 catches for 1,060 yards and 11 touchdowns) and sophomore Malcolm Williams.
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Defensive: On the defensive line, Texas might find it difficult to replace defensive end Brian Orakpo, the Lombardi and Nagurski Award winner. But the cupboard isnÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯t bare up front. Potential All-American defensive end Sergio Kindle, whose goal is to lead the nation in sacks, and defensive tackle Lamarr Houston return for their senior seasons. Pass-rushing was the element that dictated TexasÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯ victory against Oklahoma last season, so the Longhorns are looking to fuel that skill. Senior linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy also did his part with 16 tackles against the Sooners, so his return is comforting. The question-marks of last season (two freshmen starting at safety) have become team strengths. Sophomore strong safety Earl Thomas and sophomore free safety Blake Gideon are battle-tested.
Specialists: The Longhorns are in good shape. Senior place-kicker Hunter Lawrence and sophomore punter Justin Tucker, who averaged 45.2 yards, are returning. Shipley, one of the nationÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s best return men, scored on kickoff and punt returns last season.
Coaching: Mack Brown has transformed Texas from underachieving to achieving. HeÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s the ultimate CEO, a master manager of people and resources, who continually has the Longhorns pointed toward an upward direction. Another national title would make his legacy complete. Defensive coordinator Will Muschamp, who provided an unmistakable attitude for his unit, is the head coach-in-waiting.
Heisman Hopefuls: McCoy, second in last seasonÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s voting, could become the first Texas quarterback to win the award. McCoyÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s 2008 performance was remarkable Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Âª 76.7 percent accuracy in passing, team-leading status in rushing Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Âª so what can he do for an encore? If Texas runs the table, McCoy will still be a solid candidate, even if his statistics take a slight downturn.
Game of the year
Oct. 17 vs. OU at Dallas
What else? The Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯Horns have taken control of the rivalry, having won three of the last four games, including last seasonÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s 45-35 classic. Despite that outcome, it was the Sooners (and not the Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯Horns) who captured the Big 12 South title in a controversial tiebreaking procedure. Oklahoma then played for a national title, while Texas was relegated to the Fiesta Bowl. You can bet that will add to this gameÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s emotional frenzy.
Overview: Texas came within a whisker Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Âª the final-play touchdown to Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Âª of playing for a national championship. Many Longhorns will go to their grave believing they had the best team of 2008. But the past has passed. Texas has the goods to get into this seasonÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s national-title game Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Âª and win it. The offense should score a ton of points and the defense looks fearsome. If the Longhorns can defeat Oklahoma Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Âª again Ã‚Â¡Ã‚Âª itÃ‚Â¡Ã‚Â¯s a sprint to Pasadena. Texas should be able to go the distance.
Next up: No. 3 USC
10 years agoNM_TXLADY
I do work for Marriott but I can't believe that they would do this.
Hotel says sympathetic
for rape victim
Stamford (WTNH) - The owners of a Connecticut hotel where a woman was raped at gunpoint in front of her children are now expressing "regret" and "sympathy" for the attack after hotel lawyers, in court documents, said she was careless and negligent.
Marriott International Inc. issued the statement Friday, a day after news that court papers filed by the Stamford Marriott Hotel & Spa said the woman "failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper use of her senses and facilities."
Marriott now says it is "profoundly sorry that such a terrible thing happened to the victim of this violent crime."
The hotel chain also said the situation has "created a mistaken impression that Marriott lacks respect" for the victim and other victims of violent crimes.
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Tech RB injured
By Kirk Bohls | Wednesday, August 12, 2009, 05:53 PM
Texas Tech starting tailback Baron Batch went down with an apparent arm injury midway through WednesdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s practice.
After trainers huddled around him, Batch was taken off the field on a golf cart.
If the injury ends up being serious enough, Batch would be replaced by redshirt freshman Harrison Jeffers, a former four-star recruit from Oklahoma.
Watch how this one plays out. Remember that this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Texas-Texas Tech game actually was moved up on the schedule from Nov. 7 to Sept. 19 to accommodate national TV. No one knows the severity of the injury yet, but Batch would be sorely missed if he misses any games.
10 years agoNM_TXLADY
These are great!!!
(610): Went home with a 29 year old from the bar. Life lesson: 9 year olds stay up late sometimes
(615): a dead guy is trying to sell me oxy clean on my tv
(781): Are you seriously drinking already? It's 11AM. Still morning.
(1-781): I'm going by McDonald's time. And since they stop serving breakfast at 10:30 and start serving lunch, it is now afternoon.
(516): onenightstand. Woke up and saw my nuva ring on the floor. apparently he thought it was a glow stick. pick me up please?
(443): he didnt ask why there was a glowstick shoved up your vag?
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Colt has been named #2 impact player for college football this year.
Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
McCoy's career at Texas has been mostly storybook stuff, and has included some ridiculous statistical accomplishments. Among the most jaw-dropping: he set the NCAA single-season record for completion percentage at 76.7 percent in 2008. Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford have their Heismans. Could it be McCoy's turn this year?
Answer to the Heisman: HELL YA!!!!
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UT ranked second in USA Today poll
Saturday, August 08, 2009
The Texas Longhorns are sitting pretty.
And it means nothing.
At least that's what coach Mack Brown thought of his team's No. 2 ranking in the initial USA Today coaches' poll, which was released Friday.
The Longhorns, who received four first-place votes, are one spot below top-ranked Florida and one spot ahead of Big 12 rival Oklahoma.
"Coach (Darrell) Royal told me a long time ago that preseason polls are like beauty contests, and if they're going to enter you, you want to be near the top," Brown said.
Still, Texas knows the coaches' poll does matter.
The Longhorns, who report for the 2009 season today, must have felt like Miss Congeniality last year as they were jumped in the poll by Oklahoma and Florida and left out of the national championship game when they finished No. 3 in the final BCS standings.
"We talked about that last year before the bowl game and we didn't think it was fair," Brown said Friday at the Austin Sports Commission's Texas Gridiron Kickoff luncheon. "At the same time, the system wouldn't have gotten in our way if we would have beaten Texas Tech. We could have played for one more second and the system wouldn't have been a factor."
The lofty preseason ranking wasn't a surprise for the Longhorns.
With few personnel questions Ã¢â‚¬' starting running back, tight end and defensive tackle depth are the visible issues Ã¢â‚¬' and lots of returning starters, like quarterback Colt McCoy, receiver Jordan Shipley and defensive end Sergio Kindle, the Longhorns have expectations similar to 2005, when Texas won its last national championship.
And if the coaches' poll is accurate, their path to a spot in the BCS Championship game isn't too difficult. Just two of Texas' opponents are ranked in the top 25: Oklahoma at No. 3 and Oklahoma State at No. 11.
The only other ranked Big 12 team is No. 22 Nebraska, though a few conference teams are on the cusp. Kansas (26) Texas Tech (28) and Missouri (34) also received votes.
Brown doesn't put too much stock in where a team is ranked. "At this point, no one has earned the right to be in the upper part of the polls. I've always said I think we should start the polls in October like they do with the BCS standings," he said. "That's a much truer evaluation of a team because at that point you've proven it on the field."
The SEC has five teams ranked in the top 13, including four in the top 10 (Florida, No. 5 Alabama, No. 9 LSU and No. 10 Ole Miss). The ACC, Big 12 and Pac-10 each have four teams in the top 25.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the Big East, which didn't have a single team in the top 25. Cincinnati was the highest-ranked team at No. 29.
Still, the coaches will say it doesn't matter. After all, Georgia began 2008 ranked No. 1 before finishing the year with three losses.
"Our players need to realize that the preseason ranking means nothing," Brown said. "We need to be sure the guys understand that where you finish at the end of the year is important; where you rank at the first of the year is simply respect."
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