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JonathanMCook said...

MT, agreed on the vanilla nature of the plays. I guess my concern is with BJ to Jacob to ? is that the quality does not suffer after Jacob's final year next season. But nice to see I wasn't the only one watching the game. Also heard from the announcers (unrelated to topic) that there was a strong UTC presenance in Clarksville. Considering how close that is to the Kentucky border, surprised to see hear a lot of people making the road trip. :)

September 15, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

I did watch Tennessee-"Ohio State" (Todd Aigne said the wrong team name on the air for pre-game show). But the fans are actually blaming Dooley for this? O.o I watch the games but never follow the forums or listen to Ike & Dike in the Morning or whatever that loser show is.

Folks, OU is in a league of its own. Only two teams can go toe to toewith them: Oregon and Alabama. Tennessee I don't believe can beat Kentucky if they wanted to. Like it or not, it's gonna be a long season in Knoxville.

September 15, 2014 at 10:55 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...


Monday Morning Pass and Review.

Usually I don't watch games affiliated with teams I do not have ties with but after watching the ESPN lovefest for "that small school in Fargo" (and who talked about them before those dingalings? You're welcome), I stayed around and watched a neck-neck East Carolina and Virginia Tech. Not that pirates hadn't beat the Hokkies before, but the fact the former SoCon members are part of the TSC (Table Scrap Conference) made the last millisecond victory in Blackburn that much exciting.

Spy, So are the Eagles that good or is Tech that bad?

The winners- OVC streaming video via "" link. VERY crystal clear and as about as close to HD as you can get. The visiting side of Governors stadium reminded me too much of old Chamberlain Field while the home side is definitely modeled after Finley. "Interesting" new logo as well. Yes, this was an easy victory but I like the fact that in the fourth quarter we got see "the future" after Jacob was pulled. For those that watched (MT? Stewwie? OC?) love to hear your take on Bennifield?

Didn't watch Cowboys-Titans due to conficting loyalities. I know down here, longtime 'Boys fans are happy.

One last thing: Jay, hoped you enjoy the Denton County read. Sent you one last thing which is the June Jones clippings + discetion of Romo (wrote an interesting note on top of it)

September 15, 2014 at 10:46 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

I agree with the conservative playing. As Weeds pointed out in a glass half full statement the alumni are not emailing Russ requesting the presance of his head on a platter. In fact, I would say any "vulchers" in the area would be targeting Darden (for obvious reasons). While the remaining schedule (excluding Tennessee) is not brutal, we still have to deal with Samford and Wofford who can trip us up if we're not careful. I agree, a win against the Guv'nars will at least give a sense of pep going into bye week before Samford comes to town. The Mocs are talented but scared. The mindset of us being a "winning" program is almost uncomprehensable to a generation. Probably the most personal I've ever gotten in public is admitting everyone is super talented at something. However, believing in yourself is by far the hardest thing anyone of us can do.

I'll end with this, unless the season goes completely to pot, I don't see Russ having the same problems as the kind June Jones inherited at that small school on Mockingbird Lane. Now THOSE were vulchurs.

Side note: Jay, get the Denton County thing I sent?

September 12, 2014 at 12:44 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jomo and WRS-

From what the local media has observed, June was basically overwhelmed by several factors. The first being the fact SMU did not have the strength to compete with the top five conferences. One writer pointed out he did say the five "have not" conferences should play in the spring. Then it turned out SMU top brass made him read a statement to reclarify his remarks and that SMU will instead "compete with and beat teams in the group of five". It also didn't help that 1) The top colleges in Texas are in one of the power leagues 2) Baylor is now a top ten program and 3) equal rival North Texas is getting stronger though not yet able to go toe to toe with the Longhorns and Aggies. The next factor was recruiting. A lot of Texas HS coaches apparently have long memories of SMU not scouting their programs and refuse to sales pitch their 2,3,4 star prospect. Finally, you have alumni and donors who are in the "what-have-you-done-for-me lately mindset. While SMU is in no way capable of playing for a national championship, they would have at least believed capable of playing for a conference championship. All of this came crashing down and apparently it showed in the team he put together.

September 9, 2014 at 2:24 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jomo and WRS-

Busy as a beaver at the call center and just now check this forum. The announcement was sudden and the DMN has a lot of coverage. However, I have yet to crack open the paper but will read it during lunch.

Given how bad his Bronies were spanked in Denton while yours truly watched in all its fanfare, I'm not completely surprised. However, it's a little more of a blimp because local media is 24 hour Jerry World. On 105.3 this morning someone asked why there were no loud Cowboy fans. Someone said because all the good seats are given away as corperate perks by lots of people wearing suits to the football games. That is true. And with all these "future" perks they're talking about at "new" stadiums, only injury attorneys will be able to afford to go.

SNL alumni with "successful" careers: Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler (to a point), Eddie Murphy (to a point), Kevin Neeland (one show, Weeds, but is considered a popular one), Bill Murrey (up to "Lost in Translation").

Today's word is Nerd: We may talk about Marvel comics all day and may have awkward social problems brought on by autism, aspburgers, etc. But we won't cold cock you in the elevator and leave you lying there. Nor suggest taking the stairs like they did on Fox News (saw the clip on rival MSNBC) Bad form.

September 9, 2014 at 12:54 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Stewwie, I predict Durden to be gone before the season's out. I see Austin Peay now as a moral victory before bye week and then Samford back home. Obviously not going to be 15,000 but if they do win in Clarksville, I wouldn't be surprised a solid 8,000.

September 8, 2014 at 12:46 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...


50-50 Saturday. As stated on this very forum, I went up to Denton to watch the UNT Mean Green literally shut out SMU and send them Bronies to the glue factory. The atmosphere was not as "electrically" charged as SEC country but they school and the fanbase represented well. Parking was easy as a lot of the local businesses were okay with fans using their spaces. Most everyone came from campus so it wasn't that big a headache. Had to take a backroad through campus into old town Denton in order to get back on the interstate.

My hero is Will Poindexter for being the halftime cannon fodder for Russ' justifiable blow-up on Saturday. It put the EKU blow-up to shame.

Both my parents were at the game Saturday and pappa bear (who played for Jack Armstrong of Oak Ridge High School fame), saw where the offense seemed to be changing plays mid-hike. If not for Dee Virgin's pick 6 and few break-up plays, we would have been in a world of hurt. Basically by the time we got into OT, the defense was all but on "E".

So how about them...oh that's right. I can attest to the San Francisco faithful being out in full force on Sunday. I decided to have lunch at the Pecan Lodge (BBQ) in Deep Ellum and about a quarter to a third of the place was filled with red jerseys. I didn't tune in until five minutes into the first quarter as Sunday is normally grocery day in the Cook satellite household. I did tune in on 105.3 The Ticket and everytime the 49ers score you could hear loud roaring as if you think it was Romo to Whitten first down. I love what Brad Sham (voice of the Cowboys) said on my radio.

Paraphrase: "You season ticket holders are to blame for this stadium being so quiet"

Me yelling at the radio on I-635: "It's too d--- expensive! For the price of going to a game in a decent part of the stadium, I can go to Vegas for three days, get a three star room with a stripper pole and hire to high end girls, dress them up as Sailor Venus/Sailor Mars..etc. etc. etc." Meanwhile North Texas is doing great except their QB can't run. But the cheap seats were $30.00 near the end zone + free parking (would have been okay paying $10.00). Who do you think I'm supporting?

Oh, and you should have seen the look on Romo's face on the front page of the DMN. It summed it all up. Sports writers are thinking 8-8 is now a far stretch.

FINALLY, sent you some more love. The local Denton County paper does a "football preview" and were giving them away at the game. Just mailed it out to you this morning.

September 8, 2014 at 10:51 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Stewwie- Agreed on the work ethic. I felt some of the development was stunted due to the looming issue with him and T-Rob over the whole "dueling QB" era. Now that he's undisputed, the answer now is what's holding him back from going all-out Payton on the competition? Either way, it would be stupid for the Jax State faithful to not show up in droves of 4-6,000 (pretty tall order but it's not like they're driving to New Orleans).

While FCS is not as sexy in ratings for ESPN Alpha or the Duece, you think with such high ranks for both teams ESPNU could have not broadcast it? Random thought.

September 5, 2014 at 4:32 p.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Romo getting a bad rap is putting it mildly. Your big city peers at the DMN act like anything short if his head and Jerry's (mostly Jerry's) on a pike is not good enough. I agree its not fair to Jacob and if we were playing a USC or behind two touchdowns going into the halftime, I probably wouldn't have acted the way I did last Saturday (bedroom got trashed; I even had to take a small table to the dumpster because the couldn't repair it). But to me, this was almost a flashback to the dreaded UAB matchup during the Kirpatrick era with five minutes left and up by five points for the first win against and FBS team in a generation. Yeah, I remember that one vividly. -.-

I wonder how many will show up for the pep rally this afternoon? I'm over/under for 2.

September 5, 2014 at 11:13 a.m.

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