Reading the Power Poll part, I couldn't help but laugh a little. Yes, everything is on point. However, there's this local spot on CBS11 showing Cowboys highlights with the following messages appearing on the bottom of the sceen to the sound of inspriational music "Football is not something you watch on television, it is MEANT to be seen live, it is MEANT to be experienced, Order Season Tickets Now!" And they give out the phone number.
The spot obviously is intended to get people to come to the games vs. watching it on television and there lies the rub. I don't know if Jerry approves these spots or one of flunkies in the media department but whoever ok'ed these obviously failed Blue Collar Economics 101. When your nose-bleed seats cost as much as a three-bedroom house payment in East Ridge, that means "you're not who we're catering too". When the stadium parking lot resembles a Lexus, Jaguar and Porche dealership, real fans need not apply. We can also go into things like PSLs and so on but the battle to watch it on television is not going away until the prices are lowered and given the number of extreme super rich we have here in Dallas (we actually have a shopping mall here that only caters to said wealth), that's Jerry's REAL cash cow.
"The Lady Mocs back in the early 80s came in second in the women's NIT."
MT- will do. However, it should be addressed I was no older then 5 at 10 junior in the "early 80s". I guess I should have been more clear regarding the time frame.
Back then, if it didn't involve Muppets (BTW, reading Jim Henson's recently released biography [christmas gift for a friend to mailed later] and it's very interesting what he helped pioneer) i.e. Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, or at this time of year, Emmett Otter, as well as other staples of 80s kids fare, I was not interested. But yeah, the women's team during my student years, not so hot.
Since the Lady Mocs have not played the Lady Wildcats to the best of my knowledge, I was unaware of their ranking. When it comes to XX chromosome basketball, it's Tennessee, Connecticut, and a bunch of women's programs no one follows (not to read sexist as much as "the mindset of the American interest"). The only reason I follow Lady Mocs BB is because I am an alum but also we do have a program known for killing giants. Trust me, the women's program was a joke in my student days (pre-Wes Moore). After they beat Florida State on the road was when I started paying attention more.
Great comments regarding the close-but-no-cigar year that was.
I hate to say this and ponder "What could have been done better?" Did some bad ju-ju occur since preacher-gate happened the day before the game? Or should I have bought candy for that kid selling at 9:30 at night? (There's technically not suppose to be soliciters at our complex). There's a lot that I ask like "Why can't for ONE year where we are like North Dakota State and Alabama? Just ONE FREAKING YEAR???" I'm really hurting for Gunner because if anybody deserved a ring it would be him. He helped build the defense the way Luther built WDEF radio: from the ground UP! I can take away from this year the fact we got to close out the Appy-State series with a win in Boone. I hadn't been that excited since the first time Tennessee beat Florida in the Swamp since 1972 (-3 years before my time). And a 7-4 season since Donnie Kirpatrick's first year is also a plus. We can play with the top tier schools but as Quake explained during a conversation on SportTalk 2-3 weeks ago, the FCS follows the "pattern" as suppose to the current stats. That is why saw teams with worst records then UTC still in the top 10-20s.
One thing to throw out is how will this effect recruiting? I know that may sound like a "duhhhh" question but what are the chances that prospect "X", who is two star at best but maybe ranked higher in other circles, who is heavily recruited by some of the SEC schools, decides instead to play at UTC. While we have Jacob, T-Rob, and slew of others for at least two more years, they're going to be eventually be replaced. And I want to see us go up, not plateau.
MT- SEC women's basketball (outside of Tennessee) is not up to snuff. The Lady Mocs can play in that conference and if Foster can recruit Summett-like players, The Lady Vols/Mocs rivalry may mutate into a blood feud.
Point well taken and as much as I dispise the "common law double standard" between "the big three + SMHS" vs. "All the other schools in the area", if students at MCHS were guilty of doing this on their own accord, that's one thing. But "adults" who are basically MY age or slightly older/younger doing this? Not cool.
Now if there was a report that facilty was involved with the Baylor vandalism, I would advise the exact same skewing. In other words, this has nothing to do with public vs. private or rich vs. poor as much as what benchmarks are expected of you. "Grown" men with families using adolescent trickery = not cool.
I've been out of commission since Saturday for obvious reasons. u_u
Chances are, I won't be commenting much until football season is officially over. I don't care about the "calculations", we're done for the season. Period.
Regarding Warrior-gate, MCHS needs to be SMU'ed, pronto. This is beyond unhealthy if not full bore rediculous. I'm surprised Huffington Post or MSNBC hadn't taken this thing national. High School football, even in here in Texas, is NOT the NFL or the NCAA. The schools receive money from the COUNTY, not from revenue generated by the athletic department (unless there is something I'm ignorant of). If Marion Co. receives the Death Penalty, the school will carry on regardless.
Number of people killed by the people David Cook is talking about: 0.
Number of people allegady killed by the 32 so-called worst of the worst: I lost count even after omitting the ones killed on a front porch at 2 AM.
Sorry, no comparison.
Quoting from another media source, Huesman said Jacob should be 100% for tomorrow. But T-Rob has supposedly being getting more QB reps just to C-T-A. Keon's ankle was tapped as of Tuesday and was doing live practice. While obviously he's not going to be 100% for the full 60 minutes, I believe he is going to play. However, the heavy lifting will fall on Marquis and that tall white guy (Haas I believe?) from the Wofford game.
The key to winning is simple: Don't get your head in the clouds. Period. The Bulldogs need to feel as though they're playing Alabama with Tom Brady as QB and Vince Lambardi as head coach.
Good mailbag today.
Regarding the "Showdown in the 205", knowing the Mocs, I don't feel the team is one of those that are going in there thinking this is going to be a gimmie. Not by a longshot. Especially with two things going into the game 1) Long memories regarding the ones that got away and 2) the come from behinds.
I do feel better about them going in because history has been good to the Mocs in this series. I grant you this is not the same Samford team of old and despite a banged-up defense, the young guns who were playing in high school this time last year have stepped up tremendously. Also, I just learned there is going to be an outpouring of blue and gold support via the Mocs Club caravan and I'm sure several others are planning on making the three hour drive at the campus near the Vulcan statue (The Roman God, not Leornard Nimroy or Tim Russ)on the 459. And with all my bills paid this morning with $600 left over, I think I can splurge for some good food and spirits for my Mocs party of one.
Rushmore of sports venues that would cause riots if they moved: Lambeau, Neyland, Wrigley, Sanford, and Soldier.
Also, no love lost regarding Irving Stadium. What some people tend to forget (which I learned via the Tom Landry exhibit we had at the State Fair three years ago), is the Cowboys played in the Cotton Bowl the first 10 years of existance. Irving Stadium was built in 1971 until the Death Star was finished. So while the Cowboys don't exactly have a legacy as long as say the Packers or Bears, in reality they've had three homes total including this one.
Thanks to modern technology (and the UT sports website allowing to broadcast the game online for free more or less), I did watch the game last night. While the Lady Mocs unfortunately appeared to have had a breakdown in hussle going into the second half, it certainly wasn't without heart. With both Summit and now Moore gone, it's almost like a reboot for both programs. If there are two things I can take away from this, is that:
-Both coaches have deep respect for each other's programs.
-It's a sure-fire bet that if Foster gets our ladies up to snuff + obtaining top tier recruits down the road, this has the makings of one H--- of a blood-feud rivalry.