Texas Longhorns

brownmack1.jpgI’m scrambling to get these up before the Horns and the Aggies face off. So there is minimal snark to kick off this week’s picks. Plus I think I’m still in a tryptafan coma. But it’s rivalry week. Yep, nothing like the traditional West Fuckin’ Virginia v. Connecticut tilt to fire up a sports weekend. At least Kansas v. Missouri means something really significant for the first time ever. I’m going to stop bashing the Fat Man. I am in awe of what he’s done in Lawrence this year. Plus, I’m fearful he might sit on me.

Useless information is after the jump. (more…)


brown.jpgSI.com’s Stewart Mandel put together lists of both the 10 Best and the Five Worst coaches in college football. If you’re too lazy to click on the link for the original the list of the tops goes:

1. Pete Carroll
2. Urban Meyer
3. Jim Tressel
4. Mack Brown
5. Bob Stoops
6. Frank Beamer
7. Jim Grobe
8. Rich Rodriguez
9. Mark Richt
10. Gary Patterson

Mandel qualifies his list by saying this is not the best coaches in college football, but the best coaches in college football right now. So emphasis goes to recent performance. Ergo, no Bowden and no Paterno.

It’s hard to argue with the top three, even if Meyer presumably gets a huge bump from winning the National Championship, which, if South Carolina had any kind of kicking game, they probably wouldn’t have even played for. That’s not to discount the accomplishment but more to remind how thin the margin between genius and disappointment can be. (more…)

oldman.jpgMy dad is a total pain in the ass.

That’s him there. He looks harmless enough, but, if I’m meeting him somewhere, he calls me 7 times in the 10 minutes just prior to confirm exactly where we are getting together. He reminds me over and over to do things that I long since mastered as a quasi-adult. If you’re flying somewhere with him, be prepared to get to the airport between 3 and 4 hours ahead of time. Slightly disconcerting behavior from someone who is literally a rocket scientist.

My dad worked on the both Apollo and the Space Shuttle programs, and did so while holding down his full-time as a professor of aerospace engineering. This is made all the more comical as he is a Luddite of sorts. (more…)

It’s never too early to talk college football. Never.

Even if the calendar say it’s barely summer, fall cannot get here fast enough. So over the next two weeks or so, Kermit the Blog will count down the 10 Easiest Schedules of the 2007 College Football season. We’re aiming for one a day (weekday), but we’re lazy, so it might take longer. Thankfully we’ve got time.


#9 The University of Texas

The most impressive thing you can say about the Longhorn’s 2007 opening weak opponent, Arkansas State, is that they only lost by 27 at Auburn in 2006.

Sure, they were shut out, but that means they held the Tigers to only 27 points at their place. This seems a little loves-and-fishes given that the Indians lost 29-0 the previous week at Florida Atlantic.