I listen to the Horn on the way to and from work every day. Good station, and I like both the morning and afternoon guys. I remember driving to work and them saying he was coming on that day, but was already at work before he came on. I have heard him on there in the past (one of the two morning guys coached Griffith at Illinois). Thanks for the share.
When I read that question, I immediately thought the same thing you did. "Well at least we aren't asking who will fill the Percy Harvin role."
Born in Columbus and raised in Austin. Long story, but basically the 10 years my parents lived in Columbus did enough to make my Dad appreciate all things Ohio State football, and that was conveyed to me growing up. I learned even more on my own, and have been a fan since as long as I can remember.
My parents never really had any pro sports affiliations to pass on to me, and since there aren't professional sports here in Austin I never gained any professional franchise affiliation. I typically just root for former Buckeyes and Longhorns to do well in their professional careers. That and I want to see great games and performances in the playoffs.
Given Lebron came back to Cleveland and supports the Buckeyes, I was rooting for them this year. Glad to see it, and the city of Cleveland deserved this.
Another note.. As far as game day atmosphere, it is really hard to beat Texas/OU at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas every year. The stadium is situated within the Fairgrounds for the State Fair of Texas, and always takes place during the Fair. Doesn't hurt to have a crowd that is literally 50/50 divided on the 50-yard line. Super cool. I would recommend/suggest that as a trip at some point for everybody, regardless of how you feel about those schools.
Haven't been to any true road games sadly, but that changes this year when we go to Norman this year. All the Ohio State away games that I attended have been neutral site games (I counted Navy in Baltimore as neutral, especially considering the crowd was 75% or more Buckeyes), such as bowl games. Both recent Sugar Bowls I attended, and it's hard to beat either one of those (pre-game in the French Quarter all day - with large amounts of fans from both teams everywhere).
Over the next 20 years or so, my wife and I want to make one true road game every year for either Ohio State or Texas (her team) or both. This year is Norman. Next year depends on a potential Baby #2, but if that doesn't get in the way it will probably be Texas at USC (Ohio State doesn't even have an OOC road game next year). 2018 will be Ohio State at TCU. 2019 is tough, as neither team has a good OOC road game and if there is a baby #3 that could put a dent in plans. Hopefully some scheduling changes are made, because 2020 could make for an interesting conversation. Right now, Sept 12th, 2020 is Texas at LSU and Ohio State at Oregon. Haven't been to either, and really want to go to both. This post made me look forward to schedules until I just realized that potential conflict in 2020.
Long time away, but 2022 and 2023 is the Ohio State and Texas series. I plan on being at both. Hard part is the ND series is those same years, and I want to go to those two. Might have to save up for the next 6-7 years just to be able to go to all of those.
Any reason you started another Lindsey threat just for this Tweet?
Threatening recruits just for a tweet seems like a violation of all kinds of stuff..
Trout Creek. A good friend of mine is marrying a girl from Missoula, and her family has a cabin in Trout Creek. Will be my first time there, and I can imagine it's gorgeous. Flying into Spokane and I've been told driving through Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint is beautiful.
The next time they fly, it will be over Pensacola. Good chance that they will resume the air shows with the typical summer air show on July 16th.
He added that the Blue Angels first flight back from the loss of Kuss will be in the skies above Pensacola, though no date has been announced.
The Blue Angels have suspended their 2016 schedule, however, could be in the air again in time for the Pensacola Beach Air Show on July 16.
As long as these keep happening, I'll try to make one (or those of us in Texas should organize one).. This year we'll be in Montana for a wedding that day.
When I first met and started dating my now wife about 5 years ago, she was already telling me about their big family trip that they take every other summer to Pensacola Beach during the summer. The first time I went with her and her family was in 2012 (so we'd been dating for a little over a year at the time) and the question that was being asked to us by her family was "when are yall getting married?" We joked, that we would just get married in Pensacola Beach in two years (in 2014). Little did we know that we would actually get married there, but in 2013. They would always go the week that ended with the Blue Angels Pensacola Air Show in the summer (usually the weekend after 4th of July). So now I've been in 2012 (saw them for the first time), got married in 2013 (kind of planned the wedding around their show, which was ultimately cut due to sequestration), and went back in 2014 (saw them again). We're going back this year again, but a few weeks before they perform.
Pensacola Beach family vacations are, and will continue to be a mainstay in our house for the rest of our lives. Add in the fact that we got married there, both the beach and the Blue Angels will always have a special meaning in our marriage.
I like that some folks on here see the title of the forum post, click on it anyway, and come down to the comments to let us all know that they don't care about preseason rankings. If that's the case, simply avoid clicking on the post.
As for the rankings themselves, I'm good with most of it. Don't see That Team being #3, but the preseason hype and and easy schedule will give us a late-season 'quality' win that could help in any playoff push, should we find ourselves there.
I think there is no clear-cut favorite this year, since all the top teams have something fairly important to replace (be it a coach/coordinator, QB, position group, etc). Because of that, I think you have to go with the teams that have performed well recently and the teams that have recruited the best in the past 4 years. Bama, LSU, Clemson, FSU, OSU, OU, Stanford, and ND all fit that bill. The only one of the top-9 that doesn't really fit that bill is, well, you know.
Yea, it's only if they win the whole thing. I was only trying to explain how their path to the playoff might not be as daunting as it might seem to many. Winning back-to-back games against top-tier opponents is where those long odds would really come into play.
Like I said, I'd easily put $50 or $100 down for them to win, with a $5K or $10K payoff. I can lose that much money in one hand of blackjack or one roll in craps, so I might as well take the gamble.
This will sound crazy to most on here, but if I were making a trip to Vegas anytime soon I would easily throw $50-$100 down on Texas. Obviously it's a long shot (hence 100/1), but I think this is the year they turn the corner. I think 9 or 10 wins is a good target for them, but with all the talented youth on the roster, and many true sophomores coming back who started last year as true freshman. If they play ND close (or somehow win) and then get on a roll, watch out. The Big 12 is going to be pretty weak this year. Baylor is obviously sinking, and they get both them and TCU at home.
I can't wait for this game, and I'm looking forward to going to it as well.
I think one of the biggest factors in the game will be our d-line vs. their o-line. I can't help but think, with them breaking in four new starters that we should be able to control that line of scrimmage and definitely put pressure on Mayfield. I know we are technically losing three starters, but our top-5 on the d-line have plenty of 'experience' to go off (Lewis, Hubbard, Holmes, Hill, Sprinkle).
Speaking of experience, I know the fact that we only return 6 starters is a hot topic of conversation, both on here and in the national media when we try and gauge the upcoming season. If you think about it though, the majority of our 11 starters on offense and 11 starters on defense will be entering their third year in the program (or more). I know a lot of talk is about the number of freshman eligible (redshirt or true), but there is a majority of the guys that will be playing/starting that are at least redshirt sophomores or true juniors (or older). It doesn't get talked about much, but most of these guys were here for both the 2014 and 2015 seasons. They know what it took to get to the top in 2014, and they know what it felt like last year as well.
Good write up, as always, Phi. I agree, that with Worley and Booker our OLB/hybrid/Nickel position is in great hands. Add in Baker as well, and those three all fit that mold you mention.
I had heard that about "Closing Time" as well. Also, that the lead singer graduated from Harvard. Not too many musicians that you hear of graduating from Harvard.
And another one that requested out of his NLI, may be free to sign elsewhere due to an error on the NLI. Story.
Hard to argue with the list, and that the most indispensable players are all the returning starters (with Lewis being the 6th). I'm sure by about game 6 or so, we will have a few more names of guys who have stepped up as new starters and become indispensable as well. Just hard to predict who those will be at this point. My two best guesses at this point, would be one of the WRs - I'll go with Noah Brown - and one of the three new starters in the secondary - I'll go with Malik Hooker.
Just saw this.
Bout damn time.
Since their 2010 loss in the BCS National Championship Game, there have been some complaints about the game-day atmosphere in Austin. This isn't totally surprising given the team's performance of late. Gotta give credit to Austin, though. It's one of the top five cities in this country.
Hadn't read that article, but it rings true. Went to games here in the 90s (pre-Mack Brown) and they were awful, as far as atmosphere is concerned. Mack changed a lot of the gameday 'stuff' (tailgaiting, fan expectations, etc) and it became great here for about 10 years. Now? Not so much. I anticipate this year being better, but we'll see.
I will be at the game in Norman, and can't wait. Perhaps there will be some sort of 11/12W banger the night before in OKC/Norman?
I know it's the Montgomery (and Briles) offensive system in place, but worth noting that Tulsa did lose it's OC (Gilbert) and OL coach in the offseason (came down to Texas and try to save Charlie Strong). That could definitely have an effect on the offense. Just like it's Urban's offense we run, but losing Herman had an effect on our offense. Imagine if him and Warinner left at the same time.
If he has his degree, and a healthy and productive season this year, he should test the waters. Having his senior year in HS end early with injury, as then his breakout RS Freshman season here, one healthy and productive season should be all it takes to motivate him to go to the next level.
Lots of good stuff here, as always. One thing I noticed when reading through and clicking on a few names I hadn't heard or seen in a while, looks like Trey Sermon committed to OU a few weeks back. I know our push is for Akers right now, but that was a name that I saw quite a bit early on in this cycle.