Archive for October, 2009

Heads Will Roll At The Cotton Bowl

Posted in Longhorns Football, NCAA Football with tags on October 17, 2009 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

It’s back! The Red River Rivalry is back!

Hopefully you know at least something about this friggin huge game (formerly the Red River Shootout), but if you don’t, here are a few things that are good to remember. You’ll have folks thinkin’ you’re an RRR-pro in a jiffy!

Who the heck plays this game?

– This isn’t a game for sissies. No, this is a game for two extreme, college football programs; the University of Texas Longhorns and the University of Oklahoma Sooners.

Where is this ‘friggin game’ played?

– Hey! Don’t mock me! The bloody battle is currently played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas. It’s been that way since 1932. Dallas held the site starting in 1912, but there were a few games played elsewhere. Dallas is chosen as a “neutral site”, because of it’s central location between UT (Austin, TX) and OU (Norman, OK).

Wow! 1912, huh? Did they play before that?

– There’s that interest I was tryin’ to spark! And YES! The two schools have played since 1900.

Interesting…so who holds the better record?

– I’m quite glad you mentioned this. Actually, the Texas Longhorns hold the series lead over the…ugh…Sooners, 58-40-5. This will change Saturday though…

Is it a pretty friendly rivalry?

– HA! OH YOU DEAR, DEAR SOUL! ‘Friendly’ is most certainly not the correct answer. How do you THINK a cross-boarder rivalry goes? With cheerful hugging, loving, and maybe some motorboat action? Hell no! This is about pain! This is about maintaining pride and ruining the other’s! This is a mid-season championship!! Burnt orange and white, crimson and cream…each blood will flow across the grid iron! The victor loses the least!

….Can you, like, calm down?

– Yes…sorry.

Okay, is there anything else I should know?

– Yes. The game is always during the State Fair of Texas, home to corny dogs, fried Oreos, and anything else interesting you can imagine! You’ll basically have time to eat, party next to Big Tex, and die on the gigantic ferris wheel, the Texas Star. Write your Will while you still can.

Man, this doesn’t seem like TOO much to remember.

– Oh, this is just the basic stuff! I’d rather you watch the game Saturday (12PM EASTERN) and learn about the rest yourself! Trust me, those commentators will give you PLENTY of goodies to think about.

SWEET! THANKS, ANTHONY! YOU’RE THE GREATEST!

– No problem, friend. No problem.

Thanks for the picture Kid-I-Don't-Know

Thanks for the picture Kid-I-Don't-Know

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Frightened Horns

Posted in Longhorns Football on October 12, 2009 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

Last Saturday was supposed to be a simple game for the Texas Longhorns football team. Playing Colorado these days isn’t usually a challenge, especially when you have them at home. Last season the Horns stomped on the Buffaloes, but this game gave quite the scare and also had consequences.

Winning 38 to 14 is a pretty convincing win for a lot of teams, but not if you’re the Longhorns (ranked #2 at the time). Colorado came into Austin having won only a single game, yet they managed to put 14 points against Texas’ 3 through most of the first half. The Longhorn offense played like a frantic group of schoolgirls, but luckily they had a great defense and special teams to back them up. Texas was even stopped for the first time this season from scoring in the red-zone (blocked field goal attempt). Overall, they did not play like the #2 team we thought they were, which is why the AP poll dropped them to #3. Hope is far from lost however.

The Longhorns should be thankful for such an event, because next weekend they play ultimate-rival Oklahoma in Dallas. Had this performance occurred during the Red River Rivalry, Texas would definitely not be in the top 10 nationally and all hopes for a championship would be lost. Now it’s down to whether Mack Brown and his men can bounce back from this, because they are certainly taking a verbal smacking from critics. If one coach can reboot a team, though, it’s Mack. This is their time to stand up and prove the nation that they are one of the best, if not THE best in the country, but it requires following through. Anything less will result in failure; maybe not overall, but definitely in terms of title hopes.

Sitting at third spot behind Florida and Alabama is not bad. They are two very good teams, no doubt, but they will ultimately have to play each other for the SEC title if they continue their winning streak. If the Horns maintain their composure, beat Oklahoma as well as the remainder of Big 12 opponents (including the Big 12 championship contender), they will be perfectly in place to play for the National Championship in Pasadena. You can be sure though that Coach Brown is keeping his men focused on the “next” game rather than the entire season.

It may feel awkward to be a Longhorns fan right now, but just relax. The time may come when we can sprint onto Guadalupe Street and cheer the new champions once again. If you don’t like the Horns, well then…I guess good luck with that.