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Horns and Aggies keep up turkey battle

Posted in Longhorns Football, NCAA Football with tags , , , , , , on January 27, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

The University of Texas and Texas A&M University will continue their Thanksgiving evening brawl, it was announced Tuesday along with the added UT home games against BYU and UTEP for 2011 and 2012.

Through the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the Longhorns will play their annual rivalry game against the Aggies during Thanksgiving dinner. Just this last season, the two teams fought to the bitter end at TAMU’s Kyle Field; Texas won 49-39.

This year, the Aggies will travel to Austin, but things will be a bit different on the Burnt Orange side of the ball. Record-setting Longhorn QB Colt McCoy will not be around to help lead UT towards a victory; rather, young-gun Garrett Gilbert will play under center. The Aggies will be playing with an experienced group, including the very exciting QB Jerrod Johnson.

If you’ve never watched the Lone Star Showdown, please do this coming November; it’s a major tribute to another heated rivalry that makes the college spectacle so wonderful.

What are they thinking?

Posted in NCAA Football with tags , , , , , , on January 26, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

Oregon QB Jeremiah Masoli

College football is a dramatic event, which is why millions upon millions watch the sport. But does that mean college athletes–or important figures in general–need to make their personal lives dramatic just to support the sport? I say absolutely not, but these days it’s as if participants’ lives are naturally attracted to the emotional effect that drama induces.

Whether or not recent allegations against Oregon football players are found to be true, it forces me to reminisce about past legal developments in the college football universe. All I can say is,  please, for the love of God! Just THINK!

The dilemmas that college athletes–in particular, football players–put themselves in is mind boggling.

Why on Earth would you ever decide to enter a mindset that will most likely damage, or destroy, any reputation you have built, any respect you have gained, or even the hopes and dreams you have created for yourself? It just makes no sense; it’s terribly disturbing to me.

Nothing is more upsetting to watch than someone work so hard to accomplish a goal(s), only to do something STUPID that ruins everything.

People blame the media for getting involved and telling the story. It’s not our fault though! It’s the SUBJECT’S fault for choosing to do something against the law.

It was former Texas receiver Dan Buckner’s fault for putting himself in a position of arrest; it was Florida DE Carlos Dunlap’s fault for driving while intoxicated and being arrested for it; it’s the fault of anyone who decides to say, “Hey, I’m just going to say ‘FUCK this! I’m not going to get caught. Nothing’s going to happen to me.'”

One of my best friends always says, “Karma’s a bitch!”

Is there anything more true? Doubt it.

Athletes in important positions or situations need to start reaaaalllly thinking about the choices they make. Sure it gives folks, including myself, ammo within the media world and helps pay bills, but it doesn’t mean we always ENJOY having to put the stories out.

Just because we write about negative things doesn’t mean we’re ‘all for negativity for negativity sake’.

Some quick advice: if you’re a popular person or someone that the media may find interesting, think to yourself, “If I do this, will the media be able to attack me in a negative light? Is there ANY possible way someone with a connection will give my decision up to the press?” If the answers are “yes”, then just walk away…don’t do it.

Becoming a symbol of what NOT to do isn’t a good thing, so choose wisely.

We’ll find you if you’ve done wrong, and we’ll make money doing it; reporters need to make a living.

Former Longhorn Dan Buckner

Florida DE Carlos Dunlap

Muschamp on top of Tennessee list

Posted in Longhorns Football, NCAA Football with tags , , , on January 13, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

Since it was announced Tuesday evening that Lane Kiffin is leaving Tennessee to become the head coach at USC, UT has been on the search for a proper replacement; the top of the list has Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator at Texas.

Will Muschamp, DC at Texas and head-coach-in-waiting, came to the Longhorns from Alabama starting in 2008. Since then he has become a leading force behind Texas’ success defensively. It’s no surprise that Tennessee is looking in his direction. Muschamp had years of experience with Alabama under head coach Nick Saban. SEC familiarity might be one of UT’s requirements, or at least high preferences.

OrangeBloods.com has reported, however, that many sources at Texas are “not concerned” with Muschamp leaving. The same sources say Muschamp is comfortable with his situation and there is no worry the Volunteers will sweep him away from the Longhorns program.

Any confirmation of his decision will be reported.

Texas Fans, It’s Time

Posted in Longhorns Football with tags , , , on January 7, 2010 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

Here it is, January 7th, 2010–the new year means the slate is wiped clean and we all prepare for another long, arduous college football off-season. But one game remains; the game that matters most to any fans supporting a team in the match-up; the BCS National Championship Game.

Texas and Alabama fans will surround their televisions, radios, computers, even cell phones, just to watch their respective team fight for a chance to be named The National Champions.

It’s a highly emotional time–I have made no attempt at hiding my adoration for the Longhorns, so I will say that even I, someone that is latched to the laws of media-unbiased beliefs, am very emotional today.

Texas fans have been waiting half the decade to get back to this event. That isn’t a long time however. Some teams never get the chance to play top-ranked college teams, let alone have the opportunity to go to a National Championship game. We must be thankful that our team gets a shot occasionally; maybe this could be  a repeat of the ’60s and tomorrow we will have to start a 30-some years before going to play the Big Game once again. Most of us will think that’s impossible though, myself included.

Embrace everything today, Texas fans. Our football helps define us, so be good about it. Enjoy all that this time has to offer, but do not become too serious. Remember that win or lose tonight, the friends and loved ones around you, watching the game with you, will be around forever. Wins feel great, but losses can breed lessons.

I think we’d all like another trophy on the mantle though…

HOOK’EM HORNS!

Teams of The Decade

Posted in NCAA Football with tags , , , , on December 31, 2009 by burntorangehorn09

By Anthony Casson

The decade, spanning from 1999-2009, has seen a lot of drama. Universities that started the decade with championships haven’t come through. Instead of the dominant groups of the nineties continuing to win, teams like Oklahoma, Texas, and USC have made strong statements.

#1- USC:  While it took until 2002 for the Trojans to get the program in top shape, the team has been one of the most widely recognized and respected teams since then.

  • 2 National championships
  • 3 Heisman winners
  • 7 BCS bowls, including NC games
  • 7 Pac 10 conference championships
  • 7 10-plus game winning seasons
  • 2 coaches (Hackett, Carroll)

#2- Oklahoma: The Sooners are relegated to the second spot. One National Championship in four appearances showed they were a very strong team this decade and also that following through isn’t their thing.

  • 4 Heisman candidates (Heupel, White, Peterson, Bradford)
  • 2 Heisman winners
  • 1 national championship
  • 4 national championship appearances
  • 6 Big 12 championships
  • 7 Big 12 South championships
  • 1 coach (Stoops)
  • Bowl appearances every year this decade
  • 7 BCS bowl games, including 4 NC appearances

#3- Texas: The University of Texas is listed as having the most lucrative football program by Forbes. This isn’t surprising when you consider everything they have accomplished the last 10 years. A troubling stat, however, is that only two Big 12 Championships were won.

  • 1 national championship, 2 NC appearances
  • 2 Big 12 championships
  • 5 Big 12 South championships (2008 was shared between OU and TT)
  • 1 coach (Brown)
  • 4 BCS bowls, including 2 NC games
  • 9 10-plus game winning seasons (Longest streak in NCAA since 2001)
  • Every year with at least 9 wins since 1998 (best in NCAA)
  • Bowl appearance every year of this decade
  • 2 Heisman contenders (Young, McCoy)

#4- Florida: It may seem harsh to put such a dominant Gators team back at No. 4. Tim Tebow and Urban Meyer have brought total glory to Gainesville; the great talent elsewhere should also be mentioned. I’m not ranking teams of the last five years though.

  • 2 National Championships
  • 3 SEC championships
  • 5 SEC East championships
  • Bowl appearances every year this decade
  • 1 Heisman winner
  • 5 10-plus game winning seasons
  • 3 coaches (Spurrier, Zook, Meyer)
  • 6 BCS bowl appearances, including NC games

#5- LSU: Louisiana State has had success with two different coaches. The team has also competed well against the rest of a powerful SEC conference. Their National Championship victory against Ohio State gives them the No. 5 mention ahead of the Buckeyes.

  • 3 conference championships
  • 2 national championships
  • 5 SEC West championships
  • 10 bowl games
  • 5 10-plus game winning seasons, with a possible 6th at the Capital One Bowl
  • 2 coaches (Saban, Miles)
  • 1 Heisman contender (Glen Dorsey)

Texas Week 2: Offense and Defense

Posted in Longhorns Football with tags , , on September 14, 2009 by burntorangehorn09

Offense:

The offense certainly looked rather slow during the first quarter of play on Saturday against Wyoming. It wasn’t until late second quarter that the Horns finally began their charge forward. The players did not panic when the Cowboys led through most of the second quarter with a 10-6 lead. Many other teams probably would have.

Offensive Coordinator Greg Davis told MB-TexasFootball.com, “the key to the game was the score before the half, with 1 minute 20 seconds left on the clock.” The offense gained needed momentum when Wyoming linebackers put pressure on Colt McCoy. James Kirkendoll (WR) found the open center and McCoy shot the ball right to his chest. Kirkendoll finished the run with a 25 yard touchdown, but not before performing an unbelievable balancing act after Wyoming DBs collided with him. Hunter Lawrence (K) followed with the extra point.

Davis was also keen to point out that both Jordan Shipley (WR) and Malcolm Williams (WR) made perfect blocks while Kirkendoll ran for the endzone. This is the second game in a row that blocking has been praised, which is not only a good for the passing game, but great for improving that lackluster running game.

The four key recievers, Kirkendoll, Shipley, Williams, and Chiles each caught 7, 7, 6, and 5 passes, respectively. “Spreading the ball out so well will continue to force defenders to cover our players more evenly”, said Davis.

Vondrell McGee (RB) showed some improvement (especially protecting the ball). He had 11 carries for 61 yards and a long of 19 yards.  Tre’ Newton (RB) had an awesome game with 8 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown. The freshman tailback is certainly showing his potential.

Greg Davis later reported that the Longhorns are “11 for 11 in the red-zone over the last two games”, and have accumulated over 500 offensive yards per game. The run-game has also improved with both contests totaling nearly 200 rushing yards.

Defense:

Defensive Coordinator Will Muschamp was very pleased with his defense. Though the Cowboys racked up 10 points against the Horns, 3 came from a field goal and the other 7 came on a blocked punt, which was returned for a TD.

Coach Muschamp “thought the kids did an outstanding job tackling in space…and covering all running lanes.” The D-line dominated the Cowboys offense, putting 5 total sacks for the day.

The defense played great overall. Their skills and speed in man-to-man coverage helped the Longhorns go with 31 unanswered points.

If the Longhorns hope to come out of next Saturday with a win over Texas Tech, in Austin, they will need to get fired up. They will lose if the team looks as sluggish as last weekend during the first quarter. It seemed like a productive game for everyone though and I’m quite sure Coach Mack Brown will be able to finely tune many of the weak spots that exist within the offense.

Texas Wyoming Football, James Kirkendoll (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Texas Wyoming Football, James Kirkendoll (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Burnt Orange Stains for Life

Posted in Longhorns Football with tags , , on September 9, 2009 by burntorangehorn09

I fully believe that humans can remember their most intense moments for eternity. If you, as my loyal reader, look back at all you have experienced throughout your life, is not there SOMETHING that comes to mind in vivid detail? There most certainly is for me!

Last Saturday, September 5, 2009, I had the opportunity to watch, first-hand, the University of Texas Longhorns Football Team do battle on the newly turfed Joe Jamail Field.  Their opponents? University of Lousiana-Monroe Warhawks. A difficult battle? Definitely not, but it was still important to me. Why? Well it also marked the first time I have seen the Longhorns in real life.

Many people would call me a “bandwagon fan”, because I have only really watched the Longhorns play since the Vince Young days. They were very successful times, and Mack Brown has continued the tradition through today. There is still a connection to the Horns that lies deep within my head and heart though. After all, I did grow up in Texas and I still consider myself to be a Texan.

Call me what you like, but I assure you that once a team has my full attention, they will forever have a piece of my heart.

DKR Texas Memorial Stadium is unlike anything I had ever seen. Sure I have been to great sporting stadiums like Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Texas Stadium, Arlington Stadium, Safeco Field, Qwest Field, Husky Stadium, and Reser Stadium, but DKR felt special to me.

As I walked towards the huge structure that is DKR, I quickly noticed the shape. The newly-built North End now had an upper deck. This caused the already large East and West side decks to merge at the back with the fresh architecture. The South End only holds bleechers and supports the largest college television screen in the country, the “Godzillatron”. From a small distance, the stadium takes on the shape of a horseshoe (we’ll keep that quiet since Ohio State fans already have their “shoe”).

The outer appearance of the stadium follows the Longhorns themes. It is a very classy, brick and stone mass that rises high above the streets. If you were to drive a car near the stadium, it’s impossible to see the top unless you lean over the dashboard and peak through the upper portion of your car’s windshield. It’s really a stunning sight.

The inner halls of the stadium, separated by gateways, pay tribute to the football team’s rich history. Framed pictures, posters, helmets, and many other trinkets adorn the walls which lead to the field. Plaques and quotes can be found at every gate, all of which can send tingles up your spine. I felt as if I were the one going out on the field that warm, Austin evening.

I could hardly keep still as I made my way toward the Gate 5 field entrance. The stadium’s innards were filled with fans. Burnt orange flooded every nook and cranny of the Horns’ battle structure.

The entrances to the stands were small. I was pushing myself through, along with hundreds of other Longhorn fanatics. This was my first time, so I did far more shoving than normal. The darkness at the entrance BURST into bright, Texas lighting. My eyes tried to shut, but the adrenaline pulsating through my body kept them open. There was no damn way I was missing an inch of this place.

My eyes relaxed and there, before me, was the beautifully green field (Joe Jamail field to be precise). Hugging every inch of the new turf were matte-silver bleachers, shooting up at high rates of incline. The term “nose bleed section” now had a new meaning for me as I looked back over my shoulder and looked up. The upper deck around the entire stadium was filling with (what seemed to be) little, burnt orange ants; they were people of course. That would not be my direction though (thank God). The 45 yard-line, third row, tenth seat in was where I would witness my first Longhorns game.

Because they removed the track around the field during the nineties, the railing in front of me hugged the players seating area (six feet up, but still very close).

The Showband of the Southwest (the Texas band) came rumbling out with beautifully crisp tones, vibrant flags, and matching burnt orange clothes to boot!

The Godzillatron was so clear that, when such good seating permitted only level views, I could look up and see every detail of their “T” formation up close. They used the world’s largest Texas flag to add to the spectacle, and boy was it a wonderful touch.

I was waiting to see my football heroes though. The Longhorns always came out of this stadium in famous fashion…under cover of thick, white smoke, and down a path formed by burnt orange band members. The leading Horn always held the American flag, and they would sprint on to the field like the Gladiators they were.

It happened just as I had hoped. The entire time I could hardly keep my heart from ripping out of my chest. A beaming smile took up most of my face. It lasted so long my cheeks began to cramp. I didn’t care one bit though. This was a spectacle I had been waiting to see for a very long time…this was my football Mecca.

The game passed and all 100,100 of us watched as our great players waged war against the ULM Warhawks. Colt McCoy’s accuracy at QB was enough to make me say “wow”, Sergio Kindle’s hard-hitting DE ability caused some hiatus in the Warhawk’s offensive backfield, and the quickness of CB, Chykie (Shocky) Brown, made me downright jealous.

There they were…these god-like football players…Texas friggin Longhorns. Right in front of me…playing for me…playing for us! This season they started #2 in the country, behind Florida. Could this be the season they went back to the Rose Bowl to, once again, claim their National Championship glass football? Maybe.

Whether the Horns win or lose this year, I can still look back at the day I saw them for the first time. They are still the greatest group of college players I have ever seen, and in no way will I ever forget seeing that place. No way will I forget looking at the scoreboard, seeing 59-20 LONGHORNS WIN! No way will I forget holding up my hands, Hook’em sign intact, singing The Eyes of Texas with the players and fans. It was my special time…a very symbolic time for me. I was ending a great summer, one that came after a very difficult school year. It will always stay burned in my head.

Burnt Orange Forever Stains.

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