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it's saturday night...and ou sucks

Well, that didn't go so well.

Sigh. I've known that our team was overrated from the first quarter of the first game. But it was still pretty painful to watch our uneven-but-improving defense that seems to have some issues with actually reaching out and tackling the guys they're chasing, Colt's neverending interceptions, and the totally inexcusable inability of our special teams to prevent kickoff returns.

Here's what I think: if it was abundantly clear that Colt McCoy was sick at halftime, they shouldn't have put him back in. It was obvious by late in the 3rd that he wasn't himself. John Chiles is more than capable of doing the job - he gets us 5 yards every time on the keeper, and if McCoy can't get it together, his job should be in danger. That's just how it is. No, Chiles isn't experienced enough to do everything (yet), but this business about McCoy being better isn't playing out on the field. And if he's sick, DON'T PUT HIM OUT THERE. Duh!

Also, we should fire Greg Davis. And beg Gene Chizik to come back. There, I said it.

At least we weren't the only ones who had a bad day. We hate Auburn. But not as much as we hate Florida. Urban Meyer's last-minute sneaky time-out calling reflects the kind of class we expect from Gainesville. And ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! "#3" Oklahoma lost.

Actually, except for the football, it wasn't a bad day. We had a fantastic tailgate brunch (note: do NOT try to cook bacon directly on the grill. Lots of fire, too much for our resident pyromaniac. We moved it to the camp stove and things were much better.), Of course, we love admiring our neighbors' unique fashion choices:Vince and some of the old guard were around: And it was Alumni Band Day! For those of you Not From Austin, Alumni Band Day is hands-down the best show of the year, primarily because of the older gentleman baton twirler. He tosses it to the level of the upper deck, and the entire student section waits with baited breath to see if he'll catch or drop it. It's the highlight of our halftime year.

At halftime it rained, and as the third quarter got underway, it rained hard. Rather than bolt for cover (as did most of the crowd in the expensive seats on the alumni side), we stuck through it and got soaked, but it didn't matter. Laughing and smiling and dripping wet, I just couldn't help but think about how great it is to be young and alive.

The ensuing half of football did a lot to dampen that spirit, even as the sun peeked back through the clouds. We watched the fourth quarter mostly in silence, stayed through the final cannon and two rounds of "Texas Fight" and one of "The Eyes of Texas" and left just as the sky broke open again. This time we laughed some more and (at 23's insistence), stopped to take a picture in the rain, sorry about the sorry state of our football team, but glad to be friends and to be alive.

Maybe we won't drop out of the top 25. I mean, really, Colorado is worse than K-State, so it's worse for the Sooners to lose to CU than for us to lose to the Wildcats. Right? Right?


Anonymous rp said...

know what? you're wrong....OU doesn't suck...and neither does Texas.....it was college football at its best today, regardless of who won and whose hopes got smashed...and Florida hurts and Rutgers and West Virginia and almost USC and even LSU looked bad for a half and Oregon lost and college football is so full of hope and disappointment and fun and not the NFL by any stretch....So, yeah, rag on OU....they will come out w/ fire in their belly next week, which they didn't have today...and so will Texas...and it will be great no matter what...but they don't suck..neither one of them....because frankly, that is just such a crummy way to see all of this.......

Sunday, September 30, 2007 12:18:00 AM

Blogger William Deed said...

Grill no, stove yes.
This is all duly noted. Cheers.

Sunday, September 30, 2007 6:31:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Thanks, William. I wouldn't want anyone else to experience what we did around 11:45am yesterday. Thank goodness it died down on its own; otherwise the beignet mix would've had to have done double-duty.

R, we wouldn't mock them if we didn't respect them. You'll notice that I don't spend much time on the Aggies here.

Sunday, September 30, 2007 8:51:00 AM

Anonymous Michael Westmoreland-White said...

Well, we both agree that Florida is evil. And, as an FSU alumnus, I will probably have an even worse season than you will. Sigh.

Sunday, September 30, 2007 8:54:00 AM


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