"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


week two

You know, when it comes to weekends in September, I'm a pretty simple girl. All I want to do is hang out with friends on Friday night, sleep until 10:45 on Saturday morning, watch Herbstreit's picks on Game Day Live, and watch twelve hours of football (on tv, at our tailgate, and at DKR). Nothing complicated.

It's difficult to enjoy such a leisurely schedule when someone decides to mow the lawn at the crack of dawn on Saturday.

Morning perturbations aside, let's talk football. (Actually, before that, let's talk annoying things ESPN/ABC have instituted this year: Dear ESPN: As super an idea as your marketing interns surely thought it would be to have celebrities introduce each team's lineup, it's not. In fact, it's really annoying. There's nothing in this world I want to watch less than Toby Keith introducing the OU secondary. (Although that does more or less sum up Oklahoma, n'est pas?) Or Miss Mississippi's analysis of State's running game. It's just not interesting. Make it stop. Love/Hate, Texas in Africa)

(While we're at it, also, those irritating Sonic commercials have got to end. They're not funny. They were never funny. And two years is more than enough. Get another ad agency, Sonic.)

But I digress. Today things finally get interesting. OU is making a strong showing against Miami so far. Wake is holding Nebraska in check. LSU-VT will be the best game of the day primarily because VT's overratedness will be exposed for good. Tennessee should be able to recover from last week. And we'll see if Baylor's defense can handle Major Applewhite's Rice offense.

And then there's Texas-TCU.

Look, the doom and gloom assessments are aplenty, as are the excuses. They weren't expecting Arkansas State to show up and play. The offense/defense/kicking team is young. The coaches didn't want to give TCU too much to watch on tape this week (mission accomplished, gentlemen). Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

There's no question that Texas looked bad last week. There's also no question that Mack and the boys are well aware of the fact. If they play that badly again, they're going to lose. If they practiced on Labor Day and corrected some mistakes and Colt gets over whatever it was that threw him off after the first quarter last week, we should be okay. TCU's offense is not that great, despite their highly-touted QB and last week's thumpin' of Baylor.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some football to watch.


Anonymous rp said...

just so you know...Toby Keith is an idiot no matter where he's from....but then, Matthew MCNaked is a fine celebrity as well, huh? How about NO celebrities? Just leave the kids to play ball...

Saturday, September 08, 2007 3:09:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I thoroughly enjoy your analysis of life in Africa, having spent a large portion of my life in Uganda and Kenya, I must disagree with your analysis of the value of Sonic commercials. While a few are not funny at all, a few are side-splittingly funny!

Oh, and as an Oklahoma fan, I find your opinions of Toby Keith and most things Oklahoma a bit biased... CAN'T WAIT to see UT in Dallas!

Monday, September 10, 2007 3:56:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Anonymous, I am a firm believer that reasonable adults can disagree on most matters of importance. On matters north of the Red River, however, I can't see how anyone (including an entire branch of my family) can be so misled. :)

Monday, September 10, 2007 5:58:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So then you'd agree that the Sonic commercials might be funny to some then? (Almost as funny as Colt McCoy's QB skills?)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007 6:52:00 AM


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