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Magically Delicious

30 Sep

Texas 50, Notre Dame 47 (2OT)

Sept. 4, 2016 • DKR
 

02_texasA year ago, the Lucky Charms we used to spell Texas were decidedly UNlucky. The Irish clobbered our Horns 48-3, and it was UGLY.

Welcome to 2016! It’s a brand new year with a new quarterback, new OC, new Bevo, new Bertha, and yes, a new attitude. This time around, WE’RE the “cereal killers” knocking off the 10th-ranked team.

The day started with a hot time at the ol’ tailgate—literally. The heat and humidity, capped by a sudden rainshower, made for a sweaty afternoon. But the ATX barbecue sampler feast more than made up for it. As I said on FB, when you don’t know whether to serve Franklin, Southside, Kreuz, or Black’s, you serve ’em all! Thanks to Dub, our thinks-of-everything food guy, we got to do just that. Unbelievably yummy.

Of course, Notre Dame fans travel well, so we were treated to a parade of ND fans all afternoon. Good thing the Horns showed up, too! The I-35 traffic, along with the hordes of people along the sidewalks, let us know this was a Big Game.

Inside the stadium, the game lived up to the hype. From the introduction of Bevo XV to the long bombs from our freshman QB, Shane Buechele, we could tell this was a brand new year. But then the Irish managed to erase a 17-point deficit, and we began to think maybe this season would not be that different after all. We thought we’d be up by 3 when D’Onta Foreman scored with 3 1/2 minutes left, but a returned blocked PAT tied the game at 37. On to OT.

It took two overtimes, but SWOOOOOPES, there it is! Tyrone’s goal-line plunge ushered in a new era in Texas football.

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Owl Be Hooked

19 Sep

Texas 42, Rice 28 

Sept. 12, 2015 • DKR
 

It’s an old question. JFK even asked it.

“Why does Rice play Texas?”

The answer is money, of course (along with tradition, history, blah, blah, blah), but you’ve got to think that a secondary reason is the Owls’ status as a respectable but not-so-formidable opponent.

And yet, as our 21-0 lead dwindled to 7, the underdogs looked more formidable than ever.

Of course, the guys in burnt orange came through. Heard really stated his case to be The Guy, providing the “juice” our offense needed. Malik Jefferson continues to be a beast, and I can’t help but hope his toughness and spirit are contagious.

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Cereal Killers

7 Sep

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Notre Dame 38, Texas 3

Sept. 5, 2015 • Notre Dame Stadium • South Bend, Indiana
 

Yes, we were 12.5-point underdogs. Yes, we have two true freshmen starting on our O-line, and the Irish D is stout. And yes, we still haven’t had a quarterback definitively rise to the top. But hey, how bad could it be?

Answer: Very, very bad.

Coming into this game, I was cautiously optimistic. I’d seen the practice reports. I’d heard about the scheme changes. I was anxious to see Strong’s first real recruits. I wasn’t completely blinded by my burnt-orange glasses, but I had hope.

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Apparently, David Thomas had the same idea, coming up with this “Sunday Headline” on LHN: 

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Alas, our Lucky Charms didn’t work, nor did our defense or offense. Questions abound (Where was J. Gray? What happened to Heard? What the heck are we DOING????), and it’s going to be a long season if we can’t find some answers.

How ’bout we get these guys back to DKR and turn this thing around?

Not So Special

2 Dec

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Kansas State 42, Texas 24

Dec. 1, 2012 • Manhattan, Kansas

Same song, 12th verse. The 2012 regular season came to a close with another disappointing outing, a game that we COULD’VE won if it weren’t for a few plays.

But then again, it’s not as simple as that. Really, the problem seems to be systemic. Even magically reversing the two INTs would not right all the wrongs we’ve witnessed week in, week out. Between now and our bowl game, the needed overhaul is unlikely unless there’s a leadership change.

In this new mediocrity mindset, we’re left with consolation prizes: we had an unlikely lead at times, we saw some “McCoy to Shipley” magic, Malcolm Brown finally returned to form.

Is that enough for us Texas fans? That would be a big NO. Even the Special K cereal used to spell this week’s Texas is more satisfying.

But we’ll still be here, rooting for our guys, loving our Longhorns, hoping for better days. HOOK ’EM!