Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Aggies Get Their Cotton-pickin' Bowl Invitation

likely to face Bama or LSU. I'm hoping for LSU!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010


(NIV)Psalm 75:4
To the arrogant I say, `Boast no more,' and to the wicked, `Do not lift up your horns

Coog High = Home of the Shocker

A few Houston facts:

  • The Astrodome still sucks (in fact, the Bad News Bears were the only thing that ever made it cool)
  • aggy killer Kliff Kingsbury is co-offensive coordinator
  • "Luv Ya Blue" is still stupid
  • If you're a Houstonian, I'm wondering how it feels to reside in the Crotch of Collie Station?

Gonna Be a Cold Night in Hell...

Can't really think of what would be worse - hitting my bare toes repeatedly with a hammer, or sitting in a frigid DKR on Thursday night. 

For the first time since 1996, I'm hoping Whorn loses this game.  I just don't trust it at 6-6, with Tech's bowl destination still up in the air. 

Let's put it another way: if Whorn petititioned the UN to award Saudi Arabia and/or Iran to win a women's rights award, it would happen. 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Aggies continue to roll!

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

When the Saints Come Marching In...

Anyway, just to be clear, Tech plays the Weber State Wildcats this Saturday; not the University of Mother Teresa Fightin' Billygoats as previously reported. Who is Weber State? Hell if I know, or care - but here's what I found:
  • Weber is actually pronounced "Wee-ber" (not BBQ..)
  • Located in Ogden, Utah - sister city of Lake Charles; located in the Emerson Valley, at the base of the third Winchester Mountain range
  • 2010 record is 6-4; needs a W to make the playoffs
  • "LDS; not LSD!" is the unofficial rally cry
  • Football team has 32 players on its roster who already have children; 11 are grandfathers
  • School president actually started a petition in September to drop Tech from the schedule because Lubbock is "too liberal"

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

3-5 First Season Conference Record: Tubs Walking in Leach's Shoes

Not much of a game if you like the team that had the best uniforms this past Saturday, but that seems to be the norm in Norman - regardless if your name is Leach or Tuberville.

If anyone had told me in August that after 10 games, Tech would be ahead of Whorn in the standings, I would have been pretty excited.  Who knew that a .500 record overall would be the measuring stick?

(...and being 3-5 in conference sucks)

Two games left.  A couple of wins, and it appears a return to the Cotton Bowl is possible on January 1, although assuming anything this season is certainly not a safe bet.

(and to be more precise, the game featured at the Cotton Bowl on New Years Day is officially known as the Ticket City Classic)

One thing that's beneficial about moving the Whorn game up in the schedule is that you get a non-con late in the season.  Tech needs one about now, and Leach was always pretty good at scheduling some one's JV.  Let's just call this one a glorified practice in order to get ready for Coog High Thanksgiving weekend.

The whole team needs it - beginning at the top, and all the way down.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

interesting stat

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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Hills of Mobilehoma Await...

Some interesting facts regarding our neighbor to the north:
  • Its name comes from the Choctaw word "oka oma", which translates to "mobile home destroyed by tornado"
  • Spitting on the sidewalk is illegal/spitting on or at opposing teams and its fans is encouraged
  • It's the only state Arkansas can make fun of
  • It's also illegal for a bar owner to allow a patron to simulate having sex with a buffalo inside his establishment
  • In 2004, became the first state to limit the amount of psudoephedrine to be legally purchased to 9 grams within a 30 day period
  • Between 2006-2009, meth labs almost quadrupled (148 to 743)
And the only one that really matters come this Saturday: BlowU hasn't lost a home game since September 3, 2005: 36 straight wins at home.

Never Gets Old......

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Texas Tech/Wounded Warrior Photos:

Official Texas Tech photos of the evening:

Texas Tech Supports the Wounded Warrior Project

Freedom isn't free.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Sticks Starts/Tech Wins

OK, so it wasn't that black and white..  Then end result, however, was definitely Scarlet and Black.

Sticks did get the start, but unfortunately, for whatever reason, couldn't get anything going at all.  It wasn't all his fault though, as this 2010 offense has been nothing short of offensive in the first quarter this season.  3 and out. Sacks.  Penalties and turnovers.

The correct answer is: D) all of the above.

Potts comes in, and at one one point was 14/18, with 148 yards passing and 3 TDs.  Wow.  That's the beauty of having a couple of highly experienced QBs on the roster - when one isn't getting it done, you can send in the other one. 

Or maybe it was because Potts had the word "Freedom" on the back of his jersey this week.  Last year it was "Nick".  Kidding aside, Potts came in and played really well.

Let's be real honest, however - the real reason Tech was still in the game was the DEFENSE.  After giving up 2 long runs for scores early on, it tightened up, and held Mizzou to basically nothing the rest of the game: 95 yards passing, and 120 yards rushing through the final 3 quarters.  Not bad at all for a defense that's so decimated, its having to import players from the other side of the ball just to be able to compete.  Hats off to Willis, his coaches, and the Boys.

Big win for the Red Raiders.  All of the ingredients were in place before the game, and all that was needed was pride and a lot of effort. 

Time to head north of the border.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Wounded Warrior Project

“We just look forward to come out and try to play a hell of a game. It’s going to be a great atmosphere, a night game. We get to wear the Wounded Warrior uniforms, so I think it’s going to be a lot of excitement.”
- Tech DL Colby Whitlock

Friday, November 05, 2010

It's a 4 Game Season...

This Saturday: #12 Mizzou
November 13: #11 BlowU
November 20: University of Mother Teresa
November 27: Coog High

That's what's left of 2010, and sitting a 4-4, things are a bit precarious.  Tech hasn't had a losing record after 9 games since 1993, so we're definitely in uncharted water.  It's unfortunate, but it's also reality.  Accept the hand that's been dealt, and move forward.

In short, Potts just hasn't gotten it done.  I like him a lot - he's a tough kid.  He's taken a lot of hits, and has been the subject of a lot of ridicule.  He hasn't complained once.  In response, all he's done is put his helmet back on, and buckle his chinstrap.  To say his character is strong is a huge understatement.

With that said, it's time for Sticks.  4 games left, and really, Tech needs 3 out of those 4.  Sticks just brings something different to the table.  I see it on the sideline every week.  This whole team needs a spark, and I believe starting #1 can do that. 

This game tomorrow night is the most important game of the year.  Tech must win this game.  It has all of the ingredients to be a huge upset.  Night game in the HUB - in the cold.  Black Out.  It's all right there for the taking. 

We'll see.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Batch: Wounded Warrior Project

 Another gem on perspective/life from #25:

Saturday we lost to Texas A&M. OK, moving on.

This Saturday we are sporting different jerseys for the Missouri game in honor of the wounded men and women of the armed forces. This is for an organization called the Wounded Warrior Project. The jerseys will be auctioned off after the game. The more I have thought about what The Wounded Warrior Project means, the more I realize how fortunate I am to get to do what I do every week and that is play a game. Not only do I get to play a game, I get to play a game that I love. Not only do I get to play a game that I love, I get to play a game that pays for my education.

According to the website antiwar.com, there has been a total of 4,427 people killed (3,496 in combat) and roughly 32,900 soldiers injured since the war in Iraq began. I have been enrolled at Texas Tech for more than 1,700 days playing football and pursuing my education. So for every day that I have been enrolled in school at Tech,an average of almost 3 people have died and 19 were injured. I get to play a game. You get to watch and cheer. While I put on my cleats, shoulder pads and helmet to go to play a game, someone is putting on their combat boots, flak jacket and dog tags to grant me the freedom to do so. People give their lives to grant us this freedom. If that’s not humbling, I don’t know what is.

That’s why I say that football is not life. It drives me crazy when I hear people say, “Football is life.” Football is a game. Football is entertaining. Football is fun. Football is not life. I just want to thank everyone who is in the armed forces.

If for some reason you’re not in a good mood today, cheer up because a feral cat could have chased you to your car this morning (happened to me last week). I’m going to go ahead and declare this day the best day ever? Seriously take a minute to think about why today is awesome (insert time to think here). Ok, I’ll tell you why today is the best day ever. The reason that today is the best day ever is because you are reading this column! Before you start to think “real cool Baron way to be humble” let me explain. For you to be able to read this column that means that you woke up today and are alive. You can’t complain about being alive, it sure beats the alternative! You’re alive if you’re reading this and that is a blessing. Don’t go through the motions. Tomorrow is far from guaranteed. Enjoy your ride!

As of late Saturday I was stumped on what to write about. I was seriously close to closing my laptop and calling it a night, but in ordinary fashion my writer’s block was removed from a seemingly random event (thanks, God). I received a text message from a Dallas area code that wasn’t intended for me, and this is what it said, ”Enjoy the ride, it doesn’t last long!” I texted back the random person asking whom they were and if their text was intended for me. Quickly they realized they texted the wrong number explaining that one of their friends was about to ride “Mr. Freeze” at Six Flags. Thanks random Dallas person! You just made me realize something really awesome; hopefully I can put together my thoughts so they make sense.

Here we go! Follow along.

Ok, so if you have ever rode Mr. Freeze at Six Flags you will know that it doesn’t last that long. It’s a pretty quick roller coaster ride, and it almost seems like it’s over before it starts. It doesn’t last long but can seriously make you puke (I had a friend this summer who Mr. Freeze dominated).

When you get on Mr. Freeze there are two things that could happen:

1) You will have a blast, hold your hands up in the air in typical roller-coaster fashion and enjoy every moment of the ride.

2) You will be scared to death holding on to the front rail, eyes closed, and praying for the ride to be over (and then puke afterwards).

It’s always interesting to see people’s faces after they get off the rides at Six Flags because you can tell if they had a blast or if they were terrified and regret getting on the ride.

The football season is more than halfway over and my college career is coming to a close as well. I have been in Lubbock for five years now. Last week one of the guys on the team said this “B-Batch, you’ve been here forever, I was you for Halloween… in the 9th grade!”

I graduate in December and I’m about to start another chapter of my life. My ride is about to be over in Lubbock, and before I know it I’ll be waiting in line to get on another ride in a different amusement park.

“Enjoy the ride, it doesn’t last long.” Those words are so true! Just like Mr. Freeze, life flies by and can make your head spin. You can either enjoy every moment of it with your hands held high, or you can be strapped in clinging for dear life, eyes closed, not enjoying the ride at all and regretting that you ever got on.

I pray that when my ride is over I can say I had a blast; hands held high with my eyes open the whole way (even if I threw up a little).

So enjoy your ride! Throw your hands up in typical roller-coaster fashion, and don’t be afraid of puking because sometimes certain rides can do that. This week’s food for thought is short and sweet: Are you enjoying your ride or holding on for dear life? Wreck em’ and God bless.


Well, it was another highly successful Rooster Bowl.  Thanks to everyone who showed up, and participated.  This one definitely was the best - so far, of course...

And congratulations to the Ags - you showed up and defended your home field.

A few quick thoughts:
  • To whomever brought the baby wipes: own it
  • To Old Man River: enjoy your self-righteousness - it bodes well for you and your physical appearance
  • To TRay: now that you've won 2 straight, I expect you to show up next year
  • To The Texan Lounge: we need our own personal key cut for the front door
  • To Carlos: next time let Real Deal be the black sheep of the party
  • To Ronald: just show up next time so you don't waste time with calls and texts
  • To Little Debbie: no more excuses from you - and we'll probably need to park in front of your mom's house again next year
  • To all: the first batch of photos have been uploaded onto the photo page

To be continued...