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July 15, 2006

How they'll finish in the Big 12 South: 1. A&M; 2. Oklahoma 3. Texas

Among Lee Corso's predictions for the upcoming college football season:

1. The Heisman Trophy will be a two-man race between Adrian Peterson and Brady Quinn.

That's what you think. Jamaal Charles and Kevin Kolb will be heard from.

2. Texas will lose two games.

Actually three: Ohio State, Oklahoma and A&M.;

To recap the Big 12 South:

1. A&M.; Coach Fran is the man. He may even crawl out from under his desk this season to receive all the pats on the back.

2. Oklahoma. Back in front of the Longhorns, as usual. Coach Stoops is kind of cocky, isn't he?

3. Texas. No Vince. No fun.

4. Baylor. Motto: Better than Oklahoma State.

5. Oklahoma State. Uh, no.

6. Tech. I don't actually think Tech will finish sixth. I have no idea where it'll be. I do like stirring up the biggest inferiority complex in college sports.

(I probably shouldn't tell you this, but at the Chronicle there's competition among the bloggers to get the most hits. I don't like finishing second. I especially don't like finishing eighth. However, when there's a Big 12-related post, the numbers soar. Don't mess with Texas fans and their extreme sense of entitlement. Don't mess with the Aggies, period. They've got a mean streak. Don't mess with Tech fans, who believe the world has organized a gigantic conspiracy against them. The world actually has no interest in their school or their program, but don't tell them that. OU fans are the strange ones. Even when they beat Texas, they act as if they're chasing Texas. Baylor fan, you ask? Never met one. He only comes out every 40 years or so. How's that for a 25-center psychological profile? Someday, I'm going to soar right past Yahoo! on the strength of Big 12 fans. Thanks, guys. You're the best.)

• • •

• There's a harsh assessment of Kirk Snyder in this New Orleans Times-Picayune article on the trade.

• Gerry Fraley advises the Rangers to stay away from Kris Benson. If the New York Mets are dumb enough to bring Benson back, let them.

• Josh Beckett has allowed 27 home runs in 114 innings. It's not the same in the American League, is it, Josh? Here's a paragraph from Dan Shaughnessy's column on the topic:

Fear not, loyal Nation. Big Schill gets the ball tonight. And if that doesn't do the trick, the Lake Woebegone Royals come to town Monday.

• How would you like to be the guy you blew the whistle on Auburn athletes getting easy grades? Remember that wood-chipper scene from Fargo? OK, maybe it won't be that bad.

• Since the 1998 departure of Pat Gillick, the Orioles have been the dumbest team in professional sports. Here's more proof. They were going to have a Brian Roberts bobblehead day. They botched that, too. Now that's sad.

• Want to party with Pacman and Vince?

• Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has led a pretty normal life until now. Well, there was the time he swam across a lake and saved a guy's life.

• A&M; linebacker Mark Dodge also has an extraordinary story to tell. He arrived at Aggieland after four years in the military and assisted in the rescue operation at the Pentagon on 911.

• • •

All-Star events lured an estimated 100,000 visitors to the city, and local officials estimated the game was worth over $50 million to the economy in hotel rooms, restaurant tabs, parking and VIP parties and related galas.

Local businessmen such as Jeff Joyce, owner of Firewaters just outside the ballpark, were told to expect the business equivalent of three Steelers home games. But Sunday's crowd came up short of that.

"It was more like a Pitt-Bowling Green game," he said.

--Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

• • •

"That was one of the hardest things I had to do, because I really love Kirk as a person and I still think he's going to be a helluva basketball player. The biggest (factor) from my standpoint was who could I trust more. I could throw Kirk in the game, and I don't know what I'm going to get. And I know with Rasual, I know what I'm going to get pretty much. That's basically what it came down to."

-- Hornets coach Byron Scott on the decision to re-sign Rasual Butler and trade Kirk Snyder to the Rockets.

Posted by Richard at July 15, 2006 11:31 AM


Richard, you're nuts. I'll preface these comments by saying I'm an Ag and want nothing more than to see my team succeed, but there's no way A&M; ends up first this season. There's no way Fran can coach that team with such a terrible defense to a Big 12 South championship. He hasn't even proven he can win on the road. Frankly, I expect to lose one of those road games against the likes of Kansas and until he proves he can beat the equivalent of a high school team in Baylor with the ease they should I can't have any faith in him.

Posted by: TC at July 15, 2006 01:35 PM

You are must not be very familiar with the coaching ability of Fran with lesser talent. He still lacks the talent of OU, Texas, and Tech. He has proven he is not a good enough coach to beat them with lesser talent. THe Aggies are looking at 4th in the SOuth. Come on Richard you're smarter than this.

Posted by: James at July 15, 2006 02:12 PM

A&M; will be the biggest disappointment for you. Remember when Nebraska runs over them in November. It will be the last time you see Fran in Kyle Field.

Posted by: Brian at July 15, 2006 02:23 PM

"That's what you think. Jamaal Charles and Kevin Kolb will be heard from."
-- Charles is just a sophomore, and Kolb will finish at about 150th in Heisman voting as UH will finish about 5-7 with no bowl as usual

And on the Big 12 South, what happened to you? I thought you loved UT. Or is it just VY? Coach Fran has showed nothing worth your high hopes. I like to keep it real:
1.) OU
2.) UT
3.) Tech
4.) aTm
5.) Baylor
6.) Ok St.

You thank me for straightening you out later. In fact, invite me to your next bbq/lovefest with your boys Lane, Lidge, and Carr.

Posted by: James at July 15, 2006 02:43 PM

Kris Benson is overpriced. The Baltimore Orioles are paying him about the same amount that Houston Metro is paying the train-obsessed John P. Lopez to promote public transit.

The difference is that Mr. Lopez is worth every penny.

Posted by: Ken in Katy at July 15, 2006 02:51 PM

My usual comment: Stick to baseball.

Posted by: Rodger at July 15, 2006 03:03 PM

So Texas wins the national title, loses four players to graduation/the NFL, and suddenly they're picked to finish behind OU and A&M;? And after A&M; went 5-6 and lost Reggie McNeal to the NFL? How do these people get their jobs?

Posted by: Jeff at July 15, 2006 05:51 PM

Ou is not going to be as good as everyone thinks. I believe they are a top 15 program, but not top 5. Nebraska will be better this year and if I was a coach in the Big 12 that's who I'd watch out for. Saying that I still think Ou is better than Nebraska. As fas as Tech, well that's a good game for A&M; to get excited about. What's sad is that Baylor is catching those guys. Note to Leach, if you want to win big games you might want to be able to stop someone every once in awhile. A&M; has a chance to be decent this year, but they don't have the talent to beat Ou or UT. Watching Rhett Bomar last year at Ou makes me a little nervous with UT this year but UT has so many playmakers that I believe they will be O.K. Watch for UT to beat Ohio St. this year. They're toughest game will be either Ou or Nebraska and I bet it's Nebraska.

Posted by: matt at July 15, 2006 07:52 PM

Jamaal Charles? Please. He is a injury prone fumbling machine track star masquerading as a football player. Kevn Kolb puts up the numbers, but is on a very mediocre team and gets no exposure and is coached by a dumb high school coach.

You are right that Texas will lose three games. A&M;'s schedule looks ridiculously easy. They should win 9 games and if they don't Coach Fran should be out the door.

The only thing I disagree with you on in the standings is that the University of Texas at Norman will be 1st in the Big 12 South and A&M; will be second.

Posted by: Mike at July 15, 2006 10:01 PM

Pretty fair assessment of how the Big XII South should shake out this season. I'm pretty sure itt...I mean Tech will finish near the bottom. t.u. will stumble early, mid, and late in the season.

Posted by: James at July 15, 2006 11:06 PM

i really think you have to been on crack. Really you think Tech is garbage well i cant wait till you have to eat your words cause Tech will finish ahead of ATM,and Texas and will play OU for the BIG 12 south.
Man i know this and im stationed in the UK
Lt. Gonzalez USAF

Posted by: Mark Gonzalez at July 16, 2006 01:46 AM


Thanks for jinxing the Aggies 48 days before kickoff. Could you please reverse it by putting us on a tombstone?

Gig 'Em!

Posted by: Brent at July 16, 2006 08:46 AM


You will definitely win your competition with writing something that crazy. It's on every message board around. It's definitely tongue in check. I think every non-A&M; fan will laugh at that prediction from now through the end of football season. A&M;'s time has past. Never again will they see what their days of winning the mighty SWC were. It's the Big 12 now. OU, UT, and Tech have the main players in the south now. A&M; can only hope to not fall behind Baylor or OSU.

Hook'em Horns!!

Posted by: Kyle at July 16, 2006 08:52 AM

You may be right IF Texas loses to Ohio State, especially if they get destroyed at home. BUT, if they beat Ohio State, much like last year, it will be ON! My belief is if they win the Ohio State game, they run the tables and have a shot at a repeat National Championship.

Posted by: GregR at July 16, 2006 09:43 AM

I would say your the one with the inferiority complex. Having to use Tech (listed a 6th place) to help draw attention to your lame predicitons due to an lack of knowledge about college football.

I guess it worked though becuase doing what you set out achieve which was get feedback!!

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: darrell at July 16, 2006 10:21 AM

Dadgum, Richard....

You frequently discuss how profane some readers are in response to you, then you write this kind of blog lol! I am not a doctor, but I play one on a blog. You suffer from Literary Munchausen Syndrome.

Posted by: Art at July 16, 2006 10:25 AM

So Richard, why are you so sold on the aggies this year? The hiring of Gary Darnell was very Mackovician. Fran gets canned at season's end.

Posted by: Jay at July 16, 2006 11:18 AM

Richard - one way to win the bloggers hits contest would be to "post" the comments every couple of hours. Going for 24 or 48 hours without posting the readers comments tends to make people lose interest.

The whole idea of blogs is to have "continuous, real time" interaction with the readers.

Here's how to win the hits contest. Post the comments continuously and do one of your patented "flip flop" articles on why Charlie Casserly was one of the greatest general managers of all time and then another article on why Vince Young was the greatest college quarterback of all time and you will win the hits contest hands down.

Posted by: adt at July 16, 2006 11:55 AM

You are either an idiot, aggie, or stirring the pot to think the aggies are going to finish ahead of both Texas and OU.

Posted by: Bruce at July 16, 2006 12:05 PM

How about this for a futile but ratings boosting exercise to link the AFC South with the Big 12 South:

Colts = Texas: reigning champs, still the class of the division;

Jaguars = Oklahoma: consistently good football, always a threat;

Titans = A&M;: always a threat but recently living off of glorious past rather than recent successes

Texans = Baylor: yes, the Texans are the Baylor Bears of the AFC South, everyone kind of wonders if either team really belongs in the league.

Sorry Tech and OK State fans, I ran out of AFC South teams, but feel free to make your own lackluster comparisons.

Posted by: Paddy at July 16, 2006 12:16 PM

Normally you are way out there but this time you are close. I match your 1,2,3 but put Tech at fourth mainly due to schedule. This will be the toughest schedule Tech has played in many, many years. Baylor might take them either way it should be a good game. OSU brings up the rear distantly.
As far as Heisman goes Quinn is the odds on favor, not just because he is good but his team might just win the MNC.

Posted by: John at July 16, 2006 10:00 PM

The longhorns have a lot of talent left in the cupboard and they have a lot of newcomers ready to step in and contribute. However, anyone who thinks they are going to repeat is out of their freaking mind. J. Snead makes Major Applewhite look like a senior citizen. Did you see his picture in the chronicle yesterday? What is he, 12? And Tech fan, get over yourselves...you are not that good. As far as the Aggies not having that much talent, we'll see how this year goes. The talent is there this year and they will win 10 games. They will follow it up in 2007 with a championship but this season is still a little early.

Posted by: Bobby at July 17, 2006 07:45 AM

Richard, I hope you know something, that a lot of us dont. I think the Ag's will improve but I still dont see them finishing ahead of t.u. or O.u. I still wonder why Coach Fran left his Coaching book in Alabama. I love A&M;, but I dont even see them finishing ahead of Tech.

Posted by: Mike Maloy at July 17, 2006 10:16 AM

Your all on crack, there is only one team to pick from the Big 12 South and thats OU, they have one thing the other so-called favorites don't have (a Heisman favorite) Adrian Peterson. End of story.

Posted by: Daniel at July 17, 2006 11:11 AM

If you're talking about basketball, then I might agree that A&M; will finish first in the Big 12 South. As far as football is concerned, we hired a total loser who's never had success anywhere to coach our already pathetic defnese. The cornerbacks waste more time trying to pump up the crowd and forget that they are supposed to actually do something. Our pass rush is worse than the Texans'.

Posted by: Ben at July 17, 2006 11:20 AM

Well if you wanted to stir it up you did. Just know that all you did by doing this is give the Aggies more false hope, and give everyone else in the conference a good laugh.
Picking the Aggies to finish any higher than 4th is a joke, and you should know that. The Big 12 is a two, possibly three team race this year, and those teams are OU, UT, and a dark horse Tech. It is really between OU, and UT, but with all teh changes who really knows how good those teams are? The Aggies, OSU, and Baylor are all playing to try for a bowl this year, anythig beyond that is a pipe dream, and in some cases a bowl is a pipe dream for them.
Aggies will once again keep Fran after only winning 6 games this year, the defense will once again be to blame. Baylor improves, and will eventually pass the Aggies if things keep on going the way they are. And who really cares about OSU.

Posted by: Dave at July 17, 2006 02:20 PM

1. Longhorns- still the Champs until you beat the Champs!

2. Sooners- Would be Longhorns minor league team if this was baseball; however they do have hot women in Norman.

3. Red Raiders- just because they beat the aggies every year.

4 aggies- very good at tennis- and they have male cheerleaders that wear white prison uniforms. enough said.

Posted by: Matt at July 17, 2006 02:38 PM

Richard Justice Rules! A&M; to take it all this year. Guaranteed!

Posted by: Clyde at July 17, 2006 09:33 PM

Wow, Richard, I have to admit that I do like the gutsy calls. As a fomrer ag, I can tell you that the talent is there to be competitve in the big 12, but too many question marks exist on this year's defense again. I see the aggies taking one of three very close games against tech, tu, and oklahoma. But mark my words, Stephen McGee will become the LEADER that this team has lacked ever since Fran got here and will catapult this team back to the national stage

Posted by: Alan at July 17, 2006 10:15 PM

What an idiot!!!
Texas most likely will win the National Championshiop again and oEwe will get beat by Baylor again. Did yo mama have any kids that lived?

Posted by: TxMusic at July 18, 2006 12:05 PM

Richard, step away from the crack stash.
Texas will not lose to OU and certainly not A&M.; The Ohio State game is the breaker if any. I forsee a Red River game going somewhat like the 14-13 game a few years ago but with Texas winning. Texas will make the plays and Bomar (Simms-like) will fold like the cheap deck he is, somewhere around the 3rd quarter. As for A&M;, they will get set on fire and burned like a cheap frat-house couch in Austin. No chance. Francione's swan song. Nebraska won't be much of a challenge either because they are still trying to run a west coast offense and Texas will pick them to pieces and stomp out of Lincoln with a BCS bid on the horizon.

Posted by: Simmons at July 18, 2006 03:02 PM