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July 26, 2009

JUST A REMINDER

We're less than six weeks away from football season!!!!!
  • mark rogers
  • July 26, 2009 10:03 PM

HOW A TINY BABY SAVED FOOTBALL SEASON

My wife's 10 year reunion is this fall. In fact, it's on September 5.

And do you know what day that is?

Yes. The first Saturday of college football season.

We have a three week old in our house today and we were planning on taking her (via automobile) all the way down to Houston for the reunion.

But after having aforementioned baby in our house for a few weeks, my wife has decided to not travel that weekend after all.

I will say that I was in complete support of us making that trip and never said a word about how important that day was to me or how much I really wanted to stay home before she made the decision.

But I celebrated like a young boy on the last day of school when she gave the final verdict.

So instead of driving six hours (probably more like 8-10 with a baby) one way and missing every game on opening Saturday...I will get to sit on my couch like a lazy bum and watch games all day in the comfort of my own home in beautiful HD.

Man, I love having a baby.

BAD NEWS FOR UT MAY NOT BE SO BAD

It was announced this week that University of Texas junior TE Blaine Irby will miss all of the 2009 season.

He was injured early in the season last year against Rice. If you were watching the game, you remember the play in horror. Irby caught a pass from Colt McCoy, and when he turned upfield was immediately hit by a Rice defender.

Irby's foot was caught in the turf and his body bent over the defender. A knee isn't built to do what Irby's did that night...and he's paying the price for it. It makes me sick just to think about it.

Anyway, Irby was projected to be a major factor in the Longhorns' offense this year and to have a major role in helping UT win it all and McCoy win the Heisman.

An excellent route runner and receiver, Irby was going to take pressure of the receivers and running backs to make the Longhorns' offense more balanced.

In the 2-plus games Irby played, he had 10 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. You can imagine how that would have translated had he stayed healthy.

But Texas was :01 away from playing for the National Title last year without Irby for the majority of the year.

The Longhorns were forced to utilize a five-receiver set for a large part of the year...probably the reason UT beat OU.

The two other TEs combined for five catches, 22 yards and one TD the rest of the year.

So while it may seem like losing Irby is bad for McCoy and the Longhorns (and it would definitely be better if he were healthy), it's nothing they're not used to dealing with and are a very dangerous offensive team when they spread it out and play hoops on grass.

I'm pulling for Irby to make a recovery and be able to play next year, but for now UT will have to make do without him...and they did a pretty good job of that in 2008.

July 16, 2009

7 WEEKS AWAY!!!!!!!!!

In exactly seven weeks...and I mean EXACTLY, 7 PM in seven Thursdays...we will be watching 2009 LIVE college football!!!

That's 49 days.

1,176 hours.

70,560 minutes.

4,233,600 seconds.

And in my case, just about 3,528,000 heart beats.

And everyone of those beats will pump College-Football-Loving-Hemoglobin through my veins.

The countdown is on.

  • mark rogers
  • July 16, 2009 7:19 PM

HARRELL STILL HAS A SHOT

Graham Harrell has signed with the Canadian Football League's Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Just a few months after hitting Michael Crabtree with seconds left to upset #1 Texas, Harrell went from a serious Heisman contender, to being passed up in the NFL draft, to being denied a contract after spending some time with the Cleveland Browns, to the CFL.

I just don't get it.

Harrell is college football's all-time leading TD leader with 134, and he's second in career passing yards.

Harrell left high school (Ennis) as the state's career passing leader, career TD leader, and high up on the list on several other categories.

He knows how to throw a football.

And I think the NFL will eventually realize that not giving Harrell a shot is a mistake and will give him a chance in the future.

My prediction is that Harrell will follow in the footsteps of Doug Flutie and Warren Moon and end up as an NFL starter one of these days.

I met Harrell a few weeks ago and watched him throw to an ACU tight end. He's impressive in person. Not a huge physical presence, but he just looks like he was made to throw a football.

I give him tons of credit for not getting totally discouraged and just quitting all together. He'll succeed in the CFL, and if he stays healthy, will be wearing an NFL jersey before his career is over.

  • mark rogers
  • July 16, 2009 6:53 PM

July 10, 2009

BABIES vs. FOOTBALL SEASON

So I've been kind of busy the last week learning how to take care of a newborn baby. My daughter was born last Thursday at 5:05 PM.

Very exciting and life changing, yes...but my main concern about being a dad isn't lack of sleep, lack of disposable income or lack of sanity. It's the upcoming college football season.

Will my daughter like watching football games?

Will she be a Texas Tech or Boise State fan?

What if she is in favor of a playoff?

How could I love a child if she doesn't want to learn all the Heisman Trophy winners before she learns the alphabet?

These are my concerns...

And now, as any good college football fan and dad would do, I must come up with a strategy to make sure my daughter is molded into a competent and intelligent college football fan.

I must first introduce her to the rich and epic history of college football...from the first Harvard/Yale games to the legalization of the forward pass to Ryan Leaf.

I must then teach her the habit of sitting in one place from 9 AM to midnight on Saturdays in the fall...only getting up to eat and visit the restroom...never at the same time (which is actually the most efficient way to go).

As my father did for me, I must feed her a wide variety and flavors of chips and dips throughout the day.

I must teach her all the words to all the best fight songs.

I must show her the correct ways and exact times to yell at the TV...never too loud...never too obscene.

But before I do (or am able to do) any of this, there's one major battle I'll have to fight and ultimately win...

...the battle of the Barbie.

If she is more in to dolls than Linebackers, more in to purple than burnt orange, more in to fashion than ferocity...I'm in big trouble.

Of course if she's in to dolls, I'll show her Brady Quinn and Mark Sanchez.

If she's in to purple, there's always TCU and Washington.

If she's in to fashion, I'll give her Oregon.

I'll have an answer for everything...as long as my wife lets me speak.

  • mark rogers
  • July 10, 2009 3:38 PM