Be careful what you ask for… 

Back when the original Big 12 imploded, the new Big 12 was looking for new teams. TCU and West Virginia made the cut. Who knows why West Virginia made it in, but we know for sure about TCU. For some unknown reason, T. Boone Pickens insisted that the Big 12 take the Horned Frogs.

As they say, be careful what you ask for, you may just get it…

It can only be assumed that T. Boone believed that his Cowboys would reap huge recruiting benefits by playing in the talent rich Dallas area every other year. He may have also assumed that the lowly Horned Frogs would never pose an on-field threat to his boys.

TCU used its Big 12 invite to build a new state of the art on-campus football stadium. I have seen this facility first hand and let me tell you, it is pretty special.   Recruits love new facilities; TCU’s recruiting has taken off as a result.

At the same time, the biggest mistake made by T. Boone was overlooking TCU head coach Gary Patterson. A Bill Snyder protégé, this guy can flat out coach.

The cream de crème in all of this is the fact that T. Boone overruled OSU A.D. Mike Holder as Holder hoped to step up OSU’s non-conference schedule. Gundy insisted on playing cream puffs while Holder wanted the schedule to include legitimate Power Five opponents.

Playing a physical Power Five team after playing three high school teams will bite you in the butt every time. And of course this happened on Saturday.

All of this came to life on Saturday as TCU spanked the Ags. Gary Patterson schooled Mike Gundy as the Horned Frogs used man-football against OSU.

Additional pleasure can be taken by those of us that believe that whatever goes around comes around.   A Big 12 team should not be beating up on the likes of South Alabama.

A blind man could have seen this one coming. OSU was forced to play a physical, athletic, well-coached team and paid the price. In one felled swoop the dreams of Cowboy fans came crashing down. They can kiss their thoughts of a National Championship and a Heisman Trophy away.

As for T. Boone, this could not have happened to a better guy. Is it possible that OSU’s elder statesman is not as smart as he or his fans had been led to believe?

Regardless, life as we know it can now return to normal.

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

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Baker…taking another look…

As you may have expected my last blog created differing opinions.  Of course, this is exactly what blogging is meant to do…

Some felt that the Baker’s planting of the OU flag at midfield was totally classless.   Others took a middle of the road approach and appreciated Baker’s apology.  Other fans ate it up…and believed that the move will allow OU to regain its swagger.

I suspect that many of the first group are “the color orange” people who will hate OU no matter what they do. For these guys I refer them to the fact that their fans rush the field or the court everytime their Cowpatties win a game….give me a break…act like you’ve been there before.

The apologist group means well and I appreciate a heartfelt apology myself when merited.  As a coach, I never rubbed it in and never wanted to show up the other guy.

I also suggest that Baker would never have apologized, heart-felt or otherwise, for his move had it not been for David Boren.  Boren is the ultimate nice guy and politician who always sees the bigger picture for his University.   Boren would love for OU to be part of the Big Ten someday and he believes that keeping the Buckeye brass happy can’t hurt.

Ultimately, as an OU football fan, it comes down to our desire to return OU football to its former glory.   This will not happen without swagger.  Bob Stoops was the ultimate nice guy and during the last ten years of his regime OU had lost its swagger.  OU also lost its place at the final-four table.   

Two things jump out at me at this point.  Swaggar may put us perilously close to the edge at times, but without that swagger winning in Dallas and Stillwater this year becomes a lot harder.

Move forward to a scene on November 4 as the orange hoard rushes the field after a win over the Sooners in Stillwater.  That is a scene I do not want to see.  If this means allowing Baker to plant the OU flag at Ohio State to restore OU’s swagger, so be it.

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

 

 

 

Baker…

You gotta love this guy…Not only does he go out and beat The OSU, he follows his Heisman-like performance by sticking the OU flag in the heart of the OSU logo at midfield.

For the most part I’m pretty much a laid back kind of guy who believes in letting old dogs lay. However in this case, I thought this move was pretty cool.  Last year’s Ohio State embarrassment of the Sooners had been eating at all of us for a whole year.  For that matter, when was the last time OU fans were treated to this kind of emotional signature win.   It’s been a while.

You’ve got to love a guy who plays with his emotions on his sleeve.   Without those emotions that win in Columbus does not happen.

Just like all OU fans I adore Sam Bradford, but let’s get real…as talented as Sam was as an OU quarterback, he could not have pulled off a win over the Buckeyes at the Shoe.   Sam would have ably led his team, but when pure emotions were needed to fire up the Sooners, it would not have happened.  And of course, Sam would never have staked the OU flag at midfield.

Possibly after several years we would tire of Baker’s antics, but for the here and now, this is exactly what the doctor ordered.

For this year, I like OU’s chances any time we go on the road for a big game. Baker eats this stuff up and he makes sure his fellow players do the same.  Going into Saturday’s game I was simply hoping the Sooners could hang with Ohio State.  I discounted the value of Baker Mayfield’s grit and his love for the Sooners.

Now…all bets are off.

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

Week one…

…OU is pretty good…If the running game improves this offense will be lethal.  Does this mean that we will beat Ohio State… Probably not…after all we are talking The OSU and we are talking playing at the Horse-shoe?  The key for next Saturday night will be for the Sooners to hang with the Buckeyes. A road loss to a team the caliber of Ohio State will not hurt the Sooners down the road.

I was encouraged by OU’s defense, I was very encouraged about backup quarterback Kyler Murray and Trey Sermon and the tight end game.  We knew that Murray could run, but on several occasions on Saturday, he really threaded the needle.  This year we will have tight end game with two guys with great hands. Trey Sermon will be the next great OU running back.

…Once again, the Oklahoma media has crowned the other OSU as its 2017 Big 12 and National Champion.  Granted, OSU’s offense will be pretty good this year. The problem for Aggoot fans is that they have the same defense.    You can only do so much with a bunch of three star athletes.

The other problem for the other OSU is that they are an ankle sprain to Rudolph from being very average.  Their backup quarterback is a walk-on.  At the same time give the Pokes credit, I have them as the third best team in Big 12…

Speaking of the 2nd best team…West Virginia will be pretty good on both sides of the ball this year.  Thank God we play these guys at home this year.  As for the northern Ags, they catch the Mountaineers on the road the week between their Texas and OU games.  Bad timing.

…While TCU beat up on a lowly Jackson State 62-0 on Saturday night, it is hard to score that many points against air.   Gary Patterson is like a ghost buster; he will be on a mission from God this year.

Look for the Horned Frogs to possibly throw a wrench into OSU’s National Championship plans on 9/23.  The Ags will have waltzed through three cupcakes at this point.  Going up against a physical college team after playing three high school teams can be mentally tough.

…Texas sucks…Maryland is better than some may think, but there is no excuse for losing to a bunch of turtles at home.  As we have said before Texas is at least a year away.

The good news is that Texas lost, the bad news is that the Big 12 Conference keeps losing to teams in the eastern time zone.   Texas to Maryland, West Virginia to Va. Tech and Baylor to Liberty College.  For a conference that was on life support going to the season this is not good news.

…Oh by the way, we saw the first nail hammered into Kevin Sumlin’s coffin Sunday night.  How can you give up 34 unanswered points in a quarter and a half?  That is probably the question being asked by rich A&M alums this morning…

…Finally, the Baptist Bowl was played in Waco on Saturday.  The game was won by Liberty College.  The Athletic Director at Liberty (Jerry Falwell’s old school) is the same guy that was deaf, dumb and blind as Baylor’s A.D. back during Baylor’s war on women.

I can say this as a guy that grew up Baptist.  Only a Baptist school like Liberty would hire this grease-ball to run its athletic program.  I was never a fan of Jerry Falwell or his Moral Majority crap so I am not surprised by the move.  Baptists should know and do better…

Okay, back to football.  It is now just five days until the game we have been waiting for some 365 days.  Of course as some will say, be careful what you ask for…at the same time I will be surprised if the Sooners don’t play better this year. This year we have athletes on defense instead of a bunch of guys masquerading as football players…

Boomer Sooner…

 

Legends of the Game… 

OU football is our drug of choice…for the 123rd time OU football will be king of the hill in Oklahoma. Then again what do we expect after all there’s only one Oklahoma. Of course fans from other schools come out of the woodwork when things are going good, but then again so do a lot of OU fans. This year will be no exception as the Sooners should be plenty good.

For some OU fans, those of us who became OU football fanatics at an early age balancing the good times with the bad has become part of our DNA. Don’t get me wrong, we want to win as much or more as the next guy, but jumping ship after a bad outing or a bad season is not part of our mindset.

Growing up on a farm with OU as my only connection to the real world, I remember thinking that I must be the most possessed OU fan on the planet.   I was wrong.   In 1976 I met an OU fan that had forgotten more OU football than I would ever know.

As first year teachers at Central Junior High in Moore we quickly realized that we were both OU junkies.  That next fall we began making our weekly trips to the Holy Grail of college each Saturday

This coming Saturday, Dr. Tamage and I will once again load up and head south to Mecca as we continue our OU football Saturday tradition for the 42nd year. As Dr. Tamage is prone to say, our OU buddy system has lasted longer than most marriages. I am prone to say that by allowing our wives to escape from our OU football obsession 24/7 we may have saved our marriages.

Of course both of us come by our OU addiction honestly as our parents enabled our OU habit. While living on the east coast during the OU probation/blackout years my mom would send me weekly newspaper clippings. While the clippings would come a week after a game or signing date due to Snail Mail, these articles served me well by keeping me sane during these years.

Dr. Tamage’s dad would get up on Saturday mornings and drive him from Hutch, Kansas across the Oklahoma state line to get his son within the radio broadcast signal of OU games.

That’s right, they would drive two hours to Oklahoma sit in the car for three hours to listen to OU games and then drive back to Hutch. Is that a cool story or what…

Of course neither of our parents gave a flip about OU football, but they gave more than a flip about us and our love for OU football. That my friend is some serious parenting.

As you know, each home game OU recognizes OU fans who have been around longer that dirt. You know these are the ones who get wheeled out onto the field by their families as they look around wondering what all the noise is about. My daughter insists that OU should recognize Dr. Tamage and me for our streak.

I am not there yet, but if we can hang around for another six years and break the OU “47” streak, I may be open to her suggestion.  Of course by that point David Boren will have retired and I will lose my connection.  In any case, if my math is correct that will be 2023.  By that point we will be just like the old geezers that I love making fun of.  We will be looking around wondering what is going on…

Then again at 48 years of OU football bliss, we will have out-lasted  95% of all marriages in America so possibly, I will let her have her wish.

As for 2017, I am just going to sit back and enjoy the ride…

Boomer Sooner…

 

 

Mike’s last round up…

Hey OSU fans…both of you…I have some good news and some bad news…OSU will have their best team this year since the last time T. Boone bought a winner during Gundy’s first rodeo.

The bad news for Aggie fans is that this will be Gundy’s last go round in Swine City. That’s right, I believe Mikey will use his best season to spring board to his next Yankees job.

Having watched a ton of football over the years. I have seen how coaches like Gundy use mid-major programs like OSU to get their chance at the golden ring.

This happens everywhere, but let’s take a look at OSU. OSU is perfect example of a place where this kind of tomfoolery can happen. The Aggies have always flown just below the NCAA radar.  The NCAA tends to give mid-majors some latitude in order to create parity.

Boone greases the skids and Texas high schools supply the talent. Jimmy Johnson was the first chicken thief to use T. Boone’s money to make a name for himself in Stillwater. He developed the template for Les Miles to follow, only to be mastered by the Mullet man.

As I have said before Gundy is smarter than he looks as he has used T. Boone’s money, new stadium digs, and stylish uniforms to attract 5-star athlete who could not qualify academically any where else. He has also done a commendable job of keeping these guys eligible and out of jail.

Jimmy Johnson used his time at OSU to spring board to a National Championship at Miami and a World Championship in Dallas. Les Miles used the J.J. template as he created SI’s “Dirty Game” in Stillwater to win a ton of games and a National Championship at LSU.

Gundy is itching to do the same…

Finally, my prediction for Gundy’s next gig is Texas A&M. The Texas Ags will lose four, possibly five games this year and will purse the Oklahoma Aggie to be their next Messiah.

Gundy sees the writing on the wall as he knows that OSU will implode after this year.  With OU, Texas, Baylor, TCU and even West Virginia on the rise, Gundy’s bunch will be fighting to remain in the upper division.

Unfortunately for Cowboy fans, Gundy will not be the class act that Bob Stoops was.  He will wait until after the season to pull the plug giving the new guy little time to recruit a decent class.

Just like last week’s team predictions, I will file this information away for future reference. Unlike Jim Traber I will be back at the end of the year to own up to my projections.

 

 

 

 

 

Mike’s last round up…

Hey OSU fans…both of you…I have some good news and some bad news…OSU will have their best team this year since the last time T. Boone bought a winner during Gundy’s first rodeo.

The bad news for Aggie fans is that this will be Gundy’s last rodeo in Swine City. That’s right, I believe Mikey will use his best season to spring board to his next Yankees job.

Having watched a ton of football over the years. I have seen how coaches like Gundy use mid-major programs like OSU to get their chance at the golden ring.

This happens everywhere, but let’s take a look at OSU. OSU is perfect example of a place where this kind of tomfoolery can happen. The Aggies have always flown just below the NCAA radar.  The NCAA tends to give mid-majors some latitude in order to create parity.

Boone greases the skids and Texas supplies the talent. Jimmy Johnson was the first chicken thief to use T. Boone’s money to make a name for himself in Stillwater. He developed the template for Les Miles to follow, only to be mastered by the Mullet man.

As I have said before Gundy is smarter than he looks as he has used T. Boone’s money, new stadium digs, and stylish uniforms to attract 5-star athlete who could not qualify academically any where else. He has also done a commendable job of keeping these guys eligible and out of jail.

Jimmy Johnson used his time at OSU to spring board to a National Championship at Miami and a World Championship in Dallas. Les Miles used the J.J. template as he created SI’s “Dirty Game” in Stillwater to win a ton of games and move on to LSU.

As you know I am older than dirt so I have a lot of experience watching mid-level programs go through coaching changes. They start like a house afire, convincing kids that they will make turn their new team into a winner…These guys convince big time recruits that they can turn things around.  Of course this happens for a couple year and then things return to normal.

Gundy did this in grand style as he used T. Boone’s money and new facilities to attract a number of “special needs” recruits (i.e. Dez Bryant, Parish Cox) who could not academically qualify in the SEC. Throw in the Orange Blossom girls as escorts and you have a winner for a couple seasons.

Gundy predicted the future when he signed a long term contract with a paltry buy out clause. His absence on the recruiting leader boards over the past three years has finalized my conclusion.

Finally, my prediction for Gundy’s next gig is Texas A&M. The Texas Ags will lose four, possibly five games this year and will purse the Oklahoma Aggie to be their next Messiah.

Gundy signed the extension to his contract with a small buyout clause. Gundy did this with his next Yankees job in mind.  He knows that OSU will implode after this year as the bank goes dry with graduated players.  With OU, Texas, Baylor, TCU and even West Virginia on the rise, Gundy’s bunch will be fighting to remain at the upper division.

Unfortunately for Cowboy fans, Gundy will pull the plug at the end of year giving the new guy little time to recruit a decent class.

Just like last weeks team predictions, I will file this information away for future reference. Unlike Jim Traber I will be back at the end of the year to own up to my projections.