Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Turner Gill was announced as the head coach of Kansas football yesterday and honestly… how in the hell am I supposed to root against this guy? Gill has been a stand-up guy for the Buffalo program for the few years he has coached there, leading them to their first bowl game in decades. A standout in high school in Fort Worth and a great player at Nebraska, Gill deserves this chance as head coach of a BCS conference team. It’s just a damn shame it has to be at Kansas. No more fat jokes for Mangino, I don’t know how to hate Gill. He’s a great guy that has been nothing short of upstanding. Good for him and I can’t wait to face him in the Border War.
Congrats Gill, you deserve this chance.
The regular season is over and the Big 12 conference championship between Texas (12-0) and Nebraska (9-3) is on Saturday. You know what that means?
All-Big 12 team announcements. YAY!
Ndamukong Suh and Colt McCoy were the only unamimous selections to the first team. Here’s the list with comments:
Coach of the Year: Mack Brown, Texas
I think this was a good call and although there had been a lot of talk about giving the award to Bill Snyder at Kansas State or Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State, this made more sense. Yes, I know Texas was picked as one of the big three teams to go to the National Championship and it would have been too easy to pick him, but the man went undefeated. Never stumbled, never let his team get outplayed and with a win on Saturday, he will lead his team to the Rose Bowl as the last game in January. Bill Snyder did not make a bowl game and Mike Gundy couldn’t quite live up to expectations for the second year in a row.
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
I had a chance to see Suh play on a rainy Thursday at Missouri and I must say: this guy is the real deal. Definitely a top 5 pick with incredible awareness and speed.
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Christine Michael, Texas A&M
Defensive Freshman of the Year: Aldon Smith, Missouri
Freak of nature. That is all.
Special Teams Player of the Year: Brandon Banks, Kansas State
Was one of the main reasons the Wildcats were able to get to six wins (although played two FCS teams and not bowl eligible). Hit gaps on returns and gave K-State favorable field position regularly. Four touchdowns and 1127 kickoff return yards.
Defensive Newcomer of the Year: David Sims, Iowa State
Offensive Newcomer of the Year: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
Defensive Player of the Year: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
See above. Amazing player.
Offensive Player of the Year: Colt McCoy, Texas
3328 yards passing with 27 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. Didn’t run as much (368 yards) but also didn’t need to. This was a no-brainier.
QB: Colt McCoy, Texas
RB: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
RB: Keith Toston, Oklahoma State
FB: Bryant Ward, Oklahoma State
WR: Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas
WR: Jordan Shipley, Texas
WR: Danario Alexander, Missouri
TE: Jeron Mastrud, Kansas State
OL: Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
OL: Trent Williams, Oklahoma
OL: Nick Stringer, Kansas State
OL: Brandon Carter, Texas Tech
OL: Nate Solder, Colorado
K: Grant Ressel, Missouri
KR/PR: Brandon Banks, Kansas State
DL: Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
DL: Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
DL: Von Miller, Texas A&M
DL: Brandon Sharpe, Texas Tech
DL: Jared Crick, Nebraska
LB: Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
LB: Jesse Smith, Iowa State
LB: Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
DB: Earl Thomas, Texas
DB: Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
DB: Larry Asante, Nebraska
DB: Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
P: Derek Epperson, Baylor
by Orlin Wagner – AP via Rock M Nation
Ah, back to Columbia after the Mizzou-Kansas game in Kansas City and it’s a good day to be a Tiger. Amazing game that puts me back in blogging mode. Posts may be limited in the next few weeks though as finals week approaches. I’ll still work to get you all some decent content though.
DaNario Alexander pulled in 11 catches for 173 yards as Mizzou pulled out the 34-24 victory over Iowa State. Add those numbers to the previous two games for Alexander and you’ll see a total of 34 catches for 578 yards and 5 touchdowns and a ringing endorsement from Kansas State HC Bill Snyder and now Paul Rhodes of ISU. Via Rock M Nation:
“Phenomenal. He’s phenomenal. He’s everything that he presents himself to be, everything he seems to be on film. He’s got a little Jim Brown to him. You look at him on the field and you think he’s done and not going to be able to play very fast, and then he comes out of the box like the Olympic guy from Jamaica.”
Comparisons to Jim Brown and Usain Bolt is quite the ringing endorsement. And this guy isn’t a Biletnikoff (Best WR) candidate. Something’s wrong with the system if a guy that broke Jeremy Maclins school records of most yards in a season and career isn’t even considered. Absolutely ridiculous.
Whoever is able to draft Alexander in next years’ draft are going to be thrilled with the finesse and athleticism he brings every week.
All around a weird commercial that couldn’t stop me from laughing. Am I the only one? Just gratuitous use of slow-motion, Obama popping out of nowhere, I thought he was going to stiff arm a little kid and why the hell are is Demarcus Ware playing football with a kid on his shoulders? I’m so confused. I’ll be in the corner poking holes in the wall if anybody needs me. I’m just curious as to why there’s a cat in there.
Everyone always complains about the United States human rights violations considering the whole Cheney/waterboarding thing but the real torture is what Brett Favre does every summer. He takes SportsCenter (Rachel Nichols especially) hostage and turns crazy. Every summer I watch SportsCenter, hoping the situation will be resolved although it never is. Then I start to second guess myself on whether to watch it and it starts to drive me crazy.
Well Iraqis are starting to pick up SportsCenters tactics by using them against US soldiers. What bastards.
According to a military official, detainees at a Wisconsin National Guard camp in Iraq are using Brett Favre as a manner of getting at the guard troops there.
“They know Favre by name,” said First Lieutenant Tim Boehnen, who is from New Richmond, Wis.
“One of the big words they know now is shenanigan. They’ll constantly talk about ‘Favre shenanigans,’ ‘He’s so good for the Vikings,’ and ‘The Packers have got to really feel bad about that one.’ ”
According to Boehnen, it started when troops there started decorating their camp in Packers colors.
It’s crafty and pretty smart to rag on US soldiers like this, but damn Iraq, you really cut deep.
If I were there, I’d be teaching them some other words that describe Favre. Like douche, attention whore or total f-ing jackass.
It has been five years since Ron Artest went Eric Cantona on Detroit fans in what has been dubbed Malice in the Palace. It was a foul by Artest on Ben Wallace who gave him a nice little shove. A mini-brawl ensued before a fan threw a beer cup at Artest and the whole place went crazy. Stephen Jackson and a number of other players jumped in as well, although Jackson seemed to be the only player to hit another fan while in the stands. Oh yeah, and Jermaine O’Neal hit some guy that ran onto the court, but he probably deserved it.
It’s one of those games that will live in sports infamy forever in which sports historians will always tell the story to teach the lesson of avoiding the fans. I could see how it would not have been as big of a deal in the times before the 1980’s or so when sports weren’t as big money makers as they are now. It seemed like something of this magnitude would never happen again, especially with the amount of security and police they now have at sporting events.
Well it did happen, and we will not soon forget it. We also won’t forget that Artest is now a key component to a championship team in LA. Thanks a lot, ESPN.