Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
- Only one player can distribute drugs at any given time. This will mitigate recurrence of an unfortunate instance from 1989 when Charles Thompson was arrested for selling cocaine and many people were surprised it wasn't Jamelle Holieway.
- Automobile dealerships are limited to providing U.S. built automobiles to athletes.
- Players may only accept exempt positions, elimating that pesky "reporting of hours" problem.
- Employers are required pay employee-athletes in small, unmarked bills.
- The company responsible for maintaining the artificial turf at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium has been relieved of it's duties.
- The contract for mowing the infield grass at Marita Hynes Field has been terminated.
The Sooners believe these measures will keep the NCAA at bay for a while.
- There are 30 teams to receive automatic bids, and 34 at large bids.
- The Sooners RPI ranking was 42; there were six other teams with a lower RPI ranking than OU to receive an at large bid - UCLA (43); Alabama (46); Tulane (48); New Orleans (53); St. John's (54); and UC Davis (58). That made me feel better that we weren't the only stragglers let in.
- Based solely on RPI, here are the teams with the biggest beef: a) Clemson- played the toughest schedule in the land, and had a RPI of 25. They were the highest rated in terms of RPI to be omitted. Other teams with RPI above UC Davis that were left outside were Baylor, Wazzu, K State, College of Charleston, Missouri State, Wake Forest, and defending champion Oregon State.
- The ACC got 6 teams in, and those all had RPIs of 16 or above. The Big 12 had 6 teams as well.
- Teams with fewer losses against weaker competition (less than 20 losses for New Orleans and St. John's against a SOS in the 100s) meant more than a breakeven record against top notch competition, which means weeping and gnashing of teeth for Clemson, Baylor, Washington State and Kansas State.
That concludes today's baseball analysis. And if the Sooners drop out in Tempe over the weekend while I'm on vacation, it'll probably be this year's college baseball analysis.
Monday, May 26, 2008
On Memorial Day, in a completely insufficient tribute to those who died fighting for our freedoms to do stuff like post stuff online for free, here's a link to a fabulous SI story by William Nack about Sooner Bob Kalsu, who died serving our country during the Vietnam War.
Take a moment to remember those who paved the way.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
This wouldn't have happened if Reveille VII were still in charge...
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
1. Missouri - I am basing this on the assumption that Missouri will not sell the rights to host their long time rival to Kansas City or St. Louis, and therefore will host the Big 12 North Championship game. Road games for the Tigers are: Bugeaters, Horns, Baylor and Iowa State.
2. Kansas - Mark Mangino expected to regain focus from home sale by regular season. Last year, Mangino was quoted as saying something to the effects of "cupcakes helped". This year's non conference - better known as preseason at Phog U - is full of pastries as well: Florida International, La Tech, at South Florida (must be a scheduling error) and Sam Houston State, led by senior Rhett Bomar. Kansas conference road games are: Bugeasters, Sooners, Sooners and Missouri. This difference is the reason I'm picking the Tigers.
3 (tie). Colorado, Nebraska, I could make a case for each of these teams to be 3-4. Maybe I'll actually research this later. Nebraska hosts Missouri, Kansas and Colorado, but that may just give them the opportunity to lose big at home. Colorado should be improved this year.
5. Kansas State - and Kansas State does not have Texas on the schedule to push around this year, or they could tie for third as well.
6. Iowa State - I expect Chizik's team to lose to South Dakota State or Kent State; upset Iowa and go winless in the Big 12.
1. Oklahoma - the Sooners and Longhorns come into the season with defensive questions. Whoever solves them will win the South.
2. Texas - See above. New DC Will Muschamp may be the answer.
3. Texas Tech - Coach Leach continues to be on the outside looking in for a Big 12 South title.
4. Texas A&M - TAMU led the Big 12 in NFL picks. This team still has talent. They will improve with Sherman as coach, and get to a bowl game.
5. Oklahoma State - Mike Gundy will turn 41 this year. He will still be a man. Oklahoma State will be a sleeper pick of some prognositcators. And they will disappoint those same folks.
6. Baylor - The Bears will be more exciting this year with Art Briles at the helm, and will beat Iowa State for their sole Big 12 win. I want this to be wrong. At Houston, the Briles led Cougars often hit the bigger bullies with a surprise first half, then succumbed in the second half. I expect Baylor to inspire a couple of butt chewings at the half.
Monday, May 12, 2008
1) no big deal, because Landry Jones is a stud;
2) huge loss, because Halzle is a fraud as a backup QB.
The official LandThieves view: I have no freaking clue. I recall eighteen months ago, there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth b/c the 2007 QB "was not on campus yet" per all the radio pundits I listened to on the way home from games. OU managed to do without Tommy Grady, we survived without Noah Allen. No disrespect intended to those gentlemen, but it's not like Troy Aikman Jr. transferred out the door. Pardon me, I digress. Somewhere between the late fall of 2006 and the late summer of 2007, Sam Bradford figured out how to play QB at a very high level, and Halzle was capable in a backup role. Was Nichol a bust? I wouldn't say that. He may go on to have a very successful college career...he's got three years of eligibility left, and we here at LandThieves wish him well. Unless he lands in Stillwater or Austin, and we'll pray for curses upon him.
As for the view that Landry Jones is going to save the program next...let's hold off on that. Twelve months ago, everyone was convinced Nichol would separate himself over the summer and would take the reigns in the fall. Didn't work out that way. Jones may redshirt a year and QB for the next three years. He could blow a knee out in spring ball next year. For all we know, he could do a marvelous impersonation of Hunter Wall, Rhett Bomar or Brent Rawls.
We'll hoist a drink to Keith Nichol
Who found himself in a pickle
On the depth chart as three
Was painful to see
He found this football thing fickle.
Keith, best of luck from the HeadThief and it's faithful reader(s).
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
1. Reveille VII has given us a preview of his retirement speech. Check it out at Reveille's Final Days.
2. In researching Reveille's speech, I googled "Jason Castro". The picture of Fidel Castro playing baseball is classic, but my favorite has to be this one, identified by searching "Jason Castro Aggie". Great tattoo pic, and a great joke.
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
- Oklahoma, Texas
- Kansas State, Oklahoma State
- Texas A&M
- Texas Tech
- Iowa State
- Oklahoma State, Missouri
- Baylor, Texas Tech
- Texas A&M
- Kansas State
- Iowa State
Kelvin Sampson phoned to offer his congratulation, but Joe Castiglione was unavailable.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Clemens' character had run a valiant race, but was unable to survive repeated stress over the past week, after allegations of multiple extra-marital affairs surfaced last week, including, a 15-year old Mindy McCready, John Daly's ex-wife, and a Manhattan bartender.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Athletes issued a statement. "The NY Daily News whipped Clemens' character unmercifully over the past two weeks. We believe the newspaper should be suspended."
Sunday, May 4, 2008
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
News today is that RP is gone from LSU.
I'm sure a nice D1-AA school is next in RP's future. It would be so fitting if he ended up at Sam Houston State, battling Rhett Bomar for the QB spot. The good thing about that for RP is it's still very close to casinos in Louisiana.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
- Calvin Murphy, Calvin was accused of three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of indecency with a child - by his children. Rusty's quite proud of gaining an acquittal for Mr. Murphy. Calvin either raised five children who are liars that wish to extort money from their father by destroying his reputation, or he's a child molester who molested his own children.
- General Counsel, Bad Idea Jeans Co.
- Special Assistant to the Fuhrer, Germany, 1937
- Editor, New York Times, 2003
- Design Engineer, Hindenberg, 1935
- Financial Advisor, Martha Stewart
- Football Coach Search Committee, Norman, Ok, 1996
So, in a nutshell, if you're calling Rusty Hardin to defend you, you're probably already screwed.