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Preparing for Texas v. ou Weekend

It’s that weekend. The time for the trek to Dallas, Texas, and the Texas State Fair – the site of the Cotton Bowl and the annual Red River Rivalry. This year, let’s hope Texas has picked up the pieces from the UCLA game and found themselves some football players. Otherwise, Saturday’s going to get real ugly, real fast.

The following came across EyesOfTX’s inbox this week, and it was worth sharing. The validity of the original author is in question, but I believe it to be one Brian Smith – if so, here is his shout-out. Thanks for the memories, and the laughs.

EyesOfTX, or Brian for that matter, are in no way responsible for your game day behavior. Consider this your pre-game checklist.

1) Stick to the fundamentals early in the week when preparing for the TX/ou game on Saturday. Clean the flask, study the spread, talk some early trash, but stay focused. Make any bets early…alcohol and emotion are sure ways to get your ass in a bind around kickoff. I recommend locating your game tickets now and handing them over to someone less emotionally involved. Try not to get drunk before Thursday…if you peak too early in the week, you might leave your edge in a bar and not have it when you need it come game day.

2) Suspend all health-related activities at least 10 days prior to kickoff. The last thing you need is a clean system going into the fairgrounds. Prepare for the onslaught of sugar, carbs and alcohol that awaits you on Saturday. Have a pizza. You want to be concerned with your team’s ability to stop the runs, not your own.

3) Get as absolutely hammered as you can on Friday night. I recommend meeting with some buddies early for happy hour and getting so drunk that you are late for your dinner reservations or even miss them all together. If you want to take it up a notch, don’t call your wife or girlfriend to tell her where you are or answer her calls while she is trying to find you. This will obviously piss her off something fierce, but she is going to get pissed off sometime during the weekend anyway…so set the tone early and get it over with. Look at it as helping prepare her for how it’s going to be on Saturday when you are again so sh^t faced you can’t see and spend the entire day completely ignoring her.

4) Get to the fair as early as you possibly can, no matter what time the game kicks off. This won’t be easy. You wife or girlfriend is not as stupid as you would like she might to be. The earlier you get there, the drunker you will be when she tricks you into leaving that night and she knows it. Trying to justify the need to arrive 6 hours before kickoff will require you to have a plan. Your significant other will want to shower and get ready because she thinks it’s important to look cute. She will talk about all the people she will see that day that she hasn’t seen in a long time. If you want to leave for the game at 9:00 a.m., tell her 8:30 a.m….that way you will at least be on the road by 9:15 a.m. You can make up the difference on the drive down. Yes, she will b^tch about your driving too fast, but the extra 15 minutes of drinking before the game will be worth it.

5) Upon arrival at the fair, immediately do the following:
a) Estimate how many coupons it would take to feed and entertain the Huxstable’s, the Brady’s and the Walton’s for an entire day at the fair….then buy double that amount. It will seem like way too much, but it won’t be. Hey, let’s face it – you and your buddies are going to be drinking a lot more than Peter Brady and John Boy Walton, so buck up.

b) Find a bathroom somewhere off the beaten path and show it to your significant other. This will save you from having to do it 27 times later.

c) Get your S.O. a corndog. You know she wants one, hell you probably do too. The line is as short as it is going to be all day, so get it over with.

6) Ignore your S.O. She expects it and will make you pay later anyway, so you might as well take advantage. This is the one day a year when you get a free pass to act like an idiot with other idiots with free passes from their S.O.’s. I truly think that is why TX/ou is at the fairgrounds. Our S.O.’s bring us there inside the fence and unhook the leash so we can runaround like idiots marking our territory. They sit and talk to each other and watch to make sure we don’t run out a gate and into traffic. If you did what you were suppose to with 3a and 3b, then you have fulfilled your obligation as a husband or boyfriend…..after that, it’s about beer and football with your buddies.

7) When you get to your seats at the game, introduce yourself and apologize to all those around you for things you are going to do and say later. Tell them that you tend to get emotional and scream things during the game that are not always pleasant. They will laugh uncomfortably and think you are kidding, only to realize later, when the game starts, that you weren’t. It makes them feel like they can’t really say anything, because you already said you were sorry. After last year, people in my section were convinced I had Tourette’s Syndrome, so I just went with it. Look for children…warn the parents before they learn the hard way that the “F” word can be used as a noun, verb and adjective…all in the same sentence.

8 ) Be prepared for the fact that some people don’t realize the importance of this game. Write them off to being imbeciles and move on. Use verbal assaults disguised as compliments to fulfill any psycho rage thing you have working. The TVs in jail are tough to see and none of your buddies are going to give up their S.O. free pass to leave and come get you out of jail, so fighting should be as a last resort only. Besides, you are not near as tough as you think you are.


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Mack Brown: Marketer, CEO, Recruiter, Motivator, Coach, Mentor

If you haven’t read it yet, stop what you’re doing and pay attention. If you have burnt orange in your heart, work can wait. If you’re already thinking about next season’s Texas/ou game ticket allotment, your life isn’t yet complete.

Texas football head coach Mack Brown

ESPN’s Pat Forde (@espn4d) has done a phenomenal piece on ESPN profiling Texas football head coach Mack Brown. From managing the team, to motivating his assistants and his players, to being a friend and husband to his wife, and a mentor to Texas high school coaches across the state and country, Brown can literally do no wrong. And, he does it all with a smile on his face and passion that courses through his veins.

Check out Ford’s piece here, which follows Brown through each day from Thursday to Tuesday of the 2010 opening weekend against Rice. Well done.

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Game Preview: Texas Longhorns v. oklahoma sooners


Saturday, October 17
11:00a Central

It’s here. The Red River Rivalry. It’s Texas/o-Who? weekend at the Texas State Fair Grounds in Dallas, and “Big Tex” will groan from his pedestal that this year’s contest will once again pit two highly-competitive Big 12 football teams on the gridiron. It’s sure to be another doozy in Dallas.

There is the potential to ramble on for weeks (and 364 bragging days after) about this game, but no matter what words fill this space, the blood and guts spilled at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday will be worth all the glory to the winner.

Although o-Who? has lost two non-conference games already this season, they remain in the hunt for the Big 12 South title if they can win on Saturday – what would amount to a key win in an otherwise somber beginning to the season. Texas, on the other hand, marks this as a “must-win” on the calendar, as the ‘Horns are chasing redemption for last year’s duping in both the Big 12 and the BCS championships. o-Who? quarterback Sam Bradford has returned from his shoulder injury, and Texas fans are still waiting to see the 2008 Colt McCoy show up at quarterback for the Longhorns. Despite those storylines, this game shapes up to be a defensive battle – two high-profile offenses against two stout defenses, as both teams rank in the top 10 nationally in defense, Texas at #4 and o-Who? at #9. While the running game remains lost for the ‘Horns, o-Who? brings two legit running backs to table – and, the team who rules the running game usually wins this game, despite the aerial assault by both squads.

Eyes Of TX will defer to the inundation of Red River Rivalry coverage in the media this week to help tell the story this week.

To be clear, Eyes Of TX has absolutely no love for the crimson and cream, “BCS Bob” Stoops, “boomer sooner,” pop guns, land thieves, Ruf/Neks, or schooners. It’s game day, and it’s safe to say: “It’s 2:21a PT, and o-Who? still sucks.”

Let’s make it four out of the last five, ‘Horns!

This Week
Eyes Of TX’s Prediction
Texas 20, o-Who? 14

Red River Rivalry
USA Today: Weekend Preview: Full menu of showdowns highlight schedule
ESPN: Texas v. Oklahoma – Six Keys To Winning
ESPN: Podcasts with Mack Brown and Bob Stoops
ESPN: McShay Film Breakdown – Texas v. Oklahoma
ESPN: OU-TX College Football Live Preview
ESPN: Midweek Exam
Fanhouse: Big 12 Notebook: As usual, Red River Rivalry is more than a game
ESPN: Video – Red River Rivalry Preview (with Keith Moreland/Longhorn Sports Network)
ESPN: McCoy, Bradford renew their rivalry on Saturday
ESPN: Running game should help decide Red River Rivalry
ESPN: I-35 Rivals Have Taken Different Paths
ESPN: Rivals begin week with distinct goals
SI.com: Game of the Week: Plenty of spice left in this year’s Red River Rivalry
SI.com: Saturday Morning Splurge
The Oklahoman: Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy to meet in showdown No. 3
The Oklahoman: Not so long ago, Texas coach Mack Brown needed a Red River victory; Now, it’s Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops
Austin American-Statesman: Cotton Bowl is the only correct choice for Texas-ou game
Austin American-Statesman: Heisman candidates focus on winning games, not the trophy
SI.com: College Football Rivalries
SI.com: Heisman Watch
ESPN: Best college town: Austin or Norman?

Texas Longhorns head coach Mack Brown

Texas Longhorns' head coach Mack Brown

Texas Longhorns (5-0)
ESPN: Horns Face First Test In Red River Rivalry
ESPN: The eyes of Texas are upon him
ESPN: Sophomore may get call against OU
ESPN: Report: RB Fozzy Whittaker to start for Texas
ESPN: Texas cautiously ‘optimistic’ on RBs progress
SI.com: Heading in to ou game, Texas’ goal is clear: Win ’em all
ESPN: Texas’ Shipley making up for lost time
ESPN: Title aspirations driving Texas’ McCoy
Austin American-Statesman: Longhorn Football Notes – 10/16/2009
Dallas Morning News: UT linebacker Muckelroy is quiet, but his play speaks loudly

o-Who? head coach Bob Stoops

o-Who? head coach Bob Stoops

o-Who? sooners (3-2)
ESPN: Sooners accounting for big losses at TE, WR
ESPN: Broyles, Carter to play v. Longhorns
ESPN: Bradford thrives on the big stage
The Oklahoman: Jake Trotter’s OU Blog

Pre-game Resources
2009 Texas Longhorns Roster
2009 oklahoma sooners Roster
University Co-op Gameday Newsletter / Pod casts

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Eyes Of…Twitter Updated!

It’s been a long time coming, but Eyes Of TX has finally updated the “Eyes Of…Twitter” page on the blog!

Twitter_logoVisit the “Eyes Of…Twitter” page via the “Resources” tab at the top of the page or using the sidebar, and check out the exhaustive list of relevant Texas- or Big 12-conference sports teams and athletes that you might be interested in following on Twitter. Who are you following? Who should be added to the list? Eyes Of TX will make timely updates to the list, so share the must-have Twitter accounts and we’ll get them added!

As a reminder, you can also follow the Eyes Of TX blog on Twitter at: @eyesoftx.

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Texas, THE State for High School Football

In no small part due to its history, and with a little help from Hollywood, the Texas high school football landscape leaves little to wonder about who many college football fanatics will see on the playing field on Saturdays in the coming years. They call it Friday Night Lights for a reason – because these kids shine week-in and week-out in a state that calls football religion.

There are doubters, of course, reining from California, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Florida and Ohio – but there are few states in which all colleges come calling to find their next big stars. Weekly, throughout the fall, Rivals.com will publish and update their list of the top 100 high school football teams in the country. This week’s rankings can be found here.

Which Texas schools stack up this year? Here a list of the Texas boys that have made the grade so far this season, 12 of the top 100 high school football teams – the most of any state:

Katy, Texas
Cedar Hill, Texas
Longview, Texas
Allen, Texas
James Madison (San Antonio), Texas
North Shore (Houston), Texas
Hightower (Missouri City), Texas
Garland, Texas
Stony Point (Round Rock), Texas
Cy Creek (Houston), Texas
Skyline (Dallas), Texas
Trinity (Euless), Texas

In comparison, the other states with multiple teams in the top 100 include: Alabama (2), Arkansas (1), Arizona (3), California (8), Colorado (2), Florida (11), Georgia (6), Iowa (1), Illinois (1), Kansas (1), Kentucky (2), Louisiana (3), Massachusetts (1), Maryland (3), Michigan (4), Minnesota (1), Missouri (1), Mississippi (3), North Carolina (2), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (2), New Mexico (1), Nevada (1), Ohio (6), Oklahoma (2), Oregon (1), Pennsylvania (4), South Carolina (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (12), Utah (2), Virginia (4), Washington (3), and Wisconsin (1).

Perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising, then, that the typical top college programs also come from the top high school football states – Texas, oklahoma (with Texas recruits), LSU (with Texas recruits), Florida, Florida State, USC, and Ohio State.

Truth be told, though – if Eyes Of TX uses their own high school as an example – the kids are simply bred from birth to cherish and learn the game of football. In 6th grade, we began running the varsity playbook – albeit a cut down version – learning the formations, running those plays to perfection, and building out the playbook over the next 7 years of our lives. That dedication and work led to numerous district championships, deep playoff runs, and a state championship in this blogger’s tenure. This is also the same culture in which this blogger’s community, rather than build a new high school to support the growing number of students, decided that it was best to keep the football team together – so they built a 9th grade center instead. This is how we were raised – to be the best, no matter the cost. At the end of the day, we may not have been the biggest, or the fastest, but we had heart, grit and a work ethic that drove us to be successful.

Something to be said for what they feed those kids in Texas – and we’re not talking about the food.

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2009-2010 Big 12 Football Schedules

Here’s how the Big 12 Conference’s 2009-2010 football schedules are shaping up. You can also find a complete conference schedule at Big 12 Sports or ESPN.

Of note, the Big 12 Championship game will be played in Dallas, Texas, this year on Saturday, December 5.

I’m sure TV coverage and additional game times will be added throughout the season, so keep checking back for more details or contact your local cable provider.

Big 12 North
Colorado Buffaloes
9/6 Colorado State
9/11 @ Toledo (ESPN, ESPN360)
9/19 Wyoming
10/1 @ West Virginia (ESPN, ESPN360)
10/10 @ Texas
10/17 Kansas
10/24 @ Kansas State
10/31 Missouri
11/7 Texas A&M
11/14 @ Iowa State
11/19 @ Oklahoma State (ESPN, ESPN360)
11/27 Nebraska (ABC)

Iowa State Cyclones
9/3 North Dakota State
9/12 Iowa
9/19 @ Kent State
9/26 Army
10/3 Kansas State
10/10 @ Kansas
10/17 Baylor
10/24 @ Nebraska
10/31 @ Texas A&M
11/7 Oklahoma State
11/14 Colorado
11/21 @ Missouri

Kansas Jayhawks
9/5 Northern Colorado
9/12 @ UTexas-El Paso
9/19 Duke
9/26 Southern Miss
10/10 Iowa State
10/17 @ Colorado
10/24 oklahoma
10/31 @ Texas Tech
11/7 @ Kansas State
11/14 Nebraska
11/21 @ Texas
11/28 Missouri

Kansas State Wildcats
9/5 Massachusetts
9/12 @ Louisiana-Lafayette
9/19 @ UCLA
9/26 Tennessee Tech
10/3 @ Iowa State
10/10 @ Texas Tech
10/17 Texas A&M
10/24 Colorado
10/31 @ oklahoma
11/7 Kansas
11/14 Missouri
11/21 @ Nebraska

Missouri Tigers
9/5 Illinois (ESPN, ESPN360)
9/12 Bowling Green
9/19 Furman
9/25 @ Nevada (ESPN, ESPN360)
10/8 Nebraska (ESPN, ESPN360)
10/17 @ Oklahoma State
10/24 Texas
10/31 @ Colorado
11/7 Baylor
11/14 @ Kansas State
11/21 Iowa State
11/28 Kansas

Nebraska Cornhuskers
9/5 Florida Atlantic
9/12 Arkansas State
9/19 @ Virginia Tech (ABC)
9/26 Louisiana-Lafayette
10/8 @ Missouri (ESPN, ESPN360)
10/17 Texas Tech
10/24 Iowa State
10/31 @ Baylor
11/7 oklahoma
11/14 @ Kansas
11/21 Kansas State
11/27 @ Colorado (ABC)

Big 12 South
Baylor Bears
9/5 @ Wake Forest (ESPN360)
9/19 Connecticut
9/26 Northwestern State
10/3 Kent State
10/10 @ oklahoma
10/17 @ Iowa State
10/24 Oklahoma State
10/31 Nebraska
11/7 @ Missouri
11/14 Texas
11/21 @ Texas A&M
11/28 Texas Tech

oklahoma sooners
9/5 Brigham Young (ESPN, ESPN360)
9/12 Idaho State
9/19 Tulsa
10/3 @ Miami, FL
10/10 Baylor
10/17 Texas (ABC)
10/24 @ Kansas
10/31 Kansas State
11/7 @ Nebraska
11/14 Texas A&M
11/21 @ Texas Tech
11/28 Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State Cowboys
9/5 Georgia (ABC)
9/12 Houston
9/19 Rice
9/26 Grambling State
10/10 @ Texas A&M
10/17 Missouri
10/24 @ Baylor
10/31 Texas
11/7 @ Iowa State
11/14 Texas Tech
11/19 Colorado (ESPN)
11/28 @ oklahoma

Texas Longhorns
9/5 Louisiana-Monroe (PPV)
9/12 @ Wyoming
9/19 Texas Tech (ABC)
9/26 UTexas-El Paso
10/10 Colorado
10/17 oklahoma (ABC)
10/24 @ Missouri
10/31 @ Oklahoma State
11/7 Central Florida
11/14 @ Baylor
11/21 Kansas
11/26 @ Texas A&M (ESPN, ESPN360)

Texas A&M Aggies
9/5 New Mexico
9/19 Utah State
9/26 Alabama-Birmingham
10/3 Arkansas
10/10 Oklahoma State
10/17 @ Kansas State
10/24 @ Texas Tech
10/31 Iowa State
11/7 @ Colorado
11/14 @ oklahoma
11/21 Baylor
11/26 Texas (ESPN, ESPN360)

Texas Tech Red Raiders
9/5 North Dakota
9/12 Rice
9/19 @ Texas (ABC)
9/26 @ Houston (ESPN, ESPN360)
10/3 New Mexico
10/10 Kansas State
10/17 @ Nebraska
10/24 Texas A&M
10/31 Kansas
11/14 @ Oklahoma State
11/21 oklahoma
11/28 Baylor

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Welcome to “Eyes of TX”

First of all, welcome to Eyes of TX, a sports blog which I hope any Texas sports or Big 12 Conference fans enjoy. Let’s face it, Texas is the best state for sports. Period.

“My goal here is to create a resource where fans from any Texas- or Big 12 Conference- school, at any level, can come and enjoy witty banter from a relocated, crazed Texas sports fan who had to find a venue to speak his mind in the absence of good sports in the Pacific Northwest.”

I am a Longhorn grad, let’s get that out of the way, but I’ll try to give due diligence to other Texas- or Big 12 Conference-based sports teams as well. But, that also means they’re fair game for my praise and criticism. Obviously, some schools and sports are more famous or infamous than others, and you can expect to see heavy doses of content on those topics, as they give me the most fodder to ponder and call in to question. If you take offense, go find another blog to follow.

While I’m getting started, and paramount to gaining notoriety, this blog also has a Twitter feed, @eyesoftx, which I also encourage you to follow for more timely updates. If you’re not a Twitter addict, my most recent Tweets are located in the sidebar of this blog as well. I’ll also plan to add a laundry list of Twitter resources for you die-hards in the near future, so stay tuned for that – it’s a list that keeps on growing, but I’ve got to post it sooner or later…so, let me know what I’m missing!

Enjoy the blog, add your comments and perspectives, and let me know what you want to hear about!

Hook ‘em!

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