Monthly Archives: October 2012
The NBA season is finally upon us, and for the 1st time since Yao there is a real buzz for basketball in Houston Texas. That’s because the Rockets made some moves this offseason, hoping to get back to contending in the Western Conference. The 1st splash this offseason was bringing LINsanity to Houston. Jeremy Lin is now a Rocket, and hopefully for Rocket fans he plays as well as he did during the height of LINsanity. Although Lin got most of the Rocket headlines this offseason, just last week they made another splash when they traded for Thunder guard James Harden. Harden was the NBA 6th man of the year, and was a huge part of the Thunder’s run to the Western Conference title. IF these two big moves will work is now the question, as the Rockets division and state is still stacked with the Spurs and Mavs. The Rockets hope these two moves are just the start, a start to get back to winning NBA titles and beating their Lone Star Rivals regularly.
This week marks perhaps the new Lone Star Showdown, Texas vs Texas Tech. Now that the Aggies have taken their ball and moved to the SEC, Horns vs Red Raiders is now the biggest instate rivalry game. In many ways, this game has been the biggest in state rivalry game since the turn of the century. Texas Tech vs Texas has been a prime time game many times, and often the game has lived up to the timeslot. The biggest game is perhaps the 2008 version, the game that gave us the epic Crabtree catch, one of the biggest moments in College Football history. Horns vs Raiders has been so good, ABC has often moved this game up the schedule so it could be the primetime game of the week.
This year marks a change in the rivalry, for one the game is a day game. ABC is still picking the game up, and it will be seen nationally, just with the West Texas sun beating down on the game instead of the bright lights. Another big change in this game, however, is what is at stake. You can very well make a case that this could be Tech’s biggest game ever.
You see, Texas Tech has an opportunity to make a solid claim in this state, a claim that they’re here and aren’t going anywhere. During the Leach years, Tech made great strides in becoming the #2 team in the state. But since Leach was fired, Tech hasn’t been good enough to make such a claim. And to make matters worse, TCU went out and won a Rose Bowl, Baylor won a Heisman, and the Aggies made a big splash with a new coach, and new conference. But now Tech is back to being ranked, and is favored to beat Texas in Lubbock this Saturday. Texas is on the ropes, and Tech has already beat TCU. If Tech can win, and win big, Tech is back on the map, and might actually start challenging UT and aTm for top Texas recruits.
Tech is probably going to be the thanksgiving opponent for UT next season, and if they can beat UT this year, and finish ranked, they might play themselves to be the permanent UT opponent on thanksgiving. Most Texans grew up with Longhorn vs Aggies thanksgiving night, but maybe a new generation of Texans will grow up with Tech vs Texas, the new lone star showdown. For West Texas, nothing would be sweeter than a thanksgiving night under the bright lights of Lubbock.
The Cowboys played on Fox’s “America’s game of the Week”, meaning they were center stage. And in the post Aikman/Emmitt/Irvin era, you know what that means. Romo had a bunch of turnovers, the Giants jumped out to a big lead, and Cowboys Stadium was stunned. What happened next was new though, and could be a springboard for the rest of the season. America’s team, instead of folding and being a victim to another beat down on national tv, instead fought hard, hard enough to be 2 finger tips away from winning the game. Despite the 6 Cowboy turnovers, and spotting the Giants 23 points, the boys almost pulled the win out. If Dez had landed with his hand an inch closer to his body, Jerry Jones would be booking his tickets to the Super Bowl.
The reason the Cowboys even had a shot to win this game, was because the defense played fantastic. Usually Eli torches the Dallas secondary, but unfortunately for Eli, Terrence Newman is gone, and is replaced my Brandon Carr. Rookie Mo Claiborne played well, and even Orlando Scandrick showed why he is known as a tough slot corner. The days of teams picking apart the D seem over, which is really encouraging for the rest of the season. The only second half points the G men could muster up was a field goal set up by Felix Jones fumble.
This brings us to the downside of this game, the Cowboys still lost. The Cowboys lost because of 6 turnovers, turnovers that can’t happen if the boys want to make a run this season. Even though Cowboy fans might walk away from this game optimistic, truth is the boys are 3-4, and the same undisciplined mistakes the boys have made for years are still happening. The Cowboys have zero room for error, now that they must basically go 7-2 to end the season. The time for moral victories is over, since they don’t count in the actual win column.
Jerry Jones will pat his team and himself on the back, saying they went toe to toe with the defending champs. But if they want to be taken seriously, they need to clean up their mistakes, and stop looking at the Brightside of losses.