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Posted on: April 30, 2009 7:18 pm
 

Baylor Football 2009: HOPE is on the horizon

Is this the season that Baylor finally gets back to a long-awaited bowl game? Art Briles could be a candidate for Big 12 Coach of the Year if the Bears do. Robert Griffin is looking to improve on his stellar freshman campaign at QB. Jay Finley and Kendall Wright give the offense credible threats alongside Griffin. Defensive studs Joe Pawelek and Jordan Lake anchor an improved defense. Last year, close losses to Connecticut, Nebraska, Missourri, and Texas Tech ultimately kept the Bears out of the postseason. Could this be the year Baylor finally smells some success? Here's the schedule...

  • Wake Forest: The Deamon Deacons lost Alphonso Smith, but they still return Ryan Skinner at QB. It is very tough to win at Wake Forest. Both teams will be excited and pumped for this opening game, but I think the Deacons will prevail. LOSS
  • Connecticut: A home date with the Huskies will be a great atmosphere. The Bear's close three point lost to them last year will give them the motivation needed to win this game. WIN
  • Northwestern State: Last year the Bears passed and ran all over these guys and I expect them to do the same this year. WIN
  • Kent State: The Golden Flashes are a formidible football team, but no way Baylor is going to squander the opportunity to be 3-1 heading into Big 12 play. WIN
  • Oklahoma: Opponents rarely go into Norman and escape with a win. Sam Bradford will have fun picking apart the Baylor secondary like he did last year in Waco. LOSS
  • Iowa State: This team is definitely in a rebuilding stage right now. The Bears will have to win in Ames to prove that they deserve to not be considered a cellar dwellar team anymore. WIN
  • Oklahoma State: The Cowboys have a very explosive offense led by Zach Robinson and Dez Bryant. This game will turn into a shootout. I really want to think the Bears can win, and they can if they put up an inspired effort, but I think the 'Pokes will simply be to much for the Bears. LOSS
  • Nebraska: Last year's score did not indicate how close the game actually was. The Bears were seemingly almost going to pull the upset before Joe Ganz helped the Huskers pull away. This time the game is in Waco, and the result will be different. WIN
  • Missourri: This game is an unknown. How good can the Tigers be without Chase Daniel? The Bears nearly beat Mizzou before succumbing by three. This is my upset prediction. Bears take it in Columbia. WIN
  • Texas: Colt McCoy's return likely mean's another season of misery for the Bears against the Longhorns. Texas is always very talented and the Bears are not quite to their level yet. LOSS
  • Texas A&M: This is an important game for Baylor because they need to prove that last season's win was no fluke. This will be a game where emotions will be very high. The Bears will take this one from the Ags. WIN
  • Texas Tech: Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree are gone. But there always seems to be another QB ready to step in and post crazy numbers in Lubbock. However, you can't replace a guy like Crabtree. WIN

FINAL RECORD: 8-5

If Baylor can go 3-1 or 4-0 in the non-conference schedule, they will have a very bright prospective for the remainder of the season. The important thing is to avoid potential missteps against either Northwestern State or Kent State (i.e. Texas A&M vs. Arkansas State). Once in conference play, it will be crucial for the Bears to have a winning record against their northern opponents. Failure to do so could leave the Bears in a situation they want to avoid. Losses to Texas and Oklahoma seem presumptive for now. A win against Oklahoma State seems a little far-fetched. But everything else is wide open. I think there are three keys to success for the Bears this season: 1) Avoid a non-conference disaster. 2) Protect the home-field. 3) Have a winning record against the Big 12 North division. If the Bears can manage to do these things, there is no doubt in my mind the Bears are capable of great things. I look forward to this season!

Thoughts, comments?

Sic'em Bears!


Category: NCAAF
Posted on: November 21, 2008 11:39 pm
 

Big 12 Preview (bball), wanna take a look anyone?

  1. Oklahoma Sooners*...Blake Griffin is a beast.
  2. Texas Longhorns*...Abrams takes over.
  3. Baylor Bears*...Backcourt among best in nation.
  4. Kansas Jayhawks*...Cupboard is not bare.
  5. Oklahoma State Cowboys*...Eaton returns for senior campaign.
  6. Texas A&M Aggies^...Carter leads the Ags.
  7. Missouri Tigers^...Carroll is a NBA talent.
  8. Nebraska Cornhuskers...Absence of Maric hurts, bad.
  9. Kansas State Wildcats...Bye bye Beasley and Walker.
  10. Texas Tech Red Raiders...Voskuil one of best deep shooters.
  11. Iowa State Cyclones...Brackins is a sleeper.
  12. Colorado Buffaloes...Roby is gone, uh-oh.

 

* NCAA tournament

^ NIT

 

This looks to be an exciting year in basketball for the Big 12!

  • Oklahoma looks like a perennial Final Four team with B. Griffin and Warren leading the way.
  • Texas returns its entire starting group minus Augustin, but I figure they will make it into the Sweet 16.
  • The Baylor Bears have an exciting backcourt with All Big 12 Guard Curtis Jerrells leading the way. Sweet 16 anyone? 
  • Kansas lost practically every important player off of their championship team, but return Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich. Don't count these guys out...
  • My surprise team of the year in the Big 12 is Oklahoma State. I believe they will ride Eaton and Andersen and make it to the NCAAs.
  • Texas A&M remains a question mark in my mind, Carter and Sloan just don't get it done for me...
  • Demare Carroll nearly went to the NBA but returns to Missouri instead, he will post All Big 12 numbers because of it.
  • Nebraska lost a staple player in Alec Maric, a consistently good C. Cookie Miller now leads the team at the point.
  • How's life after Mike Wilcats? The departure of him and Walker have the Wildcats looking up in the standings.
  • Pat Knight is trying to instill a winning attitude in Lubbock again. Sharp shooter Alan Vosuilk is one of the most deadly three point shooters in the nation.
  • Iowa State is my bust team of the year. They lost Wesely Johnson to Syracuse, but they do have a great post player in Craig Brackens.
  • Colorado looks like its in shambles. Losing your best player of the last four years is not good...

 

MVP:  Blake Griffin

Best PGs: Curtis Jerrells, Sheron Collins, Cookie MIller, Byron Eaton

Best SGs: A.J. Abrams, LaceDarius Dunn, Willie Warren, Adam Voskuil

Best SFs: Damion James, Josh Carter, James Anderson, Tony Crocker

Best PFs: Blake Griffin, Kevin Rogers, Connor Atchley, Demare Carroll

Best Cs: Cole Aldrich, Craig Brackens, Mamadou Diene

 

(if you think I left someone out, let your voice be heard!)

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Big 12
 
Posted on: September 19, 2008 5:09 pm
 

UCONN vs. BAYLOR

Baylor over UCONN in a close one, 31-27.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: September 14, 2008 11:18 pm
 

Robert Griffin is the next Vince Young

This kid is electrifying, unstoppable, freakish, athletic, amazing, a leader, and the next Vince Young of college football. He has a similar frame to Young, although Young was a little taller. However, Griffin can run faster than Young and has a much better arm. This kid has only started two games, but has, twice, already appeared on SportsCenters Top 10 plays for his dazzling athleticism. Okay, so what? you say. He can run, but what about his passing? No problemo. He can pass just as well as he can run. Just take a look at his stats, they speak for himself. Bottom Line is, in the Big 12, you'll hear alot about Chase Daniel, Sam Bradford, Graham Harrell, Todd Reesing, Josh Freeman, Colt McCoy, and Joe Ganz; but Griffin is quickly establishing himself as one of the top QB's in this stacked conference. I'd rate him in my top 5 believe it or not. I have no doubt that by the time Griffin has finished his sophomore year as a Baylor Bear, you will know him as the top quarterback in the Big 12. Watch out for this kid, he is something special. The future looks bright for Baylor.

Posted on: September 8, 2008 6:14 pm
 

NFC East

This division is beastly. Here are my rankings.

  1. New York Giants (1-0) - Gotta give 'em the respect. They are the champs, and deserved to be ranked so until someone knocks them off their pedastool. I made a mistake in my last blog saying that the Redskins would beat them. This coming from a die-hard Cowboys fan...
  2. Dallas Cowboys (1-0) - Did a great job going into the Dog Pound and easily dismantling the Browns, dubbed by many to be contenders in the AFC this season. If they keep this play up, it's hard to see them not making the Super Bowl.
  3. Philadelphia (1-0) - Absolutely dominated St. Louis on both sides of the ball. McNabb keyed the Eagle's prolific attack with 3 TDs. Philly is a very close third behind Dallas and New York.
  4. Washington (0-1) - Were the Skins just a victim of a really good defense, or does their hyped West Coast offense really stink that bad? Jason Campbell needs to elevate his game another level if the Skins want to compete in this division.
Category: NFL
Posted on: September 4, 2008 5:41 pm
 

Giants vs. 'Skins

Are you ready for some footbaaaaaall?!?!?!!?

The season kicks off tonight (9/4/08) with division counterparts New York Giants and Washington Redskins taking each other head on. I think this game will boil down to the last quarter. This may surprise some of you, but I'll go with the Skins over the Giants.

Category: NFL
Tags: Giants, Redskins
 
Posted on: August 26, 2008 8:23 pm
 

Tony Romo deserves to be loved.

Stop da Hate!

Seriously. This guy has done nothing to deserve the hate that you guys express towards him. He is a guy that is humble and has a great personality. Personally, I don't think the guy gets the credit he deserves. He plays at an All-Pro caliber level and yet you guys treat him like a bag of dirt. I don't know if it's because he plays for the Cowboys, or because is girlfriend is Jessica Simpson. Stop the hate guys. Tony Romo deserves to be loved.

Category: NFL
Posted on: August 23, 2008 11:25 pm
 

The Cheating Chinese

The Cheating Chinese!

Just nine months before the Beijing Olympics, the Chinese government's news agency, Xinhua, reported that gymnast He Kexin was 13, which would have made her ineligible to be on the team that won a gold medal this week.

In its report Nov. 3, Xinhua identified He as one of "10 big new stars" who made a splash at China's Cities Games. It gave her age as 13 and reported that she beat Yang Yilin on the uneven bars at those games. In the final, "this little girl" pulled off a difficult release move on the bars known as the Li Na, named for another Chinese gymnast, Xinhua said in the report, which appeared on one of its Web sites, www.hb.xinhuanet.com

The Associated Press found the Xinhua report on the site Thursday morning and saved a copy of the page. Later that afternoon, the Web site was still working but the page was no longer accessible. Sports editors at the state-run news agency would not comment for publication.

If the age reported by Xinhua was correct, that would have meant He was too young to be on the Chinese team that beat the United States on Wednesday and clinched China's first women's team Olympic gold in gymnastics. She, oh wait, He,  is also a favorite for gold in Monday's uneven bars final.

Yang was also on Wednesday's winning team. Questions have also been raised about her age and that of a third team member, Jiang Yuyuan.

Gymnasts have to be 16 during the Olympic year to be eligible for the Games. He's birthday is listed as Jan. 1, 1992.

Chinese authorities insist that all three are old enough to compete. He herself told reporters after Wednesday's final that "my real age is 16. I don't pay any attention to what everyone says." Hahaha.

Zhang Hongliang, an official with China's gymnastics delegation at the Games, said Thursday the differing ages which have appeared in Chinese media reports had not been checked in advance with the gymnastics federation. Hahahahahaha. Yeah right.

"It's definitely a mistake," Zhang said of the Xinhua report, speaking in a telephone interview. "Never has any media outlet called me to check the athletes' ages." Just admit it! You are cheaters!

Asked whether the federation had changed their ages to make them eligible, Zhang said: "We are a sports department. How would we have the ability to do that?"

"We already explained this very clearly. There's no need to discuss this thing again."

The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) has said repeatedly that a passport is the "accepted proof of a gymnast's eligibility," and that He and China's other gymnasts have presented ones that show they are age eligible. The IOC also checked the girls' passports and deemed them valid.

A May 23 story in the China Daily newspaper, the official English-language paper of the Chinese government, said He was 14. The story was later corrected to list her as 16. Hmmm...

"This is not a USAG issue," said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics. "The FIG and the IOC are the proper bodies to handle this."

The Chinese authorities are cheaters. They wrongfully used underaged gymnasts so that they would have the best shot at winning gold medals in their home country. This was all about pride. They didn't think they would get caught. But apparently they didn't learn from Nixon, Rose, or Belicheck. I sincerely hope that the FIG and IOC can correct this and award the gold medals to their rightful owners.

Category: Olympic Games
 
 
 
 
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