Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Turkey day is in the books and soon we enter the home stretch of the year, known as December. As a sports year, what do you think history will remember about 2012? I am sure that Doug will remember the NHL championship of his Kings. Perhaps baseball fans will recall the amazing playoff run of the Oakland As? Fans of LeBron will recall this year as a year of redemption. I am sure that Beezer would love to remember this year for an Irish championship. Although the script remains to be written, I think that a landmark legal case brewing in Greensboro, NC will define this year.
On Tuesday, Marvin Miller died at the age of 95. To say that Miller was an important figure in baseball history would be a huge understatement. In fact, some think that he is responsible for the transformation of professional sports. When Miller took over the MLB players union, baseball was operating just as it did in the 1900’s. Curt Flood and Marvin Miller brought free agency to baseball and eventually professional sports. So what does this have to do with Greensboro? Tuesday the ACC sued Maryland for approximately $53 million in exit fees. “The lawsuit also states that Maryland’s president Wallace D. Loh also refused to provide assurance that the school will pay the exit fee and has made it clear that defendant Maryland does not intend to pay the amount." Some may see this as a clear cut case of Maryland just delaying the inevitable. This is what they get for bailing on the ACC for the Big 10. Isn’t this simply a black and white issue? I am not so sure. You may not recall, but the ACC exit fee used to be between $12 and $14 million before the league added Pittsburgh and Syracuse. With the addition of these schools’s the league raised the exit fee to $20 million. Then, with the recent announcement of Notre Dame joining the league (except for football), the league raised the exit fee to $50 million. Two schools voted against the new exit fee…Maryland and Florida State. Loh voted against the increased fee because he felt that the fee was an exit penalty and was illegal. Okay…got that? So, the cards are on the table. Can you imagine what this will mean for college football if exit fees are ruled illegal?
I was listening to sports on the radio this week and one of the national sports guys ( Vick the Brick?) was going on and on about how important it was for several college coaches to take an NFL job…”before it was too late”. As I drove along, I started thinking about his comments. Why do these media guys think you are only a successful coach if you coach in the NFL? If I was guiding a young coach, I am not sure the NFL would be the direction I would send them. If you look at what major college coaches make, there is really not more money in the NFL. While the job security in college is not great, it is certainly much more secure than the NFL. If you can build a program at a major school, life is pretty sweet. Recruiting is probably the worst thing about college coaching and once you attain success, the talent comes much easier. Plus, you don’t have to worry with dealing with the likes of Jerry Jones...
The Thanksgiving football this year left me with a bit of an upset stomach. I am more or less resigned to the Cowboys being mediocre, but the Longhorn game was a surprise. I know that TCU is a good team, but the Horns just did not show up. This Texas team was not projected to be a great team, but the flashes of greatness continue to tease Horn fans. We see how close this team is to being very good, then they lay an egg against OU and TCU. As disappointing as those two losses were, the season is not over. What really pisses me off is fans’ saying that they hope Texas loses so that they can get rid of Mack Brown. From my chair, Texas has a chance to finish the season strong and build for next year. What kind of fan roots against their team? A fair weather fan…For all of those SEC fans touting the SEC...did you notice that 9 Big 12 teams are bowl eligible. Just saying...
Game day begins...
Tailgating at Rudys...with family and friends.
The entire family...
Our QB Bear found this venue to his liking...
Blake recovers a fumble on the kickoff following our first TD...Warriors rolling.
Hello ground...here I come.
Although we lost this onside kick, it was not because Brad did not get up high enough!
Time to celebrate with DC Nelson...what a great coach!
The seniors celebrate the Warrior victory!
Very happy times...
Here was an article written by an Austin American writer:
By Danny Davis
On Saturday morning, Westwood senior linebacker Blake Thomas logged onto Twitter and asked a question. “Y’all ready to make history today?”
Hours later, the Westwood football team gave him an answer.
Bear Fenimore guided Westwood to a 20-point halftime lead and the Warriors held off a late rally in a 34-26 victory over the Woodlands. The victory advances Westwood to the postseason’s third round for the first time.
Westwood will now face Allen in a Class 5A, Division I regional playoff game. Kickoff at Waco ISD Stadium is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
“It’s pretty much a dream come true,” said Thomas, who recovered two fumbles. “It’s amazing.”
Westwood (9-3) led 27-7 at halftime at Floyd Casey Stadium as Fenimore threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns.
Fenimore, who sat out the regular season finale against Pflugerville and was sidelined for two additional games with a shoulder injury, went into Saturday with only six touchdown passes. But Westwood called 24 pass plays over the game’s first 24 minutes and the junior quarterback completed 13 of them.
“Passing the ball is something I love to do, but I’m not a selfish player, so if it means we have to run the whole game or first half, I’m fine with that,” Fenimore said. “But to go out there and pass it a little bit more than usual was fun.”
On the receiving end of four of Fenimore’s first-half passes was senior Ty Marshall, who entered the game with 107 receptions. Travis Dale contributed 126 receiving yards, and Wake Forest-bound defensive back Brad Watson caught a four-yard touchdown pass with 12 seconds left in the second quarter.
“Travis has been making big plays all year long, Ty’s just overshadowed him,” Westwood coach Anthony Wood said. “It was really neat to see all the kids step up and make plays.”
Westwood led 34-18 by the start of the fourth quarter and the Warriors were in a position to put the game away with eight minutes left.
With Fresno State-bound kicker Colin McGuire on its roster, Westwood received the football at The Woodlands 16. But Fenimore threw incomplete passes on the first two downs and was intercepted on third down.
After the game, Wood said that three passing plays were called because he wanted to deliver a knockout punch.
“I can guarantee that I’ll never do that again,” Wood said with a laugh.
The ensuing drive stalled after a 57-yard scoring pass was dropped by a Highlander receiver, but The Woodlands got the football back and pulled within 34-26 with 1:07 left. The Woodlands (8-4) then recovered the onside kick.
Set up with a first down at his 49, Blaine Gillespie threw incomplete passes on The Woodlands’ first two snaps. Gillespie was then sacked by D’andre Roach and Andrew Bagaline on back-to-back plays.
“When they got that ball, we were all scared but our defense knew we were going to stop them,” Bagaline said.
Mr. Davis delivers the facts very well. What he does not convey is the excitement of the team and players. Last Saturday was a joyous day to be a Westwood Warrior. Years of frustration were vanquished with this victory. I asked the question earlier in my blog about what 2012 would be remembered for. I am very hopeful that I will be able to remember a state championship for the Warriors. The next step for this goal is a very tough Allen Eagle team. Do you remember that high school with the new 18,000 seat stadium that Scott wrote about earlier this year? That would be the Allen Eagles. Thankfully, we will not be playing in their stadium…
As a dad, I have to say that I have never seen my son play better. 2 fumble recoveries and 9 first half tackles was just amazing. What made the game even more special is that our entire family was on hand…
I don’t know what next Saturday will bring, but I am very excited at the prospect…
I do hope that if our defense stops them on 4th down at their 15 and 6 minutes left in the game... that we run the ball and kick the field goal next time…it would have made the score 37 to 18…crazy.
That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:
“Sometimes life seems like a dream, especially when I look down and see that I forgot to put on my pants”
“I don't like small birds. They hop around so merrily outside my window, looking so innocent. but I know that secretly, they're watching my every move and plotting to beat me over the head with a large steel pipe and take my shoe.”
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own…