Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. With the annual appearance of the rodent weatherman Phil, our thoughts begin to turn to spring. For some, I realize it is easier to imagine than others. With the 80 degree bluebird sky weekend just finished, it was pretty darn easy for folks in Austin to begin considering springtime. For others, the departure of MLB equipment trucks headed to spring training locales will have to suffice. I realize the Super Bowl is Sunday, but if the truth be told…I am already thinking ahead. As an Astro fan, it has been many springs since I have felt this much optimism for a coming season. Going into the off-season, there were a few specific needs for Houston’s GM Luhnow to acquire. At the top of the list was a bonafide closer. By working out a trade for Ken Giles, Houston was able to satisfy this obvious necessity. Another deal made last week was a one year deal with Doug Fister. As a fan, it is not often that your team makes the moves you that make sense to you. But, that is exactly what has happened in this off season. I thought the Fister signing was exactly the guy Houston needed.
As I look at the Astro roster, they really look like a team ready to win a championship or two. The corner infield spots are question marks, but there are a couple of youngsters that could be poised to make 2016 their coming out party. Colin Moran and AJ Reed are names that Astros fans should be very familiar with in the near future. While Jason Castro has developed into a solid defensive catcher, I would love to see the Astros figure a deal to bring in Jonathan Lucroy. The one similarity that I have noticed on most championship teams is an all-star catcher. I know that Lucroy had a down year last year, but I think that was due mostly to injuries. I really like Lucroy and think that he is going to have a very good year. Oh hell…who am I kidding? I am tickled with this team and cannot wait for the season to begin.
The MLB channel is showing an hour long show about Harry Carey that I highly recommend. If you have a chance, you should check it out.
Today is national signing day for big time college football. There has quietly been a very interesting story developing in Austin over the past month. Coming off a 5 and 7 season, many figured that Charlie Strong and his staff would have a very tough time landing a solid recruiting class. Last week, Texas had 13 verbal commitments and was ranked around the 32nd best class in the nation. After adding commitments from 4 star running back Kyle Porter and 3 star DT Christmas-Giles…Texas has quickly jumped to the 25th ranked recruiting class. Speculation has Wednesday being a big day for Texas football. With the potential to add as many as 10 more names on Wednesday, Texas could finish the day as high as the 5th ranked recruiting class. The past month has been chaotic for many Longhorn fans. While Mack Brown loved to set up his draft classes months and even years in advance, Charlie Strong loves to fight it out to the very last minute. While exciting, Strong’s philosophy would seem to bring great risk…or does it? The flaw with Mack’s system was that he often settled on players that did not live up to their early ranking. Charlie Strong’s approach allows coaches to continue to monitor and assess players into their senior year of high school. One thing is certain, Strong has made January and February very exciting for Longhorn football fans. Wednesday we will see just how exciting the future of Texas football will be.
Coach Strong’s motto for the team and recruits has been…”let’s ride”. I will say this…the future is now for this team. They are putting together a team that is going to be very tough next season.
Here is a video of future Longhorn RB Kyle Porter and QB Shane Buechele…I really like what I see.
Here is an update for the Longhorns NSD success. With 7 NSD signees, Texas has valuted into the top ten rated recruiting classes. This class has a ton of great OL and DL linemen. This was a terrific day for Charlie Strong and his Texas Longhorns. Here are the details:
Although the Longhorn basketball team continues to win, they have yet to break into the top 25. With their road victory over Baylor, Texas now has 4 wins over top 25 teams on their resume. At 15 and 7, many will look at the 7 losses and miss the evolution of Coach Shaka Smart’s Longhorn team. To begin the season, Texas traveled to China as well as the Bahamas and suffered three of their losses abroad. Just as the Horns were beginning to find their groove, they suffered the loss of their outstanding big man Cameron Ridley to a broken foot. Losses to TCU and Texas Tech, had many believing that the loss of Ridley meant a lost season. But this Texas team found a new groove and has now won 6 of their last 7 games.
What has most impressed me about Texas is how much they enjoy playing for Coach Smart. I was a big Rick Barnes fan, but after watching this team, I realize that it was time for a change. With the way that Texas continues to improve, I am really wondering what their ceiling is. They have a tough road ahead, but I have a feeling that they will be up for most of the challenges. Ask North Carolina, West Virgina, Iowa State and now…Baylor.
Watching Myles Turner this week had me thinking how good Texas might have been with one more year of Myles. For those of you that enjoy seeing LeBron humbled, you will enjoy this link:
Regardless of your Super Bowl rooting interest, I think that you will find the following article a worthwhile read:
I don’t normally drop much music on my blog, but I saw a video this week that I had to share. I had never heard of this group before, but simply was blown away at how good they were. The sounds are very unique, as they use whistling tubes to create much of their music. Of course…it is not often you have a couple of guys playing the zipper either! I hope you enjoy as much as I did:
It was a bummer to read that Tim has decided to take a hiatus from writing. I have been there and understand when the priorities of life call for a different direction. What I know is that sports, like life…keeps on going. It is up to us to keep the fire burning so that when the passion to write coincides with a better schedule…Tim will have a Gab to come back to. Tim, thanks for all that you have done to make the Gab a better place.
That is all I have but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey:
You know one thing that will really make a woman mad? Just run up and kick her
in the butt. (P.S. This also works with men.)
You know something that would really make me applaud? A guy gets stuck in
quicksand, then sinks, then suddenly comes shooting out, riding on water skis!
How do they do that?!
Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own.