Thanks to Spotted for the pics...
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Friday, September 28, 2007
If I would download a movie on iTunes because I wanted to see Natalie Portman's bare ass...don't you think I would download Mike Leach's weekly radio program?
Listen, Coach Leach is a smart guy and always an excellent interview so this is as he says a "no-brainer."
Things I learned this week:
- Adell Duckett was recruited based on a coffee shop tip.
- Coach Leach thinks the idea that a top-shelf defense can't co-exist with his top-shelf offense is "not just a little bit stupid - it's a LOT stupid."
- "It doesn't matter how many toes I have to step on we're gonna tackle on Tuesday's and Wednesdays."
iTunes>Podcasts>(go to search function in upper right) enter "CSTV Texas Tech" >Texas Tech Official Athletics Podcast>Subscribe
Let me do a little education for those iTunes amateurs. You do NOT have to own an iPod to download these podcasts - I know that may sound silly, but you would be surprised how often I hear that. Go to itunes.com or apple.com to get started.
EDIT: I woke up this morning and reviewed this post - and noticed the pic above also has an added bonus...a tramp stamp...an iPod and a tramp stamp and a great ass. Wow.
As if the natives weren't restless enough in College Station, an article in today's San Antonio Express-News reveals that Texas A&M Coach Dennis Franchione was secretly selling insider news to those willing to pony up at least $1200. "I knew it was probably going to be controversial," Franchione said. "I certainly didn't mean for it to be that. When I knew you guys were starting to ask around a bit, I thought, 'Maybe we shouldn't do this.'" The Express-News recently began inquiring about the newsletter operation after obtaining a copy through a third-party source. After being told of the newsletter, A&M athletic director Bill Byrne met with Franchione to express his concerns. Byrne did not ask Franchione to stop the newsletter, A&M sources said, but strongly suggested that it would be the prudent thing to do. An A&M spokesman said Byrne was unavailable for comment. In the newsletter, called "VIP Connection," Franchione discussed player injuries in detail and offered sometimes-critical assessments of his players. The newsletter, it was learned, has been distributed the past three years to about a dozen subscribers, each of whom had to sign a letter of confidentiality to receive the newsletter. Subscription proceeds, Franchione said, were used to underwrite his personal Web site, coachfran.com. Since taking the A&M job after the 2002 season, Franchione has routinely sidestepped media questions about injuries — except those of a season-ending nature — often with the comment that it is not "our policy" to discuss them. Yet, Franchione — through his personal assistant, Mike McKenzie, who wrote each newsletter — freely offered up personnel information to elite boosters willing to pay for it. Two days before A&M's opener against Montana State earlier this month, six players were listed in the newsletter as "unavailable for action." The newsletter included each player's name and his injury. "A seventh player, Roger Holland, is iffy," the newsletter said. "He recovered drastically from a mile (sic) concussion carried over from Sunday, but not fully." The newsletter also provided a candid assessment of the Aggies' receiving corps. "Privately, Coach told me last night that Earvin (Taylor) and Pierre (Brown) are very steady but with average speed," McKenzie wrote. "Kerry (Franks) has great speed, but (is) inconsistent in receiving."
Subscribers were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement so that no one would know about the secret emails Franchione was sending to the boosters. It looks like Aggies are now intentionally giving up this information to further undermine Coach Fran.
Must've been a 2%er, right? Only a true Aggie would suffer bamboos under the fingernail for the team, right?
Big 12 Football: Franchione stops selling A&M infoBrent Zwerneman
San Antonio Express-News
COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M football coach Dennis Franchione said Thursday he has discontinued a secret e-mail newsletter sent to select boosters willing to pay $1,200 per year for team information that Franchione routinely has withheld from the public.
Click Here for the Rest of the Story
"I knew it was probably going to be controversial," Franchione said. "I certainly didn't mean for it to be that. When I knew you guys were starting to ask around a bit, I thought, 'Maybe we shouldn't do this.'"
The Express-News recently began inquiring about the newsletter operation after obtaining a copy through a third-party source. After being told of the newsletter, A&M athletic director Bill Byrne met with Franchione to express his concerns.
Byrne did not ask Franchione to stop the newsletter, A&M sources said, but strongly suggested that it would be the prudent thing to do. An A&M spokesman said Byrne was unavailable for comment.
In the newsletter, called "VIP Connection," Franchione discussed player injuries in detail and offered sometimes-critical assessments of his players.
The newsletter, it was learned, has been distributed the past three years to about a dozen subscribers, each of whom had to sign a letter of confidentiality to receive the newsletter.
Subscription proceeds, Franchione said, were used to underwrite his personal Web site, coachfran.com.
Since taking the A&M job after the 2002 season, Franchione has routinely sidestepped media questions about injuries — except those of a season-ending nature — often with the comment that it is not "our policy" to discuss them.
Yet, Franchione — through his personal assistant, Mike McKenzie, who wrote each newsletter — freely offered up personnel information to elite boosters willing to pay for it.
Two days before A&M's opener against Montana State earlier this month, six players were listed in the newsletter as "unavailable for action." The newsletter included each player's name and his injury.
"A seventh player, Roger Holland, is iffy," the newsletter said. "He recovered drastically from a mile (sic) concussion carried over from Sunday, but not fully."
The newsletter also provided a candid assessment of the Aggies' receiving corps.
"Privately, Coach told me last night that Earvin (Taylor) and Pierre (Brown) are very steady but with average speed," McKenzie wrote. "Kerry (Franks) has great speed, but (is) inconsistent in receiving."
Thursday, September 27, 2007
23 Sep 17:56
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When the Gunners are atop the table and Tottenham (hereinafter referred to as "Spurs" or "London Scum") is fighting to stay in the Premiership...well my friends, that's a day to celebrate.
You see, when Tech is playing Directional Louisiana, this is the kind of education you'll be getting.
So please, dear Gerald Myers, please schedule us some decent competition so that my friends who don't "get" soccer will not have to listen to me drag on about the EPL.
In the meantime, all you need to know is that Cesc Fabregas is the best footballer in the EPL.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
You may have seen the following video on YouTube of the Longhorns Cranking Dat Soulja Boy during their game at UCF a few weeks back:
Imagine my surprise as I logged in to my Facebook account this morning and discovered an invitation to a group called "Do the Soulja Boy at Football Games."
I guess I should probably learn how to Crank Dat Soulja Boy first.
Here is the instructional video:
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Evoking memories of Richard Nixon's love child with Janeane Garofalo - this is truly the definition of a demon. The best part, however is the Mickey Mouse gloves and the Chuck Taylor's - that's a combination you just don't see in mascots.
Ehh...I'm picking...it's clearly scary as hell.
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Be sure and download or go out an buy the new Rouge Wave LP - "Asleep at Heaven's Gate."
Why is it every time I hear the words "Heaven's Gate" I always have this image in my head?
See - now you have two images in your head that will keep you from sleeping.
And for additional trivia points (although there's no way I will be able to keep you from Googling the answer) - can you name both the brand and style of shoes that the Heaven's Gaters wore on their fateful trip to the comet?
Monday, September 24, 2007
Listen to an interview with Ruffin McNeill from Tech Talk Radio. He lays out how things have been going and what lay ahead.
Big thanks to Rivals for letting us use this link.
Visit Rivals/Red Raider Sports and their advertisers to say thanks, please.
The last few weeks have been the busiest in DiscoTech!'s short life - and I wanted to be sure we thanked our new visitors for dropping by and checking in on us.
We always encourage you to participate and make use of the "Add Comment" feature under each post. Lately, as we've been getting more traffic our comments have increased dramatically. I also imagine that it doesn't hurt when you have Ignatious J. Reilly turning out such cool farks and when your favorite football team explodes and then parts ways with their DC mid-season.
When reviewing the recent comments today - for the first time I felt like one was so particularly special that it required its own post. And by the way - this is in the post directly below - but to save you valuable time I'll paste it here for us to enjoy...
From "anonymous" (how clever and revealing):
Nice site. Appreciate the commentary and humor, including the nice pics of Mack recruiting.
But Tech talking about defense also is very funny. Changing coordinators won't help you. You have soft players who couldn't play for Texas and OU on defense. No coordinator is going to change this. Leach about said as much in his post-game comments.
Leach is an offensive genius. No question. But his offensive notoriety means that defensive standouts need not apply. Why would they go to Tech? Kinda like a blue chip running back. Why would he go?
Leach needs a Defensive Leach to compete. But again ... why would such a coach go there, when he can coach at a school where defenses do more than rip the flags off?
Tech's only hope is to find a "diamond-in-the-rough" up-and-comer as DC. It's a tall order.
Thus, until further notice, enjoy your 8-4 seasons, perennially ruining the Aggies' year and occasional ruining ours (but only when you play us at home at night and when the stars are perfectly aligned).
September 24, 2007 1:42 PM
I don't think is was a reach to color his post orange.
Where shall I begin?
Are you new?
What defensive coordinator would not LOVE to coach a defense at Tech when he knows that the offense will keep him in nearly every game?
Our players may be playing soft due to lack of leadership and toughness...also known as a crappy defensive coordinator.
I do agree that blue chip running backs may not look at Tech seriously, but I guarantee you that blue-chip WRs and QBs know where Texas Tech is.
Or are you posting as "anonymous" because you're really Lyle Setencich?
Sunday, September 23, 2007
No, I am not kidding.
Texas Tech coach Mike Leach named Ruffin McNeill interim defensive coordinator Sunday after former defensive coordinator Lyle Setencich resigned for personal reasons, according to a release sent out by the school around 4:45 p.m.
Tech athletic director Gerald Myers stated that Setencich will be assigned to other duties.
"We appreciate Lyle and the work he did for our program," Leach said. "We wish him and his family the best."
McNeill will take over the defensive coordinator role on an interim basis and coach the linebacker group. McNeill previously served as defensive tackles coach and special teams coordinator, a position that now will be split amongst the staff. Defensive ends coach Charlie Sadler will take over coaching duties on the defensive line.
Mike Leach is becoming a head coach and not just an offensive coordinator. He had to accept the resignation of a friend today - and while there will be much speculation as to whether he was fires or allowed to step down, Coach Leach has stepped up.
6:43p - Notes
Coach Leach in yesterday's post-game talk:
It seems that by dinnertime last Coach Leach had in mind what needed to be addressed today. Who can disagree that he "candy-coated" too much of it in the past?
We learned today that the head coach, the AD and school leadership are no longer going to "wait until next year." I am just so happy to see this type of change - I'm going to call the Red Raider Club on my way to Austin tomorrow and send them some more money. Seriously.
Become a booster by calling:
Or, become a booster by contributing online:
I do want Tech folks to know that this site exists in case they want to vent or sign the interweb "petition", although I think it will have as much impact as a bug attacking my windshield. If it makes you feel good, it must be the right thing to do, right?
Thanks to an anonymous commenter who tipped us off.
Plenty of blame to go around this morning. Some Texas Tech alumni are already beating the drum to see major changes in the football program - including sacking Leach.
Most of the guys I hang with just want to see Lyle sent on his way. While I am now definitely in the "Fire Lyle" camp I haven't always been there. I felt for a few years that his defenses were a result of not having the right talent to run an aggressive defense.
Now my attitude in that regard revolves mostly around the recruiting aspect of the defense in addition to what I saw on the field yesterday.
It shouldn't be that hard of a sell to recruit to the Tech defense - the offense will keep you in most games - all you need to do to win all the games on the schedule is to stop the other team from scoring. Sounds simple - but Tech couldn't even stop the QB from running right up the middle on third and 20...and not just for a first down - for a touchdown...from midfield....untouched.
Leach's post-game comments seem familiar after these types of games, but I'm confused.
Let me get this straight in my head...last year's team was full of prima-donnas and we suffered agonizing road losses to Colorado and TCU - games that we should have handled easily. Last year's seniors were a bunch of bad guys, right? Yet that team also came from behind in the Insight Bowl to record the largest bowl comeback of all time. Mental toughness was lauded as the reason we came from behind to win - hey, it only took all season to find that toughness, but they did.
When we entered this season we had excellent team chemistry and the team was bowling together and going to karaoke parties and playing Bunco at Coach Knight's house. Right?
That's all I heard out of spring practice - how "together" this team was. Gone were all of those bad influences.
And yet here we are again, getting the same speech from Coach Leach.
That's only evidence of a recurring flaw in coaching and/or leadership. If the same attitude exists today as existed yesterday - then not much has really changed - because we know that there has been almost 70% turnover in who is on the field this year.
From the outside we could not possibly know what - or who - is "not on board." But I wonder if Coach Leach can see his own horizon looming? Texas Tech's financial support is still rooted in old school West Texas football and that money may find that the "all-offense, no defense" experiment was good fun, but now has reached its conclusion.
While Leach is certainly a great coach (and I hope that he remains successful at Tech forever by the way) his new challenge will be to make changes to his staff, lest the penultimate change to the staff come from Gerald Myers.
I'll be rooting for Coach Leach to grow into the leader this program needs on both sides of the ball. I remind myself all the time that he's only been a head coach at this level for 8 years now. I wonder however, how many more he may be allowed after watching what I saw yesterday.
Thoughts on the game itself:
DT! Roger Staubach needs to pick a better class of friends. What makes me think those two are in the real estate business together?
DT! Listen, I think it's crappy we lost the game, but I think dropping that pass may help develop Michael Crabtree - he needs to understand now rather than later that with great expectations come great responsibility (tipped ball or poorly thrown ball aside - he looked very much like a kid who thought he should have caught that ball).
DT! Seems like our DBs are interested in making the perfect tackle instead of just trying to close the space between them and the ball carrier as quickly as possible. And when not trying to make a perfect tackle they seem to think shoving and pushing the ball carrier will cause him to fall.
DT! An alumnus I was talking to last night felt like Amendola lost us the game on the drive Tech had with 2:30 or so remaining in the game...that he missed two balls and one because he was attempting a one-handed grab instead of falling to the ground and making the sure-handed (two-handed) grab. Like I said, in a loss there's plenty of blame to go around.
I'm tired of this crap.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
10. Peyton Manning is such a goober.
9. That Cingular logo needed to go.
8. The Netherlands
7. Halloween is the debil's day.
6. Traffic cones.
4. Prison wear reminds us of that school in Austin.
3. Bad flashbacks of pumpkin smashing.
2. Real cowboys don't wear orange.
1. Nothing rhymes with orange.
Friday, September 21, 2007
Well, much to the chagrin of every coach and fan in the Big 12, last night's performance against Miami probably sealed the fate of our buddy Coach Fran. With that in mind, we here at DT have decided to offer up some suggestions for jobs the good coach may want to consider since it looks like he's gonna be looking in the not-too-distant future.
1. Chain Restaurant Waiter - Fran's a good salesman with a pleasant demeanor. Some might call it "flair." Plus, he's cool under pressure and scrutiny, and is a master of explaining why things didn't work out like they were supposed to.
2. Used Car Salesman - Let's face it, if you can convince one of college football's more storied programs to hire you as-is, you can convince me to buy that '86 Buick with 200k miles and bald tires.
3. Air Traffic Controller - If Fran can handle the pressure of coaching the Mighty Ags at Kyle Field, he can surely handle the pressure of keeping hundreds of planes in the air. On second thought, maybe this one isn't for him.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Little Debbies - They make Coach Fran so happy...
I want to shout it from the mountaintops!
"All you want to do is PASS! PASS! PASS!"
Thanks to our good friend, and disco tech! contributing writer, PsychoAg for an amazing performance. I'm sure that next year at the Emmys - you will take that interweb category from Al Gore and make an enduring impression on the Academy.
Like most big-time college football programs, UT's season doesn't end after the final whistle blows on bowl season. From that moment on, Mack Brown's busy pressing palms with every blue-chipper across the state. Mack searches high and low for the best possible recruits, and isn't afraid to venture places other coaches might shy away from.
Having such a broad recruiting base does have its drawbacks, though. While other coaches might spend most of their time trying to convince stubborn parents to allow their kids to attend UT, Mack is busy trying to convince stubborn jurors to allow their kids to go to UT. Bet he wishes HE had a law degree from Pepperdine!
Mack does have some good selling points other universities don't. For instance, you'll never fly commercial to a game. Nothing but a private charter will do for the richest state's flagship university!
Seriously? How did it come to this???
I mean, back in my day (you know...way back in late 90's/early aughts) Frat boys did the sensible thing and just tucked the front of their shirt in to go with their Croakies (God, I hate those things)...but WTF are with these hats??? I've seen my fair share of ugly ass/completely beat down cowboy hats...but GOOD GOD. Take fella there that's staring into your soul...it looks like he stole his grandma's gardening hat and then starched it to match his shirt (notice the little ring of tablecloth material around the top BTW, nice touch Grannie!). Then you've got dude that's making love to his Cuuurs Liiiight...he's obviously a Commie spy...see where he got his styling?
Remember: Friends don't let friends wear gay hats. ...unless everyone's doing it, then it's ok.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
...that tomorrow is "Talk Like a Pirate Day".
I'm sure to Coach Leach everyday may be "Talk Like a Pirate Day" but nonetheless, I would like to be sure that his pirate research is absolutely comprehensive.
Also - a quick HT to techaroo - who wanted to be sure we shared his newest design with the world via DiscoTech! and we thank him for that...
Monday, September 17, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
|Oklahoma State Receiving|
(in loss at Troy 9/14/07)
Maybe pumping up the sunshine on Adarius Bowman put too much pressure on the guy?
Of course, in the case of Michael Crabtree, the pre-season hype may have only served to announce his arrival.
|Texas Tech Receiving|
(in win @ Rice 9/15/07)
Sorry I haven't been around much - but the Rice week just did nothing for me - other than a few owl pics I was an empty vessel.
But my hatred for the Cowboys of Oklahomo have me brushing the sleepies out of my eyes. About the time the end of the third quarter rolled around yesterday I was just getting a good nap going.
And does anyone else but me think that the Longhorns look beatable? I'm sure that by the time Texas and Tech meet in Austin, Mack will have his team looking a little better, but I sure wish we could have caught them a little earlier on the schedule.
Another random thought about the Texas game: I didn't realize that Quan Crosby also made a go at baseball - he was drafted in 2001 by the Angels and hails from Mart, TX. So that means our man Rylan Reed joins Quan as former minor leaguers now making their presence felt in the Big 12. I can't help but think that the extra years of maturity and experience helps these guys be better teammates.
If any of you know of other Big 12 football players who were in the minors - please let me know...I think it's a heck of a story.
Back to Copycat U...
The game will be on FSN and FSN HD at 2:30 CDT on Saturday the 22nd of September.
Don't forget to keep your eyes out for traditional Tech imagery in bizarro land
The "Spirit Rider" from okstate.com:
The idea for the Spirit Rider came from then-OSU Band Director Richard Kastendieck. In 1984, he and the President of the OSU Rodeo Association, a student named John Beall, started the tradition of the Spirit Rider. Beall used his own quarterhorse, Della, to celebrate the touchdowns scored by the OSU football team. This soon became a staple of OSU football, and in 1988, Oklahoma State University bought its own black horse. A student contest in the O'Collegian provided the name, Bullet, and ever since the tradition has remained. Bullet makes his appearance with the marching band at the beginning of each home game and after each OSU touchdown.
The Masked Rider from ttu.edu:
It wasn't until 1936 that Texas Tech fans and students came to be called "Red Raiders." Collier Parrish, sports editor of the Lubbock Morning Avalanche, gave the team its new nickname because of their all-red uniforms and rigorous coast-to-coast schedule. 1936 was also the year of the first unofficial "Red Raider," now called the Masked Rider.
George Tate '37 shocked football fans when he and a trusty palomino named Tony or Silver, depending on where you look, led the football team onto the football field then just as quickly fled the scene. Tate, whose identity was kept a secret, borrowed a pair of cowboy boots from his roommate and sported a scarlet satin cape made by the Home Economics Department. He had been coaxed by pals to sneak a horse from the Tech barn and to make the first appearance as the mysterious Red Raider. Tate was quoted in the Nov. 4, 1984, issue of The Dallas Morning News as saying that Arch Lamb, who was then the head yell leader of the Saddle Tramps, "dreamed up this Red Raider thing." The prank was pulled a few more times that season but didn't surface again until the 1950s, when another Tech student was approached about creating a mascot.
In the fall of 1953 football coach DeWitt Weaver called Joe Kirk Fulton (seen at left) to his office to discuss school mascots. DeWitt, whose 10-1-0 football team was headed to Jacksonville, Fla., for the Gator Bowl, was hoping for a spot in the new Southwest Conference. Because Tech was the only school lacking a mascot, it is believed that DeWitt thought creating a mascot might aid Tech's admission into the conference. He wanted Fulton to ride the horse.
And so it was on New Year's Day 1954, riding a horse named Blackie that belonged to Levelland Sheriff's Posse member Bert Eads, Fulton became the university's official mascot. According to reports from those present at the 1954 Gator Bowl, the crowd sat in stunned silence as they watched Fulton and Blackie rush onto the football field, followed by the team. After a few moments of stunned disbelief, the silent crowd burst into cheers. Ed Danforth, a writer for the Atlanta Journal and a press box spectator later wrote, "No team in any bowl game ever made a more sensational entrance."We'll cover more embarrassingly bad copycat traditions later on this week. Let me leave you with this thought though. I think of OSU like "Four" in Multiplicity:
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
So, the students can't get the words to the Fight Song right. How unfortunate for them. Seriously--where is the line between sportsmanship and hooliganism?
I have a recommendation. Gerald Myers, are you listening? Are you disappointed in the response to the Raider Power campaign? Take a lesson from FIFA, the governing body of soccer.
Concerned about hooliganism, FIFA has taken some drastic measures to get their members to curb fan misbehavior. They had two opponents play a game without an audience.
So, what would this look like at Tech? Give the students one more chance to behave. If you don't see improvement, disallow student tickets at the next game. So, if the students drop f-bombs at the Directional LA game, don't honor student tickets at the Iowa State game. Let the alumni see the importance of the student body when those hooligans are absent. Let the students see how much the players need them to bring their best efforts.
I suspect taking away their spectator privileges would help students take their conduct a tad more seriously.