I'm not a journalist - as you can tell - I barely write at all....sorry.
The Wes Welker story is popular - and so often written about because it's the ultimate David against Goliath story.
The small man with the big talent and even bigger heart faces unsurmountable odds and yet comes out victorious. But only after he's pictured at age 4 with his pet bunny, Thumper. I guarantee a call from Wes to his mom today:
"Ma, why the hell did you give them that picture?"
"It's cute son, you loved that bunny."
"You understand I'm gonna have bunny stickers all over my locker tomorrow, right?"
"It won't be the worst thing that's ever happened to you, Wes."
And once again Ma will be right and Wes will beat back bunnies and win a Super Bowl ring. Wes Welker is unstoppable. Maybe he can even join Timmy Smith and come home with a Super Bowl MVP trophy.
Sparky look-alike Elizabeth Merrill of ESPN with the article HERE.
Monday, January 28, 2008
I'm not a journalist - as you can tell - I barely write at all....sorry.
Monday, January 21, 2008
It has been our pleasure to bring to you a Texas Tech blogging experience. We hope that our readers like us so much that they would throw a good word in for us as the 2007 College Football Blogger Awards kick off.
Rocky Top Talk is the clearinghouse for all of these awards - and in case you didn't know - they're kind of a big deal.
Take a peek at the 2006 Awards - their nominees and the eventual winners.
I won't be nominating us. I feel like that would be a little crass. Although some of you are wondering right now "Well if that's the case why is he bringing these awards up at all?" Well Mr. Smarty, I'm bringing it up in the hopes that there's a Red Raider out there that wants us to win an award.
By the way...I think our very own Ignatius J. Reilly should at least get nominated for the "Jenn Sterger's Rack Award" (Best Photoshop or gag post of the year) for his following efforts:
UT Football: Recruiting Champions
Job Options for Coach Fran
Everybody Loves Fran
Texas Tech Wins the MNC
Our all too infrequent contributor "yar" wrote our best piece to date - and incredible read on the Texas Tech/Texas A&M rivalry that is Pulitzer quality. Please Baby Jesus would somebody send this in for the "Tyrone Prothro and His Amazing Catch Award."
Drinking With Boris Yeltsin (Texas A&M Preview post)
Cabron Guey created a great .gif for us:
I has a hat!
As for DiscoTech! I think our best shot to be recognized on this stage would be in the "Best New Blog" category.
Myself, I think I'm certainly going to throw a nomination in the hat for "Best Big 12 Blog." I'll be nominating Seth at Double T Nation. I'm continually amazed at the work that guy puts into his blog. Remarkable work from a guy that I also happen to like.
Thanks for your time.
We always appreciate you dropping by.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
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Thursday, January 17, 2008
Steve "I wish I was a Lehman Brothers Wall Street type" Lavin:
Coach Knight's Post-Game Presser:
Really, this game ws pretty cool - I was away from the house for the first half - came home at halftime and turned on the TV...
I passed out for a few minutes after I saw the score, my wife revived me by throwing some bourbon on my face and I was as good as new.
I watched the lead drop as the second half began and did my best simulation of our play whilst on the loo...
Came back to the tube and both the Red Raiders and my digestive tract were once again in perfect harmony.
Then Coach Knight gave the crowd a jab - which they deserved - but which Coach Knight will take some abuse for. Hey - the truth hurts sometimes. Like when I go to the amusement park and try to ride the rides and they tell me I can't because my head still fits under Mickey's hand...
900 wins, it turns out, puts you in the company of two women - a dream situation for any red blooded male Raider - except for somebody they call "barbossa".
DT! The Georgia Tech Scout bbs discussed Tulsa dropping us from their schedule - for like a minute - but it's worth a peek.
DT! In other message board madness - I've realized that if Aggies were to dedicate all the hours they spend telling Texas Tech folks how superior they are to us they could have made a Tahoe that runs on maroon watermelons by now. Instead they don't realize that that they have become a lol factory.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Mark Schlabach at ESPN.com has selected a "2007 All-Bowl Team."
Ryland Reed is his starting left-tackle. That and a buck won't get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks - but as the old pappy used to say "That's better than a sharp stick in the eye."
No doubt about it.
Interestingly, he left Chis Long - that's Howie Long's son by the way - off the All-Bowl team. I'm beginning to wonder if Mark actually watched the Gator Bowl - but any publicity is good publicity - especially for a guy who is recovering from surgery on his ankle.
From all of us at DiscoTech! we hope Ryland has the best of recoveries.
You'll pardon DiscoTech!'s lack of basketball coverage...we are much bigger football fans than basketball fans - and we tend to make fun of Bobby Knight more than shower him with adulation.
We appreciate what the man has done for Tech basketball. We encourage him to get his 900th win and in the post-game news conference promptly retire and hand the team over to Pat.
We will try to get excited - we really will.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Introducing Kenny George...
Tyler Hansbrough is a big guy - like 6' 10" or so - and he looks like he should be playing JV ball when he's playing against Big Kenny...
Crazy video - just had to share.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Just so you know - you can go to the AP's website and get information on how poll voters actually voted...while this is a quite tedious during the season - the final poll is always fun to look at.
I don't think the coaches disclose who they vote for in the USAToday poll immediately after the poll - info on the last poll of December as we headed into bowl season was made available a few days after the poll was actually released...
Especially when you end up ranked - which Tech has done for only the third time in Mike Leach's eight years at Tech.
So thanks to the big win we have something fun to talk about...
Here's the final poll before we get started:
|1. LSU (60) 12-2 1,620|
|2. Georgia (3) 11-2 1,515|
|3. USC (1) 11-2 1,500|
|4. Missouri 12-2 1,347|
|5. Ohio State 11-2 1,346|
|6. West Virginia 11-2 1,342|
|7. Kansas (1) 12-1 1,303|
|8. Oklahoma 11-3 1,139|
|9. Virginia Tech 11-3 1,096|
|10. Texas 10-3 962|
|10. Boston College 11-3 962|
|12. Tennessee 10-4 904|
|13. Florida 9-4 685|
|14. Brigham Young 11-2 654|
|15. Auburn 9-4 648|
|16. Arizona State 10-3 587|
|17. Cincinnati 10-3 566|
|18. Michigan 9-4 508|
|19. Hawaii 12-1 460|
|20. Illinois 9-4 443|
|21. Clemson 9-4 353|
|22. Texas Tech 9-4 308|
|23. Oregon 9-4 253|
|24. Wisconsin 9-4 202|
|25. Oregon State 9-4 110|
Others Receiving VotesVirginia 66, Penn State 61, Kentucky 57, Wake Forest 53, Boise State 25, Arkansas 13, Utah 9, Mississippi State 7, Appalachian State 5, South Florida 5, Tulsa 4, Connecticut 3, Air Force 2, Rutgers 2.
Dropped From RankingsVirginia 21, South Florida 23, Boise State 24, Arkansas 25.
Some interesting results -
5 votes for Coach Moore's 13 and 2 Appalachian State team (losses to Wofford and Georgia Southern).
Interesting also is South Florida who was at one time second in the nation ends up polling level with App State and just ahead of Tulsa who will be on Tech's non-conference schedule next year.
Seven of our 2008 opponents were in bowl games. UMass, which competes in Division I-AA lost in the second round of the FCS playoffs.
I know - I'm a going on a tangent here - but here's next year's schedule:
(2007 record in parenthesis)
Aug 30 TULSA (10-4) Lubbock
Sept 6 at Nevada (6-7) Reno, Nevada
Sept 13 SMU (1-11) Lubbock
Sept 20 MASSACHUSETTS (10-3) (Parents W.) Lubbock
Sept 27 Bye
Oct 4 at Kansas State (5-7) Manhattan, Kan.
Oct 11 NEBRASKA (5-7) (Homecoming) Lubbock
Oct 18 at Texas A&M (7-6) College Station
Oct 25 at Kansas (12-1) Lawrence, Kan.
Nov 1 TEXAS (10-3) Lubbock
Nov 8 OKLAHOMA STATE (7-6) Lubbock
Nov 15 at Oklahoma (11-3) Norman, Okla.
Nov 22 BAYLOR (3-9) Lubbock
Anyhow...back to the poll...
Let's have look-see at some of the pollsters and their opinions of the national championship picture, the Big 12 and Texas Tech....
Chris Fowler - uhhh...no votes from Chris Fowler - so at least he's got his good hair and Jay Leno-like giant pumpkin head still working for him. He even voted Oklahoma as better than Mizzou (yes, I understand OU won the heads-up game) even after OU was embarrassed by WVU and Mizzou stomped Arkansas. In general he clearly doesn't like the Big 12 teams.
Kirk "The Love Bug" Herbstreit - was brutal to his alma mater and ranked them - correctly - 7th even while the Bucks finished overall polling at 5th. he ranked Tech above Virginia and kept a deserving UVA team in the top 25. I like Herbie more and more every year - I think he knows his stuff.
Craig James - well this ought to be interesting - will he have to withhold from voting for Tech next year when Adam is on the team in earnest? A high rank of 19 from Craig who was also rightfully brutal to Ohio State and got the Missouri Kansas conundrum more correct than others with Mizzou at 4 and KU at 5.
Stuart Mandel - Is a fan of the program apparently because he ranked us 14 - which is not only a high ranking but makes me wonder is Stewart wasn't high when he filled out his ballot. But I sure as heck appreciate it - and in case you missed it - Stewart has already released his top 10 for next year - and Texas Tech is....not in the top 10 - we are "a team to watch."
Molly Yanity - Seattle Post-Intelligencer - Molly didn't give us any votes - but what do you expect from a newspaper that makes up words and names their paper the "Intelligencer?" Do yourself a favor and don't do a Google Image Search for Molly - you'll only be disappointed - seriously.
Kirk Bohls - Austin American-Statesman - In what can only be characterized as a "shocker" - Kirk ranks his hometown Texas Longhorns #11 - and Texas Tech #12. What?! Wait. Tech's highest single polling came from Austin. Whaaaaa??? Have I ever told you there are seriously good drugs available near Town Lake - specifically near the Congress Bridge? Well there must be.
Joseph Duarte - Houston Chronicle - must not have watched the BCS Championship - or the Sugar Bowl - or the Rose Bowl - he voted OSU #2. Super serious. His editor is nuts.
Ray Fittipaldo - Pittsburgh Post - ditto the above.
John Hunt - The Oregonian - I'm beginning to think the Great Northwest doesn't know about the Jewel of the South Plains - no votes for TTU.
Rich Kaipust - Omaha World-Herald - Kansas Jayhawks #2 - I gotta say - there's a case to be made there - they just drilled VaTech - a game I thought for sure the Hokies would run away with.
Scott Wolf - LA Daily News - Thinks that despite the fact LSU won the BCS Championship game - that matters little because Georgia is #1. In other Hollywood scripts - Tulsa is #25 while Tech is unranked in his poll. And to top that off - Virginia ends up #21 in his poll - only falling one spot after their Gator Bowl loss. Oh Yeah - and Utah is #24. Hollywood - it's a whole other world.
Israel Gutierrez - Miami Herald - Kansas Jayhawks - National Champs!
That's the basic highlights - there were about 4 other pollsters that didn't rank Tech - and every single one of them kept Virginia in the 20 - 23 area. I guess I just don't understand some of these guys and gals.
Are they making some sort of statement with their votes? They will not be oppressed and will vote they way they want?
Also - I swear I thought I saw 5 votes for App State and yet not a single poll I clicked on had App State ranked - I thought I clicked them all - but I guess I didn't.
Sunday, January 6, 2008
To quote a friend of mine that put this nicely - because this sort of a PG-13 blog:
"Corso is a dumb monkey."
1. Harrell wears the number 6 - not the number 15.
2. Texas Tech has won 4 of their last 5 bowl games (I have no idea what Virginia Tech's recent bowl record was going into the Orange Bowl was) even though Corso clearly meant Texas Tech - he got his tongue caught on Virginia Tech's penis or something. After all, if it's a college football game on ESPN, odds are Virginia Tech is a participant.
So anyhow - here's Desmond Howard's visit with Michael Crabtree as presented on College Gameday on New Year's morning...
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Another incredible finish to another heart-stopping Texas Tech Football season. Another come-from-behind victory in the fourth quarter - and high hopes for a strong squad in 2008...let's get to it...
Bourbon distillers reported an above average consumption of their favored beverage as the clock rolled from 12:00 pm through 2:00pm Central time all over Texas, almost without regard for human alcohol toxicity.
At least that's what went down at my house.
Many more gray hairs will fall to the bottom of the shower in the morning as I head back to my cubicle. Why Dear Lord must you put us through these trials so soon after the birth of Baby Jesus?
DT! Graham Harrell was penalized twice in the first half for two safeties...aw hell...you saw the game as well I'm sure. What was going on was...Chris Long and his defensive line buddies were absolutely on point from the first snap - and as has been common throughout our season, our guys need (but shouldn't) to get knocked around a little before they get going.
DT! I thought that it was absolutely amazing that Virginia didn't commit a single penalty in the entire first half - a bit of karma/yin-yang Asian Rim voodoo that would play a serious role in the second half. We'll get to that later.
DT! I turned to my wife after we went up 7 to nothin' on Detron Lewis' TD and said "We're going to crush them." You can blindfold me and shoot me at daybreak.
DT! I'm a big message board reader as some of you know - and I find that the greatest entertainment known to man - and yet still largely undiscovered by the masses - is reading message board "Game Threads." That is, for the uninitiated, a topic of discussion dedicated to the events of the game as it happens live. In these threads any junior high mind can call for the defensive coordinator's head of his choosing. In this case - Ruffin McNeill.
Listen fellas, did you think after 15 more practices we were all the sudden going to come out and play Minnesota Vikings style run defense? During summer camp Tech will have 15 practices in only a little over one week...so installing an entirely new defensive scheme is not even an option folks.
And Ruffin McNeill should be given the opportunity to be Tech's DC. I think Tech is reaping the rewards of coaching staff consistency as they recruit. Ruff is a big part of the fact that we have some absolute studs coming our way on defense in this coming class.
So Tech allowed a 96 yard run that was a SportsCenter "Top Plays" nominee tonight. Don't tell me you were shocked - just don't.
DT! I can't recall when Tech came out and kicked an onside "surprise" kickoff...it always seems that kind of stuff is happening TO us - is that just me? Al Groh said in his post-game interview that the Cavs prepared for those sorts of things because it was a part of our "aggressive nature." Search me - I had no idea we had that play in our playbook.
DT! Crabtree was great today by the way. Focused the entire game even when things weren't going well for him personally, much less for the entire offense.
DT! I appreciated very much the commentary by Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist as it related to Crabtree's "Jim Brown" moment in the second half. I thought both those guys did a great job today and were absolutely professional. My only gripe would have been to note that they cheered on big #71 of Virginia's OL as he celebrated a big play - but then didn't bring nearly the contempt to bear on the "Unsportsmanlike" call on Parker only 3 minutes later. They still derided the call a bit but failed to make the connection that I thought was right there in front of their face.
DT! Oh yeah - the officiating. I would call it "equally bad for both teams." Tech seemed to pick up a lot of little BS calls - while Virginia had the one big call go against them. Groh was told the fumble by Crawford was unreviewable - the better made up word would be "un-challengeable".
Groh just couldn't let that call go - and his post-game presser was littered with blame directed at the officiating.
So, Coach Groh, get over it. The call happened early in the second and you had LOTS of opportunity to recover. And it wasn't even a scoring play. The irony for Red Raiders is clear - and there's lots to go around:
1. Your team wasn't penalized a stitch in the first half and probably only had 3 flags thrown against you all game.
2. You should have watched our last few game films against UT.
3. Karma's a bitch.
DT! In keeping with the karma theme, I should counter that negative comment about Groh with a positive one about Chris Long. I had never seen this kid play before today. Holy son of famous pro football player Batman! Did you know he was Howie's kid? The kid is flat out amazing - and single-handedly dominated the game at times. I wish him the best of luck in his NFL career and will watch him many times and say "Remember when he blew up Tech's OL?"
DT! We lost a great O-Lineman today in what had to be one of the more gruesome broken legs I've seen in a while. Rylan Reed is a great man - and deserves better than a broken leg for his trouble. Our thoughts and prayers are with him for a speedy recovery - one that is without trouble or concern.
DT! While Coach Groh is convinced that the deciding factor today, I'm not. I think it was the injury to his QB, Jameel Sewell for all but the entire fourth. His freshman QB was serviceable, but was clearly thrown into a situation for which he was not prepared. The real wonder was when Colby Whitlock all of the sudden blew through the line and blew up a screen. The unfamiliarity with the speed of the game ended up being the deciding factor.
DT! So Tech has now won 5 of their last 6 bowl games - only losing to 'Bama on a dead-duck-last-gasp-sorry-good-for-nothing field goal that barely crossed the pipe two years ago. Good thing I'm not one who remembers things like that. Our bowl record is still for crap as a whole - but that's certainly not Mike Leach's fault who runs his bowl record to 5 - 3.
While we're on the subject of bowl victories let me make sure we're clear on something. Despite the team's poor performance today - they still won the game. And since we haven't been in the business of getting into Big 12 title games, these bowl trophies are important. If we continue to fill our trophy case with these bowl wins, higher and higher quality recruits will continue to grace us with their presence and we may actually be able to put one of those crappy looking NCAA horrible looking but undeniably important trophies right out front of the football offices.
So no bitching and moaning about lack of discipline and mental errors and on and on and on...
The scoreboard says we scored more points than the other team - and they would trade places with us in a heartbeat. So we must be doing something right.
DT! The folks who get paid to write about college football take notice of our continued success:
5. No one has played better bowl games over the last three years than Texas Tech.
The win over the Cavaliers might have been a thriller, but it was nothing compared to 44-41 overtime win over Minnesota in last year's Insight Bowl. The 13-10 loss in the 2006 Cotton Bowl wasn't exactly thrilling, but it was a close battle until the end.
Virginia's bowls have been just as good with an overtime collapse in the 2004 MPC Computers Bowl to Fresno State and a 34-31 win over Minnesota in the Music City Bowl. Bowl games are all about making money and putting butts in the seats, but they also want compelling games.
At this point, Texas Tech has become an extremely attractive bowl draw.That would be Pete Fiutak on Fox.com. He's a pretty impressive guy and always makes the talk radio rounds during the season. I hope he gives us some praise as he call into FOX radio shows this week. A great recap of the game.
DT! No doubt that there were "good seats still available" at the game. So Pete Fiutak's comment should come as welcome salve to those of you who were disappointed by the massive amounts of blue seats at the game. Let's keep in mind that the University of Florida Gators happened to be playing a big game of their own just down the road. Any potential Gators that might have bought a ticket were elsewhere - and I heard some rumblings that Jacksonville residents felt game tickets were priced out of their range.
So the crowd was dominated by UVA and Tech folks - which I'm sure made the atmosphere plenty electric despite the slim crowd.
To re-iterate - it won't have a thing to do with whether or not Tech is (or is not) chosen for another top-flight bowl game (see Fiutak's comments above).
DT! Shame on ESPN News for not showing a single highlight of the Gator Bowl for a FULL 2 HOURS after the game had concluded. They were far too busy masturbating to Lloyd Carr and their very own Capital One Bowl to pay attention to the thriller in Jacksonville...
DT! Thanks to Scotty at TVTanLine for once again hooking us up with some awesome screen caps - I'll be liberating some of these images and adding them to my hard drive soon...
DT! Richard Justice at the Houston Chronicle wrote a great piece that is quite flattering to Tech today as well - potential recruits and their families should take the time to read it...as should readers of this blog...
That's all for now - I'm sure I missed some topics of discussion - feel free to comment below - we'll sure miss our Seniors and we'll talk about how hard it will be to replace them sometime this spring...we appreciate all the blood and sweat they've shed so that we can be entertained - and frustrated.