Texas turns the Table
Because of the events in Philadelphia, I pretty much ignored in this space the Texas 2nd half dismantling of Oklahoma to string their second straight win together in this series. As I said on the radio on Monday, this just serves to demonstrate that the winds of change are always blowing in sports, and nothing lasts forever. Bob Stoops and Oklahoma had Mack Brown owned and there appeared to be no change in sight after the 12-0 win in 2004. Now we see how wrong that is.
That is why it is funny to read emails from both sides of the Red River who insist that since Colt McCoy is only a freshman, this insures us that Texas will win the next 3. First off, how anyone assumes that McCoy is now unbeatable is drunk. He is ok. And Oklahoma will figure something out at QB soon. But more than anything, just look at how this series rolls. Nothing lasts forever.
The happiest man in the world has to be Mack Brown. How much has his life changed in the last 24 months?
I will be interested to see any statistical studies of Stoops vs. Brown and who has the better run going at their school as it stands now if anyone has one to send to me.
Ortiz vs. Shamrock
The UFC showed a marquee battle on free TV last night as Ortiz/Shamrock 3 went down on Spike TV. Don’t congratulate the UFC for offering this on free TV, because none of us would have bought it. Ortiz/Shamrock 2 was exactly the same as Ortiz/Shamrock 3. Shamrock has been called the World’s most Dangerous Man, but since I have followed MMA, he has been a joke. He has lost 6 of his last 7 fights, and at the age of 42 surely has not been dominant in years. In fact, the last time he strung together consecutive wins was 1996! Why they needed a 3rd fight is a mystery to me given that Ortiz handily won the first two.
Anyway, I am touchy about calling for retirements, given my boy is facing it daily from every dope with a keyboard nationwide, but surely this is it for Shamrock. In MMA fighting, old fighters get killed.
As for Tito Ortiz, he is a bad man. I really find myself liking him, and cannot wait to see Chuck Liddell – Tito Ortiz in December. That could be a classic.
Colt McCoy is the man …
Quarterback Colt McCoy was reminded first thing Monday morning how big it is for a Texas signal caller to beat Oklahoma.
"When I walked into class, everybody stood up and clapped," McCoy said.
McCoy guided the Longhorns to a 28-10 victory over OU on Saturday, becoming just the fifth freshman quarterback in UT history to achieve that feat.
That accomplishment might have impressed his government classmates, but it apparently didn't impress his professor. McCoy still had to take his scheduled exam.
A mind game: Texas coach Mack Brown said his team's toughest challenge this week, as it prepares to face Baylor, will be to move on psychologically from the Oklahoma game.
"Everybody's sore, everybody spent a lot of emotion," Brown said. "We can't let that game hang around until Tuesday."
This tidbit ought to help: Baylor and UT are the only Big 12 South teams left unbeaten in conference play, meaning Saturday's game is for South Division supremacy.
Ortiz pounds Shamrock …
Tito Ortiz heard the excuses. After his first fight with Ken Shamrock he heard all about the knee injury that did not let Shamrock fight up to his full potential. And he surely heard the boos and taunts after his 78-second dismantling of “The World’s Most Dangerous Man” this past July. The only thing he heard after Tuesday’s fight was the adoring cheers of a crowd once again in love with the former UFC light heavyweight champion.
In an eerily similar sequence to their July bout, Ortiz secured a takedown and went to work early in the first round with his trademark scalpel-like elbows. After softening Shamrock up, Ortiz went to the heavy artillery, riddling his archrival with a series of punches that relieved the veteran of his faculties.
Shamrock’s referee of choice, “Big” John McCarthy, was there to rescue the fallen fighter at the 2:23 mark of the first round. As Shamrock lay prone on the mat, his right leg stiff and protruding into the air, Ortiz climbed the cage in celebration before breaking out his “grave digger” celebration.
Philadelphia with record TV numbers …
Terrell Owens' return to Lincoln Financial Field generated big TV ratings locally for the Fox network.
The Eagles' 38-24 win over Owens and the Dallas Cowboys was the all-time highest-rated regular-season game for Fox, which has been broadcasting NFL games since 1994.
Sunday's game had a 40.1 rating and a 64 share here, which meant it was seen in 1,179,000 households in the area and nearly two-thirds of the sets in use were tuned in.
Before that, the regular-season game with the highest rating for Fox in Philadelphia was the Eagles' 17-7 win over Arizona on Nov. 6, 1994, which drew a 38.4 rating.
After using Brett Favre as a piñata, Gregg Easterbrook keeps typing …
Stat of the Week No. 8: Since losing Randy Moss as a target, Daunte Culpepper has averaged 0.7 touchdown passes per game. In the three previous years, he averaged 1.8 touchdown passes per game.
Terrell Owens Humiliation Analysis: Drew Bledsoe threw toward Owens 13 times. The results: two interceptions, three dropped passes, three receptions for 45 yards, no touchdowns. On both interceptions, the ball was underthrown and Owens, rather than fight to break up the pass, passively watched it get picked off. After the second interception Owens passively watched, he screamed at teammates and assistant coaches on the sideline. The guys on the sideline were not the ones who could have broken up the pass. Actual Owens statement at the postgame press conference: "Maybe I need to work harder."
Insider says Josh Howard may become an issue …
Best player in camp. So far? It's Josh Howard, hands down. He has been sharp and aggressive as ever and looks game-ready already.
Those are all promising developments for the Mavs, given that Howard and management remain far apart on a contract extension that has to be completed by Oct. 31 to prevent the 26-year-old from becoming a restricted free agent in July.
If the situation has unsettled Howard, you certainly can't tell on the floor, where coach Avery Johnson apparently is planning to put the ball in his hands more. That's a role Howard last handled at Wake Forest, mere months before the first major letdown of his career: slipping to No. 29 in the 2003 draft.
"Coach wants me to be a point forward," Howard said. "I've got three plays I keep in my head so I can make sure everybody's in the right spot."
As for the contract stalemate, Howard said: "It's kind of wishy-washy with me. Some days I don't even think about it, and some days I wonder what's going on. If it doesn't happen this year, hopefully next year."
When asked whether he has abandoned hope that an extension can be hammered out by Halloween, Howard added with a hopeful grin: "You never know. You know how Cubes [Mark Cuban] is. Depends on how he feels."
USA Today Ink for the Corso bit …
Those images of Detroit Tigers fans and players celebrating their American League Division Series victory against the New York Yankees on Saturday were the most memorable of the weekend. But when I see some twit waving a lewd sign about Lee Corso during College GameDay, you have to wonder. ESPN's college football show is supposed to be the model. Here's hoping those extra cops don't become permanent.
This Addicting game might ruin your day …
Is Steve-O drunk? - 1:19
Sweet Caroline at Fenway – 1:54