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Posted November 06, 2013in Game Day

Cue the chaos

FIRST DOWN Somebody up there likes Bo Pelini. Which is strange, considering how folks down at Memorial Stadium seem to be fairly torn — and that might be putting it kindly — about the football coach of their beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers.  With four seconds left in last Saturday’s Nebraska-Northwestern game

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Posted October 30, 2013in Game Day

Gophers taking off ‘like a house on fire’

FIRST DOWN The front-runner for Big Ten Coach of the Year? A guy from Clay Center, Kansas. A guy who coached under Glen Mason at the University of Kansas but never actually played for him. A guy who had to leave Lawrence and move back home because he couldn’t afford

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Posted October 23, 2013in Game Day

Midseason awards continue

FIRST DOWN The Tuesday Morning Quarterback Midseason Awards continue with a run through the B1G… Big Ten’s best team: Ohio State. Just because Urban Meyer provided the launching pad for the Tim Tebow circus and the Aaron Hernandez circus that tainted popular culture as we know it isn’t the reason

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Posted October 16, 2013in Game Day

Stoops takes physical, psychological beating

FIRST DOWN The Tuesday Morning Quarterback Midseason Awards are out. Big 12’s best team: Baylor. Wait. Baylor? Who else? Got a better suggestion? Just when you’re ready to jump on the Oklahoma-is-back bandwagon, the Sooners make their usual early season toe-stub. Texas Tech is a cool, feisty little story, but

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Posted October 09, 2013in Game Day

Somebody swallowed something

FIRST DOWN For his (deserved) fury, Paul Rhoads came away with a public slap on the shins from Bob Bowlsby. Which isn’t the same as a memo from the Big 12 offices in Dallas saying “Um, geez, ya got us, sorry about that.” But it’s close. The milk is spilled,

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Posted October 02, 2013in Game Day

Katie, bar the door

FIRST DOWN Of course. Of course Oklahoma State, the hands-down preseason Big 12 favorite, would be a double-digit favorite at West Virginia, a team that just been shut out by Maryland (Maryland?) and scored only seven points at Oklahoma. Of course Cowboys would then trip all over themselves and fall

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Posted September 25, 2013in Game Day

It’s a plot, we tell you!

FIRST DOWN… and goal to go: Baylor scores 70 points a week, produces Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks, and does everything that the Texas Longhorns are SUPPOSED to do. And yet the word on the street is that some of the high-rollers in Austin feel they’re above poaching the little brother

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Posted September 18, 2013in Game Day

When Tommie Frazier pickets

FIRST DOWN So they’re circling the wagons in Lincoln again. Circling, the Cornhuskers can do. It’s tackling that’s the problem. We kid, of course. Sort of. Nebraska football stories are starting to pull out the old “for the first time since 1961” line again, and which means two things: The

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Posted September 11, 2013in Game Day

A move of panicked desperation

FIRST DOWN: It isn’t so much that Texas gave up 40 points and 550 rushing yards to BYU — although it sure as hell didn’t help matters — as it is the fact that Mack Brown was building toward 2013, that this was supposed to be the year, circled on

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Posted September 04, 2013in Game Day

Fife is the one with the bullet

FIRST DOWN Oh, Lord, the jokes. They’re coming fast and furious now, like Stephen Colbert on the wrong end of a Red Bull enema.                   Q: How do you tell the difference between Barney Fife and the NCAA?                   A: Fife is the one with the bullet.                   And this:

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