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World Cup Quarters and Semis- continuous thread

Every single Group winner advanced to the Quarterfinals from the Round of 16. It was probably the most memorable round of World Cup play in its history. The bracket held to form but in the most...


World Cup- Round of 16 continuous thread

Eight glorious games in 4 days. The marquee tilts will be both matches on Saturday (an all-South American futbolfest) Brazil v Chile and Columbia v Uruguay. Then Netherlands v Mexico on Sunday...


World Cup- Group Play continuous thread

Here's my World Cup take...I'm picking Argentina Sergio Aguero (Man City) will outshine his Argentinian teammate and world star, Lionel Messi, although Messi will certainly get off his WC snide...

Texas Tech soccer makes "Top Drawer" haul on NSD


Lost in all of the excitement of Kliff's awesome football recruiting class was the quite impressive haul that Coach Tom Stone made on NSD for the Texas Tech women's soccer team.

Coach Stone followed his 2013 #16 final national ranking and undefeated Big 12 season with a class that, like Coach Kingsbury, addressed immediate need. This included an impressive 3* Top Drawer all-state goalkeeper from California, Carissa Christensen, who will help fill the void left by All-Big 12 First-teamer Victoria Esson, who allowed only 2 goals in conference play in 2013 before graduating. Goalkeeping in soccer, like hockey, can put you over the top. Tech seems to have landed a good one in Christensen.

Coach Stone also landed 3 other Top Drawer recruits, all 4* commits and all from the state of Texas. Defender Rebekah O'Brien from Spring and Forwards Natalie Schmutz from Texas 5A power Flower Mound Marcus and Sara Summers from perennial 4A state contender Dallas Highland Park were all very highly recruited nationally. Summers was ranked by Top Drawer (the Rivals of national youth soccer) as the #33 college forward recruit in the nation. Schmutz was also targeted by many colleges nationally but she stayed in-state with Tech and was a huge get for the Raider's side.

Tech also signed 2 other out of state forwards, Haleigh Fancher, a high energy striker from Missouri and Alex Marmureanu, another strong but fast forward out of Marymount High in Los Angeles.

5 of the 6 field players that Stone recruited this season all have forward experience which indicates a high skill level in this class. This follows a trend of-late by Stone of going after players like Janine Beckie, who have very high skill level and who usually rise to the occasion in close matches in a very competitive environment like D-1 Big 12 soccer.

While it will be interesting to see how hungry the 2014 squad will be after the best season in program history in 2013, these new recruits indicate that nationally recruited talent are willing to come to Lubbock to display their wares and offer themselves up to a very high level of international style coaching that Stone and his staff offer.

Texas Tech vs Florida St. poll...


Is there any doubt who you should vote for? A friend of mine whose daughter is a Zeta at Tech forwarded this to early and often


Frank the Tank lives!

Frank the Tank was wrong about three years ago when he predicted Texas to the B1G...but while he hasn't been accurate about where some schools have ended up he was very good about pointing out...

The we're talking


Time Warner has made it clear that they are becoming a player in the sports entertainment world...hence the holdout regarding the LHN which will never make its way onto TWC...keep up the good work Time Warner

Uniform Czar talks more bad unis


Can we just stop this madness?...and it wasn't even Under Armours fault this year...this is strictly Nike and Adidas' vote for the worst transformation goes to Air Force (see article)...they went from one of the cleanest looks to the absolute worst unis in CFB...but since nobody gets to see them play it really doesn't matter...the biggest omission from this list has to be Mizzou...I'm sure with the way their first season in the SEC went they are probably asking for a big do-over on the 'brown' unis and the indistinguishable logo on the helmet...the "M" helmet is one of the classiest in CFB...bring it back and leave it...thankfully, no mention was made of the Lone Star Pride pants that Tech sported this year vs Texas...yikes...I do like the new Tech logo on the state of Texas on the chest but in the future, no blue on Tech unis, please...just one more thing...the t-shirt worn under your jersey should not be an integral part of the uni...see aTm and Miss the Big XII no mention of Okie State's step backwards this season after a nice uniform year in 2011..if things get any worst with college football uniforms the Uniform Czar is going to start fining the culprits ie. Adidas and Nike, especially if black is used in a uniform and black is not one of the school colors... that even includes Texas' practice jerseys...Oregon continues to be the Howard Stern of college unis...just shock value...get a grip...shout out to the TCU reflective purple helmets but please no black on the unis...thanks, One Foot Down but you forgot to mention your very own shamrock green logo on the helmet...please, just don't, ok?

Spare me Johnny Foosball for Heisman- Edge to Optimus Klein


Can we please give the Johnny Foosball thing a rest already alright? And it's really not because he's an aggy...although it sure doesn't help on my ballot. Colin Klein is my pick and the linked article clearly outlines why...keep in mind that the stats in the article do not count the KSU v Texas game this weekend...Klein had 23 carries for 105 yards rushing and was 8/14 for 184 yards passing with 1 TD and one pick. He didn't even break a sweat against the fighting McConaughheys. Can we also acknowledge the aggy schedule which includes games with SMU, South Carolina STATE, Sam Houston St., Auburn, Arkansas,..aggy also barely beat Ole Miss and La.Tech and lost to Florida and LSU, the only teams on aggy's schedule besides 'Bama that didn't suck. Optimus Klein, on the other hand, led KSU to a round robin Big XII championship and also dismantled Miami, the second best team in the ACC. It's lone loss to Baylor should no longer be frowned upon given the Bears strong finish. Klein is clearly the Heisman frontrunner imho. His body of work for his career should be given some consideration as well...Manziel hasn't won shit, yet...but the voters will probably fall for the watch.


Frosh Janine Beckie's brace leads Tech to 2-0 shutout of XeroxU on national television

Texas Tech women's soccer team ended the 2012 Big XII regular season with a shutout of four-time defending Big XII champion XeroxU 2-0 on Friday night in front of a chilly but rowdy crowd at Tech's...

Tech soccer shuts out Texas in Austin, 1-0


Texas Tech women's soccer team climbed into a second place tie with Texas in the Big XII race by posting a 1-0 shutout over the Longhorns in Austin on Friday afternoon. Texas was previously unscored on in conference play but now Tech has beaten their rivals in back to back regular season matches in 2011 and 2012. The Red Raiders are now 11-0 during the 2012 season when striking first in the match. Tech has also outscored its opponents 17-6 in the second half this season highlighting their team depth and conditioning. This was Tech's 4th shutout of the year and moved their record to 11-4 (3-2) with 3 remaining conference games left before the Big XII tournament.

Xerox U douchery ruins it for all...


Thanks to the so-called 'paddle people' at Okie St. we will no longer have paddle tramp cow bells, air raid siren, in-house music, longhorn canons, ruffnek shotguns, cats growling over p.a., band playing fight song, or cheering while defense is on the field...oh,'re describing a game at TCU.

AP Top 25 week 4- Ranking the conference suck


The 2012 college football season has been characterized by an abundance of suck. Some conferences have more suck than others but for the most part the landscape is littered with a lot of football suck. This week I rank the the major conferences by those with the least suck topping the rankings. 1) Big XII- The conference took a hit with Oklahoma dropping from the top 5 to #16 as they sucked against KSU who took the overrated Sooners spot in the top 10 coming in at #7 and the conference's highest ranked team. WVU held their spot in the top 10 at #9 and kinda sucked against a rebuilding Maryland squad whose uniforms sucked as usual. TCU beat a weak Virginia team and retained their top 25 rank at #15 but they kinda sucked again as they only scored in the 20's against a weak opponent for the second straight week. They also lost their top running back for the year. That sucks. Baylor almost sucked but pulled it out late against ULaMo but they haven't sucked at all this year so no harm there to Baylor's #25 ranking. Iowa St. has not sucked this year, YET, and neither have our Texas Tech Red Raiders as they are both 3-0. Tech is #1 in total defense and #2 in total offense...take a screen shot of that one. Xerox U. dropped a game to Arizona early and that sucks more now that Arizona got embarassed and shut out 49-0 by Oregon last weekend. Texas was idle but they suck just because they are Texas. Top to bottom (except Kansas) the Big XII has less suck than any other conference but that ranking may change now that the conference gets into the meat of the round robin schedule. Based on recent showings Oklahoma, TCU, Xerox U. and Baylor could very well fall into the ranks of suckdom. 2) SEC- There is little doubt about the strength of the ES EE SEE as they have an amazing 5 teams in the top 11...'Bama #1, LSU #3, Georgia #5, South Carolina #6 and Florida #11...BUT there is truly an amazing amount of suck in the SEC...led by Arky who is really sucking this year but actually rolled out a white helmet with a red razorback on, did that EVER addition to Arkansas the SEC has serious suck in the names of Kentucky (lost to Western Kentucky and shut out by Florida), Ole Miss(66 points given up to Texas most in 95 years), Auburn(1-3), Mizzou (lost their first 2 SEC conference games of all time), Tennessee (because of their school color) and aggy. Aggy sucks for hanging 70 on South Carolina STATE at home. but they feel so good about themselves now but still not top 25. There is no middle class in the SEC. 3) Mid-America Conference (MAC)- the MAC is ranked #3 this week in the not sucking conference poll as Central Michigan beat Iowa (B1G), Western Michigan beat Connecticut (Big East), Ball St. defeated South Florida (Big East) and Northern Illinois defeated Kansas (Big XII) addition the other directional Michigan, Eastern Michigan, hung in with Michigan St. on the road losing only 23-7 to Sparty despite carrying an 0-3 record into the contest. Good job, did not suck Saturday. 4) ACC- Believe it or not the ACC chimes in at #4 in the least suck conference rank. Despite the the heavys at the top in Florida St #4 and Clemson #17 after their spirited battle Saturday the rest of the conference is fairing quite well this season. Of the the 12 members only Boston College (1-2) has a losing record this season so far. There are six 3-1 teams in the conference including surprisingly enough, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest and Miami. The 3-1 Miami record is a surprise after watching them get their hat handed to them against Kansas St. I guess everyone is putting on their Sunday best knowing that Notre Dame will be in church next season. I will admit that the ACC kinda doesn't suck so far this season...but it's still early. 5) PAC 12- The cream is rising to the top of the PAC 12 but the suck is sinking fast. Aside from Oregon #2, Stanford #8, USC #13 and surprising Oregon St. #18, Arizona had a chance to join the club but got shut out at Oregon 49-0 and knocked out of the top 25. Shades of RichRod sucking at Michigan are swirling in my head. Cal sucks(1-3). Utah certainly sucks and we all know that Colorado is sucking hind tit bad but Wazzou has joined the rank of suck in the PAC 12 after losing to lowly Colorado by totally collapsing in the 4th. Leach decided to not kick a field goal late in that game to put the Coogs up by two scores and instead went for it on 4th down. That turned out to be a sucky call by the pirate as they didn't make it. Almost the same call he made against Houston for Tech a few years back. This loss to the Buffs could set the WSU program back a year or two in the rebuilding process and that really sucks, for Mike, but not Cougar Center...karma. 6) Mountain West- Blue Mountain St. beat their old conference mate, BYU, 7-6 on national tv...not only did that suck for both teams but I had to go to the eye doctor the next day after watching the gawdawful blue field all evening. MWC sucks all around except thatNew Mexico beat it's cross town rival New Mexico St.. Well, at least it helps Texas Tech's strength of schedule when they start handing out BCS bids. 5 of the 10 teams in the conference are 1 win teams and only Nevada and Blue Mountain State have winning records. BMS somehow stayed in the top 25 at #24 despite scoring only 7 points. There is no doubt that the MWC is the suckest of all conferences until you look at the B1G... 7) B1G- The Legendary Leaders of the college football world are completely irrelevant. 3 teams in the top 25 in Ohio St. #14(bowl ineligible), Michigan St. #20 and Nebraska #22...pitiful...Rex Burkhead is back so that bodes well for the corn holes from Nebraska but Michigan St. hung a whole 27 points on Eastern Michigan at home and Ohio St. had their hands full with the power from not the Crimson Tide but UAB, at home nonetheless. Michigan continues its slide into oblivion by losing to an improving Notre Dame squad but nobody is ready to include the Fighting Irish in any BCS championship talk yet but somehow they sneak in at #10. Central Michigan took down Iowa, Lousiana Tech (WAC) dismantled Illinois 52-10 and Wisconsin squeaked by UTEP (C-USA) 37-26. Minnesota, one of the conference's only remaining unbeatens slipped by a 1-3 Syracuse (Big East), 17-10...what part of suck does Jim Delany not understand?

Dougie Fresh..."I think they added more speed..."


ISU safety Jacques Washington talks about Tech quarterback Seth "Dougie"...he will definitely remember his name after he gets blow torched on Saturday...good bulletin board material Jockwhez and yes, they added more speed...

AP Top 25 Poll after week 3


Big XII has 5 teams in top 25 and 4 others received votes including Texas Tech (3-0) receiving 5 votes

"Hey, Andy!" RIP


I was fortunate to spend some time with my parents this holiday weekend and we were talking about the passing of Andy Griffith and what a great show The Andy Griffith Show dad pointed out that Andy got his start as a 'stand-up' comedian back in the 50's. Enjoy this classic routine from 1953, "What it was, was Football"...


Aggy Farewell to the Big 12- Setting their record straight

Growing up in a Sooner household and attending Texas Tech, it is in my DNA to dislike anything burnt orange...however, there have been 3 times in my life that I actually rooted for the...


The Uniform Czar is angry...

Oh, shit...I just turned on the Maryland v Miami game and I can't believe my eyes. I am prompted to post my thoughts as I try to focus on the hideous Maryland football unis. Do you think the...


ESPiN Classic...

Amidst all the March Madness this weekend did anyone notice the 2002 Texas Tech vs Texas clash on ESPiN Classic on Sunday afternoon...Kind of random by the WWL but I enjoyed it anyway.  I watched...


Cougar lover...

What happened to the Kevin Sumlin talk?  when the pooh first starting flying and his name came up initially I thought he was the ideal candidate.  Young...defensive coach...knows Tech...

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