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Will the College Football Season be Cancelled? *Yawn*

The college football season now appears to be on the brink of collapsing due to COVID-19 related liability concerns among university presidents and chancellors. Rumors ran rampant on Monday that the Big 10 will cancel its fall season as soon as today, with the hope of playing football in the spring, a prospect that seems unlikely at best.  Big 10 officials denied the rumor, but there is an awful lot of smoke around it for it not to be at least partially true.

Minor conferences like the MAC have dropped like dominoes in recent weeks, cancelling their seasons in the wake of announcements by the major conferences that they would play in-conference games only. The reality is that these 2nd-tier schools can only make money if they schedule non-conference games with the big schools, in which they get paid huge sums of money to get their butts kicked before a packed house of fans on regional or national TV.

With the Big 10 season teetering on the brink, officials at the Big 12 and SEC were rumored to be scrambling around trying to find some means of preserving a fall football season. One rumor involves several Big 10 schools like Nebraska, Iowa, Ohio State and Michigan forming a joint super conference with the Big 12 for one season. Another involves the Big 12 merging with the SEC and possibly the ACC for one year.

Regardless of how it all comes out, it seems inevitable that the structure of college football will end up being changed forever as the game moves forward into the future. After half a century of obsessing about Texas Longhorn football every year, the odd thing is that I find myself not much caring about whether the games are played this fall or not.

I picked up a copy of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football (DCTF) magazine – the annual bible of Texas-based football at the high school, college and pro levels – the other day, and have not even cracked it open since I brought it home and set it on the table next to my seat on the sofa. Of course, DCTF has been kind of worthless for 25 years now, since the advent of the Internet, but I’ve always been able to make myself at least read the Longhorn section and check out where they think the Beeville Trojans will finish in their district in years past.

Not this year.

Maybe it’s the fact that I realized weeks ago that it is doubtful we will even have a season to fret about despite all the bold statements coming out of the SEC and Big 12. Maybe it’s the loss of the Texas game with LSU, which was the one game I was really excited about watching and attending this season.

But what I really think it is, is this: The illusion that the current occupants of UT’s football roster give a damn about Texas, UT and its traditions has been exploded by the recent demands made by the group of African American players parroting talking points handed to them by radical professors.

The enduring charm of college football has always been about its traditions: The Band, the Fight Song, The Eyes, the Texas! Fight! chant from 100,000 screaming fans, Bevo, the Hook ’em!!! sign, and on and on and on. These are the things that have always distinguished the college game from the NFL. These are the things that produced the level of excitement in the stands at a college game that simply do not exist in an NFL stadium. These are the things that have given college football fans that spirit of camaraderie, that sense that we were all in this together that NFL fans never truly experience.

All of that has been exploded now: The myth had already been steadily eroded in recent decades, but now it has been completely destroyed.

It’s pretty hard to see right now how UT and other universities ever get it back.

In every season past football season, I always carefully planned my weekends around ensuring that my other activities did not encroach on Longhorn football time. This fall, assuming there are any Longhorn games played, I will probably tune in to watch them, but only to the extent they don’t interfere with my other plans.

That’s what college football has lost, at least from my perspective. So, whether they play this fall or not, the real issue that the athletic directors and boards of regents at these universities where football has been a huge cash cow really face going into the future is how to recapture the magic that has been lost.

Good luck with that. I have other things to worry about.

That is all.

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*UPDATED* Saturday News Roundup: The Eyes of Texas, the Lies of Seattle and Trump Moves His Rally

Today’s Campaign Update (Because the Campaign Never Ends)

Fun fact appropriate for this moment in our nation’s history. –  In addition to creating the Ku Klux Klan in the wake of the Civil War and Antifa in the wake of the 2016 election of Donald Trump, the Democrat Party is also responsible for conducting the longest filibuster in our nation’s history. It lasted 75 full days as the nation – especially African Americans – cried out for real, meaningful social change.

The subject of that 75 day long Democrat filibuster? The Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Oh.

Here is one way the current fight for change in local policing is being trivialized. – Some football players at The University of Texas are circulating a petition to make several changes on the UT campus, including changing the names of some buildings that frankly should have been changed a long time ago and removing some statues from the campus that some find offensive.

Here’s the list of demands in the petition:

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One building on campus, for example, is named for Theophilus Painter, a former UT president. In 1946, Painter denied admission to Heman Sweatt to the UT school of law, where he would have become the law school’s first black student. Mr. Sweatt was fully qualified but for the fact that he was African American. Sweatt, represented by Thurgood Marshall, filed suit in a case that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where UT lost. The case later became the basis for the 1954 Brown v. the Board of Education decision that led to the desegregation of America’s schools. Marshall, of course, later became the first black justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.

So, changing the name of Painter Hall seems like a really fine idea.

But it’s the last element of a pretty long petition that is getting most of the attention. That demand would ban the singing of the traditional school song “The Eyes of Texas,” a song that has no racial connotations whatsoever. The reason the football players and others want to ban the song? It was once sung by students in black face participating in an on-campus minstrel show in 1903.

“The Eyes of Texas” is a song that has been sung by every UT fan, player, student and teacher in attendance at every athletic event for more than a century now. If the leaders at UT accede to this particular wish, they might as well abolish the athletics program.

Some demands are appropriate; some are not. Placing this particular item in the petition – which of course was drafted for the players by radical activists – is done simply to inflame emotions and only ends up trivializing the entire thing and demonstrates clearly that this is not a sincere demand for justice but an effort by leftists to inflame and divide. But we already knew that, didn’t we?

Ok, fine. Time to bring out the water cannons, then. – I kid you not, a federal judge in Washington state ruled yesterday that Seattle police cannot use tear gas or other similar means of crowd control when they finally, at long last move to clear the armed insurrection taking place in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) occupied by Antifa. Judge Jones is an appointee not of Barack Obama, as one would expect, but of George W. Bush. So, the Bush family strikes again.

Blame the voters. – If you want to know why Seattle was the first city hit with this kind of action from Antifa, I give you City Council member Kshama Sawant, a Democrat who describes herself on her Twitter profile as “Seattle City Councilmember ~ Socialist ~ Member of Socialist Alternative and AFT 1789.”

Ok, then. City councils in big cities all over the country are chock-full of Soros-funded radicals just like Ms. Sawant.

Councilwoman Sawant is the person who actually gave Antifa the keys to Seattle’s City Hall, which is part of the CHAZ. This anti-American lunatic was elected by the majority of of voters in her council precinct.  So hey, the people of Seattle are getting what they asked for, whether they knew they were asking for it or not. If they’re too stupid to take this as an object lesson and elect someone else next time, then they deserve no support from the rest of the country.

This won’t mollify the media, but it’s a smart move. – Late last night, President Trump issued the following set of tweets:

It’s really kind of amazing to me that someone in the Trump Campaign thought scheduling this kickoff rally on Juneteenth was a smart idea in the first place, given the current national situation. It’s very likely that no one made the connection, which is an indication that the President has a big hole in his operation and needs to fill it with someone who understands the Black community.

I find it interesting that the President refers to Juneteenth as the “Juneteenth Holiday” in that first tweet. It would be a stroke of absolute political genius for the President to issue an executive order this weekend proclaiming Juneteenth, which celebrates the day that Union general Gordon Granger read orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved people in Texas were free, to be a national holiday, and which challenges congress to memorialize the proclamation into federal law.

I can’t help wondering if that is what he has in mind. We’ll see.

*UPDATE* – Here is why Juneteenth, an event that took place in Texas, has always had national significance in the Black culture.

Because Texas was a far western outpost for the confederacy and little fighting took place here, there was virtually no union army presence in the state until the war was over to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation Lincoln issued in 1863. So, although the practice of keeping slaves was much more rare in Texas than in the other Southern states, Texas was basically the final holdout of slave owners who refused to set their slaves free. The significance of Granger’s statement is that he read it as he landed in Galveston with a garrison of Union soldiers whose job it was to ensure all slaves in the state were in fact freed.

Thus, the national significance of Juneteenth.

 

That is all.

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On This Thanksgiving, Be Thankful For All Of This WINNING

Today’s Campaign Update
(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

Given that today’s Thanksgiving, I figured it would be a good time to lecture you all on all the many things I am thankful for today. – Not that you needed it – everybody else is doing the same thing, after all, including the doofuses who host the morning news show on our local TV stations here in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. They are weird people, but I’m thankful for them because they do provide periodic comic relief. Like when they try to predict the weather here in North Texas more than 4-5 hours in advance. It’s honestly hilarious.

Anyway, here are a bunch of things I am thankful for on this cold and rainy Thanksgiving morning:

Family – Yeah, I know, this is obligatory, right? But I truly do have a wonderful family, filled with brothers and sisters and kids and grandkids and the most wonderful, patient, kind and understanding wife who ever lived. I even have in-laws who I really love, one of whom kept me up too late drinking really good wine last night. So, I blame my hangover on family. And what good is family without hangovers?

The Trump Economy – Every major stock market index closed at a record high level on Wednesday, the 5th of the last 8 trading days this has happened.

Adam Schiff – Seriously, what would life be like without ol’ Bug-eyes? Talk about comic relief, this guy’s better than every sitcom on television, other than The Neighborhood, which I watch religiously. Cedric the Entertainer cracks me up, and that guy who plays Dave is epic. So I’m thankful for them, too.

But seriously, Adam Schiff is a better Bond villain than any of the real Bond villains. Everything this guy does repulses anyone with functioning synapses in their cranial cavities. He is the perfect poster child for today’s Democrat Party: Corrupt, inept, corrupt, stupid, corrupt, evil and corrupt. What more could you ask for?

Nancy Pelosi’s Dentures – Have you ever seen a more rebellious mouth appliance than those things? Really and truly, this woman is worth about $200 million, and she can’t afford a set of fake teeth that won’t come loose and try to jump out of her mouth every time she holds a press conference? I salute you, Nancy Pelosi’s Dentures! You are awesome!

America’s oil and gas industry – Think about it: Where would you be today without America’s oil and gas industry? Let me answer that question for you:  You’d be sitting in a cold, damp home with no way to cook your food, no lights, no television, no cell phone, no toothpaste, no makeup for the women-folk, no bottled water, no refrigerated food, maybe no food at all given that most plant fertilizers are manufactured using natural gas (did you know that?), and no way to get anywhere else unless you owned a horse and buggy.

In short, without America’s magnificent, glorious oil and natural gas industry you would be living a 19th century existence filled with deprivation and hardship. So quit bitching about the price for regular unleaded anytime it goes up 2 cents. Be thankful you have the blessing of being able to pay for this miracle that made modern society possible.

The Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns – I’m thankful to my favorite pro and college football teams for demonstrating earlier than usual that they are pitiful mediocrities who are going nowhere yet again, because it frees up all sorts of time for me to focus on other, more important things. Those rose bushes really needed trimming. That’s far preferable to the Dodgers, my favorite baseball team, who took me all the way into the playoffs before folding up like a cheap suit in the NLDS this season. Talk about a time sink.

WINNING. So much WINNING. – Yes, even though all of my sports obsessions are miserable losers, I am so thankful this Thanksgiving for President Donald John Trump and all the incessant WINNING he brings to all of our lives, whether we appreciate it or not.

In addition to the roaring economy and resultant booming stock market he has delivered, this is a President with an actual sense of humor. The best part of that sense of humor is that he employs it each and every day in efforts to infuriate leftist nitwits like Adam Schiff and San Fran Nan and their corrupt toadies in our fake news media. Like yesterday, when he tweeted out that meme with his face superimposed over Rocky’s body, knowing that it would throw every leftist/media toady in the country into a snit fit, and sure enough, that’s exactly what happened.

I keep thinking that all these leftist nitwits will at some point figure out that President Trump is the greatest Twitter troller of all-time, but no. They’re just not capable. They can’t help themselves, and I’m thankful for that, too.

Why? Because it’s WINNING, and I love all this WINNING.

And turkey, and dressing, and sweet potatoes and broccoli and rice casserole and pecan pie. I’m thankful for those things, too. And I’m fixing to go eat all that stuff.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, folks. I’m thankful for all of you, too.

That is all.

 

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It’s Almost Football Season, Thank God

Today’s Campaign Update 

(Because The Campaign Never Ends)

  • I’m a huge football fan – the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns are my fall passions – so this is the time of year I start to get really excited about the coming season.  The off-season for football is much longer than for other sports, making the pent up energy to be released on opening day almost unbearable by the time August rolls around.
  • Unfortunately, the Cowboys got some bad news from the NFL on Friday, as star running back Zeke Elliott was suspended for six games over an allegation that he punched a young woman last year.  This decision is bizarre, and at least on the record presented publicly, completely without merit.  Don’t get me wrong:  If Elliott did punch this woman, then he needs to be punished, and punished hard.  The problem is, the NFL has literally nothing but her word for it, while Elliott had several witnesses corroborating all or part of his own version of things.
  • I listened to the NFL’s lawyer explain his reasoning for the decision at the league’s press conference , and it basically came down to “well, Elliott’s lawyers didn’t give us a strong alternate narrative, so we just assumed the girl was telling the truth.”  So in other words, Elliott was assumed to be guilty because he couldn’t prove he was innocent. I have a real problem with that reasoning, and come to think of it, so does the Constitution of the United States.
  • Elliott’s representatives immediately announced they would appeal the suspension.  It’s a good bet it will be significantly reduced, though not eliminated entirely.  Roger Goodell must save face, after all.
  • Outrage among the country’s social justice warrior community continues over the fact that no NFL team has chosen to saddle itself with Colin Kaepernick and his traveling media circus as its backup quarterback.  I say ‘backup’ because Kaepernick has conclusively and consistently demonstrated he is not fit to be a starter in the league.  One writer at the Washington Post hilariously reasoned that “If Kaepernick were Tom Brady, Matt Ryan, Dak Prescott or any of the other star quarterbacks in the league, he’d have a job.”  Well, yeah, he would, because if he were Tom Brady, Matt Ryan or Dak Prescott, he’d be a good quarterback.  Did that really need to be pointed out?  Holy cow.
  • The NFL’s 32 team owners are being accused of being racists, cowards and all sorts of other idiotic things, but seriously, why would any franchise want to saddle itself with a mediocre football player who makes a spectacle of himself for purely personal reasons every Sunday on the sidelines?  Teams have enough actual football problems to worry about each week without voluntarily taking on the media circus that invariably rushes to Kaepernick wherever he goes.
  • And guess what else?  Once Kaepernick gives up on sucking more money from an NFL franchise and tries to latch on in Canadian football, no team up there is going to hire him, either.  What this all comes down to is not ‘racism’ or ‘cowardice’ or ‘collusion’, it comes down to the fact that the guy has chosen to saddle himself with all this baggage, and he’s not a good enough football player for any team to justify taking that on.
  • But enough about the sideshows – the Cowboys kick off this evening at 8:00.  Yeah, it’s just a pre-season game, but it’s football, dammit, and that’s enough for me.

Just another day in shut up and play ball America.

That is all.

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