Got dayum Ketch! You trying to put do Anwar?!? The Jayden stuff and the movie stuff! Dayum. Good stuff!
On a weekend when there were so many burnt orange reasons to smile, all I have in me is positivity.
The Texas baseball team won the Big 12 Championship. The women's tennis team won a natty. It's almost summertime, and we're not locked up inside.
Saul Goodman, baby, Saul Goodman.
By the time I'm done, you might be drunk on a pitcher of burnt orange Kool-Aid. Here's 20 reasons to feel really, really good about the upcoming 2021 football season.
1. Let's start with the coaching staff, which is regarded as an upgrade over the last decade or so. This isn't a staff of guys who’ve only known success at smaller programs. Including head coach Steve Sarkisian, this is a staff with seven coaches that have coached in the college football playoffs. Five have national title-winning experience. Two seasons ago, that number with playoff experience stood at three, with two being Tom Herman and Tim Beck.
2. Sarkisian is a legit quarterback whisperer. This isn't a guy that has been riding the coattails of being lucky to be in the right place at the right time with a great player or head coach around them. Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Mark Sanchez, Jake Locker, Tua Tagovailoa and Mac Jones are just some of the college quarterbacks he helped develop into legit NFL talents. Whatever happens from here, it will be with the Texas quarterback position coached by arguably the best in the sport.
3. Hudson Card is the second-most physically gifted quarterback (behind Vince Young) that I have witnessed in nearly three decades of covering this program. In terms of throwing the football, I think he's the best. Barring injury, it's only a matter of when in my mind and not if.
4. If you take Card out of the equation, I'd probably say that Casey Thompson looks like the best potential first-year starter the Longhorns have had in a decade.
5. With all due respect to the other running backs in the conference, I wouldn't trade Bijan Robinson for any of them. I also wouldn't trade him for the 2016 version of D'Onta Foreman. Or any other running back that has been on this campus since Jamaal Charles bid farewell 14 years ago.
6. The wide receiver position might not be a team strength, but Jordan Whittington has the talent to be a star on this offense. He's just a match-up nightmare for opposing defenses and if he stays healthy, it would be a disappointment if he's not a 70-catch receiver at a minimum.
7. Another thing about the wide receivers - it might not have a ton of consistency, but it does have players that have played big at times in their career. Joshua Moore is capable of the spectacular. Jake Smith has played big on the road against a ranked team in a key road win. Kelvontay Dixon has a 73-yard touchdown in a bowl game.
8. Troy Omeire is back.
9. Newcomer Xavier Worthy is exactly what this offense was missing coming out of the spring game and don't be shocked if he ends up on the field as a possible big play specialist in this offense. He's a legit Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year candidate.
10. It remains to be seen what it means in terms of value, but the tight end position is as deep right now as it has been in years and I'm not even talking about the possible emergence of true freshman J'Tavion Sanders.
11. His return has probably been somewhat underrated because he missed the spring, but senior Derek Kerstetter is regarded as one of the best pass-protectors in the Big 12 according to Pro Football Focus.
12. The offensive line in the last two games of the season is proof that Texas has the pieces of a line that can get the job done. Surely, Kyle Flood can get at least as much out of this group of players as Herb Hand.
13. Texas is stout up front on the defensive side of the ball. It's the one place where it could probably survive an injury or two up front and not really see a ton of drop-off.
14. I'm not sure anyone in the conference has a young defensive lineman like Alfred Collins. He's another player that it feels like is a matter of when and not if.
15. DeMarvion Overshown is on the verge of being one of the best defensive players in the Big 12.
16. Newcomer Devin Richardson is a significant talent upgrade at the linebacker position for this team. The combination of Overshown and Richardson could be one of the best 1-2 punches in the conference.
17. D'Shawn Jamison is as electric of a returner as anyone the school has seen in some time. The coaches have to find a way to get him more touches.
18. Jamison and Josh Thompson give this defense potentially one of the best cornerback options in the conference. Both are Sunday players.
19. Pete Kwiatkowski is actually the defensive mastermind that Todd Orlando and Chris Ash were supposed to be.
20. Cameron Dicker can win a big game for you. If he walks out on the field with the game on the line, you can rest easy knowing that he's been in all of the pressure situations possible at this point in his career.
Just sunshine from me today!
No. 2 - A few more thoughts about Jaydon Blue's decision...
... I'm probably with everyone else that would like to see Jaydon Blue play his senior season, but I have a hard time judging a young man that sees a potential NFL future down the road for himself eliminating a year's worth of physical pounding at the position on the field that takes the most when there's not a ton out there outside of the romanticized value of a senior year in high school. His scholarship is earned. He doesn't play for a program that's going to challenge for a deep playoff run. Realistically, the most important thing he'd accomplish this season was staying healthy if we're going to keep it 100, and this decision accomplishes that mission without any of the pounding taking place.
... This is a bigger deal to everyone in this state because it's football, but if this happened to be someone in baseball, basketball, gymnastics or golf, I just can't believe anyone would care that much.
... Get used to this. It's going to happen more and more in the future.
... Jaydon Blue doesn't owe his high school teammates anything. I'm sorry... he just doesn't. This idea that young athletes are somehow obligated to make life-changing decisions based on what's best for dozens of their peers that don't remotely have to take the same risks is a concept that I simply cannot support. Athletes make decisions for themselves all the time. Caleb Burton didn't stab his old high school teammates in the back by going to Lake Travis. I've been an advocate for Maalik Murphy transferring to a high school in the state of Texas because I think it would be in his own best interests. Murphy isn't some sort of indentured servant to his teammates at Serra High School. We all have to make decisions that indirectly impact other people in negative ways in our lives, and that's as much a part of life and becoming a man as playing in your senior season.
... There's been a lot of conversation about Blue's personal character all over the Longhorns Internet spectrum based on a bunch of half-pieces of rumor and innuendo, potentially from untrustworthy and jaded sources with skin in the game. I find some of the harsh opinions I've seen from people this weekend completely unfair. It's one thing to be judgmental, but it's another to do so without a full and complete set of details.
... Back in 2004 when I walked into Grapevine High School to do an interview with Henry Melton, I had one of his high school coaches tell me that I needed to get back in my car and forget all about him because he wasn't a quality dude. While Melton was at Texas, I can't really recall him ever having anyone say a bad thing about him and that same coach that trashed him all those years ago probably has a photo of him on his desk somewhere.
... Some of the conversation about this sounds like it came from the screenplay of Dazed and Confused. It really sounds like some of you believed that Pink should have signed that pledge sheet.
... Personally, I'd love to see Blue play this season. I think he's a kid with five-star ability that could have reached that status with a great senior season. Selfishly, I'd love to see him play.
No. 3 - Speaking of Maalik...
The Texas quarterback commit put on a show on Sunday at the Rivals West Coast Five-Star Camp, earning an invite to the Rivals National Camp in the process.
Here's some of his best bits... serving as a reminder of the kind of upside he brings to the table.
No. 4 - One mission down, multiple more to go ...
It says a lot about the history of the Texas baseball program that as soon as the Longhorns wrapped up a come-from-behind conference title on Saturday evening, in part because of a walk-off home run by Kansas State over TCU, my mind turned to the next, most important mission...
Get to Omaha. Texas baseball is about Omaha.
But, before we all turn our focus to the next thing, let's take some time to give these fellas some due because...holy cow...they did it!
With all due respect to this team, I thought they might have missed their chance when they mishandled a series against Texas Tech a couple of weeks ago. I thought they might have done the same thing when they lost on Thursday night after TCU had opened the door for them to close the entire gap that remained.
But, this Texas team wouldn't give up., Neither did the Horned Frogs, a team seemingly determined to allow the Longhorns to catch up or pass them.
It hasn't come easily for Texas head coach David Pearce, but this team is 54-16 in its last 70 games and Pierce appears poised to have the Longhorns in contention for a national title. This team has a legit chance to get to the finish line this season.
At the very least, the expectations will be to get to Omaha.
Or that conference title won over the weekend won't mean quite as much.
No. 5 - National Freaking Champions...
If you haven't seen this video, enjoy.
No. 6 - Hot damn, Phil!
I've never hid the fact that I love Phil Mickelson.
That's my guy.
It's been that way for a long time, but especially after he donated a Masters flag to our Cole Pittman Golf Tournament more than 15 years ago. When he's in the mix at the top of a leaderboard, especially for a major, I'm all-in.
As you might expect, I enjoyed the hell out of watching him win the PGA this weekend. It's historic on a lot of levels and changes the way we're going to remember his entire career. Winning that bad boy at 50 is a major feather in his cap that no one else in the sport has ever claimed.
I've said for years that I thought Lefty might have another major still in him, and it came to fruition on Sunday. It might not be his last.
No. 7 – BUY or SELL …
(Buy) IN Sark, you trust, right?
(Sell) The Heisman winner and front-runner typically comes from one of the nation's best teams. 25-percent feels like a crazy number for me at this point.
(Sell) I just don't see these situations remotely as problematic as you seem to. It's really a case by case deal, but if you look at the current commitment list, there's not a player on it that I think would be more devastated by not playing than by playing and suffering a serious injury, which we've seen happen quite a bit in recent classes.
(Sell) I think Whittington has a better chance at 1,000 yards than Bijan has at 1,650 rushing yards.
(Buy) I really like this team.
(Sell) I think there's a better chance that they start 2-0 than 0-2, although neither is out of the realm of possibilities. Overall, I really like this staff as recruiters thus far, but they can't turn water into wine with regards to this program's place in the national power structure right now.
(Sell) It feels more likely not at this stage.
(Sell) I'm ok with the first part of that question, but I've never really seen the second part in all the years I've been covering the team. It just never really happens the way coaches talk about wanting it to happen.
(Sell) But, it's possible.
(Sell) That feels very aggressive from an expectations standpoint.
(Sell) This Texas staff is going to look until they can't look any longer.
No. 8 - Scattershooting on the sports weekend...
... It just occurred to me that I live in an area that will air Texans games over Cowboys games on the local level when the moment calls for a decision to be made.
... Watch out, the GOAT is coming for more gold.
... Nice performance, Sixers. I was a little worried about the Wizards in game one on Sunday, but I'm feeling very good about this team. The Process is going to bring it every night. If we can get an 80-percent version of Tobias Harris from Sunday for the rest of the playoffs, we're making the Finals... maybe.
... Kevin Durant looked fantastic on Saturday. I've never rooted against Durant, but we might get there in the Eastern Conference Finals.
... Oh, man, can you imagine a Sixers/Suns Finals with Kendall Jenner sitting court-side for each game? I'm afraid to know how Ben Simmons might handle such a thing.
... Nikola Jokic better get out of the first round of the playoffs or his MVP is going to be tainted, fair or not.
... Did you guys hear that Luka Doncic is a bust? Someone on OB told me that.
... Hot damn, Liverpool did it. Making the Champions League after all of the adversity saved a season that I just didn't think could be saved. Well done, Reds.
... I will miss you, Gini. You will never walk alone.
... Luis Suarez scoring the La Liga-winning goal to spite Barcelona is probably the most Luis Suarez thing ever.... other than maybe biting someone.
No. 9 - My Top 10 Best Movie Quotes of All-Time...
Sadly, I'm afraid to admit how much time I've spent thinking about this topic all weekend.
In the end, all I could do was stay true to myself.
10. "Yippie-ki-yay, motherf—er!"
9. "I'll have what she's having."
8. "He's worried! You cut him! You hurt him! You see? You see? He's not a machine, he's a man!"
7. "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
6. "You talking to me?"
5. "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist."
4. "You're going to need a bigger boat."
3. "You can't handle the truth!"
2. "Here's looking at you, kid."
1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
No. 10 - And Finally ...
Congrats to all of the new graduates of The University of Texas and here's to holding graduation at DKR forever more.
This was an awesome spectcle.
Those two have been to the Finals and cut their teeth in big games.Nobody is going to call it tainted. He might get laughed at, but nobody calls Dirk's or Westbrook's MVP as tainted. Well, maybe Westbrook but that had nothing to do him losing in the first round, but instead him hanging around the rim, chasing rebounds for triple doubles instead of trying to get up court for an outlet pass.
He was in the conference finals last year, semis the year before, and played excellent in both runs. You're just plain wrong in this here. You don't get worse than Dirk being eliminated in the first round while being the 4th best player in that series, and not even the best player on his team. If nobody called that taint, nobody is going to call Jokic taint with Murray out for the playoffs. Especially if he keeps putting up big numbers. Plus Curry didn't make the playoffs, and Jokic has better playoff history than Embiid.Those two have been to the Finals and cut their teeth in big games.
You gotta get out of the first round as an MVP.
Not the same thing at all. Good grief. You're better than that.
You are projecting your ethos into someone that has talents, ability and a future in the sport that you never do.Part of playing football is the love of the game. After college it is for the pay check, a job. If Blue has already lost the love of playing football while still in high school, I'm afraid he will lose all interest in playing in college very soon.
Man, that sounds awesome. I've seen it at the Paramount before, though.
Head scratcher...really?!? The kid is a stud. If he hadn’t committed to use so early, I think he would have been more highly touted and probably a 5-star. Ketch’s love of him is no stretch. Now, will he pan out? We’ll see soon enough.Excellent article! One of the best I recall.
This caused me to slam on the breaks. I knew you loved the kid, but wow. Time will tell if this was a great call or a real head scratcher. I’m leaning toward the latter. I hope I’m wrong.
Oh man, Animal House has a few that could quaify.Dean Wormer in Animal House.........."Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
You buy a hat like this, I bet you get a free bowl of soup.” — Al Czervik.
“Don't sell yourself short Judge, you're a tremendous slouch.” — Ty Webb
good stuff!I don't often comment on your thoughts from the weekend, Ketch, other than saying nice job or good information but I want to point out two areas that you identified that I too have been "preaching" (if that's the word for it) about since last summer and again at the closing of the 2020 signing class.
First your point on Hudson Card. A quick release? Check. An even quicker release when he's in trouble or on the run? As incredible as that sounds, Check. Accuracy on both? Check. Understanding, TRULY understanding the phrase "throwing a receiver open"? Check. While Sark may very well be the QB coach we have all been wanting and waiting for, I'm not sure what can be gained by sitting such a talent on the bench. I don't like to assume that Sark would do such a thing just to prevent Thompson from transferring. It's not out of the realm of possibility but it would be disconcerting if not outright disappointing. You may be the self declared president of the Hudson Card fan club but I have been watching Texas QBs since James Street took over for Bill Bradley. It's amazing what we have had as QBs that have led this program since the 60's. VY was a gift. So is Hudson Card. So, to the President of the fan club from the old fart who's seen a lot in his time, let's both pray that Sark sees the same thing.
Point two and then I'll shut up. We haven't seen this much talent in the LB room in a long time. This position is my meat. And yes, I have been overly critical of the stable ponies brought in since DJ graduated. Great technique, overall nastiness and a nose for the football have been missing for quite some time. In their place were the Scott Derrys of the world and also rans who had no idea of how to shed a block, understand pad level and aggressiveness that attacked the ball carrier BEFORE he gained 5-7 yards beyond the LOS. Sorry, I digress into old habits. Supplementing this talent are the Younglings. One in particular from Arlington Martin, Morice Blackwell. I know, I know, you have him as a 3-star. Others have him as a 4-star. Jesus Christ was satisfied with one star so I don't give a crap how many stars people give this kid. He was born to play LB. Hell, I wouldn't be surprised if as a toddler he used the correct hand, foot and pad technique to knock down the side of crib to get to his Teddy Bear. This kid has a nose for the football VERY much in the style of DJ.
There's my contribution, opinion or soap-box speech to your ten thoughts. They're good thoughts. I just wanted to add some of my own because after living through two different multi-years of wandering through the wilderness, I'm finally seeing two very special gifts on both sides of the ball that can get this program out of the wilderness and into the promised land.
Thanks for your indulgence. Let the fun poking and laughter begin.
That's not quite my perspective, but that you misrepresent things is often your m.o. You literally beat this drum 11 months ago and I swatted the silliness away then like I am now.Sure. But your Godfather's perspective has always been shaky going back to thinking III is a good movie.
1. never was really a big Phil guy but over the last few years he's really grown on me
2. moved to Brenham 2.5 years ago now, and the Cowboys not being shown because of the Texans really does suck! first time in my life were I have lived and this happens
I simply think that's an unfair way of framing a situation when you don't know what the f you're talking about with regard to details.I'm not aware of the rumors, but kids at the high school level opting out because they think they've got an NFL future is just a red flag. At the very least it displays a lack of desire to compete, be competitive or lacks a competitive nature - which is at its heart is the essence of making an NFL roster when being pitted up against other elite athletic talent. Worse, it could display flakey character issues similar to that of a Zach Evans.
I see it as a young man making a decision that he sees as setting up his life by the best use of the talent God gave him. I can’t find a reason to fault a young man that is thinking clear enough to realize where his future lies, and then act to protect it. We see college kids in droves forego bowl games for the sake of getting ready for the NFL draft. What’s the difference?
He’s saying he’s the second most gifted QB he’s ever seen behind Vince. Re-read your post and decide if it makes any sense.Head scratcher...really?!? The kid is a stud. If he hadn’t committed to use so early, I think he would have been more highly touted and probably a 5-star. Ketch’s love of him is no stretch. Now, will he pan out? We’ll see soon enough.
Man, I'm sorry, but I couldn't disagree more with your thought analysis on Blue skipping his "senior" year of HS. I have zero clue what's been said about him on message boards...as if that holds any water to begin with. However, a 17 yr old skipping out for his "future NFL" career is laughable at best. Sure, his choice and that's the country/society we live in...but come on, stop making this sound like it's no big deal. You brought up Golf of all sports too
How many football players commit while fish or soph, where the staff accepts the commit and the kids actually signs with that school.Okay then, I'll play. You said to expect this to happen more. Will your thoughts be exactly the same if this was a Sophomore? Heck, even a freshman? Because kids are committing at those ages...hell, even younger in some cases. I also think your comparisons are off when using sports like golf, gymnastics. Again, more power to the kid, but to think this is a smart decision based off a HUGE what if, is just bad advice.
What does he OWE his teammates? That's small town fake macho bullshit. If they had a shot at a state title, maybe I could see an argument. They all going to chip in if he gets hurt and set him up for life? That's what he's risking.Jaydon Blue. What a crock. Doesn't owe his teammates anything? Plain horseshit. He f**kin quit. In a spectacular display of me first. He'll quit again someday, when someone else is depending on him. Hope it's not here
Not the same thing. He's playing for an NFL paycheck. Do you have problems with college players declaring early? Don't they owe their teammates four years?I think you are going a helluva long way to rationalize a rather immature decision. I mean, if you want to chalk up to a very possibly spoiled and petulant 17-year old then that's reasonable. But I don't really believe it was was true "business decision." If it does where does it end? Will you be cool if he shuts it down every November 1 at Texas if we aren't playing for a Big 12 title and CFP?
Do you have problems with young pitchers being on a strict pitch count?I'm not aware of the rumors, but kids at the high school level opting out because they think they've got an NFL future is just a red flag. At the very least it displays a lack of desire to compete, be competitive or lacks a competitive nature - which is at its heart is the essence of making an NFL roster when being pitted up against other elite athletic talent. Worse, it could display flakey character issues similar to that of a Zach Evans.
That's not quite my perspective, but that you misrepresent things is often your m.o. You literally beat this drum 11 months ago and I swatted the silliness away then like I am now.
Learn from this moment so that in 11 months you don't fall back to some non-reality based point just because you don't have anything else left to say.
Not the same thing. He's playing for an NFL paycheck. Do you have problems with college players declaring early? Don't they owe their teammates four years?
What's he playing his senior year in hs for? A bunch of dudes he'll prolly rarely talk to again?
So he talks with his coach about limiting his carries? Maybe so. Maybe he tried that, to no avail, IDK. Meantime, without more facts, all we know is that he quit. That part's not in dispute. Whether or not it was a good and responsible decision seems to be the subject of debate.Do you have problems with young pitchers being on a strict pitch count?
totally understand.I might feel really really good about these things, however it remains to be seen if any of these potential reasons Texas can be good will materialize.
Sorry but I’m taking the “We suck until we don’t.” approach until the Horns actually perform.
outstanding.Hats off Ketch for endeavoring to even attempt the Herculean task of top movie lines ever.
I once tried top 10 coen brothers movie lines ever and it’s been a source of intense debate among friends for the 5 years since
in no particular order-
1- what’s the most you’ve lost on a coin toss?
2- and apparently that’s your accomplice there in the wood chipper?
3- you’re out of your element, Donnie
4- well that’s like your opinion man
5- strangers in the ass
6- if them men wanted a decent burial they should have got themselves killed in the summer
7- son, you got a panty on your head.
8- no ma’am, we didn’t escape. We released ourselves on our own recognizance. We felt the penitentiary system had nothing more to offer us.
9- a true story? I couldn’t swear to every detail but it’s certainly true that it is a story.
10 - well if this ain’t a mess, it’ll certainly do until the mess gets here.
An MVP win raises the stakes for players. It would for Embiid as well.He was in the conference finals last year, semis the year before, and played excellent in both runs. You're just plain wrong in this here. You don't get worse than Dirk being eliminated in the first round while being the 4th best player in that series, and not even the best player on his team. If nobody called that taint, nobody is going to call Jokic taint with Murray out for the playoffs. Especially if he keeps putting up big numbers. Plus Curry didn't make the playoffs, and Jokic has better playoff history than Embiid.