Fresh Big 12 voices from the blogosphere

July, 28, 2008
7/28/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Some of my blog new brothers have said I'm spending too much time linking back to my old newspaper colleagues. They may have a point, which led me to go surfing for some fresh voices from some locations in the blogosphere might not usually travel. Enjoy the change in perspective.

  • Great line from Behind Enemy Lines, which is written by a Missouri fan who lives in Nebraska. The blog isn't buying that Kansas will challenge Missouri for a second-straight season for the North title. "Like Belinda Carlisle and the Go-Go's, KU comes around about once every 10 years or so to make a brief appearance ... then only to disappear into the black bowels of nothingness," it said. "The Squaks were a 2007 byproduct of luck and insanely lucky scheduling. No such luck this year."

My take -- I'm still expecting the Jayhawks to make history as the first team in school history to make back-to-back bowl trips. Will they go to the BCS? No, but it will still be a season of accomplishment, in my opinion.

My take -- Mike Leach's team is doing a better job of staying away from these frustrating games in recent years. But many observers are discounting Tech's mettle as a South Division champion because of those early meltodwns. I'm not one of them.

My take -- Whenever it happens will be a joyous occasion for Longhorns everywhere. But it might be wise to celebrate early in the season rather than late. There might not be much joy in Austin after that Colorado/Oklahoma/Missouri start for the Longhorns in early conference play.

My take -- Barnhouse did such a good job of capturing everything, it gave readers the same feeling as if they had listened to 12 coaches during the three-day period -- without the clichés that we always hear.

My take -- It takes only 48 seconds to play. I guarantee it will pump you up for the upcoming season -- particularly for Longhorn fans.

My take -- Maybe we should hire this guy along with the ASAP transcription people to appear to at every conference media event?

If any other writers with Big 12-related blogs are out there and feel that have something noteworthy, please drop me a line. I'm curious to see what you have.

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