Thursday, September 9, 2010
Lunch links: Bringing The Streak to an end
By ESPN.com staff
This isn't Big 12 related, but you should check out this story/video from friend and fellow blogger Paul Kuharsky, who covers the AFC South here at ESPN. Fielding punts is hard, and he tried to haul in eight from the Titans' punter. The entire exercise is on video, and it's well worth your time -- as is the story beneath it. I guarantee you'll develop a whole new appreciation for punt returners.
My first thought when I saw this was, "Why didn't I think of that?" But that doesn't mean we can't do something like it in the future. Send your suggestions to my mailbag, and we'll see if we can make it happen. What I can't do is call it "Fat and 41." How does "Poorly Conditioned and 23" strike you?
That went longer than I anticipated. Let's get to today's links:
- Nearby wildfires haven't hurt the air quality in Boulder enough to force the Buffaloes elsewhere, reports Tom Kensler of the Denver Post.
- College athletes have been charged with serious crimes 125 times this year, and two Big 12 football players were among the cases cited by Jeff Benedict at SI.com.
- Texas coach Mack Brown and his offensive coordinator, Greg Davis, want their players to be more enthusiastic on the sideline, writes Randy Riggs of the Austin American-Statesman.
- Baylor coach Art Briles was inspired by the atmosphere at Floyd Casey Stadium last Saturday, reports Dwain Prince of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
- Is Oklahoma linebacker Tom Wort the British Boz? Jake Trotter of The Oklahoman finds the two are fairly similar. It does have a certain ring to it.
- Tom Shatel of the Omaha World-Herald offers a view from back in Nebraska, where Turner Gill played during his college years. Is Gill in over his head at Kansas? Give him time, says Shatel.
- One man who's not a fan of Gill's team? North Dakota State coach Craig Bohl, who says his team will face a tougher, better opponent and more intimidating atmosphere this week on the road against Northern Iowa.
- The Lawrence Journal-World's Tom Keegan weighs in on Bohl's comments.
- Iowa State is hoping to end The Streak this weekend in Iowa City, writes Randy Peterson of the Des Moines Register.
- Nebraska has the offensive talent now to make the offense less vanilla than it was a year ago, writes Jon Nyatawa of the Omaha World-Herald.
- Texas A&M is looking for big improvements in 2010. Evan Eike is a reason why, writes Robert Cessna of the Bryan-College Station Eagle.