Last week Kansas State bounced back, as I correctly predicted, and now it’s time for them to keep sawing that wood. There’s plenty of other teams out there with saws that have plenty of 2×4’s to tackle. We’ll tackle what I think they will do this weekend rightcheer. You know, I have a saw myself for the picks. It’s time I get back on the track. Now where’s that wood.
Okay it’s time for another Big 12 preview this year. So we are are one year in with the newly aligned Big 12 and the dust hasn’t settled yet. Last year we had a newb contender and apparently with have another newb contender. Of course, last year’s outcome saw the championship fall to the Big 8 original, Kansas State. Will they end up repeating this year? Does anybody else want to stand up and take it? I kinda agree with everyone else saying it’s a wide open race. Let’s find out what else I think. Continue reading Big 12 Football Preview 2013: It’s That Wide Open
Okay the week is starting, we have a new NCAA basketball champion, and some more diamond like exercises are happening or something. Great, now on to college football. The big news of the week was Auburn’s allegations from ESPN, and Bo Jackson’s prompt fishing response. There some good drama there. Let’s play that out while we also play out news from Disney, Kendall Sanders, Texas, Texas A&M, Mark Mangino, Youngstown State, American Athletic Conference, The Big East, Paul Rhoads, Gene Chizik, and Iowa State. Continue reading Purple Yeti Roar 63: Bo Knows Fishing
It’s a little late but why the hell not. I’m going to dump out another Pick It and Stick It. It’s a bye week for Kansas State and this week’s games are hardly that interesting. But I poked and prodded around and found a couple of good reasons to flap my gums about the weekend’s games. Much to no one’s surprise, the games I’m into this weekend are from the Big 12. Continue reading Pick It and Stick It: Bye Bye Love
Another year of Kansas State football is upon us and there’s some weird mixed feelings going on. Maybe not in Manhattan, but certainly down here in Austin and in this Purple Yeti’s abode. You see, part of me wants to believe that Kansas State will improve upon its amazing record from last year, but another wants to believe in the negative hype the so called sports media jams down my throat. Is everyone writing off Kansas State too easily, or will reality hit hard for the little Wildcats from the Little Apple? Continue reading Kansas State Football Preview 2012: Always The Underdog
Ah yeah, the Big 12 is back baby! Oh well, it didn’t really go anywhere. Compared to last year, this offseason was a walk in the park. Why is that? Well, we have some new faces in the mix and some old faces hit the road. I think truly for the first time in the last 3 years, there is some stability here. That makes me happy. What makes me happier is the new season so let’s see how this conference shakes out. Continue reading A Better Big 12 For 2012
I’m back and I’m better than ev….better than last week. My cold is almost gone and I’m jumping out of my chair with excitement. No it’s not the drugs, or TCU’s drugs, mind you. It’s the fact that West Virginia settled their suit with the Big East and is officially joining the Big 12! And if that didn’t get you jumping, too, then the released Big 12 football schedule for this fall should. Yup, things are getting better everyday.
Yes! Christmas vacation starts today for me! I remember back in the day how Christmas vacation lasted way longer than just a week, but I’ll take what I can get. Back in the day I used only a couple of crib sheets and you’ll be seeing one today. The news is not as light as I would like but I’m forging on. Bowl season and the holiday season is upon us so it’s time to celebrate! On with the crib sheet!
It was a dreary last week of Barspotting but we forged ahead. It was also a wet day for Kansas State, so it was quite alright that we were late to Little Woodrow’s in Southpark Meadows. It was Championship Weekend and the cards played out, with the bowl season right at our front door now. Every game had a championship feel except for Farmageddon because when Kansas State and Iowa State get together, it means so much more. So how did we survive the first real wet weekend here in Austin, Texas?
As I mentioned we got in a little late but that was also because we thought Little Woodrow’s opened up at 11:30 AM. We lapped the place to finish our coffee and headed in, with the place being open shortly after 11. The 6th Street version of Little Woodrow’s was a little short ceiling wise and felt somewhat cramped. The Southpark Meadows variety was tall and open. That helped facilitate a giant projection screen in the middle of the bar. But there was so much more there.
Walking up to the joint, I could tell right away that there was a huge open patio area. I think South Austin reigns supreme in bringing not only a sports bar feel but a backyard feel to spectating. Although it was raining, I could tell that they had plenty of bags, horseshoe, and washer courts built in, not unlike Doc’s Backyard. Inside, there of course was the big projection screen television, but also large flat screen hd televisions. The bar section was wid open and had plenty of seats, the table area looked comfortable. I’m a little worried that the screens were too high. That’s fine, they had a bunch of other things to keep my attention at bay.
Wireless internet reigned supreme for me while I checked up on scores as well as email. The games inside were decent. Little Woodrow’s has Golden Tee, Silverstrike Bowling, and some Buck Hunter. I missed out on the shuffleboard table at first sight but caught it on the way out. I also caught their themed Christmas, which saw beer bottle trees, wrapping paper decor, peppermints, and hanging clothes. Apparently, it was part of their redneck Christmas celebration. Oh, also at the bar, there was Mega Touch. I haven’t seen that around these parts.
So speaking of the bar, the service was decent. The lady that tended to our needs most of the day was mildly attractive and kept calling us sweetheart. I dug her sense of humor so it wasn’t too much of an issue. What I did have an issue was that she messed up our order. The bar was fairly empty because Texas hadn’t started so it should’ve been easy to take down the correct order. I also had some issues getting the Kansas State game on television because she was convinced it wasn’t on there. Even after inspecting the line up sheet, she reluctantly changed the channel to the game. I didn’t make her eat crow on that, but it was disappointing nonetheless.
It turns out screwing up the food order helped me out. I opted for the their chicken sandwich with swiss cheese and bacon. Now I ordered the Little Woodrow’s homemade potato chips but they brought out fries instead. The bartender fixed the order and I got both. Both the fries and home-made potato chips were very delicious. I think it was the oil they cooked it with. The sandwich itself was okay, but nothing worth the price they were charging. I washed the thing down with a fairly tasty Fullers ESP. It tastes like a heifeweisen but was just a little more fruity. That light blend worked well with the chicken and juicy bacon.
Now on to the games. It was championship weekend and it should’ve been renamed blowout weekend. Most of the conference championship games were blowout snooze fests (sorry Big 10, I just don’t care about you). Southern Miss pulled the upset over Houston in the Conference USA game. LSU took care of business against Georgia in the SEC game. Clemson got revenge on Virginia Tech in the ACC game. The games themselves were not that exciting, but it did have some hefty effect in terms of BCS allotment. Especially that Houston and Virginia Tech loss. It helped make a case for Oklahoma State.
Yes, Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma for the first time in forever for Bedlam. Now, it wasn’t a conference championship game but it ended up being that way for the Big 12. Whoever won that game would have the title or at least the greatest share of it. The ghost of Sooner past didn’t scare the Cowboys away this time. They came out the gates firing and didn’t let up one bit. Oklahoma looked sloppy, especially on offense. I swear the defense might have scored more points than the offense in that game. Congratulations on the Big 12 Conference Championship Oklahoma State.
Kansas State was the team I came to Little Woodrow’s to see and they finished out the regular season like they do with every game this year: by nearly giving me a god damned heart attack. It was close, thanks to Paul Rhoads and his rag tag bunch of Iowa State Cyclones. Farmageddon always had a history of close and exciting games and this one came through. Now Collin Klein will get the rub for the victory, but John Hubert’s stiff arm from hell toward the end of the game made him the top performer for me. That last touchdown run sealed it after Iowa State had multiple winning gambles on the drive to tie the game.
So that was the last barspot. To tell the truth, I am still disappointed that I couldn’t get a game of washers in. I drowned my sorrows quickly with some homemade potato chips and malt vinegar, however. Little Woodrow’s was a decent time, but not the best. It could’ve been the rain or the sub par service, I’m not sure. What I am sure of is that if the sun is out and your favorite team is on, head out there to relax and enjoy the outdoor patio. It will most certainly be more relaxing than watching a Kansas State game or dealing with BCS math.
So I’m running a little bit late today but as soon as I hit the front door last night, I got kicked in the face by the awesome weekend. Yes, I flew back home to Kansas City for the weekend. The main goal was to have great quality time with friends and family. The secondary goal was to watch some fantastic college football. Mission accomplished on both, especially for the three football games.
While I’m battling record heat here in my first summer in Austin, it seems college football is battling an offseason of corruption. At least that’s what it seems like. I think it’s more that the year before we all thought conferences (including the Big 12) were gonna blow up. Now everything is safe, things are going back to normal. That includes kids and coaches breaking rules. Let’s break on over to this week’s Crib Sheet and find out some more:
With tornadoes blowing down south and southeast, wildfires burning all of Texas, rain and hail pelting the land, and Missouri levees falling apart, it seems like the whole world is falling apart. But it’s merely weather changing bits and pieces of the land. There can be bigger changes afoot across the land. I have one coming up very quickly. But first let me spit out a kind of late Crib Sheet. Take notes and then take cover:
- ESPN’s David Ubben talks about the quiet action taking place at Kansas State. Bill Snyder 2.0’s all quiet about the major transfers they have coming into the season. I’ll talk more about the kids later. David Ubben should know by now that Snyder is a master of saying nothing while talking alot. Hey, he did a pretty good job covering the new turf that’s going up at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
- UMass will pull an upgrade in the football program and join the MAC starting in 2012. There’s plenty of room at the big boy table if you have the cash to pay the entry fee.
- It’s video fun time! Check out Iowa State’s Paul Rhoads throwing a haymaker a the Wally World moose. When you get done with that, check out the promo for the new EA Sports NCAA Football game.
- A website is offering $1 million dollars to Cam Newton to pass a lie detector test about his involvement with alleged payments or money searching by his father and Auburn. Um, I’m not sure Cam is going to bite after this week’s NFL Draft.
- Here’s a couple of numbers regarding the unequal TV distribution of Big 12 money. It seems it’s a lot closer than disparate and if you look at profit of the athletic departments it’s about the same as the Big 10 (who has equal TV revenue distribution).
- Big Mo at Missouri is need of a face lift and the fraternities in charge are asking for help to replace it. I suggest a giant drum machine instead so they can rock out some hip hop chants.
- The hammer is falling down hard on Ohio State’s Jim Tressel and the NCAA is bearing the handle. They are rebuking him big time for withholding information about known violations and what not. Could he be out of the job by the start of the season?
- Kansas football recruit Adonis Saunders showed off his speed by winning two gold medals at the Kansas relays. He will bring needed speed the Jayhawks come next season.
- 9 of the 11 members of a panel who will review the Fiesta Bowl’s status in the BCS went on paid for junkets by the Fiesta Bowl in the past. Methinks that Fiesta Bowl should get off, right? People will complain about this but they will forget pretty soon.
Another actual barspot and I’m keeping up on the known favorites with Lew’s Grill and Bar. I’ve been here a couple of times and have begun to become a regular here. They’ve upgraded the televisions and also the food. The day of football was long and fun, so I was glad I got the sweet spot for watching in the bar. Regarding the action on field, we saw some tight games and some surprising blowouts. It was a lazy day, but it sure was a weird one too.
In the wake of one of the most massive events in history ever yesterday, not the election but the reintroduction to the McRib, I have yielded time to this week’s Crib Sheet introduction. Ronald McDonald Bless America:
- With the historic win over Oklahoma, Missouri gets the coveted Peace Pipe. You know, the somewhat annual trophy given to the winner? Welp, apparently even the two teams forgot about it and lost it. You know a rivalry is lopsided when that happens.
- Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon ended up with a suspension for the Kansas State game last Saturday. That’s what happens when you drink and drive, kids. It didn’t really stop the Cowboys, though, as they throttled the Wildcats.
- The Big 12 suspended Nebraska’s Eric Martin for last Saturday’s thumping of Missouri, due to a helmet to helmet hit. Do you see a pattern here? Meanwhile, Gary Pinkel wants the conference to review a hit that fellow Cornhusker Courtney Osborne put on Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert. If the conference follows through, then look for Nebraska to win this weekend against Iowa State.
- The Big Sky Conference just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Now North Dakota and Southern Utah will be joining the fold starting in 2012. Look out Pac 12!
- Notre Dame student Declan Sullivan died after injuries received from a blown over video tower. Look for the school to either ban it or put in a more permanent solution.
- Missouri won’t press charges against the 30 fans that were arrested after they stormed the field in their win over Oklahoma. That’s a good thing. The Tigers don’t often get the chance to make the field storm-worthy so you need to allow it when they do.
- Paul Rhoads is turning things around at Iowa State and now he will help turn on a new scoreboard, along with a bunch of sports complex projects. They are upgrading everywhere in Ames. Hopefully some of that money will go to better flood protection, too.
- Will Ferrell said on ESPN College GameDay that, “It’s scientific law that Baylor cannot beat Texas at Texas.” Baylor ended up winning that game. I’m betting Ferrell picked USC to win over Oregon as well. Those are some funny pics.
- Expansion, as we have learned, is never done. The Big East will get on the expansion bandwagon as they voted to expand to 10 teams at board of director’s meeting Tuesday. Who will they grab? Notre Dame of course.
The BCS Standings are out and it’s time to start wiping away the competition. Oklahoma and Missouri will lock horns tomorrow to find out who will be worthy from the Big 12. We also have LSU battling Auburn for SEC worthiness. The pretenders are wiping away and it’s all downhill for the road to the BCS Championship Game. The pretenders will also start wiping away in our Pick It and Stick It challenge. Let’s take a look at what’s on the windshield for this week.