Double-T Nation News:
In no particular order, DTN's Top Seven:
- My Gladwell-pants are going crazy because he's got a new book, Outliers. We may have to make this a class project to read this book.
- I love SB Nation's new blog NBA, Ridiculous Upside.
- I whistled for a cab, and when it came near, the license plate said "Fresh", and it had dice in the mirror.
- An anti-matter spaceship (hat-tip to DTN reader djollie111, and yes, I can't even begin to comprehend this - English major).
- Sweet mercy BHGP's Joe Paterno goes to the hospital and Kirk Ferentz visits Penn State.
- Conquest Chronicles with an interesting look at policing amatuer athlete compliance.
- This isn't a good thing, Stephen Hamby and Texas Tech make an appearance in the Fulmer Cup.
Texas Tech Football:
Definitely worth your time this morning, ESPN's Tim Griffin takes a look at the Big 12 during the BCS era, and although Texas Tech has not been a huge player in terms of national championships, the Red Raiders did get a mention in the Big 12's Top 10 Moments of BCS Era:
The SportingNews' Matt Hays ranks the Big 12 Best Players and I've promised myself not to get all riled up about these things anymore, but seriously . . . Maclin is not a better receiver than Mr. Crabtree. Maclin was a pretty good receiver and a really good return guy, best in the nation IMO, but if Hays' category is "Wide Receiver", then don't account for returnability.
Louis Vasquez didn't get a mention on the offensive line, again, but Jamar Wall got a shout-out at the defensive back position (although I might argue that McBath is more gifted than Wall) and Jonathan LaCour checks in as the #2 punter.
If you've had it with lists, then you've come to the wrong website, Rivals.com has come out with their College Football Power Rankings for every position, but of note is quarterback and receiver where Graham Harrell checks in at #4, behind Tebow, White and Daniel. At receiver they rank Mr. Crabtree as the #1 receiver with Florida's Percy Harvin, Maclin and Clemson's Kelly following Mr. Crabtree.
FWST's Wendell Barnhouse says the Big 12 bigwigs talked about revenue sharing, but of more interest to me is that the Big 12 and ESPN/ABC released it's football schedule, which included zero Texas Tech games. I suppose this will be a fluid thing and the fact that there are no Texas Tech games isn't the worst thing ever, so I'm not going to get too worked up about this.
Texas Tech Track:
I completely missed this inspiring story from SAEN's Natalie England on Texas Tech thrower, Patience Knight's battle with cancer and her subsequent success. No cut and paste on this article, go read the whole thing. I'm also linking to a YouTube video I found of Patience lifting 105 dumbbells like it was nothing. Pretty amazing.