Double-T Nation News:
I've mentioned my two best talents before, and this weekend I was absolutely unbeatable at washers. And I mean unbeatable. Didn't lose a game the entire afternoon. Despite not picking up a washer since early April, it dawned on me how Mr. Crabtree feels, in that you just can't teach God-given skill to play a game. Mr. Crabtree will eventually earn millions off of his ability to dominate a game, while I earned $25.00, none of this I will probably see, for putting a washer in a hole with great accuracy. And for those of you who think I'm kidding . . . I'm not. I take washers very seriously and despite a crowd of 5, including my wife teetering on the edge of her seat, the hot sun, friends talking a little trash in the middle of the toss, and 6 High Life's into a Memorial Day festival, I came out victorious, didn't lose a game.
Texas Tech Football:
SMQ wrote about the Captain Leach article from the Lincoln Star Journal posted/published this weekend (mentioned here on Saturday and Sunday) and correctly notes that the writer that discusses Leach's "characterness" is starting to become a little played-out by the media, and I tend to agree. I read the same quote Sunday morning, and I fully admit that I tend to take for granted our coach who sees the game of football much differently than you or I.
Or better yet, Leach is a guy who sees life much differently than me, substitute SMQ's thought of Leach drawing up a play on a tablecloth for his philosphy in life and you have it exactly right.
Plan? What plan?
Just play and it will all fall into place.
However, I would contend that the most interesting quote of the weekend from the Captain was his thought that football to play football is a good time:
To me, that speaks more about Leach as a football coach and a person.
As simplistic as it sounds, as a football coach, Leach just wants people to play football, the most wonderful game in all the world and if people are willing to pay for a bowl and teams are willing to compete, then why the hell not?
But I also think Leach is stirring the fire a bit and would tend to believe that Leach isn't without an ulterior motive, in that he's more than likely promoting absolute bowl-anarchy.
As a person, Leach believes that chaos is good, just ask anyone who's played on the offensive side of the ball for him. It's organized chaos, but chaos nonetheless. The more chaotic the current BCS system begins to sound, the more sour the fanbase will become and Leach will eventually get his wish. Bowl-anarchy and eventual BCS failure would most like lend itself to allowing mid-tier teams, like Texas Tech, to get into the national championship discussion, a place where Leach feels like he can beat anyone in one game. Leach is about inclusion and about fostering an atmosphere of good times and lots of football. The more the merrier.
"The fear would be if they do some little thing like just have some extra game. All that is going to do is perpetuate the problem," Leach said. "I think they need a big one ..."
He said that a Plus One game "would be a complete waste of time."
Leach provided concrete underpinning to his plan. Teams would play 10 regular-season games and have one week off before the playoffs began. Non-playoff teams would fill the void with interdivisional play, a football NIT.
The playoffs would begin with on-campus sites for the first round and then incorporate existing bowl sites afterwards. Under the 64-team format, the champion would play 16 games in a season.
"It works in high school, it works in Division III, it works in Division II, it works in I-AA, it works in the NFL," Leach said. "To me, it's obvious."
Chaos reigns. On a tablecloth. In life. On the football field.
Rivals.com's Mike Huguenin asks 10 questions they (they being Rivals.com) are asking the most, including if Texas Tech can compete in the South:
The non-conference schedule is a joke. In conference, the Red Raiders don't play Missouri and they get Texas at home.
There even are rumblings that the defense will be OK, as well. Tech finished third in the Big 12 in total defense and added some junior college transfers who are expected to make an immediate impact.
Still, Tech doesn't exactly have a rich history of contending for titles in the Big 12 South. In the 12-year history of the league, Tech has finished as high as second in the division four times (the Red Raiders have finished alone in second once) and there has been just one second-place finish this decade.
It's doubtful Tech can win the South – Oklahoma looks too strong – but given that Texas has to go to Lubbock and that Tech may have fewer holes than the Longhorns, this is as good a season as any to pick Tech to finish second in the division.
Fox34 has a couple of video clips worth your time this morning, including Grant Walker possibly getting a shot with the af2 team, the Lubbock Renegades, and Robert Giovannetti and Chris Level debate whether or not Brandon Williams will lead this team in sacks this year. I say fiction, because I'm banking on SeSay being the guy, of course if that's true then SeSay would see more double-teams, meaning Williams would be the one taking advantage of a single man.