While I got ya, here are nine things and one crazy prediction:
1. Vince Young’s not done yet as a player. Well, maybe. The Heisman runner-up in 2005 had his professional comeback interrupted — and possibly ended — by a torn hamstring he suffered while practicing last summer with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League, but he isn’t ready to completely call it a career. “You never know, especially when you have an agent named Leigh Steinberg,” Young said Tuesday during a round of interviews with former Longhorns who played in the 2005 BCS national championship game. “Quarterbacks (in the NFL) are going down already. It’s crazy. He always tells me, ‘Stay ready, son.’ If not, I’ll be grateful and happy.” Why shouldn’t Young stay ready? I can only count up to nine NFL teams that could use a legitimate quarterback these days. … Former Longhorns safety Michael Griffin said he’d love to get a phone call from an NFL team and play longer than his 10 terrific seasons, nine with Tennessee. Why? “It’s free money,” said Griffin, who has three kids.
2. Former Texas defensive end Tim Crowder mentioned that he and his teammates “were so ticked off” by the disrespect from ESPN and national writers in the media buildup before that championship game even though I and several other American-Statesman writers picked the Longhorns to win it. Crowder noted how USC vacated its Rose Bowl loss because of an NCAA probation that mandated it, but “I bet a million people know they did.” Young said those ESPN comparisons between the 2005 USC team and some of the all-time greatest college teams in history “pissed us off a little bit. We weren’t supposed to be there. But we had a really good team, too.”
3. Bill O’Brien is not the right guy for the Texans although I’m not sure that franchise knows it yet. He blew it by not starting first-round draft choice Deshaun Watson in the drudgery that was the opener against Jacksonville because he obviously had little or no faith in the guy he started, Tom Savage. A coach doesn’t bench his starter after one half of the irst game if he believed in him. The question is why does Bob McNair still believe in O’Brien? He’s done nothing to justify faith in him.
4. Don’t really understand in this world where it seems TV dictates everything, why we have four marquee college games all at the same time on the same night in Week Two? Stupid. Loved watching Oklahoma’s dominance of The Over-rated Ohio State Buckeyes while stealing glimpses of Stanford-USC and peeks of Georgia-Notre Dame and Auburn-Clemson. The fans suffer, but so do the national advertisers if no one’s watching. … If the Sooners end up in the College Football Playoff chase, that win will speak loudly, just as the Buckeyes’ win over the Sooners did last year when Ohio State didn’t even play in its own conference championship game but made the College Football Playoff. … Baker Mayfield apologized for being “disrespectful” to the Buckeyes after planting the OU flag at the midfield ‘O’ logo although I doubt he meant it. Just own it, Baker. That’s who you are. You spout off, and you frequently back it up. That game will go a long way toward returning him to New York as a Heisman finalist for the third year in a row, perhaps to see another Lamar Jackson acceptance speech. I also wonder if he mock apologized so as not to turn off any Heisman voters’ sensibilities.
5. Don’t look now, but the Texas women’s soccer team is off to an impressive 7-0 start despite a roster that has 17 underclassmen, nine of them freshmen, including Cydney Billups and Maddie Dorsett who are the daughters of famous athlete fathers Chauncey and Tony. Cydney is one of five players who have scored match-winning goals. “I think our young players are very talented,” coach Angela Kelley said. “They came in with a very high soccer IQ and have played at different levels on national teams and in some of the top clubs in the country. But I don’t think we’ve played our best match yet.” Kelly said Chauncey frequently attends Longhorns matches, adding, “You’d be hard-pressed to find a more supportive father. He’s also gone to coach (Shaka) Smart’s training session and been to the UT Golf Club. He’s invested and tremendously involved.”
6. I have never understood how as concerned as the NFL is with player safety and the protection of the top quarterbacks — and Eli Manning, too — why head coaches play their star quarterbacks to the bitter end of games that have already been decided. Makes absolutely no sense.
7. When did NFL teams forget about being strong up front? Watching some of the most horrendous offensive lines in ages. Teams like Houston, Cincinnati, Seattle and the New York Giants will be hard-pressed not to get their quarterbacks killed this season.
8. Scattershooting while wondering whatever happened to one of the best quartets ever in a Texas defensive line besides Shane Dronett, who tragically took his own life. He, Bo Robinson, Tommy Jeter and James Patton were all studs in 1991. Thanks for the messages that pointed out former quarterback Richard Walton is a very successful radiologist in San Antonio, married with two daughters. I was told that Walton attended Texas’ win over San Jose State and told a friend that the last time he ran into Mack Brown, the former Longhorns coach had such great recall that he even asked about Walton’s daughters by name.
9. Watched “Man Up,” a very original, quirky, romantic comedy with the under-rated Simon Pegg and Lake Bell that I really enjoyed. The ultimate blind date movie. Gave it seven ducks.
10. Crazy prediction: Sergio Dipp guest stars on “Saturday Night Live” this season.
BOHLS, GOLDEN PODCAST
Catch columnists Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden during their weekly “On Second Thought” podcasts, which pop up on Thursdays. This week, they’re reminiscing about the 2005 national championship game between Texas and USC, including interviews with former Longhorns.
HOW CRAZY WAS HE?
Looking back at Kirk’s crazy prediction from Sept. 14, 2016 — that Notre Dame’s DeShone Kizer would be drafted ahead of Clemson’s Deshaun Watson, maybe even No. 1 overall. That didn’t happen. Watson went 12th overall to the Texans; Kizer went in the second round (52nd) overall to the Browns.