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Notable 2017 sports passings, from DeFord to Nobis to Hannon to Baylor
 After saying goodbye to giants like Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Gordie Howe and Pat Summitt in 2016, this year saw the passings of more memorable names — coaches credited for reviving their college programs into national powers, executives who guided their professional teams into dynasties, and athletes who passed away too young. Here&rsquo...

10:25 PM Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017

After saying goodbye to giants like Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Gordie Howe and Pat Summitt in 2016, this year saw the passings of more memorable names — coaches credited for reviving their college programs into national powers, executives who guided their professional teams into dynasties, and athletes who passed away too young. Here&rsquo...
Fantasy football: An alternate set of Week 1 rankings
 Earlier this week, Cat Vasquez laid out 
            his player rankings for Week 1 as well as a list of 
            start ’em/sit ’ems. Here are my own Week 1 player rankings, by position: QUARTERBACKS Tom Brady
            Aaron Rodgers
            Russell Wilson
            Matt Ryan
            Drew Brees
            Dak...

3:37 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

Earlier this week, Cat Vasquez laid out his player rankings for Week 1 as well as a list of start ’em/sit ’ems. Here are my own Week 1 player rankings, by position: QUARTERBACKS Tom Brady Aaron Rodgers Russell Wilson Matt Ryan Drew Brees Dak...
Fantasy confessions of a 3-peat champ: Seventeen more predictions for 2017
 Do you have any Dolphins or Buccaneers on your roster, and is Hurricane Irma blowing it for your Week 1 lineup? Were you brave
            enough to use a first-round pick on Ezekiel Elliott? And are you ready for some football? The season starts tonight with the Chiefs at Patriots. I inadvertently stayed away from Dolphins and Bucs this...

1:02 PM Thursday, Sep. 07, 2017

Do you have any Dolphins or Buccaneers on your roster, and is Hurricane Irma blowing it for your Week 1 lineup? Were you brave enough to use a first-round pick on Ezekiel Elliott? And are you ready for some football? The season starts tonight with the Chiefs at Patriots. I inadvertently stayed away from Dolphins and Bucs this...
Fantasy confessions of a 3-peat champ: What happens in Vegas shouldn’t stay in Vegas
 How do you prep for draft day? If you show up to your draft armed with only a magazine that you bought sometime in July or early August, you’re drafting
            from a position of weakness even before you make your first pick. You’re not taking advantage of so much more information
            that’s available to you...

4:32 PM Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017

How do you prep for draft day? If you show up to your draft armed with only a magazine that you bought sometime in July or early August, you’re drafting from a position of weakness even before you make your first pick. You’re not taking advantage of so much more information that’s available to you...
Fantasy confessions of a 3-peat champ: What I believe, and what I don’t
 I went through Draft No. 1 this season on Sunday and literally got everything our South Austin Purple Llamas needed. I wrote a bit about 
            this year-round keeper league last week. By the time Sunday’s “draft” arrived, our 12 teams all had different situations in terms of how many roster spots needed
         ...

1:02 PM Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017

I went through Draft No. 1 this season on Sunday and literally got everything our South Austin Purple Llamas needed. I wrote a bit about this year-round keeper league last week. By the time Sunday’s “draft” arrived, our 12 teams all had different situations in terms of how many roster spots needed ...
Fantasy confessions of a 3-peat champ: Want to spice up your league?
 My first fantasy draft is this Sunday. I’m in three leagues for sure this year but may end up with a fourth or a fifth. That’s
            how it usually works out. And when I say draft on Sunday, I actually mean auction. Silent bid auction, actually. That league — called The Gnational Football League — is...

1:02 PM Wednesday, Aug. 09, 2017

My first fantasy draft is this Sunday. I’m in three leagues for sure this year but may end up with a fourth or a fifth. That’s how it usually works out. And when I say draft on Sunday, I actually mean auction. Silent bid auction, actually. That league — called The Gnational Football League — is...
Notable sports passings of 2016: This year, we lost some giants
 We said goodbye to giants in 2016. Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Pat Summitt, Gordie Howe — all legends, certainly in their respective sports of which they became champions and icons, but also in the bigger collective of fans’ minds and hearts. But there were others, of course. Baseball was robbed of one of its brightest young...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

We said goodbye to giants in 2016. Muhammad Ali, Arnold Palmer, Pat Summitt, Gordie Howe — all legends, certainly in their respective sports of which they became champions and icons, but also in the bigger collective of fans’ minds and hearts. But there were others, of course. Baseball was robbed of one of its brightest young...
Texas, Texas A&M will play this November (in basketball, anyway)

5:58 PM Thursday, Aug. 06, 2015

Texas and Texas A&M are going to play again — in basketball. Texas A&M officials announced today that the two schools’ men’s basketball teams will play each other this fall as part of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas, Nov. 25-27. The Longhorns and Aggies will be the third game of a four-game first-day lineup...
QBs, Jefferson and the Spread hog Texas’ Orange-White spotlight

9:12 PM Saturday, Apr. 18, 2015

Both quarterbacks looked good. Not great. But good. Malik Jefferson looked great. Not good. But great. Texas’ new-look offense — the Longhorns are going to the spread — definitely is an intriguing scheme for this roster. Both Tyrone Swoopes and Jerrod Heard were able to make plays. The running backs not only produced a couple...
Arkansas 31, Texas 7: Longhorns’ season ends with disappointing bowl loss

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Not just this Texas Bowl — which, mercifully, has finally ended — but also this 2014 season for the Longhorns, an up-and-down year that ended much more down than up, with two straight losses, including tonight’s abysmal showing against Arkansas. The final: Arkansas 31, Texas 7. The Longhorns were outplayed (31-7), outgained...
Texas vs. Arkansas: Prelude to kickoff

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

ONE HOUR TO KICKOFF. The roof is closed here at NRG Stadium, the National Anthem was rehearsed about 45 minutes ago, and the lone Longhorn on the field is kicker Nick Rose, who’s booting field goal attempts of various distances, and defensive end Caleb Bluiett, who’s playing catch. Meanwhile, over at the Russell Athletic Bowl...
Texas vs. Arkansas: Storylines to follow

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Some Texas Bowl storylines to follow tonight: Which Swoopes shows up?: Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes is 5-6 as a starter. The sophomore has had his ups and downs — more downs than ups — and is coming off perhaps his worst showing of the season, a five-turnover turkey on Thanksgiving night against TCU. The last time he looked...
Arkansas 31, Texas 7: Razorbacks pulling away in the fourth quarter

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

There’s 11:41 left. It’s Arkansas 31, Texas 7. The Razorbacks have all but put this game away — and there’s still most of the fourth quarter to play. Jonathan Williams‘ 1-yard touchdown run capped a 13-play, 57-yard drive for Arkansas that took off 8:39 from the clock. So far in this game, Texas has run 34 plays...
Arkansas 24, Texas 7: Horns trail by three scores at halftime

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

IT’S HALFTIME. Arkansas leads Texas, 24-7. The Longhorns have mercifully headed into the locker room for a much-needed break, down three scores. After Texas finally showed some life by scoring a touchdown, Arkansas simply answered by efficiently marching downfield and scoring just before the end of the first half. Brandon Allen threw...
Arkansas 3, Texas 0: Razorbacks strike first on a field goal

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

There’s 4:32 left. It’s Arkansas 3, Texas 0. Arkansas has drawn first blood, a 32-yard field goal from Adam McFain. Texas’ 38-yard punt from Michael Davidson following the Longhorns’ first drive didn’t help. Arkansas’ scoring drive began life at Texas’ 48. The Razorbacks are going against the grain...
Texas vs. Arkansas: Breaking down the numbers

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

Both teams are on the field, in full pads, going through warmup drills. Texas will be wearing its home burnt orange. Arkansas is in its road whites. It’s a slow-arriving crowd, though Texas Bowl folks tell us this will be a sellout crowd. This will be Texas’ 53rd bowl game, second only to Alabama’s 60. The Longhorns are...
Arkansas 10, Texas 0: And the Razorbacks’ first touchdown is … a pass

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

There’s 14:15 left. It’s Arkansas 10, Texas 0. The Razorbacks’ running game — expected to be formidable — churned yards downfield, but it was quarterback Brandon Allen who made the play of this latest Arkansas scoring drive, a beautifully thrown 36-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Wilson. Arkansas went 87 yards...
Arkansas 17, Texas 0: After botched handoff/end zone fumble, it’s getting ugly

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

There’s 8:13 left. It’s Arkansas 17, Texas 0. Well, that just happened. We won’t delve too deeply into Texas’ most recent play, a botched handoff exchange between Tyrone Swoopes and Jonathan Gray — in the Longhorns’ own end zone. There was a fumble, and Gray couldn’t corral it, but Arkansas defensive...
Arkansas 17, Texas 7: Swoopes’ TD puts Longhorns on board — and back in game

1:04 AM Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014

There’s 3:07 left. It’s Arkansas 17, Texas 7. At least Texas can say that it took less time to score against Arkansas than it did Oklahoma to score against Clemson. Tyrone Swoopes, who began this latest drive with -1 passing yards, completed passes of 8, 11 and 13 yards to lead the Longhorns to their first points of the game,...
Texas-Arkansas live game chat, Texas Bowl style

6:00 PM Monday, Dec. 29, 2014

Join us for the final Longhorns game chat of the season, Monday night’s Texas Bowl matchup between Texas and Arkansas. We’ll kick off the chat at 7:30 p.m. — 30 minutes before the Longhorns and Razorbacks kick off — and will keep chatting from the NRG Stadium press box through the final whistle.
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