for starters, a team ranked 223 in scoring offense with a FG% ranked even worse will probably not have a very good day on the road against a top-ranked defense the likes of A&M. (A&M is ranked 1 in FG% Defense and 2 in Scoring Defense)
despite the overwhelming statistical evidence pointing to a red&yellow blood bath at Reed Arena tonight, there are always the unknown intangibles that fail to show up on the graphs and spreadsheets:
Following their 64-68 OT loss to Kansas (evidence of their dangerous potential in itself) the Cyclones have gone on a 5-game losing skid. Look for this team to come out hungry for a win. Like starving and abused animals, there's no telling what a team is capable of when hungry and backed into a corner.
Tipoff: 6:30PM FSN (Texas only)
today, two of the biggest sites in all of CFB have posted what amounts to sacrilege: questioning the holiness and purity of our beloved NCAA Football.
..and we need more of it.
EDSBS and MGoBlog, in what appear to be uncoordinated posts, take the whip to the bankers in our solemn temple in their posts on recruiting and rising ticket prices vs. decreasing quality opponents.
while many have been analyzing various teams' OOC schedules for weeks now, A&M's schedule has been up in the air. until now.
| 9.01 or 9.08 || Fresno State |
|9.01 or 9.08||Montana State|
|9.20 (Thursday)||@ Miami|
| 9.29 || Baylor |
| 10.06 || Oklahoma State |
| 10.13 || @ Texas Tech |
| 10.20 || @ Nebraska |
| 10.27 || Kansas |
| 11.03 || @Oklahoma |
| 11.10 || @ Missouri |
| 11.23 or 11.24 || Texas |
While it has yet to be announced by the athletic department, Billy Liucci($) is reporting that Fresno State will round out the Aggies' non-conference portion of the 2007 schedule.
It doesn't take a football genius to see that A&M will face one hell of a road schedule this season, here's hoping Fran can transfer the 2006 team's ability to win on the road to next season's team.
UPDATE: Hours after publication the A&M Marketing office reversed their decision to send a letter to RivalWear.com. Apparently, Mike Huddleston reads this blog.
"The call was made late Wednesday night because the T-shirts did not meet the criteria necessary to pursue the letter. The shirts did not feature "University colors, an accurate depiction of Reveille as a mascot, and didn't contain any other identifying marks," Huddleston said."
In what is quickly devolving into a contest of which school can out-gay the other, A&M is threatening to sue a Longhorn t-shirt website, RivalWear, for it's t-shirt mocking/imitating Aggieland Outfitter's 'Saw 'em Off' shirt.
While Texas' case against Aggieland Outfitters is weak, atleast the logo being parodied is clearly identifiable as theirs. According to the article, A&M claims it has copyrighted the image of an American Collie wearing an A&M blanket...
- No where on the RivalWear collie silhouette is there anything that identifies A&M.
- The collie featured in the image isn't even wearing a blanket
- Why did we even copyright the image of an insane inbred collie to begin with?
better late than never
Texas A&M - 67
OSU - 49
Fightin' Texas Aggie Capacity Crowd White-Out! WHOOP!
Cowpoke starting lineup?? booooring..
Commit'08 target, Nathan Walkup Corbin Ray, is texting everyone he knows how much he thinks Pistol Pete is teh gay..
Texas Aggie Basketball!?!? WooHoo!!
AK44 taking it hard to the hoop
The Aggie defense was the pepto-bismol to JamesOn's curry style of play.. (zing?)
Tyler Hatch, subject of MTV's upcoming documentary True Life: I'm The Bastard Child of Victoria Gotti and a Porcupine
Billy inquires why anyone would ever drink diluted oklahoma beer.
the refs confer, ultimately deciding that OK Beer > TX Beer
Buck goes ballistic..
it's time for the War Hymn:
Young and Old Ags alike, Saw Varsity's Horns Off, Short!
Aggie Basketball recruits/commits (left to right) Willie Warren, Tony McG, and BJ Holmes love to saw.
things are starting to get tense down low, as Jones continues his domination of the paint
AK goes down, hard. Reed is terrifyingly quiet. Hopes of Aggie Basketball still playing after spring break flashed before our eyes..
he's up, but in serious pain. he'll be back on the court to round out a 14-pt night. if AK is anything, he's tough and determined. (check out the great story by the DMN's Rachel Cohen on AK's struggles)
can anyone tell me what the hell this device does? it says "Precision Time" on it, so it must have something to do with the shot/game clock, but why does every ref on the court have one?
arguably the drunkest guys in the arena, definitely the most embarassing on national tv.
Despite shutting down and clobbering OSU and the commencement of post-victory festivities, Kirk is still ready to dominate someone.
so i'm drifting off to sleep in my STAT class this morning when I start getting texts saying "dude, your name's in the paper" and "hey, nice picture". While having my work published in the paper is not unusual, what made these texts different is that they were from friends.. at UT. Apparently the Daily Texan ran a story on the Logo Lawsuit today, and used my photo from yesterday's Battalion.
I almost consider it an honor to have something featured in the Daily Texan, a student paper so good, that in my opinion, they covered the dedication of Bonfire Memorial (Nov. 2004) better than The Battalion did.
The University of Texas is suing Aggieland Outfitters, alleging that AO's "Saw 'em Off" logo "..is likely to cause confusion, to cause mistake, or to deceive customers".
While it's debatable who first (and when) visually depicted what "Saw Varsity's Horns Off.." would look like, Aggieland Outfitters was the first to standardize the image and sell it on t-shirts back in 1997. Since then, the logo's popularity has exploded and is almost considered a secondary logo for Texas A&M:
the image is so popular that even the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band will bust it out every once in a while.
a lot of people from other schools think that's a "horns down", it's actually the horns sawed off.
Both my favorite Texas shirt and proof that not only has UT been keenly aware of the logo, they've been playing along too.
The lawsuit against the decade old logo was filed Dec. 4th, 2006. That's right, a week after the Aggies beat the Longhorns 12-7 in Austin.
You decided what's worse:
Late Hit on McCoy
Trying to put a family out of business because your team got embarassed by the school you like to pretend isn't a rival anymore
If UT was truly interested in protecting its trademark, it would be filing lawsuits against the likes of:
the city of Fort Worth
OU shirt vendors
hundreds of schools around the state of Texas
While Seattle fans may be taking much pleasure from this debacle, I think most reasonable sports fans see this action as fairly childish and to be honest, very opposite of the carefully constructed image of We're Texas (and stupidly arrogant).
Whether you hate Texas, support A&M, or just can't stand bullies, stop by AggielandOutfitters.com and buy one of their new shirts (below) inspired by the lawsuit OR tell everyone you know about the story. The more negative publicity for UT that is generated, the less inclined they'll be to continue with the lawsuit.
The shirt says it all:
update (10:34PM): to all the anonymous horns comparing this case to the Ft. Worth case or the Seattle/12th Man case. What Aggieland Outfitters is doing is called Parody and has been upheld by the Supreme Court for the past two decades. As a Professor of Trademark Law, Louis T. Pirkey (UT's lawyer) should know better. Either Pirkey shouldn't be teaching at such a prestigious law school, or UT was counting on hollow intimidation to get what it wanted.
HT: The Battalion
Chapter 3: The Season Ahead
here's where we'll take a look at the remaining schedule and make no bs (analysis)predictions of Win, Loss, or Toss Up.
The Ags shouldn't lose to anyone at home this year.
|1.20 - Win|
|1.27 - Win|
|1.31 - Win|
|2.05 - Toss Up|
|2.13 - Win|
|2.24 - Win|
|3.03 - Win|
If the Ags want a piece of the reg. season BigXII title they must win in Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas) and win at either Gallagher-Iba (OK State) or Frank Erwin (Texas).
|1.24 - Win|
|2.03 - Toss Up|
|2.10 - Win|
|2.17 - Win|
|2.21 - Loss|
|2.28 - Toss Up|