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  1. Yeah, I think--similar to UNT--that their AD hire has been pretty good for them. They won the Learfield cup this year and a couple of national championships in other sports, but football drives the bus, and they have to get the money-maker back on track.
  2. You want as many easy-drive and in-state games as you can get for recruiting purposes, and to build your fanbase. There are a lot of UNT grads in the I35 corridor in central Texas. It's long-term program building (in my opinion) to play as many in-state games as possible. Now, I'm not saying UNT should play Texas teams home/home to the exclusion of bigger name visiting programs. I'm saying you want to have a balance of bigger-name schools mixed in with Texas-based teams in your OOC schedule, because it's easier for alumni, and it gets the name out there in the recruiting areas. Secondly, UNT and TSU have a pretty long history of playing each other. Why would the schools not want to continue that, and maximize it? UNT needs as many regional rivals as possible. TSU fans--at least some--will travel to UNT for a game. It's a no-brainer to play them regularly, as far as I'm concerned. Fun trip, too.
  3. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/zz-top-bassist-dusty-hill-dead-obit-1203694/
  4. Barry Tramel has an interesting article which takes the last 4 years of TV games from the Big 12 teams and averages the eyeballs. ************************************ https://www.oklahoman.com/story/sports/2021/07/27/oklahoma-state-football-must-make-itself-attractive-tv-networks-ou-texas-sec/5386994001/ "Here are the Big 12 averages for each program when appearing on Fox, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2 and NOT playing the Sooners or Longhorns. Non-OU/Texas games 1. TCU 1.86M (14 games) 2. OSU 1.74M (22 games) 3. Iowa State 1.6M (15 games) 4. West Virginia 1.56M (22 games) 5. Texas Tech 1.56 (11 games) 6. Kansas State 1.31M (14 games) 7. Baylor 1.14M (eight games) 8. Kansas 0.97M (four games)
  5. SEC: "Sit down and shut up, Gomer. You're gonna make a lot more money."
  6. Interesting perspective here. I agree with the bolded part. I think that's going to happen next. And very quickly: ***************************************************** "That was the beauty of the SEC's move here (and why it is so obvious that nobody outside of College Station will actually oppose): this is a checkmate move against all the other conferences. It will force the migration to 16-team super-conferences, yet there is literally no counter-move left for the other conferences to try and make up the ground they just lost. There are exactly 3 game-changing brands that are not currently in one of the other 4 major conferences: Texas, OU and ND. Two of those are now off the table before any of the other conferences even knew the game had started. Checkmate."
  7. Haha, yeah, I believe that's going out the window for sure. Who knows, man.
  8. Not sure why SMU would do that. Most of the B12 members will jump to other conferences as well, I'm guessing. Theoretically: WVA to ACC KS (and maybe IState) to B1G Tech/TCU/OK Lite/Baylor to PAC12 That leaves K State (and maybe IState) in the cornfield. They don't have the academics for B1G. Can't see the PAC taking them over the 4 above. But who knows!
  9. China says 'No." to WHO again. What a surprise. What a crock. 4 million dead, and the Chinese government doesn't give a shit. ************************************** https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-will-not-follow-whos-suggested-plan-2nd-phase-covid-19-origins-study-2021-07-22/ "We believe a lab leak is extremely unlikely and it is not necessary to invest more energy and efforts in this regard," said Liang Wannian, the Chinese team leader on the WHO joint expert team. More animal studies should be conducted, in particular in countries with bat populations, he said. However, Liang said the lab leak hypothesis could not be entirely discounted but suggested that if evidence warranted, other countries could look into the possibility it leaked from their labs."
  10. Recruiting. Alabama QB is about to be a millionaire due to NIL. Schools can use the "SEC" pitch for the top recruits and point to their recruits getting big $ through the NIL aTm has this cachet right now by association. This looks to me like an 'if you can't beat 'em, join 'em' situation.
  11. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/texas-sports-nation/college/article/Texas-Oklahoma-reach-out-to-SEC-about-joining-16330080.php?utm_campaign=CMS Sharing Tools (Premium)&utm_source=t.co&utm_medium=referral
  12. Most of the footage is from Google Earth. They're not always johnny-on-the-spot with updates.
  13. Thoughtful article about the usefulness of fear rather than avoidance of panic regarding COVID. Insinuation is that the government's and media's fear of "spreading panic" cost lives and wasn't necessary. Imagine actually giving the public accurate--even truthful--information, rather than spoon-fed, shifting rhetoric and blurry instruction? https://palladiummag.com/2021/07/15/the-myth-of-panic/?utm_source=pocket-newtab ***************************** Excerpts: "Over the last year, we have seen the consequences of prioritizing panic prevention over disaster response in one country after another. The pattern was set early in Wuhan, China. There, provincial and municipal officials muzzled early warnings of a novel respiratory illness from doctors, virologists, and health officials. They feared what might happen if normal citizens became aware of the disease. “When we first discovered it could be transmitted between people, our hospital head, chairman, medical affairs department, they sat and made endless calls to the city government, the health commission,” wrote one Wuhan nurse in January of 2020. “[But] they said we still can’t wear protective clothing, because it might stir up panic.” Similar concerns prompted China’s National Health Commission to issue a confidential notice forbidding labs that had sequenced the new virus to publish their data without government authorization. Even as China’s top health official warned the Chinese health system to prepare for the “most severe challenge since SARS in 2003” and ordered the Chinese CDC to declare the highest emergency level possible, public-facing officials were still reporting that the likelihood of sustained transmission between humans was low. The Chinese continually stalled WHO teams trying to gather information on the pandemic; it was not until the last week of January that Chinese health officials told the WHO the reason for their stonewalling. These officials conceded to the WHO team that they required help “communicating this to the public, without causing panic.” The WHO was sensitive to Beijing’s concerns and delayed its declaration of a global health emergency for several days. “You’ve got to remember this was a novel virus,” one member of a WHO delegation then tasked with the China response would say. “You don’t want to push the panic button until you’ve got reasonable confidence in your diagnosis.” Unlike Chinese news sites, ordered to censor sensitive words in their reports to prevent coverage of the new disease from fomenting “societal panic,” American newspapers did not operate under the purview of an official censorship regime. But they too were afraid to “push the panic button.” With titles like “Should You Panic About the Coronavirus? Experts Say No” (The LA Times), “The Flu is a Bigger Threat” (NPR), “The Cognitive Bias That Makes Us Panic About the Coronavirus” (Bloomberg), and “The Pandemic Risks Bringing out the Worst In Humanity” (CNN), American magazines and newspapers led the charge to downplay the seriousness of the outbreak and delegitimize fear of it." "...The social “panic” that disturbed mayors, presidents, columnists, and Communists never materialized. It never does. Time and resources that could have been devoted to combating a very real pandemic were wasted combating an imaginary social phenomenon. In 2020, we all learned the perils of the myth of panic." "...Fear forces the afraid to focus on that which matters. This is the great lesson of the 2020 coronavirus: We should have been allowed to fear. Alas, our leaders feared our fear more than they feared our deaths. The world bears the consequences of this stark faith in the myth of panic."
  14. I always thought this was a catchy, funny tune. I wonder if Gamble and Huff ever saw any royalties.
  15. Pretty good article here this morning. Excerpts below. Bold text by me. Full text: https://www.nationalreview.com/the-morning-jolt/can-we-handle-the-truth-of-the-covid-origin-probe/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MJ_210715&utm_term=Jolt-Smart ****************************************** The Long-Term Consequences of the Investigation into COVID-19’s Origins Today is July 15; according to administration sources speaking to the Wall Street Journal, President Joe Biden is due to receive a 45-day update on the U.S. intelligence community’s review of the origins of COVID-19 “in mid-July.” So far, no significant information about the probe has leaked. The probe can reach one of two plausible answers, or one implausible answer. Plausible answer No. 1: We cannot prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the COVID-19 pandemic was the result of a lab leak in Wuhan. There is a lot of circumstantial evidence — probably enough for prosecutors to win a case. But we don’t have a smoking gun. We don’t have that rumored high-level Chinese defector telling us all about China’s secret virus-research programs. We don’t have a recording of a phone call between panicked scientists realizing what they’ve done — they’re too careful. We don’t have any hacked memos or emails or texts that definitively declare that this was a lab accident — everyone involved knows the risks of ever typing that into a computer or phone, and everyone involved is used to living under relentless state surveillance. What’s more, because of the psychological consequences of realizing that your mistakes set off a global pandemic that killed more than 4 million people, everyone involved with that lab is in the deepest denial imaginable. It is extremely unlikely that anyone who knows will ever confess. They’ll take this to their graves — if they haven’t already been killed to help the coverup. Plausible answer No. 2: The outbreak of a novel coronavirus, closest to ones found in bats, started at the metaphorical doorstep of one of the three laboratories in the entire world conducting gain-of-function research on novel coronaviruses found in bats. Those facts have never seemed like a plausible coincidence. From the beginning of the first cases, the Chinese government has lied to the World Health Organization and the rest of the world, blocked outside investigators as long as possible, withheld requested data, hidden previously available data, and made the spectacularly implausible claim that this was an American bioweapon. The most genetically similar, previously existing virus killed three miners in Yunnan Province back in 2012, a site that is about 1,100 miles away. Samples of that deadly virus were taken to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, along with many other samples from bats in the same mineshaft. But no one has found this precise virus, SARS-CoV-2, occurring in animals in nature. No one has found animal smugglers who were sickened by or died from SARS-CoV-2 before the outbreak in December 2019. And three Wuhan Institute of Virology staffers were hospitalized in November 2019 “with symptoms consistent with both COVID-19 and common seasonal illness.” Any evidence of a lab accident that we cannot find can be plausibly explained by Chinese government efforts to cover it up and destroy it. Implausible answer: Everything listed under No. 2 is just a big coincidence, and we should trust the assessments of virologists who wish to continue gain-of-function research and who insist that a consequential accident is simply impossible. There’s a letter to the editor in the San Francisco Chronicle that inadvertently illustrates why the intelligence community is likely to pick plausible answer No. 1, and is likely to strongly resist reaching plausible answer No. 2. The writer warns: If the American public were to believe that China caused 600,000 Americans to die, more than the World War II, Korea and Vietnam wars combined, there may well be demands for war. Such a war would be far worse than our endless wars in the Middle East and elsewhere, would devastate much of Asia including our allies, cause massive American casualties, and could even go nuclear. Remember the nuclear missile scare in Hawaii during the confrontation with North Korea? We need to tone down the anti-China rhetoric.
  16. No, I got ya--my wording was probably confusing. You are right--TT has never won an outright football championship! 👍
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