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  1. Out of the last 15 or so years UNT has many of those years had record-breaking freshmen classes (no small number with those classes, either, folks) and if you've ever been in the University Book Store or Voertmans first part of those Fall semesters you'd think you were in the middle of a stampede of new students (and their families) buying UNT gear left and right. I don't get it with CLC's numbers at all concerning UNT.

    And FWIW.....I don't think our pistons are running in sync from our end of it with this particular problem, either. Just sayin' what many I know are and have been thinkin' for awhile now, that's all.


    Food for thought, though . . . Selling out of gear at Voertman's and the Univeristy Book Store is one thing. I'm sure that's the case every semester, especially in the fall. However, there's a big difference with that and what the other universities in Texas here have going for them: OUTSIDE marketing.

    I was in Target the other day and wandered into their "officially licensed apparel" area. What did I see? The usual suspects: Texas, Texas A&M, TCU (this wasn't the case just five years ago, had to look pretty hard to find Frog gear) Oklahoma and Texas Tech, even . . . SMU. That's when I did a double-take. SMU? Keep in mind this was a far-west Tarrant County Target. Was there any hint of anything UNT? Of course not.

    But this is the case with pretty much every collegiate apparel-seller across the Metroplex. Lids? Nah, you rarely find anything UNT there. HatWorld? See also: Lids. Gameday Connexion at the Grapevine Mills Mall? Nope. *sad side note about that is that their owner, whom I've spoken with and asked about it, is a UNT alum.

    I don't get it, man.

    -- The Franchise

  2. I'd love to see this game televised just because it looks like I'm going to have to work until 8 that evening, so that would put me at Apogee by 9 PM at the earliest.

    However, if it's televised I'll put it on the ol' DVR and fire that baby up when I get home!

    -- Franchise

  3. You have nothing in common with Rice, that's the point. They didn't care about you when you were left out of SWC and they likely don't care about you now.

    But keep thinking you stack up against better institutions/programs it's amusing.

    Is it? Since when do you have to have something in common to have a rivalry?

    Of course the schools don't have to have anything in common to have a rivalry.

    Look at the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry. A ridiculously liberal school with a focus on elite academics vs. a highly conservative school with a focus on agriculture and mechanics. What do they have in common? They're in Texas. Sounds like a good rivalry to me.

    If anything, having less in common makes for a great rivalry. But maybe that's just me.

    -- Franchise

  4. Call me crazy, but it looks like they're beginning the first steps of construction out by Bonnie Brae on the spot I believe the ballpark will sit. It appears they're clearing the ground and leveling it.

    I could be wrong, though.

    -- Franchise

  5. I think a better analogy would have been a CEO or better yet, the head coach of a sports team.

    This is EXACTLY the comparison I see with the situation. Here's a little story for you guys . . .

    Let's say a college football program has eight years of abysmal history. So, the coach is fired and the athletic department decides they're going to take the opposite route this go-around. The previous guy was way too much of a "hard-ass" that focused so much on offense that it killed their defense. So they went with a more relaxed coach this time, someone who gave the kids a little more freedom and lee-way but also put more of an emphasis on "positive reinforcement" and that is great at giving motivational speeches to the players.

    After four seasons, the team shows very little improvement. While there were some glimmers of greatness, overall it was exactly the same program and people once again started becoming fed up. The media interviews the coaching staff and all they can say is, "Well, we're trying our best. But that last guy left this program in such sad shape that we're having trouble fixing it."

    So in reality, the new coach is admitting that they hired a guy that can't fix the problem.

    In this scenario though, the press actually laps it up and starts running print about it, creating stories that this program would be in so much better shape had the previous guy not screwed it all up. Despite his inability to make any progress, the media worships him because he gives inspiring speeches.

    I guarantee every single fan with the slightest bit of common sense would ask why this guy hasn't lost his job yet.

    -- Franchise

  6. Bengazi (it's Benghazi by the way), happened under Obama's administration, 13 embassy attacks, under G.W. Bush, five of them with more deaths than the four in Benghazi. Where was you're outrage? Most Republicans (including you and KRAM, who thinks this is comedy) are hypocrites. Saying one thing and doing another. I try to let this thread die, then UNT90 says something that is a complete fabrication of his imagination, so I present FACTS to prove it incorrect.


    Grammar rule number one: Don't criticize someone's spelling in a post and then make a more egregious spelling error in the same post. It's "your."

    As for my takes on the topic at hand, I tend to lean towards the conservative side in most of my beliefs and I do truly believe that most liberals have the country's best interests in mind. However, I do feel there is just way too much evidence out there right now that makes this look like a cover-up that's falling apart at the seams. Plus, the fact that they spun one story for several weeks, got blasted for it and then did an about-face about it later on just screams of a cover-up.

    That's my opinion. Take it or leave it.

    -- Franchise

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  7. When I was in high school theater, some of the actors I looked to as inspiration were Tom Hanks. At that time he'd just one back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Actor. I was also a big fan of Gary Sinise. (Co-starred with Hanks in "Forrest Gump" and "Apollo 13," plus I was a fan of his work in "Of Mice and Men," which was required reading at the time so seeing him in the film was pretty cool to me) Mel Gibson was another one as well as Timm Robbins.

    Currently, Christian Bale is a really under-rated method actor, as was Heath Ledger. (I miss that guy.) Denzel Washington, Will Smith, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are usually actors that I feel compelled to see when they release something new.

    I also really like Philip Seymour Hoffman. Nobody plays a pretentious, condescending a-hole like that dude. He's fantastic. In fact, unless I missed it I'm really surprised nobody's brought his name up yet.

    -- Franchise

  8. I'm going to concede that this would actually be a solid hire of a guy with just the type of pedigree a new program in a place like UNT could use. Always start with pitching. Always. And worked under Augie for seven years? The Harvard of baseball coaches? Pitching coach, at Texas, under Augie. That's no Southlake hire.<br /><br />The wildcard then is how is he with the rest of baseball strategy? If you've never watched college baseball, you've never seen seen opposing coaches screw with each other and downright embarrass the opposition when the opposing coach doesn't know what he's doing like college baseball coaches do. So you need somebody who knows all the tricks of the trade for every situation. Seven years under Augie is a great place to get that knowledge.

    Couldn't agree more. You'd essentially be hiring a guy that studied at the feet of one of the masters of college baseball coaching. Sure, Texas has dropped off the past few years but even the best programs go through occasional dry spells.

    -- Franchise

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  9. I dont think trying to look cool has anything to do with it. For once, the students are trying to get excited about the game awhile creating a real and exciting college football atmosphere. Come join my group down on the 50 yard line next year and we will show you what being "cool" is all about.

    First of all, thank you for your service. That's without question more important to me than what goes on, on a field of play. I am in a family that's comprised of several members of the military. I'm grateful for everything you men and women do for our country.

    That doesn't mean I can't disagree with you, though. While I agree that the students are getting excited about the program, and that's something I don't have a problem with, I do have a problem with creating an atmosphere that makes a lot of parents uncomfortable. To some, and I'll even agree that to most it probably isn't about "being cool," but if it is to even one person, then my original argument is valid.

    Funny that this was in response to someone I believe to have made some stupid comments before, but in this case you certainly look like the villain. You're blatantly trying to belittle him and say that his argument has no merit (some of which I agree is not very compelling as it is mere argument, though other parts do show some validity). Plus you have this exceptionally self-indulgent pseudonym that appears to have been created in order to instill some sort of false awe in readers but instead comes off as patently arrogant and is a likely sign of a huge inferiority complex. Your response was more immature than those made by the person towards whom it was directed. You've made a few interesting statements regarding the state of the program, but your knowledge of sports does not define you as a person. At least, I hope it doesn't.

    I'm not sure what kind of franchise you are, but I'll certainly think twice before going to any Dunkin' Donuts in DFW the next time I'm in the area.

    Jabs aside, I'd like to see that you are more than just your interesting statements about sports programs. Your decent start on here made me think you were better than this.

    Jesse, I respect you a lot. I've read a lot of your comments on here, and while I don't agree with all of them you typically tend to come on here with valid and well-formulated thoughts. I respect that a lot.

    As for my moniker, it's one that was given to me (I did not choose it) about nine years ago. A manager that I highly respected and still keep in contact with from a previous job gave it to me and it has stuck ever since. It has nothing to do with being condescending.

    Yes, my previous reply was a little snarky. It was supposed to be.

    Was it mean-spirited? No. I do apologize if it came across that way.

    The dude had resorted to making assumptions about me and my parenting style with words that came across to me as condescending. So I returned serve with a smile on my face. I apologize that a forum like this lacks facial expression and overall demeanor that I can effectively convey. Perhaps I should have included some sort of smiley like this little guy: :thumbsu:

    Other than all of that, I appreciate the kind words.

    -- Franchise

  10. For the record, I'm a current student and I think adding "Mother F***ing" to our Fight Song is absolutely stupid.

    It doesn't make us look "edgy" or "sharp" or "current."

    1 -- It makes us copy-cats -- as some of the very proponents of it have admitted.

    2 -- It makes us look extremely immature. It's like the kid that drops the F-bomb in front of his parents at the dinner table to see if he can "get away with it." The "parents" (administration) have spoken and said it's not okay. But administration and authority be damned. "We can't be told what to do, we're being creative!" *by copying someone else* Get over it and move on.

    3 -- Just because you are okay with shouting the F-bomb in front of kids, doesn't make it okay. But come on -- nobody is stifling anyone's creativity by asking us to avoid obscenities in the stands.

    Now, I do realize children will hear things, regardless. But there comes a point when people need to look beyond the scope of themselves or their own little "bubble" and realize they need to respect other peoples' boundaries as well. I know my children will eventually hear the F-bomb somewhere and I'll have to talk to them about it but I'd like to delay that conversation as long as possible until a time where they're able to handle it. Plus, I'd prefer my six year old not start singing along with it just because "the cool kids in green started doing it."

    -- Franchise

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  11. Randle is the number two back for certain, Lance is number 3 C-O-P back as said above. The Cowboys signed Kendial Lawrence as an UDFA out of Mizzou and he has a similar build to Lance. Hopefully a year within the system will keep him firm at the number 3 spot because it's inevitable that Murray will get injured. Lance didn't blow anyone's minds last year, but he didn't have any glaring mistakes and played well in special teams, I think he will be the No. 3 back, for this season at least but you never know.

    "While at minicamp, Lawrence, who ran a 4.33 40-yard dash, showed off his explosiveness, vision and ball catching ability, which caught the coaching staff’s attention. Although Lawrence is only 5-8 194 lbs., he held his own when it came to protecting on passing downs."


    Kendial Lawrence -- wow, I was the sideline reporter for his game against Highland Park back in his senior year at Rockwall. He put together a nice little season with Mizzou last year.

    He is a "Li'l guy." Speedy as hell, though.

    -- Franchise

  12. Where do you live/family: Fort Worth with my beautiful wife of 8 years, our six year old daughter and our one year old son

    Degree/Year attended/graduated UNT: Anticipated graduation in 2015, BA Radio/Television/Film

    Favorite NT Memory: Working on building them, but so far it was stepping onto the campus for the first time at orientation in January. As a "non-traditional student" (I'm over 30) this is an event a long time in the making for me. I'm proud to finally be in the final stages of earning my degree.

    Favorite NT Sports Memory: I see this occurring in the near future -- taking my daughter to her first football game this coming Fall at Apogee!

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  13. Basically starting next year we will have a 12 consecutive year series with SMU - 6 games in Denton and 6 games in Dallas, starting in Denton and alternating until the 12th year when we finish the series at SMU -- great move by both AD's. Hopefully TCU will follow suit..

    I have a feeling the SMU game at home next year may well break the attendance record at Apogee...it's not a season home opener (we play @Texas the week before) but man you gotta think that early it will be a nice crowd.

    Would it be too much to ask setting up a round-robin style of series where UNT, SMU and TCU all play each other every season and then have some kind of rivalry trophy or something that goes to the team with the best head-to-head(to-head?) record afterward? Kind of like Army-Navy-Air Force do except minus the military part.

    I think that would be pretty awesome. Call it like the Metroplex Meleé or somesuch.

    Okay, so it's late at night and I'm wrapping up a work shift -- if you've got a better idea, let 'er rip!

    -- Franchise

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  14. Some thoughts about looking over at TCU and what they've done:

    Don't discount the genius of Gary Patterson. That dude can take a 2* recruit at halfback and talk him into playing linebacker and then the dude becomes an All-American two seasons later. He feeds off of finding guys that "couldn't quite make the cut" at schools like Texas, Oklahoma, LSU and A&M and bringing them in to shine at TCU.

    As far as attendance, it wasn't until 2010 that they really started consistently selling out games. That game against Utah was a madhouse, though.

    They started small. They won games against the teams on their schedule. Then, they started "competing" in the road games where they were expected to get throttled. Then come 2005, they opened the season and put themselves on the map by stunning Oklahoma in Norman -- something NO team was able to do for a long time back then.

    It's easy to look over at TCU and what they've done right and want to do it, but the "doing it" part is far easier said than done. If it was that easy, you'd see a lot more schools succeeding the same way. Granted, I'd love to see the Mean Green follow a similar path (and it CAN happen). While they did work hard and do a lot to set themselves up for success, they had a lot of good fortune too.

    All that to say, if a couple of good breaks go our way and the athletic department puts in the work of marketing this thing a little bit, Mean Green football could get HUGE.

    That ends my little rant for now.

    -- Franchise

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  15. I don't think so.

    Tom Hicks demonstrated financial commitment with the A-Rod signing and kept shelling out for other players until he went broke. Often times, it was incredibly stupid, but his commitment was always there. He was the guy who made the idiotic move (at the time) of hiring 28-year-old Jon Daniels as his GM. He let this GM hire Ron Washington. Then he hired Nolan Ryan to run the franchise. Tom Hicks was not the problem. If you want to say John Hart was the problem, I'll give you that.

    By the time he sold the team in 2010, all of the pieces were in place (thanks to Jon Daniels' prowess) to make the runs to the W.S.

    The problem was a losing team.

    I remember being able to walk up to the gate and get great seats 30 minutes before first pitch in my favorite section (216). If I tried to do that today, I'd probably be sitting by the foul pole (205). Today, the team is winning. And, in true Dallas fan form, the stadium is full.

    The only exception? Cowboy games will sell out for a 5-11 team. Every time.

    Make no mistake, this is Jerry's town... and it's not even for DFW-only. 1855 is right. Football is king in Texas as a whole.

    I know I'm not alone here. You may not remember it but I do. There was a story that broke somewhere around 2004 (will try to find a link for you, but it's going to be in an archive somewhere) where Hicks blamed his lack of spending on the fans. It got a lot of play on the radio and he got a lot of flack for it, as he should have. It was a big story at the time.

    If anyone thinks Hicks' priority was winning, they're out of their mind. That dude had one goal as a sports owner -- making an ess-load of money. And when he didn't, he blamed the fans.

    In fact, look at what he did to F. C. Liverpool. It was like rinse, wash and repeat with that situation.

    Wait never mind . . . some of you guys hate soccer here . . .

    -- The Franchise

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