Then again, no one at UT had ever signed of on an idea as stupid and destructive as the Longhorn Network. Many mid-tier cable and satellite packages include the wildly successful Big Ten Network, so it's not hard to see how Texas, or any other Big 12 school, might want to have its own network. Other conferences have implemented their own solutions, but somehow, the Big 12 allowed UT to strike out on its own.
What an incredibly stupid, shortsighted idea.
If a member of a conference creates a network for its own sports teams, and keeps all the proceeds to itself, doesn't that defeat the entire point of belonging to a conference? Answer: apparently, the other members are now to be mere props to serve the Longhorns, the way the Washington Generals serve as props to the Harlem Globetrotters. Small wonder that Nebraska, Colorado and now Texas A&M left. They saw their Big 12 futures in their crystal balls, and they didn't like it any better than Missouri does.
Since A&M left for the SEC, we've seen the defection of two Big East universities to the ACC, talk of the same at a third, and an SEC run at Missouri. Only the Pacific 12's refusal to take on new members is holding the Big 12 together. As the price for staying, Oklahoma has extracted the dismissal of commissioner Dan Beebe, but the Big 12 is still UT's plaything.
Unless the State of Texas itself intends to annex Oklahoma, Kansas and parts of Missouri, it's hard to see how this new situation is any more stable than the one that Nebraska and Colorado escaped. Maybe Kansas and Kansas State keep some independence as basketball powers, but which athletes are going to commit to schools like Iowa State and Texas Tech, whose dreams of nationwide status have just been reduced from slim to none? The Big
Even that assumes that the Longhorn Network succeeds. If it fails, well, it's going to really, really suck to be the University of Texas come 2020.
Let's get lolcatty: Speaking of suck, life has turned nasty for the Ghost-Grey Cats, who have devolved into a fantasy veterinary ward. Let's review the team's top picks. [Thanks, Yahoo!]
- Arian Foster: Bad hammy. Might lose his starting spot when he heals.
- Michael Vick: Bad hand. Concussed two weeks ago.
- Matt Forte: Healthy, but now he's the whole of the Bears' offense.
- Antonio Gates: Bad foot. Out for weeks now.
- Nate Kaeding: Bum knee. Gave out on the first play of the season.
- Receivers: What receivers?
The Fluttering Horde, on the other hand, delivered lots of Africanized bee stings to the Purple Dragons, romping to a 117-56 win. I just love, love, love me some Darren Sproles. Next up: one of my winless nephews, Svelte & Vexatious.