Thursday, October 1, 2009

Al Vidasein, Goodbye

After a few weeks of consideration, this is it, folks, the last post on JAT. Unless, of course, Jig comes out of hiding and restarts this thing. Frankly, I've been too busy to put much thought into posting, and when I do have the time, nothing very interesting or original comes to mind.

It's been a fun almost two years. Hopefully the time you've spent reading my ramblings on football, basketball, weird pop culture, and sometimes baseball were worth it, and you got a laugh or two out of the whole deal. I know I had a good time with it. This whole thing makes me admire those are able to keep their blogs going with multi-week posts for many years even more, because, quite honestly, it isn't easy. That being said, thanks for your time, it's been real. Also, be sure to check out ABC's Flash Forward, it's the next Lost. Good Stuff.

So Long, Farewell,

Thursday, September 24, 2009

My Alma Mater True

Take a quick look at the top NFL rookie surprises so far this year, according to Uh huh. Yep. That's right.

Welp, off to class. Again.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Let Me Be Myself

Almost a year ago exactly, I wrote a post about my favorite and least favorite team uniforms in the NFL. Two of my least favorite? The New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. Especially the Bills. Tonight, I tune in to ESPN to watch Monday Night Football, and see...both teams wearing their awesome throw backs, both of which are obscene upgrades over what they currently rock. By the way, I suggested they each go back to these looks. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

She's Just A Charmer, Oh No

Well, it's been a while and for that, I apologize. Instead of original, well thought out...thought, I'm gonna copy and paste an email conversation I had this afternoon with my Uncle Jim. As always, he's from Arkansas, and an SEC fan:

From Jim To Lance on 9/10/09 @ 11:22 a.m.
Curious to know your thoughts on several fronts
1) Sam Bradford, are they really that much better with him? It seemed to me OU should be able to handle a team like BYU with their 3rd string QB.
2) How about all the ballyhood about BYU and Boise State? Ridiculous, we may finally see the explosion of the BCS!
3) Colt obviously had a good game, they look tough.
4) Have you seen the number 1 offense in the nation? Yes, it is my mighty Hogs...and yes I want to celebrate when I can even though it was against a D-2 school. Mallett was 17-22 passing and set some records. It is so unusual for us to have a true passing QB! It will be interesting at what point he decides to try the NFL. At 6'7" he should be the real deal. They say his footwork is his achilles (no pun intended) and Petrino is obviously the guy to teach him.
5) How bout them ole miss rebels? They sure looked like a HDN team to me. The qb struggled and the running game was run left, run right. This might just be fun to watch them implode. It couldn't happen to a better guy...we'll just have to see.
6) Back to my Hogs, they have a bye week this week and then we get them at home against Georgia. Even before OSU beat them, I felt like we would beat them. I CANNOT wait until we go to Oxford.
7) Speaking of OSU...they are good and very well may be very good. Depending on Bradford, they could win the South easily and the Texas game will be a classic no matter who wins.
8) Lastly, can the Rangers do it? I'm pulling for them more this year than I ever have.
9) ACU number 2 in the nation? Awesome, their coach has got to start getting some attention. It was interesting with the TV game, the coach of NW Missouri has been there for 30 some odd years. When you think about it, as a coach that would be a pretty nice gig, rather than take a chance of climbing up and down the proverbial ladder of college football coaching.
10) What are your thoughts about Barkley? Pretty amazing kid and it seems it is not all hype. I wonder what Mustain is thinking? Mustain should have done what Jevan Snead did. Commited to Florida first, found out Tebow was signing, went to Texas and saw real clearly Colt had the job locked down and then found a school that could use him. I think SC will beat OSU pretty handily although Tressel is like 26-1 in the horseshoe.*

My response to Jim @ 12:57 p.m.
Glad to hear your thoughts, it's always fun to talk college football. I'll just number the points and comment accordingly.
1) It's always great to see 0u lose, but I have mixed feelings about the Bradford injury. He seems like a nice guy (did you see the gameday feature with him and Colt?) and Texas proved last year that they could beat them with him playing, but at the same time, it has to be good for UT if he misses extended time. I do feel bad for him though. The injury I'm most shocked about is the one to their tight end. I heard about it a month or so ago, and at the time it seemed like he would only be out for a few games, but he had surg and is done for the season! Even though I feel for 0u about the same way you feel for HDN, I do feel bad for both those guys. They could have left school last year and been high draft picks, but came back for one more shot, and sustained injuries before week two. As far as 0u as a team, everyone said their biggest question mark was their O-line, and apparently it came to fruition. Not saying that the guy who hit Bradford would not have with last years group, but it does make you wonder. Alright, enough about them, time to move on...
2) I love the fact that BSU and BYU are looking legit with early wins over BCS schools. I'll be rooting for them (and TCU, and Utah) to continue to do well, and hopefully at least one will finish undefeated so that the BCS takes another hit.
3) I only saw a few highlights of the Texas game, because it was on pyy-per-view,. but they did look good from what I witnessed. From what I've read/saw, it was a good thing that they gave up 20 points to ULM because you just know Muschamp will be all over the D for underperforming, so he'll keep the fire going hopefully. Also, Colt threw a pick so that should keep him from getting too comfortable after one game.
4) Congrats on the big win! I'm glad a quarterback from the Great State Of Texas can come in and give y'all something you haven't witnessed since...umm...when did you last have a throwing QB? Speaking of Texas QB's, another UT transfer is starting in D1 for Tulsa. GJ Kinne went to UT out of high school and left after a year, so that makes to D1 starters from Texas who Colt has sent packing. Best of luck to both of them, though. Also, the best (from last year, statistically speaking) QB is from Abilene Wylie and currently plays for the Houston Cougars, and was coached in HS by an ACU grad.
5) I don't really like or dislike ole miss, but i do hope Snead plays well, so I was a bit surprised that they took so long to get going against Memphis. I do have the sneaking suspision, though, that they maaayyy not live up to their preseason expectations, so we'll see.
6) I watched most of the OSU/UGA game, and yes, the Hogs have a great shot at beating the Dawgs.
7) Even before last weekend, the UT/OSU game was the one that had me most worried, with the exception of the RRS. Now, uummm, yeah. Lets say that I'm not exactly looking forward to Stillwater on Halloween.
8) Yeah, I'm glad the Rangers are giving me a reason to watch baseball in September. I tivo almost all the games, and they're a fun team to watch. They have great young talent in the field (Kinsler, Andrus, Borbon, Cruz, Davis) and FINALLY have some good young pitchers in the mix. I worry about the playoffs this year, but if they hold on to their team, they can contend for the next decade. Awesome.
9) Yeah, I'm excited about ACU. They started to improve during my time there, but in the years since, have really taken off. It's great to see them get a little exposure. I don't know if Thompsen, their HC is looking to leave for a bigger job, but he is an ACU grad, so those ties may keep him there a little while at least. The NWMOST coach is a little like the coach at UMHB in Belton. He hasn't been there for 30 years-UMHB only started football a decade ago or so, but he's been there since the start, and have turned down multiple offers from bigger schools because he has a nice thing going in a town he's been in for quite a while. I think there's something to be said for that, just being content where you are and not always following the money and fame. Certainly, it takes a special breed to be a D1, or NFL head coach, but it's also special to be a DII or DIII coach who enjoys long-term success and doesn't leave at the first opportunity because he's happy with where he's at.
10) Barkley seems like the real deal. Say what you want about USC, but they put guys in the pros, and they know talent when they see it. I wonder what Mustain's thinking now? He probably would have been the starter at UA had he waited out the coaching change, as Mallett probably wouldn't have transfered if Mustain were still there, now he's behind a true freshman. Bummer. Also, who was it that beat OSU in the Shoe? Dang, I can't remember. Hmmmm??

Response @ 2:01 p.m.
1) No I didn't see the gameday feature, I wish I would have and ditto on your sentiments. Great insight on the O-line, I never thought of that one.
2) Ditto on the BCS
3) Nuff said
4) Texas, the vast breeding ground for quarterbacks and unless I'm missing it, none of them are starting in the NFL. That is strange isn't it?
5) I read one article about Ole Miss this year and it was specific to Nutt. It said Nutt's team's in the past underperforms when ranked high and overperforms when they are rated low. That is the most true statement about Nutt's record I've ever read. That is what frustrated me more than anything in his 10 year span. Payton and I both will relish the day Ole Miss figures that out and he'll have another coaching job lined up.
6) Ditto
7) It will be better than Tech/Texas last year. By the way I understand Graham Harrell's brother is a qb for ACU. I still cannot believe he didn't get drafted. I really thought he might be something to watch.
8) Since I've never, ever been much a baseball fan nor a Ranger fan, I'm please a Texas team is making a show of it. How long has it been since the Rangers or Astro's played the championship much less a division championship? Diotto
9) Go Wildcats! Good words.
10) Simply put, a good college game, great atmosphere and interesting to watch. Barkley's appearance is interesting, seems like the typical surfer California kid unlike the latino Sanchez and dark headed Leinart. How about Sanchez and Stafford. You have to either feel sorry for them and excited for them at the same time. Petey's reaction to Sanchez leaving is interesting looking back. Of course one could argue Petey's record in the pros was less than desirable. Kind of like another coach that spent less than a year in the NFL. No DOUBT about putting guys in the pro's! They should just call it Pro U.

Lastly, have you caught any of the hard knocks re the Bengals on HBO? To say I'm a fan of the bengals would be like me saying I'm an Ole Miss fan, but it has been interesting. Tank Johnson and Roy Williams are both with the Bengals, weird in that they both were a star on their helmet last year. Marvin Lewis seems like a good coach and it is always fun to get a glimpse of head coaches. I told Jill not long ago, I would LOVE to be able to spend one week with an NFL team just to observe everything they do. It would be awesome as it would to do the same with a college team. What do you think Petey's practices are like as opposed to Petrino or Meyer's and then compare to a Stoops or Brown's? Fascninating. Don't forget to watch Auburn any chance you get. Talk to you later.

Another Response from me @ 3:27 p.m.:
4) That's because they're still in college. Wait a few years.
7) He was second-string in their TV game a few weeks ago, but got a lot of playing time. I don't know if that's the plan for the season, or if they are still waiting/hoping for one of their two QB's to separate from the other. Fun fact-Harrell and Colt's younger bro, Chase, are roomies at ACU.
8) The Stros actually made it to the World Series in 2005, but got swept by the White Sox, though every game was close. The Rangers have not made the playoffs since 1999, and have won exactly ONE playoff game in franchise history-their first ever game against the Yankees in 1996.
10) I have watched Hard Knocks. Love it. For some crazy reason, Ochocinco has become, in my opinon, a more likeable person because of the show. He's weird and crazy, but at the same time a pretty funny dude. I also like it because the running back from ACU, Bernard Scott, is getting some face time, so that's fun.
I'd love to compare the practice habits of various NFL and college coaches. I think the most entertaining would have to be Carroll at USC. Every now and then I come across a video of him and his players singing or pulling practical jokes on one another. Just seems like a cool environment to be in as a player.

Jim to Me @ 4:41 p.m.
My sincere apologies for the bad spelling. On this particular email I use the spell check never works and the font is teeny tiny. If I say so myself, my spelling was actually my strong suit in school. I was just reading back over my messages and see where you must think I'm stupid Arkie that can't spell. Oh well, you already thought that, but anyway disregard the bad spelling.

My final response @ 6:39 p.m.
HA, shows you what I know, I didn't notice anything wrong!

Me be in grajewit skool,

I'll leave you with this video, which I can't stop laughing at, courtesy of

*Comments copyright Jimbo Jimmy Agan, 2009, Jonesboro, Arkansas

Saturday, August 29, 2009

What A Night For A Dance, You Know I'm A Dancing Machine

I talked a little about the book 'Jesus For President' a month or so ago. I didn't actually start reading it then, as I went with 'Fields of Fire,' but I got into 'JFP' as soon as 'Fields' was complete. In any event, let me say that 'Jesus For President' is a must-read. It has made me think about my faith and what I've held to be true for my whole life in ways I've never considered. It points out in a very clear way how the Church and Christians in general have gone so far off course from what Jesus had in mind for us 2000 years ago. It is also particularly damning of this country, and the negative influence it has had on the world during it's near-empirical reign over the last half-century. While you may not agree with everything in JFP, it will, at the very least, make you think about your beliefs and why you feel that way. Highest of high recommendations.

In a completely unrelated note, my blogging has (obviously) slowed down a lot recently. Unfortunately, school-which started, for the last time in my life, two days ago-is shaping up to be pretty hectic. It's my last semester of classes, so things will be coming down pretty hard in the next three months. All that said, I don't know how much I'll be updating JAT. As hard as that is for you to swallow, hang in there, it will get better.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Who Needs Avenues, Who Needs Reservoirs

I’ve mentioned a few times how much I enjoy analyzing and ranking sports uniforms. It’s one of the small joys I get in being a sports fan, especially when I’m watching a contest involving two teams I don’t particularly care for one way or another. That being said, there was a time when it was very difficult to appreciate uniforms because there were so many bad ones. The time I speak of is the mid-to-late 1990’s. I don’t know how this thought hit me, but it did. There was an obscene abundance of terrible threads making the rounds, especially in the MLB and NBA. You want proof you say? I’ll give you proof. Here are a few examples of what some teams thought were good ideas.

This is actually the better look for the Pistons in the 1990's. Their short-lived alternate was a weird maroonish-brown with the same logo. Not good times in Motown.
It's a little hard to see in this picture, but the Toronto Raptors had a cartoon dinosaur dribbling a basketball and wearing a jersey, shorts, and sneakers. There were also about five very spread apart pinstripes that served no purpose other than making the Raptors looks ridiculous. Mission accomplished.

The Cavs waited for the LeBron era to unveil decent uniforms, and it was not a moment too soon.
There was a disturbing trend in the late 90's for teams to go to teal. The Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies kick off the teal with...this. No wonder they didn't set Canada on fire for basketball.

Here the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets to their best to look like like an NBDL team. Teal? Check. Purple? Check. Wide-set pinstripes? Check.

Whats is this? Really. What?

The Rockets took a page out of the Raptors playbook (or was it the other way around?) and went with a cartoon logo, and stupid pinstripes. Not coincidentally, the Rockets have escaped the first round of the playoffs once since abandoning the classic uniforms they won two championships in.

Don't worry, we'll see this color scheme pop up again later. Yep, THREE pro sports franchises thought it would be a good idea to use teal and purple in the 1990's. And what's the deal with the mountains? Really?

And there it is.
So let's see...The Marlins, Diamondbacks, and Grizzlies were all expansion teams in the 90's and all incorporated some form of teal in their uniforms. I'll never understand it.

What an atrocity. Sleeveless jersey, pinstripes, and a made-for-Disney cartoon logo on top of a navy and red color scheme. Who do they think they are, the Rockets? Who's with me? Amirite?

Fortunately, that's all I've got. Let me know if there are any I missed. On the bright side, all of these teams have ditched their looks of ten years ago and have made definite upgrades, so not all is lost. Heck, the Jazz and Grizzlies now look exactly the same, so there's that going for them, I guess. Later days, folks, it's time to get to work.

*UPDATE at 2:54 pm. Thanks to reader Austin Henley for bringing this one up. In one of the all-time awful uniform decisions-not only of the 1990's, but ever- the Tampa Bay 'Devil' Rays make their debut in this:

More bad D-Rays pictures here.
Second Follow Up: While looking for the picture of the clearly juiced-up Canseco (were we really that oblivious?) I came across this post from two years ago at Joe Sports Fan. Seems like someone else picked up on the purple/teal trend.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Unless You Got The Zipper Fixed On My Shoe, I'll Be In The Lobby Drinking For Two

One of my favorite running themes/ideas that Bill 'Sports Guy' Simmons has is his yearbook quotes. This is the premise: He searches for absurd quotes from athletes (and some entertainers) and passes them out to his reading masses for them to use as their high school year book quote. Pretty funny stuff, and 99% of the time are a better bet than what the average 18 year old would choose to put as his/her yearbook quote. He's updated the YBQ on his Twitter page, so if you have one of them, check it out.

All that to say, I think there may be a new leader in the clubhouse for yearbook quote of the year. Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Thunder himself, LenDale White.

"I really got to be honest," White said. "It wasn't a lot of major diet changes. (It was) watching what I drink. I was a big Patron consumer. ... That's what it was. I was drinking a lot, drank a lot of alcohol. I cut that out of my diet all the way. I don't drink at all. I cut the drinking, I stopped drinking for six months... It started falling off."

I've already written about the talent that took the field in Pasadena on January 4, 2006, but consider the paths of the four biggest stars in the game: One quarterback had photos of him partying with college girls in a hot tub leaked to the internet and has since taken up MMA training in the offseason to improve his on-field performance, the other quarterback had photos of him partying shirtless with other dudes get leaked as well and has been on suicide watch for one night. The Heisman-winning running back has made more news for being injured and dating (until recently) OJ Simpson's lawyer's daughter. And now, to complete the circle, the other star running back is making news for losing 30 pounds of tequila!

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