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Mizzou Links, 6-24-10

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OU could have made this a completely different situation...

Other Realignment Links

  • Tulsa World (Dave Sittler): OU has not ceded Big 12 to Longhorns
  • SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Houston, BYU won't tempt Big 12 to expand; more Mailbag

    This is a pretty good take except for one passage...
    There's one scenario where I could see that stance changing, though: If, come 2012 or '13, Texas and Oklahoma run into problems with the BCS due to their watered-down league. Up until now, the Big 12 has always been viewed on the same playing field with the Big Ten and SEC, and its schools were virtually assured a spot in the championship game if they took care of business. Its teams have made seven appearances in 12 years. But we don't yet know how the pollsters will treat this new conference. Will the 'Horns and Sooners still get the benefit of the doubt due to their recent track record, or will they be penalized for perceived weak conference competition? If it becomes a problem, then maybe a call goes out to BYU and TCU.
    People do realize that a) Nebraska's only been good for about four of the last eight years, right?  And that, b) Colorado has been awful for the last five years?  And that, c) even if they were both still cream-of-the-crop programs, OU/Texas would still have only been playing them half the time?  Right now, losing Nebraska just counters the loss of Colorado.  There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that this league is "watered down" in any way that will hurt OU or Texas, other than with "perceived" issues ... which won't really exist.
  • Double-T Nation: How Chip Brown Continues to Baffle Me

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Baseball
    The Trib: Senne feels at home in pro paseball

World Cup too good not to talk about...

And then, of course, there's the Texts from Last Night take...

And for all the crowd celebration clips floating around on YouTube, for some reason the one from American Outlaws HQ in Lincoln is my favorite ... if for no other reason than I can't find one person in the shot who looks like they would even remotely care about soccer...

The fifth set was the longest match ever...

God bless existential crises in live blog form ... and for those who know nothing about tennis ... right now, these players are great servers and s*** returners, and on grass, this set could go to 100-100.  It probably won't, of course, but at this point all bets are off...