We interrupt this gov’t shutdown to bring you

……this very important message.
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We are one week away from the 2013 renewal of the Red River Rivalry.

It used to be known as the Red River Shootout, but the sponsor, SBC-AT&T, didn’t want anyone to think they were condoning gun violence.

Horrors!

I mean, this is Oklahoma and Texas. The chances of finding an unarmed household (outside of Austin) are right up there with the needle and haystack thing. But I digress.

The violence that will occur 8 days from now won’t have anything to do with guns. The sounds of pain and anguish you will hear will emanate from the historic Cotton Bowl and will be felt all across Longhorn Nation.

It won’t be pretty.

The over and under will be a tough one to pick, because it will be entirely dependent on OU, and whether or not Stoops is in a merciful mood.

ShaggyBevo has already made their prediction:

shaggybevo-redriverrivalry
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Heh™

We now return you to your regularly scheduled government shutdown.

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Sooner puts Baltimore Sun to shame

from The Truth About Guns

Sky Woodward, an OU grad, takes the Baltimore Sun to task for their anti-2nd Amendment screed, published last week as an editorial.  Here is Ms Woodward’s letter; savor every word, for it is good!

After reading “Badly targeted gun gripes,” the editorial published in the Sept. 10 edition of The Baltimore Sun, any reasonably objective person would be left asking the following question: Is this an editorial from the editorial board of The Sun? It appears to be. It purports to be. But is it, really? If it is, then The Sun ought to reconsider the distinction between “editorial” and “polemic” (to say nothing of the distinction between “editorial” and “rant”). You should be embarrassed for publishing something this unprofessional. Glib, smug, sanctimonious and unsupported commentary like this is probably the single biggest factor in the decline of the prestige and relevance of the print press in general and The Sun in particular. As with any issue, there are always points to be made on both sides. The Sun simultaneously fails to make these points while reinforcing its reputation as a shrill mouthpiece for Maryland state government propaganda . . .

Sky-Woodward
A point-by-point refutation of your editorial would be an exercise in futility, given the absurdity and manifest condescension of many of your statements. You demonstrate a total absence of professionalism throughout the editorial, beginning with your very first sentence, characterizing the debate over Maryland’s undisputed delays in processing background checks for prospective purchasers as “crying.” You go from there to label Marylanders who want to exercise their constitutional right to purchase and possess firearms as paranoid in an obvious attempt to relegate gun owners and would-be purchasers to the fringe of society, even though the number of applications alone is clear evidence that such a characterization is as intellectually dishonest as it is transparently dismissive.

Finally, you say that average gun owners “probably aren’t all that worked up by the backlog….” “Probably?” If the average gun owner or would-be gun owner is relying upon The Sun for information about the security breach inherent in the state’s decision to allow employees outside of the Maryland State Police to help process background checks, he or she would remain woefully uninformed and thus unlikely to have feelings, strong or otherwise. I read The Sun as a daily subscriber — print and electronic — yet the only news coverage of this issue was buried deep in an article Saturday evening covering “a small group” rallying in Baltimore to call on Congress to reduce gun violence.

Had The Sun actually investigated the story, it might have learned that the personal information of handgun applicants scattered around to various government agencies for input included their home addresses, drivers license numbers and Social Security numbers. Instead, the editorial board of The Sun feels so strongly about this issue that it pushes its opinion that gun owners would be paranoid to care about state functionaries tossing such deeply personal identifiers around like Frisbees rather than fairly cover that news event and let the public decide for themselves. Shameful.

If The Sun ever is willing to publish an editorial bereft of this unprofessional sarcasm that dealt with the actual issues at stake with respect to the backlog of unprocessed background checks, the Maryland State Police’s ineffectual efforts over the past few years to deal with that backlog, and what that portends for the looming October 1 implementation date of the Firearms Safety Act of 2013, perhaps then a dialogue might be fostered and your readers may be rewarded.

Instead, you have published a churlish screed totally devoid of journalistic integrity. The Sun should be held to a higher standard, and Maryland and its citizens deserve a better newspaper, or at least a better effort from the paper they have. You have the audacity to write about hidden agendas. To which one can only reply, really?

Sky Woodward, Towson

Thank you, ma’am.  I couldn’t have done it better, myself.

Truly!

Nuke

.h/t Havoc

Liveblogging the BCS Championship Game

(((Watch the game)))

At the end of the 1st quarter, Florida is 1st and 20 at their own 31 following back to back false-start penalties (both on #75).

Oklahoma punted on their first two possessions, although I’ve got to say that Bradford looks very sharp.

Second quarter: on third and long, Tebow finds Murphy over the middle for a touchdown. Gators 7-0.

OU takes the kickoff out to the 35, and on consecutive runs, the Sooners move the ball to the Florida 35. Another running play takes it to the Gators 20. A Bradford pass over the middle, and it’s first and goal at the 5. The tempo has picked up considerably… On 2nd and goal, Bradford hits Grisham for the score.

No scoring in the first quarter, but 3 minutes into the 2nd, we have two touchdowns scored!

On the next drive, Tebow is intercepted, and OU is in business on the Florida 26. On the first play from scrimmage, Chris Brown takes it inside the 10, 1st and goal OU. Brown takes the ball off the right side for 6 yards, and OU is running at will on the Gators. Third down, OU in the I formation, and Brown is stopped for a one yard loss. Brown is stopped for another one yd loss on 4th down trying to run off left tackle! Florida takes over on their own 3 yard line.

Woo hoo, we got us a game here folks!

On 1st and 10 after the media timeout, Harvin takes it out to midfield on a 45 yard scamper. His left ankle isn’t looking too bad.

OU’s Balogun comes up big and stops Rainey on 1st down for a loss. On 2nd down, Rainey takes a short pass and moves into OU territory. 3rd down Tebow comes up short, and UF punts into the endzone.

At this point, the big surprise to me is the effectiveness of OU’s ground game. The quick strike offense has moved in two plays to midfield. and Bradford is ready to go again. The clock moves under two minutes, and Johnson catches a pass to the UF 40. Iglesias takes a short pass for 4 yds, and the clock moves under one minute. Gresham takes a short pass for a short gain, and OU has to take a timeout.
Two more plays, and two more first downs.
On 1st and 10 from the 22, a blitz forces Bradford to throw it away with 22 seconds on the clock. Another blitz on 2nd down produces the same result. On 3rd, Bradford hits Gresham to the 9, and its 1st and goal with 10 seconds to go before half. Bradford is intercepted on a bobbled pass by Wright. Oh man, what a great half of football. It just don’t get better than this folks.

It’s hard to believe the score is only 7-7.

Each Heisman winning QB has suffered interceptions, and at times both have moved the ball effectively. The long layoff definitely has given the advantage to the defensive side of the ball.

But, I’ve gotta say, the two goal-line stands by the Gators are the only things keeping this game from being a blow-out.

3RD Quarter Florida goes 3 and out, and OU breathes a sigh of relief as Tebow catches OU in single coverage, but his would-be TD pass goes over the fingertips of the Gator receiver. OU takes over at their own 10 yard line.

On 3rd and 3, Bradford hands to Brown for the 1st down. His 1st down bomb to Iglesias is well-thrown, but Iglesias can’t hold on. Incomplete short pass, and 3rd and 10, OU to Gresham for 6, and OU has to punt.

This is weird. OU calls time, comes back and has a false-start, then the Gators call time. Florida gets a roughing call on the punt and OU is back in business.

Bonehead play of the game, so far. Two running plays produce nothing, and OU looks at 3rd and 10, Bradford throws incomplete into triple coverage. It looks like UF dodged a bullet. James fields the punt on the 27, and Florida begins their 2nd possession of the half.

(Media timeout: Oh, WILL SOMEONE TELL THE PRODUCER OF THE “G” COMMERCIAL THAT IT IS JUST LAME-O!!)

Tebow to Cooper for 10, Tebow option right for 13 yards to midfield. On 2nd and 8, Tebow keeps to the OU 46, 3rd and 4. Tebow on the QB draw down to the 31. On 1st down, Tebow goes long for Murphy, incomplete, and Murphy is injured on the play. Looks like a knee. On 2nd and long, Tebow throws across the middle into double coverage, incomplete. Third and 10: and Tebow keeps for a first down.

Tebow is doing his best to impose his will on the OU defense.

Tebow carries again on 1st down for 7 yards. Option right, and Demps carries to the 2 yard line, and OU grabs a facemask. 1st and goal from the one. Tebow can’t get in on 1st down. Incomplete pass on 2nd down. Third down, from the wildcat formation, Harvin takes it in over the right side for a Gator TD! Oh man, Dan Mullin is calling a great game. 14-7 Gators!

OU starts their next possession at their 29, and it’s Bradford’s turn. Bradford takes a big hit on a first down sack, but appears unfazed as his 2nd down pass is to midfield, and then another first down.

The pace has quickened. A wide receiver screen on second down is one yard short at the FL 27. Brown is dropped for a 3 yard loss, and it’s 4th and 4, and OU will go for 3 points. The kick is blocked! The TV announcer says it’s the 9th block of the year for the gators. Florida takes over and another Florida player is down. Murphy. It looks like either hammy, or maybe cramps. Yup, the announcer just confirmed it. On 2nd and 7, Tebow hands to Harvin over the left side, and it’s 3rd and 3. OU needs a stop right now to stem the gator momentum. Tebow is stopped for no gain and Florida must punt. That was big, big, big.

4th Quarter: OU takes over on their 22, and Brown carries for 9 yards off right tackle. OU in the I formation, and Brown carries to the 35, 1st down. Bradford under center, and hands to Brown again for 3. Florida is flagged for a Personal foul. Another bonehead play. Bradford takes the snap and lays out a sweet pass to Brown for 25 yards down to the UF 22. OU tries to quicksnap, and UF kicks the ball, reset, handoff to Brown on 1st down for a short gain. The fast break offense is something to watch! Florida gets pressure on 2nd down, and the pass is incompplete. 3rd and 8, Bradford passes to Gresham for the first down at the gator 11. Bradford passes to Gresham on first down, Gresham loses a shoe, but makes it into the endzone, PAT is good, tie game 14-14. Dude!!!!

Florida starts on their own 22. Harvin breaks a big gainer for 50 yards! 1st down at the OU 26. Harvin carries again to the OU 15, and appears to be hurt. He walked off under his own power though. 2nd and 6, Tebow throws it away. Great coverage by OU. 3rd down, Harvin is back in the game, Murphy is back in, and Tebow throws it away again. Phillips tries a 28 yard FG, it is GOOD!! Florida 17, OU 14.

Whew. I need a soda.

Iglesias takes the kickoff to the 35, and Bradford is in the shotgun, lofts a fade pass, too long, incomplete. Bradford to Brown for 12. A first down carry for short yardage, and 2nd and 7, Bradford on play action throws over the middle—it’s taken away by Black!!! Dude!!!!! First down Gators.

It’s crunch time for the Sooner Defense.

Inside option to the TE is good for a first down. Nine minutes left in the game, Tebow gets the play and option-right, keeps to the 40. Another crunch down for the Sooners. 3rd and 7, OU shows blitz, and good ole’ #75 has his 3rd false start of the game. 3rd and 12 for the gators, OU rushes 3, and his pass to Cooper is good for 15 yards and a first down to the Sooner 49.

Harvin loses a yard on 1st down as the clock goes under 7 minutes. Tebow throws a strike to Nelson. His best pass of the night. 1st down at the OU 20. Can the OU defense step up again???

Harvin carries to the 15 on 1st down. OU needs to hold the gators to a FG. 2nd down pass to Harvin to the 12. 3rd and short, but another false start on bonehead #75. If Florida loses the game, #75 gets the goat horns. Hernandez bails out #75 on the inside option to the TE. First and goal florida as the clock goes under 6 minutes. 2nd and goal, Tebow throws the jump pass to Nelson, TOUCHDOWN GATORS!!! PAT is good, 24-14. Just over five minutes left in the game.

Iglesias takes the kickoff to the 30, and Sam Bradford takes over. Pressure, pass batted down. Florida has 6 in the box, so the corners are on an island, Bradford throws short to Gresham, and the clock goes under 3 minutes. Third down pass falls incomplete, Bradford looks at 4th and 4. Incomplete……..and with 2:26 to go in the game, the gators appear to have wrapped this one up…..

Sooners must burn their TO’s on defense. One left. Florida players are getting their gatorade ready, but it’s too soon for that. OU can score in a hurry.

Oh well. Tebow just carried off right tackle for 12 yards and a first down. A penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct on Tebow? Dang. Oh well, at this point, field position is irrelevant, just the clock matters. OU burns their final TO with a minute and a half to go.

3rd and 2, and the clock slips under a minute. Tebow carries for a first down, and goes over 100 yards rushing on the night. It’s time to kneel and run out the clock. Gatorade time for Urban Mayer. Florida calls a timeout with 22 seconds and prepares to run the final play. Gators in victory formation and Tebow takes a knee.

That’s all folks. Florida 24 Oklahoma 14.

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