Never take things for granted (sports)

I admit that I didn’t think much of the Bradley vs. Howard game coming up; I knew that Howard was a very weak MEAC team that had not won much..if at all over the past few seasons. Then: Howard raced to a 19-3 lead, built the lead to 22 points in the second half and had the lead at 18 with 1:40 or so to go in the game and ended up winning 76-64…in a game that was not nearly as close as the final score made it look. So much for taking it for granted.

Then in the evening..we were at a hotel while the pain in our remodeled bathroom dried up..I watched the second half of the Texas vs Kansas football game. I had started watching Notre Dame at Virginia but the Irish had that one well in hand…and I saw, via ESPN, what was happening in the Texas game, so I switched it there. Kansas lead 14-0 before Texas tied it..then a 1 minute sequence in the second half happened:

Second half: Texas score to get it to 35-21; Kansas then ran it down the Longhorns’ throat to move to 42-21 But then Texas appeared to rally; it was 42-35 going into the 4’th.

Then came the surprise ending.
Kansas got a TD drive to go up 49-35. Texas got a blocked punt then cut it to one score 49-42.

Then a late drive…Kansas intercepts with 1:07 to go to stop it..but Texas has 3 time outs. A weak punt gives Texas great field position and they tie it with 22 seconds to go.
Then came the overtime:

The fans may have left the game before the overtime:

Texas took the lead but a 15 yard penalty gave Kansas a closer starting position for their drive. Then run it in to cut it to 56-55 and then…go for 2.

And so some unexpected drama went on. Note: ok, a 1-8 team beats a 4-5 team does not sound THAT shocking…but Kansas over Texas in FOOTBALL does. Go figure.

Now, if I had to rank “my” football teams:

  1. Notre Dame; not even close
  2. Illinois …yes, Illinois would beat Texas right now.
  3. Texas..bad season but still with some athletes
  4. Navy…bad season sans the athletes Texas has.

Author: oldgote

I enjoy politics, reading, science, running, walking, (racewalking and ultrawalking) hiking, swimming, yoga, weight lifting, cycling and reading. I also follow football (college and pro), basketball (men and women) and baseball (minor league and college)

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