What if Ralph (Ed), were here today?


You may remember my story about my best friend while I was in the Army as Ralph Campbell.  

We in the Army knew him as Ralph, but his family knew him as Ed.

Anyways, Ralph passed away in 2000 and left a super family behind. I have had the honor and pleasure to have connected with his family via FaceBook for a few months now. I have learned in a slight degree, how super Ralph’s family is and how super nice they are.

I was getting dressed earlier and it hit me. The question of, how would Ralph liked FaceBook? Would he be like me and touch base with FaceBook with his cell phone throughout the day at his steel mill? Would he have gotten on-line to touch base with me to talk about how much better his Steelers were than my Cowboys??

Hmmmmmm, interesting. You do realize we haven’t had cell phones and FaceBook, and the internet for but a short time right? Certainly since 2000. How would he have liked the internet?

I’m pretty sure he would have loved the internet. So would my brother that passed away in 1991. And sister in 2002. And Mother in 2004.

But you know what else I think Ralph misses more?

His great family.


Take care Ralph.



Here we go again; NCAA bans SMU basketball team from postseason, Larry Brown from nine games

Yet again, a college basketball team coached by Larry Brown is being punished by the NCAA.

That’s according to ESPN, which says this morning that the SMU Mustangs will be banned from postseason play this season and that their coach will have to sit out 30 percent of the Mustangs’ season,which comes out to nine games. The reason: “lack of coach control.”

A Beautiful Composite Image Captures the Recent ‘Super Blood Moon’ Lunar Eclipse

Photographer Mike Mezeul II recently shared the beautiful composite image he captured during the recent“Super Blood Moon” lunar eclipse as it passed over the Dallas skyline from September 27 to September 28, 2015.

The rare event was a combination of a supermoon (a full moon in perigee), a brilliant red color, and this being the last in a tetrad series of four lunar eclipses within two years.

image via Mike Mezeul II


Texas botches punt, loses to Oklahoma State (Video)

Special teams cost the Texas Longhorns for the second consecutive week.

A week after their kicker missed an extra point that would have tied the game and likely forced overtime in a 45-44 loss to Cal, the Longhorns’ punter botched a snap and shanked a punt that gave Oklahoma State great field position in the final minute of the game.
Michael Dickson’s botched snap and punt gave the Cowboys the ball at the Texas 18. They ran one play, had a false start, and then decided to attempt a 40-yard field goal that they made to win 30-27 with six seconds left. If you tell me Charlie Strong is just cursed this season, I’d have to agree. You have to check out the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” remix:  

TCU scores crazy touchdown to beat Texas Tech (Video)

It’s plays like this that tell us it’s just TCU’s season.

Facing a 4th-and-goal with their undefeated record on the line, the Horned Frogs got a touchdown catch by Aaron Green off a ricochet to take the lead on Texas Tech 55-52 in the final minute.

That touchdown came with 23 seconds left in the game, making it a heartbreaking defeat for the Red Raiders, who battled the Horned Frogs back-and-forth the entire contest.

Heisman Trophy candidate Trevone Boykin finished the game 34-of-54 for 485 yards and four touchdowns, while that was one of two catches for Green, who rushed for 162 yards and two scores.

Texas high school QBs are dominating the total offense charts

We’re just three weeks into this marathon 2015 college football season, but one definite trend has emerged – or, perhaps more accurately, continued: if you want to move the ball in a big way, get a quarterback from a Texas high school.

Former Texas high school gun slingers occupy five of the top six total offense spots thus far, and the other – Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson – runs an offense under the tutelage of Dino Babers, who copied his playbook from Texas high school legend Art Briles during his time as a Baylor assistant.

Here’s the list:

  1. Matt Johnson (Bowling Green/Harrisburg, Pa.): 1,416 total yards, 472 yards per game
  2. Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma/Austin, Texas): 1,201 total yards, 400.3 yards per game
  3. Seth Russell (Baylor/Garland, Texas): 782 total yards/391 yards per game
  4. Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech/Whitehouse, Texas): 1,158 total yards/386 yards per game
  5. Dane Evans (Tulsa/Sanger, Texas): 1,153 total yards/384.3 yards per game
  6. Trevone Boykin (TCU/Mesquite, Texas): 1,133 total yards/377.7 yards per game

Furthermore, Lone Star State signal callers Greg Ward, Jr. (Houston/Tyler, Texas) and Skyler Howard (West Virginia/Fort Worth, Texas) rank ninth and 11th, respectively, Matt Davis (SMU/Houston) stands at 17th, and Jerrod Heard (Texas/Denton, Texas) racked up a school-record 527 yards of total offense in Saturday night’s loss to California.

This is not a new trend. After all, we all remember the 2008 season when Colt McCoyGraham HarrellRobert Griffin III, Chase Daniel and Todd Reesing lit up the midwestern skies. But it does confirm that when coaches go quarterback shopping, they should start in Texas and look outward from there.

Five added to Lott watch list, including A&M’s Myles Garrett

When the Lott IMPACT Trophy released its preseason watch list way back in April, Myles Garrett was one of a handful of glaring omissions.  Five months later, and for whatever it’s worth, that omission has been rectified.

Thursday, the Lott Trophy offered an updated watch list, adding five additional names on which to keep an eye.  Garrett was one of the quintet, and rightly so.  One year after earning consensus Freshman All-American honors, Garrett currently leads the nation in sacks (5.5) and sacks per game (1.83).

Below are the other four added, with brief biographical sketches provided by the Lott Trophy:

Riley Bullough, Jr., LB, Michigan State – His 39 total tackles are second in the nation and he had three sacks in the opening win against Oregon.

Deon Bush, Sr., DB, Miami – Recently named to the American Football Coaches Assn. (AFCA) Good Works Team. Has 11 tackles, one interception and a fumble recovery.

Jordan Jenkins, Sr., LB, Georgia – Leads the undefeated Bulldogs with 22 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for losses, 3 sacks and 7 quarterback hurries. Named most improved player on team last year when he had 12.5 tackles for losses.

Tyler Matakevich, Sr., LB, Temple – Had 3 sacks in Penn State win. On track to become only 7th player in NCAA history to record 100 tackles or more in four seasons. Leads undefeated Owls with 29 tackles this season with 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. Named to Senior Class Award list, recognizing excellence in community, classroom, character and competition. Team captain.

“It ain’t over, till it’s over. Good bye Yogi


Yogi Berra passes away at age 90.

So long Yogi,


My tribute to the greatest guitarist of all time

In what has become sort of a tradition this time of year, I pay tribute to Dallas born and raised Stevie Ray Vaughn singing his rendition of Texas Flood….

The Aggies have a Mack truck on defense

Texas A&M defensive tackle Daylon Mack is a terrifying combination of size and speed. He also happens to be a true freshman, which means he’s going to be around for at least two more years after this season.

He’s a terror on the inside of the defensive line for one-on-one blocks or double teams, but when you don’t even try to block him he can do extremely bad things to your ball carrier as Nevada found out the hard way on Saturday.


Sometimes it’s a good idea to at least put a body on him. Look at how quickly he gets into the backfield. I mean, he almost takes this handoff.  

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