Texas QB picture appears uncertain
backs on campus. If Texas signs Waters, I would assume a current quarterback would transfer. Just sends a horrible message, especially to sophomore starter David Ash. Very curious about the Longhorns’ offensive identity going forward.
3. I know they legalized the use of marijuana in Washington and Colorado, but Roger Goodell had to be partaking of some substance when he suggested the NFL consider eliminating kickoffs because they’re so dangerous. They are dangerous. The sport is dangerous. That, like NASCAR, is part of the appeal for fans. What’s next? Touch football? Hey, I broke my neck playing high school football, but I’d play the sport again tomorrow if I could. Note to commish: Quit tampering with the sport. Do all you can to ensure the players’ safety, but let ’em play.
4. Good to hear that P.J. Tucker is playing in the NBA after cashing in overseas. The former Texas forward took a pay cut — he makes only $762,000 — to play for the Phoenix Suns after averaging 16 points and seven rebounds a game in Germany and playing in Ukraine, Greece, Israel and Puerto Rico. He’s averaging about five points and four rebounds a game.
5. Now that Johnny Manziel has won the Heisman, how long before critics start to suggest he’ll never play quarterback in the NFL at his size and with his style? True, he doesn’t have Doug Flutie’s arm, but Manziel has only played 12 games. Give him time. He’s such an amazing athlete, the 6footer could be a smaller Brad Smith in the Wildcat, a shifty Wes Welker or a great kick returner.
6. Hank Carter said he hasn’t been to any high school football playoff games since his Lake Travis team was ousted from the 5A playoffs in the first round. He said coaches from Oregon State — who will face Texas in the Alamo Bowl this month — came by to check out senior quarterback Baker Mayfield. Carter expects Mayfield to receive more offers before signing day but doesn’t think he’d walk on at TCU, his school of choice.
7. A much-deserved shoutout to Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, who chose 12 youngsters from Child Protective Services and let them go on a one-minute holiday shopping spree to the tune of $19,000. Also, two Austin boys — Riley Zayas, 8, and brother Luke, 5, who have been playing baseball since they were 3 — decided to send hundreds of baseball cards to poor children in the Dominican Republic after watching a documentary on baseball there. They called it “Cards for a Cause” and raised money through family and friends, and they contacted a ministry in the Dominican called “Meeting God in Baseball” at meetinggod inbaseball.org to distribute the cards. Riley’s favorite player is former Express pitcher Mark Hamburger; Luke loves longtime Round Rock star Matt Kata.
8. Wondering about the whereabouts of former Texas quarterback Mike Cordaro from Darrell Royal’s final season in 1976.
9. Rented “Moonrise Kingdom,” a quirky, little film with big stars such as Bruce Willis and Ed Norton who play against type. Willis plays a bumbling sheriff. Norton’s role as a bumbling Scoutmaster is hilarious. Poignant script about young love and children who feel unaccepted or out of place. Didn’t care for the overdone climactic scene. Gave it 6½ ducks.
10. One crazy prediction: The Lakers will not make the playoffs, and Kobe Bryant will demand to be traded.