Houston Chronicle Opinion Guy

Houston Chronicle Opinion Guy

My first attempt to originate one of these posts, so bear with me.


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Richard Justice has a pretty good command of the written word; but accuracy, continuity and logic seem a bit out of his reach.

Logic - For the sake of the discussion, I won't quarrel with his assertion that Texas dictates every decision and action of the Big 12... notwithstanding the likelihood that other schools have a great deal of say as well. 

Mr Justice argues two things in this section:

     1 - That Texas won't allow Houston, TCU, and SMU in the conference because the Horns fear competition and,

     2 - That Texas wants BYU in the conference because the Horns figure to consistently beat BYU. 

He cites recent performance AND history as the basis for this line of argument.  But anybody who has any familiarity with the subject... even somebody like me who didn't attend any of these schools... can tell you that his logic is terribly flawed.

Texas' all-time record against these teams is revealing:

     Houston - Texas enjoys a 68% win rate against the Cougars.

     SMU - Texas enjoys a 67% win rate against the Ponies.

     TCU - Texas enjoys a 75% win rate against the Frogs.

     BYU - Texas has never beaten BYU.  Ever.  Half of BYU's victories of Texas have been of the blow-out variety.

In recent history, BYU and TCU each appear to have a competitive history that would challenge Texas.   Maybe.  Houston, not so much.  Sure, the Cougars have gone to bowl games but they haven't been against quality teams and they haven't won very consistently.  SMU has gone to two bowl games in the past 3 decades, neither of which was a major bowl, and they went 1-1 in those (losing to my alma mater - The Army Black Knights - in the most recent one).  So why would Texas be afraid of Houston and SMU... but not be afraid of BYU?

Completely illogical.  Strike 1, Mr Justice.

Continuity:  In the first part of his commentary, he writes about how a wistful Texas is now kicking itself for underestimating/misjudging the Aggies as the Ags go off on a wonderful adventure which, presumably, Texas wishes it could go on.  Then he states "... Texas is bulletproof". He didn't say "... Texas thinks it is bulletproof"; he said "... Texas IS bulletproof".

If Texas is, indeed, "bulletproof"... and if they know it, as he opines... then why would they get wistful about A&M's departure?  Why would they kick themselves as a result of the Aggies' move? 

Completely illogical.  Strike 2, Mr Justice.

Accuracy:  He made a few comments that are just not factual.  I'll cite one of them:  "Actually, they believed the SEC would take Texas A&M only if it brought Texas along. That has been their mantra for the last year."  It is false to suggest that Texas has... even ONCE... hinted that they believed this.  To suggest that it has been their mantra is laughably inaccurate.

Completely false.  Strike 3, Mr Justice.

I am a fan of Texas football... meaning that I support teams from Texas when they play teams from outside of Texas (unless, of course, it is against Army).  I will always root for Texas A&M to mop the floor with the other Selective Enforcement Conference teams.  But let's not turn this Aggie move into something it isn't.

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