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Just the Facts

"On October 12th, the University of Texas football team (aka the Texas 'Longhorns') defeated the Oklahoma University 'Sooners' by a score of 36-20 in a nationally televised game played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, TX. The Longhorns outpaced the Sooners in several statistical categories, including total yardage (445-263), rushing yards (255-130), first downs (24-13) and time of possession (35:15 - 24:45). The win by the Longhorns broke a streak of three consecutive victories by Oklahoma in the series, known as the "Red River Rivalry."

Does the above paragraph remind you of anything? It's called an inverted pyramid. The idea, which every journalism school student since the dawn of the print era learns, is to start your reporting with the most important information so the reader can get the 'gist' of what happened quickly. It was also convenient for print editors who quite literally would cut inches from columns to make them fit the layout of the paper (if you ever wondered why an article seemed to end abruptly, now you know).

The downside of the inverted pyramid is that every news article starts feeling like the exact same piece of reporting - stale, somewhat emotionless and devoid of any real personality. This is particularly true in sports journalism, or it was, rather, before everyone with a pulse started publishing online. Luckily, we now have sites like BON, Barking Carnival and about a half dozen others that exclusively cover a team/program in which we are deeply invested (irrationally at times). Even better, anyone gets to voice an opinion and participate if they feel so inclined. Best of all, it's free. That's crazy, right? Is there anyone here that wouldn't pay a couple bucks a month for this content? Honestly, it feels like stealing sometimes and part of my job is understanding the economics of online publishing.

That's all to say that I, for one, am grateful that this is a place where people disagree. Jesus, it would be boring as hell if everyone shared the same opinion of Texas football, good or bad. And whether it's Wes or anyone else writing for this site, I'd much rather read someone's POV that legitimately cares than someone that covers the team only because they're paid to. So thanks, BON, and keep up the good work. I look forward to our continued debates about the merits of Case's noodle arm (the wizard of Tuscola) and the relative value of Mack's contributions to the University (significant).

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