TIME-OUT WITH JOHN INMAN
By JOHN INMAN
While spending the last few weeks on the disabled list, out after surgery on my eyes, not simultaneously, mind you, (good thing I’m not an ump or a referee, huh?) I noticed a good deal of things that surprised me, and yet didn’t surprise me at all. Well, maybe a little.
Like, how in the heck can Boise State be considered for membership in the Big East Conference? Cumonn, Boise is worse than TCU going in the Big East. And Missouri to the Southeast Conference? Mizzou can’t compete any better than Texas A&M, for goodness sakes. That’s almost worse than Texas and OU going to the Pac 10, or Colorado, although that’s not so much a stretch.
But West Virginia coming to the Big 12 is a pleasant surprise. Not geographically, but good for the Big 12. TCU and West Virginia are both good additions, I say. Good riddance to Texas A&M and Missouri.
Ever notice how Dallas has an NBA title to be proud of, the Texas Rangers just played for the World Series crown a second straight year and the Cowboys … Wait, the Cowboys moved to Arlington, didn’t they? Arlington isn’t big enough to host two major sports, whose stadiums are sitting next to each other.
Seriously, is Ryan Broyles the best receiver ever! The most receptions in college football, the most touchdowns and his 200+yards effort against Kansas last month blew me away. Too bad he’s out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. QB Landry Jones, Broyles’ partner-in-crime, might break most of the records, too, especially after that 505-yard outburst against K-State two weeks ago, but likely he will make himself eligible for the NFL draft next spring.
Speaking of the Dallas Cowboys, can Tony Romo be more inconsistent? I mean, one week the guy is pretty good, the next week, he’s pretty bad. Sorta like that roller-coster rider at Six Flags. … wonder what would happen if Jerry Jones and Nolan Ryan changed teams? Bet Nolan would whip the Cowboys into shape, huh? More on Cowboys: Rumors are floating around that Jones will seek Jeff Fisher if the ’Boys don’t soon improve offensively under Jason Garrett.
Hey, did you hear the state of Texas, whose athletics in high school is governed by the UIL, is cutting back on two-a-day football practices beginning with the 2012 school year? Texas just had its hottest summer on record and it resulted in too many heat-related injuries. So, other than the traditional two-a-day workouts, the second practice will include only a walk-through. At least, the first few days of workouts in pads and helmets. I say “bravo” to anything that helps making it safer for youngsters. Surely, if Texas does it, Oklahoma and other states will follow.
Speaking of Oklahoma and the Dallas Cowboys again, Dallas games are more exciting now that former OU star Demarco Murray is getting the ball more. I found myself looking forward to the Cowboys’ games again. I haven’t done that in a while … And here’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in some time. Roger Clemens, 49, is thinking of making a comeback.
Clemens, according to the New York Post, which cites Puerto Rico’s El Nuevo Dia newspaper, reports a claim that “Clemens ‘wants to pitch’ for the same Indios de Mayaguez team that his son Koby is playing for this winter.” Now, that’s a good one. So is 49-year-old knuckle-baller Jamie Moyer, but that’s at least a little believable.
On that note, it’s good to be back. Until next week’s time-out …