Thursday, September 23, 2004

Great moments are born from great opportunity 

The Owls face the Longhorns on Saturday here in Austin, and enter the battle of undefeateds as a mere 31-point underdog. An excellent preview of the game (from the great Rice Football Webletter) can be found here.

The most surprising stat to me is that Rice is the #1 Rushing DEFENSE in the country, having given up a TOTAL of 15 yards to Houston and Hawaii. Now, you can write off Hawaii as being dedicated to the pass, but the Cougars managed 132 yards rushing in a 38-13 defeat to Miami last night.

Last year, when the Owls faced the Longhorns, they were coming off an 0-2 start with a gimpy quarterback and a truly green defense. This year, things could be different, even against the running of Vincent Young and Cedric Benson. So with respect to "Miracle" hockey coach Herb Brooks, here's a preview of Coach Hatfield's Saturday night locker room speech that will propel Rice to the stunning upset.

Great moments are born from great opportunity.
And that's what you have here tonight, boys.
That's what you've earned here, tonight.
One game.

If we played 'em ten times, they might win nine.
But not this game. Not tonight.
Tonight, we play with 'em.

Tonight, we stay with 'em.
And we shut them down because we can!
Tonight, we are the greatest college football team in Texas!
You were born to be football players -- every one of ya.
You were meant to be here tonight.
This is your time.
Their time -- is done. It's over.

I'm sick and tired of hearin'
about what a great football team the Longhorns have.
Screw 'em!
This is your time!

Now go out there and take it!

Today's picks:
Owls +31 over Longhorns ($200 bet)

Money to date: $-168(picking dog/favorite = +1512/-1680, 46-64 33-32). Rangers studly win in the ninth gets me $140

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