scrambled eggs and rosesSeptember 13th, 2011 at 10:33 pm by Todd Bynum under Photo/Video, Sports
I remember everything being the same walking down the tunnel at the Rose Bowl as the Longhorns were preparing to play their 2nd National Championship game on this Hollywood Stage against the Alabama Crimson Tide. The lights, splendor and it was like walking onto a Hollywood set. Roger Clemens and all of the usual former greats were there on the sidelines and then I stopped and realized something was different. Different than the Michigan game, the USC National Championship game…standing amongst the Vince Young’s and Selvin Young’s and Bo Scaife’s –was Chris Simms. I went up to him and he gave me a big hug and I told him how great it was to see him wearing burnt orange and he told me it was good to be back amongst the teammates he helped build a powerhouse program with. He said it was the first time he felt comfortable coming back to Texas. I’m sure he remembers the things that fans were saying and I’m sure if Greg Davis and Mack Brown were to visit about the whole situation, they’d tell you it was all wrong and so it really wasn’t Simm’s fault — blame it on the jail break screen. I haven’t seen Chris since that game.
Fast forward to last Saturday night and I get the feeling Texas fans are up to their old tricks. Garrett Gilbert ran off the field to an echo of boo’s –Coach Brown would later reference the boo’s and say they were for him and people can boo if they want since they paid for the ticket — only problem is, they weren’t booing Coach Brown, They were booing a great young man who lead his High School team to 2 consecutive State Titles and was a Gatorade All American. He didn’t deserve that and I could go all radical and state a case for how Texas fans sometimes don’t deserve the successful programs they have but I won’t because I know there are a ton of fans who support and realize that you don’t have to boo and hate Garrett to want to see a quarterback change. Heck, they should’ve let Case play more last year and David Ash is the real deal, but so can Garrett. Too bad you can’t take all of the fans who booed that night and visit them on their job site and see what kind of performer they are. Sure you paid for the ticket but are the same people who only boo at the politicians and never vote? I’ll bet Garrett is ready for a break from the pressure and naysayers. I wonder why they continue to call out routes for GG and not for Case? How does Jaxson all of a sudden get found with Case and not GG. I think ti’s just an interesting set of play calling. I think they all get a chance to play again and this team will need all three quarterbacks to be successful this year. I just hope the next time you see GG coming onto the field you can support him at least a little bit. Learn a lesson and stop hating which is bullying which is in my opinion unacceptable.
I mean you have to wonder what plan God has for GG going thru all of this and the criticism and booing and downright hateful things people have said. There’s got to be a plan for what will be something great for such a super person. The same can be said for Case and David. I think this intrigues me to see where this all winds up knowing what I know about how the pendulum swings…and having spent many a day with Augie Garrido….it will reveal itself at the most unexpected time and I hope that each of them are ready for whatever happens.
So I wonder a lot of things. Why highly touted Quarterbacks never seem to do well at Texas — Case and David weren’t all americans like Garrett and Chris — why does a school who is one of the winning-est programs in the history of college football always love the underdog QB. I see into the eyes of each quarterback because I’m shooting tight on them at the start of every play — I can tell you that all QB’s telegraph their plays and if they off look, they usually go opposite — even Harsin is becoming predictable in the first series of downs. There’s a reason they start off slow and it’s the predictability of it all. The reason everyone loves the back up quarterback is that if they come in and do well, all of the other players can say “see it wasn’t me” …when indeed it might very well have been.
I usually try to have scrambled eggs and jalapeno’s along with Bacon on game day. I wonder what this trip Saturday down the tunnel at the Rose Bowl for Texas’s game against UCLA will bring…will I see Chris Simms again — will it feel like that magical Hollywood set — will all of the other UT greats blanket the sidelines — or will I just look at number 7 and think — glad your still wearing the burnt orange.