Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s January 28th — 28 down, 338 to go.
And 10 till Super Bowl L, er, Super Bowl 50.
YESTERDAY: The Texas women made history (and beat Kansas, too). The Spurs crushed the Rockets, remaining perfect at home. Fifth-ranked Texas A&M lost, to Arkansas. Over at the Australian Open, Serena Williams moved into the finals. She’ll play for her 22nd career singles title on Saturday. The player draft for this year’s NFL Pro Bowl was held — Michael Irvin‘s first pick for Team Irvin was Russell Wilson, while Jerry Rice (Team Rice) went with Eli Manning. And Kirk Bohls and Cedric Golden held their weekly chat. Here’s the replay.
TODAY: No. 3 Iowa vs. No. 8 Maryland (6 p.m., ESPN) is the best men’s hoops game of the day. Novak Djokovic got past Roger Federer in four sets in the Australian Open semifinals.
TOMORROW: Astros manager A.J. Hinch will be in town, to speak at an RBI Austin event.
Jan. 28 has a sports history. On this date, the Cowboys beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XXX — Dallas’ last trip to the Super Bowl (1996); the legendary Red Grange died, from Parkinson’s disease (1991); USC’s O.J. Simpson (1969, Bills), Stanford’s Jim Plunkett (1971, Patriots) and Cal’s Steve Bartkowski (1975, Falcons) all were drafted No. 1 overall in NFL Drafts; the NFL awarded a new franchise to the city of Dallas, which opened the following year as the Cowboys (1960); the Packers hired a new coach — Vince Lombardi (1959); and Brooklyn Dodgers catcher Roy Campanella, a three-time MVP, was paralyzed from the neck down in a car accident (1958).
Last year on Jan. 28, the Denver Broncos hired Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator. Good move.
Today’s sports birthdays: Daunte Culpepper (39), Jermaine Dye (42) and Gregg Popovich (67). Other notables: Sarah McLachlan (48) and Alan Alda (80). Oh, and Elijah “Frodo” Wood turns 35.
Today’s trivia: Vince Lombardi was the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants when the Packers hired him in 1959. Who was the Giants’ defensive coordinator opposite Lombardi, a coach who didn’t have that bad of a career himself? Hint: He was a Longhorn. (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
Top of the menu: Texas women’s basketball.
On Nov. 26, 1974, maybe you were there that Tuesday night at Gregory Gym to watch the Texas women beat Huston-Tillotson 68-17, the first of many, many more wins to come. It took only 41 years to win 1,000.
“All in the Family” and “Sanford and Son” ruled TV in 1974. Leonardo DeCaprio was only 15 days old on Nov. 26. Two days later, John Lennon made his final concert appearance. The Freedom of Information Act wasn’t even a week old. “Kung Fu Fighting” was about to hit No. 1. You could catch a movie for $2.50 and buy a gallon of gas for about 60 cents.
The Longhorns made history Wednesday night, the 70-46 win at the Erwin Center over Kansas the 1,000th win in program history. Texas joined an exclusive club of women’s college basketball elite; only five schools have won these many games — there’s Tennessee (1,289), Louisiana Tech (1,068), James Madison (1,030), Old Dominion (1,004) and now Texas (1,000). The Longhorns, ranked No. 6 in the country, improved to 19-1 (8-1 in the Big 12).
Every player who could have played, did. Imani Boyette produced her 12th double-double of the season, with a game-high 16 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. It was another decisive win in a season with several decisive wins. But it obviously was much more than that. It was a win for the ages, a win for Jody Conradt and Karen Aston and Gail Goestenkors and Rod Page, the coaches who got them here. And it was for all those great names of Texas’ past — the greats like Clarissa Davis, Kamie Ethridge, Fran Harris, Nell Fortner, Tiffany Jackson, Jamie Carey and Edna Campbell. So many returned for last week’s win over Oklahoma, a Texas Exes reunion weekend at the Erwin Center.
Milestones along the way to 1,000: Conradt’s first game as Texas’ coach came on Nov. 22, 1976, a 72-58 win over McLennan Community College and the 58th win in program history. Win No. 100 was in March 1978 (Baylor). Win No. 300 came early in the 1984 season, over North Carolina State, but it was Win No. 360 — the 97-80 win over Cheryl Miller and USC in the national championship game, capping Texas’ perfect 34-0 season — that goes down as the program’s most important single win. The 400th win came in 1987, the 500th four years later. Conradt won her 800th career victory on Jan. 22, 2003, which was UT’s 713th win. Her final win was also her 900th win, and it was Win No. 813 for the Longhorns (70-57, over Missouri, on March 6, 2007). No. 814 was Goestenkors’ Texas debut win, 92-55 over Missouri State on Nov. 11, 2007. Aston’s first win, 70-60 over St. John’s on Nov. 9, 2012, was Win No. 923.
“I’m going to be proud to say I played for Texas for four years, and I played under coach Aston,” Boyette said after Wednesday night’s win. “I’m going to miss being a player here, but I’m excited to be able to go into the world and say I’m a Texas ex. I was part of the Longhorn team that got to 1,000 wins.”
Next up for Texas: Saturday against Kansas State, in Manhattan. And probably Win No. 1,001.
Here’s our game coverage from last night’s win.
So, what else is being written out there about the Longhorns?
Our weekly Texas sub-sports notebook led off with a look at track star A.J. Bailey, the former Aggie who’s finally competing as a Longhorn. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel wrote about Vince Young‘s woulda, coulda, shoulda NFL career. And ICYMI, the Waco Tribune-Herald had a nice read this week on T.J. Ford‘s journey to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
AROUND THE BIG 12: The Waco Tribune-Herald wrote on the recent return of Alexis Jones and the impact she’s had on the Bears’ lineup. As if Baylor needed more help. Former Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb made his transfer destination decision — Colorado. The Daily Oklahoman wrote about the No. 1-ranked Sooners men, and how they know there’s plenty of room for improvement. The Baylor men beat Oklahoma State on Wednesday, a somber night for the Cowboys, who were playing on the 15th anniversary of the 2001 plane crash that killed 10 members of the basketball program. Here’s the Oklahoman’s game coverage. And the Lawrence Journal-World’s Tom Keegan wrote about Kansas’ chances in the NCAA Tournament — or odds, anyway. (Vegas isn’t enthusiastic.)
AROUND THE FORTY ACRES:
Men’s basketball: The Longhorns host Vanderbilt (11 a.m., ESPN2, 104.9), one of 10 Big 12/SEC Challenge matchups on various ESPN networks.
Women’s basketball: Prized L.D. Bell recruit Lexi Gordon has narrowed her college choice to four finalists — Conn, Baylor, TCU and Texas. Why TCU, besides the nearby location? Both her parents played for the Horned Frogs.
Golf: The Texas men open play at the Arizona Intercollegiate on Friday. And Jordan Spieth announced he’ll play in the Shell Houston Open in late March, one week after playing in Austin’s Dell MatchPlay event.
Swimming and diving: The Texas men and women both compete at Arizona, starting Friday.
Tennis: The Texas men play at SMU tonight. The Longhorns are at Ohio State on Sunday.
On Jan. 28, 1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board.
On Jan. 28, 1985: “We Are the World,” the hit charity single by USA — the American super group of various stars ranging from Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen to Willie Nelson and Harry Belafonte — was recorded.
On Jan. 28, 1813: Jane Austen‘s “Pride and Prejudice” was published — 203 years before this year’s “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” movie comes out next month.
Trivia answer: The New York Giants had one hell of a coaching staff in the late 1950s. Future Packers legend Vince Lombardi was the offensive coordinator opposite future Cowboys legend Tom Landry as the defensive coordinator.
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