Good morning. Breakfast is served.
It’s July 13th — 194 down, 171 to go.
And 51 till Texas-Maryland.
YESTERDAY: The stars aligned for Roger Federer at Wimbledon as he moved into the semifinals and Andy Murray was upset in the quarterfinals. And Novak Djokovic had to quit with an elbow injury. Jordan Morris scored a couple of goals in the U.S.’ 3-2 Gold Cup win over Martinique. The All-Big 12 preseason team was released; five Longhorns were on it. It was Day 3 of SEC media days, including Texas A&M. And ESPYs host Peyton Manning took a jab at Kevin Durant.
TODAY: Venus Williams takes center court at Wimbledon in the women’s semfinals (7 a.m., ESPN). Will Carmelo Anthony become a Houston Rocket? (Depends on continuing Rockets-Knicks trade talks.)
TOMORROW: Baseball returns; the Astros host the Twins (7:10 p.m.) and the Rangers are at the Royals (7:15). It’s the men’s semifinals at Wimbledon.
July 13 has a sports history. On this date, Germany beat Argentina 1-0 in extra time to win the most recent World Cup, in Rio (2014); Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died at the age of 80 (2010); NASCAR driver Davey Allison died in a helicopter crash, at the age of 33 (1993); the Yankees retired Roger Maris’ No. 9 (1985); Gary Player claimed a couple of British Opens, first at Carnoustie (1968) and later at Royal Lytham (1974); and Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run (1934).
Today’s sports birthdays: Cody Bellinger (22), Yadier Molina (35), Spud Webb (54) and Tony Kornheiser (69). Other notables: Cheech Marin (71), Harrison Ford (75) and Patrick Stewart (77).
TODAY’S TRIVIA: How many parsecs did it take Han Solo’s Millenium Falcon to make the Kessel Run? (Answer’s at the end of Breakfast.)
TOP OF THE MENU: Football.
Our eighth annual preseason Top 25 countdown series is churning right along. Todays’ series stop is Charlie Strong’s South Florida Bulls, at No. 18.
The Longhorns, who haven’t finished a season ranked since 2012, came in at No. 22 in our series. Is Texas worthy of a preseason ranking? Our own Danny Davis made the case for and Brian Davis made the case against.
Either way, let’s see how Texas compares to the first seven teams in our rankings …
|CATEGORY||NO. 22 TEXAS||NO. 25 BOISE STATE||NO. 24 OREGON||NO. 23 TENNESSEE||NO. 21 KANSAS ST.|
|Conference||Big 12||Mountain West||Pac-12||SEC||Big 12|
|Last 5 years||33-30||50-16||49-17||35-28||43-22|
|Last 5 years conf.||24-21||31-9||32-13||15-25||29-16|
|2016 points/game||31.9 (46th)||33.8 (38th)||35.4 (27th)||36.4 (24th)||32.2 (45th)|
|2016 points allowed||31.5 (90th)||23.3 (29th)||41.4 (126th)||28.8 (68th)||22.3 (25th)|
|2016 avg. yards||491.3 (16th)||472.8 (21st)||491.7 (15th)||443.7 (40th)||388.8 (83rd)|
|2016 yards allowed||448.3 (94th)||389.8 (52nd)||518.4 (126th)||449.2 (95th)||387.7 (51st)|
|Stadium (cap.)||Royal-Memorial (100,119)||Albertsons (36,387)||Autzen (60,000)||Neyland (102,455)||Bill Snyder Family (53,000)|
|2016 avg. attendance||97,881 (8th)||34,273||54,677||100,968 (6th)||51, 919|
|Mascot||Bevo (live steer)||Buster Bronco (costumed)||The Oregon Duck (costumed)||Smokey (live bluetick coonhound)||Willie Wildcat (costumed)|
|Ret. all-conference players||8 (3 off., 5 def.)||4 (3 off., 1 def.)||6 (5 off., 1 def.)||1 (def.)||5 (3 off., 2 def.)|
|2017 Triplets||QB Shane Buechele, RB Chris Warren III, WR (take your pick)||QB Brett Rypien, RB Alex Mattison, WR Cedric Wilson||QB Justin Herbert, RB Royce Freeman, WR Charles Nelson||QB Quinten Dormady, RB John Kelly, WR Jauan Jennings||QB Jesse Ertz, RB xx, WR Dominique Heath|
|Coach/record||Tom Herman (22-4)||Brian Harsin (38-14)||Willie Taggart (40-45)||Butch Jones (37-15)||Bill Snyder (202-105-1)|
|City||Austin (947,890)||Boise (205,671)||Eugene (156,185)||Knoxville (178,874)||Manhattan (52,281)|
|They say it||"Hook 'em, Horns"||"Let's go Broncos, let's go"||"Win the day"||"Rocky Top"||"K-S-U"|
|Best tradition||Lighting the tower orange||Peeing on the Excellence Bell||The Duck's motorcycle entrance||Running through the T||Wabash Cannonball song|
|Natl. college rank (Forbes)||93rd||612th||219th||266th||348th|
|Mount Rushmore||Darrell Royal, Mack Brown, Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams||Kellen Moore, Randy Trautman, Chris Petersen, Ryan Dinwiddie||Norm Van Brocklin, Dan Fouts, Marcus Mariota, Mel Renfro||Johnny Majors, Peyton Manning, Reggie White, Robert Neyland||Bill Snyder, Michael Bishop, Collin Klein, Lynn Dickey|
|Heisman winners||2 (Campbell, Williams)||None||1 (Mariota)||None||None|
|Last 5 bowl games||2-3||3-2||3-2||3-2||2-3|
|Best known for ...||College football||That blue field||Those football uniforms||The checkerboard end zone||Bill Snyder|
|Fight song||The Eyes of Texas||The Orange and Blue||Mighty Oregon||Rocky Top||Wildcat Victory|
What’s being written out there about the Longhorns?
Former athletic director Steve Patterson has a new gig: President and CEO of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. Here’s Brian Davis’ story, including Patterson’s comments about his Texas tenure.
The Dallas Morning News, in a series examining the state of college football in the state, examined the effects of the 2012 Texas-Texas A&M split.
AROUND THE BIG 12: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Mac Engel wrote about the coaching hot seats of Kevin Sumlin and Kliff Kingsbury, and how Johnny Manziel’s on-field magic may have led Texas A&M and Texas Tech to hook their wagons to the wrong coaches. And the paper also spoke to TCU coach Gary Patterson and his Horned Frogs legacy. The Waco Tribune-Herald wrote about Baylor’s Ish Wainwright, who’s finished his four years playing men’s basketball and now will play football for the Bears this fall. And Matt Rhule’s decided not to have two-a-days at Baylor and instead will start practices a little early, on July 27. And the Kansas City Star wrote about a documentary detailing Bill Snyder’s first season at Kansas State called “Miracle in Manhattan.”
AROUND THE HORNS:
Football: Five Longhorns were named to the media’s All-Big 12 preseason team — offensive tackle Connor Williams (first team), defensive tackle Poona Ford (first), defensive end Malcolm Roach (first), linebacker Malik Jefferson (1st) and punter Michael Dickson. … Dickson, a Ray Guy finalist last season, was named to this year’s preseason watch list. … Texas made the cut for two four-star receivers for 2019 who listed the Longhorns on their final four — Cuero’s Jordan Whittington and Fort Bend Travis’ Arjei Henderson.
Volleyball: Incoming freshman middle blocker Brionne Butler was named to the 12-player U.S. women’s national team roster that’ll compete in the U20 World Championship that starts Friday and ends July 23 in Mexico.
On July 12, 1985: The worldwide Live Aid benefit concert was held, with venues in London (Paul McCartney, U2, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John and Queen), Philadelphia (Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Phil Collins and Duran Duran), Moscow and Sydney.
On July 12, 1985: Vice President George H.W. Bush became the acting President for the day while President Ronald Reagan underwent surgery to remove polyps from his colon.
On July 12, 1923: The giant HOLLYWOOD sign was dedicated in Los Angeles. It originally was HOLLYWOODLAND, but the LAND letters were removed in 1949.
TRIVIA ANSWER: It took the Millennium Falcon 12 parsecs to make the Kessel Run.
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