My Bad John Walters
I am beginning this week's column
by discussing what one of my biggest idols in sports journalism pointed out to
me last week in
Why is my picture cricked? I
thought about renaming the column…Not So
Straight Shots From
Anyways, I'm sorry Mr. Walters about the crooked picture, but until something better comes along, which it probably won't because God knows I'm packing on the pounds, the crooked picture WILL stand.
Confidence the Theme of the Week
I saw 12 coaches speak at the Big
12 media days in
Those boys are confident. They should be. To make it to this level of coaching, you can't do it without having a little strut in your step.
The big one who stood out to me
was Bill Callahan. Callahan comes across as not confident but cocky to a lot of
people. I see where you get that, but this guy is exactly what
Hawkins came across not only as an
offensive mastermind, but an honest media savvy fan as well. That was refreshing
to me. Hawkins didn't spit PR at you. Hawkins told you what he thought and he
showed a ton of emotion. One example that impressed me was when Hawkins was
asked about how his system was working since he got to
Thank you Dan Hawkins. Thank you for keeping in real, something that you rarely see at media days.
When Blum and I were driving back
from KC we were tuning into some sports talk radio,
You know I don't mind having a
little confidence in your team, in fact I love it. But come on, a comment like
deserves a swift kick in the you know what. Go ahead Mizzou fans; pick them to
win the North. Pick them to go 8-4, that's cool with me. Why? Because that is
all realistic. The North is wide open, but picking your Missouri Tigers to beat
Adrian Peterson and
An Unappreciated McCarney?
I learned a lot of things last
week at the Big 12 media days in
I know it's a very small portion of the fan base, but that portion of the fan base is there. I read what they say on message boards every day.
The cool thing for me was that at these Big 12 meetings, I could talk to any sports writer that covers any school in the Big 12. I had a chance to do that last week. During these talks, they usually start off with the basics. You know, who do you write for? What do you think about the season? That sort of thing. Then you start to get more into details.
Well the thing that I noticed is
that every time I told a guy I covered