Cotton Bowl Open Thread

Who are we rooting for?

60 replies
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    cathyx says:

    It depends. Who’s playing?

  2. 2
    FridayNext says:

    The Bowl Weevil.

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    redshirt says:

    The destruction of the Cotton Bowl. Shit’s racist.

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    Davebo says:

    I won’t say who I’m rooting for but I do know that every time Bob Stoops cries an angel gets it’s wings….

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    Dee Loralei says:

    Boomer Sooner!!

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    MikeJ says:

    Oklahoma: Soonergrunt, Sarah Vowell, a dandy musical
    Texas: Austin has some fine bands and clubs, unless you go during sxsw, in which case it’s not worth the bother.

    I’ll halfheartedly cheer for Oklahoma, but I’m actually watching The Creature Form the Black Lagoon on TCM.

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    jl says:

    A bowl made of cotton doesn’t make much sense to me, so I gonna skip this one. But I’ll guess… AT&T?

    Edit: And I thought Sooners football was disbanded a while back for too many high crimes and misdemeanors.

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    Mary says:

    Oklahoma, because I’m still sad that Manti Teo didn’t win the Heisman, despite winning practically every other award in college football.

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    alantai says:

    Boomer Sooner!

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    Violet says:

    Not watching. I’ll catch up on some stuff on the DVR.

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    EZSmirkzz says:

    Hey John, what’s with the 8903.swf file, 20.1KB from http ://cdnapi.kaltura dot com popping up every time I access the site? Haven’t noticed it before.

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    Suzanne says:

    I am rooting for football season to be over so that my friends will return to saying intelligent, funny things on Sundays.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    I’ll go with the African American head coach,gig’em Aggies.

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    David Hunt says:

    As an alumni of A&M who grew up and still lives within five miles of the campus, my sympathies are definitely for A&M. Plus my grandmother would roll over her grave if I wasn’t in their (figurative) camp.

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    Commenting at Balloon Juice Since 1937 says:


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    redshirt says:

    How about all the black players win the Cotton Bowl, and accept the trophy from some white suited Colonel Cracker character? Yay, sport!

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    kitfoxer says:

    Rooting for the Aggies! /re-lurking…

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    A Farmer says:

    My former employer’s answer when asking who he was rooting for in the Michigan-Notre Dame game- “a blimp crash”

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    scav says:


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    ruemara says:

    I’m rooting for silk

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    Roger Moore says:

    Who are we rooting for?

    Both teams to be disqualified for recruiting violations.

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    burnspbesq says:

    An entertaining game.

    Tomorrow we are rooting for Hastings United, the lowest-ranked team to reach the third round of the FA Cup. C’mon you Arrows!

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    polyorchnid octopunch says:


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    redshirt says:

    Just put your Captain’s hat on, Cole, nod your head solemnly, and you’ll be fine.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @polyorchnid octopunch: Well played.

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    Boudica says:

    Aggies! Gig ’em! Because my dad went there. He didn’t appreciate me calling right as the game started asking if he was in the mood for a long chat. (I was kidding!!)

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    Yutsano says:

    @efgoldman: I’ve met folks in the Oklahoma band. Never met an Aggie in my life but they kiss during touchdowns so that’s kinda cool. I guess the real answer is I’m indifferent with very slight leaning towards the Sooners, but only to keep SoonerGrunt from thumping me.

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    Cassidy says:

    I’m rooting for the whiskey in my cup.

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    General Stuck says:

    From the lips of wizards

    “I refuse to play the game of ‘assault weapon.’ That’s any weapon. It’s a hammer. It’s the machetes in Rwanda that killed 800,000 people, an article that came out this week, the massive number that are killed with hammers.”

    — Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX), on the Dennis Miller Show, arguing that banning assault weapons won’t work

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    Tripod says:

    Cotton Bowl is the least of the traditional New Year’s games. The SWC tie-in was meh inducing, as is the weather in Dallas this time of year.

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    beltane says:

    The Cotton Mouth open thread?

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    redshirt says:

    @efgoldman: If Collins is vulnerable, there’s a ton of Dems who could pick up the seat, and very few Repukes. But I don’t see how Collins is vulnerable, thus, sadly, she’ll reign supreme.

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    beltane says:

    @General Stuck: This is the same fool who just yesterday voted for Alan West to be Speaker of the House.

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    Yutsano says:

    @efgoldman: Never. Underestimate. Grunts. :)

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    redshirt says:

    @efgoldman: I do not. The Repukes up here, even the crazy ones, have got the message what a divided focus of power does to your efforts – especially since the gains of 2010 were almost completely wiped out in 2012. The tide has turned mightily against the right wingers in Maine, and so I don’t think any nutjob will be allowed to challenge Collins from the right.

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    JPL says:

    @General Stuck: Megan Mcardle’s idea about rushing the attacker would have worked if he had a hammer. In fact it would have worked if I had a Hammer. (couldn’t resist)

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    Tom The First says:

    Rooting for Jesus, as always, and for Argo to get a best picture nod despite the hang wringing about it being “racist” or painting the Iranians with too broad a brush. It’s a great 70s thriller throwback and while the iranian characters are underdeveloped (forgivable considering the movies not about them) and there are some pretty blatant plot contrivances at the end, it works pretty great as a movie. I’m rooting for it.

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    Lee says:

    @David Hunt: class of 87 here

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    Punchy says:

    Imagine that. The South hosting the Cotton Bowl. Is the Rebel Bowl on tomorry?

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    JWL says:

    I’m rooting for tomorrow afternoon and the NFL Playoffs to begin. Beer, TV, and two days of playoff football is this country at its best.

  42. 42

    I just want a competitive game with a preference for lots of scoring over defensive battles. Kind of curious about Landry Jones’s NFL potential.

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    Tripod says:

    I’m rooting for my arcade token of indeterminate origin to save a nation. Huzzah! Also, for the US to crush Sweden in Canada’s favorite game. USA! USA! USA!

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    Yutsano says:

    @Tripod: Lägga Sverige!!

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    How do people in the 4th Congressional District of Mississippi, who got mucho aid for Hurricane Katrina,can look at the people of New York and New Jersey in the eye when their Rep voted no on Sandy Relief? Oh I forgot the people of NY/NJ are not real ‘Muricans to those sessech in Biloxi.

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    Or something like that.Suffern Ace says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: remember how the governor of la directed initial funds for the BP oil spill to his contractor friends to build useless sand berms? And those plans to use the redevelopment funds for New Orleans might have been spent to make certain that some residents wouldn’t be moving back? They might think they’re doing us a favor.

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    Tripod says:

    I don’t know which Hunt progeny is now running the Chiefs, but five years for Andy Reid?? That guy strikes me as used up as a NFL head coach.

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    kitfoxer says:

    @Lee: Class of ’90, but honestly a 2%er. Except for tonight! Also a local, hello David Hunt.

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    JWL says:

    @efgoldman: Even the not-so-good games set the table for the next round. Example: the Niners are bound to play either the Vikings or the Falcons next week. No matter what happens, I hope both of those teams get badly bruised up this weekend. Very badly bruised up, in fact.

    So there’s that. And what WTF else is there worth watching? Professional bowling?

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    redshirt says:

    @kitfoxer: Cold stone cornering silver markets?

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    This Johnny Manziel is reminding me of Joe Montana. With the nickname Johnny Football and a Heisman already on his mantle, is it possible that we will hate him by the time he enters the the NFL draft? As much as Tebow? As much as late-career Brett Favre?

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    danah gaz says:

    ZOMG, over at Mother Jones I just read a headline that I’m still giggling over.

    “How Dangerous Is the Lead in Bullets?”

    Is it just me? My first thought is to ask someone who has been shot.


    On a related note, editors should really consider not posing questions in headlines, as it almost always makes the author look really stupid.

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    I am wondering how long will it be before Sooner fans call for Mike Stoop’s scalp? He won a championship, but that was eons ago. As for Johnny Manziel, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jerry Jones arranges a trade or deal to bring Johnny Heisman to the Cowboys, would he blow up the ‘Boys to do it?

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    Corner Stone says:


    I’m rooting for the whiskey in my cup.

    Let us know how that hangover goes for you.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @James E. Powell:

    With the nickname Johnny Football and a Heisman already on his mantle, is it possible that we will hate him by the time he enters the the NFL draft? As much as Tebow? As much as late-career Brett Favre?

    The guy is 5’11” and 180 pounds soaking fucking wet with heels on.
    He’s a modern day Doug Flutie. He has a limited life span in the NFL.
    I don’t give a shit what anyone says. Russel Wilson has 3 inches on Johnny Football.

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    Corner Stone says:

    That was just nasty.
    How many big games has Big Game Bob Stoops wrapped both hands around his own throat?

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    Mr Stagger Lee says:

    Can you say asswhupping? I knew you could.

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    Corner Stone says:

    @Mr Stagger Lee: This has to qualify as a mercy killing at some point, doesn’t it?

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    Corner Stone says:

    Texas A&M has clearly decided to condition their athletes to a level that no one else in the SEC wanted to match.
    They push and push and push their offense and dare a defense to hang with them for four quarters.
    Alabama may clearly have the better overall athletes but TAMU just never stops and doesn’t give their opponents a chance to breathe.
    OU never had a chance.

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    David Hunt says:

    @Lee: @kitfoxer:

    Hey guys. Class of ’89, which of course means I graduated in ’90. Lived in Bryan all my life. Given that the years that you graduated, you might have known who my grandmother was: Ruth Hunt, the Fish Lady.

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