Welp. This is not the way I had imagined beginning my inaugural Daily Bears Report. In her infinite DBR sage wisdom, Kate Morrison suggested I lead off with something positive. The suggestion is much appreciated and I thank you for the great work you did, but that ain't happening today. I'm not going to sugar coat it, this has been a rough week for Baylor Basketball. Midnight Waffles was a huge success though, so there's that. If you really want to start off on a good note, skip to the bottom for information on a neat project that is picking up steam in Waco.
In-Season News: Men's and Women's Basketball
Game Summary. Heslip led Baylor with 19 points, Jefferson and Austin had 16 each.
The Baylor Bears rolled into the feared Allen Fieldhouse riding a two game losing streak and sporting a 1-3 conference record. It's no secret that winning at the Phog is never easy, especially when you've never done it before. I'll be honest in saying I did not watch the first half (I had other engagements), but when I did tune in at half and saw Baylor down only two, I really thought Baylor might pull off the upset. Then the second half happened.
For whatever reason, this team just does not look that same after halftime. Check out the Post-Game Thread for the reactions of those who watched the game. I wish I could formulate a speech that could accurately describe what has gone wrong and how to fix it, but right now I am completely befuddled by the team that shows up in the second half of Baylor Men's Basketball games. Amy Pagitt probably said it best:
Maybe what we need is more Captain America:
The Bears are now sitting at 1-4 in conference with two must win games coming up. Baylor has the talent to beat Texas and West Virginia, and if they want to stay afloat in the toughest conference it the land, they need to win both games. While the effort put forth for much of the game by many of the players last night was phenomenal, the future is indeed Phoggy for Baylor Men's Basketball.
Bears Basketball Schedule
Next 5 Games
|Texas||Sat 01/25||12:30 PM CST|
|West Virginia||Tue 01/28||6:00 PM CST|
|@ Oklahoma St.||Sat 02/01||1:00 PM CST|
|Kansas||Tue 02/04||6:00 PM CST|
|@ Oklahoma||Sat 02/08||6:00 PM CST|
Last 5 Games
|@ Kansas||Mon 01/20||L 78 - 68|
|Oklahoma||Sat 01/18||L 64 - 66|
|@ Texas Tech||Wed 01/15||L 72 - 82|
|TCU||Sat 01/11||W 88 - 62|
|@ Iowa St.||Tue 01/07||L 72 - 87|
Your Lady Bears return home to take on Kansas State tomorrow, 22 January, at 7:00. The Lady Bears will look to get back on track after a disappointing trip to Allen Fieldhouse at the weekend.
Off-Season News: Football
Preparations for next season have officially begun! Yesterday, Coach Kaz began his intense off-season training regiment and it has proved to be a good wake-up call for our early enrollees. Welcome to D-1 gentlemen!
I'm telling y'all playing D1 football isn't a joke. Just got done with 1st workout. You better love the game and love to work.
I'm telling y'all playing D1 football isn't a joke. Just got done with 1st workout. You better love the game and love to work.— Jordan Feuerbacher (@JFeuerbacher) January 20, 2014
On the other end of the spectrum, a few of our graduating seniors will be playing in the Reese's Senior Bowl on 25 January. Weigh-ins occurred yesterday and, judging by the reactions on Twitter, people did not know that Cyril Richardson is a massive mountain of a man who will pancake you if you attempt to touch his quarterback. The Mothership's response is my favorite:
Ahmad Dixon turned heads as well. Did you know he could hit hard?
Ahmad Dixon looks like mini tank at 5-11 1/2, 205.— Eric Edholm (@Eric_Edholm) January 20, 2014
Despite the epicness that would be Tevin Reese playing in a game sponsored by Reese's, he will not be participating, per TCGAB, who will be in attendance.
Jordan Najvar will not be playing the Senior Bowl, as he already played in the East-West Shrine Game. He will participating in the MJP Combine Training program as he prepares for the Draft.
For all your NFL Draft needs, head on over to the Mothership hub.
The Best of the Rest
Baylor Men's and Women's Track and Field competed at the Texas A&M 10-Team Invitational this weekend where they finished second overall for the third consecutive year. Erin Atkinson broke her own weight throwing competition record to take first place. Rachel Johnson also broke a personal best as she cruised to victory in the mile with time of 4:51.13. Sic 'em Erin and Rachel!
Local News and Other Happenings
Wacotown, "A feel-good civic art project", was founded by Baylor grad Mike Trozzo. From what I can gather, the movement began with this mural and has continued inspiring civic pride ever since. Here's their latest work. I think they've got a pretty cool thing going on, so I wanted to share it with those of you who hadn't seen it yet. Follow them @Wacotown for more works like this one:
Following the success of Holly Tucker on last year's The Voice, another Baylor student, Savion Wright, is lighting up a little-known singing competition called American Idol. Sic 'em Savion!
The Jamaican bobsled team is raising money to go to the Winter Olympics in Sochi through Internet crowdfunding with a currency called Dogecoin. No, seriously. According to Buzzfeed, they actually raised enough money to go!
The CFB fan's rooting guide to the Super Bowl: Big 12 fans should be rooting for Denver, apparently.
As Conner said yesterday, we're new at writing and gathering information on a daily basis, so if y'all have anything you would like to see or have any suggestions, please post it in the comments!