Helmets aside, yesterday was a pretty good day for Baylor Athletics, as both basketball teams rolled, albeit in games of dramatically different import. Turns out OurDailyBears had a pretty good day, too.
This blog has been live now for about 15 months, give or take a few weeks in either direction, and to date, we've definitely exceeded my expectations in terms of viewership, the widespread-ness (not a real word, but whatever) of the community, and the impact we've been able to have on Baylor Nation's online presence. Dedicated, passionate individuals who love Baylor have cycled through in that time as contributors, joining and departing the crew as their interest and schedules warrant, and always sharing their thoughts in a cogent, articulate way. Those are all good things. Work remains to be done, of course, and I'm never going to rest on my laurels in trying to make the site better.
It's simultaneously hilarious and somewhat sad (to me, at least) that given everything we've done: statistical breakdowns, previews for different sports, recaps, analysis of any number of kinds, etc., that yesterday was the best day in ODB history in terms of how many people actually came to the site. And it was because Baylor unveiled new helmets (granted, the greatest helmets ever seen by man), not because anybody here actually did anything. When the clock rolled over this morning, Baylor finished yesterday as the 8th-most viewed blog in the college network, ahead of such luminaries in the medium as EDSBS (a blog to which, I'm willing to admit, this one does not hold a candle for sheer hilarity) and BurntOrangeNation (one of UT's blogs). We've never "beaten" them before but did yesterday. Because of helmets. In response to the interest, most of which was generated by someone posting the early thread on Reddit's CFB subpage, I made a new hub entirely for stories about Baylor's football uniforms. Really. This is now apparently a uniform blog where we occasionally discuss Baylor Athletics.
Anyway, thanks to everyone who came to the site yesterday, and welcome if it was your first time. I'm certainly not complaining, it's just somewhat funny to me that it took new helmets for ODB to have our best day ever. Now on to the news.
Waco, Texas • Attendance: 6,647
This was not a game. Some on twitter have justifiably questioned Baylor's continued interest in playing games against HSU given the fact that three of our four-highest margins of victory have come against the Cowboys. Baylor won yesterday's game by 69 points, the new record.
The Bears, missing top scorers Isaiah Austin and Pierre Jackson, were instead led by less-likely suspects, including freshmen Taurean Prince (21 points, 15 rebounds), L.J. Rose (14 points, 12 assists), and Rico Gathers (10 points, 12 rebounds) in addition to upperclassmen Cory Jefferson (10 points, 12 rebounds) and a suddenly-decent Brady Heslip (15 points on 5-8 from 3). That's four different players getting a double-double, another Baylor record, and easily the best games of the young careers of Prince and Rose. Gathers was just being Gathers, beasting. Watch the highlights and you'll see why I love Gathers like a son.
MBB Runs Past Hardin-Simmons, 107-38 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Baylor rested its two most prolific scorers and still had no problem with Hardin-Simmons, beating the Cowboys 107-38 on Saturday.
Speaking of the Bears, we have a fairly huge game tomorrow afternoon on Big Monday. You should go, if you can.
MBB Hosts Oklahoma State for ESPN Big Monday - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Baylor hosts Oklahoma State at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Ferrell Center on ESPN Big Monday. All tickets are on sale for , and select concessions will be discounted.
And now for the Ladies...
(11-6, 3-3) NR/NR
Waco, Texas • Attendance: 10,245
(16-1, 6-0) #1/1
Griner Leads No. 1 WBB to 76-58 Victory Over WVU - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site - BaylorBears.com
Brittney Griner had her 50th career double-double while just missing a triple-double, scoring 26 points with 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots, as top-ranked Baylor beat Big 12 newcomer West Virginia 76-58 on Saturday night. Griner appeared to have her 10th block at one point but officials whistled West Virginia for a travel on the play. The 6-foot-8 two-time All-American didn't play the final 4 minutes. Odyssey Sims had 15 points and seven assists for Baylor (16-1, 6-0 Big 12), which won its record 28th consecutive regular season conference game. The Lady Bears have also won 49 games in a row at the Ferrell Center, the nation's longest active home winning streak.
No. 1 Baylor, No. 2 UConn roll; Texas Tech upsets Kansas
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Stefanie Dolson scored a career-high 25 points to lead No. 2 Connecticut to an 87-62 win over No. 23 Syracuse on Saturday, handing the upstart Orange just their second loss of the season
And here's something crazy I saw that I wanted to include.