I'm going to give it to you straight this morning: there's just not that much news out there. So instead of plying you along with a myriad of links you don't really care about, I'm going to start with housekeeping matters.
First, I'm reopening the recruitment vault for ODB contributors. The people I have now are great, and I don't want this to sound like a poor reflection on their part at all, but I need more help. Specifically, I need the same thing I've always needed: someone to write authoritatively about basketball. And recruiting. And other stuff you might want to write about that has something to do with Baylor athletics. Basically, if you want to write, I need you. Email me at Our Daily Bears @ gmail.com (broken up so I don't get a million spam emails about enhancing certain body parts). If you're only a little interested, you should still email me. Let's talk about it.
Second, if you haven't checked it out already, the May recruiting thread for football is up and running, and I'm updating it regularly with new information. You should take a look, share your thoughts, eat a crepe, whatever.
This concludes today's housekeeping matters.
NOW TO THE LINKS YOU MAY/MAY NOT CARE ABOUT!
Baylor's new chrome helmets have begun to arrive! I think I'm falling in love all over again.
Baylor Athletics' Facebook page posted a new-ish rendering of the stadium following the celebration the other day. I say "new-ish" because I've seen it before in other places, but I don't know if they've ever shared it online like this.
I have a few questions:
1. Is the canopy now a reflective metal material? I thought before it was white.
2. What's up with the west side of the canopy being different from the east, in both size and design? There's got to be a reason for it.
3. Did the green chairbacks go away completely?
The Waco Trib reviewed Matt Sayman's book The Leftovers about the Baylor Basketball scandal. I know some of the people here have read it, so I'm interested in your thoughts on the book, as well. Living through the aftermath of the tragedy on-campus is something I'll never forget.
Men's Tennis nabbed a few postseason honors, as did the ladies. Coach Joey Scrivano, who is on my master list of people you should follow on twitter, won his fourth Coach of the Year award while Ema Burgic took home the Big 12 Player of the Year honor.
Returning/entering Baylor Lady Bears players Odyssey Sims, Alexis Prince, and Ieshia Small all received invitations to attend team trials for the US women's Olympic team. Sims and Small accepted, while Prince had to decline for medical reasons.
An executive for EA (the company that makes the NCAA Football video games) admitted yesterday in the Ed O'Bannon case that real player likenesses are used. This admission, while surprising to absolutely no one, is important because it goes against what they've always said. Anyone with eyes and basic reasoning skills already knew that when you played as QB #10 for Baylor University, you were playing a character modeled after Robert Griffin III, but EA and the NCAA kept up the farce, at least, that you weren't. I'm really interested to see what happens with this lawsuit.
ESPN.com's David Ubben named RGIII the 7th-best player in Big 12 history. Before I go all Skeptical Hippo and shred that list for putting 6 players ahead of him, I'm going to try to guess who they might be. Some are more obvious than others. In no particular order:
1. RB Adrian Peterson
2. QB Vince Young
3. QB Sam Bradford
4. RB Ricky Williams
I'm fairly positive those four will be there, and I know Colt McCoy will be there, too, as much as I hate it. But what about the others? Eric Crouch? Cedric Benson? Roy Williams (the WR)? Maybe a defensive player like Dat Nguyen or Derrick Johnson? So many different ways it could go.
UPDATE: Tommie Frazier isn't eligible since he never played in the Big 12. Played in the Big 8.
Remember right after A&M announced its stadium renovations when I said on twitter that we should start the countdown to UT doing the same thing? Well... They say it won't be a move to one-up the Aggies since they won't add seats, but I'm going full Skeptical Hippo on that.
I'm really not kidding about wanting to expand our coverage here. We're well into our second year of existence and have grown considerably, but we're still not where I want to be. Baylor Athletics deserves a larger fan-based internet presence, and it's an exciting time to be a Bear. Email me.