Well, well, well. I am clueless as to what to write for today's Daily Bears Report. There are no sports happening. The off-season is rough, y'all.
So, we'll preview the softball game on Thursday and then figure out where to go from there.
Softball To Face Florida
SB To Open WCWS vs. Florida on ESPN Thursday at 11 a.m. - BaylorBears.com
Baylor and Florida open the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City on Thursday at 11:00 am on ESPN. The No. 13 Lady Bears take on the No. 5 Gators at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
Baylor has been on a excellent run of form lately, winning 14 of the last 17. Florida advanced to the WCWS by beating Washington in three games at home. The winner of this game will play the winner of No. 8 Florida State and No. 1 Oregon on Friday at 6:00. If you've never watched College Softball before, you really should. The eight teams left are all top-notch teams. This will be a fun couple days of softball.
Brad Brown (@zoocat) had a great idea for content for today's DBR.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/DerBaylorBaer">@DerBaylorBaer</a> how many days left to FB? 96? Do a '96 Baylor sports recap. :)</p>— Brad Brown (@zoocat) <a href="https://twitter.com/zoocat/statuses/471289202488139776">May 27, 2014</a></blockquote>
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There are 95 days and, at the moment, 14 hours till kick off. Does this mean there are 95 days till kickoff or 96? Well, the '95 season had a better record, so we'll recap that one. Full disclaimer: I was too young to remember this season, so anything I say is based on Internet research/other people's thoughts.
The 1995 Baylor Bears took the field under head coach Chuck Reedy. Coach Reedy was entering his third year at Baylor and was coming off a seven-win season that ended in an Alamo Bowl loss to Washington State.
The Bears opened up the season at Tulsa, whom they promptly walloped, 37-5. Baylor then returned home to host Mississippi State. Looking at State's 3-8 record on the season, it is difficult to see how Baylor lost this game (21-30). The final game before Southwest Conference play began featured the Bears at the Wolfpack of North Carolina State. Baylor put on a stout defensive performance in this game, allowing zero points while scoring as many as points as 2013 Baylor did in the first five minutes (14).
To open up 1995 SWC play, Reedy's Bears played host to the No. 24 Texas Tech Red Raiders in a modern-day B1G nail-biter. Baylor scored but 9 points, yet won, as they held the Red Raiders to a scant 7 points. At 3-1, the Bears were looking strong. A high-scoring whooping of Houston on their home turf followed the low offensive output of the Tech game. Baylor put up 47 against a terrible Houston team that managed only 7. Unfortunately, the winning ways would come to a halt against the rivals down the Brazos. The No. 22 Aggies came in to Waco and gave the Bears no chance, winning 24-9.
The rivalry games continued the next week when TCU came to town. In a game that (probably) came down to the wire, Baylor defended the Case. 27-24. An unusual mid-conference play non-conference opponent in Miami was up next. The Bears traveled to the sunny city with hopes of reaching six wins, but they returned home disappointed after a 35-14 loss to the Big East 'Canes.
The final three games of the season were all back in the great state of Texas. Both SMU and Rice fell easily to the Bears as Reedy's team beat the two by a combined 82-13. With seven wins, Baylor had as many wins as they did in their bowl season. Unfortunately, the Bears would be denied a post-season berth (Like I said, I was too young to remember this season. Is there a reason a seven-win team didn't make a bowl?). The final game of the season was the classic Baylor-Texas end-of-season match-up. The No. 9 Longhorns welcomed the Bears to Austin, where I would imagine Reedy and the boys were huge underdogs. The underdogs could not pull of the miracle, however, and dropped the final game of the season, 21-13.
Two seven-win seasons in the first three years following the departure of the legendary Grant Teaff is not bad. It's definitely better than David Moyes did after taking over for Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.
What are your memories from the 1995 season? They can be from football, any Baylor sports, or Baylor in general.
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