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We're getting to that time of year when it's safe to start making predictions, and preseason rankings are no longer prefaced with "way too early". It's almost football season in Central Texas.

Jamal Palmer is ready to #SicSMU. Are you?
Jamal Palmer is ready to #SicSMU. Are you?
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Things to Look Forward To

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>You gotta get to <a href="https://twitter.com/McLaneStadium">@McLaneStadium</a> RT <a href="https://twitter.com/CollegeGameDay">@CollegeGameDay</a>: What campus do you want to see <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GameDay?src=hash">#GameDay</a> at this year?</p>&mdash; OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) <a href="https://twitter.com/OurDailyBears/statuses/493821859989704704">July 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Baylor will have significant home games against TCU, Oklahoma State, and Kansas State down the stretch that could make a ripe target for the College GameDay crew, especially with the pageantry of the new stadium thrown in. This would be great national exposure for Baylor. Maybe it will happen.

Significant Happenings

Well, most importantly, we have confirmation that The Great Coach Art Briles knows ODB exists.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Art Briles reads an ODB tweet from December 2012 that someone at the <a href="https://twitter.com/Big12Conference">@Big12Conference</a> kept because ... <a href="http://t.co/Aktr8xWOjf">http://t.co/Aktr8xWOjf</a></p>&mdash; OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) <a href="https://twitter.com/OurDailyBears/statuses/493876657892388864">July 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The video in question was put out by the Big 12 Conference and was supposed to be a compilation of coaches reading mean tweets about themselves. Except for Dana Holgorsen, all of the tweets involved were actually compliments. ODB's had apparently been saved by someone in the Big 12 media department since the night of the Holiday Bowl in 2012, long before many of us ever started following the site. It was also censored. Good...

Rivals released their top 100 for the class of 2016 yesterday. According to this particular recruiting service, 2016 tackle Patrick Hudson is Baylor's highest ranked recruit of all time.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>It&#39;s history for <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Baylor?src=hash">#Baylor</a>. Silsbee 2016 OL Patrick Hudson is the No. 22 recruit in the country. He is the HIGHEST RATED BU recruit EVER!</p>&mdash; Kevin Lonnquist (@baylorrivals) <a href="https://twitter.com/baylorrivals/statuses/493788026569383937">July 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>The Baylor Bears Should Be The Best Offensive Football Team In The Big Twelve For 2014 <a href="https://twitter.com/SBNB12">@SBNB12</a> <a href="http://t.co/MCSKyavX4n">http://t.co/MCSKyavX4n</a></p>&mdash; CC Machine (@CCMachine) <a href="https://twitter.com/CCMachine/statuses/493872700788858880">July 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Crimson & Cream Machine, SB Nation's Oklahoma Blog, recently wrapped up a series ranking all of the Big 12's position groups by team. The results are in, and they say Baylor should have the best offense in the conference this season- and it won't be close.

Stadium Happenings

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>RT <a href="https://twitter.com/BaylorSESP">@BaylorSESP</a>: VIDEO: Views are impressive from <a href="https://twitter.com/McLaneStadium">@McLaneStadium</a> Loge Boxes. Get a sneak peek. <a href="http://t.co/lCnUChGbZB">http://t.co/lCnUChGbZB</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a></p>&mdash; Baylor Football (@BUFootball) <a href="https://twitter.com/BUFootball/statuses/493884082435014657">July 28, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Cushy. Maybe I'll get one if I'm ever rich and can't hang on the front row anymore. All of the loge boxes in McLane are spoken for in 2014. Most of the regular seats are too.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DreamBig?src=hash">#DreamBig</a> MT <a href="https://twitter.com/BUHoops30">@BUHoops30</a>: Another look at <a href="https://twitter.com/BUFootball">@BUFootball</a> recruiting room graphics <a href="https://twitter.com/McLaneStadium">@McLaneStadium</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="http://t.co/9KWEziSX8t">pic.twitter.com/9KWEziSX8t</a></p>&mdash; Craig Smoak (@CraigSmoak) <a href="https://twitter.com/CraigSmoak/statuses/493920322207248384">July 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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When I saw that they were going with a more violent shade of green in the recruiting room I was skeptical, but they're making the place look sleek.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/StateofTexasFB">@StateofTexasFB</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Baylor?src=hash">#Baylor</a> nearly done with recruiting room at McLane Stadium <a href="http://t.co/ar29eTTl9e">http://t.co/ar29eTTl9e</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SicEm?src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sotf?src=hash">#Sotf</a>" Oh Yeah <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sick?src=hash">#Sick</a>&#39;Em</p>&mdash; Eno Benjamin™ (@eno_benjamin5) <a href="https://twitter.com/eno_benjamin5/statuses/493917273996804096">July 29, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Benjamin is a top RB in the 2017 class. Goes to show that the new facilities are making waves with the new generation.

State of the Blog

Over the past year, Our Daily Bears has broken traffic records every single month and grown immeasurably as a community. Football season is the busiest and most engaging time of the year for the community, and ODB is looking to broaden its coverage over the fall. In the comments, give some suggestions for what you'd like to see leading up to an during football season. You can request fluff pieces, analytical series, etc. If the idea has potential, we may try to make something of it. Sites like this are run by and for Baylor fans, and every single reader, writer, and commenter keeps the engine turning. Get involved!

The Daily Bear

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Today's Daily Bear is one we all know. Sailor Bear has been around for ages, and is one of the more classic representations of Baylor's mascot. Right now, the University does not list Sailor Bear as an official logo and Sailor Bear apparel is available on a limited basis, and mostly only to students.

I became personally interested in Sailor Bear when I gained possession of an old and well-maintained Sailor Bear banner. If the stories I've been told are correct, the logo was a product of the post-WWII era, and appeared along with other "sailor mascots" across the country. By the Grant Teaff era, the logo's popularity had declined somewhat, but it remained popular with students and is gaining a foothold with modern alumni since the possibility of sailgating was unveiled. I'll be spending some time in the Texas Collection and Chamber Vault of Random University History this fall to learn as much as I can about the logo's role in school history from primary sources. Have a good one, internet.