Close observers of the ODB twitter account (of whom there are exactly zero) will notice that during certain times of certain weeks during/after things are going/have gone well, I start liking lots of tweets. Sometimes dozens of them. This is for a purpose—I am collecting them. And every so often we reach what feels like a critical mass to me of Good Tweets (TM), and forth from the Chorus editor springs a “Tweets of the Day/Night/Week/Whatever” that is basically just me showing all of you what I thought was funny, noteworthy, or important.
Normally I do this in chronological order, but not this time. This time we’re starting with Travis’s weekly Sunday School for Baylor Football. I’m not posting the entire thread for obvious reasons, but I suggest that when you get some time to dive into it, you start with my tweet below, pack a lunch, and buckle up. This has to be Travis’s longest thread ever.
T͓̽H͓̽R͓̽E͓̽A͓̽D͓̽ ͓̽I͓̽N͓̽C͓̽O͓̽M͓̽I͓̽N͓̽G͓̽ https://t.co/AO1eXgKPL4— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 31, 2021
NOW we can get to the less-informative/insightful stuff, a lot of which comes from me.
On Thursday morning I tweeted something trolltastic about starting a cryptocurrency centered on Texas. Little did I know that this would set off a veritable firestorm of Twitter controversy.
I'm going to start a cryptocurrency called $Bevo and pin the starting value to the average number of losses by the University of Texas in football since 2010. The opening price will be $4.18.— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 28, 2021
Our Burnt Orange neighbors Burnt Orange Nation took exception to this:
Creating one for Baylor but pinning the starting value with annual TV revenue in 2021 https://t.co/plQpSca8Z1— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) October 28, 2021
It’s not difficult to see where this was going now. I’m making fun of them for being mediocre despite all their advantages; they’re making fun of us for being poor. Normal stuff.
big "do you know who my dad is?!" frat boy energy.— chelsea (@chelsea_kaye) October 28, 2021
"LET ME SHOW YOU MY LAST TAX RETURN BEFORE YOU KEEP MAKING FUN OF MY JORTS"— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 28, 2021
Things pivoted to one of my favorite conceits from our friends about how much we owe them for “subsidizing” us in the Big 12 and how ungrateful we are.
We will happily take shit from Texas Tech fans, Oklahoma State fans, Iowa State fans, etc.— Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) October 28, 2021
But we draw the line at Baylor — a program subsidized by UT for 20+ years with nothing to offer except horrific scandals and losses for a majority of that time. Even the campus is gross
Importantly, there was a since-deleted follow-up to this tweet that referred to us specifically as a Conference USA-quality school located too close to 35 (???) whose only redeeming quality was a local Fazoli’s. Mark the Fazoli’s thing down because we’ll come back to it in a little while.
There’s a reason I enjoy this “subsidization” concept—the Texas Constitution includes one of the greatest actual examples in the history of higher education that seems to go unmentioned far too frequently.
Oh we're talking about subsidization again, cool https://t.co/Hp4g6SWjK7— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 28, 2021
Clearly this is not the first time we’ve had this sort of conversation.
/blows $50+ million of LHN money on coaching buyouts to finish behind Baylor in FB, MBB, and WBB (not pictured, obvious) over the last decade— ODB (@OurDailyBears) July 27, 2021
“I’M TIRED OF SUBSIDIZING YOU!” pic.twitter.com/P0210401T4
But let’s get back to this week with a brief break. There’s a new baby Baylor podcast in the world that is two episodes in and contains two names familiar to ODBers. Thursday afternoon I listened to both episodes so you didn’t have to (but you should!). Check out the thread below.
I listened to both episodes of #BetweenTwoBears today with @mattisbear and @EvanHebert. Below is my scouting report of this podcast and these two hosts.— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 28, 2021
PODCAST: Good, potential to be great. NSFKids. Have subscribed. Goldilocks-sized, not too long, not too short. (1/x)
Then, Friday morning, the Texas Athletics social-media team dropped this absolute gem on us:
I’ve talked enough about this already that I don’t think I need to get too deep into it again. Suffice to say that, viewed most charitably, it’s a cute reference because Yogi is a bear and we’re Bears. The connection is rock-solid. But it makes no sense because Yogi is also the hero of the story.
I love memes, perhaps more than I should. I also love college athletics, so if you combine those two things in funny or interesting ways, I am in. I still periodically go back and look at/watch the Arkansas tweet from after their game against Texas, and it slays me every single time. But this meme makes no sense. Nobody wants to be Ranger Smith.
there's bears over there enjoying things, better remind them how much money my daddy left me pic.twitter.com/HrVtnRjhak— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 29, 2021
But there’s way too much of me in this so far, and apparently we figured out a way for Joy and Lady to trigger tweets, which may be a first from actual bears.
A bear obviously did not write that tweet, but it apparently caused the tweet to be sent. This raises several interesting philosophical questions about what it means to be a bear, a human, or to exist at all.
LOL at Ty going through reads and throwing to his second option. Grimes says they expect trick plays to be executed at same level as normal ones, shows here. Ty played QB in high school, looks natural! pic.twitter.com/Oj7OD62mxC— Travis (@Travis_Roeder) October 31, 2021
Tyquan Thornton did more reads on that play than most QBs in our history— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 30, 2021
These are all about the same play, which was Baylor’s first TD of the game. Also from the first half, I believe:
This also happened—Ebner jumped over a guy on a kickoff return.
It has to be incredibly demoralizing as an elite or near-elite athlete to have another athlete literally jump over you during competition.— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 31, 2021
The recruits certainly had a lot to see, and there were a lot of them.
Baylor fans will be happy to know that the entirety of the Line section is full of students and has been for a little while.— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 30, 2021
Appears the BUGWB went with a tribute to our departing friends in the halftime show. pic.twitter.com/NQqZpDtYfW— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 30, 2021
Note: I’m pretty sure I made this up, and our band did not do a tribute to Texas by calling them toxic. Pretty sure.
Tight End handoff TD? pic.twitter.com/hHVlCsWwVl— Jordan Feuerbacher (@JFeuerbacher) October 30, 2021
Gerry doing his thing:
Then Texas did a thing they should not have done.
Dicker should be PISSED they made him do that— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 30, 2021
I was referring, of course, to this:
Texas just ran a fake punt. It didn’t work. pic.twitter.com/pW8nmo5jCv— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) October 30, 2021
Which either directly preceded or followed:
MCLANE IS ROCKING BABY pic.twitter.com/y4x2EhMVcB— WW // B E A R F A N 24/7 (@itshanklol) October 30, 2021
Around the same time, this is what the players were thinking:
jalen pitre on the crowd:— baylor owns texas drake c toll (@drakectoll) October 30, 2021
'i looked around in the third quarter and was like... OH... this is lit.'#sicem
Which also occurred about the same time as this:
I initially used this video about Davion Mitchell during the NCAA Tournament, but it worked again here for what Bernard did on this play. This was basically it for Texas, but I wanted to know more about the OL perspective here. I went to three of our recent greats for how this would go over in film review:
Those lineman are in the dog house from the coach. I know he got called soft at least 30 times. The red coaching laser has circled him 1000 times while the coach is screaming “I DONT COACH THIS”— ✊ ✊ ✊ ✊ (@_bigmo__) October 31, 2021
Sheep tape— Blake Blackmar (@BlackmarBlake) October 31, 2021
That OL will sit through that whole meeting knowing it’s coming like this pic.twitter.com/B07A56TRBv— Blake Blackmar (@BlackmarBlake) October 31, 2021
There’s SEC chants at Baylor as Texas fans pour out of the stadium. Baylor wins 31-24.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) October 30, 2021
There seems to be some confusion about how this developed. It was not Texas fans chanting this. It was Baylor fans. And it was hilarious.
Baylor rebuilt it's program enough to get its coach hired in the NFL, collapsed, then rebuilt itself again before Texas could even do it once— 3 to go (@Oliver_Stacks) October 30, 2021
A complete list of all players with >50 rushing yards in the Baylor-Texas game:— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 30, 2021
Baylor RB Abram Smith (113)
Baylor RB Trestan Ebner (66)#SicEm
I know what you’re thinking—Oh, Bijan Robinson didn’t play, that explains everything! Understandable, but wrong. He did play the entire game.
Baylor held Bijan Robinson to 43 yards on 17 carries. UNBELIEVABLE.— Travis (@Travis_Roeder) October 30, 2021
Aranda got into his bag after the game, as well:
All i know is Dave Aranda is talking about the Berenstain Bears & trying on different hats … everyone is laughing but he is DEAD serious— Niki Lattarulo (@NikiLattarulo) October 30, 2021
This sums up covering the Bears under Coach Aranda, the man loves to make football philosophical #SicEm
And no, he wasn’t joking.
In his postgame press conference, Dave Aranda answered a question about shutting down big plays by referencing the famous football book "Old Hat, New Hat" from the Berenstein (?) Bears.— Jack Allen (@JackAllenKXXV) October 30, 2021
You hear something new every day... #Baylor #SicEm pic.twitter.com/rWOtR30QAE
Now, do you remember when I told you to write down the part about Fazoli’s? This is why. I did not see this tweet when it happened, but put it right behind the Arkansas one on my list of 2021 favorites from after games.
That was GRITTY! Going to celebrate at Fazoli’s. pic.twitter.com/kwYyrCX99W— Eric Mateos (@CoachMateos) October 30, 2021
Even BON had to recognize it, albeit begrudgingly.
But we weren’t done yet.
Came across Bevo in his most delicious form pic.twitter.com/1V3xJFZD8x— ODB (@OurDailyBears) October 30, 2021
a story in photos pic.twitter.com/RnzUJXyjyu— baylor owns texas drake c toll (@drakectoll) October 31, 2021
The Last Word:
I know Baylor fans are having fun with talking smack to Texas, but Texas is really good. @penland365 thought they were easily a top 10-20 team nationally from his review. Baylor beat them pretty handily. I think this Baylor team is solidly in that top 10-15 range right now.— Travis (@Travis_Roeder) October 31, 2021
I agree with all of this and was not joking when I went into my First Look and prediction threads with a lot of trepidation. This was a talented, well-coached (at least on offense) team that would have loved to win that game yesterday. Alas...
Noteworthy Week 9 postgame win expectancies:— Bill Connelly (@ESPN_BillC) October 31, 2021
Purdue > Nebraska 7%!!
BYU > UVA 52%
ND > UNC 57%
Mich St > Michigan 59%
Miami > Pitt 64%
Houston > SMU 78%
Ohio St > Penn St 92%
Auburn > Ole Mis 93%
Wisc > Iowa 95%
Baylor > Texas 95%
Cincy > Tulane 99%
UGA > Florida 100% (duh)
They did not because Baylor did. This is a really good Baylor team we’re seeing, and if people tell you to enjoy it while it lasts, you should!
I know I am.
Oh, and one more thing:
Because these folks are the best.
Part of this week’s video for your viewing pleasure! pic.twitter.com/Ugn2fJLCzQ— #NoCopsNoPrisons (@NKakimoto) October 31, 2021
#SicEm. I’m sure I missed a few things despite my best efforts, so throw them in the comments!