Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

Blackwell: Here he comes…there he goes

Jerrod Heard scores a TD on Cal with 1:11 remaining. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Our seats were on the north end of DKR, about midway up, diagonal to the back northwest corner of the end zone. It was September of 2015, a night game, and my son Miles and I were thrilled with the view. He had just turned 12.

Before this game against California, we had only been to blowouts, so he had never truly heard an electric DKR before. But this night was different; this was the night Jerrod Heard’s grandkids will hear about someday. Oh, and it will be quite a story.

Keaontay Ingram is happening

Keaontay Ingram (Will Gallagher/IT)

The play took just under seven seconds or so. Six-point-seven-eight seconds, to be exact. A simple handoff, like thousands of others you’ve seen. Ball is shotgun-snapped to the quarterback, quarterback hands ball to running back. Simple.

And then, Keaontay Ingram happened.

Dazed and confused

Jeffrey McCulloch (Will Gallagher/IT)

Austin has kept it weird for decades, and recently this ever-growing hamlet of the bizarre celebrated the 25th – yes, 25th – anniversary of the Capitol city-produced classic movie, Dazed and Confused.

Progress at a high price

Texas flag. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The story of former Texas football player Greg Ploetz is an inspiring one, a portrait of great accomplishments brushed alongside aching sadness. In a world that insists upon black-and-white absolutes – right and wrong, good and bad, love and hate – Ploetz’s tale will always be painted in gray strokes.

Summer thoughts

Andrew Jones (Will Gallagher/IT)

Two of my daughters graduated high school the other day, so my thoughts are all over the place, and if you walk by me and say hello, I might start crying. Using this notes column as a bit of therapy…humor me…