Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

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…