Author Archives: Mike Blackwell

Spring game fuzzy focus

Collin Johnson (Will Gallagher/IT)

Being “of a certain age” means that when I was younger, and my mind wandered and deflected from here to there, I wasn’t “diagnosed” with anything. Someone hollering “Calm your ass down!” was my verbal Ritalin.

What do you want, Mr. Commissioner?

John Burt. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The NCAA hasn’t revealed the news just yet, but I will soon be named as the organization’s new Commissioner Of All Things (COAT).

As such, I need to go ahead and lay out a few of my first items of business, once the NCAA makes the news official.

Found in translation

Tom Herman at his first spring practice of 2017 (Joe Cook/IT)

Tom Herman is the “new guy” around here, so consequently, he needs a translator. Since I’ve been occupying this particular space for more than 12 years now, I’m uniquely qualified for the role, and am thus hiring myself. You’re welcome.

Blackwell: Enjoy NCAA vs. Ole Miss

Texas flag. (Will Gallagher/IT)

The video is about 21 minutes long, and probably best viewed in fast forward, without audio. Three very serious men in dark blazers, sitting behind a clean blue table, are reading apologies, looking for all the world like they wish they could strip off their blazers and head to The Grove for a julep.

Blackwell: Just Do Something

John Burt. (Will Gallagher/IT)

Your high school son – let’s call him Luke – is 6-3, 215 pounds and can throw a football with the violence of John Elway and the touch of Tom Brady. He’s good-looking like his momma, who he loves dearly, of course. He’s smart, too, a teammate more coveted than ice cream in July.