Friday, August 18, 2006

The Winner of the Losers: Win or Lose Baylor Still Won

Before every football season it is important for the faithful of the B to remind everyone that we are winners. Not in a new age, we are all winners way, but more of a we may lose individual battles but we won the war way. In the early nineties, well before any of us were born, there was a battle for the soul of athletics in Texas. The old world alliance, formed during the first year of the War to End All Wars, brought peace and prosperity to the member schools for eighty-one years. Although there were defections and arguments the nucleus of the conference held firm and imposed its collective will on the civilized football-playing world. However, that all ended in the mid-nineties, hastened along by the defection of Judas, aka Arkansas, in 1992 to the non-Texas centric world of the SEC. The Southwest Conference was to be no more.

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Suddenly, the empire began to crumple. UT and the Agriculturalists were silently plotting to leave for the Big Eight and abandon the B. That is until lieutenant governor/Baylor grad Bob Bullock, smelled what the state’s two largest schools were cooking. He gathered the conspirators of the Football Ides of March and demanded answers. He advocated the B’s position and emphasized the negative effects on the community in Waco. He also suggested that he would smite them with the gavel of Judge Baylor if they thought of leaving behind his precious B. Within four days of learning of this assassination plot Bullock had destroyed the will of the leadership of UT and the Agriculturalists with alternating offers of increased funding and threats to destroy their universities. The schools had no choice but to back down to the astronomical power wielded by him and then Governor Ann Richards ('54). The war was won and the B was victorious. On February 24, 1994, V-Tx Day, Baylor stood at the summit of football power.

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Baylor became the only private school to join the Big 12. The leftovers of the Southwest Conference, TCU, SMU, Rice, and Houston, were left to feed off the scraps of inferior conferences. The B knew that going forward, no matter how many games were lost, they were still winners. They were still a member of a conference that automatically receives a BCS berth. Every year, win or lose, a national championship contender has to come into their humble home and beat them on the way to a title shot. Hold that head up Baylor, the season has not yet begun, but we have already won.

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[Update: This thread discusses the most significant figure in recent BU history and touches on the entry into the Big12. This Dallas Morning News article discusses Bullock, Reynolds, and Richards involvement in joining the Big12. - Eds.]

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  • There are definitely a lot of sour grapes around the former SWC schools. Sorry boys, but the Bears are the champions, my friend. And we'll keep on fighting till the end.

    By Blogger Red Andrews, at 11:41 AM  

  • What is this propaganda? Wow, you are delusional!

    Maybe Im wrong, but the money Mr. Bullock thought Waco and your school would get by having you in the Big 12 has never really come. Other than baseball and lady basketball you have yet to be champions of anything!

    You (waco) would honestly be better suited being in a "lesser" conference because you will have better chances of going to more bowls! More bowls = more money for the school and waco.

    As it stands, Waco is still were it was in the early 90's. Run-down and desolate!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:11 AM  

  • You, sir, are a moron. Baylor gets tons of money because they are in a BCS conference. Regardless of whether they EVER make it to a bowl game of any importance, Baylor gets an equal share of BCS game money every single year. They can not win a game for the next five years, and they will get a fat check at the end of each season because one of the other schools of their conference went to one of the big bowl games. Do a little research before spouting off, junior.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:14 PM  

  • Baylor shmaylor...what a bore. I hope you guys finish last every single season. UH should have gotten in the Big 12 instead...oh wait whats that? 12th Ranked team in the Nation as of 10/1/2009! Something Baylor can never even dream of being!!! Have fun being the laughing stock of the Big 12.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:40 AM  

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