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June 29, 2014

Breaking down the Big 12

For What It's Worth ... My take on Texas Football's 2014 predictions, Part 1

By CLINT FOSTER

Go tell it on the mountain, football season is on the way! 

As I wrote last Sunday, I know this to be true because – as I have done every year for as long as I can remember and usually with my grandfather – I recently made my annual pilgrimage to pick up my copy of "the Bible of Texas Football," Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine.

Even now, as the magazine sits upon my desk, this year's coverboy Art Briles stares at me – somewhat uncomfortably – reminding me that the most wonderful season of the year is a mere two months away.

Having poured through the pages more than once, I'm ready to offer my opinion on ... well, Dave's opinions. Consider this column the first of a two-part series: today I'll give my thoughts on the Big 12 season to come and next week I'll offer my thoughts on the ever-interesting Writer's Poll – which the folks at Texas Football have still inexplicably yet to ask me to participate in. What's with them, right?

As it was last year, this year's incarnation of the Big 12 looks to be as wide open as ever and should make for another very fun season. As I see it, any of the teams in the league's preseason top seven have a legitimate shot of making a run at a title. It's the kind of parity that has built reputation for the Big 12 as one of – if not the most – competitive conference in all of college football, even if the schools don't always get the same benefit of the doubt given to so many SEC schools. But that's a conversation for another day.

As they often are, Texas Football's Big 12 predictions this year are pretty fair and sensible. They have the Oklahoma Sooners winning the title, followed by Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, TCU, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Iowa State, West Virginia and Kansas.

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  • FB Gordon at Strawn b8.jpg FWIW: Good, clean hate – Ranking the area's best rivalry games of the 2014 football season

    By CLINT FOSTER

    Football season is fast approaching and with it those glorious games between teams that love to hate each other, which we call rivalries.

    I'm speaking, of course, about sports hate – the only beautiful kind. It's the stuff built on history and tradition that inspires simply the fiercest and most entertaining games of every season.

    Palo Pinto County and the surrounding area have no shortage of fierce football rivalries.

    The University Interscholastic League's realignment often causes new rivalries to be born and old ones to be rekindled. But which rivalries are the area's very best for 2014? The one's you circle your calendar for and make sure you don't miss.

    I can think of at least 10.

    So, for what it's worth, here's my list of the area's best, can't-miss football rivalries of the upcoming 2014 season.

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  • Local Bowlers Roundup set for first weekend of August

    Mineral Wells Women's Bowling Alliance invites you to join them Aug. 3 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Mountaineer Lanes for their second annual Bowlers Roundup. The event will feature snacks, tips from the pros, information on league bowling and two hours of great exercise.

    July 18, 2014

  • Abigail Barber winner 25yd backstroke IMG_0198.jpg Something in the water

    Mineral Wells is well known as the home of Crazy Water, and by all accounts the city's swim team went absolutely berserk in their one and only home meet of the summer on Saturday. 

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • IMG_9853.JPG What offseason?

    Throughout the summer, the Mineral Wells Rams have been hard at work preparing for football season.

    July 13, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hooks and Slices 7/11

    In the Holiday Hills Country Club Guys and Dolls tournament, locals Denny and Sherry Hall turned in rounds of 77 and 73 to take first place in the opening round and second place on Sunday in the fourth flight. George and Linda Hutton turned in two solid rounds to place both days. The twosome shot 71 and 72 to take first place on Saturday and second place on Sunday in the second flight. 

    July 11, 2014

  • cheer pic 2014.jpeg Cheer up!

    GRAPEVINE – The Mineral Wells High School cheerleaders attended the Universal Cheerleaders' Association's cheer camp in Grapevine two weeks ago and proved that spirit will definitely be high at every Rams and Lady Rams sporting event this coming school year.

    July 9, 2014 2 Photos

  • Denise Lee.jpg Millsap selects Lee as new head volleyball coach

    MILLSAP – The board of trustees at Millsap ISD recently announced their hire of Denise Lee as the new head volleyball coach for Millsap High School.

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • Waldrum leads the way in MW's latest swim meet

    TROPHY CLUB – The Mineral Wells Water Moccasins city swim team took to the pool once again June 28 and showed valiant effort against some tough competition at its latest meet in Trophy Club.

    July 7, 2014

  • FWIW logo.jpg Polling mishap

    As I've written the last two weeks, Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine is on shelves and, more importantly, in my office. Can you tell I'm excited for football season?

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Burke, Carter, Fisher among young standouts at early MW summer track meets

    Two meets are in the books for the Mineral Wells Summer Track Club and already many young athletes have risen to the top alongside their varsity counterparts as the apparent track stars of the future.

    July 3, 2014

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