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July 6, 2014

Polling mishap

For What It's Worth ... My answers to Texas Football's 2014 Writer's Poll

By CLINT FOSTER

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?

Last Sunday, I gave my take on the Big 12 for the 2014 season and now, as promised, I will offer my answers to the magazine's famous Writer's Poll – a feature which I was unscrupulously not asked to participate in this year.

No hard feelings, though. Dave Campbell's loss is your gain. 

So without further ado, for what it's worth, here's my take on Texas Football's 10 Writer's Poll questions for 2014.

Q: Coming off its first Big 12 Championship, will Baylor be a mainstay in the top tier of the conference?

Let me put it this way, I don't see the Bears winning back-to-back Big 12 titles – I think their defense will prevent them from doing that – but there's no reason to believe Baylor won't be a staple in the top half of the conference for years to come. With a new stadium, flashy offense and a new Big 12 trophy on the shelf, Baylor is the new thing all the "cool kids" are into and it's reflecting in recruiting. Regardless of any of my personal opinions, Art Briles is a fantastic coach and will undoubtedly keep the Bears very competitive for as long as he's there, and that should be for a long time into the foreseeable future.

Q: How will Charlie Strong fair in his first year at Texas?

There will be growing pains. You're delusional if you don't think so. But there is no doubt in my mind that Strong was simply the perfect hire for the Longhorns and if boosters can be patient he will have them back as regulars in the national title conversation sooner rather than later. As for this year, the defense should be stout, but with major questions under center the offense will be prohibitive to the 'Horns making any real noise. Don't get me wrong, I'd be stunned if Texas doesn't finish in the top five of the conference this year, but a Big 12 championship in Strong's first year may be asking a bit much.

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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.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • 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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