BOMAR KICKED OFF TEAM; PHIL STEELE, ATHLON REQUEST DO-OVER - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - OK, SMQ sometimes - not daily, or even that frequently, but sometimes - pulls late-night sessions poring half-consciously over primitive columnar legal pads, systematically filling in miniscule boxes with nearly unreadable, multiply-scratched out numbers with no coherence or significance whatsoever outside of his own brain, all in an effort to come up with the best possible predictions by which to be shamed throughout this upcoming season. This is tenuous and futile, every other mark brutally second-guessed as circular logic climbs further inside its own arbitrary conclusions (Nate Longshore's back, Jeff Tedford has coached a lot of pretty good quarterbacks - Cal all the way, baby!) and scenarios teetering on a house of cards, a two-hour-long Jenga game of coin flip decisions made and recorded weeks earlier.
So maybe you can understand why his first thought when he read this was concern for its virtual nullification of the numbers he's assigned Oklahoma and its opponents:
This is not a one-man, 31-point effort towards the Fulmer Cup, but it should cause some massive palpitations north of the Red River and some rejoicing to the south, where Texas can now match the Sooners' quarterback experience right around zero-zero. And submarines pretty much all of that already overwrought Oklahoma Number One stuff.
Peter, in a bit of the predictable schadenfreude, has already hailed the beginning of the Paul Thompson Era, but the second spot on the depth chart after the Spring actually belongs to JUCO signee Joey Halzle, who, according to his profile on an old rivals site for Michigan recruiting, is big (6-4, 215) and runs a 4.58.
- - - - - Meet Joey Halzle, America
But Bomar could move a little, too, and he was pegged as the top recruit in the country at any position entering school two years ago and still couldn't keep any defense his first season from deploying every possible resource to keep Adrian Peterson and Adrian Peterson's Bum Ankle at the bottom of as many piles of wallowing giants as possible - how's this JUCO kid nobody's ever heard of going to suddenly reinstitute a passing game here? Bomar was supposed to make that leap this year, and instead it's the same learning curve all over.
Which is exactly the case, as well, for SMQ's forthcoming predictions.
FWIW, the talk in Norman is that it's gonna be Thompson. With Bomar starting, they wanted to keep Thompson on the field; with Bomar gone, they feel their best shot at getting something strong this season is to see what they can do with Thompson.
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And don't let the name fool ya - second guessing the phenomenal athletic feats and split-second decisions of college kids under extreme physical duress is for every day of the week.
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