I have been reading at virtually every turn about how embarrassingly horrendous the 2011-12 UT athletic season was. And if you read something often enough, you start to believe it.
But as a kid who grew up in the 1980s (pretty sorry) and attended UT in the early-to-mid 1990s (not much better), I know what horrendous looks like. Finally, I had to stop and ask myself: Was 2011-12 really THAT BAD? So last Saturday morning at 4 a.m. I did what any other insomniac sports fan would do: Waste valuable sleep time by doing some meaningless research.
My question: How many other schools besides UT had a football team that won its bowl game, men's and women's basketball teams that made it into the NCAA tourney, and a baseball team that ... well ... at least finished above .500?
The answer: FOUR -- Baylor (the Baptists' best year since The Great Awakening), Florida (S-E-C! S-E-C!), Michigan State and Purdue.
So even though we can all agree that 2011-12 was well below the incredibly high standard we have grown accustomed to, our Longhorns still managed to accomplish something only four other schools could do. How's that for perspective?
Just thought I'd share my findings with my fellow BC readers. I know it made me feel better.