Grammy Performances

With all of the excellent performances scheduled for last night’s Grammy Awards, it was sure memorable and entertaining.  This years Grammy performances mixed country and pop, classics with alternative, and up-and-comers with legends.  That in itself is enough to make you never forget the night!!   There were so many performances that I would have loved to have been there to see, starting with U2, opening the show by performing “Get on Your Boots.”  The next performance by Justin Timberlake and Al Green singing “Let’s Stay Together” would have been the highlight of my career if I were Timberlake.  But even more of an honor for me would have been to be Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, when he had the honor of banging on the drums behind Sir Paul McCartney singing “I Saw Her Standing There.” There were several more performances from this era when Robert Plant and Alison Krauss sing “Gone, Gone, Gone” after performing ”Rich Woman.”  Sugarland performed to a hushed crowd during ”Stay,” which in my opinion was one of the most moving performances of the evening.  There were also several other performers that night,  including Katy Perry, the Jonas Brothers,Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Estelle, M.I.A., Kanye, Lil Wayne, Robin Thicke, Jay Z, T.I., Smokey Robinson, Niel Diamond, Adele, John Mayer, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Keith Urban, “Duke” Fakir, Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, Kenny Chesney, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kid Rock with Billy Powell, Carrie Underwood, Boyz II Men, Teddy Pendergrass, Coldplay and last but definitely not least, Radiohead.

All together these amazing entertainers gave their audience over 3 1/2 hours of soul, love and unforgettable memories, and next year when it rolls around, I hope that I have the ability to go and be a part of it myself!!

Heisman Candidates Win many other Awards on Dec 11th

So the votes are in and in a few short days we will know who the 2008 Heisman winner will be, but in the time being we aren’t wasting any time passing out other awards to these star players. 

Last night, Dec 11th, several awards were given out to these three players.

Florida Quarterback, Tim Tebow, won his second straight Maxwell Award.  Last season this two-time Southeastern Conference player of the year took home the Davey O’Brien, Maxwell, Disney’s Spirit and Sullivan awards.  This year we has already taken home the WuerffelAward, which is awarded to  a college football player who combines exemplary community service with athletics and academic achievement. And then last night became the second in history to become a repeat winner of the Maxwell award.  If we wins the Heisman on Saturday night, he will join Archie Griffin as the only players to become two-time winners of the most prestigious individual award given in college football.

Sam Bradford wasn’t left out of the award ceremonies.  He won the Davey O’Brien Award for top quarterback, beating out Texas’ Colt McCoy and Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell.  Bradford will lead Oklahoma in the national championship against Tebow and the Florida Gators on Jan 8th, 2009.  In the 2008 Bradford led the highest-scoring team in major college football history, while leading the nation in touchdown passes, having the highest passer rating and throwing for 4,464 yards.  Also Bradford is only the second Sooner quarterback to receive this award.

Being a Texas Alumni and living in Austin, we come to my favorite and obvious choice for the Heisman this year, Colt McCoy.  Unfortunately to my surprise, during the December 11th Award Ceremonies he only received one award this year, The Walter Camp Player of the Year, leading the All-American team.  Although previously this week, he won the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Award.

Here’s an interesting fact!!! The last time all the Heisman Finalists were quarterbacks was back in 2001.  This was the year Nebraska’s Eric Crouch won the award and quarterbacks held the first six spots!!!

So back to the Heisman.  We can make our assumptions as to who is the most deserving of this distinguished award or who will take it home, but until Saturday night we won’t know for sure.  But to whoever wins and who ever loses, congratulations to each of you for their your amazing performances and making 2008 a surprising and exciting football season.

UTs Own, Brian Orakpo, Wins the 2008 Lombardi

UT Defensive End Brian Orakpo was named the winner of the 39th annual Rotary Lombardi Award, last night at Hilton’s Americas Hotel in downtown Houston.  Orakpo is only the third winner from UT in history to win this prestigious award, following Kenneth Sims in 1981 and Tony DeGrate in 1984. 

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound senior defensive end is the sixth in the nation with 10 1/2 sacks and is predicted to be a first round NFL draft pick.  In this season alone he has forced four fumbles and had 18 tackles for a loss.  While playing against Oklahoma in October, Orakpo made two sacks, four tackles for a loss and forced a fumble.

He started his career playing football and basketball at Lamar High School in Houston, Texas.  When it came time to enter into college, he decided to concentrate on football.  This decision proved to be the right direction for Orakpo because he was named the AP Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year on December 3rd, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which honors the nation’s top defensive players, on December 7th and the next day her received his college degree from the University of Texas in youth and community studies.

The other finalists for this award in 2008 were as follows:  USC senior linebacker Rey Maulauga, who was named the All-Pac-10 first team for the third straight year; Alabama’s junior left tackle Andre Smith, the only offensive player in the running this year; and Ohio State senior linebacker James Laurinaitis, who is a repeat finalists after being the only junior up for the 38th Rotary Lombardi Award in 2007.

Vote for Colt McCoy to win the Heisman

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Colt McCoy, Quarterback for the Texas Longhorns is the best NCAA football player in 2009, Period! Here are the statistics to prove it:

Stats Overview

Passing

YEAR

CMP

ATT

YDS

CMP%

YPA

LNG

TD

INT

SACK

RAT

2006

217

318

2570

68.2

8.08

72

29

7

14

161.82

2007

276

424

3303

65.1

7.79

62

22

18

24

139.16

2008

291

375

3445

77.6

9.19

91

32

7

20

179.20

Projected

291

375

3445

77.6

9.19

91

32

7

20

179.20

2008 Regular Season Game Log

Passing

Rushing

DATE

OPP

RESULT

CMP

ATT

YDS

CMP%

LNG

TD

INT

RAT

ATT

YDS

AVG

LNG

TD

8/30

Florida Atlantic

W 52-10

24

29

222

82.8

31

3

0

181.20

12

103

8.6

25

1

9/6

@UTEP

W 42-13

20

29

282

69.0

39

4

1

189.27

5

8

1.6

6

0

9/13

Arkansas

Postponed

Did Not Play or did not accumulate any stats.

9/20

Rice

W 52-10

19

23

329

82.6

60

4

0

260.15

8

83

10.4

24

1

9/27

Arkansas

W 52-10

17

19

185

89.5

27

3

0

223.37

9

84

9.3

35

2

10/4

@Colorado

W 38-14

23

30

262

76.7

65

2

2

158.69

11

39

3.5

13

0

10/11

@Oklahoma

W 45-35

28

35

277

80.0

37

1

0

155.91

14

31

2.2

18

0

10/18

Missouri

W 56-31

29

32

337

90.6

38

2

0

199.71

11

23

2.1

9

2

10/25

Oklahoma State

W 28-24

38

45

391

84.4

34

2

1

167.65

10

41

4.1

12

1

11/1

@Texas Tech

L 39-33

20

34

294

58.8

91

2

1

144.99

13

16

1.2

27

0

11/8

Baylor

W 45-21

26

37

300

70.3

40

5

2

172.16

8

21

2.6

7

0

11/15

@Kansas

W 35-7

24

34

255

70.6

36

2

0

153.00

16

78

4.9

25

1

11/27

Texas A&M

W 49-9

23

28

311

82.1

68

2

0

199.01

11

49

4.5

16

2

Show your support by voting for Colt McCoy to win the Heisman at: http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/theheismanvote/index

BET Awards

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Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson were among the winners at Tuesdays BET Awards. The event, which honors black actors, singers, and sports stars was held in Los Angeles, CA.

Other winners included Lebron James (male athlete of the year), Serena Williams (female athlete of the year). Diana Ross was given a lifetime achievement award for her contributions in the music industry.