As regular readers of my blog know, Dan Jenkins of Ft. Worth is my favorite sportswriter, bar none (previous posts on Jenkins are here, here, here, here and here). In this interesting David Barron article that explores where the 2005 edition of the Texas Longhorn team fits among the great teams of the past in the Horns’ legendary football program, Jenkins makes the following hilarious observation about the 2005 Texas team and its star quarterback, Vince Young:
“Even if this team wins it all, the whole deal, in my mind it won’t be the best Longhorn team of all time. That’s because this team is led by an alien, not a human, and its biggest threat is a busted play where the alien goes back to pass, can’t find a receiver, then runs over everybody for a touchdown.”
“If Vince Young carried the ball on every play, Texas would win games 85-0. But that’s not a team, it’s a group of undistinguished guys led by a monster from outer space. Nobody outside of Austin can name another player on the 2005 team, other than, maybe, Jammal Charles. Nobody.”
My vote for the best Horns team was the 1968 team, which lost and tied a game before Coach Darrell Royal said “what the hell” and switched to the Wishbone offense. After that key move, the ’68 Longhorns dominated the remainder of their opponents in a manner unequaled by any of the Horns’ national championship teams.