NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game of Week – Texas Longhorns Vs Arkansas Razorbacks

DOG COMMENTARY: The 1980-81 Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team came into the season after losing their entire starting back-court of George Turner, Ron Baxter and John Danks…..which were also the 1st, 2nd and 5th leading scorers on the team….who were also their entire senior leadership from the year prior…..so, 1980-81 was a rebuilding year for…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns Vs SMU Mustangs – 2nd Half

DOG COMMENTARY:  The 1979-80 Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team had lost 4 starters from the team that won the N.I.T. as well as two SWC (Southwest Conference) titles over the past two years….meaning the only returning starter was F Ron Baxter….who was in his senior season at Texas…. after being a four year starter for…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns Vs SMU Mustangs – 1st Half

DOG ASIDE: LaSalle Thompson, the behemoth center for the 1980 University of Texas Longhorns Men’s Basketball team was a frequent visitor at Bone Daddy’s bar, Madison Square Garden, The Sports Place at 302 E. 6th Street in Austin, TX….whereby each time that he came in the doors….he’d ask Bone Daddy to put on current Longhorns basketball…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns VS Arkansas Razorbacks – 2nd Half

DOG COMMENTARY: Bone Daddy tells the story about taking Rags Murphy….only the best “fan ragger” in the history of sports fandom….to the Texas Longhons men’s basketball games at the University of Texas Erwin Center every time they played against the University of Arkansas Razorbacks from 1976 thru 1982….for these two teams were coached by two legends of…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game of Week – Texas Longhorns VS Arkansas Razorbacks

DOG ASIDE:  One of the truly great rivalries in college basketball was the one between Coach Abe Lemons of the University of Texas mens basketball verses Coach Eddie Sutton of the University of Arkansas mens team….as there were many articles about Abe vs Eddie written between 1977 and 1983.  Eddie Sutton took over the helm…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns VS SMU Mustangs – 1st Half

DOG ASIDE:  The 1979 – 80 Texas Longhorn mens basketball starting five including G Fred Carson, G John Danks, G Ron Baxter (the Horns played a 3-guard tandem), F Bill Wendlandt and C LaSalle Thompson….along with 6th man F/C Rob Cunningham….were a really close-knit group who enjoyed coming together as a group to The Sports Place, Madison…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns VS SMU Mustangs – 2nd Half

DOG COMMENTARY:  Bone Daddy started on his path to becomming a Sportsphile as a 9 year old outfielder for the Braves of the Central Little League in Midland, Texas in 1956….for this path to being distinguished as the Original Sportsphile continued to grow and fourish from the mid-1950’s all the way to when he graduated…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of The Week – Texas Longhorns VS Arkansas Razorbacks – 2nd Half

DOG COMMENTARY: No matter how you cut the pie….for six (6) seasons from 1976 – 1982….Southwest Conference basketball experienced a rivalry for the ages between two (2) legendary coasches in college basketball…..Abe Lemons and Eddie Sutton,,,,for when these two men crossed paths in the old Southwest Conference while Sutton was at the helm of the Arkansas…

NCAAM Basketball – 1980 – SWC Game Of Week – Texas Longhorns VS Arkansas Razorbacks – 1st Half

DOG COMMENTARY: I have often heard great stories from Bone Daddy regarding the intense rivalry in basketball in the Southwest Conference during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s between Coach Abe Lemons and his Texas Longhorns verses Eddie Sutton and his Arkansas Razorbacks. In 1978 and 1979….it was the Razorbacks famous “triplet guards” combination of Ron Brewer, Marvin…