Disappointing piece on Texas Tech football, by Moneyball author Michael Lewis, in the New York Times Sunday Magazine. The focus is on this year's version of the Run-and-Shoot, or how the Red Raiders are able to compile the best offensive numbers in football by playing a joke schedule, in a weak conference. Their blow-out loss to Texas (ie., their one real opponent) is glossed over; 80% of the rest is the author's dull take on game preparation.
Come to think of it, TTech usually gets blown out by the real teams in the Big 12. Their non-conference slate this season included SMU and two non-Division 1 opponents, and their one big win in recent years, the 2004 Holiday Bowl, was against a disinterested, banged-up, demoralized CAL team that seemed to be playing as if it was engaged in a sit-down strike against the BCS. Lewis, a fine writer when the topic isn't his wife or concubines, has to guard against going down the Halberstam path of sportswriting while he's still young.