Hindsight is +20: Looking Ahead (and Back) at College Football's Early Gambling Lines (UPDATE)

This post, first written on August 28, was updated on September 26.

If you were a betting man, you would have made some money taking Baylor against Texas last December 3. The Bears were favored by as many as 15 points, and beat the Longhorns 30-10.

James H. Evans’s Ranch Project

Photographer James H. Evans’s favorite shoes are a pair of black, leather wingtips that he spray-painted bronze. He wears them nearly every day, usually with a dark suit, an ensemble that makes a certain sense when he’s shooting wintertime portraits in Marathon, where he lives, but less when he’s photographing landscapes in summer in nearby Big Bend National Park, where temperatures can hit 100 degrees by ten a.m.

The Checklist

Made In Texas: Art, Life & Culture, 1845–1900” (Beeville Art Museum, September 20–January 10, 2015)  
This exhibition of nineteenth-century decorative arts, paintings, and household items—most on loan from Houston’s Bayou Bend Collection but some from private collections previously unseen by the public—includes ant traps, a steer-horn rocking chair, a sauerkraut press, and something called a “poultry fountain.” Yes, life was differen

Rio Grande Valley Girl

Cristela Alonzo grew up outside McAllen in the sort of poverty that most of us can hardly imagine; for a while, her mother had to cook meals for Alonzo and her three siblings on a portable space heater. Today, the 35-year-old stand-up comic has risen far above her destitute childhood. She’s one of the most popular comedians on the college circuit, has appeared on Conan O’Brien’s late-night talk show, and had her own half-hour special on Comedy Central. This month she’ll take her biggest leap.

The Texanist

Q: I am an avid player of Words With Friends. Although proper nouns are not allowed, the word “Texas” is accepted but the word “Texan” is not. How can this possibly be? I think this is a travesty that should be rectified.
Darlene Thompson, League City

Sarrels Archery

The 750- square-foot shop behind Bob Sarrels’s Manchaca home is a bow hunter’s dream. A shoulder mount of Peaches, a 275-pound wild hog—and the star of Sarrels’s most thrilling hunting story—presides over his desk. Rows of traditional bows, handmade from exotic woods like cocobolo, pau ferro, and Osage orange, line the walls of his small office. As Clint Black’s “Killin’ Time” plays on the radio, a friend (and fellow bow maker) drops by to use the shop’s band saw.


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