Football Watch

Horns lose embarrassingly to UCLA, and more

The good ol' days: McCoy to Shipley
The good ol' days: McCoy to Shipley (Photo courtesy of UT)

The unranked and previously unimpressive UCLA Bruins rolled into town and embarrassed UT in front of their home crowd to the tune of 34-12. The soon-to-be 3-3 Horns have proven that they can do a lot more wrong than right, and with Oklahoma on neutral ground this weekend and then a trip to face a strong Nebraska team in Lincoln, it's going to get much worse before it gets better. You might as well sell those Red River Rivalry tickets and donate the cash to charity, even if that charity happens to be your favorite Downtown bar. Things Texas needs: a running game(!), a play-making wide receiver, to clone Sam Acho several times over, and the return of Vince Young (or Colt McCoy; I don't think the NFL would miss either one very much). Vs. Oklahoma: Sat., 2:30pm. Cotton Bowl. TV: ABC; radio: 1300AM and 98.1FM.

Cowboys 27, Texans 13: The weekend wasn't much better for Texans fans, but the Cowboys faithful can breathe a sigh of relief entering their bye week at 1-2. The 2-1 Texans' young secondary has been torn apart all season, and Tony Romo had no problem picking up where Manning and McNabb left off. They weren't burned by the talents of Miles Austin or 2010 first-round pick Dez Bryant but by underachieving ex-Longhorn Roy Williams, who caught five passes for 117 yards and two TDs. Keep in mind the Texans were playing without defensive stud Brian Cushing and left tackle Duane Brown, both of them out due to suspensions for violating the league's drug policy. If Houston can come out of Oakland with a win, which they should, Texans fans should be thrilled with a 3-1 start without Cushing that includes a season-opening win over the Colts and a stunning come-from-behind overtime victory on the road vs. the Redskins. Andre Johnson (ankle) looks to be a game-time decision this Sunday, 3pm, CBS. Upset predictions of the week: I like the Rams plus one at home (if Stephen Jackson plays) vs. the Seahawks and the Bears plus four over the Giants on the road.

Area Bars and the Football Teams/Fans They Cater To

Aussie's catered to Browns fans last year but is focusing more on the Texans and Cowboys this season. 306 Barton Springs Rd., 480-0952.

B.D. Riley's Irish Pub is the place go if you're a fan of Tom Brady's tresses or his football team, the Patriots. 204 E. Sixth, 494-1335.

Bikinis Sports Bar & Grill (both locations) is a straight-up Steelers bar. 6901 N. I-35, 454-2247; 214 E. Sixth, 469-0001.

Billy's on Burnet is the "unofficial Packers bar of Austin." 2105 Hancock Dr., 407-9305.

Black Sheep Lodge has a good contingent of Saints, Redskins, Vikings, Texans, and Titans fans. 2108 S. Lamar, 707-2744.

Hog Island Italian Deli hosts Eagles watch parties. 1612 Lavaca, 482-9090.

Shoal Creek Saloon is the home of the Saints. 909 N. Lamar, 474-0805.

The Tavern sees a lot of Steelers and Ravens fans show up for NFL Sundays. 922 W. 12th, 320-8377.

Third Base Round Rock caters to Giants, Chargers, and Steelers fans. 3107 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/388-2273.

Third Base South Park Meadows is the place to be for Saints, Vikings, and Steelers supporters. 9600 S. I-35, 381-2273.

Third Base Downtown has a good group for the Texans, Saints, and Vikings and generally a "pretty mixed" crowd. 1717 W. Sixth, 476-2273.

The Warehouse Saloon & Billiards sees a lot of Vikings fans, among others. I've also heard Dolphins and Bears fans have been known to congregate there. 509 E. Ben White, 443-8799.

Weirdos is a Chargers bar. 12408 MoPac N., 291-6703.

Hit me up at gameplans@austinchronicle with additional info.

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