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Volume 71, Issue 148, Thursday, July 6, 2006

Sports

Lincoln offers some bragging potential

Judge Dredd

Chris Elliott

It would be absolutely unheard of to attend or watch an Astros game without hearing some Texas alumni commenting on how Roger Clemens is the best pitcher ever, and since he was drafted out of UT, it makes the Longhorns some kind of godlike team. Well, to a non-UT alumnus, that can get old quickly. 

Even though Clemens is the man, all that UT talk can generate some animosity. But who knows, two decades or so from now, UH alumni could be on the receiving end of the green monster's rage. 



Brad Lincoln, who has the potential to be the next Roger Clemens, could give UH bragging rights for years to come.
 
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Monday, former UH ace Brad Lincoln received the Brooks Wallace National Player of the Year Award. Lincoln has taken nearly every college baseball award there is to win. 

After about one to three years in the minors, we will likely be able to make our analysis and comparison between other college greats when the Pirates prospect makes his first mound appearance. He could have one of those fascinating rookie seasons where you can't turn on ESPN without hearing his name, or he could be one of those guys who takes about four years to come into his own. Either way it goes, I seriously doubt he will be a bust. 

It's just a matter of time until UH alumni will be watching a World Series match-up and loudly drawing attention to how Lincoln once attended the same school as they did. Just like the UT alumni before us, we will not let the chance to rub in how great it feels to have walked the same ground as a Cy Young award winner and future baseball hall of famer. 

Who knows -- 20 years from now, some knuckle-baller out of Texas Christian could be a nominee for the Brad Lincoln Pitcher of the Year Award.
 

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