Thursday, July 31, 2008

What Rockets Fans Have to Look Forward To

I'm sorry to interrupt with some basketball talk, but this is just too funny not to post.

Report: Artest replies to Yao, seeks 'commitment' from Rockets

The potential trade of Ron Artest to the Houston Rockets may have gotten off on the wrong foot over comments made by Artest's potential teammate, Yao Ming, about Artest's stormy past.

A day after the Rockets and Sacramento Kings agreed in principle to a deal sending Artest to Houston for Bobby Jackson, Donte Greene and a first-round draft pick, Yao expressed concerns about team chemistry to the Houston Chronicle and referenced Artest's involvement in the 2004 brawl with Pistons fans.

"Hopefully, he's not fighting anymore and going after a guy in the stands," Yao said, according to the Chronicle.

When asked about those comments, Artest said Yao had bought into "all the propaganda" about him, according to The Sacramento Bee.

"I understand what Yao said, but I'm still ghetto," Artest said, according to the report. "That's not going to change. I'm never going to change my culture. Yao has played with a lot of black players, but I don't think he's ever played with a black player that really represents his culture as much as I represent my culture. Once Yao Ming gets to know me, he'll understand what I'm about."................

Hilarious. Full disclosure though, I would have loved him on the mavs.

Gator

5 questions with Marvin White

Morning Clips

Lack of experience may hurt New Mexico
-Time to start focusing on week 1, more UNM news will appear here in the coming weeks

Top Game of '08
-I like that teams are already planning their gimmicks for us

TCU hires women's basketball assistant

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Religious Intolerance

Pretty sure these FLDS babes didn't make the BYU brochure

"The Network" recently did an article discussing the most hated teams in each conference and for the MWC they chose, naturally, BYU. Their main argument is that BYU could be the most hated non BCS team in the entire country because they've actually won a national championship (although when you don't beat one top25 team and also get to play with grown ass 26 year old athletes, perhaps the feat is a little more reachable, no?) Ed. Note: What do 1935 and 1938 do for ya, eh?

Personally, I thought the Frogs might at least get a little bit of honorable mention love in this one since we're that team that joined the conference despite being nowhere near any mountainous topography and opting to run the conference tables during our first year in the league despite where we were picked to finish. But, I guess if you have to take it as a whole, our post SWC conference allegiance is Petrino at best, so we wouldn't really be eligible for any such distinctions.
Full article here.

http://myespn.go.com/blogs/ncfnation?tag=Hate

Also, if you're looking for this seasons hottest in styles in smocks and magic underpants, this is your site

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Morning Clips

Who needs to play well

Hate Meter: The Mountain West

Redskins waive former TCU defensive tackle

How To Put Your Wife In Her Place When She Won't Listen

When Drunks Meet Cops: 5 Oscar-Worthy Performances

Brought to you by the guys at Holy Taco, here are five videos of drunken cop encounters that you've most likely seen and will never forget.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Sacheck and Woolf advance to U.S. Amateur Championships

James Sacheck (The Woodlands, Texas | Zionsville H.S.) and Travis Woolf (Fort Worth, Texas | Paschal H.S.) will each make an appearance at the 108th U.S. Amateur Championships in Pinehurst, N.C., after the duo qualified by finishing first and second at the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier last weekend.

Sacheck - who will be make his fourth consecutive appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championships - captured the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier at Southern Oaks Golf Club last weekend with a 36-hole score of 132.

Woolf will be making his first appearance at the U.S. Amateur Championships as the Fort Worth product recorded a two-round tally of 135 en route to securing a berth in Pinehurst.

Jordan Woolf (Fort Worth, Texas | Arlington H.S.) finished third overall at the U.S. Amateur Sectional Qualifier with a score of 140 and will be an alternate for the event slated next month.

The 108th U.S. Amateur Championships will be held from August 18th-24th at the Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 located in Pinehurst, N.C.

Kincaid's Stays


Bud Kennedy Article

Morning Clips

Fitch gets call

NY Times: The Quad Countdown #33

TCU's new business school dean returns to roots

Friday, July 25, 2008

Todd Jones' Game By game Assessment

Check it here at College Football Top Ten

ESPN Shows MWC Basketball Some Love


For some unknown reason, the folks at ESPN decided to write about something other than football this week. In what must've been an exhaustive, EXTREMELY tedious task, they ranked all 300-some odd NCAA Division I Men's Basketball programs in terms of what they've accomplished since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.
Despite the Best Dressed Coach in America's best efforts to sink TCU to the bottom of such a ranking, the Frogs come in tied with UC-Santa Barbara at #138. That was good enough for the sixth-best ranking in the MWC, where UNLV's #8 was the conference's best followed by Utah at #24.
In case you're wondering, Duke took the top spot in the poll, followed by their neighbors and arch-nemesis, North Carolina, YAWN. Based on the collective team rankings, the D-I conferences were then ranked #1-#31 (there are THIRTY-ONE conferences?!?!). The Mountain West came in at #6, one spot ahead of the Pac 10 and just one space behind the Big 12. Not bad! Where did Conference USA rank, you might ask? How about #13, one spot behind the Colonial Athletic Association.
If you want to peruse the entire rankings, you can find them at: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3500721

#17 Aaron Schobel



Schobel was a terror to any and all offenses that faced. He will always be known as one of the greatest defensive ends to play for the Frogs. Schobel was a three time All-Conference Player from '98 - '00, and was also the WAC Defensive Player of Year in 2000.

His name is all over the TCU defensive record books. Most notably as the Frog's all time career sack leader (31). He is also first in yards lost tackling for a career (315); second on the sacks in a season (10 in '99); third in yards lost tackling in a season (113 in '98); and third in sack yardage in a season (65 in '98). As we all know, Aaron has gone on to great things in the NFL, racking up 67 sacks,2 picks, and two pro bowl appearances in his seven seasons with the bills.

Up next, this player overlapped with Aaron on the other side of the defense line for the 2000 season.

Morning Clips

Charting the predicted major college football conference champions
Mountain West: BYU
The Cougars went 11-2 and 8-0 in the conference last year with an offense that averaged 442.8 yards per game and 30.1 points. That offense returns 10 starters, only having to replace the center. There seems to be no reason they should not repeat as champions, and they have a chance to make a case for a BCS bowl if they go 11-1 or 12-0 with nonconference games against UCLA and Washington. The two major issues holding them back are the loss of eight starters on a defense that only gave up 18 points per game last year, and their two toughest conference games, Utah and TCU, are on the road.

At TCU clinic, women learn football and standard cliche

Frogs Basketball to play Colorado in Boulder on 12/3

Richardson added to 2008-09 TCU men's basketball roster

The previously posted Jason Phillips article, from the FWST, has spread to the Macon Telegraph and the Idaho Statesman

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Morning Clips

TCU runner selected to MWC 10th anniversary team

Arrieta to Live Olympic Dream

Boise State might seek spot in league

Hoge finishes fifth at Minnesota amateur

Thompson agrees

Right-handed pitcher Matt Thompson, who attended Arlington Grace Prep, has agreed to terms with the Rangers.

The Burleson resident was the team’s seventh-round pick in June’s draft. Thompson had signed with TCU.


Why are these men so misunderstood by the public?
Dennis Franchione—The former football coach at Alabama and Texas A&M, along with stops at New Mexico and TCU, can raise the ire of any fan whose path he has crossed. What in the world is so bad about the man? Does the fact that he left Alabama before they got around to firing him mean he did something wrong? Coach Fran was always one step ahead and that's why he moved up the ladder so quickly. That and the fact that he did have success during his journeys. Who knows?

And as an addition to the previously posted TRV project article
Board advises buying more land for Fort Worth's Trinity Uptown

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Future TCU Games on CBS?


Some potentially great news in this morning's Star-Telegram, where Mercedes Mayer reported that MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson has been in negotiations to have some Mountain West games supplementing CBS' coverage of the SEC on some future college football Saturdays.


The article stated that Thompson hopes to have some MWC games in the 11:00 am timeslot. Being that TCU is the Eastern-most school in the conference and that the other eight schools are all in either the Mountain or Pacific Time Zones, the Frogs would be a prime candidate to host a nationally or regionally broadcast game on the network. BYU & Utah's "Holy War" as well as marquee non-conference home games such as Texas at Wyoming in 2009 would also be worthy of such coverage.


There was no mention as to whether or not this would or could affect the 2008 season, but I would say it is much more likely to start next fall, when the Frogs' most prominent conference home game is against Utah and three empty spaces still sit in their non-conference slate. As of now, there hasn't been anything signed so there's not a whole lot to get excited about. But this could be some great exposure for TCU and the other quality football programs in the MWC, and could be a cure to the recent rash of the conference's biggest games being relegated to attendance-killing Thursday nights.



You can read the entire article here: http://www.star-telegram.com/college_sports/story/776983.html

Brown-Lupton Goes Down


The remaining portion of the Student Center was demolished on July 16, 2008 at noon to prepare for the construction of Scharbauer Hall. Demolition of the "connector" building began Friday, June 13 at 8 a.m. and work has continued for the past few weeks. The buildings have been dismantled piece by piece using equipment with a "claw" to remove the debris.

Earlier this year, TCU Trustees voted to demolish the current Brown-Lupton Student Center and rebuild it as academic space. The new 74,000 square-foot-structure, named Scharbauer Hall, is designed to more efficiently house several academic units such as AddRan College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the John V. Roach Honors College. Administrators estimate that the process will take approximately 18 months.

Best Of Craig's List

josh from the frat house on 15th - w4m

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I'm pregnant.


Location: campus

RI cops arrest man with 0.491 blood alcohol level

Well, the bar has finally been set.


The Associated Press


State police say they arrested a man early Tuesday whose blood alcohol level was 0.491 percent - the highest ever recorded in Rhode Island for someone who wasn't dead.
Stanley Kobierowski was taken to a hospital, put in the detoxification unit and sedated, said Maj. Steven O'Donnell. He was arraigned Tuesday on charges of driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest, and he was released after promising to appear Friday at a court hearing.

"The person's lucky they survived," O'Donnell said. "There's no doubt he would have gotten killed or killed someone if he had continued on the route he was taking."

A phone listing for Kobierowski could not be found, and he did not have a lawyer in court Tuesday.

Kobierowski, 34, of North Providence, was arrested after he drove into a highway message board on Interstate 95 in Providence, O'Donnell said.

After police arrived, Kobierowski had trouble getting out of the car, then grabbed it and refused to move, forcing troopers to carry him to the breakdown lane before taking him back to their barracks, O'Donnell said.

A breath test showed blood alcohol readings of 0.489 percent, followed by 0.491, O'Donnell said, the highest readings state officials could remember for someone who didn't end up dead.

The legal limit in Rhode Island is 0.08. A level of 0.30 is classified as stupor, 0.4 is comatose and 0.5 is considered fatal, according to the health department.

Man's Morning Coffee Interrupted

See more funny videos at Funny or Die


"I tried to find mah cigarettes and mah hat, and evrathang...I never did find mah cigarettes"

Morning Clips

Jesuit OL Commits to TCU

Mountain West Mailbag

Mountain West seals network deal, begins discussions with CBS

Frogs linebacker plays with hard-nosed edge

Just in case there are any ladies that read this fine page

TCU football coach Gary Patterson will hold a women’s clinic at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dee J. Kelley Center at TCU. The event includes a clinic with coaches, a fashion show and Q&As with players. Cost is $30. Call 817-257-5552.

2008 TCU football preview: Defense

A good assessment of the defensive side found at Pegasus News

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

# 18 Nick Browne


Number 18 brings us to our second and final kicker. Nick Browne, a two sport star, and the 2003 Playboy All-American was one of the most prolific kickers in TCU History. Browne holds the school record field goals in a career (65) and field goals in a game (5 on two occasions) . The two-time Academic All-American led C-USA in scoring his senior year and was a first team All-American according to the Football Writers Association.

New York Times Article on Browne

Up next: A defensive end whose name has already appeared on the countdown.

39 days...

39 long days until the Frogs kick off their 2008 season. That's nearly a thousand hours that you'll have to wait until GP & the boys start their march towards a 2nd MWC crown. What could POSSIBLY make the wait seem shorter and fill in part of the void in your life until Robert Henson begins devouring souls once more?



That's right. Spencer and the rest of the Hills gang are coming back for Season 4, which will be 19 episodes long and starts on August 18th.

Ortiz named to the MWC all-decade team

July 22, 2008

LAS VEGAS - The Mountain West Conference announces its 10th Anniversary Football Team, as selected by a combined panel of media, institutional and conference personnel and on-line fan poll. In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must have been a first team all-Mountain West selection at least once in their careers.

Anniversary teams will be chosen for each of the 19 conference-sponsored sports during the 2008-09 seasons in celebration of the Mountain West's 10th anniversary.

The MountainWest Sports Network - Mtn. will broadcast a series of special presentations highlighting the 10th anniversary of the Mountain West Conference. The football team announcement debuts at 11 a.m. PT today, with an encore presentation at 7 p.m. PT. The announcement of the volleyball, soccer, and men's and women's cross country 10th anniversary teams will follow at 7:30 p.m. PT. Interviews with coaches and several of the respective honorees will be part of each 30-minute show.

Full team here

Thompson's State of the Conference

Commissioner Thompson talks MWC football

July 22, 2008 12:45 PM

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson

LAS VEGAS -- Day 2 of the Mountain West media days kicked off with the state of conference address by commissioner Craig Thompson. It's the 10-year anniversary of the conference and there were several milestones for Thompson to highlight, including the championing of the conference's own television network, The MountainWest Sports Network.

The Mountain is similar to the Big 10 Network in that it focuses on broadcasting all Mountain West sports, including a hefty serving of football in the fall. For a lot of Mountain West teams, it's the best opportunity to gain national television exposure. The Mountain is currently carried on most cable networks and DirectTV. The Mountain West is still in negotiation with Dish Network.

Come Aug. 30, The Mountain will have been on the air for 738 days. It is shown in 147 cable regions and Thompson said on Aug. 27, DirectTV would give the station national distribution.

The Mountain West Conference also partners with CBS College Sports and Versus, giving the conference nearly 7,000 hours of programming.

"There's only two conferences that have their own network and we were the first and will always be the first," Thompson said. "It was hard and it was risky, but it's what we needed to do."

Each of the Mountain West's nine member institutions will have a minimum of 10 football games televised and some will have all 12. Thompson estimates $12 million in revenue from the television package this year.

"History will tell, but this was a tremendous move for the Mountain West Conference," Thompson said. "The future is extremely bright. There's a lot of optimism for the next 10 years and beyond."

Some other notes from Thompson's address:

  • The Mountain West is currently in talks with the Humanitarian Bowl to add a fifth bowl to the conference's postseason slate.
  • Thompson, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Pac-10 commissioner position, has not been contacted by the Pac-10, but said he'd listen if the Pac-10 called.
  • The conference is in talks with CBS to get some nationally televised football games. The hitch is that games would have to be played at 10 a.m. MST, which would cut into the children's programming CBS is required by law to provide. CBS is also under contract to carry SEC games, so Mountain West games could not infringe upon that time.
  • Thompson said the conference's nine member institutions split $20 million in revenue last year as opposed to the $9 million the teams split when the league formed 10 years ago.

New Mexico coach not happy to open against TCU

http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/story/774326.html

By MERCEDES MAYER
mmayer@star-telegram.com

HENDERSON, Nev. — College football season is more than a month away, but the way coaches talk (especially at the Mountain West Conference’s annual media days), it might as well start next week.

Coaches and players from all nine conference schools talked about potential and expectations, projections and progress at the Green Valley Ranch resort outside Las Vegas on Monday. The event ends today, then it’s back to preparing for the season openers; all nine teams play Aug. 30 or 31.

TCU tidbits
TCU and New Mexico meet Aug. 30 in their season opener, and Lobos coach Rocky Long is among those who don’t want to open with a conference game.

"Everybody wants to play a couple of games to see what kind of team you have," he said. "You can make adjustments early in the season that will make your team better as you go into conference play, but they’re not giving us that ability this year. [The Frogs] don’t want to play around Thanksgiving. We don’t mind. We didn’t get our choice; they got their choice."

TCU’s 2008 media guide made its "debut" Monday, which also marked the unveiling of sorts of the proposed Amon G. Carter Stadium renovations. Page 1 and pages 34-35 have drawings of the vision for the 78-year-old stadium, which the athletics department hopes becomes the "Camden Yards" of college football stadiums.

"Doing what we’ve been doing to this point has made it to where we have 14 commitments [from recruits] already," TCU coach Gary Patterson said, referring to facilities built in the past year. "What would the new renovations do to bring national recruiting to Fort Worth?"

Defensive end Allen Christopher will not return to the team.

Speaking of TCU
"Very impressive team. They’re extremely talented. I think they’re a Top 25 team. When you mix in their talent level, they are well coached, and then having a returning quarterback, those are all good ingredients."
— Troy Calhoun, Air Force coach

"Every single year, they’re maybe the most athletic team in the league. You can always count on them being a top-notch team in this conference. Speed, the ability to change direction, run, jump, react — just sheer athleticism, which is what the game is becoming more so each year."
— Kyle Whittingham, Utah coach

They said it
"Just a couple, is that all we have to replace? Is that it?"
— Troy Calhoun, who Falcons lost 15 starters, including quarterback Shaun Carney and receiver Chad Hall, from last year’s 9-4 squad

"I don’t know if that’s a good sign or a bad sign. With what has happened in the league over the last few years, I think we’re as good as a BCS-team league. We don’t get the same recognition, but we can play with anybody."
— Rocky Long, New Mexico coach and the only coach who has been in the Mountain West all 10 years of its existence

"They’re all three good players, but, with that said, nobody really took off and ran with it in spring ball."
— Joe Glenn, Wyoming coach, who has three quarterbacks (Karsten Sween, Dax Crum and Ian Hetrick) vying for the starting job.

Monday, July 21, 2008

ESPN's MWC Media Days Blog

Conference is actually getting some coverage.

Preseason All-MWC team announced


For the Second year in a row the preseason defensive player of the year, as chosen by the league's media, is a Frog. Preseaon defensive player of the year, Jason Phillips, is joined in the individual honors category by Braylon Broughton who was chosen as the Freshman of the year.

Frogs chosen to the team are as follows:
Offense: C-Blake Schlueter
Defense: LB-Jason Phillips, S-Stephen Hodge

MWC article

Season Tickets

Now that I'm old and seasoned enough to do so (IE lost my student ID/had to do so in order to keep my parking pass) I threw my hat into the ring of TCU season tickets. After months of anticipation, they finally arrived in the mail yesterday (as well as my Gameday B shirt featuring GP... big, big day for my Frogness) ... and it definitely doesn't look as though anyone else has bought tickets considering I got 13th row on almost the 50 my first trip out. Regardless, did anyone else buy tickets and if so where are they? I'm confirming mine, but they're section V 13th row... which is close enough but far enough away from you student section hooligans.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Did You Know...

According to Phil Steele's 2008 College Football Preview, which is notorious for a myriad of team facts that are intended to help bettors pick a side, 75% of the TCU Football roster can bench press 400 pounds or greater.

Phil's Prediction:
With 47 returning lettermen, 15 of them starters, I think that the Horned Frogs will be favored in most of their games and should win the Mountain West title this year.

Friday, July 18, 2008

And the TRV Begins.....

It looks as though the first bulldozers will finally start moving the dirt for the long awaited Trinity River Vision Project. Here a couple of shots of what this thing is supposed to look like when it is finally finished.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

The Future of ACS?


This picture is out of the new media quide.

The Kid Deserved It


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Drew Coleman Update

Fan Nation had this to say about Drew "lock down corner" Coleman:

Before the NFL after transferring from Trinity Valley Community College following the 2003 season, Coleman played his final two seasons at TCU, where he posted 49 tackles and five INTs for the Horned Frogs. He was drafted by New York in the 2006 draft; he played in all 17 games (playoff apperance) and developed into a solid special teams tackler. He began to make a name for himself when he had a key forced fumble against the New England Patriots on the first game of the Jets 07 season.

In 2007 he was a regular on special teams and later in the season was included in some defensive packages for the Jets, including getting his first INT vs the Miami Dolphins on December 2nd 2007 and forcing a fumble during a sack on the last game of the Jets 07' season vs. Kansas City Chiefs QB, Brodie Croyle. Coleman seems to be working his way out of a shell and developing into a good NFL player although most of the attention was on Revis last year, Coleman should be a good keeper for New York.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Two Frogs Heading to Beijing


The U.S. Olympic Baseball team announced it's roster today for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Beijing, and not one but TWO Horned Frogs will be part of Team USA, who will try to take gold in the final Olympic games to feature baseball (baseball & softball were voted OUT of the 2012 London Games) after failing to even win bronze in 2004 in Athens.



Jake Arrieta earned All-MWC and All-America honors at TCU in 2006 after posting a 14-4 record, leading the Frogs to their 3rd consecutive conference title. He is now pitching in the Baltimore Orioles' farm system, with the Class-A Frederick Keys. So far this year, he's posted a 6-4 record to go along with a 2.35 ERA and 108 K's.


Eugene Espineli, or "Geno" as he's now apparently known, transferred from Texas in time to help the Frogs win their first conference title under Jim Schlossnagle in 2004. He posted a 9-5 record for the Frogs that year, and was second on the team with 88 strikeouts. He's now pitching for the Fresno Grizzlies, the AAA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. The 6'4" lefty is 1-1 this year with a 2.05 ERA out of the bullpen for the Grizzlies, and has 43 K's to go along with just 6 walks.


# 19 Kelly Blackwell

Yes Lyle, you are correct. Kelly Blackwell is the all-time receptions leader for TCU. Blackwell led the team in receptions in 1990 setting a school record with 64 grabs. He followed his outstanding Junior year with a record tying 64 catches in his senior year on his was to being named an All-American.

Blackwell went on to play two years in the NFL, appearing in 16 games as a rookie for the Chicago bears. As the all time receptions leader Blackwell has certainly set the precedent for receiving tight-ends at TCU.

Up Next: One of the most prolific scorers in TCU history

UPDATE FROM THEFINCH

Where is he now?
Kelly Blackwell works as director of Internet sales at Five Star Ford in North Richland Hills

Here is a good article about Kelly deciding to leave the game of football.
If you read all the way to the bottom you will learn that Dave "Mustache" Wannstedt is to blame for Blackwell's abrupt ending to his NFL career.

Casey Paschall @ Texas 7 on 7

If you have a rivals.com account, there is a good video of Paschall tearing up the 7 on 7 tournamnet from July 11th. His footwork is impressive and arm strength is amazing, but most of you already knew that. I just wanted you to know that there is fresh TCU recruit porn out there to watch.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

FINALLY the MWC is better than the BCS at something...

1) ACC, July 20-22, The Ritz Carlton Lodge in Greensboro, Ga. (Yes, Ga.)
2) C-USA, July 20, The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee
3) Big 12, July 21-23, The Downtown Marriott in Kansas City, Missouri
4) Mountain West, July 21-22, Green Valley Ranch Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada
5) Sun Belt, July 21-22, The Hilton St. Charles in New Orleans, Louisiana
6) WAC, July 22-24, The Hilton Airport in Salt Lake City, Utah
7) SEC, July 23-25, The Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Alabama
8) Big 10, July 24-25, The Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois
9) PAC 10, July 24, Los Angeles Airport Hilton in Los Angeles, California
10) Big East, July 28-29, Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode island
11) MAC, July 28-29, Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan

Those are the media day locations for the major and mid major conferences this year... I think it's very apparent who picked the top location (Hint: It's not the MAC or the Pac 10 and it's definitely not the SEC). I've actually been to a work conference at said Green Valley Ranch and it's sharp sharp sharp. So, say what you will about the downtown Kansas City Marriot, but for my money if I had to attend any of these said functions, I can't think of a better locale than Vegas. So, congrats MWC leaders! Now let's work on getting some status...

From Heroin to Heroics



In case you missed it, here is the unbelievable display of power from Josh Hamilton last night in the Home Round Derby. As one of the announcers put it "It looks like this guy has found a new way to get high."

Read Josh's amazing story here if you aren't familiar.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Shout Out!!

Did anybody else see the sweet highlight from the new NCAA 2009 game? Definitely shows AB getting plowed by a Mustang. Not cool.

J & J’s Hideaway Closes Shop

J & J’s Hideaway, the long-running bar between 7th & Darcy in the Cultural District, has closed. The Hideaway’s last night was last night. The Hideaway will be demolished soon as part of Museum Place. Soon after, the old Post Office across Darcy from it will be demolished as well, and then Darcy itself will be demolished. A mixed-use building with apartments over ground-floor retail will replace the Hideaway and the Post Office.


"The crowd was a nice collection of the generations of the faithful and the curious.It seemed that around 1AM the mood tapered with a modicum of denial. Much like your beloved old dog you have to put down. Only a handful stayed til close and walked out with a few souvenirs. "


Yes it is a sad day.....I really dont know if I want to live in a world without the hideaway.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Coaches Event

Last night myself, WWHD and lyle lanley attended the Dallas Coaches event which ended up being a pretty good time. The free booze rumor: TRUE. The free BBQ rumor: TRUE. The GP being a gracious and friendly man rumor... well, the jury is still out. Regardless, I figured I'd give my thoughts about the event on this here blog because that's what I do.

First of all, it was at this intriguing party barn in Plano which had the damndest assortment of items on the wall that I've ever seen and coupled that with no A/C or fans of any sort. Fortunately, the Miller Lite was cold and unlimited and they were showing the TCU/OU game in its entirety on several big screen around the place. Lanley and I arrived promptly at 6 and decided to check out the silent auction items, which were mediocre at best. He missed out on a real life autographed Jim Christian basketball and my one $5 raffle ticket failed to produce. About this time WWHD shows up (His real name is Thomas... who knew??) and the level of drinking immediately begins to climb. After failing to strike up a conversation with Coach Christian, we set our sights on America's Coach Gary Patterson only to be rebuffed due to our lack of courage in approaching the man. At this point, we resigned ourselves to the BBQ line while WWHD decided to go take a gamble on the wine drawing. It was at this point that he actually made contact with GP, asking him "If the boys were hungry" to which he replied "I try and stay away from them in the summer." Hmmm... perhaps this is an explanation for some of our off season problems? Ah well, I suppose he can't berate them all of the time.

After some corny jokes from the Frog Club officers, it was time for the speeches. Here's a brief rundown of what happened:

AD Danny Morrison - Very tan. Like, orange. Like, Corso. Very excited about the stadium developments (as we all are) and discussed all of the money we have coming in... then said something about how parts of the new stadium will cost $110 million and I kind of tuned out. Wowza!

Tennis Coach Borelli - Dude seems awesome. Apparently our tennis programs are really, really good. Older dude from SoCal who has never been married... so if it came out that he had a college aged girlfriend I would not be surprised.

Girls' BBall Jeff Mittie - Seems to have low expectations about this years girls bball team, but I don't care about girl's sports and neither should any of you, so let's move on. Besides, there's only one thing I'll ever associate Mittie with for the rest of his tenure, and I'll give you three guesses to what it is.

Baseball Schlossnagle (I am not going to look about the proper spelling) - Seriously cool dude. SERIOUSLY hot wife. He could have eeeasily bragged about all of his successes but he seemed grounded and pretty humble. Made a few jokes about Cashner. Talked about the Auburn job a little, and how TCU is his dream job and it's the only place he's ever wanted to coach... so that's awesome. We need more guys like that. When he was introduced they said "All he does is win championships" and I'm pretty sure that's what he's going to keep doing. Note to self: Become interested in TCU men's baseball.

Basketball Christian - From Long Island and definitely talks the part. Guy seems like a complete winner. No bullshitting, no "well, give me a few years"... he's here to win and he's here to win now. Very much urged everyone to come to the home opener against Nebraska and I'd have to agree with him. We already have 7 new players and any new blood that doesn't have the Doughterty stank on it is fine by me. Has a ton of respect for TCU and all that it stands for and especially for all of the coaching staffs. Went so far as to say TCU has the best athletic minds of any school that he's ever been around, and judging from the coaches there, he's probably right.

GP - The moment we were all waiting for. Despite how we see him on the sidelines, was surprisingly reserved and kind of seemed to be uncomfortable with the spotlight (more on this later). Made a few jokes that missed, made a few jokes that hit. He even had an anecdote about how he kicked the officiating crew from the spring game out of the stadium ('well, there's the ramp' is how he put it to them) and how he continues to hate special teamers (agreed) so much that he's hired a new coach just to yell at them so he doesn't have to. Didn't commit on the QB issue, but made it sound like all of the RBs will be around and better than ever. Referred to Raegan as one of the best TEs in the country. Mentioned that we may end up with Heath Raetz on the O-line which would make it 'the best o-line we've had in 2-3 years' which is saying something. Obviously the LBs are the best group he's ever had, and was definitely high on Daryl Washington, who apparently runs a 4.4 despite his size and may even be featured in pass coverage. Apparently he's gunning for one of the top 2 spots and may not be far off. Ragged on Henson for having his wedding on ET (actually seemed kind of perturbed about it). Didn't mention Hodge to my recollection but he doesn't need to. Has high hopes for the D-line and mentioned that we all need to look out for Jerry Hughes this year at left end. Oh yeah, and he and his wife also bought 2 rottweiler puppies in the live auction because no one else would (although they later said they were making a donation and finding them good homes). Overall, about what you'd expect from the head ball coach.

Afterwards, after about 8 beers and some peach cobbler we worked up our courage to talk to GP and had him sign a couple of schedule posters (which are hanging in my apartment and office currently). WWHD went so far as to ask him if it's true that he keeps his LBs "locked up in cages and makes them wrestle live alligators" to which is mentioned he needs to "straighten one of them out"... so, sounds like he's got his eye on that crew.

Overall, it sounds like it's going to be a solid year for pretty much all of our athletic programs this year and we definitely have a great group of coaches who will hopefully be around for a long time.

#20 Andre Davis


Oh yes, we are cracking that top twenty baby. Friendly reminder, we are now under 50 days till kickoff.....

Back to the countdown, Andre is the Frog's third all time leading rusher with 3,182 yards in just three years. He finished with 21 rushing TDs, which is good enough for 6th all time. He racked up 16 100 yard games (only behind LT with 21), one 200 yard game, and even one 300 yard game (v. New Mexico, 1994, 325 yards, 31 att., and 2 TDs).

Andre was another one of those "dual threats" that defenses love to hate. He took in 114 receptions (8th all time) and 1,084 receiving yards during his time as a Frog. In 1994 he led the team in both recieving (522 yards) and rushing (1,492 yards). That '94 season would go down as the second greatest individual performance for all-purpose yards gained in a season (2,016). He finished his career as the all-time leader in career all purpose yards (4,864); however, this record would soon fall some 5 years later.

Random Stats: Andre holds the record for most two-point conversions made in a season (3); the third longest play in TCU history (87 yards v. New Mexico in '94); and the third most points scored in a game (26 v. New Mexico, 1993)

Up next, the leader in career receptions.

Greggo


For all you Ticket listeners out there who haven't seen, here's the Observer article that sheds some light on the whole Greggo-Rhyner Hardline situation... which Corby and Rhyner later trashed. Ummm... Go Frogs?


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Horny Horned Frog

The calm before the storm.

Caption This:

Crank Dat Horned Frog



This isn't as bad as the Aggie rap to Peety Pab - Helicopter...but a close 2nd to last.

TCU Has High Expectations For Schlueter

Blake Schlueter has had more trouble getting bigger than better.

Schlueter has tried just about everything this summer to add to his 280-pound frame to little or no avail.

Schlueter rarely pushes food away from the table and he has even gone so far as to set his alarm clock at two-hour intervals in an attempt to consume extra calories.

But the effort has largely gone for naught, partly because of genetics and a good deal because of the amount of time Schlueter spends in the weight room and running.

Schuleter’s inability to gain weight has done nothing to diminish expectations for the Ganado graduate’s senior season at TCU...full article

Cashner signs with Cubs

Andrew Cashner, the 19th overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft, has inked a contract with the Chicago Cubs. He becomes the third Horned Frog to sign a professional contract this summer. As part of the deal, the right-handed pitcher receives an invitation to the 2009 big league Spring Training camp in 2009.

Cashner will be on-air with Cubs broadcaster's tonight during the Cubs' game with Cincinnati. Tomorrow afternoon, Cashner will throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field prior to the start of the Cubs' series finale with Cincinnati.

Cashner excelled on the mound for the Frogs this season in the closer role. He led the team with nine saves to go along with a 9-4 record in 30 appearances. The junior had a team-high 80 strikeouts in 54 1/3 innings pitched and has posted a 2.32 ERA. He limited opponents to a .122 batting average this season.

Named first-team all-conference earlier this season, Cashner also earned a spot on the Mountain West Conference all-tournament squad after helping the Frogs earn their fifth straight tournament crown. Prior to the NCAA Regionals, Cashner was tabbed as a Louisville Slugger second-team All-American.

Earlier this summer, Bryan Kervin signed with Toronto and is playing for the Auburn Doubledays, the short season affiliate of the Blue Jays. Seth Garrison also signed a professional contract with Boston and is playing with their short season squad, Lowell of the New York-Penn League

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

LT Named to Sun Bowl Anniversary Team


TCU defeated USC, 28-19, in 1998 game July 8, 2008 EL PASO, Texas -- Former TCU standout and current National Football League star LaDainian Tomlinson has been named to the 75th Anniversary All-Sun Bowl Team. Tomlinson made the squad as a kick returner. He contributed to TCU's 28-19 victory over USC in the 1998 contest. It was the Horned Frogs' first bowl win in 41 years, dating back to a 28-27 victory over Jim Brown and Syracuse in the 1957 Cotton Bowl. In addition to 91 yards on kickoff returns, Tomlinson added 30 yards rushing to go with a 25-yard reception. The future NFL Most Valuable Player was in his sophomore season with the Frogs. TCU totaled 314 yards on the ground while holding the Trojans to a Sun Bowl-record minus-23 yards rushing. It was also the lowest total in USC history.

2008 Schedule Poster

...and there ya go. I'm definitely into the new marketing style... treacherous stuff. Do I wish they'd put Henson on it? Yes, but we all know RH51 likes playing the role of the ill respected sleeping giant. Perhaps the marketing department was aware of this? Anyway, apparently they have them at the ticket office so we should all pick a couple up and spread the wealth. Go Frogs!

#21 Michael Reeder



Belive it or not, a kicker did make the list. The 1995 AP First Team All American was by far one of the top kickers in the history of TCU. After the end of the 95' season he was awarded with the Lou Groza award for the nation's best place kicker.

He holds the records for the longest field goal in TCU history (57 yards in 1996), career PAT percentage (.989) and consecutive PATs in a career (79). He is third on the all time points scored in a career (259), second in points by kicking for a career (259), second in field goals for a career (57), and tied for second in field goals for a season (23).

Now that that is over, the next on the list racked up 16 100 yard games during his career.

Hodge Named to Thorpe Award Watch

BigPurpleNation.com has learned that star TCU safety Stephen Hodge has been named to the elite Watch List for the 2008 Jim Thorpe Award, an award presented each year to the nation's top defensive back.
Hodge has also been named to the Watch List for the 2008 Bronco Nagurski Trophy, which honors the nation's best defensive player.

A preseason All-America pick, Hodge was named to the All Mountain West Conference team in 2007 after leading the nation in sacks by a defensive back with eight sacks. The senior from Tatum, Texas was also among the Horned Frogs' team leaders in tackles, tackles for a loss, and pass break-ups last season.

Hodge was named to the All-Texas team earlier this summer by Dave Campbell's Texas Football, which also named the TCU star the Best Defensive Back in the State of Texas.

Sorry for the lack of content the last week, I was in Navarre Beach, Florida on vacation with no internet connection and I refused to go to McDonalds and use their wifi.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Deception In The Heart Of Texas

Good article from the SI Vault on College Football in the SWC

Many Frog references.

God Bless America

#22 Tommy Blake


This one makes me kind of sad. If you would have asked me a year ago where TB would end up on the greatest Frogs list, I would have guessed (barring injury) he was a shoe in for the top ten. As we all know, that did not happen.

His senior year aside, TB still managed to become one of the greatest defensive threats the Frogs have ever had. As a red-shirt frosh in 2004, Blake had 5 sacks which earned him a spot on the CUSA All-Freshman Team. Those 5 sacks were the most for a TCU freshman since Aaron Schobel. In 2005, Blake was First Team All-MWC and racked up 7 sacks and 13.5 TFLs. He was also named as the MWC Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2006, he led one of the best defenses in all of college football. The 06' Frog defense was was second in total defense, second in run defense, and third in scoring defense. Not to mention holding the nation's leading rusher, Garrett Wolfe, to just 28 yards (130 below his average) in a 37-7 throttling of NIU in the Poinsettia Bowl. Blake finished 06' with 54 tackles (16.5 for loss), 7 sacks, and one fumble return for a TD. He was again named to the First Team All-MWC.

Blake ended his career 4th on the Frog career sack list, and 7th on the Yards Lost Tackling. He will unfortunately go down in as the "Mystery Man" of the 07' season, but to all Frog fans he should always be remembered as guy who played his heart out as the leader of one of (if not the) the most intimidating defenses TCU has ever seen.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Big Lebowski Short Version

MillerCoors


Miller and Coors closed on a deal yesterday afternoon to combine their US operations. Basically they're perusing a joint venture for marketing and distribution in the US and Puerto Rico in effort to rival Bud, who currently represents about half of the market.

As far as Fort Worth goes, it will have no immediate impact. The FW brewery will continue brewing Miller as usual, though it may begin also brewing Coors at some point.

I guess that adds a new twist to the Miller Lite/Coors Light debate, because come on no one really drinks bud light. Let me rephrase that, no one in Fort Worth drinks bud light, I can't find a Miller any where in DC.