Thursday, June 19, 2008

ESPN Faces of College Football: TCU

In an era where passing was taboo, Baugh redefined the quarterback position. He came to TCU to play both football and baseball but sizzled for Dutch Meyer on the gridiron, leading the Horned Frogs to the 1935 national championship. Baugh was a consensus All-American the next season, guiding TCU to a victory in the inaugural Cotton Bowl. He led the nation in both passing and punting his final two seasons at TCU. After a stab at professional baseball, Baugh brought his passing skills to the Washington Redskins, winning an NFL championship as a rookie. He was a charter member of both the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames. -- Adam Rittenberg's Signature Quote
"When I got in the pros, they had the silliest rules. They favored a running game and a defensive game, and Dutch had taught us just the opposite." -- Sammy Baugh

ESPN Faces of College Football

Sammy Baugh
No one before him combined arm strength and accuracy quite the way that Sammy Baugh did for TCU. "Slingin' Sammy" led the nation in passing in his junior and senior years, 1935 and 1936. As a junior, he threw for 1,241 yards and 18 touchdowns for a team that lost only to national champion SMU. As a senior, Baugh not only threw for 1,196 yards but he achieved the all but unheard of feat of completing more than half his passes (50.5 percent). More importantly, Baugh forced the national press to take football in Texas seriously. In an era when press coverage of the sport still leaned toward the east, Baugh finished fourth in the 1936 Heisman. But his performance set the table for his successor, Davey O'Brien, to win the Heisman two years later.

Pineapple Express Red Band Trailer

Colia was trying to post this earlier, but was having difficulty because he is a techno-tard with internet disabilities. His mom calls him "special". The movie, on the other hand, looks like it has potential.

Schlossnagle withdraws name from Auburn search

From the Startlegram
TCU baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle said Wednesday night he withdrew his name from consideration for the Auburn head coaching vacancy.
"Sometimes as a coach when you look at other opportunities you learn it confirms how great a situation you already have," he said. "I know it will make me an even better coach for TCU."
Schlossnagle met with Auburn school officials about the vacancy Sunday in Atlanta. Auburn is looking to replace Tom Slater, who resigned on May 17 after four seasons.
Schlossnagle, who is 211-102 at TCU, has guided the Horned Frogs to five consecutive regional appearances, as well as three straight Mountain West Conference regular-season and tournament titles.
"It speaks to the greatness of TCU and players and coaches and how well they’ve done," Schlossnagle said of being considered for the position. "I don’t look at every job that comes along."

Economy Down, Site Traffic Up

The country is in a panic due to significant increases in global demand with a limited global supply. Gas prices are up, commodity prices are up, and real estate prices are rising much more rapidly than incomes. "Experts" are starting to throw around the "s" word: Stagflation, which could lead to hyperinflation-depression. There are eerie similarities to the stagflation in the 1970s. Political uncertainty, an unpopular and expensive war, declining consumer liquidity levels, and weak job growth with stagnant wage growth.

But amidst all this fear inducing turmoil, one key determinate remains constant: The steady, climbing growth of Spit Blood site traffic. Since I have been tracking site activity, Spit Blood's visitors have continued to climb as well as page views and duration of each visitor.

(Spit Blood visitors & page views over the last 30 days, excluding weekends)

This crucial national and global determinate leads me to believe that we, as a nation and world can recover from such hardships. Supply side economics saved us in the late 70s, early 80s. Today it might be increased federal spending in sustainable energy and resource managment technologies, but in the end our country will be back where it is comfortable: on top.