Wednesday, August 27, 2008

#3 Dutch Meyer

Dutch makes the list as both a player and a coach. As a player he earned 11 letters, playing football baseball and basketball. Upon graduating from TCU Meyer went on to play a season for the Cleveland Indians Minor League team before retuning to Fort Worth to coach Polytechnic High. In 1923 Meyer returned to TCU as the freshman coach. In 1934 he was promoted to varsity head coach.

As head coach of the Frogs, Meyer led TCU to two National Championships and 6 bowl games including two wins in the Sugar and one in the Cotton bowl. Meyer also led the Frogs to three SWC championships. perhaps his biggest contribution was the creation of what was then called the double wing and has grown and morphed into the
West Coast, and now the Spread offenses. Sammy Baugh quoted Dutch's system as such in the Washington Post:

"The first day we go into a room and he has three S's up on a blackboard; nobody knew what that meant. Then he gives us a little talk and he says,`This is our passing game.' He goes up to the blackboard and he writes three words that complete the S's: `Short, Sure and Safe.' That was his philosophy — the short pass. "Everybody loved to throw the long pass. But the point Dutch Meyer made was, `Look at what the short pass can do for you.' You could throw it for seven yards on first down, then run a play or two for a first down, do it all over again and control the ball. That way you could beat a better team."

Dutch also served as season as baseball coach where he led the Frogs to a SWC championship. His name is on two buildings on TCU's campus, it makes up half of the name of the basketball arena and the recently opened Dutch Meyer Athletic complex. Dutch "The Saturday Fox" Meyer was full of quotes, but I'll end with the one we all know. "Fight 'em till hell freezes over then fight 'em on the ice"

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the mtn.

I apologize for my absence the past couple of weeks. A couple of weeks ago I was in Cabo, then immediately went to Shreveport for a Bachelor Party where our very own bucknasty, among others, put on a pretty impressive gambling performance. Then from there it was Alaska for fishing/bear avoidance. But, it appears the blog is still thriving and I promise not to lay down on the job until season's end.

However, for those of you who, like me, have DirecTV, note that today the mtn. kicks off on channel 616. I have not investigated this yet, but am planning a special trip home at lunch just to make sure this really went into effect. I'm sure most of you are with me, but I'm reeeeeally giddy about this, especially since the main reasons I switched to Direc were A) Friday Night Lights in October rather than January and B) the mtn. Up in Colorado we've had the mtn. for several years and I've spent many a summer/winter day sitting on our couch and indulging and pretty much can't wait to be able to do this whenever I want. I have a feel the late night potential of my apartment just expanded exponentially. I will report further on this if there is anything of real value.

Morning Dump

Horned Frogs "banged up" but ready for New Mexico Star-Telegram

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Ganado gran on Lombardi watch list Victoria Advocate

Frogs, Lobos battle for top spot in the MWC, at least for now Daily Herald

Which week one games look exciting? Fox Sports

TV whining time expires Denver Post

Former Frog reflects on Beijing experience Daily Skiff

Frogs complete successful summer

Phillips and Schlueter named to rotary Lombardi list

New TCU $45 million student union gets great reviews Star-Telegram

This Week's Opponent

2008 MWC football preview #4 New Mexico MWC connection

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