Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
After reading through a lot of the information out there in regards to the MWC joining the BCS - a subject that is going to come up every single post season we perform - I just wondered why this hadn't gotten a little more play on SB? Just the fact that Mr. Prez is being proactive about the situation really says a lot about his interest in progressing the conference and protecting its interests (read: TCU, Utah and BYU). One article even went so far as to suggest that TCU or Utah may jump ship to the Pac 10 or Big 12, a situation with which the writer must be drastically unfamiliar with, but flattering nonetheless. At least there are some out there who know that we would give those respective conferences a big run for their money, but it's not happening.
Back up though, do I think Thompson going to get any serious consideration with his proposal? Absolutely not. In fact, I bet old man Thompson is quite the laughing stock of the bourgeious BCS right about now. However, you've gotta commend the guy for fighting for this lost cause. I'm not going to sit here and claim to understand the system and how one gains entry. In fact, the only thing I'm sure of is that we're not in it and that we probably never will be unless we're picked up by a member conference. Oh, I understand there's some sort of complicated four year evaluation process whereby a conference can bounce another one, but seeing as how our conference is only 10 years old and has only started getting major props since the Frogs joined in 2005 (outside of Utah's 04 season), the odds of the MWC getting a bump over an already entrenched conference, no matter how unfair it may be, are slim to none. If a playoff, a measure which is supported whole heartedly by just about everyone outside of the Rose Bowl committee and the two teams who are slated for the BCS game each year, can be brushed aside without any glimmer of it coming to fruition, I'm pretty sure when it gets to be 6 vs. 1, the MWC is going to go on the non-BCS trash heap. I hate to be the pessimist, but that's just how I feel.
One of the articles I read suggested the BCS needed to make some minor amendments, such as instituting a situation where there is an automatic bid for at least one non BCS champion. This sounds entirely logical and fair, but all you're going to hear from the cartel is that the situation is already in place to where the top non BCS team is going to get a bid anyway based on the current qualifications. Also, how are they going to qualify which conference winner goes? It's basically the same as the established rule. Besides, if we're going to complain that having a four loss Virginia Tech team ranked outside of the top 20 in the BCS casts a negative shadow on it, then we're just going to get it thrown in our faces when the same situation happens with a multi loss BYU, Tulsa or, heaven forbid, Ball State. Not that it would, because the magical seasons that Ball State had and that Tulsa was on the road to having to this point have not played out for a full season, but just imagine the back lash that would cause when the non BCS teams who had touted themselves so highly just add to the disaster and muddle that is the major bowl system.
Another suggestion posed by this same article was that you also would add a stipulation to where a non BCS team who qualifies under the current system would receive an automatic bid if they met this same criteria, regardless if there is already a non BCS team in the mix based on the above proposed amendment. This is definitely a situation where, on the surface, you would think would never occur... but this year there were three non BCS teams who qualified for a top bowl. Under this system, TCU would've been the odd man out, and deservedly so since the other two teams had no losses against our two, but Boise was really on the cusp of an at large bid and should've had one over Ohio State and this would've given it to them. However, only an idiot (and at this point I should note that the writer of this column was from Oklahoma) would think this would ever pass. Basically this would end up skewing the BCS TOWARDS the NON-BCS teams by giving them an automatic bid, even if a second place SEC or Big 12 team finished ahead of them. While a pretty cool thought, you may as well wash this down the drain along with the MWC supplanting the Big East of the ACC as a BCS conference in the near future.
Honestly, though, I couldn't be more thrilled with our current situation, and that is mostly because of our TV contract. Sure, I'd love the money a BCS conference would bring along with the chance to play in a major bowl each season, but, to be honest, as tough as the MWC is at the top, we're going to have to go undefeated in conference in order to win the thing most years. If we happen to lose an out of conference game, hopefully an undefeated record against a legitimately tough conference would still keep us in the chase. Our two loss #7 ranking this year tells me that this could very well be the case. But anyway, back to the point about the TV contract - really, and take note I have DirectTV, I absolutely love it. If we joined a BCS conference, there would be pressure on us to succumb to the demands of ESPN and this would take away games that we are normally able to watch. This year in football, 12 of our 13 games were on television in some format and even a school like Texas doesn't get that kind of exposure. Just ask Big 12 middleweights like Oklahoma State, Texas A&M or Kansas State how many games they've had televised in the past five years. I bet it doesn't add up to 12. Now that our basketball team has a product worth watching, this situation is emphasized tenfold. Perhaps I'm just being a devils advocate against the BCS right now, but just understand that this situation would likely disappear with BCS fame.
- I noticed that the whole MJ being switched to a safety conversation came up in a previous comment section, but I'm still going to go with it. Yeah, so unless the coaching staff has absolutely no confidence in Colin Jones, Sir Demarco Bledsoe, Corderra Hunter and whoever else we have as a potential safety - and this could very well be the case - this makes little to no sense. Without mentioning how much of a slap in the face it would be to a senior who has played his entire career at QB, do you really want to trust Pachall or Gallegos as your backup? Not that they can't do it, but what if Yogi doesn't pan out, Dalton goes down for a game, and you have to pull Pachall's redshirt for that one game? Last I checked, Jackson was 2-0 as a starter this year, including winning the ugliest game in the history of the sport at CSU. Also, Jackson probably has very little familiarity with the defense considering he spent his entire career learning the offensive playbook. I know that we have a new coordinator so it's sort of like everyone is back to page 1, but the guy is going to be far ahead of the progress of Pachall and Gallegos, and whose to say he can even learn enough of the defense to make an impact? Is he mean enough to play for GP, because, let's face it, the offensve doesn't truly play for GP. What if he can't hold up to all the pounding that goes on with that side of the ball, becomes injured, and then you're for sure stuck with the above mentioned situation? Now I understand this may just be a situation where the staff knows Dalton is the starter and that Pachall is the QB of the future, especially since he chose to enroll early, and its just a way to let the guy play his last season, but it just doesn't sound worth it.
- Switching gears, I just wanted to rant a little about the bball team's recent performances. Now, I had every intention of attending the UNM game this past Saturday and the only thing keeping me from it was the fact that I was having to play a pretty integral part at an engagement party at the same time, but judging from the end result, man am I glad I didn't. After watching a second consecutive 17 point loss last night, this time at the hands of the Tony Gwynn All Stars (did you know he's the career assists leader for SDSU? I swear that flashed on the screen), I'm just a little distraught. Yes, I understand that SDSU may very well be the best team in our conference and, athletically at least, they certainly are, but the way the team played is the complete opposite of how they played against UNLV and Air Force. I know everyone keeps saying that this team is "one year away" from being great so maybe I got a little ahead of myself after the big wins at Tech and against the Rebs, but what's happening? I did notice that Neil himself was at the UNM game "scouting" which has to make you wonder how he landed that job based on his TCU "talent observation" - Art Pierce, anyone? - so I'm going to blame that loss on bad karma, but last night the team just looked, well, desparate. I know teams go through slumps - being a Mavs fan, lord knows I understand that - but where earlier in the year this team was able to pull themselves out of it, these past two games, as well as the BYU game, have been entirely different. I will give you that there were some big abscences against UNM (Tuffy, Ebie), but last night everyone was out there and the team actually got off to a hot start, only to close with their second lowest FG % on the year (low 30s) and tied for the lowest point output (50). Now, SDSU is a better team, no doubt, but when the second worst three point shooting team in the conference jacks up 15-20 per game, what do you expect to happen? This is what I HATED about Neil's teams AS (after Santee) because they allowed Hackett to fire up a three every single time down the court based on one high school game where he absolutely went off, and tried to make 5'5" Ryan Wall a star because of his range. This cannot be allowed to happen. I know the team doesn't have great size, and SDSU had PLENTY of that, but we've got guys like Mitchem, Moss and Buljan who can take the ball to the damn hole on any play and, if they get stopped, have the awareness (well, Moss still has some learning) to pull up for a short jumper or kick it out to Ruzgas for an open shot. Not to mention Kevin Langford is a pretty damned good post player and has had a couple of big games lately. The Mavs are a team who live by the jump shot and, normally, die by the jump shot and look at how deplorable they've been lately. This cannot happen to the Frogs. With a full week to prepare, I expect a big win against Utah next Wednesday night.
- Back to football, because I can't stay away very long, the Jared Retkofsky story is pretty cool. Needless to say the guy hit some tough times immediately following his TCU career and, even if this is the last game he ever snaps in, not many guys can go out saying they got on the field in a Super Bowl. Heck, have any Frogs done it before other than Lilly (didn't he?) Is it going to make me root for his team and their bandwagon, Yinzertrash t- shirt fanbase who make UT fans seem loyal and localized by comparison? Absolutely not, but I hope he doesn't fuck up any snaps and gets a chance with another team next season.
- In other NFL Frog news, I was reading the Dallas Morning News this morning and it was talking about how the Cowboys brought in a bunch of fired AFL players for tryouts this week and, lo and behold, one Brian "Tookie" Bonner was at the top of the list. I wasn't aware that he had been cut in San Diego, although that came as no surprise, but I thought that was pretty awesome that he's out there getting another shot. I hope he makes it, lord knows the Cowboys need some safety help.
And finally, a little anecdote from this morning: My dad was at the Gregg County International (yes, that's what they call it) Airport this morning waiting to get on the company plane and head to Odessa, when he noticed a short, stocky man in the waiting room at the hangar having just gotten off of a plane and waiting to head out on business. He didn't think much of it, but then gave him another glance and noticed that, sure enough, it was the one and only Gary Patterson. This was at about 730 this morning mind you so it was apparent that GP had gotten an early start. So he went up and introduced himself and made a little small talk about the team, mostly about Dick Bumpas as he played college ball with him, but also went so far as to talk about how the Frogs were "one win away" from the BCS this season. I quickly reprimanded him for this brash comment and for rubbing salt in the wound, but that's my old man for you. Fortunately GP took it in stride and laughed it off, but I'm sure under the surface he wanted to snap my dad's neck like he would one of his DBs after a pass interference penalty. Anyway, turns out he was heading over to Marshall along with one of his assistants to meet with some of their junior football players. I just thought everyone would be interested to know that GP, even though he hasn't officially signed his current class to letters of intent, was up early on a Thursday morning catching a plane to East Texas doing the Lords/Frogs work in restocking the pirahna tank. That'll do, GP. That'll do.
Now the Horned Frogs’ ability to recruit is following suit.
With National Signing Day less than a week away, TCU has an incoming class that’s shaping up to be the highest ranked of Gary Patterson’s eight-year tenure as head coach — and it might be the school’s best class in 25 years.
The Horned Frogs’ list of oral commitments includes four four-star recruits as ranked by Rivals.com. In the last eight years combined, TCU has signed just five four-star recruits.
"We’ve always had great football and great academics," Patterson said. "The addition of all the great facilities has now given us something to push us over the edge.
"You can already tell [it has opened more doors] with the coaches and the level of respect."
Mimicking a trend that several bigger programs have benefited from in the past several years, the Frogs have players willing to enroll early to get a head start on their collegiate careers.
For the first time, the Frogs have three football players who graduated from high school in December and already have enrolled at TCU. They had only one player enroll early in recent years — offensive lineman Spencer Thompson two years ago.
Brownwood quarterback Casey Pachall (pronounced "Paw-hall") and Copperas Cove teammates Tanner Brock and Josh Boyce are taking classes and participating in off-season workouts with the Frogs.
Patterson doesn’t persuade players to enroll early because he doesn’t want them to miss out on half of their senior years, but he knows that it takes a special player to be able to leave early.
Pachall, who is rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, decided to attend TCU during the spring of his junior year. So he took a summer school class and a full course load the fall of his senior year, shunning the off period that most seniors enjoy.
Pachall said the decision to leave early was easy.
"My thinking was that coming out of high school, I wanted to prepare the best I could and get most acquainted with my teammates and also with the system I’d have here at TCU," Pachall said. "One benefit is getting in shape because the workouts here are very tough. They’ll get you where you want to be."
In addition to the extra time in the weight room and at workouts, enrolling in January is beneficial for academic reasons.
Pachall is taking 15 hours in his first semester. And the transition from high school to college should be easier because there are only about eight hours of football work a week instead of the 20 or so in the fall during football season.
Patterson said that players usually enroll early because they think they have a chance to make an impact in the fall, and Pachall, Brock and Boyce fit into that category.
The Frogs will lose starting linebackers Jason Phillips and Robert Henson to graduation, and Brock, younger brother of sophomore-to-be tight end Logan Brock, has an impressive résumé. He is a three-star recruit who was a three-time first-team all-state linebacker with 693 career tackles.
Boyce, a three-star recruit, is an explosive athlete who could contribute on kick and/or punt returns as well as at wide receiver.
The road will be tougher for Pachall at quarterback because starter Andy Dalton will be a junior and his two backups return. But Patterson said the Frogs might move Marcus Jackson to weak safety to help speed the development of Yogi Gallegos and Pachall.
It’s hard to say if early enrollment will continue at TCU, but if the program sustains its momentum it could be just the beginning.
"I’ve been highly impressed with all three of the guys that are here in the short amount of time I’ve worked with them," Patterson said. "If the rest of the class is like these three, then we ended up with a great class, because these three have been unbelievable."
Facilities: Last fall, the 40,000-square-foot, $13.3 million Dutch Meyer Athletic Complex and Abe Martin Academic Center opened. It includes a team meeting room, a players-only club, six suites, club-level seating, an academic center and a dining area.
Winning: TCU finished the 2008 season 11-2 and ranked No. 7 in the final Associated Press poll, which was the highest ranking for a two-loss team from a non-automatic qualifying conference since the BCS was established for the 1998 season. It was also TCU’s highest final ranking since 1959. The Frogs have had five 10-win seasons in the past seven years.
Coaching: Gary Patterson has entertained other offers in the past, but he’s always stuck with the Frogs. Entering his ninth season at TCU, Patterson is 73-27 and one win shy of second place on TCU’s all-time victory list. And TCU is committed to keeping him around, signing him to a new contract worth $2 million per year through 2014.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Right now the "No's" are winning with 52% of the roughly 3,500 votes cast so far. The states that are most for the MWC? Utah, Nevada and Maine (?). The states most against? Arkansas and West Virginia. Texas so far is in the "yes" column, with 53% supporting the MWC.
To vote, click HERE , then scroll down til you find the College Football tab on the lefthand side of the screen.
TCU men go back to basics to prepare for SDSU Star-Telegram
White's a talented enigma San Diego Union-Tribune
MWC parity tough on NCAA tournament resumes Daily Herald
Pittsburgh Steelers Jared Retkofsky took long road to Super Bowl Chicago Tribune
BSU president: Best way to get in Mountain West is to "keep beating them in everything we play" Idaho Statesman
North Texans start setting stage for Super Bowl XLV Star-Telegram
Who will decide LT's future in San Diego? LT that's who Sporting News
The rest of the news Cowtown Clips
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
For those of you in the Houston area Jeremy Clark of Purple Menace, TCU's rivals site, will be on at 8:15 tonight to talk about Horned Frog recruiting. Signing day is a week from tomorrow so, as I'm sure most of you have noticed, there has been a lot of movement lately. If you're in range of 97.5's Houston signal I would recommend listening. Maybe even listen then let those of us that can't tune in know what he says.
The speculation on this topic has been pretty rampant. Ole Miss has been the name floated out there the most, along with Penn State, Ohio State, Kansas State, Florida State, Houston and Tulane. There has also been some pessimist speculation that the Frogs might have to resort to filling that 4th game with a I-AA opponent such as McNeese State. The unattractiveness of that matchup is compounded by the fact that the Frogs already have an '09 home game against Texas State. The other scheduled out of conference games are an away game against Virginia and a home game against our favorite coked-out, football-inept "rivals" 30 miles to the East.
As for the complete football schedule, don't hold your breath. Since the Frogs joined the MWC, their schedules have come out on March 8, March 1, March 20 and a ridiculously late April 1 last year. I'd gladly wait until June if it meant the Utah game would be on a Saturday night.
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Monday, January 26, 2009
Wow, and I thought that the Frogs being mentioned as a bubble team in Bracketology a few weeks ago might have been a high-water mark. The ugly L they took against New Mexico on Saturday made this announcement even less predictable. Personally, I am not sold on the '08-'09 Frogs as a bona fide Tournament Team. Don't get me wrong- I am loving the transformation that Jimmy C has brought, but the losses to BYU and the Lobos were pretty sobering. Love to see the Frogs getting attention from a national writer, though!
Joining TCU in Lunardi's hypothetical bracket are MWC members UNLV (an 11 seed) and BYU (12). Among the last 8 teams out of the tournament are the Frogs' next two opponents: San Diego State (Wednesday in SD, 9:00pm on CBS-College) and Utah (February 4th at home).
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Williams, new offensive coordinator getting to know each other Freeport Journal Standard
Balance leaves MWC standards fit to be tied Deseret News
TCU's Hughes among tops in Texas Star-Telegram
Alumni game returns set for February 7 GoFrogs.com
Frogs prominent on all-Texas college team GoFrogs.com
Kenny Cain is 6ft 1in 200 pound rb/lb out of John Curtis in River Ridge, Louisiana who will likely play on the defensive side for the Frogs. Cain reportedly has 4.6 40 speed and will be another outstanding athlete for Bumpas and Patterson. Cain, though he will probably play defense, is ranked by rivals as the 61st best back in the country. TCU now has three running back commits ranked in the top 100. In addition to cain we have Waymon James, 10, Matthew Tucker, 43.
Michael Venson 5ft 10in 170lb athlete out of Katy Morton Ranch runs a 4.4 speed also committed to the Frogs this weekend. Venson is a versatile speedster who could play slot or corner, but I would bet on corner.
Overall a very strong weekend for the Frogs who are closing in on what appears be Patterson's best class to date.
Friday, January 23, 2009
... at least in a meaningless, small time newspaper article, but it's from a Florida publication, so that has to count for something, no? From the worthless honors department of the Florida Times-Union (print is dying, and the papers with dashes in their names will be the first to go), Utah was recently named the number one team in the country based on their end of year power rankings. So, there you go Utes, at least you won something. It should be noted that the Frogs were listed as 9th, two spots behind Boise State, so it's obvious these rankings are complete bullshit because of the 45-35 argument to end all arguments. However, I mostly posted this because of the one situation it rectified, because let's be honest, Utah wouldn't have beaten Florida or Oklahoma on a neutral field, (haven't I heard this neutral field argument somewhere before?? hmm...) or their own for that matter,... and that situation is naming the MWC as the third best conference in the country this past year. We pulled it out by a slight margin over the Big Ten, a decent margin over the ACC and quite a swath over the Pac 10 and Big East. Should it have been as close between us and the Big Ten? Well, may I direct you towards their 1-5 bowl record this year? The ACC is a basketball conference, but I'd still give them the edge over the Big Televen. Anyway, just thought I'd point out this situation that finally corrected some BCS bias.
The Frogs are still kicking ass. This is good. Frog Nachos are good. Smuggling whiskey into Daniel Meyer is also good. Lets keep the good vibes, and express hate towards arguably the worst state in the country (New Mexico, much?). Lobos are wolves, but New Mexico doesn't have any.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Magazine honors TCU's Schlueter Victoria Advocate
Texas basketball teams, players find success on national level ESPN
BSU letter sent to Utah raises eyebrows KBCI
Around the Mountain West USA Today
The rest of the news Cowtown Clips
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Don't get the wrong impression, now- I'm not saying that this year's team is destined to falter just as last year's squad did. After all, Jimmy C's team has already been victorious on the road 3 times, whereas last year's Frogs managed just one win away from Fort Worth the entire season. Two of those, of course, were against Big 12 teams. The Frogs can also count preseason conference favorite UNLV among their victims, which is as impressive a win as this program has in a number of years.
But now that we're into the heart of the conference schedule, this is the time for this year's team to show that they're different from the chronic disappointment that's filled the DMC in recent years. As I stated, the Frogs currently sit atop the standings (along with Utah) of a conference that is really up for grabs at this point. The three teams picked to lead the way for the conference- BYU, UNLV and San Diego State- have all faltered against middle of the pack teams. With two games this week at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, where they've won 8 straight, the Frogs have a chance to transform themselves from surprising start-ups to actual conference title contenders.
TCU (12-6, 3-1) vs. Wyoming (12-5, 1-2)
TV: The Mtn
Radio: 1460 AM
TCU vs. New Mexico (11-7, 2-1)
Radio: 1460 AM
Henson's draft day dreams Scout
Phillips will be remembered Scout
-Some good looking Spit Blooders in the article's picture
Chicago Cubs invite prospective I-Cubs to camp Des Moines Register
Frogs looking for ninth straight win at Daniel Meyer GoFrogs.com
The rest of the news Cowtown Clips
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Kenneth Davis to enter hall of fame Dallas Morning News
The rest of the news Cowtown Clips
It's a good thing attendance wasn't a factor in the rankings.
Also, on a completely unrelated note, I think we can all give the Henson's a big congrats on his father in law being asked to lead the church service for the Obama's before the Inaugration later today. No matter if you agree with Obama's politics, this is a huge honor for Rev. Jakes and just demonstrates the national respect the man generates.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Catching up with TCU senior linebacker Robert Henson WFAA
Around the Mountain West USA Today
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Friday, January 16, 2009
And because there's no better way to spend this MLK Day Weekend than honoring Dr. King's legacy by sitting on your ass all day and watching TV, here are some other TCU-related sporting events that you can get fatter while watching:
-84th Annual East-West Shrine Classic: Aaron Brown and Jason Phillips are taking part in this year's game, which is being played at Robertson Stadium in Houston. 4:00pm Saturday, ESPN2.
-NFC Championship Game: I can't believe I'm actually giving a reason to root for Philadelphia, but former Frog Matt Schobel is on the Eagles. He's been slowed by injury most of the year, but has played in the playoffs. 2:00pm Sunday, FOX.
-AFC Championship Game: Again, I normally wouldn't condone cheering for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but their deep-snapper is Jared Retkofsky. He was the deep snapper at TCU right after the legendary Clif Alexander...is he still in playing shape? 5:30pm Sunday, CBS.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Could TCU football ever really win a national championship? Pegasus News
TCU basketball coach Jim Christian still excited about his team's potential Star-Telegram
TCU baseball ranked No. 32 Star-Telegram
Final non-BCS power rankings ESPN
A memorable non-BCS season in 2008 ESPN
Former Michigan commit schedules two visits Scout
The rest of the news Cowtown Clips
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
The Frogs were simply out-matched last night, as they will be in probably a majority of their games this year. They're small and scrappy and will overcome that on many nights, but last night defending MWC Player of the Year Lee Cummard and the Cougars were just too much to overcome. Give them credit, though- after an extremely dismal first half (9 turnovers, many of them unforced errors and a dreadful 30% shooting percentage), the Frogs never gave up and actually won the second half by nine (and beat the spread, for you degenerate gamblers out there...).
My point is, from where this program was, they're not going to be a national power overnight. There are going to have to be baby steps, and that includes admittedly lame moral victories like "we won the second half". Being down 21 at half time, they could've easily given up. But they didn't, and finding a little bit of success while continuing to fight against a strong opponent like BYU serves as good practice for games further on down the road. Their next three games (at Air Force and at home against Wyoming and New Mexico) are all winnable, and the Frogs still get another crack at the Cougars at home next month.
(Dialogue via Facebook)
January 13 at 11:15am
Hey RH, I wanted to thank you for helping give us one of the most memorable seasons in our Frog careers. I'm sorry things shook out the way they did with the bowl game and everything but I wish you the best of luck with your future. Keep me posted on anything going on with you and if you ever want to write on our blog let me know. Our readers of Spit Blood would be thrilled to read anything coming from you.
Sorry I have been out of touch, I got laid off from my job in Austin at the beginning of December and have been working hard to start my own residential pressure washing company.
I hope all is well with you and Mrs. H.
Happy belated New Year!
January 13 at 6:44pm
Thanks T-Finch the plessure was all mine you guys made me the player I am today, I love the intensity you guys came with every game and I did my best to match that!! As for the "NFL" I am currently training at Intergrated Athletic Development(IAD) with Deion Sanders and LB T.J. Slaughter, I am busting my hump everyday to show guys like Lydell Sargent (Penn State), Derious Butler (UCONN), Brown the CB from Georgia and Allen the DE from OU that we work hard too. They all respect TCU football and admire our tough defense!! They are all also 1st through 3rd round picks. Then i get to talk smack about finishing as the #1 defense in the country, share as much as you want with the guys. Sorry about your job I'm glad to see your still in good spirits and being an entrapaneur......however you spell it lol!!
Give me a shout when you can I workout 2 times a day but I will def call back.
Horned Frogs for life bro!!!
Rank Selection Edit W-L Pts Tie
1 THEFINCH 18-16 362 41-38
2 coldair's picks 17-17 328 42-51
3 buffalo's picks 20-14 326 31-45
4 jmeador's picks 19-15 320 48-42
5 BuckNasty's picks 19-15 306 41-35
5 skeezerjmh's picks 19-15 306 44-31
7 Spanish's picks 17-17 304 17-21
8 tcufrog4's picks 18-16 298 28-45
9 mankdog's picks 16-18 280 45-24
10 No Doubt 16-18 277 42-38
10 Sir Wesley Willis 16-18 277 28-243
12 Grayhound's picks 16-18 274 38-31
13 TazDevils 12-22 260 39-36
14 VikingFrog's picks 15-19 243 35-45
15 POPPJOBB 17-17 227 34-27
16 avdiaz's picks 13-21 223 42-45
16 Ross Evans Fan Club 15-19 223 35-38
18 kwharbuck's picks 14-20 221
18 Lyle Lanley's picks 14-20 221
18 lt4heisman's picks 14-20 221
18 hmfrogs's picks 14-20 221
18 waddellgl's picks 14-20 221
23 wwhd's picks 14-20 218 24-17
24 Cro-Magnon Frog's picks 15-19 211 45-38
25 counselorfrog's picks 12-22 209 38-41
26 spitpurple's picks 14-20 185
This is pretty lame that I somehow came in first, I wanted to give someone else an opportunity to post on here about how bad ass they are at picking confidence points in bowl games, but I refuse to toot my own horn. I also refuse to make myself a trophy. I hope y'all had a good time participating and look forward to an even bigger pool next year. This is the first time I have ever participated in a "pride only" bowl pick 'em and I won, next year we might need to do a pride only and a $10 an entry competition to make things interesting. (and then I will be sure to lose)
I also failed to mention that 49 posts ago, Spitblood hit a major milestone with the 1,000th post. I want to extend thanks to not only the contributors of Spitblood, but especially to the readers who help keep this gig going. We at Spitblood are looking at several options to expand our viewer ship including a possible alliance with an up and coming sports blog network that reached out to us to represent TCU in the blog world. This is a huge compliment to our blog and our content, so again, thanks to everyone who helps make this happen.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I was reading the Star-Telegram article from this morning regarding Coach Christian's outlook on the BYU game this evening and somehow I guess most of you must have glossed over this little tidbit:
Coach thankful for past
Jim Christian likes to live in the present and sometimes look to the future. But one thing about the past that he’s been able to appreciate so far is the classiness of former TCU coach Neil Dougherty.
Dougherty sent Christian a congratulatory text message after the Frogs’ season-opening win over Western Michigan, and he’s offered to help in any way throughout the season, which Christian said made the new staff’s transition easier.
"He’s supporting the kids he brought into the program, and I think that’s a wonderful thing," Christian said. "I was a little surprised [to get the text message], but in a pleasant way. Not a lot of guys in this business do those types of things. It shows what kind of person he is."
Oh. Oh my god! How does this happen? Have you ever seen the Seinfeld where George gets fired from his job for pretending to be handicapped, then tunnels his way into his handicapped bathroom and sets up his office there? That's what this is like, except not in any way funny! I had heard rumors that Neil and his crew were at the home opener, which I guess is acceptable since he wanted to see how his holdovers were making it under the new regime... but still questionable. I mean, if you were fired from your job for vast imcompetence, would you show up when your replacement was finishing up their year end reports, just to see how things were going? I realize there are flaws to this argument, but, to put it in similar perspective: how many SMU games do you think Phil Bennett attended this season? (the fact that he had another co-ordinator job is not to be taken into account for the sake of me winning my argument) Because that's what Doughtery was: TCU's Phil Bennett, with the exception that Bennett was actually given another job after his axing.
Not to just beat a dead horse about how much I hate Dougherty, because anyone that reads this site clearly understands my feelings towards the man, but look at what Jim Christian said just this weekend in relation to the Dougherty Reich, also from the Star Telegram.
"Indifference" is how new Frogs’ coach Jim Christian summed it up when we talked Friday.
He wasn’t just talking about the media or the fans, either. He was talking about the players, too.
"There are so many great things happening here [at TCU], so many programs that are winning, people had just become indifferent to basketball," Christian said. "I’m talking about our own players.
"Guys were working here, they were working hard, but they weren’t working toward anything or with anybody."
So, call me crazy and too read between the line-y, but when you say that the players are "indifferent" and that they "weren't working toward anything or with anybody," I'm pretty sure that's a direct shot at the previous coach and how the players viewed the man and his stylings. When all but four of his players were either kicked off the team or left the program, that tells me that they were sick and tired of the direction it was going under the previous leadership and that they weren't going to be able to cut it under a winner.
The bottom line here is this: Why is Dougherty still hanging around? From Christian's comments, it almost sounds like he has an open invitation to interact with the players. Why would you take the chance? This situation with Dougherty is like a bad case of Herpes. It may lay dormant for a while and you'll think you have it controlled, but just when you're about to jump into bed with some hot young thing in Colby Hall, there's Neil, just a big ulcer on your D.(sorry, too much?) I understand how some programs keep around beloved coaches by either giving them front office jobs in the athletic department (Frank Broyles at Arkansas and Tom Osborne at Nebraska immediately come to mind) or some sort of honorary, pretend position (not that unlike Joe Paterno miraculously signing a 3 year contract extension to "coach" from the pressbox), but even those greats can wear our their welcome (Broyles). So, can you imagine what allowing a losing coach who players didnt respect and couldn't put together a winning team if his life depended on it can do to a rejuvenated program with a first class coach? Just look at the improvement of Langford and Mitchem through 16 games this season as proof that Dougherty wasn't capable of utilizing their talents. Christian needs to say thanks but no thanks and eliminate Dougherty's presence around the program immediately before the cock blocking really begins.
It is very early in the season but ESPN'S newest predicted bracket has TCU listed among the last four out. Granted this means they think we won't make the NCAA tournament but the fact that our Frogs are even being considered after the past few yeas is amazing. Christian and his Fightin' Frogs are making a name for themselves.
-Improve the MWC's Bowl Affiliations
Obviously, the goal here is to have the MWC Champ playing in a BCS game every year, regardless of record. The conference has showed that it's tougher than some of the leagues that do have automatic BCS tie-ins, so there's no reason that a team that wins this league should have to worry about making a BCS bowl if it happens to have lost a game or two.
But there is a lot of work to be done beyond just where the conference champ goes bowling. While being matched up against an undefeated, 9th-ranked team was a major coup for the league's #2 team this year, it was still two days before Christmas in a bowl that didn't even pay out $1 million. In fact, the only MWC-affliated bowl to pay out $1 million is the Las Vegas Bowl, which is normally the slot for the #1 team. That bowl is played on December 20.
Our league deserves games that pay well and are played on good dates. A few that would be within reason to go after would be the Insight Bowl (played in Phoenix with a $1.2 million pay out) and the Sun Bowl (El Paso, $1.9), both played on New Year's Eve. Heck, even the Holiday Bowl, which is played in the same stadium as the Poinsettia Bowl yet pays $2.3 million and is played on December 29th, ought to be approached. The two teams that played in this year's Holiday Bowl (Oregon & Oklahoma State) were ranked lower than both TCU & Boise State, who were each payed $750,000. There should also be feelers put out to the Independence Bowl (Shreveport, Dec 28, $1.1 million) and the Texas Bowl (Houston, Dec 30, $750K), both of whom were unable to fill their stadiums because not enough Big 12 or SEC teams qualified for a bowl. All of these would be more than adequate destinations for the conference's 2nd through 5th place teams.
-Improve the MWC's TV Deal
Thompson went out on a limb when he took the conference completely off of the ESPN family of networks starting in 2006. But ESPN wanted to pay the MWC very, very little money and put their football games on Tuesday & Wednesday nights. So he went to a fledgling start-up in CSTV (now CBS-College Sports), who offered him far more money and the assurance that games would only be played on Saturdays and Thursdays (I hate the Thursday games, too, but a lot of big conferences have them as well- Pac 10, SEC, Big East, ACC). He also went very much out on a limb by starting the first-ever cable network devoted to a college conference, with The Mtn.
Two and a half years later, the gamble has somewhat paid off: A large portion of games are on Versus and CBS-College, both of which are widely available on most cable & satellite providers. Even The Mtn has gained a foothold by gaining distribution on basic cable throughout much of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Nevada. It's also now available on DirecTV. It's still NOT available, however, on Dish Network, ATT Uverse and any cable provider in the DFW market. This HAS to change. The Mtn needs to be on basic cable in AT LEAST Fort Worth, if not the entire Metroplex and even all of Texas. It also needs to be available throughout the nation (as is it's copy-cat, the Big Ten Network) on expanded cable and ALL satellite providers. It's time to stop being greedy about negotiating distribution fees and just focus on making sure it's available to anyone who wants to watch it.
There has also been chatter about getting a few select MWC games broadcast on CBS. This needs to be explored as much as it can be. I think I speak for all TCU fans when I say we'd be more than happy to wake up & start tailgating early if the Utah @ TCU game next year could be on CBS on a Saturday at 11:00am. Too many of our big games have been on attendance-killing Thursday nights, and although 11:00am would be rough, I'm pretty sure we could handle it. The "Holy War", as Utah & BYU's rivalry game is called, would also be a great fit for network TV.
-Invite Boise State to join, NOW
Boise State is really a rising star of a football program. They only moved up to Division 1A in 1996, and 12 seasons later they are a legitimate perennial Top 20 team. They have a growing, loyal and enthusiastic fanbase and fit into the conference geographically.
Adding the Broncos to the MWC would benefit the conference in each of the categories we've already discussed. It would give the conference another competitive team that would be attractive to bowl committees and TV executives. Putting the #11 team in the country into a conference that already has the #2, #7, #25 and two other bowl teams would seriously bolster that conference's claims to be worthy of an automatic BCS bid.
Suprising TCU is no lightweight opponent Deseret News
Bulijan, Carter named MWC players of the week GoFrogs.com
Frogs look for fifth straight victory on road at BYU GoFrogs.com
TCU kicker Drew Combs caps career with Rudy award Star-Telegram
TCU freshman a real Tuffy WFAA
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Monday, January 12, 2009
Another big test lies ahead for the Frogs, as they travel to Provo to take on BYU (13-2, 1-0 in conference) tomorrow night at 9:00pm Texas time. If you have DirecTV, you can watch the game on The Mtn. If not, it's on 1460 AM and 88.7 FM in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Drew Combs wins Rudy Award Star-Telegram
McGilveary getting interest from TCU Scout
10 ways to improve college football Collegefootballnews
All-bowl team ESPN
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Sunday, January 11, 2009
Horned Frogs knock off Mountain West favorite Star-Telegram
Buljan leads TCU to 80-73 win over UNLV AP
TCU gains respect wit No. 7 ranking Star-Telegram
Final polls show that TCU deserves a place with the big boys Star-Telegram
Who's really No. 1? The only way to decide is on the field Star-Telegram
Jim Christian brings a breath of fresh air to TCU men's basketball Star-Telegram
Bowls finally end, nothing decided Detroit News
-Claims TCU finishing 7th was the most significant placement in the final polls.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009
ESPN Classic is showing 20 minute bowl recaps all day today. The Poinsettia Bowl recap will be on at 2:40pm CST. Watching the New Mexico one right now and it is basically like fast-forwarding through all the boring plays. So for those of you not ready to admit that football season is over ESPN Classic is providing an outlet for your denial.
Friday, January 9, 2009
1. Florida 51,413
2. Utah 35,150
3. USC 33,389
4. Texas 48,754
5. Oklahoma 29,721
6. Alabama 27,052
7. TCU 8,696
8. Penn State 44,112
9. Ohio State 52,568
10. Oregon 20,393
So the next-smallest school in the top ten, Oregon, is nearly 2.5 times bigger than TCU. Additionally, the other nine schools in the Top 10 have an average of 38,061 students, which is nearly 4.5 times bigger than TCU! It's like a 2A high school ranking right up there with Katy, Southlake Carroll, Euless Trinity, etc. Furthermore, the second-smallest school in the Top 25 is #14 Ole Miss, which is still more than twice the size of TCU.
All-bowl team Scout
The Horned Frogs finish year in top ten Pegasus News
Mountain West closer to automatic BCS birth CBS
Utah's only loss delivered by gutless voters NBC
Early jump on '09 predictions Atlanta Journal-Constitution
ESPN won't push for BCS playoffs, executive says LA Times
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Thursday, January 8, 2009
Cove pair head to TCU early KWTX
Hodge and Phillips headed to NFL combine GoFrogs.com
Two minute drill: Hodge invited to NFL combine Longview News-Journal
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