Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Do or Die Time

After their phenomenal start, the baseball team has hit a rough patch in their season, having lost 4 of their last 6 and 7 of their last 12 games. Last week, that included a lop-sided midweek loss at Baylor and then dropping 2 of 3 against San Diego State at home.

I don't mean to sound like their season is over, not by any means. They are 15-9 (compared to 14-10 at this time a year ago), ranked 22nd in the country and still do own that series win over #1 Cal State-Fullerton on the road. But the Frogs will not be able to just roll over the MWC again this year. In fact, right now TCU is in 4th place in the MWC standings. San Diego State, with their uber-ace Stephen Strasburg, has garnered a lot of attention and is ranked one spot ahead of TCU at #21. But it's this weekend's opponent, 18th-ranked New Mexico, that may be the Frogs' main obstacle in the way of a 6th consecutive conference championship.

The Lobos, led by second-year coach Ray Birmingham, are off to a blistering 24-4 start (and 5-1 in conference), including a two-game midweek sweep against A&M in College Station. They are averaging almost 12 runs a game, and every single member of their starting lineup is hitting at least .324 (with 4 guys hitting over .400 and one hitting over .500).

With three home games against a Top-20 team in baseball and the football team's spring game on Saturday morning, this weekend will be a great time to get a look at our teams and maybe get an indication of their championship prospects.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Some thoughts on the new schedule

Like anyone else, the first thing that jumped out at me when I saw the 2009 schedule was that all 12 games are on Saturdays. ESPECIALLY the Utah game. It's been such a power-down the last few years to have the biggest home game of the year fall on a Thursday night (or worse, a Thursday afternoon like in '06).

That being said, though, it's not completely perfect- but I'll get to that. A few of these were shared by Sir Wesley Willis. First, the positives:

-As mentioned before, every game is on a Saturday. It's like we're a real college football team!

-Utah game on a Saturday night. Double up on your blood-pressure medication for this one, boys. This could be a memorable night at Amon G.

-A home game on Halloween against UNLV. I got dibs on dressing up as Grimace. Residents of Fort Worth: guard your pumpkins.

-GREAT Television coverage, with 9 games on TV so far:

  • 4 on Versus in HD (Colorado St, @ BYU, UNLV and @ San Diego St)
  • 2 on CBS-College in HD (Utah and @ Air Force)
  • 3 on The Mtn (SMU, @ Wyoming and New Mexico...since only one away game is on The Mtn, their lackluster distribution isn't too big a deal. You'll have to find a friend with DirecTV for the Wyoming game on November 7th though...I'm looking at you, Sir Wesley)
  • The Virginia & Clemson games should both be on TV as well, although the ACC doesn't announce it's broadcast assignments until just a few weeks prior to the game. Only the Texas State game will end up being "radio-only".

-Great opportunity for travel- Virginia & Clemson will both have a good Southern atmosphere (although Virginia is pretty far north, no?). BYU's 65,000 fans will be looking for revenge. San Diego is self-explanatory and Colorado Springs is beautiful, as well.

-No back-to-back road games. The MWC office has finally decide to not do us wrong here, unlike last year when the Frogs played a Saturday night game in Las Vegas, then had to turn around for a (rather important) game in Salt Lake City just 5 days later.

But, because I'm a TCU fan, I have found negatives and am going to bitch about them. Starting with:

- No game the first week of the season. As maddeningly anxious as every college football fan gets toward the end of the summer, how unfair is it that we'll have to wait a week longer than everyone else to see our team play? Maybe it'll be nice, though, to consume the first weekend of college football while not moving from my couch. Or maybe the Rangers will still be in the pennant chase...ha!

-No off-week. 12 games in 12 straight weeks. That could take a physical toll, especially if the injury bug hits. It should be noted, though, that each of these first two frownies could be erased if the Texas State game (currently scheduled for September 19th) gets moved to September 5th, as some posters on Purple Menace seem certain it will. Having heard nothing from anyone actually associated with the program, though, I'm skeptical as to whether that will actually happen.

-Home game on Thanksgiving weekend. While most of you reading this site are probably thinking that, oh well, family time will get cut short this year, TCU-New Mexico doesn't have the same draw to casual fans like Florida-Florida State, Texas-Texas A&M or any of the other rivalries that are generally played over the holiday weekend. We've been lucky enough to avoid this attendance-killer since the ill-fated '04 season, when 24,000 showed up to watch the Frogs face Tulane. In 2002, with a conference championship on the line, the same number showed up to watch the Frogs clinch a spot in the Liberty Bowl. Yikes.

-Home game on Texas-OU weekend. Again, to any die-hard TCU fan, this isn't that big of an issue. But the 'Horns & Sooners annual clash in Dallas is a big event on the average Metroplex resident's football schedule. TCU has been able to avoid this attendance-killing conflict since 2000. The effect will be even worse if the UT/OU game kicks off at 2:30 (vs. TCU/CSU's 3:00 kick). Hopefully, and more likely, the UT/OU game will be picked up by ABC as a National broadcast at 11:00am. Also, the administration would be wise to 0ffset the damage by making the CSU game either Homecoming or Parent's Weekend, which usually boost attendance of any given game by a few thousand.

(Of course, both of the above attendance issues can be minimized if the team is playing well and is ranked highly).

-Late November trip to Laramie. When the Frogs play Wyoming on November 21, they could be in for some harsh weather. The average November high in Laramie is 42, with the average low being 17. Plus there's always the potential for fairly heavy blizzards. Luckily it's a day game, but still something to be aware of.

All in all, though, I'd say it's a very managable schedule and I can't wait.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Schedule Released


2009 TCU Football Schedule
Sept. 12 - at Virginia, TBA (TBA)
Sept. 19 - Texas State, 6 p.m.
Sept. 26 - at Clemson, TBA (TBA)
Oct. 3 - SMU, 7 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Oct. 10 - at Air Force*, 6:30 p.m. (CBS College Sports Network - HD)
Oct. 17 - Colorado State*, 3 p.m. (VERSUS - HD)
Oct. 24 - at BYU*, 6:30 p.m. (VERSUS - HD)
Oct. 31 - UNLV*, 3 p.m. (VERSUS - HD)
Nov. 7 - at San Diego State*, 3 p.m. (VERSUS - HD)
Nov. 14 - Utah*, 6:30 p.m. (CBS College Sports - HD)
Nov. 21 - at Wyoming, 1 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Nov. 28 - New Mexico, Noon (The Mtn.)



After impatiently waiting while every other school in the country announced their upcoming football schedules, the powers that be at TCU have FINALLY come through for us. The most beautiful thing you'll notice? NO THURSDAY GAMES!!! EVERY SINGLE GAME IS ON A SATURDAY!!! YEESS!!!! Utah on Saturday evening? F and Yes. Home game on Halloween? F and Yes. All games but one televised (assuming the Clemson and UVA games get picked up)? F and Yes. There are not many more blessings that the schedule gods could bestow upon us...

...EXCEPT, as no good deed goes unpunished, and, after consulting with my colleague lyle lanley, there are three glaring issues with said schedule.

First off, if you'll notice, we have ZERO bye weeks. Correction, we have one bye week, and it's the first week of the season. WTF, mate? That's absolutely brutal and will be tough to handle come the end of the season. Let's just pray that injuries are kept to a minimum. This is a huge bummer because while everyone is enjoying their team playing on the opening weekend of the season, we'll be at home twiddling our thumbs. This gaffe is similar to the situation we were in two seasons ago when our bye week was at the end of the season. It's no coincidence that we went 7-5. Let's hope that wasn't a precursor.

Secondly, we have a home game running concurrent with TX/OU weekend. I'm personally fine with this, but unfortunately quite a bit of our fanbase will not be and will be in attendance in Dallas, or at least in town for the festivities. Let's hope the kickoff for TX/OU is in the early morning as it was this season.

Third, home game on Thanksgiving weekend. For the locals this isn't a big deal, but for those of us who have to travel to be with our families, this will likely pose an issue, and especially in my case when I will be semi-newly married and splitting family holidays, so whichever family we are with will not be interested in giving up any extra time. Good thing it's on the tele, though. So, combined with the TX/OU situation, there are possibly 2 home games where attendance will be directly impacted because of the scheduling. Let's hope that # finish has a more positive effect than we give it credit for.

Anyway, here is is. Talk about it in the comments.
2009 TCU Football Schedule

Sept. 12 - at Virginia, TBA (TBA)
Sept. 19 - Texas State, 6 p.m.
Sept. 26 - at Clemson, TBA (TBA)
Oct. 3 - SMU, 7 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Oct. 10 - at Air Force*, 6:30 p.m. (CBS College Sports Network - HD)
Oct. 17 - Colorado State*, 3 p.m. (VERSUS - HD)
Oct. 24 - at BYU*, 6:30 p.m. (VERSUS - HD)
Oct. 31 - UNLV*, 3 p.m. (VERSUS - HD)
Nov. 7 - at San Diego State*, 3 p.m. (VERSUS - HD)
Nov. 14 - Utah*, 6:30 p.m. (CBS College Sports - HD)
Nov. 21 - at Wyoming, 1 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Nov. 28 - New Mexico, Noon (The Mtn.)

Morning Dump

Graham Watson chats with GP DMN
-espn link

Senate anti-trust panel to investigate BCS Salt Lake Tribune
-because clearly they have nothing more important to worry about

TCU-Baylor game postponed until Thursday GoFrogs.com

The rest of the news Cowtown Clips

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Nostalgia Time - The '87 Dixon Miracle

I realize we are all still probably pretty bummed about how our Frogs laid a big egg in the second half of the season. However it is at times like these where we need to reflect on where we have been, and where will return someday. This is a classic video of Jamie Dixon taking down UT at the buzzer to lock up the 1987 SWC title.

Brackets aside, I am wishing Jamie all the best in the tourney because of this soul crushing shot against the Horns. I love it.

Morning Dump

TCU Frogs missing a little some as spring football resumes Star-Telegram

No. 16 TCU rolls to 10-2 victory GoFrogs.com

Baylor baseball rained out; TCU here tonight
Waco Tribune-Herald

The rest of the news Cowtown Clips

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Morning Dump

Wendy Davis wins passage of her first bill in state Senate Star-Telegram
-I didn't read anything about the bill, and don't know a whole lot about Sen. Davis, but she put on a TCU helmet in a senate hearing so I thought it was worth posting.

TCU must toughen up next season, Jeff Mittie says Star-Telegram

College baseball top 25 week of 3/23
Baseball America

The rest of the news Cowtown Clips

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

March Madness Challenge Reminder

Surely we can do better than 12 people. I'll add some incentive, the winner of the pool will be mailed an awesome Spit Blood TCU koozie, and of course will be recognized as the champion on here.

Here's the info again:

I have created a group on CBS Sportsline for our Spit Blood fans to battle it out for pride to see who is the March Madness Champion.

Click on the link below and enter the password, and make sure you fill out your bracket before Thursday at 11am.


Our Group password is: frogs

The scoring system is high risk, high reward for picking big upsets because you get the round weight plus the seed.

The weights are as follows:
RD3=4pts (Sweet Sixteen)
RD4=8pts (Elite Eight)
RD5=16pts (Final Four)
RD6=32pts (Championship)

We DO Exist!

Hodge (pun alert) double-handedly winning the Poinsettia Bowl
I know that this article was posted in the dump, but there are several reasons why it is worth mentioning, so I deemed a post necessary. Also, I haven't posted in a couple of weeks, so any opportunity is a good one. My whole football year round strategy isnt' dead yet!
Anyway, Gosselin's shout-out is important for several reasons. First off, Gosselin is apparently a noted draft "guru" around the league and to some his opinions on prospects is the gold standard for making their draft day decisions. Unlike Mel Kiper, Gosselin uses actual analysis and forms complete thoughts to evaluate tatent rather than just distracting viewers with his BIG BOARD, yelling and blindingly crafted hair style. More importantly, Gosselin writes for the Dallas Morning News, home of America's Team. Incidentally, America's Team, for better or worse, currently has an onslaught of mid to late round picks. Aren't the Cowboys a little thin at pass rushing LBs outside of DeMarcus Ware (who, it should be noted, is not resigned yet) and Brady James since Anthony Spencer hasn't exactly panned out, Greg Ellis is a man he's 40, Kevin Burnett just defected, Zach Thomas is gone/sucked and Keith Brooking is basically a place holder until someone else can be moved in to replace him? I know Jerry beats to his own drum, but isn't there at least a chance that this article catches his eye? It's just a thought, but at least Hodge doesn't have any murders on his conscience unlike Ray Lewis who was last rumored to be in Jerry's wheelhouse of horrors. Why not Hodge? Heck, Roy Williams is the most overhyped player to ever wear a Star on his dome, and he didn't have 4.5 speed. Why not give Hodge a shot at safety? There are far worse ways to spend a 4th or 5th round pick because, honestly, how much luck has the double J had with his typical mid round offensive line picks in the past few years? No matter what your opinion is on the Boys, we need our guys to play for them because if they don't, we'll never hear much about them. Sure, LT is the obvious exception, but Gator starts for the Bengals and how much do we really think about him these days? Since there's only one team in Texas (yes, you read that right), we need to get a few more of our guys signed to the Cowboys so we can watch them develop in our own backyard. Also, hopefully Hodge can sack Romo in practice and end his career. That's the real way to the Super Bowl.
After that detour, though, let me get to the most important part of this article which is that the Dallas Morning News actually mentioned something TCU related! It's a miracle! Living in Dallas has its perks (read: professional sports teams and hoes with fake cans), but among the many downsides is that you are unable to have the Star-Telegram delivered to your door as it is leaps and bounds a finer publication than the DMN. Heck it could be Pulitzer worthy if they'd fire Jennifer Floyd Engel. Now, do I mostly base my opinion of the ST on its Frogs coverage? Absolutely yes, but I feel like if SMU had any sort of athletic program that was remotely relevant, the ST wouldn't blatantly ignore it as is the case with TCU and the Dallas News. It's very frustrating to have TCU in the middle of an historic football season and look at the Dallas News and see that rather than mentioning this they're live blogging SMU basketball games. Yes, that's true: DMN online actually LIVE BLOGS SMU BASKETBALL GAMES!!! And people wonder why the newspaper industry is dying a rapid death. I understand they're going to give preference to the local-est team in the area, but North Texas gets more play than TCU for godsakes! I know this is just a small victory, but could this be the beginning of the end for SMU? Is the DMN finally realizing that SMU may not even have football and basketball programs in 5 years if they don't turn things around? SMU doesn't even have a baseball team because they'd rather have soccer! The DMN may be a little late to the bandwagon, but if they're finally starting to see the writing on the wall for SMU becoming a D-1AA school, then AAALLLLL ABBOOOAAARRDDD!!

Morning Dump

TCU S Hodge a natural pass rusher Dallas Morning News

TCU falters late in 8-7 loss to OU GoFrogs.com

Prices soar for college showcases at Dallas Cowboys stadium Star-Telegram

Green with envy
- bunch of teams are envious of TCU

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

TCU vs. Oklahoma tonight

It was a rough weekend for the Frogs, who dropped 2 of 3 games to the #25 Minnesota Golden Gophers. They were able, though, to win the series finale last night behind a strong pitching performance by freshman Kyle Winkler. Tonight the #13 Oklahoma Sooners pay a visit at Lupton Stadium, offering the #18 Frogs a perfect chance to regain the momentum they had before Minnesota came to town. And it's always fun to spew hate at OU, right?

Steven Maxwell takes the mound for the Frogs, first pitch is 6:30pm.

Spit Blood TCU's March Madness Bracket Challenge

I have created a group on CBS Sportsline for our Spit Blood fans to battle it out for pride to see who is the March Madness Champion.

Click on the link below and enter the password, and make sure you fill out your bracket before Thursday at 11am.


Our Group password is: frogs

The scoring system is high risk, high reward for picking big upsets because you get the round weight plus the seed.

The weights are as follows:
RD3=4pts (Sweet Sixteen)
RD4=8pts (Elite Eight)
RD5=16pts (Final Four)
RD6=32pts (Championship)

Morning Dump

TCU women are back in the big time Star-Telegram

Five questions on the women's tourney ESPN

TCU freshman stops Minnesota Star-Telegram

No.13 OU at No.14 TCU Tuesday night SoonerSports.com

Jim Christian is looking for a few good players to take TCU to the big dance Star-Telegram

The rest of the news Cowtown Clips

Monday, March 16, 2009

Marcus Jackson back to QB...at least for a week

According to ESPN's Graham Watson, Marcus Jackson will move back to quarterback when the team returns from spring break.  Apparently Yogi and Casey haven't progressed quickly enough for GP to feel completely comfortable with them as the backups.  The article also says MJ has been playing special teams. I'm all for putting his ability to use, I like the idea of him getting some reps at QB too though.  

Morning Dump

Gophers jump on TCU Minnesota Star-Tribune

Cougars facing questions in camp Salt Lake Tribune

March 16 baseball top 25
Baseball America

The rest of the news Cowtown Clips

Saturday, March 14, 2009

No. 11 TCU's Win Streak Halted in 6-4 Loss to Minnesota

Sad day in baseball. This Minnesota loss will set us back for sure. We play Minnesota on Sunday at 1.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

DCTF visits Frogs' practice

Dave Campbell's Texas Football paid a visit to TCU's spring practice on Tuesday, here's what they had to say...


Usually I wouldn't make a post about a professional league, much less a start-up. However, I just heard Dennis Green was just on Mike and Mike and mentioned that the UFL will play games on Thursday nights beginning in October. Again, who cares? Here's the kicker, their games will be broadcast on VS. While VS. quality leaves much to be desired, it reaches more people than any of our other stations. Does anyone know how or if this will effect MWC football on VS.?

Morning Dump

Fresh start may be just what Horned Frogs need Star-Telegram

TCU Lady Frogs surprised by No. 7 seed Star-Telegram

Baseball series opener with Minnesota moved to Saturday

Lonta Hobbs headed to jail AP

NFL Draft: Top linebackers USA Today

Orange Bowl stays in BCS Miami Herald

Sugar Bowl, BCS, ESPN extend contract

Frogs add fifth commitment for '10 class: Chris Dinkins out of Tyler Lee is 6'2 190 and said to run a 4.5, could play safety or receiver.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

2010 Rivals100

Good to see that there are a couple of guys in the top twenty on the 2010 Rivals100 that have us on their list. Reggie Wilson comes in at #20 and a four star prospect according to this list.

Morning Dump

Jerry Hughes happy to be a leader for TCU defense Star-Telegram

Four TCU players are named all MWC DMN

Texas State baseball falls to TCU
News 8 Austin video

The Mountain West, inside and out Las Vegas Sun

The rest of the news Cowtown Clips

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Nunchuck Fail

You already know what is going to happen, but we watch anyway.

A little hoops talk

Well, the second half of the season was definitely not as kind to the Frogs, but as Hans from the Mighty Ducks could tell you, "there is still a shot they could make the playoffs" (or rather the NCAA Tournament, you senile old man. But really, even with Jim Christian, this program isn't anywhere close to Big Dance material.

The Frogs came close to playing spoiler last year, falling by one point to eventual tournament champion UNLV on the Rebels' home court. This year, there might be more opportunity for the Frogs (or one of the other bottom-dwellers of the conference) to play spoiler as ESPN's Joe Lunardi currently has FIVE Mountain West teams (BYU, Utah, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV) making the Tournament in his latest Bracketology. Combine that with five teams making bowl games (and one of them a BC$ game) this past fall, and our conference is making itself some money with it's performance.

TCU enters the MWC Tournament as the #7 seed and will play #2 seed Utah Thursday night at 8:30pm on CBS-College. I wouldn't get your hopes up too much, but hey, stranger things have happened this time of year...

House got torn down across from Coach Patterson's house. Small problem.

Recruiting Update

Just about a month removed from National Signing Day for the Class of 2009, the Frogs are already hard at work on the Class of 2010 having already received commitments from four players.

Last weekend, 3 oustanding players from in and around the Metroplex visited TCU to watch the Frogs go through spring practice. They were 6'5" 290lb center Austin Woods of Rockwall-Heath, 6'4" 210lb linebacker Caleb Lavey of Celina and 6'4" 240lb defensive end Reggie Wilson (pictured above) of Haltom City.

All three players have already received scholarship offers from dozens of schools, and although Rivals hasn't assigned star rankings for the 2010 class yet, are likely to be 4- or 5-star players. Woods and Lavey both stated enthusiastically in interviews how impressed they were with TCU. Wilson, who has been described by some as the best defensive player in the state, is rumored to have narrowed his college choice down to Texas and TCU, and was supposedly hanging around talking to Patterson well after Saturday's practice was over.

THIS was my reaction when I heard we had a chance to get Wilson.

Va Kurt Va

I'm sure most of y'all that read this blog are Spurs haters, but you've got to love the way Kurt is stepping up this year. I can't tell you how many times I've told people their new favorite clutch player is a Frog.

Spurs' Thomas rising to the challenge - SA Express-News

Morning Dump

TCU players earn MWC honors Star-Telegram

Three strikes
Baseball America

Baseball adds Texas Tech on April 13 GoFrogs.com

Tatum's Stephen Hodge impresses NFL scouts

Mac Brown give Clemso 'Cliffnotes' on coaching

The rest of the news Cowtown Clips

Monday, March 9, 2009

Frogs sweep Wichita State

The Frogs bounced back quite nicely from their Wednesday-evening loss to Baylor by sweeping Wichita State, a complete 180 from their 3 losses in Wichita last spring.

Things didn't look good Friday night, as the Frogs were down 5-2 in the bottom of the 8th inning, staring a second consecutive defeat straight in the eye. But Matt Vern tied the game at 5 with a 3-run bomb and Ben Carruthers doubled home Brance Rivera (who was pinch-running after a Corey Steglich double) to make it 6-5. True freshman Erik Miller then shut down the Shockers in the 9th to preserve the win. Saturday and Sunday's games weren't quite as close, with the Frogs winning by 9-4 and 12-3 scores.

The MVP of the weekend has to be Matt Vern. He went 5-9 on the weekend, homered in all three games, and added a double on Sunday. All together, he drove in 8 runs over the 3 games.

Baseball America now has TCU at #12, other polls should come out with their rankings later today. At least one ranking service, WarrenNolan.com, has the Frogs #1 in their RPI rankings. To be 9-2 after the murderer's row schedule they've faced so far is pretty amazing.

This week the Frogs have 4 games on tap. First up is a chance for you Austin & San Antonio area Frog fans to watch them in action as they take on Texas State in San Marcos on Tuesday night. Then the Golden Gophers of Minnesota come to Fort Worth for a weekend series at Lupton.

A few other notables:
  • Through the first six home games of '09, the Frogs are averaging just over 2,400 fans per game. That's a 20% increase over '08, which was the best attendance year in school history.
  • The Mtn has announced their TV broadcast schedule for the '09 season (after it's already begun?). They'll televise the MWC Tournament and a whopping TWO REGULAR SEASON GAMES. Neither of which include TCU. Absolute bullshit.

Pics from TCU Pro Day

Here is the link to all the photos:


Morning Dump

Why TCU mean get to play Utah again Star-Telegram

Hodge has sights set on NFL Longview News-Journal

No. 11 TCU sweeps Wichita State with 12-3 win

The rest of the news
Cowtown Clips

Saturday, March 7, 2009

(Afternoon) Morning Dump

TCU men's basketball has foundation to build on Star-Telegram
Jason Phillips has knee surgery Star-Telegram
Top 50 Non-conference games for 2009 scout.com
TCU backup QB moves to safety espn.com's Graham Watson

Mountain West proposal links
Mountain West just wasting time with proposed playoff cbssports.com
How to fix BCS problem newsok.com
MWC proposal, meet BCS deaf ears lasvegassun.com
Mountain West lays foundation for change espn.com's Graham Watson

Games Today

After a big night last night, I struggled to make it out of bed before the crack of noon, which cut a hole in my TCU sports schedule today. I missed the football scrimmage at nine this morning (Don't worry, I'm ashamed of myself), and I was planning on running over to the women's basketball game for senior day but it seems I'm late for that, too. Thankfully there is only one senior this year, and I'm not terribly interested in watching layups for two hours.

But, there is still time to catch Horned Frog baseball in game two of our series against the Shockers. I was at the game last night, and if you missed it, well... you missed some awesomeness. The Vern homer to tie the game was about as clutch as it gets, and hitting in to that wind last night was a pain for both teams. It cleared the wall pretty easily and if that wind wasn't blowing it back it might have set off a few car alarms.

Anyway, Wichita State brought a decent number of fans and as Sean Hoelscher getting the start)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Salt Shaker 3/4/09

This shit-eating grinning bastard is William Shakespear. He recently won a contest to be the new mascot of my rumors posts, narrowly edging out Brad, "The Our Little Secret Rapist." I keep my ear pretty well against the ground, and here a lot of rumors from the athletic department. There is at least some truth to all of them, but some will never come to fruition and others may not be verified for a while. The good news is, I'm not involved with any big enough media organizations to be worth planting a false rumor with.

So take them all with a hearty grain of salt, but don't be surprised if they come true.

The football schedule is complete, but not finalized. Expect dates to move in the coming months on the schedule, including the season opener coming a bit earlier and an off weekend before the showdown with Clemson. Patterson backed out of a potential Ole Miss opener because he wants his starters ready for game speed before playing a big name opponent. Texas State ought to do nicely before we leave for UVA.

Mountain West Continues BCS Shake Up [UPDATE]

The Mountain West continues to bang on the BCS doors in New York, but as usual, no one is listening. Today this was on the front page headlines of ESPN.com--saving you some reading, it says the MWC has shown their proposal to the BCS honchos. It is an 8-team playoff. Aren't there 10 teams allowed in now?

I've gotta say, I just don't get the proposal. The ESPN story say it "would allow greater access to teams outside the six most powerful leagues." Normally, I would assume the plan offered a guaranteed bid to the highest ranked team out of the "Big 6." This story from last week doesn't bode well for that. Apparently the WAC Commissioner Karl Benson was so enthralled with the talks he hung up. And then a voice announced his departure to the rest of those in on the call. Ugh.

The country is starting to see the Mountain West as a troublemaker. Not the fun, Bart Simpson kind. More the PETA, "We're supporters of retarded legislation wasting time" kind.The conference is violating a Sports Commandment: "Thou Shalt STFU, and Prove It On the Field." Some would argue we've proved ourselves. Some still would say we have to do it year in and year out. Karl Benson thinks we should keep proving it over a four year period.

And I agree. When you lose the support of only other conference who has any room to step up and call bullshit, you've got a problem. As pointed out here by a Sporting News columnist, if what the MWC really wants is entrance into the National Championship Game to be realistic, we could have had it last year. When we voted against a Plus One system. Even though the SEC and ACC brought it up for discussion.

And all of this doesn't even get to the fact that the MWC proposal is completely unrealistic, and we know it. I am a die hard TCU fan. If you're reading this, odds are you are too. Let's say this proposal went in to effect this year and TCU actually clinched a spot in the field of eight. So there are seven games that we will fill with current bowl games.

Round 1: Cotton, Holiday, Gator and Fiesta bowls
Round 2: Sugar and Rose bowls
Championship: Orange Bowl

Keep in mind, we will be a lower seed, required to go place at the closest bowl to the higher seed. So in the first round, we draw Florida in the Gator Bowl. The University picks up the tab (for now) to get our team, band, coaches and anyone else who looks good on TV there. Diehards like you and I buy our flight, hotel and game tickets. This is the biggest moment in TCU football since the Championship, after all! And holy shit, we win. Tebow is distracted by God whispering in his ear all game, and throws the game winning pick six in the flats. TCU advances.

Round two, we are again the lower seed to USC. Off to Pasadena. Again, the University brings the house. I turn a couple (dozen) of back-alley tricks that I will never be able to wash off, no longer how long I'm in the shower, but I got the money. Keep in mind, these games are literally going week-by-week, so flights and hotel rooms were out of this world expensive. But this is the biggest moment in TCU football since the Championship, after all! I ask for another four day weekend and my boss begrudgingly accepts. And we finally get to line up against those Kansas City faggots and show them how we play ball. We go down 14 early before fighting our way back in the third. Gary's defense has Dirty Sanchez's apprentice running scared. We get the ball back with three minutes to play, and our backfield grinds it out. From 2nd and 5 at the 50, we catch them off guard with a bootleg to TE Corey Fuller for 15 yards. Run the ball three more times, and kick a 48-yarder as time expires for our second upset!

We party our faces off in L.A., and Mickey Rourke invites back to his place for a fireman party! We're not sure what that means, but why not! All of us wake up the next day with nosebleeds and sore asses, but TCU IS IN THE GODDAMN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME!

On the ride home, one of your buddies says he thinks he was raped by Mickey Rourke. The rest of the trip continues in silence, as you all avoid eye contact and silently sob.

The team gets ready to face Texas in Florida. The eyes of Texas are upon us. No one else's are. Ratings are okay, but not the "Super Powers Collide" that the network was hoping for. Colt McCoy is out for the game, after nagging injuries finally catch up to him. So is half of our defense, as most guys in their first year starting weren't ready for an NFL-like schedule. But there is some intrigue in the match up, and it will be fun to see if the underdog belongs (despite having proven it twice over the last two weekends).

I make myself afford one more trip in the last month. I'm fired from my job, I can't afford season tickets for next year, I have to take on two new roommates who are foreign and goth, respectively, and I'm not sure when I will be able to afford a laser removal of my "Mickey Rourke's head on Superfrog's body" tattoo. All of my friends with common sense have stopped going since the Gator Bowl. It's just me and eight other Spit Blood bloggers, dressed in purple rags, with the scent of cough syrup heavy on our breath. We made it.

We finally get crushed, 38-14. With no one left playing at a high level, we fall to our backups, as does UT. Theirs are just more athletic. We break our redshirt on two players to try to even the playing field, but they don't quite know what they're doing and their mistakes led to two Longhorn touchdowns. They become scapegoats among bloggers like us (hell, I'm still stalking Ross Evans). And spend the next two seasons afraid to make a big play. Oh, and off a second disappointing season, LSU offers Gary a small island, complete with his own natives to worship him along with $4 million a year, to coach Tiger football. On the bright side, that same day I find an avocado pit with a little bit of avocado still on it next to my dumpster.

Look, I'm as game as anyone to change the system in college football. I think that a MWC team will never get a chance for a national title in the current situation is horseshit. I think every year, the best team out of the little conferences deserves an automatic bid, if only to shake up the BCS lineups a bit. But our conference commissioner, Craig Thompson, knows (or damn well should know) that a playoff is completely unrealistic. It takes "real" fans of teams away from games in favor of regional audiences who only care enough to watch it on TV in the current system.

So what comes of the talk of change from New York? Nothing as usual. Thompson is holding his fingers like a gun in his jacket pocket. The BCS has a real .357 holstered in it's coat.

If Thompson truly believes in changing the system, he must learn to work within the system as it is. Ally the conference with like-minded friends. Use larger conferences hatred of the system to create change. And if worse comes to worst, we have three years to make change for ourselves. But that is for the Utes and Cougars and our Horned Frogs to decide on the field. Not Mr. Thompson on a conference call.

UPDATE 3/4/09 6:26pm--The story has been updated on ESPN.com and the official proposal can be found here. After reading it, I stand by my criticisms. SpitBlood will keep you posted on reactions nationwide. Stay tuned.

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2009 Football Season Preview 1/500

Just don't try telling that to SpitBlood contributors...
and, it's pronounced "pussies."

With spring football starting to get rolling, SpitBlood posts dying, and my office finally hooking up our web blocker thus giving me less time to surf for smut and more time to surf for all things Frog related, I think it's time to get football season kicked off. We all appreciate lyle's hard work and dedication to giving the baseball team props - and, at least at this point in the season, they are well deserved - and hope he keeps up the good work, but, just as it happened last year, SpitBlood went on a bit of a hiatus the day after the bowl game and did crank back up until around mid August. So far we've gotten through signing day, we've gotten through the combine and we're waiting on the April draft. Unfortunately, once the draft is over, football, and the sporting world as we know it, will be DOA until summer twoadays crank back up. Unless you count MLB as a sport, which hopefully most of you do not, the sports world runs from late August (NFL preseason, college kickoff) to mid to late June (NBA playoffs over), so we'll need something to fill the void for those 2 interim months where the only sporting entertainment we have is watching juiced up Dominicans hit a small white ball over a fence.

With that, I want to try something new this year to keep the site going, and that thing is Football... YEAR ROUND! That's right, I'm going to fill my empty days with researching all things Frog Football to satiate our rabid football appetites. J-Phil beat out Urlacher as the Bears starting MLB next year? I've got the goods. Frogzilla is laying down on his summer classes and could be academically ineligible and/or has a mental collapse? Well, after the heart attack, I'll fill you in. Ryan Christian got a normal haircut? We'll celebrate. AD got drunk at a Chi O rush event and crushed on some freshmen tail? You'll hear about it. Casey Pachall got three way'd by some cheerleaders at the Aardvark? You got it. So, let's hope this proposition works out a little better than my last one, which was attending 6 home bball games this year (final tally: 1. But we won!).

Today's Section: Pre-season Rankings (according to Scout.com):

First Pre-season Ranking: 25th

The pundits respect the man, the myth, the legend that is Jerry Hughes, but do not respect returning only four starters on defense so bviously these guys are unfamiliar with GP's system of out with the old and in with the new. They also are probably unaware of GPs labratory in the bowels of Amon G where he (literally) molds such men. In short, each off season GP evacuates his superior defensive seed (read: baby batter), stirs it around in a petri dish with the rage virus from 28 Days Later, then allows it to coagulate and grow in test tubes from early January through mid August. Have you ever seen the movie Gremlins? Because that plays a significant part. Whenever the potion is concocted, he then sprinkles it on a bound and caged Tommy Blake (the whole "mental breakdown" angle was really just a ploy to keep himi around and help the team), who lets out a screech and starts shooting infantile defensive athlete fetii out of his body, similar to what happens when you pour water on a Mogwai. These creatures grow and grow until signing day and THUS, the defense is born. Blake was begat by LaMarcus McDonald and McDonald was begat by Aaron Schoebel, so you see how this honor is passed down between generations. What, you think Jason Phillips was born of human flesh? Has anyone ever even HEARD of Waller, TX? No they haven't, because it doesn't exist. Henson was the lone player in the linebacking corp last year who was actually baked in a human womb, and, with a little genetic tampering, will fill TBs place after this season.

Where am I going with this? Basically just trying to reassure everyone that, despite losing seven starters, this defense will be up to scratch in 09 because those 4 returnees are quite, quite salty: CB Nick Sanders, CB Rafael Priest, WS TeJay Johnson (who will shift to FS) and, of course, DE Frogzilla - the one who created the bitchslap. D-Wash will take over the Henson/Phillips man-eater role at LB, along with Tank Carder and word on the street says Brock is going to probably fit the Robert Henson "I may not start but I'm going to be a team leader in tackles" position. We're mostly solid in the secondary, although Corderra Hunter hasn't shown us enough yet to give us confidence that he can play WS at a high level, and I have heard that he's been beaten down into thinking he's nothing more than a special teamer so hopefully he can break out of that funk and be useful. Whoever fills in at SS is going to have some big shoes to fill, but, we had these same fears when Gator left, and Hodge was definitely on equal footing with him as far as impact. One of those TB Gremlins will get the job done fine. The only real concern is on the DL because, outside of Zilla, things are a little questionable, but I believe lyle filled us all in a few days back about this and I know that this will be ok. Regardless, whoever steps up at RE is going to have the potential to do BIG things since J-Hughes will likely have the entire offensive line focusing on him every down. This defense won't finish as tops overall in the nation next year, but I wouldn't expect it to fall out of the top 10-15.

On the other side of the ball, Scout makes the comment that "the offense might not be a steamroller, but QB Andy Dalton leads a good group with a solid backfield and Jimmy Young back as the best receiver," which is kind of like saying, "Kincaids has pretty good burgers" or "I don't think Tony Romo is going to lead the Cowboys to the Super Bowl because he's a loser and a bitch"... in other words, a HUGE understatement. Not only did Dalton and Co. shatter a handful of offensive records, but, statistically at least, were among the 20 best offenses in the country. They also fail to take into account that just about everyone is back AND that our new recruiting class is the bees knees and has some immediate contributors. Yes, there are some interior line questions, but the O line is another area where GPs teams have never been lacking. I will save the actual position breakdowns for a later time - can't blow all my energy in one post, now can I? - but, the O line is not one of my biggest worries. With Gallegos apparently stepping up into the backup QB role, this will give us a chance to redshirt Casey Pachall and have an absolutel nasty offense over the next few seasons.

So is 25 a little high, a little low, or just right? Well, here are the teams ranked 20-24 in this poll, all of which I personally feel we are better than. Remember, this is a Scout poll and has absolutely no meaning on anything whatsoever:

Tennessee (21) - hahahahahahahahahahah, seriously?? 21st?? They must really think excessive spending buys you championships (see: Cowboys, Dallas). I admire Lane Kiffin's scrappy little attitude, but, come on dude, run your mouth when you've actually accomplished something. Urban Meyer is going to have sex with Kiffin's wife during halftime of that game.

Pitt (22) - The best way to describe Pitt is like a Prom Queen with an STD: They sure look pretty on the surface with those fancy recruiting classes, but underneath the dress, there's a team who will never win 10 games in a season/warts.

West Virginia (23) - No QB. Noel Devine refuses to live up to his hype. Deadbeat coach. Moonshine drenched fanbase in need of a reality check. The only thing they have going for them is that they play in the Sun Belt of the BCS conferences. Still, no way this team stays in the top 25.

Boise State (24) - Yeah, we beat pretty much the exact same team they're going to field on a neutral field that wasn't really that neutral because they packed their part of the house and we didn't. Still, they're likely going to run the tables in the WAC AGAIN, so look for them to remain in the Top 25 for the entire season. Can we start our own whiny 17-16 campaign?

Utah (20) - Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. Sorry, I realize this is out of sync, but I wanted to save it for last. No QB. Lost their OC. Used up all of their karma last season. God> Joseph Smith. The list goes on. I cannot wait to fuck these guys up in Fort Worth, hopefully not on a Thursday but probably on a Thursday. Going ahead and scheduling that Friday off when the games are announced. I suggest you all do the same.

Honestly, I could count down the entire Top 25 and pick apart each team because I'm anal like that (notables: Miami at 19 - since Randy Shannon has turned out to be such a brilliant coach, AND they just lost their DC to Oklahoma State. OKLAHOMA STATE!!! If that's not a sign of a program in a decline, I don't know what is. Nebraska at 17 - I've really got nothin, but this just doesn't seem right. Also, they'll have an early non conference loss to. Georgia at 16 - They weren't good even with a potential #1 overall draft pick QB and a guaranteed 1st round RB. Now they have neither. PWNED! Clemson at 15 - yeah, until we get done fucking their world up in front of the home crowd. Remember when they started top 10 last year and then didn't make a bowl? Let's hope the jinx works again. Georgia Tech at 11 (!!!!!!) - Do I even have to get into this? And I'm not even going to acknowledge where they have North Carolina, Ole Miss and Okie State ranked because I might throw up), but that would just be demonstrating the unfairness of how the guys making the rankings will still respect a BCS team over a non BCS one, even though said non-BCS team has the same flaws or, in most cases, far fewer flaws. I'm not saying I'd push us up into the Top 10, because, frankly, we probably aren't a top 10 team. Yet.

Coming up in the next couple of weeks I'll do a slap dash preview of the NFL Draft in relation to our few dudes who are in it and take a look at our schedule and how our competition ranks this year from top (Clemson, apparently) to bottom (SMU-and yes, I know we're playing Texas State), and maybe even throw in a few surprises. Well, probably no surprises. Be thankful for what you're getting already!

Morning Dump

First inning runs propel TCU baseball team to victory over UTA Star-Telegram

TCU spring football practice, day 3

Baylor baseball takes on another ranked foe
Waco Tribune

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4 Big Home Games Ahead

After last night's 11-3 win over UTA pushed TCU's record to 6-1 on the season, the #11 Frogs return home for 4 straight home games, starting tonight. Steven Maxwell will start tonight for the Frogs when they take on #6 Baylor at 6:30pm. Then the Wichita State Shockers come to Funkytown Friday for a three game set this weekend.

Having heard Schlossnagle talk at some alumni functions over the years, you can tell he doesn't like either of the Frogs' guests this week. There have apparently been some disagreements in the past between Schloss and Baylor coach Steve Smith. With both clubs playing at such a high level so far this year, you know both will pull out all the stops to claim bragging rights tonight. Last year, the Frogs were 14-5 before they headed north to take on Wichita State in a 3-game series. They came home after being swept by the Shockers and went on to lose their next two weekend series, to New Mexico and UNLV. They recovered, but that rough stretch probably cost them in terms of seeding in the NCAA Tournament. When Schlossnagle spoke at the Dallas Coaches' Dinner last summer, you could definitely tell that he was looking forward to the opportunity to exact revenge on Wichita State.

With beautiful weather expected through the weekend, these might be among the most enjoyable games of the year at Lupton.

Monday, March 2, 2009

God Bless Texas

It's a shame that many of you woke up this morning and had no idea of the magnitude of today's date. Today, of course, is Texas Independence Day, marking the 173rd anniversary of the declaration of our freedom from Mexico as Santa Anna's troops descended upon the Alamo.

Hard to blame those of you that were unaware, though. In the backwards, politically correct, marketing-driven world in which we live, March 2nd is doomed to be forgotten. For one, it's not as marketable as St. Patrick's Day or Cince De Mayo. Maybe that's a good thing, though, because those holidays have lost all of their meaning and are nothing more now than an excuse for every Joe from the Suburbs to get drunk off imported and/or dyed beer. It's also not a very politically correct holiday, either, because to celebrate Texas freeing itself from the oppressive and tyrannical rule of Mexico is seen as offensive to all Latinos, at least according to some. Funny, because you don't hear British people get upset that we celebrate the 4th of July, or French people on Cinco De Mayo.

So grab yourself a cold Dr Pepper and BBQ this afternoon and maybe a Lone Star or twelve tonight and thank God for the men who fought to liberate this great state we call home.

TCU Baseball Climbs to # 13

After the short weekend in Mississippi, due to the weather canceling Sunday's double-header, TCU wins the series 1-0.


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TCU's Jeff Mitte follows family tradition Star-Telegram

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