Thursday, April 30, 2009

Weighing in on the QB "Controversy"

It's amazing to me how this kid has been able to cause such a stir. It seems like everyone has an opinion on the (non-issue) issue, and nothing positive has come from it. If you haven't been paying attention to this, here's a short version. Brian Smith (above), is a senior broadcast journalism major at TCU and was part of a show on The Mtn in which student journalists gave opinions on their respective schools' team. On the show, Smith basically said that Dalton was just a game-manager and that Casey Pachall, the true freshman, would be a better fit. That prompted Mark Cohen, TCU's Director of Athletic Media Relations, to ban Smith from appearing on the show.

Should Cohen have banned the kid? Probably not. His actions send the message that TCU deals with dissenters like the Chinese government. Additionally, the show was designed for students to express their opinions, however dumb they might be. On top of that, no one even gets The Mtn, so how many people were actually even watching the show?

In Cohen's defense, I do not believe he was acting in a way to stifle the individual thought of TCU student-journalists, even though that's what his own comments seemed to imply. I think he just realized that he had a clueless kid from the Skiff (and if you ever actually read that thing on your way to the crosswords, you know just how worthless a publication it is) representing the school, and that he needed someone on there who actually knows the football team.

All of this should've been a no-harm, no-foul situation. But then the blogosphere picked up on it, and then the mainstream media, all of which cast Cohen as a bully to this kid. This caused some people on Smith's side to bad-mouth Dalton (to back up his opinion) and some people on Cohen's side to bad-mouth Pachall (to defend Dalton). We haven't had a real QB controversy at TCU since Casey Printers & Sean Stilley (Gunn & Hassell were never healthy at the same time long enough to brew any real argument), and it'd be awful if this situation started another one. The fact is, we have an AWESOME quarterback & team leader in Dalton, who has led the Frogs to two bowl wins and a Top 10 finish already. This is his team, period. Case closed. Then we have a purebred, rifle-armed heir apparent in Pachall (although Yogi Gallegos still might have something to say about that).

Maybe this Brian Smith isn't as dumb as he comes off, though. Remember this kid? He used the attention he received for his incompetence to land a job, so maybe Smith (who even looks like him), figured he'd grab himself 15 minutes of fame by making himself out to be a martyr of free speech in order to ensure he is employed once he graduates.

Morning Dump

Basaeball faces off No. 15 TCU BYU Newsnet

Student journalist banned from cable show questions decision by school
Star-Telegram

TCU's Munch-Soegaard receives All-American honor Star-Telegram

Announcing the preseason trophy favorites for 2009 college football awards
PR Newswire

House committee to hold hearing on BCS AP
-Because Energy and Commerce hasn't been busy enough with the cap-and-tax bill

MWC coaches evaluate their squads
Deseret News

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A little love from Sports Illustrated

Andy Staples, a college football writer for SI.com, has released his post-spring Top 25 for the coming football season and he has the Frogs at #11. Maybe that's to make up for the oversight of leaving Jerry Hughes off of their initial 2010 mock draft, or maybe it's just a testament to the caliber of program that GP & company have built over on Stadium Drive.

In years past, one of the major obstacles to attaining the goal of a BCS Bowl was the preseason ranking. To climb from being unranked at the beginning of the year and playing in a disrespected league like the MWC to being ranked high enough for BCS consideration was a tall task. Not only did you need to win all of your games on the field, but you needed to win in the cout of popular opinion- easier said than done when you consider the big conference bias and stubborness of most poll-voters. But with TCU at 11, Utah at 19 and BYU among the teams just outside the Top 25, it looks as though the Mountain West may finally be getting it's due respect.

All of this praise does come with a grain of salt, though- Staples has Notre Dame ranked 25th...

Congratulations RH51


Wanted to give a big congrats to our boy RH51 as not only is he going into the NFL, but he is also going to be bringing a child into this world. He stated on his interview (Podcast) that him and the Misses are with child and I just wanted to give him a big congrats on behalf of the Spitblood community.

Congrats to Mr and Mrs Henson

Morning Dump

Patterson deflects credit for number of draftees Star-Telegram

TCU's Matt Vern a clutch hitter who stays in the game Star-Telegram

Texas A&M 4 TCU 3 (10) Associated Press

Cowboys want inside look at Stephen Hodge Dallas Morning News

Introducing Stephen Hodge
Blogging the Boys

Projecting the field Baseball America

Post Draft Interviews

Here's two good podcast interviews, one from Henson, and one from Hodge. Thanks Buff.

RH-51


Hodge

Monday, April 27, 2009

Swine Flu

Think this swine flu thing came out of nowhere? So did I, but as my brother pointed out to me, George Lucas & Ron Howard warned of this years ago:

NCAA 2010

I know its still a little ways down the road, but this teaser from NCAA 2010 was too good to pass. Frog love is shown at the 46th second. Don't blink because you'll miss it. EA Sports really loves UT.

How was your weekend, Danny? "Not too shabby"

I'm gonna go ahead and guess that Danny Morrison had a good weekend. On top of the five Frogs picked in the NFL Draft, the baseball team also won a key weekend series, the women's tennis team brought home some hardware and above all, he didn't have to deal with a drunken WWHD harassing him about future non-conference football schedules.

Ok, ok, ok- so the women's tennis thing is a stretch. But if you're going to spend the money to field teams in non-revenue producing sports, you might as well field the best team in the conference, right? It was nearly a sweep, too, but the men came up one point short of winning their own conference title. Also, judging by the bits and pieces that I've gathered about WWHD's Saturday, I really have no proof that he didn't run into Morrison.

Let's talk about the draft for a minute, though, and how great it went for the Frogs. Five players picked...that's the most since 2001. It's also the most of any school in Texas this year. Don't think that high school coaches and recruits (especially in the talent-rich areas of Houston & East Texas) didn't notice that. Phillips is going to a contender in Baltimore where he'll get to continue wearing purple on game days and learn from a Hall of Famer in Ray Lewis (note to J-Phil...don't hang out in Atlanta next Super Bowl weekend...). Henson will play in Dallas once every year with the Redskins, and the D.C. area will be a great place to relocate his young family. Brown became the first TCU running back to get picked since some guy named Tomlinson, and he'll have every chance to contribute right away for a team that struggled in historic fashion last year in Detroit. Hodge is staying close to home to play for the Cowboys, and is probably the best pick they had in this year's draft. Schlueter was the icing on the cake, going to Denver where they've done nothing but produce good offensive linemen for decades now.

After dropping Friday night's game in San Diego, the baseball team turned around to take Saturday and Sunday's games to win the series against #19 San Diego State. Those wins vault the Frogs' overall record to 27-12 and into first place in the Mountain West. As the Frogs look to host their first-ever NCAA Regional, their next game is also a big one. They head down to College Station on Tuesday night to face Aggy, who is also a candidate to host. Another midweek game against Houston Baptist follows on Wednesday night at Lupton, and BYU comes to town for a Thursday-Friday-Saturday series this weekend.

Morning Dump



Ravens grab frogs' Phillips in the 5th Star-Telegram

TCU holds off San Diego 6-5
Star-Telegram

Lions draft RB Aaron Brown in round 6
Pride of Detroit

Denver Broncos select C Blake Schlueter, TCU
Mile High Report

Mountain West in 2009 NFL draft
KSL-TV

Players not at combine making a mark in the NFL Omaha World Herald

Dallas Cowboys draftees could be something special
Dallas Morning News

Sunday, April 26, 2009

One More Frog

For those of you who actually have lives and aren't watching the draft... Blake Schlueter goes to Denver at pick number 225.

More Draft News

Aaron Brown goes to the Lions in the 6th followed closely by Hodge to the Cowboys. I'm sure this Cowboys pick will make a lot of people happy. Schleuter's face and name keep popping up on best available centers so we might see him go soon as well, depending on whether or not teams are in need for youth in the center position.

Over all a good day for the Frogs.

Jason Phillips gets drafted by Baltimore. Henson by Washington.

I filmed ESPN when Philips got picked just in case yall didnt have time to watch all 14 hours of the draft.  As I'm sitting here watching the draft,  Robert Henson just got drafted by the Redskins in round 6 pick number 186.  Hopefully this will allow him to get his family settled in and he will be able to make it in the NFL.  Best of luck to both of these guys and I know spitblooders will be watching for yall in the NFL.  Hopefully TCU can get a couple more guys to go. I'll keep it updated.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Minnesota Love For AB


Figured we needed some draft day excitement and saw this posted on my Vikings blog I visit daily. Would be sweet to see AB learn from AP. Plus he'd still get to wear purple.

"Round 7, Pick 221 (from Washington) - Aaron Brown, RB, Texas Christian

While having the best running back in the National Football League is always nice, his current backup, Chester Taylor, is hitting that vaunted 30-year old mark where running backs start to go downhill a bit. Brown might not see a whole lot of carries at the running back spot right away, but he's somebody that could potentially be developed as time progresses. He also might be able to make an impact right away as a return guy, as he performed quite well in that role for the Horned Frogs."

Viking Frog would love nothing more than to see this happen solely for the purpose of legitimizing his name.

Viking Frog

Friday, April 24, 2009

Big Weekend Series in San Diego

While the snow-out of last weekend's series against Air Force probably helped the Frogs' RPI as they vie to host an NCAA Regional for the first time in program history, it also meant they lost three almost-certain victories as they fight for a 4th consecutive regular season MWC title. Also, because the weekend before that was their scheduled off-week from conference play, the 16th-ranked Frogs find themselves in the odd situation of having not played a conference game since April 5th.

They head to San Diego this weekend to face 19th-ranked San Diego State in the most important road series of the year. In the opener tonight (8:00pm on KTCU & The Mtn), they'll face the Aztecs' super ace Stephen Strasburg for the second time this year, this time in front of a sold-out Tony Gwynn Stadium crowd.

Strasburg's numbers are pretty unreal: he's 8-0 with a 1.28 ERA, opposing batters are batting just .186 against him and he strikes out nearly two batters every inning. In his last start against TCU, at Lupton Stadium on March 27th, he picked up the win, giving up two runs on just three hits in 8 innings of work and striking out 14 Horned Frogs. Although it should be noted that Ben Carruthers took him deep to lead off the bottom of the 1st.

Sophomore Sean Hoelscher (2-1) takes the mound for the Frogs tonight, while true freshman Kyle Winkler (3-0) gets the start in Game 2 (Saturday, 3:00pm). Schlossnagle has yet to name a starter for Game 3 (Sunday, 3:00pm).

Morning Dump

RH-51 interview Smoaky's Sports Blog

TCU returns to league play at San Diego State GoFrogs.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Evans Tabbed A Preseason All-American

April 22, 2009

BALTIMORE -- TCU placekicker Ross Evans has been named a preseason honorable-mention All-American by NationalChamps.net.

NationalChamps.net previously announced Horned Frog defensive end Jerry Hughes as a first-team selection and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse as an honorable-mention pick.

Evans was the only freshman in the nation last season to be a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award, honoring the nation's top placekicker. He was 16-of-20 on field goals. The 16 field goals tied for the fifth-most in a season at TCU. Evans' 49 PATs were one shy of tying Chris Kaylakie's 2000 single-season TCU record.

A native of Burnet, Texas, Evans made a 50-yard field goal in the season opener at New Mexico on his first collegiate attempt. It was the sixth-longest made kick by a freshman in 2008 while tying for the 12th-longest field goal in TCU history.

Evans had a streak of 12 consecutive made attempts at one point in the season.

Afternoon Baseball Today

Just a reminder that the #16 Frogs are playing a home game this afternoon in this glorious weather we're having. They take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (whom they beat 6-2 last night) at 3:00pm. If you're too big a puss to skip an afternoon of work (hey, I am too), you can always listen to the game on KTCU.

Morning Dump

Family ties not only reason Bears eyeing TCU linebacker Stephen Hodge Chicago Sun-Times

Freshman outfielder helps lead TCU to 6-2 win Star-Telegram

NFL draft dream nears for TCU's Hodge
Star-Telegram

Sports and business intersect at TCU forum
FW Business Pres

NFL draft from a Texas perspective
Longview News-Journal

NFL draft expert interview MLive, Lions Football

Thompson pitches playoff plan
ESPN

Despite MWC effort, push change BCS losing steam
USA Today

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

DRAFT!

DUUUUUUUUDDE!!!! PLEEEEEAASSEEEE PLAY FOR THE COWBOYS!!!!!!
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No, not the one that all the libs said W was going to impose, the NFL one. Sort of like signing day for college football, draft weekend is Christmas for NFLophiles, although the presents are much more expensive unless you're UT, A&M or SMU, although SMU received the ultimate lump of coal in June Jones, but who's counting... Ok I am, $2 million per victory. I'm just sayin, but I digress.

Anyway, until this past season TCU has had a nice run of prospects go in the draft in the Patterson era, and had Tommy Blake not gotten his Sigmund Freud on, the streak would have continued, although I'm still surprised Roach didn't get a late round pick up. However, none of that matters now because this year we're guaranteed at least 2 picks with room for a possible third, depending on who you believe. The whole concept of the mock draft is such a worthless crapshoot but also more addicting to fans than meth is for an SFA student. Seriously, Mel Kiper makes perhaps seven figures MAKING INCORRECT DECISIONS FOR A LIVING! I think he also receives stock options in Aquanet. What a country, man, what a country.



Ok ok, so TCU has, according to what I've seen, seven players who have tossed their names into the NFL draft hat. These guys fall into 3 categories - "Yes, NFL love you long time" "Maybe, but probably as a Free Agent as long as you don't pull an OJ" and "Hunter S Thompson driving around in the desert in a convertible with a flyswatter on LSD has a better chance of hitting one of those bats than you do at being drafted." Let's break it down. Note: I used ESPNs database of prospects, but used SIs analysis because I've never wanted to pay to be an Insider. This will come into play later:



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  • Jason Phillips/Waller's Finest. Everything I've read, and everything that I'm sure you have read, is pretty much guaranteeing Phillips a mid round selection, with some slotting J Phil as high as 3rd and some as low as 6th. He projects as an inside linebacking prospect because scouts do not see him as much of a pass rusher. Still, have they watched the film because whenever that guy got into the backfield he rarely missed. Yes, I understand the whole college to pros conundrum that exists, but GP dismissed all doubters of his size by comparing Phillips to another LB who was too small coming out of college - Zach Thomas, Tetch, although perhaps scouts were saying that to mask the fact that they were afraid of his decision making abilities at ILB due to his pedigree. Given Thomas wasn't anything special with the Cowboys, that guy was an absolute murderer (not the Ray Lewis kind) for the Dolphins, and as some mocks have had Phillips going to the Boys, maybe he can change the way we feel about the undersized LB. The biggest concern with Phillips is the fact that he did have surgery this off season, but few if any scouts see that as a major concern. If anyone is worried about his durability, may I direct you to the fact that he missed one game due to injury in his entire career, despite starting as a true freshman? Anyway, Phillips is one of the best linebackers to ever play in the MWC without a doubt, and, with a little added size, I don't see how the guy can't have a decent career at the next level.
  • Stephen Hodge/The 903-187er. My my, where to even begin with Stephen Hodge? This was the guy that was always overshadowed on our defense, whether it be by Tommy Blake two years ago or that slaughterhouse known as our linebackers last year, but who was always one of the top 3 players on defense. You guys may have seen his work in the Poinsettia Bowl, because he had 145 tackles and almost single handedly won the game, not to mention his first career INT came at the biggest possible moment. Seriously, watch the game again - Hodge made every single tackle for our defense. If you don't have it on TIVO retainer, just go out one night with WWHD, because his outings always culminate in a late night viewing of the defensive series from that game, the presence of girls be damned. Hodge was easily the most fun player to watch on our defense last year not because he was so good, although he was so, so good, but mostly because of the way he tackled. Hodge didn't just tackle people: he grabbed, flung, maimed, conquered and pillaged opposing players. Seriously, the Poinsettia Bowl should be all the film scouts need to understand that this guy is for real, and I think perhaps a better prospect than Phillips. He's slated to go in the mid to late rounds and projects as a pass rushing OLB, although he may not possess the height some teams hope for. Two things are helping him this year, one being that more and more teams are switching to the 3-4 and need speed on the outside, and second that he's apparently related to Bears coach Lovie Smith. I'm not saying that guarantees him anything, but if Pat Knight, one of the poorest coaches to ever happen into our lives, can get a head coaching job at any level of competitive basketball because of his raving lunatic father, anything is possible when it comes to family ties. Being from East Texas, though, this has to be taken with a grain of salt because we're all related somewhere along the line, and I'm probably even in that Lovie tree somewhere.


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  • Robert Henson/(Insert Hyperbole). RH-51, our own resident Bill Brasky. Killer to see him go, partially because of the obvious Longview connection, but also because he was the heart and soul of the defense. Seriously, no one could get the team and the crowd more fired up than Henson did in my now 7 seasons as a Frogs fan and I'm not sure who fills that void next season. Apparently Hughes has stepped up and become a vocal leader, but there's just something about having a hard hitting LB as that guy that really gets the rage flowing. During the season I thought there was no way that Henson wouldn't be a drafted prospect, and could possible go higher than Phillips. Now I'm definitely not so sure. A lot of people, myself included, lost a lot of respect for Henson after he missed the Poinsettia Bowl due to academic ineligibility, none more so than Patterson who still addresses that situation as an example of a guy who had it all laid out before him but probably cost himself millions. As evidenced by San Francisco's psychoanalysis of Matt Stafford, teams are infinitely more concerned with character issues when it comes to handing a 22 year old millions of dollars because of the economic downturn. Not that a late round selection is much of a financial burden on a team as far as guaranteed money, but you see what I'm saying. Anyway, I ran into Henson a couple of months ago at a Mavericks game where he was fuming about not being invited to the combine - I was also a little surprised at this - but said things were going well in training and how he'd already had conversations with several NFL teams. He's listed as an ILB prospect, and with his size that seems like a perfect fit, but for some reason I could also see him as a Roy Williams - before he was terrible - hard hitting SS? I don't know, I'm no judge of these things. Anyway, considering I've seen no mention of him among any of the various publications I've read, I still think he'll be a free agent pick up, but he'd be a steal in a late round.

  • Aaron Brown. Tired of giving nicknames. Oh AB. AB AB AB. What could've been, man? If not for the multitude of injuries along the way, Brown would've been one of the preeminent running backs in TCU football history, one that we'd all remember for a long time. Instead, all we'll remember is wasted potential. He'll always be part of the greatest senior class ever, though, can't take that away from him. AB is listed as an RB in the draft, but I think we all know he's a likely slot receiver with that 6'0", 196 lb frame. However, if he is to be drafted, and I do not think that he will, a team will likely sign him based on his dependability in the return game. Look for him to be another free agent pickup for the Frogs. He's got to be a better returner than Pacman was for the Boys this year, right?

  • Shae Reagan/250 lb HS QB. Definitely deserved a nickname because of that fact and officially my sleeper pick for the Frogs in this draft. Unfortunately, much like AB, Reagan never reached his full potential due to massive injuries, including a broken leg during his junior season. GP remarked several times that if Reagan could stay healthy, he had a legitimate shot to be playing on Sundays, and I think that potential is still there. While only being listed at 6'3" - most NFL TEs are in the 6'5"-6'6" range - Reagan still checks in at 243 pounds and could easily put on a little more meat in an offseason program. Reagan's case wasn't helped much last year due to Dalton opting to scramble more often than he dumped it off to a TE, and being on the same team as Kerley, Bryant and Luxury Tax didn't help either, but I think a team may take a flier on the guy. His injury history will keep him from being drafted, but I think someone brings him into camp as a free agent. Let's hope for the best because this guy could've been great.

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  • Blake Schlueter/Flozell Adams, jr. Schlueter went into his senior season being touted as Mr. Big Stuff on the OL and his past play gave us no reason to doubt him. Unfortunately, something happened to this guy in the off season because he mentally never got it going. It's pretty tough for your center to false start because he controls the ball prior to the snap and should be the most well versed in the snap count of anyone on offense, but Blake still had lots of problems with this. Beyond that though, I think his size may also be an issue, checking in at 6'2" 286. When you're going up against DTs like Cleveland's Shaun Rogers who comes in around 3.5 large, Schlueter would get mauled. Obviously it's feasible that he could pack on some pounds, but I just don't think he has the quickness, nor did he do anything this past season to impress the scouts. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the guy has a future in the NFL.

  • James Vess. I applaud the guy for giving it a shot, and if I was a college football player with even the tiniest of tiny hopes of getting drafted I'd certainly throw my hat in the ring just because you can always say you did, but there's no way Vess is getting picked up. Character issues aside, and apparently they're there considering he was suspended an entire season, he's just not big enough to be a DT in the NFL. He's almost 6'3", but when you come in weighing only 266 pounds, that's a problem; by comparison, the draft's top DT prospect is B.J. Raji out of Boston College who is 6'1" and 323 pounds. Quite a bit of difference. Vess did a great job coming back last season after missing his junior year with GP going so far as to say that having him back was the most important off season development for the entire team. Still, dont' see this guy making any noise in the NFL.

  • Cody Moore. Feel pretty similarly about him and Vess. Really, just read the above paragraph and remove the character issues part.

So there you have it, our seven prospects and one man's completely objective thoughts on them. We had other guys participate in senior day - Walter Bryant, Steven Coleman, Giles Montgomery - but I guess they were not interested in seeing what the NFL had in store for them. Out of those guys only Bryant surprises me because of his size, but dude has no idea where the sideline was half the time, so I suppose that hurt him.

To give a bit of an outsiders perspective, I took a peek at where SI has our guys listed according to their rating system, and I found a few surprises. One, Reagan and Vess were not even listed as prospects by them but ESPN did list them, so I gave them the benefit of the doubt. Second, our highest rated prospect? Aaron Brown, with a 3.98, and no one else was even close. According to their system, a prospect who falls in this range is considered a "First Year Contributor" and could start early in his rookie season. Very, very impressive marks for AB. Following down the list, Phillips comes in second with a 3.44, and is also listed as an OLB prospect, but this puts him on the upper edge of a "Fence Prospect", which according to SI means that he has the tools but needs time to develop. It should be noted that he missed being listed as a "Future Starter" by .01. Schlueter is next with a 3.26, followed by Hodge with a 3.19 and Henson with a 3.17, which categorizes them as "Practice Squad" guys. This doesn't entirely surprise me for Schlueter and less so Henson, but Hodge??? Really??? I thought that guy would be a sure thing, and every bit as highly rated as Phillips, but like I said, these things are just the opinions of various writers and there's no real science to it. Regardless, let's hope our guys prove them wrong. Lastly, Cody Moore received a 2.89 rating, which makes him a "Free Agent" prospect and likely to make an 80 man roster somewhere. I feel the same way about Moore as I do about Vess.

Furthermore, Brown is considered the THIRD BEST RB in the COUNTRY according to this rating!!! Whoa... that just blew my mind. He's actually not that far behind Beanie Wells or Knowshon, although they are viewed as "Quality Prospects" No mock I have seen to this point has listed AB as being drafted, but maybe scouts are coming around? Regardless, keep a big eye on this development. For the other guys, Schlueter is listed as the 13th best center, Moore the 42nd DT, Henson the 17th ILB, Phillips the 15th OLB and Hodge as the 27th S. So you can see how the ESPN and SI ratings differ along a lot of lines as they do not list the same prospects and for Hodge at least did not even list him as the same position.

Being that Dallas has no first round pick, and given that even with the shortened time between picks the first round still drags on FOREVER, I don't see myself watching too much of the early draft. This isn't even mentioning the Mavs/Spurs conflict (draft now starts at 3PM). However, unless something catastrophic happens and every single pundit is wrong, which isn't so catastrophic now that I think about it, Phillips and Hodge should go during the middle of day two of the draft so for those of you with interest in the future of these guys beyond TCU, it may be worth checking in on from time to time. Besides, what else are you going to do on a Sunday afternoon, go to bingo?

Morning Dump

TCU men sign point guard Star-Telegram

Quaterback questions arise from Ute's Red-White scrimmage KSL

Ranking the nation's top coaches
Rivals

SDSU to host baseball championships in 2010. 2011
MWC

Friday, April 17, 2009

Global Warming, my ass!

TCU was supposed to play a 3-game series against Air Force in Colorado Springs this weekend, but as you can see, Mother Nature has decided to not cooperate. It may end up being a blessing, as those 3 games against an ATROCIOUS Air Force team would've hurt the Frogs' RPI badly, even if they were lop-sided wins. The RPI will be big later in the season when the Frogs are likely to be a candidate to host a Regional in the NCAA Tournament.

After the impromptu weekend off, the Frogs will return to action with a pair of midweek home games against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Game 1 is Tuesday evening and Game 2 is Wednesday afternoon at 3:00pm. What better excuse to play hooky than an afternoon at the ballpark, heckling some wannabe aggy?

Morning Dump

TCU's Steighlich turned his hitting fortunes with a stay in Alaska Star-Telegram

Chat with Graham Watson
ESPN

Most NFL draft prospects were once QB's
Press Enterprise

NFL draft series: Linebackers
Dallas Morning News

Dallas could provide competition for a safety
Sun-Times

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Game Day Gear

Don't look now, but there are just 156 days left until the first home game of 2009. Now, maybe you're one of those people that go to the game just because it's what everyone else is doing. But I imagine that most of our readers are the kind of people that see Game Day like Christmas, New Year's, the 4th of July, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco De Mayo and Festivus all rolled into one and like to celebrate by treating their liver like a piƱata. For those of you that fit into the latter category, a few of our rowdier Red Raider chums have come up with the Perfect Pour Flask.

Of course, I've enjoyed a drink or ten with most of you, and I've seen the very un-scientific ratios you use when mixing Game Day treats. Don't worry, though, it looks like there's a cap on both sides of the flask in case you want to want to watch the game for the "first" time on tivo the next day...

Morning Dump

TCU football 2009: Players to watch Bleacher Report

TCU sophomore golfer focused on success Star-Telegram

Friday, April 10, 2009

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Coach Patterson Luncheon

The Finch and I had the privilege of going to see Coach Patterson speak today at Sullivan’s Steakhouse in Austin. It was arguably the best $12 I have ever spent. As expected, Patterson had a bunch of really insightful information of the upcoming season, as well as the future of the program in general. He consistently referred to himself as “the Keeper of the Keys”, meaning he can go to the AD or Boschini to get the new facilities and renovations necessary to continue to improve our recruiting and strengthen our fan base. He claimed that he wants Amon Carter Stadium to be the “Camden Yards of College Football” by playing up the historical significance of Fort Worth with reference to the Stockyards, Panther City, and Cowtown. He clearly has big plans to continue to turn our program into on of the elites in college football. Listed are some other highlights from his speech and the conversation The Finch and I had with him afterwards.
  • He spoke about how he wanted all of the young players to continue to improve and work hard to get better. He mentioned that he used to recruit "C" players and turn them into "A's", and now he is landing "B" players and wants to prevent them from becoming "D's".
  • Hughes was the perfect example for how he wanted the players to improve, saying that he continues to get better every day, and is far better now than he was at the end of the season (that's scary).
  • Speaking of scary, he mentioned that Braylon Broughton went from a 6'6, 225 lb DE who went from squatting 300 lbs to 550 over the past 2 months. Not to mention he said he has gained 20 lbs of pure muscle and runs a 4.53 40. This guy sounds like a freak, so lets hope he sticks with the good work ethic he seems to be showing.
  • Of course he mentioned that we need stronger fan support and better turn outs on road games as well. He said there are no more Thursday games so there shouldn't be any excuses.
  • Said that people always hear about how nice fans are at OU, Nebraska, etc after they win, but he doesn't want our fans to be that way yet, because he said we aren't to that level yet. He said they win every home game, so they have reason to be friendly. He specifically referenced the fans that sit behind the opposing bench and was happy with the way they get in the heads of the likes of Utah and BYU. Basically, continue to be jackasses.
  • He also said he liked playing BYU and Utah on Thursdays because they don't have practice on Thursdays...I never thought of it that way.
  • Claimed he started the trend of wearing Mock Turtles on the sidelines.
  • Jeremy Kerley has the strongest arm on the team, and used to throw a 95 mph fastball. The wildfrog is staying put.
  • Made fun of Yogi Gallego's reaction to what turned out to be a not so serious knee injury. Said he needed to start acting like a D-lineman instead of a QB. Said the way he was acting made it seem like he severed his leg at the knee, but he is fine.
  • Said he was worried about our depth and progression of Defensive Tackles. Said he needs to drop some of them off in North Fort Worth a few times and let them find their own way back to toughen them up.
  • Is excited about the co-offensive coordinators Anderson and Fuente, citing a revamped passing game, which was evident in the Spring Game. Also had very high praise for WR coach Rusty Burns, who he said turned down a few NFL jobs and D1 coordinator jobs to be near his family in the Metroplex. Said that he has potential to land us a few recruits from Louisiana and Florida because of former ties in the area.
  • Clemson game was scheduled because it is a "win financially" and Houston had a scheduling conflict. We are making a lot of money of that game apparently.
  • He said he set one rule when he married his wife: If a Texas high school coach is upset with him and his wife is upset with him too, he sends flowers to his wife while he goes on the road to see the coach. Clearly takes his job VERY seriously.
  • Told The Finch and I about how good it was that Yogi's knee is okay, because it gives him the chance to potentially redshirt Casey Pachall.
  • Also told us he is worried about all of his players remaining academically eligible for the Fall. He hinted that there might be a couple on the brink. Mentioned that sometimes they lose focus, citing Henson's marriage and potential NFL prospects becoming a distraciton and causing him to lose his eligibility. His remark after that was "and somehow that is my fault."
  • I asked him about the legendary blowup on the Spring Game official, and he laughed it off saying that those were guys trying to be high school refs and that the reason for doing so was because they let Dalton get touched when they shouldn't have. He said he cant afford to have Dalton get injured on something like that, and after the scrimmage he bought the refs lunch and they went on about their business.
  • Also asked about the Freshmen QB's not wearing the red jerseys. He said that they both thought they were real tough and couldn't be touched in practice, so basically he took that comfort away and made them fair game for all of our frightening defenders.
  • The Finch asked him if he heard the comments during the Spring Game, which he did, and inquired about the Ross Evans heckling. He said Evans is a great kicker with a strong leg and that he is what we have at the position, so you can either get behind him and help build his confidence or get on his back and break him, so lets lay off and hope he redeems himself.

As we left he thanked us again for our attendance at the Spring Game and really appreciate the support. He seems to have a great appreciation for the Spitblooders, although he had never been to the site or heard of it. When it was mentioned to him, he seemed to think the name was pretty sweet and hopefully he will give us a look one day when he is bored, although he claimed not to read the websites and write ups about the Frogs. Wish you all could've been there. It was amazing.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spring Game

Buffalo, since you couldn't make it, I'll go ahead and give you my best recollection of the game. Sorry we have inconvenienced you. Hope this helps.

This year's spring game was definitely more of a success than the previous years that I have attended. There was a good showing of spitblooders and other dedicated Frog students, and a good amount of fans on the opposite side of the stadium as well. The tailgating started before most of the city was awake, and went on throughout the day, resulting in post-game Aardvark celebrations with multiple Frog football players in attendance, showing their dedication to us as fans. This also resulted in one lucky fan receiving a free, authentic, black game jersey complete with Poinsettia Bowl patch. Who needs the Spring Sale?

Now for the game...

Jerry Hughes is still a beast. He put together another great scrimmage, recording 3 "sacks" and harassing Dalton and the rest of the starting offense all day long. Games like this are becoming routine for Hughes, so I wont spend too much time discussing his greatness.

Chris Smith had a great day running the ball for us, with the absence of both Joseph Turner and Ryan Christian. He doesn't have breakaway speed, but he is a big, bruising back who punished our secondary when he got to the next level. He is a big, downhill runner who has potential to do some very good things in what appears to be another deep backfield. Also featured at tailback was Ed "greatness" Wesley. Wesley is a 5'9 200 lb redshirt freshman who Patterson has touted as a Robert Merrill but faster.

Ross Evans took a stern heckling from one fan, but seemed unphased on his field goal attempts. He drilled one from about 38 and came up just short on a 58 yard bomb. Let's hope he can keep it together in hostile environments this season.

The linebacking corps looked very solid as well. Daryl Washington is a freak of nature who can make plays all over the field, and he loves to hit. He has potential to break out this year as the featured LB. Tanner Brock is huge for someone who should be a senior in high school, and it should be fun to watch him for the next few years. Tank Carder is a stud as well.

Dalton looked sharp today. He had one pick, which should've been a catch but bounced off the shoulder of Curtis Clay and fell into the hands of Tejay Johnson. He seems to have a good chemistry working with Kerley and Antoine Hicks as well. Those two could be dangerous lined up opposite each other this year. Their hands are really tender and can caress the ball very well.

The lone touchdown of the day came on a Dalton bootleg pass to Logan Brock in the back of the end zone for a 12-yard score.

A few other highlights that aren't really game related...
  • Bucknasty still heckled Shultz despite him being thousands of miles away. I am pretty sure Shultz heard you in Illinois. The weakside option resulted in a memorable "Shultz isn't here anymore!", which drew a serious laugh from everyone.
  • Coach P still hates the officiating, even during scrimmages. Dalton hit Kerley on a great post pattern, but that wasn't the highlight of the play. Hughes had what would have been his 4th "sack" but the whistle was never blown. This resulted in GP storming on the field to give the nearest ref more than an earful. When the stadium is as empty as it was, you can really hear GP getting after it, and wow, it was amazing. He was in mid-season intensity form, and our entire section took great pleasure in watching him abuse this poor, pathetic rent-a-ref.
  • Jimmy Young didn't suit out today, as well as many other starters. Jimmy "Luxury Tax" Young was out with turf toe, but it shouldn't be too serious. I note Young being out instead of anyone else because when we were looking for him on the sidelines, LT for Heisman yelled out "Luxury Tax!" which resulted in us spotting him in a black jump suit, throwing his arms up in recognition of our support.
  • Yogi Gallegos hurt his knee, but we dont know how serious it is yet. He and Pachall were not awarded the red "dont touch me" jerseys like Dalton and Jackson, and I really liked that. Both Yogi and Pachall seemed a bit gunshy, and I dont recall seeing either one of them throw a pass. They had happy feet.
  • "H" was still hated. No officials actually had letters on their stripes, but he knew who he was, and he got put in his place. Thank you for that.

Overall, probably the best Saturday in Fort Worth since football season ended. Started early, had a baseball victory in the middle, and there was plenty of fan/player bonding time between the two games.

Special thanks to the finch and spitpurple for helping put this together. It was a long day. Cant wait till the Fall. Go Frogs!

Big Week for Austin-Area Frogs

All of a sudden, Austin is the place to be if you're a Frog fan. So before the city officially drowns from all of the dumbass outsiders moving in, you can at least enjoy two TCU athletics events in the Capital City this week.

The first is tomorrow night, when Coach Schlossnagle and the baseball team, fresh off a weekend sweep of #18 New Mexico, take on the Longhorns at Disch-Falk Field. Nice to see the Frogs and 'Horns playing eachother these days, but why can we not get a home game against them in anything? Our football, basketball and now baseball teams have all been granted the "privelege" to play them once in Austin. I don't want to accuse them of being scared to play us in Fort Worth, but why don't they??? Their football team has played at Central Florida and at UTEP the past two years, and plays at Wyoming this fall. Seems silly for them not to play in Fort Worth. And I understand that you only have 4 non-conference football games a year, so it's tough to play everywhere. But basketball and baseball?

Then the very next day, Coach Patterson will be speaking to a group of TCU Alumni at a special luncheon at Sullivan's Steakhouse. Not sure the details on getting signed up or how much it costs, but I would bet listening to Patterson speak and eating steak probably beats whatever you had planned for lunch on Wednesday.

Sorry if you're reading this instead of the recap of the spring game that you came to this site looking for...
The mid day dump? I guess.

TCU Baseball climbing the ranks again with a 4-0 record last week.

Purple White Spring game was a complete success. Brock Singled out.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Beer Bottle Dominoes

Coming Soon: DWI Road Blocks?

I'm going to leave all commentary out of this, but I think it's something of which we should all be aware. John Carona, a Republican state senator from Dallas, introduced a bill that would allow police to set-up sobriety checkpoints. The senate has apparently already passed the bill, which is now headed to the House. For a tutorial on the bicameral form of government, please report to the 4th grade.

Anywho, here are some reports on this from several newspapers that will likely soon be out of business:

-Sobriety checkpoints bill on way to House -Dallas Morning News

-Texas may soon join 40 other states in allowing drunken-driving checkpoints -Fort Worth Star-Telegram

-Sobriety checkpoint bill heads to Texas House -Houston Chronicle

-Texas Senate approves drunken-driving crackdowns -Austin American-Statesman

-Editorial: What sobriety checkpoints mean for Texas -San Antonio Express-News

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Spring Game Tailgate

Spitblooders, SAE is possibly paying for a tailgate Saturday morning which would kick off around 9 A.M. This is not positive yet, but a good possibility if you are looking to hit the stadium early for the game. I will let you know the status as soon as anything is finalized. Hope some of yall can make it.

Saturday Activities

For those who are unaware, we have a pretty nice little Saturday coming up.

8:00am - 11:00am Spring Sale


The Spring Sale, which will be held in the visitor's locker room on the press box side of the stadium, will begin at 8 a.m. It will conclude at the end of the Spring Game, tentatively scheduled to start at 11 a.m. Football items, including jerseys and shoes, will be available as well as apparel from other sports on campus. Purchases can be made with cash, check or credit card.

11:00am - 2009 Spring Game


This is our first chance to see our '09 Frogs in action.


























4:00pm - #22 TCU hosts #18 New Mexico in baseball.













Two tailgates, two sports, what a day.