Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Final Ranking

Behind Curtain #1: Joe Paterno, looking for the bathroom. Lost
Behind Curtain #2: A aging USC coed stoked about voting the Trojans hella #1, brah.
Behind Curtain #3: Mack Brown, in drag, voting UT #1 despite the rules (and almost losing to Todd Boeckman).
Now that all of the bowls that matter are over (read: ones that will affect our final ranking), it's time to have some fun and project where the Frogs will end up. Truthfully, every single game that could go our way in regards to our final ranking has done exactly that, so things are pretty optimistic in Frog land. In all fairness, we SHOULD end up anywhere from 6-8, but, you know how these popularity contests work, as the nice guys (TCU, Utah) who go about their schoolwork in an orderly manner and outshine the popular kids (Bama, PSU, USC, UT) typically finish last. However, with Utah's anal graping of Bama opening a few eyes around the country, I really feel like this could be the year that the little guy gets some respect. I can't tell you how many times since the Sugar Bowl I've had someone say, "Wow, I've got a lot more respect for TCU now after they hung with those guys" or "Man, TCU almost beat Utah!!" Yeah, jackass, I'm well aware that a freshman kicker cost us a victory against an undefeated top 10 team in their home stadium with one of the largest, loudest crowds they've ever had witness a football game. Thanks. Now where's a kitten I can strangle?
Anyway, seeing as how, in the coaches poll at least, the voters have to name the winner of the BCS NC game #1, how about a full top 10 speculation on the AP poll next week? UT and USC will be clamoring for a split national title and while I despise both schools, I'm not going to let that cloud my judgment in saying that... well, neither probably deserves it. Yes, the system is severely flawed when you look at OU losing to UT, who lost to Tech, who lost to Ole Miss who BEAT Florida!! OMG!! THE POSSIBILITIES!!!!! But, as it's been said many times before, it's all we have, so we may not like it, but we have to accept it. So, by that formula, I'm going to name who I think will be the NC winner as the top team, then let it be a free for all from that point. Note: This is not how I think it SHOULD be, this is how I think it WILL be (sort of like how Peter King thinks he thinks things so that he doesn't have to think them).
  1. Florida (I GUESS they're my pick, but I really have no clue)
  2. Texas (Should be Utah, although Mack is voting Texas #1 and he's the god of the universe, so perhaps there's a chance)
  3. Utah (72% sure they get fucked out of this spot by the Trojan horse, but I'm keeping my respect faith)
  4. USC (Oregon State, bro, Oregon State. Side story: I was at the airport in Colorado yesterday when a plane from LA landed. So this really slick, LA looking douchebag gets off the plane on his cell phone (because big shots can't make it from the plane to their car without getting on their phone, you know), and he was like "oh yeah man, spent new years watching football and gettin' fucked up, NOTHIN WRONG WITH THAT!!" Surprisingly it wasn't Spencer Pratt or Brody Jenner. People from Southern California are worse than democrats... (paradox alert) and at the same time they ARE democrats!!
  5. Oklahoma (by default... and probably rightly so, assuming they lose. If not, flip them with Florida)
  6. Alabama (Gets very iffy here, and you can and should make an argument for the Frogs, but it's doubtful that we get slotted over Bama AND Penn State, and maybe neither).
  7. Frogs (The sore loser in me says we should be in the Utah spot, and definitely ahead of Bama because we beat Utah more than they did. However, for the sake of being a realist, I'll go with 7th because of lyle's find on the conference rankings. Regardless, if we finish 7th it'll be the highest we've finished since 1958 when we again finished 7th. Thanks to lyle again for the research).
  8. Penn State (what a joke conference that Big Televen is. Also, when the Frogs get donkey punched into this spot below PSU, don't say I didn't warn you).
  9. Oregon (Cause of them there sweet unis... and because no one that could keep them out of this spot won).
  10. Easily the biggest up for grabs spot on the board since the 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, and 22 ranked teams lost... so there's a lot of room for movement at the bottom of the top ten. Could Tech stay in after losing to the Nutt Jobs? Should Boise fall any farther than 11, where we were? Georgia looked uninspired in that win over MSU, but could SEC love move them up? OSU had Texas all but beaten until a great stretch by UT on 4th down and Quan Cosby going Ghost Dad on their secondary.. should they stay? My hunch? I think Boise stays at 10. I think they're more than deserving of this spot, despite their deplorable fan base (when do we get to defile their blog by winning the bet? anyone?), and I don't see how you can keep Tech with two losses or OSU and Georgia with three ahead of them. Also, according to science, Tech has never finished in the top 10 EVER and this historical proof should not be overturned now. Like I said, this is going to be the year of the little guy, so I'm riding this thing into the ground.

So, that's what I think is going to happen, post your thoughts and lists in the comments. Come on! Everybody's doing it!

Fort Worth Omni to Host 2011 AFC Super Bowl Team

There have been rumors going around for a while that the new Omni in Fort Worth was going to host a team for the 2011 Super Bowl at Jerry World. Well, sounds like its been confirmed and a contract has been officially signed, sealed, delivered...

Visit Startelegram.com for more. I can't add links because I am what some refer to as a "techno-tard."

Man left dangling upside down, pantsless after Vail lift mishap

I thought this would make everyone's Tuesday a little more enjoyable............

From: The Smoking Gun


JANUARY 6--In a bizarre incident that will surely lead to litigation (or an out-of-court settlement), a skier at Colorado's ritzy Vail resort was left dangling upside down and pantsless from a chairlift last Friday morning. The January 2 mishap apparently occurred after the male skier and a child boarded a high-speed lift in Vail's Blue Sky Basin. It appears that the chairlift's fold-down seat was somehow not in the lowered position, which caused the man to partially fall through the resulting gap. His right ski got jammed in the ascending chairlift, and that kept him upended since his boot never dislodged from its binding. As seen in the photos on the following pages (which were snapped by fellow skiers), the Skyline Express lift was stopped shortly after the pair's botched 10:30 AM boarding resulted in the man dangling from the lift. The exposed skier was stuck for about 15 minutes before Vail personnel backed the lift up and successfully dislodged the unidentified man from the four-seat chair.

What we've learned from the BCS

Say what you will about how crappy this system is: so far this year, the BCS has helped show the true colors of the teams playing in it. Utah showed us that the MWC can and will win games against upper-echelon teams in power conferences without the use of gimmicks and trick plays: they were simply better than Alabama, the team ranked #1 for much of the year. USC showed that they're a dominant team that is only relevant on the West Coast. Texas showed us that they are a good but not championship-worthy team. The Big Ten showed us that they have absolutely no business getting two teams in the BCS by getting blown out (Penn State) and choking (Ohio State). Also, I'm sure that someone played in the Orange Bowl, right?

Following last night's Fiesta Bowl, here are the real-time conference RPI rankings:

1) Big 12
2) SEC
3) ACC
4) Mountain West
5) Big Ten
6) Big East
7) Pac 10
8) WAC
10) MAC

I realize I'm preaching to the choir here, but those rankings show the absolute absurdity that the MWC doesn't have an automatic BCS affiliation. Of the three conferences ranked below the MWC, we will have TWO teams ranked above even their champion (Cincinnati from the Big East and Penn State from the Big Ten) and we went a combined 6-2 against the Pac 10. The MWC will also have two teams ranked above the champion of the ACC (Virginia Tech), who only stays ranked ahead of us because of the relative strength of their lower-tier teams.

As glad as I was to get matched up with a team ranked as highly as Boise State in our bowl game, it's complete bullshit that these teams from inferior conferences are profitting when they are guaranteed to get a team in one of those $17 million dollar games while we scratch and claw to MAYBE get a team in and the rest of our teams play in $750,000 games two days before Christmas.

TCU v. Texas Tech - Tonight @ 7pm

Coach Christian says "get in front of a TV or your computer and cheer on the Frogs!".

For those who don't click on the dump, here is the information on the game tonight. If you are local, you should be able to get it on TV. If not, then it will be broadcast over the internet.

• The Frogs and Red Raiders can also be heard over the airwaves via Fox Sports Radio 1460 AM and KTCU 88.7 FM with Brian Estridge (play-by-play) and John Denton (analyst). TCU faithful can listen to the game courtesy of Yahoo Broadcasts and watch the game on KFWD-TV Channel 52. The game can also be viewed on ESPN360.com.

Morning Dump

Frog's travel to Lubbock for non-conference contest GoFrogs.com

Reshuffling with the Illini and Horned Frogs

Vote for Utah, for college football's sake Washington Post

Spurrier working to net Williamson Charleston Post Courier

The rest of the news
Cowtown Clips

Patterson on WFAA TV 1/4/09

Patterson was interviewed Sunday night by Dale Hansen of Channel 8 news. Take what you want from the interview, but I feel like he was being very cautious of what he was going to say. Deep down I know he probably wants a playoff and would rather be in a playoff then stuck in the Poinsettia bowl before Christmas every year. But then again he doesn't want to hurt our chances of making a BCS bowl and piss off the committee. Enjoy the two part series, sorry about the quality.

Part 1

Part 2

Video courtesy of WFAA-TV