Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Lest we forget

I don't know about y'all, but I never had a reason to like anything coming from that liberal state to the West (and I even have family there) before our boy joined the Chargers. Let's not forget the man that helped bring TCU back into the national spotlight, and let's all pray that this injury isn't as bad as it sounds. I know I'll be rooting for them to demolish the over-hyped Steelers, with LT in and doing what he does best. Crushing dreams.

LT could be sidelined Sunday by 'toughest' injury
- Fox Sports

Jimmy C = Basketball GP

With last night's 85-80 win against Texas Tech in Lubbock, the Frogs have reached the halfway point in Jim Christian's inaugural season with a 10-5 record. It's probably still too early to start entertaining thoughts of any kind of significant postseason berth this year, but it's already very apparent that Coach Christian has brought a change in attitude that was sorely needed.

First and foremost, you don't hear Coach Christian making excuses for his team. Unlike our last coach, he holds himself and his players accountable for the mistakes they make. He has also remedied some of the shortcomings that have plagued our team in recent years- namely shooting. Last night, the Frogs shot 49% from the field, 47% from beyond the arc and 83% from the free-throw line. Unlike in year's past, you don't find yourself praying for a bucket or averting your eyes when one of our players goes to take foul shots. The one area that Dougherty's teams were competent in, defense, has shown to be Jimmy C's team's strength even more so. Through last night, the Frogs are giving up just 59.7 points per game, which is third in the Mountain West.

One of the great shames of our college years was the absence of the big-game atmosphere for basketball. Sure, there were a few big games in the '03-'04 NIT run, but aside from that year our team has been so miserable that those are distant, distant memories. The thing is, it really doesn't take THAT many people to make the DMC a loud & hostile arena. Frog fans have got their chance to re-create that big-game atmosphere this Saturday when the UNLV Runnin' Rebels come to Fort Worth. The Rebels are 13-2 this season, including a road win over #21 Louisville on New Year's Eve and are in the "also receiving votes" category in both major polls. If you need story lines, how about remembering UNLV ending the Frogs season a year ago in the MWC tournament quarterfinals in Las Vegas, when Wink Adams converted a 3-point play with 3.4 seconds remaining to lift his 2nd-seeded Rebels to an 89-88 win? Or how these same Rebels ended Coach Christian's season by defeating his Kent State squad in the first round of the NCAA Tournament? So you know Jimmy C and his team will be motivated- let's show them that the fans are, too.

TCU (10-5, 1-0 MWC) vs. UNLV (13-2, 1-0 MWC)
Saturday, 4:30pm
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum

Morning Dump

No question Utah is national champion ESPN Life of Reilly

TCU shows resiliency, turns back Tech rallies Star-Telegram

TCU offensive coordinator Mike Schultz takes same job at Illinois Star-Telegram

TCU Lady Frogs' rebounding irks coach Jeff Mittie Star-Telegram

With only one game remaining there sure are a lot of questions

Utah has 13 reasons to feel cheated USA Today

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