Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ghostland in D.C. Friday Before UVA Game

For all you Ghostland groupies out there who plan on going to D.C., an alumni living in D.C. brought to my attention that there is a Ghostland show the night before the UVA game at the 9:30 Club in D.C. The show starts at 10pm (why it wouldn't start at 9:30 is perplexing to me) and you can get tickets here. From what I hear it's a great venue.

MWC extends it's bullshit deal with Vegas Bowl

According to the Las Vegas Sun, the Mountain West and Pac 10 have each agreed to extend their contracts with the Las Vegas Bowl through 2013. Wait, did I say Las Vegas Bowl? Because as bush league as that sounded already, it's now the Maaco Bowl. Awesome!

The deal will pit the Mountain West champion against the 5th place team from the Pac Ten. How's that for respect? The MWC had it's way with the Pac Ten last season, and yet our champion gets pitted against their 5th place team? BEFORE Christmas??? With all of the momentum the conference has going for it and the large amount of shifting going on between various bowls and conferences right now, I would expect something with a lot more splash than this from MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson.

Not that it even matters. The executive director of the bowl, Tina Kunzer-Murphy, made sure everyone knew that her game wasn't the set destination for the MWC Champion, but that she had the first pick of MWC teams. Since Utah went to the Sugar Bowl last year, Vegas as the top-paying bowl for MWC teams ought to have picked the second-place team, which was TCU. But as we all know, she chose BYU, whom the Frogs had gone rawdog on to the tune of 32-7, to play in the more lucrative game (for the 4th consecutive year, mind you) instead.

Sorry to go off on a rant like that, but I just get so sick when I see how well the conference is progressing and yet still has such a putrid bowl situation. At least the Frogs ended up with a great opponent last year, even if it was in a bowl that paid the minimum. Craig Thompson has done a great job in trumpeting the virtues of the MWC and lobbying hard for an automatic BCS bid, but he really, REALLY needs to pay some more attention to the rest of the league's bowl slate.

Upcoming Frog-Related Events

There are two upcoming, TCU sports-related events being promoted by other websites that I believe are worthy of mention here, even if some of the members of one of those sites can at times have a stick up their butts about links to our site being posted there.

First is Killerfrogs.com's Annual "State of the Frogdom" Luncheon this Friday, August the 28th at 11:30am at the Pappa's Burgers right near campus. The event- food included- is free and you need only RSVP on this thread to attend. According to Wes, the proprietor of killerfrogs:

"Joining us this Friday will be athletic director Danny Morrison, head baseball coach Jim Schlossnagle, women's basketball coach Jeff Mittie and we are still waiting on several other TCU luminaries to RSVP."

The second was brought to our attention by Spitblood friend David Peterson, who runs hornedfrogsports.com. It's a golf event being put on by Purple People Seaters, an outstanding non-profit group run by TCU alumni that supports at-risk youth in the Metroplex (& wherever TCU plays in a bowl game- the picture above is at the '08 Texas Bowl). The scramble takes place the morning of the Texas State game, September 19, at Waterchase Golf Club. $125 per person goes to a great cause and gets you green and cart fee, range balls, light breakfast, lunch, beverages, gifts & prizes, and a ticket to the football game. More info is available here.

Morning Dump

Hughes receives top mark from Rivals GoFrogs.com

Frog fans could be big losers in TV battle Star-Telegram

TCU's Hodge falling behind Star-Telegram

Henson's pity party Washington Post