Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Lessons in SMU Hate - Never Forget.

Southern Methodist
Hate has a face.
Seriously. So much hate looking at this thing.

If you’ve followed much of the Dallas media this week, you’ll have noticed a trend. I's been in the Morning News. And ESPNDallas. The Star-Telegram got in on the action and even the cheerleaders have thoughts on it, although I must say our culinary interests and thoughts on Kate Gosselin are shockingly in tune. It seems like all anyone wants to talk about is 2005. Forget the fact that if you line up the past ten games in the SMU/TCU series, that’s the only outlier; SMU beat TCU that year, and by god they still love talking about it.*

As an interesting side note, the ESPNDallas feature – important moments from the TCU/SMU rivalry – also talks about the game in 1997 when 0-10 TCU defeated 6-4 SMU 21-18 and kept them from a bowl game for the billionth consecutive year. The best part though is how that game pretty much set the new direction for TCU as we hired Fran that off season and, obviously, you see where we are now. In other words, the outcome of this game can have major implications for the winner ad the loser. The more you know…

And you know what? Bring it on. You have to learn from your mistakes. Our team that year had no business losing to SMU. None whatsoever, but hey, I suppose it’s why they play the games. We could’ve been the second of the BCS Busters, would have been had the current rules applied back then. But regardless, we came out flat against the Mustangs, they came out hot, and we blew our opportunity. And that still makes me mad. Not because of the loss persay; sure, it was brutal to witness, and reflecting back what happened the rest of the season it was especially painful, but I can remember one thing above all that stands out about the entire experience. One thing that, no matter the circumstances surrounding the game, will always make me want to destroy SMU and explode their scoreboard.

The son of a bitch SMU Band.

I’m not sure how it is still arranged, but back then the TCU student section was directly next to the SMU band. And if you think our band is filled with a bunch of pantywaist nerd folk with an inflated opinion of their personal space, you should’ve seen these guys. Goofy hats? Check. Candy striper jackets? Check. That damned “coming around the mountain” fight song blared every 15 seconds in our direction? You betcha. And, you talk about nerdy shit talking fans, they were the absolute worst. If they knew anything other than "TCU Sucks" I never heard it. And it never stopped. The entire game. Even when CoRo took the second half kickoff to the house and make it 10-14, they never let up. On one hand, you have to kind of respect them. Most sensible fans would’ve seen that as a potential turning point and gotten down a bit. But not these guys. They were as oblivious to the nuances of the game of football as anyone I’ve ever come across. And unfortunately, I couldn’t say a word. Well, ok, of course I DID say some stuff, but it was all empty, heartless and I probably didn’t mean it anyway. Every time I thought TCU was going to pull it out, there was the band to remind me that, "TCU Sucks." I was ultimately beaten down by the SMU band.

And that’s how I remember my SMU 2005: Sitting in the emptied out TCU student section being taunted by a fat Asian clarinet player in a candy striper jacket and goofy hat.

Never again.

Never again will that happen. We all have to take our collective experiences from that night and use them as rage fuel for this weekend. We all need to pick a moment, the one moment where we felt the lowest we could possibly feel, and use that negative energy against the Ponies.

Other potential moments I can specifically remember:

  • After the game, being pulled into a cab by an SMU alum and taken to a strip club, where he funneled me an endless supply of funny money that had to be used that evening, and not even being able to bring myself to a free lapdance or cocktail. Seriously, we were way the hell out in north Dallas, I had no ride home, and there was an endless supply of women willing to take their clothes off for a nominal fee. And I couldn't do it. I was so empty inside. And even if I had been able to, all I would've seen was that fat clarinet player's face on the plastic body of that broken woman. That may have even been lower than the band experience itself.

  • Sitting in the stands, checking my phone for the score of the Texas/Ohio State game from that year and seeing that Vince Young overcame a late deficit and two INT night to throw a late TD pass to Limas Sweed to put the Horns over the top right at the exact moment that we were completely pissing the game away against the Ponies. As you'll recall, Texas went on to win the National title that year and we, after never dropping another game and winning the MWC in our first year, played Iowa State in our second Houston Bowl that doesn't even exist in that form anymore. This was preceded by tailgating with some friends before the game who went to TCU, but once the game started, sat behind their car watching the UT game while wearing UT shirts and refusing to come into our game, one of the most vivid memories I have of UT T shirt fandom. I had such a fragile mind then. It was a traumatizing experience.

          • LoChoco. Peter LoCoco may be remembered for having a huge leg while at TCU, but he was absolutely TERRIBLE against the Ponies that evening. He missed three of his four attempts and, while it never should’ve come down to kicks, if he hits all four, we’re down by two and it could’ve turned the tide of the game. After Mr. All American Nick Browne, this was a huge letdown, and probably paved the way for the sometimes unnecessary Manfredini and Evans hate, although, in my defense, Utah 2008.

      • Another “semi-guilt by association” similar to the one above is losing to a Quarterback named Jared Romo is probably at the heart of my hatred of Tony Romo, who I hate so much that I genuinely can’t fully enjoy watching the Dallas Cowboys despite having cheered for them since I was a child. Well, that and losing to the Bears. So thanks, Jared Romo, for retroactively ruining my childhood.

  • SMU fans rushing the field. I can think of two times that SMU kids have rushed the field in recent memory. One was in 2004 when, having lost every single game the season before and 15 consecutive total, the Ponies knocked off San Jose State – a team we hate a little bit – for their first win of the season. The other was after this game. There’s a picture of it at the top of the post. Look at it. Let it sear into your memory.

Obviously emotion is a big part of college football and, in particular, rivalry games. And that’s always the biggest worry when facing SMU. Even though we’ve probably been favored every year since Patterson has set foot on campus – not sure how to check this, but who disputes it? –the series has featured scores such as 17-6, 20-13, 21-7 and, of course, the lone loss. In other words, other than 44-0 and 48-7, we rarely blow these guys out when we’re supposed to. Even last year, in an eventual 39-14 victory, the game wasn’t in hand until the end of the third quarter, and we would’ve trailed at halftime had Kerley not gotten his swerve on the punt return TD. If you’ll recall, we were eventually 0.5 seconds away from playing for a national title last year and SMU was 8-5, so we're not talking Goliath vs. Goliath here.

Of course, losing that game probably has a little bit to do with the freshman that year never losing another one to the Ponies. But those guys are gone; no one on the current team was on the team in 2005 and knows what it felt like. Gary, as you’ve probably seen, picked up a DVD copy of the game-“must’ve been a pretty big deal, they made a DVD” as he put it –and has shown it a few times in practice this week just to build team rage heading into Friday. He’s also closed practices and is a master at bringing his teams down from their high horse to get ready for any game on the schedule, hence calling this game a “50/50” game. So the coaching staff probably has most of it covered, but they can always use our help.

That’s why I implore all of you to recount your lowest memory from that game in the comments so we can all relive the mental anguish we went through that night in Dallas and vow to never let it happen again. And if your story is worse than, “being so angry that not even free big fake boobs in your face could cure it” then you and I probably need to sit as far away from each other as possible because our retroactive rage will probably cause the visiting section to spontaneously combust.

Go Frogs.


Sir Wesley Willis said...

Terrible bullet point fail. I hate our blogger interface more than I hate SMU. Can I do a series on that?

Tanner said...

i dont have any other games besides this that come close.

i still can't talk about this game. When someone starts mentioning it, i just interrupt them and continue on about something else.

Riff Ram said...

I remember all of those UT t-shirt fans wanting to watch that game instead of going to ours. I bought tickets there and was a section over from the TCU student section and remember sitting in the section alone wanting to run on the field and mercilessly beat every single SMU student/fan/child there. To make matters worse, I stepped in dog shit on the way back to the car and it smelled terrible on the way back to Fort Worth. And remember 30 was closed on the way back so it made it so much worse. Thank God for whiskey. Go Frogs!!!!!

LA Frog said...

My lowest point is clicking your "cheerleaders" link. Oh, shit! She's a man, baby! Doesn't dadddy have enough money to fix that shit for you?

Middle Man said...

most miserable game ever. walking out of the game was in such a daze, some lady hit me with her car coming out of the parking garage and gave me that stupid pony sign and drove off.

Rotten Arsenal said...

Okay, I wasn't at that game. I was on a pretty tight budget in those days and oddly enough, they don't like to do much to help Alumni pay for games. No, I was at home, "watching" the game on my computer on some GameChannel type thing while my wife and Father-in-law (both UT grads) watch the UT v Ohio State game in the living room. I remember wanting to punch my fist through the monitor.

But, I WAS at the 2007 game. That was my first year as an actual Alum and my mom and I had season tickets (as we did off and on all during the '80's and 90's). By that SMU game, we spent about as much time heckling our own team as we did the opponent. And we HATED Sullivan...
So, when we pulled off the upset and both destroyed SMU's bowl hopes AND prevented a winless season... it was really great. Of course, you know about the students-cops-pepper spray celebration afterwards, but what I remember is hanging around as the stadium had just about cleared out... except for that effing SMU band. There they were... standing in an almost empty stadium... continuing to play. It was both sad and irritating. I went from my seats in the West stand, climbed the railings and went around the North End Zone, and stood about 100 feet from the band. When they stopped playing, I yelled at them, "It's Over! You Lost! Go Home!". The entire band turned in unison and stared at me. I decided I'd made my point and walked quickly away, since I didn't want to be beaten by fat kids with brass instruments.

Oh... and for me, the worst loss in my recent memory is the Fort Worth Bowl vs Boise State. That was depressing. On the big screen, they kept running the old Star Telegram ad where the guy stands on his front porch and yells "Who won the game last night?". For most of the game, we'd scream "TCU!"... but as the clock ticked down, there were less and less responses to that fat bastard.

And as far as the current squad and their feelings for SMOO, one player told me "Don't worry, we aren't exactly friendly with the kids from Dallas."

WhaleBurger said...

Went to the game with TCUMurphish and and idiot friend of ours who went to smew and got us free tickets. (Fuck giving those bastards a penny of my money...)

Was able to sneak into a skybox for part of the game, which was nice to drink their beer, and avoid any shit talking smew fans. Went down to the stands for the end of the game. My idiot smew buddy looks at me and says "I'm going to rush the field" At the moment it hit me. I felt like jumping off an overpass onto 75 traffic.

My idiot friend then makes us goto a bar which he called the Dallas Oui... It sucked. TCUMurphish and I get shit hammered to avoid listening to any smew fans who walked by talking trash. We go back to the house we are supposed to crash at in Dallas. Murphish and I look at each other and said "Fuck this we are heading back to Fort Worth."

To add insult to injury TxDOT closed I30 that night forcing a detour through Grand "Shithole" Prairie. Took hours to get home.

If their is hate in your heart let it out!

shortnkerley's said...

Got kicked out of Smew sae house after choke holding tla guy against a wall. He was about the 10th guy in the house to tell me TCU sucks. He deserved it. Then, on the ride home a buddy of mine and I tried to pull smew kids out of the back of a BMW convertible and kick their asses on smew blvd. They drove away. We lost again. I was angry. Really angry.

Hornedfrog1982 said...

I have SMU hate that can not be described other then to say I went to TCU when we actually were ranked #1 in the nation (of the bottom 20). We hoped we could beat Rice and usually didn't. As a child I was an Oklahoma fan (1 because my Uncle went there and 2 because they beat Texas).

FYI on the Crimson and Cream fan site they have a pole that 57% + the editor think the big 12 should invite TCU but I digress.

I sat on the 20 yard line when we had a chance to beat Craig James and Erick Dickerson at the Carter with a first and goal at the 4 yard line. We thought we had scored the go ahead touchdown the play before but the QB stepped out at the 4. We had second and goal at the 1 and could not get in on 3 plays the 4th down play being a fumbled snap from center.

So for me the past 12 years has been a dream.

So when TCU beat OU I was the happiest man alive. I love OU but not when they play TCU. I was soooo happy. I sent an email to congratulate Coach Patterson and he answered me back and that whole week I was in heaven.

So then I was worried about SMU. Being from the dark ages to this day I am still worried every game. Is the old TCU going to show up? Every time we play great I am relieved like the Baylor game. It is hard for me to not worry.

I saw the Southern Miss game coming from a mile away. Even the San Jose State game with LT I saw coming because we still had not learned to hand the ball to LT every play.

So I was worried about SMU. I live in Miami so I sat in my living room and watched in horror. I could not believe what was happening but then being from the dark ages I sat there in my living room drunk and despondent. Same OLD TCU. It did not surprise me at all. I could not sleep for a week.

I have to say that I did not expect TCU to go undefeated the rest of the year. OU looked like shit against Tulsa but pulled out the win and our first game in the Mountain West and you have to admit we were getting our ass handed to us at BYU when the quarterback got hurt and we came back to win in overtime and found our new QB.

So in hind site the SMU lost was the worst in our modern history and it hurt.

I am glad to say I am coming to town tomorrow and I will be in the stands Friday night. I am still worried because I will always be worried but I am looking forward to seeing the destruction of SMU in person and this time we will not fumble the snap on 4th down.

Angela said...

Watch it with the TCU band comments.

I have to agree that smu band ppl are ridiculously aggravating, ignorant fools. And I want to take full responsibility for the 2005 loss.

Long story short, I and a few friends got a group of 27 TCU band members to head to Dallas the night before the game, with intentions to dye the fountain purple and leave a few other marks on their property...

The pony band members were waiting for us ON BICYCLES, chasing groups of us into trees and otherwise wreaking havoc on our best-laid plans. But, 6 hours later, those pansies resorted to calling the police rather than taking care of business, and 4 of us were issued criminal trespass warnings (that's all they could catch!) and our mission failed. The Star-Telegram gave us credit for a success, however, just a couple of years ago when the smu band got us back by bleaching "PONY UP" on our field.

Let's just say I know nothing about what the TCU band has accomplished since that mission failed... but you see the results in the football team's successes.

So don't knock the TCU band.

shortnkerley's said...

Angela, maybe you can shed light on something for me as a band member- why is that yellow rope that separates the band section from the rest of society treated like the US/Mexico border. I've tried to cross it (to shorten my route to the field) on many occasions, even after the game has ended, and everytime I felt like someone was going to club me with a woodwind instrument. Maybe the band should lighten up on enthusiastic fans.

CounselorFrog said...

More like the 38th Parallel, cross it, and Kim Jong Ill will take your life. Because he is so ronry.

buffalo said...

us/mexico border? in that case you should be able to stroll right across.

CrabblerK3 said...

I turned 21 the month before this game. I have virtually no memories of the game itself, but distinctly remember drinking 3/4 of a bottle of Vox vodka (Note: still don't like vodka because of this event) on the porch of a high school friend's (who went to SMU) back porch, just waiting for them to get back from the revelry. Horrible. The night devolved into me wandering the area yelling incoherently. Or so I am told.

For the record, Utah 2008 is still the worst one for me to think about.

Army Frog Fan said...

A friend of my wife (Pony grad) has been posting on Facebook all week "Beat TCU." I refrained from a response until she posted yesterday that a plane was flying around Dallas with a "BEAT TCU" banner. I quickly reminded her that they haven done that but once in the last 10 years.

Now I really really hope we curb stomp them by 45 points.

Middle Man said...

anyone see the sign on 75 on the SMU building on the east side with that gay sign Beat TCU. god Dallas, you really are a joke.

Spence said...

Spit blood guys, i say a 2009 TCU video is in order to pump us up for the remaining games........ That shit still gives me goosebumps, but i want to see jerry hughes run people over instead of Tommy blake. I would o something, but im technologically incapable.

David said...

Sir Wesley Willis for better bullet points, just use the HTML Editor within blogger and then pick your bullet type and go with the the code.

Here's a link to that code outlined because blogger doesn't allow those codes in comments. This is a good site for HTML that blogger generally accepts.

Sorry to nerd out, but I have to use Blogger a lot for work so I thought I'd help you out as I enjoy the blog so much.

Also, I'd say that SMU Game was probably the worst with the '08 Utah as a 1b. And I was in the band during the SMU game which meant we couldn't leave.

Oh, and the reason the TCU Band treats the yellow ropes like they do is paranoia of getting things broken/stepped on/stolen. Band unis have no pockets which means personal things could be easily stolen/broken. Not to mention instruments being broken or messed with.

Houston Frog said...

My lowest point of that night.... (at halftime) after literally getting into a fight with three SMU fans who were sitting in the TCU section and picking on some 5'4" 125 lb TCU freshman (I got them kicked out), my mom called from the back of an ambulance with my dad who had just had a heart attack and she wasn't sure if he was going to make it. Worst night ever (he ended up pulling through, but I didn't find out until the next morning)

Angela said...

shortnkerley--I think it has something to do with drunk students & alum who stumble through there and damage expensive instruments. Sorry!