Thursday, January 7, 2010

WHATS WORSE?

UTAH LOSS OR BOISE LOSS?

Keep up the good work, Frog fans

As you may or may not recall, before the season started I put out a call to the Horned Frog fanbase to step it up this year. Now, I'm not naive enough to think that the increase in fan support had much of anything to do with my post on this here shitty blog...but still, TCU fans did indeed step it up this year. New school records were set for total attendance (229,000 and change), average per game (just over 38,100) and the highest-attended single game (50,307 vs. Utah). Then there were about 20,000 purple-clad fans in Glendale for the Fiesta Bowl. Not bad for a school the size of little ol' TCU.

But let's not just let this be a temporary spike in fan support and then revert back to our usual apathetic, fickle ways. Instead, let's use this past football season as the catalyst for a new era in which TCU fans (and the city of Fort Worth) proudly support their team. You don't even have to wait until next fall to do it. The baseball team, fresh off their run to the NCAA Super-Regionals last year, is about six weeks away from putting together another strong bid to get to Omaha. And don't look now (actually, it may not last long, so do look now!), but the basketball team is actually tied for 1st place in the MWC.

What was it that was so fun about this season? Sure, the team racking up win after win, yes. But wasn't a big part of it also going to the games, cheering at the games, celebrating the wins and discussing the team with your friends? Well, you don't have to wait around for a 12-0 season to do that. Another team as special as this year's may not come around for a long time (or who knows, it might happen more often than not!), but win or lose the Frogs are your team so let's keep the momentum going.

3 Frogs headed to NFL Combine

From TCU Media Relations:

FORT WORTH, Texas -- TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse and linebacker Daryl Washington will participate in the 2010 National Football League Combine Feb. 24 to March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Hughes, Newhouse and Washington were All-Americans in 2009 as the Horned Frogs (12-1) won the Mountain West Conference championship and made their first BCS appearance.

Hughes is only the second two-time consensus All-American in TCU history and the 2009 recipient of the Lott Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award. He had 16 1/2 tackles for loss, including 11 1/2 sacks, among a career-high 58 stops this season. Hughes topped the nation last year with 15 sacks and six forced fumbles.

Washington led TCU with 109 tackles, the most stops by a Horned Frog since 2004 (Martin Patterson, 131). Washington was a Dick Butkus Award semifinalist. His 11 tackles for loss, including 3 1/2 in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, placed second on TCU behind only Hughes.

A three-time All-Mountain West Conference selection, Newhouse started all but one game over the last three seasons.

Hughes and Washington will play in the Jan. 30 Senior Bowl, while Newhouse will appear in the Jan. 23 East-West Shrine Game.

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