Thursday, May 6, 2010

Big Brother is Watching.


I was hoping to find one with Obama's picture. No dice.

I think one of the most interesting things about the advancement of the internet under Comandante Al Gore is how it's gone from primarily being a friendly network for middle school kids to talk to their friends after school when their parents wouldn't let them play at each other's houses and turned into an omniscient behemoth filled with hackers, perverts, and social networking sites that have gotten far more people fired and murdered than laid. Let's face it, if it weren't for the ability to pull up a pornographic image of any possible situation with the click of a button, we may as well scrap the whole thing and just go back to using bag phones and fax machines for communication and the library for all of our 'Pedia needs.

But, even with all that in mind, the internet has certainly done its part in expanding our everyday accessibility to information that we normally wouldn't have known or, more importantly, cared about such as the whereabouts of our elementary school girlfriends - probably pregnant and on welfare - or stories in the Las Vegas Review Journal.

In the "Karma's a bitch" department of the Las Vegas Sun, you may have come across this story detailing the LVRJ's attempts to stop other websites from illegally posting their copy. Now you may think, "Ah come on, it's the internet, everything is so easy to look at! Lighten up guys! Half the country is under water and the other is under oil. Surely we can devote our attention elsewhere, no?"

And then you read that the party being accused is none other than Killerfrogs.com, and you may soften your stance towards their fascist practices.

Now, if I were a smaller man, more inclined to let prior events cloud my objective judgment, I might take this as an opportunity for some schadenfreude towards our pals over at the Eastern Bloc. However, as the best internet battles are commonly fought in the comments section, I appoint the task to you, our five remaining off-season readers. And if you want to note the irony of a website that backhands outside content with an iron fist getting into a legal tussle for posting the information from another website, well, just don't say you heard it from me.

In all seriousness though, this is just a glaring reminder of the world in which we currently live in. Where counselor can download the latest Dave Matthews Band album from a schoolgirl in Japan in the blink of an eye, and in the same blink get arrested for it. I'm not sure the specifics of the charges against KF - from what I see over there, they have their own morning link dump where readers can go for one click access to the day's TCU related stories, much as we do on our own site and everything looks to be properly sourced. I've never personally noted anything over there that looked to have been improperly documented, but apparently a mistake was made and, if I had to take a guess, they'll take down the specific content and everyone will move on.

And while it may seem trivial for the Journal to take such hard assed measures against a non-affiliated website for posting their material, apparently without alerting the guilty party beforehand, the bottom line is that on the internet, there's always someone watching. And if a relatively minor publication in the big scheme of things such as the LVRJ is keeping tabs on Killerfrogs, whose to say that other sites aren't doing the same to us? I sure would hate for our fair site to become obsolete simply because a person or persons posted material without attributing the source.

However, I don't mean this as a lecture, but perhaps a call to arms for those who might lazily copy and paste an article or link to provide their own commentary on an issue in the future, while merely using the story itself as complementary material. If we want to read Graham Watson's take on TCU's spring game - and BOY do we ever! - that's what the dump is for. Doesn't mean you can't post it under a separate headline, but at least give some of your own insight on what the writer has to say and provide a link at the bottom. Because, let's face it - if all this site offers is the morning dump and pasted articles from other sources, we're basically KF, jr. without the advertising royalties. And we're seeing firsthand where that gets you. Sometimes nice guys DO finish first, eh?

No more free football

If you're a TCU alum (or 'former student', for the quitters amongst you) and you've been using your old TCU student ID to get into football games for free, your days of not paying are numbered. The school announced this week that they are changing the design of the ID cards, which means they'll finally be phasing out the design they've been using for about a decade now, featuring a background scene that no longer even exists:
According to the article, the old ID's won't become completely obsolete until October 31st of this year, so I guess there's a chance you could use your ID to get into the first five home games. Then again, maybe it's time you grow up and buy a season ticket. See you in Section V.

Next 4 Games are Huge

Coming down the home stretch of the regular season, it's no secret that the Frogs have their sights set square on reaching Omaha and the College World Series. With a record of 34-9, a dominant pitching staff and a lineup that has exceeded expectations, they definitely have the weapons to make that goal a reality.

Playing at home is an advantage for many teams, but especially TCU, who has an 18-3 record at Lupton Stadium. Being able to play their Regional and possibly even Super Regional games in Fort Worth would make their road to Omaha at bit less daunting, but to earn that right it's imperative that they tackle their next four games...all of which will be played on the road. With a road series against New Mexico (RPI: 33) and a Tuesday-nighter at Texas State (RPI: 39), these are the last chances for the Frogs to register wins that could boost their own RPI, which is 16 as of now.

Beyond that, TCU's remaining eight regular season games are against Air Force (RPI: 263), UT-San Antonio (168) and Cal State-Bakersfield (177). Even winning those games could hurt the Frogs.

Morning Dump

Dalton on cover of Phil Steele's 2010 preview GoFrogs.com

Frogs look to defend crown at MWC Championships
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Frogs sweep MWC tennis player of the week honors
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TCU announces April athletes of the month
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Frogs send trio to NCAA individual championships
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Brighiu, Price selected for NCAA individual championships
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TCU spring wrap up
ESPN

Arizona catcher commits to TCU
Arizona Central