Friday, July 30, 2010

Gary Patterson's Women's Football Clinic

As a TCU alum, I feel entitled to all things TCU and some gender bias is the last thing to keep me from enjoying any TCU event. Thus, I threw on a wig, which was a fresh purchase from McCart Thrift Store, and borrowed an ovary from a T-shirt longhorn fan and another ovary from a uber sensitive spitblood reader and was on my way to the Gary Patterson's Women Football Clinic. Prepped for a serious clinic, I got a matching sports bra, sweatband, and TCU cheer socks to match my wig and ovaries. But alas, I was deceived, it was no clinic, it was purple margaritas, a M. L. Leddy's "fashion show", and Patterson, Assistant Coaches, and Players talking with a Q&A. Here are some random insights that came about from the clinic:

-The Friday before games, meal includes Fried Chicken, Steak, Grilled Chicken, Broccoli, Mashed Potatoes, Cake, Ice Cream, Pie, Cookies. (It came about that Marcus Cannon sneaks a cookie in every Friday, the Defensive coach does not allow, but obviously he knows now)

-Before every game, no matter the kickoff time 11AM or 8PM, the players are served pancakes, spaghetti, baked potato. AD always gets spaghetti.

-AD was asked about crazy female fans and their calling/emailing him, he said the one that stuck out the most was he was asked by some girl to go to a formal with her through email, Que deletion.

-If you recall an article towards the end of last year on AD, about him saving a dog that collapsed while on a 9 mile run with it's owner, he had given the dog water and helped the owner get it help, but his teammates still give him hell and are adamant that he gave the dog mouth to mouth to save it.

-Tank was asked about his armbands and the story behind it, another player had a locker next to his and would wear the 3 armbands, and asked Tank if he was going to keep tradition going and keep wearing them. Tank wore them for his first game, and then just kept with it. Also prolly a shout-out to his Punk BMX days.

CBS issue "not dead"

A little over two years ago, I posted on this here blog about the possibility of the Mountain West getting a few games on CBS after MWC Commissioner Craig Thompson was quoted on the issue. Not CBS-College, but actual over-the-air CBS. When the months went by after that with no additional talk of CBS, I figured that the negotiations must've dissolved into nothingness. But it appears now that Thompson has been in touch with the CBS folks all along, per these two notes from an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette:

• Thompson said he anticipates one or two of the league’s men’s basketball games during the upcoming season will be televised on CBS.

• As for getting football games on CBS, Thompson said teams would have to agree to play at 10 a.m. (MT) so the network would be able to televise SEC games at 1:30 or 2 p.m. (MT). Thompson said such a scenario is “not dead” but “not happening” currently.

The news about getting basketball games on there this year is pretty great news, although I highly, highly doubt TCU will be involved in any of those games. Still, great exposure for the league and definitely something to shoot for in the future.

And it looks as though CBS is still open to the possibility of complimenting their SEC coverage with an early MWC game a few times a year. I, for one, would be happy for TCU to move as many home games as possible to 11:00am local time in order to be nationally broadcast on CBS. Yeah, it'd be early, but I think I could handle that. As the only MWC school in the central time zone, I think TCU ought to be pretty proactive in voicing our readiness to accomodate major network TV.

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