Tuesday, August 31, 2010

OSU Coach Mike Riley:

Oregon State coach Mike Riley's press conference from Tuesday.

#11 Jeff Ballard

The Jeff Ballard story is one that plays right out of the pages of a Disney screenplay. From third team QB, to the long time back up to the consistently injured heir appointed Tye Gunn, to one of the all time great QBs to play for the Frogs. In just two seasons as the starter, Ballard became fourth all-time in career passer in yards (4,621) and the first in career completion percentage (61.1).

He finished his career with 27 passing TDs and 16 rushing TDs, as well as a host of other TCU records including most TDs in a game (6, Twice); Completion Pct. in a game (87.0 v SDSU); Completion Pct. in a season (61.9 - 2006); Interception Avoidance Percentage for Career (2.2); Consecutive Pass Completions (14); and, Consecutive Passes w/o an int. (154).

All those records aside, his greatest stat is unarguably 19-2. That was his record as the TCU starting QB. Those 19 wins also include two bowl victories. One was the nail biter against Iowa State and the other was the throttling of Northern Illinois. In those two bowl games he accounted for 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 pass) and close to 560 yards. Ballard finished with all-conference honors in both seasons he played, as well as becoming only the fourth two time winner of the Rogers Trophy (for TCU MVP).

Even with all he accomplished, I think I can still hear the student section heckling him for throwing the ball away too often.

#12 Rags Matthews

I have to admit, I don't know a whole lot about Rags, seeing as how be played a decade before the likes of Sammy Baugh and Davey O'Brien, but here goes. Rags was a force to be reckoned with on the D-line. An intimidating six foot frame packed with 176 pounds of badass Matthews was the first SWC player selected to play in the East-West Shrine game and in 1969 Matthews was inducted in to the college football hall of fame. The Fort Worth native was elected the teams most valuable player in 1926 and 1927 and in 1927 Matthews became TCU's first ever AP all-American.

#13 Cory Rodgers

Ah, I can hear it like it was yesterday "Co-ry Rod-gers, Co-ry Rod-gers", and then shortly after, CoRowould break for yet another 40 yard return. Give him a seam, and he was gone. He finished as the all time leader in career return yards (2,572), return yards in a season (906), return yards in a game (229), and returns in a career (140). Rodgers was the first in what has become a string of all conference return men for the Frogs.

On top of the return numbers, Corey also dominated down the field. He ended his career with the Frogs as the fourth all time leading receiver in terms of receptions (152), sixth in receiving yards (2,111) and tied with the great Mike Renfro for TD receptions in a career (17).

He finished third in all-purpose yards for a career (4,798), only behind LT and Andre Davis, and fifth in career TDs scored (29).


September 2010 Cover
Ever since this arrived on my doorstep
I've been afraid to look in my mailbox.

For better or for worse, I've been a subscriber to to Texas Monthly for as long as I can remember, and I honestly couldn't tell you why. Sure, it sometimes has decent features, but it's an incredibly liberal rag with a pro-UT viewpoint and the Texanist section is arguably the most useless waste of column space this side of Jean Jacques Taylor. But, after receiving THAT in my mailbox last week, I'm out. I'm done. I immediately got on the TM website and cancelled my subscription, thus ridding myself of the politics of a magazine whose writers are almost all Texas transplants and view Texas mostly as a farcical land for story fodder rather than a place to live, and added another buck a month to my bank account. Yes, it's really a dollar a month to subscribe. That's 12 more dollars annually than I make writing for this blog, an amount I consider a wash considering I get to be my own editor.

Given, this cancellation was a long time coming, but after attempting to navigate the Colt slurp fest that was the cover story, I just can't do it anymore. Honestly, the fact that they put Colt on the cover doesn't bother me. Believe it or not, there are UT fans who hold him in higher esteem than Vince Young despite accomplishing half the feats, so it's a definitely a solid way to sell some magazines. But, the fact that they frame a Colt McCoy lovefest under the guise of a story about Texas QBs is what got me. Seriously, try and read it. I tried to skip over all of the Colt-centric paragraphs and get to the meat of the story, and before I knew it, I was done and hadn't learned a thing. It's not that I didn't know what I was getting into, it's just that it basically gives you no information about why the Texas QB has become what he has. It tries to offer some basic information about 7 on 7 football and how it transformed the "3 yards and a cloud of dust" old school football mentality espoused in Texas into the current spread style offenses you see in every major HS program today... but that's probably 100 words out of 10000. It never gets to the point and it never really mentions that most state's not named Texas also have 7 on 7 tournaments and also produce good quarterbacks. It's basically "Awww... Poor little Colt never got a chance to win the big one. Waaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!" and I just couldn't stomach it.

And the kicker?

In the middle of the article it has a lineup of photographs showing the successful Texas QBs of the past 10-15 years, skewing heavily towards more current players. It should be noted that these photos are a clear smoke screen trying to draw reader attention away from the fact that they're reading a gay pride memorial to Colt McCoy. The spread has the usual suspects - Drew Brees at Westlake, Vince Young at Madison, Chase Daniel at Southlake - but it also features guys who haven't done anything in their collegiate careers such as Garrett Gilbert, Robert Griffin and Jerrod Johnson. Keep in mind, this article is supposed to be about Texas high school quarterbacks who were successful in high school and have taken that success and turned it into high caliber college careers, or more. So you'd think that list might include a quarterback who played at maybe THE Texas powerhouse high school and while there tossed 52 TDs, won 27 games, led his team to the state title game and was the Houston area-the biggest metro area in Texas, mind you - player of the year, then went to college IN TEXAS where he is a four year starter and has become the school's career leader in just about every category imaginable while leading his team to an undefeated season and BCS game and enters his senior season as the current NCAA leader in wins? That guy, no matter his hair color, might merit some attention, right?

Do you still wonder why I cancelled my subscription?

In my old age I've tried to tone down the aggressive language, especially when writing on here because I know it's gone beyond the five guys it started with, but I'm making an exception here. Fuck You, Texas Monthly. Fuck You right in the ear. If you've ever wondered why the print news industry is an epic failure, look no further than that. I mean, does this make any sense? Oh, and to be fair, Dalton gets one mention... in a long paragraph mentioning about 15 other QBs and gets no distinguishing treatment. How can you call yourself a legitimate publication and then write an article about Texas High school Quarterbacks and leave him off? I mean, I accept that Colt McCoy is going to be your center piece. I really do because, when you're charging a dollar a month for a subscription, you've gotta generate some outside sales. This is the same reason I've never had a problem with Rivals overlooking our recruiting classes. But to act like he's the most successful high school QB to ever come out of Texas is absolutely ludicrous. I mean, in this article, Jordan Shipley gets more play than Dalton... JORDAN SHIPLEY!! Infuriating. Absolutely infuriating.

So, after reading that you'd think Colt McCoy is going to go on to be the next Peyton Manning or Joe Montana or Dan Marino, right? Well, it appears the Cleveland Browns might share my skeptical views on Colt McCoy's talent level because, according to SI.com, it looks like Colt just might not make the cut in Cleveland. In fact, Colt is the top guy on their list when it comes to guys who are on the chopping block. Cleveland, a team that currently employs Jake Delhomme - !!!!!!!!!!- and Seneca Wallace at QB. According to the piece, Colt is in a losing battle for the third QB spot with something called Brett Ratliff. I don't even think that player exists. A pro-UT fan would probably try and frame this as a loser organization not knowing a good thing when they have it, but you'll recall that Mike Holmgren recently took over as Cleveland's GM, and history suggests he knows a thing or two about quarterback talent.

So, I repeat - Colt McCoy, Texas Monthly coverboy and the guy that Texas fans felt could've been a late first rounder and was a "steal" in the third round, could get cut by an organization that still employs JAKE DELHOMME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In all honesty, I don't even really hate Colt McCoy like I've hated many other UT athletes, but you have to admit there's quite a bit of karmic justice in this situation. Getting to use Colt McCoy as a reason to finally cancel my subscription to a publication I don't even like, and then possibly having Colt cut by the Cleveland Browns in the same month makes me feel like a true winner. You know, like an Andy Dalton.

Die, Texas Monthly. Just die.

Morning Dump

Defensive line still a strong point for TCU

TCU's Dalton a winner set to pass 'Slingin Sammy'

Top 10 Texas football teams
Dallas Morning News

10th annual Herbie Awards

Gary Patterson: keep climbing the mountain

The opponent:
Collins moves from safety to linebacker
Gazette Times

Oregon State football team ready for a challenging opener
Gazette Times

Riley says "Katz knows what he's doing" and that will be a must against a loaded TCU defense

How big is this game? Katz may suspend his twitter

Oregon State QB Katz wants no distractions heading into showdown with TCU
USA Today

Oregon State in position to impact Pac-10, BCS races in 2010
Sports Illustrated

Mormon decision day:
It's almost decision time for BYU
Provo Daily Herald

The decision: please make it known today BYU
Provo Daily Herald

Cougars remain quiet as MWC deadline closes in
Deseret News

Court's in session with Hank Thorns

TCU women announce conference, TV schedules

Hometown team:
New historical marker celebrates TCU's 100 year partnership with Fort Worth