Thursday, March 31, 2011
I'm not necessarily claiming that any of those programs are afraid to come play TCU in Fort Worth (ok, not all of them at least), but the consistency with which marquee teams stay away from Funkytown does start to make you wonder, doesn't it?
When any TCU looks at the future schedules on gofrogs.com, it's pretty easy to get excited about the upcoming non-conference games that are on the docket. OU, LSU and Arkansas all coming to Amon G. Carter in the coming years are dates that are sure to be circled in bright red ink on calendars in every Frog fan home.
But TCU is not on Oklahoma's 2012 schedule according to their official site. And where are the Frogs on the 2014 schedule that LSU lists on their official site? Again, not there. This could be an oversight, as TCU's own future schedules have been updated slowly on gofrogs.com in the past. But as a fanbase that's seen team after team after team avoid a trip to play our team in our stadium, don't you have to look at this skeptically? I couldn't find Arkansas' future schedules on their official site, but if someone does it wouldn't surprise me if at trip to play at TCU were nowhere to be found on it.
Again, to any OU or LSU fans that stumble upon this post- I'm not calling your team out for being scared to play the Frogs in Fort Worth. But what gives? And to the TCU fans reading this...which of the future games scheduled for our renovated stadium do you think will actually end up taking place?
6. Skye Dawson, WR, TCU Horned Frogs
An unheralded football recruit, Dawson came to TCU with big-time track credentials. He won the Texas Relays 100-meter dash with a time of 10.43, and went on to win the state title in the 100, 4x100 and long jump. The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder sparked the Horned Frogs relay team in the 4x100 that ranked in the top five in the NCAA for the majority of the outdoor season. In addition, he won the 60-meter title at the 2010 MWC Indoor Championships.And on another note, did anyone else catch Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel last night? If not, I definitely suggest recording it the next time it's on and watching the whole thing. Alot of accusations being pointed all over the place that left me with one question: How in the HELL does Auburn still have a football team on the field?
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
For now, though, I'll pass along the latest NCAA Regional Projections from both collegebaseballdaily.com and SEBaseball.com. They both currently have TCU as a Regional host, but that could change if the Frogs don't start taking care of business on a more consistent basis- starting with tonight's game against Stephen F. Austin.
The good news out of this is that apparently the BCS is going to take a very serious look at whether or not the Fiesta Bowl ought to retain it's status within the organization. Were they to be kicked out, the Cotton Bowl (now being played in a BCS-worthy stadium) would be ready to take it's place in an instant. TCU vs. Texas or aggy or OU or Tech* at JerryWorld on New Year's Day? Yeah, I'll have some of that.
Or is this a sign of something even bigger? Since Junker has proved to be shady beyond all doubt, what about the other bowl executives? Now that this guy's been kicked to the curb, will he start naming names like Jose Canseco? Was TCU vs. Boise really Junker's top choice for the Fiesta Bowl last year, or was it part of a collaborative effort to keep the two kids at the kids' table? However this shakes out, it's definitely worth keeping an eye on.
*-just kidding, we all know Tech can't make it to a BCS Bowl
TCU in good hands when Shivers gets ball Star-Telegram
Recruiting dish: TCU holding its own Sporting News
Draft dish: TCU could pass Locker, Mallett on draft board Sporting News
TCU's Dalton has chance to be the Drew Brees of the 2011 NFL Draft Sports Illustrated
Colts considering TCU QB Dalton Yahoo! Sports
A Frog could be the answer to 49ers' QB troubles NBC Bay Area
Tuesday baseball game rescheduled for Wednesday GoFrogs.com
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Taking a page out of the Rangers' book, Coach Schlossnagle will give his closer a look as a starting pitcher as Erik Miller is slated to take the mound this evening. Miller has had an up & down season at the back end of the bullpen so far, but it's his bad outings that show up in his stats: 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in 11 appearances. Some might question putting such an inconsistent pitcher into the rotation, but HornedFrogSports.com's David Peterson will tell you why this is a good idea.
We're not yet sure whether this move is a permanent one, but it would appear that Schloss is turning to Plan B for replacing Kaleb Merck. It may end up that Miller regains his job as closer, but for now I would look for one of the two super freshmen- Andrew Mitchell or Stefan Crichton- to take over that role.
Monday, March 28, 2011
But just as the Frogs giveth away, they also taketh back. Matt Purke had an uncharacteristically subpar performance on Saturday and the Cougars jumped out to a 9-2 lead before the Frogs stormed back to win, 16-10. Sunday's game lacked the roller-coaster nature of the first two as TCU cruised to a 9-1 win and a 2-1 series win.
If it seems as if I'm always singling out Brance Rivera for a strong performance at the plate, it's because he's simply hitting the shit out of the ball. He went 7-for-12 this weekend, including three doubles and a home run...his team-leading sixth. He also drove in four runs, stole a base and pushed his hitting streak to 23 games. He's now hitting .427 on the season and is either first or second on the team in just about every major offensive statistical category.
Aaron Schultz (7-for-14, a double, a grand slam and 6 RBI) and Taylor Featherston (4-for-10, 4 RBI) also deserve some recognition, but Zac Jordan was the surprise star of the weekend. Playing only in the Frogs' two wins of the weekend, Jordan went 4-for-7 with 5 RBI, with all of his hits going for extra bases: two doubles, a triple and his first home run of the season. Look for him to pick up a few more at-bats in the near-future.
My pitching MVP of the weekend is a bit of an odd choice, only because this guy didn't really have all that great of a stat line. Trent Applebly came on in relief of Matt Purke in Saturday's game and was unable to stop the bleeding immediately- allowing Houston's 4-2 lead to balloon to 9-2 by giving up 3 hits and hitting a batter in his first inning of work. But Appleby was able to shake off his rough start and set the Cougars down in order in the 6th and 7th to allow the Frogs the chance to come back and then pitched a fairly efficient 8th & a perfect 9th to preserve the victory. That's the kind of mental toughness you need from a senior, especially just hours after the bullpen had failed in Friday's loss.
While you'd love to see the Frogs sweep an opponent they are clearly better than (and with all due respect to Coach Whitting, TCU is clearly better than U of H at this point) and hate to see a disastrous loss like Friday's, you have to be happy that at least this team can rebound to salvage a series win. Stephen F. Austin continues the parade of in-state, non-conference opponents when they visit Lupton tomorrow night, and then the homestand continues with a three-game set against Air Force this weekend.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Read the full story, which includes a few quotes from former Horned Frog and current Diamondback Sam Demel, from the Wall Street Journal of all places, by clicking HERE.
Friday, March 25, 2011
The main storyline to look for this weekend is TCU pitching vs. Houston hitting. Like the Frogs' midweek opponent, Texas State, the Cougars can flat-out mash the ball. They are hitting .313 as a team, with four players hitting above .370. They don't hit for a lot of power (just nine total home runs), but they can push a lot runs across the plate- they've scored more than ten runs in a game six different times already this year. Sophomore shortstop Chase Jensen (an Arlington Martin product) and senior outfielder Caleb Ramsey have driven in the most runs with 24 and 26 respectively, while junior DH Matt Creel leads the team with a .397 batting average. Junior catcher John Cannon isn't far behind Creel, batting a salty .391- but if you'll allow me to be a complete baseball nerd for a minute, his on-base percentage is .494. Overrated stat? Possibly, but MLB scouts salivate over it and it means he's keeping innings going by getting on base nearly half the times that he steps to the plate.
TCU's pitching rotation seems to have settled into a regular pattern, as it'll go Winkler-Purke-Maxwell again this weekend. And if you're unsure about the order of the days of the weekend, Rebecca Black is happy to clear that up for you.
How would an offensive juggernaut like U of H lose half their games? If you have to ask that question, you clearly aren't a Rangers fan. The Cougars' team ERA is 4.36 and their allowing opposing hitters to hit .304 against them. Mo Wiley, a 6'4" junior righty who's 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA in 14.1 innings pitched, goes against Winkler tonight. Jordan Lewis, a junior lefty with a 4.67 ERA and an opponents' batting average of .299 goes on Saturday and then Houston still has an ominous (for them) "TBA" for Sunday's game.
So while the TCU pitchers will have all they can handle in this series, hopefully the bats can continue their gradual emergence from hibernation. Jason Coats and Joe Weik, who were being counted on as major producers in the middle of the lineup, have shown some signs of life the past few weeks. In the meantime, Jantzen Witte and especially Brance Rivera (batting .405 with a 20-game hit streak going) continue to shoulder most of the load.
Tonight's series opener marks the return to Lupton of Todd Whitting. Now the Cougars' head coach, Whitting spent the past seven seasons as an assistant at TCU and was a major contributor to the Frogs' rise to prominence as a program. I'm not usually a big fan of standing ovations for members of the opposing team, but in my opinion the Lupton crowd ought to be on it's feet multiple times this weekend for Coach Whitting.
All three games will be carried live on The Mtn, for those of you who have DirecTV. They'll also be streamed live (video and audio) on grofrogs.com if you want to sit by your computer all weekend. If not, they'll all be on 88.7, which can be heard online at ktcu.net or on your phone by dialing 682-233-6382. You can also follow either @TCU_Baseball or @FollowtheFrogs, who both usually give pretty good updates via twitter.
Frogs confident despite fall form top of polls Star-Telegram
TCU continues homestand; hosts TCU for three GoFrogs.com
Don't complain about Purke SportDFW
UH preps for TCU in final non-conference series Cypress Times
Frogs offensive line to look different Star-Telegram
Dalton will visit Vikings Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Draft rumors: Dalton to visit Vikings, others NFL.com
TCU swimmer back in NCAA water Star-Telegram
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Both leagues have two teams in the Sweet 16- San Diego State and BYU for the Mountain West, UConn and Marquette for the Big East. While the Big East has had to endure becoming a bit of a punchline after having 9 of 11 teams lose in the tournament's opening weekend, Jack Bogaczyk of the Charleston Daily Mail wonders if that bashing is really warranted.
After all, isn't getting 11 teams in the Dance still pretty darn impressive? Isn't having 9 teams flame out quickly in the tournament that matters better than having a couple of teams make a run in the NIT or whatever made-up tournament SMU is playing in?
Parking, however, is probably going to be quite a bit different for just about everyone that reads this blog. The map above details all of the changes from last fall to this coming one, all of which are being brought on by the fact that the old Lots 1 & 2- on the west side of the stadium- are completely shut down for 2011.
The most notable change, at least as it relates to the main demographics of the Spit Blood readership, is that folks that had permits for Lot 3 last year (on the north side of the stadium) will be pushed back to Lot 4- across Cantey Street even further north of Lot 3. If you thought getting people to leave tailgates to go into the game was hard enough already, just wait until you have to ask them to walk an additional couple dozen steps to watch one of the best football programs in America!
What about the folks that were in Lot 4 last year, you ask? They're being moved to "Lot 13", otherwise known as the baseball stadium parking lot on Berry. At that point, you've got to wonder if paying for parking is even worth it, right? This is why WWHD and I are currently looking into how close blimps are allowed to hover over the field- we might be renting one for game day...or for a permanent residence, depending on price.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Trivia Question: What game is on TV? Outcome? and who is the TCU player?
More of a "challenge" if you look at the season ticket packet, the online photo's have the same game/photo on TV but far easier to clearly see. Post answers in comments. Stupid? yes, but you will get 1/2 frog club point for correct answers, when accompanied with a $100 donation to SB.
The superb freshmen duo of Andrew Mitchell and Stefan Crichton combined for 8 innings of one-run baseball against a team that had absolutely been mashing the ball so far this season. The two youngsters, who will likely be handed much bigger roles in the pitching staff next year, both have ERAs under 2.00 and impressive strike out to walk ratios.
As we look ahead to the postseason, collegebaseballdaily.com still has the Frogs as regional hosts in their latest regional projections. Projected to be in Fort Worth are #2 seed Baylor, #3 seed Louisville and #4 seed Wichita State. Other teams in this part of the country that are currently listed as potential hosts are Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and LSU. Looking even further ahead in the projected field, if the Frogs were to advance into the Super Regionals they'd be in a familiar place: facing the Longhorns at Disch-Falk for a third consecutive year.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
According to the story from Fox Sports Midwest, though, it sounds as if the St. Louis brass was impressed with him and that he's got a good shot at being called up to the bigs at some point in 2011.
TCU will play the first of 13 consecutive home games tonight at 6:30 when the Bobcats of Texas State pay them a visit at Lupton Stadium. Coach Schlossnagle's squad will be looking to win their third straight game and gain a bit of the consistency that has eluded them all year.
So far in midweek games this season, the Frogs are 2-2 with losses coming against UTA and Dallas Baptist. They'll look to get above .500 on Tuesdays against a much better team tonight, as Texas State comes in with a record of 15-4 (including wins over Baylor and Nebraska) and an RPI of #9. The Bobcats, as a team, are hitting .305 and averaging over 8 runs a game. They are led by second basemen Tyler Sibley- the junior from Frisco bats leadoff and is hitting .419 on the year. Another one to look out for is junior catcher Casey Kalencosky, who has already socked 8 home runs.
According to the preview of the game from gofrogs.com that is in today's dump, freshman Andrew Mitchell will take the mound for the Frogs. Mitchell has an opponent's batting average of .141 and an ERA of just 0.39, but remember that he was slated to start last Tuesday and Kyle Starratt ended up doing so. So maybe Coach Schloss just likes to make gofrogs.com and Spit Blood look silly.
For the Bobcats, it'll be senior lefty Lee Colon who is 1-2 on the year with a 3.63 ERA. One thing that catches your eye when looking at Colon's stats, though, is that he's allowing opposing batters to hit at a .338 clip- hopefully that trend continues tonight as the Frogs look to keep their bats waking up from an early season slump.
If you're headed out to Lupton tonight and are looking to heckle the Bobcats, just please do it better than this dude at a TCU-Texas State game in '06.
Gameday: TCU baseball vs Texas State Star-Telegram
Frogs kick off 13 game homestand Tuesday GoFrogs.com
Not entirely sports related but it's a slow news day. Here's a video of Bob Schieffer's office in DC. It includes an entire wall of TCU gear towards the end of the clip. Courtesy of Politico
Monday, March 21, 2011
When I checked the baseball score on my phone late Friday night, I have to admit that some of the "doom and gloom" being spewed by the majority of TCU's fickle & finicky fanbase crept into my mind. I had been following the game through the first three innings, during which Kyle Winkler was perfect as usual. But after he was exposed as mortal and the Frogs suffered another late-inning collapse and lost to UNLV on a walk-off home run, I felt a frustration at the continual underachieving that I thought only the Mavs could bring to me.
But then the Frogs, faced with the possibility of dropping a series at the hands of their main threat to conference supremecy, exploded for 20 runs and 31 hits over the next two days. They also got 7 and 2/3 combined scoreless innings from the bullpen on Saturday and Sunday to go along with the usual strong starting pitching as they stormed back to take down the Rebels.
As the guys at HornedFrogSports.com allude to in their summary of the weekend, it's hard to weed through all of the strong offensive performances to pick one MVP of the series. It may seem redundant because he's been hitting like a maniac all season, but in my mind it's gotta be Brance Rivera. He went 6-for-14 on the weekend with a double, THREE home runs, 5 RBI and a stolen base. Plenty of other guys had stellar weekends at the plate, though- most refreshingly Joe Weik, who went 4-for-5 in Sunday's win.
For the first time this season, Kyle Winkler was not the pitching MVP of the series. He took his first loss of the season Friday night, although he really didn't pitch very poorly at all. He had 11 K's in 8 innings, and even though he had a couple of hiccups, his ERA is still under 1.00. Purke also had 11 K's in his start, but the real MVP of the weekend has to be the collective effort put together by the bullpen. The Frog relievers, who had been somewhat suspect so far this year, allowed just 4 baserunners all weekend- and just two hits. Andrew Mitchell, Kyle Starratt and Teddy Nowell were all perfect in preserving Purke's third win of the season Saturday night.
Next up is Tuesday night home game against Texas State and a weekend series against former TCU assistant Todd Whitting and U of H at Lupton this weekend. The next 13 games will all be played at home, so the Frogs have a couple of weeks to find some rhythm and consistency before they next hit the road for a midweek road test against OU in Norman on April 12th.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
So I'm not sure if most of the people who read this site have any interest in golf whatsoever, but I have run it by our fearless leader, (thefinch, not Kim Jong-il) and have been given permission to follow TCU's own JJ Henry through the PGA season. I won't bore you with shot by shot details as he goes through his rounds, but I plan on posting his results in each weeks tournament. Like it or hate, I figured it was a good way to show our support for a fellow Frog and add another sport to the mix.
Anyways, JJ shot a 71 to close out the weekend at the Transitions Championship in Tampa Bay, leaving him tied for 20th. This is his 4th best result so far this year, and he is currently sitting 42nd in points in the FedEx cup standings. Next up is the Arnold Palmer Invitational down the road in Orlando, I'll keep yall posted.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Kyle Winkler, who has been simply dominant so far this year, will again take the mound in the Friday night slot and will be taking on an equally dominant pitcher for the UNLV. Tanner Peters, a sophomore, has the same 4-0 record and perfect 0.00 ERA as Winkler. In 29 innings pitched, Peters has given up just 17 hits, has struck out 32 and walked just 9.
Matt Purke, looking to rebound after his first collegiate loss last weekend, will start Saturday against the Rebels' Joe Robinson (3-0, 4.72) and Steven Maxwell mans his usual Sunday slot against Travis Iodence (3-0, 1.67).
The player to keep an eye on in UNLV's batting order is senior outfielder Rance Roundy. After missing almost all of last year with an injury, Roundy is making up for lost time as he's hitting .461 with 6 home runs and 27 RBI so far this season. Top to bottom, they are raking right now, batting .312 as a team with a total of 26 home runs. By comparison, the Frog order is hitting .289 with 10 homers.
At 16-4 overall, the Rebels would appear to be the main threat to TCU's conference crown as New Mexico (3-13) has take a step back this year. The Frogs have certainly had UNLV's number since Schlossnagle left The Strip for Fort Worth, having won 20 of 22 and 11 straight. I'm hesitant to point that out, though, as UTA ended a long losing streak against TCU on Tuesday after I made note of it. But since no one reads this blog, I think we'll be alright.
Game times for this weekend are 8:00pm tonight and tomorrow night and 1:00pm Sunday. This series will not be televised, but all three games will be on KTCU. If you're like me and don't have an iphone to access KTCU's app (they have one, right?), you can listen to KTCU by dialing 682-233-6382 and can get updates via twitter by following @TCU_Baseball or @FollowtheFrogs.
So click on over there and let us know how fucked your brackets are, or how smart you were to pick Morehead State over Louisiville (even if it was only because your mind was in the gutter) or whatever else you've got to say about the first few days of the Tournament. Oh, and look for some more interactive features of Spit Blood involving Section V in the coming weeks...
Dalton scores 29 on Wunderlick Star-Telegram
WWE beats college football any day Star-Telegram
Welcome to the other NCAA tournament ESPN
Frogs open league play at UNLV GoFrogs.com
TCU basketball recruit LeAntwan Luckett Sport DFW
Rebounding problems down stretch doom TCU Star-Telegram
Haters guide part 2 Deadspin
Tournament picture of the day
Thursday, March 17, 2011
We've long considered HornedFrogSports.com to be a great companion to what we can offer here, especially during baseball season. That doesn't mean that we always agree on everything, though, and they've got a different take on the baseball team's confusingly mediocre 10-6 start to the season after Sir Wesley's pushing of the panic button yesterday. Unlike a certain TCU-related site, we appreciate different points of view and welcome opposing opinions here.
And since most of you are probably fairly engrossed in college basketball today, let's take yet another look at a TCU hoops video that will never get old:
You've got 5 minutes to complete this quiz. Then let us know how many you got in the comments section, but don't spoil it for everyone else by telling us which ones you got or didn't.
To repeat: TCU beat USC in men's basketball Star-Telegram
For three facing swan song, TCU women have to mute high scoring ORU Star-Telegram
Since our basketball team sucks here's some hate for everyone that has a decent squad Thanks Deadspin
Non-AQ top 25 players: No. 4 Andy Dalton ESPN
Notes on a scorecard GoFrogs.com
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
10 Activities YOU can Partake in to Avoid the Reality that the TCU Baseball Team is Making the BasketFrogs Look Consistent.
- Pander Alert! Take part in the Spitblood March Madness Bracket. In case you didn't realize - and seriously, if it weren't specifically called MARCH Madness I'm not sure I would've either with the way the NFL bleeds into early February these days - the NCAA Tournament is currently underway with the first half of First Four games being played last night. And what better way to stick it to the man and torpedo your office's productivity for the week than to join a March Madness pool? Better yet, THE March Madness pool to end all March Madness pools headed by our own dear leader, TheFinch? The Final Four isn't until the first weekend in April, so by that time we'll have faced UNLV, Air Force, Stephen F Austin, Texas State and dreaded UT-Pan American, so if things aren't looking improved by then, you can probably go ahead and stick a fork in the season.
- Order your copy of the Rose Bowl on DVD. Really, why haven't you done this by now? The greatest moment in TCU Football history not involving leather helmets and white positional players! The Wisconsin fans with constipated expressions on their faces post game, shockingly not caused by cheese intake! Paula Deen deep frying the coin toss! This DVD really has it all! And apparently due to a clerical error, a lot of you received DUAL copies of said disc-like media so put one on your TV and one in your lap top on a slight delay so you can watch all the big plays twice without having to rewind! Seriously. It works. It's brilliant. And, best of all, if you're watching the DVD on your laptop, then you can't logon to D1Baseball.com and follow the scoretracker live, so you'll never know that the Frogs are blowing it with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 9th at the same time Tank Carder is eating Scott Tolzien's soul.
- Follow the NFL Lockout & Side with the Owners so that College Football Will Be the New NFL. With all the cheating and pay for play schemes dominating the sport at present, it was bound the happen anyway, but with the lockout looking like it won't be coming to a close anytime too soon, this possibility ramps the process up in a HUGE way. Imagine it: The NFL lockout goes into the regular season. Entire networks are getting fisted because of lost ad revenue due to the loss of entire afternoons and prime time slots of programming. Meantime, America LOVES football, can't live without it and the married men of the world are going to absolutely riot once they realize that their Sunday afternoon getting out of housework excuse is kaput. So the best solution for all involved? COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEVEN DAYS A WEEK! Think about it - college football already regularly schedules games Tues-Saturday. We should definitely know this due to our time in CUSA purgatory, and we'll have to get even more acclimated to it once we join the Big East as they have at least a Friday game every single week. And rather than succumb to a woman's wishes and simply let the vacated Sunday and Monday NFL slots lay dormant, don't you think the networks would KILL to have college games fill those slots? Monday night TCU game? Don't mind if I do! Sunday afternoon SEC double header? Yes please! And seriously, this isn't that far fetched from happening. Ok, to be fair, in all likelihood some sort of resolution will be reached between the league and the players before actual games are missed... but I for one am certainly holding out hope that they don't. Jerral Jones approves.
- Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen. Ha! JK! I needed some filler.
- Follow David Peterson over at Horned Frog Sports. Ok, now that the list is half over, I'm assuming there are those of you who can't COMPLETELY take your mind off of following TCU on the diamond, and I'd be lying if I said I'm not going to at least check every box score from now until the season ends. And while we do the best we can with what we have over here as far as baseball coverage with lyle and shortnkerleys being genuine baseball fans with legitimate knowledge and understanding of the game, Peterson is and always will be TCU's Baseball Jesus and your best source for all things of that nature. Like, he crunches numbers and shit. He's kind of like the Futureman in Bottle Rocket of the TCU Baseball blogger world, except not an asshole. But, since this is supposed to be a list of ways to AVOID the early season troubles, let's continue on.
- Follow a European Soccer team and pretend you're a well-cultured hipster. Think of it - you step into an American Apparel store this weekend in your worn down Chucks, extra skinny jeans, 3 day scruff of beard and striped T shirt complete with scarf even though it's 85 degrees outside, fedora precisely skewed atop your unkempt wig, and ask the cute girl behind the counter, with her ironic slogan t shirt and not so ironic camel toe protruding from her undersized leggings, if she happened to catch the score of the Stoke/Everton match in the Carling Cup? She may not know what you're talking about, but just querying her on such an obscure fixture will certainly get her attention! But, to be truthful for a bit, soccer is a sneaky good way to pass the time between the Super Bowl and the NCAA Tournament and then the NCAA Tournament and the annual Mavericks playoff collapse - by that timeline, you really only need it for a couple of months max. Sure, it's basically Barack Obama's ideology in sport form, and if you think a 3-2 Tuesday night offensively anemic loss to a would-be junior college is boring, just wait until you watch two lower level English clubs go at it in a 0-0 contest with only a smattering of shots on goal, but it's also the most corrupt sport in the world with the most violent rivalries around. Other than the fact that the American version is hopelessly pathetic, I think the intensity of the rivalries is what has kept Americans at bay for so long; If we're seriously that enraged about the herbicide in Auburn, then there's no chance that typical Joe USA could handle Rangers/Celtic in Glasgow which is basically just a religion war framed as a sporting competition, complete with racism, death threats and lots and lots of over consumption. The game itself is pretty much secondary. After you read up a bit about the things that go on over there, my Lessons in SMU Hate will seem extremely pussified by comparison.
- Illegally Recruit Johnathan Gray. I'm like most of you - getting Johnathan Gray in a Frogs uniform has become a bit of an unhealthy obsession of mine. Not just because of his talent, although his performance in last year's state title game is still just SHOCKING to behold, and not just because he'd be the highest rated recruit to ever set foot in Fort Worth. No, I want him because it would mean aggy and Texas didn't get him, and while we've gotten recruits they had offered before, the fact that this is one guy that they are both absolutely gunning for would be an incredible feat. Think about it - aggy is on their highest cloud since the late 90s, possibly ever, and certainly since they joined the Big 12. Mack Brown just had to admit failure and overhaul his entire staff, he doesn't have a starting QB or an offensive line, and is coming off of a year where his team had the worst downfall of a title game participant ever. And now they're both competing with little ole TCU for one of the hottest prospects in the nation AND COULD LOSE. For aggy, the initial effect wouldn't be devastating - they still think they're winning the Big 12 like they do every year, and Gray has already cooled a bit on them anyway if what I read is true, so they'd spin it as if they didn't want him anyway. But don't think it wouldn't hurt and hurt BAD. As for Texas? They already have Malcolm Brown on campus, but I have a feeling losing a commit head to head with TCU before the defining season of Mack Brown's career kicks off would be borderline catastrophic from a perception standpoint. Can you imagine the bitch fit Mack will throw and the vitriol that UT fans will hurl our way? It'll be the most heated rivalry in college football where one side refuses to actually participate on the field. It would make for a hate fest of epic proportions and drive the most loathsomely fair weather fanbase in the nation back into their holes until Wal Mart product placement assures them that their team is back on top. So what can we do? Well, I'm not going to give you any ideas - ok, just one: hoez. - but if you'll give Cecil Newton a call I'm sure he can lead you in the right direction. Just know that Mack is already way ahead of you. On that note...
- Poop in a Box and Mail it to Mack Brown. An oldie but a goodie, and one that should always be on the table.
- Go on a Bender until the Regional Sites are Announced. That's one surefire way to avoid anything to do with TCU baseball, as well as your family, friends, job, hygiene and cardiovascular health.
- Watch this video on repeat, because it's never not funny: