The Friday Night "C "Team. Fill in your own blanks for what the C stands for.
Isn't this just freaking great? Rod Gilmore, the world's biggest Boise State sack rider and TCU detractor, will be calling our only 2 games on ESPN this year. For those not familiar, I spent about 6 weeks of my life last fall devoted to spreading as much Rod Gilmore related hate around this site as I possibly could. Every single week, he'd show up on various ESPN outlets, whether it be College Football Live, the typical Tuesday night Ohio v. Marshall game (speaking of those, if they still run twitter feeds across the top of the screen during those games, I plan on sending in as many "fuck you Rod Gilmore" and "Craig James is a douche" tweets as I can until one makes it on air), or the bi-weekly Boise State Friday night game and run his mouth for as long as the microphone was in front of him about how much more deserving Boise was than TCU of a BCS bid last year. Then this happened, and the 2nd shittiest ESPN personality behind Senator (HA) James was forced to eat crow and shut his mouth, at least for the rest of the season.
I'll be the first to put my homerisms aside and admit that this season, Boise has to be the MWC frontrunner and more likely candidate to reach a BCS bowl, but do we really need Gilmore and his uber pretentious Stanford dork brain to be there week 1 against Baylor to be ultra critical of every minor mistake we make and go off on rants about how "this team just doesn't look BCS caliber to me."? I am putting the over/under on Boise State references in those 2 games at 80- that's 20 per quarter in each game, but if we fall behind in either one of those, look for that number to skyrocket. We already know ESPN wont be touting us for one final season, and Gilmore is a part of the douche factory that Bristol, CT churns out, but I just want him to shut his mouth and call the game like he should, then let it be decided on the field instead of trying to influence pollsters like they always do.
Another issue to take into consideration now that BYU is independent (in an athletic sense only- it's hard to be independent in real life when you get married @ age 19, Jake Heaps), ESPN and Gilmore will probably be treating them as their new darlings a la Boise State, hoping and praying (to Jesus, not Joseph Smith) that somehow they crack the BCS like they did Boise the past few years. So let's all hope they don't show up undefeated. Also, Baylor is in the Big 12-2=UT, so you know Gilmore will be hyping them up in game 1 like they're going to be a player in the national scene and Robert Griffin will be a Heisman contender (spoiler alert: they wont, and he wont after the TCU game).
So, my challenge to all of you as TCU fans and almost as importantly, Rod Gilmore Haters, is to make sure you buy tickets to both the Baylor game and the BYU game. Trust me, you do not want to be sitting at home on a Friday night listening to Rod Gilmore try to rub one out to the greatness of Boise or the potential of Baylor and BYU on national TV. If you expect any sort of non-biased color commentary in these 2 games and any TCU praise whatsoever, you're going to be disappointed. So make the quick trip to Waco (being the butthole of the state has it's perks- it's not that far from anywhere) and the easy drive to Arlington and watch the Frogs humiliate these perennial doormats in person, because watching Gilmore try and discredit your wins may cause even the gentlest TCU fan consider resorting to animal cruelty, but that's clearly more of Baylor thing.