Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

I'd say a good 90-95% of the stuff we post on this blog is either sarcastic, cynical, or both. But as we all prepare to spend the Thanksgiving weekend with our families, let's all to take a moment to share what makes us thankful to be Horned Frog fans. I'll go first, and then you all can fill up our comments section with your additions.

There are obviously plenty of things to be thankful for as a TCU fan these days, but first and foremost I'm thankful that we have the best football coach in America. Gary Patterson has taken TCU football from a Metroplex afterthought to one of the winningest programs in the country, all while keeping his players on track to earn degrees and out of trouble (for the most part). He's brought TCU conference championships in three different conferences already, and next year he'll take aim at the Big 12. He's also the driving force behind the masterpiece of a stadium that is currently rising up on the western edge of the TCU campus. Without him, there's clearly no Spit Blood...but there are also a whole lot less smiles in Fort Worth, Texas.

Who's next? And will someone pass me the stuffing?

17 comments:

Reed said...

Dick Bumpas - for giving us the greatest quote in sports.
"Football is a violent game played by violent people, so put a smile on your face, murder in your heart, and lets go kick these fuckers in the mouth"

shortnkerley's said...

Thankful for having an entire squad full of players that never seem to quit and always play with a chip on their shoulders and a will to win. It's been about 7 years since I've seen a TCU team that I've been disappointed in. We're pretty lucky in that regard. I mean, look at UT. They've pretty much mailed in in 2 years in a row now, and Aggy...ohhh aggy.

ctbeecherl said...

I am thankful for Boise's kicker (repeat) to have chocked on his turkey dinner before it had been served. That was a beautiful site even after the refs tried to throw the game, more than once.

Frogger98 said...

This is a repeat, but as a TCU fan I am thankful for GMFP. I remember in 1997 or 1998, the administration put this stupid statute up in the southern endzone that was going to have each victory engraved on it. This statute was only about four feet high. Needless to say, it was pretty ridiculous, but I think that is how low the expectations were before Fran. I haven't looked for it in years, but I think they took it out.

Anyway, to think of TCU as champions of the Rose Bowl from that is still pretty cool. I don't think TCU could have gotten there without GP and it is nice to have a school doing things the right way.

Texas Hammer said...

Thankful for inclusion in the Big 12 after 17 years of having to sit at the kiddie table.

Thankful for a young crop of future star players who appear to have the lunch bucket mentality that GMFP requires of them.

Thankful for Ross Evans' impending graduation.

And most thankful for this here blog - bravo mis amigos del norte!

Geezer Frog said...

I'm thankful for the TCU Showgirls!

Slay Purple said...

I am thankful for Hurricane Rita. Without closing down the schools for a week I would not have gone to check out TCU's campus. I would not have been able to enjoy the beautiful ladies of TCU. I would not have been able to watch Purke pitch in the CWS during the last year in Rosenblatt Stadium. I would not have been able to watch TCU win the Rose Bowl. Basically, my life would hold less value.

Thanks Rita

Curt McDurt said...

I would like to be thankful for OU, for when we beat them in Norman, TCU football stormed onto the scene and has never looked back. We have built a program full of classy (non-thug) athletes who win and make their alumni proud. And thanks to GP and AD for letting me experience the best day of my life, beating Wisconsin in the ROSE BOWL!

NurseFrog31 said...

I thank God every day that I live in Fort Worth, that I'm a Horned Frog, that I've had so opportunity to watch so many great games (football and baseball), that I'm not an Aggie or a Longhorn or a Bobcat like 90% of my high school classmates, and that I don't ever have to be in Waco except to blow through it driving between Fort Worth and Austin.
And I'm truly thankful for Andy Dalton, not only for the Frog football memories, but for giving me an NFL team to cheer for since the Boys suck so hard.

Cowtown Food Junkie said...

I am thankful for our administration who has the dedication and smarts to continue improving our university in all phases, not just football. Along with the football success has come a pretty substantial uptick in academic prestige. TCU is now the second most selective college in Texas and solidly ranked inside the Top 100 by US News and World Report.
In football, I am thankful for this current group of freshmen and sophomores whom I truly believe will take this program to new heights in the Big 12. Also, we can't forget the players who came before. The ones who started to collect victories in the WAC, CUSA, and the MWC. Players like LT, Lonta Hobbs, Robert Merril, the Schobels, Reggie Harell, Tye Gunn, Brandon Hassell, Nick Brown (remember what it's like having a great kicker?), David Hawthorne, Jason Phillips, Robert Hinson, Hughes, Washington, Jeff Ballard, Aaron Brown, Corey Rodgers, and of course the great Andy Dalton. I'm thankful for all of these past Horned Frogs and the ones I failed to mention.

Hot 'n Spicy HornedFrog said...

Thankful for Dennis Franchione coming to and departing from TCU, making way for the general.

JBSTCU said...

Thank you, TCU!!! I am just thankful that I can say that! In the 80's as a small Horned Frog, just learning the ropes of football and much less the college football, I always went home wishing TCU COULD play football for something more than a hopeful miracle against ANY of the schools in SWC!!! I got the wish a couple times during that time, but seriously - NOW, I get to go home bragging all the time about the Frogs!!! Thank you TCU, the AD, coaches, and most of all players! They are the ones on the field! I'm proud to be a Horned Frog!

Grandpa Frog said...

OK, so first I'm thankful for the great education my three daughters got at TCU, especially the one who is now on the faculty.

I think folks need to add the absolutely amazing coaches and staff that support CGP and allow him to do the head coach thing without having to fuss about the rest of it, even though he does anyway.

I will be thankful when the powers that be wake up and realize that there are 2 defensive geniuses on the TCU staff and give Bumpas the award he deserves for being the best assistant coach in the country.

VikingFrog said...

Thankful that I came from Minnesota and attended a party with my cousin and made the easiest decision of my life to attend tcu.

Thankful fort worth is a bad ass place to live for a kid from the country like myself.

Thankful for bumpas' mustache.

shortnkerley's said...

Thankful that VikingFrog didn't become a Golden Gopher.

EdK said...

I am thankful, and grateful, that in the 30 years since I was the sports editor of the redoubtable TCU Daily Skiff, I have found a place -- SpitBlood -- where I can finally satisfy my hunger for all things Horned Frog.

Thank you Finch, Lyle, Wesley, snk and all the contributors and commenters, whose insights, humor and juicy information make my day, every day.

purpleheart said...

In short I'm thankful for everyone and everything that bleeds, or in this case spits, purple 365 days a year. I'm grateful to be a horned frog and enjoy TCU's success. I'm humbled every day by the talent we have surrounding the horned frog nation.

Happy Thanksgiving y'all!