Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Baske..Toni...


Watch this over and over for 40 minutes and you'll get what it's like being a TCU fan.

I figured I'd give as much effort to the heading of this post as TCU has given in conference play. Unfortunately, said conference play continues tonight with the Colorado State Rams heading into Daniel Meyer where, as SI.com bracketologist Andy Glockner said it best, "They must take care of business in front of dozens of people at TCU." Dozens? Ha, good one Andy - try ones of people. This game could be the least spectated game all season, which is kind of like saying that Saw 17 is the worst of the series.

So what's at stake? Well, for Colorado State (17-7, 7-3), every game the rest of the way for them is huge as they sit at 39 in the current RPI standings, which go a long way in determining which at large teams make the NCAA Tournament. Currently the Rams are viewed as being an 11 seed, although Glockner is picking them as a participant in one of the new play-in games against Cincinnati for the rights to that spot. And while this game has the double edged sword of helping their record but hurting their currently 38th ranked SOS, it's clearly a game they must have if they want to keep their currently bright hopes of making the dance alive. With games against UNLV, at BYU and at San Diego State coming before the conference tournament begins, I suppose you could play the "TRAP GAME!!!" theory here, but the person that does that clearly has never watched these Frogs play.

As for what's at stake for TCU (10-16, 1-10)? Ha! Pride? Nah. Winning one for the head coach? Nope. Giving the fans hope heading into next year? Please. The eight game losing streak is looking hard at nine and even harder at ten on Saturday, but that's a story for another time.

When these two teams met in Fort Collins last month, I shit you not the Frogs played a pretty decent game, losing by a score of 79-69. Well, they played a decent game except for on defense where they let the Rams shoot over 60% from the field. Of course, Ronnie Moss played in that one and dropped in 17, which is always better for business than when he's not playing. The good news though? Colorado State rebounds about as ineffectively as we do, so at least we have an opportunity for some second chance points... or, more likely, Colorado has a chance for their post players to have career days on offense.

Seriously, I'm just excited that Modern Family cranks up around halftime of this one and I can watch Sofia Vergara's sweater puppies flop around for 21 minutes rather than suffer through the second half of another inevitable TCU defeat. Go baseball.

Other games of interest:

#6 SDSU vs. UNM. DANG-erous one in the Whale's Vagina tonight. If you'll recall, UNM took out BYU immediately following their big win over the Aztecs and the Lobos look to be one of those asshole teams that won't win all the games they should, but will completely derail some other teams' seedings along the way. You know what I'm talking about, bottom half of the Big East. That statement should give me hope, knowing that we will be in the bottom half soon enough and could hope to upset the top dogs every now and again for excitement. But that would just be a lie.

Couple afternoon nuggets

According to ESPN TCU will name Trey Haverty as the new safeties coach. Haverty spent last year as the defensive coordinator at Millsaps, small school in Jackson, MS, and previously served as a graduate assistant under Patterson. He played WR for Tech.

Fortunately he was not responsible for the Millsaps defense that gave up this touchdown.



For your viewing pleasure here is Bills QB coach George Cortez mic'd up with the South's QB's at the Senior Bowl. Pretty interesting little video, Dalton owns the quick release drill.

In case you forgot, baseball season starts Friday and Matt Purke wants you to go buy tickets.

Chasing Patterson, Part I

There's no doubt that Gary Patterson casts a long shadow in Fort Worth these days. And just like no one wants to follow the funniest guy in the room when giving toasts at a wedding, it's got to be hard to take the the stage immediately following GP. In each of Jim Christian's three years as head coach at TCU, he's had to put his fledgling program in the spotlight just after Patterson has led the football team to three consecutive Top 10 finishes.

Now, it's not as if TCU fans have any kind of expectation of Christian's team to equal the success of Patterson's. But this year has been incredibly frustrating, to the point that it's looking more and more like the basketball team may not be able to match the football team in sheer number of victories. Much like in the early '90s when the Cowboys actually won more games than the Mavericks, Christian's 10-16 Frogs are in danger of not reaching the 13-win mark set by Patterson's crew.

To avoid that embarrassing distinction (one that TCU basketball suffered twice under Neil Dougherty with his 9 wins in 2002-03 and 6 wins in 2005-06), they'll need to find a way to win three games in a remaining schedule that includes home games against tournament hopeful Colorado State (tonight), Top 10 BYU (Saturday) and New Mexico and road games against Utah and Air Force. They'll also get at least one game in the MWC Tournament, likely against Wyoming.

Still Funny

I really hate to kick people while they're down, especially since I did encounter a good number of decent folks from Wisconsin at the Rose Bowl. But I encountered more human garbage like the kids in this video, and my patience for that fanbase has worn a little thin with their whole "TCU is scared to play us again" stunt.

Morning Dump

Baseball:
Senior lefty ready to start vs. TCU
Lawrence Journal-World

Basketball:
Rams not overlooking lowly Frogs
Coloradoan

Cadot regains form in loss
Bahamas Tribune