Friday, February 18, 2011

Almost Over.


After Wednesday's less than inspiring second half effort against Colorado State, the losing streak looks to push on towards double digits when the BYU Cougars and their legion of fans invade Daniel Meyer. The TCU Athletic Department will go on and on about this one being a sell out, etc, but we know better. If you read between the lines of Del Conte's Notes on a Scorecard where lauds the sell out but urges our own fans to show up, it creates a situation of conflicting information.

To be honest though? I'm going to urge our fans NOT to attend this game. Fuck it, what's the point? There's nothing worse than attending a game at your own stadium where the opposing fans outnumber you 10:1. Well, unless that game is Tech back in 2005, of course, but the difference here is that we stand no chance of even keeping this one close. And as much as we all hate hate HATE BYU, why go and watch them slurp Jimmer live and in person? It's just not worth it. I hate fair weather fans as much as anyone, but with the team as bad as they are and the weather literally as fair as it can be in February, go watch Steven Maxwell make his first start of the season just steps away. Count me among those who would rather slide down a hill on cardboard boxes with children rather than watch another meaningless slaughter.

Baseball's Here Part II

A long time Spitblood follower works for Red Productions who have put together a couple videos for the baseball team. The company is employed by 83% TCU grads. Enjoy.


"Do not let our white collar appearance fool you, we are blue collar through and through" ~Schloss

TCU Baseball 2011: Game Highlights from Red Productions on Vimeo.

The Curry Blast will forever give me chills

Baseball's Here

After suffering through seven weeks of an increasingly miserable basketball season since the Rose Bowl, it's finally time for us as Frog fans to take pride in having a Top 5 team again when Jim Schlossnagle's baseball squad hits the diamond tonight for a season-opening series against Kansas. And not just Top 5...TCU is #1 in two of the major polls.

The days of TCU baseball being Fort Worth's best-kept secret are over. Even with 1,000 additional seats being added to Lupton Stadium over the offseason, reserved tickets are sold out for the first six home games against Kansas this weekend and Cal State-Fullerton next. So if you want to check these games out but don't already have tickets, you're gonna be sitting on the grass berm along with the kids who are somehow as entertained by sliding down it on pieces of cardboard as WWHD is in certain kinds of all-hours establishments.

But a #1 ranking and a full house don't mean that a fast start is going to be easy for the Horned Frogs. As David Peterson of HornedFrogSports.com points out, there are plenty of questions facing this team. Tonight against KU, they'll be facing one of the best pitchers they'll see all year in senior T.J. Walz, who was 2nd Team All-Big 12 a year ago and set the tone with a Friday night win in the Jayhawks' series win at LSU. At the time, the Tigers were ranked...#1. The Fullerton series and a midweek road game at Baylor aren't going to be cakewalks, either.

For the hecklers among you heading out to Lupton this weekend, I'm sorry to say I haven't done extensive homework on the KU players and coaches for heckling material. It shouldn't, however, take you more than a brief glance at the roster to latch on to this low-hanging fruit. If you're going to heckle, though, try not to get totally faced like the UT fan yelling at Holaday in the Super Regional last year.

Morning Dump

Football:
TCU's nonconference schedule keeps Frogs close to home
Star-Telegram

TCU announces 2011 nonconference football schedule
GoFrogs.com

Baseball:
First trip to Omaha makes Frogs hungrier
Star-Telegram

TCU baseball position previews
Star-Telegram

Purke and Coats named to Golden Spikes watch list
GoFrogs.com

Baseball television schedule announced
GoFrogs.com

2001 baseball season kicks off Friday
GoFrogs.com



Happy as a Frog: TCU's Purke is armed and ready
AP

TCU, Florida among college baseball teams to watch
AP

New bats mark year of changes for college baseball
AP

TCU's Purke, Rice's Rendon among players to watch
Sports Illustrated

Five locks, five darkhorses for Omaha
Omaha.com

Eager underdogs: After a down year Jayhawks relish diminished expectations
Lawrence Journal World