Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Good read about a former Frog

One of the big surprises out of spring training last year was reliever and former All-SWC Horned Frog Scott Atchison, who'd spent the previous two seasons pitching in Japan, making the Red Sox' big league roster. He was described as a workhorse by Boston manager Terry Francona for his efforts out of the bullpen in 2010, but after some offseason acquisitions by the club it will be another uphill battle for him to pitch in the show again in 2011.

But as Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports, Atchison is just glad to have his family back in America even if he does not make the big squad this year.

Dalton on with Galloway & Company at 5:00pm

The NFL Combine gets underway today in Indianapolis, where Andy Dalton will look to continue to improve upon his draft stock. Sir Wesley Willis will have more stuff about Dalton and the rest of the Frogs at the Combine in the coming days, but #14 will be on ESPN 103.3 today at 5pm talking with Randy Galloway and Matt Mosley- who reports in his NFC East blogging duties for ESPN.com that a certain head coach within the Cowboys' division might have his eye on the TCU QB.

Bears frozen by TCU freshmen

If the best pitching performance of the young season was juniors Kyle Winkler & Erik Miller combining on a one-hitter against Kansas over the weekend, then true freshmen Andrew Mitchell and Stefan Crichton combining on a two-hit shutout of Baylor in Waco Tuesday afternoon wasn't far behind. You could even argue that it's more impressive, since Mitchell & Crichton will be around longer.

When you combine yesterday's result with the complete game shutout tossed by Steven Maxwell and Kaleb Merck against the Bears last June 6th in the NCAA Regional, Baylor hasn't pushed a run across the plate against the Frogs in 18 full innings of baseball. Maybe their baseball team should do what the rest of the Baylor student body does and get married at age 20 just so they can go all the way...home.

The good folks over at baylorfans.com have been a pretty consistent source of entertainment over the years with their completely oblivious and delusional opinions about their teams' place in the world. One of the drawbacks of TCU's success over the last few years has been that even Baylor fans appear to be grasping reality. The grapes over there were not nearly as sour as they were just defeated, but there were a few comments that still made me chuckle:

Baylor Hooah wrote: "I just hate losing to those pricks from Cowtown, regardless of the sport"

Hmmm...then maybe you shouldn't have gone to Baylor...

StatMan wrote: "Just got home from the Baylor Ballpark. Very disappointed seeing more TCU than Baylor fans"

Way to go, Frog fans! This wasn't a football game at SMU, this was a Tuesday afternoon baseball game against a Big 12 team ranked in the Top 20 nationally.

Morning Dump

Baseball:
Freshman lead Frogs by shutting down Baylor
Star-Telegram

Freshman duo lead Frogs to 2-0 road win at Baylor
GoFrogs.com

Football:
Daniels hopes for good showing at NFL combine Kilgore
News Herald

Basketball:
Utah hold off TCU men
Star-Telegram

Utah escapes with victory over struggling TCU
ESPN