Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Will Carpenter get 'the call' this spring?

One of the players generating the most buzz in the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training camp is former TCU third baseman Matt Carpenter. By employing the same consistent hitting that he showed in his time as a Frog, Carpenter has risen through the Redbirds' system and earned a non-roster invite to their Major League spring training this year. He's been impressive so far, leading some to wonder if he'll beat the odds and make the Cards' opening day roster.

David Peterson of HornedFrogSports.com, who knows his baseball way better than I, has stolen my idea by posting an update on all of the former Frogs who are vying to play big-league ball this year. I would be bitter about him beating me to the punch on this, but we'll leave that kind of childish and petty behavior to another TCU-related site...

Frogs 4 wins from the Big Dance

It seems odd and desperately, depressingly optimistic to make that point. But while we're at it, why not point out that this team, currently riding a 13-game losing streak, is just 10 wins away from the program's first national championship?

Maybe I'm just using this to make a statement on the difference between college basketball and college football. Jim Christian's Frogs have won 3 less games than Gary Patterson's, yet will be given a chance to play their way to the title starting today against Wyoming at 4:00pm in the play-in game of the MWC Tournament in Las Vegas.

The pillow-fight between the 10-21 Horned Frogs and the 10-20 Cowboys is to postseason basketball what the New Orleans Bowl is to postseason football, but it does give both teams a chance to notch one last win before their seasons mercifully end and the winner a chance to play spoiler against suddenly-mortal BYU. The two teams split the season series, each winning on their home floor.

Even though the rooting interest in this team has, by this point, probably been beaten out of even some of the most ardent TCU supports, you've got to hope the Frogs can pull this game out- ending the season losing to a ranked team in the conference quarterfinals is a lot more honorable than carrying a 14-game losing streak into next year.

This fall's trip to Jerry World will be cheaper

In Chris Del Conte's latest Notes on a Scorecard segment on gofrogs.com, he's got some good news for us: tickets to this fall's game at Cowboys Stadium won't be nearly as expensive as last year's. If you buy your tickets for the game along with your season tickets, club seats will be $65 and regular seats $45. They'll be $10 more expensive if you're not buying season tickets. Students will get in for $25.


Spitblood's 2nd Annual Countdown to Kickoff Tournament

Hopefully Spitblood's sequel wont suck this bad

Date: July 23, 2011
Location: Whitestone Golf Club, 4101 Lost Creek Blvd., Aledo

Other details to follow soon, but consider this your save the date.

Morning Dump

Baseball:
Defense lifts TCU by UTA
Star-Telegram

Win streak reaches four in 7-3 win over UT Arlington
GoFrogs.com

Football:
TCU coach Gary Patterson puts Frogs through their paces
Star-Telegram

Basketball:
TCU tries to end sour season with better taste
Star-Telegram

TCU opens MWC tourney Wendesday vs Wyoming
GoFrogs.com

Alumni:
Matt Carpenter stars; Cardinals lose 8-7
ST Louis Today

Athletic Department:
Notes on a scorecard GoFrogs.com