Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Spitblood Psychic: The Future of Rooster.

If there is a God, you won't do this to Andy.

As the most beloved and ballyhooed prospect to come out of TCU since LaDainian Tomlinson, we all have a heightened sense of interest where Red will end up playing football professionally. So rather than make you all dig through the muck and mire that are sports related internet rumors, we will compile them all here, team by team, as they come along. For the sake of brevity, we will only feature team's that have scheduled an interview or workout with Andy, look at their current QB situation and draft picks and make one of our patented hasty assessments from there. We will also give more credence to team's with picks in the 2-4 rounds (amendment: 1-3 rounds, because that's looking more and more likely) because we're optimistic and can't see Dalton lasting beyond there.

Today we'll take a look at another potential landing spot, the one that continually shocks me when I realize the state of Ohio has two cities large enough to field NFL franchises, the Cincinnati Bengals!

QBs Currently on Roster: Dan LeFevour, Carson Palmer*, Jordan Palmer.

Draft Picks: Round 1 (4), Round 2 (3), Round 3 (2).

Why Rooster Fits: Much like the other Ohio based team, I just don't see Dalton in a Bengals uniform, but since they're showing significant interest I have to take them into account. Cincinnati needs a lot of things, a lot of which are intangible, so to bring in a level headed good guy like Dalton would be an immediate improvement for that organization. The team that has fostered such good guys as Tank Johnson, Pacman Jones, Cedric Benson, Chris Henry, Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson and Rey DUI Maluaga clearly could use a personality overhaul. As fate would have it, Carson Palmer, the most curiously overrated QB in the history of the NFL, wants out of Cincy so bad that he's willing to retire to get his way. So they need a QB. And that's really the only reason why I think Dalton would be a fit.

Why Rooster Doesn't Fit: I'm not so sure this is a reason why Dalton doesn't fit but more why he should want to stay the hell away from this disaster of an organization. If we're talking tangible reasons, I think the Bengals are going to look long and hard at taking a QB at that #4 spot in the first assuming either Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert is still around, which would render the Dalton pick obsolete. They've also interviewed Ryan Mallet which, combined with their lingering on Newton, just adds a whole new level of hilarious irony to the situation. Seriously, Coach Marvin Lewis is completely catatonic at this stage in the game and hates his team and life so bad he might be considering saving Palmer a spot in line at the unemployment office. Can you imagine what will happen if Owner Mike Brown opts to bring in one of the two biggest character flawed dudes in the entire draft? Oh my god, he would seriously be like the real life version of Private Pile in Full Metal Jacket.

But beyond that, you can have your Raiders because the Bengals are easily the most poorly run organization in the entire NFL. Say what you will about Al Davis, at least he doesn't have guys forcing their way out of town. Seriously, like I said above, Carson Palmer, at 31 years of age, is going to retire unless he is traded. THIRTY ONE! Sure, he sucks and has an history of injuries, but that's just incredible. So let's say Palmer retires and Dalton steps in, then what? Well, pretty sure he wouldn't have trouble beating out Dan LeFevour and Carson's little brother for a spot. Who will he throw to? Oh, that's right, Chad Johnson, nee Ochocinco, double nee, Johnson, who is currently playing in the MLS. THE MLS!!! How does this happen? How does he keep getting away with this shit and keep his reputation? Was Chad Johnson EVER good? But, it sounds like Ocho could be at the end of his rope in Cincy, so let's continue. Andre Caldwell? Quan Cosby? Freaking TO if they bring him back?! The only other option is Jordan Shipley-McCoy.. and to be honest, he might be the best one.

Looking further, if Dalton was signed by the Bengals, he gets to face the man eating defenses of the Ravens in the Steelers each year. TWICE. Talk about a trial by fire. Seriously, the only positive I can draw out of the situation is that he and McCoy would get to battle twice a year for Buckeye State superiority... but would anyone watch? I really hope Andy gets drafted elsewhere. Even the Eagles would be better. And I hate the fuckin' Eagles.

Andy Dalton with Oversized Murdering Children's Doll Tonight on ESPNU.

Just your friendly neighborhood reminder than Andy Dalton will be taking part in Jon Gruden's Football Camp tonight at six on ESPNU. For those of you who aren't familiar, Andy Dalton was TCU's QB the past few years and won a game or two. I'm even less certain of what a Jon Gruden is and why he merits his own QB coaching television program, but apparently it's a pretty decent bit of production. I've never seen it, but that's what I hear. But in all seriousness, this is a pretty huge deal for TCU's exposure as even as recently as before the Rose Bowl we never could've imagined AD getting this much attention. I have to assume the show is edited around making the subjects look like world beaters, so this will be great for Dalton heading into the draft, although considering the way he's been flying up mock drafts, I'm not sure how much hotter his prospects can get. So check it out.

TCU-OU preview

Suddenly, the TCU Rangers don't look quite so gay, do they?

For the first time since March 20th, the Frogs will hit the road tonight as they head straight up I-35 to take on Oklahoma in Norman. The Sooners have definitely had the Frogs' number over the past few seasons, winning six consecutive dating back to 2007, so TCU will be looking to end the skid much the way teams like Dallas Baptist and UT-Arlington were able to do against them.

Erik Miller takes the mound for the Frogs tonight for his third outing as a starter, and you've got to hope it goes more like the second than the first. Last week against UT Pan-Am, Miller allowed just seven total baserunners in seven scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season. Two weeks ago against Stephen F. Austin, however, he lasted just two innings and gave up three earned runs, setting the tone for the Frogs' loss to the Lumberjacks. He'll be facing a Sooner lineup that is hitting an impressive .329 as a team, led by Steve Buechele's son Garrett who's hitting .406 with 7 HR and 41 RBI. On the mound for Oklahoma will be Jordan John, a 6'3" lefty redshirt freshman from Corpus. He's 2-0 this season with a 2.79 ERA in three starts and nine overall appearances.

Any game against a Big 12 team will always be big for TCU, but as the guys at HornedFrogSports.com explain, the Frogs' RPI situation is not looking good right now, so they really need this one tonight to improve their chances of playing some home games in the postseason.

The Price of Success. - UPDATE!

It's Funny because it's true.

Negative recruiting and a pay for play scandal? Yep, it appears TCU continues to climb the ladder into the big time college football world. A couple of comical nuggets I stumbled across today...

The first is a story from something called "The Thunderdome" regarding tactics in the recruiting of Johnathan Gray. Or, not so much tactics as the money. Yep, we've got ourselves a pay for play situation going on here! According to the almighty Dome, the Gray family watched the nice little nest egg Cam Newton built for himself before ever setting foot on campus in Auburn and wants in on the action. The price tag? $250,000! Of course, as a TCU fan, I'm not quite sure you can put a price on an all but guaranteed National Title as the Tigers did with Newton, but even counting for inflation, that seems a teency bit high, no? I mean, if the going rate is Cam Newton, and he only cost Auburn around $725 a pound, then Gray should be somewhere in the $140,000 range.

All jokes aside though, this rumor is about as credible as counselor's posting of Gray heading to Waco... except I'm pretty sure the Thunderdome isn't invoking their April Fools rights. Of course, being in the next golden age of filthy recruiting, any top player is going to have the stigma attached to his name whether it be fair or not, so it sadly comes with the territory even for a by all accounts good kid like Gray. And, if you need further confirmation that this rumor doesn't hold salt, think about this - if a player is only in it for the money, chances are TCU would never be in the picture in the first place. Gray may be like Newton in that he could lead his potential team to a national title and/or a Heisman trophy, but I'm quite certain he'll get to keep his when all is said and done.

As for the second story I heard circling today - this one from the boards at Purple Menace - it would appear that even with BCS status the Frogs can't escape the negative recruiting coming out of places like Waco and Lubbock. Having had the, "Well, if you want to play in a BCS game, you won't do it at TCU" methodology bitch-slapped from their mouths the past two years, and the non-BCS label gone as well, it looks like our Big 12 friends have tried to turn the Big East move into a negative on the recruiting trail. However, rather than go the standard, "The Big East sucks and shouldn't have a bid anyway" route, they're trying to make it sound like the East Coast is this barren abyss, much like the Australian Outback, by telling recruits they'll be completely overlooked in their home state if they join forces with the Frogs. Which makes a lot of sense because, you know, there aren't any major media markets or attractive travel destinations within the confines of that Conference or anything. I mean, New York? South Florida? Those places aren't fun to visit. I guess those 7 guaranteed games in the state of Texas - non con and SMU, same as it ever was - will really put athletes in the same "left behind" situation we've experienced since the arrival of Gary Patterson. And with ESPN being headquarted in Connecticut where, you know, the Big East has a pretty solid foothold if my March Madness bracket tells me anything, I think it's safe to say that a successful TCU team MIGHT get a little play on the four letter. But hey, I understand - it's hard to beat Manhattan, KS and Stillwater, OK for scenic, media friendly destinations. And who could forget Ames, IA?

The dividends clearly have years to go before we can judge the move as being a success, but the fact that it has our in state pals this riled up can only mean great things are ahead of us.

UPDATE: Looks like somebody was tellin' fibs because shortly after this post went up yesterday afternoon, the entirety of The Thunderdome blog VANISHED from these here interwebs. I'd like to take credit, but as it was a pretty contentiously argued web fight between aggy and UT fans on the main Rivals board, I'm guessing that had something to do with it. The good news about this situation is that it kills a ridiculous and volatile rumor and perhaps gets the guilty party slapped with a lawsuit. The bad news is that it is now being rumored that Gray could delay his commitment until all of this bullshit blows over. Pretty unfortunate that some asshole - SUPPOSEDLY an aggy, which seems quite counterproductive to their recruiting of Gray, no? - makes a false allegation that adversely impacts one of the biggest decisions of Gray's life for absolutely no reason, but that's the fallacy of the blogosphere I guess. Anyway, let's hope this gets cleared up ASAP so J Gray can stop hiding the fact that he's going to be wearing purple next year.

Big East to Villanova: Thanks, but no thanks

Ever since TCU was announced as the ninth football-playing member of the Big East in the fall, there has been rampant speculation about who a potential #10 (and #11 and #12) might be. The consensus somehow seemed to indicate that Villanova would be invited to follow in UConn's footsteps and join the conference as a football-playing member after moving up from Division I-AA.

Not so fast, my friend.

The conference has apparently put a halt to the Villanova board of trustees' vote on the matter, which was to happen today. Why? Because 'Nova, a school about TCU's size but with a fraction of the football fanbase, was planning on using an 18,500-seat soccer stadium- located just a quick 30 minute drive from campus- as their venue for BCS conference football. Seriously, Villanova? Doesn't Howie Long have enough money from all of those Chevy commercials and his residual checks from Firestorm to help you build a real football stadium? Or what about the Eagles' stadium- couldn't you kick Temple out of there? They play in the MAC!

So what does this mean for the Big East? Well, they could decide to wait on Villanova to find a more suitable home- although the fact that they had several months to find one and came up with an MLS Stadium nowhere close to campus says quite a lot about their commitment to their football program. So perhaps the league would look to one or more of the following: Houston, SMU, East Carolina, Memphis, Central Florida or perhaps even the afore-mentioned alma mater of Bill Cosby. Then again, they could just sit tight at nine for now- which would suit me just fine.

Morning Dump


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