Friday, April 15, 2011

TCU-San Diego State series preview

Barring an early to mid-'00s Astros-like run to close out the regular season, TCU's chances at hosting an NCAA Regional for the third consecutive season are most likely gone after they've failed the sweep some very sweepable teams and have let midweek games become a serious achilles heel. But with the elite starting pitching and offensive potential that the Frogs possess, this is still a team that none of the eventual Regional hosts are going to want to see coming their way.

That is...if they win the conference. They're 7-2 in MWC play so far, and hold a 1.5-game lead on both BYU and Utah. This weekend they're in San Diego to take on Tony Gwynn's Aztecs that are a ghost of their former days with uber-ace Stephen Strasburg. SDSU has the exact opposite record as TCU, 11-22, and have an RPI ranking of #160 (the Frogs are currently 37th). They are batting just .242 as a team and their leading everyday starter, Tim Zier, is hitting just .287.

Even on the road, TCU needs to avoid the lapse in control that has led to losses to Kansas, Houston Baptist, Houston, UNLV and New Mexico in series that they were otherwise dominant in. They really, really need to earn their third weekend series sweep of the year before their huge Tuesday nighter in College Station next week.

Boise State Player Kicked off Team for Choking.



Oh... you mean it wasn't Kyle Brotzman? You mean some kid literally choked a dude out and was kicked off the team as a result? Because really, when you talk about "Boise State" and "Choking," you're going to have to be a lot more specific, internet.

Was this just a blatant excuse to post a video of the greatest non-TCU involved moment in TCU Football history on a slow Friday afternoon? You know me all too well.

Big East move pays off for Christian

Well that didn't take long, did it? More than a full year before TCU moves to the Big East, Jim Christian has already leveraged that move into his first big-time East Coast commitment as 6'9" power forward Ryan Rhoomes has announced he's chosen to play for the Frogs over offers from Seton Hall, Providence and Oklahoma State.

Better yet- Coach Christian might not be done just yet. According to CBS reporter Jeff Borzello's twitter feed, Rhoomes says that he expects point guard Shaquille Stokes, from Brooklyn's Lincoln High, to follow him to TCU.

Once the fans start coming back to TCU basketball...and they will...how much do you think they'll enjoy filling Daniel-Meyer Coliseum with a resounding "Rhoooooooooomes!" after he throws down an alley-oop pass from Shaq Attaq?

The Latest From The SB Rumor Mill


Word has it from a trusted source that we will be playing Baylor to open the season on Thursday night September 1st. I can only assume this game will be on one of the ESPN networks and will be a great chance to show the nation what TCU brings to the table in 2011.

Morning Dump

Baseball:
TCU's Schultz overcame major obstacles to be center field
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Road trip continues at San Diego State
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Frog files: TCU second baseman Jerome Pena
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TCU-SDSU baseball preview
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Basketball:
Hazelwood Central Crossland headed to TCU
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Athletic Department:
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