Friday, May 20, 2011

Second Annual Spitblood Count Down to Kickoff Golf Tournament


This is just a reminder that the golf tournament is July 23. It will be at White Stone in Benbrook same as last year. It will be the same four man scramble format as last year, so you need to get your teams ready. It will be $100 per player, which will go to charity. We are working on getting a link up so you can pay through that. In the mean time, if you already have your team together, you can send the names to thefinch@spitbloodtcu.com. If you don't have a team (or have less than four), then just send an email giving your name(s) and we will put you on a team. As all who played last year remember, there were some pretty great prizes. Including closest to the hole - GP signed football, long drive - Coach Schloss signed bat. We are working on different prizes at the moment, but they will be of equal badassery as the ones last year, and they will be revealed the day of the tournament. And of course to the winning team goes the ever coveted purple blazers.

So send in your teams as soon as you get them. We are looking to try and double the players from last year, so the quicker you get them in the better.

Ohh, and of course, to the last place team goes the Dead Ass Last trophy which I believe is more coveted the the blazer.

Awesome story on Tejay Johnson

By now, I think most of us are familiar with Tejay Johnson's choice to let his football career end with the Frogs' 21-19 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. Now, ESPN's Andrea Adelson is bringing the rest of the country up to speed on Tejay's story.


Purke and Winkler Shine in Return to Mound


Admittedly, I was one of the skeptical ones who didn't think we'd see Matt Purke on the mound again for the Frogs in his career. Glad to say I was wrong. As most of you know, Purke made his return to the mound yesterday against New Mexico and looked like his old self again, throwing 42 pitches, with 27 of those being strikes over the course of 3 innings, striking out 4 and walking 1 and allowing only 1 hit. He was on a pitch count (roughly 40 pitches) so the sample was small, but he averaged 90 mph with his fastball, hitting as high as 92 on the gun yesterday. Most importantly, however, was that he pitched pain free. Apparently his mechanics were tinkered with a bit as well, raising his arm slot slightly to prevent him from "slinging the ball" which more than likely is done to put less stress on his arm. Let's hope now that he can expand on this 42 pitch performance and work his way back into starter's form in time for the regionals. The real test will be to see how Purke pitches in the later innings, because early in the season there was a drastic drop in velocity the deeper he got into games. So until we see him in full starter's mode and against a solid opponent, I'll temper my excitement, but yesterday was definitely a positive sign and a step in the right direction. Perhaps most importantly, it deepens a pitching staff which has really been coming of age lately.

Also returning to the mound in relief of Purke was ace Kyle Winkler, who shined after sitting out last weekend to rest his arm. Winkler, whom I have no concerns about whatsoever, went 4 2/3 innings, allowing 0 runs, 3 hits, and striking out 2 while walking 0. This did not come as a surprise, but it's good to see that he was his usual sharp self yesterday as TCU cruised to a 9-0 blowout of lowly New Mexico. Let's hope that Steven Maxwell comes back pain free on Saturday as well and we have our complete rotation ready to go for the postseason. I like the idea of our postseason rotation with those 3, and having the likes of Andrew Mitchell, Stefan Crichton, Erik Miller, and even Nick Frey and Kyle Starratt as viable options out of the bullpen if necessary. It should also be noted that the bats continue to heat up, especially Joe Weik, who went 4-4 with a homerun yesterday. After a dreadful start to the season, Weik has stepped up and produced like we expected of late, upping his average to .291 and taking over the team lead with 8 long balls. Hopefully we can complete the sweep this weekend, because I think that would almost assure a regional in Fort Worth in a few weeks.

Morning Dump

Baseball:

TCU's Purke back in action as Frogs win Star-Telegram

TCU dominates New Mexico in 9-0 victory gofrogs.com

Listless Lobos pounded by Horned Frogs Albuquerque Examiner


Football:

Pachall's success hinges on development of receivers Sport DFW

Cannon says his cancer treatment is on course ESPN

Lockout wouldn't dramatically affect Bengals just because of Dalton Cincy Jungle


Basketball:

Is it time to dust off Kurt Thomas? Comcast Sports Chicago


Golf:

TCU men sixth after Day 1 at Colorado Regional gofrogs.com

Thanks to TCU alum, Colonial no longer a rough outing for kids and parents Star-Telegram