Tuesday, May 31, 2011

When will Carpenter get the call?

Former Horned Frog Matt Carpenter was one of the big stories coming out of the St. Louis Cardinals' spring training camp, where he nearly won a spot on the big-league squad before ultimately being assigned to Triple-A Memphis. A little more than a month into the 2011 season, the Cards are hoping that they can hold off the Brewers and Reds in the NL Central despite inconsistent play at third base while Carpenter continues to hit (and almost as importantly- draw walks) at AAA. Roger Hensley of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently wondered- along with some other Cardinals' experts- why not give Carpenter a shot by calling him up?

Golf Tournament Signup Drawing

We are seven weeks out from the 2nd Spitblood golf tournament on July 23 at Whitestone. We are going to do a little incentive to try and speed up the sign up process. The first 60 people who sign up for the tournament and pay will have their names put into a drawing for a prize at the tournament. We already have a number of teams signed up, so move quickly to get your name in the hat. The prize will not be announced till the drawing but look at the prizes last year and just imagine what it could be.

So get your teams together and sign up. The link is on the right side of the blog. Same as last year, $100 per person, per team. The faster people sign up then the easier it will be to get the prizes and possibly line up a beer sponsor. Do it. Do it.


Title TBA pending end of hysterical laughing fit

Ohio State president and shabbily-disguised popcorn magnate Gordon Gee is probably very-much looking forward to the day when he can finally wipe the last of the egg from his face regarding his "Little Sister's of the Poor" comments about TCU, but that doesn't look like it will be any time soon.

Since even before the Frogs beat Big Ten champ Wisconsin for all of the Little Sisters of the Poor out there, the mirage of a clean program at Ohio State has steadily dissipated to the point that Buckeyes' coach Jim Tressel resigned yesterday morning. Perhaps, Gordon, you should've been more focused on the rampant cheating going on right under your nose than, say, how badly TCU was beating up on Wyoming.

Some out there might be thinking that maybe we shouldn't be laughing at the misfortune of Ohio State- after all, the Buckeye program has the prestige and money to lure just about any coach they want to Columbus...even Gary Patterson. You might have a point, but I really doubt GP wants to step into the fallout there...especially with more allegations apparently on the way with this week's Sports Illustrated.

Another possibility that might worry TCU fans is that two potential candidates for the Ohio State job- Ohio natives Bo Pellini and Bob Stoops- are currently at programs that might be more a more realistic destination for Patterson. But hen again, with the looming threat of the NCAA hammer coming down in Columbus, do either of those guys want leave what they've got to go there?

So is this a temporary setback for an overrated program, or another nail in the rust belt coffin? I guess we won't know for years to come, but for now it's fun to laugh as the O'Doyles have driven over the banana peel after cheating their way to just one national title that really should've belonged to Miami.

Post-Memorial Day Morning Dump

Baseball:

Frogs host familiar foes at Fort Worth Regional Star-Telegram

TCU to host third straight regional Sport DFW

Seven Texas schools make NCAA field ESPN

Sooners know regional foes well Tulsa World

Dallas Baptist glad to return to baseball regionals Dallas Morning News


Football:

Summer Stock: TCU ESPN (Insider)