Wednesday, August 24, 2011

New Boise State Mascot: The Video Pirate

So I'm a few days late on getting this put together and it's largely died down already, but there was a bit of a kerfuffle that started over the weekend and came to a head on Monday.
It all started when some guy named "Taylor Little" posted a video called "Fremont Highlight" on his Vimeo account. It was a highlight video for Boise State football that was shown in Vegas during a pep rally before the 2010 MAACO Las Vegas Bowl. Somehow, word got back to the Frog Nation that this video was up and it was quickly discovered that the opening of the video HAD DIRECTLY LIFTED THE MUSIC AND VOICEOVER FROM THE 2009 TCU FOOTBALL INTRO VIDEO. It also uses the music from our 2010 video. I got to see the thing and it was just jaw dropping... I mean, the video used our "Fight 'em til Hell Freezes Over..." slogan.

The video was made by "Christopher Mitchell", a May 2011 graduate of BSu who worked for the Broncos, presumably producing other video work for them as well. In fact, he won an award for his rip-off video.

From what I can gather, the folks at KillerFrogs got wind of this and went on the offensive. One member went so far as to strike up a sting conversation on Mitchell's Facebook page. Mitchell tried to claim that he found the audio on YouTube on a New England Patriots video and that he tweaked it a little bit so that it wouldn't violate Copyright Law because he "know[s] a lot about" Copyright Law. BTW, nobody has managed to bring forth this alleged Pats video.

ConcussionLLP, the creator of the original video was notified by one of the KF members and lo and behold, the video disappeared Monday afternoon. But it didn't come down before pro-TCU Ben Findlay wrote up a piece for The Mountain West Connection called "Stay Classy Boise: Interweb Ethics". He provides all the evidence and links (including the original KF discussion).

I knew I should have downloaded a copy Monday morning, but alas, I didn't and now I'm trying to see if another pops up somewhere.

But what REALLY makes the Boise Hate runneth over is the fanbase's reaction. Based on the responses on Findlay's column as well as BSu Scout Board (Here & Here) the overall reactions can be summed up as:

1) Who cares where it came from, the BSu video was better anyway
2) A complete disregard for the fact that an employee and student of BSu made a school sanctioned video from plagiarized material and then gave the guy and award and showed the video in public
3) An absolute failure to understand the importance of Copyright Law and why this is a big deal

4) They think this is the most awesome BSu video ever

I'm hoping that potential employers search for "Christopher Mitchell" and "Boise State", and are quickly brought up to speed that along with the first two search terms, "plagiarized another company's material to make an award winning publicly broadcast video" should go hand in hand.

Top Moments of the GP Era: #3

To say the 2004 season was a disappointment would be a profound understatement. The Frogs' last season in Conference USA turned into a nightmare as the defense failed week after week and the school missed a bowl game for the first time since 1997. Confidence in the football program sagged, and when the 2005 schedule was released I very clearly remember students in one of my classes laughing at the thought of how bad Oklahoma- who had played in the BCS title game in 2004- would destroy the Frogs. Little did they know that they'd all witness the rebirth of TCU football on September 3, 2005 in Norman.

To open the game, Tye Gunn led TCU on a 9-play, 47-yard drive that stalled just outside of field goal range. They settled to play the field-position game, a strategy that only really works if you're able to stop the opposing offense. They did just that, forcing Oklahoma to punt on their first possession, but the Sooners were able to down the ball at the 4 yard line, negating any field position advantage for TCU. When JeJuan Rankins returned Bryan Cortney's punt to the TCU 39 at the end of the next possession, it looks as though the Sooners were seizing the momentum, which many felt was inevitable. But six plays later, as OU quarterback Paul Thompson scrambled inside the Frogs' 5 yard line, David Roach knocked the ball from his grasp and Eric Buchanan recovered. The first quarter ended in a 0-0 tie, and all of a sudden the Frogs had some confidence.

TCU's first possession of the second quarter started at their own 16 yard line, and looked doomed early on until Gunn hit Cory Rodgers for a 12 yard gain on 3rd & 11 to keep it going. On the next play, Gunn again moved the sticks with a 14-yard gain to walk-on Derek Moore- prompting most Frog fans to rifle through their game programs to figure out who this #13 was. The momentum continued on the next play, when Donald Massey gained 32 on a reverse to get the Frogs into OU territory. Six plays after that, facing a 3rd & 12, Gunn found Moore again- this time for a touchdown to give the Frogs a 7-0 lead over the #5 team in the country.

Confidence continued to grow when OU went three & out on their next possession. Starting at their own 46, the Frogs used a 41-yard screen pass from Gunn to Lonta Hobbs to set up a field goal to give them a 10-0 lead to take into the locker room at the half. I'll never forget the looks that Frog fans in Norman were giving each other standing in line for either the concession stands or the bathrooms at halftime. Given the lack of sleep and questionable dietary intake I had been practicing so far that weekend, I was asking myself if this was real life back before that was a youtube catch-phrase.

When the second half began, Adrian Peterson and the Sooners decided to show the Horned Frogs why Oklahoma was ranked so high. They marched the ball 72 yards in 9 plays (taking up just 3:51 on the clock) to pull to within 10-7. Peterson, who had been the runner-up for the Heisman in 2004 as a freshman, had 43 of those yards on just 6 carries. Momentum had swung back in the home team's favor.

The two teams traded punts after that, and the Frogs looked to be doing that again facing a 4th & 13 from their own 28. The snap on the punt was bobbled, though, and the Frogs lost twelve yards on the play- giving the Sooners the ball on the TCU 16 yard line. The scenario could've played out a lot worse, but six plays later OU kicked a field goal to tie the game at 10-10 with 1:40 remaining in the third quarter.

After a few more stalled possessions by each team, Oklahoma got the ball back at their own 31 with 13:32 left in the game. But on 1st down, Jamison Newby broke through the offensive line and knocked the ball from OU quarterback Rhett Bomar's hands as he sacked him. David Hawthorne jumped on the loose ball, giving the Frogs the ball at the Sooner 17. Robert Merrill took care of all of those yards in 3 runs of 13, 2 and 2 yards to put the Frogs ahead for good, 17-10, with just over 11:00 remaining.

From that point, everyone in purple had their eyes on the game clock. Try as they might, the Frogs just could not take any significant amount of time off the clock in their remaining possessions. Fortunately, though, the defense held Peterson to just 5 yards on 5 carries for the rest of the game, forcing the Sooners to try to beat them through the air. They only got into TCU territory once, but Drew Coleman picked off a long pass attempt by Paul Thompson to thwart that threat. The Sooners' last chance started at their own 20 with 2:05 remaining, but Thompson could only find receivers open on short routes, and OU moved the ball just 12 yards in the first five plays. On the sixth, a desperation 4th & 8, Jared Kessler sacked Thompson to end the game and give the Frogs their first win over a Top 5 team since a victory over #1 Texas in 1961.

Not only did the nation learn that the Horned Frogs were back that day, but I think most TCU fans that were in attendance learned something about big time college football as well. It was only the second time that Oklahoma had lost at home under Bob Stoops, and yet their fans were humble and gracious in defeat- just as friendly after the game as they were beforehand. The Sooners haven't lost at home against since, giving Patterson and the Frogs something to brag about that the Aggies, Red Raiders and Bears cannot. Despite the horrible loss the following week, the win still catapulted the Frogs to an 11-1 season that saw them finish in the Top 10 (#9 in the coaches poll) for the first time since 1959.

Del Conte live chat @ 2:00pm

He once caught a fish THIS big...

In his weekly "Notes on a Scorecard" column, Chris Del Conte has a message for TCU fans out there: Don't be an idiot. With all of the stories out there about NCAA rules infractions, you know they want to make an example of someone- and it'll probably be a smaller school. Maybe that ends up being Miami, but schools like TCU need to make extra sure they're playing by the rules.

Del Conte also has a live chat scheduled for 2:00pm today. You can submit your questions now, and I'll guess that Finch will send you a free SB koozie if you can get the AD to answer a question about Spit Blood.

Patience - Work in Progress

As a result of luring in more trust fund babies, the spitblood staff has decided it would be in our best interest to update/upgrade the site (if you want to call it that). The platform sucks regardless and it takes some time to tweek, so deal with it.

If you have any suggestions or concerns about the new look, please feel free to voice them in the comments section. Most will be ignored, some taken into consideration, but feel free. I like those cones.

Thoughts on the QB Situation

Meet the Frogs

I believe that tattoo amongst all the other tattoos on his bicep says "faith". Maybe we should have faith in Casey...

As many of you may have heard by now, there have been rumblings of RS freshman Matt Brown pushing expected starter Casey Pachall over the past week or so for his starting job. While it is fully expected that Pachall will be the starter, Coach Patterson is still yet to technically name a starter, leaving some ambiguity to our current QB situation. He has actually been quoted recently saying the two are "neck and neck" and that the time off really hurt Pachall because Brown was able to run with the first team and apparently got a whole lot better and "moved the ball just as well, or better, than Casey" in the scrimmage last weekend.

While these rumors definitely have the delusional Baylor bloggers abuzz*, as does everything else GP says and does (coach envy), this may be exactly GP's intentions. Not so much to get their idiot fan base rumbling, but to throw their coaches a bit of a wrinkle and give them even more to think about. We all know GP is a master of the mind games, but what do the spitblood readers think about this whole situation? Is it 1) Matt Brown is really showing promise and pushing Casey for the starting job, 2) lack of trust of Casey under center/attempt to light a fire under his ass, 3) just general misinformation, or 4) GP throwing the mind-F down Waco way to stir the pot (my personal belief)? Also, if anyone has any other wacky conspiracy theories for what is going on with our current QB situation, feel free to put that in the comments section as well. Personally, I think this is a good development. A couple of weeks ago we were in a panic about not having a viable backup, and now apparently one is pushing the other for a starting job. Not a bad situation.

*Normally a link would be attached with this comment, but I refuse to drive traffic to irrelevant Baylor sites.

Frog Alumni Camp Report

-Bart Johnson has been waived by the Bengals, and Zach Roth has been released by the Patriots. Best of luck to these guys catching on with another team, or in whatever their next phase in life entails.

-Jeremy Kerley recently sat down with Steve Selby of the New York Post for a Q&A session in which he discussed his sense of modesty, his future with the Jets and one of his favorite moments from college.

-Despite his struggles early on in his first two preseason games, Andy Dalton is still drawing some praise from Bengals' offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

-Marshall Newhouse got in a fight in Packers' camp, although according to Newhouse: "There's not story to write, there's nothing to talk about. It's just football."

Morning Dump