Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sunday Night Leftovers: 8/28/11

Yeah, I'm sure this will be unpopular, but hey at least it involves TCU Athletics as opposed to a TV show.

The SpitBlood SNL will just recap the previous weeks Horned Frog sports that don't get the press in an easy and short format so you can be super edumacated on all things TCU Athletics.

TCU Volleyball

The Lady Volleyfrogs participated in the TCU Invitational at home this weekend against Texas Tech, Grambling State, and Connecticut. The Frogs swept the competition, beating Tech 3-1 on Friday, Grambling State 3-0 Saturday afternoon and also shut out future Big East conference rival Connecticut 3-0.

TCU Soccer

The Lady Frogs dropped a tough one at home to Rice 1-0 on Friday night. Coach Dan Abdalla blamed the players but his gameplan sucked, just like it's sucked for several years.

Finding someone who likes Craig James is like trying to find a BCS Buster in the Sun Belt...

SI. com posted their College Football TV Roundtable with Stewart Mandel, Andy Staples and George Schroeder on Friday and Craig James sure came up a lot.

You can read the thing on your own, but this one response by Mandel pretty much gives you the entire feel on their feelings on their fellow "journalist":

"I wouldn't trust Craig James to report on sixth-grade volleyball."

And remember it is absolutely not true that (or so I've read on the always reliable internets) that Craig James killed 5 hookers while at SMU

New depth chart

There are a few major changes those of you that have been paying attention will notice. First, we have 13 positions listed on offense, not really sure what's going on there, one of those extra positions is a receiver slot that features only freshmen. Additionally at receiver you'll notice that a freshman appears on the two deep at each wr spot. Looks like we'll get to see a lot of this new class early. On the defensive side a pair of freshman are on the two deep at the tackle positions, Ray Burns has earned a starting role at NT and Jeremy Coleman has fallen down to third string. Freshman Sam Carter has moved his way into a starting role at safety. What are your thoughts on the changes? Do you think this is the line-up we'll see in Waco 5 days from now or does GP have something else up his sleeve?

In other news, ESPN's bottom line currently claims that Texas A&M has been extended a bid and an announcement that they're joining the SEC may come as early as Thursday. Feel free to give us your thoughts on this too.

The Notable Wins of Gary Patterson: #1

"I’m relieved. It took the bowl game and then Nebraska before finally pulling out a win. I don’t care who the win is against. We could have played some church school over in Fort Worth as far as I’m concerned. We’ll take it." Coach Patterson - Skiff, 9/2/01

At some point this season, CGP WILL collect his 100th win as a head coach (hopefully against Air Force). Since the greatest victories of the Gary Patterson era have been recounted, we're going to next look at some of the notable wins that on a more personal level.

After being thrust into the position of fill-in head coach after Coach Fraud bailed for the Mobile Bowl loss to Southern Mississippi and then his "moral victory" in the loss to Nebraska to start his career as the official taskmaster of the Gridiron Frogs, Patterson got his first win in Game #2 of the 2001 season.

Almost exactly 10 years ago, on September 1, 2001, the Frogs traveled to scenic Denton to take on the mighty University of North Texas Eagles. The Frogs had some confidence from the Nebraska game and a weaker opponent to take out some frustrations on. It was by no means a dominating performance by the Frogs, by UNT was never really in the game either.

Casey Printers threw a TD to Kevin Brown late in the 1st Q and that was pretty much all the needed. From there, the defense largely did its job, limiting the Mean Green to 23 yards in the air. The run defense was still in it's infancy and allowed 106 yards. Still the defense gave up only a field goal, had 2 sacks and a fumble recovery. The Offense, along with the TD pass, had 4 field goals from Nick Browne (who had played a soccer game the night before) but also gave up a safety (ugh).

Final Score: TCU 19 - UNT 5 Not the prettiest win or even a particularly impressive win, but still... it was win #1 for the Gary Patterson Era.

Notable GP quotes:

“I told Casey he and I are on the same boat. I am a new head coach. He has been asked to be the leader of this offense. We are both doing it with a younger football team. It would be very easy for me as a head coach and him as a quarterback to get very frustrated. We have been used to older players for three years doing certain things for you, and sometimes things aren’t the way you want them to be.” - Skiff, 9/5/01

Original Press Coverage:
TCU Daily Skiff

Frog Alumni Camp Report

-While the Jets prepare for their Monday night exhibition against the crosstown rival Giants, Ben Shpigel of the New York Times reports that LaDainian Tomlinson is prepared to show everyone in 2011 that his age is not an issue.

-Aaron Brown is making a strong case to make the Lions' final roster. In last night's 34-10 preseason win over the Patriots, Brown compiled 78 total yards on 7 touches, including a 9-yard touchdown reception from backup QB Shaun Hill in the third quarter.

-Daryl Washington recorded 7 tackles, 5 of them solo, in the Cardinals' preseason loss to the Chargers. ESPN's NFC West blogger, Mike Sando, provides some examples of why he considers Washington a player on the cusp of a breakout season.

-Stampede Blue, a blog that covers the Colts, has issued their latest projection of Indianapolis' 53-man roster. Jake Kirkpatrick and Michael Toudouze are included in their projection, holding down the #2 slots at center and left tackle, respectively. They do, though, include Jerry Hughes as part of their projected cuts.

-Jason Phillips recorded two solo tackles in the Ravens' 34-31 preseason win over the Redskins.

-Drew Coleman recorded two tackles, one of them solo, in the Jaguars' preseason loss to the Bills.

-The Saints take on the Raiders in a preseason game tonight on NBC, and Quincy Butler may get a few chances to return punts.