Thursday, September 29, 2011

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Frog Club Luncheon

I have made it to almost every luncheon the past 2 or 3 years, until this year, today was my first. Not for the lack of relishing every chance I can get to drool over the words that come out of GMFP, but damn thing has been sold out every week this year, which to my limited knowledge has never happened.

Recap:
- Get in the stands, Gary and his squad are pissed at you, yes I mean you. Some in the crowd chuckled as if Gary was doing a lil skit up there, yeah laugh, think its funny. We work out in this heat every day all week, and people wont come into the game because of it. If your going to do something then do it, if your going to be out in the heat then get in the stands. No point blaming the heat when you in the same heat in the parking lot. I think Gary realized he scared some people and tried to lighten the mood, he knows its hot, he changes outfits during halftime. What! that's not the same mock turtleneck from the first half?!? But crowd took notice of the coaches intense demeanor, because first time I have ever seen no questions asked after he gets done with his little speech.

-Justin Fuente welcomed a new kiddo to his family this week, a lil baby girl Catherine or Kaitlyn Rose Fuente.
Voice of the Frogs "yeah, guess which TCU bowl game she was named after?" But alas Patterson refuted such connection, damn dream crusher

-Patterson pointed out that he has never lost at home to schmoo, but quickly flipped that and explained how this will be the most evenly matched game he has played against them, and that pony/donkey show was more physical than the frogs last year

-Frog Bucks at work, players received their scholarship money for the month of October this week, so they will be well fed. Said they go scrounge around for food at the end of every month cuz they run out.

-Spencer Thompson has the O-Line over to his house for a lil BBQ from time to time, which they smoke 80lbs of brisket. Kobayashi check yourself.

Ponyfans.com talks TCU-SMU



The folks at ponyfans.com caught up with SMU defensive coordinator Tom Mason to talk about the upcoming game. I would normally insert something here to denegrate SMU, but Mason seems like a good guy and is pretty complimentary of the Frogs.

This Weekend's Games of Interest

Boise State (3-0) vs. Nevada (1-2) ~ 1:30pm Saturday on Versus
-Nevada nearly beat Tech in Lubbock last week, now they'll take a shot at Blue Tech on the blue turf. I'd love to say I think the Wolfpack have a chance to knock off the Broncos for a second straight year, but watch for Kellen Moore & company play as motivated as they will all season in this one.

Colorado State (3-1) vs. San Jose State (3-0) ~ 3:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-The Rams took advantage of four turnovers by Utah State as they came back from being down eight with under a minute left in regulation to win, 35-34, in double OT. SJSU broke into the win column for the first time this fall with a 34-24 win over New Mexico State (who previously beat Minnesota- way to go, Big Ten!) last week.

Air Force (2-1) at Navy (2-1) ~ 11:00am Saturday on CBS
-The Falcons bounced back from their loss to TCU by beating up on Tennessee State last week, 63-24, in a game where they rolled up nearly 800 yards of total offense. This weekend, they take dead aim on the Commander in Chief's Trophy (which is a HUGE deal to the academies) when they travel to Annapolis to take on the Midshipmen of the Naval Academy. Navy is coming off of a tough 24-21 loss at South Carolina in which they actually led the Gamecocks in the fourth quarter.

New Mexico (0-4) vs. New Mexico State (1-3) ~ 7:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-I can't lie, I was really looking forward to bringing up Mike Lockley's $750,000 salary every week leading up to the Lobos' October 22nd trip to Fort Worth, at which time I'd post something longer about the complete absurdity of that figure. Apparently his 2-25 record at UNM, the sexual harrassment suit filed against him by an athletic department employee and his punching of an assistant coach in the face was still worthy of keeping the job. But losing to Sam Houston and having a recruit arrested for DWI in a car he owned last Saturday finally did it. Nowhere to go but up for them, now.

San Diego State (3-1), Wyoming (3-1), and UNLV (1-3) are idle this week.



TCU non-conference opponents:

Baylor (3-0) at Kansas State (3-0) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ABC
-Robert Griffin has just been ridiculous so far this year, and is deservedly getting some legitimate Heisman consideration. This week he takes his show up to the Little Apple to take on a Wildcats squad that beat Miami with a last-minute goal-line stand last week.

BYU (2-2) vs. Utah State (1-2) ~ 7:00pm Friday on ESPN
-I actually watched most of BYU's win over Central Florida last week and had previously watched most of their loss to Texas. Combined with the 44-point loss they suffered to Utah, I have to say I'm really not all that impressed with the Scientologists. They'll be looking for revenge in this one after their 31-16 loss to the Aggies last year.

Portland State (2-1) at Idaho State (2-2) ~ 2:30pm Saturday
-The Vikings will look to regroup from their loss in Fort Worth last weekend against the Bengals of ISU, who lost to Northern Arizona last weekend 20-3.

Louisiana-Monroe (1-3) is idle this weekend.



South Florida (4-0) at Dead-to-me Pitt (2-2) ~ 7:00pm tonight on ESPN
-I'm sure many of you will be busy watching the only decent night of network television, but this game is pretty big for the teams left in the Big East once Pitt & Syracuse leave...whenever that might be. If you go by both of these teams' results against Notre Dame (USF won 23-20 in South Bend and Pitt lost 15-12 at home), it should be a good night for the good guys.

West Virginia (3-1) vs. Bowling Green (3-1) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ESPN3.com
-Did you know that the Mountaineers actually outgained LSU by nearly 170 total yards last week? Yet they still lost by four touchdowns- go figure. They ought to get back to winning this week, although Bowling Green is probably one of the better teams in the MAC.

Cincinnati (3-1) at Miami-Ohio (0-3) ~ 12:00noon Saturday on ESPN3.com
-If you'd told me a month ago how much of a beatdown the Bearcats would put on NC State in Week 4, I would've been pretty excited. But I guess the whole Big East/ACC thing is moot now, huh? Either way, Cincy looked good- led by running back Isaiah Pead's 167 yards.

Rutgers (2-1) at Dead-to-me Syracuse (3-1) ~ 11:00am Saturday on ESPN3.com
-In case you've missed the fuss, Syracuse beat Toledo in overtime last week with the help of a "how did you miss that" call by the officials. All tinfoil hat "they're trying to prop up Syracuse before they move to the ACC" conspiracy theories aside, my guess is their luck runs out and the Scarlet Knights win this one in the un-air conditioned dome named for an air conditioning company.

Louisville (2-1) vs. Marshall (1-3) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ESPN3.com
-The Cardinals have had two weeks to celebrate their win over Kentucky, but return to action this week against the Thundering Herd- who lost 30-10 at Virginia Tech last weekend.

UConn (2-2) vs. Western Michigan (2-2) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ESPN3.com
-You'll probably be following this one on your phone during the TCU game on Saturday, but...I'm sorry, I'm so uninterested in this game that I don't even feel like finishing the sarcastic comment.




I Believe Freddie Mercury Wrote a Song About This...




Ah yes, that's it!

Counselorfrog blasted it off earlier, but considering the only notable recognition we typically get involves being called "dickbreath" or getting jumped by middle aged men in the parking lot after Frog games, we're going to milk this thing for all its worth. Yes folks, just in case you missed it, we are, indeed, the blogchampions of the Fort Worth World. LOOK!!



Now... LOOK AT IT AGAIN!!!



I'll be honest - I don't know how many eyes the FW Weekly reaches, but I'd have to imagine this is the most significant amount of free publicity we've ever received. So for that we owe the FW Weekly a BIG thanks, not only for the nod, but for clearly being regular readers.

Spitblood's success has been pretty surprising, although I guess it really shouldn't be considering our timing. Our coming into existence perfectly coincided with the beginning of the Dalton era and, like Dalton, we took our lumps early before turning into what we are now: An AWARD WINNING blog with over 2000 visits per day that has been consistently breaking reader records on a near month to month basis. Pretty good for a site that originally established as an outlet for around 10 of us newly minted alums to obsess about the Frogs and use dirty words under the cover of anonymity. So, in a way, we owe our success to Andy Dalton, but mostly to an overwhelming lack of maturity on the part of our readership. It goes without saying we can't do it without you guys. Give yourselves a big ole pat on the back!

Since I'm an obvious trust fund baby who has no grasp of reality and what it means to operate within the confines of the REAL world, I suppose I enjoy writing for spitblood because it allows me an escape from my coddled reality to channel my TCU obsession into a public outlet. I always enjoy commenter feedback and its been especially satisfying learning your digitized personalities as well as watching the commentariat grow and become more bold. Clearly some of the things I write are more self indulgent than others - from the folks who know me, the most common thing I hear is, "Great article the other day... but I only finished about half of it," - but hey, at least it gets people reading on a daily basis. Knowledge is power, minions. I wouldn't recommend teaching your child to read via Spitblood because aside from the dirty language our syntax skills are deplorable at best. But if we're helping at least one person rekindle that literary flame, we've done our jobs. Ha, just kidding - we've done our jobs when we get your blood pressure boiling by reiterating Craig James' habit of slaying streetwalkers. Wikipedia told me so, so it must be true!

We'll have more throughout the next few weeks from our other contributors, as well as highlight some of the bigger moments in SB history, including a pretty significant anniversary on the horizon. But - starting a sentence with a preposition? See what I mean about that syntax thing? - lest it look like I'm taking all the credit, I'll wrap this up succinctly with a video response to everyone who thinks Spitblood is kitschy and should be put down to the tune of a Sarah McLachlan song:



The cool ones include all of our contributors - especially Snk, spitpurple, lyle and notably thefinch for setting in motion this deranged forum in the first place -, sponsors - plural, thanks Varsity and Powers & Curtis! - the FW Weekly, SB friendly sites such as PM and Horned Frog Sports and, most importantly, our entire army of readers who keep coming back despite myriad other distractions and losing to Baylor.

I think you can guess who the other folks in that video are. Viva Los Spitblood!

Hate Week Players To Watch: SMU Mustangs


I've been mostly absent with the hate this week, because nobody can compare to the hate that our very own Sir Wesley Willis has for the Mustangs, so I'll keep the players to watch mostly football related. However, I am curious as to why SMU's mascot is the Mustangs, yet you often hear them referred to as the Ponies and their saying is "Pony Up". If someone can explain this to me in the comments section, I'd greatly appreciated it. I mean, a mustang is a grown horse, and I'm pretty sure it's more specifically a wild horse, at least according to wikipedia, so that's actually kind of cool. Kind of. So why would they completely gay it up and willingly call themselves the Ponies? That's something Aggies would do in a lame attempt to disparage your program. I mean, a mustang looks something like this, yet SMU willingly refers to themselves as this. Not very intimidating. Alright, but if their mascot is actually the Mustang, they'd have a real mustang as a mascot, right? Nope, they've got the gayest mascot since the Hawaii Rainbow. Alright, so maybe it's gayer. Anyways, I guess it's time for me to get focused on players to watch, although making fun of the nonsensical nature of SMU's mascot confusion has been pretty fun.

Offense: WR Der'rikk (I'm not making that up) Thompson (RS Fr. 5'11 188, #7)

Der'rikk Thompson
Once you look past the incredibly unique spelling of his name, Thompson (I'll refer to him by last name going forward so I don't have to constantly double check my spelling) emerged last week as a big play WR for the MustPonies in their 42-0 shutout of god-awful Memphis. Before last week, Thompson hadn't made a catch, but with go-to WR Cole Beasley hurting his knee, Thompson broke through with 6 catches for 104 yards, including a 44 yard TD. Beasley will be out against the Frogs this week as well, so Thompson will be asked to fill the void again, along with leading receiver Darius Johnson. Hopefully SMU will continue to experience garbage QB play that has plagued them since June Jones arrived, and former New Mexico State Aggie JJ McDermott will find our defensive backs on occasion the way the Yao Ming Clone he replaced did for us last year.

For those wanting me to profile SMU fatback Zach Line, I chose not to for a few reasons: I picked him as a player to watch last year and he went on to gut our defense, he has a separated shoulder, not that it matters, and I worry much more about teams passing on us than I do them running. Also, I already profiled one chubby loudmouth RB from Baylor this season and he went on to run for 100 yards in the first half. Call me superstitious, but I'm not giving him my time today.

Defense: LB Ja'Gared Davis (Jr. 6'1 220, #56)


Ja'Gared, which I'm told is Latin for "The Garrett", has 20 tackles on the young season, 3 1/2 for loss, including 1 1/2 sacks, has forced a fumble, intercepted a pass, broken up 4 passes while defensing 5, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Most of these stats came against UTEP, a game where he was named the Bronko Nagurski national defensive player of the week. Since he's about the only SMU defensive player to ever garner any national attention in ages, I will go ahead and give him the nod as the defensive player to watch this week, although players like LB Taylor Reed and 14th year Senior safety Chris Banjo are much more important to their sudden defensive emergence, if you wanna give them credit for that. Also, as I mentioned last year, SMU has a dude from Estonia named Margus Hunt playing defensive end/kick block extraordinaire, but I cant think of Estonia without thinking of this.

Go Frogs. SMU sucks. I hope it's a complete bloodbath Saturday. If I stir up any hate between now and Saturday I'll make sure to share with all of you.

*I was tempted to replace every hyperlinked player with a story of an SMU drug overdose or some SMU drug tale, but the amount of stories that appeared when I googled it outnumbered the amount of players I mentioned above, and I didn't feel fair choosing some and not all of them. Sorry for the boring links to their actual names and face.

Spitblood Voted Best Blog on the Planet

You know exactly who 'you' are...suck it


Well, ok, maybe not the best on earth, but according to Fort Worth Weekly Spitblood is the critics choice for best "Sportscaster or Sportswriter" for 2011. No, this is not a joke.

"Sportscaster or Sportswriter - Readers Choice - Dale Hansen, Critics choice: The bloggers at spitbloodtcu.com"

"Spitblood, a reference to what horned frogs do when angered, is home to the most comprehensive TCU football coverage on the internet. The nine bloggers are young alumni who write with irreverence, but don't let them fool you. They know almost as much about their school's Rose Bowl winning program as the coaching staff does and communicate that knowledge with skill and attitude. Though readers would likely pay for the top-notch information, the Spitblood fellas give away their words out of pure love for the game"

Take that Frog Face Sit Blog or whatever you are. Yeah, you who ranked Spitblood as the #6 TCU blog on the interweb. Fort Worth Weekly thinks that we are irreverent (that's good right? little help here), and better than Dale freakin Hansen. Spitblood has basically become more famous than the man who brought down the entire SMU football program! I mean he is one of our heros, especially during hate week. And now, we are better than him. You could say that we are now more than famous, maybe even infamous? And no that other site, no one's trust fund went to the Weekly to pay for this. There are much better things to use that cash on.

Anyway, none of this would happen if it wasn't for TheFinch who put together this whole thing. And of course Sirwesley, Lyle and S&K who, despite having semi-legitimate jobs, still find a way to post the vast majority of all the content on here. Also Spitpurple, who for the past 4 years has been delivering some of the best dumps that two spoons fulls of Metamucil can provide, and who can forget D for making the blog actually look respectable. Keep up the good work fellas. Especially, thank you from all the SB family to the good folks at the Fort Worth Weekly for recognizing excellence when you see it. There are plenty out there who have yet to get it. Everyone be sure and go out and pick up their newest issue (it's free, you have no excuses) so you know we didn't just make all this up. Watch your back ESPN, we are coming for you next.
Best of Fort Worth

Morning Dump

Football:
TCU's Kenny Cain steps in for injured linebacker Star-Telegram

TCU and SMU to renew old rivalry Saturday
WFAA

Ponies have problem if top WR is out
ESPN

Baseball:
Baseball to scrimmage Central Arkansas Sunday GoFrogs.com

Athletic Department:
Notes on a scorecard GoFrogs.com

Admin:
Boschini operating TCU is like running a city Star-Telegram