Thursday, October 27, 2011

Unique Opportunity For Original Frog Art

hanging on thefinch's wall

A close family friend and artist Delton Gerdes came up with this concept and wants to offer it to our following. It's a unique opportunity for some fine original Frog Art. Yes, that is thefinch. So much for anonymity. Disappointed? So is my mother. But the artwork is phenomenal.

How does it work?
I sent Delton several photos of myself in "riding position" (ha) as well as some close ups of my grill and told him a few details I wanted included. He then sent me a sketch like the one below for approval.


After approval Delton will complete your original watercolor art, then mat, frame, box, and ship to anywhere in the country. These portraits are typically 8x10 but other sizes are available upon request. A great gift idea for yourself or a fellow frog fanatic.

What if I'm interested?
email thefinch@spitbloodtcu.com with Frog Art as the subject and I'll get you rolling on you're very own Riding Frog Original Art.

This Weekend's Games of Interest

Wyoming (4-2) at San Diego State (4-2) ~ 9:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-These two teams were both idle last weekend, and the Aztecs will actually go 16 days between their road win against Air Force and this home game against Doo-Doo Brown. SDSU still has a couple of gimme games left on their schedule that should easily get them to bowl eligibility for a second straight year, but Wyoming (with TCU and Boise still looming) needs every W they can get.

Air Force (3-4) at New Mexico (0-7) ~ 1:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-The Falcons actually played pretty well against Boise State on the smurf turf last Saturday, racking up 408 total yards (264 of them on the ground) and forcing the Broncos to try for a style-points touchdown at the end- though they settled for a field goal and ended up winning, 37-26. It may be surprising to see them under .500 right now, but Air Force could win the rest of their games to end the regular season 8-4.

Colorado State (3-4) at UNLV (1-5) ~ 5:00pm Saturday on The Mtn
-It looked like the Rams might be making some progress this season when they started the year 3-1 after pulling off a dramatic double-overtime victory at Utah State. Since then, they got brutalized by Boise State (63-13) and lost to lowly San Jose State and UTEP. Any chance they have left for a bowl game probably hinges on winning this game.

Boise State (7-0) is idle this week.






TCU non-conference opponents:

SMU (5-2) at Tulsa (4-3) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on FSN
-Following their wins against TCU and Central Florida, SMU had designs on a Top 25 ranking, a CUSA title and perhaps more. Then they went to Hattiesburg and had their dreams dashed...something TCU fans can definitely understand. Their offense was completely shut down by Southern Miss in the 27-3 loss, and now they'll be without starting linebacker Taylor Reed (suspended) as they try to corrall the dangerous Tulsa offensive attack.

Louisiana-Monroe (2-5) vs. Western Kentucky (3-4) ~ 2:30pm Saturday
-Wanna know why you felt so poopy when ULM was beating TCU after the first quarter? BECAUSE THEY JUST LOST TO NORTH TEXAS! This week they host a Western Kentucky team that, after an 0-4 start, has surged to three straight wins including a surprisingly easy victory over conference favorite Louisiana-Lafayette.

Portland State (4-3) at Eastern Washington (4-4) ~ 3:00pm Saturday
-Playing a D-II school is a good way to end a two-game skid, and that's exactly what the Vikings did last week when they beat something called Williamette, 36-10. Need a reason to root against Eastern Washington? How about the fact that they are quarterbacked by none other than Bo Levi Mitchell! Also, if you hate Boise's blue turf, check out EWU's red migraine-maker.







Baylor (4-2) at Oklahoma State (7-0) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ABC
-I've made the executive decision to permanently move Baylor into the Big 12 section from the non-conference opponents. The Bears were idle this week, so they've had plenty of time to think about what went wrong in their 55-28 loss against A&M as well as how to slow down the Cowboys' offense. OSU wide receiver Justin Blackmon is questionable for this game after being injured against Missouri, so his possible absence would be huge for Baylor's chances in this one.

Oklahoma (6-1) at Kansas State (7-0) ~ 2:30pm Saturday on ESPN
-You'd have to think that the Sooners would bounce back after their loss to Tech last weekend and re-assert their authority, right? But I don't know- Tech made Landry Jones look absolutely pedestrian and K-State is playing out of their minds right now. This'll be a fun game to watch, because you know the Wildcat crowd will be rocking.

Kansas (2-5) at Texas (4-2) ~ 6:00pm Saturday on The Longhorn Network
-Wow, Longhorn Network. You're really going to gain leverage against the cable providers with this must-watch gem. My guess: Texas rolls, as they should because Kansas is turrrrrible, and ESPN pumps up the highlights making David Ash seem like he's Aaron Rodgers. Oh, and they shoot up to about #9 in the polls.

Missouri (3-4) at Texas A&M (5-2) ~ 11:00am Saturday on FX
-As the Aggies need to excorcise the demons of their two early-season losses, they'll need to get rid of one from last season, as well. Mizzou strolled in College Station last October 16th and waltzed all over the Ags to the tune of 30-9. Say hello to your future Thanksgiving weekend rival, A&M!

Iowa State (3-4) at Texas Tech (5-2) ~ 6:00pm Saturday on FSN
-So do the Red Raiders use their win in Norman last weekend as a springboard to a great late-season surge, or do they fall back to earth and lose to (or barely beat) Iowa State? I'm not sure, and to be honest, Game 6 of the World Series starts in just over 2 hours so I'm getting the fuck out of here. Go Rangers!

Biff Tannen talks TCU-BYU

BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall, who just got his car out of the shop after crashing into a manure truck, recently talked to the Salt Lake City-area media to discuss the Cougars' upcoming game against TCU as well as his hope to take Lorraine Baines to the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance:



Also, don't forget that we're raising money for Purple People Seaters by asking you to pledge $10 per Horned Frog victory this season. We could get greedy and claim that you owe PPS $20 for a 69-0 victory, but we know that times be tough. If you haven't settled up after the win over UNM, you can do so by clicking here. Even if you can't go $10 for every win, every little bit helps Purple People Seaters create opportunities for under-privileged kids.

Weekend Preview.

That's just disturbing.

Sorry for the lack of a recap Monday, but I'm assuming if Dalton didn't play, most of you probably don't care. It's the path we choose. Onward...

Game of the Week.

Cincinnati Bengals @ Seattle Seahawks. 3:15PM. CBS. After a well deserved off week following a 4-2 start, Dalton and the not-so-Bungals look to continue their hot streak against Hawthorne and the lowly Seahawks. And I mean lowly like, "getting beat 3-6 by the Browns" lowly. How they managed to upend the Giants, we may never know... and it's a good lesson in why you should never bet on sports. The Seahawks are on the lower end of the pass defense spectrum, giving up 250 yards per game, so Dalton should've have TOO much resistance. However, how interesting will it be the first time Hawthorne gets in the backfield and has a chance to lay a lick on him? Or has a chance to pick one of his passes? D Hawth has been a bit of a machine on tackles this year, leading the team with 40, including a sack, and also recorded a pick last week against Colt McCoy. Dalton hasn't been lighting the world on fire through the air, but he's done as much as you'd expect a first year starting rookie to do, and you can't argue with the results. Given that Seattle plays the run a lot better than they do the pass, it might be up to Dalton to come up with a late save.

Other Games.

Jacksonville @ Houston. Sunday. Noon. CBS. After grinding out perhaps the most boring, depressing, offense destroying football game in history against Baltimore, Drew Coleman and the Jags look to make it two in a row against the suddenly hot Houston Texans. I say suddenly hot because, let's be honest, without Mario Williams and Andre Johnson, there wasn't anyone in the country that expected them to go on the road and whip Tennessee as they did last Sunday. If the Texans can win this one, they should have a near cake-walk to the division title and their first playoff berth. Let's hope Coleman and the league's sixth ranked passing D can stop this from happening because Houston should never experience happiness.

Indianapolis @ Tennessee. Sunday. Noon. CBS. Yeesh. Has a team not coached by Avery Johnson ever quit on their coach like the Colts are currently doing? YOWZA. Fortunately, Jerry Hughes hasn't played much and can't have much blame pinned on him. Unfortunately he can't break the lineup for a defense that just gave up 62 points to New Orleans.

Carolina vs. Minnesota. Sunday. Noon. Fox. Despite having the league's 5th highest rated passing game, 8th rated ground game and 12th rated rush defense, the Panthers are still a pretty solid failure of a team at 2-6. However, is it a coincidence that they played their best game of the year this past week against Washington in a 33-20 win after inserting Jason Phillips into the starting lineup. NO! The answer is no. Phillips contributed 2 tackles in the win and has 4 for the year. Minnesota is REALLY bad and Carolina is at home, so look for the Panthers to make it two in a row before falling back to earf.

Arizona @ Bodymore, Murdaland. Sunday. Noon. Fox. This is truly a matchup FOR THE BIRDS. Umm.. that's all I have. Sorry, D Wash - at least you play football in a community teeming with porn stars.

And now... so not to be a tease... here's a BONUS bebe Movement Watch!!!! Clearly we're only looking at the Coaches Poll, per usual, because it's the only one that counts towards the BCS, and it's the only one we're getting super votes in. As a reminder, TCU has 33 votes this week, putting them in 28th place and a pretty fair pace behind 25th ranked Southern Brett Favre University, who has 128.

Game to Keep Two Eyes on.

#21 Georgia vs. Florida. Saturday, 2:30PM. CBS. Remember those days when the World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party used to be near must see television? Ehhhh, not so much anymore. These are definitely two teams headed in different directions at present with the Bulldogs winning 5 in a row after dropping their opening two; the Gators have lost three in a row after winning their opening four. Florida QB John Brantley is expected to return but how effective will he be with an injured ankle? With South Carolina losing QB Stephen Garcia and RB Marcus Lattimore, the winner of this one could wind up in the drivers seat for being slaughtered in the SEC Championship by Alabama or LSU. Georgia is the favorite, but if the Gators can win this one for the fourth straight year, that's one less team we have to look at ahead of us in the standings.

#24 West Virginia @ Rutgers. Saturday, 2:30PM. ABC. After that humiliation at the hands of Syracuse last Friday evening, West Virginia looks to regroup on the road against a surprisingly potent Rutgers team, who are also coming off a loss. Both teams sit at 5-2 and a game in the loss column behind BEast Leader Cincy in the Conference standings, so this one is pretty pivotal for remaining in the race to get massacred in the Fiesta Bowl come January. Do we pull for our potential future Conference mate the Mountaineers? Nah, let's take their spot.

#25 Southern Miss @ UTEP. Saturday. 7:00PM. SHOCKINGLY untelevised. Probably a lot to ask, but could be a comedown game for the Golden Eagles after their bitch slapping of SMU. Seriously Eagles, only WE can treat SMU like that! ...except for this year. sad face. Also, curious things happen in El Paso on gameday. Things like this:


#26 Georgia Tech @ #6 Clemson. Saturday. 7:00PM. ABC. After opening the season as the most overrated team in the country thanks to a CAKE schedule, the Yellowjackets have come back to earth a little bit following consecutive losses to Virginia and Miami. Clemson comes into this one having taken the opposite approach to success, parlaying an early season squeaker against Wofford into 50 point explosions against their last two ACC foes. The smart money is on Clemson, but then again, this IS Clemson we're talking about, a team that often races out to hot starts only to falter down the stretch. Regardless, we want them to win so GT can go away for a while.

Game to Keep One Eye on.

Missouri @ #16 aggy. Saturday. 11:00AM. FX. With two losses on the year to top ten ranked foes, aggy remains the highest multiple loss team in the standings. It's hard to say if a third loss would completely drop them out of the rankings, but I just think it'd be a VERY aggy thing to do to lose a sure thing at home against Missouri. Cause it happened last year.

Andy Dalton! Carson Who?

Just saw this on the front page of Yahoo Sports and since SB readers love them some Andy Dalton news, thought I'd share.

Dalton meets Bengals' hopes after Palmer quits

Return of the Mailsack

Joseph Smith- he's either reading imaginary tablets out of a hat or puking his guts out watching BYU's football team.

Sir Wesley and I were discussing earlier this week how over the past few years of dealing with BYU, including a raucous trip to Provo 2 years ago that was documented in detail last year during BYU hate week, we feel like we've pretty much exhausted every hate avenue available for our silly little sober Mormon friends nestled comfortably in the mountains in Utah. I know it sounds lame and a bit like a cop-out for no hate posts, but man, how many times can we regurgitate how Joseph Smith is probably a closet demon Satan spawn and how long will it be funny to make mention of their cute belief in underwear or the fact that you need a "beard exception" to have facial hair at Diet Caffeine Free Coca Cola University? Seriously, we thought last year was the LAST time we would be able to relentlessly belittle and demean these step-above scientologists, so we went all out. I'm sorry, but I'm at a loss this year. If you want the hate really bad, just search "BYU" and "hate" or "sober" and you'll find plenty of old material on this here blog, but sorry newer readers, I'm not rehashing it any further. Been there, done that. To death. I will, however, supply you with the newest addition of one of my new favorite segments, the mailsack, and I'll give you a brief rundown of players to watch later, although I can't promise to steer clear of some Mormon bashing in that segment, so you've been warned.

We actually had a couple pretty insightful mailsack questions this go 'round, so I'll get to them.

"HornyFrog" asks...

Still no link to the mailsack?

1st, how on earth did you know your reader here is wild and from El Paso?

2nd, you know more about football than me, so correct me if I am wrong. The 4-2-5 is a very difficult scheme to run, and GMFP has been able to pull it off where most coaches fail. It relies on smart decisions from the secondary to be able to stop the run and the pass - which is why trick plays really screw us. Do you think that is why we can go from being #1 defense to bottom half - because it is harder to learn? The last time our defense sucked, it sucked real hard too. I know defenses are usually less consistent than offenses, but swinging from 1 to 100 is quite drastic, isnt it? Also, in a down year like this one, what do you think our record would be in the Big 12?

HornyFrog- If you don't see a link to the mailsack, it's probably not there. It'll get up one day, but until then, it's good to know that you can still find the sack. For anyone else who's still curious, it's mailsack@spitbloodtcu.com.

As for your El Paso question, I am not sure what you're referencing as far as how we knew you are wild and from El Paso, but if someone knew you were from El Paso then it's safe to assume you're fucking insane and probably own several firearms, a crowbar, a bowie knife, and some sort of prison murder weapon fashioned out of a spork and duct tape. In all seriousness though, it's probably just safe to assume that we know everything about you and every other reader that gets on this site. Spitblood is your government watchdog. Be good.

As for your real question, it's a pretty damn good one and you make a great point. I hadn't really thought too hard about that because thinking about our defense is enough to make me want to vomit (even after the shutout), but I agree with you on those points. A young, inexperienced secondary+an NFL complicated scheme=a recipe for disaster, as we've seen so far this season. I'm sure it's something we will grow in to as time goes on and we've seen improvements already this year, but I don't expect to see it improve greatly this year. Notice how walk on Junior Devin Johnson has emerged as a starting strong safety over younger, pretty highly touted recruits such as Jonathan Anderson, Trent Thomas and Sam Carter. It's not because he's more talented, but more likely because he knows the system better.

Our record in the Big 12 this year? Losses to OU, Ok. State, mayyybe K. State (not sold there yet), Aggy, and obviously Baylor. I'll say 7-5 because I think we could get one of those previously listed teams at home and win.

ctbeecherl asks...

We are obviously just right outside of the top 25. If we win against both BYU and Wyoming (soundly, lets say by at least 14) what do you think we could be ranked with the showdown in Boise? My thinking is it will hopefully be a #5 vs #20 and we might get a chance of Gameday crew showing up in Idaho that morning or are there other big games that weekend that will precede our match up?

I'd say a top 5 vs. top 20 matchup isn't far-fetched at all, but I think both BYU and obviously Wyoming suck terribly so I don't know how much respect that will get us. We'd need some guys ahead of us to drop, which of course will happen. Gameday is out of the question unfortunately- Oregon takes all of their stolen TCU recruits down to Palo Alto that Saturday to play Stanford, K-State hosts the Aggies in the Little Apple, Tech is hosting Okie Lite, and there are several other top 25 matchups, so fuggettaboutit.

anonymous writes...

Hey spitblood. never commented but I (very creepy like) have been always checking in. So I had to email the last comment I left on Frogfaceblog known by someone. Don't hate on me too bad since I want more BYU hate.

To Frogfaceblog:
Officially removing you as a favorite. Why do you operate a site when you don't post anything in almost a month. Today is Oct 25 and your last post was on the smew loss Oct 2. I realize you probably have a job as a TCU alumni but really, thanks for the great context. By the way please tell the bloggers at spitblood they won even before "that site" opened. Hate on me! Hate like its smew or baylor; maybe even byu but we all know that is not much now. Thanks for wasting my time. That "6th site" posts at least 4 things a day. Thank you spitblood... well how do I end? - (and I end saying I edited as I sometime submit without proofread. my bad!)

Out of my control, I know, but would you leave the email address out if you use it? I need to get a good frog name on your site. Love what yall are doing.
Sorry about the lack of BYU hate. See above. It is a little uncomforting that you read spitblood "very creepy like". Now I picture some guy in his parents's dark basement flipping between spitblood, various porn sites, and googling pipe bombs all while staring at a bulletin board full of up close photos of Jody Foster. Please help me shake this image of you.

As for the hatred towards Frogfaceblog- I appreciate it. I think we all do. I don't know if it matters though, because I am coming out with the official spitblood blog rankings right now...

1) purplemenace (and people think we're cocky...)
2) spitblood
3) hornedfrog sports
4) spitblood
5) spitblood
6) various others

For the record, that site doesn't make the "various others" group at #6. I really didn't even know they existed anymore. As for leaving your name and email address out of this- of course I will. You've established yourself as way too creepy to expose to the world. I now dub you the spitblood alias "CreeperFrog". Please use it.

The SEC writes...

Dear Mizzou,


We would like to welcome your 0 titles and 0 BCS appearances to the SEC. We took the time to set you up on a blind date with Vandy and Kentucky. We think you should all get along swell.

Love,


The Sec

Not quite sure what the appeal of Mizzou is either. However, I don't think I'll really miss them in the Big 12. West Virginia and Missouri- 6 in one hand, half dozen in the other athletically as far as I'm concerned. You're wrong about one thing though. They're going to fuck up Vandy and Kentucky like everyone else, and add Ole Miss and soon the Aggies to that list.

Ok, so that's it for this rendition of the mailsack. Please continue to send in your emails full of whatever you can think of to mailsack@spitbloodtcu.com. Thanks again.




Morning Dump

Football:
Rest gives TCU defense needed boost
Star-Telegram

TCU defense ready for BYU QB
ESPN

McKay Jacobson never tires of Texas trips
Salt Lake Tribune

Bronco insists Patterson's group as strong as last year
Daily Herald

Athletic Department:
Notes on a scorecard GoFrogs.com