Friday, March 16, 2012

DUELING Discussion Questions.


Yesterday we posted a proposed new TCU helmet idea by a random internet stranger that is no way associated with TCU, we don't think. Turns out, there were more. Unfortunately he has them locked so I am unable to copy/paste, but you can check them out HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE. Tell us what you think below.

Our real discussion question is a little more timely considering we are finishing up the two least productive work days of the entire calendar year, the start of March Madness. The festivities were kicked off yesterday by fellow Conference foe Colorado State and mid-major upstart Murray State, a game won pretty convincingly by the Racers. This got me to thinking.

SCENARIO ONE: Let's say, for the sake of argument, TCU has the exact same results for every game this season, except they beat CSU to open Conference play, don't choke against Boise and SMU and beat CSU to open the MWC Tourney. Theoretically this would have given the Frogs a chance to take CSU's place as the fourth MWC team in the NCAA Tournament. For the sake of discussion, let's say they take CSU's 11 seed and have the exact same result - a double digit loss to Murray State.

SCENARIO TWO: On the other hand, you have what we have now - CSU getting an NCAA bid and getting dominated in round one, and TCU winning a game in a third tier tournament and having just as much of a chance as anyone to win the entire thing. Let's say they do.

Which scenario would you prefer? Do you want the hardware or the prestige? Tell us in the comments.

The Ed K Saga - GOAT - Part VIII - Offensive Tackles

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

TCU has produced so many good offensive tackles, it could very easily have been a top 20. Every era is represented, but the players groomed by O-Line Coach Eddie Williamson have been impressive.

1 -- I.B. Hale (’39): Legendary sportswriter Francis Wallace called Hale “the greatest lineman in America” in 1938. Team captain on the 1938 national champs, he was a high school teammate of Davey O’Brien at Dallas’ Woodrow Wilson (like Greg McCoy) and went on to protect O’Brien’s back at TCU too. Physically imposing, he was a two-time All-American and, um, could play a little D too. He wound up working for the FBI … just like O’Brien.

2 -- Derrell Palmer (’43): Known as “Big D,” he was one of the greatest offensive (and defensive) tackles in Southwest Conference history. You ever hear the expression “strappingly handsome”? That’s Palmer. He was a 1942 All-American and twice All-Southwest Conference. In 1941, the Albany native paired with all-conference guard Bill Crawford and end Bruce Alford to lead TCU to a 7-3-1 record and an Orange Bowl date. However, that team is best known for its dramatic 14-7 upset of No. 1 Texas. Head Coach Dutch Meyer considered it the greatest upset win of his coaching career.

3 – Marcus Cannon (‘11): Protecting Andy Dalton’s blind side (and some guy named Brady in New England), he was a 2010 All-American and an immovable force on TCU’s record-setting offense. Was anyone really surprised that he shut down J.J. Watt in the Rose Bowl? After all, he didn’t allow a sack all season. He was a three-time, All-MWC selection.

4 -- Herb Taylor (’07): Twice a first-team, All-Mountain West pick, the bespectacled Taylor looked gentle off the field, but on it he was one of the toughest (and smartest) blockers TCU has ever had. He was a Freshman All-American honorable mention in 2003 and started ALL 49 games in his career.

5 -- Marshall Newhouse (’10): Three times All-MWC and a third-team All-American in 2009, he was just plain HUGE, but deceptively quick for his size. Not only did he help Andy Dalton to a record-setting career, but he’s doing the same for Aaron Rodgers of the Packers in the NFL.

6 -- David Bobo (’01): Named second-team All-American by The Sporting News in 2000, he was twice All-WAC on two conference co-champs. He plowed defenders out of the way for LT.

7 -- Anthony Alabi (’05): A walk-on after playing for Navy as freshman, he wound up starting 35 games for the Frogs. He was named All-Conference USA in both ’03 and ’04 – part of a string of nine years that TCU had an all-conference tackle (2002-2010).

8 -- Michael Toudouze (’06): After backing up Alabi for two seasons, he was All-MWC himself in 2005, teaming with Herbert Taylor to form one of TCU’s best offensive tackle duos in history – just behind Cannon and Newhouse in 2009.

9 -- Norm Evans (’65): Joining center Ken Henson and guard Steve Garmon on one of TCU’s best front lines (all three were All-SWC in 1964), he was also team captain that season. Big No. 73 was best known for a standout NFL career. A two-time Pro Bowler, he started on the only undefeated team in NFL history – the 1972 Miami Dolphins.

10 (tie) -- Doug Conaway (’52): An All-American on Dutch Meyer’s surprising 1951 Southwest Conference champions – opening holes for fullback Bobby Jack Floyd and QB Ray McKown -- he was also a star on the defensive side of the ball.

10(tie) -- Ben Boswell (’33): A member of the famed “Purple Wall” for Coach Francis A. Schmidt’s 10-0-1 1932 SWC champions, he was all-conference in 1930 and 1932. He paved the way for TCU’s sterling backfield of halfbacks Red Oliver and Blanard Spearman and QB Hubert Dennis.

Honorable Mention -- Don Floyd (’60), Clyde Flowers (’45), Jamal Powell (’03), Brian Brazil (’88), Mike Keathley (’01), Allie White (’39)