Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Who needs Tebow when you've got Kerley?

It's probably not often that I'll agree on things with Antonio Cromartie, but he appears to have shared the same thought as me regarding Tim Tebow being traded to the New York Jets. Cromartie, who does not appear to be a fan of the trade, has let loose with a torrent of tweets letting the world know how he feels. One of his many thoughts from today:

"We don't need Tebow. We sell out every home game let him go to Jacksonville Tampa or Miami. Our wildcat offense can b ran by J. Kerley"

To be fair, he also mentioned that Joe McKnight could also serve in that function, but for the most part (minus the shaky grammar) he echoed exactly my initial thoughts on the trade. Why bring in an expensive and distracting option to run your wildcat package when you've got one of the most electrifying athletes around already on your roster? Kerley, who you'll remember completely confounded the BYU defense when he lined up at QB in '08 and who tossed the insult-to-injury TD pass against Utah in 2010, is a much cheaper and clandestine option who can also return kickoffs and punts as well as serve as a reliable pass-catcher in your regular offensive scheme.

This may be moot, though, as this proposed trade may end up not even happening at all. I sure hope it does fall through, because LaDainian Tomlinson and Kerley already have enough nonsense to deal with in the Jets locker room without this over hyped clown showing up.

Lessons in Graham "Seriously? Someone Hired the Worst Sportswriter not named Rick Reilly?" Watson Hate.

Former and current Yahoo! Sports "contributor" Graham Watson, in her prettier days.

As much shit as the world dumps upon ESPN and its various entities, I must say that with the advent of, I've softed my stance on the Great Satan a little bit. After all, we should all feel we owe them a debt of gratitude for turning the Dallas Morning News online into a pay website, thus shielding the masses from Tim Cowlishaw and his Nascar/Hockey talk in the midst of football. Sure, they may have hired Jean-Jacques Taylor, but if they're furthering the demise of the DMN, then bring it on.

Despite that praise, however, Yahoo! Sports has always been my favorite of the online sports sites as they skip the fluff and mostly go for the hard-hitting, not always popular stories. Seriously, everything that and report on was probably sourced from a Yahoo! writer and theirs are the most vital twitter feeds for breaking news.

But after reading this piece of absolutely donkey shit from ESPN ex-pat/Yahoo! immigrant Graham Watson, I may have to give Yahoo! up for good until they fire that imbecile. Please take a second to read the above link, then come back and let's have a fireside chat, shall we?

If you've followed TCU Spring practice news this week, you'll likely have noticed that Patterson, on the eve of spring break, made the comment that he plans to drug test the football team when they return. It's a relatively unique move for a school like TCU that hasn't had a major, media-driven, over-blown drug bust in the past couple of months that has grabbed headlines far more than any on field or classroom success ever could, but I guess this is just a case of Patterson exercising caution. I mean, it's not like the media has been suggesting Patterson runs a rogue program, has lost control of his team and had let things spin so out of control that he didn't notice that the Zetas had set up shop right in his own locker room, treating their position as TCU athletes as a secondary endeavor to their primary one of destroying America's Youth, right?

Graham's piece starts out benignly enough, pointing out the reasons why Patterson MIGHT be a little edgy and concerned about the kinds of activities his group of 18-22 charges might engage in on a typical Spring Break trip. But then the wheels fall off, and when I say fall off I mean explode into the dumbest piece of dumbshit seaward "journalism" ever penned. Rather than summarize, let me just post two of the last three paragraphs here:

Still, spring break is a time for a young man to, well, do young man things on the beach with bikini-clad ladies who attend church services and have no questionable intentions or morals. Patterson is OK with a young man doing young man things as long as those young man things include playing Parcheesi at home with their 85-year-old grandfathers...

...The Horned Frogs better enjoy this break because it's probably the first time Patterson hasn't had them under lock and key considering the embarrassment the program endured last month. So be good on spring break, Horned Frogs, because you'll have to pee in a cup to prove you were, and remember, big brother Patterson is always watching.

I've read it five times now, and I still can't get her angle. I haven't seen many accounts that suggest Patterson handled the whole drug bust situation the wrong way. No matter that it's the most bullshit drug bust in history, no matter that FWPD lied to the school about how they would handle it in order to make it more sensational, no matter that the media did the same by highlighting the football players involved in order to make it a national story. Despite all of that, Patterson held back nothing, immediately removing the 4 alleged "dealers" from his team with TCU following suit and kicking them out of school entirely despite none of them having their day in court. Patterson has never been known as a lenient Coach when it comes to boneheads trying to screw up his locker room, so that shouldn't really shock anyone.

But apparently Jabba the Graham, a journalist who, mind you, COVERED TCU almost exclusively for years, just presumed GP was the Ron Paul of college coaches, ripping J's on the sidelines and calling for an end to the war on drugs, starting with his football team. Despite Patterson being one of TWO Coaches' of a Top 25 team to run criminal background checks on any player he recruits, apparently Graham figured it was all just a facade and that, with a Big 12 invite, he'd turn into Urban "As long as you win me games, you can rape and murder and pillage all you want" Meyer for the sake of a few Ws.

I'm extremely averse to pointing out the obvious, but is she REALLY that dense? Does she REALLY not think that, will all eyes on TCU with this drug investigation and the NCAA just LOOKING for a reason to destroy any program that looks at them crossways, that Patterson should just say, "nah, screw it - go have fun, take pictures of yourself in Superman underoos, do drugs, impregnate drunk white women and give me a reason to kick you off the team. After all, you're just a kid and its Spring Break, it's what you're SUPPOSED to do!!" That Patterson, he's such a big meanie!! Please Graham, fill us in on how you suggest he should run the team.

Patterson has built TCU on winning, but reputation plays a major role as well. Patterson is, to put it lightly, a tough son of a bitch to play for, but his players respect him and fear retribution for screwing up. Kids coming to TCU know this and make the choice to play for that type of personality. Heck, Nick Saban puts together top recruiting classes every year, and Nick Saban's wife doesn't even love Nick Saban. Apparently being stern works. It's easy to say that Brock, Johnson, Yendrey and Horn weren't doing anything that doesn't go on at any other major program, but that's no excuse. That's how Patterson has run his team for a decade plus and I'm personally glad they are gone. Yes, it sucks to have virtually no linebacker and questionable line depth, but if those guys were dumb and brazen enough to do what the affidavits say they did, then get 'em out.

But no, Graham would rather Patterson be just like any other dumbass Coach who sacrifices character for wins because caring too much makes him "big brother". Just ask USC, North Carolina and Miami, to name a few, what its like to let the inmates run the prison. She's probably just mad because she lost her local connect. FWPD, take note in your next round of raids.

Way, way, WAY too early 2012 bowl projections

It may seem silly to try to prognosticate the college football postseason in late March, some 171 days before the Frogs even kick off against Grambling- but the folks at CBS Sports know that college football fiends like us will gobble up just about anything gridiron-related here in the vast wasteland of the offseason. That's why they've rolled out their ridiculously early bowl projections for the 2012 season.

So how does playing Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl (game, not stadium) on January 4th sound? Sure, I'd rather see the Frogs make a run to the National Title game or another BCS bowl. But my goodness, we are going to love the consolation prizes that the Big 12 has to offer as opposed to what non-BCS options we had in the MWC. Matching up against a former SWC rival in what used to be, still should be and hopefully some day will again be one of the top bowl games in the nation (that hasn't hosted TCU since 1959) sounds like a grand old time to me.

The projections for other Big 12 teams include Oklahoma facing Wisconsin in the Fiesta Bowl, West Virginia taking on defending national champs Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, Kansas State against Utah in the Alamo Bowl, Texas against Penn State in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, Oklahoma State vs. Illinois in the Insight Bowl, Baylor against Stanford in the Holiday Bowl and Texas Tech against Pitt in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Armed Forces Bowl, which will return to Fort Worth this season (although the CBS article doesn't indicate that), is projected to host SMU and San Diego State.

Winning streak halted at 9

I'm not a big fan of losing, so I was hoping that the baseball team would turn my Monday night basketball frown upside down by exacting a bit of revenge on Texas State and earning their tenth consecutive win last night in San Marcos. It wasn't to be, though, as they dropped to 11-7 on the season with an 8-4 loss to the Bobcats. No shame in losing this mid-weeker on the road to a team that Jim Schlossnagle called "great" in the pregame interview and mentioned as a possible participant in Omaha this June. Yes, there were the five errors and twelve runners stranded and a less than stellar starting pitching effort by Trey Teakell, but let's focus on a few of the positives from last night's game:

-Maybe it was the inaccuracy of the Texas State pitchers, but I'd like to think that the ten walks drawn by Horned Frog batters were a sign of patience at the plate. Eight different TCU batters earned a free pass last night, with Brance Rivera and Davy Wright each earning two.

-Kyle Von Tungeln (2-5 with a triple) and Josh Elander (1-4 with a 2-run double) continued their hot streaks at the plate. Von Tungeln is now batting .369 on the year, and Elander has his average at .354 currently.

-True freshman Derek O'Dell, who came into the game batting .194, ripped a two-out, RBI triple to the gap in right center as part of the four-run rally in the 5th inning. Sometimes a big hit like that can inspire confidence in a young hitter.

-Fellow true freshman Jerrick Suiter, who has impressed at the plate so far with a .325 average and 7 RBI, struck out two batters as part of his perfect inning and a third of relief work on the mound.

-It sounded as if there were a good number of folks cheering for TCU amongst the 1,916 at the game last night. Good work by any Austin or San Antonio area Frog fans that made the trip to San Marcos.

-The Frogs are still unbeaten in conference play, and will have an opportunity to start another winning streak when they visit New Mexico for a three game weekend series at Isotopes Park in Albuquerque starting on Friday. Freshman first baseman Kevin Cron ought to be back in the lineup for TCU, and junior third baseman Jantzen Witte may be available to pinch-hit or even fill the DH slot.

Morning Dump