Thursday, March 29, 2012

Too much Djibouti in the pants!

We'd like to send a special shout out to a good friend of Spit Blood, 1st Lt. Matt Colia of the US Army, who is seen above displaying his Horned Frog pride (on the right) along with fellow TCU alumni Captain Douglas Yates (center) and 1st Lt. Joshua Kane (left) while they are stationed at Camp Lemmonier in Djibouti.

We're all proud of you, Matt, and can't wait for you to get back to Fort Worth sometime soon. I'm sure you'll get tired of people asking "Where's Djibouti?" so I'll try to help you out by directing some of our less-informed readers (whose knowledge of Djibouti is limited to that one Coke Zero commercial) to read about the country on wikipedia or maybe even some other, more credible website.

Keep up the good work over there, guys, and Go Frogs!

Uniform Fail.

epic fail photos - CLASSIC: Uniform FAIL

When it comes to ugly college uniforms Oregon is your poster child, but it's clear why Phil Knight has made his alma mater his LSD fueled design board: Oregon consistently pulls top recruiting classes and has become the benchmark program of the Pac 12 and one of the top in all of college football. Of course, a lot of it has to do with their top tier facilities, but you're kidding yourself if you don't think the idea of never wearing the same uniform twice, a situation that keeps the team in the headlines all year, doesn't play a role as well. This is why schools, including TCU, subject themselves to Nike's Pro Combat anal probe year after year. Even a school like Alabama that features some of the college football's most classic uniforms lets Nike get their grubby paws into them, although they admittedly kept the design integrity of the uniform mostly intact. Even Nike knows not to mess with a good thing.

So when word trickled out that Nike was planning a redesign of UT's uniforms, I kind of expected more of the same. After all, the Horns were part of one of the recent rounds of Pro Combat upgrades that basically mirrored those of Alabama, in that they were not changed at all. But it appears that even UT isn't immune to saying, "how high" when Nike says, "jump." BEHOLD! UT's proposed new uniforms:

New Texas Pants New Texas Black JerseyNew Texas Burnt Orange Jersey
New Texas uniforms

These are supposed to be real. Seriously. I'm not really sure what to make of them. Were they designed by an ADD addled 8 year old? "Let's make them black... no, let's make them white... no, let's make them orange... wait, ALL THREE!!!! WHEEEEEE!!!" I honestly can't figure out the inspiration here. They're like the Jackson Pollock of college uniform redesigns. Admittedly, they aren't as bad as Maryland's uniforms from opening week last year, but they're at least in line for tickets at the same ballpark. I mean... I GUESS the pants are ok? But seriously, all they did was cut up uniforms and sew them back together in a weird hodge podge. It's like a middle school art project gone completely wrong. Whoever had this idea needs to be fired and fed to DeLoss Dodd's dogs.

Now, before you guys start running with this, apparently these are going to be used for UT's spring game to get some feedback and then reevaluated, so the odds of them seeing the field in a regular season game are slim to none. But, there's hope, because UT is showing their spring game on the LHN, a Network that no one in America receives, so perhaps they could slip under the radar? A boy can dream. Some UT fans have also started to do damage control by suggesting this is a leaked April Fools prank, but that just sounds silly.

If these are, in fact, real, then I guess Nike really does control the sports universe. Bama, UT, Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, etc may all be corrupt in their own ways, but if they do anything right it's the simplicity of their uniforms. Why on earth Nike would want to mess with that and why UT, the most successful athletic program in the country would allow Nike to mess with that, is beyond me. Perhaps things really are as bad as they seem in Austin and they're having to resort to least common denominator tactics such as this to stay relevant? Who knows. But if you see these disasters in Austin come opening weekend we'll know the sky is definitely in danger of falling in Austin.

Schloss, Witte talk TCU-UNLV

Horned Frog outlook on local news

Coming soon to a station very near TCU

Just a fair warning: this post is barely sports related at all. So for those of you 8 year olds out there that still read the sports page and throw the rest out*, this might not be custom-made reading material for you. But there were two local news stories that caught my eye this week for how they relate to TCU and the Horned Frogs.

First is the news that the Fort Worth Transportation Authority has received the go-ahead from the federal government to proceed on the preliminary work for the proposed new rail line that would stretch 37 miles from far southwest Fort Worth to DFW Airport. Beginning (hopefully) in 2016, people in Grapevine, Colleyville, North Richland Hills and other parts of northeast Tarrant County will have a direct route to get to TCU games (or other university activities) via rail as one of the stations along the line will be located near the corner of Berry and Cleburne Road- less than a mile from campus. There will also be stops in the medical district, downtown, near the Stockyards and even right between Terminals A & B at DFW. Imagine that, public transportation that can actually take people where people need to go using public transportation! I'd imagine most of you SUV-driving, can't-walk-anywhere types won't use this much, but I'm glad to see that, along with the already under construction Chisholm Trail Parkway, Fort Worth is finally getting some much-needed transportation infrastructure updates.

The other is that a cocaine ring has been busted that stretched up and down I-35 from Dallas to Oklahoma City. Twenty people, including some high-volume distributors in Dallas, were arrested. Did you not hear about this? I guess that's because a major cocaine (you know, a drug that actually kills people) ring being taken down isn't nearly as worthy of press attention as a few college kids busted for a little bit of pot. This story popped up and disappeared in a day, and barely got mentioned on the local television broadcasts (the same ones that spent the majority of their 30 minutes on the TCU non-story for days and days afterward). I couldn't even find a mention of this in the Dallas Morning News, which published yet another follow-up story on the TCU situation on March 21st- more than a month after the arrests! I guess you could say it's silly for a blogger to be calling people out for their lack of journalistic integrity, but remember, this isn't my job.

*-who am I kidding? No one reads the paper anymore...

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