Thursday, May 17, 2012

Colonial Tournament - Purple Out For JJ Henry

The Colonial Kids For A Cause have been slinging "LemonAid" in the Colonial neighborhood during the tournament for 10 years now. Each year they try to raise more money than the last for a number of different charities. This year they have decided to team up with The Henry House Foundation and Cook's Children to sell t shirts to tournament goers in an effort to "Purple Out" the crowd for Friday's round. They have also secured a donor who will match up to $10,000 which is unbelievable. The kids got together and came up with this t shirt design to sell for $10 + $2 shipping. 100% of proceeds go to charity! (These kids could work for Sterling Cooper Draper Price)

T Shirt Front
T Shirt Back
                                 (I love it when kids make you remember how cool simple is)
How To Order:
If you don't have a magnifying glass handy, please fill out the following information and send checks to:
6628 Bryant Irvin Road
Suite 125
Fort Worth, TX 76132
Shipping Address:
Phone #:
T-­SHIRT SIZES: (Please indicate quantity of each) ___Youth S ___Youth M ___Youth L ___Adult S ___Adult M ___Adult L ___Adult XL ___Adult XXL
Total Enclosed $:

 *Please Make Checks Payable To The Henry House Foundation ------------------------------------------------------------

For those going to the tournament, you can email your order to: and pick up and pay for your t shirt on May 25th or 26th at 2448 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, TX and check out the "LemonAid" stand in the flesh. If you choose to pick up, t shirts are only $10.

The Spitblood community has shown their commitment to giving in the past, so let's order more t shirts than they could have imagined and help support this great cause.

***Mankdog, you better be the first to order 10

Phil Steele's TCU preview

For those of you who's summer reading list contains nothing but college football preview magazines, allow me to help you get a head start toward completing your goals.  As you can see above, Phil Steele has selected Casey Pachall to be on the cover of his 2012 magazine- although he shares the space with three other players and this is just the regional version. 

If you're interested in reading what ol' Phil has to say about the Frogs this year, you can skip actually buying the magazine by clicking here to read the TCU preview for free.  Warning: if you are a fan of non low-resolution photos, legible print, grammar or design in general, Phil Steele is not the publication for you.

Big 12 Orientation: Kansas' other sports

One of the more confusing aspects for an outsider of the KU scene is that Jayhawks...are not real birds.  KU's athletic identity comes from the "Jayhawkers", who were guerrilla military bands in Kansas that fought with pro-slavery groups from Missouri during the Civil War.  If you're wondering, like I was, why they decided to turn that into what looks like a cartoon bird trying to sell me breakfast cereal- it's apparently a combination of a blue jay and a sparrow hawk.  I'll give them credit for not giving their bird logo teeth like Iowa State or Louisville.

While most TCU fans aren't shedding tears over the end of the Texas-Texas A&M rivalry because its demise created a spot for the Frogs in the Big 12, we are probably equally (if not more) indifferent about the Kansas-Missouri rivalry coming to a close.  That being said, though, it was an important part of the KU fan experience.  Stemming from the same Civil War-era violence mentioned above,  there has never been any love lost between the Jayhawks and the Tigers in the Border War.  The rivalry was at its most intense during basketball season, but in recent years the football game had been moved to Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium, breathing new life (and hate) into the football side of things.  Like the Texas and A&M, these two schools have no plans to play each other- in anything- beyond the current school year.

The five national titles won by the men's basketball team at Kansas- the most recent coming in 2008- are obviously the biggest source of pride for their fans, which the part of my brain that controls sweeping generalizations refuses to believe consists of anything but skinny, pale and nerdy white kids.  But their men's track and cross country programs also have quite the trophy case- bring home national championships in outdoor track in 1959, 1960 and 1970, indoor track in 1966, 1969 and 1970 and in cross country in 1953.  Also, did you know that college bowling is apparently a thing?  Neither did I, but Kansas won a bowling national title in 2004. 

Football & Hoops add transfers

Most of the attention being paid to TCU football recruiting has been focused on the Class of 2013, but maybe one of the reasons that class isn't filling up as quickly as some fans might prefer is because the coaching staff was apparently still searching for one more (final?) piece of the 2012 class.  Yesterday, word came down that Paul "PJ" Dawson, a linebacker from Trinity Valley CC, had committed to TCU and would be enrolling this summer to be immediately eligible this fall. 

Dawson is a 2011 graduate of Skyline HS in Dallas, where at 6'0" 180lbs he played wide receiver and linebacker for the Raiders.  He earned a scholarship offer from Colorado State, but opted instead to go the JUCO route.  Upon arriving at Trinity Valley in Athens, he grew another inch, gained 40lbs and switched his attention solely to linebacker.  As a freshman there last fall, he racked up 52 tackles (8 for a loss), 4 sacks and an interception.  I love to see the Frogs getting in on the incredible talent pipeline over at Skyline, and I hope that Dawson can provide the depth that the team so badly needs at linebacker.

Later in the afternoon, it was revealed that Trent Johnson had landed a (literally) big transfer from our friends up north at roothog.  Devonta Abron, a 6'8" 255lb power forward originally from Seagoville, has decided to transfer to TCU from Arkansas.  As a true freshman up in Fayetteville this year, Abron started 22 games and was the team's leading rebounder.  Rumor has it he will be applying for a waiver to be eligible immediately this next season, but until he's granted that we should be ready for him to sit out a year before competing for the Frogs.

At Seagoville, Abron was a 3rd Team Parade All-America selection after averaging 24.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game as a senior.  Rivals ranked him as the #21 power forward in the country, and he selected Arkansas over a plethora of scholarship offers from the likes of Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Alabama.  Much like Dawson, he is coming in at a position of great need for TCU.  If he can become eligible for next year, he would be a major factor in shoring up the Frogs' questionable inside presence.

Morning Dump


TCU sells out season football tickets for first time Star-Telegram

TCU sets season ticket record with sell out ESPN

TCU sells full allotment of 30k season tickets Austin American-Statesman

Most indispensable player at TCU: QB Casey Pachall ESPN


Coats has chance to set even more school records Star-Telegram

Men's Golf:

Frogs open up NCAA Regional play today in Michigan

TCU's best ever? Brun's play as a freshman says, 'Oui' Star-Telegram

Athletic Department:

Chris Del Conte's Notes on a Scorecard