Monday, June 4, 2012

Spit Blood Predictions: TCU-Ole Miss

It's been a while since we dusted off our old Friday afternoon favorite from the fall, Spit Blood Predictions, but I feel like today has been just an un-productive day at work for Frog fans as those days are.  This young baseball team, which at times this spring seemed multiple seasons away from being able to replicate the success of their predecessors, is just one win from the Super Regionals after having lost their first game of the tournament.

I'd love to say we're offering some great prize for the most accurate prognostications, but in reality I'm pretty sure we've even run out of the previously omnipresent Spit Blood koozies by now.  Just fill up our comments section with your predictions on:

-The final score of the game.

-Who all will pitch for the Frogs.

-Offensive MVP for TCU.

-Any and all home runs hit by TCU.

-# of times those of you watching the game on mute and listening to KTCU congratulate yourselves for a good decision.

-# of times those of you that don't end up cursing at the announcers that make you long for the days of such mediocre broadcasting talent as Craig James or anyone on the mtn, God rest its television soul.

-For good measure since it's Baylor Week in our Big 12 Orientation course, the final score of the Baylor-Baylor Junior game down in Waco.

Big 12 Orientation, Week 7: Baylor Football.

This is what happened when I tried Googlin' Baylor Football Tradition.

Baylor At-A-Glance:
  • 541-539-44.  Can't wait to see that record get below .500 again!
  • 18 Bowl Appearances
  • 1 Heisman Winner
  • 1 tarp covering an entire end zone of seats
  • 1 proposed stadium modeled on an MLS stadium
  • 0 National Titles
  • 0 BCS Appearances
  • 0 Big 12 Titles
  • 0 Big 12 Division Titles
  • 0 Fan support pre-Griffin
  • 0 Fan support post-Griffin
  • 0 Friends
  • 0 Defense
  • 0 Hope of being relevant again
Mascots:  Two Black Bears named Joy and Lady.  You can't make that up.  Say what you will about the Horned Frog as a weapon of intimidation, at least it spits blood; Joy and Lady make me think of a menopause related depression infomercial.

History With TCU:  On the field, Baylor remains TCU's longest-running rival and the series is one of the most played in college football.  Beginning in 1899, the overall record stands at 50-50-7 and I for one will be glad to bump SMU on down the list of "Games I Give A Shit About" starting next year.  Off the field, however, things get bitter.  REAL bitter.  It's entirely possible, yet not proven, that Baylor is responsible for the burning of the AddRan College, the old Waco-based precursor to TCU.  Said burning prompted officials to move the school to FOrt Worth where it became TCU.  On second thought, perhaps we should thank them profusely for that.  Also entirely possibly yet not proven is ex-Texas Governor and Baylor Alumnus Ann Richards' influence in getting her alma mater into the Big 12 over TCU when the SWC dissolved.  Conspiracy theorists suggest that the Richards' rumors are overblown, but the name Bob Bullock probably leaves just as sour of a taste in the mouths of TCU fans for the same reasons.  Bullock was the Lt. Governor under Richards and supposedly make it clear in no uncertain terms that aggy and UT weren't going anywhere without Baylor, and that was that.  Say what you will, but had there been two Frogs in control of the state legislature, things might've been different.  But, would you really want to have traded places with Baylor these past 2 decades?  Me Either.

Famous Ex-Bears:
  • Griffin, the next great Washington Redskins QB to have his career simultaneously destroyed by Mike Shanahan and Dan Snyder.  I almost feel bad for the kid.  Almost.
  • Mike Singletary.  As Head Coach of the 49ers he one time pulled his pants down in the locker room to make a point.  That point?  No one knows.  He was ultimately a failure and was fired soon after.  MYSTERIOUS.
  • Hayden Fry.  Meh.
  • TCU.  I think I covered the bases above.  Seriously, so glad that thing is about to get lopsided to the good, and in a hurry.
  • They claim Texas, Tech and aggy as rivals... somehow I doubt the feeling is mutual.  Texas has beaten Baylor 71 of the 100 times they have played.  That's masochistic.
Recent History:  It really begins and ends with 2011.  Oh sure, 2010 resulted in their first bowl berth since the Southwest Conference, but 2011 is the only one anyone is going to remember.  And that's a good thing because memories will be all they have when they're playing POGS with Kansas for second to last in the Conference for the next century.  Since the Big 12 was started 16 seasons ago, Baylor has finished dead last 7 times, second to last four more times and in 2011, their best season ever as a member, they finished 3rd.  That's just not very good.

2012 Outlook:  Is Robert Griffin on the roster?  No?  Well then, back to the cellar with ye!  At least Charlie Weis will have some fresh meat to dine on when he's trapped in the Conference cellar.

Miscellaneous:  Man, I really hate Baylor.  Also, I urge you to use the picture in picture feature on to watch Baylor become the third Texas team to lose their regional this evening simultaneously with TCU emerging from College Station victorious.

Big 12 Orientation, Week 7: Baylor

We're in the home stretch now of our Big 12 Orientation course, and are now profiling the schools within the state borders that you all probably do not need much of a refresher course to stir up hatred for them and their fans.  We'll go smallest to biggest, which means we'll start with our closest conference neighbors, Baylor.

There are a lot of reasons to make fun of Baylor, and believe me we will both this week and forever, but the initial history of the school is actually pretty cool.  Baylor University was established in February of 1845 by an Act of Congress...of the Republic of Texas.  The first $5,000 in the university's bankroll was supplied by Sam Houston out of his own pocket. 

Today, Baylor has a total enrollment of 15,195 students who are looking to get married before they turn 21 in a wedding that will feature no less than 25 bridesmaids and groomsmen.  The university ranks 75th on the US News & World Report's list of best colleges in America, and has an endowment of just over $1 billion.

We'll have plenty more commentary about the Bears as the week goes on, but here are a few videos to remind you of why you didn't go there:

...and then of course there's the infamous "I'm a Baylor Bear, Man" video, that was so embarrassing that it was taken down from youtube. Bummer.

One more for all the regional marbles

Normally, spending an entire day parked on my butt in front of a computer screen is reserved for Monday through Friday.  But, beautiful as it was outside yesterday, that's how I spent my Sunday- first watching Stefan Crichton pitch a complete game in ending Texas A&M's season on their home field, then Brandon Finnegan's gutty performance pitching into the 8th in defeating Ole Miss to stave off elimination for the third consecutive game.

So now this College Station Regional comes down to one final game between the Frogs and the Rebels, tonight at 6:35pm.  It'll be all hands on deck, pitching wise, for both teams as TCU plays it's fifth game in four days and Ole Miss their fourth.  If the Frogs win, they'll be headed to Los Angeles to take on their old nemesis, UCLA, in the Super Regionals.  If they lose, they'll have nine months to stew on the defeat before their 2013 season opener against...Ole Miss.

Win or lose, though, you've got to be incredibly proud of this team already.  It's hard enough to fight your way out of the loser's bracket to get to a winner-take-all final game of a regional.  When you add in the searing heat & humidity of this weekend, the fact that this team is mostly freshmen & sophomores and that they lost their best hitter and a major team leader two weeks ago to a knee injury, it makes what the Frogs have accomplished this weekend pretty remarkable.  A third trip to the Supers in four years or not, the future looks bright for the TCU baseball program.

That's not to say that I don't hope like hell that they win tonight.  In fact, I think they will!  When you look back at the recent history of the NCAA Tournament, it's littered with stories of teams that came together late in the season and found success.  Without the ability to lean on their best hitter, Jason Coats, the rest of the guys in this batting order have really come around.  Freshmen Kevin Cron and Derek Odell have started to cement their status as future stars, but from the top to the bottom of this order, guys are stepping up to deliver when it counts.

Oh, and the pitching.  If the Frogs end up winning tonight, I might ignore the ostentatious numbers put up at the plate this weekend and split it between Crichton and Finnegan.  Their ability to go deep into yesterday's ballgames (Crichton working all 9 himself in the afternoon game against A&M) have given Schlossnagle a few options for this evening.  Every member of the pitching staff, save those two, are available to pitch tonight.  My best guess would be that Trey Teakell would start, but I think you'll see both Preston Morrison and Andrew Mitchell at some point.  Relievers Kaleb Merck and Kevin Allen should be fresh, and Justin Scharf could come in to get a few outs, too.  Then you've got guys like Tyler Duffie, Nick Frey, Travis Evans and even Jerrick Suiter that ought to be available if needed.

So even though I'll be staring at a computer at my desk all day at the office, I can't wait to get home tonight to sit at my desk there and watch this team try to win this regional.  Go Frogs!

Morning Dump


Pitching pulls TCU through to regional title game tonight Star-Telegram

Frogs face decisive game Monday night

A&M's season ends with 10-2 loss to TCU Bryan-College Station Eagle

TCU freshman lefty shuts Ole Miss down Jackson Clarion-Ledger