Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New TCU Statue Redefines "Killer Frog" - Everyone Gets To Pet The Frog Next Season!

The new statue, designed by Steve Gray, was inspired by his visit to the now famous 14-10 TCU victory played at Clemson on September 29, 2009. Gray noticed the Clemson tradition of Clemson players rubbing Howard's Rock for luck as they took the field. 
While the Rock didn't produce enough luck to beat the Frogs that game (let's face it, there isn't that much luck), Gray thought that having a similar Frog in place at the newly renovated Amon G. Carter Stadium would help give opposing teams even more explanation of why Carter Stadium is nicknamed "Hell's Half Acre" by giving the Horned Frogs some good luck to go with their great talent and ability. 
The 1,200 hundred pound, 8 foot Frog statue in the stadium's east plaza will be a new touchstone for fans and for future tradition. Coaches, players, trainers and water boys alike of the TCU team will touch the statue as they arrive in Frog Alley 2 hours before the game. As fans arrive they will also have the opportunity to touch the statue for good luck (even Horned Frogs need some occasionally)
We here at Spit Blood are going to insist on calling this new ritual "petting the Frog" from this moment and into perpetuity.
There are several good stories on the statue and its dedication ceremony at the end of spring practices, including this one on Yahoo! sports, on SB Nation and the most thorough one on TCU Magazine.
Long live the Frog! *and be sure to pet him at least once a week*!

(Soon we begin our first installment on the care and feeding of Monster Killer Frogs That Eat SEC Bigshots and "Mettenburgers" (with Cajun onion rings) For Dinner)

Monday, June 17, 2013

MLB First Year Draft Takes Six Frogs

Six Frog baseball players were drafted in Major League Baseball's first year player draft. The Frogs selected were:

Andrew Mitchell         RHP   Chicago White Sox        4th round
Trevor Seidenberger   LHP   Milwaukee Brewers       12th round
Paul Hendrix               SS     Cleveland Indians          13th round *      
Stefan Crichton          RHP   Baltimore Orioles          23rd round
Jantzen Witte            3B     Boston Red Sox             24th round
Nick Frey                   RHP   St.Louis Cardinals         33rd round 
     (* also drafted in 2012 by the Indians in the 18th round)

Although Hendrix is the only senior player, all are anticipated to sign a contract to play pro. You can get the details from Stefan Stevenson, including TCU's high school recruit signings, in the the Fort Worth Star Telegram here.

Friday, June 14, 2013

LSU Transfer Cornerback David Jenkins Expelled From TCU After Burglary Arrest.

From the "Oh No! You Have GOT To Be Kidding!.......And Why Does This Sound Soooo Familiar??" department, TCU defensive back and LSU transfer David Jenkins, who was expected to see considerable playing time this season as the #2 on the depth chart behind Kevin White, has been dismissed from the team and expelled as a student from TCU, according to the school. Coach Patterson issued an email stating that he was "very disappointed" in Jenkin's alleged actions. TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte issued a statement as well that said in part “When our student-athletes do not conduct themselves as proper members of the campus community, they lose the privilege of representing Texas Christian University and wearing the Horned Frogs uniform”.

To read more from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram click here and from TCU 360 click here.