Friday, December 23, 2011

Poinsettia Bowl

So it has been a couple days since the big game....the Poinsettia Bowl....TCU vs. Louisiana Tech. Not sure anyone still cares to read my synopsis on the game since I'm a few days behind but here goes. First off, TCU won! It's always good to get a W no matter what game, no matter what opponent, and no matter how ugly of a win it was. It was definitely touch and go there for a while. Going into the game Frog fans were disappointed...not so much in not getting a BCS bowl (although that would always be nice) but in the opponent. I said all along though that we couldn't treat this game like a blow off or we would lose it. Needless to say for those who watched it, we did not bring our A game. I don't know whether Louisiana Tech was better than everyone expected or if we were worse...maybe a little of both. I've read and heard that our boys just didn't care about this game and it showed. I really hope that wasn't the case. I would never want our players to become so cocky that we've forgotten what it's like to be the underdogs like Louisana Tech. I would never want us to become one of those snobby teams that I can't stand. Based on what I know about Coach Patterson (and it really is only by word of mouth, despite my attempts to become BFF with him) he never takes any games for granted and does his best to not let the players either. He builds up each game as though they are the biggest game they have ever played. I just don't see how our boys could go in with the attitude that we had this in the bag with a leader like that. However, I also get the argument that no matter how hard you convince yourself as a player that this game matters and you have to always play your best, when you hear over and over again that you are expected to get an easy win...you start to believe it. So I think our shaky win was a combination of all things...

1. LA Tech pumped themselves up for the game and, despite what I'm sure was Coach P's best efforts, we did not.
2. We also just did not play well...we couldn't get it together. We looked like the young team that started the season rather than the more mature team that ended it.
3. Lastly, as I'm never one to not give the other team credit. Louisiana Tech played well...they were perhaps a more worthy opponent than anyone had given them credit for.

Hopefully we learned something from this game and are ready to go into the Big XII with confidence, enthusiasm, and a little humility. I. can't. wait.

Stay tuned for more bowl thoughts throughout the bowl season.

For the love of the game,
Ashley

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Ready, Set, Bowl

Bowl Season is upon us! Even if I don't always agree with who goes to what bowl games, (the powers that be never seem to ask my opinion) I do love getting to watch some good football games. I'm going to try and not go off on my dislike for the BCS right now...save that for another post. I'll let you get to know me first before I go off on a rant. Suffice it to say I think the BCS is a shady, unfair system and not just because it has made life difficult for TCU, but also because of stories like this about the new to the FBS school of Western Kentucky. There has to be a better system we can come up with than this nonsense. Wait, I said I wasn't going to talk about it right now didn't I? Ok I'll move on...onto the bowl games...I'm not going to address all the games, just the ones I have some opinions deep insights on.

1. National Championship Game -- LSU vs. Alabama
I'm the first to admit that these are two phenomenal football teams. However, they had their day--LSU won. Whoever wins this game, it isn't really going to prove anything. If Alabama wins, it doesn't make them National Champions because LSU beat them already and now they would be tied so who really is the better team? If LSU wins-we already knew they could beat Alabama. What we don't know is if they could beat any of the other standout teams who don't happen to be in the SEC. I know Oklahoma State blew their shot when they lost to Iowa State but I still think they deserve the chance to play LSU. They played a harder schedule than Alabama (and that's proven not just my opinion). LSU needs to prove they can beat them too to be considered a true National Champion. Someone winning that game could actually prove something. It would possibly give us as close to a National Champion as we'd get in this dysfunctional BCS system...at least until we get reasonable and come up with some sort of play off system. (See how that darn BCS creeps back into every conversation.)

2. Sugar Bowl -- Michigan vs. Virginia Tech
I'm a little sad because it was rumored TCU might get to play in this game. We just barely missed getting that #16 spot we needed. However, I have to admit I'm not too let down because after TCU lost to SMU I never expected us to be considered at all. I think it shows how much respect our program has earned over the last few years for us to even have been in the conversation. Otherwise, I don't have too many thoughts on this match up except that from what I've heard people are a little puzzled how Virginia Tech ended up here.

3. TicketCity Bowl (these bowl names are out of control) -- Houston vs. Penn State
I feel for Houston. I feel like us horned frogs are kindred spirits with them....and not just because of our old Southwest Conference connections...but because we've been in there shoes a few times. One game away from a BCS game and we blow it. The cougars are where we were a few years ago -- not playing many (or any) ranked teams so no one really knows if they can take you seriously as a contender or not. I was looking forward to them playing with the big boys to see how they did...although I guess if their final game against Southern Miss is an indicator, they might have been in over their head. I hope they can continue to build their program though...I'm a sucker for a good underdog. I'm not even going to touch Penn State right now...that could be a whole other post too.

4. Poinsettia Bowl -- TCU vs. Louisiana Tech
You knew I had to talk about this game. As I said earlier, I'm not disappointed that we are going to the Poinsettia Bowl and not an almighty BCS bowl. However, I can't pretend playing LA Tech isn't a little bit of a let down. No disrespect to their team but I just wish we could have had a better match-up. I don't want to jinx us though...we still need to go out there and play our best because you never know. Go Frogs!!

5. Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl -- UCLA vs. Illinois
Is it just me or is it strange that two teams with losing seasons are playing in a bowl game? I haven't done my research enough to know if this is the case in any of the other games. I think that's a sign that we have too many bowl games though. It should be something you have to earn right?

Anyone else have thoughts on the bowl games?

For the love of the game,
Ashley

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Beginning

I come by my obsession naturally. I started going to TCU football games when I was just a few months old. My family bleeds purple and white. My love for TCU sports (especially football) grew into a passion for college sports in general. My brother and sister-in-law convinced me to start this blog to share my "vast" knowledge with the many readers I'm sure I will soon have. So here I am. Here you will find my musings on all things college football, and maybe a few other sports thrown into the mix sometimes. I promise to be as unbiased as possible when it comes to TCU, but let's be honest, that's probably not going to happen. But most importantly I promise to deliver more intelligent information than most of the sports reporter girls you find on the tv awkwardly interviewing the coach at halftime with questions like, "Coach, you're 40 points down at the half...how are you feeling?" Really??? How do you think he's feeling?? I am the legitimate sideline girl.