Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Going Bowling

Well another regular season has come to an end. My frogs couldn't quite pull out a win against OU but played a decent game. I'm proud of our young team for rallying back from a lot of setbacks this year and ending with a 7-5 season.  This team will certainly be someone to reckon with over the next few years.

The Frogs are headed to the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl in Tempe, Arizona against Michigan State. TCU is slightly favored in the game and I hope we can finish our season with a win.

9 out of 10 Big 12 teams made it to a bowl game (poor Kansas).  9 out of 14 SEC teams are going bowling.  Just one more reason I think the Big 12 is a deeper conference than the SEC.  

Other bowl games I'm looking forward to...

Holiday Bowl: Baylor vs. UCLA - Super offensive game...should be fun.

Armed Forces Bowl: Rice vs. Air Force -  Although I'm not so interested in the teams, the bowl is in my little hometown.

Alamo Bowl: UT vs. Oregon State - I always like to see how the Longhorns do, but I think the Beavers will win this one. How does UT get the top recruiting class in Texas every year and not have a better quarterback?

Liberty Bowl: Iowa State vs. Tulsa - Seems crazy that a 6-6 team goes to a bowl game but I'm rooting for Iowa State as they are often the underdog in the Big 12.

Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl: Miss. State vs. Northwestern - I really don't have much interest in either team...I just think this name is hilarious.

Heart of Dallas Bowl (aka Faux Cotton Bowl): Again, more interested in the actual bowl than the teams. However, I think OSU will win this over Purdue. Go Big 12!

Cotton Bowl: OU vs. Texas A&M - As much as it pains me to see the Aggies do well, Johnny Football is the real deal. I think they'll take this one.

Rose Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Stanford - Ahhhh! Sweet memories of the Rose Bowl. This bowl will always have a special place in my heart. Plus, the Rose Parade?! What more could you want?? I think Stanford has this one.

Orange Bowl: Northern Illinois vs. Florida State - Love to see a BCS buster in there...but I think the Seminoles were underrated most of this year and will get the win.  I'll be rooting for the underdog though.

Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Louisville - I think Florida has this one.

Fiesta Bowl: Oregon vs. Kansas State - I'm more excited about this game than the national championship. I'm rooting for Kansas State but I think it is going to be tough for them to beat Oregon.

Obviously the National Championship game...although I'm not super interested in either team. I'll be rooting for the Fighting Irish...I'm bored with Alabama (and slightly annoyed that they are in the National Championship game still).

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Week 13: A Thanksgiving Indeed.

Ever since it was announced that we would be in the Big 12 this year, I've been looking forward to this game. I've said all season that if we couldn't have the ideal undefeated season, I at least wanted to win this game. TCU has a long history with UT from the Southwest Conference days...and we were often on the losing side of that history. The last few years though have seen a new TCU team emerge, and I felt confident we could compete with the big dogs like UT. Well, despite our large amount of freshmen, injuries, and drug busts we still managed to bring home the W! TCU's offense and defense showed up to play, leading UT the entire game. I couldn't be more proud of our team.

I was hoping we would be the new tradition with a UT/TCU Thanksgiving game but it looks like, as usual, UT gets to do whatever it wants and the Big 12 is going to let them. They want the Thanksgiving game to be played at home every year so they will just play whatever team comes to them rather than a steady opponent every year. Oh well I guess. They can keep playing that game as long as we keep beating them. I'll take a win any weekend of the year, not just on Thanksgiving.

I'll be back soon with a recap of my thoughts on the latest BCS standings. Let's just say I still think the SEC is overrated (Big 12 is underrated) and Alabama should not be #2.   In the meantime, checkout this article that argues the same point.

TCU takes on the Sooners on Saturday in Fort Worth. I'm hoping we can break our home game losing streak and finish the season 8-4.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Week 12: Chaos

This has to be the craziest season of college football in a long time. And I love it. It is so much more entertaining to watch these games unsure of how they will end rather than the same teams winning every time. However, along with the excitement comes the always questionable BCS standings.

Highlights from this week:
- #1 Kansas State was slaughtered by unranked Baylor. I was rooting for the Wildcats (after TCU lost of course). I think Bill Snyder is a classy guy and I was hoping he'd get the championship.
- #2 Oregon fell in overtime to #13 Stanford. Stanford had luck on their side this time after a questionable touchdown call to get the tie. Maybe they were owed this call after the one against Notre Dame didn't go their way.
- In a huge rivalry game, UCLA beat USC.
- #7 LSU only beat unranked Ole Miss. by 2 field goals
- #12 Oklahoma barely squeaked by the ever declining West Virginia
- #24 Oklahoma State killed #23 Texas Tech, dropping them from the rankings

For the third week in a row there is a new #1 team, first time that has happened in 5 years. That team is Notre Dame. The only undefeated team left. Say what you want about the Fighting Irish but they have earned their spot. They've managed to stay undefeated despite playing several solid football teams.

The rest of the top 10 is where the questions come in. #2-#6 (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Oregon, Kansas State) all have 1 loss with substantial schedules. How do you decide who still gets to play for that national championship? I can't believe that after losing to A&M last week Alabama is now back in the mix to likely play for it. I've got to say I don't understand how they are chosen above those other teams for #2. Their only significant win was against LSU, and the other significant game...they lost. However, Oregon hasn't played any top ten teams so I understand their ranking. Kansas State has played more ranked teams, but then lost to a completely unranked Baylor. Florida has probably won the most games against top teams but lost to Georgia. So who knows? It's a tough call and by no means is over. After the past two weeks, who knows what's going to happen the next couple weeks.

I'm hoping one of those things to happen will be TCU upsetting the UT Longhorns on Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Week 10: A much happier ending to an overtime

I think I have finally recovered from my near heart attack at the end of the TCU - West Virginia game. That was some gutsy play calling Coach Patterson! After West Virginia made a 76 yard touchdown punt return with 2 minutes to go in the game, I thought we were done. Then came the crazy 94 yard touchdown pass from Boykin to Josh Boyce. Overtime. After missing our 37 yard field goal, again I thought we were done. Then Verrett blocked their field goal...what???  I don't think I even knew Verrett's name before this game but boy do I know him now...great game for the junior! West Virginia got their TD in the 2nd overtime. We managed to get a touchdown with a risky trick play. We went for 2. I was a nervous wreck and thought we were crazy. We got it! After a nerve-wracking official review...we officially beat the Mountaineers 39-38. Not only are we bowl eligible now, but it saved us from a 3 game losing streak. We (I) definitely needed that morale boost.  Go Frogs!

Is it just me or has this been a crazy year in college football? I feel like nothing is predictable. Except maybe that Alabama will likely end the year at #1.

- Despite having a close call against Kansas last week, #23 UT beat #18 Texas Tech 31- 22.  I learned today that there is a chance UT and A&M might meet up in the Cotton Bowl. So these two rivals may meet again sooner than either team expected after A&M's exit to the SEC. Should be interesting.
- In one of the most surprising nail biters of the day Pittsburgh led #3 Notre Dame the entire game until the Irish tied it up in the 4th quarter.  Notre Dame ended up pulling it off in triple overtime 29-26.
- In a PAC-12 offensive battle the #17 USC Trojans fell to #4 Oregon 62-51
- #1 Alabama, in their toughest test yet, topped #5 LSU 21-17
- #2 Kansas State continued its reign over the Big 12 with a win against Oklahoma State
Sidenote: I'm glad to see a non-SEC team at #2 in the BCS. I would love to see a national championship game between two different conferences.
- #19 Boise State fell to unranked San Diego State, dropping Boise from the rankings
- I don't even know what to think about the PAC-12 right now (except that Oregon will likely be the conference champion).  Last week Arizona pulled off a win against USC. This week UCLA slaughtered them with a 66-10 win- putting UCLA back into the standings at #18.  Should make for an interesting rivalry game for USC and UCLA in a couple weeks.

What were your favorite moments this week?

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those on the East Coast affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Week 8: Triple Overtime

Tough loss for TCU this week but, man, what a game! After 3 overtimes, TCU fell to Texas Tech 56-53.  Tech's quarterback played a great game, throwing for 318 yards and 7 touchdowns. Despite a few mistakes, Boykin is continually proving himself to be a strong quarterback and I'm excited to watch him only get better. Our pass defense looked like it needs some work but, like I said, Tech's offense played really well too. TCU played 16 true freshmen on Saturday so if we can just keep up like we are in the Big 12 this season, the next few seasons could be huge.

There weren't really any huge upsets this week but many key games for sure.

- #6 LSU pulled out a win against #18 A&M at Kyle Field 24-19
- Oklahoma State beat #24 Iowa State handily 31-10
- #2 Florida proved its top 5 ranking with a big win against #7 South Carolina 44-11
- #5 Notre Dame barely squeaked by unranked BYU 17-14
- Unranked Toledo did pull off an upset against #21 Cincinnati
-#4 Kansas State proved it is the team to beat in the Big 12 running over #13 West Virginia in Morgantown 55-14
- Baylor made a valiant effort against #24 UT but fell 56-50

I think the major discussion right now is who should be where in the top 5. In the top 5 you have 5 really good undefeated teams. I think the argument could be made for any of them to be in any of the 5 spots. Of course, we know I would prefer it not to be two SEC teams in the top two spots. I have to say I never questioned Alabama being number 1 until now. I mean I get it, they are an awesome football team. However, looking at their schedule so far vs. the rest the of the top 5 they really haven't had to prove themselves yet. They will have more tests throughout the season but just not so far. They have only beaten 1 currently ranked team, whereas Florida beat 3, Kansas State beat 2 (big wins on the road to boot), Oregon has beaten 0, and Notre Dame beat 2.  I have no doubt Alabama will likely stay undefeated and earn that #1 spot, but so far they really haven't. They haven't done anything wrong but they haven't been tested like Kansas State or Florida. It will be really interesting to watch how the top 5 shapes up in the coming weeks. On top of those teams, Oregon State, Oklahoma, and LSU are still serious contenders as well.

Oh, and a special note for you Adam...Ohio finally found itself in the standings at #23.



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

BCS Breakdown #1

The first BCS rankings was released for this season. Thankfully we only have to deal with this until 2014 when the 4 team playoff system starts. Although, I'm hopeful (but doubtful) that will end all the controversy.

The SEC and Big 12 lead the rankings with 7 teams each. 10 teams are undefeated, 12 one loss teams and 3 with two losses (Stanford, Iowa State, and Texas). I understand Stanford being in there because both their losses were close and to good teams, and they might have actually won the Notre Dame game depending on your view of the final call. I was surprised to see Iowa State at #24, although both their losses were also close and to ranked teams. (Also, I think it helps ease TCU's loss to them a little bit.) I am confused (but probably shouldn't be surprised based on how UT usually finds itself in the rankings no matter how many games they lose) how UT crept into #25. I mean they were demolished by OU.

The SEC took the top two spots with Alabama and Florida, much to many people's dismay I'm sure, as Oregon got edged out to #3. I really think Oregon earned that #2 spot a little more than Florida. I think Oregon is an all around stronger team rather than the more defensive team of Florida. I'm hoping that by the end of the season the rankings have shuffled a little so that #1 and #2 are not both SEC teams. I have nothing against the SEC--it is a very strong football conference and no doubt earns their top 25 spots. I just think the national championship would be a more true test with teams from two strong conferences. Just like last year, we had already seen Alabama and LSU play, so having them play again for the title really didn't prove anything. Then the title game just becomes the SEC championship game all over again. Even if the SEC team wins the title game against a team from another conference, I would much rather them prove themselves truly the best against another undefeated team.

As far as the rest of the rankings, I really think it is too early to tell how this season will play out for many teams. With the shuffling that occurred last week in the Big 12 alone, I'm sure there is plenty more excitement to go. I'll especially be interested to see how these teams do in the coming weeks as many schedules get tougher: South Carolina, LSU, Oregon State (5-0 record for the first time since 1939!), TCU (of course), Texas Tech, West Virginia, Notre Dame and OU.

What were your thoughts on the first BCS rankings for the year?

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Week 7: What a difference a week makes

This was a crazy weekend of college football, especially in the Big 12.

Of course we are going to start with the Horned Frogs, who looked like a completely different team this week against Baylor.  Boykin came out much stronger this week, no doubt having a full week to get prepared to play quarterback versus the two days notice last week helped a lot. He passed for 261 yards and 4 touchdowns, along with 56 rushing and 1 TD. TCU had no turnovers, where Baylor had six. Boykin seems to have stepped up to be a leader for the team when they desperately need one. I had my doubts for the rest of the season for our very young team but after last night, I think our future looks bright for sure, and I feel much more hopeful that we can get a few more wins this season. I think our team overall looked better than we have all season against a tough opponent. Not the toughest we will face for sure, but a good team nonetheless. TCU was left out of the AP poll still this week but ended up #23 in the BCS. Look for my thoughts on the first BCS poll released today coming soon. I know, you are on the edge of your seats right?

Highlights from this wild football weekend:

- OU stomped over UT in the Red River shootout 63-21. I thought this was going to be a good game. Boy was I wrong! OU looked like the strong team they were predicted to be preseason. How many rebuilding years is UT going to have? I just can't figure out how a school that can have practically any top recruit in Texas hasn't been more successful for the past few years.
- Iowa State held its own against #6 Kansas State. I was hoping they'd pull out a win to help us a little bit but Kansas State held on for a 27-21.
- In the biggest upset of the weekend, Texas Tech beat formerly #5 West Virginia handily 49-14, pushing the Red Raiders into the top 25.
- #9 LSU scraped by #3 South Carolina with a solid 4th quarter.
- Louisiana Tech came back from a 21-point deficit to battle Texas A&M up until the last few seconds. A&M pulled out a 59-57 win after La. Tech missed their 2 point conversion.
- The most controversial call for the weekend cost Stanford the game against Notre Dame...an overtime touchdown attempt by Stanford with the ball crossing the goal line but officials ruled it was after the whistle. Notre Dame wins it 20-13

What were your favorite moments from the weekend?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Too Many Turnovers

This was the not the first Big 12 home game I was hoping for. After losing our quarterback this week along with many or most of our starters over the last few months including more than 20 players for reasons other than graduation...our inexperience finally proved to be too much to pull off a win. Although we beat Iowa State in most of the stats, we lost the game with too many mistakes and penalties. Sure the refs made several questionable, even game-changing, calls but I'm certainly not too proud to admit our own immaturity played probably the biggest role in our loss. You can't turn the ball over 5 times (twice inside Iowa State's 5 yard line) and expect to win ball games. I'm hoping that Coach Patterson will be able to do what he does best and get this team in shape so that we at least win a few more games this season. We are a young team and definitely have a long way to go...too bad it had to be this year when we finally have a chance to prove ourselves in the "big leagues." That's what I'm most upset about. It isn't that we lost the game. Or were dropped from the rankings. It's that all those people who said we didn't belong now think they are right. I know I shouldn't worry about the naysayers, especially when so many of even the sports "experts" are on our side now, and agree that this isn't necessarily proving anything about if TCU belongs or not but that it's just a growing year for us. Take Mac Engel in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for instance, "It is ridiculous to suggest that Iowa State's 37-23 win Saturday against the No. 15 TCU Horned Frogs is an accurate indicator of the school's future record in the Big Boy Conference, but it showed how far there is to go." So I will just have to remind myself of that. I have confidence that we will prove our right to that spot, maybe this year, maybe not, but eventually we will. I think this video says it all. Gives you chills right? Oh wait, that's just me? We've been knocked down before. We will get back up.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/10/07/4317147/loss-to-iowa-state-proves-tcu.html##storylink=cpy

What else happened in football this week? Let's see...

- #10 Florida beat #4 LSU causing them to basically switch places in the rankings
- #8 West Virginia pulled out a close win against #11 Texas proving once again that West Virginia is a serious contender this year and a tough addition to the Big 12
- #6 South Carolina handily beat #5 Georgia 35-7
- Unranked North Carolina State pulled out a 1 point victory against #3 Florida State
- #25 UCLA continues it's inconsistency losing to unranked California badly 43-17
- #17 Oklahoma made a statement to not completely count them out for the season with a big win against Texas Tech 41-20

I'm sure there many other highlights this weekend but I was so distraught with our loss that I missed some of them. What are your thoughts from the week?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Make Good Choices

It's like I tell my fourth graders in class every day.

Sad day in frog land. I'm sure anyone reading this has already heard about our quarterback, Casey Pachall, being arrested last night for a DWI and is suspended indefinitely from the team. Obviously, I'm disappointed in this kid and I just can't understand why he would risk everything with dumb choices like these. He let down himself, his family, his teammates, coaches, and the TCU community. I go back and forth with what I hope comes next.  On the one hand, I think he should just be off the team and we will move forward with our backup QB, Trevone Boykin. I feel he has already wasted all the chances TCU can afford to give him. We need a leader on the team and he clearly is not it. On the other hand, I want us to win games. He's an excellent quarterback and I would hate to lose him for that. However, character counts...and, in my opinion, counts big. Once again, I'm proud of Coach Patterson's leadership in all of this as I'm sure he was probably the angriest guy in Fort Worth when he got this phone call. I'm thankful I'm not in his shoes having to make these decisions. For now, I'll be cheering for you Boykin on Saturday to lead us to a win against Iowa State.

"My job as a head coach is to win games, educate our kids and help them with their lives." -Gary Patterson

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/10/04/4311071/tcu-quarterback-casey-pachall.html#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Week 5: Better late than never

I need to work on getting these posts out right after the weekend (if only I didn't have a job that got in the way) because by Tuesday I'm sure no one really cares anymore...not sure anyone really cares about my opinion anyway though, ha!

Mark another win for the Horned Frogs after a very hot (even though it is the end of September) home game. TCU meet Virginia 27-7 with the Frogs defense giving up its first touchdown this season in the 4th quarter.  This week TCU faced yet another loss from the roster after it was announced that Waymon James, TCU's leading rusher, is out for the season with a knee injury.  Hopefully, Matthew Tucker will be able to take over the lead for this position for the season.

Other highlights:

  •  #15 Kansas State pulled out a big win against #6 Oklahoma.  I wasn't sure if Kansas State was going to have as successful of a year as they did last year but this definitely boads well for their season.
  • Notre Dame might be returning to their heyday--beating #18 Michigan, moving them up to the top 10 and dropping Michigan out of the rankings.
  • #2 LSU barely squeaked by Auburn with a 12-10 win.
  • #19 UCLA's moment of glory ended quickly with a loss to unranked Oregon State.
  • Arizona also dropped out of the top 25 after a big loss to Oregon 49-0.
What were your favorite moments this week?

Friday, September 14, 2012

2013

The Frogs haven't even played our first game in this new era of the Big XII and I'm already excited about next year.

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/09/14/4259450/tcu-and-lsu-scrap-series-in-favor.html

TCU. LSU. Jerry World. Wow.

I'm already nervous.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Week 2: Blowouts and Shake Ups

Well the Grambling State band is amazing! The football team...not so much. It was the first game in TCU's new Amon G. Carter Stadium...I got to see the view from my new seats for the first time.  I have an excellent view of downtown Fort Worth if that tells you anything. However, it was still exciting to be there and be a part of it.  It was fantastic to see Deante' Gray make a 70 yard touchdown punt return the first time TCU had possession of the ball in the new stadium. How's that for setting the stage??  Another highlight: Gary Patterson set the record for winningest coach in TCU history with 110 wins, surpassing the great Dutch Meyer.  In the end, TCU demolished Grambling with a 56-0 win.

Because of blowouts like this one or poor Savannah State again this week against Florida State...many people (including me) probably wonder why these games are even played.  What does it accomplish? I know, I know...it gets a win for the big team and gets exposure and experience for the other guys.  Believe me, there have been plenty of years when TCU was "the other guys." I've talked with friends before about how coaches could possibly get their teams ready and hyped for games like this when they are such underdogs...how do they go into them with any confidence that they will win?  Well for any doubters that these games can cause a shake up can look at Arkansas against Louisiana Monroe where Arkansas lost it in overtime 34-31 causing the 2nd largest fall out of the polls ever from 8th the previous week. Arkansas's quarterback was injured and taken out of the game, but still this is a huge win for Louisiana Monroe and definitely an even bigger loss for Arkansas. 

A few major shake ups in the polls this week...
  • UCLA pulled out a big win for their program against Nebraska, dropping them from the top 25. Could this be UCLA's comeback year after many seasons of drought?
  • Oregon State beat a #13 Wisconsin causing another big plumet out of the polls
  • Oklahoma State got beat pretty handily in a largely offensive game by Arizona 59-38, also pushing OSU from the top 25.
A few other interesting games to note...
  • Much to my dismay, Texas A&M had a decent showing for their SEC debut falling to Florida 20-17 in the 4th quarter.
  • Poor Penn State can't catch a break losing by 1 point to Virginia after four missed field goals from their kicker.  Are we sure that isn't TCU's old kicker Ross Evans?
A little NFL news...props to TCU alum Jeremy Kerley getting 2 touchdowns including a 68-yard punt return for the New York Jets.

What were the highlights for you this week?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

It's time.

I can't believe it's finally here!! Football season has begun!  Sadly, not much to blog about this week. The first week of games were mostly fluff games with giant teams facing extreme underdogs - I'm looking at you Oklahoma State bravely facing...Savannah State?  84-0! geez. 

No big upsets really happened. The biggest loss from a top 25 team was probably Boise State - losing to Michigan State 17-13.  Also, randomly playing at Cowboy Stadium, now ranked #1 Alabama handed it to Michigan with a 41-14 win, dropping Michigan from #8 to #19.

A few valiant efforts were made:
-Northern Iowa coming back and almost catching #13 Wisconsin.
-UTEP hung with OU up until the 4th quarter when OU stepped it up to win 24-7. I'll be interested to see if this is any indication of the season OU will have. 
-I have to give a shout out for my friend Erin's alma mater, Arkansas State, at least getting quite a few points on the board up against #4 Oregon.

Hopefully next week will bring some more interesting highlights.  And, of course, my precious Horned Frogs will have their home and season opener in the new Amon Carter Stadium against Grambling State. I. Can't. Wait.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's coming...

 I have been meaning to post this ever since I excitedly got my season ticket information in the mail way back in March. Now it's June...school is out!...and our seats have been selected in our new Amon G. Carter Stadium, ready for some Big 12 action. Sure, the Frogs have had a few speedbumps such as here and here. And a little bit (or a lotta bit) of annoyance and heartache from loyal fans during the seat selection process--my seats are literally about 10 rows from the very top of the stadium or people who have had the same seats for 30 or even 50 years whose new seats are nowhere near them.  However, I guess growing pains are expected with change...and we are growing.  We sold out of season tickets for the first time since I don't know when...or if we've ever done that. So even though I will need some serious binoculars to even see the field I will be there with my purple and white as we come back to the "big leagues." Heck, even Kirk Herbstreit has leaped into the purple pool or at least is dipping his toes.  I guess he figured he had to stop his ranting that we couldn't make it week after week in a strong conference because we now have the chance to prove him wrong. I hope we do. I hope we prove all the naysayers wrong. Just a few more months. Are you ready??? Our big moment is almost here. Let's go frogs!!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Down...but not out

Sad day in Frog land yesterday. That I at least know for sure. I went through a range of thoughts and emotions yesterday when news of the TCU drug bust broke.
-- Anger: How could these players/students be so stupid? How could they dare make my school look bad? How could they care so little about tarnishing everything that Coach Patterson and his players had worked so hard for? (I know it was more than just football players involved but this is a football blog so that's what I'm mainly talking about.)
-- Bewilderment: The cockiness and air of entitlement that these players seemed to have is just ridiculous. Brock, especially, throwing away what was probably a promising NFL career--something most people can only dream about--and he threw it away for this??? And for all of the students...throwing away a college education and possibly any hopes for a successful future?
-- Concern: What does this mean for TCU and the football program? Is this just the tip of the iceberg? Is it going to get worse?
-- Complacency: This happens everywhere right? Drugs are prevalent on most (or all) college campuses. I'm sure other programs have had their share of problems. However this feeling quickly changed... maybe it does happen everywhere but not here. That's what has set TCU apart. We have a reputation of building a program where football isn't the only thing that matters but so does the all-around character and education of the athletes. (Back to Anger/Bewilderment/Concern)
-- Annoyance: Of course, the media went into attack mode with unsupported "facts." I just can't believe that if 80 players failed a drug test that we would have the success on the field we have had, but maybe I'm naive.
And then lastly...
-- Pride: I know pride may seem like an odd feeling after this. Obviously, there is no pride in what these few students and players have done, but what I am proud of is how TCU has handled this storm. I'm not sure many colleges would have done the same. For starters, TCU went to the media with the news and owned up to what had happened. TCU immediately separated the students from the university, showing no favoritism simply because some were athletes and might harm our football team. I know there is a possibility this story might get worse but I'm hopeful that it ends here with these few students making horrible choices. Chancellor Boschini and Coach Patterson have both been solid leaders thus far. I loved what Coach Patterson said in his statement, "Under my watch, drugs and drug use by TCU’s student-athletes will not be tolerated by me or any member of my coaching staff. Period. Our program is respected nationally for its strong ethics and for that reason the players arrested today were separated from TCU by the University. I believe strongly that young people’s lives are more important than wins or losses. " That is exactly why he is awesome and I believe he will raise the program back up from this minor setback. Not to downplay the severity of the situation. I understand and agree that this is a big deal. Hopefully, it will serve as a lesson so nothing like this ever happens again. I just believe that we will get past this and continue to be a strong football program and school. I liked what Randy Galloway said in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "As with most all other college programs involved in scandal or bad headlines created by the actions of players, TCU's football program will overcome this. Patterson is too strong, too respected and too good for that not to happen." I'm with you Randy! My vote is on Coach Patterson any day.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

And the award goes to...

Well folks, we have a national champion. Sort of. Alabama is the official national champion obviously. I still feel like we got gypped. In my mind, when each team wins one game that is called a tie, and in no way does simply winning the most recent game of the two prove dominance. Alabama definitely earned their win though so although I can't declare them National Champions (even though the AP and BCS does) I will give them that. And we all know my opinion is much more important than any poll.

With that said...bowl season is over. I thought I would award some superlatives to wrap up the season. Here goes...

Best Opening Act
Boise State's Doug Martin with a 100 yard kick return on the opening kickoff in the Las Vegas Bowl against Arizona State.

Best Dressed Ok so maybe not best dressed (because let's be honest, my purple clad Horned Frogs will almost always get my vote simply based on wearing my favorite color) but definitely the Flashiest or Most Reflective:
University of Oregon's helmets in the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. I just learned that the head of Nike is an Oregon alum...hence their seemingly constant conveyor belt of new fancy uniforms. I, for one, was a fan of the chrome helmets however.

Best Defense
Alabama of course. Some say it was a boring game. And I guess it was kind of....although I'd take a defensive game over a track meet game of scoring any day. Regardless, how impressive is it to allow the #1 team in the country to cross the 50 yard line only once??

Most Likely to Join a Circus
Michael Floyd of Notre Dame with an amazing juggling act for a touchdown in the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida State.

Best Outsourcing
Another award for Alabama. With special teams (or specifically kicker, Jeremy Shelley) getting 15 of Alabama's 21 points.

Best Exaggeration
I love me some RG3. I think he's an amazing quarterback and athlete and love watching him play. I was thrilled he won the Heisman. What he is not however, is an eloquent speaker (or maybe his excitement of their win got the best of him because really who could blame him for that?)...but in his post-game interview after Baylor's 67-56 win against Washington he excitedly exclaimed that this had to be one of the most watched football games of all time! I hate to break it to you Mr. Griffin, but I highly doubt it. Exciting and down to the wire? Yes. Most watched ever? No.

Most Sneaky
Darwin Cook of West Virginia against Clemson in the Orange Bowl stripped the ball and took it back for a 99 yard touchdown while the rest of the players were basically still in a dog pile at the 1 yard line. Game changer for WVU.

Best Example of Karma
Ohio State ending with its first losing record since 1999 after losing to Florida in the Gator Bowl. I'm still bitter about Ohio State's President's comments last year that TCU played teams like the "Little Sisters of the Poor." Plus, Kirk Herbstreit went there and I don't have time to go into just how much I dislike him right now....suffice it to say it's a lot.

Most Overused Nickname
Honey Badger (LSU's Tyrann Mathieu) -- there's just something funny (or strange) about hearing Brent Musburger call a football player Honey Badger over...and over...and over again.



Most Exciting
Although I'm sure others would disagree (including Robert Griffin III) I have to give this to Stanford vs. Oklahoma State in the Fiesta Bowl with OSU getting the overtime win. Just a fun game to watch.

As I heard tonight at the TCU Ticketing Summit (yes that was an actual event)...we only have 7 months, 3 weeks, and a few hours until kickoff for the 2012 season. I'll hopefully be doing some off season blogging so stick with me though.

For the Love of the Game,
Ashley