Archive for November, 2010

TCU clinches MWC title, BCS autobid

Posted by    |    November 28th, 2010 at 8:07 pm

The Frogs set records left and right in Albuquerque Saturday, while capturing their second consecutive outright Mountain West championship, and cementing their position as the cartel-outsider eligible to claim the Rose Bowl autobid, if not something better.

Quarterback Andy Dalton and the seniors are the winningest Frogs of all time, with 43 notches on their belts; they led the team’s highest ever MWC point total, and set school season records for touchdowns (70) and points scored (520). Dalton’s 26 touchdowns are a new TCU season high, as are his 10,095 passing yards. The ginger’s total plays from scrimmage (1,698), total yards (11,678), and consecutive games with a touchdown pass (20) are MWC records. Ross Evans’s nine extra points are a new high for a TCU kicker. (more…)

The Gentleman’s Sport

Posted by    |    November 22nd, 2010 at 11:19 am

With the familiarity of a sport you already know, but with the added sophistication of a European accent and the exotic appeal of South Africa, New Zealand, Fiji, and Argentina (who also happen to have world-class rugby teams), Rugby is at the “tipping point”.  For those broken-hearted Cowboys and Rangers fans who need to cheer for a dominant local team again the Dallas Harlequins Rugby Club is the perfect rebound.  As one of the most successful Dallas’ sports franchises, they’re still practically anonymous.  Rugby is like the underground music scene of the sports world: they’re not mainstream and when you see it for the first time you feel cooler.

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The NFL and Economics 101

Posted by    |    November 21st, 2010 at 11:42 am

As the Super Bowl approaches and Dallas gears up to entertain several hundred thousand visitors and millions of viewers, the NFL and the NFLPA are careening towards an impasse in labor agreements that could throw the 2011 season into doubt.  I really didn’t think You+ had a lot of reason to engage in a conversation about NFL labor issues until I met Shawn Brann. (more…)

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Texas 16, OSU 33

Posted by    |    November 19th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

Groundhog Day is one of my favorite Bill Murray movies, right up there with Ghostbusters and What About Bob?.  In that movie, Bill Murray’s character wakes up each morning in a bedroom at a bed and breakfast located in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to the tune of “I Got You, Babe” coming from the bedside radio.    Turns out he is experiencing the same Groundhog Day over and over and over again.

It’s getting to feel the same way being a Longhorn fan this season.

Each Saturday we wake up hoping against hope that this season has all been a bad dream, that there is no way we could really have been witness to the utter ineptitude in every phase of the game of football Mack Brown’s coaching staff has treated us to this season, just a handful of months removed from having played for the national championship, and each week our hopes are dashed upon the shoals of the reality that is without any doubt at this point the worst team the Texas program has put on the field since at least the dog days of the late 1980s, and possibly even since Ed Price’s final 1-9 season in 1956.

Somebody cue up Sonny and Cher, but have them change the lyrics to “We Got You, Greg”.

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TCU 40, San Diego State 35

Posted by    |    November 15th, 2010 at 10:29 am

For five and a half minutes, Frog fans (46,694 of ‘em) wondered if the occasional ghastly prediction of a post-Utah letdown wasn’t so far-fetched after all.   At the 9:16 mark, TCU had managed -13 yards of offense, and were already 14 points behind the surging Aztecs.  But the tide already had turned, however imperceptibly. 

Between SDSU’s first drive and TCU’s fumble in the endzone for a second SDSU touchdown, the Frogs had held the Aztecs to three-and-out.  The Frogs held SDSU to three-and-out in the next six SDSU drives as well.  The Aztecs did not get their second first down until two minutes remained in the fourth quarter; by then, the Frogs had scored 37 points.  SDSU capitalized when TCU let off the gas a little, throwing two 30+ yard touchdowns to Vincent Brown in the fourth quarter.  But it was too little, too late.  (more…)