Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Hughes Named Nagurski Trophy Finalist
TCU defensive end is also a finalist for the Rotary Lombardi Award
Nov. 19, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Football Writers Association of America and Charlotte Touchdown Club have announced TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes as one of five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, honoring the nation's top defensive player.
It's the second straight season Hughes has been a Nagurski Trophy finalist. This year's other finalists are Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer, Tennessee strong safety Eric Berry, Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody and Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Hughes is also one of four finalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. He is a semifinalist for the Lott Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award. Hughes is also one of just three defensive players to be included among 15 "Players to Watch" for the Walter Camp Football Foundation's 2009 Player of the Year award.
A senior from Sugar Land, Texas, Hughes was named to all five Midseason All-America teams (SI.com, CBSSports.com, Sporting News, CollegeFootballNews.com and Phil Steele's).
With 13 tackles for loss, including 10 1/2 sacks, Hughes has been instrumental in No. 4 TCU's 10-0 season. He totaled eight tackles, including 2 1/2 for loss with 1 1/2 sacks and three quarterback hurries in last week's 55-28 win over Utah. His 49 tackles place third on TCU.
Hughes was a consensus All-American last season when he led the nation with 15 sacks.
Last month, Hughes received a Local Hero Award from Bank of America for his community work. He is on pace to graduate this spring, in four years, with a degree in communications.
Hughes was ranked as the No. 1 defensive end in the nation by Lindy's and Rivals. He has also been rated by Mel Kiper Jr. as the nation's No. 2 defensive end prospect in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Hughes and the other Nagurski Trophy finalists will travel to Charlotte for the Dec. 7 banquet and presentation of the award at the Westin Hotel.
The FWAA's National Defensive Player of the Year award is named after Bronko Nagurski, who dominated college football at Minnesota as a bruising fullback and defensive tackle from 1927-29.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Henry is a cheating bastard...
Originally he said he only handled the ball accidentally but later admitted he intentionally did it and it is the refs fault for not making the correct call. One, he is kind of right, although didn't really help his case admitted he is a large doucher.
I know this sucks for Ireland, being it the biggest game in their country's history and all, but it might be good for the game of soccer as a whole in terms of video replays. It is time. It is time to stop saying for tradition and other BS reasons why video replay shouldn't be implemented into the game. It is the slowest game ever, who cares if it slows it down.
Whatever... I don't feel like talking about this anymore. I love soccer and now hate Henry and France. Screw soccer.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
TCU passed Cincinnati for the # 4 ranking in the BCS poll. TCU is also ranked 4th in the AP, Coaches, and Harris polls.
TCU will wait for a nice loss from Florida, Alabama, or Texas to move up even more and make those BCS money-men sweat a little more.
Good ranking for the moment, but will mean nothing if they do not play as they have against a very good Utah team next week. Suck it college football!
Sunday, November 8, 2009
MWC Women's Soccer: New Mexico's Elizabeth Lambert vs BYU
The video of New Mexico Junior defender Elizabeth Lambert vs BYU. These actions have gotten her suspended indefinitely from the team.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Manu "Batman" Ginobili hit a bat out of mid-air recently during a game and this is PETA's response...
"Here's our take on it: To bludgeon a 4-ounce animal to death, it takes either a small man or a totally unthinking one—with no respect or consideration for lives humbler than his own. This is a time when athletes in particular need to be on their best behavior around any animal and show that they have brains and a heart, not just reactionary brawn.
Bats always try to avoid contact with humans, and there are plenty of easy ways to keep bats out of a basketball arena (or your home). We hope that the next time someone's life is on the line, Manu Ginobili will take just a few seconds to think before he acts."
The link in the middle of their quote links to something about Michael Vick and animal cruelty. Comparing this to Michael Vick is the epitome of why everyone who is sensible thinks PETA is insane and sometimes even childish. PETA's lack of distinguishing between what is moral and not and what is really worth discussing and a brief youtube clip is the reason why no one will ever take any opinion from PETA seriously. This, in turn, almost makes their exsistance tragic because they have a generally good stance, but have become a punch-line by their ignorance and insanity. I'll end by saying... screw vegetarians.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Great quotes this week..... I want to knee cap you
"Arkansas shot their wad last week."- Lee Corso
"Where's Juan Pablo Montoya?....perhaps he's out getting a taco"- Bob Griese
"That is a phone booth fight. What would you do in a phone booth fight."- Chris Spielman
"I would knee cap you."- Dave Pasch
"Randy Edsall going for it on third-and-3."- Clay Matvick
"This is the point in the game where they squeeze the life out of you, like a python wrapped around your body" - Doc Walker (via JGreul)
"Ron Guenther the Illinois A.D. said Ron Turner will be the head coach next year"- Pam Ward
"U mean Ron Zook"- Ray Bentley
"Oh yea, Ron Zook, Ron Turner is the other Ron"- Pam Ward
Horned Frogs honored for their 38-7 win at BYU
Oct. 26, 2009
DALLAS -- The board of the Football Writers Association of America has chosen sixth-ranked TCU as the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Team of the Week following its 38-7 win at BYU.
Andy Dalton threw for 241 yards and three touchdowns, while the Horned Frog defense recorded five sacks. TCU won its ninth straight game and has the fourth-longest current winning streak in the nation.
It's the second straight year TCU has received the honor following a win over BYU. The Horned Frogs were also selected after last season's 32-7 victory in Fort Worth. TCU was also a 2005 recipient following a 17-10 win at Oklahoma.
The FWAA has named a national team of the week since 2002. This is the sixth season the award has been sponsored by the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
Gary Patterson was also named the the "Bear" Bryant Award watch list....
TCU's Gary Patterson has been named to the watch list for the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award, honoring the 2009 College Football Coach of the Year.
The Horned Frogs, ranked sixth, are 7-0 and one of only seven undefeated teams remaining in the nation. TCU has won nine in a row overall for the nation's fourth-longest current winning streak.
Patterson is in his ninth season as TCU's head coach. His 80-27 (.748) record ranks seventh nationally among active coaches. The Frogs have won at least 10 games in five of the last seven seasons. No other coach in TCU history has more than two 10-win campaigns.
The Bryant Award is voted on by members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and is the only college coaching award selected after all bowl games have been played.
TCU IS NUMBER 6TH IN THE NATION!!!!!!!!!! WHOOOOOO!!!!!
A great test from EDSBS
GUNNER & GUNNERER: TCU-BYU COMPATIBILITY SCREENING.
Your preferred tailgating beverage is:
Your go-to antiseptic in event of injury is:
You drive to the game in:
A) A pickup truck that seats four.
B) A family van or SUV seating no less than ten.
You like your jeans to be:
A) Cowboy tight.
B) Ironed with a crease every time.
A) Is a nightmare engine that SPITS BLOOD FROM ITS EYES DAMMIT WE DON’T CARE WHAT THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL SAYS ABOUT ANTS
B) Actually killed a relative of yours three weeks ago.
Show me sexy.
You think breast implants are:
A) Hot and worth it
B) May I give you some literature?
Shotgun weddings are:
A) A fact of life
You have a year’s worth of food in the house because:
A) You keep a Texas-sized kitchen YEEEHAW
B) Because your religion requires you to.
Your first sexual encounter:
A) In the back of the truck.
B) Through a hole in the sheet.
Your favorite polygamist:
A) J.R. Ewing
B) Joseph Smith
You are threatened by:
A) Wolves, lightning, economic insecurity, your current partner’s exes, and earthquakes.
B) Black people.
Your women are best kept:
A) Barefoot and pregnant.
B) In Keds and pregnant.
Your quarterback got the starting job:
A) Because he is named “Dalton,” and by Texas law anyone named after the lead in Road House gets whatever they want.
B) Because of his pinpoint accuracy.
Pencils down!� Those answering mostly A are natural TCU fans; those answering B will find their reward with BYU. This has been a public service of EDSBS and Swindle Industries, LLC.
Friday, October 23, 2009
STEELERS AND BRETT FAVRE RULE!!!!!
RED: Minnesota Vikings at Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX, 1pm)- Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
BLUE: San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans (FOX, 1pm)- Chris Myers, Brian Billick
GREEN: Green Bay Packers at Cleveland Browns (FOX, 1pm)- Ron Pitts, John Lynch
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
This guy does this a lot from Tom Brady and Mack Brown to Eli Manning and Vince Young, but you just can't fool Popovich.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The college football game between no.15 ranked TCU and storied program Clemson will not be televised on Saturday. ESPN has rights to the game and has decided to put it on ESPN360, an online-only medium to view the game. Not good for sports betting. If you have a television and not a computer, among the games ESPN is offering Saturday on its roster of networks are Indiana at No. 23 Michigan, Michigan State at Wisconsin, Pittsburgh at N.C. State, Notre Dame at Purdue and Texas Tech at No. 17 Houston. These networks include ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU.
Obviously and not respectably, ESPN is also not allowing local networks to broadcast the game, thank god we can watch it on the internet though. Greenville online says "Conspiracy theorists suggest that ESPN’s monster agreement with the Southeastern Conference squeezes out some games. Five SEC games are scheduled for TV somewhere, including Ball State-Auburn and Vanderbilt-Rice, but ESPN has other agreements, including one with the Big Ten."
I realize that this is probably a stretch, but I feel like this is why I hate or, more mildly, find it difficult to be fully entrenched in college football. I know other sports (NFL with NFL expert picks, NBA, etc) are similar, but in the case of college football it seems major networks, contracts, companies, advertisement firms, and the big bucks dictate more significantly what is viewed and enjoyed by the public without regulation. I know there are contracts between conferences and networks, and so on, but why does this effect the ability for a local network to broadcast local games.
I enjoy ESPN as much as the next person, but the self-proclaimed "world-wide leader in sports" is becoming too large, too dominant and almost a pseudo-monopoly. According to the cbsspsorts online community "TCU is a team that is currently ranked in the top 15 in the nation and if for no other reason this game should be on TV somewhere."
I conclude by saying, screw you Norte Dame.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Good article in Yahoo Sports...
By: Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo! Sports
If today seems the polar opposite of my initial reactions to the free agency frenzy from last Wednesday, well, it's because it is.
Things are a little cheerier. And, as my girlfriend pointed out sometime this weekend, "you can catch these stupid fruit flies with a bowl full of vinegar, but you and your brother need to stop leaving half-drunk Schlitz bottles lying around. They love them."
Next up, to half drink a Schlitz? Glen Davis in San Antonio. How great would that be?
Davis completely turned his season around last year. A few months into 2008-09, the guy was absolutely destroying Boston's chances at both ends by firing up missed jumpers, whiffing on defensive rotations, and failing to commit to the defensive glass.
Now, the final aspect of that piss-poor triptych didn't go away. The guy was getting killed on the glass up to Boston's final seven game turn against the Orlando Magic (which, while we're at it, feels like it took place in 1947).
But his defense improved, and his jump shot really came around. Which, while we're quoting family members, progressed to a point where my father was yelling "you can't leave this guy!" at the TV and the Orlando Magic well before Davis hit this shot to beat the Magic. One would suspect my father had a minor investment in Orlando's pro basketball outfit, but the truth is he really just invested in proper pick and roll defense decades ago, and that's a hard thing to divest yourself of.
Now, Zach Lowe went into Davis' improvement in greater detail in this post as the regular season wrapped up, and you'll have to believe me when I tell you that I'm not linking to the post because he writes nice things about me. I'm linking to it because it discusses how average Davis was, over the final 60 percent of the regular season. This is significant, because the man was really poor for the first chunk of 2008-09.
Not the worst thing in the world, for a second round pick in his second season, but worth pointing out. And, for a second round pick in his second season, well worth pointing out as he improved to the ranks of average.
And, while you might not like me seemingly underrating the guy as "average," understand that he really was just that. Because the sheer amount of minutes he took in down the stretch of Boston's season, and the playoff heroics, you're likely overrating him. Don't. The man averaged about 16 points and five and a half rebounds in 36.4 minutes per game during the playoffs. For those minutes, with those few rebounds, that rounds down to average.
Then, armed with this information, don't get down on the guy. Even dismissing the "second round pick" background, a 23-year old power forward working at about average at this point in his career is a fine thing to have. And considering that the San Antonio Spurs are about to sign him to a contract that approximates the league's average salary, then you have to be happy that a great team is likely to get fantastic value in Glen Davis(notes).
So, he can't rebound. This is why Dave Berri can't stand him, and that's entirely fair. To call his board-work "Curry-esque" would be a bit of a slam sent Eddy's way.
Davis pulled in 9.2 percent of all available rebounds during the playoffs, passable for a roster that was solid on the boards during the postseason, but a mark that would have ranked below Grant Hill's(notes) regular season percentage had he strung that together during the initial 82. And Davis' 11.2 percentage during that initial 82 was worse than Carmelo Anthony's(notes) tally.
His defense? It needs work. It'll frustrate the Spurs. But the effort was there. He's not unlike Drew Gooden(notes), in that aspect, as he'll space out and wander from the scripted defensive game plan sometimes. But the Spurs knew this when they went out and signed Gooden last year, and while Drew isn't exactly coming back to San Antonio for 2009-10, his mitigating factors were ably dealt with by a team that knows exactly what it's doing.
The "average" player will only get better, from here on out. Turning into an above-average player with an average contract, on San Antonio's dime.
Toss in the fact that rookie DeJuan Blair(notes) seems to be a Reggie Evans(notes)-type right out of the gate, and you have a Spurs team with scads of options and all sorts of talent. And here's the part where I'm legally required to type "if healthy."
To me, the biggest question regarding Davis' potential trip to San Antonio for the MLE regards Boston's designs.
Do they match? C's owner Wyc Grousbeck has been willing to pay the luxury tax for a winner, and despite falling short to Orlando last spring, Davis helps this team win. I know adding Rasheed Wallace(notes) helps with the interior depth, but Rasheed really hasn't been much for points in the paint since about 2005 or so. Davis can score among the trees. He's not a tree, himself, but he does well moving into the tree-less spaces.
As a general fan, it seems like a win-win. In a day full of good news, let's add Glen Davis to the mix.
Related: DeJuan Blair, Glen Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Reggie Evans, Grant Hill, Rasheed Wallace, Drew Gooden, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs
Monday, May 25, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
good stuff from yahoo! sports....
Larry Foote(notes), who spent last season with the world champion Pittsburgh Steelers, just got his first taste of action with the Detroit Lions. This might come as a shock to you, but the six-time world champion Steelers and the perennially downtrodden Lions take a different approach to things. From MLive.com:
"There are a lot of curse words going on," Foote told Matt Shepard on WDFN-AM Detroit. "I think I heard more f-bombs in one day than I have in five years."
"It's a lot different from Pittsburgh," Foote said. "I don't know if it was the new coaches or the new staff, but it was military style yesterday. Pittsburgh is a little bit more laid back."
I guess that stands to reason. More f-bombs are required in Detroit because there are more players who are f-bomb-ing terrible at playing f-bomb-ing football.
Still, just because that's how the Lions do it, it doesn't mean that that's the wrong way to do it. With Pittsburgh, you have mostly veteran guys who know what they're doing, and they don't need to be screamed at like children. And if someone does get out of line, there are veteran players to set him straight. They can afford to take a more relaxed approach in May.
With Detroit, it's a whole different culture. It's more of a blank slate; with younger players, worse players and players who require more coaching (or the repeated and bloodthirsty screaming of profanity, as the case may be). There's a reason that new defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham and his shooting glasses need to yell four-letter words other than "Pull!"
Enjoy your new culture, Larry Foote.