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  1. 16 points

    Prayers requested

    I want to thank everyone for their love and support over the last several years. I thought I had prepared myself for this moment but I hadn't. I guess you really can't. The last several weeks were very tough and I try to remind myself that he is no longer suffering. He was so incredibly strong and brave. So I am trying to be strong like he was. Tyler participated in the Rapid Autopsy program through Johns Hopkins University so they were able to gather cancer tissue for multiple research entities, to include Hopkins, the Children's Oncology Group, NIH, and others (including one at Texas Tech). Tyler said repeatedly that he was given a chance because of others who went before him, so it was important to do whatever he could to help others. He told us he wanted to do this as soon as he learned his diagnosis was terminal. So he met with the pathologist at Hopkins to discuss his wishes and to make arrangements in advance to identify where the tissue samples would go. Dr. Reynolds at Texas Tech said the Navy Seals have a saying: "You are never out of the fight." He said that with Tyler's multiple donations to science, he will continue his brave fight against this terrible disease. His memorial will be next Saturday, 10/21. I didn't want to have a memorial because I don't want to have to grieve publically. But my brave and beautiful son deserves to be honored and remembered, so that is what we will do. I want to sincerely thank everyone here for their support, PMs, and donations to the Children's hospital. Trust me, that money is needed, especially in a place like Baltimore. Know that you are joining Tyler in his continued fight against cancer. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to interact with such a kind, caring group. I wish I had better words to express my gratitude.
  2. 12 points
    That was a great game. Tyler can no longer get out of bed so we moved the 55 inch TV into his bedroom and watched it there. He managed to stay awake for the entire game which is quite a feat right now. He was swinging the foam "sword of defense" throughout the game. Think he might have been our lucky charm today.
  3. 11 points
  4. 10 points
    Army Frog Fan

    AP Top 25

    Yep. UCF even had to settle for Baylor one year.
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  6. 9 points
    Duquesne Frog

    AP Top 25

    Wisconsin drew the short straw in 2010 too ...
  7. 9 points
  8. 9 points
    Zebra Frog

    New 2017 NCAA rule changes

    Being an "odd" number year, the only "rules" that can be changed are those that apply to player safety. There are very few changes in the actual rules this year. KNEE PADS Rule 1-4-4-d (FR-21) Knee Pads. Knee pads must be covered by pants. TO TAKE EFFECT IN 2018: Furthermore, the pants and knee pads must cover the knees. Wont be enforce this year, however, extreme cases of pants that are more like biker shorts will not be allowed. LEAPING AND HURDLING Rule 9-1-11-b (FR-91) No defensive player who runs forward from beyond the neutral zone may leap or hurdle in an obvious attempt to block a field goal or try. It is not a foul if the player was aligned in a stationary position within one yard of the line of scrimmage when the ball was snapped. HORSE COLLAR TACKLE Rule 9-1-15 (FR-92) All players are prohibited from grabbing the inside back collar of the shoulder pads or jersey, the nameplate area, or the inside collar of the side of the shoulder pads or jersey, and immediately pulling the ball carrier down. The following is not an actual rule change, but has been instituted for 2017. End-of-Half Procedures: The halftime intermission shall be a maximum of 20 minutes for all regular season games with no exceptions. (By rule, exceptions to the length of halftime are permitted for conference championship games and other post-season games.) Following the last play of the first half, the Referee will ensure that there are no penalties to administer, no injured players or other delays and will also ensure that there is no Instant Replay stoppage or coach challenge. If there are no issues, the Referee will declare the period ended. Note: in the past, the Referee would wait until both teams have cleared the field to start the clock on the halftime. This year, as soon as he is satisfied that there are no administrative duties he needs to take care of, he will wind the clock. Also, when the clock hits 0:00, both teams should be ready for the signal to kick off. This means that bands must have cleared the field, warmups completed, and both teams must be on the field and lined up ready to go. Television networks have been told that they are NOT to try and squeeze a couple of minutes of commercials/interviews in prior to the 0:00 mark. There won't be a lot of time for the fans to head to the lot for their beer and get back in their seats prior to kickoff. There are a couple of changes in Replay regarding inadvertent whistle rule. This was brought on by the incorrect administration of the punt play in the Belk Bowl between Arkansas and Virginia Tech by the Big 12 crew. The play in the 2017 Replay Case Book reads: Team A punts on fourth and 15 at the A-30. B44 is in position to receive the kick. In attempting to catch the ball, B44 muffs it at the B-35. The Back Judge blows his whistle when it appears that B44 is catching the ball, but it rolls along the ground after B44 muffs it. A88 chases the ball, and in the immediate continuing football action he recovers it while grounded at the B-30. B22 is flagged for holding during the kick. RULING: Inadvertent whistle. Rule 12-3-3-l applies. Team A declines the penalty and will have the ball at the B-30, first and 10. Team A punts on fourth and 15 at the A-30. B44 is in position to receive the kick. In attempting to catch the ball, B44 muffs it at the B-25. The Back Judge blows his whistle when it appears that B44 is catching the ball, but it rolls along the ground after B44 muffs it. The ball disappears into a pile of players. B22 is flagged for holding during the kick. RULING: Inadvertent whistle. Rule 12-3-3-l applies. Since the Instant Replay Official does not have indisputable video evidence as to which team recovers, the ruling of the dead ball stands. The holding penalty is enforced at the B-35, under postscrimmage kick rules. Team B's ball, first and 10 at the B-25. Again, during the year, if you have a question about a rule, post it here and I will try and explain what happened on the play and why it was applied the way it was.
  9. 9 points
  10. 9 points

    Prayers requested

    Thank you, 152, for allowing us to be even a very small part of Tyler's life. Many of us are praying regularly, daily, for him...and for you...and for your entire family. EP and PD serve faithfully and well as THF liaisons, allowing your family the privacy you need and still keeping the rest of us informed well enough to pray intelligently and specifically. Be assured of our concern, and if there's any more we can do, we will be here for Tyler and family.
  11. 8 points
    Vlade Divac

    Rooting Interests

    I usually put these into the weekly TV schedule recaps, but with the field narrowing, I felt it'd be better to get a recurring thread going. Below is the Week 11 breakdown of key matchups that will impact our CFP and Big 12 CCG chances. Friday Night #9 Washington @ Stanford (ESPN): We need UW to lose one more to get the Pac-12 completely out of the mix. After Stanford they have Utah and WSU at home, and likely USC in the CCG. Go Trees. 11:00 Window #12 Oklahoma State @ #24 Iowa State (ABC): The committee has shown that they value who you beat more than who you lost to, so we cheer for OSU to win out and get back into the top 8-10. Also, in the event that we end up in a tiebreaker situation for the #2 seed in the CCG, we need that to be with OSU, not ISU, given the H2H. Go Pokes. #13 Michigan State @ #11 Ohio State (FOX): This one isn't so clear cut. My initial thought was to root for MSU to completely get tOSU out of the mix, but you also have to think about what this means for Wisconsin. If MSU wins, they'll have H2H on both tOSU and PSU, which pretty much secures the East for them since Maryland and Rutgers are all that remain. I think Wisconsin stands a good chance to beat MSU and thus secure a Playoff spot, so I'm inclined to pull for tOSU or PSU to win the East and eventually knock Wisconsin out. Go Bucks. But kill me now for typing that. 2:30 Window #1 Georgia @ #10 Auburn (CBS): This could be the year that the SEC gets two in, unless either Alabama or Georgia drop one before the CCG. Kentucky and @ Georgia Tech are all that remain for the Dawgs after this. War Eagle. Florida State @ #4 Clemson (ESPN): Yes, I'm aware that FSU sucks this year. But maybe they've been saving it all for this. One can dream. Go Noles. Iowa @ #8 Wisconsin (ABC): Let's hope Iowa can pull off back-to-back upsets and kill the Big Ten's best hope. Go Hawks. Primetime #2 Alabama @ #16 Mississippi State (ESPN): See above. Mercer and @ Auburn are all that remain after this. Alabama hasn't looked like world beaters against A&M and LSU, so it's possible. Cowbell. More Cowbell. #3 Notre Dame @ #7 Miami (ABC): After this Notre Dame only has Navy and @ Stanford. Sure, they could lose one of those, but I think Notre Dame is more than legit and is on their way to stealing a spot from one of the conferences. So I'm pulling for Miami to keep as many slots open for the conferences, and because a win likely puts them into a play-in game with Clemson anyway. Go Canes. We need to win out, and get at least one break to get into the CFP, IMO. Here's how I think the Committee would prioritize a few scenarios: Alabama/Georgia winner Notre Dame if they win out Wisconsin if they go unbeaten Clemson/Miami winner Oklahoma/TCU winner if they win out Washington if they win out Alabama/Georgia loser if that's their only loss 2-loss Big Ten Champion Based on that and what's ahead, if you put a gun to my head, I'd guess the 4 will be: Alabama/Georgia Notre Dame Clemson Ohio State, Penn State, or Michigan State I just don't think either OU or TCU can beat the other team twice like it will require. Also including a link to 538's model so you can play out your own scenarios: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2017-college-football-predictions/
  12. 8 points
    Boston Frog

    The Coaching Carousel Thread

    How the conversation actually went: Customer wearing TCU hat: So, I'm here to pick up the ring I was having clean- Aggie roommate: OMG, are you the president of TCU? Customer: Uh, well, no ... (chuckles) I do go to a game now and then ... But I'm here to - Aggie: Your honor sir president, we are TOTALLY stealing your coach! We're going to money whip him! He won't be able to resist the lure of College Station! Whooooop! Customer: I'm sorry, what? I'm here to pick up a - Aggie: I'll bet we've called him already and he's negotiating right now! SEC! SEC! Whoop, 12th man, don't walk on the grass, tu, bonfire, traditions! Customer: Yeah, I don't really ... I had dropped off a - Aggie: YOUR SILENCE SPEAKS VOLUMES Customer: I'm not actually being silent. I was just asking for ... Hello? Aggie: *texting former college roommate*
  13. 8 points


    Those are my two flags just above the purple guy.
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  15. 8 points

    Change at Killerfrogs

    I owe Roddog a debt. He drove me to this board.
  16. 8 points

    2017 Week 1 Games Thread

    College football is back full time but instead of watching a game, I just spent two hours reading a 25 page thread about a bimbo who wins a lottery. I believe it was more entertaining than any game I've ever watched. I need to visit the General Board more often.
  17. 8 points

    New Endzones

    Somebody else who thinks our colors include black. ^. It's PURPLE AND WHITE, dammit!
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  19. 8 points
    This team ended up outperforming my expectations. When Baker went down, with the way we had been playing (and Janczak being an unknown just coming back from injury), I really thought we'd never get out of the regionals. Great coaching job and great resolve by the players. Another fun season. I think the great thing about college sports is that you don't have to win it all to be rewarded.
  20. 8 points
    50 win season. Fourth trip to Omaha in a row. Getting to piss all over (E)aTm(E)'s hopes and dreams and, once again, end their season. Hell of a season! Just not a just day in baseball, as (in my opinion) the best two teams of the remaining four playing lost. But that's the way baseball go. Thank you very much to Mason Hesse, Elliot Barzilli, Cam Warner, Ryan Merrill, Nolan Brown, Evan Williams, Mitchell Traver, and Brian Howard. Also, thank you to Turk and PD for a season worth of great TFH pbp posting!
  21. 8 points
    I'm sitting by the visitor's bullpen I played an old phone ringtone and one of the pitchers jumped up and ran to the bullpen phone.
  22. 8 points

    Rivals ranked for each school

    Not these guys!
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  24. 8 points
    Duquesne Frog

    Remind me of olden days

    Not to get all Cranky Old Man, but I think that is something that the younger alums and fans might never fully appreciate. Those years after the SWC folded, it seemed like there was at least a 50-50 chance we would become what Rice is now, but without the Ivy League academic rep, or worse, take the step down to FCS. Every ugly loss to a mediocre team seemed like another step closer to college football oblivion. Losing games to Tulane seemed like the end of the world. That's why now, when our top-5 ranked baseball team drops a turd against SFA, man it ain't no big deal! If you can't enjoy these times as a fan, I'm not sure what is the point of being a fan ...
  25. 8 points

    Remind me of olden days

    Building on crunch's take: 1960's: Platoon-football transforms into "Era of Specialist" with multiple substitutions on virtually all downs - TCU slow on uptake No scholarship limitations; no roster limitations; few (if any) recruiting rules - Texas (and others) push envelopes to the max SWC next-to-last among major conferences to recruit African-Americans; SMU goes first in SWC and is known for that for many years; TCU soon follows, but slowly TCU, under Dutch Meyer and early-era Abe Martin, known for innovations, especially in passing game - that fades away with new coaches Late 50's addition of Tech to SWC eats into TCU's traditional West Texas recruiting base; Tech becomes equal to and then surpasses TCU - TCU slow to respond 1970's: Texas begins to dominate SWC in football virtually every year; national perception of competitive conference fades At some point, schools in SWC begin to pay players, TCU doesn't After decades of being a doormat, Baylor (1974) has a good coach (Teaff) and surpasses TCU Terrible AD hire (and he lasts until 1998) Facilities arms race - TCU does nothing Over-scheduling - one year, TCU plays 5 out of top 8 teams Tragedies - (Pittman; Tohill; Kent Waldrep) Debut of ESPN (1979) - AD dismissive Bad coaching hires Addition of Houston further dilutes SWC - previously known as gimmicky independents, they pass TCU Other schools (Mustang Mania/Pony Express etc...) are innovative on generating fans and enthusiasm; TCU isn't Change from "major college" division into Divisions 1 and 1A - TCU barely qualifies for highest level merely because of SWC affiliation 1980's: Georgia/OU court decision allows individual schools to negotiate their own TV/radio deals and NCAA removed from TV matters - TCU doesn't respond Which leads to TCU virtually never being on TV (and we get killed embarrassingly on the rare occasions we are) Just about the time that the system starts cracking down on paying players, we start doing it, get caught, turn state's evidence against ourselves and get socked Unlike other conferences' solidarity, SWC schools can't stand each other for a wide variety of reasons (recruiting allegations etc...) National media turns against SWC; emphasizes only UT, A&M, Arkansas; focuses on cheating scandals (mostly SMU but not exclusively) for multiple years every single week Negative recruiting accelerates Facilities race accelerates - TCU still doesn't respond even though it is now decades behind Coaching is better than 70's and we are (sometimes) more competitive but not markedly so nobody other than die-hard TCU fans are really even aware of it early 1990's - Arkansas leaves SWC - SWC (and TCU) doesn't respond A&M starts to dominate SWC but loses all important OOC games - national perception of SWC fades SWC grows even more corrosive; Texas (and A&M) surreptitiously destroy it and TCU is relegated to other conferences (twice) National and (especially) local media continually belittle TCU and other SWC "also rans" Facilities race accelerates even further - TCU doesn't respond Coaching salaries accelerate - TCU slowly responds Recruiting budgets accelerate - TCU slowly responds WAC-16 falls apart Creation of BCS late 1990's - double relegation shock finally spurs TCU to action; AD finally retires; administration/board changes attitude