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  1. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Alex and Max won the doubles championship at the Oracle ITA National Summer tourney today 8-6 at the tennis center. They're National Champions!
  2. Jared

    Weekly Rooting Interests Thread

    Here is mine: 1. TCU 1. Austin College Thankfully, the Roos and the Frogs don't play each other any more.
  3. Jared

    The Sports Dump

    I think some Maryland football staff should probably be jailed. This story is outrageous.
  4. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    More on Brooksby - he chose TCU over at least 25 schools that offered him scholarships; especially including Stanford, Cal, UCLA, USC and Virginia. Apparently, TCU offered a full scholarship; which is rare given that programs can only offer 4.5 scholarships in total (of course, it is possible that it was a combination of athletic and academic scholarships and we'll never know because those things aren't disclosed) and other schools only offered partials. He has been described as a "college tennis coach's dream player" and is currently ranked as the #1 recruit by one service and the #2 recruit by another. The reason Roditi hasn't talked about him is that he is prohibited from doing so until Brooksby actually signs a NLI and he can't do that until 11/15 on National Signing Day. Brooksby sounds very committed though and plans to sign "as soon as possible" and is planning on joining the team either in the fall of '19 or in January of '20. He, like Cam and Rybo, is definitively planning on becoming a pro and was very impressed with the way TCU develops players to do that exactly that. He's a JMG Tennis Academy guy and they (and Sam Gilbert) have sent numerous top players to various schools (including Virginia's Collin Altamirano and others) - Gilbert seems quite familiar with TCU calling it a "small bubble" just like Jenson is currently living in. He's basically the "Patrick Kypson" of this/next year and Roditi signing him is on that level (and on the level of getting Cam and Rybo in previous years).
  5. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Seeing Rybo play in an ITA event (even if hosted by TCU) is a great sign that he'll be returning for this season. I'm stoked! Rybo and Max won their semi-final yesterday against Esses/Schick and are currently playing the finals against Grigorescu/Moceanu. TCU has been hosting the National Summer event for a few years and Roditi used it this year to lure Rybo (and others) back to campus. Of course, most top college players play the pro circuit, but this is the premier tourney that is solely college-oriented. And the fact that Jenson Brooksby is a Frog commit is totally news to me. He's currently ranked at ATP #1215, and despite being only 17, has already been playing Futures tourneys for 2 years. A native of Carmichael, California, he started playing at age 7 and has been a total tennis gnome ever since. He selected TCU out of 9 schools that he visited and was determined to find a small school with small class sizes (he's been homeschooled for nearly 10 years) that he would be willing to attend even if he got injured and that would also provide a tennis focus. Cam Norrie being the most prolific college guy-turned-pro is obviously providing recruiting benefits. Jenson has already played Futures tourneys this season at Decatur, Champaign, Tulsa, Buffalo (where he made the Round of 16 and probably got to know Rybo, who won the tourney), Calabasas, Long Beach, Bakersfield and San Francisco. Kalamazoo is the biggest junior tourney and he made the finals last year and won the championship this year - arguably, he's the top junior player in the country as a result. There have been a spate of articles about him in the last few days and he said that going to Flushing Meadows in "incredible" and "unbelievable." He joins Rod Laver, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang and Andy Roddick as past winners at Kalamazoo who have gotten wild cards to the the U.S. Open as a result of winning Kalamazoo. He is coached by Sam Gilbert. He's already calling Roditi and Bowen "David" and "Devin." This is huge news for TCU tennis that he's committed (and it happened in May). He and Cam will represent TCU at Flushing Meadows starting next week!
  6. Jared

    The continuing saga of Baylor Athletics

    Baylor and BYU have announced that they will be playing each other in 2021 and 2022. I think BYU qualifies as P5-equivalent for purposes of the Big12's new rule requiring at least 1 P6 opponent per school. BYU is bragging that that makes 7 P5 games for the Cougars that year (uh, we play at least 9 and possibly 11 per year). I don't normally root for BYU but for these games - Go Cougs!
  7. Jared

    Frogs on ESPN Classic

    It's not just ESPN Classic that is showcasing the Frogs. Here's the schedule for TCU football on other networks for the next few days: 8/14 TCU v. Michigan State from 2012 on BTN (4:00 p.m.) ; TCU v. Oklahoma from 2017 on FCSP (8:00 p.m.) 8/15 TCU v. Tech from 2017 on FCSP (2:00 a.m.); TCU v. Baylor from 2017 on FCSP (2:00 p.m.); TCU v. OU from 2017 on FCSC (11:00 p.m.) 8/16 TCU v. OU from 2017 (Big12 championship) on FCSP (8:00 p.m.); 8/25 TCU v. Utah from 2008 on Pac12H (9:15 p.m.) 8/26 TCU v. Utah from 2008 on Pac12H (3:00 a.m.)
  8. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    It starts today and it's at the Harvard courts (Beren Tennis Center, 65 N. Harvard Street, Boston, Mass), but unfortunately, no Frogs are there. There's other players that you might have heard of (Andy Harris from OU; Ryan Shane, the 2016 NCAA champ from Virginia, Michael Redlicki, UCLA, Strong Kirschheimer, Northwestern), but no Frogs. I went to the Winnetka Challenger and it was fun - especially because it was free for the qualies - to spend a few hours watching some good tennis. If your workplace is close, it might be worth it to wander over for a long lunch; otherwise, with no rooting interest, it might not be worth it.
  9. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Sadly, PD's abject refusal to root for Cam openly on this thread caused him to lose today to Marius Copil, from Transylvania, 3-6, 6-3, 4-6. No joy in Cincinnati tonight...
  10. Jared

    Frogs on ESPN Classic

    Cool! TCU leads OU right now, 10-7 in the 3rd quarter and Adrian Peterson just went down with an injury. I predict a Frog victory! And later, I hope we blow Boise out in the Poinsettia Bowl!
  11. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Despite his rapid rise through the rankings, Cam Norrie still doesn't have a high enough ranking to guarantee himself a spot in the main draw of the top rated 32-player tourneys that attract quality fields. This was probably why he didn't go to Toronto this week and why he also has had to enter the qualies to attempt to make the main draw at Cincinnati next week. The U.S. Open is about to start and all of the top guys are now in the U.S. preparing for it and Cincinnati has a very powerful draw. So Cam is in the Cincinnati qualies and will today play Marius Copil, a Romanian with a #91 ranking (at 2:20) to try and advance further. Cam is certainly hoping that PD will openly cheer for him today, but it looks like that might not be the case. Cam's ranking is high enough to get him into the main draw at Flushing Meadows though. Similarly, Alex Rybakov's ranking is not quite high enough to automatically get him into the next Challenger - at Vancouver - and maybe not high enough to even get him into the qualies. And neither Nick, Trevor not Reese have entered the next Futures tourney in Boston. If Alex does get in at Vancouver and a Frog shows up in Boston, we are counting on our Pacific Northwest and Boston area correspondents to cover those tourneys extensively.
  12. Jared

    Too early to start a 2018 Football thread?

    That is disappointing. I sent a raven to the Citadel to get his QHS stats, and Archmaester Ch'Vyalthan replied that although he wouldn't go so far as to say Atanza was "the prince who was promised" or that R+L=AV, that he thought AV was probably the "greatest safety that ever was or will be."
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    Too early to start a 2018 Football thread?

    I think the 2 key spots are LT and C. LT for the pass protection and the lead blocking when we run to the left and C because of the C-QB, C-PK and C-P exchanges (see Alamo Bowl against Oregon). In the NFL, the highest paid non-skill position on O is always the LT; it's key to building the whole offense. And one of the reasons our OL has been good recently is because we've had excellent centers. Obviously, everyone is important, but that's where I usually concentrate. ESPN has reverted back to trashing both us and the Big12 generally. I watched yesterday's first edition of "Championship Drive" and Pollack and Galloway, who most recently were singing our praises at the Alamo Bowl, were touting Bama, Clemson, Georgia and Stanford (as well as Ohio State and Texas) and saying the Big12 was least likely to field a CFP team. Didn't we just beat Stanford?? Why Texas? A lot depends on their "FPI" where we are the 4th highest Big12 team - it's not a statistic though, it's just a combination of the assessments of their "experts" like Luginbill.
  14. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Unfortunately, Nick isn't the greatest singles player and he lost 2 and 4 to Alvarez today.
  15. Jared

    TCU Tennis 2017-18

    Nick Chappell beat Aziz Dougaz 4 and 4 yesterday and has advanced to the Round of 16 at Edwardsville where he will play Nicolas Alvarez later today. But Trevor Johnson/Alex Knight lost in doubles to Zhu/Meister 4 and 2 in the Round of 16. So, Nick is still alive, but not Trevor.
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