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  1. There have been no pro Frogs who wore the number 6. So in lieu of that ....
  2. This is probably tl;dr for most, but I compared results against the spread after the bowls with less than stellar results: I set up similar comparisons before previous bowl seasons but I'm not sure I followed through entirely on how they were after ...
  3. You know it is a week to go in the countdown when the football players start to get scarce and Jim Busby starts to appear almost every day. Guy wore a lot of numbers for a lot of teams over 13 seasons. #7 for the 1953-54 Senators ... ... and the 1959-60 Red Sox
  4. Apparently Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban are engaged. Congratulations if you had them in your Fantasy Sports Celebrity Hookups pool ...
  5. Taylor Featherston, 2015 Angels Bryan Holaday, throwing a knuckleball during his one and a third scoreless innings on the mound back in 2016 for the Rangers
  6. I just saw this ... I guess my squirmy answer is that it depends. At a high level, any single game is only contributing 8.3% to 7.7% to the SoS, so if you go from a Go5 rated 90th to an FCS rated 120th ... no it's not really going to have a huge impact. As a for instance, if you replaced SMU (DUSHEE rank 101, Score -9.6) with a hypothetical FCS team that was worse than UConn was last year (Rank 130th, Score -34.8, make no mistake that there were many FCS teams better than UConn last year) ... say a -40, TCUs SOS goes from 3.74 (27th most difficult in FBS) to 1.21, which would have dropped them to about 50th. Probably not enough of a difference to really hurt a team analytically. I think the hit is really in terms of perception. With the exception of Boise and maybe BYU and very recently UCF, I don't think beating a good Go5 school really does anything for your perception. Beating Memphis or Utah State SHOULD mean something nationally, but I'm not really sure it does. The negative impact of losing to them very much outweighs the positive impact of beating them. Of course, this is the position TCU was in during our Wandering The Desert phase. And it pissed us off when people made the same arguments about playing us.
  7. So I'm trying something a little different in the early season. Instead of just going with my gut until every team has played 2 games and I can generate a rating, I'm going to use last years DUSHEE ratings and scale it by Bill Connolly's returning production numbers to base my picks on. The top returning production is Western Michigan at 85% and the bottom is UAB at 36% with the median at 63% (TCU is just below median at 61%). I semi-arbitrarily say that teams at the top end of the rankings will be a TD better and teams at the bottom will be a TD worse than last year and scale everybody else in between ... Connolly makes an off handed comment stating this is roughly valid but I'm not sure how much data backs that up. Anyway, it gives me some picks that definitely go against the conventional wisdom (which is largely that blue bloods will be better than Group of 5 teams, no matter how much the blue bloods sucked last year (looking at you Florida State, USC, and Ole Miss). On a purely biased and personal level, I hope this is way off basis as it would project to TCU being just about as mediocre as last year. Let's hope in that particular case that the new production is going to be far better than the leaving production ...
  8. Not everybody can grab a shot of the rare dual-rotor puffin ... I think you're a shoo-in for the award, Newf ...
  9. Only one #9 in professional Frog history and it is the frequent contributor to the countdown, part of Frog nobility himself, Lambert Daniel "Little Dutch" Meyer, in his next to last appearance. Thus far I have only found one picture of Meyer that even offers a glimpse of an obscured number, so I'll go a little different route today as I found a picture of Meyer's name in a vintage scorecard from game 1 of a July 19, 1941 doubleheader between the Tigers and Yankees where he either pinch hit or subbed in defensively (the lazy scorekeeper only wrote down what happened if the batter got on base, so you can't tell) for Hall of Famer Charlie Gehringer.
  10. And for all the moral outrage over Omar's "Benjamins" comment, I'm sure those same people are now equally outraged after Trump tapdanced around a similar anti-Semitic trope yesterday: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/us/politics/trump-jewish-voters.html WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that any Jewish person who votes for a Democrat is guilty of ignorance or “great disloyalty,” intensifying his efforts to drive in a partisan wedge over religion and support for Israel even as he appeared to draw on an anti-Semitic trope. Mr. Trump did not go into specifics about what he considered to be Jews’ disloyalty, but his language was reminiscent of the anti-Semitic smear that Jews have a “dual loyalty” and are more devoted to Israel than they are to their own countries.
  11. No Frog has worn #10 professionally for a long time ... Kent Nix, 1967-69 Steelers Sonny Gibbs (right) wore #10 for the 1964 Lions George McLeod wore #10 for the 1952 Baltimore Bullets. Obviously he is not wearing a Bullets uniform here ...
  12. Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Though wise men at their end know dark is right, Because their words had forked no lightning they Do not go gentle into that good night. Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight, And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way, Do not go gentle into that good night. Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay, Rage, rage against the dying of the light. And you, my father, there on the sad height, Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
  13. The revocation of my Texas card has probably already occurred based on my not having lived there for almost two decades now, but I never got Robert Earl Keen. As Aggie country songwriters who lived together on campus go, Lyle Lovett kicks his ass, IMO ...
  14. In his sixth and final appearance on the countdown, Jeremy Kerley, 2011-15 Jets Skye Dawson, 2015 Lions
  15. And DUSHEE is angry after pretty much pooping the bed during the bowl season last year. He is out for blood ...
  16. Jeremy Kerley, 2016 Lions Bruce Alford, 1950-51 New York Yanks Jason Goss, ~2007 Edmonton Eskimos Freddie Benavides, 1992 Reds ... ... and the inaugural 1993 Rockies
  17. This quote is actually from this guy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/As'ad_AbuKhalil. Within that entry is the following passage: Some opponents to BDS, among them Prime Minister of Israel Netanyahu, have cited a part from AbuKhalil's article published in Al-Akhbar where he wrote: "Finkelstein rightly asks ... There should not be any equivocation on the subject" in their campaigns against the movement. In response, Abu Khalil wrote on his personal blog that it represented his personal position of what the goals of BDS should be, and that it was being purposefully distorted to stigmatize the movement. So this guy definitely wants to get rid of Israel. Is he a "leader" of the movement, thereby speaking for Omar and Tlaib? Or is he speaking for himself? And here is Ahmed's wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahmed_Moor He wrote a book 7 years ago with a Jewish co-editor calling for a single state solution whose synopsis reads: "Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. " What an anti-Semite!!! So a few points, 1) To reiterate, it is not the official position of the BDS group that Israel should cease to exist and while it may be the view of some who support the movement, it really has very little to do with the Tlaib/Omar imbroglio. They were denied entry because Trump pitched a twitter fit and Bibi complied. Neither of them has publicly advocated for the destruction of Israel. 2) I didn't like your sources because I didn't view them as unbiased, or at least trying to be ... Steven Emerson, among other things, is responsible for the "Sharia No-Go" fear mongering bullshit about majority Muslim areas in Britain. Sorry, I don't trust him to provide context or nuance when it comes to the views of pro-Muslim advocacy groups. 3) Any group can be dismissed by focusing on the views of their most extreme members. We are all really good at digging for the extremists in tribes we don't like and ignoring/dismissing/making excuses for the extremists on the fringe of groups we might identify with. It is why we say that brown-Islamic terrorists are motivated by their ideology and diseased culture and white-Christian domestic terrorists are mentally ill.
  18. Cedric James, 2002 Vikings Adrian Madise, 2003 Broncos Carp, 2012-present Cardinals
  19. In and of itself, it's not. But in the context of spending much of the last 2.5 years calling them rapists, invaders, animals, stripping them of their children, wondering why we can't get more Nordics in here rather than from those dark-skinned shithole people, morally equivocating white supremacists with peaceful protestors, banning Muslims, going after the dark-skinned workers but not the white-skinned employers who hire them ... I'm sure I'm leaving a few out ... it seems like there is a theme ...
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