If the Texas Rangers keep playing like they have in their past three Spring Training games throughout the 2010 season, they actually could have a division pennant in their sights. However, the key word in that sentence is "if."
If the pitching staff can eat innings and give the offense a chance to take over ballgames, the Rangers will be successful. But the rotation has had a makeover this offseason, taking a chance on some young guns and bringing in veteran Rich Harden to lead the group of very green arms.
Ivy. It surrounded former Frog pitcher Andrew Cashner earlier in the winter, as he ran through baseball workouts like he had done so many times before. Actually, it was most likely dead in the cold of a Chicago winter, but Wrigley Field always brings up thoughts of luscious vines of ivy growing all over the outfield fence in the middle of summertime baseball season.
Cashner might have the chance to play inside that ivy, alive and in the warmth of summer as the Chicago Cubs' fifth starter this season.
The Frogs' 17-10 loss to Boise State in the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl changed the team's record from unscathed to tainted, as they finished 12-1, giving them a No. 6 ranking in both the USA Today Coaches' Poll and the Associated Press Poll.
While this unsavory record change might be the most obvious result of the game to most fans who either traveled to Arizona or watched the game on national TV, the game should be appreciated for its record-breaking qualities, which extended from team selection to trophy presentation.
Throughout the 2009 Frog football season, anyone asking wide receiver Jeremy Kerley about one of his many highlight reel plays would receive a confident answer in a calm, quiet voice about how he enjoyed changing the landscape of a game. The same calm, quiet voice struggled through relaying the emotion felt by the Frogs after their only loss of the season in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl 17-10 at the hands of the Boise State Broncos.
The big game atmosphere of the Fiesta Bowl will be complete for Frog fans as the Frogs will don their Nike Pro Combat uniforms again for the game, according Mark Cohen, TCU director of athletic media relations.
The Frogs were selected as one of ten teams in the country to receive new Nike Pro Combat technology uniforms to wear during a rivalry game in 2009. The Frogs sported their new look against Utah in front of a record setting crowd at Amon Carter Stadium.
TCU dodged a bullet Sunday when Florida head coach Urban Meyer decided to take a leave of absence and remain with the Gators instead of giving up the position.
Some argued the shock waves of a retirement decision might have bounced Frog head coach Gary Patterson to another national powerhouse. Maybe it could've been the University of Oklahoma if Bob Stoops was lured to the Sunshine state to take Meyer's job.
America has been transfixed on the alleged design flaw of a giant video screen so close to the turf at Cowboys Stadium for months. Now the Horned Frogs have their own piece of that stadium to hold in scorn for the rest of history.
For those reaching for something in which to pile their anger and denial on, hurl it no farther than the railing that lines the ground level suites around the field at Cowboys Stadium. But then again, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy did and boy did it work for him.
Despite their focus on the Big 12 Championship game tomorrow, University of Texas head coach Mack Brown and University of Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini talked briefly about TCU football.
Brown sent praises in Fort Worth's direction for the job the Frogs have done this season.
"TCU has earned the right to be considered as good as anyone in the country," Brown said. "They've done a tremendous job and I am really proud for them. "
When asked if Texas was the best team in the state, he said the only way to find out is on the gridiron.
The men's basketball team completed the second half of the DFW Duel by beating the SMU Mustangs 60-53 in Dallas.
The Horned Frogs capitalized on defensive rebounds and a string of Mustang turnovers that began the second half to come back from a 28-23 deficit at the break. TCU point guard Ronnie Moss got up to block a Mustang shot with 28 seconds left that would lead to a Frog victory in Moody Coliseum.