Crucial Sports Weekend

February 24, 2017

When I was a kid, there were two Saturday afternoon television shows that used to draw my attention because of the variety of topics they would cover: The CBS Sports Spectacular and ABC’s Wide World of Sports. I wonder if today’s kids and millennials know of the guy spiraling off the ski jump in the Wide World of Sports opener just as Jim McKay says, “The thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat.” Classic stuff.

TCU has a sports spectacular of its own going tomorrow. Absorb this menu:

9 a.m. – Beach Volleyball Purple-White Scrimmage (bring your jacket)

1 p.m. – Men’s Tennis hosts the University of Central Florida

1 p.m. – Men’s Basketball hosts No. 12 West Virginia in the biggest game of the year. (Win and they’re in the NCAA Tournament – my opinion.)

4 p.m. – TCU Baseball goes after win number five vs. a historic Arizona State program. Freshman Nick Lodolo with pitch.

7 p.m. – You can finish your TCU Athletics pentathlon with dessert at Schollmaier Arena as TCU Women’s Basketball hosts Oklahoma.

Jamie Dixon

TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon ’87. Dixon was hired in March 2016, becoming the 22nd coach in the program’s history. Photo by Leo Wesson

Because I usually focus on the sport at its most critical point of the season, I’ll focus on Men’s Basketball.

Jamie Dixon and the Frogs need you at Schollmaier Arena tomorrow. A win over No. 12 WVU would be the signature win the Frogs need — a boulder falling into the NCAA pond that would ripple across the projections and land TCU on the tournament shore.

Bring your loud voice, slick back your hair like Coach Dixon and be there for the team that has broken through barriers all year – some of them 30 years old. The Frogs are looking for conference win number seven tomorrow. Help them get that lucky number. Then they face Kansas State at home and Oklahoma on the road a week from tomorrow; both are winnable. Then it’s off to Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament.

Twenty wins is within reach, but it starts with everyone all in for the 18th win tomorrow.

No scouting report for you on Press Virginia – this one is about you and the Frogs. Fans, all 6,700 of you, and Jamie’s five on the floor.


See you there at noon. For the thrill of victory.


Kick Em High!