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Grand Slam!!!

So for those you living in a box, or perhaps not interested in college baseball – you missed one of the best grand slams in the College World Series last night.

TCU baseball has proved yet again that it deserves to be at the College World Series. A lot of announcers and perhaps local spectators are wondering – who is this team out of the Mountain West Conference? And how did it even get here? Well, for starters, TCU beat the University of Texas during the Super Regionals. TWICE. In Austin….So, yeah.

Anyway, the Horned Frogs have been putting up quite a fight at this year’s College World Series and it’s been wonderful to watch. As you can see here, TCU made an impressive first time debut in Omaha, becoming one of the few teams to win its first- appearance game.

Now, back to last night. I’m at a elegant, chic Italian restaurant for one of my friend’s birthdays. We’re slowly leaving the restaurant and of course walk through the bar on our way out. Matt Curry steps up to the plate with bases loaded in the top of the 8th inning. THE BAR IS SILENT…

First pitch…ball one.
We breathe a sigh of relief.

Second pitch…swings – foul ball.
Again, we remember to breathe.

Third pitch…swing and a miss.
We cringe and then begin quietly praying.

Fourth pitch…dirt ball.
We start screaming at the TV, while still standing in the elegant restaurant’s bar. People begin leaving their tables to crowd in the bar.

Fifth pitch…high and outside.
We are all freaking out and are constantly looking away, then looking back, then looking away. All while quietly praying.

Final pitch…the whole bar literally does not breathe for a full two seconds.
And then…GRAND SLAM!!!! http://espn.go.com/blog/sportscenter/post/_/id/61741/sportscenters-top-plays-50

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06/24/2010 at 2:36 PM Leave a comment

Rosenblatt’s Last Year At Bat

Hey all! My name is Paige, and I plan to graduate from TCU in May 2011 with a degree in journalism and psychology.

My 21st trip to Rosenblatt Stadium will be a bittersweet one. Like every year since I was a child, I’ll sit in the same spot. The entire stadium and I will belt out “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” with the accompaniment of Lambert Bartak, baseball’s favorite 91-year-old organist. I’ll pound down an embarrassing number of funnel cakes with freshly squeezed lemonade, the kind you can’t get anywhere else but at Rosenblatt.

This year, however, something unprecedented will take place at the historical stadium. I’ll be cheering on my Horned Frogs in their first and last appearance at Rosenblatt. TCU could not have picked a better year to make its College World Series debut as it will be the last year before the greatest show on dirt moves to a bigger and “better” stadium. Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo has purchased the land and will demolish the stadium to expand its parking lot.

As other championships and sports ditched tradition in pursuit of money over the years, the “Blatt” managed to keep the true spirit and heart of baseball alive. Whereas other championships move around in an effort to make more money, the CWS has stayed at its home on the hill for the past 61 years.

Although Omaha will continue to provide the atmosphere and heartland hospitality that no other city could, it doesn’t change the fact that one of the longest-standing traditions in American sports has finally sold out. Whereas Rosenblatt was named to honor a former ballplayer and Omaha mayor, the new stadium, TD Ameritrade Park, dons the name of the big-buck corporation that could shell out the most money. It will be bigger, shinier and more modern; three things that Rosenblatt had prided itself on avoiding. The decision to switch was one that was not taken lightly, but in the end, the city opted for the new stadium to guarantee an extended NCAA CWS contract.

Baseball players, coaches and fans across the country have expressed sadness over Rosenblatt’s last year, but most of them agree that it hasn’t been the stadium alone that made the CWS what it is. It’s Omaha and its people. The new stadium will take a little getting used to, but Omaha will continue to provide the experience that has become synonymous with the tournament.

LSU coach Skip Bertman might have put it best when he said he couldn’t imagine the CWS being any place else.

“I don’t think you can do this in New York or Los Angeles,” he said. “It has to be in a big city but not too big, and you have to have people with a lot of warmth. Everybody loves everybody here. It’s a lovefest for two weeks.”

Enjoy the lovefest, Frog fans. It’s unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else.

06/17/2010 at 12:03 PM Leave a comment

Rah Rah TCU!

What a weekend it was to be a Horned Frog.

From a football standpoint, the TCU Horned Frog program took a huge leap towards its first BCS berth. With two games left, we are 10-0 and looking to crash the party.

But from a marketing standpoint, the program set a new benchmark to match the attention it deserves — a dose of hype from Nike, ESPN’s College Gameday coverage and a record crowd at Amon G. Carter Stadium served as catalysts.

Leading up to the weekend, Nike, through their Pro Combat campaign, unveiled the new uniforms and accessories the players and coaches would wear for one game. TCU was chosen among a group of 9 much larger football programs (think UT, Florida, and OU). The campaign worked perfectly — students and community were excited to see what the Beaverton, Oregon conglomerate had in store for the Frogs, and it definitely started some conversations around the area.

On Saturday, students, fans and alumni camped through the wee hours of the morning and then cheered loud and proud as ESPN’s College Gameday broadcast live from campus — a first for the university. Gameday was a huge opportunity for the nation to see the campus and students of the relatively (to its BCS competitor’s) small private university. This was the best PR anybody could ask for.

I think Chris Fowler said it best to the TCU fans as he left the Gameday set, “We’ll be back, just keep doing what you’re doing.” Kirk Herbstreit added that crazed Frog fans created a crowd that was one of the best he has seen, rivaling the spirit of schools like Clemson.

This is the national exposure that TCU is certainly not used to, but no one could tell. During Saturday’s game, Coach Gary Patterson was assigning players the duty of pumping up the crowd and senior defensive end Jerry Hughes was basking in the limelight — a completely dominant performance certainly helps.

Go Frogs!

Here are some photos from various sources (myself, Facebook and Keith Robinson Photography):

11/16/2009 at 6:16 PM Leave a comment

Gimme some lovin’

AlexWith the entire office scrambling to get work done this week, I decided a trip to The Love Shack was in order.

For the hungry Fort Worthian, the second Love Shack is set to open in the new So7 development across from Montgomery Plaza. The original, which opened two years ago, still stands in the Stockyards.

The last couple days this week have consisted of soft opening lunch services – to work the kinks out. The official grand opening for the So7 Love Shack is this Friday, July 31.

The New Love Shack Bar

I recently visited to see how things were working out. Expecting utter chaos – that’s what soft openings are for after all – I was instead greeted with controlled chaos. Everybody was scrambling to get something done, but things were moving smoothly, and of course, the food was spectacular.

The Double Dirty Love Burger, Fries and a Abita root beer - bliss

The Love Shack is the project of celebrity chef, and native Texan, Tim Love. He is also known for his upscale Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and White Elephant Saloon in the Stockyards. Love was also a contestant on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and a winner on Iron Chef America.

This chef-driven burger is easily my favorite bite in Fort Worth.

If you don’t trust me, recent accolades for The Love Shack include spots in Texas Monthly’s “50 Best Burgers in Texas” and renown publisher Conde Nast’s “Top 105 New Restaurants in the World.” A Star-Telegram review said the signature Dirty Love Burger was “quite possibly the most perfect burger on the planet.”

Is your stomach growling yet? Stop reading this and go get yourself some Lovin’!

Some Love Shack photos (some old, some new)

07/29/2009 at 11:21 PM 1 comment

Networking is easier than you think

alexn-polaI recently attended a Fort Worth Ad Club luncheon with Kelsey and Collin where Hank Blank of Blank & Associates, a Southern California advertising agency, spoke on “Networking Your Way to More New Business.”

I’m a copywriter – I work with words, and personally I’m shy, so meeting new people is more like a chore to me. Needless to say, networking typically isn’t my gig, but this luncheon led me in the right direction.

Blank stresses that networking takes effort and time in creating and building relationships, maintaining those relationships and referring back to them when the time comes.

I’m not trying to imply that you have to devote 99 percent of your time to being networking – once the effort is made, it becomes a habit; then the rest is maintaining that effort.

The juiciest bit of advice I got was “if you want somebody to think of you, you have to think of them.” Being the cliché guru, I compare that to what The Beatles said in their final song: “The love you take is equal to the love you make.” Or even, “what goes around comes around.” Alright, I’ll just stop now.

Once I was able to connect the dots together, making a conscious effort toward networking has become an easier pill to swallow (last cliché I promise) because not only is it important to my own career, but it can lead to helping more people down the road.

Like I said, I think the luncheon really helped me grasp the idea of networking. Now I just need to turn these words into actions.

07/24/2009 at 3:49 AM 1 comment

Lessons learned from Washington

collin-polaIf I’ve learned anything in the past six months, it would be that it pays to work hard. While this may seem obvious to some, I never truly realized it until my senior year of college.

In November, I was accepted to be on TCU’s National Student Advertising Competition team. TCU had started to make a name for themselves in this competition. TCU had made it to Nationals two years in a row, and if we could make it this year, TCU would be the first in NSAC history to do so.

Everyone who participated in this competition told me: “learn to enjoy your days off” and “you’re going to give your soul to this project.” If only I had known how right they were.

The next semester was a gauntlet of research, strategic creative brainstorming sessions and much more. I found myself going to bed early on Friday nights because we had nine to five meetings on Saturday. When all of my friends were hitting the beach for their last spring break, I was researching numbers about binge drinking. Needless to say, we all worked hard.

Then came the district competition, where the word about our team was spreading. At districts, we were awarded the wild card slot to go to Nationals. TCU had made history.

The national competition was in Washington, DC, and if you haven’t been there, go! In the end, we were named the 9th best student advertising team in the nation – It’s still something I’m trying to wrap my head around.

Did I get to enjoy my last semester of college as much as everyone else? Probably not.
Did I get to go on an awesome trip for my last spring break? No sir.

But out of all the chaos, I got an amazing trip to DC, had the time of my life, made history and was a member of one of the most elite advertising teams in the nation.

Hard work does pay off: lesson learned.

07/17/2009 at 4:08 AM Leave a comment


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