It almost feels like yesterday. The longtime TCU fan site KillerFrogs.com was rebranding and becoming part of the FanNation network on SI.com – a TCU sports site on a national platform.

We launched the site on September 14, two games after the start of the new football season. At first it was just me and Ryann Zeller, owner of KillerFrogs. Soon we would add another writer, then another, and more.

A month later, just before the Oklahoma football game, we hit #100. By the time Big 12 basketball was well into conference play, we reached item #500. Now, just over nine months after our launch, we’ve reached item #1000. That’s over 1,000 articles about TCU sports, Big 12 sports, and college sports in general.

Our group of dedicated writers has grown. We have eight regular contributors. We haven’t finished. We are looking for other people to join our team before the start of the football season. Fan Nation now has over 130 sites across multiple sports verticals, including the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. They have 53 college sites, and for the month of June, our dedicated TCU site was right in the middle – ranked #25 in terms of page views for the month. The only private colleges ahead of us were Notre Dame and Duke. We have blown away other private colleges like USC and Northwestern.

So 1,000 articles in this adventure, we asked our writers to look back and select their favorite articles – both their favorite they wrote and their favorite written by another writer.

Over the next few days, we will return to these articles. In this first part, we take a look at some of those chosen as favorites that they each wrote.

TCU wins one for the Gipper

By Adam Shirley

The football season did not go as anyone expected. legendary trainer Gary Patterson had just been released. jerry kills was named interim coach. Max Dugan was injured. Chandler Morris would start against a Waco team that seemed unstoppable. Until they are no longer.

Football: TCU vs Baylor post-game report

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Ranking of the 12 major stadiums

By Brett Gibbons

Brett is on a journey to discover all the FBS football stadiums. He visited all the Big 12 stadiums and decided to rank them. And oh boy, did it strike a few nerves when this article was published. Many people reacted to why their school’s stadium was so low or why another school’s stadium was so high.

Road to CFB ranks the 12 major football stadiums

Road to CFB ranks the 12 major football stadiums

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Sonny-er days are coming

By David Tucker

The search for a new head coach had produced many rumours, but the search didn’t have to look too far. Sonny Dykes of SMU was the likely candidate. It hadn’t been confirmed yet, but all the signs pointed to him.

November 20, 2021;  Cincinnati, Ohio, USA;  Southern Methodist Mustangs head coach Sonny Dykes during the first half against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Nippert Stadium

TCU Football: Is Sonny-er Days up front?

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The great beauty of a game

By Tyler Brown

Patterson had just left the TCU football program around the time we added our new writer, a self-proclaimed sports ignoramus with no knowledge of sports. But thanks to Gary Patterson, he learned to love football. Thus, he debuted with his columns reflecting what Gary Patterson meant to him.

January 1, 2011;  Pasadena, California, USA;  ESPN College GameDay host Chris Fowler (left) chats with TCU Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson (center) and quarterback Andy Dalton (14) after the Horned's 21-19 win Frogs on the Wisconsin Badgers at the 2011 Rose Bowl

Mem’ries Sweet: the beauty of a great game

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The portal effect

By Nathan Cross

Even when football is not in season, there is always a football story or two in that case. Our new writer, Nathan, joined our team just a few weeks ago. He took a look at the infamous transfer portal – looking at some of the key players the team has lost and won through the portal. There was so much content that it took two articles, both among the first he wrote.

October 23, 2021;  Fort Worth, TX, USA;  TCU Horned Frogs running back Zach Evans (6) heads the ball while being tackled by West Virginia Mountaineers linebacker Josh Chandler-Semedo (7) during the third quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

TCU Football: The Portal Effect – Part One

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October 14, 2021;  Memphis, Tennessee, USA;  Memphis Tigers running back Marquavius ​​Weaver (26) heads the ball for a first down as Navy Midshipmen linebacker Johnny Hodges (57) makes the tackle during the second half at the Liberty Bowl

TCU Football: The Portal Effect – Part Two

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We have more of our favorites to come in the coming days. Stay tuned for more.

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