By Joe Gulick
Every frog has its day — at least if they are Horned Frogs.
Things improved for TCU’s mascot after many years of being drawn as a harmless little nebbish by Dirk West.
When this cartoon was first printed on Nov. 7, 1987, TCU had arrived in Lubbock riding a four-game winning streak and Cotton Bowl hopes. First-year Texas Tech Coach Spike Dykes said the Horned Frogs were playing the best football in the Southwest Conference.
Tech, which was 5-4 and had an outside chance for a bowl game, edged the Frogs 36-35 in a thriller but blew its bowl opportunity two weeks later by tying Houston 10-10.
TCU fans loved Dirk’s portrayal of their mascot as a dangerous, steam-breathing, ground-cracking creature that was more dinosaur than horned frog. However, TCU finished the season at 5-6 after losses to Tech, Texas and Texas A&M, and Dirk resumed his old style of drawing the Horned Frog.
The Red Raiders had been to Austin the previous Saturday for a disappointing 41-27 loss to Texas — but at least Uncle Upright got some one-liners out of it.
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