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NCAA Tournament of the (Previous) Decade

March 14, 2011

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NCAA basketball logoNow that the first of a new decade of newly formated NCAA tournament fields has been set, Frump figured it’s as good a time as any to examine the best of the previous decade.

Some of you may recall Frumpzilla’s Top 25 College Football Programs of the Decade – it was a pretty big hit for us.

This undertaking, while in a similar vein, isn’t necessarily intended as a definitive ranking of select college basketball programs from ‘00/’01 – ‘09/’10. We basically just thought it would be interesting to see how college basketball programs would stack up when plotting out each’s NCAA Tournament performance over the course of a decade.

More than anything, we wanted this to be fun. If nothing else, you might learn a thing or two about NCAA Tournament history from 2000 through 2010 – at least quantitatively — so make the jump to see how the NCAA Tournament of the 2000′s plays out…

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The Best of the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl Weigh-In Notes

January 25, 2011

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Under Armour Senior BowlMore specifically, The Best of Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown Senior Bowl Weigh-in Notes, because (1) his work is the primary source for this post, and (2) it’s probably the only Senior Bowl weigh-in feature deserving of and/or awkward enough for Frump to recap.

Now, I’m not entirely sure what Mr. Wright was going for — or perhaps looking for, I guess. At times his analysis seems quite pertinent, but then, without warning, you’re greeted with something likable to the pitch of an ad that’s likely sitting in your spam folder right now.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m not trying to be critical. This approach certainly made for probably the most compelling feature on a Senior Bowl weigh-in I’ve ever read.  It just, you know, also happened to be one of the most WTF inducing as well.

Christian Ponder rocks a six packThings start off relatively innocently. Take FSU QB Christian Ponder’s “note“: Great definition with a six-pack.

A six-pack, eh? Good to know?

Then again, I guess that’s fair to highlight. After all, if we’re going to deride the Terrence Cody’s of the football meat market, we might as well take note of the guys that actually put a bit of effort into their protein shake endorsement appeal.  Take the “good” with the “bad,” right?

Well, if it ended there, I wouldn’t be frumping this post right now. As you’ll see after the jump, things began to spiral rapidly — and progressively — out of control as Draft Countdown went through the position groups…

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So, shouldn’t we just start calling the Bowl Championship Series “The SEC – BCS Challenge,” or something?

January 11, 2011

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BCS Championship trophyI couldn’t help but ponder that question when the final whistle blew at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl last night, watching Cam Newton search the crowd for — and eventually finding — the father Auburn’s Athletic Director, and the ESPN broadcast, said wasn’t in attendance.

Sure, we as college football fans can choose to ignore a lot of things, but it’s hard to overlook the fact that the Auburn Tigers’ 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks marks the 5th straight BCS Championship for a team from the Southeastern Conference; a conference that now possesses 7 of the 13 Crystal Eggs awarded since the Bowl Championship Series’ inception back in 1998.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • 1998: Tennessee (Beat Florida State 23-16)
  • 2003: LSU (Beat Oklahoma 21-14)
  • 2006: Florida (Beat Ohio State 41-14)
  • 2007: LSU (Beat Ohio State 38-24)
  • 2008: Florida (Beat Oklahoma 24-14)
  • 2009: Alabama (Beat Texas 37-21)
  • 2010: Auburn (Beat Oregon 22-19)

Now, considering there are five other conferences that are supposed to have a realistic shot at winning this thing — and the next best showing by any of them is the Big 12′s two Crystal Eggs — isn’t the SEC’s dominance of this party teetering on the precipice of  preposterousness?

I wish I could say the absurdity of it all ended there, by merely looking at the actual champions, but it doesn’t. In fact, some of the SEC’s “misses” — within the context of its hits and  intra-conference dynamics — actually add fuel to the fire…

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10 Spirited Sideline Smashups From Which You May or May Not Derive a Bit of Guilty Pleasure

October 1, 2010

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Man in wheelchair gets run over by Florida's Will HillAbsent someone being seriously injured, who doesn’t enjoy seeing large, prime conditioned athletes barrel down — uncontrollably — on innocent, poorly positioned, sideline-dwelling pedestrians?

Whether it’s a cameraman, cheerleader, reporter or even some not-so-lucky lucky fan with a field pass, there’s just something magical about it, ya know? Something spawning that “Holy sh*t, that was awesome!” feeling at first, yet invariably ending with the obligatory “But, yeah…that sucks, man” comment (regardless of its sincerity). One of my favorite scenes from Tommy Boy sums up the phenomenon nicely, I think.

Well, as seen above, this past weekend’s Kentucky-Florida game highlighted one of the more provocative of said smashups I’ve ever seen. I’m actually surprised it hasn’t been discussed more. I mean, rarely — if ever — has someone so limited in lateral movement been the victim of such an unfortunate incident, and that, of course, makes it even better worse, right?

As far as I know, no one was seriously injured there, which is nice, but did I laugh when I saw it live? Yes. Yes, I did (I mean, Will Hill (Florida’s #10) actually killed two birds with one stone there, and that means bonus points).

Now, did I also immediately feel some sense of remorse for being amused? Absolutely, and that’s all that matters in the end…right?

Either way, test yourself on some of these other “sideline” mishaps after the jump. Figuring first time viewings would work best, we did a little digging for some that probably aren’t as widely known and appreciated, but there’s some classics in here as well. Enjoy!

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Lord Jesus Christ is hit by a car while leading the NFL in jersey sales

May 7, 2010

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MIRACULOUS.

A man, Lord Jesus Christ, aka Lord Jesus Christ, suffered minor injuries while walking down a Northampton street on Tuesday….cheating death as 200o pounds of of hurtling steel and flammable liquids hurtled towards Christ as he crossed on a crosswalk.

At the same time, Lord Jesus Christ, aka Timothy Tebow, leads the NFL in jersey sales only a few short weeks into his NFL career.  Tebow’s brand bested such tried All-Pro, NFL warriors like Donovan McNabb, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Brett Farve as a third-string situational, developmental QB.

In we trust.  Hallelujah!!

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9 Intriguing, Post 1st Round Questions

April 23, 2010

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Sam Bradford: First overall pick to the St. Louis Rams

Well, the 2010 NFL Draft’s 1st Round is behind us, and, as usual, it was an exciting one. Of course, with this being one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, many questions — some fun, some serious, all good — remain.

Make the jump with us for some queries we hope you might have the answers to…

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Video of Urban Meyer blowing up Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel

March 25, 2010

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Is Coach Urban Meyer (heretofore referred to as “CUM”) just a tick or two away from a “Mike Gundy?”  It’s a yes or no, and based on this video’s content, signs point to “yes.”

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The Top 25 College Football Programs of the Decade

February 1, 2010

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This is the most important BCS Egg Trophy Ever: Frumpzilla's Top 25 College Football Programs of the Decade

This is the most important BCS Egg Trophy Ever: Frumpzilla's Top 25 College Football Programs of the Decade

*****UPDATE: Due to a relatively high volume of great reader feedback (and requests), we’ve added several variations of our rankings below. Many thanks to all that have left feedback and offered suggestions on how to improve and expand the rankings.*****

*****UPDATE II: I’ve been informed that the data sheets below don’t always load properly at first, and I’ve experienced this myself. If you encounter this issue, reloading the page seems to fix it. Thanks.*****

I know, I know. The Super Bowl contenders are now set. Football fans, if not the vast majority of sports fans in general, are far more concerned with whether Drew wins his first or if Peyton can solidify himself as the greatest quarterback of all time. Understandable. I mean, even I’m more excited than usual for this Super Bowl.

So why do a “Best of the Decade” college football list now? Well, nearly a month removed from Alabama’s 8th, 13th or 27th National Championship (depending on who you ask), let’s just say I wasn’t quite ready to let go of my #1 sports passion yet.

Yes, not willing to wait for next season,  I decided instead to reexamine the depths of the last 10 in an effort to establish the final top 25: The Top 25 college football programs of the decade (it’s actually the Top 57, or so, but I figured I should use “Top 25″ in the title for SEO reasons).

Make the jump for Frumpzilla’s epic compilation, along with a detailed explanation of the methodology behind our rankings…

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Urban Meyer’s Reaction to Lane Kiffin taking the USC job

January 13, 2010

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By now you’ve all heard about Lane Kiffin (AKA Lame Kitten, to SEC fans) returning to LA to head up USC’s program.  He’s apparently bringing a dynamite staff with him, too: Monte, recruiting and DL extraordinaire, Ed Orgeron, and even offensive guru Norm Chow, according to reports.

How’s the rest of the top flight coaching talent in the country reacting to this, though?  Well, that’s gonna require quite a bit of digging, but Frumpzilla has happened to get its paws on Florida coach, and former Kiffin rival, Urban Meyer’s reaction upon hearing about the shakeup at tonight’s Kentucky-Florida basketball game:

Urban Meyer's reaction to hearing the news that Lane Kiffin is leaving Tennessee to take the USC job

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