Now 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…
Sotheby's photo-handout to prospective buyers
To put that in NBA Jayhawks perspective, that’s only about $8.5 million less than Boston’s Paul Pierce is scheduled to make this year; $4.5 million less than the Wizards’ Kirk Hinrich; and approximately the same as Darrell Arthur and Brandon Rush’s salaries combined.
Alright, fine. That doesn’t really provide any meaningful perspective at all, does it?
How about this: A few days prior to businessman David Booth’s purchase of Naismith’s foundational conception of the sport, a first edition collection of Shakespeare’s plays — published in 1623 — sold for $2.37 million at a Sotheby’s auction in London. Take that, English literature!
The lofty price tag — let alone the poopooing of Bill Shakespeare — obviously did nothing to deter Mr. Booth’s desire to keep the origins of basketball within the Jayhawk family. Naismith became the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas in 1898 and remained at the school in various capacities until 1937 — only two years prior to his death.
The Naismith family had been in possession of the documents until the December 10th auction held at Sotheby’s New York, however the Naismith International Basketball Foundation will receive the bulk of the sales price.
If you’re interested in reading some of rules as written on the original documents, a enlargeable, full scale version of the above image is available here.
Sources: Fox Sports, and the Ottawa Citizen
Tentative Predictions. They’re kind of like “Fearless” predictions, except we’d never advocate laying real money down — tisk, tisk: gambling is likely illegal in your great State, Frumpster — and we actually provide our readers with some ways to rationalize failure should these picks not come through.
College Football’s opening weekend saw Frump go a disappointing 3-3 ATS. We didn’t blog our picks beforehand — like we are this week — but we tweeted about it quite a bit, so don’t accuse us of making that stellar record up, okay?
Virginia Tech +1.5, Louisiana-Lafayette +29.5, and LSU -9.5 cost us, and keep us at .500 for the season, but this week we’ve got another 6 games that should push us into the green. If not, well, feel free to use one or more of the Cowardly Cop-Outs provided below.
So, if you need some rationale to make some picks yourself this weekend — or just want to make fun of someone else’s, even ours — make the jump for some angles on East Carolina -13, Georgia Tech -12.5, Rutgers -16.5, Georgia-South Carolina Under 46.5, Hawaii-Army Over 51.5, and N.C. State-Central Florida Over 51.5.
Figured it would be wise to remain somewhat topical for today’s Friday Frump Classic. Yesterday was almost certainly one of the best opening days in recent NCAA Tournament memory (at least my memory), some really fantastic finishes. So why not take a look back at another (near) finish that probably stands as one of the more clutch moments in the Tournament’s history?
Frump it here to relive how Mario Chalmers, at least for one shining moment, was as cool as the barren arctic wasteland from whence he came (I’m sure there would have been a Sarah Palin joke in there, too, if she’d been relevant at the time).
For readers that have entered our Frump Madness bracket contest, don’t forget you can check on stuff at the resource page and tracker.