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.
Bobby “The General” Knight has been a lot of things for college basketball. A visionary, a troublemaker, and a champion among others. All of his past actions aside, I’ve usually found myself agreeing with him when he opens his mouth about the sport he loves. Last night is no exception.
During a fundraiser for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday, Knight got into the current state of college basketball and one particular reason why he’s glad he’s not coaching anymore. The General mentioned a lack of integrity in the game today. Of course, like any well practiced public speaker he cited examples for his thesis. His exact quote was:
It doesn’t take much detective work to realize he’s talking about John Calipari(only took me 20 minutes and 31 wiki pages). This is Cal’s first year at Kentucky after stints with UMass and Memphis. He’s enjoyed considerable success at both prior schools reaching the final four with each. Unfortunately he’s also enjoyed considerable scrutiny for his actions and has never officially been to the final four with either school as those appearances have been taken away by the NCAA. Each school was also put on probation the year after he bolted for a better(higher paying) job. Convenient for him, not so convenient for the programs and fans that trusted him.
I’m sure Kentucky fans will come out and back up their stand up coach, just like UMass and Memphis fans did while he was still there. However, ask any of those fans now what they think of him and you may get a different reaction. Kentucky fans will surely point to the fact it was the school that was sanctioned by the NCAA and Cal has never been named. One thing I do ask is for us all to take a step back and use our common sense just like Coach Knight has, Calipari is no angel. Also, Coach Knight has done both good and bad for the game of college basketball, but I think we can all agree he was right on with his speech last night. There is a lack of integrity and it’s hard to blame the coach that continues to cheat and never get in trouble, you have to look higher up at the NCAA that allows it to continue. Although now that Cal is at one of the huge cash cows for basketball, it’s hard to imagine the NCAA will ever do anything about it.
Fitting that a kid who potentially grew up in a igloo would hit one of the most clutch shots in NCAA Tournament history. I bet he actually used to walk miles, barefoot, in the snow to basketball practice, too…