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NCAA Tournament of the (Previous) Decade

March 14, 2011


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

January 11, 2011


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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Frump Day Links: 12-15-2010 or UNC Fencing Can Be Fun Edition

December 15, 2010


Rabbit fornication artAs much as we’ve tried in the past (and we have), Frump’s never been able to maintain a consistent link dump. Not exactly sure why, but we are pretty dang lazy, so that probably has something to do with it.

Also, believe it or not, Frumpzilla.com only pays a relatively small portion of the bills around our lavish headquarters, so the “real” jobs that we take on in pursuit of  global media domination kind of get in the way at times, too, I guess.

Well, all that may or may not be about to change (except the “real” jobs thing hopefully), because, frankly, not doing this has probably exponentially hurt Frump’s growth and exposure. Oh, and because we just like to spread the little love we have to give whenever we can. That too…

  • B-Diddy’s got a little side project now that I think would make a fantastic coffee table book. Users can submit their own pics, too. Might have to do that myself. Brews from the Phone
  • In honor of Brahsome’s first post in probably close to three months, here’s a nice video of Epic Stretcher Guy. Brahsome
  • For Frump’s N.C. State contingent, R&R looked into WhatIfSports.com’s prediction for the State-West Virginia Champs Sports Bowl — and also found a brilliant UNC typo. Riddick & Reynolds
  • Speaking of embarrassing UNC-related news, Tar Heel athletic scandals apparently aren’t limited to the football team. This one’s REALLY scandalous, too. Like, NSFW scandalous (depending on much you want to explore, so to speak). Busted Coverage
  • Sticking with the scandals theme, was that Jets assistant’s knee-jerk reaction really more of a systematic, staff-wide scheme? The Scores Report
  • Oregon has decided what they’re going to wear whilst trying to take down Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers — and they apparently want Cam to know exactly where they are at all times. Sharapova’s Thigh
  • Meanwhile, in Tampa, Joe Paterno doesn’t need you to be wearing fluorescent green to see you — you’re probably gonna have to speak through a bullhorn for him to hear you, however. SportsByBrooks
  • I’m not a huge hockey fan, but even I knew the answer to this esoteric trivia question. The Last Angry Fan
  • Here’s a nice run down of all the love, or lack thereof, Brett Favre has been getting on Twitter lately. Awful Announcing
  • Hate Christmas? Join the club over at Fourth Down and Long.
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Trooper Taylor’s Son Can’t Play Basketball — Because of his hair…

December 11, 2010


Blaise Taylor, son of Auburn coach Trooper Taylor, sues school over not being allowed to play basketball because of his hair

Blaise Taylor, son of Auburn coach Trooper Taylor, has been told his braided hair will keep him off the high school basketball team

With just a few weeks left before Auburn takes on the Oregon Ducks in the BCS Title game, this probably isn’t the type of distraction War Eagles’ WR coach and recruiting extraordinaire, Trooper Taylor, needed. Then again, how could anyone blame him for fighting it?

According to a report from NBC affiliate WSFA 12 News, the Taylor family is suing Auburn High School, a public school, over a policy that prohibits Trooper’s son, Blaise Taylor, from playing on the Junior Varsity basketball team.

Oh, and it’s not because the kid can’t play, apparently. Nor because he broke any school rules, or because he’s been suspended, or anything rational like that.  No, it’s because Blaise sports cornrows — “braided hair, ” to the layperson.  The Taylor’s suit is geared only towards having the rule changed — they’re not seeking any financial damages.

According to school board attorney, Rick Davidson:

It has always been Coach Tolbert’s strong belief that teaching young men that the identity of the team and the program takes precedence over all individuals.  To that end, Coach Tolbert has tried to teach young men that the way they present themselves has a major impact on how other people perceive them.

According to Blaise, however, some of his teammates have “long hair,” and thus he thinks it’s unfair he can’t play.  Frump, of course, agrees — and regardless of what “long hair” actually constitutes here.

Assuming there are, in fact, some “long hairs” on the school’s basketball team, the good news is that administrators have apparently come far enough to realize not everyone with hair past their ears — or even a Beatles-esque mop-top — is necessarily a lazy, pot-smoking, commie subservient.  Well, at least not in the strictest sense.

The bad news: Auburn High School is presumably still under the impression that braided hair, in and of itself, projects some sort of universal, negative image and/or identity. For shame…

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