return to the Run DMC
Frogs are tearing up the court
In some circles, Daniel-Meyer Coliseum is known as the
Run DMC. It is uncertain how far those circles extend,
but it is an interesting name deserving of some exploration.
First and foremost, it is an obvious reference to the
ground breaking rap group, but as far as anyone can
tell, Horned Frog fans of the Billy Ball
era, place emphasis on the word run.
In the late 1990s, the TCU mens basketball team
was scoring points at a profane rate. You dared not
stand up to buy nachos or use the facilities, because
if you just turned your head to talk to a friend, you
would miss a Lee Nailon dunk or a Mike Jones 3-pointer.
The coliseum would be so full on some nights that the
collective body heat, accompanied by its heating system,
turned it into the largest sauna in Fort Worth.
In 2004, a new group of basketball players take center
stage in the Run DMC, and they dont fail to provide
a great game of basketball. They carry the banner for
TCUs basketball program, but this time, the coliseum
relies solely on its own heating system.
Barring a major catastrophe, this years Lady Frogs
are on their way to the NCAA tournament for the third
consecutive year, and unlike the football team, they
face some of the nations best teams. They are
battle tested, experienced, and have shown the ability
to beat any team in the country.
On Friday night, their opponent, the Tulane Green Wave,
scored only six points in almost 11 minutes. On Sunday
afternoon, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles scored only
nine points in 11 minutes. Both teams should have just
called it quits, but they had nothing to be embarrassed
about. No one was watching them play, so why would they
If it wasnt for the TCU band reminding them how
at one point senior guard Kim Ortega had outscored the
entire Tulane team or the dozens of high school girls
screaming at the top of their lungs every time Tulane
or Southern Miss attempted a free throw, it would have
been better off to play the game in the TCU Recreation
One doesnt have to be a basketball fan to enjoy
the Lady Frogs play. They put the Run and
the D in Run DMC.
Junior Forward Sandora Irvin is rewriting record books
with every game she plays and is one of the best low
post position players to ever play at TCU. She will
forever be mentioned with the likes of Kurt Thomas and
As a team, this years Lady Frogs are the best basketball
team to ever play on a TCU court, and are arguably TCUs
best sports team this year.
team has a chance to win a national title, provided
they can find a way to stop turning the ball over so
much and make free throws at a rate better than 66 percent.
The Lady Frogs have proven they dont need us there
to win basketball games. They have all the fire, spirit
and tenacity within themselves, but wouldnt it
be nice if they could use some of ours for a change?
forward Sandora Irvin and the Lady Frogs are ruling
their roost at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, but not many
fans have been there to see it.
*denotes a Conference USA game
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum capacity crowd: 7,201
2003-2004 total attendance: 39,908
2003-2004 average attendance: 3,325
Percent of seats filled: 46 percent
Non C-USA average attendance: 3,247
C-USA average attendance: 3,435