Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Terps for Dummies. The BasketCases have noticed that Blogging for Dummies has been such a phenomenal commerical success that we've decided to follow it up with a new book of our own, Terps for Dummies. And, as a special treat for our loyal blog readers, we thought we'd share a few excerpts with you as we approach the new college basketball season. Here's the first installment:

Chapter 1: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a Terp? Whenever we've been asked this question at our seminars, the BasketCases always seem to have at least one student --- usually sitting right up front wearing a Duke School of Business tee shirt --- who waves his hand and shouts out (before being recognized) that TERP stands for "Theoretical Ex-Rights Price which is the market price to which the ordinary shares of stock should gravitate following the completion of a rights issue." And then we tell him, that "no, that is not correct" and he argues with us and then we throw him out of the class. (That's the part we love the most . . . throwing Dukies out of the room never gets old.)

OK, back to the question . . . a Terp? The answer is very simple; Terp is shorthand for "terrapin," which is either a turtle (more on that later) or a person with a positive association to the the University of Maryland, an institution of higher basketball learning that has adopted the "terrapin" as its school mascot.

[Any questions? Yes? (You in the Tarheels ball-cap) "What's a turtle?" Is that your question? Yes . . . OK. Then the BasketCases would like to ask you whether you've heard the saying "No Child Left Behind?" You have? Alright . . . well, don't believe it . . . because you were.]

Perhaps that's enough for our first lesson. Check back with us, because the BasketCases will pick up again soon with answers to more FAQs and other important discussions of Terp-ology, including a look at the members of the National Championship Team (for those of you who weren't paying attention last April.) And, yes, there will be a quiz.


At 10:32 AM, Anonymous vallee said...

Just alerting Terps fans to the Fear the Turtle scavenger hunt contest on the WUSA9.com website, and the Mystics items on Ebay that Tamika Williams of the Lynx is auctioning for her charity

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry - I should have helped steer you to the 20 foundation item list:


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