The Best of AAUBingo 2014

Year 2 of AAU Bingo is in the books and it did not disappoint.  Especially Las Vegas which was absolutely epic in AAU Bingo terms.  The hashtag #AAUBingo exploded this year, especially in July and that's incredible to see.  ESPN's Jeff Goodman was included in the act with a tweet of a coach wearing a camera which was quickly tagged by many loyal followers of the movement.  Trainer Alan Stein in on the act this year as well.

There are too many outstanding tweets to award properly but we'll start with a few that deserve mention.  Then we'll expand the Best Of AAUBingo list to a Top 10.

2014 Special Mention
The MN Cyclones vs Team Loaded 757 game at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas deserves its own category because it was so beyond comprehension. Here's what we got from one official in this last game of the night.

Less than 10 minutes into the game, referee tosses the Team Loaded 757 coach for stepping on the court to instruct his player as he went up the court on offense.   Whacked him twice in 2 minutes, gone, good bye.  Coach doesn't leave, security has to get him at the next dead ball.  I give the coach credit for not going completely ballistic on the official.

Later in the game, a fracas breaks out at halfcourt thanks to a bunch of uncontrolled chirping that was going on.  The benches empty and I was worried that Tom Critchley Sr might end up being part of a Don Zimmer/Pedro Martinez moment.  After a long discussion, the coaches are called over and we end up with this magical epic fail.
  • Double Foul, no technicals (wrong, had to whack somebody there)
  • We'll shoot 2 free throws on each end (wrong, double foul, no FTs)
  • We'll go to a jump ball to determine possession (wrong, point of interruption)
  • The official lines the kids up like the start of the game and jumps it up (wrong, use the arrow if you think its a jump ball)
Inside 10 seconds to go, a ridiculous intentional foul call in a 3 point game to seal it.

One of the absolute most disgraceful pieces of officiating I've seen.  The college coaches section was absolutely howling at this.  Here are some of those tweets.

2014 Honorable Mention #AAUBingo Tweets

Top 10 #AAUBingo Tweets of 2014

#10) In honor of last year's winners (Minnesota Heat), we'll start the list with one of their workouts.
#9) Hungry Referee
#8) Coaching attire at a new level of insanity
#7) In game conditioning
or this
#6)  Coach anger after a loss
#5) Referee/Police Officer fatally injures coach after game

#4) Dog barking at AAU Nationals

#3) Pull Fire Alarm in Protest

#2)  Classic parent behavior courtesy of famous basketball trainer Alan Stein

#1) Team disqualified for using graduated player in 16U division.
Cheating is nothing new in AAU (we wouldn't have #AAUBingo without it after all).  What takes this instance to the top is the included video where the coach attempts to deny everything (think Richard Nixon, I am not a crook). The player in question was in a JUCO showcase the previous week and that's how it came to everyone's attention.  Many calling it one of the most blatant attempts at cheating they've seen.
So there you have it, those are the best tweets of year 2.  Let's take it to another level in year 3.  If you missed the best of Year 1 of AAU Bingo, you can read that here.

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