Saturday, March 10, 2007
Rumor has it that the ACC is considering revising head coach Dave "Trampled Under Foot" Leitao's Coach of the Year award to Coach of January and The First Three Weeks of February award. On the plus side, the Cavs were honored with the TAH Hand Soap Dispenser Award for making a big mess of the bracket. The banner hanging ceremony will be held next season during halftime of the Sisters of the Poor State - Galax game.
Gavin "Please No, Not Another Romantic Comedy Starring Hugh" Grant scored nine of his 20 points in the final two minutes and NC State rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to pull off its second straight upset, a 79-71 victory over No. 24 UVa on Friday night.
"We are extremely disappointed," said Rex Grossman, the newly hired Director of Tourism/Hotel and Restaurant Division for the Tampa/St. Pete area. "Our restaurants and bars really stocked up on tons of Zima. What are they gonna do with all that crap now?"
Thursday, March 8, 2007
In a statement to ABC News' "Good Morning America," Andrew Giuliani said: "I got my values from my mother. She's a strong influence in my life. She's a strong woman. I have problems with my father, but that doesn't mean he won't make a good president." (actual quote)
“If Henderson treatment doesn’t work on my step-mom,” he continued, “the lacrosse guys have agreed to host a fundraiser my old man.”
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
(The voting for the 2007 All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams, as done by 106 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, with first-team votes in parentheses and total points. I know it’s almost impossible to believe, but TAH is not a member of the ACSMA. Losers.)
COACH OF THE YEAR: Dave Leitao - UVA (64), Gary Williams - MD (19), Seth Greenberg - VT (15). Leitao is the first Virginia coach to win the award in 25 years.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jared Dudley, BC (45), Al Thorton – FSU (30), Tyler Hansbrough UNC (18), Sean Singletary (12), Tyler Hansbrough’s Nose – UNC (1). Thorton is the first BC player to win the award. We would have voted for Singletary based on "most valuable to his team's success."
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jamon Gordon – VT (54), Zabian Dowdell – VT (12), D.J. Strawberry (12), Ekene Ibekwe - MD (8), Josh Mc Roberts – Duke (7). Note that the ACC officials felt compelled to list 5 players in this category and only four in all the others and the 5th player was from Duke. Curious, no?
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Brandon Wright – UNC (49), Javaris Crittenton – GT (27), Brandon Costner – NCSU (23). This is the third straight year a Tar Heel frosh has won the award. Wright follows Hansbrough and Marvin Williams.
JARED DUDLEY, Boston College (106), 318*
TYLER HANSBROUGH, North Carolina (106), 318*
AL THORNTON, Florida State (106), 318*
SEAN SINGLETARY, Virginia (100), 312
ZABIAN DOWDELL, Virginia Tech (90), 302
J.R. REYNOLDS, Virginia (20), 232
D.J. STRAWBERRY, Maryland (2), 180
TYRESE RICE, Boston College, 177
JOSH McROBERTS, Duke, 159
BRANDAN WRIGHT, North Carolina, 150
KYLE VISSER, Wake Forest, 120
JAVARIS CRITTENTON, Georgia Tech, 104
BRANDON COSTNER, N.C. State, 94
JAMON GORDON, Virginia Tech, 61
JACK McCLINTON, Miami, 48
BEN McCAULEY, N.C. State, 36
JAMES MAYS, Clemson, 34
DEMARCUS NELSON, Duke, 34
JAMES GIST, Maryland, 28
EKENE IBEKWE, Maryland, 21
TYLER HANSBROUGH’S NOSE, UNC, 1
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
The conspiracy folks want to say Coach Krzchvkbhsh5ski had a hand in this. We don’t believe K’s program promotes dirty play or hard fouls. We believe Coach K’s program teaches kids to push off every time they try to dribble past an opponent and to fake the charge (the flop) whenever possible (but, if you read TAH, you already knew that). We also are convinced that the program takes high school All-Americans and molds them into players who can a) win the ACC tourney (no small feat), b) make a pretty good run (sometimes all the way to the Championship) in the NCAA tourney (no small feat) and c) who, with a few exceptions, flame out and play like crap in the NBA. That’s what the program does and good for it. Otherwise, there wouldn’t be a rivalry. Is there a Clemson/UNC rivalry? No, cause Clemson hardly ever beats the Heels. At home, make that never. Get the point?
Duke kids aren’t taught to play dirty. When you are that good for that long, you simply have no reason to go down that road. So, let the conspiracy stuff go. Watch the other rivalry games, emotions are high and there is plenty of banging a slapping. That’s why it’s fun. Sometimes they spill over and that doesn’t require any input from the coaches beyond the usual mind games and yelling and screaming they already doll out to their players. These kids are hard-wired by years of competition and the history of the rivalry to react that way in what is, in reality, a very intense environment. And that's why we're watching. Intensity. If the players went out there and patted each other on the butt, smiled and made nice and then went through the motions of high level basketball – presto chango – it’s an NBA game! Thank you, no.
RELATED ITEMS: The Dukies say Hansbrough shouldn’t have been in the game or gone up for the shot. They are wrong on both counts. McRoberts had been in the game only 3.5 seconds earlier and he only left because he fouled out. Paulus too was around near the end and left only after his 5th foul. Williams was trying to get seniors in and out so they could be acknowledged by the crowd. Hansbrough’s replacement was at the scorer’s table. In case you didn’t know it these coach’s have a “I’m leaving my starters on the floor until you pull yours” mentality. In a perfect world, K and Roy would meet at half court and agree to pull their starters at garbage time, but that wouldn’t make for much of a blood producing red hot rivalry – the best in college basketball – now would it?
Should Hansbrough have followed up his miss and attempted to score with a double digit lead in the waning moments? That one’s a bit more complicated, but to complaining Dukies, we say yes. Of course, he could have tossed it out to Biscuit Burke, but that ain’t how the boy is programmed. What makes him good is his desire and his fundamentals. My guess is it’s hard to hit that on/off switch in the heat of battle no matter score or time remaining. Don’t forget Coach Krzyscjvhgfn2ski was still calling time outs after each made Duke basket which helped create an illusion that the game is still within reach.
OTHER ITEMS: Hansbrough suffered what coach Roy Williams said Monday was a small nondisplaced fracture. Williams said Hansbrough is being fitted with a custom-made protective mask and should be ready for North Carolina's first tournament game Friday. However, according to UNC, a final decision on whether or not Hansbrough wears a mask has not been determined. Originally, Williams told the media the now quite famous snoz was not broken, but he later had to retract that. "I gave some bad information because I had a bad source ... the source was Tyler," Immediately after the game, Hansbrough told the coach it wasn’t broken and he was OK. Anybody surprised by that?
Of interest, here is how Duke Sports Information breakdown at GoDuke.com recaps the final moments of the game. There is no mention of the foul on Hansbrough or even that Henderson was ejected. Instead, the whole affair is glazed over it with this: “The two teams played evenly the rest of the way as the Blue Devils played hard to the final buzzer.” Hmmm. For example, according to Criminal U: “Miami played Florida International last night and the Hurricanes won. Nothing else of interest transpired.” Unbelievable.
Finally, this from our favorite UNC student – M.C.A. Tarheel (Class of ’10), she came across T-Hans on campus yesterday and according to her dad, MCA “told him how good a game he had and that she was sorry about what happened to him at the end of the game. He said he is over it now especially since we kicked their ass.” Oh, in case you weren’t sure her dad is a UNC grad as well.
All done with this now as we have to go poke fun at the Wahoos and the Hokies. Is it Thursday yet? – The Editor
Monday, March 5, 2007
It was a fairly routine game that saw UNC rebound and play defense with much needed intensity. It wasn’t until the last 14.5 seconds that it got interesting. Duke’s Gerald "The New Hollywood" Henderson decided to commit a hard foul on T-Hans whacking him in the nose. Hansbrough was still in the game shooting a free throw as his sub was waiting at the scorer’s table. Henderson was still in the game according to Krzydhfvbn4ski because when “their starters are still in, our starters are still in.” Pschyo T, as his teammates call him, missed the free throw, followed his shot and got his own rebound. On the put back, Henderson was clearly looking to give him a good whack, but probably not quite that good. The refs called a “combative flagrant” foul, ejected Henderson from the remainder of the game and for the opening game of the ACC Tournament. As Pat Forde said on Espn.com today “UNC got a bloody nose, and Duke got a black eye.” Hansbrough broke his nose and will have to play with the Richard Hamilton mask this weekend. Duke simply has to suffer some more embarrassment at the end of a long and bad (for them) season.
Coach Mike Krzcvhbjfls3ski blamed Christian Laettner for the incident. “Look, it’s late in a long, tiring, hard-fought game, and Gerald was so exhausted from absorbing all my leadership all season long that he thought Hansbrough was Laettner, and even our guys hate Christian.”
Duke head football coach Ted Roof called the foul “a clean hit” and then offered Henderson a spot on the football team saying he could “play both ways and special teams too if he wants.”
Virginia fans, who had the audacity to pull for Duke after failing to emerge victorious (CHOKING) against Wake on Saturday, blamed the Tar Heels eventual regular season championship and #1 seed on Dean Smith and every ref that worked every UNC v. UVA game from 1967 to 2006. Oh, and a couple of them blamed Othel Wilson and one guy blamed Terry Holland’s dog.
Hokie fans, stunned by their loss to Clemson, didn't know who to pull for or who to blame.
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