Thursday, May 17, 2007

IT’S GETTING HOT IN HERE…

So take off all your Vicks…

The dog in the header is PEPE, and he, unfortunately, may well belong to Michael Vick. That’s the bad news. The good news is Pepe looks to be the main dog at Vick’s dog breeding operation so at least he’s enjoying the perks of Canine Crazy Town. Check it out at
www.vicksk9kennels.com. Not kidding.

And so…According to the Daily Press, Vick is in the "hot seat" as the Humane Society of the U.S. wonders why no charges have been filed yet in the dogfighting investigation that centers on the former Surry County property of NFL quarterback and Newport News native Michael “Holy, S*** I Must Be A Moron” Vick.

But animal control officials say they have strong evidence in the case.

"This is one of the rare times we've actually found a pit," said Kathy Strouse, Chesapeake's animal control coordinator. "When you find something like a pit, that's pretty good evidence." Strouse has been investigating dogfighting for about 14 years. So you don’t just install the dog fighting pit to increase the value of your home? Who knew? Those Vicks, they're clever!

Last month, the investigation there netted evidence, including a bloodstained carpet - used in dogfighting pits to give dogs traction - as well as scarred pit bulls, drugs to reduce swelling, dog-training equipment and a training regimen etched in a wall, said John Goodwin, the Humane Society's deputy manager of animal-fighting issues.

"I don't know what else they would need," Goodwin said. "There are a lot of other people in Virginia that have gone to jail for dogfighting with significantly less evidence than that. There is not a shadow of a doubt when you have all those pieces together."

Strouse also said that an informant has said there is a witness who can put Vick at a dogfight.

Vick, who plays for the Atlanta Falcons, didn't live in the Surry house, but his cousin did. The house was subsequently sold in less than a day last week. Check out the pool (giggle) and the kennels (creepy).

A picture of a presa canario stud named Pepe is featured prominently on the Web site. "Look at this ultimate canine that is highly intelligent, powerful, well-framed, and has tenacious courage. ... You are looking at a well-qualified family pet and protector." The Web site also states, "We do not promote, support, or raise dogs for fighting."


But, we will fight the livin’ s*** out of your dog if you happen to drop by. PAR-TAY!

UNC SIGNS ROY TO FOUR YEAR EXTENTION

North Carolina awarded coach Roy Williams a four-year contract extension Thursday that will keep him with the Tar Heels through the 2014-15 season.

Williams, who signed an eight-year contract to coach his alma mater before the 2003-04 season, will make up to $1.8 million each year plus incentives based on the Tar Heels' performance on the court and in the classroom.

"Roy Williams is the most complete coach in the country," athletic director Dick Baddour said. "I knew when we hired him he was an outstanding basketball coach, but he has also exceeded our every expectation in the manner in which he runs a basketball program. He believes in character first, he coaches for all the right reasons and he is a first-rate ambassador of our university."

Duke coach Mike Kzysjhfvbsdn3ski said, “F#%&!!”

One hour later, Baddour called a second press conference. “Did I say four?” Baddour queried, “I meant 40. My bad.”

PICTURE OF THE DAY

WE WANT TO GO TO SCHOOL IN BALTIMORE because they take field trips to the racetrack. Nice, Street Sense, NICE! What's not to like? Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense is led past a tour group by Paul Rutherford in the Preakness Stakes Barn at Pimlico.

(Photo by AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THAT DIET IS REALLY WORKING FOR J.B. Must be the Red Bull and all the indoor soccer. Surely he has Dr. Bushmills, Dirt, All-Star and Puke Smoke to thank.

(Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bull)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

OK, ALL THE RUSSIAN TENNIS PLAYERS AREN'T PRETTY...Russia's Dinara Safina returns the ball to Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko during the Rome Masters tennis tournament in Rome's Foro Italico clay-court. Check out the gun on Dinara!

(Photo by AP Photo/Felice Calabro')

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

SOURCES CLOSE TO THE QUEEN TELL TAH that the purple outfit she wore to the Lords Cricket Ground in London during the first Test between England and West Indies was meant to demonstrate her sheer joy of being as far away as reasonably possible from those "crazy people" in Kentucky. Rumor has it that the Queen unfortunately happened upon the Kid Rock, George Strait, Dennis Hopper and Peyton Manning annual Kentucky Derby Whiskey Drinking Contest and she was not amused. Go figure.

Has she ever looked happier? Thanks, KR.

(Photo credit Chris Young/AFP/Getty Images)

WHAT? FEWER SISTERS OF THE POOR?

The ACC men's basketball schedule appears likely to stay at 16 conference games for four more seasons. Commissioner John Swofford said last week ACC officials would discuss an 18-game conference schedule beginning in 2008-09 .

"There seems to be some confusion, " said Swofford, "but I want it to be perfectly clear. The 18 conference game format isn't about the game, the league's prestige, recruiting, the fans, the coaches or the student athletes. This is about one thing, and one thing only -- MONEY."

But coaches at the conference's spring meetings have unanimously endorsed keeping the 16-game format through the 2010-11 season, when the television contracts will expire. Coaches feared dropping games such as North Carolina-Arizona and Duke-Georgetown in favor of a couple of more conference games would diminish the ACC's national appeal.

The 16-game schedule "allows all of our teams to go out and schedule intersectional games that will help with our marketing," Clemson coach Oliver Purnell said. "It helps with our brand name, and it helps with recruiting." What Purnell meant: “Damn, how are we gonna get to 20 wins if we can’t play Furman, Wofford and Arkansas State?”

FSU, UVA RANKED #2 AND #3..

...on ESPN's list of underachieving athletic programs.

Ouch.

ESPN.com labeled Florida State and Virginia among their most underachieving programs of the past decade. The list is topped by Michigan, but FSU and Virginia file right behind at #2 and #3, respectively. Most ACC fans have been waiting for Florida State to emerge to top half of the ACC standings, yet it hasn't happened. They've not made the NCAAs since 1998, despite having a very good coach [Leonard Hamilton] who has NBA ties.

According to AOL ACC FANHOUSE: True, but what irks everyone is that the Noles have shown the ability to beat the Dukes and Carolinas at home, but cannot climb their way out of the group of Clemsons of the league. ACC fans know that Florida State is a football school in a basketball conference, but the goods are there for them to compete. Remember, their first league game was a win at North Carolina.

As for Virginia, things should look up in the long term. The new John Paul Jones Arena was a nightmare stop for ACC foes this season and joins the Smith Center, Comcast Center, RBC Center and Lawrence Joel as NBA-sized arenas that can suffocate you with it's home court advantage [of course, one of the ACC's smallest venues, Cameron Indoor, claims the ultimate advantage]. The nice facilities, great coach and academic history should lure more top recruits to the school.
As far as the Boo-Hoos are concerned, we have just dos palabras: Puerto Rico.


PICTURE OF THE DAY

TRIPLE CROWN? Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense, riden by Calvin Borel, works out, 15 May 2007, at Churchill Downs. He traveled to Baltimore for the Preakness yesterday.

(Photo by AFP/GettyImages/Matthew Stockman)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

TRAINER ROBBIE BAILES holds his Preakness Stakes hopeful, Mint Slewlep, during a bath outside the stakes barn at Pimlico Race Course. Bailes is from the Richmond area and he routinely brings a string to Colonial Downs. He's a great guy and a pretty good golfer. His Scrappy T was second a few years ago in the Preakness. Scrappy T made headlines when he drifted out at the head of the stretch bumping Afleet Alex. Afleet Alex went to his knees, but unlike Barbaro in last year's disaster marred race, he bounced up and charged down the stretch to victory. Hopefully, Saturday's Preakness will be a bit less eventful. Mint Slewlep is owned by Virginian Marshall Dowell, the retired owner of Roanoke Harley-Davidson.

(Photo by Garry Jones/AP Photo)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

IF YOU AVERAGE 225.817, AND YOU HAVE TO SLOW DOWN TO GO AROUND THE TURNS, HOW FAST ARE YOU GOING DOWN THE STRAIGHTAWAYS? 250? F***!!! Pole sitter Helio Castroneves (English translation: Mas Mucho Crazy Person) of Brazil poses on the main straight at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Castroneves qualified with an average speed of 225.817 mph.

(Photo by Gavin Lawrence/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

UM, IT GOES FASTER IF YOU GET THE NOSE OUT OF THE OCEAN (NOSE -- TECHNICAL SAILING TERM FOR FRONTWARD PART OF BOAT) U.S. BMW Oracle racing competes during the semi-finals race 3, of the Louis Vuitton America's Cup against Italy's Luna Rossa . BMW Oracle lost the race, and is now down 2-1.

(AP Photo/Fernando Bustamante)

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

STRAIGHT FROM DEADSPIN

Michael Vick, Somehow, With Even Less Credibility

The hole that Michael Vick is in keeps getting bigger and bigger, like an infected puncture wound on the muscular neck of a not-quite-ferocious enough pitbull.

Via ProFootballTalk, Chris Landry of Fox Sports says Ray Buchanan, a former teammate of Vick's, told him some things that make Vick's "I don't know anything about this" defense even less credible.

From PFT: Said Landry of his discussion with Buchanan: "He tells me that Michael has been into this dog fighting for so long that . . . .he not only knew about, he is behind all of it, he's paying for all of it. . . . Apparently, he's into it big time."

Landry also said that Vick was actively recruiting teammates to become involved in the "sport."

Ah, Michael. If only he'd have realized how much better this situation would've been for everyone if he had just had the rabid, bloodthirsty dogs fight his little brother.
Actually, we dug up the cartoon...

HOKIES WIN SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT

A two-run home run in the second inning by Kelsy Rokey was all the offense ACC Tournament MVP Angela Tincher would need as 15th-ranked and top seeded Virginia Tech defeated No. 17 Georgia Tech 2-0 to claim the 2007 ACC Softball Championship - the first softball title for the Hokies since they joined the league three years ago. With the win, Virginia Tech moves to 48-14 on the season, while the loss runs Georgia Tech's record to 53-14.

"Given some of the circumstances of the past month if some people find some comfort in our winning it, I hope they do because we're excited about it and we're excited to wear the orange and maroon. We can't wait to get back to Blacksburg and take the trophy into town," said Virginia Tech head coach Scott Thomas.

"Obviously, we let them win," said Georgia Tech head coach Sharon Perkins.

ACC TEAMS BATTING .500 IN LAX TOURNEY

Top-seeded Duke received five goals from Zack Greer while Matt Danowski dished out a career-high seven assists as the Blue Devils defeated Providence, 18-3, in the opening round of the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament. At the same time, eighth-seeded North Carolina outscored Navy 5-1 in the fourth quarter to defeat the Midshipmen 12-8 in the first-round. The Terps yakked it up to UMBC, marking only the eighth time in 30 games the Retrievers have defeated Maryland.

The 2006 NCAA Men’s Division I Men’s Lacrosse National Champions from the University of Virginia did not fair so well. The Boo-Hoos got whooped by Delaware 14-8. The Blue Hens, who are not known as an LAX powerhouse, started their program this year on St. Patrick’s Day with some football helmets, some restrung tennis rackets and an orange.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

BUTCH HARMON IS A GENIUS. It only took the famous golf coach just over a month to figure out that last weekend’s winner of the Player’s Championship and its $1.6 million first place check, Phil Mickelson, is actually right handed.

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NOW THAT’S GOOD THINKING. The people of Barcelona, Spain’s Circuit de Catalunya, home of the Spanish Formula One Gran Prix, faced with skyrocketing costs to build a new much larger racetrack complete with sky suites and all the come-to-be-expected amenities have decided to simply race smaller cars.

(Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NEWLY ELECTED FRENCH GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS reveal a plan to buy back Louisiana in a move designed to boost the economies of both. According to these same French officials, "no major changes" are forthcoming, and the borders of the Cajun state will only change "slightly."
(Photo JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

NOW, THAT'S A GOOD LOOKING GROUP of bad golfers at Golden Horseshoe last Friday. No ACC sport was even mentioned during this round completed by the sevensome in a timely manner. Everyone in this photo is thinner and has more hair in real life.

(Photo by Mr. Anderson - Neo)

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