Friday, May 25, 2007

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA

Ok, who knew?

It should not come as a surprise that the college SIDs (Sports Information Directors) have an association -- The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). These folks choose the Academic All-America teams in 12 programs: football, women's volleyball, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's track & field/cross country, women's track & field/cross country, men's at-large and women's at-large. A first team, second team and third team are selected in both the University (Division I and I-AA) and College (Division II, III and NAIA) Divisions. Football consists of just first and second teams.

The are also “At-Large” selections for kids who participate in things like women's bowling, women's crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, water polo and men's wrestling. So they’ve got women’s bowling, but not women’s wrestling? What up?

To be nominated, the student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career. No athlete is eligible until he/she has reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at his/her current institution (thus, true freshmen, red-shirt freshmen and ineligible transfers are not eligible).

They do this for the whole country and then they break it down into 8 districts. The ACC, save for BC, is in District 3.

THE ACC ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

CoSIDA and ESPN The Magazine just announced the “At-Large” teams and the ACC was very well represented. Of the 40 kids on the team, 21 are from ACC schools. The SEC has 2, maybe 3. For a complete list of these and others, visit http://www.cosida.com/allamerica/aaaselections.asp.

There are also individual teams for individual sports. So, there is an Academic All-American basketball team for 2006-2007. Number of ACC schools represented? That would be ZERO. Here’s where the nerd geek hoopsters hail from: Cornell, Butler, Iowa, Florida, Western Michigan, Belmont, Southern, North Dakota, Harvard (duh!), Coastal Carolina, Elon, Bowling Green, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Eastern Washington.

Now when they break it down into districts, it’s a completely different story. Number of ACC Schools represented? Absolutely NONE!



Otherwise of note: Lee Humphrey, the sharpshooter from Florida and Justin Baker from Springfield who goes to the University of Mary Washington (Fighting Typists).

Conversly, there are 7 kids from ACC schools on the District 3 Academic All-American football team…

And that is why the ACC is the GREATEST basketball conference EVER.

Any questions?

I'M A BLOGGER, I KNOW STUFF

Centro Universitario Incarnate Word?
Sports team name?
Anybody?

P.S. Every single word in the posts above is true, except the part about St. Joe’s being in Borat’s home town…but, you knew that.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICAN Allison Sismey of the Dikenson State University Rodeo Team. Who doesn't love North Dakota?

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NICE WORK, IF YOU CAN GET IT…Finnish Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen drives ahead of Brazilian Honda driver Rubens Barrichello at the Monaco racetrack in Monte Carlo, during the second practise session of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix.

(Note to self: Win lottery, go to Monaco Grand Prix, take friends and lots of cash.)

(Photo by BORIS HORVAT/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

YOU KNOW IT’S A SNAZZY NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN THEY DON’T HAVE WRECKERS. German Toyota driver Ralf Schumacher's car is lifted by a crane after crashing at the Monaco racetrack in Monte Carlo, during the second practise session on Tuesday. We suppose they use helicopters instead of busses as well?

(Photo by BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

DEADSPIN, GOLF CART, CLIFF. Need we say more? Do yourself a favor and just click on both links.

http://deadspin.com/sports/caddyshack-dvd-extras/the-real-tragedy-is-that-my-cell-phone-was-in-there-262773.php

http://deadspin.com/sports/chuckles-the-clown/somewhere-out-there-theres-an-elephant-with-your-name-on-it-263132.php

Thursday, May 24, 2007

CSI: MIAMI

The family of slain Miami Hurricanes player Bryan Pata will get $2 million from the insurance companies of the apartment complex where he was murdered, family attorneys said yesterday.

Pata was fatally shot outside the Colony Apartment in Kendall, Fla., on Nov. 7. The apartment complex did not provide the 24-hour security it had advertised, and several outdoor lights were obscured or not working, particularly where the shooting took place, said the family's attorneys.

Pata's parents will receive two $1 million payouts, the full policy limit from both of the complex's insurance companies. The crime remains unsolved.

Relatives said Pata had promised to help financially support his family once he signed an NFL contract.

OOPS, OUR BAD...

Duke has asked the NCAA to give another year of eligibility to members of last year's men's lacrosse team, a year after the university chose to cancel the 2006 season. Duke spokesman Art Chase said the university filed the request with the NCAA earlier this month. No timetable has been set for a decision.

What he said: "The extraordinary circumstances that happened last spring and the developments from last spring until recently when the kids were exonerated were a real unique situation," Duke athletics director Joe Alleva said in a statement. "We felt it was only fair to try to get a year of eligibility back for those kids who lost last season."

What he meant: "Damn, we f***ed this up. Hey NCAA, a little help?"

In other news, anonymous sources at Duke tell us that next week the school will ask the NCAA to appoint fired Duke lacrosse head coach Mike Pressley as head coach of the team of his choice (other than Duke) competing in the NCAA Lacrosse Final Four. According to Alleva, "We felt it was only fair to try and get a decent job back for the coach we s***-canned for no reason."

GOOD THINKING

Georgetown's Roy Hibbert and Jeff Green both made the right choices in their respective decisions to stay at school and turn professional. Green won't get much better and he's projected to be a lottery pick. The 7-2 Hibbert, who was known as "Big Stiff" when he entered school, has improved each year. Hibbert was projected to be drafted somewhere in the 8 to 15 range this year, but the experts say another top notch season in the Big East next year could move him up to lottery money. Hibbert played extremely well in the NCAA tourney so look for good things from him in 2007-08.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

ATHLETES AND THEIR CHILDREN ARE TAKING OVER THE WORLD, PART 1...Just one night after multiple Olympic medal winner Apollo Ohno won the coveted top prize on Dancing With The Stars, Jordin Sparks, the daughter of ex-New York Giant cornerback Felipe Sparks, cashed the $1 million ticket on American Idol. How about sticking to sports, and leaving the other stuff to us mere mortals?

Apparently you already know this since almost 154,439,703 people watched both shows on Tuesday and Wednesday night.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

SAYING THE RIGHT THING...It actually can be done in sports! Here are Andy Roddick's comments about his obviously air brushed/photo shopped picture on the cover of Men's Health.

"…little did I know I have 22 inch guns and a disappearing birth mark on my right arm. I saw the cover for the first time when I landed after Rome...it was pretty funny...I walked by the newsstand in the airport and did a total double take ...I can barely figure out how to work the red-eye tool on my digital camera...whoever did this has mad skills...Maybe Rafael Nadal wants his arms back?..."


Good stuff.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

BLIMEY, CRAP! AC Milan defeated Liverpool 2-1 in the Champions League final Wednesday, behind two goals by Filippo Inzaghi for its seventh European Cup title. The game was seen on TV by 200 million people in 113 nations. By games end, 198,100,002 of those people were asleep. Of those remaining awake, only 3 of them were sober, and one of them died of old age during the second half.

After the game the premier soccer league unveiled their new slogan for 2008: "Goals? Who Needs 'Em?"

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

HOOLIGANS RETIRE. Terry Last, DJ5 and Stephen Hickmott, three of the top superhooligans in England and members of Liverpool's ‘Nutty Crew,' hold a press conference to announce their retirement. "I'm done with the bloody youngsters," said DJ5, "Besides, once you've carved up an opposing bloke with a razor and tossed from a moving train, there's not much left to do...Besides, I'm tired of coming home from the stadium with blood on my head."

Insiders from SuperhooliganInsiders.com say pressure from other groups such as ‘Inter City Firm' (ICF) of West Ham United, the ‘Service Crew' of Leeds, and ‘Gooners' of Arsenal, the ‘Bushwhackers' of Millwall, the ‘Baby Squad' of Leicester and the ‘Headhunters' of Chelsea caused the three superstars of soccer bad boys to pack it in.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

VICK APPLIES FOR FINAL YEAR OF ELGIBILITY

Embattled Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Michael Vick has sent an appeal to the NCAA requesting reinstatement of his final year of eligibility. Sources close to TAH say he is seeking to return to Virginia Tech, the scene of his greatest triumphs.

At the NFL draft Vick told Commissioner Roger Goodell that he was going to “change.” Following the latest controversy, Vick has decided that the best way to accomplish this it to return to Blacksburg and “start over.”

The photo at left shows super Hokie Brian Scheulen and head coach Frank Beamer at the exact moment this news was related to Hokie Nation at the recent Orange and Maroon tour event in Fauquier County two weeks ago.

NFL’S COMMISH TO PLAYERS: SHUT UP ALREADY

Today, we have a classic case of what is reported and what’s not. The Redskins had a FanFest in Virginia Beach last weekend, and some comments made by Clinton Portis re: Michael Vick have gotten a lot of air time.

What you have heard: In a WAVY-TV interview, Portis said that if the Atlanta Falcons quarterback is charged and convicted of being involved in a dog fighting operation, then authorities would be "putting him behind bars for no reason."

"I don't know if he was fighting dogs or not," Portis said. "But it's his property; it's his dogs. If that's what he wants to do, do it." Portis said dog fighting is a "prevalent" part of life. Portis, a native of Laurel, Mississippi, added: "I know a lot of back roads that got a dog fight if you want to go see it.” Sound familiar?

What you didn’t hear/see was the rest of the quote: “But they're not bothering those people because those people are not big names. I'm sure there's some police got some dogs that are fighting them, some judges got dogs and everything else." "Politicians," added Chris Samuels, who found it hard to keep from giggling while Portis was talking. "Presidents," added Portis with a laugh.

"Then I think he got cheated. ... You're putting him behind bars for no reason — over a dog fight." "Haven't you seen Animal Planet?" Samuels added with a giggle.

Of course shortly thereafter all parties were in full reverse. Portis apologized, the Redskins apologized and the NFL realeased a statement saying the Commish was embarrassed for Portis…

Another item left unreported is the comment made by Samuels, who was reportedly trying desperately not to laugh during the Portis interview -- “I think we may have just gotten ourselves into a mess…” You see, O-Lineman really are the smartest guys in the NFL.


There’s more they aren’t telling you – Apparently, according to the Daily Press “Virginia is a hotbed for dogfighting. There have been recent convictions in Richmond, Chesapeake and Spotsylvania. The most notorious Virginia case was of "Fat" Bill Reynolds, publisher of a dogfighting magazine, who spent 30 months in prison on federal charges of sending images of pit-bull fights across state lines.”

Ouch.

Hey, Al Groh, recruiting tip?

EXONERATED?

About a day late Michael Vick’s lawyer told him to “stop talking…” (Is his lawyer Mrs. Kat?)

Unfortunately, before he stopped there was this exchange with a Fox affiliate in Atlanta. This was originally reported by the Atlanta Constitution-Journal and ESPN with a follow up from The Daily Press (All The Vick That’s Fit To Print) in Tidewater.

“In an interview with the Fox affiliate in Atlanta, the Falcons quarterback was asked about the dogfighting controversy.

Reporter: Are you concerned at all that your image has been tarnished a little or do you feel like that reaction shows that you still have support?

Vick: Man, I still got support. Everywhere I go all around the world people still support Mike.

Vick: So, regardless of what I go through people still gonna love me, man. You know it's all good. I ain't worried about that. My job is to win football games.

Reporter: In the end, will you be exonerated?

Vick: Man, no comment."

No comment? How about: "Yes, Mike is gonna be exonerated. People all around the world still support Mike."

PICTURE OF THE DAY

BMW ORACLE THIS! This is America’s entry in the next Louis Vuiton Kohls Husqvarna Sony Dove Soap McDonalds’ Americas Cup in 2010 – The Disney Enterprises-Buena Vista Pictures Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End Black Pearl captained by no other than Capt. Jack Sparrow.

Good luck.

Arghhhh!

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THEY TRY THIS EVERY YEAR, and the Thoroughbred always wins. Enough already. Yes, this took place in New Jersey.

No, it's not a race, but a loose Standardbred with a broken rein being collared by an alert outrider. There were no injuries except the trotter's ego when he got passed like he was tied to the rail.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

HER DADDY MUST BE PROUD. Those Florida fans...football and basketball champs and they're still a little cranky.

(Photo by Bill Frakes/SI)

Monday, May 21, 2007

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BOYS AND GIRLS

Obviously, based on the equipment or lack thereof, the difference between women’s loacrosse and men’s lacrosse is the simple fact that the men beat the living crap out of one another and the women don’t. Watch some of the Final Four this weekend, and the boys whip-up on one another pretty good…or just take a broom stick and have somebody hit your forearm with it once per minute for one hour. You’ll get the point.

Duke came back to beat UNC 19-11 to advance to the Final Four in Baltimore. At one point in the second quarter the Heels lead 8-4, but the UNC head coach said the Devils “blew us up” in the second half. The Duke and UVA women’s squads are off to the Final Four in Philly as well after winning this weekend.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NO TRIPLE CROWN. Damn. But, it was one heck of a race. Curlin, left, nips Street Sense by a head in the $1,000,000 Preakness Stakes.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THREE. COUNT 'EM, THREE women drivers in this weekend's Indy 500. Venezuelan newcomer Milka Duno, Sara Fisher and Danica Patrick. Patrick is on the fourth row, Fisher on the 21st and Duno on the 29th.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

WHERE'S DENNIS CONNER WHEN YOU NEED HIM? It took five days for the wheels to come off the ultimate sailing machine, billionaire Larry Ellison's America's Cup challenger BMW Oracle. On the sixth day he yanked the driver. Now the once-heralded campaign is kaput. Ellison sacked his skipper and chief executive Sunday in hopes the drastic change would reverse a downward spiral, but with Chris Dickson watching on TV and understudy Sten Mohr at the helm, the U.S. entry came up flat losing by 33 seconds to Italian Lunna Rossa.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

GENTLEMEN, START YOUR ENGINES. So says His Airness to the NASCAR boys at Lowe's Motor Speedway this weekend.

(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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