Thursday, June 14, 2007

TAH NEWS FLASH...TAH NEWS FLASH...

NEWS FLASH – Warrenton resident, and multi-college veteran, Mike Daugherty is currently leading the 107th U.S. Open Golf Championship at Oakmont Country Club. Mad Dog used his international business connections to secure the rarely utilized “Amatuer That Has Atttended the Most Colleges and Universities and Jimmy Buffett Concerts” to secure a spot in this weeks Major.

Daugherty then used his engineering skill to develop a new prototype golf club which he then miraculously got “tentative approval” from the U.S.G.A. to use during the tournament. The prototype pictured here, dubbed the “Mad Mike’s Oakmont #8 288 Yard Par 3 Golf Ball Cannon” (or Mad Dog Ball Buster for short) is expected to revolutionize the game...

…Wait, there’s some static on the line…

Oh no, we are now being told that it’s not Mike Daugherty, but some English hack named Nick Dougherty who shot a 2 under 68…wanker.

…Oh the humanity…

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

(Sarah Ovaska - Raleigh News & Observer)

When Mike Nifong leaves the N.C. Court of Appeals Building at the end of a day of hearings in his disciplinary case before the N.C. State Bar, television camera crews follow him for a block, and then they stop.


Gone are the days when he'd have reporters camped outside his office at the Durham County Courthouse, pushing to follow him even as he headed into to the men's room for comment on his attempts to prosecute three Duke lacrosse players on charges of raping a woman hire.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, he walked into the courtroom used for the disciplinary proceedings with little fanfare. Heads turned and throats cleared, but little more than a heavy silence greeted Durham County's top prosecutor as he took his seat at the defense table.

A courteous routine has evolved in which reporters ask but don't pry for comment. Absent is the frenzied, almost insatiable attention that surrounded the case in the initial stages in spring 2006.

The 72 seats in the room being used for the hearing at the N.C. Court of Appeals building are mainly occupied by people closely linked to the case.

Among them: Reade Seligmann, one of the now-exonerated players, his family and mothers of the two other players, defense lawyers, their staff and representatives from local and national media.

The requests to attend from media came from bloggers, cameramen and reporters from Court TV, National Public Radio and the Today Show.

WHICH TAH FOUNDING MEMBER CARRIED A BIGGER STICK?

We needed some bio info on our bud Debbie Easter (Wahoo ‘83), so we Googled her. In a 2006 women’s lacrosse game where UVA beat William & Mary 16-5, we came across this item – “Weymouth's 10 assists as a first-year tie her with Cavalier greats Caitlin Banks(2001) and Debbie Easter (1980).” Hey, Hoos, most folks call them freshman, but whatever...

"Cavalier great." That's pretty awesome.

Wait there was more…In another article, we found this “Tyler Leachman
now has 30 goals on the season, which ranks 10th all-time for goals as a second-year. She is tied with Virginia great Debbie Easter, who had 30 in 1981.”

We are still looking for complete stats so we can figure out who was a bigger star – Easter at UVA or Bierman at Duke? Both have very strong lax resumes.

DRIVER? ON A PAR 3?

Look, we know the USGA has gotten caught up in the “let’s see just how damn hard we can make this” approach to the set up of U.S. Open courses, but this is ridiculous. V.J. Singh told folks after his practice rounds in April, sans the typical Open rough, that the wining score would be somewhere between 10 and 15 OVER!

He may be on to something. Aside from the 7,300+ yards, par 70, the typically tall and tough U.S. Open rough, fast greens and narrow fairways, Oakmont's No. 8 is 288 yards…and it’s a par 3.

Really now?

Sorry, but that’s ridiculous…

Rumor has it John Daly was so pissed about it, he violated his own restraining order and scratched his wife’s face and then stabbed himself.

…and Big John hasn’t even seen the 679 yard par 5.

Ouch.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

LAST ONE TO MAKE FUN OF NIFONG IS A ROTTEN EGG, or a bad Master Card joke. Check out Today's Special at The Fayetteville Street Tavern in Raleigh: "Today's Special: Toasted Nifong w/a side order of National News $Priceless"

(Photo courtesy of Raleigh News-Observer - Travis Long)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THERE'S PILING ON, and then there's piling on...

Ouch, that hurst like a 288 yard par 3.
Grrrr...

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

YOU AREN'T REALLY MAXIMIZING your five minutes of fame if the editorial cartoonists of the world don't fire a few shots your direction.

Mission accomplished.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

HUH? We don't get it. Any explanation appreciated. Who the hell is Baldo? And on exactly what TV has he been seen?

Inquiring minds wan to know...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

FLACK GETS BIG WHACK

Chad Flack is a great baseball name, yes? Chad Flack.

Seems as Chad spent this season in a slump, desperately trying to resemble the player who hit the home run that carried North Carolina into last year's College World Series. Then, exactly one year after the homer that defined his career, he rediscovered that form and came through with another one. Flack's tiebreaking two-run shot in the seventh propelled North Carolina to a 9-4 win over South Carolina on Sunday night in the deciding game of their best-of-three super regional series.

UNC had been ranked all year, but Florida State, Virginia and Clemson had all spent time in the top ten. Nonetheless, the Heels were the only ACC school to survive the Super Regionals and move on to the College World Series.

OUCH!

John Daly says his wife Sherrie tried to stab him with a steak knife. Sherrie says big John got drunk and went off. According to Mrs. Daly, after assaulting her, he scratched his own face to cover up his misdeeds.

When deputies arrived at the Daly home, located on the TPC Southwind golf course where the tournament was being held, Sherrie Daly and the couple's children were not there. Deputies also could not find the knife he claimed she used.

No criminal charges were filed, but John Daly sought a protective order against Sherrie Daly to prohibit any contact with him or their 3-year-old son.

According to court documents, she is also seeking a restraining order as well as exclusive use and possession of the Southwind home, custody of the children and continued financial support from John Daly, The Commercial Appeal reported on its Web site late Monday night.

Sherrie Daly said her husband gives her a monthly cash allowance ranging from $15,000 to $30,000.

And some people say the PGA Tour is boring…

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MICHELLE WIE TAKE NOTE. Rags to Riches, riden by John Velzquez (L), crosses the finish line ahead of Curlin, riden by Robby Albarado, during the 139th Belmont Stakes June 9, 2007 at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. Rags to Riches would go on to be the first filly to win the Belmont Stakes in 102 years.

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

HEY, ITALLIAN DUDE, IT'S NOT THE BIKE'S FAULT...Italian Mattia Pasini reacts after crashing during the 125cc race at the Grand Prix of Catalunya, 10 June 2007 in Montmelo.

(Photo by Cesar Rangel/AFP/Getty Images)


PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

SOMEHOW, NOBODY GOT HURT...or at least, nobody is admitting to getting hurt. North Carolina celebrates after defeating South Carolina in an NCAA Super Regional final baseball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Sunday, June 10, 2007. North Carolina won 9-4 to advance to the College World Series.

Tar Heel hoop coach Roy "Roy" Williams was at the game. "Roy knows baseball," said a teary-eyed Williams, "and I'm just so proud of these kids..."


(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

GIVE ME SOME SUGAR, I AM YOUR NEEEIIIIGH...BOR! Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson beats horse Restore The Roar, ridden by jockey P.J. Cooksey, by several lengths during a fundraising horse race event for Feed The Children at River Downs Saturday, June 9, 2007, in Cincinnati. Johnson got a 100 yard head start.

(Photo by David Kohl/AP Photo)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

DON'T GIMME NO LIP. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. talks to the media Friday, June 8, 2007 after the first day of football mini-camp explaining how hard it is to compete in the NFL and to function in the real world without lips.

(Photo by J.Pat Carter/AP Photo)

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