Friday, October 5, 2007


Bowling Green (-20.5) @ Boston College, 12:00 PM, Boston, Mass., TV: ESPNU (XM 190) – Who made this schedule? Army, UMass and then Bowling Green…

Miami (-6.5) @ North Carolina, 12:00 PM, Chapel Hill, N.C., TV: ESPN2 (XM 192) – Television…too bad.

Georgia Tech (-3) @ Maryland, 12:00 PM, College Park, Md., TV: R/LF (XM 191) – John Clark’s Game of the Week.

Wake Forest (-7) @ Duke, 1:00 PM, Durham, N.C., TV: ACC Select (XM 193) – Duke cheats (and they suck.)

NC State @ Florida State (-18), 3:30 PM, Tallahassee, Fla., TV: ABC (XM 190) – Who will Chuck pull for?

Virginia Tech @ Clemson (-5.5), 6:00 PM, Clemson, S.C., TV: ESPN (XM 191/193) – Tech better beware. Tigers are pissed.

Virginia (-9.5) @ Middle Tennessee State, 7:00 PM, Murfreesboro, Tenn., TV: CSS (XM 192) – Groh Must Not Go!!!


UNC just inked a commitment with sophomore Kendall Marshall (left) while speculation swirls around about top prospect Iman Shumpert’s visit to Chapel Hill.

Marshall is beginning his sophomore year at Arlington (Va.) O'Connell High, but he already knows where he is going to college. Marshall, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound basketball point guard, committed to Carolina on Wednesday afternoon.

Marshall, 15, started as a freshman on an O'Connell team that reached the Virginia state independent finals. He also was the first freshman to ever start on the Boo Williams All-Stars club team. UNC was Marshall's childhood favorite, but he already had offers from Wake Forest, Villanova, Georgetown, Virginia, Ohio State, Connecticut and Pittsburgh. Marshall is believed to be the youngest player ever to commit to UNC or to coach Roy Williams.

At the same time, UNC is investigating whether there were recruiting violations during Iman Shumpert's visit to Chapel Hill. The guard from Oak Park, Ill., told the [News &] Observer he spoke with and played pickup basketball against NBA players Raymond Felton, Sean May and Marvin Williams during his official visit.
NCAA rules forbid reps of a school's athletics interests from making recruiting contacts.

However, May and Williams are both taking classes at UNC, so they are also students. And students can have contacts with potential students. Felton recently said he never actually spoke to Shumpert (right).

It’s OK, ‘cause our home boys in Kansas are keepin’ it real ez to follow the rules: NCAA rules for non-students allow only for "unavoidable incidental contact" involving "normal civility."

In a related item, Bill Krxzdcvbgr4ski, brother of Duke basketball coach Mike Krzmklpy6ski, has authored a new book titled: Pre-Natal Recruiting: Marketing To The Womb and Unfertilized Eggs. “If we can get the school’s message and recruiting pitch to the unfertilized egg,” said Krxcsdwqak8ski (doesn’t matter which one), “We can even undermine paternal influence, and that will make a coaches job that much easier.”


The three former Duke lacrosse players wrongly accused of rape filed a sweeping civil rights lawsuit today against the city of Durham, a host of police officers, former District Attorney Mike Nifong, and the DNA laboratory hired by the disbarred former prosecutor.

The 162-page lawsuit called the case "one of the most chilling episodes of premeditated police, prosecutorial, and scientific misconduct in modern American history, which resulted in charges brought and maintained against three innocent Duke University students and lacrosse players over a period of more than one year. "

At the same time, it was announced that HBO has acquired the rights to a book about the lacrosse team sexual assault case, with plans to create a movie for the cable channel.

Variety, an entertainment industry magazine, reported that HBO plans a movie from the book "Until Proven Innocent: Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case," which was written by KC Johnson and Stuart Taylor Jr.


Co-OFFENSIVE BACK--Xavier Lee, Florida State, Quarterback, 6-4, 234, Junior, Daytona Beach, Fla. Coming in off the bench in the second half, Lee led the Seminoles to three touchdowns and a 21-14 win over the No. 22 Crimson Tide. He finished 12-for-19 in the game for 224 yards and two touchdowns, including a 70-yard scoring pass to De'Cody Fagg to ice the game in the fourth quarter.

Co-OFFENSIVE BACK--Chris Turner, Maryland, Quarterback, 6-3, 214, Sophomore, West Hills, Calif. Despite his lack of experience, Turner (who is 14-years-old) completed 14 of 20 pass attempts for 149 yards, directing four scoring drives and leading the Terrapins back from an 11 point deficit at the half v. #10 Rutgers.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Kevin Tuminello, Georgia Tech, Center, 6-4, 292, Senior, Youngstown, Ohio. In 62 snaps against a strong Clemson defensive line on Saturday, Tuminello recorded nine knockdown blocks (pancakes).

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Calais Campbell, Miami, Defensive End, 6-8, 280, Junior, Aurora, Colo. Against Duke on Saturday, Campbell had eight tackles, including 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Cam Martin, Virginia Tech, Outside Linebacker, 6-1, 209, Sophomore, Martinsville, Va. Against North Carolina on Saturday, Martin registered 10 total tackles, seven of which were solo stops. He added three sacks on the day, for a total of 14 yards.

SPECIALIST--Vic Hall, Virginia, Cornerback, 5-9, 184, Sophomore, Gretna, Va. Hall, a cornerback had punt returns of 22, 45, and 18 yards.

ROOKIE--Graig Cooper, Miami, Running Back, 6-0, 194, Freshman, Memphis, Tenn. In Saturday's 24-14 Miami win over Duke, Cooper had his second 100-yard game of the season, rushing for 101 yards and one touchdown on just 12 carries.



SPF 45. Ohio State fans put on their O-Face during the Buckeyes 56-7 romp over Northwestern.

Daddy's proud.

Mommy's not mad.


SPF 15. You think they are excited now, wait until BC actually plays a conference game...Oops, not this week, gotta big match up with Bowling Green.


LOOKS LIKE "QUEER EYE" has found its way to the University of South (Beach?) Florida. You must admit that this is some fabulous body paint adorned by these three baby Bulls for last weeks game v. West Virginia.


WHO KNEW? ANNIE HALL GOES TO MICHIGAN, and while her team is losing, she crowd surfs.

Nice hat...and shoes.


ONLY IN WEST "BY GOD" VIRGINIA. No. it's not a photoshop, it's Johnny Dingle, 6'3", 270 lbs. Senior from Miami, and Scooter Berry. a 6'2", 285 lbs. Freshman from North Babylon, NY.

Any questions?


PUNKED...Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Danny Ferry shows reporters the North Carolina Tar Heels logo that someone painted on the wall of his new office as a prank, during a media tour of Cleveland Clinic Courts, the Cavaliers' new $25 million basketball training facility in Independence, Ohio, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007.

(AP Photo/Jamie-Andrea Yanak)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Safety Tony Joiner is the eighth Florida player in the last nine months to get in legal trouble, a growing concern for the defending National Champions. Joiner, a senior captain and defensive leader, was arrested early Tuesday and charged with felony burglary, police said.

Joiner, who ranks fifth on the team with 20 tackles, was arrested around 5 a.m. outside the fenced impound lot of a local towing company, Gainesville police said.

But the owner of the property leased by the towing company, Stan Forron (University of Florida ‘66, University of Florida Board of Visitors, Chairman Emeritus Gator Club, Founder Swamp Booster Club, and web master for said Tuesday afternoon that the whole thing is "a big misunderstanding."

Joiner was accused of pushing a heavy electric gate open to enter the lot in an attempt to retrieve his girlfriend's car, which was being held in lieu of a $76 towing bill, a police report said. Joiner was taken to the Alachua County Jail and later released on his own recognizance.

Forron (known to his homies as "Gator Tow") said Joiner had made arrangements to pay the towing bill and pick up the car. But when Joiner arrived, no one was around to help him.

"I don't know if he was late or early or what," said Forron, who plans to urge the state attorney's office to drop the charges. "I don't understand why he was arrested. Is it a crime? Yes and no. It's kind of my fault because I left the gate open.

"It's like going to breakfast at Cracker Barrel and when you go to leave there's no one there to take your money. How long are you going to wait?" (How about as long as it takes?)

Forron acknowledged that he is a Gators fan, but he insisted that it had no bearing on his desire to see the charges dropped.

"I came forward because right is right and wrong is wrong," Forron said. "I don't think he should be in trouble."
Florida plays #1 LSU Saturday in Baton Rouge.


Mark your calendars for November 3rd. That’s the day Navy travels to South Bend to take on Oh-fer Dame. Currently the Mids are 3-2 and the Oh-fer Domers are 0-5.

Could this be the year?

Praise Touchdown Jesus?


During each episode of Saturday Night Live, after an early segment, there is a faux commercial. On the season premiere, they took on the Michael Vick news cycle with a commercial for Angry Dog dog food.

Well worth a few minutes of your pop culture time!


LeBron James hosted the season premiere of SNL, and this skit about high school LeBron's meeting with his high school guidance counselor is a classic.



According to those wild and crazy guys at DEADSPIN:

Relax. This isn't exactly "cameragate, part 2." Actually, Rutgers didn't actually do anything wrong. Another coach at another school did it for them. A Duke coach broke ACC rules to repay a favor to a Rutgers coach, by supplying Rutgers the coaches film of the Wake Forest-Maryland game from the previous week.

The ACC confirmed that, in doing so, the staff member violated the league's video-exchange policy, which requires conference schools to notify other ACC schools when a nonconference program asks for game film.

The ACC has no actual punishment established for this sort of thing. Usually, it's just an accidental screw-up, that gets a letter sent around reminding schools of the policies. Add in the fact that Maryland won, and a sanction against the coach or Duke is unlikely. The biggest punishment for the coach is likely just being a coach for Duke Football.

Really, just added embarrassment for Rutgers. On top of everything else, they got just a little bit extra edge with the coaches film from a Maryland loss. Yet they still lost at home to the Terps.


STEROIDS: GOOD; TANNING BED: BETTER; YOU-KNOW-WHAT ENHANCEMENT: PRICELESS. The Mr. Olympia Bodybuilding Finals were held last weekend in Las Vegas, and finalist Gustavo Badell showed off all his big muscles -- and a little one too...Working out can only do so much.

Some dude named Jay Cutler (not kidding) (right) won.

(Photo by via AOL)


HEY, KIDS THERE'S GOOD NEWS...There is also a Ms. Olympia.


EVIDENTLY somebody from Auburn who is handy with Photoshop didn't take Lou's comments lightly.


YUP, YUP, GOIN' TO THE ZOO, YUP, YUP. The AKC has partnered up with the BCS and agreed to register a new breed of hound -- The Southeast Conference Hound. Here are Registrations #0001, #0001a and #0001b, appropriately named Hog, Gator and Vol.

(Photo courtesy of -- Lord knows where they got it...)


YOU'RE OUT...SAFE...OUT...SAFE. So the Rockies beat the Padres 9-8 in 13 innings to win the NL Wild Card. This photo shows San Diego Padres catcher Michael Barrett trying tries to put a tag on Colorado Rockies' Matt Holliday. This is the last clear image of the play. Everybody, including Bud Selig, says he was safe, but all agree that you can't ever see him touch home plate. When asked, Holliday said, "I don't remember, but the umpire said I did."


(AP Photo/Will Powers)

Monday, October 1, 2007


OUCH. TAH will suffer another mild interruption due to rotator cuff surgery. Any rumors that said injury occurred while riding an ATV last July are greatly exaggerated. (OK, maybe it did, but it was 8 am and the BAC was 0.0 -- so there!)

Pedro Martinez told TAH that we could probably do the surgery ourselves, but we have opted to utilize the services of a qualified physician.

Look for a slightly truncated version for the next week or two since the left arm will be immobile. OK, for browsing, but not so good for typing.

According to our crack medical team, the surgery and rehab are difficult, but they can be improved tremendously with single barrel whiskey, Murphy's Stout and good cigars.



In ACC Matchups, the Game of the Week had to be Clumpson v. GT. Clumpson, then ranked 13th in the country, was looking to keep its momentum going. Missing FOUR--that's not a typo-- field goals doesn't keep it going. Clumpson's kicker, Mark Buchholz, missed two FG's wide left and two wide right. (It still is difficult writing "wide right.") I couldn't make this up if I tried: Coach Tommy Bowden thinks his kicker may have been tired due to soccer. Apparently, Buchholz plays soccer for Clumpson, and he had a game on Friday night. Then he drove from Dook to Atlanta . Uh, Tommy, here's a little friendly advice: find a kicker that doesn't play soccer the night before a game. Jeez.

I have received special dispensation from the Editor to mention two other games. The ACC finally had a good football weekend. First, Maryland upset 34-24 then ranked #10 Rutgers at Rutgers. The win ended a 10 game home winning streak for Rutgers, and it was the first victory for Maryland against a top 10 team since it upset--who else--FSU in 2004 (when one of the Rix's was playing, no doubt).

Speaking of FSU, the other game to mention is FSU's win over then ranked 22nd Alabama, 21-14. Why did FSU win? Because Rix II was benched in the second quarter in favor of Xavier Lee. Interesting side note: the 85,412 fans at Saturday's game was the most to see a game in Jacksonville, exceeding attendance at the 2004 Super Bowl game or any of the annual Georgia-Florida rivalry games.

Saint Bobby grew up in Birmingham and coached under Bear Bryant, so the victory was especially sweet for him. For all you golfers out there, you'll understand this quote from Bobby: "When it will be emotional is when I go home this summer up to Birmingham and we go out to Roebuck [golf course] and we tee that thing up on the first tee box and I say 'We whipped y'all'."

Next week: GT @ MD. Both teams coming off upsets, who is going to have a let down?

(Editor's Note: Can you believe he didn't mention that UNC was one turnover away from a tie or maybe a victory over football juggernaut Virginia Tech...? Jeez, you upset one #22 team and you completely lose all perspective.)


Maryland Stuns No. 10 Rutgers, 34-24 - Backup quarterback Chris Turner (who looks to be all of 14) led Maryland to 20 second-half points, Keon Lattimore rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown and the Terps ruined No. 10 Rutgers' second stay in the top 10 with a 34-24 victory Saturday. Huge win for the Terps.

Georgia Tech Topples No. 13 Clemson - Georgia Tech stifled the dynamic running duo of James "Thunder" Davis and C.J. "Lightning" Spiller and took advantage of a stunningly poor performance by Dean Buchholz and the rest of Clemson's kicking game, upsetting the 13th-ranked Tigers 13-3 Saturday. The Yellow Jackets (3-2, 1-2 ACC) snapped a two-game losing streak and avoided their first 0-3 start in league play since 1994. The Tigers (4-1, 2-1) missed four field goals, had a punt blocked to set up the only touchdown and fumbled on a kickoff return, setting up a field goal.

No. 17 Virginia Tech Tops North Carolina 17-10 - Good thing for Virginia Tech it can always count on its defense. Xavier Adibi set up one short touchdown drive with an interception and long return, Virginia Tech stopped another drive by forcing a fumble deep in its own territory.

Florida State Defeats No. 22 Alabama 21-14 - Xavier Lee came off the bench to throw a pair of touchdown passes to De'Cody Fagg, and Antone Smith scored on a 5-yard run as Florida State defeated No. 22 Alabama 21-14. Florida State (3-1) gave Bobby Bowden, who grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and always figured he was destined to follow Bear Bryant in Tuscaloosa, his 369th coaching win in his first game against Alabama.

Miami Holds Off Duke, 24-14 - Kyle Wright returned from an injury to throw a game-sealing touchdown pass to DajLeon Farr with 2:15 left, and Miami escaped an upset bid by Duke for the second straight year by beating the Blue Devils 24-14 on Saturday.
Wright was 19-of-23 for 230 yards and two touchdowns for the Hurricanes (4-1, 1-0), who won their Atlantic Coast Conference opener for the first time in three years.

Virginia Rolls Past Pittsburgh 44-14 - Jameel Sewell threw three first-quarter touchdown passes and Cedric Peerman ran for two scores as Virginia extended its winning streak to four games with a 44-14 victory over Pitt on Saturday night. Sewell was 7-of-7 as Virginia (4-1) built a 27-0 first-quarter lead. Um, Hokies, don’t look now, but Virginia is looking pretty good…

No. 12 Boston College Remains Undefeated with a 24-14 Win Over UMass - Matt Ryan led Boston College on a 96-yard drive to give the Eagles a 17-point lead over Massachusetts. Then after UMass surprisingly cut the lead to a field goal, Ryan got BC moving again.

"We put together some nice drives when we needed to," Ryan said Saturday after throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown. "I think that's the sign of a championship team: when you get scored on, you answer."

Louisville 29, N.C. State 10 - Louisville's maligned defense forced a season-high five turnovers and the Cardinals overcame Brian Brohm's least productive performance of the season in a 29-10 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday night.


There might come a day when a 49-32 loss to anybody -- even Appalachian State -- will be considered entirely unacceptable to Elon, but for now, it’s no big deal. Scott Riddle and the Phoenix have lost two games to teams that have defeated Michigan and West Virginia.

Elon, playing entertaining football before a record home crowd of 13,100, probably needed to be perfect Saturday to defeat the Appalachian State who was suffering a bad case of the Red A$$ after being upset last weekend by Wofford.

Riddle was again productive, but burdened by two interceptions – one of which was returned for a touchdown and a 42-24 Mountaineer lead. Along the way, Elon receiver Michael Mayers set a Southern Conference record with 387 all-purpose yards.

Riddle was 32-51 for 307 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"We can go two different ways on this thing," said Riddle, a true freshman from Eastern Randolph who threw for 307 yards. "We want to go the good way, win the rest of our games and go 9-2.

Here’s a nice piece on the Riddle family from Fox Sports:


The Broncos didn’t win, but they did get their house in order utilizing a swarming defense in a narrow loss to the obviously older, larger and cheating first place Panthers. As if it weren’t enough that the Panthers entered the game with an impressive 5-1 mark, they were also a head taller at every position. In addition, the little Bill Belichick’s in training constantly flaunted the rules by having three – yes, count ‘em, THREE – coaches on the field at a time. That is strictly verboten, and everyone knows that the difference between two on-field coaches and three on-field coaches at this level is simply impossible to overcome. (Cheaters.)

In addition, the Panthers utilized a mad, screaming, apparently ‘roid ranging assistant, who spent the first quarter screaming WAKE UP, WAKE UP at his players. The Broncos may have been slightly intimidated by seeing veins pop from a grown man heads the likes of which they have only seen when just after taking the hack saw to Dad’s golf clubs…It’s bad when a six-year-old says, “Dude, I’m awake…chill.”

J. Pieja and T. Petty got the start for the Broncos on defense. The Panthers scored on their first two plays. It’s possible the two are related, but we doubt it. The Broncos defense stiffened and included two impressive goal line stands. Final score: Panthers 28, Broncos 21.

Next action: Under the lights on Friday night during halftime of the Fauquier High School football game. Word on the street is that both Petty and Pieja will be carrying the ball for the Broncos…


Fashion designer Marc Ecko purchased Barry Bonds 756th home run ball for $752,467 from the Brooklyn college student who caught it. He then set up a web site asking baseball fans what to do with the tainted sphere.

The options were:
Option A: "Bestow it intact to Cooperstown" drew 34 percent of the votes.
Option B: "Permanently brand the ball with an asterisk before sending it to Cooperstown" drew 47 percent.
Option C: "Launch it into space forever" drew 19 percent.

More than 10 million votes were counted on his Web site and "Brand It" was the clear winner with nearly half the vote over "Bestow It" and "Banish It."

"We're going to have to find a different artifact to send up to space," Ecko said in making the announcement. "Banish was 19 percent, so 80 percent of Americans wanted this ball on Earth, and it will go to the Hall of Fame with an asterisk."

Dale Petroskey, president of the Hall of Fame, said the institution is "more than happy" to receive the ball, however it is presented. "Since the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum first opened in 1939, the generosity of players, teams and fans, like Marc Ecko, has made it possible to preserve baseball history in Cooperstown," Petroskey said. “Our responsibility as a history museum is to present every story in proper context, and this ball allows us to do that."

"He's stupid. He's an idiot," Bonds told the San Francisco Chronicle. "He spent $750,000 on the ball and that's what he's doing with it? What he's doing is stupid."

"Today" co-host Matt Lauer asked Ecko if he was offended by those comments. "Not really," Ecko said. "I've been called worse, for sure."


According to Deadspin: A Lake Mary, Fla., woman, Vanessa Lopez, who used to "date" Redick -- that is to say, she held his head while he cried and read her his poetry -- is now involved in a legal dispute with the Magic "guard." And now she is feeling the wrath of the text message.

Vanessa Lopez said she is afraid for her life because of harassing phone calls and text messages from David Redick. We appreciate that Redick is using his brother to harass a former girlfriend; after all, what are brothers for? We're assuming the "legal dispute" involves proper possession of the fishnets.


Evidently, Conway Elementary School down near Fredericksburg, VA is getting filthy rich selling logoed merchandise. Not so fast, Conway…

According to lawyers for Penn State, the Cougars logo is infringing on the intellectual property rights of PSU, and must be removed from all t-shirts, school binders and backpacks. Next thing you know, their attorneys will go into the woods to make sure that no actual lions are sitting around in that copyrighted pose. Don’t tell them we don’t have Nittany Lions, or any other kind for that matter, down along the I95 corridor 50 miles south of the Nation’s Capital.

After all, we can't have a rogue elementary school siphoning off Penn State revenue, now can we? The Collegiate Licensing Company generously allowed Conway to keep two floor mats with the image, and the school will not have to dig up a time capsule stamped with the now-restricted logo.

If you look closely, you can see that they are TOTALLY different.

Nice, Penn State, NICE!


NICE DAY FOR A SWIM...? You have seen this before. Golfer removes shoes and socks and goes in to hit the ball out of the water. U.S. team member Woody Austin did just that, but his follow through was a bit enthusiastic and he tipped over backward, fell and was completely submerged. Nothing embarrassing here folks, move along.

Austin halved his match and the U.S. eventually won the The Presidents Cup at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

(Photo credit TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)


THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO "HMMM"...Following yet another ACC football loss, Duke Athletic Director Joe Alleva released this photo of the 2007 Duke Blue Devils football team. "It explains a lot," said Alleva. Evidently, the Devils have had some trouble recruiting top prospects over the years so they have decided to pursue the new niche. "We call it boutique football," said Alleva, "and we think it will catch on."


NOT KIDDING, REALLY...A Uruguayan footballer (R) watches trans-sexual cheerleaders at the stand during the final match of IGLFA Football World Cup 2007, in Buenos Aires, 29 September 2007.

That was the actual caption of the photo as if we couldn't tell the difference between the Uruguayan footballer on the right and the trans-sexual dude on the left!

(Photo JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)


NICE SPLINTERS. United States women's national team goal keeper Hope Solo sits on the bench before the start of the game against Brazil in the semifinal match of the FIFA 2007 Women's World Cup soccer tournament Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007 in Hangzhou, China. Brazil won 4-0. After the game Solo called out her coach saying it was the wrong decision and she would have made the saves. Ryan responded by tossing her off the team.

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)


IF IT AIN'T BROKE... United States women's national team coach Greg Ryan answers questions during a press conference in Shanghai following the U.S. team's 4-0 loss to Brazil in the Women's World Cup semi-final. Ryan decided before the game to bench goalie Hope Solo, who had gone 300 mintues without giving up a score, in favor of 36-year-old Brianna Scurry who had minded the net for the U.S. while winning Olympic Gold.

It didn't work.
By the way, good on the Women's World Cup for having Jose Cuervo as a sponsor.

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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