Friday, October 19, 2007

SATURDAY’S GAMES

Army @ GEORGIA TECH (-28), 12:00 PM, Atlanta, Ga., TV: R/LF (XM 191) - For some unknown resons, this just isn't as compelling as Army/Navy or Navy/Notre Dame.

Central Michigan @ CLEMSON (-17.5), 12:00 PM, Clemson, S.C., TV: ESPNU (XM 190) - Nice mid-season breather for the sychosphrenic Tigers.

WAKE FOREST (-4.5) @ Navy, 1:00 PM, Annapolis, Md., TV: CSTV (XM 192) - This is much more interesting than GT v. Army. Navy can actually beat the Deacons.

MIAMI @ FSU (-5.5), 3:30 PM, Tallahassee, Fla., TV: ABC (XM 190/193) - Don't cry for me JohnClark-entina...FSU should win and improve the humor all around Seminole Nation.

NC STATE @ East Carolina (-3.5), 4:30 PM, Greenville, NC, TV: CSTV (XM 192) - How low can you go? Wolfpack fans will be devestated if they lose to the Pirates...which they will.

VIRGINIA @ MARYLAND (-5.5), 8:00 PM, College Park, Md., TV: ESPN2 (XM 191) - Game of the week. This should determine which of these two teams is for real...

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK--Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech, Running Back, 6-1, 205, RS-Sr, Riverdale, Ga. Choice racked up 204 yards rushing on 37 carries. Choice currently places sixth on the Georgia Tech all-time career rushing list, and leads the ACC with 840 yards on the ground in 2007.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech, Tackle, 6-6, 298, RS-Jr., Tyrone, Ga. At Miami on Saturday, Gardner had three knockdown blocks, helping to keep the Hurricane defensive line at bay in the Yellow Jackets' 17-14 win. Gardner threw a key block on Georgia Tech's second touchdown of the day.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Brett Warren, Virginia Tech, Inside Linebacker, 6-1, 238, RS-Jr., Clifton, Va. Starting for the first time in his career at Duke on Saturday, Warren compiled 11 total tackles, including three for loss and one quarterback sack.



DEFENSIVE BACK--Durell Mapp, North Carolina, Outside Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Sr., Burlington, N.C. In the Tar Heels' close loss to No. 7 South Carolina, Mapp registered a game-high 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops. He added 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and one forced fumble as the North Carolina defense shut out the Gamecocks in the second half, giving up only 62 yards over the final 30 minutes of play.

SPECIALIST--Sam Swank, Wake Forest, Placekicker, 6-2, 206, RS-Jr., Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Swank, the ACC's third leading scorer a year ago, booted a season-best 48-yard field goal with 1:40 to play to give the Demon Deacons a 24-14 lead over Florida State on Thursday night.For the year, Swank is 5 for 5 on field goal attempts and is tied atop the league rankings for field goal percentage.

ROOKIE--Josh Adams, Wake Forest, Running Back, 6-0, 180, RS-Fr., Cary, N.C. In Thursday night's nationally-televised 24-21 win over Florida State, Adams carried 18 times for a career-best 140 rushing yards and a touchdown. He also caught a team-high six passes for 29 yards and a score, giving him 169 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns on the night.

RAY OF HOPE

ESPN recently did a follow-up story about Jason Ray who was tragically killed during the NCAA tournament last spring following UNC's victory over USC. Ray, who was the UNC mascot Ramses, participated in the organ donor program. Subsequently, his tragic death has touched the lives of 50 other people he never knew...

PICTURE OF THE DAY

DOWN, BUT NOT OUT...In spite of a 2-5 record, fans of UNC show their faith in Butch Davis and the Heels at last weekend's game. in Chapel Hill.

(Photo courtesy of SI.com)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

HEY, OREGON...What were you thinking? The whacky green unis and the Donald Duck mascot?

(Photo courtesy of SI.com)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NICE LASERS...Just part of the fun at the Terps' Midnight Madness last weekend.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

SEEING RED...Fans of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights storm the field after an upset win over the South Florida Bulls last night in Piscataway, New Jersey. The Bulls were a surprise #2 in the BCS poll. Not any more...

(Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

HEY, WAIT A MINUTE...

...we know that guy!

It's Kenny!

Kenny Mann from Liquid Pleasure, the primary entertainment act at Pettypalooza 2000.

Nice outfits, fellas!

Any year that starts out with Liquid Pleasure is a good year...

Kenny and the boys in action: http://youtube.com/watch?v=dahfITE3hOA

THANK YOU, LEFTY…THANK YOU

Midnight Madness happened for the first time in 1970, when legendary coach Charles “Lefty” Driesell, then at the University of Maryland, wanted to get a jump on competition. He figured that since the NCAA allowed practice to begin on October 15 (now October 12), why not begin practicing on midnight of that night? Makes sense, right?

While this was the first Midnight Madness, much has changed in the culture of it. Driesell made the Terps run a midnight mile. Now, Midnight Madness across the country has become an event to get students to get excited about the season.

At schools such as Arizona, Florida, Georgetown, Kentucky, Illinois, USC (who debuted the much ballyhooed O.J. Mayo), Marquette, Indiana, George Mason, Syracuse, N.C. State (no Duke or Virginia – focused on football, no doubt!) and other big-time programs, Midnight Madness is a huge event, where thousands of students come out to support their team and to witness the team’s first practice.

At many of these schools, there are giveaways (such as T-shirts), half-court shots for free tickets, and other prizes. Further, the men’s and women’s teams participate in scrimmages and contests, including dunk and shooting contests so the fans can see how returning players have progressed while scouting the new freshmen. Finally, the event also plays a role in swaying recruits to come to the university.

The Terps brought Coach Williams into the Comcast Center in a Lamborghini. Fans brought food for a local food bank, and both the men’s and women’s squads did their thing. Kirk McEwen and Steve Ash from 98 Rock hosted as Maryland ushered in the season with a night of contests, giveaways and a laser-light show at midnight as the Terps were introduced to their fans for the first time this season. Oh, and don’t forget the “Gary Williams Look Alike Contest.”

Meanwhile in Chapel Hill, it’s called Late Night With Roy. ESPN anchor Stuart Scott (a North Carolina alum) handled the emceeing for the third consecutive year. The men and women went through player introductions. The boys performed a series of skits – the highlight of the night – followed by drills and a scrimmage. Everybody danced – including Roy. Here’s a video of the boys doin' some Kanye:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=UxhwqUfjUQY

MidMad is a pivotal recruiting weekend in Chapel Hill and elsewhere. Five star prospects including 2008 commitment Ed Davis, twins David Wear and Travis Wear and Dominic Cheek (2009) and Kendall Marshall (2010) attended the festivities at the Dean Dome.

SHUCKS, WHAT A HORSE HOCKEY CALL!

Oh, the humanity!! What will Coach Krzxnvklskfjv5ski do now!!

Cursing or venturing onto the court could draw college basketball coaches a quick technical foul this season as the the NCAA is making bench decorum a point of emphasis for 2007-08. They have warned coaches to expect a whistle without warning for a variety of unsportsmanlike actions.

Just to make sure it sticks, officials who consistently enforce the rules will be given preferential consideration for conference and NCAA tournament assignments.


The actions that can draw a technical include disrespectfully addressing an official or attempting to influence an official's decision, using abusive or profane language, taunting an opponent, inciting undesirable crowd reactions and coming onto the court without permission of an official to attend to an injured player.

Other actions include Mike Krzxcnfsldks8ski opening his mouth, Mike Krzxchvnxcs3ski thinking about opening his mouth and Mike Krzcjvhbs2ski looking like he might open his mouth.

However, since the rules address how coaches speak to the officials Krzcmvngs7ski, Gary Williams, Dave Leitao and Seth Greenberg - to cite four ACC potty mouths - are still free to rip their players a new one and to vent on the sideline with the profanity of their choice...just not at the refs.

START MAKING SENSE

Paying wonderful homage to the Talking Heads, UNC grad and ESPN Page 2 columnist Bomani Jones offers up a column under the header “Start Making Sense.” Bomani is a free-lance writer based in Durham. He has a master’s in economics from UNC.

If you don’t get the reference, do some homework, buy, burn or pirate the CD and enjoy.

The column is titled “Twenty reasons why this college football season is like no other.” It mentions UVA twice…

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jones/071015

PICTURE OF THE DAY

SPEAKING OF MADNESS...Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo talks to the crowd during midnight madness festivies, Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, in East Lansing, Mich. The event used '300' movie-themed costumes.

Well, they are the Spartans...

(AP Photo/Al Goldis)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BIG BLUE MADNESS...Kentucky basketball Freshman Patrick Patterson dunks in front of his teammates during the dunk competition portion of basketball's Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Over 23,000 attend while the event was televised live on Fox.

(AP Photo/James Crisp)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

IT WASN'T ME...Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes held a press conference last week to remind everyone that he once got into a fight with UNC legendary coach Dean Smith and that he no loger coaches Clemson.

(AP Photo/Harry Cabluck)

Monday, October 15, 2007

CLARK MISSING

TAH Special Correspondent John Clark (pictured right) is missing in action.

We will publish his Game of the Week analysis as soon as it crosses our desk.

We think the game involved the Seminoles...

WHOA NELLIE!!!!

Thank you, Keith Jackson.

After yet another weekend of huge upsets on the gridiron, to the traditional major college football powerhouses, we say: Welcome to college basketball. You say: Huh?

Some years ago during the NCAA tournament, the concept of the “Mid-Major” came about. Locally, George Mason’s run to the final four cemented the concept into reality. The Mid-Major situation in college hoop simply demonstrates that the talent pool is so deep that the competitive gap between haves and have nots had closed to an almost imperceptible gap.

Welcome, football.

SATURDAY’S GAMES

BOSTON COLLEGE 27, NOTRE DAME 14 – Matt Ryan used a series of screens and short passes to keep the blitzing Irish off balance and threw two touchdowns to lead the fourth-ranked Eagles to a 27-14 victory over Notre Dame. The Irish were hoping to put a damper on BC's national title hopes as the Eagles had done when they cost Notre Dame a national championship in 1993. They threatened, but just couldn't pull it out.

Don’t look now, but suddenly the ACC has a BCS Championship contender.

VIRGINIA TECH 43, DUKE 14 – You know Frank Beamer loves having an experienced QB he can count on…Enter Sean Glennon. Glennon felt like he'd been stuck on the Virginia Tech sideline forever after losing his starting quarterback job. On Saturday, he played like he didn't plan on going back.

The junior threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns in relief of injured
Tyrod Taylor while the No. 12 Hokies' defense shut down Duke yet again. Tech (6-1, 3-0) remains unbeaten in the ACC. Eddie Royal and Branden Ore also scored touchdowns for the Hokies during a 21-point second quarter. The Blue Devils (1-6, 0-4) have lost seven straight to the Hokies.

VIRGINIA 17, CONNECTICUT 16 – Don’t laugh, while known as a basketball school, the Huskies are actually pretty good. Wahoo kicker Chris Gould booted a 19-yarder with 3:20 to play as mistake-prone Virginia won its sixth consecutive game. The win knocked Connecticut from the ranks of the unbeaten.

The Cavaliers (6-1) trailed 16-14 and had struggled on offense all day before driving 79 yards to Gould's second game-winner in as many weeks. Last Saturday, his 34-yarder with 8 seconds left gave Virginia a 23-21 victory at Middle Tennessee.

GEORGIA TECH 17, MIAMI 14 – Tashard Choice (ACC Name of the Week) ran for a career-high 204 yards on 37 carries, quarterback Taylor Bennett rushed for two touchdowns and Georgia Tech controlled the second half to beat Miami. Travis Bell’s 39-yard field goal with 7:34 left was the eventual game-winner. Georgia Tech is now 4-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference. Senior QB Kyle Wright continues to suck (8 for 17, 56 yards, 1 TD) Fifty-six yards?

SOUTH CAROLINA 21, NORTH CAROLINA 15 – Chris Smelley threw a career-high three touchdowns in the first half as the No. 7 Gamecocks nearly blew an 18-point halftime lead. The Tar Heels staunch second half defense which held the Cocks to 62 total yards, and a sometimes competent offense bodes well for the Tar Heels next season.

THE RIDDLE WATCH

Scott Riddle keeps rolling along, leading Elon to a 36-33 double OT win over ranked Georgia Southern. Surely, his arm is tired as the Phoenix put up -19 yards rushing. Riddle connected on 26 of 48 passes for 303 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Last week, Riddle paced the Southern Conference and ranked fourth in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision with 320.2 passing yards per contest. He led both the SoCon and the country with 30.2 completions per game. He topped the conference and is tied for sixth in the country in total offense with 321.8 net yards per game. The Phoenix signal caller led the league and ranked second in the nation in “points responsible for” with 22.4 points per contest.

Riddle ranks second in the SoCon and 21st nationally in passing efficiency with a 144.3 rating.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

THE REAL CAROLINA...The UNC v. South Carolina game was highlighted by a media driven debate over which school is “Carolina”? The answer seems to be obvious as the sky is referred to as “Carolina Blue,” so we know where God weighs-in on the debate.

Besides South Carolina’s QB is named Smelley, another guy is named Succup (as in suck-up), and some other yo-yo is named Captain Munnerlyn...

The Gamecocks are just mad because both "Carolina" and "USC" are taken.

Can’t they be happy with “Cocks” and move on?

(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

EXTRA PRACTISE...The Duke football team takes advantage of their upcoming bye week to get in some pool practise to prepare for the big show down with Florida State in two weeks.

(Photo by Antonio Scorza/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

UMMM...COACH, THAT'S NOT YOUR GUY...Virginia head coach Al Groh got confused on Saturday and ended up "coaching up" Connecticut's Tyler Lorenzen. Somewhow, the Wahoos overcame the gaff and won the game.

(AP Photo/The Daily Progress/Andrew Shurtleff)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

NO, IT'S NOT DICKIE V GONE MAD(DER)...Sul Ross State linebacker Mike Flynt, center, gets a hug from his daughter Lily Flynt, left, and grandson Collin Flynt after a football game against Texas Lutheran, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, in Alpine, Texas. Flynt, 59, is playing linebacker, 37 years after he last played for the Lobos. Sul Ross State won 45-42 in triple overtime.

Yes, we know what is coming next...What up with Sul Ross State University (SRSU)?

According to our boys at Wikipedia, it's a public university in Alpine, TX. It is named for former Texas governor, Civil War hero, and patriot Lawrence Sullivan Ross. It was founded in 1917 as Sul Ross Normal College and was made a full U. in 1969. SRSU has 2,090 students.

(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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