Friday, November 16, 2007


MIAMI 85, Marist 61 (Red Foxes, 4,200 students, Poughkeepsie, NY)

NC STATE 66, William & Mary 47 (Tribe, 7,700 students, Williamsburg, VA)

CLEMSON 84, Mississippi State 82 (Bulldogs, 12,630 students, Starkville, MS)

MARYLAND 74, Northeastern 72 OT (Huskies, 15,195 students, Boston, MA)

(Photo courtesy of


THE CURSE OF #2 CONTINUES...#2 Oregon's Heisman candidate QB Dennis Dixon was injured in the first quarter as Arizona upset the Ducks 34-24 last night.

Those marks on his uniform might lead you to believe he was run over by a truck. He wasn't.

(AP Photo/John Miller)

Thursday, November 15, 2007


And just like that, TAH eclipses 7,000 hits.

Thank you all.

(Yes, that is the fueselage of a Boeing 737. No, it is not one of Ricky William's custom Miami Dolphin blue super doobies.)



It’s hard to argue that the biggest football rivalry is Michigan v. Ohio State (Saturday, noon, ABC).

It’s so intense the general populations of the two states hate each other. It all got started in 1897, but it is best known for the “Ten Year War” during the 1970’s when Ohio State’s Woody Hayes and Michigan’s Bo Schembechler brought it to its zenith…Kind of like Coach K and Dean Smith down on Tobacco Road. Michigan leads the series all time 57-40-6. Oh, and lest ye forget, UNC leads the all-time head-to-head series with Duke 127-96…As it should be.

You want rivalry? Try this: One of the things that ignited the Ten Year War was the 1968 renewal of the rivalry. Ohio State kicked the Wolverine’s ass…badly. Late in the game after the touchdown that put the Buckeyes up 50 to 14, Hayes went for two points. You know, 52-14 has such a nice ring to it! This move incensed the maze and blue faithful and confounded the media.

After the game, a reporter asked Hayes why he went for two so late in a blow out game?

Hayes deadpanned, “Because they wouldn’t let me go for three.”

Aw man, that’s cold, and THAT’s a rivalry.


OFFENSIVE BACK--Chris Turner, Maryland, Quarterback, 6-3, 214, So., West Hills, Calif. (He’s from California and he came to MD – that’s messed up.) In Maryland's 42-35 upset of No. 8 Boston College on Saturday night, Turner completed 21-of-27 pass attempts for 337 yards and three touchdowns. In just his fifth-ever start, Turner led the Terps to scores on seven of their first eight possessions, as they jumped out to a 42-21 lead that they would not relinquish.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Scott Burley, Maryland, Tackle, 6-5, 324, Jr., Baltimore, Md.
Burley (#77) played in 53 snaps against the eighth-ranked Eagles on Saturday, and graded out as the team's top lineman for the game. Behind the big offensive tackle, the Maryland offense accumulated 472 yards of total offense, including 109 rushing yards by running back Lance Ball. The Terps'42 points were the most scored by any Maryland team since 2005.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Phillip Merling, Clemson, Defensive End, 6-5, 280, Jr., St. Matthews, S.C. Merling (seen here sacking WF QB Riley Skinner) finished with an 88 percent grade in 47 snaps against Wake Forest on Saturday. In the Tigers' 44-10 win, he compiled seven total tackles, including three for loss and two sacks.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Durell Mapp, North Carolina, Linebacker, 6-2, 235, Sr., Burlington, N.C. In a close loss to NC State on Saturday, Mapp led the North Carolina defense with 23 total tackles. UNC lost, so who gives a s&#%! (Hey, rivalry boys is that better?)

SPECIALIST--Mark Buchholz, Clemson, Place-kicker, 6-1, 205, RS-Jr., Alpharetta, Ga. Against Wake Forest on Saturday, Buchholz became the first player in Clemson history to make three field goals of at least 45 yards in one game. With field goals of 46, 48 and 52 yards, he also became the first Tiger kicker to make a make a field goal from at least 50 yards in over 10 years.

ROOKIE--Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech, Quarterback, 6-1, 206, Fr., Hampton, Va. Taylor was 10-for-15 for 204 yards and two touchdowns as the Hokies picked up their first win against Florida State since 1975 on Saturday. The true freshman also piled up 92 yards on the ground against the Seminoles, including a 38 yarder on third-and-31 to keep a Hokie drive alive.



Maryland @ Florida State (-7), noon, Tallahassee, Fla., TV: R/LF (Split) (XM 190)

North Carolina @ Georgia Tech (-10), noon, Atlanta, Ga., TV: R/LF (Split) (XM 191)

Duke @ Notre Dame (-5.5), 2:30 PM, Notre Dame, Ind.; TV: NBC (XM 192)

Miami @ Virginia Tech (-14), 3:30 PM, Blacksburg, Va., TV: ABC (XM 190)

NC State @ Wake Forest (-4.5), 4:00 PM, Winston-Salem, N.C., TV: ESPNU (XM 191)

Boston College @ Clemson (-7), 7:45 PM, Clemson, S.C., TV: ESPN2 (XM 192/193)

(Don't look now, but that's the winners of the 1961 Cotton Bowl -- Duke. They beat Arkansas 7-6.)


Legal wrangling over the Hume, VA (a suburb of Warrenton for you out-of-town folks) winery currently operated by Oasis Vineyard Inc., is slated to continue in Fauquier County Circuit Court Nov. 27.
The issue is selling the vineyard. "Prior to the acceptance of the Tuscan Shaq? Ventures, LLC contract, Tareq Salahi made an offer to purchase the vineyard which was not accepted," Legal Eagle Hall of Fame member P. Morrison said in the emergency motion on behalf of his client.

"The Defendant intends to present evidence that his contract should be accepted rather than the Tuscan Shaq? Ventures, LLC contract, or, in the alternative, that the terms of the Tuscan Shaq? Ventures, LLC contract are not in the best interests of the corporation, or as an alternative to the alternative a tort based contract excluding Tuscan Shaq? Ventures, LLC from drinking Shiraz, or, in the alternative, an injunctive passive future perfect prerogative barring Tuscan Shaq? Ventures, LLC from proceeding in anyway…just to be clear," said Morrison.

The court appointed T.H. Thorpe III as receiver of Oasis Vineyard Inc., in June. In a report filed in circuit court, THT3 described operation of the winery as "contentious." He also probably said “contentious as s&#%,” but that was off the record.

"There was an ongoing battle between Tareq Salahi and [his parents] Dirgham and Corinne Salahi for control of operation of the vineyard which led to numerous visits by the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office," THT3 reported. According to Legal Eagle Morrison, “We can neither confirm nor deny the presence of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s office at Oasis, but we are blessed to have them just the same.”

Since litigation began last November, allegations of fraud and embezzlement of corporate assets have been made by both parties.

Thorpe said he initially determined that Tareq Salahi should be allowed to operate the winery "for the time being," but that he changed his mind when it became apparent that "the winery must be sold due to the fact that the current situation was absolutely unsustainable."

“So all this s&#% is this Thorpe dudes fault,” said Shaq wishing to remain anonymous.

Legal Eagle Morrison said, “I love my main man T, but that’s bulls#%&! My client is the only person that can effectively run the operation. Period. Well, on second thought, Nordini temporarily needs something to do...”

“Pass the Merlot,” said a seven-foot plus African-American man who claimed not to be Shaq.


LOOK OUT MICHAEL JORDAN...Quarterback of the Century Scott Riddle goes up to block a shot by Virginia Tech’s Deron Washington. Tech won the game 69-65, but Riddle had 61 points, 51 rebounds, 41 assists, 31 steals and 21 blocked shots. Dogged by the Hokie favoring refs, he fouled out with 19:58 left in the second half.

Damn, cheaters.

(Photo courtesy of Elon Atheltics)


TWO WORDS: Ricky Williams.


SOMETIMES...a picture of the day is just a cool picture.

Ryan Purvis #80 of the Boston College Eagles catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter as J.J. Justice #30 of the Maryland Terrapins defends at Byrd Stadium on November 10, 2007 in College Park, Maryland.

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


IT’S A CANE THING, YOU WOULDN’T UNDERSTAND. Oh yes, we would. Once again, a picture is worth a thousand words…

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)


(Props to G. Bengston, Washington State - wherever the hell that is - for the clever title)

The pro-tem 2008 NCAA Division Men’s Basketball Champions, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, cruised to an easy victory last night in their opener against pesky Davidson College. The final score of 72-68 belies how close this game was to being a wide open rout.

Just the same, not so fast Jay Bilas and Dickie V with the UNC National Championship anointment. Last night showed the Heels have a way to go to achieve last season’s form.

First off, Davidson (Wildcats, 1,700 students, Davidson, NC) is no “cupcake” and insiders expected a tough game. The Wildcats were SoCon champs the last two years, posting a record 29 wins last season. They returned the same team this year intact. Predicted to win their conference again (because S. Riddle doesn’t play hoop (yet)), this year they feature Virginia Tech’s NBA star Del Curry’s son Stephen (#30) who put up 24 in a losing effort.

Carolina on the other hand, looked completely discombobulated offensively. No one should be too surprised after just two exhibition games. While there has been much talk about UNC returning the “same” team that went deep in last year’s Dance, fact is they lost three players who are all playing pro basketball – Brandan Wright and Rayshawn Terry in the NBA and Wes Miller in England.

The Heels replaced a first round NBA pick (Wright) with two sophomores (Stepheson and Thompson) with little experience, and it showed…Luckily for the Heels, Wayne Ellington stepped up with 20 much needed points. Hansbrough (the third best athlete in the galaxy behind Tiger Woods and that Riddle kid) was dominant in the first half and invisible in the second.

Interestingly Coach Roy Williams wasn’t having a coronary on the bench even while the Tar Heels scored just 2 points during the first six minutes of the second half.

Williams claims that exhibition games that generate 50 point wins are not much help, and tough non-conference games are a good thing. "I told the guys in one of the huddles, 'You may not believe this right now, but I love this,'" Williams said. "This is great for us." (What do we bet he really said “but Coach Williams loves this.”?)

He probably also didn’t mention the fact that every time he has lost his season opener, his team has landed in the Final Four. The last time was in 2004 when UNC lost it’s opener to Santa Clara, and then went on to be the 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champions.

(A small feat the University of Virginia has failed to accomplish in over 200 years...Oh by the way, Virginia is now 2-0 after beating , Howard (Bisons, 23 students, Washington, DC) 92-53.)

Is the kid in the middle a young Terry Holland?

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, Streeter Lecka/Getty Images, unknown)


Gunshots were fired into the apartment of Virginia Tech cornerback Victor Harris early Sunday morning, Coach Frank Beamer said Wednesday. Harris was not injured and will play in Saturday's game against Miami.

"The incident that happened at my house, it was a random situation," Harris, an English major near the top of his class, said "I don't have any enemies or nothing like that. The shooting was very random. The police are looking into it right now. That's all I got to say about it."

William Shakespere thanks you.

As first reported by the Daily Press and World Weekly News, Blacksburg police responded to the 700 block of Appalachian (not kidding) Drive at 3:49 a.m. after residents reported hearing shots. The students also reported the sound of “barking dogs.” According to several ear-witnesses, “Lots and lots of dogs.”

According to one eye/ear-witness TAH won’t name (M. Tedeschi), a man in a red coat on a horse was seen in the area just prior to the shooting. “He had a maniacal grin on his face and he was shouting ‘Rock you like a Hurricane’ and waiving a gun,” said Tedeschi. “Come to think of it, he looked kind of familiar…”

“Oh, and those weren’t dogs, those were hounds,” he continued. “I’m from Fauquier County and I know a fox hound when I see one. I think this was a UVA prank designed to distract the Hokies from their game this weekend with Miami. What are they gonna do next? Attack practice on polo ponies?”



In an official email dated 11/14/07 at 11:17 a.m., Prince William Director of Transportation, long-time Terp fan and current Clemson parent, T. Blaser announced that on Thanksgiving morning he will be bungee jumping from the Nokesville water tower, and then follow that up by jumping the Potomac River in a jet car.

According to son, (also) T. Blaser, who is currently immersed in Brentsville b’ball tryouts, “I don’t know what the f#%& he’s thinking...Next thing you know he will leave a rivalry game before it’s over.”

Elon quarterback Scott Riddle (the third best athlete in the world) could not be reached for comment.


Yeah, we're pulling for Duke…reluctantly, but we’re still pulling for them. We used to be ND fans since we grew up in a nice(?) Catholic family, and used to watch Lindsey Nelson’s recap of the Irish’s football games every Sunday.

But that Charlie Weiss dude could turn Homer Simpson against beer...

This is funny and fairly brief. Check it out.


SOME THINGS really don't require any explanation. However, it helps to know that you can buy the Manute/Spud Church's Fried Chicken Box on eBay.

The box says "The long and short of it..."



Tuesday, November 13, 2007


MEN's BASKETBALL - Monday, Nov 12

DUKE 86, New Mexico St. 61 (Aggies, 13,882 students, Las Cruces, NM)

BOSTON COLLEGE 68, Florida Atlantic 62 (Owls, 20,525 students, Boca Raton, FL)

FLORIDA STATE 92, Georgia Southern 67 (Eagles, 14,383 students, Statesboro, GA)

CLEMSON 91, Furman 46 (Paladins, 2,550 students, Greenville, SC)

MARYLAND 70, Hampton 64 (Pirates, 4,565 students, Hampton, VA)

(Photos by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images and AP Photo/GerryBroome)


BASKETBALL IS A GAME OF follow the rules.

It’s the new and improved Coach Krzyghvb9ski in compliance with the new NCAA rules governing language, etc.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


MONSTER JAM...Marcus Van #40 of the Central Michigan University Chippewas dunks against the Missouri Tigers during the first half of the game on November 12, 2007 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)


TAKE THAT TYLER...The Cameron Crazies give UNC pre-season All-America Tyler Hansbrough the Crazy Treatment during their ACC Championship game on Monday night.

Err...ah, Crazies...that's not Hansbrough, that's Justin Hawkins. And, that's not UNC, it's just New Mexico State.

Nice face paint, though.

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS...Kyle Singler #12 and his teamates celebrate winning both games against Carolina, the ACC Championship and thier #1 seed in the Wiles-Barre bracket of the NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball tournament...

Uh, didn't win all that. You just beat New Mexico State.

Sorry to have to break it to you...

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Monday, November 12, 2007


Granted it was a big weekend in the ACC, but we still have to lead with this story about Duke football.

First things first: The last time Duke won a regular season ACC game, Yasir Arrafat was dead. But only by a little. He died three days before Duke’s last win v. Clemson.

However, while it isn’t an ACC game, this weekend our beloved, and almost always incredibly incompetent, Blue Devils take on Notre Dame. Now, we’re sure when Father "The Gip Had Illegitimate Children" Mallory scheduled this peach, he was simply looking for an easy late season win…

Enter, 2007, and the Golden Domers are looking for a win, ANY WIN.

You think your squad is having a tough year? Notre Dame is now 1-9 with consecutive losses to Navy and Air Force.

Naaaahhh…no way, the Irish lose three straight at home?

No way…?

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Yes, it’s a rivalry game. It’s not as important nationally as Alabama-Auburn or Ohio State-Michigan or Texas-Oklahoma, but in the North Carolina triangle it’s a big, big deal. And it looks and feels just like the big rivalry games you see on TV.

Proximity probably plays the biggest role. The two schools – both major state universities – are only 30 minutes apart. Imagine, picking up Blacksburg and placing on it Rt. 29 somewhere around Madison. You think we have mixed marriages (Tech and UVa) here in the Commonwealth? In North Carolina, houses divided over Wolfpack-Tar Heel loyalties are quite common. In fact, our hosts for the tailgate and the game reside in just such a home.

Wins and losses or national rankings don’t matter. Like the Virginia-Virginia Tech rivalry, all other goals aside, the season is a failure if you lose to your rival. UNC had defeated NCSU the last three years, and outside observers would have to call all three Tar Heel victories “upsets.” Needless to say, Wolfpack Nation was looking for a win.

So the day starts with a 9 a.m. departure from a picturesque Raleigh neighborhood. It’s an easy 15 minute drive over to Carter-Finley Stadium and the RBC Center. Thankfully, the tailgate menu started with Bojangles breakfast biscuits and coffee. Of course, it quickly moved on to beer, then whiskey. Hey, it was supposed to be sunny and 60. It wasn’t. How about low fifty’s, mostly cloudy and damn windy...Whiskey.

An interesting thing to note about N.C. State is that the adults and the kids are segregated. Mind you, the adults get after it…the parking lots open four hours before the game – in this case, at 8 a.m. – but the kids really put on a show. They are housed over in the student parking lots and their tailgates are “wide open.”

A few years ago (OK, almost 10), we made the mistake of strolling through said student throw-down wearing Carolina blue. Not a mistake to be made twice. Not something you would want to do after the game…especially if the Wolfpack were to lose.

This year losing was not an option for new head coach Tom O'Brien. The first half looked and felt like a Pack blow out as only an interception return for a TD kept the Tar Heels close. If you want to call 24-10 close.
Although the Heels did close it up to 24-17 with a crazy fullback option 50 yard TD pass, we headed to the exits due to exposure. It was cold and windy, and there was a bar with all the appropriate adult amenities as well as lots of TVs just a short drive from the stadium.

Warmer, we settled in for an entertaining fourth quarter. UNC ran back another interception for a touchdown. A good thing, since their offense was doing little. State’s Jamelle Eugene ran for his third TD -- the go-ahead 1-yarder with 1:41 left -- to give the Wolfpack (5-5, 3-3 ACC), the winning margin.

The Heels (3-7, 2-4) certainly made it interesting, but they couldn't answer Eugene's final plunge. They drove all the way to N.C. State's 7-yard line with 6.9 seconds left before coming up empty when T.J. Yates couldn't connect with Hakeem Nicks in the end zone on fourth down.

(Over in Chapel Hill the next morning, the locals were grousing about their quarterback…Now there’s a shock.)

Game over.

Another entertaining version of a great rivalry.
(Photos TAH/TarDog Photos)


Each school has it’s own game day stadium traditions. The crowd at Carter-Finley likes to announce each Pack first down. After the necessary yards are gained, the P.A. announcer will say something like “Evans pass is complete to Smith for 14 yards. That’s enough for a Wolfpack…”

The assembled crowd will finish the sentence with a rousing cheer of “First Down!” The more animated in the crowd will jump up and signal said first down as well.

Following just such an exchange, our hostess (an Elon grad and UNC fan) turned to us and said of the NC State crowd (which included her grad husband), “Well, at least they can count to one.”

Ahhh, that’s sweet…


The University of Virginia football team stepped out of conference to rout Miami University. The #23 Hoos were simply no match for the out-gunned Red Hawks. Miami University (18,863 students, Oxford, Hamilton and Middletown, OH) is 5-5 when it stays at home in the Mid-American Conference.

Supporters of UVa’s biggest rivals, Virginia Tech, were noticeably angry that the Wahoos were “playing down,” and out of conference this late in the season…


It wasn’t Miami University? It was actually the University of Miami? And UVA blew ‘em out? You’re serious…?

Well, now…

Evidently, they’re were dozens of former star Miami Hurricane players in attendance for the Orange Bowl's farewell, including some wearing national championship and Super Bowl rings. Too bad for the Canes that they weren't wearing uniforms.

No. 23 Virginia ended Miami's 70-year stay at the famed stadium in stunningly one-sided fashion Saturday night -- dealing the Hurricanes the biggest shutout loss in Orange Bowl history.

Mikell Simpson had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs and quarterback Jameel Sewell scored twice, as the Cavaliers simply overpowered the Canes on their way to a 48-0 victory.

(AP Photos/Lynne Sladky and J. Pat Carter)


With two games left in the regular season, No. 11 Virginia Tech has things right where it wants: the offense is hitting its stride, the defense keeps making big plays and the Atlantic Coast Conference title is theirs for the taking if they can get past Miami at home and UVA in C'ville.

Tyrod Taylor threw for two touchdowns and ran for another Saturday and the Hokies finally got coach Frank Beamer his first career victory against Florida State, 40-21.

The Hokies (8-2, 5-1 ACC) blew a 14-point halftime lead and trailed 21-20 entering the final quarter, but Taylor drove them to his go-ahead 3-yard scoring run, and three late Seminoles turnovers turned a close game into a rout.

(AP Photo/Don Petersen)


Playing against a struggling team mired in a three-game losing streak, the No. 8 Eagles yielded 472 yards and five touchdowns in a 42-35 loss Saturday night. Its hopes for a national championship are over, but Boston College can still earn a berth in the ACC championship game with a win over Clemson next week.The Terps received a solid performance from Chris Turner, who went 21-for-27 for 337 yards and three touchdowns. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Cullen Harper threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth in the Tigers' 44-10 victory over Wake Forest. More importantly, Harper's play helped Clemson (8-2, 5-2) set up a Death Valley showdown with Boston College next week for a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. (AP Photo/ Patrick Collard)

Tashard Choice picked up his sixth 100-yard game of the season Saturday, running for 170 yards and two touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech to a 41-24 victory over Duke in the Atlantic Coast Conference. (AP Photo)


No. 1 North Carolina 107, Lenoir-Rhyne 52 (Exhb) (Bears, 1,600 students, Hickory, NC) Toly thought the Heels looked good.
No. 11 Duke 121, North Carolina Central 56 (Eagles, 4,000 students, Durham, NC)
UNC-Greensboro (Spartans, 16,692 students, Greensboro, NC) 83, Georgia Tech 74
FSU 81, Nicholls State 58 (Colonels, 6,814 students, Thibodaux, LA)
Wake Forest 85, Fairfield 60 (Stags, 3,500 students, Fairfield, CT)
Virginia Tech 69, Elon 64 (Pheonix, 4,939 students, Elon, NC - Scott Riddle scored 61 points)
Miami 104, Florida Southern 61 (Moccasins, 1,800 students, Lakeland, FL)

Boston College 67, New Hampshire 57 (Wildcats, 13,544 students, Durham, NH)

Virginia 90, Vermont 72 (Catamounts, 9,859 students, Burlington, VT)
Maryland 79, North Florida 50 (Ospreys, 13,547 students, Jacksonville, FL)
Georgia Tech 99, Tenn State 85 (Tigers, 7,118, Nashville, TN)

(FSU dunk photo - AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

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