Saturday, November 24, 2007

FRIDAY HOOP

Jason Rich had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Toney Douglas added 10 points and the Seminoles beat the Gators (No. 24 ESPN/USA Today, No. 25 AP) 65-51 on Friday night

The Seminoles (5-2) dominated from the opening tip, taking a 25-9 lead and never letting the Gators (5-1) back in the game.

The two-time defending national champions had their 15-game winning streak snapped along with their school-record 24-game home winning streak. It was Florida's worst loss since falling 75-60 to Manhattan in the first round of the 2004 NCAA tournament.

Florida State had lost two of its last three games, surprisingly falling to Cleveland State and South Florida in the past week. But Hamilton's team hardly looked the same in the O'Connell Center, where FSU won for the first time since 1992.


OTHER GAMES:
NC STATE 63, South Carolina 61

MARYLAND 72, Lehigh 51
WAKE FOREST 73, Winston-Salem State 53
VIRGINIA 100, Penn 85
Butler 84, VIRGINIA TECH 78 (OT)
NORTH CAROLINA 99, Old Dominion 82


(AP Photos/Phil Sandlin and Jae C. Hong)

Thursday, November 22, 2007

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Speaking of things for which to be thankful, how about you don't have to spend Turkey Day with these merry lads from WVU's School of Engineering?

Have a great day, and TAH will see you Monday.

THE LAST TIME DUKE...

...won a regular season ACC football game, Luther Vandross was still alive.

WEDNESDAY PM, THURSDAY AM HOOP

DUKE 77, MARQUETTE 73
This Singler kid is good. And Duke maybe better than their ranking, and they certainly appear to be much better than they were at the end of last year.

It took Kyle Singler five games to place himself on an elite list of Duke basketball players. The freshman forward scored 25 points, including the clinching free throws with 13 seconds to play, and fought off a leg injury to lead the #10 Blue Devils to a 77-73 victory over #13 Marquette(Golden Eagles, 7,718 students, Milwaukee, WI) on Wednesday night as the Dookies claimed their fourth EA Sports Maui Invitational championship.

It was a whistle happy game with 43 fouls called. Shockingly, only 16 on Duke. Greg Paulus made a dumb mistake late in the close game, but, in typical Duke fashion, one of his boys was there to bail him out.

Duke's Gerald Henderson celebrates. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

BOSTON COLLEGE 76, RHODE ISLAND 72
Tyrese "Red Beans And" Rice scored 24 points and Rakim "Colonel" Sanders 21 to lead Boston College to a 76-72 win over Rhode Island (Rams, 19,995 students, Kingston, RI) on Wednesday afternoon.

Shamari "Britney or Broccoli" Spears had 12 points and 12 rebounds for BC. Biko "Last Tango In" Paris chipped in with 9 points -- six in the final 5 1/2 minutes -- for the Eagles (4-0).

Will “Boone” Daniels led the Rams (5-1) with 25 points and Lamonte “Tennessee Football Coach Phil F” Ulmer had 13.

The game was tied six times in the second half before Rice's 3-point play pushed the Eagles ahead 67-64 with 3:50 to play.

BC's Rice tries to delay Rhode Island's Keith “Johhny” Cothran. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

CLEMSON 74, PRESBYTERIAN 57
K.C. Rivers saw Clemson's dwindling lead over Presbyterian and quickly thought back to his freshman year when the Tigers fell to Elon (and Lord knows, we know all about Elon.)

Rivers made sure the same thing didn't happen to Clemson on Wednesday night.

Rivers had 11 of his 18 points in the second half and the 24th-ranked Tigers (4-0) held off Presbyterian (Blue Hose, 1,300 students, Clinton, SC) 74-57.

Clemson's K.C. Rivers scores against Presbyterian's Al'lonzo Coleman. (AP Photo/ Patrick Collard)

VIRGINIA TECH 69, EASTERN WASHINGTON 52
The Hokies utilized 10-20 shooting from behind the arc and 51% shooting over all to take down Eastern Washington (Eagles, 8,309 students, Cheney, WA) 69 to 52 in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout. Tech's stingy man-to-man defense was a factor as was 18 points from Malcolm Delaney.

The Hokies face Butler Friday at 9:30 pm. An NCAA sweet sixteen team last season, Butler beat Michigan 79-65 Wednesday with a Great Alaska Shootout-record 17 three pointers.

Eastern Washington's Trey Gross, right, drives past Virginia Tech's Malcolm Delaney.
(AP Photo/Al Grillo)

SATURDAY FOOTBALL

Virginia Tech (-3.5) @ Virginia, 12:00 PM, Charlottesville, Va., TV: ESPN2 (XM 192)

Maryland @ NC State (-2.5), 12:00 PM, Raleigh, N.C., TV: R/LF (XM 191)

Miami @ Boston College (-14.5), 12:00 PM, Chestnut Hill, Mass., TV: ESPN (XM 190)

Wake Forest (-2) @ Vanderbilt, 2:00 PM, Nashville, Tenn., (XM 193)

Duke @ North Carolina (-14), 3:30 PM, Chapel Hill, N.C., TV: ESPNU

Georgia (-3.5) @ Georgia Tech, 3:30 PM, Atlanta, Ga., TV: ABC (XM 190/232)

Florida State @ Florida (-13.5), 5:00 PM, Gainesville, Fla., TV: CBS (XM 192)

Clemson (-2.5) @ South Carolina, 7:00 PM, Columbia, S.C., TV: ESPN2 (XM 193)

THE DOG MAHAL?

Everything cost more when the Feds get involved, even dogsitting. Don’t believe us? Ask Michael “Snoopy Corleone” Vick.

The U.S. Attorney's Office on Tuesday filed a restraining order asking the court to prevent Vick from paying other creditors if he doesn't have the money to pay for the pit bull dogs' care. So far, the bill is about $928,073, the court papers said. "The actual amount may be more or less depending on the ultimate disposition of the dogs, which will be determined in the upcoming weeks," the documents said.

When Vick pleaded guilty Aug. 27 to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, he agreed to pay the full amount of costs associated with the disposition and the long-term care of the pit bulls. One had to be euthanized, but the other 48 have been deemed candidates for placement in foster care, law enforcement or special animal sanctuaries.

OK, TAH fans, LET'S DO THE MATH!

The Government has 48 dogs in its care since August. The total bill is $928,073 or $19,334.85 per dog. Through Tuesday when the court papers were filed, the Feds have been serving as the Don’t KilluZ Home for Wayward Pitt Bulls for a grand total of 86 days. So that’s a grand GRAND total of $224 per DAY per DOG.

Pass the Verve Cliquot and the filet mingon Scooby Snacks.

Where do the Feds keep these hounds, and are they crapping on defense department contracted $486 per cubic yard sawdust while eating FEMA contracted $92 cans of KalKan?

KYLE HAUSE, JR IS DRINKING THE KOOL-AID

Michael Vick's house is going up for grabs.

In the immortal words of Homer Simpson: Woo-Hoo!

The property at the center of the dogfighting investigation involving Vick sold this week, and the seller will put it up for auction Dec. 15, said Kyle Hause Jr., a Long & Foster real estate agent in Newport News.

The deed of sale to Todd Builders Inc. of Carrollton for $450,000 was filed Thursday in the Surry County Clerk of the Circuit Court's office.

The house and property were assessed for tax purposes at $747,000.

But that doesn't take into account the property's notoriety, Hause said.

"Only one person can own the most famous house in America today," Hause said. "You can ask people from coast to coast which house has the most notoriety in the country today, and it's this house."

Two words: messed up.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MODEL CITIZEN and NBA all-star, Wake Forest's Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets goes up for a layup in the first half of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Paul was recently injured. Not sure how badly.

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

DID HE EVER GRADUATE?...Nah...Chris Wilcox #54 of the Seattle Supersonics goes to the basket against the Sacramento Kings.

(There was a story recently about a period of time where U of Md had a graduation rate of zero. We chose not to mention it for various reasons, but since it's Thanksgiving...)




(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

FRUSTRATED with his incredibly lame NBA career, former Duke stand out, poet and drunk driver JJ Redick has opted for a sex change and a career as a dancer/cheerleader for the Sacramento Kings.

Happy Thanksgiving, JJ.

(Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

LONG WAY FROM COLLEGE PARK...Juan Dixon(C) of the Toronto Raptors goes for a lay-up against Jake Voskuhl(L) and Charlie Villanueva of the Milwaukee Bucks.



(AFP/NBAE via Getty Images/Gary Dineen)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

INJURYPALOOZA CANCELED

The first annual Turkey Bowl, a “flag, but flag always deteriorates into tackle” football game intended to devastate the bodies of a group of daring (idiotic) 40 to 50-year-old aging athletes (idiots), was mercifully cancelled when Fauquier Hospital informed Team Reeves Kaptain Mike “Kat” Reeves that the Emergency Room would be understaffed on Thursday and thus unable to handle a sudden influx of crippled/battered Tom Brady wanna-bes.

Rumor on the street had it that Team Chipman had a bounty (one year of free drinks at Molly’s) on Team Reeves QB Mike “Cannon Arm, but Slightly Insane” Reeves' head (and arm).

Captain Reeves sent this email message late Tuesday to the participants and the media:

I HAD TO CANCEL THE FIRST ANNUAL TURKEY BOWL DUE TO NOT THE WEATHER BUT DUE TO SOME LOCAL (radio edit)S AKA TEAM CHIPMAN. I FIGURE SINCE THEY GOT THEIR ASSES KICKED IN THE VP CUP THEY DID NOT WANT A PIECE OF MY CANNON OF A ARM. SOOOOOOOOOOOOO

TEAM REEVES 1-0

"Damn it, I thought Friday was gonna eclipse a record for gross receipts," said Dr. Doogie Wahoo, who recently moved to Kudpepper and is looking for new fish.

Sources close to TAH say that Reeves actually cancelled the game so he (and his family?) could spend the long Thanksgiving weekend lounging on Bobcat Corporation’s yacht – The Katbird – in the Caribbean.

THE LAST TIME CLEMSON...

...won a regular season game, Sir Joseph Rotblat was still alive.

You don't know who Sir Joseph Rotblat is?

Shut up!

MARYLAND RECRUITS RIDDLE

The University of Maryland has its eye on the Southern Conference Rookie of the Year Scott Riddle, and it’s not what you think. Riddle is a multi-sport star, and the Terps are desperate for an accurate 3-point shooter.

In back-to-back losses, Maryland has gone 2-22 from behind the arc. In both of those games the lone trey came with less than 30 seconds to play.

Coach Gary “Arrid XX Solid” Williams said, “We are desperate for offense so we will hold open tryouts on Friday. If you can shoot rock from long distance, get your ass down to Comcast.”

The lack of offense was the problem last night as the Terps lost the consolation game of the CBE Classic to Missouri (Tigers, 21,587 students, Columbia, MO). Leo Lyons had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Missouri swarmed Maryland into numerous mistakes for an 84-70 win. The Tigers' pressure produced 12 Maryland turnovers in the first half, including two at the start of a 10-0 run that put Missouri up 39-29.

Oddly enough, Riddle could not be reached for comment.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

TUESDAY HOOP

UNC 110, SOUTH CAROLINA STATE 64
Tyler Hansbrough scored 26 points and Wayne Ellington added 19 to help No. 1 North Carolina beat South Carolina State (Bulldogs, 4,525 students, Orangeburg, SC) 110-64 on Tuesday night.

Danny Green had 15 points for the Tar Heels (3-0), who earned their second straight blowout win in the Las Vegas Invitational. North Carolina next faces Old Dominion in Las Vegas, beginning an extended road trip that will keep them away from home for nearly a month. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

FLORIDA STATE 78, GEORGIA STATE 48
Uche Echefu scored a career-high 18 points, and Florida State snapped its two-game losing streak with a 78-48 win over Georgia State (Panthers, 19,884 students, Atlanta, GA) on Tuesday night.

Echefu made 6-of-7 from the field, including 2-for-3 from the 3-point line and 4-for-4 from the free throw line. He added five rebounds.

VIRGINIA 72, DREXEL 58
Sean Singletary had 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists and No. 23 Virginia returned to the magical kingdom known as John Paul Jones Arena after an impressive trip out West with a 72-58 victory against Drexel (Dragons, 12,906 students, Philadelphia, PA) on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers (4-0), used a 10-2 run in the second half to stretch their lead to double digits.

After the game, Drexel head coach Bruiser Flint (yes, that’s his real name) said, “Are we in Tennessee or Virginia, this John Paul Jones thing has me confused? Maybe we’ll rename our place Johnny Cochran Arena after the famous World War II tank commander Major Johnny Carson Cochran. He used to blow up stuff and then put on a USO show. In real life he was an attorney, you know.” (AP Photo/Andrew Shurtleff)

DUKE 79, ILLINOIS 66
Gerald “Harry and the” Henderson scored 23 points and DeMarcus “Ozzie and Harriet” Nelson added 16 to lead the 13th-ranked Blue Devils to a 79-66 victory over Illinois (Fighting Illini, 31,472 students, Champaign, IL) on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Duke (4-0) will meet No. 11 Marquette, which beat Oklahoma State 91-61, on Wednesday night for the shot at title No. 4.

The Golden Eagles beat Duke 73-62 in the finals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., last November, and most of that Marquette team is back.

This might actually be a foul (of course, it would be called anyway whether it was or not!) -- (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

NORTH CAROLINA GOES UNDEFEATED

The North Carolina field hockey team capped an outstanding season with the perfect ending Sunday afternoon, earning a 3-0 shutout win over Penn State in the 2007 NCAA Championship game at the University of Maryland's Field Hockey & Lacrosse Complex.

The top-ranked Tar Heels finished the year 24-0, becoming the fifth team in Division I history and the second in Carolina history to go undefeated.

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK -- Matt Ryan, Boston College, Quarterback, 6-5, 220, Sr., Exton, Pa.
Playing for a spot in the 2007 league championship game at Clemson on Saturday night, Ryan once again led the Eagles to a come-from-behind win. Down 17-13 with the fourth quarter winding down, Ryan orchestrated an eight-play, 71-yard drive that ended with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Rich Gunnell for the game's winning points.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Steve Justice, Wake Forest, Center, 6-4, 284, Sr., Port Orange, Fla. Justice played in 76 of 77 offensive plays in Wake Forest's 38-18 win over NC State on Saturday, and graded out at 92 percent for the game. Leading the Deacons' line, Justice recorded 4.5 knockdown blocks as the Wake Forest offense piled up 137 rushing yards and 353 total yards against the Wolfpack.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN -- Phillip Merling, Clemson, Defensive End, 6-5, 280, Jr., St. Matthews, S.C. In Saturday evening's game against Boston College, Merling registered six tackles, including two sacks for 22 yards. He also was credited with three quarterback pressures on the night, and drew two holding calls against the BC offensive line.

DEFENSIVE BACK -- Aaron Curry, Wake Forest, Linebacker, 6-3, 240, Jr., Fayetteville, N.C. Against NC State on Saturday, Curry led the Demon Deacons with eight total tackles, including six solo stops and two assists. Curry also grabbed his fourth interception of the season, which he returned 57 yards for a touchdown.

SPECIALIST -- Durant Brooks, Georgia Tech, Punter, 6-0, 202, Sr., Macon, Ga. Brooks averaged 60.0 yards per punt with four attempts in Saturday's 27-25 win over North Carolina in Atlanta, Ga. With one attempt, he recorded a 77 yard kick, the longest in the league all season. In the process, Brooks moved into first-place in ACC history in career punting average. To top it off, Brooks is one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award, which is given annually to the nation's top collegiate punter. The announcement was made today by the Greater Augusta Sports Council and ESPN.

ROOKIE -- DeLeon Gause, Boston College, Cornerback, 5-11, 179, Fr., Miami, Fla. Starting in place of the injured DeJuan Tribble for the first time in his career on Saturday, Gause led the Eagles with nine total tackles against Clemson.

THE RIDDLER’S SEASON’S OVER

The 7-4 Phoenix fell short of making the Division I-AA Football Subdivision playoffs, but Scott Riddle (Ramseur, N.C./Eastern Randolph High School) was declared a unanimous selection as the Southern Confrence Freshman of the Year on Tuesday afternoon.

The 6-0, 201-pound Riddle finished his rookie campaign with a 68.1 completion percentage, connecting on 346 of his 508 passes with 13 interceptions for 3,817 yards and 31 touchdowns. He also ran for nine touchdowns. The three-time SoCon Offensive Player of the Week and three-time SoCon Freshman of the Week also earned National Player of the Week status once and SoCon Athlete of the Month distinction once.

TIM FLOYD AIN’T SCARED

Tim Floyd didn’t hesitate when he recruited one-and-done high school phenom O.J. Mayo from West Virginia. O.J., besides suffering from an unfortunate choice of names, is a bit quirky. He recruited himself and then would only allow Floyd to receive his cell phone calls.

Now Floyd has landed actor/rapper Lil’ Romeo. The teenage hip-hop performer signed a national letter of intent to attend USC on Monday at a news conference held at a posh hotel near Beverly Hills.

Lil' Romeo, whose full name is Percy Romeo Miller, is currently a senior guard at Beverly Hills High who averaged 13.9 points and 5.6 assists last season. His father, hip-hop mogul Master P, had tryouts with two NBA teams in the 1990s.

One recruiting service ranks Miller, a 6-0, 170-pounder, among the top 15 prep point guards in the country.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

WHY IS THIS MAN APPLAUDING? Washington coach Tyron Willingham, who was both successful and unceremoniously thrown under the bus by Notre Dame, gives his replacement, Charlie Weis (2-9), a hearty round of applause.

Who can blame him?

(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

TURNS OUT, Air Jordan is a Notre Dame football fan and here he is asking Coach Charlie Weis “WTF,O?” Not really. Actually, he's asking the same of Duke coach Mike Krzydhnbls2ski...Not really.

Actually, Jordan was at the EA Sports Maui Invitational watching his son, Jeff, play for the Illini. But, now that we think about it, he could have been yelling at Krzydhblsw7ski.

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

WHERE’S ALFRED HITCHCOCK? Like it’s not bad enough that the matches last a week, but now birds are attacking. Here crows land on the field as England's cricketer Stuart Broad chases after a ball during the second days play of the first practice match between England and Sri Lankan Cricket President's IX in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2007.

We will update you after the ninth days play of the twenty-seventh match of the third practice match when red tailed hawks attack the players.

(AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

THE GOOD OLD DAYS…Former NBA great Earl Monroe poses for a picture with a framed jersey given to him by the Wizards during a press conference yesterday at the Verizon Center. The Wizards will retire Monroe's #10 jersey on December 1, 2007.
(Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

THIS IS THE PRE-SEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR…Look we know he’s damn good, but “awkward looking” is the nicest thing we can muster for this picture of Tyler Hansbrough driving to the basket as South Carolina State's Derrick Davis (3) watches.

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

THE LAST TIME DUKE WON...

...a regular season ACC football game, Dr. Robert Moog was still alive.

(For you youngsters, Moog was an electronic music pioneer and is credited with inventing the synthesizer -- the Moog in 1963. In 1973 he brought the synthesizer to the masses with the MiniMoog. He died at his home in Asheville, N.C. at age 71 from brain cancer -- the same thing that killed reggae legend Bob Marley.)


MONDAY HOOPS

UCLA 71, MARYLAND 59
Kevin Love scored 18 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, helping #2/#1UCLA (Bruins, 25,432 students, Los Angeles, CA) overcome a sloppy first half in a 71-59 victory over Maryland on Monday night in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.
UCLA (4-0) had just eight scholarship players in uniform due to injuries to several key players including starting point guard Darren Rollison. It showed early with numerous turnovers and bad shots.

UCLA shot just 37 percent, including 4-of-13 from 3-point range, but out-rebounded the Terrapins 44-29 to move onto the championship game Tuesday night against Michigan State.

Maryland, which has struggled its past two games barely beating Hampton and Northeastern, continues to run the WTFO? offense. The Terps had 21 turnovers and were just 1-for-11 on 3-pointers, keeping their streak of at least one 3-pointer alive at 289 games when Eric Hayes connected with 28 seconds left. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

WAKE FOREST 75, NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (Eagles, 4,000 students, Durham, NC) 58

GEORGIA TECH 70, NOTRE DAME (Fighting Irish, 11,479 students, South Bend, IN) 69

DUKE 83, PRINCETON 61
Freshman forward Kyle Singler had 21 points and 12 rebounds as #10 Duke kept its perfect record on Maui intact with an 83-61 victory over Princeton (Tigers, 4,923 students, Princenton, NJ) on Monday night in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Duke, which won the title here in 1992, 1997 and 2001, is 10-0 on the island and six of the wins have been by 20 points or more. The Blue Devils had that big a lead against Princeton seven minutes into this game.

At one point, it was 38-8. That was the point we stopped watching.

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

THINGS FOR WHICH TO BE THANKFUL 2

Loyal and complimentary readers!

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Dear Mr. Editor:

Thanks for the early Xmas suggestion for Young T. We haven’t had a meaningful conversation since he got his I-pod last Christmas, and I think Fear The Blazer will look great under the tree.

Also regarding the whole Saban family matter, I believe you overlooked the fact that “Sweet Lou”
coached the Terps ever so briefly back in the 60’s.

Lastly you are to be congratulated on your clever use of the Greek alphabet.

TAH should be required reading at all ACC institutions. Re-up my subscription!

A Loyal Reader
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Editor’s Note: Thanks. Our Loyal Reader is correct, as he almost always in about all things Terp. Hopefully, his Thanksgiving Day bungee jump from the Nokesville water tower won’t cause any permanent damage.

Saban quit his gig with the Bills after winning consecutive championships in 1964 and 1965 to coach the Terps for one year before returning to the pro ranks. (Even Sweet Lou didn’t like College Park?)

Saban also served as head coach at Miami from 1977 to 1978, and is credited with helping lay the foundation for the Hurricanes' future success, in particular recruiting quarterback Jim Kelly. He also coached at Army.

Saban had a very short stint coaching an expansion Arena Football franchise known as the Milwaukee Mustangs in 1994. He then served as the first Head Coach at SUNY Canton from 1995 until retiring in 2000 and moving to coastal South Carolina. He didn’t sit still long returning to coaching in 2001 (at age 80) as head coach at Chowan College (Hawks, 1,000 students, Murfreesboro, NC). He won two games there and retired for good in December, 2002.

(T.Blaser, Sr. or Older T - center, with TAH Editor/Publisher - left, and Taylor Hicks, the funky dude that won American Idol a couple years ago – right.
None of the drinks contained alcoholic beverages. All three are younger than they appear in this photo. Hicks is publicity shy.)

(Photo by A.Petty/TarDogPhotos)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING: VICK JAILS SELF

In an obvious, albeit bizarre, attempt to sway the prosecution Michael "Scooby Doo Corleone" Vick surrendered to U.S. marshals Monday and will remain in jail until his sentencing on a dogfighting charge in three weeks. Happy Thanksgiving, Mike.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10 on the federal dogfighting conspiracy charge, but turned himself in because he was anticipating a prison term, according to a court document. Vick could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

“We thought it best to go ahead an incarcerate Mike to protect him…mainly from himself,” Billy Martin, one of Vick's lawyers, said. “We just figured that if he was in the hooscow he might not screw up a bunch more prior to facing that bad ass judge in Virginia.”

Vick is being held at Northern Neck Regional Jail in Warsaw until his sentencing. The mixed-gender facility houses about 450 inmates, and is way too close to R. “We Are Not Marshall” Corrie’s river house.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

WHO KNEW? We didn't know there was any such thing as Naval ROTC until we saw this ad in a Chapel Hill community newspaper last weekend.

Hey TAH Mascot, you like the water, right?

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THE CURSE OF #2...Kansas was the unlucky team to be donned #2 by the BCS. Will they to fall to the curse? Kansas plays #3 Missouri on Saturday.

The Jayhawks are currently favored by one point.




(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

PRAISE HOOP ALMIGHTY...Michigan State's Drew Neitzel stops to preach a moment at the altar of college hoops.

Can a brother get a witness?

He just forgot to take the ball with him. In the meantime, Stefhon Hannah #3 and Jason Horton #12 of the Missouri Tigers are practicing the old adage "keep your eye on the ball" during the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic semifinal game.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

FLOOR SHINER: It's somebody's job, and he/she looks to be good at it. Kevin Love #42 of the UCLA Bruins grabs a rebound during the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic semifinal game against the Maryland Terrapins on November 19, 2007 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Monday, November 19, 2007

THE LAST TIME DUKE WON...

...a regular season ACC football game, Hunter S. Thompson was still alive.Fear and loathing in Chapel Hill, 3:30pm, Saturday.

CAROLINA WINS BY AN IONA

Well, maybe 3.5 ionas.

Where’s Jeff Ruland when you need him? The Gaels couldn’t find an answer for Tyler Hansbrough as UNC cruised to a 107-72 win. Hansbrough had 27 points while Danny Green scored 15 in the home opener againt Iona (Gaels, 3,111 students, New Rochelle, NY).

Wayne Ellington added 14 for the Tar Heels (2-0), who never trailed and quickly turned the game into a display of the all-around high-speed attack that has made them an early favorite to win the 2008 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball National Championship.

Five UNC players scored in double figures.

Carolina's Marcus Ginyard, top, and Iona's De'Shaune Griffin collide during the second half -- we didn't see the game, so we aren't sure what is about to happen here, but De'Shaune is doin' a mean "I can fly" imitation.

(AP Photos/Jonathan Fredin and Gerry Broome)
(Note: "Iota" is the ninth letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals it has a value of 10.)


PUERTO RICO: HOGAR CASERO, DULCE

¡Mire, él es el UVA nuevo... que otro equipo del ACC tiene gusto de Puerto Rico!

(Look, it’s the new UVA…Another ACC team likes Puerto Rico!)

Miami, champions. Sounds weird.

James Dews scored nine of his 17 points in the second half to lead Miami to a 64-58 win over Providence on Sunday night to win the championship of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
The 6-foot-3 freshman guard, who added two rebounds, scored five points during the last 90 seconds.

The Hurricanes (4-0) also got 16 points from Brian Asbury and 12 from Anthony King.

Should they emulate Virginia’s performance from last year, they will never be this good again.
(AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

THIN TO WIN?

After last year’s UNC v. NC State regular season tilt in Chapel Hill, Roy Williams paid a visit to Wolfpack coach Sindey Lowe in the hospital. Lowe had collapsed at half-time, and Williams soon delivered a "lose weight, get healthy and take better care of yourself or this job will send you to an early grave" speech.

Looks like coach Sid took him up on it as he showed up for this season quite a bit slimmer. Unfortunately, Coach Sid's new look didn’t help the highly touted NC State squad from losing a close one to New Orleans (Privateers, 9,156 students, duh?) 65-63.

N.O. junior T.J. Worley banked in a three-pointer with 1.7 seconds to play to beat the No. 21 ranked Wolfpack at home at the RBC Center.

Perhaps, its just deserts for trying to hijack Maryland’s Fear the Turtle slogan. Check out the latest in fan wear in Raleigh…

Obviously, Brentsville High's guard T. Blaser needs one of these babies, stat!

(AP Photo/Karl DeBlaker)

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