Saturday, January 12, 2008

JANUARY IS TAH J.J. REDICK APPRECIATION MONTH

Yeah, we know there are only 19 days left, but let’s not get ALL carried away.

So, from the beginning…

We may have occasionally made a little fun of J.J. over the years, but that’s what happens to pasty white sharp shooters from Roanoke who go to Duke where Dickie V shoves them down everybody’s throat for four seemingly endless years. Simply put, if he wasn’t so damn good, we wouldn’t have cared. You don’t see us makin’ fun of Brian Zoubek, now do you?

By now, we’re sure (translation: we hope), J.J. can appreciate a laugh or two at his own expense. Hey, it comes with the territory, yes? You can’t go out and incinerate the nets night after night for a super high profile program like Duke, and not catch some flack. Especially from your primary rival -- not that TAH is biased toward the 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champions and current #1 team (not to mention undefeated) University of North Carolina Tar Heels in anyway (for the record).

We tease, because we love…and we love shovelin’ it at Duke, the Crazies and Coach Krzyfhgbv4ski whenever we get the chance. And we would be horribly disappointed if they didn’t shovel right back! Individually, we love our Dookies – Chainsaw, Grande Vino, Grey Carr – one and all. They’re misguided, but we love ‘em anyway.

(Eric, Pam, Patrick, Tom and Chris Gay)

So, with that mild disclaimer aside, let’s begin…

These days Redick is chillin’ down in Orlando with Tiger and the boys rackin’ up $2 mill a year playing for the Magic. Now, that’s a sweet gig.

Enter the Gay family of Warrenton, VA. Last summer, their son Patrick was tragically killed in a hit and run accident in Charlotte. In an incident bizarrely reminiscent of the one that took the life of UNC mascot Jason Ray, Patrick was struck by a drunk driver while walking back from a bar with several other kids to a friend’s house to crash for the night. Patrick had just graduated from James Madison University in May, taken

(PHOTO RIGHT: Eric, J.J., Chris and Sam)
his first job with Lending Tree, and had only been in Charlotte for two weeks. No doubt, he was planning on attending a few of the Blue Devils games from his new headquarters.

You see, Patrick and his brothers Chris and Eric and their good buddy Sam Kettering were very SERIOUS Duke fans. (The Gays are a very nice family. Wonderful people -- so we have no idea how this happened. We blame the Coach K-obsessed media and American Express.)

Patrick and the boys were also HUGE J.J. Redick fans as all white guy three point shooters should be. Patrick was buried with J.J. authentic Duke #4 and Magic #7 jerseys. Like we said, the kid was serious about it.

Along the way, from various friends of the Gay family, J.J. got wind of this tragic story and Patrick’s dedication to the Blue Devils and his obsession with all things Redick. Eric Gay sent J.J. an email via J.J.’s Blog, and, to his credit, Redick responded almost immediately.

After a brief exchange, J.J. invited the fellas (Chris and Eric Gay, and Sam Kettering) down to Orlando to attend a Magic game. J.J. paid for everything -- flights, hotel, games tickets, food and beverages. First class move there.

They got together in an Orlando tavern on Thursday night to watch the unfortunate demise of the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Orange Bowl. Eric is a Hokie junior, Chris graduated from Tech in ‘05, and Sam is a senior at Boston College.

The next night, the three amigos went to the Magic game along with Tiger and other Orlando-based celebs. Their seats were 3 rows behind the Magic bench. (Note the cool credentials.) A little bar action after the game with J.J., and all is right in the world. Well, at least as right as it can be under the circumstances.

Patrick’s aunt and uncle made up some green wrist bands to honor Patrick, and the Gay family and friends all wear them proudly. So does J.J. – on his shooting (that’s the right one for any of you who have forgotten what Redick drillin’ a jumper from 20 feet looks like) hand.

In their first interview (a TAH EXCLUSIVE) conducted via email with dad Tom, Chris, Eric and Sam all said Redick was simply “awesome.”

That’s good enough for us. Congrats J.J., the rest of January is all yours.

The local newspaper is interviewing the boys this week, so we will have more details soon.

Yes, we will let the local wags do the footwork. After all, it’s TAH, and a little journalism goes a very long way.

PICTURE OF THE DAY


TEN POINTS...the other night (January 8th) against the Kings.

(Photo by NBAE/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

EVEN THE GERMANS LOVE J.J....Hier entsteht die erste deutsche Fanpage von J.J. Redick. If you want more info you will have to contact Niko Plitzko at n_plitzk@cojobo.bonn.de.

Cool picture, yes?

(Photo courtesy of cojobo.bonn.de)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

UMMMM...we aren't entirely sure. We found this on a Japanese web site.

Now you know TAH has mad translation skills, but our forte is pretty much the romance languages. Once you go Trans-Pacific on us our cross over dribble slows down a bit.

Obviously, it's J.J., and that's Illinois' sharp shooter Dee Brown and UNC's NCAA Championship MVP Sean May.

We believe it has something to do with the Wooden Award that Redick won, but the jackests are throwing us off...

(Photo courtesy of NoramSports.com)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

WE DIDN'T WRITE THE NEXT SENTENCE, and boy is it long...

Duke University senior guard J.J. Redick (left) gives his acceptance speech after being presented the Naismith Trophy for Men’s College Player of the Year presented by Cingular Wireless at the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ Guardians of the Game Award Show at the NCAA Final Four in Indianapolis.

(Photo courtesy of metroatlantachamber.com)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

WE BELIEVE A LOT OF YOU THINK WE MAKE THIS STUFF UP...Not so.

(OK, sometimes we do, but not this time.)

We have no idea why J.J. is posing with a tank during Media Day at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, FL on Monday, October 2, 2006.

Cute little tank, you gotta admit.

(Orlando Sentinel/Gary W. Green)

Friday, January 11, 2008

INTO THE THINNEST AIR

Move over Evel, another icon has passed.

On May 29th, 1953 at 11:30 a.m., Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay became the first men to stand on the summit of Mt. Everest. But the top of the world's highest mountain was just the beginning for the beekeeper from New Zealand friends called Sir Ed. More than half a century later, his perpetual pursuit of things once imagined resulted in construction of schools, hospitals, medical clinics, bridges and freshwater pipelines for people of the Himalayas.

Hillary died today of a heart attack in his native New Zealand at age 88.

Today, one can pay $65,000 to be guided up Mt. Everest. Some 500 climbers reach the summit each year with the help of a well known route augmented with ropes and ladders, a guide, a Sherpa, pre-established camps, oxygen caches, radios, satellite telephones, SatNav systems and expedition leaders who direct the ascent/decent like pro football coaches. If your body can handle the "death zone," and the weather cooperates, experienced mountaineers have a good chance of conquering the highest mountain in the world.

Sir Edmund didn't have any of that. He helped discover the route, and he and Norgay weren't escorted up the mountain, they literally climbed it - step by step. The more you learn about Everest, and what it takes to climb it (people still die every year - mostly on the way DOWN), the more amazing the accomplishment of Hillary and Norgay looks.

For years, the two men held fast to the assertion that both of them reached the summit at the exact same time. Only after Norgay's death did Sir Edmund, who is consistently described as “humble,” admit that he was a few paces ahead of his loyal climbing companion. According to Hillary, "We drew closer together as Tenzing brought in the slack on the rope. I continued cutting a line of steps upwards. Next moment I had moved onto a flattish exposed area of snow with nothing but space in every direction…"

Out at Great Meadow, there is a sign that says “leave nothing behind but your footprints.” Sir Edmund proved that some folk's footprints are a little deeper and last a little longer.

Well done, Sir Ed.

INSTANT CLASSIC: BULLETIN BOARD FODDER

ESPN tipped us to this little gem.

OK, the whole “bulletin board material” thing is probably overrated, but if you are the Jacksonville Jaguars headed up to Foxboro to take on the undefeated, and seemingly invincible, New England Patriots do you need to toss any gas on the competitive fires?

The official site of the Jags has an item called "Power Rankings." At right, you can see a portion of the graphic, and if you look closely you will note that the #1 team in the power rankings is the Pats. No surprise there. Look closer and note the asterisk next to their name. When we scrolled down to the bottom of the rankings (the Skins were 9th) we saw this:

* Cheated in one game.

No kidding. Right there in black and white for all the world to see – “Cheated in one game.”

You gotta admit, that’s a good one.

Nice, Jags, NICE!

Here’s the real deal: http://www.jaguars.com/News/PowerRankings.aspx

(Note: 1/11/08 - The Jags pulled the asterisk saying it was getting blown out of proportion. No doubt the TAH post was the last straw...)

WARNING: (__________) AND LIGHTNING!

Running back James Davis, part of Clemson's "Thunder and Lightning" backfield the past two years, has decided to give up his senior season to enter April's NFL draft.

"I can't lie to you, it was really hard for me just to leave here," Davis said Wednesday night after meeting with coach Tommy Bowden for about 30 minutes. "I've been thinking about it every day."

Davis was projected as a third-round pick by the NFL and Bowden thought it was his player's best interest to remain one more season.

"But I'm going to totally support the decision and I'm going to encourage him to come back and get his degree," Bowden said.

Davis said he isn't concerned about other high-profile junior runners who have entered the draft like Ray Rice of Rutgers and Kevin Smith of Central Florida.

WHO DOESN’T LOVE THE LOVE BUG?

C’mon, who doesn’t love Herbie?

That’s what we thought. Everybody loves Herbie!

Doesn’t matter if it’s The Love Bug (1968), Herbie Rides Again (1974), Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977), Herbie Goes Bananas (1980), The Love Bug (1997 made-for-TV remake) or Herbie: Fully Loaded starring everybody’s second favorite Queen of Rehab Lindsay Lohan (Yep, Britney is still #1).

Everybody loves Herbie…unless, of course, you are an NC State or University of Arizona fan.

Our very own Herbie - Herb Sendek - was shown the door in Raleigh after a mere five straight Big Dance appearances, and sent packing for the Arizona desert. Not a bad move…nicer weather, less pressure, overrated league…It’s all good!

So how is Love Bug Sendek doing out at Arizona State? Currently the Sun Devils are 13-2 after defeating rival #24 Arizona 64-59 in OT on Wednesday night. A big win you ask?

Yep…It was Arizona State’s ninth straight win -- the team's longest winning streak since December 2004. The Sun Devils won their first three Pac-10 games for the third time since it joined the conference in 1978-79. ASU had dropped 12 straight to Arizona.

…and some things never change. The AP described the game as “ugly,” and ASU’s pace of play as “glacial.”

That’s the Herbie, we know and love…or used to love, as the case may be.

DO HORIZONTAL STRIPES MAKE ME LOOK INCARCERATED? PART 2

To the relief of Orange Rob Corrie, real estate values on the Northern Neck are already beginning to stabilize after Dogfighter Extraordinaire Mike Vick left the local hooscow and headed off to the Big House in Kansas.

Former Hokie/Falcon Vick left Virginia on Monday to enter a drug treatment program at a Kansas prison, a move that could reduce the former NFL star's 23-month sentence on a federal dogfighting conviction.

The suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback is now at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons minimum security facility in Leavenworth – not to be confused with the military prison, Ft. Leavenworth. Conde Nast doesn’t rank either one in its Top 100 Resorts of the U.S.

Vick tested positive for marijuana in September (and SUPER POSITIVE for STUPID) while he was on supervised release following his guilty plea. The residential drug treatment programs at Bureau of Prisons institutions take place in units set apart from the general prison population, lasting at least 500 hours over six to 12 months.

Upon successful completion of the program, nonviolent offenders may be granted up to one year of early release. Staff members review the inmates' records and behavior to determine if they are eligible for early release.

If Vick was granted early release, he could be ready to play in the 2009 football season, though he is currently suspended without pay by the NFL.

(AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

YOW! THE DUDE IS SHAQ-A-LICIOUS

#1 UNC 93, UNC-Asheville (Bulldogs, 3,609 students, Asheville, NC) 81

Tyler Hansbrough scored 23 points and started top-ranked North Carolina's decisive rally with a momentum-shifting dunk over 7-foot-7 Kenny George in a 93-81 victory over North Carolina-Asheville on Wednesday night.

At 7 feet, 7 inches tall and 360 pounds, George is college basketball's all-time tallest player. He is averaging 22.2 minutes, 12.8 points and 9.3 rebounds, and put up a double/double against the Heels -- 14 points, 11 rebounds in just 24 minutes.

Wayne Ellington scored 19 points, Ty Lawson had 17 and reserve Danny Green had 12 of his 14 in the first half for North Carolina (16-0), which never trailed in completing its first perfect nonconference regular season since 1998 and just its fifth in 50 years.

Deon Thompson #21, Will Graves #13 and Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the North Carolina Tar Heels battle for a rebound against the North Carolina Asheville Bulldogs during the first half. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

NIGHTMARE ON CLEM STREET 2

UNC Charlotte (49ers, 16,584 students, Charlotte, NC) 82, #18 CLEMSON 72

It’s happening again – the all too traditional Clemson regular season swoon. Hey Clemson: a) Carolina stole the opener from you, so what? It’s a long season, shake it off, and b) UNC Charlotte isn’t in the ACC so it’s OK to beat them.

Leemire Goldwire scored 21 points to lead Charlotte to its first win over a ranked team in nearly three years. Charlotte (9-5) lost all of a 12-point lead in the second half, but outscored the Tigers 13-3 over the final 4:23.

Clemson shot 69% from the free throw line, an improvement over they usual 50% or lower. However, they shot only 38% from the field while making only 4 of 20 three pointers.

Clemson's players Terrence Oglesby, left, K.C. Rivers, center, and Sam Perry, right, react during the second half. (AP Photo/Patrick Collard)

WEDNESDAY HOOP

N.C. STATE 54, North Carolina Central (Eagles, 3,500 students, Durham, NC) 29

Just be thankfull you didn’t have to sit through this one. North Carolina Central is now off to a 1-21 start and if that isn’t some kind of record, it most certainly should be. NCC has played 19 road games so far. In spite of that, the Pack was still less than stellar, and they are headed to Chapel Hill on Saturday.

Brandon Costner scored 18 points, J.J. Hickson added 13 points and eight rebounds as the Wolfpack (11-3) closed the nonconference schedule with a relatively easy win against a first-year Division I opponent. Still, N.C. State struggled to knock down its outside shot and lost starter Courtney Fells to a sprained right ankle late in the first half. It's unclear whether the junior guard will be able to play Saturday.

N.C. State's J.J. Hickson goes over N.C. Central's Joshua Worthy for a rebound in the second half at the RBC Center. (Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News&Observer)

#9 DUKE 74, Temple (Owls, 34,218 students, Philadelphia, PA) 64

Taylor King scored 15 points to lead Duke past Temple for the eighth straight time. It was Krzyzgjnbmv5ski’s 787th victory and broke a tie (for 6th) with our main man Lefty Driesell…Next stop: San Francisco’s Eddie Sutton with 798 career wins.

DeMarcus Nelson and Greg Paulus each scored 13 points.

According to Yahoo Sports the play in this photo resulted in a foul on Temple’s Sergio Olmos. Call us crazy, but it looks like Serg got all ball…. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy)


Georgia (Bulldogs, 25,335 students, Athens, GA) 79, GEORGIA TECH 72



Georgia Tech can’t beat Georgia…anytime, anywhere, any major sport. Can’t do it. Period. Game over. Drive home safely.

Now, that's a foul...Georgia Tech's Alade Aminu, right, is fouled by Georgia's Dave Bliss during the first half. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

NO MORE SISTERS OF THE POOR

J.P. Giglion ACCNOW Thursday 1/09/08

Save for two games, nonconference play ends tonight (Wednesday) for the ACC. Duke-St. John's and Georgia Tech-UConn are the only games outside the league left on the schedule between Thursday and the ACC title game on March 16.

What has the ACC done against outside competition? The league compiled a 120-31 record in all nonconference games and 25-24 against the top 100 in Ken Pomeroy's RPI. (now 122-33)

That adds up to the No. 1 rating for a conference in Pomeroy's RPI. Once into league play, ACC teams typically improve their RPI because they play more road games which are worth more to the computer than home games.

Does that mean the ACC will send seven teams to the NCAA Tournament like last season? The ACC has eight teams in the top 75, which makes it possible, but definitely a long shot. Five maybe six NCAA teams seems more likely.

GO TO YOUR ROOM...OR THE GOLF COURSE


Golf Channel suspended anchor Kelly Tilghman for two weeks on Wednesday for saying last week that young players who wanted to challenge Tiger Woods should "lynch him in a back alley."

But the comments became prevalent on news shows Wednesday, and the Rev. Al Sharpton joined the fray by demanding she be fired immediately.

Woods and Tilghman have known each other 12 years. She was picked to host a club demonstration with Woods in south Florida when he talked about new products from Nike Golf. Tilghman was helped when Mark Steinberg, Woods' agent at IMG, said it was a non-issue and considered the matter "case closed."

"Tiger and Kelly are friends, and Tiger has a great deal of respect for Kelly," Steinberg said Tuesday night in a statement released by Golf Channel.

"Regardless of the choice of words used, we know unequivocally that there was no ill-intent in her comments."

Tilghman had said in a previous statement she apologized directly to Woods, and the immediate support from Woods' camp was critical.

Before her suspension was announced, Sharpton spoke earlier on CNN's "Prime News" and continued to push for her firing, saying "Lynching is not murder in general, it's not assault in general. It's a specific racial term that this women should be held accountable for. What she said is racist. Whether she's a racist ... is immaterial. She's a broadcaster. The channel has to be accountable to the public."

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NOW, THAT'S PARALLEL...France's Mathieu Bozzetto competes in the men's parallel slalom during the Snow Boarding FIS World cup in Bad Gastein 09 January, 2008. Bozzetto won ahead of Austria's Benjamin Karl and Slovenia's Rok Marguc.

(Photo by Joe Klemar/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

HER NAME IS SABRINA BUCHOLZ…but you will be referring to her as “Yes, ma'am.”

German Sabrina Buchholz prepares to shoot during the women's 4x6 km relay of the fifth stage of the biathlon world cup, 09 January 2007 in Ruhpolding.


(Photo by Oliver Lang/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

AND IF SHE MISSES…she has friends. So stick with the plan…"Yes, ma'am." Biathles lie on the shooting range during the women's 4x6 km relay of the fifth stage of the biathlon world cup, 09 January 2007 in Ruhpolding. The German relay won ahead of Norway and Russia.

(Photo by Oliver Lang/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

HEY JARNO, TRY TO LOOK LIKE YOU’RE HAPPY ABOUT YOUR COOL JOB…Formula one drivers German Timo Glock (l) and Italian Jarno Trulli (r) pose with the new Toyota TF 108 car, during the official presentation of their formula one car for the 2008 racing season, 10 January 2008 in Cologne.

(Photo by Juergen Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

HIT ONE, HOLD TWO IN YOUR MOUTH… Great Britain's Andy Murray (in his underwear?) plays a backhand during a practice session at Melbourne Park as he prepares for the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia,Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. The season's opening Grand Slam event begins here on Monday Jan 14.

(AP Photo/Mark Baker)

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

TUESDAY HOOP

WAKE FOREST 79, BYU (Cougars, 34,067 students, Provo, UT) 62

Freshman Jeff Teague (right) scored 14 of his season-high 26 points in the first half of Wake Forest's 79-62 rout of Brigham Young on Tuesday night.

Fellow rookie James Johnson added 19 points for the Demon Deacons (11-3), who wrapped up their nonconference schedule in surprisingly easy fashion, never trailing and leading by 19 early in the second half of their sixth straight victory and Atlantic Coast Conference-best 14th consecutive home win.

Chas McFarland added 11 points before fouling out in the final minute and Ishmael Smith scored 10 for Wake Forest, which shot nearly 52 percent and locked down on the Cougars' scorers all night long. BYU, which entered shooting 48 percent, was held to 35.9 percent and committed 22 turnovers. Jeff Teague of Wake Forest drives to the basket past Ben Murdock of Brigham Young.

(Winton-Salem Journal photo by Bruce Chapman)

FEAR THE YELLOW UNIS

…and Bambale Osby’s retro-fro.

MARYLAND 73, Holy Cross (Crusaders, 2,817 students, Worcester, MA) 48

James Gist scored 22 points as Maryland routed a depleted Holy Cross squad 73-48 Tuesday night.

The Terps (10-6) were playing without starting guard Eric Hayes, but the Crusaders (9-4) were without several players including starters Pat Doherty and Alex Vander Baan.

By the time the first 12 minutes were over, however, it didn't much matter for either side after Maryland ran off a 20-0 run to put the Crusaders away early.

It was Maryland's fourth win in a row after three losses and their final non-conference game of the season.

Maryland's Greivis Vasquez (21) goes to the basket against Holy Cross' Tim Clifford (00) during the first half of a basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2008, in College Park, Md.

(AP Photos/Nick Wass)

THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT OUCH, OUCH, OUCH ALL THE WAY HOME

(by Luciana Chavez ACCNOW)

Duke sophomore center Brian Zoubek, for the second time in six months, fractured the baby toe in his left foot. He injured the foot in practice on Monday but he is not expected to need surgery.

Zoubek did have the fifth metatarsal of his left foot surgically repaired two days after he suffered the first fracture back on July 9. There is not yet a timetable for his return from this second injury but Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Zoubek would resume playing as soon as he is physically capable.

“This is a setback for Brian and for the team,” Krzyskdjbn2ski said. “He worked hard to recover from the injury over the summer and was beginning to solidify his role with the team.”

The 7-foot-1 center is averaging 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game, while shooting a team-high 59.5 percent (22-of-37) from the field this season.

(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

STEADY AS SHE GOES, ADMIRAL ADAMS

The president of the University of Georgia, Michael F. Adams, is calling for an eight-team playoff system for college football's top division, saying the Bowl Championship Series -- which left Georgia out of its championship game -- has become a "beauty contest largely stage-managed by the networks."

In a public statement and a letter to NCAA president Myles Brand, Adams, who is also chairman of the NCAA executive committee, called for an eight-team playoff to decide the national championship, with the opening rounds to be played in the four major BCS bowl games. He proposed the change be made as soon as the contracts that govern the BCS expire.

Adams was scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the proposal. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution first reported that Adams would support a playoff.

"This year's experience with the BCS forces me to the conclusion that the current system has lost public confidence and simply does not work," Adams said in news release. "It is undercutting the sportsmanship and integrity of the game."

Adams did not directly address that outcome in his letter or his statement. But he did claim that the BCS system suffered from built-in conflicts of interest involving the major sports conferences and the television networks.

Under his proposal, the schedule would return to 11 games from its current 12, with playoffs beginning at the major bowl games and extending two more Saturdays.

Also, under his proposal, a selection committee would seed eight teams to the four major bowls.

(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

SAY IT AIN’T SO, JOE

Washington Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs made his second, and, we presume, final retirement official at a press conference yesterday afternoon. Coach Joe, who came to the rescue of the franchise in a post-Spurrier chaotic state, now want to focus on his family. Gibbs’ grandson Taylor is in a two-year remission stage from leukemia. On top of his NASCAR endeavors, the Gibbs family is also launching a motorcycle racing team. Surely, the brutal schedule of an NFL head coach played into his decision.

While we were occasionally frustrated by Gibbs play calling and time management, his leadership through the Sean Taylor crisis and the subsequent four game winning streak that launched his beleaguered team into the playoffs demonstrates the leadership qualities. He was like a security blanket of sorts...What next?
Good luck, Coach Joe.

(AP Photo/Scott Stewart and AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

TIME OUT, TIME OUT

Dear Mr. Snyder:

Ice yourself.

Call two timeouts.

Take a breath…

There are rumors swirling about that Dan Snyder could make Bill Cowher the NFL's first $10 million coach.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler coach Bill Cowher said he wants to take one more year off from coaching. But when it comes to owner Daniel Snyder and the Washington Redskins, Steve Spurrier would never coach in the NFL and Joe Gibbs was happy running his NASCAR team. Both ended up with the Redskins.

The Washington Post reports Snyder could well make Cowher the league's first $10 million coach. Cowher would want full power, control over personnel and the ability to bring in his guys. Can you image any owner more accommodating than Snyder?

Cowher lives in North Carolina so he would not be so far from home. In a recent interview, Cowher said “I’m taking it one year at a time.”

Translation: “Show me the money!”
(Photo by Peter Diana, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

North Carolina's Wayne Ellington was named ACC Player of the Week and Duke's Kyle Singler was selected as ACC Rookie of the Week.

A unanimous selection as the player of the week, Ellington scored an ACC-high 36 points, including the game-winning three-pointer with 0.4 seconds to play, in the Tar Heel's 90-88 overtime win at Clemson Sunday night. On the week, the Wynnewood, Pa., sophomore averaged 26.5 points in two wins on 19-of-30 shooting from the floor, 6-for-11 from three-point range and 9-of-11 from the free throw line. Ellington's 36 points was a career high and the most by a Tar Heel since Tyler Hansbrough scored 40 points two years ago.

In earning the rookie award for the third time this season, Singler had 14 points and eight rebounds in Duke's 81-67 win over Cornell on Sunday. The Medford, Ore., native also added four assists, one block and one steal in the contest. He was 5-of-12 from the field and 4-of-6 from the foul line as Duke posted its 58th straight non-conference home victory.

(Photo s by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images and AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

OPEN MOUTH, INSERT FOOT JOY


Kelly Tilghman didn’t play lacrosse at Duke, but she was on the golf team. She has since become a golf commentator and is the first woman to anchor the Golf Channel’s PGA coverage, so she’s not stupid (theoretically).

It was all going splendidly for Kelly (whom, according to basketball head coach Mike Krzydjfhvnx9ski, “benefited from my leadership”), until last Friday when she up and jammed her Foot Joy squarely in her mouth.

Kelly, what were you thinking?

Standard answer: She wasn’t.

Tilghman and partner Nick Faldo were discussing what young PGA pros needed to do to compete with Tiger Woods, when the former Blue Devil said today's young players should "lynch Tiger Woods in a back alley."

Oops. A rather unfortunate choice of words don’t you think Mr. Zoeller?

In a statement issued Monday, Tilghman said: "On Friday during our golf broadcast, Nick Faldo and I were discussing Tiger's dominance in the golf world and I used some poorly chosen words. I have known Tiger for 12 years and I have apologized directly to him. I also apologize to our viewers who may have been offended by my comments."

The Golf Channel also responded to the situation. "We regret the unfortunate choice of words Kelly used during the broadcast and apologize to anyone who was offended by her remarks," the network said in its statement.

Now, we assume Kelly Tilghman is not a racist as some folks are now shouting from on high. None the less, what a bad choice of words. No doubt, all she meant was that the best way to compete with Tiger would be to get rid of him. Most of us would have gone for “kidnap him” or “run him over with a bus.” Having said that, most of us aren’t under the pressure of a live television broadcast either.

But it does beg the question, how many people still have the term “lynch him in a back alley” in their arsenal of phrases they use on a regular basis, or an irregular basis for that matter.

Tiger's agent, Mark Steinberg, late yesterday sought to put to rest a budding controversy involving the Golf Channel's Kelly Tilghman, calling it a "non-issue."


PICTURE OF THE DAY

JEEZ, I'M PRACTICALLY NAKED OUT HERE...Hey, which one of you ratchet heads forgot the paint and the stickers?

Kurt Busch, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Dodge, drives during NASCAR testing at Daytona International Speedway on January 7, 2008 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

DO YOU REMEMBER ROGER MASON...? The 6'5" guard from UVa has been in the NBA for three season playing for the Bucks, Supersonics, Rockets and now the Wizards. Here Mason #8 puts up a shot against Bostjan Nachbar #7 and Sean Williams #51 of the New Jersey Nets.

Mason has played in 31 games for the Wiz, averaging 7.3 points and 1.5 boards per game.


(Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

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