Saturday, February 2, 2008

SATURDAY HOOP

MARYLAND @ GEORGIA TECH (-4.5), 12:00 PM, Atlanta, Ga., TV: ESPN2 (XM 190/191)

VIRGINIA @ VIRGINIA TECH (-5), 1:00 PM, Blacksburg, Va., TV: RAYCOM (XM 192)

MIAMI @ #3 DUKE (-15), 3:30 PM, Durham, N.C., TV: ABC (XM 191)

BOSTON COLLEGE @ CLEMSON (NL), 8:00 PM, Clemson, S.C., (XM 192)

*Point spreads for recreational purposes only.

HAPPY GROUND HOG DAY

America's most famous groundhog emerged from his burrow early on Saturday and declared that winter will last another six weeks and Duke will yet again have a crappy football season.

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow shortly before 7:30 a.m. to the cheers of more than 30,000 people from as far away as Alaska and Texas, one of the largest crowds in the 122-year history of the event in the central Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney.


Upon hearing the news, Duke’s Greg Paulus threw himself on the floor.

THE KING OF FLOP

Speaking of Ground Hog Day…

Here’s a little piece from the Raleigh News & Observer’s P.J. Giglio:

GREG PAULUS
Foul Shots isn't the only one who has noticed the Duke junior's flair for theatrics. In the second half of Duke's 92-72 win over N.C. State, Paulus reacted to a screen from the Wolfpack's Brandon Costner like he was hit by a shovel. (Ed Note: In the first half, he drove the lane, saw a NC State guy, short armed the shot badly, and THREW himself, untouched, on the floor…Instant Classic. We didn’t see the the play P.J. is referencing.)

After the exaggeration, official Mike Eades pulled Paulus aside and warned him: "Don't do that again."

And before you fire off that angry e-mail, Duke fan, Paulus, with his 22 points and six assists, was clearly the reason Duke won on Thursday but he needs to do so in a more gentlemanly -- emphasis on "manly" -- manner.

ANOTHER TAKE ON WOE IS THE ACC

Also from Raleigh News & Observer’s P.J. Giglio:

DOUBLE STANDARD
The ACC gets blasted, and deservedly so, in football because the conference does not have an elite team at the national level.

In basketball, the ACC has two elite teams -- UNC and Duke are both in the top 5 of the RPI -- yet it gets hammered for being top-heavy.

You can't have it both ways, people. Give the ACC its due in hoops.

Current media darling, the Pac-10, ranks behind the ACC in Ken Pomeroy's version of the conference RPI.
For the record, the ACC's worst team, Virginia (108 in the RPI), beat the Pac-10's highest-rated team, Arizona (7), on the road. (So, there!)
(…and finally,)
RANKING THE ACC
1. Duke: The Blue Devils' last Final Four appearance? San Antonio in 2004. This year's Final Four site? Hmm.

2. UNC: John Edwards thinks you're No. 1. That makes one State grad.

T3. Maryland, Clemson, Miami, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Boston College, Virginia Tech: You tell me the difference between these eight teams.

11. Florida State: What's more embarrassing: the effort at Virginia Tech or Leonard Hamilton's contract extension?

12. Virginia: It has been a long 2008 with Sean Singletary. It will be even longer in 2009 without him.

(AP Photo/Mark Avery)

WRIST SLAP FOR ASSASSINS-IN-TRAINING

Nine University of Virginia students who destroyed a Hokie Bird statue that was part of the Gobble de Art project and symbol of arch-rival Virginia Tech will not go to jail (with Michael Vick...was the Vick playing poker with the dogs funny or what?).

Circuit Court Judge Ray Grubbs of Montgomery County told the nine they could atone for their misguided prank by performing 200 hours of community service.

"He was clearly impressed that they had learned a lesson, and they're all fine young men," said their attorney, Jimmy Turk of Radford, adding that five or six of them are the sons of lawyers. (Huh?) (Jimmy Turk is a college chum of One M.Ball)

The students had been charged with felony destruction of property after ripping a 120-pound fiberglass Hokie Bird statue from its perch in front of Blacksburg's Town Hall on March 23.
Yesterday, Grubbs reduced the felony charge to a misdemeanor, then postponed the trial for one year, giving the young men time to work off their misdeed in the community.

The U.Va. students paid $11,000 in restitution and apologized to Tech and Blacksburg officials as well as to members of the Blacksburg Partnership. They also volunteered labor in Blacksburg, cleaning buildings and even moving Hokie Bird statues out of a warehouse, Turk said.

Then the judge reminded them that in spite of their efforts the Hokies had kicked their ass in last year’s football match up and once this year in hoops as well.

At least they didn’t kidnap any real people…oh, yeah, that was those other Zima-fueled engineering students Guan Yu Lu and Bai Chuan Shu who nabbed some other dude they didn’t like and tried to get $500,000 in ransom…oops.

Nice, Hoos, NICE!

REMEMBERING SKIP PROSSER...

...or not.

There has been little ceremony to honor Wake's former coach who died suddenly last year.

There will be no remembrances or a moment of silence when Wake Forest plays N.C. State on Sunday. Oddly, or so it seems to TAH, while Prosser was well liked and respected throughout the rest of the league, there has not been much in the way of ceremony honoring his passing.

Wake Forest spokesman Scott Wortman said the most he has seen this season were moments of silence at Maryland and Georgia Tech. (Which seems entirely appropriate and complete.)
"There hasn't been too much," Wortman said. "Other than that, nothing really."

It will not be any different Sunday. N.C. State, as of midweek, had no plans to honor Prosser or to memorialize the former ACC coach of the year as Wake Forest makes its first visit to the Triangle this season.

Wake junior guard Harvey Hale said he was taken aback when Maryland honored Prosser.

"That was cool because it shows that people haven't forgotten about us, what we went through," Hale said. "It made you want to play harder."

Hale said while he loves honoring his former coach, sometimes it is easier just to go play.
"At the beginning of the season, it was really emotional. ... but not so much now," Hale said. "You try not to live on the bad."

(Wake Forest University Head Coach Skip Prosser (right) consoles his son Scott in an empty team locker room after Wake Forest, a number two seed, was defeated 86-82 by Auburn in the second round of the NCAA tournament in Tampa, Fla. Photo by Patrick Schneider of The Charlotte Observer)

DUKE vs. DUKES

James Madison University, known to many of its beloved alums as J.Mad.U., will open its 2008 football schedule against Duke.

The opening line in Vegas is Duke(s) -1/+1.

It will mark the second straight season the Dukes will have played an ACC team in its opener. JMU opened at North Carolina last season. The Heels won.


Will the Blue Devils be so fortunate?


(UNC v. J.MAD.U. at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill. UNC won 37-14 on September 1, 2007. Photo by Jeffrey A. Camarati/Pictopia.com)

JAMIE PRESSLEY PICKS THE SUPER BOWL

PATRIOTS 31, GIANTS 14

I just root for the underdog always. But I mean, we're being realistic here. You can root for the underdog all day. That doesn't mean they're going to win.

(Photo: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

GROUND HOG DAY...The theme of today's pics is "Things PETA Wouldn't Like At All."

Never mind that they don't like much of anything, surely they are unhappy with the kind and gentle folk of Gobbler's Knob that hike ol' Pux Phil out of his winter slumber to make an idiotic weather prediction in front of 30,000 people and the national media?


So what if Al Roker does it every day.

(Photo courtesy of Ground Hog Day, the movie, Ground Hog Day, the movie, Ground Hog Day, the movie, Ground Hog Day, the movie, Ground Hog Day, the movie, Ground Hog Day, the movie, Ground Hog Day, the movie, Ground Hog Day, the movie, Ground Hog Day, the movie...infinity)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NICOLOCO?...Peruvian surfer Domingo Pianezzi rides a wave accompanied by a cat named Nicolasa at the San Bartolo beach in Lima January 31, 2008.

Don't tell PETA the cat was stoned, and obviously in clear violation of PETA's policy which prohibits a person from putting a feline within 1,000 feet of any type of water.

(REUTERS/Pilar Olivares (PERU)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

KISS KISS…Zoo keeper Tim Rowlands receives a kiss from Margaret, a 10-day-old Rothschild Giraffe, at Chester Zoo in Chester, northern England January 30, 2008. Margaret, who stands at only five feet (1.2 metres) tall, is being hand-reared after she was born two weeks early.

Of course, PETA would not approve of the giraffe's captivity nor the seemingly inappropriate relationship.

(REUTERS/Phil Noble (BRITAIN)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

AHMEDABAD?...No, actually, you’re pretty good -- well, at least, the horse looks pretty good. An Indian rider from the Gujarat Police Mounted Squad gallops over a jump during the Equestrian Show 2008 at the Police Stadium in Ahmedabad.

FYI - Gujarat is an industrial state in western India that borders Pakistan. Ahmedabad is the 7th largest city in India with a mere 5.6 million folks calling it home. For a little perspective, that’s the population of Maryland…all of Maryland. Some 7.7 million folks live in Virginia…all of Virginia, while 9 million people live in North Carolina.

Of course, PETA opposes riding horses. The Europeans can eat 'em, but you're not supposed to ride one. Hmmmm...



(AFP/Sam Panthaky)

Friday, February 1, 2008

SIT DOWN, SHUT UP, HANG ON

#4 UNC 91, BOSTON COLLEGE 69
The Tar Heels ran up a big first half lead. Then they let it slip away.

And then their coach got mad.

Really mad.

Roy Williams yanked everyone off the court, sent in five subs and went ballistic on the bench.

Message delivered.

All five starters reached double figures and the fourth-ranked Tar Heels scored 21 straight points during their 91-69 rout of Boston College on Thursday night.

Properly motivated, Lawson had 7 assists in the first half, and with 7:45 left in the second half, the Heels had not committed a second half turnover.

Yes, you might say they renewed their focus.

Tyler Hansbrough scored 18 points, Deon Thompson added 13 of his career-high 17 in the first half and Lawson finished with 16 for the Tar Heels (20-1, 5-1 ACC).

BC’s Tyrese Rice equaled his average with 20 points, but he was 6-for-15 from the field and 1-for-9 from 3-point range for the Eagles (12-7, 3-3 ACC), who had 17 turnovers.

(North Carolina's Ty Lawson (5) drives to the basket as Boston College's Shamari Spears (34) defends during the second half, and Quentin Thomas, left at right, and Boston College's Tyler Roche battle during the first half . AP Photos/Gerry Broome)

WHO KNEW HALFTIME SUCKED?

#3 DUKE 93, N.C. State 72

Young AT has been paying close attention to hoop for some thirty years now. She doesn’t miss much, and, years of experience and an allegiance to regularly reading the Raleigh News-Obsever (which offers the best ACC coverage around) have given her a clear view of the collective mind set of the North Carolina-based ACC teams.

Last night with N.C. State leading #3 Duke by nine points at half-time, she said, “If there wasn’t a halftime, State would win this game.”

“But, they’ll go in and think about what they are doing (beating Duke AT DUKE), and they will come back out and freeze up.”

Money.

How about 46 points in the first half, and 26 in the second.

Frozen. Solid.

Greg Paulus scored 22 points and freshman Kyle Singler added 19 to help Duke rally past North Carolina State 92-72, keeping the Blue Devils alone atop the ACC standings.

Gerald Henderson and DeMarcus Nelson each had 18 points for the Blue Devils (18-1, 6-0 ACC), who ran into an unexpectedly tough opponent in the first half before turning up their intensity to dominate the rest of the way.

(Duke's DeMarcus Nelson, top right, dunks over North Carolina State's Marques Johnson in the first half, and Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer makes a crazy face. AP Photos/Sara D. Davis)

WOE IS THE ACC?

There has been plenty of criticism in the media this year about the weak ACC. We recently noted ESPN’s Colin Cowherd’s comments, while others have pointed out that the league is not as good as years past with only Duke and UNC to crow about.

No doubt, the #3 and #4 spots in the league seem to be hard to figure. Early on, it was likely that Miami and Clemson might rise to the top, while pre-season polls liked the Wolfpack.

Maryland?

Who knows? Check for nightly updates.

Yes, inconsistency has been the watchword.

So just how weak is the ACC?

Not so weak.

The ACC is the ONLY conference in American where EVERY TEAM is over .500.


You want a piece of the worst team – the 10-9 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets?

Or how about the worst team in the conference standings – Virginia at 1-5 ACC?

Both pretty tough outs.

As typically happens, a couple of those second tier teams will improve dramatically – and right now you have to put the Terps at the head of that class – and be ready to beat up some folks come tournament time.

It’s not too late, but it’s February.

(Hey, look, another Jon Scheyer in training. Duke's Kyle Singler (12) practices Schyerizing. AP Photo/Sara D. Davis)

(Osby: Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

JOHNNY DRAMA PICKS THE SUPER BOWL

Giants 24, Patriots 21

"I like the Giants because defense, baby, defense, and Eli (Manning) is maturing. I don't see a real high-scoring game."

(Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

NFL CRIME UPDATE: ENUFF IS ENUFF IS ENUFF

A Tennessee judge dismissed misdemeanor charges against suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones on Thursday, agreeing with a prosecutor that the Titans cornerback has been punished enough with his legal trouble over the past year.

Jones knows his behavior outside a Murfreesboro nightclub on the night of his August 2006 arrest was inappropriate, District Attorney General William Whitesell said at a hearing to reconsider a previous plea deal on the charges.

"It's cost him a lot more money than what the court would fine him," Whitesell said of Jones' yearlong suspension from the NFL, following a series of arrests. "Mr. Jones hopefully has learned something and been punished enough."

General Sessions Judge David Loughry ordered Jones on Thursday to apologize to the court. He has already written a letter of apology to the arresting officer.

Incarcerated QB and convicted dog abuser Michael Vick (pictured above with some friends) issued a statement saying, "Hey, what about me? I'm sorry too…I can write letters."

MEET DAX CRUM

From FOX SPORTS

It was a conversation with which Dax Crum was all too familiar.


Southern Utah University coach Roger Reid had called Crum into his office. And Crum knew exactly what was coming.

"I told him he could come out for the team, but the chances of playing were very, very slim," Reid said. "In my mind, I didn't think there was any chance he'd ever play. No way."

However, a half season into Reid's tenure at the school, Crum, who was born without a right hand, has forced his coach into playing him significant minutes.

The 6-foot-2 senior guard logged a career-high 16 minutes, made a 3-pointer and slowed down Missouri-Kansas City's leading scorer, Dane Brumagin, for much of the second half in a 63-60 loss earlier in the month.

"I've coached this game for a long time and they ought to build a monument of him," Reid said. "Dax is all about defying the odds and playing for the right reasons."

Crum was born without nearly his entire right hand. Just a tiny finger sticks out of his nub and is barely noticeable. Crum's parents were given the option of transplanting a toe to act as another finger, but they declined due to concerns with post-surgical rejection.

It's crazy, but many opposing players, coaches and fans are often shocked when told of Crum's handicap after watching him play or practice. UMKC sports information director James Allen was completely unaware throughout the entire game. Southern Utah assistant Ron Carling's wife had no idea after watching Crum play for nearly three weeks.


DAMN GOOD CAUSE OF THE MONTH

Jason Kidd makes $19 million a year. That means on every Friday he stops by the office of the New Jersey Nets (at whom he is currently mad at, and is insisting to be traded from) and picks up his payroll check sans withholding taxes of around $220,000…A WEEK.

Then, there's the rest of us. We aren't complaining, and we are fortunate not be among the legions of commuters facing daily traffic jams, but…

Consider it all a lesson in perspective, and then consider the commute of this fellow making his way across rough-hewn boards over a river after a strenuous day in the rice fields.

Feel better already, don't you?

This photo was taken in Japan in 1914 by Eliza Scidmore, and published in National Geographic this month. Its point is to, yet again, demonstrate that there are people all over the world who might need a helping hand here and there from us mass consuming capitalists here in God Bless America.

So, to keep our catholic guilt under control TAH will now be featuring the "DAMN GOOD CAUSE OF THE MONTH."

Now, we are skeptical by nature, so endorsements are not so easy to come by around here.

However, we have it on good local authority that his group has it goin' on. One of our homies, a rare Terpiger (that's a cross between a Terp and a Clemson Tiger) recently went to Haiti with this group and brought back a good report card.

That's good enough for us.

Medical Missionaries -- People of All Faiths Helping the Poorest of the Poor

MM is a group of 200 health professionals and lay volunteers, who have organized to help impoverished people in Third World countries and locally here in the USA. Originally started by a group of doctors and nurses from Manassas, Virginia, Dr. Gilbert Irwin, wanting to reach out and help those in need.

Medical Missionaries has no paid employees and evolved from a volunteer effort to supply medicines, medical aid, clothing, and educational materials to the less fortunate.

To date, MM has been able to disperse over $65 million worth of medicines and medical supplies around the world for an out of pocket expense of less than $175,000. Ninety-nine percent of these items were scheduled to be thrown away.

For more info on how to help go to:
http://www.medicalmissionaries.info/

(Jason Kidd: AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

SON OF JORDAN, BAKETBALL GOD?

By Jason King, Yahoo! Sports/rivals.com

The son of the greatest basketball player in history averages just 0.9 points. But you would never guess that by listening to him describe his freshman season at Illinois.
"I'm having so much fun," Jeff Jordan told me last week. "I'm glad I decided to give this a try."

A try?

Yes, it's true. With no athletic scholarship offer, Michael Jordan's oldest boy had to join the Illini as a walk-on. He's averaging a measly 4.2 minutes per game and has made just three shots all season. Statistically, he sounds like a rare heir to Rare Air.

The refreshing thing is that, at Illinois, no one seems to care.

Nearly three months into his college career, Jeff isn't being deified by Illini fans. He said his classmates don't sweat him because of his dad or tease him because he can't do a 360-dunk.
Instead they're treating him like any other college student, which is all Jeff ever hoped for in the first place.

"I actually dealt with it more in high school than I do now," Jeff said of the attention he often receives because of his father. "On campus everyone has been great. Sometimes we'll go out to eat when we're out of town and people will (approach) me. But my teammates look out for me in those situations."

He pauses.

"Even then, it really doesn't affect me much," Jeff said. "I've been dealing with it my whole life."

PICTURE OF THE DAY

HELLO, MY NAME IS LEVI...and I'm a steriod-a-holic. How can you tell, you ask? How about the unusually large Barry Bondsesque head on my otherwise normal looking body?

Of course, nobody in my sport uses the juice, but, if I did, and I don't, but if I did, and I'm telling you I don't, but if I did, and I don't, but if I did, this is what I would loook like.

Thank you for sharing, Levi.

Team member Levi Leipheimer of the USA is introduced during the Astana Cycling Team USA launch at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on January 31, 2008 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

IT’S THE FIRST ANNUAL TAH WHERE IS THIS? PHOTO CONTEST…If you didn’t answer the Super Bowl, please rush to the E.R.

Check your pulse on the way.

Students play instruments as the NFL announces a $1 Million donation to the Arizona Youth Education Town as part of Super Bowl legacy program during a press conference on January 31, 2008 in Phoenix, Arizona.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

HEY LOOK, IT’S 3 O’CLOCK…time to “keep the continuity” and fire some more coaches, and interview new ones nobody has ever heard of before.

Nice, Mr. Snyder, NICE!

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

HEY LOOK, SPEAKING OF GOOD NEWS…Buffalo Bills tight end Kevin Everett pauses while speaking during an interview Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008, in Chicago. (How does he not have the book release press conference at the Super Bowl? What's his publisher thinking?)

Five months after laying motionless on the football field, Kevin Everett is again walking tall.

There was recently an interesting article about this in SI. Part of his immediate treatment was cooling his body core temperature...intersting stuff.
(AP Photo/Jerry Lai)

Thursday, January 31, 2008

COME IN, ONE ADAM 12: CRAZY PERSON NEEDS ESCORT

Troubled pop icon, LSU and New Orleans Saints’ fan Britney Spears was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance early Thursday for the second time this month for a mental health evaluation. (Is "Michael Jackson Crazy" a medical term? If not ,"Crazy As A Bayou Shithouse Rat" ought to cover it.)

"I'm just pissed that Tom Brady and Claxico Buress are gettin' more ink," the trouble star shouted from the gurney.

Spears was whisked to the UCLA Medical Center at about 1:30 am (0930 GMT) and was to be placed on a 5150 hold, the 72-hour confinement of a person deemed a danger to themselves or others. (Here at TAH we call that “suicide watch.”) (Here at TAH we also say JUMP, JUMP, JUMP and let’s get this over with.)

(By the way in California, a 5140 means you are mostly normal although suffering from a sub-par gene pool.)

A psychiatrist treating the singer contacted Los Angeles police and set the events in motion.

Dozens of police officers on motorcycles in a motorcade the L.A. Times described as “the length of a football field” escorted the ambulance carrying the 26-year-old singer/sports fan and a police helicopter hovered overhead.

As Kieth Jackson always said so eloquently, WHOA!! NELLIE!!!

A motorcade the length of a football field?

They take her to the hospital on nut job alert and she has a police motorcade?

Are you kidding?

Man, California, snap out of it.

Only on the left coast would Brittney’s psychiatrist’s press agent call the media while Britney’s psychiatrist called the cops. And, yes, you better believe Brittney’s shrink has a PR man/woman…It’s Hollywood, baby! The shrink's valet parkers have PR people!

Were Brit to be chillin’ and hangin’ in some civilized place like New York City, she would have gone unescorted (save for the much smaller media hoard stalking her) in a taxi cab.

In D.C., she would have taken the Metro to bypass the whole "the-Patriots-are-gonna-lose-a-game-before-you-figure-out-which-zone-the-damn-hospital-is-in-oh-you-don’t-speak-any-english-oh-crap-I’ll-just-sit-here-and-go-bonkers-thanks-for-nothing" situation.

But, a big police escort with us common folk footin’ the bill?

Now that’s all 5150, as they say in California.

Here at TAH, we just call it “messed up.”

When contacted for a comment, LSU coach Les Miles said, "YAAHHHHOOOO!"

WEDNESDAY HOOP

MARYLAND 85, VIRGINIA 75

Maryland has one of the most athletic teams in the ACC. Virginia does not.

That’s bad mojo for the Hoos especially when you mix in the dreaded ingredient of Route 29 North.

As usual, Sean Singletary did everything he could, but it simply wasn’t enough as Greivis Vasquez scored 25 points, James Gist added 17, and the Terps extended the Cav's road woes with an 85-75 victory Wednesday night.

After facing ACC powers North Carolina and Duke in succession, the Terrapins (13-8, 3-3) had no problem against the last-place Cavaliers (11-8, 1-5). Maryland grabbed an 11-point lead in the opening three minutes, expanded the margin to 17 early in the second half and coasted to its seventh win in nine games.

Eric Hayes contributed 15 points and nine assists, and Landon Milbourne scored 13 to help Maryland coach Gary Williams earn his 598th career victory.

Sean Singletary scored 23 for Virginia, including 17 in the second half, to extend his ACC-best streak of reaching double figures to 41 straight games. But the Cavaliers lost their sixth straight ACC road game since defeating Maryland on Jan. 16, 2007.

RIGHT: Virginia's Sean Singletary (44) tries to get past Maryland's Landon Milbourne (1) during the first half.

AOVE: Maryland's Eric Hayes (5) shoots over Virginia's Adrian Joseph, left, during the first half -- Hayes scored 15 points as Maryland won 85-75.

(AP Photos/Nick Wass)

MUST BE SUPER BOWL WEEK: NAMATH REDUX

We don’t watch a lot of Big 12 basketball…OK, that’s a lie…we don’t watch any Big 12 basketball, but this popped up on the radar screen this week via PTI.

Kansas State’s Super freshmen Michael Beaseley ruffled a few feathers of the Wildcats’ arch rival Jayhawks this week when he said, "We're going to beat Kansas at home. We're going to beat them at their house. We're going to beat them in Africa. Wherever we play, we're going to beat them."

The nation’s leading rebounder and #4 scorer was simply trying to stop a losing streak that trumps Clemson’s futility in Chapel Hill. Kansas State fans had come to call it The Streak -- 24 years of home-court futility against Kansas.




Beasley, who wasn't even alive when the Jayhawks began their 24-game winning streak in the Little Apple, scored 25 points Wednesday night and led the No. 22 Wildcats to an 84-75 victory over previously unbeaten Kansas, touching off a mob scene on center court.

In what appeared to be an attempt to sooth his previously inflammatory remarks that, no doubt, he’ll be hearing plenty about come rematch time in Lawrence, Beasley said, "I know it means a lot around the city, people at the school, but it's just a game to me."

Yeah, right.

Kansas State forward Michael Beasley (30) drives on Kansas center Sasha Kaun (24) during the second half . (AP Photos/Orlin Wagner)

JIMMY BUFFETT PICKS THE SUPER BOWL

For the next few days, TAH will bring you celebrity predictions for the Super Bowl.

They are legit.

No kidding.

Patriots 24, Giants 17

"Pats have experience, which to me means they know how to handle ticket requests from immediate family and long lost friends in rehab or jail -- a very important but rarely reported key to victory."

(Photo: Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Hampton Social @ Ross)
(Yes, Josh, it's legit. Email me at the address above and I'll send you the link, but I don't want to spoil it for everybody else since we have four more celeb picks and Sunday's is PRICELESS!
Thanks for your comment.)

LEN BIAS MOVIE BUZZ AT SUNDANCE

Some TAH readers are probalby too young to remember Len Bias -- the next legit Michael Jordan.


As we always keep an eye out for the next great sports movie...We keep a file called "Rudy - NOT" just ready for the scoop on the next Bull Durham, The Natural or Tin Cup.

At the recent Sundance Film Festival held in our favorite ski spot, Park City, Utah, perhaps the most talked-about sports flick didn't screen. However, director/producer Kirk Fraser hit the streets to spread the word about his almost-completed documentary about deceased Celtics draft pick and Terp star Bias.

Fraser, who received the Bias family's blessing, conducted on-camera gabs with John Thompson, John Lucas, D.C. mayor (and cocaine user) Marion Berry and, in their first interview since the tragedy, the three witnesses to Bias' drug overdose: Terry Long, David Gregg and Brian Tribble.

With Boston flying high and steroids all the rage, Fraser says it's time drop some knowledge. "It's not for the money, but to prevent the cycle and the production of another Len Bias."

Here's a nice little unrelated documentary that sums up the Bias' story for those of you that missed it twenty-some years ago...

http://walkerlamond.com/bias1.html


(Photos by SI and the Baltimore Sun)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

THIS GUY’S ON THE JUICE…What other excuse could he have for wearing argyle socks? Look closely, they’re there…and we thought the Italians had good fashion sense.

Italy's Alberto Loddo, of the Tinkoff team, won the fourth stage while Belgium's Tom Boonen was second and Sebastian Siedler of Germany third.

Tinkoff?

Hmmm...




(Photo cby Ibrahim Al-Omari/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURES OF THE DAY 2

JUST ANOTHER FRIENDLY LITTLE REMINDER…that World Cup skiers ain’t right in the head.

Not even close.

Swiss Skier Marc Berthod and Switzerland's Daniel Albrecht clear a gate during the men's official downhill training of the FIS Ski World cup in Val-D'Isere, 30 January 2008.

(Photos by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

CAMERON CRAZIES: WESTERN CONFERENCE...The folks at Oregon tried to go all Cameron Crazy on U.C.L.A., but the finest imitators hang out at Arizona State. Here’s an example of some of their recent quirky work.

No, we don't know who Derrick Low is, but we're guessing he plays hoop for Arizona.

(Photos courtesy of SI)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

AN EVEN RARER BIRD...Tiger Woods takes a drop shot after hitting his second shot into the water on the 13th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008.

(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

ANYBODY SEEN QUINN SNYDER? The Krzyskdhvbs5ski protégé didn’t fair too well in Missouri, and when the Tigers hired new coach Mike Anderson, Mizzou Nation thought things might get better. They haven’t. Five players were suspended, including the leading scorer, after a late night brawl in a night club.

We didn’t know they had night clubs in Missouri.

University of Missouri student Greg Mitchell holds up a sign during the first half of the Nebraska-Missouri college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008, in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers lost 62-66.

(AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

TUESDAY HOOP

WAKE FOREST 70, MIAMI 68

There is a big giant knot right around .500/3 losses hanging about in the middle of the ACC conference standings.

After winning its 16th game in a row at home, the Deamon Deacons are now party to the knot. Team officials (not center) are considering changing the name of Lowell Joel Memorial Coliseum to Robert Paul Plant Arena.

(Robert Paul Plant (not pictured here) is an attorney in Oregon who claims to have invented the Chia Pet. He is 107 years old, and once heard a Wake Forest game on the radio.)

Ishmael Smith (not left) made a jumper with 3 seconds left that lifted Wake Forest past Miami 70-68 on Tuesday night.

Freshman Jeff Teague (not right) scored a season-high 27 points for Wake Forest (13-6, 3-3 ACC), but it was his backcourt mate who saved the day after Miami had missed a game tying layup.

Both teams played well. The Canes shot 54% from the field (7-15, 46% behind the arc) and the Deacons shot 47% (10-19, 52% from three land). The game suffered from a mere 5 total turnovers.

Little else is know about the game since the overwhelming majority of reporters and photographers were in Arizona at the Super Bowl’s media day.

(Miss Nevada Veronica Grabowski poses with Brandon Meriweather #31 and Antwain Spann #28 of the New England Patriots during Patriots media day for Super Bowl XLII . Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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