Thursday, August 14, 2008

ACC COPPER?

Is there a copper medal for coming in fourth?

The U.S. Soccer team fell to Nigeria 2 to 1 on Wednesday in a quarterfinal which knocked our home boys out of the medal tournament.

Some ACC athletes’ medal chances bit the dust in the process including Charlie Davies (Boston College), Stuart Holden (Clemson), Nathan Strugis (Clemson), Chris Seitx (Maryland), Robbie Rogers (Maryland), Maurice Edu (Maryland - pictured) and Michael Parkhurst (Wake Forest).

Bummer, fellas.

SPAIN: MY BAD

The story goes like this…

The Spanish Olympic basketball team posed for an advertisement prior to the Games which appears to show all its players slanting their eyes. The ads, for a Spanish courier company, appeared in the Spanish-language newspaper La Marca.

OK, children, can you spell U-P-R-O-A-R?

Thanks to Al Gore’s invention (that would be the internet), the photo went blasting into cyberspace and several billion Chinese folks didn’t think it was all that funny.

As the uproar over the picture has grown today, more information about the advertising shot has come to light. The ad was sponsored by a Spanish courier company, Seur. Spain's team, ironically, also is sponsored by Li-Ning Footwear, a Chinese company founded by Li Ning, the final torchbearer who was hoisted along the top of Beijing National Stadium during the Olympic Opening Ceremony finale.

“Some of us didn’t feel comfortable doing it just because to me it was a little clownish for our part to be doing that,” Spain’s Pau Gasol said. “But the sponsors insisted and insisted. I think it is just a bad idea I guess to do that, but it was never intended to be offensive or racist against anybody.”

The Spanish-language paper El Mundo has a piece debating whether the ad was racist that basically called out the British press for trying to smear Spain's good name.

All of that aside, it was a ridiculous idea that was bound to upset a lot of people.

A fellow blogger notes: “Did it not occur to somebody that it might not be a good idea to mock an entire continent before the world's largest athletic competition that, by the way, happens to take place on that continent. Were they not aware of an invention called "the Internet" that allows pictures taken in Spain to be transmitted all over the world for the eyes of everyone?”

Well…no.

Here’s a shocker, the Organization of Chinese-Americans has released multiple statements condemning the picture. George Wu, deputy director of the group, said, "it is unfortunate that this type of imagery would rear its head during something that is supposed to be a time of world unity." Response in Beijing has been muted so far with the exception of some hardy booing when Spain beat China in hoops the other night.

Gasol, the highest profile member of the Spanish team said, “If anybody feels offended by it we totally apologize for it. We never meant anything offensive by it.”

The advertisement has regularly run as a full page in Spanish sports daily Marca soon after the picture was taken on July 1. However, it only came to prominence after it reached the attention of the Guardian newspaper in London this week.

(Photo by Filippo Monteforte/AFP/Getty Images)

FRENCH CYCLIST TESTS POSITIVE FOR STEROIDS

SHOCKING, SHOCKING, SHOCKING…

French cyclist Jimmy Casper (r) tested positive for a banned steroid during the Tour de Tricheurs, the head of the nation's anti-doping agency said recently.

Casper did not have medical exemption for the use of steroids, according to Pierre Bordry. The Agritubel rider could be called before the French Cycling Federation.

The 95th edition of the Tour de Tricheurs was again hit by doping cases. Riccardo Ricco of Italy, Manuel Beltran and Moises Duenas Nevado of Spain each tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO. Dmitriy Fofonov of Kazakhstan tested positive for a banned stimulant.

In addition, U.S. cyclist S. “The Pedaling Chef” Dill is also under investigation after a preliminary blood sample showed an abundance of merlot and twice the normal levels of tortilla chips.

(Photo by Pascal Pavani/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

WISHFUL THINKING...Turkmenistan's Olga Hachatryan wears a swimming cap reading "I'm fast You're Last" during the women's 100m freestyle swimming heats at the National Aquatics Center in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 13, 2008.

She needs to give that cap to Michael Phelps. Hachatryan posted the slowest time of 48 swimmers in the Women’s 100m freestyle.


(Photo by Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BEST UNI...Hollie Grima #9 of Australia gets the prize so far for Best Uni -- the unitard and "bowling look" sneakers.

Here she looks to pass against Korea during day 3 of women's preliminary basketball at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball gymnasium.




(Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

WOO HOO...! (Call it solidarity for the beleaguered Spanish hoops squad...) South Korean players celebrate the game-winning run by Lee Taekkuen off a hit by Lee Jongwook in the bottom of the ninth to lead Korea to a come from behind victory over the US in their men's preliminary baseball game at the Wukesong Baseball Venue during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 13, 2008. South

Korea defeated the US 8-7.


(Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

WASTING HIS OBVIOUS TALENTS...Mark Bridge of Australia, who appears to have four arms, should play a sport where one can use one's hands...No?

Here Bridge reacts with another unidentified player behind after missing a shot against Ivory Coast during a Group A Men's soccer match at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Tianjin, China Wednesday.


(AP Photo)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

PICK ON SOMEBODY YOUR OWN SIZE...America's Wes Piermarini (L) and Elliot Hovey compete in the men's double sculls final C against Iraq at the Shunyi Rowing and Canoeing Park during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on August 13, 2008.

Midway through the heat one of the Iraqis pulled out a 90 mm M79 hand-held missile launcher and fired it at the Americans. The shot missed (wide right), and a few minutes later a U.S. Blackhawk helicopter gun ship appeared and blew the offending scull out of the water.

Due to heavy Chinese censorship, you won’t see this stuff in mainstream media outlets.

(Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

60,000+


...and counting. That's over 10,000 visits since July 1st.

You people are CRAZY!

Does that make us a WBF World Grand Master like this Passell dude?

WHO WANTS TO BE A QUARTERBACK?

So asked Ralph Friedgen last week when queried about the starting quarterback for his Maryland Terrapins.

If the on-going “who’s number 1” controversy wasn’t problematic enough with four, count ‘em four, candidates vying for the job, young Toly Hansbrough threw his hat in the ring late this week. Toly informed Coach Fridge that he would “run away from home and enroll tomorrow if you let me start August 30th versus those Blue Hens from Delaware, and you throw in a #9 yellow practice jersey plus 20 matchbox cars…and maybe a pirate ship or two, and some ice cream...”

In a post-practice press conference held in one of Coach Friedgen’s favorite locations (the cafeteria above the locker room at the field house adjacent to Byrd Stadium), Coach Fridge said definitively that even though Chris Turner currently is listed as the top quarterback on the depth chart, neither Turner or Jordan Steffey has a lead in the race as of yet.

"I think it's pretty tight all the way around: 1A, 1B; 1A, 2A, (pepperoni/sausage…cake/ice cream) whatever you want to do with it," Friedgen said. "I'd like to make a decision on that pretty early. One of the things we're trying to do differently than what I've done in the past is make our decisions on first and second teams earlier, maybe a week earlier, and really try to prepare for the season."

Friedgen made similar comments regarding a desire to make a quick decision on a starting quarterback early in training camp last season, yet waited nearly three weeks before giving the nod to Steffy. This season, Friedgen promised, will be different, a notion that could bode well for Turner.

After Steffy was brought down with a helmet-to-helmet hit late in the first half at Rutgers last September, Turner stepped in and led the Terrapins to an upset win over the Scarlet Knights, then the No. 10 team in the country. Steffy played in just two games the rest of the season, while Turner developed into the full-time starter.

With regard to possible nabbing UNC’s prized multi-sport recruit, Toly Hansbrough, Friedgen would only acknowledge having “some interest.”

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden is rumored to have contacted MD about trading a future draft pick for one of the Terp QBs.
(10 Chris Turner, 11 Jamar Robinson, 12 Josh Portis and 13 Jordan Steffey)

(AP Photos/Nick Wass)

ACC GOLD

Sucked into the vapor trail that is Michael Phelps, N.C. State's Cullen Jones won a gold medal as part of the Men’s 4x100 Freestyle Relay team.

Here Jones, Jason Lezak, Phelps, and Garrett Weber-Gale prepare for the race at the National Aquatics Center on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China.


(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

ACC BRONZE

USA's gold medal winner Mariel Zagunis is flanked by silver medal winner Sada Jacobson, left, and bronze medal winner Becca Ward, right, on the podium after the women's individual saber at the Fencing Hall of the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008.

Ware, an incoming freshmen at Duke, was the #2 seed in the tournament only to be upset by the #5 seed – the eventual gold medal winner Zagunis. Both girls are Oregonians (where fencing is big?) and members of the same fencing club.

Duke obviously has a soft spot for the beaver state which also produced basketball star Kyle Singler.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm...Part 1.

According to several news sources, China is the home of the world's largest public restroom.

China Central Televison has reported that the southwestern city of Chongqing is preparing to submit an application to Guinness World Records to have their free four-story public bathroom listed as the world's largest. The recently-opened porcelain palace features an Egyptian facade, soothing music and more than 1,000 toilets spread out over 32,290 square feet.

Evidently, there are a lot of public facilities in China, and we here at TAH recommend that before you head off to Beijing this weekend for some five ring circus, you should watch the following video.

Of course, depending on where you fall on the "Seinfeld Wigged Out Over Germs Scale," you may want to avoid these facilities all together...

Enjoy.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm...Part 2.

NEWS FLASH: Chinese women’s gymnastic team linked to little league officials in the Dominican Republic…

Unfortunately, the Chinese news censors grabbed this story before it could get all the way out, but it had something to do with the fact that Olympic gymnasts have to be 16 years of age to compete. Believe it or not, some folks think there may have been some hank panky on the birth certificates of a couple of these “kids.”

Hmmmm…

Now tell us the two on the right look older than twelve? Shoot, the one on the far right looks a rock solid nine, ten tops!



Then compare them to our girls.









(Photos by Al Bello/Getty Images, Franck FIfe/AFP/Getty Images and Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Hmmm...

TAKE A MOMENT…

…from your busy day and read this piece from the D.C. Sports Blog titled “Chinese State Humor Writers Rule.”

Make sure you read the comments all the way at the bottom.


PICTURE OF THE DAY

ICON...Move over Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps is in the house!

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Dear Mark Spitz, please shut up. See Yardbarker sidebar above right if you aren't up on the Spitz story.)

(Photo by Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

W DOES CHINA…United States President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Barbara Bush attend the National Aquatics Center on Day 3 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 11, 2008 in Beijing, China.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

POLITICALLY INCORRECT…This photo was posted by Getty Images on the Yahoo Sports Olympic site.

No, we did not edit or crop it, and yes, it appears to be an “a** shot” of the U.S. women’s gymnastic team.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: Wow, we know these gals spend a lot of time inside practicing and competing, but #413 is a world class "white girl." She may even be "whiter" then our Uncle R. "Chicken Legs" Flikeid in the middle of February!)

(Photo by Franck “The A** Man” Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

GO EAGLE…Carrie Howe, Boston College grad, (center) Sally Barkow (l) and Deborah Capozzi (r) of the United States of America compete in the Yngling (beer!!) class race held at the Qingdao Olympic Sailing Center.

So far the team has competed in seven Yngling (beer!!) races winning leg seven, after finishing 14th, 2nd, 8th, 5th, 6th and 11th in the previous races.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: We have consulted the TAH Sailing Department and learned two things: 1) we have no idea what this all means in terms of the likelihood that Howe & Co. will medal, and 2) we don’t actually have a TAH Sailing Department, but we are accepting applications for this position that requires limited expertise and time while offering no pay. Job Requirements: 1) You must be a smart a**. 2) See #1. Send resume and the $100 application fee to TAH, 380Z Garrett Street, Warrenton, 20186, and we promise to deny your application in a timely manner. Application fees are non-refundable, and will only be used to purchase "vice.")

(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

NICE, FRANKEE, NICE!! What was Mr. Hinkman thinking when this photo was taken last Friday in front of the Warrenton (VA) post office at the conclusion of his trans-America bike ride…?

Perhaps something like: “Geez…I ride this stupid bike all the way across the damn country and when I get home, twenty people greet me at the post office and one of them works here (George, leaning on rail) and one of them is FRANKEE…!"

Nice, Frankee, NICE!

(EDITOR'S NOTE: For the record, there were more than 20 people to greet the iron man when he rode into to town. We’re just poking fun because…well…that’s what we do. Especially, if we can work in our main man Frankee, and our favorite tag line which he invented in the Green Leaf Pub in Williamsburg, VA: “Nice, (fill in the blank), NICE! With props to Dirt, of course, for the assist.)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 6

NICE HATS…Even grizzled ex-vets - one Navy, one Marine - look silly in bicycle helmets. These two escorted Mr. Hinkman home last Friday.

Granted the sailor (left) looks a bit sillier than the General (right).

(We aren’t sure who took this photo, but good on ya!)

Here the boys (C. Giglio and J. Bounds) greet Ironman Gary Hicklin (aka Mr. Hinkman), prior to his final descent into K20186 (aka Warrenton, VA).

(Photo by J. or S. or J. Giglio/GFP/Giglio Images International/Trademarks and Copyrights Pending Worldwide)

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