Friday, September 5, 2008

DEAR MR. SNYDER:

It’s too early to go all postal on the WRETCHEDNESS that is the Redskins. But a picture is worth a thousand words, and they did "SUC."

Well, not everybody.

The defensive recovered from the Giant’s opening drive and kept the Super Bowl Champs in check for the balance of the game even with a patched together secondary missing starters Shawn Springs and (at times) Fred Smoot.

As bad as the game looked it should have been closer than it was. The zebras watched Brandon Jacobs deliver a one-two combination to a Skins’ linebacker after an incomplete pass. Milk toast Al Michaels and John Madden described it as being chippy, and NBC didn’t think it warranted a replay because a commercial is more profitable and we KNOW it’s all about PROFITS, now don’t we?

“Chippy” is when guys have each other’s face mask (as happened in a no penalty situation later in the game), a 15 YARD PERSONAL FOUL is when one guy takes two punches (with open hand or closed fist) and connects to the helmet of his opponent after the whistle and without any provocation. It was 2nd and six. The penalty, if called, makes it 3 and 21. You know what happened. The Giants scored their ONLY touchdown three plays later. Nice, Zebras, NICE!

Moving on to the head coach. New coach, same questionable play calling and same HORRIFIC time management, much more hair. Moving Jansen to the bench was BRILLIANT. His replacement got his ass KICKED.

Now a few words about the offense: It SUCKS.
Enough said.

No really, it’s not.

Let’s talk about a West Coast offense and our QB of the future that accounted for TWO completions in the FIRST half. While we know Jason Campbell has had to master 1,369 different offensive schemes since BIRTH, he’s got to complete MORE than two passes in a half. Granted one was for a TD so that’s a 50% TD Ratio which is AWESOME. Right.

Tonight across our great land 200 million people will not be watching political conventions. No, they will be watching 16, 17 and 18-year-old BOYS (most of which will never SNIFF the NFL) complete MORE than TWO passes in the first half. When the high school games end and the college games get going, almost every team in every NCAA and NAIA division will complete TWO passes in the first half.

Only the FYF Colts in the 5 and 6-year-old instructional league WON’T achieve this dubious goal. Don’t be shocked if the Pee Wee guys (7 and 8-year-olds) manage to complete a pass or TWO.

Call me East Coast Discouraged,

Your loyal fan.

P.S. Congrats on being the first guy and only guy in the last draft to grab a punter (a kid from Georgia Tech to further remind us of the WRETCHEDNESS that is ACC football). That worked out nicely – 37.6 yards per kick. We HAD a guy who’s career average is better than that and he cost a KIA and about what you pay a assistant bank manager before you CUT him. Nice, Mr. Snyder, NICE!

(Photos by TAH, AP Photo/Bill Kostroun and AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

TAYLOR MAROON SHIRTED

One week after announcing his intention to redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer reversed course Tuesday and said Taylor and senior Sean Glennon will share quarterbacking duties.

The decision was made in the wake of Virginia Tech's 27-22 loss to East Carolina on Saturday, when Glennon threw for 139 yards and two interceptions. The loss dropped Virginia Tech out of the Associated Press top 25.

"I thought some things became even clearer in our game with East Carolina," Beamer said. "We need to be able to run the football. Putting another guy in the game that can help you run the football is in our best interest."

Beamer would not comment on which quarterback will start in Saturday's game against Furman, nor how playing time will be distributed. Beamer did not allow Glennon or Taylor to speak to reporters.

Virginia Tech experienced a similar situation last season, when it used Taylor during his freshman season following Glennon's poor performance against Louisiana State. The tandem split quarterbacking duties as the Hokies won the ACC title and reached the Orange Bowl.

(AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

PONDERING THE CONSEQUENCES (OR FSU IS DOOMED, PART 2,387)

Just yesterday FSU coach Bobby Bowden said he was “close” to announcing who the starting QB would be when the Seminoles opened with this weekend.

Truth is, Head-Coach-In-Waiting Jimbo Fisher had already decided, but Bowden couldn’t remember the kid’s name.

This morning, ESPN is reporting that the kid’s name is Christian Ponder.

The verdict is in -- Christian Ponder is Florida State's new starting quarterback.

Just as importantly, this is Jimbo Fisher's quarterback. It was his call, and both he and Ponder are the future of this program.

That said, you better believe Fisher's going to pick the player he thinks gives the Seminoles the best opportunity to win football games -- even if it doesn't sit well with veteran QB Drew Weatherford.

(AP Photo/Steve Cannon, File)

TB PHONE HOME


The aftermath of Clemson's ugly, awful, embarrassing, exposed-for-the-incredible-ACC-frauds-they-are loss to Alabama just keeps getting stranger.

As coach Tommy Bowden contmeplated Clemson’s flat-liner of an opener, he decided to “reach out and touch someone.” Four someones, to be exact.

Bowden’s first phone call was the source of the Tigers’ emotional travails: Alabama coach Nick Saban.

“I don’t have enough pride to think I have all the answers,” Bowden said. “So I’m looking for a guy who’s a proven winner, obviously an intelligent guy on defense and a guy who’s studied us for six months. What better guy to go to?”

Advice was a phone call away.

By Tuesday morning, Bowden also had sought out Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer, Georgia coach Mark Richt and his father, Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.

Reports from FSU claim the senior Bowden couldn’t remember his son's name.

Chris Graythen/Getty Images

WHEELS COME OFF CLEMSON BUS

Speaking of strange aftermath: Player thrown under said bus.

Defensive end Jamie Cumbie gave his version Tuesday night of how he was left behind after Saturday’s game in Atlanta.

Cumbie said he had an “altercation” on the team bus with defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, who admitted being involved.

During his interview with reporters, Cumbie openly stated his belief he should be starting. He was bumped from the first-stringers last week by sophomore Jarvis Jenkins, regarded as a superior run-stopper.

Yet asked specifically if playing time sparked the confrontation, Cumbie replied: “Not even playing time. There were just a few things going on, some personal stuff.”

So Cumbie was told to get off the bus.

Asked whether Koenning told him to get on another of Clemson’s buses, Cumbie said:“Uh, you know, really, I was arguing and stuff, and there were things said that I didn’t hear. I was heated. I apologize for what I did, and I shouldn’t have reacted that way. You know, things happen. Tempers flare, especially after a big game like that.”

Hey, a kid not listening. Shocker.

EVIDENTLY, 20 IS THE LONLIEST NUMBER

Wake Forest is ranked No. 20 in the Associated Press top 25 football poll heading into Saturday's game against Ole Miss.

The Demon Deacons are the sole ACC team in this week's poll. Clemson and Virginia Tech were ranked in the preseason poll but were not voted in by media members after losing their season-openers.

It is the first time in school history that the Deacs are ranked in the AP poll without an ACC peer. — Raleigh News & Observer

PHIL FORD’S FINAL FOUR RING

According to the News-Oberver’s J.P. Giglio:

Phil Ford, or at least someone selling his ring from the 2000 Final Four, is the latest Tar Heel to turn to eBay for financial support. A ring from UNC's 2005 national championship team was sold for $3,600 in July.

Ford's ring from UNC's trip to the Final Four in 2000, Ford was assistant coach, is up for sale on eBay. The starting bid is $5,000. That's a handsome chunk of change for cubic zirconia.
If the description on the site is accurate, Ford gave the ring to his good friend "Bernard," who cosigned it to a jewelry store in Chapel Hill, where the eBay seller purchased it.

The description also claims "Ford, Jamison and Michael Jordan are the only TarHeel players to win the John Wooden Award as the nation's top player. Carolina is the only school to have three different payers win the Wooden Award."

Two questions:
1) Does Tyler Hansbrough's Wooden Award make the ring more valuable?
2) How good of a friend must "Bernard" be?

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Believe it or not, there were ACC players of the week.


OFFENSIVE BACK--Riley Skinner, Wake Forest, QB, 6-1, 250, Jr. Jacksonville, Fla.
Skinner completed 27 of 36 passes (75%) for 220 yards, no interceptions and a career-high three touchdowns in leading the Deacons to a 41-13 season-opening win at Baylor last Thursday. Skinner also earned his 19th win as a starting quarterback for the Deacons, becoming the winningest QB in school history.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN--Andrew Gardner, Georgia Tech, G, 6-6, 297, Sr., Tyrone, Ga.
Georgia Tech rushed for a league-best 349 yards and produced 484 yards of total offense. The four-year senior was instrumental to the effort, making his 40th consecutive start after adjusting to head coach Paul Johnson's new blocking schemes.

CO- DEFENSIVE LINEMAN--Spencer Adkins, Miami, ILB, 5-11, 235, Sr., Naples, Fla.
Adkins helped a Miami defense that held Charleston Southern to 126 total yards and 49 rushing yards.

E.J. Wilson, North Carolina, DE, 6-2, 280, Jr., Lawrenceville, Va.
Junior E.J. Wilson posted eight tackles, including three for loss in North Carolina's 35-27 victory over McNeese State.

DEFENSIVE BACK--Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech, CB, 5-11, 177, Jr., Rocky Mount, N.C. In Saturday's loss to East Carolina, Virgil scored eight of the Hokies' 22 points. Virgil opened the Virginia Tech scoring by snatching up a ECU fumble and rumbling 30 yards for a touchdown to put the Hokies up 7-0. In the third quarter, Virgil snatched up a blocked extra point and took it 90 yards for a defensive PAT.

SPECIALIST--Brandon Tate, North Carolina, WR/KR, 6-1, 195, Sr., Burlington, N.C.
Tate posted a new UNC school record with 397 all-purpose yards on Saturday night against McNeese St. The Tar Heel senior achieved the feat with only 11 touches, averaging more than 36 yards per touch.


ROOKIE--Jacory Harris, Miami, QB, 6-4, 175, Fr., Miami, Fla.
Harris started his first collegiate game and completed 16-of-26 passes for 190 yards while accounting for two touchdowns - one through the air and one on the ground -- in leading Miami to a 52-7 win over Charleston Southern.

THE RIDDLE WATCH

Elon lost at home to the #6 ranked Richmond Spiders who did a good job of slowing down Phoenix QB Scott Riddle. The boys from Virginia held Riddle to just 213 passing yards and one touchdown. Riddle was 23 of 39 and had one interception. He was also sacked three times for -38 yards.

Expect better numbers when Elon plays Stony Brook this weekend.

ACC FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Discouraged over last weeks horrific opening week, pundits and prognosticators are saying the ACC won’t have ANY bowl eligible teams by year’s end. That’s ridiculous. Every ACC team is playing in a bowl game THIS weekend. Here’s the list below:

THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW BOWL
GEORGIA TECH @ BOSTON COLLEGE (-7), 12:00 PM, Chestnut Hill, Mass., TV: RAYCOM (XM 90)

THE WE’RE REALLY PISSED BOWL
Furman (Paladins, 2,550 students, Greenville, SC) @ VIRGINIA TECH, 1:30 PM, Blacksburg, Va., ACC Select (XM 191)

THE WE’RE REALLY PISSED BOWL II
Citadel (Bulldogs, 2,100 students, Charleston, SC) @ CLEMSON, 3:30 PM, Clemson, S.C., TV: ESPN360 (XM 192)

THE WE’RE RANKED, YOU’RE NOT BOWL
Mississippi (Rebels, 17,300, Oxford, MS) @ WAKE FOREST (-10), 1:00 PM, Winston-Salem, N.C., TV: ABC/ESPN2 (XM 190)

THE INTERSTATE 64 BOWL
Richmond (Spiders, 4,325 students, Richmond, VA) @ VIRGINIA, 3:45 PM, Charlottesville, Va., TV: ESPNU(XM 232)

THE AT LEAST ONE COACH KNOWS THE PLAYERS’ NAMES BOWL
Western Carolina (Catamounts, 9,055 students, Cullowhee, NC) @ FLORIDA STATE, 6:00 PM, Tallahassee, Fla., TV: (XM 191)

THE BRAINS VS. LAMES BOWL William & Mary (Tribe, 7,500 students, Williamsburg, VA) @ NC STATE (Everybody is hurt!), 6:00 PM, Raleigh, N.C., TV: ACC Select (XM 233)

THE CHARLIE AND JACK DANIELS BOWL
MARYLAND (-12.5) @ Middle Tennessee State (Blue Raiders, 23,600 students, Murfreesboro, TN), 7:00 PM, Murfreesboro, Tenn., TV: CSS(XM 192)

THE BRAINIAC BOWL
Northwestern (-6.5) (Wildcats, 18,000 students, Chicago, IL) @ DUKE, 7:00 PM, Durham, N.C., TV: ACC Select (XM 190)

THE THERE IS ONLY ONE GOOD TEAM IN FLORIDA AND ITS NOT IN THE ACC BOWL
MIAMI (-21.5) @ Florida, (Gators, 34,600 students, Gainesville, FL) 8:00 PM, Gainesville, Fla., TV: ESPN XM 231

PICTURES OF THE DAY






Monday, September 1, 2008

ACC FOOTBALL SUCKS

End of conversation.

MARYLAND 14, DELAWARE 7

UNC 35, MCNEESE STATE 27

DUKE 31, JMU 7

BOSTON COLLEGE 21, KENT STATE 0

(24) ALABAMA 34, (9) CLEMSON 10
EAST CAROLINA 27, (17) VIRGINIA TECH 22

(3) USC 52, VIRGINIA 7
Brent Bowden #97 of the Virginia Tech Hokies has his punt blocked by T.J. Lee #7 of the East Carolina Pirates on August 30, 2008 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMES TO CHARLOTTESVILLE

Credit USC with a great football program and fans that travel to see a game. Clearly the Trojan faithful, like sharks, can smell blood in the water so they turned out in droves for Saturday’s “game” vs. the Wahoos.












UVA parent section?





















Was this neccessary?







You know a team plans to put a big whoopin’ on you when they bring the band! Literally.























Quarterback Mark Sanchez #6 of the Southern California Trojans looks to avoid a sack by defensive end Alex Field #93 of the Virginia Cavaliers during the game at Scott Stadium on August 30, 2008 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

IT’S AN OMEN…

…a bad omen.

Much is made of how close Duke is to UNC – Just ask the guys that parachuted into the wrong stadium.

Duke officials were a bit surprised when, at 6 p.m. EDT on Saturday, about an hour before the scheduled kickoff of their game against James Madison, two men parachuted into Wallace Wade Stadium and landed at the 35-yard line with a game ball.

Problem was, the Blue Devils — who were warming up on the field along with their guests from Virginia — weren’t expecting it.

“All we know is, they must have missed their jump site,” a team official said.

And they did — because the jump site was meant to be about eight miles away.

North Carolina was scheduled to receive the game ball for its contest against McNeese State via an aerial team at about that time in Chapel Hill.

According to UNC assistant athletic director for promotions Michael Beale, the plane was in the air, but the jumpers from Virginia-based Aerial Adventures opted to cancel the leap into Kenan Stadium because of a severe weather front — which would later delay both games.

Evidently, when the clouds eventually opened, the pilot thought they were over the correct stadium, and the skydivers jumped — realizing only when they landed in Wallace Wade that they were in the wrong place.

The two men immediately scrambled off the field with the game ball, and when UNC associate athletic director Rick Steinbacher was informed by a reporter of what had happened, he immediately called Duke officials to confirm the miscue, and offer his apologies.

“In about five years, maybe this will be funny,” Steinbacher said. “Right now, I’m just glad no one was hurt.”

WRONG

Just plain wrong…

(Photo by Chuck Liddy/News-Observer)

MARYLAND SUPERSIZES MASCOT TO MAKE COACH LOOK SMALLER


Enough said.

(AP Photo/Gail Burton)

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