Thursday, September 25, 2008

THE LAST TIME DUKE WON…

…an ACC regular season conference game, Russell Tyrone Jones was still alive.

(Hey, Russell! – sorry, inside joke.)

You might know Mr. Jones by his show biz moniker – Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Jones, or Bastard if you wish, was one of the founding members of Wu-Tang Clan.

Jones/Bastard simultaneously brought a measure of humor and a touch of the absurd to the group. He was noted for his unusual microphone techniques and his erratic personal behavior which included incarceration for a variety of crimes*. He died in late 2004 of congestive heart failure as a result of an accidental drug overdose only two days before his 36th birthday.

Now there are those folks out there who think Duke can beat the Wahoos this weekend. They make this assertion based on their claim that Duke has a better, more sober, less stoned, quarterback than the Hoos.

Time will tell.

Somewhere up, or down, there (depending on your perspective), ODB is pulling for Duke.

*ODB’s crime log:
1993 - second degree
assault for an attempted robbery.
1997 – failure to pay child support for three of his THIRTEEN children.
1998 – attempted assault on wife, victim of robbery at girlfriend (not wife’s) house.
1998 – arrested for shoplifting $50 pair of shoes from a FootLocker in VA Beach. He was carrying $500 cash at the time.
1998 – arrested for “criminal threatening” after a series of “drunken confrontations.”
1998 – arrested for attempted murder and weapon possession.
1999 – arrested for driving without a license and for “being a convicted felon wearing a bullet proof vest (the first person arrested for this infraction under a new…drum roll please…California law…duh.)”
1999 – arrested for drug possession (crack).
1999 – in a spoken word song, Chris Rock defended ODB saying he “could’nt’ve possibly committed all those crimes. Coolio did some of that s%&#!
2000 – escaped from court-mandated rehab facility.
2002 – arrested in South Philadelphia for what appears to be “being in South Philadelphia” when he was supposed to be “in jail.”
2002 – officially tried to commit suicide, which is not to be confused with his many “unofficial” suicide attempts (see above).
2003 – released from prison where he was reportedly picked up by long-time friend (and poor judge of character and clothes) Mariah Carey.
UNKNOWN DATE – some crazy (old and perhaps dirty) bastard tattooed ODB on his foot (before he was trapped in a freezer and forced to eat same.)

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Freshmen quarterbacks Russell Wilson from NC State and Miami's Robert Marve (r) headline the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week awards for the games of Sept. 20. Wilson threw for 210 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Wolfpack to a 30-24 overtime upset win over 15th-ranked East Carolina while Marve tossed two TD's in leading the Hurricanes to a convincing, 41-23 win over Texas A&M.

Joining them this week are Georgia Tech offensive tackle Andrew Gardner, Miami linebacker Glen Cook, Wake Forest safety Kevin Patterson and placekicker Sam Swank.

Wilson earned Offensive Back of the Week as he led the Wolfpack on a seven-play, 55-yard drive to force overtime in NC State's 30-24 overtime win over the Pirates. Miami's Marve claimed Rookie of the Week honors as he completed 16 of 22 passes for 212 yards in leading the Hurricanes to the triumph over the Aggies at College Station.

Georgia Tech's Gardner earns his second Offensive Lineman of the Week honor as he anchored the Yellow Jacket offense that rushed for 438 yards to roll over Mississippi State 38-7. He was previously honored for his play against Jacksonville State on Sept. 1.
Miami's Cook claimed Defensive Lineman of the Week honors after returning a fumble two yards for a touchdown in the Hurricanes' 41-23 triumph over Big 12 foe Texas A&M. Cook also had nine tackles in the game, one shy of a career high.

Patterson took Defensive Back of the Week honors by taking part in three of the Demon Deacons' seven takeaways on Saturday against Florida State. Swank nets his second Specialist of the Week honor as he accounted for all 12 of Wake Forest's points in their 12-3 win over Florida State.

Swank converted on four field goal attempts to set a new school record and move to third place on the ACC field goals list with 69 career three-pointers. He was previously honored for his play against Mississippi on Sept. 8.

(Photos from AP Photo by Steve Cannon and AP Photo/Phil Coale)

FIRST REEFER MADNESS, NOW “BRANDING” MADNESS

There is a new rule in the No Fun League this year: The defense is allowed to have one radio-equipped helmet on the field. This means the green helmet dot that quarterbacks wore last season, to indicate that their lids were wired for sound, will now have a matching green dot over on the defensive side of the ball.

(Yeah, we all thought that the green dot on the QBs helmet was a stop sign that told defense players in the heat of battle to “not kill this guy.” We were wrong. Sue us.)

All of that aside, the NFL has once again gone branding crazy. Last year’s “wired dot” was bright green. This year the dot has been "improved" by the addition of NFL logo. God forbid we should get any counterfeit dots in mingled in with the legit dots…

According to ESPN’s Paul Lucas of UniWatch fame: This isn't the stupidest uni-related thing the NFL has ever done, but that's only because the league tried to keep Mike Nolan from wearing a suit. Seriously, is it necessary to brand everything?

Were they worried that someone might be doing a brisk trade in unlicensed black-market green dot stickers? And besides it doesn't even work on a design level, because you can't make out the logo unless you're up close. From a distance, it just looks like an indistinct Rorschach blot.

THE RIDDLE WATCH

September 23, 2008 - Adam Smith / Burlington Times-News (edited)

Elon University's Scott Riddle-to-Terrell Hudgins connection continued its assault on the record books and reached lofty territory last Saturday night.

But after the Phoenix's pulsating football victory at Georgia Southern, Riddle preferred to focus on the 15 plays that ended in Andrew Wilcox's game-winning field goal with 6.1 seconds remaining.

The sophomore quarterback from Eastern Randolph High School said he had never led a fourth-quarter drive that produced a come-from-behind victory.

"When you're playing at Eastern Randolph you're usually on top," Riddle said. "And every time we've been here at Elon, I couldn't bring us back.

"It's great to know that I've kind of got that under my belt. It's always kind of been in the back of my mind. In a way, it was in the back of my mind during that last drive."

Cobwebs were there, too. Riddle said he still felt dazed after blacking out earlier in the fourth quarter when a wall of Georgia Southern defenders engulfed him on a punishing quarterback keeper.

Yet with nearly everybody standing and generating more noise than 17,049 fans should be able to, Riddle ran for 4 yards on a third-and-2 to supply the first of Elon's six first downs on the decisive drive.

Soon thereafter, as Riddle heaved a throw into heavy coverage, Hudgins made one of the most significant plays of the game by hustling to knock a sure interception away from Georgia Southern safety Chris Rogers.

That preserved Elon's chances. And three plays later on a fourth-and-10, Riddle pump-faked to help free Hudgins before firing a 20-yard completion to the junior receiver.

Riddle, in just his 15th college game, became Elon's all-time leader in touchdown passes. That first-half strike to Hudgins was Riddle's 39th career scoring throw.

Burgin Beale, who played at Elon from 1965-68, had held the school's career milestone with 38 touchdown passes in 844 attempts - 177 more than Riddle needed to reach the record.

"That's pretty neat," Riddle said, "but Elon didn't throw the ball much back in the day, so it's not that big of a deal. It's good to know that I'll leave with that record, but it's about this win on the road. I could care less if I broke any records down here."

THE BLASER BOWL

WHO: Maryland vs. Clemson
WHERE: Clemson
WHEN: Saturday, noon
WHY: The entire Blaser family has long been Terps’ fans…then both boys went to Clemson to study (drink), pursue noble endeavors (lacrosse, rugby, Southern Belles) and to cleanse a little Free State out of the family tree…which was heavy with Clemson lines all along…Call them conflicted until kickoff, and then it’s all Clemson, all the time.

Evidently…Clemson’s O-Line is getting beat up, especially on the left side – that would be the blind side for QB Cullen Harper.

The Tigers’ left tackle Chris Hairston and left guard David Smith will probably both miss the Maryland game, and guys are shifting all over the place to plug these holes.

This isn't going to make life any easier for Harper, who sn't looking as good as he did last season. He made it through all of 2007 without an interception, but has already thrown four this year to his three touchdowns.

Don’t be shocked if Ralph’s boys pull off another upset.

HOKIES TWEAKING OFFENSE

According to ESPN’s ACC blogging guru(ette) Heather Dinich:

Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and his staff met on Sunday, watched some film, and then met again.
They're still trying to figure out the best direction for this young offense to head, and so far there have been hints of implementing more spread offense concepts.

"We're working on it," Beamer said. "We're working on what we think fits Tyrod [Taylor] and what fits our football team. We've just got figure out exactly what fits and what's best.

"The bottom line is if you can run it, you've got a great chance to throw it and if you can throw it you've got a great chance to run it. That's what we're trying to work on, become a balanced offensive football team. We want to do that. We're working hard to get there."

Beamer called his team's come-from-behind 20-17 win at North Carolina "one of the more satisfying wins," and said he's proud of his staff and players for hanging in there.

"Finding a way to get it done, that's a real rewarding feeling for me," Beamer said. "They're playing so hard. We don't always play well, but so far we've played hard. That means something."

FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Saturday, Sept 27

VIRGINIA @ DUKE, 12:00 PM, Durham, N.C., TV: ESPNU (XM 192)

NORTH CAROLINA @ MIAMI, 12:00 PM, Miami Gardens, Fla., TV: ESPN2 (XM 191)

MARYLAND @ CLEMSON, 12:00 PM, Clemson, S.C., TV: RAYCOM (XM 190/231)

Rhode Island (Rams, 19, 095 students, Kingston, RI) @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 1:00 PM, Chestnut Hill, Mass., TV: ESPN360 (XM 193)

Colorado (Buffaloes, 24,000 students, Boulder, CO) @ FLORIDA STATE, 3:30 PM, Jacksonville, Fla., TV: ABC/ESPN (XM 190)

Navy (Midshipmen, 4,400 students, Annapolis, MD) @ WAKE FOREST, 3:45 PM, Winston-Salem, N.C., TV: ESPNU (XM 191)

South Florida (Bulls, 34,567 students, Tampa, FL) @ NC STATE, 7:30 PM, Raleigh, N.C., TV: ESPNU (XM 192)

VIRGINITA TECH @ Nebraska, (Cornhuskers, 22,973 students, Lincoln, NE) 8:00 PM, Lincoln, Neb., TV: ABC (XM 190)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

CRAZY PEOPLE...We love 'em. Andre Villa practices in the Moto X Freestyle during the summer X Games 14 at Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

(Photo by Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

ALMOST FORGOT...Amongst all the fanfare over Yankee Stadium closing, we almost forgot. Shea Stadium also stages its last regular-season game this week. If you were wondering what happened to all the tributes for the 44-year old stadium, they were probably drowned out by the cheers of Mets fans who've been waiting 40 years to implode the place.

(Photo: John Iacono/SI)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

VIRGINIA'S NEW STARTING QB...is an aspiring economist, semi-retired cartoonist and self-taught musician whose tastes range from Marvin Gaye to Coldplay. And what, you might ask, does any of this have to do with Marc Verica shepherding the Cavaliers through what promises to be a minefield of a season? Who knows?

He was a hit in the lobby of Virginia's hotel at last season's Gator Bowl, and he offers performances on campus during meals and between classes.

"I play a lot of my own stuff," Verica said. "Technically I'm not the most sound guy. I don't know how to read music. … I just kind of play what sounds good and people normally like it, so I guess that's a good sign. … It's relaxing, it's fun, it's definitely therapeutic in a sense."

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

FELLOW POT HEAD...? Oregon State player Daniel Weis (31) looks to be awfully excited about Peter “Cheech & Chong” Lalich becoming a Beaver. Well, we guess there isn’t all that much to do up in Oregon, so please pass the bong and don’t knock over the India Pale Ale when you hand it over.

(AP File Photo)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

I WOKE UP...I was so glad. In this image released by Iams, Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson gets a lick in the face from a chocolate labrador puppy Tuesday, September 23, 2008 in Cleveland.

Iams is sponsoring a "Best In Throw" competition between Anderson and Bengal QB Carson Palmer in a cats versus dawgs battle. For every completion on the field, Iams will donate 10lbs. of pet food to the players animal shelter of record.

Vegas has to be favoring Palmer as Cleveland's coach coach Romeo Crennel is rumored to be considering benching Anderson for this week's game at Cincinnati and replacing him with popular backup Brady Quinn.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

CULTURE CLASH

For today's edition of THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…HMMM, we offer up some culture clash, and Lord knows TAH knows summpin' 'bout culture.

Evidently, there was a small altercation (by southern standards) down in South Carolina when the visiting Princeton pep band took itself on a (pre-approved) tour of The Citadel’s campus prior to their Saturday afternoon football game.

While this little sidebar has naught to do with the ACC, we will acknowledge some relevance since it involves a school affiliated with New Jersey that’s lousy at football…

So you know, Princeton’s band is a “scramble band” which is different from the traditional marching band. Obviously, they don’t march. Their unis don’t always match (especially the hats and shoes), and they tend to be a bit irreverent for lack of a better word. UVA has just such a band as does William & Mary. In the south, they are called “pep bands.” Others enjoying the format include: Brown, Columbia, Harvard, Penn, Dartmouth and Yale. Add to the list a couple wild cards from Rice (Texas) and Stanford (California), but it’s primarily an “ivy thing.”

So you also know The Citadel’s Corp of Cadets is just that – a bunch of kids at a small private military college who take themselves and their role in the military system damn seriously.

Now, the Princeton band had submitted for approval (and gotten same) their halftime schtick to the Citadel authorities, so the Carolina boys knew they were coming and they knew the yanks planned to poke some fun at their confederate cousins. No doubt the pot required a minimum of additional stirring for some fun to breakout.

To put what follows in perspective, here's a excerpt from the Citadel web site: The Citadel takes pride in educating the "Whole Person" - mind, body, and spirit - and the cadet lifestyle is an important aspect of this educational process. From the freshman year until graduation, numerous opportunities and challenges are afforded cadets both within the cadet companies and through the many cadet organizations on campus. The Citadel's faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring the well-being of all students and to providing a stimulating environment which is conducive to their personal growth.

If you are interested in joining the Corps of Cadets, please consult the requirements for incoming freshmen and transfer students on our Cadet Admissions web page. Let us help convince you to rise to the challenge.
And here's some scoop from the Princeton site: A "scramble band" is kind of like a "marching band", only with less formality, more funniness, and more fun — in other words, better. The PUB has been known to march on occasion, but we're more likely to amble or saunter around. We're not your high school band. During our halftime shows, we get in and out of formation by scrambling. Hence the term "scramble band."

Unlike most college bands, the Princeton Band is entirely student-run. Our twelve
officers are all students who are elected by the Band at large. Anyone who wants to tag along (except law enforcement officers) is welcome to become a member.

Needless to say, these two groups should NEVER tailgate together!

Here at TAH, we frequently say “there are two sides to every story and the truth is almost always found somewhere in between the versions.” We’ll assume this tale o’ shenanigans is no difference, and since we have no vision of the truth beyond a well-known predisposed geographic prejudice, we’ll give you both sides of the story as best we can. In other words, we’ll let somebody else explain it…
Scroll down if you're on the TAH home page or you Yardbarkers can click on:

THE VIEW FROM NEW JERSEY

UNIVERSITY BAND HARASSED BY CADETS AT CITADEL
By Jack Ackerman Staff Writer - September 22nd, 2008
The University band (PUB) (pictured here marching through the library at rival Harvard) faced physical abuse, harassment and taunting on Saturday while accompanying the football team to its away game against The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, S.C.

Following the game, Citadel commanding officers and the president of the Citadel student body apologized to the band for the cadets’ behavior, several band members said.
The altercation began when the band marched, with prior approval from The Citadel’s administration, through a guarded entrance onto the campus. The band’s traditional march through the home team’s campus brought the performers into contact with The Citadel’s cadets, who were outside for field activities.

“Some of [the cadets] started running towards us and ran back … but it didn’t seem threatening at all,” Simon Fox Krauss ’11 said.

Yet when the band tried to continue its march, Krauss said, the cadets surrounded the Princeton students and began booing loudly, linking arms to form a line blocking their path.
In response to the blocked path, Lucas Giron ’09, the band’s drum major, gave the order to “scramble” — break formation and leave.

Band conductor R.W. Enoch ’09 said that at this point, “a number of cadets broke ranks and got into physical altercations with some of our members.”

In the skirmish that followed, several band members were physically attacked and spit on, band members said, adding that at least one member had his instrument broken.
The Citadel’s Commandant’s Office and student body president could not be reached on Sunday, and the college’s Office of Public Safety declined to comment for this article.
Jordan Bubin ’09 said he was tackled by “three or four cadets” and pushed up against a tree.

“The booing was so loud, [and] the cadets who were on the field were yelling at us, ‘Cut your hair, long-haired faggots’ and ‘You go have fun in college, I’ll go fight the war,’ ” he said.

The cadets also stole band members’ hats and spit on female members of the band, some members said.

Bubin added that he overheard older cadets ordering the younger students to go after the band.
PUB president Alex Barnard ’09 said that he found the cadets’ behavior “offensive and demeaning.”
Barnard said his immediate response was to direct the band to leave campus.

Several of The Citadel’s commanding officers, however, brought the situation under control and asked the band to continue its pre-approved march.

The band was escorted on the rest of its march around campus by commanding officers without further altercations, Barnard said. Bubin said, however, that the band was “pursued and taunted” in spite of the escort.

THE VIEW FROM SOUTH CAROLINA

SHAME ON THE PRINCENTON BAND

By Ken Burger , The Post and Courier - Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Princeton Band, known for its antics on the field, earned the wrath and disdain of Citadel cadets Saturday by its misbehavior off the field.

As one of the infamous "scramble bands" at various brainy schools across the country, the Princeton Band came to town for its first visit when the Tiger football team played The Citadel at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

These bands, made up of students and alumni, are often funny and clever with their irreverent attitude toward the traditions of college football.

A few hours before Saturday's game, 40 or more band members strolled down Hagood Avenue in front of the stadium. As the motley crew passed by, many tailgating Citadel and Princeton fans were amused by their coonskin caps and toilet-seat drums.

That, however, is where they should have stopped.

Instead, they meandered a few more blocks onto The Citadel campus where the band of druthers ran head-on into the band of brothers.

Eyewitness reports say the clownish band members, mocking the military school, paraded all too close to the campus's central parade field where cadets were taking part in Field Day exercises.

When they turned and started sashaying down the "Avenue of Remembrance" in front of the school's library, a group of highly irritated cadets surged toward them in a very menacing manner.

"It was awful," one cadet said of the incident. "They're lucky they didn't get killed."
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. But, the bad blood spilled over into the afternoon's game. When the Princeton Band came out to perform at halftime, the entire Corps of Cadets booed them roundly, loudly and continuously while they attempted to perform.

Granted, such a show of contempt deserved to be booed even by an objective audience. Their show, which included band members humping each other on the field, crossed several lines of respect and decency.

In case you're wondering, Citadel officials knew of the band's raucous reputation and approved their script before the game. Groups like this, however, are all about disrespecting authority.

Not that it mattered. Fans at the game could not hear anything the band said or played as the chorus of boos from the cadets completely drowned them out.

Later, with only a few minutes left in the game, a squad of cadets encircled the Princeton Band in the stands. This culture clash lasted a few minutes before the cops broke it up.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs taught the Tigers a thing or two about football, winning the game 37-24.

When asked about the incidents, Citadel spokesman Jeff Perez said of the cadets' halftime behavior, "We hold them to a higher standard. We will speak to them about the booing."

Heck, instead of a tongue lashing, the entire Corps of Cadets should be given a medal for standing up for their school.

The Princeton Band, meanwhile, should be ashamed. All those pseudo-intellectuals and not a single brain among them.

DUKE COACH WANTS TO TEACH BLUE DEVILS TO SING IN PERFECT HARMONY…

Duke football coach David Cutcliffe is hosting a "Have a Coke with Coach Cut" on Wednesday from 8-9 p.m. in the Great Hall on the Duke campus. The event is for Duke students only. (It’s the real thing!)

Cutcliffe plans to have the "Football 101" sessions with the Duke students. It's part of how he's working to get their butts into seats at Wallace Wade Stadium for home games. Duke hosts Virginia on Saturday at noon (where students are urged to “Have a Coke and a smile.”)

Cutcliffe has been a tad taken aback by the fact that fewer Duke students, though more than have in recent seasons, attended the home loss to Northwestern and a home win over Navy after arriving en masse for the opening week win over James Madison. Here's Cutcliffe talking about what he wants out of Duke students for football. (Things go better with Coke!)

THAT'S ONE DRUNK AND STONED BEAVER!

It was less than a week ago that Virginia dismissed Peter Lalich. Now the word is that the West Springfield, Va., native is headed to the Pac-10.

According to CavCorner.com, Lalich traveled to Corvallis on Monday to visit the Oregon State campus and to watch the Beavers practice.

Tuesday, the quarterback told Oregon State coach Mike Riley that Oregon State would be his destination.

Lalich started two games this season at Virginia, passing for 357 yards and three interceptions.

He was benched for the Cavaliers' game at Connecticut and later dismissed from the team by athletics director Craig Littlepage.

Lalich had been cited for underage drinking in July and is currently on a one-year probation.

In a court appearance last week, Lalich admitted he consumed alcohol during a court-ordered probation. The judge did not revoke Lalich's probation, which expires in July.

Lalich will start classes on Monday at Oregon State, which operates on a quarter system and is just getting started with the fall session, and is expected to join the team immediately.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

SCHOOL SPIRIT GONE WRONG...It's nice to see powder-blue tuxedoes are making a comeback, and the mascot hat remains popular.


(Peter R. Schlitt/SI.com/Bill Frakes/SI)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

CLINCHED...Sean Casey #22 of the Boston Red Sox celebrates in the locker room with after the 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians clinched the Red Sox the Wild Card on September 23, 2008 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.

(Photo by Michael Ivins-Pool/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

GOOD/BAD...MLB has done a few good things over the years and one of those is preserving the traditional classic unis for teams like the Dodgers.

Unfortunately, one of the bad things they have allowed is the "pajama bottom" pants so popular with today's players.


Here Chad Billingsley of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium September 23, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.



(Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Monday, September 22, 2008

VEGAS WAS WRONG

HOKIES 20, HEELS 17

It does happen once in a awhile.

The Tar Heels opened as 1.5 favorites, and the so called wise guys bet enough to move the line to 3 points by game time. Not so wise after all.

The Tar Heels got off to a good start, but ultimately learned that rebuilding is never quite as easy as the Rutgers blowout made it look. Good teams are good teams and, in spite of all the whining and crying from Hokie fans worldwide, Virginia Tech is still a good team. The Hokies need to improve their passing game, but they’re still a tough out.

UNC got off to a fast start, but the Hokies kept plodding.

The Tar Heels didn’t do themselves any favors with 14 penalties for 121 yards -- including a pair on third down to extend the Hokies' first TD drive -- while committing four turnovers. One interception, with the ball at the Tech five in the fourth quarter, was particularly glaring.

All of the miscues were made worse when Carolina lost quarterback T.J. Yates to an ankle injury in the third quarter.

Tech did what they had to do to win the game -- a hallmark of Beamer's squad.

(Photos: Steve Dykes/Getty Images and Zeke Smith/CarolinaBlue.com)

LET'S REVIEW...

FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Saturday, September 20th

N.C. STATE 30, #15 East Carolina 24 OT – a big win for the Wolfpack combined with a conference loss by UNC, and there was, no doubt, a big party in Raleigh on Saturday night.

#18 WAKE FOREST 12, #24 (and falling fast) FLORIDA STATE 3 – this was the early season Ugly Bowl. Wake’s normally reliable kicker Swank couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with a beach ball, and Florida State couldn’t do ANYTHING right (see below.)

#23 CLEMSON 54, South Carolina State 0 – Clemson fans drink a bunch, get all excited and think this game actually meant something. It didn’t…

GEORGIA TECH 38, Mississippi State 7 -- …and neither did this one.

BOSTON COLLEGE 34, UCF 7 -- …nor this one.

MARYLAND 51, Eastern Michigan 24 – Suddenly the Terps are out of the QB quandary and producing lots of offense. This is what happens when the Fridge threatens to EAT YOU.

MIAMI 41, Texas A&M 23 – The Canes weren’t supposed to be good and we don’t know how good the Aggies are/aren’t so the jury’s still out.

WHAT WE LEARNED: FSU IS DOOMED, PART 1C

Caulton Tudor of the News-Observer is a wise old soul. Here’s his take on the FSU vs. Wake crapfest.

Does anyone in the audience have Jeff Bowden’s cell phone number?

Wow, that’s exactly what a lot of Florida State fans have to be thinking today. Based on the Seminoles’ offensive performance, as designed by coordinator and head-coaching crown prince Jimbo Fisher in a 12-3 loss to Wake Forest in Doak-Campbell on Saturday, the program is in a bad way.

And this part of it can’t be blamed on Bobby Bowden, who was virtually forced at the end of a flaming spear to fire son Jeff and hire Fisher away from LSU to engineer the offense after the 2006 season. Papa B can advise, but the entire offense is in Fisher’s hands...

To read the balance of the column:

(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

FSU IS DOOMED, PART 2C

They say numbers never lie. Well, of course, they sometimes do, but not Saturday night.

The Noles two QBs Richardson and Ponder were a combined 12 for 36…they threw 12 passes to their guys, 19 passes to air and 5 to Demon Deacons. The 12 that they somehow managed to get in the hands of their receivers gained a whopping 118 yards. That’s 3.3 yards per pass…and that’s HORRIBLE.

Here’s what our own long, lost guest football columnist John “Noles” Clark had to say just after the game via text message: “I just got off the phone with a family member of Saint Bobby – it’s time 4 him 2 4get bout the record & do what is right 4 FSU!"

Ouch, and that’s family talkin’!

Dadgummit, that’s wrong.

(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

FSU IS DOOMED, PART 3C

Here’s some input from Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times…

"JIM GROBE'S TALLAHASSEE MAGIC"

I was all ready to throw together a chart on how stunning it is that Florida State hasn't cracked double digits in its last two home games with Wake Forest --- a 30-0 loss in 2006, and Saturday's 12-3 uglyfest.

But the fact is I don't need a chart. Since Bobby Bowden arrived in Tallahassee in 1976, those are the only two times the Seminoles didn't score at least 10 points at home.

Wow. Jim Grobe is magic.

(That would also be an appopriate title for a stand-up routine if Sarah Silverman ever decided to dabble in football humor).

Anyway, that's one chart that's unnecessary. But how about a list of the Seminoles' single-digit performances under Bowden? That'll help, right? OK, here goes:

0: 1976, L, 47-0 at Miami
0: 1988, L, 31-0 at Miami
0: 2006, L, 30-0 vs. Wake Forest

2: 2001 Orange Bowl, L, 13-2 vs. Oklahoma (2000 season)

3: 1978, L, 7-3 at Pittsburgh
3: 1981, L, 35-3 at Florida
3: 2008, L, 12-3 vs. Wake Forest

7: 1980 Orange Bowl, L, 24-7 vs. Oklahoma (1979 season)
7: 1998, L, 24-7 at N.C. State
7: 2002, L, 17-7 at N.C. State
7: 2005, L, 34-7 at Florida

9: 1976, L, 24-9 at Oklahoma
9: 1980, L, 10-9 at Miami
9: 1991, L, 14-9 at Florida
9: 2001, L, 41-9 at North Carolina


So framed another way, Wake Forest has kept the Seminoles in single digits just as many times in its last two trips to Tallahassee as the entire country managed to between the start of the 1982 season and the opening weekend of the 1998 season --- a span of 195 games.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO...

HMMM...

Big Al's Adult Book Store on Columbus Street in North Beach in San Fransisco is having a BACK TO SCHOOL SPECIAL.

A bit ironic, don't you think?

And then to make it worse, the teachers get 20% off, but the principals and what not only get 10%.

Nice, Big Al, NICE!

(Photo by TAH taken from the middle of a busy street fairly late at night)

THAT'S GONNA LEAVE A MARK

HEELS QB OUT SIX WEEKS

North Carolina starting quarterback T.J. Yates is expected to miss a minimum of six weeks after suffering an injury to his left ankle on Saturday against Virginia Tech, the school announced Monday.

That’s a big loss, a very big loss.

Although X-rays taken during the 20-17 loss were negative, an MRI on Sunday revealed a small, non-displaced fracture in his ankle.

Yates will not require surgery, and his status will be re-evaluated after six weeks.

Yates was the third-leading passer in the ACC with 221 yards per game.

Redshirt freshman Mike Paulus (Greg “The Floppers” little brother), who threw two interceptions against Virginia Tech after taking over for Yates in the third quarter, is the new starter.

(Photo by Zeke Smith/CarolinaBlue.com)

4077th WOLFPACK CONTINUES TO SUFFER

All aglow over knocking off upstart ECU, the Wolpack’s injury woes continue. Quarterback Russell Wilson and leading tackler Nate Irving will not play against South Florida because of injuries, N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien said Monday during his weekly news conference.

O'Brien said both players are out indefinitely but declined to elaborate on Wilson's specific injury. Wilson suffered a Grade 3 concussion in the Aug. 28 season opener against South Carolina and returned to play at quarterback 16 days later at Clemson.

(Photo by Jenni Farrow/ The Daily Reflector)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

CLOSING THE HOUSE THAT RUTH BUILT…Views of the Yankee Stadium prior to the start of the last game at Yankee Stadium between the Orioles and the Yankees last night in the Bronx borough of New York City.

Yankee Stadium held it's inaugural game on April 18, 1923 against their arch rival the Boston Red Sox. During it's 85 years as "The Home of Champions," the stadium has also been known as "The House that Ruth Built" and "The Cathedral." The stadium has been host to 33 World Series, three Papal visits and has been visited by legends such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Bera, Mickey Mantle and boxing great Muhummad Ali.

In 2009 the Yankees will move across the street to a newly constructed stadium estimated to cost $1.3 billion.

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images and PerspectiveAerials.com via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

DEAR MR. SNYDER…Hail to the Redskins. For years, we have believed that Carlos Rogers was good, but that he simply couldn’t catch a football. It was nice to be proven wrong. Way to go, Carlos.

Here Rogers #22 (c) of the Redskins intercepts a pass intended for Steve Breaston #15 (l) of the Cardinals. Washington defeated Arizona 24-17, with a touchdown following Roger's interception providing the final margin of victory.

(Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images)

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