Saturday, October 11, 2008

IS CLEMSON IMPLODING?

...benching their star senior Quarterback, or is coach Tommy Bowden taking a page from the Beamer Book and going with the mobile QB to offset offensive line issues?

So far, it’s worked for the Hokies who inserted fleet footed Tyrod Taylor in place of the older, more experienced and better passer Sean Glennon…Maybe it will help the struggling Tigers?

Late Friday, Bowden named redshirt freshman quarterback Willy Korn the starter for next Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. He will replace the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, Cullen Harper, who has thrown 4 TDs and 6 picks all the while scrambling for his life behind an injured and inexperienced O-line while starting in the last 19 games.

Harper (seen above running for his life – a fairly common sight this season) guided the Tigers to a 9-4 record last season, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing efficiency and setting 22 school records.

But Clemson’s offense has sputtered this season, managing just seven points over the last six quarters en route to back-to-back losses.

“We need to find a spark offensively,” Bowden said. “With the injuries we have on that side of the ball, we need to re-evaluate our plan. A more mobile quarterback gives us more options.”
In limited action in his collegiate career, Korn has completed 22-of-29 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 15 rushes for 46 yards and two scores.

Korn played in two games early in the 2007 season, but suffered a shoulder injury and received a medical redshirt.

(Photos by Gerry Broome/AP Photos and TommyBowdenIsGod.Blogspot)

HE’S BACK…

Cycling's governing body is relaxing its own rules to allow Lance Armstrong to make his road race comeback in Australia in January because “he’s Lance Armstrong.”

The International Cycling Union said the seven-time Tour des Tricheurs champion can compete even though a strict application of dope testing rules would not have kept him on the sidelines until Feb. 1, 2009, six months after he filed paperwork with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

But the UCI said on Wednesday that Armstrong could return early because its drug-testing standards have improved since the rule was drawn up four years ago, and because “he’s Lance Armstrong.”

(Former U.S. President Bill Clinton laughs as cyclist Lance Armstrong speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative, in New York, September 24, 2008. Established by Clinton in 2005, the event is designed to bring donors together with people in need to try to solve global problems like doping in the Tour des Tricheurs. Photo from Reuters Photos)

ANOTHER ROGUE PEP BAND?

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, trouble is a brewin’ over the UC Davis band. The Aggies have one of those student-run pep bands like we wrote about recently when the Princeton kids ran afoul of decorum down at The Citadel.

When he was hired as director of the loud, rowdy Cal Aggie Marching Band, nobody told Tom Slabaugh about the tradition of "naked van” among other things. So now, Slabaugh is on “stress leave” after filing a sexual harassment suit against the band members calling them in a legal document: “a hostile work environment.”

Really, we aren’t kidding. Here at TAH, we take our pep bands quite seriously.

Slabaugh claims to have witnessed "ridiculous, disturbing and offensive" behavior…Did anybody tell him they were college students?

From the start, Slabaugh found rehearsals disrupted by "impolite talking, inappropriate and obscene gestures, dropping of pants and women removing their shirts," he wrote. He said he couldn't get the band to shape up because students ignored his admonitions.

Here’s a partial list of the shenanigans:

Naked Van: On last year's road trip to the football game with Portland State, a trumpet player yelled "naked van!" and everybody in the vehicle - men and women alike - stripped to their underwear.

Window Dressing: A sousaphone player and a clarinetist wrote "I (heart) BOOBS" in masking tape on the van's window, causing a motorist who saw the van on I-5 in Oregon to complain to the university.

Going Up?: Four drunken band members were caught urinating in a dormitory elevator, and at band picnic day, four others took their uniform pants down and simulated the incident for a photographer.

Drumming Up Support: Slabaugh said he found a bass drummer drinking beer in the drum room and urged the band council to punish her. After she was suspended for two weeks, her friends blamed Slabaugh.

Bad Santa: At Christmas, he received a card signed by trombone players with a picture of Santa Claus. "I saw you _________ (sounds like “fingerpainting)," the message read.

(Hey, it’s a family publication…sort of…)

All of that is good, but don’t forget the ACC has the chops to hang in there with the best of pep band bad behavior. In 2002, the University of Virginia’s pep band disbanded temporarily after a halftime skit mocking the University of West Virginia as hillbillies.

Hmmm…

PICTURE OF THE DAY

ENOUGH SAID...Ouch.

(Photo courtesy of CollegeGameDay.com)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NICE MEDAL...Chris Paul (Wake Forest) of the New Orleans Hornets shows his Gold Medal from the USA Olympic Basketball Team before the start of the New Orleans Saints and the Minnesota Vikings on October 6, 2008 at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

ON A ROLL...Since getting down to the Indians in last year's ALCS, the Red Sox have won 11 of 12 playoff games.

Here, relief pitcher Hideki Okajima #37 delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays in game one of the ALCS at Tropicana Field on October 10, 2008 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The Red Sox defeated the Devil Rays 2-0 to take a 1-0 series lead.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Friday, October 10, 2008

WAKE FOREST 12, CLEMSON 7

From ACC Now:

It wasn't pretty but Wake Forest will take it. And with their 12-7 win over Clemson on Thursday night, the Demon Deacons take control of the Atlantic Division race.

D.J. Boldin's 7-yard touchdown catch capped Wake's winning drive, which Boldin sustained with a 28-yard play on third-and-24.

Wake dominated the first three quarters but found itself trailing 7-3 at the start of the fourth quarter.

Two missed field goals by Wake's backup kicker gave Clemson life. The Tigers even took the lead, 7-3, on Jacoby Ford's 10-yard touchdown catch. But Shane Popham's second field goal, a 32-yarder cut the lead to 7-6. Then Boldin saved the day.

Wake's 2-0 in the ACC with wins over Clemson and Florida State despite only scoring one touchdown.

Wake Forest's Josh Adams, center, finds some running room as Clemson's DeAndre McDaniel (2) and Brandon Maye (20) look for the tackle.
(AP Photo by Gerry Broome)

THE SINGLE WING IS BACK?

by Luke Decock, Raleigh News & Observer (Yes, that is his real name, so don't even start...)

While Wake Forest was turning back the clock on its offense by 60 years; Clemson was going all the way back to the Stone Age.

Wake dug the old single wing out of a playbook somewhere in the back of Jim Grobe's closet. Clemson was reduced to banging two rocks together and hoping for sparks, to no avail.

By going backward, the Deacons took a big step toward the ACC's Atlantic Division title with a 12-7 win Thursday night. Clemson just went backward, period. The preseason favorite in the ACC is going to be lucky to reach the blue turf of Boise, let alone Tampa Bay for the ACC Championship Game.

Wake, meanwhile, has beaten both Clemson and Florida State, which should give the Deacons the early edge in the Atlantic. They had the early edge Thursday when they came out in a modern variation of a formation usually seen in black-and-white films.

After Riley Skinner threw four interceptions in a loss to Navy last time out, the Deacons took him out of the equation entirely, snapping the ball directly to Josh Adams and Bra
ndon Pendergrass on most plays -- and lining Skinner up at wide receiver.

Clemson figured out the scheme soon enough, but it worked long enough to shake loose Wake's stalled running game…
Read the rest: http://www.newsobserver.com/734/story/1249580.html

Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner (11) finds some running room and Wake Forest's D.J. Boldin runs for a touchdown as Clemson's Chris Clemons (22) and DeAndre McDaniel, right, try to defend.

(AP Photos by Gerry Broome)

WHAT’S UP WITH KLIMPSON?

Let the Friday morning quarterbacking begin. We're going with offensive line woes…sounds good, and may have the extra added attraction of also being the truth.

According to Coach Tommy Bowden as he was checking into the Presidential Suite of the Clemson Football Dog House, "We tried everything.”

And none of it worked.

"I didn't think we'd be 3-3," Bowden added, "I thought we'd be better than that."

Well…duh.

No doubt, the Tiger's No. 9 preseason ranking was too high. But it is a veteran team long on talent which makes the 3-3 overall record and 1-2 ACC record simply inexplicable for a team heavily favored to win its first ACC title since 1991. This was a must-win game for the Tigers for reasons that don’t require an explanation here.

Now everybody is in an uproar over play calling and coaching. Keep in mind the simple fact that Cullen Harper and James Davis just don’t look as good as they used to look. That has to be related to a very young and now oft injured offensive line.

Offensive coordinator Rob Spence is in the hot seat now that Clemson has scored just seven points in its past six quarters. Yike.

"I don't understand right now, OK?" Spence said.

That’s not gonna play well down at the Esso.

(Bowden - AP Photo by Gerry Broome. Esso - Lynnie's Field Trips)

FOOTBALL SATURDAY

Saturday, October 11th

East Carolina (Pirates, 25,990 students, Greenville, NC) (-5.5) @ VIRGINIA, 12:00 PM, Charlottesville, Va., TV: RAYCOM (XM 190). All of sudden this looks like an interesting game.

Notre Dame (Fighting Irish, 11,603 students, South Bend, IN) @ #22 NORTH CAROLINA (-7.5), 3:30 PM, Chapel Hill, N.C., TV: ABC/ESPN (XM 192). If UNC can slow down the Irish passing attack, they will win. Maybe they can block three more punts too? At the moment, the Golden Domers lead the series 16-1, and have won the last SIXTEEN straight. Yike.

Gardner-Webb (Runnin’ Bulldogs, 4,000 students, Boiling Springs, NC) @ GEORGIA TECH (-50 – not kidding, we saw this at pointspread.com), 3:30 PM, Atlanta, Ga., TV: (XM 191). Shame on GT for playing this game in October. Gardner-Webb is a bona fide Sisters of the Poor basketball school – UNC plays them in an exhibition game…What are they doing playing football against the Jackets six weeks into the season?

UCF (Knights, 41,320 students, Orlando, FL) @ MIAMI (-17), 3:45 PM, Miami, Fla., TV: ESPNU (XM 190). Unlike Gardner-Webb with only 4,000 students, Central Florida has over 41,000. You’d think 22 of them could play some decent football. Well….noooo.

ANGRY ANONYMOUS CANADIANS

Recently, somebody with the clearly identifiable moniker of “Anonymous” left us a message. In a comment to our story titled "SHOCKING NEWS FLASH!,” regarding the age of China’s female gymnasts, the annoyed reader said:

“I wonder why you neglected to mention the fact He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan has again been found innocent of the underage allegation?

Hey Jim Shurr, sure feels good to pick on 16 year old girls, eh?”

So here’s what we know, the writer is from Canada (eh?), he doesn’t like to use dashes to-separate-ages and some guy we’ve never heard of (Jim Shurr) is picking on sixteen-year-old girls.

Hey, Anonymous, we didn’t comment on He Kexin and Jiang Yuyuan’s status because we don’t know one under/over age Chinese gymnast from the other. Our news source failed to mention whether or not they were innocent, because nobody other than Mr. and Mrs. Kexin and Grandma and Grandpa Kexin really care how old He Kexin (do we need a gender test here, too?) actually is or isn’t. That’s not the point.

It’s not about the girls, it’s about a totalitarian government that is exploiting these kids for political purposes.

We doubt rather seriously that any of these girls understand the age requirements or if they would have a choice if they did. The Chinese government was determined to put its best size 2 on the balance beam as part of its quest for home court gold. Any female gymnast good enough to be among the world’s elite was on the team, and the government would resolve all issues of “compliance.”

BTW – Former Chinese gymnast Li Ning, pictured here during the opening ceremony in Beijing, is, according the the Chinese Olympic Committee, “really able to fly.”

MORE SHOCKING NEWS

Adam Pacman Jones is in trouble (allegedly) again.

Hey look, we warned you it was shocking.

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones (allegedly) was involved in a fight with one of his bodyguards, according to Dallas police, the night before attending a previously scheduled team meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. No one was arrested and no one will be charged in connection with the (alleged) fight late Tuesday night, Oct. 7, 2008, at The Joule, an upscale downtown hotel.

Rumor has it that Jones, who (allegedly) attended West “By God” University” was at the hotel securing used couches for the post-game couch burning traditional ceremony after the Mountaineers run roughshod over the ultra-crappy Syracuse Orangemen this Saturday.

Burn baby, burn. Pacman inferno.

(AP Photo/Tony Gutie)

THE RIDDLE WATCH

RIDDLE PASSES ELON PAST FURMAN 31-10

AP - Scott Riddle threw three touchdown passes and Brandon Newsome scored twice to spark Elon to a 31-10 victory over Furman on Saturday.

Riddle was 21 of 30 for 160 yards and Newsome rushed for 161 yards on 25 carries for the Phoenix (5-1, 3-0 Southern Conference), who never trailed.

Jordan Sorrells was 26-of-43 for 248 yards and one touchdown for Furman (4-2, 1-1).

Riddle threw second-quarter touchdown passes of 12 yards to A.J. Harris and 28 yards to Terrell Hudgins to give Elon a 17-3 halftime lead.

Riddle hit Newsome on a 1-yard score and a 24-3 lead with 2:19 left in the third quarter.
Sorrells threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Chris Truss to cut the lead to 24-10 with 8:16 left in the game before Newsome scored on a 9-yard run to cap the scoring with 2:17 remaining in the game.
Newsome also caught six passes for 29 yards.

(Photo by Bart Boatwright/Greenville News Staff)

KUDOS TO THE ROANOKE TIMES

If you’re a Hokie fan, you probably already know this, but the some of the best VT coverage in the Commonwealth comes out of Roanoke. Plenty of stories, opinions and great photos. Here’s the latest from the M.A.S.H. tent…

LEWIS’ INJURY OPENS DOOR FOR OGLESBY
By Randy King – Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG -- Just turn it loose, kid.

Virginia Tech tailback Josh Oglesby has been hearing that line for weeks now from his coaches and teammates. The redshirt freshman says he's ready to unleash and let it fly.

In the wake of last Saturday's season-ending injury to starter Kenny Lewis Jr., Oglesby knows it's his time now that he's No. 2 behind Darren Evans in the Tech tailback line.

"Turn myself loose," a laughing Oglesby said following Tech's practice Tuesday. "Just go 100 percent every time I get the ball, run it hard, no thinking, just doing what you know you can do. I think that's what turning myself loose means."

While Evans, a fellow redshirt freshman who has run for a club-high 415 yards and eight touchdowns this season will remain the main man, Oglesby said he's excited to finally get an opportunity to show everyone what he can do.


(Photos by Justin Cook/Roanoke Times and HokieSports.com – the latter used without permission, we’re sorry. We’ve asked for permission and are awaiting an answer. Who likes our chances?)

MIAMI LINEBACKER (AMONG OTHERS) OUT

So the headline says “Colin McCarthy Out For Season.” Hmm…looks to us like Colin and McCarthy were out for a party, not the whole season.

Wait a minute, there’s update coming in on the ticker…Oops. Wrong Colin. Wrong McCarthy.

This just in: Miami linebacker Colin McCarthy will miss the remainder of the season because of a shoulder injury.

Miami coach Randy Shannon said Sunday that McCarthy, who has had ongoing shoulder problems since high school, suffered his latest injury in practice last week.

McCarthy did not play in Miami's 41-39 loss to Florida State on Saturday. Before getting injured, McCarthy was the Hurricanes' third leading tackler this season.

Also Sunday, Shannon said defensive end Eric Moncur may miss the rest of the season because of a leg injury. Moncur underwent sports hernia surgery just before the Hurricanes opened training camp, plus has been dealing with the death of his 42-year-old mother last month.

(Photo by Phil Coale/AP Photo and Reuters Photos)

OH MY GINYARD!

By Robbi Pickeral, Staff Writer Raleigh News & Observer

North Carolina forward Marcus Ginyard spent several weeks last winter hobbling around between games in a protective walking boot.

He'll spend the next two months doing the same thing, but this time he'll miss some basketball games.

Ginyard, UNC's starting small forward last season, will be sidelined for the next eight weeks after undergoing surgery Wednesday to repair a stress fracture in his left foot.

He started wearing the boot in February because of a sprained left big toe and other soreness. He sprained his left ankle in August, a team spokesman said, and officials think the sprain aggravated the stress fracture.

Doctors on Wednesday inserted a screw into his fifth metatarsal, which is the long bone that connects to the "pinkie" toe.

He is expected back before the ACC schedule begins.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

According to Washington Redskin Kedric Golston (University of Georgia): "I ain't never been thrown eggs at…”

“…I mean, at Philly, they throw everything."

(Editor’s Note: Did he really say that? According to D.C. Sports blog, which is a damn reliable source, that is exactly what he said.)

Recently the Skins’ Chris Cooley (Utah State) discussed Sunday's egging of his team bus by Eagles fans in admiring tones:

"You know what, though, they're good shots," he said of the Philly fans. "They've been practicing. You could see them coming in; they were leading the bus. It was good egging." The Redskins Blog told a similar tale. Herewith, the Redskins discuss yesterday's performance from the Eagles fans and their love of eggs.

"Oh yeah, they just come raining down when you pull in there," said center Casey Rabach (Wisconsin – can’t you just hear Sarah Palin saying “Wisconsin, you betcha!”). "You know, I don't know how many we got hit with, but it looked like a hailstorm."

"They were lighting it up," WR Devin Thomas (Michigan State) said.

"I'm talking about whoop," WR Malcolm Kelly (Oklahoma) said.

"My bus only got hit with one egg, but I had my headphones on listening to music, and it was like two windows back, and all you hear was thump," Mike Sellers (Walla Walla Community College – not kidding) said. "Everybody starts cracking up, it was like, 'Oh we got here, here it comes.'

"It must have been one of those big ones too, an ostrich egg," Golston said.
"It was crazy, though, because the egg was actually thrown in front of the bus," Kelly said. "It was like a quarterback almost; you throw it to where the receiver's gonna be at. I was very impressed."

(Photos by By Chris Gardner – Getty Images and John Mcdonnell/The Washington Post)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

HMMM…

Those of us that live in fairly close proximity of the Capital of the Free World often wonder what folks are thinking “outside the beltway.” Not thirty miles outside the beltway where we hang our hats, but way the hell outside the beltway…like the Midwest for example.

You probably have already heard this story, but if you haven’t, fasten your seatbelt…

This from The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch:

BAILOUT IN HAND, AIG GOES OFF TO THE SPA
By Andrew Taylor (AP)

Less than a week after the federal government had to bail out American International Group Inc., the company sent executives on a $440,000 retreat to a posh California resort, lawmakers investigating the company's meltdown said yesterday.

The tab included $23,380 worth of spa treatments for AIG employees at the coastal St. Regis resort south of Los Angeles even as the company tapped into an $85 billion government loan it needed to stave off bankruptcy.

The retreat didn't include anyone from the financial-products division that nearly drove AIG under, but lawmakers were still enraged over thousands of dollars spent on catered banquets, golf outings and visits to the resort's spa and salon for executives of AIG's main U.S. life-insurance subsidiary…

Read the rest of the story (if your stomach can take it): http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/national_world/stories/2008/10/08/ap_melt_AIG_9_1008.ART_ART_10-08-08_A1_HCBHU5D.html?type=rss&cat=&sid=101

(Members of Code Pink protest as former AIG CEO Martin Sullivan (R) leaves after he testified at a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill October 7, 2008 in Washington, DC.)

(Photos by Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

WHO KNEW…?

Ben Franklin was so right. God truly loves us!

Now, if we can keep those damn leprechauns from drinking it all.

(If you’re a Notre Dame fan, you have to be encouraged.)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 2

OUCH…The Wizards are also a M.A.S.H. unit. Cranky sometime all-star player and fulltime all-star blogger Gilbert Arenas isn’t fully recovered from his latest injury. That was quickly followed up with news that center Brendan Haywood (UNC) will miss four to six months with a wrist injury.



On the day they found out about Haywood, Antawn Jamison #4 (UNC) hurt his knee in the Wiz’s opening exhibition game against the Mavericks.

Les Boulles are doomed.

(Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images and Reuters Photo)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 3

OCHO LOCO…How scary was this conversation?


Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ocho Cinco (85) and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens (81) meet on the field during warm-ups before their NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2008, in Irving, Texas.
Oh no, it gets scarier! Jerry Jones joins the fun…

(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez and Jeremy Lipsey/Dallas Cowboys)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

CONGRATULATIONS…David Letterman’s alma mater Ball State is ranked for the first time in the 84-year history of the football program. The Cardinals are off to a 6-0 start for the first time since the 1965 season and is ranked 25th in the nation in the AP Poll released last Sunday.

Here Ball State's Madaris Grant reaches out and misses a long pass during Ball State's Homecoming against Kent State on Saturday afternoon. Ball State beat Kent State 41-20.

(Photo by Melanie Maxwell/the Indianapolis Star Press)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

HOW THOSE CRAZY PEOPLE LEARN CRAZY...Toro Rosso's Sebastien Bourdais of France (r) leads Sebastian Vettel of Germany (l) as they attend the Red Bull Kart GP event in Tokyo, on October 8, 2008.

Lord knows how fast these little gadgets go…

(Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A LETTER TO COACH "IT IS WHAT IT IS" FRIDGE FROM AL “MUST GO” GROH

…regarding last weekends 31-0 butt-kicking delivered by the Cavs.

A TAH original short film. Like, really short -- 11 seconds.

Toly Hansbrough ©, Executive Producer


POWER OF FYF COLTS DISCOVERED

The FYF Colts are undefeated.

Evidently, it’s a combination of talent and good coaching. But, today, TAH’s crack research discovered that “super powers” may also be playing a role in the FYF Colts dream season.

(Vegas odds makers have the FYF Colts at 2-5 to finish the season undefeated. The mighty-mighty Colts have but two games remaining, both rematches of earlier blowouts. The Sponge Bob Fruit Loops Hot Wheels Championship Bowl is virtually a lock.)

These photos were uncovered just this week of Toly Hansbrough © and J.T. “I AM THE REAL FOOTBALL” Diehl. It appears that these two young stars have more “talent” than first meets the eye!

Um…Neighborhood Watch guys, you can chill…these two have it covered.

The photo essay of the latest victory -Colts 21, Ravens 14 -can be seen at: http://www.fyfcolts.blogspot.com/


(Photos by Young A.T./TAH Photos)

GAME OF THE WEEK

Notre Dame @ #22 NORTH CAROLINA (-7), 3:30pm, Chapel Hill, NC, ABC/ESPN (XM192)

Not unlike the talk of Super Bowl bandwagons here in Redskins’ country following improbable back-to-back road wins against NFC East big dogs by our beloved burgundy and gold, there is plenty of football Kool-Aid being passed around in Chapel Hill.

And, rightfully so...

The upstart Tar Heels in year 2 under Butch Davis have defied the odds and enter this week:

1) Nationally ranked for the first time since FSU was actually good (2001).
2) Favored to beat Notre Dame (OK, it’s not Knute Rockne’s Notre Dame, but it’s the Fighting Irish none the less.)
3) Being picked by some folks to win out and represent the ACC in the BCS. (No we aren’t kidding, and we think it’s a bit premature considering the Heels still have…NOTRE DAME, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Boston College, N.C. State, Maryland and Duke left to get by…)
4) Doing it all with the back-up QB…some kid named Sexton.
5) Having blocked three consecutive punts – that’s gotta be some kind of record.

Here’s a bit of tit-for-tat on the whole “win out” thing courtesy of our friends at the Raleigh News & Observer’s ACC Now blog…

According to senior columnist Caulton Tudor: It’s an early guess, but I think North Carolina is going to finish the regular season at 11-1 — maybe 10-2 if things go poorly or 9-3 if the roof totally collapses.
The roof isn’t going collapse, though.


The Tar Heels, as established by their win over Connecticut on Saturday in Chapel Hill, have way too much personnel to fall victim to another big injury or two. The thing we know now, but sort of suspected in preseason, is that Butch Davis has added enough talent on what John Bunting left behind to turn the Heels into a legitimate top-20 national program.

It helps that the schedule is favorable, of course…


Read the rest: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/accnow/tudors-take-heels-will-run-the-table

But, J.P. Giglio doesn’t agree with his co-worker:

UNC is good, Peach Bowl good, but not BCS good.

Tudor is confused. That's happens when you've been in this business as long as he has. He covered Notre Dame's last trip to Kenan Stadium in 1975 (the year I was born).


There's no doubt the Tar Heels are better in their second season under Butch Davis. They are winning on the road, and so far, winning the games they're supposed to. That's the sign of good coaching.

They also have playmakers, on both offense and defense. And you can't win without talent. For that, Davis is largely indebted to John Bunting.

But improvement comes in stages.
And while the Heels' schedule is wide open, 9-3 is the best they'll do…

Read the rest: http://blogs.newsobserver.com/accnow/giglio-heels-will-not-run-the-table

(Photos by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

LITTLE KNOW FACT

Evidently, Joe Montana’s coming out party was held in Chapel Hill.

Before Joe Montana's "Chicken Soup" rally at the Cotton Bowl in 1979 or "The Catch" at Candlestick in 1982, a 19-year-old unknown led "The Comeback" at Kenan Stadium in 1975. Montana was inserted into the game in the fourth quarter with the Golden Domers trailing the Heels 14-6. He promptly scored, converted on the two point conversion and then scored again. Final: ND 21, UNC 14.

The video includes the worst attempt at a tackle by the UNC safety on the winning touchdown play that you may ever see, and you can see the UNC faithful throwing things at the ND wide receiver after he crossed the goal line – southern hospitality at its finest.

Oddly enough, Montana was on Dean Smith and Bill Guthridge’s radar screen as a potential basketball recruit.

ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Boston College Quarterback Chris Crane and North Carolina Linebacker Bruce Carter headline the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week for the games of Oct. 4.

Crane threw for 428 yards and accounted for five touchdowns the Eagles’ 38-31 win over NC State. Carter blocked three punts in a row in the second quarter including one that was recovered for a touchdown in UNC’s 38-12 victory over 24th ranked Connecticut.

Joining them this week are Florida State Tackle Rodney Hudson, Virginia Linebacker Clint Sintim, Florida State Cornerback Tony Carter and Georgia Tech Quarterback Jaybo Shaw.

Crane completed 34 of 51 passes for 428 yards and two touchdowns to claim the Offensive Back of the Week award. He added 42-yards rushing on 11 attempts for three touchdowns including the game-winning score with 23 seconds remaining.

North Carolina’s Carter took Specialist of the Week accolades by blocking three punts in a row to help the Tar Heels upset UConn. Factoring in his blocked punt from last week at Miami, Carter blocked four consecutive punts, a North Carolina first.

Florida State’s Hudson claimed Offensive Lineman of the Week honors as he helped the Seminole offense to 281 rushing yards over the nation’s 7th-ranked rushing defense in the win over rival Miami. He helped provide excellent pass protection, helping to hold Miami to zero sacks on the day.

Virginia’s Clint Sintim was named Defensive Lineman of the Week with seven tackles in the Cavalier’s 31-0 win over Maryland. Sintim also recorded a sack on a crucial third-down to help preserve the shutout.

FSU’s Carter recorded multiple interceptions for the second consecutive week in the Seminole’s win over Miami to take Defensive Back of the Week honors. His first interception set up FSU’s first touchdown of the day. His second came in the fourth quarter to quell a Hurricane threat.

Tech’s Shaw was named Rookie of the Week as he threw for 230 yards in his first collegiate start under center. The total was the highest for a Yellow Jacket signal-caller in his first start. His 88-yard completion to Demaryius Thomas was the longest this season in the ACC and the third-longest in Georgia Tech history.

WHITAKER WANTS OUT OF BLACKSBURG

Accoring to Zach Berman at the Washington Post:

Ike Whitaker's career at Virginia Tech, which began with high expectations before taking several turbulent turns, appears to be finished.


Whitaker, whom Coach Frank Beamer suspended indefinitely last week, said that his suspension is "unfair" and that he has "been lied to" by the Hokies' coaching staff. Whitaker's suspension was announced Thursday by the team in a news release that said he violated team policies. Later Thursday night, Whitaker was arrested for public intoxication outside a popular Blacksburg bar.

Whitaker, a Germantown native and the 2004 All-Met Offensive Player of the Year at quarterback, said he missed a 7 a.m. receivers meeting Wednesday, a transgression he said typically carries a punishment of extra running…

Read the rest: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/10/06/AR2008100603107.html

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

HIP HIP HOORAY...The man with the sign is named John Woloshen, and he's on board the Hip Hip Hoorayride with both feet. He may also be the bravest man in the world hauling a pro-Skins sign into the Eagles' house.

Jason Campbell #17 of the Washington Redskins congratulates teammate Clinton Portis #26 after his touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 5, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(Photos by Preston Keres/The Washington Post and Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY 2

GALLOPING FYF COLT...#11 Justin Lawson shows his moves and gets hardy cheers from the sidelines.












At games end with #53 Logan Railey and #82 Nicholas O'Brien.
Tough guys, all.

(Photos by TAH)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

CROTCH SHOT...It didn't help. Maryland's exotic tackling technique did little to slow down the Hoos hoo ran all over the Terps during their 31-0 shellacking.

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