Saturday, December 27, 2008

XMAS MAIL BAG

To our story about Richard Dawson the Destroyer of Childhood Innocence, we received the following emails.

Alas, a very true story, and well told, Mr. Editor/Commish. I understand TAH's lofty goal of being accurate, so I'll only add three things:

1. The question was "name something you believed in as a child that you no longer believe in as adult." (It wasn't traumatic at all.)

2. I actually remember saying "well, that's a stupid answer," when contestant A answered Santa Claus. Turns out, it wasn't so stupid after all.

3. The meal I was enjoying was a bowl of plain macaroni, with parm, butter, and ketchup. (Ketchup? I was EIGHT, people.)

As always, CC Nation Rocks. -- John Seminole Clark


And in response, from one Dirt Callaghan:

Don't believe what you see on TV, John, it's all just a ratings ploy. Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, The Wizard of Oz, Dracula, Joey Buttafuco --- all real, my friend, all very real. Now sleep tight tonight, and whatever you do, do NOT look under the bed. – Dirt.


(Editor's Note: Now, we are reluctant to argue with a man that can fly a jet fighter upside down, but there is no way that Joey Buttafuco guy is real…no way.)

ACC ALREADY HALF AS GOOD AS LAST YEAR

Let’s go bowling. Well, thanks to Wake Forest’s win over Navy in the inaugural EagleBank Bowl the ACC is half way (one) to their total number of wins during last year’s bowl season (two). Three squads see action todaya.

NORTH CAROLINA (-1) vs. West Virginia, 1:00 PM, Charlotte, N.C. (Meineke Car Care Bowl), TV: ESPN

FLORIDA STATE (-6) vs. Wisconsin, 4:30 PM, Orlando, Fla. (Champs Sports Bowl), TV: ESPN

MIAMI vs. California (-10), 8:00 PM, San Francisco, Calif. (Emerald Bowl), TV: ESPN

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MABEL, ANOTHER BLACK LABEL. Scott McDonald of Celtic shoots to score 1-0 during a Scottish Premier League football match between Carling Rangers and Carling Celtic at Carling Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow (soon to be renamed Carling), Scotland, on December 27, 2008.

(Photo by Graham Stuart/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

HOLD THE BONG, I'VE GOT TO GO SKI LIKE HELL. US Bode Miller speeds down the hill during the training for the downhill as a part of FIS men's ski worldcup in Bormio on December 27, 2008.

Austrian Michael Walchhofer clock the best time ahead of Italian Werner Hell and Swiss Ambrosi Hoffmann .


(Photo by Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

CROWDED HOUSE. Andrei Kirilenko #47 of the Utah Jazz goes for the shot surrounded by the Dallas Mavericks at EnergySolutions Arena on December 26, 2008 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

We are 100% confident that there is an ACC guy in the picture somewhere.




(Photo by Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thursday, December 25, 2008

FAMILY FEUD KILLS SANTA, LITERALLY

If you are younger than 10-years-old, please stop reading NOW.

Sure, we've all heard lots of stories about how folks learned there wasn't really a Santa Claus. Frankly, most of the stories don't bear repeating. However, this one does. Not only does it bear repeating, it may very well be the funniest "down goes Santa" story we've ever heard.

John Seminole Clark is a Today's ACC Headlines founding member and a stalwart vocal supporter of CC Nation. Many of you might remember that John once served as the Guest Editor during football season where he regaled us with is "Game of the Week" column. Problem was when the Seminoles lost (and that was a lot the last few seasons prior to this one), the esteemed barrister Clark would take to his bed and go all T.A.H. AWOL.

As a first class journalistic publication which is proud of its "high standard of low excellence," his failure to publish in a timely matter was, at the very least, problematic. We tried wooing him with various bribes and we even conducted a "Where is?" campaign complete with our favorite Nole's mug plastered on a milk carton. When all efforts on our part failed, the Editorial Board (the Editor, Young A.T., Toly Hansbrough© A.G., two dogs and a cat) had no option but to can his you-know-what. But, we digress…

At a recent Christmas cocktail bash at T.A.H. headquarters here in the beautiful Commonwealth of Virginia, former/sometimes Contributing Editor Clark told us the story about how his world was shaken mightily in the course of one episode of Family Feud.

Seems as young John was home one day from school (with an unknown illness, and he can't remember if he was faking or not which is important in that "self-inflicted" wound sort of way) and eating lunch while casually watching an episode of Family Feud his mom had put on the family television. What could possibly go wrong?

Well evidently, the category was "name something you believed in as a child that you no longer believe in as adult." Oops, that's gonna be trouble.

So while young John is happily munching down his bowl of plain macaroni, with parm, butter, and ketchup, contestant number one answers as follows:

Contestant A: SANTA CLAUSE!
John Clark: Well, that's a stupid answer.
Richard Dawson: Survey, SAYS!
PING - Santa Clause!

The somewhat shocked and surely confused future Seminole looked as his mother and his worst fears were confirmed by the look of abject horror plastered across her previously worry-free face. Had he been older, he, no doubt, would have fallen back on the shock standards of either Holy S%&#! or WTF?

Believing that rushing to the T.V. and changing channels would only make things worse and lead to even more unanswerable bubble bursting questions, the intrepid Mrs. Clark endeavored to stay the course. In short, that was her second mistake. Were she a regular fan of Family Feud she would have seen the second freight train coming.

Contestant B: THE EASTER BUNNY!
Richard Dawson: Survey, SAYS!
PING - The Easter Bunny.

Holy cow, the eight-old-brain must have been paralyzed by the sudden and terrible realization that two major league childhood icons had just bitten the dust in the span of one bite of the Clark family classic of pasta and ketchup. Wrong, we tell ya…just PLAIN WRONG.

Oh, but as you know, bad news travels in threes, and there weren't enough Hogan's Heroes to stop Richard Dawson on his quest to slay childhood innocence in the span of a few short poorly produced minutes.

Contestant C: THE TOOTH FAIRY!
Richard Dawson: Survey, SAYS!
PING - The Tooth Fairy.


Oh no! Horrors of horrors, another good man down. Poor little John has lost old Saint Nick, the purveyor of Easter Eggs and his first down payments on legal scholarship all gone in fewer seconds than Bobby Bowden is years old.

Evidently (and understandably so), his poor mortified mom still cries when she tells this story.
Sadly, it's a classic.

Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

TUESDAY HOOPS

BOSTON COLLEGE 99, Maine (Black Bears, 12,100 students, Orono, ME) 61 – Corey Raji went 12-for-12 from the floor and scored a career-high 26 points to lead BC while Tyrese Rice added 21 points in limited playing time for the Eagles (10-2). Joe Trapani scored 15 points and Rakim Sanders had 12 points and seven assists.

Gerald McLemore led the Black Bears (5-7) with 18 points.

VIRGINIA 74, Hampton (Pirates, 4,565 students, Hampton, VA) 48 – Mike Scott notched a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 15 boards, to lead Virginia in a 74-48 win against Hampton on Tuesday night.

Sammy Zeglinski, who was 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, added 11 points for the Cavaliers (5-4). Jamil Tucker chipped in with 10 points.

Vincent Simpson's 10 points and seven rebounds led the Pirates (5-5), who shot 28.8 percent from the field (19 of 66) in the loss.74, Hampton

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

MONDAY HOOPS

MARYLAND 67, American (Eagles, 5,824 students, Washington, DC) 51 – Landon Milbourne and Dave Neal each scored 14 points, and the Terps avenged last year’s embarrassing loss to American University. Greivis Vasquez scored 13 for the Terrapins (8-2), who have won four straight since successive losses last month against Top 25 foes Gonzaga and Georgetown.

Those folks who say there aren’t any good restaurants in D.C. haven’t talked to foormer Cav and AU coach Jeff “Careful With That Cheerleader, Eugene” Jones.

No. 6 WAKE FOREST 95, East Carolina (Pirates, 25,990 students, Greenville, NC) There have been days when the folks at ECU thought it would be cool to be a member of the ACC. The Pirates have held their own in football on many occasions, but the basketball team is probably quite contend with the status quo.

Al-Farouq Aminu (#1) had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Chas McFarland had 14 points for the Demon Deacons (11-0). Wake is off to their best start since winning the first 11 games of 2003-04.

USC (Trojans, 33,389 students, Los Angeles, CA) 76, GEORGIA TECH 57 – Well it looks like the PAC 10 is better than the ACC based on the simple fact that on one given night in December one of their mediocre (and previously overrated teams) managed to defeat one of the ACC’s mediocre teams.) Dwight Lewis scored 19 points as Southern California pulled away from Georgia Tech at the start of the second half.

Freshman DeMar DeRozan had 17 points while Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett each added 15 as the Trojans (8-3) improved to 8-0 at home for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Lewis Clinch scored 25 points for the Yellow Jackets (8-2), who shot 35 percent.

No. 23 Marquette (Golden Eagles, 7,995 students, Milwaukee, WI) 68, N.C. STATE 65 – Well it looks like the ACC is better than the Big East based on the simple fact that No. 23 Marquette needed a three-pointer at the buzzer to defeat last year’s last place Wolfpack. Marquette's Dominic James hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0.4 seconds remaining on the clock to grab the win.

NC State senior Ben McCauley answered with a shot from the top of the key after a three-quarters-court inbounds pass, but officials determined after watching a television replay that the shot went in after the buzzer went off.

(AP Photos/Nick Waas and Karl DeBlaker)

SUNDAY HOOPS

No. 25 CLEMSON 91, MIAMI 72 – The Tigers continue to be the Lords of December routing what most thought was a much improved Miami squad. K.C. Rivers scored 28 points and No. 25 Clemson easily overcame an early 12-point deficit on the way to beating Miami 91-72 Sunday night in the ACC opener for both teams. As long as Clemson can stay our of close games where their long-time Achilles heel, the dreaded free throw, comes into play, they will continue to be tough.

Terrence Oglesby added 17 points for the Tigers (12-0, 1-0), who kept pace with No. 3 Pittsburgh for Division I's best record this season.

Jack McClinton scored 20 points for Miami (7-3, 0-1) The Canes committed one million turnovers – OK, it was 22, but it was a gamebreaker. Miami tossed up 12 turnovers in the final 11 minutes of the first half, a stretch where the Hurricanes were outscored 29-9 -- and then Clemson put the spookie-do whammy on them causing the Canes to miss 12 of their first 17 free throws.

VIRGINIA TECH 81, St. Johns (Red Storm,14,983 students, Queens, NY) 67 – The Hokies used a strong second half performance to to successfully defend their title in the 2008 Aeropostale Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden on Sunday evening.

Virginia Tech, now 8-4 overall, took a 39-35 lead into the intermission, but used a balanced attack to outscore the Red Storm, 42-32 in the second half. St. John’s, now 9-2 on the season, was able to keep the game close in the early stages of the second half, but the 1-3-1 zone and the clutch shooting of Tech’s backcourt helped the Hokies pull off the win.

Malcolm Delaney won the Lou Carnesecca Award for being tourney MVP. Delaney scored 25 points and had nine rebounds in the Hokies’ first round win over Columbia, 64-52, on Saturday afternoon.

No. 3 Pittsburgh (Panthers, 27,020 students, Pittsburgh, PA) 81, FLORIDA STATE 67 – The Little Seminoles that could came up a bit short in a typical Big East style low-scoring grind of a game. Pitt’s Sam Young scored 21 points, including two critical baskets in the final 1:51, and the Panthers overcame a woeful 33 percent shooting effort.

Pitt (12-0) nearly wasted a 17-0 run keyed by two 3-points shots by Jermaine Dixon that gave them a 43-34 lead with 8:53 left. But Florida State (11-2) made one last push, tying the game at 48 on Uche Echefu's (bless you) jumper with 2:23 left.

(AP Photos/Jeffrey M. Boan and Steve Cannon)

RIVERS ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Clemson's K.C. Rivers has been named ACC Player of the Week, while Virginia's Sylven Landesberg earned ACC Rookie honors.

Rivers tallied a game-high 28 points as the 25th-ranked Tigers opened their conference schedule with a 91-72 win on the road at Miami Sunday, marking Clemson's sixth-largest margin of victory ever in an ACC road game.

The Charlotte, N.C. senior made 10-of-15 from the floor, including four-of-eight from three-point range in the win. On the week, Rivers averaged 17.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in victories over the Hurricanes and North Florida.

In earning the Rookie award for the third time this season, Landesberg averaged 21.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in games against Longwood and Auburn. The Flushing, N.Y., product shot 61.1 percent (11-18) from the field, making both of his three-point field goal attempts, and made 18-of-22 from the free throw line (.818).

In the Cavaliers' 90-61 victory over Longwood Wednesday (D17) Landesberg scored a game-high 20 points and had nine rebounds. In the Cavaliers' 58-56 loss to Auburn Saturday (D20) he tallied a game-high 22 points and pulled down six rebounds.

(AP Photos/John Raoux and Kevin Rivoli)

NICE STRAIGHT LINE

Let the jokes begin.

The University of Miami, long looking to shake it’s criminal image without loosing the accompanying swagger that is the U, will visit Alcatraz while they are in San Francisco to play Cal in the Emerald “What are you” Nut(s)(?) Bowl.

DUKE HOOP GETS COOL NEW WEB SITE

Duke University launched a Web site last week dedicated to men's basketball that represents yet another unique way schools are creating and controlling their own content.

DukeBluePlanet.com will be independent of the Blue Devils' official athletic site, GoDuke.com, and feature player video blogs, game highlights, behind-the-scenes video, and insider information on current and former players.

Uncommon Thinking, a Chicago-based agency, designed and developed DukeBluePlanet.com. David Bradley, Duke's men's basketball recruiting coordinator, will manage the content of the site day-to-day. The launch expands on blogging efforts by Bradley as well as other content already online specific to the basketball program.

Blue Planet, a free site, will not feature advertising, although Duke eventually may seek financial support from donors to pay for it. Expenses for the site are currently coming out of the men's basketball budget.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

LEAPIN’ LIZARD. Runningback Ian Johnson #41 of the Boise State Broncos dives for the endzone pilon against the defense of Cornerback Rafael Priest #10 of TCU during the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 23, 2008 in San Diego, California.

TCU won 17-16.

(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

TIS THE SEASON FOR MORE COWBELLS. Switzerland's Lara Gut #1 clears a gate on her way to win the Super-G race at the FIS Skiing World Cup on December 20, 2008 in St. Moritz. Gut won ahead of teammate Fabienne Suter and Italy's Nadia Fanchini.

(Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

T.A.H. ON XMAS BREAK

We’ll be taking a few days off for a little holiday trip to the big city. We will be back in full swing on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Happy Holidays.

SATURDAY HOOPS

No. 1 NORTH CAROLINA 85, Valparaiso (Crusaders, 3,874 students, Valparaiso, IN) 63
No. 6 DUKE 82, No. 7 Xavier (Musketeers, 4,000 students, Cincinnati, OH) 64
N.C. STATE 78, Lipscomb (Bisons, 3,054 students, Nashville, TN) 52
VIRGINIA TECH 64, Columbia (Lions, 24,820 students, New York, NY) 52
Auburn (Tigers, 20,302 students, Auburn, AL) 58, VIRGINIA 56
BOSTON COLLEGE 81, Providence (Friars, 4,878 students, Providence, RI) 76
GEORGIA TECH 86, Pepperdine (Waves, 3,152 students, Malibu, CA) 58

EAGLEBANK BOWL

WAKE FOREST 29, Navy (Midshipmen, 4,400 students, Annapolis, MD) 19 – Wake salvages 2009 recruiting season by not losing a second time to the Middies on national TV.

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