Thursday, December 31, 2009

NEW YEAR’S EVE EVE HOOPS

T.A.H. is on semi-break for the New Year’s holiday. Have a great, safe New Year and an even better 2010!

NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 87, Albany (Great Danes, 13,100 students, Albany, NY) 70

VIRGINIA 72, No. 24 UAB (Blazers, 18,037 students, Birmingham, AL) 63

BOSTON COLLEGE 85, South Carolina (Gamecocks, 24,788 students, Columbia, SC) 76

MIAMI 73, Bethune-Cookman (Wildcats, 3,498 students, Daytona Beach, FL) 55

VIRGINIA TECH 85, Longwood (Lancers, 3,787 students, Farmville, VA) 50

William & Mary (Tribe, 5,850 students, Williamsburg, VA) 83, MARYLAND 77

To read more, click here.

THE LAST LINKS OF 2009

From ESPN/Heather Dinich.

*If you're not a fan of the word swagger, don't read this, but Greg Cote is right -- Miami's gotta earn it back. He's also right, though, in that the loss to Wisconsin doesn't erase the progress the Canes made this season.

*Miami did lose more than the game, though. It lost the opportunity to assert itself as the new leader in the state.

*Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wants to win at everything -- just ask his wife and daughter.

*Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier proved this year that age is just a number as the youngest coordinator in the ACC was one of Dabo Swinney's best hires.

*UNC's juniors are still pondering their NFL futures.

*Here are five questions facing Clemson in 2010.

*Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm has been an incredible success story -- and that's a problem for Tennessee.

*Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams isn't big on the whole ACC-SEC argument.

*FSU's offense will get a new look from WVU's 3-3-5 stack defense. Will Rick Trickett have his guys up front ready? (Of course.)

*Bobby Bowden will be giving a lot of speeches after the Gator Bowl, but will a victory speech be one of them?

*FSU's practices in Jacksonville have been filled with much reflection, but it's impossible not to look ahead with Jimbo Fisher.

*Georgia Tech will be motivated in the Orange Bowl by one of its most disappointing performances of the season -- in the same stadium.

*ACC vs. SEC. Darryl Slater of the Richmond Times-Dispatch breaks it down.

*Lane Kiffin and Frank Beamer are about as opposite as they get, says Ryan Williams.

*It was a year of progress for Clemson, but it left some goals behind, too.

(Editor's note: The top right photo is a favorite as it shows that Bowden was capable of so many things including laughing at himself. Most big-time coaches simply aren't that humble or grounded. We shall never see his likes again. Good luck, Coach Dadgummit.)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

SO LONG 2009. Spain's world number two Rafael Nadal lets the world subtly in on how he really feels about the last year and his chief rival Roger Federer.

Here he is pictured during a joint press conference on December 31, 2009 with Federer prior to the start of the 250,000-dollar Capitala World Tennis Championship at Abu Dhabi's International Tennis Compelx in Zayed Sports city.

(Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
FIRED. Coach Mike Leach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders holds the trophy following Gator Bowl against the Virginia Cavaliers at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on January 1, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. Leach was fired by the school on Wednesday before the parties went to court for a hearing on his suspension. He has been accused of mistreating an injured player.

(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

ALSO FIRED. AT&T will no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture and Gillette in dropping support for the golfer after he admitted to infidelity following numerous allegations.

AT&T Inc.’s logo appeared on Woods’ golf bag, and he was the host of the AT&T National PGA event in July. The phone company says it will continue to sponsor the event.AT&T did not comment on its reasons for dropping Woods, or how much the contract was worth.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

BADGERS RUN OVER CANES IN CHAMPS BOWL

No. 24 Wisconsin 20, NO. 14 MIAMI 14

John Clay had 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns, powering Wisconsin (No. 25 BCS, No. 24 AP) past Miami (No. 15 BCS, No. 14 AP) 20-14 in the Champs Sports Bowl on Tuesday night.

Clay ran through, over and around the Hurricanes to help the Badgers (10-3) earn their first victory over a ranked opponent this season and claim a big win for the Big Ten.

The Badgers Scott Tolzien threw for 260 yards, and Montee Ball added 61 yards rushing for a Wisconsin team touted as too big and too slow for the dynamic Hurricanes. None of that seemed to matter when the Badgers were powering the ball down the field.

Miami's Jacory Harris, who threw for 188 yards, was slowed by an injured right thumb, a brace around his left leg and a Badgers team that smothered him with five sacks.

To read more, click here.

TUESDAY NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 7 DUKE 84, Long Beach State (49ers, 35,559 students, Long Beach, CA) 63

NO. 21 CLEMSON 70, South Carolina State (Bulldogs, 4,100 students, Orangeburg, SC) 67

N.C. STATE 68, Winthrop (Eagles, 5,111 students, Rock Hill, SC) 52

GEORGIA TECH 78, Winston-Salem State (Rams, 6,400 students, Winston-Salem, NC) 43

To read more about all these games (but why would you want to do that?), click here.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm

According to ESPN (among others), the lawyer for Mike Leach says the suspended Texas Tech coach did nothing wrong in how he treated a player with a "mild" concussion, and Leach is seeking a court's help in allowing him to coach in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Jan. 2.

However, Leach and his attorneys anticipate Texas Tech will try to fire the coach over the recent incident.

Leach led Texas Tech to the best season in program history last year, going 11-2. But he and the university were at odds for months over negotiations for a contract extension. In February, Leach and the school agreed to a five-year, $12.7 million deal that could keep him there through 2013.

The clock is ticking on a portion of that contract. If Leach is the coach as of Thursday, the school owes him an $800,000 bonus.

We won’t bore you with the details, but the issue revolves around Adam James the son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James. For the details, click here.

This incident isn’t too far removed from the recent firing of Kansas head coach Mark Mangino who was also accused of mistreating his players. (We have it from a good source – and we apologize that any of our T.A.H. snitches…er…um, we mean, sources, ever had to spend anytime west of the Mississippi River in any state with the exception of Texas, Arizona or California – that Mangino was fired for actually EATING one of his players. Mr. Tony Kornheiser said this morning on WTEM, that Mangino may have actually eaten THREE players.)

(Not that we're making fun of the morbidly obese guy, but what is this guy waiting for? A life-ending heart attack or NBC's Biggest Loser - Fired NCAA Coaches?)

However, Mangino did depart with a $3 million check and some nice bennies into 2010.

For details on the Mangino mess, click here.

No wonder, Urban Myer retired for the better part of a day.

ACC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Maryland's Greivis Vasquez has been named ACC Player of the Week, while Miami's Durand Scott earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

Vasquez averaged 26.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists while leading the Terps to victories over Winston-Salem State and Florida Atlantic. For the week, the Caracas, Venezuela, native shot .583 (21-for-36) from the floor, including .600 (6-for-10) from behind the arc.

In earning the Player of the Week Award for the fifth time in his career, Vasquez had a double-double in Tuesday's 98-55 win over Winston-Salem State with a season-high 27 points and 11 assists. The senior guard closed out the week with a 26-point, eight-rebound and five assist effort in Maryland's 72-59 victory over Florida Atlantic Sunday.

In earning the league's rookie award for the second time this season, Scott was among five Hurricanes to score in double figures in last Monday's 80-59 win over North Carolina A&T.

The New York freshman had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in the 21-point win that extended Miami's win streak to four straight. Scott is fifth in the ACC in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.07:1), eighth in assists (4.3) and tied for 10th in steals (1.5).

PICTURE OF THE DAY

WAY OFF THE WALL. Mega-Diaper Dandy John Wall dished out a school-record 16 assists as the third-ranked Kentucky Wildcats crushed the Hartford Hawks 104-61. Wall played 30 minutes, had nine points and only one turnover.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

REMEMBER HIM? The last time we saw Stehpon Curry he was the wonder kid for the small, but mighty, Davidson Wildcats. Here, Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors drives against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 29, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

Curry played 23 minutes and scored 15 points.

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

MNH: MONDAY NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 9 NORTH CAROLINA 81, Rutgers 67 – Rutgers is 1-11 against UNC. The Scarlet Knights haven’t beaten the Heels since 1921, and…they still haven’t. But, this time they made it interesting.

Carolina Freshman Dexter Strickland scored a season-high 18 points, including a key 3-pointer and Deon Thompson added 14 points for the Tar Heels (10-3), who played without injured fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard.

North Carolina turned in a relatively ho-hum performance coming out of a five-day Christmas break, gradually increasing a six-point halftime lead to 17 points midway through the second half.

But the Tar Heels never put away Rutgers (9-3), which hung in and even inched as close as four points with about 2 minutes left. Strickland responded by burying a 3 with 1:54 left that pushed the margin to 74-67 and ultimately helped the Tar Heels pull away late.

To read more, click here.

WAKE FOREST 75, UNC Greensboro 60 – Al-Farouq Aminu had 23 points and 17 rebounds and Wake Forest blocked a school-record 16 shots in a victory over North Carolina-Greensboro on Monday night.

Ari Stewart and L.D. Williams had 11 points apiece for the Demon Deacons (9-2). Wake Forest shot 44.6 percent, hit 37.5 percent of its 3-pointers and used a late 16-6 run to break open a surprisingly tight game and win its fifth straight.

Ben Stywall had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Spartans (2-9). They shot 30 percent and lost their fifth straight, at least in part because they at times struggled to generate good looks against Wake Forest's block-happy front line.

To read more, click here.

MONDAY FOOTBALL LINKS


Enjoy them while they last...

By Heather Dinich at ESPN - ACC bowl season is under way, and there was some good, some not so good...

*It was a mixed performance by BC in the Emerald Bowl, and it left the Eagles with a feeling of frustration for being oh-so-close.

*There were no moral victories for BC, but there were some positives to be taken from the game.

*Clemson's defense did what it had to do, and Kavell Conner was leading the way.

*UNC lost another game it should have won. Too bad for the Heels it's too late to start playing smarter.

*Miami receiver Leonard Hankerson (#85) is playing coy about his decision on whether or not to enter the NFL draft.

*One of the Canes' top priorities against Wisconsin will be containing defensive end O'Brien Schofield.

*Another decade is almost over, and Georgia Tech has produced some quality players during that span.

IS TIGER WOODS PAYING URBAN MYER HUGE COIN TO ACT LIKE A COMPLETE FLAKE?

Here is an excerpt from Jeff MacGregor at ESPN.com re Urban Myers' 11 minute retirement:

"So if he's coaching at Notre Dame when you read this -- or soldiering in the French Foreign Legion or meditating at an ashram in Sonoma or suffering amnesia on a yacht in the Mediterranean or swearing a televised oath that he'll, by God, never go hungry or touch another football again as long as he lives -- forgive me for saying so, but these past few days have seemed more Carole Lombard than Vince Lombardi.

So let's be honest here for a second: If a movie star had pulled the same thing, or a musician or even a football player, we'd all be talking about how inconstant, how flighty and selfish and scatterbrained he was. As fickle as a schoolgirl! How insulting to the rest of us, with our brutal low-wage jobs and our rotten economy and our tenuous incomes and our hardscrabble realities!"

To read the entire column, click here.

HEADLINE OF THE DAY

ENGLAND LEADS SOUTH AFRICA BY 179 RUNS IN SECOND TEST

Is there a reason to even play the third test (whatever that is)?

All you cricket fans can read the story by clicking here.

(Photo: England batsman Ian Bell (r) misses the ball from South African bowler Paul Lee Harris (unseen) while South African Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher waits to make a catch during the fourth day of the second Test match between South Africa and England on December 29, 2009 at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban. Got that? Photo by Stephane de Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

ALMOST. The ancient-non-retiring-one almost pulled one out for all the members of the Urban Myer Society last night, but after Brett Favre led the Vikings to a game-tying and game-ending touchdown, Jay Cutler threw a 40-yard strike to win the game for the Bears in overtime.


(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NOT BROKEN. Yesterday, U.S. top skier Lidsey Vonn fell and thought she had broken her arm. Doctors later confirmed it was only bruised, and Vonn then competed in women's slalom in Alpine skiing FIS World cup in Lienz earlier today.

(Photo by Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

MUST BE THE REALLY UGLY SHOES. Seriously, did Kobe look at the Nike dudes and say, “Really? You want me to wear those…in PUB-LICK?” (Yes, that was a reference to comedian Ron White, thank you very much.) The Kobester wore these lovelies during a game against the Phoenix Suns on December 28, 2009 at the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

(Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Monday, December 28, 2009

SPILLER LEADS TIGERS OVER WILDCATS

Clemson superstar back C.J. Spiller scored a touchdown and had 172 all-purpose yards in his final college game, leading Clemson to a 21-13 victory over Kentucky on Sunday night in the Music City Bowl.

The Tigers (9-5) hadn't won a bowl since the 2005 Champs Sports Bowl.

"I'm kind of speechless right now," Spiller said after his first bowl victory as well. "I'm very happy we've won the bowl game…I just wanted to see what it was like to be in a locker room after winning a championship game, and that's what this was -- a championship game."

To read more, click here.









TERPS TOP FAU

MARYLAND 72, Florida Atlantic (Owls, 26,897 students, Boca Raton, FL) 59

Greivis Vasquez scored 26 points, Landon Milbourne had 19, and Maryland improved to 6-0 at home with a victory over Florida Atlantic on Sunday.

It was the third straight game in which Vasquez reached the 20-point mark. The senior guard went 12 for 20 from the field, had eight rebounds and five assists to help Maryland (8-3) to its fourth win in five games.

The Terrapins played without second-leading scorer Sean Mosley, who has a sprained left ankle. The sophomore forward participated in warmups and dressed for the game but did not see action for the first time in his career.

To read more, click here.

EVIDENLTY, ALL URBAN MEYER NEEDED WAS A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Florida coach Urban Meyer who said he was stepping down as the head coach of the Gators had a little change of heart prior to yesterday’s planned news conference.

Officially, he’s taking an indefinite leave of absence. Unofficially, who the hell knows…?

Meyer has no idea when that leave will begin, let alone end. He hasn’t stopped getting ready for Florida’s Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl date with Cincinnati. He hasn’t adjusted his recruiting schedule or made plans what to do once the season is over.

To no one’s surprise, Meyer who started this mess by telling his team he was stepping down, now wants it all to go away. (Somewhere, Tiger Woods is laughing at that one.)

“I’m trying—and I did a bad job of this—let’s get off of me and let’s go play this game,” Meyer said Sunday in New Orleans. That was as close to an apology as he came.

To read more, click here.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If you go by the last two weeks, we look like a college football team. If you're going by this to decide who goes, who stays, there hasn't been a great case for anybody on this 53-man roster."

-- Former Hokie and current Washington Redskin cornerback DeAngelo Hall after last nights 17-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. The 4-11 Redskins have suffered back-to-back defeats to NFC East foes on national TV by a combined score of 62-12.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

NO LONGER UNDEFEATED. A Indianapolis Colts fan during the NFL game against the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 27, 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

(Photos by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NICE HAT. A fan of the Washington Redskins waits in the stands prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field on December 27, 2009 in Landover, Maryland.

Which, of course, begs the question: Where does one purchase such a head dress?

(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

BAD CRASH. America's best Olympic ski racer, Lindsey Vonn, crashed Monday at a World Cup giant slalom race in Lienz, Austria. Vonn told the Associated Press, as she boarded an ambulance, that her arm "really hurts" and that she believed it was broken.

However, Dr. Eduard Sporer from the Lienz district hospital said an X-ray and MRI exam revealed only "swelling or edema in the bone" and Vonn could be able to race in the slalom on Tuesday.

Vonn, 25, is the best female skier on the U.S. Olympic team.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

BOXING DAY BOWLS LOST TO RANKED TEAMS

No. 24 USC 24, BOSTON COLLEGE 13

Southern Cal’s Matt Barkley threw touchdown passes to Stanley Havili on the Trojan’s first two possessions and added a touchdown run in the fourth quarter to defeat Boston College 24-13 in the Emerald Bowl on Saturday night.

The Eagles stayed close with the Trojans for most of the game before Dave Shinskie threw an interception to Shareece Wright early in the fourth quarter. On the next play, Barkley connected on a 48-yard pass to Williams, who made a leaping grab between three defenders. Barkley scored on the next play.

The Eagles' Montel Harris finished with 102 yards on 23 carries for his fifth straight 100-yard game, but BC struggled to move the ball in the second half. The Eagles had just 19 yards in the third quarter and never mounted a sustained drive in the second half until the game had been decided.

"We certainly felt going in that we could win," coach Frank Spaziani said. "We knew how we had to play. We made too many mistakes. It's frustrating."

To read more, click here.

FINAL DRIVE, DUMB PENALTY DOOM TAR HEELS

No. 17 Pittsburgh 19, NORTH CAROLINA 17

Dion Lewis (#28) rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown to pass Tony Dorsett as Pittsburgh's top freshman rusher, and Dan Hutchins kicked a 33-yard field goal with 52 seconds left to give the 17th-ranked Panthers a 19-17 win over North Carolina on Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

Winning 10 games for the first time since Dan Marino was the quarterback in 1981, Pitt (10-3) overcame a disappointing loss to Cincinnati three weeks ago that cost it a Sugar Bowl berth and staged a late rally in front of a hostile crowd.

Pitt converted on fourth down at its own 30 and took advantage of a key offsides penalty to set up Hutchins' fourth field goal.

T.J. Yates threw two touchdown passes to Greg Little, but his incomplete pass on fourth-and-10 from his own 49 with 6 seconds left sent the Tar Heels (8-5) to their second straight loss in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

To read more, click here.

URBAN MEYER STEPS DOWN

Flordia’s Urban Meyer, the most successful college coach in the nation over the past five years, surprised the college football world when he announced suddenly yesterday that he is stepping down as the coach of the Gators.

Unknown to most, Meyer had chest pains that sent him to the hospital after Alabama beat his Florida Gators in the Southeastern Conference championship game on Dec. 5.

Exactly three weeks later, the 45-year-old Meyer announced he is stepping down. He resigned after five seasons and two national titles. In so many words, he said he needed to get his priorities straight.

He will coach his final game at the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati on New Year’s Day.

He leaves No. 5 Florida with a 56-10 record that includes a 32-8 mark in league play and a school-record 22-game winning streak that was snapped by the Crimson Tide in that SEC title game.

To read more, click here.

WOLFPACK’S BIBLE HOME FOR HOLIDAYS

N.C. State offensive coordinator Dana Bible will be home for the holidays after spending about a month in the hospital undergoing treatment for cancer, school sports information director Annabelle Myers said last week.

Bible missed the team's final two games as he was hospitalized and diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia. The cancer is in remission and Bible has been released from the hospital.

Bible will continue to undergo chemotherapy as a precautionary measure for the next five to six months.

Bible, 56, has been on coach Tom O'Brien's staff for the last 11 seasons, including eight of them at Boston College. Bible has coached two of the last four first-team All-ACC quarterbacks - Matt Ryan in 2006 at Boston College and Russell Wilson in 2008 at N.C. State.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NOTHING SAYS BOXING DAY LIKE…BOXING! The referee counts out Mohamed Belkacem of Switzerland, after he was hit by defending champion Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus during the European Light Heavyweight Championship EE-EU fight at the Boxing Day in Bern, Switzerland, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009.

(AP Photo)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NOTHING SAYS BOXING DAY LIKE CRICKET. England batsman Andrew Strauss (captain) misses the ball from South African bowler Paul Lee Harris (unseen) during the second day of the second Test match between South Africa and England on December 27, 2009 at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead in Durban.

(Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NOTHING SAYS BOXING DAY LIKE NBA BASKETBALL. Tyler Hansbrough #50 of the Indiana Pacers battles Josh Smith #5 of the Atlanta Hawks at Conseco Fieldhouse on December 26, 2009 in Indianapolis.

(Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

NOTHING SAYS THE DAY AFTER BOXING DAY LIKE STEEPLECHASE RACING. Runners take a flight of hurdles in The Williamhill.com Blackjack Juvenile Novices' Hurdle run at Kempton Park earlier today (December 27, 2009) in Sunbury, England.

(Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

DOWN GOES ACC FOOTBALL (AGAIN)

UNC lost to Pittsburgh in an entertaining game and Boston College is losing to USC 24-13 late in the fourth quarter.

More tomorrow.

COACH DADGUMMIT’S BOYS WELCOMED AT GATOR BOWL

Gator Bowl officials are making sure Bobby Bowden's former Florida State players have the chance to see his final game.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the Gator Bowl Association and the host city of Jacksonville have made complimentary tickets available to former Seminoles who played for Bowden. As of Wednesday, more than 300 had registered for the tickets to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.

The former players will help lead Bowden onto the field and sit together in the end zone.
The Jan. 1 game sold out in two hours. The Seminoles face West Virginia.

Bowden started coaching at Florida State in 1976. He announced his retirement Dec. 1.
Various sources (and John Clark) tell T.A.H. Chris Rix’s name was not on the list.

WHITE HOUSE GATE CRASHERS CRASH T.A.H. WORLDWIDE MEDIA XMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

To the shock of an A-list of V.I.P. invited guests, the White House gate-crashing Salahis (pictured here with T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor and the Editor/Publisher) somehow got past heavy security (two welsh corgis – were guessing they were packing ham) and sneaked into the T.A.H. Worldwide Media Holiday Extravaganza and Parade. (OK, we had a few folks over for a drink and a ham biscuit, hardly an extravaganza!)

The Salahis arrived in the shadow of printing magnates H. and T. Tedeschi (http://www.piedmontpress.com/) and then worked the room to be sure they had plenty of Facebook photos for post-Christmas display. The grand foyer with its 20 ft. Frazier fir Christmas tree seemed to be the favorite photo-op location. (OK, it’s a regular foyer and the tree is only 10 feet tall…maybe 11.)

To no one’s surprise, it was revealed throughout the evening that the now infamous wanna-be socialites owed at least three attendees money from prior business dealings (including the bartender!).

“Hey, they owe me $50,000,” said one local prominent attorney we won’t name here for privacy reasons (Paul Morrison) who missed the event as he travelled to see family in Mississippi. “If I’d of known, I’d a taken a later flight…"

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Criag Ferguson is funny. Check out this clip from last night’s opening which includes the lighting of the CBS Christmas tree.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS LIKE THE INTERNATIONAL SAND FESTIVAL. Spectators watch a car participate in the first International Sand Festival at Qaseem, about 300 km (186 miles) from Riyadh, December 26, 2009. More than 34 riders representing various Gulf states as well as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE, particpated in the festival, a car race held to attract more tourists to the desert.

So Mr. tourist, got your bag packed for a vacation in the desert?

Didn't think so...

(Photos by Reuters/Fahad Shadeed)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS LIKE CRICKET. South Africa's AB de Villiers sweeps as England's Paul Collingwood (L) and keeper Matt Prior look on during the second cricket test match at Kingsmead in Durban, December 26, 2009.

(Photo by Reuters/Rogan Ward)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS LIKE CAPTAIN MORGAN AT AN NBA GAME. Captain Morgan attends the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on December 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Friday, December 25, 2009

GEORGE MICHAEL, 1939-1970

Well known Washington D.C. sportscaster George Michael has died after a lengthy bout with cancer.

To read more, click here.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

The time for Santa to begin delivering presents is almost upon us, and let's face it -- a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer (nine if you count Rudolph) isn't exactly the most efficient means of travel in the 21st century. So several major automakers took up the challenge -- create a new sled to meet the challenges of modern-day toy-slinging! We're proud to present a gallery of the finest creations.

We begin with Land Rover's high-tech design above, which features a particle accelerator for an engine and a sleek, fog-cutting look "designed to meet ever-increasing delivery timetables." Special features include a laser-guided present delivery system and CRS -- Chimney Recognition Software, of course.Above, Jaguar brings us "Santa's Little Helper," a design that's part '50s sci fi rocketship, part World War II bomber. Santa appears to be sitting backwards in this one, and orange is a curious color choice, but it's smooth retro-cool nonetheless.Mercedes has basically bolted a couple running skids onto an auto body, but it's still a sweet (and, apparently, spaceworthy) design. Letting reindeer sit in the car, though? Whew. Santa's going to need to fumigate that one on the 26th.
And finally, Audi brings us this (snow)drifting, tricked-up version of the forthcoming 2010 A1. Looks good, Santa, but you're going to have to get more lift if you're going to clear the Atlantic!




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