Saturday, June 13, 2009

WAHOOS TAKE ON TIGERS TONIGHT IN CWS

LSU (51-16) vs. VIRGINIA (48-13-1)
When: Saturday, June 13, 7 p.m.
TV: ESPN

Scouting Louisiana State
The Tigers are the nation's top-ranked team and, thanks to a nice balance of offense and pitching, haven't lost since their Southeastern Conference tournament opener on May 20. The 10-game winning streak is the Tigers' longest of the season.

Eight of the nine LSU starters are batting better than .300. Sophomore DJ LeMahieu leads the Tigers with a .340 average. Junior Ryan Schimpf is second with a .335 average and leads the team with 19 home runs.

Virginia must be careful whenever junior Jared Mitchell reaches base. Mitchell, the 23rd overall selection in this week's draft, has 69 career stolen bases. The Tigers' lineup is heavy with left-handed hitters, though, so they will be challenged by Virginia starter Danny Hultzen, who is a lefty.

LSU will start sophomore right-hander Anthony Ranaudo. He is 10-3 with a 2.95 ERA this season and has 147 strikeouts in 109 2⁄3 innings. Ranaudo, who missed most of last season with an elbow injury, pitched one inning during last year's College World Series. LSU's biggest advantage might be experience: The Tigers made it to Omaha last year.

Scouting Virginia
The Cavaliers' formula throughout the season has been pitching, defense and base running. Those ingredients helped them come back in the super regional against Mississippi, and it will be required if the Cavaliers want to knock off the nation's top team.

Virginia needs production from center fielder Jarrett Parker, the team's best hitter. Parker leads the Cavaliers in almost every major offensive category, but he went 0 for 9 during Virginia's two super regional wins.

The Cavaliers must also hope freshman third baseman Steven Proscia remains hot after batting .462 against Ole Miss.After an unexpected power surge paced the Virginia during the season, the team has failed to hit a home run in its past five games.

The key for the offense has been base running. The Cavaliers stole five bases in the second game of the super regional and six bases in the third game - both wins.

Hultzen has been Virginia's best pitcher throughout the season and remained unaffected by the pressures of a big game. He is 9-1 with a 2.09 ERA. If Hultzen leaves with a lead, Virginia might be in good shape. The bullpen allowed only one earned run in 16 innings last weekend, and it has maintained a 1.13 ERA throughout the postseason.

(Photos: Virginia coach Brian O'Connor, right, speaks at the baseball coaches traditional news conference. LSU coach Paul Mainieri looks on at left. O’Connor and Mainieri are old friends. Virginia's Jared King, left, receives a back rub from Matt Packer, center, as Kevin Arico signs an oversized baseball during baseball practice at Rosenblatt Stadium.)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

LORD STANLEY’S UPSET. Sid Crosby #87 and the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrate with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Detroit Red Wings by a score of 2-1 to win Game Seven and the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Finals at Joe Louis Arena on June 12, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

FIELD TRIP. N.C. State’s Markus Kuhn hands out baseball hats as Wolpack football players visit the Wounded Warrior Barracks where injured and ill Marines convalesce at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC on Thursday, June 11, 2009.

(Photo by Ethan Hyman, Raleigh News & Observer)

Friday, June 12, 2009

ERNEST HEMMINGWAY PARROTHEAD INVITATIONAL FISHING TOURNAMENT UPDATE

Rick Gerhardt (Washington College) and Dr. Rob Flikeid (Virginia Tech) show off the fish that catapulted the T.A.H. team into first place in the E.H.P. Invitational Fishing Tournament. The 48 lbs. bullhead dolphin is the biggest caught this summer season from Key West.


Nice, Rick, NICE!




(Photo by Jack Sparrow, Sr.)

QUOTES OF THE DAY

"I'm just so happy for these kids. They're in for the experience they'll never forget. We're obviously going out to Omaha to win and I've got a lot of confidence we can win.'' – Coach Brian O'Connor, after Virginia clinched its first College World Series berth.

"I've learned where the best steaks are out there, the best milkshakes, the best route to go to get in. Our fans have learned where to park. We've learned a lot. We've learned to enjoy every single second of it.'' – Coach Mike Fox, after the Tar Heels clinched their fourth straight trip to Omaha.

(Editor’s note re: photo: This is the actual United Airlines airplane that carried the Wahoos to Omaha via Chicago, Illinois. The airline released this photo along with a press release saying how honored they were to have the opportunity to convey this accomplished group of student athletes to their first ever College World Series. The release was titled "Anteater Beaters And Their Fans Are United by Ted.")

BASKETBALL 101...AGAIN

How many times have we endeavored to point this out to our young readers (and our old ones too) that you (Clemson, Maryland, fill-in-the-blank) have to make your free throws!

Last night in going deep into a 1-3 hole in the NBA Finals, the Orlando Magic missed 15 of them while the Lakers missed just five.

No two were more damning that the pair of clunkers Dwight Howard heaved up with 11 seconds left in the game and the Magic leading 87-84. Making just one virtually evens the series 2-2. It was a tough moment for Howard who otherwise had a MONSTER game – 16 points, 21 rebounds and 9 blocked shots.

But the Magic, who had lost game 2 in overtime after failing to execute a game winning fundamental play at the end of regulation, then committed a fatal defensive lapse.

All-star guard Jameer Nelson simply chose not to defend Derek Fisher (who has made the third most three-pointers in NBA playoff history) who tied the game that the Lakers eventually won in overtime (on yet another Fisher three when left unguarded by Nelson).

Howard makes one free throw – or Hedo Turkoglu makes more than one of his last four attempts – and the series is still interesting. The Magic missed a total of seven in the 4th quarter. As it is, it’s over as the teams head back to L.A. for game five.

(Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

PSYCHO-T CRANKY WITH NBA PROCESS

No doubt, Tyler Hansbrough and Ol’ Roy are headed out to Omaha for their second-favorite NCAA championship. But, as T.A.H. reported yesterday, Hansbrough worked out for the Charlotte Tar Heelcats – known to the NBA as the Bobcats.

Hansbrough has made several statements about being labeled “hard working” saying, “I don't think any team is drafting me to be a practice player,'' Hansbrough said. “My skills get overlooked because people dub me a hard-worker. I've proven myself and expanded my game a lot.”

Here’s the Raleigh News & Observer’s J.P. Giglio had this to say:

Would anyone be surprised if Charlotte took Tyler Hansbrough with the 12th pick in the NBA Draft?

Sure, that's higher than most projections for the ACC's career leading scorer, and the Bobcats have other needs, but we're talking about the Tar Cats (or is it Bob Heels?).

Even before dyed-in-the-wool baby blues Larry Brown and Michael Jordan became the floundering Bobcats' braintrust, Charlotte had a yen for Heels and certainly had no problem overvaluing them (Sean May at 13 anyone?).

So Psycho T's visit to Charlotte is par for the course.

What is surprising is Hansbrough's latent surliness with the draft process. At the combine, he basically told teams, via Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer, to grab some film because his workouts would be limited.

On Wednesday, Hansbrough bristled at the "hard worker" label.

Easy, Big Fella. The draft process is designed to expose faults. For whatever reason, NBA teams are more interested in what you can do than what you have done.

And being a hard worker is not an insult. But let's not get carried away with the "I've expanded my game" rhetoric.

Hansbrough's a fantastic free-throw shooter, can rebound and run the floor. But he's not going to be Kevin Garnett — a power forward who can face the basket and shoot and block shots. Be who you are, T, and that's going to be enough for a long, successful career.

(Hansbrough photo Jeff Sisner/Charlotte Observer)

BIG10/ACC CHALLENGE: GOPHERS STUCK WITH TRADING BEER FOR $288 MILLION

This fall’s eagerly awaited return of Minnesota football to campus after 27 years will feature nostalgia, pageantry and fresh air. But not beer.

University President Robert Bruininks is expected to recommend Friday that regents ban alcohol from the new TCF Bank Stadium following a dispute with state lawmakers.

“We know people will drink before they get to our games. We’re not naive,” Bruininks told The Associated Press on Thursday. “But we do think this is the best, most responsible way to manage our game days and to really make this a high-quality experience for our fans.”

Lawmakers and Gov. Tim Pawlenty had set conditions for a stadium liquor license, saying the school could sell alcohol stadium-wide or not at all. They also blocked the university from serving free alcohol to fans in premium seating areas, such as luxury boxes and club rooms.

University officials opposed the conditions, saying stadium-wide sales would be out-of-step with campus stadiums in the Big 10 and send the wrong message to students about drinking.

Lawmakers argued that limiting booze to people holding expensive tickets smacked of elitism.

The old campus stadium was torn down after the school shifted games to downtown Minneapolis in 1982. The novelty of the climate-controlled Metrodome wore off fast. Average attendance steadily slipped and fans began clamoring for a new home. Three years ago, state lawmakers authorized the $288 million, horseshoe shaped stadium with room for 50,000 fans.

Would this have anything to do with an intoxicated Iowa fan (a grown up, for the record) having sex in a bathroom with a man she’d never met during last year’s Hawkeyes v. Gophers game?

For the record, there is no beer served to the general public at ACC on-campus stadiums. T.A.H. is conducting more research on this matter as we solicit sky box invites from various teams…

PICTURE OF THE DA(L)Y

HE’S BACK. John Daly tees off on the 18th hole during the first round of the St. Jude Classic golf tournament in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, June 11, 2009. Daly is coming back after a six-month suspension.

(AP Photo/Lance Murphey)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

OUT OF THE CLOSET? Austin Powell, III appears to have let the cat out of the bag at the St. Jude Classic golf tournament in Memphis, Tenn., Thursday, June 11, 2009.

(AP Photo/Lance Murphey)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

CLOSE TO HOME. Golfer Tiger Woods sits courtside with his wife Elin as they get set to watch the Los Angeles Lakers play against the Orlando Magic in Game Four of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 11, 2009 in Orlando, Florida.

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

VIDEO OF THE DAY: “I TURNED MY ‘F’ INTO A ‘D’”

Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. turned up this gem.

Comedian Eugene Mirman was asked to give the keynote address at his old high school in Massachusetts. To his credit, he knocked it out in 5 minutes, and Mirman, who’s a comic, was funny.

Here’s what he said on his website: I was asked to give the commencement speech at my former high school’s graduation this year. I was honored and delighted to be asked. Here’s a video of me delivering the speech. Relax, everyone, I only mention heroin once…

CWS GETS UNDERWAY ON SATURDAY FEATURING THE DEBUT OF THE SUPER REGIONAL WINNING UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CAVALIERS

The 63rd College World Series will be played at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha from June 13-23/24.

The first game on Saturday is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. (ET) and features Arkansas (39-22) and No. 2 national seed Cal St. Fullerton (47-14).

Saturday's second game pits one of two first-time CWS participants, Virginia (48-13-1), against No.3 national seed LSU (51-16), and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (ET)

The doubleheader on Sunday features No. 5 national seed Arizona State (49-12) vs. No. 4 national seed North Carolina (47-16) at 2 p.m. (ET), and the other first-time participant, Southern Miss. (40-24) squaring off against No. 1 national seed Texas (46-14-1) at 7 p.m. (ET)

The losers of Saturday's two games will play one another at 2 p.m. (ET) on Monday, while Saturday's winners face off at 7 p.m. (ET) Monday. The losers of Sunday's games will play each other at 2 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, while Sunday's winners meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. (ET)

Got that?

Oh, it gets worse…

The winners of the two brackets will play best-of-three championship finals, with the first game set for 7 p.m. (ET) on Monday, June 22. The second game is scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday, June 23, while the third and deciding game (if necessary) is slated for 7 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, June 24.

Confused? You should be.

FIRST WAHOO CHOSEN IN 12TH ROUND OF MLB DRAFT

Right handed pitcher Andrew Carraway finally broke the Cavalier drought in the MLB draft when he was scooped up by the Seattle Mariners as the 353rd pick.

The senior from Marietta, GA is ranked eighth in ACC in strikeouts (87) and the only pitcher in NCAA Division I to rank among top 30 nationally in strikeouts and fewest walks per nine innings.

Carraway selection triggered a huge celebration in Charlottesville, when Wahoo Nation suddenly realized that their guy had been chosen before any player from Virginia Tech. The Hokies first pick was #356 (just three behind UVa’s Carraway), Steven Bumbry, an outfielder chosen by the Baltimore Orioles.

ACC Players in the MLB draft:
119. Cincinnati Reds -- Mark Fleury, C, North Carolina
122. Kansas City Royals -- Chris Dwyer, LHP, Clemson
135. New York Yankees - Adam Warren, RHP, Univ. of North Carolina
159. St. Louis Cardinals - Ryan Jackson, SS, Miami
163. Chicago White Sox - Kyle Bellamy, RHP, Miami
166. Milwaukee Brewers - D'Vontrey Richardson, OF, Florida State
192. Minnesota Twins - Christopher Herrmann, C, Miami
203. Seattle Mariners - Brian Moran, LHP, North Carolina
233. Seattle Mariners - James Gillheeney, LHP, North Carolina State
234. San Diego Padres - Nathan Freiman, 1B, Duke
249. St. Louis Cardinals - Jason Stidham, SS, Florida State
294. San Diego Padres - Ryan Hinson, LHP, Clemson
353. Seattle Mariners - Andrew Carraway, RHP, Virginia
356. Baltimore Orioles - Steven Bumbry, OF, Virginia Tech
435. New York Yankees - Graham Stoneburner, RHP, Clemson
516. Arizona Diamondbacks - Andrew Wolcott, RHP, Duke
553. Chicago White Sox - Philip Negus, RHP, Wake Forest
560. Chicago Cubs - Matthew Williams, C, Duke
598. Atlanta Braves - Jeffrey Lorick, LHP, Virginia
618. Boston Red Sox - Alexander Hassan, RHP, Duke
620. Chicago Cubs - Eric Erickson, LHP, Miami
635. Cleveland Indians - Jeff Rowland, OF, Georgia Tech
641. Houston Astros - Barry Butera, 2B, Boston College
664. Texas Rangers - Samuel Brown, RHP, North Carolina State
674. New York Mets - Zachary Von Tersch, RHP, Georgia Tech
781. Colorado Rockies - Rhett Ballard, RHP, Virginia Tech
841. Colorado Rockies - David Dinatale, OF, Miami
864. San Diego Padres - Robert Poutier, RHP, Virginia
883. Chicago White Sox - Charles Delk, RHP, Clemson

Which brings us to this: Does Maryland have a baseball team?

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

NBA TRYOUTS. Tyler Hansbrough of UNC and Ben McCauley of N.C. State participated in a pre-draft work out recently with Charlotte Bobcats.



The NBA draft is June 25th.

The Bobcats already have three ACC players on the roster - Raymond Felton and Sean May from the 2005 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels and Sean Singletary from the University of College Baseball in Charlottesville.

(Charlotte Observer photo by Jeff Siner)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

MLB FAILS TO APPRECIATE WAHOO BASEBALL

In spite of their impressive season that included winning the ACC Baseball Tournament, upsetting the nationally ranked U.C. Irvine Anteaters in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals and then prevailing in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals to make their first-ever trip to the College World Series, not a single University of Virginia baseball player was chosen in Tuesday night’s Major League Baseball First-Year Draft.

ACC baseball insiders were shocked.

However, three ACC student-athletes were among the first 15 chosen in the first round.

That included two of the first four selections, as North Carolina junior first baseman Dustin Ackley went second overall to the Seattle Mariners, and Boston College junior catcher Tony Sanchez went No. 4 overall to the Pittsburgh Pirates. North Carolina junior pitcher Alex White was taken by the Cleveland Indians at No. 15 overall.

This marks the 18th straight year the ACC has seen at least one player taken in the first round of the MLB First-Year Draft (1992-2009). This also marks the eighth time in the last nine years the conference has seen multiple first-round selections.

A career .412 hitter, the 6-1, 184-pound Ackley is projected as an outfielder by most professional scouts. The Walnut Cove, N.C., native led North Carolina to its ACC-record fourth straight College World Series this season. He is currently batting .412 with an ACC-best 22 home runs, 70 RBI and 13 stolen bases.

“I’m shocked,” said Ackley, “I mean after the Hoos won the ACC Baseball Tournament, then upset the nationally ranked U.C. Irvine Anteaters in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals and won again in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals to make their first-ever trip to the College World Series, I was sure one of their many incredibly talented and accomplished players would be chosen second.”

Sanchez became the highest pick in the Major League Baseball Draft in Boston College program history.
Sanchez became the second Eagle to be selected in the first round and is the first position player to be picked in the opening round. Right-handed pitcher Chris Lambert was the only other player drafted in the first round out of Chestnut Hill when he was taken 19th by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2004.

The Miami, Fla., native was the first catcher taken in the draft. He is just the third catcher out of Boston College to be selected in MLB Draft history.

I’m shocked,” said Sanchez, “I mean after Virginia won the ACC Baseball Tournament, then upset the nationally ranked U.C. Irvine Anteaters in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals and won again in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals to make their first-ever trip to the College World Series, I was sure one of their many incredibly talented and accomplished players would be chosen fourth.”

UNC’s Alex White (#6), who was chosen fifteenth, said, “I’m shocked. After UVa won the ACC Baseball Tournament, then upset the nationally ranked U.C. Irvine Anteaters in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Regionals and won again in the NCAA Baseball Tournament Super Regionals to make their first-ever trip to the College World Series, I was sure one of their many incredibly talented and accomplished players would be chosen fifteenth.”

In addition, Kyle Seager of North Carolina was chosen by Seattle and Benjamin Paulsen of Clemson by Colorado.
(*items in italics may not be true)

UNC'S JESSICA BRELAND HAS LYMPHOMA

North Carolina forward Jessica Breland has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and is undergoing treatment at UNC Hospitals, the school announced Tuesday.

"The last few weeks have been a really emotional time for me, but I've got a very positive attitude about my treatment," Breland said in a statement. "I know I'll be back and better than ever soon."

The rising senior was last year's ACC Sixth Player of the Year with 10.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Hodgkin's lymphoma typically occurs in the lymph nodes and spleen.

"Hodgkin's lymphoma is a very curable form of cancer," Dr. Mario Ciocca of UNC Sports Medicine said in a release. "Factoring in Jessica's age and her overall good health and athleticism, we anticipate a positive response to her treatment. Her condition will be monitored closely here in Chapel Hill, and she will continue to be reassessed throughout the summer."

BC LANDS SENIOR CITIZEN QB

According to ACC Now’s J.P. Giglio:

In need of quarterback help, Boston College took a page from Florida State's playbook. The Eagles added Dave Shinskie, a 25-year-old former baseball prospect, on Tuesday.

The Eagles lost probable starter Dominique Davis (transfer) last week. Enter Shinskie, who spent the past six seasons playing minor-league baseball.

FSU netted a national title and Heisman Trophy from its senior citizen quarterback, Chris Weinke. Like Weinke, Shinskie was a two-sport prep star who chose baseball over football out of high school.

Shinskie, 25, is expected to compete with Codi Boek and Justin Tuggle for the starting QB spot. Scout.com rated Shinskie, 6-4 and 215 pounds, a three-star recruit in the class of 2003. Shinskie said he also considered Rutgers and Pitt before signing with BC.

COLLINS RETURNING TO MIAMI

Dwayne Collins will play his senior season at Miami after all. Collins, a 6-8 power forward, took his name out of the NBA Draft.

Elsewhere, Maryland's Grevis Vasquez and Wake's Jeff Teague, who have until June 15 to stay or leave the draft.

PICTURE OF THE DA(L)Y

NICE SHORTS. John Daly did not qualify for the U.S. Open, but we dig the shorts.


Maybe he was channeling Secretariat…

It didn’t work.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

NOON, WED-JUNE 10, KEY WEST. The T.A.H. Big Game Off-Shore/In-Shore Fishing Team gets ready for Round 1 of the Ernest Hemingway Memorial Parrothead Invitational which gets underway tomorrow in Key West, FL.

Pictured: Dr. Rob Flikeid representing Virginia Tech, Jon Pieja representing Hole 3.5 and the Denver Broncos and Rex "T-Rex" Cooper representing Brazil (at least the parts that dance).

(Editor's note: Is that a pomegranate next to the lemon or a monkey's brain?)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS. If you’re an Orlando Magic fan the obvious good news is they beat the Lakers last night in the NBA Finals. The Lakers now lead 2-1 with the next game being played Thursday night.

The bad news is the Magic had to shoot an NBA playoff record 62.5 percent for the game and 75 percent in the first half to pull out a four point win. You shoot almost 63 percent shouldn’t you win by double digits? (Especially when Kobe has an off second half?)

(Photo by Gary Bassing/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION. Florida State batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul (l) swings for the ball in front of UCLA wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara during their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup NCAA Super-Duper Regional group game at Trent Bridge in Nottingham, on June 10, 2009.

Neither team won because nobody knows the rules.

(Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

Monday, June 8, 2009

UVA BASEBALL MONTH CANCELLED DUE TO INJURY

While the University of Virginia "Swinging" Wahoos baseball team is headed to its first ever College World Series, T.A.H. Virginia Baseball Month will be regretfully cancelled due to injury.

Poison ivy. Both hands.

Go Hoos.

UVA, UNC HEADED TO COLLEGE WORLD SERIES

While North Carolina is bound for an ACC-record fourth straight College World Series, the real story is about those mighty Virginia Cavaliers who are making their first trip following Sunday's Super Regional-clinching victories.

The nationally fourth-seeded Tar Heels (47-16) nailed down their eighth overall CWS berth with a 9-3 win over East Carolina that clinched the best-of-three Chapel Hill Super Regional after two games. Virginia (48-13-1) took the Oxford Regional over host Mississippi in three games, clinching with a 5-1 win on Sunday.

North Carolina becomes the first Atlantic Coast Conference team to reach the College World Series four straight years and the 10th different program overall to make four consecutive trips to Omaha. Miami made five straight trips (1978-82) and six straight (1994-99) before joining the ACC. The Tar Heels' four straight appearances is the longest active streak in the nation.

But all of that pales in comparison to Virginia's 48 wins - a school record, breaking the mark of 47 set by the 2006 team. The Cavaliers opened the season with 19 consecutive wins and captured their third ACC Championship, defeating Florida State in the 6-3 title game on May 24.

The Cavaliers reached Omaha despite playing on the road against tough opposition throughout the NCAA Tournament. The Cavaliers defeated top-ranked and nationally sixth-seeded California-Irvine twice in the Irvine Regional before winning the Super Regional at Mississippi.

North Carolina will face nationally fifth-seeded Arizona State (49-12) in the opening round of the College World Series, while Virginia will face third-seeded LSU (50-16) on Saturday or Sunday. Complete brackets for the CWS, which will be played at Omaha, Neb., June 13-24, will be announced by the NCAA tonight (Monday, June 8) at approximately 10 p.m. Eastern Time.

This marks the fourth straight season and the ninth year overall that the ACC has sent multiple teams to the College World Series. A league-record four teams made the field in 2006, and three made the trip to Omaha last season.

But, as we mentioned earlier, this is the first time the University of Virginia has played in the College World Series.

IN A RELATED ITEM…

The North Carolina Tar Heels enjoyed another first…This is the first time in ACC history that a member school played in a football bowl game, the men's basketball Final Four and the baseball College World Series in the same season. North Carolina also won the national title in women's soccer and advanced to the national championship game in men's soccer and women's lacrosse.

The University of Virginia has never done that in one year. While the football team has played in bowl games with various degrees of success, this is the Cavs first trip to the CWS.

Unfortunately for the Wahoo loyalists, they have also never won the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship having only visited the Final Four on two occasions….
We don’t want to imply that it was a long time ago, but on those two revered occasions (1981 and 1984) Ronald Reagan was President.

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BACK SAFELY ON THE GROUND: WHY CHARITABLE MAN DIDN’T WIN THE BELMONT

Short Answer: He got tired and Summer Bird was better.

Long Answer: Charitable Man (pink silks) was close to the pace and poised to make a move in the stretch when Dunkirk drifted out and caused him to check up temporarily halting his momentum. At that particular moment, Charitable Man appeared to have one singular, and perhaps, surprising thought…

“Holy s***! This is a long damn race!”

He never got going again and clearly he was a fatigued horse at the end of the 1 ½ mile Belmont Stakes.

Nothing to apologize for as he’s a nice horse who ran a credible race. The winner was a little better on Saturday…

His trainer says he’s no worse for the wear and will now focus on getting to the $1 million Travers Stakes in August at Saratoga.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

SEEING GREEN. There are several things we don’t understand about Cricket including why both teams sometimes where the same color unis – what they don’t have different home and away duds?

Here, Bangladesh batsman Zunaed Siddique (in green) is almost run out by Ireland's Gary Wilson (in green) during a ICC World Twenty20 World Cup Group Game at Trent Bridge, in Nottingham, on June 8, 2009.

(Photo by Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BIG MISS. Courtney Lee #11 of the Orlando Magic misses a game-winning shot against Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers during Game Two of the 2009 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NICE TROPHY. Tiger Woods won the Memorial (again), but Berhard Langer scored the serious trophy…We aren’t sure what to say about the boot he won for winning Triton Financial Classic held at The Hills Country Club on June 7, 2009 in Austin, Texas.

(Photo by Marc Feldman/Getty Images)

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