Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thus a debate got underway in the Raleigh News & Observer. A reader from Cary, Jim Pomeranz agrees with O’Brien advocating that all ACC football teams be scheduled to play divisional opponents on the final week of the regular season.
The N&O/Charlotte Observer’s Ken Tysiac has a different approach saying: For most of its four-year existence, the ACC championship game has suffered from low attendance and apathy. In part, that's because fans often don't know until one week before the game whether their team will be playing in it.
If all ACC teams scheduled nonconference opponents for the final week of the regular season, it would guarantee fans a two-week window to make their plans to get to the championship game. That could give the game a much-needed boost.
It also would allow the traditional ACC vs. SEC games (Clemson vs. South Carolina, Georgia Tech vs. Georgia and Florida State vs. Florida) to stay in their popular spots at the end of the regular season.
To read the entire article, click here.
The Pacers did not provide details of the injury Friday other than to say the 6-foot-9 forward is expected to miss six to eight weeks ahead of the season. The NBA regular season begins Oct. 27.
Hansbrough led the Tar Heels to the national championship last season and finished his career as the ACC's career scoring leader.
A prosecutor has dropped a felony charge against a Seminole wide receiver Richard Goodman who was accused of hurling a chair at a woman during a brawl in the school's student union and charged with aggravated battery.
Goodman was charged six months after the fight when another fight participant accused him of throwing the chair and seriously injuring a female student.
Assistant State Attorney Jon Fuchs filed a court document Thursday saying witnesses named at least four other people as the chair-thrower. Fuchs says no one identified Goodman.
Goodman was among five players suspended for a game last season for the fight with members of a fraternity. Goodman was suspended from the team after his May arrest until the charge was resolved. He was reinstated to the team following the dropping of the charge.
Hey, NCAA are you paying attention? The authorities made a mistake and arrested the wrong guy. Then a higher authority figured it out and let him go? Capiche?
Coach Bobby “Dadgummit” Bowden had this to say about the whole messy affair: “Doggone it, I tell my boys to wear a dadgum Joe Paterno mask when they go out lookin’ for dadbern trouble!”
*Former Georgia Tech defensive end Michael Johnson signed a four-year deal with Cincinnati. He's just one of three players the Jackets will be missing up front this year. He's not the only former ACC superstar who just got richer.
*Former Maryland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey signed a contract with the Raiders that will guarantee him at least $23.5 million. I need to learn how to catch the football better. (Don’t we all?)
*Is the ACC getting offensive? You bet.
*Jerry Ratcliffe says there are a few reasons for Virginia to be optimistic about this season.
*Miami senior cornerback Chavez Grant has the pedigree, but he wants to create his own legacy.
*The Demon Deacons picked up an offensive tackle this week.
*There's an injury trend at Maryland that doesn't bode well for this season if "stabilizer" Chris Turner becomes the latest in a long line of quarterbacks to get hurt.
Daly said earlier in the week an upcoming reality show on the Golf Channel, featuring him, will provide a glimpse of his new-and-improved boring life.
“I’m more laid back,” he said in an interview with The AP between puffs of a cigarette in the parking lot of Warwick Hills, the site of this week’s PGA tournament. “It won’t have the hustle and bustle as the last show.”
The Golf Channel had a 13-part series “The Daly Planet” in 2006, showcasing his wild life.
The first of at least eight episodes of the yet-to-be-named reality show will air in early 2010.
“I think ‘Out of the Rough’ is the perfect title,” Daly said.
The popular player said he’s focusing on his golf career, which has been marked by the highs of winning the British Open and PGA Championship and lows created by problems outside the ropes.
Daly has been to alcohol rehab twice, has been married three times and wrote an autobiography that was as much about drinking, sex and gambling as it was about his golf. Other than that, his life has been pretty routine.
“I haven’t had a drink in a while,” Daly said.
Somewhere, Anna Nicole Smith is laughing.
Friday, July 31, 2009
T.A.H. is a fan of True Value hardware stores as they maintain a bit of “character.” Rankins is owned by a couple fellas T.A.H. went to high school with so when Wal-Mart and Home Depot came to town, we made a conscious effort to support the locals even if things did cost a little bit more.
So there we were in Rankins buying some extra knee, thigh and hip pads for FYF Colt Toly Hansbrough (can’t get those at Wal-Mart or Home Depot for the record), and there it was… It was right on the top shelf (where it should have been) elevated above the out-of-date baseball gloves, bats, soccer shin guards and lacrosse helmets. (Which begs the question, do you want your kid to play lacrosse in a helmet that you got from the clearance bin, but we digress.)
Right there on the top shelf smiling at us was none other than Michael Vick. There was a time when Vick merchandise was a big seller. In fact, when the dog fighting story first broke, we happened to be shopping for a practice jersey for multi-sport superstar and future University of North Carolina All-American Toly Hansbrough, when we first saw the Vick jerseys – a whole rack of them. We wondered then if the market for these items would collapse and it did.
But this one leftover Super Soft Felt Inflated Sponge Cover “Foam-posite” football and #7 Youth Football Practice Jersey remained behind miraculously surviving 23 months in jail and a luke warm NFL reinstatement!
Eureka! A bloody gold mine! (No pun intended).
Feel free to leave your "bid" and your contact info as a comment to this post.
Rachel Alexandra (pictured) has been training at Saratoga while Summer Bird has been getting prepared at the New Jersey track that will host the race. Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird continues to go down his own unique path. Starting out in Canada and then winning the Kentucky Derby by way of New Mexico, he now is headed to “almost Heaven.” He will also run this weekend facing five opponents in the $750,000 West Virginia Derby Gr.II at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort.
When we stopped laughing, we felt compelled to share it even if it slightly tarnishes T.A.H.’s squeaky clean image…
Here are some samples of the captions left by D Listed readers:
*All growned-up Maddie Briann Aldridge is unsettled when she visits Aunt Britney's
New girl group "Boobs, Sweat and Spears"
*Tara Reid was devasted she had to miss out on the family reunion but happy Aunt Peg and everyone kept it light this year.
*Reason 12,963,821 the south should have won
*The long awaited loop hole to no shoes, no shirts, no service.
*Finalists for the 'Whores of July' contest.
*L to R: Sees no evil, Hears no evil, Speaks no evil, Has no fun
*In an emotional reunion, Snap, Crackle and Pop finally met their estranged sister, Dignity.
*How come the girl on the far right isn't wearing a headband?
*Finally! A picture of all the girls Tucker Max actually did sleep with!
*Middle-aged Mutant Ninja Whores.
And T.A.H.’s favorite: WTF Holly?! We said no shirts!
And we’d like to add: The real inspiration for the Lyle Lovett song “I Don’t Know” which includes in the chorus:
I'm just a poor boy,
I like to have fun.
I know a pretty girl when i see one.
(Photo credit should read Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
In exchange, ESPN told Hyman it would televise the Gamecocks' 2010 opener on Thursday night as the first game of the season against a team the network would line up. Hyman would not identify possible opponents but said ESPN has a stake in making it an attractive TV match up. (Show the Gamecocks the money!!!)
Hyman said he was willing to work with ESPN, which is beginning the first year of its unprecedented 15-year deal with the Southeastern Conference worth $2.25 billion. (Ditto.)
Under the terms of the contract, UNC would owe USC a $750,000 buyout if it does not schedule a makeup game. (Talk about win/win for the Cocks.)
The Tar Heels lead the series 34-17-4.
According to the AP, the NCAA on Monday said it cannot be forced to release documents in Florida State University's appeal of academic cheating penalties because the papers are not covered by the state's public records law.
The NCAA asked Circuit Judge John C. Cooper to dismiss a lawsuit filed by The Associated Press and other news organizations seeking the records under Florida's sunshine law.
The documents concern Florida State's appeal of a plan to remove wins from the individual records of all coaches and athletes in several sports even though many, including football coach Bobby Bowden, had no roles in the cheating scandal.
Cooper will hear the NCAA's motion and others on Aug. 5 and agreed to delay the final two-day hearing until Aug. 20-21.
The NCAA sought the delay because two of its key witnesses - both executives of the organization - will be unavailable on the original dates as they'll be attending NCAA meetings on those days. (Are those meetings in some fabulous vacation destination?)
In the motion to dismiss, NCAA lawyer Thom Rumberger argues the documents are not public records and that the NCAA is neither a custodian of records, public body nor agency covered by the law.
Rumberger also contends the records are not public because the university, although a state institution, does not use public money to pay its NCAA dues or membership fees. (That’s what the T.A.H. attorney’s would call a reach!)
The news organizations sued last month for access to records that include the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions' response to Florida State's appeal of penalties for cheating by 61 athletes in several sports. They received improper help from staffers who gave them answers to an online music test or typed papers for them.
The suit accuses the NCAA, Florida State, school officials and a law firm working for the university of participating in "a scheme created to avoid public access."
FSU has a suit of its own in the works, but that one primarily asserts that the NCAA is bunch of you-know-whats.
FSU receiver Bert Reed is expected to enter a pretrial diversion program, according to Brian Landman of the St. Petersburg Times.
This seems like good news for Reed and Seminole Nation. Reed will have to perform some community service, and pay some fines in order for his misdemeanor battery charge to be dropped. The more receivers FSU can get back on the field, the better, and with Reed in the clear for the Miami game, it will be one less thing Coach Dadgummit has to worry about.
Reed has the most experience of the returning wide outs, but he needs to improve his off-the-field decision making.
*BC's biggest strength this year? The band, the cheerleaders, and of course, the team itself.
*No secrets at Virginia this year -- the Cavaliers are entering summer camp with Vic Hall as their No. 1.
*Unlike the past few seasons, there's no question Maryland quarterback Chris Turner is the quarterback this year, and how he performs will be critical to the Terps' success.
*Mark Bradley of the AJC says Jonathan Dwyer will finish in the top five in the Heisman voting -- ahead of C.J. Spiller.
*This year has the potential to be different for the "Triangle teams," even if the predictions don't reflect it.
Favre called Vikings coach Brad Childress on Tuesday to tell him he was staying retired and would not be joining the Vikings for training camp.
Now the Vikings are left to pick up the pieces after their summer-long courtship of the future Hall of Fame quarterback ended with a phone call just two days before players are required to report to training camp in Mankato.
“It was the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” Favre told ESPN. “I didn’t feel like physically I could play at a level that was acceptable. I would like to thank everyone, including the Packers, Jets and Vikings—but, most importantly, the fans.”
Set to turn 40 in October, Favre told Childress that he didn’t think his body could withstand a 19th season in the NFL.
Since purple #4 jersey’s emblazoned with “FAVRE” on the back have been flying off the shelves in the Land o’ Lakes, it’s safe to say a few Viking’s fans feel a bit jilted. For example, how about this headline over at the popular sports’ blog Kissing Susie Kobler: DID I SAY F–K YOU, BRETT FAVRE? WELL, F–K YOU WITH A CHAINSAW, FAVRE!
Over the course of its 36-day meet, with live racing daily except Tuesdays, Saratoga Race will offer $25 million in purses – tops in the nation – and 34 graded stakes, highlighted by the 140th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Shadwell Travers on Aug. 29.
Both Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird and Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird have the “Mid-Summer Derby” penciled in on their schedules, but Preakness heroine Rachel Alexandra could be eyeing a rematch with the boys in the 1¼-mile race if she doesn’t go in the Grade 1, $600,000 Alabama the previous week.
The stakes calendar has been rearranged from last year so there is at least one Grade 1 race every Saturday, beginning with the Aug. 1, $500,000 Diana for fillies and mares going nine furlongs on the turf.
“The driving force behind Saratoga’s success is the incredibly high level of racing on an everyday basis,” said NYRA President and Chief Executive Officer Charles E. Hayward. “It’s the premier meet in the United States, run in a beautiful setting in a beautiful area. Racing fans across the country have come to expect the Saratoga meet to be the best in the country.”
And, it is.
Here, Alan Hutton of Tottenham (l) is challenged by Mark Noble of West Ham United (r) during their football match in the English Premier League Asia Trophy tournament at the Worker's Stadium in Beijing on July 29, 2009.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Gobbler Country continues to be very complimentary of T.A.H. - anytime somebody reviews your work and uses "New York Times" in a sentence that doesn't include the words "you" or "suck," it's a good day in blogdom.
When we e-mailed Gobbler Country and questioned their designation of T.A.H. as the "blog of record for the ACC," here's what we got back.
From: Gobbler Country
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:18 PM
Subject: Re: Today's ACC Headlines
There's a difference between an official site (theacc.com) and the blog of record. That title was a play off of what they used to (and some still call) the New York Times. It was referred to as the "paper of record" because it used to be solely news stories from the previous day.
If you read your site every day, you're going to have a good idea of what's going on in the ACC world. You can't just rely on press releases from the league. That doesn't give you news. But the links and reviews from your site does give readers the best sense of what's happening in the ACC.
Keep up the good work.
Well, now that's high praise in the T.A.H. book. Thanks, guys, we appreciate the kind words and keep spreadin' that T.A.H. gospel all around the ACC!
However, let's give credit where credit is due. T.A.H. wouldn't be as good as it is with out the ACC Now blog at the Raleigh News & Observer or Heather Dinich's ACC Football blog over at ESPN. Props to both for being great sources of ACC info. Of course, tips from the homies, loyal readers and angry anonymous people also helps!
We contacted Gobbler Country and pointed out the error, but we thought our loyal readers (especially CC Nation) would enjoy this while it lasts…
Who Will Carry the Banner for the ACC in the Blogosphere?
At the conference's football media kickoff Monday, Bowden told a room full of reporters that the ACC needs somebody to rise to the top.
The ACC hasn't had a national champion since Florida State in 1999. No ACC team has played in a national championship game since Florida State lost to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl at the end of the 2000 season.
"If you talk about the ACC the last few years, you've seen balance," Bowden said. "You ain't going to win a national championship with balance."
To read the rest of the story, click here.
Dwyer, whose 107 rushing yards per game led the league in 2008, is the first ACC Player of the Year to seek a repeat of the honor since Florida State's Charlie Ward in 1993. Dwyer received 39 votes in the 2009 preseason balloting. That was enough to edge Clemson's C.J. Spiller, who needs 921 all-purpose yards to become the ACC's career record-holder in that department. Spiller, who garnered 28 votes, is the subject of a life-sized poster that leads the school's Heisman campaign on his behalf.
1. Florida State (56) 479
2. Clemson (14) 387
3. NC State (10) 364
4. Wake Forest (7) 295
5. Maryland 157
6. Boston College 145
1. Virginia Tech (78) 512
2. Georgia Tech (9) 415
3. North Carolina 350
4. Miami 282
5. Virginia 148
6. Duke 120
Bad news is he may not be around too long.
Wilson, a first-team All-ACC selection as a redshirt freshman last season, is on an accelerated academic schedule that has him on track for graduation in the spring of 2010. He also is a baseball prospect who's eligible for the 2010 MLB draft.
Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien said family health issues – Wilson's father suffered a stroke about a year ago – could factor into his decision.
"If baseball is the way he has to go to help his family or it's best for him, then certainly we'll support him in that," O'Brien said.
"We'd love to have him, but as I told you, he came in with a plan. He's going to graduate in three years. He's got the baseball side and the football side, and he likes whatever he’s doing that minute."
With Wilson's future uncertain beyond this season, O'Brien plans to play highly touted redshirt freshman backup Mike Glennon for a series in the first half in each game.
Moving into Land Shark Stadium has been a vast improvement over what he had to flaunt at the old Orange Bowl.
"When they tore down the Orange Bowl, somebody hit it with a sledgehammer and a whole side fell down," Shannon said. "That's how bad it was."
While the pro stadium might not be the best college football atmosphere in the ACC, it's certainly an impressive venue and a little more stable than their former home.
The deal Jimmy Buffett made to sponsor the stadium is short-term and does not extend through the Miami Dolphins seasons. Whether or not the deal is in place for Miami’s collegiate slate next year is unknown to T.A.H.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reinstated Vick on Monday, with conditions. Free after serving 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring, Vick could participate in regular-season games as early as October.
Vick can immediately take part in preseason practices, workouts and meetings and can play in the final two preseason games—if he can find a team. A number of clubs have already said they are not interested.
Once the season begins, Vick may participate in all team activities except games, and Goodell said he would consider Vick for full reinstatement by Week 6 (Oct. 18-19) at the latest.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to commissioner Goodell for allowing me to be readmitted to the National Football League,” Vick said in a statement released by his agent, Joel Segal. “I fully understand that playing football in the NFL is a privilege, not a right, and I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have been given."
“As you can imagine, the last two years have given me time to re-evaluate my life, mature as an individual and fully understand the terrible mistakes I have made in the past and what type of life I must lead moving forward,” he said.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The Broncos and Hokies will play Oct. 2 at FedEx Field, in the Washington suburb of Landover, Md. Denver will get a payout of $1.25 million to play the Hokies, one of the most successful college football programs in the last decade. The game will be an “unofficial” pre-season game for the Broncos.
The case is pending in Leon County Circuit Court and is set for a hearing on Aug. 5 and Aug. 6.
*NC State's Nate Irving is out indefinitely, and that's no big surprise considering the severity of his car accident. Whether or not he comes back is entirely in the hands of his doctors.
Mark Bradley tackles the most pressing questions facing Georgia Tech this fall and makes a favorable prediction for the Jackets' record.
(Photo by Schaadfoto/AFP/Getty Images)
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