Friday, August 14, 2009


It’s time to move the Nati(o)nal Spelling Bee to a city that can consistently spell the names of its professional sports franchises and players correctly. Is that too much to ask?

Evidently, it is in D.C.

Not long after the well publicized spelling gaff of the Washington Nati(o)nals (Natinals), the normally well proofed Redskins butchered a new player's name. That’s excusable since the guy's had name had a “z” in it. Names with Zs (like Krzydnvbr9ski) tend to confuse people and are frequently misspelled.

For example, we’ve seen “Krzyklmns3ski,” “Krzybnmpyt4ski” and “Kryzxcvqw5ski” on more than one occasion when members of the media, fans, potential recruits, USA Basketball, American Express, the Republican Party, Duke players and alums, as well as T.A.H., are referring to the Blue Devils’ head basketball coach Mike Kryzgjklp2ski. So mistakes do happen .
But Betts? How do you screw up Betts?

Well…Evidently, the put-the-name-on-the-jersey guy is a big Steelers fan and somehow (don’t ask us how), he confused the Skins journeyman Ladell Betts for the Steelers' Super Bowl winning All-Pro running back Jerome Bettis.

Happens all the time, it just goes unreported.

Nice, Redskins, NICE!


For the second time this week, there is crime news coming out of Chapel Hill.

UNC running back Anthony Elzy is due in court on Aug. 24 for a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, according to Orange County court records.

Elzy, the second-team fullback, was charged on May 22 for possessing less than half of an ounce of marijuana. The junior from Warren, Ohio, has already been disciplined by Tar Heels coach Butch Davis, according to a team spokesman. (Player: Sorry, coach. Coach: Damn it, Elzy, don’t get caught!)

Elzy rushed for 321 yards on 92 carries as a freshman tailback but was moved to fullback with the emergence of Shaun Draughn. He had only three carries for five yards in seven games in 2008. He missed the final six games with a broken scapula. Obviously, that hurt, so he smoked dope.

Elzy is one of three UNC football players who has been arrested since spring practice. Former offensive lineman Kevin Bryant was charged with misdemeanor assault on a female on July 1, and freshman defensive end Donte Paige-Moss was charged with misdemeanor simple assault on July 17. Bryant has since left the team and Paige-Moss has been heckled by T.A.H.


And today we added a few of our own to compliment Heather's handywork.
T.A.H. is so evolved...

...Hey did you see the funny picture of the squirrel - scroll down!!! Al Groh is gonna give him a few reps at QB!!!

*Evidently, Al Groh has some difficulty playing just one QB – it’s worked so well, why stop now.

*According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, there is some shake-up at QB at that other Virginia school. Evidently, some guy named Joseph “Ju-Ju” Clayton (out of Hermitage High in Richmond) is slipping in the depth chart. Must be bad Ju-Ju.

*If there's one defensive line to keep an eye on this fall, it's Wake Forest's, and Kyle Wilbur appears to be a rising star there.

*Wolfpack’s top linebacker Nate Irving (#56), who was injured in a car crash earlier this summer, is definitely out for the season.

*Clemson's kicker is earning back the trust of his teammates and coaches this summer.
Speaking of Clemson, "Girdle-gate" is now over, but that didn't stop Duke coach David Cutcliffe from having a little fun with it.

*Miami forward/tight end Jimmy Graham has quite a story to tell, and he's made several transitions along the way -- from an angry teenager to a polite young man, and from a forward to a tight end.

*Virginia cornerback Chris Cook has gotten a second chance, and "it just feels right."

*While Virginia Tech has lost a player to a torn ACL, they've also gotten one back.

*UNC tight end Zack Pianalto appears poised to be the next great player at the position under Butch Davis.

*FSU wide receiver Rod Owens has started to focus, and his inspiration came from an unfamiliar source -- Rick Trickett.

For more on the squirrel, click here.



It has been apparent for years that the Philadelphia Eagles are working overtime to piss off franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb. Without McNabb, the Eagles, who constantly flirt with the NFC championship, would be just another NFL franchise – like the Redskins, but without Joe Gibbs and three Super Bowl trophies.

So surely when the Eagles made the announcement via text message (what no Tweet?!?), McNabb was probably in the dark about the latest QB drama about to unfold in the City of Brotherly Hate.

It is too late to get T.O. back?

Nice, Eagles, NICE!

Eagles head coach Andy Reid was quick to say, “There won’t be a quarterback controversy.”

He went on to say, “He’s an unbelievable athlete, both running the ball and throwing it. I’ll think of something for him.”

The most likely scenario would be for the Eagles to use Vick in a variation of the Wildcat offense that the Miami Dolphins made popular last season. Vick also is familiar with the West Coast offense, though he ran a different version with Atlanta than the one Philadelphia uses.

Philadelphia is a surprise landing point for Vick. The Eags were among 26 clubs that said there was no interest in him, but that may have changed when backup Kevin Kolb strained a knee ligament earlier this week. Kolb’s injury isn’t serious, and he’s expected to return next week. The Eagles also have veteran A.J. Feeley.

Wait a minute, the Eagles back-ups are named Kolb and Feeley...surprised they signed Vick? Really?

According to various sources, Reid consulted with McNabb before signing Vick. (Again, with the "really?")

Needless to say, P.E.T.A. is delighted.


WHO ARE THESE GUYS? Well, the one dude is Tiger Woods, no shock there, who is leading the P.G.A. Championship after the first round. This photo was taken as he made his putt on the 17th green during round three of the Buick Open PGA golf tournament at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc, Michigan back on August 1, 2009.

We don’t know who the green #17 guy is.
However, the dude in blue puffing the cig? That’s another story. Any guesses?

How about the original Silver Bullet? Yep, it’s Bob “Night Moves” Seger. A lean, mean Seger, 64, was paired up with El Tigre in the pro-am at the Buick Open.

Is he channeling Jerry Garcia, or what?


SIGN OF TROUBLE? The Detroit Pistons' new head coach John Kuester has trouble getting out of the bunker on the 9th hole. Nice of him to honor his alma mata with the ball cap.


DON’T LOOK NOW. But the NFL preseason is underway and that means college football is just around the corner. Samson Satele #64 of the Oakland Raidersl lines up at center against the Dallas Cowboys during a preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.
Who won? Who cares.

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Thursday, August 13, 2009



As the countdown to football continues (only 22 more days), we take a look at alternative niche sports that could potentially impact the ACC. Of course, we’re assuming the animal colleges – N.C. State and Virginia Tech – would have an advantage should sheep racing ever catch on, but for now leave it to the Irish.

Evidently…there is a sheep Grand National and leave it to the boys at Deadspin to give it the proper due…

Welcome to the Sheep Racing Grand National in Leghowney, Ireland, the Emerald Isle's premier ovine gambling event. Even a global recession can't bring down this sport. Nor can it stop a bored Irish website writer from breaking out every sheep pun imaginable....

"Ewe wouldn't believe it if you didn't see it!' joked one lucky punter who said he'd won $100.

"I was fleeced!" said another who said his sheep was still wandering round the course.

And one thing's for sure. Nobody pulled the wool over his eyes!

Classic, classic. The jokes also go well with this sentence: "The first-ever Sheep Racing meeting, which took place last year, drew a record attendance." A record in the first year? Impressive. Not as impressive as an Elmo doll piloting a young ram over bales of hay, but still a good effort.

Here’s the full scoop from the Irish Central newspaper.


At first we didn’t believe it. Just as we didn’t believe the NFL was hawking Vick jersey’s in the Redskins colors.

We visited the NFL store and found no such jersey as the supposed link led us to an “unkown inquiry.” What we do know is that you can make your own jersey and then preview the number so some wise a** decided to get a few minutes of internet fame…or so we hope. Please, Danny, no Vick, we beg you.

So with a world full of wanna-be comedians with photoshopping skills, we were hesitant to buy into the idea of Virginia Tech hanging a banner of the famous photo of Deron Washington dunking over Greg Paulus in their new $21 million basketball facility.
So we sent the T.A.H. crack research team comprised of one Virginia Tech student to confirm this craziness.

Sho’ nuff! Not only is it in the building, it is included as photo #10 of 38 photos of the new facility on Check it out here.

Imagine the conversation about whether or not to include this photo.

A: You know it’s a picture of one of our student athlete’s with part of his personal anatomy in close proximity to the face of an opponents’ student athlete.
B: Yes.

A: Literally, our guy’s scrotum is awfully close to the other guy’s face…
B: Yes.

A: Dude, Deron is “tea bagging” Paulus, you gonna hang that up as a representation of Hokie Nation?
B: Well…yes.

A: As the Grease Man used to say, Deron’s “doo-dadinals” are dangerously close to Flop Paulus’ face and your gonna pimp that in the lobby?
B: Evidently…

And so on and so on.

Nice, Hokies, NICE!

And the new facility is nice too…


Try the veal...

From Heather Dinich’s ESPN ACC blog:

*Of course, the biggest news comes out of Blacksburg, where Darren Evans will miss the season with a torn ACL. Evans was so distraught he couldn't even speak. Poor guy. Darryl Slater of the Richmond-Times Dispatch gives his take on what it means for Evans and the Hokies. One thing is for sure, though: Frank Beamer has always been a believer.

*North Carolina is getting a boost from science, and it requires the players to pop a vitamin-size capsule to help determine whether higher body temperatures increase the possibility of concussions. It's a very interesting story, and UNC isn't the only one doing this.

*Overall, Maryland cut $301K from its football budget, and coach Ralph Friedgen declined to comment. Sometimes silence speaks volumes, no?

*It looks like Kyle Parker is the frontrunner for Clemson's starting quarterback job, but coach Dabo Swinney isn't quite ready to make that call yet. He'd like to know, though, before the season opener.

*Miami's newest quarterback was born to be a Cane -- literally.

*NC State quarterback Mike Glennon "looks ketchup bottle slow," but those within the program say don't let him fool you. We'll find out soon enough, as there's no doubt Glennon will play in the season opener.

*Duke coach David Cutcliffe understands that making a bigger jump than last season could be very difficult.

*Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer returned to practice on Tuesday despite a minor hip flexor, but a few of his teammates weren't as fortunate.


CAUTION UNC AND KENTUCKY FANS. If Rick Pitino doesn’t have you on major barf alert, these photos should do the trick.

Before the term “haters” was used to describe those who couldn’t abide the sight of J.J. Redick or Greg Paulus, there were legions of still-uncleverly-named “haters” of Duke’s Christian Laettner. He was disliked in the ACC for a variety of reasons, but his last second shot to beat the Wildcats elevated him to “most wanted” status in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Laettner was a member of the 1992 Men's Olympic Basketball "Dream Team" which was enshrined into the U.S. Olympic Hall Fame on August 12, 2009 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

So much for the whole “gay” thing…

(Photo by Randy Belice/NBAE via Getty Images)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


D.C. Sports Blog reports some local bigs have dropped a few pounds. The Redskins free agent offensive lineman Mike Williams (Texas) has dropped about 108 pounds edging out Ralph Friedgen who has shed about 105.

Add them up and you’ve got 213 lbs. – a nice free safety.

Meanwhile, Virginia Tech defensive tackle Cordarrow Thompson is at 305, down from 340, leading to this perfect quote from D coordinator Bud Foster: "At one time, gravy used to be a beverage for him."

The Fridge has utilized pre-package food to keep him on his diet. “I have this basket in my office, and I basically eat every three hours. I don’t know what’s in their food, but when I eat it I’m not hungry,” he said. “My goal is to go to 150. Whether I can do that or not, I don’t know. The more I lose, the harder it gets.”


Freshmen defensive end Donte Paige-Moss (#44) was looking to hit somebody. Turns out it was fellow freshman Hunter Furr.

Unfortunately, it was off the field, and Paige-Moss now faces an Aug. 20 appearance date in Orange County Court misdemeanor simple assault, according to a report from UNC's Department of Public Safety.

Furr was visiting a friend's room in UNC's Horton Hall on July 16 when the incident occurred, the report said. Paige-Moss, 18, is accused of punching Furr "at least twice" in the nose and pushing him to the floor, according to the report.

Furr was treated and released at UNC Hospitals, the report said.

Neither Paige-Moss nor Furr, a running back from Lewisville, was available for comment Tuesday. Team policy prevents freshmen from speaking to the media until they have participated in their first game.

Davis called the altercation a "very unfortunate situation" and said the two freshmen are "very, very good friends."

"We've talked about it to both of the players," Davis said. "We've already handled it internally."


It seems “a lot of teams” are interested in Michael Vick(notes). The Washington Redskins, apparently, aren’t one of them.

Vick intrigue spiked Tuesday morning when his agent, Joel Segal, made an appearance at a Redskins training camp practice. Segal, however, said he had dropped by to visit his Redskins clients, including Jason Campbell, DeAngelo Hall and LaRon Landry.

“No. No chance,” Segal said when asked about the possibility of Vick signing with Washington.

In an interview with ESPN 980, Segal said he was “very optimistic” that Vick would sign with an NFL team soon.

“There are a lot of teams interested. … It’s not a matter of if, but when,” Segal said. “And Mike’s excited with the opportunity that the commissioner has given him. He’s ready to go help a club win.”

Vick was conditionally reinstated by the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last month after the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback completed a 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring.


ESPN’s Heather Dinich’s lunchtime links from Tuesday.

*One of the biggest differences in Florida State's offense this fall will be in quarterback Christian Ponder's confidence -- you can just see it in his eyes, according to Rodney Hudson.

*P.S. If you're interested in Bobby Bowden's prostate issues, click here.

*And don't get used to this FSU-Miami on Labor Day deal. FSU AD Randy Spetman said it's not on the slate for 2010 or 2011.

*If there's one reason for concern at Maryland, it's the offensive line.

*BC offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo is now working with his third offensive line coach in two years, but is ready to just "let loose and play."

*NC State linebacker Nate Irving will meet with a doctor on Thursday, and we should know more after that appointment about his playing status for this fall.

*It looks like Duke will have some freshmen who will work their way into the two-deep rotation. And as coach David Cutcliffe said, that's good and it's bad.

*Here's a great read on UNC running back Shaun Draughn's climb from sixth on the depth chart to where he is now, and how his faith inspired him along the way.

*Miami wide receiver Leonard Hankerson looks a "whole lot better" than he did this spring, according to Randy Shannon.

*Georgia Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer DID miss Monday's second practice with a minor hip flexor, even though he said he'd be OK and participate in it.

*Virginia Tech defensive end Chris Drager is doing well since moving from tight end. He should get some meaningful snaps there this fall.


BIG BOAT. America's Cup defender, the "Alinghi 5" catamaran, is surrounded by spectators' boats during a presentation parade on Lake Geneva in Switzerland.

(Photo by Denis Balibouse-Reuters)


SAY REASON? This is a good idea. How about the Flugtag air festival outside Moscow? Enthusiasts compete to fly the longest distance in self-made aircraft in to win the contest.

Evidently, not all the "aircraft" fly...

(Photo by Sergei Karpukhin-Reuters)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009



Or WTF, over?

That Lane Kifin, he’s funny in that crazy sort of way...

For this year’s team picture the Vols went shirtless and gathered around a UT orange Lamborghini (or some such exotic). They also made a video. Never mind the overtly “gayness” of this look, won’t there be some pushback about this photo that shows a muscular young black man (we don’t know who it is, but we’re guessing Safety Eric Berry who the Vols are oddly trumping as a Heisman candidate) leaning up against the car with a GIANT chain around his neck?

No way, they get away with that in South “We have the Confederate Flag flying over the State Capitol” Carolina…

Not to be outdone, Georgia Tech also went with the shirtless theme. Here’s what they had to say about their decision.

Ironhide and Bumblebee come to GT

The Georgia Tech Football team finished their summer voluntary workouts today. For the past few months, the 2009 Yellow Jackets have been pushing themselves to the highest level in preparation for the upcoming season. Each summer, all the hard work is rewarded with their annual summer conditioning poster.

Coach Ciano (GT Head of Strength and Conditioning) develops a theme each year for the poster. In the past, the team has taken the photo with luxury cars, military vehicles, Harley Davidson motorcycles, and even movie themes, like last years poster which was based around the movie “300.” This year, the theme is centered on the summer blockbuster hit, "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Two of the "Autobots" from the film, Ironhide and Bumblebee were present for the photo. It was a very exciting morning!

Here are some shots from this morning's picture.

Hey, we can't make this stuff up.

We presume that's ACC pre-season Player of the Year selection Jonathan Dwyer on the right rearranging his junk and looking not-so-happy about the whole situation.

Photo shoot helpful hint: Keep both hands on the ball...the football.


Look, the whole piling on the suits in Kansas gets a little boring after awhile, but the NCAA is determined to hog the “stupid spotlight.”

This time they had a brief moment of clarity when they decided not to penalize Clemson for wearing a "non-compliant uniform" during its first two days of football practices.
Say what?

Evidently, it’s against the rules to wear pads for the first two days of practice according to the money-grubbing, micro-managing amateur status hypocrites from John Riggins Land. Not one day, not three days, but two days.

Hey, NCAA, it’s football. The FYF Colts (6-7-year-old instructional league) wore pads on Day 2 of summer practice. Jeez.

The NCAA probably quickly realized that just about every other team in the country was wearing the same thing. We say penalize them ALL!

WHAT HE SAID: "The NCAA gave further review to this situation and informed us this afternoon that we can have the full compliment of practices during the preseason," Clemson Athletic Director Terry Don Phillips said in a statement that was released Monday afternoon. "We are pleased with this decision."

WHAT HE MEANT: “A**holes.”


*Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson would like kicker Scott Blair to hand the punting duties over to either Chandler Anderson or Sean Poole.

*Speaking of specialists, it was the one group that stood out in NC State's first scrimmage -- for better or for worse.

*Alabama isn't considering Virginia Tech "a pushover," despite the fact that's exactly what the ACC looked like in last year's Chick-fil-A Kickoff.

*Virginia Tech freshman David Wilson has impressed just about everyone who's seen him on the field, and on Saturday he even stunned teammate Darren Evans.

*Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews waited so long to become the Noles' next head coach that FSU officials deemed him too old for the job. And he was never told along the way not to bother holding out hope for a promotion that would never come.

*After losing 30 seniors, Maryland will have a whole new look when it starts practice today.
Boston College also starts practice today, and the Eagles begin with looking for a new quarterback. They'll start with David Shinskie.

*Miami offensive lineman Matt Pipho has just as much brains as he does brawn, and he's looking to show off both this fall.

*Clemson defensive end Kevin Alexander (photo-center) is a great example of why redshirting decisions need to be made with caution.


No, Not Papa Giglio, but J.P. Giglio of the Raleigh N&O.

In a recent blog post, Giglio starts out harmlessly enough calling FSU’s record chasing Coach Dadgummit a “dreamer.” It devolves from there.

To read his explanation of how FSU football is “all about ME,” click here.


John “Marmaduke” Dawson died of stomach cancer on July 9, 2009. He was 64.

Dawson was one of the co-founders of the New Riders of the Purple Sage along with the late great Jerry Garcia of Greatful Dead fame.

Dawson was born in Detroit, Michigan and he wandered off to San Francisco. He bumbled into Garcia and the two were in a “jug band.” No drugs there…naaaah.

In 1969, they formed the New Riders of the Purple Sage which would go on to be the opening act for the Grateful Dead – Garcia played for both bands until 1971.

During this same period, Dawson appeared as a guest musician on three Grateful Dead albums — Aoxomoxoa, Workingman's Dead, and American Beauty, and with Garcia and Robert Hunter, he co-wrote "Friend of the Devil.”

in 1997, Dawson retired from the music business, moved to Mexico, and became an English teacher. He occasionally sat in with is former band mates.

While they have an extensive catalog, the “stoner anthem” Panama Red will no doubt play a major role in Dawson’s legacy.

Click on the YouTube video for good audio (and bad video) of the song.


OOPS. Former Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher falls from his bike during a test ride of the Superbike International German Championship, IDM, at the Sachsenring racetrack June 12 in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany.

Schumacher was supposed to return to racing for Ferrari by replacing Felipe Massa. Oddly, he didn’t show up for work, complaining of a neck injury.

(Photo Ralph Koehler/Bongarts/Getty Images)


SHIRTS ON. Seems as the Wolfpack took the more traditional approach to the team picture. Shirts on, staring into a bright afternoon sun.

Sunday, August 9, 2009


Apparently, Gary Williams (whose handle is "MDCoachWillams") leads the ACC head basketball coaches using Twitter with roughly 2,700 followers (and he had tweeted 127 times as of mid-week). Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg (HeadHokie) is next with almost 1,800 followers and more than 300 tweets, followed by Clemson's Purnell (CoachPurnell) and Florida State's Leonard Hamilton (FSUCoachHam).

None of the head coaches from the ACC's three Triangle schools are consistently tweecruiting -- yet. But the schools' athletics departments are using Twitter to promote the goings-on in the programs, which could help lure prospects when they choose to take a peek.

Under NCAA rules, coaches can't make comments about specific recruits via public tweets. But there is a feature that allows private, user-to-user direct messaging. Considering these messages can be sent directly to cell phones, it seems a lot like text messaging, which the NCAA forbids between coaches and recruits because the prospects were racking up costly bills. But because recruits can choose whether to have tweets sent to their phones, the NCAA considers it like e-mail, which is legal.

Duke assistant coach Chris Collins (Coach_Collins) said earlier this summer that he found out about Twitter from watching the NBA playoffs. He was curious, checked out the Web site and now has almost 1,400 followers.

"I had no idea how many people were on there tweeting," he said. "I decided to do it to use it as a way to connect with the followers of Duke basketball and give them a feel for what us coaches are up to. I try to use a mix of Duke-related and personal things (kids' activities, NBA playoffs, etc.)."


Last year N.C. State and UNC both went to bowl games. Head-to-head, the Wolfpack beat the Tar Heels like a red headed step child 41-10 in Chapel Hill last year. N.C. State appears to have the best QB in the ACC in Russell Wilson. An examination of the two rosters seems fairly even, so why is UNC ranked #20 in the USA Today poll and the Wolfpack is nowhere to be seen.


ESPN’s Heather Dinich’s Lunchtime Links from Friday…

*Duke coach David Cutcliffe says his team should play in a bowl game and he won't be satisfied with anything less. Cutcliffe has worked so hard to raise expectations at Duke that now he finds himself trying to manage them.

*There's no question who Virginia Tech's quarterback is this year, but that doesn't mean there isn't still some uncertainty about the passing game.

*FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher is interested to see what backup quarterback E.J. Manuel can do this summer.

*UNC coach Butch Davis can't double his win total again, so now what? Things get more difficult.

*How serious is Kyle Parker about being Clemson's starting quarterback? Serious enough to give up summer baseball.

*Clemson freshman defensive end Malliciah Goodman's size 4X gloves have earned him the nickname "Handzilla."

*Every top running back Virginia has had under Al Groh has been hurt during the course of the season, and it's something they'd like to avoid this year -- starting today.

*Georgia Tech's passing game is making progress.


BRUCE & COMPANY. Former Hokie Bruce Smith looks on with former Buffalo Bills teammates Thurman Thomas (center) and Jim Kelly following his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the 2009 enshrinement ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 8, 2009 in Canton, Ohio.

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)


ZOOM, ZOOM. Italian Loris Capirossi waves to the audience during the 10th edition of Rizla Racing Day at the TT Circuit Assen, on August 9, 2009.

(Photo by Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)


FINALLY OVER. Australia's Brad Haddin (l) and Marcus North (c) celebrate after Mitchell Johnson had taken the last England wicket to win the teat during the third day of the fourth Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia at Headingley in Leeds, in northern England, on August 9, 2009.

Evidently, these gentlemen had not eaten or slept in many, many days.

(Photo by Andrew Yates/AFP/Getty Images)

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