Saturday, August 29, 2009

FLORIDA STATE WINNING THE JUDICIAL BOWL

The NCAA must release documents on Florida State’s appeal of an academic cheating penalty, a Florida judge ruled Friday, noting that the NCAA’s rationale for keeping the documents secret would “emasculate” the state’s broad public access laws.

Circuit Judge John C. Cooper ordered that the copies be turned over to The Associated Press and other media, which filed a public records lawsuit.

The documents focus on Florida State’s appeal of a plan to strip coaches and athletes of wins in 10 sports, including 14 from football coach Bobby Bowden. It would dim Bowden’s chances of surpassing Penn State’s Joe Paterno for most wins by a major college coach. Bowden has 382 victories—one behind Penn State’s Joe Paterno.

Karen Kaiser, an attorney for the AP, said the news organization is “thrilled with the court’s decision, which upholds the right of the people to access important public documents such as these. We look forward to receiving the documents that the court has said we are entitled to receive.”

The NCAA in a statement said it is reviewing the court’s order and discussing its options. It plans to appeal to a state appeals court and ask to block the release until it can rule. Florida State had no immediate comment.

STATE FANS NOT DELIGHTED WITH NEW HOOP UNIS

According to Ken Tysiac of the News & Observer, N.C. State discovered Thursday that social media can turn ugly.

"God awful ugly" also is how one fan described the Wolfpack's new men's basketball jerseys on the team's official Twitter site: twitter.com/packmensbball.

"Epic Fail," "unsightly" and "horrendous" were other terms used on the Twitter page to describe the photograph of the jersey provided by N.C. State.

The principal objection seems to be that the "NC" on the jersey is too small or shouldn't be on the uniform at all.

These complaints might be quickly forgotten if the Wolfpack has a successful season.

But winning ugly might be the best scenario N.C. State can hope for, judging by the reaction of some of its fans.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

HOKIE GRAB. DeAngelo Hall #23 of the Washington Redskins is called for a face mask penalty in a preseason game against Randy Moss #81 of the New England Patriots at FedExField on August 28, 2009 in Landover, Maryland.

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Friday, August 28, 2009

LION OF THE SENATE A WAHOO

Unknown to T.A.H. until yesterday, Senator Ted Kennedy attended law school at the University of Virginia ('59).

We had no idea the good Senator had ever been south of the District other than the time he visited the same home we once also enjoyed in Tortola...

Would have figured the Senator for a Harvard law man.

Go figure.

(Photo courtesy of the Richmond Times-Dispatch)

TOLY HANSBROUGH BOYCOTTS LOCAL TENNIS TOURNAMENT

By D.A. Couk - T.A.H. Special Correspondent
Multi-sport star and future University of North Carolina multi-sport All-American Toly Hansbrough boycotted the recent Fauquier County Tennis Tournament because, in Toly’s words “I don’t know how to play tennis.”

That didn’t stop the finest netters from the area surrounding T.A.H. World Headquarters from duking it out on the court. The tournament concluded on Sunday, with a few surprises along the way.

Gabe "Mercury" Zakkak (Ferrum '04) just missed the coveted "Trifecta". After first winning the men's doubles title the previous weekend with Eddie "Vedder" Glidewell (Christopher Newport '07), Zakkak unexpectedly lost to Glidewell 6-1, 6-3 in the men's singles championship.

Zakkak had beaten Dave "Junior" Couk (VCU '85) in the semi-finals after Couk's stunning come from behind 3 set win over Geoge Mason's #3 player in the quarter-finals. Couk's win made him the oldest player to make the semi-finals by 23 years! After his 6-2, 6-2 loss to 5-time Champion Zakkak, Couk said, "I feel like I showed up with a knife at a gun fight...damn he's fast".

Not one to obsess over a loss for very long, thirty minutes later Zakkak teamed with Laura "Junior" Couk (UofA '88) in the mixed doubles final. After losing the first set in a tie breaker, Zakkak/ Couk came back to win 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 in a thrilling match over one of Middleburg Tennis Club's better tandems.

Although Couk had previously won the mixed title with her husband Dave "Junior" Couk in '03, this was Zakkak's first mixed doubles title. When asked why she wasn't playing with her husband again, said Couk, "It's probably healthier for marriages that spouses limit their playing to non-competitive events, and besides; Gabe moves on the tennis court the way Iverson runs on the basketball court...damn he's fast."

(Translation: She didn’t want to play with him because he’s old – old in tennis years, that is.)

In the mixed double C Division, Rob "Scrappy Doo" Flikeid (VATech ‘89) and his spouse Karen (Mary Balwin ‘88) made a gallant showing before falling to two of Fauquier County's young future stars.

Said Karen after the match, "Scrappy Doo has potential, but maybe next year he'll pick up a racquet a little sooner than two days before we play. Did you bring a cooler of beer?"

(Photos by Mark Berry - Top Gabe Zakkak and Laura Couk. Below CFTC Big Cheese Chip Maloney, Laura Couk, Gabe Zakkak and tournament sponsor Trey Allen of Allen Real Estate.)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO...

...Hmmm.

This was sent us today and labeled “Random Thoughts From People 25 to 40.”

-I don't understand the purpose of the line, "I don't need to drink to have fun." Great, no one does. But why start a fire with flint and sticks when they've invented the lighter?

- I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

- A recent study has shown that playing beer pong contributes to the spread of mono and the flu. Yeah, if you suck at it.

- Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".

- MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

-I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten page research paper that I swear I did not make any changes to.

-It should probably be called Unplanned Parenthood.

-I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

-I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lites than Kay.

And finally, the one T.A.H. really NEEDS:

-There is a great need for a sarcasm font.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"If you've got the ball, we're going to come and get you. If your momma's got the ball, we're going to come and get her, too."

- UNC Defensive tackle Marvin Austin #9.

VICK MAKES EAGLE DEBUT

Leave it to the football fans in the City of Brotherly Love to give Michael Vick a standing ovation….Frankly, we aren’t sure what that means, but it does seem…weird.

According to the Associated Press, all eyes were on Michael Vick for all of six plays.

Playing his first NFL game since his release from prison, the Eagles quarterback got a standing ovation in a half-empty stadium, avoided any ugly protests and completed four passes for 19 yards.

“It’s been a long journey for me,” Vick said. “I just want to do it right this time around.”

Though his minutes were limited Thursday night, Vick was ready to take on any assignment. He played quarterback, ran the wildcat formation, even lined up at wide receiver and completed a pass right-handed.

Philadelphia even won the game, beating the Jacksonville Jaguars 33-32 on David Akers’ 34-yard field goal in the final minute. Vick’s return overshadowed a somewhat sloppy effort by an Eagles team that has Super Bowl aspirations.

It was Vick and only Vick who captured fans’ attention—whether he was on the field, on the sideline or sitting on the bench.

“Everything he was asked to do, he did it well,” Donovan McNabb said.

OUR SHIPS DON'T LINK, THEY CAPSIZE

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich.

Is it September yet?

*At the top of Georgia Tech's to-do list this fall is quit fumbling. Jackets coach Paul Johnson is hoping the familiarity of the system decreases that.

*Boston College coach Frank Spaziani might have to go right up until game time to name a starting quarterback, and he hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing two. Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe gave his prediction as to who the top three signal-callers will be when the depth chart is released Sunday.

*Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called the season opener against Middle Tennessee a "civil war" because of all the former Clemson staffers who work there now.

*UNC coach Butch Davis has followed much of the same blueprint he did while he was at Miami, but one major difference is staff continuity.

*Virginia has four starters back on its offensive line, and that will help the transition to the new scheme, which requires them to play "on an island."

*Miami coach Randy Shannon is recruiting quarterbacks, but he might want to add some defensive linemen to his shopping list, considering so many of them are dealing with injuries right now.

*Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer doesn't feel as good about his team as he did when camp started three weeks ago. Why? Three weeks ago the Hokies had Darren Evans.

*Wake Forest wide receiver Devon Brown is looking for a season as unique as his nickname -- Y'lou.

*Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times caught up with Maryland assistant Kevin Lempa to check in on the Terps' strong secondary.

*Patrick Robinson doesn't get much attention around the conference, but FSU's top cornerback has earned the respect of the receivers he's up against every day.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

OK FOR NOW. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday clarified rules on punts that ricochet off the high-definition monitors hanging over most of the field at the new Cowboys Stadium. Perhaps the key piece of his ruling is that the guidelines cover only this season, an indication the league may force Jones to raise the boards before the 2010 season, which ends with the Super Bowl in his building.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

MORNING DRIVE. Red Bull's German driver Sebastian Vettel drives at the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit on August 28, 2009 in Francorchamps, during the second free practice session of the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix.

(Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Thursday, August 27, 2009

DON'T MESS WITH MRS. FRIDGE

By Jeff Barker/Baltimore Sun

Maryland had just dropped its last game of the regular season to Boston College, and Gloria Friedgen looked stricken.

She stood, pale and silent, with her daughter Kelley in a media briefing room inside Alumni Stadium, waiting for her husband, coach Ralph Friedgen, to deliver somber post-game remarks. She clasped her daughter's hand so tightly that their knuckles were mottled white.
Nine months later, she shakes her head and tries to explain why losses are so wrenching...

To read the rest of the story, click here.
(Baltimore Sun photo by Colby Ware / August 10, 2009)

ONLY ONE WEEK UNTIL ACC FOOTBALL

Next Thursday night it all gets started when N.C. State tangles with South Carolina. As good luck would have it for O’Brien’s Wolfpack, the Cocks have given him some bulletin board material to help motivate the Raleigh boys to avenge last seasons loss.

Former Durham Riverside player Weslye Saunders opened his mouth and let this one out:

"I'm going to talk to Coach (Steve) Spurrier beforehand and see if he's OK if I get a 15-yard penalty. Because I'm gonna do some sort of extra celebration if I get a touchdown on the Wolfpack."

A junior, Saunders caught 16 passes for 214 yards and three touchdowns last season.

So, they’ve got that goin’ for ‘em…How about some LINKS!

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

*Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, the ACC's reigning defensive player who if fighting cancer plans to "pick up where he left off" in 2010 and play for BC and then possibly the NFL.

*Here are five legit reasons why Georgia Tech will fall below expectations this year. (Funny how quickly those expectations rose, huh?)

*If you think Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen takes football seriously, you should meet his wife.

*Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich will return to classes, and bring with him an emotional boost to a team that desperately needs a lift.

*A few ACC players gave their take on the conference stadiums and the different fan bases.

*Miami now needs to protect the "string bean" body of quarterback Jacory Harris more than ever.

*Here's a quick update from Virginia's scrimmage -- the Cavs have a lot of work to do. Kicker Robert Randolph has been doing his part this summer at kicking schools and in swimming pools.

*Mike Bianchi makes one more plea for the NCAA to butt out. I concur.

*USA Today gives its outlook for the ACC. Progress has come slowly at NC State, but expectations are rising

VIRGINIA EXACTA IN SATURDAY'S TRAVERS STAKES?

Virginia Thoroughbred breeder and owner Edward P. Evans is having an amazing year. While he has consistently stood alone atop the breeders list in the Commonwealth by earnings for all of this decade, this year he has bred and/or raced six Grade I stakes horses. For you non-horse racing folks "Grade I or Grade 1" is the highest ranking level of horse racing. For example, all the Triple Crown races are Grade I stakes races.

(Evans is content to run his Spring Hill Farm in Casanova, VA [just a short drive from T.A.H. World Headquarters] with the help of manager Chris Baker (l) with a minimal amount of public fanfare. Here, the pair were caught in the background of the photo of one of the sale toppers at the recent Saratoga Yearling Sale.)

Back at Belmont Park on July 4, Evans did something that perhaps no other Virginia Thoroughbred breeder has accomplished when his homebreds Cat Moves and Lime Green ran first and second in the $300,000 Prioress Stakes Gr.1. Evans also owns and races both fillies.

It’s possible a Virginia-breeder has bred a win/place combo in a Grade 1 stakes, but we can’t find any record of it for at least the past thirty-five years. The Chenerys were close with Secretariat and Riva Ridge in the inaugural Marlboro Cup back in 1973, but while Riva Ridge was bred by the Chenery's famous The Meadow, he was foaled in Kentucky thus anulling teh VA/VA Grade I win/place accomplishment.

Saturday, Evans is poised to repeat that record-setting performance when his homebred Quality Road (Gr.I winner) tangles with Charitable Man (Gr.II winner, Gr.I placed). Evans races QR, and he sold Charitable Man at the 2007 Keeneland Fall Yearling Sale (Don’t worry, he bought one at Keeneland September ’06 – Spritely, most recently third in the $300,000 Go For Wand Stakes Gr.I at Saratoga). Quality Road is the morining line favorite coming off a track-record setting performance a few weeks ago.

The other Grade 1 stakes performer is Casanova Move most recently third in the $600,000 Alabama Stakes Gr.I also at Saratoga. Both Casanova Move and Charitable Man were honored as Virginia-bred Champions last year.

That's SIX Grade I stakes horses in one year.

Not bad...and it’s still August.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

STRIKES. Big boys and little boys all have trouble catching up to a good pitch...

Second Baseman Joseph Ruggirello #19 of Staten Island, NY takes a cut against San Antonio, Texas in the United States Final at Lamade Stadium on August 26, 2009 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The San Antonio, Texas defeated Staten Island, NY 4-1.

(Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Hideki Matsui #55 of the New York Yankees strikes out in the 7th inning against the Texas Rangers during their game on August 26, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.

(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

T.A.H. – THE DOUCHEBAG EDITION

Look, “douche,” and any derivative, real (douchebag) or made-up (douchiest), is not a typical word bandied about here at T.A.H. Blame it on high journalistic standards or old southern sensibilities…

But today, T.A.H. makes some exceptions. First, we were tipped off to some funny stuff by loyal readers that happened to include various forms of “douche.” One, in fact, created an entire post based on it. (Not to mention that the photo at left could inspire a few hundred words.)

Then we came across Isiah Thomas’ latest, and not that “douchebag” typically comes to mind even when we are foreced to process mental images of a toad like Isiah...well...it just seemed appropriate when considered in the context of today’s issue.

ISIAH, FIU TO BOYCOTT SEASON OPENING TOURNAMENT

Evidently, Isiah Thomas isn’t looking to start his sure-to-be-a-failure college coaching career by getting drubbed by the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion University of North Carolina Tar Heels. In fact, if he has to play the Heels, he’s going to take his horrific coaching/general managing resume, his players and his basketball and go home…

Simply put, officials from Florida International say they will pull out of the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament unless tournament organizers allow FIU to open with Ohio State instead of North Carolina, as the Golden Panthers had expected.

Apparently, the tournament organizers have the right to determine the schedule via contract whether the participating schools like it or not.

That didn’t back off FIU athletic director Pete Garcia who said, "We will not be bullied into a unilateral decision to play North Carolina after we already agreed to play Ohio State."

To read the full story, click here.

MAYBE CLEVELAND DOES ROCK!

T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. just completed a trip to Toronto (wherever that is?) for a commercial shoot and returned with a few gems we thought we’d share.

The first is the most accurate and innovative weather web site we have EVER seen. Be sure to take a look around, it’s very enlightening. You will never visit weather.com AGAIN.

To check it out, click here. Evidently, there is also a "earth-friendly" version, click here.

Secondly, things happen that “suck.” Sometimes it’s accidental and sometimes people do stuff that sucks on purpose. When things that suck happen to you, it sucks to BE you. A couple guys from the Cleveland advertising agency (whatever that is?) involved in the project have a VERY FUNNY blog called…what else?...SucksToBeYouBlog.com.

To check it out, click here.

Don’t do anything that sucks or these guys might make you (in)famous.

Here are some of the categories that inspired some SucksToBeYou posts: Bodily Harm (48), Celebrities (32), Criminals (46), Douchebags (41), Dumbasses (85), Lunatics (6) and White Trash (2)

Don't be fooled, just because they have 41 posts related to "Douchebags" and only two labeled "white trash" it's still funny.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm.

GQ Magazine (that’s Gay Quarterly [not that there is anything wrong with that]) appears to have a blog called…what else?...Men’s Style.

These stylish lads have come up with an incredibly enlightening feature called “AMERICA'S 25 DOUCHIEST COLLEGES – GQ’s first-ever guide to our nation’s Ivoriest Towers of douchery.” And yes, if using the word “douche” a zillion times makes you uncomfortable, better scroll down now, because, apparently, it is somebody at GQ’s new favorite word.

Of course, two ACC schools made the list.

At #25 – The University of Virginia. So saith GQ: Home of: The Blue-Blazer Douche. Affectations: The side part; the insistence on referring to your school as "the University," our third president as "Mr. Jefferson," the quad as "the lawn," and the Civil War as the "War Between the States." Overheard in the bleachers: "Well, at least our football players actually go to class and—hey, Dylan, this mint julep is outstanding." In ten years, will be: A member of an exclusive country club. Maybe a philandering public official. Not unlikely a lobbyist for a tobacco company. Possibly all three. Honorable-mention blue-blazer institutions: Duke, William & Mary, Johns Hopkins, Vanderbilt, Sewanee.

At #2 and just barely losing to top honoree Brown – Duke University: Home of: The O.D. (Original Douche). Affectations: Pressed oxford; Goldman Sachs summer-internship tote; always ending the party by taking your shirt off and wrestling a guy named Schmitty. A peek inside: They're probably number one. But we'd rather not rank Duke number one at anything. In ten years, will be: Still trying to re-create the golden age of banking while wearing driving mocs and no socks. (Hey, the T.A.H. editor is wearing mocs and no socks at this very moment which proves that stereotyping is WRONG, very, VERY WRONG, Mr. GQ Magazine...person...)

Sorry Jr., but Randolp Macon was the other Virginia college to make the list at #23. Here’s the Gay Quarterly profile:

Home of: The quote-unquote College Douche. A peek inside: Known as "the country club of higher education." Or "where Waspy dudes from Roanoke gather to text each other during class." Affectation: Classes. In ten years, will be: Plotting the fake murder of your father with the pilot of his private plane, splitting the insurance money, and later being arrested on a fan boat in the Everglades.

What??? GQ is “Gentlemen’s Quarterly?”…oops, our bad.

What kind of "gentleman" says "douchiest?"

To see the whole list,
click here.

ONLY EIGHT MORE DAYS UNTIL ACC FOOTBALL

But, who’s counting? Heather Dinich at ESPN, that’s who!

Here’s her Tuesday lunchtime links with a few edits.

*Two Miami back-up quarterbacks are leaving.

*Finally! Good news for the Hokies. Their trio of injured tailbacks will return to practice today.

*Duke's secondary is taking shape, and sophomore safety Matt Daniels said the young group is ready to be tested.

*Wake Forest had its third and final preseason scrimmage today, and the coaching staff is hoping it answered some questions about lingering position battles.

*Maryland left guard Andrew Gonnella was lightly recruited and didn't hesitate when Maryland offered him a spot as a preferred walk-on. That might never have happened, though, if it weren't for a phone call to the Terps from his uncle, a former Maryland tackle.

*Boston College receiver Rich Gunnell will be catching from his third quarterback in as many seasons this fall, but this season could present his biggest challenges.

*Virginia's Chris Cook and Ras-I Dowling #19 might be the best cornerback tandem during the Al Groh era, but can they be the best in the ACC? Well, they certainly think so.

*Here's one for NC State fans regarding their season opener: South Carolina will be without one of its starting defensive ends.

*Seven former players who helped Miami Northwestern win a national title have vowed to do the same at Miami, and their promise -- and their bond -- continues.

*There's a huge shadow looming over Tallahassee, and it's the ghost of FSU past.

ONLY 75 MORE DAYS UNTIL ACC BASKETBALL…

Hang in there, Davis!

The ACC basketball schedule is out…and that’s how Isiah found out he would lose his college coaching debut by 50 points – via email!

To see the composite schedule, click here.

PICTURES OF THE WEEK

ESPN regularly runs a feature called “Freeze Frame” where viewer/readers get to vote on the best photos of the week. Typically, T.A.H. has seen many of these shots and published a few. This week there are eleven to choose from in the Freeze Frame Gallery.

Click here, to see the rest and to vote.

Raiders quarterback Charlie Frye dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Oakland's 21-20 preseason loss to the 49ers.
(AP Photo/Marcio Sanchez)


Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's 200 meter at the world championships in Berlin. Bolt set a world record of 19.19 seconds.

(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)



















Chad Ochocinco kicks an extra point in the second quarter of the Bengals' preseason game against the Patriots. The extra point ended up being the winning margin in the Bengals' 7-6 victory. Ochocinco had to kick because regular kicker Shayne Graham's groin felt sore in warmups.
(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)







Lewis Hamilton sprays Rubens Barrichello with champagne after Barrichello won the European Grand Prix in Valencia, Spain.

(Gromik Thierry/US Presswire)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

THE EMPIRE FALLS DOWN. And they wonder why they are no longer a major power in the world…?

Here a West Ham soccer fan, complete with full loyalty back tattoo, stands on the pitch during an English League Cup soccer match between West Ham and Millwall at Upton Park Stadium, London, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009.


A fan was stabbed during large scale violence before the game on Tuesday while the match was interrupted by a knuckleheads like this one running onto the field. Where’s Mike Curtis when you need him?

Evidently, several hundred fans confronted each other in streets close to the stadium, and police revealed CCTV footage of supporters hurling bottles and bricks at officers outside Upton Park.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

BOSTON COLLEGE STILL DOESN'T HAVE A QB

Boston College quarterback David Shinskie, the 25-year-old former minor league pitcher, broke his rib and is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's final two-a-day practice, a school spokesman said.

Shinskie has yet to throw a pass in a college football game, but was becoming the Eagles' best hope at quarterback. He was injured in Sunday's scrimmage when he was tackled by defensive tackle Damik Scafe.

Nice, Damik, NICE!

Shinskie is listed as day-to-day. The Eagles, who have made back-to-back appearances in the ACC championship game the past two seasons, have been searching for a quarterback since last year's part-time starter, Dominique Davis, decided to transfer. Nobody on the roster currently has any experience.

VA-BRED QUALITY ROAD LIKELY FAVORITE FOR TRAVERS

Virginia-bred Florida Derby winner Quality Road (from just down the road from T.A.H. World Headquarters) put in his final breeze for Saturday's $1 million Shadwell Travers Stakes Gr.I, working five furlongs over Saratoga's muddy main track in :59.68.

The work was the fastest of 24 at the distance.

It thought he went well," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "We were shooting for a minute-one and we were pretty close to that. It looked like he galloped out well."

Quality Road was scheduled to work on Sunday, but Pletcher opted to wait until yesterday because of the wet track conditions.

Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird continues to recover from minor surgery for an entrapped epiglottis. Monday, Dr. James Hunt scoped the 3-year-old gelding, and there was no inflammation, according to trainer Chip Woolley Jr. "It looks really, really good," the trainer said. "Dr. Hunt was very pleased, he said 'Roll on.'" Mine That Bird galloped two miles yesterday and will put in his final workout for Saturday's Travers Stakes this morning.

Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird is also pointing to the Travers. He worked a half-mile on Friday in :50 seconds flat.

Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra has opted out of the Travers to run against older horses on September 5 in Saratoga's Woodward Stakes.

MONDAY’S ACC LINKS

Heather Dinich gets paid by ESPN to do this. We are eternally grateful for that. If this isn’t enough to satisfy your ACC football appetite, click here.

Happy Monday, ACC fans. You know why it's a good Monday? Because it's the last full week without any ACC football. Let's get it over with, shall we?

(So, now that it’s Tuesday, things are even better!)

*First, The Sporting News put forth a few ACC predictions, and they're all good. Here's their best of the best in the ACC. Oh, and P.S. -- Terry Bowden says Bobby Bowden isn't going to retire at the end of the season.

*Wake Forest continues to pull players from the talent-rich state of Florida. Coach Jim Grobe said last year's offensive line "was soft and beat up." Will this year be any different? It should be.

*If you think playing college football is a full-time job, ask Maryland cornerback Richard Taylor how easy it is to play for the Terps and work four days a week for the Department of Transportation.

*The defensive line isn't the only concern up front for Georgia Tech. Especially when the o-line didn't play "worth a [crap]" in Friday's scrimmage.

*Right now Miami's backup quarterback doesn't have to play. So don't count on seeing much of Taylor Cook this fall.

*FSU defensive tackle Moses McCray isn't about to let his heart condition -- "athlete's heart" -- stop him from having a breakout season. And he's got the doc's permission to try.

*Marcus Gilchrist #12 appears to be the man taking over at free safety for Clemson, though those within the program say he could play anywhere.

*It's not unusual to have turnover at a program after a coaching change, but what stands out at UNC is the fact that more players left after Butch Davis' second season than his first.

*The state of North Carolina might have one of the best groups of quarterbacks it's ever seen.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

SAFE AT THE PLATE. Curacao's Richendly Bicentini, right, scores the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning by beating the tag from Japan's catcher Takayuki Tsuchiya, after a bunt single by teammate Jayson Libert during Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.

(Photo by Tom E. Puskar/AP Photos)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

MISMATCH. Even if the boxer and the little guy team up, the big appears to have a BIG advantage.

Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. appears in the ring with wrestlers Big Show and Chris Jericho during the WWE Monday Night Raw show at the Thomas & Mack Center August 24, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayweather was a special guest host during the broadcast.

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

ARE THOSE SHAQ’S SHOES? Cristina Fernandez, Los Angeles Sparks' Lisa Leslie and Dr. Katherine Dang pose for a photo as part of Breast Health Awareness Week on August 24, 2009 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Juan Ocampo/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

TOUR DE NBA? LeBron James and Chris Paul round a curve on the streets of Akron at the LeBron James State Farm King For Kids Bike-a-thon at the Canal Park Stadium on August 22, 2009 in Akron, Ohio.

(Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)

Monday, August 24, 2009

200,000

On Sunday, T.A.H. whizzed by 200,000 visits mark.

All hail the mighty T.A.H.

Thank you.

We love you.

Tell a friend.
Details on the T.A.H. 200,000 Hits Celebration at Molly's Irish Pub in Warrenton, VA will be forthcoming at a later date.

FOUR ACC TEAMS IN AP TOP 25

Virginia Tech is the highest-ranked ACC team in the preseason AP Top 25, released Friday. The Hokies are No. 7, followed by Georgia Tech (15), Florida State (18) and UNC (21).

Evidently, Ray Ratto, the San Francisco Chronicle columnist, is responsible for all nine of Boston College's points. He ranked BC No. 17.

AP Top 25
1. Florida (58)
2. Texas (2)
3. Oklahoma
4. USC
5. Alabama
6. Ohio State
7. Virginia Tech
8. Ole Miss
9. Penn State
10. Oklahoma State
11. LSU
12. Cal
13. Georgia
14. Boise State
15. Georgia Tech
16. Oregon
17. TCU
18. FSU
19. Utah
20. BYU
21. UNC
22. Iowa
23. Notre Dame
24. Nebraska
25. Kansas

Others receiving votes: Oregon State 122, Illinois 105, Pittsburgh 103, Michigan State 100, Rutgers 83, Texas Tech 76, West Virginia 57, Cincinnati 44, Clemson 42, Miami 40, ECU 30, Tennessee 15, Arizona 13, N.C. State 10, Boston College 9, UCLA 7, Auburn 7, Central Michigan 7, Northwestern 5, Southern Miss 3, Vanderbilt 3, Missouri 3, South Florida 3, South Carolina 2, Tulsa 1, Troy 1, Arkansas 1, Houston 1, Nevada 1.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

UNASSISTED TRIPLE PLAY. Eric Bruntlett tags out New York's Daniel Murphy to complete his game-ending, unassisted triple play. Bruntlett recorded the first two outs by catching a line drive from Jeff Francoeur and stepping on second base to force out Luis Castillo.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

WHAT TIME IS IT WHEN THE BIG OAR IS ON THE TEN? The USA Women's quadruple sculls team take to the water during the second day of the World Rowing Championships on August 24, 2009 in Poznan, Poland.

(Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

YOU KEEP THE LITTLE TINY TROPHY AND I’LL KEEP THE BEER. (l-r) England's Matt Prior and Ian Bell celebrate with the Ashes Urn in the changing room following the fifth "Npower Test Match" at the Oval, London on August 23, 2009.

England has regained the Ashes after beating Australia by 197 runs in the fifth Test at the Oval.


(Photo by Gareth Copley/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

SILLY STRING INDY CAR RACING. Dario Franchitti, driver of the #10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda, is showered with silly string after winning the IRL IndyCar Series Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at the Infineon Raceway on August 23, 2009 in Sonoma, California.

(Photo by Darrell Ingham/Getty Images)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

FYF COLTS RUN AWAY FROM EAGLES IN SEASON OPENER

Toly Hansbrough’s Fauquier Youth Football League 6-7 Instructional Colts (referred to as the FYF Colts from here on in), picked up where last year’s undefeated season left off with a 13-0 defeat of the over matched FYF Eagles. (Each touchdown counts as one point.)

The Eagles had no answers for the Colts’ vaunted rushing game, and the Colts even managed to complete one pass for a touchdown (1-1, 40 yards, TD, 158.33 passer rating).

Nice, Colts, NICE!

(Editor's Note: Evidently, this post has offended some folks. No offense was meant in anyway. We didn't think the report was demonstrating "poor sportsmanship" as suggested in one of the comments below, and we still don't. We have also since learned that Clay's TD pass was called back by a penalty -- too many "men" down field...Toly?)

VICK FAMILY CRIME UPDATE

Former Hokie Marcus Vick was sentenced this past Thursday to 20 days in jail for violating his probation stemming from an October drunken driving conviction,. He was released on bond pending his appeal.

In October 2008, Vick was found guilty of DUI, eluding police and a traffic infraction. Police said Vick fled from a bicycle officer downtown in June 2008 and failed a sobriety test when he was caught.

Vick got a 12-month suspended jail term on conditions that he pay fines and complete the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program and stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Vick never completed the program. Prosecutor Richard Farley said Vick missed several appointments with counselors and for drug screens and tested positive for marijuana at one drug screen he attended.

In General District Court on Thursday, when a judge asked what an immediate drug screen would show, Vick said, "Positive."

Vick had failed to pay court fines and fees until Thursday morning. He still has not paid the fee for the alcohol program.

Vick said that was because he was unable to get a job until April, when he landed one at a shipyard. Farley noted that Vick did have enough money to buy marijuana.

Vick told the judge he was due in Florida on Saturday to try out for a new football league.

NCAA V. FLORIDA STATE – THE BATTLE OF THE PRESS RELEASES

The NCAA and Florida State continue to verbally spar. Just a few minutes after issuing a press release denying that they had ratted out a “allegedly” ineligible linebacker at Oklahoma, outgoing (and probably damn glad of it) FSU president T.K. Wetherell fired off a second press release shot across the suits in Kansas’ bow…

Here’s the general “the NCAA is the devil” press release and here is the “We didn’t rat anybody out, we were ‘conducting our own investigation’” press release.

SPEAKING OF THE NCAA (AGAIN)

Guard Elliot Williams has been granted a transfer waiver by the NCAA and is eligible to play for Memphis this coming season.

The school announced the approval in a news release Friday. Williams played his freshman season at Duke, where he started 12 games and averaged 4.2 points a game.

He is a Memphis native who has already enrolled in classes at Memphis. Williams has said he transferred to be closer to his sick mother.

What up with that? We took your Final Four away, so we won’t make your transfer from Duke sit out a season?

Explanation required.

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