Friday, October 2, 2009

TOUR DE NORTH CAROLINA PART XCVII

The entire staff of T.A.H. is headed off to Chapel Hill, NC for the Tar Heels game with the Cavs. That blessed event will be followed by a quick trip to Raleigh to see U2 at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Subsequently, T.A.H. will not publish again until late Sunday or Monday.

Have a great weekend.
We hope your team wins!

ACC FOOTBALL: WEEK 5

Saturday, Oct 3

VIRGINIA @ NORTH CAROLINA (-13.5), 12:00 PM, TV: RAYCOM (XM 190, Sirius 211)

#6 VIRGINIA TECH (-16.5) @ DUKE, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN360.com (XM 192, Sirius 213)

CLEMSON (-13.5) @ MARYLAND, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 191, Sirius 212)

N.C. STATE (-1) @ WAKE FOREST, 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 190, Sirius 210)

FLORIDA STATE (-4.5) @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 3:30 PM, TV: ABC (XM 191/192, Sirius 127)

#25 GEORGIA TECH (-4.5) @ Mississippi State (Bulldogs, 18,601 students, Starkville, MS – state motto: “Come Visit And Feel Better About Your Own State”), 7:30 PM, TV: CSS (XM 190, Sirius 211)

#8 Oklahoma (Sooners, 29,931 students, Norman, OK – state motto: “Like The Play, But No Singing”) (-6.5) @ #17 MIAMI, 8:00 PM, TV: ABC (XM 191, Sirius 127)

*wagering lines for recreational purposes only.

THE ACC.COM - THE HOT LIST

1) N.C. State leads the nation this week in total defense. The Wolfpack is allowing only 201.25 yards per game. Clemson's C.J. Spiller also leads the nation in punt returns this week, averaging 36.4 yards per return.

2) Duke senior CB Leon Wright helped seal the Blue Devils 35-19 win over Army by returning two pass interceptions for touchdowns on back-to-back plays from scrimmage on returns of 33 and 51 yards. It is believed to be the first time this has been accomplished in NCAA history.

3) Virginia Tech freshman TB Ryan Williams has rushed for 100 or more yards in three of his first four college games. Williams leads the ACC this week in rushing, averaging 123 yards per game.

4) Just three weeks into the 2009 season and ACC punt returners had already recorded more touchdowns on returns than were scored in all of the 2008 season. Four league returners matched that total on the first weekend of the season.

5) Georgia Tech's Jonathan Dwyer broke the 100-yard rushing mark for the 11th time in his career after rushing for 158 yards on 19 carries against North Carolina. Dwyer also topped the 2,000-yard mark for his career and now has 2,157 career rushing yards.

6) NC State quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown 12 touchdown passes in his last three games. Wilson has thrown four TD passes each in wins over Murray State, Gardner-Webb and Pittsburgh.

1...2...3...LINK!

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich.

ACC: Did You Know?

*Wake Forest will be without running back Kevin Harris and tight end Cameron Ford for the NC State game because of injuries. So far this season, the Deacs just haven't looked like disciplined Jim Grobe teams of the past.

*UNC's defense has been the team's strength this season, but even it has a weakness -- creating turnovers.

*Maryland has lots of room for improvement, and coach Ralph

*Friedgen is changing his practices a bit to inspire his players -- and hold them accountable for turnovers.

*Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring may have made the best call of his career -- admitting "it's a bad call" to his players.

*Clemson's offseason concerns about its wide receivers have come to fruition.

*Duke's quarterback of the future started his career with a bang, but starter Thaddeus Lewis only sees the strong play by backup Sean Renfree as competition, not a controversy.

*FSU running back Jermaine Thomas told the Tallahassee Democrat he felt like he let a lot of people down. This week, he's been trying to redeem himself. The running game isn't the only thing that's struggled recently for FSU ...

*Do your job or sit down, that's Mickey Andrews' message to his defense this week.

*Miami quarterback Jacory Harris is ready to move on from the loss to Virginia Tech.

*Virginia Tech running backs coach Billy Hite knew from the beginning that Ryan Williams was a special player. So far, Williams has delivered.

*NC State freshman Brandan Bishop has accomplished his goal of playing early, and he's made key contributions to the Pack's secondary in the process.

*Is 32 carries too many for a quarterback in Paul Johnson's offense? Josh Nesbitt says he can take it.

PICTURE(S) AND VIDEO OF THE DAY

U2FO? U2 at Scott Stadium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA on October 1, 2009.


(Photos by T.A.H. Worldwide Media)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

HUEY LEWIS AND THE UGLY SHOES. U.S. pop star Huey Lewis plays his second shot to the first green during the second round of The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course on October 2, 2009 in St. Andrews, Scotland.

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

DAMN, THOSE VICK SNEAKERS WERE GONNA BE KILLER!

Evidently…according to ESPN and other reliable sources (read that: “not Michael Vick’s agency”), Nike does not have a "contractual relationship" with Michael Vick. This according to the swooshers in Oregon, just a day after the quarterback's agency announced a deal with the manufacturer.

In a statement released Thursday morning, Nike said it has "agreed to supply product to Michael Vick as we do a number of athletes who are not under contract with Nike."

On Wednesday, Michael Principe, the managing director of BEST, the agency that represents Vick, announced that the beleaguered former Hokie had a new deal with Nike during a panel discussion at the Sports Sponsorship Symposium.

Nike, which signed Vick as a rookie in 2001, terminated his contract in August 2007 after he filed a plea agreement admitting his involvement in a dogfighting ring.

In July, Vick filed for bankruptcy protection while serving a 23-month prison sentence, saying he owed between $10 million and $50 million to creditors.

NEW HOOPS COACH BENNETT, UVA CONTINUE TO HONOR LITTLE KNOWN “RALPH SAMPSON RULE”

Way back in the late 1970’s and early 80's, 7’ 3” center Ralph Sampson out of Harrisonburg High School was arguably the most heavily recruited college and later professional basketball prospect of his generation. To that end, he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated an unprecedented six times in a span of less than four years.

Sampson was already 6-foot-7 by the ninth grade, and he averaged nearly 30 points, 19 rebounds, and 7 blocked shots as a senior leading his team to state AA basketball championships in 1978 and 1979. His senior year he lost the High School Player of the Year award to another talented center, Sam Bowie.

Miraculously, Sampson chose UVA over a passel of suitors. Playing his least favorite position, center, he led the Cavaliers to an NCAA elite 8 appearance in 1983. Sampson earned three Naismith Awards as the National Player of the Year, only the second athlete to do so, and an unprecedented pair of Wooden Awards.

In spite of his personal success, however, Sampson was criticized (mostly by Wahoo fans, alums, donors, students, players, coaches and administrators) for not leading Virginia to an NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship like the 2005 and 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion University of North Carolina Tar Heels among other ACC schools.

Today, the Washington Post ran a story lauding the recruiting efforts of UVA rookie head coach Tony Bennett and his first group of new hoopsters heading to Charlottesville.

Noting that the honeymoon is in full-swing as Bennett “hasn’t lost a game yet,” the Post points out that the Wahoos and Bennett have recruited the18th best recruiting class nationally as ranked by Scouts Inc.

Six ACC schools are ranked ahead of Virginia, including Maryland, North Carolina and Duke, but Bennett's recruiting success without having coached a game with the Cavs is being seen as a positive sign. Bennett won 69 games in three seasons at Washington State largely with unheralded recruits.

Bennett's first UVA recruiting class, which will join the team for the 2010-11 season, will include 6-foot-9 forward James Johnson from Wildomar, Calif.; 6-8 forward Will Regan from the Buffalo area; 6-6 guard Joe Harris from Chelan, Wash.; and 6-4 guard K.T. Harrell from Montgomery, Ala.

Of course, none of the new recruits is taller than 6’9” and that is not a coincidence.

Secret documents discovered by T.A.H. reveal that part of the recruiting deal that landed the Hoos Lord Sampson back in 1979 was the little known, and never publicly discussed, “Sampson Rule” which prohibited The University from giving a scholarship to any basketball player taller than 6’ 11” during Sampson’s life time.

The contract, which includes a section called “Penalties,” points out that if the Cavaliers recruit, and ultimately reward a full scholarship to, a player who is 7’ or taller, the University will have to hire Sampson as the Athletic Director and head basketball coach and promote him as Player and Coach of the Year while they petition the NCAA for additional eligibility for the retired star. The contract goes on to state that if said eligibility is granted by the suits in Kansas, Sampson will start at his favorite position – point guard – for “as long as the NCAA will allow.”

MR. REIDY, MEET MR. WARHOL

Matt Reidy was a running back at Damascus High School in Maryland. Good, but not good enough to merit a scholarship at a powerhouse like Virginia Tech, Reidy walked on and made the team.

Now he’s a special teams tiger on a squad that prizes good special teams play. Reidy, a fifth-year senior linebacker-rover earned a scholarship last year, primarily for his yeoman's duty on "teams."

He was a regular participant on four kicking-team units last season, and his 217 plays on special teams ranked second on the squad.

After scoring a touchdown on a blocked punt in the Hokies win over Miami, Mr. Reidy is something of a celeb in Blacksburg.

To read the story from the Roanoke Times, click here.

HUMPDAY LINKS

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich.

*As if Duke didn't have enough obstacles to overcome on Saturday against Virginia Tech, the Blue Devils will enter that game with their top three running backs hurting.

*Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe has a reputation for redshirting freshmen, but he's willing to give three of them a closer look this week.

*When Virginia walk-on receiver Ray Keys played against Southern Miss, he and his father became the first black father-son duo to play for the Cavaliers.

*Georgia Tech linebacker Kyle Jackson will have surgery today and is out for the season. Big loss for the Jackets and Jackson. He's a good player and a great person. I got a chance to chat with him a bit this summer.

*Meet UNC's version of "Hercules," defensive end Robert Quinn. Everyone -- but Quinn -- raves about him.

*You know that unofficial "state championship" going on in North Carolina? Well, Tom O'Brien is winning the recruiting one, too.

*Will Clemson repeat the old Tommy Bowden mantra "one play away" under Dabo Swinney? He said if it does, find somebody else in three years.

*Maryland quarterback Chris Turner is getting a little skittish, and offensive coordinator James Franklin can't exactly blame him. Who could? Turner has been sacked 14 times. It's amazing he can still walk.

*One person who wasn't surprised by Florida State's struggles up front with South Florida was offensive line coach Rick Trickett.

T.A.H. COMMERCIALS OF THE YEAR



Here at T.A.H. Worldwide Media our staff of media experts is constantly monitoring “worldwide media” (duh) in search of the very best-of-the-best to bring to you – loyal reader of Today’s ACC Headlines, the best and funniest ACC sports blog on planet Earth.

Recently, our Television Commercial Division staffers came across these two gems and immediately nominated them for the prestigious T.A.H. Commercial(s) of the Year Award.

The commercials, coincidentally, are for Fauquier Health, a local hospital, coincidentally, located within view of T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters. There, coincidentally, the Director of Marketing just happens to be T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor and in-house UNC historian Young A.T. The Youngster recently travelled to Toronto to make these clever, edgy and funny commercials.

Now when you think of three words that describe all things T.A.H., surely you think “clever, edgy and funny.” Don’t believe us? Just ask Ralph Sampson and anybody who works for the NCAA.

(A quick note on the pronunciation of Fauquier – something you will need to know when these commercial become worldwide viral video sensations. Fauquier is pronounced Faw-kyeer. So Fauquier Health is Faw-kyeer Health, not “Fuc Yer” Health as some advertising agency moguls in Manhattan (and a few other folks) seem to think.

Our beloved county is the last bastion of civilization in the Washington metro area some 50 miles from the Capitol of the Free World located approximately halfway between the Universities of Maryland and Virginia.

The county is named after Francis Fauquier who was Lieutenant Governor of Virginia at the time the county was established. Lucky for us, Lord Thomas Culpeper (pronounced Cud-peppa) was governor at the time and our red-headed-stepchild-sister county to our south (Culpeper County, pronounced Cudpeppa Count-teee) beat us to the punch.

Have some more cudpeppa dude, and fuc yer health!)


Enjoy!

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

ROLLER GIRLS. Welcome to Gotham Girls Roller Derby, where some of the toughest girls in New York battle it out on the flat track. Thousands of fans pack it in each night to see two of the league's six teams vie for glory. And on Sept. 26, they got quite a show as the Brooklyn Bombshells (blue) breezed past the Queens of Pain (black).

Nice, Brooklyn Bombshells, NICE!

(Photos by Erick W. Rasco/Sports Illustrated)


















Wednesday, September 30, 2009

ALREADY BORED WITH SPECULATION ABOUT REDSKINS’ JIM ZORN’S JOB SECURTIY, THE WASHINGTON POST TAKES ON COACH FRIDGE

Like the rest of the media in the Capitol of the Free World, the Washington Post is obsessed with the drama that will someday unfold between Redskin’s owner Danny “Danny Warbucks” Snyder and head coach Jim Zorn now that Washington’s NFL franchise is 1-2 including a loss to the woeful Detroit Lions losers of 184,000 straight games prior to last Sunday. (And yes, your English teacher might say that was a run-on sentence, but she isn’t here now is she?)

But as entertaining as playing “fire the coach” game has been for the past two weeks for the wags following the Skins (the low scoring victory over the lowly Rams didn’t help), two Washington Post writers and, at least, one headline writer are now speculating that Ralph Friedgen’s job is in jeopardy after a similar 1-2 start for the Maryland Terrapins.

Last year, the venerable newspaper went through a similar exercise with basketball coach Gary Williams and an assistant to A.D. Debbie Yow fed the media fire with some poorly thought-out comments. Williams survived easily due to tremendous fan/alum/donor loyalty and a late season winning streak including a victory over the eventual 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champions University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Of course, Williams was sitting chilly with a rock-solid hole card – a National Championship – something the Fridge doesn’t enjoy.


To read the story, Friedgen’s Future at Maryland Unclear, click here.

WEEK 4: ACC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

OFFENSIVE BACK – Russell Wilson, NC State, QB, So., 5-11, 208, Richmond, Va. (Collegiate) N.C. State sophomore quarterback Russell Wilson threw for four touchdowns and totalled 413 total yards—the ninth-highest in school history—in helping the Wolfpack to a 38-31 comeback win against previously unbeaten Pittsburgh. Wilson was 21-of-35 through the air for 322 yards and threw four touchdown passes for the third consecutive game. His career-high 91 rushing yards gave him 413 of NC State’s 530 total yards (78 percent).

CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMEN - Blake DeChristopher, Virginia Tech, OT, So., 6-5, 303, Midlothian, Va. (Clover Hill)Virginia Tech sophomore offensive tackle Blake DeChristopher anchored an offensive line that paved the way for a Hokie offense that totaled 370 yards, including 272 on the ground in Virginia Tech’s 31-7 win over then-ninth-ranked Miami.

Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech, C, Jr., 6-1, 267, Gainesville, Fla. (Buchholz) Bedford helped the Georgia Tech offensive line create plenty of space for Yellow Jacket ball carriers, who combined for 317 rushing yards and 406 overall in a 24-7 win against then-18th-ranked North Carolina—a victory that lifted Georgia Tech back into the AP poll at No. 25.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN – Jason Worilds, Virginia Tech, DE, Jr., 6-2, 240, Carteret, N.J. (Carteret) Virginia Tech junior defensive end Jason Worilds #6 was active throughout a 31-7 win against ninth-ranked Miami in pressuring Hurricane quarterback Jacory Harris. Worilds had six tackles and was credited with 1.5 quarterback sacks, while adding a forced fumble and two quarterback hurries.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Morgan Burnett, Georgia Tech, SS, Jr., 6-1, 210, College Park, Ga. (North Clayton) Georgia Tech junior strong safety Morgan Burnett was credited with both of the Yellow Jackets’ interceptions in a 24-7 win against then-18th-ranked North Carolina. Burnett’s two interceptions give him three for the season—good for second place in the ACC—and 13 for his career, moving him into a tie for fourth in school history. He also made a team-high six tackles.

SPECIALIST – Greg Reid, Florida State, CB, Fr., 5-9, 175, Valdosta, Ga. (Lowndes) Florida State true freshman cornerback Greg Reid earned his second Player of the Week accolade in as many weeks. Reid was selected as the Defensive Back of the Week last week, and earned Specialist of the Week for racking up 129 yards, exclusively on returns. Despite a 17-7 loss to unbeaten South Florida, Reid handled all three of the Seminoles’ punt returns for a total of 78 yards—a 26.0 yards per return average—including a 68-yarder in the fourth quarter that led to Florida State’s only touchdown.

ROOKIE – Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech, RB, Fr. 5-9, 205, Manassas, Va. (Stonewall Jackson) For the second week in a row and third time in the last four, Virginia Tech freshman running back Ryan Williams topped all ACC newcomers with a game-high 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 34 in a 31-7 win against ninth-ranked Miami. Additionally, Williams hauled in two receptions for 40 yards for a total of 190 all-purpose yards. The redshirt-freshman currently ranks sixth in the nation with 123.0 rushing yards per game and is tied for second with eight scores.

IT'S HUMP DAY, HAVE A LINK

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich and T.A.H.

Here’s the ACC non-conference rewind to date, and, as you well know, it ain’t so great.

*Here's a quick rundown for Georgia Tech fans on this week's opponent, Mississippi State.

*BC coach Frank Spaziani looks past Florida State's inconsistencies and sees only its athleticism.

*The Noles aren't the only team that havs looked different from one week to the next.

*UNC is still trying to figure out its identity after the loss to Georgia Tech.

*Clemson backup quarterback Willy Korn is like every other backup -- he just wants to play. He said he remains committed to Clemson this season, but next? Who knows?

*NC State's defense isn't getting wrapped up in its impressive stats this season. Those within the program say there's still room to improve.

*Virginia had a productive bye week and now that the conference play is starting, views it as a new season. Al Groh got time to watch other games across the country and said he saw a lot of teams and players being anointed way too early. It's also too soon to count Groh out.

*Oklahoma can score. Can Miami's defense stop the Sooners? Defensive coordinator John Lovett wanted to make darn sure they don't forget what happened against Virginia Tech.

*Sure, the NFL is nice, but Virginia Tech defensive tackle Demetrius Taylor has his heart set on these three letters -- FBI.

*There's one very good explanation for Maryland's troubles this season, and it's the recruiting on the offensive line.

*FSU freshman defensive tackle Jacobbi McDaniel could miss Saturday's game at BC.

(Photos: Tim Steadman/Icon SMI Photo and Elsa/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

OOPS.

(Photo by Phil Sears/Tallahassee Democrat)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

CAN’T CATCH AND CHEW GUM. Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals bobbles a ball while blowing a bubble for an error against the New York Yankees during the game on September 29, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

STILL ON CRUTCHES. Really?

Jockey Joe Talamo, aboard Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, chats with trainer Bennie "Chip" Woolley, left, during a work out at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, 2009. Mine That Bird, who arrived last week from New Mexico, is preparing for the $350,000 Goodwood Stakes Gr.I on Oct. 10.

Trainer Woolley has been on crutches since April.

(Photo by Benoit Photo)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

ALMOST. Jon Conover of the University of Michigan Wolverines nearly blocks a punt from Chris Hagerup (12) of the Indiana University Hoosiers during the Wolverines 36-33 victory over the Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, MI.

(Photo by Eric Bronson/Icon SMI)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Look at the film, don't read the newspapers, don't listen to talk radio, look at the film. The film says this is a talented, good football team."

– Butch Davis, head coach UNC, on the Virginia Cavaliers that his squad faces at noon on Saturday in Chapel Hill.

MONDAY'S ACC LINKS

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich:

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has done exactly what the fans have wanted him to so far offensively. The problem is, the Tigers are still getting the same results.

*Georgia Tech kicker Scott Blair was benched on Saturday against UNC, but it's still up in the air if Chris Tanner will be given a shot.

*If Maryland continues to play like it has through the first four games, it will be hard to find the six wins needed for bowl eligibility this year.

*Virginia Tech taught Miami a little lesson about hype. Now with the Hokies' new No. 6 ranking, they've got to heed their own warning.

*FSU coach Bobby Bowden has a checklist he goes over with the team before each game, and the Noles "failed on five of the six."

*The Noles aren't the only ones who have been struggling. Miami isn't quite back yet, writes Shandel Richardson.

*Boston College showed coach Frank Spaziani more leadership and emotion against Wake Forest than he had seen leading up to that game.

*Don't get too excited yet, Wolfpack fans. Tom O'Brien certainly isn't.

*J.P. Giglio has some funny -- and spot-on -- thoughts on the state of the ACC.

*Duke showed improvement in its win over NC Central, and has something to build on this week.

*Who’s worse Maryland or Virginia, and who thinks they can work their way out of the mess they’re in…?

DESPONDENT WAHOOS RESORTING TO STEALING BOOZE

We received an email last week at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters alerting us to a very disturbing situation at the University of Virginia. The info was sent to us by a very reliable source T.A.H. won’t name here (Dr. A.G. Wahoo). Our source is a donor and a season ticket holder for both basketball and football (and maybe polo), and he always has the inside scoop on what’s going down in C’ville.

The email included a message (pictured here), from the UVA Athletic Foundation about a subject near and dear to all Wahoos hearts – booze.

It said: We wanted to alert you about a situation brought to our attention after the last home football game. A special agent with the Virginia Department of ABC asked that we contact each of our donors with reserved parking passes to let them know that a few individuals have attempted to steal alcohol from tailgating sites once the fans have entered the stadium.

It is important that you take particular care to secure all of your tailgating items, in particular alcoholic beverages, before entering the stadium for the game.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

(Actual photo of actual cocktail from an actual UVA tailgate v. USC, Sept. 2008)

Of course this was followed by a virtual rain of responses from frustrated and woebegone Cavs, including this one:

I read about something like this recently. In the national parks out west, they’re having a terrible time with bears breaking into cars that have food stored inside. The park rangers were urging people to consume all the food they bring or take it with them when they leave their cars.

Taking a lesson from this, shouldn’t you drink as much as you can physically hold before the game and then sneak whatever is left into the stadium with you? Why leave anything behind to tempt these poor people?

There is so much nature can teach us. – M. Johnson.


Below is our favorite from a recent grad that T.A.H. won’t name here (W.A.G. Wahoo, III)

"Sir: This is an obvious prank. There are no donors at the games."

Maybe Cav Man should stay out in the parking lot and guard the hooch instead of galloping into the stadium only to fall off his trusty steed...or maybe his getting tossed by an innocent looking "crow hop" makes him a suspect of the crime of pre-game liqour theft/consumption?

Hmmm...

Nice, Hoos, NICE!
(Editor's note: We don't know if any of this is true, but if it's fake, it's even funnier.)

TEAM REEVES HANDILY WINS 10th V.P. KUP

Team Reeves, ably captained by one Mike “Kat” Reeves (JMU 8?), handily out-distanced Team Chipman, not-so-ably captained by one Bill “Chip” Chipman (JMU 8?) by a wide margin in last Friday’s Vice President’s Kup held at Hackberry Creek Country Club just down the road from T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters.

“Irish” conditions met the 32 intrepid golfers in the wee hours of the morning when the revelry began just off the club’s property. (Who knew restraining orders could be renewed.) After a pre-game meal of burned hot dogs, a Fig Newton and some “breakfast blend,” the teams headed off for the morning round of “best ball” for the first nine holes followed by an “alternate shot” format for the second nine.

Miraculously, everyone found the first tee box, and the pitched battle began without major incident. Well, almost – some of us teed off the back, but that’s another story.

After the morning round was complete and all the participants wandered back to tournament headquarters for lunch (read that: Sputniks [vodka, lemon slices, espresso, sugar] and Subway subs), the score was tied at 16-16.

The afternoon round featured the inaugural Burton Scramble named after the recently departed Mike Burton. The format was a two-man scramble with each hole counting one point (no carryovers). Natural Light, Burton’s favorite, was required for all teams.

While Chipman, heretofore known as Chunk Chunkman, managed to win his match, the majority of Team Chipman was demolished in the final round. A small fact that must have aggravated Mr. Burton from on high as he was a renowned member of the losing squad. B. Tunure (ironically one of Mike’s best friends) and C. Giglio (pictured here with Kaptain Kat Reeves) won the first Burton Trophy with a impressive score that nobody seems to remember.

The final score was so lopsided that tournament officials refused to release the results to the media (read that: nobody remembers that either.)

The VP Kup trophy was exchanged following the usual wrangling over the final score and the vagaries of ceremonial procedures and decorum. The winning team drank freely from the chalice, assuring the assembled group an inevitable bout with the Swine Flu.

Later that night after vanquished Kaptain Chunkman finally appeared at the post-Kup celebration (at his house), the cherished black jacket was awarded the wining kaptain with an appropriate amount of pomp and circumstance.

The Team Reeves victory evened the overall score of the ten-year-old donnybrook at 5-5.

(Editor’s note: Thanks to all the designated drivers (be they hired or family members) who safely conveyed all the happy participants home following another great event!)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

EARLY START. Young USC Trojans fans yell in the game with the Washingotn State Cougars on September 23, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

WHAAAAAT HAPPENED? Last year, Jake Delmomme was a perfectly good NFL quarterback. One season later, he’s dreadful.

Last night, Delmomme had two interceptions (one a pick-six) and a fumble. For the young season, he’s 54 of 91 for 601 yards with two touchdowns and seven interceptions. That turns into a 54.3 QB rating.

Not surprisingly, the Panthers are 0-3. Ouch.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

VERY BAD LUCK. Southern California tailback Stafon Johnson is unlikely to play again this season after a falling weight bar crushed his neck and larynx.

The senior who scored the No. 7 Trojans’ go-ahead touchdown against Ohio State two weeks ago was bench-pressing when the bar slipped from his right hand and fell onto his throat.
Johnson was in critical but stable condition late Monday night after more than seven hours of surgery.
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Monday, September 28, 2009

HOKIES BACK IN BCS TITLE RACE?

From the Roanoke Times:

After Virginia Tech lost to Alabama in its Sept. 5 season opener, the consensus opinion was the Hokies had squandered all hopes of being a possible contender in college football's national title chase.

Guess what? Three weeks later, Tech finds itself back in the hunt.

As a result of its impressive 31-7 thrashing of then-No. 9 Miami on Saturday in Blacksburg, parlayed with losses by four teams in last week's top 10, Tech vaulted from 11th to sixth in each of the writers' and coaches' polls released Sunday.

The Hokies (3-1, 1-0 ACC) jumped the quartet that lost, plus moved past Oklahoma, which was idle last week.

Tech is the highest-ranked of any team with a loss, a list that includes such perennial contenders as Southern California, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

After playing three ranked teams in its first four games, Tech will be huge favorites the next two weeks -- at Duke (2-2, 0-0) on Saturday, then at home against Boston College (1-1, 3-1) on Oct. 10.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

ACC FOOTBALL TEAMS AFRAID OF POLLS

Just imagine Freddy Mercury and Queen singing: Easy come, easy go…

In the AP poll, the Hokies moved up from #11 to #6 while everybody else left the building. Miami plummeted from #9 to #17, and Florida State (losers to USF) and North Carolina (losers to Georgia Tech) fell out of the poles. In the previous week, the Noles had been ranked #18 and the Tar Heels #22.

Georgia Tech, on the other hand, seems to have overcome their fear of the polls. They were ranked early in the season, but tumbled down the steps and out the door after losing to Miami. There impressive win against North Carolina moved them back to the #25 spot.

Raleigh News & Observer’s J.P. Giglio (no relation to Pappa Giglio) gives his take on the mess that is ACC football here.

BIG TALL GUY GOING TO WAKE

Carson Desrosiers, who was one of the top remaining uncommitted senior centers in the nation, has committed to Wake Forest for basketball.

Desrosiers is 6-foot-11 and averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds for Central Catholic High in Lawrence, Mass., last season. Marquette and Arizona State were his other finalists.

Central Catholic coach Rick Nault said the academic prestige of Wake Forest and Desrosiers' relationship with Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio and assistant Jeff Battle were factors in the decision.

Nault said Desrosiers is a highly skilled big man who shot 42 percent from 3-point range last season.

"He can handle the ball," Nault said. "He can shoot the three and is a great passer. He's a very skilled big kid who needs to get stronger and develop a little more of a post game, but he'll be a good fit in the ACC."

Desrosiers joins forward Melvin Tabb, guard J.T. Terrell, forward Travis McKie and guard Tony Chennault on Wake Forest's list of committed players for the Class of 2010.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

AT LEAST THE REDSKINS MADE SOMEONE HAPPY. Detroit Lions celebrate as the team leaves the field after defeating the Washington Redskins 19-14 in an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009. Detroit ended their 19-game losing streak with the victory.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

STICKY WICKET? India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (r) watches as Australia's captain Ricky Ponting plays a shot during The ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Australia at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on September 28, 2009.

(Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

WINNER. Phil Mickelson hugs caddie Jim Mackay on the 18th green after the final round of THE TOUR Championship presented by Coca-Cola, the final event of the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup, at East Lake Golf Club on September 27, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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