Saturday, December 19, 2009

NICE, FRANKEE, NICE!

Francisco J. Lozano, the world renown pet food taster and founding member of the T.A.H. Foundation and the inventor of the famous T.A.H. tag line "Nice, fill-in-the-blank, NICE!" is now starring in a commercial for a local bank.

Imagine our surprise when early in the Texas v. UNC basketball game on EPSN Uncle Frankee appeared on the screen. He is the "second most interesting man in the world."

(He doesn't always drink beer, but when he does he sometimes drinks Dos XXs)

Bold
Nice, FRANKEE, NICE!

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

Drift on the back deck at T.A.H. No. 2 Texas beating UNC at halftime. Turnovers killing the Tar Heels.

T.A.H.: SHANAHAN TO BE NEXT REDSKINS HEAD COACH

All that stuff we said about John "Chuckie" Gruden being a lock to be the next head coach of the Washington Redskins? That was bull****.

Now, everybody at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters is absolutely convinced that former Denver Broncos head man and Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan will be the Skins next head coach.

The Denver Post (a legitimate media outlet) reported on Thursday night that former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan is in talks with the Redskins to become their next coach. The paper cited unnamed NFL insiders.

The Redskins hired Bruce Allen as GM on Thursday, hours after former personnel chief Vinny Cerrato resigned. Current head coach Jim Zorn remained in place and continued to prepare the team for its game against the Giants on Monday night.

Rumor has it that the Skins cleared the Allen hire with Shanahan.

Were we he, we'd wait until after the season when the Dallas Cowboys crap-can Wade Phillips, and then we'd play Jerry Jones off of Dan Snyder. Such a bidding war would likely make Shanahan richer than the future ex-Mrs. Tiger.

LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW, LET IT SNOW

The view from the main entrance of T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters at about 9:00 a.m. EST. A foot of snow and counting...

Friday, December 18, 2009

TIGER WOODS: THIS JUST IN...

This morning at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters, we recieved the following release from the PGA of America and Golf Digest magazine:

Elin Nordegren moved to the top of the money list on the PGA tour today after "beating" the world's #1 golfer.

The win came after the top golfer played the wrong 18 holes.

THURSDAY NIGHT ACC HOOP

N.C. STATE 79, Elon 76 - Senior forward Dennis Horner scored a career-high 23 points and turned two big hustle plays into a four-point possession as NC State topped Elon in the Wolfpack's final game before the start of Atlantic Coast Conference play.

State trailed for most of the first 30 minutes of the contest until Horner grabbed a pair of offensive rebounds – the first off a Julius Mays missed jumper, the second off his own missed free throw – with 9:18 to play, tying the game at 55-55.

The Phoenix went ahead again by four points, but Tracy Smith converted a three-point play and freshman Josh Davis stole a pass and went in for an uncontested dunk with 5:10 to play for a 64-61 advantage.

To read more, click here.

FLORIDA STATE 76, Auburn 72 - Solomon Alabi equaled a career high with 22 points to lead Florida State. He scored all but two of his points in the second half but got little help as the Seminoles blew a 12-point lead. Alabi, in one stretch, scored nine straight points including a pair of free throws that broke the last of two second half ties at 63.

Deividas Dulkys and Michael Snaer each had 14 for Florida State (9-2).

(This is where we normally put “To read more, click here,” but we couldn’t find any more. Seriously.)

(Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News-Observer)

ACC ALL-AMERICANS

There are plenty of All-America teams out there, and here is a link to the complete list. For T.A.H. purposes, lets’ review the Associated Press version. After all, they are the Associated Press…

Associated Press

Clemson running back C.J. Spiller, all-purpose player, first-team.

Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan, first-team.

Florida State OL Rodney Hudson, second-team guard.

Georgia Tech wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, third-team .

Virginia Tech linebacker Cody Grimm, third-team.

Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, third team.

Interesting to note, that Grimm, the son of famous Hog Russ Grimm, was a walk-on in Blacksburg.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm...
Bodybuilders perform during the Ukrainian contest in Kiev. (Photo by Konstantin Chernichkin-REUTERS)

The description of Tiger Woods's accident, as seen in the Florida Highway Patrol's final report. (Photo by Scott Audette-Reuters)
Radio show personality Meredith Walusek holds a sign reading, "Tiger - They offered me $500,000 - I'm keeping my mouth shut!" in front of Woods's neighborhood. (Photo by Joe Raedle-Getty Images)

THE OH-SO-RARELY SEEN ACC WRESTLING UPDATE

Well…some highlights.

Never let it be said that T.A.H. was above making some sort of half-ass insincere effort to be all things to all people…

WRESTLING

*Three ACC teams – Maryland (7th), Virginia (18th) and Virginia Tech (24th) – remained ranked among the nation’s Top 25 by InterMat as action slowed down for exams and the holiday break.

*Seventeen ACC wrestlers are ranked nationally in their respective weight classes, including top-ranked heavyweight Konrad Dudziak of Duke. Other wrestlers ranked among the top 10 in their weight classes include Virginia Tech’s Jarrod Garnett (125), Maryland’s Steve Bell (133), Virginia’s Chris Henrich (174), Maryland’s Mike Letts (174) and Maryland’s Hudson Taylor (197).

*Taylor, who set Maryland records for career wins and pins earlier this season, has already been named ACC Wrestler of the Week twice.

*Maryland earned the first win in ACC dual competition with a 41-0 win over North Carolina on Dec. 4. Conference matches resume after the New Year, beginning with NC State’s match at Duke on Jan. 9.

ACC BASKETBALL HOT LIST

From TheACC.com:

*The ACC is the top-ranked conference in the Sagarin Computer Rankings and the No. 2 conference in the RPI.

*North Carolina’s Ed Davis leads the ACC in field goal percentage (.689) and blocked shots (2.7) while Virginia *Tech’s Jeff Allen has had a double-double in each of his last two games and was named ACC Player of the Week.

*Florida State leads the ACC in field goal percentage defense (.346) and Duke has won 73 straight games against non-conference opponents in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

*Duke’s Kyle Singler is three points shy of 1,200 for his career and has made at least one 3-point field goal in 23 consecutive games while his teammate Jon Scheyer leads the ACC in assists-to-turnover ratio (8.4:1).

*Florida State’s Chris Singleton leads the ACC in steals per game with 2.3, and Georgia Tech’s freshman class of Derrick Favors, Mfon Udofia, Brian Oliver and Glen Rice is averaging 36.6 points, 15.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists per game.

THURSDAY’S LINKS

From Heather Dinich at ESPN’s ACC Football Blog:

*Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson isn't likely to make any coaching changes on defense, but the Jackets do need to make some improvements there.

*Former Maryland linebacker Erin Henderson has been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the policy on performance-enhancing substances. And a Twitter exchange has Chad

*Ochocinco wanting to fight former Terp Shawne Merriman.

*Clemson players insist they have no hangover from back-to-back losses heading into their bowl game.

*Butch Davis and Tom O'Brien are back at it again.

*UNC quarterback T.J. Yates likens the bowl game to a final exam, and he's got something to prove in his last test of the season.

*Miami is having success on and off the field, as five more players will graduate today, including two in three and a half years.

*Bobby Bowden has a bowl plan that's worked for years, and Jimbo Fisher doesn't intend to change it.

*Virginia coach Mike London has been going nonstop since he was hired.

WE ALREADY MISS COACH DADGUMMIT

Here’s a nice Bobby Bowden photo essay from the News & Observer.

And, yes, it does confirm (yet again) that everything really is Chris Rix’s fault.


SPORTS ILLUSTRATED MEAN TO ACC FOOTBALL

According to ACC Now’s J.P. Giglio (no relation to Papa Giglio):

Sports Illustrated's not as high on ACC football as it is ACC basketball. In SI's All-Decade accolades the ACC picked up "Worst BCS conference" honors and Duke was tabbed the "Worst Program."

Miami placed two players on the All-Decade team, tight end Kellen Winslow and safety Ed Reed, but neither played in the ACC. The 2001 Canes were also recognized as the "Best Single-Season Team," but that was when the U was in the Big East.

On Wednesday, SI named UNC basketball coach Roy Williams the coach of the decade and Tyler Hansbrough the player of the decade.

PICTURE OF THE DAY – ONE WEEK UNTIL CHRISTMAS

BLESSED HOUND. Wearing a holiday hat and leash, Pistache, a yellow Labrador retriever, rests as she waits for the start of the ASPCA's Blessing of the Animals Sunday Dec. 13, 2009 at Christ Church in New York.

(Tina Fineberg – AP)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BUD LIGHT CLAUSE. A Tennessee Titans fan dressed as Santa Claus holds his beer as he cheers in the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009, in Nashville, Tenn.

(Wade Payne – AP)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

T.A.H.: GRUDEN TO BE NEXT REDSKINS HEAD COACH

Based on the conversation we just heard between Tony Kornheiser and Rick “Doc” Walker on Dan Snyder’s Red Zebra Broadcasting ESPN 980 radio, T.A.H. is going out on a limb and declaring unequivocally that former Tampa Bay Buccaneer coach, Super Bowl winner, ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and Chuckie Doll look-a-like Jon Gruden will be the next head coach of the Washington Redskins.

Earlier today, we reported that current VP of Football Ops Vinnie Cerrato had resigned and now the word on the street is that Bruce Allen, son of former Redskin head coach George Allen, has been hired as the team’s top football executive.

Guess who Bruce Allen’s best homie is?

Yep, that would be Gruden.

Ironically, Gruden is either in town or on his way to D.C. as the Skins host the Giants Monday night at Fed Ex Field.

According the Washington Post (a legit media outlet unlike T.A.H.), Allen served as a senior executive with the Oakland Raiders from 1996-2003 (so we know he can work with a difficult/crazy owner). He then was general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004-08, where he and Coach Jon Gruden won a Super Bowl.
Allen has strong ties to both the area and the Redskins. He grew up in McLean, and his father is still considered a legend in the area. George Allen coached the Redskins from 1971-77 leading the team to a Super Bowl in 1972. Bruce Allen went to the University of Richmond (Spiders, 4,250 students, Richmond, VA), and his brother, George (UVA), is a former U.S. Senator from and governor of Virginia.

While Gruden has recently signed a long-term extension with MNF, no lawyer/agent worth his salt would allow a property like Coach Chuckie to sign a deal that did not include an “out” if an NFL head coaching job was available.

TIGER TIES ANOTHER RECORD BUT LOSES DISAPPOINTMENT CONTEST

One day after being named the Athlete of the Decade by the Associated Press, Tiger Woods tied a record many thought would never be threatened – consecutive days on the cover of the N.Y. Post. The reason nobody thought the record would be tied, and certainly not broken, is simply because the last time something was on the cover for 19 straight days it was 911.

We aren’t sure what that says about the ever escalating craziness of our 24 hour news cycle, but it can’t be good.

None the less, the NYP thought Tiger’s Athlete of the Year Award was suitable front page news along with the headline: Tiger Named Top Athlete Of The Decade (And He Golfed, Too)
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Then shockingly, the Wall Street Journal released the results of their Most Disappointing Celebrity poll showing Tiger (16%) a distant second to former North Carolina Senator John Edwards (33%). Really?

All Edwards did was have an affair and (allegedly) a bastard child while his wife was being treated for cancer. ..and it was just ONE affair and ONE bastard child.

Oh well, we surmise that this means that some portion of the U.S. population still thinks U.S. Senators are more important than U.S. golfers, and that can’ be all bad.

In the meantime, various news sources say Woods’ wife Elin is not wearing her wedding ring, has consulted a divorce-lawyer-for-the-stars in Los Angeles and has been seen directing movers and furniture into a moving van outside the Woods’ Orlando home.

Woods has not been sighted in over a week (other than on the cover of NYP).

QUOTE OF THE DAY

OK, it was actually a few days ago on the John Thompson show. You know we keep tabs on all the ACC fellas in the bigs, and none is more fun (or easier due to proximity to T.A.H. World Media Headquarters) than the U’s Clinton Portis.

This is some of what he had to say about Tiger Woods' situation:

"But I say don't get married, if it's not out of your system. I'm not married...If he could keep that a secret and ain't nobody came out and told [on him], hey, congratulate him. You know, most of the time there's one or two, and you can't keep that a secret. So if he can balance 14 and keep it a secret, congrats. You know, at least he knows what he wants. He don't discriminate, he's not against people, he don't care what your job, what your background is....He knew what he was after." – Clinton Portis, Washington Redskins’ injured running back.

To read more of Clinton’s wisdom re: Tiger, click here.

HUMP (DAY) NIGHT ACC HOOPS

NO. 24 CLEMSON 80, East Carolina 63 - Trevor Booker had 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine and Andre Young scored 16 points to lead the Tigers (9-2). Clemson trailed for all of 25 seconds in the first half before beating the Pirates by double figures for the third straight season.

Clemson shot 46 percent and knocked down plenty of 3-point shots, building a 10-point lead in the first 5 minutes on the way to a 17-point halftime margin.

The Pirates (4-6) never seriously threatened a comeback and fell to 1-62 all-time against ACC schools. Darrius Morrow scored 16 points to lead East Carolina.

To read more, click here.

NO. 22 GEORGIA TECH 65, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 53 - Gani Lawal (blocking shot below) had 15 points and 15 rebounds and freshman Derrick Favors added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jackets.
Freshman Mfon Udofia added eight key points and five assists for the Yellow Jackets (8-1), who won their seventh straight.

Tavaris Washington and Lebaron Weathers each had 13 points for Pine Bluff (0-8), which has played all its games on the road.

To read more, click here.

MIAMI 69, Stetson 49 - Senior forward Dwayne Collins scored 20 points and matched his season-high with 15 rebounds to lead Miami. The 6-foot-8, 241-pound Collins overpowered an undersized Stetson frontcourt while playing just 24 minutes. He was 8-for-10 from the floor.

Reserve guard Adrian Thomas added 11 points and four assists for the Hurricanes (10-1).

Freshman guard Ridge Graham scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Hatters (2-6), who also got 11 points apiece from senior guards A.J. Smith and Brandon Williams.

To read more, click here.

WAKE FOREST 80, UNC-WILMINGTON 69 - L.D. Williams scored a career-high 23 points, and Al-Farouq Aminu had 17 points, 13 rebounds and the highlight-reel play in Wake Forest's 80-69 victory over North Carolina-Wilmington on Wednesday night.

Ishmael Smith matched a personal best with 19 points while answering several Seahawk rallies with slicing layups, and Williams was 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 1 1/2 minutes for the Demon Deacons (7-2).

They shook off a sloppy start, shot nearly 54 percent and turned back several rallies to win their third straight overall and 12th in a row against the Seahawks (4-6).

To read more, click here.

HUMP DAY LINKS

Via ESPN.

*Maryland has had plenty of memorable moments over the past decade. Here are the top 10, according to Patrick Stevens of the Washington Times.

*Georgia Tech quarterback Josh Nesbitt has proved he can be efficient at throwing the ball, too, and it's added another dimension to the Jackets' offense.

*UNC's third-string defensive lineman, Donte Paige-Moss, has been suspended and will not play in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Paige-Moss got into a little skirmish after the NC State game.

*Clemson backup quarterback Willy Korn is on the market and shopping for a new school.

*FSU fans weren't the only ones excited about the Noles' most recent commitments.

*Might Miami's former hoopster, Jimmy Graham, be the Canes' top draft pick?

REDSKINS SEASON RALLIES 100% AS CERRATO RESIGNS

Washington Redskins’ executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato has resigned, a team source tells ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter.

It was not immediately clear when the team would make an official announcement.

The resignation was first reported by ESPN 980 in Washington. D.C.

(Editor’s note: As we don’t subscribe to the “singular fault” theory with regard to…let’s see…anything, we won’t blame Vinnie entirely for the train wreck that has been the Redskins’s season up until the last several weeks when the back-ups have suddenly become competitive with the likes of the Cowboys and Saints. Of course, we realize The Danny of Dear Mr. Snyder fame has been guiding his own personal Titanic directly at any and all icebergs is his ever-clouded sight line. However, we’ve never been a big fan of Cerrato’s. This probably means that Zorn’s out, Vinnie’s out and everybody else is out, as Captain Snyder looks to hire a new coach/GM of the Shanahan, Holmgren or Cower ilk.)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MORE SI PICTURES OF THE YEAR – OH, DANNY BOY, THE ROPES ARE CALLIN’. Danny Hughes, a 23-year-old boxer from Sunderland, England, reclined pensively after being knocked down by Audley Harrison on Oct. 2 in the semifinals of Prizefighter Heavyweights III, an eight-man tournament for British boxers held in the East End of London.

"What I like about the picture is that the guy has been clean knocked [down], and if it had not been for the ropes, he would have been knocked into the judges below." -- Photographer Jamie McDonald/Getty Images.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2


OFF WITH YOUR HEAD. Kristof Vliegen, a journeyman pro from Belgium, decapitated his racket in frustration on the red clay of Monaco during his first-round match against Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tournament on April 13. Ljubicic won 6-4, 6-7, 6-4.

"It was toward the end of the match, late afternoon. The sun was going down, and Vliegen was in the shade. Sometimes rage is not enough, and it took two tries for him to break his racket." -- Photographer Stephane Danna/AFP/Getty Images

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

BRONCO STAMPEDE. Led by sledgehammer-waving safety Winston Venable (17), the Boise State team galloped onto the blue turf of Bronco Stadium on Nov. 27 before a game against Western Athletic Conference rival Nevada. The Broncos defeated the Wolf Pack 44-33.

"Usually the team runs out of the fog right after the horse and rider, but at this game they came out slowly, in one group, like a regiment, and paused for a few seconds before breaking into a run. I've never been more pleased with their display of the concept of a team." -- Photographer Otto Kitsinger/Getty Images.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

LINKS

From ESPN and T.A.H.

The biggest news of the day? Bud Foster isn't going anywhere.

Ol’ Roy isn’t having a great week. Now, he’s told SI’s Dan Patrick that he likes it when opposing fans go crazy. Tell that to the Presbyterian fan he had tossed last Saturday…

Having said that Ol’ Roy did show his typical class when he reached out to Duke freshmen Andre Dawkins when his sister was killed in a car crash recently.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is hoping his talented juniors who are looking at the NFL have a plan. (And GT fans are hoping that plan is to stay.)

First, though, they have to worry about Iowa.

Georgia Tech will be trying to snap a streak of four straight bowl losses, and it's been a while since the program has been on such a big bowl stage.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney took a big step in proving himself on the sideline this year, but

Stan Olsen writes that now Swinney is also looking like a recruiting closer. That's thanks to the addition of three linemen to their list of committed recruits.

Jimbo Fisher will have a full plate next year, as he said he will hire an offensive coordinator but will continue to call the plays and coach the quarterbacks.

There are five storylines worth watching at Clemson as the Tigers prepare for the Music City Bowl.

FSU has finally returned to the football field, but not without a few storylines worth talking about from the break.

Mark Stoops talks about his move from Arizona to FSU's new defensive coordinator.
Former FSU president T.K. Wetherell told the Orlando Sentinel ESPN's Outside the Lines report was "totally misleading." Here's more on FSU's response to the report.

ESPN-DINICH: SPILLER SIXTH IN HEISMAN VOTING

ESPN’s top notch ACC blogger, Heather Dinich tell us that Clemson’s C.J. Spiller wasn’t completely ignored by the Heisman voters. Maybe that makes him feel a little better…

Accordign to Dinich: He finished sixth, tied for the highest finish by a Clemson football player. Steve Fuller finished in a tie for sixth with Ted Brown of NC State in 1978 and that is the only other top 10 Heisman finish by a Clemson player.

Spiller had 26 first-place votes, 31 second-place votes and 83 third-place votes in recording 223 total Heisman points. He was named to 140 of the 925 ballots. He was 167 points behind Florida quarterback Tim Tebow. The 26 first-place votes and 223 voting points were also the most ever by a Clemson player.

A few more quick notes on the Heisman voting for you, from a league-wide perspective:
• Spiller was the first ACC player to finish in the top six of the Heisman race since 2000 when Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke won the award. Since 1992, the only other ACC players (in the league the year of the voting) to finish in the top six were Joe Hamilton of Georgia Tech (2nd in 1999), Warrick Dunn of Florida State (5th in 1996), and Charlie Ward of Florida State (first in 1993).

• Spiller’s 26 first-place votes and 223 voting points were also the most by an ACC player since Weinke won the award in 2000.

SCHEYER BLOWS UP ON GARNDER-WEBB

NO. 7 DUKE 113, Gardner-Webb 68

John “Crazy Face” Scheyer has scored 48 points in a basketball game – in high school. He also once lit up an Orlando high school tourney with a 42 point performance, but this was his best outing as a collegiate hoopster.

Scheyer (who averaged 32 points per game in high school), netted a career high with 36 points, on 11-of-13 shooting, including career highs in field goals (11), made three-point field goals (7) and assists (9).

FLORIDA STATE 62, Georgia State 55

Solomon Alabi scored a career-high 22 points to lead Florida State past Georgia State 62-55 on Tuesday night.

The Seminoles (8-2) led by as many as 17 points in the second half, but the Panthers (5-6) cut the margin to four on Trae Goldston's jumper with 1:43 remaining. Goldston's jumper with 32 seconds left fell short and Florida State iced the game from the free throw line.

The Seminoles switched between hot and cold for most of the game. They led by as many as 15 in the first half, pulling away from the Panthers with a 19-2 run over a 7:17 span. Yet Florida State scored just seven points in the half's final 9 minutes.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MORE SI PICTURES OF THE YEAR - SEE THROUGH NETTING. Lakers center Pau Gasol's face was uniquely framed as he rose for a rebound against Rockets forward Ron Artest on May 6.

"The camera was set up hours before the game on a catwalk at the Staples center. It was triggered by a button attached to a camera I was holding as I sat on the court floor near the basket. Having Gasol's face framed by the net is, of course, lucky, but luck favors the prepared!" -- Photographer John W. McDonough/SI

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

BEDEVILING THE ANGELS. A fan at Seattle's Safeco Field had a moment of glory but did the home team no favor by catching a foul ball before leftfielder Ronny CedeƱo, could put his glove on April 14.

"Baseball engages us in ways no other sport can. I like this photograph because it captures a moment where the unlikely youthful dream of making a play in the big leagues comes true. How cool is that?" -- Photographer Otto Greule Jr./Getty Images

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

UPSIDE DOWN YOU TURN ME. Jenna Randall, a member of the British synchronized swimming team, posed upside down on July 17, the first day of the world swimming championships in Rome.

"The girls on the British Synchro team were great, very patient, as I swam around in full scuba gear trying to get the right angle. For this shot I used a fish-eye lens. luckily it was a perfect sunny day." -- Photographer Clive Rose/Getty Images

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MONDAY NIGHT HOOPS

NO. 22 GEORGIA TECH 95, Chattanooga (Mocs, 8,164 students, Chattanooga, TN) 64

Gani Lawal scored 29 points to lead No. 22 Georgia Tech and Derrick Favors had 14 points. Glen Rice added 11 and Mfon Udofia and Maurice Miller had 10 each for the Yellow Jackets (7-1) in their first true road game of the season.

Chattanooga trimmed a 16-point deficit to six before the Yellow Jackets closed the first half on a 13-0 run to take a 52-33 lead.

Georgia Tech controlled the second half, never leading by less than 15 points. The Yellow Jackets shot 60.8 percent from the field, including 43.8 percent from 3-point range.

ACC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen has been named ACC Player of the Week, while Wake Forest’s Ari Stewart earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

Allen had back-to-back double-doubles and averaged 18.0 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists as the Hokies ran their record to 8-1 with a home win over VMI and a road victory at Penn State. On the week, Allen was 14-for-22 from the field (.636) and seven-of-nine (.778) from the free throw line.

The Washington, D.C., native opened the week with a 24-point, 13-rebound performance in a 98-73 win over the visiting Keydets Wednesday. Three nights later, in a 66-64 win over the Nittany Lions, the 6-7, 230-pound junior turned in his 21st career double-double with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Stewart, a 6-7, 200-pound forward, scored a game-high 16 points to lead Wake Forest to a 90-50 defeat of visiting Elon Sunday afternoon. The game was the Deacons’ only action of the week and improved their record to 6-2.

The Marietta, Ga., product went 6-for-10 from the field, pulled down four rebounds in 19 minutes of action. On the season, Stewart is averaging 9.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game and is shooting 50 percent (30-of-60) from the field, including a 44 percent (11-of-25) mark from three-point range.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm

OL’ ROY: I AIN’T APOLOGIZING.

OK, Dukies load up, you’re gonna have a field day with this one as Ol’ Roy appears to have ascended to rarified air that includes police powers.

According to various sources including WRAL in Raleigh (click here for video), Ol’ Roy had a Presbyterian fan tossed from the Dean Dome on Saturday for allegedly yelling at Tar Heels why they were shooting free throws.

Really?

Apparently so.

During the post game interview Ol’ Roy had this to say, “When an idiot runs out on the field, they don’t show the idiot…Let’s not make it a bigger thing than it is. I just don't think anybody should yell negative things toward our players that come in on our tickets to watch our game."

Then he made it clear that if the line of questioning persisted, the post-game press conference was over.

Deon Thompson said, “Coach has a lot pull around here.” Thompson said he heard the fan yelling for him to miss the free throw, but he affirmed that nothing profane or vulgar was said.

Then it got really interesting. A day later, the ejected fan spoke out about the situation.

According to ACC Now, Presbyterian College fan and alumnus Brian King said North Carolina coach Roy Williams over-reacted by pointing out King to security officials who ejected him from Saturday night's game at the Smith Center.

King said he isn’t angry with Ol’ Roy (and in the humble opinion of T.A.H., he damn sure should be), but he is upset that UNC portrayed him as drunk and sitting in the wrong seat after the incident.

"I was not intoxicated," said King, a 1996 Presbyterian graduate who lives in Concord, NC. "I was not asked to produce a ticket...That was fabricated, and that's what I'm upset about."

King, who was seated about 20 rows behind the North Carolina bench, was ejected late in the second half after shouting for Tar Heel forward Deon Thompson to miss a free throw. Williams turned around, shouted in King's direction, and directed officers toward King.

Immediately after the game, Sports Information Director Steve Kirschner said security officers told him that the fan appeared intoxicated, wasn't in his ticketed seat and had been asked to move earlier.

UNC department of public safety spokesman Randy Young said Monday that King initially ignored officers and was uncooperative.

"It was in the officers' opinion that he had been drinking," Young said. "At which point they made the decision that it would be better for himself and others that he was escorted from the building."

Young said King was not arrested, nor were charges pressed. King said he was given a different reason for his ejection.

"I was told, 'Because this is Roy's house, and when Roy says you need to go, you go' " King said. "I thought it was sort of amusing."

King said he was never asked for his ticket and had at least two tickets in his pocket from friends who didn't show up for the game.

"I just want to make sure I'm not painted as a ding dong, because I'm not," King said. "I didn't say anything vulgar, I was not intoxicated ... I was cheering for Presbyterian, I was excited to see my little team play a big team."

Everybody related officially to UNC in any capacity is denying everything King asserts.

During his weekly radio show Monday night, according to the Fayetteville Observer, Williams said he has been sensitive to fan taunts since the Tar Heels played Ohio State at Madison Square Garden last month, when a couple of fans spent most of the game heckling the Tar Heels. He said he was just trying to look out for his players and their parents by yelling back at King.

"I hate that it happened," Williams said, according to the newspaper's Web site. "I wish I hadn't gotten involved with it. But don't be sitting behind our bench yelling at our players in my building. That's the way I feel about. And if I'm wrong, then that's good. But I ain't apologizing."

"It's been blown way out of proportion," North Carolina's athletic director, Dick Baddour said, "and I think we need to move on, and that's what we need to do."

According to Raleigh News & Observer senior columnist Caulton Tudor, Williams is “bored” and aggravated by his shoulder injury/sling.

(Editor’s Note: Ol’ Roy needs to lighten up and quit taking himself, his team and his building quite so seriously. We aren’t inclined to quibble with a guy who has won two National Championships, but this was not his best moment. Removing fans for yelling at players to miss a free throw is going to empty any number of buildings, freedom of speech, blah, blah, blah – you get the point. Williams should simply say he overreacted, apologize and move on. Isn’t that what Dean Smith would do?)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

MORE SI PHOTOS OF THE YEAR…UPSIDE DOWN. Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes (54) was flipped upside down by Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith (62) as Hayes tried to block an extra-point attempt by Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby on Nov. 8. The kick was good, but the Bucs went on to win the game 38-28.

"Many times what starts out as a mundane situation develops quickly into something quite special. I was focused on the kicker, and when one of the defenders was flipped, I was ready." -- Photographer Bill Frakes/SI

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THE SAINTS GO FLYING IN. Saints running back Mike Bell dived over the Giants' defensive line for a two-yard touchdown during a showdown between undefeated NFC teams at the Superdome on Oct. 18. Bell had 15 carries for 34 yards and that one TD in the Saints 38-27 victory.

"All I remember is that it happened very quickly, right at the beginning of the game. I'm always looking for an image like this, but over an NFL season there is usually only one chance to get it." -- Photographer Simon Bruty/SI

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

THE EYES OF TEXAS ARE UPON IT. First baseman Chris Davis dove in vain into the seats at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, for a foul ball on May 3.

"All the photo pits at field level were cramped with photographers and TV crews. I chose an area near the press box and was rewarded with this image. What I like most is the intensity in Davis's eyes, focused on the ball coming down." -- Photographer Jim Cowsert/ICON SMI

Monday, December 14, 2009

VIRGINIA WINS NCAA SOCCER TITLE, THIRD STRAIGHT FOR ACC MEN

Virginia won its first national title in 15 years Sunday afternoon, defeating Akron on penalty kicks after 110 scoreless minutes at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.

The second-seeded Cavaliers converted three of five attempts, while the No. 1 Zips were successful just twice. Virginia goalkeeper Diego Restrepo stopped the first bid and Akron later hit the left post and then missed high in the fifth round as the Cavaliers claimed their sixth championship since 1989.

Virginia's Will Bates hit the post in the fifth minute, but Akron was superior throughout the second half in a spirited match played in rainy conditions.

An ACC team has won three straight NCAA titles, following Wake Forest in 2007 and Maryland last year.

At right, Virginia coach George Gelnovatch holds the trophy following Virginia's victory in an NCAA men's College Cup.

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SUNDAY ACC HOOP

WAKE FOREST 90, Elon 50 - Wake Forest used a dominating inside game, scoring 52 points in the paint to blow past Elon. The 40-point win marked the largest margin of victory of the season for the Deacons and the Phoenix's 50 points were the also the fewest allowed by Wake on the year. With the win Wake Forest improves to 6-2 while Elon falls to 3-7.

Five Deacons scored in double figures. Freshman Ari Stewart posted a team-high 16 points while pulling down four rebounds.

Al-Farouq Aminu recorded his fifth double-double of the season and 15th of his career off the bench, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 boards. Ishmael Smith had 12 points to go with three assists and three steals.

NO. 24 CLEMSON 62, Furman 53 - Trevor Booker (#35) had season highs with 25 points and 14 rebounds. The Tigers (8-2) had a week off since beating rival South Carolina on Dec. 6 and that freshness showed throughout against the Paladins (5-3). Booker hit eight of his first nine shots as Clemson led 43-26 at the break.

Booker left the game for good after breaking up a midcourt pass and taking a feed from Andre Young for a crowd-pleasing jam with 5:44 left.

Rhode Island 80, BOSTON COLLEGE 69 - Junior Rakim Sanders scored a team-high 14 points and classmate Corey Raji totaled 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead Boston College.

Rhode Island (8-1) shot 50.0 percent from the field in the contest, including a blistering 9-for-15 (60.0 percent) from three-point range.

The Rams led by eight points - 33-25 - at halftime and never surrendered that advantage. URI scored the first four points of the second half and, after BC answered with four straight points, then used a 5-0 run to gain a 42-29 margin with 17:19 to play.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm…

Boston’s Santa Speedo Run took place over the weekend celebrating the annual charity events 10th year. Over 500 participants braved temperatures hovering around freezing, but with wind chill making the air feel as cold as 20 degrees. The runners completed a 1 1/4-mile loop and raised at least $250 to participate, with funds going to Crossroads for Kids and Bottom Line.

Apparently, there was a fair amount of Pabst Blue Ribbon involved. (We never know those Bean Towners had such good taste in beer!)

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