Saturday, December 26, 2009

DOWN GOES ACC FOOTBALL (AGAIN)

UNC lost to Pittsburgh in an entertaining game and Boston College is losing to USC 24-13 late in the fourth quarter.

More tomorrow.

COACH DADGUMMIT’S BOYS WELCOMED AT GATOR BOWL

Gator Bowl officials are making sure Bobby Bowden's former Florida State players have the chance to see his final game.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that the Gator Bowl Association and the host city of Jacksonville have made complimentary tickets available to former Seminoles who played for Bowden. As of Wednesday, more than 300 had registered for the tickets to the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl.

The former players will help lead Bowden onto the field and sit together in the end zone.
The Jan. 1 game sold out in two hours. The Seminoles face West Virginia.

Bowden started coaching at Florida State in 1976. He announced his retirement Dec. 1.
Various sources (and John Clark) tell T.A.H. Chris Rix’s name was not on the list.

WHITE HOUSE GATE CRASHERS CRASH T.A.H. WORLDWIDE MEDIA XMAS EXTRAVAGANZA

To the shock of an A-list of V.I.P. invited guests, the White House gate-crashing Salahis (pictured here with T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor and the Editor/Publisher) somehow got past heavy security (two welsh corgis – were guessing they were packing ham) and sneaked into the T.A.H. Worldwide Media Holiday Extravaganza and Parade. (OK, we had a few folks over for a drink and a ham biscuit, hardly an extravaganza!)

The Salahis arrived in the shadow of printing magnates H. and T. Tedeschi (http://www.piedmontpress.com/) and then worked the room to be sure they had plenty of Facebook photos for post-Christmas display. The grand foyer with its 20 ft. Frazier fir Christmas tree seemed to be the favorite photo-op location. (OK, it’s a regular foyer and the tree is only 10 feet tall…maybe 11.)

To no one’s surprise, it was revealed throughout the evening that the now infamous wanna-be socialites owed at least three attendees money from prior business dealings (including the bartender!).

“Hey, they owe me $50,000,” said one local prominent attorney we won’t name here for privacy reasons (Paul Morrison) who missed the event as he travelled to see family in Mississippi. “If I’d of known, I’d a taken a later flight…"

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Criag Ferguson is funny. Check out this clip from last night’s opening which includes the lighting of the CBS Christmas tree.

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS LIKE THE INTERNATIONAL SAND FESTIVAL. Spectators watch a car participate in the first International Sand Festival at Qaseem, about 300 km (186 miles) from Riyadh, December 26, 2009. More than 34 riders representing various Gulf states as well as Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE, particpated in the festival, a car race held to attract more tourists to the desert.

So Mr. tourist, got your bag packed for a vacation in the desert?

Didn't think so...

(Photos by Reuters/Fahad Shadeed)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS LIKE CRICKET. South Africa's AB de Villiers sweeps as England's Paul Collingwood (L) and keeper Matt Prior look on during the second cricket test match at Kingsmead in Durban, December 26, 2009.

(Photo by Reuters/Rogan Ward)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

NOTHING SAYS CHRISTMAS LIKE CAPTAIN MORGAN AT AN NBA GAME. Captain Morgan attends the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Staples Center on December 25, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

(Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Friday, December 25, 2009

GEORGE MICHAEL, 1939-1970

Well known Washington D.C. sportscaster George Michael has died after a lengthy bout with cancer.

To read more, click here.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

The time for Santa to begin delivering presents is almost upon us, and let's face it -- a sleigh pulled by eight tiny reindeer (nine if you count Rudolph) isn't exactly the most efficient means of travel in the 21st century. So several major automakers took up the challenge -- create a new sled to meet the challenges of modern-day toy-slinging! We're proud to present a gallery of the finest creations.

We begin with Land Rover's high-tech design above, which features a particle accelerator for an engine and a sleek, fog-cutting look "designed to meet ever-increasing delivery timetables." Special features include a laser-guided present delivery system and CRS -- Chimney Recognition Software, of course.Above, Jaguar brings us "Santa's Little Helper," a design that's part '50s sci fi rocketship, part World War II bomber. Santa appears to be sitting backwards in this one, and orange is a curious color choice, but it's smooth retro-cool nonetheless.Mercedes has basically bolted a couple running skids onto an auto body, but it's still a sweet (and, apparently, spaceworthy) design. Letting reindeer sit in the car, though? Whew. Santa's going to need to fumigate that one on the 26th.
And finally, Audi brings us this (snow)drifting, tricked-up version of the forthcoming 2010 A1. Looks good, Santa, but you're going to have to get more lift if you're going to clear the Atlantic!




Wednesday, December 23, 2009

CHRISTMAS EVE EVE EVE HOOPS

NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 98, Marshall 61 - Ed Davis had 19 points and 10 rebounds while fellow big man Tyler Zeller matched a career high with 18 points to lead No. 10 North Carolina past Marshall Tuesday night.

Marcus Ginyard and Deon Thompson added 14 points apiece and Will Graves had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (9-3).

To read more, click here.

MARYLAND 98, Winston-Salem State 55 - Greivis Vasquez had a season-high 27 points and 11 assists, and Maryland never trailed in a rout of Winston-Salem State on Tuesday night.

It was the first double-double of the season for Vasquez and the 11th of his career. The senior guard was two rebounds short of a triple-double when pulled from the game with exactly 5 minutes left.

Coming off a nine-day layoff for exams, the Terrapins (7-3) led by only four points late in the first half and by 12 at halftime. Maryland then scored 23 of the first 28 points after the break to go up by 30.

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NO. 22 GEORGIA TECH 80, Kennesaw St. 55 – Zachery Peacock scored 18 points to lead four Georgia Tech players in double figures and the Yellow Jackets ) put on a shooting clinic in the second half to rout Kennesaw State on Tuesday.

Peacock was a perfect 8-for-8 from the field and 2 of 2 from three-point range. He also had seven rebounds.

Brian Oliver had 14 points for the Yellow Jackets (9-2). Gani Lawal added 11 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double and Derrick Favors had 11 points.

To read more, click here.

VIRGINIA TECH 71, UMBC 34 – Malcolm Delaney scored 16 of his 17 points in the first half to lead Virginia Tech (10-1) to a victory over the University of Maryland Baltimore County on Tuesday night.

The win was Tech’s seventh straight, marking the Hokies’ longest winning streak since 1996.

To read more, click here.

NO. 24 CLEMSON 79, Western Carolina 57 – Trevor Booker scored a season-high 31 points and his brother Devin added 10 to lead No. 24 Clemson to victory over Western Carolina on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (11-2) have won four straight, each by double digits.

To read more, click here.

FLORIDA STATE 95, Tenn-Martin 68 - Freshman Michael Snaer scored a career-high 18 points to lead Florida State over Tennessee-Martin on Tuesday night.

Florida State’s offense, which had broken the 80-point scoring barrier only once since November 21, eclipsed 90 points for the first time this season.

The Seminoles (11-2) outscored the Skyhawks (1-9) 23-2 in the first 8:11 of the game.

To read more, click here.

TUESDAY LINKS

By Heather Dinich/ESPN.

*Clemson's player of the decade will be impossible to forget -- C.J. Spiller's name is all over the record books.

*FSU recruiting coordinator James Coley has made a quick impact on the Noles' recruiting.

*Miami cornerback Brandon Harris is more confident, and it's made a noticable difference.

*Virginia Tech has lost four straight games to SEC schools, and hasn't had much luck in the city of Atlanta. They're working to change that.

*UNC already has a head-start on next year's state championship, since it's the only ACC team in the state still practicing.

*The quarterbacks in the Emerald Bowl took different paths, as BC's Dave Shinskie took a little bit longer to get to the same starting point as USC's Matt Barkley.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I was shocked by the dimensions, the frequency…All the things he would have had to cover up, just logistically -how did he manage to do it? He must constantly be changing phones to cover up his tracks."

– former tennis star Boris Becker on Tiger Woods extramarital activities. Becker’s wife divorced him after a brief affair and “love child” with a Russian woman Angela Ermakowa.

THE DECLINE OF NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL EXPLAINED IN PHOTOS

Not that we really care, but this was sent along by a several alert and very loyal readers.

Below you will find the photographic evidence of why Notre Dame football is stuck in a state of steady decline.

WARNING: It's unkind, sexist, politically incorrect, shallow and a little bit mean…BUT, it is funny.

So don't leave comments about how offended you are. If you think it's funny, laugh. If you don't, scroll on or head off to some other web page.

Happy Freakin' Holidays!

Florida's Tebow.

Georgia's Stafford.

USC's Sanchez.

Texas' McCoy.

Notre Dame's Clausen.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

OMG, THEY ARE EVEN WORSE THAN I THOUGHT! Bruce Allen, the new general manager of the Washington Redskins, talks on the field before the game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on December 21, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. Allen replaces Vinny Cerrato, who resigned last week.

(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images North America)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

DOWN GOES TURTLE. And not of the Terp variety. Bummer, dude. A source close to Sopranos star Jamie-Lynn Sigler says the 'Entourage' co-stars are going their separate ways before the holidays. Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), who is rumored to be a HUGE fan of T.A.H., could not be reached for comment.

(Photo By Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

FOUR BOARDS A FLYIN. Dominique Maltais of Canada, Oceane Pozzo of France, Sandra Frei of Switzerland and Maria Ramberger of Austria go head to head in their women's quarterfinal heat in the FIS Snowboardcross World Cup on December 19, 2009 in Telluride, Colorado.

(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

EVIDENTLY, EVERYTHING REALLY IS BIG IN TEXAS. At least, in Jerry Jones part of the state. A general view of play between the Texas Longhorns and the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 5

UPSET. South Alabama's players celebrate after they defeated No. 18 Florida 67-66 in an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., on Tuesday, Dec., 22, 2009.

(AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

MNH: MONDAY NIGHT HOOPS

MIAMI 80, North Carolina A&T (Bulldogs, 10,345 students, Greensboro, NC) 59 - Malcolm Grant scored 14 points to lead Miami (12-1) to victory over North Carolina A&T on Monday night.

Grant was one of five Hurricanes who scored in double figures. Dwayne Collins and Durand Scott each finished with 13 points, while James Dews and Cyrus McGowan each scored 10 points.

VIRGINIA 68, N.J.I.T. (Highlanders, 5,578 students, Newark, NJ) 37 - Jeff Jones scored 11 points to lead Virginia as they cruised past New Jersey Institute of Technology on Monday night.

Sylven Landesberg chipped in with 10 points for the Cavaliers (5-4), while Assane Sene added 11 rebounds. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Virginia.

WOLFPACKS SMITH GETS VACATION FOR COMMENTS ABOUT ZEBRAS

North Carolina State says leading scorer Tracy Smith has been suspended for one game for his comments on the officiating in the Wolfpack's loss to Wake Forest.

Coach Sidney Lowe said Monday that the junior forward will practice and will travel to Arizona for Wednesday's game, but won't play.

After Sunday night's 67-59 loss in Winston-Salem, Smith told reporters that the officiating crew called too many "touch fouls" and "favored Wake Forest all the way."

In a statement issued by the school the next day, Smith apologized and said he "was caught up in the heat of the moment."

Smith, who averages nearly 18 points, had 11 points and 10 rebounds but was in foul trouble most of the night, fouling out with 5:28 remaining.

MONDAY ACC LINKS

By Heather Dinich, ESPN:

*Georgia Tech center Sean Bedford is on a different level when it comes to academics, and it's amazing the aerospace engineering major made it through the whole season juggling football and school.

*It's Bud Foster's defense, though, that Kam Chancellor had to seriously study this year.

*It will be a tough finish to an outstanding career for Miami left tackle Jason Fox (#64), so it will be up to Orlando Franklin to protect Jacory Harris.

*UNC's Ryan Houston is looking to be the next player from Charlotte to have an impressive performance in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

*Clemson will be going against a freshman quarterback when it faces Kentucky in the Music City Bowl.

*The break has done FSU quarterback E.J. Manuel -- and his shoulder -- some good.

ACC BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Duke's Jon Scheyer has been named ACC Player of the Week, while Wake Forest's C.J. Harris earned ACC Rookie of the Week honors.

Scheyer averaged 28.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 8.5 assists and 1.5 steals while leading Duke to wins over Gardner-Webb and No. 15 Gonzaga. The Northbrook, Ill., native shot 64.0 percent (16-of-25) from the field, 69.2 percent (9-of-13) from three-point range and 93.8 percent (15-of-16) from the foul line for the week.

Scheyer recorded a career-high 36 points to go along with eight rebounds and a career-best nine assists in last Tuesday's 113-68 win over Gardner-Webb. He was 11-of-13 from the field, including 7-of-9 from three-point range in the contest. In earning the award for the second time this season, Scheyer closed out the week with a 20-point, five-rebound, eight-assist effort in Duke's 76-41 win over 15th-ranked Gonzaga Saturday in New York's Madison Square Garden.

In earning the Rookie Award for the third time this season, C.J. Harris averaged 10.5 points and scored in double figures in both of Wake Forest's two wins last week. In the Deacons' 80-69 win at UNC Wilmington on Wednesday, Harris scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting. He also had two steals on the defensive end.

In Wake Forest's 67-59 win over NC State on Sunday, Harris finished with 10 points and four rebounds. He also had a steal and committed just one turnover in 28 minutes of action. On the season, Harris is 12.2 points per game and is shooting 50 percent (36-of-72). He has made 14-of-29 from three-point range for 48.3 percent.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

2,000. John Calipari (left ) the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats is pictured with Joe Hall ( middle) and Herky Rupp (right) after the 88-44 victory over the Drexel Dragons at Rupp Arena on December 21, 2009 in Lexington, Kentucky.

The victory was the 2,000th for Kentucky.

Joe Hall coached Kentucky to a national championship and Herky Rupp is the son of former Coach Adolph Rupp.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

MORE PLAYING TIME. Now in his fourth year, J.J. Redick is carving out a niche with the Orlando Magic now that he’s playing more – almost 22 minutes per game.

“We’re going to need J.J. to play well,” former Tar Heel and Magic-go-to-guy Vince Carter said.

Here, Redick (averaging 9.5 points per game) takes the ball to the basket against the Utah Jazz during the game on December 21, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida. The Magic won.

(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

DREADFUL. As bad as the Redskins offense was last night on MNF against the New York football Giants, the defense may have been worse. Eli Manning had a field day as N.Y. receivers were running around wide open all night like they were playing a high school team.

New GM Bruce Allen has his work cut out for him no matter who the coach is…

Here, Ahmad Bradshaw celebrates after scoring on a three-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Monday, December 21, 2009

TIME, WEATHER RELEVANT POLITICAL CARTOON (SO TO SPEAK) OF THE DAY

This just arrived from T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. We aren't looking to get into a debate about climate change, we simply thought it was funny.

It's titled: "Hundreds Gather to Protest Global Warming."

Happy holidays, everybody...it will be Christmas in just four more days.

(Can you beleive it?)

ACC SUNDAY NIGHT HOOPS

WAKE FOREST 67, N.C. STATE 59 - Al-Farouq Aminu had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Wake Forest beat North Carolina on Sunday night in the ACC opener for both teams.

Freshman C.J. Harris scored 10 points while Ishmael Smith had 10 points, seven assists and a memorable fast-break sequence to lead the Demon Deacons (8-2, 1-0 ACC).

Javier Gonzalez scored 18 points, one shy of a personal best, wle freshman Scott Wood added a season-high 11 points and Tracy Smith had 11 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out with 5:28 remaining for N.C. State (8-2, 0-1 ACC).

To read more, click here.

FLORIDA STATE 66, NO. 15 GEORGIA TECH 59 – Ryan Reid scored a career-high 17 points, and Chris Singleton hit the go-ahead basket with 1:05 left in overtime to help Florida State beat Georgia Tech on Sunday night.

The Seminoles (10-2, 1-0 ACC) won their fourth straight and stopped Georgia Tech's seven-game winning streak.

To read more, click here.

BOSTON COLLEGE 76, Bryant (Bulldogs, 5,082 students, Smithfield, RI) 42 - Joe Trapani scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Corey Raji added 20 points and eight boards to lead Boston College. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Eagles (7-4) heading into Wednesday's matchup with Massachusetts, which upset Memphis on Saturday.

To read more, click here.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

GATORADE BATH. Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano gets doused from the water cooler after defeating Central Florida 45-24 during the St. Petersburg Bowl college football game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009, in St. Petersburg, Fla.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THE EYES OF THE TIGER. Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals throws the ball against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL game on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.

(Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

AND NOW, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSOR. Stephen Colbert, host of "The Colbert Report," has announced his show will sponsor the U.S. Speedskating team for the 2010 Winter Olympics. He explains why in the cover story of the December 21st Year in Sports Media issue of SI.

(Photo: Michael O'Neill/Sports Illustrated)

Sunday, December 20, 2009

SATURDA Y HOOPS - RANKED

NO. 7 DUKE 76, No. 15 Gonzaga 41 - Nolan Smith scored 24 points, point guard Jon "Crazy Face" Scheyer added 20 points and eight assists and No. 7 Duke held No. 15 Gonzaga to its lowest point total in 25 years Saturday in the Aeropostale Classic.

"We got throttled in every aspect of basketball," Stags coach Mark Few said. "Their physical play bothered us as far as finishing shots around the rim. They outrebounded us. We turned the ball over more and they took more free throws. They beat us in every aspect. It was an old-fashioned 'take you out to the woodshed and beat you down.' "

Duke (9-1) missed 12 of its first 15 shots from the field and it was only that the Bulldogs (8-3) were struggling as well, making only two of their first 10 shots, that the game was close for the first 15 minutes.

NO. 24 CLEMSON 94, College of Charleston 55 - Jerai Grant went a perfect 6-of-6 from the field to lead Clemson to its fourth straight victory on Saturday night.

Grant, the son of former Oklahoma standout Harvey Grant and nephew of Clemson great Horace, jammed home the game's first basket and never let up for the Tigers (10-2). He finished with 12 points.

The win spoiled the return of former Georgia Tech coach - and current Cougar leader - Bobby Cremins to Littlejohn Coliseum.

To read more, click here.

No. 2 Texas 103, NO. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 90 - Damion James had 25 points and 15 rebounds, leading a four-man scoring frenzy that led the Horns to victory in the first basketball game at Cowboys Stadium.

James was among four Longhorns to score at least 20 points. That group alone nearly outscored the Tar Heels, combining for 89 points.

Texas killed UNC on the boards (56-36), grabbing 26 offensive rebounds. Turnovers (and points off of same) continue to plague the Heels.

To read more, click here.

SATURDAY HOOPS – UNRANKED

MIAMI 87, Florida Atlantic 69 - Three Hurricanes scored in double figures as the Hurricanes used a big rebounding advantage to beat Florida Atlantic on Saturday in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

James Dews scored 15 points in the first half, when Miami built a 43-23 lead. Dwayne Collins posted his second-straight double-double with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Hurricanes, who enjoyed a 55-31 edge on the boards. Durand Scott added 13 points and four assists for UM.

Miami had 24 offensive rebounds and shot 8-for-16 from 3-point range.

To read more, click here.

VIRGINIA TECH 73, Charleston Southern 50 – The Hokies jumped out to a 17-2 lead to start the game and went on to a 73-50 victory over Charleston Southern in a non-conference game on Saturday night at Cassell Coliseum.

Tech, which has won six straight, is 9-1 on the season for coach Seth Greenberg. The Hokies haven’t started a season this well since the 1995-96 team went 12-1 to open the year.

Delaney helped the Hokies get off to a quick start, as they opened the game by hitting six of their first nine shots, including 4-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc. Delaney and Dorenzo Hudson accounted for all four 3-pointers, hitting two each.

To read more, click here.

VIRGINIA – UNC Wilmington – postponed due to snow – lots and lots and lots of snow.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"I felt a little dirty for a little while; I'd see this former [UNC] player, and think, 'Will he shake my hand? How does he really feel about me?' But now, I don't feel like a black sheep anymore."

-- Matt Doherty, former UNC basketball coach now in his fourth season as the head man at SMU.

To read the entire article, click here.

FOOTBALL LINKS LEFTOVER FROM FRIDAY

Sorry, we got distracted by the snow…via ESPN.

*FSU offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher has hired former Auburn quarterback Dameyune Craig, according to a report by ESPN affiliate Nole Insider. This will be Craig’s third stint as either a player or coach under Fisher, who was his position coach at Auburn. It's a good hire, especially since Craig knows Fisher's style and how he operates.

*Georgia Tech's offensive line has shown significant improvement since last season, and a lot of that can be attributed to the competition within the group.

*C.J. Spiller might not have won an ACC title, but he got what he came back for -- his degree.
Virginia Tech added an offensive lineman to its recruiting class.

*Look out for Miami linebacker Darryl Sharpton -- he's a prankster -- but there's much more to him than a few jokes.

*Wisconsin has noticed a few weaknesses from Jacory Harris in watching game film, and the Badgers are hoping to pressure him into more.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS. Russia's Alexander Legkov (c) competes during the men 30 km Classic Mass Start at the FIS Cross Country World Cup race in Rogla, on December 20, 2009. A

(Photo by STR/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

GO, BODE GO. Bode Miller of the Usa during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on December 20, 2009 in Alta Badia, Italy.

The event was won by Italian Max Blardone. Miller finished off the board.

(Photo by Francis Bompard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

POINTS LEADER. Franzi Aufdenblatten posted her first World Cup victory in leading a 1-2 Swiss finish the Val D’Isere Super-G while American Lindsey Vonn placed third to take sole possession of the lead in the overall World Cup standings.

Vonn finished a whopping 0.26 seconds back. She has 581 points in the overall World Cup standings to lead Maria Riesch by 50 points.

(AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)

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