Friday, April 16, 2010

DURHAM'S BULLS HONOR DEVILS

Why is it so hard?

It’s only 60’6” and the projected orb is the size of an orange.

How come so many politicians, celebrities and sports figures have so much trouble accurately tossing the horsehide to home plate in those ever popular ceremonial (in what language does “ceremonial” mean “crappy?”) first pitches?

Add to the list ever-growing list for Ball One, Jon Scheyer, Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas.

Two out of the three can toss a basketball 25’ into a rim not much bigger than the ball, but throw a baseball to home plate? Well…no.

The three seniors on Duke's 2010 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship basketball team threw ceremonial first pitches Thursday night before the Durham Bulls' home opener.

Scheyer (making a crazy face?)threw low and slow. Zoubek's pitch was high and wild, and Lance Thomas bounced the ball to the plate…

Fun was had, but the Bulls lost.

To read more, click here.

(Phots by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)


Thursday, April 15, 2010

WAKE FOREST GOES FOR THE EARLY “Z”

Like Duke, Wake Forest now has a coach with an early “z” in his last name. Welcome to the ACC one Jeff Bzdelik.

Like Mike Krzyzewski (Kʂɨˈʐɛ(f)ski), coach of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Champion Duke Blue Devils, Bzdelik also hails from Illinois and has had success at a military academy.

He formerly coached the Denver Nuggets in the NBA from 2002 through 2004. There, he is best remembered for leading the 2003-04 Nuggets to a 43–39 record, a 26-game improvement over the 2002-03 campaign when the team went 17–65.

Bzdelik also coached at the Air Force Academy where he led that team to a NIT semi-final game and a total record for two seasons of 50–16. In 2006-077, Bzdelik’s Air Force squad posted the best record in school history going 26-9.

Things didn’t go quite as smoothly in the Big 12 dominated by the likes of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas State. In the last three years, the Buffalos have gone 10-38 in conference and 36-58 overall. This past season, Bzdelik guided the Buffs to a 15-16 record.

The 57-year-old Bzdelik is no stranger to his new employer— his daughter is enrolled at Wake Forest. Think they will deduct her tuition from his million dollar paycheck?

To read more, click here.

ACC HOODLUMS TURN JMU’S SPRINGFEST INTO MID-MAJOR “WAR ZONE”

Ahhh…spring is in the air at James Madison University – the prestigious Virginia college that once awarded a journalism degree to the founder, editor and publisher of Today’s ACC Headlines – and, evidently, so is a hint of lingering tear gas…

Seems as the annual block party known as Springfest got a little out of hand last weekend when some 8,000 kids showed up to the event that usually attracts 1,000 to 2,000 JMU students.

In short order, chaos ensued including property damage and physical injuries. When things started to get riotous, the cops showed up in the appropriate garb. It all went down hill from there.

While JMU president Lynwood Rose was quick to scold the entire student body, many witness claim that students from other schools and kids from the local community were the problem. When JMU students were overwhelmed by strangers, many closed down their parties and that is when the violence ensued…

The Harrisonburg place made as many as 20 arrests, and are now scouring YouTube videos trying to indentify additional law-breakers.

Here at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters we have received zillions of emails and calls pointing out that the trouble makers were interlopers from ACC schools in the region who are jealous of the nirvana that is Harrisonburg, VA and the always expanding JMU campus. Not to mention, a national championship in football.

In addition, according to some sources in and around Chapel Hill, some ACC students were upset that the JMU teams are called the “Dukes.”

The pictures we have been sent of this disaster clearly justify this theory on what when wrong.
JMU students took it all in stride and immediately staring producing tee-shirts that say “Come To JMU…It’s A Riot!”

To read more, click here and/or click here.

(Photos by David Casterline/The Breeze/JMU) 
(*items in italics may not be true.)

TOBACCO ROAD RIVALRY MOVES TO FACEBOOK

At different times of the year, we hear the debate about which college rivalry is the greatest. We hear about Auburn and Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State, UCLA and USC, Harvard and Yale, Army and Navy, Lafayette and Lehigh and, of course, Notre Dame and anybody the Gold Domers can get to listen to them about the glory days v. Army or Navy or Stanford…you get the point.

However, in basketball there are few, and none gets with in three-pointer distance of the heat that emanates from Durham and it’s neighbor Chapel Hill. If "greatest" can roughly translate to "most intense," the North Carolina v. Duke rivalry known for such things as “To Hate Like This Is To Be Happy Forever,” has again turned up the mud-in-your-social-media-eye heat.

Into the fray enters Facebook.

How about a group called “I HATE IT WHEN I WAKE UP AND DUKE STILL EXISTS.”

Man, that’s cold. That’s a REAL rivalry.

Already almost 10,000 Facebookers have acknowledged similar feelings first thing in the a.m. (and we presume the rest of the day!).

To join the fun, click here.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm…

This one comes from T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. and we’ve decided to give it to you as it was sent to us…straight from the lips of Perez Hilton….sorry, bad mental picture.

“Workers from Carlsberg brewery in Amsterdam walked out on Thursday because of newly enforced rules on workplace drinking leading to the removal of beer coolers from work sites.

The company's new alcohol policy allows them to drink beer only during lunch at the canteen. They used to be able to drink throughout the day from coolers provided by the bosses.

The warehouse and production workers in Denmark are rebelling against the company's new alcohol policy, which allows them to drink beer only during lunch hours in the canteen.

Previously, they could help themselves to beer throughout the day, from coolers placed around the work sites.

The only restriction was "that you could not be drunk at work. It was up to each and everyone to be responsible," said company spokesman Jens Bekke.

Although the company had thought about changing their policy for years, they finally imposed the new rules on April 1st. It caused 800 workers to strike and 250 to walk off their jobs.
And the truck drivers even joined in for support even though they are immune to the rules!

They are allowed to bring three beers from the canteen because they often don't have time to have lunch there.

But don't fear, the trucks have alcohol ignition locks that prevent the drivers from driving drunk.”

Don’t despair Carlsberg drinkers, the strike came to end on Monday when officials at the brewery promised a meeting with management.

ANOTHER MCADOO AT UNC. North Carolina's Michael McAdoo (94) sacks quarterback T. J. Yates during the second quarter of the annual Tar Heel Blue White spring football game on Saturday April 10, 2010 at Kenan Stadium Chapel Hill, N.C.

(Photo by AP Photos)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

DADGUMMIT. Gold team's Rodney Smith, center couldn't hold on to this pass as he is defended by Garnet team's Nick Moody, left and Gerald Demps during Florida State's spring football game on Saturday, April 10, 2010 in Tallahassee, Fla.

(Photo by AP Photos)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

ACC: A FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CAN’T BE FAR BEHIND?

This spring the ACC has captured NCAA championships in both the collegiate equivalent to the NBA and the NHL with Duke winning the national title in basketball and Boston College winning ice hockey.

Last weekend, the Eagles emerged triumphant from the Frozen Four, winning the championship 5-0 over Wisconsin at Ford Field in Detroit. The game set a world indoor attendance record (37,592).

To read more, click here.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

DO THESE HORSES MAKE MY JUMP LOOK BIG? Runners approach the water jump in The John Smith's Grand National at Aintree racecourse on April 10, 2010 in Liverpool, England.

(Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

CLEMSON HIRES WRIGHT STATE COACH

Brad Brownell of Wright State was hired Tuesday as the basketball coach at Clemson.

Brownell succeeds Oliver Purnell, who was hired in 2003 from Dayton and led Clemson to the past three NCAA tournaments. Purnell surprised Clemson last week when he left to coach DePaul.

Clemson said Brownell was to be introduced Tuesday at an afternoon news conference, where terms of the agreement were to be discussed.

Brownell went 84-45 in four years at Wright State. He led the Raiders to a 20-12 record last year, including 12-6 in the Horizon League. Wright State lost to NCAA tournament runner-up Butler in the conference championship game.

Before arriving at Wright State, Brownell coached UNC-Wilmington and went 83-40 in four seasons.

Brownell inherits an inexperienced corps of players, and some challenges. Devin Booker, the brother of star Trevor Booker, has talked about leaving. The family of Tiger signee Marcus Thornton had asked the school for a release from his letter of intent after Purnell’s departure.

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO...

Hmmm...

UNC’S DAVIS HEADED TO NBA

North Carolina forward Ed Davis is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-10 forward was the team’s second-leading scorer. He was also the Tar Heels’ top rebounder and shot blocker before missing the last 13 games with a broken left wrist sustained against Duke in February.

In a statement from the school, Davis said he is pursuing a “lifelong dream of playing in the NBA” and that he would continue to work toward his degree.

Davis averaged 13.4 points and 9.6 rebounds this year and was a key reserve as a freshman in North Carolina’s run to the 2009 national championship. He had 11 points and eight rebounds in 14 minutes against Michigan State in that title game.

"This was a tough decision for him, because he loves Carolina, loves his teammates," said Terry Davis, who played 10 seasons in the NBA. "But with a possible lockout the next year, that could set him back another year. And he wanted to fulfill his dream."

In spite of his narrow frame and lack of substantial progress in his sophomore season prior to his injury, many still project Davis as a first round choice.

To read more, click here.

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America)

Monday, April 12, 2010

ADIOS, TEXAS STADIUM

They imploded Texas Stadium yesterday. Some lucky Cowboy fan got to push the button after winning a contest sponsored by Kraft Cheeses. No kidding.

Kraft held a national essay contest, the winner of which would get to pull the trigger on the "Cheddar Explosion." The winner was 11-year-old Casey Rogers and he got to bring the end to the stadium's illustrious life.

Look, you can't make this stuff up.

To see the video, click here. We particularly like the guy at the one minute mark who yells "Do it again!"

CONGRATULATIONS, PHIL

By now you must know that Tiger Woods did not win the Masters and amazingly the world continues to turn.

However, nice guy Phil Mickelson did earn his third green jacket with a convincing win he dedicated to his wife and family.

Woods was non-committal about his return to golf, but we remain confident that he will show up in time to hijack the media for the U.S. Open Tiger Woods Invitational in June.

(Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DA(L)Y

WRONG SIDE OF THE TRACKS. John Daly sells merchandise to fans on Washington Road outside his mobile home prior to the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

WTEM ESPN 980 MASTERS UPDATE

Tiger Woods shot -2 yesterday (70) and is now -8 for the tournament (208). He will tee off Sunday at 2:30.

Yesterday, the world’s greatest golfer, wore an ugly striped shirt. In all likelihood he will wear a red one on Sunday.

According to sources close to T.A.H. Worldwide Media, Woods got up at 2:19 a.m. to pee and then went immediately back to sleep.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)


EVERYBODY ELSE’S MASTERS UPDATE

Lee Westwood, who has never led or won a major, is at -12 nursing a one stroke lead over hard-charging Phil Mickelson. The likeable two-time winner went eagle-eagle-birdie on 13, 14 and 15 as part of a Saturday 67.

K.J. Choi and Tiger Woods both shot 70 and are four shots behind the leader. Boom Boom Couples’ back was clearing feeling better as he posted a tidy little 68 to move to -7, five strokes behind Westwood.

Apparently, there was a large gallery, the weather was nice and those yummy pimento cheese and egg-salad sandwiches continued to sell like cheap hot cakes.
See, that wasn’t so hard.

(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

IT’S OK, YOU WEREN’T THE ONLY ONE THAT THOUGHT TIGER’S NEW NIKE DEAD FATHER ADD WAS WEIRD…AND ABSURD...AND RIPE FOR PARODY

Tiger’s brief one-sided-conversation-with-deceased-father-Earl created a swirl of interest – just what sponsor Nike was looking for.

Of course, in our info/media/internet saturated modern world, it also launched a ton of parodies.

To see some variations, click here or click here.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

Spring games are taking place all over the ACC.

Yesterday in Chapel Hill, the white team defeated the blue team 17-0. Redshirt freshman quarterback Bryn Renner, above, made an undeniable impact and continues to create buzz in Tar Heel Nation.

Here, UNC's Jheranie Boyd (87) looks for running room against Terry Shankle (24) after a completion in the fourth quarter reception.

To see/read more, click here.

(Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)

PICTURE OF THE DAY

WHAT NEXT? IMAX? A 3-D camera is used to cover the play during the third round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia.

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

IS THAT ASTROTURF? Gasp…at Augusta?

Tiger Woods walks across the Hogan Bridge with his caddie Steve Williams during the third round of the 2010 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2010 in Augusta, Georgia.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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