Saturday, April 24, 2010

WAHOO CORNER FIRST ACC IN ROUND 2

Virginia cornerback Chris Cook was the first player chosen from an ACC school in the second round of the 2010 NFL draft. Cook was the second pick in round two and he is headed to the frozen north to join the Vikings.

ACC in the second round of the NFL draft:
34 – MINNESOTA – Chris Cook, CB, 6’2, 210 – VIRGINIA

52 – PITTSBURGH – Jason Worilds, DE, 6’2, 240 – VIRGINIA TECH

ACC in the third round of the NFL draft:
71 – GREEN BAY – Morgan Burnett, S, 6’1, 210 – GEORGIA TECH

95 – NEW ORLEANS – Jimmy Graham, TE, 6’8, 260 – MIAMI

96 – CINCINNATI – Brandon Ghee, CB, 6’0, 191 – WAKE FOREST

VIRGINIA, MARYLAND WIN ACC LACROSSE SEMIS

Top-seeded Virginia defeated fourth-seed Duke, 16-12, in the first semifinal of the 2010 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which was held on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium on the campus of the University of Maryland.

Sophomore attackman Chris Bocklet and junior midfielder Shamel Bratton each tallied a hat-trick to lead the second-ranked and top-seeded Wahoos to their 13th appearance in the title game and first since 2008. The win also snapped an eight-game losing streak to Duke.

In the other semi, third-seed and tournament host Maryland advanced with a 13-5 victory over the second-seeded UNC Tar Heels.

The Terps improved to 9-2 on the season (1-2 ACC) and will make their 10th appearance in the title game – their first since 2006 when Maryland fell at the hands to the Virginia Cavaliers, 11-5. The two programs have faced one another four times in the title game and are knotted at 2-2 in the series.

The loss gives the second-ranked Tar Heels an 11-2 mark this season (2-1 ACC).
The final will be played 3:30 pm on Sunday. Check your local listings for television.

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(Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)

PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

COOL CATS. Zapcat power boats race in a practice run in the surf at Fistral Beach on April 23, 2010 in Newquay, England. Cornwall's Newquay is this weekend playing host to the Blue Chip Zapcat Grand Prix where small inflatable catamaran powerboats built for speed with 50hp engines, will battle it out in the national championship.

England in April? Were all the oceans in the warmer climes booked this weekend?
(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

KY DERBY ONE WEEK FROM TODAY. Horses are brought off the track against the backdrop of the twin spires after their morning exercise sessions on the opening day of the spring meet at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, April 24, 2010.

(AP Photo)

Friday, April 23, 2010

MICKELSON’S OTHER SHOT SEEN AROUND THE WORLD

So the story goes like this: The next day after winning the Masters, Phil Mickelson shows up at a drive-thru window at the local Krispy Kreme wearing his green jacket with two of his daughters in tow. He buys a bunch of donuts (wonder if the "hot" sign was lit?), signs some autographs through the window and has his picture taken.

The manager of said drive-thru takes his photo on his phone and shortly thereafter it’s all over the internet.

Here at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters we can be a bit…skeptical…some might even say cynical, so our first move was to try and find out if the photo was a look-a-like fake – a brilliant viral publicity stunt for Krispy Kreme.

Apparently, the story is legit.

According to our fellow news agency, CNBC, the time line runs like this:

AOL Fanhouse writer Clay Travis was speaking at a high school in Nashville on Monday after the Masters when the photo came into his e-mail box.

The original photo was taken by Greg Carswell, the manager of the Krispy Kreme on Washington Road in Augusta. An e-mail with the photo was sent at 11:24 a.m. ET on Monday from a person who said they were a friend of Carswell.

“This picture was taken this morning, he said he signed autographs and allowed him to take this picture with his family in the vehicle,” the e-mail said. “Pretty neat, just thought I would share it with you.”

We can assume that the picture was then sent out to a large group of people, including Jason Cyrus Ohanian, who works in emerging markets equity research at Wells Fargo.

Within minutes, Ohanian sent it to Travis.

“In between a break from speaking at the high school, I put it up on Twitter,” Travis said. “It literally took 30 seconds.”

What followed were more than 14,000 people viewing the picture, re-tweets, blogs and then stories, including the required one from the Augusta Chronicle, who “broke” what Mickelson ordered.

Under the headline “Mickelson’s order excites Krispy Kreme staff,” reporter Adam Folk reveals that Mickelson order 36 doughnuts — a dozen glazed, a dozen chocolate and a dozen mixed.

Completing the loop were the folks at Krispy Kreme, who proudly tweeted the unpaid endorsement.

“I knew that this story would get a lot of attention,” Travis said. “It just pretty much confirms what people think about Phil. You get the idea that he’s the kind of guy who would show up to a Krispy Kreme in his green jacket after winning the Masters. The fact that he actually did it – and it was documented – is what makes this work as a story on so many different levels.”

WTEM ESPN 980 in Washington covered the story saying “After not winning the Masters last weekend, Tiger Woods did not show up wearing a green jacket at the Krispy Kreme store like actual winner what's-his-name did."

If that doesn’t make sense to you, see this previous commentary on WTEM’s coverage of the Masters.

(Editor's Note: News tip on this item courtesy of The Great Nordini (University of Virginia), who also serves as the T.A.H. Lacrosse Monitor)

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO...

Hmmm...

How about Alabama v. Alabama?

Some 92,000 pack the Bryant-Denny Stadium during the Alabama Crimson Tide spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Yike.

(Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images North America)

CLEMSON’S SPILLER SHUFFLES OFF TO BUFFALO

All-purpose running back, receiver and kick returner, C.J. Spiller was the first ACC football player selected in the 2010 NFL draft last night. Spiller is headed off to Buffalo where, among other culture shocks, he will find weather substantially cooler than he’s used to in South Carolina. In all likelihood, the multi-talented Spiller will see instant action in Chan Gailey’s offense.

ACC in the first round of the NFL draft:

9 – BUFFALO – C.J. Spiller, RB, 5'11, 195 – CLEMSON

16 – TENNESSEE – Derrick Morgan, DE, 6’4, 270 – GEORGIA TECH

22 – DENVER – Demarvius Thomas, WR, 6’3, 229 – GEORGIA TECH

32 – NEW ORLEANS – Patrick Robinson, CB, 5’11, 194 – FLORIDA STATE

(Photos by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

BCS RELEASES NEW FORMULA

We don’t know what the "new" formula says, but it’s not a playoff, so in our book it’s more of the same old bleating crap.

If you would like to figure it out, feel free.

Click here.

A SLIGHTLY BIGGER DANCE

The suits in Kansas announced a smaller-than-expected expansion of the mens' D1 basketball tournament from 65 to 68 teams yesterday. We presume that means a “play in” game in each bracket.

Good news, is the new television deal means more live games and less jumping around during that game you are desperately trying to watch.

According to the AP here’s the scoop:

College sports’ largest governing body plans to expand next year’s March Madness field from 65 to 68 teams without making a major format change. It also said it has reached a new 14-year, $10.8 billion deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting that keeps the door open to more expansion.

“What is remarkable is that it is exclusively at the NCAA’s discretion regarding field size for the championship,” NCAA vice president Greg Shaheen said, referring to language in the TV deal.

The new 68-team tourney is expected to be approved next Thursday by the NCAA’s Board of Directors, and Shaheen said there were no plans to immediately look at a 96-team field many were expecting for 2011.

But the winning television networks didn’t need more teams or extra games to sell them on the new TV package.

CBS was relieved to get rid of the final three years on its previous 11-year, $6 billion contract—three years that included steep $700 million annual payments. Turner Broadcasting jumps from being a non-player in the college basketball world to having the sport’s marquee event—including championship games in alternating years starting in 2016.

And the NCAA gets its long-desired wish of seeing every game telecast nationally with fewer live look-ins and switching away from blowouts.

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DEAR MR. SNYDER

Dear Mr. Snyder:

Lest it be said that we are not always negative, we are writing today to offer hearty CONGRATULATIONS on choosing offensive tackle Trent Williams of Oklahoma with the fourth pick of last night’s first round of the 2010 NFL draft.

And…thanks AGAIN for hiring Allen and Shanahan.

We remain reasonably confident, that left to your own devices you and Vinny would have drafted either the safety from Tennessee (best athlete in the draft, sure fire first round can’t miss pick, blah, blah, blah) or, WORSE YET, Tim Tebow.

Thankfully, the football heads prevailed and you opted for a 6’4.5” 300+ lbs kid with MAD skills to help patch up an offensive line that was the bane of the Zorn era.

Well done (whether you liked it or not).

Sincerely,
Your Loyal Fan

FORMER TAR HEEL TO COACH HAPPY APPY

Former North Carolina Tar Heel basketball player Jason Capel is now the youngest D1 men’s basketball coach after being named the head man at Appalachian State on Wednesday. Capel is just three months past his 30th birthday.

Capel (far left) replaces another Tar Heel, Buzz Peterson, who left for UNC Wilmington last week. Capel was an assistant to Peterson last year—his only experience as a coach.

Capel’s older brother Jeff (Duke) coaches Oklahoma, while his dad, Jeff Jr., is an assistant with the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.

Capel played at North Carolina and was a two-time all-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. He led the Tar Heels in scoring at 15.6 points as a senior in 2001-02.

After playing professionally in the NBA Development League and in Serbia, Japan and Italy, Capel worked as a television analyst for ESPNU and Raycom Sports for two years before joining the Mountaineers’ staff last season.

Clearly, the Mountainers are hoping some of that sky blue magic will rub off…

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Everyone makes mistakes, and you make a lot of 'em when you’re young. Say they did away with having to go one year to college, and you went straight to the pros and it turns out you’re not good enough. We’re supposed to be in the education business. Why not allow that person to come back, and maybe have to sit out a year or something like that, but they still have your eligibility to play? I don't see anything wrong with that …I don't think anyone would be gaining an edge or anything like that."

– Maryland coach Gary Williams.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

CAPITOL SUCCESS. North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue honored Duke University Head Coach Mike Kʂɨˈʐɛ(f)ski and the 2010 NCAA D1 Men’s Basketball National Champion Blue Devils at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Kʂɨˈʐɛ(f)ski’s old pal Jerry West was the surprise guest.

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(Photo by Corey Lowenstein/Raleigh News & Observer)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NEW RECRUIT. Meet Indianapolis Pike High School junior Marquis Teague. Young Master Teague announced yesterday that he will be attending the University of Kentucky on a basketball scholarship majoring in Pre-Professional Basketball. He plans to take one class: NBA 101.

His professor and academic advisor is listed as one J. Calipari. Teague’s other potential suitor, Louisville, actually may (key word: may) have made him attend other classes so Teague opted for the sure thing.

(Photo by AP Photos)

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

HEELS SNAP NORTHWESTERN’S 41 GAME WINNING STREAK

The #2 ranked Tar Heels ended #1 Northwestern’s win streaks of 41 overall and 58 at home Sunday afternoon with an 18-16 victory.

It was a rematch of last season's NCAA championship game, which the Wildcats won 21-7.

It was a game of momentum shifts as North Carolina twice rallied from four-goal deficits.

The Tar Heels were led by Lauren Zimmerman's seven points, including five goals. Corey Donohoe and Becky Lynch each had five points for the victors.

To read more, click here.

WAHOOS DROP OUT OF FIRST IN TWO POLLS

Not long ago, Virginia’s baseball and men’s lacrosse teams were number one in the land. Not any more, the lacrosse team was passed this week by Syracuse and the baseball team stumbled a few weeks ago. The basket and helmet guys are still ranked second, while the horsehide squad has dropped to fourth in the USA Today/Coaches poll passed by conference foe Georgia Tech at #3.

Florida State is #9 and Miami comes in at #14. Clemson rounds out ACC baseball in the poll at #20. Virginia Tech dropped out of the poll last week.

The Wahoo lacrosse team can get its groove back this weekend in the ACC tournament held at Maryland. The semis (there are only four ACC lacrosse teams) on Friday have Virginia taking on Duke, while host Maryland plays UNC. The finals are Sunday and can be seen on RSN. Check your local listings.

For more info on the ACC lacrosse tournament, click here.

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

SOMEBODY HAS SOME ‘SPLAININ’ TO DO. San Francisco's Edgar Renteria, left, gets a high-five from Eugenio Velez after the final out of the Giants' 10-4 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park in Houston. "San Francisco" is misspelled on the front of Velez's jersey.

(AP Photo/Bob Levey)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

BRONX LOVE. New York third baseman Alex Rodriguez hugs former teammate Hideki Matsui while other Yankees players swarm the Los Angeles Angels outfielder and give him his 2009 World Series ring Tuesday at Yankee Stadium, the same day the rest of the Yankees received their rings.

(Alan Maglaque/US Presswire)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 4

GOLD CUP? Almost. Virginia’s biggest steeplechase race that annually draws crowds of up to 50,000 will be run next Saturday. The $75,000 race over timber fences and four plus miles is the feature race.
Here, runners in The Toteplacepot Maiden Stakes stretch out early on in the race at Folkestone racecourse on April 20, 2010 in Folkestone, England.

(Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

SINGLER RETURNING TO DUKE

Duke's Kyle Singler announced Monday night that he is staying at Duke for his senior year.

Over in Chapell Hill, the announcement was met with a collective "Ahhhh, s***!!!"

Here, Singler celebrates after the Blue Devils defeated the Butler Bulldogs 61-59 in the NCAA basketball championship game April 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Monday, April 19, 2010

PICTURE OF THE DAY

H-UNC-H BET. In this photo released by the New York Racing Association, Tar Heel Mom, ridden by Ramon Dominguez, wins the $150,000 Distaff Handicap Gr. II at Aqueduct Race Track, in New York on Saturday, April 17, 2010.

Wagering on the horse paying homage to UNC moms earned backers $5.60 for the win bet.


(AP Photo/NYRA, Adam Coglianese)

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