Wednesday, May 12, 2010

LAWRENCE TAYLOR: “I DID NOT HAVE SEX WITH THAT WOMAN”

Wait, that was Bill Clinton…and this was a “girl.”

Evidently…our favorite former Tar Heel linebacker and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Lawrence Taylor, is, in fact, completely crazy. To further complicate matters (his matters, not ours), he apparently also believes we are all stupid.

Now all of you loyal readers know that here at T.A.H. we tend to be wary of the media court of public opinion that wants to prove the likes of Taylor guilty (sex offender) until proven innocent (self-pleasurer). That said, this one is a little hard to (dare we say) swallow…

As they say on SNL, REALLY…?

Envoking the most ridiculous excuse since D.C. Mayor Marion Barry’s classic “The B*** Set Me Up!” defense, Taylor is going to defend himself with a new wrinkle “The B*** (underage and abused as she was) Made Me Masturbate!”

What next? Will he say he was “conducting his own investigation” (a tried and true favorite) or researching a script for a new sitcom – How I Met Your Sister?

Officially it goes like this: “Lawrence Taylor will defend himself against the charge that he raped a 16-year-old prostitute by claiming he only masturbated and did not have sexual intercourse with the girl, a source close to former football player told ABC News.com.”

At a bond hearing last week, Taylor's attorney Arthur Aidala denied Taylor had sex with the girl, setting up a defense for the former New York Giants linebacker.

Umm…L.T., it’s called “plausible deniability,” and your story still needs some work…

This isn't your first run in with the law, surely you have some better material?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DELANEY WITHDRAWS FROM NBA DRAFT

Virginia Tech guard Malcolm Delaney, the ACC’s top scorer during the 2009-10 season, is returning to school.

The 6-3, 190-pound junior from Baltimore said last Saturday that he has withdrawn from consideration for the NBA Draft.

Delaney averaged 20.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists on a 25-9 (10-6 ACC) team last season.

The Hokies failed to land an NCAA Tournament bid but won twice in the NIT.

With Delaney, Seth Greenberg’s eighth Virginia Tech team could be picked as high as second (behind Duke) in the 2010-11 preseason league polls.

DUKE CHAMPIONSHIP FLOOR FOR SALE

Following in the footsteps of their arch-rival, the University of North Carolina (the 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champions), the 2010 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion Duke Blue Devils will also be selling the floor they played on last month.

A company called Victory Courts LLC began selling portions of the Final Four court from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Monday.

Twelve different sizes and design options will be available throughout the year, including limited edition segments autographed by coach Mike Kʂɨˈʐɛ(f)9ski and seniors Jon Scheyer, Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek.

Victory Courts donated the center jump circle from the Lucas Oil Stadium floor to Duke, and will be making a financial contribution to the Emily K downtown Durham community center named built in honor of Kʂɨˈʐɛ(f)2ski 's late mother.

The gym at the Emily K Center currently features the court from Minneapolis upon which Duke won the 2001 NCAA title.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

1-2-3-4 TOGETHER HOOS

A crowd estimated at 2,000 packed the church for the funeral of slain UVa lacrosse player Yeardley Love on Saturday. One day later both teams accepted bids to their NCAA tournaments.

Friends, family, fellow students and lacrosse players from across the region filled the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore on Saturday.

The next day, both both teams received word of their NCAA tournament seedings.
The Cavaliers men's team was given the top seed in the 16-team field. Virginia will host Mount St. Mary's at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It will not only be the first game for the team since the program was rocked by the slaying, but also since coach Dom Starsia's father died after a long illness Friday.

The UVa women's team was given a No. 6 seed and will play at home against Towson on Sunday.
Both teams decided to play on with the support of Love's family.

Three other ACC men's teams also received bids. Third-seeded Maryland will host Hofstra, and fifth-seeded Duke hosts Johns Hopkins. Both games are set for noon Saturday.
Fourth-seeded North Carolina will host Delaware at 5 p.m. Sunday.

In the women's bracket, top-seeded Maryland hosts Marist at noon Saturday, Navy plays at third-seeded UNC at noon Saturday, and seventh-seeded Duke hosts Vanderbilt at 2 p.m.

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PICTURE(S) OF THE DAY

PERFECT. Dallas Braden of the Oakland Athletics pitched a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on May 9, 2010 in Oakland, California.

(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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