Friday, June 11, 2010
Simply put, here at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters we don’t know squat about the beautiful game, but we no a world class sporting event when we see one, so props to FIFA, the World Cup and South Africa.
We won’t cover the event in any detail, but we just wanted to acknowledge that it’s big and it’s cool. (Also, we don’t know if any of the U.S. squad hails from any ACC schools as our vaunted T.A.H. Worldwide Media Research Department is slacking off big time…)
All of that said, should our lads whip those pesky limeys, there will be coverage…well…at least a photo. Maybe two.
Enjoy, the game…or the match…or whatever it’s called.
-- Martin Tyler, ESPN soccer announcer prior to today's opening match of the FIFA World Cup.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: As noted above, we aren’t soccer experts, but those numbers don’t sound very fair.)
The Great Nordini sent T.A.H. an item this morning via computer guru Chris K-S from something called Soccer America Daily.
There columnist Mike Woitalla points out that:
“a few years ago, a Los Alamos National Laboratory study declared soccer the most unpredictable sport after studying 300,000 soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey and football games.”
He further notes the absurdity of playing the game for hours upon hours (or does it just seem that way?) only to settle these incredibly important matches with penalty kicks. That sounds like ice hockey and we all no that hockey is all effed up. Right, Mr. Anderson?
Happily, our British bookmaking friends have given us some entertaining wagering options:
There’s 5/1 odds that Michael Bradley (who ever he is?) will be the first player to foul Wayne Rooney (Nope, don’t know who he is either). It’s 8/1 that Landon Donovan (a relative of the singer Donovan or the Colts' Art?) will score against England. It’s 10/3 and 5/1, respectively, that Rooney (Art? Dan? Micky? Andy?) or Peter Crouch (Is that Bev’s kid?) strike for England.
One dollar will get you seven if a Brazilian is the first player to reveal a Jesus Christ T-shirt during a goal celebration. (At least that makes sense!)
At Paddy Power, Ireland’s biggest bookmaker, you can bet on how many England players will sing the national anthem before the U.S. game, how many matches Nelson Mandela will attend, and who Diego Maradona will verbally insult before the first game of the tournament. (We put a few pounds on Mrs. Maradona [Claudia Villafañe]…What? She left him already…Jeez!)
British gamblers can even bet on whether an ITV commentator will utter the phrase, "They’re confiscating all the Vuvuzelas!"
(EDITOR'S NOTE: We’re headed to the pub to order a “Vuvuzela” just to see what happens! Actually, a vuvuzela is a horn which soccer fans blow all match long to the great annoyance of any other carbon based life form within earshot! Looks like the Research Department showed up after all..)
The Big 12 is imploding for reasons unknown to us, and, perhaps, to them.
Tom Izzo is considering leaving Michigan State to coach the Cleveland Cavaliers. That makes even less sense then Colorado being in the PAC 10…Oh...Say what? Colorado is IN the PAC 10! (That's crazy talk!)
Izzo going pro can only be a gigantic ego trip funded by huge dollars as so few college coaches have successfully made the transition from NCAA to NBA. Is this LeBron’s idea?
Robinson, who isn’t very big and who looks even smaller next to the robust “Big Baby” Davis declared to the delight of the assembled media “We’re like Shrek and Donkey, best friends.”
When the high fives and laughter subsided Davis noted “You shouldn’t have let us up here!”
Good to see some pro athletes having some actual fun.
(Photos by Jim Rogash/Getty Images and Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest and N.C. State combined to have 30 teams recognized by the NCAA in the top 10 percent of their sport in APR scores.
The APR tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship, accounting for academic eligibility, retention and graduation while attempting to provide a measure of each team's performance in the classroom.
The multi-year APRs of the men's basketball teams of UNC (995) and N.C. State (990) ranked in the top 10 percent nationally and led the ACC.
Duke had 14 teams with multi-year scores in the top 10 percent and led the ACC in football (983) and women's basketball (990). UNC had eight teams ranked in the top 10 percent, followed by Wake Forest (five) and N.C. State (three).
Interesting to note is the fact that The U came in second to Duke in the ACC Football category…
MEN'S BASKETBALL: North Carolina 995, N.C. State 990, Duke 980, BC 978, Miami 970,
Virginia Tech 970, Wake Forest 959, Virginia 952, Clemson 946, Florida State 944, Maryland 913, Georgia Tech 908
With total compensation topping $4.19 million, the pay appears to make him the top-paid college basketball coach in the nation for the 2008-09 fiscal year and clearly puts him among the highest-paid of all college officials, according to various surveys and analyses, studies and reviews, of pay in higher education and athletics.
A handful of football coaches in the nation's elite power conferences have made more than $4 million, according to reviews of tax filings by USA Today.
To read more, click here.
Oh, and how long will it be before someone complains that there are no African Americans in this picture of a bunch of white guys with a Native American on their "sweaters?" (That's hockey speak for jersey. See, we DO have hockey experts at T.A.H. Worldwide Media!)
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
The fans got everything they were promised.
According to Dave Sheinen of the Washington Post:
Yes, he could have broken the record for strikeouts in a debut (15) set by J. R. Richards back in 1971, or pitched a no hitter or even a perfect game to further grow his rapidly expanding legend, but he didn’t.
And nobody seemed the least little bit bothered.
(Note: Kudos to the designers of the Nats stadium. As far as we could tell, everything – traffic, parking, concessions, entry, exit – functioned smoothly last night with a capacity crowd. Also note, seat #6 in any row in Section 235 is DIRECLTY behind the foul pole. Toly Hansbrough and the T.A.H. crew had seats 8-11…so we narrowly missed disaster.)
One of that multitude of “Nats’ fans” was an eleven-year-old girl with no interest in the game beyond shopping in the Team Store. To make her even more miserable than a fifteen-year-old sulking like her iPod and cell phone had been taken from her, her BFF eleven-year-old girlfriend didn’t make the trip – leaving her in the company of four adults and two eight-year-old boys. To really pile on, one of the boys was her little brother.
Food, of all sizes and shapes, usually brings this one back from any rare funk, but not tonight. But the moment, we sat down in our seats 10 minutes before the first pitch, the transition back to normalcy seemed to be underway.
By the third or fourth strikeout, the crowd was up and cheering and the sulking eleven-year-old was caught up in the wave of excitement. By strikeout #10 she was yelling at the players on the field. When Strasburg fanned the last three Pirates he faced, she too was up and cheering with great enthusiasm.
ITEM #2: A limited edition (only 40,315 in circulation) program commemorating Stephen Strasburg’s MLB debut and Nats’ rookie Drew Storen on June 8, 2010 at Nationals Stadium against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Remember, no matter how many people tell you they witnessed Stephen Strasburg’s MLB debut, only 40,315 fans were in the house and subsequently in possession of these almost priceless souvenirs.
MIAMI 10, Texas A&M 3
Friday, June 11
Vanderbilt @ FLORIDA STATE, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN2
MIAMI @ Florida, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN
Saturday, June 12
FLORIDA STATE vs. Vanderbilt, 1:00 PM, TV: ESPN
Oklahoma @ VIRGINIA, 3:00 PM, TV: ESPNU
Alabama @ CLEMSON, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPNU
MIAMI vs. Florida, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN2
Sunday, Jun 13
FLORIDA STATE vs. Vanderbilt (if necessary), 1:00 PM, TV: ESPN
VIRGINIA vs. Oklahoma, 4:00 PM, TV: ESPN
MIAMI vs. Florida (if necessary), 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN2
CLEMSON vs. Alabama, 7:00 PM, TV: ESPN2
North Carolina junior pitcher Matt Harvey (seventh overall, New York Mets) Georgia Tech junior pitcher Deck McGuire (11th overall, Toronto Blue Jays), Miami junior catcher Yasmani Grandal (12th overall, Cincinnati Reds) and Clemson junior outfielder Kyle Parker (26th overall, Colorado Rockies) all heard their names called in the early going.
This marks the 19th consecutive year (1992-2010) that at least one student-athlete from the ACC has been taken in the first round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. It is the ninth time in the last 10 years that conference has seen multiple players taken in the first round.
To read more, click here.
A spokesman for the Rockies declined to comment on Wilson's situation.
– Stan Kasten, the Nationals team president, said after realizing that the Nats ‘K’ line on the scoreboard couldn’t accommodate Stephen Strasburg’s 14 strikeouts.
Might want to fix that pronto.
(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images North America)
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Stony Brook 6, N.C. STATE 2 - eliminated
VIRGINIA TECH 16, Bucknell 7
MIAMI 14, Texas A&M 1
VIRGINIA 13, Mississippi 7
FLORIDA STATE 6, Oregon 4
CLEMSON 5, Auburn 2
GEORGIA TECH 5, Alabama 2
Oklahoma 7, NORTH CAROLINA 6 (10)
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