Friday, October 8, 2010

Secretariat Movie Opens Today

Diane Lane
"In that golden span of great sports from the mid-'60s to the mid-'70s, Muhammad Ali was king, but Secretariat was a contender for the throne of sports majesty. He even out-Springsteened Springsteen, landing on the covers of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated." -- Clint O’Connor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Secretariat, the movie, opens today for wide release today.  Being in the horse biz, knowing Penny Chenery (Big Red's owner who is portrayed by Diane Lane in the film) and having seen Secretariat in person at Claiborne Farm, we simply must put all the power of T.A.H. Worldwide Media behind a push for box office success.

The fact that he is simply the greatest athlete ever produced by the Commonwealth of Virginia is reason alone to trump both the real and digital versions of his amazing Triple Crown accomplishment. 

We have seen the movie multiple times and written two reviews you can read by clicking here and here.

We also told director Randall Wallace, following a screening in Georgetown, that we believed he had accomplished a nice piece of filmaking by extracting an emotional reaction from folks who already knew the outcome of the events.  So much for spoilers...

Here are some reviews, you might also enjoy.

Roger Ebert , click here.
Ann Hornaday, click here.
Andy Beyer (who is portrayed in the film), click here.

Yeah, you know how it ends, but go see it anyway.

ACC Football Saturday

Saturday, Oct 9

BOSTON COLLEGE @ N.C. STATE (-9.5), Raleigh, N.C., 12:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 190/SIRIUS 212) – B.C. has QB problems and State can’t be happy about yakking up a big lead last Saturday to VT. Look for Russell Wilson to put up big numbers.

Central Michigan (Chippewas, 28,389 students, Mount Pleasant, MI) @ VIRGINIA TECH (-21.5), Blacksburg, Va., 12:00 PM , TV: ESPNU (XM 191/SIRIUS 213) – We’d make some crack about the Hokies notoriously scheduling BCS strength-of-schedule-busting pansies like the Chippewas, but there was that little slip up with the JMU Dukes…

CLEMSON @ NORTH CAROLINA (-2.5), Chapel Hill, N.C., 3:30 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN (XM 191/SIRIUS 213) – A “must win” for both teams if either wants to have a meaningful season. The sharpies in Vegas like the Heels who apparently aren’t playing any “away” games this year. (So far, one “neutral” and the rest at Keenan Stadium).

VIRGINIA @ GEORGIA TECH (-10), Atlanta, Ga., 3:30 PM, TV: ESPNU (XM 190/SIRIUS 212) – It’s the Al Groh Bowl, and the Jacket’s defensive coordinator is more likely to chalk up a W than his replacement Mike London is.

Navy (Midshipmen, 4,400 students, Annapolis, MD) (-4) @ WAKE FOREST, Winston-Salem, N.C., 6:30 PM, TV: (XM 192/SIRIUS 216) – How many rematches of the Eagle Bank Bowl are we gonna get? Look for the Middies to get revenge if they can get their offense, which ran roughshod over the Terps, back under full sail.

#23 FLORIDA STATE @ #13 MIAMI (-6.5), Miami Gardens, Fla/, 8:00 PM, TV: ABC (XM 190/191)(SIRIUS 212/213) Wide right, wide left, wide right...whatever.  This game comes down to can the Noles defense shut down Jacory Harris while Christian Ponder plays good enough to not lose.  FSU's defense is much improved over last year and that makes this game interesting...that, and it's on at 8 p.m. on Saturday night (prime cocktail hours).

For a full set of predictions, click here.

Have a great weekend.

*As always, point spreads are for recreational purposes only and are utilized as a tool to predict the eventual outcome for the purposes of friendly debate between fans.

The Riddle Report

When last we looked hometown hero Scott Riddle of *Ramseur, North Carolina was almost all grown up – he’s a senior now at Elon.

Riddle “enjoyed” some YouTube air time last spring when he was involved in a baseball brawl. That cost him a few games and some ribbing from his mates no doubt.

Back on the gridiron playing QB for the Phoenix, Riddle has picked right up where we last saw him – leading the Southern Conference in passing over B.J. Coleman of U.T. Chattanooga and DeAndre Presley of Appalachian State. The Phoenix play the #1 Mountaineers this Saturday.

Although Elon is struggling a bit at 2-3, they are still ranked #19 in the 1AA (FCS) polls after losses to 1A Duke, #9 Richmond and #23 Georgia Southern. Record aside, Riddle leads the league in both passing and total offense. The Duke loss had to be particularly tough to stomach, as Riddle’s late grandfather was a big fan of the Blue Devils.

That said, Riddle’s numbers continue to impress. The senior has completed 66 percent of his passes for a total of 1,582 yards with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. All accomplished with out his favorite target from the past few years record setting receiver Terrell Hudgins who graduated.

Following last week’s victory over Samford, Riddle was recognized by both and after passing for 416 yards and two touchdowns.

Back in September after a 244 yards and three touchdown performance, Riddle became the most prolific passer in the history of the Southern Conference.

(Photo by Jeremy McKnight via Flickr)

(*Ramseur, NC is the home of T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. and Riddle grew up next door to her cousin J. Allen (UNC) who lived just down the street.)

Two Top Recruits Headed to Duke

Seantrel Henderson, the number one football recruit in the country according to, has denounced his commitment to the Miami Hurricanes and announced in a press conference yesterday that he has changed his mind and will now be accepting a scholarship from the red-headed step-child of ACC football Duke.

The 6’8” 338 lbs. offensive tackle from St. Paul, MN summed up his sudden change of heart in two words:

“Karen Owen.”'s second highest ranked recruit, Ronald Powell, who had previously committed to the University of Florida also announced yesterday that he has changed his plans and is now headed to Durham as well.

The 6’4” 250 lbs. offensive tackle from Moreno Valley, CA summed up his sudden change of heart in two words:

“Karen Owen.”

Sources at Duke tell T.A.H. via back channels that more "big time" recruits are headed to Wallace Wade as early as next week.  Why you ask? (In hushed voices, they say:) Karen Owen.

*Items in italics may not be true.

Order of Gimgoul Latest Elite Group To Embrace T.A.H.

Evidently…quality knows quality, so it comes as no great surprise to those of us at T.A.H. Worldwide Media that a very famous secret society at the University of North Carolina, the Order of the Gimghoul, is the newest fan of T.A.H.

Of course, since they are a “secret” society, they aren’t telling anybody. You know, ‘cause it’s “secret.”

Everybody has heard of Skull and Bones of Yale University. This elite secret society holds within its membership at least four U.S. Presidents. George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry are both members of Skull and Bones. However, names like the Order of the Bull's Blood, Mystical Seven Society, Burning Spear, Machine (as in “Welcome to the”) and The Order of Gimghoul are less familiar.

That said, at the University of Virginia the number 7 mysteriously pops up on campus buildings and other campus fixtures and checks in the amount of 1,777 or 7,777 are sent to the university. For nearly 100 years candidates picked by the most secretive society have virtually always won the University of Alabama's student government elections. A group that claims only 13 years of existence on Florida State University's 156-year-old campus somehow became the sponsor FSU Homecoming. On the campus of Baylor University, the school fountains turn pink, announcements declare Homecoming canceled, and figures are seen parading around campus adorning wigs and fake noses (and none of them is Tom Cruise a la Eyes Wide Shut).

Strange stuff, yes?

But the history of the Order of the Gimghoul is so secret they may not actually know how it all got started.

The secret society was first known as the Order of Dromgoole, named after Peter Dromgoole, a student who mysteriously disappeared from campus in 1833. Of course, since there was no such thing as CSI back in 1833 and police work was done with a magnifying glass and a penknife, all disappearances pretty much remained mysteries.

Dromgoole was know for being more interested in women and drinking than academic achievement, and, so the story goes, when he struck out with the handful of available women in Chapel Hill way back then, he took matters into his own hands (so to speak). He sent a letter home to Virginia and promptly disappeared. (We know what your thinking, had he gone to UVA, there would be lots of Dromgoole’s bandying about the Commonwealth to this day.)

So long about 1889, UNC students Robert Worth Bingham, Shepard Bryan, William W. Davies, Edward Wray Martin, and Andrew Henry Patterson formed the society.

The founders originally called themselves the Order of Dromgoole, but later changed it to the Order of Gimghoul, "in accord with midnight and graves and weirdness," according to archives (not that we’ve seen these sacred documents).

The society is open to "notable" male students (rising juniors and higher), and faculty members by invitation. Tradition has it that the order held to the "Dromgoole legend and the ideals of Arthurian knighthood and chivalry." From all accounts, the order is social in nature, and has no clandestine agenda. Membership is closed and information about the order is strictly confidential.

The society is headquartered on a 2.5 acre parcel of land that includes Hippol Castle which was built in 1924 at the cost of $50,000 – a huge sum at the time. It is located at the end of Gimghoul Road, not far from Old Chapel Hill Cemetery (cue the ghost noises) on campus near the old Carmichael Auditorium. The modern legend suggests that the ill-fated and unsatisfied Peter Dromgoole is buried somewhere on the grounds.

Executives at T.A.H. Worldwide Media expect an invitation to become ex-officio members of the secret society any day now.

Commonwealth Games Update: Bad Monkey Alert!

THE BAD MONKEYS STOLE THE BACKBOARD, ALERT THE JACKBOOTED SECURITY MONKEYS! No, not really. Jamaica's Latoya Byfield (left) and Kasey Ann Evering watch with Sharelle McMahon of Australia as another Australian goal is scored in the netball at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex during day four of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 7, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Graham Crouch/Getty Images AsiaPac)
THE BAD MONKEYS ATE MOST OF THIS SWIMMER, ALERT THE  JACKBOOTED SECURITY MONKEYS! No, not really. Jenna Randall of England competes in the Solo Technical Routine at the Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex during day three of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 6, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images AsiaPac)
THE BAD MONKEYS ARE LEAVING PERFECTLY ROUND POOP ON THE LAWN BOWLING COURT, ALERT THE JACKBOOTED SECURITY MONKEYS! No, not really. Kaisa Harry and Tiba Soling of Papua New Guinea celebrate an end in the Lawn Bowls Mens Triples match between England and Papua New Guinea at JN Sports Complex during day one of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 6, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Pictures of the Day

SUPER FREAK, MAN, HE’S SUPER FREAKY.  Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants got his freak on yesterday against the Atlanta Braves in game 1 of the NLDS at AT&T Park on October 7, 2010 in San Francisco, California.  Linecum pitched a two-hitter punctuated with 14 Ks. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
DROP IT, DROP IT. Tampa fans look on amused, mortified or bewildered (we aren't sure which one) as Mitch Moreland #18 of the Texas Rangers cannot come up with this foul ball against the Tampa Bay Rays during Game 2 of the ALDS at Tropicana Field on October 7, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game was marred by another umpire malfunction. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images North America)
LOWER THE LANDING GEAR. Penelope Leprevost of France rides Mylord Carthago during the World Equestrian Games on October 6, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. France finished second to win the silver medal.  (AFP Photo)
ROOM WITH A VIEW. Paddy Brennan riding Tullyraine (R) share the lead down the back straight before winning The Ladbrokes Novices' Hurdle Race at Worcester racecourse on October 07, 2010 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
BAD HAT. Nebraska fan Brady Weskamp watches the first quarter of Nebraska's game against Kansas State on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010, in Manhattan, Kan. The game was newsworthy only becasue those big ole corn-fed Huskers put up 48 mean points.  C'mon, nobody stone cold sober wears that hat!(AP Photo)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

UNC: When It Rains, It Pours - Graves Dismissed From Hoops Squad

Fifth-year senior forward Will Graves has been dismissed from UNC’s basketball team for failure to comply with team rules, coach Roy Williams announced in a statement Thursday afternoon. Graves was the Tar Heels third-leading scorer.

“This is 100 percent not related to any NCAA matters on campus,” Ol' Roy said in a prepared statement. “I hate this for Will. He worked extremely hard this summer to get himself physically in the best shape he’s been in years, but he did not do everything he needed to do to be a part of our basketball program. This is a huge blow to our team, but an even bigger blow for Will. Playing for the Tar Heels meant so much to him.”

Graves red-shirted in 2006-07 then played in 92 games over the past three seasons – although he suspended mid-way though the 2008-09 NCAA title season for breaking team rules. A team spokesman would not say whether his dismissal was for the same reasons as his previous suspension.

Graves, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound forward from Greensboro, has scored 513 points at UNC, including 353 last year, when he averaged 9.8 points per game.

Rumors in cyberspace point to marijuana, bur who knows?

In other good news out of Chapel Hill, university officials now say the ongoing NCAA investigation could go on for as much as a year...


Hokie Hosley Earns Two National Awards

Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley was named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week and the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week.

Hosley had three interceptions, six tackles and four pass deflections in Virginia Tech's 41-30 victory over North Carolina State.

His first interception came in the second quarter and stopped an N.C. State drive at the Virginia Tech 17-yard line. His second interception occurred in the Virginia Tech end zone near the end of the first half. His final interception came with 1:19 left in game and was returned 42 yards to set up Virginia Tech's final touchdown.

Hosley will be added to the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy will be presented to the best defensive player in college football on Dec. 6 by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club at the Westin Hotel in Charlotte, N.C. Five finalists for the Nagurski Trophy will be announced on Nov. 18.

Hosley has now defended nine passes this season, and leads the nation with 2.25 per game.

Austin Rivers Headed To Duke, Basketball Starts In 32 Days

Doc Rivers son, Austin, who verbally committed to Florida back at the ripe old age of 15, has finally decided he likes Durham better than Gator country. Billy Donovan’s squad fell out of the running and the final decision came down to Duke, North Carolina and Kansas. ranks Rivers, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard and son of NBA coach Doc Rivers, as the top prospect in the class of 2011. has him ranked behind two forwards at No. 3 overall.

He gives Duke one of the country’s top three-point shooters. Rivers hit nine straight 3s for Team USA in a win over Canada in the FIBA Americas tournament in June. He also scored 19 points in the championship win over Brazil. Rivers was teammates with Duke freshman guard Kyrie Irving on the US Under-18 team.

Rivers joins a recruiting class at Duke that includes guard Michael Gbinije (No. 21 in the top 100), forward Marshall Plumlee (40) and Tyler Adams (83).

Duke enters the 2010-11 season as the preseason favorites to repeat as ACC champions and likely the No. 1 team in the country. Singler (17.7 points per game) and Smith (17.4) will be gone by the time Rivers gets to campus.

No wonder everybody on NC Rt. 15/501 was recruiting him.

You gotta admit, he kind of looks like he belongs with Coach K. We see a little Wojo, a little Hurley and a little Redick in Rivers.

Some of the guys in the T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC’s I.T. department are rumored to have “accidentally” tapped into Austin's cell phone and are now claiming that there was more to his final decision than Tobacco Road’s tradition of great basketball, Coach K and the Cameron Crazies.

“Look,” our tech nerds allege Rivers (might have) said, “Duke, UNC and Kansas are all awesome schools, but the story about that Karen Owens chick sealed the deal for me. I want to meet her, her friends and everybody like her.”

Officials at Duke could not be reached for comment.

For a composite 2010 ACC basketball schedule, click here.

*Items in italics may not be true.

(Editor’s Note: We couldn’t retain any journalistic credibility if we didn’t make some sort of reference to Duke’s most notorious coed Karen Owens. Owens, is, no doubt, seriously considering some big-time bodily harm for her so-called “friend” who released her “horizontal education” thesis joke to the entirety of cyberspace, and who could blame her? Her viral power point presentation is embarrassing Owens (and her family), a bunch of Duke athletes and the institution as a whole. We tried to work it in without making too big of a big deal of it.)

ACC Recruiting News: That Crack In My Crack Ain’t My Crack!

Proving once again that the state of Florida is Mecca for recruiting top notch high school football players, or in some cases like this, players who still haven’t (for lack of a better term, let's just say) “utilized” all their college eligibility, a number of ACC schools with a track record of recruiting misadventures and NCAA violations (alledged and other wise) have discovered some amazing talents involving the body of one Raymond Roberts.

Roberts, 25 of Bradenton, was recently arrested after he was stopped for speeding. Investigators, who reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle, subsequently searched Roberts and discovered his hidden stash(s).

During the search, when Deputy Sean Cappiello "felt a soft object in the crack of his buttocks," the suspect "began to tense up." (Well…who can blame him, have you seen the size of Deputy Cappiello’s hands?) Roberts volunteered to remove the item. “Let me get it, hold on” he said, and proceeded to place a "clear plastic baggie with a green leafy substance" on the car's hood. A subsequent test showed the substance to be marijuana. Shocking, we know.

Now we aren’t sure why, but after securing the bag of weed from Robert’s butt crack, the intrepid deputy returned to the scene of the crime (so to speak) and searched again. This time, according to Deputy Cappiello, “I felt another object that was in the crack of his buttocks.” (Binky?)

Turns out the second “package” was crack cocaine.


Twenty seven pieces of crack cocaine (there goes the scholarship…one, two, three maybe, but 27? Dude…), but who’s counting. Oh yeah, the cops, they count stuff like that and then they call it “evidence.” More oops.

Roberts, who is known for his lightning burst of speed and sure hands, also showed he’s a quick thinker as he immediately disavowed ownership of the cocaine.

“The white stuff is not mine, but the weed is,” he claimed, adding that the crack in his crack was the property of a friend who had previously borrowed the car and left the drug on the passenger seat. Roberts explained that when he was pulled over for speeding, he concealed the second bag of narcotics.

You know, just to be safe.

Pictured in the above mug shot, Roberts was charged with pot and cocaine possession. He was freed after posting $1,120 bond.

And, NO, we are NOT making this up.

Spokespersons for North Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida State and Clemson could not be reached for comment.

*Items in italics may not be true.

Halladay Throws Second No Hitter Ever In MLB Post Season

Ok, Roy Halladay didn’t go to an ACC school. In fact, the native of Denver, Colorado didn’t bother with college heading straight into the majors after high school.

That said he deserves major props from T.A.H. and the rest of the world as last night he fast-tracked himself to Cooperstown by throwing the first no-hitter in the post season since Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956.

Nice, Roy, NICE!

As can only happen in Philly, it appears that Halladay is flipping the Reds "the bird" in his follow-through!

(Photos by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images, Chris Trotman/Getty Images and AP)

Pictures of the Day

PERFECT. This Oct. 8, 1956, photo shows New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen throwing against the Brooklyn Dodgers enroute to a perfect game in the fourth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, in New York. Roy Halladay threw the second no-hitter in postseason history, leading the Philadelphia Phillies over the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in Game 1 of the NL division series on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. Larsen is the only other pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter.

TRADED.  The New England Patriots traded the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver to Minnesota on Wednesday (in exchange for a third-round draft pick), giving Moss the exit he expected and sending him back to the team that turned him into a superstar after drafting him in the first round in 1998. Sources close to T.A.H. say New England officials grew weary of reminding Moss that his gloves went on his hands, not his helmet. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
MONKEYS, SNAKES, WILD DOGS BEWARE! Gold Medal winners Stevan Walton and Steven Scott pose for photographers after the end of competition of the Pairs Double Trap Mens Event at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range during day two of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 6, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Things That Make You Go…

There are monkeys guarding the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.

Come again?

There are monkeys guarding the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.

Evidently…they are guarding against other monkeys…and wild dogs and snakes…and lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Already facing criticism for the problem-plagued sporting event, authorities are raising eyebrows by using langur monkeys as security guards. No, we aren’t making this up.

Along with 100,000 human personnel (mostly armed with brooms), India has hired 38 langur monkeys to act as security at the Commonwealth Games, a quadrennial sporting event that brings together athletes from 54 countries once embraced by the British Empire.

The langur monkeys will guard the headquarters of the games' organizing committee and major venues against attacks by other animals, just one of the potential (and existing) problems plaguing the New Delhi event which began today.

Here's a brief instant guide we came across (modified slightly, of course):

Why are monkey guards necessary? (That is such a great opening question!)  Answer: Primarily to defend athletes and visitors from other monkeys. A simian attack may sound cartoonish, but it's no laughing matter — such incidents are a common occurrence in India and can be fatal. The deputy mayor of New Delhi, for example, died after falling from his balcony during an attack by wild monkeys in 2007. (Really?)

Is this a particular problem in New Delhi? Smaller simians have a "notorious history for creating havoc" in the city, says Claire McCormack at Time. Misbehaving monkeys have previously invaded the city's public transport system and its parliament buildings and, in recent weeks, have been "creating a nuisance around the [games'] venues by stealing food." (Interesting here we don't call that "monkees causing havoc" we call it "witches running for the Senate in small Mid-Atlantic States we won't mention here (Delaware)."

Why are langur monkeys particularly well-suited to the task? They are the "jackbooted stormtroopers of the monkey world," says Mike Moffitt at The San Francisco Chronicle. They're "loud and fierce... known for their intelligence," and are "often used in India to keep other monkeys in check in public places."  (Rumor has it that popular names include "Chimpler" and "Monk Vader")

Are monkeys the only animal threatening the Games? No. The langur monkeys will also protect venues from wild dogs and snakes. A deadly snake has already been found in a South African athlete's room, forcing games organizers to call in snake charmers to assist the monkeys with their task.

Ok, how about hiring guys with guns to shoot the blame critters? You know, like Australia's Tyren Vitler (pictured here with his air rifle). We bet he could pop a wild dog or a snake from 500 yards.

Man, who doesn’t want to work for the New Delhi tourism board? Think of all the openings…cue the music (sitars, of course). Why go to South Florida or Mexico where you could be attacked by ordinary human criminals, gun waving drug lords or wave runner-riding pirates, when you can come to New Delhi and have an intense nature experience of the criminal variety with monkeys, wild dogs and snakes…Who needs cows? Tourists! They’re the new white, dark and yellow meat!

Sign us up.

ACC Football Links

It looks like the links are missing, but they are really here. Just run your cursor along the sentence and the link will appear...Technology, who knows?

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is not happy with his team. He's "up their tail" right now.

There's a great story behind the flag UNC safety Matt Merletti carries onto the field before every game.
FSU sophomore kicker Dustin Hopkins refuses to watch the videos of past kicking mishaps in this rivalry with Miami. Smart move.
Boston College picked up an offensive lineman from Pennsylvania.
Clemson safety DeAndre McDaniel had four of his lower teeth knocked loose against Miami, and yet he found himself vowing to play harder and better from here on out.
Miami's 2008 recruiting class if finally starting to pay off.
As Virginia Tech prepares for unheralded Central Michigan this week, there's no need for a reminder that the Hokies aren't invincible.
Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh is downplaying the subplot of his matchup against his former team and alma mater.
Wake's quarterback situation remains muddled.
UNC coach Butch Davis is "sorry" he trusted John Blake. No kidding.
Miami quarterback Jacory Harris does not have a torn labrum.
BC's quarterback situation has been getting the most attention but guess what? BC couldn't run the ball, either.
Will Georgia Tech's comeback at Wake Forest be a turning point for the rest of the season?
Al Groh's old 3-4 defense at Virginia is now a 4-3.
FSU quarterback Christian Ponder and coach Jimbo Fisher don't need any history lessons on the importance of the Miami rivalry.
Good luck trying to keep Virginia Tech free safety Eddie Whitley off the field this weekend against Central Michigan.
The torch has been passed to Clemson's young receivers.
NC State coach Tom O'Brien said his team has moved on from the loss to Virginia Tech.

Quote of the Day

“No one panicked. There’s a lot of pride in this program. We have some great seniors. I’ve said all along I really like the kids in this program. I like what they’re all about. After you’ve had a tough Saturday against James Madison, after you’ve had a tough Monday against Boise State, you look forward to seeing those guys on Monday. All of those things go into coming back when things don’t look good.”

-- Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer on how his squad reacted after getting down 17-0 last week to N.C. State in Raleigh.

The Legend of "Cigar Guy" Grows

Ahhh, the internet.  So many photoshops, so little time to waste...

Yeah, we know we ran this yesterday – the photoshopped version of the amazing Tiger Woods photo which has “Cigar Guy” all over it.

Of course, this went viral immediately and now folks are photoshopping Cigar Guy into all kinds of iconic sports photos.

To see more examples, click here, and here.

He’s even made some classic album* covers – click here.

(*EDITOR’S NOTE: For those of you born after 1985, an “album” is a round vinyl reproduction of a recording artist’s music. It was played on something you have never seen (unless you are a D.J.) called a “turntable.” This turntable was run by pulleys and belts and somehow actually managed to turn the “platter” (the doohickey the record sat on) at the proper speed, unless, of course, your roommate spilled a beer on it. The vibrations from the grooves in the vinyl disc were translated into actual sound through a “cartridge” or “needle,” unless, of course, that same beer-drinking roommate broke this fragile and critical piece of equipment. When that happened, one had to trundle off to a “record store” (look that one up yourself) and buy a new cartridge/needle. Once you had a new one, you had to install it on the turntables “arm” and balance the arm (stylus, if you want to get all technical about it) using a round weight on the back of said arm/stylus/hand whatever. If you didn’t get it just right the newly installed cartridge, and its accompanying arm, would “skip” much like a modern CD will do when it is dirty or scratched or like an MP3 file will do if its bootlegged from a coal miner in South Dakota. Miss in the “too heavy” direction and the cartridge/needle would carve new grooves in your now priceless “records” making Bob Dylan and Geddy Lee actually sound worse – as if that were actually possible -- then they already do.)

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