Saturday, January 29, 2011

ACC Weekend Hoops

FLORIDA STATE @ CLEMSON,  12:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 190)
VIRGINIA @ WAKE FOREST, 4:00 PM, TV: ACC Network  (XM 190)

DUKE @ St. John's (Red Storm, 14,983 students, Queens, NY), 1:00 PM, TV: CBS

Looks Like the S.E.C. Football Recruiting Season Is Underway

…and in West Virginia as well.

There is a reason the S.E. C. schools win the BCS National Championship year after year and beat Ohio State by double digits at every asking.

Good recruiting technique is just part of the reason why.

If Rich Rodriguez had known that sheep complied with the Suits In Indianapolis' (formerly Kansas') rules, he probably  would never have gone to Michigan in the first place…

An anonymous source for the Mountainers football program (allegedly) said, “Damn…busted.”

S.E.C. Commissioner Mike Slive (allegedly) said, "Nice lamb...just kidding."

Dunking 101

Arizona State’s Nick Corrales demonstrates EXACTLY how it is meant to be done…Take notice hoopsters.

Pictures of the Day

ACC CRICKET? N.C. State v. Duke?  Well…no.  Actually, it’s Aaron Finch of the Victorian Bushrangers bats during the Twenty20 Big Bash match between the Bushrangers and the South Australian Redbacks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 28, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  KFC: They do cricket right. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)
 AIR CANADA. Warren Shouldice of Canada competes during the qualifying round at the Freestyle Ski Aerials World Cup Men’s competition in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.  (Photo by Todd Korol/Reuters)
X-TREME. Colten Moore kicks off the sled as he goes inverted doing a flip across a jump during the Snowmobile Freestyle elimination rounds at Winter X Games 15 on Buttermilk Mountain on January 27, 2011 in Aspen, Colorado. ( Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
ZOOM WITH A VIEW. Japan’s Hidenari Kanayama speeds down the preliminary run at the FIL Luge World Championships in Cesana, Pariol, northern Italy.  (Photo by Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters)

Friday, January 28, 2011

Thursday ACC Hoops

Seth Curry
#3 DUKE 84, BOSTON COLLEGE 68 – Seth Curry scored a season-high 20 points in his return to Duke’s starting lineup, leading the third-ranked Blue Devils past Boston CollegeThursday night.

Nolan Smith finished with 28 points while Kyle Singler had 14 for the Blue Devils (19-1, 6-1 ACC), who shot 50 percent from the field, hit 10 three-pointers and used a huge Curry-led run early in the second half to claim their fourth straight win.

The expected duel between the ACC’s top two scorers never materialized. Reggie Jackson, who entered second to Smith in the league scoring race, finished with a season-low seven points—13 fewer than his average.

Corey Raji scored 18 points and Joe Trapani added 14 for BC (14-7, 4-3), which has lost two straight and four of seven overall, and fell to 0-6 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Ryan Kelly added 14 points for Duke, but his streak of consecutive shots made ended at 18 when he missed a follow-up early in the second half—his first miss in nearly two weeks, since the first half against Virginia.

Smith, who entered averaging 22.5 points and is bidding to become the first player in ACC history to lead the league in both scoring and assists, had eight assists while hitting the 20-point mark for the ACC-best 10th time this season.  

Adrian Bowie
MARYLAND 66, VIRGINIA 42 – Adrian Bowie scored a season-high 22 points and keyed two critical early runs Thursday night, leading Maryland over Virginia.

The Terps (13-7, 3-3 ACC) won despite a rare off night for Jordan Williams. He was harassed by 7-foot Assane Sene and double teamed with the ball all night, and had just four points and six rebounds, ending his string of 13 double-doubles.

Virginia (11-9, 2-4), which has won often this season because of solid three-point shooting, instead got burned by it. Maryland was 7 for 15 from behind the arc, the Wahoos were 4 for 17.

Mustapha Farrakhan and Joe Harris led the Cavaliers with eight points each.

Why Is Duke So Good?

The answer right now is easy:  Nolan Smith

Check out his stat line from last night:  28 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists and perfect from the free throw line (7-7).

Kyrie who?

The Daly Show

As in know your John Dalys.

U.S. golfer John Daly smokes a cigarette as he warms up on the putting green at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego, California January 26, 2011.

John Daly of the U.S. competes in the men's skeleton competition at the FIBT bobsleigh and skeleton World Cup and European championship in Winterberg January 23, 2011.

They are not the same person.

Just thought you needed to know.

Don’t Panic Parrotheads, It Looks Like J.B. Is Gonna Be OK

Our main man Jimmy Buffett was released from a Sydney  hospital Thursday just one day after reportedly losing consciousness after taking a header off the Hordern Pavillion’s stage on Wednesday night.  Evidently, he took the weather with him but left his crash helmet on the sea plane.

The 64-year-old singer did a face plant extraordinaire according to witnesses and ended up unconscious with a big gash in his cranium. Bystanders said the genius behind all things Margaritaville was unconscious for five to ten minutes before paramedics arrived to the scene to transport him to the hospital.

On Wednesday night, reps for Buffett released a statement via his website that he had been “released from the hospital and is doing well.”

But according to a report from USA Today, Buffett will need a few more days to recuperate and was even forced to cancel a show this Saturday in New Zealand.

His rep told the paper that he “just needs some time to get better.”

Buffett released a video thanking folks for their well wishes and saying he’s on the mend. To see the video, click here.

Fins up.

The Streak: The Sixth Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game in Chapel Hill…

Lou Gehrig and Louis Chevrolet were still alive…

The Streak: Game Six, February 10, 1941 – UNC 76, Clemson 53.

The loss was part of a disappointing 8-14 season for the Tigers.

Henry Louis "Lou" Gehrig was born June 19, 1903.  Nicknamed "The Iron Horse" for his durability, he played his entire 17-year baseball career for the New York Yankees (1923-1939). Gehrig set several major league records including most career grand slams – 23.  Gehrig is chiefly remembered for his prowess as a hitter (lifetime 340 average), his consecutive games-played record and its subsequent longevity, and the pathos of his farewell from baseball at age 36, when he was stricken with a fatal neurological disease which now bears his name.

Over a 15-season span from 1925 through 1939, he played in 2,130 consecutive games, the streak ending only when Gehrig became disabled by the disease that claimed his life two years later. His streak, long considered one of baseball's few unbreakable records, stood for 56 years, until finally broken by Cal Ripken, Jr., of the Baltimore Orioles on September 6, 1995.

Gehrig was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939 and he died on June 2, 1941.

Louis-Joseph Chevrolet was born Christmas Day 1878 and was a race car driver and co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company.  He had a falling out with one of his partners and sold his share of the company which was then folded into William C. Durant’s General Motors.
Chevrolet raced in four Indy 500s with his best effort coming in 1919 when he qualified next to the pole and finished seventh.

Louis Chevrolet lost all his previous earnings in the stock market crash of 1929. Without income, he went to work as a line mechanic in a Chevrolet factory – ironic at best.

Louis Chevrolet died nearly penniless on June 6, 1941 in Detroit, Michigan.  Rumor has it he hated basketball.

Pictures of the Day

IF IT WERE A BIGGER TOWEL…it would say “New York’s Play Calling In The Red Zone Sucks.” A Pittsburgh Steelers fan poses for a photo prior to their 2011 AFC Championship game against the New York Jets at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images North America)
MINE, MINE, MINE. Duke's Kyle Singler  Boston College's Joe Trapani scramble for the basketball. (Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
THERE IS SO MUCH TO LIKE ABOUT THIS PICTURE. Where to begin: The mowhawk? The yogurt add on the uni?  The look?  Corey Williams of the Tigers looks on during the round 16 NBL match between the Melbourne Tigers and the Sydney Kings at State Netball Hockey Centre on January 26, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images AsiaPac)
OPEN CLOSED. Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark plays a shot to Li Na of China during their semi-final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne.  (Photo by David Gray/Reuters)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Ol’ Roy Apologizes To Radio Show Callers

According to ACC Now, UNC coach Roy Williams says he should not have criticized his radio show callers last week who phoned in to criticize his team.

“I wish I had not said one word,’’ Williams said during this week’s radio show on Monday night, according to a transcript on

Last Tuesday after UNC’s win over Clemson, Williams was trying to defend his players when he said during the post-game news conference: “My radio call [show] last night stunk; everybody was talking about how they were Carolina fans for 9 million years and how bad we are. I don't give a damn how long you're a Carolina fan, those are kids in the locker room, and they played their buns off tonight. … Don't call me next week and say how good we are; keep your damn phone calls to yourself."

Now in Roy’s defense there is a group of Carolina fans who have ridiculously high expectations.  These deranged loyalists think the Heels should be the undefeated National Champions every year.  To that point, we put up a post last week where a “fan” asked a Yahoo! Sports columnist if it was time for a column about Williams’ underachieving at UNC.  Hmmm…National Champion two out of the last six years…

Who in the ACC would be delighted with such “underachieving?” Answer:  EVERYBODY save Duke and Maryland.

So this week instead of doing the call-in show, Williams just showed this video.

*Items in italics may not be true.

Wednesday Night ACC Hoops

NORTH CAROLINA 74, Miami 71 – Harrison Barnes should not have been named a pre-season All-American nor is he likely to remain one at season’s end.  But the promising freshman who still struggles to generate consistent offensive production has found his niche – the clutch shot.

Last night in a Miami, Barnes scored the Tar Heels final five points including the game winning three-pointer as the shot clock expired.  He had early tied the game at 39 as the first half ended.

North Carolina continued their pattern which has plagued them in all of their ACC save for their Chapel Hill win over Clemson – they fall behind early and then rally behind a stingy defense. Again last night the Tar Heels shut down their opponent in the final minutes of the game.  Miami went the final 4:14 without scoring a basket.

The Heels had a bumpy landing thanks to a Florida thunderstorm and things were still shaky when the Canes ran up an early 14 point lead behind eight first half three pointers.  But North Carolina ultimately got 13 points from Barnes and 12 from Dexter Strickland to secure another conference road win.

The Tar Heels (14-5 overall, 4-1 ACC) have won seven consecutive games against Miami (12-8, 1-5).

Durand Scott had 18 and Grant 17 for the Hurricanes, who lost despite a season-high 13 3-pointers.  The Canes scored 39 points from behind the arc and only 26 from in front of it.

The Tar Heels were saved by good free throw shooting – 85%, making 12 of 14.

The game featured 13 second half lead changes. 

The Streak: The Fifth Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game in Chapel Hill…

F.  Scott Fitzgerald was still alive.

The Streak: Game Five, February 3, 1940 – UNC 47, Clemson 30.

The loss was part of a disappointing 9-12 season for the Tigers.

Yes, the party guy from the 1920’s who wrote a couple famous books was alive and well – perhaps not-so-well, but still with us.

Fitzgerald was born September 24, 1896 in St. Paul, Minnesoata and named after his distant cousin Francis Scott Key of “Oh Say Can You See” fame.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and even coined a term for the period he wrote about – The Jazz Age.

A crummy student – he failed out of more than one school including Princeton – he rallied and wrote This Side of Paradise, The Beautiful and Damned, Tender Is the Night and his most famous, the celebrated classic, The Great Gatsby. A fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon was published posthumously.  

His wife Zelda was crazy and F. Scott was a fan of  the “hooch” (as the Lost Generation used to say).

He is a member of the New Jersey Hall of Fame. (No, we don’t know why.)

Fitzgerald died on December 21, 1940 after a series of heart attacks.

Everybody Loves A Parade

Evidently…policeman in India really love them.  

Here are a couple shots of the local constables performing some stunts during the 62nd Republic Day celebrations in Jammu and New Delhi, India.

We don’t know what the pink bow and arrow is about, but we do like that the unis say “Dare Devils.”

Nice, India, NICE!

(Photos by Mukesh Gupta/Reuters and Harish Tyagi/EPA)

Pictures of the Day

HUH? Evidently, “today Serbia Day” after all…Spectators wave signs as they watch Novak Djokovic of Serbia beat Roger Federer of Switzerland in their semi-final men's singles match on the eleventh day of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 27, 2011. Djokovic won the match 7-6, 7-5, 6-4.  (Photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP)
SNOW DAY?  Well…no. An driver and his trotter make their way through the snow while training at the Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, NY.  (Photo by Mike Segar/Reuters)
TAR HEEL?  Nope.  Johan Edfors of Sweden tees off at the 17th hole during the first round of the 2011 Golf Champions tournament, a 1.7 million euro brand-new European Tour event in the Kingdom of Bahrain, at the Royal Golf Club in Rifaa south of the capital Manama on January 27, 2011. (Photo by Phil Weymouth/AFP/Getty Images)
TRAINING?  Evidently, this is how world class cyclists train in Spain…(the train in Spain stays mainly on the plain…Hey, that’s kinda catchy…) Oh well, at least there aren’t cups of beer on the ping pong table…or as they say in Spain “la Ping-ponga tabla.”  Rabobank team's cyclists and staff play table tennis during a training session on January 27, 2011, in Mojacar, in Southern Spain. (Photo by Jorge Guerrero /AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tuesday Night Hoops

Demontez Stitt
CLEMSON 60, N.C. STATE 50 – Demontez Stitt had 17 points and Clemson overcame a 19-point deficit to defeat North Carolina State on Tuesday night.

The Tigers (14-6, 3-3 ACC) had lost their past two league games and looked lost in the early going at Littlejohn Coliseum, falling behind 31-12 in the first half.

 But two backbreaking runs, including a 16-0 charge after halftime, lifted Clemson to victory.

Stitt took things over down the stretch with nine points in the Tigers’ go-ahead run. Jerai Grant added 14 points and 11 rebounds for Clemson.

Tracy Smith had 13 points to lead the Wolfpack, who scored just 16 points in the second half and made only one basket over the game’s last 8 minutes.

If Sid Lowe wasn’t in trouble with Wolfpack Nation (and he was), he is now (and he is).

GEORGIA TECH 72, VIRGINIA TECH 57 – Brian Oliver scored 28 points, Iman Shumpert had a triple-double and Georgia Tech continued its strong home play by beating Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.

Iman Shumpert
Shumpert had 22 points with game-high totals of 12 rebounds and 11 assists. He added seven steals, another high mark for the game.

Georgia Tech (10-9, 3-3 ACC) improved to 8-2 at home, including 3-0 in ACC games at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.

Shumpert’s triple-double was the first for Georgia Tech since Kenny Anderson against Pittsburgh on Dec. 28, 1989.

The Hokies (13-6, 3-3) suffered only their second loss in its last 11 games. Jeff Allen had 18 points and 11 rebounds for VT.

Green and Bullock Players Of The Week

Erick Green

Virginia Tech's Erick Green has been selected as the ACC Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet and North Carolina's Reggie Bullock was named the ACC Rookie of the Week presented by Chevrolet following their outstanding performances.

Green averaged 19.0 points, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals as the Hokies won twice. In Thursday's 74-57 win at Maryland, the Winchester, Va., sophomore scored a career-high 24 points and added a game-high four steals in 37 minutes of action. On Saturday, Green scored 14 points and led the Hokies with five assists in a 70-52 win over Longwood.

Bullock scored a season-high 18 points in North Carolina's 75-65 win over Clemson last Tuesday. In the Tar Heels' only game of the week, the Kinston, N.C., freshman was 6-for-10 from the floor, including 3-of-7 from three-point range, had five rebounds, two steals and two assists.

Things That Make You Go…

Robot camel jockeys

Camel  racing is popular throughout the Arab Gulf nations where owning a herd of the beasts specially bred for the sport has become a fashion accoutrement. The most prized animals can sell for more than $1 million.  Seriously.

Now, Dubai police have confirmed that they have uncovered a gang of dealers who were selling electric stun gun kits, for up to $7,500 each, across the region.  The electric zappers were then installed in the robot jockeys that pilot the camels ever since the traditional jockeys (children) were banned some years ago.  Some blather about safety…

Naked robot camel jockeys
The robot jockeys, which cost between $200 to $300, are operated by remote control by the camel’s “trainer.”

Details of the case are sketchy and the gang has not yet been brought to court.

Brigadier General Khaleel Ibrahim al-Mansouri, head of Dubai CID, said, "They put stun guns inside the jockey that sits on the camel so it could send electric shocks. It is inhumane to use such machines in camel races. It is also against animal protection laws and against our traditions." 

The Streak: The Fourth Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game in Chapel Hill…

Typhoid Mary was still alive.

The Streak: Game Four, February 1, 1938 – UNC 44, Clemson 34.

The Tigers finished the season with a 16-7 record which included wins over Tennessee, Davidson, Wake Forest, Georgia, South Carolina, Richmond and Washington and Lee.

“Typhoid” Mary Mallon was born on September 23, 1869 in Northern Ireland. 

Mallon was thought to be the first person in the United States to be identified as a healthy carrier of typhoid fever.  She is believed to have infected 53 people, three of whom died from the disease.  She started out in upstate N.Y. but moved to Manhattan (you know, denser population) where she worked as a cook.  Soon folks started falling out and Mary was the common denominator.

Her notoriety is partially due to her vehement denial of her own role in spreading the disease, together with her refusal to cease working as a cook. She was forcibly quarantined twice by public health authorities and died in quarantine. It is possible that she was born with the disease, as her mother had typhoid fever during her pregnancy.  Mallon was approached by medical authorities (or authorityes if you’re from South Park), but she refused to be tested.

Mary died on November 11, 1938.  Evidently, typhoid had nothing to do with her eventual demise of pneumonia, but an autopsy did find evidence of live typhoid bacteria in her gallbladder. 

BCS Shelling Out Record $179 Million (BCS Guys Get Most Of It!)

Shocking, we know.

According to Bill Hancock and the mighty BCS, the conferences that don’t get automatic bids will receive a record take from the BCS bowl games for the second year in a row. He said the numbers demonstrate the “strength and fairness of the current system. The fact is that all of Division I football is better off because of the BCS, financially and otherwise.”

Yada, yada, yada.

That said, published reports show that the non-BCS conferences received $24.7 million while BCS’s six automatic conferences received a record $145.3 million.

You do the math.

Ok, we’ll do the math for you.  Six BCS conferences divvy up $145.3 million. The Big Ten, Southeastern and Pac-10, which each had two teams in BCS bowls, will receive about $27.2 million each, while the ACC, Big East and Big 12 will each receive roughly $21.2 million.

The five non-BCS conferences split up $24.7 (a new WORLD record!), and that’s $8.2 million each.

That’s fair, right?

Well…Bill Hancock says it is!

The distribution of money has been a main point of contention for congressional critics of the BCS, who argue that it shows the system is unfair. In the last congressional session, Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, pushed legislation aimed at forcing the BCS to switch to a playoff system rather than the ratings system it uses to set the games that determine the college championship.

Barton did not immediately respond to a request for comment Tuesday.

He must be writing his State of the Football Union speech.

Or as the aspiring fashion designer and mangler of the King’s English Calvin Tran once said, “Oh, here go hell come.”


“That imbalance is unconscionable, given that it has no basis in post-season performance on the field and in the marketplace. Only the BCS would try to pitch anti-competitive behavior as benevolence.” 

– Matthew Sanderson, founder of Playoff PAC, a political action committee aimed at prodding change to a playoff system, said the financial imbalance remains in spite of the record revenues earned.

Pictures Of The Day

ALL PSYCHOED UP. Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough (above) (brother of Tyler Hansbrough) leaps toward his teammates as they greet him after Notre Dame defeated No. 2 Pittsburgh 56-51 in an NCAA college basketball game in Pittsburgh, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Brother Tyler (below) is playing for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA and averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds from 16 minutes per game. Evidently gracefulness runs in the family. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic and Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
TROUBLE IN ATLANTA. Paul Hewitt might be in trouble at Georgia Tech if the number of empty seats at last night’s game is an indicator.  At a recent UNC game, the Alexander Memorial Coliseum was full – full of blue.  Here, Georgia Tech Brian Oliver (11) goes airborne on his way to the basket against Virginia Tech during the second half at Alexander Memorial Coliseum in Atlanta on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Georgia Tech won 72-57 over Virginia Tech. (Photo by Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal Constitution)
ACC CRICKET. Florida State v. Wake Forest? Well…no.  Nathan Readon of the Queensland Bulls bats during the Twenty20 Big Bash match between the Bulls and the Western Australia Warriors at The Gabba on January 25, 2011 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Picture Of The Day

THAT’S COLD. A Green Bay Packers fan holds up a sign before the Packers take on the Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field on January 23, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Things That Make You Go...


R.I.P. Jack LaLanne

Jack LaLanne, the jumpsuit-clad fitness dynamo who starred in one of the nation's first and most popular TV exercise shows and touted healthful eating with such relentless earnestness that he helped usher in a modern era of health-consciousness, died Sunday at age 96.

How what LaLanne did morphed into Richard Simmons, we will never know….

Sunday ACC Hoops

Tracy Smith #23

N.C. STATE 72, MIAMI 70 – After leading by as many as 17 points in the second half, the Wolfpack allowed Miami to take a one-point lead in the final minute, but held on for the victory, thanks to a put-back basket by Tracy Smith and a free throw by first-time starter C.J. Williams.

Durand Scott gave the Hurricanes their first lead of the second half with one minute to play on an inside jumper, but Smith grabbed it right back for the Wolfpack (12-7 overall, 2-3 ACC) when he rebounded Harrow's miss and put it back up for a 71-70 advantage.

Miami called time out with 37.1 seconds to play, but Williams stripped the ball out of Reggie Johnson's hands and grabbed the loose ball. Williams was fouled and made one of his two free throws for a 72-70 lead at the 15.9 mark.

Miami (12-7, 1-4) tried to set up for a final shot, but State's smothering defense prevented the Hurricanes from getting off a shot.

More than 100 former players, coaches and support personnel were recognized during halftime of the contest, as the accomplishments of N.C. State's first 100 years of basketball were relived during a highlight video on the RBC Center scoreboards.

The Streak: The Third Time, Out Of The Last 55 Times, That Clemson Lost A Basketball Game in Chapel Hill…

Rudyard Kipling was still alive…

The Streak: Game Three, January 3, 1936 – North Carolina 24, Clemson 25.

The Tigers finished the season with a 15-7 record which included wins over Auburn, Virginia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, VMI and Georgia.

Joseph Rudyard Kipling was an English poet, short-story writer, and novelist chiefly remembered for his celebration of British imperialism and children's stories. Kipling received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907.

He was born in Bombay, British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five-years-old.

Kipling is best known for his works of fiction, including The Jungle Book (1894) (a collection of stories which includes "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi"), many short stories, including "The Man Who Would Be King" (1888); and his poems, including Mandalay (1890), Gunga Din (1890), and If— (1910). He is regarded as a major "innovator in the art of the short story and his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature.

Kipling was born on December 30, 1865 and he died fifteen days after game three of The Streak (January 18, 1936). 

Pictures of the Day

NICE ASSIST. Nearly 100 Special Olympics athletes from across the state of North Carolina received basketball instruction from UNC Mens Basketball coach Roy Williams, his staff and players Sunday Jan. 23, 2011 at the Smith Center. This is the eighth year the Tar Heels have hosted Special Olympics North Carolina athletes. (Photo by Takaaki  Iwabu/Raleigh News and Observer)
MIRACLE WALK.  Honorary captain Dennis Byrd of the New York Jets (R) walks off the field with Braylon Edwards #17 of the New York Jets after the coin toss during their 2011 AFC Championship game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The former Jets defensive end’s career ended in 1992, when he collided with teammate Scott Mersereau in a game against Kansas City, leaving him temporarily paralyzed. Three months after breaking the critical C5 vertebra in his neck, he walked on crutches to a news conference at his hospital in Manhattan. 
(Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
UP AND OVER.  Mewelde Moore of the Pittsburgh Steelers catches a pass over Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets during the third quarter of the AFC Championship game at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.  The Steelers completed the other half of the Super Bowl bracket with a 2-19 win.  (Photo by Damian Strohmeyer/Sports Illustrated)
BEAR BALLET? Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings during the third quarter of the NFC Championship game in Chicago.  The Packer defeated Da Bears 21-14 and are headed to the Super Bowl in Dallas. (Photo by Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated)
SEVERAL THINGS TO CROW ABOUT. Karmel Kwipprath (L) and Donald Bruce hold their entry to the Old English game section of the Scottish National Poultry Show in Lanark Market on January 22, 2011 in Lanark, Scotland.  The winners had their photograph taken and losers got eaten.  Just kidding…sort of…(Photo by Jeff J. Mitchell/Getty Images)
LYING DOWN ON THE JOB. West Virginia Mountaineer forward Deniz Kilici looks up through the net while lying on the floor during their game against the University of South Florida Bulls in Morgantown, WV.  WVU won typically low-scoring Big East slugfest 56-46. (Photo by Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated)

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