Saturday, February 5, 2011

ACC In The Super Bowl

B.J. Raji
The ACC does have a number of former players in Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Pittsburgh Steelers:  UNC’s Greg Warren (C), Georgia Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer (RB) and Keyaron Fox (LB), Clemson’s Nick Eason (DE), Virginia’s Heath Miller (TE) and James Farrior (LB), Florida State’s Bryant McFadden (CB) and Lawrence Timmons (FS) and Virgiia Tech’s Jason Worilds (LB). Offensive lineman Kyle Jolly of UNC is on the Pittsburgh practice squad.

The Green Bay Packers have nose tackle B.J. Raji of Boston College and cornerback Sam Shields of Miami.

Only one ACC product has ever been the outright Super Bowl MVP – safety Dexter Jackson (FSU) for the Tampa Bay Bucs in 2003.

Dallas defensive lineman Randy White (Maryland) did share the award with teammate Harvey Martin in 1978.

Get That “Shot” Outta Here

You hear commentators talk about how shot blockers like UNC’s John Henson change the game by intimidation.  Here’s a of photo that demonstrates exactly how difficult it is to get an inside shot up, around and/or past a good shot blocker.

The Tar Heels have 117 blocked shots so far this season and 64 (over half) are by Henson who is averaging three per game.  Tyler Zeller has 27. 

Henson has blocked 18 shots during UNC’s current four game ACC winning streak.   

(Photo by Robert Willet/Raleigh News & Observer)

What He Said vs. What He Meant

In a telephone conversation with Larry Drew Sr., Roy Williams was informed that Drew II (hereafter to be known in Tar Heel Nation as "Larry Drew Who?" – props to T.A.H. Pop Culture Editor Young A.T. for that little gem) was transferring out of North Carolina.

Williams said all the right things in his press conference yesterday, guarding the family’s privacy, while lauding Drew II’s efforts (especially in the last four ACC wins 19 to 4 assist to turnover ratio) and expressing what sounded like genuine disappointment.

In a statement released by his family, this is what Drew II said:  “After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I have decided it’s in my best interest to continue my education and basketball career elsewhere. I have enjoyed my time in North Carolina and appreciate the support of everyone associated with the program.  Over the last three years we’ve accomplished a lot as a team and those experiences will help me not only on the court, but off the court as well.

I’d like to thank the coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to play at one of the nation’s top colleges in UNC, and my teammates for their support as well.  It is unfortunate my career didn’t meet expectations in Chapel Hill, however I do look forward to continuing my collegiate and athletic career in the near future.”

This is what he meant: “My dad said Ol’ Roy has lost his mind and that freshmen Marshall  punk-*** kid has no business getting any of my minutes.  If I played somewhere else where I was appreciated, I’d be a star and have a future in the NBA.  Oh…and trying to fill Ty Lawson’s rocket fast shoes is crazy hard.”

Rumor has it that Drew Sr. spoke with Craig James just prior to informing Williams of Drew II’s imminent departure.

*Items in italics may not be true. 

Virginia Senate Joint Resolution No. 437

Offered February 4, 2011 - Commending DeAngelo Eugene Hall.
WHEREAS, DeAngelo Eugene Hall, a native of Chesapeake, and outstanding cornerback for the Washington Redskins, was selected as the 2011 Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player; and

WHEREAS, as a young man, DeAngelo Hall developed a strong love for the game of football and after playing at Deep Creek High School, went on to play at Virginia Tech, where he was named to the First Team All-American; and

WHEREAS, drafted eighth overall in the 2004 National Football League (NFL) Draft, DeAngelo Hall began his professional career playing for the Atlanta Falcons; after playing briefly for the Oakland Raiders, DeAngelo Hall is now a formidable force for the Washington Redskins; and

WHEREAS, one of the NFL’s top players, DeAngelo Hall was selected to the Pro Bowl in his first year of professional play; in week seven of the 2010 football season, he tied an NFL record with four interceptions in one game; and

WHEREAS, one of only 19 players in the history of the NFL to intercept four passes in a game, DeAngelo Hall will have his jersey inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame for his extraordinary accomplishment; and

WHEREAS, in the 2011 Pro Bowl held in the beautiful state of Hawaii, DeAngelo Hall was named the Most Valuable Player for his interception and 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown that helped the National Football Conference defeat the American Football Conference, 55 - 41; and

WHEREAS, a man of character with a compassionate heart, DeAngelo Hall has used the resources and public attention he has garnered as a professional football player to support numerous worthy organizations; and

WHEREAS, as a young man, DeAngelo Hall and his family faced great tragedy with limited resources when his older brother, Kevin, died a violent death; and

WHEREAS, determined to make a difference and help other families who have had to deal with the results of violence, DeAngelo Hall established the DeAngelo Hall Foundation with the goal of decreasing youth violence and aiding families and survivors of violent crimes; and

WHEREAS, the DeAngelo Hall Foundation helps youth avoid violence through the support of self-empowerment and anti-violence programs; and

WHEREAS, DeAngelo Hall is a devoted husband and father of four; and

WHEREAS, a man of remarkable accomplishment, DeAngelo Hall has been supported in his professional football career and community service efforts by his incredible and inspiring mother, Joan Hall, and his family; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED by the Senate, the House of Delegates concurring, That the General Assembly commend DeAngelo Eugene Hall on his selection as the 2011 Pro Bowl Most Valuable Player; and, be it

RESOLVED FURTHER, That the Clerk of the Senate prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to DeAngelo Eugene Hall as an expression of the General Assembly’s congratulations and admiration for his outstanding career and commitment to serving others.

Pictures of the Day

 CLOWNHEADS.  Members of the Green Bay Packers joke around during their official team photo for Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.  (Photo by Jeff Haynes/REUTERS)
CONFUSED?  Did somebody tell Bethanie Mattek-Sands  that the Fed Cup was half-court make-it-take-it basketball game and not a tennis tournament?  The old codgers over at Wimbledon are gonna yak up a load of strawberries and cream when they see this fashionable ensemble Mattek-Sands was sporting during the Fed Cup first round on Febuary 5, 2011 in Antwerpen.  Belgian Yanina Wickmayer won 6/1, 7/6, 6/8. Then she laughed at Mattek-Sands goofy clothes.  (Photo by John Thys/ AFP PHOTO) 

SUN STROKE.  Geoff Obilvy hits a shot on the 16th hold of the second round of the brilliantly named Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Stadium course in Scottsdale, AZ.  (Photo by Fred Vuich/SI)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Larry Drew 2 May Have Had "Next"

ESPN: Larry Drew II Leaves North Carolina

According to Pat Forde at ESPN:

In a jarring February development, North Carolina point guard Larry Drew II has left the Tar Heels team and will transfer, according to a source close to the situation.

The source did not cite a reason for Drew's decision to transfer but did say the junior left campus Thursday, roughly 48 hours after recording nine assists in 19 minutes in North Carolina's 106-74 victory over Boston College.

The source also said North Carolina's coaches were aware of Drew's decision.

Drew essentially has shared the point guard position this season with freshman Kendall Marshall; he lost the starting role to Marshall in mid-January.

As a result, Drew's playing time, scoring and assists have dropped from last season -- minutes down from 28.8 to 22.8 per game; scoring from 8.5 points to 4.4; and assists from 5.9 to 3.9.

However, he's had some of his better floor games in the Tar Heels' past three games, all victories, racking up 19 assists and only two turnovers while playing fewer minutes than Marshall.

Drew, the son of Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, was a lightning rod for fan criticism last year, when the Tar Heels failed to earn an NCAA tournament berth.

If he transfers to another Division I school, Drew will have to sit out a year, and he would have one season of eligibility remaining.

North Carolina is 16-5 overall, and 6-1 in the ACC, in second place behind Duke. It is on the verge of re-entering the ESPN/USA Today coaches' top 25 after being ranked ninth in the preseason. The Tar Heels are tied for 23rd in The Associated Press media poll. 

Thursday Night ACC Hoops

Reggie Johnson
MIAMI 59, GEORGIA TECH 57 – The Miami Hurricanes overcame a season-high 28 turnovers and snapped a four-game losing streak Thursday night by taking advantage of Georgia Tech’s poor shooting to win 59-57.

Miami built a 21-point lead with 13 1/2 minutes left, then held on despite making only two baskets the rest of the way.

Sophomore Glen Rice Jr. scored a career-high 28 points for the Yellow Jackets, who shot a season-worst 27 percent. Miami foiled Georgia Tech’s bid to force overtime when Iman Shumpert was called for charging with 9 seconds left. (Really?  A late game charge?  He must of flat out run  over the Miami guy ‘cause ACC refs don’t usually call that late in a game…)

The Hurricanes (13-9, 2-6 ACC) survived a tense finish after losing four consecutive games by a total of 11 points. The Yellow Jackets (10-11, 3-5) remained winless in seven road games this season and haven’t won an away game in the league since Jan. 16, 2010.

Reggie Johnson’s dunk with 13:37 left gave the Hurricanes their biggest advantage, 48-27. But Tech went to a full-court press that compounded the Hurricanes’ turnover trouble, and they made only one basket over the next 12 minutes.

Pictures Of The Day

DARK HORSE. The horses are silhouetted as they clear the water jump during the Grolsch Conditional Jockey’ Handicap Steeplechase at Wincanton Racecourse in England.  (Photo by Julian Herbert/Action Images/ZUMAPRESS.COM)
ZOMBIE POWER. Maryland Terrapins fans hold up  signs before a college basketball game against the Duke Blue Devils on February 2, 2011 at the Comcast Arena in College Park, Maryland. One depicts Duke star Kyle Singler as a zombie. Ironic as Singler killed the Terps with 22 points and a dominant second half.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images North America)
THE FULL BLOWN WHEELECTOMY.  Hey, fellas, she’s much faster with wheels…Just a tip that might help.  Here, Mechanics of the team push forward the chassis of the new McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 car at Potsdamer Platz on February 4, 2011 in Berlin, Germany.  Evidently, the “tyres” have their own union and contractual arrangements for separate travel and media coverage.  (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A DIFFERENT KIND OF HORSE POWER.  Sam Waley Cohen riding Way Back When , third from left, would go on to win the European Breeders Fund Mares National Hunt Novice Hurdle at the Wincanton racecourse in England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

ACC Hump Night Hoops

Kyle Singler
#5 DUKE 80, MARYLAND 62 – In order to cope with a notoriously rowdy post-game crowd infamous for burning things, official at the University of Maryland organized an on-campus bonfire so Terps fans could vent their joy after they upset #5 Duke on Wednesday night.

That said, unlike last year when Gary William’s Terps knocked off Duke at the Comcast Center this time there was little to celebrate as an estimated crowd of 200 milled around the post-game bonfire adjacent to the college chapel.

The extra police officers hired for the presumed celebration could well blame Kyle Singler and his mates along with the Terps failure to take advantage of early opportunities for their leisurely evening.

Singler scored 22 points, Nolan Smith had 21, and the Blue Devils bounced back from Sunday’s lopsided defeat against St. John’s with one of their best performances of the season.  Maryland couldn’t overcome 40% shooting.  Duke was precise shooting 52.6% and committing just 8 turnovers.

“The last game we played was an embarrassing loss,” Singler said. “To come on the road again and win was a big thing for this team.”

Playing in front of a boisterous sellout crowd against one of their biggest rivals, the Blue Devils relied on their two best players to dispatch the Terrapins. Singler and Smith combined to score Duke’s first 16 points of the second half to make it 56-43 with 12 minutes left.

That proved to be too much a deficit for the cold-shooting Terrapins to overcome. Maryland got within five points, but could get no closer.

You had to see this coming...
The victory gave Duke (20-2, 7-1 ACC) a season sweep of Maryland (14-8, 4-4). Duke has won eight of the last nine games between the teams and four of the last six at Comcast Center.

VIRGINIA TECH 77, N.C. STATE 69 – Malcolm Delaney scored 22 points to help Virginia Tech beat North Carolina State on Wednesday night.

Jeff Allen added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Hokies (15-6, 5-3 ACC), who dominated the boards early for plenty of extra scoring chances and built a 16-point lead in the first half. They maintained a comfortable margin for most of the night before the Wolfpack made a desperate push to get within six in the final 4 1/2 minutes.

But Delaney and Allen came up with a couple of key baskets to keep the Hokies in control.

It was a welcome second chance for Virginia Tech to make up for its last trip to its neighboring state to the south. On Jan. 13, the Hokies blew a 16-point lead in the first half and lost 64-61 at North Carolina.

Freshman C.J. Leslie scored 18 points for N.C. State (12-10, 2-6), which has lost six of seven games.

UVa's Jontel Evans
VIRGINIA 49, CLEMSON 47 – Mustapha Farrakhan hit a go-ahead jumper with 35.8 seconds to play and four free throws in the final 23.9 seconds Wednesday night, rescuing Virginia after a brutal second half and giving the Cavaliers a 49-47 victory against Clemson.

The Cavs (12-10, 3-5 ACC) won for the second time in seven games despite being outscored 19-4 over an 11-minute stretch into the game’s final minute.

Clemson (15-7, 4-4) scored just 13 points in the first half and shot no better than 25 percent for most of the night. The Tigers missed a chance to pull even for a second time in the final minute when Demontez Stitt missed the first of a one-and-one with 26.7 seconds left.

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

Hank Williams was still alive…

OK, he wasn’t. He died in January of 1953, but it was either Hank or Joseph Stalin or Queen Mary - you make the call…

That’s what we thought.

 Hank Williams it is…

The Streak: Game Eleven, December 19, 1953 – North Carolina 85, Clemson 48.  

The ACC was formed in 1953 with eight teams – Clemson, Duke, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest.  Game 11 of The Streak was the first ACC match-up between the two old Southern Conference foes (we mistakenly thought it was game 10, but upon further review it was really Game 11 and we have amended the Game 10 post).  Clemson would finish the year 5-18 and 0-8 in the ACC while UNC fared a little better winning five conference games and losing six. The Tar Heels were 11-10 overall. (We have no idea why Clemson played 8 ACC games and UNC played 11 - tournament games perhaps?)

Clemson managed to defeat The Citadel twice, Presbyterian, Davidson and William & Mary. North Carolina thumped the usual old Southern Conference suspects and the Wahoos, but had losses to Navy, Seton Hall, Oregon State, N.C. State and Duke.  Wow…the Beavers.

Hank Williams was born September 17, 1923 in a log cabin in Mount Olive, Alabama.

Williams was a singer-songwriter and musician regarded as one of the greatest country music stars of all time. He recorded eleven number one songs between 1948 and 1953 all the while unable to read or write music to any significant degree.

His hits included "Your Cheatin' Heart", "Hey Good Lookin'" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry".

His son Hank Williams, Jr., daughter Jett Williams, and grandchildren Hank Williams III, Holly Williams, and Hilary Williams are also professional singers.

In July 1937, while Williams lived in Montgomery, AL, he sang and played his Silvertone guitar on the sidewalk in front of the WSFA radio studio. He quickly caught the attention of the station’s producers, who occasionally invited him to come inside and perform on air. So many listeners contacted the station requesting more of the "Singing Kid" that the producers hired him to host his own 15-minute show twice a week for a weekly salary of $15.  That big fat salary funded his first band, the Drifting Cowboys.
On January 1, 1953, Williams was scheduled to perform at a New Year's Day concert in Canton, Ohio, but was unable to fly because of inclement weather. He hired a college student, Charles Carr, to drive him to the concert. Upon leaving the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee, Williams apparently injected himself with some pain-killers which included a morphine/Vitamin B-12 combination.

Sometime later – and exactly when is still debated – Williams was dead.  He was 29-years-old.  His death is widely believed to have resulted from a mixture of the alcohol and drugs he relied upon to control chronic back pain he had suffered since birth.

Williams' final single released during his lifetime was coincidentally titled "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive".  

"Your Cheatin' Heart" was written and recorded in 1952 but released in 1953, after Williams' death. The song was number one on the country charts for six weeks. The story goes that Williams was prompted to write the song when thinking about his first wife, Audrey Williams, while driving around with his second, Billie Jean Williams; she is supposed to have written down the lyrics for him in the passenger seat.

Williams ranked number two in CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music in 2003, behind Johnny Cash.  In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him number 74 on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Hank Williams died New Year’s Day 1953.

Dear Mr. Snyder

Me and Mr. Jones, we got a thing...
Jeez, you’re an idiot.

We have tried to be supportive.  Ok, we may have poked a bit of fun OCCASIONALLY. But in the end, we are hard core advocates of capitalism and we support the idea that you own the team and it is yours to do as you damn well please.  The Washington Redskins do not belong to the fans, the team is not part of the public domain, it is your private property.  

Subsequently, while we gently mock some of the stupid things you have done over the years, we have continued to staunchly defend your right to do stupid things as it’s YOUR team. Hey, everybody  makes (lots and lots of) mistakes.

That said, this time you may have CATAPULTED yourself directly to the front of the line for the Stupid Hall of Fame, sub-category “Painfully, Hopelessly, Permanently, You're Killin' Me Stupid.”

(Seriously, Dan, do you not have PR/media advisors who tell you not to do things that will gain little, and only make you look bad?  Do they tell you this?  Do you listen?  Well, if you do, clearly you don’t [listen, that is].)

Previously, we ran a piece about a funny article in the Washington City Paper which was a lengthy diatribe listing the many foibles suffered by the Burgundy and Gold since your purchase from the estate of the beloved Squire Cook.  Titled “The Cranky Fan’s Guide to Dan Snyder” is included a photo of you with clever little devil horns and whiskers penciled in…

The story was published WAY BACK in freakin' November.

Mr. Snyder as seen by Washington City Paper
Now the Washington City Paper is not the Washington Post or the New York Post. It’s a free tabloid read by folks in Washington D.C. proper.  We are guessing it has a circulation 100,000 compared to the Washington Post at over 500,000 daily and almost 800,000 on Sunday. 

The only time we read the City Paper is when we are visiting the District and we are curious about what the artists, musicians, movie goers, club hoppers and various alternate-sexuals are up to. You know, where are all the cool people eating, drinking, dancing and hanging out?  It’s well done and spot-on for its target audience. 

We doubt that too terribly many Redskin season ticket holders or devout sport fans read it. At all, EVER.

None the less, you…EVIDENTLY…took great offense at this comedic gem.  Instead of taking your medicine for a few minutes, you decided to make a giant- lazy-worthless-free agent-style issue of it some three months later by threatening to sue City Paper and demanding that the reporter, Dave McKenna, who was responsible for what (most believe) is a pretty damn accurate record of your trials and tribulations be tossed under a Metro bus.

Enter, Gene Weingarten of the Washington Post.  Weingarten is a Giant’s FAN and he just LOVES you.  

Today he wrote an open letter to you…and, sorry to say, it’s funny too.

To read Weingarten’s story, click here.

FSU Boasts Best Recruiting Class in ACC

But, of course, we get emails from Noles Nation saying, “That Jimbo, he can recruit, but can he coach them?

Holy cow, Batman…a couple Christian Ponders and everybody gets all cynical.

The headlines at ESPN and Yahoo! Sports both say that Florida State has the best incoming class in the country…and, subsequently,  the ACC. 

The top prospect is a kid named Karlos Williams who’s a safety . Rumor has it he’s 6’10”, weighs a rock hard 304 lbs,  has a 9-foot wing span, a 69-inch vertical leap and runs at 3.98 40-yard dash.  Oh, and he has -560% body fat.  He also enjoys an IQ of 4000 and he made 1601 on his S.A.T.s (he correctly answered  the extra credit question about the donuts.) 

Williams (allegedly) turned down USC  because Southern California coeds are, in his words, “too hot” and an opportunity to attend Harvard because “it’s too damn cold, and their football team sucks…err…I mean fails to maintain a standard equal to the top programs which annually compete for the BCS Championship while nurturing  students athletes of great character who someday will make amazing economic and social contributions thanks to super-gainful employment and stardom in the NFL.”

Or something like that…

According to ESPN, the recruiting classes shake out like this: 1) FSU, 2) Clemson, 3) North Carolina, 4) Virginia, 5) Miami, 6) Boston College, 7) Georgia Tech, 8) Duke, 9) Maryland, 10) Virginia Tech, 11) Wake Forest and 12) N.C. State.

To get all the scoop on all the ACC schools incoming recruits via ESPN, click here.

*Items in italics may not be true. 

Pictures Of The Day

TAR WHO? Tar Heel reserve D.J. Johnson got some quality mop-up time along with five points when Ol’ Roy emptied the bench Tuesday night against Boston College.  Then Johnson’s photo was one of the featured pics on SI’s Google Chrome app SI-Snapshot – a source of many  photos used in the T.A.H. Pictures of the Day feature.  You go, D.J. (Photo by Damian Strohmeyer)

NO FEAR. Maryland Terrapins fans hold up signs before a college basketball game against the Duke Blue Devils on February 2, 2011 at the Comcast Arena in College Park, Maryland. The Eagles won 73-60. (Photo by Mitchell LaytonGetty Images)
YELLOW FEVER. Tip off of the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Duke Blue Devils on February 2, 2011 at the Comcast Arena in College Park, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell LaytonGetty Images)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tuesday Night ACC Hoops

#23 NORTH CAROLINA 106, BOSTON COLLEGE 74 –  After back-to-back career high scoring efforts, there are those in Tar Heel Nation ready to coronate  Harrison Barnes  the next King of Chapel Hill.  While the crown may fit nicely by year’s end, the impact of fellow freshman Reggie Bullock can’t be overlooked. 

While making their all-too-typical fitful road game start replete with the Eagles bombing three-pointers, North Carolina spotted Boston College an early lead before Bullock sank three consecutive three-pointers Tuesday night in Conte Forum in Chestnut Hills. 

If Barnes is embracing the role of “closer” after making big late game shots in several key ACC wins, Bullock may well turn into the perfect “set up” guy.

After Bullock’s micro-burst, the Tar Heels never looked back, scoring more than 100 points in an ACC road game for the first time since February 28, 2009 against Georgia Tech (104-74).

“The biggest difference for me in the game was Reggie Bullock off the bench,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. “We were down five points and then Reggie hits four 3s. The last game, (he) didn’t make a field goal. I talked to him after the game and said, `You probably won’t do that again.”’

Tyler Zeller scored 18 points and Bullock hit four three-pointers  during a 22-4 surge late in the first half when the Tar Heels (16-5, 6-1 ACC) turned a five-point deficit into a 13-point lead.

Bullock scored 14 points in the first half and finished with 16.

Joe Trapani had a season-high 25 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for Boston College (14-8, 4-4).

Larry Drew II had nine assists for UNC, which missed its season high in scoring by one point when Williams emptied his bench in the final 2 minutes, up by more than 30.

The Tar Heels shot 57 percent from the field.

Deividas Dulkys
FLORIDA STATE 85, WAKE FOREST 61 – Deividas Dulkys scored 16 points and Florida State rebounded from its worst loss of the season with a victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday night.
Florida State (16-6, 6-2 ACC) twice had leads of 32 points in the second half.

Dulkys keyed a 12-0 run midway through the opening half that helped the Seminoles into a 31-19 lead at the break despite shooting just 31.9 percent.

Bernard James made 5 of 6 field goals and finished with 13 points while freshman Ian Miller and Michael Snaer added 11 points each and Derwin Kitchen 10 for the Seminoles, who were defeated by 18 points Saturday at Clemson.

Gary Clark’s 16 points led Wake Forest (8-14, 1-6), which has lost 10 of its last 14 games, including four of its last five by 20 points or more. Clark hit 4 of 6 from 3-point distance.

Florida State had a 17-5 advantage on the offensive boards that translated to a 21-3 difference in second-chance points.

Quote of the Day

“They’ve had trouble against zones; they didn’t have trouble with our zones."

 – Boston College head coach Steve Donahue on UNC's  demolition of his Eagles last night in Boston.

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

W. Wilbur Shaw Sr. was still alive…

The Streak: Game Ten, December 10, 1952 – North Carolina 82, Clemson 56.  

Game 10 of The Streak was the last Southern Conference match-up between the two old foes.  Clemson would finish the year 8-10 and 6-8 in the SoCon while UNC fared much better winning 15 conference games and losing six. The Tar Heels were 17-10 overall.

If you don’t know who Wilbur Shaw is, you should. Chances are you have stared in wonderment at the incredible event he brought back to life after World War II.  If you are living right, you might have actually been to that little car race that happens each Memorial Day weekend called the Indianapolis 500.

W. Wilbur Shaw Sr.
Warren Wilbur Shaw was born in Shelbyville, IN on October 31, 1902.  He won the Indianapolis 500 race three times, in 1937, 1939 and 1940 and he finished second in 1933, 1935 and 1938, fourth in 1927 and seventh in 1936.

During World War II, Shaw was hired by Firestone to test a synthetic rubber tire at Indy which was closed due to the war. He was dismayed by the dilapidated condition of the already-historic racetrack. Then-owner Eddie Rickenbacker, the famed World War I flying ace and president of Eastern Air Lines, padlocked the gates at the beginning of WWII and let the great race course slowly begin to disintegrate.

Eventually, Rickenbacker informed Shaw that what was left of the track would be demolished and the land turned into a housing subdivision unless Shaw had a better idea.  

Shaw did. 

He recruited Tony Hulman of Hulman & Co., who had made a fortune on Clabber Girl baking soda.  A lifelong fan of automobile racing in general and the Indy 500 in particular, Hulman purchased the Speedway from Rickenbacker in November 1945 for $750,000.

Bill Shaw with pictures of his dad.
Hulman promptly appointed Shaw president with complete day-to-day control.  Shaw's hard work only cemented the reputation of the 500 as the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

It seemed as though Shaw and Hulman had a "Midas touch" at the Speedway.  Hulman poured money into improvements, and Shaw delivered the world's greatest race to ever-growing and enthusiastic crowds year after year.  The Indianapolis 500 of the late Forties and early Fifties was a special event, and Hulman made sure the world knew it was Shaw’s hand that was on the wheel.

Shaw was married and had one son – long-time friend of T.A.H. W. Wilbur Shaw Jr. (Bill to his friends back in Virginia) who currently lives in Indianapolis. 

Although he survived a heart attack suffered when he ran up a hill at a Soap Box Derby race in Akron, Ohio, the senior Shaw died in an airplane crash near Decatur, Indiana on October 30, 1954, one day before his fifty-second birthday.  His son Bill was nine-years-old at the time.

Shaw’s obituary is here.

To read more, click here.

Picture of the Da(l)y

CHEERS. John Daly of the USA during the Pro Am prior to start of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters held at Doha Golf Club on February 2, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) 

Pictures of the Day

MOGUL HEAVEN.  Chloe Dufour-Lapointe of Canada practices during a training session for the women's moguls for the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships at Deer Valley Resort on February 1, 2011 in Park City, Utah. The FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships will inlcude moguls, dual moguls, aerials, skicross, halfpipe skiing and slopestyle skiing. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
NICE TURF. Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers dons a Troy Polamalu wig as he speak to the media during Super Bowl Media Day at Dallas Stadium in Dallas, TX.  (Photo by Tannen Maury/EPA)
OFF THE SOAP BOX. When he wasn’t preaching the gospel of the Indy 500, among other things of great interest to Wilbur Shaw was the Soap Box Derby.  Such an advocate was Shaw that the track in Indianapolis is considered the longest and best in the country.  It’s name: Wilbur Shaw Memorial Soap Box Derby Track…what else would it be?  Here,  Harold Williamson, 15, of Charleston, West Virginia, winner of the 13th Annual Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio, August 13th, 1950 gets congratulations from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Williamson, and Wilbur Shaw (right), three time winner of the Indianapolis 500. (Photo by Corbis Bettmann)
SOCCER HAS A HEISMAN TROPHY?  Ecuador's Quito Michael Quinonez (L) celebrate his goal by striking the Heisman pose with Maximiliano Bevacqua against Argentina Independiente during their Copa Libertadores 2011 football match at Olimpic stadium in Quito on February 1, 2011.  (Photo by Rodrigo Buendia/AFP)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

ACC Players Of The Week

Iman Shumpert
Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert has been selected as the ACC Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet, and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes was (finally?) named the ACC Rookie of the Week presented by Chevrolet following their outstanding performances.

Shumpert recorded the fourth triple-double in Georgia Tech history and 26th in ACC annals, when he had 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in the Yellow Jackets' 72-57 victory over Virginia Tech last Tuesday evening in Atlanta. The 6-5 Oak Park, Ill., junior also had seven steals in the win. Five days later, Shumpert had 12 points, three assists and three steals in a 74-63 loss to Maryland Sunday night.

At long last, the highly-touted freshman found his offensive groove scoring a season-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting in North Carolina's 84-64 win over N.C. State Saturday. Barnes had 12 first-half points, including 11 of the Tar Heels' first 13. Earlier in the week, Barnes had 13 points and two steals in a 74-71 win at Miami. He connected on the Tar Heels' last two field goals, including a game-winning three-pointer from the corner as the shot clock expired with 6.6 seconds remaining for the win.

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

Palacio Chrsyler then.
They were still racing cars on the ROOF of this building…

The Streak: Game Nine, December 10, 1952 – North Carolina 65, Clemson 59.  

The not-yet-ready for prime time Tigers finished the year 8-10, and 6-8 in the Southern Conference.  They notched wins against Presbyterian, The Citadel (2), William and Mary, South Carolina and Furman among others.

North Carolina was 17-10 in new head coach Frank McGuire’s first year at the helm.  The Heels would finish 8th in a tough Southern Conference with a 15-6 record making it to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament.

In 1928, two years after The Streak began and five years after Chrysler's current part-owners Fiat inaugurated their stunning Lingotto plant with a rooftop racetrack, Chrysler's Argentine distributors opened a magnificent building to assemble, test, sell... and race cars on the roof of their Buenos Aires headquarters/factory .  

FIAT's Lingotto, the first assembly-line plant in Europe
Palacio Chrysler, as the building was called, was built by Argentine entrepreneur Julio Fevre, who had acquired the exclusive right to represent Chrysler in Argentina. The building was designed by Mario Palanti and occupied an entire city block in what was then a rather sparsely populated area.

Period photos show the building towering over townhouses and empty land. The column-lined facade housed an exhibition area, while the back and upper parts of the building were used for administrative offices, workshops, and storage areas.

Palacio Chrysler now.
But it was the upper deck that stole the show. Equipped with a test track of slightly over a mile long, it was used for testing cars and hosting Argentina’s  high society.  The infield spectator area could accommodate 3,000 people.

Alas, all good things must come to an end and operations ceased sometime near Game 9 of The Streak.  In 1990, the site was taken over by a development company who converted Palacio Chrysler into apartments and offices.  The racetrack on the roof was demolished and replaced by a fancy roof and an in-ground swimming pool.

Quote of the Day

"That was just a game, I don't know, it was a weird game. The guys seemed to be ready to go and excited and I think initially when we don't hit a few shots early our defense suffered and our energy went down. It was just a bad game. We picked the wrong time to do that."

– N.C. State coach Sid Lowe on his Wolpack’s 20-point loss to North Carolina last Saturday in Chapel Hill. 

Eagle Rock Weather Beagle Hangs Up Prognostications

The Weather Beagle in repose.
According to sources, the leading predictor of late winter and early spring weather patterns utilized here at T.A.H. Worldwide Media headquarters, Wittle Sang - the Weather Beagle, is calling it a career.

According to a press release issued this morning from Weather Beagle World Headquarters in Eagle Rock, VA:

It is that time of year again (actually the day before) and regrettably, the Weather Beagle is retiring and giving the day exclusively to the hog.  At 77 dog-years-old, she has determined her duty to society is done. The couch, a variety of beds, and one recliner will be her destiny (as if it wasn't already).

She would like to thank Bob Bob (aka Psycho Kitty), Purry Boy, Buckshot, Annie Beagle, Burrs, Picksters, Little Kitten, and, most recently, Big Head for all their support and info gathering which made all of her predictions so accurate.

She would also like to lay to rest the the false accusations that there was bad blood between her and that nasty-a** groundhog "Punxattn&#xmhytres Phil." Wasn't true.  The Weather Beagle just flat out chose not to recognize (in her words) "the fat little furry bastard".

Lastly, she would like to thank Michael Phelps for the nice retirement "package," Miley Cyrus for the new "apparatus” and President Obama for the "stimulus" package.

To read more about the Weather Beagle’s 2009 Super Bowl scandal with superstar Olympian Phelps and the furry you-know-what from Pennsylvania, click here

(Photo courtesy of the Gail Nicely International Photo Institute of Spoiled Canines)

Pictures Of The Day

COMING AND GOING. Spectators pack together nest to the course as competitors criss-cross the course during an elimination round in the Snowmobile SnoCross during Winter X Games 15 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DON'T BE TALKIN' 'BOUT SHAFT. Isaac Hayes of the Homies & the POPz poses at the Sydney Cricket Ground on January 31, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. The team, comprised of African Americans and Latinos from Compton, a city notorious for gang violence, was formed to find an alternative to the gang lifestyle. The team will be in Australia for two weeks, playing matches in Sydney, and Melbourne and participating in fundraising events to support Australian flood victims. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images AsiaPac)

PRELUDE TO THE TERRIBLE TWOS? The staff at the hospital in Mt. Lebanon wrapped up ten newborns in Terrible Towels last Friday in celebration of the Steelers’ run to Super Bowl XLV. Each baby born this week at the hospital will also be wrapped up in the black and gold, a tradition the staff also did in 2008.

In a related item, Pennsylvania's Greene County will denounce any presumed affiliation with the Green Bay Packers by changing its name to "Black and Gold County" during Super Bowl week, according to the Greene Co. Observer-Reporter. (Photo by Mike Jones/Upper St. Clair Patch)

SOCCER FANS. Old band mates and big “football fans” Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart make quite the exit while leaving the Ivy Club after having dinner together. Proving yet again that a nod is, in fact, as good as a wink (or a kiss) to a blind horse.  (Photo by

CONTEXT?  Somebody, anybody?  What?  Kim Clijsters of Belgium poses with the Daphne Akhurst Trophy after winning the 2011 Women's Australian Open final, at Brighton Beach on January 30, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. Evidently…somebody thought this was a great idea and some morons who work for that person said “YEAH, GREAT IDEA!!” and Clijsters was too nice and polite to say “WTF?”  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Former Hokie NFL Pro Bowl MVP

Washington Redskin DeAngelo Hall, by way of the Virginia Tech Hokies, was named the MVP of last night’s Pro Bowl.  He had an interception, returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown and had six tackles in the NFC's 55-41 victory.  

For his effort, he won a Cadillac but no trip to Disney World.

(Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

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