Saturday, February 19, 2011

Saturday ACC Basketball

FLORIDA STATE @ WAKE FOREST, Winston-Salem, N.C., 1:00 PM, TV: ACC Network

VIRGINIA TECH @ VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Va., 1:00 PM, TV: ACC Network (XM 190)

BOSTON COLLEGE @ NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill, N.C., 4:00 PM, TV: ESPN (XM 190)

Bad Sports Name Of The Week

Sorry, Dabo, no Clowney for you!

Jadeveon Clowney.

Clowney, ESPN's No. 1 overall college football prospect in the country, signed with South Carolina on Monday. His other finalists were Alabama and Clemson. 

He didn’t help his case by ripping Nick Saban…

Pictures Of The Day

BIEBER BALL. Superstar recording artist Justin Bieber drives around former NBA star Mitch Richmond during the first half of the 2011 BBVA All-Star Celebrity basketball game as part of the NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Reuters)
IT’S CAMEL TIME.  It’s that time of year for the Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge at the Desert Palm Hotel on February 18, 2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event takes place under the patronage of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, wife of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE Ruler of Dubai. The Cartier International Dubai Polo Challenge is the most celebrated tournament in the desert and one of three Cartier hosts each year including the Royal Cartier International Windsor Polo and Saint-Moritz Snow Polo event.  ( Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)
NOTHING SAYS MILK LIKE AN NBA STAR AND A GIRAFFE.  Really?  Former Wake Forest star Chris Bosh poses with Maynard the Giraffe during the unveiling of the latest Got Milk? ad at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images North America)
LACROSSE, HOCKEY, CRICKET? Canada cricketer John Davison bats in the nets during a training session at the Suriyawewa Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium in the southern district of Hambantota on February 19,2011. The 2011 Cricket World Cup event takes place in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from February 19-April 2 with 14 nations taking part in the marathon six-week tournament. (Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi /AFP/Getty Images)

THEY’D RUN (AND JUMP) A MILE FOR A CAMEL. Horses and jockeys jump the second to last during the Countryside Alliance Handicap Steeple Chase race run at Fakenham Racecourse on February 18, 2011 in Fakenham, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)
MANLY MEN. That said, we are not diggin' the unis.  Julian Huxley of the Rebels is tackled during the round one Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on February 18, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Friday, February 18, 2011

There’s Crazy, And Then There Is SEC Football Crazy

Oak trees at Toomer's Corner.
Around these parts, we like to think that ACC basketball is a big deal and that, as sport’s rivalries go, the Duke v. North Carolina rivalry is as intense as any in the land.

Well…no.

In the immortal words of M.C. Hammer: You can't touch this.

While we have long thought that big-time college football rivalries were a bit more intense due to the demographic of that portion of the fan base that did not attend any of the schools involved, this latest round of crazy may have forever elevated the Alabama v. Auburn football rivalry to the head of the line…

While the game is settled annually in the Iron Bowl, the chirping goes on 24/7, 365 days a year. 

That said, enter one Harvey Almorn Updyke.

Didn't the forehead tattoo give it away?
Harvey did not attend the University of Alabama but somewhere along the twisted path that is Harvey’s life, the bug bit him and he is now struggling to cope with the sting of is chosen fanaticism.

The sixty-two year old former Texas state trooper, reportedly fell in love with the Crimson Tide during his childhood.  To show his allegiance, he somehow convinced his wife to name one of his children Crimson and the other Bear. 

Distraught (presumably) over Alabama squandering a big lead in the Iron Bowl and his hated rival Auburn’s National Championship, Updyke has been charged with poisoning the 130-year-old live oaks at Auburn's historic Toomer's Corner.  War Eagle fans ply the famous old trees with toilet paper following each pigskin victory.

"I think [Updyke] is representative of a fringe element of fans right now who are angry about a lot of things," sports talk show host Paul Finebaum told the Birmingham News. "They are angry about Auburn winning the national championship, but they are equally angry about what happened at the game in Tuscaloosa, and about the fact that they don't believe Cam Newton should have been eligible, and they don't believe Auburn won a legitimate national championship."

(And yet they don't believe in the tooth fairy, mermaids, Santa Claus or leprechauns - except those that go to school at Notre Dame)

On Jan. 27, Finebaum received a call from an Alabama fan claiming to have poisoned the treasured oaks.  

"The weekend after the Iron Bowl, I went to Auburn, Ala., because I live 30 miles away, and I poisoned the Toomer's trees," "Al from Dadeville" told Finebaum.

The caller signed off with “roll tide.”

Clever fellow that he is, Updyke made the call from his home phone.

The trees are given almost no chance of surviving the Spike 80DF, or tebuthiuron, that Updyke is accused of applying in lethal amounts.

"It'll take divine intervention" to save them, former Auburn Athletic Director David Housel told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. 

Thursday Night ACC Hoops

C.J. Leslie

N.C. STATE 69, CLEMSON 61 — Freshman C.J. Leslie had 18 points and 10 rebounds to help North Carolina State beat Clemson on Thursday night.

Tracy Smith added 14 points for the Wolfpack (14-11, 4-7 ACC), who pushed ahead for good with a 9-0 second-half run. The win allowed N.C. State to gain some measure of revenge for last month’s loss to the Tigers in which the Wolfpack blew a 19-point first-half lead.

Javi Gonzalez added 11 points off the bench for N.C. State, which made 11 of 14 free throws in the final 4 1/2 minutes to stay in control.

Demontez Stitt scored 16 points to lead the Tigers (17-9, 6-6), who are fighting to position themselves for an NCAA tournament bid. Losing this one won’t help on that front considering N.C. State had lost seven of nine coming in to this game.

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

Albert Einstein was still alive…

The Streak: Game Thirteen, December 3, 1955 – North Carolina 73, Clemson 58.

The relatively new ACC continued to be unkind to Clemson. The Tigers finished the year 9-17 and 1-13 in the league.  The Clemson records show one ACC win, but their game-by-game results show a win against South Carolina and Virginia – both were in the ACC at the time.  The Tigers other victories came against Florida State, Tennessee, Miami, The Citadel (twice) and Furman.

North Carolina finished the year 18-5 and 11-3 in the ACC.  The Tar Heels were ranked 13th in the final AP poll and were poised for a National Championship run the next season.  The Heels defeated Virginia in the opening round of the ACC tournament, but lost to Wake Forest (who would lose to eventual champion N.C. State) in the next round.

N.C. State went to the NCAA Tournament as the sole representative of the ACC only to lose to Canisius in the first round…

Albert Einstein was born March 14, 1879 in Germany.  A theoretical physicist, Einstein discovered the theory of general relativity which revolutionized physics (which, as you know, isn’t all that entertaining.) For this achievement, Einstein is often regarded as the “father of modern physics.”

He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect." (So, we've got that going for us...)

Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics could no longer reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic field. (Admit, you were stumped by this as well.)  This led to the development of his special theory of relativity. He realized, however, that the principle of relativity could also be extended to gravitational fields, and with his subsequent theory of gravitation in 1916, he published a paper on the general theory of relativity.

Einstein at 14.
Einstein escaped from Nazi Germany in 1933 and became a U.S. citizen in 1940. On the eve of World War II, he helped alert President Franklin D. Roosevelt that Germany might be developing an atomic weapon, and recommended that the U.S. begin nuclear research.  Presto-changeo, the Manhattan Project.    

Einstein published more than 300 scientific papers and received honorary doctorate degrees in science, medicine and philosophy from many European and American universities. His great intelligence and originality have made the word "Einstein" synonymous with genius in English, but profanity in Japanese.

Einstein fell ill (again) in April 1955, from a previously repaired abdominal aortic aneurysm. He refused surgery, saying: "I want to go when I want. It is tasteless to prolong life artificially. I have done my share, it is time to go. I will do it elegantly." 

He died in Princeton Hospital early the next morning at the age of 76.

During his autopsy, Einstein's brain was removed for preservation (without the permission of his family or Ted Williams' family) in the hope that the neuroscience of the future would be able to discover what made Einstein so intelligent.

Jimbo Gets Jumbo Raise, Being An Assistant Coach Doesn’t Suck Either

Jimbo Fisher
Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher has received a $4.75 million raise following his first season as the Seminoles football coach.

Fisher inked a new 5-year, $13.75 million contract that runs until Jan. 4, 2016. He receives an annual pay raise of $950,000, money to be paid to him for his radio and television shows and public appearances.
Fisher’s $225,000 annual base salary and several lucrative bonus provisions totaling more than $800,000 remain unchanged.
This photo has nothing to do with this story other than
Deion's affiliation with FSU.  But, you gotta admit,
it is kind of funny...

Some of those incentives include $50,000 for winning an Atlantic Coast Conference division title, $50,000 for the ACC championship, $125,000 for appearing in the national championship game and another $125,000 for winning it.

The deal requires Fisher, who is in his first head coaching position, to reimburse the school $2 million if he leaves before the end of the contract.

In Fisher’s first season taking over for longtime coach Bobby Bowden, the Seminoles finished 10-4, defeating both instate rivals Miami and Florida and then South Carolina in the Chick Fil-A Bowl.

The 45-year-old Fisher followed that up by landing one of the nation’s top signing classes of prep talent earlier this month.

The school also released a copy of offensive line coach Rick Trickett’s new three-year contract that will pay him $400,000 annually. 

ACC All-Academic Football Team

Anthony Castonzo
The ACC's statistical leaders in total offense, field goals and touchdown responsibility and nine student-athletes who earned first-team, second-team or honorable mention All-Conference honors this past season secured spots on the 52-member 2010 All-ACC Academic Football Team, announced Thursday by Commissioner John Swofford.

To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career. All 12 ACC schools were represented by at least one selection on the team.

Leading the team were Boston College All-America offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo (Hawthorn Woods, Ill.), Duke placekicker Will Snyderwine (Potomac, Md.), Maryland placekicker-punter Travis Baltz (Whitehouse, Ohio), Florida State senior quarterback Christian Ponder (Coffeyville, Tex.), and NC State junior quarterback Russell Wilson (Richmond, Va.).

In all, nine members of the All-ACC Academic team earned some kind of All-ACC Football recognition led by Castonzo, a two-time, first-team honoree. Five earned second-team All-ACC selection in NC State's Wilson, Duke's Snyderwine, Miami free safety Ray-Ray Armstrong (Sanford, Fla.); Virginia Tech defensive tackle John Graves (Richmond, Va.) and Virginia Tech running back-kick returner David Wilson (Danville, Va.).

To see the full team, click here

Pictures Of The Day

IS IT IN THEM?  Sprint Cup Series dirivers Jeff Gordon (24) and Trevor Bayne (2) lead the field to the green flag in race two of the Gatorade Duel at Daytona International Speedway.  (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas/U.S. Presswire)
GERMAN AMERICAN.  Interesting to note that German auto maker BMW is sponsoring the USA’s bobsled team.  Here, Pilot Elana Meyers and Jamie Greubel of Team USA 3 competes at the first run of the women's Bobsleigh World Championship on February 18, 2011 in Koenigssee, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
NUMBER ONE IN YOUR PROGRAM…and number one at the finish line. Ted Ligety of the United States of America skis on his way to winning the Men's Giant Slalom during the Alpine FIS Ski World Championships on the Kandahar course on February 18, 2011 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LOOK, THEY DO EAT…OK, maybe they just sample.  Here, Sports Illustrated swimsuit models Hilary Rhoda, Jessica Gomes and Anne V, STK's Executive Chef Stephen Hopcraft and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Brooklyn Decker attend the SI Swimsuit Lunch at STK at The Cosmopolitan on February 16, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images North America)

HEAVY GAUAGE WIRE.  LCPL James Edward )rr, 20, from the First Battalion Eighth Marines Alpha Company lifts weights made from barbed wire at a makeshift gym at an outpost in Kunjak in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.  (Photo by Finbarr O’Reilly/Reuters)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hump Night ACC Hoops

Jontel Evans
#5 DUKE 56, VIRGINIA 41 – Duke held themselves to 56 points, but Virginia couldn’t take advantage of it, lacking the accuracy to hit the proverbial broadside of the barn with a beach ball.

Nolan Smith had 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Blue Devils (24-2, 11-1) won their fifth straight, despite getting just two points from second-leading scorer Kyle Singler. The senior was in foul trouble for much of the game and didn't score his first bucket until the 16-minute mark of the second half.

Duke held Virginia to 15 second-half points and beat the Cavaliers for the seventh straight time.

Mustapha Farrakhan led Virginia with 11 points.

How bad was the Wahoo’s shooting?  Pretty bad…how about 10-30 33.3% in the first half,  6-26 23.1%  in the second half and 16-56 28.6% for the game?  

GEORGIA TECH 63, Chattanooga (Mocs, 10,526 students, Chattanooga, TN) 52 – Glen Rice Jr. scored 27 points, Iman Shumpert added 19 and Georgia Tech snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over Chattanooga on Wednesday night.

Just sayin'
Shumpert pulled down 11 of Georgia Tech's 34 rebounds. Rice now has scored at least 20 points six times since Dec. 25.

The Yellow Jackets' biggest lead was 11 points at the 7:30 mark of the first half.

With 10 turnovers in each half, Chattanooga allowed 24 points off their miscues. Deantre Jefferson finished with 14 points and a team-high nine rebounds, but he also led the Mocs with six turnovers.

ACC Players Of The Week

Last week the Chevrolet Camaro played 0 minutes, had 0 points,
0 rebounds and 0 assists and yet it is still is mentioned prominently
in the lead of this story....Hmmm.
Duke’s Nolan Smith has been selected as the ACC Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet and North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall is the ACC Rookie of the Week presented by Chevrolet following their out-standing performances.

Smith averaged 26.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game in leading fifth-ranked Duke to wins over No. 20 North Carolina and Miami. The Upper Marlboro, Md., senior was 19-of-37 (.514) from the field on the week, including 5-of-10 (.500) from 3-point range. Smith opened the week scoring a career-high 34 points to go along with three assists in Wednesday’s 79-73 win over North Carolina. In Sunday’s 81-71 win at Miami, he finished with 18 points and five assists despite playing only 29 minutes.

Marshall averaged 13.5 points and 4.5 assists as the 20th-ranked Tar Heels split a pair of conference games on the week. The Dumfries, Va., freshman had a career-high 18 points, including 14 in the second half, three assists and three steals in Saturday’s 64-62 win at Clemson. Earlier in the week, Marshall had nine points, six assists and only one turnover in 37 minutes in a 79-73 loss at No. 5 Duke.

Quote Of The Day

"After careful consideration, I will need to postpone the taping of the Oprah Winfrey interview scheduled for February 22.  I admire and respect Oprah and hope to be able to participate in an interview in the future."

-- Former Virginia Tech Hokie and dog killer Michael Vick after he threw the Queen of Talk Shows under the bus yesterday.

Earlier in the day, it was reported that Vick's agent contacted Oprah last week and asked her to drop a $320 wager she had with CNN personality Piers Morgan about who would be the first to land Vick on their show. Oprah complied and announced her plans to talk to Vick on Monday's show. 

Brett Favre to Lance Armstrong:

“What? You’re officially retiring again…that’s funny.  Why don’t you unretire next week and then race for France.  They hate you.  That would be really funny!”

The rumored reply of Brett Favre when informed that the 400-time winner of the Course des Tricheurs is retiring (again.)  

Pictures of the Day

OLD FRIENDS. Former Tar Heel Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen of the Chicago Bulls share a laugh before a game between the Bulls and the Charlotte Bobcats at the United Center on February 15, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America)
LLAMA POWER? Peru's Ornella Oettl reyes competes during the women's Alpine skiing Championship Giant Slalom event in Garmisch Partenkirchen, southern Germany on February 17, 2011.  (Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images) 
 

DID IT GO IN? Probably not. Virginia center Assane Sene shoots during the first half of the game against Duke at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.  (Photo by Andrew Shurtleff/U.S. Presswire)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Tuesday Night ACC Hoops

Tyler Zeller
#19 NORTH CAROLINA 78, WAKE FOREST 64 – Tyler Zeller scored 18 points to help No. 19 North Carolina beat Wake Forest.  Freshman Harrison Barnes added 17 points as the Tar Heels (19-6, 9-2 ACC) maintained sole possession of second place in the league with an easy win against a struggling instate rival. North Carolina scored the first seven points, pushed ahead by double figures midway through the first half and maintained a comfortable margin the rest of the night.

The Tar Heels shot just 37 percent, including 5-for-27 from 3-point range, against Wake Forest's zone defense.  

North Carolina has won 12 of 14 since losing to Texas on a last-second shot in December and sits just behind fifth-ranked Duke in the ACC standings.

John Henson added 14 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots for the Tar Heels, while Leslie McDonald had 13 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

MIAMI 78, UNC Greensboro (Spartans, 14,664 students, Greensboro, NC) 58 – Adrian  Thomas scored 18 points and matched a career high with six 3-pointers to help Miami rout North Carolina-Greensboro.

Malcolm Grant and Garrius Adams added 16 points apiece for the Hurricanes (16-10) who have won four of their last five games.

Durand Scott had his first career double-double with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for the Hurricanes.

Kyle Randall scored 13 points to lead UNC Greensboro (5-20). The Spartans finished 3 of 20 from 3-point range and have lost five of seven.

VIRGINIA TECH 91, MARYLAND 88 – Malcolm Delaney scored 22 points and Erick Green added 20 to help Virginia Tech rally in the final five minutes to beat Maryland. The loss, the Terps second in a row to a conference foe, is likely to severely damage their post season aspirations.   

The Hokies continued their winning ways, moving to 17-7 overall, 7-4 in the ACC. They won for the 13th time in their past 16 games, and they swept the season series from Maryland (16-10, 5-6).  

Picture of the Day


IT’S A DOG’S WORLD. Best In Show winner Hickory, a Scottish Deerhound runs with handler Angela Lloyd during the 135th Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Hickory is the first of her breed to win this event.  (Photo by Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Saturday ACC Basketball

#21 NORTH CAROLINA 64, CLEMSON 62

BOSTON COLLEGE 76, MARYLAND 72

FLORIDA STATE 63, VIRGINIA 56

To read recaps, click here.

T.A.H. is on a recruiting trip in North Carolina, more later in the week.

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