Friday, February 25, 2011

Where Have You Gone Jon Scheyer And How’s The Face?

The crack research staff at T.A.H. Worldwide Media came across this photo of Kyle Singler in last night’s Duke v. Temple game and one question immediately came to mind.  Where the heck is Jon “Crazy Face” Scheyer?

We miss him and his crazy faces.

Scheyer and his bizarre countenances made the photo editor’s job so easy.  One didn’t need to dig and dig looking for the perfect photo of the games leading scorer or the pivotal play that determined the outcome of the game…No, one just had to find the best picture of Scheyer making his trademark crazy face.

The faces were popular all over the ACC, but Terp Nation worked it the hardest…

A high school All-American, our main man Crazy Face once scored 21 points in a game's final 75 seconds of play.  He was the fourth-leading scorer in Illinois high school history, and led his team to a state championship in 2005. Scheyer was named Illinois Mr. Basketball in 2006. He chose Duke and was the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2009 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament.  All of that explains why people in Illinois and throughout the Big 10 don’t like him.

At Duke, Scheyer was a 2010 consensus All-American (Second Team), a unanimous 2009–10 All-ACC First Team selection, and was named to the 2010 ACC All-Tournament First Team.

In addition, he played the most consecutive games in Duke history (144), shot the third-highest free throw percentage (.861), shot the third-most free throws (608), shot the fourth-most three-pointers (297), and is ranked ninth in scoring (2,077 points). Scheyer also holds the ACC single-season record for minutes (1,470 in 2009–10).

Scheyer was not drafted in the 2010 NBA Draft, waking on for the L.A. Clippers.  He did not make the team but recently signed with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, an NBA D-League team for the Houston Rockets.  Scheyer suffered a serious eye injury (hence the goggles) while playing in the 2010 NBA Summer League (rumor has it he made a REALLY crazy face on that one…)

This is an old favorite: The Scary Hand!
Scheyer holds the Duke, ACC and NCAA records for the most “crazy faces” in a four-year-career.  Experts lost count somewhere around 18,934.

Scroll down for a gallery of crazy faces.

More Crazy Faces

Hey look! Scheyer not making a crazy face.

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

Buddy Holly was still alive.

The Streak: Game 16, December 3, 1958 – North Carolina 83, Clemson 67.

Clemson was stuck in a rut – 8-16 overall and tied for sixth at 5-9 in the ACC.  The Tigers had wins over Duke, Miami, Virginia, Maryland, Wake Forest, Furman and South Carolina (twice).

North Carolina finished the year 20-5 and 12-2 in the ACC (tied for first).  In the ACC tourney, the Heels beat Clemson and Duke, but lost to N.C. State in the final by a score of 80-56.  The Wolfpack was ineligible for the NCAA tournament setting the stage for an early ACC exit when North Carolina lost to Navy 76-63 in the first round.

Charles Hardin “Buddy Holly” Holley was born on September 7, 1936 (between games 2 and 3 of The Streak) in Lubbock, Texas.

Ultimately, his success only lasted only a year and a half before his death in a plane crash, but still Holly is described by many as one of the most influential creative forces in early rock and roll.   His works and innovations inspired and influenced other musicians including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton, among others.

Holly was among the first group of inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.  In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #13 among "The Fifty Greatest Artists of All Time".

Holly’s older brothers taught him to play the banjo and the steel guitar and won as a kid.  After seeing Elvis Presley perform in 1955, Holly incorporated a rockabilly style, similar to that of Chuck Berry, which had a strong rhythm acoustic and slap bass into his music.  In October of the same year, he opened for Elvis in Lubbock, catching the eye of a Nashville talent scout.  

Holly's transition to rock continued when he opened for Bill Haley & His Comets. Following that performance, he was signed to Decca records.  The contract misspelled his name as “Holly.”

Holly formed his own band, The Crickets, and headed to Nashville. But Holly bristled under Decca’s tight reign and although he did record “That’ll Be The Day” it wasn’t released as a single.  Decca declined to renew Holly’s contract.   

What was left of Holly's plane. 
On May 27, 1957, "That'll Be The Day" was released as a single, credited to the Crickets to try to bypass Decca's claimed legal rights. When the song became a hit Decca decided not to press its claim from its prior contract. (A good lawyer would claim it null and void simply because Holley’s Holly was misspelled.)  

The song topped the US charts and was a hit in the U.K. as well. The Crickets performed "That'll Be The Day" and "Peggy Sue" on The Ed Sullivan Show in December and played a groundbreaking gig at The Apollo Theater.   

In 1958, the singles "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy!" reached the top ten of United States and in England.   Buddy Holly and the Crickets toured Australia in January 1958 and the UK in March. Their third and final album, That'll Be the Day, was put together from early recordings and was released in April.

Carl Switzer's Alfafa
In late 1958, Holly was offered a spot in the Winter Dance Party, a three-week tour across the Midwest opening on January 23, 1959.  The gig would include other notables such as Dion and the Belmonts, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.   Holly assembled a new version of The Crickets that included Waylon Jennings on bass.

As it turned out the tour sucked.  The primary issue was long overnight travel through the frozen Midwest in a bus with a faulty heater.  

Following a performance at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, on February 2, 1959, Holly chartered a small airplane to take him to the next stop on the tour. He, Valens, Richardson and the pilot were killed   when the plane crashed soon after taking off from nearby Mason City.

Jennings, who would later rise to superstardom alongside Willie Nelson and others as part of the “outlaw country” movement, gave up his seat on the plane, causing Holly to jokingly tell Jennings, "I hope your ol' bus freezes up!" Jennings shot back facetiously, "Well, I hope your ol' plane crashes!" It was a statement that would haunt Jennings for decades.

Don McLean referred to the tragedy as "The Day the Music Died" in his song "American Pie."

Wright's Falling Water
It was a tough year on the entertainment industry as Carl Switzer (Alfalfa), Cecil B. DeMille (Director The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra, and The Greatest Show on Earth which won the Academy Award for Best Picture), Errol Flynn (Actor Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Prince and the Pauper and The Adventures of Robin Hood), Lou Costello (Abbott and Costello) and Billie Holiday ("God Bless the Child," "Lady Sings the Blues" etc.) also died, as did famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Local LAXer Returns On Both Sides Of The Ball

The Maryland Terrapins opened up their 2011 LAX season with a win over Detriot Mercy 16-4.  Not much mercy there.

The Terps sporting a new gold jersey as opposed to the traditional red or white and the occasional specialty black.  One of those guys sporting the new uni was David Miller of Warrenton, VA (the very same location as T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters LLC).  David is the son of Eric and Nancy Miller and Eric is a long-time supporter and aficionado of T.A.H. and Maryland athletics.

Miller, a junior, made his return after missing all of 2010 with an injury. But he didn't just return at one position, he returned at two (or three if you want to count playing the wing on face-offs as a separate position). Miller played both long pole and short-stick defensive middie in his return to action and contributed one groundball and a caused turnover.

Ho(c)kie Hockey(?)

It’s called the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA) and it includes Virginia Tech, Liberty, Kennesaw and East Carolina in the Southern Division and Penn State, Rowan, Rider, Temple, St. Joseph’s and UMBC.

During the regular season the Hokies (16-11-2) and Liberty (22-3-0) faced each other twice and split the series.  Both squads won on away ice.

The Hokies’ Eric Lutz scored 1:21 into the first period to launch the Hokies to a 6-0 victory over Kennesaw State in the first round to gain the final and another rematch with Liberty.  This time, VT got the best of Liberty again to win the Regional and are now heading into round two this weekend in Philadelphia.   

Andres Morales and Nicholas Vulmaravich are Virginia Tech’s top guns, with 16 and 14 goals, respectively. Morales also had 12 assists for a team-high 28 points.
Joseph Woermer is the Hokies’ top playmaker, setting up 15 of his teammates’ goals this season and scoring eight himself.

The Hokies enjoy the confidence that comes with having one of the nation’s top DII goalies in their net. Anthony Wolak is tied for first in shutouts with three. In the 27 games he played, Wolak had a 3.14 goals against average and an .890 save percentage.

ACHA DII Southeast Regional Tournament (Philadelphia)
Maryland-Baltimore County (MACHA-North) vs. Maryland (ACCHL), 9:50 a.m.
Liberty (MACHA-South) vs. Kentucky, 10:20 a.m.
Temple (MACHA-North) vs. Bowling Green State, 4:50 p.m.
Virginia Tech (MACHA-South) vs. Penn State (MACHA-North), 5:20 p.m.

Other ACC schools also have hockey teams.  Of course, Boston College leads the list as a D1 powerhouse, but other schools have teams playing at the D2, D3 and club levels – we just haven’t figured it all out just yet.

To see more Ho(c)kie hockey photos, click here.

Quote Of The Day

"He gave what’s tantamount to a confession on the radio, but he told the police that he didn’t do it…I don’t know enough about him yet to determine whether or not he’s the type of person, because of some emotional or psychological thing, that might take credit for something he didn’t do. That would not be far-fetched, particularly for a guy that’s got kids named Crimson Tyde and Bear Bryant.”

-- Birmingham, AL attorney Glennon Threatt Jr. regarding accused Auburn tree poisoner Harvey Updyke Jr.

(Editor's note: Yo, crazy Alabama Updyke guy, blame Charlie Sheen. Who's crazier than him?  Really?)

Things That Make You Go…

Where to start? How about, we're glad we aren't JJ Jr.

(Which, as many of you loyal readers know, is sometimes code for WTF?)

Not so very long ago folks around T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC headquarters were abuzz about a couple of ne'er-do-well locals crashing a White House state dinner as part of the reality show The Real Housewives of D.C.

Hence, the pop culture staff at T.A.H. was required to watch the series which wasn’t all bad but it paled a bit when compared to other versions of popular franchise because the majority of the Washington D.C.’s cast a) didn’t live in D.C. b) all but one were boringly normal and c) that particular one was so delusional it made your fillings hurt.

The Real Housewives of the Washington, D.C. metro area.
The former wine merchants and polo wanna-bes, Michaele and Tareq Salahi hijacked the show literally “crashing” our reality with thiers.  Suffice to say they didn’t match.

Welcome to Crazy Town.

As most agreed that the D.C. version of the hit show was, to put it rather ungentley - lame, the good folks at BRAVO decided to bury the girls from the Capital of the Free World by following it up with some ladies from Beverly Hills.  Some in that cast were card-carrying bat-s*** crazy (the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Kelsey Grammer and the Paris’ Hilton’s aunt who once [starred?] on the Little House on the Sad Boob-Jobbed Prairie) while others were so rich they made NBA stars look poor – Oh yeah, one of them (one of the normal ones) owns an NBA team!

The "Real" Housewives of Beverly Hills
No doubt, this display of California sunshine, glitz, botox, plastic surgery and uber-wealth hit a nerve with the spotlight craving Salahis who then reached into their bag of tricks in search of the next “it” event to crash.

“Let’s see, Michaele,” says the slimy Tareq, “What shall we crash…The Grammys? Nah, too many famous people and I'm afraid of Kanye West…Tahrir square? Nah, too dangerous and way too dirty.  The space shuttle launch? Nah…TMZ doesn’t know what a space shuttle is…by the way, what is a space shuttle?”

Well, after hours of meaningful dialog and much deep pondering the Salahis (due to be enshrined this summer in Akron, Ohio into the Party Crashers Hall of Fame) decided that “everything is big in Texas.”

Believing that they had just made up what would become a famous slogan for the Lone Star state, our little Virginia wine and equine croquette mogulettes headed off to the Super Bowl.

Dave...what were you thinking?
Luckily, they were invited to Jerry Jones executive suite.  Surely, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys and the host of the Super Bowl would be delighted to see them.

Once inside Michaele twittered (yeah, we know it’s tweeted, but we kind of like twittered better in this case) “Super Bowl XLV rocks” complete with a picture.  Instantly, all her followers (morons, every single one) followed up with “Wow, how did you know what “XLV” meant?”  OK, maybe she didn’t and she saw it on a sign…

To once again quote Peggy from Mad Men: “It was going so well until it wasn’t.”

Turns out that the Cowboy’s director of client services Brett Daniels said the couple was “Not invited, and…were immediately, but discreetly, escorted out of the suite by security."


Nothing says "social climbing" like being called out by the U.S. Congress
According to the Salahis, they were hanging with "Jerry Jr and friends."   It should come as no surprise Michaele insisted to that she and her toadish husband "were guests and stayed in the Owners Club Suites the entire time and had so much fun meeting new friends."  You know, when you crash a party where you don’t know ANYBODY, everybody you meet is NEW.  (Just wanted to clear that up.)

Next stop, Final Four? 

Pictures of the Day

HORSE FLY. Horses and jockeys silhouetted as they jump over a hurdle at Huntingdon racecourse in Ascot, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
RED SKY AT NIGHT, RUGBY DELIGHT. Ged Robinson of the Rebels throws the ball into the lineout during the round two Super Rugby match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Brumbies at AAMI Park on February 25, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Adios, Amigos

The space shuttle Discovery lifts off February 24, 2011 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the International Space Station. This will be the 39th and final flight for Discovery.

ACC Hump Night Hoops

#1 DUKE 78, #24 Temple 61 – Kyle Singler broke out of a slump by scoring 28 points, and Duke marked its return to the top spot in the national rankings by beating No. 24 Temple on Wednesday night.

Nolan Smith finished with 15 points and Mason Plumlee added 13 rebounds to help the ACC-leading Blue Devils (26-2) dodge a late-season nonconference letdown and pick up a significant victory in their return to the top spot in the polls. Duke used a huge run that bridged the halves to win its eighth straight overall and extend a pair of notable winning streaks at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Singler equaled a career high for field goals while going 10 of 19 in his most productive game since matching a career high with 30 points at Oregon on Nov. 27. This time, he helped Duke win its 35th straight game at Cameron and its 86th in a row there against nonconference  

Lavoy Allen finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds, but Temple (21-6) had its eight-game winning streak snapped.

#19 NORTH CAROLINA 75, N.C. STATE 63 – Harrison Barnes scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half to help No. 19 North Carolina pull away late to beat North Carolina State.

Fellow freshman Kendall Marshall added 14 points for the Tar Heels (21-6, 11-2 ACC), who were in a tough fight against their nearby rival before Barnes got rolling. The freshman missed all six shots in the first half, including an airball  jumper that had the rowdy Wolfpack fans on his case.

But Barnes roared back in the second half, hitting a key jumper to ignite a clinching 17-7 run that sent the red-clad crowd heading for the exits. He also stuffed home a pair of misses from teammates in transition, then calmly buried a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock and give North Carolina a 67-59 lead with 1:52 left.

C.J. Leslie had 13 points to lead N.C. State (14-13, 4-9), which lost to the Tar Heels for the 10th straight meeting.

VIRGINIA 62, GEORGIA TECH 56 – Mustapha Farrakhan scored 17 points, including five straight to give Virginia the lead in the final 5 minutes, and the Cavaliers beat Georgia on Wednesday night.

Farrakhan hit two free throws to snap a tie and added a 3-pointer for a 51-46 lead with 4:05 remaining.  His points were part of a 12-0 run for Virginia (14-13, 5-8 ACC) that sealed the Jackets’ fate.

Georgia Tech (11-16, 3-10) couldn’t complete the comeback as it suffered its seventh straight conference loss.

The Wahoos’ Joe Harris, who had 11 points and Jontel Evans and Assane Sene each had nine points.
Virginia completed a sweep of the two-game season series and has won back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 2-4. The Cavaliers beat Virginia Tech on Saturday.

Iman Shumpert led Georgia Tech with 12 points. Maurice Miller and Jason Morris each had 10.
Georgia Tech forward Brian Oliver missed his fifth straight game with a broken thumb. He is expected to return for the ACC tournament.

Glen Rice Jr., one of the Yellow Jackets’ leading scorers, was held out of the starting lineup for disciplinary reasons. Morris made his first start.

MARYLAND 78, FLORIDA STATE 62 – Freshman Terrell Stoglin scored 17 points, and Maryland used a strong second half to beat Florida State Wednesday night .

The Terps (18-10, 7-6 ACC) had five players score in double figures. Jordan Williams had 11 points and 11 rebounds, Dino Gregory scored 14, Adrian Bowie added 12 and Sean Mosley chipped in 10 in Maryland’s eighth straight home win over Florida State.

It was the 21st double-double of the season for Williams, who became the seventh sophomore in ACC history to collect at least 600 rebounds in his career.

Derwin Kitchen scored 16 and Deividas Dulkys had 14 points for the Seminoles (19-8, 9-4). The loss dropped Florida State three games behind first-place Duke with three games to play.

The Seminoles played again without junior forward Chris Singleton, who broke his foot on Feb. 12 during a win over Virginia. Singleton is the only player on the Florida State roster averaging double figures in scoring.

Maryland shot 52 percent (25 of 48) against the nation’s top-rated team in field goal percentage defense. It was only the second time this season a team made at least half its shots against the Seminoles.

Look, we couldn't find any pix of the game, what were
we supposed to do, huh?
MIAMI 74, BOSTON COLLEGE 63 – Reggie Johnson scored 12 of his 15 points in the second half to help Miami hold off a Boston College charge Wednesday night, sweeping the season series.

The Hurricanes (17-11, 5-8 ACC) led by as many as 22 points in the first half. They were up by 18 before Reggie Jackson and Joe Trapani led a pair of Eagles comebacks to get within six points on three occasions, the last time with 22.7 seconds left.

Johnson converted back-to-back three-point plays when BC (16-11, 6-7) made their first run. He hit two more baskets and two free throws later in the half.

Malcolm Grant added 15 points for Miami, including a bomb with 3 minutes left.

For the Eagles, Trapani scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half, and Jackson had 13 of his 15 after the break. Trapani also had 11 rebounds.

The loss deals a serious blow to BC’s chances for an NCAA Tournament bid. Considered to be firmly on the bubble coming in, the Eagles needed to at least win their two remaining home games to avoid having to go deep into the ACC tournament to reach the NCAA’s in coach Steve Donahue’s first year.

BC shot 30 percent from the floor in the half, and were a woeful 1-for-9 from 3-point range. The Eagles turned the ball over eight times and were outrebounded, 21-10.

Pictures Of The Day

FIRST ACC GAME IN CHINA.  Last night, the UNC v. N.C. State game was the first to be televised live in China.  Maybe now they will stop watching horse fights and stick to basketball.  Here two stallions confront each other at a horse fighting contest on February 18, 2011 in Rongshui, Guangxi Province of China.  If one horse falls down or runs away, the other one is declared the winner.  According to newspapers in the U.K. the event is under attack from animal rights groups. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images AsiaPac)
HOUSE DIVIDED.  It’s a frequent occurrence in North Carolina – different members of the household pulling for different teams.  Here, Joey Brown from Hickory and his step-son Cooper Wray, 13, watch the players warm up before N.C. State's game with UNC Wednesday February 23, 2011, at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C. Brown said there are three Carolina fans and three State fans in their family. As for Cooper, Brown says "he hasn't matured yet; that is why he doesn't know any better." (Photo by Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
IT’S RAINING SHUTTLECOCKS, HALLELUJAH! Shuttlecocks are pictured during England Badminton squad practice at the National Badminton Centre on February 23, 2011 in Milton Keynes, England.  Go ahead, say it out loud: You simply don’t get this kind of coverage ANYWHERE else. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images Europe)

ZOOM ZOOM. Nicky Hayden of Ducati Marlboro Team in action during the second day of the 2nd MotoGP Official Testing Session at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia. (Photo by Hazrin Yeob Men Shah/Icon SMI)

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