Saturday, April 30, 2011

ACC Dominates NFL Draft Second Round

Ras-I Dowling
Twelve of the 32 players chosen yesterday in the second round of the NFL draft enter pro football by way of an ACC schools with North Carolina, Clemson and Miami contributing three each on par or better than the football factories at Auburn, Florida, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Texas and USC.

LSU (329) and Alabama (4) lead all schools in players drafted during the first two rounds.  OK, LSU has five.

Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers was taken as the 51st pick overall after plummeting from a speculative first round pick as a result of concerns over his knee.  Not only was he not one of the first players at his position chosen, he wasn’t even the first Tiger chosen in the second round with teammates Jarvis Jenkins (41) going to Washington and Marcus Gilchrist (51) headed to San Diego.

Ryan Williams
Maryland’s Torrey Smith is staying close to home as he was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens.

Round 2, #1 (33 overall) Ras-I Dowling, CB, 6'2, 200, Virginia – New England
6 (38) Ryan Williams, RB, 6'0, 240, Virginia Tech. - Arizona
8 (40) Bruce Carter, OLB, 6'3, 230, North Carolina - Dallas
9 (41) Jarvis Jenkins, DT, 6'4, 310, Clemson - Washington
14 (46) Orlando Franklin, T, 6'7, 318, Miami (Fla.) - Denver
18 (50) Marcus Gilchrist  FS, 5'11, 190, Clemson – San Diego
19 (51) Da'Quan Bowers, DE, 6'4, 280, Clemson – Tampa Bay
20 (52) Marvin Austin, DT, 6'3, 305, North Carolina – New York
22 (54)   Allen Bailey, DE  6'4, 288, Miami (Fla.) - Philadelphia
23 (55)   Rodney Hudson, C, 6'2, 282, Florida State – Kansas City
26 (58)   Torrey Smith, WR, 6'1, 200, Maryland - Baltimore
27 (59)   Greg Little, WR  6'3, 215, North Carolina - Cleveland
28 (60)  Brandon Harris, CB, 5'11, 195, Miami (Fla.) - Houston

Quote Of The Day

(Joe Robbins/Getty Images North America)
“Man, I had Da’Quan Bowers on my team for three years. If anybody took all the accolades, it’s him. I’m the kind of guy that does dirty work. As long as we’re winning games, I don’t care what they make me do. If they want me to get on two knees and just sit there, I’ll do it.”

– Clemson Defensive Tackle Jarvis Jenkins who was chosen by the Washington Redskins Jenkins throws his teammate under the bus when asked how he would feel about doing the “dirty work” along the defensive line.

Wilson Released From N.C. State

(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
North Carolina State granted all-Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback Russell Wilson his release Friday as he pursues a professional baseball career. Wilson had not ruled out using his final year of football eligibility, but coach Tom O’Brien had said during spring drills that the Wolfpack planned to move forward with redshirt junior Mike Glennon at quarterback.

Curious, as Wilson led the league in total offense (3,998 yards) last season with the fourth highest single-season total in league history. Wilson also led the ACC in touchdown responsibility (37) and in touchdown passes (28) last year.


“Russell and I have had very open conversations about his responsibilities respective to baseball and football,” O’Brien said in a statement. “While I am certainly respectful of Russell’s dedication to baseball these last several years, within those discussions I also communicated to him the importance of his time

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Wilson had been the face of N.C. State’s program during the past three seasons, winning the ACC’s rookie of the year award in 2008 and leading the league last season in passing yardage. He also won all three starts against rival North Carolina.

But Wilson is playing second base for the Asheville Tourists, a Single-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies.

“Although I remain undecided on the option of playing college football this coming season, I believe it is in the best interest of the players and coaches involved to end any speculation of my return to the Wolfpack,” Wilson said in a statement. “It has become apparent that the time has come for the program to move on without me.”

Pictures Of The Day

Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx/Denny Hamlin Foundation, takes the checkered flag ahead of Michael Waltrip to win the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA.  Say what?  That’s an awful lot of Denny Hamlins…(Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin did what?  Ramona Eisener and Florian Roost of Switzerland wonder what the heck is going on with Denny Hamlin, the Denny Hamlin Foundation and the Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown while simultaneously wondering who the heck is Denny Hamlin and performing an ice dance short program at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Russia.  (Photo by Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Things That Make You Go…


Great surfing videos courtesy of Billabong XXL Global Big Wave Awards, click here.

Make sure to watch the Verizon wipeouts - click here.

Apropos Of Nothing At All...

...except they're funny.
Evidently, Mr. Munroe and Verizon had an issue.  If the math wasn't funny enough, the memo is a slam dunk closing...
Scuttle-butt on the Internet says this is fake.  It's still funny.

Have a great weekend!

Three ACC Players Chosen In First Round Of NFL Draft

Christian Ponder
As if the league and the players haven’t already buggered up things enough, now they have also (with the help of TV crack-partner ESPN) managed to take what little drama there was out of the first round of the NFL draft. 

Last night, prior to NFL Commish Roger Goodell announcing the draft pick, our friends in Bristol, CN showed the player flashing big smiles and RIDICULOUS bling as team’s called players to tell them they were going to draft them…Really?  So by the time, the Commish ambled to the podium serenaded by a chorus of consistent boos, the cat (and his diamond encrusted watch) was literally out of the bag.


That said, Florida State’s Christian Ponder was the first ACC player taken when he was drafted 12th by the Minnesota Vikings.  Wait until he learns that Brett Favre is down in Mississippi planning yet another ill-fated comeback.

Robert Quinn
North Carolina Defensive End Robert Quinn was the next to go.  After a year’s sponsored vacation courtesy of UNC and the Suits In Indianapolis (formerly Kansas), Quinn is headed to Miami.

Boston College Offensive Tackle Anthony Castonzo was chosen 22nd by the Indianapolis Colts.  Nice gig there – pass blocking for Peyton Manning and run blocking…well…almost never.

Round two of the NFL draft gets underway tonight at 6 pm. 

Dear Mr. Snyder

Dear Mr. Snyder:

These are your people. 

(Photos by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Picture Of The Day

Cam Newton, #1 overall pick by the Carolina Panthers holds up a jersey on stage after he was picked during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Things That Make You Go…

Royal Tea Stuff

Obviously, nobody affiliated with T.A.H. Worldwide Media scored an invite to the Royal Wedding tomorrow in Westminster Abbey in London (we hope it rains).   Now in all honestly, (we hope it rains) we understand why British royalty would have little use, and even less interest, in hob-nobbing with a top flight journalist from an American collegiate sports league’s "smart-arse" blog.

We surmise it has something to do with our lack of interest in all things Premier League...well except the Hotspurs, which is a cool name.

Mind you, T.A.H. has been called the ACC’s “blog of record,” so you would think that the Queen (with whom we share a recreational and professional interest in Sport of Kings [and Queens]), could see clear to extend us a Skype Invite (we hope it rains) at the very least.

Royal Condoms
(Really, look below, we’re giving badminton  some love for crying out loud! )

(Inside joke: “Is it a shuttlecock?”)

Anyway, enough grousing about where we should or shouldn’t, do or do not, want or don’t want to stand in the world’s social pecking order, here is the entirety of our Royal Wedding coverage here at T.A.H.

Did we mention that we hope it rains?

Just kiddin’.

Royal Barf Bag (see photo below)
So for your viewing pleasure (his and hers), we have put together this nice little compilation of Royal Wedding memorabilia worthy of a rock solid “Hmmm.”

Royal Pizza (see barf bag above)

To see more - and we have absolutley no idea why in the world ANYBODY would want to - click here

Pictures Of The Day – The Racket/Racquet Edition

India's Parupalli Kashyap returns a shot against Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia in their men's singles round badminton match during the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Superseries 2011 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi on April 28, 2011. Hidayat won 21-17 , 21- 19. (Photo by Manan Vatsyayana /AFP/Getty Images)
Miyuki Maeda and Satoko Suetsuna of Japan return a shot against Pradnya Garde and Jyotsna Polavarapu of India in their women's doubles round badminton match during the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Superseries 2011.  (Photo by Manan Vatsyayana /AFP/Getty Images)
Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia returns a shot against opponent Korea's Hyun Il Lee in their men's singles round badminton match during the Yonex-Sunrise India Open Superseries 2011 at the Siri Fort Sports Complex in New Delhi. (Photo by Manan Vatsyayana /AFP/Getty Images)

This is a rare photo of the Djokovic triplets of Serbia doing some world class poaching…Not really. It’s a multiple exposure of just one Djokovic, that would be Novak, returning a ball to Romanian Adrian Ungur during their ATP World Tour 250 match in Belgrade, Serbia.  (Photo by Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

N.C.State: Leslie Staying, Harrow Going

C.J. Leslie
Last Sunday at 11:59 p.m., was the deadline for early entry into the NBA Draft, and one player who elected not to enter was N.C. State freshman forward C.J. Leslie.

The 2010 McDonald’s All-American from Holly Springs, N.C., and product of Word of God Academy in Raleigh, opted not to file the paperwork to go pro early.

Leslie averaged 11.0 points per game as a rookie, second-highest behind departing forward Tracy Smith. Leslie also averaged a team-high 7.2 rebounds per contest.

That said, freshmen point guard Ryan Harrow is leaving saying  he's looking for the "best fit" for his college basketball career.

The point guard didn't say where that would be but it won't be in Raleigh.

The undersized (6-foot, 160 pounds) guard averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists in 29 games as a freshman. He had a strong bond with former coach Sidney Lowe, who resigned after a disappointing 15-16 record in 2010-11. Mark Gottfried was hired to replace Lowe on April 5.

UNC Carrier Game A Tough Ticket

If you were planning your Fall travel around attending the UNC v. Michigan State game on Veterans Day on the yet unannounced aircraft carrier in San Diego Bay, you might want to change your plans.

In short, there will be no ticket sales.  That would be NONE.

The crowd for the game will be made up of approximately 4,000 military personnel who will be invited to the event.   According to AP, “iIf you’re real tight with either school, you might have a fighting chance.”
Otherwise, a seat in front of a TV is going to be the only way to see the first NCAA hoops game to be played on a flat top.

Organizer Mike Whalen of Morale Entertainment Foundation said tickets won’t be sold to the public. They’ll be free to those lucky enough to be chosen, and scalpers will be out of luck. Whalen said ticket holders’ names will be printed on the front, and ID must match.

“It makes sure that the right people are going to the game and that there’s no aftermarket,” Whalen said Monday. “It’s an added measure of security. Again, this is a United States warship. We’ve got to make sure we know who’s coming onboard the ship.”

Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson are expected to be the honorary captains, so we presume they will have tickets.

For obvious reasons, organizers won’t know until much closer to the Nov. 11 game which aircraft carrier will serve as host. It probably will be the USS Ronald Reagan or the USS Carl Vinson, said Whalen, who’s spent time in San Diego meeting with Navy officials.

A court and stadium seating will be set up on the flight deck. In case of rain, the game will be moved below to the hangar deck, with bleacher seating for the fans.

Each school will get 750 tickets, 400 will go to coaches participating in a clinic and 1,000 will go to the Morale Entertainment Foundation and its partners: the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Wounded Warrior Project and the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Although the teams’ travel expenses will be paid by organizers, each school is giving up a home date—and the money it would have made. Whalen said talks with ESPN to broadcast the game should be finalized this week. Tipoff will be shortly after 4 p.m. San Diego time.

The game was the idea of Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis. Al Kidd and the San Diego Sports Commission approached Morale Entertainment Foundation about helping to stage it.

Terps Sweep ACC LAX Tournaments

The Maryland men and women’s lacrosse teams both won their version of the ACC LAX Tournament over the Easter weekend.

The Maryland  men used patience on offense and excellence on faceoffs to rally past top-seeded Duke 11-9 on Sunday at Koskinen Stadium.

The Terrapins (10-3) won their fourth ACC title and first since 2005. Third-seeded Maryland took a second consecutive comeback win. In Friday’s semifinals, the Terrapins trailed second-seeded North Carolina 6-2 heading into the fourth quarter before taking a 7-6 victory.

The Terrapins improved to 97-21 since 2002 when holding opponents under 10 goals.

Each ACC men’s team still has one remaining regular season game.

To see video highlights, click here.

The top-ranked Maryland women’s team came from behind to defeat the fourth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, 12-7, and win their third consecutive ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship Sunday afternoon at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Tournament MVP Laura Merrifield scored five goals and one assist to lead the Terps to victory.

“What an awesome game,” Maryland coach Cathy Reese exclaimed. “We obviously had to make some adjustments at halftime in order to move better together offensively and to create more opportunities. To be able to hold an offensive powerhouse like UNC to seven goals, and just one in the second half, speaks to our potential as a defensive team. I am very proud of our team.”

The teams traded goals early before third-seeded North Carolina scored four consecutive goals to claim a 6-3 halftime lead. It was the first time the top-seeded and undefeated Terrapins had trailed at halftime all year.

Kentucky Derby Update

Uncle Mo (l) and the brilliantly named Stay Thirsty (r).  (Reed Palmer photo)
According the the AP, Uncle Mo looks good to go. The Factor is good to go home.

Now ten days before the Kentucky Derby, two of the top contenders are headed in opposite directions.

Uncle Mo appeared right at home on the dirt at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, leaving trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole optimistic he will be ready to run under the twin spires on May 7 at Louisville, Ky.

The Factor, meanwhile, will be a nonfactor. The San Vincente and Rebel Stakes winner is out of an increasingly wide-open Derby following throat surgery.

Chalk it up to another chaotic day in a series of them leading up to the big race.

A semblance of sanity, however, may have returned following Uncle Mo's steady five-furlong workout under the lights in the pre-dawn darkness.

The 3-year-old colt clocked the distance in 1:01.80 under the lights early Tuesday morning, his first major training move since a gastrointestinal infection was discovered following a third-place finish in the Wood Memorial on April 9.

(Joe Ganley/EquiSport Photos)
Pletcher called the move "an indication that he's in good form."

The pre-race favorite now might be Dialed In who won the Florida Derby back in March.  However, Uncle Mo's biggest victory (the Breeders Cup Juvenile) did happen at Churchill Downs last November.  The victory earned Uncle Mo the Eclipse Award for champion two-year-old colt.

Other contenders include:  Mucho Macho Man, Santiva, Toby's Corner, Pants On Fire, Midnight Interlude, Soldat and Brethren, among others.

Pictures Of The Day

Racegoers watch as a runner makes its way onto the track at Ascot racecourse on April 27, 2011 in Ascot, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Back before we took our little Easter break, the Caps won a hockey playoff series.  Rock the red.  Here, members of the Washington Capitals salute their fans as they defeated the New York Rangers 3-1 in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Verizon Center on April 23, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Len Redkoles/Getty Images)
A man kite surfs in the Mediterranean Sea in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon.  It has nothing to do with ACC sports or sports in general, it just looks like more fun than dodging hail and tornadoes.  (Photo by Amir Cohen/Reuters)
Is Richard Simmons designing rugby unis?  Here, Lance Franklin of the Hawks is congratulated by team-mates after kicking a goal during the round five AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 26, 2011 in Melbourne, Australia.  Apparently the Fab Five Look hasn’t made it down under. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Hello, my name is Jim and, evidently, I’m a liar…The Suits in Indianapolis (formerly Kansas) are accusing Tressel of lying to hide violations by players who traded memorabilia for cash and tattoos. In a "notice of allegations" sent to the school, the NCAA said Monday, April 25, 2011, that the alleged violations relating to the coach are considered "potential major violations."   (Getty Images)

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