Saturday, June 4, 2011

Things That Make You Go…

Hmmm…

Kind of a slow news time here at T.A.H. Worldwide Media LLC headquarters.  NCAA baseball, NBA playoffs, some sport called hockey, no Triple Crown in horseracing…Not much to inspire publication.

That said, we need to get our series moving forward again on The Streak where we put the Clemson basketball losing streak in Chapel Hill in historic perspective.

And speaking of history, yesterday via Facebook and a friend in Lexington, KY (die hard UK fan), we learned that the American Revolution and ultimately Paul Revere’s historic ride was really about gun control. 

Here’s a tip, loyal readers.  If you go out on tour to jump start your delusional presidential campaign under the guise of celebrating the nation’s history, it’s helpful if you know a little of the history…

Jeez.

We don’t normally talk the Big P (politics) here at T.A.H., but if Palin is ever the leader of the free world, T.A.H. Worldwide Media may be forced to relocate to someplace much less free…with better weather, of course.  Sorry, Canada, too cold.

Or…like Paul Revere (according to Palin), we will ride through the streets of beautiful and historic Warrenton ringing bells and firing shots to warn our fellow citizens that the government is coming to take our guns. 

NCAA ACC Baseball Schedule

N.C. STATE @ Georgia Southern, Columbia, S.C., 1:00 PM

GEORGIA TECH vs. Southern Miss, Atlanta, Ga., 3:00 PM, TV: CSS/NCAA.com

Florida vs. MIAMI, Gainesville, Fla. 4:00 PM, TV: ESPNU

VIRGINIA vs. St. John's, Charlottesville, Va., 6:00 PM

James Madison vs. NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill, N.C., 6:00 PM

Alabama vs. FLORIDA STATE, Tallahassee, Fla., 6:00 PM, TV: Sun Sports

Coastal Carolina vs. CLEMSON, Clemson, S.C., 7:00 PM

AP NCAA Baseball Round Up

John Hicks
Charlottesville NCAA Regional – VIRGINIA 6, Navy 0 —Will Roberts struck out a career-high 14 in a four-hitter, and Danny Hultzen drove in three runs in No. 1 national seed Virginia’s victory over Navy.

Roberts (11-1) retired the last 17 batters—nine by strikeout—for Virginia (50-9). The junior right-hander, who pitched the eighth nine-inning perfect game in NCAA Division I history on March 29 against George Washington, walked none and improved to 18-1 in his career.

The Cavaliers got a two-run triple from Hultzen—the possible No. 1 draft pick as a pitcher—in the first, RBI singles from Hultzen and Kenny Swab in the third and cruised.

Columbia Regional – Stetson 8, N.C. STATE 7 —Nick Rickles’ RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning helped Stetson, which earlier trailed by five runs, defeat North Carolina State.

North Carolina State took a 5-0 lead in the third, helped by Harold Riggins’ two-run homer. But Stetson (42-18) came back on Mark Jones’ three-run shot the next inning and then a four-run fifth made it 7-5.

Danny Canela tied it for the Wolfpack (34-26) in the seventh with a two-run homer.

Stetson reliever Jake Boyd (9-1) took over after that. Boyd had six strikeouts in three innings, striking out the side in the ninth to set up Rickles’ walk-off hit.

Wolfpack closer Jeff Overman (6-3) took the loss.

Gainesville Regional – MIAMI 7, Jacksonville 2 —Rony Rodriguez drove in two runs, Corey Janson homered for the first time this season and Miami beat Jacksonville.

Jacksonville (36-23) cut the deficit in half on Daniel Gulbransen’s RBI single in the seventh, but Miami (37-12) answered with four runs—two on bases-loaded walks—to seal the victory.

Steven Ewing (8-2) gave up one hit and one run in six innings for Miami. Matthew Tomshaw (8-4) allowed four hits and two earned runs in seven innings for Jacksonville.

Chapel Hill Regional – NORTH CAROLINA 4, Maine 0 —Kent Emanuel threw eight shutout innings in his NCAA tournament debut, leading North Carolina past Maine.

Jacob Stallings hit a three-run homer as part of a four-run first inning for the Tar Heels (46-14), who managed just three hits after that but advanced to play James Madison on Saturday.

Emanuel (7-1), the first freshman to start North Carolina’s NCAA opener since 2008, struck out five and gave up seven hits before Michael Morin relieved him in the ninth. Emanuel allowed only three Maine baserunners to reach second, and only one made it to third.

Keith Bilodeau (10-3) struck out six and allowed five hits in eight innings, but gave up all four runs for Maine (32-23), which will play Florida International in an elimination game.

Clemson Regional – CLEMSON 11, Sacred Heart 1 —John Hinson hit a three-run homer and Scott Firth (5-1) allowed one run on six hits in six innings for Clemson.

Chris Epps drove in three runs for Clemson (42-18), and Phil Pohl had three hits.

The Pioneers’ Troy Scribner (9-3) was pulled in the Tigers’ six-run third. Sacred Heart (34-22) takes on in-state rival Connecticut in an elimination game, while Clemson will play Coastal Carolina in Saturday’s winner bracket.
The Pioneers scored in the sixth on Dan Perez’s groundout. They squandered a bases-loaded, no-outs opportunity in the fifth when Firth retired two hitters on shallow fly balls and got the final out on a grounder.

Atlanta Regional – Austin Peay 2, GEORGIA TECH 1 – Jack Snodgrass pitched seven strong innings, Jordan Hankins hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh and Austin Peay stunned Georgia Tech.
Zach Toney got four outs to earn his second save for the Governors (34-22).

Matthew Grimes (7-4) replaced Georgia Tech starter Mark Pope, who left with a back injury in the second inning. Grimes gave up three hits, two runs, one walk and struck out eight in 6 2-3 innings for the Yellow Jackets (40-20).

Tallahassee Regional – FLORIDA STATE 6, Bethune-Cookman 5 —Mike McGee hit a tiebreaking single in the bottom of the eighth and Florida State beat Bethune-Cookman.

Parker Brunnelle and Sherman Johnson each drove in two runs for Florida State. Daniel Bennett pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

Ryan Durrence hit two homers, while Peter O’Brien and DJ Leonard also homered for Bethune-Cookman (36-24).

Roman Lancana (1-1) gave up two singles around an out in the eighth before McGee’s hit against Jordan Dailey put the Seminoles (43-17) on top. Brian Busch (6-2) pitched 2 1-3 innings of relief for Florida State.

Pictures Of The Day

Dirk Nowitzk (L) of the Dallas Mavericks shoots to score the winning shot with his injured left hand against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on June 2, 2011 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Nowitzki hit the decisive layup with 3.6 seconds remaining Thursday as the Dallas Mavericks rallied to beat the Miami Heat 95-93 to level NBA finals at 1-1.  (Photo by Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images) 

So long Shaq.  Shaquille O'Neal of the Boston Celtics with girlfriend Nicole 'Hoopz' Alexander sit courtside at the NBA All-Star Game.  Shaq retired this week after a 19 year NBA career.  Most experts put him fourth on the all-time NBA centers list behind Kareem, Bill Russell and Wilt the Stilt.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America)

Our favorite bike racer  Australian Casey Stoner (L) and San Carlo Honda Gresini's Marco Simoncelli (R) also defy gravity and common senseduring the Moto GP third practice session of the Catalunya Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack on June 4, 2011, in Montmelo, near Barcelona. (Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

Ducati's  Valentino Rossi defies gravity and common sense  during the Moto GP first practice session of the Catalunya Grand Prix at the Catalunya racetrack on June 4, 2011, in Montmelo, near Barcelona.  (Photo by Josep Lago/AFP/Getty Images) 

Oops.  Here, Valentino Rossi of Italy stops defying gravity and falls off his bike during the Moto GP third practice session of the Catalunya Grand Prix.  Stupid gravity. (PhotoS by Luis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

Holy cow, that’s Hugh Hefner!

Talk about cutting out the middle man…

Nice hat.

(June 1, 2011 - Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

This guy is perfect.

Good coaching resume (238–72–10).  

He won three National Championships (1954, 1657, 1968) while batting 50% in bowl games (6-6) and he has a pretty good right cross (reporter, player) to boot.

Oh crap! He’s dead.

Damn it.

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

Just kidding.

It’s really Oliver North co-conspirator in Iran-Contra.

He can neither confirm nor deny that there is actually an eye in a buckeye, or a buck for that matter.

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

Just kidding.

It’s really Watergate co-conspirator G. Gordon Liddy.

He can’t coach football, he just thinks he can.

Don't believe us?  Just ask the cranky old bat.

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

Just kidding.

It’s really former Gambino family boss John Gotti…

Oops, in jail.  Hard to recruit from the pokey.

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

Just kidding.

It’s really Mouritz Botha during the England Saxons training session held at Franklin's Gardens in Northampton, England.

The rose, as in Bowl, threw us off…

Turns out Botha, a rugger, doesn’t know NCAA football from biscuits, boots or bonnets.

(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images Europe)

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

The guy on the right…that is.

Just kidding.

It’s really just a band member taking a break from the heat during the Memorial Day Parade in the economically depressed region of the Connecticut Valley on May 29, 2011 in Ansonia, Connecticut.  


Wait...maybe they hired the kid with the scooter, he looks honest.

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images North America)

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

Just kidding.

This is really Andrea Casiraghi "luxuriating" on board a yacht with his girlfriend and friends somewhere not around here. 

Not a bad hire - unlikely to be corrupt, already rich!

(Photo by Bauer Griffin)

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

..on left holding balloons.

Just kidding.

This is really author Michael Morpurgo and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall in the 'Make and Take Tent' at the Hay Literary Festival on May 31, 2011 in Hay-on-Wye, Wales.

The balloons are autographed and for sale.

It's hard to tattoo a balloon...

(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images Europe)

Ohio State Hires New Football Coach

Just kidding.

This is really newly appointed NSW Chief Justice Tom Bathurst during his swearing in ceremony at the Banco Court, Queens Square on June 1, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

No way the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) are gonna mess with this guy or his wig.

Plus the "drag Santa" vibe is a bit off-putting...

(Photo by Pool/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Quotes Of The Day

John Hicks (r) (Thomas Bynum/Cavalier Daily)
“Our team motto all year has been, ‘Win this pitch, win this at-bat, win this inning.' We try to stay as far away from the big picture as possible.” – UVA catcher John Hicks.

The Cavaliers (49-9) went 4-0 this weekend to win the ACC tournament for the third time. They open against Navy (33-23-1) on Friday afternoon in the double-elimination format. East Carolina (39-19) and St. John’s (35-20) meet in the other game.

A year ago, Virginia advanced through the regional round and hosted a super regional, seeking a second consecutive trip to Omaha and the College World Series. Instead, the Cavaliers lost in three games to Oklahoma and watched a Sooners dogpile celebration on Davenport Field.

“That image of the Oklahoma dogpile, of not making it (to Omaha), that still resonates in everybody’s head,” said pitcher Tyler Wilson (7-0).

To read the entire story from AP, click here

Pictures Of The Day

Miami Heat LeBron James dunks against the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA Finals game 1 May 31, 2011 at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  The Heat won 92-84.  Game 2 is Thursday night.  (Photo by Pool/Mike Ehrmann/AFP/Getty Images)
Ouch. Chris Heighington of the Tigers is tackled short of the line during the round 12 NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers at WIN Jubilee Stadium on May 29, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Lydia Greenway of England poses after winning the 'Womens Cricketer of the Year award', Jonathan Trott of England pictured after winning 'Mens Cricketer of the year' and Umesh Valjee of England pictured after winning the 'Disability Cricketer of the Year Award' during the ECB Cricketer of the Year Dinner at Lord's Cricket Ground on May 31, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images Europe)
Runners turn away from the grandstands in The Bet At bluesq.com Stakes at Haydock racecourse on May 28, 2011 in Haydock, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Spain's national football team players pose with children after a training session at Football City in Las Rozas, near Madrid on June 1, 2011 ahead of friendlies football matches against the United States and Venezuela as part of the preparation for the Euro 2012 qualifiers.  (Photo by Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images) 

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Charlottesville, VA: Spring Sport Capital Of The World

Colin Briggs (Gail Burton/AP Photos)
It’s not football and men’s basketball, but in the span of but a few steamy Memorial Day hours, the University of Virginia captured the NCAA lacrosse National Championship and were awarded the #1 overall seed in the NCAA Baseball  Tournament.  The Wahoos won the ACC baseball championship over the weekend and are ranked #1 in the country.

In front of an announced crowd at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium, The Cavs (13-5) captured the school's fifth trophy and the fourth under coach Dom Starsia. Virginia, which has won crowns in 1972, 1999, 2003 and 2006, became the lowest seeded team to claim the hardware.

Maryland’s national championship drought continued – the Terps are 0-6 in the title game since winning it all back in 1975.

Colin Briggs scored a career-high five goals in a slow, methodical 9-7 game.  Briggs scored three times on uncontested shots and twice beat defenders 1-on-1, earning the most outstanding player award.

Steele Stanwick (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
"I definitely disappointed myself and let down the team on Saturday. I wanted to come back today and give everything I had," Briggs said. "I got some open looks and was able to finish some shots."

Game time temperature was 96 degrees and it was even hotter at field level on a sun-scorched afternoon. Briggs appeared a step faster than everyone else and agreed that sitting out Saturday gave him an edge over those that were playing for the second time in three days.

Articles and photo gallery from the Baltimore Sun, click here.

More from UVA, click here.

Zimbio photo gallery, click here

Seven ACC Squads Headed To NCAA Baseball Tournament

Seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams - including three of the top five national seeds - will be among the 64-team field when the 2011 NCAA Division I Baseball Championship gets under way with Regional play on Friday.

ACC Champion Virginia holds the No. 1 overall national seed in the tournament, while North Carolina is seeded third and Florida State fifth.

Virginia (49-9), Florida State (42-17), Clemson (41-18) Georgia Tech (40-19) and North Carolina (45-14) were named as regional host schools by the NCAA on Sunday, giving the ACC a national-best five Regional hosts. Each of those teams will be seeded No. 1 in their brackets.

Miami (36-21) and NC State (34-25) were also among the complete field of 64 teams announced on Monday, bringing the ACC's total representation to seven teams. Miami will open play at Gainesville, Fla., in the regional hosted by the University of Florida, while NC State will compete in the Columbia, S.C., regional hosted by defending NCAA Champion South Carolina. Miami holds a No. 2 bracket seed, while NC State is seeded third.

The seven ACC teams selected to this year's NCAA field matches the SEC for the most from any conference.   This marks the 10th straight year that at least five ACC teams have been selected for NCAA postseason play.

To see the full schedule, click here

Tough Terp Weekend

Beth Glaros (Greg Fiume)
In the span of 24 hours, Maryland lost two lacrosse national championship games.  What next, Gary Williams resigns and Ralph Friedgen gets fired – WHAT?!? That already happened…oh yeah, we knew that.

On Sunday, while the guys were getting ready to square off against the Wahoos in Charm City, freshman Beth Glaros was scoring  a career-high four goals to no avail as the top-seeded Terps fell just short of thier second straight national title dropping a tight contest to Northwestern, 8-7. 

A strong defensive effort by Northwestern slowed top scoring threats Sarah Mollison and Katie Schwarzmann, leaving the duo with only one goal on the day and hampering Maryland's top-scoring attack. Glaros netted four goals and junior Kristy Black and sophomores Alex Aust and Schwarzmann accounted for the Terps' other three scores.

The teams went into halftime tied at 5-5, with Maryland owning a 5-2 lead midway through the first stanza. Glaros scored all four of her goals in the first half.

Maryland gave it a valiant effort in the game's final minutes, with Schwarzmann shrinking the Wildcat lead to one with a goal with 1:15 left but it would be as close as the Terps would get.

Brittany Dipper registered six saves to lead the defense, which held its 19th consecutive opponent to 10 or fewer goals.

More from Maryland, click here.

Pictures Of The Day

 No explanation required.  (Courtesy of www.TheACC.com)  
UP.  (J. Gregory Raymond)
DOWN. (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene Sweeney Jr.)
Up and down.  Forrest Mallory of Paso Robles, CA gets bucked off his ride at the Marysville Stampede at the Cotton Rosser Arena in Marysville, CA.  (Photo by Matt Cohen/Southcreek Global/ZUMAPRESS.com)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Virginia Wins ACC Baseball Championship



To get the full story, click here.

Picture Of The Day

JR Hildebrand, driver of the #4 National Guard Panther Racing, finishes second after crashing during the IZOD IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Hildebrand, a rookie, was in the lead and hit the wall in the final turn.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

Sunday, May 29, 2011

All ACC NCAA LAX Final

(Gail Burton/AP)
MARYLAND 9, DUKE 4 – All ACC Senior Grant Catalino's scored three goals and the Terps' defense limited the No. 5 seed Duke Blue Devils to just four goals in Maryland's 9-4 victory in the semifinals of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament Saturday evening at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Terps (13-4) advance to the championship game and will play another ACC rival as No. 7 Virginia upset No. 6 Denver, 14-8, in the first semifinal game. The Terps will be appearing in the NCAA title game for the first time since 1998, while the Cavaliers are making their first championship-game appearance since 2006.

Maryland and Virginia will face-off at 3:30 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 28, at M&T Bank Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN and ESPN HD.

The Blue Devils (14-6) drew first blood less than a minute into the game when David Lawson scored to give Duke a 1-0 lead.

Maryland tied the game at 1-1 on Catalino's first goal of the game. Senior Brian Farrell set a great pick near the top of the box and that allowed junior Joe Cummings to dodge down the middle and find Catalino on the left wing. Catalino didn't have much of an angle, but it didn't matter as he ripped the shot into the upper right corner of the goal with 7:12 to go in the first.


(VirginiaSports.com)
VIRGINIA 14, Denver (Pioneers, 16,444 students, Denver, CO) 8 –  The No. 7 seeded Virginia Cavaliers (12-5) rode hat tricks from Chris Bocklet, Mark Cockerton and Steele Stanwick en route to an NCAA semifinal round victory over the No. 6 seeded Denver Pioneers (15-3) on Saturday afternoon in front of 45,039 fans inside M&T Bank Stadium. UVa advances to the championship game for the first time since 2006, when the Cavaliers won it all, and for the ninth time in program history.

Virginia will play the unseeded Maryland Terrapins, who defeated the No. 5 seed Duke Blue Devils in the second semifinal game, 9-4. The game will be the first NCAA finals between two ACC teams since 1986 (UNC over UVa in OT, 10-9). Faceoff on Championship Monday is set for 3:30 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN in HD.

"It's been a great ride for us," said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia. "I give our guys a lot of credit. If you talk about how you like to script a first half, it probably wouldn't have been much different than what you saw on the field. We were going to try to attack Denver from behind and use an attackman on the first midfield spot to take it behind the goal. It takes a little bit of time to get that organized offensively. Shooting it well and taking advantage of the opportunities would be key. I thought we put some pressure on the young kid in goal and took advantage of the opportunities we did create. Our guys are doing a great job."

UVa goalie Adam Ghitelman registered his 49th career win between the pipes, tying him for No. 3 all-time in NCAA Division I history with Air Force's Ken Wessels (1984-87). 

Picture Of The Day

Barcelona's players celebrate with the trophy at the end of the UEFA Champions League final football match FC Barcelona vs. Manchester United, on May 28, 2011 at Wembley stadium in London.Barcelona won 3 to 1. (Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP PHOTO)

Here, the players toss coach Josep Guardiola in the air to celebrate a little more.  Imagine, for just a moment, the Pats tossing Bill Belichick in the air...(Photo by Lindsey Parnaby/EPA)

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