Saturday, October 8, 2011

Saturday ACC Football Scoreboard

NORTH CAROLINA 14, Louisville 7 - Final





N.C. STATE 38, Central Michigan 24 Final

Pictures Of The Day

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their win against the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of the NLDS.  Chris Carpenter (2nd R) pitched a complete game three hitter to get the 1-0 win.  (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
Former Nat Nyjer Morgan of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts after getting the game-winning walk off RBI to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-3 in the 10th innning in Game 5 of the ALDS.  Morgan would remove his helmet and run around the field screaming “F*** YEAH!” over and over.  Nice, Nyjer, NICE!  (PHoto by John Biever/Sports Illustrated)

Hoofit (R) and jockey Edgar Prado holds off the late charge of Aikenite and John Velazquez (L) to win the the 159th running of the $175,000 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland in Lexington, KY.  (Photo by Gary Jones/AP Photos)

Friday, October 7, 2011

Heisman Trophy Rumblings…

(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
There has been some talk already about Clemson’s Taj Boyd and N.C. State transfer Russell Wilson being legit candidates for the Heisman Trophy.  Yes, they are legitimate candidates, but neither has a snowballs chance in the T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarter’s microwave of winning if Baylor’s Robert Griffin III keeps doing what he’s doing.

Aside, from earning his political science degree in three years, being a pillar of the community, a patriot, a volunteer and by all accounts a great guy, Griffin is one heck of a quarterback.  When queried by Sports Illustrated what he might not be good at, Griffin pondered a bit and finally said, “Trivia. I’m not good at trivia.”

What he is good at is running, passing and scoring touchdowns for the #25 Bears (3-1).  Feature these stast:  He has completed 85.4 percent of his passes this season and he has thrown more touchdown passes (13) than incompletions (12).

That, loyal readers, is not a misprint! It doesn’t say more touchdowns than interceptions, it says more TOUCHDOWNS than INCOMPLETIONS!


Friday ACC Football Links

SPAZIANI (Elsa/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Virginia Tech's offense -- and the men behind it -- don't need a drastic change. Yet.

BC coach Frank Spaziani's job is also safe -- for this season.

The hits just keep on coming for Miami's defense.

FSU has to be ready for Wake Forest's constant blitzing pressure.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is using some tough love on his Jackets this year.

UNC cornerback Jabari Price is trying to get back into a routine with the starting lineup.

It's tournament time in the ACC.

Maryland's defense is preparing for its most daunting task to date.

Clemson's offense is still looking for the ideal balance on offense.

Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens is "a different guy" this year.

Saturday ACC Football Update

Louisville (Cardinals, 15,125 students, Louisville, KY) @ NORTH CAROLINA (-12.5), Chapel Hill, N.C., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN2 (Sirius 117//XM 191) -- UNC without starting kicker Casey Barth of the Famous Kicking Barth Brothers (Connor is in the NFL).

MARYLAND @ #13 GEORGIA TECH (-14), Atlanta, Ga., 12:00 PM, ESPNU (Sirius 85//XM 85)  -- GT without three LBs Brandon Watts, Jerimiah Attaochu and Daniel Drummond.

#23 FLORIDA STATE (-13) @ WAKE FOREST, Winston-Salem, N.C., 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network, (Sirius 136//XM 190) 

BOSTON COLLEGE @ #8 CLEMSON (-21.5), Clemson, S.C., 3:00 PM, TV: RSN, (Sirius 132//XM 192) – Tigers without kick returner Spencer Benton.

MIAMI @ #21 VIRGINIA TECH (-8.5), Blacksburg, Va., 3:30 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN,  (Sirius 85//XM 85) – Both missing D-Line stalwarts. Hokies: Kwamaine Battle. Canes: Marcus Forston

Central Michigan (Chippewas, 28,389 students, Mount Pleasant, MI) @ N.C. STATE (-13.5), Raleigh, N.C., 3:30 PM, ESPN3 (Sirius 117//XM 191)  

For much more information on all of these games, click here

The Side Of NCAA Football We Try Not To Think About…

Unfortunately, that would be all sides save for the games themselves.

The most recent HBO Real Sports (Episode 174, to see it click here) took a look at the finances of the college bowl games and it’s, to say the least, rather disappointing.  

It turns out the bowls don’t give as much money to local charities or the participating schools as they claim they do.  Many pay pretty big salaries, entertain lavishly and enrich themselves as best they can.  Some are better than others, obviously.

Yes, there are benefits to the communities where the bowls are held and for the participating schools, but while the overwhelming majority of bowls give more than 50% of the revenue to the participants, they also frequently charge those institutions for unsold ticket allotments which can exceed $1 million – that’s a big chunk of the pay day.

It was also revealed that the Sugar Bowl has $30 million in the bank while receiving millions in grants from the government of Louisiana while organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of New Orleans go unfunded.

It was interesting to note that the guy running the Sugar Bowl makes $1.7 million per year, while the guy running the New Orleans division of Habitat For Humanity makes $130,000.

(Speaking of New Orleans, evidently, Mercedes Benz has paid $165 million for the naming rights to the Superdome.  This is curious and clearly aimed at big event television audiences because there are NO (yes, read that none, nada, zip) Mercedes-Benz dealerships in New Orleans. None. In fact, there are only five in the entire state of Louisiana.  You gotta admit, you can’t get this kind of quality information just anywhere.)

Which leads us to the bowl games bedfellows, the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) who have recently been handing out penalties to everybody’s sweethearts (except John Clark) Boise State.

According to the Broncos, the impermissible benefits that cost Boise State sophomore wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn four games included use of a 1990 Toyota Camry with 177,000 miles and driver’s insurance coverage.

Boldewijn, one of three Dutch players (who has Dutch football players? But, seriously, who better to understand the NCAA rules about student athletes using late model Japanese sedans than the Dutch?) declared ineligible by the school earlier this year, will make his season debut Friday night at Fresno State. He paid $700, the value of his benefits, to the charity of his choice as part of his reinstatement.

In addition, senior safety Cedric Febis missed one game and paid $20 to charity for unspecified recruiting violations and impermissible transportation (stupid Camry!).

Those details were released Wednesday by the NCAA and Boise State. The NCAA answered an inquiry from the Idaho Statesman newspaper and Boise State responded with a statement later in the day.

In all three cases, Boise State, the Mountain West and the NCAA have agreed the violations were secondary (defined as “isolated and inadvertent”) and no major case proceeding will result from the investigation, Boise State said in its release. 

Good thing, we got that cleared up. 

Things That Make You Go...

Now, if the Suits In Indianapolis (Formerly Kansas) are looking to penalize an institution, look no further than our future ACC conference members over in Morgantown.

Even though the entire work of art only includes two bottle of J├Ągermeister, the "artists" couldn't get the outer ring around the WV logo completely round.  Whomever was in charge of the SW quadrant failed rather miserably...or maybe they just needed a few more bottles...The problem could be the threesome pint bottle sandwich over at 5 o'clock.  Probably freshmen...

A Conference Move That Actually Makes Sense...

(Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Texas Christian University (Horned Frogs, 9,142 students, Forth Worth,TX) is moving, but not to the Big East as originally thought.  The current Mountain West member will relocate to a very geographically logical Big 12.

This almost makes sense...

ACC Football Links

By Heather Dinich/ESPN

BC running back Montel Harris is down -- again.

Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe says his team has reached yet another level of maturity.

If Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel returns, he's expected to have a big impactagainst the Deacs.

Virginia Tech is hoping for three interceptions against Miami QB Jacory Harris, "maybe more."

Virginia Tech running backs coach Shane Beamer has his own identity, but he'll always be Frank Beamer's son.

NC State's defense is relying on linebacker Audie Cole.

Nobody is asking anymore whether Paul Johnson's offense will work at this level.

Maryland tailback Justus Pickett has made a seamless transition into the Terps' backfield.

UVA will spend its bye week working on fundamentals -- and Georgia Tech.

Clemson's coaches are trying to keep their players humble.

UNC has been outstanding in the red zone this year.

Miami's Shayon Green never quit, despite two torn ACLs -- on the same knee.

Ukraine's Andrii Govorov competes in the men's 50m butterfly heat during the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2011 in Dubai, on October 7, 2011. (Photo by Marwan Naamani/AFP/Getty Images)
Detroit reliever Jose Valverde celebrates with teammates after defeating the New York Yankees 3-2 in Game 5 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium.  (Photo by Nick Latham/Getty Images)

Cal kicker Giorgio Tavechio misses a field goal try against Oregon at the end of the first half in the Ducks 43-15 win last night. (Photo by Johathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Thursday, October 6, 2011

ACC Saturday Football

Louisville (Cardinals, 15,125 students, Louisville, KY) @ NORTH CAROLINA (-12.5), Chapel Hill, N.C., 12:00 PM, TV: ESPN2 (Sirius 117//XM 191) – The Tar Heels really should win this home game fairly easily, but Big East teams (current and former) have been doing a number on the ACC so far this season.  That said, if UNC is steady on offense and solid on defense, they should get their fourth home win even though the Cardinals (2-2) are holding their opponents to 85 yards rushing per game.

MARYLAND @ #13 GEORGIA TECH (-14), Atlanta, Ga., 12:00 PM, ESPNU (Sirius 85//XM 85)  -- It doesn’t seem possible that Maryland can stop the Georgia Tech juggernaut of an offense and/or outscore the Yellow Jackets. Considering how inconsistent Terps QB Danny O’Brien has been, that seems unlikely.  GT gets bowl eligible in six weeks.

#23 FLORIDA STATE (-13) @ WAKE FOREST, Winston-Salem, N.C., 12:30 PM, TV: ACC Network, (Sirius 136//XM 190) – Will the real FSU please stand up.  With EJ Manuel back behind center the Noles ought to be good enough to knock off a solid Wake Forest squad. The Deacons have already matched their win total from last year. 

BOSTON COLLEGE @ #8 CLEMSON (-21.5), Clemson, S.C., 3:00 PM, TV: RSN, (Sirius 132//XM 192) – If the Tigers don’t fall asleep or start believing their own press clippings, they should make short work of B.C.   The Eagles simply don’t have the offense punch (in spite of having Montel Harris back) to keep up with Clemson. Clemson also gets bowl eligible in six weeks, but the fan base is looking for much more…

MIAMI @ #21 VIRGINIA TECH (-8.5), Blacksburg, Va., 3:30 PM, TV: ABC/ESPN,  (Sirius 85//XM 85) – Which ever team loses this game and starts their ACC season 0-2 is in big trouble.  So far, the Hokies offense has been all David Wilson and they desperately need to diversify. The Canes seem to go however their QB is going. 

Central Michigan (Chippewas, 28,389 students, Mount Pleasant, MI) @ N.C. STATE (-13.5), Raleigh, N.C., 3:30 PM, ESPN3 (Sirius 117//XM 191) – Really, the Chippewas (2-3) in October? This feels like a game the Wolfpack should have played the first or second week of the season. They better win.

Guaranteed not to lose: Duke and Virginia

Low Rumble Of Discontent In College Park

(Rob Carr/Getty Images)
It’s never easy for a program to transition coaches when a beloved and easy-going guy is replaced by an unknown hard a**.  Recently, the Dean Smith/Bill Guthridge  to Matt Doherty disaster of a transition might serve as a great example.

So its no surprise that things are a bit rocky at Maryland where unknown disciplinarian Randy Edsall has followed in the popular footsteps of the jovial Ralph Friedgen.  Of course, winning or losing moves the meter one way or the other as well.

Had Danny O’Brien not thrown a horrible game ending interception against WVU and the Terps figured out how to tackle any of the Temple Owls, things might be different.  But losing (just ask Matt Doherty) makes it much harder to meet pretty girls at the fall mixers.

That said, winning for the Terps is a tall order as they face Georgia Tech’s offensive machine which is currently second only to Oregon’s up-and-down the field Ducks.  

So this item in the Washington Post should come as no surprise:

"One veteran Maryland player, who spoke to a Post reporter privately about his feelings about Edsall, expressed some displeasure with Edsall’s strict approach, saying that the coach has stifled individuality and created a militaristic atmosphere around the Gossett Team House. The player, who spoke anonymously so he could talk freely, said he would keep his spirits up because he had just three more months before he left the program."

Other players, however, have publicly defended what they called their coach’s no-nonsense approach.
Call it growing pains...

To read the whole story, click here

R.I.P. Steve Jobs 1955 - 2011

He would be pleased to know that today’s edition of T.A.H. was done from a iMac computer with assists from an iPhone and an iPad.  I guess we have become an iBlog...that said, we want our “back space” key back.

The technology innovator and businessman fought a long battle with pancreatic cancer first revealed to the public in 2004. Since then he underwent a series of medical procedures, including surgery to remove the initial tumor in 2004 and a liver transplant in 2009. Jobs guarded his privacy closely in the years preceding his death, often refusing to answer questions about his health.

Jobs announced his resignation as Apple's CEO on August 24, 2011. It has previously been reported that Jobs left detailed instructions for the next five years of Apple's product roll-outs, giving the company some guidance for post-Jobs era.

We can't think of anyone who has had a bigger impact on technology and the daily applications of same...

Another Reason To Invite WVU To The ACC...

…sparsely attended football games and a head coach who is clearly pissed off about it and throws the entire fan base under the bus.

(Hey, coach , the WVU fan base isn’t gonna fit under the bus ‘cause the Fridge is already under there…)

West Virginia University head football coach Dana Holgorsen called out WVU fans for the sparse crowd at last Saturday's Bowling Green game and questioned whether WVU is an elite program. 

For the record, the Mountaineers won by a score of 55-10 in a cold rain. 

Here is WVU’s home attendance so far:  Marshall: 60,758, Norfolk State: 51,911, LSU: 62,056 (the largest WVU home crowd since a 2003 win over Pitt) and Bowling Green: 46,603.

With that as a frame of reference, here’s what the coach had to say:

“The funny part about it is we were all talking two weeks ago about how much of a difference the fans and the crowd make to the LSU people,” said Holgorsen during his weekly press conference. “Well, LSU played well in front of 62,000 of our people and they turned around and went home and played a 1-4 Kentucky team at noon and had 95,000 people there. You want to talk about an elite program that’s one. I don’t know about this place.”

Well, we surmise that it’s possible one could say “Well, coach, some folks have more going on in their lives than college football, and the weather was crappy and Bowling Green, is just, well, Bowling Green.”  But, we wouldn’t recommend one say that.

But Holgorsen said the weather was no excuse for fans not showing up. 

"You only get seven opportunities a year,” said a disgruntled Holgorsen. “What’s so hard about it? Is it too cold? It wasn’t too cold for our players. It wasn’t too cold for our coaches, managers or trainers. They were out there. So why did we have 20,000 less people than we had last week?”

Holgorsen said the poor attendance wasn't what he expected, based on what he had been told about WVU.

"All I heard about was how much this (WVU football) meant to everybody across the state of West Virginia and this was the NFL team here in town and we're going to be there to support you," Holgorsen said. "Having 40,000 people at a game isn't doing that."

The coach said the fan issue needs to be addressed just like any problem his team has. 

“The only thing we can do about it is fix it,” continued the first year head coach. “We do what we can every week to fix what the problems are offensively and defensively and special teams wise. What is everyone across the state of West Virginia, including the student body, doing to fix the fact that our players had to show up and play in front of crowd of 40,000 people?” 

Hey coach, in the ACC playing football in front of 40,000 is called Duke, Wake Forest and Maryland…

Jeez…take a breath…

“Are we going to have a good crowd or are we going to have nobody there? Is the weather going to be 85 and sunny or is it going to be 25 and snowy?” states Holgorsen. “It really doesn’t matter because the coaches, players and trainers and everybody else is going to be there.”

You gotta admit, as press conference tirades go, that was a pretty good one!

Clearly, Coach Holgorsen is a passionate guy who calls it like he sees it.  Evidently, basketball coach Bob Huggins has made similar comments about “crickets” inside the arena during WVU hoops games.  

The problem is simple.  There is tremendous competition for everyone’s entertainment resources (both time and money), so skipping one of seven games is hardly a crime against one’s team of choice.  If you want your fans to come to your home games, stop scheduling the Sisters Of The Poor.  Those games are fun when it’s sunny and 65, but they suck when it’s 49 and raining…It is, what it is.

However, his words do ring true as it applies to the student body: In other words,  get your hungover a** out of bed and go to the damn game.  And don’t try that “I’ve got to study” crap on us, we went to college and we know exactly what happens on a home football game weekend.  

West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen pats Julian Miller on the back in the final minutes of an NCAA college football game against Bowling Green on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)

ACC Football Links

PATRICK DIPPER (Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Miami has "monsters up front." It's a bad week for Virginia Tech to lose its top defensive tackle.

N.C. State defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy is on the mend, and the Wolfpack needs him.

UNC's Giovani Bernard is making the most of his height (or lack thereof) and his blockers.

FSU isn't about to make any drastic defensive changes.

Wake Forest is preparing for two quarterbacks, but I'd be surprised if they didn't see EJ Manuel.

Welcome back, Ray-Ray Armstrong.

Duke is using its break to heal and get better.

Is Clemson a championship-caliber team right now?

How will Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas respond to a rocky performance against Clemson?

Pictures Of The Day

Monica Niculesce of Romania signs her autograph on a camera lens after her women's singles third round match against Virginie Razzano of France at the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Center in Beijing on October 6, 2011. Monica Niculescu won 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. (Photo by Liu Jin/AFP)
Ryan Roberts of the Arizona Diamondbakcks hits a grand slam home run in the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Four of the National League Divison Series at Chase Field on October 5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Brewers 10-6. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Poland's "King of Fans" Andrzej Bobowski poses for the pictures on October 5, 2011 at Warsaw's national stadium as he campaigns for October 9 general elections. Bobowski is running for a seat in parliament, as football fans feel the heat of a broad government crackdown aiming to stem hooliganism before the 2012 European Championships which Poland will host.  (Uh huh, you thought we were going to make a joke and we didn't...yet.) (Photo by Wojtek Radwanski/AFP)
David Freese of the St. Loiuis Cardinals is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a 2-run home run during the 6th inning of Game 4 of the National League Division Series against the Philadelphia Phillies on October 5, 2011 at Busch Stadium in St Louis, Missouri. The series is tied 2-2.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Tiger Woods smiles prior to teeing off with new caddie Joe LaCava during the Pro Am of the Open at the CordeValle Gold Club on October 5th in San Martin, CA.  Then he teed off.  No more smiling.  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Clemson Revises Historical Claim

Yesterday we pointed out that Clemson was the first ACC team to defeat three ranked opponents in a row. We said this, because Clemson said this.  Now they are “clarifying” their point.

Following Clemson's upset of Virginia Tech, the Tiger’s sports information department said they were the first school in ACC history to defeat three straight ranked opponents. So far, so good.

Now they have issued a clarification:

"Further research has uncovered an instance when the University of Maryland defeated three straight Top 25 opponents who were ranked in at least one of the two major polls. In 1984, Maryland defeated Miami (No. 6 in AP, No. 6 in UPI), Clemson (No. 20 in AP, unranked in UPI) and Virginia (ranked No. 17 in UPI, unranked in AP) on consecutive weekends, Nov. 10-24. Virginia was not ranked in the AP poll entering that last game. The ACC media guide only lists games against AP ranked teams and that is how this was missed."*

Seems like a legit error and in no way should it diminish the accomplishment of defeating three ranked opponents in a row.

Somewhere, there is a Maryland fan who still lives in his mother's basement doing an ACC sports blog saying, "I told you so, man. The Terps so did that in '84...Like that Ross dude was coach and they finished 9-3...And Franch Reich led that crazy comeback against Miami...Who doesn't know this stuff?"

The SID department at Clemson, that's who.

Clemson is good, and if there still was a UPI poll they be in the top ten there as well…

*In this case, items in italics are believed to be true, or, at the very least, accurately reported.

Georgia Tech’s Gaudy Offensive Stats

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Off to a 5-0 start for the first time since they won the National Championship in 1990, the Yellow Jackets’ 258 points are a five-game high for an ACC team since Florida State’s 279 in 1995. Georgia Tech, which ranks second in the FBS in both points per game (51.6) and total offense (587), continues to thrive behind the most potent rushing attack in the country.

The Yellow Jackets lead the FBS with an average of 378.2 yards on the ground and 24 rushing touchdowns. They have already rushed for 1,891 yards, and, oddly, it’s Army at 1,842 total yards in the second spot.

Six different players have run for at least 179 yards as part of their triple-option offense.

Quote Of The Day

(Marc Serota/Getty Images)
“Tell me he doesn’t look like a guy working at the N.A.P.A. auto parts store?”

-- Tony Kornheiser on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Curtis Painter (Purdue) who looks like he very well may work at the auto parts store…

Things That Make You Go…

(Matt Riley/UVA Media Relations)

This is Matt Mihalik, a 6’7” 310 lbs junior offensive guard for the Virginia Cavaliers.

We have no idea, what he’s doing or why he might be doing what we have no idea about what he’s doing…

We just had an editorial board meeting and this came up and we thought you should know...

ACC Football Links

#45 JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Maryland coach Randy Edsall is 1-17 against ranked opponents in his career. He's got three ranked opponents coming up next. (We figure Ralph Friedgen is pulling for 1-20).

Georgia Tech could be without two of its starting linebackers against the Terps.

What can Virginia Tech do to fix its punting problems?

North Carolina is flying under the radar at 4-1 right now.

Will Clemson get cocky with all of the attention? Not if Chad Morris and his size 10 1/2 shoe have anything to do with it.

FSU quarterback EJ Manuel is back, and said he expects to play on Saturday at Wake Forest.

Miami coach Al Golden said it's "incongruent" how quarterback Jacory Harris is being treated by fans right now.

Virginia running back Perry Jones has become a much more decisive runner, and it's paying off for the Hoos.

Duke's offense has found its groove.

Wake Forest cornerback Bud Noel says "black is back."

Does BC's trip to Death Valley spell doom?

Hank Williams Jr. In ESPN Doghouse(?)

Note to self, don't use the President of the United States name in the same sentence with one of the most reviled figures on God's green earth (Adolph Hitler)...wait for it...on NATIONAL TELEVISION.

That's exactly what Country star Hank Williams Jr. might have told you if you bought him a beer or two Monday night.  

Williams has been in serious damage control mode since saying President "Does Anybody Other Than My Wife Still Like Me?" Obama and John "Monday Night Football Makes Me Want To Cry" Boenher playing golf together was " Hitler playing golf with [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu."

While we get his point and realize he wasn't actually comparing Obama to Hitler, but pointing out the absurdity of the two political rivals making nice, he should have SHUT HIS MOUTH right after he gaffed the comparison.

Did he shut his mouth?

Being a celebrity in a celebrity worshiping culture where celebs have entourages and support groups reaffirming their every word and action, Williams plowed ahead spewing some additional comments he couched as "the truth" as opposed to the easily retractable "my opinion."

So ESPN, pulled his iconic theme song and who knows what will happen next...and, really, who cares?

Williams later issued a statement through his publicist, saying in part: "Some of us have strong opinions and are often misunderstood. My analogy was extreme -- but it was to make a point. I was simply trying to explain how stupid it seemed to me -- how ludicrous that pairing was. They're polar opposites and it made no sense. They don't see eye-to-eye and never will. I have always respected the office of the president."

“Comment” Of The Day

Following Alabama’s 34-10 butt-kicking of Florida, former Alabama player Reggie Myles claims he was assaulted by current Florida player Dominique Easley.

According to the police report, Myles claimed Easley hit him from behind somewhere near Ben Hill Griffin Stadium shortly after the game.

Evidently, Easley ran away after the alleged assault, but managed to leave his cell phone behind.  Myles, suffering from minor injuries was so agitated, the police eventually arrested him for being drunk and disorderly. (What the heck, his team won…)

Tapes from surveillance cameras in the area will also be pulled in order to help police in their investigation.

Easley made four tackles against the Crimson Tide on Saturday. He was also flagged for a personal foul for roughing UA quarterback AJ McCarron in the second quarter. McCarron, in turn, exchanged words with Easley and was animated in his excitement after scoring a touchdown on a sneak two plays later. 

Myles played at Alabama from 1998-2001, followed by a four-year NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Of course, there were comments left on this story at various web sites, and this one from “hrudey” towers above the others:

“I am fairly confident that there exists no video evidence of a Gator defender successfully hitting anyone affiliated with Alabama in any way. If the accusation was that Easley tried to hit him and missed, and Myles picked up four more yards, that would be believable.”

Four Tar Heels On Wooden Award Preseason List

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, four University of North Carolina Tar Heels were named to the Wooden Award's preseason list.  A harbinger for another National Championship...?

Heels Harrison Barnes, John Henson, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller were all named to the list by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.  Oddly, nobody (read that NOBODY) from Duke was on the list…and NOBODY from another ACC school is on the list either.

Yike.  That's not good.

Ohio State (Jared Sullinger, William Buford, Aaron Craft) and Vanderbilt (Festus Ezeli, John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor) had three players chosen, while California, Connecticut, Memphis, Syracuse and UCLA all had two.

The Big East had 10 players on the list (a combined three from ACC soon-to-be’s Pitt and Syracuse) followed by the Big Ten with nine and the Southeastern Conference with seven players.

The most interesting name on the list?  How about:  Keith Wright of Harvard.  The 6-8, 240 lbs forward from Suffolk, VA was the 2010-11 Ivy League Player of the Year.

Pictures Of The Day

Should you be looking for that XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXL Rugby jersey…here it is!  A giant woollen England jersey is revealed in Auckland by England rugby sponsor O2 as part of their #ShearforEngland campaign October 4, 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand.  O2 is the U.K. version of T-Mobile.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Afghan school girls, wearing traditional Msulim head coverings, play basketball at their school in Herat, Afghanistan.  (Photo by Jalil Rezayee/EPA)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Clemson Climbs Up National Poll

(Ned Dishman/Getty Images)
Clemson moved from 13th up to 8th in the AP Poll after an impressive win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg.  The Hokies, after a dismal offensive performance to go with the home loss, tumbled ten spots from 11th down to 21st.

Georgia Tech, which looks virtually unstoppable, moved up from 21st to 13th after rolling over N.C. State.

AP Top 25 Ranking

1. LSU, 2. Alabama, 3. Oklahoma, 4. Wisconsin, 5. Boise State, 6. Oklahoma St., 7. Stanford,


9. Oregon, 10. Arkansas, 11. Texas, 12. Michigan,


14. Nebraska, 15. Auburn, 16. West Virginia, 17. Florida, 18. South Carolina, 19. Illinois, 20. Kansas State,


22. Arizona State,


24. Texas A&M, 25. Baylor

Others Receiving Votes:  Michigan St. 154, Houston 68, Washington 37, Texas Tech 25, Notre Dame 24, South Florida 22, Georgia 11, Penn St. 9, USC 7, SMU 5, Tennessee 1, Cincinnati 1, PITTSBURGH 1

ACC Football: Where We Stand

Don’t look now, but Clemson and Georgia Tech – not Florida State and Virginia Tech – look to be the two best teams in the ACC.

Clemson is now the first ACC team to defeat three ranked opponents at home and either their defense is really good or the Hokies’ offense is really bad…The truth probably lies somewhere in between. 

Freshmen Sammy Watkins is a serious talent who is crazy fast and QB Taj Boyd continues to impress. 

The Tigers sit atop the Atlantic Division undefeated and their toughest remaining ACC tests are Wake Forest, North Carolina and Georgia Tech (in that order).  They play the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta, and that will be entertaining.

We guess there is already National Championship talk surfacing down at Clemson and ESPN’s Heather Dinich is feeding that fire…

Plain and simple, the Hokies were overrated.  There has been much talk of their usual non-conference powder-puff schedule, but that isn’t the problem. The problem is the offense – talent and execution. Playing Alabama, LSU or even the likes of Pitt or Syracuse wouldn't necessarily solve the problem as the Hokies' critics insist.  While Virginia Tech is deep at running back, their passing game against Clemson was virtually nonexistent.   

(U.S. Presswire)
Since who calls plays is no longer a great debate in Hokie Nation, the VT loyalists have to accept the simple fact that their team needs to play better.  If they do, they remain a Dr. Pepper Bowl candidate.   Virginia Tech also has to grapple with Georgia Tech later in the season.

Georgia Tech is 2-0, and 5-0 overall for the first time since 1990.  The Jackets are racking up yards at an amazing pace both on the ground and in the air.  It seems abundantly clear that the only team that can stop Georgia Tech …is Georgia Tech.  If they don’t turn the ball over, they score a bunch of points and that typically leads to victories.

Basketball schools sit in second place in both divisions – Wake Forest and Duke.  Wake is clearly a solid team, but if they were really good they would have distanced themselves a bit against a not-very good Boston College team last Saturday.

(Ethan Hyman/Raleigh News & Observer)
Duke is still Duke, but clearly David Cutcliffe is a solid coach doing a good job. 

The jury is still out on Florida State and Miami.  The Seminoles can bounce back with a healthy EJ Manuel and it’s hard to tell how good/bad Miami really is.  The Canes' win over Ohio State was impressive, but their loss to Kansas State was disconcerting.  Then, lo and behold, the Wildcats “upset” then ranked #15 Baylor…so…who knows?

N.C. State fans have to be shaking their head as Russell Wilson is torching the Big 10 up at Wisconsin and is now part of the Heisman Trophy conversation.  That said, the Wolfpack and coach Tom O’Brien were put in a no-win situation when Wilson informed them he wasn’t going to come to spring practice and then he planned to try his hand in the baseball minor leagues.

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Wilson, who has earned his degree and had one remaining year of eligibility, said he would decide if he would return to N.C. State after seeing how things went on the diamond.  O’Brien probably could have lived with that uncertainty, but then backup QB (and now starter) Mike Glennon said he would transfer if Wilson returned…

North Carolina and Wake Forest are probably both headed to bowl games but neither is unlikely to turn up in the ACC Championship game in December.

Maryland, Virginia, B.C look to be going nowhere of import, but new Terps' coach Randy Edsall has proved over the past few weeks that extremely large items will fit under a bus.

…And, that’s “where we stand.”  -- The Editor

Dear Mr. Snyder

REX (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dear Mr. Snyder:

Yes, we are DELIGHTED with 3-1, but we still have some big issues with play calling.

Whether Kyle Shanahan is auditioning for a head coaching job, sticking to his “expect the unexpected” style of offense or CONFUSING Rex Grossman for someone other than Rex Grossman, his play calling remains suspect and ALMOST again cost our beloved Redskins what should have been an EASY win.

Coach Kyle came out against the last place rushing defense in the NFL which also, by the way, led the NFL in missed tackles and promptly passed on SEVEN of the first ten plays.  Thankfully, he came to his SENSES and started handing the ball to Ryan Torain and Roy Helu.

NOT REX (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
That said, in the fourth quarter, ONCE AGAIN, he had a chance to run off big clock and GUARANTEE an easy win when he asked Rex to throw on FIRST DOWN.  This time instead of a harmless incompletion, Rex didn’t see the linebacker that intercepted what should have been a RUN and put the hapless Rams back in the game…

Last week, we carped about NOT running with the lead against the Cowboys, and now all the pundits and fans are on the complaint bandwagon after he did the SAME THING this week.  The justification from head coach Shanahan was that they thought that pass would get them “a big play.”  They DIDN’T need a big play, they needed to kill time.

Thankfully, the defense stood tall and the Rams proved that they may be the WORST team in football.

If you get a chance, would you KINDLY send a few more memos to Kyle noting that RUNNING is good and REX is REX.

Your Loyal Fans At T.A.H.

P.S. This is...
NOT REX (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
...and this is...
NOT REX EITHER (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
...and this is...
...CERTAINLY NOT REX (Matt Ludtke/Getty Images) 
and, finally, this is...
...WAIT FOR IT...FOR DAMN SURE NOT REX!!!!!  (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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