Friday, December 16, 2011

ACC Fashion News

Sydney Lowe, white courtesy phone.

Sydney Lowe, white courtesy phone.

Mr. Lowe, the infamous red blazer you sometimes wore for home N.C.State basketball games which was recently reported stolen, has (happily?) been found.

Sydney Lowe, white courtesy phone, please.  

Oh…and Your Airness, they found your cigar. The really big one.

Meanwhile down in Charlottesville, the Wahoos have released a photo of the new travel uniform for the men’s basketball team.

While we get the edginess of the cut off chino shorts matched with the ever-present “The University” bow tie and business tassel slip-ons, we are perplexed as to why the designer (Ralph Lauren - Rugby) topped it all off with a women’s sweater from his little known “These White Stripes Go To Catholic School” collection…

Somebody has some esss-splainin’ to do…

Tony Bennet, white courtesy phone.

*Items in italics may not be true.

ACC Will Play 18 Conference Games In 2012-13

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ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced yesterday that beginning in the 2012-13 season the league will play an 18-game conference schedule in men's and women's basketball.

"Our member institutions have been talking about this increase for a while and knowing our league will be expanding to 14 in the future, we've decided to move to an 18-game conference schedule next year, regardless of our membership number," said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. "The additional conference games create a more equitable schedule and we've received significant feedback from our fans for more conference games."

One one hand this is good for obvious reasons, but on the other it means fewer non-conference game and a concern that teams will steer away from tough non-conference opponents in the face of a grueling 18 game conference schedule.

Could get trick for some good non-conference rivalries like UNC v. Kentucky and Duke v. Whatever Team Will Play The Blue Devils At Madison Square Garden. 

Saturday ACC Basketball

Saturday, December 17

MIAMI v. Florida Atlantic (Owls, 29,290 students, Boca Raton, FL), Noon, TV: FSN (Sirius 113//XM 190)

Campbell (Fighting Camels, 10,471 students, Buies Creek, NC) @ VIRGINIA TECH, 4:00 PM, TV: ESPN3 (Sirius 113//XM 190)

Winthrop (Eagles, 5,097 students, Rock Hill, SC) @ CLEMSON, 4:30 PM, TV: RSN (Sirius 113//XM 190)

Appalachian State (Mountaineers, 20,222 students, Boone, NC) @ #6 NORTH CAROLINA, 6:00 PM, TV: ESPNU (Sirius 113//XM 190)

#1 Syracuse (Orange, 20,407 students, Syracuse, NY) @ N.C. STATE, 6:30 PM, TV: ESPN2

Swinney Finalist For Bear Bryant Award

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Based on his name alone, Dabo Swinney seems a logical finalist for the Bear Bryant Award.  Add to that his pre-Dr. Pepper Bowl tirade about in-state rival South Carolina, and one would have to like his chances.

Except for all those other really good coaches...Seriously, the field is loaded.

Swinney is in a tough race for the year-end award against Bret Bielema of Wisconsin, Art Briles of Baylor, Mike Gundy of Oklahoma State, Brady Hoke of Michigan, Les Miles of LSU, Nick Saban of Alabama, David Shaw of Stanford, Bill Snyder of Kansas State, and Kevin Sumlin of Houston (now at Texas A&M). 

Swinney has also been named a regional coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association. This is the third award for which Swinney has been listed as a finalist. He is also one of five finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award and one of 10 finalists for the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award. 

The 10-3 Tigers have gained the most wins in a season in 21 years, and a win over West Virginia in the Discover Orange Bowl would give Clemson 11 wins for the first time in 30 years.

Party at the Esso!

Bud Foster Watch: It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...

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Well, unless you're Bud Foster.

However, the rest of us know it’s the holiday season...Is it the lights, the trees, the Christmas gifts, the seemingly endless TV commercials?  We know it’s the holiday season because speculation about long-time Virginia Tech assistant coach Bud Foster is in its annual full post-season swing. 

For the latest version, future ACC member Pitt needs a new coach and the Hokies defensive coordinator seems a likely candidate. 

This time last year, Pitt was looking for a head coach, and following the unexpected departure of Todd Graham to Arizona State this week, the Panthers are shopping yet again.

Rumor has it (as it has for the past who-knows how many seasons) that Foster is “very interested.”

That said, Foster claims he hasn’t received any calls about any jobs since the Hokies lost to Clemson in the Dr. Pepper Bowl earlier this month. 

Truly Idiotic PSU Scandal Quote Of The Day

“Some of these kids don’t have basic hygiene skills. Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body.”

-- Pennsylvania attorney Karl Rominger explaining “hypothetically” why someone, not his client Jerry Sandusky mind you, would take a shower with a young boy.

(Editor’s note: We have lots of friends who are attorneys and all of them surely want to throttle this guy for further contributing to the stereotype that some barristers are willing to make any excuse for any heinous behavior in search of 15 minutes of fame or a pay day.  Rominger’s comments, beside being ridiculous, further demean the alleged victims and are offensive at best.  As my very same lawyer buddies like to say “you can’t polish a t*rd.”  Oh, but this Rominger fellow and the lead attorney Joeseph “I Married A Minor And Now The Rest Of The World Wishes She Were An Ax Murderer” Amendola are determined to keep trying. Jeez...pass the damn soap, we feel dirty just thinking about these creeps.  Oh, and here is his email address -- -- if you want to drop him a line and tell him what a MORON he is...)  

The Unfortunate Fellows Who Work With The Worst Attorney In The History Of Bad Attorneys

Now that is saying something...

These poor buggers work with the jack a*s known as Karl Rominger.  Unfortunately for them, shower excuse guy is their boss...


Seriously, how low can this Jerry Sandusky thing go?




ACC Football Links

By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Maryland offensive coordinator Gary Crowton is out, and Mike Locksley is in, according to The Baltimore Sun.

North Carolina interim coach Everett Withers confirmed he has talked to Ohio State but said nothing is official -- except for the fact he won't be at UNC after the bowl game.

There was one surprise on the Associated Press All-America second team, and it came from Virginia.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is looking to carry the momentum from the title game into the bowl game.

Morris signed his new contract on Monday.

Will Georgia Tech lose its wide receivers coach to Hawaii? Does GT HAVE a WR coach? Kidding, kidding...

The future of FSU's defense looks bright -- as long as coordinator Mark Stoops remains a part of it.

Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden said he'll return to the university at some point in some capacity, but he doesn't know when.

Leaving early for the NFL was never part of the plan for Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong.

Pictures Of The Day

About this time of year, AFP rolls out their Pictures Of The Year...Here’s one from last October. Ducati's Damien Cudlin of Australia crashes out of the third practice session of the Australian Grand Prix motorcycling MotoGP race at Phillip Island.  Cudlin was a substitute rider for Hector Barbera of Spain who is out due to injury. (Stephen Piper/AFP/Getty Images)
Sweden's Sophie Gustafson plays a shot during the third round of the 2011 Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament in the Gulf emirate of Dubai on December 16, 2011. (Photo by Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)
Farah Hall a member of the USA RS:X team practices at Bathers Bay during day thirteen of the 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships on December 15, 2011 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
And here’s another one of AFP's best...Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi reacts during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs CA Osasuna on September 17, 2011 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. (Photo by Josep Lago /AFP/Getty Images)
Amelie Kober of Germany rides to third place in the ladies' parallel giant slalom at the LG Snowboard FIS World Cup on December 15, 2011 in Telluride, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America)
AsiaPacunners turn into the home straight in The Novices' Handicap Steeple Chase at Towcester racecourse on December 15, 2011 in Towcester, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Atlanta Falcon kicker Matt Bryant kicks a field goal during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  (Photo by Pouya Dianat/AP Photos)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ACC Wednesday Night Basketball

Mychal Parker (AP Photo)
MARYLAND 65, Florida International (Golden Panthers, 44,010 students, University Park, FL) 61 -- Terrell Stoglin scored a game-high tying 20 points and Ashton Pankey added 13 to lead Maryland to victory. The Terps (6-3) trailed by as many as nine points early in the second half before taking a 49-48 lead with 9:10 on a pair of Sean Mosley free throws.

After a free throw by Stoglin made it 57-52, Jeremy Allen scored off the glass for the Panthers with 1:18 left. The Terrapins then threw the ball away, but FIU (3-7) couldn't score and Pankey sank two free throws for Maryland to make it 59-54 with 38 seconds to go.

The Panthers, coached by former NBA great and front office disaster Isiah Thomas, never got closer than two points the rest of the way. Mosley added 12 points for the Terps who held a 38-30 edge in rebounding.

Clemson’s Allen Wins Mackey Award

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Clemson junior tight end Dwayne Allen was the recipient of the John Mackey Award last Thursday evening at the Home Depot College Football Awards show in Orlando, FL. Allen is the first Clemson offensive player to win a national position award. Allen won the award over finalists Tyler Eifert of Notre Dame and Orson Charles of Georgia.

Allen had 48 receptions for 577 yards and eight touchdowns this year in helping the Tigers to their first ACC Championship in 20 years. His reception total, reception yards and touchdowns were Clemson single season records for a tight end. He had two touchdown receptions in the ACC Championship game against Virginia Tech, helping the Tigers to a 38-10 victory.

His two touchdown catches gave him one more than former Pittsburgh Steeler great Bennie Cunningham had in 1974 when he was named a first-team All-American. Allen now has 12 touchdown receptions for his career, tied for first in school history with another former Steeler tight end, John McMakin.

Allen is the third Clemson player to win a national position award. In 1982, Terry Kinard was named CBS National Defensive Player of the Year. Last year Da'Quan Bowers won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the top defensive player in the nation, and won the Ted Hendricks Award as the top defensive end.

Terps Continue To Leave The Building

Like Elvins, another Maryland Terrapin has left the building.

So if you are counting, not that you would be, that makes eight.  

The latest is receiver Adrian Coxson, who has decided not to return to the football team in 2012, according to a school spokesman. Coxson, a redshirt freshman, will be granted his release and indicated he will transfer at the end of this semester. 

“We appreciate everything that Adrian has done for us and hope everything works out for him in his future endeavors,” coach Randy Edsall said in a prepared statement.  

Starting to sound familiar isn’t it?

Coxson, who transferred from Florida prior to the 2010 season, played in nine games this past season, all as a reserve wideout and on special teams. He had four receptions for 90 yards with one touchdown.

Award Winning Edsall Takes Team Down Under For R&R

In an attempt to placate his disgruntled players, facilitate team unity, stem the tide of transfers and quiet his many critics, first-year head coach Randy Edsall has taken his entire Maryland Terrapin football team to the beach on the Gold Coast in Australia.

Edsall won the first ever ACC Coach Of The Year (NOT!) Award which will now be awarded annually to the coach whose team backs up the most in any year following a year when the previous popular and winning coach wins the actual ACC Coach Of The Year Award.

For reasons still unexplained, the brain trust that is the University of Maryland athletics canned popular football coach Ralph Friedgen after a 9-4 season.  Fresh off  a dismal ten-loss season in 2009, the Fridge’s Terps rebounded with a turnaround season in 2010-11 that included a win in the Military Bowl and a #23 ranking in the final AP Poll.

The ACC named Friedgen Coach of the Year, while freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien became the first Terrapin ever named ACC Rookie of the Year.

Edsall, known for his laid back style and killer imitation of surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in the cult classic Fast Times At Ridgemont High, reverted the now fearful turtles back to 2009 numbers posting a 2-10 mark amidst grumbling and multiple transfers.

A week at the beach ought to do the trick.

*Items in italics may not be true.  Items NOT in italics are believed to be true. 

ACC AP All-Americans

DWAYNE ALLEN (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Tight end—Dwayne Allen, junior, 6-4, 255, CLEMSON
All-purpose player—Sammy Watkins, freshman, 6-1, 180, CLEMSON

Linebacker—Luke Kuechly, junior, 6-3, 237, BOSTON COLLEGE

Running Back – David Wilson, junior, VIRGINIA TECH
Guard — Austin Pazstor, senior, VIRGINIA

Tackle—Joe Vellano, junior, MARYLAND
Cornerback—David Amerson, sophomore, N.C. STATE
#4 JOSH BUSh (Bernard Thomas/Durham Herald-Sun/AP) 

End—Andre Branch, senior, CLEMSON
Safety—Josh Bush, senior, WAKE FOREST
Punter—Shawn Powell, senior, FLORIDA STATE 

ACC Football Links

By Heather Dinich/ESPN

Is it still considered news when the SEVENTH player decides to transfer? Maryland defensive lineman Cody Blue is up next.

Clemson running back Mike Bellamy is in trouble again and will be suspended for the Discover Orange Bowl.

Unsold tickets are a hot topic these days at Virginia Tech.

Former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden returned to campus for the first time in two years.

Bowden had plenty to say on quarterbacks and the state of the game today.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is now the nation's highest-paid coordinator.

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson is ready to end the six-game bowl losing streak.

Miami safety Ray-Ray Armstrong will return for his senior season.

The Belk Bowl will feature two teams that finished strong.

UNC and Missouri both overcame challenges this season to become bowl-eligible.

UNC Interim Withers Headed To Ohio State

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According to ESPN and others, North Carolina interim coach Everett Withers will be an assistant coach under Urban Meyer next season at Ohio State.  As far as we know, Withers will coach the Tar Heels in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl.

The announcement of hiring new head coach Larry Fedora made it unlikely that Withers would stay in Chapel Hill where he was tasked with leading North Carolina after the university released former head coach Butch Davis just prior to this season.

Withers has done a good job under difficult circumstances and this move looks to be a well-earned promotion.  

Former Tar Heel Thinks He’s A German NBA MVP

Former North Carolina Tar Heel star Vince Carter is suffering from delusions of ethnicity.  The 6’6”, 220 lbs NBA star who was born in Daytona Beach, FL now believes he is living in an upside down world where he is actually German Dallas Maverick star forward Dirk Nowitzki.

Carter played for UNC from 1995 to 1998 and was chosen 5th overall in the 1998 NBA draft by Golden State.  Carter has since played for the Toronto Raptors, the New Jersey Nets, the Phoenix Suns and the Dallas Mavericks.

He has been named NBA Rookie Of  The Year in 1999, to the NBA All-Star team eight times and has won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest (2000).

That said, he is not Dirk Nowitzki.

Pictures Of The Day

Meet the new boss…Larry Fedora is introduced as the new head football coach at the University of North Carolina.  (Photo by Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Lin Dan of China competes with Taufik Hidayat of Indonesia during their men's singles Group B match of BWF badminton World Superseries Finals in Liuzhou city of China's southern province of Guangxi on December 15, 2011. Lin Dan won the match 21-12, 21-19. (Photo by Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images)
Sri Lanka's batsman Angelo Mathews (R) plays a stroke as South Africa's wicketkeeper Mark Boucher waits to make a catch on December 15, 2011 during the first day of the first cricket Test match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the SuperSport Park in Centurion. (Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images)
University of Richmond students Ana Galan and Jorge Mallen, both from Spain, take a break from cycling to check out the fog under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  The bird is fleeing the football program at Maryland.  (Photo by Jeff Chiu/AP Photos)
It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Tourists take a dogsled ride in the Santa Claus Village near Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland, on December 14, 2011.  (Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)
Chris Paul #3 of the New Orleans Hornets looks on while taking on the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 20, 2011 at Staples Center in L.A.  According to reports on December 14, 2011, a deal has finally been reached to send the former Wake Forest star to the Los Angeles Clippers. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Khaled Alharbi of Saudi Arabia plays against Ahmed Zegli of Morroco during their men’s qualification round at the Arab Games in Doha, Qatar.  (Phot by Suhaib Salem/Reuters)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year...

T.A.H. Scoop: Scandal About to Rock Tobacco Road

The crack T.A.H. Worldwide Media Research Department has learned that scandals involving the head coaches of two of the most storied programs in college basketball are about to erupt down on the famed Tobacco Road.  Framed by brawls and sex scandals, college basketball is in no condition to absorb a scandal of such tsunamian proportions.

Yes loyal readers, our sometimes reliable and always under-motivated research team has dug up some serious dirt on the two iconic programs represented by 10 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championships, 10 runner-ups, 33 Final Fours, 43 Elite Eights, 57 Sweet Sixteens and 76 NCAA tournament appearances.  (That’s approximately 2,584 more than the University of Virginia. and 1,067,567 more than Clemson.)

These two ACC giants have also accrued 49 ACC tournament crowns and 59 regular season titles, while populating the NBA with top players and producing a plethora of NCAA and professional coaches.  OK, one program has done the latter, while the other, whom we won’t name (Duke), has produced the head coach of Top 25 newbie Harvard and...Quinn Snyder.

To these majestic family trees and resumes decorated with trophies and traditions comes scandal and potential disgrace by way of actual photographs taken at recent games.  The photos included in this story are untouched.  

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
According to the T.A.H. Research Department and the photos displayed here, North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams was involved in an incident with game official Mike Eades during the Tar Heels overwhelmingly convincing victory (4 points) over Long Beach last Saturday.

As you can clearly see, sometime during the second half, Eades LITERALLY stuck his hands down Ol’  Roy’s Alexander Julian trousers...YIKE!  And, as you can also plainly see, Ol’ Roy wasn’t amused. 

The two time NCAA tournament champion and Hall of Fame coach had this to say when contacted by T.A.H., “Gosh, I’ve known Mike for years, but I had no idea he was physically attracted to Roy.  I mean, he would pat Roy on the bottom now and then, but I always thought it was just part of the camaraderie of the game...”

When contacted, Eades told T.A.H. “I love Roy, I love all Roys, I love all coaches, I love to “horse around” with coaches and verbally “wrestle” with them, but I’ve never done anything sexually inappropriate.  If you don’t believe me, you can ask my attorney who married his cousin’s 14-year-old sister, he’ll vouch for me.”

(Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Sources report that Mrs. Williams is not happy, but T.A.H. was unable to reach her for this story. 

Meanwhile, across town, officials at Duke were snickering until a photograph was leaked from a recent lopsided win at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Popcorn State (not the Sisters Of The Poor’s real name) showing head coach Mike Krzywrmx6ski celebrating his 1,000th victory.

Coach K, as ESPN made sure we all knew, passed his mentor Bobby “Choking, and Kicking and Tossing” Knight for total career NCAA wins at 903 back on November 15th against Michigan State, but this photo clearly shows Duke commemorating Krzywfvb2ski’s 1,000th victory.

Sources in Durham close to the tower (Ok, just outside the tower, under a tree) tell T.A.H. that K-loyalist traded the Olympic Gold Medal coach’s American Express points for some of the needed victories.  Evidently, 25,000 points is required per Division 1 win according to Basketball/Duke.

In addition, Duke revisionists (which are prevalent among the alumni, fans and media or so we are told) have converted some of Krzypqs8ski’s previous losses to victories.  

According to Billy “Squirrely” Hurely (Bobby’s brother?) of, Coach K should be credited with all the games from the “lost season” of 1994-1995.  Hurley maintains that Krzywsx5ski should be credited with substitute coach Pete Gaudet’s wins and losses because “had he been healthy, he would have literally carried the Blue Devils to victory on his own very strong back.”

(Lance King/Icon SMI) also asserts that Krzycvb3ski should be credited with wins for the 79 games he lost from 1975 to 1980 as the coach of Army.  

“They simply didn’t have any D1 basketball players,” said Hurely. “yeah, they had scholars, future military officers and heroes, but they were short on height, length, speed, ballhandling and shooting.  On a level court, a real basketball team with real student athletes would have won those games.” 

West Point could not be reached for comment. 

(Rumor: Black helicopters seen flying over headquarters.)

Add in a bunch of USA Basketball and Olympic victories and the next thing you know Duke president Richard Brodhead is handing Coach K a big framed jersey with the number 1,000 on it...

Brodhead could not be reached for comment.

Coach K could not be reached for comment either.

*Items in italics may not be true. 

ACC Football Links

TAJ BOYD (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Imatges)
By Heather Dinich/ESPN

David Glenn recently caught up with ACC commissioner John Swofford to talk expansion, BCS bowls and several other topics of interest.

This season has aged Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. He said he feels like a 30-year-old man. Ahem. There's nothing wrong with the wisdom of 30-somethings, Tajh.

A little bit of rest and recovery can make a big difference for Clemson.

The awards just keep rolling in for BC linebacker Luke Kuechly.

LAMAR MILLER (Mark Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The rumors continue to swirl around FSU assistants.

Virginia Tech fans should be excited about this incoming linebacker.

Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens hasn't decided about his future in the NFL yet.

Virginia hasn't sold out its allotment for the Chick-fil-A Bowl just yet

Quote Of The Day

“They’d just point up to the banners...It was intense.”

-- Harrison Barnes on what would happen when a foul was called when the current Tar Heels played the UNC alums during a heated seven game series over the summer.   The series pitted the 2011-12 team against Raymond Felton, Brendan Haywood, Rasheed Wallace, Marvin Williams and Jackie Manuel.  According to Barnes there were some hard fouls and some words exchanged “because no one at Carolina ever wants to lose.” 

To read more about how North Carolina’s past NCAA Champions and current NBA pros helped this year’s squad prepare for the season, click here.

Former Tar Heels (L to R) Raymond Felton, Marvin Williams and Tyler Hansbrough watched as North Carolina defeated Wisconsin last month. Bob Donnan/US Presswire

Pictures Of The Day

While we were distracted by other things, #1 Kentucky was getting upset by unranked Indiana. Here, Victor Oladipo #4 of the Hoosiers shoots the ball while defended by Darius Miller #1 of the Wildcats during the Indiana 73-72 victory at Assembly Hall on December 10, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Will Sheehey #10,Verdell Jones III #12 and Jordan Hulls #1 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrate after Indiana beat the Kentucky Wildcats 73-72 in the game at Assembly Hall on December 10, 2011 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
North Carolina forward Ben Speas (17) watches his game-winning shot as UNC-Charlotte defenders Issac Cowles (3), Thomas Allen (5) and Jake Keating (19) look on during the second half of their NCAA College Cup soccer championship game at Regions Park in Hoover, Ala., Sunday, Dec.11, 2011. (Photo by Dave Martin/AP Photo)
Oxford's 'Hell' crew in action during The Xchanging Boat Race Trial Eight's on The River Thames on December 13, 2011 in London, England. The 2012 Xchanging Boat Race between Oxford University and Cambridge University will take place on April 7th 2012. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images Europe)
Christian Laettner’s brother from down under?  Here, Oscar Forman poses during a Wollongong Hawks Australian National Basketball League portrait session at Wollongong Entertainment Centre on December 12, 2011 in Wollongong, Australia. C’mon, say it three times really fast with us -- Wollongong, Wollongong, Wollongong... (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images AsiaPac)

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