Monday, December 31, 2012

Hail To The Redskins

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Our hometown Skins completed their improbable march to their first NFC East title and first home playoff game since 1999.

Last night, two deserve huge props - Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett and running back Alfred Morris (33 carries, 200 yards, 3 TDs).

Here, Morris scores a second quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. 
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Sunday ACC Basketball Scoreboard

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VIRGINIA 74, Woford 39 - Mike Tobey scored 19 points and Virginia shot 63.8 percent beating Wofford on Sunday.

Akil Mitchell and Joe Harris added 15 points each for the Cavaliers (10-3), who rebounded from a loss to Old Dominion with one of their most complete performances of the season at both ends of the floor.

Spencer Collins led the Terriers (6-7) with 17 points while Wofford scoring leader Karl Cochran hit his only basket 47 seconds into the game and finished with five points (12 below his average) on 1-for-11 shooting. No other Terriers players scored more than four points.

Pictures Of The Day

A West Virginia Mountaineers fan watches as they face the Syracuse Orangein the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)
Retired pro basketball player and former Tar Heel Kenny "The Jet" Smith raps with LA legend Dr. Geek after dining at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. (
Quarterbacks Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys and Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins talk following the Redskins 28-18 win at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
A general view of the Bowling Green Falcons and San Jose State Spartans during the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Saturday ACC Basketball Scoreboard

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#1 DUKE 90, Santa Clara 77 - Duke faced its first big test as a top-ranked team this season, and its three key seniors made sure the Blue Devils passed it.

Seth Curry scored 12 of his season-high 31 points during the late run that helped No. 1 Duke pull away for a  victory over pesky Santa Clara on Saturday.

Fellow senior Mason Plumlee added 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Blue Devils (12-0).

They needed a huge run late to overcome both a big game from Kevin Foster and a legitimate scare from the Broncos (11-3) and win a physical affair that coach Mike Krzyzewski compared to an ACC game in February.

#23 N.C. STATE 84, Western Michigan 68 - C.J. Leslie started slow, but stepped into the spotlight just in time.

Leslie scored all 19 of his points in the final 23 minutes to lead No. 23 North Carolina State to a victory over Western Michigan on Saturday.

"He played pretty good," N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. "I don't want him to flip the switch. I want him to play that way all the time."

Richard Howell added 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting for the Wolfpack (10-2), who won their sixth consecutive game.

N.C. State committed a season-low eight turnovers and shot 55 percent from the field, padding its NCAA-leading field goal percentage.

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NORTH CAROLINA 79, UNLV 73 - P.J. Hairston took advantage of the opportunity for his first career start. It's a key reason why North Carolina finally turned in the kind of tough-minded performance its Hall of Fame coach has been waiting to see.

Hairston scored 15 points to help the Tar Heels beat No. 20 UNLV on Saturday, earning a marquee victory after falling short in their three biggest games this year.

Dexter Strickland added a season-high 16 points for the Tar Heels (10-3), who led by 15 points in the first half and by nine at the break. But UNC had to turn away a second-half surge by the Runnin' Rebels (11-2) to earn the program's 63rd straight home win against nonconference opponents.

''I'd like to think they grew up 100 times, but who knows?'' Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said. 
''They're 17-, 18-, 19-year-old kids. Who knows what they're going to do tomorrow? We've been practicing 47 practices and played 13 games and that's the first time we've really been able to feel good about what we did.''

MARYLAND 79, Delaware State 50  - Freshman Charles Mitchell came off the bench and scored a season-high 19 points and Maryland extended its winning streak to 11 games by beating Delaware State Saturday.

Dez Wells and freshman Seth Allen each scored 10 points for the Terrapins (11-1). Mitchell also had 14 rebounds for his third double-double.

Maryland has not lost since falling to then-No. 1 Kentucky 72-69 in the season opener. The current winning streak is Maryland's longest in 10 years.

Tahj Tate had 20 points for Delaware State (5-8), which has lost three consecutive games.

The Terps came in holding opponents to 34.6 percent shooting from the field, ranked third nationally, and they continued that trend by holding Delaware State to 32.1 percent (18 of 56).

SHANNON (Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
FLORIDA STATE 82, Tulsa 63  - Junior Terrance Shannon scored a career-high 16 points off the bench Saturday to help Florida State beat Tulsa in the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic.

Michael Snaer scored 19 points and was chosen the game's most valuable player.

Florida State (8-4) extended its winning streak to four games and remained unbeaten in four games against Tulsa (7-6).

Tulsa's Scott Haralson scored 17 points, all in the second half. Tulsa junior Pat Swilling Jr. had a career-high 19 points and five assists, but he scored only two points in the second half.

The Hurricane's leading scorer this season, James Woodard, went 2 for 10 and scored eight points.

GEORGIA TECH 73, Fordham 48  - Daniel Miller and Robert Carter Jr. each scored 14 points and Georgia Tech scored 17 straight points in the second half en route to a victory over Fordham on Saturday night.

The victory was the fifth straight for the Yellow Jackets (9-2) and improved their record at new McCamish Pavilion to 7-0.

Miller, just missing a double-double, had nine rebounds and Mfon Udofia added seven assists.
Georgia Tech shot 55.5 percent in the second half (16 of 29) and 50 percent for the game (29 of 58) despite a slow start.

Branden Frazier scored 17 points and Chris Gaston had 16 for Fordham (3-10), which shot 28.1 percent (16 of 57) and made 4 of 19 3-pointers.

BOSTON COLLEGE 70, Holy Cross 60 - Sophomore Ryan Anderson recorded 18 points and 10 rebounds, and classmate Patrick Heckmann scored a game-high 19 points to lead Boston College past Holy Cross in front of 5,442 fans on Saturday at Conte Forum.

Anderson went 6-for-12 from the field and 6-for-10 from the foul line for his third double-double this year (10th career). Heckmann went 6-for-9 from the floor and 5-for-7 from 3-point land. He also had a career-high five steals.

Freshman Olivier Hanlan scored 14 points and had five rebounds. Sophomore Lonnie Jackson and freshman Joe Rahon both had six assists. That was a career high for Jackson.

Neither team held a lead larger than four points in the first 10 minutes. Holy Cross had a 15-13 edge at the 9:32 mark before BC scored nine unanswered points over a 2:24 span to take a 22-15 lead. Hanlan scored five of the points in that run.

BYU 97, VIRGINIA TECH 71 – Virginia Tech completed the non-conference portion of its 2012-13schedule with a loss to BYU in Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Hokies fall to 9-4 overall, while the Cougars improve to 10-4 on the season.

Tech never led in the game and trailed 56-31 at the intermission. The Hokies were able to play the Cougars fairly even in the second half, but were never able to make too much of a run to cut into BYU’s lead.

Jarell Eddie led three Hokies in double figures with 17 points, to go along with his seven rebounds. Robert Brown added 13 points and Erick Green, the nation’ leading scorer, was held to just 12 points, although he did hand out six assists. Christian Beyer came off the bench to record career-highs with nine points, 11 rebounds and two assists.

Tyler Haws led all scorers with 42 points and Brandon Davies added 17 points for the Cougars. Josh Sharp had 10 points for BYU. 

Let’s Go Bowling: ACC Splits First Two Contests

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VIRGINIA TECH 13, University of New Jersey (Rutgers) 10, OT - Cody Journell kicked a 22-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime to help Virginia Tech beat Rutgers 13-10 in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday night.

Virginia Tech (7-6) won its third straight game to avoid its first losing season since 1992.

Rutgers (9-4) had a chance to tie it in overtime, but Nick Borgese missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt to the right.

Virginia Tech trailed 10-0 at the half, then rallied in the final 30 minutes thanks to some timely turnovers and offense. Quarterback Logan Thomas struggled in the first and finished with a pair of interceptions, but also had 192 passing yards and the game's only passing touchdown.

The win also was the Hokies' 12th straight victory over their former Big East Conference rival.
Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum, selected the most valuable player of the game, picked off Gary Nova's pass early in the fourth quarter to set up the tying score.

RENFREE (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Cincinnati 48, DUKE 34 - Duke running back Josh Snead fumbled at the Cincinnati 5 with 1:20 left and Brendon Kay threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to tight end Travis Kelce with 44 seconds to go, lifting the Bearcats to a win over the Blue Devils on Thursday night.

Kay threw for 332 yards and his four scoring passes were a Belk Bowl record.

Duke appeared to have the game in hand and was driving for the go-ahead score - and its first bowl victory since 1961 - but the final 80 seconds proved disastrous. With the game tied at 34, Snead fumbled and Bearcats defensive lineman John Williams recovered.

Kay quickly took advantage of the change in momentum, connecting with Kelce down the middle for the go-ahead score. Kelce got behind the Duke defense on a seam route, caught the ball in stride and raced the final 60 yards to the end zone as Blue Devils fans looked on in stunned silence.

Cincinnati (10-3) sealed it on the next series when Maalik Bomar came crashing into Duke quarterback Sean Renfree, forcing a deflection that Nick Temple returned 55 yards for a touchdown.

Renfree threw for 358 yards - another Belk Bowl record - for the Blue Devils (6-7). Conner Vernon, the ACC's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, had 190 catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in his final game for the Blue Devils.


Pictures Of The Day

Receiver Corey Fuller #83 of the Virginia Tech Hokies celebrates his touchdown catch with Marcus Davis #7 during the Russell Athletic Bowl Game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at the Florida Citrus Bowl on December 28, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Cody Journell #89 of the Virginia Tech Hokies kicks what would be the game winning field goal in overtime against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the Russell Athletic Bowl Game at the Florida Citrus Bowl on December 28, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)
Aaron Roberson #30 of the Cincinnati Bearcats dives for Brandon Connette #18 of the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Conner Vernon #2 of the Duke Blue Devils walks off the field after being defeated 48-34 by the Cincinnati Bearcats after their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Britton Grier #22 of the Duke Blue Devils prepares to run onto the field before their game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Bank of America Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hokies Honor Newtown Victims

(Christian Bruey) The Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in which 20 children and six faculty members died, was the second-deadliest school shooting in the United States. The deadliest occurred on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg on April 16, 2007, when a gunman killed 32 people and wounded 17 others.

To remember those killed in both tragedies, the Hokies' helmets will feature a large orange-and-green ribbon, the word "Prevail" and the number 58 for the total number of victims.

"It's just one of those things that we've been through what those people up in Sandy Hook are going through," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said Monday, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "We prevailed in Blacksburg. I think if anything, it brought us closer and more determined, and the same thing is going to happen there. The way the community is coming together. It's a terrible thing to happen."

Virginia Tech will play Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Friday in Orlando. The Hokies will wear a smaller version of the ribbon during the game, the Sentinel reported.

"We've got to prevail," Beamer said. "We can't let one person define Blacksburg or Virginia Tech, and we can't let (one) person define (Newtown)."

Monday, December 24, 2012

Oh RG3, Oh RG3


Merry Christmas!

ACC Sunday Night Scoreboard

JORDAN ROPER (Mark Crammer/Anderson Independent-Mail/AP)
CLEMSON 71, South Carolina State 41 - Clemson went on a 21-2 run to end the first half in a rout on Sunday at Littlejohn Coliseum. The win improved the Tigers to 7-4 on the season and dropped the Bulldogs to 4-9.

Damarcus Harrison had a career-high 15 points for Clemson. The sophomore transfer's previous high was 12 against Iona in last year's NCAA Tournament for BYU. He made 6-of-11 field goals, including 3-of-7 from long distance, and also added a career-best six assists. He was one of four Tigers in double figures, as Milton Jennings added 15, Devin Booker had 11 and K.J. McDaniels posted 10.

#4 Arizona 69, MIAMI 50 -  Mark Lyons scored 19 points, and No. 4 Arizona defeated Miami Sunday night at the Diamond Head Classic.

Nick Johnson had 12 points, and Kevin Parrom added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (11-0). It was the 200th career win for Arizona coach Sean Miller.

After a close game early with several ties and lead changes, Arizona took a 14-point lead toward the end of the first half and pulled further away in the second.

Miami went scoreless for a four-minute stretch of the second half. Arizona scored 10 points during the drought to take a 26-point lead with less than three minutes remaining.

Colorado 88, VIRGINIA TECH 52 - Virginia Tech lost to Colorado State in the championship game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Sunday night in the Orleans Arena. With the loss, Tech falls to 9-3 overall, while the Rams improve to 10-2 on the season.

The Hokies were able to keep the game close through most of the first half and Erick Green hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to cut the CSU lead to 33-27. But the Rams opened the second half on a 21-4 run and never trailed after the intermission.

Green, who the night before had taken over the NCAA Division I lead in points per game, led the Hokies with 26 points. Jarell Eddie was the only other Virginia Tech player in double-figures with 10 points.

Pictures Of The Day

Q: When was the last time that our beloved and beleaguered Washington Redskins entered the last week of the regular season facing a home game with a head-to-head match to determine which team would finish first in the NFC East or, before that, in the old NFL Eastern Conference?

A: Never.

That the opponent is the Cowboys is icing on our Christmas cake.

Record setter: Kai Forbath #2 of the Washington Redskins kicks a 42 yard field goal in the second quarter making him the first NFL placekicker to start his rookie season 17 for 17. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America) 

Catch (And Throw) Of The Day

Santana Moss #89 of the Washington Redskins catches a touchdown pass from RG3 in the third quarter  against the Philadelphia Eagles. Nice, Santana, NICE!  (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

ACC Saturday Night Basketball

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Big post-exams, pre-Christmas schedule...

#25 N.C. STATE 92, St. Bonaventure 73 - C.J. Leslie scored a career-high 33 points to lead No. 25 North Carolina State past St. Bonnie’s.

Scott Wood added a season-best 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Lorenzo Brown had a season-high 11 assists for the Wolfpack (9-2).

The nation's most accurate shooting team shot 57 percent, never trailed and now heads into its weeklong holiday break on a five-game winning streak.

Eric Mosley had 18 points for St. Bonaventure (7-4).  

#23 NORTH CAROLINA 97, McNeese State 63 - North Carolina coach Roy Williams liked what his players did. He didn't love the way they did it.

P.J. Hairston scored a career-high 20 points and Reggie Bullock added 17 points for the Tar Heels (9-3), who made 13 of 28 3-point attempts and never trailed. James Michael McAdoo scored 12 points, Leslie McDonald added 11 points, and Brice Johnson had 10 points for North Carolina.

BOSTON COLLEGE 71, Providence 68 - Sophomore Ryan Anderson scored 24 points and freshman Olivier Hanlan recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds as Boston College defeated Providence.

Anderson reached the 20-point mark for the second game in a row and the fifth time this season. He went 7-for-15 from the floor and 10-for-13 from the foul line. He also added seven rebounds. Hanlan went 6-for-10 from the charity stripe and hit three 3-pointers. Freshman Joe Rahon had six assists.

The game was tight the entire way as the largest lead of the day was six points. There were 12 ties and 14 lead changes.

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FLORIDA STATE  79, UNC Charlotee 76 - Michael Snaer scored 30 points in his first game back from a one-game absence, and Aaron Thomas scored 17 as Florida State beat Charlotte.

Snaer, a senior guard who sat out a win over Louisiana-Monroe on Monday for disciplinary reasons, had 17 points at halftime and hit two free throws with 11.8 seconds remaining to help seal the win.

Thomas, a freshman guard, came off the bench and scored 15 of his points in the second half and hit one of two free throws with 3.4 seconds left to give the Seminoles (7-4) their final margin.


GEORGIA TECH 73, The Citadel 41 - Kammeon Holsey scored 14 points, Robert Carter pulled down 10 rebounds and Georgia Tech's defense stifled The Citadel.

Marcus Georges-Hunt had 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting from beyond the arc in the first half for the Yellow Jackets (8-2), who won their fourth straight and improved to 6-0 at home.

Matt Groselle and Lawrence Miller each had nine points for The Citadel (3-7), which shot 25.4 percent from the floor for the game. Stephen Elmore finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Carter had nine points and Julian Royal added eight for Georgia Tech, which shot 43.7 percent.

MIAMI 73, Hawaii 58 - Durand Scott scored 20 points and Julian Gamble added 16 points and 13 rebounds as Miami defeated Hawaii in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic.

Shane Larkin had 12 points and Trey McKinney Jones 11 points for the Hurricanes (8-1), who face No. 4 Arizona (10-0) in Sunday's semifinals. Arizona beat East Tennessee State earlier Saturday.
The Hurricanes broke open a close game with a 14-5 run to start the second half.

VIRGINIA TECH 66, Bradley 65 - Virginia Tech fought back from a 13-point first half deficit and defeated Bradley in overtime in the semifinal of the 2012 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic in the Orleans Arena on Saturday night.

Tech, now 9-2 on the season, trailed the Braves, 35-25, at the intermission, but Tech roared back and took a 55-53 lead with 2:03 remaining in regulation on a lay-up by Erick Green. Walt Lemon, Jr., hit a lay-up with nine seconds remaining to tie the game at 55-55 for Bradley, now 8-3 overall. Green got a good look at a final shot, but missed and the game went into overtime.

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WAKE FOREST 84, UNCG 70 - Wake Forest closed the first half on a 12-2 run to fend off UNCG on Saturday afternoon at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Wake Forest (6-5) broke open what was a close game early on with its late run to end the half. The Demon Deacons trailed 27-26 at the 2:24 mark but followed with 10 straight points to take control of the game. C.J. Harris hit a running layup just before the buzzer to give Wake Forest a 38-29 halftime advantage.

The Spartans (2-8) closed to within six in the opening minutes of the second half but could not get closer than nine beyond that as Wake Forest maintained a steady advantage.

Old Dominion 63, VIRGINIA 61 - Dimitri Batten scored 14 of his career-best 23 points during a 21-4 second-half run Saturday night and Old Dominion stunned Virginia 63-61 in the Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic.

The Monarchs (2-10) had lost nine in a row coming into the game at Richmond Coliseum, but became the third Colonial Athletic Association team to beat Virginia this season. The Cavaliers (9-3) have also lost at George Mason and at home against Delaware, but had won eight straight since that setback to the Blue Hens on Nov. 13.

Yo, Mayans We're Sill Waiting On That Apocalypse

Folks dressed as aliens (because they could) pose for the camera after the time passed 11.11 am, the time the Mayan Apocalypse was supposed to occur in Bugarach village on December 21, 2012 in Bugarach, France. (Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images Europe)

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

Pictures Of The Day

Former Dukie Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors met up with his father former Hokie Dell before the game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Oracle Arena in Oakland. (Getty Images)
Members of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers wear jerseys emblazoned with the names of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims Jesse Lewis and Jack Pinto during a moment of silence before a game against the Adirondack Phantoms at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on December 22, 2012 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)
Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech) runs for 26 yards after a fourth quarter catch while playing the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on December 22, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Johnson broke the NFL single season yardage record formally held by Jerry Rice during this play. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Johnson talks with the media after the game where he broke the NFL single season yardage record formally held by Jerry Rice. The Falcons defeated the Lions 31-18. (Leon Halip/Getty Images North America)
Receiver Josh Reese #19 of the Central Florida Knights cannot come up with this pass against the Ball State Cardinals during the Beef 'O' Brady's St Petersburg Bowl Game at Tropicana Field on December 21, 2012 in St Petersburg, Florida. (J. Meric/Getty Images North America)
Michael Davenport #45 of the St. Bonaventure Bonnies drives between C.J. Leslie #5 and Richard Howell #1 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during play at PNC Arena on December 22, 2012 in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina State won 92-73. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images North America)
Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) scores a touchdown as East Carolina defensive back Adonis Armstrong (3) defends in the first half of the New Orleans Bowl, an NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)
 The Foxtel Coptercam hovers over the pitch before the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Brisbane Heat at Etihad Stadium on December 22, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images AsiaPac)

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Mayans: The End Of The World As They Know It

Mayans 2

ACC Friday Night Basketball

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MARYLAND 76, Stony Brook 69 - Maryland's 10th straight victory did not come easily.
Maybe that's a good thing for the young Terrapins, who surrendered most of a 20-point lead before escaping with a seven-point win over Stony Brook on Friday night.

Maryland (10-1) hasn't lost since dropping the season opener to Kentucky on Nov. 9. All of those wins have come against non-league foes, and most of them have been blowouts. So coach Mark Turgeon didn't mind seeing the Terrapins put in a position where they had to excel at the finish.

Alex Len and Dez Wells each scored 19 for the Terrapins, who made only three field goals in the last 12 minutes but sealed the victory with six free throws over the final 27 seconds.

Nothing Says Christmas Like...

...trademarking everything you have ever said (original or not).

Look, we love us some RG3 - how could you not?

But you had to figure he’d take a misstep out of his almost perfect rookie season and do something stupid  like try to trademark “light you up” which is something we you may have said to your ten-year-old son more than once just yesterday...

When RG3 declared for the NFL, he promptly created his own company, Thr3escompany, LLC, and submitted applications to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a total of four trademarks – RGIII, RG3, Robert Griffin III, and Unbelievably Believable.

Since then, the RGIII catchphrase train has rolled on. And along the way, Thr3escompany submitted applications for more trademarks, see graphic,

The trademarks cover use of the phrases on “Clothing, namely, shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, pants, shorts, jerseys, athletic uniforms, socks; hats, caps; footwear” and also “Promoting the goods and services of others, promotional sponsorship of sports and athletic events and activities.”

So don’t say “light you up,” or Thr3escompany’s attorneys will “light you up.”

Just sayin’.

ACC Football Links

FORMER TERP DANNY O'BRIEN (Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images) Blog

Former Boston College standout Jim Whalen has passed.

Clemson has hired NC State defensive backs coach Mike Reed, according to reports. The Tigers are still learning from last year's debacle in the Orange Bowl.

Duke has had some special bonding time.

Florida State is paying Idaho $950,000 to come to Tallahassee next season.

Georgia Tech A-back Orwin Smith is hoping to end his college career on a high note.

Patrick Stevens of The Washington Times takes a look at where all the departed Maryland players have landed.

More on the Martin report out of North Carolina.

Two more hires for NC State: cornerbacks coach Richard McNutt and offensive line coachMike Uremovich.

Virginia has picked up a commitment from offensive tackle Eric Smith out of Decatur, Ga.

Where does Virginia Tech stand in the 2013 recruiting rankings? Fork Union offensive tackle Jonathan McLaughlin says it meant a lot for Frank Beamer to visit his family.

Pictures Of The Day

(L-R) Miss USA 2012, Olivia Culpo, is crowned the 2012 Miss Universe by Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, as Logan West, Miss Teen USA 2012, looks on during the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on December 19, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (David Becker/Getty Images North America)
Cricket cheerleaders? Didn’t see that coming...The Stars run onto the field during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Sydney Sixers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on December 21, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Uona Kaveinga #4 of the BYU Cougars recovers a fumble scoring a touchdown after sacking the qurterback in the second half of the game against the San Diego State Aztecs in the Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 20, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Kent Horner/Getty Images North America)
Santa Terp. (Greg Fuime/

Friday, December 21, 2012

ACC Thursday Night Basketball

PLUMLEE (Lance King/Getty Images)

#1 DUKE 76, Elon 54 -  Mason Plumlee had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat Elon on Thursday night for their 100th straight non-conference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Ryan Kelly added 14 points, freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had 13 and the Blue Devils (11-0) built a 43-32 rebounding advantage -- the first time this season they outrebounded an opponent by more than 10. Their 15 offensive boards led to 19 second-chance points.

Playing on back-to-back nights, Duke counted on its defense to pick up an offense that was off on more open shots than usual.

Duke shot 43 percent but forced 17 turnovers and turned them into 19 points while holding the Phoenix to just five offensive rebounds.  

Nothing Says Christmas...

...quite like this photo of former Duke Blue Devil Luol Deng looking not-so-pleased about being photographed wearing a Santa hat.

You know lip reading is not easy and it's particularly tricky when applied to a photograph, but we are pretty sure Luol is saying, "Take the stupid damn picture and get me outta here before I go all Coach K on your dumb a**."

Or something close...

Deng played one year at Duke and, like Corey Maggette, many thought he left school too early.

Evidently...we were wrong on both counts.

Deng was drafted by the Chicago Bulls and has been there ever since. During his now nine year career he has played in 3,519 games, scored 9,035 points, averaging 16 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

Maggette has been in the Association since 1999 and he too has averaged 16 points a game during his 15 year NBA career.  

The two are part of a total of 18 Blue Devils currently playing in the NBA, one more than rival North Carolina.

Not that anyone is counting...

Latest Report On UNC: “Academic Scandal, Not An Athletic One”

The NCAA told University of North Carolina officials in August that the school apparently did not break any rules in the scandal surrounding the school's Afro and African-American Studies Department.

And judging by that response, Thursday’s newest report -- which revealed that the academic fraud in the department could be traced back to 1997 -- probably won’t change that. 

Former North Carolina Governor Jim Martin, who headed up the latest independent investigation, emphasized again and again and again Thursday that the wrongdoing -- which involved unauthorized grade changes, forged faculty signatures on grade rolls and limited or no class time in the AFAM department -- was an academic scandal, not an athletic one.

To read more, click here.

ACC Football Links

By Heather Dinich |

Duke coach David Cutcliffe has no problem being the underdog.

Clemson's offensive linemen are gearing up for the showdown against LSU.

There is plenty to be gained for Georgia Tech by beating USC.

Virginia Tech will have another new look for the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Hokies' quarterback Logan Thomas remains a work in progress, according to QB guru George Whitfield.

Miami coach Al Golden lost his first assistant, as receivers coach George McDonald was hired at Arkansas.

There could be some changes in store for the Hokies.

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