Friday, April 20, 2012

R.I.P. Levon Helm

The beat and the voice that powered The Band has been silenced by cancer.  Drummer Levon Helm has died at age 71.

From a place one might least expect, the Wall Street Journal, comes this perfect synopsis:

"Helm, the drummer and singer who brought an urgent beat and a genuine Arkansas twang to some of The Band's best-known songs and helped turn a bunch of musicians known mostly as Bob Dylan's backup group into one of rock's most legendary acts, has died."

To read more, click here.
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Overall Bragging Rights

Florida State is the highest ranking ACC team in the Director’s Cup according to a release from the the NACDA. The Directors’ Cup measures the overall excellence of NCAA Division I collegiate athletic programs.

The Noles log in behind Stanford, Ohio State and Penn State. Three more Big Ten schools – Wisconsin (No. 7), Minnesota (No. 9) and Michigan (No. 10) are included among the top 10 teams in the rankings.

Directors’ Cup standings:

No. 8 - North Carolina
No. 13 – Duke
No. 22 – Virginia
No. 26 – Virginia Tech
No. 27 – Maryland
No. 33 – Boston College
No. 47 – N.C. State
No. 57 – Miami
No. 65 – Clemson
No. 76 – Wake Forest
No. 128 – Georgia Tech

The final rankings will be determined in the summer, after the spring sports season ends.

Quote Of The Day

"Insurance, is a good thing."

Carleton Tinker, whose son Carson is the Alabama long-snapper, who somehow accidentally broke the Tide’s BCS trophy last weekend prompting head coach Nick Saban to say “Look, he didn't mean to do it. Nobody was hurt. We'll get another one.”

Obviously, Tinker was mortified by the incident which now haunts his dreams, but the entire Tinker family is already laughing about the now famous incident, and after what happened to them last year it’s easy to se why.

The Tinker family has a very clear understanding about what is important in life after what they endured last year. 

Last April when a massive tornado ripped through Tuscaloosa killing 53 people including Carson’s girlfriend Ashely Harrison.  The two were huddled in a closet when the storm picked them up and hurled them into a nearby field.  Carson suffered a variety of injuries but the woman he expected to marry did not survive.  Carson’s comeback from the disaster got him nominated for the 2011 Discover Courage Award by the Football Writers Assoc. of America.  (Clemson’s Ray Ray McElrathbey won the award in 2006).

A year later after his son won the National Championship and he is credited with destroying the trophy. The Tinkers say their faith in God is stronger than ever.

The senior trophy-breaking Tinker told ESPN:  “One of the things that we said is that we were really going to take everything in and enjoy all of it, the good and the bad. That’s what you do...”

To read more about the Tinker’s misadventures and their reaction to same, click here

Pictures Of The Day

Ai Goto of Japan plays a shot during her match against Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei during day Two of the 2012 Badminton Asia Championships at Qingdao Guoxin Gymnasium on April 18, 2012 in Qingdao, China. (Hong Wu/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Ed Jefferies (L) and Richard Kruse pose as part of the Beazley British Fencing Photo Shoot at Hays Galleria on April 19, 2012 in London, England. Beazley, sponsor of British Fencing held a fencing demonstration event of the three fencing disciplines epee, foil and sabre, as well as wheelchair fencing to showcase the sport to guest and the public. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images Europe)
Sonja Pfeilschifter of Germany shoots en route to winning gold in the Women's 10m Air Rifle during day one of the ISSF Shooting World Cup - LOCOG Test Event for London 2012 at The Royal Artillery Barracks on April 19, 2012 in London, England. (Warren Little/Getty Images Europe)
Roll Tide.  President Obama is presented with a jersey and helmet by Nick Saban at a White House event to honor their B.C.S. win.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Tie-down roper JoeBob Pirie of Thompsons, Texas tries to maintain his balance during a competition at the Red Bluff Round-Up Rodeo in Red Bluff, CA.  (Matt Cohen/Zuma Press)

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Leslie Coming Back To Pack

C.J. Leslie is returning to North Carolina State for his junior season, a decision that will make the Wolfpack one of the favorites in the ACC next year.

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged a team-best 14.7 points and was second with 7.3 rebounds per game. 

''I wanted to take my time as much as possible,'' Leslie said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon. ''I knew I had time. It's one of those things you can't help but to think about. I tried to take as much time as I needed and made the best decision for me.''

Leslie helped the Wolfpack (24-13) surge late in the year to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. N.C. State pulled two upsets to advance to the round of 16 before losing a close game to national runner-up Kansas, but the team will return its top four scorers and add three McDonald's All-Americans for coach Mark Gottfried's second season.

''We got a little taste of it last year,'' Leslie said of the attention that came with the NCAA run. ''We took it well. I know I'm going to be ready for it and I expect my teammates to be right there with me.''
Leslie said he was leaning toward returning to school from the start.

''It was a tough decision,'' he said. ''That's a big decision to make for anybody. I 
just figured we started a good thing last year. I might as well finish it.''

The deadline for players to declare early for the NBA draft was April 29.

R.I.P. Dick Clark 1929 - 2012

(Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images North America)
Flowers were placed on Dick Clark's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star on April 18, 2012 in Hollywood, California. Clark, who hosted "American Bandstand" and was a staple of New Year’s Eve, died of a massive heart attack at age 82.

Men’s All-ACC LAX Squad Announced

Six 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy nominees highlight this year’s All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team as announced today by the league office. The team is determined by a vote of the league’s four head coaches.

Maryland leads all conference teams with four players recognized. Junior midfielder Jesse Bernhardt, who is on the Tewaaraton Watch List, is joined by teammates John Haus, Joe Cummings and Niko Amato. Cummings and Amato both repeat as members of the All-ACC Team.

Duke, the top seed in this week’s ACC Championship, has three players recognized. Senior midfielder CJ Costabile and sophomore attackman Jordan Wolf were both named to the All-ACC team last year, and they are joined by senior midfielder Robert Rotanz.

Virginia is represented by Steele Stanwick, Colin Briggs, and Chris LaPierre, all of whom are on the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List. It is the third All-ACC honor for Stanwick, the reigning Tewaaraton winner, and the second for Briggs and LaPierre.

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North Carolina junior attackman Marcus Holman, who ranks second in the conference with 3.77 points per game, is named to the All-ACC Team for the second straight year. The 2010 ACC Freshman of the Year has tallied 23 goals and 26 assists in 13 games played this season.

The 2012 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship gets underway Friday with the semifinals at 5 and 7:30 p.m. at Kl√∂ckner Stadium at the University of Virginia. Both games can be seen on ESPNU. Midfield

Pictures Of The Day

New Zealand adaptive rower Danny McBride trains at Lake Karapiro on April 19, 2012 in Cambridge, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)
In this March 25, 2011, file photo, Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt watches practice for an NCAA women's college basketball tournament regional semifinal, n Dayton, Ohio. Summitt, the sport's winningest coach, is stepping aside as Tennessee's women's basketball coach and taking the title of "head coach emeritus", the university announced Wednesday, April 18, 2012. Long-time assistant Holly Warlick has been named as Summitt's successor. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)
A small United States flag is displayed along with flowers at a plague located in the April 16 memorial on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia April 16, 2012. Virginia Tech on Monday will mark the fifth anniversary of the deadliest act of gun violence in modern U.S. history, a massacre that killed 32 people, prompted congressional action and spurred universities nationwide to enhance their alert systems. (Reuters)
Riot policemen block "football hooligans" during an exercise at Arena Lviv stadium in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on April 19, 2012, in the network of preparation for EURO-2012. (Photo by Yuriy Dyachyshyn /AFP/Getty Images)
A detail shot of Novak Djokovic of Serbia shoes as he serves to Andreas Seppi of Italy during day four of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters on April 18, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Julian Finney/Getty Images Europe)
Dunk like a girl!  A Cleveland Cavs cheerleader goes for a dunk during a break in the action of a game against the 76ers. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE/Getty Images)
A (crazy) member of the Cryophil Winter Swimmers Club lies floating on ice during the spring melt of the Yenisei River in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. (Ilya Naymushin/Reuters)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Space Shuttle Passes Over T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters

(Chip Somodevillla/Getty Images)
Hey, it’s a slow news week.

Yesterday, the space shuttle Discovery was teathered to the back of a modified 747 jumbo jet and flown from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport.  
(Win McNamee/Getty Images)
The shuttle’s route took it past the Washington Monument and the Warrenton, VA home office of Today’s ACC Headlines. 

ACC In The WNBA Draft

JOHNSON (Randy Sartin/US Presswire)
2012 WNBA Draft - Round 1
5. Shenise Johnson (MIAMI) - San Antonio Silver Stars (18-16)
11. Sasha Goodlett (GEORGIA TECH) - Indiana Fever (21-13)

Round 2
17. Riquna Williams (MIAMI) - Tulsa Shock (3-31)
21. Chay Shegog (NORTH CAROLINA) - Connecticut Sun (21-13)

Round 3
26. Anjale Barrett (MARYLAND) - Washington Mystics (6-28)
29. Lynetta Kizer (MARYLAND) - Tulsa Shock (3-31)

Quote Of The Day

KIDD-GILCHRIST (2nd from left)
''I want to spoil my mom. I think I'm going to spoil my mom to death. That's one thing I'm looking forward to. I'm ready, I think. I'm ready for anything that comes my way now.''

Eighteen-year-old Kentucky freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist after he and the other four Kentucky starters declared for the NBA draft. 

Wildcat freshmen Anthony Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague, and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb declared for the draft in a nationally televised news conference Tuesday night.

Gbinije Transferring From Duke

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Backup swingman Michael Gbinije is transferring from Duke.

School officials announced Gbinije's departure Monday. The native of Chester, Va., averaged 1.7 points and 0.8 rebounds in 19 games as a freshman. His highest-scoring game came in December when he had eight points against UNC Greensboro.

Coach Mike Krzyzth8ski calls Gbinije ''a talented player with a solid future ahead of him, even though I can’t pronounce his last name.''  

(OK, OK, we were just kidding about that last part.)

Duke says he's leaving in good academic standing and is expected to transfer to another Division I school.

Pictures Of The Day

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, in Denver. The 49-year-old left-hander became the oldest pitcher to ever win a major league contest.  (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)
Moyer returns to the field for an interview after he became the oldest player in the major leagues to earn a win as the Rockies defeated the Padres 5-3 at Coors Field on April 17, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The pack of cyclists rides during the first passage in the famous Huy wall at the 76th edition of the Walloon Arrow (Fleche Wallonne - Waalse Pijl) one day cycling race, 194km from Charleroi to Huy, Belgium on April 18, 2012. (Photo by Belga Photo Michel Krakowski /AFP/Getty Images)
Austria's Jurgen Melzer hits a return to France's Julien Benneteau during their Monte Carlo ATP Masters Series tournament tennis match on April 18, 2012 in Monaco.  (Sebastien Nogier/AFP Photo)
Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals battle for the puck during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 16, 2012 in Washington, DC.  The Bruins won and lead the series 2-1. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images North America)
Munich;s Franck Ribery adn Luiz Gustavo celebrate after scoring the opening goal against Madrid’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas during their UEFA Champions League smei-final match in Munich.  (Andreas Gebert/EPA)
260 Guardsmen from the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots and Welsh Guards form a giant “100” at Horse Guards Parade in London to mark 100 days to go until the London Olympics.  (AFP/Getty Images)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Things That Make You Go...


It could be a bad omen and it could lead one player straight to the bench or, at the very, it could lead to a restraining order preventing his dad from getting within 50 yards of the BCS trophy...

The crystal football Alabama won for beating LSU in the BCS championship game in January was shattered on A-Day when it was accidentally knocked off a display by the father of a current player.


Athletic department spokesman Jeff Purinton said the Waterford Crystal trophy, valued at $30,000, was on display in the Mal Moore Athletic Facility as part of the festivities for the Crimson Tide's spring football game Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. He says the man stumbled on a rug that was under the trophy display.

Welcome, to the Mortified Hall of Fame.

Purinton said the school is working with the American Football Coaches Association, which owns the trophy, on getting a replacement.

Florida's 2006 trophy was destroyed when it was accidentally knocked off a pedestal by a recruit in 2008. In 2004, Florida State had two trophies stolen.

(John Clark, you said those were “replicas!”  Damn your oily hide!)

THE AFTERMATH (Evidently, the trophy got a little dirty)
''In 2009 and again this season, Alabama did a great job showing the trophy off to fans even after we turned it over to them,'' said Charley Green, manager of the coaches' trophy. ''Unfortunately it is fragile, and accidents can happen.

Green said the trophy makes appearances for several weeks before it is turned over to the school in mid-January.

''We use a temporary adhesive called museum gel to keep the crystal from falling off its pegs,'' he said. ''We do provide that substance to winning schools, along with a page of assembly instructions. But we have no way of knowing whether the schools use the gel.''

Pictures Of The Day

Wesley Korir of Kenya reacts after he won the 116th Boston Marathon on the April 15, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. Somebody, give that man a cheeseburger.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)
Virginia-bred Bodemeister won Saturday’s $1 million Arkansas Derby Gr.1, a major prep race for the upcoming Kentucky Derby, in front of a crowd of more than 64,000 at Oaklawn Park in Little Rock.  Bodemeister was born and raised at Audley Farm in Berryville, VA. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Houston Astros at Nationals Park on April 16, 2012 in Washington, DC.  Strasburg is 2-0 after the Nats defeated the Astros 6-3.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
LeBron James dunks while the Nets play “defense.” (Ray Stubblebine/Reuters)
Remus Medley walks on his hands across the finish line of the 116th Boston Marathon after his legs cramped in the warm temps.  (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)
The Rainy City Rollergirls (purple) compete with the Birmingham Blitz Dames (green) during a Rollergirls Roller Derby event on April 14, 2012 in Oldham, England. Best nickname? Anna “Tomic-Bomb” of Rainy City.  (Bethany Clarke/Getty Images Europe)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Weekend ACC LAX Scoreboard

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DUKE 13, VIRGINIA 5 - Recap

NORTH CAROLINA 12, Hofstra 9 - Recap

MARYLAND 9, Johns Hopkins 6 - Recap

ACC Spring Football Scoreboard

(Wake Forest Sports)
WAKE FOREST: White 21, Black 10 - recap.

VIRGINIA: Orange 20, Blue 17 - recap.

CLEMSON: Orange 23, White 20 - recap.

FLORIDA STATE: Garnet 35, White 20 - recap.

NORTH CAROLINA: Blue 44, White 21 - recap.

MIAMI: Orange 7, Green 6 - recap

Pictures Of The Day

Lotus-Renault driver Romain Grosjean of France drives through a corner during Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 15, 2012. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Horses head down the stretch during Race #7 at Oaklawn Park during the Racing Festival of The South on April 14, 2012 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Fans wait out a rain delay prior to the home opening game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium on April 13, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America)
North Carolina played North Carolina in the UNC spring football game. North Carolina won.  (Robert Willett/Raleigh News & Observer)
Ohio State attacker Tyler Frederick gets hit by Sean Sutton during their game in Ann Arbor.  Sutton got a penalty.  (Carlos Osorio/AP)

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