Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pictures Of The Day

The field heads into the first turn during the 88th Black Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 18, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The field races down the backstretch during the 42nd $300,000 Pimlico Special Gr.3 at Pimlico in Baltimore, May 18.  (Bill Frakes/Sports Illustrated)
In Lingerie, riden by John Velazquez, crosses the finish line to win the 88th $300,000 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes Gr. 2 at Pimlico. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Friday, May 18, 2012

Duke’s $7 Million Man

We don’t recall whether Duke head basketball coach Mike Krzyzrgn8ski was smiling at the end of the 2010 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Championship game when the Blue Devils defeated Bradley, but we’re guessing he was.
COACH K CHATS WITH AN OFFICIAL (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) 
Seems logical as we now learn that the national title was worth more than $2.5 million according to Duke’s latest tax filling recently requested by the Raleigh News & Observer.

Krzyzewski, the NCAA record-holder with 929 career wins at Duke and Army, received a 54 percent raise from about $4.7 million in 2009 to more than $7.2 million in 2010.

The IRS Form 990 covers Duke’s fiscal year 2011, which ran from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, but by law the compensation listed covers calendar year 2010, which included Duke’s win over Butler in the national championship game in Indianapolis.

Of the $7.2 million, $3.7 million was bonus and incentive compensation, up from $2.2 million in 2009 and $1.8 million in 2008. Krzyzewski’s retirement contributions jumped by $1 million, to $1.4 million, leaving Krzyzewski’s take-home pay and benefits at about $5.8 million during that time period.

Duke’s highest-paid employee by a wide margin, Krzyzewski’s 2010 total compensation was 2.5 times Duke’s next highest-paid employee, Duke University Health System CEO Victor Dzau, and more than seven times the $969,394 received by Duke president Richard Brodhead. Football coach David Cutcliffe is paid $1.8 million in both 2009 and 2010, while athletic director makes $906,536.

The increase in Krzyzewski’s salary was first reported by USA Today, which also noted it was the second-highest single-year compensation for a football or basketball coach since the newspaper began tracking salaries in 2006. Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino received about $8.9 million in 2010-11.

Ol’ Roy makes a base minimum of $1.72 per year, plus various incentives. 

ACC Sets Format For 14 Team Basketball Tournament

By J.P. Giglio/Raleigh News & Observer

The ACC tournament will be two games, and one day, longer when Syracuse and Pittsburgh finally arrive from the Big East.

The conference athletic directors and basketball coaches settled on a format for the expanded, 14-team tournament as their spring meetings at Amelia Island, Fla. concluded on Wednesday.

The conference's leadership also sorted out the format for its nine-game ACC football schedule.

Syracuse and Pittsburgh are expected to join the ACC for the 2013 football season and 2013-14 basketball season. The ACC tournament, for both men's and women's basketball, will include all 14 teams, commissioner John Swofford told the media on Wednesday.

The format for the tournament will expand to include two games on Wednesday, between the bottom four teams from the regular-season standings, in what amounts to two play-in games to the current, 12-team bracket.

The No. 12 and 13 seeds will play on Wednesday, with the winner moving into the first round against the No. 5 seed. The winner between the No. 11 and 14 seeds will play the No. 6 seed on Thursday. The four bottom teams will have to win five games in five days to win the tournament.

Just as in the current, 12-team format, there will still be four games on Thursday and the top four seeds will receive a bye into Friday's quarterfinals.

The football schedule will expand to nine conference games, one more than the current format, when Syracuse and Pittsburgh join the league. Syracuse will play in the Atlantic Division and Pitt will be in the Coastal Division.

In odd-numbered years, each of the seven teams in the Atlantic Division will play five ACC home games. In even-numbered years, each of the Coastal Division teams will play five ACC home games.
The expanded conference schedule eliminates one of the four nonconference games on the schedule.

Bowden To Former Employer: Stay Put In ACC

(Mike Zarilli/Getty Images)
In an interview that will air Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ET on the SiriusXM show College Sports from All Angles with Jack Arute, Arute asks ex-FSU head coach Bobby Bowden what his message would be to his former school in regards to future conference affiliation.

His response?  In essence, get your football program in better shape and get back to ruling the ACC before even thinking about moving to a higher-quality football conference.

“My message would be stay in the ACC,” Bowden told Arute in a transcript provided by SiriusXM. “Do you want to win a National Championship at Florida State?  You’ve got a better chance in the ACC than you have in the Big 12, or even the SEC.

“You say, ‘Well, gosh, they’re much stronger in those conferences.’  Yeah!  They beat up on each other and you can’t hardly get there.  You know what?  Florida State, wait ‘til you get good enough to rule the ACC then you start looking for someplace to jump.  But my opinion?  They should stay right where they are.”

Pictures Of The Day

David Beckham holds the Olympic Flame as it arrives at RNAS Culdrose near Helston on May 18, 2012 in Cornwall, England. The Olympic Flame arrived in the UK after it was handed over at a ceremony yesterday in Athens. A British delegation including David Beckham, flew back with the flame from Greece where they attended a ceremony welcoming the flame, before it is taken on a 70-day relay involving 8,000 torchbearers covering 8,000 miles. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Carl Edwards drives the #99 Fastenal Ford down the front stretch during practice for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Fans try to distract LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat as he shoots a free throw against the Indiana Pacers in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on May 17, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Pacers defeated the Heat 94-75. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Virginia-bred Bodemeister gets a bath following a morning gallop prior to tomorrow’s Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore.  (Patrick Smith/Reuters)
Tim Duncan (Wake Forest) goes for a layup against the Los Angeles Clippers during Game 2 of the NBA’s western conference semi-finals.  (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images)
Team Italy rides the waves during the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup in Venice, Italy.  (Guilain Grenier/EPA)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Virginia's Bodemeister Early Favorite For Preakness

By Jack Shinar/The

(Garry Jones/AP Photo)
(Virginia-bred) Bodemeister, runner-up in the Kentucky Derby, has been made the 8-5 morning line favorite for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday and will break from post 7.

Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another was made the 5-2 second choice. He breaks from post 9 in the field of 11 entered for the Preakness. Four of the top five finishers in the Derby are in the field. Six Derby contestants were entered for the second jewel of the Triple Crown with five newcomers.

Post positions were drawn Wednesday night at Pimlico Race Course, which hosts the 1 3/16-mile event for 3-year-olds that was inaugurated in 1873. The field is the smallest since 2007, when Curlin beat Derby winner Street Sense in a nine-horse field.

A win would give I'll Have Another a chance to become the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 in the Belmont Stakes on June 9.

With all the contenders drawing favorably in the relatively small field, there were few complaints from horsemen afterward.

Bodemeister, who was sent off the slight 4-1 favorite for the Derby, can give trainer Bob Baffert his sixth Preakness victory and his first since Lookin At Lucky won the race in 2010.

Baffert was not present at the draw but later said, "I think it's a good post. With him, anything in the middle would have been fine. In the Preakness, you just don't want to be stuck down on the inside, where you have to use your horse a little bit.
"The Derby winner drew well also. Everybody is in a good post."

Bodemeister set one of the quickest tempos in Kentucky Derby history (:22.32, :45.39, 1:09.80 for the first six furlongs) last Saturday with Mike Smith aboard and led by three lengths in the stretch. But he could not fend off the determined challenge from 15-1 shot I'll Have Another, who reeled in the leader under little known jockey Mario Gutierrez near the sixteenth pole and drew clear for a 1 1/2-length triumph.

The Southern California-based colts figure to dominate the Preakness wagering, though strong support can also be expected for Went the Day Well and Creative Cause, listed as 6-1 co-third choices on Pimlico oddsmaker Frank Carulli's morning line.

Bodemeister is expected to have a little easier time of it on the front end this time with less early speed in the lineup on a track that is considered kinder to front-runners than Churchill Downs. The early Preakness choice's biggest win came in the Arkansas Derby April 14 in front-running style by 9 1/2 lengths at Oaklawn Park for owners Zayat Stables and Mike and Tiffany Moreno.

To read more, click here

(Editor's Note: Bodemeister was bred in Virginia by Audley Farm in Berryville.  He was sold to his current owner at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale as part of Audley's annual yearling consignment.)

Quote Of The Day

(Jeremy Brevard/US Presswire/USA Today)
''Obviously, Florida State's representatives were here, but in terms of it affecting our business, it really didn't. It was business as usual as we move ahead becoming a 14-team league.”

-- ACC Commissioner John Swofford on the fact that Florida State leaving the ACC was not brought up in a “formal way” during the league’s meetings in Florida this week.  Swofford had said earlier in the week that the league would not comment on speculation.

Clemson RB Academically Ineligble

(AP) Clemson freshman running back Mike Bellamy was ruled academically ineligible and won't return to school next fall.
(Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that Bellamy plans to enter a junior college this summer. 

Bellamy was a Parade All-American and considered consensus a five-star prospect in the mold of former Clemson star C.J. Spiller. Yet Bellamy never found his place on the field and got in trouble off it when he was sent back to campus by Swinney on the day of the Tigers' ACC title game against Virginia Tech.
''We wish him well and hope he can back on track in the classroom,'' Swinney said.

Bellamy and receiver Sammy Watkins were supposed to be the speedy, offensive talents who would electrify a Clemson offense that struggled to score points in 2010. And while Watkins became an AP All-American and a record-setter as a freshman, Bellamy couldn't always find the open holes. When he did break free, Bellamy was just as likely to fumble as he was to find the end zone.

Bellamy was suspended for the first half against Boston College for complaining about playing time in a Facebook post. He was among the last ones out of the locker room after a thrilling comeback win at Maryland where Watkins was the star.

To read more, click here

Things That Make You Go...

(Robert Galbraith/Reuters)
Riders “take a break” during stage three of the Tour of California.

We wonder if they are staying at the Hotel California where you can check out any time you like, but you can never pee...

(We'll be here all week, try the veal.)

Pictures Of The Day

Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers tries to get out of the stands after a play against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game Two of the Western Conference Semifinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 16, 2012 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Thunder beat the Lakers 77-75.  (Brett Deering/Getty Images)
Competitors ride past during the 11th stage of 255 kms from Assisi to Montecatini Terme during the Tour of Italy cycling race on May 16, 2012 in Montecatini Terme.  (Luk Benies/AFP/Getty Images)
Exercise rider Jonny Garcia takes Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another over the track in preparation for the 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 16, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
 David Wright of the New York Mets needs new lumber.  (Jim McIsaac/Newsday/MCT/Zuma)
Tommy Hunter of the Baltimore Orioles pitches against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO.  (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
“Puppypalooza” at the Cleveland Indians vs. Seattle Mariners game in Cleveland. Nice, Cleveland, NICE! (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day

Sorry, we’re a little late. It’s a bit hectic here at T.A.H. Worldwide Media Headquarters...
(Jeffrey Phelps/AP)
Here, Milwaukee Brewer (and former Nat) Nyjer Morgan steps on third base during a game against the Cubs on Sunday.  Cubs won 8-2. 

Mr. Anderson celebrated.

T.A.H. Prediction: Florida State Staying Put As Money, Geography, Academics Too Much To Overcome

An email regarding the pros and cons of Florida State switching conferences has been obtained by the Associated Press.

In it FSU president Eric Barron  writes that negotiations between the school and the conference are not taking place. While he lays out both possible pros and cons for a move, he makes a strong case for staying in the ACC, where the Seminoles have competed since 1992.

For about the past two weeks there have been reports about Florida State leaving the ACC. Florida State athletic director Randy Spetman recently told the Orlando Sentinel the school was committed to the ACC. But Florida State board of trustees chairman Andy Haggard told, a website that covers FSU sports, that the board would be willing to entertain an offer.

The ACC has 12 members and will be adding Pittsburgh and Syracuse as soon as 2013. The Big 12 has 10 members after it replaced Texas A&M and Missouri, West Virginia and TCU.

''I want to assure you that any decision made about FSU athletics will be reasoned and thoughtful and based on athletics, finances and academics,'' Barron wrote. ''Allow me to provide you with some of the issues we are facing:''

Barron outlined four points made by those who support a move:
- The ACC is more of a basketball conference than a football league.
- The ACC is too North Carolina centric and the conference's TV contract gives the stronger basketball schools an advantage.
- The Big 12's powerful football schools are a better match for Florida State.
- The Big 12's impending new TV contract might make Florida State $2.9 million more per year than the ACC's new deal and Florida State needs the money.
Barron countered that the ACC shares its football and basketball revenue equally. The only revenue that is not shared equally is certain media rights for women's basketball and Olympic sports, and that is to Florida State's benefit.

He also said Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas A&M have left the Big 12 over the past two years because the conference does not share revenue equally. The Big 12 is on the way to changing that. Its members having agreed in October to start sharing equally revenue from its most lucrative media rights deals. 

The Big 12 does allow its members to hold some media rights and run their own networks (Texas' Longhorn Network).

Also on the negative side,  Barron wrote the Big 12 is at least as Texas centered as the ACC is North Carolina centered and that the Texas schools are expected to play each other.  Thus the ''most likely scenario'' leaves Florida State playing Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa State and West Virginia.
Florida State already has problems selling out its home games, and Barron wrote that playing those schools would not cure that problem.

He also writes that the possible financial gains the Tallahassee-based school could make under the Big 12 TV contract might not be enough to make up for the cost of competing in that league.
In addition, other FSU sports teams would have to make longer road trips and that could eat away any of the financial benefits of a better TV deal in the Big 12.

Barron also stated a move to the Big 12 could cost the school its rivalry game against Miami. Plus, ''It will cost between $20-$25 million to leave the ACC - we have no idea where that money could come from.''

Lastly, he added: ''The faculty are adamantly opposed to joining a league that is academically weaker ... ''

''I present these issues to you so that you realize that this is not so simple (not to mention that negotiations aren't even taking place),'' Barron writes. ''We can't afford to have conference affiliation be governed by emotion - it has to be based on a careful assessment of athletics, finances and academics. I assure you that every aspect of conference affiliation will be looked at by this institution, but it must be a reasoned decision.''

Games Set For 2012 Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Indiana will host North Carolina in a high-profile showcase for the resurgent Hoosiers during next season's ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

North Carolina State will visit Michigan on Nov. 27, and Ohio Statewill play at Duke the next day during the 14th annual event.

Coming off its first appearance in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament in a decade, Indiana adds a strong recruiting class to returnees Cody Zeller and Christian Watford. On Nov. 27, the Hoosiers face a Tar Heels team hit hard by graduation and NBA defections.

The other Nov. 27 matchups announced Monday by ESPN are Minnesota at Florida State, Maryland at Northwestern, Iowa at Virginia Tech and Nebraska at Wake Forest. The Nov. 28 games are Virginia at Wisconsin, Michigan State at Miami, Purdue at Clemson, Georgia Tech at Illinois and Boston College at Penn State.

Wahoos, Terps Advance In NCAA LAX Tourney

A fourth quarter goal from Chris Bocklet via Steele Stanwick proved to be the difference as the No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers (12-3) outlasted the No. 12 Princeton Tigers (11-5) on Sunday afternoon during the NCAA First Round, 6-5, inside Klöckner Stadium.

The six goals by UVa is the lowest number of scores for the Cavaliers in an NCAA win and the 11 total goals between the two teams tied for the fifth-fewest ever in an NCAA Tournament game, four other games are tied for first with 10 total goals. Six other NCAA Tournament games have featured 11 total goals, most recent the Syracuse vs. Maryland quarterfinal last season.

UVa advances to the NCAA quarterfinal round next Sunday in Philadelphia, playing the winner of tonight's Notre Dame vs. Yale first round game. UVa's NCAA quarterfinal contest will be played at PPL Park and faceoff is TBA. The game will be televised live on ESPNU in HD.

To read more, click here. 

Senior Joe Cummings scored with six seconds left in the fourth to send the Maryland men's lacrosse team to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals with a 10-9 victory at No. 7 seed Lehigh Sunday night in front of 2,278 at Banko Field at Ulrich Sports Complex.

The Terps (10-5) advance to the quarterfinals and will play No. 2 seed Johns Hopkins game on Sat., May 19 at noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The Mountain Hawks finish their season with a 14-3 record.

To read more, click here.

Things That Make You Go...

(Miso Lisanin/Xinhua/Zuma)
Three of the finalist in the bikini competition in the 2012 European Bodybuilding Championship in Zagreb, Croation.  Magdalena Kazimorova of Slovakia (left) won the overall competition.  

Pictures Of The Day

Brett Morris of the Dragons is tackled during the round 10 NRL match between the Penrith Panthers and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Centrebet Stadium on May 14, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Real Madrid's goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas holds the Spanish League trophy on May 13, 2012 at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. The Santiago Bernabeu was given the first chance to celebrate Real Madrid's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho's first Spanish title with 'los blancos' and resonated with a celebratory atmosphere to see skipper Iker Casillas lift the trophy after the match. (Jamie Reina/AFP/GettyImages)
Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals hits his first career home run in the third inning against the San Diego Padres at Nationals Park on May 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
South African surfer Travis Logle competes in the Association of Surfing Professionals' men's 2012 ASP World Championship Tour at Barra da Tijuca beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 14, 2012. (Almeida VanDerlei/AFP/GettyImages)
Supporters of German soccer champions Borussia Dortmund celebrate their team during a parade through the streets of Dortmund, western Germany, on May 13, 2012. Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund blasted Champions League finalists Bayern Munich 5-2 in the German Cup final on May 12, 2012 to claim the first domestic double in their 103-year history. (Rina Fassbender/AFP/GettyImages)
A mutton buster tries to ride a sheep at the Mother Lode Round-Up in Sonora, CA.  (Matt Cohen/
Queens Park Rangers goalie Paddy Kenny fails to keep out Manchester’s City’s  Pablo Zabaleta’s shot for the first goal as Carlos Tevez celebrates during their Barclays Premier League match in Manchester, England. (Caimduff/Action Images/Zuma)
Patrick Gudauskas of San Clemente, CA gets big air during round three of the Billabong Rio Pro in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. (Kristin Scholtz/ASP/Zuma)
Competitors at the start of the 470 Sailing World Championship in Barcelona, Spain. Four-seventy, four-seventy-one, whatever it takes.  (Alejandro Garcia/EPA)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

R.I.P. Carroll Shelby 1923-2012

(AP) Decades after a heart condition forced him to retire from racing, Carroll Shelby still loved to drive muscle cars. Well into his 80s, the legendary car designer spent hours testing his last Mustang Shelby GT500, which sets a new record for horsepower and hits a top speed of more than 200 miles per hour.
(New York Daily News)
A one-time chicken farmer, Shelby had more than a half-dozen successful careers during his long life: champion race car driver, racing team owner, automotive consultant and safari tour operator. His fabled Shelby Cobra sports car became an automotive and cultural icon, and he was later credited with injecting testosterone into Ford's Mustang and Chrysler's Viper.

When Shelby died Thursday night in a Dallas hospital, he also was one of the nation's longest-living heart transplant recipients, having received a heart on June 7, 1990, from a 34-year-old man who died of an aneurysm. Shelby also received a kidney transplant in 1996 from his son, Michael.

To read more, click here

ACC Trouble In Tallahassee

Is Florida State really considering a move to the Big 12?

"How do you not look into that option?" asked Andy Haggard, chairman of Florida State's board of trustees, to "On behalf of the Board of Trustees I can say unanimously we would be in favor of seeing what the Big 12 might have to offer. "We have to do what it is in Florida State's best interest."

Evidently the Noles are not happy about the new ACC deal with ESPN for a 15-year, $3.6 billion agreement that sure sounded good in the press release. Each school was supposedly getting an additional $4 million a year. The average would be $17.1 million annually.  But when the details emerged, it wasn’t as good as it looked and evidently most schools were grumbling.

Florida State acknowledged this spring running an operating deficit and looking to trim up to $2.4 million a year in expenditures. The Noles are stuck with what they consider a less-than-desirable football schedule as they try to lure 80,000-plus to the Panhandle. The addition of Syracuse and Pitt to the league slate won't help that problem for a program surrounded by cash-rich SEC schools.

FSU has a big enough football stick to attract suitors, so stay tuned.

Duke Wins, UNC Loses In NCAA LAX Tournament

TURRI (Corey Lowenstein)
Redshirt senior midfielder Justin Turri had three goals and two assists while junior goalkeeper Dan Wigrizer posted 12 saves as third-seeded Duke defeated visiting Syracuse, 12-9, in NCAA Men's Lacrosse Tournament action on Saturday afternoon in front of 3,672 fans at Koskinen Stadium.

While improving to 14-4 on the season, the Blue Devils advance next Sunday's quarterfinal round to meet the winner of Massachusetts-Colgate at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Duke has won 17 of its last 22 NCAA Tournament games dating back to 2005 and today picked up the program's first postseason victory over Syracuse in four tries.

"The NCAA tournament filled with tough teams," Danowski said. "I thought that we had a great week of preparation. It's Syracuse. It's very hard to say that this is a different team. It's not. They are talented, athletic with a great coaching staff and a tremendous tradition. They are who we want to be one day. With all their championships and what they've accomplished in our sport. I thought their kids played hard. They played for 60 minutes. It was a hell of a Division I lacrosse game."

Meanwhile down in Chapel Hill, led by Mark Matthews and Jeremy Noble, 2011 NCAA Tournament semifinalist Denver began another run for a Final Four bid, outlasting eighth-seeded North Carolina 16-14 Saturday night before 1,344 fans at Fetzer Field. The Pioneers improved to 9-6 on the season while the Tar Heels' season ends at 11-6.

DANOWSKI (Corey Lowenstein)
After trailing by four goals early, the Tar Heels rallied to lead by two goals at the half but a 5-0 scoring run by Denver in the third and fourth quarters proved to the be difference as it was able to stave off one last gasp effort by UNC which almost produced a tying goal.

Denver was dominant in the face-off circle as the Pioneers produced 15 extra offensive possessions behind the work of Chase Carraro who went 22 of 30 and had a Fetzer Field facility record 17 ground balls in the game. He was backed by brilliant offensive performances by Mark Matthews who matched his career high with five goals and by Jeremy Noble who had three goals and seven assists for a career high 10 points. We Berg has three ground balls and two assists for Denver.

 To read more click here for Duke and here for North Carolina.

Virginia takes on Princeton and Maryland plays Lehigh today.
Things That Make You Go...


They're excited about some futbol in Holland...and they aren't afraid to show it!
(Valerie Kuypers/AFP/Getty Images.
The Koppelstokstraat in Scheveningen (go ahead, say it three times real fast, we dare you), near The Hague in Holland, is bedecked with orange flags for the European Championship Football 2012 on May 11, 2012.
(Ilvy Jjiokiktjien/AFP/Getty Images)
Irenestraat in Goirle, near Eindhoven in Holland, is ready for the European Championship Football 2012,with all the houses covered with orangecanvas on May 12, 2012. During the European Championships the street will be closed to traffic and residents will watch matches of the Dutch team on a big screen. 
(Evert Elzinga/AFP/Getty Images)
A building in Amsterdam is decorated on May 12, 2012 with flags and balls for the windows. About five weeks before the start of the European Championship Football 2012 the Dutch Orange madness begins in Amsterdam. 

Pictures Of The Day

Ferrari's Spanish driver Fernando Alonso (L) after the start at the Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2012 in Montmelo on the outskirts of Barcelona during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. (Luis Gene/AFP/GettyImages)
Down goes Caps.  Alex Ovechkin #8 (L) of the Washington Capitals stands on ice with his dejected teammates after they lost 2-1 against the New York Rangers in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 12, 2012 in New York City. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
Famous ceiling...Ryan McDonagh #27 of the New York Rangers fights for the puck in the first period against Joel Ward #42 of the Washington Capitals in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. (Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
Trainer Peter Moody is congratulated after Black Caviar won her 21st consecutive win in the Distinctive Homes Goodwood during Distinctive Homes Goodwood Handicap Day at Morphettville Racecourse on May 12, 2012 in Adelaide, Australia. (Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
Erika Guerrier (Red) of France fights against Nives Radic (Blue) of Croatia in the Women's 75kg preliminary match during the AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships on May 12, 2012 in Qinhuangdao, China. The AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships 2012 which is a London Olympic Games Qualifying Event will be held from May 11 to 19. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Runners make their way back after finishing at Lingfield racecourse on May 12, 2012 in Lingfield, England. (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Some folks in Chapel Hill might say this is typical of N.C. State as a graduate misses his mark during graduation. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)
In this photo released by the International Triathlon Union, Hunter Kemper of the United States celebrates with the American flag after qualifying for the London 2012 Olympic Games with a fifth place finish at the 2012 ITU World Triathlon on May 12, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Rich Cruse/ITU via Getty Images)
Former Wolfpack football star Phillip Rivers is thanked by N.C. State Chancellor W. Randolph Woodson after he finishes the commencement address. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer)

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