Saturday, September 1, 2012

Things That Make You Go...


According to various reports, Floyd Mayweather wagered more than $2.9 million in nine different Las Vegas sportsbooks on Michigan beating the 14-point spread against favored Alabama on Saturday night.

The heavily-followed Twitter user @incarceratedbob was the first to report the information, which has since been confirmed/regurgitated by other sources.

Mayweather was guaranteed $32 million from his May bout with Miguel Cotto. He went to prison days later and ended up serving two months of a three-month sentence for domestic violence.

The 35-year-old boxer has been known to make big wagers in the past, including winning bets on the Clippers in a regular season game ($1.9 million) and against Tim Tebow's Denver Broncos in the AFC divisional playoffs ($1 million).

"I've won a lot of money on games, I've lost a good piece of money on games," Mayweather told in April.

Fan Falls, Dies at Georgia Dome From Fall During N.C. State Game

AP: A 20-year-old man from Tennessee who plunged about 35 feet from the upper level of the Georgia Dome and struck another fan during the Tennessee-North Carolina State game has died, authorities said this morning.

The man fell on another fan seated in the mezzanine area during the game Friday evening, The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which operates the downtown football stadium, said in a statement. 

Investigator Leon Harrison at the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office told The Associated Press early Saturday that Isaac Grubb of Lenoir City, Tenn., was pronounced dead Friday night, minutes before midnight, at an Atlanta hospital.

He said the man had fallen about 35 feet and appeared to have suffered injuries from blunt force trauma.

Jennifer LeMaster, a spokeswoman for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, told AP before the death was confirmed by Harrison that she had no information beyond the authority's initial statement. She said, however, the authority was expected to release more information Saturday afternoon.

The authority had said the fall occurred about 8:30 p.m. Friday night during the game in which Tennessee beat North Carolina 35-21.

2012-13 ACC Football: 0-1

 (AP Photo/John Amis)
Cordarrelle Patterson scored two first-quarter touchdowns - one a 41-yard catch, the second a 67-yard run - and Tennessee beat North Carolina State 35-21 on Friday night in the opening game for both teams.

Tennessee (1-0) scored 16 points on two touchdowns and a safety in a span of 38 seconds late in the first quarter.

Mike Glennon threw four interceptions with one touchdown for North Carolina State (0-1).
Wolfpack cornerback David Amerson, who led the nation and set an ACC record with 13 interceptions in 2011, was beaten for two long touchdown passes.

Amerson gave up the 41-yard pass from Tyler Bray to Patterson for the Vols' first touchdown and a 72-yard pass from Bray to Zach Rogers later in the first quarter.

Bray completed 27 of 41 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.
Glennon was 27 of 46 for 288 yards.

With N.C. State leading 7-6, Bray's long pass to Rogers started the Vols' scoring surge.

On the Wolfpack's first play after Rogers' touchdown, Glennon was moving back from the 19-yard line when he was hit by Curt Maggitt and fumbled out of the end zone for a safety.

On Tennessee's next play, Patterson ran 67 yards - first running left and then crossing the field to his right for his second touchdown.

The Wolfpack answered with a 67-yard drive capped by James Washington's 2-yard run. Washington hit the line, remained on his feet and bounced into the end zone for the only touchdown of the second quarter.

 (AP Photo/John Amis)
The Vols were denied a touchdown late in the first half when a review confirmed the officials' ruling that Bray fumbled when he reached the ball across the line while trying to score. N.C. State linebacker Rickey Dowdy recovered the fumble, despite the protests from Tennessee fans and players.

An 8-yard touchdown run by Rajion Neal and a 20-yard field goal by Michael Palardy in the third quarter pushed the Vols' lead to 32-14.

The Wolfpack tried to rally in the final quarter. Bryan Underwood made a leaping, 5-yard touchdown catch from Glennon, but the senior quarterback threw his third interception later in the quarter.
Parlardy added a 35-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Marlin Lane led the Vols with 75 yards rushing on nine carries. Neal was the workhorse with 22 carries for 53 yards.

Glennon's fourth interception came with 5 seconds left as he threw deep into the end zone.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Are U ReadyFor Some Football?

Oh yeah, that Hank guy got fired...but, you get the point.

Football season starts TONIGHT!


Tennessee vs. N.C. STATE (in Atlanta), 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPNU: The Wolfpack will be without starting cornerback C.J. Wilson, but Tennessee will be missing all-SEC receiver Da’Rick Rogers, who transferred to Tennessee Tech. These teams haven't played each other in 73 years. 

Yes, Rogers real name is “Da’Rick.”


Elon at NORTH CAROLINA, 12:30 p.m. ET, ACC Network: This game would have been more fun for the locals if Scott Riddle was still the QB at Elon.  First-year coach Larry Fedora will unveil his up-tempo spread offense...

William & Mary at MARYLAND, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN 3: Maryland is supposedly revamped after a 2-10 season, but don’t hold your breath as true freshman quarterback Perry Hills, will start in place of injured starter C.J. Brown

Richmond at VIRGINIA, 3 p.m. ET, RSN: Quarterback Michael Rocco held onto the starting job despite competition from Alabama transfer Phillip Sims this summer. There is plenty of familiarity between these programs, as UVa coach Mike London is a Richmond grad and former head coach. He had a 24-5 record in two seasons with the Spiders (2008 and 2009), including the FCS National Title in 2008. Richmond coach Danny Rocco, in his first season with the Spiders, is the uncle of the Hoos’ quarterback. 

MIAMI at Boston College, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN2: Both programs desperately need to start the season with a win. Boston College has won the last two meetings, including a 24-17 win at Miami in last season’s regular-season finale.  BC has new Offensive Coordinator, but Miami win anyway...

Murray State at No. 7 FLORIDA STATE, 6 p.m. ET, ESPN3: Murray State? Really?  The Racers? We didn’t even know this Big Dance participant had a football team. 

Liberty at WAKE FOREST, 6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN3: The Deacs get four of their first five games at home. They’ve got 13 starters back from last year’s team, which came within a field goal of winning the Atlantic Division. 

FIU at DUKE 7 p.m. ET, ESPN3: Not as easy as it looks...FIU was the preseason favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference this year, and it received points in the USA Today Coaches preseason poll for the first time in school history.  

Auburn vs. No. 14 CLEMSON (in Atlanta), 7 p.m. ET, ESPN: The defending ACC champs could help further distance themselves from that disappointing showing in the Orange Bowl with a win over an SEC team. Star receiver Sammy Watkins sits this one out...


GEORGIA TECH at No. 16 VIRGINIA TECH, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN: The winner of this game has gone on to win the Coastal Division in each of the past seven seasons...

Ex-UVA LAX Player Headed To Prison

(Steve Helber/AP Photo)
Former Virginia LAXer George W. Huguely V was sentenced Thursday in Charlottesville for the slaying of 22-year-old former girlfriend Yeardley Love, who was found face down in her blood-soaked pillow on May 3, 2010.

The jury found the Chevy Chase, Md., man guilty in February of second-degree murder and grand larceny.

Asked by the judge if he wanted to address the court before sentencing, a shackled and tearful Huguely turned to Love's mother, Sharon Love, and sister Lexie and said, "I'm so sorry for your loss and I hope you find peace," according to the Associated Press.

Love's family issued a statement after the sentence was announced.

"We would like to thank everyone who worked so tirelessly on Yeardley's behalf," the statement read.
"We find no joy in others' sorrow. We plan to work diligently through the One Love Foundation to try and prevent this from happening to another family."

Circuit Judge Edward Hogshire reduced the jury's recommended sentence by three years.

The Associated Press reported that in reducing Huguely's sentencing, Hogshire strayed from tradition. Virginia judges typically heed a jury's sentence recommendations.

Virginia has no parole, but Huguely could reduce his sentence by 15 percent if he earns credits by participating in prison programs and stays out of trouble. He also would be credited with time served, leaving him with 18 years in prison.

Things That Make You Go...


Well, we guess you had to see this coming.  An enterprising Ohio State fan is cranking out t-shirts with the following message:

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More Things That Make You Go...


But, in a good way.

According to the AP, there is a cow manure problem in the great state of Wisconsin.
It's very seldom someone talks about the quality and amount of cow dung, but in one southern Wisconsin city that's all they've been talking about lately.

The summer drought has plagued the Midwest has caused a shortage of flattened, dried cow manure -- or cow chips -- for the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival.

The event annually attracts about 300 throwers and 40,000 spectators to Prairie du Sac, Wis.

No, we aren’t making this up.

The competition uses the chips from a local beef cattle herd that mostly eats grass, because the diet helps keep the chips dense and strong.

The hot, dry summer -- which has caused crop, water level and other problems across the nation -- caused the grass to brown and cattle to stay near their barn for food and to keep cool. That means the manure in the pasture wasn't able to dry and flatten in the sun.

The committee that runs the festival usually goes out once in July to shovel the manure and let it dry in wagons in the sun. But this year they had to skip it because of the poor quality.

Instead, a few organizers went out sporadically and collected about a third of the usual amount -- 200 or 300. Every year they keep the good ones that don't break -- so they will dip into the 150 to 200 in reserve barrels for this year's competition.

When searching for chips, they look for them be about the size of a ping pong paddle.

Once they dry, they don't really stink anymore.

"A lot of people are afraid to pick it up," said Terry Slotty, who runs the throw every year. "They look at it, and it looks like what it is but once they touch it they notice that it's very dry."

The men's record was set in 1991 at 248 feet. The woman's record is from 2005 at 157.5 feet. The festival will give the top finishers $200 each toward a trip to the World Championship Cow Chip Throw in Beaver, Okla., should they decide to go, Slotty said.

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R.I.P. Art Heyman 1941 - 2012

Duke announced Art Heyman, the captain of the Blue Devils' first Final Four team, has died.

The school said Tuesday family members say Heyman died Monday night in Florida. The cause of death was not available. He was 71.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski says Heyman was "one of the elite players to ever wear a Blue Devil uniform."

Heyman led Duke to a 69-14 record from 1960-63 and averaged 25 points and nearly 11 rebounds. 

He was the most outstanding player of the 1963 Final Four.

He's tied for 12th on Duke's career scoring list (1,984 points) and is one of three Blue Devils to average a double-double for three straight seasons.

Heyman was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1963 and played eight seasons in the NBA and ABA.

Pictures Of The Day

Revelers throw tomatoes at each other during the annual Tomatina festival on Wednesday in Bunol, Spain. Thousands of people throw 120 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images)
College football got underway last night when #9 South Carolina survived Vanderbilt 17-13.  Here, Quarterback Jordan Rodgers #11 of the Vandy tries to avoid Brison Williams #12 of the South Carolina Gamecocks at Vanderbilt Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
Nats rookie Bryce Harper hit his 14th home run last night in an 8-1 win over the Cardinals.  Harper now trails Ken Griffey Jr. by two for the most home runs hit by a 19-year-old rookie.  (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong 1930 - 2012

No explanation required.

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Florida State will unveil a new offensive line for its season opener against Murray State.

Maryland's ticket sales are down -- again.

It's finally time to talk some football in Chapel Hill.

First-year BC offensive coordinator Doug Martin and quarterback Chase Rettig bonded quickly.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is ready to reveal a tweaked offense.

Miami freshman right tackle Ereck Flowers has drawn inspiration from his late mother.

N.C. State will be without starting cornerback C.J. Wilson, who has an "eligibility issue."

Michael Rocco will be UVa's starting quarterback this year.

Has Mike London developed the richest pecking order of quarterbacks?

Miami to Durham? It was the right path for receiver Conner Vernon.

Georgia Tech still has some questions in its lineup.

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has slimmed down, but you can't blame the guy for being a Chick-fil-A fan.

While Boyd has slimmed down, N.C. State running back James Washington has bulked up.

Former Maryland quarterback Danny O'Brien is ready for the second act in his career.

Here are five Georgia Tech players who could help define the Jackets' season.

Boston College is taking its injuries in stride.

The Eagles are still looking for a starter to replace injured tight end Chris Pantale.

Virginia Tech might have found a new star at tight end.

Duke has struggled with injuries this offseason and depth is a problem.

Is Wake Forest running back Josh Harris really ready to make it through a whole season?

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora gets a free pass this year.

Florida State fans will get to see a few true freshmen in important roles this year.

One position UVa doesn't have to worry about is running back.

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