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Thursday, August 31, 2006
The Anagrammed NC State Football Preview
A tip of the cap goes to the Humbug Journal for providing inspiration. See if you can decipher who's who...
With the preseason all but over and game week upon us, the coaches must say Adios Merry Sleep. They are hoping to be aided by a different kind of Entry Talk.
A Macho Tuck remains defiant, though gone are the flashy shoes, shades, and, according to the latest depth chart, the Absurd Ivy Coat.
The strength of the offense is its running game, so a hard-nosed and simplified style will be utilized in 2006. Now, Bland Does make sense. I do not like that Darned Style, but the team does what it must. The Contuse Arms return, and so too do the Brawn Drone and Bakery Note. The team will rely on Dark Bellman Carl and Only Thin Hal to catch the ball and do so consistently. With a bit of luck and the services of a Rare Holy Sir, it is hoped that the offensive line's performance will be solid and not warrant cries of "Oh, Curt Circus!" More than a Meagre Sneer has been directed at the line this offseason.
A Dig Gave Rise to some position changes, and now several players find themselves in different places. It is a Legit Custom.
Along the defensive line, much rests on he who Demoralises Prey. Will the Town Tilt Lighter, inspired by the showing of the new players? We hope for but Paltry Woe, though the chances of that always seem small.
Java Sid anchors the secondary, hoping to prove he's no Heartland Hag. This unit should act as A Level Inn for the defense, but watch out for that Damn Guano Jar.
Although new tailgating restrictions will implore the masses to Help Rue Rum, and although the team may not be very good, Wolfpack fans will not be discouraged. We'll go out of curiosity if nothing else, a Red Veil Luring. Should 2006 begin with promise and eventually fall apart, we will react without surprise. "As usual," we'll say, "they were But Jerkin Us around."
[All player names taken from the depth chart.]
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
You just better watch it.
Mountaineers Hurtin' At Left Tackle
Freshman forced to start at left tackle on Saturday.
Appalachian State's starting lineup for Saturday's season-opener against N.C. State will include one freshman - offensive lineman Mario Acitelli of Charlotte.
Only 6-2, 255? Among the players currently listed as starters on NC State's defensive line, Ray Brooks is the lightest, and he checks in at 285 pounds. Fortunately for Acitelli, he has four returning starters around him.
Wolfpack Adds USF To Future OOC Schedule
Bulls come to Raleigh in 2008.
USF and North Carolina State, two teams that met in last season’s Meineke Car Care Bowl, have agreed to a home and home series. USF will travel to Raleigh to meet the Wolfpack, September 27, 2008, and the Bulls host NC State, September 13, 2014.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Someone check to see what CJ Spiller is driving.
A story in today's News and Observer (by way of the New York Times) details the close relationship between Clemson and BMW.
At Clemson's urging, BMW, in large part, created the curriculum for an automotive graduate engineering school. The company also drew up profiles of its ideal students; it gave Clemson, a state-supported university, a list of professors to interview, and even had approval rights over the school's architectural look.
The cross-promotional potential of this setup reminds of a Simpsons episode.
Monday, August 28, 2006
Monday Items: Clemson Players Discuss Toughest Venues; Kenan Stadium Strangely Absent
-- Clemson players were asked to talk about the easiest and toughest places to play in the ACC.
“Duke, it’s pretty much like a practice. You’ve got 15,000 fans out there. It’s not that difficult if you’ve got your guys out there cheering you on.”
The game is pretty much like practice, too. Zing!
“N.C. State is a tough place to play in. It’s not that big, but some places just have a nice atmosphere, and they do up there. Their fans get a little rowdy and a little tough, especially when they get things going. “
-- As the race for the Fulmer Cup nears an end, NC State remains absent from the standings. Which is to say, no Wolfpack players have had run-ins with the law this offseason. Both Duke and UNC managed to score a few points.
-- Injuries for the App game have been released. We could be without both our starting center and our most experienced wide receiver.
Based on the depth chart, Geron James would move up to second string at the X Receiver spot behind John Dunlap. Leroy Harris would probably shift back to center, with Kalani Heppe (assuming he's healthy) sliding in as the new starting left guard.
-- Carter-Finley is expected to be "fully functional" for the opener. If I get there and they've forgotten to erect the temporary bleachers, man am I gonna be chapped.
I am taking the following to mean they aren't going to blast us with the scoreboard soundsystem (but that's likely just wishful thinking):
[T]he school commissioned an acoustical study of the stadium, so that the state-of-the-art sound system can be reconfigured to suit every “nook and cranny” of the stadium, Brincefield said.
-- Ooh! Ooh! Let's have an internet feud!
We're still in nothing-special territory, here. Player thinks schedule is tough. Player takes a dig at the neighbors.
I'll leave it to the parties involved. I can only encourage a petty war of words, preferably one spanning several weeks.
Saturday, August 26, 2006
This Can Only Be A Good Thing
N.C. State running backs Andre Brown and Toney Baker have a friendly weekly wager that has nothing to do with who gets the most yards or touchdowns.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Brian Clark Still Hoping To Stick In Denver
BC is workin' hard but finds himself way down the depth chart.
Each day after practice, Brian Clark sheds his gear, recruits an equipment manager and sets up the pitching machine.
A Look At The Post-Spring And Late-August Depth Charts
NC State released its post-spring depth chart back in May, and an updated depth chart was made available today. I've posted both depth charts below.
-- The most notable change to the depth chart is at fullback: gone is Octavius Darby, in is Toney Baker. This gets Baker and Brown on the field together more, which is delicious, and it (probably) gives Jamelle Eugene more carries.
-- Surprisingly, Lamart Barrett lost his starting job to John Dunlap. Barrett is the most experienced receiver we have, so he should still have a big impact this season. I think he could be our best receiver.
-- There is some shuffling along the offensive line, with Leroy Harris taking his All-ACC talents from center to left guard. I worry about having Lathan at center, but I think it's a good idea to move Harris back to his strongest position.
-- The offense may suck again in 2006, but it could potentially be quite good in 2007--assuming we're getting above-average QB play by then. Take a look at the skill positions and count the seniors. There's only one.
-- I feel a lot better about the new starting front four than I did about the post-spring front four. All four second-stringers are freshmen, and that's a little scary.
-- DaJuan Morgan has moved from rover to safety, supplanting Miguel Scott. The coaches have a nice problem at rover: finding time for both Heath and Scott.
-- Reggie Davis is holding onto that starting weakside LB spot. Nothing but freshmen behind him, so let's hope he can handle the job.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
New Basketball Commitment?
A little earlier today, Pack Pride was reporting that Rashad Green, the younger brother of UNC's Danny Green, committed to NC State. That story has been removed, however, as this apparently isn't a done deal. I'm not sure what is going on, but it appears the hold up comes from the NC State side.
Indications are that Green intends to go to prep school this fall, so that would make him a part of the Wolfpack's 2007 class.
I was doing some googling and found this assessment of Green on a St. John's message board (warning: huge run-on sentence forthcoming)...
he will go prep he is a 2 (handle needs work) or an undersized 3 no way a 1 , great athlete , better athlete than danny but not as good a ball player, his basketball iq is fair needs to let the game come to him he tries to play 150 miles an hour instead of 100 miles an hour, not afraid to take the big shot, needs to work on his right hand but is a great defender his shot has improved now has 3 point range and will be a good D1 player and a nice kid.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
What's all this then?
I had planned on getting into the comments made by Chuck Amato during his Monday press conference, but instead I'll just second BJD's assessment.
Someone needs to get Amato some new ammuntion, because this "look at how much better than the other local schools we've been" stuff grows tiresome. Great, Chuck, you're smarter than the Three Stooges. Congratulations.
I listened to the audio to see (1) how what he actually said differs from the transcript and (2) whether or not he really sounded mad.
At one point, Amato asks, "Am I on the hot seat?" A media member responds, "No, but people ask us that."
1.) Which people, and for the love of god, why?
2.) Hey, look, a media member admitted that Amato is not on the hot seat.
As for Amato's tone of voice...he didn't sound all that upset to me, but it's not always easy to tell. There is no question he was defensive, though. The length of his response illustrates that fact.
When he was asked how much longer he thought he'd be coaching, he said:
I love it. What am I going to do? I don't play golf. The things I do I can't tell you. Why? I just got here.
Let the speculation about Amato's too-hot-for-the-media hobbies begin! Actually, I think the implication is pretty obvious, and to that I say: ew.
Some other things:
-- The Orlando Sentinel tells us about a local high school football player named Yourhighness Morgan.
"There is not really too much meaning [behind the name]; it's just kind of different," said Yourhighness, who is in his second season with the Raiders' varsity. "My mom came up with the name, and it was because she wanted me to have a different name than all the other kids in the neighborhood."
And Fabulous Morgan, 23, recently came out of the closet (fn. 1).
Jacqueece totally got the shaft.
-- Don't cry for Nebraska over the Harrison Beck deal. The Cornhuskers may be getting Sam Keller.
-- This is fun.
1.) Fabulous Morgan is fictitious. As far as I know...
Monday, August 21, 2006
BlogPoll Roundtable #1
It's time for the first official BlogPoll Roundtable of the season.
1. What's the biggest ripoff in this preseason poll? Either pick a team that's offensively over or underrated, or you can rag on a particular voter's bad pick (hey, we're all adults here, we can handle it).
West Virginia is not a top five team, and I'm not sure it is a top ten team either. Fifty-one of 59 voters ranked the Mountaineers in the top fifteen; I was one of the eight who didn't.
2. What shold a preseason poll measure? Specifically, should it be a predictor of end-of-season standing (meaning that a team's schedule should be taken into account when determining a ranking), or should it merely be a barometer of talent/hype/expectations?
The philosophy of the BlogPoll is...
At all times it should be an approximate ranking who would beat who on a neutral field this year.
...and I agree with that completely. I try to stick to that reasoning throughout the season. And I think when you rank teams based on who-beats-who, you at least indirectly consider all of those other factors (schedule and what have you), anyway.
3. What is your biggest stretch in your preseason ballot? That is to say, which team has the best chance of making you look like an idiot for overrating them?
I've got Southern Cal at #1, and I'm definitely taking a leap of faith there. The Trojans could end up right back in the national title hunt, or buried somewhere in the tier of teams with a few losses.
4. What do you see as the biggest flaw in the polling system (both wire service and blogpolling)? Is polling an integral part of the great game of college football, or is it an outdated system that needs to be replaced? If you say the latter, enlighten us with your new plan.
A lot of pollsters don't vote using the "barometer of talent" line of thinking, or don't take the rankings seriously enough, or haven't seen enough teams to make reasonable evaluations, or are biased towards schools in their region, and on, and on. But I don't have a serious problem with the current system, despite all that.
5. You're Scott Bakula, and you have the opportunity to "Quantum Leap" back in time and change any single moment in your team's history. It can be a play on the field, a hiring decision, or your school's founders deciding to build the campus in Northern Indiana, of all godforsaken places. What do you do?
So many choices here. I could go back and convince Dick Sheridan not to leave. After I showed him what our record against UNC would be over the next seven years, he'd have no choice but to stick around.
I could go back to 1998 and have Oscar Davenport (I'm pretty sure it was Davenport) throw an INT in overtime instead of the game-winning touchdown.
Or as TA McLendon in 2004, I could plow five yards into the endzone on the final play of the game. Reverse that touchdown, jerks. [mutters, kicks rock]
In the end, though, I think I'd have to go back to the Florida State game in 2003. Playing as Brian Clark, I wouldn't fumble the ball near midfield on NC State's last drive of regulation. Without the turnover, NC State marches down the field and kicks the game-winning field goal. With that win in hand, maybe NC State goes on to win the ACC title...
Heath Shuler Might Actually Get Elected
Sensing a possible upset of Republican U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor, Democrats are marshaling their resources to help Democratic challenger Heath Shuler.
Heath Shuler, seen here throwing a touchdown for the people.
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Reserving judgment, but...
Scrimmage number two:
Through the air, quarterback Marcus Stone connected on 8-of-18 passes for 121 yards and two interceptions, although one of the picks came after the ball that went in and out of the hands of his intended receiver.
That makes Stone 17-38 (44.7%) in two scrimmages.
Defense performs poorly on Friday:
While the majority of N.C. State players trudged off the practice field Friday, members of the defensive unit stuck around to run more sprints.
Thursday, August 17, 2006
-- Our national hoops nightmare begins against Wofford on November 10th.
My first-glance gut prediction: 15-13 (6-10). N-I-T! N-I-T!
-- I answered a few questions about Wolfpack football for Bill at Eagle in Atlanta. Have a look.
-- Well, how about that... GoPack.com has added a blog. It appears that Tim Peeler is going to be the primary contributor. Hopefully they'll work on the layout, but hey, it's a start.
I also hope this is a sign that the new GoPack.com is going to be a much better GoPack.com. Says Peeler in his introductory post:
Among the new features that are incorporated into the new site is a greater emphasis on NC State traditions and history. We have a lot of stuff to add, but it will be done gradually, as we pick the minds of those who have been around Wolfpack athletics and NC State for decades, like Senior Associate Athletics Director Emeritus Frank Weedon, like football coach Chuck Amato and basketball coach Sidney Lowe. Who better to ask about those things than the people who experienced them?
Sounds great to me. I've always been disappointed by the lack of historical information on the official site (this is a problem at most schools' sites, not just ours). For instance, I can find a lot more useful info about NC State football at CFB Data Warehouse than I can at the athletics website, and that shouldn't be the case.
-- Congratulations to Cullen Jones, who is finally being properly compensated for his awesomeness.
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Vertigo Free With Purchase Of Tickets
As you may or may not know, I graduated from NC State in 2005. Since I don't have a lot of disposable income to burn on season tickets, I decided to take the cheapest route possible: I bought season tickets without getting Lifetime Rights. The area of the stadium they allot for these tickets is, shall we say, not the best.
The tickets came in the mail today, and I've discovered that I'm not really in the north endzone. More on top of it, really. And kinda to the side.
The BlogPoll Is Here
The preseason BlogPoll was officially released today, with the Buckeyes checking in at #1. Last year's preseason BlogPoll had USC as a near-unanimous #1; there's a lot more disagreement this time around. I'm just glad I'm not the only one who voted the Trojans #1 in 2006.
There aren't too many big discrepancies between the BlogPoll and the Coaches' Poll, though Oklahoma (5th coaches, 16th BlogPoll) and Iowa (17th, 12th) are a couple of exceptions. The bloggers like Auburn a little more than the coaches, while the coaches are more bullish on Notre Dame than the bloggers.
The BlogPoll voter list and individual ballots are available here.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
A Wee Bit Early
I saw this at Pack Pride and it cracked me up:
Am I an idiot? I'm in a 19 team league where QBs get 6 pts per TD and 1 pt per 20 passing yards and -1 pt for ints. I had the #5 overall pick and I traded down for the #12 pick and I get his 3rd round pick he gets my 5th round pick. I'm taking Rivers with the #12 overall pick. Am I an idiot?
Drafting Philip Rivers as your starting QB is a bad enough idea. Taking him in the first round of your 19-team league draft is fantasy football suicide. Not even Peyton Manning is defensible at #12. I recently took Rivers in the 13th round (pick #148) of one of my 12-team drafts. VBD is your friend.
Couple other things:
-- Here's the Charlotte Observer's Q&A with Chuck Amato. Not much to see there.
-- Ken Pomeroy is back with a post discussing how the loss of a high usage player will affect Pittsburgh. This was interesting to me because NC State faced a similar problem prior to last season. The Wolfpack managed to maintain a good offense in Julius Hodge's absense because Hodge's possessions were spread so evenly that no one person was forced to take on a workload he couldn't handle.
Preseason BlogPoll Ballot
The BlogPoll is back for another year. My initial ballot is below.
-- It's safe to say that I respect Pete Carroll's recruiting. USC returns a total of ten starters--just four on offense. I expect those four--Steve Smith, Dwayne Jarrett, and two All-American caliber OL--to make the offense a potent one despite the inexperience being plugged in around them.
-- I was down on FSU prior to last season because they were replacing a lot of starters. They'll have a lot of new faces again this season, but I've learned my lesson. The Noles have the skill position talent to take a large leap in offensive production, Jeff Bowden be damned. Greg Carr is a monster.
-- Clemson looks great to me on paper. Lots of starters back, including the entire offensive line and one of the best placekickers in the nation. The Tigers didn't make a lot of mistakes last season (they were among the least penalized teams in the nation and had an excellent turnover margin), and if they can carry at least some of that into 2006, they'll put themselves on solid footing for a breakout year.
-- West Virginia is one of those teams that's gonna have to prove it to me.
-- Can Arizona State figure out how to stop anybody? They have the scoring points thing down.
-- BC's Matt Ryan is probably the best quarterback in the ACC, though the Eagles lost all of their starting receivers from a year ago. LV Whitworth and Andre Callender combined for 1500+ rushing yards in 2005, and they both return.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Monday Items: Justin Burke Gets A Head Start
-- Justin Burke hasn't even started the fall semester of his freshman year and already he's a quarter of the way to his college degree:
The freshman quarterback came into N.C. State with a reputation as a bit of a brainiac, and he did not disappoint.
I would have killed for that much AP credit. Dang.
-- As you have probably heard, Jamelle McMillan has decided to play Herb Ball. ASU's 2007 class is looking mighty good.
-- Cullen Jones is working hard in the hopes of making the 2008 US Olympic team.
-- From the Charlotte Observer's Q&A with John Bunting:
You mention the momentum of the Carolina program. I'm thinking back to two seasons ago, all the talk was about what that season meant to coach Bunting. You went to the bowl game (in 2004 in Charlotte), just missed last year, and I'm not hearing that as much. Why do you think that is?
Yeah, Mack never could get over the hump against Miami. Probably because his Carolina teams never played Miami. It could be that what Bunting meant by "Mack never beat Miami" was "I've never beaten Miami-Ohio," as that is in fact true.
-- Don't miss this tremendous opportunity to see Barry Melrose speak at the RBC Center. The topic will be proper mullet care.
-- ACCBoards' fantasy football league had its annual draft over the weekend. My roster (it's a 12-team league):
QB: Drew Bledsoe (8), Aaron Brooks (11)
RB: Larry Johnson (1), Jamal Lewis (4), Chester Taylor (6), Frank Gore (9), Kevan Barlow (17), Michael Bennett (16)
WR: Randy Moss (2), Marvin Harrison (3), Derrick Mason (7), Laveranues Coles (10), Eric Moulds (12)
TE: Jeremy Shockey (5), Jermaine Wiggins (13)
K: Josh Reed (14)
D: Miami (15)
Short of a crippling outbreak of Bubonic plague, this team should cruise to the title. Famous last words, I know.
-- The rest of JP Giglio's preseason AP poll ballot is revealed. He's got some surprises in the top five. Ohio State isn't number one--or even number two.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Scrimmage Report From GoPack.com
Notes from GoPack.com on yesterday's scrimmage... (emphasis below is mine)
The running of Baker and Brown was complimented by the throwing of quarterback Marcus Stone, who connected on 9-of-20 passes for 103 yards. Stone threw touchdown passes of nine yards to tight end Anthony Hill and 30 yards to receiver Darrell Blackman.
I know it's just the first scrimmage and all that, but I was hoping for some immediate signs of improvement. Stone has got to figure out how to complete over 50% of his passes...at least Jay Davis could do that.
Friday, August 11, 2006
It's (Nearly) Official: Harrison Beck Transfers To NC State
From Pack Pride:
Pack Pride has learned that quarterback Harrison Beck is transferring from Nebraska to NC State.
The N&O's Chip Alexander:
Harrison Beck, who recently left the Nebraska Cornhuskers, should soon be joining the Pack, it was learned Friday. Beck was due on the NCSU campus Friday afternoon, sources close to the situation said.
EDSBS followed the Beck saga at Nebraska.
StateFans Nation post on Beck. Updates to be forthcoming, I'm sure.
Beck's old Scout.com profile. Offers from FSU, Florida, and Michigan. Not too shabby.
Meet The New Blue...Same As The Old Blue
This article about team slogans is a few days old, but I just want to point it out here, so when I make fun of a certain school's catch phrase all season, you'll know what the hell I'm talkin' about.
At North Carolina, the Tar Heels want a different hue in their blue after finishing 5-6 last season. So senior linebacker Larry Edwards suggested "New Blue" and the other seniors voted to make it official.
That's the 2006 UNC football team motto/inspirational slogan: New Blue.
I should add that NC State's 2006 motto is so lame that Duke is also using it.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Wednesday Items: Pressley Could See Time At DE
-- DeMario Pressley at DE? Let's hope that doesn't become necessary.
N.C. State coach Chuck Amato said the Wolfack's shortage of experience and talent at defensive end could require tackle DeMario Pressley to spend some time at end.
Also in that article: Ted Roof rearranges some deck chairs.
-- Marcus Hudson is playing well in Niners camp so far, and he's back at corner.
"I think eventually he will be a safety, but he has shown me that he might be able to play corner for a while, and I would hate for him to miss that opportunity because it not only will help him but it will help us," Nolan said Monday. "I shouldn't compare him to someone like Ronnie Lott or Dennis Smith, who played cornerback before going to safety. Those are top of the line guys, but still, that doesn't mean that somebody else can't do it."
-- JP Giglio has begun to reveal his pre-season AP poll ballot at ACC Now.
#24 Michigan State
#21 Miami (FL)
On the Vols, JP says:
There’s a tendency to pick teams too high and inevitably, they disappoint (see Tennessee, Iowa, Michigan in 2005). The next season, there’s some serious overcorrection. The tendency is to pick them too low, or not at all, and suddenly, they turn out to be the team you expected, just a year too late.
I agree with his point, but I would consider Tennessee at 25 an overcorrection. I think the Vols will be better than that. Should be interesting to see where they land in the first BlogPoll.
-- Dave Glenn posted more comments from Chuck Amato.
-- Four guns and a bulletproof vest?! Doubleyoo tee eff.
Let's Not Go Overboard
From the What Not To Call Your Newspaper file: the Lenoir News-Topic says App State can hang with the Wolfpack (hat tip: What's Happening).
While North Carolinians gear up for what should be an exciting season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the most important game between two North Carolina teams is inching closer.
Most important and relevant intrastate game for ASU, maybe. Not for us.
The article goes on to justify ASU's chances by citing precedent: the Mountaineers' wins over Wake Forest back in the day. If they really think this NC State team is in any way comparable to Jim Caldwell's anemic Wake teams, they're in for a bit of a surprise.
There's also mention of ASU's decent showing against LSU last year (the Tigers won 24-0). On the flip side, I can point out that ASU
had plenty of trouble with Eastern Kentucky last season, and I think everyone remembers what NC State did to EKU.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Good lord, Marcus...
Over a phone bill?
Former North Carolina State University basketball player Marcus Melvin was arrested Monday and charged with trying to strangle his girlfriend, authorities said.
Between this and Francisco Liriano going to the DL (my fantasy baseball team is ruined! Ruined, I tell you!), it's been a bad news day. Hopefully the charges against Melvin prove erroneous.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Monday Items: Spin The Wheel Of Bomar
-- The Orlando Sentinel writes about the royalties schools receive from EA Sports' NCAA 2007:
Florida State, for example, received approximately $130,000 in royalties from last year's game. Florida received $112,000. The Austin American Statesman reported recently that national-champion Texas earned $110,000. That money is given to universities for the use of their school colors, logos, uniforms and for the depiction of their stadiums, which are displayed in detail in the game.
-- I'm having a hard time picturing this:
Former N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers finished off practice on a goal-line play by turning his back to the line of scrimmage and lobbing the ball over his head to All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates in the end zone.
Hey, what could go wrong?
-- New Syracuse uniforms (scroll down) are apparently blue with orange stripes, but the blue looks purple to me. Makes the team look like an alternate-universe Clemson.
-- Hat tip to Deadspin for linking to
this thread. Texas fans are not missing the opportunity given to them by Rhett Bomar.
ACC Now's Preview Of NC State
I've been meaning to link this preview from the N&O's ACC blog in case anyone missed it.
Think about those three first-round picks this way — McCargo missed five games and Williams and Manny Lawson both pulled a Mike Mamula at the NFL Combine and blew up their draft stock.
JP Giglio says Chuck Amato did his best coaching in 2005, so, naturally, JP is taken to task in the comments for his "attacks on Amato."
Sometimes I think the entire fanbase needs to lighten up.
Saturday, August 05, 2006
If only that were true...
The Tigers agreed to terms with their 2006 first-round draft choice, LHP Andrew Miller, on a four-year deal. He pitched at North Carolina State and will be among the team's call-ups in September.
By the way, thanks for nothin', Cleveland.
Friday, August 04, 2006
So Long, Tents
Construction on the joint softball/soccer project finally began this week, which means the soccer programs are close to having the upgraded facilities they've needed for years.
If you've ever been to Method Road Soccer Stadium, you know that it is somewhat lacking in basic amenities. Prior to arriving on campus as an undergrad, I'd heard the stadium was awful, but I was still a little shocked when I went to a game for the first time. Method Road is not so much a stadium as it is a collection of loosely-congregated aluminum bleachers. There are no lights. In lieu of a permanent locker/training facility, there are two tents--one for each team. I don't doubt that schools with legitimate facilities--with, you know, doors, climate control, a permanent foundation, things of that nature--loathed coming to Raleigh. Didn't affect their game, though (dang it).
Somehow they managed to get this out of George Tarantini for the press release (linked above):
"Method Road has been a great home for Wolfpack soccer for over 20 years."
Added Tarantini, "we finally have the tools to compete with area high schools, and that's big for us."
The new facility (warning: pdf file) cannot be completed soon enough.
Cotchery Continues To Impress
Cotchery aiming for breakthrough:
Jerricho Cotchery has started one game and caught 25 passes in the NFL.
Thursday, August 03, 2006
It turns out that knocking over a large pole can be quite easy:
A tower of stadium lights standing outside the left-field fence at Doak Field fell into the parking lot Saturday after a 10-year-old boy reportedly unscrewed an already-loose bolt at the base of a pole.
If they weren't quintuple-checking the screws on the light poles, what exactly were they doing while the Doak Field renovations lagged well past the scheduled completion date?
"You sayin' we're not working?"
On an unrelated note: Four tiny tidbits on the ACC from Deadspin. The site chose one picture to accompany that post, to sort of represent the conference and all that it embodies, and that picture is ... a shot of Boston College fans.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Wednesday Items: Philip Is Ready To Go In SD
-- Here's a good article from the Denver Post on Philip Rivers:
"The thing is, people outside don't see us in the locker room," Rivers said. "They don't see us in the meetings. They don't see us in the offseason throwing. All they see are Sunday afternoons out there on the field. I haven't been out there, so to them it feels like, 'Oh, this is a brand-new guy coming into the game.' It doesn't feel that way to me because, as a quarterback, you have to be one of the leaders on the team.
It's easy to see why Rivers already has a lot of support from his teammates.
-- Players want the world to know the real Amato:
Some observers describe the seventh-year coach as disingenuous, and that his demeanor and look - from large bracelets, flashy watches and the Corvettes he drives - for an almost-60-year-old man make him an easy target for disenchanted fans and an overzealous media.
For a change, this is positive press for Amato. AJ Davis paints a rosy picture.
-- There will be plenty of ASU fans in Raleigh on September 2nd, as the Mountaineers have sold-out their ticket allotment. It's like they think they can win the game or something.
-- Brian, esteemed founder of the BlogPoll and one of the best college sports bloggers on these here Internets, played in the Main Event of the World Series of Poker this week, and survived day one only to bust out in painful fashion:
[Annie] Duke had had that reminder only moments earlier, when a young Michigan player, Brian Cook, crashed from Duke's table. Cook, who had earlier admitted to being "a little intimidated" by Duke when his own smallish starting stack grew large enough to allow for more creative play, lost his last $25,000 when his pocket aces were cracked by another player who called his pre-flop raise with 10-7, then put Cook all-in after a K-7-7 flop. This came only moments after Cook had lost a sizeable hand with pocket kings in a similar manner.
Ugh. As angry as I sometimes get when I'm bad-beated out of a small stakes online tournament, I can't imagine how much worse it must feel at the WSOP.
By the way, if you're interested in reading more about the tournament, the PokerStars Blog is doing a fabulous job covering the event.