Turf Toe Tuesday News!

>> Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Since I forgot to make a post last week regarding Turf Toe Tuesday, Kris made sure to remind me today. In a continued effort to recognize athletes and products that raise awareness of turf toe injuries, this weeks props go to none other than Kelly Davis, inventor of a product titled DR. BIG TOE. DR. BIG TOE is a product designed to help athletes deal with pain caused by turf toe. If you asked me, the product looks more like a coozy with a side pocket for an airplane bottle.

This product alleviates turf toe pain while maintaing agility. Just ask Anquan Boldin. Maybe Al Davis, no relationship to Kelly Davis, should recommend this product to Darren McFadden ...


Can You Hear Me Now ???

As expected, the NCAA denyed former IU coach Kelvin Sampson's appeal on Tuesday morning and upheld the penalties against him. The posterboy for Verizon Wireless was penalized for making impermissible phone calls to recruits while coaching IU. The NCAA found Sampson ignored compliance agreements, ignored recruiting restrictions he was subject to while coaching Oklahoma and lied to infractions committee members. The ruling bascially barred him from coaching until 2013.

Sampson's appeal argued the infractions were to harsh, the NCAA wrongly interpreted evidence and of course, he had to throw in the NCAA was biased against him. Each claim was rejected by the NCAA, saying "it found no basis on which to conclude that the findings of violations were contrary to the evidence."

Naturally, Sampson stated he never withheld any information, but that is kind of hard to claim when you deliberately lie. Sampson is currently an assistant coach for the Milwaukee Bucks. If coaching in the NBA doesn't work out for Sampson, at least he will always have a job in telemarketing. I'm sure the time will come when he is calling your house at 7:00 a.m. on a Saturday asking if you are the male of the household.


Bearcats of Cincinnati...

Brian Kelly has turned the Cincinnati program into a respectable bowl representative and a power player in the Big East in three short seasons. Kelly helped catapult the Bearcats to eleven wins and an Orange Bowl appearance last season, a feat that Bearcat fans could not have fathomed a few years ago. However, that was a senior laden team and there will be regression this fall, because the Bearcats only return eight starters (1 on defense).

Kelly does have a veteran quarterback at his disposal, Tony Pike, and he should help keep the offensive unit respectable. Pike has a big time talent outside to throw the ball too in Mardy Gilyard. Gilyard is a 6'1, 180 pound wide receiver that will help keep the chains moving on offensive unit that lacks any true game breaking talent at the running back position. Senior Jacob Ramsey will attempt to handle the bulk of the carries, while Isiah Pead waits in the wings. While talent is lacking at the running back position, the offensive line is capable of providing them holes to run through. Tackle Jeff Linkenbach and senior center Chris Jurek will provide bulk and experience up front for the Bearcats. The Bearcats offense was far from spectacular last season with the same talent, and Kelly needs to see a major improvement, because his defense was ravaged by graduation.

Cincinnati only returns one starter on the defensive side of the ball and must replace three All-Big East performers, while attempting to stay competitive. Safety Aaron Webster is the lone returning starter and he will be joined by Justin Moore, Dominique Battle and Brad Jones in a weak defensive backfield. While a whole new team will be on the field at the linebacking and defensive line positions, Kelly hopes they can grasp his 3-4 defensive scheme in a rapid fashion. Senior Andre Revels and junior Robby Armstrong will be joined by J.K. Scahffer and Curtis Young at the linebacker position. Alex Daniels, Ricardo Matthews and John Hughes will attempt to replace a talented defensive line that graced the confines of Nipper Stadium last season. The Bearcats season will hinge on the defenses ability to reach respectability and, if that occurs, Kelly and Company may see another bowl game.

Kelly's recruiting class was far from spectacular on paper. The Bearcats landed the 60th ranked class in the country according to rivals.com and is lacking on talent outside of JUCO wide receiver Jamar Howard. Howard is a 6'4", 210 pound wide receiver who adds depth to an already deep receiving core. Howard will be joined in Cincinnati by four star corner back Chris Williams. Williams turned down the likes of West Virginia and Michigan State to join the Kelly's team.

September 7th-@Rutgers-Loss
September 12th-Southeast Missouri State-Win
September 19th-@Oregon State-Loss
September 26th-Fresno State-Win
October 3rd-@Miami (Oh)-Win
October 15th-@South Florida-Loss
October 24th-Louisville-Win
October 31st-@Syracuse-Win
November 7th-UCONN-Win
November 13-West Virginia-Loss
November 27th-Illinois-Win
December 5th-@Pittsburgh-Loss

Season Projection: 7-5 (3-4 Big East)


Why not a Kennel?

Well Mike Vick's construction job lasted all but a month or so. He will now be working at several clubhouses for the Boys and Girl's Club in VA. Did anyone really think that he would finish out his sentence working a 10 dollar an hour construction job? I was shocked he made it as long as he did, check that..I really didn't care either way.

I am just waiting to see what happens in the end of July and if Goodell will let Vick back on the field to perfect some team's wildcat offense. In reality, he may not ever see the field again with how Goodell has been rolling since he took over the league a few years ago.

According to Yahoo News, there are sources saying that Goodell is going to keep Vick out all season. He will join the likes of Cheddar Bob Burress and Donte' Stallworth. I feel like Vick deserves a shot to play this year, the guy has served his time unlike the other two mentioned above. Hopefully, Vick can convince the commissoner he is a changed man and deserves one more shot at making it in the league before he is in his early 30's.


Henry Family to Sit Down Tonight..

*Update on the Henry Situation*

Carl Henry tells KC radio station that the Henry family will sit down and discuss their options tonight. Xavier apparently wanted to attend the University of Kentucky, but his mother talked him out of that decision at the last minute. The relationship between Xavier's family and Bill Self is souring by the minute and Xavier is most likely looking to leave Kansas. According to Carl Henry, Kentucky is a possibility, and Europe will not be considered.

We'll keep you updated on this situation as it progresses!


The Xavier Henry Drama Continues!

Will the Xavier Henry drama ever end? Is he doing to Kansas? Carl Henry, Xavier's dad, says his son may not be attending Kansas, after all.

Who the hell knows with this over-dramatic family.

*Thanks to Dustin Rumbaugh's Twitter for the link*


UK Responds ...

>> Monday, June 29, 2009

The University of Kentucky Athletics Association filed a motion in federal court on Friday asking the court to dismiss former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie's complaint due to lack of personal jurisdiction or in the alternative transfer the cause to Kentucky. The question of personal jurisdiction focuses on whether minimum contacts exist between the UKAA and the forum so the suit against the defendant does not offend "traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice." (International Shoe Co. v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310 (1945). It is difficult to see how UK "purposefully availed" themselves with the forum state. The first interview between Barnhart and BCG occurred in Atlanta, not Texas.

The UKAA also claims BCG has sued the wrong entity because the University of Kentucky, not the UKAA, hired Gillispie and agreed to pay him.

On May 27, 2009, this joke of a coach sued the University of Kentucky Athletics Association in federal court in Dallas claiming breach of contract. The claim alleges UK never intended to sign him to a long term deal. How can this idiot claim UK did not intend to sign him to a contract when he rejected two proposed contracts offered by UK. The appropriate venue for this cause would seem to be in Kentucky because that is where the cause of action arose.

I hope UK fights this to the bitter end because BCG doesn't deserve anything from University of Kentucky!


The Basketball Conference...

ACC football has been a nationwide target of ridicule since the expansion with the former Big East brethren because of the lack of quality play and a dominant team. Florida State and Miami's downfall from the classified status of football power has had a tremendous impact on the conference's reputation, and not for the better. Virginia Tech has attempted to keep the ACC respectable and last season's Orange Bowl victory is one of the few quality victories the conference has garnered over the last several years and it appears VT will carry the torch once again.

Virginia Tech has the most talented and complete team within the conference and is followed by a struggling array of teams within both divisions. The conference is placing its hopes upon a FSU return to respectability and a manageable schedule will provide the Seminoles an opportunity to have a good season. Upcoming programs Georgia Tech, N.C. State and North Carolina all have the talent to compete for middle tier bowl games and the ability to give FSU and VT trouble during the regular seaon. If the conference wants to return to the status of football a power, they'll need the Miami's and Clemon's of the world to awaken from their slumber and leave the status of mediocrity in the past.

Season Predictions

1. Florida State
2. Wake Forest
3. N.C. State
4. Clemson
5. Maryland
6. Boston College

1. Virginia Tech
2. Georgia Tech
3. North Carolina
4. Miami (Fl)
5. Virginia
6. Duke

ACC Championship: Virginia Tech vs. Florida State

Eventual ACC Champion: Virginia Tech


Houston, we have a problem

According to Yahoo News, Yao Ming may be lost for the entire season next year and possibly longer. Yao has had chronic ankle problems for awhile now but last year he had 3 pins placed into the troublesome bone. Yao seemed to be back to normal until the playoffs this year in which he reinjured his foot.

The thing is Yao's ankle does not appear to be healing at all right now. Yao has underwent 4 surgeries in the past 3 years. It doesn't look good for the 7'6 center from China. It seems to just be a matter of time before his lower body breaks down even if he is able to overcome this latest injury.

Now the Rockets have to deal with the injury of Yao plus trying to decide what they are going to do with Tracy Mcgrady's expiring contract. He is on the books for 22 million in his final year and rumors were swirling that the Rockets were trying to unload him off on someone, but now that may change with the possible news of Yao not playing next season. Who do the Rockets have left to market? Ron Artest? give me a break. (no pun intended)


Wake Forest Demon Deacons...

Sorry, I couldn't find a single picture of an attractive female that attends Wake Forest...Seriously!

Jim Grobe has become something of a miracle man in Winston Salem. Wake Forest had been a downtrodden program, rotting in the lower depths of the ACC and in 2006 it all changed. Wake Forest, lead by Grobe and quarterback Riley Skinner, somehow managed to reach eleven wins. Miraculously, they weren't a one hit wonder and managed to win nine games in 2007 and finished with eight in 2008. Those kind of numbers are absurd at a school like Wake, where the stadium holds less than 35,000 people and has under 5,000 under graduate students. Grobe and Skinner hope to continue their winning ways at BB&T field this season but they have plenty of talent to replace at some key positions.

Skinner is a talented quarterback, whom has been a difference maker in his time at Wake and he returns in hopes of another bowl game appearance. The senior will be joined in the backfield by a trio of running backs who are all capable of putting yards in the scorebook. Kevin Harris, after a great performance in the bowl game, is expected to be the starter, but the return of 2007 ACC Rookie of the Year, Josh Adams, may change the depth chart. Skinner will have several targets to throw the ball to, including junior Marshall Williams and sophomore Devon Brown. They will have to replace the 81 receptions that Demir Boldin compiled last season, and they both have the talent to accomplish that task. The offensive line returns in tact but must improve on their shaky performance last season. While Wake possesses talent on the offensive side of the ball, the defensive unit took a massive hit from graduation.

The Demon Deacons had one of the most talented defensives in the country last season and that talent helped propel them to their eight win total. However, the losses of All-American Aaron Curry, Alphonso Smith and Stanley Arnoux will be tough for Wake to swallow. Wake must replace their entire linebacking unit and are relying on Matt Woodlief, Jonathan Jones, and Hunter Haynes to be their saving grace, but all three linebacker are unproven. The defensive line lost end Matt Robinson, but possesses veteran talent in the middle with Boo Robinson and John Russell at the tackle positions. The front seven needs to provide pressure upfront to take the heat off a defensive backfield that lost its best player, Alphonso Smith. Smith was a shutdown corner who provided leadership and a swagger to the defensive unit and replacing him will be a difficult task. Josh Bush and Brandon Ghee will attempt to replace that charismatic personality and talent, but once again, it remains to be seen if they are capable of shutting down the opponents passing game.

Grobe has relied upon unproven talent that his program has developed over the past several years, and this years recruiting class will be no different. Grobe landed the 64th ranked class in the country (rivals.com) and the class is filled with undersized, but malleable athletes. Six foot, 196 pound linebacker Daniel Mack appears to be the perfect fit for Grobe's system and athlete Michal Campanaro provides a body that can be used at wide receiver or in the defensive backfield.

September 5th-Baylor-Win
September 12th-Stanford-Win
September 19th-Elon-Win
September 26th-Boston College-Win
October 3rd-N.C. State-Win
October 10th-Maryland-Win
October 17th-@Clemson-Loss
October 24th-@Navy-Win
October 31st-Miami(Fl)-Win
November 7th-@Georgia Tech-Loss
November 14th-Florida State-Loss
November 28th-@Duke-Win

Season Projection: 9-3 (5-3 ACC)


Not Only Does the SEC Dominate the BCS

The SEC dominates the list of hottest student bodies. They come in with a whopping 10 of the top 25.

I don't really see how Duke could be labeled as 30th...that'd have to be my only complaint. I mean seriously, have you ever seen the monstrosities that attend a Duke sporting event?

Other than that, its a pretty solid list. Not sure about Kansas over Kentucky, obviously this person has never been to Lexington during sorority rush week.

Check it.


Kenny Perry Wins ...

>> Sunday, June 28, 2009

Our Kentucky boy, Kenny Perry, won for the 14th time on Sunday to take home the Travelers Championship trophy. Perry fired in a final round 63 to capture the win. With his final round of 63, Perry set the tournament record shooting 22 under par - 258 over the four day tournament. He finished 3 strokes better than David Toms and Paul Goydos.

With the victory, Perry has won five times in a little over a year, which is more than any other player on tour. After his opening round of 61 on Thursday, which tied a course record, Perry headed into the final round trailing by a stroke to Paul Goydos. Perry responded by shooting a front nine 32 and headed into the 15th hole with a 5 stoke lead.

The win moves Perry to the front of the Fedex Cup standings. Congrats to Kenny!


Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, High...

Virginia Tech has firmly established itself among the nation's elite. The Hokies have compiled five straight 10-win seasons and that does not appear destined for change. Frank Beamer and his veteran staff continue to put a quality product on the field and they appear to have an ACC favorite and BCS bowl contender this season. The Orange Bowl champions return the majority of their offense and should make matters simple on offensive coordinator Bryan Stinespring.

Stinespring no longer has to deal with a quarterback controversy. Gone are the days of a Sean Glennon-Tyrod Taylor battle. Taylor, now a junior, returns to be a leader and a dynamic playmaker on this squad. Taylor is a 6'1, 216 pound quarterback that reminds the Hokie Faithful of Michael Vick. He has speed for days and the ability to turn a broken play into a great one. Taylor will be joined in the backfield by a trio of talented running backs, lead by Darren Evans.

Evans burst onto the scene last season with a 1,265 yard rushing effort and many expect him to improve on that number this season. When Evans needs a blow, Stinespring can hit opposing defenses with Josh Oglesby and Ryan Williams. Both running backs will bring an added dimension to the running game and they will have plenty of holes to run through with a veteran offensive line. Three-year starter Beau Warren anchors a powerful and veteran unit who will keep the chains moving. The Hokies only flaw on offense appears to be at the wide receiver position.

While, Greg Boone provides a large target at tight-end, there is a lack of proven playmakers at the wide receiver position. Jarrety Boykin and Danny Coale hope to burst onto the scene and provide the offense with even more playmaking ability. This offense is loaded with talent, but the defense may be even more powerful.

Bud Foster has been residing in Blacksburg, VA for a long time (15 years) and his defenses are routinely among the best in the country. Foster has tons of talent to play with this season, including defensive end Jason Worilds. Worilds will be joined up front by Demetrius Taylor, Cordarrow Thompson and John Graves, giving Foster a very capable and stout defensive line. The defensive back field touts one of the best cover corners in the country, Stephan Virgil, and will have no problems shutting down opposing receivers. Virgil will be flanked by Rashad Carmichael and a stud safety, Kam Chancellor. The linebacking unit appears to be the only question mark on the defensive side of the ball. There is youth at middle and weakside linebacker in Jake Johnson and Barquell Rivers. Foster needs Cam Martin to be a stabilizer and a leader with the young group.

The Hokies have dominated the talent-rich state of Virginia in the recruiting game over the last several years, and it was no different this year. The Hokies landed the 23rd ranked class in the country (rivals.com) and the majority of that talent came from their home state. Logan Thomas, a 6'6, 233 pound tight end leads the class to Blacksburg. Thomas was one of the top ranked tight ends in the country and could provide immediate help in the receiving game. There was a great haul on the defensive side of the ball, including three defensive ends and two cornerbacks who will help immensely in the future.

September 5th-Alabama-Loss
September 12th-Marshall-Win
September 19th-Nebraska-Win
September 26th-Miami-Win
October 3rd-@Duke-Win
October 10th-Boston College-Win
October 17th-@Georgia Tech-Win
October 29th-North Carolina-Win
November 5th-@East Carolina-Win
November 14th-@Maryland-Win
November 21st-N.C. State-Win
November 28th-@Virginia-Win

Season Projection: 11-1 (ACC 8-0)


Elliot Williams to Memphis...

As expected, former Duke guard Elliot Williams will transfer to Memphis. Williams left Duke due to family reasons and released a list of schools he was interested in last week. Everyone assumed Memphis would be the logical destination due to the health of his mother and the hope of waiver by the NCAA.

Pastner is putting together one hell of a patchwork roster in his short tenure as the Memphis head coach and Williams may not be the last edition to the roster. Rumors are swirling that former Kentucky Wildcat ( I guess you could call him that, he never even suited up) Matthew Pilgrim is on the verge of announcing his intentions to attend Memphis, as well.

Memphis will certainly have enough talent to continue to dominate the C-USA this coming season.



Charlottesville, Virginia wasn't a happy place last fall. First, they lost their starting quarterback, Jameel Sewell, to academic issues, and then there was the anemic beginning to the season. Al Groh's team was demolished by USC, UCONN and Duke, yes Duke, within its first four games. The Cavaliers attempted to turn their season around, but fell short of bowl eligibility with five wins. The offense was so putrid that Groh was forced to show his own son, Mike Groh, the door. The elder Groh hopes Gregg Brandon can improve the offensive inefficiency.

Brandon will have the luxury of having an experienced quarterback this season. Sewell returns, after getting his academics in order, and will attempt to resurrect some form of an offense. However, Sewell has zero experience to throw the ball to and his leading returning receiver, Jared Green, only amassed twelve receptions last season. Brandon's saving grace may be a talented RB, Mikell Simpson, and a veteran offensive line. Virginia, who has become Lineman U, returns four starters from an offensive line that opened holes all last season. The defensive side of the ball doesn't provide much reason for optimism, either.

Al Groh's defensive unit lost several playmakers, including Clint Stintim and Antonio Appleby. The defense will rely heavily on a veteran defensive line, headlined by Matt Contrath and nose tackle Nate Collins. The defensive backfield appears strong, as well. Ras-I Dowling and Vic Hall are good cover corners and Corey Mosley will be provide some punch at strong safety. The combination of a stout defensive line and strong backfield may help hide the deficiencies at linebacker. Denzel Burrell appears to be the only capable player in that unit, and Groh needs Darren Childs and Aaron Clark to establish themselves within his 3-4 scheme to be successful.

Al Groh has not been successful in his recruiting battles against in-state rival Virginia Tech, but he still brings in his fair share of talent. Groh landed the 33rd ranked class in the country (rivals.com) and has a nice array of players joining his roster. Morgan Moses is a 6'7", 347 pound behemoth of a man at the offensive tackle position. If, and thats a big if, Moses can stay in shape, he has the potential to be an All-American type lineman. Wide Receiver Tim Smith will be forced to make an early impact in Charlottesville. The 6'0", 182 pound wide receiver has sticky hands and is a cunning receiver.

September 5th-William & Mary-Win
September 12th-TCU-Loss
September 19th-@Southern Miss-Loss
October 3rd-@North Carolina-Loss
October 10th-Indiana-Win
October 17th-@Maryland-Loss
October 24th-Georgia Tech-Loss
October 31st-Duke-Win
November 7th-@Miami-Loss
November 14th-Boston College-Loss
November 21st-@Clemson-Loss
November 28th-Virginia Tech-Loss

Season Projection: 3-9 (1-7 ACC)


Damn, Billy Mays..

We've all watched his late night infomercials and thought about buying one of his ridiculous products. We even let him talk us into using ESPN 360 as a way to watch sports while at work! Well, that will never happen again.

The best pitchman in the business, Billy Mays was found dead in his Tampa area home today.

A sad day for infomercial fans all over the country. Everybody say a prayer while using your bottle of mighty puddy glue today.


The Tar Heels of Chapel Hill...

When you think of Carolina Blue and the town of Chapel Hill, basketball is the first thing that comes to mind. Butch Davis is beginning to change that perception. The former Miami coach has taken on the responsibility of turning UNC into something other than just a basketball school, and that perception began to change last season. The Tar Heels made their first bowl appearance in several years (31-30 lost to WVU in Car Care) and hope to continue to improve this season. They possessed a dominant offense last season, but John Shoop has a lot of talent to replace.

Last season the Tar Heels possessed one of the best corps of wide receivers in the country, but graduation has been rough on that unit. The Loss of Hakeem Nicks, Brandon Tate and Brooks Foster will be a blow to the Tar Heels offense, but they hope that junior quarterback T.J. Yates can overcome the lack of targets on the outside. Yates had an excellent freshman campaign, setting several school records, but suffered through an injury plagued sophomore year. Yates needs new wide recievers Dwight Jones and Greg Little to step up and provide him with some help on the outside, and if that happens, he'll have another big year. Davis needs running back Shaun Draughn and his mediocre offensive line to improve and alleviate the pressure on Yates. Yates doesn't need to establish astounding numbers, because a veteran defense will keep UNC in games.

Everett Wither's defense is full of speed, including blazing linebacker Zach Brown. Brown ran a sub 4.3 40 time this spring and he headlines a talented defense. Joining Brown at the linebacker position is leading tackler Quan Studivant and Bruce Carter, giving Wither a capable and playmaking unit. The defensive backfield is stout, as well. All-American candidate, Deaunta Williams, leads a ball hawking pack of defenders from the free safety position. Kendric Burney and Jordan Hemby are both capable corners who can be drive stoppers. However, the defensive line is a question mark within the unit. While all four starters return from last seasons squad, the unit only garnered five sacks all last season. E.J. Wilson and Robert Quinn have to get more pressure from the outside to keep the talented defensive backfield off an island.

Davis helped return Miami to a national power with his ridiculous recruiting classes and he has brought that same effort to Chapel Hill. Davis landed the ninth ranked class in the country (Rivals.com) and it is not short on talent. The class is headlined by 5-star defensive end Donte Moss, who will immediately help the lack of pass rush on the defensive line. Davis attempted to alleviate the loss of his talented wide receivers with the recruitment of Jheranie Boyd, a 6'2" 184 pound burner on the outside. The class was rounded out with the #5 ranked quarterback in the class, Bryn Renner. Renner has a strong arm and will eventually develop into an excellent starting quarterback for the Heels.

September 5th-Citadel-Win
September 12th-@UCONN-Win
September 19th-East Carolina-Win
September 26th-@Georgia Tech-Loss
October 3rd-Virginia-Win
October 10th-Georgia Southern-Win
October 22nd-Florida State-Win
October 29th-@Virginia Tech-Loss
November 7th-Duke-Win
November 14th-Miami-Win
November 21st-@Boston College-Win
November 28th-@N.C. State-Loss

Season Projection: 9-3 (ACC 5-3)


The Wolfpack...

Tom O'Brien inherited a team that was in the gutter , but has seen his win total increase each of his first three years. Last season wasn't expected to include a bowl appearance, but the breakthrough performance of freshman Russell Wilson changed those expectations.

Wilson showed maturity well beyond his years during his freshman campaign, which included an insane 17 touchdowns compared to 1 interception. Wilson has an opportunity to improve on other aspects of his game this season, because he has an improved receiving core. Owen Spencer leads a trio of wide receivers who are capable of putting up big numbers, including sophomore T.J. Graham who has big play ability. The running back position is a different story. O'Brien had a difficult time finding a consistent backfield mate for Wilson last season, and that problem hasn't been alleviated. Jamelle Eugene and Tony Baker will both attempt to steal the starting position, but keep an eye on freshman James Washington. Whomever wins the running back battle will have a solid offensive line to run behind, including tackles Jeraill McCuller and Jake Vermiglio. If the offense can score enough points, N.C. State's defense will help them win games.

Mike Archer's defense returns seven starters from a solid squad last season and is lead by linebacker Nate Irving and defensive end Willie young. Archer's defense also returns defensive tackle, Alan-Michael Cash and the majority of his secondary. DeAndre Morgan is an extremely talented cornerback and can basically shut down his side of the field. If the Wolfpack defense makes the same strides this season as last, they could really do some damage within the ACC.

The recruiting haul was not something to be extremely proud of this season. O'Brien brought in the 52nd ranked class (rivals.com) in the country. His class was filled with players from across the country, including 6'6", 344 pound, Tyson Chandler. Chandler is a huge body that has the ability to play on either side of the ball. He'll be joined by Jarvis Byrd, a defensive back from the state of Florida.

September 3rd-South Carolina-Loss
September 12th-Murray State-Win
September 19th-Gardner-Webb-Win
September 26th-Pittsburgh-Win
October 3rd-@Wake Forest-Loss
October 10th-Duke-Win
October 17th-@Boston College-Win
October 31st-@Florida State-Loss
November 7th-Maryland-Win
November 14th-Clemson-Win
November 21st-@Virginia Tech-Loss
November 28th-North Carolina-Win

Season Projection: 8-4 (5-3 ACC)


The U.......

>> Saturday, June 27, 2009

At the beginning of the decade, Miami was blasting a path of destruction through college football. They had become an NFL breeding ground with players like Clinton Portis and Ed Reed leaving Miami to become NFL superstars. Then Butch Davis left town and the wheels began to fall off the wagon. The end of the Larry Coker era could be described as a disaster and Larry Shannon is the man trying to return the U to their glory days. Mediocrity has reigned supreme in Shannon's first two years, but they returned to a bowl game last year (loss to Cal 24-17) and hope to continue to improve this season. The improvement begins with new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple.

Jacoy Harris is the undisputed quarterback this year after Robert Marve chose to transfer and he hopes to help establish an offense that can actually put points on the board. Offensive efficiency was a major struggle for the Canes last season and they hope a more mature Harris can help change that fate. Harris is a 6'4" quarterback with shiftiness in the pocket. He has the ability to become a bit time playmaker in this offense and help the Canes put points on the board against a mediocre ACC. Graig Cooper provides a solid rushing threat in the backfield (841 yards last season) and when he needs a blow, Javarris James will not cause any worry. Aldarius Johnson is a big time wide receiver on the outside and provides Harris with a solid target. Combine the skill position talent with a veteran offensive line and Miami has the pieces in place to develop a nice offense. Shannon has a new general on defense, as well.

John Lovett inherits a defense that was schizophrenic all season long in 2008. Lovett's defensive unit returns several talented players, including linebackers Sean Spence, Darryl Sharpton and Arthur Brown. The defensive line is stacked with talent and is lead by Marcus Robinson and Eric Moncour. The front seven shouldn't be a problem but the secondary has to improve and the improvement will be lead by the return of free safety Ryan Phillips. Phillips is an NFL prospect and should help relieve the shakiness in the defensive backfield. Expect a more explosive and improved unit under Lovett.

Although Miami's talent level has been considerably lower than usual, Larry Shannon is bringing the swagger back to Coral Gables. Shannon landed the 15th ranked recruiting class in the country (rivals.com) , including stud RBs Mike James and Lamar Miller. Both tailbacks are highly skilled and may be too talented to keep off the field. Shannon also landed one of the top athletes in the nation in Ray Ray Armstrong, A 6'4", 218 pound athlete that will have the ability to play several positions.

September 7th-@Florida State-Loss
September 17th-Georgia Tech-Loss
September 26th-@Virginia Tech-Loss
October 3rd-Oklahoma-Loss
October 10th-Florida A&M-Win
October 17th-@UCF-Win
October 24th-Clemson-Win
October 31st-@Wake Forest-Loss
November 7th-Virginia-Win
November 14th-@North Carolina-Loss
November 21st-Duke-Win
November 28th-@South Florida-Win

Season Projection: 6-6 (3-5)


The Terrible Terrapins...

Ralph Friedgen has attempted to keep the Maryland Terrapins out of mediocrity and develop them into a successful ACC program, but it is a long haul to the top. Friedgen led the Terps to an 8 win season and a victory over Nevada in the Humanitarian Bowl, but much of the team that experienced that success has left College Park, including Darrius Hayward-Bey (7th pick in NFL Draft).

The Terps lost seven starters on defense and another five on offense and have the most defections in the ACC. However, they still have plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball to help them recover from the losses.

Quarterback Chris Turner will provide plenty of leadership and is capable of putting up big numbers (193.5 yards a game). Turner will have the luxury of handing the ball off to a first team All-ACC running back, Da'Rel Scott. Scott rushed for 1333 yards last season and is one of the most talented lead backs in the conference. The loss of Heyward-Bey will be tough to replace, but Torrey Smith will attempt to do just that. Smith is a return specialist, but expect some big numbers from him on the outside. The only worry for Turner should be whether or not he can stay off his backside. Maryland lost three starters on their offensive line. While the offense appears to have potential, defense is a completely different story.

Defensive coordinator Don Brown certainly has his work cut out for him. The Terp's defense lost seven starters and only return one quality player, linebacker Alex Wujciak. Wujciak will most likely be surrounded by Adrien Moten and Demetrius Hartsfield in the linebacking corps. The defensive line lost its most talented player, Jeremy Nevarre and starting defensive end Mack Frost. Brown's defensive backfield was also depleted, but Noland Caroll and company will attempt to dissipate the losses.

The coming year may prove to be a bumpy ride for Friedgen and company, but help is on the way. Maryland landed the 26th best recruiting class in the country (rivals.com). The class is headlined by a monster of a man, Peter White. White is a 6'4", 340 pound guard who has the feet of a 270 pound man. White is already an NFL prospect with that kind of size and may see action immediately on the line. White is joined by RB D.J. Adams and defensive end DeOnte Arnett. Both players could provide immediate help to their respective positions.

September 5th-@California-Loss
September 12th-James Madison-Win
September 19th-Middle Tennessee-Win
September 26th-Rutgers-Loss
October 3rd-Clemson-Loss
October 10th-@Wake Forest-Loss
October 17th-Virginia-Win
October 24th-@Duke-Win
November 7th-@N.C. State-Loss
November 14th-Virginia Tech-Loss
November 21st-@Florida State-Loss
November 28th-Boston College-Win

Season Projection: 5-7 (3-5 ACC)


Lots to Come Today...

What's going on, guys? We hope to get you four or five college football previews up today, barring any unforeseen circumstances. So, expect the ACC to be finished up this weekend sometime...

Also, just wanted to talk about the new PMB store once again...

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Here are a few of our new examples...

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My Thoughts on the 2009 NBA Draft

>> Friday, June 26, 2009

After Derrick and Kris each gave their personal thoughts on the NBA draft, I guess it is my turn to chime in. Here are a few of my thoughts on last night's NBA draft in no particular order:

- Not only did the 2009 draft showcase some of the weakest talent in recent years, it was arguably one of the most boring.

- Speaking in terms of winners and losers, the biggest loser last night had to be Andy Katz for no other reason than its Andy Katz. I mean seriously could he have anymore grease in his hair. Jay Bilas was the biggest winner and looked disappointed he had to even respond to Jeff Van Gundy, Marc Jackson and Stu Scot. Who can blame him? Gotta love Jay!

- Was Hasheem Thabeet wearing a plastic suit? And following his interview, we all know he is blessed because he told us 4,000 times in 2 minutes.

- We can thank Stu Scot for pointing out to the world Memphis Grizzle's draft pick Demarrie Carroll has a liver disease. After that opening statement, Stu quickly reassured us he wouldn't need a transplant for several decades.

- How old is James Harden really?

- Austin Daye wore a sweater to show us he has bulked up. To my surprise, he still weighs 114 pounds.

- Tyler Hansbrough will be a bust in the NBA. He also might want to get his thyroid checked because his eyes look like there about to pop out of his head. What were the Pacers thinking?

- Ricky Rubio looks more like a Jonas brother than an NBA player. Rubio, cut your hair.

- The Minnesota Timberwolves had 47 first round picks and pick two point guards. Clearly they were prepared for the draft.

- Blake Griffin will be better in the NBA than his brother, Taylor.

- Gerald Henderson looks like his dad.

- Terrence Williams was going to a club after the draft based on the suit he was wearing.

- I think DeJuan Blair has had surgery on both knees. I'm just guessing. But he has never missed practice because of those knees.

- David Stern has not aged in 15 years.

- Will we actually see any player other than Blake Griffin in the NBA next year?

- That dude from Congo can jump.

- Johnny Flynn is hyper.

- I wish Brandon Jennings was still supporting the Kid-n-Play hairdo.

- Lastly, Jodie Meeks was a steal in the second round.

Just a few of my thoughts.


Several Have Asked...

and they will receive....the following post is a post that was made when this blog was first started and helped attracted several readers to our site...maybe we should make fun of Serena Williams a bit more these days! Enjoy..

The Ghetto Booty Queen

.....You can't photoshop that booty....

Serena Williams wants to write a screen play...

Yes, you read that right....after ripping the world's #1 tennis player, Dinara Safina, a new one in a recent ESPN article, Serena has now declared she wants to write a screen play.

I can see it now...

Tyler Perry approaches former Piston's center, Ben Wallace, about a current role...

He fails to tell Mr. Wallace what the role involves, but Wallace accepts on the spot, because his NBA career has diminished and, of course, its Tyler Perry..

Wallace then gets the screen play and realizes it's written by Serena Williams. Wallace is shocked (he had no idea Serena was multi-talented) and begins to read the script. The script details the life of a female tennis player, whom struggles with her weight and ridiculous taste in fashion. Wallace assumes he will be playing her off the court love interest. Wallace thinks to himself, "This could be a solid flick."

Wallace shows up for the first day of filming and then is informed...he is, ACTUALLY, playing the role of Serena.

Hey, it could work, right?

I think so!


Random thought about the draft...

Derrick did a fine job with the points he made about the draft, I just wanted to add something from last night that caught my attention. What is it Kris that is so important that you had make a post about it? Easy. The Cleveland Cavaliers. No, I'm not talking about this team from a basketball standpoint but instead a dancing one.

We have all seen Lebron dance and do his pregame shenanigans. The guy can dance plain and simple. To be 6'8 and 250+ pounds he looks pretty smooth on the dance floor. Just check out his insurance commericial dancing to Kid n' Play. The Cavs just traded for Shaquille O'neal who has also been known to tear it up. Who didn't love Shaq as a jabawakie?

Finally, after the Cavs drafted that guy from the Congo alkajdflkadjflka or whatever the team name was (Who by the way had a nasty looking dunk in his highlight video that looked to be shot at a local single A elementary game), the Cavs redemeed themself and drafted possibly the best dancer that also doubles as a basketball player. Danny Green is a dancing machine. I hope he makes the team and doesn't start just so I can see him do whatever it is he does before games that he calls dancing. I like to think the Cavs drafted him just because of his dancing ability and what he can add to their already dynamic pregame show.

Here is a home video on youtube, it takes awhile before he starts but it's the only one I could find that would let me post it.


A Few Thoughts on the NBA Draft....

After watching one of the most boring and talentless NBA drafts in recent memory, I decided to put together a few thoughts on some of the happenings.

-Hasheem Thabeet as the second pick in the draft is one of the most laughable things in NBA history. People do realize that Thabeet has less moves than a wheelchair basketball player, right? Seriously, he's Dasagna Diop with two extra inches. This pick has bust written all over it, but what else would we expect from the Memphis freakin' Grizzles.

-James Harden is one articulate dude. I was very, very impressed with his interview skills and he was rockin' a solid bowtie. I think he's a bit overrated talent wise, but he is a much better pick than the aforementioned Thabeet.

-Ok, seriously, I hope Minnesota plans on trading one of those picks. They're not stupid enough to try and keep two lottery point guards on the roster. Are they? I thought that kind of stupidity would leave Minneapolis with Kevin McHale. Ricky Rubio is a flashy point guard, though. I'm interested to see what kind of player that pre-pubescent teenager becomes in 2023.

-Jordan Hill has some ghetto flare to him...I liked him showing a little anger toward the idiots in the WAMU Theater.

-Seriously, Tyler Hansbrough at 13? SERIOUSLY?

-Apparently, they play basketball in Guadeloupe? Rodrigue Beaubois is a name I have never heard in my life...

-How does San Antonio continue to catch the luck of the Irish in the draft? Seriously, how does the man who beasted Hasheem Thabeet all season long get drafted 35 spots lower than him? Do scouts not realize that Blair put a 20-20 spot on that 7 foot 3 inch "reh-tard?"

-Derrick Brown from Xavier is my sleeper in this draft. That kid has as much athleticism as anyone in this draft and will be a solid contributor in the NBA.

-I told you guys Jodie would stay in the draft with a mid-to-late second round guarantee...and that's exactly what he got...

-What happened to Chase Buddinger? Wasn't he supposed to be a lottery pick after his freshman year? From lottery to a few picks away from Mr. Irrelevant. Ouch. Maybe he should just join the Olympic Volleyball team.

-Once again San Antonio got lucky and landed super scorer Jack McClinton. McClinton has the ability to be Eddie House-esque and will be a solid pick up for the Spurs.

-What are people thinking by passing on St. Mary's point guard, Patty Mills. This kid lit up international competition in the Olympics and is another late round steal!

and, finally...

-Stu Scott retire immediately. You're played out....Seriously, you're becoming the black version of Chris Berman, You don't want to be in the same boat as him, so just flip your life to the cool side of the retirement pillow and just go away.


Busy Today...

I don't have much time, but Bill Simmons draft diary is a great read...

While, it's about 18,000 words, he entertains as usual. Check it out..

More news later..


Meeks is a Buck!

>> Thursday, June 25, 2009

Jodie Meeks is now a Milwaukee Buck. With the 41st overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected University of Kentucky guard Jodie Meeks in the second round.

As the 41st pick, Jodie can now silence the critics who said he would go undrafted. Meeks joins Brandon Jennings, who was selected as the 10th overall pick by the Bucks. More to come later...


The Ramblin' Wreck...

Paul Johnson brought his triple-option attack to Atlanta from the Naval Academy and it received more than its fair share of criticism....until the season began. Johnson's throwback offense put up great numbers all year long and helped the Yellow Jackets to a nine win season. Will defenses be more keen to stop the three-pronged rushing attack after a year of film or will Johnson's crew continue to excel?

Jonathan Dwyer believes it will flourish and he has good reason for that mindset. Dwyer rushed for 1,395 yards and 12 touchdowns and was named the ACC Player of the Year last season and is expecting an even bigger junior season. Dwyer isn't alone on offense, because eight other starters will return to join him on the offensive side of the ball.

Dwyer will be joined by Roddy Jones (700 yards rushing) and Louisville transfer Anthony Allen in the backfield. That running back trio gives quarterback Josh Nesbitt plenty of options to pitch the ball to or fake the pitch and bust down the sideline. Nesbitt is a serious threat on the ground and rushed for nearly 700 yards last season, but his passing game must improve. Nesbitt completed under 45% of his passes last season, so it can't get much worse. Nesbitt's favorite target, Demaryius Thomas, returns to help on the outside and provide some semblance of a downfield threat. Offense isn't the only position with talent returning for the Jackets.

Dave Wommack's defense returns eight starters and is lead by cornerback Rashaad Reid and Sedri Griffin. While the defense struggled at times last year (42 points to UGA, 38 points against LSU), Wommack expects the squad to improve with a year's maturity. However, after losing Michael Johnson, Vance Walker and Darryl Richard, they must find help on the defensive line.

Bobby Johnson had never attempted to recruit against the big boys, but he managed to put together a capable class (49th according to rivals.com). David Sims is a tremendous athlete who has potential to get snaps under center and will provide a dynamic playmaker for the offensive unit. J.C. Lanier headlines the defensive haul. The four-star defensive tackle should provide some help on a thin interior.

September 5th-Jacksonville State-Win
September 10th-Clemson-Win
September 17th-@Miami, FL-Win
September 26th-North Carolina-Win
October 3rd-@Mississippi State-Loss
October 10th-@Florida State-Loss
October 17th-Virginia Tech-Loss
October 24-@Virginia-Win
October 31-@Vanderbilt-Loss
November 7th-Wake Forest-Win
November 14-@Duke-Win
November 28th-Georgia-Loss

Season Projection: 7-5 (6-2 ACC)


Rondo's Agent Speaks ...

Danny Ainge, General Manager of the Boston Celtics, just can't seem to get his story straight regarding point guard Rajon Rondo . On Tuesday Aingie was very fond of Rondo, stating he loved the kid and thought he had a bright future ahead of him. On Wednesday Aingie was publicly critical of Rondo stating he needed to "grow up" and "his presence hurt the team" during the Eastern Conference semifinals.

After Ainge's public criticism of Rondo to WEEI, Bill Duffy, Rondo's agent, fired back at Ainge stating,

"I don't think that it's appropriate to say that about one of your top players. Even if it's spoken constructively, I don't think it should be done in public. I don't think he would like it if Wyc [Grousbeck, the organization's managing partner] was talking about him in public."

After Ainge stated Tuesday that he did not anticipate trading any of the Celtics core players, his actions leave Rondo's future with the Celtics up in the air. One day he praises his point guard and the very next day he verbally attacks him. Danny needs to get his story straight before he goes public. It will be interesting to see what Danny Boy has to say tomorrow ...


Where Will Elliot End Up?

Elliot Williams, whom earlier this week declared his intentions to transfer from Duke , has decided on his list of schools. Williams possibilities include Memphis, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

The former Dukie said of the four selected schools,

"That's why I'm looking at these schools, because I know them. I know the coaches," Williams said.

Williams is a former McDonald's All-American from Memphis and was forced to return closer to home because of an illness with his mother. If an illness is the main reasoning for the move, one would think that Memphis would be a clear leader, but it appears that Williams will exhaust all of his options.

Williams is applying for a waiver to play immediately due to the illness. The situation is similar to Tennessee's Tyler Smith and there is a decent chance of the waiver being approved. With the aforementioned scenario, Kentucky's chances increase because of the availability of Jodie Meeks scholarship.

There is no timetable on his decision, at this moment.


Vinsanity to Orlando?

Vince Carter is headed to Orlando. The Orlando Magic, fresh of an appearance in the NBA Finals, are upgrading their roster for another run at a title.

The Magic will send Skip to My Lou, Courtney Lee and 86 year old Tony Battie to New Jersey and receive Vince and Ryan Anderson in the swap. Sure, Vince isn't the same man that once dunked over a 7'1" man, but he will still provide even more dynamite to an already dangerous offense. The loss of Courtney Lee will hurt in the future, but it appears Orlando wants to win now and, if they resign Turkoglu, they'll have a roster as good or better than the Cleveland Cavaliers.

It's been an extremely busy pre-draft week with lots of big names changing teams. Tonight should be interesting!

More to come later regarding the draft and more college football previews!


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A 7'1", 315 Pound Black Man in Cleveland?

Lebron is finally getting some help that's not named Big Z. Shaq appears to be joining him in Cleveland in another pre-draft trade. Shaq will head to Cleveland in exchange for Ben Wallace, Sasha Pavlovic, the 46th pick in the draft and 500,000 dollars.

Cleveland, it seems, is doing everything in their power to keep Lebron from bolting following the 2010 season and this is a solid start. While, my favorite team, the Suns are apparently going back to their cheap ass ways. Maybe they need to admit that the whole Steve Kerr hiring has been nothing short of a disaster. Thanks for blowing up the most exciting team in the NBA, Steve. Idiot.


The Florida State Bobby Bowden's....

>> Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Entering Bobby Bowden's last season, FSU continues its return toward excellence. The ACC is yearning for one of the Florida schools to return to dominance. The ACC championship game has been beyond a disappointment the last two season, averaging under 35,000 in attendance. Consider that FSU reeled in 36,000 fans for their spring game, and you can understand why ACC officials are screaming for FSU's return to powerhouse status.

FSU is coming off a 9 win season and has the talent on the offensive side of the ball to continue their climb back up the ACC rankings. Christian Ponder is as athletic a quarterback you will find and if he improves in the efficiency department, Jimbo Fisher's offense will excel. Ponder will have a stacked offensive line in front of him that will help keep him off his backside and open holes for the running game. Antone Smith graduated, but FSU will succeed with a tandem of serviceable backs, Jermaine Thomas and Carlton Jones. The only question mark revolves around the wide receiver position. How will the Seminoles replace Greg Carr and Preston Parker on the outside? Senior Richard Goodman and sophomore Bert Reed will attempt to dissipate the worries.

Mickey Andrews defensive has been depleted and will return only three starters from last year's stellar unit. Nose tackle Kendrick Stewart and d-backs Jamie and Patrick Robinson will be surrounded by inexperience. Can Andrew's defense absorb the loss of All-ACC players Myron Rolle and Everette Brown? Their ACC title hopes hinge on the defenses maturation process.

The state of Florida will always be a hotbed for recruiting and FSU continues to compete with the best teams in the country. Bowden landed the seventh best class in the country(rivals.com) and talent is a plenty. The class is headlined by five-star defensive tackle, Jacobbi McDaniel. McDaniel is an explosive lineman who is nearly impossible to block. McDaniel is joined by Greg Reid and Jajuan Harley on the defensive side of the ball and both players will be forced into action immediately. The offense added two solid running backs in Lonnie Pryor and Chris Thompson and the wide receivers corp will ask for help from Willie Haulsted.

September 7th-Miami(Fl)-Win
September 12th-Jacksonville State-Win
September 19th-@BYU-Win
September 26th-South Florida-Win
Ocotboer 3rd-@Boston College-Win
October 10th-Georgia Tech-Win
October 22nd-@North Carolina-Loss
October 31-N.C. State-Win
November 7th-Clemson-Win
November 14th-@Wake Forest-Win
November 21st-Maryland-Win
November 28th-@Florida-Loss

Season Projection: 10-2 (7-1 ACC)


You got to love his cockiness

So Phil Jackson thinks he can coach only home games now? This is hilarious. To my knowledge, nothing like this has ever happened before. Personally, I like how he rolls. Let Kurt Rambis take all those trips to the east coast and he can just coach 41 games in Los Angles.

Now more than likely, Phil would go on some road games but just not take the long trips. I hope next year if this happens, the Lakers win the finals and Phil only coaches the home games. According to ESPN, L.A. would be okay if this happened as long as they get to keep Phil on as a coach.

This is completely ridiculous, but it would be great if it happened. Phil is in a win win situation with this. If the Lakers don't repeat it's because he was too sick to coach them on road trips. If the Lakers do somehow win the finals again, it's because Phil is a good enough coach to get it done just showing up and coaching them in L.A. Either way, this will have to be signed off by Kobe Bryant, who may want to coach the team on away games himself and skip over the assistants. Should be interesting.


U.S.A! U.S.A!

I'm not gonna sit here and pretend to be a fan of the boring sport known as soccer, but what happened today is an unbelievable achievement for the United States Soccer team.

Defeating the number one team in the world, Spain, sent shock waves around the soccer community. To put this into perspective, Spain hadn't been beaten in 35 straight matches and held a 15 straight win streak. This is only the second time in history that the United States has beaten the #1 ranked team (Brazil in '98). Team USA now has three days to prepare for a rematch with Brazil in the Confederations Cup finals and another chance at a monumental upset.

So, put your hands together and savor an exciting moment regarding soccer, because this is not likely to happen again!


5-Star Guard, Doron Lamb...

John Calipari and The University of Kentucky have a visitor on campus today. Doron Lamb, a five star SG, is visiting the Wildcat's today. Lamb is considered to be a top 10 guard in next year's class and appears to be the backup plan to Will Barton. Lamb plays for Steve Smith at Oak Hill Academy.

Many expect Calipari to push heavily for a commitment today and if the visit goes well, expect good news.


Another Blow to the Dukies...

Elliot Williams, an integral part of Duke's 2009 roster, has decided to leave the team. Williams cited family reasons as the means of departure.

Coach K was quoted regarding the situation,

"We fully support him in his efforts to be closer to [his family] during this trying time," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He is a good young man with an opportunity to become an outstanding player. We wish him well as he determines his future. He will always be a part of our program and we will always be in his corner."

The departure is a huge blow to the Dukies, because they are now left with only two returning guards on the roster, Nolan Smith and John Scheyer. Williams insertion into the starting lineup was key to a moderate late season surge by the Blue Devils.

The slow decent continues for Duke. I fully expect a mid-season surgery for Coach K this year, similar to the 1995 excuse.

Unless, of course, he decides to take that Lakers job that may open up....


Volleyball Booty of the Week.....#8

That's a goooooood one!