One of the lone bright spots for the NC State football team this year was the play of one Shadrach Thornton. Unfortunately, the running back is once again facing legal issues. Already having one assault charge deferred back in June, Thornton could be in very hot water with a new sexual assault charge possibly pending. No details have been released in regards to the new investigation, but when the Po-Po arrived at his College Inn apartment they found weed in his room, as well as in the common area and in J.J. Jones room. Jones, who has already announced that he is transferring, also had a bottle of Naproxen, which is basically a prescription version of Aleve. Jones, however, was not the name on the label.
Based on the weed alone, you can bet your sweet ass that Thornton’s time at NC State is finished. He will absolutely be facing those charges from back in June now, and NC State is not the kind of institution that looks kindly on its players hitting or abusing women.
I’m not going to kill either guy for smoking dope. When you are on the football team though, and getting a free education (whether you are taking advantage of it or not) you just have to know better. While Thornton’s play on the field will be missed, this type of off-field shenanigans will not be. I have zero tolerance for anyone who lays a hand on a woman, and even less if there is any form of sexual assault involved. IF he is guilty, I hope he rots down Western Boulevard for a while.
Busy weekend in sports as we head towards Turkey Day and the final regular season weekend of college football.
North Carolina beat Old Dominion 80-20. Both head coaches agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to 10 minutes, a modern mercy rule. Some were calling Fedora classless, dont know why, they had scout team players in and took a knee on a fourth and goal. Cant just stop playing. ( btw, Florida State and South Carolina also won by 60 or more points)
Duke beat Wake Forest 28-21. This sets up a big game vs North Carolina this weekend, they win and they will be in the ACC Championship Game vs Florida State.
What is it with the ACC triangle teams losing at home to small schools? The trend continued in Raleigh as NC Central claimed their first win ever over an ACC school by beating NC State 82-72 in overtime. The Eagles led by 6 at halftime and never trailed in the second half. NC State sent the game into overtime on a Patrick Wallace 3 pointer with 2.7 seconds left. Then Central scored the first nine points in overtime.
NC Central went to the free throw line 45 times…and made 41 of them (UNC take notice).
NC Central’s Jeremy Ingram led the way with 29 points.
UNC 34, Pitt 27 – Last year it was Gio Bernard who had a game winning punt return touchdown for North Carolina, this year, freshman Ryan Switzer’s second punt return touchdown of the game was the clincher on the road against Pitt. The game-winning 61-yard punt return came with about five minutes to play, after UNC had blown a 27-3 third quarter lead and Pitt had tied the game at 27.
Duke 48, Miami 30 – Duke took control of the ACC Coastal Division with an upset of the 24th ranked Hurricanes. The Blue Devils are 8-2 and have won six games in a row.
Boston College 38, NC State 21 – Andre Williams rushed for a BC record 339 yards and Boston College (6-4) became bowl eligible with the win over the Wolfpack.
Florida State 59, Syracuse 3 – Florida State are now officially the ACC Atlantic Division Champions. They continued to roll, as the second ranked team in the nation dominated Syracuse from the start. Jamies Winston didnt seem bothered by any off the field distractions from this past week.
Maryland 27, Virginia Tech 24 OT – Senior Day at Maryland and the Terps also became bowl eligible with the overtime win. The Hokies have lost three of their last four games.
In this jaded reality we call life, it is easy to forget about the nature of humanity. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that for every Richie Incognito, for every Jerry Sandusky, for every Casey Anthony, there are hundreds of thousands of people with warm hearts and good intentions. After the Summer, and the constant drivel about government shutdowns, debt ceilings, rapes, murders, Riley Cooper, Incognito/Martin… the list is endless and full of shortsighted, egotistical assholes who tear down our faith in humanity, the world clearly needs to be saved from the blather and actions of the negative losers who want to bring us all down. Who could possibly step in and save the day?
The Atlanta Braves are moving out of that old, old ballpark of 20 years Turner Field. To a new shiny suburbia stadium in Cobb County. Turner Field, built as the main stadium for the 96 Olympics and then transformed into a baseball park, will be torn down when the Braves lease expires in 2016.
The Cobb County Government will be paying $300 million dollars for the stadium, with the Braves covering the rest of the $672 million dollar price tag. The Braves want to build an entertainment district around the stadium with shops and restaurants & bars to help bring people to the area before and after the games.
The new stadium will also be smaller than Turner Field, with 41,000 seats.