ACC Championship, College Playoffs and Bowlin’ Time

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Long time no see or post. Im just gonna list some stuff, because I dont know when I’ll be back on TSB.

1. Had to add something different from the last post from months ago.

2. UNC will not make the CFP Final Four even if they beat Clemson. Strength of schedule (weak), havent played a ranked team until they face Clemson. Unless there are some other upsets like Florida Beating Alabama. I just dont see it happening.

3. In the words of the illustrious Small and PettyPat, SCOREBOARD! Statefan. Stop crying about the refs, you got beat by a better team. You have your hand in the dirt and you got your face in the dirt (especially in the first quarter).

4. Congrats to Frank Beamer going out with a bowl game. Justin Fuente from Memphis will take over in Hokieland next year. Keeping longtime D Coordinator Bud Foster on the staff, good move.

5. Speaking of coaches…Mark Richt out at Georgia after 15 years. Word is they are zeroing in on Kirby Smart, Alabama’s DC, and a Georgia Alum. The N&O threw Fedora’s name out there as a good fit.

6. Virginia is also looking for a new coach, along with South Carolina, Missouri, the real USC, Miami, but not LSU.

7. and now not USC, they just hired their interim coach.

8. Carry on, Melonfarmers.

Lebron James Sending up to 1,100 Kids to College

Lebron James is a very polarizing figure. People either love him or despise him. I have never understood the angst people have with James; I get the fallout from “The Decision”, but he did raise a lot of money for charity with that debacle so I’ve always given him a pass there. He has once again gone above and beyond the scope of normal benevolence. Partnering with the University of Akron, a program is now in place that could send up to 1,100 kids to college on a full scholarship.

I am sure the haters are still going to find a way to hate on him for this, just like they found ways to blame him for every missed shot and defensive breakdown in the Cavs’ loss to the Warriors in the NBA Finals. I mean, we all know Bron-Bron was a complete no-show there, just like he is on the streets of his community.

Some Dude Named LeBron

I don’t know if you are aware of this guy or not, but there is some guy named LeBron James in the NBA.  Said guy is a pretty decent basketball player, too.  I think I saw him do a chest pass once that didn’t even bounce before it got to the other player.

Seriously though, how good is LeBron?  40 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks.  That’s his line from last night’s Game 3 win for the Cavs, who could also be called LeBron And The Guys From The Break Room, but that would be too long to fit on a jersey (although I could fit it by sublimating it for sure).  If the Cavs win this series, there will be zero doubt as to why.

Is this the greatest performance in the NBA Finals in history?  Hard to think of one that would top it if LeBron averages 40PPG, 12RPG and 8APG on the way to lifting the trophy.

And who was the league MVP this season?  Stephen Curry was voted in but…


I know this is lazy of me, but I do not have the time to post a proper analysis of this yet. However, you need somewhere to discuss this without being labeled as “ABCers” or “UNC Blinders Wearing Homers With Your Head In The Sand”.

ESPN write up is here. is here.

Yahoo Sports is here.

Why #Deflategate Matters

First of all, if you aren’t a semi-serious sports fan, stop reading.  Right now.  This is going to be a post about the air pressure levels of footballs, so it’s probably not something a casual sports fan cares about at all.

OK…for the rest of us, here’s why #Deflategate matters.

I didn’t do the research, but it’s out there.  Here is a post from Sharp Football Analysis that details just how much the New England Patriots’ tendency to fumble dropped once the rule changes Tom Brady (among others) lobbied for in the mid-2000’s went into effect.

Every single media member who talks about the air pressure issue talks about Tom Brady’s completion percentage, and how it didn’t change all that much.  They talk about the AFC Championship Game, and how it was a blow, and how the balls were switched in the second half anyway.

But, what they don’t talk about is how a ball that has less air in it is easier to grip.  Easier to catch.  Easier to hold on to after the catch.  Easier to maintain possession of as giant men try to rip it out of your hands.

Those situations are where the New England Patriots really gained an advantage over their NFL peers, and there are two things that are certain:

#1.  Tom Brady knew about the under-inflated balls.

#2.  It was NOT a one game event.

It’s easy to prove those two statements.

#1.  The guy who deflated the balls was a part-time, game day employee.  Tom Brady makes millions of dollars a year.  Do you think the part-time guy is doing anything to those footballs that wasn’t requested by the multi-millionaire star of the show?  I have never made a dime throwing a football.  But, if you lined twelve of them up in front of me, with two at 13.5 PSI, eight at 12.5 PSI, and the last two at 11.5 PSI, I have no doubt I could tell you which is which.  Tom Brady, who throws footballs for a living, would have known immediately if a ball wasn’t right, in the same way that a pro golfer can let you know if his grip has an extra layer of tape underneath it.

#2.  In the Wells Report, the guy who deflated the balls called himself “The Deflator” in text messages.  Text messages from May 2014.  Despite what New England and its fans would have you believe, there is not much of a chance that some inside joke between him and his friend was about something other than footballs.

New England plays its home games in some of the toughest conditions of any NFL stadium.  As it turns out, for some amount of time (more than one game) they have played those games with balls that were more suited for that weather than the rules of the NFL allow.  All of those games were not blowouts.

That’s why the team gets fined.  That’s why the team loses draft picks.  That’s why Tom Brady gets suspended.  That’s why the air in the balls is a big deal.

Bill Guthridge, 1937-2015


Bill Guthridge, who assisted University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill head coach Dean Smith for 30 years before taking over the Tar Heel program in 1998, died Tuesday night at the age of 77.

Guthridge went 80-28 in his three seasons as UNC’s head coach before retiring prior to the 2000-01 season. Guthridge was the consensus National Coach of the Year in 1997-98 after leading UNC to an ACC Tournament title and the Final Four in the first season after Smith’s retirement. Guthridge, a Kansas State University graduate, join Smith’s staff in 1967.

He led UNC to two Final Fours in his three seasons as head coach. RIP Coach.