Rob Moxley Likes Twitter

Despite the fact that I do follow Rob Moxley on Twitter, I missed this tirade due to my Twitter being logged off.  Luckily, BackingThePack.com did not miss it.

That is pretty good stuff right there.  I particularly like the 1/4 full arena and NJ/NY blasts.

Yeah, I do not really care for behavior like this from a leadership position.  Were it Gottfried that tweeted this I would be killing him.  Since it is not the head coach though, it does not seem as bad and is mainly just funny to me.

However, if this rant was in reaction to being told that Brandon Ingram is going to Duke, then I have a larger issue with it.

 

Bam!! B.A.M!!! In The Face!!

Ok, so at the end of the day this may be a little meaningless, but it does speak to the levels of training that the players are going through.  Strength and conditioning has long been an issue for the men’s basketball team from NC State.  It looks like that ship has finally sailed, as the Wolfpack are now a standard to be measured against where fitness training is concerned.

Basic Athletic Measurement testing is one of many metrics used by the NBA to scrutinize and evaluate talent.  NC State is one of a handful of programs that brings the BAM people in to test its players.  So how did the Pack measure up?  Well, they outperformed this year’s NBA draft class and depending on scale it was either close, or not even close…  imagine what the numbers will be when BJ Anya is finally in shape?

Take from it what you will, but at least Pack Fan can rest its laurels on the fact that its strength and conditioning program is on the right track.  Now they just need how to figure out a method of turning winning in the training room into winning in the arena.

Tim Tebow is an Eagle?

Chip Kelly never disappoints. Just when you think you know what he is planning to do with the QB position, he goes out and signs Tim Tebow. That’s right. Touchdown Jesus is back, and this time with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles, who already traded Nick Foles and a second round pick for Sam Bradford. Yes, the same Sam Bradford who is not even eligible to be the starter because he has to be cleared by his doctor.

But wait, there’s more. This is the same Sam Bradford who has not one, but two ACL surgeries, and has one year left on his rookie deal that will pay him over $13million this season. Foles, who was due to make about $650K, is never going to be the QB that fits what Kelly wants to do on offense, but he is every bit as mobile as the twice cut Bradford.

And hey, Mark Sanchez, here is another $5million for you to come back for next season.

Let’s not forget that Chipper traded up in 2013 to grab Matt Barkley.

All I know is that Eagles Fan better hope that Kelly pulls his master plan off and lands Marcus Mariota on draft day. Otherwise, there is a chance that Tim Freaking Tebow winds up being your Week 1 starter in Philly. All he has to do is outperform Mark Sanchez in the preseason, and you know the Tebow fans will come out in droves pounding sports radio and the web with their pro-Tebow nonsense.

Granted, trading Foles was not necessarily a bad move, but I do question the timing of it.  Why not use Foles as a chip to move up and get Mariota?  He costs about $12.5million less this year than Bradford does, and he is not coming off his second straight missed season due to knee surgery.  Do not even get me started on the Eagles giving up a second round pick in the deal.  So while I would certainly have traded Foles, I would not have done it in a manner like this.

Bradford, by the way, has long been rumored to just be a trading chip himself.  Not to help the rumor mill too much, the Eagles have yet to offer Bradford jerseys in their stores or on their site yet.  Coincidence?

 

Argyle

Right before the 1991-92 basketball season, UNC unveiled a change to the men’s basketball uniforms. Designed by UNC alum Alexander Julian, they featured an argyle pattern down the sides. After the initial “outrage” the pattern has become a signature part of the uniform.

Now 20+ years later, UNC Nike is adding the argyle pattern to the football uniform. Yes, the football uniforms are being updated again. They recently were switched to this…what, two years ago?

An #OURBLUE teaser video came out on twitter last week, showing designers waxing poetic about Carolina blue and the football uniform (with a blurry model in the background), then for some reason at a Kenny Chesney concert in Greensboro, some UNC helmets were brought on stage with an argyle down the middle. The rest is supposed to be revealed sometime today. The Oregon-ization of college football uniforms continues. Multi-colors, chrome helmets, UNC adding argyle, NC State has helmets with wolf eyes on the back, Duke has all black. Even the basketball uniforms are changing with special “march madness” uniforms from Adidas.

 

Will it ever stop, yo, I dont know.

Brandon Ingram Update

According to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello’s Twitter feed, Brandon Ingram told ESPN that Duke was in home for a visit this morning.  Up next is Kansas tomorrow, followed by NC State on Monday, and UNC on Wednesday.  No mention of Kentucky, and UCLA is trying to get something set up.

With all three Triangle teams in hot pursuit of Brandon, and with this recruitment going back a few years now, this is a decision that all of us should be excited for.  No word on when said decision will be made yet.

If a Tree Falls In The Forest

So it has been a while since TSB was up and running.  Even before it mysteriously stopped working all of a sudden, I would be hard pressed to say that it was still up and running.  Now, however, we finally have Thee Blog back in its proper form.  Until I redesign it at some point, any way.  So what happened in sports while we were gone?  Do those things really even count if we could not bitch and moan about them here on Thee Blog?  Continue reading

Attrition Galore

This year there are quite a few early departures for the NBA draft.  Hit the jump to see a current list of players who have declared.  Who should have stayed?  Who else should have gone?  How does this change the landscape for next season? Continue reading

ACC Bowlin’

11 ACC teams and Notre Dame were selected for bowl games.

The number of selections matches the total from 2013, when the ACC became the first-ever conference to place 11 teams in bowl games. -theACC.com

Here is the ACC lineup

Rose: (3) Florida State vs (2) Oregon
Orange: Georgia Tech vs Mississippi
Russell Athletic: Clemson vs Oklahoma

Music City: Notre Dame vs LSU
Belk: Louisville vs. Georgia
Pinstripe: Boston College  vs. Penn State
Sun Duke vs. Arizona State – El Paso, TX

Military: Virginia Tech vs Cincinnati
Independence: Miami vs South Carolina
Quick Lane: North Carolina vs Rutgers – Detriot, MI
Bitcoin: NC State vs Central Florida –  St. Petersburg, FL

Armed Forces: Pittsburgh vs Houston

There was some shuffling in the bowls that some ACC teams ended up going to, this was because the final committee rankings determine the top bowl matchups.

From BCInterruption.comThe biggest losers in the ACC bowl reshuffle were Louisville, N.C. State and Pittsburgh. Louisville went from a presumed trip to Orlando (RAB? Citrus?) to face a Big 12 or SEC opponent to the decidedly less sexy trip to Charlotte and the Belk Bowl (though against a solid Georgia team). N.C. State similarly tumbled from the “Tier I” set of bowls all the way to the conference’s flex spot in the Bitcoin Bowl vs. UCF, somehow bypassing three bowls in the conference’s “Tier II” in the process. Finally, poor Pitt was relegated to the Armed Forces Bowl vs. Houston — the second straight year the Panthers land in a replacement bowl slot against a team playing without their head coach.

I dont know all the ins and outs of the bowl Tiers, maybe one you all are more knowledgeable about it. Basically the Big 10 gained and got the Citrus slot over an ACC team, and Notre Dame jumped up and took a spot in the Music City Bowl, while NC State tumbled to a lower tier bowl in St. Petersburg.

Happy Birthday Nino!

I do not have a lot of time to spend on this here blog these days, but I wanted to take a minute and wish a very happy birthday to our own Nino Brown.  As I’ve gotten to know Nino better over the years, I can say that it is an honor to call the man my friend and I could not think higher of him.  Hats off to you, sir, and thank you for all that you do here for TSB.

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