L.O.I.C.

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.

CBSSports.com is here.

Yahoo Sports is here.

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.

NCAA Finds Wainstein Report “Troubling” – Bubba Finds Wainstein Report “Not Quite That Bad”

Not a lot of time to expound on this at the moment, but here are a few links for your reading enjoyment.  Or agony.

Bubba does not think the academic fraud was really all that bad.  Here is my favorite quote from him so far, when discussing possible NCAA sanctions:

“I wouldn’t speculate on any sanctions,” he said. “There’s nothing new in the report that we haven’t seen before with a few exceptions – more than a few exceptions. The scope, certainly, would definitely be one.”

Say what?  Nothing new with a few exceptions.  Oh, wait.  More than a few exceptions.  So which is it, nothing new, or a lot of new items?

Then we have this gem, also from the N&O, which pretty much calls for Roy William’s head. Here is the thing with Coach Williams.  He talks out of both sides of his mouth at times.  We have heard him say that he is not involved in the academics of his players at all, and then we have heard him say that he steered players out of AFAM because he was concerned with the clustering.  Which is it?  Are you involved with academics or not, Coach Williams?  Let us face facts, clustering is part of the game of collegiate athletics.  There is always going to be clustering and it makes sense that there would be.  It would be interesting to see what kind of clustering took place at Kansas while he was there.

The first N&O link above about Bubba also hits on Mark Emmert and his comments about the Wainstein report.  He finds it troubling, and if you read into his quotes on this ESPN article, it could spell trouble for UNC athletics as a whole.

“Just based on the (Kenneth) Wainstein report, this is a case that potentially strikes at the heart of what higher education is about,” Emmert said Monday. “Universities are supposed to take absolutely most seriously the education of their students, right? I mean that’s why they exist, that’s their function in life. If the Wainstein report is accurate, then there was severe, severe compromising of all those issues, so it’s deeply troubling. … It’s absolutely disturbing that we find ourselves here right now.”

He also discussed infractions at UGA, and the potential impacts of the O’Bannon case.  He would not discuss the issues at Florida State, apparently.  All in all, there could be some dark days looming on the horizon for the ACC.

Monday Morning Fodder

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.

Will Jameis Winston be able to play in the Championship Game, and a possible National Championship? We wont find out until after Thanksgiving.

East Carolina beat NC State in Raleigh 42-28.  State fans had to endure the “Our State” chants again, and a billboard on Capital Blvd.  Some statefans have called for that campaign to be retired.

Duke basketball escapes with a 91-90 win over Vermont. Coach K said they were “lucky to win”. 

UNC basketball bounces back with two wins over the weekend, including a 93-84 win over defending champs and #3 ranked Louisville. Marcus Paige had a career high 32 points.

Carolina Panthers won their 7th game in a row, Manning cant beat Brady, Brian McCann to the Yankees, five years, $85 million.

Ice Up, Son!

UNC and NC State need a Football Trophy

How much for one rib?
How much for one rib?

I came across this gallery from SI.com the other day showing college football’s unusual trophies that teams play for in their “rivalry games”.  Some were well-known, long fought over trophies like the Michigan vs Minnesota “Little Brown Jug“. Some I had never heard of, like the Illibuck – a wooden turtle that Illinois and Ohio State play for.

Others were brand new, like the Maryland vs Navy Crab Bowl, introduced just three years ago.

The one that stuck out to me was The Bones Trophy pictured above. Since way back in ….2006, Alabama-Birmingham and Memphis have been playing for a bronzed slab of ribs (I am partial to Memphis ribs, btw, and Eastern NC ‘Cue). Honestly, I like all of it.

Now if they could do that, surely the great PR minds at North Carolina and NC State can come up with something original….possibly pork related.

How about a Golden Pulled Pork Sandwich!  Each year the two teams would play in the Pigskin Pulled Pork-Palooza.  Instead of repainting stolen midfield logos or wearing all black, give them something with dignity to play for that symbolizes the great North State that both schools reside in…..PORK!!  Or maybe a sweet potato.

Did Clemson pull a “Clemsoning” against Florida State?

The college football game of the week last was the primetime, top 5 matchup between Clemson and Florida State in Death Valley. Gameday was back in town for the second time this year, the ACC had two legit national title contenders, it was going to be a battle of epic proportions….

Then the game started.

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Blown call and shirtless “O” guy….Clemson wins 26-14

Give me an "O"
Give me an “O”

Clemson defeated NC State 26-1 4 last night in Carter-Finley.  The big news from the game was the clearly obvious blown call by the referees on an apparent 83 yard touchdown by Bryan Underwood in the third quarter.

Underwood was called out of bounds by the line judge. Even the ESPN commentators and the replays showed the call was wrong, he came close but never stepped out. The touchdown would have given NC State the lead 14-13, instead 3 plays later Pete Thomas fumbles, Clemson recovers and then scores to go up 20-7.  Ballgame.

NCSTATESHEEEEEEEEEEEET!  Cue the sad, shirtless “O” guy.

The Wolfpack did have a 23-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter in which they converted 3 fourth downs, only problem was it ate up about 8 minutes of the clock.

Tigers go to 3-0, no Clemsoning last night.

From BackingThePack.com:

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Monday Morning Fodder – September 16th, 2013

It has been a while since there has been an official MMF here on TSB.  I am still rusty, but here is what is on my mind today.

I spent Saturday at the National Zoo in DC, which is a Smithsonian Institute.  This means it is free to get in.  Not free to park, which ran me $22.  For an extra $8 you can get some preferred parking, and I recommend spending the extra loot if you go.  Or take the Metro, which has stops right outside the gates.  I have been to a lot of zoos, included the oldest zoo in the world in Vienna, and this one gets my approval as one you should hit up.  On to sports:

It was a good weekend to be a former NC State football player.  

Mario Williams set a Buffalo Bills record with 4.5 sacks as the Bills beat the Carolina Kittens.

Russell Wilson will not be shaving off any of his eyebrows after the Seahawks pummeled the 49ers in the Sunday night game.  While RW did not have a great game, he still got the W both on the field and off.  As a side note, the Seahawks’ fans set the world record for loudest stadium last night as well.

Philip Rivers.  Philip Freaking Rivers.  A week removed from a collapse against the Texans, and in a game that the Bolts were given zero chances to win, our guy PR reminded us why he is an elite QB.  A Nick Novak field goal gave the Chargers the lead for good in what sounded like an extremely entertaining game (I listened to the second half on the radio while driving).  Rivers threw for 419 yards and three touchdowns in the win.  On the other side, Mike Vick had a career day throwing for 428 yards and two touchdowns, while also running for one too.

The Atlanta Braves continued their recent struggles, but have still worked their magic number down to four.  The Bravos now travel to DC to face the Nationals in a three game set.  If they win two of these, the division will officially be clinched and we can look forward to the inevitable October disappointment.

In ACC news, the Hokies of VA Tech barely beat ECU, closing the pie holes of many drunken Pirates fans and also Hokies fans too.  The Pirates get their next chance to knock off an ACC opponent in two weeks when they face UNC-CH (it’s football, so we can’t call them Carolina) who barely squeaked out a win against they bye on Saturday.

That is all I have time for.  Have a good day, peeps.

Rut-Roh…. UNC Connection to Okie State Allegations?

Not one, but two current coaches on the UNC football team worked at Oklahoma State University during the time frame of the current allegations going around in an SI report.  I have not had time to even look into the Okie State issue yet, so I will refrain from acting like I know what I am talking about.  However, it should concern UNC fan that their head coach was an assistant from 2005 – 2007 at OSU.  Perhaps what should be more concerning is that current UNC wideout coach Gunter Brewer worked there from 2005 – 2010.

Before you fly off the handle, there are no accusations against Fedora or Brewer that we know of at this point.  We also do not know how true the allegations are to begin with.  It is never good, however, when your head coach has to address something like this.  Especially coming off the Heels of the Butch Davis era (see what I did there?)

Most likely there is nothing to see here, and we should all just move along.  Here at TSB we have zero reasons to believe that Fedora or Brewer are dirty, other than the fact that they work in college football which is covered in mud right now.

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Monday Linkage

So it has been a little while since I have had time to blog….  ok, a little while is a bit of a stretch.  I have been more absent than Shawn Kemp at his kid’s birthday party (take your pick, I hear he has a few kids…).  Life happens, and bills need to be paid, so blogging takes the back seat.  Ok.  Back seat is also a stretch.  It is more like blogging was put in cold storage next to Walt Disney’s frozen head.

That said, here are some things that have caught my eye over the weekend.

NC State football, um, struggled to beat Richmond.  Give credit to the defense, who completely shut the Spiders down in the second half.  I did not get to see the game as I was busy at a dinner party (Mexican food, beer, and four year olds make for an interesting evening…).

UNC, meanwhile, rolled over Middle Tennessee.  This, despite making one of the dumbest mistakes I have ever heard of when they elected to kick off to start the game after Middle Tennessee won the toss and deferred to receive the ball to start the second half.  I have never heard of this happening in the history of, well, ever.

Sometimes kids do things that surprise you.  Sometimes in a really positive way, as four players from the William Paterson University football team showed us that, like one of them said, “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover.”

The U beat Florida, giving the ACC wins in two marquee match-ups against the vaunted SEC.

Mark Gottfried continues to recruit well for NC State, picking up solid PF recruit and moving all the way to #5 on the ESPN class rankings (UNC is ranked #1, and Louisville is #4).

Dennis Rodman wants to be the ambassador to North Korea.  Okay, he does not say that, but he is kind of acting like it, and quite honestly I fail to see how this is a negative thing.  He wants to promote basketball there while helping to rebuild, er, build a relationship between the US and North Korea.  Why the hell not?

That is all for now, folks.  Check back in six months for the next update…