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!

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.

Just as ECU Joins the Big East, seven schools could be leaving

Actually nine if you count UConn and Cincinnati who have been begging to join the ACC.

Talk about bad timing for ECU but this does not look good.

The Big East’s basketball schools – Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and DePaul – have been meeting to discuss leaving the conference and forming a basketball only conference.

The Big East’s new TV deal could be really bad. So bad that Boise State, San Diego State and BYU reportedly have contacted the Mountain West in the event the Big East becomes unstable.

Good read at SI.com saying that the Big East breakup is inevitable.

Should the seven schools officially leave, the Big East will have lost 17 different members since 2005.

Arrrgh!

ACC Goes 0-3 vs Big East, UNC almost pulls off comeback, Chris Thompson one year later, Top Ten meeting next weekend, (4) FSU vs (10) Clemson

The ACC went 4-4 in out of conference games this past weekend. Three of the four losses were to Big East teams. Louisville, UConn and Pittsburgh all won over their ACC opponents.  In conference, Florida State crushed Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech broke out the whoopin stick on Virginia.

Pittsburgh 35, Virginia Tech 17.  In the upset of the day Pittsburgh capitalized on four turnovers and  ended the nation’s longest road winning streak. The Hokies were down 21-3 at the half, and couldn’t mount a comeback in the second half against their future Coastal Division rival. VT was held to 59 yards rushing and Logan Thomas threw 3 INTs. Virginia Tech has two more ooc games before travelling to Chapel Hill.

Louisville 39, North Carolina 34. UNC almost pulled off a very impressive comeback on the road. The Tar Heels were down 36-7 at half and 25 in the fourth quarter but came storming back and had a chance for the winning score.  A controversial call/no call on 4th and goal pretty much sealed the deal. Bryn Renner threw 5 touchdown passes, but the Heels could not get anything going in the first half of the game when Louisville stormed out to their big lead. Next up for UNC, ECU comes to town.

NC State 31,  South Alabama 7. NC State had an easy time in their home opener. Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and the defense held South Alabama scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. Halfback Mustafa Greene was suspended for the game, no reason yet as to why from TOB, but it didnt really matter in this game. Next up, NC State plays the Citadel.

Florida State 52, Wake Forest 0. Talk about a comeback. Last year running back Chris Thompson broke his back in the game against Wake Forest. One year later he runs for 197 yards and two TDs in the first half. He sat out the second half as FSU rolled and set up a big meeting in Death Valley on Saturday.

Rest of the ACC…

Clemson 41, Furman 7. Georgia Tech 56, Virginia 20. UConn 24, Maryland 21. Duke 54, NCCU 17. Northwestern 22, Boston College 13. Miami 38, Bethune-Cookman 10.

 

 

 

ACC Recap, and Penn State kicker’s foot gets twitter account

Every team in the ACC has at least one win already. No winless teams.

Wake Forest 28, UNC 27. Start was delayed due to bad weather. Tanner Price threw for a career high 327 yards. Wake is on top of the Atlantic Division.

NC State 10 UConn 7 Wolfpack forces 4 turnovers, but Glennon was sacked six times.

Florida State had a running clock in the Savannah State game. It was called in the 3rd quarter because of lightning and the Seminoles were up 55-0.

Virginia Tech beat Austin Peay 42-7, face future conference foe Pittsburgh next.

Georgia Tech and Clemson also won very easily

Virginia won on a last-second missed field goal by Penn State, 17-16. Penn State fans were so irate  at kicker Sam Finken’s misses (he missed an extra point and was 1-5 on field goal attempts) that a twitter account was created, @SamFickensFoot: “Just a misguided foot on a full ride.”

Miami got taken out behind the woodshed by Kansas State 52-13. Boston College Beat Maine, and Maryland almost blew a 23 point lead, beat Temple  36-27.

Duke vs Stanford, oh yeah, just wait until basketball season you west coast hipsters. 50-13 Stanford.

and…South Carolina beat ECU 48-10

FOOTBALL!

Its time to matriculate the ball down the field.

College football officially kicks off on Thursday with the higly anticipated match up of Murray State vs. Louisville.  Two ACC teams also start the season on Thursday, Georgia Tech hosts Western Carolina and Wake Forest plays Syracuse…

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Money, It’s A Gas, Grab That Cash With Both Hands And Make A Stash

saban-money-bagsEver wonder what College Football Coaches make? The National Sports Law Institute of Marquette University Law School and Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP compiled compensation data for the head football coaches at all 120 schools.

Here you’ll see a break down of College football coaches’ pay:

After the jump, our beloved North Carolina Universities:

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Not So Merry Land

ACC Coach of the year!
ACC Coach of the year!

On Sunday The University of Maryland learned they will play East Carolina in the Military Bowl in Washington D.C.’s RFK Stadium. It seems the Terps had hopes for a better bowl game against a better opponent with better weather. You know, like somewhere warm, with amusement parks, maybe some good music, some sun and oh yeah, a football game. Uhh, yeah, not so much Ralphie. Besides, you’ll shoot your eye out.

Quotes coming out of Maryland range from “It is what it is” to “We’ve got to make the best of it”,” We’re disappointed in the process” and “We’re disappointed in the way things were determined.

Wow, violin anyone? This just in Maryland, it’s the bowl season. Until a playoff can be achieved it’s all about curious matchups based on ticket sales, TV ratings and all kinds of other crap that don’t involve actual on-field accomplishment

But I can understand where Maryland is coming from. After the Terps (8-4) beat N.C. State in the regular season finale, a fourth-place finish should have meant the fourth ACC Bowl pick or close to it. Yet the Military Bowl is the seventh pick. So in a nut shell the Champs, Sun and Music City Bowls all passed on the Terps. I also understand the University of Maryland and their fans have nobody to blame but themselves. Be better fans, period. As mentioned, Bowl representatives care about one thing; the ability for your fans to travel and spend money. And seeing is that Maryland’s season ticket sales are around 22,000 and the home attendance by all accounts are less than impressive you can understand why they got the thumbs down from the “upper-echelon” Bowls. The economy also plays a big role. Many bowl games are more prone to select schools that are regional attractions. Just ask UNC.

By contrast when ECU accepted the invite, Pirate fans were pleased just to be playing in a bowl game and thrilled to play an ACC team. The only thing some Pirate fans are begrudging is RFK Stadium. Like some, when I learned ECU was playing in D.C. I thought it would be at the new FedEx Field Stadium. Then I came to realize it’s at RFK which is basically a dump, so I’m told. Nevertheless it’s a good bowl for a 6-6 4th place C-USA team. I guess this means the Pirates will once again have the psychological advantage over an ACC foe.

Pirates Headed To D.C.

ECU  officially accepts invitation to the Military Bowl.

ECU will be taking their offense to Washington D.C. for the Military Bowl on December 29th at RFK Stadium.  This will mark East Carolina’s 5th consecutive bowl game.

East Carolina will possibly face Boston College

The Pirates (6-6) will take on a yet to be determined opponent from the ACC. Projections range from Boston College (7-5), Clemson (6-6), Georgia Tech (6-6) or Maryland (8-4).


The Big No?

thebigeastThe Big East presidents and athletic directors met in Philly today and decided to expand their conference for football. UCF, East Carolina, Memphis and Temple have all been mentioned in reports as possibilities for joining the conference. Yet according to the New York Post, TCU, Houston, Central Florida, Temple and Villanova are all the targeted schools to make it 10 for football. Other reports have the Big East wanting to entice Notre Dame.

Missing from that target list is East Carolina. ECU has been trying to position itself for a possible invite, but the Big East has never given the impression that they were attracted. Also, according to the Boston Globe the likely option would be to go after Central Florida or Houston out of C-USA, not ECU.

I guess an expanding city and university that puts a good product on the gridiron year after year while selling out football games isn’t what the Big East is looking for. Sure, everyone knows that its TV sets that matter, not a passionate fan base and success. So yeah, Orlando and Houston are nice cities with lots of flat screens but if there ain’t nobody watching the Knights or Cougers in the stands then why in the blue hell are they going to be watching them on TV?

You know “The Big East Carolina” had a nice ring to it. That would sell enough football paraphernalia in G-Vegas on a game day to pay for the required football stadium upgrades Villinova would need just to be included.

Whatever Big East; all 8 of Central Florida’s fans are ecstatic.