The alternate uniform and or helmet craze that has been sweeping through college football over the last few years finally landed in Raleigh. The “Pack In Black” helmet theme was unveiled by Head Coach Dave Doeren this past weekend. The black helmet has a pair of eyes on the back, and I am guessing there will be an alternate uniform to go along with it.

The other triangle schools had alternate uniforms last year, UNC with its “Zero Dark Thursday” and other new uniform combinations and Duke added an all black helmet to their uniforms.

Shadrach Thornton – Why? Just why?

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.

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 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.

“This is Our Logo”….well not really


In preparation for the massive battle of two bad teams on Saturday, the folks at NC State decided to change up the midfield logo at Carter-Finley Stadium.  Does that look familiar?

No, this isnt a photoshopped picture, there has been actual evidence of the logo on the field.

Twitter had some fun poking at the Wolfpack PR department (or whoever decided on the new logo)…”there was talk that maybe next the team will rub a rock, run down a hill and plant a flaming spear in the middle of the field.”


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.



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.

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…

State hires Dave Doeren

Less than one week after parting ways with Tom O’Brien, NC State has hired Dave Doeren from Northern Illionis. Doeren just led the NIU Huskies to their second straight MAC Championship and an outside chance at a BCS bowl game. In his two years at NIU, Doeren has a 23-4 overall record.

“I am honored and excited to join the Wolfpack. NC State has world-class facilities and fans that are second to none,  I want to thank Chancellor Woodson and Debbie Yow for this tremendous opportunity. My family and I can’t wait to get to Raleigh and become Wolfpackers. While I look forward to our future at State, I want to acknowledge and thank the Northern Illinois players and fans for their support the last two years, especially President Peters and athletic director Jeff Compher.” – Dave Doreren

NIU AD Jeff Compher is a former NC State employee and recommended Doeren to Yow.