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Dec 31 '07

Happy 2008 !!

Happy New Year to everyone! When the ball drops tonight, the Tri will be scattered around the nation but we want to send out our hearty New Year's wishes to everyone.

"Here's to the bright New Year, and a fond farewell to the old; here's to the things that are yet to come, and to the memories that we hold."
-- Anonymous

From all of us here, to all of you out there - hope 2008 is filled with good luck and health and lots of adventures.

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Dec 30 '07

UNC Game

JPH and I are headed down to Chapel Hill, NC to attend the UNC vs. Valpo basketball game. Wish everyone could join us; we'll miss you guys. GO HEELS!


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UNC vs. Valparaiso - 12/30/2007

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Dec 28 '07

Another solid performance from the Tar Heels, who ran off 19 straight points spanning halftime and cracked the 100-point mark for the fifth time this season. North Carolina is off to its best start since winning 17 straight to open the 1997-98 season.

Sadly:

Bobby Frasor tore his left anterior cruciate ligament when his leg gave way while he was trying to make a steal near the sideline with 9:47 to play. He immediately clutched his knee when he went down before limping to the locker room. He did not return and will require surgery.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Frasor during his surgery. Hang in there Bobby.

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Dec 27 '07

Roy Williams Quotes

What do you tell a shooter with perfect form when he misses a shot? Try this :

"I told Wayne (Ellington) - he had one (three-pointer) wide open in the corner and missed it - good coach that I am, I said, `Hold your mouth different next time.'" -Roy Williams

You can't really correct an already perfect stroke, but something needed to be said. Then when Roy was asked about Tyler Hansbrough being a leader this year... he tripped a little over his words, but in the end got his point across:

"In some ways, everybody said, `Well, what kind of leader is he going to be? Will he talk enough?' If you're dumb enough that you have to have somebody talk to you - if I play with Tyler Hansbrough I don't need Tyler Hansbrough to say `boo' to me. I'm just going to try to be like Tyler. If I be like Tyler - that's definitely not correct English, but if I be like Tyler, by God, we're going to be pretty good." -Roy Williams

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UNC vs Nevada - 12/27/2007

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Dec 24 '07

Season's Greetings

Whatever holidays you're celebrating this time of year, the Triple Tri hopes that they're full of happiness. Relax, recharge and unplug for a bit - you deserve it. From all of us here, to all of you out there: Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays.

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Dec 23 '07

Rapper Yung Joc, who's real name is Jasiel Robinson, was arrested at 6:40 a.m. as he was traveling through the security checkpoint at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport after authorities found a fully loaded handgun.

He was taken into custody and faces local charges, but he could be charged federally under the Air Piracy Act.

Tonight he remains in the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Hmmm... something tells me that since roughly Mr. Robinson's entry into this earth (04/02/1983) it hasn't been legal to carry a loaded firearm through an airport without some type of authorization.

In case your are unfamiliar with the works of this artist slide to this link for more or go here for an overview.

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Worst than initial reports, FSU will be down 36 players when they take on Kentucky in the Music City Bowl. A bruise to the program for sure,... how can something like this happen at such a large and established university ? I mean, I know coaches and players are under a lot of pressure to perform and play and win but this kinda thing is crazy. Things happen here and there, sometimes things don't get caught and it slips by --- but having 36 players cheat, that's crazy --- that's asking for trouble. Things like this will ruin the legacy left by Bowden when he leaves --- winning is impressive, building and rebuilding is impressive; getting players caught cheating, and not just one or two but 36 is not impressive - it's embarrassing to the university, to the players and coaches and staff, to the students, to the state, and to the game of college football.

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CBM Update 12/23

Now with some games out of the way - things are starting to spread out a bit.

Rank
Entry, Player
Record
PPR
MAX
TOT
%
1
MD Hoy , M. McCoy
3-2
447
525
78
92.3
2
Blue Canary , J. Henderson
3-2
440
506
66
86.0
3
Cochran Entry, J. Cochran
4-1
447
499
52
75.2
4
AES , A. Streetman
5-0
479
528
49
72.7
5
Fishman Entry, R. Fishman
4-1
491
526
35
59.4
6
yonek , m. yonek
2-3
484
506
22
46.5
7
Mag0328 , M. Hartz
5-0
513
528
15
40.0
-
brich , B. Richards
5-0
513
528
15
40.0
9
Vickie , V. Hoy
4-1
513
526
13
31.9
10
Leighton , E. Leighton
3-2
513
525
12
26.5
11
Jessica , J. Kull
2-3
513
521
8
10.5
12
Rusty , R. McClelland
1-4
507
508
1
0.2

Still lots of football to be played and points to be earned.

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I got two more bags.... if you can find it at your local retailer I HIGHLY recommend Pronk's Big League Beef Jerky for a tasty snack that is hard to beat!

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Dec 22 '07

UNC vs. UC Santa Barbara - 12/22/2007

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Dec 21 '07

Augusta, GA

I'm in Augusta, GA this weekend for the yearly Streetman Christmas gathering. It's always a fun, but mostly interesting and sometimes embarrassing, time. I'll let you know if I survive. I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend!

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A university official said linebacker Rico McCoy and defensive tackle Demonte Bolden are among those who could be ruled out for the game after the school releases fall semester grades Friday afternoon.

Looks like Mark's brother Rico might be out.

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And they're off...

With only the first of many games played, here's the current leaderboard for our group in College Bowl Mania:

Rank
Entry, Player
Record
PPR
MAX
TOT
%
1
Cochran Entry, J. Cochran
1-0
501
528
27
91.5
2
AES , A. Streetman
1-0
524
528
4
53.1
3
Blue Canary , J. Henderson
1-0
525
528
3
50.3
4
brich , B. Richards
1-0
527
528
1
40.0
-
Vickie , V. Hoy
1-0
527
528
1
40.0
-
Mag0328 , M. Hartz
1-0
527
528
1
40.0
-
Fishman Entry, R. Fishman
1-0
527
528
1
40.0
8
Jessica , J. Kull
0-1
527
527
0
0.0
-
Rusty , R. McClelland
0-1
517
517
0
0.0
-
yonek , m. yonek
0-1
514
514
0
0.0
-
MD Hoy , M. McCoy
0-1
527
527
0
0.0
-
Leighton , E. Leighton
0-1
527
527
0
0.0

Still lots of games to be played and points to aquire. Check back to see how it's going.

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One of only three known remaining American World War I veterans has died.

The Smith-Crates Funeral Home in North Baltimore, Ohio says J. Russell Coffey died yesterday at the age of 109. He had been living in a nursing home. There's no word on the cause of death.

The Veterans Affairs Department says Coffey was the last World War I vet in Ohio. Coffey enlisted in the Army in October 1918 while a student at Ohio State University.

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Former University of Tennessee tailback LaMarcus Coker, who was dismissed last month by the Vols after reportedly failing a drug test for the fourth time, told the Newport News Daily Press that he is transferring to Hampton University.

Because Hampton is a Division I-AA school, Coker will be eligible to play during the 2008 season.
Coker led SEC freshmen in rushing in 2006. He rushed for 169 yards and one touchdown in seven games this season. He caught seven passes for 132 yards and two TDs and returned 21 kickoffs for an average of 26.7 yards.

So Coker will be at Hampton - that'll certainly help their team --- may even make Hampton a contender next year, a contender for a spot in the playoffs and the chance to get whooped by Appalachian State. Sounds like fun - bring it :)

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Dec 20 '07

The Lakota Indians, who gave the world legendary warriors Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, have withdrawn from treaties with the United States.

"We are no longer citizens of the United States of America and all those who live in the five-state area that encompasses our country are free to join us,'' long-time Indian rights activist Russell Means said.

A delegation of Lakota leaders has delivered a message to the State Department, and said they were unilaterally withdrawing from treaties they signed with the federal government of the U.S., some of them more than 150 years old.

Somewhere George W. is scratching his head.

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The story of mdh's life

This is a complete view into my daily life. The details (including the mess under and around the bed) is exact.

(This is 10000x funnier with your speakers turned "on")

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The baseball from the final out of the 2007 World Series is at Jonathan Papelbon's home in Hattiesburg, Miss., according to the Hattiesburg American.

"Boss," you see, is Jonathan Papelbon's dog. Boss likes to play with baseballs. And Boss found the baseball that Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek gave the closer after he struck out the Rockies' Seth Smith to clinch Boston's second World Series title in four years, the newspaper reported.

"My dog ate it," Papelbon told the newspaper. "He plays with baseballs like they are his toys. His name is Boss. He jumped up one day on the counter and snatched it. He likes rawhide. He tore that thing to pieces.

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Top-ranked Ohio State will be without two cornerbacks -- one a starter and the other a top reserve -- who have been suspended for the Allstate BCS Championship Game against LSU, according to media reports.

Donald Washington, a sophomore who has started every game this season for the Buckeyes (11-1), and backup Eugene Clifford were suspended for violating team rules, WCMH-TV and The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday.

Athletic director Gene Smith declined Thursday to confirm the suspensions and said there was "work to be done" before he could confirm them.

Washington, in particular, played a key role in an Ohio State defense ranked among the best in the nation. He had 34 tackles, tied for seventh-best on the team with second-team All-American lineman Vernon Gholston, and also had two tackles for minus yardage, one sack, one interception and one fumble recovery.

Washington, 21, started at nickel back a year ago and moved into the starting spot at field corner this spring. In a 48-3 win over Kent State on Oct. 13, the Indianapolis native returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown and recorded his first career sack.

With him out of the lineup, redshirt freshman Chimdi Chekwa will most likely move into the starting position.

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Another touching article from Tri favorite, Adam Lucas. This one is about an extraordinary man, Jason Pearce, who has Ewing's sarcoma, a very rare form of cancer. Take a minute out of your day to read the article- whether you're a Tar Heel fan or not (you all better be) - this article still shows the bravery and unselfish ways of a man in a tremendous struggle.

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College Bowl Mania is upon us!

Tonight is the first bowl game, believe it or not, Navy vs. Utah in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. If you haven't firmed up your picks yet on ESPN.com --- do it right now, or you'll be stuck with what you've got. Good luck to everyone.

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Dec 19 '07

Taylor, who died Nov. 27 after being shot during a burglary at his home in Florida, was voted the starting free safety on the NFC team. He was having an outstanding season and was one of the leading vote-getters among fans at the time of his death.

"It is well-deserved," Redskins center Casey Rabach said. "If he would have been able to finish the season, he would have been in there. It just shows the respect everybody around the league had for him and what a great player he was."

Taylor is the only player known to have made an all-star team posthumously in any sport other than goaltender Pelle Lindbergh was voted to the NHL All-Star game in February 1986. He had been killed in an auto accident in November 1985 after playing eight games for the Philadelphia Flyers, for whom he had won the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalie the previous season.

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In his sixth season with Kansas, Mangino has gotten an exceptional effort from the Jayhawks. Long-woeful Kansas won a school-record 11 games, had two All-Americans and earned a spot in the Bowl Championship Series for the first time. On Jan. 3 in Miami, the Jayhawks will play Virginia Tech in their first major bowl since 1969.

In voting by AP college football poll voters, Mangino received 28 of a possible 58 votes, easily outdistancing Missouri's Gary Pinkel, who had 11. Hawaii's June Jones was third (seven votes) and Illinois coach Ron Zook fourth (five votes).

"That's awesome for coach [Mangino]," Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing said. "He's earned all the recognition he gets. I don't think anybody realizes how hard coach works for us."

Rock-chalk Jayhawk - congrats to Mangino.

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ASU National Champions again

UPDATE: Our pictures from the game can be seen on Flickr.

I've never attended a National Championship game but if all the others are as exciting and consuming as the one last Friday night, that one won't be my last. I can't begin to describe the emotion and the sheer energy in the stadium -- it started in Boone really - long before anyone step foot in Chattanooga - you could feel it in the air before we made the drive over. Awesome game - awesome night --- you know how it all turned out to I'll save you that.

There's so much to say about the crowd and about the play of the two teams. There's so many pictures to link to --- I think the best way to do this, is simply to link you to AppFan.com (formerly AppFan Blog). There you'll find videos and articles and pictures and all kinds of good stuff. Go there and bask in the black and gold glory.

And while you're at it, hop over to the Blue Ridge Blog and see new hardware.

I'll be posting our pictures from the night as soon as I get the chance, and, undoubtedly, I'll be posting some other articles and videos and whatnot, despite my best efforts. Thanks to AES for taking me to the game - not a night any of us will soon be forgetting.

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Much like the tournament format of the same name, ESPN Best Ball is a game that rewards risk, while taking the harsh edge off those times when your decisions send you out of bounds. Because while most fantasy golf formats ask participants to assemble teams where every single player needs to have a good tournament, punishing them for every missed putt and wayward drive, ESPN Best Ball instead challenges you to build a team that is dynamic, aggressive, and full of under-par potential.

Another offering from ESPN. I know little to nothing at all about golf - but I figure, why not ? Anyone who is interested - group: "Triple Tri" -- pass: "boondock"

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Firefighters battled thick smoke and flames inside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Wednesday.

The Eisenhower Executive Office Building is across the street from the West Wing of the White House. It houses a majority of offices for White House staff.

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According an article by Stewart Mandel at SI.com, App State has two openings in its non-conference schedule for 2008 and is having trouble finding someone. Discussions went south with both Florida State and North Carolina, who chose easier opponents. If no big school signs up to play them and pay them-- even at their house--this could be a problem for the team.

Beating big time opponents is usually good for a team - but beating Michigan, and just about everyone else on their way to a 3rd straight National Championship has left App. high and dry when it comes to quality programs to play. Someone please man-up and come to the Rock, hell we'll even bring it to your place if you prefer, we can beat you there too - it's no problem really.

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UNC vs. Nicholls State - 12/19/2007

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Dec 18 '07

Another Spears baby is reportedly on the way — and it's not Britney's.

Jamie Lynn Spears, the 16-year-old "Zoey 101" star and sister of Britney, tells OK! magazine that she's pregnant and that the father is her longtime boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.

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Tattoos, baggy pants and tank tops are out. Smart blazers and university recruits are in.

Sure it is happening in Central America, but just wait until it hits the states. Could make for some interesting societal changes. Hop the link for more.

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A letter from Dick Vitale to his fans and supporters explaining what he is going through and when he expects to be back. Good luck with everything Dickie V. - can't wait to have you back courtside in time to see UNC win another championship.

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As many as 20 Florida State football players will be suspended from playing against Kentucky in the Dec. 31 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, as well as the first three games of the 2008 season, for their roles in an alleged cheating scandal involving an Internet-based course, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday morning.

Florida State officials are expected to announce the results of the investigation this week. The source said university officials determined Monday night the exact number of football players who will be suspended. Federal privacy laws prohibit the school from releasing names.

"We want to make sure that we have complete information, and that we have dotted all the i's and crossed all the t's," said Lee Hinkle, vice president of university relations. "It is premature to say anything at this point."

Not good for the program, or FSU's chances of winning the Music City Bowl.

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1,000,000 hits

UPDATE: I've added some info and some graphs to this post - click the link for more below

Sometime during the day on Friday (Dec. 14th) while everyone was busy doing Friday things - the TT blog got it's one millionth hit of the year. Our first year of existence, we had roughly 580,000 hits - as of right now, we're at 1,001,604 - not bad for year number two.

Thank you to our friends and families, and all the readers who login to see what we've found on the web. A big thanks from me to the other 5 Tri-ers, it's been great sharing this with all of you and building it, with great success, to where it is today. We've posted about everything you can imagine -- some funny things, some sad things, some big time news, some small town gossip, some extraordinary things, and some disturbing things (and, admittedly, lots and lots of sports news) -- but it's always new and always changing and has our personalities baked into it - and thats why I've enjoyed working on this with you guys so much.

I'll post some more this week about the hits and where they're coming from so check back for that. I've got a lot to catch up on and some pictures to post (ASU National Champions again) so head over to Flickr this week to see those.

There's tons more to post and a ton more to see - so keep checking back for the good stuff. You know where to find us, apparently. :D

=> Read more!

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Lee Thomas has vitiligo and it is turning his naturally dark skin, completely void of pigment... he is in essence, slowly turning white.

"I'm a black man turning white on television and people can see it," says Thomas, an anchor and entertainment reporter for the local Fox Broadcasting Company affiliate. "If you've watched me over the years, you've seen my hands completely change from brown to white."

Thomas has vitiligo, a disorder in which pigment-making cells are destroyed. White patches appear on different parts of the body, tissues in the mouth and nose, and the retina.

"There is no cause. There is no cure, and it's very random," Thomas says. "I could turn all the way white or mostly white."

Hop the link to the article to read about how Thomas is dealing with this and how he's kept it from ending his broadcasting career. He maintains a great perspective on the whole thing, commenting that the burdon of this disease is really just social and communitive judgement and social prejudice and that many people with diseases face all kinds of health problems that may be fatal.

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In Shawshank Redemption style, two inmates constructed tunnels in the walls of their cells, hidden behind posters on the wall, until completed, and climbed through these tunnels to freedom Saturday.

They used a long metal wire to scrape away mortar around the cinder block between their cells and in the outer wall in Espinosa's cell, police said.

Once the cement block between the cells was removed, they smashed the block and hid the pieces in a footlocker.

They hung photographs of bikini-clad women to hide the holes in the walls.

The two inmates wiggled through another 18-inch hole in the outer wall. From a roof landing, the two men "took a running jump or they were standing and they jumped approximately 15 feet out and about 30 feet down," Romankow said.

At a news conference Monday, Romankow read the note found in Espinosa's cell, saying it represented the "arrogance of these two men."

"Thank you officer -------- for the tools needed, you're a real pal, Happy Holidays," the note read, with a smiley face drawn next to it.

Read the article for the rest.

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Dec 17 '07

Awesome article about smart mods to a Hummer to save the planet and a little $$ along the way. My problem with the article --- there is no way in the world that that vehicle in the picture is an H3. Without a doubt, that's a traditional Hummer, an H1, if you will. Anyone with me on that ?

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Sites who use the Tri's Flickr

Found a couple posts on the web that use references to pictures from the Triple Tri's Flickr account.

WFMU's Beware of the blog - Silver Bridge Disaster

This article tells the history of the Silver Bridge collapse and has a section on the Mothman. An excellent source of info, this article also includes a link to a picture I took of the sign detailing the events in downtown Pt. Pleasant.

Anti-Boredom Team - Mothman
This post is just a quick ditty but it shows a picture of the statue of the Mothman in Pt. Pleasant and gives credit to the TT for the shot.

Hop over to these articles and check out what they're doing. Leave some comments if they tickle your fancy. Very cool that they included our photos.

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The University of Toledo will play a two game series with the Missouri Tigers -- led by none other than former Toledo coach, Gary Pinkel, who headed the Rockets from 1991 to 2000. More big opponents for the Rockets -- can they weather the storm ? Hop the link for the rest of the story.

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Anyone still interested in joining our group on ESPN's College Bowl Mania has until Thursday morning (Dec. 20th) - to sign up, make selections, or change any selection (for existing members) We're up to 11 people competing in our Triple Tri group - it's gonna be an exciting couple of weeks. If you need the details, leave a comment.

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Straight from SI.com --- 10 of the biggest upsets in college football this year. Scroll over to see them - and behold the glory of #1.

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Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton have welcomed their second child, a girl, in London, the actress' representative told a magazine.

The star and director of the upcoming musical film "Sweeney Todd" are "absolutely delighted," Karon Maskill told People for a story posted Sunday on the magazine's Web site.

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Dan Fogelberg, the singer and songwriter whose hits "Leader of the Band" and "Same Old Lang Syne" helped define the soft-rock era, died Sunday at his home in Maine after battling prostate cancer. He was 56.

His death was announced Sunday on the singer's Web site.

"Dan left us this morning at 6 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife, Jean, at his side," it read. "His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him."

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Admittedly, this one comes with a disclaimer, we're not sure exactly how trus it is --- but it's pretty incredible if it is true.

[via Jim C.]

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Hansbrough went to the floor in a sitting position and then hit the back his head against the knee of a television cameraman and then the bottom of the basket support. He stayed down on the floor for a couple of minutes before being helped up by coach Roy Williams and the trainer and being taken to the locker room. Hansbrough didn’t return.

Williams said Hansbrough had a concussion and then sounded like a coach complaining about the lack of a call on the play.

“First time in the history of college basketball a guy got a concussion with no foul called and that better be all I say,” he said, laughing.

Hope Tyler is healthy and feeling better soon. Speculation is that he may sit out next game to complete his recovery before getting back into action. Here's to a speedy recovery and more paint domination soon. This should make Tyler feel better too:

New banners in the Smith Center

Hop over and read this article to hear about the new arrangment of banners in the Dean-dome.

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Shoot. This really disappoints me:

David Cutcliffe, Tennessee's offensive coordinator for the past two seasons, was hired by Duke on Friday, sources told ESPN.com, and will be introduced as its head coach in a 5 p.m. news conference on Saturday.

Sources told ESPN.com that Cutcliffe's contract will approach an average of $1.5 million per year. He made $340,000 this past year at Tennessee, his second stint with the Vols as offensive coordinator. He's expected to take two of the Vols' assistants with him -- Kurt Roper and Matt Luke.

Along with the boost in his salary, Cutcliffe, a former head coach at Mississippi, has received assurances from the Duke administration that facilities will be upgraded and that he will have a pool of money available to put together the staff that he wants. He'll have the difficult task of building the Blue Devils into winners after the team won just 22 games during the past 13 seasons.

If the name sounds familiar, this is why:

With the hiring, Duke turned to the mentor of the Manning family of quarterbacks to shed its well-documented struggles. Cutcliffe worked with Peyton Manning during the coach's first stint at Tennessee, and later coached Eli Manning at Mississippi.

As far as I'm concerned, Cutcliffe was one of the best things to happen to UT, in recent memory, and I think this is a blow to the program.

I respect this guy, so I'll save the Duke jokes for now --- but he should know, he isn't getting a Christmas card from me.

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Dec 16 '07

A Closer Look

Detective Papiskaliopolis would be proud:

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Michigan has hired West Virginia's Rich Rodriguez as its next football coach following a search that featured two other top prospects deciding to stay put. Rodriguez, whose Mountaineers (No. 9 BCS, No. 11 AP) are preparing for their second BCS game in three seasons, will take over Michigan's program from Lloyd Carr, Michigan athletic department spokesman Bruce Madej said Sunday.

We'll see if he has better luck against Tressel than Carr did...

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UNC @ Rutgers - 12/16/2007

Click right here for a complete game guide, brought to you by the official athletic website of UNC. A lot of key points are mentioned. It's worth the read!

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Great step in the right direction by UPS. They used some creative thinking to come up with this:

The company employs what it calls a “package flow” software program, which among other hyperefficient practices involving the packing and sorting of its cargo, maps out routes for every one of its drivers, drastically reducing the number of left-hand turns they make (taking into consideration, of course, those instances where not to make the left-hand turn would result in a ridiculously circuitous route).

Last year, according to Heather Robinson, a U.P.S. spokeswoman, the software helped the company shave 28.5 million miles off its delivery routes, which has resulted in savings of roughly three million gallons of gas and has reduced CO2 emissions by 31,000 metric tons.

It's this kind of thinking and commitment to improvement that will help us stop killing the planet - and ourselves.

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Dec 15 '07

A lot of bull.

The Field Marshal, a six-year-old Charolais bull, is now 6ft 3in and weighs 3,000lb.

He will not be fully grown until he is eight and is expected to pile on another 650lb in the next year. That will take him past the current British record-holder, his former stablemate The Colonel, who stood 6ft 5in tall and weighed 3,500lb. He died in 2005.

I had to include the picture - without it, its tough to judge just how massive an animal with these stats really appears.

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"Sweeney Todd" is a musical with Johnny Depp, so of course I'm pumped about this movie. I know some of you aren't huge musical fans, but it's rated R for "Graphic Bloody Violence." Should be awesome.

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Dec 14 '07

Reindeer Fact

Remember this at Christmas time:
According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of winter, usually late November to mid-December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring. Therefore, according to EVERY historical rendition depicting Santa's reindeer, EVERY single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl. We should've known... ONLY women would be able to drag a fat-ass man in a red velvet suit all around the world in one night and not get lost.

Via Bits & Pieces Blog

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Tonight in Chattanooga...

Turn on the Game. Wear your Black and Gold.
Jump up and down. Cheer for App. State.

Seems like about this time of year... I repeat something along those lines.

Anyone recording a glimpse of AES and I on TV wins ... something... special.

Go App!

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Dec 13 '07

Just buy a damn holster!

The gun was Weida's personal firearm and not department issue, police said. He was carrying it in his front pocket when it fired.
"When he reached in to his pocket to pull out his key ring it became entangled in the trigger of the pistol and it discharged," Sgt. Paul Thompson said in a written statement.

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On the road again

I'm southbound National Championship bound this evening. I'm headed to Boone tonight, and Chattanooga on Friday morning for some sightseeing and then the big game between App. State and Delaware (8pm on ESPN2) Keep an eye on Flickr for some pictures from the game. A safe and happy weekend to all.

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That's what ASU has. Read the article for a list of the All-Americans announced yesterday. And read a little further for some interesting news about the NC Governor:

As has become tradition, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley has made a friendly wager with Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner on the outcome of Friday’s national championship game between Appalachian and Delaware (8 p.m. - ESPN2).

Hop the link for the rest.

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Movie Review: Georgia Rule

I know Lindsay Lohan is not everyone's favorite person, but this movie was surprisingly very good (and you have to admit that she's a pretty good actress). All the actors did a great job and made you really feel for them. There are some great funny parts, but also some touching scenes and topics. I would definitely recommend the movie. Jane Fonda, Dermot Mulroney, and Felicity Huffman also star. Rated R for sexual content and some language.

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These stainless steel rubber bangle bracelets by IMOOI won't brake if dropped or tarnish like silver. They come in four different colors: blue, cream, red, and gray. Check out their site too; they have some awesome stuff. I actually have a purse from there.

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For the third time since he left Texas, TJ Ford had to be carried off a basketball court on a stretcher last night late in the Raptors win against the Hawks. Ford had played very well throughout game (26 points & 8 assists) when he stole the ball and was off on a breakaway late in the 4th quarter. Hawks’ forward Al Horford tried to stop TJ’s drive to the basket and reached out and nailed him across the face. TJ’s head snapped back from the force of the hit and then again when his body hit the hardwood. Horford was called for a flagrant foul and ejected for the play.

Yikes - he hits the floor hard. Hop the link for the video.

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Dec 12 '07

"If he was studying criminal justice and law enforcement, he definitely would know what police were looking for and how to avoid detection,

Just an interesting article on an elderly man that had the fuzz baffled... that is until they linked the DNA. (Hooray Science)

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I think we have all had some great times with Gmail. Well now we can tell them how much fun we've had with it! I think TT should submit a video about how we all use it to communicate. I can guess it'd be a pretty funny movie. Who's up for it?

Check out this example:

(Go to your Gmail account, then click on "Share Your Gmail Story" at the top)

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Found this on AppFan Blog and had to post it here too. Who has had a better season: Tebow or Armanti Edwards of App. State ? Watch the video to see what the PTI guys had to say. Jump forward to 1:41 if you're impatient.

Go Mountaineers !

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“At Saleen we value our military servicemen and women as they defend our country at home and abroad. They repesent the true pride and strength of America and as America’s premiere niche vehicle manufacturer, Saleen wants to salute them. So, as a way to say welcome home to our troops Saleen will build 24 special edition S281 Supercharged cars in Red, White and Blue.”

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Holy cow, didn't see this one coming! Then again, they were together, broke up, and mysteriously got back together, probably because she found out she was knocked up. Congrats and good luck to the parents to be.

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An interesting article - but the meticulous and assiduous way they explain l33t makes it seem painfully awkward and makes me sad. To an audience that doesn't have a clue about l33t and how it works, I know that you need to provide detail but come on. While this account of how it works is slightly accurate, it makes me wanna gouge my own eyes out.

Purists of "l33t speak" often substitute a "7" for the final "t," expressing a "w007" of victory an "in your face" of sorts when they defeat an online gaming opponent.

Lets throw some more quotation marks in that last sentence. I'm not sure if gouging my eyes out while reading this article is an "in your face" of sorts - but I'd most likely scream "w00t" afterwards followed by the wookie-noise.

Blast you ABC News, you'll rue the day you crossed me.

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Rivals - citing ESPN and the AP - is reporting that Atlanta Falcons head coach Bobby Petrino has resigned his position with the team to become the new head coach at Arkansas.

Petrino signed a five-year, $24 million deal with Atlanta in January. His deal with Arkansas, ESPN reported, would be for about $3 million per season.

Rivals reports that he is -- as we speak -- on a plane from Atlanta to Fayetteville and will be introduced as the Razorbacks new head coach at a press conference on Tuesday evening.

The Petrino announcement takes Arkansas on a complete 360, as Arkansas was expected to offer the job to Auburn DC Will Muschamp. According to reports, Petrino was offered the position last night, but turned it down cold. The Razorbacks completed more interviews and settled on Muschamp. However, prior to offering the Tigers DC, Petrino called Arkansas this afternoon to say that he had slept on it and wanted to accept the position. He resigned from the Falcons at 5:45p.

Petrino was in his first season with the Falcons, after racking up a 41-9 record at Louisville.

Crazy flip flop - but a pretty good move for Arkansas. I'm sure he'll get his clock cleaned for jumping off the Falcon ship mid-season.

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Dec 11 '07

Flickr Gallery

We decided to move our Triple Tri Image Gallery to a Flickr account. Flickr allows us a simple interface to upload and maintain and a chance to reach more people. The link at the top of the page has been changed to reflect this move. The same picture are there - just arranged in a different manner. This new feature should allow us to share more of our photos and let more people see what we're up to.

Comments / Suggestions / Images we should include ? Leave them in the comment section.

Be sure to check the Map section, I put our 'college and university' pictures on the US map

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Alex Trebek, the long-time host of the popular television quiz show "Jeopardy," suffered a minor heart attack at his home Monday night.

Trebek, 67, was recovering at a local hospital, and it was not clear when he would be released, a representative of the show said. He is expected to resume taping the show in January.

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If you don't have any windows in a space, the Bright Blind is a perfect way to brighten up the room.

The Bright Blind hangs on your wall and is constructed from electroluminescent sheets. The light dispersed gives the impression sunlight is creeping in, much like a real blind covered window would do.

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This has been on the news - but I wanted to post it here for some of the stats and pictures.

The National Weather Service posted ice and winter storm warnings Tuesday for parts of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois.

About an inch of ice was expected over parts of Iowa, followed by up to 5 inches of sleet and snow. "It's a pretty good ice-maker," said Frank Boksa, a weather service forecaster.

The waves of frozen rain left at least 18 dead in Oklahoma and Missouri, with 15 of them killed on slick highways. Officials in Kansas and Oklahoma declared states of emergency from the storm.

Ok. State remained open Monday and Tuesday, while OU was closed Monday. Kansas State is closed today. Mizzou is open but prepared to close if the weather gets worse, same for Iowa State and Iowa. And it's creeping north and east.

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Straight from Tar Heel Fan:

Roy Williams announced during Ol’ Roy’s Good Times Basketball Radio Hour last night that freshman football player Greg Little has joined the basketball team. I have no idea if Little has game or if he will ever see the floor unless the Heels are up 30 but apparently he wants to play some basketball. For the record Little is 6′3′ and 215 lbs. He strikes me as athletic and quick, at least based on what we have seen on the football field.

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Dec 10 '07

Visit johnnytshirt.com for all of your Tar Heel holiday shopping! Order by December 12th to ensure Christmas Delivery anywhere in the continental US using Standard Shipping. Browse the following sections for great UNC merchandise ...Click here for details.

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Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough is single no more. He wed his longtime girlfriend Saturday in his hometown, the band's attorney confirmed.

Congrats to the couple!

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David N. Arseneault shattered the NCAA assists record when he had 34 in Grinnell College's 151-112 win over North Central University of Minnesota in a Division III game Saturday. He made a total of 86 passes.

That's pretty unselfish. It goes on to say

The Division I record of 22 was achieved by three players, including current Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson at Southern in 1988 and Sherman Douglas of Syracuse in 1989.

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At 8-0, North Carolina tops a list of eight unbeatens among the top nine in this week's ESPN/USA Today men's college basketball poll.

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Michael Vick, once one of the highest paid players in the National Football League, was sentenced to 23 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and helping to kill pit bulls that did not fight aggressively.

Vick's stunning downfall from NFL superstar to disgraced dogfighting defendant culminated Monday in a 90-minute sentencing hearing in federal court in Richmond, Virginia.

Vick, 27, faced a maximum of five years in prison. Federal sentencing guidelines recommended a sentence of 12 to 18 months.

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Top 6 Bizarre Online Gaming Incidents

People stabbing each other (in real life) for magic swords (inside an online game); men kidnapping a top player to steal his game password; a girl that dies after playing her favorite multiplayer game for several days in a row….

It is a crazy (virtual) world, what can I say!

Go here for the rest of the story: http://www.dailybits.com/top-6-bizarre-online-gaming-incidents/

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ESPN hightlights from Friday's game vs. Richmond.

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East Carolina's men's basketball team isn't winless against the Atlantic Coast Conference anymore.

Looks like ECU put a hurting on NC State. Hard to believe that so many people stood behind NC State having an up year this season.

ECU upset its archrivals from Raleigh 75-69 Saturday night, recording the Pirates' first win against ACC competition in 58 tries. East Carolina junior guard Sam Hinnant had a night players dream about, pouring in a career-high 30 points, including six 3-pointers. His final trey of the night, which was ECU's 10th of the game, broke a 64-all tie with 2 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game and gave the Pirates (4-5) a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Congrats to the Pirate --- but shame on the Wolf Pack. You're part of the ACC, and you're supposed to represent the superior quality of basketball that our region of the country brings to the table year after year. Instead, you embarrassed yourself. I don't mean this as a dig to ECU, because they were a superior team and nothing should detract from the win. But if NC State wants to run with the big dogs, they have to put quality teams on the floor every night, with the skills and determination needed to win basketball games. I don't know if this is a coaching problem, or a player problem, or both - but this isn't the kinda of thing the ACC is known for, and fans of the ACC won't sit by and watch our reputation drop in the trash because NC State's commitment to the league and the game is slipping.

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UNC alum, now Milwaukee Bucks forward, David Noel underwent an examination of his injured right wrist under anesthesia this afternoon, General Manager Larry Harris announced today.

Noel will be out of action for at least 4-6 weeks, after which time he will be re-evaluated.

Dr. Donald Bynum performed the procedure at University of North Carolina Orthopedics in Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Dec 9 '07

For a school still talking about its stunning upset of Michigan, Appalachian State has more reason to celebrate. The Mountaineers are a win away from an unprecedented third straight national championship, thanks to their record-breaking quarterback.

Armanti Edwards rushed for 313 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 182 yards and three more scores as Appalachian State advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision title game with a 55-35 win over Richmond Friday night.

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The stage is set Appalachian State vs. Delaware.
Bring on the Blue Hens.

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Dec 8 '07

Pretty funny video...check it out.

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Dec 7 '07

We're going to Chattanooga !!

Big App. State win tonight - We're headed to Chattanooga !

Congrats to the Mountaineers - only one more to win for the Three-peat. Only fitting that we bring home a third one for the Triple Tri.

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Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson filed for divorce from his second wife. Read here

Arizona Wildcats mens basketball coach, Lute Olsen, first announced on Nov. 4 that he would take a temporary leave of absence, but now confirms it will be for the remainder of the season. He cited "personal issues" as the reason for his leave. This isn't the first time he has taken a leave of absence, being with his first wife Bonni prior to her death in 2001. I understand needing some time away to get family orders in line. Everyone deserves the right to put family issues first. I admire this move. However, at 73 maybe it's time he threw in the towel. The only person who can make that decision is Lute himself, but it's not fair for the basketball team to have the coach that recruited them to say "i'll be back next year.. good luck this season." Any thoughts?

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By request, I resurrected my attempt to make a video from March 2006, when the male half of the Tri went to Texas. Took a couple tricks, but I was able to salvage the corrupted file from before and get a clean movie out of it. It was great going back over the images - lots I had forgotten about. Good news, its a 31 minute video, full of great pictures and memories --- bad news, its a 31 min. video so it's nearly 58 MB and a WMV. Click the link above to download a copy to your desktop. If there is enough interest, I can put it on Youtube.

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I haven't a clue what this movie is about, but the website for it is kinda cool. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say it has to do with magic and animals - since those two things seem to be repeated everywhere. Also, there's this daemon thing - that I don't quite get, but when I answered the questions it showed me this.

Hop over to the website and try it for yourself. Warning - lots of flash and lots of animals.

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An interesting article with a terrible intro:

So…I, the writer of the 20 Most Beautiful Colleges in the USA, am back with the 20 ugliest ones! I know all of you have been waiting for this. And I have to warn you that I am not going to be very nice about these ones. I’m sorry if you go to any of these schools; I’m sure you have lovely academic programs but they’re just not very pretty. Which isn’t your fault, so try not to get too upset with me here, okay? Now, I based this post on message boards from students and anyone, actually, who wanted to voice their opinion on what they thought the ugliest/prettiest schools were. If you disagree, you should’ve taken the time to write what you think about the schools.

After you get past that part, the articles outlines the 20 ugliest schools in America. I was surprised to see a favorite of the Tri from College Station on the list, and also an ACC school. I suppose when you see as many schools as the writer of this articles does, you know the ugly when you see it.

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Dec 6 '07

Just wanted to wish you all a Happy Blue Tree Day, the day that changed our lives forever. Many moons ago today was when Mark got down on one knee (in the freezing cold, in front of a blue tree at the Toledo Zoo) and asked me to marry him. What was he thinking?

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Will Ferrell's Funny or Die tour is making a stop in Chapel Hill --- hop the link for more info. Wanna know more about the 'Funny or Die' tour --- then hop this link right here and you'll get to see the kind of stuff they're into. Will Ferrell is an incredibly funny guy, and stepping foot in the Smith Center is likened to striding through the pearly gates... so all in all, it'd be a great time. If you can be there that night, buy tickets and go - and laugh for me.

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Bosom Button™ is a functional accessory designed to minimize cleavage on your favorite tops!

I know some of you are thinking "why do you want to minimize that?" but let me tell you, this Bosom Button can definitely come in handy when safety pins won't work.

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Check out this article and poll from SI.com about a 16 team I-A college football playoff. An interesting concept and some great matchups. Give it a read, wrap your mind around it, and let us know what you think. Is a playoff the right move for all divisions of college football ?

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The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards, (live on ESPN, tonight from 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET). The University of Toledo has finally been recognized nationally and will send punter Brett Kern to the awards show tonight. Kern is a top 3 finalist for the Ray Guy Award (nation's top punter). Kern is the first Rocket to be named a finalist for an award at the ESPN’s annual College Football Awards show.

Best of luck Brett!!

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An angry Italian priest has persuaded soft drinks company Red Bull to withdraw an advertisement setting its product in a nativity scene on the grounds it is disrespectful to Christianity.

Father Marco Damanti, from Sicily, wrote to the makers of the caffeinated energy drink denouncing their commercial as "a blasphemous act" and said on Monday he had received a prompt reply promising to remove it from Italian television.

The advert depicted four wise men, instead of three, visiting Mary and the Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. The fourth wise man bore a can of the soft drink.

More after the jump.

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This has been all over the news:

Hawkins left a suicide note Wednesday at the home where he had been living. It said that he wouldn’t be a burden on his family anymore and that “now I’ll be famous,” according to Debora Maruca-Kovac, who owns the home.

Armed with a rifle, he went to the sprawling Westroads Mall, filled with shoppers three weeks before Christmas. The Omaha World-Herald reported that the gunman had a military-style haircut and a black backpack, and wore a camouflage vest.

Witnesses said the gunman fired down on shoppers from a third-floor balcony of the Von Maur store. Terrified shoppers and workers ran to safety, some of them barricading themselves in dressing rooms.

Police had responded to a call of shots fired within six minutes, but said by then it was all over.

The gunman was found dead on the third floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and his victims were discovered on the second and third floors, police Sgt. Teresa Negron said.

More from CNN

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Found this article today which gets us closer to the goal! Get ready for St Pats!

I think the Hoys should add this to their bar so we can enjoy Absinthe the way Picasso and Van Gogh did. We just have to find a way to get some Absinthe...

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Silicone Bowls

Sur La Table has some awesome kitchen gadgets (here's something I posted last year). These silicone bowls look pretty cool too. They make it easier to pour batter into a pan because you just "pinch to pour."

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Silly little video/song with a good purpose behind it:

Tommy’s exists to save babies’ lives because right now in the UK, one in four women loses a baby during pregnancy or birth. By 2030, we want to halve the number of babies who die during pregnancy.

Go watch the video, find out a little more about what the charity does, and consider donating. You'll get a chuckle from the vid, I'm sure.

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Dec 5 '07

Cool list of great towns to visit for outdoor activities. Check page 2 for a familiar favorite of the Tri.

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Day of the Ninja 2007

Day of the Ninja is finally upon us.

Get out your shuriken and katana - its Day of the Ninja 2007.




Haru: The blackness of my belt is like the inside of a coffin on a moonless night.

Joey: That's pretty black, Man.

Haru: It is a black art, and I, Haru, am the blackest of the black. Or rather the great white black art... Blackest... Master.

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Dec 4 '07

Check out this video on YouTube. You may recognize a slightly younger member of the Triple Tri.

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Cordless went live with an entirely new website today. Just in time for their newest album, Bright Lights, the group wanted a new site layout to help promote the new tracks. As always, comments/concerns/suggestions are always welcome. If you haven't heard any of Cordless' music - be sure to hop over the site, and hit up their myspace for the goods --- or, if you prefer, check them out on Last.fm. It's worth a listen.

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Straight from AppFan Blog:

Harvard scored the last 11 points after Michigan tied the game as the Crimson gave coach Tommy Amaker a 62-51 win over the school that fired him after six seasons.

Before the game, Harvard fans chanted “Appalachian State, Appalachian State,” a reference to the team that upset the Wolverines in their football opener

The article goes on to say:

No word on if they were actually pronouncing it right, but hey, this is Harvard. I’m shocked they didn’t chant it in Latin - “Appalachianus Civitas!”

Brilliant.

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A new name is popping in the search for a new Arkansas head coach, courtesy of a "scoop" from ESPN's Joe Schad.

Schad reported on ESPN that the Razorbacks have narrowed their coaching list to three names - Tulsa OC Gus Malzhan, Michigan DC Ron English and Clemson HC Tommy Bowden. Schad also reported that Arkansas has already conducted two interviews with English and may be interviewing Bowden this week.

Bowden, who has a $2.5 million dollar buyout in his contract with Clemson, was initially a candidate for the Arkansas job in 1999 after leading Tulane to an undefeated season.

Despite the chatter, it seems that there is nothing to the reports. Bowden has been offered a contract extension at Clemson and -- according to players on the team -- told the Tigers that he will be staying at CU and signing the extension.

Then goes on to say:

According to reports, Bowden and Arkansas AD Jeff Long met last week at Bowden's vacation home in Panama City, FL to begin talks. The two
met again on Monday and hammered out many aspects of the deal, including how many assistants Bowden would bring from Clemson to Arkansas.

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Schilling pitching behind Beckett and Santana, arguable two of the most dominating pitchers in the game right now,... now that would be scary. Hop the link to see what Curt has to say about it. Go Sox.

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UNC @ Penn - 12/4/2007

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Countdown to 'Day of the Ninja' 2007: 1

Only 1 day till 'Day of the Ninja' 2007.



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Dec 3 '07

Wow.... how these fellows steal all that delicious meat.... where do you get 13 tons of pineapple?

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Bowl Schedule

I have a College Bowl Shedule posted here for you to download so you can keep track of what day, what time, and what channel the bowl game that you're interested in, will be played. (What a long and sadly awkward sentence) Created by none other than Jim C. of CTRL+ALT+Jim, this handy schedule has just about everything you need to know to catch all the bowl games.

Click here to download the 2007 - 2008 College Bowl Game Schedule

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The gates have opened. It's time to sign up for ESPN's College Bowl Mania. Hop the link to go directly to the front page. Everyone is welcome - search for the group "Triple Tri" -- the password is boondock. The more the merrier. Good luck to everyone.

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Here is an interesting article written by ESPN analyst Gene Wojciechowski about the BCS. It seems that for the past several years, everyone is always bashing the BCS and it's imperfections. I agree. At any rate, read this article about Gene's insight on the 2007 season. It's time to do something about this BCS conflict.

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This Digital Photo Key Chain is a great idea! Now you don't have to carry around pictures in your wallet because they are right there on your keys. I am not careful with my keys, so I would have a problem keeping it safe, but still a great idea.

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Billboard magazine has done some fine sleuthing and turned up a number of developments in the works that may push the digital download world over the edge towards DRM-free MP3s. Walmart is reportedly pressuring the major record labels to allow it to sell their music online in MP3 format and now sources are telling Billboard that Amazon and Pepsi will team up to give away 1 billion MP3s for free in 2008, starting with a Superbowl kick off in February.

Amazon launched its DRM free MP3 music download service in September. We said it rocked then and I at least stand by that opinion today. Estimates at the time were that AmazonMP3 had about 2 million songs available - that number could increase substantially as labels feel the pressure of news like today's.

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Bo Pelini is the new coach at Nebraska, leaving the defensive coordinator post at LSU for a job many Cornhusker fans thought he should have been given four years ago.

Interim athletic director and former head coach Tom Osborne announced Pelini's hiring Sunday, after introducing Pelini to the players.

"We need a head coach with strong defensive credentials and great leadership," Osborne said. "We were also looking for someone who can inspire confidence and get players to play with great effort.

"And, of course, we also wanted our new head coach to understand our traditions, including the importance of our walk-on program and the importance of football in this state."

It's the first head coaching job for the 39-year-old Pelini, who spent three years at LSU orchestrating one of the nation's top defenses. He replaces Bill Callahan, fired Nov. 24 after the Huskers' second losing season in four years.

Go Big Red!

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If you haven't already done so, point your browser at this and watch some game changing performances from this football season. While you're there, vote on the one which is most deserving of being this year's Game Changing Performance.

Better yet, go watch some videos, and then vote for Appalachian's performance against Michigan. Yeah, that sounds good.

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I think you've got him there....

I know Christmas is still a little ways off... but I thought I'd start easing into it. I found this and thought it was clever. I think Timmy has him here...



Well played Timmy, well played indeed.

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Countdown to 'Day of the Ninja' 2007: 2

Only 2 days till 'Day of the Ninja' 2007.



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Dec 2 '07

College Pick 'Em Results

Even though there were some crazy games and upsets in this season of College Football, we all seemed to do a good job in the College Pick 'Em. We picked a lot of the games the same, but the Confidence and missing some weeks made a big difference. Here are the overall results:

Results
Rank
Entry, Owner
Total
%
1
Henderson , J. Henderson
457
87.0
2
Hoy Entry, V. Hoy
441
81.3
3
McCoy , M. McCoy
438
80.3
4
Leighton , E. Leighton
395
68.3
5
AES , A. Streetman
364
62.5
6
Cicero Entry, L. Cicero
315
56.3


Keep looking back for the next fantasy game. Everyone is always welcome to join; just let us know if you're interested.
I think we'll all miss football season, but basketball season is always a great time. Go Heels!

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Another shining example of Northeast Ohio's finest products and his actions:

The boy, from East Cleveland, was not hurt. He told troopers he had been in a fight at school and didn't want to go back.

Another trooper cam showed an 8-year-old who seemed surprised when he was taken into custody.

"I didn't know you all arrested kids," he's shown telling a trooper, Smith said.

The boy had driven his grandfather's sport utility vehicle about 15 miles on the Ohio Turnpike and had stopped only because he couldn't pay the toll at a toll booth, Smith said.

He told a trooper he had taken the vehicle "just to practice how to drive."

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The Lamborghini Reventón has been named L’Automobile più Bella del Mondo. Translation: The World’s Most Beautiful Automobile.

It earned this honor in the Special Models category of this annual automotive fashion show, recently held for the fifteenth time at the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, Italy.

There are eleven categories in all, though the Special Models category is generally considered to be the big winner. Other cats include your various sizes of sedans, coupes, convertibles, station wagons, crossovers, sports cars and concept cars.

The judging panel included artists, architects, designers, a historian, and a journalist.

Hop the link to see all the beautiful cars.

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Dec 1 '07

Ice Breakers Pacs, which hit the stores this month, are dissolvable pouches in blue or orange that look uncannily like tiny heat-sealed bags of cocaine, crack, heroin or any other powdered drug.

The Pacs, filled with powdered mint and sweetener, are meant to dissolve on the tongue like breath strips.

They're even packaged in a plastic slide-top case similar to the magnetic key cases drug dealers use to hide their wares under cars.

Ice Breakers

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UNC @ Kentucky - 12/1/2007

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Countdown to 'Day of the Ninja' 2007: 4

Only 4 days till 'Day of the Ninja' 2007.



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Nov 30 '07

Caught this on the ASU Alumni blog:

We’ve mentioned before Appalachian faculty member Dr. Sarah Greenwald’s use of the cult favorite animated series, Futurama, the Matt Groening and David X. Cohen creation, for its unique humor directed at mathematicians.

A lecture of Dr. Greenwald’s on the roll of role of math in the show has been included the bonus features of the new DVD release Futurama: Bender’s Big Score

From Wired Magazine:

Futurama was geek-friendly to begin with: Episodes are built around sci-fi staples like parallel universes, spaceship battles, and time travel. But look more closely and you’ll spot fleeting jokes that are geekier than a Slashdot comments thread, gags about the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, particle physics, and the P=NP problem.

One of the bonus features on the first of the new DVDs explores the role of math on the show. “The lecture is by professor Sarah Greenwald of Appalachian State University,” says Cohen. “She discusses various mathematical references over the history of the series, and her talk is intercut with clips from the episodes she refers to.” (Greenwald has a raft of interviews with the Futurama writers online here.)”

Very cool.

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Weekend Plans

JP is headed down to NC today to visit me for the weekend. We may or may not attend the Boone Christmas parade, but we'll definitely be at the ASU football game against Eastern Washington. Otherwise, we'll watch a little football on TV and maybe visit the parkway. Everyone have a safe and happy weekend!

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From the man that brought you "Chocolate Rain" (Tay Zonday) comes "Cherry Chocolate Rain." Enjoy and try not to get the song stuck in your head!

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Tom Osborne is back as Nebraska's football coach -- just for now.

Osborne, already the interim athletic director, has declared himself interim head coach until he hires a successor to Bill Callahan.

The interim coach designation lets Osborne visit prospective recruits away from campus, athletic department communications chief Randy York said Thursday.

The 70-year-old Osborne passed the NCAA certification test on his first try Wednesday, York said. Osborne went on the road to recruit Thursday and Friday, and the school sent a letter notifying the Big 12 of Osborne's new title, York said.

Once a hire is made, Osborne could continue to recruit until the new coach assembles a full staff of nine assistants, York said.

As the Cornhuskers' head coach from 1973 to 1997, Osborne won 255 games and three national championships.

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The 31-year-old Academy Award winner commands $15 million to $20 million a movie, placing her at the top of The Hollywood Reporter's annual list of the highest-paid actresses.

The next nine in the top ten list are: Angelina Jolie, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Jodie Foster, and Halle Berry.
It's crazy how much they get paid.

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They Are Here!!

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WGA strike-related angst has continues apace in the latenight realm. Conan O'Brien is digging deep to help his staff weather the shutdown, while Carson Daly is dodging the slings and arrows of WGA supporters for his decision to resume production this week.

O'Brien, host of NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" will cover the salaries of his nonwriting production staff -- nearly 80 people -- for the foreseeable future, an NBC Universal spokeswoman confirmed. O'Brien will foot the payroll bill starting next week, barring a resolution in the WGA work stoppage, which wrapped its 25th day on Thursday.

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UPDATE: Not so fast, apparently. Seems we may have jumped the gun on this one. Now, Track 'Em Tigers is reporting that Tuberville may be the next head coach at Arkansas. At this point, it looks like no one really knows whats going on.

Straight from Track 'Em Tigers:

Charles Goldberg of the Birmingham News is reporting tonight that Auburn and Tommy Tuberville have reached an agreement on a new seven-year contract. Here’s what Goldberg had to say on his blog...

Auburn University and Tommy Tuberville agreed in principle Tuesday to extend his contract to seven years, said a source familiar with negotiations between the school and the football coach.
Tuberville met with Athletics Director Jay Jacobs for much of Tuesday to discuss a variety of football-related issues. Tuberville and Jacobs are scheduled to meet again Wednesday.
Tuberville is currently in the third season of a seven-year contract that went in effect before the 2005 season.
Jacobs will make recommendations about Tuberville's contract, and other football matters, to university President Jay Gogue, who has final approval on all of the negotiations.

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Countdown to 'Day of the Ninja' 2007: 5

Only 5 days till 'Day of the Ninja' 2007.



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Nov 29 '07

The star of the CBS drama "Ghost Whisperer" got engaged to her boyfriend, Scottish actor Ross McCall, last week, US Weekly reported on its Web site Wednesday.

Congratulations to the couple!

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A 400-year-old book covered in a sheet of wrinkled human skin is going under the hammer in a bizarre auction.

It is thought the skin was cut from the corpse of one of Guy Fawkes' fellow conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

They say that you can even see a ghostly face on the cover in the right light.

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X-mas Ideas

Christmas is closing in quickly... only 26 more days. I wanted to remind everyone that posters make a fantastic present for anyone, and you can help support this blog and the Triple Tri by ordering one from AllPosters.com via this link. Get to it.


Click here to buy Holiday Posters

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This tent from designer Dré Wapenaar is very cool. It actually hangs in a tree, has a hardwood floor and a round mattress. And it only costs $50,000 (I don't think any of us will ever have one).

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We know he can shoot.....

but he can also dunk! Watch this highlight of Wayne Ellington from the Iona game this year. Today happens to be Waynes 20th birthday, so to him, the Triple Tri says "Happy Birthday! And thanks for choosing Carolina!"

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Countdown to 'Day of the Ninja' 2007: 6

Day of the Ninja is quickly approaching and what better to keep track of the time than a good old countdown.

Get out your nunchucks and black masks - only 6 days till 'Day of the Ninja' 2007.



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Nov 28 '07

Plenty of this on the radio and the net, but this article about Sean Taylor's article struck me between the eyes.

For an excellent introspect on racial acts in todays society... hop this link for a VERY well written article.

...Of course there are other catalysts, but until we recapture the minds of black youth, convince them that it's not OK to "super man dat ho" and end any and every dispute by "cocking on your bitch," nothing will change.

Does a Soulja Boy want an education?

...Blame drugs, blame Ronald Reagan, blame George Bush, blame it on the rain or whatever. There's only one group of people who can change the rotten, anti-education, pro-violence culture our kids have adopted. We have to do it....

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If you have participated in any ESPN Fantasty games you should get involved with Uber Challenge. It is a way to track your progress across all the ESPN offered Fantasy games. If you want to join the Triple Tri group (and I know you do) simply point your browser to the linked address - and click to join the group named Triple Tri --- the password is boondock.

There is no formal entry into UBER, as if you've ever played (or are currently playing) any ESPN Fantasy Game you're already entered. UBER is not only about the competition (though there are prizes awarded), it's also a rating system on how well you stack up against the best Fantasy Game players in the world. Good luck with the season!

Best part of this is that it provides you a schedule and links to all the current games and all the ones coming down the road - so you won't miss the opportunity to sign up for a game and have a blast. I hope to see all the Triers on there soon - and some readers too.

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Dog bites Auburn football player

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UNC @ Ohio State - 11/28/2007

For a complete game guide of the game, click here
As of right now, the status of Ty Lawson is unknown. I hope he plays tonight!

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Nov 27 '07

Dr. J. Robert Cade, who invented the sports drink Gatorade and launched a multibillion-dollar industry that the beverage continues to dominate, died Tuesday of kidney failure. He was 80.

His death was announced by the University of Florida, where he and other researchers created Gatorade in 1965 to help the school's football players replace carbohydrates and electrolytes lost through sweat while playing in swamp-like heat.

"Today with his passing, the University of Florida lost a legend, lost one of its best friends and lost a creative genius," said Dr. Edward Block, chairman of the department of medicine in the College of Medicine. "Losing any one of those is huge. When you lose all three in one person, it's something you cannot recoup."

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Well... that didn't take long:

Houston Nutt wasn't out of a job for long: He was hired as Southeastern Conference rival Mississippi's football coach just hours after resigning at Arkansas.

Nutt agreed to a contract late Monday night, and replaces Ed Orgeron, who was fired Saturday after the Rebels lost to rival Mississippi State to finish 3-9 and winless in the SEC.

The school announced the hiring through a three-paragraph e-mail Tuesday sent out by Athletic Director Pete Boone. The school said a news conference will be held at 12 noon CST on campus Wednesday in Oxford. No contract details were made available.

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The kiddos from Stuttgart have something special in mind for the Bologna Auto Show. Unlike some automakers we could think of, Porsche doesn't come out with special editions every other day so it's kind of special when they do. Inspired by Porsche's victory at the 1960 12 Hours of Sebring, the Boxster RS 60 Spyder Limited Edition pays homage to the winning Type 718 RS in a number of ways. The Silver Metallic paint and Carrera Red interior is your most obvious hint, unless you're sitting in the passenger seat and you notice the plaque on the dash. You might also notice the 19-inch SportDesign alloy wheels and a unique front spoiler. Internally, the modified Boxster gets a new exhaust with unique dual tailpipes that boost the output of the flat-six to 303 horsepower. Porsche's Active Suspension Management is included and will help you fling all that extra style around the track (or country club). Fittingly, just 1,960 of these cars will be available at a price of around $78,000.


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... are now in the Image Gallery. Hop the link to see shots from the game.

Big thanks to Jim C. of CTRL+ALT+Jim who let us use his camera for the game. Without the telephoto lens, we wouldn't have been able to nab some of the neat shots we got from the weekend. Thanks Jim -- if you haven't been to his site, go there now, have a look around and check out the Tri love.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

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... are in the Image Gallery now. More pictures to come soon.

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Mythbusters: Are Elephants Afraid of Mice?

Cool video from Mythbusters about elephants and mice.

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Marco Polo

This can't possibly be real, can it ?

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This info comes straight from Track 'Em Tigers:

And you thought you had a bad Monday. They were dropping like flies across the college football world yesterday. Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey kicked things off yesterday morning, claiming the first pink slip of the day.

A few hours later Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt joined the list. The Nutt firing is a shocker in some ways. Since when did knocking off the top team in the country and finishing 8-4 get you fired in Fayetteville? Somebody has set the bar a little too high in Northwest Arkansas.

Nutt is a strange guy – there’s no question about it. But the man is a pretty decent football coach and recruiter. I know Tommy Tuberville has a lot of respect for him. Something tells me he may end up at Ole Miss. The Rebels would love to have some consistent eight win seasons.

Another casualty on Monday was Southern Miss coach Jeff Bower. That looks like a good fit for Will Muschamp. It’s a program where you can have modest success and build your resume.

Muschamp was mentioned Monday by the Atlanta Constitution as a candidate for the Georgia Tech job. He’s also thought to be a candidate at Ole Miss.

As expected, there’s not much to report on the Tommy Tuberville front. He did meet with school president Jay Gogue and athletic director Jay Jacobs on Monday morning. No details of the meeting have leaked out.

All kinds of stuff brewing in the South. We'll keep an eye on Track 'Em Tigers for more details.

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Nov 26 '07

Hawthorne Heights guitarist Casey Calvert, 26, was pronounced dead on Saturday after police were called to the band's tour bus outside Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club around 2:30 p.m. and found him unconscious. The Washington Post reported that Calvert's death came one day after he and his bandmates — frontman JT Woodruff, guitarist Micah Carli, bassist Matt Ridenour and drummer Eron Bucciarelli — boarded the bus to begin their Wintour 2007 outing, which kicked off Friday night in Detroit. Police are still awaiting results of an autopsy, though some reports speculate that his death might have been caused by a pre-existing condition related to acute asthma.

Our sympathy to his family, friends, band mates, and fans.

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