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Archives for: March 2008
Mar 31 '08
March Madness 2008: Update #4
And then there were 4. For the first time in the history of the tournament, all four #1 seeds are headed to the Final 4. With just 3 games yet to be played, here's how things are stacking up:
|Rank||Team Name||Score||Correct||Best Score||Best Correct||Champion|
|1||JPH (1)||346||44||477||47||North Carolina|
|2||Vickie (1)||324||44||422||46||North Carolina|
|4||L8N (1)||315||42||446||45||North Carolina|
|8||Laura C. (1)||303||41||401||43||North Carolina|
|10||MDH (1)||286||38||417||41||North Carolina|
|11||Jessica K.||266||37||397||40||North Carolina|
|12||Laura C. (2)||255||38||255||38||Louisville|
Points are few and far between now - and the picks are more important that ever. Still over 100 points to be gained before a champion is crowned. Good luck in the final two rounds.
On This Day: Eiffel Tower opens
On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower is dedicated in Paris in a ceremony presided over by Gustave Eiffel, the tower's designer, and attended by French Prime Minister Pierre Tirard, a handful of other dignitaries, and 200 construction workers.
In 1889, to honor of the centenary of the French Revolution, the French government planned an international exposition and announced a design competition for a monument to be built on the Champ-de-Mars in central Paris. Out of more than 100 designs submitted, the Centennial Committee chose Eiffel's plan of an open-lattice wrought-iron tower that would reach almost 1,000 feet above Paris and be the world's tallest man-made structure. Eiffel, a noted bridge builder, was a master of metal construction and designed the framework of the Statue of Liberty that had recently been erected in New York Harbor.
What more can be said ? We're looking at one of the best players in college basketball this year - a force to be reckoned with, game in and game out. He deserves his own shirt - we owe it to him to wear it. Check it.
Wonder what happened to Lute Olson this year ? Want the dish on his situation and his renewed commitment to Arizona basketball and the team ? Then look no further than this article from ESPN. Olson gives a phone interview outlining what he's faced in the past year and where he intends to take Wildcat basketball in 2009.
Jim Christian was hired by Texas Christian University to head their basketball program:
The Horned Frogs hired the 43-year-old Kent State coach to turn around a struggling program that has endured three straight losing seasons and hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 1998.
Christian was 138-58 at Kent State the past six seasons. The Golden Flash won at least 20 games each of those seasons, including a 28-7 mark this season when they were knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round by UNLV -- the same team that ended TCU's season.
Always good to see MAC coaches moving on to make an impact on a bigger stage (Wish they could stay put and help raise the level of talent and respect for our own conference) Good luck to TCU.
Mar 30 '08
In honor of Agent Paul Smecker, La Boheme will be playing at the State Theatre on 04/18, 04/20, and 04/26. So get your gloves, and discman ready because this opera will help you debunk the "serial crusher" theory.
311 Summer Tour Featuring Snoop Dog
Straight from The Hive: 311's 2008 summer tour will be featuring Snoop Dogg and when they hit Columbus on July 13th, the show will be opened by Fiction Plane. So bring your green hats to the Lifestyles Community Pavillion and feel free to take off on Monday the 14th!
Looks like the Utes and the Hurricanes will be in some new threads when the college football season kicks off in late August. Check out the article for the skinny on the new duds.
This issue comes up from time to time, but it looks like the NFL might finally rule one way or the other:
Talk about an endless saga: Football is continuing its longtime battle against hair. Next week at the owners meetings in Palm Beach, Fla., the league's competition committee will mull over a rule that would bar players from wearing long hair that obscures the nameplates on their jersey backs. Chiefs president Carl Peterson, whose clean, sophisticated, gelled 'do has never come under such fire -- although it certainly would catch -- reportedly proposed this regulation. If it's enacted, players like Troy Polamalu, Steven Jackson, Al Harris, Larry Fitzgerald, Rashean Mathis and others whose nameplates we can't see would have to either snip it or stuff it.
If you read the whole article, Seth Wickersham provides a good chunk of info with a surprising twist at the end, and I couldn't agree with him more. Let the guys keep the long hair if they want, because it's cool to see - as a fan, I like seeing a few guys scattered around with serious dreads and, he's right, seeing Polamalu hunt like a lion (both in college and the NFL) is awesome. I'm not sure reversing the "Ricky rule" is the answer - but if the guys want long hair, I don't see why the NFL should have a say.
Mar 29 '08
The Honda Ridgeline competed in the Baja 1000. Take a look at the info and some awesome pictures of the truck in action.
A celebration is in order
Watch as the Tar Heels celebrate with Roy after tonight's victory over Louisville. The two teams were predicted to face off early in the season in the Las Vegas Invitational, but Louisville lost the previous game. Tip is set for 9:05 E.S.T on CBS.
My affinity for Christopher Walken is no secret. Someday this painting will adorn the wall of my den. You must follow the link to witness the most awesome thing you'll see on the web today, guaranteed.
Christopher Walken Building A Robot In His Garage
[via Jim C.]
Mar 28 '08
Caught this on the news last night.... I know it's a long way off, but still exciting to hear:
Tennessee has scheduled a two-year series with Ohio State for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.
The Volunteers will host the Buckeyes in the Sept. 1, 2018, season opener and will travel to Columbus on Sept. 7, 2019.
Vols and Bucks - a good SEC/Big Ten matchup. Can't wait.
Happy Birthday Maggie
Our final Tri birthday of March is today. Happy Birthday to Maggie - hope you have a great birthday. The Tar Heels gave Maggie her present a night early, beating WSU in the Sweet 16. Who could ask for more than that ?
4 Tri Birthdays, St. Patty's Day, 311 Day, and the NCAA Tournament all in one month --- I'm exhausted. It'll be all quiet on the birthday front till the end of May and July (respectively) - so rest up, rehydrate, and prepare your next round of birthday wishes.
Mar 27 '08
Stumbled across this site and found it interesting that of 800+ departments in Ohio, this site had all the Newark PD officers listed. I'll be interested to see when additional agencies add their officers to the list!
Get up for tonight's game
7:27 PM --- CBS - be there.
Wear your blue. Cheer like you mean it.
Today, Adobe releases Photoshop Express for the web. It's not a photoshop replacement but it sure does some nice stuff:
No layers here, no fancy pants masking. But for 95% of your photos, it offers pretty much all you need to fix ‘em up, and it does it with style.
Whether adjusting exposure, white balance, or hue, touching up blemishes, or distorting your image, Photoshop Express provides an easy slider and thumbnails to give you an instant preview of your image at various settings. Even undo is better than you’d expect.
Being on the web, this Photoshop’s made for sharing. Everyone gets their own URL at photoshop.com, and the slideshows are top-notch — big, beautiful images with classy transitions. Want to load in and edit photos from Picasa, Photobucket, or Facebook? No problemo.
Exciting stuff for anyone retouching their photos. If anyone gives it a try, be sure to let us know what you think.
Two U.S. Air Force F-15s escorted two Russian Bear long-range bombers out of an air exclusion zone off the coast of Alaska, U.S. military officials said Wednesday.
U.S. radar picked up the Russian turbo-prop Tupolev-95 planes about 500 miles off the Alaska coast.
The U.S. fighters from Elmendorf Air Force Base were dispatched to meet the bombers and escorted them out of the area without incident, the officials said.
Great. Even though it was without incident, it wasn't without significance. The Russians are starting to push the bounds and display to the rest of the world that they are back in the race. Similar episodes have taken place all across Europe. Not a good sign in the scheme of things, I'm afraid.
Mar 26 '08
More Lyrics I Never Got Right
A la "I'll be the one":
Free from the burn, the burnin' of spite and
free from the burn, the burning of the light
no buzz hack, no buzz hack, no buzz hack, no buzz hack
swing to the thing you bring, check it out
how could you be so good to me,
how could you be so good to me
I want to be worth, want to be worth
buzz hack, hack hack, buzz, yeah
swing to the thing you bring, check it out.
N. Hexum- Do You Right
Quite the ACC showing, featuring 3 future Tar Heels. Let's hope they all can live up to the hype of being labled a coveted McDonalds All-American. Good luck and congrats to all of the guys named to this years squad.
The Commonwealth Athletic Club of Kentucky announced the winners of the 2008 Adolph Rupp Awards. North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough was selected as the Player of the Year to receive the Adolph Rupp Award, and Tennessee's Bruce Pearl was selected Coach of the Year to receive the Adolph Rupp Cup.
More hardware to add to the Hansbrough trophy case. Congrats.
Mar 25 '08
I know we've mentioned Kenley playing soccer for Catawba College before, but I always get a kick out of going to the athletic sites to see the roster and the profile of people we know (i.e. - Chad Dickeron, Goalkeep for UNC-G and Mooresville High School alum) So follow the link to Catawba's women's soccer roster and hit up #16 for her profile.
Finally! A good move by the NCAA:
Players won't be slipping on giant decals for the remainder of the NCAA Tournament. The floors at the Final Four and the four regional sites, including Charlotte Bobcats Arena, weren't scheduled to get decals.
The future of the decals, which bear the NCAA logo, will be part of the NCAA's customary extensive review after the tournament.
Players in several games at several sites slipped on the oversized decals which, frankly, were an eyesore too. I'm glad to hear we won't be seeing any more of them (or Duke for that matter, come on - I had to get one good Duke dig in there... their season is over, in case you didn't know. I'm not rubbing it in anyone's face, just stating for those of you who may not know. They bowed out early,.. just like last year. Because they're over rated and under talented, eats babies.)
March Madness 2008: Update #3
With the first and second rounds of the tournament completed, here's the standings:
|Rank||Team Name||Score||Correct||Best Score||Best Correct|
|4||Laura C. (1)||221||34||491||47|
|7||Laura C. (2)||207||33||471||45|
With the number of games decreasing, each pick is more critical now. Still over 200 potential points to be gained by each competitor - so things are still up for grabs. Good luck.
Mar 24 '08
The reporter in this video gets a little surprise from the sledders. Hard to tell if the video is staged, but something tells me, it isn't. Have a look.
[via Jim C.]
Mar 23 '08
Bug City Candy Tarts are the best candy IN THE WORLD. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Everyone should eat bug candy, and I just discovered that it can be ordered in bulk! Ferrara Pan makes a lot of great candy that we all ate when we were kids. Check it out!
March Madness 2008: Update #2
After a few days of basketball, here's where we stand:
|Rank||Team Name||Score||Correct||Best Score||Best Correct|
|4||Laura C. (1)||192||29||507||49|
|9||Laura C. (2)||178||28||505||48|
We're starting to get some separation in the point totals but there's still lots of basketball to go. Good luck to everyone - Go Heels!
Mario Kart Wii
This game is high on hitlist of games to purchase. Classic Mario Kart action plus a ton of new features, including online game play.
Mario Kart Wii
I'm keeping my eyes peeled for a sale or discount (from the Bargainist) and hope to pick one of these up once they become available April 27th.
Mar 22 '08
Gov. Ted Strickland said Thursday that Ohio is not in a recession, blaming President Bush for the perception and urging residents to "hang tough."
A la Titanic, ol Ted thinks that big iceberg (recession) is just an illusion placed in our minds by the horrible White House. Its like this guy isn't ready to accept that Duke lost and their season is over.. (which is probably thanks to George Bush is single-handedly at fault for everything that Teddy doesn't like).
Guess GW has me, Youngstown, Toledo, Cleveland, Jackson, Canton, etc etc brainwashed.
These are the kinds of things that the public really needs to know about a candidate:
After revealing that he lost a game of h-o-r-s-e to former candidate John Edwards, who has full sized court on his property featuring a giant UNC logo, Obama broke down his Final Four picks. He’s got North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA…and Stanford. Why not Texas? No, not because he lost to Hilary Clinton in that state (but got more delegates), Obama just doesn’t trust teams who have a point guard as their best player.
Hop the link for a little more info on Obama and his picks.
"The King has returned. Long live the King."
The Corvette for 2009 looks pretty sweet:
Hop the link for all the news from Chevy or go right here for a YouTube video.
[via Ryan M.]
Mar 21 '08
LeBron James became Cleveland's all time leading scorer on Friday:
The All-Star forward passed Brad Daugherty as the Cavaliers' career scoring leader during the first quarter of Friday night's game against the Toronto Raptors. James entered the game needing five points to surpass Daugherty, and did it with one of his patented driving layups with 4:10 left in the period.
It took Daugherty 548 games to score 10,389 points while James, the NBA's leading scorer in his fifth pro season, was playing in just his 380th game.
Shout out to MIJ
Just wanted to send some Happy Birthday wishes Tri friend and fellow blogger, Jim C. of CTRL+ALT+Jim. Thanks for your support and contributions to Triple Tri and The Orion Project. Hope you have a great birthday.
March Madness 2008: Update #1
The first day of the tournament is over and we've seen some good bastketball so far. After one day of competition, here are the standings:
|Rank||Team Name||Score||Correct||Best Score||Best Correct|
|1||Laura C. (2)||99||15||611||60|
|7||Laura C. (1)||78||14||597||60|
There's plenty of basketball yet to be played and lots of points still up for grabs so it's still anyone's game. Good luck.
Saleen S5S Raptor
Just unveiled at the New York Auto Show, the supercharged Raptor drinks E85 ethanol and delivers 650 horsepower, a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds, and a top speed of over 200 mph. Choose from a 6-speed manual or paddle shifting.
And at just $185,000 -- it's quite affordable
Mar 20 '08
March Madness 2008: Let It Begin
And so it begins - the 2008 NCAA Tournament. At Noon today, the tournament tips off and in 18 days, a National Champion will be crowned. Good luck to everyone competing in our bracket challenge - in addition to our six (Vickie, AES, MAG, MDH, L8N, JPH) we also have Jessica K. and Laura C. competing for the top spot. As always, we'll have occasional updates so you can see how things are sorting themselves out and who is atop the leaderboard.
Good luck to everyone --- game on.
Happy Birthday AES
Time for another Tri birthday - and it's Ashlin's turn this time. We started celebrating Ashlin's birthday over the weekend but I wish we could all be together today for some more hoopla.
Hope you have a great day Ashlin - Happy Birthday from the Triple Tri... and Manny Ramirez.
Three Tri birthdays down --- one to go.
Mar 19 '08
Curious who other fans are picking as they fill out their NCAA Tournament Brackets ? Hop the link to an article on ESPN.com with stats about who is picking who. Includes some trends and some surprising upsets / matchups / unlikely champs. Cool.
Well... that's that:
Terrelle Pryor, the nation's top-ranked high school quarterback according to the ESPN 150 and the top unsigned senior, announced that he'll attend Ohio State at the news conference at his high school in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
"When I called Coach Tress he welcomed me to the Ohio State family," said Pryor, who made his decision hours before the announcement.
Pryor was high on recruiting lists at quite a few college programs. I'm sure the rest of the Big Ten is flinching a bit after this addition to the Buckeyes.
It's that time of year again. If you would like to join our basketball bracket, click here. If you aren't already a member of our group, but would like to be, leave a comment with your e-mail address and I'll send you the invite.
The Boston Red Sox refused to take the field for their final spring training game in Florida on Wednesday and threatened to boycott their flight to Japan for their season openers unless their coaches and other staff are paid for the trip.
Fans filled the stadium, the national anthems were sung and the Boston and Toronto lineups were announced, but the game did not begin at its 12:07 p.m. scheduled start.
Manager Terry Francona and his players were upset after learning staff members are not going to get a $40,000 stipend. The Boston Herald reported players insisted part of their agreement to make the trip included the fee -- for them and the coaches.
Author Arthur C. Clarke, whose science fiction and non-fiction works ranged from the script for "2001: A Space Odyssey" to an early proposal for communications satellites, has died at age 90, associates have said.
Clarke had been wheelchair-bound for several years with complications stemming from a youthful bout with polio and had suffered from back trouble recently, said Scott Chase, the secretary of the nonprofit Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.
He died early Wednesday -- Tuesday afternoon ET -- at a hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he had lived since the 1950s, Chase said.
"He had been taken to hospital in what we had hoped was one of the slings and arrows of being 90, but in this case it was his final visit," he said.
Vicki Van Meter, who made headlines in the 1990s for piloting a plane across the United States at age 11 and from the U.S. to Europe at age 12, died in an apparent suicide. She was 26.
Van Meter died Saturday of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Crawford County coroner said. Her body was found in her Meadville, Pennsylvania, home on Sunday.
Her brother said she battled depression, but her family thought she had been dealing with her problems.
Mar 18 '08
"The Most Advanced Quadruped Robot on Earth"- it's very cool.
Miley Cyrus of "Hannah Montana," and Billy Ray Cyrus's daughter, has officially changed her name. Her given name is Destiny Hope Cyrus, but her father started calling her "Smiley Miley" as a baby. The name apparently stuck.
Mar 17 '08
This video is awesome and painful.
I'm a sucker for beautiful cars - and this one is right up there:
The Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 crams in a 5.2-liter V10 engine that delivers 560 horsepower. In addition to new front and rear fascias, the four-wheel-drive Gallardo LP560-4 sports an improved suspension and improved fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Other goodies include Bi-Xenon headlights for night driving and LED daytime running lights.
[via Jim C.]
Straight from LetsGoRockets.com :
Unfortunately, from a fan standpoint, there hasn’t been anything good to say about the Toledo Rockets basketball team this year. Announced today, head coach Stan Joplin has been released from his position. Assistant coach Tuori will run the day to day operations until a new coach is hired. For more information about this sudden departure, click here.
Happy St Patricks Day 2008
A drummer for the Swedish pop group ABBA has died after an apparent accident at his home in Spain, a Civil Guard spokeswoman said Monday.
Ola Brunkert was found dead late Sunday at his home in the town of Arta on Spain's Mediterranean island of Mallorca, the spokeswoman said.
Police believe Brunkert may have fallen against a glass partition separating his home's kitchen from the garden, and the glass broke and fatally cut his throat, she said.
Caught this neat article on MetaEfficient.com:
The Masdar Headquarters building will produce more power than it needs (an energy positive building). In fact, the solar roof (one of the largest in the world) will be constructed first, and it will power the construction of the rest of the building.
Check out some of the pictures for some really interesting ideas. This is certainly something builders across the globe should consider implementing to help offset construction costs. Of course, solar output greater than demand isn't feasable in every corner of the world, but the offset that this type of construction practice would create could help change the landscape of construction.
We called it. Over the weekend, we joked how Tyler Hansbrough, after sinking the game winning shot and doing a crazy "vistory run/walk/dance" would probably catch a bunch of flack from the other players when they saw the tape.
We were dead on.
"I didn't see it," said Bobby Frasor, and by "it" he meant the celebration. This is distressing, because Frasor has taken two months worth of grief from Hansbrough for his exuberant, knee-crunching celebration of Wayne Ellington's game-winner at Clemson. The big man saved it on their home television, where he replays it for anyone who stops by. Now, when Frasor finally might be able to equalize the situation, he missed it. Fortunately, tape lives forever.
"I heard about it," Frasor said. "And I'm going to record it. And everyone who comes to the house, I'm going to sit them down and show it to them."
Congrats to the Tar Heels - 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference Champions and No. 1 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Mar 16 '08
Doin the Hulu
Cool site to see tons of episodes of TV shows for free and in high quality. Been killing today watching the Family Guy episodes and enjoying each minute!
The Porsche Boxster RS 60 Spyder Limited Edition, what a beauty:
It features a six-cylinder engine pumping out 303-hp, sport exhaust, 19-inch Porsche SportDesign alloy rims, a glimmering GT Silver Metallic paint job with a Carrera Red interior, a new front spoiler, and more. Only 1960 will be made available worldwide, so if you've got the need for speed, you'd better hurry on down to your local dealer.
I wouldn't have any problems taking that thing around the block.
Mar 14 '08
Patty's Day Weekend
Things might be a bit quiet around TT for the next few days. Ashlin is headed to Ohio, and then we're all headed up to northern Ohio to celebrate with the Hoys. Cells are alive if anyone needs us - otherwise, have a Happy St. Patrick's Day celebration (I know the holiday technically isn't till Monday) and we'll catch you on the flip side.
Mar 13 '08
Happy Birthday Eric
Today is that special day when we celebrated Robby Bobby's entrance into this world. Have a fantastic day and get ready for a party this weekend! (And remember to have your pets spayed and neutered!)
Mar 12 '08
The 2008 Neiman Marcus Special Edition Hennessey Venom 700NM ($179,500), which will be included in the spring Neiman Marcus Men's Catalog, features a 700-hp engine that's good for a 0-60 time of 3.3 seconds. The black beauty also sports a 200-mph tested rear wing, Venom 700NM badges, and black and red leather interior. Only seven will be made, and the ride's price includes one day of high-performance driving school at Lonestar Motorsports Park.
Buying something like this from a catalog doesn't seem right.
A person has been detained in connection with the killing of University of North Carolina student Eve Carson, Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall told CNN Wednesday.
CNN affiliate WTVD reported that heavily armed police arrested a man at a home on Rosedale Avenue in Durham early Wednesday morning.
Shortly afterward Durham police handed the man over to Chapel Hill police, WTVD reported.
This is an odd story about a mistaken Google team which has caused the US Gov't to ban Google Earth from all military bases:
Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart, chief of the U.S. Northern Command, said Thursday that that the decision to issue a formal ban was made after at least one Google crew requested and then was permitted access to a base, identified in the message as Fort Sam Houston.
He said he was concerned that allowing the 360-degree, street-level view could provide sensitive information to potential adversaries and endanger base personnel.
Read the rest of the story for the scoop.
[via Ryan M.]
Mar 11 '08
I apologize for all the Tyler Hansbrough posts as of late. I'm really excited for him and all that he has accomplished. I've been reading story after story about him, until I found this one. Over at CBS Sportsline, Mike Freeman wrote what I feel to be a negative article about Tyler. He writes :
"Hansbrough's credentials are impressive enough, but it's hard not to give him bonus points for squeezing out every bit of his potential, for never coasting ... " writes SI. The magazine later called Hansbrough "the face of college basketball."
Again, most college players don't coast. Why does Hansbrough get bonus points for simply accomplishing what everyone else does? Were Kevin Durant and Greg Oden coasters? Is Georgetown's Roy Hibbert a coaster? Name a coaster of a top player on Tennessee or Memphis or UCLA. You can't.
And I'm trying to remember the last time a black player was called the face of college basketball. Maybe it has occurred 500 times. I just can't remember.
Wow. Isn't basketball "a black man sport" anyway? Furthermore, wasn't Kevin Durant and Greg Oden "the face of college basketball" just last year? He thinks the media loves Tyler because he is white. Poor arguement. It has nothing to do with the color of his skin!! He just outworks everyone. He never takes a play off. He gets to the free throw line more than anyone in the country and he's accomplishing so much during his career at THE GREATEST basketball school of all time. (Okay, i'm a little biased on that one). It's a poorly written article, to say the very least.
Don't waste your time reviewing the other scenarios. Follow the link and click "vote" next to Wayne Ellingtons 3 pointer with 0.4 seconds remaining to give the Tar Heels the victory @ Clemson. Clutch shot that won the game by 2 points. 'Nuff said. Vote
Tyler Hansbrough has been named the National Player of the Year by The Sporting News, which ensures his jersey will be retired at the conclusion of his college career.
It certainly has been a pleasure watching Tyler outwork everyone for 3 years. I have a good feeling that we aren't done watching him just yet. Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication. I think I'm going to purchase an authentic #50 jersey and hang it in a frame (to be put in my Carolina room at a TBD house of mine) alongside Michael Jordan's college jersey.
That wonderful day is upon us once again:
As you know, March 11th is 3-11 Day!; a day when 311 celebrates it's fans, and 311 fans celebrate 311. It's a mutual appreciation celebration! So wear your favorite 311 t-shirt, request 311 at your local radio station, crank up 311 on your stereo, pop in a 311 DVD...or better yet, come join us at the 3-11 Day Show in New Orleans!!
Away from the ears that
Bug us and judge us
It's so liberating
To be free
And my heart slows down
- Speak Easy, 311
Mar 10 '08
The All-ACC teams were announced Monday afternoon and a number of Tar Heels made the list. Tyler Hansbrough was a unanimous 1st Team selection, while Wayne Ellington earned 2nd Team honors. Marcus Ginyard was named to the All-Defensive Team.
Tyler Hansbrough, Jr., North Carolina* 270
Tyrese Rice, Jr., Boston College 261
Sean Singletary, Sr., Virginia 257
DeMarcus Nelson, Sr., Duke 250
Jack McClinton, Jr., Miami 208
*unanimous 1st team
Greivis Vasquez, So., Maryland 199
James Gist, Sr., Maryland 186
Wayne Ellington, So., North Carolina 158
A.D. Vassallo, Jr., Virginia Tech 120
K.C. Rivers, Jr., Clemson 115
DeMarcus Nelson, Sr., Duke 68
Toney Douglas, Jr., Florida State 66
Tyrelle Blair, Sr., Boston College 56
Marcus Ginyard, Jr., North Carolina 46
James Gist, Sr., Maryland 40
Hall of Fame coach Lute Olson will return to Arizona for the 2008-09 season after taking a season-long leave of absence, the school announced Monday.
Olson agreed within the past week, after his time away under the Family Medical Leave Act ended last Friday, that he would return next season and take over the team once again as soon as Arizona's 2007-08 season is complete.
This comes as good news to Arizona and Wildcat fans. Sounds like Lute has his stuff together and is ready for a few more go rounds.
Hollywood action star Chuck Norris, known for his martial arts prowess and tough-guy image, has become a cult figure among the U.S. military in Iraq and an unlikely hero for some in Iraq's security forces.
A small cardboard shrine is dedicated to Norris at a U.S. military helicopter hub in Baghdad, and comments lauding the manliness and virility of the actor have been left on toilet walls across Iraq and even in neighboring Kuwait, soldiers say.
"The fastest way to a man's heart is with Chuck Norris's fist," reads one message at the shrine, which consists of a signed photo of the actor surrounded by similar statements.
"Chuck Norris puts the laughter in manslaughter," reads one and "Chuck Norris divides by zero," reads another.
Funny, there's no mention of 'Sidekicks' in the article... clearly Norris' greatest cinematic endeavor.
[via Jim C.]
The Newark Wildcats elite 8 game was postponed due to snow. A day later, Newark beat Westerville South, 62-57 marking the Cats' first regional title since 1981. Newark will play Toledo Whitmer in a state semifinal at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Ohio State's Value City Arena. Follow the link to view the bracket.
Mar 9 '08
Danny Green over Paulus
It's great to have a big momentum gaining dunk on an opponent's floor in the middle of a heated game. Especially when the ACC regular season championship is on the line,.. and when you're in Cameron Indoor stadium,.. playing Duke (and they're your arch-rival),.. and you dunk over Greg Paulus,.. and Peyton Manning is in the first row watching you do it. (Look to the left of Singer and you'll see Peyton Manning - Eli Manning is directly behind Singler so you can't see him)
Here is to fixing this kid's wagon for messing with one of Parma's finest. Seemed like Judge Gilligan has done more parenting than the 'upset' mother has in a long time!
Mar 8 '08
The Heels battle to become the regular season ACC Champions tonight against Duke. The greatest rivalry in all of college sports has a new chapter penned tonight by the determination and physical toughness of these two teams. Which will play a larger role in the determining a victor -- athleticism, conditioning, team cohesion, coaching - we'll find out tonight.
Our favorite band from Germany, Cordless, has a bunch of videos posted over at Last.fm. Most of the videos are from a gig where they opened for Silbermond. Good audio and good video. Check it out and leave them some love on the videos or on their website.
UNC @ Duke - 3/8/2008
Mar 7 '08
Happy Birthday Vickie!
Today is the Tri's first birthday of 2008. Happy Birthday Vickie!! Hope you have a great day, and don't forget a celebration is in order for next weekend!
Mar 6 '08
Microsoft Corp. gave early testers their first glimpse of its next-generation Web browser Wednesday, and said Internet Explorer 8 will adhere to the same standards as competitors' programs.
Microsoft's browsers, including the current Internet Explorer 7, gained notoriety among Web developers for handling Web page code differently than Mozilla Corp.'s Firefox, Apple Inc.'s Safari, the now-defunct Netscape Navigator and others.
Microsoft said the new version of the browser, when complete, will support industry-standard versions of the code that tells browsers what Web pages should look like, including CSS 2.1, by default.
While most Web surfers might not feel a huge impact, Swenson said it will bring "a sigh of relief" for developers, who will spend a lot less time tweaking Web pages to work with different browsers.
I'm curious to hear what web master JPH has to say about this. I'm sure once he gets back to his regular schedule outside of work, he'll be testing this new browser.
Microsoft unveiled a few features in the new browser that may appeal more to average Web users. For example, right-clicking on a Web page will give people more "to-do" options than they'd see today. Users will be able to "Send to Facebook," "Map with Live Search" or "Define with Dictionary.com" with a quick click.
I bet MDH will love the "send to facebook" feature.
The Newark high school boys basketball team advanced to the Columbus regional to face either Dublin Scioto or Westerville South on Saturday. If Newark were to win this game, they move on to the State Semi finals (final 4) at the Value City arena. Click here for the bracket. For tournament information, click here.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill community is mourning the loss of its student body president, who was found dead from multiple gunshot wounds early Wednesday morning,
Chapel Hill police confirmed Thursday that a body found about a half-mile from campus was that of UNC senior Eve Marie Carson, 22, of Athens, Ga., a Morehead-Cain scholar and pre-med major studying both political science and biology.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515.
Best starting 5
This, my friends, is what a National Championship caliber starting 5 looks like.
Read about UNC's Reacquaintance With Ty Lawson from Inside Carolina
I hate Dook. Saturday nights game decides the ACC regular season title. It's senior night for Dook. The last time UNC went in to Cameron on senior night, they played spoilers to JJ and the Ewok. Saturday, it's time to ruin it for DeMarcus Nelson. Straight from TruthAboutDuke:
There's a feature in the Charlotte Observer about DeMarcus Nelson. He has an interesting quote about when he first met Coach K:
He traveled to North Carolina a day early to make an unofficial visit to Duke. He said his itinerary called for him to tour Duke's campus and facilities with assistant coaches, but Krzyzewski happened to be in his office.
"It was almost like seeing your wife for the first time," Nelson said. "It was kind of like that. Coach looked at me. And I looked at him. And there was something there."
This must have been quite a meeting. Digging in the archives a bit shows Coach K's reaction:
Coach K has never in his life reacted in the way he reacted to DeMarcus,' said DeMarcus' father Ron Nelson in a May 30 article in the Vallejo Times-Herald.
'They said he went home and told his wife he finally found someone he fell in love with on sight.
Coach smiled at me,' Nelson recalled last week. 'I was aglow. I thought, 'He likes me. He can tell I'm a good person.' Then he said I had angelic eyes.
Tennessee won its first outright regular-season SEC men's basketball Championship in 41 years by saving its best for last Wednesday night.
Congrats to the Vols - snatching the SEC title from it's resting place over the previous years, Florida. In a few days, we'll have a regular season champ in the ACC.
In addition to winning their school-record 27th game, the Vols also clinched the top seed in the SEC East.
UT opens play in the SEC tournament at the Georgia Dome with a 1 p.m. game March 14 against the winner of the March 13 game between the West's No. 4 team (Ole Miss or LSU) and the East's No. 5 (South Carolina or Georgia).
The Vols will close out the regular season at 2 p.m. Sunday at Thompson-Boling Arena when they put their 31-game home-court win streak on the line against the Gamecocks (13-16, 5-10).
Mar 5 '08
Inspired by Rick and Lawana, we have entered our dog Jack in the Bissell MVP contest for a different voting period. So hop this link and vote for Jack now. At least so Wispy wins that voting period and Jack wins this voting period.
A Florida couple has named their newborn twins, Brett and Favre.
The twins’ parents, David and Emily Kinsaul, agreed when they married that they would name any sons after the legendary Packers’ quarterback. But they didn’t know they’d have twin boys the first time around. Or that Favre would retire days after their birth.
I'm not sure Favre is a good first name. If you are going to name your child after a super star athlete, make sure it's the end of their career. You wouldn't want to see Roger and Clemens walking around now after what has happened to him.
Warren Sapp's 13-year NFL career officially ended when his retirement was posted on the Oakland Raiders' Web site.
If you doubt his conviction at all, check out his website.
Two football legends hang it up in the same week, a turning of the page for the NFL.
Mar 4 '08
Ashlin found this and sent this to me. Follow the link above to see the info as of 5:17 PM today. Scary. Appstate.edu will have all the updates (that's where I found that above info)
Spotted While On Patrol Volume 2
Not quite sure what state this one is from... but it made me laugh:
AND A SPY SHOT: See what our very own JPH has obtained from the long hours at the place of the flying bull! Spotted enjoying the fruits of his labor in his new luxury ride in a stodgy eastern Cleveland suburb was an unidentified driver!
Nobody plays harder or has done more to make his team a winner than Tyler Hansbrough, No. 1 North Carolina's maniacally focused junior forward -- which is why he's SI's pick for national player of the year
Tyler will be featured on the cover of this weeks Sports Illustrated. I'll be looking for a copy.
Kansas played brilliantly last night against a newly coached team in Texas Tech. Everyone who wears a KU jersey saw action in the 109-51 victory. Texas Tech earned their most lopsided loss in school history, for the second time this week! They had lost last week to Texas A&M by 44, then beat then #5 Texas by 3, then get throttled by KU by 58. It's an up and down roller coaster and if I were school officials, I would be a little worried about the younger Knight taking over the program.
"I feel like someone put a meat necklace around my neck and threw me into a lion's den," said rookie coach Pat Knight, who succeeded his father, Bob, as head coach nine games ago.
Your Dad threw you in the lions den. Thank him. I watched most of the second half of this game, and I will say this... when KU plays the way they did last night, both offensively and defensively, they will be tough to beat come tournament time. I certainly wouldn't want to see UNC matched up against them.
We have our first tournament team...
Cornell University, of the Ivy League, is the first team to make the NCAA tournament this year. Cornell won the league for the first time since 1988.
The Brett Favre era has ended. After 17 years, three MVP awards, numerous passing records and a renaissance last season, the Green Bay legend says he is retiring. Brett Favre leaves the NFL with his name atop several career passing categories. In 2007, he set the record for passing TDs (442), passing yards (61,655) and wins by a starting QB (160) and interceptions (288). Including the playoffs, he played in 275 consecutive games.
UNC vs. FSU - 3/4/2008
Tonight is senior night for 2 Tar Heels; Quentin Thomas and Surry Wood. As is the Carolina tradition, both seniors will start the game. Thanks for all that you have done for the program guys!
Mar 3 '08
The United States on Monday used precision missiles to strike a "known terrorist target" in southern Somalia, a U.S. military official said.
The strike near Dhoobley, which is close to the Kenyan border, was aimed at a "facility where there were known terrorists" affiliated with East African al Qaeda operations, according to the official.
News agency reports from the region are saying civilians were killed in the attack, but the official said the United States still is collecting post-strike information and is not yet able to confirm any details about casualties.
The U.S. military official described Monday's strike as "very deliberate" and said forces tried to use caution to avoid hitting civilians.
North Carolina (27-2, 14-0 ACC) sent the Blue Devils (21-8, 10-4) back to Durham with an 82-51 defeat on its way to its first undefeated season in conference play.
Coach Sylvia Hatchell said the team now is focused on the ACC tournament, which begins Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum.
"It was a great way to end up," Hatchell said. "Now, we're looking forward to tournament time."
The defending ACC champions will enter the tournament as the top seed, riding a 10-game winning streak.
Mar 2 '08
Cullinet / Oracle
Since Jim C. and I are imprisoned this weekend working on the Oracle launch - I thought it'd post these two links for posterities sake, if nothing else:
Nothing like giving up one evil for another. Fire in the hole.
[Oracle link via Jim C., pipe delimiters for the Oracle guys]
Mar 1 '08
I was promoted at work on Tuesday! I will be training this coming week for my new position. I will be opening new accounts, so if anyone needs a checking account come see me!!
The campaign’s kickoff dubbed Supermarket Sweep was held Saturday at the Indian Mound Mall in Heath. The 2008 Operation Feed Wrap-Up event will take place Thursday, March 20th from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Carnival Foods. T-100 will be broadcasting live all day.
MAG and myself took part in this operation today. We represented Huntington National Bank. Each business had a team of 2 members, and were given a small shopping cart to find specific items from a list in a mock grocery store. Out of the 39 teams (including us) we finished in the top 10. We were able to get 6 items in the first run through (60 seconds). The toughest part was each person is attached to the cart so you can't split up, and the list was very specific; not just corn, but Del Monte Whole Kernel corn. If you grabbed the wrong brand, you lost a point. So, first round, we made top 10. We are proud to say that of all the banks and credit unions across the county, we finished first place! Then after we went the first time, there was a community challenge between us and those representing Park National Bank. From a cardboard box of food, you had 60 seconds to stack the food items as high as you could. Not only did we beat Park, we beat everyone who attempted with a whopping 48.5". The second place team had 45". I was quite proud of that!! I credit my beautiful assistant, MAG, for handing me the boxes and not the cans And credit JPH and JPH2 for helping move to and from school for 3-4 years. (learning how to stack properly) It turned out to be a fun afternoon, and for a good cause.
Jump to this link to make a donation online, or this link to see a video from the day. They taped the whole thing, and T-100 was there to broadcast over the radio. I'm sure the video will make local tv within a few days.
UNC @ Boston College - 3/1/2008
Happy March to everyone - hard to believe we're already that far into 2008. So begins the "birthday month" for the Tri... we have one each week of the month (and then two oddballs in May and July) All that birthday action plus St. Patty's Day and March Madness means this is one of the Tri's favorite months with lots of celebrating and jubulation to be had.
So remember the Tri when you're partying this month, odds are it's likely to be one of our birthdays, or close to Carolina winning another National Championship, but don't forget, click it or ticket.
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