Archive for September, 2008

Clash of titans

September 30, 2008

I just caught the Fayetteville Christian/Fayetteville Academy match.

Great stuff.

Look for an article in tomorrow’s paper, and there will be some video and pictures up here tomorrow.

Change needs to come

September 30, 2008

I am not one of those chicken little, the sky is falling kind of folks.

But the Cullen Harper era at Clemson needs to end.

Now.

The completion percentage is good (66.7 percent), but the three TDs to go with five picks leaves a little to be desired.

But it’s not even about that.

It’s his complete and total loss of confidence. This is what he said before Clemson’s loss to Maryland on Saturday:

“I remember last year it was the same thing, and at that time, I’d thrown 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions. That’s the way it’s been my entire career here. I’m pretty much used to it. It’s disappointing, but I’m not going to let it affect me.
“Every throw I make is going to be judged and scrutinized, but I think that’s the way it is here. That’s the way it was when Charlie (Whitehurst) was here, the same with Will (Proctor). So I don’t expect anything different.”

Harper passed the 4,000-yard mark for his career as a Tiger Saturday, but he did it while looking tenative.

His lack of faith in himself was even more glaring on his failed quarterback sneak attempt in the waning minutes.

He’s a big kid (225 pounds). He only needed about a foot.

I’d like to see Willy Korn behind center for the Tigers against Wake Forest in 10 days. I just don’t think we can afford to trot a broken man back out there and save what is a rapidly crumbling season.

The latest polls

September 30, 2008

The newest North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association polls are out, and Fayetteville area squads are well represented in the private school rankings.

Fayetteville Academy (9-2-3) is seventh, Fayetteville Christian (11-1-1) is ninth and Village Christian (7-4-2) is in the others receiving votes category. Interestingly enough, Fayetteville Academy visits Fayetteville Christian tonight for a rematch of their 1-1 draw on Sept. 11.

And I’m going.

That’s right, I’m finally going to get to leave the office and watch soccer. Good times.

In the 4A poll, Pinecrest (10-2-2) is in the receiving votes slot as well.

College Football picks

September 26, 2008

I was pretty ordinary last week at 9-7, dropping my YTD total to 59-19.

Geez.

ACC
Miami over North Carolina (Losing Yates is a killer)
Duke over Virginia (Did I just pick Duke?)
Clemson over Maryland
Boston College over Rhode Island
Florida State over Colorado
Wake Forest over Navy
South Florida over N.C. State
Nebraska over Virginia Tech

SEC
Florida over Ole Miss
Texas over Arkansas
Auburn over Tennessee
Kentucky over Western Kentucky
South Carolina over UAB
LSU over Mississippi State
Georgia over Alabama

Others
Oklahoma over TCU
Penn State over Illinois
Purdue over Notre Dame

Scoreboard update

September 25, 2008

It was a busy Wednesday on the local soccer schedule.

Terry Sanford tightened its grip on the Two Rivers Conference with a 3-2 overtime win over Cape Fear last night, while Fayetteville Academy and Pinecrest played to a 2-2 draw in a match between ranked teams.

Check out our coverage here. 

Got any thoughts? We’d love to read them. 

The end of an era

September 24, 2008

For the first time since the mid-1990s, the New York Yankees won’t be taking part in the playoffs.

That’s right. The team with the $209 million payroll will finish third in the American League East while the Rays, who boast a payroll that’s about a fifth of the Bombers, will likely hang their first pennant at Tropicana Field.

Usually, this would bring me great joy. I hate the Yankees. I hate the fact that they try to buy titles.

But I had a thought on the way to work this morning. It’s more fun for me if they make the playoffs and lose than if they don’t go at all.

And while I loathe the Yanks, I appreciate their history. It would have been kind of cool for them to play a postseason game or two at Yankee Stadium before the doors close for good.

The old king is dead. Long live the king.

A good source

September 24, 2008

I don’t know how many folks are aware of this, but there is a good source of information for public school prep soccer locally.

Well, besides this one.

Anyway, it’s linked on the right, but NCPrepsports.net is loaded with stats and scores. Check it out.

XM, Sirius merger details

September 22, 2008

I’m a little worried.

XM and Sirius have merged, and now they’re trying to meet the FCC requirements for the deal. Those requirements include an “a-la carte” package for current XM subscribers like me who are interested in listening to things exclusive to Sirius, and vice-versa.

Plans for that will be revealed on Oct. 6.

Meanwhile, the “Best-of” packages have been announced. These give consumers the chance to grab a few items on the other shelves. Here’s the breakdown:

SIRIUS on XM                          

Howard 100, Howard 101, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Sirius NFL Radio, Sirius NASCAR Radio and Playboy Radio                      

XM on SIRIUS

Oprah & Friends, NBA, NHL Home Ice, The Virus, Public Radio with Bob Edwards, College Sports and PGA Tour

This is a bit flawed. For starters, the Sirius folks aren’t getting the MLB coverage in this deal. Yes, I’m aware the season’s almost over. But there’s no guarantee that they’ll magically add it next April.

In addition, this will bump the monthly bill to $16.99.

It seems to me that this option is designed to get people to say, “Gee, I’ll just wait for the a-la carte. Then, I’ll just buy a new radio.”

That, of course, is exactly what Sirius XM wants, as they try to boost revenue in the wake of their recent merger.

I’ll probably do it, just because I want the sports channels from both sides. But I am a bit worried about what a new radio – and the shows for it – will cost.

Wednesday night live

September 22, 2008

Thanks to an enlightened poster for pointing this out:

Pinecrest, rated No. 14 in the most recent NCSCA 4A Poll, will visit Fayetteville Academy, sitting at No. 7 in the private school poll, Wednesday night.

Have any thoughts on this match? Feel free to post them here…

Premier League thoughts

September 22, 2008

It was an interesting weekend in the Prem. Here’s what stood out to me:

1. Hull may end up regretting dropping a 2-0 lead in the last 17 minutes at home to Everton. Sure, the Tigers are sitting pretty in the table right now, but those two points might have come in handy when the relegation battle heats up.

2. Chelsea is a different team without Deco in the midfield. The Blues were fortunate to get a draw against Manchester United, who dominated the middle of the park for most of the match. Nicolas Anelka wasted two glorious chances to give Chelsea all three points. He really looks shaky these days. It was nice to see Cristiano Ronaldo and Didier Drogba get on the pitch. I love watching those guys play.

3. With apologies to my colleague, Greg Phillips, Tottenham remains rooted to the bottom of the table after a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane against Wigan. The Spurs have four goals and two points after five matches. They’ll need to get on the stick pretty soon.

4. Watch out for Man City. Not only are they suddenly flush with cash, they’re hanging six goals on Portsmouth. What is Pompey thinking this morning? Or does this bad effort from David James hurt his chances of staying England’s starting keeper going forward? Stay tuned.

Quick hitters

Liverpool had 30 shots against Stoke City, but had to settle for a 0-0 draw at Anfield. It’s a familiar theme for the Reds, who ended up with too many draws last season to keep pace with the other members of the big four. … West Ham looked strong in Gianfranco Zola’s coaching debut. David DiMichele had a brace in a 3-1 win over floundering Newcastle, who could take some solace in a Michael Owen tally.