The Curse Of The Weinke

Caulton Tudor of the News & Observer wrote an interesting article yesterday about the apparent curse on Florida State quarterbacks.
FSU had a steady stream of great QBs up through Chris Weinke, the balding Heisman trophy winner. But ever since, although FSU still pulls in top high school signal callers every year, the Seminoles haven’t had good production at that position. Guys have failed in a number of ways – theft and gambling allegations (Adrian McPherson), baseball (Joe Mauer), home chemistry set explosions (Dan Kendra), Lyme (wink, wink) disease (Wyatt Sexton), parking in handicap spots and all-around stupidity (Chris Rix) and just plain-old underachievement (Fabian Walker and Marcus Outzen).
It’s a pretty amazing string. Pretty much any other ACC program outside of Miami would be ecstatic to have landed any of those recruits, yet none panned out for the Noles.
Strangely, I feel no pity.

Name That Site

Just the other day, I finally decided to download and play with Google Earth. Man, what a cool program. I could play with it for hours. Actually, I think I already have. If you haven’t tried it yet, go get it. It’s free.
So anyway, after playing with it for a while, I had an idea for a new recurring feature for Dave Sez – Name That Site. I’ll use Google Earth to find a spot that significant to the ACC. Locations could (and will) include football stadiums and basketball arenas for all twelve schools as well as sites of significant games, like national championships or bowl games.
I’ll post the pic on the site and you get to guess what it is. Obviously, some will be much easier than others. Keep in mind that not all locations have been photographed at the same resolution, so some places might be pretty grainy. Also, pictures could be several years old.
So, here is the first one. Who can tell me what stadium is in the picture below? Click for a larger version.
Put your answer in the comments. After a while, I’ll give the answer.
What is this?

Radio Dave

If things go well (meaning if my wife doesn’t kill me for skipping out on putting the kids to bed), I’ll be appearing on the Sports Bloggers Live Internet radio show tonight.
I’m supposed to come on about about 7:45 Eastern and will be talking about Bruton Smith’s crazy $40 million football game.
If this goes as planned, I’ll probably be moving on to conquer the TV world next. Dave-TV. All Dave, all night!
Update: My gig is over. That just may have been the finest 30 seconds in Internet radio history. Or something.

Monster In The Gulf

Katrina
This hurricane terrifies me.
I can’t imagine what it would feel like to be hit by a Category 5 storm.
To everyone in her path – good luck and be safe.
Update: Holy crap

URGENT – WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
413 PM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005
EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE KATRINA CONTINUES TO APPROACH THE
MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTA
DEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED
MOST OF THE AREA WILL BE UNINHABITABLE FOR WEEKS…PERHAPS LONGER. AT
LEAST ONE HALF OF WELL CONSTRUCTED HOMES WILL HAVE ROOF AND WALL
FAILURE. ALL GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL…LEAVING THOSE HOMES SEVERELY
DAMAGED OR DESTROYED.
THE MAJORITY OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS WILL BECOME NON FUNCTIONAL.
PARTIAL TO COMPLETE WALL AND ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED. ALL WOOD
FRAMED LOW RISING APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL BE DESTROYED. CONCRETE
BLOCK LOW RISE APARTMENTS WILL SUSTAIN MAJOR DAMAGE…INCLUDING SOME
WALL AND ROOF FAILURE.
HIGH RISE OFFICE AND APARTMENT BUILDINGS WILL SWAY DANGEROUSLY…A
FEW TO THE POINT OF TOTAL COLLAPSE. ALL WINDOWS WILL BLOW OUT.
AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL BE WIDESPREAD…AND MAY INCLUDE HEAVY ITEMS SUCH
AS HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES AND EVEN LIGHT VEHICLES. SPORT UTILITY
VEHICLES AND LIGHT TRUCKS WILL BE MOVED. THE BLOWN DEBRIS WILL CREATE
ADDITIONAL DESTRUCTION. PERSONS…PETS…AND LIVESTOCK EXPOSED TO THE
WINDS WILL FACE CERTAIN DEATH IF STRUCK.
POWER OUTAGES WILL LAST FOR WEEKS…AS MOST POWER POLES WILL BE DOWN
AND TRANSFORMERS DESTROYED. WATER SHORTAGES WILL MAKE HUMAN SUFFERING
INCREDIBLE BY MODERN STANDARDS.
THE VAST MAJORITY OF NATIVE TREES WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED. ONLY
THE HEARTIEST WILL REMAIN STANDING…BUT BE TOTALLY DEFOLIATED. FEW
CROPS WILL REMAIN. LIVESTOCK LEFT EXPOSED TO THE WINDS WILL BE
KILLED.
AN INLAND HURRICANE WIND WATCH IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS NEAR
HURRICANE FORCE…OR FREQUENT GUSTS AT OR ABOVE HURRICANE FORCE…ARE
POSSIBLE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS.

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve never seen a weather bulletin quite like that one. I hope everyone’s wrong.

$20 Million College Football Game?

Bruton Smith, the CEO of Speedway Motorsports says he has offered the University of Tennessee and Virginia Tech $20 million each to play a football game at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Incredible. The track holds something like 170,000 people, but I don’t know how they would configure it for football. But, does that even matter? $20 million? Twenty million dollars! For just one game?
It’s mind-boggling. I don’t know how the teams could turn that down.

Who’s Next At Cincy?

The Cincinnati Enquirer has an article today listing a number of potential replacements for Bob Huggins at Cincinnati. Among the coaches listed are three from the ACC – Skip Prosser, Herb Sendek and Oliver Purnell.
Let me discuss.
Prosser – No F’n Way. Are they kidding? I thought Pittsburgh was nuts for going after him a couple of years ago, and that wasn’t a poisoned situation like Cincy now is.
Sendek – Extremely unlikely. He’s finally established a grudging amount of respect from Wolfpack fans. Why would he leave now? Things are going pretty well in Raleigh.
Purnell – Well, this one actually makes a little sense. Purnell came to Clemson from Dayton, so he knows the area. Unlike a move from Wake or State, Clemson to Cincy would be considered a step up in programs. I’m guessing he’d consider it.
This link has popped up all over the place today, but I saw it first at Yoni’s site, so he gets the credit. Actually, he does some pretty good anaylsis of his own, so you should check it out.

Loud Lane Lands Lauds

Rivals.com journeyed the whole of the land to find the toughest place to play a college football game (as a visitor of course. It wouldn’t make much sense to be tough on the home team. Of course, if they did such a ranking, Wallace Wade would have to be a contender, right?). And what stadium did the deem the tougest? Michigan Stadium? Neyland Stadium? No sir, Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium won top honors. It actually makes sense when you factor in the difficulty of getting there. Well, that and those damn jangling keys.
Florida State’s Doak Campbell Stadium came in ninth.
I believe menacing Grove Stadium in Winston-Salem came in one hundred and twenty-seventh, just behind three high school fields in Texas.
Bravo to the boys of FanBlogs for finding the link for me.

’05 The Best Heels Ever?

Like the article points out, this was inevitable.
Someone was bound to do a ranking of the best UNC basketball teams ever. And they did. This time they used a computer to make it seem more legit and the computer says that the 2005 Tar Heels were the best ever.
To that I say “balderdash!” Just because you wrote a program to calculate odds doesn’t make the result any more accurate. Who determined the criteria? As they say in my industry, garbage in – garbage out.
Yes, the ’05 was very good. I’d definitely rank them above the ’91 title team. The program picked them just above the ’77 team which I am too young to remember.
I do remember the ’82 team though. These guys claim the ’05 version was just too fast and to that I say “wha?” Who’s faster, Sean May or Sam Perkins? Jawad Williams or James Worthy, who ran on the best fast break squads in NBA history? Rashad McCants or Michael Jordan? I’ll give you Felton over Jimmy Black, but that ’82 team could play with anyone – then or now.
And what about the ’84 team that was upset by Indiana early in the NCAA Tournament (after Kenny Smith broke his wrist)? That team was pretty awesome, with Jordan at his peak (people seem to forget just how dominant he was as a junior, preferring to chortle about how Dean Smith kept him under wraps), plus Kenny Smith (every bit as fast as Felton, but a better shooter), Sam Perkins (also a first-team All-American) and Brad Daugherty (who would eat Sean May up). Hell of a team (I hated ’em).
I don’t know. Maybe it’s just my age, but I’d take either of those 80’s teams over the 2005 team.

Huggy Bear Whacked

The timing is odd, if the decision isn’t – Bob Huggins is being fired by Cincinnati. Evidently, he was given a choice – accept a buyout of $3 million or be fired and take $2 million.
Not really a tough choice for Huggins, and according to 850 The Buzz, he took the extral mil.
Man, I’m gonna miss him. We need bad guys around. I wonder where he’ll turn up next? Who’s the coach at Fresno State?