Thursday, September 10, 2009

How To Lose A Football Game... William & Mary.

TallerInTheDark, John Meacham:

  • Be the University of Virginia (UVA).
  • Your fans should show up to the game, but they should be absolutely sure to NOT BE THAT INTO IT. All males should be wearing a dress shirt (nicely pressed and tucked), khaki shorts, an orange and blue tie (diagonally striped), and boat shoes. No exceptions. All females should be wearing sun dresses. Again, no exceptions.
  • In the three hours immediately prior to kick-off, all occupants of fraternity houses, or any other houses within a three mile radius of Scott Stadium, must be in their front yards mingling around a game of “Corn Hole” (Opposing teams try to throw a bean bag into a hole cut out of a wooden thing. Participants hold red solo cups filled with beer, and that big guy [the one who is wearing the hat with the confederate flag on it] comes out onto the porch and says “Bra, I didn’t even know William and Mary had a football team [High-five, high-five, high-five...]“).
  • At halftime, sitting on a 14-13 lead, half of your student body (UVA’s) should leave the game. “Corn Hole” ISN’T GOING TO PLAY ITSELF.
  • You should use three quarterbacks, commit seven turnovers, and pay your coach 1.6 million dollars a year.
  • From here on out, all you need to do is "hear the thunder of [William and Mary's] chorus, Alma Mater hail." They also sing it to candle-light. Also, their symphony does it.
  • Wallow in deep, deep shame. Overhear someone say “Bra, I didn’t even know William and Mary had a football team.” Where there were once high-fives remains only the saddest sort of silence. No amount of drunken Corn-Holing can cover this pain.

More Than A Game (2009)

Release Date: October 2nd
Genre: Documentary
Cast: LeBron James, Dru Joyce, Romeo Travis, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee
Director: Kristopher Belman
Writers: Kristopher Belman, Brad Hogan

This documentary follows NBA superstar LeBron James and four of his talented teammates through the trials and tribulations of high school basketball in Ohio and James' journey to fame.

More information:
» Youtube Trailer
» Official Site

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It Might Get Loud (2009)

Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. Davis Guggenheim's "It Might Get Loud" tells the personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite instruments, guitars both found and invented. Concentrating on the artists musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations, provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays, this film lets you witness intimate moments and hear new music from each artist. The guitarists trade riffs and thoughts and at the end make their way through an acoustic rendition of “The Weight.”

The film premiered at the 2008 Toronto Film Festival, and played at both Sundance Film Festival and the Berlin International Film Festival in 2009.

Mr. Guggenheim spends some time following his subjects back to their roots, a fascinating journey into the musical past during which some notable commonalities emerge. Mr. Page, the Edge and Mr. White all honed their art in reaction to what they perceived as the dominant styles of the time.

Mr. Page came up playing skiffle, a peppy, folk-inflected genre that ruled British pop in the 1950s. After a successful stint as a studio session prodigy, he made his way to the Yardbirds and then to Led Zeppelin, where his interest in the blues, Eastern music and in the nuances of amplification reached full, thundering fruition.

The Edge, growing up in the downtrodden Dublin of the 1970s, discovered punk as an antidote to the bloated arena rock and fatuously shiny pop that saturated the airwaves. And Mr. White, in 1980s Detroit, wondered if hip-hop would permanently eclipse the instrumental sounds he cherished.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hokies Football Schedule

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Hokies Struggle Against SEC Teams
by Chris Coleman, August 28, 2009

With the season opener against Alabama only eight days away, it's about time for Virginia Tech to kick their recent habit of losing to SEC teams. The Hokies are 0-3 in their last three games against the SEC, with their last win coming against LSU in Lane Stadium in 2002.

VT vs. the SEC
Season Opp. Result
1994 Tennessee 45-23 L
1998 Alabama 38-7 W
2002 LSU 26-8 W
2004 Auburn 16-13 L
2006 Georgia 31-24 L
2007 LSU 48-7 L

With the notable exception of the LSU game in 2007 and the Gator Bowl in 1994, the Tech defense holds up well against SEC opponents. However, the offense generally doesn't fare so well.

VT's Stats vs. SEC Opponents
Opp. VT Yards Opp. Yards
Tennessee 1994 426 495
Alabama 1998 278 274
LSU 2002 231 214
Auburn 2004 375 299
Georgia 2006 189 200
LSU 2007 149 598
Averages 274.67 346.67

The Tech defense is allowing 346.67 yards per game through six games against SEC competition, which is a respectable number. That number is somewhat skewed by the 598 yards LSU rang up in 2007. In the previous four meetings with SEC teams, the Hokies allowed fewer than 300 yards per game in all four contests.

However, the offense hasn't kept up their end of the deal recently. Tech has failed to gain 200 yards of total offense in their last two games against the SEC. The Tech offense was completely outclassed in losses to Georgia and LSU. (To be fair, the defense was outclassed against LSU, as well.)

The first time the Hokies faced an SEC opponent in the Beamer Bowl Era was in the 1994 Gator Bowl against Tennessee. The Hokies faced Peyton Manning, James Stewart and a very talented team and walked away with a 45-23 loss. The Hokies had three total turnovers, and they fumbled the ball five times. The Vols had no turnovers, and they took advantage of every opportunity the Hokies gave them.

Tech got another chance against the SEC in the 1998 Music City Bowl when they faced Alabama. Neither offense did much in that game, but the Hokies walked out with a 38-7 victory thanks to two blocked punts, three interceptions and a fumble recovery. It was the perfect example of a "Beamerball" victory.

Tech followed that up with a 26-8 victory over LSU in Lane Stadium in 2002. The Hokies controlled that game from start to finish, holding the Tigers to 214 yards of total offense.

That was a very talented LSU team that went on to win the National Championship in 2003. A quick look at the box score reveals the following names for LSU: LaBrandon Toefield, Domanick Davis, Joseph Addai, Matt Mauck, Michael Clayton, Devery Henderson, Marcus Spears, Chad Lavalais, Marquise Hill, Bradie James and Randall Gay. All of those players went on to the NFL, and many have had major impacts.

The Hokies won the 2004 ACC Championship, and as a reward they got to play undefeated Auburn in the Sugar Bowl. The Hokies held the Auburn offense to 299 yards, a big accomplishment since it featured future first round picks Jason Campbell, Ronnie Brown and Cadillac Williams. Tech gained 375 yards of total offense, but they dropped a touchdown pass and missed a chip shot field goal.

The 2006 Chick-fil-A Bowl against Georgia is one of the low points for the Virginia Tech offense. The Hokies held a 21-3 halftime lead, but managed to lose the game 31-24, despite surrendering just 214 yards to the Bulldogs. Sean Glennon threw three interceptions and had a fumble behind an offensive line that couldn't block the Georgia defensive front.

The 2007 game at LSU saw another poor performance by the offense, but it was also an uncharacteristic terrible game by the defense. The Hokie D allowed almost 600 yards to the eventual National Champions. This game was more of a fluke than anything. The Tigers were obviously better than the Hokies, but not 41 points better.

King of Pop Face Off (Video)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Is Dan Snyder Going To Sue YOU?

After news of his father's legal battles with the Redskins broke Wednesday, Kiante Webb's telephone never stopped ringing.

A Washington Post headline alleged the team sued dozens of its fans for backing out of multi-year season ticket contracts. Webb's father, Alonzo Webb, was one of those fans.

"That's the real shocking part," he said. "The Redskins sue my father. What? A fan? That's like the Redskins sue my best friend. I've never heard of it."

"It starts with the ownership. It starts on top," said Webb. "And that's not a good look."

His father's story began in 2004 with a six-year contract for club seats in FedEx Field. In 2008, he fell on hardship and asked for the relief he says the Redskins initially promised him. Instead he was sued along with a couple more dozen season ticket holders.

"I think he's fed up with the Redskins organization now," said the son. "They're watching Raven games and getting Raven tickets."

When the Washington Post broke the news story, the Redskins responded with an acknowledgment that roughly 20 to 30 lawsuits were filed. According to a press release on its website, legal action was taken to enforce the long-term contracts of ticket holders who defaulted on their obligations.

"For every lawsuit the team has filed, it has worked out payment plans or renegotiated contracts with dozens of other suite and club seat holders," wrote a team spokesperson.

The Redskins also responded that the no general admission ticket holders were ever sued. Those fans account for nearly 70,000 of the 91,000 seats at FedEx Field.