It was national signing day. Never has their been a more anticpated one of these since Johnny Walker was choosing between U.C.C., Old Tex, and Piermont (Look at a young Uma Thurman on the photo. This was her movie debut). Everyone wants to know what Terrelle Pryor, the QB from Jeannette, PA, is going to do. As it turns out, Pryor held a press conference, just like the great Johnny Walker, to say he hasn't decided where he is going to commit. Penn State and Oregon, seemingly out, are now back in and he is planning to visit both schools, while Ohio State and Michigan sit on pins and needles. (SIDE NOTE: Quickly back to Johnny Be Good, a completely underrated flick, Robert Downey Jr as the backup QB and Johnny's best friend Leo was priceless. Anyone who didn't know he was a one-time drug addict should watch this movie. The late Paul Gleason, known to many as Clarence Beeks in Trading Places, nailed his role as Johnny's High School coach. His famous quote: "There's winners, and there's nothing else. I don't give a damn about what those pinkos over in Russia say. You want to be a loser, you go live in Russia. I'm not. I'm a winner. I'm an American."
While Roger Clemens spent five hours denying Steroid and HGH use in a deposition, his former trainer Brian McNamee turned over vials, syringes, and gauze pads with blood staines to investigators that could doom Clemens. I can't wait for Clemens to get busted for perjury.
For all men who hate Leo Dicaprio, these pictures will make you sick. Personally the guy is my hero.
How this P-Rod Matt Lawrence bagged Cheryl Burke, we will never know. At least she dropped him.
A day after Super Tuesday, the smoke has cleared and Obama and Hillary are neck and neck. The delegate count is 838 for Obama and 834 for Hillary. Pretty amazing. We were sad to see that the Democratic race may turn negative, but it was to be expected we guess. Meanwhile, McCain is housing his competition. 720 for McCain, 256 for Romney, 194 for Huckabee.
Twisters ran wild through the South and Southeast, killing at least 50 people.
An NFL institution is over. HBO has (finally) cancelled Inside the NFL. That show was the whup back in the day before we could see highlights instantly.
Here's one PTI wished they could have back. This is why they made spell-check.
We were big Dallas fans. The early years, Gary Ewing's wfie Valene was played by Joan Van Ark. She was all that in the 70's. But now, YIKES.
Good News for Notre Dame, big time QB Dayne Crist has stunned everyone involved by eschewing USC to sign with the Irish. What does this mean for Jimmy Claussen?
#3 Duke 89 #2 North Carolina 78 - I won't eat any crow as UNC was without Ty Lawson and had to play Quinton Thomas 30-plus minutes at the point. He was a flat out disaster on both ends of the floor. Duke shooters were nailing their three-point shots all night long, further feeding into the truth about the Heels, they are a sub par defensive team. If not for Tyler Hansbrough, this is a 20 point home loss. They got just four points off their bench. Wayne Ellington and Danny Green were attrocious. These two couldn't hit water if they fell out of a boat. Hansbrough had 28 and 18. The Devils pressured Thomas all night long and he looked like a scared Freshman, even though he is actually a Senior. Greg Paulus was spectacular, helping to force Thomas into six turnovers, while hitting 6-8 threes for his 18 points. Six players were in double figures and five different Devils hit a three. As a team, they nailed 13-29. Kyle Singler had a double-double 14 and 10, Jon Scheyer had 17 off the bench, but it was the surprisingly tough play of Lance Thomas that was a real key for Duke. He hit 5-7 shots for 10 points, grabbed five boards, and played solid defense in the post. Stat of the night: Marcus Ginyard, Ellington and Green were a combined 7-34 from the field for the Tar Heels. Dick Vitale said it best last night, you can't expect a sportscar to run without its engine, and that is what UNC is without Lawson. "They're pretty special right now," Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We know who we are. We're a very unconventional team. We're not a strong physical team, but we are strong team emotionally, a real together group."
#19 Connecticut 63 Syracuse 61 - How many more heartbreaking losses can Syracuse have in one season? Jim Boeheim went with six guys and they were gassed down the stretch. We watched a ton of this game and it was highly entertaining. UConn's Hasheem Thabeet sold us on his NBA potential. While he only shot the ball three times, he was an absolute game changer on defense. The Huskies played a 2-3 zone and any time the ball got into the post, Thabeet either altered or blocked the shot. He finished with seven blocks and eight boards. His PF Jeff Adrian killed the Orange on the other end with 19 and 12. Meanwhile for the Orange, Paul Harris and Jonny Flynn did everything they could to keep the Cuse in the game. Harris had 24 and 11 rebounds, Flynn had 20 and six assists. Donte Greene was way off again and relied way too much on his jumper. He was 2-15 in 40 minutes. You will never see a game where the bench played les on both teams. All five UConn starters played 34 minutes or more. Syracuse's starters played 30 or more, four of them 37 or more.
#1 Memphis 77 SMU 48 - Is it February 23rd yet? Bring on Tennessee already.
#8 Wisconsin 60 Iowa 54 - A classic knockdown, drag out, Big Ten bore-fest won by the Badgers. Marcus Landry led UW with 16 points.
#12 Texas 64 Oklahoma 54 - Trailing by four at the half, the Longhorns exploded thanks to their three guards. AJ Abrams and DJ Augustine played all 40 minutes and combined for 41 points and six threes. Justin Mason returned to the starting lineup and played solid on both ends of the floor, scoring 11 points and hitting all three of his triple attempts. Oklahoma dominated the paint. The Griffin brothers both had big nights; Taylor with 12 and 15 boards, Blake with 19 and nine, but 33% shooting derailed the Sooners upset bid.
#20 Vanderbilt 67 Georgia 59 - Any road win is a good win, especially for the desperate Commodores. Vandy had four players in double digits, led by Alex Gordon with 14.
#21 Notre Dame 95 Seton Hall 69 - A nice welcome to the top 25 showing for the Irish as they went to New Jersey and abused a solid Seton Hall club. They shot 55% from the field in this blowout. Luke Harangody continued his All-Big East season with 22 and 13. Kyle McAlarney added 19 and Rob Kurz had 17. Don't look now, but Notre Dame is 17-4 and 7-2 in conference.
#24 Kansas State 74 Nebraska 59 - You knew the Cats would bounce back with a thrashing of the Huskers. Another ho hum evening for Michael Beasley; 35 points and 13 rebounds. Bill Walker stood next to Beasley with 17 and nine of his own. The Cats played this game without starting guard Clent Stewart who earlier in the day lost his mother.
Other Scores of Note:
Maryland 70 Boston College 65 - Congrats to Gary Williams on his 600th win. All of a sudden, Maryland is looking like the third best team in the ACC.
Houston 92 Tulsa 81 - At 17-4, with just one loss (to Memphis) in Conference USA, the Cougars are looking like an at-large team.
Mississippi State 73 Alabama 66 - The Bulldogs end a two game skid in the SEC.
Baylor 80 Texas Tech 74 - The Pat Knight era starts with a loss.