In this entry I cover a couple of scandal items and I share some random game observations that I think are cool. This update is also in a nonlinear “Bytes” format familiar to those who enjoyed “Infopacks” back in the 90s.
First, check out this scoreboard picture.
Those of you who have experience going to State games in Chapel Hill know that a scoreboard picture with UNC-CH on the losing end that also shows 0:00 on the clock is a rare item. This is because the ultra-classy UNC people leave a losing final score on their scoreboard for less than two seconds before they turn it off. I actually did not go to the game this year. I gave my tickets to my kids and their friends. Before they left the house I explained UNC’s classy scoreboard policy and gave instructions to get the 0:00 picture. So there you go, UNC-CH scoreboard operators — how do you like that picture! This year the classy UNC-CH scoreboard guys quickly turned off our “29″ but left up the UNC 25 — so the final score was left 25 to blank. Feel free to share that picture with your friends.
It occurs to me that State has worn four seperate uniform combinations for our last four UNC-CH games. Red over white in 2007, white over red in 2008, red over red last year, and white over white this year.
What is the deal with all the hideous body paint when we play over there? Every time there is more and more bizarre body paint on display. Here is an example from this year:
She looks like an extra in the Star Wars cantina scene with that goofy getup, and she was not even near the worst example. This is from right after the safety, which is why I picked it.
Regarding the game itself, the wild Spencer catch will be remembered for generations. Let me go on record saying that I hope there was something illegal about the catch that should have disqualified the touchdown. I don’t think there was, but that would make it even more delicious.
Here is a good youtube version of that play.
There are several funny things to watch aside from the actual content of the play, which is obviously fantastic. For some reason, I love watching the ram through the whole thing. How dumb are those animals, seriously? All hell is breaking loose around him and he just stands there oblivious. Also watch Davis slide headfirst into the hedge like a child who overshot a Slippyslide.
On this page you can look at a sequence of pictures taken by Gene Galin. There are six pictures taken as the tip-catch is happening that are excellent and worth your time to check out. The first of these shows our player (Jarvis Williams) who is obscured (but you can see his left arm and hand – notice the red armband) clearly inbounds (look for his feet) tipping the ball back with his left hand. The rest of the series shows that the tip was back to a clearly inbounds Owen Spencer for a clean touchdown.
UNC-CH season ticket holders had tickets for Saturday’s game that looked like this:
How hilarious is that!? Obviously that’s our man Greg Little, last seen in pictures with Marvin at the Miami agent party. Well, maybe not last seen at the agent party since this picture came out:
This is a player who has not played all year and is partially responsible for the scandals being ”honored” on Senior Day with his picture on the ticket. Obviously the tickets were printed up a long time ago, but I am still allowed to laugh. The Marvin Twitter story broke in mid-July. I wonder when the tickets went to press. I have heard that Marvin himself was featured on UNC-CH’s Virginia Tech tickets. If I can get my hands on one of those I will put it up in a future entry.
Regardless, these kids have been reported to be at many games this year actually signing autographs for CaroLoona Fans. (Thanks, BobLee) Talk about great role models! And, just so we have the embarrassing hypocrisy fully documented, please don’t forget that it was the Daily Tar Heel last week that ran an editorial that NC State should not have honored a GRADUATED Russell Wilson on Senior Day. Why honor a kid that embodies exactly what college athletics is all about when you can honor the likes of Greg Little & Marvin Austin?
The scandals apparently are finally starting to resonate with recruits, as word is that UNC-CH has recently had two recruits decommit. Nobody follows recruiting less than me, so the names mean nothing to me, but many people who keep track of these things predict several more UNC-CH decommits in December. So, regarding UNC’s recruiting class, this looks to be happening:
I have a feeling that my updates will be more frequent in the coming weeks so stay tuned.