Thursday, February 07, 2008

A National Look at Signing Day

All around the country today local newspapers are highlighting the success of their local schools during National Signing Day.

Here are a couple of front pages from around the country:

The Tuscaloosa News: Goes nuts over Julio Jones and the rest of the 'Bama class.

The Quick: Highlights all of the action in Texas

The Daily Reflector: Greenville, North Carolina: Highlights East Carolina's Class.

Athen Banner-Herald: Highlights the Dawgs Class

Marietta Daily Journal: Also highlights UGA class.

The Advocate: Highlights the defending BCS National Champions class.

Florida Today: highlights the Canes, Noles and Gators recruiting success.

Miami Herald: Tells the story of 'Canes great class.

Latrobe Bulletin: Highlights the recruiting saga of America's best player Terrelle Pryor.
The State: Raves about Clemson top class.

Hurricanes are National Champs

For the first time in a couple of years there are reason to smile at the U. ESPNU has the 'Canes class ranked as the number one ranked class in all of the land, yes even better then fat boy at Notre Dame and the king of the text messaging that leads the Gators.

This class has speed and a winning tradition which is something that has been lost on the 'Canes over the last couple of years.

Here is the class:

Travis BenjaminWR5-11160Belle Glades, Fla.Glades Central HS
Arthur Brown*LB6-1210Wichita, Kan.Wichita East HS
Ramon BuchananLB6-1181Melbourne, Fla.Palm Bay HS
Laron ByrdWR6-3205Boutte, La.Hahnville HS
John Calhoun*FB6-2233Micco, Fla.Sebastian River HS
Theron CollierWR5-9163Miami, Fla.Booker T. Washington HS
Taylor CookQB6-7230Eagle Lake, TexasRice Consolidated HS
Marcus Forston*DT6-2286Miami, Fla.Northwestern HS
Jordan FutchLB6-3202Hollywood, Fla.Chaminade Madonna College Prep
Gavin HardinLB6-4240Jackson, Tenn.Central-Merry HS
Antonio HarperLB6-3220Memphis, Tenn.Melrose HS
Brandon HarrisCB5-11185Miami. Fla.Booker T. Washington HS
Jacory Harris*QB6-4170Miami, Fla.Northwestern HS
Patrick Hill#*FB5-10248Torrance, Calif.Fairfax HS (Calif.) / El Camino C.C.
C.J. HoltonS6-2195Crawfordville, Fla.Wakulla HS
Aldarius Johnson*WR6-2200Miami, Fla.Northwestern HS
Davon JohnsonWR5-11170Miami, Fla.Booker T. Washington HS
Ben JonesOT6-5280Miami, Fla.Northwestern HS
Zach KaneFB/LB6-3220Toms River, N.J.Toms River North HS
Jeremy LewisDT6-3295West Palm Beach, Fla.Palm Beach Lakes HS
Brandon MartiLB6-0196Miami, Fla.Gulliver Prep
C.J. OdomS6-0210Fort Myers, Fla.Fort Myers HS
Micanor RegisDT6-3300Pahokee, Fla.Pahokee HS
Marcus RobinsonLB6-2210Homestead, Fla.Homestead HS
Andrew SmithDE6-3240Coconut Creek, Fla.Monarch HS
Cannon Smith*QB5-11200Chatham Va.Olive Branch (Miss.) HS / Hargrave Military Academy
Sean Spence*LB6-0186Miami, Fla.Northwestern HS
Tommy StreeterWR6-4190Miami, Fla.Northwestern HS
Vaughn TelemaqueS6-2190Long Beach, Calif.Long Beach Poly HS
Kendall ThompkinsWR5-10165Miami, Fla.Northwestern HS
Brandon WashingtonG6-4315Miami, Fla.Northwestern HS
Jake Wieclaw*PK6-2180New Lenox, Ill.Lincoln Way Central HS
Joe WylieS6-2172Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.Boyd Anderson

* marked players that are all ready enrolled at the U.

Other ranking services have the 'Canes in the top five, but there is nothing negative you can say about the Randy Shannon's first true recruiting class.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Rest In Peace Busby Babes

Fifty years ago today, the face of Manchester United Football Club was forever changed. On their way back from a European Cup game against Red Star, the plane carrying the team stopped in Munich to refuel. On take off the plane crashed killing 23 of the 44 passengers on the plane including Manchester United players: Geoff Bent, Roger Byrne, Eddie Colman, Duncan Edwards, Mark Jones, David Pegg, Taylor, and Liam 'Billy' Whelan. At the time Manager Matt Busby was also seriously injured and would end up spending three months in the hospital. At the time Busby called the team one of his best.

This weekend when United play their cross town rivals Manchester City, both sides are going to wear kits from the era honoring the tragic events in Munich.

Today United fans all over the world should take a minute and remember those who lost their lives during the tragic event.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

The Landlord Should Move to the D-League

Known as the Landlord while at Duke, Sheldon Williams has shown that he should be evicted from the League, look at those stats 2.7 points and 3 rebounds a game.

Wow glad the Hawks spent the fifth overall pick on him. For all of those reasons that is why the Landlord is our next selection in our on going Duke Players that Suck in the League series.

Camp Fabio

The FA hired a drill sergeant, when they hired Fabio Capello and that is starting to show. During his first England Camp, the former Juve and Real Madrid manager has started to lay down the law. First he did not pick David Beckham for his 100th cap and now he has all kinds of rules that the players have to follow.
  • No more being late.
  • Room Service is banned.
  • Cell phones can only be used in the bedroom.
  • Players must eat together and be dressed in professional attire.
  • Players must wear their England blazers to the game.
  • All players will be called by surnames.
  • No Wags or agents. Wow no Wags what is Ashley Cole going to do.

Compared to Sven and Second Choice Steve this is going to be like going to jail for the likes of Fat Frank, Rio, Rooney, and Owen.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Sheldon Williams is Stunned!

During his freshman year, Tyler Hansborough wrecked Duke's Sheldon Williams and JJ Redick Senior Night at Cameron Indoor and for one I could not be happier. Just check out the look on Williams face as then freshman Hansborough knocks down the winning shot. The next chapter of the North Carolina vs. Duke feud will take place Wednesday night.

Both Redick and Williams have failed to do anything in the NBA, more on those two in the league to come in the coming weeks during our own going series about great Duke players in the NBA.

Jose Hangs Up on Nelson from South Africa

The Special One sings for the press and announces a possible new signing for his show. Who could it be, could it be a puppet of Glenn Hoddle. Plus he hangs up on Nelson from South Africa. It's Fantastic.