Saturday - November 8, 2008


Today we went to Duke to watch some football. Unfortunately the Blue Devils lost to NCSU 27-17, but it was a decent game. We had seats on the 50 yard line on the visitor side, so we were surrounded by mostly NCSU fans.

Afterwards, there was a volleyball match next door at Cameron, so we stayed for that too. Honestly it was as exciting as the football game. Fortunately Duke was able to hold on, and won 3-2. We may try to catch another match or two in the future, since they're free. I took a couple pictures and uploaded them here. Sorry, the quality is a little low because I took the pictures on my iPhone.

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Monday - August 25, 2008

Less than a week away

ASU vs LSU has it on their list of intriguing games.

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Monday - August 11, 2008

Olympic fun

So far, the Olympics have been entertaining, but when I am annoyed when I see stories like this.

UPDATE: Ok, so if that wasn't bad enough, now you have this. "Lin was lip-syncing to the sound of another girl, 7-year-old Yang Peiyi, who was heard but not seen, apparently because she was deemed not cute enough." Not cute enough? That's a little insane.

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Tuesday - May 20, 2008

TiVo SDV adapter spotted

Looks pretty slick... check out the pictures here and the press release here.

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Monday - April 28, 2008

Draft weekend

Overall, I think the Dolphins did a pretty good job on their picks. They're hurting in so many places, there's nowhere to go but up. For a full list of the new Dolphins click here.

Also, Appalachian had two players drafted, Dexter Jackson by the Buccaneers and Corey Lynch by the Bengals. Also, Kerry Brown was signed as a free agent with the Redskins and Julian Rauch with the Steelers.

Only 96 days until the preseason opener.

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Wednesday - April 23, 2008

I'm still alive

Today was our Global Bike to Work Day. We had company wide participation from the US to Europe/Middle East to Eastern Asia. Ken and I spent a week or so perfecting our route, which ended up being around 10.5 miles. Well I'm proud to say, that I made it the full distance in around 90 minutes, although I definitely held Ken up. We'll see how I feel this afternoon to decide if I'm going to make the return trip or not......

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Sunday - April 6, 2008

Congrats Kansas

Wow who would've guessed? I guess that just proves you can't overlook any team. I bet some people lost a lot of money in Vegas.

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Thursday - February 14, 2008

Dolphins to release Zach Thomas

It's a sad day for Dolphins fans. In a cost cutting move, the Dolphins released Zach Thomas. The Miami Herald has the story here, and a photo montage here. Zach was not only a great player for the Dolphins, but a great leader. Hopefully he'll have success in the future. I just hope he doesn't end up with the Pats like Junior Seau, Wes Welker, and Larry Izzo.

This week they also axed 9 other players, including Marty Booker, Keith Traylor, and Trent Green. Man, I hope they do something good with all that money.

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Wednesday - February 13, 2008

More ASU vs LSU goodness

This time from I especially enjoy this paragraph:

Florida State, North Carolina and Georgia Tech all declined, according to Sutton. The Tar Heels, perhaps wary of losing to an in-state opponent, opted instead to play another regular FCS playoff participant, McNeese State. Florida State and Clemson -- both of which are playing two lower-division foes next season -- opted for less-threatening teams from Appalachian State's conference, Western Carolina and The Citadel.

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Monday - February 11, 2008

ASU Football schedule posted

You can find the schedule at National champ vs National champ matchup for game one. Who knows, could be interesting.....

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Monday - February 4, 2008


This is too awesome.... Perfectville.

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I'm sure there are some unhappy people around Boston and Las Vegas, but everybody I know loves the fact that New England lost last night. has a nice write-up here.

By tradition, members of the '72 Dolphins uncork champagne bottles every autumn when the NFL's last remaining unbeaten goes down. This time, the party didn't happen until Sunday night, when the Giants handed the New England Patriots their first loss -- in their 19th game.

"Obviously, we're proud to still be the only undefeated team in the history of the National Football League," former Dolphins running back Jim Kiick said in a statement. "We're proud of it. Why shouldn't we be?"

The '72 Dolphins cast a long shadow over this Super Bowl. Kiick, Garo Yepremian, Larry Little and Mercury Morris gathered Friday for a media briefing. And in many local bars it was easy to find an argument over who would go down as the greater team -- the Dolphins or this year's Patriots.

That debate is moot now. The Patriots' inexorable march on the Dolphins died in the desert.

Former Dolphins coach Don Shula watched from a suite, an unfamiliar vantage point for the Hall of Famer.

"What I learned today is how tough it is to go undefeated," Shula said. "That's why I'm even more proud of our '72 team than I've ever been. It shows it's a tremendous accomplishment. It hadn't been done before we went undefeated and it hasn't been done since."

In November, Shula said the Patriots' success was diminished by the spying scandal. In January, he acknowledged that because the Patriots threaten to match his team's perfect-season achievement, his comments could be interpreted as sour grapes

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Monday - December 17, 2007

Dolphins #1

OK, well not exactly #1, but 1-13. has a writeup about the game. It felt almost like it was a Super Bowl win. Just when you thought they would lose another close game, something actually went their way. I'm happy for them, and who knows, maybe the joy will carry over into the next game at New England.

Go Dolphins! :)

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Saturday - December 15, 2007


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Quest for 3 - success

Game recap via

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Friday - December 14, 2007


We're in Chattanooga..... less than 4 hours until kickoff......

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Wednesday - December 12, 2007

Quest for 3

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Monday - December 10, 2007

Going for 3

After a commanding 55-35 victory over Richmond, the Mountaineers are heading to Chatanooga for a shot at a 3rd straight National Championship. We went to the game last Friday and have a handful of pictures here. has a video recap of the game here.

After the game, it took a couple hours, but we got our tickets for the Championship game. According to, tickets sold out in seven hours (which is probably how long it took to get through the line).

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Saturday - November 24, 2007


Sorry for the terrible picture, I didn't have my camera with me..... Man what a crazy game......

Due to the Eastern Washington upset over McNeese State, Appalachian will host next week’s second-round matchup at The Rock.

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Sunday - November 11, 2007

A1A Beachfront Avenue!

We're here and the hotel is very nice. We just got back from the depressing 13-10 loss by the Dolphins. Here's the pictures I've taken so far.... more updates later.

Oh yeah, and this is our ride around town.

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Tuesday - November 6, 2007

Kidd Brewer stadium updates

Here's a cool video of all the work they're doing to enhance Appalachian State's football stadium. The suites look really cool, although I'll probably never sit in one.

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Wednesday - October 24, 2007

Will the Dolphins or Rams win a game?

So sad....

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Thursday - October 18, 2007

ASU vs Georgia Southern

This weekend, Appalachian takes on Georgia Southern. The game starts at 3:30. The game is sold out, but can be seen on TV on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). Sorry I think you need DirecTV for this one, since I don't know of any cable carriers that have MASN.

Also, according to the Watauga Democrat, Armanti Edwards is expected to play.

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Friday - September 7, 2007

New Fans

Looks like we have some new fans from Michigan State and Ohio State.

Tomorrow's game is sold out, and they expect to pack in over 25,000 people into the 16,000 seat stadium.

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Wednesday - September 5, 2007

Cover of SI

So Appalachian made the cover of Sports Illustrated this week. Nice.

Appalachian is the first institution in Southern Conference history and the first college football team from the state of North Carolina to grace the cover of SI.

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Tuesday - September 4, 2007

Down they go

So Michigan went from #5 to out of the top 25 altogether. Ouch.

Also, according to the USAToday Sagarin ranking, Appalachian moved up to number 38 in the country among all Div 1 teams. Check it out here. Poor Duke comes in at 152.

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More ASU news

Here's a nice write-up in the NYTimes. Also here's a great YouTube video of some Ohio State fans watching the game.

If you want to watch the game again, it is being reaired a couple more times on the Big Ten Network, Wed @ noon and Friday @ 4AM.

I can't wait to go to the next game on Saturday.

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Saturday - September 1, 2007

Upset time!

After leading most of the game, App comes from behind with 30 seconds to go and pulled a huge upset over #5 Michigan. Final Score 34-32. Front page story on

Be sure to check out the pole on ESPN to vote if this was the biggest upset of all time. Vote here at the bottom right corner.

Random links as I find them: (always amusing, but not for the light-hearted)
Detroit Free Press
Fox Sports
Associated Press

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Friday - August 31, 2007

Season opener

Don't forget, tomorrow is Appalachian's football season opener at #5 Michigan. If you have DirecTV, you can catch the game at noon on the Big Ten Network (channel 220) for no additional charge. The game is a sellout of over 107,000 seats, so it should definitely be interesting. At least the field itself will feel familiar. They have the same brand of artificial turf, FieldTurf, that ASU installed a couple years ago. I'm crossing my fingers for the big upset.

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Friday - May 4, 2007

ASU update

And just like that, the old press box is gone at Kidd Brewer Stadium. Construction of the new facilities will begin shortly.... More details here.

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Friday - March 9, 2007

ASU tournament campaign has details on the full page advertisement in the Indianapolis Star's Friday edition. Pretty cool. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Mountaineers, Sunday @ 6PM on CBS and ESPN.

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Monday - January 22, 2007

Games galore

Over the weekend, I watched some football, played with Scott's Wii (that still sounds dirty), and installed the WoW expansion back. I was able to get both Norlina and AngieJo to level 61, and have already replaced a fair amount of their old armor and weapons with new stuff. It's kind of sad to see some of the gear that took so long to originally acquire, replaced in an hour. Anyway, so far I'm impressed with the new content. It's fun, and even more polished than the old zones. I've got some screenshots of Norlina heading through the Dark Portal, and the battle on the other side. (click for larger versions)

And one random screenshot from one of the new dungeons, Hellfire Citadel:

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Saturday - December 16, 2006

App takes second-straight national championship recap. Handful of pictures from the game here.

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Friday - December 15, 2006


We're on our way to Chattanooga, be sure to check out the game tonight @8PM on ESPN2 and ESPN2-HD.

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Monday - December 11, 2006

Going for 2 on Friday

On Saturday, we went to Boone to watch Appalachian whip the Youngstown State Penguins 49-24. We have a couple pictures at the end of the Boone 2006 album. Yes that is snow on the ground, and the last picture is of the goalpost in Duck Pond. We've already got our tickets and hotel reservations for Friday night's championship game in Chattanooga. Game time is 8PM, and broadcast will be on ESPN2 (and ESPN2-HD).

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Monday - December 4, 2006

ASU heads to Semifinals

After a 38-17 win over Montana State on Saturday, Appalachian State heads to the semifinals next weekend. We bought our tickets as soon as they went on sale, without even knowing if the game would be on Friday or Saturday. Luckily, the game is going to be 4PM on Saturday. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, which is the first time since 1979. Hopefully the weather will cooperate, and App will come out with another commanding win.

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Monday - November 27, 2006

Buh-bye Chuck

Chuck the Chest is officially fired..... WRAL has the story here. After going 3-9, and losing to ECU, finally NCSU has decided to give Amato the boot. It shouldn't really be a big suprise to anyone, after the Pack's poor performance the last couple years. I don't know how much of it you can really blame on a head coach, but it's obviously time for something different.

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One down

After a 45-28 win over No. 13 Coastal Carolina, App heads to the second round to play against Montana State. You can get your tickets to the game in Boone here. Sadly, I have to work on Saturday, and will be unable to make it in person. Fortunately the 4PM game will be broadcast live on ESPN2. App has won 25 games in a row at home, and hopefully they can continue that streak. I love football season. :)

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Monday - November 20, 2006

2006 NCAA Football Championship bracket

Well the bracket for the 2006 NCAA Division I Football Championship (formerly known as I-AA Football Championship) is now set. App held on to the #1 spot, and will take on Coastal Carolina Saturday @ 3:30 (televised on ESPNU). For the full bracket, check here.

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Tuesday - November 14, 2006

Cisco Field

Well, I guess it's official. The A's will have a new ballpark.....

Oakland Athletics : Official Info : Press Release

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Sunday - November 12, 2006

Southern Conference champs

Appalachian State secured sole possesion of the Southern Conference crown with a 31-9 win over rivals Western Carolina. They end the season with a 10-1, 7-0 SoCon record. I wish they could replay that first game against NCSU......

Tickets for the first round of the NCAA tournament are on sale Monday.

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Saturday - October 28, 2006

Another one down

After a slow start, App pulled out a 40-7 thrashing against the Furman Paladins. Full story. ASU can clinch a playoff spot by beating The Citadel next weekend. Unfortunately it's not on TV, but the Nov 11th game is on WMYA - Ch. 40 Asheville.

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Monday - October 23, 2006

Buh bye

So UNC decided to fire Bunting, after starting the season 1-6. Not a huge shocker, but a certain other ACC coach should also be a little worried. (I'll give you a hint, his name rhymes with tomato) - Sports - Bunting Out At North Carolina, Will Coach Rest Of Season

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Saturday - October 21, 2006

Heart stopper

App pulled out all the stops to win in double OT 27-20. ESPN has the box score here. App was lucky to survive this game with their 4-0 turnover ratio, but we'll take it. Next week's game is at home vs. Furman. It's also scheduled to be broadcast on SportSouth (formerly Turner South). The winner of this game could likely go on to take the Southern Conference championship.

Go Mountaineers!

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Tuesday - October 17, 2006

ASU ranked #1 once again

Appalachian has moved back to it's #1 ranking in I-AA football after this weekend's win over Wofford, and New Hampshire’s 42-23 loss to James Madison (who tumbled to 7th). Full ranking here. I'll post our pictures from the trip asap. Their next two games are very important, Georgia Southern and Furman. Both of which will be televised on Turner South.

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Saturday - September 30, 2006

Go Apps

I along with 26,619 other fans were in Boone today for ASU's homecoming game vs Elon. ASU spanked Elon 45-21 in front of their largest home crowd ever. After their dissapointing performance against NCSU, App has been destroying every team it plays. In the last three games, they have outscored opponents 127 to 27. Check out the full story at

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Saturday - September 2, 2006


Go App! has the details.

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Friday - August 25, 2006


Only 8 days away....... | Amato: Pack won't take Mountaineers lightly

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Tuesday - August 1, 2006

ASU vs NCSU sold out

Appalachian State University’s allotment of tickets for the 2006 football season opener at NC State sold out Tuesday morning in just 58 minutes. Full story.

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Saturday - July 8, 2006

The Cup

Lara and I went to the Durham Bulls game last night with Scott and Anna. The Bulls got spanked 9-4, but at least we got our picture taken with Lord Stanley's Cup. All of our pictures can be found here. Cam Ward and Erik Cole threw out the ceremonial first pitches, and in case you're wondering they're riding around in a Porsche Carrera GT with an MSRP of $440,000.

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Wednesday - June 21, 2006

Congrats to the Canes

I uploaded my pictures from Game 7 here. Yes, our seats were way up there, but I didn't mind. We still had a great time. We look forward to next year, which is right around the corner. Draft day is June 24th in Vancouver. You can get the pick order from the Avs' website (sorry couldn't find it on Carolina's site) Carolina's first pick is 63rd/round two.

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Tuesday - June 20, 2006

Go Canes!!!

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Saturday - June 17, 2006

Welcome back Erik

Erik Cole is supposed to play tonight. He hasn't played since he was injured in March. Hopefully he'll stay safe, and this will give the boost the team needs to bring home the Cup.

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Tuesday - June 13, 2006

Go Canes!

Canes take a 3-1 series lead after last night's win. They could win the Cup Wednesday night in Raleigh. ESPN has a good writeup of last night here (even if they credit the wrong Kaberle...sigh).

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Thursday - June 8, 2006


The Canes played much better last night in their 5-0 win in Game 2. They still had a couple dumb penalties, but their passing and defense was much better this time around. The Edmonton backup goalie, Jussi Markkanen, played pretty well but his team gave up too many power plays and odd-man rushes. Near the end, the game started getting ugly, especially with some cheap hits from Georges Laraque. I wouldn't be surprised if he gets a 1 game suspension for the hit on Ladd near the end of the game. The next game will be in Edmonton on Saturday night. ESPN and TSN have the game summary.

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Tuesday - June 6, 2006


We definitely got our money's worth for Game 1. Then Canes came back from a 3-0 deficit to win the Game 5-4. Even with the win, the Canes didn't look pretty the first 2 periods. I lost count of the number of turnovers in their own zone, and won't even comment about the 3 simultaneous penalties. I don't care, it was still a blast. We've got some pictures here, and a video here. You can get the full details of the game here and here. It's unfortunate that the Oilers goalie was injured, but at least the fault seems to be mostly on his teammate Bergeron. The next game is Wednesday night, and hopefully we'll see the Canes take a 2-0 lead in the series.

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Thursday - June 1, 2006

Bring on the Finals!

After 7 games, the Canes advance to the Stanley Cup finals by beating Buffalo in the final game 4-2. The first game of the finals will be Monday night in Raleigh. Hopefully we'll be able to buy a pair of tickets when they go on sale..... Go Canes!

UPDATE: We got tickets to Game 1 and 7 in Raleigh. Woo!

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Tuesday - May 16, 2006

Dolphins sign Vick

Well it's not Michael, but Marcus Vick. I don't think if I'm thrilled about the signing, unless they got a really good deal. Well at least Marcus and Ricky can party together. We'll see how it goes. ESPN has the press release here.

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Sunday - May 14, 2006

Eastern Finals

After an embarrassing loss yesterday, the Canes bounce back and win the series 4-1. Next on the list is Buffalo, and I assume Game 1 will be on Friday or Saturday. It should be a great matchup, and hopefully we'll be there.....

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Wednesday - May 10, 2006

Go Canes Go!

Yet another nail-biter tonight. Canes won 3-2, giving them a 3-0 advantage in the series. The Devils played much better tonight, especially in the second period. New Jersey had more shots on goal, and played a much more physical game than the Canes. I was a little disappointed in the officiating, as they missed several obvious penalties. Hopefully they'll pull off the sweep and win Game 4 on Saturday @ 3PM, which is being broadcasted in HD on NBC. TSN has the summary.

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Monday - May 8, 2006

Cardiac Canes

The Canes had another amazing comeback tonight. New Jersey scored with 21 seconds left in the game to put the Devils up 2-1. Just when everyone thought it was over, the Canes scored with three seconds left in regulation. Wallin ended it three minutes into overtime, giving the Canes a 2-0 series lead. They head to New Jersey now, and I hope they can keep up their streak. It's definitely proving to be an interesting series..... As always, TSN has the summary.

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Saturday - May 6, 2006

Good start

We went to the 1st game of round 2, and watched the most entertaining game I've ever seen. Canes won it 6-0, and there was one good fist fight. Hopefully the rest of the series will be this good. TSN has the recap here.

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Thursday - April 27, 2006

Go Canes!

Canes won in OT last night. I'm sure Habs fans are complaining about the no-call against Koivu. I hope he's OK though. At least this guarantees another game at the RBC center. For game highlights, and lots of annoying whining from fans, check out TSN.

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Tuesday - April 25, 2006


The Canes lost in double OT last night. Game highlights here. They yanked Gerber after allowing 3 goals in the 1st, and Ward looked pretty impressive. Let's hope it inspires the team to play well over the next two games in Montreal.

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Wednesday - April 19, 2006

Go Canes

We went to the final regular season Canes game last night. Unfortunately it was not a pretty game, and they lost 4-0. We still had a good time though, we had great seats right on the ice. Here's a couple pictures I took with my phone.

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Friday - March 24, 2006

Bracket breaker

Some big upsets last night. Duke and Gonzaga both lost. I'm sure thousands (maybe millions) of people woke up very dissapointed that their tournament brackets are trash now. I'm still hanging in there by a thread. Nova has to win it all though, that's my only shot.

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Sunday - March 12, 2006

Congrats Duke

2005-2006 ACC Champions

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Friday - March 10, 2006

ACC tourney gets off to a great start

Three of the four ACC games yesterday were very close, with only one real blowout.

Clemson 63 - Miami 66
Wake 78 - FSU 66
Virginia Tech 56 - Virginia 60
Georgia Tech 64 - Maryland 82

Today's schedule:
Miami @ Duke 12:00 - ESPN2
Wake @ NCSU 2:30 - ESPN2
Virginia @ UNC 7:00 - ESPN2
Maryland @ Boston College 9:30 - ESPN2

Go Pack!

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Tuesday - March 7, 2006

Pretty cool

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Friday - February 24, 2006

Curling takes the US by storm

The US Men's Curling team took the bronze this morning, with their first ever medal. I found myself watching more Curling matches than any of the other sports, and I'm glad to see it becoming more popular. In a particularly interesting event, during the 6th end, they had a streaker run onto the ice. CNN has a picture here. I hope he got paid well....heh.

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Monday - February 13, 2006

ASU Football schedule set

The 2006 football schedule for Appalachian has been announced:

Sept. 2, at N.C. State
Sept. 9, James Madison
Sept. 16, Mars Hill
Sept. 23, at Gardner-Webb
Sept. 30, Elon - Homecoming
Oct. 7, at Chattanooga
Oct. 14, Wofford
Oct. 21, at Georgia Southern
Oct. 28, Furman
Nov. 4, The Citadel
Nov. 11, at Western Carolina.

The Winston-Salem Journal has a writeup.

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Olympic sendoff

Last night we went to see the Hurricanes "Olympic Sendoff" night. The NHL will be on hiatus until after the Olympics are complete. The Canes have 8 players, and 1 coach heading to Torino.

It was a very exciting game, and the Canes won in a 6-man shootout. The full game recap can be found here. It was great to see the sellout crowd of 18,730 at the sendoff, but I have to admit there was a fairly heavy Sabres fanbase in attendance.

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Monday - January 30, 2006

Hot Hot Hot part 2

Over a year ago, I pointed the Appalachian HOT! HOT! HOT! video on their website. Well it's become a cult hit, and was even featured on VH1's "Web Junk 20" last week. The student newspaper has a write-up here.

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Wednesday - January 25, 2006

Go App

Well well well, NC State has posted their 2006 Football schedule. Looks like Appalachian is their first opponent. I'll be buying tickets as soon as they go on sale......

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Tuesday - January 24, 2006

Lemieux to retire a second time

The player that first peaked my interest in the NHL is now retiring for a second time. The Pen's website has the story here, or check Sports Illustrated. It's sad to see him go, but obviously with his health issues, who can blame him? In '93 he battled Hodgkin’s disease, has had back and hip surgeries, and now a heart issue named atrial fibrillation. Even with all that, he is the number 7 all-time scorer in NHL history. I just hope the team can still stay in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, that is looking more and more unlikely unless they can somehow build a new stadium. It's the end of an era.

On a related note. GO STEELERS!

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Thursday - January 5, 2006

Congrats to the Longhorns

Watched the Rose Bowl last night. The first half was good, but the second half was amazing. Vince Young is a phenominal player. He had 267 yards passing, and another 200 on the ground. It will be interesting to see if he stays in college for another year.

Also a big congrats to Mack Brown. As you may or may not know, he was the head coach at App for a single year (1983). The ASU blog has a copy of the newspaper article when he was first hired.

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Sunday - December 18, 2005

Game recaps

I'm not going to try to recap the game. I'll let the profesionals do that. Take your pick from the Winston-Salem Journal, Asheville Citizen-Times, Charlotte Observer, Raleigh N&O, or of course, the Watauga Democrat.

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We're back

We're back from Chattanooga. Unfortunately the camera's batteries died, so we didn't get many pictures. I do have a video and the following picture from my cell phone though. (Use Quicktime to view the video)

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I think this is one of the best photos from the game Friday. Courtesy USAToday/AP.

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Saturday - December 17, 2005


Appalachian won their first National Championship tonight. We had a great time, and will post pictures soon.....

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Friday - December 16, 2005

Headed to Chattanooga

We're heading out this morning to Chattanooga. Be sure to watch the game on ESPN2 at 8PM ET.

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Monday - December 12, 2005

A little souvenir

I guess you can now find anything on eBay. Check out this auction for one of the goal posts that were removed from Kidd Brewer after the ASU playoff game on Saturday. My favorite part of the description is "Buyer must pick up item, I will not ship." This piece of history can be yours for a small starting bid of $1.5 mil.

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Saturday - December 10, 2005

On to Chattanooga

Today, ASU beat Furman in a 29-23 nail-biter. Unfortunately, Richie Williams is unlikely to see any game time during next week's Championship game. The full game summary can be found here. After the game, fans stormed the field and took both goal posts and paraded them across campus and up King Street. I'll post pictures soon.

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Friday - December 9, 2005

Go Apps!

Tomorrow, we will be traveling to Boone to watch ASU battle Furman. The victor will advance to the 1-AA National Championship game. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at noon. (Unfortunately, I doubt it will be in HD.) is predicting 40 degrees and sunny, so there will likely be a packed house for what is being dubbed 'The most important football game in ASU history'.....

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Saturday - December 3, 2005

We survived

We made it through the rain, sleet, and snow and so did ASU. Appalachian stomped Southern Illinois in a 38-24 win. ESPN has the recap here. Next Saturday, ASU will have a rematch against Furman who beat the Mountaineers earlier in the season. Hopefully the weather will cooperate a little better.

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Saturday - November 26, 2005

ASU advances to quarterfinals

We went to Boone today to watch ASU beat Lafayette 34-23. has the highlights here. The weather was beautiful considering the time of year. It was a great game, although it was a lot closer than I would have preferred. App's special teams definitely had issues with turnovers and kick returns. We had a great time, and already purchased our tickets for next week.

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Sunday - November 20, 2005

ASU picked as #2 seed

Today, the 1-AA playoff brackets were announced. Appalachian took the #2 seed, and will play Lafayette in Boone, NC next Saturday. You can buy tickets online at Tickets will go on sale around 3PM on Sunday. Southern Conference powerhouses Furman and Georgia Southern also made it in with at-large bids.

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Saturday - November 19, 2005


With a 52-14 slaughter vs. Elon, Appalachian wins its first outright Southern Conference title in 10 years. That should ensure at least 1 or 2 home playoff games in Boone. I'll probably try to make it back to Boone for the first round, unless something unexpected happens.

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Wednesday - November 9, 2005

Kinda sad

Bye-bye Broome-Kirk.....

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Tuesday - November 8, 2005

That was quick

According to Local6, the Panthers cheerleaders have been fired from the team. Also, Penthouse has already approached the pair to see if they would pose together in the magazine. Nice.

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Monday - November 7, 2005

Headline says it all....

Police: Cheerleaders Arrested After Alleged Sex In Bathroom, Fight

Police said Carolina Panthers cheerleaders Angela Keathley and Renee Thomas were arrested Sunday morning at Banana Joe's night club in Tampa. Tampa police reports showed the two women were having sex in a bathroom stall......

I'll keep quiet before I get myself in trouble.....

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Wednesday - November 2, 2005

ASU ranked #7

The USA Today Division I-AA Top 25 college football coaches poll has ASU ranked at #7 this week after their recent win against Chatanooga. Sweet. Conference rival Furman moved up to the #1 spot.

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Monday - October 31, 2005

Homecoming 2005

Lara and I went to Boone over the weekend for Homecoming. ASU won 35-25, which brings them to a conference leading record of 6-2. It should also push ASU into the top 10 in the USA Today coaches poll. The crowd at the game was probably the largest I've seen. I think every seat was full, and most of the grass was covered too. I have a picture of the fans pouring in here. Next week's game is at LSU, which is undeniably the toughest of the season.

We hit the standard restaurants while in town (Macado's, Our Daily Bread, and Mellow Mushroom). And on the way home, we took a little drive up the Blue Ridge Parkway. I have a handful of pictures here. Overall it was a great trip, and ended too soon as always.

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Thursday - October 27, 2005

Go Canes

Last night we went to the Carolina Hurricanes game vs the Boston Bruins. We bought $10 tickets and then weaseled our way into "The Deck" restaurant area. The game was incredibly entertaining, and included a Carolina rally that resulted in a win in overtime. Game highlights can be found here. There was a pretty good crowd of over 13,000 too. I'm glad to see hockey is making a pretty good comeback.

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Wednesday - October 19, 2005

Storm Squad

Just for Mike.... the Hurricanes have a link to the 2004-2005 Storm squad here. Mostly safe for work.

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Sunday - October 9, 2005

Freakin rediculous

The Dolphins had a franchise record 18 penalties, and 5 turnovers. I can't imagine how they lost. Just to make things even better, Vinatieri won yet another game for the Pats with less than a minute to play versus the Falcons. Blah.

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Monday - September 26, 2005

Who would've guessed?!?

The Dolphins beat Carolina yesterday. They're not playing next week, so they won't stay on top, but it's a good start....

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Monday - September 19, 2005


Yesterday, the Dolphins returned to their 2004 form in a 17-7 loss to the Jets. The defense still played well, but for more than half of the game, the offense played flat. Ronnie Brown only had 35 yards rushing, and Gus completed less than half of his 43 passes. Next week will be a tough game versus Carolina. Full story.

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Friday - September 16, 2005

Go Canes!

For the first time in over 1.5 years, we went to see the Hurricanes play at the RBC Center. In the first preseason game on the schedule, the Canes whipped the Capitals 6-0. Full story here. We had a great time even though we had seats in the nosebleed section. Hopefully this is an indicator of the season to come, and I'm sure we'll be there regardless.

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Wednesday - September 14, 2005

Francis retires

Ron Francis announced his retirement from the NHL today. Not a huge surprise, but still a little sad..... I can remember watching him play with the Penguins in the early 90's, and of course he did great things with the Canes' organization. He will be missed.

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Sunday - September 11, 2005

Ricky who?

I broke down and ordered DirecTV's Sunday Ticket, and I'm already glad I did. The Dolphins looked like a different team today. They thoroughly whipped the Broncos with a score of 34-10. The defense looked near perfect, and the offense looked pretty good outside of the first quarter. Gus performed well with 275 yards and 2 touchdowns, despite throwing 1 interception. Ronnie Brown played great, and if he can continue performing, he should beat out Ricky for the starting position once he returns from his suspension. Oh yeah, and we can't forget about the end of the game, with Jason Taylor's sack, fumble recovery, and 87 yard return for a touchdown.

Hopefully Ariel has his #54 jersey ready, because JP is going to love wearing it this week.

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Monday - August 8, 2005

Marino Inducted

Ariel pointed out that I forgot to mention this..... but this weekend Dan the man was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Check out the official page here. Not a huge surprise, but definitely a milestone.

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Are you ready for some football?!??!

Tonight: 8:00PM on ABC

NFL Preseason Football : Chicago Bears vs. Miami Dolphins (Sports) Pro Football Hall of Fame game, from Canton, Ohio. CC Stereo (Live)HDTV


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Tuesday - July 26, 2005

Training camp begins

Woohoo! Yesterday was the first day of Dolphins practice. And surprise surprise, Ricky showed up. ESPN is reporting he's also bulked up in the past couple months. Now weighing in at 215. There's also an interesting apology here.

"I'm very regretful that people were hurt in the process of me doing that. I do realize that to a lot of people it comes off as being very selfish. So I do offer an apology to all the people who were negatively impacted."

So it will definitely be interesting to see how this season goes. I'm sure Ariel is thrilled that Ricky is back. :-) On an unrelated note, less than two months before the Hurricane's home opener vs the Thrashers.

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Thursday - June 23, 2005


So I've been busy with my new job, and haven't had time to post anything. So, as a substitute, check out the newest blog I've been reading called Cinematical. Why? Because everybody needs to know how much it costs to be Batman.

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Thursday - May 26, 2005


In case you have not seen the picture of the world record 124-pound catfish, here's a link to the story.

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Wednesday - April 13, 2005

150 days and counting

The NFL released the 2005/2006 schedule today. The Dolphins open up the year at home vs the Broncos on September 11th. You'll also notice, the schedule does NOT include a single Monday night game. Oh well, not a huge suprise. Full schedule here. With the draft less than two weeks away, let's hope they pick up a decent quarterback. The Dolphins should have an oppurtunity, considering they get pick #2.


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Monday - April 11, 2005

Cake Masters

Yesterday we watched the final round of the Masters on CBS. It was pretty exciting. Yeah I know, golf and exciting in the same paragraph.... hard to believe. It came down to a sudden-death playoff between Tiger Woods and Chris DiMarco. I'm glad to see Tiger end his drought, but I was pulling for the underdog, DiMarco. Sports Illustrated has details here.

Afterwards, Lara felt the need to make a cake. Since she had never made a 'real' layer cake, that's what she wanted to make. We decided to go with Devil's Food cake. Everything went well last night, and we let the cake cool overnight. Then came the hard part, applying the icing. Let's just say we don't plan to use white icing on chocolate cake again anytime soon. Lara did a good job after some initial problems, and she says everyone at work is enjoying the treat. Sorry, no pictures this time around.

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Monday - April 4, 2005

Congrats UNC

UNC had a great game vs. Illinois. Normally I wouldn't pull for UNC, but I think they really deserved to win this year. Also it lets me break even in our office pool. :)

Now we have the long wait until football season begins next Fall.......

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Tuesday - March 8, 2005

Chris Paul suspended

Wake Forest's Chris Paul has been suspended for the first game of the ACC tournament. Full story here. I agree with the decision. If there's one thing you don't do, it's punch somebody in that 'special place'.

This could make for an interesting tournament. N.C. State plays Florida State in the first round. The winner will play Wake Forest. So there could be a rematch of the WFU/NCSU game on Friday, except this time Wake will be missing one of their star players.

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Thursday - February 17, 2005

Go Dolphins!

The highlight of the year for the Dolphins can be found in the 2005 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Check out the link here. (Maybe not safe for work)

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Wednesday - February 16, 2005

It's official

The NHL has cancelled the 2004-2005 season. This just sucks. Click the image for the full story.

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Monday - February 7, 2005

Better luck next year

The Eagles weren't able to dethrone the defending champs. Not a huge surprise, but the game was closer than most had anticipated. They had some questionable play calling near the end and didn't properly manage the clock.

The commercials were fairly tame, the best (in order) were:

Ameriquest: Cat Killer
Diet Pepsi: P. Diddy Truck Trend
Frito Lay: MC Hammer Makes a Comeback Strapless - (The 2 minute 'internet version' can be found here)
Also, Subway's set of 'Toasted' commercials get an honorable mention.

Too bad there isn't any hockey to watch. Guess I'll have to look forward to next August when football starts up again......

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Sunday - February 6, 2005

Super Bowl Sunday

Go Eagles!

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Friday - December 3, 2004

Run Ricky Run

Well it's official. Ricky is nuts. In case there were any doubts left......

"The 2002 NFL rushing champion rejected a deal to serve a four-game drug suspension this season and return to the field next year. He'll stay retired instead, and his lawyer, David Cornwell, doesn't believe Williams will play again."

Maybe they'll use Ricky's money to buy a decent running back in the offseason. At 2-9, they're going to have to do something that's for sure.

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Tuesday - November 9, 2004

Bye bye Wannstedt

So the Miami Dolphins have a big Press conference this morning at 11AM. Rumor is that Coach Dave Wannstedt will be stepping down as head of the Dolphins. At 1-8, who can blame him?

UPDATE: It's official. Wannstedt Steps Aside As Dolphins Head Coach; Jim Bates Named Interim Head Coach. Full details.

Posted by jcraven at 9:44 AM

Over the weekend....

ASU beat Elon pretty badly.... 48-7. We had a great time. Unfortunately, the pictures didn't come out as well as I had hoped, but here's a link anyway. I think I had the ISO speed settings wrong. Oh well, live and learn.

Also, Lara got back from her trip to Jacksonville, FL. She was there on business, but as you can see, she got in a little beach time regardless.

Posted by jcraven at 9:40 AM

Friday - November 5, 2004


This weekend we're going back to Boone for the final regular season home football game vs 2-6 Elon. Should be a nice blowout. It's supposed to be beautiful weather. Sunny and in the high 50's. Too bad most of the leaves have already fallen, but I'll still try to take a couple pictures.

Also for those grads that haven't seen it, Appalachian is HOT!, HOT!, HOT!. What were they thinking?

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