Remember the Name

I’m so ready for football.  This gets me completely psyched.

Carolina Football — Remember the Name

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Happy Dance! Football starts today!

After much impatient waiting, Carolina’s football season starts today as fall practice begins.  I’m looking forward to lots of reports from camp about the improvements at various positions, gelling of the O-Line, clearer pictures at linebacker and backup running back, all leading up to an opening day thrashing of McNeese State.

I’m so excited.  Think: Tyler’s run down the court after hitting the game-winner against VT in the ACC Tourney.

Let’s get it started. Woooo!

Football Uniform Update [Updated]

You look mahvelous. — Fernando (Billy Crystal)

This month’s Tar Heel Monthly, a fantastic publication put out by Adam Lucas and Lauren Brownlow and their team (with regular contributions from John Kilgo, Lee Pace and Jones Angell) that is available by subscription and free to Rams Club members, has an update by Lee Pace on this season’s uniform changes: Continue reading

Res Judicata

RES JUDICATA – Lat. “the thing has been decided” The principle that a final judgment of a competent court is conclusive upon the parties in any subsequent litigation involving the same cause of action.

Louisville Courier-Journal:

A Franklin, Ky., Circuit Court judge sided with a devilishly clever argument and ruled in favor of Duke University yesterday in a breach of contract lawsuit brought forth by the University of Louisville.  U of L sued Duke for $450,000 after the Blue Devils backed out of a four-game football contract with three dates remaining.  The contract called for a penalty of $150,000 per game if a date with a “team of similar stature” could not be arranged.

Duke’s lawyers argued the Blue Devils, which have a record of 6-45 over the past five seasons, were so bad that any team would be a suitable replacement.

Judge Phillip J. Shepherd agreed with Duke’s lawyers — the football team is so bad that any replacement would do:

“At oral argument, Duke (with a candor perhaps more attributable to good legal strategy than to institutional modesty) persuasively asserted that this is a threshold that could not be any lower. Duke’s argument on this point cannot be reasonably disputed by Louisville.”

Kentucky courts interpret contract terms “according to their plain and ordinary meaning” barring any ambiguity. According to Shepherd, finding a suitable replacement literally meant any NCAA Division I team would suffice – including those in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA.)

Dook sucks.

Ronald Curry back on his feet in Oakland

Ronald Curry

The News and Observer reports:

The former University of North Carolina quarterback played through that pain to be Oakland’s leading receiver last year until it finally became too tough to handle this offseason. After undergoing surgery on his left foot that forced him to miss six weeks of offseason practices, Curry returned to his usual spot at receiver this week for the Raiders.  …  Curry said he had trouble planting on the foot before the operation but says he is now running pain free with six weeks before training camp starts.

I’m extremely excited for RC.  If there is anyone who deserves all the positive energy we can give, it’s Ronald Curry.  This guy stepped into two bad situations at UNC, at the dawn of dark times in football and basketball, and did his absolute best to help both teams succeed.   I (and many others, possibly including RC) will always wonder if he would have been more successful had he picked one sport and dropped the other.  Instead, he persevered at point guard and carried the football team as quarterback.  One of the only times I’ve been embarrassed to be a Tar Heel fan was watching fans boo Ronald Curry off the field in favor of a freshman Darian Durant.

For someone with so much talent and potential, Ronald Curry has endured a heart-wrenching amount of disappointment.  I hope Ronald has a stellar season and that it is just the start of greater things for this guy.

And another one…

Inside Carolina is reporting that Wesley Flagg has been dismissed from the football program for violating team rules.

This bugs the crap out of me.  Flagg started at the beginning of last year at middle linebacker.  I know he lost the starting spot, but he was a valuable special teams member and added experience and depth on defense.  And now he’s gone.  Yet another in a long line of otherwise talented players that have not been able to keep their nose clean and stay on the team.

I blame no one but the player in these instances, but it is frustrating as heck to see our program hamstrung year after year by unnatural attrition from bad behavior and poor decision-making.  No one can prevent injuries, and even the hardest working student can be forced to transfer if the school work is too hard, but the “team rules” are advertised, harped on, and drilled in to such an extent that it is inexplicable to me why we seem to have this problem every year.

Grrr.

Oh YEAH!

Oh YEAH!

Occasionally I read an article that really gets me jazzed up about something. Continue reading