Saturday, July 15, 2006

Feeling Froggy?

Seems the Greenville Drive Mascot which is known as 'Reedy Rip'It', a baseball-playing giant frog, has been accused by a fan of grabbing her breast. The woman claimed that the employee, dressed in his Reedy Rip'It costume, groped her in a stairwell at West End Field in Greenville, SC. The fan said the incident happened at a game in April and filed the report a month later. The employee has been charged, with molesting, and is awaiting a trial.

Reading this article the other day made me think of Scott Dinkins and what he use to say...."If you are feeling frog-gy... then jump..." Seems the Frog crossed the line a little, so be careful around mascots sometimes they take their job of bringing smiles to the faces of fans a little too far!

And to follow up on a previous post....what was I thinkin' with the Michelle Wie post....she withdrew from the tourney, maybe next year or stick to the LPGA....


Friday, July 14, 2006

Clemson in violation?

I found the recent events that happened at Clemson interesting. I do hate to see tragedy strike and my prayers are with the family of Assistant Coach Jarrett Foster. He passed away from head injuries suffered on Lake Keowee while riding Yamaha WaveRunners with a pair of Clemson offensive linemen rising seniors Roman Fry and Nathan Bennett as well as a fourth person, Matthew Powell. My question is- will Clemson face an NCAA violation because of these tragic events?

"The two WaveRunners were owned separately by Timothy Hydrick and his mother-in-law, Patsy Thrift, both of Seneca. Hyrdick is listed on the Web site of IPTAY, the athletic department fundraising arm, as a district representative for Oconee County, while Patsy Thrift is married to Thomas Thrift, part owner of Thrift Bros. Inc., a prominent highway construction company also listed as a district representative and a donor to the WestZone Project expansion of the school football stadium." (from thestate.com) According to NCAA bylaw 16.11.2.3, a representative of an institution athletics interests may not provide a student-athlete with extra benefits or services, including, but not limited to, the use of an automobile or transportation.

Clemson has dealt with a boating issue before. In May 2001, the school docked the football program two scholarships for the 2002 season after reporting several secondary violations to the NCAA, among them a booster allowing recruits to use his boat. And you may remember USC and the "round of Golf" episode where several gamecock baseball players played a round of golf free with a booster, they were suspended for 3 games and the booster was barred for the baseball season...I wonder if this tragic situation causes Clemson to scholarship or if anything happens.

Not trying to exploit a tragic issue just wanted to raise the question because we all know how the 'watch dog' NCAA looks at things. The booster in question was a friend, so it is reported, of those involved and no special treatment was given they were actually just enjoying a day on the lake...so where do you draw the line between boosters and a true friend relationship with athletes? One of my co-workers has a son going to clemson who is a friend to a member of the men's basketball team. He asked me that if his son brought this friend home to spend time away from Clemson for the weekend and he allowed the member of the basketball team and son to take his boat to the lake, is that a violation?

I guess it is how you view this situation and the many issues that involve "special treatment." Loved to hear you guys"chew" on this one and keep watch on this issue, I think it has Tommy Bowden a little on edge.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

College classics

On a sports talk show I was listening to, they were discussing the best entrances in college football. There is a show airing on Saturday, Aaron’s best entrances in the south. A little did you know is that Arkansas, West Virginia have been using 2001 since the 70’s. A guy called in and said that Carolina actually stole the show from Arkansas and West Virginia. I just wanted to know who you think has the best entrance. Is it Clemson and there stupid rock or Colorado and the buffalo running around the field. A couple other classic might be ‘the bear” on the jumbo screen in Alabama, or the Seminole Indian throwing the spear at FSU.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Golf Talk....


Prediction - Wie will make the cut this week....and finish in the Top 50.

Anyone who follows or plays Golf knows the name Michelle Wie. She was the teenage amateur who stole many headlines and now is a teenage ladies golf pro closing in on her first professional victory. Remember she turned heads when she won the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links at age 13. Fast forward to present day, she has finished a combined five shots out of the lead in three LPGA majors this year, lipping out a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole at the Kraft Nabisco Championship to miss out on a playoff. And the last time Wie played against the men, she made the cut on the Asian Tour, finishing 12 shots off the lead in the SK Telecom Open.

Wie's next shot starts Thursday at the John Deere Classic, when she tees it up on the PGA Tour for the fifth time, hoping to become the first woman since Babe Zaharias in 1945 to make the cut.

Wie looked as though she belonged at last year's John Deere, when she was one shot better than the cut line with momentum on her side. Then came a double bogey on her 15th hole with two shots into a bunker and three putts from 20 feet. Her next shot sailed far right of the green, smacking off a cart path. And after missing the cut by two shots, it was time to go home to Hawaii.

The tourney begins tomorrow and while most golfers are skipping this tourney to prepare for the British Open....enter Wie. The field in this tourney is weak. (Almost like it is set up for her to do well this year??) With just one player ranked in the world's top 35 teeing it up this week. Especially considering that the one is Chris DiMarco at No. 22 in the world is easily fantasy golf's biggest bust so far in 2006. DiMarco has only played this event once in the last 10 years and doesn't have any top 10s.

So I say that this tourney will be the 'coming out party' for her and the one Wie will do well in and begin to live up to the talk of "the tiger woods of ladies golf." She may not win and she will make errors but I think she will make the cut and finish in the top 50. You may say she does not belong in a PGA event, that is why they started the LPGA but you can not ignore her talent.
What do ya'll think???

Tuesday, July 11, 2006


Since being placed on double secret probation by the Blog police, for the misuse of a email forward, not having enough stories about eating or having dinner parties. The violations seem to be pretty server. My attorney says the blog could be shut down for these violations; it is kind of like a restaurant getting a C rating from DHEC.

On a different note I am now a home owner, kind of scary but also very exciting. Kat and I closed yesterday and will begin moving in sometime this month. IF you are looking for a realtor I would highly recommend Sara Jenkins and the Palmetto group. They did a wonderful job and Sara was great. We have referred her to a couple other people, such as a fellow writer on the LOHD. She does wonderful work and will find a house for you. So if anybody would like to help paint, carry boxes, or build a fence just give me a call.

http://www.columbiasrealestateteam.com/

7/11


Happy b-day you old fart