Thursday, June 29, 2006

Macon Telegraph | 06/29/2006 | Pigskin Preview notebook: Bailey could be ready for Dogs

From Coach Nix:

Those tuning in to see local products Correy Earls (Central) and Demaryius Thomas (West Laurens) playing for Georgia Tech might not see the freshmen.

Yellow Jackets' offensive coordinator Patrick Nix said it might be some time before the duo cracks the already-deep receivers corps.

"The good thing is that I don't think they'll have to make an impact this year," Nix said. "We're deep this year at receiver and I don't think they'll have to come in and be counted on there."

Nix said he thinks that both could play this season, but that might come on special teams.

"They'd have a shot with some injuries to play," Nix said. "But besides Calvin Johnson, most of our receivers have been redshirted. That gives them time to learn."

Nix said that Thomas will play wide receiver. Head coach Chan Gailey said on Signing Day that Thomas could play receiver or tight end.

Macon Telegraph | 06/29/2006 | Pigskin Preview notebook: Bailey could be ready for Dogs

From calling strikes to braiding hair |

Check it out - Tashard Choice moonlights:

More often than not, Boyd said, the high school athletes he hires enjoy the experience so much that they return every summer, even when they go off to college. For instance, former Lovejoy running back Tashard Choice is in his fifth year as a youth baseball umpire. He is listed as the starting running back for this upcoming season at Georgia Tech after backing up P.J. Daniels last season and spending the 2003 and 2004 seasons at Oklahoma.

From calling strikes to braiding hair |

Hoops - Wesleyan forward transfers to Oak Hill |

Key possible GaTech recruit Howard Thompkins is heading to Oak Hill Academy. This is most likely a good thing for Paul Hewitt (guessing), as he has not had a strong "in" there and that program certainly produces many successful collegiate players (since the best transfer there).

Wesleyan forward transfers to Oak Hill |

GameSpot:Video Games PC Xbox 360 PS3 Wii PSP DS PS2 PlayStation 2 GameCube GBA PlayStation 3

Check out the GaTech video - link here. Cool!!!

GameSpot:Video Games PC Xbox 360 PS3 Wii PSP DS PS2 PlayStation 2 GameCube GBA PlayStation 3

D-Rad makes another coaching decision

..... he extends the contract of Danny Hall by one year, now taking him through 2011. Good call D-Rad. Good call......................

Danny Hall gets contract extension |

Cremins, 7 others enter Tech Hall |

Congrats to the class of 7 into the GaTech Hall of Fame, including Bobby Cremins, Travis Best, Karen Lounsbury Russell, Cris Omiecinski Leone, Brad Rigby, Octavius Terry, Gus Georgeton and Kent Hill.

Cremins, 7 others enter Tech Hall |

Nix in Tech spotlight as the new man in charge of offense - NCAAF - Yahoo! Sports

Decent article about Patrick Nix taking over the offensive reigns. The article makes a worthwhile point - Chan Gailey has not thrown Nix to the wolves. He has put him in a situation with a senior QB, the best WR in the nation, one of the best fullbacks in the nation and an outstanding group of tailbacks led by T.Choice. Throw in a more experienced O-Line and the offensive should be poised for more success even if Gailey was still calling the shots.

Nix in Tech spotlight as the new man in charge of offense - NCAAF - Yahoo! Sports

Here's another article from the Macon Telegraph on Nix, and here's a Q&A from AJC..........

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

NBA Draft Notes - Jack high, Bosh - why?

With the #1 pick in the NBA Draft the Toronto Raptors select yet another 3-4-5 position player. What does that mean? If you ask me, it means Chris Bosh is back at the center spot. You'll have Charlie Villanueva at the 3, Bargnani at the 4 and Bosh at the 5. Evidently this Italian dude is pretty darn "NBA Ready" and is even more of a wing player "Dirk N" type player even though he's 7'1". So it looks like Chris Bosh will probably get to be beat up even more and more like his first season, even though his is stronger. If I'm Bosh, I'm not happy. I'm not saying the Raptors didn't select the best player (I just don't know), but they sure didn't pick their biggest need.

As for Jarrett Jack, his competition at PG just was cleared a bit as the Blazers moved Sebastian Telfair to the Celtics. Jack will still have to earn the starting position, but he will no longer have to compete with "unlimited potential".

Having said that Portland has been VERY active on the trade front, so watch out for further changes. In fact, they just traded for the rights to Lamarcus Aldridge to solidify their post play.......

In a "what could have been" moment, you can't help but ask where Jarrett Jack would have been drafted this year with a very weak crop of PG's. The first PG wasn't taken until the #21 and #22 picks. It is probably safe to say Jack could have improved his draft position to be the first guard take, but would he have improved enough to move into the top 10? Pure speculation for sure. Who knows.

Football: 2006 Preseason Consensus

So far, it's unanimous. All the magazines predict the Jackets to finish #3 in the ACC Coastal division behind Miami and VaTech.............

2006 Preseason Consensus

D-Rad - "Vote for Cupcakes"

Dan Radakovich is not only going to want more of everyone's money, he's also going to try and avoid a bunch of season opening games against teams like Auburn or Notre Dame.

Having opened up my post like that though, I'm not saying he's really that wrong. At the end of the year, we want wins. Playing a tough expanded ACC schedule means that games against the Notre Dame's of the world make it a tougher challenge. That has to be balanced against the exposure of playing on national tv against a top 5 program, win or lose.

Playing Notre Dame as an opener will be better for Georgia Tech than opening with Samford, win or lose. That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.........

Unluck of the Irish |

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Young timing his leap |

Nice article from the AJC on Thaddeus Young.......

Young timing his leap |

Monday, June 26, 2006

The Good Word :: Issue No. 4, June 23, 2006

Get ready folks. Dan Radakovich wants to win at Georgia Tech. He wants to compete with the big boys. To do that we're going to need a bigger budget and more money. Don't be surprised when the hat is held out. There's a price to pay for success, and D-Rad is going to want us to pay that price. Not saying he's wrong or criticizing the approach at all. It's reality. At this point, I think he's basically setting the stage..... letting us "in" on the finances, the realities, etc, with strategic info to make his points.......

The Good Word :: Issue No. 4, June 23, 2006

Preseason Football Buzz :: Johnson is preseason magazine cover boy.

Ok folks. Beesball is over. It's time to start generating some buzz over the coming football season. Here's a good look at how the Jacket players have been recognized in some of the pre-season mags. I have had my usual opportunity to break everything down. It's certainly been an interesting spring / summer......

Preseason Football Buzz :: Johnson is preseason magazine cover boy. Texas WR commits to Georgia Tech

Jackets get a new WR commit from Tyler Melton, from the state of Texas........... Texas WR commits to Georgia Tech

Friday, June 23, 2006

Football Roster Updated

The roster has been updated with the frosh............ :: Football :: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets :: Official Athletic Site

Hoops - Javaris / Thaddeus Stats from France

A look at Javaris Crittenton and Thaddeus Young's stats from the recent trip to France............. Lots of turnovers, but lots of assists and steals as well

ImageShack - Hosting :: statsusa7cd.jpg

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Beesball - Braves Sign Lee Hyde

Lee Hyde signs with ATL. Congrats!!! First on The Braves Show: Braves ink Lee Hyde

YouTube - chris bosh mix

Nice video mix of Chris Bosh. The boy has grown in strength and explosiveness.........

YouTube - chris bosh mix

Monday, June 19, 2006

Hoops - Gani Lawal makes TeamUSA cut

Congrats to Gani Lawal who made the cut of final 16 young men that could represent team USA in the Under 18 National Team Trials. The roster will be cut to 12 later in the week.

In one session, Gani scored 19 points on 6-7 from the floor and 7-7 from the stripe, as well as grabbing 6 boards, blocking 4 shots and getting 2 steals (although he did have 4 turnovers). However, he was very active, particularly on the defensive end..... We'll see if he can make the final cut this week.

2006 Men's FIBA Americas U18 Championship

Lawal makes cut

Jackets eliminated from CWS

Wow. Evidently the Jackets were 45-0 when leading after 7 innings this season. That is, or was, until the college world series, where the Jackets twice dropped late leads. Now the stat reads 45-2. Now the Jackets will watch the rest from home. Ouch. Two of the most difficult losses to watch as a fan, and no easier for the players in the dugout.

All you can do is tip your cap to a team that was literally a walking wounded - a patchwork quilt of limbs and ligaments. Watching every other player round the bases or run down outfield flyballs was painful. Grimaces were the norm. But they held it together and worked their way to Omaha. Yes, it would have been a feelgood story to see them take home the crown, but it wasn't meant to be. Never-the-less, I tip my cap to the diamond Jackets. You did us proud, and proved once again that if you wear the Jacket uni, there is ALWAYS a very good chance of going to Omaha.......... and if you get there, you can break through.

Great season. Gritty season. Gutty season. Disappointing ending, but isn't it mostly disappointing for all but one?

Until next year.............. GO JACKETS!!!!!

Jackets eliminated from CWS |

Friday, June 16, 2006

Lady Hoops: Tech Gets Pacific NW Star

Well, the beesball team lost, but the lady hoopsters landed one of the most highly sought after recruits in the nation. Check it out.......... Tech Gets Pacific NW Star

Yellow Jackets Fall In CWS Opener :: Late rally gives Clemson 8-4 victory over Georgia Tech.

A stunning 7 innings, then a stunny collapse. Wow, talk about a meltdown. Well, these things happen......... I guess. Time to suck it up and win a few in a row..........

Yellow Jackets Fall In CWS Opener :: Late rally gives Clemson 8-4 victory over Georgia Tech.

Summer Outlook for Tech Basketball :: Hewitt looks ahead to a promising 2006-07 campaign

Nice preview of things to come in the fall in hoops with Q&A from Coach Hewitt. I don't have time to break it down, but lots of interesting comments............

Summer Outlook for Tech Basketball :: Hewitt looks ahead to a promising 2006-07 campaign College: Rosenblog 2006

First pitch coming up soon.

Sr. RHP Sean Clark (Clemson) vs. Jr. LHP Lee Hyde (Georgia Tech)

These teams have played six times already, splitting six games. Clemson coach Jack Leggett chose Clark, a senior who is 2-0, 1.80 in 30 innings because he's one of the few arms Georgia Tech hasn't seen this season. Clark earned wins in the chamionship of the ACC tournament and the opener of the Clemson Regional before throwing 3 2/3 strong innings of relief against Oral Roberts in the super-regional.

Hyde allowed two runs on seven hits over eight innings in Tech's 3-2 loss to Clemson in the ACC tournament. He also has thrown well in two NCAA tournament starts and gets the call over normal Friday starter Blake Wood because his lefthandedness matches up better against a left-leaning Clemson lineup. College: Rosenblog 2006

Here's a nice story on Mike Trapani and life with Tourette's Syndrome.

Here's another story "Postcards from Omaha" story, with this from Trap on his syndrome:

And my teammates at Tech have always been supportive. They get excited when I throw up during games - that's how we know we're going to win.

Well, ain't that a superstition?

Here's a nice story on Michael Fisher............. Here's a scouting report.................... This on the oddsmakers............... Another mention of Trap.............. Here's a story on Wally Crancer.......... Here's ESPN's Omaha page.....


Thursday, June 15, 2006

Beesball Stat of the Day

Georgia Tech and Clemson played each other 6 times this season. They split 3-3 each. However, check this out.

Day games:
GT 3-0
CU 0-3

Night games:
GT 0-3
CU 3-0

Gametime Friday 2:00........................................

"Royals should watch GT catcher"

Wow - do you think Matt Wieters could actually be the #1 pick in next year's draft? This guy thinks so:

This year’s baseball draft is over, but what about next year’s? Yes, the Royals once again look as if they’re in great shape to nab the No. 1 pick.

It’s anyone’s guess who might be that No. 1 pick next June, but keep an eye on Georgia Tech catcher Matt Wieters.

This kid appears to be the real deal. He’s 6 feet 6, 230 pounds, with good power and a great arm. He also switch-hits. You can watch him at the upcoming College World Series in Omaha.

How good is Wieters? During his first four tournament games, he went 10 for 13 with four homers and eight RBIs.

And here’s the kicker: He has incredible patience at the plate. He already has drawn seven walks in the tourney and drew a team-high 56 walks this

“You have to wait for the one you like,” Wieters said recently. (Hmmm. You listening, Angel Berroa?) Wieters was 20th nationally in drawing walks, averaging 0.83 a game. And Wieters does some damage when he gets his pitch. He’s hitting .355 overall with 20 doubles, 14 homers and 69 RBIs.

One more thing: Wieters also doubles as the team’s closer. He has seven saves this season with a 2.67 ERA. He also only walked six hitters in over 30 innings.

The Royals are on the clock, and Wieters may be waiting.Another name to keep an eye on next season is North Carolina State right-hander Andrew Brackman, who is 6 feet 10 and can hit the upper 90s on the radar gun. His season this year was cut short by a stress fracture in his hip.

Kansas City Star 06/14/2006 Royals should watch Georgia Tech catcher

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Hoops Rosters and Pics Posted has now posted the updated hoops roster along with photos....................

Alade Aminu
Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)

D'Andre Bell
Los Angeles, Calif. (Palisades Charter)

Lewis Clinch
Cordele, Ga. (Crisp County)

Javaris Crittenton
Atlanta, Ga. (Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy)

Paco Diaw
Dakar, Senegal (Greater Atlanta Adventist Academy)

Ra'Sean Dickey
Clio, S.C. (Marlboro County)

Mouhammad Faye
Dakar, Senegal (SEED Academy)

Anthony Morrow
Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte Latin)

Zach Peacock
Miami, Fla. (Norland)

Brad Sheehan
Latham, N.Y. (Shaker)

Jeremis Smith
Fort Worth, Texas (Dunbar)

Mario West
Douglasville, Ga. (Douglas County)

Thaddeus Young
Memphis, Tenn. (Mitchell)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 - NCF - McShay: Preseason wide receiver rankings

ESPN ranks the best wide receives in college. Calvin Johnson clocks in at #4, with a bit of a backhanded slap to his 'mates:

4. Calvin
, Georgia Tech, JR, 6-4, 226Johnson is rguably the most physically gifted wide receiver in college football today. With a secondary receiver to draw attention and a quarterback capable of completing more than 48 percent of his attempts, Johnson could easily produce Jarrett-like numbers. Unfortunately, Johnson's supporting cast is atrocious.

Ouch.............. - NCF - McShay: Preseason wide receiver rankings

Beesball - NCAA bracket

Here's what the bracket looks like:

Wieters Named First-Team All-America :: Sophomore catcher earns All-America honors by Baseball America.

Wow - nice recognition for this future major leaguer - 1st team All-American by Baseball America magazine. Congrats!!!

Here are Tech's previous 1st teamers:

Kevin Brown (RHP), 1986 Riccardo Ingram (OF), 1987 Ty Griffin (2B), 1988 Andy Bruce (3B), 1991 Jason Varitek (C), 1992, 1993, 1994 Brad Rigby (RHP), 1994 Nomar Garciaparra (SS), 1993, 1994 Jay Payton (OF), 1994 Mark Fischer (OF), 1997 Kris Wilson (RHP), 1997 Chuck Crowder (LHP), 1997 Mark Teixeira (3B), 2000 Tyler Greene (SS), 2005 Matt Wieters (C), 2006

Wieters Named First-Team All-America :: Sophomore catcher earns All-America honors by Baseball America.

Monday, June 12, 2006 - New life for David Duval

Golf Digest just came out with about a 9-page article on David Duval. Lot's of interesting stuff, including some pics - New life for David Duval

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Ex-Jacket Hamilton on cusp of title |

Today's the day for Joe Hamilton - AFL ArenaBowl XX. Make sure to watch today. Unfortunately I'll be on a plane..........

Ex-Jacket Hamilton on cusp of title

Here's a great article on Joe, who has evidently become the most recognizable pro athlete in Orlando.......

He also has had opportunities in coaching. This past spring, Hamilton was
offered a job to coach quarterbacks at Maryland. Maryland head coach Ralph
Friedgen was the offensive coordinator for Georgia Tech when Hamilton played for
the Yellow Jackets.

'It was a great opportunity and I thought about it a lot, but in the
end, I wasn't ready to give up playing,' Hamilton said. 'I know I could learn a
lot from coach Friedgen. He's one of the best in the business. I'm not sure I
want to start out coaching at the college level either. I think I might want to
begin in high school and work my way up.'

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Omaha Bound !!!!!

Congrats!!!!! The Jackets are headed to Omaha after drubbing College of Charleston 12-3. Bigtime congrats go out to the team and coaching staff !!! Long-balls from Whit Robbins and yet again from Jeff Kindel paced the team along with an outstanding pitching performance from Lee Hyde, who went 8 innings and only gave up 2 earned runs............

Listen to the Game

Links for today's game:

Baseballvs College of CharlestonJune 101:00 PMAtlanta, Ga.


The Good Word :: Issue No. 3, June 9, 2006

D-Rad's latest epistle:

The Good Word
Issue No. 3, June 9, 2006

June 9, 2006

TO: Fans, Friends, and Supporters of Georgia Tech Athletics

FROM: Dan Radakovich, Georgia Tech Director of Athletics

What a great weekend for our baseball team! This was my first "big" Georgia Tech athletic event, and I hope all of you enjoyed it as much as I did. I'd like to thank everyone at Tech who helped put on a first-class event, and more importantly, I'd like to thank all of our fans who cheered us on to victory. I know that Danny Hall and his players really appreciate the enthusiastic crowds.

I want to personally encourage all Tech fans to support our team this weekend as we host the College of Charleston for the right to go the College World Series. The young men in our program have worked extremely hard and overcome several key injuries to put themselves in position to host a regional and super regional, and we need to reward them with the
best possible home field advantage.

Secondly, this event requires a significant financial commitment to the NCAA, and we need to sell out Russ Chandler Stadium in order to be able to host regionals and super regionals year-in and year-out. We certainly realize that a 12 noon game on Friday is not ideal for many fans, but please understand that we have no control over the game times; the NCAA and ESPN set all times.

Baseball is not the only spring sport to enjoy a very successful season. Bryan Shelton's women's tennis team has had a remarkable two-year run, winning another ACC title this year and reaching the NCAA Sweet 16. Accolades continue to roll in for super sophomore Kristi Miller, both for her outstanding play and for her equally superior performance in the classroom - the No. 1-ranked singles player in the nation is also a 4.0 student!

Kenny Thorne's men's tennis team also reached the NCAAs for the sixth straight year, and our men's and women's track programs have individuals competing at the NCAA Championships this weekend. Bruce Heppler's golf team did not fare as they would have hoped at the NCAA Championships, but congratulations to his squad for reaching the NCAAs in what could have been a rebuilding year, with two freshmen in the starting five. Rookie Cameron Tringale showed this spring that he could be the next star in Tech's incredible line of great golfers.

Most importantly, our student-athletes had a very successful spring semester in the classroom. An all-time high 51.4 percent of our student-athletes in all sports achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the spring semester, highlighted by 27 Yellow Jackets who posted perfect 4.0 GPAs. The average GPA for all student-athletes for the semester was 2.85.

The golf team led the way with a 3.47 team GPA, including three team members with perfect 4.0's, while the women's tennis team sported a 3.26 GPA. Seven of Tech's eight women's sports posted team grade point averages above 3.05.

Regarding ticket sales, our marketing initiatives for football continue to grow and reap rewards. Two and a half months before the season, we are ahead of our total season ticket sales for all of last year by nearly 1,000. I'm also happy to report that the Bobby Dodd Stadium club seats are more than 86 percent sold for the season. We will continue to aggressively market and promote ticket sales throughout the summer.

As you know, this month season ticket holders have an exclusive window to purchase three-game flex packs. On the first day alone, season ticket holders purchased more 4,000 flex packs. I encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity. We want to ensure that Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field is filled with Georgia Tech fans on Sept. 2!

Last week, I attended a meeting of the Georgia Tech Foundation Board. During that meeting, Dr. Clough outlined some exciting prospects for the future of Georgia Tech. Be assured that athletics has a major role to play in the future success of the Institute. We are looking forward to being great partners and providing tremendous benefits, like our nationally televised opener with Notre Dame.

Again, thank you for your positive response to "The Good Word." While I cannot guarantee a personal response to every email that we receive, please know that they will all be read, so I do encourage your continued participation in this process. Some of your questions could become topics for future issues of The Good Word.

I also encourage you to share this letter with any Tech fan who may not have access to the Internet. Our goal is to inform and engage as many Yellow Jacket supporters as we possibly can.

I want to personally thank you for your continued support of Georgia Tech Athletics as we move forward with our vision for excellence.

Go Jackets!

The Good Word :: Issue No. 3, June 9, 2006

Georgia Tech pitching shuts out Charleston

Outstanding start to the superregional as Georgia Tech shuts out C of C by getting a masterful picthing performance from Blake Wood and timely hitting from Jeff Kindel and Matt Wieters. Outstanding. One more win is #50. One more win and it's college world series here we come. Let's get it done today..........

Macon Telegraph | 06/10/2006 | Georgia Tech pitching shuts out Charleston: "opener "

Friday, June 09, 2006

Harper now a Yellow Jacket

Looks like the Jackets inked another beesball high schooler this week - Matt Harper. Not sure if Torre Langley's open 'ship had anything to do with it. Langley, the stud catcher, was drafted in the 3rd round and has announced his intentions on signing to play minor league ball.....

Valdosta Daily Times - Harper now a Yellow Jacket

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Hamilton Leads Predators to Arena Bowl :: Former Tech all-America earned all-league honors

Former Georgia Tech all-America quarterback Joe Hamilton leads the Orlando Predators against the Chicago Rush in ArenaBowl XX on Sunday, June 11, in Las Vegas, Nev. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. ET, and the game will be televised live on NBC.

Hamilton and the Predators (10-6, 2-0) defeated the Dallas Desperados, 45-28 last Sunday, earning an AFL record seventh berth in the Arena Football League's Championship Game.

Hamilton, the second-team all-league quarterback, enjoyed a standout campaign during the regular season, going 298 of 445 for 3,677 yards and 64 touchdowns. He also rushed 40 times for 134 yards and eight touchdowns. He has been equally as impressive in two postseason games, going 32 of 49 for 387 yards and eight touchdowns.

The 1999 Heisman Trophy runnerup, Hamilton looks to win his first ArenaBowl Championship Sunday.

Hamilton Leads Predators to Arena Bowl :: Former Tech all-America earned all-league honors

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Where are they now - David Duval

This may be the most in-depth interview I've ever read with David Duval. Lot's of very interesting comments on a variety of topics, including this about his time at Georgia Tech:

Some of the stories about you at Georgia Tech were not particularly flattering. A New York Times story quoted you as saying your college teammates were a "bunch of hacks."

I don't recall some of the stories about me when I was younger, which doesn't mean they didn't happen. My coach there, Puggy Blackmon, told it like it was and how it was going to be. We got into it a lot, toe to toe. Let me also say that you're talking about a different person then and now in me. I don't know many people who haven't done or said something stupid at age 18. Not many, I don't think. We all make mistakes.

Tiger has really gotten hammered for little things. He's allowed to get excited and pumped up like a kid on the golf course, where he's an entertainer. But when he makes a mistake off the course, he gets nailed. He tells a dirty joke, it shows up in a magazine, and he gets nailed. Not that telling a dirty joke is necessarily a mistake. I mean, how many of us haven't done that? How many of us are perfect? Are the critics perfect?

Back to college, though. I'm glad I stayed there. You can't compare golf with basketball or football, where you can leave early and be drafted and make a bunch of money. I'm glad I got an education, but I can't sit here and preach about it, because I didn't graduate. I'm short a little more than a quarter. I'd like to go back and get a degree. But will I? Probably not.

Six Players Selected in Day One of the MLB Draft

The Jackets had a decent day in the MLB draft. Congrats to the following guys:

Georgia Tech Players in the Draft
Player Class Pos. Round/Pick Team
Wes Hodges Jr. 3B 2nd/69 Indians
Blake Wood Jr. RHP 3rd/77 Royals
Whit Robbins Jr. 1B 4th/119 Twins
Lee Hyde Jr. LHP 4th/130 Braves
Tim Gustafson Jr. RHP 9th/280 Braves
Jeff Kindel Sr. OF 14th/408 Rockies

Georgia Tech Signees in the Draft
Player Pos. Round/Pick Team
Torre Langley C 3rd/90 Marlins

Six Players Selected in Day One of the MLB Draft :: Wes Hodges, Blake Wood, Whit Robbins, Lee Hyde, Tim Gustafson and Jeff Kindel taken in the first 14 rounds.

Gailey Featured Tonight on Turner South :: Half-Hour Special Airs at 10:30 p.m.

Could it be "must see tv". Watch and find out. I'll try to record it and provide a recap here if I have time..............

Gailey Featured Tonight on Turner South :: Half-Hour Special Airs at 10:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Calling all Tailgaters !!

Ok folks, the group over at need your help. Here's an email I received from them:

I came across your website while preparing information about Georgia Tech, and have added a link to it on our website, I enjoyed your GT regional baseball coverage. is a mapping site, where fans can identify important places (tailgate spots, hotel, parking, seats, etc) for their trips to campus on game day. The maps can then be shared with other fans. We are working on a campus recap of all of the schools, and will be focusing on Georgia Tech on June 9th.

Any advice or recommendations that you might have about pregame tailgate areas, or favorite bbq spots would be really appreciated. We will attribute you and your site as the source. If you would prefer that we not link to your site, please let me know, and I will remove the link. Thank You for your consideration.

So let's help them out. Key questions

1. Where are the best tailgate spots?
2. What are the best hotels?
3. Where are the best parking spots?
4. Best seats, etc

Just comment here and the map group will check back and read your thoughts as the days go by.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Where are they now - Joe Hamilton

Little Joe Hamilton is headed to the Arena Bowl - continuing to prove that size doesn't matter and that he's a winner - pure and simple.......... - Sports - Orlando Predators Win, Advance To ArenaBowl XX

Avoiding Deja Vu All Over AGain

The Jackets wrapped up the ATL regional with a nice 8-4 win over Vandy. Now they're back in a familiar place - hosting a super-regional, this time against College of Charleston. The star of the series was clearly Matt Wieters. They guy stepped up to the plate 15 times in the regionals and got on base 14 times. Are you kidding me? That includes a pair of key HR blasts in the championship game. This from Vandy's head coach:

"He's like a pro hitter," Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin said. "He is not going to chase and when he gets his pitch, he is going to do something with it. ... That kid is a Major Leaguer."

So, will the Jackets come through and head to Omaha? Will they break super-regional jinx? Well, they're in position to do it, and that's step #1.


Macon Telegraph 06/05/2006 Yellow Jackets march on

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Beesball - Story links

Thanks to GT Zealot at the Hive for these links to yesterday's action:

Tech leans on heavy hitters
Down a man, Jackets' outfield continues to produce
Tech feeling Super
Fisher's bat takes over for Tech
VU - Power missing at plate
Georgia Tech wrecks Vandy run
Georgia Tech 7 Vanderbilt 3
'Noles dump Dogs into losers bracket
FSU cripples Dogs' title hopes
Georgia one from done
'Noles get by Georgia
Husker baseball season comes to surprising early end

No. 4 Georgia Tech Advances to NCAA Atlanta Regional Title Game :: The Yellow Jackets defeated Vanderbilt 7-3 on Saturday night.

Nice work by the Jackets, as they will play for the regional title and the chance to move on to the Super Regional.

The ACC in general has had a good weekend, going 12-2 after Saturday's games:

GT 2-0
Clemson 2-0
UNC 2-0
Miami 2-0
FSU 2-0
UVA 1-1
NC St. 1-1

The SEC is 11-5.

No. 4 Georgia Tech Advances to NCAA Atlanta Regional Title Game :: The Yellow Jackets defeated Vanderbilt 7-3 on Saturday night.

Friday, June 02, 2006

David Glenn's ACC Journal: ACC Academic Progress Rates (APR)

David Glenn has some good some on APR and the ACC....

David Glenn's ACC Journal: ACC Academic Progress Rates (APR)

JS Online:Notes: Levens retires as Packer

Very nice gesture on the part of the Green Bay Packers for Dorsey Levens, as he officially retires as a Packer:

In a symbolic move, the Green Bay Packers on Thursday signed former Pro Bowl running back Dorsey Levens so he can officially retire today as a member of the team with which he began his National Football League career.

The transaction was confirmed by general manager Ted Thompson Thursday afternoon through a team spokesman.

Levens, 36, was drafted in the fifth round out of Georgia Tech in 1994 by then-general manager Ron Wolf. He went on to play eight seasons with the Packers and made the Pro Bowl in 1997 after rushing 329 times for 1,435 yards and seven touchdowns and catching 53 passes for 370 yards and five touchdowns.

His 1,435-yard season ranks as the third-best in Packers history, and he also ranks fifth all-time in rushing yards with 3,937 in 1,006 attempts.

Levens signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2002 and the New York Giants in 2003 and returned to the Eagles for a final season in 2004. In 11 seasons he rushed 1,242 times for 4,955 yards and 36 touchdowns and caught 304 passes for 2,334 yards and 17 touchdowns.

JS Online:Notes: Levens retires as Packer

Thursday, June 01, 2006

NBA Draft Rumors

There are NBA Draft rumors circulating that the Toronto Raptors might trade their upcoming #1 pick to the Portland Trailblazers in a package deal that could send Jarrett Jack to reunite with his buddy to Toronto. Why? Toronto is evidently very interested in drafting Andrea Barganani but think they might be able to trade down and still get him, and pick up a nice point guard along the way. Certainly an interesting thought, having Jack and Bosh back together again, although I'm sure the odds are fairly low of this actually happening..........

On a separate note, evidently Chris Bosh is an artist - this is something he did for a charity event with other "Canadian" sports figures:

In addition, Bosh did a stint during the playoffs with NBAtv as a correspondant. Not bad:

"You REALLY sure Eva is with you?".

NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBS

Interesting article on hoopsters who head to the diamond to play beesball instead, with this mention of Austin Jackson:

Time will tell if Austin Jackson made the right choice. Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt thought Jackson -- needed Jackson -- to be his starting point guard this past season. And Jackson expected to become just that, putting the word out to baseball scouts that he planned to play college basketball. That's why Jackson, an outfielder considered one of the 25 best high school prospects in the 2006 draft pool, slipped to the eighth round before being picked by the New York Yankees.

You know the Yankees -- they threw money at Jackson, and the skilled glove man that he is, Jackson caught it. He got a signing bonus of $800,000, a record for an eighth-rounder, and hit .304 in 2005 rookie ball. He's now in Single A Charleston, leading the South Atlantic League in runs scored. The Jackets were forced to play a mediocre shooting guard named Zam Fredrick at the point. The Jackets went 11-17.

NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBS

Tar Heels, Buckeyes top team recruiting rankings

Georgia Tech comes strong with the final team recruiting hoops rankings for the class of 2006. - Tar Heels, Buckeyes top team recruiting rankings

Tech freshman steps out of brother's shadow

It's obvious that the current Tech team has some good chemisty, as this article shows. The team seems to razz Luke Murton a bit - all in good fun.

"He hits a home run about every other swing in batting practice, but only had two all season," Kindel said. "Then he hit three against Clemson and never shuts up about it."

I had to laugh at that one.

Macon Telegraph | 06/01/2006 | Tech freshman steps out of brother's shadow

Beesball - Rockies Rookie left fielder and GT ties

Colorado Rockies' rookie left fielder Matt Holliday happens to be the brother of Georgia Tech hitting coach Josh Holliday:

Is there someone you turn to in your family if you are in a slump?
My brother. I talk to my brother [Georgia Tech hitting coach Josh Holliday] a lot. He knows a lot about hitting and my swing. He's someone I talk to about hitting quite a bit.

Anything in particular you like to discuss with him?
We talk about baseball a lot -- nothing in particular. We talk about his team and our team

Colorado Rockies : News : Colorado Rockies News

Beesball Jackets lose Payne to injury

Not good news heading into the NCAA tourney, but the team will just have to make the best of it.

Macon Telegraph | 06/01/2006 | Tech notebook: Jackets lose Payne to injury

Tech Finds Itself Last at NCAA Golf :: Wayward drives lead to high scores in opening round

Well, not exactly a banner day 1 for the golf team, which pretty much assures them they will not win the thing. However, they can still finish in the top 10 with some strong finishing play. Guess we'll just have to settle for the ACC Championship.

Tech Finds Itself Last at NCAA Golf :: Wayward drives lead to high scores in opening round