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June 04, 2011

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SOUP

NEW BLOG IS UP!

DallasTX Cane

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | June 07, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Thats too funny. There was much pie in the City's (Dallas) face back in '06 when they planned a parade after Game 2. Fans still blame that (and the refs) for the series loss. LOL

solarcane

Pretty incredible picture from space of the tornado scar through the trees in Mass

http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=50854

solarcane

Va
Rohan has always been my favorite Cane also.

I forget now who it was , Sapp I think, that said something like
We knew when Rohan was in the game If there was any gang tackling we were all going to ache later from him blasting into the pile.

Ohio_Cane

Tim Reynolds - "Dallas reporter just asked Dwyane why Miami is planning a parade. Nice try, Dwyane told him."

LOL

canechic

He mentioned several by name..Spence, B Wash in particular was quiet but tough, and M James he said was tough as hell....but very good guy. He said they have a lot of talent....but a lot of them seemed ....he said CONTENT...to be there....and not play that 110%, 24/7 Apocalypse Now life or death game. I embed that saying in mine....Hmmmm He had nothing but good to say...and said if they all played like some of the kids...they would be very very hard to beat...interesting from a guy who lined up 4 years against them.

Posted by: VA Cane | June 07, 2011 at 11:58 AM

BINGO AND WHO HAS BEEN SAYING THIS??????

Old Skool

7 years later the NCAA finally gets around to revoking USCs national championship.

Let's what else could have been accomplished in the time it took the NCAA to act ...

How about defeat the Nazis and the Japanese.

Actually the Allies did it in less time.

VA Cane

Ungar only you would come up with such zaniness...that was great on your part!!...it was great for me. DTX and Solar (expected) see you guys are TH fans as well. They were really great together. I saw them several times; best was when they had the Big Band (Name of this Band is TH) with additionals like Adrian Belew, Busta Cherry Jones Bernie Worrell, girl singers....on they jammed!!

Solar, I checked the water balloon video...wow!!

I want these kids to do well. Sometimes my players say life isnt fair....and I tell them its not supposed to be. I am struggling right now...way back on mortgage, real estate is not good (I am RE appraiser), money very very tight...lost my Dad in Oct....Blah blah...I still have to get up and make something of each day. I do some appraisals, apply for jobs...did not get bank job...and follow leads on work. I think My Dad, Coach Johnson (8th grade coach my favorite...very tough) Coach Beamer....their tough no BS attitude has helped me many years later.

I think it is one thing to do well in HS...college is different. I worked, played and went to school...so it can be done. I had several of my players at a practice this weekend (run through... talk about plays, situations and life...grades) who just graduated from college NC, VT James Madison...and one was a very good VT player. He said he loved playing against the U. He said they were great athletes....and good guys...but he said the intensity I talked about the old U was not there in all of them. He mentioned several by name..Spence, B Wash in particular was quiet but tough, and M James he said was tough as hell....but very good guy. He said they have a lot of talent....but a lot of them seemed ....he said CONTENT...to be there....and not play that 110%, 24/7 Apocalypse Now life or death game. I embed that saying in mine....Hmmmm He had nothing but good to say...and said if they all played like some of the kids...they would be very very hard to beat...interesting from a guy who lined up 4 years against them.

I want them to succeed....rather die trying than coast winning. I had to do it when I played cause I was a Rohan Marley size guy...not as heavy. I have to do it now to survive....and my kids learn it that way. I will always point to Rohan...I am biased....but that guy is my all time favorite Cane....I google him on YouTube for my guys often....what an intense all out hitter...for me he is the best forget QB Killa the fat azz RM was a killer for whoever got in his path....saw him blast RL52 on a hit at VT once...got the back Ray Ray the ref...hell everybody!!!!...

I am pleased where AG is going...good staff, hard work demanding...love to hear the kids are puking. I know it will be wait and see, but I am really looking to this year...Hey it took The Man 6 days, and he rested on Day 7!! I think we are going to see a different approach and attitude....and that is a step to progress and success. JMO


SOUP

College football:

What's done in vagueness stays in vagueness

Posted by: solarcane | June 07, 2011 at 10:23 AM

LMAO!

DallasTX Cane

Yeah, big fan of the Heads. Worked in a movie theatre during Stop Making Sense and True Stories days, read their biography, listened to other bands like Television just because they also played at CBGBs. I even tried to get through Byrne's TV show, but it was not my style.

I saw those two lines in SOUP's "Where are they now" article, and I beleive SOUP might have been channelling Byrne when he said "You may wonder" combined with "You may ask yourself".

Posted by: Ungar | June 07, 2011 at 08:42 AM

Stop Making Sense = Great(est?) concert movie!

My campaign theme for senior class president (I won BTW) was different lines from Talking Heads songs. Good times

CGNC

If the heat wins a couple of ships then he will have completed his goal. He was the MVP how many years? And never a championship right? So now he will get the ring! Fait Accompli!

Posted by: canechic | June 06, 2011 at 06:08 PM

Yes, I agree. I would LOVE the opportunity to pick the right place and people to work with knowing how they were ahead of time. Anybody would.

Ohio_Cane

Bad storm hitting my area soon. May lose power, so won't be updating twitter for a lil while if so.

Just FYI. =)

Herbieibis

USC stripped. I guess UNC is next in line to get their hands smacked and then it's on to Auburn and last OSU. Alright already Al, I get the picture of these under the radar guys, lets load this class up with some studs.Armbrister, I read,he didn't start playing football until his 9TH grade year but if these guys can coach like everyone says they can, it won't make any difference how many stars they have by their name, they'll make them into players-I hope!

solarcane

TENN AD Hamilton resigns just before NCAA infractions committee meets with Tenn.


College football:

What's done in vagueness stays in vagueness

solarcane

USC stripped of it's NC will Ohio State be next?


http://sports.espn.go.com/los-angeles/ncf/news/story?id=6632190

solarcane

Check this out

This is a kid here in Georgia
He has never played a single down of high school football and has 12 scholarship offers
He is commited to GT

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June 6, 2011


Keith Niebuhr
Recruiting Analyst

Like a down-on-his-luck gambler standing in front of a slot machine, Todd Wofford told himself this was it.

One more try. One more crack.

After a half-dozen failed attempts at convincing Francis Kallon, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound transfer student from England, to try American football -- a sport he had never played -- the Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett head coach was ready for his final stab.

"I told him, 'You can do some big things, just give me two weeks to see if you like it. If you don't like it, go ahead and stick to basketball. There won't be any drama and we can both say we gave it a shot,'" Wofford recalled.

Much to Wofford's surprise, his words to Kallon that spring day, which were neither complex nor overly profound, worked. The teenager who wouldn't budge in the past, at last did just that.

"I'd say he tried five or six times," Kallon said. "He would use mind games with me. He would give me college letters for (Central Gwinnett running back) George Morris to give to him, which was funny. This time, he spoke to me on a level I could understand."

A few months have passed since then, and it is safe to say the Kallon experiment has been a resounding success considering he committed to Georgia Tech on Monday. In fact, he has become nothing short of a recruiting sensation.

Once an athlete who thought of himself as a basketball player, Kallon not only has enjoyed his new sport, but excelled at it. Colleges, who visited the Central Gwinnett campus to scout his teammates, gushed over Kallon's measurables and were equally blown away by his combination of athleticism, agility, power, energy, enthusiasm, hunger and effort.

One scholarship offer came. Then another. And another.

Today, Kallon, a rising senior defensive end, has 12 of them, a rather remarkable total for someone who has only practiced a few weeks and, lest we forget, won't even play his first real game until August.

And just because he gave his pledge Monday to the Yellow Jackets, don't expect the attention from colleges to stop.



Francis Kallon earned 12 scholarship offers before ever playing a game.
"I've never seen anything like it," Wofford said. "I had no idea this would happen. I was hoping this big kid could do anything for me."

The coach isn't the only one stunned by what has transpired. You can include Kallon and his parents in that group as well.

"I did not think he would get a scholarship for sports," said the player's father, Francis S. Kallon, an Atlanta-area security guard. "I thought he would get one for academics."


Coming to America

For a moment, let's backtrack and recap exactly how the younger Kallon, 17, ended up in Lawrenceville, a community just northeast of Atlanta.

He was born in London to Francis S. Kallon and Rosaline, both of whom originally are from the Republic of Sierra Leone, a country in West Africa. In London, the Kallon family lived in the southwest part of town, roughly a mile from the famed All England Club, site of the annual Wimbledon Championships.

When Kallon was a child, his parents separated and his father moved to Georgia. When the couple decided to get back together in 2010 after 11 years, instead of Kallon's father returning to London it was decided Kallon and his mother would move to the states.

"I didn't want to come," Kallon said. "She had to convince me. I wanted to stay. I had established myself over there."

The transition wasn't overly difficult, but Kallon certainly had some adjusting to do upon arriving in Lawrenceville.

"The biggest change was that instead of being independent I had to depend on my dad for drives," Kallon said. "I can't drive yet. In England, public transportation is big, especially in London."

Back in England, Kallon had dabbled in rugby and soccer, but he always considered himself a basketball player. His plan all along was to play there in college. Because of that, he decided to continue that sport after making his move.

In Lawrenceville, however, it didn't take long for a certain football coach to take an interest in him.

"The first time I saw him, I was like, 'Wow,' " Wofford said. "I didn't know anything about him. I didn't know where he was coming from. I just saw a big kid walking in the halls one day. There's roughly 2,600 kids at the school, but we could have had 5,000 kids and Francis would have stood out. He's not a skinny kid by any means. He was tall. He was thick. He looked like a football player."

Convincing Kallon of that was no simple task.

"The first time I talked to him, he said he was going to focus on basketball," the coach said. "The next time, I asked if he had thought it over. He said he needed to talk to his parents. He gave me his dad's number, but I kept missing him. Even then, Francis still just wasn't fired up about it." Eventually, Wofford's persistence was rewarded.

So was Kallon's faith in the coach.

"He came out one day to get some equipment before workouts," Wofford recalled. "Illinois was coming down to see George [Morris], and they saw Francis and were like, 'Who in the world is that?' That was before we even had practice."


Learning to dominate

To prepare for spring football, Kallon attacked his pre-practice workouts like a veteran and met with the team's defensive line coach to learn proper technique. Initially, though, he was a bit overwhelmed.


I actually don't call myself a football player, and I won't until I step on the field for the first time [for a game]. Right now, I'm a player in training. I use that to stay humble.
- Francis Kallon "I remember a coach drawing something. I asked the guys what he was writing on the board and what were all those squiggly lines," Kallon said. "That's when George Morris told me, 'What you need to focus on is where you need to be.' "

Kallon did exactly that, amazing his coaches, teammates and colleges from the moment spring practice began to the time it ended two weeks later.

"He was so athletic, he blew right past every lineman we had," Wofford said. "It was pretty evident that in his second step he was full speed. That, with his long reach and motor is probably the thing that jumped out the most. And he never quit. He has no idea when to stop. So he just goes."

Kallon's lack of experience and football know-how would seem to be a negative. But Wofford has insisted the fact his player has a blank canvas when it comes to football as a good thing.

"He hasn't developed any bad habits," he said. "Stanford came in, and the guy and I were talking about how you don't see a typical football player, when the play is almost over, keep going. But that's all he knows."

Kallon, as one might expect, is still incredibly raw and has much to learn, but Wofford claimed, "He's not as much of a project as you'd think. He knows technique, he knows the position he's playing, he knows our defense. He's learning more every day."

Meanwhile, Kallon, who in addition to excelling in practice is a straight-A student, already has gained his teammates' respect.

"He can be tremendously good," Morris noted.

Arkansas was the first school to offer Kallon. Since then, Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina State, Purdue, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Wake Forest have followed suit. He plans to camp at Auburn and Florida this summer.

"I just thank God to be able to be here," Kallon said.

Come August, Kallon will make his eagerly anticipated regular-season debut for Central Gwinnet. Thoughts of that moment already are filling his head when he lies in bed at night.

"I actually don't call myself a football player, and I won't until I step on the field for the first time [for a game]." Kallon said "Right now, I'm a player in training. I use that to stay humble."


Canez1

Eric Striker OLB best tough guy football name

Posted by: solarcane | June 07, 2011 at 09:42 AM
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Or Porn name....

GO CANEZ!!!!!

solarcane

Rohan's coffee company commercial.
Perfect gentleman and still
looks like he could blast a running back

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUkDozjJoIg&feature=share

solarcane

ungar,
Did you notice Norland already has 5 2012 class kids comitted to D1 schools?

3 to Miami 2 to Louisville?

There is also an
Eric an Ereck an Erick and one more Erick

But you gotta love that Imarjaye as the coolest first name since Jacory on the list.

Eric Striker OLB best tough guy football name

Ohio_Cane

Wished Sean Spence a Happy Birthday this morning with this message from all of us.

"Happy Birthday @3Spence1 !! Hope it's a fantastic one! From everyone over at http://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/ !! []_[] #CANES"

Ungar

hmm no The Ohio State FLHS commits?

Posted by: solarcane | June 06, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Heck with that, who is this guy that is making a deal with the Devil by playing for Nick Satan?

Must be a Bucs fan....

Ungar

solar and VA Cane, I am glad someone caught the TH reference.

Yeah, big fan of the Heads. Worked in a movie theatre during Stop Making Sense and True Stories days, read their biography, listened to other bands like Television just because they also played at CBGBs. I even tried to get through Byrne's TV show, but it was not my style.

I saw those two lines in SOUP's "Where are they now" article, and I beleive SOUP might have been channelling Byrne when he said "You may wonder" combined with "You may ask yourself".

Daddeh

U

solarcane

Six
I know how potato cannons beckon you to the Darkside.

When I ran across this homemade compressed air cannon obliterating concrete blocks, I thought I'd pass it along to you.

Imagine batting practice against this death machine

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtZhVElR2Dw&feature=related

solarcane

hmm no The Ohio State FLHS commits?

solarcane

FLHS 2012 commits rock on Miami!

ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 ATH Eddie Williams 6’4 205 PC Beach Arnold 8/24/10

AUBURN TIGERS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 WR Ricardo Lewis 6’2 200 Miami Beach 5/31/11

BOISE STATE BRONCOS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 QB Nick Patti 5’11 185 Orlando Dr. Phillips 5/12/11

BRIGHAM YOUNG COUGARS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 MLB Phillip Amone 6’0 218 Orlando Dr. Phillips 6/3/11
2 MLB Bobby Wolford 6’3 225 Jax Bishop Kenny 6/3/11

DUKE BLUE DEVILS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 WR Erick Schneider 6’6 200 Jax Episcopal 10/21/10
2 S Dwayne Norman 6’1 185 Jax University Christian 5/18/11

FLORIDA GATORS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 WR Latroy Pittman 6’1 185 Citra North Marion 8/17/10
2 OT Omari Phillips 6’6 270 Venice 10/25/10
3 RB Matt Jones 6’3 210 Seffner Armwood 2/14/11
4 OLB Jeremi Powell 6’2 200 Largo Pinellas Park 2/19/11
5 OT Jessamen Dunker 6’6 315 Boynton Beach 3/21/11
6 DB Willie Bailey 6’2 160 Hallandale 4/5/11

FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 S P.J. Williams 6’1 170 Ocala Vanguard 7/24/10
2 DT Dalvon Stuckey 6’3 300 DeFuniak Sprs Walton 9/11/10
3 RB Mario Pender 6’0 210 CC Island Coast 10/15/10
4 DE Dante Folwer 6’3 238 St. Pete Lakewood 12/5/10
5 P Roberto Aguayo 6’0 185 Groveland South Lake 1/31/11

GEORGIA BULLDOGS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 P Marshall Morgan 6’3 185 Archbishop McCarthy 1/31/11

INDIANA HOOSIERS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 DT Adarius Rayner 6’2 250 Largo 1/30/11

KANSAS JAYHAWKS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 CB Daniel Gray 5’11 175 Pompano Beach Ely 5/25/11

LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 WR Brandon Snell 5’11 175 Miami Norland 5/19/11
2 DT Teko Powell 6’2 250 Miami Norland 5/19/11

LOUISIANA STATE TIGERS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 WR Avery Johnson 6’2 185 Pompano Beach Ely 9/1/10

MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 QB Trenton Norvell 6’5 205 Daytona Bch Seabreeze 4/8/11

MIAMI HURRICANES
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 OLB Keith Brown 6’1 215 Miami Norland 9/3/10
2 RB Duke Johnson 5’9 180 Miami Norland 9/16/10
3 CB A.J. Leggett 5’11 175 Homestead 2/9/11
4 QB Gray Crow 6’4 220 Clearwater Countryside 2/13/11
5 DE Trent Taylor 6’3 250 Lakeland Lake Gibson 2/20/11
6 WR Angelo Jean-Louis 6’0 185 Palm Beach Central 4/28/11
7 OT Ereck Flowers 6’6 300 Miami Norland 5/26/11
8 CB Larry Hope 6’0 160 Hialeah American 6/1/11

NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 OLB Shakeel Rashad 6’2 205 Jax Episcopal 2/3/11

NOTRE DAME FIGHTING IRISH
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 WR Justin Ferguson 6’2 200 Pembroke Pnes Flanagan 5/2/11

OKLAHOMA SOONERS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 TE Laith Harlow 6’5 240 Tallahassee Godby 5/31/11
2 OLB Eric Striker 6’1 190 Seffner Armwood 6/4/11

SOUTH FLORIDA BULLS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 S Rayshawn Jenkins 6’1 190 Admiral Farragut 3/10/11
2 CB Jalen Spencer 6’2 185 Pensacola 4/11/11

STANFORD CARDINAL
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 OLB Noor Davis 6’4 225 The Villages 5/13/11

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 OLB Erick Hallmon 6’0 189 FTL Cardinal Gibbons 3/27/11

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 S Demeitre Brim 6’3 200 Lakeland Victory Chr. 4/23/11

VIRGINIA TECH HOKIES
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 CB Donaldven Manning 5’11 170 Miami Central 2/4/11

WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
# Pos Name Ht Wt School Date
1 DT Imarjaye Albury 6’0 278 Miami Northwestern 3/10/11
2 OLB Joseph Jackson 6’1 200 Jax First Coast 3/21/11
3 RB J.T. Washington 5’9 160 Satellite Bch Satellite 6/3/11


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OhioCane

UMiami signee Henry Owens selected No. 36 overall by the Boston Red Sox in the 2011 MLB Draft.

TonyCane

Watching the game with some friends up here in Texas last night...when Lebron James had the ball deflected back into his hands [no call], dribbled, and shot...and was THEN called for a travel...I blurted out, "Is Terry Porter on the officiating crew?!"

SOUP

Solar...no harm, no foul and certainly no need for an apology.

WE ALL DO WHAT WE DO TO MAKE THIS THING WORK!

orange 'n green in the vein

Is the Westminster Christian QB commit, (David Thompson I think?) eligible for this MLB draft or is that next year as he's a rising senior?

solarcane

^been^

solarcane

Soup,
I agree summer time is a tough time to be lit up about what the kids are doing 24/7.

I think we are all optimistic about the future of the team. Some folks express themselves differently is all.

I also agree the fans that have the opportunity to see the team practice in person, and report to us what they see is fantastic.

I think we put a lot of stock in knowledgeable fan's personal opinions and then sometimes a player practices a lot better than he plays on game day.
Golden himself is fond of saying "Lets see how he plays when the lights come on."

CG makes a good point about out of state Canes fans having to put substantial bucks aside to see the Canes live a couple times a year.
Too often the last few seasons there was very little bang for a pretty good chunk of bucks.

I have the good fortune of having you for a sidekick, and I appreciate the heck out of you underwriting a big portion of my live game day experiences.

I apologize to any fans on here that feel I have being overly critical of the current roster without giving them the chance to prove they can play winning football.
I will try harder to embrace the good news from practice reports.

OhioCane

Steve Gorten - #UM baseball commitment 2B Cory Spangenberg drafted 10th overall by San Diego Padres

canechic

Great story Six!

SinisterCane

BCS strips USC of 2004 national championship

http://www.news-press.com/article/20110606/SPORTS/110606026/1075/BCS-strips-USC-2004-national-championship-/BCS-strips-USC-2004-national-championship-?odyssey=nav%7Chead

Six

Marlins just drafted local Tampa kid from Alonso High, Jose Fernandez

Great great story with this kid, we did a package on him a couple of days ago

While trying to make it to Miami from Cuba, one of his multiple tries, he saved his mom from drowning when she fell off the boat - he didn't even realize it was her until he jumped in the water

All the spoiled ass kids and lazy kids out have no idea just how well they have it and don't appreciate what they have

Jose gets it

Here's the story we did on him

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=195147


SOUP

although I do think the espn announcement was a stupid move.

Posted by: DallasTX Cane | June 06, 2011 at 06:12 PM

On this we agree 100%.

SOUP

Sadly I have seen many a lazy kid graduate from UCF and some of them graduated with me last dec......they got by with a little or a lot of help from their friends...wink wink!

Posted by: canechic | June 06, 2011 at 05:38 PM

U have an answer for evrything don't U?

Just because someone is not 100%motivated or committed or an overachiever doesn't make them lazy. I guess there are degrees of laziness right?

Lazy as in well I don't study much and am happy if I get a C and graduate lazy.

To lazy as in I don't go to class half the time, never turn in assignements and hope not to fail if I can somehow manage to pass the final lazy.

DallasTX Cane

i'm out. BTW SOUP, even tho i haven't been posting, i have been keeping up with the articles. great job as always!

DallasTX Cane

I can't argue with that canechic. I don't think he's the devil. I enjoy watching him play, although I do think the espn announcement was a stupid move.

canechic

But I think he wanted to go to a team that gave him a chance to win a championship, not to be the next MJ. I think the media is more obsessed with this MJ comparisons than anyone else.

I was never a LaBron fan but he is not the devil. He made the right decision for him as does every NBA team all the time.

If the heat wins a couple of ships then he will have completed his goal. He was the MVP how many years? And never a championship right? So now he will get the ring! Fait Accompli!

DallasTX Cane

Posted by: SOUP | June 06, 2011 at 05:30 PM

Yeah...stats were equal BEFORE last night's game. I wasnt interested enough to check last night's game before posting. Don't ignore the rest of the article though SOUP - check and see how Crawford has called Mavs games in the past. Also check on the calls during the '06 series. It doesn't matter if Dirk is getting calls this series that LaBron isn't. Why? Because that is how the NBA has ALWAYS been. Jordan got calls that Clyde Drexler didn't get when they played. But I bet U Clyde got those same calls when he played someone else. Its pointless to rage against the NBA officiating machine because for every call that goes against U I guarantee there's been calls that went for U. Is Dirk the flavor of the month and has he finally reached the point in a 13 year, HOF career where he's getting calls that aren't always called fouls? Hell yes. But his team is still down 2-1 and Dwade has still managed to be a star, even given the bad calls. So, my response to Heat fans belly-aching is the same as it was to Mavs fans 5 years ago...get over it, its the NBA, if U don't like it find another sport 'cause its always been like this and isn't going to change any time soon.

I usually agree with U canechic, but LaBron put himself in this situation. If U want to be considered one of the best if not the best, U better play more than a "role". I don't care much about the guy, but I wasn't ready to annoint him anyway. Others might be more worked up because they've made him into this generation's Jordan.

canechic

Sadly I have seen many a lazy kid graduate from UCF and some of them graduated with me last dec......they got by with a little or a lot of help from their friends...wink wink!

canechic

But as a team they are better for them all being present! I am not sure why everyone is obsessed with the "superstar" label? Le bron has played great defense and bosh too, teams should allow everyone to have their role and throughout a series sometimes one player will outshine another but without the other one being present would that be possible? And wade has struggled in some playoff games this year.....so I will be happy with the championship and whether one star outshines the other one....I could care less. And again pro basketball is really my least favorite sport.

SOUP

Lazy kids don't graduate from college.

Posted by: GURU | June 06, 2011 at 03:13 PM

This is true.

SOUP

If U seriously think from an UNBIASED point of view that James gets the same calls that Dirk does then I have nothing more to say to U about that issue.

I don't say that as a Heat fan (I just barely qualify as one of those) I say that as an observer of the game (not really a fan) and the officiating.

SOUP

DTX...Uh U might wanna read this comment:

In last night's game, Danny Crawford and his crew called 27 fouls against the Heat and 14 against Dallas, in spite of the fact that it is the Heat (Wade and Lebron) that drive the ball to the paint more than any team, and the Heat outscored Dallas 40-22 in the paint last night.

After last night's game, the Mavs have a 92-66 free throw advantage in the three games Crawford worked this post season.

HillViewCane

In the 08 Olympics Bosh was a better bigman for the US than Howard.


DallasTX Cane

What's Bosh's shooting % over the last 3 games?

I wouldnt expect any players coming off the bench to outscore one of the "Big Three". Maybe Terry can every once in a while, but that isn't to be expected. Kidd is a hall of fame player who is 38 years old. He's been on the downside of his career longer than most careers last. He's never been a big scorer though.

I don't have anything against Bosh. By all accounts, he seems to be a good guy (he's from Dallas, so there's been a decent amount of local media coverage of him during his entire career) and a very good player. He hasn't had a good Finals to date though and my point was that Wade has been playing like a superstar while James and Bosh haven't. This is when it counts and we're waiting to see James or Bosh step up and dominate a game. They aren't playing poorly (Bosh has been wildly inconsistent) but is decent to average to good what is expected from those two?

DallasTX Cane

Posted by: CGNC | June 06, 2011 at 04:33 PM

We're ALL hoping that (FINALLY) happens!

Yeah, he was a really good player before the '06 Finals; but he elevated himself to top 3 in the league by that performance.

canechic

Bosh scored 18 pts last night, j. Kidd 9 pts......Not one player on the mav's bench scored that many points, in fact Marion and Terry combined did not score as much as Bosh. So say all you want Bosh, he played pretty damn good last night and with a poked eye! Not saying he is great but give him his due.

orange 'n green in the vein

Except for the fact they never played in the '04 BCS title game (LSU/OU played each other in early January 2004) cheaters had it coming.

Nobody gets elevated which means Tubbs still is screwed over, Utah under Oscar Meyer still gets shafted even more than Alex Smith did not winning the Heisman over the bust of chubby, lazy eye, Leinhart who can't play at the NFL level for jack and our TE's coach needs to stop flashing a ring (assuming he had the job at that time which I'm too lazy to look up right now). First Cheatervest, then the overrated team that can't resist a free gift left outside their gates, it still doesn't make up for the loss of the Madness though.

USAFCane

Off topic news: Tom Dienhart - The Presidential Oversight Committee of the BCS vacated participation by USC in the 2005 Orange Bowl, 2006 Rose Bowl, and 2004 BCS title.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | June 06, 2011 at 04:18 PM

so does that mean the title goes to OU, i think that's who they beat

raizecane

6 days and counting before I go on my 7 day drinking binge.....I mean cruise. :-)

SOUP

UM great Andre Johnson with the Tweet of the Day: @johnson80 - Just finished a great workout down at the U now drinking my muscle milk.

CGNC

DWade did that in 2006 also - I remember him making crazy shots. I am still in CHarlotte :\ I am oh so hoping that the Canes make it to the ACC Championship game since it is here

DallasTX Cane

Posted by: CGNC | June 06, 2011 at 04:19 PM

Whats happening Superstar?! have U moved to sunny FL yet?

Dwade is smooth & has stepped up in the Finals. LaBron has played well, but not stepped it up & Bosh has stunk. Maybe hitting the game winner last night will be a turning point for him...

CGNC

Finally, sorry LaBron but Dwyane Wade is THE MAN.

Posted by: DallasTX Cane | June 06, 2011 at 02:50 PM

Hey you! I agree! Dwade puts on a show doesn't he?

Ohio_Cane

Off topic news: Tom Dienhart - The Presidential Oversight Committee of the BCS vacated participation by USC in the 2005 Orange Bowl, 2006 Rose Bowl, and 2004 BCS title.

orange 'n green in the vein

I'm not saying mac's right about Six's vibes bleeding through to the field, but in the 5-4 game I turned the radio broadcast off at the midpoint of the 9th and just knew we'd lose that game because of an error. So basically it was my fault Saturday, but Sunday's all on Morris and his crew is how I'm chalking it up.

CGNC

Name and Scribe - we all want the same thing - the players to work hard and play hard and to be a success ON and OFF the field. Nothing more, nothing less. It's all good

GO CANES

SOUP

I leave that to the resident KNOW-IT-ALL sports expert.

Posted by: macjones de Albuquerque | June 06, 2011 at 03:47 PM

WHOA Nelly! For a long while I thought that YOU were ONE of the resident "know it alls" around here?

LOL

Ohio_Cane

Posted by: Scribe747SP | June 06, 2011 at 04:00 PM
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Doesn't bonjour mean "Hello"? That's what I thought...

Scribe747SP

Mac Jones,

Are you blogging from another continent?

Are you aware that your French is greeting: "Good Morning!"

Peut-t'être tus serais "Mac de L'Europa", oui?

Ohio_Cane

My pleasure, SOUP. Thank U for everything thus far and into the future keeping the blog going. =)

SOUP

Ohio...BTW continued kudos to U for following the Twitter accounts of the usual suspects and for Tweeting and Re-Tweeting those comments that are relevant to the Canespace blog. MUCH appreciated!

macjones de Albuquerque

Wait, wait, WAIT! How can U run out the door with nary a comment about the UM baseball team's debacle in G'Ville?

Posted by: SOUP | June 06, 2011 at 03:44 PM

I leave that to the resident KNOW-IT-ALL sports expert. Who played the game, eh! LOL

SOUP

Bon jour

Posted by: macjones de Albuquerque | June 06, 2011 at 03:27 PM

Wait, wait, WAIT! How can U run out the door with nary a comment about the UM baseball team's debacle in G'Ville?

macjones de Albuquerque

The Heat will eventually win this series because good defense typically beats good offense and the Heat can play better defense for longer stretches of time than Dallas can. It'll go 6 or maybe 7. Although, LaBron and Bosh haven't played to their full capabilities yet. If they do, the Heat could win it in 5.
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Voila!

Team defense be the TRUMP card in most team sport championship contests.

Nonetheless, I can't lose in this particular N.B.A. championship series. That be from a viewers standpoint.

Simply because two fromer Arizona Wildcat hoopsters be on the rosters of Dallas and Miami.

And that be JASON TERRY and MIKE BIBBY. Say it ain't so, Bozo.

Ohio_Cane

ohio, do you suppose that "welcome to the U" is for ambrister?

Posted by: ftmcane | June 06, 2011 at 03:35 PM
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I would assume so. Haven't heard of any other kids committing.

ftmcane

ohio, do you suppose that "welcome to the U" is for ambrister?

i agree, i liked his film, moves well and looks like he hits hard.

macjones de Albuquerque

But I guess Mia.is just maybe catching up with the rest of college football

Posted by: Name | June 06, 2011 at 08:56 AM

It seems that way, at least lately, Eh.

By the way, Miami, F-L-A didn't even make Sports Illustrated's TOP 20 list for major college football programs. Go bloody figUre.

There be some schools which made the TOP 20 cUt, which absolutely N-E-V-E-R played in a national championship game. Let alone win a national championship in college pigskin action. Say it ain't so.

How the once invincible nasty ones have fallen.

Bloody H-E-R-E-T-I-C... H-E-R-E-T-I-C! Howls the Canespace'ER mob with cold, cold edginess. LMAO

Bon jour

Scribe747SP

But, I digress...

from the facts of the past of both coaches & players.

As a fan and fanatic of the []_[], I believe that the 1) minds of the players will match their immense untapped physical NFL talents to succeed. 2a) OC Jedd Fisch with our All-World OL & RBs with NFL talents (& supporting coaches with NFL experience) will make his UMinn time at OC a 1-yr abberration & blip and have a record setting of 500+ yard per game. 2a) I have the faith (don't ask me where from) that Golden and his DC will stop teams and win their 1st conference games vs winning teams in the ACC.

Scribe747SP

Canechic,

I have read your stuff on lifestyle and political blogs; insightful. Life's experience outside of Cane Football gives one balanced outlook beyond fanatic-ism of the hopeful followers.
CGNC,
I understand wanting not to jump in with 2 feet & fisfull of $$$ flying to see a product that breaks your heart.
CC, your reality is through the prizm of many players being loafers who won't see the light at the end of a tunnel from their innately dysfunctional GPS. There's also a coaching factor in which our HC Golden & his D.C. M.D'Ono. have never won a game vs a single winning conference or bowl team in four previous years at calling defensive plays at Temple for several close games. OC Jedd admits to flaws in calling plays in 1-yr stint @UMinn. resulting in the 8th worse team offense out of 120.

Ohio_Cane

ftmcane, only answer I've gotten so far is from Papa Cane saying "He was injured much of last year. Did not have a good SAT score prior to last month. Watch his film. Kid has skills."

GURU

Lazy kids don't graduate from college ..

DallasTX Cane

LOL! This is classic...Heat fans bytching about the refs. look at the stats from the 3 games - the fouls called are pretty much even. Compare that to '06 when the Heat went to the free throw line about 3 times as often as Dallas did. U wonder how the Heat lost a 15 point lead in the last 7 minutes of game 2...well, think back to '06...Dallas won Games 1 & 2 easily, so easily the 'talking heads" were saying "sweep" & the victory parade route was even mapped out by the City and released to the newspaper (talk about bad karma! lol)...Dallas took a large lead into the 4th QTR of Game 3, then proceeded to not only lose the lead, but also the game. Dallas then lost the next 3 straight. Was the Heat's championship in 2006 something the NBA orchestrated?? Maybe to get back at Dallas owner Mark Cuban who had been very public and very loud in his criticsm of the league management and the refs??

Is there a conspiracy and is every NBA championship a fraud?!?

Or is it that the NBA is what it is? Superstar players have ALWAYS gotten preference from the refs and players willing to drive the lane get more calls. The playoffs are called differently than the regular season & refs are human and miss some calls that super slow-mo TV catches. Way back when, Jordan got calls that no one else got; Shaq certainly got tons of calls, the guy commited a charge about 80% of the time he touched the ball.

I'm a Dwyane Wade fan - watching that guy play reminds me of Jordan. I'm neutral on LaBron - don't blame him for leaving, think he showed a lack of class with the ESPN thing, but acknowledge how good he is. I'm a Mavs fan because they're my local team, but I didn't grow up a fan of theirs so I'm not too intense about it.

I think U if all step back a bit you'll see that Dallas has more depth to their roster, but the Heat has more star power. Dallas has better shooters and Miami is younger and more athletic. Dallas also came back by 15+ against the Lakers and OK City, so it's not something new or some conspiracy against the Heat. Dallas gets down by a lot sometimes because they don't match up well physically; they come back because of experience and great shooting. The Heat will eventually win this series because good defense typically beats good offense and the Heat can play better defense for longer stretches of time than Dallas can. It'll go 6 or maybe 7. Although, LaBron and Bosh haven't played to their full capabilities yet. If they do, the Heat could win it in 5.

Finally, sorry LaBron but Dwyane Wade is THE MAN.

WindyCane-Forecast1

Here is something to think about when it comes to last night's officiating


DALLAS – Danny Crawford, the referee considered a Dallas Mavericks nemesis before this postseason, will be the lead official for Sunday night’s NBA Finals Game 2 against the Miami Heat.

The Mavericks had a 2-16 record is playoff games officiated by Crawford during Mark Cuban’s ownership tenure, including a run of 16 losses in 17 games, until the veteran referee worked Game 2 of the first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Dallas won that game after Crawford’s assignment was the focus of much media attention throughout the day. Crawford also worked Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, when the Mavericks rallied from a 15-point deficit of the fourth quarter in an overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“We have no concerns about the fairness of Danny Crawford's officiating in Dallas games, whether in the playoffs or regular season," NBA senior vice president of referee operations Ron Johnson said via email the day he worked the Mavericks-Blazers game in the first round. "And there has never been any consideration given to not scheduling Crawford or any other referee to a particular team's games."

Scott Foster and Derrick Stafford are the other officials assigned to Game 3. Jason Phillips will be the alternate.

The most memorable Mavericks playoff game worked by Crawford was Game 3 of the 2006 Finals in Miami. The Heat rallied from 13 points down midway through the fourth quarter for Miami’s first of four consecutive wins. Crawford also worked Game 6, when Miami closed the series with a win on Dallas’ home court.

The Heat had a 71-49 free throw advantage in those two Finals games. The Mavericks had attempted an average of 6.8 fewer free throws than their opponents in playoff games worked by Crawford until this postseason.

In the two games worked by Crawford this postseason, the Mavs have a 65-52 free throw advantage.

http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/mavericks/tag/_/name/danny-crawford

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In last night's game, Danny Crawford and his crew called 27 fouls against the Heat and 14 against Dallas, in spite of the fact that it is the Heat (Wade and Lebron) that drive the ball to the paint more than any team, and the Heat outscored Dallas 40-22 in the paint last night.

After last night's game, the Mavs have a 92-66 free throw advantage in the three games Crawford worked this post season.

Interesting!

Ohio_Cane

Brennan Carroll just now - Welcome to the U

Name

What I mean to say with Lee and many other kids on this team is that they come from terrible backrounds. I shouldnt say Lee because his backround is not well known around here. Maybe alot of people can say they have a rude awakening in the so-called real world. Well many if not all would struggle to survive to get where alot of these players have gotten in their lives right now. Sure taking things from kids and teaching them right from wrong is great parenting but you cant do that with some of these kids that have nothing and came from nothing. You teach them a sport,try to be a role model to them and show them that there is another way of life. Its hardwork for these kids whether we like to face it not

Willie Will in Nashville

lmoa, yall will have to come to nashville to get me.

thanks ohio u know u my boy i don't want to go at it wit u lol, cgnc u good people too. i'm bout to head to work so we'll discus this more later :)

canechic

CGNC LOL!!!!

Ohio_Cane

Ohio, I think we need to meet Willie Will at 3 at the bike racks! You up for it? LOL!

Posted by: CGNC | June 06, 2011 at 01:33 PM
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LMAO!! Nah, Willie is good people. =P

CGNC

Ohio, I think we need to meet Willie Will at 3 at the bike racks! You up for it? LOL!

Ohio_Cane

and if lebron was a real player like jordan he wouldn't have had to go to a different team, bosh also

Posted by: Willie Will in Nashville | June 06, 2011 at 01:26 PM
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The difference there for Lebron is that Cleveland wouldn't put any talent around LBJ, they expected him to do it all himself.

Jordan didn't have that problem.

Willie Will in Nashville

I love all yall fans on here to death about the canes but i have to disagree about the heat, don't hate me lol. the first championship they won was gift wrapped and handed to em by the nba. and the one sided calls are going for the heat not the mavs. and if lebron was a real player like jordan he wouldn't have had to go to a different team, bosh also

CGNC

Name - LOL I will postpone my lunch break just a bit now :-D I agree about CMac - I think he tried hard, just put on a bad position. I would like nothing better than for him to shine now.

As for alot of the wait and see attitudes on here - many of us are not local and it involves purchasing airline tickets, hotel, meals whatever so it is not cheap. Add to that your team playing against a better coached and conditioned opponent more than you would like to see.

as for what Lee said - nothing was twisted. He said this is hard. How about that 2-way player for Stanford? Think he has his hands full? - LOL. I wish Lee nothing but the best, but if he thinks THIS is hard, he won't like what's coming.

GO CANES!! I would take 9-3 and hard play wrapped with a bow.

Name

This might be more then some care to know but here it goes. This has to do with what Al told the players as soon as he took over about them being in better shape by the time camp came around. Plenty of players knew he was serious and you could tell they followed the plan as soon as you got the 1st look at them. Then came the next group of guys. Well once the Swasey time kicked in the kids that didnt take the warning serious were puking all over the place and couldnt stop puking. Day after day the same kids were filling up the field with pure puke. It wasnt a pretty site but you also knew this crew didnt play around when they said in shape. That opened alot of kids eyes that this wont be like it was for the last couple years for them. Now quite a few of those pukers are on board and have even passed others. With CMac he was never given the proper training to prepare for that position. Hes able to put on around 10lbs.of muscle since the season ended because of proper training and I dont want to hear the $ issue because thats not what drives it. The bad angles on tackles can be directed to lack of practice time at the position being asked to play

GURU

3 hours practices..lol..that a bunch of BS...per NCAA.. 20 hour rule..

Ohio_Cane

SOUP, agreed on what they're "probably" doing. Was trying to get a definite answer for ftmcane if Larry or anyone knows for sure.

It may have just been a case of watching film on offensive players for St. Thomas and noticed safety that was owning them.

SOUP

I hope things will be better but I am not buying until I see it with my own two eyes on Saturday and that is my opinion period. I will leave all the optimism and kool aid drinking to you guys.:)

Posted by: canechic | June 06, 2011 at 12:39 PM

U my friend are one tough nut to crack!

So, as I told Angry the other day, since nothing we do or say is gonna change your mind and only a 38-13 result againt Maryland is going to make a difference, then I'll just let it go for now.

BTW...I talked to AJ (Golden) and he said he is doing ALL that he can but no guarantees were made on the final score of the first game.

SOUP

How we found out this late is beyond me as well. Let me see if I can find out.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | June 06, 2011 at 12:26 PM

It is likely they found out from HS coaches they are rebuilding relationships with.

They are prolly asking them ALL:

1. "Have we missed on anyone U personally coached at your school that deserves a closer look?"

2. "Have we missed on anyone that U coached against at your school that deserves a closer look?"

For all we know the St. Thomas coaches could have told UM coaches: "Have U looked at this kid? He scored a couple TDs against us and was unstoppable!"

canechic

Drama? Really you are saying I have Drama? This football team has been all Drama for way too long. Just listen to all these players and you will find more drama than an episode of New Jersey Housewives. Crying, complaining and whining. Rinse, wash, repeat!


I hope things will be better but I am not buying until I see it with my own two eyes on Saturday and that is my opinion period. I will leave all the optimism and kool aid drinking to you guys.:)

ftmcane

cool, thanks.

Ohio_Cane

ohio, did he have any other offers? where/when did we find out about him so late in the game?

Posted by: ftmcane | June 06, 2011 at 12:20 PM
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I got this info from Larry Blustein and Papa Cane's twitters, so honestly have no idea.

I don't see any other offers from other schools on Rivals, just that he's committed to Miami. How we found out this late is beyond me as well. Let me see if I can find out.

ftmcane

ohio, did he have any other offers? where/when did we find out about him so late in the game?

SOUP

"And pretty much every season for the last 6 years has been the same conversation, same "optimism", same "experts" telling us everything has changed and guess what it has just gotten worse."

Canechic...if nothing had changed at UM then I would agree with U. But everything has changed as it NEEDED to change. Have hope and maybe a little faith.

The glass is half full!

Ohio_Cane

Papa Cane - Some Info On Thurston Armbrister: Offered full scholarship by UM. Runs low 4.5 forty. Was injured much of his senior year. Under radar. If you take a look at the highlights I recently posted, some TDs were against St. Thomas Aquinas.

ftmcane

talk about drama canechic. Take it easy. I'm sure players who don't give everything they have will be recognized by the new staff and won't be put into situations where that's what we need. It's obvious that Golden and co. are serious about effort. I'm not sure what the 1 hr practices were all about but I bet you'd have to search long and hard to find a top notch program that does that. stop being a negative nancy and start drinkin the golden flavored kool aid.

Name

Those names you put out there are all time greats at Mia. I cant argue that. Who is it that labels some of these kids the next great ---- as soon as they put on a certain jersey #? Its that certain group of fans thats who. Lets keep it real here, there will never be another ST,JV,DM,ER,MI etc. yet LH breaks WRs records but we hear about LB has been nothing like MI and he needed to change his #. Sure, players that maybe arent quite there yet can be talked about and was with Storm but oh no he was way to talented to ever be told to hit the road,at least thats what I read on here once it was said about him. Theres alot of good darn kids on this team that have come along way both on and off the field since this new staff came in. They deserve credit, not have every little thing they say twisted into a negative slant. Yes many of them live in the real,real world

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