Somebody tweeted this yesterday so I just wanted to post it on here because it’s a great visual to see where all the 2011 bowl games are being played. There’s somewhat of a theme, huh? The Pack will be in the Belk Bowl, which by my eyes looks to be the 8th farthest north. If you’re planning on attending the game make sure to ask for long johns and a new NC State winter coat from Santa Claus.
I don’t even have to write what I’m really thinking about this topic … these pictures say everything. (photos from Triangle.com)
This post isn’t NC State football related, but it’s sorta still the bye week so you’ll just have to deal with it. My NC State baseball teammate Mike Sollie is now a State Farm agent in Raleigh and stars alongside Aaron Rodgers in the new State Farm commercial. I laugh every time I hear Mike give his, “The discount double check?” line. The whole commercial is great! Check it out below. And if you’re in the Raleigh area and need an insurance quote give Mike a call.
Yep, ESPN’s College GameDay was in Madison last weekend for the big Wisconsin-Nebraska showdown. I was watching it while tailgating out at Carter-Finley and I saw this sign. Honestly, it made me chuckle a little bit. My buddies over at Frumpzilla tweeted out the above screenshot and I meant to post it, but frankly forgot to. Yeah, I know having Russell Wilson back this year wouldn’t fix all our problems so save the hate mail. [Edit: Actually, I've yet to receive hate mail and you really haven't made it as a blogger until you do so please send me all the hate mail you want.]
The big difference between Russell and Glennon is simply this… Russell can put a team on his back and will a team to victory and Glennon, at least so far, has yet to show that he can do that. With a team that’s struggling like we are that is a huge difference. I’m happy for Russell, though. He’s finally in a position where he has a solid team around him and he can really show the country how good a football player he is. It’s just sad that he went largely unnoticed the past 3 years while he was doing a lot of the same amazing things here at NC State.
I’ll definitely be rooting for him to win the national championship and even the coveted Heisman Trophy. If you’re a State fan, how can you not? We’ve never had a Heisman Trophy winner and if Russell can pull it off it that trophy will be 75% NC State’s, right? I’m an engineer and Mama DFCF was a math teacher so I know my math people.
Also, during ESPN’s College GameDay coverage last week Tom Rinaldi did a very touching piece on Russell following in his father’s footsteps. I just have to post it here. There’s a good bit of NC State love it there. Enjoy!
I was a student at State on September 11, 2001. I was suppose to be at work that morning before my afternoon class, but I had taken the day off to stay home and work on a computer science project that was due that afternoon (I always was a procrastinator). I was in my room at my apartment with the door shut furiously working to get that project done and was getting absolutely nowhere on it.
I heard one of my roommates make breakfast and turn on the TV in the living room. Not long after that he started making comments of horror, anger, and disbelief. I knew something was going on so I stopped working on my project and joined him in the living room. I could not believe the frightening scene that was playing out on the TV.
I was watching when the second plane hit the second tower. We woke up our other two roommates and we were all sitting on the coach paralyzed by what was happening. I saw both towers collapse to the ground. I sat there on the coach and watched TV the rest of the day. That computer science project was of zero importance to me then (I ended up dropping the class and switching majors). I couldn’t even comprehend all the thoughts racing through my head.
Today, on the 10th anniversary of that tragedy, I just wanted to remember all of our fellow Americans that died that day. We will never forget. USA! USA! USA!
As the countdown to the 2011 season approaches 50 days I’m starting to get very antsy. The players are starting to report to campus. Practice starts in exactly 3 weeks. Man, I’m starting to get excited. What better way to help hold me over than the newest installment from EA Sports, NCAA Football 12, which hits stores today. I buy this every year just because, but if you want to read a review here you go. One of the new things they added was school traditions. Here’s the stadium intro video for NC State, complete with Fury and Russell Wilson, but no fireworks. I guess I’ll let them slide on that.
If anybody’s interested in starting a PS3 online dynasty, hit me up in the comments. The one stipulation is that I get to be NC State. Also, if you’re looking for an NC State NCAA Football 12 wallpaper, here are some downloads [1920x1080] [1280x960] [1280x800] [1024x768] [800x600]. Okay, now I’m off to lead NC State to back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back national championships.
It’s official, Russell Wilson will be playing for the Wisconsin Badgers this Fall. I’ll be immersed in everything Wolfpack Football, but I’m sure I’ll keep a wandering eye on Wisconsin and the B1G Ten. It’s gonna really suck to see Russell playing for someone other than the Wolfpack, but I wish him the very best.
Here is Russel’s interview on ESPN’s College Football Live from earlier in the week where he discussed Wisconsin, Auburn, and NC State. Russell is just the epitome of class. Thanks for everything! You’ll always be a Wolfpacker!
I love it when I’m watching the news (or any random TV show for that matter) and someone gives an NC State shoutout. Well last night my college roomie Matt Jordan filled in on the ‘WBTV News on WJZY’ telecast here in Charlotte to provide the weather forecast and he didn’t let me down (see “Go State!” at the 2:03 mark). While the NC State shoutout was my favorite part, Matt absolutely killed the entire segment even while dealing with a faulty remote. Very impressive! Check out the video and see for yourself.
Matt is also responsible for the new DFCF logo that you’ve seen around the site on on Twitter for a while now. If you remember, back on Sept. 2, 2010 I put a few shameless pleas out there and one of them was for a “kickass logo.” Just a few days later, Sept. 10, 2010 to be exact, I was down in Orlando for the UCF game and standing in line to ride Test Track at Epcot when I got an email from Matt with the original logo design. Over the next few months I requested a few revisions and I talked to some lawyer buddies about trademark/copyright issues. [Here's where I enter my disclaimer... DFCF is not, nor do I purport to be, affiliated or associated with NCSU, the NCSU athletic department, etc. etc. etc. in any way, shape or form.] I finally got a revision that I was 100% pleased with, well after I made a few final tweeks myself, and started using the logo (see final design below) at the end of January 2011. I should have given public props to Matt much sooner, but better late than never. Thanks Matt!!!
So I’ve been pulling a Jay Cutler for the past few weeks. Ba-dum Ching! Is it fun ripping on that guy or what? Actually I’m pretty sure I hurt my knee way worse than he did in that playoff game against the Packers. Of course hurting it while playing football is way cooler than hurting it falling through the ceiling while putting Christmas decorations back up in the attic so I have to give it to him there. The injury happened over 3 weeks ago and I still have sharp shooting pains on the inside of the knee, can’t bend the knee more than 5 degrees, and can’t put much weight on it either. No need to worry DFCF fans, after two trips to the orthopedic, one MRI, one cortisone shot, and way too many pain pills to count, my doctors say it’s just a severe sprain … they think.
The doctors also added that my ACL and MCL are both fine, but I have what looks like 79 year old knees in my 29 year old body. Oh, and if the pain and stiffness doesn’t go away in a few weeks then under the scope I go. Sounds like fun. I guess that’s what 15+ years of catching will do to you. All I can say is … mamas don’t let your babies grow up to be baseball catchers. Well enough about me. It’s time to tough it out and get back to blogging. I don’t have set plans for the offseason, but I’ll try to keep it interesting with at least a blog or two a week.
Check back later tonight or tomorrow morning for my take on the 2011 recruiting class. Maybe next week I’ll finally put together my superlatives/awards for the 2010 season. It won’t be too long after that (March 17 to be exact) that Spring Practice starts up so I’m sure they’ll be plenty of news especially now that Mike Glennon is officially the starting QB.
Ever wondered about some of the obscure NCAA rules? Well thanks to this nifty interactive quiz below (courtesy of the Charlotte Observer) you can try to navigate through the gray areas. Some rules are common sense while others are questionable at best. The quiz gives you different questions so take it several times to get them all. Heck you could make it real fun by taking it one time from a NC State player’s perspective to see how squeaky clean you could be and then taking it again from a UNC player’s perspective to see how many violations you could commit. Very interesting stuff. Enjoy!