Thursday night turned into a big night for the
Seminoles. It was clearly a
gigantic win for the soccer program over #2 and 19-time National Champion North
Carolina and likely a huge win for the football team on the road at UNC. I qualify the win in football only because
we must win against NC State next Saturday to magnify the importance of the
The soccer win was really remarkable not only because it
came in two overtimes and over the dominant program in all of college
soccer. But in a sport often
criticized for a lack of drama, a goal scored in the final 15 seconds in a
match with the quality and significance of this one is nearly unheard of. I had just about determined that these
"special" uniform outings were for the birds, which UNC football is likely to
agree with this week, and then our soccer win comes while wearing tribute black
uni's - go figure.
Okay, why in the world do we have football instant replay if
they are not going to reverse a call like the would-be interception for a
touchdown in our North Carolina game.
The caveat of "indisputable video evidence" was included in the rules to
emphasize that the ruling on the field should be presumed correct unless the video shows otherwise. It is certainly easy to see why the
on-field call on the attempt by a UNC receiver to catch a low ball was ruled as
hitting the ground before it popped up into Patrick Robinson's hands for a
walk-in touchdown, but they appealed to the video which was created just for
this moment (i.e. weird play that
is tough to get right). Video
showed the ball does not hit the ground and the call is not reversed. What?
Christian Ponder has developed into such an outstanding
passer that it is literally a surprise when he lets one go and it doesn't hit
the receiver right between the numbers.
By the way, the pass he
throws to the running back swinging out of the backfield along with the beauty
he tossed to wide open tight end Beau Reliford against Carolina are as hard to
make as any throw in football.
Today is the deadline to renew your men's and women's
basketball season tickets and this might be the best year in a while to pick
them up. Not only are both teams
expected to be ranked among the preseason Top 25 and given a chance to win ACC
titles, but a new seating configuration for the men's games at the Tucker
Center should improve the atmosphere and give season-ticket holders a chance at
better seats. We've expanded and
moved the student section to the ends of the courts which will allow more of
them than ever to get close and involved, which raises the energy level
dramatically. In addition, we will
seat season-ticket holders along courtside as we have moved the 'Nole
Zone. Naturally, season-ticket
holders are being given first shot to move their seats closer to courtside if
they wish and that may free up some seats between the basket that have been
sold out for years.
FSU held Jam with
Coach Ham back at Tully Gym last Friday night and a packed house got a rare
look at the Seminole team with their hair down so to speak. A three point shooting contest was won in
a shoot out by Luke Loucks and Deividas Dulkys (pronounced DAVID-us dual-KEYS in the panhandle) won
the slam dunk competition.
Nothing, and I mean nothing, on this fun Friday night gave anyone any
reason to doubt that this is going to be a talented team.
The Cross Country programs at FSU are running beautifully
this fall and recently held their only home meet which was a great
success. Runners visiting
Tallahassee need to make it a point to work out at the new running course built
by the city on Apalachee Parkway near the Waste Management Facility (sorry for
the landmark). The FSU women are
ranked No. 3 in the nation and finished second at the Pre-National meet held in
Terra Haute, Indiana. The men are
also ranked in the Top 25. FSU
administrators were so pleased with the new course and amenities that they will
bid to host an NCAA event there in the future.
FSU golf coaches Trey Jones and Debbie Dillman were the
one-on-one guests on Seminole Sports Magazine (Sun Sports Saturday Mornings
9:30 a.m.) over the last two weeks
and I hope we are all paying enough attention to the outstanding fall these two
programs have had. The men have
already won two fall tournaments and the women have won one and finished second
twice. An even brighter side might
be the fact that both teams are young and getting production from up and down