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Reading Time, Five Minutes

In Baseball, Basketball, Football on February 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Crim Del Harris’s weekend update of the week’s top sports stories. 

Jeff Goldblum has a great line in the 1984 film The Big Chill that all bloggers should take to heart. Talking about his dead-end job at People, Goldblum’s “Michael” discusses the magazine’s one editorial rule: “You can’t write anything longer than the average person can read during the average crap.” It’s with that sentiment in mind that CDH debuts an irregularly recurring feature — Reading Time, Five Minutes. Borrowed from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bernie Miklasz, RTFM will give you a run down of the big stories in sports, with some witty comments and a funny Vine, or something. We haven’t quite figured it out yet. Anyway, let’s begin!

Earlier this week Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced the league’s actions to protect pitchers from line drives. Beginning in spring training later this month, pitchers will have the option of wearing a cap with extra padding around the cranium to protect against head trauma and brain injury. While the league’s effort to protect players is admirable, these caps look…pretty terrible. [Cue Great Gazoo joke.] Read the rest of this entry »

Reporting on Athlete Infractions

In Basketball, William & Mary on November 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

William and Mary basketball player Brandon Britt was suspended from the team Nov. 7 for violating team rules. The media’s handling of the details surrounding his suspension has been criticized by followers of Tribe athletics. CDH’s Ian Brickey weighs in on the suspension, the controversy and when sports becomes news.

On Nov. 7, William and Mary head men’s basketball coach Tony Shaver announced that senior guard Brandon Britt had been suspended from the team for violating team rules. Shaver’s announcement and the corresponding press release did not provide any reason for Britt’s suspension. Later that day, the Virginia Gazette linked the suspension to a drunk driving charge filed against Britt in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court Oct. 25.

Last week, Jared Foretek of Shadesof48.com wrote an article criticizing the media’s handling of Britt’s suspension and the release of details surrounding the drunk driving charge. I worked with Jared at William and Mary’s newspaper, The Flat Hat — he in sports and I in news. He’s a great sports writer, and I generally like his take on Tribe athletics. But on this issue, I think he’s 100 percent wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

In the Emperor’s Shadow

In Football, William & Mary on September 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

After back-to-back losing seasons, it looked as if Jimmye Laycock’s time as head football coach of the William and Mary Tribe was coming to an end. But reports of Laycock’s demise were greatly exaggerated. With a 3-1 record — the only blemish, a near-upset of West Virginia — the Tribe are off to their best start since 2010, a season that ended in a Colonial Athletic Association championship for the College. After the Tribe’s second round loss to Georgia Southern, CDH’s Jack Lambert wrote a retrospective on Laycock’s tenure at the College.

Originally published Dec. 3, 2010 in The Flat Hat— 

“We came in and played very, very well. We came to play, and once we started playing, we didn’t stop. We played it all the way out.”
— Jimmye Laycock after the Tribe’s Nov. 20 win against Richmond.

Is that it, you wonder? After thirty years as a head coach, are those the only words Jimmye Laycock has left? Vague, empty words? Read the rest of this entry »

SEC Blues

In Football on September 6, 2013 at 8:31 pm

CDH Editor Ian Brickey was at the Missouri Tigers’ home opener against the Murray State Racers. Mizzou won the game 58-14. This is what he remembers.

By and large, college students hate mornings. Mornings on college campuses are supposed to be reserved for two kinds of people: suckers who got the late jump on class registration and people skulking around in what they wore the night before. But Mizzou is different. If it’s possible, Mizzou almost feels more alive during the early morning. So I shouldn’t have been surprised when I woke up Saturday to a text that said, “Wake the f— up and get ready.”

Football is kind of a big deal at Mizzou. And since the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in 2012, that football culture has only increased. It doesn’t matter that the Tigers aren’t expected to do anything in the conference this year. Saturday home games are high holy days in Columbia, Mo., and must be treated accordingly. This includes tailgates, alumni events and parties. I went to William and Mary, and I was unprepared for this. At William and Mary, tailgating was what sad old crones did out of the trunks of a few Camrys before heading back to the Washington, D.C. suburbs. With a bit of luck, the game was over before before your freshman hallmate’s band performed awful Carbon Leaf covers at Homebrew.

So, when my friend invited me to attend the Tigers opening game of the 2013 season against the Murray State Racers, I jumped at the opportunity. Read the rest of this entry »

CAAtastrophy

In Basketball, Football, William & Mary on March 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

This week, George Mason University announced its plans to leave the CAA in July. William and Mary needs to plan.

Terry Driscoll’s office is probably like any other office. I’m sure the College of William and Mary’s athletic director has a large desk and some chairs for visitors. He probably has a nice view of the College’s campus, and dozens of photos chronicling his 12-year tenure as William and Mary’s AD. While I’m sure Driscoll likes his office just the way it is, he needs to make an addition. On the wall, directly in front of his desk chair, the athletic director needs to hang a framed print of a quote from Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane. It should be large, it should be stark, and it should be put into action.

At some point, we need to move on. We need to start doing some things. That day is fast approaching, if it’s not here already. Our prom dress has been on for over [a] year, and we’ve been standing there, with a corsage, waiting.[1]

George Mason University announced this week that it would join the Atlantic 10 Conference for all sports beginning July 1, 2013, severing its ties to the conference that the Patriots helped found in 1979. The move was unsurprising, but that didn’t lessen any of the sting felt by the fans and administrations of the Colonial Athletic Association’s remaining schools

For the low price of $14.99, you can be the proud owner of this portrait of Terry Driscoll.

For the low price of $14.99, you can be the proud owner of this portrait of Terry Driscoll.

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10 Degrees: The 2013 CAA Tournament

In Basketball, William & Mary on March 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

This year’s Colonial Athletic Association Tournament had highs, lows, upsets and plenty of purple.

For 364 days out of every year, Richmond, Va. is a black and gold town. Black and gold banners hang in storefront windows, black and gold stickers adorn countless car bumpers, and black and gold flags fly from front porches from Midlothian to Carytown. But on Monday night, Richmond was painted purple.

After an upset 70-57 win over the Northeastern Huskies, the James Madison Dukes punched their ticket to the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It’s okay if you didn’t see that coming — neither did they:

James Madison Fans celebrate the Dukes's upset victory over Northeastern Monday night.

Weird indeed.

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Tribe Choices: The Search For An Offensive Coordinator

In Football, William & Mary on February 25, 2013 at 4:35 pm

It’s almost March, and the William and Mary Tribe is still without an offensive coordinator. What’s causing the delay? The answer might surprise you.

The search for the College of William and Mary’s new offensive coordinator is taking longer than expected. CDH has learned that the delay is due to the rigorous multiple choice exam head coach Jimmye Laycock is putting candidates through. Luckily, we have obtained a copy of this questionnaire. Do you have what it takes to be William and Mary’s next offensive coordinator? Answer these questions and find out.

1. If hired, you will spend most of your time:

a) Recruiting Tidewater Virginia.

b) Explaining the appeal of colonial re-enactors to indifferent recruits.

c) Finding out which sorority girls are especially full of “Tribe Pride.”

d) At Paul’s. Read the rest of this entry »

The CAA is Dead, Long Live the CAA

In Basketball, William & Mary on December 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The Big East is gone. The Atlantic 10 is bracing itself. And the CAA is waiting for the pieces to fall.

A lot has happened in college sports in the last three weeks. Actually, only one thing happened, and the rest was speculation. But that one thing could have major effects on conference alignments. Last week, the Big East’s seven Catholic schools voted to leave the conference. The move effectively destroyed the Big East, but its ramifications won’t stop there. Non-BCS conferences have become the collapsing stars of the college athletics universe, raiding their neighbors to stave off implosion for a few more years. Anywhere from one to five conferences could see their members poached by other conferences, and no conference is safe. Read the rest of this entry »

The Complete Freshman’s Guide to William & Mary Sports

In Sports Philosophy, William & Mary on August 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm

One thing that William and Mary always leaves out of Orientation is Tribe athletics. Don’t worry, freshmen. Crim Del Harris is here to fill you in with the complete guide to William and Mary sports.

William and Mary Class of 2016,

Congratulations! You are about to become a part of a university that has been a home to Thomas Jefferson (class of 1762), Mike Tomlin ’95 and Jon Stewart ’84. (You probably already knew that, but we’re legally required to mention Jon Stewart at least three times in any article about the College.) You planned for weeks, drove for hundreds of miles, and came with high hopes. Now that you’re moved into Botetourt and that nervous laughter of disappointment has disappeared, you’re ready for your four-year adventure in (occasionally) sunny Williamsburg, Va. Read the rest of this entry »

William and Mary’s Moonlight Graham

In Baseball, William & Mary on August 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Some colleges could field an entire baseball team with major league alumni. William and Mary could barely fill a starting rotation. But one of baseball’s rarer stories spent his springs playing baseball in Williamsburg. Owen Kahn is the Moonlight Graham you’ve never heard of.

The Boston Braves didn’t record attendance for the May 24, 1930 game against the Brooklyn Robins, or if they did, that number has been lost. The box score recorded a 5-2 Robins victory over the Braves. It recorded a “W” for Ray Phelps and an “L” for Bob Smith. It recorded a single by Al Lopez, a single for George Sisler and an 0-fer for Rabbit Maranville. And for the only time, the box score recorded the name of Owen Kahn.

Owen Kahn was a unique kind of ballplayer — the Moonlight Graham kind. He had a taste of the majors. He even played in a game. But once Kahn left the field after that game, he never came back. Read the rest of this entry »

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