Archive for May, 2010

Derrick Favors video

 

That comes courtesy of the website draftexpress.com

A few other posts from today:

Anthony Allen calls out ESPN: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2010/05/26/youve-got-to-see-this-anthony-allen-is-a-funny-dude/?cxntfid=blogs_georgia_tech_sports

Robinson delivering for Jackets: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2010/05/26/robinson-delivering-for-tech-baseball/

Falconi’s unusual path to No. 1: http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/falconis-unusual-path-to-535236.html

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You’ve got to see this…Anthony Allen is a funny dude

Apparently, Anthony Allen and a few teammates took exception to something that ESPN’s Heather Dinich wrote.

You can follow Allen at @Ant_Allen18

You can follow me at @ajcgatech

A few other Tech stories:

Robinson delivering for Jackets: http://blogs.ajc.com/georgia-tech-sports/2010/05/26/robinson-delivering-for-tech-baseball/

Falconi’s unusual path to No. 1: http://www.ajc.com/sports/georgia-tech/falconis-unusual-path-to-535236.html

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Robinson delivering for Tech baseball

 

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Now, onto our regularly scheduled programming:

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Is he excited? Is he worried? It’s hard to tell.

Though it’s hard to get a read on Georgia Tech’s Andrew Robinson, when the song “Hillbilly Bone” reverberates through Russ Chandler Stadium, fans know one thing about the Jackets’ closer: he’s ready to go.

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Stone-faced and efficient, Robinson comes in and throws six pitches instead of the usual eight, to six different spots, and he’s ready to get to work.

Like Robinson’s demeanor, the results have been solid: seven saves in seven chances, a one-bad-outing-inflated 2.45 ERA and 39 base-runners allowed in 29.1 innings pitched.

Tech will need him to stay perfect in the ACC tournament. The third-seeded Yellow Jackets will open against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. Thursday. Even if the Jackets don’t win …

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A few candidates for Tech’s best season ever

Earlier today (or Monday for some of you) I posited that softballer Jen Yee may have had the greatest single-season in Tech’s illustrious athletic history.

Luckily, there are a lot of folks that know a whole lot about that history, and they provided some other impressive single seasons.

What makes this fun is that there is no winner. All of the accomplishments are noteworthy. It’s meant to spark discussion.

I would say, though, that it strikes me that in individual sports an athlete needs to have won a national championship to be included in the conversation, which is why some notable figures from the past, a la tennis great Kristi Miller or golf greats David Duval and Bryce Molder, aren’t on here. And not to be a wuss, but we are going to focus on the mostly modern era. Stats for the Clint Castleberrys are so hard to compare to today’s world.

Here is a summary of their emails or thoughts. Please let me hear yours, and feel free to add your submissions, just remember to …

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Six Jackets named to All-ACC baseball teams

As we take a break from discussing which athlete had the most dominating season in Tech history, we stop to tell you that six Jacket baseball players were named to the All-ACC team on Monday.

Senior Tony Plagman, juniors Derek Dietrich and Deck McGuire, and sophomore Matt Skole were on the first team. Junior Thomas Nichols and sophomore Jed Bradley were on the second team.

Miami’s Yasmani Grandal was the player of the year, Virginia’s Danny Hultzen was pitcher of the year and Cavs skipper Brian O’Connor was coach of the year.

Nichols led the Jackets with a .384 average, Plagman led the team in homers (19) and RBI (70), Skole was second in homers (18) and fourth in RBI (57) and Deitrich was third in homers (16) and RBI (58).

McGuire had the team’s best ERA (2.83) and Bralley led the team in wins (9).

FIRST TEAM

Name Cl. Position School

Yasmani Grandal Jr. Catcher Miami

Mickey Wiswall Jr. First Base Boston College

Tony Plagman Sr. First Base Georgia Tech

Dallas Poulk Sr. Second …

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Did Yee have the best season in Tech history?

While their season was as satisfying as last night’s ending of Lost, Jen Yee still had a season for the ages, to break out a cliché.

Borrowing from another Tech board (thanks to Scout), Yee had one of the most dominating seasons in Georgia Tech sport’s history.

Here are her stats through the regional. She leads, or should I say dominates, the country in several categories, marked in bold. The stats in the third column are her next closest competitor. Because the NCAA hasn’t updated its site, those stats are through the May 16 games.

JEN YEE

Batting average .568 .536

Runs 93 74

Slugging % 1.270 1.020

OB% .732 .658

BB 88 74

HR 29 28

Hits 84 She was third going into the regionals

2b 15

RBI 63

TB 188

SB-ATT 21-22

Who else in Tech history has dominated their sport to the extent that Yee did this season?

I’m going to do some research today and tonight and try to come up with some answers. In the meantime, have at it while you ponder who made the giant four-toed statue, or how …

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Tech’s ACC baseball tournament schedule

The ACC tournament pairings are out and Georgia Tech will face Virginia Tech at  8 p.m. Thursday in the first round at Greensboro.

The Jackets (44-11)  earned the third seed. They are 1-2 against the sixth-seeded Hokies this season.

Tech will take on N.C. State at  8 p.m. Friday. They are 1-2 against the seventh-seeded Wolfpack this season.

Tech will take on Clemson at 4 p.m Saturday. Tech is 3-0 against the second-seeded Tigers this season.

The tournament has two brackets. The winners of the two brackets will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday for the championship.

The Yellow Jackets are on a hot streak, winning eight of their past 10 games.

Tech’s  schedule

Thursday, 8 p.m. – No. 3 Georgia Tech vs. No. 6 Virginia Tech

Friday, 8 p.m. – No. 3 Georgia Tech vs. No. 7 NC State

Saturday, 4 p.m. – No. 3 Georgia Tech vs. No. 2 Clemson

Sunday, 1 p.m. – Championship Game

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54 Tech athletes graduate

Georgia Tech announced on Wednesday that 65 members of its athletics department, including 54 athletes, graduated from the Institute earlier this month. Thirty-four percent of them graduated with honors.

BASEBALL

John Dantzler (BSMGT)

Sean Devine (BSMGT)

Michael Klindt (BSMGT)

Jeremy Slayden (BSMGT)

Ryan Tinkoff (BSMGT)

CHEERLEADING

Kristie Champlin (BSPUPB)

Michael Dergance (BSME)

Amy Gress (BSBIO)

Ta Kim (MSME)

David Pham (BSMGT)

Hannah Watkins (BSCE)

DANCE

Kathryn Kenline (BSBIO)

FOOTBALL

Tyler Barrett (BSAE)

Robert Brannon (BSMGT)

Kevin Crosby (BSMGT)

Tyler Evans (BSMGT)

Sedric Griffin (BSMGT)

Robert Hall (BSMGT)

Deron Jasper (BSMGT)

Quincy Kelly (BSHTS)

Richard King (BSMGT)

Zach Krish (BSCE)

William Minter (BSMGT)

Steven Powers (BSMGT)

Michael Ray (BSBC)

Darrell Robertson (BSMGT)

Osahon Tongo (BSMGT)

Recardo Wimbush (BSMGT)

GOLF

Chesson Hadley (BSMGT)

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Gary Cage (BSMGT)

Brad Sheehan (BSMGT)

Le Garen Toomer (BSMGT)

Steven Wolcott (BSMGT)

MEN’S …

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Tech must sweep the Eagles in baseball

This is a big weekend for Georgia Tech’s baseball team. A big weekend.

Georgia Tech is in, or to be exact, near Beantown for a three-game series against Boston College.

Tech is tied with Miami for second in the ACC’s Coastal Division. Both teams are two games behind Virginia. A thousand miles or so away, Miami is hosting Virginia in its own three-game series.

For the Jackets to win the Coastal and get the No. 1 seed in next week’s ACC tournament two things need to happen:

1. They need to sweep the Eagles.

2. The Hurricanes must sweep the Cavaliers.

Should that happen Tech will get the top seed because it owns the tiebreaker over Miami by virtue of winning last weekend’s series.

It would lose a tiebreaker with Virginia because it lost the series against the Cavs.

Slugging first baseman Tony Plagman said the team will try to keep up with what’s going on in Coral Gables as it does its best to defeat the Eagles.

Here are the probable starting pitching matchups:

Thursday, 1:30 …

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Favors to Nets; Lawal to Thunder

How would Favors look in a Kings uniform?

How would Favors look in a Nets uniform?

SI.com posted its NBA mock draft Wednesday morning, less than 24 hours after the Washington Wizards won the lottery and will get the top pick in this summer’s draft.

Ian Thomsen has two Tech big men going in the top 21: Derrick Favors at No. 3 to the Nets, and Gani Lawal at No. 21 to Oklahoma City. If you remember, ESPN didn’t have Lawal going in the first round of its last mock draft.

Of Favors, Thomsen writes:

The presence of Brook Lopez at center compels the choice of Favors, an active big man with the energy and range to help defend the paint. The blend of low-post skill from Lopez and the explosive athleticism of Favors — together with their shared length — should provide New Jersey with one of the league’s most intimidating front lines.

Of Lawal:

It was easy to forget about Lawal as he was overshadowed by Favors this year, but the Thunder will appreciate his soft hands and potential to score in the post. Will he show the upside …

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