(1) THE HOKIES ARE PLEDGING ONCE AGAIN TO RETURN TO BEAMERBALL, making special teams progress a focus of their preparation. As Andy notes here, Tech blocked only one punt last year — just the third time since 1999 the team blocked fewer than three kicks. Also, the return game has stagnated.
(2) FLOYD NATIVE DARIAN GRUBB ACCEPTS THE BLAME for Denny Hamlin not winning yesterday’s race at New Hampshire, which the No. 11 car dominated for most of the day. “That was 100 percent my fault,” says Grubb, who misunderstood Hamlin’s desire for a two-tire pit stop and instead ordered a four-tire change. That opened the door for Kasey Kahne to win his second race of the season.
(3) INTERESTING STORY IN THIS MONTH’S ESPN THE MAGAZINE ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE BUTT to an athlete. “The outside world might not talk about them,” says the man who trained the rear ends of No. 1 pick Andrew Luck and 62 other players taken in the 2012 draft. “But for us, for athletes, glutes are everything — the absolute epicenter and powerhouse of all athletic movement. It’s all about the a–.” Here you go.
Bonus excerpt from that story that made me laugh: No one looks better in the rear view than Dontari Poe, the NFL’s new gold standard in badonkadonk. At the combine, the 346-pound nose tackle from Memphis made scouts’ hearts race after he ran a 4.98 40-yard dash in a pair of impossibly large compression shorts…The following is an actual transcript of the NFL Network’s TV feed during those five seismic seconds when Poe rendered Mike Mayock, Michael Lombardi and Warren Sapp thunderstruck.
Mayock: “You guys, look at that butt … are you kidding me?”
Sapp: “That looked so good, didn’t it? Holy smokes.”
Mayock: “I’m sorry, I’m getting all excited.”
Lombardi: “Oh … ”
Mayock: “I’m beside myself.”
Lombardi: “That butt, now that’s where you get your power from.”
HEADLINES: Youkilis says “I’m over all the Boston thing of this year” as his White Sox head to Fenway Park…Broncos’ Dumervil arrested in Miami, accused of aggravated assault with a firearm (story here)…Knicks PG Jason Kidd charged with DWI after wreck…Zach Johnson wins John Deere Classic in playoff…Orioles ace Jason Hammel out 3-4 weeks following knee surgery…Ben Sheets wins his first game in two years for Atlanta.
NAME THAT TUNE
I got ice in my veins, blood in my eyes
Hate in my heart, love in my mind
I seen nights full of pain, days of the same
You keep the sunshine, save me the rain
I search but never find, hurt but never cry
I work and forever try, but I’m cursed so never mind
And it’s worse but better times seem further and beyond
The top gets higher, the more that I climb