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Postcolumn report

Postcolumn report

Sadly, this is my last column for C-VILLE. (I will pause here, as some will need time to break down crying, some to pop the champagne and some to figure out what they are going to line their cat’s litter box with next week). Face the fact: Whether it be infuriating Virginia fans as I […]

Critical mass

Critical mass

The second year in the "Monday Night Football" booth has brought a new broadcast partner and continued criticism for Mike Tirico. Recently, the voice of MNF sat down with me to discuss the critics, Jaws and Tony, and his beloved "Boss." "Monday Night Football" is still "Monday Night Football," but new announcer Mike Tirico isn’t […]

The young and the innocent

Virginia versus Virginia Tech. One game, two teams fighting for one opening in Jacksonville at the ACC Championship game. With Virginia healing up wounds on its well-deserved bye week and Virginia Tech still having to host Miami, Al Groh will spend the time until November 24 burning the midnight oil in preparation for the Hokies. […]

High hoops

High hoops

Seems like forever and a day since Sean Singletary‘s shot rattled out against Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A cold end to a bright season. Seven months later, the sun rises again for the Virginia men’s basketball team. A star has returned to shine and a new season full of promise […]

Green days

Green days

Vince Lombardi stared down his Green Bay Packers, decades ago, declaring, "Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call heart power. Once a man has made this commitment, nothing will stop him short of success." Chanting defense: […]

Ultimate joy

Ultimate joy

Three Sundays ago while scraping my cramped and out-of-shape body off Washington Park after a morning of flag football, a diverse mix of men, women, adults and college students filed on to take our place. There was no football. There were no flags. There was only a Frisbee. No, it wasn’t a massive game of […]

It ain't over 'til the awards

It ain't over 'til the awards

Gentlemen, bust out the tuxes. Ladies, crank up the credit card for a new Vera Wang. Walk with me down the red carpet, please bypass Joan and Melissa Rivers, as their lips are ready to explode at any given second, and let’s look back as we hand out some awards to Major League Baseball’s Best […]

ACC Football: Lousy gravy

ACC Football: Lousy gravy

Over the past five years, Scott Van Pelt quickly became an ESPN favorite for more than tag lines like “Oh happy day” or “Get to the chopper.” His work on “Sportscenter” and his coverage of the four majors in golf has paved the way to radio. Recently he took a second from his busy schedule […]

Skins’ skinny

Skins’ skinny

A week later, and you’re still trying to pick up your jaw Up two touchdowns with 30 minutes to go. The Washington Redskins are on their way to a 3-0 start. Even after a 27-yard punt return by Antwaan Randle-El, two Casey Rabach penalties, a 3rd and forever conversion, a recovered fumble, a mental error […]

Let your walking do the talking

Let your walking do the talking

At some point this week, George Martin will take a walk in Virginia.  He’ll walk upon the curvy macadam roads, take in the skyline of trees that will soon begin to change colors. His walk will be brisk. His strides will be paced. Martin will need to conserve his energy. That makes sense, considering that […]

The good ol' nights

The good ol' nights

Last Monday night, while out at a local establishment, a woman approached me to tell me she "can’t stand the Monday Night Football announcers and after 20 years of watching I would rather watch the game with the volume down because these men would have Howard Cosell spinning in his grave." Ma’am, sorry, but some […]

A no-win playoff

A no-win playoff

A couple of life’s rules that I learned to be true while growing up: —The only thing in life that is certain is death and taxes. —Life moves fast even though it ticks away at the same momentum every day. —You can fool some of the people sometime but you can’t fool all of the […]

Puzzling pieces

Puzzling pieces

In the blink of an eye, a season could have changed. Hopes could have been dashed and promises could have gone out the window. Fortunately, "hope and promise" just limped to the sideline with a deep knee bruise.A startling revelation occurred three Saturday nights ago at Fed Ex Field when Washington quarterback Jason Campbell writhed […]

Staging a cover up

Staging a cover up

Never will I utter the words "talking heads" again. Nor will I knock sports TV anchors for just being pretty people with pea-sized brains who can read a prompter. The big easy: Legendary NFL coach turned seasoned sportscaster John Madden makes being in front of the camera seem like a cinch. Two weeks ago a […]

Forty bold NFL-season predictions

Forty bold NFL-season predictions

Tight-end Heath Miller is a UVA sports icon, but even though he’s performed well in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelrs, he’s yet to become a well-known name. Will that change this year 1. The Super Bowl will definitely be played on February 3, 2008, in Glendale, Arizona… ( O.K., O.K., now we get down […]

Community service

Community service

Two seasons ago, the nation prepared for Reggie Bush to make his Heisman run. Last August, Brady Quinn was the golden boy on the preseason magazines. This upcoming season, Virginia Tech braces itself to become "America’s Team" for more reasons than just a stellar returning defense and a top 10 place in a few polls. […]

Divine Pinehurst

Divine Pinehurst

At Pinehurst golf course, you can imagine being, if not actually be, Payne Stewart as he drilled a nearly impossible putt on the 18th in the 1999 U.S. Open Gazing out upon perfectly cut green grass and trees that look like they were painted by the late Bill "Happy Trees" Ross, it dawns on me […]

Going to the dogs

Going to the dogs

Chapter 1: Suspended Adam Jones. Chapter 2: Suspended Tank Johnson. Chapter 3: Watched Michael Vick be indicted by a federal Grand Jury. Chapter 4: Vomited. Chapter 5: Bought stock in Pepto Bismol.

The great unknown

The great unknown

Does this team have a starting quarterback? “So we would have hoped, particularly with him being at the top of the chart, that he could have thrown 300 or 400 passes in the spring. That’s probably not going to be the case but that’s the reality of it.”—Al Groh, prior to spring practice on his […]

Bicycle blues

Bicycle blues

Sing along with the Simon & Garfunkel melody: Where have you gone La-ance A-armstrong? Your spo-ort turns its lonely eyes to you. Woo woo woo. What’s that you say, Mrs. Robinson? LiveStrong has retired and gone away? Hey hey hey. Isn’t it amazing that the Tour de France used to be a staple of the […]

Hometown hero

Hometown hero

There are few more cultured baseball people in the world than Charlottesville’s own Mike Cubbage. From a second round pick out of UVA in 1971, to an eight-year Major Leaguer with the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins, to a coach with the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox, Cubbage is baseball’s embodiment of […]

Bird cage

Bird cage

For those who had Sam Perlozzo in the Major League Managers Office Death Pool for June, please collect your winnings next to the coffee and doughnuts. The 56-year-old Perlozzo was welcomed on June 18 into the Orioles scrap heap of Ray Miller, Mike Hargrove and Lee Mazzilli—all managers who failed to produce a winner in […]

Been there

Been there

Here’s a riddle. What do putting your finger in an electrical socket, going to a strip club with Adam “Pacman” Jones and starting a new professional football league have in common? Answer: All are really bad ideas. Apparently forgetting the alphabet soup of failed football league attempts, Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban is considering the […]

Highs and lows

Highs and lows

There were moments for cheering, moments for jeering and a few moments that left us shaking our heads. Here’s a look back at the 2006-2007 year in UVA sports. Sports Moment of the Year“The Shoot and Point” The baseball team gave us the UVA game of the year when they defeated Oregon State, defending national […]

Shop talk

Shop talk

I recently sat down with John Riggins, Washington Redskins Hall of Famer turned D.C. talk radio host. Here’s what he had to say. Wes McElroy: New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens has once again been given special considerations: He can leave the team on days he does not pitch. How would “special considerations” have gone […]

Take me out

Take me out

My job is covering sports. Typical days revolve around traveling, interviewing sports figures, and discussing slightly more than the who, what, when, where, why and how. Many have told me that mine is the greatest job in the world: I get to talk sports, go to games, meet sports figures, and interview them on a […]