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ESPN and Sports TV Icon Stuart Scott: 1965-2015

Posted: January 4, 2015 by MichaelSmithNC in All, Sports
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In addition to, Michael Smith is also a regular contributing writer for the Fayetteville, NC weekly newspaper, Up and Coming Weekly.

This week’s edition of Up and Coming Weekly features an article about the upcoming Titan Fighting Championships night of MMA at the Crown Complex on August 22nd.

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Michael Smith at Up and Coming Weekly



In addition to, Michael Smith is also a regular contributing writer for the Fayetteville, NC weekly newspaper, Up and Coming Weekly.

This week’s edition of Up and Coming Weekly features an article about the upcoming Special Operators Challenge on May 31st.

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Did NC State Really Steal from ECU?

Posted: November 2, 2013 by MichaelSmithNC in All, Humor, Sports
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From The News and Observer

By Luke DeCock —

For Saturday’s homecoming game against UNC-Chapel Hill, N.C. State will debut a new midfield logo with Wolfpack imagery inside the outline of the state of North Carolina at Carter-Finley Stadium.

If that sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because East Carolina debuted an unavoidably similar midfield logo with a Pirate head in 2009 and has used it the past four seasons. Over that time, it has become one of the signature elements of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, instantly recognizable on television broadcasts.

“The people making the decision have seen East Carolina’s, yes,” N.C. State athletic department spokewoman Annabelle Myers said. “That concept was not new to N.C. State. It’s just not been done in the middle of the field.”

N.C. State has used variations of the wolf-inside-the-state logo before on bumper stickers and billboards and in publications.

It’s certainly standard practice to borrow promotional concepts from schools elsewhere – such as Mississippi State’s “Our State” campaign or the LSU football intro video, which is how PNC Arena ended up “rising defiantly from the Triangle.”

While the logo was specifically installed for homecoming, there is no timetable for its removal. The Pirates visit Carter-Finley on Nov. 23.

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery,” East Carolina spokesman Tom McClellan said.

DeCock:, @LukeDeCock, 919-829-8947



Tickets for the 2014 Casino Night and Wine Tasting presented by PNC Arena are $200 each ($115 is tax deductible), and will be available via Ticketmaster, at the PNC Arena Box Office, or by calling (919) 861-5474. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the Kids ‘N Community Foundation.

The 2014 Casino Night and Wine Tasting presented by PNC will include wine tasting stations from local wine vendors, and non-cash prize casino games such as poker, blackjack, roulette and craps. Carolina Hurricanes players will act as dealers at the tables during the event, and the team’s coaches and front-office executives will also take part in the evening. The fundraiser includes a full-service food buffet and open bar, and the night will also feature silent and live auctions. The silent auction will include nearly 100 items, highlighted by the popular “player baskets,” which are made by individual players and include their “favorite things.” The live auction will include as many as 10 items and will be headlined by the “Trip with the Team.” The 2013 Casino Night and Wine Tasting raised more than $276,000 for local children’s charities.

The Kids ‘N Community Foundation provides much-needed funding to children’s charities and educational initiatives throughout North Carolina. The Foundation has funded scholarship programs, youth hockey, educational and literacy efforts, children’s health programs, the arts and other youth-related initiatives. In the 2012-13 season, the Kids ‘N Community Foundation donated $436,600 to 26 different children’s charitable organizations in North Carolina. Annually, the Foundation provides cash and in-kind contributions of more than $1 million to charitable and educational programs in North Carolina. Each member of the Hurricanes organization is actively involved in the community, and the Hurricanes take great pride in the ability to have a positive impact in the state. For more information on the Kids ‘N Community Foundation, please visit

DENVER, Colo. (Sept. 25, 2013) – Wonder bread will be the primary sponsor of Kurt Busch’s No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet during the Oct. 18-20 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.
Inspired by the motion picture Talladega Nights, the colorful paint scheme on Busch’s Chevrolet will have a look similar to the No. 26 Wonder Bread race car in the 2006 movie.The motorsports sponsorship is part of the reintroduction of the Wonder brand, which had been off the market since the bankruptcy of its former owner late last year. Flowers Foods, a leading producer and marketer of packaged bakery foods in the U.S. acquired the Wonder brand in July 2013.

“There is nothing more American than Wonder bread and NASCAR,” said Keith Aldredge, Flowers Foods’ vice president of marketing. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Kurt Busch and the Furniture Row Racing team to debut theWonder car at the Talladega Superspeedway. Having such an incredible driver wear the bright colors of Wonder will make for a truly memorable all-American race experience.”

Busch, the 2004 NASCAR champion, is currently one of the Chase playoff drivers vying for the 2013 Sprint Cup championship. The Talladega race will be the sixth of the 10-race Chase schedule.

“This motorsports partnership definitely carries a special feeling with two American icons coming together – Wonder bread and NASCAR – at one of America’s legendary racetracks,” said Busch. “And the sponsorship also has a nostalgic feel for me since Wonder bread was a household staple while growing up in Las Vegas.”

Busch added, “Talladega is a track that we can win at and a celebration with the Wonder car in Victory Lane will make this partnership even more special.”

Kurt Bush  at Talladega on May 12, 2012



Famous Footballisms

Posted: September 15, 2013 by MichaelSmithNC in All, Humor, Sports

Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy……..than to fumble THIS football”
John Heisman

“Show me a good and gracious loser…….and I’ll show you a failure.”
Knute Rockne

“I make my practices real hard ……..because if a player is a quitter…..I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.”
Bear Bryant

“It isn’t necessary to see a good tackle…..You can hear it!
Knute Rockne

“At Georgia Southern, we don’t cheat…….That costs money and we don’t have any.”
Erk Russell

“After you retire, there’s only one big event left….and I ain’t ready for that.”
Bobby Bowden

“The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.”
Lou Holtz

“When you win, nothing hurts.”
Joe Namath

“Motivation is simple. You eliminate those who are not motivated.”
Lou Holtz

“If you want to walk the heavenly streets of gold…….you gotta know the password, “Roll, tide, roll!”
Bear Bryant

“A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.”
Frank Leahy

“There’s nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you.”
Woody Hayes

“I don’t expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.”
Bob Devaney

“In Alabama, an atheist is………someone who doesn’t believe in Bear Bryant.”
Wally Butts

“I never graduated from Iowa, but I was only there for two terms – Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.”
Alex Karras

“My advice to defensive players: Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in a bad humor.”
Bowden Wyatt

“I could have been a Rhodes Scholar…….except for my grades.”
Duffy Daugherty

“Always remember …..Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.”
Shug Jordan

“They cut us up like boarding house pie…….And that’s real small pieces.”
Darrell Royal

“They whipped us like a tied up goat.”
Spike Dykes

“I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn’t recruit me and he said: “Well, Walt, we took a look at you and you weren’t any good.”
Walt Garrison

“Son, you’ve got a good engine, but your hands aren’t on the steering wheel.”
Bobby Bowden

“Football is NOT a contact sport – it is a collision sport. Dancing IS a contact sport.”
Duffy Daugherty

After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post game message to his team: “All those who need showers… take them.”
John McKay

“If lessons are learned in defeat………….our team is getting a great education.”
Murray Warmath

“The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb.”
Knute Rockne

“Oh, we played about like three tons of buzzard puke this afternoon.”
Spike Dykes

“We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches.”
Darrell Royal

“We didn’t tackle well today but we made up for it by not blocking.”
John McKay

“Three things can happen when you throw the ball, and two of them are bad.”
Darrell Royal

“I’ve found that prayers work best ……..when you have big players.”
Knute Rockne