Saturday, August 31, 2013

High school week 1 recap

This Friday night was a good one for high school football in the Lowcountry. We decried the absence of a state-wide show that had all the scores; but you'll get them here.

Here are the scores from Channel 2, WCBD:

A recap of the highlights from Live 5 News (parts 2 and 3 are also online): | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports

Channel 4's highlights: 

My teams of the night: West Ashley and Hanahan. West Ashley winning 28-6 over a Bishop England team that they seem to own at home is no easy feat. This game was Channel 2's game of the week. Also, Hanahan SHUTTING OUT Timberland at Hanahan is a big deal. Hanahan is a force to be reckoned with. Also a shout-out to Beaufort for pulling out a 17-14 win against Wando.

Player of the night: Hilton Head K Savannah Reier, 37 yard FG and 7-7 on PATs in a win over Whale Branch. At least the second female kicker in the area, joining West Ashley's Caroline Cashion. James Island faces both of them. West Ashley next week coming up and Hilton Head later in the year.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Hawks coach charged with DUI

Atlanta Hawks new head coach Mike Budenholzer has been charged with DUI according to @ZachKleinWSB.

According to the AJC: 

A trooper stopped Budenholzer for having no tail lights, according to the State Patrol. The trooper detected an odor of alcohol, administered a field sobriety test, then placed Budenholzer under arrest.
Budenholzer refused a breath test, a State Patrol spokesman said.

A spokesman for the Atlanta City Jail told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Budenholzer, 44, was charged with DUI and a tail light violation, and was released on $1,524 bond at 3:45 a.m. Thursday.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bill Murray to be guest picker on GameDay?

Famous actor Bill Murray will be the guest picker for College GameDay this weekend at Clemson as they play the Florida State Seminoles. This is the likely choice, even though it is not confirmed.

Eric Stonestreet of "Modern Family" was guest picker at the Georgia game.

Lee Fitting, producer at College GameDay, gave a clue earlier this week when he said this on his Twitter account.

Celeb picker locked and loaded for at Clemson. Think fun.

With Bill Murray being known as the Director of Fun at the Charleston RiverDogs, and Murray having a son at Clemson, this is a logical choice. 

Week 1 Preview/Week 0 Review

Week 0 was a week that had some very good games with smaller schools, and a couple larger ones. Most schools in the area prepped by playing in the Sertoma Football Classic.

Here are the Sertoma results from WCIV:

Timberland had one of the biggest wins of the week, 18-13 in St. Stephen against Manning. This is a big win as they started their season on a high note. Timberland scored on their first drive of the game, and led the entire game, but Manning made it very interesting.

Hanahan, after shutting out Wando Thursday night at Sertoma, dominated on Friday night, tearing apart Military Magnet by a final of 67-14. They look like a powerhouse in their 3A region. Wando though, bounced back in a big way, winning 39-12 at home against James Island.

Bluffton, even after losing their top WR to a broken collarbone, won 44-0 at Whale Branch. Hammond beat Hilton Head Christian 49-23, while Dorchester Academy's match-up with Trinity-Byrnes was canceled for rain. Colleton Prep won 15-7 at Dillon Christian, a game that was overshadowed by the top team in NC, Mallard Creek, heading to Dillon and winning by just 6. Georgetown upset Conway 24-18.

Here are the rest of the scores from the SCSportsSource website:

This week will be an interesting week in high school football. There are several good football games on the docket. Everybody starts regular season play this week. I will list some games in quick one-liners, then write more on my top 5 games.

Quick hits: St. John's at James Island- Former Goose Creek coach Brad Bowles visits James Island in the battle of the Islands.

Carolina Forest at Fort Dorchester- A good game between two teams that have played the last several seasons. This time, the game is in North Charleston. Will Fort D improve this year?

Wando at Beaufort- Wando has their first tough road trip of the year, heading to Beaufort to face an Eagle team that missed the playoffs last year.

Garrett at Lincoln- People are actually excited for football in McClellanville under new Lincoln coach James Waring. Will the 47 game losing streak end?

Military Magnet at North Charleston- A battle of 0-1 teams that had tough losses last week. Who will win?

Stall at Baptist Hill- Baptist Hill had a nice start last week, blowing out Bethune-Bowman. Now, can they beat a 3A school?

Bishop England at West Ashley- A sneaky good game. West Ashley did very well in Sertoma last week, even though St. John's had a game the next night. Bishop England played Summerville very hard in its quarter of action. Can West Ashley start strong? (3 of first 4 at home) This will be a good watch.

My top 5 games of the week. In parentheses will be a feed of the game if you can get it:

5. Goose Creek at Ashley Ridge (online?). It will be interesting to see Ashley Ridge under Kenny Walker this year. Will he bounce back from last year's losing season? Goose Creek is Goose Creek. The Gators torched Berkeley during Sertoma, scoring 34 points in just two quarters of action. This is a road game, so the Gators needs to be prepared for the loud crowd of students that attend Ashley Ridge home games.

4. Woodland at Colleton County: This is a barometer game in the Lowcountry. Woodland is one of the best teams in the area at the 2A level, while Colleton County hopes to end their losing streak. The Cougars last win was October 30, 2009. College students that are seniors right now were seniors in high school the last time Colleton County won a regular season game. It was 2008 the last time Colleton County won a home game. This game will be interesting to see where the Cougars are at before they go into their region schedule.

3. Cane Bay at Summerville (Thursday, WMMP): While most of you will be watching North Carolina and South Carolina Thursday night, Summerville and Cane Bay will be playing their opener. This is an important game for many reasons.

Last year, Cane Bay upset Summerville in their first home game. Cane Bay was helped by a couple of errant chain measurements, but they won 10-3. John McKissick begins his 62nd year at Summerville with one of his best teams in the past few seasons. Also, being the first locally televised game of the year will be important for the home fans at Summerville. We'll see what the Greenwave are made of quickly.

2. Berkeley at Stratford (WTUA 106.1 FM): This is an important game in Berkeley County. Will Berkeley come back from back to back losing seasons? The fans in Moncks Corner, even Cityslicker, are mad about this. They demand a bounce back year from their Stags. It will be tough though against a stout Stratford offense.

If there wasn't any question that QB Jacob Park is the best in the Lowcountry, and probably the state, he ended it last week at Sertoma. He threw for over 250 yards in two quarters against James Island. If he does something like that frequently against 4A competition, the Knights will be tough to beat. An interesting battle. This is Channel 5's game of the week.

1. Timberland at Hanahan: I've changed my picks on GOTW before, but this game clearly is the best of the lot this week. Timberland beat a game Manning team last week 18-13 in St. Stephen. For a school that has been state championship contenders for the past few seasons, that is very important. You want to start a season on the right foot.

Hanahan did as well with their blowout over Military Magnet. That leads to a game between two very good teams which could both win their regions. The offensive battle will be one to watch, with QB play. The QB that plays better will determine who wins. Channels 4 and 2 have this as their game of the week.

Enjoy the games! I will have a recap post late Friday night.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Georgia Southern football player struck by lightning

A Georgia Southern football player was struck by lightning today during practice in Statesboro, during a sudden thunderstorm.

According to the Statesboro Herald and

Man struck by lightning on GSU football practice field - reports via scanner his is OK but on the way to the hospital. Several lightning strikes including Love's Daycare on Denmark - evacuated - house on Westhampton Pointe Drive also struck. More details as we get them.

WTOC Channel 11 in Savannah reported that  a football player was struck. He was conscious and taken to the hospital. No name was given.

An account of the storm from their Facebook: Jeanette Steves Sapp: That storm came from nowhere. While driving down Northside Dr a transformer was hit and blew amd my kids next to it and under the power lines. The coach couldn't have known this was coming. Prayers goes out the the injured player.

The Big Guy Frank Sulkowski: An eyewitness tells me that the players were under the pavillion at the practice fields...lightning struck a tree near by.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Gamecocks SEC schedule released

The SEC basketball schedule has been released. This is the conference schedule for the South Carolina Gamecocks in men's basketball, with times.

1/8: South Carolina at Florida (7:00 p.m., CSS)
1/11: LSU at South Carolina (1:30 p.m., SEC Network)
1/15: South Carolina at Texas A&M (8:00 p.m., SEC Network)
1/18: Ole Miss at South Carolina (4:30 p.m., FSN)
1/22: South Carolina at Georgia (8:00 p.m., SEC Network)
1/25: South Carolina at Missouri (4:00 p.m., SEC Network)
1/29: Texas A&M at South Carolina (7 p.m., ESPN3)
2/1: South Carolina at Ole Miss (1:30 p.m., SEC Network)
2/5: Auburn at South Carolina (7 p.m., ESPN3)
2/8: South Carolina at Tennessee (3:00 p.m., ESPNU)
2/12: Vanderbilt at South Carolina (8:00 p.m., SEC Network)
2/15: Alabama at South Carolina (4:00 p.m., SEC Network)
2/19: South Carolina at Arkansas (9:00 p.m., CSS)
2/22: Georgia at South Carolina (1:30 p.m., SEC Network)
2/26: South Carolina at Auburn (9:00 p.m., FSN)
3/1: Kentucky at South Carolina (6:00 p.m., ESPN/2)
3/4: Florida at South Carolina (7:00 p.m., ESPNU)
3/8: South Carolina at Mississippi State (4:00 p.m., SEC Network)

Monday, August 19, 2013

My Top 10 Lowcountry games of the year

Hard to believe, but high school football is already here. Porter-Gaud hosts Palmetto Christian tonight (Tuesday), in what will be the first regular-season game played in SC this year. Sertoma starts this Thursday, just a few days away. The Post and Courier along with our local TV stations have already started the countdown with previews from many of the local high schools.

In Sunday's Post and Courier, Phil Bowman had a preview of the top 10 players in the Lowcountry (led by Stratford QB Jacob Park), and there was a preview of the two local 4A regions, Region 7-4A and Region 8-4A.

The games are what make high school football popular here. There's so many wonderful rivalries in the Lowcountry that often get overlooked in the state of South Carolina. You have Summerville/Goose Creek, Summerville/Stratford, Goose Creek/Stratford, James Island/Wando, Bishop England/Porter-Gaud, James Island/West Ashley, Fort Dorchester/Summerville, and even some in the private school ranks, with James Island Christian playing First Baptist this year, an all James Island game.

The season will be an interesting one in the Lowcountry. I will predict what I feel the top ten games will be in the Lowcountry for the season. This is as of August 19.

10. James Island at Wando, August 24. Wando starts the season off, with a new QB, replacing several of their skill players (including their best TE, Taylor Kimball, and their kicker). They have a lineman, Nolan Kelleher, committed to Florida.

They will face a game James Island team. They were 4-6 last season, but hope to improve in 3A this season. This game will be a good litmus test for a Wando team having to replace several key parts. Last year's game at James Island was decided by a two-point conversion. Wando escaped with a one-point win. As one of the few games that count in Week 0, this will be an important battle.

9. Woodland at Bishop England, October 25. This game could very well be for their region's title in 2A. Bishop England is replacing a lot of their talent from their back to back state championship team, but don't sleep on the Bishops. With Coach John Cantey at the helm, he has taken what was an average team for several seasons and quickly made it into one of the powers of 2A.

Even with Bishop England sort of rebuilding, those two schools probably will be the class of Region 6-2A. This will be the most important game of the year for that region.

8. Porter-Gaud at Hammond, October 4. In the SCISA race, this will look to be a big game. Hammond has been one of the best football schools in the state in the past few years, private or public, with Coach Erik Kimrey. Hammond won six consecutive SCISA titles in their class until last year's loss to Augusta Christian. Porter-Gaud has improved under Coach Rick Reetz; getting a new transfer QB from Ashley Ridge will help improve their offense.

7. Bluffton at Beaufort, October 11. We'll find out quickly in the first region game how well Beaufort acclimates to their region. Bluffton is known across the state as a team that likes to run up the score. Last season, they were perfect at home but lost three times on the road. One of those was to Goose Creek, who had their win erased because of the eligibility scandal. This year, Bluffton's region play starts with a trip to their biggest region rival.

6. Summerville at Fort Dorchester, October 11. After Summerville gets through the Stratford game, Fort Dorchester in North Charleston is there. Summerville started off very slow last season, losing to Cane Bay in the opener, and going 2-4 in their first six games, but swept through their region to finish the regular season 7-4 and win the Region 8-4A title. It all starts with the Patriots. The Patriots look to be a better team than last season, but Coach Steve LaPrad needs to improve his overall record. He hasn't won more than 7 since 2009.

This is an important game for Summerville; as their first region game, this will be very important if they want to win another region title. With the game at the Fort, their crowd will be pumped up to host John McKissick and the Green Wave. Fort Dorchester is hoping for their first win since 2001 in this rivalry, when most of the seniors on the team were in kindergarten.

5. Wando at Stratford, October 18. This looks to be a very important game in the Region 7-4A race. Stratford goes to Cane Bay the previous week, while Wando has West Ashley to start off their region play. Being the second game of region play will make it very important. Teams only have five chances to test their mettle in 7-4A, and one slip-up, with Goose Creek in the wings, will likely kick the loser out of the region race.

4. Berkeley at Stratford, August 30. This game, already named Channel 5's game of the week for the first full weekend of the season, looks very interesting. Coach Jeff Cruce is headed into a very important year at Berkeley. The last two seasons, he has had losing years. His team had to beat Hilton Head last year on the final weekend of the season just to guarantee a playoff berth. They lost four times at home last year. With a lot of seniors on this year's team (the most since the '09 state championship team), this year will be very important.

Stratford is heading back into the renaissance that it was in back in the 1990s. In any other area of the country, Ray Stackley would be the dean of high school football coaches. But in the Lowcountry, he's a distant 2nd behind John McKissick. QB Jacob Park has become of the best QBs in the nation. I've seen him since his freshman year back in 2010, and he's steadily improved each year. They also have some of the best skill players in the Lowcountry. This will be an interesting year for the Knights.

3. Summerville at Stratford, October 4. Sorry for all the mentions of Summerville, Stratford, and Goose Creek, but these schools are probably the three most talented in Lowcountry football. This game, the last before Summerville and Stratford head into region play. This game will be important with a battle of top QBs, between Bridges and Park. Whoever wins this battle will gain a lot of momentum headed into region play.

2. Goose Creek at Summerville, September 13. The biggest game of the early season in the Lowcountry. Probably two of three best teams in the area. This will be the Gators second road game of the year, after they start the year at Ashley Ridge, and host Colleton County. QB Dantez Bennamon will have to get his players up for this one. Summerville's stadium will be hopping for this game, as this has become one of the biggest rivalries in the Lowcountry in the past few seasons.

Last year, the Gators blew Summerville out, and in 2011, they escaped with a 19-7 win which was the impetus that led them to their first state championship. With Summerville more experienced in 2013, and a sophomore QB, Sawyer Bridges already committed to Clemson for baseball, they could give Goose Creek one of their toughest games of the year.

1. Goose Creek at Stratford, November 8. This game has almost everything set up around it. A battle of Goose Creek, the final week of the season, and a game that will likely decide the Region 7-4A championship. Last year, Goose Creek's road game at Wando had a large amount of hype. This game though could greatly exceed it.

If both teams get through their gauntlet without a slip-up (anything can happen in HS football) the hype could reach epic proportions. Both Clemson and South Carolina are off that weekend, and The Citadel is on the road. If that happens, this could be the biggest football game of the weekend in SC, not just HS football. You've got a battle of great offenses, and Stratford looks to be the team to dethrone the Gators.

They are the most likely team to beat Goose Creek because of their QB, and the home field advantage that Stratford's fans have will give the Knights a good shot.

Honorable mention: Cross-St. John's (The Islanders have hired a former Goose Creek assistant, and Cross won a state title last year); Cross-Baptist Hill (Cross gets their two toughest games on road); Battery Creek-Woodland (Battery Creek is a sneaky team in their 2A region); Woodland-Colleton County (how will the Cougars show in their first game hoping to break a three-year losing streak?). Other games will also be here.

The season will stretch longer this year. Everyone will play into November, with the final week of regular season for almost everyone Nov. 1. The 4A schools will play regular season games after Daylight Savings Time ends, with their final regular season game Nov. 8.

Enjoy the season! I will be back with frequent posts during the year.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Anaheim Ducks attendance analysis

I will do a list for all 30 teams from the season the lockout ended, 2005-06, thru the 2013 season. I will show the three lowest and three highest attendances for each team in the National Hockey League.

The Anaheim Ducks have been one of the fastest-growing NHL fan bases in the past few seasons. The Ducks, based in Orange County, one of the richest counties in the country, have grown from being the Los Angeles area's second hockey team, to drawing their own niche. The Ducks won a Stanley Cup before the hated Kings and Sharks.

They picked up some of the best players in the NHL, including Teemu Selanne and Bobby Ryan (Ryan now traded to the Senators). The Ducks arena, Honda Center, was built in 1993. The arena has been one where many Ducks fans have grown up at, as the number of season tickets has grown since the team first began.

Most Ducks fans are concentrated in Southern California, especially around Orange County and other nearby counties like Riverside. The Ducks also have fans around Los Angeles.

When the Ducks are good, they bring a lot of fans into Staples.

Here is an example in 2008:

With the Los Angeles Kings getting better recently, fewer Ducks fans have visited Staples, but this has made the atmosphere at Honda Center much better with both Southern California hockey teams being good.

The Ducks don't have a large fan base in most NHL cities, but they do bring people to Phoenix at Coyotes games. The Ducks following in Arizona has grown in the past few seasons.

2005-06: Finished 43-27-12, 6th in Western Conference, 3rd in Pacific Division. Advanced to Western Conference Finals, lost to Edmonton Oilers.

Average Attendance, 15,107 (88%). Total, 619,380. Drew 13,608 for preseason game against Kings at Arrowhead Pond.

Smallest home crowds: Nov. 1, Predators, 11,690 (Tuesday night against not a popular team)
Oct. 26, Flames, 11,774 (Wednesday night, right after lockout)
Nov. 30, Coyotes, 12,050 (Wednesday night)

Largest home crowds: Twelve sellouts of 17,174. Home opener against Oilers, a game against Red Wings, all four Kings games, three others in April stretch drive, another against Stars, one against Coyotes, one against Blackhawks.

Smallest road crowds: Buffalo, 12,504, Chicago, 12,031, St. Louis, 10,822.

Largest road crowds: 21,273 in Montreal against Canadiens, two 20,066 sellouts in Detroit.

Playoff home crowds: All sellouts of 17,174 except for Game 6 against Flames May 1, 16,594.

Mighty Duckshad a good year with attendance, making a long run in the playoffs. Four Kings visits helped.

2006-07: Finished 48-20-14, 1st Pacific Division, 2nd Western Conference, won Stanley Cup in 5 games over Ottawa Senators. Changed name to Anaheim Ducks.

Average attendance, 16,339 (95.1%), total: 699,903.

Smallest home crowds:  Oct. 11, Islanders, 12,394 (early-season, weeknight game against East Coast team)
Nov. 1, Rangers, 13,350 (weeknight game, night after Halloween)
Oct. 9, Blues, 13,389 (second home game)

Largest home crowds: Feb. 20, Canucks, 17,467 (lots of road fans, Ducks a good team)
Feb. 7, Sharks, 17,466 (rival, people catching to team)
Jan. 7, Red Wings, 17,418 (popular team, weekend evening game)

Smallest road crowds: Nashville, 11,821, Chicago, 11,295 (late in season), St. Louis, 8,629.

Largest road crowds: Two sellouts at Joe Louis Arena, 20,066. Two 19,289 crowds in Calgary.

Playoff home crowds: April 11, Wild Game 1, 17,180; April 13, Wild Game 2, 17,324; April 19, Wild Game 5, 17,318. April 25, Canucks Game 1, 17,250; April 27, Canucks Game 2; 17,392; May 3, Canucks Game 5, 17,407. May 15, Red Wings Game 3, 17,358; May 17, Red Wings Game 4, 17,375; May 22, Red Wings Game 6, 17,380. May 28, Senators Game 1, 17,274; May 30, Senators Game 2, 17,258; June 6, Senators Game 5, 17,372.

The Ducks win their first Stanley Cup in history, and get a big bump in attendance from being in the thick of Western Conference race all season.

2007-08: Finished 47-27-8, 2nd Pacific, 4th Western Conference. Lost in Western Conference Quarterfinals in 6 to Dallas Stars.

Average attendance: 17,191 (100.1%), Total: 687,632.

Smallest home crowds: No crowd below 17,174. Every game sold out during the season.

Largest home crowds: March 28, Sharks, 17,334 (rival, team clinched playoff berth, Sharks clinched Pacific Division)
March 26, Kings, 17,331 (cross-town rival, team in playoff push)
February 13, Stars, 17,323 (rival, team already sold out)

Drew crowds of 17,551; 17,300 for two games against Kings in London (one home game for each).

Smallest road crowds: 9,649 in Long Island, 11,984 in Columbus, 13,469 in Nashville (back to back games).

Largest road crowds: One 20,066 sellout in Detroit, two crowds of 19,289 in Calgary.

Playoff home crowds: April 10, Stars Game 1, 17,191; April 12, Stars Game 2, 17,181; April 18, Stars Game 5, 17,199.

A great season of attendance for the Ducks after their Stanley Cup run, but they lose early in the playoffs.

2008-09: 42-33-7, 2nd Pacific Division, 8th Western Conference. Lost in 2nd round of playoffs to the Detroit Red Wings.

Average attendance: 16,991 (98.9%) Total: 696,629

Smallest home crowds: Dec. 10, Blues, 16,058 (weeknight game, already had made a visit)
Nov. 19, Capitals, 16,076 (weeknight game, before holiday)
Nov. 5, Blues, 16,144 (weeknight game early in season)

Smallest road crowds: 10,494 in Columbus, 11,853 on Long Island, 12,739 in Phoenix.

Largest home crowds: Jan. 2, Flyers, 17,597 (popular East Coast team, just after New Year’s)
Jan. 14, Red Wings, 17,525 (popular team)
March 15, Sharks, 17,511 (rival late in season)

Largest road crowds: 21,273 in Montreal, 21,574 and 21,619 in Chicago.

Playoff home crowds: April 21, Sharks Game 3, 16,277; April 23, Sharks Game 4, 16,830; April 27, Sharks Game 6, 17,174. May 5, Red Wings Game 3, 17,174; May 7, Red Wings Game 4, 17,601; May 12, Red Wings Game 6, 17,174.

Attendance falls a little bit after an early playoff exit the year before, but still at almost 99% full.

2009-10: 39-32-11, 4th Pacific Division, 11th Western Conference, missed playoffs.

Average attendance: 15,168 (88.3%) Total: 621,903

Smallest home crowds: Nov. 29, Coyotes, 13,023 (Sunday during football season, not a popular team), March 9, Blue Jackets, 13,700 (team not in playoff position, not popular team), Dec. 8, Stars, 13,861.

Smallest road crowds: 6,495! And 10,030 in Phoenix, 10,843 in Sunrise, FL at the Panthers.

Largest road crowds: 21,708 and 21,662 in Chicago; two 20,066 sellouts in Detroit.

Largest home crowds: Oct. 3, Sharks, 17,281 (home opener), Dec. 29, Wild, 16,960 (during holidays), April 2, Canucks, 16,534 (Canucks fans)

The Ducks had a disappointing, non-playoff season, which meant a drop in attendance.

2010-11: 47-30-5, 2nd Pacific, 4th Western Conference, lost in first round in six games to Predators.

Average attendance: 14,739 (85.8%) Total: 604,283

Smallest home crowds: Jan. 5, Predators, 12,216 (not a popular team, weeknight in January)
Jan. 12, Blues, 12,499 (not popular team, Wed. night in January)
Dec. 1, Panthers, 12,504 (not popular team, Wed. night)

Smallest road crowds: 7,659 on Long Island, 9,802 in Columbus, 10,951 in Phoenix.

Largest home crowds: April 8, Kings, 17,587 (playoff push, biggest rival)
Four other crowds of 17,174 (Oct. 13, Canucks, home opener, Nov. 5, Penguins, Nov. 29, Kings, Feb. 23, Kings)

Largest road crowds: 22,115 in Chicago, 21,273 in Montreal, 21,224 in Chicago.

Playoff home crowds: April 13, Predators Game 1, 17,174; April 15, Predators Game 2, 17,174; April 22, Predators Game 5, 17,385.

A drop in attendance with this team, but they advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

2011-12: 34–36–12, 5th Pacific, 13th Western Conference. Missed playoffs.

Average attendance: 14,760 (86.4%)
Played a game in Helsinki and one in Stockholm (Oct. 8, Rangers, 13,800) as regular season started.

Smallest home crowds: Feb. 6, Flames, 12,096 (weeknight, not a popular team).
Jan. 10, Stars, 12,152 (same)
Jan. 18, Coyotes, 12,281

Smallest road crowds: 9,124 and 10,579 in Glendale, 12,141 in Dallas.

Largest home crowds: Feb. 26, Blackhawks, 17,601 (popular team, weekend)
Dec. 29, Canucks, 17,544 (Canucks fans, holidays)
March 25, Bruins, 17,395 (Bruins fans, weekend)

Largest road crowds: 21,528; 21,247 in Chicago, two crowds of 20,066 in Detroit.

A slight edge up in Ducks attendance, but no playoffs for the second time in three seasons.

2013: 30–12–6, 1st Pacific, 2nd Western Conference. Lost in six games to Red Wings in first round of playoffs.

Average attendance: 15,888 (92.5%) Total: 381,308

Smallest home crowds: Feb. 1, Wild, 13,007 (just after lockout ended)
March 6, Coyotes, 13,456 (weeknight, unpopular team)
Feb. 27, Predators, 13,630 (same)

Smallest road crowds: 11,024 in Glendale, 13,185 in Columbus, 13,748 in Dallas.

Largest home crowds: March 20, Blackhawks, 17,610 (largest crowd in arena history, popular team)
January 25, Canucks, 17,529 (popular team, home opener)
April 7, Kings, 17,494 (biggest rival, weekend game)

Largest road crowds: 22,105; 21,188 in Chicago, 20,066 in Detroit.

Playoff home crowds: April 30, Red Wings Game 1, 17,200; May 2, Red Wings Game 2, 17,182; May 8, Red Wings Game 5, 17,395; May 12, Red Wings Game 7, 17,412.

An uptick for the Ducks in attendance, as they win the Pacific Division title and earn second seed in playoffs, but lose in first round.  

2013-14: 54-20-8, 1st Pacific, 1st Western Conference. Still in playoffs, defeated Stars in 6 games in first round of Western Conference playoffs, will play Sharks or Kings in 2nd round.

Average attendance: 16,511 (96.1%), Total, 709,968

Smallest home crowds: Oct. 18, Coyotes, 13,206 (Friday night early in season)

Feb. 3, Blue Jackets, 14,044 (Monday after SB, unpopular team)
Oct. 16, Flames, 14,051 (another early season game)

Smallest road crowds: 10,542 in Columbus, 13,108 on Long Island, 13,289 in Phoenix. 

Largest home crowds: April 13, Avalanche, 17,528 (late-season game against division rival)
March 7, Penguins, 17,518 (popular team on Friday night)
January 23, Kings, 17,503 (cross-town rival)

Largest road crowds: 22,064, 21,586 in Chicago; 21,273 in Montreal.

Playoff home crowds: April 16, Stars, 17,294; April 18, Stars, 17,426; April 25, Stars, 17,334.

Nice uptick in Ducks attendance this year, as they win a playoff series and hope to advance farther in the Western Conference playoffs.

The Anaheim Ducks are one of the NHL's most dedicated fan bases. Honda Center has become one of the toughest places to play in the league, and having some of the league's best players over the last few seasons has helped transform the arena.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Eddie Royal taken on gurney

Chargers WR Eddie Royal has been taken to the hospital on a gurney after a practice injury he suffered today.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Cal DB Avery Sebastian seriously hurt

University of California DB Avery Sebastian was seriously hurt tonight in a scrimmage at Memorial Stadium on the Cal campus.

: Ambulance entering Memorial Stadium to take Avery Sebastian for medical treatment.

Sebastian, strapped to a gurney with his head immobilized, is taken out of the stadium by ambulance.

Sebastian was an honorable mention Pac-12 safety in 2012. According to Cal, Sebastian has played in 23 of 25 possible games primarily on special teams but also with four starts at safety and in a reserve role at the position over his first two seasons with the program from 2011-12 … has recorded 65 tackles to rank fifth on Cal’s active career list, while adding 1.5 tackle for loss (-5 yards), one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry.

He is from Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but played at Eagle's Landing Christian in McDonough, GA in 2010, and made the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. 

Prayers for him and his family.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

"Legends Bowl" game in Charleston?

In Saturday, August 10's edition of the Post and Courier, there was an article by Jeff Hartsell about a possible new bowl game to be held in Charleston beginning in 2014. The article has more info about the imitative.

The article discusses the stance that the NCAA and the NAACP has towards the Confederate flag in South Carolina, who could be against this endeavor.

Georgia Southern-Citadel game from last season.
Photo from Nick Hartley
The game would pit Mid-American Conference and Sun Belt Conference foes in the Legends Bowl and would be held on December 20, 2014. The game would air on the NBC Sports Network.

The bowl game has looked at many cities. According to a Jon Solomon article from, they've looked at Montgomery, Alabama:

The June 15 article says that Brian Woods, a New York sports consultant heading the Legends Bowl Group, said the organization is in active talks with NBC and smaller conferences such as the Sun Belt, Mountain West, MAC and Conference USA.

The game would be held at Johnson-Hagood Stadium near The Citadel campus. The stadium currently seats 21,000 fans, and was renovated back in 2006.

A bowl game, IMO, would be a good idea for the Charleston area to pursue. It is during a barren part of the year for tourism, late December, just before Christmas.

During December, you have college basketball, the Stingrays (minor league hockey), and not much else sports wise. The bowl game would fill a void locally. A problem may be how far away some of the teams in the two conferences are from Charleston. The two leagues, according to the article, would get 3,000-4,000 tickets each. The stadium is small for a bowl game, but several bowl have drawn close to or less than what this game may draw.

Here are the distances between the different teams in the MAC and Sun Belt to Johnson-Hagood Stadium:


East Division
Northern Illinois- 969 miles
Ball State- 726 miles
Western Michigan- 930 miles
Central Michigan- 950 miles
Eastern Michigan- 819 miles
Toledo- 776 miles

West Division
Bowling Green- 752 miles
Kent State- 696 miles
Akron- 685 miles
Miami (OH)- 659 miles
Ohio University- 559 miles
Buffalo- 871 miles
UMass- 922 miles

Sun Belt:

Georgia Southern- 152 miles
Appalachian State- 300 miles
Georgia State- 318 miles
Troy- 510 miles
Western Kentucky- 586 miles
South Alabama- 643 miles
Arkansas State- 770 miles
Louisiana-Monroe- 815 miles
Louisiana-Lafayette- 893 miles
Texas State- 1,268 miles
New Mexico State- 1,776 miles
Idaho- 2,748 miles

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Fox Sports to carry USGA events

Fox and Fox Sports 1 has signed a 12-year deal to carry USGA events, including the U.S. Open. The deal begins in 2015, as Fox hasn't carried many golf events in their history.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Summerville RB Davon Anderson gone

I am hearing about big news in the local high school football world. There are rumors that Summerville RB Davon Anderson is reportedly not in camp. The Palmetto Football Talk message board, which has several Summerville fans on it, seems to confirm this.

Update: 8/13/13 per Phil Bowman, Anderson is playing at Glenville HS in a suburb of Cleveland, near his family.

svgw90 says: As of right now, he has not been to camp and was not at many summer workouts either. Rumor is that he is back in Ohio with a relative. The noted Berkeley fan Cityslicker also heard that he is gone.

Here is the thread created about this:

Anderson is supposed to be one of South Carolina's top running backs in 2013. He had over 1,300 rushing yards during the 2012 season, including a 312 yard effort against Bluffton. He is also one of the nation's best in 60-meter hurdles, and one of the best in SC in the 100 meters.

If he is gone in Ohio, this would be a big loss for Coach John McKissick and the Green Wave. Stay tuned...

Delta flight attendant goes crazy

A Delta flight attendant on a flight from LaGuardia Airport to Fort Lauderdale went crazy tonight. The video is from the Twitter account @CollegeComplete and Daniel Haim.

This was the account from his Twitter account.

7:13pm: 5h
Mayhem breaking out at LGA boarding.... Security!

That moment when the flight attendant tells a passenger that if they don't stop the police will board and taser them..AWESOME

9:21pm: Flight attendant actually said that things on the plane did not work because its old.

9:32pm: flight attendant just got LOUD with threats of handcuffs. WTF

9:37pm: Flight attendant is losing it.... people on the flight are now scared

Reportedly, the flight attendant got into fights with several passengers and then the pilot. Reportedly, the sheriff left everyone off, and a quote from the flight attendant "People from NY all think they are special".

The flight attendant yells at somebody in the cabin not to say anything otherwise the guy would be arrested. Here are two videos from the flight.

This was later in the flight, the flight attendant arguing with a passenger that was using an e-cigarette on flight.

Was she over the line?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

High school realignment in earnest

High school football has gone through many changes over the past few years. Teams have bounced around from region to region as realignment occurs every few seasons. Teams have bounced from different regions and to different classes.

A Florence Morning News article by Lou Bezjak that is published in Sunday's paper (click here) discussed what realignment means to the Pee Dee area. We are just starting the 2013 season, but 2014 is upon us, and

As the Charleston area has quickly grown (from about 600,000 residents in 2006 to over 700,000 now) the schools have become larger. Realignment is important in all sports: this helps to determine what schools play in what divisions each season.

This is what the regions will be like after realignment, for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Schools in the local area are bolded:

John Palmer dies

Former NBC News correspondent John Palmer has died. Palmer was 77 years old. He worked for the network for forty years, from 1962-94 and from 1994 to his 2002 retirement. His main job was serving as Chief White House Correspondent from 1979-82, and as the news anchor of the Today Show for seven years. Palmer also served on the College of Charleston advisory council.

Following is a statement from NBC News on the passing of John Palmer:

“We are deeply saddened to share the news that we have lost a valued friend and colleague. Long-time correspondent John Palmer passed away today after a brief illness.
“John was a brilliant, brave, and tireless journalist who guided viewers through many of the most significant events of the past half-century – from the early days of the civil rights movement through the tragedy of 9/11. He covered five presidents and traveled to every corner of the world, always showing the empathy and compassion that helped set him apart. His kindness is remembered by all of us, and it built lasting bonds throughout our news division.
“John held many positions over the course of his long career with NBC News, but his most treasured role was that of husband and father.  Our love and support are with Nancy, Molly and Lee, Carter, Hope, and the entire Palmer family.”

More info:

Friday, August 2, 2013

Shaq Roland not at practice

Gamecocks WR Shaq Roland is not at practice according to the athletic department.

Shaq Roland, USC sports info confirms, is not here. Reason: "That's a question for the head coach."

: WR Shaq Roland is absent from day one of fall practice. No immediate reason given. In the past, these have been academic issues.

From a Gamecock Central insider report, he is supposed to be back practicing tomorrow (Saturday).