Thursday night turned into a big night for the Seminoles. It was clearly a gigantic win for the soccer program over #2 and 19-time National Champion North Carolina and likely a huge win for the football team on the road at UNC. I qualify the win in football only because we must win against NC State next Saturday to magnify the importance of the victory.
The soccer win was really remarkable not only because it came in two overtimes and over the dominant program in all of college soccer. But in a sport often criticized for a lack of drama, a goal scored in the final 15 seconds in a match with the quality and significance of this one is nearly unheard of. I had just about determined that these "special" uniform outings were for the birds, which UNC football is likely to agree with this week, and then our soccer win comes while wearing tribute black uni's - go figure.
Okay, why in the world do we have football instant replay if they are not going to reverse a call like the would-be interception for a touchdown in our North Carolina game. The caveat of "indisputable video evidence" was included in the rules to emphasize that the ruling on the field should be presumed correct unless the video shows otherwise. It is certainly easy to see why the on-field call on the attempt by a UNC receiver to catch a low ball was ruled as hitting the ground before it popped up into Patrick Robinson's hands for a walk-in touchdown, but they appealed to the video which was created just for this moment (i.e. weird play that is tough to get right). Video showed the ball does not hit the ground and the call is not reversed. What?
Christian Ponder has developed into such an outstanding passer that it is literally a surprise when he lets one go and it doesn't hit the receiver right between the numbers. By the way, the pass he throws to the running back swinging out of the backfield along with the beauty he tossed to wide open tight end Beau Reliford against Carolina are as hard to make as any throw in football.
Today is the deadline to renew your men's and women's basketball season tickets and this might be the best year in a while to pick them up. Not only are both teams expected to be ranked among the preseason Top 25 and given a chance to win ACC titles, but a new seating configuration for the men's games at the Tucker Center should improve the atmosphere and give season-ticket holders a chance at better seats. We've expanded and moved the student section to the ends of the courts which will allow more of them than ever to get close and involved, which raises the energy level dramatically. In addition, we will seat season-ticket holders along courtside as we have moved the 'Nole Zone. Naturally, season-ticket holders are being given first shot to move their seats closer to courtside if they wish and that may free up some seats between the basket that have been sold out for years.
FSU held Jam with Coach Ham back at Tully Gym last Friday night and a packed house got a rare look at the Seminole team with their hair down so to speak. A three point shooting contest was won in a shoot out by Luke Loucks and Deividas Dulkys (pronounced DAVID-us dual-KEYS in the panhandle) won the slam dunk competition. Nothing, and I mean nothing, on this fun Friday night gave anyone any reason to doubt that this is going to be a talented team.
The Cross Country programs at FSU are running beautifully this fall and recently held their only home meet which was a great success. Runners visiting Tallahassee need to make it a point to work out at the new running course built by the city on Apalachee Parkway near the Waste Management Facility (sorry for the landmark). The FSU women are ranked No. 3 in the nation and finished second at the Pre-National meet held in Terra Haute, Indiana. The men are also ranked in the Top 25. FSU administrators were so pleased with the new course and amenities that they will bid to host an NCAA event there in the future.
FSU golf coaches Trey Jones and Debbie Dillman were the one-on-one guests on Seminole Sports Magazine (Sun Sports Saturday Mornings 9:30 a.m.) over the last two weeks and I hope we are all paying enough attention to the outstanding fall these two programs have had. The men have already won two fall tournaments and the women have won one and finished second twice. An even brighter side might be the fact that both teams are young and getting production from up and down the lineup.