Busy day of news, so you’re going to get more for your money this a.m.!
WAKE FOREST PLAYERS TO BE ACCUSED OF RAPE
A former Wake Forest student will appear on Thursday’s “Today” show on NBC to detail an alleged rape by members of the Demon Deacons basketball team before an NCAA first-round tournament game in 2009.
My take: If this is true — and this is America, y’all (innocent until proven guilty, etc.) — it would go a long ways towards us understanding how an ACC program that was No. 1 midway through the 2009 season became one of the worst in the NCAAs less than two years later.
I know I’ll be watching this …
STATE GETS GOOD GUARD
Former Raleigh Word of God swing guard Torian Graham, a flat-out playa, has announced his intention to play at N.C. State in 2012. He’s a top-25 player nationally — but will probably climb the ratings this season.
My take: Graham played in the Glaxo last year — and was a monster. My only concern: in the last 1-plus years of prep basketball, he’s been enrolled at three high schools — Durham Hillside, WOG and now Pace (?) in Chapel Hill. As reported here by the great Dave Telep, Graham isn’t sure where he’s going to play his senior season. So … he could attend four high schools in a two-year period.
JERRY LEWIS RETIRING FROM MDA TELETHON
After 45 years of raising millions of dollars for muscular dystrophy and ALS, comedian Jerry Lewis will retire from hosting his trademark telethon in September.
My take: As campy (and sometimes unwatchable) as it had become, you knew Lewis’ heart was in the right place. Kudos to the man for helping untold thousands of people with his talent — and all the telethons his influence spawned.
AH-NOLD HAS A LOVE CHILD
Arnold Schwarzenegger has confessed to having a love child with a former household staffer. It happened 10 years ago and the former California governor and action movie star has provided for the child’s care.
My take: Well, now we know why Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver separated last week.
ROMNEY RAISES $10 MILLION FOR CAMPAIGN … YESTERDAY
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney raised $10.25 million for his campaign yesterday.
My take: I don’t care who you are — that’s pretty freaking impressive. How much will it help him in the muddied Republican field? That remains to be seen, but $10 million in one day can’t hurt.
PREP SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS BEGIN; BASEBALL CONTINUES
South Lenoir, Greene Central, Ayden-Grifton and Jones Senior all begin their respective softball preseasons today on the road at Elizabeth City Northeastern, Swansboro, Dunn Midway and Pender County, respectively, today. The undefeated Arendell Parrott Academy opens the playoffs against Winston-Salem Calvary Baptist at home today.
On the prep baseball side of the ledger, five teams play in the second round, including two home games at South Lenoir (vs. Swansboro) and Ayden-Grifton (vs. Perquimans). North Lenoir travels to Nash Central, Jones Senior visits Dunn Midway and APA hits the road to Westchester Day School.
My take: Other than APA’s softball team, it’s going to be tough for one of our local teams to make the second round, although I’d never count a Lisa Smith-coached South Lenoir team out under any circumstances.
And how weird is it not to see Heather Carson’s North Lenoir Hawks in the playoffs? She is arguably one of the best coaches — in ANY sport — in our area and it’s incredible to think she doesn’t have a team in the postseason.
As for the baseball playoffs, I think South Lenoir is likely the only team to survive tonight. North Lenoir has a good chance at Nash Central, but it depends on which Hawks team shows up. A-G has a hard game tonight while playing on the road for Jones Senior and APA is going to be tough.
Regardless — good luck to all our local teams today!
KILLEBREW SUCCUMBS TO CANCER
One of baseball’s all-time greats, Harmon Killebrew, passed away today at home from esophageal cancer. He was 74.
My take: Admittedly, he played before my time, but if you’re any kind of baseball fan, you know he’s one of the best.
The iPod shuffle
Emotional Rescue — The Rolling Stones
A Day Without Me — U2
Rope — Foo Fighters
I Should Have Known — Foo Fighters
I’m A Believer — The Monkees