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Carolina Railhawks 2011 Calendar Ready for Download

railhawkslogo Contrary to what many believe after recent news, the Carolina Railhawks will be back in Cary his summer! I’ve posted their schedule in many different formats for easy downloading to iPhones, Android Phones, Outlook, Google Calendar, and many, many more!

The calendars are available in the “ Calendars ” tab found at the top of the page at Gogoraleigh. Scroll down to “Carolina Railhawks Soccer 2011” and select your desired format.


Skinner Makes NHL All-Star Team

skinner Congratulations to Hurricane rookie Jeff Skinner who today was added to the NHL All-Star game on Sunday. The 18-year old Skinner is the NHL’s youngest player, but that hasn’t prevented him from raning 38th in points, 62nd in assists, and 27th in goals scored. Skinner had been selected to participate in the Rookie skills competition, but now joins teammates Eric Staal and Cam Ward in Sunday’s activities.


Fly Your Canes Flags for NHL

canes With hundreds of top NHL players, executives, and media entering the area, there will be many eyes on this area. Let’s show the rest of the world our pride in the Hurricanes by flying your Hurricanes car flag at all times for the remainder of the week. If you don’t have one, they can be purchased at The Eye in Crabtree Valley’s food court. (The Eye in the RBC center will be converted over to an NHL-only store later this week, and will return to its normal programming next week.)


Getting My Resume In Order

Every few years or so there is an area coaching change that gets me excited. I like dentistry, but seriously, if I could make over a million dollars coaching an area college basketball team to the NIT every year, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Given the way that N.C. State is playing, I just may get my chance.

Unless Debbie Yow is interested in make a bold statement to assert her power, we are still a couple of months away from slamming the servers at flightaware.com . In the meantime, the most likely chance of success is to hire a not-old coach with a clean record and experience head coaching a smaller school to success. Here are the names of 12 coaches to think about as the season progresses:

  • Randy Bennett (St. Marys-Cal)
  • Mark Turgeon (Texas A&M)
  • Gregg Marshall (Wichita St)
  • Cuonzo Martin (Missouri St)
  • Mark Fox (Georgia)
  • Ken Bone (Wash. St)
  • Fred Hoiberg (Iowa St)
  • Blaine Taylor (ODU)
  • Tad Boyle (Colorado)
  • Chris Mooney (Richmond)
  • Ron Everhart (Duquense)
  • Chris Mack (Xavier)

Yes, I am digging the grave for the team in West Raleigh. Given that they can only lose 4 more ACC games in order to make the tournament, and still have UNC and Duke twice, among others, remaining on their schedule, the chances of Lowe surviving this season with his talented team are slim to none.


Staal, Ward Named to All-Star Team

20060620-440 Congratulations to hometown heroes Eric Staal and Cam Ward who were both named to the 42-man NHL All-Star Team. Staal is eighth in the NHL in goals, and will participate in his fourth consecutive All-Star game. It will be Ward’s first All-Star appearance. He is now 7th in the NHL is save percentage and fourth in minutes played for goaltenders.

Congratulations are also in order for rookie phenom Jeff Skinner , who was invited to play in the All-Star Weekend’s Rookie Skills competition.

The 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend will take place January 28 thru January 30 at the RBC Center.


Harlem Globetrotters Returning to RBC Center

On March 5, the Harlem Globetrotters will return to the RBC Center for two games against the Washington Generals. The games will feature the Globetrotters’ new 4-point shots as well as all of the classic hijinks. The games begin at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets start at $17.


Flag Football Tournament Coming in January

Premier Co-ed Sports is bringing the inaugural City of Oaks Flag Football Tournament sponsored by The Downtown Sports Bar and Grill. The January 29th and 30th tournament features 4-person 4v4 Male and 4v4 co-ed Divisions. The entry price is $240 per team. Spots are open to 8 teams in each division. Three games will be played Saturday with the top 2 teams from each pod of 4 advancing. Playoff and Championship games will be played on Sunday with an awards ceremony at The Downtown Sports Bar to follow. Division winners will receive a paid, guaranteed spot in the Miller Lite Weekend Warrior Tournament to be held in Charlotte NC this April. More information (.pdf)


Subscribe To The Complete Bowl Calendar

football The 35-game bowl season has begun. Don’t miss another game by subscribing to the Gogoraleigh Complete Bowl Game Calendar. Though only 1 of these games really matters, it is still nice to know who is going to be on TV (ie. ESPN) each night through the New Year. Events include 15-minute reminders for each bowl game, the site of the bowl, and the network covering the game.

You can subscribe to the Google Calendar, the ICS feed, or the iCal feeds by going to the Gogoraleigh Calendars page and clicking the appropriate link in the College Football schedule.


DVR Alert: Valvano Episode of Cosby Airing Monday

V&V A local favorite episode of The Cosby Show will rerun on Monday afternoon. “ The Getaway ”, which features Jim Valvano and Dick Vitale as motivated furniture movers will by shown on Centric (TWC Channel 458) on Monday (12/20) at 2:30pm.


Retail Score

IMG_4650 Winning the Stanley Cup is one thing to prove you’ve made it. However the true (haha) measure of success for a sports team is their presence in the retail marketplace. The Carolina Hurricanes have come a long way since the green acres of empty seats 90 miles west of here. The latest proof? This holiday season Samsung features a hockey player wearing the jersey of Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal on the box for 27” TV. The jersey, of course, doesn’t carry the Hurricanes’ primary logo and features photoshopped font and name, but that’s only to avoid legal processes.


Tar Heel HOOPla

thh I thought I’d spend a few moments shameless cross/self-promoting. If you are interested in UNC basketball (one way or another), you might be interested in my original blog, Tar Heel HOOPla . The site started 14 years ago as the exclusive home of the UNC Possession Analysis. The PA contains the Points-Per-Possession and Loss of Ball stats for every game since the 1996 season began, as well as some from the 1970s. These stats are simply the best way to standardize the team’s performance and measure their strengths and weaknesses. (For example this current team’s biggest problem is not really turnovers, and it is not 3-point shooting. Don’t listen to the coaches or their mouthpieces on this one!)

The site evolved into a blog which I’ve admittedly only given spotty attention. This season’s team is so surprisingly awful, however, that I have given much attention to their play thus far. It is a fascinating web of problems which I have dissected objectively.

In addition to team analysis I’ve posted my plans for possible Dean Dome renovations, traffic/transit solutions, chronicled the success of Triangle teams in the tournament, and more (there is, after all, 14 years of material there.) I hope you enjoy it!

Link: tarheelhoopla.com


WSJ Profiles NC Basketball Culture

basketball[1] Basketball is a way of life in this state. If you don’t know that, you are either new here or you are an unpopular local sports talk radio host. It shows with our driveways, our packed youth leagues, and with our participation in the Final Four (22 of the last 30). Today the Wall Street Journal did a feature on our beloved heritage as a basketball hotbed . It’s a good, quick read that doesn’t even mention the popular, but insulting, moniker! It’s a good read…


Solving Game Day Traffic Woes

Going to the UNC/NCSU game in the morning? You are apt to find serious traffic problems due to the closure of two lanes on I-40 West. In order to avoid problems choose one of these alternate routes:

  • SOUTH – Take Highway 64 West out of Cary to Farrington Point Road. Turn right and proceed for a few miles where you will bear left as the road becomes Mt. Carmel Church Road. Pass Governor’s Club’s entrance until you reach the next traffic light, 15-501 sound of town. Turn right to proceed into Chapel Hill or turn left to proceed to the Southern Village Tar Heel Express bus stop.
  • NORTH – Take Highway 70 West to Durham and get on I-85 West. After Mile marker 174, take 15-501 South and follow it into Chapel Hill. There is a Tar Heel Express option at University Mall, near Dillards.
  • MIDDLE – There are a few options to wind your way into Chapel Hill. If you are in the middle of Raleigh, take I-40 to I-540 South. Proceed until the road ends at Highway 55. Turn Right and then immediately turn left onto OKelly Chapel Road. It will end at 751 where you will turn right. Two lefts later turn onto Stagecoach Road. At its end, turn left onto Farrington Road. Follow it as it becomes Barbee Chapel Road. The next traffic light is Hwy 54, where you’ll turn left. If you want to take the Tar Heel Express bus, take the next left onto Friday Center Drive.

With all of these routes, it takes about 50 minutes to get from Cameron Village to the Tar Heel Expresses mentioned. This is in contrast to the 35 minutes it normally takes on a non-gameday without traffic problems. If you don’t have a place to park reserved for you, your best bet is to go to one of the Tar Heel Express locations and ride the bus to the stadium-side UNC Belltower. (Note that postgame departure points are in front of Fetzer gym, which is 1 block east of the belltower pregame dropoff points).

When traveling over, be sure to use WRAL’s traffic cams linked on their website, and follow my updates on Twitter .


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