Weekend Watch: September 14-16
Happy iPhone 5 Pre-Order Day! If that means nothing to you, Happy Friday! I wasn't having any luck with AT&T's site this morning (an unidentified problem kept occurring), so I tried through Apple. Shipping there is now set for two weeks! Two weeks! Surely they have enough supply to ship in one week, seeing as how people are just getting up on the east coast, right? RIGHT!?
Sorry, got a little crazy there. Anywho, on to the weekend.
The Big News
You may have heard the Notre Dame is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Irish will compete in the conference in all sports with the exception of football (and hockey). They will play five games against ACC teams in football each year. Lauren compiled some of the best reactions from around the Web. Here's my two cents: While I don't love having a football-independent school in the conference, it was clear from the press conference Wednesday that that was important to Notre Dame, and whichever conference agreed to it was going to get the Irish. And as long as NBC is paying for the broadcast rights to their football games, Notre Dame has no incentive to relinquish their independence. So basically, in order for Notre Dame to join as a full football member, they'd have to be bad enough at football long enough that NBC decides not to renew that contract. And if you think the ACC needs to act quickly to add a 16th member, I'd add this: why? The two sports in which the conference uses divisions, football and baseball, now currently stand at 14 teams each (Syracuse does not field a varsity baseball team). I'm sure the conference would love to have a footing in the New York TV market, but I'm not sure there's a rush right now. On the other hand, UConn and Rutgers both have to be looking around, right?
Tar Heel Athletics
Football hits the road to play to Louisville to play the Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The game is at 3:30 Saturday on ABC/ESPN2. Seems like these two teams have played a lot recently. You may recall that Tennessee pulled out of a home-and-home agreement a while back. Louisville agreed to a two-year series with the Tar Heels after that. Carolina won the meeting Chapel Hill last year, 14-7. Louisville won in 2004 and 2005, 34-0 and 69-14, respectively. I chose to forget those games and instead remember Mike Thomas hitting Octavus Barnes as time ticked away for the 17-10 win in 1995. I saw Octavus Barnes in Gold's Gym in RTP 14 or 15 years later and asked him about that catch. He was trying to work out, thank you very much. The next year, Carolina won in Chapel Hill, 28-10. The series is tied at three games apiece.
Yesterday, I wrote on GoHeels.com about the game planning that goes on week to week for these Tar Heels, who are adjusting to new systems on both sides of the ball. Headed to Louisville? Did you know Churchill Downs is within walking distance? Don't forget to follow @THMLive on Twitter for in-game updates Saturday.
This weekend, the men's and women's tennis teams are both in action in Cary. The men are in the Nike Fab 4 Tournament, and the women play in the Duke Plus One Invitational. Field hockey has a pair of games this weekend, hosting Old Dominion at 6 Friday and playing Wake Forest in Winston-Salem at 1 on Sunday. Volleyball is at N.C. State Friday night at 7, then back home Saturday to face Ohio at 4. Cross country is running the adidas Invitational in Raleigh Saturday. Men's Soccer continues ACC play, hosting Wake Forest Friday at 7. Women's Soccer is on the road at Virginia Sunday at 2. Both teams are coming off losses.
Yesterday on GoHeels.com, Adam caught up with Reggie Bullock.
ESPN.com's Robbi Pickeral has five questions for former Tar Heel point guard Larry Drew II.
Not much in the way of movies. Finding Nemo is in 3D starting Friday. If you missed Raiders in IMAX, you should know that the complete Indy adventures come to Blu-ray Tuesday. Hello, Amazon Wish List.
Ben Folds Five is at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on Sunday.
Comedian Harland Williams (the state trooper from Dumb & Dumber and the hitchhiker in There's Something About Mary ("Seven chipmunks sittin' on a branch...") is at Goodnight's in Raleigh this weekend.
Finally, if you were watching WWE Raw Monday you know that Jerry "The King" Lawler suffered a heart attack at the broadcast table in Montreal. He released a video statement on Thursday and appears to be improving.