THE THREAD [07.01.08] :: Moving Quickly

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Must move quickly today. Hopefully, C&F will have a preview piece up later this evening, but no promises.

South Carolina Olympics update. Former Gamecocks hurdler Tiffany Ross-Williams: In.

Running with power, poise and determination, the 5-foot, 2-inch Ross-Williams won the 400 hurdles final.

The 25-year-old Miami native, who had the fastest time entering the final, won in a time of 54.03. Queen Harrison (54.6) and Sheena Tosta (54.62) finished second and third to earn the remaining berths.

Others, not so much.

Former USC hurdler and four-time NCAA champion Lashinda Demus was fourth in a time of 54.76. Demus, who missed last year because of her pregnancy, did not qualify. ...

In the men’s 400 hurdles final, USC student Johnny Dutch finished fifth in a personal-best time of 48.52, a tenth of a second behind third-place qualifier Angelo Taylor (48.42)

Congratulations to Ross-Williams, and regards to the other current and former South Carolina runners for representing the university well.

As a tribute, C&F will try to understand your sport in the Olympics. Or at least the results. He thinks those standing on the podium are the ones that win.

South Carolina No. 4. In basketball. In the SEC East. Among Emerson's predictions.

WVU President: Rodriguez cries like a girl. Or something like that, as the lawsuit between the new head coach of Michigan and the alma mater he'll love-y forever reveals bitterness.

West Virginia University President Mike Garrison said in a deposition that former football coach Rich Rodriguez was "very distraught" in a private meeting the night before he resigned and accepted the top job at Michigan, complaining about harsh public reaction to a lost shot at a national championship. ...

"I don't know if I yelled or not, but there was, there was one point in the conversation where I did become aggravated, and it was the point in the conversation when I expressed my strong feelings -- which I maintain today -- that there is great value in coaching at your alma mater, at your home university and in your home state."

Rodriguez "didn't think the place was necessarily any more special than anyplace else," Garrison testified, "and I was angry about that."

Rodriguez complained about criticism that followed the Mountaineers' Dec. 1 loss to Pittsburgh, which kept West Virginia out of the national championship game.

First: That people get angry at a meeting like this -- shocking! C&F has always thought they kissed each other on the cheek and shared bon-bons.

Second: Um, if you're on the cusp of the NC game, and you lose to a Pittsburgh team that is redefining futile while playing in the Big East, any criticism is deserved.

Hugh Hewitt: Clinging to his college football out of bitterness. This is sheer idiocy.

They know that they're gonna slaughter the Trojans, and therefore they do not want me there at the bloodbath, since it's probably the last football game we'll ever get to see before the United States gets blown up by the Islamists under Obama. I -- I would like to see Ohio State slaughter USC. This is what I'm living for right now. I'm keeping -- all the bad news, I just focus on the Ohio State upcoming slaughter of USC. (HT: EDSBS)

Huh? First of all, Hugh, you're timing is all off. Obama will not take office until Jan. 20, when even the bowl games are done, so none of the coming college football season will be affected by his Manchurian secret Muslim plot to not wear a flag pin become the president and subvert our democratic ideals did I mention he's black.

Beyond that, even if you were to somehow believe that the United States is going to be blown up by Islamists, which would be quite a feat with freedom on the march, you're most pressing concern is that you'll be deprived of college football?

Finally, you're the one who's talking about slaughter here, while I don't believe the word appears in Obama's platform. (Yes it is it's right behind jihad and making all women wear veils.)

Among all the legitimate criticisms of both candidates, this one is beyond the pale.

NOTE: Yes, C&F realizes this is hyperbole. But it's inane hyperbole, so it deserves being called out.

Blog milestones. The Mayor and Macon Dawg reach the 1,000,000 mark, though they won't admit that Uga VI's death and the subsequent mourning had anything to do with it. That would be tasteless.

And the new, improved mgoblog is up.

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