Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Final Post

Dear Readers, After 7+ years, I’m putting ScalpEm.com into “Archive Mode” and, for all intents and purposes, closing the site. No new content will be added in the future. After many years of blogging about the Noles, it’s time for me to move on to other formats. Where can you find me in the future? You can find me on Twitter. It lets me interact with all of you, in 140 characters at a time and provides some of the best real time news and conversation anywhere. As you have probably noticed, posting frequency slowed down a lot since October of 2009. Why? My priorities in life, my outlook on life and what’s important to me changed. There are other projects and ideas that I’d like to work on. So, it’s time for me... [Read more]


Jon Loesche Checks In For Spring Football

With Spring Football almost finished, I thought it would be time to once again come out of hibernation. There has been plenty talked about for Florida State’s 2011 campaign. The Sept 17th game vs Oklahoma has already been circled as another “Is FSU back moment”, while the tin foil hat crowd thinks the ACC is out to get the Noles with the schedule. So what is it? Can Jimbo Fisher make the 2nd year jump protégé Nick Saban had at LSU and Alabama, or should FSU be content with another solid season? Barring injuries, FSU should have one of the top defenses in a stacked ACC and perhaps the country. The Noles have two NFL caliber corners, a two 5 star recruits who will be playing safety. The front four will get a badly needed injection of talent... [Read more]


Jordi’s ScalpEm Farewell

Many moons ago, in the days of yore, ancient cavemen made their mark on the walls of caves. They carved what they did, what they thought, and what was happening to them over however long they were in the cave. Some cavemen marked for years, some for months, and yet others maybe only left one marking. And while some died in their caves, others moved on to other pastures. And so it is under this historical precedent that I am sad to announce that this is my last post at ScalpEm.com. I haven’t visited this cave much recently, so I figured it was time I took my remaining rocks, spearheads, and caveman clubs and officially moved out. This is a sad departure, for sure. I started blogging in late 2006. During my first few months, I was the definition... [Read more]


FSU’s Season Ends

Moments earlier Chris Singleton pumped faked getting his man in the air and drove the ball in along the right baseline for the slam dunk giving Florida State a 71-70 lead. Seven point nine seconds remained in overtime.  That is all that separated Florida State from their first appearance in the Elite Eight since 1993. All the Seminoles needed to do was to hold VCU on the inbound play under the Rams’ basket. But the Rams had burned the ‘Noles on inbound plays throughout the game. This one particularly hurt when Joey Rodriguez bounced the ball under and in between two Seminole defenders right to a cutting Bradford Burgess who laid the ball in to take a 72-71 lead with 7.1 seconds left. With time running out it looked like Derwin Kitchen might... [Read more]


Monday Morning Quick Thoughts

Although I don’t watch much basketball, I’m very happy for the Noles and Coach Hamilton. Perhaps some of the people that like to scream for his head all of the time will shut up now? Probably not, but for a program that will always be 2nd fiddle to the football team and viewed as a mid-tier ACC team, he’s doing a great job. Who’s a better value than Coach Hamilton all things considered? I can’t answer that, if you can leave a comment. I’m also very happy that Sue Semrau’s squad is a first round winner. They should be able to advance well into the tournament too. Semrau is a great success story at FSU. The baseball team dropped 3-4 this week. The Gators pulled out the victory in Gainesville and the Cavaliers... [Read more]


Sweet 16 Bound!!!!

It’s not often you see a smiling Leonard Hamilton after a game even when it is a win. But after a near perfect performance Hamilton had plenty of reason to grin from ear to ear after Florida State manhandled Notre Dame all game long in beating the Fighting Irish 71-57 to reach their first Sweet 16 since 1993. Lower seeds such as a ten seed that Florida State came into the NCAA as generally don’t beat second seeded teams in such dominating fashion. But that is exactly what the Seminoles did in giving nothing easy to the Irish from start to finish. Heck, even the walk ons got into the swing of things as Andrew Rutledge finished off the scoring with a three pointer from the right corner with just seconds left in the game. The shooting statistics... [Read more]


FSU Moves On in the NCAA

When the pairing of Florida State and Texas A&M, two teams noted much more for their defensive prowess than their offensive capabilities, was announced last Sunday, fans and pundits quipped that the first team to fifty would win the game. That proved to prophetic. With 2:28 left in the game, Bernard James swatted away B.J. Holmes layup right into the hands of Ian Miller who promptly saw Michael Snaer all alone racing down the floor.  The subsequent layup put FSU on that 50 point plateau. And just for good measure Snaer added a free throw having been fouled on the play by Khris Middleton giving the ‘Noles a 51-42 lead en route to a 57-50 win over the Aggies. It was the first NCAA tournament win for the Seminoles since beating TCU96-87... [Read more]


Noles Sweep Boston College

I made it out to the Saturday blowout, but watched the Sunday game from the confines of ScalpEm.com headquarters. Tallahassee provides some of the most pleasant baseball weather you’ll find anywhere in the country, especially this time of the year. That will probably last about another 2-3 weeks and then it’ll be hazy, hot and humid until November. Weather aside, the Noles are 15-1 and playing some really solid, winning, baseball. It’s hard to argue with winning, just as Charlie Sheen. Saturday Thoughts: So much for those 2.5 hour games. Thanks to the batting practice show that the Noles put on, the game was lengthy. Fifteen runs when it’s not gorillaball is much more interesting to me than when they’re all dingers. Busch... [Read more]


Seminoles Baseball Tops Boston College 3-1

Now THAT’S  my kind of game! Scheduling has kept me away from the last few games down at Dick Howser Stadium, but last night was I was back and it was one of those nights that I love as an old-school baseball fan. I was never a fan of the 15-14 “gorillaball” scores, so a 3-1 night where Sean Gilmartin was pretty much lights out and the Noles had one big rally to win the game was fantastic. To top that off the games are still under 3 hours with the combination of the bats and new rules. The only thing that would have made it better is a bigger crowd, but attendance last night was understandable considering FSU is on Spring Break. Here are some random thoughts from last night: It seems like Sean Gilmartin needs a big hit against... [Read more]


Heartbreak

What looked to a dagger of a shot to Virginia Tech turned out instead to be a dagger to Florida State. Derwin Kitchen’s jumper from inside the arc along the right baseline was a millisecond too late leaving his finger tips. Instead of a game winning shot that saw the FSU bench rush to Kitchen to celebrate, the referees determined after several minutes via replay that the clock had gone off before the shot. Gene Deckerhoff described the heartbreaking loss this way. “The shot is no good. Virginia Tech wins 52-51. How did they do it? Count up the turnovers and that will tell you the story.” Deckerhoff was of course referring to the 20 turnovers by the Seminoles that led to 19 points for VT. But it was the one that occurred with just 25... [Read more]


FSU Holds Off Wolfpack

Florida State has been invited to the Big Dance aka the NCAA tournament. Well, not officially anyway. But after holding off North Carolina State, 72-62, getting that highly valued eleventh conference win, the Selection Sunday show next week will just be a formality. The only suspense for FSU will be what number seed and where to. Erasing Wednesday’s loss to the Tar Heels and building some momentum going into the ACC tournament was a priority for the ‘Noles.  And to do that the Seminoles knew they had to take care of business in Raleigh. It seemingly started out easy enough, but it didn’t end up that way. Florida State jumped out to a 7-0 lead before NC State scored its first basket with nearly four minutes gone in the game. The ‘Noles... [Read more]


FSU Manages To Hold On Against Georgia

Over his three years facing Georgia, Sean Gilmartin has made a habit of owning the Bulldogs. Friday night was no different as Gilmartin recorded a career high 11 strikeouts allowing just one hit and no runs over his eight innings of work. However, as brilliant as Gilmartin was, Brandon Johnson and Daniel Bennett were the exact opposite nearly blowing a six run lead only to hold on in beating Georgia 6-5. Johnson came in the bottom of the ninth and lasted just eight pitches, all balls, walking both of the batters he faced. Bennett fared better but not much allowing five hits, all singles, in addition to a hit batter. A throwing error by Devon Travis to first base low and into the dirt scored UGA’s first run. The flood gates seemed to open up... [Read more]


Seminoles Pass First Test of the Season

Florida State got all the runs they needed in the third inning and then got stellar pitching from Daniel Bennett and Mike McGee to hold off #1 Florida 5-3. The Seminoles got their first hit of the game in the top of the third inning when Justin Gonzalez lined a single to center. Devon Travis the smacked a ground ball just inside the third base line for a double. After Sherman Johnson popped out, McGee walked to load the bases. That was enough for Kevin O’Sullivan pulling starter Tommy Toledo who was having accuracy problems with his pitches bringing in lefty Alex Panteliodis. James Ramsey welcomed him to the mound by hitting a hard ground ball that ricochet off Panteliodis’ ankle and caromed into foul territory on the first base side. 1B... [Read more]


FSU Starts Strong, Holds Off Miami

This season Florida State was 16-0 when leading at the half. And that trend looked like it would continue as the Seminoles thoroughly dominated the Miami Hurricanes over the first thirty minutes on both ends of the court. Then came the second thirty minutes. Leading by twenty points at intermission, 36-16, Florida State saw its lead nearly evaporate on a barrage of circus like three pointers as the ‘Canes closed to within three, 62-59, with just under a minute to play. But thanks to a very timely bucket by Okaro White and a defensive effort by Michael Snaer on the subsequent inbound play that forced Miami to call its final timeout, FSU held on for what Leonard Hamilton described “as close to a must win as you can get” winning by the score... [Read more]


Lessons Of A Seminole Baseball Fan

Here are some random thoughts from my head regarding FSU Baseball: FSU Baseball will frustrate you at times, but overall it’s not worth complaining about teams that win so many games each season. Face it, you could be a Mets fan and really suffer. Mike Martin is frustrating at times, but not nearly as frustrating as some would like to claim. The first base side of Dick Howser Stadium has a great a view, but you pay for it when the sun is out. Nole Dogs are tasty, but I miss the M&M’s Ice Cream Sandwiches. Statistics will never give you a moment like Danny Wardell hitting a bomb and releasing a whole lot of frustration with a big grin at home plate when greeted by his teammates. Not all decisions on a baseball field should be... [Read more]