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Storming the floor?

Posted by Zach Smith on Tuesday, January 13, 2009 at 11:45 AM

First off, I need to give it up for the basketball one more time. They played their behinds off to beat UNC, and Jeff Teague is looking more and more like he really may be one of the best players in the nation. To be honest, I didn't expect Wake to win, and they clearly proved me very wrong. They're really starting to earn my trust, and I feel pretty confident about their chances on the road this week (BC tomorrow night, Clemson on Saturday).

Moving on...in the "old days" of Old Gold & Blog I posted links to things of note on most mornings in a feature called "Wake up call." I'm not going to commit myself to finding and posting those first thing every morning, but when there are some good ones out there I'll try to get them to you.

Perhaps the most interesting discussion I've seen online after the victory was Storming the Floor's analysis of the students after Sunday's win. Ultimately the allow it, but I agree with some of their hesitations. I would have preferred to see the students remain in the stands; as it hardly seems right for the number four team to storm after beating number three, but with bad blood and all I understand why it happened. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the "issue" in the forums.

ACC Sports Journal has a lot of good content, and they deserve a shoutout for having Wake at number one in their ACC power poll. I realize that isn't much of a stretch this week, but they deserve more credit for having them there last week, in a sense predicting the win over UNC.

For the Raleigh News & Observer, Dave Odom offers a breakdown of Sunday's win. It has a bit of a Carolina slant to it (makes since because it's the Raleigh paper that spends more time covering the Heels, but then Odom was coach here at Wake. I guess he's trying to be impartial or whatever, but I expected him to be more complimentary.

And, to end on a very positive note, the Indy Star did a great interview with Jeff Teauge yesterday, including some insight into his recruitment and how Chris Paul is still having a positive influence on Teague and the program as a whole./p>Click here for the archive of this post

Back in the saddle

Posted by Zach Smith on Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 12:00 PM

I've been almost completely out of the loop for the last 72 hours thanks to my first trip to Las Vegas. I had a great time, and lost a reasonable $300 (was up as much as about 150, but you know how that goes). All in all a great time and nothing to complain about.

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Feelin' Good

Posted by Zach Smith on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Out of conference perfection. Isn't that nice? The Demon Deacons basketball team has played 13 games, and not a single one has resulted in a loss. Come tomorrow Wake Forest will be one of the top five teams in the country headed into ACC play.

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2008 in the rear-view mirror

Posted by Zach Smith on Monday, January 1, 2009 at 2:30 pm

2008 is behind us, and 2009 is anywhere from 11-14 hours old, depending upon where you find yourself in this country of ours (with apologies to all of our international readers). Before I say anything else, I want to wish you all a healthy and happy 2009.

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The lull

Posted by Zach Smith on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 9:00 AM

It's an interesting time of year in college athletics, particularly for a school like Wake Forest. For the majority of teams (even though there are plenty of bowl games left to be played) football season is over, while basketball season is in the middle of what I consider to be a bit of a lull in the schedule. The excitement of the beginning of the season has worn off, and the conference schedule hasn't quite gotten started.

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Winning early (but late)

Posted by Zach Smith on Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 3:00 PM

The Demon Deacons played an excellent second half yesterday to defeat the Naval Academy in the EagleBank Bowl. They executed in almost every way, played well on both offense and defense, took care of the ball, and got the job done.

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Weekend Starts 1-0

Posted by Zach Smith on Friday, December 19, 2008 at 9:20 PM

I just finished watching the Wake Forest game against Richmond, and am getting ready for (insomuch as I'm thinking about it) tomorrow's EagleBank Bowl against Navy. Certainly a fun 18 hours for Wake Forest fans (despite a less-than-impressive performance on the hardwood).

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Don't forget Sam

Posted by Zach Smith on Wednesday, December 87, 2008 at 9:20 AM

It's difficult to even list all the awards these guys are winning. Phonz is first team on five different All-American teams, while Curry is second team on four. Both Phonz and AC are second teamers on the Rivals list (I would have put both on the first team, but they didn't give me a vote).

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Positive outlook on EagleBank

Posted by Zach Smith on Wednesday, December 17, 2008 at 1:00 AM

Saturday's inaugural EagleBank Bowl isn't going to be the most glamorous bowl game the Deacons ever play, and it isn't against the best opponent they've ever played, but I'm starting to see that there are plenty of reasons to be excited.

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Welcome to Wake Watch

Posted by Zach Smith on Monday, December 15, 2008 at 5:30 PM

It was over 14 months ago that my blogging career began in the form of Old Gold & Blog, the first successful blog dedicated to Wake Forest athletics. Just after Old Gold & Blog's first birthday Rivals came calling and I found myself here at Deacons Illustrated. It's been a great place to be, and I've really enjoyed the opportunity to write articles and contribute to the message boards here.Click here to continue reading this post

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