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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Seminole Volleyball Beat Duke - 3 Games to 1 - Sunday at 1 PM

You can see the final results on the scoreboard - the smiles on their faces tell it all.

Here - Joel is doing the Seminole Cheer.

FSU has a wonderful volley team. They have 12 wins and 2 losses on the season and 4 and 1 in the ACC.

It is always fun beating Duke. This time FSU won the first game - follow by Duke's lone win - then the Noles won 2 more.

Friday, September 28, 2012

FSU Volleyball Beat Wake Forest 3 Game to 1

The last point against Wake Forest.

The 14th nationally ranked Lady Noles let the Deacons hang around one extra game as they easily beat the squad form Winston-Salem 3 games to 1.

The Noles won the first two - then lost one match right after the break. They stormed back to win in the final game. The match went form 7 PM to 8:45 PM. There was a good crowd on hand including the FSU band and the cheerleaders.

Next FSU hosts Duke at 1 PM on Sunday at the Tully Gym. Duke is 9-5 - losing their last 3 games to Michigan - North Carolina and North Carolina State.

Lulu's Beach Buggy on Maiden Voyage to Gulf of Mexico

Aligator Point is 42 miles from our house. In front of the van is the Gulf of Mexico. 

Behind the van is Ocklockonee Bay. The peninsula is very narrow here.

Toilet fits nicely and takes up very little room. The tinted windows and shades give you privacy. The toilet has a fresh water flush tank and a black tank in the bottom.

You can see the tinted windows - they only allow 20% of the light to enter.

Lulu says she would live in a trailer if it were on the beach. She has a nice lunch packed for us. 

It took about 50 minutes for the Dodge van to make the 42 mile trek to Gator Point. The drive was very uneventful with mild traffic and weather.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Still Pimping My Ride - Dodge Van

1994 Dodge Van with 109,000 miles on it. One owner - V- 6 engine.

Today - I installed a trim strip around the top of the van. This black strip covers all the screws that holds the turtle top to the van. The old strip was rotted and faded. The new one gives the van a much more finished look.

Tomorrow - we are having the windows tinted so that you can't see in. This is mainly because the van will be used as a cabana at the beach.

We have a toilet for the van. Next I am going to rig an electric shower in the van that will be used outside the van.

Friday - we are taking it to the beach. It will be our first long trip.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Got A Shock - Getting Shocks on Van

I am at Sears. Getting 4 new shock absorbers on the van.

$184 total out the door. They are a lot cheaper than struts that new cars have.

It will take an hour.

2 hours later - I went back to pick up the van - they said there is a promotion on the installation - they knocked off labor charge - new price $108 - total out the door.

I got 4 Monro-matic (the yellow ones) shock absorbers installed at Sears for $108 total.

I am still in shock.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Some Clemson Fans Were Way Too Into This

Seminoles See Dawn of New Glory Days

From the NY Times

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — What E. J. Manuel would call the biggest victory of his career had been secured when he galloped free down the sideline, with a clear path to the end zone. All night, he had listened to the former Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward’s advice — take what the defense gives you — and with this run, Manuel joined Ward as the only Seminole to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in a game.

James Wilder Jr - Future NFL Star

James Wilder Jr - You may remember how good his father was.

His father used to play for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Next week FSU plays in the Bucanneer's Stadium in Tampa against USF.

Some people are calling it the Dyslexia Bowl - FSU versus USF

FSU Seminole Remain Undefeated - Beating Clemson 49-37

FSU Heisman Candidate EJ Manuel - He reminds me of Charlie Ward

Florida State - during the Dynasty times - won 10 games every season from 1988 to 2001. In some cases a two loss season was considered a down year. Bobby Bowden was a saint - and even in the end - he never had a losing season - but there were just too many 4 - 5 - 6 loss seasons. A few seasons it took a win in a ho-hum bowl to go 7-6 - preventing the losing season that would end Bobby's career. 

Three years ago - they couldn't wait for a losing season - they fired Bobby. His assistant Jimbo Fisher took over and produced a couple 4 loss seasons. All the spoiled FSU wins have been waiting for the messiah to lead them to the promised land. Through very weak scheduling the Noles started the season - playing 4 games at home. In the first 3 games they won by over 50 points. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

John Orlando at ESPN Gameday at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee

We drove the scooter down this morning to attend the ESPN Gameday Show. See John Orlando here.

ESPN Gameday is at Tallahassee for the Clemson versus Florida State game tonight at 8 PM. Our friends - John and Bonnie Orlando drove up from Ormond Beach for the game. Last night we landed 4 seats on the 40 yard line for the game - supposedly a sellout.

Doak Campbell Stadium under a beautiful blue sky. Look carefully and you can see the spear flaming in Osceola's hand. He is riding Renegade.

John Orlando drove his 385 horsepower Hyundai Genesis up from Daytona yesterday to be at the game with us. It took him less than 4 hours.

This is the Gameday stage on Langford Green.

Florida State Cheerleaders trying to get on TV.

Friday, September 21, 2012

We Got Tickets to the Clemson at Florida State Game

We were having supper at the Steel City Diner with our friends Bonnie and John. They had driven up from Daytona for the game. 

I got a call out of the blue. I could not hear him so I handed the phone to Lulu. She said I should take this call outside. 

A guy asked me if I needed tickets for the Clemson game. He had sold me tickets to a Duke basketball game once - great tickets. He said he had 4 on the 40 yard line. 

He said - meet me at the Walmart where we met before at 8:30. John and I went there in our red Prius. At 8:30 exactly - a big white Cadillac with giant wheels on it pulled in. He was flying two FSU flags. Just like a drug deal - we got out - shook hands - exchanged greetings. He handed me the tickets - I checked them out - and I handed him cash. 

The guy is a Golden Chief. They pay $25,000 for the right to buy 24 season tickets - they pick first. 

At any rate - we have 4 nice tickets - to a big game - and we can sit together - the 4 of us - for the biggest home game of the year.

I'm Dreaming of a White President

“I’m Dreaming” Lyrics
George Washington was a white man
Adams and Jefferson too
Abe Lincoln was a white man, probably
And William McKinley the whitest of them all
Was shot down by an immigrant in Buffalo
And a star fell out of heaven
I’m dreaming of a white President
Just like the ones we’ve always had
A real live white man
Who knows the score
How to handle money or start a war
Wouldn’t even have to tell me what we were fighting for
He’d be the right man
If he were a
I’m dreaming of a white President
Someone whom we can understand
Someone who knows where we’re coming from
And that the law of the jungle is not the law of this land
In deepest darkest Africa nineteen three
A little boy says, “Daddy, I just discovered relativity.
A big eclipse is coming
And I’ll prove it. Wait and see!”
“You better eclipse yourself outta here, son
And find yourself a tree
There’s a lion in the front yard
And he knows he won’t catch me.”
How many little Albert Einsteins
Cut down in their prime?
How many little Ronald Reagans
Gobbled up before their time?
I don’t believe in evolution
But it does occur to me,
What if little William Howard Taft had to face a lion
Or God forbid, climb a tree?
Where would this country be?
I’m dreaming of a white President
Buh buh buh buh
‘Cause things have never been this bad
So he won’t run the hundred in ten seconds flat
So he won’t have a pretty jump shot
Or be an Olympic acrobat
So he won’t know much about global warming
Is that really where you’re at?
He won’t be the brightest, perhaps
But he’ll be the whitest
And I’ll vote for that
Whiter than this?
Whiter than this?
Whiter than this?
Whiter than this?
Oh yeah

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

1994 Dodge B250 Conversion Van

Here is the van after the paint job. It came out pretty good. It still needs a few trim pieces - but all and all - it looks great. Maaco painted it. It took longer than expected but they were busy with another van. I plan to paint the wheels silver. I know - conversion vans are so 90's.

This is the short van chassis. It has a raised top. It needs a black trim strip to go in the channel between the body and roof.

Lulu would like the windows tinted very dark so that we could remove the curtains.

The 4 captains chairs are in good shape for being 18 years old and having 109,000 miles on them.

It has a V-6 engine - and 3 speed automatic transmission. Not much else - a radio and television

The 4 captains chairs recline. The third row bench seat is missing.  With new paint - new windshield - tax - tag - title - we have $2200 into it.

The van was the only car of an 85 year old couple for 18 years. They took good care of it. They just moved to Oregon to be with their family. It took a while to straighten out the title - because of a computer mistake in the DMV in South Carolina. We now have a current Florida title for the van.

The dodge van cost $17,000 new

The conversion added another $19,000 to the deal - total cost $36,000. They drove it for 16 years - that means it cost them $2000 a year.

Nissan Leaf Panel Truck Coming

This all electric delivery truck is being tested by Nissan.

British Museum Plan Big Pompeii Display in 2013

Associated Press

The British Museum plans to take visitors into the streets, salons and bedrooms of the ancient Roman world with a major exhibition about the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum announced Thursday.
The two cities beside the Bay of Naples were wiped out by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., but rich archaeological remains were buried beneath the ash.
Italian authorities are loaning some 250 objects for the exhibition, from mosaics and paintings to casts of bodies encased in ash and a child's wooden crib, carbonized by high-temperature gases from the volcano. There are even the charred remains of figs and bread.
The show, which opens in March, will be the first about Pompeii in London for 40 years. Curator Paul Roberts said previous exhibitions had focused on buildings and public spaces, but this one aims to show how the cities' residents lived.
"Domestic life is something we all share. We don't all go to the baths, we don't all go to the amphitheater but we all have a home," he said.
Pompeii was rediscovered in 1748 and today is one of the most-visited ancient sites in the world. Smaller Herculaneum is less well-known, and less fully excavated, because it was buried deeper, beneath as much as 80 feet (24 meters) of ash.
Roberts said the exhibition would show that the cities, frozen in time by the volcano, were in the midst of a "social revolution" in which former slaves could become wealthy and powerful, and women played an important role in society.
British Museum director Neil MacGregor said the exhibition also would showcase differences between bustling industrial Pompeii and its "sleeker, genteeler" neighbor.
McGregor said Pompeii and Herculaneum were important because they were "provincial cities that suddenly become immortalized ... two not particularly distinguished or special places" that give an unparalleled glimpse at life in the ancient Roman civilization.
"These are not extraordinary cities," added Roberts. "They die in an extraordinary way, but they are ordinary cities in Roman terms. That's why they are so important, because we can look at them and say we have a pretty good idea what was going on in other Roman cities."
The exhibition will run March 28 to Sept. 29, 2013.

Counterfeit Tickets for the Big FSU/Clemson Game in Tallahassee

Harry Note - We have guests coming here for the Clemson game this weekend. So we need 4 tickets together. It is going to be a difficult ticket to get. Doak Campbell Stadium seldom sells out - this time it has. People are advertising tickets on for $300. Wish us luck - I will let you know what we get. My limit is $90 - then I go home to watch the game in HDTV.

From the Tallahassee Democrat today - 

Buyer beware: FSU-Clemson game sparks ticket scams Anyone still looking for a way to attend Saturday’s sold-out game between No. 5-ranked Florida State Seminoles and No. 10-ranked Clemson Tigers needs to exercise extreme caution. All 83,300 seats in Doak Campbell Stadium will be filled for Seminole’s biggest game since taking on Oklahoma last year. Rob Wilson, associate athletic director for communications, said at this point, it’s “buyer beware” for ’Noles fans needing tickets for the game.

Why Does Rice Play Texas? - PRESIDENT JACK KENNEDY

When you listen to this 1963 speech - it is hard to imagine that everything came about just as he said. I spent 33 years teaching Earth and Space Science - from 1970 to 2003 - a whole career touting our space program. Now it lays in shambles. We depend on Russia's Soyuz spacecraft to shuttle us to our own space station. Instead of being a science teacher - I have become a teacher of history.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Too Much About Politics on this Blog - Back to Entertaining with Steven Colbert

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I Am A "47 Percenter" - I Am A Retired Teacher

If you saw Romney's video - you know he has given up on 47% of Americans. I am one of those. I taught in the same public school classroom for 33 years straight. I kicked 5.25% of my income into the a Pennsylvania State Retirement Employees account. Now I am drawing a monthly pension check from that account. I have been doing that for 9 years. I do pay income tax on that income. I can't believe this candidate would announce he is writing off my vote. That is one thing he is correct about.

I will vote for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton after that - maybe Michelle Obama.

We are the 47 percenters.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Most Common Car Traded In on Chevy Volt.....Toyota Prius

Prius - Chevy Volt

The Chevy Volt doesn’t get a lot of love from the right-wing, and Monday’s biased Reuters article claiming each Volt costs GM up to $49,000 certainly doesn’t help. But there is one group of car owners who are turning to the Volt in high numbers, and it is just the customer GM is hoping to attract. I’m talking about owners of the Toyota Prius, which is the #1 traded-in vehicle for Volt customers. Yup, it turns out the stereotype is true; Prius owners are probably the same people who are ready to pop an artery over today’s new iPhone unveiling. While no specific numbers are mentioned, it is an important metric. It took Toyota many years to recoup its investment in the Prius, and they are only now getting around to releasing a plug-in version of the Prius. Yet Prius owners are still turning to the Volt. Part of the reason could be that the Prius Plug-in is still only available in select markets. It could be that the Volt has had a lot more press, negative and positive, than the Prius Plug-in. It could be that Prius owners simply need to have the latest and greatest thing. Whatever the reason, I am sure there are a few current and former GM execs smirking over the conquest numbers. Any current Prius owners want to chime in?

From Clean Technica

Harry Note - I own a 2008 Prius with 35,000 miles on it and love it. But I am considering a Chevy Volt. Why? A Volt can operate for 30 miles just on electricity - no gasoline necessary. In our case - we seldom drive more than 30 miles a day. We would seldom buy gasoline - it is as close to an all-electric car we can get. No offense to our Prius - it is marvelous.

Romney Says He Does Not Worry About 47% of Americans

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Tallahassee Loved Michelle Obama

This is a view from our seats in the upper deck. Seldom do we sit up there. 

Lulu loves Michelle Obama - but loves Hillary even more. 

Last person we saw on that stage was John Mellencamp. Also George Jones - Donovan - Conway Twitty - Loretta Lynn. Lulu saw Elton John.

We went to see Michelle Obama speak at the Civic Center last night in Tallahassee. This is where Florida State plays basketball games. Usually we get seats closer to the floor because frankly - FSU basketball only plays to a packed house against Duke or North Carolina. The arena holds about 13,000 - but a regular game is usually played to about 5000 people. 

Last night they cordoned off about 3000 seats behind the stage for security. About 10,000 people showed up to see Michelle. They also allowed VIP's to sit right on the floor.

As always - the sound system in the Civic Center stunk. It was hard to hear things clearly - although Obama's alto voice did carry well. Maybe I should not have forgotten my hearing aids. 

At first - I was wondering why this rally took place. Face it - everyone there will vote for the Barack. They were encouraging everyone to work for Obama. Of course - they have my vote and Lulu's vote all wrapped up. I seldom vote for anything just because someone asks me to. By this time - I think most minds are made up.

In a previous article - I listed all the planks of each party's platform. The choice could not be more distinct. Rich versus poor - 99% versus 1% - black versus white - higher taxes for rich - health care versus no care - abortion or no choice - gay marriage or no equal rights - war party versus peace party - favor banks versus favor  borrowers - Mormon or not - hide your taxes versus show you taxes - more for defense versus less for defense. Excellent orator versus gaffer - women's rights versus oppress women.

The line to get in wrapped around the block. It took use about 40 minutes to get in. It rained hard - interesting as you got closer to the door and it poured - people passed their own umbrellas back thru the lines. 

The line stretched all the way around the block - even in the rain.

About 30 minutes before speech time - the motorcade came from the airport. About 30 cop cycles led the way. Those guys love that action - show of force.

Michelle spoke for 30 minutes to a very receptive crowd. No hecklers. Outside - the crowd was nice to the few Romney folks - more or less ignored them.

Obama appear at Gainesville before they were in Tallahassee. 

The crowd was excited but well-mannered.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Just Got Home From Seeing Michelle Obama

Civic Center was full - line snaked around the block. While we were in line - the motorcade came in from the airport.

We went thru security - sat upstairs.

Mrs Obama spoke for 30 minutes - wound up the crowd. She is a really good speaker.

We were home in 20 minutes - now going out for our walk.

IPHONE 5 - Breaks Sales Records

In a news statement Monday morning, Apple said the iPhone 5 pre-orders had topped two million in the first 24 hours, which is more than double the record set by the iPhone 4S last year.

Koch Brothers Would Save $8 Billion Each on Romney's Tax Plan

Each of the Koch brothers -- Charles and David -- is worth about $25 billion. They are each married, so they would receive an exemption on the first $10 million that they pass down, and then theirs heirs would pay a 35 percent tax, or $8.7 billion, on the rest of their vast fortunes.

My Computer Typing Desk

Only kidding. I do like riding my Vespa.

Obama and Romney on the Issues - Point by Point

From the Associated Press
 (AP) — A look at where Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican presidential rival Mitt Romney stand on a selection of issues, in brief:

Obama: Supports abortion rights. Health care law requires contraceptives to be available for free for women enrolled in workplace health plans.
Romney: Opposes abortion rights. Previously supported them. Says state law should guide abortion rights, and Roe v. Wade should be reversed by a future Supreme Court ruling. Said he would end federal aid to Planned Parenthood.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A-10 Warthog Flyover Before Wake Forest at FSU Game

Color me weird but one of my favorite parts of an FSU football game is the flyover. Since Tallahassee is near several Navy and Air Force training bases - the pilots enjoy flyovers as part of their training. Since they would be flying anyway for practice - this provides good public relations for the military. I just love the science of these heavy - fast - impressive aircraft and their pilots.

I took this video with my iPhone yesterday. I did press 3D - even though I can't see 3D myself.

Usually they return to the stadium in the second half and they are introduced from the field. Many of the pilots are FSU grads.

My Three Fords

Josh Gross is a fellow motorhead. Here is this stable of Ford products. All three shine way too much for work vehicles.

Red - 4 x 4 Ford Ranger
White - Ford New Holland tractor
Blue - Mustang - V6 and 5 speed

Josh is a very good friend. His wife Melissa works with Lulu. He is a psychologist at FSU. I would like to hear his Rorschach Test.

This Professor Has Three Sets of Clothes

Here is Mimi Johnson at the UGA game yesterday with her Dad and niece Sarah. She has three wardrobes - she was an undergrad at Georgia - she earned her PhD at Florida State in 3 years - and is now a library science professor at Alabama.

The AP poll has them ranked - Alabama (1) - FSU (5) - Georgia (7) - People in Tallahassee have a feeling that the Seminoles are going to be playing one of the others in the Orange Bowl this season. It is a long season.

Whose van is that in the background?

Thompson, 'Noles Break Wake

Harry Note - This entire story was written by my good friend - Brandon Mellor. He has come a long way since I met him 5 years ago when I was buying a Volkswagen convertible from his lovely wife. Since then - he and his wife have started a sweet family with two kids - Maycen and Dash. Besides being the Managing Editor of - he is a doctoral student in the College of Communications and Information.

Sept. 15, 2012

Box Score | Game Notes | Quotes
By: Brandon Mellor (@BrandonMellor), Managing Editor
Tennessee logo
Florida State
(3-0, 1-0 ACC)

Next: Sept. 22 vs. Clemson
Georgia logo
Wake Forest
(2-1, 0-1 ACC)

Next: Sept. 22 vs. Army
Doak Campbell Stadium  //  Attendance: 68,883
Florida State
Wake Forest
Total Yards
Yards Rushing
Yards Passing
First Downs
Florida State
Wake Forest
Chris Thompson, 197 yards, 2 TDs
Josh Harris, 51 yards
EJ Manuel, 15-24, 176 yards, 2 TDs
Tanner Price, 8-22, 82 yards
Kelvin Benjamin, 2 catches, 44 yards
Sherman Regland, 2 catches, 48 yards
2 with 6
Brandon Chubb, 2
Player of the Game headshot
» Chris Thompson
Senior // Running back
Chris Thompson wasn't going to ever forget this game anyway considering the circumstances. But a career-high 197 yards and two touchdowns make it all the more special.
Through three games in 2012, FSU is allowing its opponents to score an average of just one point per contest.
Michael Campanaro came into the game with 22 receptions through two games for Wake Forest this year but had just two Saturday.
Eleven different Seminoles caught a pass in the 52-0 win, marking the third time this year that at least 10 different players caught a pass in a game.
Chris Thompson averaged 21.9 yards per carry against Wake Forest.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Chris Thompson had been thinking about this one for a long time, going over and over in his head his in-game assignments and responsibilities while also managing the emotions of playing against the team that nearly ended his career a year ago.
He never could have imagined it would play out like this.
In No. 5/6 Florida State's convincing 52-0 win against Wake Forest Saturday, Thompson rushed for a career-high 197 yards -- including two scoring touchdowns of more than 70 yards -- despite only playing in the first two quarters. It was vintage big-play Thompson leaving a defense in pieces, made all the more special because it was against a team that quite literally broke him a year ago.
Eleven months after sustaining two fractured vertebrae in a 35-30 loss at Wake Forest, Thompson left this year's Atlantic Division showdown with the game ball rather than a career-threatening injury.
"There was nothing like it, I have been pretty much waiting for this moment for a while," Thompson said. "To open up against an ACC team and for it to be the Wake game was such a big deal due to the fact of what happened last year."
"What a difference a year makes," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher added. "... It's amazing. It can't happen to a better young man. I'm very proud of him today. I'm very proud of our team."
Thompson's performance was a feel-good story but it doesn't overshadow what the 'Noles' defense continues to do.
The Seminoles had allowed a combined three points in blowout wins over Murray State and Savannah State and the no-touchdown trend continued despite the increase in competition. The last time FSU didn't allow a touchdown in three consecutive games was in 1964.
Outside of a 34-yard rush in the first quarter by Josh Harris and a 41-yard reception by Sherman Ragland in the third quarter, Wake Forest's offense was kept in check and held to just 126 of total offense and 2.1 yards on average per play. The Demon Deacons were held to just seven first downs, only converted 1-of-16 third-down conversion chances and had to punt 13 times.
Wake Forest never got into the redzone either.
"That's what your pride yourself on on defense is dominating," sophomore defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan said.
Jernigan and junior linebacker Christian Jones led the Seminoles with six tackles before being pulled for the reserves in time for the fourth quarter. Junior defensive end Bjoern Werner continued his early-season tear with 1 1/2 sacks and 2 1/2 tackles for loss to harass Demon Deacons quarterback Tanner Price -- the ACC's quarterback of the week -- and help limit him to just 82 yards passing.
Cornellius Carradine also had a career-best 2 1/2 sacks.
Josh Harris was the last opponent to rush for 100 yards on the Seminoles but Saturday he was held to just 51 yards, too. Michael Campanaro, who led the nation in catches per game and was coming off a 13-catch performance in a win over North Carolina, had just two grabs for a paltry eight yards.
"Against a quarterback and receivers that are good players, now," Fisher said. "They controlled the line of scrimmage and, again, that was the key. Our defense was very dominant. They contested all the throws."
Thompson's 197 yards were a school record for most rushing yards in an opening half but he wasn't the only one updating records. FSU, which posted 612 yards of total offense, has now scored at least 50 points in three consecutive games for the first time in the program's storied history and became the first ACC team to ever accomplish that feat to start the season.
EJ Manuel threw for 176 of those yards and had two touchdowns in three quarters of action, with scoring tosses to Kenny Shaw and Rodney Smith.
Thompson didn't have to play in the second half and sophomore James Wilder, Jr. added 94 yards on 16 carries while Manuel added 48 yards on the ground and one touchdown on an option play. Fullback Debrale Smiley added another touchdown run and 30 rushing yards as FSU finished with 385 yards on the ground.
Chris Thompson Interview

EJ Manuel Interview

Jimbo Fisher Interview

Rashad Greene Interview

Tank Carradine Interview

Xavier Rhodes Interview

Video Highlights

Play Of The Game
A year after rushing for just 289 yards through the opening three games, FSU has rattled off 837 yards on the ground through three contests in 2012.
"We are confident and trust each other more now," senior fullback Lonnie Pryor said. "You've seen early on that we've got a lot of guys that can carry the football effectively."
Including Manuel.
FSU's starting quarterback got the Seminoles on the board for the first time against Wake Forest with a 16-yard run at 4:28 mark of the first quarter after being set up by a 33-yard Thompson dash.
FSU then quickly pushed its lead to 14-0 thanks to sophomore wide receiver Rashad Greene's 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. The special-teams score was Greene's second punt return of the season as he became the first Seminole to register multiple return touchdowns since Willie Reid in 2005.
"I just saw my guys in great position for blocks and they basically opened it up for me," Greene said. "I probably made one person miss and the rest was done by our return team."
The second quarter then started with some Thompson magic. His touchdown runs of 74 and 80 yards occurred within 3:10 of one another and effectively closed the door on Wake Forest's chances.
Thompson had entered the game with three touchdowns of 70 yards or more after becoming a home-run threat as a sophomore in 2010. He exited Saturday's ball game with two more to his credit while pushing his career rushing totals to 1,302 yards.
On each of his long runs, FSU's wide receivers and tight ends helped contribute with critical downfield blocks.
"[The offensive line] has got to get you the first [yards] and after that you've got to be able to block down field" Fisher said. "We are big, we are athletic and we are physical. We need to be blocking like that all the time."
Following a 19-yard Dustin Hopkins field goal, Smith added his 20-yard touchdown from reception with 14 seconds left in the second quarter. Shaw's 17-yard touchdown catch and Smiley's 19-yard scoring run then accounted for the 'Noles 14 second-half points.
The national college-football spotlight now shifts to Tallahassee for Florida State's Sept. 22 game against divisional foe Clemson. The Seminoles and Tigers will tussle at 8 p.m. live in front of a national audience at 8 p.m.