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Lee It right where yoo found it

Much like Yoo said it not ming, this post was inspired by a conversation I had with a coworker.

Bruce, Brandon, Jason Scott, Ang, and Jet all have two things in common: they’re of Chinese descent and have

“Lee” (or “Li” in Jet’s case) for a last name.

As for the Korean Lees, there’s Lee Minwoo from ShinhwaLee JungHyunLee ByungHunLee Sora.

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But, as Spike, Sara*, Ben, Amy, and Robert E. will attest, not all Lees are Asian. I decided to compile a list of Asian Lees and non-Asian Lees.  Wikipedia has saved me lots of surmising and brainstorming.  Here, you will find links to Lee as an English last name, Lee as a Korean last name, and Lee as a Chinese last name.  Nevertheless, since Sitting Pugs is a sports blog, I’m going to put down “Lee” athletes on the collegiate and professional levels.

On va commencer avec Football.

And what d’ya know?  UGA center Dallas Lee is not Asian.  And by the way, UGA wiped off some Vanderbilt smiles 34 to 10.

Clyde Lee is a wide receiver for  Boston College, who happened to conk the heads of the players for NC State 54 to 20.

Andy Lee punts for the San Francisco 49ers.

Donald Lee is a tight end for the Green Bay Packers.

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Way Joe Lee, a Malaysian, swims for GaTech.

Jing Li also swims for GaTech.

Ben Lee dives for Emory.

By the way, GaTech slingshots over Virginia Tech 28 to 23.

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On to the NBA.  Meet David Lee and Courtney Lee.

As for the MLB, Carlos Lee, Cliff Lee, and Derek Lee.

NHL has Brian Lee.

MLS has none.

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When I was googling, I came across a neat article about a Chinese-Canadian man’s experiences with having the last name of Lee.  Here’s an excerpt:

When Lee received his science degree from the University of B.C. in 1960, he was one of just three students named Lee in a graduating class of 445.  When he began applying for teaching positions in Ontario, he said, employers would often look at his resume and assume he was white — then look disappointed when a Chinese man showed up for the interview…And while Don Lee may have once been mistaken for English or Irish, the shoe is now very much on the other foot.  Mario Lee, a social planner at the City of Vancouver, is an immigrant from Chile who got his last name from his great-grandfather, who was Irish.  He said he regularly gets mail delivered to him at city hall that is written entirely in Chinese — and at election time gets hassled by Chinese-speaking campaigners targeting the ethnic vote.

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*Google image search reveals that Sara(h) Lees come in Asian and non-Asian varieties.

College Football 2009: Virginia Tech duke nukems Miami

Wading in the water, wading in the water, it rained in Blacksburg as 66,000 watched Virginia Tech’s Hokies hosted Miami’s Hurricanes this afternoon.  Broadcast on ABC, the first quarter began with Hokies tailback Ryan Williams leaped into the end zone for a touchdown.  Virginia Tech 7 and Miami 0 .  SWEET PRISTINE CANDY! Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor made an exquisite forty-eight yard throw to wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, who ran twenty or so yard into the end zone completely without threat of a tackle.  Virginia Tech 14 and Miami 0.

Hokies punter Brent Bowden couldn’t get a firm hold on the ball as he was about to punt the ball away in the top of the the second quarter.  The ball fell to the ground, one Hokies player and one Hurricanes player dove for the ball.  Their contact with the field revealed that the grass was very slushy.  Hokies kicker Matt Waldron missed a twenty-five yard field goal with about five minutes left to play.  Oh but what a play that followed.  Hurricanes’ kicker Matt Bosher attempted to punt the ball, which was blocked (thanks to cornerback Jacob Sykes), enabling Hokies Matt Reidy to take the ball into the end zone.  Virginia Tech 21 and Miami 0.

The third quarter saw a much better offensive attack by the Hurricanes.  There was a TD, courtesy of running Javarris James.  Later on, nearing the four minute mark, there was a field goal.  Virginia Tech 24 and Miami 7.  The fourth quarter saw a nicely executed interception by Hokies cornerback Rashad Carmichael.  A few plays later, Ryan Williams made another TD.  Virginia Tech 31 and Miami 7.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  It was raining quite heavily from the start of the game.  Would/has a football coach arrange for his players to practice in a simulated rain game so that they would know how to adjust their balance, grip, and footing in times of wet turf and wet ball?

2.  The Hurricanes’ white jerseys juxtaposed against their green pants made them look like Gatorade sports bottles.  In comparison, the Hokies reminded me of beets.

3.  The TV signal was still patchy.

4.  The commentators, Matt Millen and Sean McDonough, noted in the bottom of the first quarter that Hokies offensive guard Sergio Render enjoys hunting and fishing.

5.  Before one of the commercial breaks in the top of the second quarter, there was a short clip of the Hurricanes in a game from decades past.  The the jerseys were white and the pants were orange  (or was it the other way around).

6.  The stands were filled with a near ROY G. BIV of rain ponchos.

7.  Tyrod Taylor has surpassed Michael Vick’s record of being one Virginia Tech’s all-time rushers?  Was that what the commentators said?

8.  The rain fell harder in the second half of the game.  Sheets of rain.  I hope those players’ feet stayed dry.  The fastest way to get sick is from wearing wet socks.

9.  Miami head coach Randy Shannon has lived through nearly every came-from-the-hood narrative trope cinema and literature have “standardized.”

10.  Did I really see footage of Tyrod Taylor doing a backflip during practice?

11.  Did you know about the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets?

12.  Wow, those Hokies fans turned the field into a mosh pit. Nice.

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College Football 09: Crimson Tide flips over the Hokies

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Virginia Tech Hokies players and fans amass in the GA Dome on the same date as the first day of Dragon Con.  Downtown Atlanta must’ve been one frothy cauldron of red, maroon/plum, and all the other colors of ROY G BIV.  How lovely the Dome looked from an aerial view (provided by the Metlife blimp).

Televised by ABC, commentary was supplied by Kirk Herbstreit and Brent Musburger.   The Crimson Tide scored first and second with two field goals (thanks to kicker Leigh Tiffin).  Alabama 6 and Virginia Tech 0.  The Hokies would give the Crimson a shocker with ninety-eight yard kickoff return for a TD by wide receiver Dyrell Roberts (he ran with such momentum that after he reached the end zone, he tumbled into a padded, triangular object of sponsorship promotion).  Virginia Tech 7 and Alabama 6.  The Crimson Tide got a luck-ball-change when Hokies tailback Ryan Williams let the ball slip out of his reach during a kickoff-return attempt.  Tiffin went out for another field goal after his teammates couldn’t get the ball in the end zone.  Alabama 9 and Virginia Tech 7.

Five minutes into the second quarter Hokies defensive end Jason Worilds intercepted Crimson Tide quarterback Greg McElroy.  Tries for the end zone were unsuccessful.  Hokies kicker Matt Waldron then sent a twenty-eight yarder through the uprights.  Virginia Tech 10 and Alabama 9.  As the clock whittled down to three minutes, Crimson Tide running back Roy Upchurch got his upper body across the goal line.  Alabama 16 and Virginia Tech 10.   By the time there was just a minute left in the second quarter, the Hokies managed to scoot their bottoms down to the red zone and Ryan Williams, who had dropped a not-properly-gripped ball in the first quarter, planted his body into the end zone.  Going into halftime, Virginia Tech 17 and Alabama 16 (Tiffin would not make a thirty-six yard field goal with seconds left on the clock).

The third quarter bleeped all the way to five minutes before anything eye-popping happened.  Roy Upchurch was on the run and was bumped from behind by Hokies linebacker Cody Grimm.   The ball tumbled out of Upchurch’s hands and Virginia Tech recovered it.  No points resulted from the turnover.

The fourth quarter reached a high point just three minutes in when Crimson Tide running back Mark Ingram made a TD (and then subsequently did a little celebrating in the end zone, but not excessively).  The two-point conversion was good–tight end Colin Peek caught McElory’s pass in the back of the end zone.  The Hokies barely had a turn on offense when the Tide caused and took control of a fumbled ball.  A field goal came out of that snatch-up.  Alabama 27 and Virginia Tech 17.  Ryan Williams gave his Hokies fans something to smile with his dash to break the plane.  A booth review had confirmed that he had crossed the goal line.  Alabama 27 and Virginia Tech 24.  Mark Ingram straightened out that smile ever so concretely when he made a TD a few minutes later.  Alabama 34 and Virginia Tech 24.  Final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1.  Crimson Tide wore white jerseys; the Hokies wore maroon.

2.  Why is Alabama’s mascot an elephant?   If the reason were more arbitrary, I’d like to see the Crimson Tide represented by a barge or a a periscope or trout.

3.  Alabama defensive end Brandon Deaderick was wounded in a robbery attempt a week ago.  So, how was he able to suit up in today’s game?  In the first quarter, the Herbstreit and Musburger explained that the bullet entered Deaderick’s left arm, exited, and then went into a hip (and out again).  The bullet didn’t touch any bones or blood vessels.  Medical opinion apparently didn’t object after Deaderick was treated.

4.  The second quarter of the UGA @ OSU game felt exceptionally long.  The entire first half of tonight’s game seems interminable.

5.  Immediately after the Colin Peek two-point conversion in the fourth quarter, the camera cut to a medium close-up of three Hokies fans.  Two young men in the middle of the frame and another in the foreground, slight left side of the screen.  This redhead male was visibly upset as he bent his upper body forward thrice (almost thrashing).  It looked like he was assaulting the chair below him with a white towel or shirt.

6.  According to Brent Musburger, 74, 954 (?) people were at the GA Dome for this game.  A venue record.  The Dome’s web site indicates a seating capacity of 71, 250.

7.  Do commentators really have to plug “in-house” network shows?  Can’t it be enough for there to be on-screen graphics of such shows?

8.  Where did the fourth quarter surge in energy and ferocity start?  I mean I know when it began, but from what stockpile did the umph emanate?

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Orange Bowl 2009: Virginia Tech scampers away from Cincinnati

Tonight marked the first time Cincinnati went to the Orange Bowl, the seventy-fifth occasion of this particular bowl game. Held at Dolphin Stadium in Miami, FL, whom would the Bearcats have to snarl against to win? The Virginia Tech Hokies. Broadcast on Fox, the first quarter started off with a touchdown for the Bearcats. Quarterback Tony Pike threw to wide receiver Mardy Gilyard. Cincinnati 7 and Virginia Tech 0. Hokies kicker Dustin Keys missed a twenty-six yard field goal when his team got the ball. Bearcats kicker Jake Rogers missed his first field goal too (in the bottom of the quarter).

The second quarter spat out a Hokies TD–quarterback Tyrod Taylor did it himself, serpentining his way through the Bearcats defense and breaking the plane at the front, left corner of the end zone (front and left from the players’ POV). Both teams 7. And then oooo Tony Pike threw an interception. Hokies safety Kam Chancellor landed on the ball after his teammate cornerback Victor Harris got the ball from its target’s grasp. Would the officials concur? Nope. The ball was ruled an incomplete pass. Slow-motion instant replay suggested that Kam Chancellor’s left hand and left knee hit the ground before his body went out of bounds. But, apparently the forearm ought to hit the turf–not just a hand. Tyrod Taylor threw a pass right into the hands of Bearcats defensive back Brandon Underwood as the game clock entered five minute territory. Tony Pike repeated the goof by hurling the ball to Hokies cornerback Stephen Virgil in the end zone. Closing out the second quarter was a Dustin Keys forty-three yard field goal attempt, which he delivered. Virginia Tech 10 and Cincinnati 7.

The third quarter ticked nearly halfway before either team scored, a thirty-five yard field goal for the Hokies. Virginia Tech 13 and Cincinnati 7. Would the Hokies get a chance to put another in the end zone after Bearcats QB had a pass tugged out of the air by Kam Chancellor? That would be a negative. The Hokies did do something with a burst of speed and agility in the top of the fourth quarter when running back Darren Evans made his way into the end zone. Virginia Tech 20 and Cincinnati 7. Ricocheting down to nearly the two-minute warning, Bearcats QB threw another interception. Hokies linebacker Cody Grimm got his hands on the ball. Virginia Tech has clawed up the freshly squeezed Orange juicy fruit noodle Bowl. 20 to 7 final score.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Charles Davis and Thom Brennaman were the commentators.

2. Arturo Sandoval trumpeted the national anthem. It was actually kinda cool.

3. Virginia Tech won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.

4. Have I never noticed it before and the yardage numbers on the Dolphin Stadium turf have always been outlined in orange? Or have been for a long time?

5. The Bearcats uniforms were black tops with black bottoms. Red collar rims. I kinda dug the three diagonal, wing-like streaks on the outside of the thighs. Almost like this, but instead of a solid white block on the pants, there were three white stripes.

6. Did Charles Davis say “Two things leaking out at me….” regarding criticisms of Va Tech offensive methods? If “deep penetration” weren’t snickery enough, “two things leaking out at me?” Don’t do it.

7. The Doobie Brothers performed during halftime. Miami’s DJ Irie introduced them. Dancers, in glittery silver costumes methinks, were on the field doing some choreographed number…but they didn’t get much screen time.

8. Does Hokies head coach Frank Beamer spend the majority of his waking hours with his mouth ajar?

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College Football: Hokies bat the Yellow Jackets away

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets traveled north to hammer it out with the Virginia Tech Hokies (televised by ESPN via ABC). This entry shall be streamlined because of a substantial tangential thought which surfaced while I watched a few plays from the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game.

By the end of the first half, Virginia Tech was in the lead with fourteen points (thanks to touchdowns by running back Darren Evans and quarterback Tyrod Taylor) to GaTech’s 9 (a field goal and a Roddy Jones TD). By the end of the second half, GaTech tied the game 17 to 17; but then there was a field goal by Virginia Tech.  Final score 20-17.

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Observations & Miscellania:

1. The Hokies donned orange jerseys, which hasn’t happened since 1994. The uniforms made me think of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. The bleachers were a sea of orange.

2. Virginia Tech’s president was interviewed briefly in the first quarter. He said that all VT’s home games are sold out. Ever since April 16, 2007 the entire community has banded together in unprecedented ways.

I flipped to NBC during a commercial break in the first quarter and was met with the game between the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines. The substantial tangent has to do with a particular pass in the top of the second quarter when Michigan had possession of the ball. Quarterback Steven Threet threw an incomplete pass.  The ball was knocked from flight by one of the Notre Dame players (I don’t recall who).  Threet’s pass would probably have landed in the hands of its intended (or an eligible) receiver if the other guy wasn’t in the way.  Does the incomplete pass mean Threet didn’t throw the ball adequately enough?  Should he have seen the blue jersey coming?

I’ve always believed that hard work doesn’t always pay off–not even for those who deserve it.  Athletes probably experience it disproportionately more than non-athletes.  So, the next time you tried really hard but didn’t stick the landing, remember the pass that was rendered incomplete because the ball was batted away.  It’s not your fault.  There are other forces at play.

The halftime show during the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game included an interview Bob Costas did with Jim Brown about Ernie Davis, who played for Syracuse University, became the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy, and died of leukemia at the age of twenty-three.  Jim Brown mentioned his “quickness, speed, power…agility, intelligence” and that “he transcends race….people just liked him…He had that..that spirit, just an intangible that moved mountains. The human spirit man…it can overcome anything.”

Notre Dame players have translucent blue mouth guards.  Dazzling.  The Irish Guard.  Click here to read all about Notre Dame’s win over Michigan.  35 to 17.