What Not To Wear

Yesterday I opened my Google Reader and, like the rest of the “Tar Heel Family” was shocked to read that David and Travis Wear have decided to transfer from North Carolina to a destination which has yet to be announced. Because I am obsessed with North Carolina Basketball, I went looking for answers last night. Since you can believe everything you read on the internet, that was my source of information. It is a bad source. Something is wrong. People don’t transfer out of the Mecca of College Basketball (insert your lame NIT jokes here). After a season that was one new rock bottom after another, this announcement found another way to go just a little deeper.

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For What It’s Worth

Image by Getty Images via Daylife If it means anything at all, this is the first time all week I have even looked at the NCAA brackets for this year. It’s 12:00am on Wednesday as I type this. By now I usually have Carolina written into the sweet 16 (even in off years) and fill in the brackets accordingly. I’ve done it that way for 20 years. Not this year. The dark cloud over the Heels this year caused “the boy” and I to not watch nearly as much college basketball as we normally do. With that in mind, Here’s … Continue reading For What It’s Worth

For What It's Worth

Image by Getty Images via Daylife If it means anything at all, this is the first time all week I have even looked at the NCAA brackets for this year. It’s 12:00am on Wednesday as I type this. By now I usually have Carolina written into the sweet 16 (even in off years) and fill in the brackets accordingly. I’ve done it that way for 20 years. Not this year. The dark cloud over the Heels this year caused “the boy” and I to not watch nearly as much college basketball as we normally do. With that in mind, Here’s … Continue reading For What It's Worth

Every Dads Dream

Duke-NCarolina-Basket_WebIt is no secret that I am a fan of two things…The Tar Heels and one Mr. Tyler Hansbrough. Last night I was checking out a site that I frequent called MrTarHeel.com. I stumbled across this letter that was written by Gene Hansbrough (Tyler’s Dad) and submitted to Tar Heel Monthly. It’s too good to not share. Regardless of if you like the Tar Heels, Tyler Hansbrough or NCAA Hoops, it’s worth a read.

As I read it I reflected on the pride of this Dad. It comes screaming out of the pages as you read. Isn’t that what we all want for our kids? I’m not talking about winning Player of the Year, or NCAA championships (although that would totally ROCK!). I am more referring to knowing that they achieved their dreams. Sorry for the length, but I felt like it was worth re-posting. Here’s his letter (the bold emphasis are mine).

Would you call him a failure? He was a little kid and he couldn’t quite raise the ball to the basket. He put the ball way down by his hip and pushed with everything he had. But the ball just wouldn’t get over the rim. Still, he stayed there all alone, flinging the ball upward again and again. He never did make one that day but he stayed there a long, long time.


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Final Thoughts

Some final thoughts before tonights big game. Been interesting to hear which side the “Buckeye Nation” has taken for the UNC and Michigan State game. They either can’t root for “anything from that state up north” or they are rooting for the Big 10. The analysts are correct that the game in December was totally different. I don’t anticipate this, but should Michigan State win, you have to give them credit. They will have beaten three number one seeds to earn it. Tom Izzo is a great coach. Roy had better have them ready. The last two times Carolina won … Continue reading Final Thoughts

One Shining Moment

About a month ago when our beloved Tar Heels were on top of the NCAA polls, I placed a call to a great friend that has connections in the Dayton area. The request was not a little one. “I need to get my hands on 2 tickets to the NCAA tourney in Dayton in case North Carolina plays there“. I had to leave a voice mail, and never heard back so I was not sure if the request was ever followed up upon. As Florida State luck would have it, UNC’s loss in the ACC tournament last weekend meant that … Continue reading One Shining Moment

When in Rome…

By now it has been well documented that I am a Tar Heel fan living in Buckeye country. Just because I bleed Carolina blue it doesn’t mean it’s not fun to get a little caught up in the whole OSU vs. Michigan fun. After all, Ohio State is my second favorite college team. With sincere apologies to my brother-in-law Joel, I had to post this. Go Buckeyes! Beat Michigan. Continue reading When in Rome…

Mascot Movers

As you have probably noted, I am trying to get caught up on some emails I received during my “8 Days” series. I think this one will get me all caught up. I received an email from a reader named Maria that thought I would like to make everyone aware of an exciting contest. Being the sports fan I am, I was game….(that was aweful, I know). Anyway, here are the details from Maria: I have been working on a contest you and your readers might be interested in called “Mascot Movers” with ESPN and Chick-fil-A. Every week someone is … Continue reading Mascot Movers

Good News, Bad News

Quite a week in Tar Heel Country. First the bad news. I just caught this article from Danny Greens father saying that D Green is as good as gone to the NBA. If you happen to stumble across this blog Danny, let me give you some advice. Stay in school. I’m no NBA scount, but dude, you were the 6th man. Give your old buddy Marvin Williams a call. Last time I checked he is still trying to live up to expectations in Atlanta. He too was a 6th man. Your decision making at times last year was questionable and … Continue reading Good News, Bad News

Cannonball!!!

In case you missed it, and since no one reads this blog, you probably did (and will). Tyler Hansbrough and Bobby Frazor decided to do some Olympic diving recently. Couple of thoughts. 1. They are college kids. 2. Thank goodness no one caught what I did in college on film. 3. That pool is pretty shallow. 4. Doesn’t Bobby Frazor have a torn ACL? 5. What is the impact of a 6’9″ dude form a 2nd story loft on water? Continue reading Cannonball!!!