The Wainstein Report

By Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday was not a fun day for anybody who loves the University of North Carolina. We all knew the day was coming when the Wainstein Report would disclose findings that, while not necessarily surprising in their nature, would shed the university's name in an embarrassing light and rock the Tar Heel boat. I'm guessing many feel the same way as me. Like you were just blindsided even though you saw the punch coming the entire way. I might be in the minority here, but this feeling is not completely because of what is in the actual report. Wainstein's findings are thorough, detailed and very easy to discern. His group left hardly any stone unturned and this report should be the end of any further inquiries into the matter outside of potential NCAA involvement. The depressing feeling instead derives itself from the reaction to the report. A report in which the school paid for, recused itself from involvement and ...

How To Feel About A Tie

By Saturday, October 18, 2014

There are lots of ways to think about a tie, but here are a few things that a tie is not. It is not a win. It is not a loss. And who the hell compared it to kissing your sister? That sounds like the worst loss ever. A tie is at least a third cousin, twice removed. The Panthers tied the Bengals last Sunday. It was the first tie in 20 years of Carolina Panthers football. Nobody knows how to react to a tie. We’ve never experienced one as Panthers fans. After having a few days to digest everything, I think I’ve figured out how to feel about the tie. It all depends on your perspective. From a micro point-of-view, the tie was slightly disappointing. While the Bengals missed the most blatant opportunity to win the game, the Panthers squandered more opportunities. It started with the missed 38-yard field goal by the typically reliable Graham ...

The Case For Not Firing Larry Fedora

By Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Let me start off by saying I am not presenting the case FOR Larry Fedora.  I am presenting the case for NOT FIRING Larry Fedora. There is a difference. If you are remotely plugged in to the happenings surrounding North Carolina football, you know there are a fair number of folks calling for Larry Fedora's job. Three straight decisive losses will lead to a bevy of detractors, even if two of the losses were to far superior teams. Yes, East Carolina is far better at football than North Carolina at the moment. While I have no problem acknowledging the Tar Heels have issues they need to sort out, it's way too early and short-sighted to start calling for Fedora's job. I am happy to reevaluate that stance at the end of the season, but for the time being I want lay out six reasons why, at this moment, nobody should seriously entertain the idea ...

All Aboard the Blood & Guts Bus: My Trip to Baltimore

By Friday, October 3, 2014

I put my perfect 2-0 all-time road record on the line this past Sunday as I ventured to Charm City for the Panthers - Ravens matchup. I knew it would be a tough game and a rowdy environment so I decided it best not to go along. My journey began in the peaceful and relatively docile suburb of Baltimore known as Washington DC. That's where many acquaintances and friends live since nobody with half a brain would live in Baltimore if they've seen even just one episode of The Wire. That would be like watching Slumdog Millionaire and thinking, 'Bombay doesn't look half bad.' Anyways, I arrive in DC from Charlotte at about 9pm on Saturday evening following a full day of work in which I watched, among other things, NC State nearly force me to jump out of the airplane by beating Florida State. Fortunately, the world is still spinning on its ...

All Losses Are Not Created Equal

By Friday, September 26, 2014

The saying goes, "a win is a win, and a loss is a loss." That's a crock. While I won't argue that a win, no matter the circumstances, makes the sun shine a bit brighter and the day that much better, all wins and losses are not constructed the same. There is no better example than the ass-whooping's my two preferred football teams, the North Carolina Tar Heels and Carolina Panthers, were handed last weekend. I know I am a little late in addressing these games, but it's literally taken me until today to recover. Only dessert wine can rival sports when it comes to hangovers. Just brutal. The Heels and Panthers lost by the combined score of 107-60. That's disgusting any way you slice it. Neither team played well and both deservedly got crushed. However, each loss does not deserve the same reaction. Blowouts are not created equal, because each is surrounded by unique ...

My #LukewarmSportsTake On Greg Hardy

By Saturday, September 13, 2014

I usually don’t write to “get something off my chest.” I am not easily irritated by others unless it involves chewing with your mouth open or picking at scabs. Gross. I’m also rarely motivated to respond to opinions or stances regarding sports. A lot of people are dumb and have dumb things to say, but that’s the way it is and the sports world we live in. It typically doesn’t bother me. However, this whole Greg Hardy situation and the domestic violence epidemic in the NFL really grinds my gears. Allow me to explain. First off, I do not think Greg Hardy should be playing football on Sunday based on the guilty verdict rendered by a judge in, ahem, July. I do not think he should’ve played last week. There is a decent chance Hardy is found innocent by a jury in a trial that is scheduled to begin in November ...

2014 Carolina Panthers Preview and Predictions

By Thursday, September 4, 2014

Four months ago, those predicting a steep drop off by the Carolina Panthers this season were just saying that because it is was the easy thing to do. They didn’t know any better because they don’t know the Panthers. I’m not blaming them. It’s the simpleton manner in which teams that aren’t in the spotlight 24-7 are viewed. The Panthers aren’t dissected regularly like the entire NFC East, Broncos, Patriots or… Browns? Instead, many in the media and fans deal in absolutes with the Panthers. Steve Smith is gone? None of the receivers have caught a pass from Cam Newton? Oh, well the Panthers are going to be terrible. Well, maybe, but this viewpoint, aside from likely being wrong, fails to hit on so many issues currently surrounding the Carolina Panthers. The receivers are actually better on paper than the crew from a year ago. The Panthers top three WIDE receivers (note: WIDE ...

UNC Football 2014 Preview

By Friday, August 29, 2014

I waited until the last minute to write this preview not because I am a procrastinator, but because I know you have no inclinations of doing any work on Friday afternoon before Labor Day. Now is an ideal time to read about football and Tar Heels football in particular. Just think. By the time you finish reading this, you will be 5 or so minutes closer to vacay! I can’t lie. I was surprised when the AP and Coaches Polls both tabbed the Heels as the No. 23 team in the country. Don’t get me wrong. It gives me an extra sense pride to see a number next to North Carolina in the fall as opposed to only March, but I don’t think it is necessarily warranted. I’m guessing a lot of voters tabbed North Carolina in the top-25 because the team won six of its final seven games in 2013, including ...

Superman and the Sunday Scaries

By Monday, August 25, 2014

Hello friends. Long time no type, I know. I apologize for not being more active in the past month, but the combination of a new job in Charlotte with ESPNU / SEC Network as well as a dearth of actual relevant local sports happenings have led to a brief break in my posts. But don’t worry, I am back. Or maybe do worry, because the reason for my return is not just because it’s officially football season, but because Saturday night shook me up. In his three seasons in the NFL, Cam Newton has run the ball 364 times for 2,032 yards and 28 touchdowns. Over that time span, his 5.58 yards per carry is tops in the league. Cam’s 28 scores are tied for third in the NFL behind only Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson. Yes, Cam is one of the best running backs in the NFL in addition to ...

Podcast: 2014 ACC (Atlantic Comic Con) Preview

By Friday, August 8, 2014

It took a mere 19 months, but Andrew and I are back with another podcast, albeit a hybrid episode. This week (or year), I take my talents to the fine website Raleigh & Company and join Andrew on his “Throwback Everyday” podcast. Podcasts for everyone! Since the ACC football season is right around the corner, I do all the heavy lifting and research-intensive work of merely guessing the order each team will finish in for both the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions. Meanwhile, Andrew acts like a 12-year old and compares each team to a show or film recently featured at Comic Con. What is Comic Con, you ask. This is Comic Con. I’ll also have you know that Andrew was not in his Batman pajamas when we recorded this episode. This is far and away our most entertaining podcast if I do say so myself. The bar wasn’t exactly set too high on ...