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 ...

The Hornets Offseason Deserves Many Exclamation Points!!!!!!!!!!

By Friday, July 25, 2014

Last week I wrote about how the Lance Stephenson signing revealed the different partitions of the Hornets fan base, indicating that the team has every description of fan needed to become a legitimately discussed and cared about NBA franchise. In that piece I promised to discuss how Stephenson fits in with the team on the court. Not only am I here to do that, but you get a bonus for being a loyal reader. I am going to address the entire Hornets offseason as well! Best post this week or best post ever? When the Utah Jazz matched the max contract the Hornets offered Gordon Hayward, many thought the team was in for a rough offseason. After all, the shine from the NBA Draft quickly wore off when PJ Hairston stuck a high schooler square in the grill during a pickup game at a Durham YMCA. While the hefty $63 million ...

Stephenson Stirs the Hornets Stew

By Thursday, July 17, 2014

Michael Jordan and Lance Stephenson are hanging out together in Las Vegas around 1 or 2 a.m. I could stop right now and this might be the most intriguing sports story of the summer based on assumptions about His Airness and Born Ready. However, the two were not throwing down at the craps table with half-naked chicks replenishing their glasses of Malbec or whatever the hell Lance Stephenson drinks. Instead, they are surrounding a table somewhere in private while negotiating contract terms. I picture it like a police interrogation. Law & Order, if you will, because that show is exactly how it goes down in the precincts and courtrooms. There is Lance sitting at the metal table looking straight ahead while his agent stands behind him resting his hand on Stephenson’s shoulder. On the other side of the table, Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho leans back in his chair with ...

North Carolina Should Be Wary Of Wounded NCAA

By Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Even though I do not want to, it is my civic duty as the blog-of-record for Tar Heel athletics to address the reopening of the NCAA investigation into academic fraud at UNC. Maybe it’s my civic duty or maybe it’s to move my now irrelevant previous post from the top of the page. Either way, here I am and here is UNC, staring down the barrel of the wounded animal that is the NCAA. Despite what the national media or uninformed pundits might say, it’s a safe assumption to say the NCAA is not back due to Rashad McCants. While his media parade certainly caught the eye of national journalists and neutral fans, and potentially put a bit of pressure on the NCAA to do something, he is not why the NCAA has taken up refuge at the Carolina Red Roof Inn once again. The reason for the NCAA’s reemergence is most ...

Doug McDermott is Not Adam Morrison

By Thursday, June 26, 2014

The NBA Draft is tonight and there is wide speculation that National Player of the Year and four-year Creighton star Doug McDermott will the be selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth pick. The selection of a consensus All-American and 6-foot-8 deadeye shooter is typically met with optimism and hope. However, the response of many Hornets fans regarding McDermott potentially wearing the purple and teal (swoon) is tepid at best. Some bring up valid arguments about McDermott’s deficiencies on the basketball court as it relates to the NBA game. However, many are taking a lazy route and bringing up one name as a comparison: Adam Morrison. You know Morrison, or Ammo as he was so lovingly called. The floppy headed scorer from Gonzaga set the college basketball world on fire as he battled J.J. Redick for player of the year honors in 2005-06. He was drafted by the Bobcats with the ...