I have a little bit of free time today, so what the hell. I’ll blog about sports or something.
Should I discuss the Panthers and the impending heart attack that I will have on Sunday night when they take on the Saints? Maybe I should write about the series of mini-strokes caused by the Tar Heel basketball team. Finally, there is always the symbolic aneurysm that is Tar Heel football and their inevitable trip to Charlotte for the Belk Bowl later this month. Yes, the Heels will play in the Belk Bowl against Cincinnati. I guarantee it. It’s a done deal, so feel free to send laudation and praise my way whenever it is announced. Burlstradamus.
Well, since I’ve addressed the three notable sports happenings in my life at the moment, the Horncats halfway decent 8-11 start notwithstanding, I might as well go into more detail on each. Let’s do some analyzing!
I’m just being honest when I say that I do not like the Panthers chances on Sunday night. For one, it’s in the Dome and primetime games there rarely turn out well for the visiting team. Secondly, do you really expect Brees and the Saints offense to play like crap for the second game in row? Yeah, me neither.
From the Panthers point of view, they must limit turnovers. “Bad Cam” interceptions and special teams blunders that give New Orleans added possessions will make the game nearly impossible to win. Also, Luke Keuchly is great, but he can’t cover Jimmy Graham and the Panthers allow opponents to complete 68 percent of passes to tight ends. That needs to improve. I don’t how. That’s Riverboat Ron’s job. Maybe we can just maul Graham and the refs will pick up the flags. It’s worked so far.
Even if Carolina loses, no need for despair. The season has gone better than expected and with a home against New Orleans and winnable games against the Jets and Falcons remaining, the playoffs are so close. Feel free to proudly display your Panthers pride on Monday even if the Panthers fall short in NOLA.
Tar Heel basketball:
To quote Roy Williams following the win over No. 1 Michigan State, “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know.”
I don’t know what the formula is for the Heels to find more consistency. The potential to be a great team is obviously there given the wins over the Spartans and No. 3 Louisville. If I had the guess, the key is simply effort and big man play. The Heels were lazy against UAB, contributed to them being destroyed on the boards. They were the opposite against Michigan State. Carolina hauled in the majority of loose balls and 50/50 rebounds to go along with efficient play from Brice Johnson, Kennedy Meeks and J.P. Tokoto.
The sneaky MVP of Michigan State game was Nate Britt. 13 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists for a freshman point guard on the road against senior Keith Appling is remarkable. Oh yeah, 7-of-8 from the free throw line probably makes UNC fans brains explode.
I know this though. Most figured the Heels would start the season 5-2. However, nobody expected it to be THIS 5-2. Still, wins over the No. 1 and No. 3 teams far outweighs losses to Belmont an UAB. I’d trade loses to them for wins over Louisville and Michigan State in a heartbeat. You should too.
Tar Heel football:
The Duke game summed up the season accurately for North Carolina football. They didn’t play poorly and were so close to breaking through, but self-inflicted mistakes did them in. Poorly timed penalties such as the personal foul on Russell Bodine near the goal line on 3rd and 2, and not taking advantage of gifts as TJ Logan and Tre Boston failed to do when one dropped a touchdown pass and the other derped two interceptions all contributed to the close loss.
The only game the Heels truly played poorly in this season was the ECU game, and as far as I remember, that game never happened. They were close against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and, most notably, Miami, but failed to come through in the end. However, I believe Carolina is just the third team in the BCS era to make a bowl game after a 1-5 start. That is a testament to the teams resiliency and ability to tune out the critics and focus on one game at a time, even though that is a vicious cliche.
I can’t wait the cheer them own in the friendly confines of Bank of America Stadium on December 28.
There you go. Three teams, one post. Efficiency at its finest.
Go Heels Go America!