Cam the Man

By Thursday, December 11, 2014

When you see the photographs, it's hard to believe that the driver of that truck is back at work less than 48 hours after the wreck. Even learning that the driver was Cam Newton still makes it shocking that he was not seriously injured. Let me go all next-level on you. This post is not about Cam Newton being Superman, a quarterback, a Carolina Panther, an Auburn Tiger or even a football player. This post is about Cam Newton and the rest of us being more than what we do for a living. Folks are defined by their jobs. Let's say you're at a Christmas party this Holiday season. When you introduce yourself to a fellow partygoer, the first question asked is almost always, "so, what do you do?" "I'm an attorney. I'm an accountant. I'm a poor journalist. I'm a Pro Bowl quarterback." Each answer immediately leads to some sort of judgement by the other person. It's ...

Conference Pride Confuses Me

By Friday, December 5, 2014

With the ACC / Big Ten Challenge recently wrapping up and as the college football world awaits conference championships this weekend, I figured this is as good of a time as ever to address an issue that has befuddled me for years. Maybe I'm missing something here but what's the deal with all this conference pride? Conferences have almost become like second teams for college sports fans. They cheer for their team first and then their conference, whether it be the SEC, ACC, Big Ten or what have you. The SEC certainly is at the forefront of this seemingly backwards phenomenon of conference pride. The "SEC, SEC, SEC" chants only got louder with each of the conference's seven straight BCS National Championships. And it's not just Alabama, Florida or LSU fans yapping about the strength of the SEC. It's supporters of South Carolina, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and fans of other teams that haven't won ...

2014-15 UNC Basketball Preview: The Return of Expectations

By Friday, November 14, 2014

The classic line around Chapel Hill this time of year is, "at least we have basketball." It's based on the assumption that as the leaves change colors an underwhelming football team is giving way to a basketball team expected to be among the best in the country. However, that mantra has not held true the past couple of years. It can be argued the football team overachieved or, at the very least, met expectations in Larry Fedora's first two seasons while the basketball team was either rebuilding, as they were two years ago, or dealing with uncertain circumstances relating to a certain sharpshooter from Greensboro. Either way, the expectations weren't there for North Carolina basketball entering the past two seasons. This season is different. For the first time since North Carolina was preseason No. 1 in 2011, the Tar Heels enter a season fully expected to contend for a Final Four. North Carolina is ranked No. 6 in ...

Charlotte Hornets Re-Opening Night – The Comeback

By Wednesday, November 12, 2014

"I blacked out. I don't know what happened." That's what my friend turned to me and said seconds after Kemba Walker nailed a three-point shot to erase a 24-point deficit and send the Charlotte Hornets to overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks two weeks ago. The Hornets would go on to win the game on another dramatic Walker jump shot with 5 or so seconds remaining in the extra period. You could also argue my friends comment is what most of Charlotte thought about the 10 years the city was home to the Charlotte Bobcats. They were here but few people considered them part of the fabric of the city. Sure, the Bobcats had their fans and those who stayed loyal deserve credit for enduring eight losing seasons, just two playoff berths and zero playoff wins. However most of the city was ambivalent about the Bobcats. They won't be remembered. [videos file="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiBckwv0RWQ" width="500" height="400"] But that is all gone now. ...

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 ...