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  • shwineka 8:00 am on December 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Charlotte Bobcats, , espn, , , , Sportscenter, , , Verizon Center,   

    Where the Heel did you go, Raymond Felton? 

    Those of you that watch Sportscenter (one word or two?) probably know very well where Raymond Felton is because he’s taking names in the NBA. As point guard for the Charlotte Bobcats, Ray has been getting some great compliments from his coach, Larry Brown. Not an easy task, considering Brown is known to be one of the toughest coaches on points guards in the game.

    Felton has the squad playing pretty well. Charlotte just beat a very good Denver Nuggets team, against another former UNC PG Ty Lawson no less. The Bobcats have won six of their last eight games. Needless to say, one of those came when they visited the Wizards Nov. 28. Rafters blogger Matt and I made our way to the Verizon Center to catch the game and took some super sweet video of our boy Felton from our “upgraded” seats in the lower level.  So please, do check it out below:

    Look closely and you’ll see another former Tar Heel, Brendan Haywood, in that second video. And now, the highlight of the Wizards’ night!……

  • shwineka 9:09 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dickie V, espn, , UNC Girl, UNC student, Zen   

    No Kissie for Dickie 

    And for your pre-game moment of Zen, watch closely for Dick Vitale getting denied a kiss on the cheek here from a female UNC student. (video from ESPN coverage)

    “It’s sad….really sad.”

  • shwineka 5:08 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , espn, , Iowa, , , , , , ,   

    Harrison Barnes Will Announce School Choice 

    The waiting is almost over.

    The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010, Harrison Barnes, will make his choice of college — or “university of the people,” whichever — public next week. Hopefully his “public” decision will be the “public” choice. It’s been pretty well documented that his two leading contenders are UNC and Duke.

    In my opinion, Barnes is the quintessential Carolina kid. He  maintains a good GPA and is ultra-talented. He seems grounded (He kept Iowa in his top schools with the likes of UNC, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma to be close to home), which is a great reason to join the Carolina basketball family. He wants to play in the NBA, but he recognizes the importance of an education, and may not necessarily leave after one year — though this kid is definitely of the breed that could and might.

    The downside to being a perfect fit for Carolina? That kind of fit is pretty good for Duke as well: good school, family-ish (clique-ish?) with a tight community surrounding the basketball program.

    According to the blog linked above, his announcement will be live on ESPN. (Commence biting nails)


  • shwineka 12:19 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blue devils, , , , , espn, ,   

    Duke Basketball Presents Great Moments in Cinematic History. Really!? 

    There really are no words for this:

    I don’t know where to start, but my paranoia tells me this is a classic move (or attempt at a move) by Coach K. It’s pretty well known that Late Night with Roy has become an event where players will dance and perform skits, more or less making fools of themselves to kick off the season. The underlying theme of Late Night, I think, is that the players generally get along, love being together and love being on the team. I haven’t necessarily ever gotten that vibe from Durham, not that I’ve been looking. When I think of Duke, I think of a strict dictatorship, one where you must shoot 1,000 three-pointers at every practice, flop on the ground in agony every time you’re driven upon and — most importantly — put on your game face.


    I think K agreed to let his players be in this video because he wants to portray a more congenial atmosphere among his team. “We’re just as fun-loving as Carolina!” If you check out this ESPN video of various Midnight Madness events, you’ll notice that the Devils’ is particularly bland compared to others. “Oh this is fun!” says the commentator when the Blue Devil “surfs” over some students.

    This effort with the help of the Duke Improv group falls short in my opinion. The Titanic scene? That’s all I’m saying. But again, I’m just paranoid right?

  • shwineka 1:27 pm on October 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , espn, , , , ,   

    Roy Talks About Upcoming Season, His Time at UNC 

    So I’m a little late in posting this, but there’s a pretty freakin’ AWESOME story about UNC on espn.com right now. You should go read it. Now.

    Two main takeaways for me.

    1) Roy confirms that he will probably have to play three bigs and two guards, instead of his typical three guard format. With the plethora of big men UNC has this year, it seems like the logical choice even though it strays from what Roy likes to do, the idea being to have your most talented on the floor. I wondered about this a while ago on another blog (it’s my personal one, geeky, don’t judge.)

    2) Roy also talks about his retirement, saying it’s anywhere from six to 10 years away. I know I hope it’s the latter of the two numbers, but it stuck out to me because I forget that Roy has been in the game for a while now. My first reaction was: “He just got here and now he’s going to leave?!” I guess time does fly when you’re having fun. If Roy stays a full 10 more years. That would put his tenure at Carolina at 16 years, one longer than at Kansas, and 31 total years as a Division 1 head coach. Roy would be 69 at that point. I guess I’m just being selfish asking him to be there any longer.

    Seriously though, go read that story. Great quotes abound and it gives a good idea of what feelings are among the team heading into this season. It goes into Roy’s mindset on recruiting and winning more championships. There’s also a video, but I haven’t watched that yet. The perils of blogging at work.

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