April 6, 2009 |
DETROIT - They will apparently complete the NCAA's Final Four proceedings at Ford Field, although from a Villanova perspective, interest in tonight's last scene began to seriously flag just before midnight Saturday. The Wildcats, who had gotten this far by playing as a sum-of-the-parts collective, dissolved into a group of independent contractors against North Carolina in their 83-69 loss. Carolina is good enough to do that to a team, but Villanova helped things along, rushing some shots, missing some defensive switches - leaving Tyler Hansbrough alone in the half-court for an uncontested dunk was not in the game plan - and generally looking frantic in places where they usually look aggressive.
November 7, 2012 |
Four years ago, my daughter's excitement was palpable. A first-time voter living in North Carolina, she enthusiastically put her full support behind Barack Obama, the candidate she truly believed in. She was convinced that her efforts and those of thousands of other young people would help flip a traditionally red state to Carolina blue - and it did. Fast forward to 2012. Boy, it sure didn't take long for disillusionment to set in. "I don't think I'm going to vote this year," she proclaimed a couple of weeks ago. Cue my distress setting in. "I don't trust politics.
October 7, 1997 |
Known for suffering everything from dislocated shoulders to banged-up knees, a healthy Scott Williams will begin a season of promise Thursday when the 76ers take on the New York Knicks in their first exhibition game. But no one aware of Williams' history will fault him if he lapses into despondency or fury when Oct. 15 rolls around. On that day, the Sixers will visit the Toronto Raptors. It will be the 10-year anniversary of the day Williams lost his parents in a violent incident.
November 24, 2014 |
The sky, I thought while gazing out a window on the SEPTA train carrying me from Malvern to Philadelphia Wednesday morning, was a Carolina blue. Funny. It wasn't a cerulean, cyan, or cobalt blue. It was Carolina. The reason was simple. Carolina blue is a sports reference and, at 65, my bank of diminishing memories is overloaded with sports references. I realized just how many on that pleasant morning train ride, a sentimental journey that, in an exact reversal of my life's geographical movement, took me east from Chester County to Philadelphia.
February 10, 2015 |
IN THE SUMMER of 2000, my son Rory, then an impressionable 13-year-old, attended the Carolina Basketball School on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He got to play against other youngsters his age from all over the country who wanted to soak in the Carolina Blue. He was there to learn whatever he could from the camp's coaching staff. He was able to play in the Dean Dome, got to meet Bob McAdoo and got ballhandling advice from Phil Ford. But the most meaningful moment in his 1-week stay was getting to meet Dean Smith, the legendary Tar Heels coach.
April 6, 2005 |
At long last, after North Carolina had fought off Illinois, 75-70, in Monday night's national title game at the Edward Jones Dome, Roy Williams hoisted the championship trophy that had slipped from his hands during four previous trips to the Final Four, all while the coach at Kansas. And afterward, when the self-proclaimed cornball brushed the confetti from his silver hair, he reacted predictably, teary-eyed and ready for a group hug involving everyone who ever wore Carolina blue and espoused the Carolina Way, which is buttoned-down and proper.
March 20, 1998 |
Mateen Cleaves had nowhere to hide. Every time the Big Ten player of the year touched the basketball, North Carolina defenders flocked to him like autograph seekers around Michael Jordan. With its top weapon shooting blanks and its big men looking stuck in the mud against the Tar Heels' athletic aerial artists, Michigan State had no chance against North Carolina and lost to the top-seeded Heels, 73-58, last night in an NCAA East Regional semifinal game. The Tar Heels (33-3)
March 20, 1998 |
Five days ago, North Carolina had been embarrassed for 20 minutes by UNC Charlotte. Not on the scoreboard, but on the backboards. The 49ers got every loose ball, every contested rebound, dominated their offensive board. North Carolina coach Bill Guthridge seems reserved, but you just know he spent all week reminding his team about those 20 minutes. The Sweet 16 NCAA game with Michigan State, he would tell them, was about rebounding. The Spartans were the nation's third-best rebounding team, getting 9.8 more boards per game than their opponents.
March 15, 1998 |
All the heated little battles were taking place as expected when North Carolina, prim, proper and the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament's East Regional, went at it against gritty North Carolina-Charlotte, located about 125 miles from Chapel Hill but much further in basketball image and prestige. All these years, the Tar Heels had looked so far down their noses at the 49ers that they had refused to play them, despite constantly being approached. It was Dean Smith's policy. "And it's a good policy," Bill Guthridge, North Carolina's first-year head coach, said before the game.
March 20, 1987 |
No, there was no truth to the rumor that Rony Seikaly was seeking passage back to Syracuse, N.Y., after watching North Carolina freshman wonder J. R. Reid dissect, chew up and otherwise devour Notre Dame last night. But no one would have been surprised if Seikaly, the Syracuse center, woke up in a cold sweat during the night after Reid strapped the Tar Heels on his back and carried them to a 74-68 victory over the Fighting Irish in the second game of the NCAA East Regional semifinal doubleheader at the Meadowlands Arena.