Well Heeled

I’m not used to being the Enemy.  One of the Bad Guys*. But somehow this weekend, the basketball team from my grad school alma mater – The University of North Carolina – became the villain in a “Hoosier-esque” story arc that was manufactured around this year’s Final Four in Detroit. The Michigan State Spartans were…

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Rock, Chalk, Salt-in-the-Wounds

I almost turned it off. As Kansas was routing a flat-footed and confused North Carolina Tar Heel team in the first half of their NCAA national semifinal game Saturday, I nearly turned it off. Watching the perfect storm of Kansas playing superb and inspired basketball and the Tar Heels playing a sloppy, poor-shooting, and poor-decision-making…

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Heels Top Dog, but Retriever Fever Burns in Our House

So, as a Tar Heel, the perfect basketball season contains the following:a) win the ACC regular seasonb) beat Duke every time you play themc) win the ACC tournamentd) go to the Final Foure) win the National Championship Ellington says first game is right over there in Raleigh This year, the Heels went 1-1 versus Duke, so “all of the above”…

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Heels Take ACC

Green_Over_Paulus There's really not much more that needs to be added to that picture.  On Saturday, the Tar Heels beat their despised rivals, the Duke Blue Devils**, at Cameron Indoor Stadium to capture the ACC regular season title.  The Heels finished at 14-2 in the ACC, 29-2 overall and #1 in the nation.  The ACC Tournament…

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He’s Not Here

Graduate school (especially in chemistry) is a funny thing.  Everyone works hard, no one gets paid very much and there is this strange masochistic machismo revolving around working a lot of hours.  Its not terribly uncommon to put in 6 and a half day weeks, so that the total hours worked in a week approached…

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That Lovin’ Feeling: Tar Heels Down Duke

Wright_scores The Tar Heels outlasted an emotional but ultimately over-powered Duke team in Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight — sending thousands of blue-painted privileged kids out into the chilly Tobacco Road air with yet another home loss on their record in the ACC season.  Yeah, too bad for them. As a proud Tar Heel alum, I've…

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Welcome Back Heels and Hens!

Heels! This week, the NCAA basketball season got underway in earnest — always a fun time — full of hope and curiosity as you begin to gauge where your alma mater(s) are compared to the competition.  Who's going to be "tough" this year?  Can anyone be this year's George Mason?  et cetera.  And the best…

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Welcome Back Heels and Hens!

Heels! This week, the NCAA basketball season got underway in earnest — always a fun time — full of hope and curiosity as you begin to gauge where your alma mater(s) are compared to the competition.  Who's going to be "tough" this year?  Can anyone be this year's George Mason?  et cetera.  And the best…

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