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Comment Archives: Stories: Sports

Re: “A thought experiment: What if we banned college basketball coaches?

If you ban them, they will be back. As long as the world has college basketball, the world needs college basketball coaches. Good ones, this is a competitive sport.

And, hey, you live in the Triangle, right? This is a college basketball mecca, one of the really fun things that we can enjoy over and over again.

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Posted by ProudlyUnaffiliated on 04/01/2014 at 10:48 PM

Re: “A thought experiment: What if we banned college basketball coaches?

I think that we should also look at the behavior and not the job description. Not all professional coaches are hot-headed and not all professors really teach. What we can learn from this is that coaches need to be level-headed, not strident, be confident and calm on the floor especially during the critical times of the game. Marl of Admission-service.com

Posted by marl on 03/12/2014 at 11:50 PM

Re: “Who knew that America's soccer legacy was stored in Hillsborough?

What happened to the giant exploding soccer ball?

Posted by Wilma Perkins on 01/08/2014 at 10:51 PM

Re: “Playoff hopes dimming, the Canes are ripe for a shake-up

I hope we get rid of Ward. Too much money for a lackluster player.

Posted by Kyle Northrop on 01/04/2014 at 10:19 AM

Re: “Playoff hopes dimming, the Canes are ripe for a shake-up

It also must be mentioned that as soon as I file a story dumping on the Canes, they pull out a gem like their come-from-behind 5-4 overtime win over Montreal on New Year's Eve. Who can figure this team out? They're as likely to be red-hot as ice-cold down the stretch.

Posted by Chris Vitiello on 01/02/2014 at 10:32 AM

Re: “Playoff hopes dimming, the Canes are ripe for a shake-up

Late-breaking note: Tim Gleason was traded on New Year's Day, to Toronto for John-Michael Liles, an offensive defenseman who missed time with injuries and found his job taken by younger, cheaper guys once he got healthy. The Leafs tossed in a prospect too.

It went down in a mildly humiliating way. Liles was in Michigan for the Winter Classic, probably psyched to take place in the league's marquee outdoor game. Then he was pulled off the ice at warmups and told he was traded. Brutal timing.

Posted by Chris Vitiello on 01/02/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “Where are the real Tar Heels?

They were ranked no. 3 when the column was written.

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Posted by Adam Sobsey on 12/12/2013 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Where are the real Tar Heels?

Kentucky is not ranked # 3. They ranked #11.

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Posted by Taylor Welton on 12/11/2013 at 8:20 PM

Re: “Reviving the national past-its-prime-time with movies

Glad you've gotten that off your chest, Mr. Greshes. But—not to be pedantic—I don't think you've really straightened out the facts. You've simply offered your own arguments for the superiority of professional baseball over professional basketball, and leavened it with a few insults. Not exactly on point.

Enjoy the World Series, by the way. We may watch some of it, too!

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Posted by David Fellerath, INDY Culture & Sports Editor on 10/23/2013 at 5:07 PM

Re: “Reviving the national past-its-prime-time with movies

One last thing. Average ticket price of an mlb game: $27. Average price of an nba game $48. Try getting your facts straight next time

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Posted by Warren Greshes on 10/23/2013 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Reviving the national past-its-prime-time with movies

Wow! What an idiotic article. 1st off, the average salary in the nba is far higher than in major league baseball, so there goes the overpaid stiff argument. 2nd, far more nba players than mlb (that means major league baseball, since you seem to know nothing) end up on the police blotter. 3rd should LA, the 2nd largest US city have been deprived of a team for the sake of Brooklyn, especially when the city wouldn't let O'Malley build a stadium where he wanted to? By the way, It would have been on the site of the Nets new arena. And nba teams relocate at a way higher rate than mlb teams. Attendance in baseball is at a record high.the same can't be said for the nba. Revenue is at a record high. And stodgy old baseball has used the internet as a revenue producer for way longer and way better than any other other sport. You can buy live HD access to every game for the entire season online for only $109! Wonder how many people are watching that? Or are you just stuck in an old technology like TV? By the way, have you noticed how long nba games have gotten lately? Plus no sport has had a wider variety of teams winning the championship than baseball. Far better competitive balance. As Hall of Fame sportswriter Red Smith once wrote, "Baseball is only dull to those with dull minds."

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Posted by Warren Greshes on 10/23/2013 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Can the Hurricanes avoid the basement in a new, formidable division?

Do people see the trade of both Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh to Vancouver for Kellan Tochkin as anything other than a decisive end to lengthy exasperation?

Posted by Chris Vitiello on 10/03/2013 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Can the Hurricanes avoid the basement in a new, formidable division?

Dvorak earned his spot by beating out the perpetual this-year-is-THE-year prospects like Dalpe. And Dvorak plays like Muller thinks. And Dvorak has respectable size. And he's experienced. No one really knows how many minutes his body allow, but the price was right.

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Posted by ct on 10/02/2013 at 6:24 PM

Re: “Can the Hurricanes avoid the basement in a new, formidable division?

In the depth department: I just got an email from the Canes that they've signed forward Radek Dvorak to a one-year deal. It's a two-way contract, too: $600K at the NHL level and $125K at the AHL level.

Posted by Chris Vitiello on 10/02/2013 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Can the Hurricanes avoid the basement in a new, formidable division?

Everything turns around if they get out of the blocks quickly. This roster has a little less depth than the roster at the beginning of 2006 had. Two things that happened then: the Canes had like the fewest man-games lost to injury in the history of the league, and Rutherford added key pieces gradually over the course of the year (Recchi, Weight). Perhaps if Carolina can be over .500 when the outdoor games happen at New Year's, management might invest in more depth, though the Olympics might affect dealmaking.

What's your take on drafting Lindholm? I was thinking Nurse would have been a better pick but Lindholm looks great.

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Posted by Chris Vitiello on 10/02/2013 at 4:20 PM

Re: “Can the Hurricanes avoid the basement in a new, formidable division?

I don't disagree that the team has gotten softer while the league has gotten harder. But that's largely a reflection of who the Canes have drafted. I believe the collective management team -- Rutherford, Muller, Brind'Amour, Stillman, Wesley -- sent significant messages by purging the roster of McBain, Dalpe, Boychuk, and Welsh. Unfortunately, although the top six forwards and top four D's (if Pitkanen were playing) are pretty good, the remainder of the roster is still weak and there isn't much depth in Charlotte to draw on. I can't fault Muller for that. Over time Muller will sort out the players who fit his style -- which I think is to play hard for all 60 minutes -- from the players who don't.

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Posted by ct on 10/02/2013 at 3:11 PM

Re: “Can the Hurricanes avoid the basement in a new, formidable division?

I doubt Muller's in trouble with Rutherford and the ownership group, for the reasons you both list. But I think that issuing a pass for last year and this year in the name of not having been able to take a team through training camp is a cop out. Though I appreciate your defense of Muller, I want to know why the Canes so frequently haven't been able to start playing until the beginning of the second period. They come out of the tunnel soft, and I think that's on the coaching staff as much as the players. Where's the urgency in their game? It's time for Muller to turn the volume up on this team. They drill the fundamentals in practice and that shows on the ice. But they don't drill competitiveness like other teams do. Get online with a team that has a rink webcam and watch what the Penguins and the Flyers do in practice. Muller's great on the greaseboard. But he's not changing the culture of a team that's often easy to play against. Maybe I'm impatient.

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Posted by Chris Vitiello on 10/02/2013 at 12:33 PM

Re: “Can the Hurricanes avoid the basement in a new, formidable division?

I second what CT said, and I was also frustrated by "Nor is Muller committed enough to wringing more effort from his middling roster." If there's one thing that Muller has done, it's been getting his players to step up and work, knowing they'll be appreciated if they do or thrown out if they don't. Before Muller, this franchise was rapidly circling the drain, and now we can sit here and cultivate play-off hopes given the wise mix of experienced players and new NHL talent. Injuries have been one of the biggest issues with this team, which also might've been due to the changes in conditioning and plays that came with the coaching transition last year; between this and the incredibly short/intense season of last year, the Canes were sore and it showed. In a way, there were fewer "ifs" last season than ever, and more grit than we've been seeing from the Hurricanes. Franchise transitions cannot happen overnight.

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Posted by pretornatural on 10/02/2013 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Can the Hurricanes avoid the basement in a new, formidable division?

Muller in trouble? Ridiculous. Only if the team goes 0-20, which is very unlikely. This is Muller's first season with a team he took through his own training camp, and the team is already injury-riddled (Pitkanen, Ruutu, Gleason). Rutherford will stand behind Muller for one more year, unless Muller does something that ticks Rutherford off. It happened with Laviolette.

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Posted by ct on 10/02/2013 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Why don't people go to Durham Bulls playoff games?

Baseball is the most exciting game in the world. Every at bat is a show down between pitcher and batter. Every inning holds the possibility of changing the out come of the game. Anything can happen on the field. Every game has the possibility of history being made. Baseball is a thinkers game. You have to watch every detail. That's where the action is.

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Posted by John Willard on 09/14/2013 at 10:52 AM

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