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Thursday, May 10, 2018

HBO Doc André the Giant Explores the Tragedy and Avarice Around a Larger-Than-Life Professional Wrestler

Posted By on Thu, May 10, 2018 at 1:24 PM

HBO’s documentary on the life of professional wrestler André the Giant is a surprisingly morose affair. By the end, a number of men, some who profited very well from André's exertions, shed tears over his lonesome death. He lived fast and died before age fifty. He became addicted to performing, wrestling far beyond his body’s ability to bear the stress. Our final sense is of a spent husk dying alone in a well-appointed hotel room. It’s hard to say what those who aren't wrestling fans will see in the film, especially when it detours into detailed descriptions of the...

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Daniel Snyder and the Redskins’ Culture of Exploitation and Incompetence

Posted By on Fri, May 4, 2018 at 8:44 PM

Once upon a time, in the days before Daniel Snyder, the Washington Redskins were big box office in the Carolinas. Sometimes I meet people from here who are still Skins fans. They remember the good old days, with Sonny Jurgenson, Billy Kilmer, Joe Gibbs, Darrell Green, and The Posse. That was a long time ago, but I remember, too. I grew up in Northern Virginia during the glory days, when Redskins games were as close to a congregation as my family ever engaged in. Thus it has been sad, in the manner of watching a malignant disease destroy a...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Super Bowl or Bust? Let’s Talk About the Panthers’ Off-Season Moves.

Posted By on Tue, May 1, 2018 at 4:41 PM

With the draft and free agency in the rearview mirror, the book is nearly closed on the Panthers’ off-season under officially reinstated general manager Marty Hurney. As we've discussed at infinite length, Hurney's most crucial objective this off-season was finding weapons for Cam Newton, particularly the sort that could maximize the potentialities of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's downfield passing scheme. Other objectives included plugging holes on the defensive line and secondary. Here are the things you need to know about whether last year's playoff team has made themselves Super Bowl contenders or slipped backward toward mediocrity. What Was...

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Friday, April 27, 2018

The Carolina Panthers Take a Chance on Maryland Speedster D.J. Moore in the First Round, and That Isn’t a Terrible Choice

Posted By on Fri, Apr 27, 2018 at 4:55 PM

Last night, old/new Panthers general manager Marty Hurney inaugurated his second official tenure as the team’s Roster-Maker-In-Chief by selecting Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore in the first round of the 2018 draft. A fast riser in recent mock drafts, Moore is a speedy, gifted receiver who thrived in his last season in College Park despite being forced to catch passes from four separate quarterbacks due to a rash of injuries at the position. For Hurney, the pick is a recognition of the team's pressing need to find more help at the skill positions for Cam Newton. It is also...

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Friday, April 20, 2018

We Still Love You, Bruno!

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2018 at 12:36 PM

A friend and I got into a conversation recently about the pathos he experiences upon news of a professional wrestler dying. For all their sweat, we wondered, what did these strange people in their tights and boots, with their stony stares or their broad expressions, ever really accomplish? Anytime a major figure from pro wrestling’s past dies, my instinct is to check The New York Times for an obituary. My hope is that the death registers with the world outside of the message boards and websites dedicated to wrestling. When the Times does run a piece, as it did...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Dispatches from Duke Football's Annual Spring Game

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 3:42 PM

The weather was perfect for football as the Duke Blue Devils took the field Saturday for their annual Spring Game and open practice. Clouds gently rolled overhead, providing respite from a warm pre-summer sun that has taken far too long to arrive in earnest, giving the thousand or so diehards in attendance license to move from the shadow of Wallace Wade Stadium’s massive new luxury tower and press booth to rows much closer to the action. The field was organized chaos, as the afternoon started with a host of group and individual drills. Hundreds of players, coaches, and assistants...

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Our Football Withdrawal Formula, Part One: Five Gridiron Books Everyone Should Read

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2018 at 1:03 PM

Nine weeks after the Super Bowl and three weeks before the draft, we officially enter Football Withdrawal season! Sure, the break has been nice, the basketball was fun, and other diversions abound to keep us busy. But seriously: When the holy eff does football start again? Four months, you say? What? In an effort to stay sane, we will spend part of the next couple of weeks offering you a handful of gridiron related gambits to tide you over until the fall. Here Mike V. provides a list of five football books every sports fan needs to read. With a...

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

It's Sunday at the Masters!

Posted By on Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 2:22 PM

Jesus! Are you people watching this? So much has happened. God, I'm fried. Did you see Sergio rinse five balls and make a thirteen? Did you see Justin Thomas repeatedly chipping in from distance like a man dropping a letter in the mail? Did you see Tommy Fleetwood make six straight birdies? Voodoo. Witchery. He's a demon. Excommunicate that guy. He's double-dealing with Beelzebub. I like him though. He looks and talks like he could have been in Elephant's Memory. And this doesn't even take into account the leaders! I'm freaking out a little. Everything is fine. Tomorrow never knows...

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Get Out Your Green Jackets! Here’s a Beginner’s Guide to the Masters, the Greatest Sporting Event of the Year.

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2018 at 10:11 AM

Can you feel it in the air? It's Masters Time! I love sports with the ardent, borderline indiscriminate fervor of a sailor on shore leave, so it's no small matter when I tell you that this is my favorite sporting event of the year. And it's no exaggeration to say this is set up to be one of the best Masters in a long time. If I were any more excited, I would require a mandatory state-sanctioned examination, which I would not pass. For those of you who already love the Masters—the ones who can smell what Bethy is cooking—you...

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Bulls Are Back in Town: A Primer on the Return of the Home Team (and the Greatest Rock ’n’ Roll Band Ever)

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2018 at 9:52 AM

If I were a more inspired man, I might record a novelty version of Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back In Town” for the Durham Bulls’ return to action this week. Guess who just got back today? Them wild-eyed Bulls that’d been away. The Bulls are back in town. The Bulls are back in town. Wait. I spelled insipid wrong, and I would be damned to ever disrespect such a benchmark of rock ’n’ roll with such poor taste. Seriously. Don’t do that. Anyway, it’s opening week for our beloved Bulls, the reigning Triple-A National Champions who return to the...

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Carolina Fans: Villanova Is Your Team, If Only for Tonight

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 4:58 PM

I get the looks all over town. General unease at best. Outright scowls, seething anger, gritted teeth, and barely contained rage at worst. Every now and again and for a few instants, the placidness of our beautiful little town is broken and the passion of its denizens overtakes their inherent kindness. I’m a die-hard Villanova fan, a proud alum of a Villanova family, and I live in the center of Chapel Hill. And whenever I wear the dark blue and white, my Nova colors, around town, I can feel everyone looking, wishing very bad things might befall me. I...

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Sweeping Up: A Delightful Visit to the Triangle Curling Club

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 2:46 PM

Cut out of the woods on a quiet edge of Durham sits a long, slender building with a low roof and an expansive parking lot. It’s unassuming in stature and location, with nothing announcing its purpose, a building that hundreds of cars pass every day without even noticing. Inside, however, is a bustling club, a bar and lounge, kitchen area, locker rooms, dining tables, and, beyond a wall-length window, a sheet of ice half a football field in length and nearly as wide. They call that the “ice shed.” Friends mill about, chatting as they stretch and ready their...

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Deep Rough: Notes on Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian's Shoddy, Mean-Spirited New Biography of Tiger Woods

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 10:57 AM

As details begin to emerge from the earth-scorching new biography of Tiger Woods, cowritten by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian, the inevitable push and pull over the facts has begun in earnest. The newly published Tiger Woods advertises itself as an unflinching look at one of the world's most famous athletes, and indeed it spares little in the way of sordid details, real and invented. A spiritual throwback to Albert Goldman's lurid and disreputable biographies of Elvis Presley and John Lennon, the authors are governed by a singular determination to view Woods through a prism of their own formulation. The...

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Monday, March 26, 2018

That's a Wrap: Duke Bows to Kansas in the Elite Eight

Posted By on Mon, Mar 26, 2018 at 2:25 PM

Well, that was unpleasant. Following forty-five minutes of back-and-forth play between two remarkably well-matched adversaries, Duke's season ended with a run to the Elite Eight and an overtime loss to a number-one seeded Kansas team that stayed neck and neck with the Blue Devils’ surfeit of thoroughbred talent. The Jayhawks were saved when Grayson Allen's last-second shot in regulation seemed to hit every possible surface but the net—and were also aided by a very shaky blocking call against Wendell Carter in overtime—but ultimately Duke did plenty to lose on their own. Faced with a well-coached and confident team in Kansas,...

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Friday, March 23, 2018

How Duke Will Triumph Tonight: Four Scenarios

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2018 at 5:13 PM

First off, let’s try to be reasonable. Anyone who watched Duke annihilate their opponents in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, while countless fellow tourney favorites including UNC and Virginia were resoundingly trounced by lower-seeded teams, can be forgiven for racing to the conclusion that the Blue Devils are fated and indeed honor bound to cut down the nets in San Antonio on April 2. That is certainly my position, one further emboldened by a Syracuse upset of Michigan State that spared Duke a potentially treacherous rematch against the Spartans. Yes, there are still games to play. Yes,...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tar Heels Replacement Therapy: Things to Do Now That Obsessing Over UNC Is Off the Table

Posted By on Tue, Mar 20, 2018 at 5:35 PM

With a whimper and an arena full of stunned locals, the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team saw their season end Sunday. They were beaten badly by a Texas A&M squad that was more physical and, on that night, much better shooters. What it all means for Roy Williams, the underclassmen on the roster, scores of Heels fans and alumni around the country, and students and denizens of Chapel Hill is frankly no longer my problem (unless, of course, my editors insist that it is). Over the past few months, I upheld a weekly promise to cover the...

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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Curtain Falls on a Golden Age of Carolina Basketball

Posted By on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 3:02 PM

What was this season, I wonder? Was Carolina’s drubbing at the hands of a much less talented but far more physical Texas A&M team an anomaly? Perhaps it was closer to the norm. Did Carolina punch far above their weight as the season wound down, or did they underachieve in a handful of winnable games? Was a second-round exit apropos? Should these Heels have gone much further? Did anyone really expect another Final Four run out of this squad? All of these questions no doubt will be discussed to death over beers at Topo and plates of home fries...

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Sunday, March 18, 2018

I've Seen Enough and I'm Back on Duke's Lunatic Bandwagon

Posted By on Sun, Mar 18, 2018 at 3:27 PM

Has there ever been a Duke team that is harder to get a handle on? Ten days after a very shaky loss to UNC in the ACC Tournament semifinals, the Blue Devils ran roughshod over their first two opponents in the Big Dance, laying waste to an overmatched Iona team on Thursday and appearing even more dominant against a more fairly matched Rhode Island squad that was reasonably expected to pose problems. Saturday's 87–62 public execution of the seventh-seeded Rams was just short of shocking, coming against an experienced team that entered the contest with a 26–7 record and a...

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Friday, March 16, 2018

For the Turnstiles: The Panthers Free Agency Adventure Begins With Significant Signings and Departures

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2018 at 1:08 PM

The first big test of Marty Hurney's second tenure as Carolina Panthers GM began this week, with the commencement of the annual NFL free-agency bazaar. Hurney's track record during his first tenure, which ran between 2002 and 2012, was a mixed bag overall, and that includes his free-agency classes. In keeping with an organizational philosophy that tends to prize the draft and homegrown talent as the main avenues toward roster building, the Panthers did not make a lot of splashy signings during Hurney’s tenure. Even an unvarnished triumph like the 2003 signing of future Super Bowl starter Jake Delhomme was...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Bring On Lipscomb! UNC's Title Defense Begins Friday.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 2:37 PM

Many argue that Carolina’s two-seed was an overstatement, that a ten-loss team should not be rewarded with a second seed, that Duke, Clemson, and Miami all had better overall records and better slates in ACC play yet were awarded lesser two-, five, and six-seeds, respectively. On the opposite side of that argument are the people who take into account more advanced metrics, such as the fact that UNC played the hardest schedule in the country this season and had fourteen Quadrant 1 wins, thus making ten losses somewhat more palatable. Whatever your stance, Carolina’s hunt for a third consecutive appearance...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Duke Has Played Thirty-Three Games, and I've Learned Nothing

Posted By on Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 2:02 PM

It is the Tuesday before the NCAA tournament, two days before their first-round game, and I know nothing about Duke basketball. Following a stretch during which I convinced myself that I finally understood this team and their perverse and wrong-footed ways, I am now fully confused again. Friday's 74–69 loss to UNC in the ACC tournament semifinals was so jangled and strange, so star-crossed and weird, and such the antithesis of the team’s recent play that I am being forced to re-examine questions about this group's viability as a Final Four contender that I had previously considered resolved. Yes, they...

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Saturday, March 10, 2018

Grayson Allen Is Still a Dirtbag and Other Notes from a Strange ACC Semifinal

Posted By on Sat, Mar 10, 2018 at 3:13 PM

Grayson Allen is still a dirtbag. Which is why his Tie Domi impression earned him a flagrant foul. If any other player in the country commits that transgression, it’s an on-the-floor foul. But given the reputation Allen has rightfully earned over the years, a flagrant one was the call to make. Sure, last night’s move wasn’t nearly as low-class as some of his greatest hits, but I can’t be alone in saying that whatever transpires over the next few weeks of tournament play, most can agree that no longer having to watch him play basketball will be a treat. It’s sad,...

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Friday, March 9, 2018

After the Blue Devils’ Dominating Win Against the Irish, Is There Any Way UNC Stops Them?

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 5:58 AM

The quarterfinals of the 2018 ACC Tournament have concluded and a heavyweight title fight between Duke and UVA in the championship game looms auspiciously in the offing. While neither team is guaranteed a spot in the finals, both behemoths made statements against formidable competition on Thursday, giving their collision course an intractable feel. After watching the Cavs demolish Louisville in an afternoon contest, the Blue Devils made easy work of a tough Notre Dame team desperate for a win that might have vouchsafed their chances for an NCAA Tournament selection. Duke has spent the past several weeks ironing out the...

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

We Need to Talk About Roy Williams’s Jacket

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 4:01 PM

North Carolina’s ACC tournament adventure got off to a banner start last night with a 78–59 rout of the Syracuse Orangemen, a contest that saw the Tar Heels take an early lead and methodically extend their advantage during a largely pressure-free second-half runaway. Almost no one can win a game when they shoot a paltry 30 percent from the field, and thanks in large part to Kenny Williams’s complete shutdown of stud Tyus Battle, that’s all that Syracuse could muster. On an evening that saw the Heels allow season lows in points, field goals, and shooting percentage, Carolina took it...

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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Mark It Down: Duke’s Going to Win the ACC Tournament

Posted By on Wed, Mar 7, 2018 at 6:12 PM

For twenty minutes of last Saturday's regular-season-ending contest at Cameron Indoor, a weird pall hung over the proceedings. In Grayson Allen's final home game, the Blue Devils frequently looked slow on defense, tentative on offense, and overmatched on the boards. When a late run at the end of the first half sent the Tar Heels into the locker room with a ten-point lead, it appeared that a hugely gifted Duke team prone to lapses and letdowns might well fail to rise to this most epic of occasions. And then the deluge. Looking for all the world like an entirely different squad,...

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