Talk about a “nothing” story that continues to rear its ugly head in various ways…
…this weekend during Carolina’s pasting of Maryland I penned an entry using a specific example from the game that used a subtle oversight to make a much larger point. The entry, “Sendek’s “Prominence” Evident in ESPN’s Omissions” immediately got some play with some Bloggers whom I respect like in January 10th’s entry at Dave Sez.
One of my favorite College Basketball Columnists is Dan Wetzel who writes for Yahoo Sports. I went over to catch up on some reading today and I noticed that Dan has been in North Carolina this week following ACC hoopss. Two of Wetzel’s last three articles have focused on the two games on Tobacco Road this week.
This got me thinking that Wetzel is almost certainly in Raleigh for tonight’s match-up between the Blue Devils and Wolfpack, therefore providing Sendek & Company a chance to garner some badly-needed national attention.
Unfortunately, the more I actually read Dan’s articles today, the more my “happiness” related to his presence on Tobacco Road turned to despair that was similar to what I experienced this weekend with Brad Nessler and ESPN.
For example, in today’s column regarding Carolina’s renewed prominence on the college basketball landscape, Wetzel (deservedly) oozes compliments for the Tar Heels, winners of 14 in a row.
But, it was Wetzel’s focus on Wake Forest in, “Terra-fying”, that really hit home. The article can be summed up with the following:
Meanwhile, Wake keeps gaining steam in what is turning into a dream season for the school. Long the fourth member of the ACC’s Carolina contingent, this small, academically competitive school doesn’t have the national championship banners, monster fan base or media attention of Carolina, Duke and N.C. State.
At least not until this year…
…Now Lawrence Joel Coliseum (capacity 14,665) is not just sold out, but rocking. Now the Deacons aren’t just winning (14-1) but scoring style points en route, what with Paul, Justin Gray and Trent Strickland combining for an aerial show.
Ouch! Where is Brad Nessler when we need him?