With all of the talk of the Tyler Hanswalk – Gerald Henderson talk this week, I was reminded of an old blog entry that I had saved but had never shared.
Check this out and thank the author for being honest and insightful and not just another media stooge.
During a timeout earlier this season, a TV camera trained on North Carolina’s bench captured Tyler Hansbrough paying keen attention to what his coach, Roy Williams, was saying. You might think listening is routine. You couldn’t be more wrong.
“Watching Tyler Hansbrough listen is special,” ESPN announcer Bill Raftery blurted out.
…Now, it’s possible most of the people who were watching that North Carolina-Winthrop game picked up their nachos and threw them in disgust at their flat screens. But I don’t think so. I think there was a significant portion of men who turned to their wives and said, “Look at that kid listen! Have you ever witnessed such glorious listening?”
You can’t make that stuff up.
Since we are on this true blue topic, then we should not hesitate to share a couple of particularly interesting items that hit the mainstream this week.
First is a quick quote in this piece from Jeff Goodman at Fox Sports. I truly can’t believe that I am supporting something that this guy has written…but, for once I think he is sharing something of value instead of telling us all that the Pac-10 is better than the ACC and that Sidney Lowe was a bad hire.
Coaches around the ACC won’t say it publicly, but they are tired of the aggressive Tar Heels star getting his way in the paint and bullying through defenders.
The ‘hating’ didn’t end there. Check out this piece from ESPN’s Page 2 about the “10 Most hated Dukies” of all time. Wow! You don’t see that very often in the media. You also don’t see something as blatantly racist. (I say this half joking). Check out the list. Things do not bode well for you if you are a white guy. 8 of the top 10 are of causcasion persuasion. Ouch.
You know that we go the extra mile on topics…therefore we direct you to Dave Sez’s entry on the Top 10 most hated where – in the interest of equal time – he lists his 1o most hated Tarheels of all-time. How do you evern begin to make such a list?
He went with:
1. Brendan Haywood
2. Rasheed Wallace
3. Makhtar Ndiaye
4. Matt Doherty
5. Jeff Lebo
6. Michael Jordan (I hated him until the NBA)
7. Dante Calabria
8. Eric Montross
9. Jeff McInnis
10. J.R. Reid
It’s a pretty good list. I’m impressed by not forgetting Jeff Lebo. Dave could have considered A LOT of names to add. In addition to Hansbrough and his twin Kris Lang, a few others that I would have had a hard time leaving off the list would be Scott Williams, King Rice, Jerry Stackhouse, Jimmy Braddock, Rashad McCants, Vince Carter, Ed Cota, Joe Forte, Julius Peppers, Ronald Curry Ademola Okulaja, and any of the homos that ever sat on the end of their bench and acted like (insert your own critical remark here).