A few years ago the folks at Pack Pride put a picture of Julius Hodge on the cover of their basketball preview issue. I hated it. I love(d) Julius…but, I really hated the magazine cover that featured Hodge wearing a white version of David Thompson’s #44 jersey with a spotlight on Thompson’s red #44 in the background. The title of the magazine was “Heir Apparent.”
I am not kidding or exaggerating when I tell you that I literally had a sick feeling in my stomach and experienced physical reactions the first dozen or so times that I saw the picture. I am totally serious — it was nothing short of repulsing to me. I will fully accept that this may appear a little crazy…but, it was that far out of line to me as a basketball purist and someone who feels as though I have a solid grasp on the order of magnitude of ACC and NCAA historical basketball landscape.
I wasn’t alone in my distaste for the picture. Threads on message boards discussed the ploy and the appropriateness/blasphemy of a younger, less educated generation, trying to position any player – let alone Hodge who would have to be debated to to rank amongst the Top 5 Wolfpackers of all time – on a level even close to the greatest player to ever wear a uniform in the ACC.
So, after a few years of festering about this, I thought it was time to highlight this year’s Pack Pride Basketball Preview Picture that I think is very well done. The picture includes the Wolfpack’s three freshmen looking sharp and ready for action! Maybe I am just overly excited about the coming basketball season. Nonetheless, I thought it looked tastefully done and wanted to provide some compliments on the work.
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