‘Signgate’ stupidity and the good old double standard!

Been traveling a lot. (No…not the Tyler Hopswalk kind of traveling) Busy with work. Only so many hours in the day to keep the blog updated.

I was at the game last night. Saw the “disgraceful” (sarcasm) sign that the baseball player held up at halftime. Didn’t think twice about it. All I could make of it was that it was a picture of Hansbrough’s bloodied nose from last season with some comment about him finally wearing the right color.

Hell, I actually appreciated an athlete from NC State caring enough about the game to show up on Wednesday night. (I don’t expect the Technician to run any stories about the situation since they obviously must be folding their presses in light of their budget crunch which evidently means that they can’t afford to print newspapers.)

I was listening to 610 WFNZ’s Primetime with the Packman on Thursday afternoon and was pretty surprised at how big of a deal this ridiculously insignificant item has been made into. Packman does a pretty fantastic job of nailing a lot of things related to the NC State Basketball program and does a super job of keeping people off of irrelevant topics (like Herb Sendek, etc). So, I was disappointed in their interest in this pile of nothing.

I just don’t understand how holding a picture of an event that actually happened – and was witnessed by millions on national television nonetheless – is that big of a deal? For over a year the local and national media have re-played and re-run the awesomeness that is Tyler Hansbrough (just wait until he farts!) by treating his incident with Gerald Henderson as a badge of honor. Now the topic is suddenly taboo?

(While we are on the topic of broken noses, media and fan hypocrisy, and total irrelevancy, we can’t pass up the opportunity to link to this classic entry that you cannot miss and is particularly special in light of the components of this ‘controversy’.)

The only thing that would make the treatment of Hansbrough’s nose (and feelings) more ridiculously slanted would be if Hansbrough had some kind of control over the initial incident and could have actually prevented it from happening. Now, that would be wild and even more interesting that you never hear about that from the media?!

You know…like if Carolina was up big on Duke during that game and didn’t need the points and Hansbrough was trying to run up the score on Duke and rub salt in their wounds when he had his nose broken? You know…like if the specific situation was that Carolina was up by 12 points with 14 seconds remaining in the game and Hansbrough – who shouldn’t have been on the court in the first place – rebounded a Bobby Frasor missed free throw and instead of kicking the ball out to let the clock expire he wanted to play tough and physically position himself for more points with a posterizing dunk in the face of the Blue Devils?! You know…something like that!

A set of facts like that which the world is never made aware of despite the litany of attention around Hansbrough’s nose-breaking would really be a damning nail in the coffin of media hypocrisy, wouldn’t it? Or, what if Tyler Hansbrough had been given a technical foul in a game last year in Raleigh for losing his temper and taking a wild swing at the head of an NC State player in the middle of a play where NC State got a rebound? Wouldn’t that be something of interest that may have some relevance to people’s feelings for the great “Psycho T”?

Additionally, could you imagine if a State student or athlete had shouted some kind of gross, racially charged slur instead of holding up a picture with a harmless caption? Wow!? We may have gotten just as much local coverage as when a lily white UNC-CH student shouted stereotyped racial remarks on national television at Maryland players because the Terps had the audacity to actually beat the Tar holes. (Link to the national media who covered the story since the local media wouldn’t dare say highlight the ‘open-mindedness’ of the liberal zoo that is Chapel Hill).

Remember a couple of years ago a random person in the RBC crowd ALLEGEDLY made a crude remark about a member of Chris Paul’s family who had recently died? That undocumented remark became the cornerstone of a highly critical column in the News & Observer by everyone’s favorite, Barry Saunders. Yet Saunders, who makes his living finding racism in everything from the sun rising to the color of stale Corn Flakes, didn’t write a peep about the folks in Chapel Hill’s racially-charged comments earlier this year against Maryland. Odd.

In the midst of all of the pettiness and hypocrisy, we’d like to tip our hat to the good people at 850 The Buzz who had enough common sense to post the following comments in today’s blog entry on the topic.

Of course, let me also point out that the holier-than-though attitude is tiresome from all parties involved. If North Carolina fans want to get upset because a member of the baseball team had some fun at the expense of Hansbrough, then I have a request for the next “Late Night with Roy” these fans attend. Don’t laugh it up with your boys when people representing the athletic department dress up like a backwoods redneck with a straw hat during a “Dating Game” skit.

For those of you keeping score at home the following are some summarized rules as we have learned them from recent events:

(1) Pictures of actual, real-world events are off limits and are criticized by local media.

(2) Alleged, undocumented crass comments by an unseen fan in an arena warrants extreme criticism in the state’s major newspapers.

(3) Documented, racially charged criticisms on national television by fans of one school against the players of another do not carry the same criticism as point #2.

(4) Documented, racially charged criticisms on national television by fans of one school against the players of another does not merit the level of criticism that showing a picture of something that actually happened warrants.

(5) Multiple athletes and representatives of the Athletics Department of one school can participate in mocking skits that perpetuate hurtful, racist and socio-economic stereotypes in a capacity-filled arena without any mention or criticism of the behavior by the media and local sports radio. The skits last as long as 5 to 10 minutes and draw raucous laughter from the ‘open-minded’ and enlightened elite that watch them.

(6) A single athlete from a different school cannot show a picture of an actual, real-world event for 15 seconds in a capacity-filled arena without being ridiculed and criticized by the same media that ignore the behaviors in point #5.

(7) Fans and student bodies in arenas and football stadiums in the area are allowed to participate in derogatory organized cheers and chants that degrade the value of the degree of another institution (‘If you can’t go to college, go to State!’) and that school’s curriculum (‘start your tractors’, moooooo, ‘cow college’, etc) with no mention of ‘crossing the line’ while showing a professionally taken photograph of a real-life event represents ‘classlessness’.

You got all of that? If you are new to North Carolina…welcome to our version of the ‘main stream media’.

Post-script: For reference, here is the link to our take of of the Hansbrough vs Henderson situation when it happened.

With 14 seconds to go in today’s Duke/Carolina game – and with the game firmly in the hands of the Tarheels who had a 12 point lead – Duke’s Gerald Henderson connected with a forearm across the bridge of Tyler Hansbrough’s nose on a put-back attempt after a rebound of missed Carolina free throw…

Hansbrough rebounded a Bobby Frasor missed free throw with 14 seconds left and instead of kicking the ball out to let the clock expire he was playing tough and trying to physically position himself for more points – preferably on a dunk in the face of the Blue Devils. What was Duke supposed to do? Just allow Tyler Hansbrough to go up for a posterizing dunk on a play that never needed to happen in the first place (why was Hansbrough on the court up 12 with 14 seconds to go)?

It was unfortunate. But, it was also uncontrollable at that speed and in that situation.

No. Wait. I take that back. It was completely controllable. All Hansbrough had to do was kick the ball out to a guard to hold for 14 seconds instead of trying to get some nasty slam designed to rub salt in Duke’s wounds. Or, all Roy Williams had to do was to not have his starters in the game up 12 with 14 seconds. That would have controlled the situation.

But…of course…Hansbrough has the unalienable right to play hard and the Duke players aren’t given that same right? Why is that Tyler Hansbrough has the innate right to be intense and playing extremely hard at the end of the game but nobody else is allowed to do the same thing?

Ironically, it is the very Tyler Hansbrough who is involved in this situation that literally took a swipe/swing at the head of Brandon Costner in the Tarheels visit to Raleigh earlier in the year. Hansbrough barely missed conncecting with Costner, but did that somehow diminish the “combative and confrontational action” of taking a blatant swing at an opposing player in behavior that IN NO WAY was related to the play of the ball?

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59 Responses to ‘Signgate’ stupidity and the good old double standard!

  1. PackGirl 02/22/2008 at 8:16 PM #

    I didn’t see the sign because the baseball team had their backs to us. Great idea though – congrats to the player who thought of it. Don’t understand why anyone would have a problem with it??

    On the other hand, I do have a problem with the “Ref you suck” chant. It is juvenile for one, but worst of all, do we really need to give the refs another reason to discriminate against us?

  2. redfred2 02/22/2008 at 10:04 PM #

    “With a 14 point lead late in the game, I don’t necessarily have a problem w/ a coach keeping the pressure up and having his better players on the court.”

    Oh but, what about how fragile those collegiate athletes are? And what if they might want to go pro some day? Shouldn’t the coach put that in front of everything else regardless of his own, as well the fans, “selfish” expectations, and what it takes to accomplish a WINNING PROGRAM? Don’t forget, those kids ‘just’ on scholarship, and they’re ‘just’ playing collegiate BB afterall.

  3. SaccoV 02/22/2008 at 10:30 PM #

    I agree with you on the ridiculous amount of attention this got, especially on the Packman’s show. His only flaw on that show is the willingness to harp on something and have his “guests” perpetuate the discussion where no discussion is really taking place. This is the general problem with the media, and I think it bears greatly on why Hansbrough is such a “topic” for constant media drool sessions. He’s a white kid whose skills are significantly less than other players; he works very hard, and he will stand out ONLY in the college game. For all intents, Hansbrough is Carolina’s version of J.J. Redick. It’s even more ridiculous when you think of the real talent that Carolina has had (mostly black players) who haven’t even sniffed the consistent publicity that this cretin has garnered since his arrival (Carter, Wallace, Stackhouse, Jamison, etc.). The entire sports media scene is now star-driven, and what could be more marketable than a white kid who works hard and who obviously isn’t as talented as many of the black kids playing with him and competing against him. Call it what you will, but even as great as Michael Beasley is at Kansas State, he will never get the attention from his local media or from the national media that Hansbrough is getting on both stages. I was not surprised when Bilas kept re-iterating during the State-UNC game than Hansbrough was “clear candidate” for National Player of the Year. I find that two freshmen in other leagues have just as much right (at this point) to that crown as he has (Beasley and Gordon). As usual, when the media finds a horse to ride, they will ride it until its legs break. In this case, that should be the NBA Draft.

  4. RAWFS 02/22/2008 at 10:33 PM #

    One of my friends at work today summed it up for a lot of Wolfpack fans: “That sign pissed off Carolina fans? Good!”

  5. blpack 02/22/2008 at 10:34 PM #

    UNC-Chapel Hill: to seem rather than to be.

  6. OwenDorm83 02/23/2008 at 7:04 AM #

    …and the surprising thing about all of this is what??? You mean to tell me that the local media has a light blue bias? No, you’re kidding?

  7. Fenrir 02/23/2008 at 9:20 AM #

    i have read this site for a long time and have enjoyed all the different veiws, thoughts and insights to nc state et all. this is my first post here. while not a graduate, i have one son that is and a daughter who is a junior this year. they never had a chance i indocterined them at early ages that there was only one school to attend. i grew up in raleigh as a young boy i watched thompson and towe, fire and ice all the great basketball games that were played.i watched a game that some say is the best ever played in college basketball, maryland an nc state 1974. with that said for me to say i’m a fan is not even close. i love nc state!! some here have called it a sickness or disease. i agree while other fans cannot tell you “their teams” starting line up a state fan will give you stats on every player out on the floor. we refer to our players as javi, grant, dt, monty, chris, rodney, on and on. we do this because they are family. i got on this sight to tell everyone that in the middle of our current situation i believe that we will get better. i believe that with our history and heart we will get back into the prominence we deserve. this season and current basketball team have me perplexed and totally confused (coaches and players). but we as state fans want more than anything to be able to throw our heads back and roar we want to beat our chest. we have been waiting a long time to be able to do that agian. last year at the unc state game when the buzzer sounded and we had won. i saw an arena full of people roar in unison. everyone ther let out a collective cry of hope for the future and a letting go of our mediocre past. yes a swipe at herb. we will see change we demand it!! it’s going to start with tob and football. i have decided not to say wait until next year ever again. but change is coming!!

  8. gcpack 02/23/2008 at 3:51 PM #

    VTPack you wrote,”sort out why we wouldn’t build a real stadium for the last guy we had coaching. SOS.”

    The larger queston on Ray Tanner is why would Todd (I got no balls until I got to Vandy)Turner let arguably the best baseball coach in the country go. Tanner had already turned downed the Miami job and imho Turner didnt care to make any effort to keep him. Along those same lines Turner also alienated Dick Sheridan enough that he left.

    Guess who Turner didnt annoy. Les. Turner said he would leave it up to Les about whether to continue coaching.

    What a total crock. One of my neighbors and another friend before these events happened said they didnt trust Turner because he was a baby blue grad. I told them they were full of crap cause this was Turner’s job and no one would be stupid enough to anything not in their employer’s best interest.

    Well I was wrong as hell and they were right. More or less chasing off two of the top coaches in their respective sport and taking a hands off approach with the one who couldnt do his job successfully comes close to sabotage to me.

    After Turner got to Vandy the first thing he did was fire the football coach by saying he didnt have enough wins.
    Funny how that wasnt important at State for basketball but it is with the football program at Vandy.

    I laughed and laughed when Vandy eliminated their athletic dept. After Turner was fired at Washington last year it is clear he is not competent as an athletic director and only in looking after his alma mater’s interests.

  9. gopherfan 02/24/2008 at 1:17 PM #

    Hansblow is like the big kid in the schoolyard picking on the smaller, younger kids. The retard is older than everyone else and I think he likes to stay in his comfort zone…which is why I won’t be surprised if he stays for another year. What other accomplished college kids stay this long…none. In reality, he’a a wuss.

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