Kicking Off Basketball Season

Nothing like  a good mixed metaphor, is there not? Last night in Chapel Hill, 21,750 fortunate folks got to see some basketball royalty. There was  a Carolina alumni game to start the 100th season of Tar Heel hoops. They actually kept score and the Blue team beat the White team or vice versa. That is strictly a side issue. The fact that the  game  was played is a testament to the family that is Carolina basketball. The current keeper of the flame  and instigator of the marvelous idea for the game is of course Roy Williams. The godfather would have to be Dean Smith who alongwith Michael( New Naismith Hall of Fame member) Jordan got the loudest ovations of the night and deservedly so.

You had NBA   coaches  George Karl and John Kuester coaching the respective squads and Carlina Panther Julius Peppers who was in a basketball uniform but did not play.

Coach Williams said, “In my opinion, there’s no place in the country that could’ve don what we just did.” Viewing it through  a Carolina Blue filter, I will of course agree. Of course, unveiling the 2009 national Championship banner was pretty cool as was the addition of Jordan’s name to those Tar Heels already enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

And you have to feel good that the game proceeds which were significant went to the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center and the UNCChildren’sHospital. ESPN deigned to show grief highlights this am with a Vince Carter dunk being featured. Thanks to UNC alum Stuart Scott for getting that 100th season mention in there. Sure, basketball season has not officially started yet, but……..

Oh yes, the top ranked  women’s soccer team won at Notre Dame yesterday and that too is cause to celebrate.Oh, some guy named Hansbrough was also in the building. Not a bad day to be  a Heels fan.


September 5, 2009 - Posted by | Sports | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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