By Art Chansky Art Chansky's commentary on WCHL, Sports Notebook, airs Monday-Friday. He is also the author of 8 books on Tar Heel basketball; his latest -- GAME CHANGERS, Dean Smith, Charlie Scott and The Era That Transformed a Southern College Town can be ordered by clicking the green logo below. Also look for it in bookstores nationwide.
  • Virginia Tech ran the ball on 66 of its 83 offensive plays Saturday, as the Hokies dominated the Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium. (AP Photo/ Ben McKeown)

    Chansky’s Notebook: Washout Weekend

    October 10, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Now the Tar Heels have to go back to Florida and win again. Carolina’s dismal loss to Virginia Tech in a game that never should have been played in hurricane conditions leaves the team no other choice but to win at Miami Saturday the same way it did at Florida State two weekends ago. That’s […]

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    Art’s Angle: A Bad Call

    October 9, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Bet you Bubba Cunningham would have delayed the game time if he had to do it all over again. It wasn’t TV that made the Tar Heels host Virginia Tech in the worst weather imaginable for an October afternoon. It was Carolina’s call all the way. With the outer swirl of Hurricane Matthew set to […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Not So Equal, Please

    October 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

    If Hurricane Mathew arrives, Carolina must play its smartest game of the season. The late Bill Dooley had a favorite expression when inclement weather was forecast for one of his team’s games. “Rain is the great equalizer,” Dooley used to say. In the kind of conditions predicted for Saturday against Virginia Tech, the old trench fighter’s […]

  • San Francisco Giants' Madison Bumgarner works against the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 8, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    Chansky’s Notebook: Baseball In October

    October 6, 2016 at 9:29 am

    The wildcard games were wild; that’s October baseball. Ever since Major League Baseball added a second wildcard team, the do-or-die play-in games have been tense, taut entries into the postseason playoffs. Two teams, with the fourth-and fifth-best records in each league, playing one game to get in. This year, the six division races were over […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Panthers’ Poor Start

    October 5, 2016 at 8:57 am

    It’s what’s inside that counts for the Carolina Panthers. The state’s pro football team is off to a worrisome 1-3 start after going 15-1 last season and advancing to the Super Bowl. Cam Newton is on concussion protocol and perhaps should have been since being hammered in the head by the Denver Broncos on opening […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: A Love Affair

    October 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Carolina’s Davis Love proved the perfect Ryder Cup captain. As unlikely a choice as Davis Love was to come back as Ryder Cup captain this year, that’s how good he was at putting the team together, picking his assistants for different reasons, as it all came together for a much-needed USA win at Haleztine in […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Pass The Smelling Salt

    October 3, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Okay, heart-stopping Heels, enough with the drama. What moniker do you want to give Carolina’s football team that is literally taking our breath away? Beating Pitt with two seconds left on the clock and stunning Florida State on a long field goal as time ran out? Two reasons why this madness has to end. Now. […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Time For ‘D’ To Step Up

    September 30, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Gene Chizik’s honeymoon period is over. UNC defensive coordinator Gene Chizik made a huge improvement during his first season. But, then again, where else could the worst defense in college football go but up. From the last half of last season through the first four games this fall, however, Carolina’s defense has been backsliding. Duke […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: No Big Deal (Ahem)

    September 29, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Not possible, but the Yankees and Red Sox BOTH won. Only fanatical baseball fans (ahem) will sit at a sports bar all night watching their team try to clinch the division that it couldn’t possibly lose because it had a five-game lead with five games to play. But some baseball fans will do such a […]

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    Chansky’s Notebook: Gone Mad At LSU

    September 28, 2016 at 8:30 am

    There is already talk of Larry Fedora to LSU. After LSU mindlessly fired Les Miles, the controversial Mad Hatter, after his team’s last-second loss to Auburn, Twitter and various on-line polls have begun lining up the candidates to become the new permanent head coach in Baton Rouge after the season. Though it’s the last thing […]