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.
  • Red Sox

    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 […]

  • Larry Fedora

    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 […]

  • Arnold Palmer

    Chansky’s Notebook: Charisma And Grace

    September 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Arnold Palmer and TV were a match made in heaven. Like millions of people, young and old, I got hooked on golf watching Arnold Palmer on grainy black-and-white TV. Arnie took the game off the public courses and country clubs into American living rooms, starting what became a multi-billion-dollar business. Not until Palmer came strutting up […]

  • big four

    Chansky’s Notebook: Big Four Bonanza

    September 26, 2016 at 9:05 am

    What a weekend for Big Four football. You will have to go way back in the record books and personal memory banks to find a weekend that matches what happened to the generally beleaguered Big Four football programs. Three of them won in distinctly different scenarios and the fourth did not play but garnered almost […]

  • UNC

    Chansky’s Notebook: Did Someone Cave?

    September 23, 2016 at 9:00 am

    Looks to me like six rewards and one deal made. UNC announced new contracts or extensions for seven coaches this week. And among them is women’s Hall of Famer Sylvia Hatchell. Curiously, Hatchell’s contract was extended through the 2020 season, while no other coach got signed up beyond 2019. Not that Joe Breschi, Anson Dorrance, […]

  • James Conner

    Chansky’s Notebook: A Delicate Balance

    September 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

    James Conner continues his remarkable recovery in Kenan Stadium. Once the best running back in the ACC, Pitt’s James Conner is again behind the quarterback carrying the ball about 20 times a game for the Panthers. Conner was injured last season and then diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma, which he beat in the off season to […]

  • Larry Brown

    Chansky’s Notebook: The Game Of His Life

    September 21, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Larry Brown is serious about coaching high school basketball. The Hall of Fame coach, the only man to win NBA and NCAA championships and the winner of nearly 1800 total games in his 45-year career on the bench, may do the one thing he always wanted to do. Coach high school in a mostly empty […]

  • 1936 Olympics

    Chansky’s Notebook: The Untold Story From The 1936 Olympics

    September 20, 2016 at 9:00 am

    The 1936 Olympics Movie is a must see. Premiering in Chapel Hill this weekend is Olympic Pride, American Prejudice, a documentary about the 17 black athletes – besides Jesse Owens – who went to Berlin for the 1936 Olympic Games amidst protests at home for a boycott and a German facade belying its Aryan superiority […]

  • Carolina Football

    Chansky’s Notebook: ‘Preseason’ Over

    September 19, 2016 at 8:30 am

    You agree that Carolina’s preseason schedule is over? Dissecting UNC’s first three games this season, you would have to say they were no more than a warm-up for the heart of the schedule over the next month. It may not have looked that way back in August, but it sure does now. Georgia is perhaps […]

  • Kenan Stadium

    Chansky’s Notebook: Choice Is Yours

    September 16, 2016 at 9:00 am

    It’s another tell-all opener for Carolina. So here we are again, on the precipice of a full-blown Tar Heel sports season, particularly football. All signs are positive, if you ignore a sexual assault charge here and a controversial coaching hire/fire there. The team has looked good for most of its first two games, both away […]