Art Chansky

Chansky’s Notebook: Best Weekend Ever?

Championship Monday was also a message to the NC-Double up yours. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/May/31/Art%20Chanskys%20Sports%20Notebook%205312016.mp3 Despite the four years of attempted Death by Inertia from the NCAA, and a snub from the baseball selection committee, Carolina Athletics had its greatest weekend in history. A day after the UNC women won the NCAA lacrosse championship over former ACC rival Maryland, the men won their fifth national title by beating the now Big-Ten Terrapins in what may have been the most thrilling championship game in the sport’s history. Carolina also barely missed other NCAA titles in women’s tennis, and only the Memorial Day bummer...

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Chansky’s Notebook: The Harvey Rules

They are calling the Dark Knight the Pale Pawn. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/May/27/ART%20CHANSKYS%20SPORTS%20NOTEBOOK_052716.mp3 Former Tar Heel Matt Harvey made it big in the majors a year after he joined the Mets in 2013. That’s when his menacing beard and tough-guy demeanor on the mound made him an all-star and gave him his nickname, which he played to the hilt as a man about town. Things aren’t so good for the Dark Knight these days, a year after coming off Tommy John surgery that cost him the entire 2014 season. He seemed to regain his form a year ago, which proved the operation...

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Chansky’s Notebook: 21 Tigers Going On To Play

Kudos to 21 Chapel Hill Tiger athletes who will keep playing in college. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/May/26/ART%20CHANSKYS%20SPORTS%20NOTEBOOK_052616.mp3 Two of those varsity athletes from Chapel Hill High who will go onto play are staying home to attend UNC — track & field’s Harrison Young and volleyball’s Katherine Easterly. Five other athletes are staying in state to play their sports; football’s Connor Stough at UNC-Pembroke and Albert Nyamayaro at Fayetteville State; women basketball’s Autumn West to Johnson C. Smith; soccer’s John Walden to Elon; and track and field’s Quianiece Fish to North Carolina Central. One will be playing in the ACC, swimmer Claire DeSelm...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Baseball Format Hurts ACC

Carolina is why the ACC baseball tournament format is wrong. The ACC restricting its baseball tournament to ten teams does not help its member schools that find themselves on the NCAA bubble. If there were no ACC tournament, the Diamond Heels would be a shoe-in for an NCAA tourney bid with their high RPI and top three toughest schedules in the country. But now the selection committee will say, “Well, they didn’t even make their own conference tournament.” They did not because the ACC remains the best college baseball league in the nation with tremendous balance from top to bottom....

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Chansky’s Notebook: THE NBA’s Worst Nightmare

The Raptors and Thunder have turned the NBA playoffs upside down. Do we know anything about the Toronto Raptors beyond Jerry Stackhouse is one of their assistant coaches and Bismack Biyombo is an old Charlotte Bobcats castoff? Kyle Lowery and DeMar DeRozan are all-star caliber veterans scoring 30 points each, and Biyombo has come off the bench as a reserve center to grab 30 rebounds in the last two games, evening the Eastern Conference finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers that was supposed to be over by now. The NBA did not get the Cavaliers-Miami Heat match-up it wanted;...

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Chansky’s Notebook: The Final Four — At Last!

Improbably, Carolina lacrosse is finally back. The UNC men’s lacrosse team, which 25 years ago was a regular in the Final Four and won four national championships, broke a frustrating drought by upsetting Notre Dame for the second time this season and made it back to the Final Four for the first time in 23 years. And it was a most improbable return after what coach Joe Breschi called being stuck in the quarterfinals four times in the last seven years while other ACC schools gained the dominance the Tar Heels once held. The amazing run to the national...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Blue Bloods Running Red Hot

Man, the Carolina-Duke rivalry is heating up in May. While the rest of the basketball world focuses on LeBron James winning his 17 straight Eastern Conference playoff game and a probable sweep of Toronto to await the winner of the brutal Golden State-OKC western finals, the blue blood rivalry is dominating the off-season around here. The Tar Heels are buoyed by Kennedy Meeks and Justin Jackson returning to school, giving Carolina three returning starters and another roster that will go at least 10 deep with experience and quality youth. And Duke just keeps adding five-star recruits to another No....

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Chansky’s Notebook: The Star You Don’t Know

  Have you heard of Jackie Bradley Jr. and what he’s doing now? UNC baseball fans may remember Jackie Bradley Jr. when he played for South Carolina against the Tar Heels. Bradley was considered a very good college player, a solid hitter, and outstanding outfielder. He was selected by Boston at No. 40 in the 2011 MLB supplemental draft. After a year in the Red Sox farm system, Bradley made the big club but for most of three seasons in the majors was labeled as a sensational outfielder and one of the worst hitters in the game. Bradley barely...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Coach K Wins for One Reason – Great Players

Coach K wins for one reason – great players. http://audio.chapelboro.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/May/18/ART%20CHANSKYS%20SPORTS%20NOTEBOOK_051816.mp3   If you haven’t seen it yet, Google or YouTube Mike Krzyzewski’s commencement speech at Duke last weekend. It was amazing that a basketball coach, even a Hall of Famer with the most wins in NCAA history, would be the featured speaker on graduation day, but Coach K has reached God-like status at a school he called the “best university in the world.” We shouldn’t copy anything from another school, because we are the best, Krzyzewski said. It was an excellent speech. He went through the processes he uses...

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