Art Chansky

Chansky’s Notebook: Sue The Bastards!

Cameron Johnson should sue Pitt for his unconditional release. Now the story has gone public and Pitt is in a giant conundrum over telling one of its graduates what he can and cannot do with his career. Pitt has blocked Johnson from going to a school within the ACC without sitting out a year and losing one of the two seasons of eligibility he has remaining. Johnson was sidelined with a medical red-shirt as a freshman and then graduated in three years. Pitt is keeping Johnson from transferring to North Carolina, which is apparently his top choice. Since the...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Shocking Trade Ahead?

The Celtics have played their last game with Isaiah Thomas. Ever. After last night’s shocking upset at Cleveland in the third game of the NBA Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Globe headline began, “Without Isaiah . . .” Sometime this summer, the headline will be “Celtics trade Thomas” and it won’t be a surprising move. Playing a lineup that could match up better with the defending NBA champion Cavaliers, the injured 5-foot-9 Thomas was exposed as the team’s weak link on defense while watching on TV. Yes, he is an all-star and a scoring machine, but he can often...

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Chansky’s Notebook: UNC To Shock The World?

Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson now looking at Carolina. Big news. UNC may be on the verge of shocking the ACCand college basketball. It comes in the form of a familiar-looking wing forward who scored 24 points against the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill last season. Cameron Johnson just graduated from Pitt in three years and played two seasons there, one for current coach Kevin Stallings after being recruited by former coach Jamie Dixon. He sat out his freshman year as a medical red-shirt, which now gives him TWO seasons of eligibility if he transfers to a school outside the ACC – at the moment. When...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Brady-Bundchen Gate

Tom Brady’s super model wife sold him out on national TV. Betcha things aren’t exactly ducky around the Brady mansion these days after Gisele Bundchen, aka Mrs. Brady, revealed on a national television interview that her Super Bowl stud husband had a concussion last season, and it wasn’t the first for TB12. “Tom had a concussion last season, he’s had concussions, we just don’t talk about it,” the girl from Ipanema told Charlie Rose this week. The Brazilian beauty went on to say football is too aggressive and seemed to imply that none of her children would ever play...

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Chansky’s Notebook: None For The Athletes?

A 20 million bonus and 19 million buyout rocks college athletics. Big Ten Commissioner and UNC alumnus Jim Delany is receiving an extra $20 million for making his conference unprecedented money that is passed down to the member schools. Since replacing Wayne Duke in 1990, Delany has made what was once considered an impossible job the best in college athletics with shrewd negotiating and off-the-charts creativity. When ESPN low-balled the Big Ten with its TV rights bid 12 years ago, Delany left the room and put an idea that had been ruminating in his head into action. Two years...

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