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Art Chansky

Art’s Angle: Fedora’s Five

Larry Fedora is now 40-24 through five seasons at UNC with his fourth bowl game still to come in 2016. But, sadly, for Tar Heel fans he also has amassed a record of bad endings. While the current 8-4 season gives Fedora four winning teams in five tries, it is a bad year around here if you lose to both Duke and State. And Fedora’s Tar Heels did that for the first time this fall. Despite victories at Florida State and Miami and wins over two other FBS bowl-bound teams (Pitt and Georgia Tech), another poor finish is nevertheless...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Cubs Still Favorites?

The Indians had to win Game One, and they did. While it looks more and more like Cleveland may be just as destined to win the World Series as the Cubs, the Indians really won what was a must game Tuesday night. The pitching rotation still favors the Cubbies, and had John Lester beaten Corey Kluber in the opener the Cubs would have become a prohibitive favorite to bring home their first Series crown since 1908. And if the Cubs can manage to win Game Two in Cleveland and take a 1-1 split home to Wrigley Field for three straight,...

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Chansky’s Notebook: At What Price?

I wonder who handicaps the UNC Basketball ticket prices. I saw the season tickets for the Tar Heels’ 2016-17 home schedule. Most interesting about the 17 games, which includes one exhibition, is the varying prices. For lower arena seats, they range from $25 for the practice game against UNC Pembroke to the mind-boggling $115 for the last home game against Duke. In between, you can gauge how good – or high profile – the various opponents are by what it costs to come see them play the Heels on their home court. For example, according to the non-conference game...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Intolerable Pleasure

Are you surprised NFL TV ratings are down? I am not. Everything about everyone who watches the NFL on TV is down about 10 percent this season, including their tolerance.  It might be an anomaly because pro football is still the most popular sport in this country and there is no other way to get live events, like programming that can be streamed on line. In addition, two of the first three presidential debates were opposite prime time NFL games. I have my favorite teams and players but, overall, I have come to hate the NFL and every dollar...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Let’s Not Forget

It’s been 20 years since the heartbreak in ‘Hooville. With the Tar Heels going to Virginia on Saturday for a game they are favored to win, what better reminder of a having letdown than the infamous outcome 20 years ago in Scott Stadium, when Carolina had seemingly broken the long drought in Charlottesville? Or so we thought. Certainly, every UNC football fan over 30 remembers what happened. The Heels have not won at UVA since 1981 despite having a better program over those 15 years. But this time they mounted a 17-3 lead late in the game when Brian Simmons picked off...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Cleveland Is, Well…

Okay, I believe Cleveland is Believeland after all. The Cleveland Indians are, well, unbelievable. After winning their sixth straight post-season game Monday night, they were one victory away from playing in their first World Series in 20 years and winning their first world championship since 1948, 69 seasons ago. It seems like the city whose teams have lost so much over the years has suddenly become title town, with the Indians feeding off the NBA champion Cavaliers. More important than that is manager Terry Francona, who won two World Series with the Red Sox in 2004 and 2007, sweeping...

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