Late Night With Roy is the traditional start to UNC’s basketball season – a free event for fans complete with scrimmages, music, dances and skits by the Tar Heel men’s and women’s basketball teams.
More information available at GoHeels.com.
The event is free – but you can make sure to reserve seats NOW by purchasing tickets to the UNC-Virginia football game, which will take place the following day, October 24, in Kenan Stadium. Visit this link for more details about that promotion.
Join us for the Performance Golf Classic, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28 hosted by the Governors Club. The Golf Classic is an annual fundraiser for the Chamber’s Partnership for a Sustainable Community.
Participants will enjoy a light breakfast; lunch, beverages and snacks on the course; and, an elaborate dinner spread at the after-play reception following the Performance Classic. Breakfast and registration open at 9 a.m., with a 10 a.m. tee time.
All proceeds from the Golf Classic benefit the Chamber’s charitable Partnership for a Sustainable Community.
Register your foursome or single playing spot in the 2015 Performance Golf Classic at: http://bit.ly/1gqCb0c.
Chamber Member Individual Player: $135
Chamber Member Foursome: $525
Non-Member Individual: $160
Non-Member Foursome: $600
SuperFan Ticket: $25
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The Performance Golf Classic is presented by Performance Automall and hosted by the Governors Club. This year’s golf tournament is made possible by UNC Health Care; Bank of North Carolina; Carolina Athletics; Hamilton Point Investment Advisors; MHAworks, PA; Secure Network Administration, Inc.; The Pointe at Chapel Hill, LLC; Appointment Friend, LLC; Habitat for Humanity ReStore; The Carolina Club; and, Wells Fargo.http://chapelboro.com/calendars/performance-golf-classic
When a ball dreams, it dreams of being a frisbee! Join us for our Learn 2 Play Chapel Hill Youth Ultimate frisbee clinics for 7-12 year old boys and girls! Learn how to throw and catch a frisbee and play Ultimate!http://chapelboro.com/calendars/chapel-hill-youth-ultimate-frisbee-clinics/2015-09-27
Young Professionals Group Soccer Scrimmage for Special Olympics: Hillsborough/Orange County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Group presents a soccer scrimmage with the Orange County Special Olympics in preparation for their big tournament the following weekend. The games will be 5 on 5 so the more teams we can provide the better practice they will get. We welcome all skill levels!http://chapelboro.com/calendars/young-professionals-group-soccer-scrimmage-special-olympics
Pitt returned the favor to Carolina. Ugh.
I can just envision Larry Fedora having his team over to the football center Thursday night to watch Virginia Tech at Pitt in the Tar Heels’ best chance to regain control of the Coastal Division as they head into their off weekend.
In order for Carolina to control its own destiny for the rest of the season, the Hokies have to lose another game, and their visit to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh was their toughest ACC encounter left on the schedule.
As you know by now, VaTech eked out a 39-36 victory, fueled a bunch of those lob, jump ball passes to their tall wide receivers that we saw in Kenan Stadium during the hurricane game of 2016. Pitt had some dynamic throw and catch plays down the middle of the field, and James Connor ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns. But the Hokies suddenly turned into a passing team and held on to win.
Pitt was no longer a threat to Carolina because it still has games at Miami and Clemson and the Tar Heels beat the Panthers back in September. That miraculous 14-point comeback win in the last six minutes stung Pitt, and it certainly returned the favor to UNC by losing at home to Virginia Tech, another game it would like to have back.
So, Carolina fans are left almost hopeless that the Hokies will lose at Duke on November 5 or to Georgia Tech or Virginia at home in their last two ACC games. Fat chance. They have lost to Duke two of the last three years and are way better than the Blue Bellies this season. And they aren’t losing at home to the Yellow Jackets or Cavaliers, ACC also-rans, with the Coastal Division title in sight.
Fedora’s bunch can win out, finish 10-2 and go to a pretty good bowl game. But it is long odds that they will first play in the ACC championship game again, this year moved to Orlando thanks to HB2. The only saving grace of that development is that Tar Heels fans who planned to go will save a bunch of jack not having to fly to Florida and dropping a few hundred more if they took their kids and went to see Mickey Mouse at Disney World. “Oh, boy!”
The latest UNC-NCAA slugfest is leading to the same conclusion.
After the NCAA submitted an amended Notice of Allegations, Carolina issued what has been called the strongest response ever written. Basically, UNC said it had issues with double jeopardy over evidence the NCAA had years ago and was concocting charges from the Wainstein Report after a statute of limitations had expired and that many of those charges were outside the NCAA’s jurisdiction.
All this legal posturing, the reams of paper exchanged and the millions of dollars being racked up by UNC’s law firm are leading to the same conclusion that many people had drawn from the very first Notice of Allegations and was only strengthened by the amended NOA. That the university was going to be hit hard for a lack of institutional control in monitoring the old AFAM department and the only program going to be substantively hit is women’s basketball. The latter seems more evident now, given the latest back and forth over the breadth and scope of emails involving former academic advisor Jan Boxill.
The two most important points for many UNC alumni and fans were only reinforced by the latest exchange: That football and men’s basketball remain accused only in the broadest sense, and that there is no specific evidence that any former Tar Heel athlete in those sports had cheated or otherwise had his eligibility compromised by taking the anomalous AFAM courses. The athletes and coaches in those programs are absent from any of those specific allegations.
Bottom line is the NCAA can and will charge the university with lack of monitoring, and only the degree of which remains an issue is how high the multi-million-dollar fine will be. And exactly what the penalty will be for women’s basketball, which could result in Sylvia Hatchell losing her job because, like that of every UNC coach, her contract says major NCAA infractions directly related to the coach results in termination.
We pretty much knew that in the past, and the latest episode of both parties covering their collective keisters has not changed those impending results — whenever the NCAA gets around to acting.
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 a pass and returned it to the shadow of the Virginia goal line. Game over, right? Another TD, or at least a field goal, puts it out of reach. Then All-ACC quarterback Chris Keldorf tried to rub it in by throwing the ball to the end zone. Either Keldorf missed his target or receiver Octavus Barnes turned the wrong way; that has been debated for two decades.
But Antwan Harris, from Raleigh, intercepted the pass and returned it almost 100 yards to awaken the Cavaliers and their fans, who to that point had imbibed themselves into a blither of disappointment. Still, Carolina led 17-10 and could have put the game away. But, uncharacteristically for a Mack Brown team, the Tar Heels fell apart. They could not move the ball, punted and allowed Virginia to tie the score. Ditto on the next possession, and the Wahoos completed the shocker by kicking a 32-yard field goal with 43 seconds remaining to pull off the 20-17 comeback.
Let the memory of that awful evening Charlottesville hang in the air Saturday so these Tar Heels, many of whom weren’t even born yet in 1996, get a lead a continue dominating the series as they have since the turn of the century. Let’s not forget that pain of 20 years ago. Let’s remember it, and shove it further into the past.http://chapelboro.com/sports/chanskys-notebook-lets-not-forget
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 to the title in four games each time.
Francona left Boston after the 2011 season and one year in the broadcast booth was enough. He took over the Indians and managed one of the worst teams in baseball his first season. Since then, however, the franchise has drafted and traded wisely and put together a combination young talent and savvy veterans with Francona maximizing the ability of every player on the roster. The Indians are certainly going to the World Series and, seriously, could beat the Cubs or the Dodgers the way they are playing.
Take Monday night’s game. Starting pitcher Trevor Bauer had to leave in the first inning when his pitching pinky began bleeding profusely. Francona pieced 8 and-a-third innings together from the bullpen, depending on former Tar Heel Andrew Miller to close out the Toronto Blue Jays and take a commanding lead in the American League Championship Series.
Most of the Indians are not household names, compared to the Red Sox and Blue Jay teams they faced with more power and at least equal pitching on paper. But, like the Cavaliers did behind Labron James, this team believes it can beat the odds. The Cavs were the first team to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, and the Indians have a chance to add a second world title in 2016.
Watch the Indians play and see if you recognize more than a couple of names in their lineup. Maybe Mike Napoli, maybe Coca Crisp. But learn the rest of them. I did and now I believe in Cleveland.
Did you join me by spending an afternoon in Blue Heaven?
I looked forward to watching college football Saturday, especially the Tar Heels at Miami, but it turned out be a tripleheader to remember.
I began by grabbing the remote and checking in to see how badly Clemson was beating NC State in the noon game. To my surprise it was only 10-3 Tigers at halftime, so I watched the entire second half. The Wolfpack clearly outplayed the unbeaten and then No. 3-ranked team in the country, which had lost running back Wayne Gallman to a concussion and was suffering through an average day by quarterback DeShaun Watson.
State tied up the game in the fourth quarter and drove deep in to Clemson territory as the clock wound down. But the Pack lived up to its snake-bitten reputation by missing a chip shot field goal as time expired. You knew Clemson would win in OT, and it did. Verbose Dabo Swinney should have bellowed BYOL for Bring Your Own Luck.
UNC-Miami, on the same channel, had to be joined in progress. Luckily, I could watch the first few minutes on an ESPN app, and the Tar Heels looked like a completely different team from the one that had been drowned by Virginia Tech in Hurricane Matthew a week earlier. Mitch Trubisky was back on his game and Elijah Hood was back in the game and Carolina bolted to a 10-point lead.
At a commercial break, I clicked over to ESPNU to see how badly Virginia Tech was beating Syracuse. I was in Blue Heaven. The ’Cuse was on its way to upsetting the Hokies in the Carrier Dome, so I kept checking on that game during every TO of UNC-Miami, since a VaTech loss would put Carolina back in the ACC Coastal race.
Just like two weeks ago at Florida State, the Tar Heels’ lead could have been bigger than 20-3 at the half, but they looked determined not to let it slip away this time. And despite not scoring in the second half, they moved the ball down the field twice and made the big stop, appropriately, in a rain-drenched fourth quarter.
The results of all three games made it a great afternoon – a Blue Heaven Saturday, indeed. Can’t wait till this week’s kickoffs.http://chapelboro.com/sports/chanskys-notebook-blue-heaven-saturday
Ten years ago, the Triangle SportsPlex in Hillsborough was struggling to stay afloat. Old members were leaving, new ones weren’t coming in, and there was no reason to believe the trend would change.
Today, the SportsPlex – now the Orange County SportsPlex, under new management as a public-private partnership – is thriving, with more than 700,000 visitors each year (more than any other venue in Orange County except the Smith Center) and nearly six thousand members, more than six times as many as it had a decade ago. The SportsPlex offers a fitness center, a pool, an ice rink, and more. (The ice rink is home to three college teams – UNC, Duke, and Elon.)
John Stock is the executive director and general manager of the SportsPlex. He spoke this week with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.
This Friday, December 11, the SportsPlex will mark its 10-year anniversary with a plaque dedication, free skate and swim sessions, and more. The event begins at 11:30 a.m.
The celebration runs beyond Friday, though. From December 11 to December 21, the SportsPlex is offering discounts on new memberships; there will be free fitness classes on Tuesday the 15th; and there will be several special holiday events on the ice rink: a performance of the Nutcracker On Ice December 18-19, and a “Skate with Santa” event December 20-21.
The Orange County SportsPlex is located at 101 Meadowlands Drive.