Art Chansky

Chansky’s Notebook: The Naked Emperor

The King has gone from tormentor to tormented. https://chapelboroaudio.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/June/7/ART%20CHANSKYS%20SPORTS%20NOTEBOOK_021016.mp3 After years of destroying teams that were constructed to take his crown, LeBron James is turning into the emperor with no clothes. Golden State is defending him like no other opponent, switching on him relentlessly with same-size forwards and forcing him to shoot dreadful percentages while his impotent teammates stand around and helplessly watch the slaughter. Since emerging as the NBA’s next superstar, James has had his way with many teams, ending reigns in Boston and Detroit and foiling the plans of other teams that drafted, traded and rebuilt with the...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Rest In Peace, Champ

The day the champ came to Chapel Hill. https://chapelboroaudio.s3.amazonaws.com/2016/June/6/ART%20CHANSKYS%20SPORTS%20NOTEBOOK_060616.mp3 Despite his long-time battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali’s death still shocked the world, like he did to Sonny Liston back in 1964 to win the heavyweight title at age 22. The most popular and charismatic boxer, if not athlete, in history used his worldwide platform and went from being one of the FBI’s top public enemies to receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Ali was the people’s champion, and his fan base grew exponentially with every victory in and out of the ring. He could have made a deal...

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Chansky’s Notebook: Best Weekend Ever?

Championship Monday was also a message to the NC-Double up yours. https://chapelboroaudio.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. https://chapelboroaudio.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. https://chapelboroaudio.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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