Art Chansky

Art’s Angle: A Poor Response

I have never bought into the losing excuse that “we weren’t ready to play.” After a week of practices, team meetings and other various organized preparation, of course major college football teams are “ready to play.” If they are not, their coaches are stealing their six- and seven-figure incomes. What some teams don’t do as well as others is take the opponent’s first punch and respond in kind. That was obviously the case in UNC’s dismal 35-7 loss to N.C. State, which had a week off to prepare for the defining game of its season. The Wolfpack threw the...

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Art’s Angle: Statement Game  

If the paratroopers who dropped into Wallace Wade Stadium at halftime Thursday night had been returning from three years on Comet 67P, they would have looked at all the empty seats and the scoreboard that read UNC 28, Duke 7 and shrugged, “Same old, same old.” The Tar Heels edited the revisionist history of their last two games with Duke by pounding the ballyhooed and rebuilt Blue Devils into the stadium turf that will be lowered after the season to add more seats to the old horseshoe. Duke might want to wait another year or two to see if...

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Art’s Angle: Timing Is Everything

You have to hand it to Carolina’s defense. For the record-breaking unit in yards, first downs and points allowed, clearly the Tar Heels’ pièce de résistance is impeccable timing. On the second occasion this season, Carolina let the opponent score with enough time on the clock for the offense to go back down and win the dad-gum game. If I didn’t know any better, I would think they do it on purpose. Weren’t some savvy fans yelling, “Let ‘em score, let ‘em score” before the end of UNC’s 40-35 win over Pitt Saturday in Kenan Stadium? Just like against...

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Art’s Angle: Egg On UNC’s Face

I never thought commissioning what turned out to be the Wainstein Report was a good idea because, while it was sure to provide some answers and details we did not have, it was also bound to rekindle more bad publicity for UNC and raise new questions. That is exactly what happened, from national magazines to major daily newspaper to the 48-hour news cycle that seems like it lasted for 48 days. And, of course, it pumped new life into the Raleigh News & Observer to try to connect more dots to what the Wainstein Report connected. Let’s start with...

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Art’s Angle: Luck Running Out?

Well, the debate over whether Carolina’s football team was both lucky and good or just lucky was answered Saturday in Miami. The Tar Heels seemed to be improving in a narrow loss at Notre Dame and comeback wins against Georgia Tech and Virginia.  They were the subject of some bad luck (code word for officiating), or they might have pulled off the upset in South Bend. But they clearly had some good fortune in rallying to defeat the Yellow Jackets (who scored too early at the end) and Cavaliers (who turned the ball over near the end). Against the unranked Hurricanes,...

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Art’s Angle: The Strange Truth

In some ways, it was as unbelievable as the Wainstein Report. A quarterback who hasn’t played in three weeks comes off the bench to take one snap and throws the go-ahead touchdown into a wide-open secondary that had previously been impenetrable. Then the team tries and recovers an on-sides kick when failure would have left the opponent about one first down from attempting the winning field goal. Remember the Saints’ on-side kick in Super Bowl XLIV? That kind of gamble. A field goal to ice the game by a kicker who had already missed twice was never tried because...

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Art’s Angle: Unlikely Scenario Lives!

Fight and (finally) good fortune got the Tar Heels off the schneid in the ACC and, amazingly, still gives them a chance of advancing to the conference championship game in Charlotte. Coming off four straight losses and relinquishing 70, 50, 34 and 50 points, leaving the Carolina defensive coaches frustrated and fuming, the team had enough gumption left to get through what looked like another blown fourth quarter against old nemesis Georgia Tech Saturday night. Whether the Heels ever fix their sieve-like defense (next to worst in all of college football for points allowed), this literal last-second 48-43 victory...

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Art’s Angle: Almost A Memory

There were no echoes to wake up on the hallowed grounds, but Carolina nearly made a memory that might have lasted forever. Coming in with an 0-11 record in Notre Dame Stadium, the Tar Heels played like THEY were the No. 5 team in the country until a controversial penalty and killer turnover allowed the undefeated Fighting Irish to escape with a 50-43 victory and keep Carolina winless under the Golden Dome. The game broke records for points scored by both teams with Touchdown Jesus watching. It was a far cry from past visits to South Bend for UNC,...

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Art’s Angle: Sunny But Dismal Day

Carolina football took a turn for the worse Saturday and is now in jeopardy of doing more long term damage to the program. UNC may have a hard time selling out its remaining three home games, which is never good for recruiting or morale. The mistake-prone Tar Heels, with little senior leadership on the field, fumbled the first snap at their own 16-yard line and went on to a dismal day that cheated the sun-soaked capacity crowd that had come all fired up for their school’s turnaround game of the season. The anti-climactic loss to Virginia Tech effectively took...

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Art’s Angle: Brand-Aide Needed

The strange juxtaposition of the three local games that were nationally televised in succession Saturday did not do Triangle football any favors. At the end of the day, as they say, we continue to be the center of the college basketball world. Undefeated N.C. State led top-ranked Florida State 24-7 in the first quarter and had three other 10-point leads before succumbing to the fast-closing Seminoles 56-41. In losing their first game after four cupcakes, the Wolfies proved to be very improved over last season’s 2-9 debacle. And second-year coach Dave Doeren does have talent to rival the other...

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