Weekend Watch: April 26-28
Greetings, true believers! It's a huge weekend in Carolina athletics, both in spring sports and for former Tar Heels taking their talents to the next level. Let's get to it.
In the first round of the NFL Draft last night, the Arizona Cardinals selected Jonathan Cooper seventh overall, and the Broncos got Sylvester Williams at 28.
For fun, I decided to check on the reaction in the Phoenix and Denver papers. Bob Young's column in the Arizona Republic focuses on the first draft for new GM Steve Keim (a former NC State guard) and writes that while "Cooper may not be a sexy pick," he can be a huge part of the rebuilding process under new coach Bruce Arians. Here's Coop's post-pick interview. The folks in Denver seem extremely happy, as no one thought Sly would fall to them. On a personal note, I'll say that both cities are in for a treat, as they each got high-caliber players with even higher character. Cooper and Williams will represent Carolina well on the next level.
It should be noted that former Tar Heel Bucky Brooks had Cooper and Williams pegged right on the money last week. He eventually changed Coop to 8 and Sly to 14, but at the time I wrote my column, Bucky was all over it.
The Draft continues tonight with rounds two and three beginning at 6:30. Which Tar Heel(s) could go tonight? NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal and Mike Mayock say Giovani Bernard is the 20th-best player still on the board.
Last week, Adam gave you an impressive guide to Tar Heels in the playoffs. Let's see how they're doing.
Miami leads John Henson and Milwaukee, 3-0. Game 4 is in Milwaukee, Sunday at 4:30 on ABC. Henson has 6 points and 7 rebounds through three games.
Danny Green and San Antonio are up 2-0 on the Lakers. Game 3 is Friday at 10:30 on ESPN from Los Angeles. Danny has 8 points and 5 rebounds through two games.
Ty Lawson's Denver Nuggets and Harrison Barnes and Golden State are tied at a game apiece. Game 3 is in Oakland, Friday at 10:30. Ty is averaging 15.5 points and 8 assists; Harrison had 24 in Game 2. He also did this: