Weekend Wrap: December 10
I'm going to let the college students in on a little secret. Every year around this time, the old fogeys spend a lot of time telling you how much they're thinking about you and seeming to sympathize with you. Here's the truth: at least among those of us who work in college athletics--and possibly in the college world as a whole, although I would imagine it might be tough for professors--we absolutely love exam week. The schedule is light, practices are shorter and games are almost non-existent. It's like a little slice of summer in December. So, while we're pretending to be very concerned about your studying efforts, keep in mind that we're secretly being very thankful that it's not us doing the studying and gleefully planning that evening's activities.
Just how light is the schedule? Here's this weekend's complete rundown of Tar Heel action: Carolina beat East Tennessee State, 78-55. That's it. That's the whole thing. The game was so uneventful that for the postgame story, I let the Tar Heels tell some of their best J.P. Tokoto stories. They had some good ones.
Tar Heels in the NFL
Hakeem Nicks had four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown for the Giants.
Robert Quinn had two tackles and a sack for the Rams.
Julius Peppers had four tackles for the Bears.
Zach Brown had three tackles for the Titans.
Da'Norris Searcy had five tackles for the Bills.
Shaun Draughn caught one pass and had one carry for the Chiefs.
Gerald Sensabaugh had two tackles for the Cowboys.
Brandon Tate returned two kickoffs for a 27.5 yard average for the Bengals.
Connor Barth made all three of his extra points for the Bucs and did not attempt a field goal.
Tar Heels in the NBA
Big weekend for Raymond Felton. He scored 27 points in Saturday's loss to the Bulls, then rebounded to get 10 points and six assists on Sunday as the Knicks beat the Nuggets. That game was also a matchup of Carolina's last two national champion point guards, and Ty Lawson had 23 points and six assists for George Karl's squad.
Danny Green must've enjoyed coming back to North Carolina on Saturday night, as he hit seven three-pointers against the Bobcats. The video:
Not sure what's going on with John Henson in Milwaukee. He didn't play a minute last night against Brooklyn, although he has played well sporadically in occasional action. Tyler Hansbrough is also struggling to get in a rhythm this season, and had a near-brawl with former Michigan State star Draymond Green this week. Green's offense? "I told (Hansbrough) he was soft," Green said. Doesn't seem like a wise move.
Best story I read this weekend
If it weren't for Silent Night, you'd probably never hear of Taylor University. Even with Silent Night, it's possible you haven't heard of Taylor University. The school as a whole is noted for being deeply conservative and deeply Christian. But once per season, the school is also noted for their quirky Silent Night tradition, which even briefly spread to Illinois this year. Here's the video of this year's game and the craziness that ensued when Taylor reached ten points:
Tar Heel storylines to watch this week
1. Jeff Lebo returns to the Smith Center on Saturday, as Carolina will play East Carolina for the first time since the 1993 NCAA Tournament. It's the first regular season meeting for the two programs since Jan. 6, 1953.
2. Gio Watch is likely on hiatus this week, as it would be very unusual for him to make an announcement on his plans for next year in the middle of exams. As a reminder, the deadline to enter the NFL Draft is January 15.
3. Exams. You know what that means? We're not far from students going home for Christmas, which means it's the prime two weeks of the year to go eat on Franklin Street with no parking hassles. In celebration, enjoy the worst free throw ever attempted. It came from Appalachian State, and the color commentary is terrific.