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Posts Tagged ‘Roy Williams’

Correction Concerning Celebration Penalties

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Dallas Penalty

Yesterday, I bitched a little bit about the celebration penalty against Miles Austin for leap-frogging Roy Williams in the end zone after Williams scored. According to Shutdown Corner, the penalty was, in fact, on Sam Hurd for joining Williams with the “Hook ‘em, Horns” salute. Unfortunately for Hurd, he did the sign wrong. The thumb is supposed to stay in.

Duke AND Carolina Lost?

Duke, Carolina Fans

I’ll pose the same kinds of questions I asked about Brook and Robin Lopez: What happens to the basketball universe if Duke and North Carolina lose on the same night? Does the basketball universe cease to exist? Does ESPN pull the plug on their upcoming “the best rivalry in sports” love fest? Does Roy Williams start feeling heat as his team continues to disappoint? What about Duke? Do people start re-piling on Jon Scheyer, provider of one of the best sports faces, maybe ever? Or did they ever stop?

After last night’s failure — especially for the Tar Heels — it appears as if the college basketball world is still turning, although, I think non-fans are enjoying themselves a little more.

While Duke’s loss is a little less surprising (a road loss to a decent NC State team), there’s little doubt people still take joy in watching the Blue Devils fall. Carolina’s home beatdown at the hands of Wake Forest, on the other hand, is little more surprising. Nobody expected the Heels to be, well, this average. Because of their recent play (three straight losses, four out of five), the Tar Heels find themselves in an unfamiliar spot for a defending National Champion: directly on the bubble.

Currently, the Heels are 12-7 (1-3 in ACC play). In order to get invited, Roy’s boys are going to have to win at least nine conference games, meaning they need to go 8-4 over their last 12 games. Is that even possible with the all-of-a-sudden pedestrian Tar Heels? Considering just how “up” opposing teams are going to be for North Carolina — especially now that they smell baby-blue blood in the water — it’s going to be a hard road for them to travel, especially when they have problems shooting the ball. Fans, however, are not giving up on their Heels.

Now we get to see if they will have something the cheer for.

Don’t Heckle Roy Williams’ Players


I’m not sure what got stuck in Roy Williams’ craw, but it got taken out on a Presbyterian fan who had the audacity to “heckle” Tar Heels center, Deon Thompson, who has been at North Carolina longer than Dean Smith, it seems. As for the quotations around the word “heckle,” I’m not sure you can consider telling a player from the opposing team to miss a free throw should be considered heckling, unless there was booze and profanities involved.

Based on the laundry list of reports out there, that doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, this “story” is being framed like it was Roy Williams who overstepped his boundaries, and not the fan.

Here’s the reaction from one of IF’s blog friends, Truzenzuzex, from A Sea of Blue. Needless to say, he wasn’t impressed by Williams’ reaction:

Odd? Well, yes, more than odd, in fact. His behavior was reprehensible and wrong. And being “from the mountains” does not excuse that. In fact, I’ll wager that most people from the mountains would find Ol’ Roy’s thin skin funny at best… I know that surgically repaired shoulder is hurting him and all, but Williams had a bad night, and was a straight-up jerk both on the court and in the news conference when he refused to talk about it.

Dress up that halo, Roy. It has a noticeable list to starboard.

Granted, Truz is a UK fan, but his sentiments reflect the consensus of non-Tar Heel fans.

The Madness Begins Anew

Tar Heels

Lost amidst the fallout of NFL Monday is the fact college basketball officially begins tonight. The 09/10 season begins much where it left off: with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Roy Williams and the gang play the first official game of the new season when they face up against Isiah Thomas and his Florida International Golden Panthers. More than likely, this game is going to get so out of hand in Carolina’s favor, Thomas will be dreaming of life on the New York Knicks sidelines.

The Carolina/FIU game is part of the 2K Sports Classic, featuring other big names like Syracuse, Ohio State and the University of California. The big four of this opening season basketball festival will play two games, none of which will be against each other. Over at AwfulAnnoucing.com, they have a list of announcers for the slate of first week basketball games. Unfortunately, when you take a quick glance at the schedule, you’ll notice there aren’t any marquee games that catch your interest.

In fact, the “biggest” game might just be Valparaiso at North Carolina — if the Valparaiso team from 2004 was playing.

Nevertheless, it’s a time of joy and celebration. It’s not everyday you get to say “Hey, the college basketball season officially starts tonight!” now is it? With that in mind, here are some minor predictions:

Final Four — Kansas, Texas, Kentucky, Michigan State

National Champion — Michigan State

Player of the Year — Luke Harangody, Notre Dame

Freshman of the Year — John Wall, Kentucky

ACC Champion (regular season) — North Carolina

Big East Champion — UConn

Big 10 Champion — Michigan State

Big 12 Champion — Texas

Pac-10 Champion — Washington

SEC Champion — Kentucky

Yes, that was the quick-and-dirty approach for my season preview, but I think I got the major topics. Sorry to any mid-major/non-big money conference teams and/or fans that might be reading.

The Madness Begins Again

Big Blue Madness

Hear that? That squeaky sound of rubber midsoles (well, not so much rubber anymore) squeaking across the hardwood floor under a mixed sky of spotlights and firework smoke? Well, you don’t hear it quite yet, but in about four hours, you won’t be able to escape it. I’m talking about the official start of the college basketball season; an event that’s kicked into gear by that age-old tradition of Midnight Madness — otherwise known as the first (legal) day of basketball practice.

Only, it’s not so much a midnight event anymore.

More Madness after the jump >>

Did Roy Williams Turn Into Terrell Owens?

Roy Williams

Apparently, it’s hard for Tony Romo to keep anybody happy nowadays. If it’s not letting down Dallas Cowboy supporters everywhere with his three interception performance against the Giants, therefore spoiling the opening of Jerry Jones’ palatial ode to Cowboys football, he’s apparently not very good at making his big-name wide receivers happy. Just ask Terrell Owens, who, lest we forget, once cried because of the amount of criticism Romo was receiving after another playoff loss; or, in this case, Roy Williams, the player brought in to replace the departed distraction.

Williams isn’t happy with the lack of footballs being thrown his way, so instead of learning from anything Owens did, Williams decides to take his case to the Dallas Morning News. Because, yeah, that’s certainly one way of handling these kinds of situations on a private basis.

“Yeah, it’s frustrating. Why is it not?” Williams said. “I feel like I’m a playmaker. I feel like I can change the game. It didn’t happen in the passing game, so I had to turn into [offensive lineman] Flozell [Adams] on the outside and try to dominate the run game. That’s what was working for us. There are going to be games like that.”

If that’s how you truly believe, Mr. Williams — “There are going to be games like that” — why on earth would you say anything at all that can be construed as you being combative towards your quarterback? Instead of saying, “Yeah, it’s frustrating,” why not try, oh, I don’t know, saying something like, “There will be other games and other opportunities for me to make plays.” or some other innocuous statement? Why do anything in the public eye that looks like a repeat of the TO madness? It doesn’t make much sense.

But then again, this is the same guy, a multimillionaire mind you, who knowingly stiffed a delivery driver on a tip. I’m guessing protecting your quarterback in the press is not a second nature characteristic for Williams.

Via PFT.

Final Dance: Michigan State and North Carolina

Heels and Spartans

There’s a basketball game of some note on tonight. The college basketball National Championship. You might have heard of it. After one of the more underwhelming Final Four Saturdays in recent memory — sorry, even with Michigan State’s “upset” of UConn, there just wasn’t a great deal of compelling basketball coming through the screens this past Saturday — Michigan State and the North Carolina Tar Heels will meet tonight to decide who gets to take the NABC’s crystal basketball trophy home with them for the summer.

Some things to watch for tonight:

After the jump >>

Obama Picks the Tar Heels

Obama and Roy

After making primarily chalk picks for his Final Four, President Obama finished his bracket with perhaps the ultimate chalk pick by picking the North Carolina Tar Heels as his National Champion. Remember, when the season first started, North Carolina was considered to be the best team in the land and the preseason favorite to cut the nets down in a couple of weeks. Apparently, that resonated with Obama. It’s either that, or those scrimmages he had with Psycho T and the gang left a mighty impression.

In his bracket, Obama has the Tar Heels beating the Louisville Cardinals, although, he forget to enter a tiebreaking score. I guess when you are the most powerful man in the world, you don’t need any stinking tiebreakers.