I'm doing a mailbag now. A mailblog? I need a name for it. We'll get to that. And I need your help. Each week during football and basketball seasons (assuming I have the time, and that was scarce this week amid a certain story that broke) I'll take questions on email and on Twitter.
The questions can be about anything. Literally, anything.
About UNC sports, sure. About the game, or games, that week. But also about anything else, too.
I didn't get too many questions this week and some of the questions came from wise guy colleagues of mine in the media. But in the interest of not leaving this space as blank as it would be otherwise, I'll include those questions, too.
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Let's get to it:
I'm wondering how to get started on states and camera job with sports. i love sports just want to know how to find a job
Hmmm. It's a tough world out there, Tommy. I'm not sure what you mean by “started on states” - state championships? State competitions? Unfortunately, the media job market these days is lot of a job markets: not good. You need a lot of experience, and a lot of breaks and, even then, the prospects could be poor. I recommend trying to find some freelance assignments wherever you live but keep in mind that the market is flooded with talented photographers and writers trying to find work. I remind myself of that every time I want to beat my head against my desk amid another long day of no-comments, chasing a story where there's so many different versions of what happened it'll make your head spin. A hypothetical example, of course.
Why do you hate North Carolina? Mooooooooo
Is that a cow noise, Tim? Well, the BBQ is no good, I hate the seasons, being so close to the mountains and the beach is a real drag. Wait a minute. Actually, all those things I just said are complete lies, and they're part of the reason why I love this state. But you probably meant the school. Why do I hate North Carolina? Because I work for The News & Observer, of course, and our Christmas bonuses are tied to how much we all hate UNC. I'm kidding, of course. There are no Christmas bonuses.
OK, your all time starting five for #Tarheels hoops?
Well, Bones, if you have to ask, I'd go with: Phil Ford, Michael Jordan, Jerry Stackhouse, James Worthy and Tyler Hansbrough. That skews a little bit young, of course, and I'm leaving off a lot of great old-timers, guys like Mike O'Koren (sorry for the old-timer label, Mike) and Lennie Rosenbluth and the list goes on and on. You really can't go wrong with a lot of starting five combinations, but Ford and Jordan have to be the guys in the backcourt. After that, you can make arguments a lot of different ways.
what color are your pants, anyway?
Now? I'm not wearing any. The joys of working from a home office. Well, I am wearing shorts. And they're navy, if you have to know. But this is getting weird. Some background info for the few of you who clicked on this and have no idea what I'm walking about: I wore red pants to UNC's first game of the season in 2012. I wore red pants because I like wearing colorful pants. I wore red pants because I'd just came upon those red pants, and I liked them (still do, matter of fact). Little did I know, though, that many, many UNC fans would take my wearing red pants to be a cardinal sin, of sorts, and an insult of epic proportion to all things Tar Heels. People still give me grief over this on Twitter, if you'll believe it. To clear up some commonly-held misconceptions: I did not, and would not, wear the red pants for a UNC vs. N.C. State game. The wearing of the red pants had nothing to do with where I went to college, or my alleged allegiances, or any other silly thing that you can think of. I actually have no allegiances. A little secret: Most sports writers I know – and pretty much all the best ones I know – have no rooting interests in the things we cover. We all root for good stories. But who wins and who loses? Come on. We're all bitter husks of our sports fan the sports fans we used to be as kids, jaded by years of peaking behind the curtain and seeing the slop on the sausage factory floor. Maybe that's an exaggeration, but it's true in spirt. Anyway, I have blue pants. Green pants. Salmon pants. Pants are good.
Who's going to start at QB for the Tar Heels?
This is my pal Chris Moore from the ACC Sports Journal, asking a question with a sense of sarcasm. I like it. I like it. I definitely think it's going to be Kanler Coker. Not really. But wouldn't that be something, if after all this time and this talk of competition between Marquise Williams and Mitch Trubisky, UNC just started Coker instead? Maybe that's only funny in my head. It'll be Marquise. Has to be. Will be stunned if it's not.
do you see any big names being recruited for basketball anytime soon? part 2 is do you miss covering the Dolphins at all?
Roy Williams and the gang are always recruiting big names, though UNC is still waiting for its first commitment in the 2015 class. Brandon Ingram, a forward from Kinston, has been on UNC's radar for a long, long time. He's still making up his mind, and if he doesn't choose UNC it will be sad to watch some people turn against him and send him hate tweets. Is that the worst part of sports Twitter, by the way? The nonsense recruits get on there when they don't pick a certain school? As for the second part of your question, I do not miss covering the Dolphins. For a lot of reasons. Far too many to list here and, well, you'll just have to buy the memoir. But, spoiler alert: I wasn't a huge fan of living in South Florida, and that team is dysfunctional, to put it mildly. Granted, I covered the Dolphins when Jeff Ireland was the GM. Things have to have gotten better around there since then. But among NFL media people, the Dolphins were looked upon as one of the most miserable franchises to cover. Could still be that way.
do people ever tell you you look like Trey Anastasio?
You know, I think I've heard this before, and you just did, and so I googled this guy and I sort of see it. Our beards are pretty mighty.
If you had to change your name to a girls name, what would it be? And don't tell why.
The most difficult question I received this week. And let's think of this logically. If you had to change your name to a girls name I think you'd want something good and gender neutral, something like Jessie, maybe. Caleb works, too. We're breaking molds here.
Andrew Carter is the UNC athletics beat reporter for The News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. Follow him on Twitter at @_andrewcarter .