Chapel Hill: Sports

It’s nice to see the ‘good guys’ come out on top

Great minds think alike.

In the same week as The Chapel Hill News, The Daily Tar Heel published an article about University of North Carolina basketball’s James Manor and Denzel Robinson. The DTH article, published the same day the CHN version went on-line, also included fellow walk-on Wade Moody, who along with Chapel Hill High School alums Manor and Robinson comprise what has become known as the “Blue Show” the millennials’ version of UNC’s old “Blue team” of reserves.

The DTH version also included a great remark from coach Roy Williams, who insisted he treats all players the same ... but different.

Sometimes the “Show” gets better treatment.

“I try to be nicer to them and don’t make them run as much,” Williams told the DTH. “I just tell everybody, ‘Well, I like them better than I do you guys.’”

It was pleasant to see Manor and Robinson with their teammates during sideline shots in ESPN’s telecast of Thursday night’s win by UNC over Duke.

Tough road

Carrboro basketball coach John Alcox knew his team was facing a tough schedule when it joined the Mid-State Conference this year.

Mid-State teams count 14 state championships in boys basketball among them, and every conference opponent except Northwood has at least one to its credit. (And Northwood got to the state finals twice in the last 10 years.)

“We knew what we were getting into,” Alcox said last week. “”We knew it would be a dogfight every night.

“I’m proud of how the guys played this year and what they accomplished.”

Climate change

Everyone is glad winter is packing its bags, but some people expect one last snap before spring.

An old belief holds that thunder in winter means snow within seven days. Chapel Hillians heard thunder last week.

And a former colleague of mine insists Chapel Hill usually has its best chance for snow in the last week of February.

Don’t roll those tarps off the infield just yet.