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Listen to Amateur Hour: A News & Observer College Sports Podcast

Ah, Christmastime. Some traditions never grow old: wrapped presents under a lit tree. Candles in the windows. Youngsters scampering to the refrigerator for another glass of egg nog.

And, of course, another episode of Amateur Hour: A News & Observer College Sports Podcast playing softly through the living room speakers, the sound as soothing and comforting as a Bing Crosby tune.

This week Joe Giglio and I discuss the most wonderful time of the year: college football bowl season. What to make of N.C. State in the Belk Bowl, and North Carolina in the Russell Athletic Bowl, and can we ever really tell anything about the direction of a team based on a bowl game?

Gather round the hearth, throw another log on the fire and turn up the sound on another episode of Amateur Hour:

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