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Although I wish Tyler could be a vocal leader as well, I realize it’s just not him. As I was watching last night, it occurred to me that there’s one more thing to love about this guy. During the first half, and even a few minutes into the second, the body-language of the Heels spoke volumes. As much as I like Marcus, I witnessed the slump-shoulder/sigh, that is characteristic of quiet resignation/frustration/surrender. Fortunately Green and Hansbrough showed no such surrender. But as I watched Tyler dive to the floor for that steal late in the game, the thought passed that many lesser men, with much bigger ego’s (and certainly Tyler would be justified) would be rolling their eyes, blame-gaming lesser team-mates. To the contrary, he sez:” I’m going off boys, I’ll carry you until you can catch up”. Here’s hoping the help is catching up!
On a different subject, one thing Heel fans can be glad about is that we are unlikely to see any of our players go pro after this season. Tyler seems to love college and Lawson’s injury seems to end any thoughts he might have had of going pro, as does Ellington’s lack of consistency. Strangely enough, we all thought Duke might be ready to overtake us next year, rather than this year, but now it looks as though Carolina might be amazing next year, while Duke will at least be losing one starter.
The photo of Tyler going after the ball against Clemson is the best UNC basketball photo I’ve seen in 40 years. The other players are looking at Hansbrough, but his eyes — and every muscle — are aimed at the ball. In this wonderful photo, Tyler’s oft-mocked peepers have become, to misquote the Eagles, lion eyes, and woe unto the pack of Tigers that gets between a lion and his supper. If Tyler, in this age of one-and-done, gives us four years he deserves a statue, and I can’t imagine a better pose than this to represent UNC hoops tradition.
Tyler says he is staying until he wins a title. I believe him in this respect unlike others who may have said things like that in the past. The only worries I have it Lawson or Ellington will listen to bad advice or think they should jump even if the evidence does not support it.
changing gears again: have you heard about the upcoming new reality tv show? It’s called: “Hall of Flame”.
Here’s the promo: “Frustrated with your HOF Coach? Convinced that wing guard will never cut it? Know more about X’s & O’s than peeps who have done this for a career for 20 years? Well, hereeee’s your big chance! Don’t just sing it-bring it! Now, you too will get to be second-guessed by legions of Dilbert’s, safely hidden behind their keyboards. You too will now be charged with developing the self-confidence of not only individuals, but a collective team in the most competitive conference in the country, with the additional pressure of a legacy of Championship hoops, and spoiled fans.”
Now that, is reality TV that I would watch!!!
If the PsychoT thing wears off, I vote for Tyler “The Inevitable” Hansborough. You could just see it on the Clemson faces.
In a thinly veiled Matrix reference, can’t you see one of those Blues Brothers walking up behind an opposing coach after a Hansborough dunk and saying: “Do you hear that Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of in-evita-bility.”
I’m sure gonna miss him when he does leave
anyone else see where Clemson has filed a protest about the game last night?
I went back and looked and you’re right. he is focused on that ball like he’s thinking that’s my dang ball!! gonna get you!!!
are you serious? protesting what?
one of the best posts I’ve read Rowan–kudos!
Phillips Contacting the ACC
By Brett Jensen
Date: Feb 11, 2008
It is one thing to lose fair and square to North Carolina, but it’s completely another to feel as though you’ve be jobbed by the officials. That’s why those at Clemson aren’t taking Sunday’s defeat very well and why calls to ACC headquarters are being made.
(hope this isn’t agianst the rules)
you had to subscribe to get more info–on what grounds is a call being made? I don’t recall any controversial calls last night–little help here anyone.
I’m not a subscriber either I’ll see what I can find out tho, pretty sure it has to do with the number of fouls against them vs us
whatever–I’m sure the game left a bitter taste.
oh it would me too
Couldn’t help myself…Iluvsmesumdatcheezburgersite…
i’m sure it is the 36 fouls vs 7. but when your team (ours) plays zero defense and allows lay-ups + the other team (ClemPson) jacking up 3 balls when not driving the lane … you’re not going to get a lot of calls for ya b/c you never put yourself in position to be fouled.
UNC constantly puts themselves in poistion to be fouled.
Just take a second and think if we didn’t have Tyler?? That woulg mean a lot more losses for us heels this year. While Ellington, Danny, and others are rarely consisant, Tyler ALWAYS has a way OR trys his hardest to send the heels to victory. He always does his best in every game. Don’t get me wrong theirs many ways tyler could approve his game (Hint: Passing the ball more) but Tyler being Tyler has helped us a lot this year, so far. So much love to Tyler HAnsbrough (NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR)!
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