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ACC Tournament: NC State whoops Boston College, Georgia Tech craps out to Miami

Image NC State ended their first half against Boston College with a 3-pointer and then finished the game with TWO 3-pointers in a row to soundly beat BC 57-78. This made me happy. I've never understood what Boston College is doing in this conference in the first place. Also, NC State is such a great scrappy underdog team, I've always loved them. Here's how it works: NC State hates UNC and thinks there's this big rivalry. UNC loves NC State and thinks its cute that they think there's this big rivalry.

But honestly the first two games of the tournament were kinda uneventful, with one team getting a big lead fairly early on and never losing it. Thankfully, Virginia Tech and Clemson gave us a more exciting matchup, with Clemson leading at the half 35-30, but VT coming back strong in the second, scoring back to back 3's with around 4 minutes left. That, plus a technical foul called on Clemson that caused an elderly gentleman dressed on orange behind me to yell "YA BUNCH OF HOMOS!!" plus, you know, playing good and stuff, gave VT a 63-68 win.

Then...the home team hit the court! And the crowd...totally went home. OK, it was a 9 p.m. game on a Thursday night. And Miami and GT are barely the most exciting teams of all time. But still I was sad to see Atlanta produce by far the smallest fan turnout for the only team closer than 124 miles away. And those hometown fans sure missed out! Um...well..actually, Georgia Tech lost to Miami in about the most boring game ever. They kept ploddingly neck and neck through the first half, and the first five minutes of the second, with barely anyone scoring any points at all, but then a 100000-0 run from Miami (kidding, it was 16, but it felt like more) sucked the life out of them. They just could...not...score. It was painful. GT lost 36-54. Wa-waaa.

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Monday March 12, 2012 02:31 pm EDT

  • James Camp
  • Double Zero Napoletana

Fado Irish Pub & Restaurant Tue., March 13, 7 p.m. Bushmills Whiskey Tasting. Fadó and radio host Rich Sullivan of 92.9 davefm are hosting a whiskey tasting. $39.95 covers a tasting of five whiskeys and six dishes. Master of Whisky Kevin Mulcahy of Diageo will be on hand to lead guests through the tasting and explain each whiskey to attendees. 20...

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See? I can write like a sportswriter. 

But just because I can write like a sportswriter doesn't mean I want to. What I really want to say is, GODDAMN THAT WAS A CLOSE AND EXCITING FUCKING GAME. Also, Ramses the Ram is very, very stinky. He did a lot of his dancing right beside me, seeing as I'm at the end of press row right next to the UNC band, and by the end of the game that ram stank. 

Here's the thing: for a team with national championship hype, NC State shouldn't have given UNC that much trouble, even with one of their star players out. On the up side, State's performance proves definitively to me that they deserve a place in the NCAA tournament, which their defeat of Virginia on Friday is widely thought to have earned them. 

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UNC Coach Roy Williams agrees that NC State ought to be in the tournament. At the post-game press conference he said "If I was on the [NCAA tournament] committee I'd fight very hard for NC State to be in the tournament. There's no doubt in my mind they're one of the best 68 teams in the country." He also refused to answer any questions before his players, Kendall Marshall and Tyler Zeller, had been addressed. "We need to get them back in the shower," he said. "They smell bad up here."

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Saturday March 10, 2012 04:24 pm EST

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Since newsprint is so passe, and the interwebs are dying, I'd like to see Creative Loafing be presented in a town-crier format, where the news, local restaurant reviews and "Are you Shaved?" are read aloud in public squares by folks sentenced for misdemeanors in Fulton and DeKalb.

Congrats, Steve! 

The runner up, who doesn't win anything but my undying love, is Nicole Wójcik, who sent an entry that included this:

In five years, will CL have a homepage compatible with my internet-ready Acuvue Konnectd contact lenses?
 
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Congrats, Steve! 

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Since newsprint is so passe, and the interwebs are dying, I'd like to see Creative...

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I'm here at the ACC Tournament at Philip's Arena because I care about basketball even if you don't. Seriously guys, we've got a good chance of seeing another Duke/UNC matchup for the championship game of this tournament, and therefore the entire state of North Carolina is pissing themselves, Atlanta has a hometown team in the game, and no one anywhere is talking about it. I'll never get used to a city with so much sports and so little interest. 

Because I'm not really a sports writer, I might as well dispel any notion of sportswriter professionalism and go ahead and admit I'm a UNC fan, and that's who I'm here to see. But I'm dedicated to covering Tech as far as they make it, which will probably be until about 11 p.m. tonight, at which time they will most likely lose to Miami (sorry Tech - I hope it's not true, I really do).

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First up: Wake Forest just crapped out completely against Maryland. At half time they were fairly evenly matched with Wake at 31 and Maryland at 36, but six minutes into the second half, Maryland had scored 20 more points and Wake had only scored 4. They never recovered,  with a final score of 60-82. It's too bad. Wake cheerleaders have by far the best outfits.  


Here are some things I've noticed since last time I covered the tournament, which took place three years ago at the Georgia Dome:

1. The ACC gave me a seat that time. That was awesome. 

2. The bands have changed somewhat in their choice of ditties. Last time Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” was a favorite. Cee-Lo is now quite popular, which amuses my fellow sports reporters a lot (tee-hee!! The F word!). 

3. The ratio of men to women reporters has not changed much. 

So we'll see how it goes. If I can't get a place to sit and see the games for much of the time I may crap out about when Tech craps out, but I hope not. You can bet those other reporters won't be telling you anything about the confused, old man mascots, or the chill of pure evil that settles over a room when Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski enters a room, or the sad, confused crowds (you should have seen those nice Virginians on Marta!! They looked terrified!!)."
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I'm here at the ACC Tournament at Philip's Arena because I care about basketball even if you don't. Seriously guys, we've got a good chance of seeing another Duke/UNC matchup for the championship game of this tournament, and therefore the entire state of North Carolina is pissing themselves, Atlanta has a hometown team in the game, and no one anywhere is talking about it. I'll never get used to a city with so much sports and so little interest. 

Because I'm not really a sports writer, I might as well dispel any notion of sportswriter professionalism and go ahead and admit I'm a UNC fan, and that's who I'm here to see. But I'm dedicated to covering Tech as far as they make it, which will probably be until about 11 p.m. tonight, at which time they will most likely lose to Miami (sorry Tech - I hope it's not true, I really do).

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1. The ACC gave me a seat that time. That was awesome. 

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*Here is a super crappy photo I took of that confused old man who thinks he's Wake Forest's mascot. And some cheerleaders. 
I'm here at the ACC Tournament at Philip's Arena because I care about basketball even if you don't. Seriously guys, we've got a good chance of seeing another Duke/UNC matchup for the championship game of this tournament, and therefore the entire state of North Carolina is pissing themselves, Atlanta has a hometown team in the game, and no one anywhere is talking about it. I'll never get used to a city with so much sports and so little interest. 

Because I'm not really a sports writer, I might as well dispel any notion of sportswriter professionalism and go ahead and admit I'm a UNC fan, and that's who I'm here to see. But I'm dedicated to covering Tech as far as they make it, which will probably be until about 11 p.m. tonight, at which time they will most likely lose to Miami (sorry Tech - I hope it's not true, I really do).

But apparently the ACC takes me for not-really-a-sports-writer as well, because they didn't get me my own seat on press row, which means I have to squat in a seat that's not mine, which means I probably won't get to see any of the UNC games I'm here for, because that, along with Duke, is who everyone is really here to see (in 2009, when FSU beat UNC in the semifinal, the journalists around me were palpably upset, not because like me they lurve UNC but because they'd already written the lede for their Duke/UNC championship matchup story and they didn't want to have to think of something else). 

First up: Wake Forest just crapped out completely against Maryland. At half time they were fairly evenly matched with Wake at 31 and Maryland at 36, but six minutes into the second half, Maryland had scored 20 more points and Wake had only scored 4. They never recovered,  with a final score of 60-82. It's too bad. Wake cheerleaders have by far the best outfits.  


Here are some things I've noticed since last time I covered the tournament, which took place three years ago at the Georgia Dome:

1. The ACC gave me a seat that time. That was awesome. 

2. The bands have changed somewhat in their choice of ditties. Last time Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love” was a favorite. Cee-Lo is now quite popular, which amuses my fellow sports reporters a lot (tee-hee!! The F word!). 

3. The ratio of men to women reporters has not changed much. 

So we'll see how it goes. If I can't get a place to sit and see the games for much of the time I may crap out about when Tech craps out, but I hope not. You can bet those other reporters won't be telling you anything about the confused, old man mascots, or the chill of pure evil that settles over a room when Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski enters a room, or the sad, confused crowds (you should have seen those nice Virginians on Marta!! They looked terrified!!).             13066752 4973385                          ACC Tournament gets going at Philips Arena...am I the only person in Atlanta who cares? "
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Thursday March 8, 2012 02:50 pm EST

  • http://clatl.com/atlanta/ImageArchives?by=1223504
  • Here is a super crappy photo I took of that confused old man who thinks he's Wake Forest's mascot. And some cheerleaders.

I'm here at the ACC Tournament at Philip's Arena because I care about basketball even if you don't. Seriously guys, we've got a good chance of seeing another Duke/UNC matchup for the championship game of this tournament,...

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