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James

TWO QUESTIONS:

1. Would you have started Hickson or would you have had the best player on the team come off the bench?

2. Why did you and other members of the media pick the Wolfpack to finish 3rd in the conference and then act surprised when they didn't live up to your own imaginary expectations?

Ed

..."Yet I still attain my objective, which is to make him feel bad about the travails of his beloved Wolfpack." So another way to put this entire column, was that your objective was to act like an ass? Achieved.

James Reed

Stick to boxing Sorensen. Apparently it is the only subject you know anything at all about.

Joey

Tom - I don't think you've watched much NC State basketball this year. McCauley has not been very good. Hickson has been very good. This isn't a government position where seniority gets you the job. McCauley was totally mismatched against Miami.

Bob

This is true basketball genius here. Let's start one person over another because of his age, not because he is better. I'm sure you do like this mentality, this allows you to keep writing crap instead of a younger writer that might actually make sense. Adding a good player shouldn't hurt your team if you truly have team players. Your opening comments make you sound like a prick and you closing comments make it sound like you have never been involved with any type of serious sports team.

Bob

This is true basketball genius here. Let's start one person over another because of his age, not because he is better. I'm sure you do like this mentality, this allows you to keep writing crap instead of a younger writer that might actually make sense. Adding a good player shouldn't hurt your team if you truly have team players. Your opening comments make you sound like a prick and you closing comments make it sound like you have never been involved with any type of serious sports team.

Josh

This season falls squarely on the coaching staff. To predict us finishing third was lofty expectations but for us to finish dead last and with a 9 game losing streak is downright embarassing. Sidney is more overmatched in the college game than he ever was in the pros. His substitutions made no sense for the first 2 and half months of the season. Then when things were at there worst he threw his college players under the bus. State can't fire him because he doesn't have many of his recruits in yet, but I think he should resign he is taking us back to the Les Robinson era in which we were a joke.

wake fan

I thought Wake had played terribly until I sat through the Miami - State game. State's players have zero confidence. The offense has to be more than force-feeding Hickson.

anon

Tom is right but only partly. The mistake wasn't just benching McCauley, but totally overhauling the offense to suit a freshman. From the beginning of the year the focus seemed like it was to showcase Hickson, not to do what worked last year. It obviously affected McCauley, Grant, Fells and Costner. The TEAM that came into its own last year went out the window when the focus became all about Hickson. Hickson may well be the best player on the team, but he isn't the only player. State was affected by losing Atsur, but that's when having a skilled post passers like McCauley and Costner should have helped. Instead they decided to force the ball into Hickson all year when they didn't have the talent to play that way. Bottom line, Lowe didn't adapt to his team's strenghs, which should be a coaches primary job (if they want to win). Now when Hickson leaves for the NBA (ha! another cedric simmons) they will be right back to where they were assuming McCauley and Costner aren't so pissed that they transfer.

anon

Oh and 'Bob' - team works both ways. Forcing all of the guys who had some sucess last year to take a back seat to a guy who had never proven anything at this level doesn't exactly build that 'team' attitude. It isn't always about talent. Anyway, Hickson is seriously overrated. Sure he had a big game yesterday, but a great player makes his 'team' better. Getting himself benched yesterday for the start really helped, too.

Pack Mom

You are absolutely right. The problems were obvious from the very first game. Remember Marvin Williams... that model would have worked well for Hickson this year.

Ray

"By doing it my way, I am courteous and respectful and, well, professional. Yet I still attain my objective, which is to make him feel bad about the travails of his beloved Wolfpack. And it has nothing to do with the Wolfpack. It’s the principle. I deal in principle except when it’s inconvenient."

Give me a break. We all know that UNC is a journalism school and it is where you all went and hold loyalties to. We also know about the hatred between Carolina and State (which is mutual, by the way). No mattere how good, or how sorry NC State's teams are, we will never get anything from you tarheels other than the crap you are so good at dishing out.

anon

Ummm - Tom went to the University of Minnesota, Ray, not UNC. I guess that Golden Gopher / Anti-Wolfpack bias was just shining through.

Idiot.

Ray

Hey Anon, if you are finished eating, could you please remove your spoon from my colon?

David McKnight

I just wanted to throw out a question about the P.A. announcer that I heard in following Friday's game between Florida State and North Carolina: is that the regular P.A. announcer for the Charlotte Bobcats' games or is it an ACC-designated announcer?

The P.A. announcing style seemed so restrained and detached that it was hard to believe that this was a college basketball tournament. Of course, the P.A. announcing style does not have to be excessively rah-rah or hyped up either, but surely there could be at least a trace of feeling present in the announcing of the various basketball credits as the game progresses.

Maybe Billy Packer could tell a couple of Bones McKinney stories to liven things up.

You have all these fans from all the schools traveling to the site of the tournament--this year being Charlotte--and yet in following the game on television, you get the idea that one of the Queen City's bank board meetings would be three times as animated and exciting. ("Now don't get carried away, all you vice presidents for sales and marketing!") No personal criticism of the individual doing the P.A. intended, but can't we bring back some of the "college tourney" atmosphere that kept the crowds into the games in previous years?

Maybe Steve Martin could do a C.A. Dillon impression to get folks stirred up.

The ACC basketball tournament can be one of the most thrilling events in all of sports, but this year's edition of the league showcase celebration seems more "dry" and "businesslike" than a mid-day stock market report or an annual numismatists' convention. ("Next up is a Morgan silver dollar from the 1890s...")

Maybe if The Observer would put its ACC Tournament coverage in the back of the business section, league officials would catch on to the possibility that they need to let the life get back onto the hardwood. If you don't have a favorite team that you're really pulling for to win this tourney, how are you supposed to feel the "joi de vivre" of this storied competition?

The announcements of substitutions we are hearing sound more like soup du jour with no chowder in sight. Hey wait--now that Billy Crystal has completed his major league tour with the Yankees...

Benjamin

For over 20 years now I have claimed that Tom Sorensen has a bias against The Mighty Wolfpack...this article finally confirms it. Next thing you are going to see is him and Billy Packer laughing it up with Dean Smith at dinner.

Anon

Witty comeback Ray - that really hurt. Did you learn that at NC State? The only problem is, that isn't my spoon - your colon must be numb from the constant pounding you give it...

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