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Authority

Tom, just retire. We are really getting tired of your bitter old man schtick. Either go out and earn a living as a reporter or just quit.

Rick F

Bitter old man schtick? Tom brings up a couple valid points here. Everytime UNC Chapel Hill loses their fans always come with an excuse and this time Tom is addressing it.

Douglas DeBerry

Excuse!!!! Just watch the game where our Players from Chapel Hill was being tripped......injured wrist being grabbed.... and forearms being thrown in our Tar Heels chest..... Is that Excuse enough for you.... or tell me how a 7 foot person can get an over the back call when the smaller player can't even get up to get the ball.... No? It's just another Excuse......bad calls are the worst part of this whole season......Where in the guys whom are in Black and White just didn't do their jobs..... Everyone praised C Thugs for being aggressive....Heck the only thing missing from that game was a sack for a lost...... This is Basketball not Football.....and this year this team got mis treated...ESPN didn't cover it and I thought these guys knew a little something.....but after all the miss calls against Carolina this year.....Enough.....I am dropping them from my list....

Curry

Tom is correct - the excuse machine kicked into high gear this morning on numerous message boards and forums from the Tar Heel faithful. Refusing to admit they were outplayed and outcoached (http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=pf-forde_midwest_region_self_kansas_win_032512) down the stretch, nearly every fan believes that if Marshall plays, they win.

Marshall is a great player, but he's not the team's star. Tom is right, it had to be Barnes. The guy crowned an All-American prior to even playing a collegiate game. The Joey Logano of the ACC (that's the greatest thing since sliced bread for the non-Wal Mart UNC fans). However, what did Barnes do? Nothing. Admitted it himself. He said great players step up when their teams need them. What of Barnes? *crickets*

Well, UNC is epically huge in the frontcourt, with ACC PoY Zeller and Stretch Armstrong Henson. What we found is that they're soft. The excuse machine fires up again at this, bawling that Henson was hurt. He turned his ankle and had a bum wrist. From some of the shots I saw him drain and how he handled the ball, his wrist seemed fine in this one. But, when Zeller and Henson were faced with Robinson and Withey, they didn't rise up to the challenge, they faded away. Look at a number of Zellers shots - he faded away from the basket instead of taking it up strong. Henson turned into a mid-range jump shooter. They were too soft to work against Kansas' frontcourt on the inside.

Tom's right, it wasn't Marshall's absence that lost this game, it was the players on the floor. They could've stepped up and beat Kansas, but they chose to fade away into NCAA obscurity, hoping that nobody remembers the game where Barnes cemented his overrated status and Carolina's frontcourt finally got exposed. It doesn't help that their coach couldn't even recognize the kind of defense Kansas was playing.

charlottean

no question the blame falls on barnes. no question.

but to answer the question regarding rebounding differential.....if marshall leads the heels to 6 more layups than without marshall.......that's 6 less rebounds kansas would have. marshall might have grabbed a rebound or 2 that white couldn't.

Brazen Monkey

I do believe if Marshall was able to play the Heels would have won. It's not an excuse, it's just what I believe. I also believe that the players that were available should have won without Marshall. You have to play with who you have. Did the Heels have a healthy helping of bad injury luck? Yep. But it doesn't do any good to go down the "what if" road.

Did UNC underachieve? Yep. But not badly. Kansas played well. Props to them. ANY season that does not end with a national championship is a disappointment to the top programs.

No need for hate. We all have more important things than basketball to put that much energy into.

Stan

I'm guessing "Authority" didn't choose an ironic name on purpose. Still, it would have been good for a laugh if he hadn't sounded so bitter.

unc86

Are you kidding me? Tom, your article is pathetic. You are not doing a very good job of disguising your dislike of UNC. We certainly don't need your insight into why we lost. I think that is pretty obvious. We struggled to score without our starting point guard, and it showed down the stretch. Pretty simple, huh? So, does that mean that mean that Roy is a failure? Zeller and Henson are soft and Barnes is a choke? You and all the other yahoos that hate UNC will say yes. I expect no less. When UNC wins, the margin is never enough. When they lose, you guys go for the throat; its unbelievable.

These kids played their butts off and NEVER made excuses. You SHOULD be making excuses for this pathetic article.

joe cool

See what goes wrong when 1 lottery pick gets hurt and you only have 4 more on your team! McAdoo turns pro he'll be the first Heel picked! Get ready for a N.C. State Championship next year! Unless the NCAA looks in the parking lot during a State practice and wonders how poor kids can afford brand new Cadillac Escalades!

Ronny

Carolina fans are too funny. The officials are always, always against them but like the troupers they are, the team soldiers on. Like any finely tuned mechanism though, the individual parts are irreplaceable. Makes you wonder whey they even carry reserves on their roster. Of course they're the only team that deals with this, no other team ever has an injured player.

Monster Beats By dr. dre

What if somebody wanted to put down serious money on Sunday afternoon football, and he or she knew about the bounty program New Orleans has made famous?

If Team B's offense is good was because of its quarterback, and you know that Team A is trying to take that quarterback out of the game, might you be tempted to invest a few bucks on Team A?

If you were connected, and close to the team, you might even offer to enhance the bounty yourself.

I'm not saying this happened. But it is feasible.

What's not feasible is a locker room full of players accustomed to being treated like royalty keeping the story private.

People talk. Ask the NFL.

That's why it's tough to believe that Drew Brees, a gracious man I've spent a little time around, knew nothing about the bounties. While the offense and defense often socialize with their own kind, Brees is a leader, the guy doing the pre-game dance in the middle of the circle. He's everybody's Saint.

Monster Beats By dr. dre

What if somebody wanted to put down serious money on Sunday afternoon football, and he or she knew about the bounty program New Orleans has made famous?

If Team B's offense is good was because of its quarterback, and you know that Team A is trying to take that quarterback out of the game, might you be tempted to invest a few bucks on Team A?

If you were connected, and close to the team, you might even offer to enhance the bounty yourself.

I'm not saying this happened. But it is feasible.

What's not feasible is a locker room full of players accustomed to being treated like royalty keeping the story private.

People talk. Ask the NFL.

That's why it's tough to believe that Drew Brees, a gracious man I've spent a little time around, knew nothing about the bounties. While the offense and defense often socialize with their own kind, Brees is a leader, the guy doing the pre-game dance in the middle of the circle. He's everybody's Saint.

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