Author: Ben Swain


Ben Swain

Hoping to cut his journalistic teeth on the Iraq war, Swain was instead mistakenly assigned the North Carolina sports beat as an intern out of college. He threw himself into the work with the same fervor he anticipated taking to the front lines and has become one of the most respected voices in modern sports media. He’s also a Duke fan from Durham County who went State. And Guilford.

Influencing our way out of the attendance crisis

Opinion

Earlier today, ESPN posted a story about English Premier League giant Manchester City’s effort to hire influencers to improve the gameday atmosphere on Champions League nights. Man City are hiring 📱 pic.twitter.com/RgmZgEOKcC — ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) October 22, 2019 L.O.L. Right? Who the hell would even think to put that out there to set themselves… Read more »

Hurricanes: The Dread & Excitement of Next Year

Our Carolina Hurricanes are on the brink of elimination thanks to Tuukka Rask and only Tuukka Rask (we refuse to acknowledge any other Boston contribution because, frankly, there aren’t any other noteworthy contributions worth acknowledging). While there’s plenty to discuss about the series, such as the lingering issues on special teams, the disappearance of the… Read more »

Carolina Hurricanes: This One’s For Us

Back in my early 20’s, before North Carolina ever had dreams of hosting a hockey franchise, a co-worker tried to convince me that hockey was the best sport on the planet. His sales pitch: hockey has the physicality of football, the speed and continuous, free-flowing action of basketball, and the “every goal is life or… Read more »

Ticketology: Who’s selling the best ACC Tournament tickets

The 2019 ACC Tournament is nearly upon us, and while plenty of positioning and jostling for seeding remains, we already know where everyone will be sitting. Scalpers still provide the best opportunity for regular fans to get tickets to the see the greatest conference tournament in college basketball, so here’s our top 15 seeds, based… Read more »

UNC signs 5-star Armando Bacot: 8 things to know

Articles

Roy Williams picked up 5-star center Armando Bacot yesterday and here’s what you need to know about it: 1. who is he? Roy Williams is the head coach at UNC. Come on, that’s an easy one. OH, you mean Armando Bacot? He’s a 6’10” center out of IMG Academy and is ranked 26th in his… Read more »

Chapel Hill cuts varsity football: an 8itorial

8itorials, Opinion

Chapel Hill High School cutting varsity football this week was a big story on the heels of comments made by UNC head coach Larry Fedora about an alleged “attack on football”. The connection between the two stories is obvious, but that doesn’t mean that WRAL’s Marilyn Payne didn’t do an excellent job in executing this… Read more »