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.

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


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 »

FIFA World Cup 2018: A H8ers Guide


The FIFA World Cup begins this week, and there is no shortage of “Who to root for” guides around the internet for fans who want to enjoy the event, but usually just tune in to watch the US. It’s a nice thought to pick a team to support as your own since our guys didn’t… Read more »

NCAA Tournament Notebook: March 14th

While our attention will be on NC Central’s championship run, Syracuse also opens up their NCAA Tournament with a play-in game against Arizona State in Dayton tonight. With the Orange being among the last teams selected for the field of 68, many will try to turn tonight’s result into a validation or indictment of their… Read more »

College basketball scandal: Embrace corruption

You can’t search through sports Twitter these days without running into countless columns and think pieces on the college basketball scandal and the “corrupt NCAA”. Ever since Yahoo’s bombshell report last week that linked a handful of high profile players to alleged impermissible contact with agents, everyone has thoughts on how to fix college basketball…. Read more »