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 Panthers

What Separates Cam Newton From Russell Wilson?

Articles, Sports

The Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks are scheduled for what should be one of the better NFL games on Sunday at 4PM important coast time, and there is no doubt that all of the focus will be on each team’s dynamic quarterback. Both have strong arms, both can be dangerous on the move, and both… Read more »


So Your Rival Got Busted: A SportsChannel8 8itorial


M.J. Stewart and Mike Hughes were both suspended by UNC coach Larry Fedora for “violation of team rules”, which apparently includes the rule, “don’t get arrested”. As with any story of any college athlete getting in trouble with the law, it’s a nuanced situation that invites criticism of the way the UNC coaching staff handled… Read more »

College Basketball

Incredible hidden tribute in Virginia’s new uniforms

At first glance, the new Virginia basketball uniforms look sharp, but is basically the same format we’ve seen from Nike over the past few years with the subtle designs paying tribute to a school’s history, its campus, etc. But man, we have to hand it to UVA, hiding a tribute to the 35-second shot clock… Read more »

NC Map

What’s going on this weekend in NC sports

Articles, Sports

There’s a light slate of games this weekend in the ACC as several teams enjoy the week off, but that doesn’t make this weekend any less important for our favorite local teams. Here’s what you should be watching, and who you should be cheering against. Basketball Pretty much everyone outside of Durham might want to… Read more »

College Football Betting

Against The Spread: Week 7

Only five games on the slate this weekend, so not much opportunity for Josh Goodson, our Director of Research & Gambling, to gain much ground on the rest of the field. In fact, his 9-17-1 record against the spread is so bad that the station is stripping him of his SportsChannel8 Employee of the Year… Read more »