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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.

SportsChannel8: The Canes Post-Mortem


You always hear that the Carolina Hurricanes are special because they’re able to bring UNC, Duke and State fans together. It’s such a tired take at this point because it implies that cheering for the Canes is something that area fans do in their spare time, and completely ignores the large-and-still-growing population of people in… Read more »

Giftastic Recap of UNC @ NC State


NC State welcomes UNC to Carter-Finley with a chance to control their destiny for the ACC Championship and to go undefeated at home for the first time in over 30 years: Mack Brown looking like: NC State blocks a punt on UNC’s first drive to go up 7-0 early: Both teams trade punts before State… Read more »

Tailgate Weather Forecast


South Florida at NC State – 9/2/2021 – 7:30PM Could you ask for better weather to start a football season? Maybe marginally. It’s going to be gorgeous today after the outer bands of Ida moved through the state yesterday. A high in the lower 80s under clear skies. Should see temperatures fall to around 72… Read more »

Media Musings: All In The Pool For Newspapers


written by R.L. Bynum Gannett one of the newspaper chains pooling resources in North Carolina Chains that have depleted newspapers with layoffs, buyouts and attrition are finding creative ways to pool resources. McClatchy has done that regionally for a few years, including pooling stories from The N&O and The Charlotte Observer to run in both… Read more »

8itorial: What Was Hubert Trying To Say?


written by W. Brenden Whitted “We can win only if we convince the world that I’m doing this because you are a great ball player and a fine gentleman.” Branch Rickey spoke these words the first time he met with Jackie Robinson in 1945 when discussing Robinson breaking baseball’s segregation. Whenever color barriers are broken,… Read more »