There were some great articles last week in sports. Here are a couple of my favorites…..
- – Ron Francis has been one busy man lately. Although I’m usually not one for hockey, I loved this piece from our guys at Section 328 that broke down the slew of transactions that Carolina has engaged in during the offseason. After 8 seasons without a playoff appearance, the Hurricanes appear to be on the cusp of return.
– Boom-Shaka-Laka! NBA Jam is about to turn 25 years old. Sports Illustrated interviewed some of the original editors from the game to reminisce memories from creating the game and the impact is has had on the sports world and video games.
- – I thought Kanye’s daughter, North West, was a clever name. Then I read this article from the Gaston Gazette reporting that a local fan had named his newborn child “Cameron Luuuke” after Panthers players Luke Kuechly and Cam Newton. This is not a joke. Cameron’s birth certificate includes the three U’s and everything. If that isn’t fan loyalty, then I don’t know what is.
– As MLB All-Star festivities continue, MLB commissioner, Rob Manfred, hinted in an interview that the notion of expansion seems more and more realistic. The Charlotte Observer went into the possibility of their hometown potentially hosting an MLB team one day with this piece.
- – Raleigh native Chesson Hadley has floated up and down between the PGA and Web.com tours in the past couple of years in his golf career. A close loss in his homecoming event, the Rex Hospital Open, left Hadley frustrated with his game. I really liked this article from Chip Alexander of the N&O that talked about Hadley’s emotional struggle and how he rebounded by earning his PGA Tour Card back with a victory at the LECOM Health Challenge last week.
– I know I’m bold throwing another Boston College piece in here for consecutive weeks. But I think that we all, deep down, have a soft spot for BC. Although this article isn’t that well written, I loved seeing one of my former high school peers, Jerome Robinson, getting some very rare recognition. Rome was sneaky good this year, averaging 18.6 points per game, ranking 4th in the ACC. When he was back at Broughton, he was a great prospect to watch and an even better dude. It still amazes me how he escaped North Carolina without an offer from a local school. Regardless, Rome is poised for a breakout year if he continues to add more blockbuster reels like this one ….
– From the gridiron to the race track, William Lee knew where he would end up. WRAL dug deep into Lee’s passion for NASCAR and how he never let academics take a back seat, even during his football career for the Wolfpack.
Tweet of the Week: Looking good, Tommy.
N.C. State legend and Avery County native Tommy Burleson, all 7'2" of him, in a kilt. pic.twitter.com/AFLdXAfc7B
— Thomas K (@tkhighcountry) July 8, 2017