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SportsChannel8 at 8 -Wednesday, January 6th 2015


  • A guy from New Bern, NC was the returning champion on Jeopardy, but pretty much locked up the “Troll Week” title last night by guessing “What is Auburn” for the answer “Crimson Tide” in the $200 answer in the Team Name category.

  • Of course we had some fun with it …

  • 9th ranked Kentucky dismantled Ben Simmons by a score of 67-14, but unfortunately for the Wildcats, they, much like all of ESPN, forgot that LSU has other players on the roster. The Tigers won 85-67, giving Calipari’s squad their third loss on the season. What’s that got to do with North Carolina sports? We don’t like Kentucky. That’s what.
  • Brand New, an authority on marketing and branding, named North Carolina’s new state logo as the worst of 2015, beating out the Washington Wizards for the top spot. We also beat Ohio, who came in at #7, just like we did with aviation.
  • ECU played Tulsa last night, and had 14 points at halftime. Only 2 players ended up shooting over 50%, and the team as a whole finished with a 29.8% field goal percentage, including a 12.5% clip from three point range. Oh, they lost, if you were still unsure of that.
  • Duke placekicker Ross Martin was named to the AP’s “All Bowl Team” for his 14 points vs. Indiana in the Pinstripe Bowl, including the overtime game winner. It’s unclear if Indiana will hang a banner for their part in Martin’s accomplishment. Apparently they’re fond of hanging banners for pretty much anything as the Hoosiers raised a “#1 All-Time March Madness Team” banner last night. Whatever that means.
  • Also making the “All Bowl Team”, Baylor 5th string quarterback Johnny Jefferson who finished the Russell Athletic Bowl with 1/3 passing for just 24 yards. Look, we’re all about Gene Chizik’s new-look Tar Heel defense and completely agree that even the smallest bit of success against the Heels is noteworthy, but we’d expect better stats for an All-Bowl performer.
  • No NC State players were named to the All Bowl team, giving Dave Doeren some more off-season ammunition in pointing out what he’s up against in rebuilding the Wolfpack football program.