Sports Figures Are People, Too

Sports Figures Are People, Too

A man lost his job on Dec. 11. His livelihood was stripped from him, his wife and four children forced to pack up their belongings and move. They had been in town three years, and just as they were getting settled, they were on the move again. People cheered....
ACC Teams As Christmas Songs

ACC Teams As Christmas Songs

Yeah, yeah, it’s basketball season around these parts. But more importantly — it’s Christmas music season! Christmas music rocks. It’s devastatingly fun to sing along to, and everyone knows every single song that comes on the radio. Seriously, it’s a phenomenon....
Tupelo Honey Hits the Sweet Spot

Tupelo Honey Hits the Sweet Spot

I like to call myself a foodie, but I’m not one. I’m just a normal-ass guy who enjoys eating good food. It doesn’t matter much to me how rare the ingredients in my food are, or whether the beef on my plate came from a grass-fed cow. I refer to myself as a foodie...
Sifting Through Those Early Narratives

Sifting Through Those Early Narratives

National sportswriters in this country love two things: Bruce Springsteen and narratives. The only thing they might enjoy more than making those narratives is stubbornly clinging to them throughout the year, regardless of how valid they remain as the world turns....
Ward Needs Help

Ward Needs Help

Wikimedia Cam Ward needs help. Remember when you were in college, and you really needed a good grade on that one group project, but while you were busting your ass at midnight trying to finish a PowerPoint, the other people in your group were watching cat videos?...
Two down, more to go

Two down, more to go

This was the team Bill Peters imagined when he took his first NHL head coaching job with the Carolina Hurricanes. A team that flew around the ice and outworked its opponents on a nightly basis. A team that could stick with any squad, grit sometimes carrying the...
Thoughts on the Canes’ first win

Thoughts on the Canes’ first win

I’m no expert on hockey. I’m trying to learn — I’ll be manning this corner of the Raleigh Co. website moving forward — but I’m still a novice. I know the basics, of course. I know (most of) the rules, and I can tell when a team looks good or when a team looks...