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UNC and its national title limp

Posted on: October 30, 2008 11:07 pm
Edited on: October 30, 2008 11:39 pm

This national title run isn't off to a great start, is it?

Looks like it might be a national title limp.

That's the only opinion to have in light of Thursday's news that North Carolina star Tyler Hansbrough is out with a stress reaction in his right shin. According to a school official, there is no timetable for a return. Roy Williams is expected to address the situation Friday.

Meantime, this must be a nightmare for UNC fans.

The Tar Heels lost Marcus Ginyard until December thanks to a preseason injury, and now Hansbrough is out until who knows when? Could be middle of next month. Or December. Or January. The unknown is a concern. And though I'm no expert on stress reactions, my experience in writing about them has taught me that they seem to linger longer than anybody ever anticipates and in many cases don't go away without a lengthy break.

In other words, if this was June it would be no big deal.

But it's (almost) Halloween.

UNC opens with Penn in 19 days

So there's not a whole lot of time to rest without missing games, and I think everybody (except Duke fans) can agree it would be awful if Hansbrough's senior season was delayed or marred by injury. Regardless of your feelings about the All-American, Hansbrough represents what most of you say you want from college basketball players. You say you want them to stay out of trouble, work hard and love the college game so much that they are compelled to reject millions of dollars in guaranteed NBA money to remain in school for as long as possible. Well, Hansbrough has done each of those things, which is why all reasonable humans (except Duke fans) should hope for a speedy recovery, because it just doesn't seem fair when people pay a price for supposedly doing the right thing.


Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2008 1:13 am

UNC and its national title limp

I freakin hate north carolina (maybe as much as a duke fan if thats possible)

but, I love tyler hansbrough

he has been and will continue to be one of the most passionate players i've ever seen in college basketball.....

i will wish him a speedy sho

Since: Aug 2, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2008 12:34 am

UNC and its national title limp

I'm a Duke fan and I hope Hansbrough heals quickly, we want a shot at UNC full strength.

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2008 11:53 pm

UNC and its national title limp

Since Duke fans are by definition not "reasonable humans" it was redundant to single them out.

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2008 11:35 pm

UNC and its national title limp

I am 100% in agreement with the conclusion of this piece.  I don't always like seeing the usual suspects at the top of the rankings but no matter who he's playing for you hate to see this happen to a kid like Hansbrough.  Could be one of the best in the college game - ever - and I've never heard a controversy around him, that I can remember.  Not that I want to see the players who do get into trouble hurt either, but at least then there's a certain dark poetry.

Not to mention, if he's out for considerable time it will deprive us as college basketball fans of some incredible play from what looked to be the most complete team in a long time.

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