Tag:Carrier Classic
Posted on: November 10, 2011 1:04 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2011 1:06 pm

Time-lapse vid of Carrier Classic transformation

By Matt Norlander

I feel the need, the need for speed-themed videos.

Time-lapse mini films have become instant viral feed in the past 12 months. There are plenty of really great ones out there, but over time, there's a diminishing-returns factor to them. No matter, I was wondering how the metamorphosis of a 60,000-ton ship into a basketball venue would take place. Someone was smart enough to perch a camera a few hundred feet above the USS Carl Vinson and document to slow-but-speedy transformation.

Lots of cranes, forklifts, the usual. The day/night turnover is also fun. The court looks a little more blasé than I'd expected, but this is a game taking place to honor our military, so it's appropriate to go straight-laced.


Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:38 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 12:54 pm

Here's how the USS Carl Vinson will look

By Gary Parrish

The Carrier Classic is just a little more than 48 hours away.

I'm going.

I can't wait.

And that's rare for me because, in my jaded eyes, most basketball games are, at this point in my career, just basketball games -- 40-minute contests that come and go. Somebody plays well. One coach messes up. A kid hits a big shot. Whatever. I watch. I write. I forget about it shortly thereafter with few exceptions. But this is different. I'm genuinely anxious to get to San Diego and board the USS Carl Vinson. It's the same carrier that was used to bury Osama bin Laden's body at sea earlier this year. On it I'll watch two Hall of Fame coaches and the nation's top-ranked team. President Obama will be there, too.

Simply put, this is pretty neat.

But, I must say, it's really not as complicated as some seem to think.

I've gotten lots of questions about this game from friends over the past few weeks, and some are dumbfounded by how this will work. Among the things I've been asked is whether they can put stands on an aircraft carrier. My reply: "They put aircrafts on aircraft carriers! Yes, they can probably put some bleachers on there, too." And in the spirit of clearing things up, let me tell you that no players are going to fall into the Pacific Ocean chasing a loose ball. And the game won't be rained out, either. If it rains -- and there's only a 10 percent chance of rain, according to weather.com -- the contest will simply be moved inside of a hangar that is also on the aircraft carrier. Not sure why this is so hard to understand, but aircraft carriers are massive; this one has a flightdeck area that spans 4.5 acres. Again, they land planes -- lots and lots of planes -- on these things. Putting a couple of basketball courts -- one outside and another inside -- really isn't that big of a deal.

Don't believe me?

Click this link to checkout the setup, courtesy of USA Today.

It looks pretty cool.

I'll be Tweeting from there soon enough.

Graphic via USA Today
Posted on: November 4, 2011 11:27 am

So this is what the Carrier Classic winner gets

By Matt Norlander

Was anyone really clamoring for a trophy to go along with the spectacle of the Carrier Classic?

Like it or not -- um, not is the verdict over here -- that hideous piece of hardware is going back to either East Lansing or Chapel Hill. Now, the cool part about the trophy is, it's made out of the same metal and wood that go into building an aircraft carrier. So that's a nice touch.

I guess it's equally as tasteful as it is ugly. I built prettier-looking things with Lego when I was 5. Don't get wrong here, I totally appreciate the craftsmanship, hard-working people and passion that went into this thing.

But what came out has the same amount of appeal as seeing Draymond Green in a bathing suit.

From QuickenLoansCarrierClassic.com, here's the story behind the trophy's genesis.
Created by the Newport News Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, in Newport News, Va., the trophy is crafted from the same molten pewter that is used in the construction of ships. As a matter of fact, many of the materials and processes used to create the trophy are the exact same materials and processes used to build the very ship on which the game will be played. Let’s think about that for a second. The trophy that will be awarded to the winning team was created in the same manner that the ship they are playing on was.
The award weighs 85 pounds -- or half the volume of Roy Williams. Lifting it over one's head probably requires two spotters and a waiver to be filled out.

Here's a video on how it came to be. The game is one week from today, when the season starts in earnest.

Photo via QuickenLoansCarrierClassic.com

Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:07 pm

UNC will wear camo for Carrier Classic

By Matt Norlander

I can't see why UNC wouldn't opt to go with this look for the Carrier Classic.

One of the coolest regular-season events in the history of college basketball is almost two weeks away (Obama's going, remember), and it's all but guaranteed that both Carolina and Michigan State will wear camouflaged-themed uniforms as a way of honoring the troops/the fact they're playing on an active United States Military vessel.

The event keeps getting better and better. Lots of build-up. Only hope it doesn't rain.

Wait a second -- this is in San Diego. We're in the clear, literally.

Michigan State hasn't released their alternate threads formally yet, but Tom Izzo's confirmed it and there's already been a camera that's caught the alleged green-and-grays.  Wonder if these uniforms will go up for auction/charity afterward. They're one-of-a-time style kind of lends itself to an auction, right?

Photo via UNC athletics
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:52 pm
Edited on: October 13, 2011 9:01 pm

Obama will attend Carrier Classic

By Matt Norlander

Though we've not yet heard official word from the White House (UPDATE: Now we do.), according to Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis, President Obama will indeed make an appearance at next month's Carrier Classic.

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Hollis broke the news -- where else -- on Twitter Thursday afternoon.

"Honored to have Pres. Obama at the Carrier Classic as we pay tribute to those men & women who serve our nation and our freedom. #whitehouse," Hollis tweeted. He also sent a direct tweet to Magic Johnson, saying "White House confirmed today President Obama will attend 11.11.11 Carrier Classic between Michigan State & North Carolina."

On Friday, we told you Obama had been formally invited by the event's organizers. It's a little surprising the news is coming out so early -- someone asked me if this was a national security risk by putting the RSVP out there so publicly so soon -- but I'd imagine that ship will be as secure as Fort Knox.

The game is the first of its kind. Basketball on an aircraft carrier on Veterans Day on the ship that laid Osama bin Laden to rest.

You can bet apple pie will be part of the media buffet.

Photo: AP
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:28 pm

UConn vs. Arizona in 2012 Carrier Classic

By Jeff Goodman

UConn will face Arizona in the second edition of the Carrier Classic.

A source told CBSSports.com that the Huskies opponent is expected to be Sean Miller and the Wildcats - a team that will likely challenge for a Final Four berth a year from now.

A contract hasn't been signed yet, but the date will likely be Nov. 9, 2012.

This year's inaugural Carrier Classic will feature top-ranked North Carolina and Michigan State on an aircraft carrier in San Diego on Veteran's Day - Nov. 11.

The court will be surrounded by seating for about 7,000 fans, with most of the tickets going to active military personnel.
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