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Last night during UNC’s midnight madness, head coach Roy Williams was somehow coaxed into dancing by his basketball team. The resulting shimmy was the Tar Heel version of Elaine Benes’ famed dance at the 1996 J. Peterman company party. Tyler Zeller didn’t do himself any favors either. Also: life preservers? Whatever the hell was going on at Chapel Hill last night kind of looked like the most fun ever.
It’s often joked that the only thing Roy Williams ever gave to the Detroit Lions was “Megatron.” The underwhelming first-round pick, who was shipped out of town a few years later, had never seen a receiver with the size, speed, and strength of fellow wideout Calvin Johnson.
“I’ve never seen anything like him,” Williams said. “We call him Megatron.”
At first, it’s tough to see why the name makes sense. Megatron, for the uninitiated, is an evil giant robot from the Transformers franchise, and, on paper, Johnson doesn’t have much in common with an giant evil robot from the Transformers franchise. He’s not made of metal, for one.
But when you look a little closer, the coolest nickname in sports starts to make more sense.
One of the benefits to coaching major college football or basketball: ability to control your roster. Sure, many pro coaches have some sort of say, but generally, identifying/drafting/signing is the general manager’s job. In college, the coaches recruit, and the people they recruit are the team, so long as the admissions office signs off on them. That’s a lot of power, and coaches tend to like power. Often, though, for more information on prospects, they will lend an ear to a third party, albeit an especially important one: current players. And sometimes, doing that saves te coach from making a mistake.
We can understand the former Miss Texas not wanting to marry Roy Williams after he proposed via the US Postal Service.
The future of UConn basketball coach Jim Calhoun is a hot topic of discussion today, and at least one prominent colleague thinks he should call it quits…even if Calhoun himself doesn’t.
It seems there really is no way to stop drug use in sports—not when athletes are willing to go so far to gain a competitive edge. Now, instead of smuggling drugs across international borders or having someone else inject them, some athletes simply ingest crushed deer antlers.
These aren’t quite the best of days for the storied North Carolina basketball program – while they’re improving over last season, they’re still up-and-down performers, and for some of their more demanding fans, that doesn’t cut it.
The Cowboys appeared on their way to icing a stunning second-half comeback against the Saints yesterday…until a great play by the Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins paved the way for Dallas to lose in heartbreaking fashion.
Tony Romo broke his collarbone and Jerry Jones says he will miss six to eight weeks. Dallas fans, your season didn’t just get worse – it just got destroyed.