We had a correspondent on the ground for last weekend’s festivities — almost as if we’re a legit news organization or something. Here’s a report and a few photos from David Drake.
Late Night was much better this year from a stage production stand point. The skits were all pre-produced videos (and in the vein of the much-loved ESPN Sports Center promos) and because of this, were better paced and frankly nicely audible (something they’d struggled with in the past due to Smith Center acoustics). During the dance numbers I noticed that MacAdoo can really move and look forward to more from him in the coming years. The crowd favorite sketch featured the starters and Jonas Sahratian, UNC’s strength coach. Jonas was pushing the team hard in the weight room and they weren’t really responding. Frustrated, he stormed out and the camera followed him into the hall where they’d set up the full Carolina bench replete with 5 second-stringers. Jonas walks down the line, taping each one on the shoulder, a la one of Roy’s famous “pull your starters” moves. The scrubs rush into the weight room and the starters sheepishly gather on the bench in the hall where Sahratian does his best “Angry Roy” impression. As it ended, the skit faded to a live shot of Roy who was wiping a tear away he was laughing so hard.
As far as basketball goes, while fun to watch, there weren’t many Earth-shattering dunks or crazy plays. With the teams divided evenly between starters and scrubs, it was just an evenly balanced game. At one point Marshall found himself under the basket with his back to the net and Henson defending him. They both got a smile on their face as they knew what was coming next. Marshall turned and threw up a shot and Henson sniped it out of the air to a teammate. Hopefully this won’t happen to Kendall in the regular season.
One thing I was struck by watching the new guys was that James MacAdoo is a big guy. He’s thick in a good way. Hopefully he’ll be able to bang around inside with the other big boys and make some opponents regret it. He had one or two miscues but looked good overall.
Oh, and I got a high five from Vince Carter. Does it get any better than that?