Football is dead. Long live basketball. It may seem unlikely, but American football’s reign as the nation’s premier sport is coming to an end. It has gone the way of the bullfight: a barbaric thrill ride that won’t be able to survive. The evidence that shows the longer you play the sport, the more likely you are to develop serious brain injuries.
Four North Carolina fencing team members participated in the North American Cup this weekend, a series of fencing tournaments that included both men’s and women’s Division I Foil, Sabre and Epee events.
The North Carolina women’s basketball team extended its win streak to five after an assertive victory over Presbyterian College that saw the Tar Heels score a season-high 91 points and make a season-high 12 shots from behind the arc.
Paris Kea could have been the name in everyone’s mouths after scoring 31 points, one short of her career high, to go along with a career-high 11 assists for an excellent performance against Southern Alabama. Perhaps it should have been Janelle Bailey, whose efficient inside scoring kept North Carolina afloat on a night when many of its normal shots weren’t falling.
Members of the North Carolina men’s tennis team competed in the Wake Forest Invitational this past weekend.
All new beginnings have rough patches, as well as signs of promise. This was the case for Janelle Bailey and Jaelynn Murray.
Basketball is a game of superstars, but it is also a team game that requires rotation players who play within their role and help their team with winning plays every game. UNC has had its fair share of the former, but right now it should pride itself on the latter, with many of the quality starters and sixth men in the league coming out of North Carolina.
The No. 4 North Carolina men’s soccer team (12-2-1, 4-1-1 ACC) defeated Old Dominion (7-3-2, 4-0-0 C-USA) on Tuesday night after the Tar Heels forced overtime in the final minutes of regulation to win the game 2-1 in the second extra period.
Three weeks ago, Saturday's game would have been a good test to see whether or not North Carolina could break out of its early-season slump.