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Monday, March 27, 2017

UNC Basketball: Final Four Bound...Again!

UNC Hoops Talk Podcast #114


Wow! Our Tar Heels are headed to Phoenix! Back to the Final Four for some redemption and to bring home something they didn't last year!

That's right since last week's podcast UNC took care of the Butler Bulldogs and then had another epic matchup with the Kentucky Wildcats. This time, however, they came out on top thanks to a buzzer beater by none other than Luke Maye on a play similar to what Villanova used to beat us for the championship last year!

Of course, I'll talk about the Butler game, a little, then move on to what many think was the championship game against UK. After that, I will look ahead to the Final Four game against the Oregon Ducks.

In a podcast later this week I will take a look at the Final Four as a whole and try to predict what will happen from here on out. Subscribe so you don't miss out!

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Monday, March 20, 2017

UNC Basketball: On to the Sweet 16!

UNC Hoops Talk Podcast #113


Our Tar Heels have survived, barely, and advanced on to the Sweet 16 in Memphis, TN next weekend.
After blowing out Texas So. they barely do enough to get by Arkansas to set up a match up with Butler and then either UCLA or Kentucky if they win for a chance at the Final Four!
Of course I go over the wins from this past weekend before getting into the upcoming game and weekend.
I'll glance back over my bracket, let you know last minute changes and how much it really didn't matter for my bracket. 

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My Trip to the New York Life ACC Tournament in Brooklyn!

For those of you who listen to my podcast, follow me on twitter, or in any other place for that matter, you more than likely heard me talk about the opportunity I got to attend and cover the 2017 New York Life ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, New York. In fact, by the time you may have even been tired of hearing me talk about it (if that is you the rest of this may not be for you). Despite that, I am going to take my chances and continue to tell you and recap a trip of a lifetime for me in which I was able to cross a few things off my bucket list.

I was able to partner New York Life, the title company of the ACC tournament, to support their “Be Good At Life” campaign. I was able to bring some behind the scenes access, exclusive interviews, and expert coverage of the games to you, Tar Heel fans. It was the best of both worlds as I was able to still be a fan and be myself through all my channels and yet got access other fans didn’t and opportunities I wouldn’t have otherwise. It truly was something too good to pass up!

I flew in on Wednesday night in time to be there for the first UNC game on Thursday (thank goodness they had the double-bye). Now mind you this is a small town guy heading to the big city and started just like it. I actually make my way to the hotel and planned to drop my bags off and head to the late Wednesday night games. However, when I try to check in they tell me some rooms had been flooded and I would be going to a new hotel for the night. As much as I was annoyed,  I was at least glad they had the arrangements made already and seemed on top of it all. If fact when I got over it all and past the extra little time I lost of sleep because of the further distance from Barclay’s, I realized it turned into another good opportunity for me as I was placed downtown and within walking distance of many sightseeing destinations. I was able to walk to the 9/11 memorial site, see the new World Trade Center building, get over to Wall Street, see the bull, the New York stock exchange, the Trump Tower Building, and even had a pretty nice view of the Statue of Liberty. 


Even having my goal for steps in a day complete by the time I got to Barclays on Thursday morning I was ready! Thursday was a big day getting to the studio in Barclays by 9 am and not checking into my original hotel until around 11 pm. It started with meeting the team that made it all possible, going over expectations and schedules one more time before waiting for the games to begin. North Carolina was up first and because I was obviously there to cover them it ended up that I had to miss out on meeting with and touring NYC with the ACC mascots. Although I would take that trade-off any day, I was disappointed to miss out and it sounded like they were quite the group to meet and interact with. 


Also on Thursday was the interview with ESPN’s Seth Greenberg in between sessions (watch here: https://youtu.be/nXg4mBDycaI). Again something that I wouldn’t be able to get set up without the help. Also, with both UNC and Duke winning on Thursday it set up the big matchup for the semifinals on Friday night.

Friday was more of the same just starting a little bit later. After sleeping in a while, putting out more content on Friday morning it was back to Barclays. Even though I was not a part of interviewing Cory Alexander I was able to meet him and give him a hard time that UNC was still playing and Virginia had struggled in their loss the night before. Then as I was finishing up a periscope I did walking around Barclays I was leaving as the UNC media team was arriving and got to meet, chat with, and get my picture with Jones Angell, Eric Montross, and Adam Lucas, not that you didn’t know already, but what a phenomenal team! 

A couple hours before the big game I along with the other ambassadors got to attend the ACC Legends Reception up in a club in the top of Barclays. We got there just in time to listen to the panel with Antawn Jamison on it. We got to mingle with some higher-ups, not to mention the free food and soda. 

Not going to talk much about the actual UNC/Duke game, I’ve done that enough in my podcast here: http://traffic.libsyn.com/unchoopstalk/111_UNC_Basketball__Duke_Loss-_NCAA_Tourney_Time.mp3, however, it was unlike any game I’ve been to before. The vibe around the game, the crowd, and atmosphere was unbelievable! Not only did this cross one more thing off my bucket list, but I had some pretty great seats to do it!
I couldn’t get myself to stay for the late game after the Tar Heels lost to Duke, so I headed back to the hotel to get some more content out around the game and from all that I had taken in. With the final not happening until late Saturday night, I had all day Saturday to record a follow-up podcast to the Duke loss and prepare for the last interview I was able to do. If you are younger, you may not recognize him, but I am sure you have seen him shooting free throws on TV. Rick Barry, hall of fame basketball player, maybe more well known shooting his free throws underhanded was quite interesting to meet and chat with. He made for a great interview (watch it here: https://youtu.be/sZLwZz0GLaY), had lots of stories, and likes to talk! 

After the last interview the time was ours to enjoy. We hung out for a while, I did one last periscope with a Notre Dame fan and then found my seat to enjoy the New York Life ACC tournament. Of course, it would have been more enjoyable if North Carolina would have been playing or if Notre Dame had pulled off the win, but it was still a good game and great environment!

I didn’t plan on staying for the whole game as I didn’t want to see Duke celebrate and I had a very early flight the next morning on top of it being daylight savings night and thus losing an extra hour. However, the game was just too good, the environment too good, and I know I get mad whenever I see empty seats on tv and wonder how people could not go to games given the chance. It seems as if I didn’t write much about the games as if they weren’t a big deal to this trip, they definitely were. That being said this trip was about more than just the games in so many ways. 

The next morning I flew home, was back to my house by 11 am and it was back to being a stay-at-home dad as if nothing had happened. That is except that I can hardly believe it actually happened while at the same time remembering every detail of it all and thinking about how I can make it happen again! 

I have to through a huge thank you out to New York Life for making it all happen for me and being such a great host while in Brooklyn. Also, I have to thank the team I worked with (you know who you are) as well as the other ambassadors as they were great to work along side of, great help to me, and great to get to meet, chat, and hang out with. 

This has been my experience of my trip to my first ACC tournament, hopefully not my last. I wish I could say, until next year, but this totally could be a once in a lifetime kind of trip as much as I would totally be down for something like this every year! Thanks to all who follow me on twitter, listen to the podcast, and will read this as it wouldn’t be possible with all of you as well! 

Go Heels!

(After reading back over this, I feel like there is still so much more I could say, like being able to go to press conferences (one shown here: https://youtu.be/4NS_Nm2Wt3s), get into the arena before the gates opened, and yet I don't want to make this drag on too long as I know you didn't have the same experience as much. So I have chosen to add some additional pictures here at the bottom without writing about them.)







UNC Basketball: Bracket Time!

UNC Hoops Talk Podcast #112

A different kind of podcast today in that there are no games to review. We wrapped up the ACC Tournament for the Heels last time and now all our focus is on the Big Dance! It's is here! The greatest time of the year, March Madness!

So of course, I talk about the Tar Heels draw, who they play and potentially play in their region. I will go through my first couple rounds of picks (subject to change before Thursday yet) and give my Final Four and championship picks before the tourney gets started Thursday! 

Enter the podcast bracket challenge at ESPN: Group name- UNC Hoops Talk Podcast
Password- TarHeels17

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Interview with Hall of Famer Rick Barry of the New York Life Commercial!

Another part of my trip as an ambassador of the Tar Heels with +New York Life Insurance Company to the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn was the opportunity to talk with and interview Hall of Fame basketball player Rick Barry. You may recognize him from the New York Life commercials of him shooting the underhand free throws he is so well known for and even making one blindfolded. 

We did discuss the filming of the commercial and Rick said there is more to be seen. I am working on getting the unseen footage to show all of you! Stay tuned for that. Until then though, enjoy this interview where we also discuss changes in recruiting from Rick's days to his sons (he has several successful ones) as well as coaching styles, and some of Rick's top accomplishments.

I really feel any basketball fan will really enjoy this sit down with the one and only Rick Barry! It was originally recorded on periscope and you can watch it there from this link: Rick Barry Interview!

It is also up on YouTube now right here:



Saturday, March 11, 2017

UNC Basketball: Duke Loss- NCAA Tourney Time!

UNC Hoops Talk Podcast #111

My first UNC/Duke game did not come out the way it was suppose to! What an experience though, nothing like that unless it probably in the Smith Center or Cameron. Something I will always remember, which is probably good and bad. 

So of course I discuss the game mostly, I talk about my experience here at the ACC Tourney working as an expert for the Heels for New York Life. Then I quickly talk a little bit about our seeding and the NCAA tournament, but just a little as we get the selections tomorrow anyway and we will talk more about it next week. 
Check out the interview I did from here as well with ESPN's Seth Greenberg: https://youtu.be/nXg4mBDycaI

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

UNC Basketball: ACC Tourney- Duke...Again!

UNC Hoops Talk Podcast #110

Podcasting live from the #BGALLive studio inside Barclay's Center thanks to @NewYorkLife!
I recap day 1 for the Tar Heels and preview round 3 for Carolina/Duke!
Check out the interview I did from here as well with ESPN's Seth Greenberg: https://youtu.be/nXg4mBDycaI

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