RealClearSports
Advertisement

RealClearSports Charlotte

NFL's 10 Most Underrated Teams

David Steele, Sporting News

Hurricanes Have Dirty Laundry

Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer

Projecting Stardom on Duke's Ingram

Luke Winn, Sports Illustrated

Norman's Mantra: Seek and Destroy

Josh Norman, The Players' Tribune

How many people really thought going into the 2015 season that, by the final week, the Jets would have 10 wins and a chance at a playoff spot? Or that the Chiefs would finish the s...(full article)

While the NHL gets closer to expansion – Las Vegas? Quebec City? Delay? Nowhere? – and persistent relocation rumors continue to swirl around the Carolina Hurricanes, ne...(full article)

The last time Ron Rivera watched the Super Bowl 50 film was just a few days ago. It was practical, not woeful. The Panthers open the 2016 season with the Broncos, and Rivera was ch...(full article)

Becoming the no. 1 overall pick can be a matter of ability, production and projectability. It can also be a matter of timing. The top Duke-produced draft prospect last season, Jahl...(full article)

I remember when I was a kid, nobody would pick me on their team for street ball. Not even my four older brothers would let me get on their squad. So when everybody was playing ball...(full article)

More Recent Articles

Norman Wanted to Stay in Carolina

For seven weeks the franchise tag the Panthers had placed on their Pro Bowl cornerback Josh Norman went unsigned. All the document needed was Norman’s signature to guarantee ...

With Return of Jefferson, Duke Will Be Loaded

Derryck Thornton might be transferring, but the Duke Blue Devils look like they will be fine heading into the 2016-17 season without him. Not only is star guard Grayson Allen retur...

Panthers Flip Field With Norman Move

So much for the dead week before the draft when most of us writers used the calm waters to do really crucial work, like mock drafts and polishing off draft positional series. Thank...

Panthers Big Losers in Norman Fiasco

Dave Gettleman of the Carolina Panthers is a very good general manager. Even good general managers make mistakes. That's what rescinding cornerback Josh Norman's franchise tag look...

Panthers Just Made Themselves Worse

The Carolina Panthers dropped an absolute bombshell Wednesday afternoon, suddenly freeing cornerback Josh Norman to go anywhere he wants. At first glance, I don’t like it. Th...

Norman Rockets Into Free-Agent Market

For 31 NFL teams, it seems like Christmas morning on a Wednesday afternoon.Josh Norman, one of the top cornerbacks in football, if not the best, has all of a sudden become a fre...

Implied Bashing of Coach K Unfair

The web site for Vanguard Elite Sports identifies Mark Edwards as the founder and head of development for the organization, which is “committed to reforming the face of youth and...

Memo to NBA: Stay Out of Our Bathrooms

Whoever said art imitates life never said it about Juwanna Mann. But the 2002 comedy set in Charlotte about a suspended professional basketball player who dresses as a women to pl...

Krzyzewski, Calipari Run Short on Ethics

Mike Krzyzewski got himself into hot water late last week after Oregon trucked Duke in the Sweet Sixteen. After taking the loss, Coach K told the Ducks' Dillon Brooks that he's to...

Caught in a Lie, Coach K Backpedals Fast

Tempting as it to accept Mike Krzyzewski’s mea culpa and move on, it’s worth remembering why this was even a big deal in the first place. Think what you will about Krzyzewski ...

Politics Running Full-Court Press on Curry

The NBA provided Stephen Curry with cover on the North Carolina anti-anti-discrimination bill Thursday night, and Curry happily took it. Put simply, the NBA has recoiled at the pas...

Coach K Puts Both His Faces on Display

Oh, the irony was delicious. Mike Krzyzewski, a man whose star player this year is best known for repeatedly tripping opponents, was on the sideline after Duke's loss to ...

Rivera Defends Newton: He's a Millennial

It's been almost two months since Cam Newton sulked and grunted his way through his postgame press conference after Super Bowl 50, yet the backlash is still fresh enough for Ron ...

Before Duke, Everyone Hated Notre Dame

Kelly Tripucka remembers two things about the trip he and his Notre Dame teammates took to Morgantown, W.Va., on Feb. 17, 1979. First — and foremost, because it’s the kind of i...

Redick vs. Morrison Still Reverberates

I had water bottles thrown at me at San Diego. Pennies at LMU. I had people approach me on the bus, screaming at me, trying to jump on the bus. But that’s when it was just ban...

Don't Miss 30-for-30 on Duke Lacrosse

The story was one of the most sensational of the 2000s, a bad brew of race, class, sports, and in the end, significant prosecutorial misconduct against three former Duke University...

The Icon, the Rock Star and Coach K

Sitting in the tower that had been built for him, Mike Krzyzewski had a spectacular view of his kingdom. It was a late spring day and, from the sixth floor of the corner of Cameron...

Coach K Needs to End Feisty Allen's Trip

March is here and the madness can begin now that the Duke Villain has put his worse foot forward. Twice. Grayson Allen tripped Florida State's Xavier Rathan-Mayes la...

Another Shooting Star at Davidson

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Settlers of Catan is a strategy-based board game that casts players as explorers who have stumbled onto an uncharted island. Once they come ashore at "Catan,...

Allen the Latest Dukie You Love to Hate

Duke’s status as the ultimate lightning-rod program in college basketball is undisputed. But whether you either love or hate the Blue Devils, the strong feelings come all the mor...

It's Time to Start Hating Duke Again

After a rough stretch midseason stretch that included four ACC losses in five games, Duke appears to be back. The Blue Devils are on a five-game winning streak, including three str...

Peyton Hit Piece Meant to Defend Cam

There’s a lot of shame to go around in the swirl of the allegations that have resurfaced — this time in great detail — of Peyton Manning’s alleged sexual harassment of a f...

Contrary to Popular Belief, Duke Doesn't Stink

Despite the narratives and all the ups and downs of this season -- including that three-game losing streak featuring two losses inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, Mike Krzyzewski's tem...

Last Few Days Aside, Newton Still No. 1 QB

The day after being named the NFL's MVP for the 2015 season, Cam Newton had one of the worst performances of his professional career on football's biggest stage in Super Bowl 50...

Carolina's Loss Was a Team Effort

As painful as the Super Bowl loss was for the Panthers, it had to feel much worse watching the film on Monday or Tuesday. (That is, for those members of the Panthers who could brin...

Newton Fumbles Football ... and Narrative

Why didn’t Cam Newton dive on that fumble? He answered that question two days after Carolina's Super Bowl 50 loss to Denver ... sort of. What he really answered Tuesday in the ...

Plain and Simple, Newton Had No Chance

If there’s one thing years of quarterback data have taught us, it’s that QBs do poorly under pressure.1 In about a quarter of all dropbacks, the QB is under pressure, accordin...

Give Newton an 'F' in Role Modeling

Cam Newton lost the biggest game of his life Sunday night. How would you have handled sitting in front of dozens of reporters answering questions 30 minutes later? Maybe you would ...

Cam Has Created Quite the Conundrum

Cam Newton, to a certain sort of person, represents all that's wrong with professional sports right now. He is also, to another type of person, exactly what sports needs, the physi...

Miller, Mates Keep Newton From Dancing

On the sixth snap of Cam Newton's Super Bowl, Von Miller charged at him from the edge, hit him face first and promptly ripped the football out of his hands. Just tore it out. Th...

Newton Demands Spotlight, Then Blinks

Cam Newton refused to jump into the pig pile after his own fumble. Then he refused to jump into the media pig pile. In the postgame presser, Newton gave four one-word answers, a no...

Panthers Forced to Sit This One Out

The team that dabbed flubbed. The team that scored more points than any during the regular season and postseason imploded with turnovers, penalties, sacks and mistakes. The Caroli...

Like Game, Newton Fails News Conference

Cam Newton, understandably upset about suffering a loss in the Super Bowl, was extremely sullen during his postgame availability. His answers were short and to the point before he ...

Broncos Have the Horses at Super Bowl 50

Von Miller reaches into his contact case. He positions his index finger slowly, and inserts the lens into his eye. It marks the last thing the Broncos linebacker does before runnin...

The Sheriff Earns Final Star on Wild Ride

Happy trails to you, Peyton Manning. The Last Rodeo was one wild ride. It was a grind. It ain't easy being old in the NFL. Manning's 39-year-old body took a pounding and it hurt to...

Man Who Knows How to Beat the Panthers

Dan Quinn wants to make this very clear: He doesn’t take pride in the Falcons’ Week 16 win over the Super Bowl-favored Carolina Panthers. “Nope,” he says. “Honestly, nope...

Panthers Ignored Groupthink on Newton

Five years on, the whole thing feels like a case study of groupthink gone wrong, but at the time Russ Lande felt like he had legitimate reasons for his skepticism. Lande, a former ...

Coleman Has a Bond Born Out of Paralysis

IT'S APRIL 14, 2006, Good Friday in Columbus, Ohio. A rite of spring unspools at Ohio State, a spirited intrasquad scrimmage at cavernous Ohio Stadium. Kurt Coleman, who will start...

Norman Brash and Brainy in Breakout Season

Is Carolina Panthers corner Josh Norman an elite cover player, one capable of locking down any top receiver? Or is he a product of the defense, a player who is more of a zone corne...

Panthers' Rely on Man in the Middle

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Coaches always want more out of their players than they get, but in Luke Kuechly’s case Panthers coach Ron Rivera might have to make an exception. &l...

Stabler in Future for Super Bowl QBs?

Cam Newton and Peyton Manning are moving toward each other from opposite directions in time. Newton is coming on fast, Manning is fading slow, and the Super Bowl is the intersect...

Newton's Race-Baiting Wearing Thin

It is amazing these days what can get you labeled a racist or a bigot. It seems if you don’t like endless chest pounding every time a guy makes a play and that guy happens to be ...

Panthers Can Put Themselves in Pantheon

SAN FRANCISCO — People have been trying to poke holes in the Carolina Panthers all season. Cam Newton was too flashy, both in style and consistency. Kelvin Benjamin was too impor...

Newton Need Only Be True to Himself

Cam Newton demands attention. His skills, looks, personality, immense size and determination to be the best at what he does refuse to be ignored. The gravitational pull of his inte...

Panthers Don't Get No Respect

R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Just like singer Aretha Franklin, that’s all the Carolina Panthers want. Just a little bit. A little respect. But more like Rodney Dangerfield, the team with t...

Bobcats' Pick Has Major Ramifications

For the moment, Charlotte has the NBA’s full attention. Holding the No. 2 pick in Thursday’s draft, the Bobcats control the fates of a handful of potential future All-...

Bobcats Take Futility to Record Low

Twenty-three consecutive losses later, the Charlotte Bobcats made NBA history. They haven’t won since March 17 and they won’t win again for at least seven months. This...

Bobcats 1 Game Away From Infamy

J.J. Redick had six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 31 points as the Orlando Magic held off Charlotte 102-95 on Wednesday night, the Bobcats' 22nd consecutive loss. Ryan Ande...

Duke Faces Uncertain Future

Following Duke’s shocking upset loss to Lehigh in the first round of the N.C.A.A. tournament, just one thing is clear: the Blue Devils were not dynamic enough to live up to...

McCollum Makes Duke a Loser

No.15 seed Lehigh blasted Duke out of the NCAA tournament Friday night, handing the second-seeded Blue Devils one of their worst and most surprising losses in school history, 75-...

Duke Avenges Loss to Florida State

Its stride getting stronger and more confident by the game, Duke is moving ever closer to one of its goals. The Blue Devils subdued Florida State 74-66 on Thursday night at the Do...

Duke Looking for Revenge vs. FSU

Duke had just put the finishing touches on one of its stronger efforts of the ACC season, walloping Boston College 75-50 on Sunday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Yet, it didn't t...

Bobcats Snap 16-Game Slide

Reggie Williams scored a season-high 22 points to help the Charlotte Bobcats snap a 16-game losing streak by beating the Toronto Raptors 98-91 on Friday night. D.J. Augustin had ...

Duke Comes Back to Beat N.C. State

In the course of eight days, Duke has come up with two of its more memorable rallies in recent memory. The Blue Devils rallied from a 20-point second half deficit against N.C. Sta...

3-Pointer Could Alter Duke's Season

The last numeral Duke freshman Austin Rivers saw was a “2.” He knew it was time. He knew his options were dwindling. He was content with that, because it was fairly o...

Duke Stuns UNC on Rivers' 3 at Finish

There have been some wild, crazy endings to North Carolina-Duke games over the 233-game history of the rivalry, and the one that happened here on Wednesday night at the Smith Cen...

Duke Student Section Losing Luster

The student section at Cameron Indoor Stadium has long been considered a college basketball staple, complete with body-painted undergraduates heckling opponents and Dick Vitale b...

Duke Still Seeks Identity

With its painstakingly disciplined offense, commitment to defense and willingness to play at an agonizingly slow pace, there's no doubt that Virginia knows what kind of team it is....

UNC, Wisconsin PGs Are Friends

Kendall Marshall has nice things to say these days about Jordan Taylor, the Wisconsin point guard who will lead the ninth-ranked Badgers into the Smith Center tonight against Marsh...

Ohio St. Routs Duke in Showdown

Ohio State's introduction video Tuesday night included a video of ESPN's Dick Vitale crowing about Duke, and then the Blue Devils' logo exploding in flames. That's about what the...

Duke a Measuring Stick for Ohio State

After his team defeated Kansas last week in a highly competitive tussle for the Maui Invitational championship, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he had tested his inexperienced t...

Duke Tops Kansas to Win Maui Title

Turning point: With his team down 61-60, Thornton nailed a 3 from the corner with 1:12 to go. That shot came seconds after Kansas’ Elijah Johnson hit a go-ahead 3 from the t...

Duke Backcourt Developing Chemistry

No team has traveled more miles or played more games together since the summer than Duke. The season might still be in its infancy, but that head start is beginning to show up al...

Crucial Period Ahead for Hurricanes

The defining moment for an NHL franchise doesn't necessarily come with the Stanley Cup in the building or in a deciding game or at the draft or on July 1. No, the defining moment...

Sabres Shut Out Hurricanes

The Buffalo Sabres seem to be living in a crisis-of-the-day mode all month but they keep pushing forward in the standings, at least when they're on the road. Friday night's 1-0 w...

Coach K Adapts to Become the Best

When Army beat Lehigh 56-29 in November 1975, nobody knew it would lead to this. Mike Krzyzewski was only 27 years old then, a rookie head coach nobody was talking about or paying...

Capitals Hammer Hurricanes 5-1

On a night when the Washington Capitals overloaded their first line with the most glittering talent the roster has to offer, it was the supporting cast that led the way to a win ...

Source: Jordan Leads Hard-Liners

A critical weekend for the N.B.A. labor talks will begin Saturday morning with an owners meeting, during which the league’s hard-liners will insist that no more financial c...

Hurricanes End Skid With Shutout

Cam Ward picked up the shutout Friday and the Carolina Hurricanes' goalie was named the game's first star. As Canes defenseman Bryan Allen put it, "He was our calming influence." B...

Newton Even Better Than Stats Show

Cam Newton camdemonium has quieted … for the time being. The excitement of his back-to-back 400-yard games to open the season gave way to the reality that the Panthers los...

Panthers' Beason Tears Achilles

Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason will have season-ending surgery this week to repair a torn Achilles, Panthers coach Ron Rivera announced this afternoon. Beason injured his le...

Newton Named Panthers' Starter

Remember the axiom that for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction? That may sum up the primary elements in the Carolina Panthers 33-17 loss to Pittsburgh in their pr...

Panthers WR Gettis Tears ACL

David Gettis is out of the competition for the Panthers' No. 2 receiver spot. Gettis, the second-year player who started 12 games as a rookie, tore the ACL in his left knee and is ...

Hurricanes Sign Kaberle for 3 Years

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Tomas Kaberle to a three-year, $12.75 million free-agent contract, general manager Jim Rutherford announced today. To make room for...

Newton to Train With Teammates

Panthers players are organizing informal workouts beginning next week in Charlotte - and the team's No. 1 draft pick plans to attend. Cam Newton, the Auburn quarterback taken firs...

Newton Sleeps With Playbook

Over the past few weeks Cam Newton(notes) has had a constant companion to help ease the tedium of the NFL lockout. The Carolina Panthers’ playbook. Although the No.1 overall ...

Duke's Smith Hurt in Victory

If Duke fails to defend its national championship this spring, the Blue Devils can blame bad toes and bad timing. On the night when the premier point guard Kyrie Irving practiced ...

Carolina Sports News