Five things we learned
Five things we learned while feeling lame about taking our laptop into a sports bar:
So I asked North Carolina's Hansbrough today about how he responded when he made his first all-national SI cover earlier this month. "At first I didn't really tell anybody," he told me. "But then when it came out, all of the sudden I got tons of calls. It seemed like around 30 or 40 texts from all my friends and some people I hadn't even talked to in a long time. It's a big deal, but I don't think it's something you realize until you're actually on there."
Hansbrough's response was a bit different from the one McCants had when he made SI's national cover for our season-preview issue. "When Rashad was on the cover we were flying to Santa Clara, and we had to hit two airports because we flew commercial," says a UNC insider. "Rashad went into the newsstand and just stood there until the people next to him looked at him. Then at the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley he comes downstairs and throws a copy of it on the coffee table in the lobby and then sat behind it on the couch until people walked by."
Classic McCants. (I still remember bumping into McCants on the floor in St. Louis after UNC won the 2005 title, and the first thing he said to me wasn't about the championship or his teammates or even his own performance. It was this: "
Which brings us to the latest edition of...
Speaking of McCants, he's the first of the newest batch of links to some of our favorite stories that have now been revived from mothballs in the just-released SI Vault:
• McCants never liked the media much in his three-year Carolina career, which is why I'm still stunned that he was willing to spend nearly three hours
• A few readers over the years have wondered if they could see my 2003 story on the spread of the Princeton offense.
• I could write a novella about the backstory behind the
• I've been thinking a lot these days about Miami (Ohio) coach
Enjoy the games!