Charlottesville aided by thoughtful sports community

We are, as a society, too invested in sports. Otherwise even-keeled men and women lose the ability to control emotions or think rationally when it comes to their favorite teams. We know this. We just can’t help it. There’s positive and negatives to this quirk of human nature. We do crazy things and overreact. My…

Charlottesville, University of Virginia Will Forever Be Changed

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Mid-morning, the line for brunch at Bodo’s on Emmett Street stretched out the door, smiling customers casually chatting while waiting for an everything bagel with deli egg. This was just a mile down the road from the Grounds of the University of Virginia, where hours earlier White Nationalists marched with torches and…

100 THINGS TO FOLLOW IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2017-18, 11-15

The Open Man College Basketball 100 continues. If you missed Part 1, check it out here. Every Thursday until tip-off of the 2017-18 college basketball season, The Open Man is counting down storylines. Part 2 dives into the SEC, top recruiting classes and NCAA Tournament dreamers. 11. SEC: It Just Means More? John Calipari restored…

100 Things to Follow in College Basketball 2017-18, 1-10

Today marks 100 days until the tipoff of the 2017-18 college basketball season. If you have made it this far, you deserve a can of Coke and hearty pat on the back, as the offseason is more than halfway complete. To commemorate this milestone in the arduous march back to basketball, The Open Man offers…

Hey, Remember When Doug Gottlieb Was An OSU Coaching Candidate?

It's weird to envision an alternative timeline in which on this fine, August Tuesday, Doug Gottlieb is catching his breath after an exhaustive few weeks scouting talent on the AAU circuit. That's less oxygen being emitted on trashy hot takes, of which sports media has no shortage. Much of it comes from the various Fox…

Potential New Arenas Give The NCAA Tournament Reason to Love Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia has a population of more than 8 million, a number that’s steadily climbed for decades and ranks 12th in the United States. There are three metro areas with more than a million residents, five with more than a quarter million and 10 greater than 100,000. The state is home to two…

Throwback Thursday: The Evolution of NBA Summer League

Immediately following the final session of 2016 Pac-12 football media days, a friend packed into my Toyota Prius and we hit the road for Las Vegas. We're no rookies to the Southern California-to-Las Vegas drive, but this was the first expedition we were making specifically to see rookies. Basketball replaced the usual Sin City M.O.…