1. NBA Draft 2011: Writers Use Harrison Barnes to Boost Their Readership

    We can see them proliferating before our very eyes. More and more people are speculating about Harrison Barnes and others who could make their announcements today about the 2011 NBA Draft ...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 6,802 reads 16 comments

  2. NBA Playoffs 2011: Phil Jackson, the Greatest Coach of All Time

    Having the temerity of claiming I know how Phil Jackson does it would be absurd. Of course, everyone has an opinion. Yet as the 2011 NBA playoffs begin, we should pay homage to Phil Jackson...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 2,063 reads 61 comments

  3. UNC Tar Heels Basketball: "UCLA of the East" Still Unlikely Even with Barnes

    Tyler Zeller and John Henson have already said they would be back. Harrison Barnes remains up in the air. A stellar freshman and the only freshman pre-season All-American, Barnes could be poised to go to the NBA...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 5,555 reads 31 comments

  4. Men's Golf: Majors, the Waning US Presence and the Good of the Game

    On a day at the 2011 Masters made for soft putts and great shots, Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, part of a huge international contingent, overwhelmed everyone with his sub-par ...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 292 reads 1 comments

  5. Masters 2011: Woods, Mickelson and McIlroy Remind Us of the Human Side of Golf

    If you have not caught the Phil Mickelson piece on TV yet, it is a must-see. So much there you may have forgotten. And the best part of the piece is his relationship with his wife...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 1,449 reads 0 comments

  6. Masters 2011: Why Tiger Was Lucky Coming Up When He Did

    The gallery was silent, as it usually is when someone putts. Rory McIlroy stood over the ball on one of the most difficult puts in this year's Masters. He took the same time, as usual...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 308 reads 12 comments

  7. Masters 2011: Tiger Woods Shows Signs of Revival, but Youth Is Better Than Ever

    Tiger Woods put on a show after a slow start on Friday. He was a winner again, stomping up the leaderboard with the same presence of yesteryear. Fearless, full of confidence. And it could continue...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 341 reads 10 comments

  8. Barry Bonds Trial: Jury Will Refuse To Convict Bonds of Lying about Doping

    In the Barry Bonds trial, a lot has happened. Bonds has maintained his innocence. His alleged dope dealer is back in jail for refusing to testify...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 375 reads 4 comments

  9. 2011 NBA Draft and the UNC Tar Heels Example: Zeller, Henson Stay, Barnes May Go

    Tyler Zeller and John Henson announced yesterday that they will stay in school for another year. Harrison Barnes, however, will take longer to decide. Perhaps another two weeks...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 8,524 reads 35 comments

  10. Masters 2011: Focus and Family Key Ingredients for Woods and Mickelson This Year

    Phil Mickelson won the 2011 Shell Houston Open, where Tiger Woods did not play, by posting a tournament-record score of 20-under par. Tiger Woods lost the Farmers Insurance Open by 15 strokes, placing 44th...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 777 reads 7 comments

  11. 2011 NCAA Final Four: NCAA Final Four Proves the Need for New System

    All the No. 1 seeds were gone. The last No. 1 seeds lost to two teams who were faster. Both Kansas and Ohio State were large but slow...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 604 reads 12 comments

  12. NCAA Tournament Final Four: Go with VCU and Kentucky Starting Upperclassmen

    In the rumble tumble of the Final Four, seniors and juniors win. Sure, you have the occasional missteps by teams that should have won. But the odds say that the teams with more upperclassmen in starting roles win...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 430 reads 1 comments

  13. 2011 NCAA Final Four: The Best College Basketball Coaches in the Modern Era

    It is fine to laud the players every year as we head to the Final Four. You just cannot make it without the horses. Or can you? In any analysis, we are forced to give credit to the coaches to some degree...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 1,626 reads 13 comments

  14. 2011 NCAA Final Four: King Shaka and Shaka Smart Must Be Part of the Same Tribe

    There are few things more important than technical fouls. Simply put, most say that there is a time and place for a coach to get them...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 1,213 reads 1 comments

  15. 2011 NCAA Final Four: Best Coaches in the Game Today May Be the Youngest

    The commentators were bad mouthing Butler and its coach. Butler better be careful because they were in danger of being blown away. Florida's coach Billy Donovan was outthinking his much younger opponent Butler's Brad Stevens ...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 1,610 reads 4 comments

  16. NCAA Bracket 2011: Sean Miller of Arizona Takes Undertaker Role from Coach K

    Despite the smiles on one team's faces toward the end of any college basketball game, there is a funeral sort of atmosphere on most basketball courts where Duke is playing...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 1,526 reads 18 comments

  17. 2011 NCAA Sweet 16: Tar Heels Take on History Against Marquette

    Whatever the outcome of the Marquette Golden Eagles game tomorrow against the UNC Tar Heels, there is no doubt that Marquette's Jerome Whitehead and Butch Lee figure heavily in this year's game...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 1,130 reads 2 comments

  18. Tennis in the US: Association and Industry May Overstate Sport's Popularity

    There continue to be many tennis players in the United States. There are many tennis associations in the US, including the strong USTA. There are reports that the number of high schools with tennis has increased over the recent past...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 3,974 reads 22 comments

  19. 2011 NCAA Basketball Regionals: Which Regional Is Best?

    For most on the West Coast, the first games in the NCAA regionals are too early unless you can skip work. And for everyone other than on the East Coast, you probably cannot get back to your abodes in time to see all of the first games...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 167 reads 1 comments

  20. UNC vs. Marquette Basketball 2011 NCAA Preview: Will Tar Heels Minutes Matter?

    UNC's Tar Heels have a history of deep benches and using all their players in their drive to win NCAA men's basketball championships. This is the team that invented the second five...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 2,470 reads 5 comments

  21. Bruce Pearl Reportedly Fired As Tennessee Basketball Coach for Lying

    In my article on September 16, 2010, I called for the University of Tennessee to fire men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl in light of the disclosures and statements concerning Pearl's lies to NCAA investigators...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 855 reads 10 comments

  22. UNC Basketball: Tar Heels Already Ready for Another National Championship?

    A long year, especially for Tar Heels fans. Overcoming as much diversity as any team, left quickly in the dumps, UNC's basketball team seemed destined for the NIT. Coach Roy Williams was constantly belittled...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 2,117 reads 34 comments

  23. NCAA Basketball Tournament: ACC and Big East Results Show Need for Change

    It would be easy to forgive the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Selection Committee for their selection of so many Big Ten and Big East teams. After all, most had been ranked throughout the season and many remained ranked at the year's end...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 1,275 reads 16 comments

  24. UNC Basketball: Tar Heels' Roy Williams Should Win Coach of the Year Honors

    When Hall-of-Famer Roy Williams coaches his last game at Chapel Hill, people start talking about naming something on UNC's campus for him, and when he retires with a grace surrounding ...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 2,062 reads 25 comments

  25. Roger Federer Loses to Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets at Dubai 500 Final

    Roger Federer gave up after losing 6-3 in the first set. An early break for Novak Djokovic meant an uphill climb that Federer seems to be unable to achieve these days. The match ended similar to other recent losses...

    Cliff Potter Written by Cliff Potter about over 3 years ago 1,412 reads 59 comments