Fourth and Long

Published 1:30 pm Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The beginning of the college basketball season combined with an ongoing college football season combined with the end of the NASCAR season combined with what seems like a million public interest stories makes for a difficult time deciding what to write about, so I decided to write about it all.

There has been plenty said in the national media about Penn State and the allegations of rape and the recent public confessions of what is largely viewed as inappropriate behavior surrounding former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

If the allegations are true, if Sandusky raped those boys and if there was a cover up within the university and the football department then I simply don’t see how Penn State football will ever recover and I’m not so certain that they should, immediately at least. Ultimately I want the truth to come out and I hope that someone ensures that it does, regardless of how ugly it may be.

On a different note the NBA still isn’t making any progress toward the start of a season this year. I am going to steal part of a quote from Israel Gutierrez of the Miami Herald as seen on the Sports Reporters when I say…hey NBA, “ya’ big dummy”, losing tens of millions of dollars while fighting for millions of dollars is plain dumb.

College basketball season has officially arrived and it seems that everyone has North Carolina picked to win it all. While they are undeniably superior to all other college basketball teams because they are UNC and that’s just how they roll, I as a fan must admit hat this season’s pool of collegiate basketball talent is the deepest I have seen in quite sometime. There are a lot of teams capable of winning it all this year.

The Quicken Carrier Classic was awesome and I am glad to hear they are going to try to do it every year. My father suggested that they try the same thing on other bases and if it gets the military academies involved as well I think it would be a fabulous idea. I would go watch Air Force and Duke play at Langley Air Force Base (Go Falcons).

I can’t mention Duke without at least congratulating Mike Krzyzewski on passing his mentor and becoming the all time winningest major men’s college basketball coach. He will be remembered as one of the greatest ever despite spending a majority of his career as the second best basketball coach within 8 miles. Now he can feel free to retire.

With the NASCAR season coming to a close and only Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart within range of having enough points to win the championship it certainly makes for what should be an interesting race coming up this Sunday in the Ford 400 in Miami.

Both guys have been racing long enough to make some enemies along the way. I can’t imagine both making it all the way to the end of the race before somebody gets some well timed payback for an earlier altercation. Gotta love it though…NASCAR got a game 7 of the playoffs.


David Friedman is a long-time contributor to Roanoke-Chowan Publishing. A Bertie High School graduate, he and his wife currently reside in Wilmington. David can be reached via e-mail at