FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS
It’s a year that has
special significance for
me mostly stemming from
May 31, three days short of two
months before I was bom.
On that day, Julius Erving,
Moses Malone and the “fo, fo, fo”
Philadelphia 76ers finished off a
sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers,
earning an NBA title.
The championship was the city’s
fifth since 1967 —and the second
for the Sixers in that stretch.
The “Broad Street Bully” Flyers
won two titles in the 19705. Even
the Phillies, the team with the
worst record of any team in any
sport in the 20th century, managed
to win a World Series in 1980.
Since then, however, nothing.
So you can forgive me if I was
feeling more than a little anx
ious heading into Sunday’s NFC
Championship game. Would
Warrick Dunn become inaugu
rated into the Philly Hall of Woe?
I thought there might have been
a spot for him available between
Joe Carter and Joe Jurevicius.
I assumed my position on the
couch same place, same food,
same outfit as last week’s divi
sional win against Minnesota. It
also happened to be the same out
fit that I donned for the last three
NFC Championship clashes —but
fourth time’s a charm, right?
My angst failed to subside
after the Falcons stopped the
Eagles’ attempted fake field goal,
but the Birds’ defense held, and
it’s possible that my yell after
Dorsey Levens powered for a sec
ond-effort touchdown was heard
throughout the 27514 zip code.
Despite the fact that the Eagles
had taken their biggest conference
championship game lead since
the first quarter against Tampa
Bay two years ago, it seemed that
the Falcons had the advantage.
After all, according to the
always brilliant announcing trio
of Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and
Cris Collinsworth, the determin
ing factor in the game was going
to be the wind.
And since the Falcons were set
to gain the wind at their backs in
the second quarter, it appeared
that all the Eagles could do was
hold on for dear life during the
forthcoming Falcon onslaught.
Apparently, then, Philly’s sec
ond-quarter effort was nothing
short of a miracle against the
most brutal of human elements.
The Eagles entered halftime
with a 14-10 lead, and the mar
gin grew to 20-10 after a sloppy
offensive third quarter.
For most fans, a 10-point lead
heading into the fourth quarter
would give cause to relax.
But Philly has not only suffered
through the agonizing failures of
NFC championship games past
but also two of the most memo
rable chokes in sports history.
The Flyers squandered a
three-games-to-one lead to the
New Jersey Devils in the Eastern
Conference Finals in 2000 just as
it seemed that they had conquered
their longtime nemesis. And I have
long heard the lore of the 1964
Phillies blowing a 6-game lead
with 12 games remaining, a col
lapse that people still hesitate to
bring up in normal conversation.
Somehow, though, this was
different. The Eagles’ defense
curtailed Atlanta’s running attack,
and I, along with the 67,717 fans
at Lincoln Financial Field and
millions more elsewhere, could
finally exhale and celebrate.
Maybe this year will be differ
ent. Maybe fans will remember
2005 instead of 1983 or 1960, the
year the Eagles last won the NFL
Regardless of what happens Feb.
6 in the Super Bowl, I will always
remember the day the Eagles final
ly reached the Super Bowl.
Bring on the Patriots. What else
do Philadelphia fans have to lose?
Contact Jacob Karabell
GYMNASTICS UNC 195.10 William & Mary 189.30
NORTH CAROLINA BLOWS PAST THE HURRICANES 87-67
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UNC avenges NCAA
BY MARY DUBY
ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
After ousting the North Carolina women’s
tennis team in the NCAA Regional final last
year, Tennessee came to Cone-Kenfield Tennis
Center and covered the visitor sign on the scor
ing posts with orange signs reading “UT,” as if
laying claim to the courts.
But the Lady Volunteers
couldn’t make good on that
claim Saturday, and No.
15 UNC garnered a hard
fought 5-2 victory, defeat
ing Tennessee for just the
second time since 1986.
“I wouldn’t say we were
season with 2
pumped up because we lost to them last
time," senior Aniela Mojzis said. “Coming
into it, we were just focused because we were
playing a better team and a tougher team and
our first competitive team.... This is a very
scrappy team, you have to fight. You know
they’re going to fight to the end. We have to
SEE TENNIS, PAGE 9
MEN'S TENNIS UNC 7 N.C. A&T 0
UNC splits weekend matches
BY DAN SCHWIND
For the North Carolina wrestling team,
this weekend might have seemed like deja
vu all over again.
The Tar Heels faced Virginia and
Nebraska both rematches from last
weekend’s Virginia Duals.
And in both match
es, the results were
remarkably similar as
the Tar Heels defeated
the Cavaliers on Friday
25-12 before getting
drubbed by the No. 7
Cornhuskers 34-7 on
in tight match
With the victory against Virginia (3-6),
UNC (3-3) improved to 2-0 in the ACC.
“I’m happy we came out so strong,”
said junior Evan Sola. “It showed that we
were in better shape and we were better
The Tar Heels, led by sophomore Bobby
Shaw and freshmen Isaiah Britton and
Chris Ramos, won the first four bouts to
jump to a 15-0 lead.
“We came out and wrestled well,” Shaw
said. “We really wanted to take it to them.”
The Cavaliers briefly rallied, cutting
UNC’s lead to 15-12, including a pin by
Cavalier freshman Rocco Caponi.
But the Tar Heels responded, winning
the last three bouts, including a 13-5 major
decision by sophomore David Dashiell, to
close out the 25-12 victory.
“I was very happy,” said head coach C.D.
Mock. “We did a really great job and came
out and fought real hard.”
Saturday was a different story for
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North Carolina s Spencer Nadolsky (black) is swept off his feet by Nebraska's Mitch
Manstedt in UNC's 34-7 loss Saturday. Nadolsky lost 3-2, ending his 5-match win streak.
The Tar Heels started the afternoon off
strong, with wins by Shaw and Sola to take
an early 7-0 lead. But Nebraska scored 34
unanswered points to win the match.
“It was like our heads weren’t cut in,”
Sola said. “We just didn’t look alive. We
looked like we wrestled scared.”
The Cornhuskers (14-1-1) won the last
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JANUARY 24, 2005
WOMEN'S SWIMMING Virginia 179 UNC 119
BY BRIAN MACPHERSON
Don’t try to tell the North Carolina players they
don’t know an effective strategy when they see it.
One week after watching Wake Forest repeat
edly draw fouls and convert on free-throw oppor
tunities, No. 6 North Carolina pounded the ball
inside against a smaller Miami team and reaped
the rewards with an 87-67 victory Saturday at the
“We just tried to attack them
as much as possible, get them
in foul trouble,” said center
Sean May, who scored 17 points
in perhaps his most dominant
performance of the season.
“Anytime you get their best
rebounders out of the game, it
puts a stop on their team.”
May’s bruising play in the
paint he grabbed 15 rebounds
in the game had an additional
consequence beyond points on
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It forced William Frisby and Anthony King, the
Hurricanes’ only two starters taller than 6-foot-2,
into early foul trouble and created a parade of Tar
Heels to the foul line in the first half.
North Carolina (16-2, 5-1 in the ACC) took
advantage of its opportunities, sinking 17 of 19 shots
from the charity stripe in the first half.
“We’re making guys pay,” said guard Melvin
Scott, who finished with seven points in 14 minutes
SEE BASKETBALL, PAGE 9
BY DANIEL MALLOY
With time winding down in the first half of
Saturday’s game, North Carolina point guard
Raymond Felton was fouled at the top of the key
as he passed the ball, and the official blew the play
The ball bounced to Rashad McCants, and the
junior swingman nailed an uncontested, meaning
less three-pointer from the right wing.
McCants shrugged his shoulders and shook his
head, staying in the same spot while Felton shot
his free throws.
It was the only shot McCants made in the first half,
as he was held scoreless for the first 20 minutes.
Fast forward to 14 minutes and 20 seconds remain
ing in the second half. Felton once again found
McCants, this time well behind the top of the key.
He hoisted a high arcing shot that fell through
the net for his eighth point of the half.
SEE MCCANTS, PAGE 9
eight bouts in the win, including three
pins in that span.
Shaw said he was disappointed by how
the team responded to Nebraska, espe
cially after the Tar Heels had battled to
a 26-12 loss to the Cornhuskers the week
SEE WRESTLING, PAGE 9