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Football-Basketball: Which Side Are You On?

This column in the Winston-Salem Journal doesn't tell tell us a lot that Prisbell hasn't already written, but there are two observations I thought were pretty illustrative: (1) the BCS race actually has more clarity than the ACC race right now, and (2) with three weeks left in the regular season, just three teams have been eliminated from championship contention, and one of them is preseason favorite Clemson. What a league.

Meantime, the North Carolina football team remains tied for first place in the Coastal Division with a big game coming up Saturday at Maryland, and it appears the media and fans in Chapel Hill are focused on two things: (1) Is Butch Davis going to take the Tennessee job? and (2) Basketball season is starting.

Apparently conflicts with basketball rear their heads early for Tar Heels fans, when Saturday's hardwood season opener tips off just a half-hour after North Carolina kicks off against Maryland in College Park. Now I understand that the ACC is basketball country and football just doesn't compare (it's taken nine years of being 500 miles from Ann Arbor to understand, but I get it now), but is a hoops opener against Penn really bigger than third-to-last game of the football season for a division contender? If the Maryland basketball team were playing its season opener late Saturday afternoon, which game would you be more interested in?

By Matthew Rennie  |  November 11, 2008; 8:50 AM ET
Categories:  Football , Men's basketball  
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Late season football game vs early season basketball game? No contest, the football all the way. Now if my football team was 2-7, it might be a different story.

Posted by: cbs75 | November 11, 2008 8:58 AM | Report abuse

Much more interested in football. Basketball starts for real after the holidays. Also think most football games have more of an "event" fell to them than most basketball games.

Posted by: erniegogo | November 11, 2008 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Do they play basketball before January? If they do, I could care less. Football is king and is the center of my attention until it's over.

Posted by: croftonpost | November 11, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

It depends on which Maryland football team is playing, the UVA/VA Tech one or the Wake Forest one. Actually some of the women's team early games would be a better choice as they don't carry too many "light weights" even early in most seasons so I might opt for them.

Posted by: miketerp1 | November 11, 2008 11:15 AM | Report abuse

God invented PIP and sports bars for a reason. This is the reason.

Posted by: Lee26 | November 11, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Go Tar Heels !

Prediction:

North Carolina -- 45
Maryland -- 13

I am glad that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | November 11, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

In spending several years of my life in North Carolina, East Carolina is the ONLY football school in that state. Every other school, UNC, Dook, NC State, and Wake Forest will attend a basketball game over a football game any day. Just my observation.

Posted by: rontaylor68 | November 11, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

for argument sake...lets say the hoopsters were not only playing this saturday...but playing a game against Mich St in the preseason tourney or Mich in the ACC/Big East Challenge...a truly meaningful game...

and also stating that i am a bigger terps hoops fan than i am a terps fball fan (though i love both)...i have absolutely ZERO (0) expectations for the hoopsters after the last 4 depressing years...

that said...we're in the hunt for an ACC championship birth in football...these next 3 games will make or break the season...

fball without question!!!!

as i try to ignore the bball team as long as i can...

lets just hope the fball team can keep it going...if they lay down and crap out...its going to be awefully depressing having to turn attention to bball prematurely and without much to look fwd to there...

Posted by: deadskin | November 11, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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