Mandy Mitchell

The Mitchell Report: Blah final game and expensive water

Posted April 6, 2014

Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.


Final Four

I'll first get this out of the way. Yes I went to Florida. Yes I am bummed  my Gators are not going to win a national title. Now, I want to discuss the Final Four as a pure basketball fan, not with Gator glasses. The games have been outstanding. Kevin Ollie put together a great game plan and beat a very good Florida team. The Wisconsin and Kentucky game was great and competitive to the end. However, I really do not like how this season is ending. I hope it doesn't drive the casual college basketball fan away. I've already had to argue with some of my friends who say this year's championship game "proves" the regular season doesn't matter. As a college basketball fan, I know it's not always this way, but I don't like when it works out to be two hot teams that got hot at the right time. I want a game in January to mean something. Fact is, Kentucky lost to South Carolina on March 1st. The Wildcats are now playing for a national title. It's been a crazy season and it's hard to get excited about this ending.

Royal Water

This may be my favorite story of the week. The Royals are selling $20 bottles of water. The claim is that the water comes from the fountains in the outfield. The obvious question is, how would one prove this? That being said, I am absolutely certain people will buy the water. The Canes should really adopt this model and just say it's "melted game used ice".

Did you see that?

One of the craziest moments of baseball opening week was when Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his leg while catching the ceremonial first pitch. I've watched this at least 10 times and I still can't figure out how that happened. Baylor needed a four hour surgery to fix his leg. Ouch!

Worth Reading

**How much does it cost to propose at a baseball stadium? Find out here. I was interested to learn some ballparks do not allow proposals. If you are a guy thinking of doing this...don't.

**Neat story about the injured former Tar Heel pitcher and a game he pitched several years ago.

**Chase Elliott gets his first Nationwide win. Here's a great look at how his Dad, Bill, taught him to enjoy the sport.


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  • Doc Holliday Apr 8, 2014

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    Impressive run by UConn, heck of a job by their coach. Would like to see a 2 year requirement though. It's not like baseball where guys spend years in the minors. These guys can jump to the NBA immediately. What's one more year at the college level?

  • tcoutouzis Apr 8, 2014

    I don't agree. Honestly, those games in January do mean something because every team is playing to make the NCAA tournament. Both teams had pitfalls during the season, but when it mattered the most they galvanized as a team and put on a run. To me, that shows character when your team can come together at the right time and beat all the higher seeded teams in their bracket. Even though I am not fond of Calipari, he did a great job of coaching to get his team together and make a championship run. Personally I like watching underdogs make a run and play for a national title. Remember Butler?

  • dickle Apr 8, 2014

    Mandy I don't see a post w/ this info, so you've probably seen/heard by now that last night's final game had the largest TV audience ever. So there!

  • packguy Apr 8, 2014

    The regular season did mean something, Mandy. Kentucky and UConn were seven and eight seeds and had tough games the whole way. Florida had the easier road and still couldn't get it done. And by the way this is Raleigh, which in 1983 saw a team "get hot at the right time" and beat a heavily favored Houston team. Better not step on those toes...

  • vt94hokies Apr 7, 2014

    Mandy. Please write more articles on here. Tudor's stuff is wearing old now.

  • Obamacare returns again Apr 7, 2014

    I hate both these teams and won't watch 1 minute of this garbage.

  • vt94hokies Apr 7, 2014

    I too hate that Florida lost. However, the games have been really competitive since the sweet 16. And all of these teams are playing with great emotion, hustle, and desire. Pulling for UConn tonight.

  • jhigman1960 Apr 7, 2014

    Wow! Where does one begin to dissect this corpse of a blog? Don Baylor has cancer that weakens his bones, which is how he broke his leg. And ripping the championship game makes no sense because this is why college basketball is great. Anyone can win the tournament if they get hot and has the right matchups. UConn was a bad matchup for Florida. And, to Silverwolf's comments about Ms. Mitchell being a "biased sports writer," a correction as she is not a sports writer biased or otherwise. Biased TV news reader perhaps toward the SEC or ACC but not a sports writer.

  • jmcdow2792 Apr 7, 2014

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    You are correct.
    It is a matter of perceived status. Most (if not all) public venues have drinking water fountains and despite the nay sayers, public water systems are higly regulated and safe. The state of technical sophistication today is such that the source of a water probably could be determined rather easily if it really made any difference.

  • lewiskr45 Apr 7, 2014

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    Well when teams typically don't allow food or drinks to be brought in, bringing in cheaper stuff is impossible.




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