Blue Streak: The Highs, Lows and Behind the Scenes Hijinks of a National Champion

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iUniverse, Mar 25, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 412 pages
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Get ready to board the same roller coaster that the North Carolina Tar Heels rode all the way to the 2009 national championship. Dan Wiederer, who covered the team as a reporter with The Fayetteville Observer, provides an insider’s view of an unforgettable season that included ups, downs, twists, and turns.

From a startling and dispiriting 2008 Final Four loss to Kansas to the blowout defeat of Michigan State in the next year's national title game, you’ll relive record-breaking performances, exhilarating victories and losses that caused panic.

Discover what went on behind closed doors with never-before-told tales from players, coaches, and media members who were there every step of the way. Plus, you’ll read hilarious anecdotes of how the UNC players kept themselves entertained and came together off the basketball court.

In addition to going behind the scenes with the title-winning team, you’ll join Wiederer as he analyzes where its players rank in the pantheon of UNC greats, and you’ll discover the role that former players continue to play at the school. Discover what makes North Carolina basketball so great and relive one of its most unforgettable seasons ever in Blue Streak.

 

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You don't even need to be a North Carolina fan to enjoy this book. The stories about what went on off the court will have you laughing, chuckling and smiling for a long time. I can't help but smile every time I think about how some of the players interacted with and reacted to Erin Andrews. There's enough humor in this book to keep you going for a long time. 

Contents

ILL DO IT IF BOB DOES IT
10
SHOULD THEY STAY OR SHOULD THEY GO?
22
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
38
THATS GOTTA HURT
50
TROPICAL HEAT WAVE
62
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN
70
DANCE PARTY
76
HITTING THE HIGH NOTES
84
TWO DOWN
208
FANTASTIC FOUR
220
WORD UP
232
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
244
SENIOR MOMENTS
254
WHAT HAPPENED IN ATLANTA
270
STARTING FRESH
284
EASY DOES IT
292

RECORD PLAYER
96
THE TALES OF TYLER
106
SWEET HOME CHICAGO
116
THE FIRST STUMBLE
128
THE ANATOMY OF AN UPSET
136
NEXT DAY AIR
150
THE FORGOTTEN 40 MINUTES
160
STEALTH MODE
166
IF THESE WALLS COULD TALK
182
TY GOES TO THE RUNNER
188
ANGER MANAGEMENT
198
TOUGH ENOUGH
302
A SIMPLE PLAN
316
NOW
324
ROLLING THE DICE
332
GOOD ENOUGH TO GET IT DONE
344
FAST AND LOOSE
354
FINAL DESTINATION
366
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
382
APPENDIX
388
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Dan Wiederer is an award-winning sportswriter who has written about ACC basketball since 2004. A lifelong college basketball fan, Wiederer covered his first Final Four in 2005 when his alma mater, Illinois, faced North Carolina for the national championship. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife, Jillian.

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