CWS: I'm finished picking against the Heels

By Mark Etheridge - June 21, 2006

I'm done. No more picks against North Carolina. If they play the Chicago White Sox next week, I'm picking the Heels. All year long, people have doubted them. Skeptics pointed out the program's lack of quality postseason wins. People railed on their schedule, their coaching, their defense, and their focus.

This team has shown none of that matters. They've gotten clutch hits, made key defensive plays, and gotten the outs they needed. They've had different players emerge as heroes. They've beaten quality teams like Alabama (on the road), Clemson, and Cal State Fullerton.

And who said nice guys finish last. Coach Mike Fox is as nice as it gets in the coaching profession. And he is playing for a championship Saturday. He is a guy people pull for, even if they really don't have a rooting interest in the outcome.

They may still lose, but I am not picking against this team that keeps proving people wrong.

Posted by Mark Etheridge at 11:23 PM on June 21, 2006
Comments (1)


Picking UNC over the White Sox may be a bit 'over the top'! Maybe you were so busy watching the CWS that you failed to see the last two games between the Sox and the Cards. Anyway, it's great to see a team like UNC 'defy the odds'. I hope they get to face Rice...and beat um.

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