Some people will see an image of Barry Jacobs' Fan's Guide To UNC Basketball 2012-13 on the front page of DBR and think we've gone over. Not at all.
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When we conceived of this Fan's Guide project for Duke, State and UNC, we came to it, obviously, as Duke fans. But this is true for us, and we're guessing for possibly most other Duke fans as well: while we follow Duke very, very closely, we follow UNC nearly as closely. We talk about their games in the same conversations as Duke's ("Man, that was some game in Cameron. Did you see UNC's game?") State's not far behind.
Duke fans always keep one eye on what's happening over there, just as UNC fans keep an eye on what's happening over in Durham. It's just the way things work around here.
So while we were working on the magazines, we really read the UNC articles closely. We had long respected the 1993 UNC team because, as Art Chansky points out, it was a team which was truly greater than the sum of its parts.
We appreciated Eddy Landreth's take on the talent lost to the NBA last season - and how UNC can deal with it.
We were really fortunate to get an interview with Roy Williams, whose surgery was scheduled for the morning Barry Jacobs was originally scheduled to speak to him. You see a different side of a man after he faces his own mortality. He talks about losing his parents and his family history of cancer. And this was before his other kidney was cleared.
He talks, movingly, about Dean Smith slipping away. It's not your typical coachspeak interview. For UNC fans, for ACC fans, really, it's a different look at Ol' Roy.
Just all in all, it's got more UNC-centric information than anything you'll find on the newsstands. We really only touched on a few things and didn't even get into Barry's careful analysis.
For Heels fans, Triangle fans and ACC fans in general, this publication, like the Duke and State versions, are the best. You won't find anything else that comes close.
We hope you buy it; we're sure you'll enjoy it.