Read Thad's lecture

If you missed Inside Carolina's Thad Williamson give an on-campus lecture, "More Than a Game: The History and Significance of Carolina Basketball," Monday evening on the UNC campus, don't worry -- now you can read it. It'll make for some good reading Friday night at the Smith Center as you wait for Late Night to begin ...

Note that if one holds the view that respect for others is part of what makes Carolina basketball great, it also implies that fans should show respect and appreciation for players and coaches as ends in themselves, as opposed to valuing only what they can do for me in terms of providing vicarious pleasure....

Rather, for college sports a conception of seeing the participants according to a logic of friendship is more appropriate: in other words, going to the game not with the idea that "I paid good money for these seats, now entertain me!" but an idea that I am there as a fan to encourage my fellow classmate to do their best, and be delighted when he succeeds and sad when he does not. And my sadness consists not in resentment that I was not entertained, but in sharing in the disappointment that my friend didn't play as well as he could, or did play as well he could but not well enough to get the reward of a victory.

LINK: "More Than a Game: The History and Significance of Carolina Basketball"


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