Friday Five: On The ‘Canes Clinch, #ChampsReturn, and ‘Shazam!’

1. Hurricanes Back in the Playoffs 10 years. That's how long this area has waited for its NHL franchise to return to the playoffs - and it finally happened on Thursday night. By virtue of a 3-1 win against New Jersey and Montreal's 2-1 defeat to Washington, there will finally be playoff hockey in Raleigh [...]

Friday Five: On Pack Men’s Swimming At NCAAs, A Hoops Season Recap, And Wolfpack Women Still Dancing

1. Pack Men's Turn in Austin The N.C. State Men's Swimming and Diving team is competing at the 2019 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas this week. The Pack has already earned some hardware in just two days of competition. Highlighted by the team of Andreas Vazaios, Coleman Stewart, Jacob Molacek, and Justin Ress earning silver [...]

My Friday Five: On A Concert Cancellation, A New ‘AGT’ Champ, And Recapping The Bulls Season

1. Thoughts on a Concert Cancellation

Hurricane Florence wreaked havoc throughout North Carolina, from real damage to shifting around countless events. One such event that piqued my curiosity was Niall Horan’s concert at Coastal Credit Union Park at Walnut Creek on Monday. Horan announced via social media on September 14 that the show was being cancelled, which really came as no surprise. What is a bit surprising is the show was never rescheduled. In my experience, most shows that are affected by weather or whatnot are eventually rescheduled. This show? No reschedule whatsoever.

My Friday Five: On Nike, Kavanaugh Hearings, And #ReadABookDay

1. Nike

The first of two appreciation posts goes to Nike. The sportswear brand announced a new “Just Do It” camapaign featuring Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who (wrongly) received much ire for kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of racial discrimination that still exists in our country.

My Friday Five: On Honoring A Hero, An Update From Last Week, And A Bulls Repeat

1. Honoring John McCain

John McCain - hero, servant, patriot. It was extremely saddening to hear of his death. Although he was not perfect (none of us are), nor did I agree with his politics, I still respected him. Frankly, I believe he was one of the few good people left in our political culture. John McCain will truly be missed.

My Friday Five: On Friends, ‘Code Black’ & A Stranger Things Night Recap

1. Musings on Being a True Friend

I wanted to kick things off on this Friday with something that has been on my mind a lot as of late. A reminder, if you will, to not only be kind to your friends but be a true friend as well. If you’re a real one, don’t just come around when you need something and act like everything is all hunky-dory. Ask the person how he or she is doing. If you haven’t talked in a while, see what’s new in the person’s life. Offer to meet with them for lunch or offer to hang out. It really goes a long way.