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Observations from Charlotte

Jack McClinton could have handled his frustrating afternoon much differently Thursday. McClinton, who was held to a season-low 8 points for the fourth time this season in Miami's 63-50 win over N.C. State, could have started chucking them up in the second half. But that's just not him.

Miami's leading scorer really doesn't care what his final stats are as long as his team wins. I know its cliche. We've heard this from other stars before. But how many times do you see the star of a team, a First Team All-ACC selection settle with only taking six shots in an important game? The truth is, McClinton's attitude is about as important to this team as the three-point shots he buries late in games.

"I think the key is Jack knew they were on him and Jack isn’t a selfish player," James Dews told me in happy, yet calm UM lockerroom after the game. "Jack knew they were on him tough so he tried to get the ball in the post, pass the ball around. I think we’re a deep enough team he doesn’t have to worry about that."

Look for McClinton to bounce back tomorrow. He told me he was happy he could "take a break" from carrying the scoring load Thursday. Virginia Tech has already given some good motivation. Freshman guard Malcolm Delaney, who grew up in the same neighborhood with McClinton in Baltimore, texted him shortly after UM lost to Florida State Saturday. "He said 'Thanks for the bye,'" McClinton said. "I guess you could say I really want to beat Virginia Tech."

There's no question the Hurricanes are sort of the media darlings here in Charlotte -- especially after being picked by the same group to finish last in the conference. They've been getting plenty of attention up here from the press -- especially Jack, who I overhead lay this gem of a quote on how he draws his motivation.

"Everyday I’m still trying to prove somebody wrong," McClinton told a reporter who then asked him which critics he's trying prove wrong. "Somebody is that guy standing in the corner. The peanut guy. Somebody is saying something, about the team. They’re probably saying something about me too. But as long as we win they can’t say anything about us. I love playing with a chip on my shoulder."

ON ANOTHER NOTE... Got to say I was a bit disappointed with some of the treatment I received down here in Charlotte. I went out with a couple of other reporters wearing jeans, a hooded sweat shirt and some sneakers and was almost denied access to a regular restaurant. The bouncer told me he would "cut me a break" and allow me in with a hoodie. Then, in the middle of dinner, I noticed three other guys wearing a hooded sweat shirt. That wasn't the worst part though. We hit a bar downtown and were forced to pay a $5 cover where we found out 10 minutes later a yodeler -- yes this dude was yodeling -- would get on stage and drive us out. Here's to hoping tonight goes better!

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Jorts and Yodeling in the same day? What a day Manny! Do me a favor and ask the boys to be a little safer with those passes and practice inbounding the ball before VaTech. Hate the hokies!

Go Canes!

HMMMMM, JUST WONDERING, YOUR HOODED SWEAT SHIRT DIDN'T HAPPEN TO HAVE.......UHHHH, JUST GUESSING A BIG OLE U ON IT, DID IT? YOU NO DEM COUNTRY FOLK DON'T TAKE TO KINDLY TO YOU CITY FOLK ALL UP IN DEY BIZNIZ NA.

VOTE SABASTIAN #1 MASCOT.C-A-N-E-Shttp://www.easports.com/ncaa09/home.jsp

Hey Manny,
As a UM alum that lived in charlotte for a few years, expect the uptown entertainment to be pretty lame. Skip places like forum and sunset club (they try to hard). Cans & Stool Pigeons are typical Carolina bars but at least they're laid back and no one yodels...unless things have gone terribly wrong since i've left...

manny keep it 305

Navarro -- you are paid for your words...and knowledge

So try to understand --- wearin a hoodie in Baltimore makes you look like an extra on the Wire...or a thug waitin for arraignment.

Wear a frigging collared shirt, stop whinning and enjoy your comp'd crabcakes for crying out loud --

enjoy the Canes manana beating Seth's "America's team" BS...and please post often...

get it...got it...CANES

Sorry --- Charlotte...
The Queen City --- should tell you a LOT

Manny, get a tie.

Manny welcome to rest of America where they actually voted Bush into office - TWICE! It's really sad to say that the majority of America is a bunch of naive rednecks that think they're better than everyone else!

On a good note, GO CANES! Hope they keep it up. Every win gives them a better seeding in the dance.

darCANEgel - Queen City is actually Cincinnati, OH.

They may call Cincinnati, OH the Queen City but they call Charlotte the same thing. So darCANEgel is right. Grew up in NC all my life and it was called the Queen City. Manny, in NC and Charlotte they are not going to react negatively toward the CANES. Remember the state of NC is a basketball state not a football state so the animosity toward the CANES will be low. Also, I bet the other guys wearing the hooded sweatshirts were let in after they let you in. The Yodeling is unexplicable. Anyway, go CANES!!

Manny they must of thought you were a imigrant worker. They think all hispanics are Mexicans up there. If you get back to the hotel and you see burning crosses and fellas on horses wearing white. Run!! Keep repn the 305.

manny, are you "the guy in the black shirt" Shandel said stunk up the Media area?

Manny...the Mexican comment someone made is totally true...wear a collared shirt...if not a collar will be arranged for you.

I just moved from Charlotte, and its an ok town, The thing is that there is a lot of anti hispanic sentiment out there. Down their a lot of people think all hispanics are illegal, drunk, uneducated, and a part of a gang. Again this is not everyone, but you will notice it as your out and about especially, around more upscale trendy places.

Manny were you hanging out with Shandel last night?

same experience from him on his blog!

Yo, Manny try this bar in Uptown Charlotte called CANS. It's a good place to chill and watch the games. Or go to Cosmos, my girls brother works there and he'll hook you up!!

HEY MANNY, DID YOU GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO FREQUENT ANY OF THE FINE GENTLEMEN'S CLUBS OUT THERE? APPARENTLY WHEN I MENTIONED COCO'S,CLUB ROLEXX, AND BOOTLEGGERS IN THE OTHER BLOG, A FEW OF YOUR POSTERS TOOK THAT TO MEAN A "STRIP CLUB". SO THAT'S WHY I HAD TO REPHRASE MY QUESTION WITH "GENTLEMEN'S CLUBS". HOPE NO ONE GETS OFFENDED, AND IF SO, MY SINCEREST APOLOGIES, SORRY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH THE OTHER POSTERS MANNY, I GUESS THIS ELLIOT SPITZER THING MUST HAVE THEIR BOXERS IN A BUNCH (NO PUN INTENDED). GOSH MANNY, THE WAY THEY REACTED, YOU'D THINK THEY'D NEVER SANG ALONG TO T-PAINS HIT SONG "I'M IN LOVE WITH A STRIPPER". AT LEAST I HAD THE DECENCY TO SAY DANCER. MAN, SOME OF THESE FOLKS ON HERE NEED TO EASE UP.

WHILE IT IS TRUE THAT MANNY MAY LOOK HISPANIC, HE DOESN'T LOOK LIKE ANY HISPANIC NOW. I MEAN, IF YOU LOOK AT MANNY LOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG ENOUGH, HE ALMOST,SLIGHTLY,KIND OF,AND SORT OF, LOOKS LIKE RICKY MARTIN. LIVIN' LA VIDA LOCA BABEEEEEEEEE!

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