February 4, 2004

point out the assist

2/4/04

I have to keep this short tonight, as I am getting up at the crack of dawn to drive to North Carolina for the Dook game. I must tell you, however, that I met one of my few living idols today: Dean Smith came to Manhattan for an intimate (40 people) taping of CenterStage on the Yes Network, and we were all there. I can't begin to tell you how much this man has meant to me over the years - and not in the way that college basketball coaches typically hold sway over a fan base - but I'll leave it until tomorrow to make my case.

Either way, I'm so happy to have finally met the man. He said Tessa's smile was great. YAY!

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Coach Smith, Lindsay and me today on 57th Street (Tessa told me to tell you she took the picture)

Posted by irw at February 4, 2004 10:08 PM
Comments
Posted by: Greg at February 5, 2004 5:50 AM

Congrats! He is a great man and it's cool you got to be in that intimate a setting with him!

Posted by: steph at February 5, 2004 6:06 AM

that is SOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOLL!!!! Coach looks great!

Posted by: chip at February 5, 2004 6:10 AM


I really only have two sports heroes....Roger Staubach and Dean Smith...and since it turns out that Roger is close friends with Dubya, Dean moves ahead...Go Dean...Beat Dook!!!

Posted by: Caroline Waddell at February 5, 2004 6:34 AM

Speaking of the Duke game, "Ian Williams' insider's guide to hating Duke" circa 1990, is featured today in the Daily Tar Heel - chosen b/c the DTH editorial staff judged "its thematic content remains relevant."
http://www.dailytarheel.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2004/02/05/402245a29bc3e

Posted by: jon at February 5, 2004 6:34 AM

Shameless self-promotion alert:
Ian - We shot an interview with Coach Smith back in October that will be airing on our CSTV "Coach" series about a gajillion times, starting Feb. 15. Though I had met Coach briefly many times as a student working in sports information -- handing him a stat sheet and so forth (or the time he held the door for ME, entering the SMITH Center), it was the first time I ever really got to talk to him as a "grown-up." What a great, great guy in all respects. Probably missed his true calling as a minister. And to Chip's post, most definitely NOT a Bush fan -- when I agreed with him about a certain political point he was making off-camera, he said "Oh that's right, I knew you were a good Tar Heel."

I was also present for interviews with Larry Brown and Roy about Coach. (Paraphrased samples - Roy: "I try to do everything the way Coach would do it." Larry: "I try to do everything the way Coach would do it.")

I haven't been involved in putting the show together since then though, but I think they also got an interview with Vince, and maybe others. Though not on in many places yet, CSTV IS available on DirecTV channel 610, which you-all have up at the farm. Here's the link for show dates and times: http://www.cstv.com/tvschedule.htm?seriesSel=COACH

Since CSTV hasn't yet issued their press release about the Coach Smith episode, I'll wait to mention the REALLY interesting twist about the show -- but call me and I'll fill you in.

Oh, and Go Heels.

Posted by: Megan at February 5, 2004 6:53 AM

I'm so jealous! He's my hero, too.

Posted by: Bud at February 5, 2004 8:59 AM

All I can say is WOW! Lucky you.

Coach Smith looks great. Nice photo, Tessa.

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