Wake Forest Basketball’s Day In The Sun

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 7, 2013

Wake Forest University basketball fans have slogged through some tough years recently, making Saturday’s stunning upset of No. 2 Miami all the more satisfying. The Deacons, if not exactly back, are well on their way to respectability. They didn’t merely beat Miami; they thumped the Hurricanes 80-65.
Maybe we can drop the tag line “embattled” from the description of Coach Jeff Bzdelik. The lynch mob has disbanded. The team is 12-14 at present, still among the bottom tier of teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference but no longer the occupant of last place. After watching the Deacs struggle through pain of a couple of dismal seasons, it’s nice to see the team competitive in nearly every game. They aren’t pushovers. Wake is a powerful 10-4 when playing at home. Once the team learns to play outside Winston-Salem, other teams are going to have their hands full.
Good for them.
If patience is a virtue, there are plenty of virtuous Wake Forest alumni who stayed with the rebuilding program when others would have sacked the coach.
There is a losing team in every game. That means about half the teams have losing seasons. With a late season surge, Wake can turn itself into a winner.

Hollywood Visits Here

Michael Landon Jr. and his film crew are back making another TV movie. They spent the weekend at the Lassiter Mill in Clemmons. They have scouted Bert Bahnson’s barn in Farmington, and they have filmed in Winston-Salem.
A little bit of Hollywood dazzle is a nice thing.

March Arrives As Winter
Threat Of Snow Lessens

March is upon us, and the chance of a crippling snow grows dimmer with each day. Few are complaining. True to forecast, it has been a rather wet winter, but the rain has been accompanied often by temperatures just above freezing to keep it from turning to snow.
We’ve been lucky — or not, depending on whether you’re trying to sell snow sleds.
The truly lucky ones own car wash businesses. When the brine trucks are out, every car gets covered whether it …