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The frist ever game to be played on a ship will take place this Friday! The game will be on a Navy carrier on Veterans Day in support of the duties and sacrifices all service men and women give freely to this great country, America. 

The first ever Carrier classic is between, highly favored to win the National Championship, North Carolina and Michigan State.  Needless to say this should be an interesting season for the Spartans. Having lost almost all of their starters and leading scorers from a season ago should lead to a frustrating season for Spartan fans.  But, never count Tom Izzo out. He’s one of the best NCAA coaches and has potential to surprise the doubters, which includes me. 

Let’s take a look at this matchup.  The Tar Heels have a loaded team.  They literally lost just under 10 points per game from a season ago (Justin Knox and Larry Drew II who together averaged 9 ppg).  They also have an incredible freshman class coming into Chapel Hill this season.  With Barnes and Zeller teaching the young guys what it means to be a Tar heel and to lead this team NC fans will have a lot to cheer and brag about.

Now compare that to the Michigan State Spartans. The Spartans had a promising team last season and high expectations but, they didn’t perform well and lost a few games in non-conference play and were slaughtered by a Purdue Boilermaker team that was hosting the College Gameday staff.  On top of that disappointing season the Spartans also lost practically their entire team. Draymond Green returns, which should give some light and hope, to lead this dwindled down group.  The Spartans, in their entire returning class, have a lousy 38% of their scoring returning.  Compare that to the Tar Heels who have 93% of last years scoring coming back. 

With many unanswered questions on this Spartan squad this is not the way I would want to start the 2011-2012 season.  Taking on this tough and favorable North Carolina team could lead to a beat down.  I see the Tar Heels walking away with the first Carrier Classic Trophy: ( Pictured Below). 

 

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Carrier Classic


Many of you have most likely heard the news that Michigan State and North Carolina are committed to playing the first ever basketball game on an aircraft carrier.  For those of you who have not heard, well, now you know.  The game is to be played on November 11, 2011 (aka 11/11/11).  Which, is also Veterans Day. The carrier for the game to be played on is yet to be determined as is the approval from the U.S. Navy.  Both schools have already sent in written commitments to the San Diego Sports Commission. This monumental game will be called the Carrier Classic!

Some may love this idea.  Playing one of America’s greatest past times aboard an aircraft carrier on Veterans Day.  How much more patriotic can you get? I would have to agree if I was in the Navy and I heard two big time college basketball programs were going to be playing on an aircraft carrier I would be praying it was my carrier.  Who wouldn’t want to watch this game? I also think it’s a great idea and will be good for our troops.

However, I’m a little hesitant to say that I “agree” with the idea.  It hasn’t been determined whether or not the game will be played at sea or docked.  With that in mind, if it is at sea where at?  As a Communications major I know it is possible to broadcast an event like this live with the technology present.  I really hope this game is played while the ship is docked though.  I know aircraft carriers are huge ships but people can still get sea sick while at sea.  It’s inevitable.  I wonder how this would effect some of the players and coaching staff and heck even the referees. I’m just afraid that this type of game could be uglier than what most people expect if this game is to be played at sea.

As I said before, I like this idea. I think it will be great for our troops and college basketball and bring some pride back to America and an appreciation for all our current and former servicemen and women.  I’m just worried that the quality of the game that will be played could hurt the image of college basketball.  I don’t believe the damage will be significant but I do see room for criticism after this game is played.