McSweeney also had a momentous start: He scored 20 points in the first half as the varsity routed the Cavs. But he took an elbow in the eye and had to come out of the game. "That night might have been the most exciting of my career," McSweeney tells me. "Basketball down there...you got emotionally involved very quickly."
We all come back, of course. Bryan McSweeney Jr. is a senior forward at Stanford who will play in Chapel Hill on Nov. 28. "I'll be there," says his father. "I asked Dean who I should root for. Dean said, 'If I had a son playing, I know who I'd root for.' "
Sons and daughters. Wake Forest opens the season that same night against Richmond. You'll get involved. You'll remember it. I promise. And I know who I'll root for, at least until Jan. 25. That's when Wake plays the Tar Heels. The game is there at your place. Maybe you and I....
Whoops! Your sister Chelsea just smeared finger paint all over your beloved, practically life-size Betty Boop doll, the one I promised to guard with my life. Gotta go.