Crack Open a Tallboy

They may not be crackin' him open, but they're cracking into him.

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Missourian Tyler Hansbrough is not liked, he's kind of hated actually, by opponents' fans. Probably by his opponents too. They yell out everything, including the fact that his dear ol' mawm was once, umm, hot enough to be crowned Miss Missouri. It was a fact not lost on the RFT in Mike Seely's 2004 story about then-high schooler Hansbrough and his brother Ben (who transferred to Notre Dame in April and will play for the Fighting Irish in 2009-2010.)

The Poplar Bluff native became the top scorer in University of North Carolina history on Thursday night in a game against Evansville (UNC went onto beat the University of Evansville Aces by almost 20 points.) 

So naturally, interest in Hansbrough has picked up with this latest accolade.

Hansbrough's style of play is all broken glass and elbows and Pete Rose diving headfirst into Ray Fosse. And he hits jump shots.

Over in SI land, Rick Reilly's column on how everyone seems to hate Hansbrough is the most recent example of renewed interest in the senior. The piece mentions the shit-talk and boos that rain down when UNC plays in the other teams' barn -- and of course, how his mom was Miss Missouri. 

Just wait until he gets to the NBA.




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