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Tale of Two Cities 

Two good friends were in New Orleans when the Charlotte Hornets officially announced they were applying to the NBA to move there. Being loyal Hornets fans who live in the Charlotte region, they were skeptical about the attractiveness of the Crescent City. But by the time they returned, their tune had changed from bluegrass to Cajun. In addition to understanding the sweetheart financial deal being offered by the city and state, they experienced the allure of the city.

"I can certainly see why Ray and George would want to move to The Big Easy," says Barbara Hollingsworth. She, Pauline Tulson and I came up with these comparisons from their recent trip to New Orleans:

New Orleans
The City That Never Sleeps

Pat O'Brien's piano bar

The Mississippi flows around it

Alcohol flows, well, like the


Authors Anne Rice, Stephen Ambrose,

Truman Capote

The St. Louis Cathedral

2,500 restaurants, most homegrown

and many world famous

Downtown shopping

Preservation Hall jazz

Harry Connick Jr., Fats Domino

and Louis Armstrong

Street performers in the French Quarter

Cafe du Monde

Beignets and pralines

A downtown and an uptown

Riverwalk and The Moonwalk

Trolleys everywhere

Riverboat tours, plantation tours,

cemetery and voodoo tours

Super Bowl host six times and annual

home of Sugar Bowl

Mardi Gras and Music Heritage Festival

Colorful politicians like Huey

"The Kingfish" Long and indicted former

governor Edwin Edwards

Gambling on the Mississippi

Cajun, French and Creole cuisine

The City That Never Wakes.

Pat McCrory's "waffle" shop

Sugar Creek staggers through it

Alcohol flows like Sugar Creek.

Patricia Cornwell once lived here.

The Mary Kay Cathedral

Can you name a dozen distinctive

local eateries?

What's that?

Little preservation, little jazz

Thank heavens we had Loonis McGlohon

The Overstreet Mall

Cafe de Caribou

Krispy Kreme donuts

One area called both

Too few sidewalks

One trolley financially up in the air

Lowe's Motor Speedway tour

Former Shrine Bowl host

Carousel Parade and Center CityFestColorless politicians such as the

City Council and County Commission

Profitable loans on Tryon Street


Women In Sports Day At Davidson

Girls in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to attend a free sports clinic hosted by Davidson College in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day. The clinic is February 9 at 1pm in the college's Belk Arena. There is no pre-registration. Davidson women's basketball coach Annette Watts will speak about the changes in women's sports and the effect they have had on her career as a player and coach. The clinic also will feature student athletes and coaches from the following sports: basketball, lacrosse, field hockey, tennis track and field, swimming and diving, soccer, volleyball and cross country. After the clinic, all participants who would like to attend the 3pm Davidson women's basketball game against Appalachian will be admitted free. Family members of participants age 12 and under also will be admitted free.


How about the new level of grit Jennifer Capriati showed in defeating Martina Hingis for the Australian Open tennis title? Not many players on any level come back from a set and 4-0 down to win. . . The Carolina Panthers' new head coach John Fox turns 47 on February 8. But he won't have long to celebrate, given the work that needs to be done. Refreshingly, the Virginia Beach, VA native brings a visible passion to the game. And, according to a recent story in Newsday, is "wildly popular among his players.". . . It's going to be interesting to see how the Charlotte Sting is run and managed this summer if the Hornets are no longer here. To date, all WNBA teams have been operated by an NBA counterpart in the city where they play. . .After starting 5-5, the Charlotte 49ers men's basketball team won seven of its last eight games through January 26. Tune in the 49ers on ESPN2 against Cincinnati on Wednesday, February 6, but don't get your hopes up too much. Cincinnati was unbeaten (7-0) in Conference USA through January 29 and handily defeated the 49ers earlier this season. But given Charlotte's improved inside play and reduced turnovers, an upset might be in the offing. *

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