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BTP The Offseason, Day 19: What’s all this then

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Ye Old Fighting Cocks Inn, St Albans, Hertfordshire, 1937. Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

Enjoy this brief story from David Thompson’s first semester at NC State, when he was feeling a little overwhelmed by the college experience, just like the rest of the freshman class.

Of course, he was just slightly different from the other freshmen, on account of his otherworldly basketball talent. Already he was proving unguardable, at that point averaging 39.5 points per game for the freshman squad. It’s silly that he had to play for the junior varsity when he was so much better than everyone else at that level, but I bet those were some incredible games to watch.


Above, the famous Ye Old Fighting Cocks Inn in England.

Ye Old Fighting Cocks Inn, St Albans, Hertfordshire, 1937. Octagonal pub originally known as The Round House, said to be the oldest pub in England. It dates from the 1530s and Sir Walter Raleigh is said to have stayed here.

It’s still there. It is no longer possible to watch cock fights on the premises, however.