This is to help me calm down after certain comments made during lunch today. Enjoy kids.
How can you tell if someone has relatively close ties to North Carolina?
Easy. Ask about their opinion on college basketball.
You may find a few diehard NC State fans (bless their little loyal hearts) but the majority will answer with a reply of varying vehemence supporting one of the Tobacco Road schools. If their answer is none of the above then they either do not follow college basketball, are not from here, or are not human in which case you should ignore them.
I kid, I kid.
But seriously, the UNC-Chapel Hill/Duke rivalry is a brutal cult to those uninitiated. To those who grew up with it or go to one of the aforementioned schools, it’s a way of life. “Survival of the fittest” at its best.
My mom, even 21 years after her graduation, is still a devout fan. March Madness was a holiday onto its own in my family where we would all gather at my house and watch the heels make their way to the top. The volume at these gatherings was such that you could stand at the end of the driveway and be able to tell how the game was faring. Hell, my mom has a piece of Carmichael Auditorium on a plaque in the study of our house, next to an autographed Michael Jordan poster.
The students in both cities largely view the other side with distaste. I have never had one of my friends here disagree with my choice to date Eva (who is both white and a mom). Their only possible problem with her? She’s a Duke student/deluded basketball fan. This time I’m not kidding.
So when UNC beats Duke twice (looking for a clean sweep) the city explodes into a celebration rivaling that of a NCAA Championship win. People climbing up street lights only to be foiled by the grease cops applied beforehand, girls flashing strangers for beads, spontaneous keg parties, and a few thousand gathering on Franklin Street chanting the fight song. Craziness.
To close, I’d like to share with you one of the greatest Youtube videos I’ve ever seen. It could be considered a bit NSFW because of language.
It’s that time again folks. My assignment from Mama Kat this week goes as follows:
1.) Tag! Post and write about the 6th picture from (the 6th folder of?) your Flickr account and then do the same for the 6th picture of the 6th folder on your computer.
This is a picture of Dolly posing with Ramses before the last football game against Duke.
I had yet to actually go to one so me, her, and Scarlett met Eva in the Duke section. That was awesome, especially the reactions we got when people noticed we were decked out in UNC paraphernalia.
Duke fan: I think you’re in the wrong section.
Scarlett: No, you just went to the wrong school.
Eva: (head in her hands) I don’t know these people.
Good times indeed.
By the way, we won that game 28-20. GO HEELS!