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  • shwineka 2:34 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beat dook, , chapel hell, Chapel Hill, cry-o-whine-a, , , duke sucks, , NC State, NCSU, pastel pansies, Raleigh, rival, Rivalry, Tar Heel, Tar Hole, , , UNC > Duke, UNX   

    Never Argue with a State Fan 

    The other day I did something that I have done before, but regret every time.

    Now, before your mind starts wandering, I’ll just tell you. I commented on an online message board that was mostly an argument between UNC and NC State fans.

    Now these types of things don’t keep me up at night. I don’t suddenly think about the perfect comeback I should have used, or a relevant fact I forgot to point out indicating that Carolina is superior – which it is.

    No, when I post on these message boards it just frustrates me because I can’t believe I spent valuable time posting on them. I try to take a high-level approach. I try to just state something I’m confident about. Perhaps something like, “Yeah, UNC lost to State this year in football, but we beat Va. Tech and Miami and are heading to a bowl game. I’m OK with that.”

    Here’s where the trouble starts.

    Sure I said I’m “OK” with losing to State if UNC has a good season. Sure some might even take that as a Tar Heel admitting that yeah, UNC lost to State and that sucks, but hey I’m a fan and glad that UNC had a good season.

    No, no, no, sir. These are NC State fans we’re talking about.

    I have entered myself into their arena. I have been thrown to the wolves — pun intended. I have subjected myself to the rantings of fans whose sole purpose in life is to rebuke me, no matter how indifferent I am to their irrelevant school in West Raleigh.

    I let them know this, of course, already hating myself for continuing this charade. I don’t really care if they think they’re our rival. I really don’t.  But for some reason I find the need to say something to the effect of “You are not our rival. Duke is.”

    This is probably the single worst thing you can say to a State fan.

    That’s when the name calling starts. I think the average N.C. State fan tries to come up with a new nickname for UNC every day. I’ve heard many: Pastel Pansies, Cry-o-whine- uh,  UNX (which I’ve only seen online and am still not sure what it means), Chapel Hell and my personal (and most State fans’) favorite, the Tar Holes. They’ll also send you pictures like this:

    I’m sure an NCSU student somewhere happily spent hours on that picture.

    Anyway at this point, the State fans are in defense mode in regards to why they are UNC’s true rival, and you will not hear any coherent argument, just their tried and yet untrue platform. Yeah, we’re both public schools, and yeah, both schools have mostly in-state students. But no, you are not our rival. You will never be our rival. There is a sacred rivalry on Tobacco Road, and the road leads to Durham.

    They will not understand this. They’ll call you classless, though Dean Smith wrote the book on class. They’ll call you dumb, when many UNC freshmen also got into State and chose otherwise, as the joke goes. They’ll even insist that their gross, blocky, modern-looking bell tower is prettier than yours.

    But mostly, they’ll say that they are your rival. It’s at this point that I once again realize the terrible mistake I’ve made by joining the discussion and go about my business doing something else.

    I’ll check the board again to see what the State fans are saying about the Tar Hole who mysteriously stopped commenting on the message board.

    “He’s a pastel pansy! He went to cry-o-whine-a to his mommy!”

    Then I glance over all my “Beat Dook!”  and “UNC > Duke” and “Duke Sucks!” memorabilia, and I get this warm sensation.

    I’ll sleep well tonight.

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  • shwineka 10:33 am on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Biscuit Briefs, , Bojangles, , , Chapel Hill, , DB Camps, , , Dewey Burke, , EYE Program, , Franklin Street, Gerald Henderson, , , , , Sam Wineka, Sheldon Williams, Sky High Basketball, , , , ,   

    Want some gravy with that?:The Rafters’ Interview with Dewey “Biscuits” Burke 

    Rafters blogger Sam Wineka recently caught up with former Heels guard Dewey Burke, a.k.a. “Biscuits.” For those of you that might not know (and who are you?) Bojangles offers patrons of Carolina games two sausage biscuits for $1.00 in instances when UNC scores 100 points in the Dean Smith Center. Mr. Burke had a knack for pushing the Heels over the century mark and chatted with The Rafters about it.

    Rafters: Tell us a little about what you’re up to. Are you in Philly? How are DBCamps and Sky High Basketball coming along?

    DB: I am currently living just outside of Philly, where I grew up. I am building two different business that I have started. One is a basketball training company. Think personal trainer – but 100 percent basketball-specific. I do everything on the court. In the summer time I run camps for ages 7-18, and then in the Fall and Spring, I do individual and small group private instruction. Working on fundamentals, skills on both sides of the ball, shooting form, etc. Basically I evaluate the needs of the young players, and create a plan for improvement. So far things are going well and the business is growing nicely.

    The summer camps have really been fun to do because I’ve been able to have my teammates come up and speak for the kids. North Carolina Basketball carries such prestige around the country, so when you can bring in a Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington, Marcus Ginyard or Bobby Frasor – the kids really enjoy it and are mesmerized by what these guys can do. (http://www.DBcamps.com & http://www.skyhighbasketball.com)

    My second company is a small education firm. We specialize in after-school tutoring for students from low-income families. Our services are completely free to our students and their families – all of our funding comes from the state government. Through and educational grant my company has been approved to provide this supplemental education to students in desperate need of extra academic help. It is named the EYE Program, and EYE stands for Empowering Youth through Education. You can find out more here: http://www.EYEpartners.org.

    Rafters: I was in the Dean Dome the first time you pushed Carolina over 100 and secured your nickname, “Biscuits,” by hitting a trey near the end of regulation. I have to say that in my four years at Carolina, it was definitely in the Top 5 loudest moments I heard the Smith Center. What was that moment like?

    DB: There were a lot of special memories in the Smith Center, and that was a great one. Playing for Carolina is such a special gift, and the fans are the biggest part of that. The love we receive day in and day out is truly a blessing. It’s very, very unique to be a part of something that literally millions of people are so passionate about. I’ve always had a tremendous relationship with the Carolina fans, and I have so much love for the people of Chapel Hill. Even now, two years out, every time I drive up Franklin Street I get goose bumps. Chapel Hill will always be home for me. I have a lot of special feelings in my heart for that place. I think, too, that some fans see some of themselves in me. I’m not 6’8’’ and I wasn’t recruited out of high school to any big time schools. I just decided that playing for Carolina was what I was meant to do – nothing and no one was going to stand in the way of that.

    Rafters: While we’re talking about great moments, what was your favorite as a Carolina player?

    DB: My favorite moment was beating Duke in Cameron Indoor the first time (in 2006). The class of 2009 went on to do it 4 times in a row, but the first time was an incredible experience. JJ Redick and Sheldon’s last home game, senior night for them, they were # 1 – we had freshmen, etc etc. We just played so tough that night, and David Noel was the greatest leader you could ask for. The day before at practice, there was a sense and a feeling in the air that we were going to go over there and win. Coach talked about how there were very, very few people outside out locker room that believed we could win that game…but that was ok because we knew. And we were not just saying that. We came in so confident that night, we weren’t intimidate or worried at all. We knew they couldn’t handle us that night. It was an amazing experience.

    Rafters: In the infamous Duke game when Gerald Henderson broke Tyler Hansbrough’s nose, you were one of the guys holding Tyler back. I have to ask, did you kind of (maybe deep down) just want to let him go?

    DB: No. And that’s the truth. My immediate thought when he got up was “he’s going to kill someone.” All I was thinking was keeping him away from anyone else, because I didn’t want him to get suspended. It was the last game of the regular season. All we had worked for all year was about to be upon us (NCAA Tourney), and there was no way we were going into it without our best player. Truly, all I was thinking was keeping him calm. If you watch the clips, you can see me telling him “try to breathe, stay cool.” He was very upset. He took more beatings than anyone in college basketball since Shaq, and he never reacted. He would always say, I won’t care about it unless someone makes my face bleed – then it’s too far. Well, Gerald and Duke took it too far – but we took the high road. We won that game, the ACC a few times, and a National Title. That’s what matters.

    Rafters: Follow up: are you in fact, the only person capable of stopping Psycho T?

    DB: Well we both know that no one can stop him on the court… Off it, he’s a really a gentle giant. He’s quiet and reserved, and until you get to know him and get into his inner circle – he won’t say a whole lot. The real Tyler Hansbrough is a regular friend like anyone else. He laughs, jokes and enjoys life. He’s no different. He’s an intensely loyal friend and great example of what a Tar Heel player is supposed to be about. On the court he’s the most focused and driven person I’ve ever seen. Off the court, he’s just a regular guy and a great friend.

    Rafters: What do you think about this year’s team? I think all Carolina fans expect their team to go really far.  Are your expectations higher or lower than a Final Four?

    DB: This year’s team is going to very fun to watch grow. We have so much talent. We have everything you could want: speed, size, length, athleticism. Maybe all we are missing is a knock-down shooter, but Will Graves can fill that role if he wants to. We will be in every game because we are further along defensively than most teams are at this time. Marcus is the main reason for that. He’s so good on defense, people just don’t even begin to understand. Defense is so much more than not letting your man score. It’s about communication, and positioning, and timing and toughness and grit. Marcus is the best we’ve had in a long time.

    My feeling is, people better beat us now. Come March, when Coach Williams has 90-100 practices with this team, look out. They’ll get the offensive end figured out and continue to get better defensively. We will learn to run better and better and get easier baskets. We are so young that all we can do is improve. We can be a force by March, and barring injuries – we will be.

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    You can listen to more of Dewey’s take on UNC basketball on his podcast, Biscuit Briefs.

     
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  • shwineka 4:51 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2009 National Championship, , Carolina Basketball, Chapel Hill, , Christmas List, , Jerseys in the Rafters, Jump Around,   

    Christmas List: Jerseys in the Rafters 2 Out Now! 

    Some of you may have seen the original incarnation of “Jerseys in the Rafters,” which I believe you can buy at most apparel and book stores in Chapel Hill. But since that film came out in 2001, seven additional players have received the highest honor that you can receive in Carolina Basketball.

    Well, I guess the Dean E. Smith Center is a pretty good one, too. But still.

    In light of that fact, a newer, bigger, bad-asser version of the DVD has been released including players from the ’09 championship run. Tyler Hansbrough even makes an appearance on the cover.

    I’ve not seen the original, but I do own Jump Around, which is about the ’09 team’s title season and is produced by the same company, but how could almost two hours of footage of Tar Heel greats be bad? The “Dean Smith: Coach, Mentor, Friend” feature sounds sick. I watched it three times in the first month I owned it. Let’s assume it’s pretty much awesome. Plus, it came out Dec. 1, just in time for Christmas. We have a copy coming so expect a review soon!

    Buy it!

     
    • lulu 12:51 am on December 9, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Love to buy that for the men in my UNC life—thanks for the heads-up!

  • shwineka 11:54 pm on December 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Buffalo Billiards, , Chapel Hill, , , Dean Smith Center, , , , , Larry Drew, , , , , , , , , , ,   

    Deja Vu: UNC Handles Michigan State 

    UNC 89, MSU 82

    Box Score

    It’s becoming a common thing. UNC plays Michigan State. UNC wins.

    The Heels have taken their last five meetings with the Spartans, and these aren’t just in the Big 10-ACC Challenge games. I recall an April day in 2005. A hot Spartan team was in the Final Four making some noise and ready to take down the No. 1-seeded Tar Heels. Or wait was that 2009?

    Anyway, for all the things that Tom Izzo does well, he can’t seem to figure out his Carolina conundrum. And honestly, who didn’t think Tuesday was going to be his night?

    A completely different UNC team showed up in the Smith Center than I’ve seen this year. The froshs and sophs played like upperclassmen right from the tip-off, with UNC jumping out to an early lead. It had to feel sickening for MSU fans, a horrible case of deja vu. Us DC-based Rafters bloggers sat with a decent contingent of UNC fans at Buffalo Billiards. A great idea emerged. Anyone not privileged enough to live in Chapel Hill, like our esteemed colleague Benn, should tweet us to meet up in the DC area for game viewings. We like to go out. If we go out anyway, we’ll make sure to say where we’re going.

    Hey, we might even put your picture on the internets.

    Before I get all hot and bothered thinking about tweet ups:

    Takeaways:

    • The recruiting class of 2008 came out of its shell. LD and Easy Ed both notched career highs in points (18 and 22 respectively). LD hit some clutch shots and had a 2-to-1 assist to turnover ratio in 27 minutes. Davis was his normal smooth self. You must watch this guy on Ustream sometime. Just follow him on twitter and he’ll notify when he’s getting on. If you want to know why we love him so much that will tell you everything.
    • If there’s only 5 seconds left in a half, who gets the rock? Answer: Dexter Strickland. Strickland hit his second buzzer beater of the year at the end of the first half, sinking a trey.
    • Will Graves is a starter, but he logs bench minutes. He’s getting about the same run time as Strickland, John Henson and Tyler Zeller. Gut tells me that once Roy is more comfortable with Henson or Strickland they’ll get the start. (And after last night I gotta be leaning towards Strickland)
    • Back to Dex. Strickland had zero turnovers while logging some significant minutes at point. And as Luke Winn reminds us, he is a converted shooting guard. Got to be happy with that.
    • Are the Wears twins? …………or clones? Travis – 2 pts, 3 rebs in 6 minutes; David – 2 pts, 2 rebs in 7 minutes

    Superlatives

    • Players of the Game: Larry Drew and Ed Davis –  see above
    • Lookin’ Fierce Award: Roy Williams
    • John Henson, if there was an award for throwing the ball between your legs to save it from going out, we’d give it to you. I don’t think even the Rafters has an award for that.
     
    • Zach Evans 12:46 pm on December 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      With all due respect to Henson, maybe the award should be the “Don’t Save the Ball Underneath the Other Basket” Award. As impressive as it looked, it did lead to an easy MSU basket.

      I guess I’m just never satisfied.

  • shwineka 4:54 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chapel Hill, , , Division 1, , , LeVelle Moton, MEAC, Miami, N.C. State, , swine flu, , Virginia Tech   

    UNC vs. North Carolina Central 

    I know you wanted to hear even MORE about UNC  vs. NCCU! Some quick things:

    Game @Dean Smith Center, Chapel Hill, N.C., 9 p.m. EST

    NCCU Expected Starters:

    6-5 Senior Forward Joshua Worthy
    6-2 Junior Guard Vincent Davis
    5-7 Junior Guard Michael Glasker
    6-3 Junior Guard C.J. Wilkerson
    6-8 Sophomore Forward T.J. Granger

    The Eagles harbor a little more experience, if not as much talent as the Heels, though it looks like the size of UNC’s frontcourt could play a big role in the rebounding again. The Eagles are only in their third season of Division 1 classification, but that isn’t stopping them from taking on a bevy of ACC opponents this season: UNC, Miami, Va. Tech and N.C. State. NCCU will join the MEAC conference next season. I can’t say that I’ve seen them play,  but with the Eagles starting three experienced guards, it could cause some problems in the transition game. Against FIU the Heels coughed the ball up like they had swine flu. Against a guard-heavy team that could create some turnovers that lead to opposing layups.

    nccmoton.jpeg

    They blinded him with science: First-year head coach LeVelle Moton is an alumnus of NCCU (’96) and their third all-time leading scorer. His nickname was “Poetry ‘n Moton.”

     
  • shwineka 1:22 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Chapel Hill, , , Friday the 13th, , , , , , Research Triangle, , ,   

    Harrison Barnes Still Undecided 

    Harrison Barnes2

    Apparently as of yesterday, Harrison Barnes was still undecided as to which college he will attend next year. The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010 even said that all six schools on his short list (North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, Iowa State, UCLA and Oklahoma) were still in the running, giving his hometown Iowa State a fading bright spot.

    I don’t buy that. It’s been pretty well-documented that Barnes is likely down to two schools in the Research Triangle Area. What’s that, Kansas and Oklahoma? Never heard of the Triangle? That’s OK, it’s an area right on the border of YOUR two states. Promise.

    If he’s still undecided, which might not be true if he’s just being PC, I’m obviously hoping he’s leaning heavily in the direction of Chapel Hill. His arrival on either campus could have national championship implications in 2011, and I don’t know if my brain could handle another one in Durham.

    Let’s hope this Friday the 13th is our lucky charm.

     
    • hiphopobserver 2:08 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Barnes will be announcing his decision live on ESPNU Friday at 4 pm – http://blogs.newsobserver.com/accnow/tv-for-barnes-announcement

      • shwineka 2:16 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        I believe that’s 4 p.m. Central, 5 p.m. Eastern for us folks in ACC country

        • gonzologist 3:50 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink

          I’ve seen on several sources that the announcement is coming at 3:10 pm on Friday, which would be 4pm on the east coast. Also, the announcement has been opened up to the public, which some people are reading as an indication that he’s staying in Iowa, as ESPNU wouldn’t want to broadcast a bunch of people booing Barnes decision to come to UNC, baby! I don’t know if I would read that far into it, and I’ll be tuned in for sure.

        • shwineka 3:53 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink

          Confirmed. I’ve now seen East Coast papers say 4 p.m., whereas before I was reading an Iowa paper that said “starting at 3:10” and assumed it would be at 4 Central.

          Opening to the public because he’s staying home? That does seem possible. Honestly though, as long as it’s not Duke, I’m cool with it.

  • shwineka 9:02 pm on November 6, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Chapel Hill, ,   

    Belmont Abbey vs. UNC Exhibition Game Prices! 

    So us D.C.-based Rafters bloggers are sitting here debating whether or not to pay the $9.95 to watch the Belmont Abbey exhibition.

    It’s a dilemma.

    We have searched far and wide across the internet for a radio feed or some kind of video. None to be had. 1360 in Chapel Hill is broadcasting high school football online. High. School. Football. As the game has probably already started and NOW our $9.95 will be less worthy, we’ve decided to cry in our beers and read other people’s wrap ups. Go Heels! (even though we can’t figure out what you’re doing now)

     
    • Charlie 10:28 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      I had the same dilemma, but was able to catch it on channelsurfing.net. This site has most of the games during the season, even when they are on espnu or fox sports south. My hometown radio station, http://www.1010wspc.com airs Woody Durham.

      • gonzologist 10:53 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for the info, Charlie. Some of us here at The Rafters just had to purchase a certain satellite provider’s college basketball package in order to catch all the games. I’m glad that you’re keeping up with Woody. He’s still my favorite voice to hear during Tarheel games, and his Thursday night radio shows with Roy are classic.

  • shwineka 2:27 pm on November 3, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: a.j. ogilvy, , Chapel Hill, , festus ezeli, homecoming, scrimmage, , , , ,   

    Tar Heels Exhibition Game Broadcast on TarHeelBlue.com; Tar Heels Lose Scrimmage to Vanderbilt? 

    Some of you have probably already taken note of this, but I was checking the Heels’ schedule and noticed that the exhibition game against Belmont Abbey this Friday has “TarHeelBlue.com” listed next to it for TV. Turns out those of us who won’t be in Chapel Hill this weekend for homecoming can still catch the exhibition against Belmont Abbey for free online. Go here and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click the icon of a movie camera and find out if you need a plugin. Once you have the plugin, it should be smooth sailing on Friday. Can’t wait to see the team.

    **Update 11/6/09** The exhibition game costs $9.95 to watch online, unless you have a membership to Carolina All Access.

    *****

    I’ve heard rumors that UNC lost its scrimmage against Vanderbuilt, which I think was over the weekend. The scrimmage was closed to media and outsiders so I guess only the players really know. Anyone heard anything? If it’s true I wouldn’t lost much sleep over it. Vandy should be decent this year with junior center A.J. Ogilvy named to the preseason All-SEC team. Vandy actually probably matched up pretty well with the Heels, with both Ogilvy and redshirt sophomore Festus Ezeli listed at 6’11”, and seven other players listed at 6’7″ or taller.

    That said, scrimmages are the times for coaches to experiment with different lineups, and with the cluster f*** of big men on UNC this year, I guarantee there was a bevy of combinations being tested. Again, I wouldn’t read into it too much if they did lose.

    **UPDATE – 11/4/09** At least we didn’t (potentially) lose to a D-II school!

     
    • Chad 8:35 pm on November 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Yea, Carolina did lose this exhibiition to Vanderbilt at Chapel Hill. Yes, Carolina is highly over rated this year even though Vandy does have Ogilvy is still embarrassing to the Tarholes. I mean C’mon Carolina’s supposedly strength is their inside game and not to mention Vandy is suppossed to finish 6 in their SEC division. Looks like the Blue Devils will strike back this year!!

      • shwineka 12:35 pm on November 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply

        Actually, Chad. Vanderbilt is on the verge of breaking into the Top 25. They are returning their four top scorers and are expected to make the NCAA tourney. You can see evidence of that here by checking the amount of points they received in both polls: http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/rankings

        The scrimmage was also in Nashville, not Chapel HIll.

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