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  • shwineka 2:34 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beat dook, , chapel hell, , cry-o-whine-a, , Duke, 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.

     
  • shwineka 10:33 am on December 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Biscuit Briefs, , Bojangles, , , , , DB Camps, , , Dewey Burke, Duke, 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.

     
  • RBarry 6:17 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Brandan Wright, , , , cigar, , Duke, , , , , , , , Skype, , , , ,   

    Barnes Burns Duke, Signs with Carolina 

    Christmas has come early for the Heels.  This afternoon, top rated prospect Harrison Barnes selected UNC over Oklahoma, UCLA, Iowa State, Kansas and most notably, Duke.  Landing Barnes makes Carolina’s Class of 2010 one of the best in the country.  He will join PG Kendall Marshall and SG Reggie Bullock on a team that should undoubtedly challenge for the 2011 National Title.

    Barnes announced his decision in an unusual fashion-Skyping Coach Williams to inform him of his intent to play for the Heels.  I am rather impressed with Roy’s technical savvy.  As Coach would say himself, he has had the same putter and wife for the past 30 years.

    As for Duke, this is yet another blow to Coach K’s recruiting prowess.  Roy has outmaneuvered Coach K for other prized recruits in the recent past (Brandan Wright), and Barnes’s decision solidifies Williams as the top recruiter (and coach) on Tobacco Road.  All this should make for an interesting trip to Cameron for Mr. Barnes in February of 2011.

    Now, time for a victory cigar.

     
    • English Drama 6:57 pm on November 14, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      RBarry, a new addition to The Rafters?

      Look out Chapel Hill, Harrison Barnes is coming to town

      *puts on sunglasses*

      things should be heating up, no winter this year.

    • vucceewly 1:01 am on November 15, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey there everyone i was just introduceing myself here im a first time visitor who hopes to become a daily reader!

  • shwineka 4:23 pm on November 13, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Austin Peay, , Cal State Northridge, , , Cole Aldrich, Connecticut, Duke, Fairleigh Dickinson, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, Greg Monroe, Hofstra, Jay Wright, , , , Kemba Walker, , master of your domain, , Mississippi State, Morehead State, Penn State, Pennsylvania, , Purdue, Rider, Storrs, , Tennessee, , Top 10, , Tulane, UConn, , , UNC Greensboro, Villanova, William & Mary   

    Official College Basketball Opening Night 

    2009-ncaa-bracket

    Unless you’re one of the lucky fans whose team is playing in the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer — as per us at The Rafters — then tonight begins the best four and a half months of the year.

    And unless you are a Master of your Domain (DVR), you’re going to have to miss some of the action as many teams are playing at the same time.

    SCHEDULE SNAFU:

    Six Top 10 teams are playing overlapping games tonight. Kentucky (5)– perhaps one of the most anticipated debuts — plays at 6:30 p.m., while Michigan State (2), Villanova (6), Purdue (7) and Duke (8) play at 7 p.m. To top it off, the preseason No. 1 Kansas plays at 8 p.m., further complicating things  for the second half of the 7 o’clockers.

    As an ACC junkie, and Tar Heel alumnus, naturally I’ll be glued to the Duke game “just to see if they lose.” It’s amazing how many Duke games I watch under that pretense. I’ll also watch the first half of the first half of Kentucky, because I desperately want the Calipari experiment to fail.

    But what about during breaks in the despised Durhamites’ matchup?

    Of course, when there are multiple games on, it’s inconceivable that one would watch commercials. Here’s my hierarchy of channel flippage for tonight. (We ordered the college hoops package, so yes, be jealous. Or order it, too!) If No. 1 is at commerical, I proceed down the list until I find a game.

    6:30 p.m.

    1. Kentucky vs. Morehead St.

    7:00 p.m.

    1. Duke vs. UNC Greensboro – For Obvious Reasons
    2. Kentucky vs. Morehead St. – I told you I want him to fail!
    3. Michigan State vs. Florida Gulf Coast – Love Kalin Lucas
    4. Purdue vs. Cal State Northridge – Is it me, or is the Big 10 scary this year?
    5. Villanova vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – Will Jay Wright continue to wear pinstripes for an entire season!?

    7:30 p.m.

    Otherwise same as above:

    5. UConn vs. William and Mary – Down year in Storrs?
    6. Penn State vs. Pennsylvania – Hopefully I won’t make it down this far
    7. Villanova vs. Fairleigh Dickinson – Just not that interested for some reason

    8:00 p.m.

    1. Duke vs. UNC Greensboro – Still anticipating failure!
    2. Kentucky vs. Morehead St. – See above
    3. Kansas vs. Hofstra – Are they really THAT good?
    4. Clemson vs. Presbyterian – ACC with a capital A!
    5. Michican State vs. Florida Gulf Coast – Remember when UNC beat them twice last year?
    6. Purdue vs. Cal State Northridge – Again, I hope I don’t make it down this far.
    7. UConn vs. William and Mary – Kemba Walker is fast

    9:00 p.m. and on

    1. Kansas vs. Hofstra – I will never forgive you, Cole Aldrich
    2. Clemson vs. Presbyterian – Can Trevor Booker carry you guys?
    3. UConn vs. William and Mary – W&M has a nice campus
    4. Georgetown vs. Tulane – Greg Monroe should be beastmode
    5. Tenneessee vs. Austin Peay – It rhymes!
    6. Mississippi State vs. Rider – Blocks, blocks and more blocks
     
  • shwineka 4:57 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Duke, , , , , ,   

    Duke Forward Mason Plumlee Injured 

    Now, I don’t wish injury upon anyone. But I also don’t wish success upon Duke.

    And success is going to be tough at the beginning of the season without star freshman Mason Plumlee, who fractured his wrist in practice Wednesday.

    This is going to really hurt the Devils, who were probably going to have Plumlee and his brother, Miles, in the starting five. As his injury doesn’t require surgery, he’ll probably be back this season. Lucky for us that’s precious development time for a freshmen (see Tyler Zeller last year).

    Hopefully he’ll be back just in time for the showdown with the Wear twins that I’m so eagerly anticipating.

     
  • shwineka 1:22 pm on November 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Duke, , 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 5:23 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CBS Sports, , , Duke, , , Gary Parrish, illinois, K.C. Rivers, noel johnson, oliver purnell, south carolina, , Terrence Oglesby, , , ,   

    CBS picks Tar Heels to win ACC 

    As if we needed something to back up our personal opinions, CBS Sports picked UNC to win the ACC over Duke, even citing the fact that ACC media voting came to a tie:

    The ACC media poll named North Carolina and Duke co-favorites to win the league.

    But we don’t do co-favorites around here.

    Just a single favorite.

    And the Tar Heels are the favorite…”

    Blah, blah, blah. Yada, yada, yada. There’s nothing here that we haven’t heard or read already. The Heels will be lead by Ed Davis and Deon Thompson. The point guard situation is hairy. They lost a lot of talent. Etcetera, etcetera, etc.

    Bottom line: “Another league title is likely. Another Final Four is possible.”

    Interesting thing to me about the story is that Gary Parrish thinks Clemson will finish third in the league. I wouldn’t put money on that.

    purnell

    Because the Rafters knows, just like Oliver Purnell (above) knows, that Clemson lost both K.C. Rivers and Terrence Oglesby, their two main outside threats. They will probably rely heavily on a freshman guard in Noel Johnson, and though Trevor Booker is straight nasty, he can’t carry them. Their non-conference schedule is pretty weak. The only somewhat legit teams they play before January are Illinois and South Carolina. Consider this a forecast that — once again — Clemson will start very fast, jumping out to potentially a 12-0 record before they play Duke on Jan. 3, and it’s all downhill after that. I’m not sold on their guard play, even if they are adding one more Booker in the post for good measure.

     
  • shwineka 5:08 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Duke, , , Iowa, , , , , , ,   

    Harrison Barnes Will Announce School Choice 

    The waiting is almost over.

    The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010, Harrison Barnes, will make his choice of college — or “university of the people,” whichever — public next week. Hopefully his “public” decision will be the “public” choice. It’s been pretty well documented that his two leading contenders are UNC and Duke.

    In my opinion, Barnes is the quintessential Carolina kid. He  maintains a good GPA and is ultra-talented. He seems grounded (He kept Iowa in his top schools with the likes of UNC, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma to be close to home), which is a great reason to join the Carolina basketball family. He wants to play in the NBA, but he recognizes the importance of an education, and may not necessarily leave after one year — though this kid is definitely of the breed that could and might.

    The downside to being a perfect fit for Carolina? That kind of fit is pretty good for Duke as well: good school, family-ish (clique-ish?) with a tight community surrounding the basketball program.

    According to the blog linked above, his announcement will be live on ESPN. (Commence biting nails)

     

     
  • hiphopobserver 6:08 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Duke, , rap   

    J.J. Redick releasing a rap album? 

    So, this blog has turned into as much of a lampoon on Dook basketball as it has an update on UNC’s own team, but this has to be mentioned.

    Apparently Magic guard JJ Redick is going to drop a single and an album with a hip-hop “super group” sometime soon. He says in the article that since all the members “pretty much have a full time job” that they hope the single will be out by the end of the year. I assume this means that the group will include other basketball players.

    The group does not have a name as of yet.

    Also, the single will be called “Waste Management.” I don’t know what that means and JJ’s explanation doesn’t clear it up: “The chorus has been written and the first verse and the direction we’re heading on the song has to deal with ‘waste management.”

    I thought JJ was a poet? When did he turn to rhymes.

    Read the whole article on AllHipHop

     
  • shwineka 2:20 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: David Bradley, Duke, Duke University Improv, , Nolan Smith, The Devil's Den, , Titanic   

    Duke Videos ARE Trying to Repair Image!! We KNEW it!! 

    Well, well, well. Looks like the Rafters got something right. If you have been reading this blog in its short existence, you’ll remember a post regarding Duke’s basketball team starring in videos produced by Duke University Improv. One of our astute editors — I don’t remember who, honest — posited that the reason the players were being allowed to be in the videos was to promote a more easy-going atmosphere in Durham.

    Today, that prediction was proven.

    An interview on The Devil’s Den with recruiting coordinator David Bradley had me in stitches all morning. Bradley confirms that Duke’s image has been suffering, and that since 2007 his department has been working to curb those troubles. Here are those videos in case you missed them, but if you read this blog, I’m sure you didn’t.

     

     

    My favorite part of the interview was that a question asked by the reporter was basically the same reaction as the headline to our post, which was “Duke Basketball Presents Great Moments in Cinematic History. Really!?” Here it is:

    “Speaking of Nolan. The Titanic scene…really?

    The scene showed great confidence by Nolan and he is probably the only guy who could pull that off – and obviously he was wearing shorts.

    On a broader level though, we aren’t in the business of making decisions based on the expected reaction of opposing fan bases. Duke Improv included it in the script, and we trust them to create both hilarious and appropriate situations. From there, Nolan was willing to do it, and it was part of an event where we were trying to be fun, entertaining and at times outrageous. Whatever comes of that sign on the road will be a lot more tame than many of the other stunts we have seen.”

    Please, Mr. Bradley. Please, please, pleeeeeeeease keep making decisions without basing it on the “expected reaction of opposing fan bases.”

    You have a great thing going for us.

     
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