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  • shwineka 2:34 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: beat dook, , chapel hell, , cry-o-whine-a, , , duke sucks, durham, 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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  • gonzologist 3:02 pm on November 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: C.J. Wilkerson, durham, Eagles, James Worthy, Joshua Worthy, , Raleigh News and Observer   

    Tar Heels Face NCCU Eagles, 9pm-ESPNU 

    Here’s a short piece from the Raleigh News and Observer about North Carolina Central’s basketball team, who will visit Chapel Hill tonight. It’s a nice story; it’s always cool to see the perspective of young guys playing at a smaller school, visiting the Mecca of college basketball and playing against a team they cheer for when they are off the court.

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    I think it’s great that Central made the move to be a Division I school. It’s obvious that it’s taken a lot of hard work, and they’ve put in some tough traveling miles over the past two years. It seems to be paying off, though. As junior C.J. Wilkerson puts it, “I wanted to come here because it’s Division I and because of Coach Moton.” It’s also interesting to note that the Eagles will start a senior named Joshua Worthy. He’ll be able to look up into the rafters tonight and check out the jersey of a pretty influential “Big Game” player with the same last name. We wish Central the best of luck. We only hope the Tar Heels fare better against these Eagles than we did against the Boston College birds last year.

     
    • gonzologist 1:34 am on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Have to insert an addendum here: N.C. Central’s Joshua Worthy is, in fact, the nephew of Tar Heel and NBA legend James Worthy.

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

    Harrison Barnes Still Undecided 

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    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 2:20 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: David Bradley, , Duke University Improv, durham, 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.

     
  • shwineka 12:19 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blue devils, , , , durham, , ,   

    Duke Basketball Presents Great Moments in Cinematic History. Really!? 

    There really are no words for this:

    I don’t know where to start, but my paranoia tells me this is a classic move (or attempt at a move) by Coach K. It’s pretty well known that Late Night with Roy has become an event where players will dance and perform skits, more or less making fools of themselves to kick off the season. The underlying theme of Late Night, I think, is that the players generally get along, love being together and love being on the team. I haven’t necessarily ever gotten that vibe from Durham, not that I’ve been looking. When I think of Duke, I think of a strict dictatorship, one where you must shoot 1,000 three-pointers at every practice, flop on the ground in agony every time you’re driven upon and — most importantly — put on your game face.

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    I think K agreed to let his players be in this video because he wants to portray a more congenial atmosphere among his team. “We’re just as fun-loving as Carolina!” If you check out this ESPN video of various Midnight Madness events, you’ll notice that the Devils’ is particularly bland compared to others. “Oh this is fun!” says the commentator when the Blue Devil “surfs” over some students.

    This effort with the help of the Duke Improv group falls short in my opinion. The Titanic scene? That’s all I’m saying. But again, I’m just paranoid right?

     
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