Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Carolina Girl

I've been a UNC fan for as long as I can remember. In middle school I would cry if they lost a game. (This may have continued through high school but that's not important.) I'd pray and beg God to let them win, promising Him that my halo would shine forever and ever amen if they did. These days, I just bite my nails and yell bad words. (I'm kidding. About the bad words. Sort of. But not about the nails. After the game on Saturday night, I had to cut my nails very short in anticipation of last night's game.)

If you know anything about college basketball, you know that Carolina and Duke are sworn enemies. Marriages have ended over March Madness in North Carolina. You can't ride the fence, you can't like either team just a little. There are no slight opinions about who your favorite team is if you grew up anywhere near Tobacco Road. It's all or nothing, baby.
Once upon a time, my family was filled with Tarheel fans. My younger siblings would watch games with me, cheering the whole time. (This had nothing to do with a fear of being locked in a closet...promise.)

One dreadful day, my younger sister committed the ultimate blasphemy.

She married an avid Duke fan. Scratch that. She married into a WHOLE FAMILY of rabid avid Duke fans.

I've told you that I have three siblings, right? Guess how many of us are now Carolina fans?

ME. That's it. They all jumped on the Duke bandwagon a few years back when Duke was on a winning streak. Except the one sister. She held out until she realized that her marriage was more important to her than her loyalty to the Carolina Blue. And her favorite sister.

Bunch of fair weather fans.

Oh, and infidels.

Needless to say, last night when the Tarheels won the NCAA title, I sent several text messages to my siblings and my dark blue loving brother in law making sure they knew. They tried to act like, "Oh really? This is tournament time? I had totally forgotten since I'm not keeping up with basketball this year!" but I know they were all crying inside.

I also know that another great year for UNC and they are likely to come back from the dark side over to the glorious Carolina Blue.

I realized last night as I watched the game until way past my bedtime, I am and always will be a Carolina girl. I may never get to live there again but my heart always will be in North Carolina and it only takes a moment to awaken that trash talking southern girl that lives within me.

1 comment:

  1. You are too funny! I read this post a few times just to laugh again!

    I do know a lot about college basketball. Barry and I are season ticket holders (floor seats) at Providence College. Barry didn't go to Providence, but has been an avid fan his entire life... well, he did get his Master's Degree at Providence! He knows all the stats of all the players of all time. He knows everything about the Big East and every other conference. All of this has rubbed off on me and I love it!

    I actually played on a girls basketball team when I was in junior high, Barry played all his life until his hip replacement 2 years ago and our sons played from the time they could hold a ball. (Audrey and Jane were swimmers and runners... and it is interesting that my oldest granddaughter is a swimmer and just competed in a national meet in Florida this week! She did unbelievably well!!)!

    Keith and Adam went to University of Rhode Island, so they are huge URI fans. Audrey and Jane went to Brown... but they root for Providence, unless playing Brown (Brown beat PC last year their annual game, and Jane was there in the floor seats surrounded by the PC FANATICS. Good times.

    BUT this brings me to UNC. Audrey was recruited to UNC and Duke for swimming, so Barry, Audrey and I flew down to NC for our weekend tour... and Barry was going crazy with basketball history. He was just rattling off story after story... stat after stat! My sister-in-law went to Duke, and she HATES basketball. Hmmmm. Well... my brother went to Providence and he hates basketball, too. Oh, well...
    A story for another day!

    Anyway, college basketball season in our house is so fun. All night long there are tests from Keith and Adam and Audrey's husband about whom is beating whom... who won, who lost. (Oh, yeah... Audrey's husband went to Brown but grew up in Pittsburgh, where many of his good friends went to college!). As a little aside, I gave up my floor seat for Matt this year when Providence played Pitt... and Providence won! Matt wore his Pitt hat and was getting boos!! The last time Providence beat a #1 team was in 1977, and Barry and I listened to that game on the radio as we were wallpapering in our new home! Audrey wasn't even born yet! AND I MISSED THE GAME TO RIVAL THAT!!!!! Barry and I did get to Madison Square Garden this year for a couple of games... it was fantastic!

    ANYWAY... I get your fanaticism! I love it! And I am happy that your team got the job done! We were glued to our televisions for the entire March Madness... and next year Providence will be back!!!!


    AND HAPPY, HAPPY EASTER TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY! I wish you blessings, joy and happiness!

    Much love,