Joe Ovies

Ovies: Rivalry interrupted

Posted February 13

With snow but no game to go to, some Tar Heels fans got creative.

The moment it was announced that North Carolina and Duke would not play as scheduled due to the major snow event hitting the Triangle on Wednesday, upset fans produced enough salt for the Department of Transportation to cover the entire state.

The reaction isn't surprising. We're talking about the the rivalry between the Tar Heels and Blue Devils. It requires little to no explanation as to why folks wanted to see this game played despite widespread gridlock, abandoned vehicles cluttering the roads and the peak of the winter storm expected to occur during game time. 

It's also a shame the rivalry was denied a legendary scene inside the Smith Center, as North Carolina officials encouraged ticket holders to stay home and planned a student free-for-all to fill empty seats similar to a memorable game against Maryland in 2000.

According to ACC policy, games can be played as long as both teams and officials can make it to the arena. The Tar Heels already went through this process in Atlanta last month when they had to reenact "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" in order to play Georgia Tech.

However, Duke's bus had not showed up in Durham as of 5:00 p.m. Not exactly a surprise considering every traffic map, from WRAL to Google, was bleeding red with snow-related congestion. Rational thought prevailed and the teams will now play on Thursday, Feb. 20.

But fans of the rivalry are not known for rationality.

Memes of Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils being scared of a raucous environment in Chapel Hill accumulated quicker than snow on the roads. Folks were flabbergasted by Duke's inability to travel the short distance between campuses and no apparent contingency plan to leave earlier Wednesday afternoon.

Of course, not a single thought was given as to how everyone was going to get home from an area resembling the ice planet Hoth.

All of this will add to rivalry lore, but the bottom line is that North Carolina and Duke will play in Chapel Hill.

Which is the point, right?

ESPN and the ACC Network will have their broadcast. Fans who originally dropped a ton of coin to be in the Smith Center on Wednesday will have an opportunity to do so with better weather conditions next Thursday.

The conference will have a week of crucial games bunched together, but won't have any asterisks in the standings.

Now, with the entire mess sorted out, somebody go save Dick Vitale.

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  • hgilbert1 Feb 14, 5:28 p.m.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqm5Ip8rHC8&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DEqm5Ip8rHC8&app=desktop

  • lewiskr45 Feb 14, 1:19 p.m.

    Guess everyone who is complaining about Duke not getting to UNC weren't the ones stuck in traffic for hours on just about every road in the Triangle. Sure the campuses are really close together, but so is RTP and Apex and it took me 3 hours to get home Tuesday.

  • Hammerhead Feb 13, 9:42 p.m.

    even more entertaining to see joe ovaries taking the dook line...to be expected from a wulf fan... View More

    — Posted by sheisacoward

    Yeah - the Adam and Joe show reached a new low today, and that's saying a lot.

    — Posted by Gunnstigator

    Ouch.

  • dave437 Feb 13, 8:02 p.m.

    if Paige had the flu and Weeks had a sprained ankle, I guarantee the Ferret would have had his team at the Dean Dome at 2 p.m. ready to play.....

  • Gunnstigator Feb 13, 7:18 p.m.

    even more entertaining to see joe ovaries taking the dook line...to be expected from a wulf fan... View More

    — Posted by sheisacoward

    Yeah - the Adam and Joe show reached a new low today, and that's saying a lot.

  • alphaman Feb 13, 6:17 p.m.

    Geez. whine, whine and whine some more unc fans. why don't you call the bus company which couldn't get out to take the Duke team to unc and complain? are you guys that anxious to get an azzzzz whuppin or do you just want to whine like a two year old? grow up and stop acting like irresponsible children....

  • ncdedhed Feb 13, 3:37 p.m.

    903 with his typical dookie dogma...it's always someone else's fault or God's will (with apologies to the movie MASH)

  • jdpridg Feb 13, 3:32 p.m.

    Haha! Even the news crews are making fun of the conspiracy theorists! That short 8 miles was backed up for more than two hours. The decision was made by both teams and was the right decision. I'm glad both schools erred on the side of safety. Whether you blame Duke or UNC, you are wrong and sound ridiculous.

  • cmnixon Feb 13, 3:30 p.m.

    I left my business, which is on 15-501 about 4 miles beyond the Smith Center, after 1:30 yesterday. I got to my house, which is less than 1.5 miles from Cameron Indoor, before 4pm, without incident. That was during the very worst of the traffic on 15-501. When I went to the store at 6:15, traffic was moving freely and steadily on I-85, which had been gridlocked much worse than 15-501 ever was. I have no doubt my 2wd Buick sedan could have gotten me back to Manning Drive in well under an hour at that time. Just saying.

  • sheisacoward Feb 13, 2:40 p.m.

    hey 903, is 8 miles the same distance you ran in the boston marathon? poor little boy

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