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Joe Ovies

Wolfpack take 'Our State' up a notch

Posted November 1, 2013

North Carolina State and North Carolina have spent a good chunk of time in recent years engaged in institutional trolling. It's wholly endorsed by folks, myself included, who don't take everything seriously and enjoy the absurdity of rivalries. 

The Wolfpack adopted the "Our State" campaign soon after athletic director Debbie Yow's arrival in Raleigh. Tar Heels head coach Larry Fedora didn't want to "legitimize" the Wolfpack by talking about them too much, yet had a countdown clock for last season's contest in Chapel Hill and unveiled special chrome helmets for the game.

Then, North Carolina coaches plastered "Coastal Division Champions" on everything they could at the end of the season and laughed as everyone took the troll bait.

Now, officials in Raleigh are kicking it up a notch for this Saturday's game at Carter-Finley Stadium by visualizing the "Our State" shtick in the middle of the field. What originally started off as an Internet rumor quickly picked up steam when Backing The Pack noticed a picture of the new logo floating around on Twitter

Because it's the Internet, the photo was initially dismissed as a work of Photoshop. However, NC State offensive tackle Tyson Chandler confirmed the midfield logo change. 

Further confirmation was gathered with a trip to Carter-Finley on Thursday night. A more ambitious person got an up-close snapshot of Tuffy emblazoned on a red silhouette of the state of North Carolina at midfield. 

Now, I know what everyone is thinking – NC State's new midfield looks exactly like East Carolina's midfield.

My response? Meh.

Good ideas are adopted by other entities all the time. Take a look outside the sports world, where technology companies like Apple and Samsung borrow heavily from each other.

The new midfield at Carter-Finley looks slick regardless of who came up with the concept first. If we're getting technical, the Tar Heels put the state on their basketball court years before everyone else. 

If this truly bothers a subset fans, perhaps those fans need to get over themselves and remember what it was like to have a little fun in a rivalry.

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  • cindyk7 Nov 4, 4:47 p.m.

    The best part of the logo is that someone obviously messed it up and tried to fix it. You can see where it is all jacked up above and below it. They couldn't even get the outline right?!? Terrible! I thought it was Your State and you had THE best engineering school? Not convinced and get your own idea. Lame!

  • HeadsUp Nov 4, 10:14 a.m.

    Well, that worked out well for the Pack.

    NCSU checklist:

    1) Steal "This is Our State" from Mississippi State -- check.

    2) Steal ECU's midfield logo -- check.

    3) Lose at home to UNC -- check.

    NCSU and Coach Da-Doe-Run-Run-Run are 3 for 3.

  • Wulfpack Fan84 Nov 4, 9:16 a.m.

    Wonder who copied who first? Looks like ECU might have done it in the past.

    http://www.logotypes101.com/free_vector_logo/23482/ECU_Pirates90
    http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/24156338/28138246

  • 45HEELSFAN45 Nov 2, 4:12 p.m.

    looks like that up notch was taken down a notch...LOL at Joe trying to fire up the crowd

  • vrigg45071 Nov 2, 11:07 a.m.

    Seriously? Does anyone have a monopoly on the outline of the state of NC? People really do NOT have enough to do when this is news.

  • KWC Nov 2, 10:27 a.m.

    The story of the "Pirate State of Mind" logo was written about in an article on Bonesville website.

    http://www.bonesville.com/articles/RonCherubini/11-12/012312_Cherubini_PSOM.htm

  • Chapel Hail Nov 2, 9:48 a.m.

    From where I sit this year, the state belongs to Duke!

    — Posted by triangleoldtimer

    Not really. It belongs to ECU, hands down the best FB team in N.C.

    — Posted by 75Tarheel

    Well we know it isn't UNC...

    — Posted by tlg0022

    .... it's DUKE, yes, this year DUKE is DUKE in football as well as basketball, sorry, but that's just the way it is, #1 in the State of North Carolina, that is unless STATE takes them, after the PACK beats down UNC & ECU, alright now!!!

  • Ghost of KTs Past Nov 2, 9:26 a.m.

    LOL. Trolled hard. Good job to whoever put that on mid-field.

    Of course now the kerliner team will try to do something to put the attention on themselves. Maybe glittery uniforms? LOL.

  • HeelHater Nov 2, 8:06 a.m.

    If we were imitating ECU we would all walk around with ankle bracelets and hand cuffs.

  • jmcdow2792 Nov 2, 5:54 a.m.

    I sit a couple of sections from the visitors at CF. My bet is that this logo will pale when compared to the over the top outfits and actions of some of the visitors today. We shall see.

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