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.