Reporting Mark Seidel
Yesterday in Raleigh UNC beat NC State but if you talked to a State fan after the game, they would have told you UNC pulled off the biggest terrorist attack in years. They celebrated on the NC State logo at mid field. The new “State”, State logo. That’s right, the winners of a rivalry game had the audacity to celebrate their win on an opposing teams field. I know plenty of you will write this off as a simple “UNC homer defending the Tar Heels”. Yes, I am a UNC fan but this has nothing to do with who I root for.
Let me ask a couple questions, where do 99% of post-game football celebrations happen? Is it the responsibility of the UNC football team to make sure they celebrate in the right spot? Does NC State specify before games to opposing teams where their celebration area is?
NC State has marketed their football team around “This is our State” for the past two years, right? Well if you lose to your in-state rival, expect that team to celebrate and make claims that this is in fact not your state. If it’s anybody’s state right now….it’s a Blue Devil state, which says more about the current level of college football being played in North Carolina than anything. It’s funny to me that people have such a problem with sportsmanship when their team loses as opposed to winning. If NC State wins in Kenan Stadium and UNC fans raise a stink, well they are simply a “wine and cheese” crowd who can’t handle it. They are a “basketball school” who needs to give up on football.
This is not an attack on any fan base and I’m using the UNC-State game as an example because a lot of people will relate to it. Get over it people. The winner of a rivalry game is going to celebrate and if it happens to be on the road, in that rivals’ stadium, that celebration is going to taste a little sweeter.
You win the game, you earn the right to celebrate. It’s not a hard concept to grasp.