Talk about a real “StateFan”

If you have ever taken the time to email us at [email protected] then you have probably experienced that it can sometimes be MONTHS before you hear back from us…if you hear back from us. There is only so much time in the day and unfortunately our mail box sits very low on our list of priorities.

Tonight we were cleaning out some messages and ran across a lot of suggested links and articles that we had missed over the last few months. We hope to get around to linking most of the suggestions, so we thought we would start with this one about super-fan, Dewey Corn as he approaches his 400th CONSECUTIVE NC State football game this season.

In November of 1975, he went to an N.C. State football contest and just happened to attend the next 60 consecutive games. He then decided to see how long he could keep it up.

Thirty-three years later, Corn has attended 389 consecutive games of his alma mater — a statistic that includes away contests and bowls.

“It just worked out that I was able to attend the games,” Corn said.

…and I thought I was big time because I am going to miss my brother-in-law’s wedding this Thanksgiving weekend to keep my string of 24 NC State-UNC football games alive.

I literally have my glass raised to Dewey right now. God bless you!

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10 Responses to Talk about a real “StateFan”

  1. Wufpacker 07/30/2009 at 1:20 AM #

    Holy Crap! We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy! (as I bow to Mr. Corn and do my best Wayne and Garth impersonation)

    Man, that dude’s hard core. Making it thru the Kiffin, Reed, and MOC years without taking a break must have been pure hell.

    EDIT – just to say that I missed the part about missing your brother-in-law’s wedding for the UNC game. I bet your wife is real happy with you!

  2. primacyone 07/30/2009 at 9:09 AM #

    Dewey, you are the man. That is hard core. Dewey deserves some free season tickets or some sort of recongition. To make all the away games and bowl games – that’s serious comitment.

    I will give a shout out to my Dad. He attended every home game at Carter Finley for 29 straight years. I would estimate somewhere around 190 – 200 consecutive home games. He took me along for all of them for about the last 15 of the 29 years. You get the best seats in the house after 29 years.

    He stayed until the last second on the clock ticked off for every single game. He never left early a single time, no matter what. And unless it was raining, he usally stayed a good 15-30 minutes after the game – enough time to let me run all over the stadium collecting as many cups as I could carry. He still has all those cups stacked up in a closet in his home office like a trophy. I bet there are 5000-10000 cups in that closet going back to around 1973-1974.

    Great times with Dad. Me . . . I can’t remember the last time a made it to every game in a single season. At least 6 years ago, before I had kids.

  3. 61Packer 07/30/2009 at 9:23 AM #

    No doubt that was real hell making it through the Kiffen, Reid, MOC and CTC years without missing a game.

    But I’d like to know if there’s anyone out there who’s made it through the Les Robinson, Herb Sendek and Sidney Lowe years so far without missing a game. Would they admit it?

  4. Classof89 07/30/2009 at 10:00 AM #

    Good grief, given some of our teams over the last 20 years, maybe we should give the man PTSD counseling…

  5. ppack3 07/30/2009 at 10:08 AM #

    primacyone – Your Dad and my Dad need to meet up! I am not aware of a home game that my Father has missed in the past 30 years. Thick and thin. That’s how I was raised. I had free reign of Carter Finley, watching the game from every part of the stadium. Pop didn’t care as long as I wasn’t distracting him from the game. He, like your Dad, has never (to my knowledge) left a game early. The last tick ran off the clock, and we were expected to be back at the seats so we could wait for the team to leave the field and the aisles to empty before making our way back to the tailgating vehicle. He has made every away game for the past 7-8 years, too. Amazing.
    I do have to disagree with you on one thing, though. After 30 yearsof giving, a lot, we were informed yesterday, that we would no longer be able to retain our RV space for this season. Now, this is a man (my Dad) who was a traveling sales Rep and Vice president of his company and still managed his schedule around NCSU Football! He has supported the Wolfpack Club since before I was born (I’m 35), bought eight LTR’s seats AS SOON AS that program started, shortly thereafter purchasing four more, among countless other monetary and charitable contributions. He also funded my education along with my sister’s, at NCSU. But, “there are several Level 100 donors that need spaces this year.” So, my (63 year old) father and my family, along with my two year old, will be parking the RV at Trinity and Blue Ridge this year, and still paying to do so. Well, it was fun while it lasted, but things like the March of Champions and the Fanzone will have to be ‘worked into’ our Five hour window for tailgating now. Money talks. Sorry for the rant, but it is all still pretty fresh.

  6. packalum44 07/30/2009 at 11:59 AM #

    I know its crazy but what if our marketing department found fans like Dewey and ya know, recognized and rewarded their loyalty publicly through a halftime jumbotron shout out, a N&O article, a Technician story,…..maybe it would just inspire and encourage other fans to do the same.

    Immitation is the highest form of flattery Dewey.

  7. ldr of the pk 75 07/30/2009 at 12:41 PM #

    ppack3 ^

    Too bad loyalty doesn’t count for anymore than that. I realize money talks, but come on, it’s not like ya’ll didn’t step up to the plate when you were needed.

    My father was an original season ticket holder in Carter Stadium (name at the time), 8 seats, and my memories are much the same. I even remember going to Riddick in my early teens. My folks formed relationships with those around them in the stands, and in the reserved parking spaces just steps from the seats. He unfortunately had to give them up in the ’90’s because of a financial collapse, but what a ride it was at the time.

    Despite the sports futility that has been honed by the Atheletic Department, there are a bunch of die hard Pack supporters out there. I expect to many, given the economic times, it is taking quite a stretch to continue giving at previous levels. Their loyalty shouldn’t be forgotten. You go, Mr Corn and ppack3’s Dad, you are the true Wolfpack.

  8. GAWolf 07/30/2009 at 2:10 PM #

    Mr. Corn is clearly a masochist, but I do admire his accomplishment greatly. “Just to see how long he could keep it up.” I love that attitude. Bravo to him… and his family for letting and helping him keep that up.

  9. ppack3 07/31/2009 at 11:30 AM #

    “Mr. Corn is clearly a masochist, but I do admire his accomplishment greatly.”

    Did I mention that my Dad doesn’t cut his toe nails, he just pulls them out, periodically. j/k


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