The North Carolina Football Family: Rivals Resolved into Siblings

And now for some mid-week, light-hearted football humor.  The following comes from coach13 in our StateFans Nation forums.  Often the lines between various North Carolina football programs becomes obscured by the media and by delusional fans.  Coach13 did an excellent job describing how the major North Carolina football programs can be related in terms of kinship.

“It translates kind of like a set of brothers. UNC and NCSU would be brothers, say twins 12 years old (one good-NCSU and one evil-UNC) and then a baby brother age 7(ECU). The older brothers compete with each other pretty hard but neither really wants to play with the baby brother, but their parents make them play with baby brother anyway so he’ll stop wining. When one has to play with baby brother, the other twin sets back ready to laugh if baby brother wins, but otherwise, nobody really cares, just keep the baby from wining.

“Duke would be the annoying 12 yr old Yankee cousin who acts like he knows it all, is really only good at one game and wants to play that all the time. Sucks at everything else.

“Wake is the cousin that’s just there. You don’t really dislike him, he’s kinda boring, ok at games, but someone to beat up on most of the time. Typically not very threatening…a little weird even.”

Why is App St not mentioned?  Well, App St is kind of like the adoptive 5 year old that keeps screaming because no one will pay him attention.  He won his t-ball tournament, but who gives a —-?

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18 Responses to The North Carolina Football Family: Rivals Resolved into Siblings

  1. nav 09/29/2010 at 12:58 PM #

    I’m sure if this were about BB then UNC and Duke would think of themselves as the twin brothers and State would be the younger annoying brother.

  2. NCStatePride 09/29/2010 at 1:00 PM #

    ^I think thats a symptom of poor NCSU performance over the past 20 years, not tradition. I promise you if NC State starts posting a ranked program that beats UNC with some regularity, you’ll see that swing the other way.

  3. ppack3 09/29/2010 at 1:02 PM #

    ^ That’s spot on. Classic.

    But, You forgot about the fact that the (UNC) 12 yo brother is, presumably, good at every game…but one. And, that doesn’t matter, because everyone knows that he cheats, while maintaining a pompous attitude, and wearing a feminine looking sweater vest.

    NCStatePride: …drinking a Zima and listening to Green Day while counting his daddy’s money in his wallet before heading down to get “mani’s and pedi’s” from his favorite salon.

    Fixed it for ya. Man, I hate Carolina… Sometime I’ll tell yall how I really feel.

  4. baxter 09/29/2010 at 1:08 PM #

    In BB, we’re like that older brother that everyone really liked a lot, he won all the time when everyone was growing up, then he got into drugs, bottomed out, but now he supposedly cleaned up, and everyone is watching to see if he can be like his old self or just fall back into his bad habits.

  5. Homeboy 09/29/2010 at 1:12 PM #

    ^ I know how much we hate the stereotype brush (“Moo U” etc) flung on us, so let’s check the plank in our on eye on that one. One example is my best friend from High School…not much money growing up, worked hard in HS (while holding a job), grew up in small town NC going hunting etc…, nobody in his family had ever gone to college and he went to Carolina and did real well there. I can’t say that I’m a “fan” of the school, but I am proud of him, and he sure don’t fit any of those stereotypes and he got where he is today by working hard of his own merit. (and he hates every Carolina frat boy more than any State fan ever could!)

    Just sayin that if we get pissed at other people’s stereotypes of us, then we should watch out to not do the same to other people. Makes us look hypocritical

    Then again, what do I know…I went to Wake Tech!

    NCStatePride: I think you missed the point. This isn’t about academic stereotypes. The title of the article is “The North Carolina Football Family”. This is about football teams and how we perceive each other.

  6. Scooter 09/29/2010 at 1:18 PM #

    Man, it’s not too far from accurate. All the UNC fans are complaining about playing ECU this week while we get a laugh, while the roles will be reversed after the BC game.

    I especially love the WFU comment. Classic.

    Sadly, you could look at us like the able-bodied twin who just can’t get out of his own way sometimes. I expect things might change with the change of direction in the athletics department offices.

  7. ppack3 09/29/2010 at 1:26 PM #

    I appreciate the edit…I actually meant to add those. Thanks.

  8. NCStatePride 09/29/2010 at 1:31 PM #

    Hey, you’re a smart guy. I knew that you were probably too busy laughing at how pompous the fans of the failing Carolina program are to get it all out of your system. Sometimes they give us so much to roll our eyes at, it takes two people to call them out.

  9. Plz2BStateFan 09/29/2010 at 1:35 PM #


    Thats what the triangle is for college athletics.

    And I love it.

  10. Ismael 09/29/2010 at 3:27 PM #

    hahaha, nice.

    my favorite part was the part about AppState. I know alot of people have affection for them, but most of their fans are delusional beyond belief.

  11. lush 09/29/2010 at 4:12 PM #

    I am an app grad who grew up in a wolfpack household. I would leave the mountains for every home wolfpack football game. app just can’t compare athletically. It is what it is.

    Of the app state football fans who call into to sports radio, 99 % are delusional.

  12. highstick 09/29/2010 at 4:58 PM #

    I hate to be a nit picker, but could someone correct the spelling of “whining” in that post? It’s spelled too close to “winning”.

    Good post…

  13. highstick 09/29/2010 at 6:08 PM #

    lush, one of my younger partners is an App Grad…He had the entire page of App winning their second national championship taped to the door of his office a few years back…I put another note under the headlines…

    “But they still can’t beat State”!!

  14. lush 09/29/2010 at 6:47 PM #

    Maybe I would feel differently had they decided to win 3 straight titles while I was still in school.

  15. timberwolf 09/29/2010 at 8:08 PM #

    Good post. I get to Boone a lot, and I don’t see many ASU / Carolina fans, but do see ASU / State fans. I mean think about it. Those boys don’t role that way. Like a favorite younger cousin.

  16. highstick 09/29/2010 at 9:21 PM #

    Not the ones I see in Charlotte~ They are as Baby Blue as they can be~~

  17. Wufpacker 09/29/2010 at 9:59 PM #

    “I know how much we hate the stereotype brush (“Moo U” etc) flung on us…”

    For the life of me I do not understand why any State alum would care, let alone hate, if a Carolina fan (or a fan from any other fanbase) calls State ‘Moo-U’, ‘Cow College’, etc. Frankly, I never found any of those very objectionable and if that’s the best they can come up with then it’s not even a fair fight.

    I KNOW how well rounded my education was (is) and how difficult the curriculum was. Some holier than thou douche bag wearing a baby blue sweater vest will never be able to make me feel insecure about it, especially if their insults are no more insulting than that.

  18. NCStatePride 09/30/2010 at 9:00 AM #

    ^Ditto. And again, this isn’t intended to be an academic case-study or anything. This is strictly talking about their football program/fans.

    Enjoy it while it lasts, boys. In another couple of years we’ll have to re-write this to reflect the absense of a UNC football program.

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