Top 3 – a Carolina fan who got it right

In an article that I would call, “Three great moments in NC State-UNC history”, Tar Heel Monthly’s Adam Lucas took time to focus on his opinion of UNC’s three worst losses to NC State in the last 25 years. The article is linked here and includes some videos of the the three games – 1986, 2008 and 2010.

Let’s just get the bad stuff out of the way while we’re all still salty from the weekend disappointment, shall we? This week on the site, we wanted to rank the top three and bottom three games against NC State from the last quarter-century. Originally, I was going to do the top three first. But, given the last 72 hours, let’s just go ahead and deal with the misery first. [snip]

The worst three losses to NC State. Now, let me admit up front that I did not see the 2008 or 2010 games in person due to basketball travel. In 2008, we were in Maui. It was SLIGHTLY better than sitting in Kenan Stadium watching State win 41-10. In 2010, we were in Puerto Rico, and while we had a great crew to watch the game with, I would rather buy a vacation home in Afghanistan than go back to Puerto Rico ever again. So that takes two of the most painful State losses of the past 25 years off the table. Unfortunately, there were others to choose from. I only considered the games in this series that I have seen in person, which means all of them since 1986 except for the above two. The alternate title for this story was “Three days when I didn’t talk to anyone for hours after the game was over.”

As State fans, I guess we could view Lucas’ list from the opposite perspective — three of the best games of the last 25 years. Of course, our own LRM has already done a FANTASTIC piece that you MUST READ regarding “The Last Five” that is linked here.

First, 1986 is unarguable. That game will forever go down in the annals as one of the best – if not the best – State-Carolina game of all time. It had EVERYTHING, including State’s new Head Coach, Dick Sheridan, riding into town as a savior to stop

1990’s game was about as boring as they come. But, it doesn’t get more joyous for one side and painful for the other for a field goal kicker to win the game on a last second field goal that set the ALL-TIME ACC RECORD at 56 yards.

What I found most interesting about the article was that Lucas did not give into temptation to choose the 2008 and 2010 games in his list of three worst losses because he did not attend the games in person. I think that that was a VERY smart move for him. Had Lucas chosen those 2008 or 2010 as the worst losses he would have totally been wasting his selection.

You see, even if Carolina had ‘won’ those two particular games at the time they were contested, the Tar heels would have ultimately been forced to forfeit/vacate the result. Whether he realized it or not, it was a very smart decision to keep the 2008 and 2010 games off the list because Carolina would’ve never been able to ‘win’ those games because of taking the field with multiple players who were (1) receiving illegal benefits from agents, and (2) receiving illegal benefits from alums, and (3) were academically ineligible due to massive academic fraud,

How painful can it REALLY be to lose a game that you were never eligible to win in the first place?

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8 Responses to Top 3 – a Carolina fan who got it right

  1. phillypacker 10/26/2012 at 7:03 PM #

    Not following the reasoning here. The 1988 48-3 and 1989 40-6 ass whippin’s were two of the worst beatings of all time. I know some defeats that were close may have been more bitter in terms of emotion, but how do you leave those two out?

  2. Wufpacker 10/26/2012 at 7:11 PM #

    ’86 game was a classic and is one of my favorite games to have seen in person ever.

    Was in CH and ended on their failed 2 pt conversion on a screen pass when receiver slipped a bit and knee touched turf. 35-34, Pack wins.

    Still remember Technician headline the next day…

    Heels don’t get the 2 they kneed

  3. Wufpacker 10/26/2012 at 7:47 PM #

    Was also there for the ’90, 12-9, 56 yd FG game.

    In fact, the Pack has never lost in CH when I’ve been in attendance. (4-0)

  4. graywolf 10/26/2012 at 7:54 PM #

    Wufpacker : I think we can drum up the money to get you a seat again this year…….can’t hurt.

  5. 44rules 10/26/2012 at 8:20 PM #

    I was in the Technician office when the esteemed journalist Tim Peeler came up with that headline.

  6. MISTA WOLF 10/26/2012 at 8:38 PM #

    Hell Wufpacker, if that’s the case I’ll give you my cell number and you can meet me in Chapel Hell and I’ll buy us each a seat.

  7. Wufpacker 10/26/2012 at 8:54 PM #

    Tickets aren’t my major obstacle right now gents….2500 miles is. But if I could get there on short notice, I’d definitely take you up on it. Am hoping this is the last season of Pack sports that I’m displaced for, however.

    Funny thing about the ’90 game is that I was there with a friend who is a Ram’s Club guy, and was sitting in the middle of Ram’s Club folks. When the kick was good, me and a handful of folks started screaming like insane fools. Everybody else just sat in stunned silence.

    Amazingly enough, that didn’t damage the friendship with the guy. He’s a pretty good dude for a dirty stinkin’ tar hole.

  8. wolfpackmr.e 10/26/2012 at 10:11 PM #


    How bout the famous “State champions” headline from the ’08 season that the Technician printed?

    And as a side note- What does this guy have against Puerto Rico?

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