It’s Time To Retire “This Is Our State” — It’s Become An Embarrassing Joke

After last night’s 82-72 overtime loss to NC Central, on the way home, I saw a rather forlorn yard sign wavering in the cool November breeze: “This Is Our State!”

As I drove past, still stinging from the worst major sports loss for the Wolfpack in at least the past ten years, a slight gust pushed the sign over.  Witnessing that was a fitting end to a miserable night in NC State sports.

Considering that NC State has lost to every in-state rival since September save for Appalachian, the Wolfpack has hardly shown the sort of dominance that would make such a brag the least bit appropriate.

And there’s undoubtedly more losses on the way: this weekend, NC State will host a “home” game against East Carolina in Carter-Finley that’s sure to be a bowl-like 50/50 atmosphere, at best.  More than likely, it’s going to be full of Pirates, cheering on their team as it tramples the hapless Wolfpack, and in between deriding NC State for “stealing its logo” and “stealing the ECU first down chant.”  Sounds like a lovely way to spend the afternoon, especially when on top of that, fans at the game will have to hear about the “This is our State” slogan besides.

Hopefully, ECU’s horde of happy Pirates won’t tear down the goalposts inside Carter-Finley, as is their custom.  Hopefully.

And it may get even worse: with Duke getting all it could handle from the Pirates basketball team, and based upon the performance that the NC State cagers put up against NC Central last night, when the Pirates come back next month, they’ll probably go back to Green Vegas with a win in hoops too.

In fact, State’s performances have been so inept in football and now basketball, the slogan has become a cruel joke that Wolfpackers everywhere have to hear when they go to work on yet another morning after yet another defeat.  Wolfpackers are a thick skinned lot even in the best of times; it comes with living in the same neighborhood as Duke and UNC — universities that win conference and national championships in basketball on a regular basis.  And soon, Duke may well become the second team from North Carolina to play for an ACC Title in football’s modern era of having a championship game.  NC State, on the other hand, has never played in a BCS Bowl or for that matter one of the five big postseason games in its entire football history.

This is our state, indeed.

All that in mind, it’s time to quietly retire the slogan and put it on the scrapheap where it belongs.  This is not our state, right now, it’s not even our town.  Until we have something to talk about, maybe we should stick to “Wolfpack Unlimited.”  At least that’s accurate — right now, the Wolfpack seems only capable of unlimited losing.


94 Responses to It’s Time To Retire “This Is Our State” — It’s Become An Embarrassing Joke

  1. Wulfpack 11/21/2013 at 11:06 AM #

    Preach it, brother.

  2. tobaccordshow 11/21/2013 at 11:16 AM #

    HAHAHAHA. Dammit. I need a drink.

  3. Ron Cherry 11/21/2013 at 11:20 AM #

    Thank you.

  4. Wufpacker 11/21/2013 at 11:21 AM #

    This IS our state….

  5. btownwolfpack 11/21/2013 at 11:39 AM #

    Too harsh. It just needs editing…

    This is our sad State.

  6. ryebread 11/21/2013 at 11:55 AM #

    I’ve hated that stolen slogan and the half @#($* marketing paired with it from the get go.

    Given we can’t beat anyone right now, we should eat some humble pie, roll up the sleeves and work.

  7. bigdudenc 11/21/2013 at 12:05 PM #

    Agreed, the slogan was unwarranted and premature. I’ve been a proponent of “non in vultus” for the past 9 years.

    Perhaps we can salvage the billboards by adding “of disarray” to the end of the slogan.

  8. Alpha Wolf 11/21/2013 at 12:07 PM #

    “This is our state” is straight out of Wolfpack Sports Marketing, which is run by our “friends” at Capitol Broadcasting.

    Why we hired a company that has a historical record of antipathy to NC State sports is still completely beyond my understanding.

  9. Rick 11/21/2013 at 12:28 PM #

    I say we save money nd reuse all the literature.

    Just add th word “despair” to the beginning of the sentence

  10. MrPlywood 11/21/2013 at 12:29 PM #

    I just consider the slogan an open-ended phrase, which can mean any number of things regarding NCSU football and basketball…

    State of disrepair
    State of flux
    State of decay
    State of mind

    Probably best to leave “State of the art” of the list for now.

  11. JohnGalt78 11/21/2013 at 12:41 PM #

    How about….

    This is our county! Wake up!

    Seriously, I posted earlier in the year….does anyone know how in the hell to get one of those bumper stickers off????

  12. Wulfpack 11/21/2013 at 12:47 PM #

    Take goo-off and a nice razor. Works like a charm.

  13. MattN 11/21/2013 at 12:58 PM #

    I prefer to use the name “Greenvile”.

  14. MP 11/21/2013 at 1:11 PM #

    Our State. Underachieving, Inconsistent, Outmanned, Outworked, Mediocre. THIS… Is Our State.

  15. JohnGalt78 11/21/2013 at 1:50 PM #

    Thanks Wulf.

    How about…

    This is Our State*

    *baseball only

  16. Alpha Wolf 11/21/2013 at 2:14 PM #

    This is Our State*

    *baseball only **

    ** except for elimination games in the College World Series.

  17. wolffpride 11/21/2013 at 2:19 PM #

    Man you guys cry like little bitches. You can tuck tail and run or you can man up to what you want this university to be. This is our state. No one said it would be easy. If it was then this would just be gloating, which we’re not about. Bitches

  18. PoppaJohn 11/21/2013 at 2:36 PM #

    Come on, people! This is emabarrassing.

    Are you suggesting we change our logo to,”we like puppies and children” or “we’re all for world peace and ending hunger” or “we just don’t want to offend anyone”? Maybe we should take a vote for least offensive slogan?

    Good grief, maybe we should start wearing pink instead of red – cause it’s softer. Other teams wear red, we don’t want to offend Louisville.

    I hate losing as much as anyone. I was there last night and the Central loss killed me. And I realized that hoops is going to be pretty bad this year. But I’ll be at every game. Even Duke when we’ll probably lose by 50.

    But I don’t for one second want to give up on that slogan. So what if we suck this year? It will happen again. But some years we will own the state. And it will be awesome. And that should always be our goal.

    I’d rather talk tough and get laughed at sometimes, than whimper and moan and get laughed at all the time.

  19. PoppaJohn 11/21/2013 at 2:38 PM #

    Wolffpride – I’m with you. This whining is embarrasssing.

    I’d much rather talk strong and get laughed at occaissionally, than whimper and moan and get laughed at constantly.

    Man Up!!!

  20. Alpha Wolf 11/21/2013 at 2:49 PM #

    Yeah, running around using a stolen slogan, bragging about shit you ain’t done isn’t stupid. Riiight, poppajohn.

  21. budfox88 11/21/2013 at 2:56 PM #

    You know, it’s depressing. I’ve been a fan all my life of 47 years, watched two natl championships, a few acc championships (men’s and women’s bball and baseball), and remember Tab Thacker (beast/RIP)? Hell, even the cheerleaders won national titles. I had the fortunate timing of attending State during tenures of Jimmy V, Dick Sheridan, and Kay Yow. I even got to see Ronald Reagan speak at Reynolds Coliseum…the absolute best athletic facility to have ever hosted a game, in any sport, EVER!!!!!!! I cry as much today as I did the first time I saw “the ESPY speech”, although I must confess that it does not inspire me as much today as in its original authenticity. There seems to be nothing authentic at State now, and my fear is that we’ll never return to the swagger of those old glory days. The most depressing is watching my two young boys, donned in full pack regalia, eagerly chant and pull for the wolfpack with the innocence of not knowing how GREAT it WAS, and only seeing the teams lose on a regular basis. I catch myself thinking defiantly that perhaps they should chose a different team. My gosh, you would think over two decades of rebuilding we would have built something besides buildings. The perpetual tease of hope crushed by reality has exhausted me of most of my patience, as well as drained most of the prestige from my alma mater, considering where we are now. I don’t usually complain in such broad strokes but I’m SOOOO sick of the general acceptance of and justification for brazen mediocrity at my school. That said, I will love NCState til I die. And yes, get rid of the “Our State” campaign until it can be delivered with some authenticity!!!!

  22. Alpha Wolf 11/21/2013 at 3:02 PM #

    ^ Exactly. I remember when the Wolfpack walked the walk and could point to championships and near-miss heartbreaks.

    Now, we get “give us more money and just WAIT TILL NEXT YEAR!”

    We’ve become the Cubs of the ACC — fans loyal to the death, and only getting sold next year in return.

    That’s fine, you never give up on what you love, but damned if they haven’t added a bullshit brag on top of it that they stole from the brain trust at Mississippi State. That needs to go.

  23. budfox88 11/21/2013 at 3:19 PM #

    Whining!? The only whining I’ve seen in the last two decades is coming from the damn athletic dept in post game interviews or the AD’s office when trying to excuse the regime du jour. Or maybe the chancellors office when we had one that didn’t give two s@#%s about sports. Here’s what I want to see…don’t put the GD uniform on unless you are willing to play with all your heart as a WOLFPACK MADMAN…every play, every down, every second, every day. Anything less…TURN THE LIGHTS OUT AND GO HOME…cause you’re not a winner anyway!!! You don’t have to be the best all the time, you just have to play like you are ALL THE TIME, but most importantly, NEVER ACT LIKE YOU ARE ANY OF THE TIME. This sucks, and if you were there…you know where I’m coming from.

  24. BJD95 11/21/2013 at 3:25 PM #

    If revenue sports were The Wire, we wouldn’t have a single corner under out control, let alone a block.

    Omar comin’…

  25. BassPacker 11/21/2013 at 3:28 PM #

    This is response Yow just released to Mark Armstrong WTVD11 on the “This is OUR State” campaign:

    ‘The history is it was meant as a tribute to our fans, who span the mountains to the seashores of NC. Others saw it as a statement of dominance in competition and still others saw it as simply a play on our name, State. As for whether a run of disappointing results would maybe result in a change of tack? ‘The marketing staff discusses themes each Spring, so we just are not there yet. I do not know what they will recommend.’

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