The Origin of “NC State Shit”

After last night’s punch/kick/smack/knife/bullet/cannon/etc to the stomach, I sat and talked with some friends about when did this whole “NC State Shit” phenomenon first start.  It took all of 3 seconds for me to recall the first time something that was complete and utter bullshit happened to my beloved team. And from that point on, it’s been a snowball gaining size and ridiculousness rolling down a mountain.

Before I get to what the event was that started “NC State Shit,” I’m going to give you guys a background on the universe and WHY “NC State Shit” exists. In 1983 a young Jim Valvano and his Cardiac Pack made a run through the tournament that was borderline genius in coaching and mostly luck in all other aspects. From a coaching standpoint, fouling early and often to create the pressure of missing the front end of one and one’s allowed the team to make comebacks during their famous NCAA title run (the irony of what happened last night just adds to the “NC State Shit”ness of it all). The luck part culminated with the “alley oop” to win the title as Hakeem (or Akeem at the time) Olajuwon watched as time ran out. I put alley oop in quotations because we all know that was an airball and the most lucky finish to win a game against a team we had no business from a talent standpoint even being close with. I know, you play to win the game, and any given day any team can win. And with certainty, these statements are absolutely true.

Fast forward to 1989, NC State versus Georgetown in the regional semifinal, winner goes to the Elite 8. NC State is trailing Georgetown by 3. Alonzo Mourning of Georgetown had just picked up his 4th personal foul a few minutes earlier. 2:06 left on the game clock.  Chris Corchiani drives to the hoop, gets bumped by Alonzo Mourning, throws up the shot, and falls to the ground. The whistle blows. The crowd erupts, the bench jumps up in celebration. Then “IT” happened. “IT” being “NC State Shit.” The referee signals for a traveling violation. Even the announcers are screaming “what?!?” On what should have been Mourning’s last play of the game and Corchiani stepping to the line for a chance to tie the game, “NC State Shit” stepped in and said, no sir, not today. All angles of the replay clearly show there was nothing even close to a traveling violation. No way in hell that the call should have been made. With that call, “NC State Shit” was born. Within the next 2 years, NC State gets put on probation for it’s players selling their tennis shoes for extra cash (yeh, that’s worse than making up classes and professors apparently *coughUNCcough*), our coach who won us a National Championship is fired, he get’s diagnosed with cancer, he passes away, and then we fade into the background on Tobacco Road.

Some fans will say that we deserve all of this for the way the administration treated Jimmy V when they let him go after the shoe scandal, they even go as far as calling it the curse of Jimmy V.  While how we treated Coach Valvano (may he rest in peace) was unacceptable, “NC State Shit” didn’t happen because of that. It was conceived during that miraculous 1983 title run in Albuquerque, then birthed 6 years later in the Meadowlands. If you don’t believe it, go back and watch that 1983 run, starting with the ACC Tournament. That run was proof. The magic we used to win those games down the stretch, that ACC tournament, that title game, well that folks, was the true spark for “NC State Shit,” and 25 years after it’s debut, “NC State Shit” is still breaking our hearts. With that, Go Wolfpack and Go to Hell Carolina.

Start the video below at the 5:52 mark.  Approximately 2:06 is left on the game clock with Georgetown up 3.  Watch and behold the beginning. And then hope and pray that last night was the end.

The Wolfpack Way aka NC State Shit


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Rama-Diary Day 3 (or 4)

Guess who thought it’d be a good idea to go to 3 different grocery stores yesterday, even though he said he wouldn’t after his day 1 debacle? This guy, that’s who.  When you’re hungry, you gravitate towards food, as if staring at it and imagining how it will taste uncooked makes up for not being able to eat.   As if all that staring and envisioning leads to a fullness of the brain despite the stomach.  Bottles of water never looked so tantalizing.  Hell even pork (which I do not eat), looks good (I know I am not the only one who thinks that).  I can’t even stare at hand sanitizer the same, because it looks like delicious water to me.  Aside from that though, everything else has been fine…. I haven’t snapped at anyone yet (and that is a win). True story, yesterday an Ice Cream truck came to our work parking lot offering FREE ICE CREAM.  OF COURSE THAT WOULD HAPPEN (Side note, there is a Muslim dentist that works in this same complex, I’m pretty sure it was not a coincidence). By the way the grocery store debacle I faced left me with all this stuff that I thought I would make in one night because I craved it all, but instead didn’t actually even unload from my car.  Well except for making halal pigs in a blanket, those things were incredible. Be jealous. Mmm, dang it that just made me hungry!

Last night’s Iftar: Koosa Ma7shi (stuffed squash).  If you don’t like this dish, you have issues (ahem big sis).  Pigs in a blanket (halal!), and half a chocolate chip cookie.

Suhoor: Protein bar, banana, 1 bottle of water, 3 cups of water (2 Pee breaks!).

And with small hallucinations like these, you realize that as hungry or thirsty as you may get when you’re fasting, there are others less fortunate that live like this daily.  They don’t have the luxury of eating at 8:34 PM (today’s time) on the dot.  They eat when they can, they drink when they can.  Sometimes its days, weeks or even months for an actual decent meal.  That’s one of the reasons behind us doing this, to feel for the less fortunate.  It’s not about all the complaining about hunger and thirst and fatigue, it’s about realizing that we should be thankful for what we have every day, and perhaps when we see those that are less fortunate, we maybe can help them out.

This has no relevance to anything I typed, but this kid is freaking awesome!

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Rama-Diary Day 2 (or 3)

I’m still alive Alhamdillah (Praise be to God).  Day 1 (or 2) went as expected. Tired, thirsty, hungry, not hungry or thirsty, still tired. It all hits at about 3 PM and then just loops until you eat.  The vicious cycle.  Day 2 (or 3) is pretty much the same.  Walked by coworkers eating food and drinking their delicious watery looking water (how else does water look?). Anyway, I’m not hungry, but I am having visions of pizza, steak, hamburgers, cookies, biscuits, ice cream, and much much more dance through my head (if you’ve ever fasted you know exactly what I am talking about).  My brain knows I can’t eat, so it’s just cycling through the catalog of all the possible foods in the world (A hamburger with cookies as a bun? SURE, why not!?).

Things I remembered not to do again, although I’ve told myself from all the previous years before not to do them, but will inevitably end up doing possibly as soon as today include:

  • Going to a grocery store during lunch time, wow I wanted to buy everything.  (Side note Hebrew National has 97% fat free hot dogs that are 45 calories now and taste just like the regular ones, which is phenomenal.  This right now is my top moment for the year, 2013 so far you are winning the last decade)
  • Taking a nap before it’s time to eat, but waking up with 30 minutes left.  You wake up hungrier, and you become tireder (is that really a word?).
  • Sleeping early.  My intention was there, it just never happened, still stayed up late.  Such a good planner, just the execution needs work.
  • Walking into a kitchen with food cooking 30 mins before it’s time to eat.  Smells delicious, but hurts my feelings that I can’t eat.  Be ON TIME, not early, not late, ON TIME.
  • Get close to the door at Taraweeh, for ventilation purposes, both cooling and smell wise (you ALL know what I’m talking about).

Iftar last night: Chicken, corn, leftover pasta, 3 bottles of water.

Suhoor: Protein Bar, Banana, 1 bottle of water, 2 cups of ice water (only ONE Pee break!!)

Here’s to today being a shorter day than yesterday (we eat one minute earlier suckers!!). Day 2 (or 3) I got you  son!

Hasn’t happened yet!! Still 27/28 (or 26/27) days left though.

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Rama-Diary Day 1 (or 2)

First day of Ramadan (or second depending on your zip code).  Hunger hasn’t set in yet.  Neither has thirst.  Hallucinations haven’t started coming yet.  Viewing pictures of food on the computer has not led to me wanting to print them up and just eat them.  Fortunately no one has come around with delicious smelling food.  All and all an uneventful morning.  I have checked the time for sunset 5 times thus far, you never know, it might come sooner.  No one has come to me yet to ask me if I want any food.  The world hasn’t ended yet.  So yeh, day 1 thus far is going smooth.  Get at me at like 6 PM when I still have 2.5 hours left til I can eat or drink anything.  Actually avoid me, it’s probably not gonna be pretty.

Suhoor this morning : Banana, Protein bar, 3 bottles of water (and 4 subsequent wake me up pee breaks between 430 and 730 AM)

Let’s see how long I can stay sane today… must not think of food…dang it I just thought of food…dang it I just did it again…Ramadan Mubarak…

Ramadan, brings a new meaning to “clock management”


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It’s that time of the year again folks, to all my Muzzies, ‘Slims, and Muslims (those are all the same), Ramadan Mubarak!!  Let the mass texts (don’t send me a mass text you lazy bums) and emails fly!!  Let the annual game of Crescent Moon Hide and Seek begin.  To those of you fasting today, you guys have better seekers than those of us starting tomorrow….overachievers.  But seriously, in the technological age that we are in, how is it that we can’t all start fasting on the same day?? Did we or didn’t we see the moon?  And if we did, why couldn’t someone take a picture? I mean seriously, put that thing on Facebook or Instagram, and the whole world would know what’s up.  Or perhaps we could do something smarter and just follow whatever MECCA does!! It’s MECCA!!! They are most likely to be on top of their game guys.  Every year the mosques announce that everyone will be following the national guidelines provided by some organization (no idea which one they all would agree on) and EVERY YEAR 2 mosques about 10 minutes from each other start Ramadan on a different day.  The organizational skills of the muslim communities are second to none!!! Please realize that was sarcasm. Last year I blogged on the beginning of Ramadan here: (shameless plug).  There are more things to know about it, but since Ramadan hasn’t started where I live, you guys will just have to wait and see what else I gots to say bout dat! So to all my non-fasters today, enjoy your last breakfast and lunch for a month (I know y’all will because I’ve already seen you guys Instagram the pics).  And to my fasters, Ramadan Mubarak.  Just remember, if you’d have lived one mile up the road, you would have started fasting tomorrow and not today!!

What moon? Brother I’m looking, I just don’t see it! Khalas, we will start in 2 days!

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Becoming White…

I’ve always heard that being White in America is the best thing ever.  That with it come all of these perks and all of these entitlements.  That White people have the most fun in the whole world.  That your status in society is higher and you can further yourself and career more easily just by being white.  That you won’t get random searches when traveling in the airport.  That you can walk by a car filled with people at night and they won’t lock the doors out of fear.  That everyone will treat you with respect.  That it doesn’t matter that I can’t dance.

I stand before you today, a brown man, who has had his first taste of “Whiteness” and I am here to say that this shit sucks.  This weekend I went to the beach. I applied sunscreen for the first time in my life.  And for the first time in my life I have sun burn (is it one or two words?).  White people, you lied to us all.  For the first time in my life, I stand before you part White (due ONLY to my sunburn) and this feeling sucks.  Being White sucks.  Today, I may be a dark, crispy brown, but inside I feel White, only because on the outside I have some red.  So White people, I feel your pain.  You may have all those perks of “Whiteness” but this sunburn (tried it this way and it didn’t correct me on spell check) crap is painful.  It’s not easy being White, I don’t know how you guys do it….


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What We Learned This Weekend…

The first weekend of the NCAA has come and gone…68 teams are now down to the Sweet 16.  My team (NC State) has disappointed me again.  My bracket is busted.  I did better in my picks the 2nd day, but when you lose your “Champion,” you really have nothing else to play for.  So what do I do now that my team is out, my bracket is busted, and my joy and happiness are gone?  Well naturally I root against UNC.  And that is almost, and it’s really close, but almost as good as pulling for an NC State win.  So UNC lost, and I was happy.  OK I was practically doing backflips. But does that mean that’s the end of the tourney for me? Nah, now I can pull against Duke and every other high seed.  Underdogs son.  For the upcoming UNC fans that keep saying “well at least we got further than State did,” I thought you guys weren’t our rival, why the hell are you still talking about us?  And with that, here is what I/we learned this weekend:

  1. Florida Gulf Coast is the 2nd best team in the state of Florida right now to the Miami Heat.  They have WHITE boys dunking the ball with ridiculous athleticism.  Their point guard (also white) is tossing over the shoulder lobs in crunch time.  Their best rebounder is a 6 foot 4 GUARD.  They are how we wish all the teams played in the big dance.  I hope they keep their run goin.
  2. The officials are ruining the tournament.  Seriously NCAA, let’s do something about this.  The amount of missed calls, make up calls, and ticky tack calls are ruining the flow of the games.  It’s all about being fun for the student-athletes and for the fans.
  3. UNC lost, and everybody loves that shit.  You still didn’t beat a single good team this year (here comes the we beat State crowd, so does that mean you’re calling State good?).
  4. Gonzaga should not have been a number 1 seed.  No way in hell.
  5. The Big 10 and Big East have good teams, but damn if 90% of the teams play the ugliest style of basketball ever.
  6. Georgetown out early again.
  7. UCLA fired their coach.  In 10 years, he took them to 3 Final Fours, and he WON the conference in the regular season and got to the championship game in the tournament.  His second best player got hurt the day before the championship game.  Now he’s fired.  Talk about ridiculous expectations.
  8. All those mid-majors and nobody schools did not deserve that many bids.
  9. The idiots who seeded this tournament ruined what could have been a great tourney based on parity.  Who is in that Ohio State bracket?  Look at Louisville (Duke, Mich St.) and Kansas (Michigan, Florida) and Indiana (Syracuse, Miami).. Yeh real fair.  The selection committee wanted to give Gonzaga the best chance to get to the Final Four, too bad they sucked.
  10. Where were the damn Overtime games???
  11. Ole Miss, why the hell were you playing a zone defense with a tie game and knowing that the teams were gonna run weaves and go to the hoop???
  12. The chicken dance by the Florida Gulf Coast team and the “milking the cow” by San Diego State fall short only to Jim Laranaga’s (yes I know I’m missing a tilda, but I still can’t remember how to do that) dance after the Miami game.

Yep, that block was nasty…but seriously, this kid looks funny

Look at the guy in the background on the rim. He’s WHITE… HOLY CRAP HE’S WHITE!!


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Tourney Day 1 Recap: Bracket Busted

Quick Recap of Day 1 – I got 9 out of 16 games right, that’s 56.25% for you math majors.  Or as those in my office and friend pools can see, close enough to last place that apparently the girls picking teams based on the sexiness of mascot have a better win percentage than me.  On the bright side of things I’ve ONLY lost 2 sweet 16 teams, and no team that goes deeper than that (yet anyway).  My awesomeness shows more at the end than at the beginning folks!

So let’s get down to teams that disappointed the ever living shit out of me out of my 7 wrong picks.

7. Davidson – I had this upset, and with a minute to go, I HAD THIS UPSET!  Then you blew it, throwing the ball away with under 10 seconds to go and letting them get a layup to go up 1!  Come one son!  I’m sad for you, but I’m a lil more mad at ya.

6. Saint Mary’s – Down 5, 10 seconds to go.  I was like dang it I shouldn’t have picked y’all.  Miracle banked 3 pointer and an in-bounds pass off of dudes face and uh oh we got ourselves a game! But alas the Dellavedova 3 at the buzzer was too long and your attempt at a Disney princess run ended.

5. Missouri – You guys suck. Your coach is cheater.  2 years in a row you should be better than you are but you aren’t.  I hate you.

4. Pittsburgh – I knew I shouldn’t have picked you.  I swear I knew it, but you’re from the Big East (this year anyway), so I thought you’d be better. Nope, you suck.  Jerks.

3. UNLV – California tried everything to give you that game.  Flagrant foul, missed free throws.  But you bested them, 11 minute scoring drought, missed layups, missed jumpers, a billion missed shots in a row.  Oh and not to mention you let that goofy ass white dude dunk the ball on 4 straight possesions.

2. New Mexico – All that hype, high seed, bounced by a bunch of nerds from Harvard.  Really?!? I had you jerks in the Sweet 16.  Thank God that’s all I had you going to.

1. Oklahoma State – Granted Oregon should not have been a 12 seed but shit man, you guys didn’t really show up.  Smartacus, where the hell were you, PG without passing and taking bad shots.  This team couldn’t hit a shot.  Or guard the Oregon guards for that matter, that little dude was running circles around you, literally.  Sweet 16 pick wasted.

Am I bitter? A little bit. Honestly though, none of these games matter to me as long as NC State wins.  Am I a homer when it comes to my team? Yes, absolutely yes!  Let’s Go Pack! Beat the stupid Owls.  And let’s hope I get some more picks right today.  Day 2 show me some love….

Sorry officer, I thought I was going the speed limit….


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Let the Madness Begin!

“The ball is tipped, and there you are, you’re running for your life, you’re a shooting star…”

Today is the best day of the year.  Better than your birthday, better than Christmas, and yes better than Flag Day. Today marks the REAL start of March Madness (sorry play in games).  The beginning of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  64 teams enter, 1 team leaves alive.  The Big Dance.  The party of all parties.  The prom invitation you wanted and if you didn’t get it you’re on the outside looking in.  And when you fall, you go stand at the wall and keep watching the beauty that is college basketball.  Today millions of people will fall ill with a mysterious disease that will cause them to miss the next 2 days of work.  They will be SO sick in fact that they can’t even go to their doctor.  Instead they will sit at home and watch TV to get them through their tough times.  Bracket in hand, every game lifting their spirits or pushing them into a more “ill” state.  And for those of us with the beginings of the sniffles who can not leave work, well TNT, TBS, TruTV, and CBS have us covered, and yep that includes internet streaming.  Productivity will fall today folks, it might as well be a national holiday to be sick these next 2 days.  Cinderellas will be born, Goliaths will dominate, and teams that you have doubted all year will either continue or all of a sudden turn into a cohesive unit and become a juggernaut (please NC State do the latter of this).

Last year I gave you guys the laws of the tourney.  A few rules that happen in this first weekend.  I’ll repeat it for you this year with a few more twists to it.  Enjoy:

  1. There will be a buzzer beater in the first weekend.
  2. There will be an overtime game.
  3. A lower seed will knock off a higher seed.  Some big name school will be out to a college located inside a college (think about it).  Pray to God it’s not your team.
  4. Officiating will affect the outcome of one game majorly, usually in the favor of a higher seed (Most likely UNC, Indiana, Duke)
  5. Announcers (sadly not Gus Johnson this year😦, damn you Fox for taking him) yelling out the phrase “can you believe it?” (Obviously we can, it just happened in front of our faces)
  6. Many of your brackets will be shattered, as your National Champ exits as quickly as the tourney starts (Gonzaga and Indiana, not happenin’).
  7. Some small player will constantly be showered with the praise of “he’s got a lot of heart.” (Is that an insult on his skill?)
  8. A big time school will be shown to be overrated (ahem, Duke, Indiana, UNC).
  9. I will continuously sing “One Shining Moment” in my head (and sometimes out loud) during every game, even though it’s the song reserved for the Champion at the END of the tournament.
  10. ‘NC State Shit’ (coined after my awesome University, look it up on Urban Dictionary) will happen to a majority of the teams.  Could be in the form of a 6 minute 38 seconds scoring drought, or your best player fouling out in the first half, or your best shooter missing all his shots, or blowing a 20 point lead in the second half….really the list goes on.  If your team experiences this, there really isn’t anything you can do except go sit in your room alone and in the dark crying (been there, done that, it’s not fun).  Avoid all sharp objects if any of this happens, just sayin’.
  11. One “Major” conference will be shown to be fraudulent.
  12. The ACC referees specifically will screw one team because they are the worst officials on the planet. (ahem Karl Hess, Teddy Valentine)
  13. New dances will be born and I will love each and every one of them (and I will try to do them at home/work when no one is watching).
  14. I will have a perfect bracket and win a bajillion dollars (that’s the number when a billion and a zillion get together and make babies).

“I’m so excited! I’m so excited. I’m so scared…” If you didn’t get that, then I am sorry you had a horrible childhood.  This is the year for me.  The year for my team. I can feel it through my body (or maybe that’s diarrhea).  Either way, thank you God for this time of year.  Let the Madness begin.  Go State, Go Wolfpack, Go to Hell Carolina!

My Perfect Bracket....I Done Said It!

My Perfect Bracket….I Done Said It!

(Damn where’s Kentucky now? Bob Morris anyone?)



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Not Our Rival…

Once again Wolfpack nation, the time is upon us where all we will be hearing from the Tar-holes up the road is that NC State is “Not Our Rival.”  Fantastic! Now that we got out the way, we can talk about the upcoming game against those pompous arrogant sons of ……. So yeh game on tomorrow.  Both teams are sitting in that 4th and 5th spot (UVA has tie breaker if records are even) in the ACC, so this game has big implications (and I don’t mean it in a rivalry sense, because, we are not your rivals).  In the past few weeks it seems like Roy Williams has realized his best player is PJ Hairston (only something every other person in America knew from the beginning of the season), and since inserting him the starting lineup UNC has played decent basketball (only decent because they still suck).  And in the last week Coach Gott has inserted TJ Warren in the starting lineup and was rewarded with a 31 point, 13 rebound performance (I told you son, rebound the ball and hit your free throws and look at what it does to your stat line).  So what we’ve learned is that both coaches have started learning how to actually set proper lineups. Everyone knows that the game tomorrow is important psychologically for both teams as well as in the ACC standings (and NCAA resume), so once again I’ll break down the keys to NC State success so that we may avoid the proverbial “NC State Shit” (you know like a missed free throw that’s tipped in at the end of the game to force overtime).

Coach Gott – Play your 7 and only your 7.  The 7 I refer to does not include the Australian guy that can’t get a rebound.  Apparently that is uncoachable.  Preach defense and rebounding, and ball movement, this one pass one shot crap is gonna kill us.

CJ Leslie – Calvin, get your shit together son.  You can’t be mentally checked in 50% of the time.  You turn the ball over too much on plays that you force.  Let the game come to you.  And for the love of God STOP JUMPING AT EVERY PUMP FAKE!! You end up picking up stupid fouls and NOT blocking the shot.  Also, the 1 to 2 goaltends you get a night need to stop, if it goes in it goes in.  I know you wanna be on SportsCenter but I’d rather us win games son.

Lorenzo Brown – I’m glad your back.  Turn the ball over less.  I’m loving the distributing and the attacking the rim, but turn the ball over less.  Keep the defensive intensity up.  Make people remember why you are one of the top Point Guards in the country.

Richard Howell – Stay aggressive.  Avoid the half court fouls.  And once again rebound with TWO HANDS.  Secure the ball please.  Keep working on the jump shot because when it’s on you are un guardable sir.

Scott Wood – Be ready to release the ball WHEREVER you catch it, I don’t care if it’s half court.  Defensively keep the guy in front of you. You’ve gotten lucky a few times blocking shots from behind, but with better players that’s gonna be a dunk and you ain’t blocking that.  Keep moving on offense, just keep moving, make your defenders keep running into screens, they’ll continue tiring out.  But shoot the ball more (and make it more too please).

TJ Warren – Be aggressive man.  Stay rebounding, keep moving without the ball, defend with arms extended, hit free throws.  You did great against FSU, we need that intensity against everybody.  And don’t think I didn’t notice that change in the quickness of release on your 3 pointer, I see you tryna look like KD!

Rodney Purvis – Look man, you are athletic, we know that.  But you miss too many layups and you miss way too many free throws.  What does that equal? Points left off the scoreboard.  Like many other State fans, we hate seeing a 3 on 1 fast break with you dribbling because we know you will NEVER pass it.  How bout passing the ball some to the open people on breaks and calm down a bit to finish your shot.  It doesn’t help if you get fouled if you don’t make the free throws.  Stay in the gym and work on it.  Seriously, go to the gym now and shoot free throws.  You have the chance to be our best on the ball defender, focus on that, your minutes will come. Keep hustling man, the points are waiting for you.

Tyler Lewis – Son I apologize to you, I didn’t think you were ready to play at this level this year, but you have proven me wrong.  Why? Because you’ve realized what you can and can’t do.  So keep that up.  Pass the ball, and move.  Dribble like it’s your job.  The White Shadow strikes again.

I think we beat the d-bags from Chapel Hill, but it’s not gonna be as easy (30 minutes of easy) as it was in Raleigh.  Defend as a team, rebound, and take good shots.  If it’s a shot you can get at any time in the shot clock then it’s not a good shot.  Take the better one.

Go to Hell Carolina! Go State!

For old times sake…Never forget!


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