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.