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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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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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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!

ALL RED EVERYTHING!

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