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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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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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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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We Are…

Penn State!  Obviously everyone knows by now what transpired at Penn State University with Jerry Sandusky and the molestation of young boys.  I’m not here to re-hash the disgusting details of what happened.  This is just a commentary regarding the sanctions placed on Penn State University for the behavior of everyone involved in the scandal.  A quick re-cap of the sanctions: $60 million fine, 4 years of bowl probation, vacating all wins dating back to 1998, a loss of scholarships starting with 10 initially and then 20 total scholarships each year for 4 years, and the ability of players to transfer this year with no penalty.  Now, my take on these sanctions.

  • $60 million fine – this money is going towards helping molested children.  I think the NCAA has the right idea here by moving the money towards supporting victims of sexual abuse as children.  I actually feel like this dollar amount should have been a little more, but we know that no amount will change what happened to those young boys.
  • 4 years post season ban – No bowl games for 4 years.  This will be crippling to recruiting classes for the next 4 years, which will basically diminish the product at Penn State.  I believe a post season ban of 2 years would have been more fitting.  On Saturdays the population boom surround Penn State football makes it the 3rd largest city in the state of Pennsylvania.  The decrease in the product on the football field is going to drown the economy in the area, not just the university or football team.  4 years is too much in my opinion, when schools are getting less for paying players (USC) and taking classes for players (UNC).  I am not downplaying the egregious crimes that occurred, but remember that none of the current players or coaches had anything to do with what happened, and this was not a football related incident with regards to the GAME.  Punishment was necessary, but I would like to see more Civil hearings where those who turned a blind eye end up in jail rather than just punishing the football program.
  • Vacating the wins from 1998 – To me, this was stupid.  Again this wasn’t a FOOTBALL crime. This was a crime, but it had nothing to do with the performance on the field.  Joe Pa’s record for wins is now “gone” and he is now 12th all time in NCAA history.  Does this do anything to help the victims?  Actually what does this accomplish?  Was there any cheating going on? They definitely blew it on this one.
  • Loss of scholarships – This alone would have been fitting, but coupled with the postseason ban it is crippling to the institution.  I think that was the main point of all of this.  I like losing scholarships but in a moderation form.  I’d have preferred a loss of scholarships and lesser years on the postseason ban.  Not for the football program, but for the community surrounding the university.
  • Allowing players to transfer – Finally, the NCAA got the transfer ruling right.  This was definitely the right move, great job.

In all honesty the main gripe regarding these sanctions is stripping wins.  I feel like doing this was overboard regarding what happened.  Again, none of what occurred affected game play.  Wins and losses should not be stripped.   I don’t like the severity of the ban but I understand it.  What the “tickle monster” Sandusky did was vile and disgusting.  What those around him did in looking the other way was just as bad.  Punish those who let this happen and do it with big fines and jail time (or whatever you can actually do within the “law”).  Erasing memories of football games doesn’t accomplish anything.  Penn State will come back from this.  So for all the Nittany Lion fans, fear not about your precious program, you will be back.  Channel your support towards the University community and the victims of the crimes.  Show your hate towards those who let these things occur.  Be proud of where you went to school.  It wasn’t your school that let you down, it was a few idiots who couldn’t understand right from wrong.  For those wondering, no, I didn’t attend Penn State, but I support the school now.

Remember guys, YOU ARE….PENN STATE!

Don’t let the actions of one man bring down your institution.

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Let’s Dance!

Today marks the ‘real’ beginning of the “Big Dance.” The first round ‘First Four’ games are done and we can start with the real party.  The NCAA tournament is probably the greatest month for sports fans.  You get upsets, buzzer beaters, and David beating Goliath.  Each year, there are constants that will occur on the first weekend of the tournament.  These moments are what make the first weekend memorable and give the tourney it’s glory for years to come.  Who doesn’t remember Valpo, Richard Hamilton, or Lorenzo Charles at the buzzer? What about Michael Jordan’s corner jumper, George Mason to the Final 4, or the Fab 5? All of these moments are etched in our proverbial skulls. Every year we get a new champion, but we also get new, fresh memories and moments to be remembered and told to our kids and grand-kids. Just like the laws of physics, the NCAA tourney has it’s own laws, MUSTS for the first weekend, with that being said, here we go:

  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, Kentucky, Duke)
  5. Announcers 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 (Georgetown and Louisville, 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, Kansas).
  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.  I’m looking at you Big East (more like Big Least).

‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ (much better fit for this than winter time no?), so make sure you fill out your brackets, show them proudly before the games start, because once the ‘Madness’ begins, some of your picks won’t be dancing no mo.

I could have ended this with so many different songs regarding dancing, but instead I chose one of the greatest “dance” songs of all time. RIP Whitney Houston and Go WOLPACK!!

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