Growing up, there were only a few times that I remember actually cheering for the Tar Heels. I cheered for them when they played the “Fab Five” in the national championship game.
I really couldn’t stand Michigan so I was pretty happy when that happened. Because sports can make strange bedfellows and the opponent of your opponent is your friend. That’s why I will also cheer for Carolina when they’re playing Duke or KY.
This causes a little bit of tension in our house. If you’re a long-time reader, you might remember that Aiden played rec league basketball a decade ago. They wore powder blue. And they were the Tar Heels.
He’s been a fan of North Carolina ever since he played for the Tar Heels. But even he, a die-hard Carolina fan, understands that there are allegiances and there are allegiances . And the Hoosiers trump almost all other teams.
So I’m sorry, friends. If you live in North Carolina, I might have to dislike you. It’s just for a few hours. I’m sure you understand. And I wouldn’t be surprised if you felt the same way.
After all, the Hoosiers ended Michael Jordan’s short college carreer when they upset UNC in the Sweet 16. And Isiah and crew also upended the Tar Heels to win the national championship.
And since we’re talking about teams from Carolina, there’s another blue team just down the road from UNC. And although this really doesn’t have anything to do with the Tar Heels, I just have to share this. It’s one of my favorite IU memories.
But that’s neither here nor there at this point. We’re donning or Cream and Crimson and staying up late to cheer for Indiana.