Friday, January 30, 2009

UNC Notes: A 'Country' Atmosphere

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina's seniors are 2-1 against N.C. State in Raleigh, but they have yet to get used to the Wolfpack atmosphere. They'll face it again when the teams play at the RBC Center on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

"From our perspective, their fans are kind of crazy, a lot of country guys over there,'' UNC forward Danny Green said. "They're pretty harsh; they speak their mind, they say whatever comes to mind, they try to hurt your feelings, and it's probably one of the toughest places to play.

"You've got the wolf howling in the background, which is kind annoying. And then when they run out, one time I got hit by one of the batons when they were swinging the flags -- I got hit with one of those in the head; that was kind of annoying, too. It's a tough place to play with all of the fans in the crowd; they get into it."

TYLER STILL BRACED: Forward Tyler Hansbrough , who had braces affixed to his front upper teeth after Clemson's Jerai Grant loosened one on Jan. 21, will have to keep wearing the mouthgear for a while yet.

"I still have the braces on, just to keep my tooth in line,'' he said. "I got it checked out again the other day; it's still a little wobbly, so they're going to leave it in another week or so."

Hansbrough, who was not wearing a mouthguard at the time of the injury, said he'll likely start wearing one again.

MOURNING YOW: Coach Roy Williams was sorry he was unable to re-schedule practice to attend the memorial for N.C. State women's basketball coach Kay Yow , which was held Friday afternoon. "We want to make sure everybody in the Wolfpack family knows that there were some other people that care, and still care, and send our deepest, deepest sympathies."

Williams was friends with Yow for years, dating back to when they coached teams that wore Converse and went on summer trips together.

"I remember one time so vividly is she wanted to know if I'd talk some basketball with here. So we sat down for about an hour and a half, just in the corner of a little room, and we did some X's and O's. And every time I would see her, and she would be with somebody else, she would bring that reference to it.

"...She was just a fantastic person."

— Robbi Pickeral


Anonymous said...

Moo U wuffies as threatening bumpkins. Whoda thunk it?

Harris said...

Well when all of your home games are filled with the wine and cheese crowd anywhere else would be tough to play in

Wolfey said...

So Danny thinks the State crowd is "country" guess he overlooks the bumpkins that root for his team around the country. Its called Walmart Nation for a reason. I guess its hard to play in an arena where the fans are loyal and passionate unlike in the Wine and Cheese dome where they are calling for the coach's head for losing 2 games.

Anonymous said...

I would say that Danny has really set himself up for a LOT of "annoying" abuse. Sorry, Danny!

Anonymous said...

That is whine and cheese crowd, Harris. I can not believe Hans does not wear a mouth piece!! Even Steph Curry wears one when he is not chewing it. I am surprised they did not call a flagrant foul on the guy that loosened the tooth. Or did they?

Tarheel Paul said...

To Wolfey and Harris

It has not been hard for anyone to play at State for a long time. Your record speaks for itself. How is Herb doing after you ran him out of town ?
As for Hansborough karl Hess ate his whistle and made no call.
Keep the cows mooing boys, you are what you are.

Anonymous said...

I guess we can't all have cocaine running fathers like Danny Green keep doing that queer jumping up and down pregame ritual. And Tarheel Paul I would rather ride a tractor than another guy like you.

WDB said...

Tarheel Paul wrote:

"How is Herb doing after you ran him out of town ? "

Listen - Herb has had more success in 3 years at ASU than he did in 10 years at State. Is he a good coach - yes, but he just couldn't get it done in Raleigh. This just proves that he is better off somewhere else and I wish him the best. Please stop bringing it up, because every time you do, it just proves that he wasn't a good fit here.

And by the way, 'Anonmous', I'd rather be a cow than a queer any day of the week.

Anonymous said...

Wow, some pitiful comments from the losing Pack fans. What an awful, awful losing tradition you have. My favorite memory is being in Raleigh when I was a freshman at Carolina in 1979 and watching Carolina lead 40-19 at halftime and then the Pack fans go crazy when they caught up and took the lead at the end of the game. Then with just seconds left, Dudley Bradley stole it from Clyde "the glide" Austin and went whole length of the court for a two handed slam and the win. Stunned silence. One of many, many, many. And thankfully before you came up with that silly Wolf hand signal. Yes you hate Carolina. Just like you would hate your daddy if he beat you with the belt using the buckle every night for your whole life.

Anonymous said...

Shame on whoever wrote this blog. It is "reporters" like you that perpetuate unnecessary stereotyping and ill attitudes between two fine universities. Yes I said two, because they are both great schools. It's unfortunate that you chose to encourage comments like these and that they took the bait. If he thinks Carolina fans aren't rude and uninviting to visiting teams, he is sadly uninformed. Is it that challenging to get comments from players about why they enjoy the challenge of playing in away venues or why they enjoy playing at home instead of perpetuating the negativity? Thanks for the "report."

Anonymous said...

Ummm. I'm going to say Danny Green with the lead pipe in the conservatory on this one.

Don't really think anyone made him call State fans "country." There's your stereotype culprit.

Damn fine reporting, Observer.