There's a Super Bowl being played on Saturday, and it's in the Dean Dome.
I'm well aware of the fact that the Wolfpack have one more win than the Heels. And I'm even more aware of the fact that State is currently ahead of UNC in the ACC standings. But let's not forget the history here. And let's not act like this isn't their Super Bowl anyway.
It always has been, it always will be for basketball. We know this. Add on the fact that in a decade State hasn't won in the Dome, or at all when Roy Williams is coaching, and it makes them even more motivated this year seeing that "10-0" in articles all week.
I hope I don't get run out of town by saying this, but this is huge for us too. With the looks of our season, hell, maybe this is our Super Bowl -- hear me out. Of course we need these wins just to make the tourney, but with the last 3 years, let's not act like this isn't personal at this point.
I'm not going to sit here and act like this is another game, or that this isn't a rivalry game. A win isn't enough tomorrow. We have to crush them -- in everything we play them in. I don't know how long it'll take to make up for the last 3 years of BS we've taken from these guys, but they reap what they've sown for the time being in EVERYTHING, EVERY TIME we play them.
They decided to belay sportsmanship when they took a dump on any semblance of respect between our two schools over these past few years -- a respect that always remains between true rivals, our neighbors 8 miles to the north be damned.
Anyway, I'm sure most of you agree either way, but no more of this "State isn't our rival" crap. OK, maybe they aren't like Duke is, but State has driven us to not only stop ignoring this game, but quite the contrary, to putting as much as we can into it.
State fans have always wanted our attention. Well, they've got it. And now they can pay the price.
Here's to hoping the Tar Heels treat it like the Super Bowl on Saturday too.
Alec Lepage is a 30-something sportswriter and blogger in Denver who got his start covering high school football. He has contributed to multiple sports blogs and covers the NFL and NBA for Cannon Satellite TV.