I can’t remember a moment of my life when I didn’t hate Duke. They have never not been the bad guys. They say to hate like this is to be happy forever, and that might be true, but it also means a pit in my stomach that appears the morning of game day and never seems to subside. Carolina losing always ruins my day, but Duke being involved ruins my week.
I absolutely loathe them.
The great thing about that kind of hatred is that everyone wearing the correct shade of blue is right there with you. When Duke is mentioned and you squint your eyes as if you’ve been told the most heinous story of your life, we all get it. Tonight we get to experience this game in friendly territory with 20,000 friends who hate just like we do.
Tonight, take time to thank whichever higher power you choose that you had the sense or upbringing to end up on the right side of this rivalry. Our blue is just way better.
As always, we’ll be back after the game with a complete roundup of the happenings. Until then...
Go Heels! Go to hell Duke.