Tar Heels Fans Start Their Roar

By Pam Robinson

Apr 7, 2009 12:00am

  ABC News On Campus reporter Carly Swain blogs:

 
Gray skies in Chapel Hill North Carolina couldn’t put a damper on fans
Monday.  The weather actually inspired them.  The quote of the night in
Chapel Hill came before tip-off, before the team introductions, but
certainly not before fans packed the bars. From a crowd on the patio of
Top of the Hill Restaurant and Brewery, our crew heard:

  “The forecast in Chapel Hill called for rain today.  So I think we’re gonna make it Wayne!”

 
Arnie Watkins of Henderson, N.C., was referring to Wayne Ellington’s
reputation of raining (or “Wayne-ing”) down three- pointers for the Tar
Heels.

    Once the UNC-Michigan State NCAA championship game
got underway, didn’t take long for both teams to get physical.  With
seven minutes left in the first half, Danny Green made some forearm
contact with Michigan State’s Raymar Morgan’s already-broken nose.

   
Fans like Don Newsome were predicting the win with 15 minutes left to
go.  “We got this game in the bag…
It’s over.”

    Maybe that’s the team spirit that propelled the
Tar Heels to take the title.  Bars in Chapel Hill were deafening.  Our
camera man in the Dean Dome was nearly trampled in the traditional rush
to Franklin Street. In true Carolina tradition, Franklin Street erupted
with fans, bonfires, and plenty of Carolina blue. 

  For a look at what it’s like to be in Chapel Hill
on the night of the championship game, check back with ABC News On Campus Tuesday.

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