We had a great time in Charlotte. Vanilla and Kaddy took a red eye flight that arrived at 8 AM in Charlotte on Thursday. They immediately went to Hotel and took nap till 12 noon. ATLCoug and Moley drove up from Atlanta and arrived at 12 noon and all 4 of us took a train downtown.
Charlotte downtown is pretty cool, and our first task was to find the right bar. After walking a few blocks and asking several people we settled on the 'Fox and Hound' Sports bar. Vanilla kept wanting to take pictures, but we were sober and thought that was lame. Few beers later, we thought it was great a great idea. We saw some Cougs downtown…but not many. 5 hours from game time, and we are just hoping for a good showing.
Next stop we went to the Pre game rally at the ‘Brixx’ restaurant. It was teaming with Cougs. Unfortunately, all Cougs were either early 20’s or upper 40’s and higher and we really did not know anyone from when we were in school. But it was still awesome to see all that Crimson in Tar Heel Country.
We ran into this nice Cougar MILF with her Tar-Heel son. Note that the kid was not a fan of the Cougs or us. He appears to have a problem with drunken idiots flirting with his Mom. Can you blame him?
The Derrick Low family was there in full force. We counted about 15 members of the family in attendance. This photo is of Derrick’s Girlfriend. I forget her name, but she was very nice and this is also as close as we got to meeting any players on our trip. 2 and ½ hours 'til game time….and we think we have a shot at winning.
Picture with a Tar Heel. Had to get one for the record books.
1 hour 'til game time....and we are telling ANYONE who will listen that the Cougs are shocking the world tonight!
Team huddles up before tip-off.
**Actual Game Happens** I had Tivo’d the game in High Def and called the wife to delete before I got home. Did not want to see it. If you would have told me that we ‘held’ the Tar Heels to 68 points and that Hansbrough would only have 2 points in first half, I would say the Cougs won. What I did not know was that someone left the lid on our basket and we could not make any shots. We all know NC is a great team, but if we just shot 40% in that game it would have been very competitive. I am sure this is how Notre Dame felt after playing us. Nothing was falling. Oh, well. Time to get our drink on.
If anybody made the trip to the Auburn football game in '06, you probably remember how nice the Auburn fans were. Well, the same can be said about the NC Tar Heel fans. Of course it is easy to be gracious when you win by 20.
All in all it was a great trip. Who knows when the Cougs will make the Sweet 16 again. We sold our Saturday tickets for a 300% profit and used our proceeds for several rounds of Irish Car Bombs. Vanilla and Kaddy had to get up at 4 AM Friday morning to catch a flight home so they win the ‘worst itinerary ever’ award for this trip.