Jennifer DiMeo

College World Series Fan Guide

June 13th: Team Send-Off From Chapel Hill 

9:00 a.m.: Arrive at Boshamer Stadium to send the Diamond Heels off to Omaha. Chapel Hill Sportswear will be on site selling College World Series merchandise.

June 14th:  CWS Events

11 a.m. to 10 p.m.: Fan Fest, Lot C at 10th and Mike Fahey Streets

2 p.m to 3 p.m.: UNC Open Practice, TD Ameritrade Park

3:30 p.m to 4 p.m.: UNC Autograph Session, TD Ameritrade Park (Right Field Concourse)

7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.: Road to Omaha Jam featuring O.A.R., Lot B at 12th and Mike Fahey Streets

9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies, TD Ameritrade Park

June 15th: CWS Events

9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Youth Baseball Clinic, Creighton University

1 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Fan Fest, Lot C at 10th and Mike Fahey Streets

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.: John Smoltz Autograph Session, AT&T Fan Zone

June 16th: CWS Events

11:15 a.m.: UNC Hotel Send-Off, Holiday Inn Omaha

1 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Fan Fest, Lot C at 10th and Mike Fahey Streets

1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Ivan Rodriguez Autograph Session, AT&T Fan Zone

3 p.m.: UNC vs NC State, TD Ameritrade Park  (ESPN2)

June 17th: CWS Events

1 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Fan Fest, Lot C at 10th and Mike Fahey Streets

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Todd Walker Q&A and Autograph Session, AT&T Fan Zone

June 18th: CWS Events

1 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Fan Fest, Lot C at 10th and Mike Fahey Streets

3 p.m.: Loser of UNC/NC State vs Loser of LSU/UCLA

8 p.m.: Winner of UNC/NC State vs Winner of LSU/UCLA

UNC Game Send-Offs in Omaha: Help cheer on the Heels as they leave for their games, approximately 2.5 hours before game time.  Food and beverages will be available in the hotel’s restaurant, The Union Pizzeria and Sports Bar. 

Official College World Series Site

Printable CWS Bracket

NCAA Official Fan Guide

UNC CWS Guide

FAQ for CWS: TD Ameritrade (note 20 oz. or smaller empty, clear plastic bottles will be allowed for water), ParkingTickets and General Admission Ticket and Entry

Team Hotel: Holiday Inn Omaha

Omaha Weather: Ten day forecast

Must Eats:

The Drover: My son is a firm believer that The Drover is sponsored by Tar Heel Sports. You are bound to run into other Carolina clad diners while feasting on a whiskey filet.

Zesto’s: Amazing milkshakes! An insider’s tip, you can mix flavors. Make sure to try several including my favorite: peanut butter, fudge and marshmallow.

eCreamery:  Open daily with custom ice creams for each CWS team.  Stop by and order the Tar Heel Meal (vanilla bean ice cream with chocolate covered waffle cone piece and peanuts).

California Tacos: In addition to the California taco, a must order is the homemade flour tortilla chips with guacamole from this family owned restaurant.  

Ted and Wally’s:  Old fashioned homemade ice cream shop filled with vintage signs and antique furniture. A party for your eyes and taste buds.

Brewburgers: A local burger joint where the Old Fashioned with Cheese is a must try.

Nicola’s: Great Italian food for lunch or dinner located in Old Market. Note they are closed on Mondays.

Homey Inn: A great place to meet up with friends and celebrate the Tar Heels success while surrounded by rare baseball cards and vintage newspapers.

Must Visits:

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo: Take a ride on the SkyFari and walk across the rope bridge suspended over the tropical rainforest as you enjoy time with the animals. New to check out is the recently opened infield replica of Rosenblatt stadium including home plate, seats and foul poles.

Village of Boys Town: Visit the Hall of History and see a Roy Williams signed basketball right next to a Babe Ruth signed baseball. The Leon Myers Stamp Center houses the world’s largest ball of stamps.

Old Market: The historic cobblestone streets in the Old Market are surrounded by restaurants, taverns, antiques, art galleries and many more shops.

Memorial Park: A stunning memorial honoring killed or missing armed force members from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  The park is also filled with a baseball field, playground, paths, trails and a rose garden.

Gene Leahy Park: Take some time from exploring the lagoon, waterfalls, gardens and walking paths to slip down the giant slides. 

Get into to the stadium early, grab some sunflower seeds and get ready for the greatest show on dirt. Go Heels!

Chapel Hill Regional Guide

Sheed Retires

This week, veteran forward Rasheed Wallace retired for the second time from pro basketball. He is the only player in NBA history with at least 16,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, 1,000 steals, 1000 blocks, 1000 assists & 1000 threes. We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers for their favorite Sheed memory.

UNC at Kansas Game Guide

North Carolina Tar Heels face the Kansas Jayhawks, the 1 seed in the South region, at 5:15 p.m. in Kansas City, MO at the Sprint Center in the round of 32. Currently, all teams with bird nicknames are still undefeated: Cardinals, Ducks, BlueJays, Jayhawks, Eagles, Golden Eagles, and Owls. The Tar Heels are 6-4 against KU all-time. Five of the ten meetings have come in the NCAA tournament.

2013 Tar Heel Tournament Guide

Pre Game Stats via StatSheet

Channels to Know

CBS (carrying the UNC/Kansas matchup), TNT, TBS and TRU

Must-follows

@UNC_Basketball: Official UNC account

@TarHeelMonthly: Of course

@JonesAngell: Plenty of stats/insight from the broadcast table

@THMLive: For in-game updates and stats during the game

@JAdamLucas: Stories, stats and more

@CarolinaUpdBB: UNC basketball news, analysis and stats brought to you by StatSheet

@TarHeelPhoto: Great photos of the Tar Heels on and off the court

Must-reads

Marcus Paige gives Heels Stability--Paige is not the X-factor in today's game vs. Kansas, but the stability the Heels were missing last year. 

Lucas: An Familiar Feeling--UNC playing a very unusual (just 5th such game since '79) role vs Kansas.

Kansas-Carolina More Than Coaches--Today's match up is not a battle between current and former Kansas basketball coaches, but if it was Self would easily have Williams backed in to the low post. 

Railey says we need more courageous voices like Dean Smith's--Terrific story on Dean Smith, especially as an off the court perso.

Lucas: Milestones--What Roy Williams will remember the most from his 700th win.

Lucas: Living History--Lennie Rosenbluth relives the 1957 NCAA Championship game in Kansas City. 

Tar Heels Today: Vol. 5, Issue 29

StatSmack via StatSheet--Reasons why UNC is better than Kansas

Must-sees

Post game Villanova Celebration--Video of Reggie Bullock presenting Coach Williams with his 700 wins jersey. 

Roy Williams Pre Kansas Press Conference

J.D. Lyon Jr.'s photos from the Villanova win

Where to Watch

Want to watch the game out in Chapel Hill, Carolina Brewery is a great spot. They are taking reservations throughout the entire NCAA tournament. This weekend they will continue their Irish themed menu specials, which includes some traditional Irish fare, such as Beer Braised Corned Beef & Cabbage.

Outside of Chapel Hill, GAA's Carolina Clubs around the globe will host game-viewing parties throughout March Madness, find the club nearest you to join in on the fun.

UNC vs Villanova Game Guide

Tar Heels open play in the NCAA tournament today in Kansas City, MO at the Sprint Center. The Carolina game starts at 7:20 p.m.

2013 Tar Heel Tournament Guide

Pre Game Stats via StatSheet

Channels to Know

CBS, TNT, TBS and TRU

Must-follows

@UNC_Basketball: Official UNC account

@TarHeelMonthly: Of course

@JonesAngell: Plenty of stats/insight from the broadcast table

@THMLive: For in-game updates and stats during the game

@JAdamLucas: Stories, stats and more

@CarolinaUpdBB: UNC basketball news, analysis and stats brought to you by StatSheet

@TarHeelPhoto: Great photos of the Tar Heels on and off the court

Must-reads

Lucas: Familiar Foes--Villanova and UNC have met in the NCCA tournament five times. 

Villanova faces deep threat from UNC in NCAA opener--Quotes from Villanova guard Ryan Arcidiacono about the match up with the Heels. 

Villanova Basketball: Keys to Victory vs North Carolina

Lucas: Living History--Lennie Rosenbluth relives the 1957 NCAA Championship game in Kansas City. 

Tar Heels Today: Vol. 5, Issue 29

StatSmack via StatSheet--Reasons why UNC is better than Villanova

Must-sees

Watching the J.P. Tokoto dunk over Joel James is impressive no matter how many times you relive it. 

GoHeels.com Photo Album of the dunk

 

Another angle of the dunk

Want to watch the game out in Chapel Hill, Carolina Brewery is a great spot. They are taking reservations throughout the entire NCAA tournament. This weekend they will continue their Irish themed menu specials, which includes some traditional Irish fare, such as Beer Braised Corned Beef & Cabbage.

Kansas City Fan Guide

The team send off is at 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, March 20th from entrance D at the Smith Center. Please come out and support the Tar Heels on their quest for a National Championship.

For fans heading to the games, the team hotel is the Kansas City Marriott Downtown. The GAA  has a great resource for organized hotel send-offs, approximately 2 hours prior to tip-off, for the Heels while in Kansas City.

All teams will hold an open practice on Thursday, March 21st, schedule below.

Noon-12:40 p.m.   Ole Miss
12:45-1:25 p.m.   Villanova
1:30-2:10 p.m.      Wisconsin
2:15-2:55 p.m.      Kansas State
4:25-5:05 p.m.     North Carolina
5:10-5:50 p.m.      Kansas
5:55-6:35 p.m.      LaSalle
6:40-7:20 p.m.      Western Kentucky

FORECAST

Basically, cold and snowy! Make sure to pack warm clothes, jacket, gloves, hat, etc.

Thursday: High 31°F, Low 31°F with a 50% chance of snow 

Friday: High 40°F, Low 34°F with a 50% chance of snow

Saturday: High 42°F, Low 27°F with a 30% chance of snow

Sunday: High 35°F, Low 23°F with a 50% chance of snow

WHAT TO DO

Fan Fest March 22 - 24  is at KC Live!, just steps away from the games at the Sprint Center. The KC Power and Light District, mid-west’s premier entertainment epicenter, will have the games playing, contests, giveaways, live music and much more! Fan Fest is FREE to attend and open to all ages until 9:00 p.m.; after 9:00 p.m. you must be 21 years of age or older to participate. 

Kansas City Ballet’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”  performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night. The Kansas City Symphony will accompany the production. 

Boulevard Brewing Company was founded in 1989, it has grown to the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. A daily free year-round tour lasts 45 minutes giving you an overview of the facility. The "Unfiltered Tour" ($20) is available only on Saturday and Sunday and offers a special, in-depth view of the brewery over 1.5 hours. 

Kansas City Union Station, built in 1914, is a unique landmark of Kansas City that now houses restaurants and shops. It is also filled with cultural and entertainment activities, for example Science City.

WHERE TO EAT

Golden Ox, a classic institution since May 1949, is a great place to try the local signature Kansas City Strip Steak. 

Happy Gillis Café and Hangout is the perfect place to leisurely enjoy breakfast or lunch in a cozy, comfortable atmosphere. The menu is always changing so make sure to check out their daily specials.

Good You at the Point is a perfect pick if you need a burger while in Kansas City. This made from scratch burger joint started out of shiny metal food truck is not only serving angus patty burgers but deviled eggs with smoked salmon, brick oven pizzas, tacos and nachos. Check out their facebook and twitter for great specials.

Woodyard Bar-B-Que is one of the last outdoor brick smokers in Kansas City! Smoked ribs are a must; if you are not a ribs fan, try the burnt ends sandwich. The sides are made fresh daily. You may get lucky and meet Frank Schloegel, who can tell you about the myths and legends of the Woodyard.

Le Fou Frog is a cozy French bistro housed in a pink brick building; you will enjoy the classic French dishes and be pleasantly surprised by the periodic serenades by the wait staff.

Christopher Elbow Artisanal Chocolates' fleur de sel caramels are a must try! Luckily for Tar Heel fans, the special Easter chocolate eggs—almost too beautiful to eat—are available.

 

UNC - Duke Memories

We start gearing up for the big game early in the week; it was hard not to look past Maryland. No Carolina fan can get enough of past match-ups between the schools 8 miles apart. Leading up to game time, fans are reliving their favorite  UNC and Dook Duke moments. Tar Heel Monthly’s twitter and Facebook followers helped us by sharing their favorite Duke memory. 

Paul Vertucci: Watching Dexter Strickland dunking on Miles Plumlee a few years ago at the Dean Dome.

Kerwin Pellas: Dex dunking on Miles Plumlee two years ago

Jamie Payne: PJ Hairston Dunkin on Austin Rivers last year in Cameron.

Jennifer Fahnestock Jordan Engel: Will always be the Bloody Montross Game.

Eddie Moore: Hansbrough going 4-0 against Duke in Cameron.

Lee Lloyd: 8 points in 17 seconds, Bloody Montross, Vince's missed dunk, Marvin's putback. #GoHeels!

Jeannie Yearwood Baucom: Anytime we've beat them

Jerome Cash :8 down with 17 seconds left...nothing better!

Tom Taylor: When the final buzzer goes off and duke is behind. But don't rush the court!!! 

Colin Mosher: Danny Green poster dunk and McAdoo sky-dunk 

Jessica Harris: My freshman year and the Vince Carter missed dunk on the pass from Ed Cota. It was my first UNC/Duke game and #2 UNC clobbered #1 Duke. It was glorious. That is still one of my all time favorite teams (stupid Utah...).

Brad M. Martin: Stackhouse reverse on Parks an Meek!! Then the strut by Jerry ..priceless!!!

Scott Welp: The @DStrick01 exclamation dunk on Plumlee on Senior Day 2011. Two years ago today. 

Jeff Waters: Stackhouse dunk and strut to mid court.

Peter Brooks: beating dook anytime, in any sport. That's what a True Blue Heel would say.

Tarheeled by Fan Feet: Danny Green dunking on Paulus 

Dan Broun: JR Reid dunking on Danny Ferry and yelling at him in 89 ACC Tourney

Brad Hurley: 1992 Carolina wins at Duke with Montross hitting two free throws with blood dripping down his face.

Tom Jackson: Down 8 with 17 secs to go, and we win in OT!

Rachel Whinna: 2005. Marvin's putback and foul. so loud we never heard the whistle. louder when we realized it happened. #freshmanyear

Share your favorite memory with us. 

Cheering on the Heels

The Dean Dome will be filled with 21, 750 crazed fans Saturday evening, leaving lots of Tar Heels unable to attend. With all the hype around the game, I was interested to find out where people will be cheering their hearts out, hugging strangers and yelling loudly while watch the Heels. Thanks to everyone who shared their plans.

Jennifer Farrell: Franklin Street! So excited to go to Chapel Hill tomorrow and (hopefully) celebrate a Carolina Victory on Franklin!! Go Heels!

Matt Stirling: Right in my living room with plenty of spirits in more ways than one! 

Adam Clark: In my living room with a bottle of 151 just in case.

Earlene Roberts: home.......in Durham..........STILL LOVE MY TAR HEELS 

Rod Johnson: I will be fighting Chemo side effects and watching my Tar Heels from my home in Chattanooga. Go Heels!

Gloria Sandoval: With the Texas Tar Heels in Dallas! Just blocks away from the Dook alumni watch party. GO HEELS!

Jay Cogger: Key West. Go Heelz!!!! 

Alex Dicenso: up in Massachusetts #GoHeels #BeatDuke #TurnitBlue

Mark Townsend: Orange County ... the other one ... the one in California.

Mike Cavasinni: With @uncgaa in ATL. #UNC

Patrick Hafel: Clovis, New Mexico 

Stephanie Griffin: Came home to Eastern NC for the weekend to watch it with my favorite Tar Heel, my Dad 

Kim Briggs: Haha, Mark, I was just about to say Huntington Beach! West Coast support!

John Aderholdt: At a friends house in Greensboro. Don't like watching in public, too many distractions and "other" fans.

Jimmy Chesney: Ft Myers Beach, FL! 

Mutt Askew: I'm a Tarheel Ahoskie North Carolina

Kyle Britt: Watching with my dad who passed the light-blue blood to me! We both got married in a UNC National Champ year! '82 and '09!!

Paul Gatling: Bentonville AR!

Glenda D Shifflett: Dyke Va. 

Zeke Smith: Manchester, England... At 2am in the morning. #worthit #goheelsgoamerica 

Derek Ball: Seoul South Korea....live at 11 am local time!!!! 

Adam Carrera: Managua, Nicaragua. Hopefully the game will be broadcast internationally. #GoHeels

John DAgostino: in my basement with my four-TV set-up

Schaich Petey: i'll be watching the game on my iPhone on the watchESPN app at a wedding in charleston, sc! #UNCBBall #beatduke 

Where will you be watching the game: comment below, on Facebook or Twitter?

Senior Night Memories

After the win at Maryland last night, we asked our Facebook and Twitter followers about their favorite Senior Night Duke memory. Hopefully, their response bring back a special Carolina moment for you.

Abby Bridges Walker: 2005 in Dean Dome!! Me ears are still ringing!!

Hunter Barrett: 2011- beating Duke to win the ACC regular season championship. Was my "senior" Duke game and couldn't have gone out any better way!

Ann Lee Childers Hughes: Beating Dook to win the ACC regular season championship in 2011. I had the good fortune to be in the Dean Dome....it was awesome!!!

Shaun Howard: 2005 was EPIC.

John Rancke: Phil Ford 1978

Adam Clark: The late comeback in 2005. 

Mark Meade: 2005, the Marvin Williams put back. My ears are still ringing!

Isaac O’Hare: 2011. Risers. Storming the court. Driving thru the night and hopping on a cruise boat in Miami by 3 the next day.

Adam Garner: 2009 definatly. Hansbrough's last game in the Dean Dome. Beating Duke for the ACC reg. season title then winning the Natty!

Beth Rogers Thorndyke: 2005....best. game. ever.

Jonathan Owens: My senior night, 2003. Doherty fights Collins, I'm in the risers, we win and storm the court. Awesome.

Jeremy Jones: My own Senior Night. Zwikker cleaning up a Calabria miss. Ricky Price missing game winner in 1997. 

Jason Alford: Montross with the blood running down his face. 

Patrick Hafel: Mine was the "missed dunk" Can't imagine what the Smith Center would've sounded like if Cota connects with Carter.

Share your memory with us in the comments below, on Facebook or Twitter as you pass the time until Saturday at 9:00 p.m.