Archive: Tar Heel hoops trivia board game

By Adam Lucas | 5 Comment(s) | Posted

Game box

In the mid-1980s, most kids spent their time mastering Pitfall on the Atari 2600, rocking out to Starship's "We Built This City" on their jam box, or begging their parents to go see "Back to the Future" for the third time (which also included Huey Lewis and the News wearing skinny ties before they were ironic while belting out "The Power of Love").

Go ahead, we know you want to watch the video. We'll wait.

Pretty hard to have a bad day that starts with Huey Lewis, right? So anyway, while everyone else was getting excited for this new thing we had heard about called a "Nintendo," I was inside playing the above game. I didn't play a full game of Monopoly until I was about 19 years old. But I played many, many full games of Tar Heel Basketball Trivia. And when there wasn't time to play the full game, I went through the question cards and tried to find the answers.

Game board

When the game board includes 10 old-school ram heads, plus an early 1980s head shot of Dean Smith, you've got everything you need for a fun game. What pieces were moved around the board, you ask?

Game pieces

Yes, it's a little strange seeing an Old Well in red. Don't give the folks from Raleigh any ideas. As best I can remember, there were lots of disagreements over who got to be the blue Old Well. You will note, of course, that no one even considered producing a piece in dark blue. Some things you don't even try in a game.

If you're going to play, you need to read the rules:

Game rules

Depending on who you played with, the games could take a really, really long time. Remember, this was the pre-shot clock era, and the game didn't have a shot clock, either. We 1980s kids didn't have any texts to return or Skype sessions to enjoy (AND GET OFF OUR LAWNS YOU BUNCH OF NOISY KIDS!), so it was no problem to sit down for two hours and play a board game.

Oh, you could've played it faster, you say? Well then, what number did Gerald Tuttle wear? (11) Who was co-captain of the 1973 team with George Karl? (Donn Johnston) What 1967 junior was nicknamed "Slinky"? (Jim Frye)

Tell you what: we'll give you your own set of questions.

Game questions

Post your answers in the comments--and make sure you're answering them as if it's the 1985 version of yourself. The first person to get every question right gets undying respect...and a free copy of Woody Durham's new book, A Tar Heel Voice.

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  1. Jason Stafford's avatar
    Jason Stafford
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    Circa 1985 trivia:


    One - 1928-29 (76 years ago)

    Timo Makkonen

    Walter Davis (UNBELIEVABLE!!)

    Florida State

    Maryland

    33

    Tommy Kearns

    1968-69 under Bill Guthridge
  2. Adam Lucas's avatar
    Adam Lucas
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    Close, but not quite.

    Oh, and by the way, "Ti-mo, Ti-mo, Ti-mo." sorry, had an early 80s Carmichael flashback.
  3. Jason Stafford's avatar
    Jason Stafford
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    Dadgummit. After rechecking the paper tape of my Sears adding machine, I just realized that I fat-fingered my response on the years since 1929. :-/
  4. Dean Williams's avatar
    Dean Williams
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    29-30
    Timo Makkonen
    Walter Davis
    Florida State
    Maryland
    33
    Tommy Kearns
    1968-69 under Bill Guthridge
  5. Adam Lucas's avatar
    Adam Lucas
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    Close again, but nope (on both).

    I'm pretty sure I would buy an updated version of this game. But only if it still had the old-school ram.

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