Ask Twitter: Bringing Opposing Fans to the Game

By Turner Walston | 0 Comment(s) | Posted

My dad called me last week. Mom was headed to her hometown for the weekend, and Dad said he'd like to come up from Goldsboro to the East Carolina game. "How hard would it be to get tickets?" he asked me. Not hard at all, actually. I had two he could use. "Great!" he said. "Looking forward to it."

"Wait a minute, Dad. Who are they for?"

"For me, of course."

"Who are you bringing?"

"I hadn't thought about it."

"You may have the tickets as long as you bring someone who will actively cheer for Carolina."

"So . . . George* is out?" (name changed to protect really a decent guy who happens not to be a Carolina fan)

*sigh* "Yes, George is out."

George is a close family friend, and a good guy. But George* is an East Carolina alum. While I enjoy George and don't mind some good-natured ribbing from time to time, the football game was not one of those times.

"OK, I understand," Dad said. "No problem."

Dad came to the game with a fellow Carolina alumnus, the Tar Heels won 27-6, and a good time was had by all. It turns out, I would have been fine if George had come to the game, because Carolina won.

Your probably know your own George, that person you'd probably be OK with bringing to the game as long as they were polite, quiet, and Carolina won. So Monday, Adam posited this question to our Twitter followers:


We got a lot of responses to this one, some of which were published in Tuesday's Tar Heels Today. The prevailing attitude seemed to be "It depends." Many of you advocated for a tiered system. If your friend is a fan of a rival, then the answer is no. As you get further away from rivalry status, say Clemson or Florida State, it's probably sport-dependent. ECU too. Elon, Guilford, Wofford or Gardner-Webb? Probably fine.

@tarheelmonthly bad teams that only get chance to play in Dean Dome once: yeah thats ok. ACC/Power conference: no. Dook/State: NO — Chris Fields (@chris_fields) September 24, 2012

@tarheelmonthly only if the opposing fans are for a school that has no chance of winning. — Cameron Clarke (@clarkecameron) September 24, 2012 

@tarheelmonthly depends, if it's Elon or ECU fine. If it is an ACC rival, leave them at home or at least make them wear blue — McKenzie Sumner (@MacHeel09)

Jeff Watters poses an interesting idea. Bring a friend to Chapel Hill if it helps you see the Tar Heels when they're on the road.

@tarheelmonthly only if part of a home and home deal where they are getting you tickets to their place - exception, no wuffies or dookies — Jeff Watters (@jeffreywatters) September 24, 2012

Of course, some of you were less friendly toward visitors.

@tarheelmonthly Best responses? Is there a response other then HEEL NO! that would be acceptable?

— Ari Braun (@CoachBraun13) September 24, 2012

@tarheelmonthly If they are fans of other teams, they aren't real friends. #kidding

— Rachel Whinna (@whinna) September 24, 2012

Ward Gibson had an idea that would seem difficult to pull off.

Still others have conditions on bringing unfriendly fans to Kenan and the Smith Center.

Robert Veronee chimes in with something I think Roy Williams would agree with.

Finally, some of you thought, 'why not?' if bringing fans of the opponent has a chance to show them the error of their ways.

If you didn't get to respond on Twitter or Facebook, leave your thoughts in the comments below. Personally, I'm of two minds of this issue. On the one hand, I'd rather not have to hear trash talk about my team, on the other hand . . . well, there is no other hand. I can't guarantee a Tar Heel victory, so I'll see you after the game. Sorry, George.


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