The University of North Carolina is a basketball school. Fans who bleed Carolina blue often do so between the months of November and April before taking a six month hiatus until tipoff of the next season. The problem is, UNC has a football team, too — a team that isn’t half bad. Hell, they could win the ACC this season, if only some fans would actually come to watch them play.
Last Saturday, UNC demolished an undefeated Illinois team at home, 48-14. It was the Tar Heels second dominant victory of the season. Even though the Illini are by no means a Big Ten powerhouse, it was still a decent non-conference home game that should’ve drawn UNC fans out in droves to support their squad.
They didn’t show:
— CarolinaBlue.com (@CarolinaBlue247) September 22, 2015
UNC star wide receiver Bug Howard has an innovative idea to get the Tar Heel faithful to show up at Kenan Stadium: Let the basketball team scrimmage during halftime.
Maybe if we did a Men's basketball pick up game at halftime of our games maybe people will show up? Will you?
— Bug Howard (@ThaBugMan) September 22, 2015
Sure, noon kickoffs aren’t exactly ideal, but WTF, UNC? That’s such a piss-poor turnout that you don’t even deserve a good football team. This is why no one takes you seriously during football season. You can bet every bordering state you touch, sans Virginia, would have had close to a sellout crowd if they were hosting Illinois.
Howard might be onto something. Maybe the only way to get fans to support a secondary sport is by forcing the most popular sport to show up and do a run-through at halftime. I know Texas basketball would be more popular if Texas football did the Oklahoma drill during TV timeouts. It’s something to think about.
Howard explained to the media today that his tweet was meant to be a lighthearted joke. But look at that crowd again — he is not joking. Go support your goddamn football team, you seersucker-wearing, pasty white Tar Heel weirdos..
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