UNC vs. Duke: The Greatest Rivalry in Sports

UNC vs. Duke: The Greatest Rivalry in Sports

When it comes to college basketball, you can always expect the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils to put on a show.

The NCAA Men's Basketball League is known for exciting and competitive games across the board, however, there are two teams that stick out. The University of North Carolina Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils are known for having elite programs. With UNC having 6 National Championships and Duke with 5, these teams bring tough competition to the table each year. This could be a major explanation as to why these teams are infamously known as being arch-rivals.

Beginning in 1920, the battle between the Tar Heels and the Blue Devils is considered one of the greatest rivalries in all of college sport's history.

10 miles separate these two universities on Tobacco Road, but the journey is more than that, as the matchup is a long-awaited event. Intensity runs through the blood of fans from both teams, as they feel there is only room for one team in North Carolina to triumph.

Though the rivalry is intense with every athletic team, college basketball is at another level. The two face each other twice in regular season play, and they always put on a show for fans. Students camp outside of the arenas (Dean Smith Center and Cameron Indoor) as early as one week before the games to show their excitement and dedication.

You never know what is going to happen when these two teams battle, as sometimes one team may win both games, or each will win one game. Sometimes home court advantage plays a vital role in a win, and sometimes one team disappoints the crowd and wins the away game.

The rivalry has been going on for years and will continue to make history in the world of college sports. There have been too many game-winning shots within the final seconds of the game to count, that leaves one opponent feeling breathless and the other ecstatic.

There have been cases in which these teams have faced each other more than twice during the season. Just last year, in the 2017 season UNC and Duke battled it out for the ACC title. Going into this game, each team had one win under belt winning at their respective home courts. Duke took home the win and the ACC title.

There have also been several cases in which one of the teams is ranked highly in the league, and one had a losing record. You can pretty much forget each team's record when going into these rivalry match-ups. It's usually a coin toss or a boxing match, where each team needs to throw a punch in order to stay alive.

The environment in these game settings is a catalyst for the performance of the players. Before their most recent matchup on February 8, 2018, in the last 100 meetings each team won 50 games and the difference in points scored was only 2.

Carolina was the victor in the most recent match-up, but you can expect another exciting game on March 3rd. Will North Carolina advance in the series 52-50, or will Duke keep it exciting and tie it at 51-51?

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Tiger's Win At The Masters Is The Greatest Comeback Story Of This Decade

Everyone doubted Tiger Woods. Everyone counted him out years ago. But he came back to prove everyone wrong.


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This weekend, one of the greatest golf players of all time mounted a comeback that was more than a decade in the making. Tiger has not won a major golf tournament in 11 years, back when he won the 2008 PGA Championship. He went through a ton of difficulties in his personal life: a sex scandal, a stressful divorce, a DUI arrest, and lots of back issues. There was a time a few years ago where he could not even leave his bed. Literally no one saw a future for him, myself included. For me, it was not just all of his scandals and bad behavior, it was his health that made me lose most of my hope for him.

However, Tiger got the help he needed and had multiple miraculous back surgeries. He reformed his style and his overall life altogether. He fought through the numerous people counting him out of the game, and even though I was starting to doubt if he would ever play golf again, I started to gain hope as Tiger started to play again and even perform well.

Then, Tiger was back with a new look. He started to play with a different style. He knew that his body had been under stress from all the hard swings and tough practice he had done. He knew that after his surgeries and his aging, he would never be the same. But he came back with a newfound style of finesse. He was no longer that ball-crushing Tiger; he was one who gloriously embraced his wedge shots and short game. He drained putts characteristic of old Tiger, and after 5 years, had come back to win the 2018 Tour Championship.

That was when I knew that Tiger was back for good. He even was close to winning the PGA Championship just last year. I knew that one of these days, Tiger would clutch up.

And then came the 2019 Masters. Tiger started off okay, carding a 2-under 70 on Thursday. Even so, he was the subject of the entire rest of the week, through all his ups-and-downs. Keep in mind that he never led the tournament until the final day, and yet he still had the most following out of any player. Tiger played pretty well on Friday and Saturday, scoring 68 and 67 respectively to head into Sunday 2 shots off the leader Francesco Molinari.

By now, everyone realized that Tiger had a shot. Was he really going to win the Masters? After everything he went through? And then the iconic red-shirt Tiger Woods made it happen in one of the most amazing and intense final rounds Tiger has ever been through. And it took a lot more than just Tiger's play on Sunday to make a win happen. The Tiger effect caused leader Francesco Molinari, a man who had not bogeyed in 50 holes, to bogey one hole and double-bogey another, falling to 11-under for the tournament.

And with that, Tiger Woods won the Masters, one of the most inspiring and remarkable stories in the history of sports.

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