Saturday will mark two weeks since the painful loss UNC had to Duke in the Dean Dome. While the memory is a bitter one for most people, for me it will go down as one of my favorite times at UNC.
After getting to experience a UNC vs. Duke game from the Dean Dome last year, which ended in a win and running to rush Franklin St., I had determined that I would be content if I didn’t get a ticket through the lottery this year.
Surprisingly, I got an email saying I had won a ticket. I was planning on going with a group of friends but also began looking for tickets for my parents. With tickets being resold for astronomical prices, I knew it was a longshot to find ones that were legitimate and in my price range.
I had watched this game with my family since I was a kid since my brother was a Duke fan and we had a house divided. Since coming to UNC my parents have converted to full-time UNC fans, (sorry, not sorry, Emery).
A few days before the game, my boss texted me and offered them his tickets since he would be out of town and unable to use them. I hopped on a FaceTime call and surprised them with the news and began planning their trip!
After getting them settled into their hotel the day of the game, we went to Nantucket Grill for lunch since we had never been there and wanted to try something new. The food was great and what was even better was the free slice of cake special they had going on that day! We got our cake to-go and took it back to their hotel before heading to the game.
We had the lead pretty much the whole game, and it looked like we were going to get the win. It was exciting to think my parents would get to see us win and rush Franklin. But that lead soon turned into a tied game, and overtime led to a buzzer-beater win for Duke.
While we were all certainly disappointed, we still had a great time getting to be together. As we were waiting outside for an Uber back to the hotel, we met one of Cole Anthony’s high school coaches visiting from New York. After having a conversation with him we headed back to the hotel, where we spent the rest of the night eating our cake from lunch and watching movies.
While this was a tough loss for Tar Heel fans, for me it was a bitter, but mostly sweet, loss since I got to experience it with my favorite people.