An NC State Sports Trifecta

ncstate_22 On the weekend of November 2-3, the family enjoyed a trifecta of NC States sports. We started out with football game against rival UNC Chapel Hill. Then we headed over to the PNC Arena for an exhibition game the basketball team was playing. Finally, on Sunday, it was a trip out to the ballpark.

It was a beautiful fall Saturday with a chilly morning and a 12:30 kickoff time. Michaela and David Huff joined us for the game. Jim also joined the family. The tailgate scene was off the chains with Carolina in town. There’s something about the tailgate that draws you in. The sights, the smells, the anticipation. Whatever that is, it was in the air at Carter Finley stadium this past weekend.We decided to go with brunch for the tailgate main course. The menu item of choice? Breakfast wraps. I sautéed some onions and peppers, then added in some turkey sausage. Scrambled eggs and cheese were the final touch to this tailgate masterpiece. And we had plenty of topping: salsa, sour cream, avocado, fresh cilantro, and hot sauce. Wrap all that up for a delicious brunch.

ncstate_23Tailgating goes by quick too. Before we knew it, it was time to head into the stadium. I had low expectations today. But did get a little excited when the Wolfpack went up 10-0 to start the game. The Tarheels fought back and scored 14 unanswered points. The Pack rushed the ball decently, but the passing game was lackluster. UNC was the better team today. They beat the NC State Wolfpack 27-19.

As a rivalry will go, pre and post game antics fuel the fire. After the game, some UNC players stomped on the new midfield logo. Reminds of the Terrell Owens and Dallas Cowboys “star” incident a few years ago—except that was during the game. While I think the stomping is in the realm of unsportsmanlike conduct, the only way the Wolfpack could have prevented that from happening is to have won the game. I guess beating a team and stomping on their logo is just the Tar Heel Way.

To the basketball court

As we always say when football season isn’t looking to good…at least basketball season is coming up. After the football game, the family headed back to the tailgate spot to enjoy the rest of the afternoon. We waited for traffic to die down a bit, then headed over to the PNC Arena to watch the Wolfpack men’s basketball team play their final exhibition game against Morehouse.

Admission was free and we could sit pretty much anywhere on the lower level. Merri Beth’s brother, Jamie, and his family were at the game. We watched the Wolfpack for a while and left around the 7 minute mark. NC State beat Morehouse 87-62 and open the season on November 8 against App State.

To the baseball diamond

On Sunday, November 3, we took the family out to Doak field after I ran the City of Oaks half marathon. It was the Red vs White scrimmage. Another gorgeous day in Raleigh and a wonderful day at the ballpark.

After the game, fans were able to meet the players in the dugout. Zander was excited and got a baseball signed by the entire team. Highlights included getting to meet pitcher Carlos Rodon and catcher Brett Austin.

The weekend in pictures

We spent an awesome weekend with our Wolfpack family. Enjoy some of the pictures from our photo album.

About Shibby

Jason Hibbets is a senior community architect at Red Hat which means he is a mash-up of a community manager and project manager for Opensource.com--a publication and story-telling platform for open source communities. At night, he wears a cape, and is a captain for the Open Raleigh brigade, as well as a co-chair for NC Open Pass. Jason is the author of a book called The foundation for an open source city--a resource for cities and citizens interested in improving their government through civic hacking. While writing the book, he discovered his unknown super power of building communities of passionate people. Jason graduated from North Carolina State University and resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife, two kids, two border collies, chickens, lots of tomato plants, and a lazy raccoon somewhere in an oak tree. In his copious spare time, he enjoys surfing, running, gardening, traveling, watching football, sampling craft beer, and participating in local government--not necessarily in that order, but close to it. You can follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets
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