The Franklin Street Celebration

“I swear I’ve seen a lot of stuff in my life, but that was… AWESOME.”

Pat Forde vividly described it as both an “absolute pile-driving” and a “seal clubbing.”  Although habitually abhorred, I even enjoyed Bob Knight adamantly claiming “72,000 fans didn’t make a damn bit of difference.” Adding to the general excitement, my Facebook news feed has been dominated (in a seemingly Spartan-inspired fashion) by a plethora of links to the official Daily Tarheel celebration montage:

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I’m pumped that the “gamble” on returning paid off for the upperclassmen.  I’m also excited that my younger UNC friends were able to experience their own championship celebration as I did my freshman year. The night of the 2005 championship will always be one of my fondest college memories, and as I watched the helicopter views of the 2009 party, it certainly didn’t seem right not being there with the rest of the guys this year.  My good friend and roommate of 3 years accurately summarized how bittersweet it felt in his recent blog post.  I share the same sentiment (minus the part about not feeling like Carolina was home our freshmen year).  

I’m assuming this feeling becomes less extrinsic the longer I’m removed from campus?  Only time will tell, but I certainly hope the nostalgia never goes away.

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