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Zion Williamson explains why he picked Duke

Top basketball recruit Zion Williamson — I'm sure you have seen a few of his dunk videos go viral made a big announcement a few weeks ago: he committed to Duke University.

That means Duke is set to have an incredible freshman class. Aside from Williamson, five-star recruits R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones have all committed to the Blue Devils.

After announcing his decision, Williamson explained why he picked Duke over other schools like Kentucky and North Carolina. He said that he wanted to be part of "The Brotherhood". Per USA TODAY High School Sports:

"Duke stood out because 'The Brotherhood' represents a family," Williamson said live on ESPN 2 during his announcement. "Coach K, he's just the most legendary coach to coach college basketball. I felt like going to Duke University I can learn a lot from him in my time there."

When the 17-year-old was asked about what it says that so many top recruits are selecting Duke this year, he again said that being part of The Brotherhood means a lot to him and that he feels they can "do something special" together.

"Coach K, he came to all of us and he said just that word Brotherhood is just a very powerful word. He came to us and said if we all can come together, all three of us bring our own talents and our own uniqueness to the table, I feel like all of us together, also with the point guard play of Tre Jones, I felt like we can all do something special at Duke University."

With the best basketball player in high school already committed to Duke and with one of the most stacked freshmen classes that I can remember in recent years - Duke is already a favorite for next season.

How William Holmquist, born almost deaf, stepped in to help Duke win a bowl game

William Holmquist came to Duke to study at the school's renowned Fuqua School of Business and, hopefully, help the football team.

A hard-working reserve all season, Holmquist found himself pressed into full-time kicking and punting duties for the Quick Lane Bowl.

Duke's No. 1 kicker and punter, Austin Parker, was dismissed from the team earlier this month. That left Holmquist, who was born almost completely deaf, to handle both jobs in the bowl game.

He didn't have a perfect game against Northern Illinois, but his contributions were good enough to help Duke beat the Huskies, 36-14, to close the season with a 7-6 record.

A walk-on who spent three seasons as Division III Tufts University's punter and kicker before coming to Duke last summer, Holmquist averaged 35.4 yards on five punts even with one being partially blocked. He made three of his four extra points and closed the scoring with a 24-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

"Nobody prepares with more focus than Willie Holmquist," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "I hate that he missed that extra point because I know it will just eat at him right there. But listen, to come in under those circumstances, to have to be the punter, to suddenly be the place kicker. Couldn't write a script. It's a win. It's a memory for him."

Holmquist joined Duke's team last summer and competed with Parker for the kicking and punting jobs in August practices. Parker won the jobs and handled both for Duke's 12 regular-season games prior to his dismissal from the team and suspension from school for violating Duke's academic policy.

Holmquist wears hearing aids that allow him to hear in his everyday life. But he removes them when he's on the field to help him sharpen his focus. His lone regular-season appearance was a successful extra-point kick in Duke's 43-20 win over Georgia Tech on Nov. 18.

Duke needed more from him in its bowl game and got it.

"I'm still trying to take in the moment," Holmquist said. "But it's pretty surreal for sure."

Holmquist said his phone was blowing up with messages from his friends – both from his hometown of Dix Hills, N.Y., and Tufts – who watched the game on television. His parents traveled to Detroit to watch him play.

Duke's postgame locker room already housed a jubilant team that was celebrating the school's second bowl win in the past three seasons. When everyone learned Holmquist had been asked to come to the postgame news conference, the celebration turned solely to Holmquist as they chanted his uniform number "91."

"That tells you how they feel about Willie Holmquist," Cutcliffe said.

Tufts head coach Jay Civetti, a former N.C. State assistant coach, coached Holmquist at the Division III level before encouraging him to take a shot at playing a season of Division I. He watched the game on TV with pride.



Source: http://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/duke/article191726784.html

Tips To Help Any Beginner Runner

If you're a newbie – welcome to the unofficial worldwide runners club. We're happy to have you! We have seen our share of friends start running in the last couple months, and the good vibes are certainly contagious. For those of you just starting off, we have put together a few tips that will have you get ready for the Blue Blood Rivalry 5K in no time.

Choose your race wisely

Find a local race like the Blue Blood Rivalry 5K. Keep in mind your preferences before you choose your race. Would the crowds of a larger race motivate you? Do you prefer the ease of a flat course or the challenge of rolling hills? Do you want to race for charity? Do you mind racing at 6 a.m. or would you rather race at night? How much are you willing to spend? You can learn about the race's size, course, start time, price, and other details on the race's website.

Set realistic expectations

Maybe you ran 5Ks in high school, but be careful not to let old accomplishments get in the way of your current goal. A good goal for a first race is to finish with a smile on your face. Don't fret about your pace and take walk breaks as often as you need them.

Grab a buddy

Train with a friend or join a local running group. Having company on your runs will make the miles fly by. Plus a workout buddy will hold you accountable — you'll be more likely to stick with your training plan if you have someone counting on you to show up.

Keep safety in mind

To avoid getting hurt, get fitted for proper shoes at a running specialty store, take plenty of rest days, and back off at the first sign of injury. Be mindful to drink plenty of water before, during, and after runs to stay hydrated.

The Blue Blood Rivalry offers a charity 5K run twice each year, allowing fans to engage in a fun and friendly competitive sport, while extending the gameday experience. We want all fans to join together in a fun atmosphere, while raising money for two amazing charities, UNC Lineberger & Duke Children's. Be sure to join us for our next Blue Blood Rivalry 5k run! Stay connected and receive exclusive early registration deals on our next run which takes place on March 3, 2017 by visiting www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com . You'll also want to look cool, so don't forget to purchase additional rivalry swag at www.BlueBloodRivalryShop.com
A Look Back At The Blue Blood Rivalry Charity 5K - Gridiron Edition Run 2017

The greatest rivalry in sports now has a new tradition on game day. In March of 2017 Blue Blood Rivalry hosted the first ever Blue Blood Rivalry 5K on the morning of the UNC / Duke men's basketball game. This new tradition continued this past September as Duke and Carolina fans once again took the rivalry to the streets of Chapel Hill - this time in conjunction with the UNC / Duke football game. But it wasn't just the Blue Blood fans that were representing, hundreds of other college sports team fans showed up in attempt to dethrone Carolina and Duke fans by joining the Party Crashers team. Upon registration, participants were able to select from one of three divisions: pro-Duke, pro-UNC, or the Party Crasher division [for those in the area that are like my girlfriend and are N.C. State fans *sigh*].

These 5K runs bring a unique game day experience to all fans and is a way to show your allegiance, while also helping some amazing causes. This year, we partnered with UNC Lineberger & Duke Children's and after the race, we donated money to both of these important hospitals. Let's take a look back at some of the moments from this past Blue Blood Rivalry 5K and relive some of the fun that we had.



On the night before the run, Blue Blood Rivalry hosted a packet pick up at Bottle Revolution in Chapel Hill. Registrants were invited to pick up their run-day packets, their Blue Blood Rivalry tee shirt, and race day swag in advance and also enjoy Blue Blood Rivalry's very own craft beer - Blue Blood Rivalry Ale brewed by Aviator Brewing.

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As participants started to arrive, they were able to sample products from our partners, enjoy a complimentary breakfast, participate in various tailgating games, and enjoy music from our live DJ.

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As start time quickly approached, runners were eager to line up. With their best game faces on, the runners patiently waited as the countdown clock neared zero.

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And just like that, the countdown hit zero and the runners were off.

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Father and son duo set a blistering time for the run, finishing first and second in just over 15 minutes.

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After the completion of the run, runners celebrated their accomplishment with their finisher's medallion and even posed for some pictures.

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The Blue Blood Rivalry 5K allows fans to engage in a fun and friendly competitive sport that allows participants to extend their game day experience. We want all fans to join together in a fun atmosphere while raising money for two amazing charities. Be sure to join us for our next Blue Blood Rivalry run! Stay connected and receive exclusive early registration deals on our next run which takes place on March 3, 2017 by visiting www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com
“This run was designed for people to enjoy each other's company and to come together”

-A conversation with Michael Schreyack on his experience running in the Blue Blood Rivalry 5K

Early memories of the rivalry

Born in Durham North Carolina Michael was exposed early on to the greatest rivalry in sports. Michael remembers being hounded early on by his friends and family asking him if he were a Carolina or Duke fan. Despite the pressures from his family to join the Duke fan club, Mikey decided to rebel against and cheer for the Tar Heels. His favorite memories of the rivalry are when friends and family would all gather at his parents house for each and every rivalry game. Mikey recalls the raw emotions that each person in attendance would expres during the games, and being the lone Carolina fan in the house he was the brunt of much of the verbal trash talking.

Why he decided to participate in the Blue Blood Rivalry 5k

As an avid runner Mikey has always enjoyed the competition and the joy of running in races. Mikey recalls hearing about the Blue Blood Rivalry 5k Run after talking to a fellow coworker that had already signed up. After some research about the race, Mike knew that this particular run could be one of the most enjoyable that he had done. Plus he could invite his brothers and sisters. "The thought of a run that I could participate in with my family and friends is was what excited me most." Mikey explained, "Plus them being Duke fans and me a Carolina fan excited me to get to compete against them." Michael always enjoyed friendly competition and this was a way for him and his siblings to bond over a rivalry that they had disagreed about for the majority of their lives.

His enjoyment of running

Mikey has competed in several marathons throughout his lifetime - including the Pittsburgh Marathon twice. Mikey describes his love for running as an adrenaline rush. "It's a way to clear my mind and almost meditate. I trained for several months before my first marathon. Finishing it was big accomplishment and almost like an adrenaline rush for me" he told me. Mikey's passion for running started off when he was a teenager. As an avid sport fan and athlete he first started running as a way to stay and shape and to help with his endurance while he played soccer and hockey.

His favorite memory of the Blue Blood Rivalry 5k

Mikey's favorite memory of the Blue blood Rivalry 5k was the atmosphere of the race. "Everyone was there to have a good time" says Mikey. He also enjoyed the tailgate after the race. After the race Mikey joined the race participants in the Blue Blood Rivalry Beer tailgate party where him and his family played corn-hole, listened to the live DJ and participated in other fun activities that were offered.

Advice to anyone participating in the run for the first time

"Just have fun - this run was designed for people to enjoy each other's company and to come together to support important charities in our community".

The annual Blue Blood Rivalry 5K takes place September 23, 2017 in Chapel Hill. We want all fans to join together in a fun and competitive atmosphere while raising money for two amazing charities. This year, we have partnered with UNC Lineberger & Duke Children's. After the race, we will donate 50% of our gross profits toward both of these important hospitals. We appreciate everything they do not only for our community but for their global support. Help us thank them and register now!

REGISTER NOW AT www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com

"They don’t like us, and we don’t like them"​​ Duke legend Grant Hill recounts his memories of the greatest rivalry in sports​​

The Rivalry as a Fan

In 1982, a very young kid in Reston, Virginia remembers watching the NCAA championship game between the University of North Carolina Tarheels and the Georgetown Hoyas. With stars on one side like Michael Jordan, James Worthy, and Dean Smith and on the other side Patrick Ewing and John Thompson - this was Grant Hill's earliest memory of becoming a college basketball fan. A few years later, he started watching the 1985 Duke Blue Devil team that included Johnny Dawkins and Tommy Amaker as well as the legendary Coach K. This was the year that Duke proved to be a formidable opponent to UNC and memories of this great rivalry were deep in the mind of future Blue Devil, Grant Hill.

The Rivalry as a Player

Real rivalries can turn friends into foes. Grant was a very close friend of Brian Reese during their high school years. Even though they were both from different areas of the country, they developed a genuine friendship and their families were close. That all changed when Grant chose Duke and Brian chose Carolina. As Grant recalls a time during freshman year when Brian hardly spoke to him at a party in Chapel Hill, he remembers, "There was no real bad blood, but the rivalry didn't allow us to be friendly [while we were in school]."

Grant went on to accomplish numerous accolades while at Duke - two national championships, ACC Player of the Year, NCAA All American, and others. While playing at Duke, his team was hated by many - fans and other players alike. But the only hatred the Duke players had, was for the team right down the road, the UNC Tarheels. Everyone else was just an opponent.

Grant recounted his first time playing Carolina. It was his freshman year, in January 1991 and they were at home. The lead up to the game was crazy and the build up is all over campus. It's actually bigger than the build up to a championship game! Coach K's intensity was unlike anything he'd ever experienced and the whole experience is something you can never really prepare for. There is nothing quite like the first game of this rivalry. Duke beat Carolina pretty good in that first game.

Advice for current players

Today's game is different. Players are more aware of everything, including rivalries, because of social media, stories & highlights of the rivalry are so available. But for any new players coming into this, just enjoy it. Enjoy the atmosphere and the build up around the game, but just don't put too much pressure on yourself. It's the best environment in all of sports and a special thing to be a part of it.

Life after basketball

Being a student-athlete at Duke taught Grant a lot of life lessons, and also how to problem solve, think, and endure. One of the most important lessons learned was the power of celebrity and using your platform to help others. Coach K was very demanding, but he also made sure his players spent time in the Durham community helping others. Proud of his philanthropy accomplishments, it's one area that Grant shares with his wife and children today.

Grant is glad that back then, he didn't feel the pressure of leaving early for the NBA like so many of today's athletes. Spending four years at Duke was a lot work, but the bonds with his teammates and the lessons learned from Coach K are irreplaceable.

After Duke, Grant spent almost twenty years as an NBA player, spent some time doing NBA analyst work, and in 2015 became part owner of the Atlanta Hawks. Grant and his family reside in the Orlando, FL area.

About Greatest Fan LLC (Blue Blood Rivalry brand owners)

GreatestFan is a technology and marketing company that provides the following services:

  • Social Sites - The future of fans' involvement in sport is changing. With the influx of larger than life HD televisions, tablets and phones, a fan's experience away from the live event can be captured just as well, if not better, than in the stadium itself. GF social sites aggregate the most compelling content from the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc. all in one place. We usher fans onto the field, backstage and behind the velvet rope and into the lives of the athletes and celebrities. You don't need to use Twitter, Instagram or whatever the latest fad of the day is. Our social sites gather all relevant content for you in one place.
  • GFan Live Events - GreatestFan creates sponsor driven branded live events to extend its corporate partners to fans.
  • Blue Blood Rivalry Ale - We've teamed up with the Aviator Brewery to bring you a crisp and flavorful Pilsner, handcrafted for the loyal fans of the Duke-Carolina rivalry.
  • Film / TV - GFan Films creates full length feature films, documentaries and television content. We are dedicated to working with creative clients to produce thoughtful and unique content.
  • eBooks - GreatestFan distributes eBooks on all digital platforms, allowing authors to broaden their audience and take advantage of the tablet market, while adding pictures and video to further enhance the narrative.

The 100 year old rivalry between the Duke University Blue Devils and the University of North Carolina Tar heels is hands down the best rivalry in sports. Greatest Fan LLC was founded in 2012 by Hassan Pinto, a UNC alumnus and a fan of all things sports. Blue Blood Rivalry strives to give fans all over the chance to participate in rivalry events year round. Fans (of age) can partake in the Blue Blood Rivalry Ale, available at various retail centers across North Carolina. Fans (of all ages) can also participate in the biannual 5k run that takes place in March and September each year. To learn the history of the rivalry, fans can download Duke-Carolina, the Blue Blood Rivalry eBook and film (Search Blue Blood Rivalry), available on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com and all other video on demand and ebook outlets. The Blue Blood Rivalry Blog weekly series will bring you different insights from players, coaches, and fans to talk about the best rivalry in sports.

What Has Gone Wrong For North Carolina During This 3 Game Losing Streak?

This is actually going to talk more about the season than just the three game losing streak, but the title works, so don't be surprised when you read about earlier games. Now, that that's out of the way, let's get right into it. North Carolina was never a top-10 team as the AP poll indicated because well, the AP poll stinks. They've always been more of a top-20ish team than anything else and that's still quite an accomplishment when you look at what they lost from the title team just a year ago.



That said, the one glaring weakness for this North Carolina team right now is its inability to defend the 3-point line. That is why the Tar Heels lost to Virginia Tech, NC State and Clemson. Time for some fun with numbers here. This is what UNC is giving up from beyond the 3-point line:

Nonconference games (13 games) – 37.1%
ACC play (10 games) – 39.4%
The national average – 34.9%

Now, there's an argument out there that you can't just look at 3-point percentages and determine if a team is good or not at defending the 3-point line. That's incredibly accurate and there's more to these numbers. For instance, UNC is giving up 3-point attempts on 43.1% of all field goal attempts. That ranks 319th in the country. They are letting teams score 42.8% of their points from behind the 3-point line, that's the highest in the country. They rank in the 8th percentile on points per possession on shots from behind the arc. Giving up a bunch of looks from the 3-point line isn't necessarily abnormal for UNC or a Roy Williams coached team. He stresses taking away the easy shot at the rim and gives up kicks. However, this is the most amount of 3-point attempts they've given up by about 4% and teams are shooting 2.3% better than the previous worst season. Those seem like small percentages, but when you're talking an extra point for the shot it goes a long way.

All of this is quite bad. But, what makes it bad? Luckily for you (assuming you're still reading at this point) that's what I'm here to tell you about.

The first problem is they really have a great individual defender not named Theo Pinson. The guards get beat off the dribble rather easily. The bigs are young and still working on learning how to hedge on screens (more on that later). The breakdowns lead to easy penetration and then kicks. This where the second problem here, but arguably the biggest problem for me arises. UNC is absolutely terrible at rotations. They get lost, they are slow with the rotation and the extra pass leads to open threes.
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New Year New You -5 Steps To Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet

It's the end of the year. All of us are now reflecting back thinking about the things we have done and the ones we planned on doing.

Most of the times, we all come up with new year resolutions and try to land on them throughout the year. Well, to be fair, most of us fail to follow through and just give up halfway through without even realizing it.

Before the new year begins, the first step you need to take is to sit down and think. Think about what you need to change in yourself. What you need to improve on. What kind of causes you support, or what you would like to get involved in. These things can vary from person to person, so use the time to find yours.

1. Schedule some "me" time.

In our normally hectic lives, it can be difficult to distance yourself from the stress in order to fit in a bit of "me time." However, that time alone can be exactly what you need to stay focused and at your best. So turn off your phone, light some candles, or put on some relaxing music. I usually also pour myself a glass of wine. Hey, whatever works!

2. Learn how to accept defeat when you need to, and know when to move on.

You know how the saying goes: You should fight for what you want. But sometimes you need to know when things aren't worth the fight any more. There's no shame in accepting defeat and moving on with your life. In fact, you're better off leaving behind people, things, and places that aren't right for you. Trust me.

3. Put your health first, both mental and physical.

"Getting healthy" for your New Year's resolution shouldn't just be focused on your physical health. Sure, running on a treadmill is great but it won't do much for your mind if you're tired and stressed. Try meditation, breathing exercises, or even talking to a professional if you feel you need it.

4. Forgo one weekly coffee to donate a few dollars toward an organization that could use your support.

Giving to others increases your capacity for love. It makes you realize that even if you don't have much, you have enough to share with others. In fact, analysis of giving data shows that poor people donate a larger percentage of their income to charity than rich.

5.Create a strong support network.

Having a strong support network is important because you'll have a group of people who understand how difficult the journey of life can be at times.

As a way to get started with this, write out three to five people who would be ideal candidates for your support network. People that will help support your goals for 2018.

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Best Places To Run In Blue Blood Country

When your tired of the treadmill and you can't stand to take the neighborhood loop again, it's time to take to the trail. We recently asked the Blue Blood Rivalry Community to give us their favorite spots around the triangle to run. Whether you're searching for super scenic or a real challenge, you'll find everything you need to cure your trail cravings right here in the heart of rivalry country.

North Wake Landfill District Park

Raleigh, NC

This is the spot to go if you want to challenge yourself with a steep hill to run. You can warm up with a one mile lap around the capped landfill, then sprint up the quarter mile gravel trail leading to the top of the landfill. Your hard work getting to the top is rewarded with amazing views from the highest point in North Raleigh. It also makes a stunning place to catch the sunset.

Al Buehler Trail

Durham, NC

Named after the famed Duke Cross Country running coach, this trail is not for the faint of heart. It's a challenging 2.9 mile crushed gravel trail that loops around the Washington Duke Inn offering challenging hills and gorgeous views of the golf course.

Neuse River Trail

Raleigh, NC

The lower Neuse Greenway provides a rural and scenic running trail from south Raleigh into Clayton. The best time to run along this trail is in June—that's because at mile 23 you'll encounter acres upon acres of golden sunflowers blooming just off the trail. It's a great spot to stop, enjoy the view and snap a selfie.

Bolin Creek Trail

Chapel Hill, NC

Art installations mark the start of this trail in the small Community Center Park just outside downtown Chapel Hill. The 10-foot-wide paved path then stretches 1.5 miles along a small creek that meanders through the forest making for a nice out-and-back run. Coffee lovers take note, there's a short connector path (marked with a sign) that shoots off the side of the trail and leads you to the popular Caffe Driade nestled in the woods.

American Tobacco Trail

Durham, NC

Fast and flat is the name of the game along the American Tobacco Trail. This flat paved trail is just over 22 miles long and crosses three different counties stretching all the way from Durham to Apex. Start your run from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park where there is plenty of parking. Afterwards there are plenty of great places nearby to eat so you can refuel after your weekend run.

Southern Community Park

Chapel Hill, NC

This community park has athletic fields, basketball courts, disc golf, dog park, inline hockey, picnic shelters, playground equipment, and trails. Perfect for a family outing.




The Blue Blood Rivalry offers a charity 5K run twice each year, allowing fans to engage in a fun and friendly competitive sport, while extending the gameday experience. We want all fans to join together in a fun atmosphere, while raising money for two amazing charities, UNC Lineberger & Duke Children's. Be sure to join us for our next Blue Blood Rivalry 5k run! Stay connected and receive exclusive early registration deals on our next run which takes place on March 3, 2017 by visiting www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com . You'll also want to look cool, so don't forget to purchase additional rivalry swag at www.BlueBloodRivalryShop.com

After The Turkey: Active Fun For Your Family This Thanksgiving Weekend

There are several things that make Thanksgiving a much-anticipated and memorable holiday. It's the chance to reunite with family, eat more food than you should, watch football and venture out for Black Friday shopping.

But when you're visiting Blue Blood Country for Thanksgiving, you're likely staying a few days, and eventually you'll want a break from the turkey, wanting to get out and about and stay active. Here's your guide to making the most of your time here with family and friends, allowing you to start the holiday season in the most festive ways possible.

From a locally-organized Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot through Raleigh's beautiful Dorothea Dix Park to sipping on local craft beers and cocktails after here are just a few local races to help you stay active and spend time with your family.



Ridgewood Turkey Trot

Raleigh, NC November 23, 2017

Work up an appetite for Thanksgiving Dinner and help fight Multiple Sclerosis at the Triangle area's favorite Thanksgiving event - the Raleigh Turkey Trot at Ridgewood Shopping Center.

Each year more than 3,000 people from 35 states gather at Ridgewood Shopping Center in Raleigh on Thanksgiving morning for the Raleigh Turkey Trot.

The event includes an 8K Race plus a 100-yard Kids' Dash (age 7 & Under). Kids can also decorate the finish chute with sidewalk chalk while the runners are out on the course!

Turkey Day 5K

Garner, NC November 23, 2017

The Turkey Day 5K is a fun, festive holiday event the whole family can enjoy together…A tradition in the making! And all for a great cause. Race options include a Competitive 5K, Recreational 5K and a 1M Fun Run/Walk. Competitive runners will appreciate the relatively flat course with paved trails; recreational runners and walkers will enjoy the beauty of the parks. Thanksgiving themed costumes, decorated wagons, strollers and baby joggers are encouraged. Well socialized dogs are welcome.

Just Think First 5K and Skinny Turkey Half Marathon

Raleigh, NC November 23, 2017

The JUST THINK FIRST 5K Road Race, held each year in the fall, is the major fundraiser for the Just Think First Program. The event helps fund teaching videos that tell the story of something that happened to real students who attended school at Wakefield High. Besides funding for the video projects, proceeds from the 5K race also pay for speakers and various activities planned during the school year to help encourage students to make the right choices. Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors in the spring. This year's JUST THINK FIRST Road Race starts and finishes at Wakefield HS on Thanksgiving Day.

Turkey Chase ***Put In Order****

Raleigh, NC November 24, 2017

Fit & Able is proud to bring back the Turkey Chase trail festival at Umstead Park! Now it's time to burn off the turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and pie! With three distances - including a 5K, 10K, and 20K - you can choose your challenge. Youth, Juniors, Adults, Novices, and Families are welcome.

Blue Blood Rivalry would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.


The Blue Blood Rivalry offers a charity 5K run twice each year, allowing fans to engage in a fun and friendly competitive sport, while extending the gameday experience. We want all fans to join together in a fun atmosphere, while raising money for two amazing charities, UNC Lineberger & Duke Children's. Be sure to join us for our next Blue Blood Rivalry 5k run! Stay connected and receive exclusive early registration deals on our next run which takes place on March 3, 2017 by visiting www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com . You'll also want to look cool, so don't forget to purchase additional rivalry swag at www.BlueBloodRivalryShop.com
“Nowhere in the country is there a rivalry as hostile and as fun” -

-Bryn Renner, former UNC quarterback, reflects on the greatest rivalry in sports



Earliest memory of the rivalry

Bryn was born in West Springfield, Virginia. Renner remembers lying in his bed as a toddler to watch each and every Carolina / Duke game. As an avid sports lover even at a young age he was intrigued with the Carolina and Duke Rivalry. The hype and sheer excitement that surrounded each game is what drew him in most of all. It was in these young years when Bryn decided he wanted to be an athlete - and more importantly a Carolina Tarheel.

First time Bryn played against Duke

Believe it or not - the first time Bryn faced off against Duke was not on a football field, it was a baseball field instead. Prior to attending the University of North Carolina, Renner worked out for the New York Yankees of the MLB and would have likely been drafted to the team. A standout high school baseball player, Renner wanted to compete for both the football and baseball Carolina teams and that's just what he did. Renner remembers the very first Carolina / Duke baseball game that he played. It was 2010 and Renner was only a freshmen. As he stepped on to the field at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park he remembers getting goosebumps. Renner went on to have an impressive outing in his first game against their rivals and played a major factor in them winning that game. It was a hectic spring for UNC's Bryn Renner that year. Some days, the freshman was a first baseman and outfielder for the baseball team, while other days he's a quarterback for the football team.

On why he ultimately chose to only play football

In an effort to concentrate solely on football and his bid to unseat then three-year starter T.J. Yates, redshirt freshman Bryn Renner gave up his spot on the Tar Heels' baseball team. He alternated his time between the diamond and spring football practice early on in his college career. But after an impressive performance on national television in UNC's spring football scrimmage in 2010, in which he completed 15 of 21 passes for 184 yards and a touchdown, Renner had thrusted himself firmly into the starting quarterback conversation. It was a decision Renner never regretted. Bryn knew that football was in his blood.

Advice for incoming players experiencing the rivalry for the first time

"Don't take it for granted" Renner warned. "The players involved in this storied rivalry form a bond that will never be broken. Your entire life you will be apart of this rivalry and that is something special. Nowhere in the country is there a rivalry as hostile and as fun. It's kind of like a secret club that everyone wants to be apart of but you have to be invited in. Being apart of the rivalry is very special to me and is something that I will never forget - I get goosebumps just thinking about it now".

The annual Blue Blood Rivalry 5K takes place September 23, 2017 in Chapel Hill. We want all fans to join together in a fun and competitive atmosphere while raising money for two amazing charities. This year, we have partnered with UNC Lineberger & Duke Children's. After the race, we will donate 50% of our gross profits toward both of these important hospitals. We appreciate everything they do not only for our community but for their global support. Help us thank them and register now!

REGISTER AT: www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.Com

ACC SCHOOLS HAVE 21 PLAYERS SELECTED FOR 2018 NFL PRO BOWL

The Atlantic Coast Conference schools have a total of 21 former players named to this year's National Football League Pro Bowl roster. This total includes players named to the original pro bowl rosters that was announced on Dec. 19 and replacements who have since been named to the roster.

The NFL Pro Bowl will be played Sunday at 3 p.m. in Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.

Former Pitt powerhouse Larry Fitzgerald was selected to the Pro Bowl for the 11th time to lead all ACC nominees, while former NC State QB Philip Rivers was selected for the seventh time. Running back LeSean McCoy from Pitt and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas who played for Georgia Tech were each chosen for the sixth time, while tight end Jimmy Graham from Miami, linebacker Luke Kuechly - Boston College and QB Matt Ryan who also played for Boston College were each selected for the fifth time.

Florida State led all ACC schools with six players selected, followed by Pitt with three. Clemson, Miami, NC State and Boston College had two apiece, while Georgia Tech, Louisville, UNC and Syracuse each had one.

In addition to the players from ACC schools selected, two former ACC Football Legends from Florida State—linebacker Derrick Brooks and running back Warrick Dunn—will serve as two of the four Pro Bowl Legends captains for the game. Both Brooks and Dunn will represent the NFC and will serve as mentors for the Pro Bowl players and be active on the sidelines on gameday.

Here is a complete list of ACC players that are on the Pro Bowl roster:

Name Pos. NFL Team ACC School

Vic Beasley Defensive End Atlanta Falcons Clemson

Zach Brown Linebacker Buffalo Bills North Carolina

Aaron Donald Defensive Tackle L.A. Rams Pitt

Larry Fitzgerald Wide Receiver Arizona Cardinals Pitt

Devonta Freeman Running Back Atlanta Falcons Florida State

Graham Gano Placekicker Carolina Panthers Florida State

Jimmy Graham Tight End Seattle Seahawks Miami

DeAndre Hopkins Wide Receiver Houston Texans Clemson

Rodney Hudson Center Kansas City Chiefs Florida State

Chandler Jones Outside Linebacker Arizona Cardinals Syracuse

Luke Kuechly Inside Linebacker Carolina Panthers Boston College

LeSean McCoy Running Back Buffalo Bills Pitt

Greg Olsen Tight End Carolina Panthers Miami

Jalen Ramsey Cornerback Jacksonville Jaguars Florida State

Xavier Rhodes Cornerback Minnesota Vikings Florida State

Philip Rivers Quarterback L.A. Chargers NC State

Matt Ryan Quarterback Atlanta Falcons Boston College

Telvin Smith Linebacker Jacksonville Jaguars Florida State

Demaryius Thomas Wide Receiver Denver Broncos Georgia Tech

Russell Wilson Quarterback Seattle Seahawks NC State

Eric Wood Center Cincinnati Bengals Louisville

Duke Children’s Hospital - How They Make A Difference For Our Community

U.S. News & World Report ranks Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center among the top 50 children's hospitals nationally in 10 specialties. Duke Children's Hospital provides care for thousands of patients annually.

In 2000, the McGovern-Davison Children's Health Center opened, bringing all of Duke's pediatric specialties under one roof. The $32.5 million facility was completely paid for through philanthropy.

The Duke Children's Health Center includes specialty clinics, a pediatric endoscopy and procedure suite, a pediatric perioperative suite, an outpatient pharmacy, and the Jim Valvano Day Hospital for children and adolescents receiving chemotherapy and other outpatient infusions.

Duke Children's Hospital is committed to achieving and maintaining a standard of excellence in all that they do. Most importantly, they consistently strive to make the patient experience a model of quality care through advanced treatment, compassionate support, and full family participation and communication.

Their core mission is to provide:

  • Excellence in the clinical care of infants and children
  • Innovation in basic and applied research
  • Leadership in the education of health-care professionals
  • Advocacy for children's health
  • Patient and family centered care

The commitment to patient and family centered care guides their everyday interactions, and is the framework for the planning and program development. Duke Children's Hospital believes that bringing together healthcare providers, patients, and families in daily, ongoing partnerships—to share information, make decisions, participate in care and exchange ideas—results in better outcomes, higher quality, and improved safety.

As one of the largest charity health care providers for children in the Southeast, Duke Children's brings care directly to those who are often overlooked.



The Blue Blood Rivalry offers a charity 5K run twice each year, allowing fans to engage in a fun and friendly competitive sport, while extending the gameday experience. We want all fans to join together in a fun atmosphere, while raising money for two amazing charities, Duke Children's & Durham County Special Olympics. Be sure to join us for our next Blue Blood Rivalry 5k run! Stay connected and receive exclusive early registration deals on our next run which takes place on March 3, 2018 by visiting www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com . You'll also want to look cool, so don't forget to purchase additional rivalry swag at www.BlueBloodRivalryShop.com

7 Tips To Help You Enjoy Your Holiday Season To The Fullest While Not Increasing Your Waistline

The holidays are a time when normal routines that we have worked hard on all year long get thrown out the window, especially being active and eating healthy. With all the stress that naturally comes from this time of year and extra calories we consume during this time, it's important not to get sidetracked from our healthy lifestyle.

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Here are some tips that will help you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest while not increasing your waistline.

1. Don't Skip Meals In Order To "Save Room"

Eat a light, healthy meal a few hours before any holiday event. A Lot of times we have the mentality of "saving" our appetite so we can splurge on that special holiday meal, but it can often backfire. Blood sugar levels can drop from skipping a meal. And when you have dips and spikes in blood sugar, the body becomes hungry and you are more likely to crave sugar. If your holiday meal starts later something light for lunch such as vegetables or a small garden salad. This will help ensure that you won't overeat at the holiday feast.

Source: The Huffington Post

2. Choose Your Food Wisely

When you first arrive at a holiday event that provides food, evaluate your options first before you just dig in. Try to avoid mindless eating. Mindless eating is consuming food just because it's there. If you do catch yourself in the mindless eating habit be sure to not pass on the fruits and vegetables as these will help you feel full and keep you from overeating the less healthy options.

Source: The American Heart Association

3. Pay Attention To What You Eat

We all know that it's easy to overeat at holiday gatherings since there is usually a variety of different foods that you typically don't eat (we are all guilty of it). Eat slowly and control your portion size. If you are truly not that hungry, avoid second helpings if you can - it is easy to tell yourself you are hungry when you are not.

Source: Michigan State University



4. Limit Liquid Calories

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To help keep your liquid calories in check, alternate water and an alcoholic or sweetened beverage. You will be sure to stay hydrated and not go overboard on the calories. There are also hundreds of low calorie drink option alternatives including, rosemary gin fizz, pear and sage sparklers, and carrot mimosas to help on the calorie intake.

Source: www.shape.com

5. Keep The Bad Out Of Sight

Whether it is leftover holiday cookies or a cheesy mac n' cheese dish brought over by a family member, tell yourself "out of sight, out of mind." If these items are easily accessible to you, it makes you more likely to choose them. Limiting treats and unhealthy leftovers at home is a great way to maintain your weight during the holidays.

6. Create Healthy Alternatives

Eating healthy shouldn't mean missing out on Thanksgiving. Yes, it can be difficult to avoid the delicious temptations. If you are attending a potluck, take a low calorie dish so that you have at least one healthy choice. Good options include a vegetable platter, fruit platter, mashed cauliflower, roasted butternut squash, or vegetable gravy.

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7. Stay Active

With the cooler temperatures outside during the holiday season, it is often more difficult to get outside and be active. Try to incorporate time with family and friends by looking into an event that you can all enjoy together. Themed endurance races are a big hit among many. Think this might be out of your comfort zone? You would be surprised to learn that it's not. By running an event with friends and family, you will be surprised at how much fun and easy it is to run a 5K. Events like this require very little training and will leave you craving more runs and the quality time spent with loved ones. This can be a fun holiday event not focused solely around food that will allow you to spend more time with those you love.

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The Blue Blood Rivalry offers a charity 5K run twice each year, allowing fans to engage in a fun and friendly competitive sport, while extending the gameday experience. We want all fans to join together in a fun atmosphere, while raising money for two amazing charities. Be sure to join us for our next Blue Blood Rivalry 5k run! Stay connected and receive exclusive early registration deals on our next run which takes place on March 3, 2017 by visiting www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com . You'll also want to look cool, so don't forget to purchase additional rivalry swag at www.BlueBloodRivalryShop.com

“No UNC athlete wants to lose to Duke in anything, ever.”

Eddie Pope former UNC soccer all star, reflects on the greatest rivalry in sports

Earliest memory of the rivalry

Eddie's first memory of the rivalry was in the early 1990s. There was always something there, but the real rival (from what I remember) was N.C. State. However, State basketball started to fall off in the early 90s which I think allowed the UNC-Duke rivalry to really heat up.

First time he played against Duke

Eddie remembers not wanting to lose to Duke, simply because it was Duke. Although basketball gets the most attention in the rivalry, Eddie is very adamant in believing that no UNC athlete wants to lose to Duke in anything, ever.

Advice to incoming Duke and Carolina players as they enter the rivalry for the first time

"Enjoy it, it's one of the best rivalries on the planet."

Favorite memory of the rivalry during his time at Carolina

Eddie's favorite memory happened in the 1993 NCAA tournament. That year Duke had lost to Cal in one of the biggest upsets that season. Carolina went on to celebrate the National Championship just a few miles down the road!

Being a student athlete at Carolina

Eddie played college soccer and then went on to play professionally. The soccer program at UNC was a great stepping stone for him. Further, he had one of the best college coaches in the nation at the time in Elmar Bolowich. Once he entered the "real" working world, upon retiring from soccer, his time as a student athlete gave Eddie the necessary tools and discipline to be able to tackle all of the challenges that life would throw at him.

Importance of philanthropy

As a former Humanitarian of the Year for Major League Soccer, Eddie had the privilege of working to help others while improving his own community. One of the latest organizations he mentions is called Team Mathias. Eddie coached Mathias Giordano on a youth soccer team for several years. Unfortunately, Mathias was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2012. He fought for 29 months and left us on December 7th, 2014. "Childhood cancer research is grossly underfunded and treatment options are severely outdated. Unfortunately, most of us assume it's the opposite because we're dealing with children. So, awareness is the key here - as well as donating in order to provide more funding for research. You can help by visiting https://www.teammathias.org/ and learning more about supporting the fight against childhood cancer." -Eddie Pope



The annual Blue Blood Rivalry 5K takes place September 23, 2017 in Chapel Hill. We want all fans to join together in a fun and competitive atmosphere while raising money for two amazing charities. This year, we have partnered with UNC Lineberger & Duke Children's. After the race, we will donate 50% of our gross profits toward both of these important hospitals. We appreciate everything they do not only for our community but for their global support. Help us thank them and register now!

www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com

The real back story behind the 1981 Duke-Carolina game at Cameron

-Duke Legend Kenny Dennard reflects on his memories of the best rivalry in sports

Duke Basketball legend is renowned both for his presence on the court and for his role in the fight against cancer off the court. Kenny or as most of his teammates called him, 'Crash' because of his aggressiveness on the court - recently agreed to be a guest blogger for us. Below, Kenny Dennard writes about his experience on the court, his battle with cancer, and even his admiration and respect for the late Dean Smith.

Earliest memories of the rivalry

K.D. One of life's constants growing up in Winston-Salem in the 1960s and King, NC in the '70s -- a constant that has been with me through all my travels in the '80, '90s, and these 17 years into the new millennium – a constant that is known as The Duke-Carolina Rivalry.

Just think: black and white television; color television; color television with a wireless remote; cable television; satellite television; high definition television; 3-D television; and now 4K television, have all evolved during this 50+ year constant. We can now watch the Duke-Carolina game in higher resolution and with more replay control than ever before.

I grew up in Winston-Salem a few miles from the Wake Forest campus. So being a Wake fan, I really didn't have any standout memories of the Duke-UNC games until I arrived on the Duke campus in the summer of 1977.

Why I chose Duke over Wake Forest

K.D. First of all, I played B.C. (Before Cable) and recruiting was way different than it is today. There were no computers, no online scouting services, no NIKE Camps everywhere -- there was only FIVE STAR CAMP. But I will step back a bit to set all this up for you.

I began playing basketball in 1965, but I truly learned how to "compete" in the Women's Gym at Wake Forest University during the summers of 1975 and 1976. I would drive down 25 miles from King, NC every day during those two summers and play pick up games with all the Wake Forest players of that era; guys like Rod Griffin, Frank Johnson, Jerry Schellenberg, Skip Brown, Lee Foye and Henry Hicks, to name a few. These guys were the first to embrace a gangly 16-year-old high school kid from King, let him play with them, and then proceed to beat the shit out of him.

I learned how to play the physical game that summer of '75, which in turn helped me earn my place in the rotation of these pick up games, while at the same time gaining the respect of these college players.

Playing with the Wake Forest guys was the reason I wanted to go to Wake before the summer of '76. And the desire to play there was made even more compelling by Neil McGeachy, then an assistant coach at WFU, who after watching me play all summer in '75 got me invited to the ONLY basketball camp of my era, FIVE STAR BASKETBALL CAMP, in 1976. FIVE STAR was run by the late Howard Garfinkel, the original high school talent scout and, who back in those days, was THE MAN who said who was a Division 1 player or who wasn't a D-1 player.

FIVE STAR was my Schwab's Drug Store. I went to FIVE STAR a nobody in June 1976 and left the camp a D-1 player and forever a changed pup. FIVE STAR was played outdoors on asphalt courts, and we played shirts and skins. I had averaged between 15-20 points per game my junior year in high school, but at FIVE STAR I couldn't score at all the very first day. You see, the backboards were metal, the rims were bent and, even worse, that asphalt was tough for a suburban kid like me who had never played outdoors on these playground hoops like the New York City kids at FIVE STAR.

So during the first night at camp sleeping in my cabin with guys who were huge names in high school in 1976, I decided a new tactic was necessary to get noticed. The next day I was the only kid diving for loose balls and taking charges on the asphalt -- I would literally be bleeding profusely in every game, while never stopping running and playing defense like a possessed person.

It worked. By Wednesday of the camp, I had the attention of most of the 200 college coaches that were scouting the camp. And by Thursday, my Mom was besieged at home with the phone ringing off the hook, including several scholarship offers for me made directly to her.

When Wake Forest's Carl Tacy got involved in recruiting me, I had over 150 schools writing and calling. And once I actually spoke to Coach Tacy, that's when I knew I could never go to Wake.

Coach Tacy couldn't communicate at all. I would go into his office on campus and he wouldn't say anything. Really, he was a mute. He would call me on the phone while recruiting and I would think it was a prank caller, because no one would say a word. He was very strange in that way and a total contrast that to Coach Foster, who would enter into witty conversations like he's been vaccinated with a phonograph needle.

The final factor for me choosing Duke was my official recruiting visit to the Duke campus the Fall of 1976. Deep down, I got that "gut feel" that the whole Duke package was for me: the coaches, the players, the opportunity, the edgy intellect, the Gothic architecture, the entirety of it all just felt right. I realized the chemistry the moment I arrived on campus the Summer of 1977. In fact, I think I still have the Bunsen Burner and lab coat that was issued to me on Day One, but that's another series of stories all together!

My favorite memory of the rivalry as a player

Gene Banks and I (along with Al Wood at UNC) played in fourteen (14) Duke-UNC rivalry games, which is a record and will probably never be broken. My first game against UNC was in the Big Four in Greensboro in December 1977 and we lost. But we beat them a month later at Duke, and that win heated back up the rivalry that had cooled down over the prior decade. Over those next four years, we had some great rivalry games.

However, the most memorable rivalry game brought Coach K his first ever win over UNC in his first season at Duke in 1980-81. It was against a star-studded Tar Heel squad, a team that eventually made it to the Final Four and was National Runner-Up to Indiana. But before all that, it was Senior Day for me, Gene Banks, Jim Suddath and Larry Linney. We were not favored to win. And as you probably know, we did win. But you don't probably know the "Back Stories" on how we won this game, so here's the truth, Truth.

My 14th Duke-UNC rivalry game, and Gene's and my last regular season home game in Cameron Indoor EVER, was tied at 56 and Sam Perkins was at the line for two foul shots with just two seconds on the clock. It may have looked pretty bleak to our fans, but we were focused. For four long years, three under Coach Bill Foster and one under Coach K, we ran drills over and over for these exact game situations every single practice. I looked over to Coach K and he signaled for me to call timeout if he makes them both or misses the second shot, either way. And we only had one timeout remaining. Focus. Block out. Get the ball. Call timeout. The drill!

But then something happened; I did something I rarely do. I looked around Cameron Indoor and it was surreal, just surreal. Fans began jumping up and down screaming in slow motion – like in a movie. I noticed a small child in a Blue Devil costume playing with a small blue plastic ball. I then turned my head gradually and saw a wall of students wearing these crazy tee-shirts that read – "Dennard and Banks, so long and THANKS!"

… and then? Bam, I was right back into the present, feeling the moment, feeling the adrenaline, and knowing instinctively something amazing was about to take place!

Perkins made both free throws, and before I even had the chance to call timeout, Coach Smith called a timeout! Wow, I was stunned. That saved us our only timeout, and that helped set up for an once-in-a-lifetime buzzer beater.

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In the above video clip, Billy Packer credits Coach K for calling the timeout to set up the pass to half court. But it was actually Coach Smith who made a tactical mistake by calling timeout and making the last second play, and then our victory, remotely possible.

I loved Coach Smith. He recruited me and was always complimentary of my play. I remember how before every game and during halftimes, Dean would be out in the hallway between our two locker rooms smoking a cigarette with his cheeks all sucked in to get every last puff before he went out on the floor. He convinced Denver Nuggets' head coach Doug Moe to trade for me with the Kansas City Kings in the summer of 1983 after my cancer surgery, radiation therapy and pending lawsuit against the Kings and the NBA. Coach Smith was my first reference on my first resume, and he later got me into the Kenan Flagler Executive MBA program in 1994 when I returned to Durham for an IR position at Coastal Healthcare Group. While I loved Coach Smith; however, very few have spoken about that lamentable Tar Heel timeout publicly.

But that's just one of the back stories. The second part that you may not know is the fact that Coach K told us during our timeout, "Everyone thinks the ball is going to go to Gene." So he drew the play up for Banks to set a pick down for sophomore guard, Chip Engelland, on the baseline and for me to pass the ball to Chip in the corner for the shot. Don't get me wrong, Chip was a great shooter, and it looked good on paper, but that wasn't gonna happen.

When we broke the huddle after the timeout, Tinker Bell and I looked at each other with the "LOOK" – the "LOOK" that we first developed while battling in fierce pick-up games in the steamy, rubber-floored, intramural gym in August 1977 before our freshman year – and I said, "Tink, fake and pop." Tink grinned and winked.

With every eye in Cameron on me as I prepare to pass the ball in from half court, I gave a slight ball fake to Chip in the corner. That slight ball fake made the entire UNC team lean just a little to my right -- and the rest became my definition of perfection. With one perfect second remaining in regulation, I made the perfect inbounds toss that one expert described as me "passing Gene open"; Tinker Bell made the perfect catch, the perfect turn and launched the perfect rainbow jumper just over the outstretched arms and extended fingers of Sam Perkins; and the perfect ball swished through the perfect net; and we went on to win our perfect Senior Day in perfect overtime. Coach K was happy, we were happy, the fans went crazy!

And later that night in Greensboro, I found myself perfectly vibrating at the perfect Bruce Springsteen concert on the perfect 10th row, which capped off the most perfect day of my life up to that perfect moment!

I have won and lost my share of life's contests; but that was undoubtedly the greatest and most perfect "winning feeling" that I have ever experienced.

Oh yeah, there's one more perfect little back story from that perfect day. My gal pal and fabulous author, Jamie Krzyzewski, was conceived that perfect night in the House of K!!!!! Good thing for us all I didn't pass the ball to Chip!



The annual Blue Blood Rivalry 5K takes place September 23, 2017 in Chapel Hill. We want all fans to join together in a fun and competitive atmosphere while raising money for two amazing charities. This year, we have partnered with UNC Lineberger & Duke Children's. After the race, we will donate 50% of our gross profits toward both of these important hospitals. We appreciate everything they do not only for our community but for their global support. Help us thank them and register now!

http://www.bluebloodrivalryrun.com

UNC / Duke 2018 Football Schedules Announced

UNC / Duke 2018 Football Schedules Announced

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced the 2018 football schedule Wednesday, and once again, it includes arguably the most challenging non-conference competition among the Power 5 conferences.

Notes:

  • ACC teams will play more games (19) against Power 5 competition (including Notre Dame) than any of their peers.
  • ACC teams will play more games against non-conference teams (13) ranked in last year's final Associated Press Top 25 than any other Power 5 conference.
  • The ACC has the highest percentage (.232) of games against teams ranked in the final AP poll of any of its peer conferences.
  • ACC teams will play 27 games against non-conference opponents that participated in bowl games last season, the highest total among Power 5 conferences.
  • ACC teams will play 13 non-conference games against teams in ESPN's 2018 Way-Too-Early Top 25, which is the most among their peers.
  • ACC teams' non-conference opponents had the highest combined winning percentage (.558) in 2017 of any of the Power 5 leagues.

Duke

Six total home dates and four contests against 10-win teams from a season ago highlight the 2018 Duke football schedule released on Tuesday by the ACC office.

SEPTEMBER

1 – Army West Point

8 – at Northwestern

15 – at Baylor

22 – N.C. Central

29 – Virginia Tech

OCTOBER

6 – Open date

13 – at Georgia Tech

20 – Virginia

27 – at Pittsburgh

NOVEMBER

3 – at Miami

10 – UNC

17 – at Clemson

24 – Wake Forest

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Larry Fedora's seventh team will look to rebound from a 3-9 season with six home games, a first ever ACC matchup with Syracuse and pair of games with American Athletic Conference teams.

SEPTEMBER

1 - at California

8 - at East Carolina

15 - Central Florida

22 - Pitt

27 - at Miami (Thurs)

OCTOBER

6 - BYE WEEK

13 - Virginia Tech

20 - at Syracuse

27 - at Virginia

NOVEMBER

3 - Georgia Tech

10 - at Duke

17 - Western Carolina

24 - N.C. State

The ACC

ACC teams will play two neutral site games on the opening weekend of the season, including Louisville facing defending national champion Alabama in the Camping World Kickoff in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday, Sept. 1. Miami and LSU will meet in the AdvoCare Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday, Sept. 2.

In all, the schedule includes 56 regular-season conference match-ups over a span of 13 weeks and is capped off with the 14th annual Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship Game, which will be played on Saturday, Dec. 1, at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium.

Four Durham athletes to represent our country on the Special Olympics USA NC team.



Special Olympics Durham County is excited to announce the selection of four Durham athletes that will be representing our country on the Special Olympics USA NC team.

"The Special Olympics Durham County relies upon support from individuals, foundations and businesses to provide necessary funding for (its) programs throughout the year."

"The 2018 Special Olympics USA Games will showcase the awe-inspiring abilities of thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport, and celebrate the transformative power of Special Olympics.

Seattle will welcome 3,500 athletes from across the United States as they compete in 14 different sports. An estimated 10,000 family members and 50,000 fans will join the athletes to cheer them on while taking in the sites and attractions of the greater Seattle region."

Our Durham County athletes are:

Micah Forest – Powerlifting – 4 time gold medalist

Dean Hall – Powerlifting – 3 time gold medalist

Jamal Hughes –Track and Field - 2 time gold medalist – 100 meter and 400 meter.

Anthony Beauchaine – Golf Skills – Gold Medalist.

Money raised from the Blue Blood Rivalry race will help send these Durham athletes to the 2018 National Games in Seattle.

UNC/ Duke - A Look Back At How The Greatest Rivalry In Sports Began

UNC/ Duke - A Look Back At How The Greatest Rivalry In Sports Began

Though the two schools have always had the hatred born from their fan base and the fact that the two schools are located less than 8 miles away from each other, some of the earliest memories of this modern basketball rivalry occurred in the early 1960s when Duke star and national player of the year Art Heyman got into a brawl on the court with Carolina's Larry Brown which caused suspensions for both players.

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The rivalry reached unbelievable heights in the mid 1980s with Dean Smith (Carolina) and Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) coaching the teams. Thanks to media outlets such as ESPN and the increasing coverage of the ACC in national broadcasts by other networks, fans all over the country got more opportunities to witness these two teams battle. The Carolina / Duke matchup last season ranked as the highest rated and most-watched college basketball game of the season on any network, topping the previous highs of 2.2 and 3.6 million for Kentucky-UNC on CBS in December of 2016. Those figures do not include the 103,000 who streamed coverage on WatchESPN, the largest audience to watch a college basketball game on the platform.

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These two teams have been dominate on national television since the early 1980s, and their final regular season clash has been nationally televised for most of the last 30 years.

When Smith retired after the 1997 season, he held the record for most wins by an NCAA Division I men's head coach, with 879 wins and only 254 losses. In 1982, with players Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins and James Worthy, he won his first national championship and second overall for UNC that year. In 1991, Duke won its first ever national championship and then with most of their team returning, won another national championship in 1992.

  • Carolina then won the championship the next year in 1993
  • Duke won the national championship in 2001, 2010 and 2015
  • Carolina won national championships in 2005, 2009, and 2017

In 2011, Krzyzewski became the new holder of the record for most career wins by a Division 1 men's coach, surpassing Bob Knight.

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On January 25, 2015, Krzyzewski also became the first NCAA Men's Division 1 Basketball head coach to reach 1,000 career wins after Duke defeated St John's in Madison Square Garden with a score of 77–68.

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This epic rivalry will continue this season. The Blue Devils are looking to avenge their loss in last season's March Madness, while North Carolina hopes to continue its winning streak and defend their National Championship from last season.

One thing is certain, it will be another season of unforgettable battles that will continue to write college basketball history books for years to come.

The Blue Blood Rivalry Blog series allows you, our followers, to get an inside look at the greatest rivalry in sports. Along with exclusive interviews with Duke/Carolina rivalry stars such as Grant Hill, Eddie Pope, Kenny Dennard, Bryn Renner and numerous others, we will provide you with engaging content not only about the Rivalry but also provide community insights along with health and fitness tips. Be sure to check back each week for our latest edition.

The Blue Blood Rivalry offers a 5K run twice each year, allowing fans to engage in a fun and friendly competitive sport and extending the gameday experience. We want all fans to join together in a fun atmosphere, while raising money for two amazing charities. Be sure to join us for our next Blue Blood Rivalry run! Stay connected and receive exclusive early registration deals on our next run which takes place on March 3, 2017 by visiting www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com . You want to look cool, so don't forget to purchase additional rivalry swag at www.BlueBloodRivalryShop.com

“It’s more than a sports rivalry it’s a rivalry between two cities and two fan bases”

Hassan Pinto entrepreneur, filmmaker, inventor, fundraiser and avid sportsman as he tells us how he turned his passion for the Blue Blood Rivalry into a brand.

First memory of the rivalry

Hassan was born in Brooklyn New York. He came down to North Carolina for the first time in 1990 as a Carolina soccer recruit - this is when he was first introduced to the Carolina and Duke rivalry. Growing up in New York, Hassan had always known about the rivalry but experiencing it first hand as a 17 year old on a recruiting trip made it much more surreal for him. He immediately was drawn to the culture of the rivalry. It was a culture and a way of life that he had never experienced before.

How did Blue Blood Rivalry, the brand, start?

It was a long process for Hassan when he began building a brand centered around the greatest rivalry in sports. Having went to Carolina, Hassan had always wanted to know what it was like to be on the other side - what being a Duke student was like and how they interpreted the rivalry. In 2009 Hassan's wife had the prestigious opportunity to attend either the business school at Carolina or at Duke. Hassan and his wife saw this as an opportunity to finally see what the 'other side' of the rivalry was all about. What they learned is that each school was completely different. Each fan base had its own uniqueness. Hassan immediately knew that this rivalry was a story that needed to be told. The story that Hassan would eventually tell was first captured in his first ebook series about a rivalry that was more than just sports - it was about competing towns and two competing fan bases. Hassan would later go on to film a successful documentary about the rivalry where he took an inside-outside look and performed the first reality documentary ever done about the rivalry.

Why film a documentary?

Hassan asked himself a very simple question: why did he want to live on Tobacco Road? What is it about this place that's special and near to his heart? His answer to himself was the essence of the rivalry - these two competing universities that sit on Tobacco Road and create this electric experience that not only happens on game day, but happens every day. In 2012 Hassan turned to Kickstarter in order to fund the film and after just 30 days had raised over $30,000. From there, he proceeded to raise 300k from private investors to fully fund the film project. With the outpour of support from the fan bases he knew that this was going to be a passionate project. The following year, he expanded the brand footprint to include Bluebloodrivalry.com, an online magazine that enables athletes, fans, businesses and brands to communicate directly to the Duke/Carolina fan base via Internet TV, mobile and desktop devices.



Listen to Hassan's entire journey here

The annual Blue Blood Rivalry 5K takes place September 23, 2017 in Chapel Hill. We want all fans to join together in a fun and competitive atmosphere while raising money for two amazing charities. This year, we have partnered with UNC Lineberger & Duke Children's. After the race, we will donate 50% of our gross profits toward both of these important hospitals. We appreciate everything they do not only for our community but for their global support. Help us thank them and register now!

REGISTER NOW AT www.BlueBloodRivalryRun.com

“To be the TEAM, you gotta beat the TEAM, and you'll never beat the HEELS!!”  -A conversation with Beth Herndon, on her first experience with the Blue Blood Rivalry 5k run  ​


Early memories of the rivalry

Beth grew up in Durham, North Carolina but has been a lifelong Carolina fan. Her dad and brother started early teaching her to properly hate...lol. She recalls an event in the fifth grade where Duke greats Mike Gminski and Gene Banks visited her elementary school for something and she couldn't understand what all the fuss was about. "Who cares, they're just Duke players" and she remembers thinking that no one should want to see or hear them! That early hate just grew from there and is now safely ingrained in her two children and her niece.

Experience with the Blue Blood Rivalry 5k

Beth ran in her first 5k in 2016 and was looking for other interesting runs in the area to participate in. She really enjoyed her first experience and came across a social post about the Blue Blood Rivalry 5k which sounded to her like a mix of exercise, showing love for her Heels, and offering some disdain for Duke all at the same time. More than all of that, the run was a way for her to include her kids in something she enjoyed.

Her 13 year old daughter and 10 year old son had a great time in the race with her. One of the standout memories was the basketball dribble division that her son participated in. Seeing him running with such gusto, dribbling his basketball is a memory she won't forget. Her teenaged daughter had a great time walking and talking with her throughout the 5k. Imagine a teenager talking to her mom, for miles!

The entire race was a great experience for Beth and her family and it's a great opportunity to connect with the community. Although Beth lives in Durham and the event was in Chapel Hill, she saw people that she knew would be there, but was also pleasantly surprised when she saw a ton of others that she wasn't expecting like neighbors, teachers from the kids' schools, and former co-workers.

The Blue Blood Rivalry 5k was a friendly, encouraging, and family oriented environment. She plans to make the run an annual family tradition and encourages everyone to sign up for the Gridiron edition in September.

Blue Blood Rivalry 5K Run/Walk - Gridiron Edition

We are TAKING THE RIVALRY TO THE STREETS!!! Ready to take your GAME DAY activities to the next level? Join us for the fall Blue Blood Rivalry 5K Run/Walk - Gridiron Edition.

To register visit www.bluebloodrivalryrun.com



About Greatest Fan LLC (Blue Blood Rivalry brand owners)

GreatestFan is a technology and marketing company that provides the following services:

  • Social Sites - The future of fans' involvement in sport is changing. With the influx of larger than life HD televisions, tablets and phones, a fan's experience away from the live event can be captured just as well, if not better, than in the stadium itself. GF social sites aggregate the most compelling content from the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, etc. all in one place. We usher fans onto the field, backstage and behind the velvet rope and into the lives of the athletes and celebrities. You don't need to use Twitter, Instagram or whatever the latest fad of the day is. Our social sites gather all relevant content for you in one place.
  • GFan Live Events - GreatestFan creates sponsor driven branded live events to extend its corporate partners to fans.
  • Blue Blood Rivalry Ale - We've teamed up with the Aviator Brewery to bring you a crisp and flavorful Pilsner, handcrafted for the loyal fans of the Duke-Carolina rivalry.
  • Film / TV - GFan Films creates full length feature films, documentaries and television content. We are dedicated to working with creative clients to produce thoughtful and unique content.
  • eBooks - GreatestFan distributes eBooks on all digital platforms, allowing authors to broaden their audience and take advantage of the tablet market, while adding pictures and video to further enhance the narrative.

The 100 year old rivalry between the Duke University Blue Devils and the University of North Carolina Tar heels is hand down the best rivalry in sports. Greatest Fan LLC was founded in 2012 by Hassan Pinto, a UNC alumnus and a fan of all things sports. Blue Blood Rivalry strives to give fans all over the chance to participate in rivalry events year round. Fans (of age) can partake in the Blue Blood Rivalry Ale, available at various retail centers across North Carolina.

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