Thursday, January 22, 2009

Clemson in Chapel Hill, Obama in the White House

Few of us expected to see an African American in the White House during our life times...but it's beginning to look like the more long shot occurrence is a Clemson basketball victory in Chapel Hill.

I was talking about this with a friend last night. We elected a black President on our 56th try. The Tigers are now 0 for 54 after getting demolished in the Dean Dome last night. So if they don't win in one of their next two trips, it will have taken more opportunities for Clemson to win at UNC than it took for our country to elect a President who wasn't a white male.

I'm not sure you can statistically calculate the odds of it taking fewer shots to put a black man in the White House than for an average ACC program to win just one game at the class of the ACC's home gym, but this is one thing I'm pretty confident of: if you'd asked any North Carolinian in the 1920s, when the Clemson streak started, whether North Carolina would vote for a black guy for President first or whether the Tar Heels would take one on the chin at home against the Tigers, I'm pretty sure you know the answer.

It's remarkable on both fronts.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

No need to ask Clemson if they're looking forward to a 55th consecutive blowout loss in Chapel Hill on January 18, 2011. Is it even legal for a North Carolina male Tar Heels basketball team to lose at home to Clemson?

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