Blue Blood: Duke-Carolina: Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2007 - Sports & Recreation - 400 pages
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"To Hell with Carolina,"
--From the Duke Fight Song

"Go to Hell, Duke!"
--Last line, Tar Heel Fight Song

For fifty years the rivalry between Duke and Carolina has featured famous brawls, endless controversy, long-nurtured hatred—and some of the best basketball ever played in the history of the sport. For Duke and UNC players and fans, the competition is not about winning a prize, trophy or title. The reason students at both schools camp out for days to get tickets—is about bragging rights and raw pride.

Fueled by a proximity of eight miles along Tobacco Road, these two highly respected academic institutions have a rivalry of contrasts: powder blue vs. royal blue; public vs. private; Southerners versus Northern transplants; Michael Jordan and Vince Carter vs. Grant Hill and Christian Laettner. And now, with former Tar Heel assistant Roy Williams the new head coach of UNC, and Mike Krzyzewski still going strong at Duke—the rivalry only continues.

Blue Blood is a thrilling chronicle of the Duke-Carolina rivalry as it has evolved over the last fifty years. With unparalleled insider access, veteran journalist and author Art Chansky details the colorful, revered, and respected rivalry—for the first time ever. Chansky has seen every Duke-Carolina game since 1968 and now gives readers the never-before-told details, the story behind the story of this rivalry that has polarized the nation.

The Duke-Carolina rivalry has fostered more than thirty former players from the two schools playing or coaching in the NBA; it has cultivated a maniacal subculture of fans who camp out for weeks just to get tickets to the seasonal match-ups; it has enchanted a nation of spectators to watch games between the archrivals—garnering some of the highest regular-season TV ratings in history. Blue Blood celebrates the history of this rivalry, the traditions, the heritage, and, most importantly—spectacular basketball.

 

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User Review  - IslandDave - LibraryThing

As a Duke fan myself, there was no doubt reading this book where the author's loyalties belong. A UNC guy, Chansky nonetheless presents as balanced a history of the rivalry between Duke and UNC men's ... Read full review

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User Review  - gregfielder - LibraryThing

I would have given this higher (4.5 stars), but Chansky shows an obvious UNC bias in many places in the book (he is a UNC alum.) Read full review

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About the author (2007)

ART CHANSKY is an author and sportswriter who has covered basketball on Tobacco Road for more than 30 years. By day, he is a sports marketing executive who developed an all-sports competition between Duke and Carolina called the Carlyle Cup. After graduating from UNC, he wrote for the Atlanta Constitution and was Sports Editor of the Durham Morning Herald for seven years. He has written The Dean's List and Dean's Domain on North Carolina basketball and Dean Smith. He lives with his family on the "Duke side" of Chapel Hill.

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