CARTER-FINLEY STADIUM/RALEIGH It's the second meeting of the season between a pair of Triangle Division I football teams, and the first time it's matching two clubs from the ACC.
N.C. State and Duke don't play every year any more under the divisional system necessitated by the conference's expansion to 12 teams. The Wolfpack is in the Atlantic Division and Duke in the Coastal, and while NCSU's cross-divisional permanent opponent is UNC, Duke's is Wake Forest.
Now they're playing for the second straight season, with the Wolfpack winning last year's meeting 27-17 at Wallace Wade Stadium. That was the Wolfpack's 11th straight win in the series, and State will be favored again today. NCSU is 3-2 and Duke 2-3 after each lost its ACC opener last week.
The game is on ESPNU, and it's not quite a sellout on a partly cloudy, warm day with many of the students away on fall break. And the fans, both in the stands and on TV, get one heck of an offensive show as Duke wins 49-28, its first ACC road victory since a win at UNC in 2003. A crowd of 56,452 saw Duke's first win in Raleigh since 1984, before any current Duke player was born.
Today they're not serving the traditional barbecue and chicken in the press box, instead an array of casseroles covered in cheese or gravy - chicken, broccoli, potatoes. It's probably marginally better for us anyway.
The tens of thousands of you who used to subscribe to the Durham Herald-Sun might remember me.
I was a sportswriter there for 24 years, covering just about everything from the Durham Bulls to N.C. Central football and basketball to the Carolina Hurricanes to women's basketball at Duke and UNC to high school sports to spot coverage at N.C. State to USA Baseball and gosh knows what else.
But back on May 15, Paxton Media Group-which owns dozens of itsy-bitsy newspapers scattered throughout the Midwest and Southeast-decided to cancel that show and send eight or nine good, loyal employees packing along with me.
In honor of tonight’s Game 7 cage match between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New Jersey Devils – which is, alas, an away game – Triangle Offense will be liveblogging tonight, starting at approximately 6:30. If you’re watching the game near a computer, please join us and share your thoughts.
The Hurricanes will retire Glen Wesley's No. 2 in a ceremony tonight preceding their last match-up with the formidable Boston Bruins. Wesley, a veteran of 728 games in a Hurricanes uniform and over 20 NHL seasons, played with only three franchises during his long and illustrious career, and two of those were Hartford/Carolina and Boston. Wesley was with the team for its downs (when the team had neither a home nor a permanent fan base in Greensboro) and its ups (two Stanley cup finals in four years.) He finally lifted the cup over his head in 2006, which was a moment 'Canes fans will never forget.
In addition, the Hurricanes will try avoid being swept in their season series against the Bruins. Neither team has swept the other since 1979, when Hartford joined the league. The Eastern Conference leading Bruins have decimated the 'Canes this season, winning all three contests 4-2, 4-2, and 5-1, respectively. The Hurricanes are trying to catch Buffalo and Florida, which are tied for the final two playoff spots in the east.
I will be LiveBlogging from the event starting at 6:30 EST, so if you're watching from home, please feel free to join in and share your opinion as we watch that loveable redhead's number rise up and join Ron Francis' in the RBC Center rafters.