At the ballet, the symphony, theaters, and sports arenas, the Queen City puts on a show.
The dramatic comebacks, buzzer beaters, and upsets of March Madness have introduced generations of North Carolinians to a host of iconic college basketball players and coaches.
Most Improved Sports Fan
Sometimes, when his house full of Tar Heel fanatics huddles up around the TV, the Ramblin’ Man gets to feeling a little sidelined. Hard as he tries, “tackle” and “net” conjure visions of mountain streams, even during football and basketball seasons.
A Local’s Guide to Chapel Hill
Former Tar Heel basketball player Marcus Ginyard shares his top recommendations for exploring this quintessential Southern college town and campus — including his favorite restaurants, outdoor spots, and more.
Feeder of the Pack: Players Retreat in Raleigh
Over its 70 years, the Players Retreat has played many roles in Raleigh: hangout for NC State actors after performances, shrine to Wolfpack athletics, sports bar with a fine-dining pedigree. Plus, it serves a heck of a burger.
The 1980s: Michael Jordan Changes the Game
Before he was the greatest of all time, Michael Jordan was an athletic kid from Wilmington. In 1981, he heads to Chapel Hill to hone the skills and competitive spirit that launch him to superstardom.
From Elizabeth Hudson: For the Win
Our editor in chief remembers her father’s love of sports and how that love made her understand why we embrace them.
The 1960s: North Carolina’s First Professional Basketball Team Mounts a Full-Court Press
In 1969, North Carolina bounds onto the national court: Fans across the Piedmont rally to support the state’s first pro basketball team, the Carolina Cougars.
When Growing Up ACC, Basketball Meets the Classroom
If you didn’t go to the ACC Tournament, the games came to you, even in the classroom.