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“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.

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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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Blue Blood Rivalry 5K Run/ Walk- Gridiron Edition

We are Taking the Rivalry to the Streets!


Thank you for supporting UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center through your participation in the Blue Blood Rivalry 5k Run/Walk - Gridiron Edition. UNC Lineberger depends on generous supporters, such as you, to help make miracles happen! Your participation in the Blue Blood Rivalry Run and your contribution will help provide invaluable research and support programs to allow patients to both physically and emotionally defeat cancer. We are grateful for your support.


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 and Duke Children's and after the race, we will donate 50% of our gross profits toward both of these important places. We appreciate everything they do not only for our community but for their global support. Help us thank them and register now!


#TarHeelNation, If you cannot make it to Chapel Hill, signup for the Virtual Run to support UNC Lineberger Cancer Center. Go Heels!
“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

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aV1B2Bp0EIg

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

"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.

#BlueBloodRIvalry - Jason Moon (UNC Fan) just purchased the last six pack of Blue Blood Rivalry Ale. We are LIVE at the BBR 5k Packet Pick-up. Make sure you pickup your packet before 8PM. You can still sign up to run at BlueBloodRivalryRun.com
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