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This past weekend the ACC was embarrassed in football on multiple levels. VT lost to ECU, Maryland almost lost to D1AA Delaware, NCSU is horrible, UNCCH got lucky on a few punt returns in order to beat D1AA McNeese St., Clemson was obliterated by Alabama, Wake is ranked but only beat Baylor. Basically its pathetic all around.

The ACC gets worse at football every year. It’s like how the A10 is always the mole to the Big East’s mallet. Except it is worse because the ACC gets an automatic BCS bid. Essentially every team in the SEC could win the ACC right now. Yes, I will stand by that statement.

Yet it is truly beautiful. After watching the VT v ECU game here in Charlotte with Jason Feltis, I realized that this was a golden age for UNC Charlotte to start a football team. The biggest thing in NC college football is the 3 time D1AA team that lost to LSU by about 40 points. In other words, not much to get excited about unless you love Boone, and most of the people that live there don’t even fall into that category.

With football failing across the area, the quality high school students will love the new approach the Charlotte 49ers can bring to the game. Just another reason to attend the March to the Gridiron on Sept. 16th to show UNC Charlotte Chancellor Phil Dubois that we want football! I won’t be there because I’ll be in Austria but I will definately be following it closely as I drum up 49er football support in Europe!

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Raleigh native Kris Hixson was recently banned from selling this t-shirt design by his home city for its apparently offensive design,

raleigh t-shirt photo

Convention center officials rejected his application to sell the
merchandise at the center’s Raleigh World Wide Expo, an exhibit to be
held inside the $221 million building as the celebration goes on
outside. Out of applications from 250 vendors, Hixson’s was the only
one that was refused — out of fear that powerful Queen City types
might get offended, he says.

“I hated to, but he needs to
understand it’s in poor taste,” said Michelle Boyette, the convention
center’s special events sales manager. She said center officials want
only positive messages at the opening celebration.

“We
might think Raleigh is greater than Charlotte, but that’s not cool,”
she said, adding that Mecklenburg County officials have been invited to
the expo.

Additionally, Mr. Hixson was quoted in the article as saying,

“If you’re from Raleigh and move to Charlotte, something is wrong with you,” he said. “Stay in Raleigh. Don’t sell out.”

Which is funny because I thought the shirt originally meant that everyone from Raleigh wanted to move to Charlotte… that it was an arrow instead of a “greater-than” symbol.

I say let the man sell his t-shirts. It’s classless homerism but It’s stuff like this that is the only reason people “love” Raleigh so much. Ah, Raleigh. Home of suburban big box stores, countless clueless college kids. All subsidized by NC taxpayers money. The most overrated place in NC and maybe even the whole southeast.

For example, Raleigh recently had an exhibit showcasing the works of revolutionary French impressionist artist Claude Monet which drew 250,000+ people to the local event. An oft cited example for those that think Raleigh has more “soul” than the “yuppie city of Charlotte”. Yet on the recent Charlotte Talks episode previewing some of the CLT 2008-2009 cultural scene scene, host Mike Collins asked why CLT didn’t get the exhibit. Guest Perry Tannenbaum, editor of Charlotte’s Creative Loafing, said that Charlotte would get those events but that the limiting factor was money. Raleigh had used NC taxpayer money to bring the exhibit to the city! Outrageous!

The only reason Raleigh has anything is because of inappropriately allocated taxes! I’ll let some of the comments from the Observer article illustrate my point… and just throw down on Raleigh in general,

posted by jmb at 3:05pm: This t-shirt is just getting out in the open what NC politicians have
been voting for for years. When there are tax $ available for roads
etc., which cities get them? Not Charlotte!

posted by HowardBeale at 11:03am: If you don’t think that Raleigh is greater, take your car and drive around. They have the roads of a “world class city”.

posted by Charlottecollector at 3:20pm: Yeah, “Raleigh Durham, Chapel Hill”…it takes three of them to even come close to one of us.

posted by x2c4me at 2:05pm: Re tard > Kris Hixson

posted by JamesQC at 12:26pm: Albany > NYC

Its kinda like somebody implying that although
obviously thats much larger scale. Raleigh natives think as residents
of the capital city of North Carolina, their city should automatically
be the greatest. But as luck would have it, Charlotte became the
booming city of the state (of the Carolinas actually). It really eats
them up.

posted by pintobeans at 12:24pm: I bet those shirts are made in Indonesia by laid off Pillowtex workers.

posted by kapzx at 12:09:31pm: Laughable. In addition, Concord > Durham.

postedby bbfmom2 at 11:53am: What a jerk. North Carolina would benefit from teamwork rather than
one-upsmanship between the two cities. Raleigh would do well to
remember that in the new world economy, Charlotte financially carries
the state.

He sounds like a spoiled, bratty teenager.

posted by bikerchick at 11:46am: Raleigh should be greater than Charlotte. The sucking sound you hear is
Charlotte’s tax dollars going to the liberal goofballs working for
government and education in the Triangle.
RALEIGH > CHARLOTTE because CHARLOTTE $ > RALEIGH

posted by cltnative at 11:20am: People who are from places other than Raleigh ususally call it
“Raleigh/Durham”. You know, after the airport. This would be like
talking about Charlotte and accidentally calling it
“Charlotte/Douglas”.

That’s about all you need to know about Raleigh’s stature in the world.

Hixson truly wants to stir up a debate though, on his youtube channel he posts this call for videos to fan the flames,

Honestly I don’t care if Raleigh is greater than Charlotte. It would be like comparing Atlanta to Macon. Austin to Lubbock. DC to Roanoke. Maybe Hixson will catch on and take it in a Raleigh v Wilmington direction.

Charlotteans must feeling the heat. The musicians are so much better at lyricism over there,


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After surfing failblog.org far too much, I couldn’t help but notice a local fail in front of the UNC Charlotte entrance. A limo hummer was trying to turn on Suther Rd. and was far too large to make the turn. It took the guy about 4 minutes to make the turn and we all had to back up to let him get through. It was hilarious!

A Limo Hummer Too Big to Turn by you.

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Charlotte’s light rail system before and after it opens via Observer Columnist Kevin Siers,

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Watching this video makes me want to move Uptown 🙂

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Finally, all the reasons to move to Charlotte summed up in one great video,

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I love Ciro’s and Jane’s dad says it has some of the best seafood in the Piedmont of NC! Sadly, they must raise their prices because of the economic downturn.

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