UNC vs. Duke: Changes made to the Victory Belll
There will be a new Victory Bell for the UNC and Duke rivalry. Does Tradition survive?
So Thursday Night there is this big rivalry game between Duke and North Carolina.
The game is called the “Battle for the Victory Bell”.
Why you ask? Because the winner gets to take home a bell and paint it the color blue of their respective school. Most times the players do it right after the game whether on their field or not.
It is quite the tradition. So of course it only makes sense that in spirit of camaraderie, that tradition gets stomped on.
In case you haven’t seen it, here is the “new” victory bell:
Word is respective ADs at Carolina and Duke agreed this is the new look for The Victory Bell. pic.twitter.com/OQbaUjWrNq
— Lee Pace (@LeePaceTweet) November 7, 2016
So a couple of things first.
One apparently the respective AD’s agreed to this. Having attended UNC, I do know that the two schools do a lot together academically.
There are shared programs and it is a good way to strengthen and diversify the education system for both schools. However, this is not academics and Bubba Cunningham’s decision was not met well.
Look at some of the reaction to the UNC AD:
@BubbaUNC the Victory Bell currently belongs to UNC it needs to be UNC Blue and only UNC Blue if they want it duke blue they need to win it
— ADW..MPW..CMW (@MichaelAshleigh) November 8, 2016
Hey @BubbaUNC did you sign off on this terrible victory bell idea? ???????? bad move
— Carolina Faithful (@UNCDiehards) November 8, 2016
. @BubbaUNC I hate new look Victory Bell. Hopefully it will return to 100% Carolina Blue Thursday night. Hard to believe you agreed to this
— Steve Brewer (@stevenkbrewer) November 8, 2016
@BubbaUNC I simply cannot believe you approved the new Victory Bell design. We've won it 23-26 yrs now we have to stare at our rivals' logo?
— Jon Sasser (@jsasser42) November 8, 2016
Secondly this defeats the point of the rivalry. Why even play the game? What’s the point of even having a rival? This one reaction sums this up perfectly:
This is just awful. The Victory Bell has been turned into a participation trophy. https://t.co/JaNHi78Caj
— Timothy Armes (@Timothyj78) November 8, 2016
Participation Trophy indeed. Apparently the UNC Duke game is nothing more than a Pop Warner match-up.
So what now? Well here is one suggestion:
If that's actually what they are making the Victory Bell now, I don't even want to win it. Just get rid of it.
— Ryan Julian (@_ryanjulian) November 8, 2016
Regardless of the solution this is a sad day for a great rivalry. What’s next players holding hands and singing “Kumbaya” before each basketball game?
Maybe they should just play flag football instead. Nobody wants to hurt anybody’s feelings or anything.
Why not just cancel the game and hold a big giant party and call the whole stupid thing a tie?
Besides if it is truly to be representative of the rivalry shouldn’t the bell look more like this:
They should have painted the Victory Bell based on the series record. Dook gets to paint a wheel well.
— ♛Young Simba♛ (@CrownedPrinceHC) November 8, 2016
I always heard a tie is like kissing your sister. Well this feel’s the same way. The only way for this to be resolved is for the Heels to beat Duke.
Then just as one fan suggested, the players will need to do what is necessary to set things right.
UNC has dominated the rivalry over the past 20-plus years and is looking to extend their season win steak to four games. The two teams will meet on Thursday for the first time since the new Victory Bell was introduced.
Now, let’s see what happens when the winner gets their hands on it.