The US Navy ship that casted Osama Bin Laden’s body into the Arabian Sea will now host a college basketball game against two school power houses… if that’s not American I don’t know what is! The USS Carl Vinson will host the standoff between the University of North Carolina and Michigan State. 7,000 lucky fans, mostly military personnel and their families, will watch the two school power houses square off. The carrier ship will be docked off San Diego and will be hosted 11/11/2011.
Despite the Carl Vinson’s famous track record, the ship was chosen because it will be in US waters but is expected to return to sea by the year’s end. The event is called the Carrier Classic, which the NCAA hopes to make an annual event. #AMERICA
When top North Carolina basketball recruit PJ Hairston wanted to choose a college close to home, the Duke Blue Devils thought they had it in the bag… that was until Hairston choose rival UNC because of some costly spelling mistakes.
Despite being recruited by Florida, Georgetown and Wake Forest, the Hargrave Military Academy senior narrowed it down to his neighboring schools Duke and North Carolina. Though the schools may only be within 10 miles of each other, and Duke the most recent of the schools to win a championship, Hairston decided to go with UNC because they could spell his name right.
“The thing about Duke was, every time they sent me a letter, they wouldn’t spell my name right,” Hairston said. “They would have ‘T.J. Harrison’ or something like that. And I’m like, ‘OK. How can I go here? You can’t even spell my name right.’ It’s only two letters and HAIR and STON. I’m trying to figure out how that’s so hard.”
Michael Jordan visited his alma mater before North Carolina took on the Washington Huskies for a spot in the Sweet 16. Jordan led the Tar Heels to an NCAA basketball championship in 1982 and wished the team good luck… but also knocked some of the players for wearing Kobe Bryant’s basketball shoes instead of Air Jordans. The players responded to Jordan asking for the high-in-demand “cool grey” Jordan 11s, but according to Jordan they have one more task to complete, “Get to the Final Four and you can get anything you want!”