Chapel Hill

UNC-Duke Game with Nick

Posted by Heidi Risser
on February 11, 2020

Sometimes, life provides surprises.  At first, the surprise was a bad one. 

This past week, my son, Nick, was denied the opportunity to go to the UNC-Duke game by UNC.  As a Senior, he should have been given a student ticket.  He has saved his “guaranteed game” for three and a half years, only to be denied. 

His spirit was crushed, and his heart was broken.  There was nothing I could do but console him.  Then, a friend of his offered him two tickets.  Nick knew I had never been to the UNC-Duke game either, and he offered me the other ticket.  Of course I went!

I know what you are thinking, because you know what happened at that game.  Is this a good surprise or a bad surprise?  This was definitely a wonderful surprise! 

My son, Nick, and I got to sit midcourt at the UNC-Duke game in Chapel Hill this weekend.

We had unbelievably good seats on the midcourt line, and lower level.  Thank you to Nick’s guardian angels—Francis, John and Susan—who saved the day by offering him those tickets!  He had a smile on his face. 

We went in knowing Duke was going to splatter the court with us, and then something really surprising happened.  UNC played great!  They were defending and hustling and scoring.  Nick and I cheered the whole time and barely sat the whole game.  We had comrades all around us high-fiving and booing the refs when they deserved it.  I almost lost my voice from cheering.

Except for those last 6.6 seconds, this was the best Tarheel game I have ever watched.  And, regardless of the ending score, it was one of the best days of my life.  It is a memory I will cherish forever.  I got to watch UNC-DUKE in Chapel Hill at midcourt, and the Tarheels led most of that game!  Most of all, I got to spend quality time with my wonderful son.

Nick was ecstatic about the opportunity to the game as a Senior.

Because the Oscars were last night, I just have to add that I feel like a mom that is invited to the Oscars by her child.  Only, the Oscar moms have to sit through 3 ½ hours of speeches, and I got to watch one of the most important and exciting sports events of the calendar year!  Without doubt, this is the best surprise of 2020!

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