Some ‘houses divided’ at UNC-NC State tailgating

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) — It was inevitable that some fans were going to be leaving Friday’s N.C. State-UNC football game unhappy.

But as CBS North Carolina’s Robert Richardson found out, a little bit of tailgating can go a long way toward easing the pain of defeat.

More than 50,000 fans filled Kenan Stadium — and the Tar Heels marked the day after Thanksgiving with ‘Black Friday’ jerseys.

“It might not have worked out for them,” said Michael Murphy.

But, things worked out for Wolfpack fan and birthday boy Michael Murphy, who was much happier to be at the game than the mall.

“It’s great.  It’s just as crowded, but at least I get to watch some good football and experience it,” Murphy said.

And he did so with his Tar Heel niece and nephew.

Several families and friends brought together by Thanksgiving found themselves split by football fandom.

“Me and my dad are excited, yeah,” said Carmella Cromartie, a N.C. State fan.

“We are a divided house, because my husband and my other daughter and this daughter are all State, and myself and my father are all UNC,” said Vanessa Cromartie, a UNC fan.

Some fans found themselves with friends, but not in friendly territory.

“We were not planning to come, but a friend of ours who’s a UNC fan invited us to go with their family, so we’re gonna be sitting in UNC territory,” said Mark Barger, a N.C. State fan.

Fortunately, fans in the stands didn’t tussle with each other like the players did during the second quarter.

Some who came to the game never went in, having too much fun tailgating right outside the stadium.

“We’ve been chatting about a little bit of everything.  Thanksgiving, kids, schools,” said UNC fan Lucy Falk. “My husband’s been texting me, he’s not very happy,” Falk added.

And though the game didn’t go their way, they’re thankful for things more important than football.

“I have been battling cancer, so it’s my first game back,” Falk said.

Falk is looking forward to bowl season, and N.C. State fans can now do so, too.

“It was a big game, with the win we got bowl eligible, and hopefully we’ll get a good bowl game, something around here that we can travel to,” Murphy said.

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