Late Night with Roy was scheduled to start at 7 p.m., but the overwhelming lines outside the Dean Dome at 4 p.m. Friday, October 24, 2008, proved once again that UNC is in love with basketball.

The lights went out and “Late Night with Roy” necklaces around thousands of necks gleamed. Camera lights started flashing and everyone knew it was the beginning of an amazing season. The fans greeted Tyler Hansbrough and Co. with an ear-ringing enthusiasm, and the boys did not disappoint.

However, basketball isn’t the only sport that has been enticing to watch. On Saturday, thousands supported the Carolina Football team, despite the rain. And here too, we were not let down. After struggling to be ranked after a tragic loss to UVA last week, the Tar Heels pulled through again, ripping apart BC, securing a Carolina victory and a ranking as 21.

So is UNC really “a basketball school,” as it is so often called? This year’s football season has defiantly made this debatable.

Unfortunately, here is where I have to admit that I have never (until recently) known rules to either football or basketball. In high school, I viewed the games as social engagements; the most I took home with me was the final score (usually because my parents would ask me how the game was, and I could say, “We won!” or “We lost.”) But I am proud to say that I am no longer ignorant to the rules of football, and I never knew how exciting a football game could really be.

Now that I am in football season fever, I am sad to see it is soon to be taken over by basketball. Maybe I just don’t want to learn the rules of another game, but I can’t imagine that basketball can be as exciting.

Can the five steps it takes the players to get across the court really be that difficult? Is the claustrophobic space in the Dean Dome really as enjoyable as Kenan Stadium?

To you, this might seem incredibly ignorant, because no one who has yet to experience the thrill of Carolina Basketball can really have an opinion. And I can imagine that after the basketball season I will be utterly infatuated by the sport, but as for now, I have to say that I have enjoyed the tailgating football season. And whoever says that UNC is a basketball school, has yet to watch the Tar Heels play some football.

By Vicky Waldthausen