Dueling College Newspapers

Two college newspapers are at each other's throats. (And yes, these are real clips!)

It started when the University of North Carolina (at Chapel Hill) student newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel (the school's sports teams are called the Tar Heels -- North Carolina is known as "The Tar Heel State"*), ran with this headline on Wednesday:

Daily Tar Heel headline

The headline reads, UNC gets head from Duke.

(Duke University is a rival school, and apparently the head was torn from its mascot, the Blue Devil -- as pictured.)

Maybe that got so much attention that the Louisiana State University's student newspaper, the Daily Reveille, wanted to get into the act. The headline atop their sports section this morning:

Daily Reveille Heel headline

Or, if you can't read that, COCK BLOCKED.

That is, the University of South Carolina's Gamecocks were defeated ("blocked") by the LSU Tigers 64-46.

Kids these days! But hey: they're getting people to read their newspapers!

(Sources: Tar Heel, Reveille)

* Wikipedia notes: "The exact etymology of the nickname is unknown, but most experts believe its roots come from the fact that tar, pitch, and turpentine created from the vast pine forests were one of North Carolina's most important exports early in the state's history. For a time after the Civil War, the name Tar Heel was derogatory, but it was later reappropriated by the people of North Carolina."

Posted February 15, 2013

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