Carolina opened the season Saturday night with a strange win. A new Rameses mascot debuted after killing his father and predecessor in the off season. Athletic officials halted the game in the second quarter for nearly two hours because of a passing thunderstorm. Halftime lasted five minutes. Soundless lightning struck the press box in the third quarter and disabled the scoreboard. A large chunk of concrete fell from the upper deck, scaring many but injuring none. Malfunctioning elevators trapped at least one member of the press for hours. Brandon Tate gained a school-record 397 all-purpose yards on only 11 touches. His total slightly surpassed Carolina's total offense.
The strangest event of all of these rivals the Harvard vs. Yale vs. MIT stories. Two parachutists were supposed to deliver the game ball and fly a Carolina flag from high above Kenan Stadium, but they never showed up.
The parachutists had already canceled the jump mid flight when they saw an occupied football stadium through a break in the clouds. They jumped and landed minutes later in Wallace Wade Stadium for Duke's home opener against James Madison. I do not know if they displayed the Carolina flag, but I hope they did. They missed their intended mark by eight miles and 15 yards. Whoops-i-daisy.
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