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March Meh?

Posted March 14, 2011
Updated March 15, 2011

Heads up, hoops fans. State legislators want to name an official state sport – one that has nothing to do with brackets or boards or shades of blue. 

Senate Bill 322 and its companion House Bill 333 would name stock car racing (as in NASCAR) NC's official state sport   

From the measure:

"Whereas, stock car racing has played a significant role in the history, heritage, and culture of North Carolina; and

"Whereas, stock car racing leads the way in the motorsports industry in North Carolina; and...

(snip)

"Whereas, North Carolina is the home of "The King," Richard Petty, stock car racing legend Junior Johnson, dubbed "The Last American Hero" by writer Tom Wolfe, and seven‑time champion, the late Dale Earnhardt..."

You can read the whole thing here.

State lawmakers seem drawn to these symbolic rivalries. They've been fighting for years over whether vinegar or tomato barbecue should carry the official state sanction. There was the official "red berry" versus "blue berry" skirmish. And who could forget the battle between the "snot otter" and the bullfrog for the title of official state amphibian?  

But filing this bill during the NCAA playoffs? That's taking it to a whole new level.  

Then again, racing is the family business of one of the Senate sponsors, Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt. More here. 

UPDATE:  Another sponsor, Sen. Tom Apodaca, says the bill is the project of a 4th-grade class. He says lawmakers are hoping to bring the class to Raleigh for a real-life civics lesson. 

"But after watching Duke play this weekend,"  Apodaca joked, "I'm considering running a committee substitute to make Blue Devil basketball the state sport.  I don't think I have the votes, though." 

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  • GrandmaEva Mar 16, 2011

    I don't guess it matters that NASCAR has moved a lot of races OUT of NC. Whereas, we will always have basketball.

  • Hans Mar 15, 2011

    We need to name our state chaw next.

  • eoms Mar 15, 2011

    I vote for whining on GOLO

  • benjamingani Mar 15, 2011

    "But since I have the opportunity to comment, I will: If we have to do something as ridiculous and time wasting as name a state sport, it should be something that we have a professional team in, not just college level."

    Charlotte Bobcats.

  • TheDude abides... Mar 15, 2011

    Good choice with NASCAR.

    Consider that same reasons they put the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte and NOT in Daytona.

  • debbiehawkins2008 Mar 15, 2011

    I totally agree with Lolly, but why make Nascar the state sport when the best tracks in North Carolina have been shut down & taken out west?

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Mar 15, 2011

    "If we have to do something as ridiculous and time wasting as name a state sport, it should be something that we have a professional team in, not just college level."

    That would be appropriate if we had a Pro team that was actually good. The Hurricanes are the closest thing to a NC Pro team that has won a Championship. And I don't think hockey will make it as the state sport. Got to be basketball or racing. Both have a long heritage in the state.

  • Cragsdale Mar 15, 2011

    NASCAR is a Professional sport, and it HAS helped shape this state, more so through history than any other sport. As a Native North Carolinian, I am perfectly fine with having NASCAR named the state sport.

  • FairPlay Mar 15, 2011

    We need to worry about the budget and transparency. Who cares about a state sport. It is BBall anyway!

  • Sloaf Mar 14, 2011

    Lolly, I agree with you.

    But since I have the opportunity to comment, I will: If we have to do something as ridiculous and time wasting as name a state sport, it should be something that we have a professional team in, not just college level.

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