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True Blue Tar Heel Fans

Posted March 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The UNC Tar Heels may not remember how to lose. They haven't since January. So, what's the key to their 16-game winning streak? Better offense? Better defense? Maybe not. Maybe it's Jeanne and Hortense, and a lucky kiss for the coach.

Jeanne Hack and Hortense Raynor are two longtime friends from Apex, who follow the Tar Heels wherever they go. They have a passion for basketball, and Jeanne thinks they may just be the Tar Heels' lucky charm.

"When we kissed him I said, 'Dean this is going to bring you good luck, I promise.' He has won every game since that time."

If you've ever been to a Carolina game, or seen one on TV, you can't miss these two ladies, decked out in anything and everything Tar Heel from head to toe. Like the athletes, Jeanne says, they too put on their uniforms for a game.

"I feel just like one, I'm getting dressed out to go play ball and I play, when the games are over I'm worn out. And I tell Hortense 'I've played so hard today, no wonder we've won.'"

Hortense says they have to sneak in their signs because they're really not allowed. "And one year they made us break the sticks, they were afraid someone could get injured. So, one or two of mine don't have sticks!

Jeanne warns with a laugh that only Duke fans need to be careful of getting hurt.

And what they can't wear, they take in, of course, in a Carolina duffle bag. They even bring a change of clothes, just in case they're needed on the court.

This duo has been following the Tar Heels for decades. All three of Hortense's children went to Carolina, and Jeanne has been a fan as long as she can remember. Hortense says they've seen lots of big games. "I was in New Orleans when Michael Jordan was a freshman and when he threw that ball and it went in that thing I just thought I just can't stand it. My heart was just racing." These ladies have become celebrities among Carolina fans. They pose for a lot of pictures, and Jeanne says they love every minute of it.

"We're very brave, I think, to look like we do, but we do have a good time, and that's the name of the game."