Greatest BBall rivalry of all time gets political....errr, kind of.

Add two politicians to the list of the disgruntled after last night's 101-87 loss to UNC.

Durham mayor Bill Bell has to sport a Carolina blue sweatshirt at Monday's City Council meeting and make the trip down Tobacco road for dinner at the Lantern Restaurant  hosted by Chapel Hill mayor Kevin Foy, as per the agreed upon terms of a friendly wager.  Foy would have had to don Duke blue and attended a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center had the Blue Devils come out on top. But alas, it was not meant to be.

More surprisingly, President Barack Obama had the Blue Devils on his mind Wednesday in a meeting with 16 North Carolina reporters about issues that will impact the state in the coming year. The N&O reported:

"Duke-North Carolina. Duke-North Carolina. Duke-North Carolina," Obama interjected [in a question about what was on North Carolinian's minds that day].

ON BASKETBALL: "Let me start with the most interesting question. Look, obviously Duke is coming off of one of the worst losses it's had in several years, and just squeaking by Miami, is looking a little vulnerable. But North Carolina has shown to have a few flaws as well, so it depends on how hard Coach K was running the players this week and how they respond."

Unfortunately for Duke, Obama didn't offer any clear plan on how to contain Ty Lawson. Maybe next year if the economic crisis is solved.


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