The man pictured to the left holding the panda is Democratic congressman Brad Miller. Miller is a pretty big North Carolina fan and like most North Carolina fans he hates Duke. He is able to tolerate the other teams on Tobacco Road, but Duke? Not so much.
So when Brown explained how he sees his fandom to AP reporter Christina Rexrode, we get a glimpse into just how much he hates Duke.
Spoiler alert: A lot.
After speaking with the state’s five-term congressman last week, Rexrode decided to call back when North Carolina State made the Sweet 16 as well, and ask about divided loyalties.
“The way I deal with it is, I scream my lungs out for Carolina,” Miller said. “I make no pretense that I am at all half-hearted in my support for Carolina. Nobody in North Carolina would trust a politician who claimed to be neutral on a matter as important as college basketball.”
Miller said he rooted for N.C. State against Georgetown, And when they play out-of-state. And any time a Wolfpack win doesn’t affect Carolina’s ranking.
Duke is another story altogether.
“I have said very publicly that if Duke was playing against the Taliban,” Miller said very publicly again, “then I’d have to pull for the Taliban.”
This is obviously a tongue-in-cheek comment. But c’mon , Brad.
Is it really THAT serious?