Classic Calls For A Cause

With the release of his new "Woody Remembers" CD of greatest calls and favorite stories to benefit the Ronald McDonald House, 40-year Voice of the Tar Heels Woody Durham shared with Inside Carolina some memories and anecdotes associated with the CD's tracks.


The Most Impressive Home Opener: "It's late September, 1948, and top-ranked Texas is coming to Chapel Hill for the first time ever, after embarrassing the Top 10 Tar Heels (34-0) a year earlier in Austin. All-America tailback Charlie Justice is concerned on Friday because he doesn't think the team, which changes its defense the day before the game, is ready to play. However, when he shows up to get ready the next day the mood has changed completely. Carolina has a 21-0 lead in the first five minutes, and rolls to a 34-7 victory. "Choo-Choo" confesses, 'It was simply a case of them being too sure of themselves and us being ready to play.'"

Carolina Wins First Postseason Bowl: "Some of Carolina's best football teams went to three post-season bowl games in the late '40s, but lost competitive efforts to Georgia, Oklahoma and Rice. It would be another 14 years before the Tar Heels played another extra game, which came in the 1963 Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. Carolina dominated the Air Force Academy, 35-0, and Head Coach Jim Hickey had six fifth-year seniors, and they deserve most of the credit for the 9-2 season, the best fall since 1948. Quarterback Junior Edge and split end Bob Lacey along with running back Ken Willard keyed the offense, while linebacker Chris Hanburger, an Army veteran, was dominant on defense. Now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Hanburger played 14 years with the Washington Redskins, while Willard was in the league for nine years, and all but one was spent with the San Francisco 49'ers. It would be another seven years before the Tar Heels had the opportunity to play another extra game."

Kelvin Bryant's 6 TDs Against ECU: "It happened in 1981. The season opener in Kenan Stadium against East Carolina. Tarboro tailback Kelvin Bryant in three quarters tallied six TDs, which is still a single game record for the Tar Heels, in the 56-0 rout of the Pirates. In early May, Bryant will be inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame."


The First And Only Game For Ramses: "Vic Huggins, who would later have a hardware store on Franklin Street, was the head cheerleader at Carolina in 1924, and he thought a mascot was needed so he convinced Athletic Business Manager Charlie Woollen to buy a Texas ram for $25.00. Why a ram? Jack Merritt, a star football player in the '20s, was nicknamed the Battering Ram,' so a ram would be perfect. And, he was for football. However, in 1925 Huggins wanted to take him to a basketball game against South Carolina in the new Tin Can. So he had Rameses all slicked up with a ribbon in his hair, and he was ready. Then the students started making a lot of noise after the Glee Club sang 'Hark the Sound,' and the ram misbehaved at center court. So the lights were cut off, and Higgins hustled out with a dust pan, a whisk broom and flashlight to clean up after the ram. That's why Rameses has never been to another basketball game."

A Perfect Season: "Only seven teams have ever won the NCAA Championsip with a perfect record, and UNC was one of those seven. Carolina's perfect 32-0 record in 1957 included 10 games decided by eight points or less, nine of which had a margin of five points or less. The Tar Heels managed to get past Wake Forest four different times by a combined total of 18 points. There were also four overtime thrillers at South Carolina, at Maryland, which went two extra periods and then the triple overtime tests in the Final Four at Kansas City against Michigan State and Kansas. However, each of the five starters, years later in separate interviews, said they never felt any pressure as the season progressed. Bob Cunningham admitted, 'The coaches, the reserves, our extended family, professors, the administration and our fans might have felt some pressure, but we never did!'"

Eight Points In 17 Seconds: "Through the years the most remembered Carolina basketball games are the five NCAA championship victories in 1957, 1982, 1993, 2005 and 2009. Next, in my opinion would be the Duke-Carolina clash in Chapel Hill to close out the 1974 regular season. The Tar Heels were down eight points with only :17 seconds remaining in regulation, but somehow, with Coach Dean Smith's direction, they managed to tie the score, and eventually won 96-92 despite trailing by three in the extra period. Bobby Jones, who went on to play more than 1,000 games during his lengthy pro career said later, 'I played a lot of games during my career, but I never saw one like it. I was thrilled to be a part of it.'"


The Tracks
1. The Most Impressive Home Opener
2. The First of Two Home Wins Over Wake Forest Since 1998
3. Carolina Wins Late At Louisville
4. Kelvin Bryant's Six TDs Against ECU
5. Tar Heels Scalp the Seminoles in 2001
6. The First ACC Victory At Virginia Tech
7. Connor Barth's Late FG Edges #3 Miami
8. Duke-Carolina Play for the Victory Bell
9. Onside Kick Changes Momentum At NCSU
10. A Rare Win At Georgia Tech
11. UVA vs. UNC - Oldest Series in the South
12. LT's Sack Saves Win At Clemson
13. Carolina Wins First Post-Season Bowl
14. The First and Only Game for Rameses
15. Carolina Reaches Its First Final Four
16. 1957 - a Perfect Season
17. Dean Smith Replaces Frank McGuire
18. Six Years With Lewis, Miller, and Scott
19. Eight Points in 17 Seconds
20. 1982- Dean Smith's First NCAA Title
21. 1993 - Dean Smith's Second Title
22. Smith Retires and Guthridge Moves Up
23. Guthridge, Doherty, Williams
24. 2005 - Roy Williams' First NCAA Crown
25. 2009 - Roy Williams' Second Title

Woody Remembers was conceived by Woody and Jean Durham as a way to directly support the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill. Woody and Jean have been guiding forces on behalf of the House since its inception in 1986. As co-chair of the Carolina Kids Classic Golf Tournament for 22 years, Woody raised $3+ million in support of seriously ill children and their families. The Durhams' outstanding commitment and generosity will help to sustain the "House with a heart" for many years to come.

Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill is a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment at area hospitals. The House provides more than a place to sleep — it's a lifeline of hope to families in crisis — providing close access to health care, nourishment, emotional support, and financial relief.

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