“I’m biased, but I think this is the greatest rivalry, not just in college basketball, but in all of sports. .. You believe this is just another game? Are you serious? Are you serious? There’s no way you can tell these kids it’s just another game.”
--Dick Vitale, ESPN
“Having been loved and loathed by fans of both schools, glad-handed and banned on both campuses, I know the passion that fuels the Duke-Carolina rivalry. Art Chansky has more than learned what Duke-Carolina is all about; he’s lived it for more than thirty years. His columns, commentaries, and characterizations have long been on the money, and Blue Blood puts them all together in an anticipated and entertaining work that reads more like a novel. But truth is stranger than fiction, and Chansky tells it just like it is.”
—Curry Kirkpatrick, who has covered Duke-Carolina for Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and ESPN the Magazine
“Across the rolling Piedmont and through the pines of the Old North State, there’s a whisper of anticipation. The ‘Blues’ are about to run again. Powder and royal. Eight miles…two schools…two programs…one driving passion to excel. In the mecca of this great game, it is THE rivalry. This is no mere game, no mere rivalry. This is a phenomenon . . .this is Duke-Carolina.”
--From ESPN Opening, February 5, 2004
“It’s not about me vs. Dean, or me against Roy or Dean against Vic Bubas. Duke and Carolina will be here forever."
“I was hit three times and spit at during the whole game before I started to fight.” --Art Heyman
"Eight miles away sat a legend, perhaps the greatest coach of all time. I was inundated with thoughts of beating Dean Smith. If we couldn't beat him, we could never get to where we were thinking about."
--Tom Butters, former Duke Athletics Director