::Governor Sending Cheerwine To Oregon
By Elliott West, Raleigh Chronicle News Editor
Monday June 25, 2007
RALEIGH - Unfortunately for Tar Heel fans, North Carolina Governor Mike Easley will be sending a case of Cheerwine soda to Governor Ted Kulongoski of Oregon.
Easley made a bet with Kulongoski last week that the University of North Carolina baseball team would beat the Oregon State Beavers in the NCAA National Championships that took place over the weekend. Unfortunately, that didn't happen as the Beavers won two games in a row, sweeping the series.
Cheerwine is a sweet fizzy soft drink with a cherry flavor that has been made in North Carolina since 1917. The Carolina Beverage Corporation makes the drink in Salisbury and it's available throughout the southeast.
In addition to Cheerwine, if Carolina lost, Governor Easley said he would send some North Carolina barbeque as well. In an effort to avoid endorsing Eastern-style barbeque over Lexington-style barbeque, Easley will be sending some of both to Oregon.
One pound of barbecue, one bottle of barbecue sauce and one pint of slaw from both Wilber's Barbecue of Goldsboro and the Barbecue Center Inc. of Lexington will be shipped to the west coast state as part of the bet to Governor Kulongoski.
If Carolina had won, Kulongoski was going to send basket of products made in Oregon including a sampling of Pacific seafood, local cheeses, craft beer and hazelnuts.
Before the series, the governors also traded boasts about their state's teams.
"If I was from the Tar and Turpentine State, I'd be scared given the way our Beavers are clear cutting their way through the tournament," said Kulongoski. "Pat Casey has done an incredible job keeping this Beaver team at the top of the college game and I'm looking forward to a barnstormer of a rematch this weekend."
"A beaver cannot get past a fox, certainly not twice," Easley said last week. "I am confident UNC Coach Mike Fox and his team will make sure the Tar Heels bring the national championship to North Carolina."
Repeat Of Last Year
Unfortunately, the series was a repeat of last year, when Carolina and Oregon State faced each other in the finals. UNC fans were hoping for a chance to get revenge from 2006, but they've had to settle for second best two years in a row.
Still, for both Carolina and Oregon State to reach the finals two years in a row is an accomplishment. Carolina had to come from behind when it beat Rice University (56-14) to move into the finals.
With loads of talent, players from both the Beaver and Tarheel teams will obviously be seen later in the professional leagues.
At the very least, the makers of Cheerwine and North Carolina barbequers will hopefully gain some fans in Oregon this week. ::