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First Rites
Arash Markazi
March 26, 2007
BEFORE N.C. STATE alum Rhett McLaughlin married UNC grad Jessie Lane in 2001, the couple hashed out an informal prenup: Their sons would be taught to root for Rhett's beloved Wolfpack; their daughters for the Tar Heels. There's only one child so far, three-year-old Locke, and it was he who, in the aftermath of the March 11 ACC title game, wound up on YouTube, shirtless and sobbing. When Jessie informs him that the "Tar Heels beat the Wolfpack," Locke protests, "No, Wolfpack did!"—then bursts into tears. Later Locke says, "Wolfpack kill the Tar Heels," referring to an earlier game. Says Rhett, who regularly produces Internet videos, "This has become more popular faster than anything I've done."
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March 26, 2007

First Rites

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BEFORE N.C. STATE alum Rhett McLaughlin married UNC grad Jessie Lane in 2001, the couple hashed out an informal prenup: Their sons would be taught to root for Rhett's beloved Wolfpack; their daughters for the Tar Heels. There's only one child so far, three-year-old Locke, and it was he who, in the aftermath of the March 11 ACC title game, wound up on YouTube, shirtless and sobbing. When Jessie informs him that the " Tar Heels beat the Wolfpack," Locke protests, "No, Wolfpack did!"—then bursts into tears. Later Locke says, "Wolfpack kill the Tar Heels," referring to an earlier game. Says Rhett, who regularly produces Internet videos, "This has become more popular faster than anything I've done."

One can imagine his surprise, then, when YouTube took down the clip, perhaps because numerous users flagged it as inappropriate. Rhett is convinced the complainants are disgruntled Tar Heels fans, not people put off by a hysterical, half-dressed toddler. He has put the video back on YouTube (search phrase: "Wolfpack or Tarheels?"), and it's on his site RhettandLink.com as well. At the McLaughlins' home in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Locke is learning more about exactly what it is he's loyal to; at his first-ever N.C. State game last month Locke "kept asking, 'Where's the Wolfpack?'" says Rhett. "He was expecting real wolves!"

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