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!"