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In search of the Caniacs

Bomani Jones trekked across North Carolina in search of a rare and elusive creature: the Carolina Hurricanes fan.

Updated: May 26, 2006, 2:18 PM ET
By Bomani Jones | Special to Page 2

DURHAM, N.C. -- While sipping my morning cup of "SportsCenter" a few weeks ago, I saw the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C., on the verge of exploding during a Carolina Hurricanes win over the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. So according to the reported attendance, at least 18,730 people 'round these parts care about hockey.

So how come I only know two of them?

In three years, this much has become clear to me about North Carolina: Basketball ...

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