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Duke, Carolina fans face challenge

The first time she glanced at an NCAA men’s tournament bracket earlier this month, Kelly Sullivan realized she overlooked one detail when choosing a wedding date.

“Hey,” she warned fiancé Zach Boehmer, “the Final Four is on the same day as our wedding.”

College basketball has been a lifelong passion for Sullivan and Boehmer, but the Des Moines couple doesn’t support the same team.

Sullivan fell in love with Duke in second grade watching J.J. Redick bombing threes in a cutoff T-shirt. Ever since, she has been the type of diehard fan who makes certain she’s in front of a TV whenever Duke plays, who lies awake the night before big Duke games and who buys Duke jerseys for her college roommates to sway them to root for her team.

Boehmer is as fiercely devoted to North Carolina basketball as his fiancée is to Duke. While his twin cousins introduced him to rooting for the Tar Heels as a young boy, it was watching the Ty Lawson-Danny Green-Tyler Hansbrough teams mow through college basketball en route to the 2009 national title that made his blood run Carolina blue for life.

Zach Boehmer and Kelly Sullivan are getting married Saturday, when Duke faces Carolina in the Final Four. Things could get awkward for the couple during the wedding reception. (Special to Yahoo Sports)

When Boehmer took Sullivan to dinner for their first date in 2018, the conversation between the recent University of Northern Iowa grads soon shifted to basketball. Boehmer gritted his teeth and stayed quiet when Sullivan revealed that she was a big Duke fan because he “wanted the date to go well.” Then he pulled out a Tar Heels-themed wallet to pay for dinner, and Sullivan’s face went pale.

“I really never thought I’d end up with a Carolina fan,” Sullivan said. “Like ever. It was a worst-case scenario for me, but I liked him and I liked that he knew about sports. Plus, I thought that I’d eventually convert him”

“That’s never going to happen,” Boehmer countered.

“I’m still…

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Publish date : 2022-03-29 21:52:02

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