Today's Old School Design takes a look at some soda style commemorative items from the NCAA Championship run of the North Carolina Tarheels in the 1982 NCAA basketball season. The 1982 Tarheels squad was loaded with future NBA talent, with names like Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Sam Perkins on the roster. The Dean Smith coached team beat Georgetown in one of the most memorable final games ever, finishing the season 32-2.
Carolina Blue Soda was created to commemorate the magical season for UNC in 1982. The can was created by Carolina Canners from Cheraw, South Carolina. The can features the team's trademark Carolina Blue color along with some tarheel graphics and a basketball with the #1 inside. Another panel uses the team's actual mascot. The back panel of the can features the team's record and roster. Interestingly, the roster includes the name of one "Mike Jordan". Remember that this can was created long before "Mike" had really made a name for himself. (click on the images for a larger view)
Another beverage commemorative for the Tarheels that year was put out by Coca-Cola. The Coca-Cola bottle features the Tarheel mascot on the front label with the #1 below it. This layout was typical of Coke commemorative bottles from the time. The back of the bottle features graphics containing the team's accomplishments during the 1981-82 championship winning season.
The panel includes their ACC season record of 12-2 and their final record of 32-2. The panel also includes their 47-45 victory over Ralph Sampson's Virginia Cavaliers in the ACC Tournament and their memorable 63-62 victory over Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas in the National Championship game in the New Orleans Superdome.
These soda cans and bottles are a great tribute to one of the best college basketball teams of the era and some of the great players who graced the college basketball courts at the time. The 1982 NCAA Championship game will always be one that we will remember, mainly because the winning shot put a certain player we have all come to know very well on the map.