Our Cup Runneth Over… (Formerly “Rimshots”)

Cup Running Over
BobLee
August20/ 2017

A “Our Cup Runneth Over” Column.   I’m reviving our old RIMSHOTS format renamed Our Cup Runneth Over to discuss several topical topics…

I was right about The Fat Lady wasn’t I?  I bet I’m right about Silent Sam too.  No way Sam survives… gone by Labor Day.

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MLB in a Minor League Ballpark

“My Cardinals” played (but not very well) the Pirates in a ESPN / MLB Special Game Sunday night in a minor league ballpark in Williamsport PA in conjunction with LLWS… I may have related this story before. If so, I’m doing it again….

In 1962, Kinston (a Pirate Class A affiliate) got to host a pre-season game between the Pirates and Washington Senators at “historic” Grainger Stadium. It was at the end of Spring training as the ballclubs were “heading north”. Grainger Stadium

That Pirate team still had the nucleus of the 1960 World Champions (Mazeroski, Clemente, Friend, Law, Face, etc). The day before the game an all-day “frog strangler” rain hit Kinston. Under any normal circumstance no way the game would be played but “the locals (including a young Internet Legend-to-be) had been looking forward to it for months.

“They” brought in helicopters from Seymour Johnson AFB and Cherry Point MAB to blow the field dry… and all sort of other drying techniques of that era. The field was still “a mess” but PLAY BALL any way… but without “the regulars”. BUMMER!

I especially recall “whining” to my Dad that “it’s not fair” we have to watch “these nobodies” play and not the “stars”. I recall one particular “whine” about …. “Some rookie named Willie Stargell?… Who in the world is he? He’s a nobody. IT’S NOT FAIR!

I guess even I once had a board monkey moment.

 

Speaking of LLWS…

As you msy know… a team from Greenville NC is “the talk of Williamsport”. They are 2-0 with a perfect game and a no-hitter. Being touted as the favorite in the USA Division to likely play Japan / Taiwan in the finals.

As usual… the Taiwanese players all shave and their voices have all changed. Many brought their wives and children with them. “12” in Taiwan equals “about 15” in our years….Taiwan Little League makes Louiville seem clean by comparison.

A long-time BLS reader from Greenville reports that Greenville’s Little League parents are “nothing to be proud of”. Apparently the Pitt County parents’ behavior during the season is “notorious” with all the negative stereotypes one hears about with Youth Sports parents. That’s a shame…. And we thought “the porn star” was Greenville’s “dirty laundry”.

Good Luck to the kids regardless of their jackass parents.

 

RE: Colin Kaepermick

I am getting asked a lot off-line to give my opinion of “all things Kaepernick”. I was planning to include THAT in my much-anticipated Future Of Football column.

Obviously, it is “his right” to do what he does… or what he doesn’t do. Passively disrespecting the National Anthem has not reached “Yell Fire in a Crowded Theater” level.

A LOT of high-profile athletes and entertainers, AfAm and otherwise, don’t share MY views on America and “being an American”.… I don’t share THEIR views on America and “being an American” either. So there… Not standing respectfully for the SSB is among the least intrusive ways they can express our differences. I don’t “celebrate” MLK Day or Black History Month.

I did not watch five minutes of ANY NFL pre-season or regular season game last year.  I may watch even less this season. I appreciate that I am no longer a target demographic for The NFL… and definitely not for The NBA.

More on all this in upcoming columns.

 

Ads on Websites…

I recently discussed the current trends in “Digital Revenue Generation”… i.e. how to make $$$ with ads on a website.

The ever-increasing popularity of THIS website has resulted in regular offers to get me to carry certain types of “digital advertising”. I don’t mean “porn”. I mean pop-ups, intrusive videos and other formats that invade the content of the columns. I turned down two offers this past week. I intend to continue doing so.

Maybe you would not mind all those intrusive ads. I know I DO when I encounter them more and more on sites I visit.   I think “we” share enough opinions that we think alike on this issue.

 

It’s Here… Like It or Not…

No surprise… AgentPierce is getting very “froggy” these days.  The 2nd American Civil War has begun with/without a formal announcement. It did NOT start in Charlottesville last week.  It did not start on Nov 8th. It has been inevitable for quite some time.

IMO… Blaming “it” on Trump is as simplisticly stoopid as blaming “it” on Obama.  I’ve got “it” traced back to Eve and “that darn apple” in Eden.  Regardless. it’s time to “get it on”.  No surprise, I don’t have that many acquaintances of the liberal persuasion.  The handful I do have, I prefer to keep if possible.

I certainly don’t consider myself among the lunatic fringe “on my side”.  I prefer to imagine “my handful of liberal acquaintances” do not support the equally lunatic fringe “on their side”.  That may be naive of me.  If they do, that handful will diminish accordingly.   We’ll see…

Now it’s here… like it or not. I hope no one actually “likes it”. Unless you sell ax handles, 2x4s, balaclava masks and ammunition, I guess.

AP will be representing SaidWhatMedia on this rather important subject so long as it makes sense that he do so. If that changes… You’ll Know It!

His latest column – “Is George Soros Buying The N&O / Charlotte Observer” BLEW UP CYBER-SPACE Sunday night.  Check it out if you want to… or not, as you choose.

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BobLee
  • Doug Reply
    3 months ago

    I had to come over here to settle down some from the uproar your buddy AP caused in the last 18 hours or so. In case you didn’t know,your buddy AP went yard today. And more than once. Those never read AP’ers should really check it out today.
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    Anyhoo, I read today that the UNC Faculty Executive Committee passed a resolution Thursday stating UNC reputation is at risk with proposed ban on civil rights legal work.
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    Not one word about a trivial academic and athletics issue the NCAA is reportedly looking into dating back to at least the early 90’s, maybe longer, and more recently since 2010.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      Yep… AP done REAL GOOD today. 🙂
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      I saw that. “Pinheads In A Bubble”… those sad souls are so far down the rabbit hole they couldn’t crawl out if they wanted to.

  • WolfPack00 Reply
    3 months ago

    BL,

    I am going to have to quit reading your column. I can’t afford to lose any more friends because your name is the same as a Confederate General!

    Also glad to see DD strict response.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      My appeal has always been to a fringe market. We move “in the shadows”.

  • Former96heel Reply
    3 months ago

    My heavens, how does an internet legend sleep with such spoon-fed news teed up? Fodder, fodder, fodder abounds.
    Please, someone tell me today that there is an Asian-American Student Broadcaster Association protesting that other BobLee from being removed from a game schedule. And how are these poor students in CH going to be able to concentrate on the new semester with that trigger on Franklin with literally his hand near a trigger?

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      It is 7:43 AM Wednesday… I am about 60% done editing my response to last night’s LalaPalooza Meets Hootenanny in McCorkle Place. I do feel like a race horse in danger of foundering from too much rich grain. 🙂

  • TheCowdog Reply
    3 months ago

    Actually…all I gotta add is that I’m happy that you and AP have been discovering the joys of gin and tonic to beat the heat, here.

    Drop a dime the next time the 2 of ya get together. 🙂

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      Huh? … Ok…… ??

      • TheCowdog Reply
        3 months ago

        Call Coach. He can explain.

        Or…just call him.

  • BobLee Reply
    3 months ago

    BREAKING NEWS: Chancellor Chihuahua announces UNC will take down Silent Sam… and replace it with a statue of “Mary Willingham Blowing A Whistle” ……..
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    Sam’s tradition was he would fire his gun “if a virgin ever walked by.”
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    Mary will blow her whistle “if a RoyBoy ever walks by that can R-E-A-D….”
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    I am considering changing the name of This website to (RobertE)LeeSays … debating $$$ of new logo ???
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    Say Good Night, Gracie!

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 months ago

      Sounds good to me. Did you say Mary or Monica? My vote is for the Blue Smurfette to be hoisted up there or maybe in the Dome where the 2005 banner “used” to be.
      Protesters got viral. No reports of urine filled water bottles or hair spray flame throwers.
      Goodnight, George….

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        I’m working on a back-up nickname for Chihuahua… “The Dust Bunny From Dartmouth”.

  • Ron Cole Reply
    3 months ago

    Regarding little leaguers being told to sandbag during tryouts, I played in the mid 50s in a small town in the western part of the state. I know for sure this same conduct was going on then. Sad then, sad now.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      I have yet to learn of a human vice that does not have a long trail back through history… I thought “The Flood” was supposed to have eradicated all of them, but I guess not.

      • Ron Cole Reply
        3 months ago

        Unfortunate that we have not moved past that sort of example for kids in the last 60 years or so. One would hope we had “grown out” of such behavior in that length of time.

        • BobLee Reply
          3 months ago

          I say that every time a Congressman sends “genitalia pictures” to teenage girls.

          • Radio_Smuggles
            3 months ago

            Any word from BK on those 5 “Boy Scouts” over in west Raleigh?

          • BobLee
            3 months ago

            Actually I emailed him my KUDOS for Doeren / Yow’s “tough love”. I guess BK is busy with yet another LTTE at The N&O.

  • WolfPack00 Reply
    3 months ago

    Off subject I know, but if my memory is correct, after Charlottesville you predicted that Silent Sam would be gone before September 1. Looks like your prophecy might be coming true today!

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      Not the hardest prediction I’ve ever made. No way Chancellor Chihuahua (“The Dust Bunny From Dartmouth”) will stand up to rabid mongrel mob.

  • BobLee Reply
    3 months ago

    In retrospect… I did not anticipate that so many reader comments would center on the 2nd CW comments. I AM sensitive to BLS readers who prefer to keep that discussion elsewhere.
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    Alas, it is going to get increasingly more difficult to do that in the weeks/months to come. … But I shall try to…

  • Former96heel Reply
    3 months ago

    Re: Popups, etc. I am beginning to wonder if anyone in the new media actually views their product from the perspective of the audience. I have given up on more web articles on my phone than I can count do to pop-ups, overlapping ads, ads that take up most of the screen, and so on. It makes the actual article unreadable, which means I hunt for the red X as soon as possible. I know the article is not what the publisher is pushing, but for the advertiser, it is not even remotely effective.
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    I’m of the belief that this second CW is going to be fought strictly for the minds of the voters. The left has a 2 generation head start. The left, less ANTIFA types, will want to avoid any actual fighting, because it genuinely does conflict with their moral fiber. The right, they want to avoid fighting, because it genuinely conflicts with their moral fiber as well. Traditional wars were fought for territory, resources, and money. Take the first two out in this iteration. All that is left is our minds (and votes) and the money and power that come from being in control.
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    The anti-left is losing a huge chance right now. Every day DJT doesn’t drain the swamp is a day that the Left/Right coalition that wants this fight will continue to be in power. Americans are being played to hate someone who doesn’t think that much differently than the rest of us. All in order to keep the Washington/New York gravy train continuing.
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    I believe this war will stop once one of the two parties finally crumbles. Either the left runs out of money and becomes a true Lib wing, and an older style Blue-Dog wing that is irrelevant, or the right breaks into an actual RINO party and a Constitution party. The first one that breaks, loses.
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    And continue to pound into anyone’s head to please name ONE single Republican Klan member in history. ONE, please! The N&O should be torn down for being built as the voice of the Klan.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      EXCELLENT! I can’t add a single comment. WELL SAID!

  • JD Reply
    3 months ago

    The left will be the first to point out that Colin Kaepernick has the “right” to sit, stand, or kneel during the anthem and burn the flag while he is doing it. But let a group of Conservatives gather to peacefully protest then they are declared to have no rights because they are a “hate group” and we have no freedom of speech. The Tea Party is decried by liberal politicians as “violent” and “extreme” and “anti-government”.
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    But ANTIFA and BLM are heroic for shutting up the free speech of Americans with pepper spray, baseball bats, and bricks. Look at what the media has done to our country the last 10 years.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      The “media” actually comparing BLM / Antifa to American troops at Normandy officially DID IT for me. There is no “common ground” with these maniacs. We will still have naive hold-outs convinced “this too will pass”. May God have mercy on their souls.

  • Elrod Reply
    3 months ago

    Very interesting how our minds have been working in parallel of late. So many things we have been thinking about where we have very similar thoughts.
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    Like Pirates baseball in the late 50s – early 60s. I grew up in Gastonia (did I really say that?) which had a Class A Pirates club then. Having a hard time recalling all the names, but I do remember that 9 of the “Lumber Yard” crew went through there in that era. It was always entertaining to see that many balls go ‘yard’.
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    And the LLWS with those ‘parents’. My father coached LL baseball for 30 years, which I always thought was a noble task. He really loved it. But as I became an adult with kids, I ventured into that arena to make my contribution to kids, like Dad. Unfortunately, I soon learned what I saw Dad grumble about from time to time: LL Parents. I lasted 7 years, coaching everything from 6 to 16 years, before I had enough of it; not coaching, but parents. Perhaps they should remove the bleachers.
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    Colin and internet ads? You can have them both. ‘Nuff said.
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    2nd American Civil War? Interesting that you bring this up. I have also been having similar conversations with close friends about this and have come to a simple conclusion: there WILL be significant bloodshed in direct confrontations between Antifa types and heavily armed white supremists, though I exclude the KKK from that. In my view, they do their stuff clandestinely, which doesn’t translate well to daytime, bloody fights. Anyway, you are right, it is here, though I really don’t know where ‘here’ is. Maybe we should just follow the MSM if we want to see it live.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      I wonder if the era of “LL jackass parents” is somehow tied to the other deteriorations of a civil society? … Have you ever met anyone who will admit to being “a jackass LL parent” ?? None of’em see themselves that way.
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      I am amazed that I still recall some much of those minor league baseball memories from the early 60s. A lot of water over a lot of dams since then.

      • Radio_Smuggles Reply
        3 months ago

        Here’s the twist that makes my blood boil. Parent arranges a “private” work out with a LL coach for 9 or 10 year old Tommy. Batting cage, an obscure middle school diamond, out of town, ect. You or I might ride by and smile and think; Playing ball with your kid is wonderful thing, and then we forget about it. Fast forward to LL tryouts and draft day. The rub. Coach thinks your kid is special but coach’s team won the city championship the season before and his team picks last or it’s drawing straws for picks for an unknown draft number. Dilemma. Coach thinks Tommy will be drafted very early and he might not be able to pick him. Coach and parent get together to discuss and decide to get Tommy to slack-off during tryouts or other scheme. Kids that young think adults know best and try to obey. Plus Tommy is told he might get to play for a team that’s won 5 or 6 city titles and wants to be on that team. So Tommy goes through the motions. Bobbles a few balls, runs slower, doesn’t hit, acts uninterested.

        This HAS happened and more than once. Attempted regularly with varying degrees of success. Sometimes it works out, sometimes backfires, sometimes kids brag about it to other kids but the mere fact that any parent and coach even attempt to conspire in this manner is sickening commentary on our current society. Other coaches suspect it or know it or become aware of the “games” being attempted and then ruin the party. Many times it might be the longtime coach, still coaching years after his own kids leave the game. Other times it might be a dad/coach trying to get help for his kid’s team to earn better record. I still have no idea why a unpaid volunteer coach would go to all the trouble and risk of reputation. Ego? Cheating ain’t nothing new I suppose. LLTGU.

        • BobLee Reply
          3 months ago

          Ya reckon they learn this crap from Big Time College Coaches and “recruiting” ??? They “cheat” and get away with it… why not us too?
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          BEST LL draft theory I ever heard was the “Pretty Mamma Theory”. Draft the kids with the “hottie mammas” on the theory that “jocks” marry hotties so the dad (whether still married or not) probably had “good jock genes” passed on to the kid.

  • DM Carpenter Reply
    3 months ago

    BL:

    The first CW started at the election of Lincoln as well. Merely the shooting started later. The first was lost due to lack of adequate manufacturing in the South (speaking generally). I wonder if the excess of snowflakes/lack of moral fiber will be the lost nail, of the lost shoe, of the lost horse, of the lost rider…that leads to the second Democrat loss?

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      Predicting the outcome of a war is “risky business”. It can inspire one’s opponent. … aka “bulletin board material”.

  • Hesire #2 Reply
    3 months ago

    This time we[the South] will win and the country will be better for it. I am ready to suit up. Just give me a southern uniform.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      I’m not sure what “winning” means any more. We “won” in November yet here we are. If “winning” is annihilation of an opponent, that sounds quite barbaric. Rome “won” over Carthage and salted their fields eddectively destroying the country.

  • Doug Reply
    3 months ago

    Is this a great country or what? Civil War II is being fought because arguing about CW I hasn’t stopped. Do you think military rule & Federal troops will be deployed during the Reconstruction phase? Maybe BK’s Party will get booted……Again!! 😎

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      You are enough of a student of History to know that the outcome of WARS can tilt on the most innocuous of circumstances. “The weather on D-Day” … that Lee letter to Stonewall Jackson that was lost and found by Union that detailed his plans leading to Gettysburg … and countless others in other wars. Washington crossing the Delaware…
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      Would BK’s blood-thirsty street mobs be stopped by deployed Nat Guard troops? Will Soros buy enough “mercs” to supplement the street mobs? You know “every battle plan is useless after the first shot is fired”. I question that the Left’s “Obama Street Militia” can indeed by managed by their own leaders. Are they already out-of-control?

  • Radio_Smuggles Reply
    3 months ago

    I also saw the Yankees vs Mets at Grainger Stadium in the late 60’s/early 70’s?? as the teams were headed north after Spring Training. Pretty Cool. Got to shake Yogi’s hand and, seeing him in person, was shocked at his slight stature. A few years later a mutual acquaintance and I went to a Yankees-Orioles series in Baltimore. Former Kinston Eagle Gene “Sitck” Michael was managing the Yankees at the time. We bumped into him in the hotel lobby and told him we were from Kinston. He looked at us like we were fools and said “i’m sorry to hear that” and walked off. What a jerk!!
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    Speaking of G’Vegas Little League. In the 71 year history of LLWS, NC has been represented by 5 teams. 2 of the 5 teams are Greenville teams. The last team was in 1998. Former UNC & MLB player Alex White was on that team. Someone asked me about Greenville’s 2017 team yesterday and “if this type of dominance was expected” at this point in the LLWS? If I could predict how 12-13 or 15 y/o’s would perform, I’d also be picking the winning numbers for Wednesday’s ~ $650 million Powerball jackpot. Come to think of it, many LL parents and other adults can and do act just like Gene Michaels. 😒

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      I certainly recall Gene Michael as slick-fielding SS with a rifle-arm on that early 60s “Eagles” team. There were THREE future MLB GMs on that team. Eagles GM Lou Gorman was GM with the Red Sox. Manager Pete Peterson was GM with the Pirates… and “Stick” was both GM and Mgr for Steinbrenner’s Yankees. I can’t speak to Michael’s personality.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    3 months ago

    Need to change the column photo to Dolly Parton in string bikini….or a photoshopped image.
    Recommend your readers go to the Carolina Plott Hound site and read the heritage of Tar Heels. If Silent Sam goes….so should UNC team name. Stir ’em up….

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      Now Now … you know that Libs are notorious for their “selective indignations”. They are allowed to pick & choose what they consider “offensive” even if there is absolutely no conceivable differences. The “media” tends to lag “a bit” in calling them out on that. 🙂
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      It took me a minute to get your Dolly Parton “cup” bit.

  • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
    3 months ago

    BL, have always loved your “Rimshots”. Sorry I could not get you a definitive answer on Mr. Wuf on the Beach. I do not believe the Cheerleader/ Dance/ Mascot programs are line organizations under the University or receive funding from the University. In either case I support the Athletic Department issuing an apology. Whether sincere or not, it has still pointed out that NC State is doing it right. Hopefully our football and basketball programs will prove the point as well. I’m certainly satisfied with our current coaches who are “carrying the ball”.
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    I got suckered over into reading the AP post. Though I consider you a friend, I do not feel the same about AP as someone I don’t even pretend to understand, even coming from the Hyde part of your creative brain :>))
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    Also sure you didn’t see my letter to the editor Sunday in the notorious N&O which questioned whether David Duke had snuck his hand into the Evangelical “laying on of hands” on President Trump last month.
    Go Pack ! Go Mr. Wuf !

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      I am curious about the separation of The School Spirit factions from The University. Maybe that is a trend among Power Five schools. Regardless, apologizing for the Mr Wuff cartoon lampooning UNCCH resulted in MUCH greater national publicity for the cartoon. Maybe that was Frau’s diabolical intention.
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      To your other point. I totally disavow any support of the lunatic fringe of what you simplistically consider “my side”. If you do the same for the equally lunatic fringe of “your side” – BLM and Antifa – I would think our relationship, such as it is, can continue. You don’t need to do so in this forum. Actually, you don’t need to do so at all. I can simply “assume” and proceed accordingly.
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      RE: your N&O contribution… Alas, I did not see it. I’m sure The N&O is grateful as always for content it does not have to pay for. I can only imagine the global impact of your words. Have you talked to John Drescher about replacing Barry as a columnist… at no charge, of course? Certainly use me as a reference for how impactful your contributions are on this site. I’m serious. Maybe Barry left his funny hat you can use.

    • Doug Reply
      3 months ago

      So the rumor that BK and Robert Byrd being bunkmates at KKK bootcamp are untrue?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        I never said that nor has BK. There is a significant redaction over a certain period of BK’s Most Incredible Life. At least in the signed copy on display in the rotunda of The Hunt Library on Centennial Campus.

  • Pitt.Parent Reply
    3 months ago

    RE: Your comment about “Little League parents” in Greenville. Obviously I don’t know who your source is, I may know him/her. Regardless, I totally AGREE with that opinion. Whether Greenville’s bunch is worse than those in comparable communities, I can’t say… but “they” are nothing for Greenville to be proud of for sure.
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    I also agree that America’s 2nd Civil War is underway.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      I don’t know of any sort of JD Power’s Rating Service that compares “youth sports parents” in different communities. Are G-ville’s parents worse than New Bern’s or Hickory’s or Concord’s ?? I’m confident the tendency to be “jackass parents” is universal. To what degree a Recreation Dept / Youth Sports Association tolerates “jackassity” might be the key factor. It CAN be “nipped in the bud”. Certainly Greenville has a very “competitive” program to have their kids advance to where they are. That “success” can bring out the worse in some people.
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      ESPN interviewed several of the Greenville kids on national TV last night. The little left-handed catcher was definitely “a moochie”. The parents were not interviewed.

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