Will UNC FB Alums Dig Deep? …Observations From Week Two

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BobLee
September10/ 2017

Will UNCers Dig Deep?… Observations From Week Two

Raise your hand if, like me, the highlight of your Saturday was Paul DeJong scoring from 3rd in the 8th after Carp’s HR tied it up… Oops, Wrong audience… this is that ACC Football crowd.

ALERT:  The 2nd half of this commentary is the OMG Part.   You might want to go ahead and skip to that part…

Speaking of “football crowd”… there were more live humans in The Carter yesterday than in Kenan and The Wally COMBINED.

All the Kenan empties were still “at da beach” or maybe “fleeing Irma” or yadda yadda or blah blah? I read where a bunch of old Roy’s Boys” were on-hand to honor last years’ MBB team. I’m curious…

Did any of’em BRING THEIR TRANSCRIPTS ? … OUCH!  Hey, doesn’t hurt to ask.

A key ACC game on a beautiful day with the reigning Heisman Winner wasn’t enough to bring’em out.  Oh well… Better get that fancy IPF built really really quick before Kenan’s Faithful 40,000 become 30,000 become…

Doc Holliday Returns to The Carter drew a bigger crowd than Lamar “Heisman” Jackson Comes To Kenan ?? Interesting…

Speaking of “empty seats”… has Duke ever considered moving their football games into Cozy Cameron and have Coach K play in The Wally? Coach Cut’s team beats a solid Big Fourteen team convincingly and no one but the players’ parents and two dozen ushers were there to see it.

There are 17,000 Duke Football fans on the Planet.  All 17,000 show up every game.  Bless their hearts.

NC State Tailgating

DD’s Wuffs had a rough first half but final score was a comfortable W. Likely lost a few fans at half but a W is a W. Magic number is “5” for another Whozit Bowl. UNC’s magic number still “6”.

More thoughts on why The Carter is full… and Kenan isn’t and hardly ever will be again. No big secret… acres and acres of festival parking at The Carter is IDEAL for tailgating, always has been. Sure, UNCers have their “Fairground jokes”. What’s wrong with having a football stadium at “the fairgrounds”? Not a thing.

FWIW… I think Dave Whatshisname at Wake Forest might be a darn good Football coach. I betcha ECU would sure love to have him, don’t you?

Speaking of ECU… Did You Know … Ruffin McNeil is now Asst Head Coach at Oklahoma for his former protege Lincoln Riley.  While ECU was being run over in Morganton, Lincoln and Ruff were kicking Ohio State’s butt in The Shoe.

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The OMG Part:

WARNING: I REALLY hate to do this, but I just gotta. When it came in the mail this week, Blondie laughed so hard I thought Hillary had written another book: Why Aren’t Americans As Dumb As I Was So Sure They Were… Volume II.

Speaking of “… as Dumb” …. I got this quarterly newsletter this week from the Carolina Lettermen Assn.

UNC Dig Deep

This stereotypical “feel good” piece that 99% of “Big Time” schools do some version of helps me keep up with old friends of whom I don’t have as many as I used to.… sigh.

Anyhoo… the DIG DEEP headline had Blondie in hysterics. As little as she cares about anything Over There she knows how much fun I’ve had with Hindenburg Hangars… Indoor Practice Facilities (IPFs)… Smoothie Machines and “more Charging Stations”.

I can’t LINK this because it’s not on-line but you can imagine how it goes…

It beseechs UNC Football Lettermen to DIG DEEP into their retirement funds… 401-Ks… kids’ college funds… rainy day accounts… elderly parents’ assisted living rent… Life insurance policies… any, all, and whatever to help get this $36,000,000 + IPF Whoop-De-Doo Bling Magnet built… . Bet you thought it was “only $28,000,000” didn’t you.  Fooled you, huh!

“because NC State, Duke… and EVEN Wake Forest” already have one.   I thought the “… EVEN Wake Forest has one” was kinda tacky but I doubt my opinion matters at this point.

When most of these guys played at Carolina… (1) the lockers were 10-penny nails driven into the wall… (2) the practice fields had less grass than Ol’ Roy has hair… (3) there were two footballs – one for Off / one for Def, and the kickers supplied their own… and Bill Dooley made $35,000/year in 1968.

And now these guys should DIG DEEP so some semi-literate 18 y/o has plenty of charging stations to plug in all his devices… and not get wet if it rains.  “They” want $1,000 from every living FB Letterman.  … Hark THAT Sound Choo Choo!

The impassioned plea to DIG DEEP did NOT mention that IF one combined every IPF in North Carolina under one HUGE retractable roof and included 40’ murals of Beyonce, Rihanna and (insert name of some other fantasy of every semi-literate 18 y/o AfAm boy in America) plus individual smoothie machines for each player…. IF THEN

That combined facility would NOT be half the Bling Magnet as Dabo’s Incredible Six Flags Over Death Valley.

Dabo’s Incredible Six Flags Over Death Valley is Walt Disney World. Everyone else is Dollywood… at best.

The UNC Lettermen are being shamed into cashing in their savings… selling their blood and sperm… and running bake sales and car washes to build Larry a fancy schmanzy IPF.

… to keep UNC’s FB program on par “with NC State… Duke… and EVEN Wake Forest”. …. a.k.a “MAYBE nine Ws every 4-5 years and some Whozit Bowls”.

NC State has it’s multi-million $$$ Hindenburg Hangar AND charging stations… and that kid STILL muffed the field goal at Clemson. OUCH… and it was Christmas In Shreveport. YIPPEEE!

Duke has its very own IPF and has to count ushers and concession stand volunteers to claim it had 10,000 at The Wally for Northwestern.

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Let me repeat what I ALWAYS say when I do one of these Has The World Gone Completely Insane rants…

What anyone chooses to do with their own money is their own business. I am 100% a Free Market Guy. BUT…

 

This commentary is NOT a cheap shot at Carolina.  It is a well-deserved shot at the Insane Beast that is Big Time College Football & Basketball… and the naive fools that feed that Beast.

As long as there is one disease without a cure… or one hungry child… or one unadopted kitten – to even run a fund-raising campaign for this crap borders on Criminal… as well as to donate to it.  That goes for every school that already has one of these… or wants one.

In my opinion… and you are certainly entitled to yours.

This just happened to be the example I received this week.

Oops, Cardinals’ ball game is starting… gotta go. Later BL buddies and babes… . I luv you guys!

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BobLee
  • Cliff Brisson Reply
    2 weeks ago

    BobLee: Preach it! Would an IPF or whatever help the UNC defense communicate better or tackle better?
    Cliff in the “Ville

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      The power of an IPF was proven last Fall when the NC State placekicker muffed the chip shot in Death Valley. Their Hindenburg Hangar couldn’t help him so I doubt Larry’s Palace of Bling will do much for UNC tackling… but, hey, “… EVEN Wake Forest Has One”.
      .
      My optometrist is a WFU grad. We had some laughs this AM over the “Even Wake Forest” line. 🙂

  • PTH Reply
    2 weeks ago

    They should contact the new Jim Bakker Ministries fundraising organization as he has experience coming back from being convicted of cheating and arising to scam poor religious fanatics of their cash yet again. “A fool and his money”.They are selling food buckets to be donated to the hurricane victims for $175.00 that contain $600+ worth of food, which is probably valued by the same people that sell zircons on QVC. UNC would have the $36,000,000 with leftovers to have gold plated fixtures the 18 yo thugs could purloin and pawn in Vegas.”Is this a great country or what?”

    Very good comment about priorities where donated funds should really go. I am not a mainstream religious person as I believe “most” faith based contributions are directed toward making comfortable those with money as opposed to serving the poor and people with real needs. Too many churches are focused on building empires and monuments, as educational intitutions are pursuing bragging rights.

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      “Trustworthy” institutions of all sorts are rapidly going the way of the Dodo bird… and the drop kick.

  • WolfPack00 Reply
    2 weeks ago

    I have always thought that any scholarship athlete who made it pro should repay their scholarship. I am sure some have but you don’t hear about it very often.

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      I think a few have at many schools. Did Torey Holt do so at NCSU? Philip Rivers might have too. “Making pro” is not the same $$$ security as REALLY Making Pro with a long term mega-buck deal. Guys who are just pros 2-3 years go thru their $$$ pretty quickly.
      .
      I “think” a few UNC BBers may have “paid back” too. As I recall, Saint Dean actually told his players they did not “owe” UNC anything. The Univ would forever “owe them” for their contribution.

      • WolfPack00 Reply
        2 weeks ago

        I agree they don’t “owe” anything to the university. However, I get requests frequently from the College of Engineering asking me to contribute to my fine University!

        Seems to me the guy making six figures (minimum) first year out of college could chip in a little!

        • BobLee Reply
          2 weeks ago

          I’ll bet that is not the only issue where you and St. Dean might differ. I believe Dean’s rationale was that the honor and glory the BBers brought to The University would have The Univ forever in their debt. He even encouraged them NOT to join The Rams Club or The Alumni Assoc.

  • Former96heel Reply
    2 weeks ago

    I read recently that Mizzou has seen a drop in enrollment due to their mini-TGU, and went to job cuts and closed dorms to save money. In their instance, will the money ever be cut off when the firing and payouts to coaches goes on or they need circus rides to appease the recruits? I’m sure other programs may be in similar shape, but somewhere along the line, the bank account hits zero, and it becomes impossible to continue on as usual.

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      What happened at MIZZOU was MUCHO worse than TGU. A small group of BLM anarchists literally took over the university… and still control (“Occupy”) it. Their successful FB coach “retired” and the promoted asst is already “under seige” (Think ECU). MIZZOU athletics is in CHAOS. New MBB coach is a total Thug.

  • Babs.B Reply
    2 weeks ago

    Absolutely amazing. It’s rather disgusting, as well. The former lettermen have done their jobs, thank you. In twenty years, when the latest, greatest is needed for recruiting purposes, how many current “lettermen” will be able to contribute to the “cause”? That is, if any actually graduate.

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Aaahhh. NOW we get to the most fascinating part of all this. This merits its own column but I’ll tease it here.
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      The FB Lettermen that are now being coerced to “give us at least $1,000” to build Larry’s Bling Dome are the 40 & older faction that actually “went to college” and got marketable degrees and have achieved varying levels of “success” where “giving back” is a fiscal possibility. Alas… the former FB players of the past ten years especially had “eligibility majors” that have ZERO marketability in the real world. Their post-UNC reality has not been so good. Unless they get a few NFL paychecks, they got zilch. Even those NFL paychecks are gone by their early 30s. For every Dre Bly or Gio Bernard there are 20 who can’t afford a Kenan game ticket.
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      This is not unique to UNC at all. None of this is unique to UNC. BUT WHO CARES… JUST WIN BABY!!!

  • Doug Reply
    2 weeks ago

    The ECU DC was fired Sunday after only 2 games. Whooz ever heard of such a thing?

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Mizzou did the same thing Sunday after their loss. Those are the first two of what will be the usual culling of the herds I’m sure. Tough Business.

      • myowngrandpaw Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Just talked to a co-worker that returned from the HORSESHOE this past weekend. Face value of the ticket $200.00.
        But, this was his weekend.
        .
        Got up at 4:30AM Saturday(7pm start time) to park his car in the best possible tailgate spot in the public parking area.
        UBERED back to hotel, ate breakfast,
        Passed Corso and Desmond Howard in hotel lobby. BIG thrill. Took wife’s pic with Corso.
        UBERED out to watch College Game day.
        UBERED back to hotel to get ready for game.
        UBERED back to parking lot to tailgate from 2pm – 7pm.
        Got back to car after game, door ajar and battery was dead. Got it jumped and back to hotel 1AM.
        Up for breakfast in hotel, sat next to Mayfield’s girlfriend’s parents. (Don’t ask how he knew).
        Knows they heard his OSU table say derogatory things about Mayfield’s antics after the game.
        Devastated OSU laid an egg. Did not leave early though.
        Co-worker had the time of his life.
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        I don’t understand it, but there are a lot of those people out there like my co-worker. TV and AD’s sure understand those people. So don’t waste time trying to figure these people out. It is impossible.
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        Side note, do you think Riley and McNeill were thinking about ECU this past weekend?

        • BobLee Reply
          2 weeks ago

          The FACE VALUE (printed on the ticket?) was $200.00 ?? WOW!! That might be a new high for a regular season game. So 90,000 paid $200 each for a game on National TV??
          .
          I have been in touch with my ECU Insider Guy this AM. G-Vegas is in MELTDOWN CHAOS. Some want to “Bring Back Ruff”… “Bring Back Riley”… others, of course, are contacting Belichek, Saban, Jimbo et al to come to Greenville and Wake Up The Sleeping Giant. The usual mixed bag of insanity.

          • Doug
            2 weeks ago

            ECU, like other schools, usually has various promotions during key home games. Whiteouts, blackouts, paint it purple, gold etc. The game day promotion at DFS this Saturday against VA-Tech is “Avoid A Blowout.” Not sure what the color of the week will be. Aluminum might be popular unless Hokie Maroon fills in the gaps.

          • BobLee
            2 weeks ago

            OUCH! …To hype diminishing D-F attendance… should they bring back “The Porn Star” as honorary team captain ….

  • Bob Kennel Reply
    2 weeks ago

    Ah, BL. My Dodgers are indeed slumping, but are still doing quite well this season – and even in a division with two clubs in the Snakes and Rocks.
    Tell Porgie I’ll see him Saturday. My wife’s Parkinson’s has progressed far enough we had to switch our Row RR tickets to Row SS tickets so she won’t have to walk down as far. That was my son-in– law and grandson there for the Marshall game. Elaine and I were guests of Bobby P Saturday but I like my seats better for watching the game.
    Our NC State Varsity Club has never been asked to dig deep except for Chris Combs battle against ALS.
    There’s also something unsettling about Carolina football getting so tied up with basketball recognitions to get butts in Aluminium seats. Seem to care more about Paisley uniforms than. hard-nosed football. Also “Dig Deep” doesn’t seem compatible with “Sky’s the Roof” or some other nonsense.
    Go Pack ! For all the right reasons 😋

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Losing 15 of your last 16 seems to be concerning all of Dodger World but you. Even Larry King is now missing from his seat on the front row behind home plate. The next few weeks will be interesting.
      .
      I’m sure the Deep Pockets appreciated your presence but you are indeed “a man of the people” and are needed with “the real fans”.
      .
      Using MBB to promote FB is pretty standard “over there” and does bother UNC’s hardy but greatly outnumbered “Football fans”.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    2 weeks ago

    Not to bring reality. Snoopy’s hangar at CF was under $12 M. Don’t tell the UNC guys that they are getting ripped off. The smoothie machines and the charging stations have gone up in price.
    .
    Meanwhile, circa 2015, the Patriots cancelled the last day of open fan practice. It rained felines and canines. But Billy B decided to have a REAL practice in Gillette and they all “had at it….”. In the locker room interview afterwards, Tommy “DeFlateGate” Brady said it was a wonderful opportunity to play REAL football and they would be better prepared for the season. Didn’t make it to the Super Bowl….but did quite well. There ain’t no IFP in Foxboro…..

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      I’m sure Larry’s Bling Palace will be “something”. Depending upon the Fortunes of The Rivalry War the next few years, Bobby P may need to spruce up the Hindenburg Hangar to keep pace.

    • Former96heel Reply
      2 weeks ago

      The next phase of this nonsense is an IPF that stimulates outdoor conditions. The only way to think in such absurd directions, is to think of what Washington or Raleigh would do. The academics would love making a thunderstorm indoors.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        So you’re suggesting Larry install a sprinkler system in his IPF for “practicing in the rain”. You do realize that is going to up the price AGAIN. Thunder and Lightning should be easy enough… and a Mega-AC unit for “practicing in cold weather”…. I’m sending Larry a text right now. 🙂

        • NCSU68Grad Reply
          2 weeks ago

          Does the Boom – Boompa – Bam Rap beat from the subwoofers count? That is the new standard elevator music today. The lightning will be supplied from energy renewable panels on top of the Dean Dome. Price just hit $100 Mill…..but what a boom to the CH economy !

          • BobLee
            2 weeks ago

            Wonder if those Thunder Claps inside the IPF will …. WAKE UP THE SLEEPING GIANT!!! …. say good night, Gracie!

  • Traci.B.82 Reply
    2 weeks ago

    BL. your point about parking and tailgating at Carter-Finley is exactly right. It is PERFECT for tailgating and 50,000 can park within an easy walking distance to the stadium. Why was “its at The Fairgrounds” ever seen as a negative by anyone?

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      It was only ever seen as a negative by State’s bitterest rivals because thats how “bitter rivals” think about their bitterest rivals.

  • Porgie Reply
    2 weeks ago

    BK must have gotten the call also as he was not in his accustomed seat last night. But it was WPC Day and he was probably with his other friends, Randy and Deb. I thought about giving him an autographed picture of me and the street signs in his home birthplace..

    Oh well! Had a written and verbal discussion with staff members of both the WPC and Ath Dept right after the infamous tweet of Mr Wolf at Tucker Beach and the well undeserved apology that came from the Ath Dept. Party line of ‘we respect your opinion, now can you send us more money if you expect us to compete with FSU, Dabo, the Ville’. That did not end well..

    Dave saved his job for at least another week. I told my game companions before arriving that the crowd would be greater than the other 2 combined. Did notice that the ‘honorary game captain’ at unc-ch was absent due to the hurricane. Now, Irma has been brewing for about 10 days. So wandering why he had to cancel so late unless the invite was not made until Friday. He must have been hunkered down some place realllllyy nice!

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Senor Kennel was indeed hobnobbing with NCSU Big Wigs high atop Vaughan Tower. The mind reels at the ears he must have chewed on for three hours.
      .
      No inside info on Mr Jordan’s travel plans. No one in Chapel Hill would dare try to tell him what to do, when or how. His Roof Has No Ceiling…

      • Mayberry Jim Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Just for the record, it’s “Vaughn”, not “Vaughan”. Mr. Vaughn was my Scoutmaster. I’m pretty sure he can still walk on water.

        • BobLee Reply
          2 weeks ago

          But I can spell Doherty and Guthridge…

  • Former96heel Reply
    2 weeks ago

    I have a fundraising suggestion. They should solicit the lettermen of all the ACC schools for giving them 20% of the wins they need to be bowl eligible every year. I mean that Louisville guy will be telling his grandkids about the 6td Saturday in front of thousands. Isn’t that worth a grand?

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Bobby Petrino is nasty foul little man. He looks constipated all the time. That he is back at Louisville with “Slick Rick” makes “The Ville” about as vile a college sports operation as exists on the planet.

  • BobLee Reply
    2 weeks ago

    I was reading thru that Lettermen Newsletter. There is an article about a UNC HeathCare Cancer Treatment Center being built in Rocky Mount that will be named in honor of “favorite son” Danny Talbott. Danny is a seven-year survivor of malignant melanoma. I’ve known DT for 50 years. He is everything one wants their Sports Hero to be… Danny has always been “the Real Deal”.
    .
    The article mentions how to donate to the building and operation of this facility. If any CarolinaLettermen are looking for alternatives for their donation dollars OTHER THAN Larry’s Palace of Bling… I recommend the Danny Talbott Cancer Treatment Center in Rocky Mount.

    • DM Carpenter Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Splendid suggestion BobLee.

  • DM Carpenter Reply
    2 weeks ago

    BobLee:

    I got nuthin’.

  • Ellen.N Reply
    2 weeks ago

    I agree with you 99% of the time any way so no surprise I ABSOLUTELY AGREE with you on this silliness.
    .
    What really bothers me is that the Fat Cats who donate most of the $$$ are otherwise respected members of their communiies. IMO… being a Fat Cat Booster is as shameful as guys who visit those porn shops with the XXXX videos.

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Damn. I wish I had thought of that comparison to the porn shop pervs. I agree.

  • BobH Reply
    2 weeks ago

    “… and the naive fools that feed that Beast.”

    You prove yourself to be a very modest, self-controlled Southern Gentleman in that statement BL.

    I would have said absolute F*****G IDIOTS that feed that Beast. What amazes me is that there are so many of them and most claim to have at least matriculated if not earned degrees. Makes me worry about the gene pool.

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Bob, I do an X-rated version of each column, but those cost extra. 🙂
      .
      RE: the gene pool… Every day I become more convinced that Charles Darwin had Evolution completely bass-ackwards. No offense meant to monkeys.

  • Doug Reply
    2 weeks ago

    I think I’ve partially figured out where some of this IPF craze and bling rush comes from.Pro teams are leading the way, which is fine and dandy if you have several hundred million dollars to play with. I’ll link the video for anyone with a FB account to view but the bottom line is that Futbol team Real Madrid has built, not a facility, but an entire city outside of Madrid devoted to whatever it is that teams do to stay competitive and win. Included is a only-for-players or invited guests outdoor (uh-oh) practice field, a 5 star hotel, training rooms, recovery rooms, pools, saunas, restaurant, etc. Sadly no putt-putt course.

    Eat you hearts out anyway Dave, Larry, and Dabo.

    https://www.facebook.com/halamadridshow/videos/1563012617126052/

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      As you note… a billionaire mogul/owner spending his bazillions is just fine IMO. A college begging its alumni/fans to “dig deep” for this insane CRAP is something else. Can’t “blame” the schools if the desperate fans are big enough fools to send in their money. Is an IPF any worse than the “deep dark money pit” known as The Clinton Foundation?

      • Doug Reply
        2 weeks ago

        I think UNC should scrap the IPF and beg for $100 million or so to build Tar Heel Town and put an end to this JUST keeping up with the Jones’ stuff. Maybe Senator John would sell his place out in County Orange!! The mind reels at some of the possibilities for using the property.

        It’ll all might be worth the $$$$ to get an invite to the Muffler or Sun bowl every so often. Or UNC could scrap it all and spend ZERO$$ to get an invite to the Muffler or Sun Bowl every so often.

        • BobLee Reply
          2 weeks ago

          Howsabout … we ain’t got no IPF… BUT we promise yo mamma when you leave our school you’ll know How To READ and how to cipher.

          • Doug
            2 weeks ago

            Here’s the answer. A classic Twitter quote by Cardale Jones, who at the time was a third string QB for The Ohio State University; “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS.” At least he was accurate and more honest than the NCAA and it’s members.

          • BobLee
            2 weeks ago

            Actually I am not opposed to offering Football / Basketball “majors” with credit given for playing. He is correct. That is The Only Reason he is “in college”. Until the NCAA admits that “student-athletes” is a fraudulent term, we have a problem.

          • Ben in MO
            2 weeks ago

            Actually, that expression is on my ever-growing list of oxymorons: Jumbo Shrimp, Military Justice, Honest Politician, Student Athlete, Rap Music…

  • BobLee Reply
    2 weeks ago

    HELP WANTED: If any of you Wuffs run into Bre’r Kennel… I just got a call from Dodgers’ Mgr Dave Roberts. I don’t know why he called me, but he did,….
    .
    The Dodgers are in a terrible kerfluffle. Their Dream Season is turning into Nightmare At Chavez Ravine. Roberts needs Kennel to fly out and deliver one of his “Gipper Speechs”. I said I’d put out the word… GET BK ON THE NEXT RDU TO LA FLIGHT … ASAP. Thanks.

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