The NFL = Otis Day’s Night Club. 38 Years Ago… WHO KNEW?

Animal House
BobLee
September29/ 2017

The NFL = Otis Day’s Night Club

It was a classic scene from a classic movie – Animal House. Animal House The Movie came out in 1978. It was “set” in 1962 at mythical Faber College.

The movie was shot on location at Univ Oregon in Eugene OR; but could have been anywhere in America… in 1962. It’s immediate box office appeal and quick ascension to “classic” status was that Faber College is where 95% of baby boomers “went to college”.

It chronicled the hi-jinks of the boys of Delta Tau Chi a.k.a “The Deltas”. Everyone who went to college in the 60s” knew  “The Deltas”.

95%+ of NFL owners “went to college” in the 50s-60s. Since “Albert” is the only human being I’ve ever known who has never seen Animal House, I am assuming most of you and EVERY NFL OWNER has seen the movie.

Everyone has a favorite scene from Animal House…. “toga party”… “food fight”… “The horse in Dean Wormer’s office”… “the parade”… etc. My favorite scene has always been “May we dance wif yo dates?”.

The prequel to “… dance wif you dates” is the opening party scene at The Deltas’ fraternity house. An all-black band – Otis Day & The Knights – were performing for the all-white fraternity boys and their dates with classic MoTown “frat party” favorites. A grand time was being had by all.

The band was getting well-paid for that era, and the revelers were reveling.

Over in Big Fraternity Court at UNCCH in the 60s… Otis Day & The Knights were Doug Clark & The Hot Nuts… or The Isley Brothers… or innumerable all-black cover bands.

If you were black and at a UNCCH frat party “in the 60s” you were either “with the band”… or you were Charlie Scott or one of 4-5 AfAm trailblazers on the FB team…. Ricky Lanier, James Webster, Judge Mattocks…

The performers (can we call them “gladiators”?) saw the situation for what it was. Did the frat boys et al (let’s call them “spectators”) see the situation for what it was? Some probably did… many were likely oblivious.  The ability to “be oblivious” comes in really handy in many aspects of “Life”.

STOP: OK, BobLee, you sly dog you… you’re comparing this to your incredibly spot-on Gladiators VS Spectators analogy of the Evolution of Football and Basketball in America aren’t you? …

MOI? I’m just describing a movie. What conclusions you might draw are yours. You have a RIGHT (YIKES, more RIGHTS !!) to your own conclusions.

Anyhoo… back to Otis & The Deltas in 1962.

Lets give our Deltas names. Let’s name them Jerry Jones… Arthur Blank… Stan Kroenke… John Mara… Alex Spanos… Jerry Richardson and 26 other names you can get by googling NFL Owners.

Everything was hunky dory when Otis’ band came on Delta turf to perform. The white kids paid the black performers… everybody “knew their place”. Everybody “played their assigned roles”.

Then one night, The Deltas (NFL Owners) took “a road trip”. They and their dates piled into Flounder’s brother’s “big ol’ Buick” or whatever and drove to wherever for a night of post-adolescent “naughty adventure”.

They come upon a roadside night club (“a road house” but not Dalton’s Double Deuce… DEFINITELY NOT The Double Deuce). The marquee said “Otis Day & The Knights”. Otis' Club

Hey, it’s our man Otis… let’s go see “our man Otis”!

So Jerry and Jerry and Arthur and Stan and their fellow NFL Fraternity brothers stroll into the club. …. Uh Oh!

It is as “UN-diverse” a setting as the Delta House… EXCEPT the UN-diversity has flipped 180.

A picture = 1,000 words… Here are the two videos of the scene…

Video #1… “Boone, we’re the only white people in here… we’re gonna die…” – LINK

Video #2… “May we dance wif yo dates? – LINK

That big ol’ Buick full of scared spitless Deltas / NFL owners trying to escape Otis’ club is The NFL circa September 2017.

In Otis’ club… everyone “knew their place” … but it was a very different place.

Lets take this truly incredible analogy to its obvious conclusion… (the movie left out this part)

When Jerry, Jerry, Stan, Arthur, et al get back to the friendly confines of Faber and to “their house” they find that “it ain’t their house” any more.

Otis Day & The Knights now own it and have changed the locks.  Their house is now THEIR HOUSE. …. YEE HA!

I’m gonna let you buddies and babes take it from here to wherever you wanna go with it.

Is all this “good” or is all this “bad” … or is it “Just The Way It Is”.  Remember… Animal House was filmed way back in 1978…39 Years Ago!  WHO KNEW!

I never was much for Frat Parties, or The NFL. So, I am just sittin’ here thinkin’…

Ain’t this a Hoot!

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BobLee
  • Former96heel Reply
    2 weeks ago

    Maybe the most prescient piece of literature I have read in a long time, given Jamele calling for a boycott against advertisers today. It’s her place, dang it, and don’t let any owner, advertiser, or other interest think otherwise, no matter how much cash they ponied up.
    .
    I need to stock up on Orville Redenbacher, this is isn’t going to fade away quickly, may as well enjoy the show.

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      We ain’t seen nuthin’ yet…. a year from now these’ll be The Good Ol’ Days.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Add me to the list of “Never seen Animal House”. Now, Top Gun….that is a different story
    .
    Jerry Richardson said…”we will NOT kneel” That was on Monday. Changed his tune faster than Maria changed course(s) on Tuesday.
    .
    NFL can NOT ignore the demographics. There are 65 Million (approx) that voted for Trump. 30 odd Percent watch NFL. That will drop, Survey SAYS…to 15% if the players don’t change their antics. SO, that would be about 20 Million that watch NFL. Drop off 10 Million. ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, NFL, etc….GONNA FEEL THE BURN….
    .
    Today at CF, the WP and the Thundering Herd did an all out “Military Appreciation Day”. It was poignant and moving. The NCSU Band QUICKLY (after a little prodding from folks) resolved the “We’re GONNA kneel whilst playing TSB” last year. That was resolved on Wednesday, after the ECU folks reversed their course more than Choo-Choo did. The 10 or so young “heads full of mush” got “INTO IT”. There has NOT been any disrespectful behavior….save the Cuse players showing their Yankee manners and wanting to brawl instead of playing football.
    .
    CF was about 95% FULL (and that is a REAL estimate made by sampling the sides and applying logical and scientific geometry). Was about 85% full AFTER the half. Wonder how full the GT stadium was?

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      It remains to be seen how wide-spread the Protest Over The Protest will be. I haven’t watched an NFL regular game in two years. I don’t even think about it but it is an addiction for many. “The media” will downplay the No-NFL reaction because “the media” totally supports the Kneeling Kaepernickers because …. they are Anti-Trump.

  • Doug Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Not buying NFL players will take over the house. NFL billionaire owners have mucho more options to exercise than a mere temporary millionaire with an average career of 4 years or less. The noise is coming from a few leaders and a bunch of other copycats with attention spans of a Lab puppy.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Could have us a good old “Mexican stand-off”. First owner to declare “Take A Knee / Take A Hike” will become a hero to “our side” and a marked man to media goons. NFLPA could get involved too. You know me… I LOVE CHAOS!

  • Queen City Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Fans message to NFL owners…Drunk,fat and stupid is no way to go through life.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Except for the ones who are 2nd-3rd generation silver-spoons, most of these owners were/are savvy business moguls … Kraft, Blank, Jones, etc. – but sports is an ego business and otherwise sound judgment can be short-circuited like falling for a hottie secretary, etc. They HAD to have known with 75+% AfAm employees, there was a risk of “this”.

  • UNCBlue Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Love the movie and hence the column. You did forget one character, Roger Goodell. I guess he would be Dean Wormer sneaking into the fraternity house to speak to the “boys’ about their double secret probation?

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Some might have Roger as Nedermeyer… or Wormer. Everyone can cast this however they please. Who is Bluto / Belushi?

      • UNCBlue Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Shahid Khan

  • rivlax Reply
    3 weeks ago

    The problem I’ve always had with the nightclub scene is this: In the early ’60s any group of white kids who had the guts to show up at a black nightclub were welcomed with open arms. I know because my friends and I did this many times in Atlanta in the mid-’60s. We went to the Royal Peacock to see Percy Sledge, The Lovin’ Spoonful to see Odetta and Julius Lester, and many other haunts on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta. Their assumption was that you were enlightened non-racist kids, and they appreciated your presence. Now, I don’t think that would be the case today. In fact, I think the scene in “Animal House” is anachronistic, meaning that the reaction of the black patrons is a 1980s reaction, not an early-’60s one.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Also… Faber was supposedly in Pennsylvania so maybe… I am curious if any of the NFL owners knew “this day” was inevitable. When they were both outnumbered and had no leverage over their employees

  • Mayberry Jim Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Since I’m a car geek I’ll submit that it was a Flounder’s brother’s Lincoln Continental that they destroyed. One of those boxy early 60’s sleds with suicide doors in the rear. They sure were great date cars with a back seat the size of a living room sofa…………..

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      You are probably right… it was a Lincoln “Continental”.

  • MTNMAN Reply
    3 weeks ago

    THIS MAY WELL BE YOUR BEST COLUMN.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Thank you. I haven’t seen anyone else mentioning what seems quite obvious to me. Its not a good/bad issue… it was simply INEVITABLE. … Now whats going to happen???

  • Andy.UVA Reply
    3 weeks ago

    You nailed it. This should be required reading for everyone following this situation. This was Inevitable.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      THAT would be a lot of people reading it! Yes… all “this” has been inevitable. It simply happened and not much anyone could do to prevent it. I have to believe some of the NFL owners knew this day was coming… I did.

  • Bobh Reply
    3 weeks ago

    How could a guy from ENC who spent hours at the beach(es) have left out Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs!

    Isn’t “Stay” the next thing to a national anthem for that generation? Wonder if AfAm idjits would ‘take a knee’ when the original is played?

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      These kneeling galoots only know “notorious rappers”. 🙁

      • BobH Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Should have stated it a bit more carefully. Mea culpa!

        What I meant that “Stay” was the anthem for the Animal House gang.

        Rapcrap is no music but native chanting from before the arrival of Northern Europeans.

  • Setarcos Reply
    3 weeks ago

    I wish I had a C-note for every time I’ve mimicked “can we dance wid yo dates?” over the years. Great line, perfect delivery – iconic even. Unfortunately for my wife and friends, your column has triggered my renewed interest.

    Maybe Roger Goodell is Neidermeyer’s horse…or just the horse’s a$$. With $ billions in play, so to speak, the gun has real bullets this time.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      The possibilities are endless…. 🙂

      • Gear Up Reply
        3 weeks ago

        I predict money talks … the owners have the upper hand over labor and when the bottom line turns red, this “issue” will be rectified. A multi-billion dollar entertainment industry will not fall due to political correctness. The ebb and flow of the revenue is cyclical, the fans have a short memory and the supply of fresh talent is abundant. The concussion protocols will have a greater impact on NFL solvency than transient political nonsense.

        • BobLee Reply
          3 weeks ago

          That scenario works for me. TeamJemele/Skipper would totally freak out as would all their media allies. The first owner to “declare” This Foolishness Is OVER will become a Hero or the ultimate Villain.

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