BL: One Game for a Team… One Giant Leap for a Program!

ND Stadium
BobLee
October24/ 2017

… Outlined against a blue, gray October sky

One Game for a Team… One Giant Leap for a Program !

The Doerenian Grays meet Destiny.  Who will blink?

…. amid The Echoes?

“Doerenian Grays” ??? What tha….

The Portrait of Dorian Gray is a famous novel (i.e. “book”) by Oscar Wilde published in 1890s. A man named “Dorian Gray” manages to retain his youth while a portrait of him mysteriously Dorian Gray“ages”. It has all sorts of deep philosophical nuances.

For those of the millennial persuasion, a book is a collection of pages with writing on them found in places called libraries or book stores or grandmother’s attic. … “A nuance” is… who knows? A fancy word pseudo-intellectuals use to appear pseudo-intellectual.

Doerenian is a clever play on Dave Doeren (DD). … Grays refers to the new team color i.e. gray of Wolfpack Football uniforms as decided by the players and OKed by Bob Kennel. Ergo… The Doerenian Grays.

No.  NOT as incredible a BobLeeism as Chancellor Chihuahua.   That perfection may never be reached again.

So anyway… The Grays are headed to South Bend for what could be One Giant Leap to Top Ten and a likely trip to The Freakin’ Orange Bowl. The Freakin’ Orange Bowl has eluded Triangle-area hated rivals FOREVER.

Yes, Grobe’s Deacons somehow got there in 2006.  That was such an anomaly that even the long-suffering 8,000 Deacon fans on Earth think they dreamed it. Riley Skinner swears they did go… but he also swears he didn’t send his girlfriend the nekkid selfie so…

I’m sure every little Wuff board monkey on very Wuff fan site has done extensive If A beats B beats C beats D then… that have The Grays playing and trouncing Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, TCU, blah blah and making MaryAnne Fox’s infamous pledge COME ALIVE.

Board monkeys with endless What Ifs are why Muslims will not completely takeover America until at least 2030… or until someone finds a cure for Roy Williams’ vertigo.

That SoCar “L” won’t go away. The FlaSt signature win isn’t so signaturey now… neither is the Louisville W. Good?  Yes, but not Guaranteed Major Bowl Good.

A “W” Saturday will carry weight heading into NOV 4th – Dabo Day @ Carter.

The winner of The Swofford Bowl is not guaranteed a Final Four slot since it will for sure have one “L” and Dabo’s “L” was to a whozit.

Doerenian’s Grays COULD be 10-2 with NO trophy… NO Swofford Bowl and a trip to WhoCares Bowl… certainly NOT Christmas in Shreveport but… anything short of a Real Bowl is “just another bowl” with crappy swag from Best Buy.

If the highlight of this season ends up being But we crushed UNCCheats 68-0 that would be a shame… IMO.   A “W” amid The Echoes this Saturday goes a long way to insuring that outcome not being the case.

NOTE:  If you are going, and you oughta, get to your seat 20 minutes before kick-off.  The entrance of the ND Band & The Irish Guard is Waaaay COOL! 

“THE Victory March” WILL raise the hair on the back of your neck.  It is That AWESOME played by That Band in That Stadium and, of course… Outlined against a blue, gray October sky…

Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.

…a tradition like no other.

Park in the Giant Shuttle Lot north of town and bus to campus.  South Bend knows how to Do Gameday.  Trust Me… Trust Them!  Visit the bookstore… buy a t-shirt… take pics of TD Jesus like EVERYBODY DOES. There is a reason EVERYBODY does it.

Will 10-2… crushing UNCCheats… and a WhoCares Bowl swag bag merit DD getting the Brass Ring Contract? Not my call.

I am viscerally opposed to (1) Brass Ring Contracts and (2) fancy Indoor Practice Facilities and (3) other yucky aspects of Big Time College FB and BB. I do enjoy saying “I told you so” when these knee-jerks backfire on schools that do them. History favors regrettable knee-jerk backfires.

Does 10-2 mean “a real football school” with very deep-pocketed fat cats with blank checks comes after DD? Maybe…

State losing DD would be a God-send to Larry Fedora trying to regain in-state recruiting momentum? DD gone… AND his $36,000,000 IPF to dazzle those semi-literate 18 y/os! Woo Hoo!

Can The Grays get to The OB even with an “L” in South Bend?  Maybe but it will be a much trickier road to travel.

Of BC, UNCCheats and WFU which is the most likely “Trap game”? Definitely BC… with WFU #2.

UNCCH already has a “fork stuck in it” with more forks on the way. Zero scenarios for UNCCH to get within 2 TDs of The Grays on Nov 25th.  Swofford could invoke the legendary 50-0 at The Half Mercy Rule.  Yes, it does exist.

If The Grays beat ND… and beat Dabo… and fall behind BC 0-3 in the 1st Quarter, will some nimrod post FIRE DOEREN?  Sure… a tradition like no other.

IF The Grays lose to both ND and to Dabo… will it somehow be Frau Yow’s fault? Sure… another tradition like no other. Will some other nimrod suggest hiring ECU’s AD Jeff Compher to replace Frau Yow? NO, no NCSU nimrod is that stoopid.

BL..BL… What’s going to happen in South Bend?

Here you go….

Grays jump out to a 10-0 lead. Irish roar back to lead 14-10 at end of 1st Qrt…. Teams trade scores in 2nd Q… Irish lead 21-20 at Half … Irish get 3rd Q KO, driving for score but Grays score on a Def TO… State up 27-21… back – forth – back –forth … 3:00 to go, GrayWolfs down 40-37…

The Drive… Grays have it on Irish 19 with 0:02 to go… Bambard in for FG to tie and send to OT… Snap directly to Bambard… OMG IT’S A FAKE FG… …NO DD NO YOU MORON!

Bambard throws to Samuels in right flat… it’s a race to the pylon Samuels vs two ND DBs “with the angle”.… collision at the EZ pylon… Did he / Didn’t he get in ?? … Official rules TDBUT WAIT… world-record 10-minute wait for Replay Ruling… 80,000 fans holding their breath… twelve different angles inconclusive but…

Ref named Knight, no relation to Jim, rules NO TD – IRISH WIN 40-37. 

Three NCSU fan sites PLUS InsideCarolina all meltdown within 20 seconds.

DD takes responsibility for calling for the FAKE FG… . DD immediately hung in effigy from Bell Tower.

Sunday at 2:00 PM: State calls presser to announce:
Not a Fake FG at all but simply “A High Snap”. DD was protecting his errant deep snapper by claiming he called for The FAKE FG. DD effigy quietly removed from Bell Tower.

But Wait. There’s More….

Grays regroup… Beat Dabo – BC – WFU – crush UNC 68-0.

Win Atlantic / Coastal whichever… Play VaTech in Swofford Bowl.

Grays defeat VaTech for…

First ACC FB title in Modern Era.  OMG OMG

John Swofford has epileptic conniption as he hands Dr Pepper Trophy to DD and Frau.  His congratulations come out “ateghuhzz snort“.  Frau plants a kiss on top of his head.  Little Johnny growls.

BUT, alas, with Two L’s DD’s Grays are denied Final Four ….BUT

Dave Doeren

 INVITED TO FREAKIN’ ORANGE BOWL… Vs Wisconsin Badgers

One team IS wearing Red/White. It’s NOT The GrayWolfs.

Badgers prevail 30-27 in 3OT Thriller.… In post-game presser a teary DD…

… (1) complains, again, about The Carter pass-out policy… (2) flashes the Wuff finger thingy then…(3)  I’ve never been prouder of any bunch of kids I’ve ever coached. 

When team charter lands at RDU, DD is NOT with them  Uh Oh!  A NCSU team spokesman makes terse announcement…

Coach Doeren did not return with us.  He and his family departed Miami International on a private G-550 bearing a GO RAZORBACKS logo.  We have no other information at this time.  We ask for the prayers of WolfpackNation in this time of great concern…

TO BE CONTINUED…

Three NCSU fan sites PLUS InsideCarolina melt down.   Again!

… a tradition like no other.

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  • Doug Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Thumped.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Mr Injury finally arrived…

  • Marvin The Austin Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Bobbie,

    You certainly have an active imagination. I think the Pack has the advantage on Offense, scoring on the Irish Defense twice each half. The Pack Defense will frustrate the Irish Offense who will be trying to grind it out with long scoring drives to keep the Wolfpack Offense off the field. 28-21 NCSU in a win that is closer than the stat sheet would indicate.

    Beating ND infects the Pack with over confidence and the Fighting Dabos win the Textile Bowl in the Carter, 21-20. WIse kicks two FGs, but they make no difference. Klempsoning continues with losses to FSU and the real CAROLINA in red. (More academically rigorous too as esteemed N&O employee children have chosen to go there instead of the CHeats.) The Pack goes on to run the table and win it’s first ACC Championship since the Holtz era.

    Finley is drafted in the NFL first round and replaces the Badger guy, Roger Wilson? … who gets fired after crashing his helicopter into a Hare Krishna revival at the Carousel on the Seattle waterfront. Philip Rivers retires from the Chargers and is paid $3.5 million to replace the Cat in the Hat and to increase the number of heterosexual males on the UNC campus by 100%.

    HOT TIP for RW: Keep the pointy end away from the trees and the water unless you can swim. I hear ESPN will be hiring in 2018 after the SWOFF replaces the Skipper and agrees to wear a Mickey Mouse outfit on Fridays.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      If that is the way it all comes down you can send everyone right here to prove you called it. Whatever happens tomorrow does not rule out a special season for the Doerenians… but a W gives them “schedule cred” if that ends up mattering.

  • Ol' BC Reply
    3 weeks ago

    BL, we have been to Notre Dame # 8 times for a football week-end. Life-long practicing Catholics are taught to make this pilgrimage after they reach their personal “Age of Reason”. If Wuffies are going in on Friday morning, we highly recommend getting a ticket to the Notre Dame Live luncheon in the Hockey Center. #2,000 attend to hear the HBC and an offensive and a defensive senior talk about the Fighting Irish. Then, a walk around the campus to photograph and experience Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto (Irish fans light a candle to Mother Mary here). Pep Rally in Joyce Center basketball arena at 6 PM is a must. Has been no charge in the past, but you may have to stand in line for an hour, or obtain a ticket before. Visit Hammes Bookstore to pick up your ND swag. Go by the Stadium after the Pep Rally and watch the Football Managers spray paint the helmets gold. Arrive by 9 AM on Saturday morning. Coffee and beer on campus at the Morris Inn. No fraternities or sororities at ND, so the HOUSES ( aka., dormitories) that yelled the loudest in their uni-colored dorm tees at the Pep Rally, will be selling food on the main quad. We recommend the Knights of Columbus delicious steak sandwiches. Walk to the Rocke Center an hour prior to kick-off for the Irish Pep Rally. Follow the Band and the Scottish Guard to the Stadium, and see them disappear in to the tunnel down to the field and simultaneously HEAR #80,000 fans roar. Breathe it in and experience the best week-end in College Football, IMO. BTW, we have been to football games at Michigan, Tennessee, Penn State, Florida State, Stanford, Ohio State, World’s Largest Cocktail Party (Georgia vs. Florida), etc.. They are each tied for second place. Watch “Rudy” and Ronald Reagan as George Gipp prior to the game day to truly begin to appreciate your time in South Bend. GO IRISH!

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      SCOTTISH GUARD ??? WOW BC… Are they the Fighting Scottish? … Irish Guard. For me its all about The Victory March… when ND Band led by the Irish Guard do that slow measured step down the field and then BUST LOOSE… YOWSA!
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      I do hope folks will do what we are recommending and not try to be blase about it. It is a VERY COOL Experience.

  • wolfdon Reply
    3 weeks ago

    This weekend it will be Doerenian White with Tuffy on the helmet…….for what it is worth……..

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      My innate humility prevents me from taking credit for that wise decision. I’ve always liked “Tuffy”.

  • Ric '73 Reply
    3 weeks ago

    So much for a lack of O. I meant that MLB was showing up the NFL in terms of class and player demeanor. They even show the National Anthem.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      THAT wqs quite a ballgame !!!

  • Ric '73 Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Change of subject. So far the World Series is making the NFL look worse and worse on every level.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Not a lot of offense by either team so far but I sure do enjoy watching it.

  • Baltimoreheel Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Wow! Great imagination BL! If you get this right you should strongly consider day trading! Do us favors though and ease up on our Heels a bit. These kids had nothing to do with the “cheatin”. Not sayin there’s not some still goin on in some manner. But I would bet any that may be happnin would be spittal at this point compared to those that haven’t been caught yet. Just sayin…

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Kids are kids are kids… all of the local ones were recruited by all local schools. Larry just got caught in a Perfect Storm this year. Rebuilding Year from Day One then Tsunami of season-ending injuries to the best kids he had. Every program has injuries (although NCSU has been fortunate so far, as was WFU in 2006) but Larry’s season has been off-the-charts. Nothing to do but play it out the best he can… and regroup for next year.

  • Former96heel Reply
    3 weeks ago

    I can’t say as I have read anything from him in a decade, but if the article is from Ron Morris, kuddos. He had unrented space in Spurrier’s head for a long, long time. I got to witness Spurrier’s last years in Cola. There was more than one Coaches Show that got pulled before another outlet could air it. He was following in the Bear’s footsteps of adding to that Coca Cola on set, and letting his mouth get the best of him.
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    Ron liked to call out institutional hypocrisy. Similar to watching MSNBC, if the team or coach wasn’t your team, you loved what they had to say. If it was your team, you didn’t pay attention.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      HAA! Every columnist is either a Genius or a Fool based on what he writes about MY TEAM on any given day… 🙂
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      My all-time favorite example was a column that (then) N&O Sports guy Caulton Tudor wrote 12-14 years ago about some long forgotten UNC vs NC State game. The column ENRAGED board monkeys from BOTH CAMPS all of whom SWORE that it PROVED that “That Idiot Tudor” was bought/paid for by the hated THEM i.e. “the other side”.
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      WhatChaGonnaDo ???

      • Former96heel Reply
        3 weeks ago

        I’m just stunned Morris is still employed. He may be an endangered species…a sports writer with over 30 years under his belt. McClatchy must have lost his personnel file, or he has volunteered for the Min Wage route.

        • BobLee Reply
          3 weeks ago

          If Truth be known, I’d bet most of the veterans like Morris are at MUCH-reduced $$$$ and still have by-lines simply to preserve their egos…

        • Doug Reply
          3 weeks ago

          Ron is working for the city of Columbia at $4800/month to get a regional NCAA MBB tournament.

          • BobLee
            3 weeks ago

            If you can get me a GPS fix on Ron Morris, I’ll get it to Kennel. He can launch a drone. That’ll show Morris not to mess with a BK Legend.

  • Bob Kennel Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Few related Factoids on the subject s discussed herein:
    1. N&O writer Morris is old South Carolina sportswriter known more as trouble-maker. No known history with Case. Both articles almost sophomoric.
    2. Case still ahead of his time. In 1958 he had invited U. of Cincinnati and Michigan State to Dixie Classic. Both had “colored” players (Big O and Jumpin’ Johnny Green) who were not allowed to stay at Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel). Case called me to see if we might turn our Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity house back into a hotel over Christmas and house both teams. We did.
    3. The State indoor practice facility ($14M) is named the Close-King facility.
    The King is Jimmy King from Charlotte who was a fraternity pledge at the time and vividly remembers serving the Big O breakfast each morning.
    4. Go Dodgers !!! Catcher Roy Campenella was my childhood hero.
    5. Go Pack !!! Find some South Bend gold !!

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I still think a shoebox of flaming dog poop on N&O Editor Drescher’s front door would be appropriate. CNR has promised some Case anecdotes. As I recall he is a big EV Case fan.

    • Doug Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Since Mr Kennel has inside access in the Wuff Den, a few Pirate fans, or at least the ones not totally consumed by internal personnel matters in the athletics dept, asked if Ms Yow, thought the upcoming ND game was NCSU’s Super Bowl? Fair question I thought.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        NEXT WEEK a.k.a “Dabo Comes To Carter” has greater implications re: ACC / Swofford Bowl et al so This ND Game is simply THE Biggest Game This Week…

    • Doug Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Mr Kennel’s first point took Ron Morris to task as a troublemaker. I think Dan Kane was considered by many UNC’ers as a troublemaker but never heard a complaint from Mr Kennel then. I do enjoy me some selective hypocrisy. I don’t think Morris left the job at the SC McClatchy rag. The State “temporarily” pulled him from covering SC football when he got inside Spurrier’s head for doing the job he was employed to do. He is a highly regarded sports journalist. If there is any such thing.

      • Doug Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Correction, He did leave and freelances now.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Bless his heart, BK IS consistent in his “Anything against My Side is Pure Eeeevil”. It’s part of his boyish charm. Most veteran columnists in sports know that their Friends / Enemies List is ever-changing based on their latest column. In my own case, I gained a number of NCSU supporters when I came out guns blazing versus Greatest Eigibility Scam in NCAA History. and supporting DDK as I do. … I could lose that support with one negative WuffPack piece.

  • CNR Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Sniff, sniff, “Judy bring a box of Kleenex! “
    “ I told you not to read BL’s stuff about Irish football weekend retreats. Out come your DVD’s of everything traditional at ND.. This day is gone and you still haven’t commented about the column. You better get to it if you are going to watch the Astro-Dodger game.”

    You, Doug, and other commenters have given succinct advice regarding the weekend experience at the University of Our Lady.

    Hey , I have to eat and watch the game.

    To be continued tomorrow (Wed).

    Have some good stuff for BK and other Wuffs about Ev Case. Also for my Padre Pio fellow Mick.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I’ve been humming that damn Victory March all day long. …. ‘da da da da wake up the echoes da da da’ … 🙂

      • NCSU68Grad Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Older arthritis afflicted trombone players loved it. You play most of it between 1st and 4th position with only one or two 6th position reaches.
        Of course, the young T-Bone players in the marching bands don’t have arthritis….but since they are exercise deficient due to video games, that is probably the only real exercise that they get…..
        From a personal safety standpoint, it is good for the “MOVING X” or cross when the trombone players meet. Terrible things have happened during such….and sometimes, if the players don’t keep their slides horizontal, many males have been required to “Take a KNEE…”
        The things you remember from your youth and the thing you forget in 20 seconds now….

    • Doug Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Lindsey Nelson will always be THE voice of Notre Dame football for me.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        In his Madras sports coats. It really is a “special place” that should be on every sports fans’ bucket list.

  • Lakepacker Reply
    3 weeks ago

    We are headed to SB this weekend. There are only so many “special” places in college sports to see but this is definitely one of them. Thanks for the tips on getting the most out of the experience. Having this team makes it even better. The Doeren blue-collar approach seems to be catching on. Hopefully the magic can continue and this team can finish the deal. Time will tell. Either way, we will still pack CF when they return and in the future. State fans are always there, even when they complain about things. Go Pack.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Nothing snazzy about the 80,000 seat mausoleum of a stadium EXCEPT “it’s Notre Dame Stadium.” No fancy logos on the playing field. A blaise pressbox / minimal # of “suites”. A video board but NOT GIANORMOUS and not 3-4 of them. All bleacher seating …. BUT ITs NOTRE DAME.
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      DEFINITELY park in the major shuttle lot about 1-2 miles outside of town. Buses running continually… about a 4-5 minute bus ride… lets you off at the library / TD Jesus which is next to the stadium. Get to the campus / stadium at least 2-3 hours before KO… and just stroll around… entire campus is within a 10-minute walk.
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      ND fans are VERY VERY Friendly and welcoming and proud of what they have… at least to non-hated rivals such as NCSU.
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      Regardless of the score… let me know about Your Experience!

      • Lakepacker Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Thanks for the tips. Will do. Looks like Notre Dame weather so that will take some adjusting but still better than last year.

        • BobLee Reply
          3 weeks ago

          “Against a blue gray October sky… the Four Horsemen rode…”

  • Porgie Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Correction to NCSU68 below. Irwin Holmes was a TENNIS player, not golfer. Interesting story I believe in the Alumni magazine several years back about the team stopping in chapel hill for dinner. He was told he could eat in the back. Team promptly got up from their table and left without eating.Once again, “we’re the Red and White from State and we ….”. Told you I keep saying it over and over.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Apparently you and your Carter-Finley section neighbor Br’er Kennel disagree on the traditional significance of uniform colors. I side with you of course. I “think” I know why BK is very reluctant to take sides “against the players wishes” but I choose NOT to get into that…

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Porgie,
      Thank you for the correction. I had read about him many years ago and thought it was GOLF. You are correct. Here is an excellent article about him. It seems that the Democratically controlled UNC BOG was on the side of Orville Faubus in that “No AFAM gonna ATTEND the UNC schools”. That was shot down. I did not realize that he was one of the FIRST 4 AFAM to attend and receive an NCSU Degree.
      https://d.lib.ncsu.edu/student-leaders/people/irwin-holmes/

  • Doug Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Hard to do this with effect with an off-campus stadium.

    The Irish Trumpets
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oBedPq96kr8

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      True. And it helps to have 100+ years of Knute and Gipper and Four Horsemen and “Theisman as in Heisman” and Rudy and…. AND IMO the HUGE Shuttle Lot just north of campus makes arrival / departure as trouble-free as it can be.

      • Doug Reply
        3 weeks ago

        I wish I’d have stuck with a “parking lot” that I had typed but changed it to more a genteel term. It might have broke the internet.

  • Terri.D.79 Reply
    3 weeks ago

    BobLee: I learn more from your columns and comments in one day than all the other “media” I see. Thanks you.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      DAMN! Thanks Terri, I think. Maybe that says more about “other media” than yours truly? I know what I know and I know I’m beholding to NO ONE other than you surfing pilgrims who drop by here each day.
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      One Request… OK, two. (1) I hope you keep coming… (2) NEVER call me a “journalist” and even counting me / this site as “media” sounds yucky. I’m “a wise guy with his own website”. … Thanks again for your kind words. 🙂

  • MaHa Reply
    3 weeks ago

    BL, Wasn’t the first AfAm football player at UNC a QB named Ricky Lanier brought in by Dooley? Did that raise any eyebrows at the time? Seems that I remember that it did but I’m not sure. MAHA.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Ricky Lanier arrived in 67-68 along with James Webster and Judge Mattocks. A year AFTER Charlie Scott. Ricky had HUGE #s at a small black HS in Eastern NC – Williamston. He was a “draw plays in the dirt” – “EVERYBODY GO LONG” QB. He was fun-loving, easy going and EVERYBODY liked him. I recall no issues certainly within the locker room. He was switched to WR his last two years.
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      Webster and Mattocks, especially Judge, were a bit “edgier”. Judge turned Black Militant his Sr year and, although All AC as a DE, quit the team. Webster went into college coaching and was on Bunting’s staff for a few years. … I believe Ricky was with IBM his adult career.

  • PTH Reply
    3 weeks ago

    I may be wrong, but I thought Bill Chamberlain played at uncch before Charlie Scott. I thought I remembered seeing Chamberlain play when I was still a student but not seeing Scott play until after I was gone. Fuzzy memory not sure and Scott is always portrayed as breaking the color barrier! Both were good but Scott was really good!

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Bill Chamberlain came in a year later ’67-68 with Dennis Wycik, Steve Previs etc. Charlie arrived in 66-67 with Fogler, Delany…
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      Funny Chamberlain story… a friend of mine who was BB Manager and I were driving to Charlotte for the ACC Tourn in 67. Bill went with us… Bill was from inner city NYC. We were driving along I-85 by farmland and he was stunned at seeing cows in a pasture. Like we might be on a safari in Africa seeing lions and elephant “in the wild”. He thought it was the coolest thing …
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      I think Bill had a long career with a State Agency in Raleigh. Solid guy in all respects.

  • DM Carpenter Reply
    3 weeks ago

    I grew up in Raleigh, graduated from NCSU, and have “followed” NCSU sports, to one degree or another, for most of my 50 years. This week, I have two games in my sights: my daughter’s last Middle School game, against THE hated rival small town team. (She has started at right OT all season.) and my son’s club football game, which will determine their playoff future, or not. Funny how priorities shift, closer to home.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I won’t tell anyone if you sneak a peek at the ND-NCSU game. State is a LEGIT “Good Team” this year.

      • DM Carpenter Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Based upon your recommendation, I may peek through one eye.

        • BobLee Reply
          3 weeks ago

          Our Secret! 🙂

  • TheCowdog Reply
    4 weeks ago

    I was born into a family of Leprechauns.
    It was pre-ordained that the Blue & Gold would be my adornment.
    Alas, Ara did not share those notions and their baseball program sucked.
    Lou said that I’d look good in Red(gray)&White….
    The Grotto is a must see, as noted.
    BTW. Your tale is closer to non-fiction than fantasy.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I sent an advance copy of today’s to Beaumont. CNR is, as you know, THE Authority of All Things ND. The mere thought of “a blue gray October sky” gets him teary-eyed.

  • ultraviolet Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Most hard core wolf fans i know feel Lucy will pull the football out on Charlie Brown yet again. They torture themselves far more than anyone else can. I have a rooting interest since our 2 oldest went there and my brother is a lifelong season football ticket holder. They have a good enough team to beat the domers, but does the team have the same fatalistic view as the fans? If not, they can win. IF they win then I get to pull out the old, “Notre Dame had nothing to gain by playing a lesser program. It just means more to NC State. They have a psychological advantage card…, etc.” I’m a fan of the school Frau Yow flunked out of so some will get the reference. 🙂

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Long-suffering fans carry around more Excuse Cards than an ambulance-chasing lawyer has business cards.

  • Bob Kennel Reply
    4 weeks ago

    We’ll, BL, it is good to see your head directly back into sports with a purpose 😎
    The football saga was really good including the several end of season outcomes. State has a very good football coach and team which had taken us further this year than expected. We’ll wear something besides gray several times, and next week’s Clemson game IS the biggy.
    Strange N&O stories this morning on Case’s old home and the naming of the new basketball dorm, both by a writer I’ve never heard of before. Somewhat off base on both. 😂
    You are correct on Case asking me and my Dad to talk to Walt Bellamy in,1956 about breaking the color line in the ACC.
    When I went back to Case with the answer, he said , “Well, he might not be a good enough ballplayer to be the guy” 😙

    Go Pack this weekend !!!

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I am but a humble scribe for My Muse, BK… she whispers and I punch the keys. Circumstances dictate her messages.
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      The Bellamy Story in mid 50s. That would have been a decade AFTER you were FDR’s aide-de-camp at Yalta and played gin rummy with Joe Stalin? I loved that one.
      .
      I do think an indignant BK letter to N&O Editor John Drescher is in order on the Case story. I’m sure it won’t jeopardize your next LTTE. They are still desperate for those.

    • Doug Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I’m sure once BK trains the new misbehaving reporter in the way things work here, it’ll all be OK.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Would love to be a fly on the wall in that BK Indoctrination Session.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Doerian Grays…..THAT IS WAY TOO COOL. You DO get an award for that. BK will have one minted and sent to you (C.o.D.). The entire “theme” of this column makes me think that you have been out in the backyard again collecting those “mushrooms”. The famous lyricists like Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Don Henley and Glen Frye sometimes had “help” to come up with the prose. Country singers just ride around Honky Tonk’s and make notes….
    FOR THE RECORD….The ND Victory Song (March) was NOT written by a ND grad or for ND. It was “Lifted” or stolen. Frederick Bigelow wrote it. The title is “Our Director”. When I was in the band in HS, we used the same “Tune”. Three major “U’s” use it now. What folks do not realize is that Frederick Bigelow was the grandson of Jefferson Davis (OK…I can write Fake News with the best of them). Our Director was a tribute to his Granddaddy and also Robert E. Lee. Little Freddie was taught to shoot by Bobby Lee, son of Robert E. I can STILL remember the Trombone positions and notes from my HS days….but I did play FB, so I only played it at pep rallies and BB games.
    BACK ON POINT….your scenario is spooky. THIS Wuffie is NOT having the polls BRONZED. I really can’t see WHY you move up on a BYE week. Should be a rule that you must retain your position if you do NOT play.
    I have been told by SOME Wuffies that have hacked into the UNC Healthcare data base that there are SECRET DNA experiments going on under the bleachers of Kenan. There will be a MASSIVE PED’s injection of all Fightin’ Fedora’s PRIOR to the NCSU Showdown.
    There actually WAS a Bruce Banner (AKA Hulk). He was moved to Area 51 and eventually died there when he OD’ed on Papa John’s Supreme Creation. His DNA was preserved. UNC was given some of the DNA to work on Liberal Left Wing Rats….but, as usual, decided to bend the rules. SO, each UNC player will be UP FOR IT….in more ways than one.
    SERIOUSLY…..Fedora is no DUMMY. We sort of “licked the blue” off the UNC Candy last year. They lost a lot of Talent to the Sunday Knealers…. SO, he already has the “CLOCK” set up. It is a countdown to Kickoff against the Red (Gray?) Clad Wuffies. They will really be UP for us. The worse their record….the more meaningful the West Raleigh Bowl Game will be.
    Doeren is actually letting Bamwhat’shisname take snaps as the WISE one has muffed some. ND will be interesting. IF we should win, then they will remove the Chuck Amato stuff at Amedeos and replace it all with Dave from the Midwest. That 1967 victory over Houston was about the highest level we ever achieved….and it was on a Saturday Night and an AWAY game and Glen Yarborough was the guest performer of “Friends of the College” and Reynolds was full for the concert. Glen kept asking for the score and was a real performer who did not get HUFFY about the 400 or so of us that were listening to WPTF AM and the WP game on our Transistor Radios…..which was a feat in Reynolds….

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I recall an article a few years ago that there are only FIVE “Fight Song Tunes” in existence. Guaranteeing there are multiple duplicates about. Alums being overtly-self-centered always INSIST “OURS was The Original OF COURSE”. You guys, of course, share yours with US Army Artillery Corps among others.
      .
      I just returned from breakfast at MY Steak & Shake. In todays column I linked the Victory March in the column to the YouTube of the song… so I started playing it on my 7Plus… in 30 seconds I had the whole restaurant rocking…. “… Bring Down The Thunder From The Skies.” It was AWESOME.

  • Doug Reply
    4 weeks ago

    A 70-something NC State Alumni friend went off on me for some reason yesterday. After he calmed down he explained that the N&O had written an OP-ED about the new athletic dorm at NCSU should not be named after Everett Case because of the stain on two NCAA probations under coach Case 60+ years ago. TRANSLATION? The N&O was moving on from UNC and back to its old self.
    .
    I then turned the knife with a little passive aggressive question I knew the answer to. Did CEC ever sign an AF-AM basketball player at NCSC? He said” I don’t think so.” “What difference does that make?” Me. “Oh nothing. About the same as Silent Sam had to do with causing the Civil War, WWI & II, Vietnam, or famine in Malawi.” “Well there you have it” . The piece was flawed, I said, and “really about the lack of AF-AM’s at State College in the 40’s and 50’s.” I told him not to worry. BK will consult with his pals over there and get this sorted out.
    .
    A NCSU victory over ND will lose some luster if ND loses a remaining game against WF, Miami, Navy or Stanford, all conceivably bowl bound teams and no lock. NCSU is having a nice season though. BTW a UNC pal said he thought the IPF was being paid for by Jordan Brand $$$. An athletic shoe & apparel company. What could possibly go wrong?

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      I saw that Twitter headline but didn’t bother to read it. Assumed it was about EC’s “unpleasantnesses”. It will be interesting if BK (a HUGE Case fan) lays seige to his beloved N&O. Sports & politics make for very strange bedfellows indeed.
      .
      BK has “a Kennelian Tale” about Case sending HIM to New Bern (his home town) to recruit Walt Bellamy in the mid 50s. Walt rejected BK’s siren song and went to Indiana and on to NBA HoF glory. That would have preceded St Dean nabbing Charlie Scott by 10 years.
      .
      Have not heard that Jordan Brands / IPF story. Sounds sorta kinda BS but who knows. If so, I’ll instruct all my lettermen pals to hold off on those $1,000 checks.

      • Doug Reply
        4 weeks ago

        I think Al Heartly broke the barrier in Raleigh. 66/67?

        • BobLee Reply
          4 weeks ago

          Sounds good… Ed Leftwich, Hawkeye, Glide etc followed. Paul Coder will let us know I bet.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 weeks ago

      This is NOT my comment on BL’s column….but to set the record straight….
      Irwin Holmes (admitted 1958) was the FIRST AFAM athlete for NCSU. He was on the Golf Team (not as a caddy). He later became the CAPTAIN of the Team. He also was the FIRST AFAM Electrical Engineering Graduate. I THINK (references needed) that UNC was WAY behind in having ANY AFAM athletes and Silent Sam had REAL bullets
      William (Billy) Jones was the FIRST ACC AFAM BB Player. That was in 1965. That drew little attention in Maryland. Bud Millikan was the coach….NOT Lefty…who came in 1969..
      Selective Memory is pervasive and terminal in most MSM and Left Wing Liberals. DES (the GOD of UNC BB) recruited Charles (Charley) Scott in 1966. I THINK that Charley was the FIRST AFAM athlete in CH….but that needs due diligence.
      Al Heartley was recruited in 1968 (a Year to remember for one of NCSU’s FINEST Graduates…..not that he was that good….the fact that he GRADUATED against all odds and family bets). SO NCSU was 2 years behind DEAN….but light years ahead in admitting AFAM athletes….
      As usual, web references were omitted…but facts is facts and can be verified….

      • Doug Reply
        4 weeks ago

        I think 68 is correct. According to the Fayetteville Observer the first WBB player at UNC was in 1977/78.

        • Doug Reply
          4 weeks ago

          UNC’s first black athlete was Edwin Okoroma of Nigeria, who played on the soccer team in the fall of 1963. He graduated in 1965, went on to medical school, and became a physician in Washington, D.C.

          • BobLee
            4 weeks ago

            Overly proud alums tend to employ all sorts of conditions to any “WE were the first to …..” boasts.

          • Doug
            4 weeks ago

            There are some ambiguities between first athlete and first scholarship athlete that both sides tend to use when convenient. Everything before the mid-to late 60’s slightly cracked the door open for the coming wave.

          • BobLee
            3 weeks ago

            There WAS a UNC AfAm BBer before Charlie. A kid from Four Oaks and his name escapes me…. played on the 64-65 UNC Freshmen team .a.k.a “The Tar Babies” … OUCH that had to be embarrassing.

  • MLD-GSBO Reply
    4 weeks ago

    Having been there and loved it and the entire experience, the “Touchdown Jesus” is NOT the chapel, it is the Library. The chapel is way on the other side of campus.

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      The Grotto is in The Chapel over by The Bookstore. Visitors will find the ND campus very compact and very walkable. I hope folks arrive early and just “do the whole Experience”. This time of year especially… “under a blue gray October sky…” 🙂

  • Lobo.DW Reply
    4 weeks ago

    My Friend… You are so talented. Truly!

    • BobLee Reply
      4 weeks ago

      Thanks. No clue where this one came from. I just started typing and There It Was. This is the first column I’ve ever written where I DIDN’T KNOW how it was going to end until the end.

      • ultraviolet Reply
        4 weeks ago

        Maybe it came from a distant planet. 🙂

        • BobLee Reply
          4 weeks ago

          I am but a humble scribe…

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