BL:.. Yuli and Yu… and RIP Bench Jockeys

Yuli gesture
BobLee
October29/ 2017

BL: ..Yuli and Yu… and RIP Bench Jockeys.

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UPDATE: at 1:40 AM Monday morning Game Five just redefined HUMDINGER.  Not sure anything can out-Humding this one.  Astros 13- LAD 12… OH MY!!!

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There will be people reading this column who have never heard the words “Fusion GPS” or “UraniumOne”.  Who truly believe The Smartest Woman on Earth never knew nuthin’ about nuthin’ about her ill-fated presidential campaign.

Even “those people”, in their media bubble, have heard that…

… some Cuban baseball player said or did something AWFUL at/to some Japanese/Iranian baseball player.  And Earth actually stopped revolving around the Sun AND stopped rotating around its polar axis. It was THAT big a deal.   Forget both The Cuban Missile Crisis and Pearl Harbor. This dwarfs both of those by a lot.

I, personally, don’t think it was THAT big a deal.  Alas, my application to be Czar of Really Big Deals keeps getting rejected. … sigh.

Here is a thumbnail of what actually happened. This will differ significantly from the umpteen versions you read on Twitter or Facebook or any “mainstream media” sites.

Friday night in Game Three of The World Series… a Houston Astros player named Yuli Gurriel  ( U-Lee Jewry-El) hit a Home Run off of a Dodger pitcher named Yu Darvish (U Dar-Vish).  Both players’ first names beginning with “Y” is kinda neat but irrelevant.

Yu;li haircut

Yuli circled the bases and went into the Astros dugout. Where his teammates congratulated him including messing up his rather unusual haircut. Think of a rooster’s top knot. Lots of baseball players have unusual haircuts these days.  Yuli’s haircut is especially unique. Again an irrelevant factoid.

A Cuban player on the Dodgers has blue hair..???  Don’t ask me…

There are a bazillion cameras covering a WS game including a number apparently assigned to each team’s dugout. As the game continued, Yuli, in the after-glow of his feat, and, while sitting on the bench in his team’s dugout made a finger gesture that… in Cuban culture… is a derisive “slur” to Asians, Orientals, Japanese, and Koreans. It chides “Asians” for the almond-shape of their eyes.

To Cubans, all Asians are Chinese(??). They do not further separate them by specific national origins. Who knew?

NOTE:  If an MLB player needs to scratch his butt or adjust his “cup” he better go to the locker room and lock the door, or risk being arrested for indecent exposure… in America 2017.

The Dodger pitcher off of whom he hit that HR is Yu Darvish who is Japanese (and part Iranian too) and makes mucho millions and as a free agent will make mucho mucho millions more after The WS is over. Yu speaks “OK English” enough to “order a Big Mac and fries”. He has almond-shaped eyes. No clue if Yu’s Iranian part is Muslim or not.

Have I mentioned that the 33 y/o Yuli spent his first 30 years in Castro’s Cuba? He did. Then he played baseball in Japan for a year before signing with the Astros two years ago. He makes $12,000,000/year as a solid, but not great, first baseman for the Astros. That equates to more $$$ for each one of 162 games ($75,000) than he made TOTAL in his 30 years living in Castro’s Cuba. Yuli speaks “very broken English at best” relying upon an interpreter for media interviews.

I feel compelled to insert here that Yuli Gurriel, as a Cuban citizen, not only did not vote for Donald Trump and he also does NOT listen to eeeevil right-wing talk radio. That I have to insert that tells you where THIS is going… in America 2017.

In addition to the “finger gesture about Asian eyes”, Yuli “mouthed” a Cuban slur about Asians. He “mouthed” it. He did NOT yell it out. He “mouthed” it. Meanwhile Yu Darvish was 100+’ away pitching to the next Astros batter. Yuli was sitting in the Astros dugout.

I don’t know diddly about Cuban culture. Joe Ovios would be my go-to-guy if I had a need to know. I certainly did not know that Cubans had special finger gestures and slurs specifically about Asians. The Cuban slur Yuli “mouthed” was “chinito” i.e. “Chinese boy”.

I have no clue what that means or how it slurs Chinese… but apparently it does. As “all this” became an international incident of STOP THE PRESSES magnitude both Yuli and Yu apparently were familiar with the term that Yuli “mouthed” in the dugout.

The Astros won the game with Yuli being a star of the game.

NOTE: With GIANORMOUS events like a Super Bowl or World Series the “media” covering the event swells to include a LOT of “millennial mutts” who don’t know an “infield fly” from a horse fly. Many of the same clueless nimrods that cover politics and weather and other areas of “news” they know “squat” about. That is the mob who descended upon Yuli and his interpreter after the game.

Yuli managed to convey he was sorry. He knows and respects Yu and did not realize he had created an International incident… sitting in the dugout basking in the after-glow of hitting a HR in an WS game.

OF COURSE… this then became “an international incident” with Dodger fans… and other PC-obsessed sickos across America DEMANDING that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred (1) “Braveheart” Yuli and sent his disemboweled carcass back to Castro’s Cuba. And, of course, (2) forfeit the series to The Dodgers and maybe (3) withhold all federal aid to Houston for whatever their hurricane was named.

NOTE:  I have not seen any quotes from my favorite Dodger fan “the lovely” Mary Hart.  I hope Mary is not too upset.

Idiotic Houston Congresswoman (D) Sheila Jackson-Lee probably said something really stoopid because she always does. She surely blamed Trump… while wearing a funny hat. If anyone merits a “slur” it’s that mo-ron.

Commissioner Manfred has suspended Yuli for Five games beginning next season… without pay. That will cost Yuli about $350,000 which will be donated to some Chinese charity in Houston.

Now Dodger fans and those PC-obsessed sickos are really really pissed at Commissioner Manfred because they wanted Yuli’s head (with the funny haircut) on a platter… for making that finger gesture and “mouthing” a slur while sitting in the Astros dugout after his Home Run.

Commissioner Manfred now joins NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as America’s Two Most Hated Pro Sports Commissioners. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver remains America’s Strangest Looking Pro Sports Commissioner… by a lot.

If I was MLB Commissioner, I woulda (1) fined Yuli $50; and (2) demanded he find a different barber. That haircut really is goofy.

Through all this I thought about Bench Jockeys…

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RIP to “The Bench Jockey” in Baseball….

This 5-ALARM OMG over the Yuli / Yu Non-Issue personifies what America 2017 has evolved to… Bull Durham

“Back in the day” EVERY baseball team at every level from LL to MLB had a designated “bench jockey”… usually a utility player who, if he got ejected, didn’t hurt the team too much. …..

The Bench Jockey’s “job” was to verbally “rag” the opposing team – and the umpires – the entire game FROM THE DUGOUT. By “getting inside their heads” he broke their concentration giving his team an edge. ….

NOTHING was sacred… ethnicity, physical features, wives, girlfriends, etc etc… the more notorious bench jockeys became celebrities.

Imagine Don Rickles in a baseball uniform yacking like a foghorn from the dugout for 9 innings.

It was not uncommon for an insult to be sooo funny that the home plate ump / catcher / batter had to call time because they were laughing so hard….

We have two regular commenters here – Cowdog and, of course, THE Bob Kennel. Both have played A LOT of Baseball. With Cowdog, I am 100% sure he is very familiar with bench jockeying and fancied himself quite proficient in that art.  BK did it too both from the dugout and while crouching behind the plate.  Knowing BK, he probably invented “bench jockeying” when he helped Abner Doubleday lay off the first diamond.

I won’t be surprised if we get a visit from “Coach CNR” on this one.  I sure hope so.

Somewhere in Baseball Heaven 100s of “bench jockeys” are shaking their heads and laughing their butts off at this latest Yuli vs Yu OMG !!!

… I certainly am.

PS:  Blondie has a TERRIFIC column about How Celebrities Get Tickets to Big Games.  You should read it … LINK

PS2:  I know you’ans want my take on NCSU v ND and I have one.  But this Yuli / Yu Mess had Global Significance.  I’ll explain why Wuffs should calm down and not do what you’ve probably already done … in my next column,  I promise.

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  • CNR Reply
    3 weeks ago

    What a forty-eight hours this has been. I decided to go to the final game at Minute Maid as I was really, really high after the OSU-PSU game at Columbus. I am the only person with whom Pat, my son-in-law and O letter Buck, will watch a game. You remember how Pat ducked you when you spent the week. He is an American Catholic union guy who has subscribed to the NYT, Washington Post, Boston Globe, CNN, and blah, blah, blah since he was a college guy at Columbus and then Columbia.
    .
    His dad played at Miami O. and roomed with Walt Alston signing with the Cardinals the same year as Walt. Thus Pat’s allegiance to the Dodgers, as he was born the year Walt took over as manager. Pat Thomas’s top players in Legion baseball were Harvey Haddix, Brooks Lawrence, and Wally Post. They could play. Pat’s teams were tough to beat.
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    I had not planned to go to the game last night as I was keeping my strength for the two LA games.. I gave my tickets for the three games to my grandson’s St. Thomas teammates. They won another state baseball championship in ’17. You know the story of my family and the Biggio family. Aidan did not attend Jesuit, but St. Thomas because of Bigg.
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    After reading this you can understand why I am able to understand every thought from ‘58’ and Cowdog. Judy, my children, and grandchildren sit with smiles on their faces as they tell me that I am once again writing an outline for a thesis. They love it when I respond with a twnkle in my eyes accompanied with a huge smile, as I continue on.
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    My teammates and friends are nearly all gone now or nearly gone. I miss them, so this forum is my lifeline. You all are important to me, some I feel as though we are old friends.
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    Cowdog and BK have given excellent advice regarding the ridiculous decision by the commissioner and the typical ignorant messengers. Pat and I watched on my set (thank you BL). No sound. We had no idea until yesterday morning that anything had happened. At the game last night, sitting in the same loge seats, nobody had seen anything.
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    Cowdog has hit dead center. Japanese are amazing when it comes to honor and respect. I roomed at the U of I with a brilliant Japanese, Katsuhiko Ogata, who was working toward a Masters in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (TAM). He followed with a Ph.D. at Berkeley, with immediate employment at the University of Minnesota where he completed a distinguished career as the top person in his field worldwide. His father was the leader of the peace party opposing Tojo and the war party.
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    The baseball fields at the U of I were located adjacent to the Engineering campus. We lived in a house across the street. Kotsi and his Japanese friends never missed an inning of our baseball games. They informed me that they appreciated the fact that I showed great respect for our opponents, but more importantly that I showed great respect for the umpires. I learned then and when I visited Japan that Japanese never showed anything but respect for any part of the game.
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    Certainly, there was deception. BK has spoken eloquently about distracting the hitter Yogi, Joe Garagiola, Ellie Howard, and every excellent catcher was a talker to the hitter. Most of it was simple banter as nothing was nasty or evil.
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    BL, you asked me to name some wicked bench jockeys. Leo was something else. He went after the Babe about his eating habits and weight. Everybody in the park could hear him yell, “Stick it in his ear! Stick it in his ear.”
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    Finally, Pete went over to him and politely told him, “Leo, you’re too old to play, so unless you want to go up there with a bat and let them try to stick it in your ear. . . that is my ear that you are making a target.” That is what Cowboy and BL are saying—there is always retaliation. American League pitchers don’t face that because of the DH.
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    My experience comes with my age. From the age of eleven, I played top notch semi-pro baseball in the Ohio Valley and Mississippi Valley with leagues based in St. Louis and Cincinnati. It was called playing up. Shoot, Pete signed with the Mr. Rickey and the Cardinals at fifteen and Mel Ott was playing in the Polo Grounds at sixteen.
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    When I was fourteen and turned fifteen, Jackie came up to the Dodgers. What he went through was a disgrace, particularly by Ben Chapman and the Phillies, because he couldn’t fight back. Hey, it was Philadelphia. They had many boos for Stan and Gil. Ben Chapman was actually no worse than many others. That is how the game was played at every level. Christ Killer, Kike, Nickel-Noser, Kraut, Wap, Dago, Greaser, Mick, Cross-Backer, Polack, Bohunker, Spick, Chink, Slant-eyed, Mackeral Snapper, Catlicker, Redneck, Hillbilly, often with the word stupid, preceding.
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    I was taught by great mentors to play with inner conceit. Know that you have greatness but show humility. As we are taught by our Savior. I was taught by my mentors, both of the cloth and of sports, to love the game, my the umpires, teammates and opponents.
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    People often made the statement that I looked like an altar boy, but played like an assassin. I imagine the same could be said of many of you. That is how I was taught baseball by my Uncle George Reiser and his son, Pete.
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    What was it like in those days during the depression and WWII and after?
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    I would come to the plate in the Tri-State League of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio when I was not yet in my teens.
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    “ Stupid Mick.”
    “This fish-eater baby can’t hit. Put one in his ear.”
    I never looked at them, just pulled my St. Christopher’s medal out of my blouse.
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    “Jerk Catlicker, punch the baby out.”
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    Out came my Crucifix as I stepped out of the box and made a cross on the plate with my bat, never looking at them. Second pitch went over the trees in right, over the creek and into the cemetery.
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    That actually happened. Within two games I never heard a discouraging word. Just play the game.
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    Mouthed the words and pulled his eyes into a slant. Goodness gracious sakes alive. Let’s do to Yuli as was done to John the Baptist. You said that is what they want. You are correct BL.

    • Doug Reply
      3 weeks ago

      “I was taught by great mentors to play with inner conceit. Know that you have greatness but show humility.”

      What a story. What a life. Another lesson learned.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        CNR actually DID help Doubleday lay off the first diamond. Abner wanted the mound 60′ from home plate. CNR insisted on 60’6″ and THAT has made all the difference.

        • fayettewuf Reply
          2 weeks ago

          Just a message of appreciation for some stories by CNR. I look forward to and read avidly all his replies. I used to thoroughly enjoy listening to old baseball stories from my ex-father in law who was a scout before central scouting. It was such a colorful game with personalities that could not be exhibited now. Today though I read one that I had never heard before. Catlicker:-) The story about Durocher was priceless.

          • BobLee
            2 weeks ago

            Now you gone and gave the Old Coot “The Big Head”. He is in LA today for Game 6 (and tomorrow IF a Game 7). I have challenged him to cop a hug from “the lovely” Mary Hart who sits on the front row behind Home Plate. Don’t bet he can’t do it.
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            CNR was quite a ballplayer as a 17 y/o with legit MLB potential. Alas, an event called The Battle of Chosin Reservoir came along in Korea in 1950. The 18 y/o Marine was wounded at Chosin ending both his Marine and MLB careers. He switched to coaching and amassed a career over the next 50 years that is a Whos Who of Coaches, Players and Games.
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            In 2013 he was officially declared a National Treasure of BobLeeSays.

  • TheCowdog Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Hey, Man…Ya have to be an experienced splinter picker to come up with the good stuff. I was too busy playin’ 🙂
    Now, what Gurriel did would not be something that I’d actually equate to a good rag. It wasn’t clever and probably ineffectual, except the next time he faces Darvish and gets plugged.
    However, Asian ballplayers are very different from the Latin player, and Yu will most likely keep it professional.
    I’m pretty sure if the roles were reversed, someone would be goin’ down.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Retaliation has always been an antidote against a bench jockey. He was usually “expendable” in that respect.

  • BobH Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Yuli gets suspended for 5 games for doing what baseball players – and fans – do, costing him $350,000 while the low IQ nfl (doesn’t deserve the extra ink to capitalize) idjits insult the entire nation and it doesn’t cost most of them a dime.

    I don’t know who wrote the following or I would attribute it. I got it from a friend by email this morning. It just about says it all, I think.

    The knee’s not the problem . . .

    Things that make you go Hmmmmmm?

    Children raised in fatherless homes, especially black children, are
    far more likely than children raised in two parent homes to engage in
    criminal behavior and thus, have contact with police. Ergo when they
    father a child with a woman to whom they are not married – or at least
    living with -they are contributing to the problem against which these
    football players are taking a knee.
    If you look at many of these players’ records on out-of-wedlock
    children, you find that they are contributing significantly to the
    problem against which they are protesting.
    For example, Antonio Cromartie has 12 children by 9 different women.
    Apparently the NFL had to shell out $500,000 before he could even play
    football for them. Travis Henry has 11 children by 10 women, Willis
    McGahee has 9 children by 8 women, Derrick Thomas has 7 children by 5
    different women, Bennie Blades has 6 children by 6 women, Ray Lewis
    has 6 children by 4 women and Marshall Faulk has 6 children by 3
    women.
    Before these guys take a knee they should take a good look in the
    mirror. It appears that their problem is not the knee.”

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I profess not to understand the extreme cultural differences between my Leave It To Beaver upbringing and a urban public housing – no father situation. I am sure it produces a different adult attitude towards life and society. I don’t hear any of the race-baiters trying to change that situation.

  • Doug Reply
    3 weeks ago

    You didn’t really believe that your beloved baseball could escape Amerika 2017 did you? Anyway, leave it to a millennial ESPN info-babe to go into minute detail on about Carlos Correa’s solo HR being hit at a miraculous 48º “launch angle” to illustrate the balls are slicker/juiced/different than normal. If asked about the balls, Yuri has been advised to NOT double down with any suggestive comment or gesture about his bat to certain sports media members. Clubhouse humor is no longer appreciated

    After seeing a few of the players haircuts I wonder how Ed Emory or others at GHS would have handled a Yuri and his plume in the mid-60’s. Would it have been any different had they had seen him run, throw, or hit a baseball before sending him to Ed Emory’s basement bunker detention class for rehabilitation? I can still remember Mr. Mock pulling Bobby Grooms out of an assembly and sending him home in 67 because his hair had grown down his forehead and over his ears, Beatles style. The girls all thought he was a hottie.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Yuli …. “Yuri” is a Russkie helping Raoul Castro build missiles. EE would not have dealt with much of Political Correctness very well.

      • Doug Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Famous BobLee quote……..”There is a special cage in Hell’s basement for on-line spelling/grammar trolls.” 🤠

        • BobLee Reply
          3 weeks ago

          I’ver almost got enough Famous BL Quotes to publish an anthology.

  • TarSpartan Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Your picture is from “Bull Durham,” but when you mention bench jockeying, all I can think of is the scene from “Major League” where the catcher comments on how he found the hitter’s wife in the club last night.

    In other news, I have lived in San Antonio for almost 15 years, but have never seen Astros gear in the stores until last week. I have a feeling that if the ‘Stros can pull off one more win the bandwagon will be awfully crowded.

    And sadly, I couldn’t make it to the end of last night’s game. When the game was tied at 7 in the 6th at 10 PM Central, I decided to be responsible and go to bed. Now if it had been game 7, I still might not have gone to sleep.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Game Five outHumdingered Game Two … never thought I would see that in my Lifetime… 🙂

  • CNR Reply
    3 weeks ago

    I began to read this after the Dodger 4th. BL, you are the man. I was reading and thinking, thinking and reading. My memory went into overdrive…
    NO WAY and JEEZLE PEEZLE. The crazy haired Cuban just tied it! On to the 5th.
    Love those Dodger Blue rookies. Back to a three run lead. No emotion from me. My heart is beating faster than 1955 when the last ball went to PeeWee.

    Holy Toledo. Altuve stopped swinging at balls dropping on the plate to tie it with a three run no-doubter. Holy Cow!

    Continued tomorrow. Too many Astro guys trying to figure out what I am typing.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I want your list of the “best” bench jockeys you knew.

  • Bob Kennel Reply
    3 weeks ago

    BL, sorry to disappoint, but I had really heard nothing about Yuli and Yu and frankly don’t understand the severity of feelings.
    As for bench jockeys, I was not one. Always thought it was kin to cussing, primarily a lack of good English.
    Now as a catcher, I was tough on hitters and sweet on umps. Never got thrown out of a game in Little League, Legion, high school, college, Air Force, semi-pro, or pro ball. Always talked with umps and would question some calls but never use a cuss words or turn around on them or try to show them up.
    As for hitters, wage verbal war on them to get their minds thinking about the next pitch. Humor was also used to break their concentration. Getting under a hitter’s skin was also okay but never about family. Usually it was just planting doubt in their mind.
    Catchers controlled that space at and behind the plate.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Not disappointed BK but admittedly surprised. We truly do live in two different worlds which is not a bad thing, just a thing.
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      If you had not heard about “Yuli and Yu” then I am certain you have not heard a peep about Fusion GPS or UraniumOne and likely will not… until; well “until”.
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      “Bench jockeying” was not necessarily obscenities in fact the grandmasters were not at all profane, but, like the best stand-up comics simply very clever. Now I’m sure bench jockeying circa 2017 would be quite obscene… as our society has become quite obscene. At least the one I follow as, no clue about your world.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    3 weeks ago

    BL,
    As others have said, the idiosyncracies of Baseball are not something that I even pretend to be partially versed in. I had seen a picture of the guy that uses Kim What’s his face’s barber. I had NO idea that he had mouthed a NO NO….but now I understand. IT IS COSMIC. The MSM will use any story to push off the Clinton Rusky hanky panky (little know fact….Bill actually did get some great Rusky female companionship as part of his $500K Speaking Fee…..word on the street that the girls could not utter any intelligible words whilst providing services). SO…whatever it takes to get the Clinton’s off page 1, it will be the Mega story du Jour….
    I first thought that Yuli and Yu were the twins that Bill demanded for his “stress relief”. That piqued my interest and I read the entire column and not ONCE did you provide any details….sort of like the FBI did with Hillary.
    As to the Woffies….there has been 24 hours of mourning….and only 12 was allotted. I did, last night, do some more research on the IPF’s. Seems that Notre Dame has an “OLD” one….it was built during the downturn (2009). It is actually a MULTI-Disciplined structure that counts over 25 different “entities” that use it. They DO let the Fighting Irish practice there. They play LAX, have volleyball, Girls mixed TIddly Winks championships and about anything between. In addition, GASP, the Student Body is allowed to host functions there. There was NO mention of a Goodberry’s bar or high powered USB charging stations.
    I WISH that I could justify the loss. It seemed like our man Finley was having a bad day….sort of “off target”. Our receivers were being played aggressively and the Swofford Ref’s were on a tight whistle leash…..er, they called few violations on ND and a Baker’s Dozen on the Red and White clad lads.
    I DID watch the Slo-Mo replays….where the ND offensive linemen would sort of “fondle” the breast area of one of our defensive lineman….and then “back slap” him with the other. They were quite polite….in that they did not grab the usual handful of jersey which would have been conclusive DNA evidence of skullduggery.
    Having said all that….we was outclassed, outplayed and outcoached. There is enough blame to fill everyone’s plate with more for seconds….
    I was more stunned by the BC lads trouncing (triple embarrassing) the Noles. OUCH….35 – 3. Jimbo has NOT been available for public comment. I do understand the moral victory that UNC got from the score to Miami. Has the UNC Rams Club approached Jimbo? HE is probably looking….and it will ONLY take $40 MILLION to buy out his “We GOTTA keep him” contract. Dave from the Midwest got a zero added to his annual compensation when the D blocked the punt and recovered the fumble and we drew first blood. That was the high point of the day…..
    I DOUBT that the freezing temp gave ND that much of an advantage…but maybe our Snoopy House’s environment did not condition the ladies for the cold in SB ….

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Team’s like this fine NCSU squad and UNC’s 2015 team are susceptible to injuries to key personnel. They lack comparable back-ups. As long as they avoid injuries they do well… BUT. Yesterday NCSU got a double dose of BUT… with Hines and James (?). The path to “a special season” just got a lot rougher… but there IS still a path.

  • fayettewuf Reply
    3 weeks ago

    Did you actually delete my comment about this on the previous piece?

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      No… it made was on the previous column. I can transfer it over here if you’d like.

      • fayettewuf Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Oh no. I looked to see if you replied and did not see it. I was just curious. I read a piece on the disappearance of bench jockeying about 10 or 15 years ago. The gesture reminded me of it. Joe Garagiola had some interesting comments in the piece about old school bench jockeys. The gist was that baseball players became businessmen as opposed ball players. When the reserve clause went away, players were more apt to have played with or might play with in the future opposing players. They became less inclined to ride opposing players from the bench.
        It was a tempest in a teapot and was handled very well.

        • BobLee Reply
          3 weeks ago

          The really effective ones were VERY creative. Nothing was off-limits even when Jackie Robinson came along which was NOT the finest era of bench jockeying at all. Considering what Robinson endured, I doubt he would have much concern for Yu Darvish.

          • fayettewuf
            3 weeks ago

            Yeah, like I said in the post before, my guess is that reactions range from don’t care even a little to very outraged. The very outraged faction I suspect is miniscule. But it makes good copy.

          • BobLee
            3 weeks ago

            The INDIGNANTLY OUTRAGED are rarely very numerous… just very loud.

  • Mayberry Jim Reply
    3 weeks ago

    BL, I really appreciate what you do, because other than “Sheila Jackson-Lee probably said something really stoopid because she always does”, I knew absolutely zilch zero nada about anything else in your entire essay above. You expand my base of knowledge into areas that I either don’t care about or don’t regularly follow, but it is always entertaining. Thanks.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      “Entertaining” is what I go for. “Saving Western Civilization” was discarded as unlikely many years ago.

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