BL: God Loves Aggies (and Retrievers) Too

    UNC Fans
    BobLee
    March19/ 2018

    BL: God Loves Aggies (and Retrievers) Too

    I’ve always considered – God Loves Beavers Too – as one of my personal all-time favorite column titles.

    It was on the occasion of UNC Baseball losing The College World Series to Oregon State in 2006. Coincidentally, the same year as The Duke Lacrosse Scandal noted last week.

    The specifics of that heart-breaking defeat in Omaha will never be forgotten by those who care about such things. A routine ground ball was misplayed in the 9th inning allowing “the Beavers” an extra out which they used to win the deciding game. 8,000,000,000 Chinese, alas, did not care then… or now.

    TRIVA: Current MLB Star Andrew Miller was on the mound for the Tar Heels when that fateful play occurred.

    GodThe concept that “God” could indeed “love” one’s opponent in an important (?) sports contest is alien to some fans. Such numbskull fans who truly deny such a possibility should be avoided at all costs. I propose the NRA sponsor an amendment to the 2nd Amendment denying such numbskull fans access to firearms, automobiles, the nuclear football and scissors.

    I am sure that numbskull fans of both Univ Virginia and UNC@CH did, over this past weekend, question “God’s Grand Plan” as it pertains to them. Ultimately, how God’s Plan pertains to each individual is the primary concern of each individual first and foremost.

    For the record, 46 other fan bases also questioned WHY “their team” was denied their divine right to Victory since last Thursday. After all, “their school” is very very cool… has a spiffy fight song and is, of course, “a sleeping giant”… and most / some of their players are “good kids”.

    Or, apparently the case with UNCCH’s departing senior players – Berry II and Pinson – among the absolute finest human beings ever to dribble since Dr Naismith hung his peach basket. They provided a sanctuary for Ol’ Roy whenever anyone calls him “A Cheating Bastard”. Roy’s words, not mine.  YIKES!

    Incredible Trivia Fact #1…

    Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy PLAYED FOR OUR OWN “CNR” aka “Coach” at Holy Billy KennedyCross High School in New Orleans in the early 1980s.

    Is THAT cool or what!

    “Coach” knows Billy Kennedy very well and attests to his abundance of outstanding qualities.  I would NEVER question Coach’s judgement about ANYTHING…

    WAIT… There’s More…

    Incredible Trivia Fact #2…

    A class act off the court as well, Kennedy was presented with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2011 John Lotz “Barnabas” Award at the Final Four in Houston. The award is presented by the FCA to a basketball coach who best exhibits a commitment to Christ, integrity, encouragement to others and lives a balanced life.

    John Lotz was a much beloved Assistant to THE Dean Smith in the late 60s… and brother of UNC 1957 Team Member – Danny Lotz.

    I appreciate that neither of those Incredible Factoids matter to either (1) fans of UNC’s Hated Rivals… or (2) to grieving fans of UNC@CH itself.

    But I think both facts are really neat.

    UNC@CH’s notorious board monkey faction does not much care that the aTm coach is a mighty fine fellow. They are more interested in blaming… the refs… the announcers… Roy… the NCAA… the ushers at Spectrum Center… and somehow, of course, “Damn Dan” Kane for the colossal butt-kickin’ administered yesterday in front of a global TV audience.

    It should be noted to said “grieving fans of UNC@CH” that of the 20-30-some times that UNC has played in the NCAA Tournament, they have been eliminated prior to the Final Four more often than not. Ergo, they have no Divine Right to make it that far.  Texas A&M isn’t Weber State for Heaven’s Sakes.

    Making The Final Four, much less Winning a NC, should be enjoyed and appreciated… failing to do so simply accepted as “what one risks whenever one steps into “the arena” as UVA’s Tony Bennett put so eloquently.

    UVA was not simply eliminated early. They were, as even those 8,000,000,000 Chinese know, the FIRST #1 Seed to EVER be eliminated by a #16 seed. No one else can ever be the FIRST. Coach Bennett and his staff and players will forever bear that burden.

    I don’t know much about Coach Tony Bennett other than he is a handsome fellow who seems remarkably “grounded”. To my knowledge he does not have any history of saying stoopid crap. I assume various board monkey gangs around the ACC “hate him” because that is what board monkeys do; so that is not to his discredit.

    What happened to UVA this year in no way guarantees any future success. That is not how it works. I think Tony Bennett understands that.

    It occurred to me that I can only name four UVA Basketball players EVER.   Ralph Sampson – Jeff Lamp – Marc Iavaroni – Wally Walker.  Of course, I still can’t name more than four current UNC players.

    The #16 Seed that beat UVA is coached by Ryan Odom… son of retired coach Dave Odom. Dave Odom was Ryan Odomhead coach at ECU, Wake Forest and South Carolina and longtime assistant at UVA to Terry Holland. Ryan was a ballboy at UVA when his dad was there.

    I know people who know Dave Odom. EVERYBODY who knows Dave Odom says he is one of THE genuinely nicest fellows they know. I bet his son Ryan is following in his footsteps.

    Ryan Odom is now this March’s Hot Young Coach that every delusional fan base unhappy with their “sleeping giant” now wants. Every fan base but apparently ECU.  Jeff Lebo quit ECU in mid-season. ECU loonies had rejected Ryan prior to last week… holding out, of course, for Steve Kerr… Gregg Popovich… “The Villanova Guy” … or Rick Pitino.

    ECU is now officially a campus in turmoil. Firing their horrendously unpopular AD (with a $1,000,000 buy-out)… with their Chancellor under siege for (1) placing Academics about Athletics… and for (2) living in a palatial manse better suited for a “famous rapper”.

    Their Chancellor has some silly notion that producing primary care physicians is more important than producing NBA lottery picks. His days are likely numbered in Greenville as a result.

    PLUS… N&O’s John Drescher selected ECU has his latest “let’s see who I can piss off next” victim. We told you in our last column that John is now “trolling for clicks & views” by writing provocative opinion columns critical of “whatever”… so long as there are raging loonies likely to be upset by whatever he writes.

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    FWIW… No, I did not see UMBC defeat UVA… or Nevada defeat Cincinnati… or Florida State defeat Xavier. I did watch about ten minutes of aTm versus UNC@CH… Not enough time, alas, to see UNC make a 3 pointer. OUCH. Wonder if Shammond Williams was watching… or Dante Calabria? … IT has happened before… and may happen again… because…

    Despite being The Ultimate Multi-tasker… “God” – like me – doesn’t pay too much attention to this stuff.  America is about one more obscene tweet from a full-scale civil war.  Lets hope God has THAT atop his To Do List.

    PS:  I am currently reading a David Baldacci novel… about a very corrupt CIA director.  Uh Oh… it was written five years ago.

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    • Tin foil hat heel Reply
      9 months ago

      God is in fact a Rambler, hey Sister Jean has known him since the beginning. Now if those guys could somehow pull off winning this whole thing wouldn’t that be the story to end all stories? I think they can take Michigan because I think the wolverines are a fraud. KU or Nova is another matter, but in old time rasslin verbage I think karmically Nova would have to “do the job”, though if KU was to take that pipe it would give this a UK-Texas Western in ’66 kinda feel.

      KU-Dook was one for the memory banks. After KU hits the shot to tie at the end of regulation on Dooks last trip up I started getting a sense of Deja Vu thinking back to Luke’s shot against UK. When it was obvious the ball was not coming out of Allen’s hands the historical vision became one of Charlie Scott against Davidson in ’69, and that thing did everything but go in. What a truely delicious slice of schandenfreude to be served up. Say what you will about where society is going and how sport contributes to it, but those are the moments which make me still want to watch.

      As for ECU, isn’t it refreshing someone is there who is actually more concerned the mission of the school as opposed to what Chester in Chocowinty thinks about the newest class of semi literate 18yr olds. Some say the writing on the wall was when ruff got run, I think it was the day he got hired. He is the black John Bunting. But ECU ain’t gonna attract a good enough looking stripper like Butch to come share their shiny refurbished abode.

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        Will have my Final Four thoughts posted in 2-3 hours.

    • CNR Reply
      9 months ago

      Frank Lindley!!!!! You are now delving into the depths of the historical heart of basketball history. The great man and coach from Halstead who was the architect of Kansas High School Basketball, built Newton and Harvey County into the hotbed of Kansas basketball.
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      It spread to the Arkansas River Valley, then to the great cattle trails region, then to Wichita and finally Southeastern Kansas and finally down into neighboring Oklahoma.
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      A stones-throw away was another, but much smaller town also on the Atcheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe Main Line and a great cattle drive from Texas terminal, Halstead. It was home to a powerful young heavyweight prep champion wrestler who became my friend, mentor, boss, and surrogate father for the final forty-some years of his life.
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      Adolph Frederick Rupp became absolutely humble around Coach Lindley as well as other great Kansans. He loved Kansas and its history. He loved KU. He loved his farm and his champion Herefords and eighteen acres of tobacco allotted to him. Yes, he loved and idealized Coach Lindley. Mr. Rupp also revered his days as a teacher during his days in high school and as a teacher of football, wrestling , basketball, baseball and track. Till the day he passed, he revered high school and Jr. High school coaches.
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      So yes, I knew well, Coach Frank Lindey. I too learned from him.
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      Doug, give Rog, Cowdog’s father, a cheer for being one of those amazingly talented coaches who wanted only to be the true teacher of men. His great contribution was the first usable match-up zone which was used by coaches to win NCAA and NBA championships.
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      When I asked the coaches at a clinic in Western Pennsylvania attending from throughout the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes Regions who should I speak to about programs in Western New York State, the answer was always the same—Roger at F……High School. Years later on this forum, I met his son, Cowdog. He was not the son I remembered who met me in his diapers.

    • Former96heel Reply
      9 months ago

      That is enough for me to generate a rooting interest among the teams left. Go Coach K! (Kennedy, that is)

    • Doug Reply
      9 months ago

      A Kansas HS coach and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Frank Lindley is mainly credited with inventing the zone defense. Never heard of him until I read it on the internet. 😎 His career record was 594-118. He died in 1968. Wonder if “Coach” knew him?

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        I’ve always believed the “greatest coaches” be it FB, BskB, or BasB are career HS coaches in small towns across America… like Paul Jones was in Kinston. There are 100s of examples. They instill fundamentals in their average kids who go out and play/defeat other average kids. That aspect of “coaching” in why “Coach” left the Big Time world of Rupp / Wooden to coach in NOLA and Orange County CA high schools.

    • CNR Reply
      9 months ago

      You have done a fine job of hitting the bulls-eye regarding Billy. He is the epitome of a key wisdom we were taught in Indiana so long ago, “Be more concerned with your character within which encompasses such qualities as love for others; kindness; ethical conduct; than with your reputation. Character is what God knows you are.
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      We shall add to your admirable words regarding Billy as well as the zone defense of note, the 2-3. Stay with me Cowdog as a present for you is coming. Bone up on Rog’s invention that transformed Eastern College and Pro basketball.
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      Your reputation is what you’re perceived to be by others, but you are is what you really are. You’re the only one that knows your character. You can fool others but you can’t fool yourself.” Of course, there are always those who are delusionary.
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      Billy was at Holy Cross when I arrived there to take the place of another of my protégés, Don Maestri. Don is another young one to become legendary. He had convinced me to return to New Orleans to have our children to be near their families. There is more to that.
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      Going over to Holy Cross at the same time was a man for whom I would love to write a book of admiration, Kevin Trower. Kevin first became a friend when we met at the National Junior Legion finals in 1956 at Bismark, ND when my St. Louis team played his (he was assistant) team from New Orleans. That would be a friendship of sixty-two years with nary f harsh world between us.
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      Kevin is the mentor to Billy, both as coach of basketball and Spiritual Advisor. My mentoring has been with our notebook and advising he stick to the tenets of character vs reputation.
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      I taught Billy in Religion at Holy Cross that Sophomore season. There was no doubt in my mind that Billy was something special. At practice I had him lead the V and JV in the Holy Trinity (the Our Father, the Glory Be, and the Holy Mary). He is the real deal and the protégé of Kevin, who received a special award as Louisiana’s Mr. Basketball.
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      Billy called to tell me that Roy said especially kind things to him after the game. Donnie said that Roy also told him that Roy said that if he had to lose he is pleased that it was to Billy’s team as Billy was his hero in defeating the horrible disease because Billy is a special person.
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      True those words.

    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      9 months ago

      I’ve oñly spoken with 68Grad on the phone and don’t recognize him without the hat and sunglasses. Maybe I ought to go undercover too 😎
      Leslie is younger sister of CJ Leslie here in Holly Springs. She played a great game !!!!
      Doeren speaking at RSC tomorrow and I asked Avent if he wanted to celebrate Clemson as our guest. Elaine going as first event outside of doctors

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        A LOT of positives around Wolfpack Sports these days ….

    • TheCowdog Reply
      9 months ago

      Love the ZONE talk from your faithful followers, BL. Should Coach chime in, he may make mention of the “father” of all “Match-up” zones.

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        I’m sure we shall be blessed later today… Billy Kennedy may be trying to add him to his staff for the next two weeks…

    • Former96Heel Reply
      9 months ago

      CNR, literally the Oracle of BobLeeSays. Ever think about doing an oral history project with someone like that? There is way too much wisdom to not be preserved for posterity.

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        Ever seen the movie / read the book … Little Big Man? CNR has passed thru so many generations of basketball you wouldn’t believe. “Hoosiers” – UK vs Texas Western – et al ….

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      9 months ago

      BL,
      Assume the Geeksters are now working on the techno glitch of the REPLY since their brackets are busted. Tried to reply to Porgie….
      You were in good company at Reynolds on Sunday. Was there on Friday as well as Sunday. OTHER noted folks spotted were none other than Sir Kennel…..who was passing out advice to a distinguished gray haired gentlemen named Randy. Randy was front row in balcony at mid court as I was on the opposite side. Little Blue Smurfette Carol ought to emulate Sir Randy. The Chanc was WOLFING and PACKING with the crowd and was up and down and applauding. Bobby K did look like his health was back….and that is good. The OTHER notable dignitary was Coach KeaTTs and family….was lower level courtside and got a SO when he entered. (Note….he as also spotted at the Angus Barn the night before wearing RED BOOTS….so he has officially been given the Jimmy V. dress code).
      Left Reynolds after the Alma Mater and headed to GS’s soccer game. Checked the UNC score after that. OMG. UNC DOWN by 14 at the half. What hath GOD Wrought? THEN, had a little drive home and listened to John Thompson on the XM Westwood One network. THAT was a hoot. The play-by-play guy got the Woody award for being a homer….to BOTH sides. John’s comments on each coach and the flow and the “chess moves” of each was truly a pleasure to listen to.
      Someone needs to write a song for the ACC Tony Bennett. I LOST MY LEGACY IN THE SPECTRUM CENTER…..This must be the CURSE of the UVA folks. The LAST time, 35 years ago, that they were a SHOE IN for the TITLE….Some upstart coach and a bunch of never heard of’s left Sampson and Holland seeing RED. And Dave Odom was on the bench beside Terry Holland for that encounter.
      Never thought I’d give a shout out to JB and his Orangemen from Cuse….but they DID play in the PLAY IN game (which was a travesty that needs a full column)….but JB and company are Sweet Sixteen bound and Mikey probably wishes that he had another draw than them….
      Wonder if WRAL will send a team and crew to cover the LADY WOLFPACK in the Sweet Sixteen as they trounced U of MD Sunday….and the ACC Chant is still ringing in my ears….especially since the WP MVP was a local girl with the last name of Leslie (not related to Bill) and she played TWO year for U of MD….graduated with HONORS and has TWO years of eligibility for the PACK. NOW that is DRAMA. There were more hugs for her from the U of MD team and coaches than on the final episode of Family Ties…..

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        Techie working on REPLY glitch…

    • DM Carpenter Reply
      9 months ago

      Enjoyed the article, but the neatest piece of ‘the stars aligning’ crossed my feed earlier this evening. On St. Patrick’s Day, RV Petrel (Paul Allen’s research vessel) discovered the wreckage of USS JUNEAU. She is best known for five sailors, the Sullivan Brothers. A week or so back, they discovered the wreck of USS LEXINGTON (CV-2). Allen’s team is making amazing finds in the Pacific. Ballard who?

    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      9 months ago

      There’s enough sports and truth in this column to show why I love sports. The error at the end of the College World Series game back on the Coach who had a freshman catcher playing first base and misplayed a slightly off-line throw from the second baseman.
      Not enough being said about State’s sweep of #2 Clemson at Clemson
      Good weekend 😀

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        A calculated risk after a lot of chess moves in the previous innings. That catcher/1stB (Fedorowicz) has been a MLB journeyman for the past ten years including back-up catcher for your Dodgers. Yes, his footwork was the reason. … Big Weekend in Clemson… and for your wrestlers too.

    • Porgie Reply
      9 months ago

      Since the Wolfpack was one of those first 46 to go home quickly, my weekend was starting poorly but then kicked into high gear. First the Wolfpack Women took down the Phoenix (and I was there) and later on the Terrapins to advance to the Sweet 16. Yes, I know your disdain for women’s basketball. Then the baseball team goes on to sweep the tiggers at their place. Four ‘rasslers’ make All-America with one winning a national title. Light the Bell Tower RED !!! Then, my second favorite team sends ORW home, but it did take 2 of my second favorites to get the job done. Was hoping that Seton Hall would go all the way but not this year. WTNY!

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        Wuff Wrestling has become a top program in Frau Era… First Sweep EVER at Clemson… correct?

    • wolfdon Reply
      9 months ago

      Am enjoying C J Box novels that you recommended ……in one he had truckers stopping at a truck stop in Wilson, NC. …..my old home town.

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        He has a new “Joe Pickett” coming out in a few weeks.

    • kenB Reply
      9 months ago

      Wow, memories from Kentucky… I remember a Coach Reed ( I think Neil) that recruited some of what was known as Rupps Runts. Dampier and Riley. I’m wondering if that would be the same person? Coach Reed was with Coach Lancaster who was also baseball coach as well as A.D.

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        That be him – Neil / Paul = same guy! He was Rupp’s #1 recruiter in the early 60s… Yes, he recruited Riley & The Runts. He just missed getting Wes Unseld and Butch Beard for UK. How different would history have been if that had happened ???

    • Doug Reply
      9 months ago

      BTW, the Aggies played the 2-3 zone in the 1st half. ORW adjusted during half-time. Then Coach Kennedy’s team played man-to-man D in the 2nd half. I think that flummoxed Roy. Imagine that!!

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        You know my thoughts about Roy in general. I am in no way qualified to question his coaching decisions… I’m not even on one fantasy league… nor did I fill out a bracket. Tough bizness…

    • Doug Reply
      9 months ago

      Achieving a certain age will allow one to remember certain events as well as forgetting events when it’s convenient. One Dean Smith and his 1976 UNC team got whipped up in a NCAA Semi-Final game by Alabama by allowing Leon Douglas to go off for 35 points and 17 rebounds.
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      DES, Kupchak, Lagarde, Walter Davis, John Kuester, & Phil Ford looked like helpless middle school toddlers. A year later Marquette beat UNC in the NCAA final game when DES decided his sizable lead was secure and went into the four corners. In 1979 Penn beat UNC in another NCAA regional game in Raleigh 72-71. Penn? Yeah, Ivy League Penn. After that Penn game is when sportswriters began the DES “best coach to not win the big one” drivel. Since then DES has been Sainted. In the Twitter-social media universe the same things are now being said about Tony Bennet.Tony has something to look forward to.
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      The Quakers played that evil zone defense. Same for Syracuse, Duke, and the Aggies. I don’t watch games anymore but I read that A&M played a simple 2-3 zone. A defense played played by every player starting in fourth grade. CNR can respond but is the zone defense the elixir for these hot shot, one-and-done, take you off the dribble, one-on-one, free flowing ball hawks, offensive minded players, who don’t stay around long enough or are just too lazy to learn man-to-man D? Will this become a trend? Get a bunch of long tall guys and move around with their arms up and tell the opposition to shoot from “over there.” I know God also loves Aggies but does He love the 2-3 zone too? 😇

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        I’ll let CNR explain the ways to attack a zone. I bet it has to do with “make your outside shots”. UNC has had 2-3 similar situations over the years in March when they simply could not make those shots.

    • Bill Wilmer Reply
      9 months ago

      Who did Kennedy play for in high school. Did not know Roy coached in New Orleans.

      • BobLee Reply
        9 months ago

        There really are coaches other than Roy… and Dean. Billy Kennedy played at Holy Cross HS in NO for Coach Paul Reed … former Asst to Adolph Rupp and John Wooden. There are some, myself among them, that swear “Coach” held the ladder when Dr. Naismith hung the peach basket in that Springfield YMCA. I know for a fact he recommended 10′ as a good height, although CNR claims that was simply the only ladder they could find.

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