Somebody Else’s Monopoly Money

    BobLee
    October29/ 2018

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    I snuck into Chapel Hill last week thru a secret tunnel known only to a select few as I do several times/month. I had lunch with a group of good fellas who for reasons, largely professional, live over there.

    They don’t fit the notorious Franklin Street stereotype.  They do have decidedly partisan sports affiliations, to be expected.

    The question of the day – other than do I have new pics of “the twins” Twinkle & Scooter (I always do) – concerned the future of Larry Fedora.Larry Fedora

    My lunch mates all have “real lives” and relatively secure self-images not dependent upon the outcome of “games”. Of course, living “over there” insulates them from daily direct contact with rival partisans.

    My on-going study of Why Sports Fans Are… finds proximity to rival fans to be a major factor in how emotionally one responds to the success or failure of groups of semi-literate 18-20 year olds. Having a rival fan in your cul-de-sac or in an adjoining cubicle is Threat Level – Really High.

    Re: Larry Fedora… their consensus is it is not a matter of IF but WHEN his tenure as UNCCH HFBC is concluded…. sigh, alas. The issue is HOW MUCH it will cost.

    That friends and neighbors is our topic of today.

    WHY do rank/file fans care if a coach’s “buy-out” is $12 or $14,000,000.

    All of my lunch buddies are Rams Clubbers above the basic $500/yr – “a keychain and car window decal” level; but NOT in the rarified air of Deep Pocket Fat Cat level.

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    NOTE: Has there EVER been a major college football program – NOT named Alabama and currently Clemson – that has NOT regretted giving a coach a long-term mega- $$$ contract with a mega-“if-we-fire-you” $$ buy-out ??

    They ALL do it… because they all HAVE to do it. Which is, coincidentally, how most meth-addicts become meth-addicts.

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    Fat Cats

    Fortunately there are always enough bragging-rights-obsessed deep-pocket boosters around to ante-up whatever it takes to rectify all those very expensive “we had to’s”. …. In the end who cares? It’s all just Someone Else’s Monopoly Money.

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    UNCCH Football fans, ever how endangered that species may be, do NOT have to go to Expedia looking for hotel rooms in Shreveport / Bossier City around Christmas this year.

    Whatever adjectives apply to UNC Football… “bowl eligible” ain’t one of’em again this season. UNLESS they can get Swoffy The Commish to count that upcoming game with Western Carolina five times.  As my buddy “Little Ricky” says, there’s no harm in asking…

    I have no clue what Larry Fedora’s Future / Fate may be. I think he is a MUCH finer human being than the equally-beleaguered Bobby Petrino at Louisville, but what do I know. Neither man is going to suffer financially in the foreseeable future regardless.

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    NOTE: Neither Larry nor Bobby can touch Megyn Kelly.

    NBC News is going to pay Megyn $65,000,000 NOT toMegynKelly work for them anymore. Megyn said something about “blackface” but NBC suits never liked her anyway.  Hell, even the NBC pages and interns never liked her.  NBC only hired her because they thought she would bring gazillions of FoxNews viewers with her… not realizing Megyn had pissed off all her FoxNews viewers.  FN viewers dislike Megyn as much as NBC’s suits, pages and interns do.  You Go Girl!

    I don’t care what your politics is – THAT’S FUNNY!

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    Worrying about a coach’s “buy-out” is as silly as “how many trillions in the national debt” or “has the ground temperature of the Yellowstone Caldera increased by a degree?” They are all in that first category of The Serenity Prayer – … accept those things I cannot change.

    If a coach’s W/L record fails to reach a fanbase’s desired expectations HE WILL BE SENT PACKING regardless of his “buy-out”. There has never been a “buy-out” that exceeds the where-with-all of the deepest pockets of Fat Cats of a Power 5 institution.

    • Speed-dial the dozen Fattest Fat Cats to decide who antes up how much “this time”.
    • Wire the $$$ to the off-shore account of the coach’s agent… and
    • Five years from now Lather-Rinse-Repeat all over again.

    “Afford” is a relative term. In the case of UNCCH, they could “afford” $30,000,000 in legal flimflam fees to get out of The Greatest Eligibility Scheme in NCAA History.

    UNCCH could “afford” a $32,000,000 Indoor Practice Facility.

    DID YOU KNOW THAT: Larry Fedora’s contract had a provision that unless he got his IPF by August 2018, he could up and leave UNC with no $$ penalty to him.. Consider the hysterical irony of THAT for a few minutes.

    If UNC does NOT build The IPF… Larry Fedora gets pissed and leaves… and UNCCH saves $32,000,000 Plus the $14,000,000 buy-out for a total savings of $46,000,000.

    How many Not Silent Sam statues can you build for $46M … or maybe divide up as Apology Reparations to the 1,000 or so token AfAms among UNC 25,000 students ???

    UNC can certainly “afford” $15,000,000 to send Larry Fedora packing so they can hire the next Flavor-of-the-Month Messiah… paying HIM as much / more than Fedora is making with an even larger buy-out. … Lather – Rinse – Repeat.

    IT’S ALWAYS… SOMEBODY ELSE’S MONOPOLY MONEY!

    Those “Somebody Elses” have Oodles and Oodles of $$$$.   The ability of Fat Cats to ante up whatever it takes to pursue “bragging rights” far exceeds the ability of board monkeys to comprehend the $$$ value that very very wealthy men attach to their egos.

    If your Booster Club has at least three guys with the term “hedge fund” in their bios, your AD has a blank check to hire/fire/hire again/fire again as often as needed to pursue the Brass Ring of Bragging Rights.

    ADs’ contracts have expensive buy-outs too. Those don’t matter either.

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    Have you EVER heard an AD and/or Chancellor announce…

    “We have completed our obligatory post-season evaluation of our Football program and determined that 2-10 and losing to our hated rivals AGAIN is about as good as we can “afford” for now.   Hopefully we can improve to 4-8 next year, maybe even 6-6 and sneak into a Whozit Bowl, who knows…

    Look folks, we’re stuck with this jamoke for the next few years.  Deal with it…

    By the way… season ticket renewals are going out next week so get your deposits in ASAP. GO TEAM!”

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    In the case of UNCCH fans… they have Ol’ Roy to make the hurt go away. Roy, like his fellow Hall-of-Famer micro-manager Coach K has no clue whatsoever about the Greatest Payola Scandal in NCAA History.

    But, as Governor Jim Martin said: “Coach Williams is a busy guy… he can’t be expected to know everything.”

    No one on the inside of Big Time College Sports (BTCS) is concerned with Shoe Company Payola. They all know how it works and how to deal with it. Their only concern is some Dudley-Do-Right will ride in and try to change it.

    The Powers-That-Be in BTCS really don’t care for Dudley-Do-Right.

    Rampant corruption in college FB / MBB, is like Term Limits – PACS – Lobbyists in politics. Both are extremely odious systems.

    It’s like having an incontinent cat around the house…after awhile you hardly notice the smell.

    There.  I wrote this whole column just to use “… Somebody Else’s Monopoly Money” and that incredible analogy about “an incontinent cat”.

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    True Story: I had a fascinating twitter exchange with “a follower” recently. He acknowledged my entertaining twitter-style and awesome powers of persuasion… but he requested that I modify my tweets reflecting a more Non-Partisan point-of-view.

    …and I should join him in… (1) electing Beto The Super Socialist in Texas… (2) getting rid of Justice Kavanaugh… (3) abolishing the 2nd Amendment… and, of course, (4) impeaching Donald Trump.   All of which, to him, are quite Non-Partisan objectives

    Because He – “has no political agenda”. …. 3-2-1YEE-HA!

    I swear a True Story.    NO, it was NOT Bre’r Kennel. Bre’r stopped trying that crap 4-5 years ago.

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    My work is done for now. I’m going for a walk and listen to a really good book about international assassins, rogue spec ops guys,  or maybe one about finding extra-terrestrial vampires on the Lost Continent of Atlantis…

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    Next Time

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    BobLee
    • Doug Reply
      3 weeks ago

      With no evidence to go on other than gut I think LF gets another year. Fedora hasn’t suddenly forgotten how to coach. There have been many obstacles to overcome, especially in football from previous UNC misdeeds you have documented over the years. Having said that, LF did himself no favors with some ongoing team discipline issues he failed to address properly early on. I like the mantra plastered on the walls at WSU by Mike Leach. “You are either coaching it or allowing it to happen.” Coaches in all sports at every level should teach and learn from that simple statement.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        The outcome of UNC’s games with Duke & State will determine his fate IMO. Needs to “be competitive” in both and probably win of them … preferably State. UNC HAS been competitive in recent games inspiring hope. … If I was to bet… I bet he survives this season.

    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      3 weeks ago

      BobLee… Really good column, and extremely well written. And I agree with the whole thing !! Surprise, surprise !!
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      Funny thing is that Fedora may be the one who absolutely needs an upset of State this year at home. And we’ll see empty blue rather than aluminum coloration.
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      Trump and Trumpism are still deplorable, however :>)) . I think there are even some Trump supporters who hold their nose on this incontinent cat.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        By Golly. Thank you BK. Despite their last three L’s The Fedorians ARE “competitive” now which did not seem likely after ECU. The Doerians need to regroup ASAP, if not, that late Nov meet in Kenan could be “interesting”. If LF loses again to both Duke & State his office floor will be covered with banana peels.
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        The Repub Trump-haters you are seeing have hated him from Day One and before… Kasich, McCains old staff, et al. Nothing new with any of’em. His Approval w/ AfAms up to 40%… UNHEARD of in the past 60 years… “Fleeing The Dem Plantation” = NOT good for “you people”.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 weeks ago

      So “Blondie” gets called for jury duty this AM… during jury selection interviews …
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      Attorney for Defense: “Are you The Blondie from BobLeeSays?” …
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      Blondie: “Yes, sir, I am”
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      Both Attorneys at once: “This juror is excused Your Honor.”
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      OK… the MAGA cap mighta been a clue too. LOLOLOL!

    • MB.Balmer Reply
      3 weeks ago

      You know BL my friends and I discussed this on our annual beach trip. We decided that you hire a coach with a contract. If he has a good year give him a raise. Do not extend the agreement. If he wants to leave let him leave. There is always a up and coming coach who will accept the job and do his best. Everyone is expendable.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Unless there is a Perfect match like Cutcliffe & Duke… Otherwise State and UNC will be stepping stones to Juggernaut programs just like ECU has always been a stepping stone to a major conference. The BS about “must always have a 4+ year contract FOR RECRUITING PURPOSES” is a scam perpetrated by agents.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Here is a link on Coach Doeren’s contract. If he left or was fired after the 2018 season, the way I read it, the sum would be $6,000,000 or $1.5 million for 4 years.

      I guess we are paying too little. OR, AD Yow drives a harder bargain. Very innovative contract.

      https://www.newsobserver.com/sports/college/acc/nc-state/article209635379.html

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        The area HFC with the best all-around deal is probably Cutcliffe w/ Duke. Their fan bases’ expectations (for FB) are reasonable. Cut has the program at that level now and likely can keep it there as long as he cares to. The Duke AD/Admin know he is perfect for them in every way and not about to go anywhere. … AND he is beating UNC with regularity these days. Cannot imagine “another Cutcliffe” out there anywhere.

    • geek49203 Reply
      3 weeks ago

      In other ACC news, Coach Pitino wants to come back to coaching basketball. Probably college. What’s the over / under that some Div I program picks him up?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Absolute certainty. Desperate programs will line up and fight for the opportunity to get him. “Character issues” simply don’t matter any more.

    • TarSpartan Reply
      3 weeks ago

      For what it’s worth, I live in San Antonio in a neighborhood covered with “Beto for Senate” signs. I predict he will lose by at least 7 points, no matter what the National Media is telling you.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        I have an “09er” friend with a very liberal wife (he is not) who asked his permission to post a Beto yard sign. To keep peace in the family he said OK. From afar, that it is even close is scary. That one and the Florida Governor race are “very interesting”.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Maybe UNC could do a combo funnel cake & donut cook out. In the traditional style of Mardi Gras, show us what you got and get a cooked treat….or maybe “wear” or display the treat. Whipped cream optional.
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      As to the HAT. I think the dye is cast. How did Bubba get conned? $14,000,000 be a tidy sum…..that is getting into the FSU and SEC pay range.
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      But, maybe little Miss Smurfette will dig into the “excess earnings” of the Chapel Hill Fund and make a contribution.
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      IF Bubba does the deed, then, I DO hope the AFAM Votive Candle Crew tweets out a flash mob update and meets at SS’s pedestal and DEMANDS TRIPLE DAMAGES….OR $42,000,000….mostly payable to the motley crew that shows up.
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      The possibilities are endless.
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      Does the tunnel have a Walt Disney People Mover and HVAC and lights? All solar powered of course.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        My secret tunnel was modeled after the one in The Great Escape.
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        The Buy-Out is simply not a problem. The $$$ can be laundered thru various “Foundations” if need-be.
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        LF’s contract is similar to 90% of Power 5 HFCs. Not Saban-esque of course but comparable to mid-level programs across Power 5 Land.

    • Jerry.J Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Is Fedora’s lack of success Bubba’s Fault?

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        Full Disclosure: Bubba Cunningham is a friend of mine. I have fewer and fewer “over there” with each passing day. That said… Bubba did hire Larry Fedora and therefore is forever tied to his success or lack of. That is Rule #1 in the AD Handbook. No amount of Field Hockey Championships can counter success in FB and MBB. At the time of LF’s hiring he WAS a Flavor-of-the-Month for sure and being courted by other Power 5 schools. Hiring LF was, arguably, not considered as risky as Frau Yow hiring DD.
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        Bubba Cunningham, unlike his predecessor as UNC AD, is a totally stand-up guy. Does he “regret” hiring LF? No, I don’t think so at all. Hiring a Big Time FB / MBB Coach is always a High Risk Venture. IF, and its still an IF, the end is near (whatever “near” means) there will be assorted “whys” tossed around from TGU to fill-in-the-blank. Hiring The Next Guy will be the Real Test of Bubba’s AD acumen.

    • Frank.Linstreet Reply
      3 weeks ago

      The $10,000,000 or so they invested in those fancy Blue Seats in Kenan was a nice idea… but after the ECU Debacle they (the seats) didn’t matter all that much.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        I’m thinking Free Funnel Cakes for pretty coeds might be a draw for GaTech ?? That concept seems to work for bars.

    • Fred Not a Hedge Fund Guy Reply
      3 weeks ago

      I am calling John Montgomery. I never got my key chain!

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        They substitute mouse pads when they run out of key chains. Did your check clear?

    • Babs.N.Derm Reply
      3 weeks ago

      Right about Megyn. NBC, of all places, should have had enough brains, collectively, to know that the conservative station’s viewers would not jump to the furthest left station. She was the star at FOX and blew it with her admonishment of Donald J. Trump. FOX made her, and now she can afford to live without working.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 weeks ago

        And so much for the Myth of Dumb Blondes… $65,000,000 will buy a LOT of Lady Clairol.

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