More in Common than just Russell Wilson …

    Russell Wilson
    BobLee
    November11/ 2018

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    More In Common than Just Russell Wilson…

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    As longtime BL Buddies & Babes know… over the past handful of years, for reasons well-often-documented here, I became College Football’s Most Legendary “Fan Without A Team”.  That vacancy was resolved when TeamKid moved to Madison Wisconsin.  Madison is home base to Lands End, American Girl and The University of Wisconsin Badgers. … and for one memorable year – Russell Wilson.Van Buren St

    Kid, Pastor Danny, Twinkle and Scooter live a scant three blocks from UW’s historic Camp Randall Stadium.  Most short lists of Most Best College Gamedays include “historic Camp Randall Stadium” (cap. 85,000).   When UW’s 30,000+ student section break out into their 4th Quarter “Jump-around” the vibrations can be felt at CasaKid.

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    NOTE:  Even UW is seeing a noticeable drop-off in student attendance this year.  If it is happening at Camp Randall it is a National Cultural Epidemic with no solution in sight.

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    So anyhooo, I adopted The Badgers as “my college FB team”.  It makes Madison more relevant for me and The Badgers are an every year Top Fifteen FB Juggernaut.   The really cool Bucky Badger sweatshirt I received as a Christmas gift sealed the deal.

    WHOA… before I get into today’s “…more than Russell in common” I just realized that…

    Bucky Badger and Struttin’ Wolf AKA “Tuffy” share considerable graphic DNA.

    Bucky Badger, wearing a “W” sweater and strutting forward with a fierce expression, was drawn by California-based commercial artist Art Evans in 1940.  I am not qualified nor interested in arbitrating whether Bucky or Tuffy came first.  Because I truly don’t care.  I do believe UNCCH also had a very similar “Struttin’ Ramses” at one point.

    So, obviously Wisconsin and NC State shared the college football career exploits of Russell Wilson… thanks to some Mexican stand-off feud twixt Russell and Tom O’Brien.  But in addition to Russell and a Struttin’ mascot is there any other shared element between the two Power5 institutions? … Yes. There is… sort of.

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    In 2018 pre-season prognostications both Wisconsin and NC State were positioned to “do really well”.

    Wisconsin was a solid Top 5-6 pick even a Final Four pick by some pundits.  They were reputed to have perhaps The Finest Offensive Line In The Modern Era of College Football.  UW’s has an unlimited supply of “really Biguns” from Wisconsin dairy farms.  They grow up throwing cows and bales of hay around and eating brats and cheese curds.

    NC State, of course, was predicted as a solid top 2-3 team in “whatever ACC division they’re in” and seen as a legitimate threat to TeamDabo.  With yet another NFL QB under center, TeamDD and hordes of Carter-Finley-ites had ample reason for optimism.

    Now… ten or so weeks later… the term “Dream Season” is not being uttered in either Madison nor Raleigh.  Both bandwagons are missing a wheel and in danger of losing one or more other wheels.

    The Badgers are 6-3 with (1) a blow-out loss to Michigan… (2) a peer loss to Northwestern… and an (3) OMG loss to BYU (at home!).  With Penn State and Purdue still to play, it could get worse.

    The Wolfpack are 6-3 with (1) a blow-out loss to Clemson… (2) a peer loss to Syracuse… and alas, last night’s (3) OMG loss to Wake Forest (at home!).  The Pack’s road ahead seems easier than UW’s on paper which, after last night, has Pack faithful very uneasy.

    See what I mean about “…more in common than Russell slept here too”?

    Thanks to Hurricane Florence, TeamDoeren gets ECU rather than surging West Virginia which should keep them out of Christmas In Shreveport with no problem… but another year with No NY6 “real bowl” for The Pack.  Just another WhataBurger Bowl .  BUT one WhataBurger Bowl more than a certain Hated Rival will go to for the second year in a row.

    Pack coaches all get bonuses for basically underachieving… Pack players get some trashy WhataBurger Bowl swag… … and several thousand Pack loyalists get to spend Christmas to Appalachicola or Valdosta or TexArkana or wherever.  OK… Pack reserves / red shirts do get several weeks of extra pre-spring practice.

    PartipTrophyI noted this week on my favorite sports site – TheAthletic.comthat “bowl eligible” has become as meaningless as a Little League participation trophy... an “award” for achieving mediocrity.

    Has anyone EVER said “Hey, ya wanna see my WhataBurger Bowl watch / or ring?” NO!

    For Badger faithful this season has turned every bit as bland and tasteless.  BadgerNation expects to play in the Big10/14 Championship Game EVERY year and either go to the Final Four or to Pasadena as a consolation prize.  Some Badger fans I chatted with were not even aware of Christmas In Shreveport.  It sounded dreadful to them.  I assured them it was.

    The Badgers lose most of Greatest O-Line Ever to graduation and to the NFL but should reload OK to be “a factor” next season.

    The Pack bid farewell to their latest NFL QB hopeful Finley … but should be OK for 2019 with somewhat less pre-season hype which could be a blessing in disguise.

    At 9-3 or especially at 8-4 (OMG!!) Dave Doeren likely gets to finish his Lake Gaston Mega-Mansion as his Flavor-of-the-month Hot Coach status has cooled a bit.

    I noted last week that Kansas might come acalling as DD is a native Kansasan… was an Asst there when KU was pretty good… and once really wanted their HC gig.  I also noted I doubted he would be interested in KU at this point in his career.  Even suggesting KU might come acalling got me attacked by a platoon of roaming Wuff-loonies.LSU girl

    I saw a tweet Friday morning that had a sentence containing the words “Dave Doeren” and “moron” with the verb “is”.  I am certain that is NOT a universal opinion although the camera pan of the Pack student section late last night looked a lot like the LSU student section last Saturday night.  Tough business…


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    Meanwhile over in Orange County… a Reuters “Franklin Street Unpopularity” Poll has Coach K, Donald Trump, Silent Sam and Yours Truly being joined by UNCCH’s current QB – young Nathan Elliott… AKA “that little white kid”.  YIKES.  Young Elliott’s stock is sooo low that a former UNCCH QB got rather emotional discussing his talents (lack of) with me earlier this week. … again – Tough Business.

    With UNCCH’s oft-decried QB problems… do you think any Tar Heel faithful watched that Deacon rookie QB (from Graham NC) shred the Pack last night and wonder – “Hey Larry, how’d you miss this kid just down the road?…  Huh?

    Unless Larry gets REALLY REALLY Blown-Out in The Wally or by State… he is 93% safe for this year.  But will start 2019 standing on a banana peel for sure.

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    • Doug Reply
      1 month ago

      Thoughts: Being a fired power 5 FB or BB coach is a great gig. The Tarheels should have thrown in the towel for the season but it would have likely been fumbled or intercepted. Gene Chizik as DC at a $1/2 mil a year was a bargain. Late October-November is cruel to FB teams that don’t go three deep. DD has lost his way to another season in Raleigh. This years best bad bowl name is IMO the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl.
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      Hyping VT’s Bud Foster as defensive genius for the past decade or so is a monumental media myth. When will the 2018 version of greatest team/game ever be played?
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      Finally a little round-ball. Duke BB has a chance to “Alabama” the field in 2018-19. What does Mr Kennel say about the over/under on Pack’s chances for NCAA sanctions. And finally what does Frau Yow know and when did she know it.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I concur on the Cherry Tart Bowl. How dey gonna get all dem words on a wristwatch ???
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        I further discuss Buy-Out Season in BTCF 2018 in my next opus.

    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      1 month ago

      Oh yeah, the game with WF. I’m too shell-shocked to comment much. We had numerous opportunities to put the game away before the last 30 seconds. Got to give WF credit. Felt all game that something just wasn’t clicking on any consistent basis for the Wolfpack. Season isn’t over !!

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I’m somewhat surprised at the level of State fanbase OMG reaction to Thurs night. From my non-partisan perspective it was not as devastating as last year’s loss to Wake with the controversial end zone fumble. This year was simply Wake keeping it close… you guys failing to put points on the board… and then their rookie QB “living the dream” of a miracle last second drive.
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        It’s not as if this loss knocks you out of anything. Is 9-3 versus 10-2 any different. The Syracuse loss was the one that keeps this from being a “Special Season”. Assuming you win out it will still be “a good season”. You’ll still get a Whozit Bowl that isn’t Shreveport. If it isn’t a “real bowl” The NY6, who cares. … I doubt there is any significant “razzing” from WFU fans… there aren’t enough of them to matter. NOW adding a loss in Kenan WILL certainly amp the Lunacy quite a bit. I suppose the Fedorians are “competitive” enough that it IS possible if highly unlikely.

    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      1 month ago

      Good overall article, except for the politics. Don’t forget Doeren also coached at Wisconsin.
      Don’t have handle on other “Wolfpacks” other than Nevada.
      Don’t know full origin of Struttin’ Wolf, but too many other things of more importance. I like the Badger and Fight song in any case.
      And also don’t forget the other 90% importance of Tuesday’s election vote :>))

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        The DD at Wisc is indeed another connection.

    • ENC1 Reply
      1 month ago

      Yes BL just got back from Duke game with Orange County Community College…I mean UNC-CH and I enjoyed the Duke Victory. So go on the Duke football fans’ message boards and those guys want blood…..I know, I know I should have just enjoyed the game and not gone on the World Wide Web but is that not what fans do when they win a game against your rival???? These guys are writing about lack of execution, clock management, dropped passes and how Coach Cut has taken the program as far as he can!!!
      Maybe Bubba, Debbie and Kevin should get together and trade coaches….I bet Unc would take Coach Cut and Duke DD but don’t know if the Pack fans would like their coach to wear a visor!!!!

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        ‘Tis the season… The Loonie Apocalypse has begun. A good friend “Hokie Jim” tells me their mob up in Blacksburg is even ready to put The Legendary Bud Foster on an ice floe. No one is safe. … The solution is simple – WE NEED MORE INDOOR PRACTICE FACILITIES. One per school is not enough!

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      1 month ago

      Still a lot of teeth and fang gnashing about WFU Thursday night game. NO, Swoff did not get involved. There were the usual fan reactions to some missed or perhaps questionable calls. Ron Cherry has retired and NOT working game.
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      Your comment about Petrino was a prophecy. Watched a little of that massacre last night. ESPN pulled it to go to some Curling Championship.
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      Petrino should be talking to lawyers and realtors today. Word on the street is that his key won’t work when he swipes it.
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      Note from the following article that Louisville could be in debt for almost $55 Million if Pitino and Ex AD’s claims are upheld.
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      Fedora lost in the Wally today. $14 Million if Bubba bites the bullet.
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      No word on Wendell’s comments on HFBC DD

      https://www.sbnation.com/college-football/2018/10/2/17921446/fire-bobby-petrino-buyout-louisville-contract

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Getting rid of Pitrino involves serious “big boy money” and there’s no Papa John to provide it.
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        UNCCH was “competitive” once again… BUT … I still say LF is safe this year but there will be loud bemoaning from the usual bemoaners.

    • robedixon Reply
      1 month ago

      Woke up Friday morning and hit the computer early on as I normally do and my Facebook feed with filled with hate posting for that certain coach from fans who just a few weeks ago were begging Ms. Debbie to get Wendell to throw a few million in the pot to keep DD.
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      Friday morning they were posting about how many millions it would cost to buy the sumbitch out. From football power coach to sumbitch coach in less than a month, yes tough business.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        As pitiful as that might be, its pretty typical of fan bases across the country. Nick & Dabo might get 2-3 Ls before their mobs grab their pitchforks. … Not an occupation for the thin-skinned for sure!

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      1 month ago

      Pundits and contributing pundits have classified last night’s upset as the WORST IN 20 YEARS. That covers a lot of football and a lot of coaches. Even Scotty McCreary tweeted that he must have had a bad dream. No word on comments from Babs or Taylor Fastlane.
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      At local Mexican eatery and hangout, WPF we’re still bemoaned the outcome. It was NOT exactly raining…..more like a little spitting or sprinkle. THAT was not the reason for the dropped balls. HFBC DD focused on DB last week….obviously the DL and OL and TE were left on their own during practice. HE does have more pressure as the Fat Cat Jackals that had the RED Brinks truck scheduled to make a drop at AD DY doorstep in 2016 when he was a GONER. He beat the HAT and the HAT ain’t been the same since.
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      YES, Central Casting has done well in Broward County. Even my son, the liberal son that Br. Kennel never had says that Maxine has a permanent “i wuz discrimated against SCOWL”. The BOE lady from Broward County looks like she has been honing her Maxine Scowl for many months. AT LEAST, a Judge stopped her first dastardly deed(s) today and the cover of Bush v Gore lawyers are coming faster than a Central American immigrant convoy.
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      Gilliam (sp) done pulled an AG and UNCONCEDED. History repeats itself.
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      Gonna be good theater for a while.
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      You DID not comment on the Social Media idiots that want to set up a GoFundMe for Supreme Ginsburg. They are also volunteering organs and she has more offers for Ribs than Danny’s in Cary. Do these idiots know that even Cher never had a “rib job”?
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      The best FB today is watching Louisville get decimated by CUSE….coming on the heels of the Clemson assualt. Bobby Petrino deserves all he is getting plus some more. BUT, guess who we play in Louisville next weekend?

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Was this WFU loss any worse than last year’s? There was no WE WUZ ROBBED this time. The rookie QB simply made the plays.
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        Alyssa Milano offered RBG BOTH of her kidneys which has earned Miss Milano everlasting fame for She Said What? I am doing 95% of my political stuff on Twitter these days.
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        I believe Bobby Pitrino is THE most disliked CFBC on the planet. He and Louisville seem to deserve each other. When LVille fires him he WILL be rehired somewhere because….

    • CNR Reply
      1 month ago

      Loyola of the South (New Awlins). Once an athletic power. Great law school of which Bill is a graduate. Bill being a commenter on this site and a really great guy.

    • CNR Reply
      1 month ago

      Everett Norris Case, colors, excellent engineering and technical schools, and Dave Doeren are also connections. Both populated by extremely loyal students, alums, and fans culminating in amazing spirit.
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      The State mascot is the epitome of a team simply because of the lesson given to us by Rudyard Kipling in the unforgettable epic The Law of the Jungle poem: “NOW this is the law of the jungle—as old and.as true as the sky. And the wolf that shall keep it will prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die . . . For the strength of the PACK is the wolf , and the strength of the wolf is the PACK.
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      TEAM, TEAM, TEAM. Why are only three colleges known as Wolfpack? “Wolves” doesn’t count. Only Pack denotes TEAM. Why only three.
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      Coach Ed Orgeron’s post-game press conference was outstanding. It is a lesson for all coaches. You can find it on utube. My Tiger buddies were down because of the Florida loss not the loss to a team that is, as you would say, BL, is not two supers deep, but three. The day will come when the Tigers will be deep enough.

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        Nevada-Reno is one Wolfpack. Don’t know a 3rd. … Wuffs will be VERY pleased that you know the Kipling Poem! Bre’r Kennel especially!

    • Pack.Forever Reply
      1 month ago

      Thanks. After last night I needed a good BobLeeSays to remind me that Life still has some meaning. Yes, I guess I know how that sad little LSU waif felt Saturday night. BUT LOSE TO A ROOKIE QB… AAAAIIEEEEE!
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      The Tuffy versus Bucky issue sounds like something Bre’r Kennel could sink his teeth into. 🙂
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      Yes, Brenda Snipes WAS George Jefferson’s mamma… or was it Weezie’s mamma?

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        I fully expect Bre’r to have the OFFICIAL word on Tuffy. I think Bre’r took Calculus 101 with Tuffy’s grandpa.

    • SunshotDeac Reply
      1 month ago

      Hello Bob Lee … I don’t have any witty observations, just wanted to give a hat tip to the Deacs for their improbable “OMG” win last night. At least you used “OMG.” Many disgruntled fans use “WTF” when referring to their team losing to Wake!

      • BobLee Reply
        1 month ago

        It was a HUMDINGER for sure. If that Rookie QB never plays another down he joins Norm Snead and Rusty Whatever as Deacon Immortals.

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