A Friday Look at Zero Dark Thursday and..... a Roy said ____.

Oct 18,’13:   Welcome to Friday morning’s Two-parter.   Part One is a post Zero Dark Thursday recap.   Other than the score, UNC readers will enjoy this part.

Part Two is a “Roy said What?”  Wuffs and ABCers in general will chortle and snort over this one.... as will any one who enjoys a rollicking good “Roy said _______”.

Part One:   Zero Dark Thursday was a very well designed and implemented multi-layered sports marketing promotion.   Not saying it was D-Day-ish in its logistics but it had plenty of land mines buried in it.   Other than the final three minutes of the game, it appeared to be flawlessly rolled-out. 

Sincere kudos to BubbaTheRealAD..... Sports Promotion Guy Rick Steinbacher.... and the dozens of layers of worker bees who did all the grunt work necessary in such an endeavor.

Oh, trust me, it will be derided and demeaned by that faction of humanity that uses “anything about UNC-CH” to compensate for their own inadequacies, shortcomings and daily failures.  Derisive comments “on the Internet” from an individual or even several individuals do not reflect an entire fan base..... whether emanating from one’s own fan base or that of a rival fan base.   Constipated comments rarely contain the proxy of anyone but the specific commentor.

As I watched this rather involved multi-layered promotion roll-out I kept having to remind myself “Baddour is NOT involved in any way, shape or form”.   That eventually got me comfortable that it just might be a success.  I mean “a real success” and not another Kool-Aid smothered institutional embarrassment like so many we have endured.

..... like when former N&O Editor Melanie Sill wrote me that The N&O’s coverage of The Duke Lacrosse Scandal was “Incredible”.   I replied “incredibly WHAT” and am still awaiting her reply.  It’s been six years.

If alls you care about was “who won the game” then the black unis and the t-shirts and the blue lighty things and the Franklin Street thingy et al don’t count.   Go ahead and cuss Vic Koenning and grumble and mumble and post your cyber constipation on some nitwitty monkey board and wallow in your own acid reflux.   Better you than me.  

Yes, I am a traditionalist and “because it appeals to 17 y/os recruits” does kinda stick in my craw but I am a realist traditionalist too.   If the next time we have a Top Ten team “on the ropes” maybe those black unis will have brought us some nasty D-linemen at least almost as big as the opponents O-linemen.  “They” had us by about 30 lbs/man last night.  Maybe we (UNC) will have enough talent-on-the-hoof to match stride-stride with the “them” on a given Saturday (or Thursday night).  It’s 2013 and UNC's stable simply lacks thoroughbreds.

Larry’s Fighting Fedorians fought better last night than ANYONE in Kenan or watching on TV thought they would for the first 57 minutes.   But “better” isn’t good enough in the “so, did you win or did you lose” end-game that men like Larry and Vic et al have chosen to engage in.  They are big boys.   But big boys hurt too.  

Art and I had an AWESOME interview with Steve Logan.   Don’t invite Steve and Lou Holtz to the same tailgate.   Trust me..... don’t.   The audio of last night’s Good Sports should be on-line later Friday.


Part Two:   I like to kid myself that I understand “the Internet” and its harsh, unfair and totally predictable realities better than any one on the face of the Earth.  Certainly better than Ol’ Roy at least.   A dyslexic guppy understands the Internet better than Roy.

Bless his heart.... any time Ol’Roy ventures beyond the tip of his own nose he is flying blind in uncharted waters.  His documented success in his coaching career, while worthy of an HoF berth, may not rise to genius level, he does repeatedly act like a genius savant...... totally clueless outside his specific bubble of interest.  

How can a guy understand one occupation so well – coaching college basketball – yet totally lack any tactile sense for the world beyond his own locker room and court?  For me, obviously Roy is a veritable Godsend of bountiful column fodder.   Always has been.... and assuredly will be.  Place Roy in front of a live mic and you WILL, guaranteed, get something between a LuLu and an Oh My.

Some coaches, like Steve Spurrier, don’t necessarily script their sound bites but one gets the impression they conceived and weighed the impact of their words just a second or two before they said them.... and are playing their intended audience like YoYo Ma with his cello.

NOTE:  A nexus search reveals this IS the first time Steve Spurrier and YoYo Ma have appeared in the same paragraph.  Perhaps the last.   YoYo Ma is one of those name that tickles the end of your nose when you say it..... and who doesn’t like a tickle at the end of one’s nose.   Which brings us back to Roy never seeing beyond his.....

Roy’s latest “Awww Jeeezzz” involves, of course, “PJ”.   At ACC Basketball Media Day, Roy publicly lamented the amount of “Hatred” directed at PJ thru the Internet.  


WHY Roy said it is, for us veteran Roy-watchers, just the latest “why does a dog lick itself?’

None of us, including AlGore, understands how the Internet works.   It just usually does unless you dump coffee on your keyboard or throw your monitor and modem out of a 3rd story window onto a paved parking lot.   How it works doesn’t matter any more than how photosynthesis and the oxygen/carbon dioxide cycle works.... or how Joe Biden got a heartbeat away from the nuclear football or how Barack Obama got the nuclear football....

I’m sure Roy does not know Twitter from a sweet potato or Facebook from Fred Flintstone..... or Fred Flintstone from a sweet potato.

ASIDE:  When Kid was around 11 or 12 we were standing in line at a McDonald’s and an “old guy” (about the age I am now.... OUCH!) was at the head of the line.  He studied the overhead menu for, seemingly hours, then asked the take-your-order girl “now, what exactly is a Big Mac?”  

Kid looked up at me with a greatly downsized version of how pedestrians outside The World Trade Towers might have looked when the first plane hit on 9/11/01.   “Did I just see/hear what I thought I saw/heard”.  ...... “Dad, I think we need to get out of here ASAP.  I’m scared.”

We went across the street to a Burger King where everyone knew what a Whopper was.

I imagine that is how Roy must be whenever he ventures beyond his little basketball world or his favorite golf course..... the aforementioned “uncharted waters” at least for him.   He is mystified and confused by what the rest of us somehow “just know”.

PJ catching a lot of “hate” on the Internet is a “what’s a Big Mac?” kind of question.  

Everything that has happened to PJ since Fats’ rented Yukon was pulled over that fateful late night in a Derm combat zone has been more predictable than Lindsay Lohan’s latest rehab..... including Roy’s “maybe this dead skunk will just go away if I leave it in the trunk”.   

No Roy it won’t “just all go away” and the longer you “leave it in the trunk” the more likely the smell will be so intense you eventually have to drive the car into University Lake.  

Who among us has not wished an unnecessary unfortunance in our lives would “just go away”.   And how many of said unnecessary unfortunances did so on their own?  

Roy trying to martyrize PJ and create any version of a “poor poor PJ” is going to be a LOT tougher than Roy’s infamous encounter with the loud Presbyterian fan.... or his Jayhawk sticker..... or Bonnie Berstein...... or ..... or.  Choose your favorite “that time Roy _______”.

Roy trying to extricate himself from any sort of awesomely foolish dilemma of his on-making is akin to giving a kitten a twist-tie.   

What seems so simple invariably turns into hours of mesmerizing delight watching that kitten...... or that HoF basketball coach...... bless his heart.

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Posted: October 18, 2013 at 8:44 AM by SaidWHATMedia | with 9 comments
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Greetings from Santa Fe, where all the Hippie want to retire or at least visit. I saw more gray braided hair with beads and flowers here than one can imagine....I also saw one (presumably homeless) young lady dressed like a (words fail me....Miley, Cher, Bobbie McGhee...) wannabe. She MUST be the orphaned great granddaughter of Bobbie.

Was touring and sightseeing in the Georgia O'Keefe museum late and then hobnobbing with the enlightened at Trader Joe's looking for a upscale brand of Jamican ginger ale.....what a sight to behold....the triangle's Trader Joe's and Whole Foods don't hold a candle to what is here....one could start a "TJ" photos....like the infamous Walmart Gallery.
I thought that the lads in black had the game in the bag until Miami's coach....outcoached LF. It was brilliant how they got to third and a mile in just one series of downs....(note that was how Dean outcoached John Thompson and got a ring as his crackerjack).
Old Roy....what can we say that has NOT been said before?
I should get out my (color to be determined) Soap Box and start my usual spiel about Prostate Cancer. I admire Sylvia and she is probably one of the great ladies of the game.

However, if you look at the stats, PC is the second leading killer of men....maybe working one #1. There are no "Pinks" or "Orange" games or events. Research specifically targeted at PC is about 1/3 of breast and ovarian cancer.
I hope that Sylvia will "hook up" with Rick Hendrick.....he has done more for the awareness and bone marrow transplants for Luekemia than any individual that you read about and is a survivor.

Logan and Holtz....if they showed up at the ABQ Balloon Festival, propane would not be needed to launch the 500 balloons in the "Mass Ascent".

BL: I think you covered it all except Adrian's SEVEN (and counting) "yard babies" so far.

Will Dabo or Jimbo prevail in the Battle of The "ends in O" guys today?
10/19/2013 9:49:11 AM

58 Wolf Kennel
Great stuff as always, BL! Hey, I really liked the blackout effort last night. I thought it was very impressive and demonstrated "true" fan support! You guys should be proud. I think a stadium filled with folks wearing the same color is a great idea and it looked good on TV. Too bad about the game, but hopefully things will turn out better for your Tarheels next game.

Keep up the great work!

BL: Thanks on behalf of TarHeelia.

I attribute all success to Bubba & Steiny and, of course, the No-Dickie effect.

Scrappy Fedorians played well over their scrappy little heads.
10/18/2013 6:12:47 PM

Well to be fair they only showed it once and then the rest of the shots were close in on Roy.

BL: I rather doubt ESPN producers/cameramen or even announcers are that aware of "village idiots" in every stadium they visit each week.

The Dickster's "fame" dissipates quickly beyond Orange County and maybe Goldsboro. He never ventured anywhere but those two places over 68 years.
10/18/2013 4:54:45 PM

Boy……I’m glad ‘we’ won, but my Mother’s heart sure went out to that young man who had his fingers on the ball in the end zone, but couldn’t hang on. Whew……felt for him……still do. Good game. Rather a comedy of errors tho’!!!!

BL: Heels very over-matched in talent. Came sooo close but not quite good enuff.

Life for a coaches' family is very difficult even when times are good. Fans are always very scary bunch even in good times.
10/18/2013 4:38:01 PM

i'm finding the loonies that bother to break away from their keyboards are not far from their phones and can call radio shows... the cries for Fedora's head..not only by the internet loons, but the radio hosts as well.... i'm certainly no judge if Fedora is rigth for UNC, but I also know that none of those loonies or radio show hosts are the ones to decide that either.
(i couldn't help but do my own small protest... i wore a white t-shirt, and both kids in carolina blue t-shirts to the game)

BL: How do they manage to call-in between their surgeries, court cases and big bizness deals?

Larry will survive and these hairballs will always be hairballs.
10/18/2013 3:44:40 PM

I predicted the Heels would play their best game to date last night. It is part of the script for us Wuffies. As our season gets worse UNC's gets better. I guess if you were there you didn't see this, but on TV they showed Roy watching the game from the press box.....sitting beside none other than Dickie Baddour. Didn't see Butch.

BL: Yikes !!! I was watching on both closed-circuit TV and ESPN but missed the shot of Roy & PrinceTL. Darn it!
10/18/2013 3:05:47 PM

"..... another Kool-Aid smothered institutional embarrassment like......"

Now that is grand word-smithing!

BL: I may have to recall that one for repeat usage.
10/18/2013 1:29:40 PM

Would there be a way to somehow link YoYo Ma and "a kitten with a twist-tie"? I think that might have Broadway show potential? .... and maybe dyslexic guppy too.

BL: Definitely Gilbert & Sullivan and not Rogers & Hammerstein.

Who would play Roy..... Dickie..... or the guppy?
10/18/2013 11:15:03 AM

I find it rather ironic that many teams now find it necessary to pay homage to "The Hood" in order to recruit certain players, yet Miami....of all schools....has yet to wear black or maybe I have just missed it .

BL: Good point. I'm sure "The U" has experimented with various gimmicky unis but not sure if black yet.

Considering The U's open admission of where their more-skilled athletes continue to come from - the "mean streets" of Dade and Broward Counties. Maybe they see no need to advertise there, as others seem to be doing.

Again.... a traditional baby boomer laments..... :-(
10/18/2013 10:38:49 AM

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