A NEW Dean Dome ???

Oct 25,’13:   Might the ABC mob’s #1 wet dream actually come true..... sorta?  Could “the rafters” be coming down?  VERY preliminary discussion has begun for A New  Dean Dome.  We’ll share some fascinating fodder with you.

The knee-jerk media covers the Fall Classic...... and with  falling leaves come broken hearts amid the color & pageantry. ........

It is VERY preliminary but discussion has begun regarding the facility future of UNC Basketball..... what to do about the outmoded monolith of Skippa (Bowles) & Dean’s Dome ???  And you thought the only issue facing Tar Heel basketball was which meaningless games to sit PJ for.

Two quite different plans are being floated.....

(1) Keep the current legendary building but..... “gut the upper level”, reducing the current 20,000 seats to 16,000 and create  (Taa Daa) Corporate Suites in the vacated space.   Various other renovations would take place with the concourses et al.  The pee-walls?  Will they keep "the pee-walls"?

(2) Vacate the current legendary building altogether and relocate to a “less large” but “fancier” facility on Franklin Street on the current site of Granville Towers / University Square.  The University owns that property (betcha didn’t know that) and purchasing the necessary adjacent property would be simple enough.

Mucho “what abouts” surround THAT whizbang idea.

NOTE:  Any rumor that "Dickie" would be in ANY way involved in any discussion have already been squelched..... according to a post-it-note found stuck to Page 16 of the Jim Martin Report.  MUST be so.  Rumors that Dickie IS involved in rolling out ObamaCare are, however, probably all too true. 

Will a focus group of 12 year old "urban youth with hop & game" be consulted to be sure THEY like the proposed facilty?  Sure, why not!  

I put the odds at 99% for a version of #1.  I officially don’t care other than the oodles of ooey gooey column fodder discussion of either plan or a Plan C or D would generate.

The BobLee Plan involves a retractable dome over Kenan with a BkBall floor placed next to The Blue Zone.  I'm currently building a scale mini-model out of popscicle sticks and legos.

I’ve never cared for the current building and have routinely turned down freebies that were not “lower level” – with a parking pass – and with someone whose company I enjoy.

When Skippa and Dean and Little Johnny were designing the legendary edifice there were only two similar facilities in the country – Rupp Arena and The Delta Center in Utah.   Assumptions were made about long term usage and away they went raising donor $$$$.... on the euphoric heels (pun intended) of the 1982 Michael’s Jumper vs Georgetown.   

The #1 assumption that quickly proved erroneous was that the building would be a regional hub for concerts, circuses, et al.   More better facilities in Greensboro and Charlotte quickly kiboshed that ill-conceived notion.   Without that projected event revenue, Ye Olde Dome became “a ward of the state” requiring a substantial annual tax-payer operating subsidy...... as every sniping ABCer is taught at birth.

Oops #2 was bestowing Eternal Rights to lower level seating for all of Skippa’s deep-pocket pals who anted-up.   UNC is now in to the 3rd generation of granddaddy’s donation.

I don’t fault Skippa and Dean and Little Johnny for their decisions 30 years ago.   Hindsight is the weapon of choice for cynics who lack bold vision.   Of course the line between "bold visionary" and "crackpot" is often smudged.   Refer to my plan above for The Kenan Dome .....

Personally I cannot imagine a LESS opportune time to begin such discussion.  The athletics v academics cloud over UNC-CH ain’t going away any time soon.   Roy’s tenure as UNC BkB coach is, to be kind, “murky”.   

Is there anything “Roy being Roy” could say or do that would leave UNC officials no choice but to take him down with a tranquilizer dart and cart him off to “an undisclosed location” to live out his life playing solitaire with a deck of 51.  If there is such a circumstance I have complete faith in Roy saying or doing it.

UNC Basketball WILL exist in a post-Roy World for sure..... but even the most optimistic vision of that world says prepare to hold your nose and yearn forlornly for “the good ol Pre-Julius days”.   Many already do that.

The foreseeable future of Big Time College Basketball says “it’s in a PJ-CJ Death Spiral” now.  That is only going to escalate.   “Winning at the highest level” has become more and more a matter of shamefully wooing the less toxic PJ-types and hoping you get a year or so of on-court heroics from them before they go BOOM and create yet another institutional poop-stain.

The socio-cultural chasm between the gladiators and the spectators is already wider than Kim Kardashian's butt or The Straits of Hormuz, whichever is wider.  Will the grandsons of Skippa’s friends ante up to fawn over such a bizarre Clockwork Orange world?   I certainly won’t but I didn’t the first time.

And there is the ever-growing threat of HDTV and bazillions of competing sports networks encouraging you to stay away from expensive visits to cavernous arenas and to watch the games in the uncomplicated comfort of your Man-Cave.

This discussion is just beginning...... soooo many knees to jerk and foolish opines to come.  


Somewhat related..... it is October 25.   I can name THREE ACC basketball players – PJ, McAdoo and, I assume, there is still at least one Plumlee at Duke.   I cannot name ONE State player although I am sure they are all incredibly fine young men, paragons of academic virtue and every mother’s dream.   Right BK?

I still cannot name 50% of the ACC BkB coaches.   And.... I do not feel any compulsion whatsoever to better familiarize myself with the coming season.   Color me disinterested.   Sure, I’ll pick up some factoids along the way and I’ll probably watch “most” of the 2-3 “Big Games” that will DOMINATE the local sports media for their Warhol moments.

I’m not criticizing any of you who remain mesmerized by this annual Rite of Winter.  I’ve simply chosen to move on with my personal “give a damn” list.  I made my decision long before PJ got pulled-over.


Late Wednesday night and thru the day Thursday alls I could read/hear was how:

“It’s All Over..... Red Sox have it in the bag..... Invoke the 10-run rule....”   

THEN from 8 PM Thursday until around 11:30 PM..... it all somehow changed.  Now alls you read/hear is:

“The Cardinals Kiddie Korps of Great Young Pitchers may dominate MLB for the next decade!..... It’s All Over..... Hang another banner in the shadow of The Arch..... harness The Clydesdales for The Victory Parade....”

Flip – Flop – Flip – Flop .......

Another sad commentary of how the national sports media plays to a knee-jerk “board monkey” audience.   I’ve noted on numerous occasions how sports reporting no longer “reports” or researches.   They simply check their twitter feeds for whatever the mob is screeching about in the moment..... and then throw raw meat speculation at said mob.  Yum yum.... eat it up.

Can you imagine aliens from another galaxy looking in and enduring Erin Andrews doing a post-game on-field interview ???  Aaaarrgghhhh.

Your FB coach goes “three & out” in the first series of the first game in early September and “the death watch” officially begins.   Fire_____.com goes up and some nitwit buys a billboard.

Yeah.  I know you get tired of me telling you what a putrid cancer this “board monkey” mentality has become.   But if I didn’t, you might become one yourself..... if you haven’t already.   Sigh.... sob..... sniff.

Week Whatever of Big Time College FB.... and "the Haves" are starting to play one another.  That is sure to mean scary days ahead for temporarily popular coaches who are one bad Saturday from "being Dabo-ed".

Colin Cowherd just reported:  Nick Saban publicly criticizes Bama fans .... for LEAVING EARLY! ..... so SEC now acting like ACC.  Yeee Haaaa!

Our radio guests on Saturday (1:30 on 97.9) are two student activists in promoting UNC School Spirit.   Be nice BobLee..... be nice......  Moi?  I’m always nice.   ☺

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OK....how would you hedge #2 versus Dr. Afridi being released....probably about equal.

Did Dealy Plaza and the Book Depository and then W's Library. Never realized it before, but BOTH were a LOT alike. Their ideas and their beliefs and their challenges to American were of the same tone.

Then, on my Droid Tour guide, the following appeared....."the only way that they can convince somebody to follow their dim view of the world is worth following, is to feed on hopelessness and despair...."

Now who is the "THEY"? Was it the Islamic Radical Terrorists or the Obama Administration....or maybe BOTH or maybe they are somewhat related?

It was a statement from President Bush about the war on terror, but I thought it befit the current resident of the White House.

Twill be interesting to see how this plays out...

UNFORTUNATELY, the local DFW ABC affiliate broadcast the FSU-NCSU game and I am NOT in a good mood.....only some heavy duty adult beverages in copious quantities will help.

BUT, there is no FireDoreen site up....yet.

Gonna be home for the Saturday bash
10/26/2013 8:46:29 PM

JD Tar Heel
The Dean Dome has 20,000 seats but probably only 1000 where you can both see the game and be comfortable. It seems the people that designed Kenan and Dean Dome seating had no legs.

BL: I'm 6'4" 220 and totally agree with you.
10/26/2013 5:24:56 PM

One summer I would take nightly drives over to Chapel Hill as an ambitious suitor pursuing unrequited romance from a beautiful Jewish princess who resided at Granville Towers......I would park behind that "luxury coed resort" where too roomed Carolina basketball players and staff members and coaches of the Carolina Basketball School, and slalom between the likes of an Allan Bristow, Fred Lind, Eddie Fogler, and George Karl, stealing jealous stares from one another.........Wasn't there a hamburger joint just down from Granville--maybe a Roy Rogers? Where is the team bunking today?
Those were fun summer nights so many nights ago.... Now the site of another basketball arena?
I like the idea--be kinda nice just to walk across from Spanky's (is that restaurant still there?) to watch a game......In Raleigh the fun days of a pre-game meal at Mitch's and a quick walk across campus and through the tunnel to Reynolds was a bowl of black bean soup and a sandwich better than that giant ice palace out by the Tilt-a-Whirl......But alas......See good possibilities on Franklin Street......Never liked the Smith Center......seems dark and dingy and distant......
"The foreseeable future of Big Time College Basketball says “it’s in a PJ-CJ Death Spiral”

It sure is......I still say raise the SAT minimum by 200 as a start...... :-) Ask the student "school spirit" guys on your radio show what they would think of that?
From Pattaya
State has FSU right where we want them? :-)

BL: Yes, there was a Roy Rogers near Granville and Yes, Spankys is still on the corner of Frank & Columbia.

Not sure if the BB have a designated "where they stay" place now.

Will quiz the school spirit kids unmercifully.

I see no light at the end of the BT Bkball tunnel. :-(
10/26/2013 12:37:13 AM

Jacob Brewer
Nice read BL,

What would have your more worried if you were trying to hide a misdeed, the NSA or PackPride? Or are they one in the same?

BL: Fear PPride ONLY if the misdeed benefited UNCCH. Their tenacity is one dimensional. :-)
10/25/2013 9:01:50 PM

Emmette Taylor
Always said my love left when DT left Raleigh for the pros. That chasm is becoming larger with the new unis, rap music, headsets as they exit bus, etc. By the way, the straits beat her butt by a nose.You crack me up. Roy eventually suffers a nervous breakdown but how will we recognize the difference ? Call your next case..

BL: Roy has never heard of Kim Kardashian OR The Straits.
10/25/2013 6:20:58 PM

I like the dome idea, but here's an even cheaper scheme. Rent a sound stage near Miami. (Should help with recruiting, don't you know?) Arrange for online correspondence courses with the local community college to take care of academic needs.

All football games starting before 1:30 and any basketball games with opponents not in the original ACC and/or in the top 20 rankings will be played on the sound stage and broadcast in 3D television signals.

Fly the "student athletes" to Chapel Hill for the important performances. The Blue Team can stay in Chapel Hill, along with any football players who can get in without an academic exception.

Makes way too much sense to ever work and the co cola sales would go down. Other than that, who'd notice?

Fly the student athletes to Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham and Winston Salem to face off with the other student athletes

BL: Kindly Old Bill Friday weeps in his ever-after.
10/25/2013 6:02:27 PM

"..... Kim Kardashian's butt and the Straits of Hormuz."

If I had a nickle every time I see those two in the same sentence.

BL: What can I say ??
10/25/2013 2:21:36 PM

"Gene Nichol's ego" Touche on "Midnight W/ Coach Gott". The retorts at times can just as entertaining as the original post.

BL: I'm sneaky that way. :-)
10/25/2013 2:08:51 PM

i laughed so hard at this that i almost fell out of my chair at work!!!

Is there anything “Roy being Roy” could say or do that would leave UNC officials no choice but to take him down with a tranquilizer dart and cart him off to “an undisclosed location” to live out his life playing solitaire with a deck of 51. If there is such a circumstance I have complete faith in Roy saying or doing it.

BL: Yeah.... you're not the only one! :-)
10/25/2013 2:02:08 PM

Option 2 sounds like a UNC version of Cameron Indoor. Heh.

BL: Yep. Now if only UNC can recruit more undergrads from Bangladesh, Taiwan and Kuwalah Lumpur.
10/25/2013 1:01:48 PM

The dome over Kenan is brilliant. It reuses current space, requires no new parking plan, and seating can be tailored to current Top 25 ranking.

In addition, the rest of the football field can host concerts, weddings, fraternity reunions, Democratic fundraisers, whatever, in conjunction with the basketball games. Imagine a pre-game wedding, with 1000 guests, and a pig-picking reception, reserved bleachers (cushy seats for the bride and bluehaired gram), dance after the game, and a limo pickup at the 50 yd line.

BL: The possibilities are endless. And a venue large enough for Gene Nichol's ego to almost fit into.
10/25/2013 1:01:00 PM

"with a deck of 51"... I can see him watching Captain Kangaroo too (reruns of course). Hmmmm... THE Dome coming down, as in imploding? I'd love to sell tickets for that one. For a 50 mile radius it could be the hottest ticket of all time IF, and this is the BIG IF, nothing was going to replace it. OOOOooo that was so Boblee esq wasn't it? Have a great weekend Bobby.

BL: Such an event would certainly outdraw "Midnight W/ Coach Gott" or Wolfpack versus Central Michigan. Huh?
10/25/2013 12:39:24 PM

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