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"Roger Roger"

Sept 10,’14:  One of a plethora of classic lines from “Airplane”.... I miss Leslie Nielsen.

There are certain jobs that come with a “hate – hate” relationship between the job-holder and the general public:  School Superintendent, City Manager, Major College AD, Manager of the Yankees (Not named Joe Torre) and Commissioner of any pro sports league.   That last one is the only one that comes with a mega-million $$$$ salary.

“We” look at those office-holders and marvel at their ability to consistently (from our perspective) “screw-up one-car funerals”.... while projecting personas of incredible smugness.   “Smug” is never a good persona to project.   Roger Goodell is the poster boy for “Smug”.

Posted: September 10, 2014 at 8:33 AM by SaidWHATMedia | with 23 comments

Does Your School Have a Ray Donovan... yet?

Sept 8,’14:  Ray Donovan (Showtime) is “a fixer”...... “a cleaner”.   One of your key employees or clients finds him/herself in a helluva mess, you call Ray.  Ray “fixes the problem”.   You don’t wanna know how he does it, just that “it’s fixed”.   Before Ray there was “Nico” on Necessary Roughness.

If your school is recruiting The Top 100 you are stockpiling loose hand grenades.  KABOOMS are not “maybes”.  KABOOMS are “whens”.   “When” then you better have “a Ray Donovan” on retainer and on speed dial.

NOT “at my school”.  YES, “at your school”.

Posted: September 08, 2014 at 10:11 AM by SaidWHATMedia | with 15 comments | Tagged as: TGU

AP: "Those Failing McClatchy Newspapers"

Sept 7,’14:  OK you self-righteous, self-absorbed pointy-headed jackasses, two can play this stoopid little game. 

The “suits” at “the failing McClatchy newspaper in Charlotte” have decreed that they will no longer mention a certain Washington NFL team by its team name.  That “R-word”. ..... That is “news” on a level of the latest “bucket challenge” is news.    Yawn... snort.... burp.


Posted: September 07, 2014 at 10:35 AM by SaidWHATMedia | with 0 comments

AP: It's Not Arnie's Wake Forest any more ....

Sept 5,’14:  Is your pristine image of Wake Forest College that tree-lined campus in Northern Wake County where Arnold Palmer played golf in the 50s.... Peahead Walker coached football.... that relocated to Winston-Salem in 1956 with Bones McKinney et al.  Oh, and all those trite stereotypes about strict Southern Baptist “thou shalt nots”?

That definitely is NOT the Wake Forest of 2014 by any stretch of a imagination.  Unless its Stephen King’s imagination.   Commissar Nathan Hatch is rapidly turning that once proud institution into the ultimate devil’s den of very very left-wing radicalism.  And it may already be too late to save it.


Posted: September 05, 2014 at 12:58 PM by SaidWHATMedia | with 0 comments

.... and her name is Cotten

Sept 3,’14:  Blondie will always be a Midwestern girl at her core.  Going on 30 years she still studies Southern Culture like scientists watching lab rats.  “Why are pretty Southern girls named after commodities?” is a typical question I get asked.  

I have a she-cuzzin in New Bern named “Sugar” and a high school classmate named “Cotten” prompting her question.   “Cotten” is a family name hence the “e” rather than “o”.    I’m not sure if names fit people or people fit names.  “Cotten Skinner" sounds like a statuesque blond with a super-charged personality.... or a heroine in a Pat Conroy novel.  Doesn’t it?

Opening day of high school my junior year there was a Big Rumor afoot.  A new girl had moved in “from Greenville”..... and her name is Cotten.

Posted: September 02, 2014 at 4:55 PM by SaidWHATMedia | with 25 comments

The Franklin Street Fact Factory

Sept 1,’14:   Saturday was a VERY good day for yours truly.  The Fighting Fedorians (maybe we need to change that name, huh?) are now five Ws from bowl eligibility.   I had a heck of a fun time Under The Bubble – aka “in Chapel Hill”.

Being at an internationally renown citadel of learning..... I “learned” that everybody – but ME - knows exactly what happened in that Aloft hotel room several weeks ago.  I heard NINE different versions of “exactly what happened”.   Like I said..... it was a fun time with a very high Hoot Factor..

Posted: September 01, 2014 at 8:35 AM by SaidWHATMedia | with 16 comments | Tagged as: TGU

We're Baaaackk... as "Choo Choo weeps"

Aug 29,’14:   Back in 2003 a friend of mine was offered a gig with a certain “worldwide leader”.   When he told me, I immediately bet him $5 he would not last three weeks.   I lost that sawbuck.  He lasted four weeks.

In August 2012, I was offered a similar gig fraught with very similar perils.   Via hook, crook and circumstance I have somehow survived.  This weekend begins Season Three of The Good Sports pre-game show on WCHL 97.9 FM with fellow provocateur Art Chansky.   Go figger....

Meanwhile, among Kenan’s lofty pines; another IED percolates to the surface.   Like Iron Eyes Cody, a single tear rolls down Choo Choo’s cheek.

Posted: August 29, 2014 at 7:14 PM by SaidWHATMedia | with 18 comments

Your Suggestions for _________ ?

Aug 25,’14:  Whether or not you agree or are even aware..... College Football (and to some degree College Basketball) is in the 2nd-3rd year of an on-site attendance decline.   Decidedly fewer fans are actually attending games even at traditionally Top Ten schools.

Athletic administrators across the country are quandarified as to how to abate this phenomenon.  IS it abatable or reversible?  On their behalf I am asking YOU for your suggestions.

NOTE:  This is NOT a fan INTEREST decline.   Fan INTEREST has never been more fervent.  It is a stadium attendance decline.   Interest vs Attendance is the quandary.

Posted: August 25, 2014 at 4:34 PM by SaidWHATMedia | with 40 comments
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