Ain’t Never Gonna Happen

    BobLee
    June15/ 2015

    Everywhere I go, I get THE Question. Especially if I am around two or more born and bred ABCers (“Anybody But Carolina”). I defy you to find a corner of this planet without two or more ABCers.

    THE Question:  BobLee, when will Obnoxious Carolina Fans (OCFs) finally “surrender”?

    THE Answer:  Google Masada or The Alamo…. or Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign.

    Were there always so many ABCers? Are they those trees falling in the Deep Woods that fell unheard for so many years? The Internet amplified their ABC-ness and brought awareness to the sheer volume of their numbers.  Have their ranks swelled since Marvin tweeted – Spring 2010 – and UNC started handing out fat lifetime pensions as “rewards” to anyone who could permanently stain its once-assumed pristine image?Carnival Barker

    UNC doles out those lifetime pensions like kewpie dolls at a carnival midway’s sucker games. “Step right up and – Be complicit in a decades-long eligibility scheme.  Win a nifty Rameses plush toy…. or thousands of taxpayer bucks for THE REST OF YOUR LIFE!”.

    Where was I? Of yeah…. Ain’t Never Gonna Happen.

    Fire Roy after making him eat a bug and kiss Coach K’s butt in the intersection of Franklin and Columbia streets…… Bulldoze the Dean Dome and salt the ground it is built on…… Cut up “the banners and the jerseys in the rafters” into toilet paper squares…… Admit Dean Smith probably once jaywalked and tore a tag off of a mattress….,. yeah all that would be fun to watch BUT:

    What the average ABCer REALLY want is for his/her personal “Obnoxious Carolina Fan” (OCF) to admit he/she/it has worshipped a False God for their entire life which……. Ain’t Never Gonna Happen.

    Every ABCer HAS a personal OCF. It may be a neighbor, a co-worker, a civic club member, a church pew sharer, or, worst of all…. one’s sister’s no-count 3rd husband who ruins every Thanksgiving by simply showing up.Carolina Fans

    Despite reminding entreaties by an ABCer’s spouse and mamma to “try and be nice this year” and one’s earnest attempts to indeed “be nice”; such good intentions are usually smashed to smithereens within 45 minutes of sister and no-count OCF’s arrival.

    ABCers have never realized that a covert UNC committee HQed in a secret grotto beneath “The Rat” sends out Be Obnoxious reminders to all OCFs the week before Thanksgiving as well as other traditional family gathering holidays. They have been doing so since at least the early 70s if not before. The tradition became more formal in April 1982 when the Be Obnoxious reminder notices became a Rams Club annual budget item. You didn’t know that? Come one…. everybody knows that.

    Enduring Myth #27:  That the worst OCFs are “Wal-Marters”.   I’ve never bought into that.  “Wal-Marters” are no different than Wuffie bottom-feeders – they are attracted to bright, shiny things that might offer respite from their so-called “life”.  The hard-core OCFs are the 3rd-4th generation Old Wellers – a/k/a The Lower-Levelers.   Their bulging portfolios are all invested in ONE stock – Carolina Basketball.  If that goes belly-up – they got nuthin’.   On Oct 29, 1929, such non-diverse investors did swan dives out of Wall Street high-rises.  IF the NCAA drops the hammer on RoyWorld, the lower-level OCFs will be “Geronimoing” off the roof of Dean’s Dome or The Blue Zone.

    This burning tire landfill fire is not going out in our lifetime. “Our” is anyone currently living and/or in a womb. This mess soared passed The Jimmy V Scandal in degree of magnitude two years or so ago.

    UNC admins, in their own delightful fashion, keep dousing the fire with jet fuel while screaming “OUT DAMN FIRE ….. OUT I SAY!”  Bless their hearts.

    ABCers expecting humble epiphanies from their personal OCFs are playing solitaire with decks of far fewer than 51.  Humility 101 has NEVER appeared in a UNCCH course catalogue…. and NEVER WILL.

    It could be argued who is “lunkhead dumbest” on this. The OCF who can (and will) simply continue to be a Holocaust Denier / Madeleine forever and a day….. or the eternally frustrated ABCer who keeps thinking the next revelation (or the next one…. or the next one or….) will bring the OCF to his knees seeking redemption. Ain’t Never Gonna Happen.

    Call it a Mexican Standoff. The OCF and ABC should team up to teach pigs how to whistle. Something that might actually be possible to achieve.

    Anyone who has ever had a cat for a pet knows there is only so much you can do when the cat starts peeing on the carpet, furniture, et al. Change litter every hour. Change brands of litter. Have litter boxes in every room. Admonish the cat. Plead with the cat. Buy scented sprays. Have all sorts of kidney/bladder treatments from a sympathetic vet. Consult “experts” on “cats peeing on the carpet and upholstery”. Yadda Yadda Yadda ……

    What it will come down to is what is more important to you – your cat or your carpet and the olfactory circumstances. Pretty much the same with having an OCF in your personal / professional orbit.

    Is it worth breaking your mom’s heart and NOT “coming home” for Thanksgiving thereby avoiding the OCF? Keep this in mind…..

    If your OCF is that obnoxious he will eventually be your sister’s 3rd ex-husband opening the possibility that #4 might be an improvement. OR…. alas, the #4 she could bring home might be a really flatulent jackass who (1) is convinced there is another box of uncounted “chads” somewhere in Broward County with Al Gore name on’em…. and (2) he also pees on the carpet.

    Say Good Night, Gracie.

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    BobLee
    • JD Reply
      4 years ago

      Is one considered an OCF by an ABCer by just simply being a Carolina fan?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        That would be the “They’re All A Buncha ______” Rule. Do you think “All Duke fans are Jews from New Jersey” and “All State fans are dumb rednecks”? Stereotypes were invented to make hating other demographic groupings easier. So, yes to some ABCers “All Carolina fans are obnoxious”.

    • sanfransoxfan Reply
      4 years ago

      Of course, at some point you can decide to put that cat down, whereas the OCF will manage to outlive the ABC’er (an occasional willfully uninformed denial is so much less stressful than never-ending, seething frustration).

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Yes – “putting the cat to sleep” is an option NOT normally available re: obnoxious sports fans. Perhaps it should be – 🙂

    • Old MacDonald Reply
      4 years ago

      Obviously this is anecdotal rather than scientific, but, in my experience, OCFs are almost never actual UNC graduates.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I realize that most see the Wal-Marters as the most Obnoxious. I suppose that is matter of who one knows.

    • SWVA UNCer Reply
      4 years ago

      BL, I live in an area that abounds with maroon and orange fans. It’s taken me eight years to realize that all fans who support this school aren’t obnoxious (like I thought they were for many years, because I came in contact with many who were). I’m sure that football fans who live in areas where  Clemson. Alabama, Ohio State, Texas, etc. etc. fans outnumber them have to come to the same realization. What makes it harder for Carolina fans is that some of the = red and white fans have a memory that the elephants envy, and will be telling God that the sky should not be blue when the pass through the Pearly Gates. OCFs make up less than one percent of one percent of Carolina fans, something that ABCers will be denying as long as they have one foot outside the grave (or the furnace, whatever their choice may be). In other words, reasonable people understand you can’t judge a football fan by the color of the school they support. But logic is something ABCers deny exists.

       

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I would argue that the pervasiveness of The Carolina Way crap lent an obnoxiousness to otherwise sorta of normal UNC fans. That “holier than thou” BS became accepted behavior well beyond the usual bottom-feeder lunatic faction that all fan bases must contend with. …. That ABCers indeed possess their own special behavioral aberrations is certainly true.

    • Thuaidh Cearuilin Reply
      4 years ago

      Do all Carolina fans look that stupid? Is that not child abuse?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I haven’t seen “all Carolina fans” so I can’t say for sure; but I’ve seen similar and worse at every stadium I’ve ever visited (including C-F). Fans is fans.

    • Frank Linstreet Reply
      4 years ago

      Who’d ever figured UNC would be in a trio with Masada and The Alamo?  I can’t see UNCers fighting to the last man but rather simply turning tail and running off never to be seen again.  “They” tend to be front runners who never have handled adversity very well.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        True that. Underdog is not a familiar position for lower-levelers.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 years ago

      BL,

      I just happened to hit the wrong browser tab and saw your latest.  You have probably summed up a LOT of what has (and probably will) happen.  The OCF’s are really NOT that numerous….sure they do show up.  We have our own….and they show up from time to time.

      The OCF’s have been around since the 80’s.  They snickered and thought that DES was pretty cool with the Sweet Caroline’s that “helped recruiting”.  I wonder if he really knew or if his wife knew?  Certainly exploiting young females (a form of human bondage) to keep the “Good Ones” happy is something that their liberal set would not condone.  Call out the 26 protesters and pass the votive candles.

      Parking tickets, cars, whatever DO happen.  It has happened in Raleigh.  A LOT of things have happened in Raleigh and they were viewed differently.  They were the subject of admonishments from the Media and other influential folks (politicians).  They were probably a bit worse than we Wuffies will admit.  BUT, they pale in comparison to TGU.

      As you say, there will be no mass apologies.  The OCF’s will never admit to any of TGU’s indisputable facts….and that is a FACT.

      So, it will go on.  But, as a “supposed” ABC’er, of which I am NOT, the interesting thing is that so many of our UNC friends who were really pretty fanatical…..are NOT.  I can count many that dropped their Ram’s Club dues and season tickets.  I know some that put away 2005 NCAA tournament (they were there) souvenirs because their sense of fair play has been offended.

      The debate will rage.  The NCAA will not do enough for the REAL die hard ABC’ers….and it will be a travesty of justice for the OCF”s.

      And come next year, when CBS runs the pre NCAA Tourney spots, we will see Jimmy V by many orders of magnitudes than we see DES.  DES was a truly brilliant coach.  I wonder how much of this he really knew about?  I wonder how much of it he would condone?

      As to the current cast of characters (drawing pensions) and current/past coaches?  I will leave that to their consciences….and the NCAA.

      BUT, I DO think it will impact recruiting…..as well as the “perception” of UNC BB and TCW.  SO, I guess there will be some justice….but one thing’s for sure…

      It sure has created a LOT of drama over the past 5 years….and probably will spawn a few books?  You gonna publish one?

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Nope, no plans for any literary efforts except “these”. To quote Detective Harry Callahan: “A man’s gotta know his limitations.”

    • JimHD Reply
      4 years ago

      BobLee, don’t want to give you “the big head” but I was in Amedeo’s when this was posted.  The ENTIRE restaurant went into hysterics as diners got it on their phones and started sharing it with perfect strangers.  For a few minutes I wasn’t sure what was happening…. it was very very EERIE!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        YIKES! …. wonder what the reaction was over at 411, Squids or Spanky’s ??? I kinda like “EERIE”.

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