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    BobLee
    October26/ 2015

    From The Butcher’s Future to Black Jocks Oughta Wear Condoms…. BobLee is “all over the place” this week!

    “The Butcher” Back To Miami ??? ….. expect to see “The Butcher’s” name on most short lists to reButch Davisplace the Bravehearted Al Golden at Miami.   Sure…. BD bailed on’em after the ubiquitous “promise never to” for The Browns; but everybody does that.  There are too many other choices better than him; but if they all say No…. ya never know.  A Long Shot at best but lots o’ fun to imagine. …. Mario Cristobal will be 1st choice, I think.  Hey Sasser… what do YOU think?

     

    BREAKING NEWS >>>>>  Just as AgentPierce predicted last week…. John “Trainwreck” Fennebresque HAS RESIGNED as UNC BOG Chairman Effective Immediately. LINK.

     

    MORE BREAKING NEWS >>>>> UNC Releases “How much it costs to host a TGU on its campus” – LINK.

     

    How Irrelevant has VPI become ? …. Frank Beamer deserves better than to “go out this way”.   With both VaTech and UVA being “in the crapper” WHERE are all those Tidewater Blue Chippers going? …. The Lane was still packed for that Humdinger Thriller with Duke so give Gobbler fans credit for tenacity.

     

    I’m sorry Swoffy but Syracuse, Pitt and Boston College AIN’T NEVER going to REALLY be “in The ACC”.  I can’t name any Head Coach or even ONE player on any of the three teams…. nor do I care that I can’t.

     

    Mike London is “Toast” for sure in Hoo-ville.   One mistake he made was “too many old assistants” – TO’B, Smilin’ Jon, Archer, etc.   No way those guys have any interest in recruiting.   With both Virginia schools (probably) getting new coaches could UVA finally jump over VaTech ???

     

    How has Ol’ Silent Sam survived this long ???   Considering that the Insane Clown Posse has gottSilentSamen its way on near’bout everything South of Franklin Street for quite some time…. it’s amazing that Ol’ Sam survives.   But he’s still standing his lonely watch “waiting for that virgin to walk by so he can finally fire his rifle….”.  ….. You know Chanc Chihuahua would AT LEAST like to change him to “Silent Samantha”.  It will probably surprise you that neither AgentPierce nor BobLee have particularly strong feeling about “this brouhaha”.

     

    It’s the old school unis! ….. folks want to give the credit to Gene Chizik and certainly he has made a big difference; but UNC’s 5-1 record (almost 6-0) has been achieved totally wearing “old school uniforms”. ….. Those dreadful FUBU / urban unis / helmets are a thing of the past “amid the pines”.   Hopefully that won’t “hurt recruiting” too much. …. “My sources say” the dreadful FUBUs MIGHT show up again but very very rarely and not the really awful ones.

     

    Wonder how Coach Chizik feels about Margaret Spellings making more $$$ than he does ??  – $770,000 versus $650,000 …. When a University President overseeing a $9,000,000,000 operation with well over 30,000 employees makes more than a Defensive Coordinator, what kind of message does that send to semi-literate 17 y/os about “institutional priorities”.

     

    Margaret SpellingsSpeaking of “that Bush Woman”…. if you think we’ll be talking about her A LOT…. YOU’RE RIGHT.   Mostly it will be from AgentPierce and I’ll just direct you over to his site where you should GO RIGHT NOW for “Margaret’s Manifesto”. ….. Anyone who can gin up this much pure toxic hatred from Day One from both the journo-weasels AND the Insane Clown Posse has to be “special”. ….. EVERY BRICKYARDER should read what Pierce reveals about The BOG and The System – a/k/a “UNCCH & The 16 Irrelevant Dwarfs”.

     

    November is going to be a HUMDINGER Month for College Football.   With so many of the Top Ten scheduled to play one another in the upcoming weeks, the Final Four will whittle itself down BUT the conspiracy monkeys all across America will still scream FOUL and swear “The fix is in” and “Everybody is against us…..”.  ….. I really like Stanford as the Dark Horse. ….. My FF right now would be tOSU – LSU – Stanford – Baylor/TCU.   Baylor losing it’s QB is BIG.

     

    A “nice little W” over Woeful Wake confirms that WuffDave’s Boys are not as good as the Cupcake 4-0 nor as bad as the subsequent 0-2.   But definitely NOT – “The Long Awaited Break-Out Season”.  The Pack does have enough skilled players to give both The “Noles and The Dabos a good tussle over the next few weeks…. or get blitzed.   Nov 28 in The Carter will still be fun in our little neck o’ the woods.

     

    IF The Fighting Larry/Genes get by Pitt at Pitt on Thursday and DO NOT SELL OUT for Duke….. then Kenan will NEVER EVER sellout again EVER.   I could not tell how full Kenan was vs UVA.   Those gawd-awful first ten rows in the lower corners were empty “as always”.   Why would ANYONE pay for those terrible seats? ….. Rip out “those lower ten rows in the corners” and plant flowers there…. but not “more pine trees”.

     

    Should I NOT call’em the Fighting Fedorians?   Should we call’em the “Defend Themselves AgDick Sheridanainst a Gang of Angry ATOs” Fedorians.  …..  “gang of angry frat boys” ??? …. is that like “a box of pissed-off puppies” ??? …… As I noted, no one will ever confuse Larry Fedora with Dick Sheridan when it comes to “walking the straight and narrow” .   Wonder what Naz Worthen thinks about this latest Fracas on Franklin Street ? …. In the words of Dick Sheridan – “….. because you never shoulda even been there to begin with.”  Right on Coach Sheridan.  Still my favorite Wolfpack Football Coach of the modern era.

     

    Those last two innings of Game Six – Royals vs Blue Jays was also a HUMDINGER.   The controversial home run by “Moose” was definitely the correct call.   The railing was not in-play.  Now…. that 2nd strike on Revere ?  That was very “iffy”. ….. Oh well.  Now it’s on to The Fall Classic – GOTHAM vs Fly-Over Country.   You know I’ll be watching purty near every pitch.

     

    The NFL is now in what Week 6 or 7?  I’ve still not watched ten minutes total.   It’s October.  Are they doing that “We think breast cancer is bad” Pink Thing again this year?  No comment although I do agree – breast cancer IS bad.  ….. I still say “Black Jocks Wear Condoms” would be a better cause for The League to adopt.   THAT might actually make a difference.

     

    Will Rick Pitino survive Ho-gate?   Absolutely.  When push comes to shove…. Big Time College Sports ALWAYS goes with “Situational Ethics”.   ALWAYS.  Wonder how many Louisville fans have been thinking Ol’ Roy oughta be canned for “all that junk”…. and cheered when Boeheim got slapped.  But certainly NOT OUR GUY RICK! … H -Y-P-O-C-R-I-T-E-S !

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    BobLee
    • GWC Reply
      4 years ago

      Mack and wife seem happy with current gig so why jump back into the fray ? Let me know what Albert thinks of his and Russell’s athletic comps . In his book he plays down his own athletic skills . I always thought his heart was his greatest athletic asset . And his greatest human being asset as well .

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        He (AL) is indeed a special human being with a passel of delightful eccentricities. 🙂

    • SWVA UNCer Reply
      4 years ago

      The past couple of weeks a couple of published commenters (on a local and semi-local site) have mentioned Mack Brown’s name being passed around as replacements at VT and UVA. Please tell me both schools have better sense, or at least, Brown won’t attempt to come back to the ACC. But then, Swofford, and you know my feelings about him, may get his buddy back here.

      BTW, Machu Picchu’s scenery is beyond fantastic, and absolutely beautiful, but I almost caught pneumonia standing in the rain for one hour 20 minutes waiting for a bus back to the train, even with a raincoat. The ancient rocks, nah, not my thing. But I would go back for the scenery alone. Wedding up the mountaintop in an Inca sacred cave, beautiful, but how in the world can anyone be married by the earth? (Pachumama). Interesting!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Mack Brown, DB Cooper, and Amelia Earhart’s names are forever resurfacing for various situations. I would expect The Butcher to re-coach before Mack. BUT there will ALWAYS be some school’s fan base willing to embrace him. As with Spurrier, Mack has passed the point of relevance to semi-literate 17 y/os without whom any program is DOOMED !!!!

    • GWC Reply
      4 years ago

      Albert was not exactly ” long in the tooth (no pun)” in 1960 but he did coach some of this ATO pre-game crowd but a few of them did/do idolize the four-sport letterman . I would suggest DHS grad , and Morehead Scholar , Russell Hollers was an even better collegiate athlete than Albert . Basketball Coach Frank McGuire said , in 1957 , Russ could play for me NOW ! 1957 ! And UNC head football Coach Jim Tatum then said , “Russ is like another Paul Hornung!” A few years later , as a starter for UNC’s baseball team , Russ earned a slot as All-ACC outfielder . Neither was an ATO unfortunately , they might have won that fight ! And many of us love and support what Albert does today .

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I’ll drop Russell Hollers name in conversation tomorrow and see AL’s reaction. 🙂

    • GWC Reply
      4 years ago

      The “angry ATO’s” hadn’t been heard from since Sept. 1960 when the NC State-UNC f-ball game was preceded by an approved ATO stunt that received Sports Illustrated coverage ! Some ATO guys from Durham borrowed old Durham High uniforms ( red and white ) , maybe forty five ATO’s dressed in the uniforms pre-game in a nearby dorm , waited for the real State team to re-hit the locker room before the game , delayed a bit , and led by pledge Nick Street (six feet three plus , dark skin , wearing #18 , a pure Roman Gabriel look-alike) , burst past a gauntlet of butt-spanking State cheerleaders and ripped through their Wolfpack entry banner into Kenan Stadium by the old field-house (now Blue Zone) to the standing and rousing cheers of 20,000 or more Pack fans !! After the ATO’s circled up midfield and did their little finger exercises , a few Chubby Checker twist moves , and their diminutive 155 lb. frames came into focus , the State crowd hastened back down to their seats and the Carolina crowd reared up and went wild ! Durham High alums Lew Llewellyn , Roger Penland and Watts Carr led cheers from the cheering platform while Sam Simpson punted 50 yd. spirals and some ATO’s continued to do their sorta’ sick version of the Twist ! But as Coach Jim Hickey had worried , when asked for permission to allow the stunt , State was not happy campers and scored first quickly , but the Heels prevailed in the end for a good win , and there was no altercation reported that night at the Franklin St. ATO House ! FYI , most of the fraternity houses now feel the need to have locks on their doors and “guards stationed” to control house access because of an increase in problematic incidents .

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        WHAT …. Durham High legend Albert Long was not involved ???

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      4 years ago

      Fascinating column, Bobby Lee
      Not that BK summed it up….but i think it is definitely ONE of the Pots…..never could figure out what brand Pourri was….but folks on the street say it is higher than the others.
      Good call on Johnny HowDoUSpellHisName. I think that proper pronunciation does rhyme with Wreck. Maybe you have a future as a Rapper.
      You are out of touch with how to promote a new movement….it SHOULD be “Real Pro Jocks wear Pink Condoms….”.
      Silent Sam is close to the recycling container. BUT, if he were publicly castrated by the Light Blue Smurfette, dressed in her BEST Light Blue with PINK accents, then he might survive. Assume he is a Statue of Color, as in BRONZE. Breaking out the Oxy-Actylene might be considered a “Racist Hate Crime”. WIl have to consult with Loretta (Stand By Obama) Lynch.
      Ms. Spellings…..ah THERE is a world of things to be written about her. Most false and most copied. I have been MISS diagnosed as suffering from PBA…..at my reactions to the columns. I also have empathy for those afflicted with PBA, but the resultant behavior is the same…..
      You did, obviously due to bandwidth and reader interest, leave out the FSU – GT game. THAT was, IMHO, THE game. Note that the lowly NCSU Wuffies were the LAST ACC Team to take down the mighty Noles. The FSU BM’s are still spewing vile about that. They are about as happy about the GT loss as were 99.9% of the Talledaga Fans after Harvick pulled his little stunt and Little E did NOT stay in the chase. NASCAR, to their credit, DID turn the other way and wait for a text about the mayhem and THEN called a Caution. The last transmission was “Little E ain’t passed that yeller Logano kid and it don’t likely look like he will….we gotta flip the switch and turn on the yeller light….”. I have been to Daga when Jeff Gordon WON….and it was a constant “Heads UP” as we left the stands and crossed the track (we had hot passes) to congratulate him. The incoming beer and water bottles was worse than the assault on Fort McHenry in 1812. Yesterday, it was the same.
      BACK to Jimbo. He was being verbally abused by the BM’s….and they were purchasing huge quantities of Apple Jelly and lines were forming for his public Deliverance Style humiliation for the DA Play. You gotta play to win….but you gotta hedge your bets. Wonder how many of the 22 YO high intelligence participants KNEW that the blocked punt was a LIVE tatter and that GT had the right to pick it up and scamper 78 yards for a TD? I was watching and the GT DL was cheering at their BLOCK and NOT providing cover for the runner.
      That’s about as random as it gets….

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Whatever happened at Talledega made my head hurt. I look to see how Carl Edwards does, then I tune it all out.
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        A very strange year for Paul Johnson. They were so good at the end of last season to have been so bad this year ???

    • TheCowdog Reply
      4 years ago

      I can’t decifer if this whole page is eclectic, or plain weird.

      Butch is actively campaigning, surely predicting an FIU job, just for that very reason. He has as much chance in Miami as I have beating a DT on a wheel route.

      FWIW, I always kinda dug Silent Sam. He hasn’t said sh#t for over a century. Or has he? In whispers. Johnson still has his mount under the magnolias at the capital…Right?

      Strange column…all good. All ya need is Pomeranz weighing in. 🙂

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Pomeranz !!! That dude is very strange and not in a fun way.
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        Not sure if BMFD is actively campaigning for The U gig or just likes to see his name in the mix.

        • ydnase49 Reply
          4 years ago

          I thought he was just a preppy golf lover! (Pomeranz)
          Silent Sam should be moved nearer other war memorials on campus.

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            Pomeranz… have not thought about that fellow in awhile. Hope Life is treating him well.

    • Allen W. Smothers Reply
      4 years ago

      Dead-ON BobLee… on each of those notions… especially the fact that Dick Sheridan is THE Greatest Football Coach in NC State history (with all due respect to Earle Edwards), but not to be disrespectful, but I must correct your abbreviation… It’s “BMFD” who the U’s former Thug-aletes want to return their “school(?)” to the days of Nevin Shapiro, NWA fanbase, and cheating their asses off for championships! They saw it happen, and they’ve watched it happen with Ol’ Roy, Slick Rick, and Diamond Jim on the hardwood… CHEATING PAYS!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        I’m going with Mario Cristobal at The U. BMFD will have some support but he’s “yesterday’s old news”. I doubt Luther Campbell gets a vote.

    • MMcLean7 Reply
      4 years ago

      Speaking of selling out for Duke, I remember being at Kenan on a beautiful late November day in 1997 to watch a 9-1, top 10 Carolina team play its final home game of the season against the Blue Devils (admittedly not nearly as good as this year’s edition but still a rival) in front of a bunch of empty seats. (Officially the crowd was announced at 53,500, but I remember seeing a lot of aluminum glistening in the sun that afternoon.) It was two weeks after the undefeated, fifth-ranked Heels lost to No. 2 Florida State at home in front of a record overflow crowd of 62,000 and a national ESPN audience. I guess many of the bandwagon jumpers leapt off between those two games, since a national championship and a major bowl were no longer a possibility. I’ve always maintained that the lack of fan support at that Duke game helped seal the deal for Mack Brown’s departure to Texas. Brown realized that, even with Dean Smith retiring the month before, football would never supplant basketball in Chapel Hill.

      And to this day I cannot understand how Carolina had a top 10 team that year with only two uniform combinations: home and away, with the optional blue pants. 😉

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        If EVERYBODY who attends a game at The Wally also comes to Kenan in two weeks, it STILL won’t fill it. IF UNC beats Pitt and IF its good weather… and Kenan is NOT full for Duke then “Houston, We have a REAL problem”. THEN they bring out the cover-up canvas and start pretending “the Upper and Lower corners just don’t exist”. …. THAT might just be “how it is” which will have Larry/Gene updating their resumes for sure.

    • Myowngrandpaw Reply
      4 years ago

      Butch Davis won’t take another coaching job until he finishes taking ALL of UNC’s money for firing him unjustly. Has UNC completed paying Butch his “severance pay”? Since 2009, I would love to know the actual dollar amount UNC has spent fighting former athlete lawsuits and the NCAA “investigation”. From former Governor Jim Martin to Ken Wainstein reports. From hiring lawyers for Kathleen Wiley to Mary Willingham. And the sad part is, IT IS STILL GOING ON!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        It’s Jennifer Wiley. You are confusing her with one of Slick Willie’s “violated wimmen”. I THINK Butch is fully paid off now. If BD has any interest in getting back to coaching he can’t waste another year. As we are seeing with Spurrier and Beamer and O’Leary …. “old guys” (over 60) are proving to be liabilities in the recruiting bizness. … Ol’ Guv Martin was a freebie as far as $$$ but Wainstein and the PR whizbangs more than made up for that. Not sure how much is “still going on” but the smell does still linger for sure.

        • Myowngrandpaw Reply
          4 years ago

          According to WRAL 7.5 million.
          Please please use your SKILLS to give us a breakdown.
          Who got how much.
          Who wrote the checks?
          Where did the 7.5 mill come from.

          Did we State fans that pay taxes contribute to this legal defense fund?

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            I’m not exactly sure how such things work. It is my understanding that the funds came from “a special Foundation” which is funded by private donors…. a/k/a “Fat Cats”. NOT tax-payer dollars; allowing that those “Fat Cats” are, of course, tax-payers. I believe the article broken down the three law firms and one NYC PR firm that received the $$$$ in exchange for their professional services. … Whether those of the ABC persuasion choose to believe that is another story. The “trust factor” between UNCCH Admins and the ABC community has never been very strong especially over the past five years 🙂
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            I would assume the same number of State fans contributed to this “special Foundation” as there were UNC-CH fans who contributed to building The Hindenburg Hangar… the new jock dorm and to outfitting The Murphy Center lockerroom with “more charging stations”.

    • Doug Reply
      4 years ago

      Bizarre season. Who’da thunk that Duke, UNC, NCSU fans would still be talking football into late October or even into November? I have no clue if Al Golden is or isn’t a good HBC but didn’t realize until this AM that THE U is still playing, since 2010, under sanctions (-5 players under the max NCAA scholarship limit of 85) which makes the former U players which called for his head look even thuggier. It’s a bottom line profession. Never heard of a big time coach with a modest winning or losing record retained for recruiting a bunch of boy scouts, academic All-Americas, pre-med majors etc, and keeping players out of bad headlines or jail. You think Larry Fedora knows this might be his best chance to escape the asylum? In Kenan make “those lower ten rows in the corners” a monument for obsolete lapel ribbons. I still think that players wanting urban unis and Alumni insisting on the old school look are not that different but are both silly for different reasons. I say let the players choose and create their own traditions so they can get pissed off when it changes again 30 years later.
      Baseball. I’m pleased the team from Canada is out of the WS. Baseball in Canada? Hockey, south of the Mason-Dixon Line? It just don’t seem right.

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        The Hue and Cry to Return The U To Thug-iversity probably won’t happen… but it could! … Subtle changes in unis is one thing but full-scale Blood & Crips crap won’t fly. It still comes down to “Spectators vs Gladiators” and these days “the Spectators” are staying home in droves.

        • Doug Reply
          4 years ago

          Yeah but I’d pay top dollar if Roy has a brain fart (only a matter of time I’m sure) at 22-1, ranked 2nd in the polls, playing #1 Duke at the DES Center, and let his boys choose special Blood & Crips uniforms for the occasion. Either that or double-breasted seersucker. It appears that BB at UNC has a greater uniform margin of error for such shenanigans, as long as Duke is beat down, as do the gridiron Heels. I will say that UNC footballers are playing in front of seas of aluminum this season while wearing “acceptable” costumes in every game.

          • BobLee Reply
            4 years ago

            “… seas of aluminum” is a bit of an exaggeration but certainly no where near capacity. I thought long time rival UVA would draw close to a full house but apparently not. IT is officially “a concern” without an easy solution.

    • ETHokie76 Reply
      4 years ago

      Regarding my beloved Hokies, Frank is not well. I think anyone with half a brain can see that. For all he has done for VA Tech, I just wish people would leave him alone until after that big party in Bristol. Once that’s done, I think Frank will be ready to cash in his chips. Just hang in there until then.

      On the other hand, what has happened to Bud’s defense? This is what we’ve relied upon for years. Duke’s quarterback was pretty awesome, but he had a lot of help with poor coverage. What’s worse, we’ve run out of Fuller brothers!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        FB DOES deserve to go out on his own terms for sure. But “angry fan mobs” don’t much care about such things. Is that UT v VT thing in Bristol worth another season in limbo? UVA is certainly going to “start over” and that would give them a year up on VTech ???

        • ETHokie76 Reply
          4 years ago

          After the Tennessee game, he can retire mid-season like “Visor Boy” did at South Carolina. It’s going to take more than one year for UVa to overcome Tech’s recruiting advantage, although we do owe a deep debt of gratitude to Mike London & Company. I have a feeling that Tech’s commitment to Bristol, which may be the worst venue ever for anything other than motor sports, has to include Frank.

    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      4 years ago

      BL, one of your typical good “pot pourri” columns with something for everyone to like or hate. Impossible to comment on all items, however.
      Spent all day Sunday in Charlotte where we kicked off our “Missiongathering Christian Church” with 120 present first day. Very good numbers for a “progressive evangelical” church in the NoDa area of Charlotte (Agent Pierce might not like).
      Don’t know yet how Spellings will even get started, much less work out for the long term. I am worried about her lack of knowledge about North Carolina culture. I think I met her back in the ’90’s with Bush’s Texas cabinet. Real question is how she will “report/handle” Fennebresque or Berger. She will probably get along better with Speaker Tim Moore who was on BOG and understands the system.
      In any case somebody has to move pretty fast to get a movement supporting the March Bond Issue that is critical for the University. I’m volunteering to help on this one and may ask your help as well.
      Good piece of news you missed was the promotion of Dereck Whittenburg to Associate AD at NC State (had been on Gottfried’s staff but not as a coach). He will be doing outreach things for the whole University. Working with him to be a “producer” for an upcoming movie on MLK Jr.s original “I have a Dream” speech first given in North Carolina.
      Halloween Textile Bowl with Clemson very important for the Wolfpack !!
      Plan to be there in my non-Box seats Saturday afternoon. Dave Doeren is a Dick Sheridan type of guy and coach. Go Pack !!

      • BobLee Reply
        4 years ago

        Unlike “Molly The Broad”, I expect “That Bush Woman” to listen & learn about “the local culture”. It AIN’T that hard to learn (or all that unique) if one really wants to. How has Chanc Randy done in that regard? Look for “Trainwreck” to be going bye-bye soon. I do NOT expect Prez Margaret to treat “those Old Well People” as More Better than the other 16 campuses. You should like that. No?
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        As for the March Bond Issue…. she (TBW) does not “take over” until March so YOU have to handle that on your own. Chansky is writing a book on Chapel Hill & Civil Rights in the 60s. Maybe he can help you and Derek with that project? You and Art ??? 🙂

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