BL: N&O’s John Drescher taps on the aquarium glass and…

    Aquarium Glass
    March15/ 2018

    John Drescher taps on the aquarium glass…

    What happens when you “tap on the aquarium glass”? Supposedly it drives all the guppies insane. Wonder if that is what happened with Maxine Waters? Nevermind…


    John Drescher – Former N&O Executive Editor and now N&O Columnist-At-Large – recently tapped on the local sports’ aquarium glass and… sho’ nuff… all the regional guppies began darting about quite helter skelter and willy nilly.

    Rattling the (board) monkey cage might be an even better metaphor but let’s stick with “tapping aquarium glass”.

    DISCLOSURE: As I noted a month or so ago… John Drescher is a long-time friend of mine. In much the same way BubbaTheRealAD is a friend.

    Seriously… I know/like both these oft-maligned guys. We oft-maligned guys tend to stick together.

    They are both employed as senior executives by two of THE most reviled reprehensible organizations in this area – The News&Observer and UNCCH – at quite impressive salaries.  Each of us “puts a price” on our professional integrity… their prices are mid-upper six figures. Bubba closing in on seven figures.

    John became N&O Executive Editor about 11.5 years ago. As soon as McClatchy “suits” could quietly extradite former Editor Melanie Sill as far away from Raleigh – and The Duke Lacrosse Scandal – as possible… to a remote gulag in Sacramento CA where the name Mikey Nifong is rarely if ever spoken.

    A month or so ago, in one of The N&O’s frequent “reshuffle-the-deck” management fruit basket  turnovers, John gave up his cushy Exec Editor corner office to “some gal from Dallas”.

    John and his laptop, coffee mug and family photos relocated to his choice of dozens of empty cubicles in what was once a frantic N&O newsroom. That once busy newsroom now has all the hustle bustle of Downtown Creedmoor… on a rainy Tuesday afternoon… in February.


    John’s reassignment coincided with the long-awaited departure of one Jim Jenkins after 30 years as an N&Oer. “They say” that “Jenks” offered to bequeath John both his title and job description until Edith in HR realized“Jenks” never had a title or a job description.

    “Jenks” was The N&O’s version of Office Space’s woeful Milton Waddams with his stapler.

    John opted for Senior Associate Vice Chancellor of Opinions. His job description, apparently, being to “tap on the aquarium glass” as often as possible… also known in social media parlance as “chumming for clicks and page views”. The Holy Grail of Digital Media. Which brings us to yesterday…


    Yesterday – March 14, 2018 – John wrote an Opinion Column strongly urging that Duke University

    “Make Coach K stop recruiting One & Dones…

    …and make him stop RIGHT NOW.” 

    Here is the LINK – THE LINK.

    The column is pretty much what you would imagine it would be… what any Incredibly Insightful Commentary is on the Internet… a lot of jibber jabber that causes easily excitable people to become easily excited.

    I’ve been doing that for 20 years. I oughta know…

    At the end of the day, society still clings to the edge of the abyss by a fingernail… what it was doing before whoever wrote whatever whenever…

    John Drescher telling Mike Krzyzewski “don’t recruit One&Dones” is as ridiculous as Mike Krzyzewski telling John Drescher “write something nice about President Trump.”  

    John Drescher’s beseechings notwithstanding… Duke’s “snooty suits” – past, present or future – ain’t about to suggest Mike Krzyzewski do anything.

    Coach K could throw water balloons off the top of The Duke Chapel… and no one will say anything.
    Coach K could bite the heads off of live bunny rabbits and leave their bloody carcasses in the lap of Old Buck Duke’s statue… and no one at Duke will say anything.
    • Hellfire, Coach K could run thru East campus hurling racial/ethnic slurs at the 129 different ethnic groups inhabiting that Gothic Rockpile… and no one at Duke will say anything.

    John’s impassioned suggestion was never intended to change anything about Duke Basketball. It was solely intended to “stir up all the guppies in the Triangle aquarium”. Which, of course, it immediately did. DUH!

    Back in October, I did a tribute to the late Caulton Tudor. Tudor was a member of TeamDrescher for many years until, like with so many, he wasn’t any more. But back about 10-12 years ago when CT was still covering the local college sports scene, he wrote a column about an upcoming State v. Carolina game.

    Whatever he wrote somehow managed to incense both warring factions of raging nitwits… PROVING that he – Caulton Tudor – was OBVIOUSLY 100% “in bed with” State / Carolina.

    Drescher’s Duke Bashing has done likewise…. He references both State and Carolina obliquely enough to ruffle their feathers… and, of course, West Durham (NOT “Wes Durham”) is en fuego over his insinuations.

    Raging nitwits representing all three “hated rivals” are offering PROOF that JD is indeed “bought & paid for by” UNCCH or NCSU, and/or Duke. To wit:

    John Drescher HATES Carolina… EXCEPT:
    JD is a mid-80s graduate of UNC J-School and a former editor of The Daily Tar Heel.

    John Drescher LOVES Carolina… EXCEPT:
    As N&O Executive Editor, JD had direct supervision of “Damn Dan” Kane thruout DDK’s world-famous EXPOSE of The Most Egregious Eligibility Scandal in NCAA History. Not a word from DDK was printed over eight years that John did not sign off on.

    John Drescher HATES Duke… EXCEPT:
    At least one of John’s children – a daughter, I believe – recently graduated from “over there”. Granted John might have begrudged writing gianormous tuition checks Payable To: Duke University, but there is a Drescher Family connection to Duke.

    John Drescher is a STATE fan… EXCEPT:
    During the Great Jimmy V Scandal in the late 80s-early 90s, JD would have been a minor functionary at The N&O… far below the legendary quite Eeeevil Mickey McCarthy and Claude Sitton. McCarthy & Sitton were the N&O’s Dynamic Duo assigned to takedown Jim Valvano… legend says at the order of N&O Publisher Frank Daniels Jr and his good friend one Dean E. Smith of Chapel Hill. Among the volumes written on The V Scandal, John Drescher’s name never appears.

    John Drescher HATES State… EXCEPT:
    One of the many cyber spec ops team employed by all three local fan bases has discovered that John Drescher is A SEASON TICKET HOLDER for either/or NCSU FB or MBB… or maybe even BOTH. Noooo, NOT BOTH! Yes, possibly…

    So, on this eve of March Madness 2018, a high profile media celebrity has publicly beseeched Duke University to do what is right & proper and to immediately cease & desist in the recruitment of and/all young men not sincerely intending to fulfill a degreeing matriculation at their institution…. a.k.a. “No Mo One & Dones”.

    Such “ceasing & desisting” to involve literally or figuratively “jerking a knot” in the winningest college basketball coach in recorded history.




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    • ultraviolet Reply
      1 year ago

      Sounds like this phrase, ” has publicly beseeched Duke University to do what is right & proper and to immediately cease & desist in the recruitment of and/all young men not sincerely intending to fulfill a degreeing matriculation at their institution”, could have a fill in the blank section where ‘Duke University’ is inserted.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      2 years ago

      Just goes to show what happens when you have too much time on your hands and have figured out why there IS lint in your navel

      John makes some fine points. Perhaps, since he shares the same political views as our next President and VP, James & Curry, he will have some influence with the NBA Players Association. According to a well informed AD who was watching the Lady Pack toy with Elon, the NBA Union sets the rules and the NBA wimps say yes to whatever they say.

      That would be a great place to start and when James and Curry are sworn in in 2021, James can sign an EO to bring John’s suggestion to fruition.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        This IS scary. I actually deciphered that without a Navaho or an Enigma key !!!

    • Former96heel Reply
      2 years ago

      Pay for play would be great, if it weren’t shrouded in horrible world of academics, where at least a few of these poor kids are trying to overpay for an education. The triangle is the exception financially. Almost all athletic programs are money losers, so acting as the farm system for the NFL and NBA while students pay facility fees and subsidize hundreds of scholarships for semi-literates makes no sense.
      If he wants to tap the glass, suggest the ACC become an unaffiliated minor league that pays rent to the schools for the facility use. But it’s not happening, especially since the chance to get Skippy all tooted up during negotiations has passed. At least we know what he was in when ESPN decides to air NCAA softball while the Men’s baseball regionals are on.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        I could see the Power-5s breaking off from The NCAA (or threaten to) and forming a semi-pro minor league of some sort in both FB and MBB.

    • Doug Reply
      2 years ago

      Reply to your comment. Not sure what it would have to happen to make the NCAA disturb the golden goose either. Losing a future class action case might be a incentive. Paying players would not suddenly make society or the game better. A scholarship is a tremendous value and achievement for bench warmers that could graduate debt free. That’s a huge win today. For obvious lottery picks or players like Charlie McNairy taking a spot from someone of equal or greater talent less so.

    • Doug Reply
      2 years ago

      This piece is a real doozy. Poor John’s Duke one-and-done rant makes many of the same assumptions I made for years. He thinks it’s the 60’s or 70’s and he’s still covering keg parties and streakers for The Daily Tar Heel. Apparently he still has a vision of amateurism based on “Chariots of Fire” nostalgia. Maybe once upon a time that was the case. It took me too long to figure out that the old fashioned and nostalgic amateur ideal in NCAA athletics is over and has been for a few decades. NCAA football and basketball are essentially professional enterprises exploiting players. Everyone benefits and are sharing in $BILLIONS except of course the players. The NCAA did not want any of us to ever figure this out. It’s time to change. Pay the players based on merit. Top talent gets top dollar. A lower contributor -bench warmer- gets less. A star in non-revenue sports, subsidized by revenue sports gets even less or nothing at all. Businesses figure this kind of crap out everyday with merit based pay and payroll. I’m open to other ideas to improve. Ideas that recognize NCAA athletics and the NCAA as an organization for what it truly has become. Time to stop pretending. NCAA College basketball and football are professional enterprises. To paraphrase Jay Bilas; This is pro sports, and no amount of NCAA rationalizing or moral outrage from N&O opinion columnists can obscure that fact.

      I mostly disagree with Clay Travis. This article is an exception. Sorry so long today. You done good. Maybe CNR will straighten me on this if I’m too far off base.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        Re: Clay Travis… I think he is smarter than he appears but has created an obscene jerk persona that he is determined to stay true to.
        I’m fine with pay for play or play for pay OR offering each player the option of $$$ or a college education (which does have a monetary value if in a marketable field.) Not sure what would push The NCAA to act.

    • Queen City Reply
      2 years ago

      Sounds like Skipper decided he did not like the idea of spreading the wealth with his drug mule. It only makes sense that he decided to step down since these conservative values clash with ESPN’s principals..

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        In the interview Skippy refers to himself as a Rolling Stone hippie or some such. Seems to enjoy that characterization of himself. I bet that will be details forthcoming on all this.

    • Alan.In.Wilmington Reply
      2 years ago

      Once again Oh Legend… a bountiful harvest of primo zingers. #1 ? I’m torn between “…Creedmoor on a rainy Tues…” and “…Milton Waggams and his stapler”.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        Thank you. I’ve used “Milton & his stapler” before. It ages well. My fave today is “Mike K asking JD to write something nice about PDT”

    • 77sTarheel Reply
      2 years ago

      Way off topic, but what are your thoughts about the John Skipper/coke blackmail story?

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        That story literally BROKE as I was editing this column. Obviously no surprise that it was serious. My question is if “I never used it (cocaine) at work or around business associates” … and “never around my family”… then WHEN did he use it? … and WHY didn’t Iger have him take a 6-month sabbatical or whatever. Doesn’t ESPN drug-test its key executives ???
        FWIW… alls I know about “cocaine” comes from watching Scarface & Casino a dozen times each.

    • E Deploribus Unum Reply
      2 years ago

      Did you hear what’s happening at the Denver Post?

      Do you think John Frank will return to NC and start his own beer blog?? And investigative firm into use of confederate memorabilia?

      • BobLee Reply
        2 years ago

        NOOO… not “Johnny Reb” Frank !! Wonder if he found any “confederate memorabilia” in Denver. What A Goober!

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