BLSays: …and Wisdom to Know the Difference

    Wonderful Life
    BobLee
    December13/ 2018
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    …And Wisdom to know the Difference

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    “God, grant me Serenity to accept those things I cannot change… Courage to change the things I can… and Wisdom to know the Difference.”

    I assume “everyone” has a favorite scene or line from It’s A Wonderful Life.  My definition of “everybody” is “… that I am likely to have much, if anything, in common with”.  Alas, that seems to exclude an ever-increasing % of Earth’s population…. sigh.  Oh well…

    One of my favorites is George Bailey’s on-going frustration with a loose pommel on their staircase.  It serves as a constant reminder of how his life is out-of-control with no positive resolution in sight… which, of course, leads him to “the bridge on that snowy night” etc.  Don’t we all have annoying “loose pommels on our staircase”… which can be easily fixed with minimal time/effort.

    I replaced a faulty showerhead yesterday – $35 and five minutes VOILA – Life is Good.

    The BIG STUFF like saving humanity from diving headlong into The Abyss is not so easily fixed.

    Over the past year or so I have gotten a lot better at “fixing my loose pommels”.  Whether it’s an annoying home repair… or decluttering a closet… or decrapitizing the BLSays HQ in general… or excluding unpleasant people from my life, or … …  Daily annoyances that just take minimal effort to un-annoy.  Then the next time you encounter whatever it was that used to frustrate you but doesn’t any more, it’s a satisfying feeling of accomplishment.  

    THAT is BobLee’s Life Advice for the day… 

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    Since Sunday, my “primary TV” has been glued to ONE channel – MLB Network – for The MLB Winter Meetings. 

    (For those of you who perceive MLB like I perceive NFL – NBA – and College MBB – you oughta skip this segment.) 

    Each “major sport” has its own 24/7 network now.  In my opinion, MLB Network is The One that is actually enjoyable to watch.  The “experts” really ARE.  Former players and sportswriters who (1) “really know the game” – (2) can explain the nuances – (3) have intelligent conversations – (4) seem to enjoy each other.  NO idiotic yelling matches… NO social justice posturings / political crap… 

    The worse day on MLB Network is better than the best day on ESPN or Fox Sports.

    MLB Network has “a hottie” – Lauren Shehadi.   She wears short tight skirts, stilettos, sits on a high stool… and giggles a lot.  But manages to complement the show. And Kevin Millar could dial back his “class clown” act a few notches.

    I know some of you HATE the big $$$ in MLB; but that is today’s pro sports.   It’s “Monopoly Money”.  If you HATE the game of Baseball “because”… OK, it is what it is.  I like it.   I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind, just telling you what I really enjoy.  

    Atlanta drew 70,000 to an MLS soccer game last week.  There may be sea changes coming for America’s sports… MORE on this later.

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    FWIW… over on Franklin Street there has been an old saying for MANY years that:

    State fans HATE Carolina more than they love NC State.

    Old sayings exist for a reason…. 

    NC State has had very good FB teams for the past 2+ seasons and currently “own” UNC. … State is going to a “real bowl game” against “a real FB school” – a chance to showcase the Dave Doeren Era to a national audience.  … State’s recruiting is going great and the program “reloads” rather than rebuilds.  … Carter Stadium is rocking and the future is bright. 

    NC State is The Dominant College FB Program in NC with due respect to pesky little Wake Forest… OUCH! … and in “the Top Tier” of ACC FB programs. 

    Sooo… why is the “Willie LumpLump faction” of State fans so obsessed with what Ol’ Mack Brown has for breakfast each morning … Who is on Brown’s staff … and who he recruits?   Nothing matter unless / until he can “beat State” which he can’t even try to do for eleven months. 

    The sizable adult faction of NC State fans might consider jerking a knot in those “Willie LumpLumps” that are embarrassing their school. … IMO.  Or… maybe those folks on Franklin Street are correct?

    Oh… and a similar gaggle of terminally constipated human hairballs on Franklin Street are 2nd-guessing every decision Ol’ Mack is making. 

    That I am  constantly reminded that such low-wattage humanoids of any persuasion even exist is the price I must pay to be an influential socio-cultural commentator. Sigh!

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    John Drescher’s New Job… I’ve mentioned on several occasions that I have two “friends” at The News & Observer – “That Damn DrescherDan” Kane and longtime Executive Editor John Drescher.  I’ve known John 10+ years … had lunch with him several times… and have always enjoyed our lively conversations.  A genuine “nice guy” who works – IMO – for an arrogant and, quite contemptible organization.

    It was announced some months ago that the financially imperiled media operation was reassigning John to “community opinion editor” or some such contrived “desk over in the corner” … and replacing him with some woman from another imperiled McClatchey paper in Dallas… (at considerably less $$$ than John was making)… In other words, “take the hint John and go away”… as have 70+% of N&O staff over the past few years.

    This week it was made official that after 20+ years, John is leaving N&O.  He is taking a new position at The Washington Post managing a special team of scroungy dumpster divers assigned to dig up (or, if necessary, just “make up”) dirt on President Donald Trump.

    I would prefer a better fate for my old friend but jobs are scarce in the newspaper bizness these days. I hope John remembers to wash his hands after each day’s “work”.  Digging in dumpsters can get yucky. … For those keeping count, I’m now down to ONE friend at The N&O.

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    At lunch Thursday… I ran into an old friend who for over 25 years was a senior administrator at UNCCH… retired for the past 15+ years.  I noted…

    “Would you PLEASE go over to South Building and take ten minutes to straighten out that ridiculous Silent Sam Mess… Little Chihuahua and those clueless Trustees can’t manage a one-car funeral…”

    “I told’em how to fix it 20 years ago, but no one would listen” he replied.

    He loves this website so YOU KNOW he is a very smart fellow.   

    My BOG Buddy “Very Mad Marty” Kotis is fit to be tied over the mess.  

    (1) Move “SSam” to an appropriate (i.e. non-radical left-wing hotbed) site in NC … (2) Replace the empty pedestal with “an obelisk or orb” honoring all UNC students / faculty / staff who have given their lives in defense of North Carolina / America thruout UNC’s history.

    BREAKING NEWS:  Today – Friday – The UNC BOG REJECTED Chihuahua/Trustees silly plan to build a $5.3M SSam Mausoleum on-campus.  The BOG has “kicked the can” on down the road until March and appointed a BOG committee to “assist” Chihuahua and her merry little band of numbnuts to come up with a for-real proposal (IOW… Mine as outlined above).

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    BobLee
    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      3 months ago

      Nice dissertation, BL. Read it last night. Had to ponder on it. With the Snowflake generation, Santa will soon be defending himself doe uttering HO HO HO when an NBA Mommie brings her little illegitimate dunker’s offspring to see him in a mall and utters the aforementioned H words.
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      For the strange and funny news of the day, I offer the following
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      https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/conference-usa/florida-international-university/article223088830.html
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      I HOPE that the link works. If NOT, it is the Audrey tale of one of the Butcher’s FB stars who choked his GF in June. The BROWARD COUNTY DA got around to issuing a warrant for the miscreant in late August. However, the Broward County LEO could not find said FB star until YESTERDAY. Then they cuffed and read him his rights.
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      YESSSSSZZZZZAAAAAA…..THAT Broward County. Seems like the LEO for FSU and Tallahassee read the same presentations about getting all the I’s and T’s and such.
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      Gotta love it.
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      Merry Christmas

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        I saw that news about The Butcher’s Latest Bad Boy. Seems to be his trademark…
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        But, hey, who cares so long as he wins and goes to a bowl game.

    • Doug Reply
      3 months ago

      I like your idea about moving SS to someplace else and the new space to honor UNC sacrifices but I’d remove all of it and replace it with a modern ” New Well” for some kind of symmetry between the old and new. Or as Lady Bird Johnson once said; just plant a tree, a bush, or a shrub.
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      UNC, Mack, Roy, Bubba, all seem to live rent free 24-7-365 in a lot of minds in Raleigh and also in Greenville for some reason.
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      Soccer. You could be right about the sea change coming. I attended my first professional futbol game in Mexico in the 70’s and later at equally rabid jam packed stadiums in Germany, England, Zimbabwe, and Turkey in the 90’s and early 2000’s. Circa 60,000 rabid fans and exactly 3 or 4 USA buddies, plus TV soccer pundits have been saying the “sea change coming” thing for the past 40+ years. One day “they” might be right. Finally. But I’m doubtful CTE prevention or safer the football will be the reason behind it. Anyhow, time is on my side in saying soccer will NEVER be a big deal in the US…in my lifetime anyway.
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      Finally I actually read an N&O article this month. This one lamenting the fact the Google, Amazon, and now Apple were not coming to the Triangle or Charlotte for a myriad or reasons. On Twitter, I told them, it’s a fact tech companies simply refuse to locate where McClatchy newspapers are published.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        I am confident MY SSAM Idea will prevail. “Folt’s $5.3M Folly” AKA The SSam Mausoleum & Oyster Bar died a very quick death at The BOG meeting… good riddance to a very foolish plan.
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        I have no illusions that I can change one little pea-brain among the Willie LumpLump fan faction. Not much to work with…
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        American Futbol could be closer to being relevant than ever before. You and I go back to the “glory days” of Kyle Rote Jr in the 70s ad Pele & The Cosmos. Now days there is a confluence pf factors in play. The quite legitimate “safety factor” is already effecting the PeeWee League pipeline which will move up the participant pipeline fairly rapidly. The Kaeper-Kneelers and related ever-increasing FB Thug Factor is only increasing. 70,000 for an MSL game in Atlanta has gotten A LOT of attention from sports marketers. More details to come.
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        I was not surprised AT ALL that John Drescher has exited The N&O… totally predictable. McClatchy is likely saving $150,000 in salary alone Male v Female. They talk a diversity / equity game but don’t play it. The “H” in N&O stands for Hypocrisy.

    • UNCBlue Reply
      3 months ago

      And today I learned of TA’s and professors of varying rank announcing withholding grades until SS is removed from campus. I did note at least one AfAm professor. Good God, I love me some UNCCH hypocrisy!

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        UNC / Chapel Hill’s legendary anarchist rabble – both faculty, student, and general Franklin Street flotsam – are nothing if not predictable. Chihuahua has a history of folding like a Kleenex and they know it.

    • SunshotDeac Reply
      3 months ago

      REPLY TO EARLIER COMMENT…
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      I couldn’t get the reply button to work, so posting here:
      No, I don’t think Wake fans have gotten over the death of Skip Prosser. He had some success… enough to satisfy most reasonable fans, even though his last two years were poor, but Skip was loved for how he represented Wake… wit with the media, rapport with students and higher ups. Besides the losing, Wake sort of lost it’s basketball identity with Skip’s passing.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        The REPLY function is “an issue”. Ron Wellman will eventually get it right again. I did think Manning would be competitive but doesn’t appear to be.

    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      BREAKING NEWS:  Today – Friday – The UNC BOG REJECTED Chihuahua/Trustees silly plan to build a $5.3M SSam Mausoleum on-campus… AKA “Folt’s Folly”. 
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      The BOG has “kicked the can” on down the road until March and appointed a BOG committee to “assist” Chihuahua and her merry little band of clueless numbnuts to come up with a for-real proposal (IOW… Mine as outlined above).

    • SunshotDeac Reply
      3 months ago

      Merry Christmas BL,
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      Great advice about the “fixing the loose pommels!”
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      As one of the few Deacon posters on your site, and seeing the reference to “pesky little Wake Forest,” I felt compelled to gift this ironic tidbit about Wake:
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      “Wake Forest’s athletic program is No. 2 in the nation following today’s release of the Learfield Director’s Cup. Stanford is No. 1 in the nation as of Dec. 13, having earned 396 points. Wake Forest is second with 266 points.
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      Wake Forest leads all ACC teams in the Director’s Cup, ranking ahead of second-place NC State which earned 243 points.” https://wakeforestsports.com/news/20…ctors-cup.aspx
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      Of course, the irony for Wake, is that they are mediocre to terrible in football and men’s basketball (the money and TV sports), and those are likely the only sports that most college fans actually care about.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        I’m a longtime fan of Ron Wellman. He understands the realistic potential of WFU and consistently achieves/surpasses that potential.
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        Has WFU BB ever gotten over the tragic death of Skip Proesser who was “a Big Time BB Coach”? I thought Manning could be a top-half of The ACC coach but does not seem the case.
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        I have advocated to Bubba on several occasions that UNC and WFU have an ongoing FB competition… but always play WFU after mid-Oct when injuries have them playing walk-ons… OF COURSE that theory broke down this year with the W in Nov over State (the past TWO years) and ROUT of Duke… OUCH!
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        Note that “even Wake Forest has an IPF” spurred UNC Fat Cats to ante up $32,000,000 so UNC could have one two. – 🙂

    • Bill Reply
      3 months ago

      FWIW, if I was a betting man I would bet the house that the “second coming” of Mr. Brown won’t be as successful as his first appearance. Hence, his inevitable “unexpected” departure will not be as traumatic as was his first.
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      More importantly is the “first coming” we are preparing to celebrate on December 25th. On behalf of “Coach,” I hope you won’t mind my noting that we “mackerel snappers” began observing the Advent season on December 2 and will continue the observation until December 25. Then we’ll celebrate Christmas until January 13, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Hope all of us who enjoy your musings can agree that preparing for and then celebrating Jesus’ “first coming” for over a month is a much better use of our time than fretting over Mr. Brown’s machinations for even a moment.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Coach’s ever-growing displeasure with the Head Mackerel Snappers in Rome concerns me. :-). I suspect Vatican Security has him on a Watch List
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        The Mack 2.0 Situation fascinates me. He has attained and sustained the highest level of success in BTCF. Even the past 4-5 years he has stayed in touch w/ the inner workings of the sport. If 68 is cause for concern that he is drooling his oatmeal, then Nick and many others mid-late 60ers would be likewise afflicted. IMO… if he can be an effective CEO and not interfere in the “let me call the plays” stuff, there could be success. He certainly recognizes it all begins with assembling “the meat on the hoof” and will leave that to his staff … I THINK. We shall see…

    • Former96Heel Reply
      3 months ago

      1 friend? That’s not bad odds, considering there are maybe 14 left working there. But that doesn’t include the salespeople at Food Lion or the poor delivery person. They can go for miles and miles without needing to stop or toss nowadays. I got a Sunday Chlt Observer subscription free this year. I figured maybe the coupons would be worth the free-ness of it. Heck, the comic pages are only a front and back of 2 pages today. It gets dropped straight in the recycling bin, just like the ValuePak and the phone book. Journalism school may as well be the Dept of Phrenology.

      Luckily, we have you!

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Not sure there is universal agreement on that last line !!! I often wonder IF 95% of newspapers had made a concerted effort to really be non-partisan… would techno-progress doomed them anyway or could they have forestalled their current death throes ???

    • bill truitt Reply
      3 months ago

      my wife is addicted to the golf channel.
      and, we don’t even play the game!

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Likely a harmless addiction… but keep a wary eye on her just in case.

    • robedixon Reply
      3 months ago

      Was thinking of something you noted some years ago this week when the so called UNC sports players decided to weigh in on Silent Sam. Wonder if they will make that move you figured would come at some point with some college sports program somewhere and refuse to play games if some social justice item they want done is not done? Still think at some point the UNC Board guys are going to pick up the phone and ask Timmy and Phil to get them some relief here and let them pack up Sam for a final resting place in Southern Johnston County.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Refer to that (Jocks refuse tp play unless…) as The Mizzou Solution… which had quite chaotic ramification for the university that is still in turmoil 3 years later. The UNC BOG is “on it” as we speak. Uh oh ……

    • Old Alpha Wolf Reply
      3 months ago

      Merry Christmas BobLee. Thanks for all you do.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Back atcha, Old Alpha…

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