BLSays: Simple Solution for SAVING THE NFL!

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    BobLee
    February06/ 2019

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    BLSays:  Simple Solution to SAVE THE NFL!…

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    I began thinking about this “Why Not” after the No Call in the Rams v Saints game. I dismissed it as“Naa… it’ll never work”. Then there was Super Bowl #LWhatever… . In this aftermath of SB #LWhatever, I feel duty-bound to propose my “Why Not”. … but first

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    BACKGROUND: For all those of you who just discovered this cool website with that AWESOME BBQ Column… I am not an NFL or NBA fan. I used to be but not any more. I never was a “I gotta watch… own a foam finger” fan of either league.

    I DO watch the NFL Playoffs however because they could involve one or more seismic cultural moments that might even push “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ SAID…” off the front page. … Did You Know… there ARE infants who survived the Abortion Gauntlet over the past six months that have never known a day without the remarkable insights of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez… I digress.

    I do not expect Roger & The 30 Rich Old White Guys to take “Today’s Advice”; but here it is…

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    Coming of age in The 60s, I grew up enjoying The Big Three Sports as they transitioned from Black/White to Color TV. I knew what “the YA” in YA Tittle stood for… what “Red Auerbach lighting his cigar” meant … and what you “prayed for” after “Spahn & Sain”.

    … I also was an aficionado of a fourth “sport”.

    I LOVED Professional Wrestling on TV.

    I’m talking waaaay back in the era of Gorgeous George… Argentina Gorgeous GeorgeRocca… Killer Kowalski… Lou Thesz… Verne Gagne… Bruno Sammartino. I don’t go back to Ed “Strangler” Lewis, but those other names impressed you, right? The matches came LIVE from Chicago’s International Amphitheater.

    Gorgeous George – think Liberace of Wrestling – was the genus from whence we got The Nature Boys (Both Buddy Rogers and Ric Flair) and Dusty “The American Dream” Rhodes.

    That evolved to Saturday afternoon from WRAL’s studios in Raleigh with Nick Pond and Ray Reeves announcing for Haystacks Calhoun, Billy Two Rivers, George Becker and Johnny Weaver, Mr Moto and Duke Keomuka, The Von Brauners (Kurt & Karl w/ Mgr. Gentleman Saul Weingroff)…

    With every NOT PC stereotype imaginable… who can forget a “goose-stepping” Hans Schmidt / Fritz Von Erich or a flag-waving Iron Sheik or Chief Big Heart doing his war dance before delivering a series of “tomahawk chops” to finish off an opponent. The Fabulous “Slave Girl’ Moolah … Oh My!

    THAT evolved to WCW / NWA with Gordon Solie “…from The Great Peach State of Georgia” with another generation of incredibly entertaining characters who never failed to entertain me incredibly.

    Rowdy Roddie, Macho Man (and Miss Elizabeth!), Wahoo McDaniel, and Andre, a young Hogan,  The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (with a young Ric Flair) and Mr Wrestling I… and II.

    Living in Kansas City in the late 70s, I actually met Pat O’Connor, Dick The Bruiser, and Brute Bernard (but not his longtime partner Skull Murphy). Cool, huh?  That’s Brute and Skull in the photo up top.

    So… I’m in a friend’s basement in Lenexa KS (a suburb of Kansas City). A “basement” was The 70’s version of “a man cave”.  He had one of the very few Sony BetaMax ever sold with tapes of all the James Bonds’ and Dirty Harrys’ and Chuck Norris’.

    He and I would watch WCW from Atlanta doing our impressions of a Dusty Rhodes interview. He would be “The Dream” from Euvalde TX and I would be Gordon Solie.  RIP… Gordon Solie & Dusty Rhodes.

    He became a Galactic Icon.  Me? … an Internet Legend…. Oops, digressing again.

    He still has the betamax of Chuck Norris as Lone Wolf McQuade. …

    Alas… like Puff The Magic Dragon and Little Jackie Paper, my fascination with pro wrestling eventually dissipated. I lost interest when Vince McMahon bought out the WCW guys in Atlanta. It was time to move on…

    Oh… I did get to know “Goldberg” in the late 80s.  Very cool guy.  Our paths kept crossing… there was this one time with me, Goldberg, Colin Powell, a midget, and a Barney Fife look-alike in Bruton Smith’s suite at a NASCAR race.

    Kid has a picture of her with Goldberg.  Can’t wait to explain “the rest of that story” to Twinkle & Scooter.

    While I was enjoying Professional Wrestling all those decades, my mother was devoted to “her stories” i.e. afternoon soap operas. Her favorites were Days Of Our Lives and Another World. DOOL

    “Like sands through an hourglass… so are The Days of Our Lives”. Has there EVER been a romance as steamy as Doug & Julie ???

    YES… Little BobLee knew that those wrestling matches “were scripted”. The outcomes were predetermined complete with a series of Perils of Pauline for the “good guy” to overcome to vanquish the “bad guy” with both surviving to fight another day… and another day… and

    Did my mother realize “her stories” were also scripted? I never found the proper moment to ask her. Did it matter?…

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    Professional Wrestling and TV Soap Operas… have us Baby Boomers ever had two more thoroughly delightful entertainment options.

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    Sooo… in this post SB LWhatever world, almost everything we go to for entertainment IS SCRIPTED. The outcome predetermined.

    The path to that outcome is artfully crafted with all manner of plot twists and turns to keep us reading / watching / listening. … Books, movies, TV, plays… you name it.

    • Will Shakespeare knew his “star-crossed lovers” would perish.
    • Alfred Hitchcock knew all about Norman Bates’ mother.
    • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle knew how Sherlock would solve the crime.
    • Homer arranged for the Greeks to hide inside that Trojan Horse and not be discovered.

    You can go to the final chapter of any book to discover “who done it”; but you don’t. You enjoy the “getting there”.

    Fast Forward to the last few minutes of a TV movie… but you don’t.

    Knowing the outcome is predetermined and everyone in the production of the book, movie etc (wrestling match / soap opera) knows the outcome does NOT lessen your enjoyment one iota.

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    So why not “script” so-called sports? The “wrestling guys” could oversee the productions for the first few years until NFL, NBA, MLB and the dolts at NCAA get the hang of it.

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    It will take longer for The NCAA to “get the hang of it” because they aren’t all that bright.

    Never again would there be a 13-3 Super Bowl… Guaranteed.

    How one pulls off that Eli Manning pass sticking to the guy’s helmet? I don’t know. But that Seattle pass from the one-yard line would be easy. … “Inflate-gate”? Classic “wrestling” plot-device.

    OK, I know what you’re thinking… what about all the bazillion$ BET on who wins sports events? If the outcome is “fixed” that pretty much eliminates “sports betting”. …  I don’t BET on sports so I don’t care about that or about them what does it.

    If you’d like…we can take this to the next level.

    Other than the “betting thing” I have answers to all your “OK, BobLee but what about….?”

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    Maybe “games” are already being scripted.

    Ask any disgruntled Wolfpacker who chose to watch last nights “Vs UNC” game instead of The SOTU about “the refs” and the foul discrepancy.

    Of course, the outcome of EVERY sports event in recorded history in which UNC defeated NC State has “been scripted” i.e. “fixed”… at least in the past 19 years since Swofford has been in charge. Everyone knows that…

    Theres More.Peloton

    The Peloton YouTube…  If you’ve ever seen even one Peloton commercial, you’ll love this YouTube. The guy that created  this – Clue Heywood – has picked up 40,000 Twitter followers as a result. 40,000 is a lot.  If you don’t “get this” as awesome humor, then you and I probably have other differing views about Life.

    LINK TO PELOTON SATIRE… LINK

    My favs are “Where is Consuelo…?” and “… half-gay husband in combat boots”.

    IF you own a Peloton you must have a Yeti cooler to keep your Evian water chilled…

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    BobLee
    • Wolfdon Reply
      2 weeks ago

      One of the most interesting and pleasant memories of Ray Reeves was his announcing all twelve games of the DIXIE CLASSIC over a 3 day period .

      Also, in addition to State basketball, he announced UNC football games.
      No wonder he had a drink now and then.

    • Robert Kennel Reply
      2 weeks ago

      BL, not you but technology and my fumble-fingers 😎

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Too many foul tips over too many years. 🙂

    • PlanoJoe Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Sons Mike, Chris then Kerry…all suicide, plus David who died from a drug overdose. His first son, Jack Jr. died at six from electrocution/drowning. Fritz died from lung cancer.

    • PlanoJoe Reply
      2 weeks ago

      BL: As a Dallas native, raised during the glory years of The Sportatorium, I can tell you that wrestling ruled in our neighborhood. Of course us kids were fans of our local heroes Meredith, Lilly and Staubach, etc. but the just as important was our allegiance to our favorite wrestler. Fritz Von Erich was the king (could’ve been Mayor), great characters like Ivan Putski and Wahoo McDaniel, and villains like Gary Hart and Johnny Valentine gave us plenty to cheer & jeer. Plus, they were in our homes every Saturday night year-round (no offseason). We recognized, even at that early age, the theatre involved…but it was certainly entertaining and fueled countless hours of who-could-beat-who arguments. Great memories…thanks BL for dialing back the clock!

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        YES… I meant to include The Dallas Wrestling Scene in the late 70s… Fritz Von Erich’s 2-3 sons were The Superstars… one (David?) wrestled barefooted, the other (Kerry?) had long hair… like Ultimate Warrior. Yes… The Sportatorium! Wasn’t there a lot of tragedy in the family… suicides, etc?

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      THE Bob Kennel claims “unseen forces” are rejecting his attempt to post the following comments. I think “unseen forces” is secret Wolfpack Talk for “partisan UNC refs” or some such. Here are TBK’s totally uncensored comments.
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      “BL, just had a 68Grad-length reply lost in your website. Will summarize here without the cute words:
      Amazed at you wrestling contacts and knowledge.
      Mugging No-call was historically bad and Super Bowl a dud.
      Don’t think scripting is answer for NFL.
      As long as Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson are playing never any scripting
      Ray Reeves never used NC State “University” (after his time)
      Vince McMahan from New Bern and married wife Linda from there.
      They are long term friends of Trump’s.
      Linda heads up Small Business Administration,
      Thus Trump to New Bern only after Florence
      Linda was bridesmaid for sister Jennie’s marriage and Jennie likewise at hers
      Trump and Vince put on famous “throw him out of the ring” show
      Trump’s hair then became Flair’s hair :>))

    • Doug Reply
      2 weeks ago

      RE: Ray Reeve & Wrestling or as Butch called it: Wrastling. According to CBC history the first broadcast was on 1-31-1959. I helped hasten the end of our Naugahyde sofa by hurling myself at it during those broadcasts. There are video links of some the contests as well as Ray Reeve calling sports that won’t play. Interesting fact. Ray was a graduate of Dartmouth. Happy to learn from 68 that he was a character. Where do you keep your Peloton?

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Wasn’t the Peloton piece AWESOME? “Where is Consuelo… she has ONE job… watch the dumb kid?” … “to be near her half-gay hubby reading Architectural Digest while wearing combat boots…”
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        I’m one of Heywood’s new 40,000 followers. He may be a One-Hit Wonder based on his other bits.
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        UNC’s Bill Currie was also a bit of a scoundrel… being a folk hero to The Great Unwashed can do that to a fella. I “try” to avoid those pitfalls.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Memories….Memories…..

      Crockett also had a “star” before maybe your fans knew him, The GREAT BOLO. He had a full hood (black and white since we did not have color). That dude was one of the meaniest and dirtiest dudes to ever enter the ring. My GD really believed that it was LIVE and he would cheer and boo and hiss….
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      I worked at WRAL during my years (many of them) at NCSU. I THINK they were still doing the Wrestling bit. BUT, when you talk about Nick Pond and Ray Reeves….I was HIRED by Nick. He had a “title” and also did production. I also ran audio for Jesse Helms and his folksy and insightful editorials. So much for THAT today…
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      The BEST Ray Reeves tale was when Ray was “often preoccupied” with some speak easies in town. He was calling the Duke Games…..I think. TWO tales….
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      Ray was relaxing at his equivalent of the Bull and Finch Pub (Cheers inspiration). He realized that a BB game was coming on at Reynolds and he was SUPPOSED to be doing the Play by Play. OPPS….he got in his Caddy and drove like Dale Earnhardt and ran redlights and had all sorts of “traffic near misses”. A RPD officer was in pursuit. Ray arrived at Reynolds and parked in front and told the cop to “watch out for his car”. He then went running and made his way to the high level (think castle tower) announce booth. Got there to do a few lines and comments and said….”This is DUKE Basketball and I am Ray Reeves and we’ll be RIGHT BACK after these important announcements….” NOPE. The RPD cop had climbed up the ladder and told Ray….You are UNDER arrest for DWI and Reckless Driving and God only knows what else and COLLARED HIM. Eventually AJ Fletcher pulled some strings and the case got dismissed….but Ray did NOT do the game that day.
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      The OTHER story, verified, was an opening kick off return that Ray was calling. Again, with some “cold fighting medicine to keep him warm….” in his coffee. The runner got the ball…..it went like this…
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      He takes the kickoff at the 5….and gets a good block and cuts left. At the 25 and still going. The hole is opening up for him. He just crossed the midfield stripe and there are 4 burly defensive guys that have almost caught him…..in a brilliant cut he ziggs at the 20….the 15…..Look at that SOB (said not initials) RUN…..TouchDOWN!!!
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      All down the line, the Studio Control Room operators starting cutting off the feed as Ray had just uttered the REAL SOB phrase and it was subject to them losing their job and the FCC fining the station.
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      The network pulled Ray off the broadcast….and he drank more of his “special blend” coffee and had to be physically removed from the booth.
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      YES….Raspin’ Ray Reeves was a character….as was his family…but I will not go there….

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Sounds like a LOT of play-by-play guys /”voices of”. They get drunk on their own local fame… or “cold medicine”.

    • Doug Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Wish I could find some audio of Ray Reeve. When he talked it always sounded like he was fighting for breath, like someone was choking him, maybe he smoked 3 packs a day for 50 years.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        “…. coming to you from William Neal Reynolds Coliseum on the campus of North Carolina State University”
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        I’m sure “they” have his old broadcasts in an archive somewhere. Along with CA Dillon’s PA calls… Bill Jackson & Wally Ausley etc etc…

    • DM Carpenter Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Today, I watch WWE PPVs in the same basement, where I watched WWF PPVs, 20 years ago. 20 years ago, one of the local kids, who would pile in to watch was a big kid named Adam Scherr. Today, he is called Braun Strowman, and we watch him.

      My kids still say their “coolest Christmas present” was a Christmas Day visit by him.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Pro Wrestler back in those days – the 60s-80s – were not all that well-paid by comparison to other “sports”. They were sort of like “circus performers” in that regard. It was a tough life with constant travel and LOTS of bumps and bruises that never had time to heal.
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        Vince McMahon Jr. brought BIG $$$ to the business and his top performers ARE well-paid today.

    • Da Judge in Charlotte Reply
      2 weeks ago

      When I practiced law, the firm of which I was a member represented wrestling promoter Jim Crockett Promotions. It was an interesting experience seeing Ricky Steamboat, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair and others when they were not performing. After Crockett sold the business to Ted Turner, Johnny Weaver became a Mecklenburg County deputy sheriff. Prisoners who remembered him as a wrestler asked for his autograph. When Johnny died several years ago of a heart attack, he was buried in his deputy sheriff’s uniform.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        In the 70s… Jim Crockett’s wrestlers were Charlotte’s #1 celebrities long before Hornets and Panthers. Maybe even as BIG as NASCAR drivers. As I recall, a number of’em lived at Four Seasons Aartments… Everyone had “a Ric Flair” story.

    • MLD.Burlington.Ethel Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Are you telling me that all the games are fixed?

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        NO Ma’m. Just all the ones when UNC beats NCState in anything. Yeah, I know…What are the odds… but can 100,000 Wolfpackers possibly be wrong?

    • Former96Heel Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Holy smokes BL, you just made my Rushmore, knowing you had preceding love of great TV wrestling.
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      I still say the fans in a TV taping in WRAL or some other studio in the South were way, way more passionate than any current pro sports fan.
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      Any chance your old friend from Lenexa is now the most listened to radio broadcaster the airwaves have ever known?

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        As I noted earlier… there are/were a LOT more of us (Wrestling fans back then) than will ever admit to it. It was pure visceral entertainment… with clearly defined Good VS Evil … ABSOLUTELY NOT “PC”.
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        I still kid him about being THE ONLY SonyBetaMax buyer EVER. 🙂

    • MAHA... Reply
      2 weeks ago

      BL… Who was the one who wrestled barefoot and was it Mr. Moto who had the famous “sleeper hold”? MAHA.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Antonino “Argentine” Rocca was the first back in the 50s. Various Samoans used that gimmick later. Pretty much all the “Inscrutable Orientals” employed various disabling Judo holds,.. including Mr Moto.

    • ELB.Beaufort Reply
      2 weeks ago

      My wife’s Dad was deaf as a post without his hearing aids. However, he loved pro wrestling. He would take his hearing aids out, mute the TV, and watch the wrestling to his heart’s content. He knew it was fixed, but that didn’t bother him.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        A LOT of people enjoyed it but might not admit it. INCREDIBLE ENTERTAINMENT!

    • Ron Reply
      2 weeks ago

      WHAT? No mention of The Great Bolo?

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        No way I could mention them all. Bolo followed The Masked Marvel. Then along came Mr Wrestling I and II. Then all those Mexican high-flying guys started wearing masks… masks were great for hiding “illegal devices” !!!

    • Jon Ham Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Poor Bob Caudle never seems to get mentioned in North Carolina wrestling stories. Where’s the love?

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        You are correct, sir. I recall being in Bob’s Fayetteville St office and seeing all the Wrestling pics on the wall along with all the Helms photos…

    • Bill Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Been a while since I chimed in and now, when this entry of your’s provides so much fodder, I can’t say all I’d like to say b/c I’m limited to using one hand due to recent rotator cuff surgery. Drat!
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      Therefore, let me just contribute this: N.O. boycotted the broadcast and celebrated what should/would have been a Saints victory (that’s our local’s story and they’re sticking to it) with several parades that drew tens of thousands of people. In fact, the area TV audience is said to have been less than half of last year’s.
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      My favorite local conspiracy theory: the refs threw the game to insure that Atlanta’s owner wouldn’t have to experience the humiliation of watching the hated Saints win the Stuporbowl in his nice new Stadium.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        The No Call in the Saints / Rams Game was straight out of the WCW playbook. I recall a Cage Match between “Jake The Snake” Roberts and Dusty Rhodes in The Omni in Atlanta… “Dream” OBVIOUSLY cold-cocked Jake with a chair but the ref simply swallowed his whistle.

    • BobLee Reply
      2 weeks ago

      YIKES… by noon today Blondie & I had juggled calls / texts / etc from enough celebrities to fill two Madame Tussaud’s Museums and a block of Hollywood Blvd sidewalk. Pretty WILD even by our standards.
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      Price one pays once the word gets out that you “have all the answers”. Oops, gotta run, there’s another one…

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