“Never… an Everybody” – Discovering UBER – A Sylvia Update

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    BobLee
    April29/ 2019

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    “Never an Everybody” – Discovering Uber – A Sylvia Update

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    The World HQs of Golden Corral and BobLeeSays are located within a mile of one another. GC Store #1 is just a GoldenCorralfew blocks up Glenwood Avenue… and I frequent it infrequently.  Visiting an All-You-Can-Eat develops either self-discipline… or gluttony.

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    NOTE: There is A Sylvia Hatchell Update waiting below… Also, that picture of Bugs Bunny has NOTHING to do with anything in this column.  I was wasting too much time selecting an appropriate Top Picture so just went with Bugs…

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    One pays upfront at GC… as I was doing so with a debit card, I asked the cashier to not ring me up until I was sure I had a few bucks for a tip. “Got to be sure I have enough cash $$ for a tip” I noted.

    The cashier looked at me smiling… “I wish everybody thought that way”. In a split second of Divine Inspiration, I replied…

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    Never mistake Me for an Everybody…

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    Our eyes met… the GC cashier was stunned by the simple genius of the comment. GC cashiers are not “stunned by the simple genius” of customer comments as often as one might think. I, too, was stunned by the simple genius of the comment… looking around to be sure I had been the humble vessel to give life to that phrase.

    I sent myself an E-mail so that Never mistake Me for an Everybody would not be lost to humankind. Thoughts of copyrights… t-shirts… bumper stickers et al were quickly dismissed… settling instead for “I gotta share this with the BobLee Buddies & Babes”…

    … and now I have.

    Theres More.

    Last week Blondie and I were in far-away Wisconsin with “The Two You Know Whos” and Kid & Pastor Danny. The Polar Vortex is just an unpleasant memory… the weather, especially Easter Sunday, was ideal.

    “Twinkle & Scooter” are both world-class walkers now… along with being lethally cute. Leaving only “Talking” and “Long Division” as Life Skills yet to be mastered.

    Speaking of Life Skills, I used this visit to check one off of my Things I Can Now Do All By Myself… List. I used UBER for the first time. UBER

    For all of you rolling your eyes who’ve been doing UBERing for several years… there are others – in addition to Prince Albert – saying “WOW, BobLee is really brave to do UBER… whatever UBER is!”

    Kid & Blondie helped me install – lock – load the UBER App.   I used UBER at least a dozen times in Madison with zero glitches.

    Which Came First UBER or GPS Satellites? I’m sure it was the latter. Otherwise…

    Lewis & Clark coulda just typed in The Pacific Ocean in the “Where do you want to go?” box. UBER would answer “Jason driving a red Hyundai will pick you up in 5-4-3 minutes”.  A map woulda popped up showing a little red Hyundai maneuvering it’s way towards them. Wood River IL to Astoria OR woulda cost more than the $8-10 of my trips but I’m being hypothetical.Uber2

    Of my dozen UBER experiences only one involved a driver of Middle Eastern heritage with limited English fluency. All my rides were very pleasant. All $$ is handled on-line via one’s UBER account including the “tip” I, of course, always added.

    Under comments, I added Never mistake Me for Everybody which I like to think made someone at UBER’s World HQ smile.

    Theres More

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    I warned there would be More to Affair de Hatchell over at UNCCH.

    HatchellNation also known as “LFOS” – Loyal Friends Of Sylvia; has responded with dozens of not-especially-kind letters / e-mails to UNC Officials… of the HOW DARE YOU variety.

    HatedRivalNation also supported the now-retired Hall Of Fame coach. They could not care less about Coach Hatchell but saw an easy opportunity to besmirch AD Bubba Cunningham and UNCCH in general. … Paraphrasing former Obama advisor / former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel – “Never let an unfortunate personnel scandal at a hated rival go to waste…”

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    The Fascinating Question being asked by many …

    Would Roy Williams be treated differently in a similar circumstance?

    Given the EXACT same set of circumstances… the options for UNC Officials might have been as limited with Roy as they were in this case.  Granted that:

    (1) Around UNCCH, Sylvia Hatchell being known as “A Fine Christian… ” is “a burden” that would not apply with Roy Williams.  Roy’s only spiritual influencer being Dean Smith.

    (2) The level of interest in UNC WBB is statistically insignificant.  For UNC MBB the media / public interest would be Interplanetary in scope.  To the degree that Roy would likely go KABOOM within the first 24 hours, leaving UNC Officials no choice but to vacuum up the ooey gooey mess and move on… sans Roy.

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    What’s left of McClatchey’s financially imperiled regional newspaper – The N&O – joined HatedRivalNation by DEMANDING that UNCCH release every intimate detail of the Parker Poe Investigation.  … Anyone wondering when N&O Opinion Editor Ned “DWI” Barnett will join the Former N&O Employee Club? The answer is Not Yet… but probably soon.

    UNC Officials officially responded to The N&O’s DEMAND with No Response… and unofficially with “Go pound sand you insufferable hacks…”

    Which leaves What BobLee Thinks as the only significant question left…

    As I noted in my earlier column I have no direct personal knowledge of (1) what Coach Hatchell said / did not say regarding “racially insensitive remarks” or (2) any harassment of players regarding their ability to play thru injuriDr Staffordes.

    I DID see where the UNC MD – Dr Harry Stafford – who oversees UNC WBB has been cleared of any malfeasance in this issue. I also saw that he is of AfAm persuasion.

    In a rational world, a sports medicine doctor’s racial identity would be irrelevant.

    “In a rational world”… innocent use of the word “hung” or “lynched” would also be irrelevant.

    America checked out of The Rational World Hotel several years ago… leaving no forwarding address.

    Those who know Coach Hatchell Very Well have assured me for many years that she is A Fine Christian Lady. That description, as noted,  has become controversial around UNCCH.  I still hold “it” in high regard as no doubt many of you do also.

    For the past two+ decades the vast majority of Coach Hatchell’s players have been African American. As are the majority of college basketball players in America. … If one had even latent “racial prejudices” one could not survive much less be successful in that environment. Coach Hatchell has been very successful for 30+ years.

    I am comfortable that Coach Hatchell’s unfortunate use of the term “hung” / “hanged” / “lynched” or whatever had no intended racial implications.  That she did indeed use the term however innocently is, apparently, a crime in America 2019.

    In retrospect should Coach Hatchell have adapted her motivational techniques to a rapidly evolving “Gotcha” society? Yes, of course… as should anyone in a high-profile position especially in a the ultimate GOTCHA environment of a radical ultra-liberal academic institution… which UNCCH is the pent-ultimate example.  In one’s 60s, “adapting” can be difficult.

    Had Coach Hatchell used “the N-word” or even “You People” that would be inexcusable. She did not do that.

    Any charges of Sylvia Hatchell being “a racist” and whether she has any “racist bones in her body” are – IMO – erroneous cheap shots.  More evidence of what a Total Cluster **** society we are living in.

    The “injury harassment” charges are more complicated. A senior UNCCH medical official – not involved in this case – has assured me that the WaPo article had numerous errors regarding the injury issues. I trust him more than I do some WaPo journo-hack looking for “clicks” for his story… or a gang of anonymous helicopter parents.  NOT to say that unfortunate mistakes may indeed have been made and, if so, must be reconciled.

    I maintain that Sylvia Hatchell should have retired several years ago following her bout with Leukemia. Thinking she could rebuild her program from the Boxill Mess and the multiple transfers was an error with consequences on her part.

    She was NOT fired, albeit “retirement” was likely her only option. She has a substantial pension after 30+ years at UNCCH. Adapting to this new phase of her life is up to her. She has the support of LFOS.

    IMO, Sylvia Hatchell is indeed “A Fine Christian Lady” who stumbled into very unfortunate socio-cultural quicksand. She is neither the first nor last high-profile individual to do so.

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    • BobLee Reply
      3 months ago

      Assume everyone is learning that Bubba hired a new WBB HC for UNCCH today (Tues) – Courtney Banghart from Princeton… an experienced head coach with an impressive resume.
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      Yes… There is a DARTMOUTH Connection !!! She graduated from Dartmouth and began her coaching career there. LInking her to “Chihuahua” is going to happen… because…. but it is a trite exercise.
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      I don’t know any more than the various regional / national news is reporting. Bubba did NOT consult with him but it appears to be a well-researched professional hire. …. BUT at the end of The Day … It’s Freakin’ Girls’ Basketball !!!

    • triheel Reply
      3 months ago

      I’m sure you have noticed the new coach is from Chihuahua land. That should be a safe ticket. I first used Uber about a year ago and it is empowering. Still use cabs at airports ’cause they are there and waiting and I can’t figure out where the Uber is supposed to pick you up.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Yes… I see where Courtney Banghart is indeed from Princeton / Dartmouth. I’m sure some will make something of the “She’s From Dartmouth” item but it seems a bit of a stretch. Her coaching creds seem worthy of a Power 5 hire. As an Ivy coach, she likely recruits from the “higher academic pool” than some P5 programs meaning Jan Boxill’s “special help” will not be needed.
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        The LFOS might give Ms Coach Banghart a cold shoulder for awhile but hopefully she can handle that.
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        Never tried UBER from an airport only from local commercial / residential addresses. I really like the concept.

    • Doug Reply
      3 months ago

      Re: GC and tipping. Thinking back to my teenage Pharo’s years in wonderment and how great the food and service was despite the very limited ability to pay for a Big Boy, fries, and Pepsi, much less leave much of a tip other than a dime or quarter occasionally and sometime zilch. Different times. The waitresses didn’t seem to mind and treated us like family.

      Sylvia had an opportunity to step away with her reputation secured after her health scare but chose not to. Hell, the same N&O now asking for Parker Poe gory details would have surely elevated her to legend of the game status. Timing is everything.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        I don’t “fault” Sylvia Hatchell for her decision to “want to clean up the post-TGU mess”. In retrospect it was an ill-fated decision with unfortunate results but who hasn’t made his/her share of those? Maybe not as high-profile as hers is. But it WAS Her Decision and she must live with the results.
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        Yes, The N&O journo-hacks were ready to attack whichever way this was resolved. Had Bubba simply said: “We’ve discussed the incident. Sylvia regrets it and we are moving on with her as UNC’s HC WBB…” The N&O and the usual spittle-spewing Franklin Street rabble would have had a field day ripping SH and UNC Officials.

    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      3 months ago

      Sotello Long is a cross between Barber and Graham (Billy) :>))
      Started to twit you last week when Yelich and Bellinger were duking it out. Alas Yelich is now hurt.

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        Cardinals seem to have finally “figured out” Yelich in sweeping the recent home stand. Now they don’t see Brewers again until August. Lots can ebb / flow over 162 games.

    • 58 Wolf Kennel Reply
      3 months ago

      Have always enjoyed Hatchell when she spoke at Raleigh Sports Club. Even know she used the usual contribution to make members of some visitors.
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      Your array of comments are again quite good. Wonder what Franklin Graham would have to say about the issue?
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      Always good to hear about the news from Wisconsin.
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      Had a long discussion with one of your Kinston guys, Sotelo Long. He is son of Buck Long who broke the Carolina League color barrier. After getting his Bachelor’s and Master’s at NC State and playing on the mid-late 70’s basketball team, Sotello is an outstanding minister and currently is #2 for our denomination’s headquarters in Indianapolis (Christian Church – Disciples of Christ). Truly good man !!

      • BobLee Reply
        3 months ago

        A Regrettable For All Concerned Situation for Coach Hatchell. No clue what Franklin Graham might think. I’m pretty sure he knows Sylvia as SH is very close with FG’s sister Anne G. Lotz.
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        My “liking” of new Cardinals Mgr Mike Shildt continues to be well-placed. He has an intellectual approach to Baseball that is refreshing.
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        Don’t know Sotello but certainly knew of Carl “Buck” Long his late father. Recently inducted in KLC Sports HoF. I am assuming Sotello’s Religious POV is more “Barber” than it is “Graham” to warrant your admiration?
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        Assume you saw where former NCSU WBB Coach “Kelli” is now Head WBB Coach at Univ of Tennessee ! An “interesting” career road for sure.

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