BL on: Women’s Soccer, NIKE and other “Sports News”

    Fourth of July
    BobLee
    July04/ 2019

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    About six months ago I vowed to keep THIS Web Page as free of partisan politics as America’s Front Page will allow me to.  I’m still holding to that vow… as much as America’s Front Page will allow me to.  When the full blown street riots and neighbor vs neighbor cul de sac battles commence, I may have to disavow that vow but we will burn that bridge when we get to it…. probably next Spring or early Summer.  There will be ample notice given… I promise.

    Before we get into today’s juicy title subjects shown up top…  Are you wondering what BobLee Says about …

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    Selling Alcohol at College Sports Events…

    Disclaimer:  I am neither a Proponent nor an Opponent as regards Selling Beer at College Sports Events.  Since I no longer attend College Sports Events, I care only because I do enjoy cashing in my I Told You So chips.

    The Official BobLee I Told You So on this one is ….

    It will have about the same effect on College Sports Events as my no longer attending them does which is No Noticeable Effect Whatsoever.

    Proponents of  – We gotta sell beer at ACC sports events in order to survive – pushed for legislation permitting this for Two Reasons….

    (1) It might curb the very noticeable drop in on-site attendance everywhere not named NC State and Clemson.  … in other words, folks who used to attend football games will start doing so again despite the fact that – because I can’t buy watered-down over-priced beer there – has never been anyone’s reason for not attending.   So, it won’t curb anything.

    (2) It will increase concession revenues.  It won’t to any noticeable amount.  They might say it does but even superficial forensic accounting will expose that BS.  If the amount of beer sold IS a noticeable revenue boost then IT will risk creating the #1 concern that Opponents fear…

    Opponents fear that…

    (1) Being able to buy beer at college ballgames will surely result in wholesale drunken rioting in the stands.  Women and children will be in grave danger as over-inebriated hooligans will roam the stands leaving mayhem in their wake.

    Yes… the same sort of unfettered hooligan rioting that women and children now endure each Sunday at NFL games.  BUT… BobLee, unfettered hooligans aren’t a problem at …..  .  Yeah, I know.

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    A little history lesson here … 5-6 years ago, college sports observers noticed more and more empty seats at games despite VERY strong TV ratings and other interest-measuring methodology. … So focus groups and brain-storming sessions were held all across The Fruited Plain about What To Do?… What To Do?.

    A long forgotten junior staffer in some innocuous college athletic dept said “We need to have More Better WiFi…”.  That immediately became a nationwide mantra …. More Better WiFi … More Better WiFi … More ….

    Athletic Directors googled More Better WiFi ‘R Us and spent A Buncha $$$ on Star Wars-esque gizmos that guaranteed More Better WiFi in their stadiums… so NOW…

    Coed Susie can text Coed Terri 30′ away to tell her that… Coed Luci is wearing really gross lip gloss.. 

    But, alas, the number of empty seats increased.

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    Plan B was two-fold …. (1) Gotta sell beer in the stadiums … and (2) Shorter skirts on the cheerleaders.

    College Sports is now in Phase One of Plan B.   Meanwhile cheerleader uniform manufacturers are hard at work designing the next generation of skirts that are basically dental floss thongs and glitter.

    OK, I know what you’re thinking.  BobLee, if you’re so smart, … WWBLD…. What Would BobLee Do?

    Not that complicated buddies and babes.  It simply involves answering One Question…

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    Who is Most Important – The TV Fan … OR … The Galoot Spending Several $100s Attending The Game?

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    Whatever THAT answer is… design your product to appeal to Him/Her … and “the other guy” can like it or lump it.  Alas, what appeals to one does NOT appeal to the other.

    Kickoff Times that accommodate the seasonal comforts of on-site fans DO NOT allow TV Fans to watch multiple games continually from Noon to Midnight from Labor Day thru Thanksgiving. … and vicey versy.

    Games in sweltering hot weather should start in the early evening.  Games in cold frigid weather should start during the warmest part of the day.  What part of THAT does College Football not understand?

    They DO understand, they simply don’t care.

    Oh… and on-site fans HATE those interminable TV Timeouts.  On-site fans don’t care that “lots of commercials” are necessary to have the games on TV that make the Mega $$$ for the conference TV contracts.

    TV fans don’t care about commercials because they simply switch to another game… or go pee… or open another bag of chips… or …

    The on-site fan twiddling his thumbs and cussing the TV TimeOut guy on the 20 yard line MIGHT be appeased / distracted by the cheerleaders wearing the glittery dental floss thongs… but that has yet to be test-marketed.

    I recently discussed all this with my pal of multi-decades Little Ricky Packard – LRP.  LRP played Linebacker for Bill Dooley alongside Burly John Bunting… but up and married a Wuffie-gal (Miss Diane) PLUS he is a Clintonian and  frat bro with “Mr Wuff” Bobby Purcell.  LRP has conflicted loyalties but, like me, is pretty cynical about the whole Hated Rivalry foolishness.

    LRP and I played out the following scenario of an NC State loyalist deciding WHAT TO DO with beer being sold within the confines of Carter-Finley Stadium.   If it offends you, be assured that LRP doesn’t care …

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    ”Lets see here… I can walk a coupla 100 feet out that gate over yonder to my Wuff-Red SUV with the 26 Wuff flags flying off of every window and drink my beers and likker and eat my BOJ’ chicken all of which I bought at normal retail prices … OR … I can stand in that line over yonder with all them meth-head yahoos for 30 minutes to buy one beer that will cost me twice as much as that BOJ’ Family Pack AND that case of Coors waiting out yonder in my Wuff-Red SUV… Etc Etc Etc … WHAT TO DO?  WHAT TO DO?”

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    Will Boo Corrigan fulfill Dave Doeren’s Heart’s Desire … which is, of course, to Lock The Gates at Carter-Finley and Not Let Anyone Out at HalfTime?  I’m betting Boo Won’t Do That.  It’s easier to replace a Head Coach than replace 60,000 fans.

    Theres More

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    OMG… I’ve run outta room and… I haven’t told you what I think about Women’s Soccer and The Nike Shoe Brouhahas.  OK… real quick

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    Women’s Soccer Brouhaha…

    If Megyn Rapinwhozit had JUST NOT SAID “F****** White House” she would been “just another constipated angry Trump-hating Lesbian”.   Lord knows there’s plenty of them.  Yawn.

    Her original issue about gender pay equity for USWNT versus USMNT actually had validity.  Go figure … that validity was BLOWN TO BITS when she said  “see above”.

    But she DID SAY “F******” and – VOILA – she became a constipated potty-mouthed angry Trump-hating Lesbian.  That ONE WORD caused 50% of America to really Not Like Her & the USWNT a LOT.

    There’s a lesson in there.  But that lesson will be ignored… and future such incidents will be forthcoming.

    Alex Morgan – AKA… “the Really Pretty Heterosexual Soccer Girl”- said she doesn’t like “Trump” either.  When asked why, Alex said:

    “… I don’t know.  That’s what I was told to say or all my angry lesbians teammates will beat the crap outta me… Our team showers are awkward enough as it is without me getting beat up over whoever “Trump” is.”

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    The NIKE “Betsy Ross Shoe” Brouhaha…

    Most of you reading this REALLY don’t like Colin Kaepernick.  I don’t either but I don’t think about him or his ilk all that much.

    But this is TOTALLY A NIKE DECISION.  Kaepernick called Whoever replaced Phil Knight and said…

    “My Radical Islamo-fascist girlfriend Nessa says I’m suppose to tell you I am offended by some “Betsy something” shoe you are getting ready to release.  So I’m telling you…”.

    At that point Whoever Replaced Phil Knight coulda/shoulda said…

    “That’s nice Colin, now you and your Radical Islamo-fascist girlfriend Nessa Go Pound Sand.” … But NIKE didn’t say that.

    NIKE’s prime market is “Urban Youth”.  That is a euphemism for “Black kids in The “hood who buy $200 shoes endorsed by NBA guys”.   Risking losing 63,000,000 “mostly NOT urban youth” customers was not a risky risk for NIKE.

    “Urban Youth” have no clue who Betsy Ross was unless she was that 3rd gal in Destiny’s Child. … You know Beyonce – Kelly Rowland – & Betsy Ross.   You didn’t think I knew about Kelly Rowland did you… and without googling too.  Sometimes I amaze myself.

    Posting social media “threats” to Boycott NIKE over this is kinda like a New Year’s Resolution… it might last about a week.  96% of those saying they will Boycott NIKE weren’t buying NIKE stuff anyway.  NIKE knows that.

    Wonder what local “NIKE Boy” – Ol’ Roy Williams – thinks about all this.   Ol’ Roy gets paid more $$ by NIKE than Kaepernick does.   Ol’ Roy likely has no idea who Betsy Ross (or Kelly Rowland) is or was.

    Ol’ Roy cares a LOT about “Urban Youth” though… at least ones with at least 4-stars.

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    BobLee
    • Dr Wire Reply
      2 weeks ago

      USWNT demanding more money from a fixed budget operation means someone or something will take a funding cut to free us cash. the National Women’s Hockey League players said they will stop playing due to low pay and unbearable conditions and the league folded. It quickly became a “tree in the forest fell and no one heard it” situation. Not every league has stupid NBA owners who will fund a losing business entity. If arbitration decides to pay USWNT players more then do the men take a cut. Would be interesting how that falls out, but who really cares.
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      If I’m Nike’s competition, I would quickly put out ads yelling out that “Nike does not believe in America and the National Anthem” anymore. They basically validated America and it’s anthem are racist with their capitulation to CK who has been the mouth piece for such political thinking. If Nike believes these actions help them by appealing to only a certain part of the market, then the competition should be happy to sell to those Nine has “disenfranchised”. I liked the Sketchers ad after the Zion shoe blow-out which hit Nike right between the eyes, “Just Blew It”. Nike does not care about my wallet due to my age, race, gender and sports affiliations. Life goes on.
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      Beer sales will be a nightmare for at least the first season. Louisville does it well because they have done it for years using a third party service to take the liability and cost hit plus have a beer vendor every 10 yds, plus hawkers in the stands. Not sure how State, ECU, UNX and others will manage it within existing infrastructure without longer lines than line for ChikFilA sandwiches or dippin’ Dots.
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      LRP has it right, why wait in line if I can go out, but yet all the concession lines are full. No one had guts to tell DD that the late returners who miss the 3rd qt kick off are the ones still in line to buy food & beverage of choice or standing in water on tthe 1966 tile floors of the restrooms. DYow’s biggest fear was the 7500 who returned after half time of the 15000 who got pass-outs would decrease in number as more people decided they had had too much sun at a noon kick off game or agreed with LRP that it is way too convenient to leave and stay out than stand in a line.
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      Speaking of LRP, I remember him as a Dark Horse and as a high kicking Heel in a photo. I also remember playing basketball with his Dad, a tremendous Dr, a good athlete who could run you into the ground on the court and a very benevolent man with his time. He helped Coach Nathan Gay as a game coach on several very good Union High (southern half of Sampson County) teams at the start of integration which made it to the NCHSAA tournaments at Broughton. I was much younger that LRP, but played pick up basketball on the almost full size court they had in their backyard. Good times.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        LRP is now living in North Myrtle in semi-retirement with a kayak and an attitude and a LOT of opinions. LRP IS NOT PC!
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        I have no clue who generates what income between the USWNT and USMNT … and caring which one does doesn’t concern me.
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        Good Point on the Carter-Finley Pass Outs. I betcha Bobby Purcell and Boo both wish DD would find another pet project to complain about. He ain’t gonna win that one.

    • Former96Heel Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Pro owners have been able to cater to the TV market, then get handouts in the way of stadiums/arenas with the illusion they are catering to the in person crowd. They have been able to play both sides of the equation extremely well. All of that is possible due to the faint threat they can uproot and move. I guess it only takes one or two to actually move before that threat is real. College AD’s don’t have the backpocket chip to play the TV/in person fan off each other. You can’t pick the Hokies up and move out of Blacksburg if you want a bigger scoreboard or more box seats like you can the Rams.
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      I do think the pendulum will swing one day. AD’s need to keep some folks coming, or the cache of Saturday’s in ___ wears off. You need students to get excited, in order to carry that crazy on after their time in collegiate bliss. Not having a big-time Saturday also means a tarnished recruiting rep. When everyone is on TV 12 games a year, does playing in front of 10k sleepy fans feel that good? That cycle will continue to feed whoever the big boys are at the time. The rich get richer and the story goes on.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Some terrific phrases in there…. “the cache of Saturday in _____ …” !!! To appeal to both fan markets could lead to lowering ticket prices to fill seats as, yes, a raucous stadium is a recruiting must. Regardless The TV Gods will rule in the end by simply adding zeros on the end of the checks. Not necessarily bad … just a reality.
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        At least the days of endless stadium (and arena) expansions has ended as we see with Kenan Jr. shrinking.
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        GREAT comments Former!

    • Doug Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Although I’m less than two miles from DFS my last game was in 2014 and it has nothing to do with the poor record. I’d stay away if it was 11-0. I’m just more comfortable watching and flipping through channels with better matchups at home on TV. The “new” conference expansion/alignments were not done with fans in mind.

      Nike has some slick marketing folks. $10’s of millions in free publicity for not doing, but not doing, something. Brilliant. Even got the Internet Legend to comment.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Can’t beat a Big Screen on a Fall Saturday … a stocked refrigerator … snack food of choice … a few good friends … and a remote with fresh batteries.
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        I wonder of Nessa will be alerted that I mentioned her?

    • Jim wilkins Reply
      2 weeks ago

      No country for old men like you and me! JWilkins

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Not ready to give it up just yet, Jim. Just watched The Salute To America … those military hymns really get the blood flowing.
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        Tell Sue I have Blind Your Ponies next up in my reading queue.

    • Mark.Raleigh.76 Reply
      2 weeks ago

      BobLee, I have to tell you that your concise analysis of THE QUESTION for College FB to answer is brilliant.
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      Who is their primary market … the TV audience or the on-site audience. Either answer is fine but just Be Honest who they are really most interested in attracting. I think we all know what that answer logically is – TV.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Seems very simple to me. You can apply that answer to virtually every aspect of every school’s GameDay Marketing & Promotion.
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        If, for instance, UNCCH wants to have a “Full House” to look good on TV, then set aside 10,000 seats and Deep Discount them to community groups at like $10/each … churches, civic clubs, youth teams, etc etc… put bodies in seats. $10 is better than $0 and you have a body to show on TV.
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        TV studio shows offer free seats just to have an audience for a live reaction.
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        TV IS going to dictate kickoff times based TOTALLY on their schedule PERIOD. If NCState has six home games with six different kick-off times… the TV guys don’t care. The ACC Network isn’t going to care either. The ACC Network is going to make it even more unaccommodating to actually “go to a game”. Just you wait and see.

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Happy Fourth to all readers and the BL Brood. Hope it is cooler where the young ‘uns are than here. EDITOR NOTE. Took me 3 times to get ‘uns as my iPad kept autofilling ‘UNC.
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      Beer. No opinion or interest. Have had Champions Club LTR for Wuf games for 13 years. Only visits to bar were for a couple of freebie ginger ales to calm my stomach. Boo ain’t gonna change the rules….or that is MHO.
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      Nike. Bought a nice pair of walking shoes last week. Did not even try on Nike. DW was pulling stuff for me. Brought me a pair that looked just like the Betsy model. Checked the store’s website. THANK GOD they were not the Betsy…..those puppies are fetching $2000 on eBay. Nike will survive, but Trump will glean a few more voters unless the urban youths are promised free Nike’s as a bribe to vote. DUMB and Dumber….
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      Women’s soccer….see last sentence above. It IS a good insomnia cure….glad it is on the peat and repeat stuff. They are really a classy bunch….recall them running up the score. Wonder why Ms. Tell-It-All was benched?
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      BTW….an endorsement for Brooks Ghost 11 shoe. It is a “running” shoe but voted as one of the best walking shoes. I popped for a pair and they are hands down the most comfortable and also offer the most support of any shoe I have ever worn. Still in PT and have a slight glitch if I don’t concentrate on proper walking form. Took 10 steps in the Brooks and DW said….BUY THEM….your form I greatly improved and you are now walking naturally and more fluid.
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      Just finished 2 hours at a SS gym. 50 minutes on treadmill. Best decision I have made lately.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Wonder if this latest USWNT “incident” will replace “Brandi Chastain’s sports bra” as the Highlight of US Womens Soccer. The HUBBA HUBBA HUBBA that created 20 years ago set back the IQ of American males by 30 years. The pervs that got excited over that probably kept a copy of a Sears catalogue under their pillow. Geeezzz.
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        Between now and Fall 2020 there will be an ongoing series of these We Hate Trump & We Hate His Deplorables Too incidents. Get used to’em. … sigh.

    • Chip Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Great article as usual! I have a kid at VT so having attended many games at State and VT I’d say substitute VT for NC State in your opening comments. I’m a lifelong State fan and alum but I much prefer gameday at VT. At a Wolfpack Club meeting I pointed the same things your friend did and the school should look into other things to enhance the gameday experience along the lines of VT but it always came back to “DD says…” He gets paid millions so he must know more about sitting in the stands than me. Count me as those that much prefer my large screen high def TV in my favorite chair with no waiting for the bathroom or refreshments. Maybe if I lived closer to Raleigh, but it’s becoming less and less worth the three and a half hour drive.
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      I believe the US women’s team should get paid more than the men since the women win more championships and the men suck! Every four years I get somewhat interested in both teams during the World Cup but then I quickly forget about it for another four years. Meagan the angry lesbian’s comments and not standing during the National Anthem pushed my “give a damn meter” way leftward (one of the few rare times I go left). If she really wanted to make a statement she shouldn’t suit up for the country that legally and duly elected Trump, but she’s not going to do that as she’s only relevant every four years and her 15 minuets will soon be up. I pointed this out on twitter and brought down a barrage of howler monkeys. I replied, “Quick! Without googling it, what professional team does she play for and what was their record last season.” Got a few answers but doubt most were honestly without googling it.
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      Nike’s decision to go with Colin is perplexing. I would think the urban youth market, except for being cooler, is LESS lucrative than upper-middle class. We have more disposable income, and given a large percentage of urban youth wind up dead or in prison, one would think our longevity is better. I guess people far smarter than me figure this out but I know my very active wife who buys a lot of athletic gear/shoes won’t be doing so any more. I quit buying Nike a long time ago. Asics makes a better running shoe.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        I enjoy “watching college FB”. I ignore the student-athlete hypocrisy and just enjoy the entertainment of the game itself. I rarely if ever invest personal emotion in the results. The results do not have Life-altering after-effects for me. PLUS, there is the restroom and refrigerator aspects too from my Home Theater.
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        I did watch about 10 minutes of the USWNT game w/ France. I’ve gotten beyond the patriotic aspects of “Us versus The World”. Not like the Miracle On Ice emotions from the early 80s. My daughter and S-I-L are BIG soccer fans. He follows the English Premier League like I follow the Cardinals in MLB.
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        I appreciate that NIKE execs are hard-core Trump-haters like the Silicon Valley tech-moguls are… and for the same reasons. Their recent action did not really surprise me. I own 6-8 pair of “athletic shoes” … hikers, running, etc. I prefer New Balance and Under Armour.
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        Isn’t VT going thru a “Life After Beamer” evaluation of their once-fabled Lane Stadium Hysteria ??

    • Queen City Reply
      2 weeks ago

      The next round of drama will be the USW soccer team refusing to attend the White House photo op.. I have become burned out on this tradition for some time now even more so since Trump took office..Beer sales at ECU football games might help alleviate the pain of Pirate Football these days, however the Trump rally scheduled this month in Greenville will draw a bigger crowd than the football team will this year.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        I AGREE. If Donald asked me I would say Scrap The Whole Sports Team Thing – College & Pro. Send them all lapel pins or something. The whole “give POTUS a jersey with his name on it” is soooo lame!
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        Have they announced the actual site for The Trump Rally? I don’t know any “venue” in GVille that seems right size. They don’t use FB Stadiums.

    • Thomas.Shelby Reply
      2 weeks ago

      I had that same thought when the Colin/Nike story broke. Kaeper… is not in a position to FORCE Nike to do anything. It was totally Nike’s choice. I guess Nike just wanted to let Kaepernick’s peeps know they are all in for him …
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      Is BK looking forward to Sharia Law being The Law of The Land in 6-10 years?

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Believe it or not … BK and I NEVER discuss “politics” except when he brings it up here. I made that rule YEARS ago if we were be acquaintances. I’m sure BK has justified whatever he needs to to be comfortable with his political leanings. We all do to various degrees. I wish President Trump wouldn’t tweet…

    • Fred.colorado Reply
      2 weeks ago

      “… our team showers are awkward enough as it is. I don’t need…” … OMG! Didn’t get it at first then it hit me! LOLOLOLOLO….
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      “Coeds and the lip gloss” was BOFFO too.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        This one has several multi-layered zingers. It takes about 3-4 reads to catch them all.

    • Robert P Kennel Reply
      2 weeks ago

      Well Happy Fourth, BL !!!! The usual outstanding writing and interesting points of view except it’s again obvious you don’t like college sports, soccer, Colin, lesbians; and you don’t mind alcohol or TV access.
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      Don’t have a lot to say. Never even got around to previous article touting my black Timex forever watch ($29.99 at Kohl’s sale).
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      Alcohol sales don’t bother me near as much as legislative inaction on Medicaid statewide,
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      Don’t notice cheerleader short skirts anymore.
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      Wife has had tough couple of weeks with falls, and I wrote essay on my lifetime heroes to understand where some inspiration comes. Now writing one on “Life With Parkinson’s”
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      Bottom line is I totally enjoy the thoughts and humor in your blogs though still don’t know how your Kinston moral roots can accept buffoonery as leadership.
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      God Bless our nation. We always need it.

      • BobLee Reply
        2 weeks ago

        Actually I do “enjoy watching” College FB and College Baseball. I would enjoy Soccer if I knew “how much time is left in the freakin’ game”. I could live with all the other goofy rules except the timekeeping silliness. Actually “lesbians” don’t bother me except the angry potty-mouthed ones that aggressively “recruit” not-lesbians. Somehow I stumbled on this video recently with these three lesbians who were … oh, never mind. Colin is/was a one-trick pony. “TV access” is fine with me???
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        We agree on Cheap Watches !!! Go figure!
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        Saw where Governor “Restroom Roy The Baby Butcher” vetoed a budget with teacher raises in it. Did you and RWB advise him to do that?
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        Ten years ago I had no idea what Parkinson’s was. Now I know a dozen folks either “with it” or with loved ones with it. … sigh
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        I’m curious which of the 20-or so Trump-hating Lib/Dem FreeStuff Promisers you are endorsing ?? I suspect it’s Creepy Ol’ Joe… but you might surprise me. I still predict the Dem ticket will be “Big Mo” (MichelleO) with “Little Pete” as her Little Veep. Whatcha think about THAT?
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        HAPPY FOURTH BK !!!

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