Kickoff 2016

September02/ 2016

KickoffBig Time Football 2016 kicks off this weekend…. Simultaneously with the final 60 days of the latest Most Important Election in Our Nation’s History.  Dwelling on #2 is like watching a Doomsday clock ticking down.

I don’t mean to demean the OMG importance of “Another Football Season” or “Another Critical Election”. Both over-flowing with muey partisan huffing and puffing… chest-thumping… cries of THEY’RE CHEATING… rampant hypocrisy… “they’re all a buncha ______”… etc etc etc.

Turning to the hypocrisy waste dump of BT College Football to escape Politics… is like using meth to lose weight.  There’s gotta be a better alternative. …. bonsai trees? …. a salt-water aquarium? …. yoga?

When I discourse on how “watching a Cardinals’ baseball game” is my 3-hour escape from “all the other crap”…. so certainly is Football in America both Big Time College and The NFL. When The Kaepernick Kaper mingles those two… a nation teeters on The Abyss.

It is human nature to enjoy watching “competition” with a defined winner and loser whether it is a game / a book / a movie or whatever…. We enjoy projecting ourselves into that faux-combat and rooting for our definition of “the good guys”.

If our choice of “good guys” do prevail… we take immediate vicarious pride in that. If not, we either distance ourselves from their ignominous plight… or make excuses on their behalf and gird our loins for the next opportunity to, hopefully, prevail.

In “America” nothing quite matches that like Big Time Football. The physical stages are so much larger than other sports plus the shorter length of the season is such that “every game is critical”.

One of the hosts of reasons I prefer Baseball is I know from the get-go that “my team” will lose at least 60 games. Losing “a game” is not devastating because there is another one tomorrow… and the next day. Now it is September and each baseball game gains added importance for teams “still in contention”.

Being a player or fan of teams no longer “in contention” is a circumstance to be avoided if possible but ultimately is unavoidable. Being “mathmatically eliminated” is a fate we all face in various ways well beyond sports. I can look in the mirror and realize I have been “mathematically eliminated” from being a MLB shortstop… or the next Chuck Norris… or… or.

On Labor Day Weekend, no one’s dearly beloved is mathematically eliminated… YET.   Every fan base boasts that every school but us… cheats.   The love affair with the back-up QB begins at halftime.  Not to mention those dreams of Christmas In Shreveport.

For Football teams and their fans with even a whiff of a chance at “a dream season”, each week’s contest is CRITICAL. FansMaybe one loss does not spell D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R but “one” means “two” is possible or even “three” or “four”. For “fans” of politics (and there actually are such sad souls) theirs is a One Game Season.

Yesterday afternoon (Thursday) I was surfing my Twitter feed and saw one from StateFanNation already bleating about “we’ll still have more fans in C-F than “those cheaters” over at UNC….” Yawn. Here we go again… and again… and again.

I “get” the on-going frustration over TGU because it is still and forever more an open-file…. But the “aluminum thing” is so worn out. Whats next? UNC board monkeys countering with “tractor / amphibious jokes”? Aaaaiiieee!

Battling board monkeys will always and forever duel one another on the most base level imaginable. It is who they are. It is what they do. I suppose I should take comfort in that oh-so-predictable aspect of human nature.


As has become my custom over the past several years… I will suppress my loathing of the ever-increasing hideous hypocrisy of Big Time College Football both locally and nationally (and my even greater loathing of all things ESPN.) and simply enjoy the on-field drama each weekend…

I have no plans for any in-stadia experiences this Fall. But I respect the right of the rest of you to delight in doing so. Do we need an Amendment (or at least a t-shirt) guaranteeing you that right?

This Opening Weekend certainly has more than its share of “Big Match-ups”. It actually may be The Greatest Opening Weekend in The HISTORY of College Football. What would BTCF be without Hyperbole?

Do I need to assemble all our families’ big-screens and not-so-big screens into one Command Center where I can work remotes with both hands to not miss any action?   If I do “miss any action”…. So what? OK, I will settle for one screen and one remote.

The bigger issue for me is “my Cardinals” play Saturday afternoon on requiring me to leave “cable” for Switching back/forth from to cable requires two other remotes…. a total of three remotes ??? And you thought YOU had problems.

I “almost” contacted Bre’r Kennel last night to learn where, if anywhere, his Wolfpack were viewable in their inter-divisionable battle with William&Mary. I finally figured out it was on that computer TV thingy.  There was some techno-issue with buffering of the cable feed on ACCN and what little I watched the video and audio were annoyingly out of sync.

Have I mentioned that UNCCH notorious gasbag – Gene Nichol – was fired as Prez of W&M for a lengthy list of really stoopid crap?  You all do know that, right?

Congrats to “da Pack” for now being only five W’s short of bowl-eligibility.  We can expect tweets until 5:30 Sat night touting that State (and Wake Forest) has won one more game than UNCheats? If The Fedorians do beat UGA, that line of snark will go dormant for a few weeks… to be replaced by 24/7 implications that the “paper classes” are still going on. They aren’t, but there ARE other areas of vulnerability “over there”.

Fedora’s Football Factory (FFF) must now deal with a fickle fan base that has gotten a taste of “big time” success. Dupicating / exceeding last year’s “almost dream season” is a given expectation… especially if Larry is hell-bent to grab his career brass ring. I believe he is so inclined but I have no “inside info” to back that up.

A USAToday report says his (Fedora’s) overt-bungling of Beckman-Gate has already hurt him with both Texas AM and Baylor “officials”. Uh Oh!

I hope you live/die State fans will not be offended that I cannot name a single player on this year’s NCSU team. Is there still “a Plumlee” around? Oops, wrong local program. I can name “maybe” three players from FFF. I’m sure I will get acquainted with various “student-athletes” as Fall progresses especially the ones who get arrested for whatever. … or who want to be Kaepernick wannabees. Expect “those copycats” to emerge for sure.   FWIW…. I keep forgetting the Democratic VP nominee too.

With so many “playoff contenders” playing legitimate opponents in Week One, there are certain to be some shattered dreams aplenty across the fruited plains. That will mean multiple “hot seats” for the HCs of those once vanquished “playoff contenders”.


I posed a question in that last column:

If Franklin Street Loonies DEMAND of Chancellor Chihuahua that UNC stop playing The National Anthem at sports events.  How would the UNCCH powers that be – Chihuahua / BOT / Fat Cats – respond?

ABCers’ answer to that is a given. Me? I would have a field day enjoying the FUROR that would create. You know I do so enjoy FURORs and CHAOS.




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4 years ago

The Russian National Anthem is probably preferred in Kenan anyway.

4 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Like that BLS is not a “safe space” for comments better suited for partisan echo chambers, aka message boards. There is plenty to criticize on how the university has mishandled and employed situational ethics prior to and since 2010. Both ABC detractors and blind UNC pride are equally insidious infections. But “they” don’t seem to hang around here for very long. ?

WHeyward Johnson
WHeyward Johnson
4 years ago

A new term for “those people” from the “Urban Dictionary” September 2 Here’s Your Word of the Day… porch dog A person who frequently attacks others in speech or writing, but who poses no intellectual threat whatsoever. The motivation of this type of person can usually be accurately construed as a desire to be obnoxious and offensive. Origin: The phrase “porch dog” is used to refer to dogs that sit on front porches and bark (vigorously and fruitlessly) at passersby, but who pose no physical threat. Yeah, that guy has a scathing response to just about everyone who posts in… Read more »

4 years ago

How do I drive thee crazy? Let me count the ways….or the whatever they are. SMILE 🙂 The CK comparison is NOT fair….I don’t have a spare Million bucks to give to NCSU to prove that I am True Red. If I did, I would have a prime motor home parking spot and be in the Vaughn, rather than Section 26. I personally did NOT hear UNC mentioned last night at CF. Our OWN Mr. Finley had a good night and we did not have to scramble under Vaughn Towers to wait out a Thunder Boomer. I would add that… Read more »

Bob Kennel
Bob Kennel
4 years ago

BL, surprisingly good game and good weather at Carter-Finley last night. W&M have a good offense (line, QB, receiver, and runner). State ‘s defense hung tight. State’s offense could be very good. Except for several bonehead plays and fears of weather, it would have been a just about perfect night. With your Kinston buddy in front of us. I kept wishing you had not self- imposed your live-game ban. Delayed going to Kennel’s Beach today because eye of Hermine directly above us now Will go in morning. Elaine and Jennie with knee and foot surgeries both say Hi. Interesting politics… Read more »

Colonel Batguano
Colonel Batguano
4 years ago

You’ll have to hear “aluminum” about 1,000 more times before you can match the number of times I’ve heard “amphibious.” 😉 On a far more serious topic, please install an “ignore” feature with your fancy new site software so I can deploy it on “you know who.” It is not hyperbole to say that just the thought of having to scroll past his “egocentric, unreadable rants to nowhere” sometimes prevents me from coming here to enjoy your site.

4 years ago

Calling Triangle football BTCF is a stretch at least in the last 50 years or more. Dave Doreen telling Pack how tough the Bil & Mary’s Tribe will be, is like Hitler telling his SS troopers preparing to invade France how tough it will be to defeat the French Army and march into Paris. Meanwhile, twixt-and-tween the shifting dunes stretching from Myrtle Beach to Duck, reporters getting rained on in goofy looking storm gear whilst standing ankle deep in the surf are telling us about Hermine and how treacherous conditions are and advising is mere mortals to not venture out… Read more »

4 years ago

I’m going out on a limb and saying UNC-Charlotte can forget Christmas In Shreveport. OUCH!

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