Coaches’ Seats Get Hot… Indians are poised

BobLee
October30/ 2016

Halloween Month (Oct) gives way to Thanksgiving Month (Nov) as those of us in the We Love Baseball Society are positively giddy.  Our National Pasttime rewards our devotion with oodles of examples why we….. Love Baseball.

JOY has gone AWOL on Chicago’s North Side and on Raleigh’s West Side like Casey’s mythical Mudville….  First lets deal with local matters.

Downeast…. “Scotty Mo”, or whatever they call him, notches an elusive W while Pirate fans take a greater pleasure watching an entire Marching Band STAND while asking “Jose, Can You See”.  The jury is still out…. because of, or in spite of, ChancelloAmedeossr Cecil Staton’s efforts.   We still believe Cecil The Chancellor is doing his best to blow out the flare of angry snowflakes’ discord.

Over bowls of lasagna and unlimited garlic bread…. Wuff loyalists at Amedeo’s on Western Blvd are assembling torches and pitchforks AGAIN.  Yea verily, Dave Who From Where is apparently NOT The Answer.

 

A grumbling chorus of “Won’t You Come Home Bill Cowher” rises above The Hindenburg Hangar at The Fairgrounds.

If not Our Boy Bill then perhaps Les Miles or Manny Diaz or (the usual trio of) Nick Saban, Bill Belichek, and Urban Meyer.  Losing to THE WORST Team in modern ACC History without Doug Flutie, Matt Ryan or Luke Kuechly and doing so ingloriously “at home” means Kay’s sister’s – a/k/a Frau’s – e-mail in-box is overflowing with suggestions.

When the clock strikes November and your team is not yet “bowl eligible” ….. suggestions from the disgruntled multitudes take on a nasty tone.   The Raging Yahoos of a disgruntled fan base never run out of “suggestions”.  How long before Frau flashes that Wuff finger thingy and gives Dave Who From Where the dreaded Vote of Confidence?

If only Bambard’s kick had …… “if only” indeed.

Meanwhile the (Not Very) Big (Not Even) 12 is assured of Not Having a Final Four participant this season.  As the odor of The Briles Era lingers, Jim Grobe suffers his first L as leader of Waco’s Bears.  …. and embattled Charlie Strong “makes it to November”.

Speaking of Art Briles, has his name come up in Amedeo’s backroom ….. yet?  Surely Pack SuperFan Bre’r Kennel would NOT approve of Art Briles.   Wait a minute, considering Bre’r love affair with a certain POTUS candidate, maybe he WOULD be all in for Art Briles too.

The Fighting Dabos prove the value of “nap rooms”….. “mini golf” and “sand volleyball courts” by thumping The Jimbos.

Mr Jefferson’s Hoos “almost” bring joy to The Lawn by almost upsetting Louisville.  When “almosts” are celebrated your school is NOT a Juggernaut.

Amid those towering pines the Fedorians take their annual “extra week to prepare for the triple option”…. As Bubba, Chihuahua and several million $$$$-worth of legal muscle go “behind closed doors” with The NCAA  AGAIN.  I have this image of Carol FoltChancellor Chihuahua – bedecked in her lapel ribbons and holding a votive candle – reminding the NCAA goons “I’m from Dartmouth”.

For all their trips to Indianapolis in recent years, UNC woulda been wise to have bought a condo back in 2008.

Who woulda guessed that UNCCH would be “under NCAA investigation” for longer than a black guy would be POTUS ???  Taking that bet nine years ago woulda won you a coin or two.

OK…. Now to BASEBALL

Admit it.  You are still scanning the grandstands of The Friendly Confines looking for at least one token “face of color”.  I’m telling you there ain’t nary a one.  They’re all over on Chi-Town’s South Side playing “9mm Tag, You’re Dead” while not listening to Jeremiah Wright’s racially toxic sermons…. and while waiting for their favorite “community organizer” to give a damn about them.   Guess what SUCKAS…. He doesn’t and he never did.  I digress.

I get why Those Lovable Loser Cubs are America’s (Baseball) Team du jour.  I am the ONLY Cardinals’ fan who is NOT a Cubs-hater.   If The Baseball Gods were smiling on Theo’s Guys I’d be fine with it.  They aren’t…. so as they say in Mudville:

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Mudville Nine that day;
the score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same,
a sickly silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast;
they thought, if only ……..

With goofy Chief Wahoo’s tribe only 27 outs away from donning those champagne goggles as I post this…. we devotees of Abner Doubleday’s Wonderful Game know all too well that it ain’t over til the fat lady makes that final out in the 9th.

The Men of Tito Jr have found Wrigley’s confines very very friendly ….. so far…. only means it ain’t over yet.   This has not been The Grand Celebration on Waveland Avenue that so many were anticipating just a week ago.

I’ve watched darn near every inning of the 2016 Fall Classic so far.  I’ve yet to see one instance of HEY LOOK AT ME crap.  I’ve seen high fives and hugs and lots of very happy Indians but not one HEY LOOK AT ME chest-thumping crap.   I really really like that.  You probably figured I would.  Huh?

The media fascination-fest for the Cubs was predictable.   The Cubs are “a national team” for all the well-documented reasons based on their 100 year drought and assorted futility.   “The Indians” are just “the Indians” and known more for the Major League movie than for Bob Feller, Al “Flip” Rosen, Herb Score, Rocky Colavito, et al.

Betcha still don’t know that Cleveland rightfielder Lonnie Chisenhall is from Morehead City (West Carteret High School)…. and Pitt Community College…. and a short time as a USC Gamecock.Grainger Stadium

NINE of the current Indians played in Kinston’s iconic Grainger Stadium for the Class A Kinston Indians “back when”.   Think Bull Durham and you might imagine there are young ladies in their late 20s / early 30s around Lenoir County who still have “special memories” of all-too-brief liaisons back when.   “Local lovelies” and young phenoms dreaming of making it to “the Big Leagues” are one of Baseball’s enduring traditions.

And, of course, Andrew Miller will always be a former Tar Heel All American / National Player of The Year.  But even hard-core Diamond Heel fans may not recall….

….. in 2006 – UNC’s first trip to Omaha – UNC playing Oregon State in “the Finals” and “poised to win it all”…. a routine ground ball to 2nd gets misplayed – OH NOOOO! and The Baseball Gods smiled on the Beavers.  The pitcher on the mound when that routine grounder was misplayed was … Andrew Miller.  Although he was “the ace”, Mike Fox had brought Miller in from the ‘pen to seal the victory.

Now, ten years later, heralded as Baseball’s #1 Reliever…. Andrew Miller is once again poised to Win It All on Baseball’s Biggest Stage ….. if The Baseball Gods allow.

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BobLee
  • Tin Foil Hat Heel Reply
    5 months ago

    Momentum has not just swung its ripped thru the fence and done a billy Joel imitation to the oak tree by the front porch. Tonight we get something truly special I can feel it in my gut though it could just be indigestion from binging on taco bell.

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      I assume you are talking about The World Series. Maybe so relative to “Mo” but baseball is a bit different than BB or FB. Emotion isn’t as much a carry-over factor because so much of Baseball is random… line drives right at a fielder versus a few inches beyond his reach… pitches 1″ outside… et al. That freak error in centerfield in the first inning ????

  • BobLee Reply
    5 months ago

    I’m hearing chatter that DD has the same Achilles Heel that John Bunting suffered…. re: staff management. “Burly John” kept shuffling and retooling but could never get the chemistry right. His barrel always had a few rotting apples in it. Could that be DD’s issues too? Didn’t Chuck have a similar problem?
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    No different with coaching than any other business with a CEO having to ride herd over conflicting personalities with all sorts of personal agendas and quirks.

    • Doug Reply
      5 months ago

      Having your hard earned reputation, livelihood, family’s well being, and future tied to the whims of immature 18-21 year old knuckleheads and a few similarly immature old guy knuckleheads? No thanks.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        Yep…

    • NCSU68Grad Reply
      5 months ago

      Don’t dispute your “insider” observations. YES, CtC (Chuck the Chest) had the same issues. Brilliant DC, but not a real “manager” that could build and maintain and direct a good team.
      That DOES seem to be a trait of NCSU. Remember, we FIRED Monte Kiffin. That is the SAME Mk that has been called one of the GREATEST Defensive Coordinators or “Minds” in NFL (as well as college) history. It WAS an ESPN talking head that quipped that….or maybe one of the analysts that played without his helmet for a few downs.

      • BobLee Reply
        5 months ago

        IMO… the best BTCHFC are good executive managers first and strategists 2nd. They hire Off / Def strategists and assorted positions teachers while they (HC) oversees the entire operation. Dimwitted fans get all freaky about flavors of the month… its the staff managers that are the consistent winners. Saban and Meyer are current examples.

  • Walt-in-Durham Reply
    5 months ago

    BobLee, “For all their trips to Indianapolis in recent years, UNC woulda been wise to have bought a condo back in 2008.” They could have borrowed Evan Bayh’s condo. He puts very few nights in his Indy crib.

    Walt-in-Durham

  • JD Reply
    5 months ago

    Is it awful that I just love the pained expressions on the Cubs fans faces when they are losing a postseason game at Wrigley?

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      Because I’ve never been an active participant in any anti-(insert name of fanbase) movement, I see them all the same. College students in general seem the “best” at extree losing histrionics. I don’t count “liberals” of course… NO ONE does “loser histrionics” like that species. To be fair to Cub fans… they have almost no experience in losing or winning postseason games at Wrigley.

  • myowngrandpaw Reply
    5 months ago

    Do not fret NC State fans. We will be good again. Our coaches must always come from “mid-America”. They must be keen on finding talent where no one sees it. When Sheridan was getting a “C” grade for his recruiting classees and UNC was always getting “A’s” from the stalwart prognosticators at the N&O, and Sheridan kept beating the Blue, the N&O threw up their hands and said Sheridan was using “smoke and mirrors” to outplay the A list recruits.

    We have endured, Kiffen, Reed, O’Cain(could win against top ten teams but not UNC) etc..
    There is a reason we keep going back in droves, Holtz, Sheridan, Amato(for a couple), OBrien(for 4 years, could beat UNC but not BC).

    NC State is a great program for a stepping stone to the big time. And if you fail miserably, your coaching career is not over because there are plenty of excuses, like you coached in a basketball conference. Or Clemson and FSU suck up all the air in the ACC.

    Hopefully by 2019 our new coach will have built the program up enough to beat those boys from the EAST. I am really beginning to dislike Corinth Holders High School!

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      I’ve always considered Sheridan the #1 NCS FB coach since E Edwards. Never really understood why he walked away… medical? …. sex scandal? … ? …. burnout?
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      If one looks at NCSU (and UNCCH) in the overall major college FB melting pot of “sleeping giants”… their history is hardly unique. Stubborn alum/fans hope against hope they can find a messiah to lead them to the Promised Land of FB Juggernaut… but instead it is an endless series of false prophets who either succeed for 2-3 years and leave for greener pastures … or can never get beyond “kind of good but not really”. I can’t imagine any NCS fan outside the extreme zombie faction thinking DD is just “a Russell or a Philip away from SUCCESS”. I’m sure DD is a nice guy, good family man, etc but nothing indicates he is a TOP TIER Big Time Coach… of which there are only a handful at best.

      • Doug Reply
        5 months ago

        I worked with a guy who played for Sheridan at NCSU. He doesn’t know the real reason he walked away. Someone knows and it’s really hard to keep things under wraps these days. The industrious Packer types who uncovered the Julius Peppers transcripts could if they really wanted to.

        Three of the “Big 4 football coaches, Fedora, Doeren, and Clawson ain’t exactly warm and fuzzy media or fan friendly guys. Too many L’s (7-21 in the ACC) magnifies DD’s problem. But Jimbo, Saban aren’t Lou Holtz types either. Winning does matter in a tough business.

        I see where Scam Newton is complaining about being tackled today. Cubs still alive. Hoping for 7 games.

        • BobLee Reply
          5 months ago

          Consistent W’s against “hated rivals” can counter a “dry ball” personality as was proven by TO’B. NCS fans are forever searching for “the next quippy V”. To his credit, DD has never tried to be “that”… neither has Fedora.

        • NCSU68Grad Reply
          5 months ago

          Doug
          Scam would have been, to me, a bit over the top. However, when he chose an outfit that cried out….”Look at Me!”, then I do agree.
          Sort of like Madonna promised sexual favors to males who voted for HRC. Of course, WJC was first in line and the only one permitted past her heavily armed security detail.
          On second thought, the first Mama, Michelle O, backing HRC and not listening to the black rappers comments about THEIR “RESPECT” for females is a close second….but Scam probably wins out.
          Good observation.

          • Doug
            5 months ago

            I like to have a little warped fun too.

  • Former96Heel Reply
    5 months ago

    2006 Omaha trip was almost as enjoyable to me as the 2009 Basketball tourney, even if the result was a heartbreaking L. The Omaha tourney is always special for the lucky teams to get their moment in the sun. Double elimination keeps the bullpen in play, and takes out a lot of the lucky bounce losses. I had this horrible feeling that second baseman would feel that play forever, and then they got beat in Game 3. Hopefully it doesn’t sting too bad, because getting there is a heck of a lot more than I ever accomplished on the diamond.

    But I am still flummoxed as to why the former leader in televised sports would air every single Woman’s softball game, but the regionals and super-regionals were hardly anywhere to be found. I wonder if Skipper even cares about airing sports anymore, even after losing over 600k subscribers in October.

    No doubt, many of those 600k are all waiting on that ACC Channel so they can catch all the field hockey a precious snowflake can handle. Swoff going all-in on that makes as much sense as investing in the newsprint business. Or buggy whips. Or Hillary IT specialists.

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      I wonder if Miller still has a vivid memory of that play in 2006? To my knowledge the kid that was playing 2nd then has NOT been “Bartmanized”. I don’t even recall his name.
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      ESPN / Skipper continue to trivialize the loss of subscribers which has become a running joke…. “move along people…. nothing to see here… move along”. Not unlike Goodell and his falling ratings.

      • Former96Heel Reply
        5 months ago

        My curiosity got the better of me. Maybe that’s why college BB still has a little charm left for me, someone like Coastal has a chance to win it all, and even in the big programs, only a few really live the dream to make it like Andrew Miller.

        The kid on second went straight to Georgia Tech for his Masters and works in the construction industry, if Linkedin can be trusted. The smaller stage kept him from being our Freddy Brown, and thankfully (outside South Carloina) the board monkeys mostly ignore baseball, since it falls in that season of “who has the most stars in their recruiting class”.

        • BobLee Reply
          5 months ago

          Good to know. Wonder if he keeps up with his teammates, attends reunions, etc. Wonder if Bill Buckner ever contacted him ??

  • Doug Reply
    5 months ago

    Pretty sad when a coach must win a winnable game against a hated rival to survive since about the only thing of value to the win is a few folks being able to tease a few other folks around a water cooler for a week or less. But this is reality. I’ll be interested to see how the Eagle’s-Cowboy’s NFL’s rating numbers stack up against a World Series game as they go for a rare matchup Sunday Night. Surely a World Series game will annihilate the NFL, adding to a string of rating fails.

    On to important stuff. If you like eastern NC fish stew you’ll be able to find it in many places across NC for the next week as part of a fundraiser to help ENC recover from Hurricane Matthew. Here’s a link and a list of restaurants participating from the mountains to the coast and in other states. I plan on getting my fix.

    http://gardenandgun.com/blog/help-eastern-north-carolina-fish-stew?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socialmedia&utm_campaign=october2016_facebook

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      Yum! Doesn’t Kens Grill in LaGrange have fish stew every Friday? I haven’t had it in YEARS.
      .
      That will be a good test for the NFL. No question where I’ll be tuned to. Goodell will have several excuses ready to roll out. None of which will include the word “Kaepernick” of course.

      • Doug Reply
        5 months ago

        I think Ken’s still serves his fish stew every Friday during fall/winter.

  • NCSU68Grad Reply
    5 months ago

    BL, you seem to be channeling the “Donald” in mid column. I think that our lads are still fixated on playing “BB Tag”. Maybe that is why they are not focused.
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    Big Art’s name is on the most SANE of the BM’s….so it does have credibility. The current justification is that he was on an “enabler”, like HRC and that he, Personally, never did the dirty (Rev. Wright’s line) with any cute coed….like Petrino and WJC and certain OTHER coaches (unnamed of course) did. So WHY NOT seek out Art.
    .
    Les Miles. Ye Gads. For all our warts, we Woffies DO try to maintain Fiscal Responsibility. It will cost $2,520,000 to buy out DD at the end of this year. If it done tomorrow, we can save $140 K. Les, WOW, would that cost us….We pay Coach DD $2,480,000 (plus a list of incentives that Clinton, Inc would lust over in THEIR contracts). He also get two limo’s, 20 FB tickets, 6 BB tickets (transportation included for he and main squeeze) and a State Club membership. Les is getting $1,500,000 over the next 6 years. Do the math. You can’t buy out DD and pay Les.
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    OK, you could….but it would take some deep pockets….OPPS….then in lies the RUB. Unlike the Rams Club, the WPC does NOT supplement or make payments to DD. The WPC does “building and facility improvements” and Schollys. That little “business connection” was outlawed by the BOT, BOG and Boss Hog when Jimmy V was crucified. SO, all the Big Dollar Donors can gripe and complain, but they are NOT paying DD’s Salary. The FANS are.
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    Therein lies the RUB. CF is sold out. Fewer and fewer “season tickets” are available as the ones with any view at all were scoffed up by Bobby Purcell and his “Mark Roberts” marketeers. SO, they were sold based on a 10 year pledge. The rank and file WP LTR owner will FORFEIT his LTR rights (and CA$H) if he does NOT pay any outstanding Pledge installment each year…..and IF he does not purchase the Season Tickets.
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    SO, therein is the problem. We can’t buy out DD as we don’t have the money….and we can’t take those piles of Laundered (maybe even pressed) Cash that the Rams Club dispenses.

    I really don’t have a solution….therefore, my usual advice on everything from WHICH pants suit to wear today to the condition of the seat backs, is “Beats the Feces out of me….”.
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    I DO hope that Brer Kennel has some insight and a Harvard Business Review approved plan to deal with DD….I sure don’t
    NOW, if we changed the charter of the WPC, then we could claim that we did such to emmulate “The Carolina Way….”
    Cubbies fate was sealed when Comey spilled the beans. Aid-N-Abett Humorus had the payoff files on her Blackberry…

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      I yield to your in-depth familiarity with the WPC but why would it be so fundamentally different from TRC ?? I can see a private club like The Iron Dukes doing whatever they please, but would assume WPC / TRC to be alike ??? Again, a juicy W amid the pines makes it all irrelevant… but a butt-whuppin’ BY the Fedorians will send your mob into a full-scale mega-riot.
      .
      Every “sleeping giant” in The Power Five” as a faction of raging crazies ready to hire Art Briles and/or Bobby Petrino. Whats a few whiney bimbos compared to a Natty C?

  • SawBones Reply
    5 months ago

    Can they (NCSU) afford a Les Miles?

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      The “they” that always bring up every high-priced celebrity coach in these panic mob situations are NOT the “they” that have any responsibility whatsoever for paying for them. In many cases the “they” aren’t even in the booster club or even season ticket-holders. Usually just angry goobers with keyboards… I’m sure NCSU has an inner circle core of very deep-pockets who can “afford” anything they deem essential. The same inner circle that gets hit up for Hindenburg Hangars and extra charging stations and Reynolds Re-Dos etc ec etc. 3% pay for the toys of the other 97%. Same at every Big Time Wannabee School.

  • OldWuf Vet Reply
    5 months ago

    Condo in Indianapolis….yep, they probably have expensed a lot of nights at the Super 8 in Indianapolis.

    Looking grim for Coach DD. More likely they’ll give him a reprieve til Frau retires and the new AD arrove. I was enjoying the relatively quiet honeymoon period. Seems Wolfpack fans remain in a constant state of dissatisfaction

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      A not-impossible W amid the pines in late November and DD can buy green bananas for another year. For sure there is a Bambard Effect in play.

  • MerryH Reply
    5 months ago

    Between all the Hillary disciples running around in circles yelling “WE DON”T CARE ABOUT THOSE STUPID EMAILS… or all of her other crimes.” …. and now WuffNation in Hysteria looking for a rope and a tree for Dave Who From Where; it is a good time to BE BOBLEE.

    • BobLee Reply
      5 months ago

      Sometimes the fodder comes in a trickle… and some times like a firehose… but there is ALWAYS fodder.

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