DON’T DO IT ECU…. and More

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BobLee
January24/ 2017

But Wait… There’s More

I find myself in the dilemma of the starving man staring at an All-U-Can-Buffet and being paralyzed by so many choices. I can’t write because there is too much to write about…

To say “there nothing worth offering insightful insights about” is certainly not the case. I have several sure-to-be-classics in varying stages of preparation. But which to polish and post… Oh Me! Oh My!

My dilemma is nothing compared to AgentPierce’s. Lordy, he truly is “that Okefenookee swamp boy who fell into the barrel of molasses and prayed the Good Lord would give him a mouth to fit the occasion…”. “Whatever All That Silliness Was” on Saturday could keep AP busy for a month of Sundays. “Millions of liberals’ heads exploding” is “the smell of napalm in the morning” to Pierce.

Since AP and I are both merchants in Chaos and Human Foolishness, our respective markets are bountifully over-flowing. Ya think?

But I gotta post something because…. well just because. So lets go with a potpourri column. You guys always like those.

Becoming A Minimal Zealot…

Recall that recent column about “decrapitization of our attic”? While bathing in the rejuvenating after-glow of that cleansing experience, I decided to Minmalismlearn more about “minimizing” by reading (listening to) one of many (who knew?) books about “the Minimalist Lifestyle”. …. I am now in the early stages of minimal zealotry. If you know any vegans, cross-fitters, AmWayers or Scientologists… you know how scary “zealots” can be.

Kid/Emily is also a minimalist convert. But Blondie must less so. Since Kid is in far-away MadWiscy and Blondie is “here”, I must practice my new all-consuming passion carefully a/k/a “keep my hands off HER stuff”. …..More later… or should I say “More about Less later”?
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The World’s Shortest G.O.A.T.

Was Aaron Rodgers’ reign as Greatest QB of All Time the shortest ever? William McKinley was POTUS longer than Rodgers was the G.O.A.T.

If Matt Ryan leads Atlanta to a win will TO’B be the first college HC to have developed Two Super Bowl Winning QBs – Ryan and Russell?

Last week GB v Dallas game was “one for the ages” but these last two were “snoozers” so now all the pundits are debating “how to improve the NFL ASAP?” One suggestion I would make is remove Lady GaGa as the halftime act at The Super Bowl. This celebrity-skank has been asked not to do a Trump-rant but she most certainly will and by so doing drive away what’s left of the 50% of America that started leaving The NFL after Kaepernick’s antics.

If New England wins will Everyone Least Favorite Pro Sports Commissioner – Roger Goodell even appear on stage with Bob Kraft and Tom Brady?
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Another Dominican Ballplayer Death

I’ve never been to the Dominican Republic but it surely leads the Caribbean in number of MLB players killed in car accidents. The KC Royals pitcher – Ventura joins the Cardinals’ phenom – Taveras as off-season fatalities. No report yet if alcohol / drug-related. More often than not these things do have a drug / alcohol component. …. sigh.

As with any celebrity tragic death… it (tragic death) only happens with “wonderful human beings who were much loved by all who knew them”. Perhaps one cure for leveling the playing field in this increasingly maddening world is for a-holes and jackasses to start dying ??
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State Beats Duke In Cameron…. AGAIN

I guess Gott cooled his seat off last night, huh. Did you know that “a Jeff Capel-coached Duke team” has NEVER beaten NC State EVER in recorded history…. Not once. That losing streak is now at “one”. The last Duke coach to lose to NCSU at Cameron was Pete Gaudet.

Was this the first time EVER that NC State has (1) lost to Wake Forest at home; then (2) beaten Duke in Cameron within a 48-hour period? I’m beating it is.
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What YOU See on Social Media

I had this Twitter discussion with a socio-political adversary earlier today… how many people across the political spectrum thinks everyone else sees the same Twitter / Facebook feed they see. They DON’T of course.…. Ergo since most folks follow/friend like-minds, they assume EVERYONE “out there” shares their opinion on stuff.

Pierce had a great commentary on Friday – Why Liberals Follow Celebrity Deities… but Not-Liberals are convinced NOBODY Cares what Meryl, Michael, Rosie, Ashley, Madonna Say …. If that were the case there are a LOT of Nobodies out there, aren’t there?
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ECU… DO NOT Expand Dowdy-Ficklin … DON’T

My spies Downeast tell me the ECU Fat Cats & Friends are seriously considering expanding Dowdy-Ficklin Stadium including, of course, the usual “luxury suites”.  I’m going ON RECORD saying that is a REALLY REALLY BAD IDEA. ECU Stadium

My warning has nothing to do with the well-known enthusiastic PirateNation fanbase.  You have GREAT fans.  Nor does it have anything to do with an unproven Scottie Montgomery.  I would say DON’T if you had hired a Saban/Bilichek clone.

For all but a handful of Real Juggernaut programs – maybe a dozen across the country, adding seats to your football stadium is like going to Best Buy and buying up all their floppy disks and i-Phone-5s.  The Bigger and Bigger Stadium Era is OVER!

Wannaspend $$$… spend it to increase the comfort and “being there” experience for existing fans.   Renumber your seats, expanding the seat widths from 18″ to 24″ …. up your Wi-Fi capability …. you already have a fine tailgate environment PLUS those mighty fine coeds.  Concentrate on “fan comfort” features – restrooms, concessions (lower your prices!).  Hellfire… add  some Dabo-crap for recruits.  DO NOT EXPAND THE STADIUM.

Yeah, I know your ego demands “a Bigger Stadium”.  Did some semi-literate 17 y/o galoot from Beaulaville say “I wantsa to play in front of 70,000 fans” so now you do something stoopid? …. like fire Ruffin McNeil?  I digress.

Sure… you’ll probably do it any way…. and I’ll be here to say – I TOLD YOU SO.

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Emerald Isle Converts

In addition to my afore-mentioned Minimalist zealotry, I may be developing an Emerald Isle (EI) zealotry too. I’ve been an Atlantic Beach / Morehead- Emerald Islekinda guy since forever; but we tried a long weekend at EI last weekend…. and have found ourselves a new “beach retreat”. Same island / same ocean but just the right amount of civilization for our tastes. We are already planning our next EI getaway.

Somewhat related… A friend with connections recently offered us a FREE Long Weekend at Bald Head Island… and we politely declined. Bald Head is just too remote for our tastes. We just hunker down in our oceanfront duplex/condo rental and “look at /listen to the ocean” while “saving humanity from itself one commentary at a time” but we like it….
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OK…. Now back to polishing up the next BobLee Classic ….

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Dale Manning
Dale Manning
3 years ago

I think the amphibious faux pas by Charles Shackleford was actually spoken during a 60 Minute interview with Morley Shafer, several days after “Shack” had made a pivotal shot ina win over UNC. This was during the late stages of the Coach V era when some of the questionable actions of team members were being disclosed. The interview was held in a small room somewhere on campus and included Chris Corcianni and one other player whose name I cannot recall. What I do recall is when the infamous line was made, Corcianni literally fell off the bench/couch on which he… Read more »

Frank Underwood
Frank Underwood
3 years ago

Probably should have checked with The Godfather before you laid the Smackdown on ole ECTC!

Frank Underwood
Frank Underwood
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Your beef is not with me, maybe you can come to B’s soon and kiss the ring and all will be right in the world again ?

thailand
thailand
3 years ago

I remember a group of condos called The Sand Pebbles at Emerald Isle where my family stayed a week for a few summers. We, since my Kinston days, had always stayed at a friend’s cottage on the third road back from the beach every August, until the cottage was sold. Loved dear old Morehead and Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle. On a trip back in 2013 I ventured down to the coast–Atlantic Beach is really built up now, and my favorite fishing spot, the Iron Steamer Pier is no more (hurricane). Emerald Isle is a really pretty part of the… Read more »

thailand
thailand
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Watching those blues flashing and tearing after a darting seahawk from the railing of any of those piers was thrilling, especially when a large King closed in from behind. Thai soup equivalent to NC fish stew is tom yum plah…..spicy with large fish chunks and tomato based with lemon grass and ginger and chili. Good, but just not the same 🙁 Good old Wonder Bread. Difficult to spread Peter Pan Crunchy or Philadelphia Cream Cheese w/o tearing. Must have eaten a billion baloney and mayo on Wonder Bread. From Pattaya Thailand Politics and sports galore…..I’m now a Nationals fan and… Read more »

Doug
Doug
3 years ago
Reply to  thailand

Thailand brought some great memories of AB and Morehead too and add Topsail Island surf fishing and Barnacle Bill’s Pier in Surf City with my dad in my youth before we moved to Kinston. Surf City was dad’s favorite fishing spot. He preferred surf fishing. Pier of surf didn’t matter to me as long as I was fishing with my daddy. In the early 60’s my uncle built a cottage in Emerald Isle. There were only 3 or 4 other dwellings between his cottage and the Emerald Isle Pier. Almost 2 miles. Not that way today by a long shot.… Read more »

thailand
thailand
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Ought to run that column out periodically, especially when the loonies in sports and politics are serving up their own spicy broth….Fishing with dad and drums of Eastern NC fish stew will easily “Trump” their spew 🙂

thailand
thailand
3 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Hey Doug,
I usually spend a month or two each year in Chiang Mai. Oddly, my good friend from Pine Knolls Shore retired there–small world. And Bangkok to me is one of the great cities of the world–and that Sky Train zips over the motor traffic effortlessly.

A few years ago my cub scout buddy (now a sports writer) turned me on to BobLee–an N&O guy recommending BobLee? Yikes!

Dad days were the best. 🙂

Thailand

Doug
Doug
3 years ago
Reply to  thailand

I went to Chiang Mai buy Thai tobacco and Bangkok to sell US tobacco. Many tobacco guys live there permanently. A good many come from southern Africa (Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi) and the UK. Sadly, about a year ago a good friend living there, Roy Teague, and former colleague in the business died suddenly leisurely bike riding with his family. RIP Roy. One of my most vivid memories is playing 27 holes of golf there on a Typical 100º muggy Thai day. We were in shorts. The caddies were tiny females, wearing long pants, long sleeve shirts, jackets, faces covered with… Read more »

Doug
Doug
3 years ago
Reply to  Doug

Oh I forgot. You haven’t lived unless you take a tuk tuk to Neil’s Tavern in Bangkok. Then off to the Patpong night market, finished off by a night cap and some live entertainment there. Never seen anything like it anywhere. As Forest Gump said, that’s all I have to say about that. :-/

Mark
Mark
3 years ago

First you could at least spell FICKLEN right. Then you could read the points of the release that actually outline very much what you suggested… enhancements. FROM THE OFFICIAL RELEASE: -Construction of a southside tower resulting in the creation of 1,000 premium seats through the addition of a new Club Level, Loge Boxes, Standard Suites and Founder’s Suites … -Game day experience enhancement with a new Pirate Club Level, -Field Level Club and premium parking spaces … -A modern press level with additional space for media, including amended radio and television broadcast and production locations … -Improvements to the Ward… Read more »

wolfdon
wolfdon
3 years ago

My wife passed away last year after 55 years of marriage most of which we spent at EI for a week or two during the summer. My son and I were reminiscing recently and he reminded me that there were two days each year that he knew to avoid his mom ……the day she had to leave EI and the day we had to take down the Christmas tree.

Doug
Doug
3 years ago

The best recent thing I’ve seen on social media is #NotMySuperBowl. Something like “I do not accept the results of the Falcons-Packers game and will not support the Falcons. I’m requesting for the game to be replayed………..” It’s a new day in America. Best protest sign seen at the women’s march. “I’m so mad I made a sign.” Most offensive. “Keep you tiny orange hands off my country” with an “alternative” spelling of country. Use your imagination. ? ECU definitely needs a new press box. The current box reminds one of a single wide 40′ shipping container with a few… Read more »

EI.Guy
EI.Guy
3 years ago

Can I assume you have checked out The Trading Post at EI? … and Flipperz?

AlphaWolf
AlphaWolf
3 years ago

The funding at Reynolds was $20,000,000 Wolfpack Club (private) and $15,000,000 University (public). Reynolds has ROTC and classrooms and other spaces which belong to, and are used by the University not the Athletic Department. Interestingly, the original drawings for Reynolds are titled “ARMORY”, Hmmm, a funding method..perhaps. 🙂

4dapir8s
4dapir8s
3 years ago

BL, even you do not understand your level of astuteness. The plans for the stadium actually come close to your suggestions. The $55 million project proposed for ECU will add about 1000 seats in club level boxes and suites. Of course, you have to please the fat cats that finance the project. However, a marketing and financial feasibility study several years ago (including a survey of Pirate Club members and fans) concluded that a 60,000 seat, or larger, stadium was not in the best interest of the university in this age of big-screen TV and increasing ticket prices. Other than… Read more »

PurplePride
PurplePride
3 years ago

Everything you say about the trends in college Football is consistent with what I’ve been hearing for several years. On-site attendance cannot compete with flat screen TVs and instant replay. I see people come to tailgate but never go into the stadium choosing to watch the game from RV TVs. … That said, I’m sure you will catch hell from some of our most overly-caffeinated Pirates. 🙂

Robert Kennel
Robert Kennel
3 years ago

BL,
I’m becoming a word minimalist ?
– Enjoyable Duke game last night especially watching Duke fans’ and Allen’s body language. Gottfried should have his father at every game.
– Reynold’s modifications had a minimalist direction. Fewer seats, greater comfort, historical content.
– AP shouldn’t get too giddy since the Trump personality might well lead to unintended international issues and domestic policy overreach.
– Finally, Emerald Isle is getting conglomerated. Should come down to Kennel’s Beach for ultimate minimalization (and lower costs). And traffic getting there is so much easier ?
Go Pack !

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Note length of earlier post. NY Resolution for brevity

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Good Advice….I would hate to OUT TRUMP….TRUMP. Keep Pecking….
Paraphrasing Carole Bradshaw (Meg Ryan’s character or Goose’s wife in Top Gun)….”There are Liberal heads exploding all over the world today and unless you are a fool, you know that Donald Trump is 100% Prime Time in love with the USA….”

knothead
knothead
3 years ago

This goes along with the observation that the best parties are in places that are too small for them. When the party nor event moves to a bigger place, the event/party seems to lose it’s energy.

see: Reynolds vs RBC, Carmichael vs Dean Dome

regards: knothead

robedixon
robedixon
3 years ago

You got in a twofer here when it comes to pissing off certain groups. First off is Pirate Nation which you of course have already mentioned. Secondly is the Beaulaville group who I personally know a good number and they will not take kindly to your thinking there is one single semi-literate in the bunch. Duplin County people will likely not take this sitting down either. So my advice is if your route to your newfound paradise on EI is via Beaulaville is to make sure you are safely under the 35 MPH while driving through town and do not… Read more »

WilsonPirate
WilsonPirate
3 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

The ECU upgrade will only add 1K of seats, The major reason is to upgrade the “mobile home on stilts” that has been the press box for too long. (Got to keep the TV guys happy since they call the shots) and yes they will add sky boxes for the fat cats, but hopefully they will pay enough to cover that cost.

Hill from Wilmington
Hill from Wilmington
3 years ago

Kenan needs to expand the general concourse and restroom area so one can move freely about during halftime and not spend the entire duration of halftime in line waiting for the bathroom. But wait BobLee, that means a tree (or 50) would have to be cut down. Heavens no! I’m calling Trump so a deal will get done!!!!

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
3 years ago

Interesting potpourri, BL, AP may need steroids and counseling. There is much a foot that is driving the anti Limbaugh crowd bonkers. The lard for brains is trending. The idiot DNC official that launched the White People got to learn to keep their Fat White mouths shut probably won’t be retweeted by Laura Leslie or be Lester Holt’s lead story. Les Robinson’s 1 & 0 in Cameron against Pete Gaudet. Gottfried is matching that with Capel. Near as I can remember, Jimmy V was last NCSU coach to whip Duke & Coach K in Cameron Emerald isle is our primary… Read more »

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