Our Cup Runneth Over… (Formerly “Rimshots”)

Cup Running Over
BobLee
August20/ 2017

A “Our Cup Runneth Over” Column.   I’m reviving our old RIMSHOTS format renamed Our Cup Runneth Over to discuss several topical topics…

I was right about The Fat Lady wasn’t I?  I bet I’m right about Silent Sam too.  No way Sam survives… gone by Labor Day.

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MLB in a Minor League Ballpark

“My Cardinals” played (but not very well) the Pirates in a ESPN / MLB Special Game Sunday night in a minor league ballpark in Williamsport PA in conjunction with LLWS… I may have related this story before. If so, I’m doing it again….

In 1962, Kinston (a Pirate Class A affiliate) got to host a pre-season game between the Pirates and Washington Senators at “historic” Grainger Stadium. It was at the end of Spring training as the ballclubs were “heading north”. Grainger Stadium

That Pirate team still had the nucleus of the 1960 World Champions (Mazeroski, Clemente, Friend, Law, Face, etc). The day before the game an all-day “frog strangler” rain hit Kinston. Under any normal circumstance no way the game would be played but “the locals (including a young Internet Legend-to-be) had been looking forward to it for months.

“They” brought in helicopters from Seymour Johnson AFB and Cherry Point MAB to blow the field dry… and all sort of other drying techniques of that era. The field was still “a mess” but PLAY BALL any way… but without “the regulars”. BUMMER!

I especially recall “whining” to my Dad that “it’s not fair” we have to watch “these nobodies” play and not the “stars”. I recall one particular “whine” about …. “Some rookie named Willie Stargell?… Who in the world is he? He’s a nobody. IT’S NOT FAIR!

I guess even I once had a board monkey moment.

 

Speaking of LLWS…

As you msy know… a team from Greenville NC is “the talk of Williamsport”. They are 2-0 with a perfect game and a no-hitter. Being touted as the favorite in the USA Division to likely play Japan / Taiwan in the finals.

As usual… the Taiwanese players all shave and their voices have all changed. Many brought their wives and children with them. “12” in Taiwan equals “about 15” in our years….Taiwan Little League makes Louiville seem clean by comparison.

A long-time BLS reader from Greenville reports that Greenville’s Little League parents are “nothing to be proud of”. Apparently the Pitt County parents’ behavior during the season is “notorious” with all the negative stereotypes one hears about with Youth Sports parents. That’s a shame…. And we thought “the porn star” was Greenville’s “dirty laundry”.

Good Luck to the kids regardless of their jackass parents.

 

RE: Colin Kaepermick

I am getting asked a lot off-line to give my opinion of “all things Kaepernick”. I was planning to include THAT in my much-anticipated Future Of Football column.

Obviously, it is “his right” to do what he does… or what he doesn’t do. Passively disrespecting the National Anthem has not reached “Yell Fire in a Crowded Theater” level.

A LOT of high-profile athletes and entertainers, AfAm and otherwise, don’t share MY views on America and “being an American”.… I don’t share THEIR views on America and “being an American” either. So there… Not standing respectfully for the SSB is among the least intrusive ways they can express our differences. I don’t “celebrate” MLK Day or Black History Month.

I did not watch five minutes of ANY NFL pre-season or regular season game last year.  I may watch even less this season. I appreciate that I am no longer a target demographic for The NFL… and definitely not for The NBA.

More on all this in upcoming columns.

 

Ads on Websites…

I recently discussed the current trends in “Digital Revenue Generation”… i.e. how to make $$$ with ads on a website.

The ever-increasing popularity of THIS website has resulted in regular offers to get me to carry certain types of “digital advertising”. I don’t mean “porn”. I mean pop-ups, intrusive videos and other formats that invade the content of the columns. I turned down two offers this past week. I intend to continue doing so.

Maybe you would not mind all those intrusive ads. I know I DO when I encounter them more and more on sites I visit.   I think “we” share enough opinions that we think alike on this issue.

 

It’s Here… Like It or Not…

No surprise… AgentPierce is getting very “froggy” these days.  The 2nd American Civil War has begun with/without a formal announcement. It did NOT start in Charlottesville last week.  It did not start on Nov 8th. It has been inevitable for quite some time.

IMO… Blaming “it” on Trump is as simplisticly stoopid as blaming “it” on Obama.  I’ve got “it” traced back to Eve and “that darn apple” in Eden.  Regardless. it’s time to “get it on”.  No surprise, I don’t have that many acquaintances of the liberal persuasion.  The handful I do have, I prefer to keep if possible.

I certainly don’t consider myself among the lunatic fringe “on my side”.  I prefer to imagine “my handful of liberal acquaintances” do not support the equally lunatic fringe “on their side”.  That may be naive of me.  If they do, that handful will diminish accordingly.   We’ll see…

Now it’s here… like it or not. I hope no one actually “likes it”. Unless you sell ax handles, 2x4s, balaclava masks and ammunition, I guess.

AP will be representing SaidWhatMedia on this rather important subject so long as it makes sense that he do so. If that changes… You’ll Know It!

His latest column – “Is George Soros Buying The N&O / Charlotte Observer” BLEW UP CYBER-SPACE Sunday night.  Check it out if you want to… or not, as you choose.

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Doug
Doug
2 years ago

I had to come over here to settle down some from the uproar your buddy AP caused in the last 18 hours or so. In case you didn’t know,your buddy AP went yard today. And more than once. Those never read AP’ers should really check it out today. . Anyhoo, I read today that the UNC Faculty Executive Committee passed a resolution Thursday stating UNC reputation is at risk with proposed ban on civil rights legal work. . Not one word about a trivial academic and athletics issue the NCAA is reportedly looking into dating back to at least the… Read more »

WolfPack00
WolfPack00
2 years ago

BL,

I am going to have to quit reading your column. I can’t afford to lose any more friends because your name is the same as a Confederate General!

Also glad to see DD strict response.

Former96heel
Former96heel
2 years ago

My heavens, how does an internet legend sleep with such spoon-fed news teed up? Fodder, fodder, fodder abounds.
Please, someone tell me today that there is an Asian-American Student Broadcaster Association protesting that other BobLee from being removed from a game schedule. And how are these poor students in CH going to be able to concentrate on the new semester with that trigger on Franklin with literally his hand near a trigger?

TheCowdog
TheCowdog
2 years ago

Actually…all I gotta add is that I’m happy that you and AP have been discovering the joys of gin and tonic to beat the heat, here.

Drop a dime the next time the 2 of ya get together. 🙂

TheCowdog
TheCowdog
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Call Coach. He can explain.

Or…just call him.

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Sounds good to me. Did you say Mary or Monica? My vote is for the Blue Smurfette to be hoisted up there or maybe in the Dome where the 2005 banner “used” to be.
Protesters got viral. No reports of urine filled water bottles or hair spray flame throwers.
Goodnight, George….

Ron Cole
Ron Cole
2 years ago

Regarding little leaguers being told to sandbag during tryouts, I played in the mid 50s in a small town in the western part of the state. I know for sure this same conduct was going on then. Sad then, sad now.

Ron Cole
Ron Cole
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Unfortunate that we have not moved past that sort of example for kids in the last 60 years or so. One would hope we had “grown out” of such behavior in that length of time.

Radio_Smuggles
Radio_Smuggles
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Any word from BK on those 5 “Boy Scouts” over in west Raleigh?

WolfPack00
WolfPack00
2 years ago

Off subject I know, but if my memory is correct, after Charlottesville you predicted that Silent Sam would be gone before September 1. Looks like your prophecy might be coming true today!

Former96heel
Former96heel
2 years ago

Re: Popups, etc. I am beginning to wonder if anyone in the new media actually views their product from the perspective of the audience. I have given up on more web articles on my phone than I can count do to pop-ups, overlapping ads, ads that take up most of the screen, and so on. It makes the actual article unreadable, which means I hunt for the red X as soon as possible. I know the article is not what the publisher is pushing, but for the advertiser, it is not even remotely effective. . I’m of the belief that… Read more »

JD
JD
2 years ago

The left will be the first to point out that Colin Kaepernick has the “right” to sit, stand, or kneel during the anthem and burn the flag while he is doing it. But let a group of Conservatives gather to peacefully protest then they are declared to have no rights because they are a “hate group” and we have no freedom of speech. The Tea Party is decried by liberal politicians as “violent” and “extreme” and “anti-government”. . But ANTIFA and BLM are heroic for shutting up the free speech of Americans with pepper spray, baseball bats, and bricks. Look… Read more »

Elrod
Elrod
2 years ago

Very interesting how our minds have been working in parallel of late. So many things we have been thinking about where we have very similar thoughts. . Like Pirates baseball in the late 50s – early 60s. I grew up in Gastonia (did I really say that?) which had a Class A Pirates club then. Having a hard time recalling all the names, but I do remember that 9 of the “Lumber Yard” crew went through there in that era. It was always entertaining to see that many balls go ‘yard’. . And the LLWS with those ‘parents’. My father… Read more »

Radio_Smuggles
Radio_Smuggles
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Here’s the twist that makes my blood boil. Parent arranges a “private” work out with a LL coach for 9 or 10 year old Tommy. Batting cage, an obscure middle school diamond, out of town, ect. You or I might ride by and smile and think; Playing ball with your kid is wonderful thing, and then we forget about it. Fast forward to LL tryouts and draft day. The rub. Coach thinks your kid is special but coach’s team won the city championship the season before and his team picks last or it’s drawing straws for picks for an unknown… Read more »

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
2 years ago

BL:

The first CW started at the election of Lincoln as well. Merely the shooting started later. The first was lost due to lack of adequate manufacturing in the South (speaking generally). I wonder if the excess of snowflakes/lack of moral fiber will be the lost nail, of the lost shoe, of the lost horse, of the lost rider…that leads to the second Democrat loss?

Hesire #2
Hesire #2
2 years ago

This time we[the South] will win and the country will be better for it. I am ready to suit up. Just give me a southern uniform.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

Is this a great country or what? Civil War II is being fought because arguing about CW I hasn’t stopped. Do you think military rule & Federal troops will be deployed during the Reconstruction phase? Maybe BK’s Party will get booted……Again!! ????

Radio_Smuggles
Radio_Smuggles
2 years ago

I also saw the Yankees vs Mets at Grainger Stadium in the late 60’s/early 70’s?? as the teams were headed north after Spring Training. Pretty Cool. Got to shake Yogi’s hand and, seeing him in person, was shocked at his slight stature. A few years later a mutual acquaintance and I went to a Yankees-Orioles series in Baltimore. Former Kinston Eagle Gene “Sitck” Michael was managing the Yankees at the time. We bumped into him in the hotel lobby and told him we were from Kinston. He looked at us like we were fools and said “i’m sorry to hear… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
2 years ago

Need to change the column photo to Dolly Parton in string bikini….or a photoshopped image.
Recommend your readers go to the Carolina Plott Hound site and read the heritage of Tar Heels. If Silent Sam goes….so should UNC team name. Stir ’em up….

58 Wolf Kennel
58 Wolf Kennel
2 years ago

BL, have always loved your “Rimshots”. Sorry I could not get you a definitive answer on Mr. Wuf on the Beach. I do not believe the Cheerleader/ Dance/ Mascot programs are line organizations under the University or receive funding from the University. In either case I support the Athletic Department issuing an apology. Whether sincere or not, it has still pointed out that NC State is doing it right. Hopefully our football and basketball programs will prove the point as well. I’m certainly satisfied with our current coaches who are “carrying the ball”. . I got suckered over into reading… Read more »

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to  58 Wolf Kennel

So the rumor that BK and Robert Byrd being bunkmates at KKK bootcamp are untrue?

Pitt.Parent
Pitt.Parent
2 years ago

RE: Your comment about “Little League parents” in Greenville. Obviously I don’t know who your source is, I may know him/her. Regardless, I totally AGREE with that opinion. Whether Greenville’s bunch is worse than those in comparable communities, I can’t say… but “they” are nothing for Greenville to be proud of for sure.
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I also agree that America’s 2nd Civil War is underway.

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