Will UNC FB Alums Dig Deep? …Observations From Week Two

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BobLee
September10/ 2017

Will UNCers Dig Deep?… Observations From Week Two

Raise your hand if, like me, the highlight of your Saturday was Paul DeJong scoring from 3rd in the 8th after Carp’s HR tied it up… Oops, Wrong audience… this is that ACC Football crowd.

ALERT:  The 2nd half of this commentary is the OMG Part.   You might want to go ahead and skip to that part…

Speaking of “football crowd”… there were more live humans in The Carter yesterday than in Kenan and The Wally COMBINED.

All the Kenan empties were still “at da beach” or maybe “fleeing Irma” or yadda yadda or blah blah? I read where a bunch of old Roy’s Boys” were on-hand to honor last years’ MBB team. I’m curious…

Did any of’em BRING THEIR TRANSCRIPTS ? … OUCH!  Hey, doesn’t hurt to ask.

A key ACC game on a beautiful day with the reigning Heisman Winner wasn’t enough to bring’em out.  Oh well… Better get that fancy IPF built really really quick before Kenan’s Faithful 40,000 become 30,000 become…

Doc Holliday Returns to The Carter drew a bigger crowd than Lamar “Heisman” Jackson Comes To Kenan ?? Interesting…

Speaking of “empty seats”… has Duke ever considered moving their football games into Cozy Cameron and have Coach K play in The Wally? Coach Cut’s team beats a solid Big Fourteen team convincingly and no one but the players’ parents and two dozen ushers were there to see it.

There are 17,000 Duke Football fans on the Planet.  All 17,000 show up every game.  Bless their hearts.

NC State Tailgating

DD’s Wuffs had a rough first half but final score was a comfortable W. Likely lost a few fans at half but a W is a W. Magic number is “5” for another Whozit Bowl. UNC’s magic number still “6”.

More thoughts on why The Carter is full… and Kenan isn’t and hardly ever will be again. No big secret… acres and acres of festival parking at The Carter is IDEAL for tailgating, always has been. Sure, UNCers have their “Fairground jokes”. What’s wrong with having a football stadium at “the fairgrounds”? Not a thing.

FWIW… I think Dave Whatshisname at Wake Forest might be a darn good Football coach. I betcha ECU would sure love to have him, don’t you?

Speaking of ECU… Did You Know … Ruffin McNeil is now Asst Head Coach at Oklahoma for his former protege Lincoln Riley.  While ECU was being run over in Morganton, Lincoln and Ruff were kicking Ohio State’s butt in The Shoe.

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The OMG Part:

WARNING: I REALLY hate to do this, but I just gotta. When it came in the mail this week, Blondie laughed so hard I thought Hillary had written another book: Why Aren’t Americans As Dumb As I Was So Sure They Were… Volume II.

Speaking of “… as Dumb” …. I got this quarterly newsletter this week from the Carolina Lettermen Assn.

UNC Dig Deep

This stereotypical “feel good” piece that 99% of “Big Time” schools do some version of helps me keep up with old friends of whom I don’t have as many as I used to.… sigh.

Anyhoo… the DIG DEEP headline had Blondie in hysterics. As little as she cares about anything Over There she knows how much fun I’ve had with Hindenburg Hangars… Indoor Practice Facilities (IPFs)… Smoothie Machines and “more Charging Stations”.

I can’t LINK this because it’s not on-line but you can imagine how it goes…

It beseechs UNC Football Lettermen to DIG DEEP into their retirement funds… 401-Ks… kids’ college funds… rainy day accounts… elderly parents’ assisted living rent… Life insurance policies… any, all, and whatever to help get this $36,000,000 + IPF Whoop-De-Doo Bling Magnet built… . Bet you thought it was “only $28,000,000” didn’t you.  Fooled you, huh!

“because NC State, Duke… and EVEN Wake Forest” already have one.   I thought the “… EVEN Wake Forest has one” was kinda tacky but I doubt my opinion matters at this point.

When most of these guys played at Carolina… (1) the lockers were 10-penny nails driven into the wall… (2) the practice fields had less grass than Ol’ Roy has hair… (3) there were two footballs – one for Off / one for Def, and the kickers supplied their own… and Bill Dooley made $35,000/year in 1968.

And now these guys should DIG DEEP so some semi-literate 18 y/o has plenty of charging stations to plug in all his devices… and not get wet if it rains.  “They” want $1,000 from every living FB Letterman.  … Hark THAT Sound Choo Choo!

The impassioned plea to DIG DEEP did NOT mention that IF one combined every IPF in North Carolina under one HUGE retractable roof and included 40’ murals of Beyonce, Rihanna and (insert name of some other fantasy of every semi-literate 18 y/o AfAm boy in America) plus individual smoothie machines for each player…. IF THEN

That combined facility would NOT be half the Bling Magnet as Dabo’s Incredible Six Flags Over Death Valley.

Dabo’s Incredible Six Flags Over Death Valley is Walt Disney World. Everyone else is Dollywood… at best.

The UNC Lettermen are being shamed into cashing in their savings… selling their blood and sperm… and running bake sales and car washes to build Larry a fancy schmanzy IPF.

… to keep UNC’s FB program on par “with NC State… Duke… and EVEN Wake Forest”. …. a.k.a “MAYBE nine Ws every 4-5 years and some Whozit Bowls”.

NC State has it’s multi-million $$$ Hindenburg Hangar AND charging stations… and that kid STILL muffed the field goal at Clemson. OUCH… and it was Christmas In Shreveport. YIPPEEE!

Duke has its very own IPF and has to count ushers and concession stand volunteers to claim it had 10,000 at The Wally for Northwestern.

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Let me repeat what I ALWAYS say when I do one of these Has The World Gone Completely Insane rants…

What anyone chooses to do with their own money is their own business. I am 100% a Free Market Guy. BUT…

 

This commentary is NOT a cheap shot at Carolina.  It is a well-deserved shot at the Insane Beast that is Big Time College Football & Basketball… and the naive fools that feed that Beast.

As long as there is one disease without a cure… or one hungry child… or one unadopted kitten – to even run a fund-raising campaign for this crap borders on Criminal… as well as to donate to it.  That goes for every school that already has one of these… or wants one.

In my opinion… and you are certainly entitled to yours.

This just happened to be the example I received this week.

Oops, Cardinals’ ball game is starting… gotta go. Later BL buddies and babes… . I luv you guys!

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Cliff Brisson
2 years ago

BobLee: Preach it! Would an IPF or whatever help the UNC defense communicate better or tackle better?
Cliff in the “Ville

PTH
PTH
2 years ago

They should contact the new Jim Bakker Ministries fundraising organization as he has experience coming back from being convicted of cheating and arising to scam poor religious fanatics of their cash yet again. “A fool and his money”.They are selling food buckets to be donated to the hurricane victims for $175.00 that contain $600+ worth of food, which is probably valued by the same people that sell zircons on QVC. UNC would have the $36,000,000 with leftovers to have gold plated fixtures the 18 yo thugs could purloin and pawn in Vegas.”Is this a great country or what?” Very good… Read more »

WolfPack00
WolfPack00
2 years ago

I have always thought that any scholarship athlete who made it pro should repay their scholarship. I am sure some have but you don’t hear about it very often.

WolfPack00
WolfPack00
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

I agree they don’t “owe” anything to the university. However, I get requests frequently from the College of Engineering asking me to contribute to my fine University!

Seems to me the guy making six figures (minimum) first year out of college could chip in a little!

Former96heel
Former96heel
2 years ago

I read recently that Mizzou has seen a drop in enrollment due to their mini-TGU, and went to job cuts and closed dorms to save money. In their instance, will the money ever be cut off when the firing and payouts to coaches goes on or they need circus rides to appease the recruits? I’m sure other programs may be in similar shape, but somewhere along the line, the bank account hits zero, and it becomes impossible to continue on as usual.

Babs.B
Babs.B
2 years ago

Absolutely amazing. It’s rather disgusting, as well. The former lettermen have done their jobs, thank you. In twenty years, when the latest, greatest is needed for recruiting purposes, how many current “lettermen” will be able to contribute to the “cause”? That is, if any actually graduate.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

The ECU DC was fired Sunday after only 2 games. Whooz ever heard of such a thing?

myowngrandpaw
myowngrandpaw
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Just talked to a co-worker that returned from the HORSESHOE this past weekend. Face value of the ticket $200.00. But, this was his weekend. . Got up at 4:30AM Saturday(7pm start time) to park his car in the best possible tailgate spot in the public parking area. UBERED back to hotel, ate breakfast, Passed Corso and Desmond Howard in hotel lobby. BIG thrill. Took wife’s pic with Corso. UBERED out to watch College Game day. UBERED back to hotel to get ready for game. UBERED back to parking lot to tailgate from 2pm – 7pm. Got back to car after… Read more »

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

ECU, like other schools, usually has various promotions during key home games. Whiteouts, blackouts, paint it purple, gold etc. The game day promotion at DFS this Saturday against VA-Tech is “Avoid A Blowout.” Not sure what the color of the week will be. Aluminum might be popular unless Hokie Maroon fills in the gaps.

Bob Kennel
Bob Kennel
2 years ago

Ah, BL. My Dodgers are indeed slumping, but are still doing quite well this season – and even in a division with two clubs in the Snakes and Rocks. Tell Porgie I’ll see him Saturday. My wife’s Parkinson’s has progressed far enough we had to switch our Row RR tickets to Row SS tickets so she won’t have to walk down as far. That was my son-in– law and grandson there for the Marshall game. Elaine and I were guests of Bobby P Saturday but I like my seats better for watching the game. Our NC State Varsity Club has… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
2 years ago

Not to bring reality. Snoopy’s hangar at CF was under $12 M. Don’t tell the UNC guys that they are getting ripped off. The smoothie machines and the charging stations have gone up in price. . Meanwhile, circa 2015, the Patriots cancelled the last day of open fan practice. It rained felines and canines. But Billy B decided to have a REAL practice in Gillette and they all “had at it….”. In the locker room interview afterwards, Tommy “DeFlateGate” Brady said it was a wonderful opportunity to play REAL football and they would be better prepared for the season. Didn’t… Read more »

Former96heel
Former96heel
2 years ago
Reply to  NCSU68Grad

The next phase of this nonsense is an IPF that stimulates outdoor conditions. The only way to think in such absurd directions, is to think of what Washington or Raleigh would do. The academics would love making a thunderstorm indoors.

NCSU68Grad
NCSU68Grad
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Does the Boom – Boompa – Bam Rap beat from the subwoofers count? That is the new standard elevator music today. The lightning will be supplied from energy renewable panels on top of the Dean Dome. Price just hit $100 Mill…..but what a boom to the CH economy !

Traci.B.82
Traci.B.82
2 years ago

BL. your point about parking and tailgating at Carter-Finley is exactly right. It is PERFECT for tailgating and 50,000 can park within an easy walking distance to the stadium. Why was “its at The Fairgrounds” ever seen as a negative by anyone?

Porgie
Porgie
2 years ago

BK must have gotten the call also as he was not in his accustomed seat last night. But it was WPC Day and he was probably with his other friends, Randy and Deb. I thought about giving him an autographed picture of me and the street signs in his home birthplace.. Oh well! Had a written and verbal discussion with staff members of both the WPC and Ath Dept right after the infamous tweet of Mr Wolf at Tucker Beach and the well undeserved apology that came from the Ath Dept. Party line of ‘we respect your opinion, now can… Read more »

Mayberry Jim
Mayberry Jim
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Just for the record, it’s “Vaughn”, not “Vaughan”. Mr. Vaughn was my Scoutmaster. I’m pretty sure he can still walk on water.

Former96heel
Former96heel
2 years ago

I have a fundraising suggestion. They should solicit the lettermen of all the ACC schools for giving them 20% of the wins they need to be bowl eligible every year. I mean that Louisville guy will be telling his grandkids about the 6td Saturday in front of thousands. Isn’t that worth a grand?

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Splendid suggestion BobLee.

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
2 years ago

BobLee:

I got nuthin’.

Ellen.N
Ellen.N
2 years ago

I agree with you 99% of the time any way so no surprise I ABSOLUTELY AGREE with you on this silliness.
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What really bothers me is that the Fat Cats who donate most of the $$$ are otherwise respected members of their communiies. IMO… being a Fat Cat Booster is as shameful as guys who visit those porn shops with the XXXX videos.

BobH
BobH
2 years ago

“… and the naive fools that feed that Beast.”

You prove yourself to be a very modest, self-controlled Southern Gentleman in that statement BL.

I would have said absolute F*****G IDIOTS that feed that Beast. What amazes me is that there are so many of them and most claim to have at least matriculated if not earned degrees. Makes me worry about the gene pool.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago

I think I’ve partially figured out where some of this IPF craze and bling rush comes from.Pro teams are leading the way, which is fine and dandy if you have several hundred million dollars to play with. I’ll link the video for anyone with a FB account to view but the bottom line is that Futbol team Real Madrid has built, not a facility, but an entire city outside of Madrid devoted to whatever it is that teams do to stay competitive and win. Included is a only-for-players or invited guests outdoor (uh-oh) practice field, a 5 star hotel, training… Read more »

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

I think UNC should scrap the IPF and beg for $100 million or so to build Tar Heel Town and put an end to this JUST keeping up with the Jones’ stuff. Maybe Senator John would sell his place out in County Orange!! The mind reels at some of the possibilities for using the property.

It’ll all might be worth the $$$$ to get an invite to the Muffler or Sun bowl every so often. Or UNC could scrap it all and spend ZERO$$ to get an invite to the Muffler or Sun Bowl every so often.

Doug
Doug
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Here’s the answer. A classic Twitter quote by Cardale Jones, who at the time was a third string QB for The Ohio State University; “Why should we have to go to class if we came here to play FOOTBALL, we ain’t come to play SCHOOL classes are POINTLESS.” At least he was accurate and more honest than the NCAA and it’s members.

Ben in MO
Ben in MO
2 years ago
Reply to  BobLee

Actually, that expression is on my ever-growing list of oxymorons: Jumbo Shrimp, Military Justice, Honest Politician, Student Athlete, Rap Music…

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