Wherever HERE Is… Brickyard Charlie Browns… Plus+

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BobLee
October07/ 2017

Wherever Here is… PLUS+

Today it’ll be:  (1) where I’ve been… what I’ve been doing… (2) You Brickyard Charlie Browns… and (3) NOT CAM…

A friend of mine in the electronic media uses a line it doesn’t matter Where I am… Here I am. This week my Here was Madison WI. I was doing my Russell Wilson impersonation… going from Raleigh To Madison.  Russell stayed six months.  We stayed 3.5 days.

I had my laptop with me. I could have knocked out a column but, apparently I have the only Macbook with some sort of virus or malware or whatever. It wasn’t worth the hassle…

I did manage to have a minor Twitter kerfluffle with a Triangle-area sports radio guy that reaffirmed my pre-existing opinions of Triangle-area sports radio guys.

Kid and “Reverend Danny” are expecting the emergence of Ruthie & Scout in mid-December or thereabouts. Blondie and I felt a dry run would be helpful prior to THE phone call. It was.

Wisconsin had been, along with Utah, one of the two Continental 48 I had never had reason to visit. Actually, I was in the Salt Lake City airport for two hours once or at least the signs said I was. Who knows for sure with airports.

Madison is very Raleigh-esque IF Raleigh had two giant lakes in the middle of it and an “isthmus” between them. Am I the only one who can’t say “isthmus” without thinking I’ve developed a lisp?

Madison, like Raleigh, is a state capitol and the site of a major university… with a SMSA population of over 200,000.  Not sure if that includes the 40,000 slightly post-adolescents wearing backpacks, listening to something on earbuds and either walking, biking, or mo-peding.

NOTE:  I once could have said both are sites of a major university with “Red” as a primary school color but apparently only U-Dub can say that from now on…

Unlike Raleigh, the state government part and the enormous Big Ten university part are all jumbled up together at the southern end of that afore-mentioned isthmus.

The actual state capitol building is impressive, enormous and currently inhabited by a pleasant fellow named Scott Walker.  Scott is of the Not-Democrat persuasion. Scott is extremely popular everywhere in Wisconsin except in Madison and very unionized Milwaukee (about 90 minutes east of Madison) where he is NOT.

Imagine if UNCCH was located in Raleigh except the average Franklin Street radical ideologue would be considered “moderate” by Madison standards.

Chapel Hillians like to imagine themselves, along with Berkeley, as a bastion of radical political quackery, Madison actually IS a Berkeley-esque bastion of radical quackery.

Sure the angry little brain-addled Snowflakes of Franklin Street all wear backpacks and earbuds just like they do in Madison; but the backpacks in Madison all come with a side pocket to store your Molotov cocktail. Welcome to the Big Leagues of Socio-Cultural Radical Quackery.

Speaking of famous Football Stadiums… Danny rode me by legendary Camp Randall Stadium. It is NOT “amid lofty pines”.  Nor is it “at a fairgrounds”. It IS a giant hunk of concrete amid lots of other giant hunks of concrete with seating for 85,000 screaming Badger loyalists.

Camp Randall Stadium

No clue how those 85,000 tailgate amid the giant hunks of concrete but Danny assured me they do. They use brats and fried cheese curds rather than Bojangles chicken and deviled eggs. I tried the fried cheese curds. They are much better than they sound like they would be.

For 3.5 days, Blondie’s and my presence increased the Not Lib/Dem population of Madison by 42%. Oddly enough, unlike Chapel Hill, I did NOT see even one Prius with the ubiquitous 9+ bumper stickers advocating assorted silly causes. Next to impossible to get 9+ bumper stickers on a Vespa motor scooter.

“Back in the day” when I flew somewhere at least once/week I never liked much of anything about O’Hare Airport… except leaving it. Some things haven’t changed.

We will be back “up yonder” in late December / early January when WEATHER will likely be a factor. Oh Goody!

IF you have not hung in there in my brief absence I haven’t taught you well, or you haven’t learned well or both.  Regardless, I’m back Here wherever Here is…

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Last Thursday Night…

We were at 30,000 ft Thursday night while The Fighting Doereninans were making Life even more miserable for alumni and fans of “The Ville”. Has there ever been a worse time to be a Louisvillian?

Tom Jurich

I’m guessing Eeeevil AD Tom Jurich was NOT hobnobbing with Frau Yow at The Carter. I’m guessing Eeeevil AD Jurich is busy shredding any documents connecting him to any/all crimes and atrocities in the Western Hemisphere over the past twenty years.

Has the phrase “despicable sumbitch” ever fit anyone so perfectly as it fits Eeeevil AD Tom Jurich?

Other than NC State Football officially distancing itself from The Color Red for reasons I don’t even care to know… it must be exciting to be a Wolfpacker these days. More signature W’s in one season than EVER in the history of the institution… at least in The Kennel Era which goes back to the mid 50s.

Wonder if MaryAnne Fox was watching Thursday night? … or Larry Monteith… or “Seersucker Todd” Turner?

Yes… a loss to Clemson on November 4 in what now has to be THE most eagerly anticipated game EVER in the history of NC State University could mean just another “no championship of any kind” season; but…

Can’t you Brickyard Charlie Browns just enjoy the moment and stop worrying if Lucy (or Dabo) is going to jerk the football away… AGAIN?

Enjoy The Moment Wuffies… ENJOY THE MOMENT !

Oh… I heard about the F-B-I chant taunting Louisville. Clever! I’m going to guess Kevin Keatts was NOT participating in that.  Just a guess…. I’m betting St. Kevin The Pure has been doing some document shredding of his own these past few days.

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Do I have to even mention, much less discuss CAM NEWTON?

I appreciate that CAM got jealous of all the attention that COLIN THE PETULENT CLOWN has been getting and felt he had to remind The People of Earth that he – CAM – is also a prime candidate for The New Face of The NFL.

Is it just me… but weren’t NFL popularity / viewership numbers A LOT higher when Brady & The Manning Boys were The Faces of The NFL? …Probably “just me”.

Alas, I am no longer a target demographic for Roger & The 32 Rich Old White Guys… nor, are they for me.  A mutual parting of the ways… probably best for all concerned.

I’m Back… along with Blondie and AgentPierce too. They both have new columns up.  Blondie liked those fried cheese curds too.  It’s all in the sauce you dip them in.  Think boneless wings or mozzarella sticks..

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AgentPierce’s Latest 10/07 – LINK

Blondie’s Latest 10/07 – LINK

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Doug

I saw where ESPN’s “face” Jemele Hill was suspended for two weeks for running her mouth. Hopefully Rev Al and JJ will start a season long boycott of ESPN and the NFL soon.

JD
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What reasons have your inside sources given you for the NCAA delaying the UNC decision?

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Bob Kennel

Hey, BL. Good column as usual and loved your word tour of Madison. All I could think of, however, was the isthmus between two ears connecting Brainy Labeling with Alt -Paranoia. ???? Great game Thursday night My best friend Dick Goudie and I had the honor of leading our 125 years of NC State football halftime celebration carrying our ‘1957 ACC Championship Banner” ahead of 300 former players from later decades. Never have worried about uniform colors Just win! )As long as we don’t use Paisley). Alumni meetings all day all day Friday with both Woodson and Yow very pleased… Read more »

Porgie
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Porgie

Whenever I see/hear of one of these “special uniform” events, I just keep saying over and over in my mind ‘we’re the Red and White from State…’ until I have convinced myself that is what colors NC State is wearing. Baseball actually has a decent looking camoflauge tri-color jersey that it wears on occassion. The Wolf logo change on the helmets is also aceptable but not the one Thursday night as it was unreadable from my location which isn’t that far away. I agree that the players are probably picking the colors but sooner rather than later someone needs to… Read more »

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YogiNC

Yo BL, LTNS. OK, here’s the poop on that black, it’s the kids that are picking those colors. Seriously, think about it. They have no allegiance to red & white, they just want to look “cool”, “fab” or whatever the term du jour is. Ummm, i remember the last haircut I got for a year and a half. That too passed away, and then it REALLY took a hike at the recruit in processing facility at bootcamp in Orlando (yep the Navy had a bootcamp down there for a while). The water tank had Navy World painted on it. It… Read more »

Setarcos
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Setarcos

ECU’s AD may not rival UL AD for evil, but just listened to an interview and he was talking about sick kids being grateful for him and thanking him. Interesting how sick kids came up so quickly in his interview. Maybe not evil yet, but headed there. Other than that, he talked about all the little things that have improved that fans don’t notice. BTW, I am new here …are ECU related posts allowed?

Doug
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Doug

Uniform color and style. It is apparent we don’t and never will understand what such bling means to 18 y/o kids. Ms Yow and DD I think do understand it better than their counterparts over in Orange County. . Any school not named Alabama and maybe 6 or 7 elite football programs think the use of gimmicks to attract players is critical. It’s not surprising that so many recruits whose main objective in life is to go to a school, not to major in Zoology, but to major in staying eligible are so easily swayed. It’s not dissimilar to the… Read more »

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Lakepacker

No mention of the decision regarding TGU being scheduled and then postponed so the CH liberals could launch their new “fundraiser”? Maybe the funds are for the results of the decision.

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NCSU68Grad

As Vinnie (John Travolta) said, Welcome Back Having flown into Milwaukee or O’Hare to get to Waukesha more times than I can recall, I know of what you speak. My bucket list is to drive my Motor Home in all lower 48. 44 so far. Finally checked off UT in 2015. . ThE Interim Louisville President said that the EVVVVILLLL AD was also being evaluated and was placed on PAID leave. Pitino was on UNPAID leave. Resumes for both positions have been requested. Has Bubba sent his? . Records dating back to when “I’m really as good ONCE as I… Read more »

ENC1
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ENC1

Black is the color of “Snowflakes that play Sports” also Nike, Adidas and UA like it b/c it means younger Snowflakes will buy this “new” jersey.

wolfdon
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wolfdon

It took me the entire 1st Qtr to overcome my conditioning that the good guys were those in red and white …..not black. Of course I have been a red/white fan for about 65 yrs. I know that for some reason black has become the new thing ……including the blackout…..but it is not my thing. This too will pass away …..I hope.

Charlotte Wuffie
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Charlotte Wuffie

Bravo to you and Blondie for the dangerous recon mission behind enemy lines. Clearly the brief visit was not enough for the indoctrination to take effect.
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I know it is an exciting time for your family, in awaiting the arrival of your grandchildren! Best to all!

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

Welcome back to the land where saying ‘sweet tea’ in a restaurant does not get you a look.