BL: One Game for a Team… One Giant Leap for a Program!

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BobLee
October24/ 2017

… Outlined against a blue, gray October sky

One Game for a Team… One Giant Leap for a Program !

The Doerenian Grays meet Destiny.  Who will blink?

…. amid The Echoes?

“Doerenian Grays” ??? What tha….

The Portrait of Dorian Gray is a famous novel (i.e. “book”) by Oscar Wilde published in 1890s. A man named “Dorian Gray” manages to retain his youth while a portrait of him mysteriously Dorian Gray“ages”. It has all sorts of deep philosophical nuances.

For those of the millennial persuasion, a book is a collection of pages with writing on them found in places called libraries or book stores or grandmother’s attic. … “A nuance” is… who knows? A fancy word pseudo-intellectuals use to appear pseudo-intellectual.

Doerenian is a clever play on Dave Doeren (DD). … Grays refers to the new team color i.e. gray of Wolfpack Football uniforms as decided by the players and OKed by Bob Kennel. Ergo… The Doerenian Grays.

No.  NOT as incredible a BobLeeism as Chancellor Chihuahua.   That perfection may never be reached again.

So anyway… The Grays are headed to South Bend for what could be One Giant Leap to Top Ten and a likely trip to The Freakin’ Orange Bowl. The Freakin’ Orange Bowl has eluded Triangle-area hated rivals FOREVER.

Yes, Grobe’s Deacons somehow got there in 2006.  That was such an anomaly that even the long-suffering 8,000 Deacon fans on Earth think they dreamed it. Riley Skinner swears they did go… but he also swears he didn’t send his girlfriend the nekkid selfie so…

I’m sure every little Wuff board monkey on very Wuff fan site has done extensive If A beats B beats C beats D then… that have The Grays playing and trouncing Alabama, Georgia, Penn State, TCU, blah blah and making MaryAnne Fox’s infamous pledge COME ALIVE.

Board monkeys with endless What Ifs are why Muslims will not completely takeover America until at least 2030… or until someone finds a cure for Roy Williams’ vertigo.

That SoCar “L” won’t go away. The FlaSt signature win isn’t so signaturey now… neither is the Louisville W. Good?  Yes, but not Guaranteed Major Bowl Good.

A “W” Saturday will carry weight heading into NOV 4th – Dabo Day @ Carter.

The winner of The Swofford Bowl is not guaranteed a Final Four slot since it will for sure have one “L” and Dabo’s “L” was to a whozit.

Doerenian’s Grays COULD be 10-2 with NO trophy… NO Swofford Bowl and a trip to WhoCares Bowl… certainly NOT Christmas in Shreveport but… anything short of a Real Bowl is “just another bowl” with crappy swag from Best Buy.

If the highlight of this season ends up being But we crushed UNCCheats 68-0 that would be a shame… IMO.   A “W” amid The Echoes this Saturday goes a long way to insuring that outcome not being the case.

NOTE:  If you are going, and you oughta, get to your seat 20 minutes before kick-off.  The entrance of the ND Band & The Irish Guard is Waaaay COOL! 

“THE Victory March” WILL raise the hair on the back of your neck.  It is That AWESOME played by That Band in That Stadium and, of course… Outlined against a blue, gray October sky…

Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame,
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky.

…a tradition like no other.

Park in the Giant Shuttle Lot north of town and bus to campus.  South Bend knows how to Do Gameday.  Trust Me… Trust Them!  Visit the bookstore… buy a t-shirt… take pics of TD Jesus like EVERYBODY DOES. There is a reason EVERYBODY does it.

Will 10-2… crushing UNCCheats… and a WhoCares Bowl swag bag merit DD getting the Brass Ring Contract? Not my call.

I am viscerally opposed to (1) Brass Ring Contracts and (2) fancy Indoor Practice Facilities and (3) other yucky aspects of Big Time College FB and BB. I do enjoy saying “I told you so” when these knee-jerks backfire on schools that do them. History favors regrettable knee-jerk backfires.

Does 10-2 mean “a real football school” with very deep-pocketed fat cats with blank checks comes after DD? Maybe…

State losing DD would be a God-send to Larry Fedora trying to regain in-state recruiting momentum? DD gone… AND his $36,000,000 IPF to dazzle those semi-literate 18 y/os! Woo Hoo!

Can The Grays get to The OB even with an “L” in South Bend?  Maybe but it will be a much trickier road to travel.

Of BC, UNCCheats and WFU which is the most likely “Trap game”? Definitely BC… with WFU #2.

UNCCH already has a “fork stuck in it” with more forks on the way. Zero scenarios for UNCCH to get within 2 TDs of The Grays on Nov 25th.  Swofford could invoke the legendary 50-0 at The Half Mercy Rule.  Yes, it does exist.

If The Grays beat ND… and beat Dabo… and fall behind BC 0-3 in the 1st Quarter, will some nimrod post FIRE DOEREN?  Sure… a tradition like no other.

IF The Grays lose to both ND and to Dabo… will it somehow be Frau Yow’s fault? Sure… another tradition like no other. Will some other nimrod suggest hiring ECU’s AD Jeff Compher to replace Frau Yow? NO, no NCSU nimrod is that stoopid.

BL..BL… What’s going to happen in South Bend?

Here you go….

Grays jump out to a 10-0 lead. Irish roar back to lead 14-10 at end of 1st Qrt…. Teams trade scores in 2nd Q… Irish lead 21-20 at Half … Irish get 3rd Q KO, driving for score but Grays score on a Def TO… State up 27-21… back – forth – back –forth … 3:00 to go, GrayWolfs down 40-37…

The Drive… Grays have it on Irish 19 with 0:02 to go… Bambard in for FG to tie and send to OT… Snap directly to Bambard… OMG IT’S A FAKE FG… …NO DD NO YOU MORON!

Bambard throws to Samuels in right flat… it’s a race to the pylon Samuels vs two ND DBs “with the angle”.… collision at the EZ pylon… Did he / Didn’t he get in ?? … Official rules TDBUT WAIT… world-record 10-minute wait for Replay Ruling… 80,000 fans holding their breath… twelve different angles inconclusive but…

Ref named Knight, no relation to Jim, rules NO TD – IRISH WIN 40-37. 

Three NCSU fan sites PLUS InsideCarolina all meltdown within 20 seconds.

DD takes responsibility for calling for the FAKE FG… . DD immediately hung in effigy from Bell Tower.

Sunday at 2:00 PM: State calls presser to announce:
Not a Fake FG at all but simply “A High Snap”. DD was protecting his errant deep snapper by claiming he called for The FAKE FG. DD effigy quietly removed from Bell Tower.

But Wait. There’s More….

Grays regroup… Beat Dabo – BC – WFU – crush UNC 68-0.

Win Atlantic / Coastal whichever… Play VaTech in Swofford Bowl.

Grays defeat VaTech for…

First ACC FB title in Modern Era.  OMG OMG

John Swofford has epileptic conniption as he hands Dr Pepper Trophy to DD and Frau.  His congratulations come out “ateghuhzz snort“.  Frau plants a kiss on top of his head.  Little Johnny growls.

BUT, alas, with Two L’s DD’s Grays are denied Final Four ….BUT

Dave Doeren

 INVITED TO FREAKIN’ ORANGE BOWL… Vs Wisconsin Badgers

One team IS wearing Red/White. It’s NOT The GrayWolfs.

Badgers prevail 30-27 in 3OT Thriller.… In post-game presser a teary DD…

… (1) complains, again, about The Carter pass-out policy… (2) flashes the Wuff finger thingy then…(3)  I’ve never been prouder of any bunch of kids I’ve ever coached. 

When team charter lands at RDU, DD is NOT with them  Uh Oh!  A NCSU team spokesman makes terse announcement…

Coach Doeren did not return with us.  He and his family departed Miami International on a private G-550 bearing a GO RAZORBACKS logo.  We have no other information at this time.  We ask for the prayers of WolfpackNation in this time of great concern…

TO BE CONTINUED…

Three NCSU fan sites PLUS InsideCarolina melt down.   Again!

… a tradition like no other.

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Doug
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Doug

Thumped.

Marvin The Austin
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Marvin The Austin

Bobbie, You certainly have an active imagination. I think the Pack has the advantage on Offense, scoring on the Irish Defense twice each half. The Pack Defense will frustrate the Irish Offense who will be trying to grind it out with long scoring drives to keep the Wolfpack Offense off the field. 28-21 NCSU in a win that is closer than the stat sheet would indicate. Beating ND infects the Pack with over confidence and the Fighting Dabos win the Textile Bowl in the Carter, 21-20. WIse kicks two FGs, but they make no difference. Klempsoning continues with losses to… Read more »

Ol' BC
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BL, we have been to Notre Dame # 8 times for a football week-end. Life-long practicing Catholics are taught to make this pilgrimage after they reach their personal “Age of Reason”. If Wuffies are going in on Friday morning, we highly recommend getting a ticket to the Notre Dame Live luncheon in the Hockey Center. #2,000 attend to hear the HBC and an offensive and a defensive senior talk about the Fighting Irish. Then, a walk around the campus to photograph and experience Touchdown Jesus, the Grotto (Irish fans light a candle to Mother Mary here). Pep Rally in Joyce… Read more »

wolfdon
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This weekend it will be Doerenian White with Tuffy on the helmet…….for what it is worth……..

Ric '73
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Ric '73

So much for a lack of O. I meant that MLB was showing up the NFL in terms of class and player demeanor. They even show the National Anthem.

Ric '73
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Ric '73

Change of subject. So far the World Series is making the NFL look worse and worse on every level.

Baltimoreheel
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Wow! Great imagination BL! If you get this right you should strongly consider day trading! Do us favors though and ease up on our Heels a bit. These kids had nothing to do with the “cheatin”. Not sayin there’s not some still goin on in some manner. But I would bet any that may be happnin would be spittal at this point compared to those that haven’t been caught yet. Just sayin…

Former96heel
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Former96heel

I can’t say as I have read anything from him in a decade, but if the article is from Ron Morris, kuddos. He had unrented space in Spurrier’s head for a long, long time. I got to witness Spurrier’s last years in Cola. There was more than one Coaches Show that got pulled before another outlet could air it. He was following in the Bear’s footsteps of adding to that Coca Cola on set, and letting his mouth get the best of him. . Ron liked to call out institutional hypocrisy. Similar to watching MSNBC, if the team or coach… Read more »

Bob Kennel
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Bob Kennel

Few related Factoids on the subject s discussed herein: 1. N&O writer Morris is old South Carolina sportswriter known more as trouble-maker. No known history with Case. Both articles almost sophomoric. 2. Case still ahead of his time. In 1958 he had invited U. of Cincinnati and Michigan State to Dixie Classic. Both had “colored” players (Big O and Jumpin’ Johnny Green) who were not allowed to stay at Sir Walter Raleigh Hotel). Case called me to see if we might turn our Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity house back into a hotel over Christmas and house both teams. We did.… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

Since Mr Kennel has inside access in the Wuff Den, a few Pirate fans, or at least the ones not totally consumed by internal personnel matters in the athletics dept, asked if Ms Yow, thought the upcoming ND game was NCSU’s Super Bowl? Fair question I thought.

Doug
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Doug

Mr Kennel’s first point took Ron Morris to task as a troublemaker. I think Dan Kane was considered by many UNC’ers as a troublemaker but never heard a complaint from Mr Kennel then. I do enjoy me some selective hypocrisy. I don’t think Morris left the job at the SC McClatchy rag. The State “temporarily” pulled him from covering SC football when he got inside Spurrier’s head for doing the job he was employed to do. He is a highly regarded sports journalist. If there is any such thing.

Doug
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Doug

Correction, He did leave and freelances now.

CNR
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CNR

Sniff, sniff, “Judy bring a box of Kleenex! “ “ I told you not to read BL’s stuff about Irish football weekend retreats. Out come your DVD’s of everything traditional at ND.. This day is gone and you still haven’t commented about the column. You better get to it if you are going to watch the Astro-Dodger game.” You, Doug, and other commenters have given succinct advice regarding the weekend experience at the University of Our Lady. Hey , I have to eat and watch the game. To be continued tomorrow (Wed). Have some good stuff for BK and other… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

Lindsey Nelson will always be THE voice of Notre Dame football for me.

Lakepacker
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Lakepacker

We are headed to SB this weekend. There are only so many “special” places in college sports to see but this is definitely one of them. Thanks for the tips on getting the most out of the experience. Having this team makes it even better. The Doeren blue-collar approach seems to be catching on. Hopefully the magic can continue and this team can finish the deal. Time will tell. Either way, we will still pack CF when they return and in the future. State fans are always there, even when they complain about things. Go Pack.

Porgie
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Porgie

Correction to NCSU68 below. Irwin Holmes was a TENNIS player, not golfer. Interesting story I believe in the Alumni magazine several years back about the team stopping in chapel hill for dinner. He was told he could eat in the back. Team promptly got up from their table and left without eating.Once again, “we’re the Red and White from State and we ….”. Told you I keep saying it over and over.

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Porgie,
Thank you for the correction. I had read about him many years ago and thought it was GOLF. You are correct. Here is an excellent article about him. It seems that the Democratically controlled UNC BOG was on the side of Orville Faubus in that “No AFAM gonna ATTEND the UNC schools”. That was shot down. I did not realize that he was one of the FIRST 4 AFAM to attend and receive an NCSU Degree.
https://d.lib.ncsu.edu/student-leaders/people/irwin-holmes/

Doug
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Doug

Hard to do this with effect with an off-campus stadium.

The Irish Trumpets
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Terri.D.79
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Terri.D.79

BobLee: I learn more from your columns and comments in one day than all the other “media” I see. Thanks you.

MaHa
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MaHa

BL, Wasn’t the first AfAm football player at UNC a QB named Ricky Lanier brought in by Dooley? Did that raise any eyebrows at the time? Seems that I remember that it did but I’m not sure. MAHA.

PTH
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I may be wrong, but I thought Bill Chamberlain played at uncch before Charlie Scott. I thought I remembered seeing Chamberlain play when I was still a student but not seeing Scott play until after I was gone. Fuzzy memory not sure and Scott is always portrayed as breaking the color barrier! Both were good but Scott was really good!

DM Carpenter
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DM Carpenter

I grew up in Raleigh, graduated from NCSU, and have “followed” NCSU sports, to one degree or another, for most of my 50 years. This week, I have two games in my sights: my daughter’s last Middle School game, against THE hated rival small town team. (She has started at right OT all season.) and my son’s club football game, which will determine their playoff future, or not. Funny how priorities shift, closer to home.

TheCowdog
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TheCowdog

I was born into a family of Leprechauns.
It was pre-ordained that the Blue & Gold would be my adornment.
Alas, Ara did not share those notions and their baseball program sucked.
Lou said that I’d look good in Red(gray)&White….
The Grotto is a must see, as noted.
BTW. Your tale is closer to non-fiction than fantasy.

ultraviolet
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ultraviolet

Most hard core wolf fans i know feel Lucy will pull the football out on Charlie Brown yet again. They torture themselves far more than anyone else can. I have a rooting interest since our 2 oldest went there and my brother is a lifelong season football ticket holder. They have a good enough team to beat the domers, but does the team have the same fatalistic view as the fans? If not, they can win. IF they win then I get to pull out the old, “Notre Dame had nothing to gain by playing a lesser program. It just… Read more »

Bob Kennel
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Bob Kennel

We’ll, BL, it is good to see your head directly back into sports with a purpose ???? The football saga was really good including the several end of season outcomes. State has a very good football coach and team which had taken us further this year than expected. We’ll wear something besides gray several times, and next week’s Clemson game IS the biggy. Strange N&O stories this morning on Case’s old home and the naming of the new basketball dorm, both by a writer I’ve never heard of before. Somewhat off base on both. ???? You are correct on Case… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

I’m sure once BK trains the new misbehaving reporter in the way things work here, it’ll all be OK.

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

Doerian Grays…..THAT IS WAY TOO COOL. You DO get an award for that. BK will have one minted and sent to you (C.o.D.). The entire “theme” of this column makes me think that you have been out in the backyard again collecting those “mushrooms”. The famous lyricists like Billy Joel, Bob Seger, Don Henley and Glen Frye sometimes had “help” to come up with the prose. Country singers just ride around Honky Tonk’s and make notes…. FOR THE RECORD….The ND Victory Song (March) was NOT written by a ND grad or for ND. It was “Lifted” or stolen. Frederick Bigelow… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

A 70-something NC State Alumni friend went off on me for some reason yesterday. After he calmed down he explained that the N&O had written an OP-ED about the new athletic dorm at NCSU should not be named after Everett Case because of the stain on two NCAA probations under coach Case 60+ years ago. TRANSLATION? The N&O was moving on from UNC and back to its old self. . I then turned the knife with a little passive aggressive question I knew the answer to. Did CEC ever sign an AF-AM basketball player at NCSC? He said” I don’t… Read more »

NCSU68Grad
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NCSU68Grad

This is NOT my comment on BL’s column….but to set the record straight…. Irwin Holmes (admitted 1958) was the FIRST AFAM athlete for NCSU. He was on the Golf Team (not as a caddy). He later became the CAPTAIN of the Team. He also was the FIRST AFAM Electrical Engineering Graduate. I THINK (references needed) that UNC was WAY behind in having ANY AFAM athletes and Silent Sam had REAL bullets William (Billy) Jones was the FIRST ACC AFAM BB Player. That was in 1965. That drew little attention in Maryland. Bud Millikan was the coach….NOT Lefty…who came in 1969..… Read more »

Doug
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Doug

I think 68 is correct. According to the Fayetteville Observer the first WBB player at UNC was in 1977/78.

Doug
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Doug

UNC’s first black athlete was Edwin Okoroma of Nigeria, who played on the soccer team in the fall of 1963. He graduated in 1965, went on to medical school, and became a physician in Washington, D.C.

Doug
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Doug

There are some ambiguities between first athlete and first scholarship athlete that both sides tend to use when convenient. Everything before the mid-to late 60’s slightly cracked the door open for the coming wave.

MLD-GSBO
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MLD-GSBO

Having been there and loved it and the entire experience, the “Touchdown Jesus” is NOT the chapel, it is the Library. The chapel is way on the other side of campus.

Lobo.DW
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Lobo.DW

My Friend… You are so talented. Truly!