Most Controversial Playoffs EVER… again.

2017 CFP
BobLee
December04/ 2017

Most Controversial Playoffs EVER … Again!

It is early December.  You know what that means. Time for 99% of sports fans in America to screech…

The PLAYOFFS ARE RIGGED…

WE MUST EXPAND THE PLAYOFFS… to 8-16-32-64 teams.

I notice that the EXPAND THE PLAYOFFS crowd and the PAY THE PLAYERS gang both use the word “OBVIOUS” in all their screeches. Whenever I see the word “OBVIOUS” I know whatever seismic socio-cultural change is being DEMANDED is not… “OBVIOUS”.

There is always another POV but the OBVIOUS gang hopes to stifle that POV by yelling “OBVIOUS”.

I watched most/all the Conference Championship games. I didn’t see anyone “kneeling” which, IMO, was a good thing. There were Winners and there were Losers. When a team, and its fan base, get this far, expectations are high. Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams are rampant.

A coach that loses a Conference Championship game is NOT as popular with his fan base as he was just before that game. Tough business…

Three of The Final Four are “consensus” picks. The 4th one… not so much. I appreciate that the tOSU faithful are not happy little Buckeyes. I think I’ve heard all the convoluted arguments for why Alabama is in… and Ohio State is not. I am pretty sure that no one is going to change their minds because, of course, it is OBVIOUS that their team deserved to be “the one”… and they are probably correct.

tOSU was better than my Wisconsin Badgers. I don’t blame “the damn refs”. I am still proud of “my Badgers”.

Whatever % of Ohio State fans have been programmed to HATE TRUMP probably blame Condi Rice for OSU being cheated out of The Final Four. Condi Rice is no longer on the Playoff Committee but some ABC reporter might have said she was. You know how those ABC reporters play loose with “facts”.

I have, from Day One, been just fine with “Just Four”. I remain just fine w/ Just Four. I love CHAOS and Just Four tends to assure CHAOS.

Originally, I liked Just Four because of “academic reasons” and the issue of Semester Breaks with mid-late December games… and academic eligibility of “student-athletes” who traditionally stop even pretending to be “students” in their final eligibility semester. How could a “senior” who stopped going to class in mid-October be declared “eligible” to play for that school after that semester?

The NCAA recently declared that academics was not in its “pervue” so who cares about academics any more… or really ever did?

There is also the issue of additional rounds of games in mid-December putting burdens on fans to attend those quarterfinal games. Then I realized why should I care about that

IF The Grapevine Gang (without Ms Rice) wants to expand to 8… or 16; I don’t care. I am just fine with Just Four. Some school’s lunatic fringe is always going to be pissed off regardless… that’s how lunatic fringes roll.

Am I the only one who realizes three of the four teams have “Red” as their primary school “color”?  Isn’t “Red” a euphemism for Russians?  OMG!!  The Russians are hijacking College Football too !!! We’re DOOMED!

If Lincoln “The Kid” Riley wins a NC in his first year as a Head Coach at Oklahoma… should he retire?

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NC State is going to The Hyundai Sun Bowl in El Paso. As the Sun Bowl Executive Director stated…

“We realize that no one starts their season hoping to be selected to The Sun Bowl”.

I immediately liked that guy. 

I’m sure he was speaking for every NC State fan on Earth. Every State fan that travels to El Paso should get 6 months of All The Lasagne You Can Eat at Amedeo’s.

That goal line fumble vs Wake was probably the difference in which side of The Mississippi, NC State would end up on.

It is “a Bowl Game”… the coaches get those extra practice days to develop replacements for all those seniors… and the players get big goofy sombreros, lots of tacos and a tacky Sun Bowl watch. It is what it is.

The Sun Bowl has been around for 50 years and has a “sort of legitimate” corporate sponsor. This year’s motley collection of goofy bowl corporate sponsors may be THE SILLIEST EVER. “Poulan Weedeater” would hardly break the Top Five this year.

I wonder what Dollar General and some of the others actually pay to be name sponsors?

UNC loonies can’t say anything since they went to El Paso last year… and are going NO WHERE this year.

Meanwhile at The Duplin Winery…

You all know how much I loooove anything to do with “recruiting”. NOT! Several folks sent me stuff about a really stoopid incident (supposedly) involving some woman connected to The Duplin Winery going Bat S*** on Twitter at the kid Payton Wilson who recently switched his commitment from UNC to NCState.

The Duplin Winery gal’s name is Angie Fussell (@heelndpills) whose husband (Dave) is co-owner of the winery. Ms Fussell’s twitter account extols her intense devotion to UNC Sports.

Payton WhiteApparently this Payton Wilson kid (who is a white middle-class kid from Hillsborough for anyone wondering) is a 4-star linebacker. He had “verbally committed” to UNC, but several weeks ago “un-committed” and immediately committed to NC State.

In his “commit to NCState” tweet young Mr. Wilson made a snide uncomplimentary reference to a stereotype of UNC FB fans.

… Being from The Triangle-area he was certainly familiar with local fan base stereotypes.

Ergo, why did he ever “commit” to UNC originally? I don’t know.

His snide jab at UNC fans (supposedly) ignited this Duplin Winery gal who appears to be in her 40s. She (or someone with access to her Twitter account) fired off a quite profane / obscene tweet at Payton Wilson The NC State “commit”.

Oh, have I mentioned that the Duplin Winery gal has “a rap sheet”. As a licensed pharmacist (UNC Pharmacy School graduate) she was once found guilty of some serious drug prescription violations that resulted in her losing her pharmacist license… but NOT her right to tweet stoopid crap… IF the tweet did indeed come from her.

Duplin Winery gal’s husband Dave claims someone hacked her twitter account ergo those obscene comments were not hers. Which is the smart play for Dave… whether it is true or not. Again, I don’t know.

Meanwhile WolfpackNation has, of course, declared a full-scale grassroots boycott of Duplin Winery. Take THAT Duplin Winery Carolina fan gal.

This incident reeks with enough “how come he/she did thats” to qualify as “a Hoot”. A reminder that Charles Darwin might have had his evolution theory backwards. Maybe “the monkeys” should sue him.

In Year One of Bunting versus Amato, wasn’t there a brouhaha involving a highly-rated recruit from Northern Durham that Bunting was sure he had… until Chuck sent over a pizza the night before “signing day” resulting in the kid flipping to NC State. Wonder where that guy is these days?

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BL,

As I sit at KSFO waiting for my connection to RDU and watching the Army-Navy game; who rolls up in his disability stroller? No other than the infamous Rev Bully Barber. If I could upload the photo I would … it literally speaks a thousand words. I presume he was with his two daughters, but I could be mistaken. I wonder what trouble he was stirring up in San Fran or perhaps Oakland? What a small world … too bad he has to waste his time keeping it divided.

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Update: Bully Barber is too big to fit in a coach seat so they made a first class passenger switch with him. Unbelievable! I guess I should eat more.

Dr Wire
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I had not heard the Mrs Fussell story until your column (been distracted by birth of 1st grandchild which you will soon get to appreciate), but anticipated there were similar reactions across the blue landscape. I know many older women Tar Heel fans, usually alums, who will drop a “listen here mother——-“ on you when you say bad things about their Heels, especially St Dean, quicker than you will be hugging Blondie when Kid has her child . I am sure this type of fan exists for all teams; although, I think the Heel women alums have copyrighted their response.… Read more »

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By the way, Sports Illustrated just posted their list of “best” bowl games, ranked from 1-37 (omitting the playoff games). I am amused that “Christmas in Shreveport” comes in last place.

https://www.si.com/college-football/2017/12/06/bowl-games-rankings-tv-schedule-viewing-guide?utm_campaign=si-extra&utm_source=si.com&utm_medium=email&utm_content=2017120712PM

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Who’d of thunk it? I had Duplin Winery as a Wendell Murphy operation given the way their wine tastes and all. Learn something new every day. If a hog farm retention pond suddenly breaks near their vineyards it’ll be OBVIOUS why it happened. I think departments of sociology should all offer a course on lunatic fringery. You know anyone who might be willing to teach it?

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Everybody should have been a Duke football fan like me for a few years then they would just enjoy their team playing over the holidays! I love it when UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC-Raleigh start the “my toys are better than your toys” tweeting.
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All UNC, NCSU & DUKE fans just remember in the 1950s (except when McGuire was running the underground RR to NYC) and early 1960s NCSU was the basketball school and DUKE & UNC the football schools.

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RAZ

Good stuff BL, ….really had me LOL…………
but still not as funny as Morning Joe

JD
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JD

It is completely “OBVIOUS” that America needs “Common sense” gun control reforms, “common sense” immigration reform and “common sense” college football playoff reform. What could go wrong? Funny thing I thought getting the playoff was supposed to fix everything and get those “damn computers” out of it.

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El Paso will be just fine. Aside from the four playoff bowls, all are pretty much meaningless. The only people who are disappointed are the ones who had unrealistic expectations for the season, or who bought into the media-generated hype. As my mentor always says when I wish him happy birthday, “well, it’s better than the alternative…” . The saga of the stolen recruit, like most epic yarns, grows taller and bolder with each telling. Various reports have Chuck sending over the pizza, singing Sinatra, and doing other foolish things that grown-ass men shouldn’t have to do as part of… Read more »

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Back in my prime, I spent a lot of time in El Paso. I was designing a plant to be built across the border. I got a trophy from Ross Perot for coming in third in the annual “Great Sucking Sound” contest. Night life be across the border. We never went there. We were also offered a “friendly Mexican weekend” by one of the contractors bidding on the plant. I can recommend the State Line BBQ for a family meal at reasonable prices. The Duplin Wine story is a hoot. Mr. Fussel would be about the right age for my… Read more »

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mapackfan

Their attempt at trying to explain the original FB post is beyond hilarious. Can you say “screwed the pooch”? (Or from another view “lost all perspective”?)

Duplin Winery. Headed down the toilet.

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As someone who watched UNC lose in El Paso first-hand (it was only 550 miles from my house, so I didn’t have to leave the state), I can give a bit of advice to any Wolfpackers who make the trip. First, try to stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. It is practically on UTEP campus, and less than a mile from the stadium. If you park at the hotel, you don’t have to pay for stadium parking. Second, bring your cold weather gear. El Paso is at 4000+ feet, and can get pretty chilly in late December.

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Zoot

I heard you audibly say “screw the article this week” before you hit “post.” Thank you for trudging through. I think “heelsnpills” is playing Cat’s Cradle this weekend.

BigT
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BigT

I thought Chuck sang to him

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My dear chap! One must have seen that this glorious little lady signed up for deferred prosecution with great haste! My investigative report clearly spells this out in the public record minutes of the 773rd Meeting of the NC Board of Pharmacy June 21, 2005. One question remains unanswered. Her duly sworn testimony states she took the diverted prescription drugs for a period of 6-8 months. Mathematics was simply a strong suit of mine as a young lad and 12,539 diverted dosages over this time period is a sizeable daily dosage (50+ per day). Tomorrow is an interview with a… Read more »

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Chief Inspector Closeau

Took less than an hour for PackPride investigators to expose Ms. Fussell’s 3 felony counts of drug diversion of 12,000 doses of controlled substances on twitter. Ms. Folt et.al. could have advised Ms. Fussell, “don’t mess with Pack Pride” LOL! My advice to hubby Fussell and his brother (other owners) is to ask how much do they make the check out for a new NC State football center and theme park, ala Dabo.

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MMF

The Fussell clan is big doings in Duplin/Sampson Counties..I went to Louisburg with one uf’em.. Nice lady and not hard on the eyes.coukd be her daughter? If Lincoln Riley wins a NC, he should not retire but leave Norman and return to EC. wishful thinking on my part..MMF

MB.in.Balmer
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MB.in.Balmer

I guess it is too much to hope for that many of the bowl games would cease to exist.
Only 3 bowl eligible teams did not receive a bid. Talk about being left out!

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Todd Lesley

After reading that Wisconsin’s last five recruiting classes ranked #40 …only two spots ahead of NCSU…I became quite an admirer of this overachieving bunch. Ohio State’s average recruiting class ranked in the top 3 the last 5 years. No other Midwest school…much less BIG TEN school…is in the top ten. Yet the Badgers were one drive away from sending Alabama out of the CFP. During the OSU Wisconsin game it seemed like I kept hearing “this Badger wanted to be a Buckeye but OSU did not give him an offer.”

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I’m surprised the N&O didn’t have a headline: Area Teams Snubbed by the CFP Committee (and Condi of course). Think four teams are too few? Number’s 5-8 are now in the bitching and moaning period. Expanded to 8 teams and #’s 9-12 rinse, wash,repeat the B&M and so on and so forth. Make every team eligible and half will complain about something else.