BL: God Loves Aggies (and Retrievers) Too

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BobLee
March19/ 2018

BL: God Loves Aggies (and Retrievers) Too

I’ve always considered – God Loves Beavers Too – as one of my personal all-time favorite column titles.

It was on the occasion of UNC Baseball losing The College World Series to Oregon State in 2006. Coincidentally, the same year as The Duke Lacrosse Scandal noted last week.

The specifics of that heart-breaking defeat in Omaha will never be forgotten by those who care about such things. A routine ground ball was misplayed in the 9th inning allowing “the Beavers” an extra out which they used to win the deciding game. 8,000,000,000 Chinese, alas, did not care then… or now.

TRIVA: Current MLB Star Andrew Miller was on the mound for the Tar Heels when that fateful play occurred.

GodThe concept that “God” could indeed “love” one’s opponent in an important (?) sports contest is alien to some fans. Such numbskull fans who truly deny such a possibility should be avoided at all costs. I propose the NRA sponsor an amendment to the 2nd Amendment denying such numbskull fans access to firearms, automobiles, the nuclear football and scissors.

I am sure that numbskull fans of both Univ Virginia and [email protected] did, over this past weekend, question “God’s Grand Plan” as it pertains to them. Ultimately, how God’s Plan pertains to each individual is the primary concern of each individual first and foremost.

For the record, 46 other fan bases also questioned WHY “their team” was denied their divine right to Victory since last Thursday. After all, “their school” is very very cool… has a spiffy fight song and is, of course, “a sleeping giant”… and most / some of their players are “good kids”.

Or, apparently the case with UNCCH’s departing senior players – Berry II and Pinson – among the absolute finest human beings ever to dribble since Dr Naismith hung his peach basket. They provided a sanctuary for Ol’ Roy whenever anyone calls him “A Cheating Bastard”. Roy’s words, not mine.  YIKES!

Incredible Trivia Fact #1…

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy PLAYED FOR OUR OWN “CNR” aka “Coach” at Holy Billy KennedyCross High School in New Orleans in the early 1980s.

Is THAT cool or what!

“Coach” knows Billy Kennedy very well and attests to his abundance of outstanding qualities.  I would NEVER question Coach’s judgement about ANYTHING…

WAIT… There’s More…

Incredible Trivia Fact #2…

A class act off the court as well, Kennedy was presented with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes 2011 John Lotz “Barnabas” Award at the Final Four in Houston. The award is presented by the FCA to a basketball coach who best exhibits a commitment to Christ, integrity, encouragement to others and lives a balanced life.

John Lotz was a much beloved Assistant to THE Dean Smith in the late 60s… and brother of UNC 1957 Team Member – Danny Lotz.

I appreciate that neither of those Incredible Factoids matter to either (1) fans of UNC’s Hated Rivals… or (2) to grieving fans of [email protected] itself.

But I think both facts are really neat.

[email protected]’s notorious board monkey faction does not much care that the aTm coach is a mighty fine fellow. They are more interested in blaming… the refs… the announcers… Roy… the NCAA… the ushers at Spectrum Center… and somehow, of course, “Damn Dan” Kane for the colossal butt-kickin’ administered yesterday in front of a global TV audience.

It should be noted to said “grieving fans of [email protected]” that of the 20-30-some times that UNC has played in the NCAA Tournament, they have been eliminated prior to the Final Four more often than not. Ergo, they have no Divine Right to make it that far.  Texas A&M isn’t Weber State for Heaven’s Sakes.

Making The Final Four, much less Winning a NC, should be enjoyed and appreciated… failing to do so simply accepted as “what one risks whenever one steps into “the arena” as UVA’s Tony Bennett put so eloquently.

UVA was not simply eliminated early. They were, as even those 8,000,000,000 Chinese know, the FIRST #1 Seed to EVER be eliminated by a #16 seed. No one else can ever be the FIRST. Coach Bennett and his staff and players will forever bear that burden.

I don’t know much about Coach Tony Bennett other than he is a handsome fellow who seems remarkably “grounded”. To my knowledge he does not have any history of saying stoopid crap. I assume various board monkey gangs around the ACC “hate him” because that is what board monkeys do; so that is not to his discredit.

What happened to UVA this year in no way guarantees any future success. That is not how it works. I think Tony Bennett understands that.

It occurred to me that I can only name four UVA Basketball players EVER.   Ralph Sampson – Jeff Lamp – Marc Iavaroni – Wally Walker.  Of course, I still can’t name more than four current UNC players.

The #16 Seed that beat UVA is coached by Ryan Odom… son of retired coach Dave Odom. Dave Odom was Ryan Odomhead coach at ECU, Wake Forest and South Carolina and longtime assistant at UVA to Terry Holland. Ryan was a ballboy at UVA when his dad was there.

I know people who know Dave Odom. EVERYBODY who knows Dave Odom says he is one of THE genuinely nicest fellows they know. I bet his son Ryan is following in his footsteps.

Ryan Odom is now this March’s Hot Young Coach that every delusional fan base unhappy with their “sleeping giant” now wants. Every fan base but apparently ECU.  Jeff Lebo quit ECU in mid-season. ECU loonies had rejected Ryan prior to last week… holding out, of course, for Steve Kerr… Gregg Popovich… “The Villanova Guy” … or Rick Pitino.

ECU is now officially a campus in turmoil. Firing their horrendously unpopular AD (with a $1,000,000 buy-out)… with their Chancellor under siege for (1) placing Academics about Athletics… and for (2) living in a palatial manse better suited for a “famous rapper”.

Their Chancellor has some silly notion that producing primary care physicians is more important than producing NBA lottery picks. His days are likely numbered in Greenville as a result.

PLUS… N&O’s John Drescher selected ECU has his latest “let’s see who I can piss off next” victim. We told you in our last column that John is now “trolling for clicks & views” by writing provocative opinion columns critical of “whatever”… so long as there are raging loonies likely to be upset by whatever he writes.

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FWIW… No, I did not see UMBC defeat UVA… or Nevada defeat Cincinnati… or Florida State defeat Xavier. I did watch about ten minutes of aTm versus [email protected]… Not enough time, alas, to see UNC make a 3 pointer. OUCH. Wonder if Shammond Williams was watching… or Dante Calabria? … IT has happened before… and may happen again… because…

Despite being The Ultimate Multi-tasker… “God” – like me – doesn’t pay too much attention to this stuff.  America is about one more obscene tweet from a full-scale civil war.  Lets hope God has THAT atop his To Do List.

PS:  I am currently reading a David Baldacci novel… about a very corrupt CIA director.  Uh Oh… it was written five years ago.

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Tin foil hat heel

God is in fact a Rambler, hey Sister Jean has known him since the beginning. Now if those guys could somehow pull off winning this whole thing wouldn’t that be the story to end all stories? I think they can take Michigan because I think the wolverines are a fraud. KU or Nova is another matter, but in old time rasslin verbage I think karmically Nova would have to “do the job”, though if KU was to take that pipe it would give this a UK-Texas Western in ’66 kinda feel. KU-Dook was one for the memory banks. After KU… Read more »

CNR
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CNR

Frank Lindley!!!!! You are now delving into the depths of the historical heart of basketball history. The great man and coach from Halstead who was the architect of Kansas High School Basketball, built Newton and Harvey County into the hotbed of Kansas basketball. . It spread to the Arkansas River Valley, then to the great cattle trails region, then to Wichita and finally Southeastern Kansas and finally down into neighboring Oklahoma. . A stones-throw away was another, but much smaller town also on the Atcheson, Topeka, and Santa Fe Main Line and a great cattle drive from Texas terminal, Halstead.… Read more »

Former96heel
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Former96heel

That is enough for me to generate a rooting interest among the teams left. Go Coach K! (Kennedy, that is)

Doug
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Doug

A Kansas HS coach and Kansas Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Frank Lindley is mainly credited with inventing the zone defense. Never heard of him until I read it on the internet. ???? His career record was 594-118. He died in 1968. Wonder if “Coach” knew him?

CNR
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CNR

You have done a fine job of hitting the bulls-eye regarding Billy. He is the epitome of a key wisdom we were taught in Indiana so long ago, “Be more concerned with your character within which encompasses such qualities as love for others; kindness; ethical conduct; than with your reputation. Character is what God knows you are. . We shall add to your admirable words regarding Billy as well as the zone defense of note, the 2-3. Stay with me Cowdog as a present for you is coming. Bone up on Rog’s invention that transformed Eastern College and Pro basketball.… Read more »

58 Wolf Kennel
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58 Wolf Kennel

I’ve oñly spoken with 68Grad on the phone and don’t recognize him without the hat and sunglasses. Maybe I ought to go undercover too ????
Leslie is younger sister of CJ Leslie here in Holly Springs. She played a great game !!!!
Doeren speaking at RSC tomorrow and I asked Avent if he wanted to celebrate Clemson as our guest. Elaine going as first event outside of doctors

TheCowdog
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TheCowdog

Love the ZONE talk from your faithful followers, BL. Should Coach chime in, he may make mention of the “father” of all “Match-up” zones.

Former96Heel
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Former96Heel

CNR, literally the Oracle of BobLeeSays. Ever think about doing an oral history project with someone like that? There is way too much wisdom to not be preserved for posterity.

NCSU68Grad
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BL, Assume the Geeksters are now working on the techno glitch of the REPLY since their brackets are busted. Tried to reply to Porgie…. You were in good company at Reynolds on Sunday. Was there on Friday as well as Sunday. OTHER noted folks spotted were none other than Sir Kennel…..who was passing out advice to a distinguished gray haired gentlemen named Randy. Randy was front row in balcony at mid court as I was on the opposite side. Little Blue Smurfette Carol ought to emulate Sir Randy. The Chanc was WOLFING and PACKING with the crowd and was up… Read more »

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DM Carpenter

Enjoyed the article, but the neatest piece of ‘the stars aligning’ crossed my feed earlier this evening. On St. Patrick’s Day, RV Petrel (Paul Allen’s research vessel) discovered the wreckage of USS JUNEAU. She is best known for five sailors, the Sullivan Brothers. A week or so back, they discovered the wreck of USS LEXINGTON (CV-2). Allen’s team is making amazing finds in the Pacific. Ballard who?

58 Wolf Kennel
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58 Wolf Kennel

There’s enough sports and truth in this column to show why I love sports. The error at the end of the College World Series game back on the Coach who had a freshman catcher playing first base and misplayed a slightly off-line throw from the second baseman.
Not enough being said about State’s sweep of #2 Clemson at Clemson
Good weekend ????

Porgie
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Porgie

Since the Wolfpack was one of those first 46 to go home quickly, my weekend was starting poorly but then kicked into high gear. First the Wolfpack Women took down the Phoenix (and I was there) and later on the Terrapins to advance to the Sweet 16. Yes, I know your disdain for women’s basketball. Then the baseball team goes on to sweep the tiggers at their place. Four ‘rasslers’ make All-America with one winning a national title. Light the Bell Tower RED !!! Then, my second favorite team sends ORW home, but it did take 2 of my second… Read more »

wolfdon
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wolfdon

Am enjoying C J Box novels that you recommended ……in one he had truckers stopping at a truck stop in Wilson, NC. …..my old home town.

kenB
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kenB

Wow, memories from Kentucky… I remember a Coach Reed ( I think Neil) that recruited some of what was known as Rupps Runts. Dampier and Riley. I’m wondering if that would be the same person? Coach Reed was with Coach Lancaster who was also baseball coach as well as A.D.

Doug
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Doug

BTW, the Aggies played the 2-3 zone in the 1st half. ORW adjusted during half-time. Then Coach Kennedy’s team played man-to-man D in the 2nd half. I think that flummoxed Roy. Imagine that!!

Doug
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Doug

Achieving a certain age will allow one to remember certain events as well as forgetting events when it’s convenient. One Dean Smith and his 1976 UNC team got whipped up in a NCAA Semi-Final game by Alabama by allowing Leon Douglas to go off for 35 points and 17 rebounds. . DES, Kupchak, Lagarde, Walter Davis, John Kuester, & Phil Ford looked like helpless middle school toddlers. A year later Marquette beat UNC in the NCAA final game when DES decided his sizable lead was secure and went into the four corners. In 1979 Penn beat UNC in another NCAA… Read more »

Bill Wilmer
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Bill Wilmer

Who did Kennedy play for in high school. Did not know Roy coached in New Orleans.