More in Common than just Russell Wilson …

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BobLee
November11/ 2018

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More In Common than Just Russell Wilson…

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As longtime BL Buddies & Babes know… over the past handful of years, for reasons well-often-documented here, I became College Football’s Most Legendary “Fan Without A Team”.  That vacancy was resolved when TeamKid moved to Madison Wisconsin.  Madison is home base to Lands End, American Girl and The University of Wisconsin Badgers. … and for one memorable year – Russell Wilson.Van Buren St

Kid, Pastor Danny, Twinkle and Scooter live a scant three blocks from UW’s historic Camp Randall Stadium.  Most short lists of Most Best College Gamedays include “historic Camp Randall Stadium” (cap. 85,000).   When UW’s 30,000+ student section break out into their 4th Quarter “Jump-around” the vibrations can be felt at CasaKid.

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NOTE:  Even UW is seeing a noticeable drop-off in student attendance this year.  If it is happening at Camp Randall it is a National Cultural Epidemic with no solution in sight.

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So anyhooo, I adopted The Badgers as “my college FB team”.  It makes Madison more relevant for me and The Badgers are an every year Top Fifteen FB Juggernaut.   The really cool Bucky Badger sweatshirt I received as a Christmas gift sealed the deal.

WHOA… before I get into today’s “…more than Russell in common” I just realized that…

Bucky Badger and Struttin’ Wolf AKA “Tuffy” share considerable graphic DNA.

Bucky Badger, wearing a “W” sweater and strutting forward with a fierce expression, was drawn by California-based commercial artist Art Evans in 1940.  I am not qualified nor interested in arbitrating whether Bucky or Tuffy came first.  Because I truly don’t care.  I do believe UNCCH also had a very similar “Struttin’ Ramses” at one point.

So, obviously Wisconsin and NC State shared the college football career exploits of Russell Wilson… thanks to some Mexican stand-off feud twixt Russell and Tom O’Brien.  But in addition to Russell and a Struttin’ mascot is there any other shared element between the two Power5 institutions? … Yes. There is… sort of.

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In 2018 pre-season prognostications both Wisconsin and NC State were positioned to “do really well”.

Wisconsin was a solid Top 5-6 pick even a Final Four pick by some pundits.  They were reputed to have perhaps The Finest Offensive Line In The Modern Era of College Football.  UW’s has an unlimited supply of “really Biguns” from Wisconsin dairy farms.  They grow up throwing cows and bales of hay around and eating brats and cheese curds.

NC State, of course, was predicted as a solid top 2-3 team in “whatever ACC division they’re in” and seen as a legitimate threat to TeamDabo.  With yet another NFL QB under center, TeamDD and hordes of Carter-Finley-ites had ample reason for optimism.

Now… ten or so weeks later… the term “Dream Season” is not being uttered in either Madison nor Raleigh.  Both bandwagons are missing a wheel and in danger of losing one or more other wheels.

The Badgers are 6-3 with (1) a blow-out loss to Michigan… (2) a peer loss to Northwestern… and an (3) OMG loss to BYU (at home!).  With Penn State and Purdue still to play, it could get worse.

The Wolfpack are 6-3 with (1) a blow-out loss to Clemson… (2) a peer loss to Syracuse… and alas, last night’s (3) OMG loss to Wake Forest (at home!).  The Pack’s road ahead seems easier than UW’s on paper which, after last night, has Pack faithful very uneasy.

See what I mean about “…more in common than Russell slept here too”?

Thanks to Hurricane Florence, TeamDoeren gets ECU rather than surging West Virginia which should keep them out of Christmas In Shreveport with no problem… but another year with No NY6 “real bowl” for The Pack.  Just another WhataBurger Bowl .  BUT one WhataBurger Bowl more than a certain Hated Rival will go to for the second year in a row.

Pack coaches all get bonuses for basically underachieving… Pack players get some trashy WhataBurger Bowl swag… … and several thousand Pack loyalists get to spend Christmas to Appalachicola or Valdosta or TexArkana or wherever.  OK… Pack reserves / red shirts do get several weeks of extra pre-spring practice.

PartipTrophyI noted this week on my favorite sports site – TheAthletic.comthat “bowl eligible” has become as meaningless as a Little League participation trophy... an “award” for achieving mediocrity.

Has anyone EVER said “Hey, ya wanna see my WhataBurger Bowl watch / or ring?” NO!

For Badger faithful this season has turned every bit as bland and tasteless.  BadgerNation expects to play in the Big10/14 Championship Game EVERY year and either go to the Final Four or to Pasadena as a consolation prize.  Some Badger fans I chatted with were not even aware of Christmas In Shreveport.  It sounded dreadful to them.  I assured them it was.

The Badgers lose most of Greatest O-Line Ever to graduation and to the NFL but should reload OK to be “a factor” next season.

The Pack bid farewell to their latest NFL QB hopeful Finley … but should be OK for 2019 with somewhat less pre-season hype which could be a blessing in disguise.

At 9-3 or especially at 8-4 (OMG!!) Dave Doeren likely gets to finish his Lake Gaston Mega-Mansion as his Flavor-of-the-month Hot Coach status has cooled a bit.

I noted last week that Kansas might come acalling as DD is a native Kansasan… was an Asst there when KU was pretty good… and once really wanted their HC gig.  I also noted I doubted he would be interested in KU at this point in his career.  Even suggesting KU might come acalling got me attacked by a platoon of roaming Wuff-loonies.LSU girl

I saw a tweet Friday morning that had a sentence containing the words “Dave Doeren” and “moron” with the verb “is”.  I am certain that is NOT a universal opinion although the camera pan of the Pack student section late last night looked a lot like the LSU student section last Saturday night.  Tough business…


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Meanwhile over in Orange County… a Reuters “Franklin Street Unpopularity” Poll has Coach K, Donald Trump, Silent Sam and Yours Truly being joined by UNCCH’s current QB – young Nathan Elliott… AKA “that little white kid”.  YIKES.  Young Elliott’s stock is sooo low that a former UNCCH QB got rather emotional discussing his talents (lack of) with me earlier this week. … again – Tough Business.

With UNCCH’s oft-decried QB problems… do you think any Tar Heel faithful watched that Deacon rookie QB (from Graham NC) shred the Pack last night and wonder – “Hey Larry, how’d you miss this kid just down the road?…  Huh?

Unless Larry gets REALLY REALLY Blown-Out in The Wally or by State… he is 93% safe for this year.  But will start 2019 standing on a banana peel for sure.

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Thoughts: Being a fired power 5 FB or BB coach is a great gig. The Tarheels should have thrown in the towel for the season but it would have likely been fumbled or intercepted. Gene Chizik as DC at a $1/2 mil a year was a bargain. Late October-November is cruel to FB teams that don’t go three deep. DD has lost his way to another season in Raleigh. This years best bad bowl name is IMO the Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl. . Hyping VT’s Bud Foster as defensive genius for the past decade or so is a… Read more »

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Oh yeah, the game with WF. I’m too shell-shocked to comment much. We had numerous opportunities to put the game away before the last 30 seconds. Got to give WF credit. Felt all game that something just wasn’t clicking on any consistent basis for the Wolfpack. Season isn’t over !!

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Good overall article, except for the politics. Don’t forget Doeren also coached at Wisconsin.
Don’t have handle on other “Wolfpacks” other than Nevada.
Don’t know full origin of Struttin’ Wolf, but too many other things of more importance. I like the Badger and Fight song in any case.
And also don’t forget the other 90% importance of Tuesday’s election vote :>))

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Yes BL just got back from Duke game with Orange County Community College…I mean UNC-CH and I enjoyed the Duke Victory. So go on the Duke football fans’ message boards and those guys want blood…..I know, I know I should have just enjoyed the game and not gone on the World Wide Web but is that not what fans do when they win a game against your rival???? These guys are writing about lack of execution, clock management, dropped passes and how Coach Cut has taken the program as far as he can!!! Maybe Bubba, Debbie and Kevin should get… Read more »

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Still a lot of teeth and fang gnashing about WFU Thursday night game. NO, Swoff did not get involved. There were the usual fan reactions to some missed or perhaps questionable calls. Ron Cherry has retired and NOT working game. . Your comment about Petrino was a prophecy. Watched a little of that massacre last night. ESPN pulled it to go to some Curling Championship. . Petrino should be talking to lawyers and realtors today. Word on the street is that his key won’t work when he swipes it. . Note from the following article that Louisville could be in… Read more »

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Woke up Friday morning and hit the computer early on as I normally do and my Facebook feed with filled with hate posting for that certain coach from fans who just a few weeks ago were begging Ms. Debbie to get Wendell to throw a few million in the pot to keep DD.
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Friday morning they were posting about how many millions it would cost to buy the sumbitch out. From football power coach to sumbitch coach in less than a month, yes tough business.

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Pundits and contributing pundits have classified last night’s upset as the WORST IN 20 YEARS. That covers a lot of football and a lot of coaches. Even Scotty McCreary tweeted that he must have had a bad dream. No word on comments from Babs or Taylor Fastlane. . At local Mexican eatery and hangout, WPF we’re still bemoaned the outcome. It was NOT exactly raining…..more like a little spitting or sprinkle. THAT was not the reason for the dropped balls. HFBC DD focused on DB last week….obviously the DL and OL and TE were left on their own during practice.… Read more »

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Loyola of the South (New Awlins). Once an athletic power. Great law school of which Bill is a graduate. Bill being a commenter on this site and a really great guy.

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Everett Norris Case, colors, excellent engineering and technical schools, and Dave Doeren are also connections. Both populated by extremely loyal students, alums, and fans culminating in amazing spirit. . The State mascot is the epitome of a team simply because of the lesson given to us by Rudyard Kipling in the unforgettable epic The Law of the Jungle poem: “NOW this is the law of the jungle—as old and.as true as the sky. And the wolf that shall keep it will prosper, but the wolf that shall break it must die . . . For the strength of the PACK… Read more »

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Thanks. After last night I needed a good BobLeeSays to remind me that Life still has some meaning. Yes, I guess I know how that sad little LSU waif felt Saturday night. BUT LOSE TO A ROOKIE QB… AAAAIIEEEEE!
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The Tuffy versus Bucky issue sounds like something Bre’r Kennel could sink his teeth into. 🙂
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Yes, Brenda Snipes WAS George Jefferson’s mamma… or was it Weezie’s mamma?

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Hello Bob Lee … I don’t have any witty observations, just wanted to give a hat tip to the Deacs for their improbable “OMG” win last night. At least you used “OMG.” Many disgruntled fans use “WTF” when referring to their team losing to Wake!