Opt Out ??? … WWV&BD ???

WWV&BD
BobLee
January02/ 2021

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December 31, 2020

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Opt Out ?? …What Would Vince & Bear Do ?

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I had occasion recently to discuss Humanity’s Handbasket’s Descent to Hell’s Sub-basement with none other than my longtime buddy “Little Ricky”.  “Little Ricky” was an under-sized standout Linebacker during The Dooley Days at UNCCH. He made up for his lack of size with a Kamikaze-style with total disregard for his personal wellbeing.

That has manifested itself fifty years later into a rare form of CTE / Tourette’s Syndrome.  “LR” shares his quite Politically Incorrect opinions on pretty much everything to anyone within his E-mail Universe.  His Emails arrive in a lead-lined box with a HAZMAT Warning.  I LOVE’em.

His nuclear thoughts on the BLM catch-phrases on the backs of his once-sacred UNC jerseys had finally begun to abate when five of UNC’s top players opted to OPT-OUT for UNC’s long-awaited trip to “A Real Bowl Game”.

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BREAKING RUMOR:  At 1:00 AM on January 2nd … the first Bring Back Danny Ford sign appeared outside Dan’s Sandwich Shop in downtown Clemson … next to “an effigy of Brent Venable hanging from a white oak tree”.  Tough Crowd…

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The Lunatic Fringe Faction of Kenanites have long lamented that “Carolina going to A Real Bowl Game” was their #1 “Just Once Before I Die” Wish.  Numerous Christmas In Shrevelports and dozens of tacky sombreros from El Paso Sun Bowls had long lost their appeal to the desperate “Sleeping Giant” True-Believers.

That “A Real Bowl Game” became a reality in this “Bobby Ewing Shower Scene” of a College Football Season didn’t matter.  Mack had whupped the HATED Wuffs, Devils and Deacons (and even the Catamounts !!!) to secure yet another Mack Mythical State Championship. It was Miami Here We Come … Yeeeee HA!. Hello Miami

At least “Here Come” a handful of Lower Level Fat Cats lucky enough to secure the limited Covid ticket supply.  Two minivans of Fat Cats cruising Collins Avenue wailing “Hark The Sound” would be It. … BUT A National Audience would watch “dem Boys In Blue” whup up on Jimbo’s SEC Aggies by golly.

Then WHAMMO … 50% of Mack’s Offense decided they would OPT to stay home and work on their Wonderlic practice tests. … and Little Ricky Went Freakin’ Ballistic !!! 

Of course Mack said all the OMG I gotta Save Recruiting crap every coach HAS to say these days

… OR Mack would be stuck with a team roster full of deep snappers … Australian punters … and walk-ons from Woodberry Forest.  OUCH!

To be fair… Little Ricky – like Me – has A Real Life.  The Neurotic Ups & Downs of Sports rank about #158 on Little Ricky’s “Give A Damn” meter.  Well BELOW Vanity Fair declaring Michelle Obama “American Royalty & A Fashion Icon”.  His e-rant on THAT was EPIC!.

But LR did proffer … How might Bill Dooley – Circa 1970 – handle four of his best players deciding “We’d Rather Not” before a Big Game?  

Dooley DID have a sorta comparable situation back in the day.  An All-ACC Defensive End – Judge Mattocks – opted to miss practice to attend a Black Panther Rally on campus.  Judge’s UNC FB career was abruptly terminated.  That was 50 years ago.

All this spurred me to take it a step farther … WWV&BD

WWV&BD

What Would Vince Lombardi & Bear Bryant DO…

in Today’s WOKE-aMania Era ?

It is a quick analysis …

Vince Lombardi and Bear Bryant … and Bill Dooley and their ilk would simply NOT be coaching in the 2020 version of American Sports.

The thought of their autocratic dictatorial management style being allowed anywhere near an NCAA, NFL, NBA, NHA, MLB team would be as likely as a halftime show featuring Tyrannosaurus Rex being ridden by albino midgets waving Confederate flags and singing Mammie’s Little Babies Love Shortnin’ Bread.

… an AD, College Prez, League Commissioner would sooner swallow a can of Sani-Flush laced with razor blades than allow THAT.  Sticking his hand in a wood chipper would be less destructive to his career.

None other than Franklin Street’s Hoop Messiah – Saint Dean Smith – took early retirement at the mere thought of his players voicing their opinions on MySpace on that InterWebWorld computer thingie.

In addition to his long-held xenophobic belief that his black “student athletes” were not capable of doing legitimate college-level classwork.  OUCH!   If 5th grade reading comprehension was good enough for 5th graders … it was good enough for 23 y/o AfAm basketball players at UNCCH. OUCH Again!

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BUT WAIT … BUT WAIT ... Since 95% of Power-5 schools have no interest in their players getting a “marketable education” but simply “staying eligible” .  So The NFL is the ONLY albeit short “career” most AfAm players have any opportunity for … It is a very corrupt system all-around.

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Whether YOU think “those old guys” could “fix what ails America Sports et al…” or not … is irrelevant.  That opportunity is – like former Baltimore Colts’ wide receiver L.G. Dupree – It is “Long Gone”.

Your Choice in 2021 …Watch WOKE-fied Sports

…or join Little Ricky kayaking the Intercostal and BobLee fishing for lunker bass.

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Edward
Edward
12 days ago

Read the stolen joy post again helps to keep some things in perspective,

Queen City
Queen City
19 days ago

Opting out is the latest trend is big business disguised as amateur athletics. Some of my favorites are the black helmet / jersey thing, the turnover gimicks with chains and hats, kneeling in the endzone which is obviously a no-no and the muliple hats on the table signing day videos. One Vince or Bear practice and 30% of the roster would not return the following day

former96heel
former96heel
19 days ago

I had more network TV exposure over the holiday than the entire year combined, and noticed the exact thing about TV ads. How very 2018 woke of them. When are the gender fluid couples going to be in those Tide ads? . The opt out thing will be broken eventually when a top level NFL coach, most certainly AfAm, like Mike Tomlin, lets slip that by a player opting out, the debit a few Team points off that players profile rating. Agents and players would get the understanding that by being branded as selfish, and not giving the pros one… Read more »

Doug
Doug
18 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

I haven’t cut the cord yet and gone to streaming so I’m telling you that it’s not JUST media advertising that has gone WOKE. Network TV programming, including the former scared cow, Hallmark Channel, has dived in head first. Hallmark movies made after 2018 are generally un-good imo. . To former96heel’s point, NFL GM’s & coaches seem to give zero damns about opt outs. Unrelated. Saw a stat last Friday. UNC MBB is 6-18 in last 24 ACC games. YIKES! Saturday, for the first time in memory, a ranked Clemson MBB team will be playing an unranked UNC MBB team.… Read more »

Doug
Doug
19 days ago

I might abandon CFB & the NFL one day but I’m holding out. I opted out of MLB ten years ago and NCAA MBB shortly thereafter. WBB was never on the radar PERIOD. Still enjoy gridiron action and only tune into games usually after kick-off. Not much on pre or postgame shows except for ESPN College Game Day. I did listen to some to the WCHL UNC tailgate show for awhile that was co-hosted by Art Chansky and some internet legend guy who claimed Kinston as his hometown. Wonder what happened to that guy?

Ruth Miller
20 days ago

Himself actually enjoyed this. I thought it very well done. The “opt-out ” is unnecessary but then sports are no longer interesting and have become unnecessary. Love the “Australian punters and Woodberry Forest walk-ons” comment. Just great!

Stev
Stev
20 days ago

Don’t disagree except for what said about Dean I strong disagree

DM Carpenter
DM Carpenter
20 days ago

Yesterday, I called an old friend, another former Grunt 11A type. Well, I “got him started”. His comments on various subjects jumped straight to the “Hundred Megaton range, clad in Cobalt Thorium G”. Neither of us solved any of the world/nation/state issues, but we both did feel better.
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In the college football world, App won the first “Shoulda been sponsored by Hooters” Bowl. That said. Our Board Monkeys are some spoilt chilluns. 20 years ago, or so, a three loss regular season would see the HC in Boone bronzed, not nearly hung in effigy.

Happy New Year

Babs.Derm
20 days ago

A Black Panther rally – LMAO!!
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Seeing as I’ve not kept up with sports, when did this opt-out crap start? Aren’t these players trying to win to reach a goal of going to a credible bowl game? How in the hell do they have that option if they’re part of a “team?”

RaleighJacket
RaleighJacket
20 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

Why wouldn’t “opting out” be considered a breach of contract of a player’s grant-in-aid? An athlete agrees to play a sport in exchange for an academic scholarship. If the athlete skips games for reasons other than not being able to play due to an injury, death of a family member, etc., why should the school continue to pay for their education?

The old Charlotte judge
The old Charlotte judge
21 days ago

Not only would Dooley and Bryant not tolerate the Me First attitude that opting out reveals, but I imagine Frank Howard and Danny Ford would be spitting tobacco juice in a fury if any of their players tried to sit out a bowl game

Oldalphawolf
20 days ago
Reply to  BobLee

And Midnight Earl Edwards

James.in.Wilmington
21 days ago

… Australian punters and Woodberry Forest walk-ons!” …. OH MY! A CLASSIC line for sure!

Joco Bob
Joco Bob
21 days ago

Little Ricky sounds like he would be worth the price of your buying lunch to enjoy the conversation and entertainment thereof. You got me thinking about watching sports during 2020 and I can not remember a single game, college or pro, I have watched this year. Maybe a minute or two while I searched the channels but that is it. I find my life much improved not having my calendar set with sports to watch. Maybe that is part of just getting older, but I find simplifying of life to some most cherished few makes the later years more enjoyable.… Read more »

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