By boblee
  • We've Got Our Coach!

    November 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

    Within 24 hours of going 8-4 in his inaugural season at the helm of UNC Football, Larry Fedora found himself the second longest tenured “major college” football coach in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.  Only Duke’s David Cutcliffe has been in his current position longer than Larry.   One of Coach Fedora’s eight victories, of course, […]

  • The 'Comparables'

    November 17, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    In the eternally wacky down-the-rabbit-hole world of sports rivalries, no school’s fan base will EVER acknowledge than any other school, or its pathetic loser fan base, could be comparable to “us”.  But, yea verily, if there was a high tribunal overseen by some Solomonesque magistrate, I believe said magistrate would feel that UNC & UVa […]

  • Pinball? 50 Is The 'New 30'

    November 12, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Was it a coincidence?   The Who performed Friday night in Greensboro . . .  and “pinball wizards” performed in Kenan on Saturday afternoon?  The football opera was co-orchestrated not by Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey but by Larry Fedora and Paul Johnson.   The Heels & Ramblin’ Wreck  “sure played a mean pinball” on a BEE-youtiful […]

  • Move Over, Choo Choo!

    October 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    Outlined against a blue-gray October sky…. a courageous young stallion, in a chrome helmet, galloped into history amid Kenan’s lofty pines.  Outlined against a blue-gray October sky…” is the opening to Grantland Rice’s epic column on October 18, 1924 introducing Notre Dame’s Four Horsemen.  If Grantland had been with me in The Choo Choo Lounge […]

  • Fans 'Freak' Over Loss

    October 22, 2012 at 11:53 am

    The better team on Saturday night at “The Wally” won on Saturday night.  That’s how it often works but not always.   To say that the game was not as close as the final score (33-30) would be correct but is simply too painful to write so I won’t. The Fighting Fedorians simply did not fight […]

  • The Old Golden Well?

    October 15, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Followers of Carolina Athletics might be excused for being somewhat distracted over recent months.  A lingering unpleasantness has hung like an Arctic Winter over Franklin Street broken only by a darn fine Fall showing by The Fighting Fedorians.   I’m here to report a sinister plot afoot…. but first:   Fueled by Gio Bernard, the finest […]

  • Uniformly Agreed — We Like 'Em!

    October 8, 2012 at 11:38 am

    I was in mid-matriculation when Carolina Football went from white helmets to various PMS-shades of blue helmets.  I bet you don’t know the “why” they did.  I bet not even Freddie Kiger knows this one!   Bill Dooley replaced Jim Hickey as UNC’s Head Football Coach following the 1966 season.   Dooley brought with him a […]

  • What Price Dignity?

    September 30, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      You know $800,000 will buy a bunch of stuff that a college athletic department needs.  It can pay salaries, mowers to cut grass, light bulbs in gyms, paper clips and computer keyboards; but can it assuage the psychological gut shot that a bunch of Vandals absorbed amid Kenan’s lofty (and very wet) pines on […]

  • Bubba And The 'Brothers'

    September 24, 2012 at 2:17 am

      Four out of five of NC’s “major college” football programs won this past Saturday.  The 5th one – East Carolina – fell 24-6 to one of those other four — Carolina in sun-drenched Kenan Stadium.   It was a good solid W for the Tar Heels coming off two consecutive near-miss Ls and it […]

  • Greatest Comeback EVER… Almost

    September 17, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    It was Sept 15, 2012. Not March 2, 1974. This time Walter Davis missed. OK, it would never have supplanted “8 down with 17 seconds to play” regardless.    It was not in Carmicheal. It was in a stadium named for a pizza mogul in a city more famous for a horse race. It was […]