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BobLee Says: So I sez to Swofford, “John you ought to…”

The Broadcasting Hall of Fame already has it on display. Known simply as “BobLee & some guy named Art Interview The Commish,” our Good Sports’ 30-minutes with ACC Major Domo John Swofford this past Saturday is now available. The FireDumbOlRoy Rally originally scheduled for McCorkle Place at 3 PM Sunday has been indefinitely postponed. A rough weekend for Monarchs, Wolfpacks and Pitino’s Cardinals. Several weeks ago, John Swofford agreed to be our Good Sports’ guest for either the ODU or Duke pre-game show. I suggested the Nov 23 show BECAUSE, with America in full Kennedy Assassination Remembrance mode, the...

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BobLee Says: Cheering for “Them”???

Oh, I don’t know. Maybe I’m simply a much better human being than the average slack-jawed, goggle-eyed, spittle-spewing schlub that follows sports. I prefer to think I’m not alone in being able to cheer unabashedly for the “them” when “them” are supposedly hated rivals. Whatever. I was cheering for Kindly David Cutcliffe and his Wally Warriors last Saturday. I’m charged with “writing something provocative” here each week. Admitting on Chapelboro that I was pulling for Duke probably exceeds “provocative” and gets dangerously close to sacrilegious. When I was born, one of my first baby gifts was a handmade Carolina...

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BobLee Says: “You Guys Have Too Much Fun!”

I’ve “done radio” long enough to know that scorners and critics are never shy but “attaboys” are often as rare as a Clemson basketball win in Chapel Hill. So I was SHOCKED this past Saturday to have FOUR different listeners take time to tell me how much they enjoy The Good Sports pre-game show that Art Chansky and I do each Saturday on WCHL. One would have been enough to warm the heart cockles for a month or so, but FOUR? Two compliments came from friends / acquaintances, and two came from folks I had never met but who had bothered to ask someone, “Is that BobLee from The Good Sports?” and approached to express their enjoyment of our on-air efforts. Very cool! I’m not sure of the “tip of the iceberg” factor whereby “one comment equals x-thousand similar unexpressed opinions.” I can speak on behalf of everyone who “does radio” that any negative criticism is automatically considered “an aberration from some deranged nutjob” and is immediately deleted from mind. “Attaboys” share a HUGE unseen / unheard-from constituency, however. Radio general managers and program directors don’t always see it that way, but what do they know? It is a little-known fact that on-air radio people do have feelings and crave positive feedback just as much as kindergarteners do. Maybe more so, since our maturity levels do not always measure...

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BobLee Says: “FIRE FEDO…?” Whoa, Not So Fast!

Ever since halftime of that ECU nightmare back in September, the long knives of the Tar Heel Lunatic Fringe have been poised to disembowel Mother Fedora’s son Larry, hesitating a second or two to behead Def Coord Vic Koenning as an appetizer. STOP THE MADNESS!!! NOTE: Larry Fedora’s job as UNC’s Head Football Coach has never been in jeopardy for one nanosecond … not ONE. Board monkey bloviations have zero impact in “real world” decision-making. Coach Larry has rallied the Fighting Fedorians to back-to-back impressive W’s, including Saturday’s raid on the Fairgrounds for a wuff-skinning of no small significance....

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BobLee Says: “No Excuses November”

In full view of “that oh-so-valuable Boston media market,” the Fighting Fedorians unleashed their first complete game of the year to thump a Flutie-less / Ryan-less bunch of Golden Eagles 34-10. In eye-deal mid-Autumn football-watching weather, the 40,000-ish fans who showed up were able to spread out a bit and enjoy a solid Tar Heel winning performance. When John Swofford tries in vain to justify why Boston College forsook all its natural rivals in Greater New England to cross The Mason-Dixon Line into the (faraway) ACC, he continually boasts about “that valuable Boston TV market.” So far, that consists...

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BobLee Says: A Friday Look at Zero Dark Thursday

In my opinion, Zero Dark Thursday was a very well designed and implemented multi-layered sports marketing promotion. Not saying it was D-Day-ish in its logistics but nothing with that many facets “just happens”. Other than the final three minutes of the game, it appeared to be flawlessly rolled-out. Sincere kudos to BubbaTheRealAD, Sports Promotion Guy Rick Steinbacher, and the dozens of layers of worker bees who did all the grunt work necessary in such an endeavor. Oh, I know how it will be derided and demeaned by that faction of humanity that uses “anything about UNC-CH” to compensate for...

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BobLee Says: Opinions Without Consequences

A VERY noticeable change will confront Carolina fans this Thursday night – Zero Dark Thursday. For the very first time in the ever-how-many years of football at UNC, the team will wear all-black uniforms – helmet, jersey & pants with blue numerals and blue accents. Holy Choo Choo – say it ain’t so! The reaction is certain to be “mixed”. Traditionalists will have reactions ranging from cardiac arrest to “HOW COULD THEY?” and other exclamatory phrases. On the opposite end there will be cheers and high fives and exclamatory utterances of high approval. You can bet that pretty much...

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BobLee Says: Is It “Fire or Ice” for UNC Athletics?

There is an analogy from either Al Capp, Poor Richard or The Venerable Bede that says “Place one hand in a pot of boiling water and the other hand on a block of ice and, on average, you should be quite comfortable”. Huh? For UNC Athletics, the pot of boiling water included Marvin Austin, Greg Little, Jennifer The Tutor, Blake, Butch, Dickie, The BOT3, Uncle Julius, etc, etc, etc. Now assorted UNC Faculty members are ready to provide the block of ice including UNC unilaterally eliminating freshmen eligibility and a few other suitcase nuke-type proposals. “Unilaterally”, for those of...

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BobLee Says: Other Than THAT Mrs. Lincoln…

Other than THAT Mrs. Lincoln, how was your Saturday afternoon in Kenan Stadium? Brent’s flag was flying high. The weather was ideal. The UNC uniforms finally weren’t butt-ugly. See, it wasn’t all AWFUL. The skydiver’s chute opened. Ya know that line about “…no shoes…until I met a man who had no feet.” Imagine you’re a proud UNC alum/fan and you live east of I-95…OUCH. Tar Heels in Rocky Mount, Wilson, Kinston, Goldsboro, New Bern et al are advised to call-in sick this week. Any Tar Heel residing in Pitt County? “…you have no feet.” Anytime “the skydiver” is mentioned...

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BobLee: The Reason For The Rings

Larry Fedora’s decision to give out rings for last season’s unofficial division co-championship was roundly poo-pooed and ridiculed. Most of the poo-pooing from the usual suspects aka “regional rival fan bases”…. yawn. There was ample skepticism from within TarHeelNation too. Like “participation trophies” for little leaguers…. come on, Larry! I haven’t actually asked Larry “why” but I think I’ve figured it out. The Fedora Era got off to a fast start with many exciting Kenan Saturdays and several “games for the ages”. He needed an impressive Year One as a foundation for what he wants to build “amid Kenan’s...

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