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BobLee Says: UNC’s World According To Crum

I recently listened to a very fine book – A Prayer For Owen Meany by John Irving.  Irving’s signature opus was his 1978 novel The World According To Garp.  That phrase bounced around inside my head as I seized the Good Sports’ mic last Saturday for my weekly 60-Second Sound-Off. Irving’s T.S. Garp was, like those 8,000,000,000 Chinese, disinterested in the on-going frustration of UNC-CH trying to balance Ivy Academics with Big Time Athletics. The taciturn Dick Crum was, however, in the thick of that delicate balancing act during the 1980s. Crum’s classic summation of that frustration echoes across the...

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BobLee Says: Another Game Older And Deeper In…

It was the ol’ peapicker hisself Tennessee Ernie Ford who sang “You load sixteen tons and whatta you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. St. Peter dontcha call me ‘cause I can’t go…”  Ol’ Ern was no kin to Danny (Ford) that we know of. The Fighting Fedorians and WuffDave’s Brickyard Warriors are, indeed, another game older than they were last week but not one day closer to Christmas In Shreveport. Every young blue-chip recruit’s dream of spending the Yuletide in a Bossier City casino wearing a cheap watch and a micro fleece warm-up suit is no closer...

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BobLee Says: Then The Former Trustee Said…

I received an email Sunday morning: “BobLee, your and Art’s “Good Sports” pre-game show has become more entertaining than the games.” Ouch! Is that a version of the back-handed compliment re: “you sweat less than any other fat girl I’ve ever danced with…” comparison? I replied, “Thanks, I guess.” If you missed this past Saturday’s show, opting to watch Jacoby outplay Jameis (for at least a half), you missed Art’s recounting of an encounter he had last week along fabled Franklin Street with “a former UNC-CH Trustee.” In which said former UNC-CH Trustee said… “Art, is it time to...

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BobLee Says: But Other Than THAT, Mrs. Kenan…

But other than THAT, Mrs Kenan; how was your trip to Greenville?.. As compared to 1) Honest Abe’s evening at Ford’s Theatre and/or 2) George Custer’s picnic on The Little Big Horn?? Viewed in the context of a post-Marvin’s-Tweet historical perspective… Tru Blues would not have been surprised to see Shane Carden revealed as Dan Kane’s even-more-evil twin. I swaney… one of those blitzing ECU LBs was a dead-ringer for Fats Thomas. It was that sort of afternoon as The Fighting Fedorians cooperated in helping their horrified fans almost forget LAST YEAR’s butt whuppin’ by the purple-clad Ruff-ians. Can...

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BobLee Says: The Franklin Street Fact Factory

Saturday was a VERY good day for yours truly. The Fighting Fedorians (maybe we need to change that name, huh?) are now five Ws from bowl eligibility. I had a heck of a fun time Under The Bubble – aka “in Chapel Hill.” This Fall, The Good Sports are broadcasting from Ground Zero – Legendary Franklin Street. Those famous “Carolina Girls” were in abundance AND are now eight years younger than our Kid. OUCH! Being at an internationally renown citadel of learning… I “learned” that everybody – but ME – knows exactly what happened in that Aloft hotel room...

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Your Suggestions For Filling Seats?

Whether or not you agree or are even aware, College Football (and to some degree College Basketball) is in the 2nd-3rd year of an on-site attendance decline. Decidedly fewer fans are actually attending games even at traditionally Top Ten schools. Athletic administrators across the country are quandarified as to how to abate this phenomenon. Is it abatable or reversible? On their behalf I am asking YOU for your suggestions. NOTE: This is NOT a fan INTEREST decline. Fan INTEREST has never been more fervent. It is a stadium attendance decline. Interest vs Attendance is the quandary. Usually in a “state your opinion”...

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BobLeeSays: The Invisible Fence

Dog owner or not, you’re familiar with “Invisible Fences.” Gizmos planted around the perimeter of a yard activate another gizmo on a dog’s collar, zapping him if he should attempt to leave the yard. Dogs aren’t the only ones restricted by Invisible Fences… The two primary adversaries in The Great Unpleasantness – UNCCH and The N&O – both wear gizmos. Both restricted by an ideological Invisible Fence. Institutional scandals make for strange bedfellows. The Siege of The Old Well enters its fifth year. Where were you when Marvin hit SEND? New ingredients are continually added to this embarrassing “stew.” A...

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And Then Holden Said…

Historians debate if it was THE primo media circus in UNC’s long history. Dickie & Meezie (and the pissed-off posse) Fire Matt gets votes, as does Butch, Holden & Dickie In The Headlights. Deservedly so for both. But The Martin Report presentation was a rip-roaring HUMMMdinger. I was there at The Carolina Inn that fateful day. I have recounted this before, but this time is for Chancellor Carol’s benefit. She was AT DARTMOUTH when this took place. My Good Sports compadre Art Chansky was seated to my left. The Fabulous Comparato Twins Nicole & Paige to my right. Retired...

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BobLee Says: Regardless, You Are Going To Believe…..

The comparison began with “in the past ten years” but immediately elevated to “in our lifetime…” I was asking two veteran Triangle-area media celebrities to rank The Great Unpleasantness aka “One small tweet for Marvin, one giant mess for…” We were in accord as to (1) its time capsule worthiness and (2) the reality that – Regardless, you are going to believe what YOU want to believe PERIOD… This commentary reaches a full spectrum audience extending from the most die-hard Carolina Way-faring Dean disciple to his/her most bloodthirsty, rafter-hating ABC doppleganger… and a large number of very curious brake-tapping...

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Hell On Wheels ‘Amid The Pines’

To say “I don’t do traffic jams very well” is an understatement. For most Tar Heel fans, the Duke game itself may have been difficult to deal with. For me, the pre and post game circumstances were what soured my milk. If “traffic intolerance” has its very own -aphobia, I have an acute case of it. This past Saturday I was the alcoholic stuck in a brewery. I was the gambling addict in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s Monday and I still have a raspy voice and white knuckles. An acute irrational over-reaction to one of...

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