Monday Morning Quarterback
- Monday Morning Quarterback We've Got Our Coach!
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, […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback The 'Comparables'
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 […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback Pinball? 50 Is The 'New 30'
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 […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback Move Over, Choo Choo!
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 […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback Fans 'Freak' Over Loss
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 […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback The Old Golden Well?
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 […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback Uniformly Agreed — We Like 'Em!
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 […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback What Price Dignity?
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 […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback Bubba And The 'Brothers'
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 […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback Greatest Comeback EVER… Almost
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 […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback No Such Thing as an ABWFer
I was determined to channel Charlie Dickens for my UNC v. Wake retrospective even before Larry Fedora being undefeated on Tobacco Road was snuffed out like a half-smoked Camel. Take your pick – Modest Expectations …. or A Tale of Two Programs. On The Good Sports pre-game show, I had The Fightin’ Fedorians headed […]Read More
- Monday Morning Quarterback The Oft-Maligned Tar Heel Fan
There are few, if any, factions more maligned than “Tar Heel sports fans”. A maligning I have always considered greatly exaggerated and quite unfair. “Fairness” is never a consideration in the take no prisoners world of rival fan baiting. I, being “fair”, know aplenty of Duke fans who are NOT from New Jersey — […]Read More