This week brings a new section to Chapelboro on Carolina Basketball called Drive To The Championship, which we all hope the Tar Heels will do between now and April 2 in New Orleans (Thursday night’s second half at Virginia Tech sure restored some lost faith!).

The section features a second-day game analysis by yours truly, photos, a video highlight box and an aggregation of links to what’s being written about UNC hoops by columnists and bloggers in other publications and websites near and far.

But the best part of the “Drive” is the collection of daily blogs by some notable locals who contribute pieces on a specific day of the week, such as Phil Ford, Freddie Kiger, Pete Brennan and Lennie Rosenbluth, the infamous BobLee, ex-Carolina baseball player Dave Kirk, UNC Sports Information Emeritus Rick Brewer, an inside view from the riser section by the Carolina Fever group, and a ‘by the numbers‘ blog by stats guru Adrian Atkinson.

All of it should make the “Drive” a must-stop in your daily web browsing. Different styles, viewpoints, opinions and memories of Tar Heel basketball. Certainly, the most novel will be a weekly post by BobLee, whose own blog has developed a cult-like following of thousands who read, chortle and respond to his hilarious look at life and his alma mater.

Here’s an excerpt from his “Rim Shots” that he publishes Thursdays and a sampling of what he will bring to Chapelboro on the “Drive.” BobLee has nicknames for just about everybody (some you will recognize, others you will learn) while dabbling from message board fanatics he calls “board monkeys” to his favorite (audio) books to just about everything at Carolina. And dear old NCU has given him lots of fodder the last few years.

BobLee doesn’t much care for the going-away bash thrown for re-assigned former Athletic Director Dick Baddour a couple of weeks ago. . .

“Doogie, Whyyyyyyy?”

You all know Holden Thorp is “my guy”. I have supported him 110% in firing The Butch(er) of Kenan on both Why and When. It is a lonely position but one I am comfortable with. But always shooting straight with YOU is #1 with me.

Last week during the Baddourian Farewell Farce, Holden got caught up in the pomposity and pure sham. Before anyone could stifle him, the too benevolent Chancellor named The Leadership Academy after the departing bureaucrat.

Sure. The “Just Call Me Dickie” Leadership Academy @ The Phyllis George’s SugarDaddy’s Giant End Zone Place is more feel-good fluff than substance. That lessens the hoot factor somewhat. This sets a frightening precedent that should scare the bejeebers out of Tar Heels everywhere… and further delight ABCers around the world. Upcoming dedications in the Carolina pipeline?

  • The McAdoo/Wiley Tutorial Center
  • The Marvin Austin Tweet-atorium
  • The Butch Davis College of No Knowledge
  • The Uncle Julius’ Go-To Place For Easy A’s
  • The John Blake Agent Agency
  • The BOTBob Winston BCS or Bust Inn
  • The Don Stallings Fired Coaches Suite|
    and, of course …
  • The Ol’ Roy Asylum For The Terminally Goofy

“The Roy GAFFES”

…….. Whether one believes PR guy Steve Kirschner or not…. Ol’ Roy’s latest “stepped in it again” further crowds the list of The Ol’ Roy Top Five GAFFES.

JayHawk sticker…. Presbyterian guy….. BB gun….. Coke can…. Freakin…. Tallahassee Scramble….. I’m staying….. (the next one)….. (the ones after the next one)…..

Howsabout designating a section of “the rafters” to commemorate Roy’s GAFFES?
Have ya noticed that every Roy GAFFE generates an immediate Pavlovian response from ABCers, especially the Brickyard Bunch – They should simply laugh at him for his never-ending pratfalls, but noooo; they get all indignant. Which is almost as funny as Roy.

Roy is Carolina’s “Crazy Cuzzin Eddie”. Like it or not, he IS family and gets invited to Thanksgiving Dinner. But maybe it’s time we started hiding the good china.

Normally a Roy GAFFE brings out the hard-core Tru-Blues to defend “our boy Roy” but this time the hard-core Tru-Blues are in stunned silence over the 33 point MASSACRE. General Custer loved his mother. Who cares?

Of course, all the columns in the “Drive” won’t be as acerbic. Former All-American Ford will analyze from a player, coach and fan’s perspective. Kiger contributes his Scenes From the Press Table, where he sits for about a hundred ACC basketball games a season. Brennan and Rosenbluth (the rocks of the undefeated 1957 NCAA champs) will compare their Refuse To Lose mentality to the current Tar Heels. Kirk, though a diamond Heel in Chapel Hill, has been blogging about basketball for years from the frozen tundra of a Chicago winter. And Brewer will recount some memorable games, of which he’s seen more than any three men alive.

Look for the “Drive” on Monday. I promise you quite a ride.