Football Uniform Update [Updated]

You look mahvelous. — Fernando (Billy Crystal)

This month’s Tar Heel Monthly, a fantastic publication put out by Adam Lucas and Lauren Brownlow and their team (with regular contributions from John Kilgo, Lee Pace and Jones Angell) that is available by subscription and free to Rams Club members, has an update by Lee Pace on this season’s uniform changes: Continue reading

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Welcome Back

I didn’t expect to stay gone for that long, but life gets in the way sometimes. Not that a whole lot has happened this summer in the grand scheme of things. In fact, I am perfectly content to pretend that none of the NBA speculation with Lawson, Ellington or Green ever happened. But some interesting news has rolled in over the last week that is worth noting, and it’s getting close enough to football season that we can already smell the unreasonably high expectations.

  1. Lowell Dyer received a scholarship. Although Scott “Tank” Lenahan started last year at center, Dyer saw the yeoman’s share of the load at that position because of Lenahan’s unfortunate injuries during the season. Apparently Coach Butch Davis made the announcement while giving out team awards at the end of spring practice. I love this kind of thing. It’s so great for guys that have busted their butts on the scout team for the betterment of the program to have someone to look up to. More than that, Carolina has a great tradition of walk-ons contributing to the program, e.g. David Thornton, Kendric Williams, Lance Williams (RIP)… It’s great when they can earn a scholarship to recognize their efforts. I’ve always loved the walk-on tradition on the basketball side, too.
  2. Football Season Tickets ARE SOLD OUT! This is just awesome. If we can just get some wins, we’ll have some serious momentum.
  3. Chad Holbrook takes a position with South Carolina. I was upset about this one at first. Coach Fox readily admits that Holbrook has been a huge reason that UNC was in three straight College World Series. Moreover, the University community rallied around the Holbrooks when their son Reece was diagnosed with Leukemia. As it turns out, though, Holbrook’s wife is from Columbia, Reece is in remission, and USC’s Coach Tanner is likely to retire about a decade earlier than Coach Fox (and leave the program there in Holbrook’s hands), making this the time to make the move, and to do so on good terms, leaving the program in great shape. Good luck, Chad.
  4. Ty Lawson is a dumb kid doing things dumb kids do. Darian Durant is ready to start at QB in the CFL. Joe Dailey gets a position at the University of Buffalo.

Now, if we can just get to the start of football practice, the world will be right.

The Final Four

I am not a very big baseball fan. Which is to say that I enjoy ball park hot dogs, the national anthem, the seventh inning stretch, Take Me Out to the Ballgame and Centerfield, but I like home runs and hits and not routine infield defense. Baseball games tend to drag for me. I understand the drama, but it’s much the same way that I understand the drama of a soccer match: I get it, but I’m still not interested in watching a defensive struggle. (It’s a little weird that I enjoy defense in football as much as I do. I guess I like seeing our guys plant the bad guys in the ground…). I’m not going to expound about the finer points of the game because I’m just not that knowledgeable a fan.

Even so, I’m never ambivalent about the Tar Heels, and I’ve been following the Boys in Blue through the NCAA tournament and enjoying their usual displays of hitting and solid pitching, but hoping for some ACTION. I got it last night. Continue reading

Res Judicata

RES JUDICATA – Lat. “the thing has been decided” The principle that a final judgment of a competent court is conclusive upon the parties in any subsequent litigation involving the same cause of action.

Louisville Courier-Journal:

A Franklin, Ky., Circuit Court judge sided with a devilishly clever argument and ruled in favor of Duke University yesterday in a breach of contract lawsuit brought forth by the University of Louisville.  U of L sued Duke for $450,000 after the Blue Devils backed out of a four-game football contract with three dates remaining.  The contract called for a penalty of $150,000 per game if a date with a “team of similar stature” could not be arranged.

Duke’s lawyers argued the Blue Devils, which have a record of 6-45 over the past five seasons, were so bad that any team would be a suitable replacement.

Judge Phillip J. Shepherd agreed with Duke’s lawyers — the football team is so bad that any replacement would do:

“At oral argument, Duke (with a candor perhaps more attributable to good legal strategy than to institutional modesty) persuasively asserted that this is a threshold that could not be any lower. Duke’s argument on this point cannot be reasonably disputed by Louisville.”

Kentucky courts interpret contract terms “according to their plain and ordinary meaning” barring any ambiguity. According to Shepherd, finding a suitable replacement literally meant any NCAA Division I team would suffice – including those in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as Division I-AA.)

Dook sucks.

Ronald Curry back on his feet in Oakland

Ronald Curry

The News and Observer reports:

The former University of North Carolina quarterback played through that pain to be Oakland’s leading receiver last year until it finally became too tough to handle this offseason. After undergoing surgery on his left foot that forced him to miss six weeks of offseason practices, Curry returned to his usual spot at receiver this week for the Raiders.  …  Curry said he had trouble planting on the foot before the operation but says he is now running pain free with six weeks before training camp starts.

I’m extremely excited for RC.  If there is anyone who deserves all the positive energy we can give, it’s Ronald Curry.  This guy stepped into two bad situations at UNC, at the dawn of dark times in football and basketball, and did his absolute best to help both teams succeed.   I (and many others, possibly including RC) will always wonder if he would have been more successful had he picked one sport and dropped the other.  Instead, he persevered at point guard and carried the football team as quarterback.  One of the only times I’ve been embarrassed to be a Tar Heel fan was watching fans boo Ronald Curry off the field in favor of a freshman Darian Durant.

For someone with so much talent and potential, Ronald Curry has endured a heart-wrenching amount of disappointment.  I hope Ronald has a stellar season and that it is just the start of greater things for this guy.

God’s Megaphone

C.S. Lewis wrote in The Problem of Pain: “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” In reading that Danny Green is trying to make it through the Orlando NBA Draft Camp on a sprained ankle, I can’t help but think that maybe Someone is trying to tell Danny something.   [UPDATE:  Add hip and elbow injuries to the tally.] Continue reading

I’m Tired

I stayed up earlier in the week to hear the end of the 11 inning matchup against Virginia that didn’t start until around 10 pm.  It stinks to stay up that late and then lose a close game that basically came down to errors and stranded baserunners.   Add to all that the new law practice, my two troublesome daughters and the celebration of my 10th wedding anniversary, and the result is: I’m tired.