Breaking News: Carolina Fans Support Great Cause

Actually, I’m hoping that you all will support a great cause.

Easter Seals-United Cerebral Palsy Stepping Stones Children’s Center in Sanford is having a Family Carnival this Saturday, the 19th of July, in an effort to raise an estimated $33,000 for an inclusive playground surface. There will be rides, games, a dunking booth featuring the Lee County Sheriff (Tracy Carter) and some local ‘celebrities’ and attorneys, including BBE. There will also be a silent auction featuring 25 different items and themed baskets, including a Carolina basket.

NC Childcare regulations require a soft surface, like mulch, around playground equipment to prevent injury in the event of falls. Unfortunately, mulch presents a problem for many children with disabilities who crawl or are in wheelchairs, as the mulch impedes access or can cause problems from splinters to choking. Stepping Stones would like to install a poured rubber surface that would allow access for ALL their children. They need your help.

Please come out to the carnival (click here for directions) or visit for more information or to donate to this worthy cause.

Bringing ’em up right

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Being the son of dook parents, and Mrs. BBE being the daughter of a proud and rabid Wolfpack fan (and a sane ECU alumna), I am acutely aware that my collegiate allegiance is not guaranteed to be passed to my daughters. It won’t be for lack of trying.

We’re going to try to “bring ’em up right.” They’re Carolina Kids Club members. They’ve been to “Meet the Heels.” They’ve spent game day in Chapel Hill. They get Carolina bed time stories. The get “Hark the Sound” sung to them as a lullaby.

Or they used to, anyway. I can’t do it anymore. Sung soft and slow, the melodious tones of my alma mater had previously served me well in trying to sing them to sleep. However, because of my aforementioned efforts, they now know about the crowd participation moments of the song. They shout “N! C! U!” and “Priceless Gem!”. (They don’t do the G_ T_ H___ State! part. –Yet.) Anyway, it obviously defeats the purpose of a bed time song for children to be shouting. Sadly, I will have to stop this family tradition and find some other way to get the girls to sleep.

I tried to tell them about the history of the Victory Bell and the Carolina-dook football rivalry, but that didn’t work either.

They just laugh.