Posted on: February 4, 2011 12:14 pm

Dear Larry

If the news today that Larry Drew II is going to transfer from Carolina is true, then there are a few things that I'd like to say to him.  One of which is goodbye, and good luck.  I hope your career somewhere else goes much better than at Carolina, where you routinely trainwrecked anything we did on offense by turning the ball over, or worse, by shooting.  You are the most over-rated recruit we've signed since Jason Capel, and at least Capel played his four years, kept his mouth shut, and earned a spot in the Carolina Family.  You are the worst point guard that Carolina started in my lifetime, in 30 years.
Not long ago, a freshman point guard came in on a team loaded with freshman, on a pretty good recruiting class and was asked to carry the impossibly heavy load of starting every game at the position in the ACC.  What he didn't realize is that the following season he would not be given the opportunity to start at the position again.  I know, you're so selfish and accustomed to being the center of attention that you think I'm referring to you.  I'm talking about Bobby Frasor.  A guy who carried us to the NCAA tournament as a freshman, and who later lost his starting role to Ty Lawson.  Frasor played 4 great seasons at Carolina, he kept his mouth shut, he didn't go all "diva" on the fans, he came off the bench and assumed his role as a leader, and worked his butt off.  That's who I wanted you to be.  You have more potential than Bobby Frasor, but your head is screwed on completely wrong.  This team is winning, playing the best basketball we've played in 2 years, and you want to transfer?  Even you are playing well off the bench during our recent run, and all the sudden you want to transfer?  Even if you played the rest of the year, you would have to sit out next year as a transfer, but you want to quit on your teammates in the middle of the season.  If you're even thinking about it, then you don't have the heart to play for Carolina.
Carolina fans are spoiled?  Coming from you?  I never played a day in the NBA, but I'll tell you one thing that I'm absolutely certain of.  Your daddy didn't make it to the league by showing up at college and expecting everyone to give it to him because he was related to someone who made it.  You think you should start?  What have you ever done to earn it?  You can't shoot, and if I invented a machine that didn't do anything but throw the ball out of bounds I would measure it's performance against you!  This year I watched you run the ball to the wing during a break, stop, pick up your dribble, and plant your feet.  Instead of moving the ball and starting our secondary break, or passing to the trailing center to then start our offense, you stood straight up with your feet planted and faked a pass that involved moving both of your feet.  When the ref called traveling, you looked so stunned.....and I'm spoiled?  Someone told you one day that you were a good basketball player, and the most tragic thing about that is that you believed it.  I have never seen someone earn a traveling violation wide open on the wing faking a pass.  That's when I knew you were special, that regardless of the situation, whether you were open or covered, against any kind of defense, you are a human turnover.  A personification of the turnover, really, more like a turnover that hasn't happen yet, you are destined to give games away.  I've struggled for two years watching you perfect your technique, whether you're throwing the ball to the coaching staff out of bounds or hitting the scores table, running before you dribble after pump faking the worst shot in the ACC, throwing a pass right at the chest of an opposing player fronting the low post, or just trying to do something that you can't do, I've marveled at your ability to ruin Carolina basketball games for me.  Recently you found a new way to perplex the entire country by displaying your mid-to-long range jump shot.  Is it a turnover or a rebound?  Surely a rebound, although the question is raised by the stunning probability that it will never hit the rim.
This team is headed in the right direction, and we don't need some pampered asshole to get where we want to be.  People are going to say I'm bitter, that I never saw all the work you put in, or I don't know you.  Larry, buddy, it's best you move on.  The fact is I've never seen any evidence that you worked at anything other than advertising yourself.  If you thought putting your daddy's name on the back of a jersey that reads "Carolina" across the front is going to get you to the NBA, then you're better off dominating in your backyard than playing college basketball.  If you were any kind of man, you would accept that you can contribute far more to this team by coming off the bench this season and running our offense.  Tyler Zeller has taken less touches, less points, but he still draws charges, hustles like a maniac, plays defense and hits the boards.  If you don't want to look at a player like Bobby Frasor and admire his accomplishes, then look no further than one of the most talented upperclassmen on your own team.  Good luck somewhere else.
Posted on: August 7, 2010 1:06 pm

Please hurry College Football!!!

Will Brett?  Did Lance?  When will Albert?  I don't even have to finish those sentences, because if you're on this site, you've already been bashed into submission by these stories.  It's almost as painful as watching an Emmitt Smith interview.  I'm praying for interesting, relevant sports news!!!  Thank goodness I was able to get into an EPL fantasy league to carry me until college football season!!!  Otherwise, as close as I'm gonna get is learning which team the NCAA is "investigating" next!
Category: NCAAF
Posted on: March 24, 2010 7:16 pm

What about some kind of personal responsibility?

It seems life and sports imitate one another in so many ways.  Or at least the excuses do.  I've ranted about rationalization before, but I have to say that the greatest motivation for any excuse is to avoid holding yourself accountable for your actions.  So many "adults" who are in positions of influence are willing to blame anyone other than themselves, and are so much worse off for it.  Why can't a grown man just admit that no one is perfect, that he let everyone down and is disgusted with himself for having done it.  There's always some complex behavioral analyzation that we suffer through, with countless "fans" making their own excuses for why their hero behaved the way he did.  Moral depravity, at the end of the day, stems from a person's inability to control their own impulses.  It's a weakness, plain and simple.  Some indiscretions are small, things that happen in every day life, like telling people, "I didn't sign with this team for the money" when everyone can see that the team you signed with offered you millions more for several years longer than the team you were with.  "I've always dreamed of playing in the NBA, so I'm leaving school early", when just as often it's more about the fact that this decision will change your life, and the life of your family for hopefully the rest of your life.  Those lies are virtually harmless, except to our pride, of course, no Carolina fan likes seeing the yearly exodus to the NBA!  However, now we're slaughtering animals for personal satisfaction, allegedly raping, beating, or infecting women with sexually transmitted diseases while celebrating how famous we are by watching how many of our fans are willing to fight for our right to bounce a ball.  Super bowl quarterbacks, heisman trophy candidates, rising high school seniors, hall of fame players, it knows no limits to race, age, gender, religion (if any), social background, how much money your family had when you were growing up or how your parents treated you.  The only thing that all this has in common is pride.  The price of being adored is to grow accustomed to it.  They will continue to do these things, because we will continue to adore them, without any hesitation, without any limits.  I, for one, will still dig through my sports magazines every month, scour this site back and forth in the attempt to find more stories of athletes behaving well, but in doing so will have to suffer through so much of their failures, and so little of their integrity in admitting their faults.  I guess that's just as enabling as anything, but if I can think less of Jordan after his Hall of Fame debacle, then maybe there's hope for anyone.
Category: World Sports
Posted on: August 22, 2009 3:11 pm

Defend something you believe in.....

Although I'm not a fan of haplessly bashing people who make more money than I will ever see, it never fails to surprise me what we, as fans, are willing to defend for our players or teams.  I read posts about Pacman, Plaxico, Ike Thomas, Calipari, Iverson, etc. that make me wonder whether we even understand the kind of things they're doing.  How many people defending Plaxico would defend a stranger shooting a gun in a club if they were in that club?  If the reports are accurate, then Pacman punched a woman in the head minutes before someone got shot at that strip club.  Does it make it any less heinous that this woman was a stripper?  What lengths are we willing travel to defend these kind of people.  As a fan, why wouldn't you just say, "I disagree with his personal values, but he plays for my team."?  That's completely okay to say!!!  There are tons of players that I wish never played for Carolina (see Jason Capel, Joseph Forte, Brendan Haywood, you can msg me if you want more, I know like a hundred) and even though they played for my team, I STILL don't like them.  I have the freakin' center court logo painted on the floor of my garage, so don't tell me I'm not a passionate fan.  I actually own a Carolina football jersey for God's sake, and I've worn it before! (okay, that's probably indefensible)  I guess what I'm getting at is this:  I would rather my team make decisions to separate themselves from these kind of character issues, than compromise my values to defend such behavior.  I'm not bashing anyone when I say this, but I'm totally embarassed for us, the fans, when these clowns make these kind of blatant mistakes and put us in a position to try and explain them.
Category: NFL
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