NC Political Connections By News 14 Carolina reporter Tim Boyum
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Smart Girl Politics Conservative Women bloggers, and a few men, who are here to refresh you when you are thirsty.
LadyBlog A modern take on traditional women. Classier than tea service. Like Fight Club but with better hygiene. Sightly more aggro than a cucumber sandwich.
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Capital Letters Jordan Schrader covers North Carolina government for the Asheville Citizen-Times.
Sister Toldjah National conservative blogger who tells it like it is. She loves North Carolina and occasionally picks up items from KCC on her blog.
Called 2 Action Check out this site, run by Steve Noble. He's a member of the religious right and he tells the truth as he sees it. He calls himself an equal opportunity offender. Check out what he has to say!
NC Politics New Bern native (and your blogger's fellow high school classmate -NBSHS '85) Steve Hale writes from Pitt County about his take on the North Carolina Political scene. Check out his blog and offer up your comments.
Dateline Obamastan Cary's John Byrnes writes about national, state, and local politics. He currently serves in the Army National Guard.
Driving With One Hand Kevin LeCount is apparently driving with his LEFT hand, as this blog is written by my good friend who works for SEANC, the union of the NC State Employees. His wife, Heidi, works at my alma mater, Meredith and are good folks, despite their political leanings. Check them out.
Taking a quick break from politics, your blogger is pleased to recognize that this is Big 4 night in ACC basketball. This is the night when the Big Four teams (Carolina, NC State, Duke, and Wake Forest for you youngsters and newbies) play each other.
Your blogger is a huge big four fan! She's off to the State/Wake game in a bit and then will rush home to watch the Carolina vs. Duke game on the tube.
Have fun and go Big Four. We RULE THE ACC and the nation for having the best basketball. The Big Four taught the nation to play basketball. (Think: Who taught former UNC Coach, Dean Smith, the game? Who taught HIM the game? Who perfected the game?)
If you are a Big four fan and don't like NC State, I'm sure you look forward to the day State plays a better, just so the games are better and more exciting. I look forward to the Big Four of old, and maybe, just maybe, even a return to the Big Four tournament.
UPDATE: CONGRATS to NC State and the Carolina Tarheels for their big wins.
I was also impressed by the Cameron Crazies for staying until the very end. They didn't leave early like many other fans do, when the game is essentially over and they want to "get to the parking lot" or they are simply disgusted. I'm no Dukie, but I respect the heck out of those Duke students and fans for staying until the very end, despite the one sided loss.
I logged into and read my email with great saddness this morning. I read where North Carolina State University's Kay Yow (left, giving the "wolf sign") had lost her long battle with breast cancer.
Yow had an impressive run at State and her influence on her staff, and teams cannot be expressed in words. She lead with her faith. Once, I saw her in the Charlotte airport, and I asked her for an autograph. She gave me the autograph, along with a Chapter and verse from the Book of Proverbs.
Even as a young basketball player in the early to mid 1980s at New Bern Senior High School, I would try to watch Yow on TV as much as I could, to gleen knowledge from her game. I watched how she ran her plays and how she treated her players on the sidelines.
Just 2 years ago, she released a childrens book, and I stood first in line to purchase a signed copy for my son. I was so overcome with emotion, that I grabbed her hand, then realized that I should not have, for she was fighting cancer and her immune system was compromised. I felt so guilty about that.
"...Yow led the U.S. women’s basketball team to a gold medal in 1988, directed her Wolfpack club to the 1998 Final Four and in 2002, became just the fifth female coach inducted into the James Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame."
Yow, 66, was in her 38th year of coaching. She began the women's sports programs at NC State. Read the full story here.
Monday's game at Wake Forest has been postponed. Catch the details here.
We drove down from Emerald Isle on Friday, and after 11 hours, at 1:30 a.m. (Eastern time), we pulled in to the team and Wolfpack hotel.
As exhausted as we were, the hotel was full of student athletes, student managers, and others affiliated with the team, who seemed to be having a lot of good clean, albeit noisy, fun. Most of our fellow Wolfpack clubbers will be flying in today on the charter jet, but we chose to drive as your blogger has family here she wants to visit and wanted a little extra flexibility.
This afternoon our entertainment activities start in downtown Birmingham, and (try not to be too impressed), we will be entertained by Ruben Studdard, the American Idol winner who lives here.
There is a huge inflatable Mr. Wuf mascot in the atrium of the hotel surrounded by tables set up by the Wolfpack club management, where your blogger hopes, we will be feted appropriately. She can rest assured, knowing that this activity is not being paid for on the state's dime, as often are other activities at NC State and other universities.
We express our dismay and sadness for our fellow ACC fans wearing the Carolina blue as the Tar Heels lost a heart breaker to West Virginia at the Meineke Bowl in Charlotte. We passed many of them on our way through Charlotte Friday, and our hearts go out to them.
We are also rooting for another in-state rival, East Carolina, as they face off in the Liberty Bowl later this week. Your blogger, like most North Carolinians, has family and friends that attended the school and are part of "Pirate Nation". We wish them the best.
If any readers are here in Birmingham for the game, please shoot us an email. Until later...Go Pack!
Update: Your blogger is pleased to report that her New Bern High Bears have earned a return trip to the State Championship game, to once again face Charlotte Independence High. Congrats Bears! NC Eastern Division 4-AA Champs.
It's prep playoff time, and as usual, your blogger's alma mater is right in the thick of things, this time in the Eastern Division 4-AA finals.
After defeating Raleigh Millbrook last week at home, the Bears are facing another Raleigh team, Leesville Road High, in New Bern.
The Bears, undefeated at home this season, and 12-2 overall, face a never-say die, 13-1 Leesville Road team that has taken ten buses to your blogger's hometown. The Pride last week, defeated Hope Mills South View High to advance to this week's contest.
The amazing thing about New Bern football, is that the total population of the city is so small. Yet, they are always in there, fighting for those championships against teams from larger areas with bigger talent pools of players. But, they manage to win, year after year. Your blogger attributes this to desire and heart.
The Bears have defeated teams from Raleigh two straight weeks. A win tonight, would make it a three-peat. Wake County has nearly one million residents, yet their teams cannot defeat a team representing a much smaller town. No wonder WRAL-TV reported that Leesville is truly playing for all of Wake County and Wake County "Pride".
Two years ago, your blogger's family sat in a cold, windy, Carter-Finley stadium, and watched the Bears lose to a much stronger Charlotte Independence team. Clearly a more talented team, Independence was able to draw the best of the best from a two-state area. Watching the Bears miss tackle after tackle, it was like watching a pee-wee team play the Dallas Cowboys. Yet those boys in the red and black were inspiring.
Charlotte is a major metro city that hosts three professional sports teams (if you include the AAA Charlotte Knights). New Bern is one of the smaller cities in North Carolina, have not even college sports, and they were simply outplayed.
Tonight's Bears/Pride winner faces the winner of the Western 4-AA Championship game, either Charlotte Independence or West Charlotte, two very powerful teams! A possible rematch of the 2004 and 2005 games could be in the works if both New Bern and Independence win this evening.
According to the Time-Warner Cable website, the 4-AA State Championship will be held in Chapel Hill on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. Time-Warner cable will broadcast the game.
Let's get there again, New Bern. This member of NBHS Class of 1985 may have called Raleigh home for 25 years, but her heart is still at New Bern High.
Editor's Note:Your blogger won 10 varsity letters during her years at New Bern High. She played varsity basketball, tennis, and softball.
Her most coveted high school sports award is the Roy T. Holton Sportsmanship Award, voted her by her fellow Tennis team members.
Her Senior year, she was voted "Most Athletic" as a senior superlative.
She also played soccer in the summers, as the school then did not field a girl's soccer team and ran road races as a hobby and to keep in shape, as well as surfed, sailed, and waterskiied.
Your blogger sat in Carter-Finley stadium for the final time in 2007, last Saturday, watching the final seconds of the season tick off the NC State clock. Watching the Wolfpack lose at home 37 - 0 to Maryland was a bitter pill to swallow, but she hopes the Vols will redeem the season for her by winning the SEC title.
Go Vols! If you want to join in the fun, the Raleigh Vol Nation meets for a game-watching party at High 5, located in the Glenwood South district. Sure, the game will be on national television, but come and root with fellow fans. The N & O's very own Rob Christensen, a Vol alum, might just be there.
At the moment, my son is playing with his new toys and my husband and I are laughingly viewing ESPN's preparation for Monday Night Football. It stars the one and only, Michael Irvin.
Irvin is looking smashing again today, with his eyes dark and nearly closed from all the cocaine use. He also was wearing yet again, another "PIMP SUIT". Ahhhh, if I only had a photo of it to post. What a spectacle! Of course, the best pimp suit is the one he's pictured in above. Who smiles when they enter the pokey?
What a winner, that Michael Irvin! How that guy is still drawing an audience is a mystery to me. He broke his neck playing football, which ended his career and nearly his life. Then, instead of celebrating the recovery from the close call, he gets all coke'd up "holding the powder for a friend who was 'trying to get clean'". Yet, despite it all, he's on ESPN every Monday he can show up.
Today, he's wearing a zip-up, checked, outfit with the oddest collar bar I've ever seen. Of course, his "look" isn't complete without his trade mark bling in his ear. The checks on his jacket are blue, black, and brown, paired with a black shirt and a bright red tie. Out-a-site!
So, if you are stuck inside due to foul weather, as are we, tune into ESPN and enjoy some nonsensical comments by number 88.
If you want to really understand tonight's match up, listen to what Keith Jackson (his fellow black commentator) has to say. Keith Jackson is a professional and doesn't act like a cartoonish loser.
Have a Merry Christmas and don't forget to relax with a laugh or two on this most serious observance.