Sunday, January 15, 2012
1) I'm going to be honest with you, folks. I never, even for a minute, bought into that Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy analogy. I mean, don't get me wrong here. Mr. Obama in fact IS a good and decent man who truly inspires. But that, I'm afraid to say, is where the comparison ends. Mr. Kennedy had served 8 years in the Senate, 6 years in the House, and was also a war hero who saved his crew in the South Pacific. Add to that the fact that his Presidential accomplishments are now quite legendary; his heroism during the Cuban missile crisis, his starting up of the Peace Corps, his work in laying the ground work for the 1964 Civil Rights Act, his strenuous record of cutting taxes, his visionary commitment to NASA, etc.. Now, this isn't to say that Mr. Obama won't eventually be a great President and leader himself. But as of now, JFK HE IS NOT.............2) Hey, I heard that there was an actual Haley Barbour siting the other day. I'm kind of surprised, to be honest with you. This, in that I really thought that the fellow would try and lay low for a while. And, you know what, based upon what he ended up saying to people, he probably should of. It seems, folks, that Mr. Barbour has somewhat of a soft-spot in his heart for people who commit "crimes of passion" (in these instances, men who blew their wives away). They're the least likely of all criminals to re-offend (this, according to Mr. Barbour), and, besides, Mr. Barbour knows these men from their work at the Governor's mansion and can attest to the fact that they've been rehabilitated (he never once thought that these convicts were buffaloing him, apparently). I mean, I almost wanted to give the guy a frigging shovel, for Christ. That, and the number of a good public relations firm.............3) After a slow start on the field/recruiting trails, Tom O'Brien and his N.C. State Wolfpack are truly finishing strong. They won their final three games of the season and are now in the upper half of ACC schools in terms of recruiting for 2012. Amongst the bell-ringers that they currently have oral commitments from include Pennsylvania quarterback Manny Stocker, Georgia running back Shadrach Thornton, South Carolina defensive end Tyler Knox, Maryland safety Marchez Coates, and a bevy of players from his own backyard; offensive lineman, Bryce Kennedy, safety Majid Salahuddin, and defensive tackle K'Hadree Hooker (all among Rivals's top 30 players from North Carolina). Couple that with the fact that very few of his current players are graduating and it's easy to see why Mr. O'Brien, normally an extremely stoic dude, currently has a smile on his face.