Cheerleader of the Day; Aug. 31, 2009

Welcome to today’s cheerleader of the day feature. 

Every day, we’ll celebrate our favorite sports seasons, teams and school spirit with tasteful views of those student cheerleaders or professional cheerleaders who represent their respective teams.

With college football kicking off Thursday night, let’s go back to school with the Oregon Ducks with messy hair:


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Morning News Report; Aug. 31, 2009


Freedom Communications, the organization that owns The Free Press and 100 daily and weekly newspapers, along with eight TV stations, is probably going to declare bankruptcy this week, according to the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has a story here, too.

There has not been an official statement from FC, although I’m anticipating one sometime today.

My take on this whole matter: I’ve already received a number of calls and e-mails from folks thinking we’re going under. Let me assure you: we’re not going anywhere.

There is a huge difference between declaring bankruptcy and being bankrupt. All we (and by “we” I mean “Freedom Communications”) are doing is negotiating with banks for our (gulp) $770 million of debt.

In my opinion, the worst case scenario here is that the banks sell off the pieces to get back some of their money. I am assured by my superiors and our company that we are, in fact, making money in Eastern North Carolina and, more specifically, here at The Free Press, which makes us that much more attractive to potential buyers.

Long story short: We aren’t going anywhere. The Free Press has been here for more than 126 years — and this paper will be around for another few decades.

P.S.: Some hilarious “news” gathering by our TV friends in this market; WITN NBC-7 has this report which states that Freedom has “dozens” of papers in Eastern Carolina. Good grief, get it right! There are six papers in ENC, not exactly dozens.


Do you know someone in our area who is under 40 but deserves some special recognition for what they do for our community? Go here to nominate them for The Free Press’ “20 Under 40″ recognition.

If they are selected — and I’m on the selection committee — they’ll be featured in the Sept. 27 Free Press Progress Edition. The deadline is Thursday, so get your nomination in SOON.


“The Final Destination” debuted this weekend and knocked off Quentin Tarrantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” with $28.3 million of receipts. Tarrantino’s film, in its second week, brought in $20 million, while “Halloween II” debuted at third with $17.4 million, with “District 9″ ($10.7 million) at fourth and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” ($8 million) at fifth.

My take: No desire to see “Final Destination”, although I still want to see “Inglourious Basterds”, which I know some of you have seen. I need reviews!

The iPod shuffle

Fireman — Lil’ Wayne

Low — Cracker

All Apologies — Nirvana

Stronger — Kanye West

P.I.M.P. — 50 Cent

Aug. 28 scores — Final update

Kinston 51, South Lenoir 6

North Lenoir 26, North Johnston 19 (Congratulations, Hawks!!!)

Lawrence Academy 33, Parrott Academy 32, OT

Ayden-Grifton 20, Greene Central 19, OT

James Kenan 14, Jones Senior 0

Scores from around the state, courtesy of the Associated Press:

Albemarle 44, West Stanly 0

Alleghany County 21, Grayson County, Va. 20

Asheville 14, Waynesville Tuscola 14, TIE

Asheville Roberson 20, West Henderson 6

Avery County 55, West Wilkes 27

Ayden-Grifton 20, Greene Central 19

Belmont South Point 21, Lincolnton 14

Bessemer City 13, Gastonia Huss 12

Black Mountain Owen 35, Asheville Erwin 0

Canton Pisgah 38, Enka 7

Cape Fear 7, Fayetteville Westover 0

Cary 7, Northern Nash 0

Central, S.C. 27, Anson County 7

Central Davidson 31, Randleman 24

Charlotte Berry Tech 21, Charlotte Garinger 8

Charlotte Catholic 48, Charlotte Providence 47, 3OT

Charlotte Independence 56, Huntersville Hopewell 12

Charlotte Latin 44, West Montgomery 7

Charlotte Olympic 35, Charlotte Myers Park 14

Cherokee 30, Andrews 0

Cherryville 21, Vldese Draughn 14

Chesnee, S.C. 35, Forest City Chase 7

China Grove Carson 32, North Rowan 0

Clinton Union 21, Dixon 0

Clover, S.C. 39, Gastonia Ashbrook 6

Concord Robinson 62, Cuthbertson 6

Creswell 28, Chocowinity Southside 22

Croatan 42, Lejeune 16

Durham Riverside 9, Apex 8

East Bladen 48, Red Springs 6

East Burke 25, Morganton Patton 0

East Duplin 68, Southeast Halifax 0

East Mecklenburg 18, Charlotte Vance 7

Eastern Alamance 22, Graham 0

Eastern Randolph 14, Southwestern Randolph 0

Elkin 39, North Surry 13

Fayetteville Britt 69, Hoke County 19

Fayetteville Pine Forest 22, Wilmington Laney 7

Fayetteville Sanford 46, Fayetteville Byrd 6

Fayetteville Seventy-First 14, Wilmington Hoggard 11

Fayetteville Smith 54, Southern Lee 0

Franklin 19, Murphy 13

Franklinton 19, Northern Vance 10

Gastonia Forestview 19, East Rutherford 7

Greensboro Page 34, Davie County 14

Greensboro Smith 48, North Cross, Va. 7

Greenville Rose 41, Greenville Conley 0

GW-Danville, Va. 34, Durham Hillside 20

Harnett Central 34, Erwin Triton 0

Havelock 48, East Carteret 0

Hertford County 34, Bertie County 14

Hickory Grove 36, Raleigh Wake Christian 9

High Point Central 28, Greensboro Grimsley 0

Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 14, Chapel Hill 6

Hobbton 27, Seven Springs Spring Creek 8

Holly Springs 28, Raleigh Wakefield 14

Hope Mills South View 34, Hope Mills Gray’s Creek 12

Indian Trail Porter Ridge 6, Monroe Piedmont 3

Jacksonville White Oak 33, Richlands 10

Jamestown Ragsdale 18, Greensboro Dudley 8

Kill Devil Hills First Flight 40, Camden County 14

Kings Mountain 50, Kennedy Charter 12

Kinston 51, South Lenoir 6

Lenoir Hibriten 40, Wilkes Central 7

Lexington 21, Concord 15

Louisburg 24, Raleigh Ravenscroft 17

Lumberton 36, Spring Lake Overhills 0

Mallard Creek 51, Charlotte Harding 0

Manteo 76, Cape Hatteras 0

Marshville Forest Hills 42, Weddington 21

McDowell County 7, Mitchell County 6

Monroe 55, Monroe Parkwood 21

Monroe Central 35, Gastonia Highland Tech 6

Mt. Airy 28, Thomasville 21

New Bern 19, West Craven 13

New Hanover County 23, Scotland County 0

Newton-Conover 27, East Lincoln 19

North Brunswick 6, Fairmont 0

North Buncombe 22, Madison County 14

North Henderson 35, Rosman 6

North Lenoir 26, North Johnston 19

North Mecklenburg 51, Charlotte Ardrey Kell 21

North Pitt 32, Robersonville Roanoke 12

Northampton-East 26, Perquimans County 21

Northwest Guilford 22, Western Guilford 14

Orange County 28, Carrboro 27

Panther Creek 30, Durham Jordan 15

Patrick County, Va. 19, North Stokes 6

Pembroke Swett 28, St. Pauls 6

Pender County 18, Topsail 13

Person County 20, Oxford Webb 14

Pikeville Aycock 61, Rosewood 6

Pinetown Northside 34, Pamlico County 18

Pittsboro Northwood 14, Western Harnett 6

Plymouth 50, Jamesville 0

Polk County 14, Brevard 0

Princeton 33, North Moore 14

Providence Grove 49, Wheatmore 0

R-S Central 34, East Henderson 14

Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 34, East Chapel Hill 7

Raleigh Enloe 30, Raleigh Athens Drive 28

Raleigh Leesville Road 44, Morrisville Green Hope 0

Raleigh Millbrook 20, Knightdale 14

Reidsville 52, Eden Morehead 6

Richmond County 28, Lee County 0

Rockingham County 13, Southern Guilford 10, OT

Salemburg Lakewood 6, North Duplin 0

Salisbury 46, East Rowan 10

Shelby 25, Watauga County 12

Shelby Crest 30, Lawndale Burns 27

Siler City Jordan-Matthews 44, Chatham Central 7

Smithfield-Selma 27, Nash Central 7

South Caldwell 21, West Caldwell 12

South Central Pitt 28, Farmville Central 21

South Columbus 42, East Columbus 3

South Granville 32, Southern Vance 6

South Johnston 10, West Johnston 7

South Mecklenburg 53, Charlotte Waddell 0

South Rowan 21, Kannapolis Brown 19

South Stanly 38, North Stanly 0

Southeast Guilford 23, Asheboro 12

Southern Durham 28, Apex Middle Creek 21

Southern Nash 24, Bunn 22

Southern Pines Pinecrest 41, Cameron Union Pines 0

SouthWest Edgecombe 52, Currituck County 6

Southwest Guilford 7, Eastern Guilford 6

Southwest Onslow 30, Jacksonville 0

Statesville 25, Hickory 15

Swain County 56, Sylva Smoky Mountain 20

Tarboro 31, Washington 0

Trinity 23, East Davidson 6

Union County, Ga. 41, Hayesville 26

Wake Forest-Rolesville 19, East Wake 0

Wallace-Rose Hill 27, Clinton 14

Warsaw Kenan 14, Jones County 0

West Carteret 51, Swansboro 6

West Charlotte 55, West Mecklenburg 26

West Lincoln 54, North Wilkes 0

West Rowan 33, Northwest Cabarrus 6

Western Alamance 25, Southern Alamance 7

Whiteville 15, West Columbus 7

Williamston 20, Edenton Holmes 0

Wilmington Ashley 28, South Brunswick 14

Wilson Hunt 48, Wilson Fike 0


Rocky Mount vs. Northern Durham, ppd.

Raleigh Sanderson vs. Southeast Raleigh, ppd. to Aug 29.

North Gaston vs. East Gaston, ppd. to Aug 31.

Goldsboro vs. Eastern Wayne, ppd. to Aug 29.

Hickory St. Stephens vs. Catawba Bandys, ppd. to Aug 31.

Maiden vs. Newton Foard, ppd. to Aug 31.

Thomasville Ledford vs. North Davidson, ppd. to Aug 31.

South Davidson vs. West Davidson, ppd. to Aug 31.

Alexander Central vs. West Iredell, ppd. to Aug 29.

West Forsyth vs. Kernersville Glenn, ppd. to Aug 29.

Burlington Cummings vs. Burlington Williams, ppd. to Aug 29.

West Brunswick vs. Socastee, S.C., susp.

My picks, Week 2

Don’t forget to get your picks in; go here to do it! 

Kinston 42, South Lenoir 14

North Johnston 34, North Lenoir 12

Parrott Academy 40, Lawrence Academy 22

Greene Central 14, Ayden-Grifton 12

James Kenan 28, Jones Senior 6

East Duplin 49, SE Halifax 0

Jacksonville White Oak 20, Richlands 14

Farmville Central 13, South Central 12

Goldsboro 26, Eastern Wayne 6

C.B. Aycock 52, Goldsboro Rosewood 8

Wilson Beddingfield 34, Southern Wayne 21

West Craven 38, New Bern 14

SW Onslow 27, Jacksonville 10

Tarboro 42, Washington 8

North Pitt 22, Roanoke 17

Cheerleader(s) of the Day; Aug. 29, 2009

Welcome to today’s cheerleader of the day feature.

Every day, we’ll celebrate our favorite sports seasons, teams and school spirit with tasteful views of those student cheerleaders or professional cheerleaders who represent their respective teams.

Today, continuing in the NFL, here are the Miami Dolphins:


You know what, I’m in a great mood — here’s another picture:


Hey, here’s one more:


(This is actually a Blog HOF picture)

Hope this helps your weekend get off to a great start!

For a better view of the photos, click on the pictures themselves. To make a suggestion for a future COTD, leave it in the comments or send me an e-mail to

Morning News Report; Aug. 28, 2009


On to the MNR:


This story is much too bizarre to get into much detail, but do yourself a favor and hit this link about a 29-year-old California woman who was reported missing 18 years ago but was discovered this week.

My take: Seriously? This can happen in 2009?

I’m happy for the family of the kidnapped woman/girl, particularly the father, who was tacitly accused of being responsible for her abduction. They need to throw the kidnapper perv UNDER the prison.


Good news for beach-goers this weekend: Tropical Storm Danny’s strength has dropped to 40 mph sustained winds.  While there are still warnings from the North Carolina coast to New England, it appears it’s not going to be a hurricane when it brushes those coasts.

My take: Good! On Monday or Tuesday, we were worried Danny might push some prep football games back. Now it looks like the K-Tribe might finish its 2009 regular season without a rainout, a fact that our David Hall expertly writes about in his column this week.


Adulterer and Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino called a presser yesterday to go off on the media. And he did — and is blasted for it in this great piece by Fanhouse commentator Greg Couch.

My take: Mr. Couch is absolutely right — Pitino is a d-bag who can’t take responsibility for his actions. Shut up, Rick and let the courts take this over. You cheated on your wife and now you want to blame the media for it? Huh? No one made you have sex with that woman not once, but twice!


The iPod shuffle

Chain Of Fools — Aretha Franklin

Son Of A Preacher Man — Dusty Springfield

Waterfalls — TLC

Why — Annie Lennox

Role Model — Eminem

Sex offender update: Donald Dunn (again)


If this face looks familiar here on the blog — it should; this is the third appearance for Donald Dunn, 34, as he’s moved three times around Kinston since we started this about nine months ago.

He was convicted of indecent liberty with a minor on April 11, 2001. He served a little over two years of a three-year sentence for his crime.

He’s moved yet again — for the 17th time since registering as a sex offender on April 15, 2003. Now, he’s living at 1509 N. Queen Street in Kinston. Yep, that’s about six blocks from The Free Press office.

If you remember, Mr. Dunn has a few tattoos — some of which can’t be printed on this blog — but one that states “I’m the bomb piggity.”

Additionally, he has quite an extensive crime history; specifically, he likes to drive with an expired license and possess drugs, something for which he’s served jail time.

Cheerleader of the Day; Aug. 27, 2009

Welcome to today’s cheerleader of the day feature. 

Every day, we’ll celebrate our favorite sports seasons, teams and school spirit with tasteful views of those student cheerleaders or professional cheerleaders who represent their respective teams.

Today, continuing in the NFL, we feature our own home-state team, the Carolina Panthers:


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Morning News Report; Aug. 27, 2009


Richmond SPCA CEO Robin Starr unintentionally locked her dog in her car for four hours last week in 90 degree heat. The 16-year-old deaf and blind dog later died.

She claimed her husband put the dog in her car and she forgot about it.

My take: A totally, totally sad story that could have been avoided. How do you put a dog in a car and not communicate it to your wife?

I hope the next time Ms. Starr and her group are protesting someone or something, they remember what she did to that poor dog. Senseless.


When Michael Vick takes the field for the Philadelphia Eagles tonight in his 2009 post-prison debut, he’ll do it with the NAACP rallying in his honor outside Lincoln Financial Field.

My take: What the ….? You must be joking. The NAACP — the premier civil rights organization in the world is supporting someone who admitted to drowning dogs?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is turning over in his grave right now.

I’m not dumb; I know the NAACP is doing this to garner attention for itself. But it needs to align itself with real issues, not some dog-killer.

What’s next? The NAACP printing T-shirts saying “Free Plaxico”? Geez.


According to London’s Sun, Megan Fox will be the next Catwoman in the Batman series. This is contrary to a report that came out almost exactly one year ago that said Cher (CRINGE NOW) would be Catwoman.

My take: IMHO, a much, much better decision to take Megan Fox over the 63-year-old Cher. I’ll let you make the decision…

Megan Fox:




I’m voting for Megan Fox.

The iPod shuffle

Shake Ya A** — Mystikal

Just The Two Of Us — Will Smith

Time — Pink Floyd

Vision Of Love — Mariah Carey

The Way You Move — Outkast (Big Boi feat. Sleepy Brown)

Lady regrets her vote for Obama

Here’s a YouTube video of a black woman who has regrets about voting for Obama in November … and even wonders if it’s too late to vote for the “White Guy.”

A warning: the “N” word is used and there is excessive use of jiggly boobies.


My take: Of course, I know this is tongue-in-cheek — but it’s still funny.

My favorite quotes: “It’s not the White House anymore, it’s the Black House — we don’t have to pay no bills!”

And: “No more cockaroaches!”

And: “Is it too late to vote for the White Guy?”