Streak for the Cash

Ho-hum, our good friend S. Jones (Beale St. Buc) turned in another win in our little version of ESPN’s Streak of the Cash. He finished with 71 victories in January, his sixth straight win in our little contest.

Here are the top 10 from last month:

1. S. Jones (Beale St. Buc) — 71

2. J. Irvin — 63

3. Hanks — 59

4. R. Capps — 56

5. D. Pollock — 55

6. Hot Blonde — 53

7. B. Barrow — 48

8. L. Malpass — 42

9. C. Yates — 36

10. C. Creech — 34

Want to play? ESPN resets everyone to zero at the beginning of every month. Go here to play; someone needs to beat S. Jones! 

Here are our monthly winners:


February: Flagan (F. Jones) — 43 wins

March: B. Pelletier — 60 wins

April: Flagan (F. Jones) — 59 wins

May: Flagan (F. Jones) — 57 wins

June: B. Pelletier — 53 wins

July: Flagan (F. Jones) — 69 wins

August: S. Jones (Beale St. Buc) — 69 wins

September: S. Jones (Beale St. Buc) — 69 wins

October: S. Jones (Beale St. Buc) — 62 wins

November: S. Jones (Beale St. Buc) — 83 wins

December: S. Jones (Beale St. Buc) & D. Guido — 91 wins


January: S. Jones (Beale St. Buc) — 71 wins

Weather postponements (updated 1:45 p.m.)

I’ll keep you updated here all day, as I hear it, on all the weather postponements in our area (along with the postponements at

SPORTS (THANK YOU!!! to Ryan Herman for the bulk of these!)

  • United Way Day of Basketball: moved from Sunday to Sunday, Feb. 21
  • Farmville Central at Kinston prep hoops: moved from tonight to Saturday, Feb. 13
  • North Pitt at Kinston prep hoops: moved from Saturday to Monday
  • N. Lenoir at C.B. Aycock: moved from tonight to Wednesday
  • S. Lenoir at Croatan: moved from tonight to TBD
  • Tarboro at Greene Central: moved from tonight tentatively to Wednesday
  • Rocky Mount Academy at APA: moved from tonight to TBD
  • Ayden-Grifton at Goldsboro Rosewood: moved from tonight to Wednesday
  • Raleigh Christian at Bethel: varsity girls to tip-off at 4:30 p.m. today, with boys to follow. All homecoming activities still scheduled.
  • Jones Senior at SW Onslow: will play tonight as scheduled
  • (For Killdozer!) The basketball camp at KHS scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to TBD
  • E. Carteret, Richlands at S. Lenoir wrestling: postponed with no make-up date set yet


  • Quiz Bowl at the Kinston library: moved from Saturday until Saturday, Feb. 6
  • The Lego Tournament at LCC: moved from Saturday until TBD
  • Southwood Memorial Christian Church’s gospel sing: moved from Sunday until TBD 

Morning News Report; Jan. 29, 2010


The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for today and tomorrow. Go get your bread and milk now!

My take: As you can see below, we’ve postponed the United Way Day of Basketball until Sunday, Feb. 21. The good news is that we wanted to get out way ahead of this storm — which seems legitimate. The bad news is that you now get to hear about this for three more weeks. Woo-hoo!


A strange thing happened in Kenansville last night — Willie Nelson canceled his scheduled concert with an injury, then members of his band were cited for possession of marijuana and moonshine.

Sounds like a country song, eh?

My take: OK, some insider knowledge here … with this caveat — I wasn’t there, but this is from a VERY, VERY reliable source.

Evidently, Ol’ Willie was outside his bus smoking a doobie in plain view of the public when a Duplin County law enforcement type approached him and politely said something to the effect of “Mr. Nelson, we’re going to look the other way on this, but please go back into your bus to do that.”

As the story goes, Willie got pissed off and canceled the show, which led the authorities to search his band. They discovered the weed and moonshine and charged the band members with possession.

And as Paul Harvey would say — if he was still alive — that’s the rest of the story. If it’s true.


The Virginia Cavaliers led by 10 points with less than 4 minutes left in last night’s home game against Virginia Tech, but hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the game to overtime.

In OT though, the God-fearing young men from the University of Virginia lost a hard-fought battle to the godless turkey-worshipping hordes from VPI, 76-71.

My take: What hurts worse about this is that UVa could’ve been 4-1 in the ACC going into Chapel Hill Sunday night. Now, the Hoos have lost back-to-back league games as they head into the House That Dean Built (That Matt Doherty Nearly Tore Down Before Ol’ Roy Came To Save The Day).

So here it is: who wants to place a bet on the game? Name the stakes, give me some points and we’ll settle our bet at the UWDOB on Feb. 21. In case you forget, I lost last year’s bet … so it AIN’T happening this year.

The iPod shuffle

Thriller — Michael Jackson

Take My Breath Away — Jessica Simpson

Who We Be — DMX

Another One Bites The Dust — Queen

Too Much — Elvis Presley

United Way Day of Basketball postponed — with 9:50 p.m. update

Due to the incoming inclement weather that has scared the bejesus out of us, we’ve decided to postpone the United Way Day of Basketball to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 21. More later … after I call about 1,000 people, dammit.

UPDATE: Thanks to our good friend, WITN NBC-7′s Brian Meador for this nugget on his station’s site

UPDATE (9:50 P.M.): Meador is THE MAN. Got a Facebook message from him letting me know that he’s using footage from a couple of years ago at the UWDOB showing me burying a 3-pointer and then high-fiving him afterward. Check out WITN at 11:25!

Morning News Report; Jan. 28, 2010


President Obama gave his first State of the Union address to both houses of Congress and the nation last night.

My take: Between switching back and forth from the Duke-Florida State game and getting texts from Ryan Herman about Kinston’s fantastic come-from-behind victory at Wilson, I watched a solid 20 minutes of the SOTU — and left it very, very unimpressed.

Why? For starters, I’m becoming more and more disillusioned by the president’s usage of the Teleprompter. He pauses at unopportune times, and at least four times (in the limited time I watched!) where he paused gave his sentences totally different meanings.

Secondly, he took way too many swipes at the Republicans in the time I watched. I thought he was a president trying to build a bipartisanship but he spent a lot of time trying to encourage his fellow Dems to stand together against the GOP.

And what the hell is up with all the standing and clapping every freaking 20 seconds? I can understand three, four or even five times doing it. But it was happening literally every 20 to 30 seconds! Is this some American SOTU tradition that I’m not aware of? I watched a few W speeches but I don’t remember the Congress being that ridiculous then.


Around 7:40 a.m. today, a minivan crashed into a house at the intersection of MLK and Harrison.

My take: After an appearance on WITN NBC-7 at 6:20 a.m. today (hope you watched it!), I went back to the office and heard the KDPS on the scanner talk about a minivan vs. house accident. I had to go to it.

The duplex, which held two apartments, was damaged pretty badly, but thankfully, there were no serious injuries. I’ll have the full story in tomorrow’s FP and online at


Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner will let the world know on Friday if he has decided to retire at a press conference.

My take: If he does, good for him. He has been a class act since his breakthrough with the St. Louis Rams in the late 1990s. He is also a Hall of Famer in my opinion.

And I bet he doesn’t waffle like that SOB, Brett Favre, who has spawned his very own comic strip (click on it for closer view):


The iPod shuffle

Hits From The Bong — Cypress Hill

Come Monday — Jimmy Buffett

Insane In The Brain — Cypress Hill

Everybody Hurts — REM

Unskinny Bop — Poison

United Way Day of Basketball: Hawk Krazees roster (and media team addition)

Here is the roster for the Hawk Krazees, who will face the Munn Maniacs at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. The Krazees-Maniacs winner will face the Kinston Khaos for the student section championship — and a shiny new trophy — later in the afternoon.

Herewith, the roster:

Molly McKinley

Bethany Fillippeli

Darylanne Radford

Wilson Sutton

Luke Baird

Scotty Ginn

Jacob Maready

Wes Brantley

Asad Muhummad

Courtney Hill

Coaches: John Pyle, Brent Williams and Jennifer Spence

And for the big announcement for the new — and first-time — player on the Media Team: it’s none other than Jon Dawson, our floppy-haired, acid-tongued, award-winning, beef jerky-eating columnist/massage therapist. Welcome him to our little game, y’all.

Morning News Report; Jan. 27, 2010


Barack Obama will deliver his first State of the Union speech in his presidency tonight.

My take: He’s a great orator and all, but it’s going to take a hell of a speech to make people forget about the first year of his presidency.


University of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow will be joined by his mother in a pro-life commercial that will air during the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. Abortion groups are already up in arms about the ad.

My take: I don’t see what the problem with airing the ad is all about. He’s not advocating kicking kittens or pounding puppies — he’s sharing his mom’s story about how doctors wanted her to abort him.

How is that divisive?


That’s a lot of acronyms, but the Tar Heels had little trouble with the Wolfpack in last night’s game in Raleigh.

My take: And I was surprised a little, although I knew that if you give Ol’ Roy a week to prepare for someone, that team is usually going to be in trouble. Congrats, Heelsfan, Heelatious and Tar Heel Nation … until Sunday night when you get a big dose of the Cavahoos!

Anyone want to put a bet on the game?

The iPod shuffle

It’s Bad You Know — R.L. Burnside

Sex And Candy — Marcy Playground

Fast Cars — U2

Mandy — Barry Manilow (in back-to-back days. Stupid shuffle…)

Bad — U2

P.S.: Stay tuned — I have a pretty exciting United Way Day of Basketball announcement that I’ll make here on the ol’ blog around noon or so today. Stay tuned.