Morning News Report; April 4, 2012

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The greatest center in ACC history — Ralph Sampson — will be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame Sept. 6 in Springfield, Mass.

(Courtesy Associated Press)

My take: Longtime bloggees know how I feel about this subject (yes, there’s a “Ralph Sampson is a basketball god” tab to your right). I feel he should’ve been inducted a long, long time ago and it’s a travesty it took this long. However, it’s awesome the HOF has finally come to its senses.

In the annals of college basketball, there might not be a better center outside of Sampson than UCLA’s Lew Alcindor or Bill Walton.

People have often asked why I’m such a University of Virginia sports fan … it’s because of Sampson. While everyone around me growing up in northwestern North Carolina was going crazy over UNC, N.C. State and Wake Forest in the early 1980s, I chose UVa. because of King Ralph. Even my first email address (which I still own) was wahoos50 in honor of him.

And yes … I’ll be in Springfield for the ceremony.


A march for slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin will take place in Kinston today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

My take: I’ve not shared my views on this issue because I don’t know all the details. However, if Zimmerman wasn’t in danger of losing his life — and there have not been many indications that he was — why shoot at a teenager with nothing but a pack of candy and a bottle of tea?

Before you jump all over my quasi-analysis, remember this: no one knows all the details about this except for Zimmerman and Martin — and one of them is dead now.

And there is nothing wrong with a peaceful march — it’s awesome to live in a country where we can peacefully assemble without fear our government will break it up.


Two big things happened at this week’s Lenoir County School board meeting — interim superintendent Steve Mazingo had “interim” taken off his title and South Lenoir had Tim Jenkins approved as its football coach.

My take: I’m not surprised by the Mazingo move — the man has done a fine job in the interim role. For all seven board members to approve him speaks volumes and it’s good they’re unified in their support of him. Now … let’s get our coaches paid a little more so they don’t stay for a year and then move on to surrounding counties because of money, OK?

Still crappy they ran off a fine gentleman in Dr. Terry Cline, though, but I guess it’s time to close the book on that subject.

As for Jenkins — he’s got a tough job ahead of him in Deep Run, but a good foundation has been laid by Kevin Wilson, his predecessor. I’ll say what I’ve said several times: no one has better football fan support in our county than South Lenoir — it’d be good to see those fans rewarded with a consistent program.

The iPod shuffle

(Love Is) Thicker Than Water — Andy Gibb

Kinda Like A Big Deal — Clipse

Straight Outta Compton — N.W.A.

Boom Boom Pow — Black Eyed Peas

I Want To Take You Higher — Ike & Tina Turner

4 Responses to Morning News Report; April 4, 2012

  1. jdawson says:

    Cline’s attitude did him in; the idea that it had anything to do with race is laughable.

    As far as Trayvon Martin, it’s odd that people in Kinston are marching on his behalf while several local murders sparked no response. It’s also mildly disgusting the way most news outlets are covering this case. NBC should be especially ashamed for only showing part of the Zimmerman police video. Eventually they apologized and aired the entire video, which showed a large, bloody gash in the back of Zimmerman’s head.

    Does this gash automatically justify what happened?

    Does it prove NBC and it’s ilk are only trying to release information that makes Zimmerman appear to be guilty? Absolutely.

  2. guitarwrecker says:

    Guys, having your head bounced off the concrete is a strong indication that you are in a position to quite possibly lose your life or end up a vegetable.

    The media in this case has been deplorable. They’ve spread so much false information that it’s become nearly impossible for people to rationally discuss.

  3. Highway 24 says:

    Best of luck to Coach Jenkins in his new position. He has coached at three successful programs (WRH, ED, and JK) and will do well at SL. I wonder if he will keep both jobs going forward?

    Also, have it from a pretty reliable source that the ED-SL football series will continue in 2013 through the foreseeable future. Also, ED and North Lenoir will play again in 2013 and 2014.

  4. heelatious says:

    It’s always funny how the two biggest race baiters in the country…the reverends (and I use that term loosely) Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, are always around to stir up as much racial disharmony as they can, even before all the facts are gathered, and the truth comes out.

    NBC can purposefully doctor an audio recording, and report that Zimmerman had no injuries when in fact he did, and nothing is said. Nobody knows the truth in this case, but the media has already tried to crucify this man, despite more and more evidence coming forward that he may indeed have been attacked.

    The continuing double standard that the media practices on a daily basis when reporting things of this nature sickens me.

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