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Ask A Twitterholic – Volume 2

June 7, 2011

It's time once again for "Ask A Twitterholic," where you, loyal follower of R&R on Twitter, submit questions to me via tweet and I do my best not to look like an ignorant ass while answering them.

As always, be sure to reward the folks brave enough to answer questions with a follow.

Let's dig in:

1. From jltnc69: "in your opinion who would be a more important get for the co 2012.. Purvis or Warren?"

These are nice theoretical dilemmas to dream about. Obviously, either player would be a HUGE get for State, so just landing one of the duo–to go along with commits Tyler Lewis and Torian Graham–would be fantastic and would boost State's 2012 class near the top of the national recruiting rankings lists.

For those not familiar with either player, here's a quick synopsis of them/their games:

  • Rodney Purvis, Scout's #2 PG/SG, 6-4 185 lbs. Highlight Reel. He's been drawing a lot of comparisons to Dwayne Wade lately (jltnc69 did just that in his timeline) and for good reason. Nimble, powerful, explosive…he attacks the basket with gusto and racks up points accordingly. He can shoot the ball well enough, but would prefer to get his points at the rim. When running the point, the scoring threat he presents allows him the ability to create for his teammates while driving to the basket.
     
  • TJ Warren, Scout's #8 SF, 6-6 180 lbs. Highlight Reel. Warren is listed at 180 lbs. but sure seems a lot thicker than that to me. He's got somewhat of an unusual elbow-out release on his shot, but given he dropped 41 points in a loss to Lewis's "Team Loaded" in the Bob Gibbons' Tournament Of Champions and averaged over 30 points through the entire tournament, it certainly doesn't hamper his ability to put the ball in the basket. He's not as explosive as Purvis, but he seems like the kind of guy who always finds himself in the right place at the right time when his team needs a score. Beyond his game, Warren is an important target because he's a "legacy:" His father, Tony Warren, played at Enloe HS in Raleigh and in college at State in the late 70s. That may give State somewhat of an advantage, but it could also reflect poorly if the Pack can't land a kid with State blood in his veins.

To the question at the hand: As much as it pains me to choose against a legacy and despite having two guards already in the bank, I have to go with Purvis here.

He's just too much of a sure thing to pass on–a guy who, if he had the ability, would almost certainly be a first-round NBA draftee straight out of high school. He's got that killer instinct that shows in his film, and as a long-time State fan it seems like eons since we've had a player who wished death and destruction on his opponents (Hodge was the last, perhaps?). A guy like that is rare in today's AAU world where winning or losing is less important than stat sheet filling performances. Given Purvis has that Kobe/Jordan/Tiger mentality to match with the mature-beyond-his-age build, I side with taking Purvis.

Further, we've watched for years the elite basketball talent in the greater Wake County area get plucked away by out-of-state schools: Texas snagged PJ Tucker from Enloe; Maryland plucked away late-bloomer Chris Wilcox, who spent his senior year at Enloe; Kentucky landed Word of God's John Wall. Purvis was on his way out the Wake County door to Louisville but later rescinded his verbal commitment when the Cardinals coaching staff disintegrated after the 2011 season. (He still has Louisville and Memphis in his final five, so he could still join this list.)

If State could land a truly elite talent in Purvis and keep the Wake County product at home, it would send a statement that Gottfried and his staff are serious about building a fence around the Wake County, Triangle and NC territories.

That said, should we miss on Purvis but land Warren instead, we certainly wouldn't be left with sloppy seconds. Consider he plays the three, a position of greater need than guard in the 2012 class. The high-post offense is built for a guy like Warren, a scoring wing forward who can attack the basket. Keeping a Pack "pup" in the fold is always a bonus, of course, and having a four-star guy who would likely be a 2-3 year player–versus a sure one-and-done player in Purvis–could set State up for a more measured growth arc rather than a meteoric rise/roller coaster fall we might see otherwise. (I don't think Purvis leaving after one year would cripple State in 2013, by any means, but there's something to be said for roster continuity and experience.)

For the next question, I'm going to combine a couple:

2. From derekmedlin: "Let's hear your thoughts/interpretation of the impending notice of allegations for ." and from flair11: "do u agree with greg barnes on the severity of NCAA penalty for UNC?"

Well, the report this week from Greg Barnes of Inside Carolina, in which he believes UNC will receive a very lenient NCAA Notice of Allegations later this week, instantly became the topic du jour all UNC and ABC fans gravitated to.

When all the shit hit the fan with UNC last year, I wrote a lengthy entry trying to explain why NC State fan is so keenly interested in this story–how it's handled in the media and how it ultimately resolves itself. In a nutshell, State fan wants the pound of flesh the Daniels family and the N&O lopped off NC State athletics and the basketball program returned in kind.

Naturally, most State fans have been disappointed with the local coverage thusfar as all the scoops and dirt have come from the national guys like Charles Robinson at Yahoo Sports. State Fan wants the modern day equivalent of the SMU Death Penalty, and they're not going to get it. The truth is local media outlets like newspapers are on lifesupport. McClatchy just instituted another major wave of layoffs at the N&O, stripping them of virtually every copy editor and designer. The McClatchy newspapers are mere shells of their former selves, and the resources just aren't there for the skeleton sports staff that supports both the Charlotte Observer and N&O to dig 24/7 like they did in the 80s and 90s.

And while I hate UNC with every fiber of my being, the truth is I actually want UNC to maintain viability as a decent football program. Yes, Butch Davis dominates in-state recruiting and that's a major problem for State at the moment, so his firing would open the doors for some of that talent flowing into Raleigh. But a neutered UNC football program does State no real favors, and here's why:

Without question, the biggest week-long football event in the state of North Carolina is the week leading up to the State/Carolina game.

Or at least it SHOULD be. That's the problem: For so long, neither team has been able to sustain any sort of pattern of success–further, you can count on one hand the number of times when both programs were nationally relevant in the same season over the last 30 years and still have fingers to spare. When State has been up (the Sheridan and early Amato years), UNC has been down. When UNC has been up (the Mack Brown era), State has been down. Sometimes one; nearly-never both.

For this rivalry game to matter like it should, BOTH programs need to build a sustained level of top 25 success. Not flashes here and there, with random trips inside the bottom half of the rankings for a couple of weeks every other year…I'm talking decade-plus-long periods of sustained success.

If the NCAA were to nuke the UNC football program–whether you agree or disagree that they deserve it–State would be left with a shell of its former rival to beat on year-in and year-out for some time. As appealing as that may sound, it gets old after a while.

Just ask UNC fans how they feel about State basketball.

In short, I'm rooting for the rivalry.

If UNC skates for the most part and you need solace, look at it this way: the dividing line between good and evil would've just gotten a lot clearer.

State fans may not need any further clarity on that matter, but as much as UNC fans and alums thump their chest about doing things "The Carolina Way," that myth no longer holds the gravitas it once did because of this investigation.

While groveling on their knees to the NCAA for mercy–UNC terms it "cooperation"–they've simultaneously fought tooth and nail to hide potentially damaging information about player parking tickets and phone records from journalists, hiding behind FERPA and other legal statutes. So much so, a class action suit was brought against the university by several media outlets to release the info including The Daily Tar Heel–the school's own newspaper! UNC's tactic has been to comply with the NCAA while using the "deny, stall, deny, stall, spin" playbook elsewhere.

If that's the "Carolina Way," so be it. It merely confirms what ABCers have known for decades–UNC operates no differently than any other major athletic program, despite their best efforts to make you believe otherwise.

Like a two-dimensional tropical sunset backdrop on the set of a theatrical production, the UNC mantra of "The Carolina Way" is a false projection of their perceived piousness. They're banking on the fact if you squint really hard from the balcony seats, you won't be able to tell the difference between it and the real thing.

To me, that's the real damage done by this investigation. The Emperor of the Triangle sporting his new wardrobe down Franklin St. is now naked for all to see. Can Carolina fans coexist in a reality where they've been stripped of their moral superiority over everyone else? We shall see.

And finally, I doubt the list of allegations we'll see Friday (or whenever they are levied) will be as rosy as Barnes believes it will be. After all, his sources all come from within the university, folks who've been staring at that tropical sunset backdrop for far too long.

3. From TarHeelWire: "What is the hottest city in America?"

Easy. Fayetteville, NC. Presumably from the fissures that run beneath Hay St. and Bragg Blvd. that allow a small measure of hellfire and brimstone to seep forth. Tonight, when you're watching the local weather, see if Fayetteville isn't a degree or two hotter than anywhere else.

4. From Joey_Powell: "Why is western NC bbq slaw so wrong?"

Because Lexington, NC is hellbent on proving two wrongs can, in fact, make a right.

Now, allow me to BBQ nerd out here a bit: When Joey references "Western NC BBQ," I understand him to be referring to the BBQ served in the Lexington area. Shoulder meat only, prepared with a dip that (yikes) contains ketchup and brown sugar and God knows what other abominable ingredients they can get their hands on. If you told me Lexington dip contained mouse feces, I wouldn't challenge you on it.

But Lexington-style BBQ does, in fact, differ from a growing "Western NC" style of BBQ that's taking root in the far western part of the state (west of Statesville or so). This BBQ uses a sticky, rib sauce and is often served at rib joints, presumably as rib joints try to economize by using their own sticky sauce on both the ribs AND the chopped pork.

I know. If you haven't thrown up yet, you probably will later after those words truly sink in.

Western NC BBQ is like the Asian Carp of NC BBQ: making its way from the Mississippi River area, through Tennessee and up the rivers and streams of the Blue Ridge Mountains. And like the Asian Carp, it should be eradicated by any means necessary. Do your part, citizens of The Free Republic of Franklin: boycott chopped pork slathered in rib sauce.

To the matter at hand, there's a simple reason Lexington slaw sucks: It's there to replace the vinegar your body naturally craves while eating swine. Lexington dip, by virtue of the ketchup (loaded with high fructose corn syrup) and brown sugar, has a rather sweet taste that dominates the vinegar in the dip. The folks who settled into the Piedmont area being largely of German descent, they created a slaw very similar to another tangy leafy concoction from their homeland: Sauerkraut. The bite of the Lexington slaw–which contains a good amount of vinegar–is intended to offset the sweetness of the BBQ.

Or at least that's what Bob Garner learn't me.

Naturally, it follows that Eastern NC slaw has a smoother finish to go with the properly prepared whole hog of Eastern NC BBQ. Both styles of slaw (Lexington and Eastern) evolved to offset and compliment their accompanying pork.

Which is why Lexington NC slaw sucks, just like its plate-mate.*

*Lexington BBQ is still better than 99% of other foods available to humans. Eastern NC surpasses it and 99.99% of the other forms.

5. From wxmoose: "What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

What do you mean? An African or European Swallow?

wxmoose:

Thanks for everyone's questions (be sure to follow them on Twitter if you don't already), and be sure to stay tuned to R&R for Episode 4 of the R&R Podcast later this week!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt permalink
    June 7, 2011 6:04 pm

    Nice State of Franklin reference. Sincerely, the State of Jefferson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_of_Jefferson

  2. June 7, 2011 7:40 pm

    Thanks for answering my question, but the scientific data actually disagrees with this longly held myth.  

    Here’s a list of NC cities and their average high temps in July: Raleigh 88, Durham 89, Charlotte 90, Fayetteville 90, Goldsboro 91, Whiteville(!) 93 
    Now, if we expand this nationally — excluding Phoenix (107), Las Vegas (104), and Tuscon (101) as those cities might as well be on the planet Venus —  here’s what we get in avg high July temp:Atlanta 88, Charleston 89, Charlotte 90, Fayetteville 90, Tampa 90, Miami 91, New Orleans 91, Orlando 92, Savannah  92, Lubbock 92, Little Rock 93, Brownsville TX 93, Shreveport LA 93, Monroe LA 94,

    ……And the hottest city in America? …. Columbia, SC* 95(!)

    *Tied with Columbia but don’t have nearly the humidity so they lose: San Antonio 95, Abilene 95, Austin 95, Dallas 95, Waco 95

    • Anonymous permalink*
      June 7, 2011 8:00 pm

      I’m starting to thank you knew’d the answer to that quest’yern.
      /Tow Mater
      /Dad comments

      • June 8, 2011 4:27 am

        err, ok, maybe I did.  Basically, was discussing it Saturday night (very late) when I theorized that the two hottest cities in America were Columbia #1  and yes, Fayetteville #2.  After a way too many hours of research, it turns out I was pretty dang close with Columbia, but obviously Fayetteville failed.  

        Bottom line: didn’t want this priceless research to go to waste. Figured someone from a scientific/engineering institution might actually appreciate it.  The eggheads in Chapel Hill did not.

      • Anonymous permalink*
        June 8, 2011 2:09 pm

        I can certainly appreciate a mountain of research in pursuit of answering rather mundane questions. I do it all the time.

        Can I throw you a monkey wrench? How does the relative humidity between Fayetteville and Charleston compare, i.e. if we started comparing highest heat index numbers, does the gap between Fayetteville and Charleston decrease? The Cape Fear river tosses a great deal of moisture into the air that hangs over Fayetteville, but I imagine there are quite a few ponds, pools or inland waterways that do the same around Charleston.

        C’mon, Fayetteville! Don’t let me down!

      • GhostofTarHeelWire permalink
        June 28, 2012 5:13 am

        Fayetteville and Columbia in a “heated battle” the next five days. Looks as if Fayetteville might win this latest battle.

  3. Brian Schuch permalink
    June 8, 2011 5:28 am

    To answer you last question:
    http://style.org/unladenswallow/

  4. Packalum08 permalink
    June 8, 2011 4:08 pm

    Great questions, great answers.  The one thing that worries me about the UNC deal is that, even with whatever the NCAA gives, the PR spin machine on the hill will continue to pump out the “Carolina Way” lie, and that people will still believe them.  How likely do you think that is?

    • Anonymous permalink*
      June 8, 2011 4:26 pm

      Very likely, to the point where I’m almost certain of it. What’s their alternative–to say “Well, as it turns out, we do things just like everybody else. Go figure.”?

      Nah, they’ll keep beating that same self-important drum and operate under the premise that those who know the difference will eventually stop caring and those who don’t will buy it hook-line-and-sinker. After all, the bigger the lie and the more you tell it, the more likely it is that it will become truth.

      Just look at how many folks in the national media–people whose JOB it is to be accurate about such things–still to this day think Herb Sendek was either fired or forced to take a job elsewhere. It’s become too “truthy” not to believe.

      That’s the essence of the Carolina Way–Truthiness. “Videre Quam Esse,” To Seem Rather Than To Be.

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