Yawp! We’ve Got a Pulse!

I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.

–Walt Whitman

For a while it was Boston Tea Party II, but an Eagle run made it relatively close in the end. But still, we’ve got a pulse and the topsy-turvy ACC is shaken up a bit more. Perhaps all that talk of Duke being “on the bubble” hath been overdone.

Now I’ll have to turn right around and pull for BC against Carolina on Saturday–this is all very confusing.

To Number Two Son, who apparently became quite concerned over my health and that of other family members when my upper brain shut down as Duke’s 24-point lead dwindled to six and I began rearranging the family room furniture, I offer these words:

Next time, duck a little quicker. And then you can always go to the other end of the house, lock your door and put in your earplugs. I spend all day long dutifully being oh-so-responsible (you have no idea how much), so please allow me my occasional few moments of raw passion and frenzy. Many demons, blue and otherwise, are purged in the process.

That, my son, was what you call a “barbaric yawp.”

  1. Mike the Eyeguy

    So, is there anything (or anyone) in your life that produces a “barbaric yawp?”

    If not, perhaps you should check your pulse.

  2. Terri

    Yes… the nemesis at the office causes me to lose control of my manners and then there is Auburn Football.

  3. Mike the Eyeguy


    Roll Tide and Duke Forever!

  4. Jon

    “Sooner born and Sooner bread and when I die I’ll be Sooner dead..”

    To me just two words – Boise State.

    But for basketball – Rock’em Shock’em Jayhawks – Nat’l Championship and Carmelo Anthony

  5. Ed

    Reading words is one thing, but I’m the type of guy who needs the visual stimuli to really comprehend what you are talking about. Maybe #2 could capture this on video and post to youtube? I’m sure your reading audience would be appreciative of this effort.

  6. GREG

    I haven’t watched the game yet. I look forward to that tonight. I noticed they were up 17 at one point and later read it was 24 at one point. Not surprising BC made a run, but I actually had a feeling yesterday they might pull this out. They beat BC at Cameron without much trouble, so I thought they might have a shot. Good to see, too. They needed a win, but they also needed a road win against a good team. They got both.

    I like Katz. He’s one of the few people in sports who actually seems to know what he’s talking about. I’ll trust what he says most of the time.

  7. Mike the Eyeguy

    Jon–What?! No love for ‘Melo?

    Ed–please don’t go giving him any ideas.

    Greg–I would have rather them have twisted the dagger a little while they still had it in their backs, but they at least stood stout with good D at the very end and didn’t wilt. It was a very good win.

  8. JRB

    I have made both daughters cry with my frenetic and frantic yawping over Vanderbilt Sports. When Vandy beat UT in Neyland Stadium in 2005, I was banging my chair on the floor when UT got one more play with 1 second left, 20 yards from their end zone. One second later, when we intercepted that pass on the touch line, I yawped. Oh did I yawp. I cried too.

    Go ‘Dores.

  9. Mike the Eyeguy

    As I suspected about you, JRB: a kindred spirit in more ways than one.

  10. KS

    Found it odd that I actually was pulling for Duke. I guess I like them in the underdog role…

  11. Mike the Eyeguy

    No, you’re wrong.

    It’s the power of Ocular Fusion.

  12. GREG

    Kenny, I’m proud of you man!!

    Hey, I’m actually finding myself liking the Gators more and more, too. I can’t explain it either…

  13. JRB

    Very often in the course of human history, as Ecclesiastes teaches, the wicked are elevated while the righteous are made to suffer. We see in scripture that God favors the oppressed while Satan tempts the evil with dominance over others and the promise of great riches and temporal prestige.

    We learned in the enlightenment that power corrupts and that absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Behold the University of Florida Gators. Dread the day of your judgment.

  14. Mike the Eyeguy

    Are you implying that Donovan has cut a deal with the devil?

    Come to think of it, I don’t think Donovan has aged a day since that time I saw him play with the Pitino-led Friars in the first round of the ’87 NCAA tourney in Birmingham.

    Yup, I’ll buy that.

  15. JRB

    Billy and Urban can’t be killed. Seriously. That’s not natural.

  16. Mike the Eyeguy

    Plus, I’m pretty sure I saw Urban’s eyes glow red after that TOSU kickoff return.

  17. Mike the Eyeguy

    Hi Matt, and welcome. Believe it or not, that particular salutation has been uttered here before, albeit with great pain and reluctance (click here).

  18. Stoogelover

    Though I was a high school varsity basketball official for 20 years, I’m not much of a sports person these days and really don’t have a clue what all of this was about. But I do read your blog every day and enjoy it whether or not I know what it means! It is better, though, when I do know what you mean.

  19. Mike the Eyeguy

    Sl–you may have been away from the South too long, my friend. Come see us sometime, and we’ll get you caught up on all things SEC and ACC!

    But still, surely there are things in your life, as sedate and West Coasterized as it may be, that cause you to cry out with fury and reckless abandon…

  20. Laurie

    Hey! Hey! Hey! I just wrote about this on my France blog. It is totally irrelevant to your post, but have you seen this? Zidane to Chicago?

    Oh, be still my heart. Now I’m sorry I’m writing on Beckham for the Galaxy. (Actually, I’m not. Beckham still has more entertainment value and is thus easier to write about. But still. ZIDANE!!!!! To MLS! Maybe.)

  21. Mike the Eyeguy

    So when do you move to Chitown? 🙂

    Obviously, Zizou makes you “Yawp!”

  22. Laurie

    My pregnant niece (who also has a two-year-old and a pastor husband) lives in Chicago. She TOTALLY won’t mind if I move in with them for soccer season. Hey, the babies can come with me to the games. Gives mom and dad a break and the kids a great start in life. Although if they grow up watching Zidane play, they’re spoiled for life.

    And yes, I’m sorry, everything about Zidane fascinates me, from his amazing playmaker skills to The Headbutt. (Fortunately my husband finds this humorous.) I was thrilled about Beckham, but this is over the top. MLS gets instant credibility.

  23. Mike the Eyeguy


    “YAWP! YAWP!”

    I must admit, it would be cool. I’ve seen The Fire play once before they got their new digs, so a return trip would likely be in the offing.

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