by Ron Spence
You’ve gotta love those folks from the Carolinas.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott was the guy who busted superstar swimmer Michael Phelps when he was smoking the bad bud.
Later he was asked to give a speech at the local Rotary Club and showed up wearing a bulletproof vest.
He was afraid of “pot shots,” he quipped.
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The Carolina Hurricanes play in North Carolina. They’ve got some great hockey fans in the Raleigh area.
Her cell phone and office phone rang simultaneously, just as her boss walked in with the bad news….
“From the Hurricanes’ perspective,” DeCock wrote, “the Cole trade made sense in every way. He was in the final year of his contract, with no guarantee the Canes would be able to re-sign him. They were dealing from strength (a surplus of scoring forwards) to address a weakness (a paucity of decent defensemen). An older player was exchanged for a younger one. That logic was, and remains, unassailable. That Cole loved playing for the Hurricanes and living in the Triangle and ranked among the team’s most popular players was merely collateral damage from a trade that was otherwise a slam dunk.”
“I’m so thrilled!” Halaby gushed on wednesday. “You wouldn’t believe it! I just hope he stays this time.”
Cole had been traded back to the Hurricanes by the Oilers.
“The first thing I said was, ‘Oh my gosh, what box is it in?’ ”
She bought a ticket for yesterday’s game against Calgary – in her old Section 117.
And Carolina won the game 6-1 and Eric scored a goal
ORPIK INJURES COLE’S BACK
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Joyce Johnston is 81-years-old and called the Dancin’ Granny in Raleigh. During the game her song [Flo Rida’s “Low”] comes on the arena’s speakers and the jumbotron brightens up with her gyrations.
“Everyone in the arena knows it’s her song and looks at the JumboTron,” Pete Soto – 0f the scoreboard crew – told Matt Ehlers. “The song is a touch naughty; it’s about a young woman dancing seductively in a club, and was chosen because it’s the most opposite of what you think a Granny would dance to.”
She became a star at her very first game in 2000. When her daughter went to the concession and returned, she saw her mother dancing on the JumboTron.
“It’s really not a dance,” Johnston said of her first time on screen. “I just got up. I was happy, you know. They thought I was dancing.”
She admits to liking the attention: “I must, or I wouldn’t keep putting on, would I?”
“She told me that now that she’s older,” Joyce’s daughter said, “she can get away with more things. She can flirt with the young guys and get by with it.”
Mother and daughter try to arrive at the arena about an hour early so Granny can mingle with the fans. Johnston stands on the concourse, posing for photos, hugging children and handing out Dancin’ Granny trading cards.
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“She’s so funny,” says Mallory Holtz, 15, who stopped to have her photo taken with Johnston. “It’s so cool that she’s not afraid to get up and dance in front of everybody.”
“As soon as you pull in,” Johnson says, “before you even get out of the car, there’s so much in the air. You know you’re going to have a good time. They’re all hollering, the little kids and everything. You can’t help but be excited.”
Just like at GM Place in Vancouver.