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  • bwineka 1:19 pm on December 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Kentucky 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    We’ve the purple gradient before. It’s something to say the least.

    Here are this year’s stats:

    Media Day – Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Late Night with Roy – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, pink shirt and white pocket square.

    Exhibition, UNC-Pembroke, W 100-58 – Purple and teal square pattern tie with lavender shirt and patterned coat.

    Michigan State, W 67-55 – No tie, blue polo, khaki pullover and combat boots with UNC-Carrier Classic logo.

    UNC-Asheville, W 91-75 – Orange tie with yellow pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Mississippi Valley State, W 101-75 – Yellow tie with orange, purple, blue and green pattern, white pocket square, grey pinstriped suit and Eve Carson lapel pin.

    Tennessee State, W 102-69 – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    South Carolina, W 87-62 – ?

    UNLV, L 80-90 – Grey tie with red squares and blue diagonal stripes, white shirt, blue crosshatched jacket and no pocket square.

    Wisconsin, W 60-57 - Very light Carolina blue tie with white pocket square, white and Carolina blue vertically striped shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Kentucky, L 72-73 - Purple gradient tie with pink square accents with white pocket square.

    (Photos via N&O)

     
  • bwineka 7:35 pm on December 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Wrap-up: Heels on wrong end of classic game 

    UNC 72, UK 73
    It took us a while to get here. There was mourning. Anger. Resentment.
    But we’ve finally made it to acceptance. It was no easy journey. I’m sure we don’t have to tell you that.
    Saturday’s match-up did live up to all its hype. While Ohio State has a case to be in the conversation (especially after dismantling Duke), UNC and UK are the best two teams in the nation and they showed why. One NBA scout in attendance even said it was the best college game he’s ever seen. I assume that means from a scouting standpoint, but it stills says a lot.
    Even in the loss, you had to love this game. There’s a good chance that, much like last year, this won’t be the only showdown between these two big guns.
    Takeaways
    • Senior-year Tyler Zeller has not been playing like junior-year Tyler Zeller. When these teams met in last year’s NCAA tournament, Z exploded for 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. Saturday he had 14 pts and 4 TOs. That TO number could have been higher too but he was bailed out several times with UNC players picking up loose balls. Besides a stretch near the end of the first half, Zeller looked as if he had regressed 3 seasons, back to his freshman-year self that broke his hand against this same UK team.
    • Speaking of Zeller’s struggles yesterday, that last play must have been one of the worst executions ever. UNC went to Zeller in the paint, who bobbled the ball and was immediately double teamed. This, of course, had only happened about ten times previously in the game. It didn”t make sense to us why the Heels continued to run this while Harrison Barnes, with a hot hand, sat open on the perimeter. I’m normally all for feeding the ball down low for a closer look, especially with someone like Zeller, whom I usually put full faith in. But with yesterday’s circumstances, this is one of those times I question what Roy was thinking going to the big man. It was a miracle the ball even found its way to Henson for a shot attempt. I won’t start on Henson’s attempted fadeaway with a notorious shot-blocker in front of him, UNC’s lack of awareness to foul when UK came down with the ball, or UK’s picking up the ball and literally running toward half-court with no traveling call before time expired. Below is a photo of UK freshman Marquis Teague after he already picked up the ball after eluding several UNC players and going into celebration mode with time still visible on the clock.
    • We don’t mean to pick on Zeller, but considering how he couldn’t seem to catch a ball all afternoon, it’s kind of hard not too. For the record, John Henson’s 10 pts and 8 rebs on 4-11 shooting did not instill any more confidence in the UNC front court. Neither did James McAdoo’s two air balls and general aloofness. It was ironic that in the biggest game of the year, UNCs seemingly biggest strength, it’s big men, were non-existent why it’s biggest weakness, 3-point shooting, was firing on all cylinders.
    • Let’s talk about that some more. UNC shot the lights out from three. The fearless P.J. Hairston and Reggie Bullock combined to go 5-9 off the bench from beyond the arc, Kendall Marshall has two nice additions after being left alone and Harrison Barnes went 4-5. This is what makes that last play hurt so much more. Open shooters on the perimeter that have been hitting buckets don’t even get a sniff. 11-19 from three is a thing of beauty.
    • Two areas where UNC excels yet completely sucked at yesterday: points in the paint and transition points. UNC had 14 PIP to UK’s 36. UNC also added only four fast break points. Four.
    • We’ve decided Zeller and Henson did not play great. Barnes, Hairston and Bullock shot well from three, but that’s it. Kendall hit some nice open shots and added eight assists, which, has come to be expected. What about the hero of the Wisconsin game Dexter Strickland? He remains to be one of the most inconsistent and frustrating players UNC has seen. One great — amazing to behold, even — play followed by the dumbest decision or lack of focus you’ve witnessed since you began watching your older brother’s Junior Hornets games. Example: losing that ball out of bounds near the UNC bench on the second half off an inbounds pass. He had light pressure on him. Nothing that should have caused that. He missed a dunk on a break. But then he makes a stellar defensive play or drive to the basket and it makes you forget the other indiscretions. Until he repeats himself in some inexcusable manner. It’s a viscous cycle.
    • UNC did not play to its potential. And that’s not saying that UK can’t play better, but that looked about as well as they’re capable of performing. They shot a good percentage. They played great interior defense. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist showed up in a big way. Terrence Jones had a great (half of a) game. Doron Lamb continues to be the luckiest player in college basketball. UNC is a better basketball team than what it showed as seven point underdogs in a hostile environment against a top-tier team. For playing at home and supposedly being “so” good, UK could have been better. Bias, I know. And that’s not saying that UK isn’t one of the best teams in the country. But UNC could/should have won that game. It was more their loss than UK’s win. I guess what I’m trying to say is, we found out that Kentucky is not better than UNC. Not in any discernible way that would lead us to think we couldn’t beat them if (read: when) we play them in March or April.
    • This by no means is an excuse for the UNC loss, and I just stated that UNC should have won this game on their own merits, but the officiating could have been more consistent, on both ends. As a UNC fan, I enjoy a fast pace with as few as breaks as possible, but considering the clock ran in the second half from the under-16 media timeout until under the 8 minute mark in such a contested game that included many looks into the post – on both sides – and lots of physicality, I find it very hard to believe there wasn’t one instance that warranted a stoppage in play. And considering we went through eight minutes of game time without a clock stoppage, then get ticky-tack fouls like Marshall’s brush on Teague with under three to go, it’s quite frustrating. I already touched on the strange ending of the game that included UK running the ball out while time was still on the clock, but does anyone else remember Kyle Wiltjer’s only basket? After taking two LOOONG steps toward the lane, Wiltjer went up, bobbled the ball – maybe it was tipped by UNC, maybe not, either way Wiltjer never lost possession – came back down with it to then put it back up for a bucket. That is either an up and down or double-dribble. Doron Lamb bobbled the ball on his way to the basket, then regained it with two hands after taking three steps and tossed in the layup. That’s no legal. Again, I know UNC probably got away with some calls too, but it has to be consistent — especially in a highly contested game that comes down to one point.
    • One of the Heels’ best offensive sources in the game, Harrison Barnes, didn’t play the final six minutes of the first half. So it’s encouraging that the final score was only a one-point difference considering he missed several minutes in which he surely would have been involved.
    • Another encouraging thing to watch was UNC’s response to Kentucky’s runs. Any time UK had a burst to challenge UNC’s lead, the Heels would respond with a momentum-killing bucket. For being in such a hostile environment, they really responded well. It’s funny because at times Carolina did seem sort of rattled, but their performance on the court didn’t seem to correlate. Can’t wait to play this team on a neutral court. It has to happen.
    Superlatives
    • Player(s) of the game: Barnes, Hairston and Bullock – For their combined 9-13 shooting from long range. It was the only offense UNC ever had going.
    • Stat-stuffer: Marshall – Henson could have also gotten this for a decent showing but he was a bit too inefficient. Marshall’s block and steal to go with 8 pts and 8 asts get it this time.
    • Harping award: To The Rafters – Because we’re back on the referees. John Calipari was literally on the court two feet away from UNC and UK players on several occasions and nothing was done about it. C’mon son.
     
  • shwineka 4:00 pm on December 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Wrap-Up: UNC makes free throws, beats Wisconsin 

    UNC 60, Wisconsin 57

    Box Score

    For most of the game against Wisconsin last night, Carolina seemed to be lacking any sort of direction. The Heels were hustling O.K., and they were actually rebounding alright, but especially on offense, they seemed out of sorts. They made a nice second half run to go up nine points, but then allowed a Badger run to bring the game back close. Wisconsin was luckily shooting dismally from beyond the arc, and so UNC went into the half up one point.

    The second half was more like two vastly different quarters. The Heels came out a little flat and a 12-6 Wisconsin run put the Badgers up five, which doesn’t sound like a ton of points, until you factor in UW’s dreadfully slow pace and typically efficient offense and defense. At the time, the lead seemed more like 10. Things changed, however, about halfway through the half. Dexter Strickland started playing the most lockdown D we’ve seen all season from any Tar Heel, and he was playing it on Jordan Taylor, the preseason All-American point guard for Wisconsin. Taylor couldn’t even get his hands on the ball some possessions. At the same time, while John Henson continued to pull down boards, we had our first Black Falcon sighting of the year. Harrison Barnes’ body language shifted dramatically from a frustrated, hobbled star to a dominant force. He scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half to help put UNC over the top and able to withstand a late Badgers run. Oh, and how did UNC finally take the lead for good? Free throws, the seeming Achilles Heel of the preseason No. 1 team, weren’t a problem as Carolina hit 16-18 after the break. It was certainly a close game, but a last-second, desperation 3-pointer is what made the final score a 3-point win instead of six.

    Takeaways

    • Most importantly, the fight seemed to be back after the loss to UNLV. There were stretches of very, very ugly basketball, but sometimes that’s what it takes to get the W, especially in March. Carolina’s non-conference schedule is something of a bear this year, so it’s nice to see the Heels fight through it. The experience will serve them well in ACC play and the postseason.
    • Dexter Strickland is both awe-inspiring and maddening at the same time. Watching him just BLANKET Jordan Taylor was a thing of beauty. Taylor was running all over the floor trying to get open, but after Strickland began guarding him in the second half (Marshall did for most of the first) he couldn’t get Wisconsin’s offense operating at it’s usually efficient pace. He stuck a few jumpers and created a steal leading to his signature one-man fast break. He also inexplicably touch fouled on his way to  four personals and attempted to drive for a layup against four, yes four, Wisconsin defenders — all of which had a size advantage on him. Love what Dex brings to the team, but really wish his decision making was a little more consistent.
    • Barnesbot left the building and Black Falcon entered. As was stated above, Barnes took over offensively in the second half. The mid-range game was working, and he shot 2-3 from beyond the arc. He was also crashing the boards and driving to get fouled, hitting 6-7 free throws. We all know Harrison’s penchant for slow starts, but maybe he got over that with this game. It couldn’t come at a better time with Kentucky looming Saturday. One lapse though, was that Barnes was apparently supposed to be guarding Taylor at the end of regulation, when Taylor got a wide open look for a 3-pointer. Roy understandably ripped Harrison on the other end of the floor. With Wisconsin’s last second heave going in, had Taylor’s shot fallen there would have been overtime.
    • Kendall Marshall definitely did not like the slow pace. He threw some of his patented full-court heaves into the hands of red jerseys on several occasions. The Badgers were getting back faster and in greater number than probably any opponent he’s seen in his college career. Over the course of the game though, he seemed to adjust to that and didn’t commit turnovers late.
    • John Henson had a mandate on the boards. Something tells me that Ol’ Roy had a little chat with the froncourt after UNC had been outrebounded three times this year, and in particular against UNLV. Henson took it to heart in grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds. He ended up a bucket shy of a double-double, but if he loses a little scoring to grab that many boards then the Heels are better for it.
    • Tyler Zeller has disappeared. After dominating — and there really is no other word for it — opponents in prior games, against UNLV and Wisconsin Zeller sometimes seemed out of it. He only took five field goals in the Wisconsin game and six in the UNLV game, and that needs to change. Some of it against Wisconsin was his teammates having a hard time feeding him due to the Badgers D, but for a smooth 7-footer with a nice hook shot to only take 5 shots is criminal. Marshall mentioned that in the second half Barnes “gots that look on his face” and began demanding the ball. Zeller needs to demand the ball more as well. He’s a great scorer, and he should show it.
    • P.J. Hairston injured his wrist and won’t be able to play against Kentucky. This is a blow. Hairston was starting to come on and his shooting will be missed on Saturday.
    • Roy took his jacket off. We haven’t seen this in a while. Between his BB gun comment earlier this week and now the jacket shedding, it’s clear Roy is fired up this season.

    Superlatives

    Player of the Game: Dexter Strickland (9 pts, 2 rebs) He didn’t put up much of a stat line, but his defensive effort on Taylor made all the difference in the dogfight. Without Strickland, UNC loses last night.

    Stat Stuffer: John Henson (8 pts, 17 rebs, 5 blks, 2 asts, 1 stl) The Big Smile regains his thrown. He also notched his first steal of the season, nice.

    Sweet Dime: Marshall’s lob to Zeller. Yeah, he threw a couple of these away, but he connected on a 90-foot, one-armed quarterback bomb in the first half. I taped the game so hopefully I’ll get a video of this up sometime.

     
  • bwineka 11:23 am on December 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams rips jacket off against Wisconsin 

    Thanks to the N&O for capturing this.

     
  • bwineka 11:17 am on December 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Wisconsin 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    Roy has favored this combo in the past and it has been serviceable. Always nice to see sans jacket too.

    Pinstriped suit, solid tie, striped shirt, pocket square. F’ing snazzy.

    Here are this year’s stats:

    Media Day – Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Late Night with Roy – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, pink shirt and white pocket square.

    Exhibition, UNC-Pembroke, W 100-58 – Purple and teal square pattern tie with lavender shirt and patterned coat.

    Michigan State, W 67-55 – No tie, blue polo, khaki pullover and combat boots with UNC-Carrier Classic logo.

    UNC-Asheville, W 91-75 – Orange tie with yellow pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Mississippi Valley State, W 101-75 – Yellow tie with orange, purple, blue and green pattern, white pocket square, grey pinstriped suit and Eve Carson lapel pin.

    Tennessee State, W 102-69 – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    South Carolina, W 87-62 – ?

    UNLV, L 80-90 – Grey tie with red squares and blue diagonal stripes, white shirt, blue crosshatched jacket and no pocket square.

    Wisconsin, W 60-57 - Very light Carolina blue tie with white pocket square, white and Carolina blue vertically striped shirt and pinstriped suit.

    (Photos via N&O, InsideCarolina)

     
  • bwineka 4:12 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: UNLV 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    We’re trying to do everything we can to forget last game. Nice tie though.

    Let’s all move on.

    Here are this year’s stats:

    Media Day – Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Late Night with Roy – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, pink shirt and white pocket square.

    Exhibition, UNC-Pembroke, W 100-58 – Purple and teal square pattern tie with lavender shirt and patterned coat.

    Michigan State, W 67-55 – No tie, blue polo, khaki pullover and combat boots with UNC-Carrier Classic logo.

    UNC-Asheville, W 91-75 – Orange tie with yellow pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Mississippi Valley State, W 101-75 – Yellow tie with orange, purple, blue and green pattern, white pocket square, grey pinstriped suit and Eve Carson lapel pin.

    Tennessee State, W 102-69 – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    South Carolina, W 87-62 – ?

    UNLV, L 80-90 – Grey tie with red squares and blue diagonal stripes, white shirt, blue crosshatched jacket and no pocket square.

    (Photos via InsideCarolina)

     
    • MJ 10:14 pm on November 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t like the tie. It should be burned.

  • bwineka 2:59 pm on November 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Tennessee State 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

     

     

     

    Second time we’ve seen this guy this year. It’s also more toned down than what we’ve been treated to during games.

     

    Roy looks sharp though. So does Leslie back there just chillin’.

     

    Happen to catch what Roy is wearing on his finger there?

     

    Here are this year’s stats:

    Media Day – Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Late Night with Roy – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, pink shirt and white pocket square.

    Exhibition, UNC-Pembroke, W 100-58 – Purple and teal square pattern tie with lavender shirt and patterned coat.

    Michigan State, W 67-55 – No tie, blue polo, khaki pullover and combat boots with UNC-Carrier Classic logo.

    UNC-Asheville, W 91-75 – Orange tie with yellow pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Mississippi Valley State, W 101-75 – Yellow tie with orange, purple, blue and green pattern, white pocket square, grey pinstriped suit and Eve Carson lapel pin.

    Tennessee State, W 102-69 – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes and white pocket square.

    (Photos via N&O, InsideCarolina)

     

     
  • bwineka 2:56 pm on November 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Roy Williams Tie Tracker: Mississippi Valley State 

    One thing all UNC fans have come to know, love and expect of Roy Williams is his fashionable selection of ties, most often courtesy of Chapel Hill outfitter Alexander Julian. The same man who put the argyle on the side of the basketball uniform is still turning heads with what he’s putting around Ol’ Roy’s neck. So, here at The Rafters we decided to pay homage to the best accessory in college hoops, if not the entire sporting world, and document every tie Roy Williams wears this season.

    More colors for Roy this season. More flowers too. At least I guess those are some sort of flower motif.

     

     

     

    To go with the yellow, he trotted out a grey pinstriped suit which I don’t remember having seen before. Check me on that.

     

     

     

    Also in case you’re wondering, pretty sure that lapel pin is in remembrance of Eve Carson.

     

    Here are this year’s stats:

    Media Day – Pink tie with blue flowers and green dots, white shirt and pinstriped suit.

    Late Night with Roy – Carolina blue tie with red and white diagonal stripes, pink shirt and white pocket square.

    Exhibition, UNC-Pembroke, W 100-58 – Purple and teal square pattern tie with lavender shirt and patterned coat.

    Michigan State, W 67-55 – No tie, blue polo, khaki pullover and combat boots with UNC-Carrier Classic logo.

    UNC-Asheville, W 91-75 – Orange tie with yellow pattern, blue shirt and blue pocket square.

    Mississippi Valley State, W 101-75 – Yellow tie with orange, purple, blue and green pattern, white pocket square, grey pinstriped suit and Eve Carson lapel pin.

    (Photos via N&O, InsideCarolina)

     
  • shwineka 11:29 am on November 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Preseason Player Profile: Stilman White 

    Editor’s Note: A previous version of this post incorrectly spelled Stilman White’s name as “Stillman.”

    Stilman was a late addition to the Heels this past spring, and there’s no mistaking that after the departure of Larry Drew II, he’s the Kendall Marshall Insurance Policy that Roy needed. With only Dexter Strickland capable of running the offense besides Marshall, one injury at PG had the potential of derailing a whole season. I’m not knocking, White. He’s a capable player and even guided the Heels to an offensive outburst in the exhibition against UNC-Pembroke. I’m just putting into context that he’s been recruited as a backup — who will give some depth to the position for the next six years! White will take his Mormon mission next year, and won’t return to the Heels until the 2014-’15 season. It’s actually kind of genius by Ol’ Roy. White will take off for his mission at the same time that a more highly recruited point guard, Marcus Paige, comes in. Paige will presumably learn the ropes under Marshall’s tutelage, then take over in 2014, right when his back-up returns from his Mormon mission.

    White seemingly gets along famously with Kendall Marshall, that is if you follow the two’s Twitter feeds. Anything he can soak up from Marshall will be a great asset for those times White gets to play this year. He’ll most likely see some Blue Team duties, and could be something of a crowd favorite. He is from Wilmington, after all. Here’s some wishful thinking: What if White plays on a national champion this year, and then after returning, plays for another title team, assuming Roy keeps up his “contend every three or four years” pattern?

     
  • shwineka 9:24 am on October 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    UNC gets Top 25 2012 recruit Brice Johnson 

    Update: a previous version incorrectly stated that Johnson is from Edisto, S.C. He is from Cordova. 

    Not content to simply be getting his team ready for its exhibition opener against Pembroke on Friday night, Roy Williams nabbed another top recruit to a stellar 2012 class that already includes Top 100 players Marcus Paige (PG, No. 28), Joel James (C, No. 57) and J.P. Tokoto (SF, No. 65).

    This morning Brice Johnson, a power forward from Edisto Cordova, S.C., committed to the Tar Heels to help solidify what ESPN says is the second best recruiting class in the nation, behind Arizona’s three, Top 36  players. Johnson is ranked No. 25 in the class and is the highest rated prospect of UNC’s big haul for 2012. Carolina is still in the mix for No. 2 overall prospect Mitch McGary, No. 6 Kaleb Tarczewski and No. 23 T.J. Warren, though with Johnson committing the landscape might get shaken up a bit.

     
    • Caroline Leigh 6:21 am on October 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      this makes me happy

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