JB34 is Dead

It is over…and I wanted to share it with the world so that I never had to talk about it again.

I just can’t take the stupidity and craziness any longer…and therefore I happily proclaim — JB34 is dead!!!! And I couldn’t feel more liberated!!

I started using the internet around 1994/1995. Shortly after finding the internet, I began connecting with other Wolfpacker’s all over the world via emails and newsgroups. Soon thereafter, the “InfoPack” E-newsletter was born and grew to over 3,000 subscribers all over the world. (Quite an undertaking to handle in those days of primative software, etc). After the InfoPack, I began spending time on the ACCBoards Message Board Community. After that, I joined some other people to start Statefans.com, which became PackPride.com.

Through all of these years, “JB34” has been my email and message board identification. I never made any secret of my identity because I always believed that there was an important level of value and integrity that went hand-in-hand with anyone willing to share information / opinion under their own name. It is called accountability. I had nothing more valuable than my credibility, which I would never want to negatively impair.

I have learned a lot about human nature from other people as well as myself in this decade+ of posting on the internet. Not very much of it has been very good. (There is no reason to be sucked into a deeper conversation on this now). I have also learned, but always seem to forget, that any coward can sit behind a login name and say anything without sharing the same kind of responsibility and accountability that I feel. The internet is truly the great equalizer where every opinion and every poster looks the same due to their mask.

I have allowed myself to get sucked into far too many arguments and exchanges where I behaved very differently than I would in real life…and this has allowed far too many people who don’t know me or my character to make judgements about me without ever shaking my hand or looking me in the eye. I hate this.

Over the last few years, the PackPride message boards have evolved into such a cess pool of childishness, stupidity, and personal attacks that simply reading other’s posts in the community has become unbearable…not to mention if the evil JB34 dared try to have a conversation about a topic. I’m going to refrain from other criticisms at this point (moderators, etc) because the list could keep me here all day. I hate that I have allowed other supposed Wolfpackers to frustrate me so much.

I look at posting and sharing thoughts and information in any community from the perspective of “adding value”. How masochistic must I be to spend time and effort adding value to PackPride, or any forum that is controlled by moderators and members that despise me so much. There is no common sense in this; I pride myself on common sense.

Perhaps this is just an evolving re-prioritization of things that I should be spending time on in my life – family, work, business opportunities, reading more, etc. But, I fear that it is more likely my personal, natural next step in my growing apathy and waning interest in North Carolina State University and NC State Athletics. I hate that, too. But, I do not hate being able to proclaim that JB34 is dead!


17 Responses to JB34 is Dead

  1. Sammy Kent 03/19/2006 at 1:31 PM #

    RIP. It was good you know ya! :>)

  2. Rick 03/19/2006 at 2:51 PM #

    It is sad to see that happen. I know you and I had a few rows back before I realized you were right about Sendek. At least they were respectful.
    It is impossible to have a decent conversation over there now. The battle lines are drawn.

  3. TVP 03/19/2006 at 3:04 PM #

    Does this mean you won’t be contributing to this site anymore also? Hopefully not, you bring a lot to the table.

  4. Jeff 03/19/2006 at 3:24 PM #

    TVP, my internet time will be exclusively focused here now. But, I will definitely lurk at PackPride to get good daily laughs.

    Rick, kind words. I always appreciated those that had great points to make and could make them in the manner in which you did. My problem is that I tended to respond to those that couldn’t be civil in the same ‘tone’ that they responded to me thinking that I was proving a point. Unfortunately, more people thought that I was simply and ass than those that got my point.

  5. Cardiff Giant 03/19/2006 at 8:04 PM #

    Jeff, you are completely justified. Every time you present the assclowns with facts, they respond with insults.

  6. ResidentPack 03/20/2006 at 9:26 AM #

    Jeff, I’m going to miss your insight at PackPride, but I understand. At least we have this site to go to.

  7. newswolf 03/20/2006 at 9:31 AM #

    No way you hold out. None. 🙂

  8. ncsu4life 03/20/2006 at 9:50 AM #

    Thanks for all the hard work over the years Jeff. Although not vocal I have been with you since the days of the info pack and the fine job you did when there was no other place giving the insight you had.

  9. Fletch 03/20/2006 at 9:59 AM #

    I also want to say thanks. I read Infopack for the first time in 96, and have enjoyed your opinions ever since. They have often caused me to re-think my own opinions, or clarify them. I will continue to read your Blog. Thanks again JB34.

  10. Cardiff Giant 03/20/2006 at 10:50 AM #

    Sendek has murdered you, with the help of a torch-bearing mob of bumpkins. Sad stuff… 🙂

  11. Clarksa 03/20/2006 at 10:58 AM #

    I agree with newswolf…

  12. Alpha Wolf 03/20/2006 at 11:46 AM #

    Ding dong, the witch is ….

    …wait a minute.

    This cannot be.

    The only one that dared to tell the Emporer that his new suit was a little revealing has given up?

    Unacceptable. We must get Gage and DeSoto to give this patient some D5W and get him over to Dix and the Doc at Rampart STAT!!!!


  13. Cardiac95 03/20/2006 at 12:21 PM #

    Jeff: I still remember the day you broke the news about Les’ contract extension on WolfChat & then later that week, that he’d stepped down out of obligation to the NC State Community. You were the pioneer for honest, inside scoop on NC State Athletics.

    Its a shame how things have turned out, but I’m right there with you. I cancelled my premium account 2-3 weeks ago when the propaganda at Pack Pride just became too much to stomach.

  14. PACDADDY 03/20/2006 at 2:54 PM #

    JB34…I have busted your balls on here and at Pack Pride/ACC boards for 3-4 years and still like giving you a hard time;)…but no more. I have changed my view in regards to Herb, but still not ready to call for his firing.

    In saying that…I certainly can’t blame any fan for rationally calling for hi resignation, providing there’s evidence we can make a change that will be an upgrade to our program..not another cross your fingers and hope for the best. If we make a change it should be someone who can go head to head with K/Roy, or I’d rather take my chances with Sendek.

    I’ve often said that the pro and anti herb crowd had no right answer. I often said anti-Herb crowd had a right to be upset. I just thought some of their logic and approach were off base…even as late as this season when we had solid rankings and 2nd place in ACC I was frustrated with fan negativity, because I felt it was counter productive.

    WELL…It turned out I was wrong and at this moment the PRO HERB crowd is wrong. Not that the fans should be screaming for blood, but the anti Herb crowd HAS EVERY RIGHT to expect more from the BB program and Fowler.

    We just got the crap beat out of us by a FB school!

    It’s hard for me to say this because I’ve spent way too much time defending the direction of the program. If Herb stays next season, I EXPECT a dominant season…one that brings us into the top 10 for most of season, or I will be vocal for his removal/resignation. It’s not whether or not he can get the job done…because I know he can! I just don’t have the desire to wait and the fan discontent will ruin any momentum has a gained.

    It’s going to get ugly…I don’t see why other fans don’t see your passion for NCSU and that you have the best interest of NCSU BB.


  15. VaWolf82 03/20/2006 at 3:17 PM #

    If Herb stays next season, I EXPECT a dominant season…one that brings us into the top 10 for most of season, or I will be vocal for his removal/resignation.

    Even the most ardent Sendek supporter would not predict State to be this good next year.

  16. PACDADDY 03/20/2006 at 4:26 PM #

    ^We will be good next year…but I don’t think we’ll be a top 10 team. For Herb to change my mind back to his side, I’m expecting it(there’s a difference)…I’m sure I’ll be upset next year.

    We don’t know what Ferguson, Costner will provide. We will be a better team next season…but so will many other teams in the conference and Nation.

    We will be a transition team next season and quite honestly…IE was the trouble the last several games…he played OK on D, but his O game has vanished and Bethal wasn’t much better when it counted. Bennerman we will miss, but Fells and Gavin and fill that spot.

    “expecting” and “predicting” are two completely different things.

  17. NCBP 04/14/2006 at 10:54 AM #

    LOL Newswolf…have to agree with you

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