Stealing Avocados, NCAA Basketball, the USS Carl Vinson, and President Obama

So our beloved Sandy Eggo has made the national news cycle tonight!

On the Yahoo trending now section, a local story is number two. Take a guess what the topic is. The San Diego Chargers? Or maybe the Navy? The Michigan State versus North Carolina NCAA basketball game to be played on the USS Carl Vinson? Nope, try avacado thievery:

Delicious Avocados

An avocado thief received a strange punishment in California.

The jobless man is limited to possessing no more than 10 of the delicious fruit at a time.

In addition, he also has to stay away from groves where they grow.

As for the basketball angle, the Carrier Classic game between North Carolina and Michigan State, surely you have heard of this match-up:

The Navy has given final approval for the Morale Entertainment Foundation to stage the Carrier Classic basketball game between North Carolina and Michigan State on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson on Veterans Day.

The Mighty USS Carl Vinson

It will be the first NCAA hoops game on an active flat top.

Rear Admiral Dennis Moynihan, the Navy’s chief spokesman, and Mike Whalen, director of the Morale Entertainment Foundation, said the game on 11-11-11 on San Diego Bay will be played without cost to taxpayers and without operational issues that would adversely affect the Navy.

Guess who will be in attendance? Jacky Nicholson? Nope. WIlliam Crystal, Steve Spielberg? Negative, shipmate. Try the Commander-in-Chief, President Obama:

President Barack Obama, the nation’s basketball-fan-in-chief, will have the seat of his choice at the Carrier Classic hoops game on Veterans Day on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that buried Osama bin Laden at sea.

Barack Obama, Slam Dunk Champion

The White House announced Thursday that Obama has accepted an invitation to attend the Nov. 11 matchup between North Carolina and Michigan State, the first college basketball game on an active flat top.

The Carl Vinson and its sailors have attracted considerable attention since early May, when the carrier conducted bin Laden’s burial at sea after he was killed by Navy SEALs in a raid ordered by Obama.

The United States Navy, lethal when deployed. Useful for hosting highly-ranked basketball teams when in port. I can just see the headline the next day:

412 shots fired from the deck of the Carl Vinson, no injuries reported. 

5 thoughts on “Stealing Avocados, NCAA Basketball, the USS Carl Vinson, and President Obama”

  1. I used to live in McAllen, TX, where lots of fruits and veggies are grown. It was not unusual to see big semi-trailers full of onions or bell peppers or carrots on the highway with veggies bouncing out. It took me a while to realize it was not necessary to stop and gather free fruit – they were fairly cheap at the fruit stand. I never stole any, but my neighbor would occasionally jog by an orchard and bring me stolen grapefruit.

    1. In the last 15 months, I have had two blood oranges and one avocado on my runs. Always, the trees were full of fruit and I picked a ripe victim, ready to join its mates on the ground. . . On the avocado, I was in bad shape, I needed the sugar.

  2. Maybe one of the deck crew could show the Teleprompter-in-Chief how the launcher works? Up close and personal? ; )

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