Saturday, November 24, 2007

No cause for panic

It's just a football coach being an amazing pinhead.

"Changes in history usually occur after some kind of catastrophic event," said University of Alabama football coach Lou Saban said during the opening remarks of his weekly news conference. "It may be 9-11, which sort of changed the spirit of America relative to catastrophic events. Pearl Harbor kind of got us ready for World War II, or whatever, and that was a catastrophic event."

The catastrophe that Saban is dealing with is Alabama's football team losing to the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Personally, I like the "sort of" and "kind of" and "whatever" the newspapers left in the quote. It reminds us that sports coaches are not rocket scientists. They are very committed people who don't think about much else besides their jobs, to the exclusion of the outside world in the case of Saban, or the exclusion of their families, in the case of Andy Reid a few weeks back.

I'm old enough to remember when Alabama was a powerhouse in college football. Likewise Nebraska and Oklahoma. These schools are facing a lot more competition these days, and they are currently not thriving year in and year out on this more level playing field. Even more startling is Notre Dame, which is not on a more level playing field, having cut a separate TV deal to make sure their games are televised nationally on NBC every week.

And Notre Dame really sucks right now.

Still, we all deal with loss and catastrophe in our own ways. Nick Saban's version of comfort food is sticking his foot in his mouth.

MMmmmmm, toe jam! That's good eatin'.

Now playing: David Bowie - I'm Afraid Of Americans
via FoxyTunes


Distributorcap said...

i could get snarky but wont
the fact that anyone can compare a college football game to 9/11 speaks volumes for where we are as a society

matty i hope you had a wonderful holiday!

and i will say cutting that turkey was a lot like taking derivatives

Matty Boy said...

Thanks, dcap. I did have a nice time. Plenty of food and singing of songs afterwards.

FranIAm said...

Great post- and I would echo DCap's comment.

Glad you had a good holiday Matty, we did over here.

no_slappz said...

matty boy,

Another football coach uttered some feckless statements a year or two ago when he appropriated "Let's Roll", words attributed to Todd Beamer on United Flight 93.

These are football coaches. Not brilliant speechwriters. Who cares what these dopes say?

However, it's interesting that you take up the issue of moronic statements out of the mouths of nitwits. Taking shots a politicians is one thing. Many of them do employ speechwriters and our elected officials do hope to reach all, or at least, lots of Americans. Thus, there's good reasons for challenging their words.

But the pronouncements by football coaches on major historical issues is on a par with pronoucements from movie stars on similar topics. I hope you have the same attitude about their dopiness as you do about the jabberings of football coaches.

Matty Boy said...

No_slappz, maybe you have missed the point of a blog.

The writer gets to write about what they want to write.

You hope I feel the same about movie stars. I was going to write a little about that asshole Ron Silver, but since he says pretty much everything you say, instead of mentioning him in an upcoming post, I'm pretty much going to take a 2x4 to you.

You are free to continue posting comments, but you don't do much with them.

1. You are not a good enough writer or thinker to change people's minds here. It's not like we haven't read what you write here, it's just that none of your arguments carry any weight or thought.

2. If you have something to say, you might find an audience if you had your own blog. Here, you are just the unpopular kid at school, which I'm guessing is familiar territory for you.