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(UPDATE:  Those of you who think for one second like you’re doing me any great psychological harm by only giving my PFW posts one ratings star - bite me. As long as the Emperor allows me posting privileges here, and as long as there’s football to be talked about, the PFW posts are going to be here, and there’s not a damned thing you can do about it.

That is all. -S.)

Today’s edition of the Perfect Football Weekend™ starts with a commentary on a commentary.

By now, you’ve heard about the Mike Gundy brouhaha. The Oklahoma State football coach went a little rantblog on the media (the tirade is here if you haven’t seen it) after their stunning surprising not-terribly unexpected upset of Texas Tech.

(SIDE NOTE: No, really, it wasn’t that unexpected. If SMU can put up 21 on ‘em…)

Anyway, the question has been raised this week about whether college f’ball players should be held up to the same level of criticism as the pros. Certainly I dumped my share of abuse on Cowboys cornerback Quincy Butler when he was with TCU (and trust me, I didn’t call him “Toast” for nothing).

On the one hand, you think that if they can’t handle the criticism, why are they even out there in the first place. On the other, they are just collegians, and they’re supposed to be there to receive an education; playing football, even if on scholarship, is supposed to be secondary.

(Slight pause while the overwhelming majority of you recover from the ROFL jag. Sorry there was no spew alert.)

So how much criticism deserves to go to the player? Then again, how much criticism should be giddily heaped on the media? (Boy, do I give you guys raw meat or what?)

Discuss. (For my part, I dunno. I’m of the “if college f’ball players’ psyches are that damned fragile, why the Hell™ are they out there in the first place?” mindset.)

Let’s get on with the PFW. My (Fort Worth) Arlington Heights Yellow Jackets are back in action this week against the Kennedale Wildcats in Kennedale. Last week, the ‘Cats destroyed Azle, a team Heights just barely handled, by a score of 52-24. I’m going to go out on a limb (*cough*) and predict a Kennedale victory.

Saturday, Turner Gill’s UBuffalo Bulls travel to Ball State to play…uh, what is the mascot of Ball State anyway?

The Vegas line is BS by 16½…

CADET BEAVIS:  Hehheh, heh, hehheh, he said “BS”.

CADET BUTTHEAD:  Huh, huh, huhhuh, huh, huhhuh.

LSIK&T:  Shut up, you two.

…so as long as the Bulls can avoid losing by 31 or more, we’ll count it.

Saturday morning, second-ranked LSU has the Tulane Green Wave for breakfast. The line is 40, and it might get there unless Ryan Perrilloux plays, which will indicate that Les Miles is becoming an old softie.

Saturday afternoon, third-ranked Oklahoma takes their act on the road to Boulder to play Colorado. The Buffaloes are usually fairly tough at home, so the OU-minus-23 line might look a little misleading here. And if Bob Stoops decides to rest his starters for TU after the third quarter of this one, maybe it will be.

Saturday evening will find His Rudeness™ gnawing away at his fingernails in Ft. Worth as the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs are at home against the Colorado State Rams. CSU always brings a very physical team to Ft Worth, and usually the Frogs have been able to handle it. Then again, the Frogs usually had experience on offense and Tommy Blake on defense to counter whatever the Rams did. Neither one will be there this year (Blake’s out again on this mysterious “medical leave” thing), so this game is very much in doubt.

Sunday finds the Dallas Cowboys hosting Rams of another sort (the ones from St. Louis) at Texas Stadium.

Now, the ‘Boys are 3-0 and the Rams are 0-3, so this looks like a slam-dunk. But back on January 1, 2006, the Rams, who were already long out of it by then, came into Irving to play a Dallas team which still - mathematically, at least - had something for which to play, and the Rams promptly handed Dallas its ass on a platter (I had a mini-rant about it here). So before I jump on the Silver-and-Blue bandwagon, I wanna see an ass-whipping of the boys in gold and blue.

We’re back Monday for the recap. For now, I’ll entertain a general dogpile on Notre Dame…

14 Responses to “PFW: Of coaches’ rants and fragile psyches…”
  1. Unregistered Comment by NR Pax

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    Gundy sounds like he needs a trip to the dermatologist to get some thicker skin grafted onto his body.

  2. fox3 Comment by fox3

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    Spurts…. Hours of uncomfortable and expensive boredom interlaced with seconds of the highly paid “athletes” doing the job they are paid to do.

    Yawn….

  3. AyUaxe Comment by AyUaxe

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    Tulane v. LSU is an arch-rivalry from the ancient days of football, but one everyone has acknowledged for the last 2 or 3 decades is purely symbolic. The real rivalry is to see which side can put on better tailgaters. In short, it’s about the party and it will be a world-class party, just for the F of it. Come and enjoy. We love to entertain guests. It’ll also give some good playing time in an NFL venue, the Stupordome, to LSU’s scrubs. Nice!

  4. James, Imperial Mercenary Comment by James, Imperial Mercenary

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    For those of you that don’t like seeing the posts about football, I submit the following GreaseMonkey script. This way everyone is happy. You don’t see it and Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant doesn’t get upset because you won’t be voting down the posts.

    [Piece-of-shit script deleted.

    James, if you don’t like the posts, don’t read them. And if you don’t like the blog, don’t read it.

    Save the kiddie scripts for the 2600 club, mkay? -The Management™]

  5. Unregistered Comment by LC The Humble Devildog, Imperial Scholar

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    So how much criticism deserves to go to the player? Then again, how much criticism should be giddily heaped on the media? (Boy, do I give you guys raw meat or what?)

    Discuss.

    Just about everyone needs to actually listen to Coach Gundy’s rant, even better if they’ve actually tried to wade through that horrid article he was responding to. If you’re attentive, you can actually tell at what point he stopped reading the article, because he had lost the ability to read, due to rage.

    Coach Gundy wasn’t ranting because someone criticized one of his players. Coach Gundy wasn’t ranting because someone called into question whether his former starting QB had the mental toughness to succeed in Div. 1 football.

    Coach Gundy was ranting because the article called into question the very personal WORTH of the player. Even worse, it attacked the very personal worth of a player, on evidence that was WHOLLY MADE UP! QB Reed’s mother has not attended a single OSU game this year…how could she have been feeding him chicken in the parking lot of the stadium, right after the loss?

    Coach Gundy’s rant was started by him reading that QB Reed was a “momma’s boy” (this was insinuated in the article, not actually stated…I got to about the same point Coach Gundy did) because his mother *might* have consoled him after his team not only lost a game (to Troy…a team the Cowboys should have trounced easily), but, Reed was benched (possibly permanently). That’s a couple of tough blows for ANY player to take, much less a possibly-not-mentally-tough-enough kid at a Div. 1 school in a football-obsessed conference. If you’ve never raised children (and I haven’t, but, I’ve seen it done, and taken as many notes as I could), you cannot possibly fathom what it would be like for a mother to watch her son be in obvious mental anguish. What mother wouldn’t console their son, possibly with an old mother-son ritual?

    Coach Gundy was in the right. His player’s personal worth as a human being was attacked, with completely made up evidence. If the columnist had mentioned his game-play, that was fine. Coach Gundy even mentioned that Reed (not by name, but, he was the subject of the article in question) wasn’t necessarily a good player on Saturdays. But, this idiot columnist didn’t spend much time criticizing his game play. She spent the entire article attacking his very character. THAT is out of line, even for a scholarship player. He’s an amateur. He may remain an amateur for his entire career, because there ARE questions about his heart on the field. BUT, he could be the nicest human being you’ve ever met. Success on the football field has NOTHING to do with one’s personal worth. Nothing at all.

    Go watch it again, and this time, pay attention to what he’s pissed about. This ain’t the first time one of his players has been criticized. (I have it on good authority that the Daily Oklahoman is a “Sooners can do no wrong, Cowboys suck!” paper) This is the first time a nice person in his care has been criticized for being a nice person.

    Frankly, I wish it had gone longer. And maybe, he could have formed his thoughts a little better. He was so pissed (frankly, I wouldn’t have been that calm…ask some of the people I’ve discussed this with. I’ve been angrier about it than he was, and I don’t even know the kid! I don’t even like OSU football, either), he jumped right over WHY he was pissed, and went straight to the “I’d call you a worthless piece of shit, but, that would be an insult to pieces of shit” part.

    Once I calm down (again), I’ll put up some football picks. I wish he had punched that idiot reporter in the face a couple of times. Bitch.

  6. James, Imperial Mercenary Comment by James, Imperial Mercenary

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    Dear The Management™ (whoever the hell you are),

    I like the blog. Some people don’t like football. I was just trying to be helpful. I’m not a script kiddie, rather a website programmer. I actually wrote those blasphemous four lines of code that none shall see

  7. Unregistered Comment by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant

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    Dear The Management™ (whoever the hell you are),

    That would be me - Lord Spatula I, King, Tyrant, Imperial Correspondent, Management™ and Imperial Sergeant-at-Arms, at your disservice.

    I like the blog. Some people don’t like football.

    Some people don’t like 24. I never saw you write a script for those folks.

    Some people don’t like posts about abortion. No script for that, either.

    Some people don’t like posts about evolution, because of what they eventually devolve into. Ditto.

    Some people don’t like posts about religion, same reason. Ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

    Perhaps, James, in your infinite wisdom, you’d share with all of us where, precisely, you would draw the line.

    I was just trying to be helpful.

    Fine. You might have asked me first. I rather took it as a slap in the face, and I’m not in the best of moods to begin with.

    I’m not a script kiddie, rather a website programmer. I actually wrote those blasphemous four lines of code that none shall see™

    Bloody. Have people email you if they want ‘em that bad. But keep ‘em out of my thread.

  8. workinwifdakids Comment by workinwifdakids

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    Are you implying that I shouldn’t express my opinion through the site owner’s own rating system, or that I should falsely elevate my opinions so I won’t hurt your feelings? Perhaps we could act like Democrats, and have your posts’ ratings enabled at only ‘7-10.’ We could disable 1-6 and save your self-esteem.

    I’ve lovingly watched as this site has bitch-slapped its share of clueless fuckwits, so it’s strange you should seem so sensitive.

  9. Unregistered Comment by Lord Spatula I, King & Tyrant

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    Are you implying that I shouldn’t express my opinion through the site owner’s own rating system, or that I should falsely elevate my opinions so I won’t hurt your feelings?

    No. What I’m stating plain as day is that if a person thinks he/she is sticking it to me somehow by doing this, said person has his/her head up his/her ass and needs to get a life. (And there is at least one individual on this board whom I think is doing just that, because I dared to rip said individual a new one in a previous PFW post.)

    Perhaps we could act like Democrats, and have your posts’ ratings enabled at only ‘7-10.’ We could disable 1-6 and save your self-esteem.

    And perhaps you could go fuck yourself.

  10. Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur Comment by Blackiswhite, Imperial Agent Provocateur

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    And thus the downside of a growing Empire. Spats might be a little quick on the trigger at times, but he’s one of the good guys. That’s why he gets to post here, and no I don’t always read the PFW post, but if I don’t care, I don’t choose to be an asshole. Save that crap for the KOSTARDS.

  11. lc purple raider Comment by lc purple raider

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    Spats:

    Ball State’s mascot is a cardinal.

    And your posts are most welcome after another week of jihadic jerks and the demonrats that love them.

    Keep it up.

  12. LC Wil Comment by LC Wil

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    If ya don’t like the posts, skip past them.

    Or don’t let the door hit ya in the ass.

    Got a problem with that? Life sucks, then you die. Here’s a quarter.

    ====================================

    My, OH MY! What a weekend for football!

    Every year, there is a “Big Upset Weekend,” but I can’t remember anything like the bloodbath from Friday and Saturday:

    #3 Oklahoma lost to unranked Colorado, 27 - 24.

    #4 Floriduh lost to unranked Auburn, 20 - 17.

    #5 West Virginia lost to #18, USF (USF #18? WTF?), 21 - 13. (No, seriously - #18?)

    #7 Texas lost to unranked Kansas State, 41 - 21.

    #10 Rutgers lost to unranked Maryland, 34 - 24.

    #13 Clemson lost to unranked Georgia Tech, 13 - 3.

    #21 Penn State lost to unranked Illinois, 27 - 20.

    #22 Alabama lost to unranked Floriduh State, 21 - 14.

    Plus

    #1 USC barely survived unranked Washington, 27 - 24.

    #2 LSU embarased themselves in the first half against unranked Tulane before deciding to play ball. (Yes, I know it’s the oldest rivalry for both teams, but, ya know - Damn!)

    #9 Wisconsin came near to losing to unranked Michigan State, 37 - 34. Again, a rivalry, but yowza!

    That’s gonna leave a mark . . .

  13. Unregistered Comment by LC & IB Random Numbers

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    I think you can jump on that silver-and-blue bandwagon now, Spats. The ‘Boys are kicking ass……………..again.

    It’s almost as if they’re having fun or something. Don’t those guys know it’s just a job?

  14. BigDogg Comment by BigDogg

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    My Buffs FINALLY won against OU!!! :em95:

    Their defense always been pretty solid … we’ll see how this daddy/son combo works for the offense.

    Hail-hail to the underdogs!!! There’s a whole lotta pissed-off bookies in Vegas this week!