Man, poop has hit the fan in Piscataway, New Jersey. Head basketball coach, Mike Rice, took his coaching a little to serious and his actions reached the “inappropriate” level (here is the video). Did you watch the video? Good, I don’t want to explain what he did. I want to get into the real reason he was fired. It is really simple math. Here are the numbers .463 and zero. That is his win percentage and a zero representing many things: winning seasons at Rutgers, national titles and NCAA tournament appearances. Those numbers are the real reason Rice got the axe.
We have seen a coach go about things very similarly and he got to keep his job. I am sure you all remember some guy named Bobby Knight. His numbers are a little better. Just looking at his time at Indiana, he had a .731 win percentage, three national titles. The only zero he had was the losses his team had in 1975-76. Yes, Knight eventually got canned, but it wasn’t the chair throwing, the player choking, the fan pushing, the cop punching, the lack of sensitivity toward rape, the cussing at Big Ten commissioners, the shooting of hunting partners or the grabbing of students. It was the losing.
Bobby Knight had quite a few more incidents over a longer period of time and got to keep his job. Why? It’s simple, he won. Winning cures all problems. Mike Rice no longer has a job, because he didn’t win. Losing creates problems that may not even exist, so when the problem does exist, it makes it exponentially worse. The point is when you win, you can get away with murder. My suggestion to everyone is just win a bunch and then go crazy. You’ve earned it!
I heard a lot of chatter from the irrational Gonzaga fans before the NCAA tournament that Mike Hart and the #1 ranked Bulldogs were going to have no problem running through The Big Dance. There was the non-stop “Mike Hart has so much hustle!” or the “Long hair don’t care, Kelly Olynyk can’t be stopped!” Saying a guy has a lot of hustle without mentioning any other part of his game is the same as saying an ugly person is nice (trust me I know, I am really nice). Good players don’t get mentioned with the word hustle, because it goes without saying. All of this, of course, was based on the Zags wrecking the WCC. I know, I know, the WCC is terrible but Gonzaga fans were serious with the WCC talk. I am not even going to get back into how terrible that conference was.
The wheels almost came off in the first game against Southern. As RJ stated in the previous post, that game didn’t have any affect on the next game, which is true. It was merely just a sign of what was to come. Southern exposed Gonzaga for what they were, which is a below the rim team who relied too much on jumpers. That works fine against the crappy WCC, but it doesn’t work against the best teams in the nation. Wichita State put the nails in the coffin on a familiar sight for Gonzaga, putting the Bulldogs out in the Round of 32.
Now that we have seen Gonzaga go do the same ol’, same ol’ in the tourney, all you irrational Zag fans can zip it up with all the “we deserve to be #1″ talk, forever. Gonzaga is a very successful program and what has happened in Spokane fan should be proud of. However, they are only the best of the second tier. Your blind fandom as irrational fans makes for a great atmosphere in The Kennel, but makes it impossible to tell you about the flaws of your team. No matter how many times you were told your team lacks depth, back-court size, they hadn’t played a decent team in almost three months, or the lack of athleticism, you wouldn’t listen to the rational folks of the world. Maybe, you will start to listen after another bad showing on the big boys’ stage.
Irrational Zag fan you have once again been humbled by the poor play of your team against tournament teams. I have used my “Jump to Conclusions” mat to notice that your lack of Facebook, Twitter, texts and other social media mean…
Last week, the Duke Blue Devils took a loss to the unranked Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena. The game was an exciting and close game which ended in a five point win for the “good guys.” As soon as the final horn went off, the University of Virginia students rushed the court. Which, in my opinion, happens a little to frequently for my liking and I am 100% against rushing when it isn’t a major upset. However, this was an unranked Virginia team against the number three team in the country. I can see a cause for a ruckus after a win like that. This isn’t two unranked teams who just happen to be playing their rivalry game. This is a pretty good upset, one that warrants an court storming. Well, when Coach K got to the press conference, he wasn’t too happy with how the whole thing went down.
After that mild mannered court rushing, the winningest college basketball coach of all time expressed his views on fans rushing the floor. He spouted off a bunch of hypotheticals about player, coach and fan safety. Now I am paraphrasing here, but it went a little something like this: What if a player punches a fan? What if a fan gets in a players face? What if the coaches get into it with a spectator? Ok, we get it Coach. Crazy things can happen. How often have they happened in the past, Coach? Looking at the video above, as well as a few others, the security staff did a very good job of blocking you and your players from any fan interaction. Not only did they do a good job, it looks like all those fans avoided anyone associated with your program. Pretty sure Cavalier fans were as classy as you can be rushing the court in the faces of your opponent.
Coach K you just lost to a kid that played in one of the lowest levels of high school basketball in the state of Washington. Face it Mike, you just don’t like losing. When you get up on the microphone next time, just tell the truth….
The subject line tells you all you need to know about what this is about. However, there are some good stories in here about golf tournaments in Arizona, hockey games and how to cut ever person in a line without getting caught. Do you like both your arms? Good advice given on how to keep them.
-Start of the Hockey Season
-NCAA Football Signing Day
Do you have a business or know a business that needs a plug? We apparently love doing it for free.
Feel a little lost from our video references?
Here are the videos referenced in this Podcast:
Over thelast two weeks, there have been two tragedies in the NFL. Jevon Belcher murdered his girlfriend and soon after killed himself at the Kansas City Chiefs’ facility, earlier this month. This past weekend, Josh Brent was charged with intoxication manslaughter after getting in a car accident that killed his friend/teammate Jerry Brown. These aren’t the first incidents involving athletes. There have been all kinds of negative publicity, maybe not as severe, brought to the professional leagues in America by the athletes playing in them. It isn’t always drugs or alcohol. We all remember Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) going bananas in Auburn Hills or Vernon Maxwell punching a fan back in 1995. It even goes beyond the drugs and violence. Some of the athletes are reckless with their money and eventually go bankrupt. Even the Shawn Kemps and Antonio Cromarties with herds of kids gives the professional athlete a black eye.
We all like to think we would be perfect citizens and role models, if we were in the same situation. The fact of the matter is, we wouldn’t be. Think back to the days when you were 18-22 years old, hell even in later into your 20′s. Now, give yourself what seems like an endless supply of money. Now, take that money and put it back in your pocket, because everyone wants to give you everything for free. Do you still think you would make the “right” decision every time? Doubt it. Fellas, how hard were you trying to hookup with one girl at the bar. Imagine 15 trying to hookup with you. Would you be able to turn that down? Doubt it. I’m pretty sure you would end up with a few kids with those odds. Not to mention some of those girls wouldn’t mind that phatty child support check. Ladies, imagine you have enough money to buy all the clothes and merchandise you and your friends want. The problem is it would never stop,because your friends want you to buy them everything all the time. You think it is really easy to say no?
Your work life may seem smooth now, but imagine one person heckling you constantly for three hours. Do you think you could resist not punching them in the face? We get all over athletes for just telling a fan to shut up. So, you don’t even have that option with the person coming down on you at your desk. Idon’t think many people could resist not doing or saying anything.
The point is we expect these guys, who we know are immature, to grow up overnight. We didn’t grow up overnight. In fact, some of us still haven’t grown up and we are well on our way to our forties. I’m not saying we should cut anyone slack for murdering someone or killing someone while drinking and driving. Just think about all the mistakes you made in your life and be thankful you didn’t have two million Twitter followers and even more people finding about everything you do through news sources. You’re lucky there were only two people, who didn’t know who you were, on your “walk of shame” home or only a few people know about the time you were arrested for peeing in public.
Charles Barkley said it best: “I’m not a role model. Just because I dunk a basketball, doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.”
We put too much stock in athletes being the pinnacle of society. Their job is to entertain us through competition, not to live their lives to a standard you don’t even live yours. Enjoy sports for what they are and don’t focus so much on the negative things players are doing in their private lives.
Today is my birthday! This got me thinking if any professional athletes were born on today’s date. Some quick research on some pretty corny websites (they might say the same thing about our website) provided all the information I needed. Turns out today has produced some mediocre athletes outside of Bruce Lee. If I was looking for celebrities in general, there are legends born today: Jaleel White (Steve Urkel/Stefan Urquelle), Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, James Avery (Uncle Phil), Curtis Armstrong (Booger from Revenge of the Nerds), and some guy named Jimi Hendrix.
Here is a run down of the most famous athletes born on this date:
This guy is most famous for ass kicking. A lot of people have jumped on the Chuck Norris bandwagon, but this guy kicked Chuck’s ass. Lee is probably they most famous martial artist there has ever been. The only thing Norris could beat him in was living. You can find Bruce Lee’s grave right next to his son’s, Brandon Lee, on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez
Pudge was one of the best defensive catchers of all time. Although, he couldn’t defend Robin Ventura getting his head wrecked by Nolan Ryan. Rodriguez produced at the plate, as well, for his career he batted .296 with 311 homers, 1,332 RBI and 2,844 hits.
Scioscia was an average batting catcher, but had skills defensively. Very smart player, which landed him in two all-star games and led to his managing career. Mike has hella World Series rings, well if three is hella. He won two as a player with the Dodgers in 1981 and 1988, the other as the manager of the Angels in 2002. Needless to say, one of Scioscia’s hands is really heavy.
Rollins is a gap to gap to gap (the third gap is for the one in his teeth) player. He had over 2,000 hits in his 12 year career and has productive numbers in doubles, triples and homeruns. Jimmy plays a mean shortstop. He help the Phillies win the 2008 World Series. Don’t worry, J-Roll isn’t only a team player, but takes pride in individual awards. He was a 2007 Silver Slugger and the MVP that year. He has the MLB record for most at-bats in a single season with 716 and is a member of the 30-30 Club. As I said, he plays a mean shortstop and the four Gold Gloves prove that.
The newest coach at Washington State University has come under some scrutiny as of late. This isn’t the first time Mike Leach has been criticized for his comments in press conferences or for his speeches to his team. I say get used to it, because the way he is has made him successful every where he has been. To be honest everything he says just makes me laugh. He is one of very few coaches that actually tells you how he is feeling. The media is always begging for this type of person who tells the actual truth to cover and now when they get it they want him to reel it back? That makes no sense. I say appreciate the honesty you are getting, because the same old cliché comments from other players and coaches, who have been coached up by public relations specialist, are just lame, boring and bring no entertainment to the table. If you want to see true entertainment, watch all these Mike Leach videos.
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/uZaOFTp5_C8″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>
<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/v4veYug5pFo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>
<iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/DxBsXzvENpo” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>
This weekend, some of the team here at No Fair Weather Fans will be traveling down to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana for Brad’s bachelor party. Well most things we will be doing can be left to the imagination, one event that is very important is the University of Washington Huskies taking on the Louisiana State University Tigers. As a Cougar fan, it would be easy to root against the Huskies. They are our rival and no one roots for their rival. Well, I will be rooting for the Huskies on Saturday and so should you.
The reasons are really quite simple. A UW win only benefits the Cougs. If it helps you get past the fact you are rooting for UW, just think of it as your conference versus the best conference in America. Strength of schedule is a major factor in the BCS rankings. Not saying that WSU is going to be a factor in the BCS this year, but it will be in the near future. (C’mon Mike Leach!) You should want all PAC-12 schools to win every out of conference game. This benefits the whole conference which includes us, that’s right us, the royal us, the Cougar nation.
Big wins by PAC-12 schools against quality opponents brings more attention to the conference, which brings better recruits to the conference. Let’s face it, Mike Leach is hot in the recruiting game. We have all seen the interviews with Leach, he is hilarious and knows how to pad offensive stats. The PAC-12 being the best conference in college football will bring in the best players and WSU will be getting them for sure. It all starts with wins over SEC schools.
If the PAC-12 becomes a better conference, that means more bowl eligible teams. More bowls means more money. The PAC-12 splits bowl money amongst all the schools in the conference no matter which team goes. On top of all that, I am sure you’re just as sick of the ESPN east coast bias as I am. A win here can get more attention on the conference and let’s face it, the attention is way overdue.
It all starts with the game, Saturday. Look close on television and you will see a Cougar rooting for UW. Which looking at it all, I will actually be rooting for WSU.
Put your hate aside. It’s for your own good. Go Cougs!