Thursday, May 08, 2008

In Defense of Crewcut Charlie Weis

Old buddy Crewcut Charlie Weis has been under attack the past week for running his mouth. At least that's how it is being interpreted in some circles.

Last week came the "I could get hoodlums and thugs and win tomorrow. I won't do it that way" comment. Weis made the remark before a Notre Dame booster club and was categorized as a racist in certain corners of cyberspace. Far from it.

Consider that the good people at Notre Dame have always held themselves to a higher standard. Or at least that is the Kool-Aid they drink, especially at booster club gatherings. But come to think of it, given Notre Dame's sinking gridiron fortunes, perhaps a few hoodlums and thugs wouldn't hurt. This is football, after all.

On Wednesday, somebody was fishing around YouTube and found a video of Crew saying, "The hell with Michigan." (Fifty second mark on the above video.) The outrage! Word spread on the blogosphere like a California wildfire. But seriously, what did you expect the big guy to do, put on ruby red lipstick and kiss Rich Rod's behind? Of course you want to kick Michigan's rear, and you let the boosters know it.

Michigan is in no position to protest. Turn back the clock to August 2006, when Bo Schembechler made the following comment about the Wolverines playing the Fighting Irish: "We don't need Notre Dame. They need us more than we need them. Hell, we're playing all these Big Ten teams. When Penn State came into the league, then we should do everything we can to get this Notre Dame series over with. Now that's the way I feel.

"I would rather have an intersectional game than a Midwest game. Play Southern Cal. I don't care. Play Texas ... somebody like that. But not Notre Dame."


Anonymous said...

Why selectively leave Bo's quote unfinished?

...[Bo] said if he were still Michigan's athletic director, he wouldn't schedule them even "if they got down on their hands and knees and begged. To Hell with Notre Dame."

(Natural Enemies, John Kryk)

Weis' statement was a direct reference to Schembechler's...a fact conveniently left out of the Rage Response.

Anonymous said...

Excellent point, anon.

Besides, this isn't the first instance of hate in the UM-ND series. Just turn back the clock some more to Fielding Yost and Fritz Crisler.

Anonymous said...

Love that video. I wish SC fans could be that happy after losing 2 games in a year. That guy is just thrilled about his Irish regardless of their record. Thats the way to be.

Anonymous said...

Have you seen the photos of Jimmy Clausen at the Dublin Village lingerie party that the ND football players hosted??? Black guys with a bunch of white SMC chics too. Wow. Pretty desperate girls. Oh, and what were they smoking over there on the couch? Why would people take pics of oral and group sex in that bedroom? I guess they are all just a bunch of hoodlums and thugs...and wannabe rap stars livin' it large before their time. Sorry Charlie Weis, but you've already recruited a whole mess of hoodlums and thugs (black and white). Just waiting for the fall... Don't be smug, ND is just like all the other "bad" schools that ND thinks they above. Humpty Dumpty Weis will fall!