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."
Posted by dawizofodds at 3:34 AM