Because we can’t cover everything, and we don’t work weekends, each Friday, Sports Casualties’ two co-authors will write two separate reviews of the past week. These startling pieces of immediate nostalgia will cover whatever topics the writers care to include. Consider this a wallet-sized picture that you can carry with you the entire weekend to hold yourself over until Monday when we will be back and better than ever.
This was a very personally fulfilling week for your humble staff here at Sports Casualties. Therefore, what you are about to read is a very personal recap of he past seven days.
No need for any introduction other than that. Let’s do this.
On Monday, SC celebrated its 101st post with 1,804 words of gratuitous self-back-patting. For a small blog that began with the motto of “if we make it to February, it will be a success,” this was very rewarding news. I won’t go too deep into this as most everything was covered in the legendary 101 post, but just know that we appreciate your readership, and 202 is just around the corner.
In other commemorative news, Thursday was my 21st birthday, and unless you were with me, you probably know about as much about it as I do. Let’s just say that the “Mind Eraser” shot may be the most aptly named product ever invented. There are certain things that one wakes up to that tells them all they need to know about the night before.
“Hey, come look. He’s up and moving and everything,” friend Corey said to friend Jon, as I began my day. Apparently this was groundbreaking news.
I just looked at the title of our site, and realized that I’m supposed to be writing about sports. Moving on.
Much of the media world was thrown into a giant media people hissy fit Thursday when videos surfaced of Florida football coach and mayor of Gainesville, Urban Meyer, angrily confronting Jeremy Fowler of the Orlando Sentinel. Fowler broke a “story” on Monday quoting Gators wide receiver Deonte Thompson on his thoughts about new Gator quarterback John Brantley in comparison to some guy named Tebow.
Thompson said that Brantley’s pro-style manner might benefit him and referred to Brantley as “a real quarterback.” The quote exploded nationally and everybody basically flipped out about it. Was Deonte Thompson suggesting that Tebow is not a real quarterback? Is the addition of Brantley going to suddenly cure Deonte Thompson’s ongoing habit of dropping passes? Was Deonte Thompson in on some kind of crazy plot to kill Tebow in a disastrous scooter accident?
As you can imagine, this backlash embarrassed Thompson. As you can also imagine, this made Urban Meyer really damn angry. After practice on Wednesday, Meyer confronted Fowler which can be seen in the video below.
Weezy: Providing the soundtrack for this confrontation.
If there is one thing that we have learned about Meyer over the years, it’s that he heavily defends his players whether he is in the right or the wrong. Was he in the wrong here? Possibly. Is Meyer a nice guy? Probably not. Is he a great football coach? Hell to the yes.
I know that as an aspiring sportswriter, I should probably be angry about this or something (Oh, no! Urban Meyer is trying to kill journalism!). However, I’ve gone back and forth on this issue far too many times, and decided that I understand both sides.
Fowler didn’t appear to do anything wrong. He did quote Thompson accurately although you can question how he framed the quote. It is peculiar that he was the only reporter in attendance at the interview who felt that the “real quarterback” quote was print-worthy. Off first impression, he appears to be the stereotypical snarky, cynical reporter, not unsimilar to the budding jerks that I deal with on a regular basis in Weimer Hall. Not that I jump to judgments or anything.
On the other hand, Meyer is an elite college football coach. The University of Florida hires pretty blonde girls to handle public relations, they hired Urban Meyer to win national championships. Meyer is a control freak that doesn’t want anyone, especially a reporter, tinkering with his players. If I was a college football coach, I’d probably dislike reporters as well. Hell, I already can’t stand half of the kids in my journalism classes.
So I’m cool with both sides here, but mainly I’d like to be at Fowler’s next interview with Meyer.
Fun fact of the day: The Texas Rangers have spring training in Surprise, Arizona. Surprise!
Brett Yormark, chief executive of the Washington Generals, made news Monday night when he got into an argument with a fan who was wearing a paper bag over his head. Yormark was angry because the fan had stolen the bag that he was planning on wearing in the fourth quarter.
On a side note, MTV Spring Break is dead, Erin Andrews looks great on “Dancing With the Stars” and arena football is back. Three topics that I have written on my handy SC notepad but am running out of time to discuss. Sorry.
I was also going to talk about health care, but then I realized that it would violate my new policy of not talking about anything that costs more than $937 billion while America is trying to swim out of debt like a toddler in the deep end sans floaties.
I am sad to say that there is no writer’s block again this week. Apparently you have to attempt to write to claim writer’s block. Here’s Julianna Guill. Consider it my apology.
What to Watch on Television this Weekend
Because although we live in a country where we are free to watch whatever we want, deep down inside we still want people to tell us what to watch.
NCAA Basketball Tournament – CBS – All Weekend
Help me cheer for UNI. Sweet 16, Elite Eight, enough said.
Wrestlemania XXVI – Pay-Per-View – Sunday, 7 P.M.
Umm yeah, I’ll try to avoid the “Super Bowl of Wrestling” cliche, but this is big. Huge card lined up including a match between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker that could legitimately be a retirement match for the Heartbreak Kid [sheds tear].
Have a barbaric weekend.