We don't talk much football around here anymore, do we?
I was at Saturday's game with Mike for our yearly football outing. Although we were both sick and thought about staying home in bed, I'm glad we went. It was very entertaining.
Surely by now you've heard Coach Gundy's tirade against Jenni Carlson's article for The Daily Oklahoman.
Two things come to my mind:
First, as my wife pointed out to me, it's nice to see a coach get that agitated and still be able to communicate without his words having to be bleeped out. Not a single profanity. Unfortunately, that's rare these days.
Second, if he went too far (and I think he did), at least he erred on the side of standing up for one of his players, not just for himself or his own decisions.
I lived in Oklahoma City for almost 10 years, and took The Oklahoman the entire time. I remember when Jenni was first hired (they made a huge deal about it), and from the very beginning her articles have been poor. This is nothing new. Her presence on the sports page has been nothing more than a circus, constantly trying to stir up trouble and treat issues like soap operas. From sports talk radio to my co-workers and friends, Sooner and Cowboy fans alike, everyone I knew had long since written her off as a joke, not even close to a real sports journalist.
Yes, she has freedom of speech. It's her choice to write stuff like that. But Gundy has the same right, and is free to voice his disagreement. Let the court of public opinion decide who is right. I think The Oklahoman is going to suffer if they don't put an end to it soon.
I'm just glad to see some fire from Gundy. He's been awfully passive on the sidelines during our two pitiful losses...