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Monday, October 25, 2010
Tennessee Coach Compares Team To Germans In WWII
Well it is an unusual Monday night at my home. Typically I am at a sportsbook watching the games. Keep in mind that I do not bet on sports, well unless my uncle is in town like last time lol Check my past reports in this blog for more on that one, but I follow the betting lines just to see how well Vegas does and I do have some friends who are professional gamblers and wager every week so in a weird way I can experience the lows and highs that they go through winning and losing. However, I am just coming off of a wild bachelor party weekend for my boy Alex and it included UFC 121 where Cain Velasquez absolutely annihilated Brock Lesnar for a 1st round knockout.
The real reason I am staying home tonight is that my girlfriend is still mad at me for ridiculous reasons lol I turned my phone off during the UFC event and she couldn't reach me, not like I could hear the damn thing anyway it was so loud there. So she's in the other room watching Jersey Shore or some other garbage, she refuses to watch Monday Night Football with me. Maria's got the sniffles so I hope its not the flu and so I gotta stay home tonight and be miserable too errrrr I mean take care of my baby. First of all I didn't know she was sick so no emails ok lol Second, I may be "insensitive" and "a stupid ass" but at least I'm not dropping World War II references on a bunch of college football players.
Just when I think I am the lowest person on earth, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley bails me out by comparing his team to the Germans in WWII. Coach Dooley was quoted as saying, "Right now, we're like the Germans in World War II. Here comes the boats, they're coming. You have binoculars, and it's like, Oh, my God, the invasion is coming." The coach compared Tennessee's inability to handle difficult game situations to how the Germans handled the D-Day invasion.
"I don't want the German people to get upset at me. I'm not attacking them, but that's what happened. You had one group, they weren't worried about what the plan was and orders and all that. When the war hits, things change. You've got to go. You had the other group, and they go, 'Wait a minute, they told us the invasion was way further north,' where we had the empty tanks and we were hiding Patton out. 'We weren't ready for this, now what do we do?' 'We better wait until Rommel tells us what to do.'"
Dooley was describing the confusion caused by the surprise landing of the Americans at Omaha Beach on D-Day and the Germans slow reaction in the absence of their leader, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.
Nothing like someone trying to give you a history lesson while comparing themselves to the former enemy. A year ago, I couldn't understand why head coaches continually put their foot in their mouthes but in a weird way I can see how it happens now. I had the privilege of sitting in on a minor league team's pre-game speech and as a coach you'll say anything to get your guys fired up and ready to play, even if it's comparing your team to the German soldiers of WWII.
This is what happens when you take your locker room speeches and make them public because the media is going to do their job and report and you will look bad no matter who you were trying to motivate. NFL legend Bill Parcells found out the hard way a few years back with his infamous, "No disrespect to the Orientals, but we like to run what we call 'Jap' plays." Should it have been said? No. But, this is the kind of talk used in the locker rooms and in the huddle, dugout, and sports in general.
I understand the guy is just trying to motivate a Tennessee football program that has lost it's last three games, but he probably shouldn't have shared this with the media. These guys are old school and they don't quite get that it's 2010 and this kind of talk is unacceptable. In a way he knew he would get a negative response because he said, "I don't want the German people to get upset at me." Like I said he was trying to fire up his team, he probably didn't think he would get such a huge negative reaction.
Still, you are the coach of the Tennessee Vols football team, a university that has a rich history of the good work they do with the Veterans Administration. These are the guys that fought in the D-Day invasion and although you didn't mean it, you offended them too. This is why coaches, athletes, and anyone involved with sports shouldn't be so quick to make war references and be so quick to compare on the field play to battlefield life and death because the real wars that our Veterans are going through is no game.