Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Whitlock - Winning Mizzou Team Should Feel Awful?

I know that Jason Whitlock doesn't get paid to put reasonable views onto paper - he justifies his massive salary by attaching his name to counter-intuitive perspectives, and every now and then he hits paydirt with a fresh insight.

That said, this morning's column berating the Mizzou Tiger football team after they defeated a similarly-ranked team in the Alamo Bowl Game is a classic example of saying something stupid in a vain attempt to be original. In it, he seeks to rain on the Tigers' parade because their victory was not a stomping of their opponent. He called the victory "an embarrassment", because the #21 team in the nation went into overtime to defeat the #23 team in the nation. He was shocked and horrified that the Missouri team celebrated on the field after the game.

Jason, a bunch of 18-24 year-old kids just won a nationally-televised big time football game, and it was the last time that many of them will get to play together. Do you honestly, truly think that they should feel bad about themselves, because they won the game but didn't complete the grim task of meeting the expectations of a middle-aged guy who can't play anymore? Do you really expect the winners of the Alamo Bowl to sulk off the field in a storm of self-loathing because they "merely" won the game?

Congrats to Mizzou for finishing among the top football teams in the country, and enjoy your ticker-tape parade in Columbia. College sports are for college kids, not for semi-pro joy-sucking parade-rainers.

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Anonymous DKC said...

I concur. The Missouri team showed poise and class throughout the game. They had many chances to lose hope on turnovers or, with seconds left, a missed field goal to win... but they stuck in there and WON. I guess it's all or nothing with Jason... but that's not life.

12/30/2008 10:08 AM  
Blogger emawkc said...

Dan, please don't feed the Whitlock.

I know I'm ignoring my own advice with this comment, but your post (rational as it is) is just was Whitlock was hoping for -- to get people to talk (and blog) about him.

12/30/2008 2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, you have uncanny insight when you stay away from politics. :) Whitlock always tries to say something negative--that's what so many "journalists" think they need to do. Although Mizzou did not play well, they won their 10th game of the year and came from behind to do it. Most of those kids on the field were thinking about how much more fun the parties will be after a win. wkb

12/30/2008 11:45 PM  

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