From the Scene of the Crime | Razorback Expats

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

From the Scene of the Crime

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 7:08 PM

If the Razorbacks ever make it to the SEC Championship football game in Atlanta under Bobby Petrino, I hope there's someone on his staff with head coaching experience. That's because I'm not sure officials will let the former Falcons coach back into the city.

I've lived in Atlanta for just more than 10 years, and rarely - actually, probably never - have I seen its sports fans so thoroughly pissed at someone. He is, without a doubt, Public Enemy Number One right now. And if I gave something resembling a sh*t about the Falcons, I'm sure I'd think he's a big 'ole jerk too. I may not feel Falcons fans' pain - but I understand it.

Having said that, the intensity of the reaction has been, at times, amusing. On talk radio, that noted bastion of restrained language and balanced perspective, a local host called Petrino "a despicable human being." One of his co-hosts, foam presumably circling his mouth, remarked that the new Hog coach is "not a stable man." Callers echoed similar sentiments.

The city's biggest daily newspaper didn't pull any punches, either. Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jeff Schultz writes, "Bobby Petrino. Not a man. He is running like a coward." Meanwhile, Schultz's colleague Terence Moore says, "Petrino ... is getting too much blame for this franchise threatening to drop off the face of the earth again. Petrino didn’t hire Petrino. [Owner Arthur] Blank and [General Manager Rich] McKay did. All Petrino did was [be] Petrino, and this is what Petrino does: He lies, and then he leaves."

Bobby Petrino's past and his departure from the Falcons certainly warrant much of the criticism aimed at him, and I am not without some misgivings about the hire. This is our Saban moment, in a way: We've brought in a big-name mercenary, and we should go into the next era of Razorback football with our eyes wide open. If/when Bobby leaves in a few years and doesn't show much regard for our feelings on the way out, we don't have any right to complain. (Now if he doesn't win, we most certainly have a right to complain.)

Still, having conceded that, much of the caterwauling, particularly on the part of national media outlets such as ESPN, seems over the top. This ain't finishing school, and I'm continually amused by people who treat it as such. Major college and pro sports are rough-and-tumble businesses, populated by big-time a-holes who'd don't often act in the classiest of ways. Call me cynical, but I have a hard time getting too worked up over coaches behaving badly.

Bobby Petrino may be a rascal, but he's our rascal now.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Razorback Expats

  • Where in the World is Charles Balentine?

    Charles Balentine remains well-known among Razorback fans for hitting the 3rd biggest shot in Arkansas history (we'll give you two guesses as to what #1 and #2 are), but many other details of his storied career are slipping away into the mists of time.
    • Apr 30, 2009
  • Tuesday Hodge Podge

    Razorback news and notes from around the web (warning: some of these links aren't exactly timely, but then again you probably already knew not to count on us for hot-off-the-presses info): * Nate Allen rips Jeff Long a new one (he even busts out the Y-word).
    • Apr 28, 2009
  • Welcome to Expat Status, Jonathan Luigs

    This year's NFL draft has come and gone. ESPN can put Mel Kiper back in the closet, or he can go back to the Pentecostal Church he pastors.
    • Apr 27, 2009
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation