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|Let's clean it up a bit, coaches|
Never mind $#*! My Dad Says!, just check out some of the coaches nowadays.
And not just Rex Ryan on HBO's Hard Knocks series.
At least the new CBS series with Wiliam Shatner replaces the cuss word with symbols. Then again, I remember when symbols were not appropriate.
"Ah yes - one of your Earth emotions."
You got it, Dr. Spock. Just a wee bit over the top on the salty language coming from guys making millions of dollars who spend most of their time around young men just learning what life is about.
Last month, Auburn coach Gene Chizik was at his natural best during the Tigers' national championship celebration.
Yeah, this is the same guy who gave Oregon not one bit of credit following the title game and just kept saying "War Eagle."
Guess he's miffed at that ESPN commercial where everyone says, "Roll Tide."
During the celebration at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Chizik said, "And you have helped us and been a huge part of being the best football team in the United States of America. War Dó- Eagle. Sorry about not using symbols, but I think you can figure it out.
Later in the Auburn Arena, Chizik said, "What a great day for Auburn football. All you guys who came out and were part of that 80, 90, 100,000†- I don't know what it was†- I can just say a big War Dó- Eagle."
And he's not talking about trying to stop up the Chattahoochee River.
So here's little Johnny looking up at his dad and thinking, "Hey, if Coach Chizik can say it, why do you get mad at me for saying it."
And the sad thing is that Dad is probably thinking, well maybe it is OK.
No, let me take that back. The really sad part is that not a lot of people are up in arms about it.
In an article in an Alabama newspaper talking about Chizik's remarks, the comments that followed included, "What's your problem,?" "Write more about sports," "Chizik's language was no big deal, but whoever dresses him should receive a fashion citation." And still others just repeated what Chizik said to emphasize they support the man's behavior.
Then there was Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari after UK freshman Terrence Jones missed a desperate last shot for the win, calling his freshman "a selfish so-and-so" to his face. Except he didn't say "so-and-so."
You couldn't hear it, but it didn't take a lot of imagination as ESPN's cameras zoomed in on the expletive.
Calipari apologized on Twitter later.
And what's with that now. I can just see Sgt. Carter screaming "I CAN'T HEAR YOU" now.
Les Miles let the ultimate bad word slip at a recruiting bash a couple of years ago talking about Alabama. I bet wife Kathy made him wash his mouth out with soap. Maybe that's the grass connection?
Two years ago, the NFL Network accidentally (so they say) aired a vulgarity yelled by Denver Broncos coach Josh McDaniels as he chastised his players on the sideline of their Thanksgiving night game against the Giants.
Coming out of a commercial break following a series of false starts near the goal line that resulted in Denver settling for a field goal, the NFL Network showed a clip of McDaniels, who yelled at his players: "All we're trying to do is win a (expletive) game!"
It makes me appreciate guys like Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski more and more. And he played for Bobby Knight.
We jump on the players for some of their unfortunate remarks and actions on the field after making big plays. But they are teenagers.
We should expect much more from adults representing our universities.
Unfortunately, we don't.
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