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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Bobby Petrino, You Jerk

Bobby Petrino abandoned an Atlanta Falcons team going through a helaciously difficult season after only 13 games. He jumped ship to head back to the college ranks--apparently the pro game was just too tough for him and, without Michael Vick, so was coaching a team that lost its best player to his own damned stupidity.

Bobby Petrino was hired Tuesday as the football coach at Arkansas, capping a whirlwind day in which he stunningly resigned from the Atlanta Falcons after just 13 games.

Petrino succeeds Houston Nutt, who stepped down at Arkansas two weeks ago and became the head coach at Mississippi. Petrino was introduced as the Razorbacks coach by incoming athletic director Jeff Long at a late-night news conference.
On Monday night, the Falcons lost to New Orleans 34-14, and hours later Petrino left the team with a 3-10 record to return to the college ranks.

Apparently a twenty-four million dollar, five year contract doesn’t buy much in the way of loyalty from some people.

Disappointing. More disappointing than National Review’s official endorsement for the GOP’s answer to John Edwards’ hair.

Read the story. And more.

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I had to laugh when I heard the Falcons’ CEO up in the broadcast booth Monday night saying Vick could play again (although not for the Falcons) if he “doesn’t eat too much fried chicken and fries” while he’s in prison.  I doubt there was any hurtful intent, but I thought to myself, “ooh, I can just hear the s--tstorm coming already.” Shortly after, they cut to the booth and Tirico was looking at the floor ... I sensed some tension there.  Haven’t looked to see if anyone picked that up and ran with it, nor do I care.  It’s just a sad sign of the times that I even thought about it, really.  In that interview CEO guy did seem to indicate that he would stick by Petrino though.

on Dec 12 2007 @ 06:14 AM

I certainly hope no one starts yelling about that--it’s obvious that he was just trying to say that he hopes Vick doesn’t physically let himself go while he’s in prison. One of those stupid little mistakes.

I can’t imagine that after at least a year and a half in prison, at least a bit more than two full seasons out of the game (and this would have been his seventh year, I believe?) Vick will be back. To me he was already a little bit of a disappointment. Remarkably physically talented, yes, but an inconsistent passer. I was hoping that with Petrino on board he would pull together that part of his game and become a more complete quarterback.

Now he’s going to be away from the football world for a few years right in the middle of his career. How do you come back from that?

One of the reasons I thought Petrino was a jerk was that he obviously had to have made his decision (at very least) earlier in the day. Yet he played it off--including in interviews right after the game--as if he was still with the team. That Falcon’s owner obviously thought that Petrino was going to be back, had already voiced support for him, going as far as to say that Petrino was an even better coach than they had expected, and had the cliched rug pulled right out from under him.

All that on the day that Michael Vick was sentenced. That’s pretty shitty on Petrino’s part.

on Dec 12 2007 @ 07:16 AM

Michael Vick will never play in the NFL again.  There is no way that any NFL team, nor the NFL corporate office, wants to see every football game that Vick plays in picketed by PETA protestors with signs of dead puppies.

Won’t happen.  Anyone who thinks that the NFL will allow that, is simply deluding themselves.

on Dec 14 2007 @ 09:08 PM
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