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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bobby Petrino

I don't deny that Bobby Petrino is an a-hole. I used to live in Louisville, where he took the football team there from a cute little Top 25 program in a direction much closer toward the national elite. Having homegrown Brian Brohm certainly didn't hurt, but he did an overall great job in Louisville during the football season.

But once the offseason hit, he could never stay away from the flirtations with other, possibly greener-grass opportunities. And sure enough, after last season, he took the job with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.

And 13 games in -- he must have thought he was still on college time -- he bolted back to college to take over at Arkansas. Again, I don't deny that he's an a-hole and I'll never know why an NFL owner or a Division I college would take a chance on him because his flirty habit is now well documented. No loyalty whatsoever.

But what I don't get is the blatant outcry by the Falcons players, who ripped him all day today, with things like, "He quit on us" and "A man doesn't do that." This the same week that Falcons QB and NFL superstar Michael Vick was sentenced to 23 months in prison for his role in a dogfighting ring that would make even the most unsavory characters in southeastern Kentucky blush. Vick's punishment was handed down only hours before the Falcons took the field to play New Orleans on Monday Night Football, a game in which Falcons players decked out their uniforms with subtle and not-so-subtle messages showing support for their befallen friend and teammate.

Did Vick not quit on his teammates? Does a man kill defenseless dogs?

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At 11:51 AM EST, Anonymous Trane said...

I wouldn't call trained-to-kill-with-powerful-lockjaw pit-bulls exactly defenseless, but...I get your point.


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