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There is considerable panic these days in Collegeville, Minn. Perennial Division III football power St. John's has lost three times this season -- sequentially: a blowout to UW-Eau Claire, a heartbreaker at the gun to Augsburg and this past Saturday's 63-7 shellacking at rival St. Thomas. As happens when a program suddenly struggles, fans are wondering if the head coach is still up to the task. These voices tend to get louder, fair or not, when the head coach -- even a living legend like John Gagliardi -- approaches his 85th birthday (he will turn on Nov. 1). Is Gags overmatched? Here is a voice from the TV Fury web site saying "no way," as pointed out to us by a noted Johnnie alum who played under Gagliardi and goes by Local Quipster on this blog. Here is how the piece ends:
Everything you do is compared to what you’ve done, and when what you’ve done is win four national titles and more games than any coach in college history – all while utilizing the most unique coaching methods the game’s ever seen – failure is always one loss away, catastrophe three.
John Gagliardi has seemingly been around forever but it’s absurd to think he’ll coach forever. No way he’ll be on the sidelines when he celebrates his 98th birthday on November 1, 2024. But this isn’t simply about nostalgia or history or doing what’s right or letting a legend go out on his own terms – though all of those things are applicable. He remains the best coach for the Johnnies now, in 2011 and beyond, and not just because of what he’s done the previous six decades. He remains the best coach for the Johnnies because he’s still sharp and hungry, and, yes, a little arrogant, even after Saturday. He’s also in charge of a struggling team, but one that’s still a superior program. And he remains motivated. Sixty-three points won’t eradicate that motivation – it might even spark it.
The school’s not named after him, but the football program is him. It’s been an ugly season. Could get uglier. But it’s happened before – yes, it’s happened before in Collegeville. And the Johnnies always bounce back. The Johnnies are down. But John Gagliardi won’t ever be out.
Check out the entire post, if you are interested. Your thoughts, as usual, are welcome in the comments.
Injuries are a major part of the football landscape these days. But this is ridiculous:
Per Awful Announcing:
You've missed Brett Favre so much. And finally, he's returning. Sort of. Next Saturday, October 1st, Favre will serve as the color commentator for the CSS(Comcast Sports Southeast) broadcast of the Rice-Southern Miss(his alma mater) game:
CSS, the regional sports channel focused on sports throughout the South, has announced that former Southern Miss and future NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre will serve as color analyst for its live coverage of the Rice at Southern Miss game on Saturday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
"I'm excited to be back at Southern Miss with the Golden Eagles," said Favre, who played quarterback for the team from 1987-1990. He added, "I'm not committing to a new career in broadcasting, but just wanted to support Southern Miss and check out the view from the press box. It should be fun and I hope the fans enjoy it."
Guess who gets the Jerry Kill exclusive? None other than ex-Gophers coach Glen Mason, now with the Big Ten Network. His interview with Kill will air at 6 tonight, per this BTN tweet. "I think the greatest thing is people have been tremendous to me," Kill said in a snippet released. Here is the sneak preview.
We've never really understood the dynamic of bringing a sign to a major sporting event -- ostensibly to show support for a team, but really (admit it!) with the hopes of getting noticed by a lot of people ... and maybe even getting up on the Jumbotron ... or ... dare we dream ... being shown on live TEEEEEVEEEEEE! OMG, we're getting texts from everyone.
That said, we were watching a little college football last night -- FSN was showing a replay of an old Twins game. Johan Santana was pitching, Torii Hunter was in center, and it was more than one heart could take -- and we saw a fan holding up the sign you see above. Plenty of people pounced on it right away on Twitter. Haha, she forgot a letter (at least it was not the other vowel she initially forgot, as noted by college football genius/funnyman Spencer Hall).
But while that gaffe is embarrassing, we want to highlight the entire sign as a lesson in what not to do if you must bring a sign to a game. The missing letter is just the most glaring part of a sloppy, poorly conceived sign. To wit:
*ALL CAPS on the first word, regular caps on the next two words, then this really out of nowhere fat capital T on the last word.
*Misaligned letters in ESPN. Maybe she gets a free pass on the N, since she needed a little space to fit those two to three letters in beforehand, but there is no excuse for the P.
*An attempt to replicate the ESPN logo on the P and N, whereas no attempt at all on the first two letters.
*A very small "s" at the end of "counts," almost like it isn't really part of the word. Part of us thinks she might have made the T so giant to cover up an initial apostrophe that someone corrected her on. Who would put an apostrophe on a word that is simply plural? Oh, there are so many of you out there. Don't get us started.
In any event, our mission here was not to pick on this poor woman. It was this: If you are going to bring a sign to a game, please make it a good one. Think things through. Have a plan. That way, if you actually get to wave hysterically at a camera and tell all your friends you were on TV, you won't regret it later.