“We have the atmosphere of a JC softball team.”

Dawg fans, Mike Leach is here to tell you that, when it comes to a football team not showing up for a game, you could have it a lot worse.


Filed under Mike Leach. Yar!

23 responses to ““We have the atmosphere of a JC softball team.”

  1. Jt (the other one)

    Yar! Tell me how you really feel Mike!

  2. It’s hard to play a basketball on grass style of football AND have an identity as a tough physical football team.

  3. Beer Money

    Close your eyes, and it is Bobby Knight talking. Try it!

  4. Russ

    Man, I love the Pirate! Aaaaar!

  5. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    I have a whole rant about the War on Participation Trophies, because it’s nothing but an annoying straw man argument made by self-righteous a-holes.

    First, such trophies are only given out to the youngest of kids playing organized sports. They are pretty much phased out by age 10, often younger.

    Second, the 5, 6, 7, and 8 year olds who do receive seem to actually like getting them, and anyone who’s ever attended one of these ceremonies knows that it’s emphasized that the trophies are awarded for the effort and good sportsmanship of the players, not simply “participating.” Only a jackass thinks it’s a problem to recognize a kid for doing good work.

    Third, the idea that these trophies are something new is also misplaced. I was a kid in the 70s and 80s , and have numerous certificates, with official looking raised lettering and signed by my coaches, for having played on rec league teams. Back then I guess they would have been called “participation certificates.” Maybe people don’t remember these things being given out because they’re easier to misplace than an old trophies. But recognizing players on a team has been around for a long while.

    Lastly, the idea that such trophies are somehow ruining the youth of America also rings false. To the contrary, America’s youth today, by every measure, are better than the youth of the past. And they are especially better than the youth of Leach’s childhood, the 1970’s. Today’s youth are more intelligent, less likely to commit crimes, less likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, and less likely to have unwanted pregnancies than at any point since the early 1960s. If this is what awarding “participation trophies” has wrought, then I say let’s hand out more.

    (And as for the crack about JC softball, I’d rather watch a college softball game than a professional baseball game any day. More fast-paced and requires quicker reaction times from the players).

    • Tommy

      Agreed. My kids (now 4 and 7) have been getting medals for playing versions of soccer and baseball where the kids are at a stage where it was a miracle if you can get them to run to the right base or to be aware where the soccer ball was (as opposed being distracted by some pebbles in the grass). The idea that we need to go all THIS IS SPARTA! on kids that age is ridiculous.

      32 years ago, I played on a fourth grade soccer team that never got close to breaking .500, but we got trophies. You know what happened? We were all sufficiently motivated to keep playing sports, even as they got progressively more competitive, and then we went to college, graduated, had successful careers, entered into stable marriages, and are coaching our kids’ teams. Not exactly a lost generation.

      People who think that’s PC can bite me.

    • SAtowndawg

      who’s self righteous??

      • No One Knows You're a Dawg

        True. After I hit Post Comment, I wished I’d taken that out. Also the a-hole thing. Name calling is the weakest form of argument.

    • Sh3rl0ck

      Two words: “Safe Spaces”. Kids these days have been so coddled that they can’t even deal with their emotions. We have college students that get so “triggered” that they cry because they saw the word “Trump” written in chalk. I really think this stems from them not being forced to resolve their own conflicts. Teachers and the schools intervene in seemingly every situation. When someone said something that upset them, they told the teacher who told the other kid to stop. They are never told to “walk it off”, physically or emotionally. I think that is how they consider sexual assault an issue to be resolved by Universities and Title IX regulations instead of the police.

      • Tommy

        How many schools actually have the kinds of “safe spaces” that sites like Breitbart are convinced are such an scourge. Is this really a thing? If so, then quantify it. Does UGA have safe spaces? Tech? The only ones I’m aware of here at UT-Austin is a space for for LGBTQA to talk about sexuality without having to weather a bunch of epithets. Which I fail to see the problem with.

        I suspect the Kids Are Alright, and that this is much ado.

        • This isn’t being done for the kids. It’s being done for the politicians.

        • Sh3rl0ck

          The concept of a “safe space” isn’t permanent brick and mortar. They are temporary and are generally set up at protests and the like. In some instances, the entirety of a college campus is an enforced “safe space” were students can face disciplinary action if someone claims offense to any comment or action. Go to the website of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (https://www.thefire.org). You would be surprised at what is happening to freedom of speech on college campuses. Cal State – LA, UCONN, and other schools are now offering racially segregated dorms to “protect” minority students from “micro-aggressions committed by white students.

        • DawgByte

          Google is your friend, look it up. I can tell you that college “free speech” zones are more prevalent than you think. I believe most of the “Ivy League” and West Coast schools have them. I think there are fewer tin foil hat wearing low information types living in the Southeast, hence you probably won’t see a ton of schools participating in this ridiculous PC practice.

    • Coach Bobby Finstock

      Bro. You kept your participation certificates?

  6. DawgByte

    Mike did a great job of crushing Political Correctness. Good for him!!!

  7. I guess you get a trophy if he locks you up in a Pullman bar.

  8. Ah! Millennials. Sometimes those entitlements just don’t materialize and aren’t forthcoming . . . so, bring on the trophy’s. Solves the problem even in the “safe spaces”.

  9. I LOL’d/ “we dont run and hit, in a game where you run and hit”. lol

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