This Nicole Auerbach apology to Stetson Bennett ($$) — she uses the word “apologize” in the header, so I guess that’s how it’s meant — is just plain weird.
I mean, all “At the time, I didn’t believe that Bennett was even the best player on his own team. I think I still believe that, although I realize now that the thought doesn’t matter” does is remind me of this:
Stetson Bennett doesn’t need to hear her tell him he’s got guts. He can just point to the scoreboard. Or this, for that matter.
Nicole is gracious enough to absolve us, as well.
I still fervently believe that there were better individual performances over the course of the 2022-23 season, which is why I personally voted for three non-Bennett players on my Heisman ballot. But I no longer feel the need to criticize anyone who sees what Stetson does and wants to call it exceptional.
Well, thanks for that. I’ll settle for this as consolation: