Wednesday, February 27, 2008

SALTer in the Wound (see what I did there?)

Henry Salter, a first year transfer from Redneck Riviera JC, has been suspended indefinitely by "coach" Neil Dougherty for "conduct detrimental to the team." Incidentally, this doesn't necessarily shine a negative light on Salter as winning has been extremely detrimental to this team as of late and perhaps his will to lead the team to victory conflicted with the Doughery regime. Salter has been the leading scorer for ye olde Horned Frogs this season, which isn't saying much because this team doesn't score very often. Or play defense. Or make free throws (except for that recent fluke of a stretch). Or rebound. Or guard the inbound pass. Or take charges. Or (insert basketball strategy here).

I think my favorite part of all of this is that rather than immediately announcing it, Neil benched Salter for the majority of the team's abomination of a victory over CSU (o-fer in conference play), saying that he wanted to see how other players would handle stepping up into a leading role. Seeing as how these other players were Ryan Wall and Keion Mitchem, I think it was pretty obvious that this wasn't the case.

On the surface this is a big loss for the Frogs who, although they have no chance of any post season tournament action other than a conference tourney victory, are still maintaining a position in the said tournament. However, to the trained eye this is a HUGE victory for the team and the school as it destroys any hopes we had of running the tables in the tournament and should expedite Dougherty's long overdue departure. Much like NBA fans pulling for their team to tank late in the season in order to help their lottery chances, I've been wishing for this team to tank for the past 4 years in order to run him out of town. Fortunately, even those games where I haven't been indirectly impacting the outcome of games, the team has held up their end of the bargain. Thanks Frogs.