Thursday, October 11, 2012

Lessons in DMN Hate.

THIS piece of "journalism" is in the Dump, but it's such a piece of shit that it's worth it's own post.  Move over, Mac Engel, Kevin Sherrington's comin' through!  Oh... oh boy.  YOU DONE DONE IT! Kevin Sherrington is getting a sour grapes style take-down.The piece, in its entirety:

Back in February, when four TCU football players were busted for selling drugs on campus, Gary Patterson talked about tough love and firm discipline.
“I believe strongly,” he said then, “that young people’s lives are more important than wins or losses.”
Eight months later, he finally lived up to those words.
  • Ok, so let's take this apart.  Back in February when four football players were busted for selling drugs on campus, Gary Patterson talked about tough love and firm discipline... Eight months later he finally lived up to those words.  WHAT????? Have the facts changed?  Because if Ty Horn, Devin Johnson, DJ Yendrey and Tanner Brock were NOT kicked off the team, why the heck haven't they been playing??? Have you seen our O Line, Gary??? Are we watching the same game?  Aviante Collins is going to be great, but Ty Horn has experience at right tackle!!  Have you watched Joel Hasley, bless him, pass protect????  Tanner Brock was going to be Pre-season All Conference at the same position.. why aren't you playing him!?!?  Wait... what?  They are STILL kicked off the team?  Carry on, then...  

Casey Pachall wasn’t one of the players swept up in the high-profile bust. But his roommate, Tanner Brock, was, and he was kicked off the team. I wrote a column at the time commending Patterson as well as the TCU community for quick, decisive action.
  • This paragraph would be fine, except for one adverb - the BUT he tosses in, which suggests a comparison.  Tanner Brock was kicked off the team because he was busted by undercover cops selling drugs.  Casey Pachall was not kicked off the team because he was not caught by an undercover officer selling drugs.  See the difference?  Apparently Sherrington's editors do not.

But as it turns out, there were a few things we didn’t know. Pachall admitted to police that he had used marijuana, cocaine and Ecstasy. There were other rumors about Pachall, yet his place on the team remained rock-solid.
  • Yes, because "making college kid decisions regarding illegal substances," while morally questionable, isn't against any NCAA rules.  And, last time I checked, it's considered an "unfair practice" to fire someone based on hearsay.  For instance, I am going to make up a rumor right now that Kevin Sherrington hates puppies.  PUPPIES!! Who hates puppies??  But, since the Dallas Morning News doesn't have a posted policy on canine opinions, he can't be fired because of it.  KIND OF LIKE HOW CASEY PACHALL WASN'T FIRED BECAUSE ADMITTING TO POLICE THAT YOU HAVE SAMPLED MIND ENHANCING DRUGS ISN'T AN IMMEDIATE EXPULSION UNDER SCHOOL POLICY.  

The implication was hard to ignore: Brock was a very good player, probably NFL caliber, but the Horned Frogs had other linebackers. They had just the one good quarterback.

Only Pachall can say what kind of message his coach’s actions sent. Whatever it was, as evidenced by an arrest last week on charges of driving while intoxicated, it wasn’t strong enough to scare Pachall straight. Either that or Pachall’s problems were simply too much to overcome on his own. The quarterback, his parents and his coach are all in agreement on that point now. He needs time away from football to get help. Wins and losses don’t count for much when it comes to the rest of your life.
  • I'm guessing Kevin Sherrington has never made a mistake in his entire life such as getting behind the wheel after a few too many or forgetting to sit down before he pees.  The self-righteousness of the media has got to be reined in a little in this situation.  Apparently Casey Pachall is the only player in the history of college football to get arrested, or at least that's what I've gathered from the local media.  Everyone is acting like they weren't a dumbass in college.  Guess what, YOU WERE.  You know all of those times you went to a bar, hit on girls and then got frustrated because they weren't taking your keys and driving you back to her place?  IT'S BECAUSE YOU WERe A DUMBASS.   Drinking and driving is bad, we all know this.  Doesn't change the fact that we've all done it at some point.  EVERY ONE OF US. Before you villify Casey, look in the mirror. 

Maybe Pachall could have gotten help sooner and avoided this embarrassment if his coach had acted as tough as he talked. Maybe Patterson thought Pachall just needed a second chance.
  • So I guess we're not giving out second chances now.  What is this, Russia?

Maybe an ambitious coach making his debut in the Big 12 simply needed a starting quarterback.
  • He STILL needs a QB and yet he removed Casey from the team.  CURIOUS!  Besides that, let's get real - is GP afraid for his job?  Heck no - he's probably the least afraid for his job than anyone in college football.  Even Nick Saban has a shorter leash.  The whole, "HE JUST WANTED TO WIN!!" excuse is so off-base it's shocking.  It is said that GP had a lot of pressure from the top to suspend Pachall.  Do these people not realize that GP OWNS them?  Had he genuinely wanted to give Pachall another shot, he could've - you seriously think Victor Boschini is going to fire TCU's milk cow for anything short of a Penn State type situation?  Please. 

Only Patterson knows his motives. Whatever they were, innocent or not, he’ll have to live with the consequences, as will his former quarterback.
  • Yes, and he'll be able to live with them a lot better when he knows he can refer future athletes to the SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUNSELING CENTER HE FOUNDED HIMSELF JUST THIS WEEK!!!  But that apparently wasn't worth bringing up in the article.

Look, we all know Casey needed to go for the time being.  He has issues that need to be resolved, and we're not naive enough to pretend he didn't.  But, by all accounts, Patterson handled this as above board as possible and in the way he saw fit.  Some folks just like to stir shit up for the sake of it, though, and that's why the Dallas Morning news is as irrelevant as a football stadium at SMU.  Die.


SnK said...

New target...

JHale said...

I do like this rant from the news the other night.

JHale said...

Oh and I almost forgot -- Sherrington is a douche (my opinion of course)

Travis Maloney said...

I disagree about the excuse that everyone has or will drive drunk. It's been brought up but the majority don't do it. More people do it than are caught but it's not as much as it is made out to be.

JHale said...

I agree... but I don't think that he was actually meaning that 99% of the population does it, but it is still probably a good chunk of the population who has done it at least once in their life. I do not think he is talking about being hammered off your ass and driving but more the "legal limit" (which is easy to get to). The reason I like the rant is how the guy actually thinks logically and does not want to shun a kid for making a mistake and how he points out how easy people are to judge someone when they have probably done the exact same thing.

Travis Maloney said...

Folks make mistakes and some are bad enough to warrant no second chances. This situation deserves a second chance but if CP had hurt anyone then it would be different. Now he has a chance to save his own life and get his mind straight for next season.

David Persons said...

Sir Wesley,

Well done, and we shall now make Sherrington's life worse than someone putting puppy poop in his bed.

You did Sour Grapes proud!

FroggyStyle said...

Well done sir.

TCUWINS said...

Just for the record Horn was not good. No big lose at all.

SnK said...

I think the loss of an experienced O lineman at this point is clearly a big loss to us. We are struggling there.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

I didn't mean that everyone in the world has driven drunk, but I think I'm safe in assuming the target audience for has driven drunk. Yaaay, you guys!

I watched Hansen's soapbox the other night and, while Dale can rub folks wrong, he NAILED it. Destroying SMU football AND sticking up for Pachall when that's the unpopular thing to do? You're alright by me.

I never read the DMN outside of Ed Sefko Mavs stuff, so I really have little exposure to Sherrington, but that shit he wrote was so off base I just felt like it really needed to be addressed. Let's hope he winds up in a hotel room biting a hooker's ass while wearing women's underwear, Marv Albert style.