Tripp Rips Sports Stupidity
Everything you hate them to say, but love to hear.

Nov
28

What in the world is wrong with Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine?  Never have I been one to discount people because of the things they believe in or take part in, but the situations involving the ex-Penn State football defensive coordinator (Sandusky) and the current Syracuse basketball assistant coach (Fine) are absolutely beyond the realm of what is right in any kind of society.

Sandusky’s actions were enough to have legendary Penn State head coach Joe Paterno fired, and it only begs the question as to whether a similar fate awaits Syracuse’s future hall of fame coach Jim Boeheim.

The sheer gravity of the situation is enough to make you sick.  Sexual abuse of children is absolutely unacceptable on any account.

Accusations are still coming out concerning both situations, and they don’t look to be stopping anytime soon.  The victims will continue to step forward, and details will continue to be made public.

I cannot imagine the suffering that the victims and their families must have gone through.  The fact that two such similar cases broke into the media in such a short span of time makes me wonder where else this sickening process is going on.  There is no punishment great enough for these two men.  None.

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Nov
21

Tripp Walcher and Camille Thompson

Nov
14

DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles is a lightning fast wide receiver/punt returner that is in the last year of his rookie contract: and he is doing absolutely nothing to help his case to receive a generous paycheck.  Over his first three seasons he ripped defenses to shreds, compiling more than 3,000 receiving yards, 17 touchdown receptions, and 4 punts returned for touchdowns.  This year, he has been a bit of a disappointment, as through Week 10 of the season he has only 2 touchdowns and just barely more than 500 yards receiving.

To make matters worse, he missed a special teams meeting this past weekend, causing head coach Andy Reid to render Jackson inactive for their game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.  It’s pretty simple if you ask me.  Show up when you’re supposed to show up, keep your mouth shut, and catch the football.  This seems like a pretty simple way to make hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of a career, but some idiots just can’t figure it out.

Jackson should have a chance over the last few weeks to make an impact, with standout receiver Jeremy Maclin coming up injured in their last game, but it might be too little too late for the so called “Dream Team” Eagles to make the playoffs.  They only now stand at 3-6: good enough for a tie for last in the NFC East.  Needless to say, it’s put up or shut up time for DeSean Jackson.

Nov
07

In all the years that I’ve followed sports, I don’t know that a more annoying happening has occurred than the current work stoppage in the NBA.  Almost a week into what would have been the 2011-2012 season, the league owners and the players union simply cannot find common grounds on a new collective bargaining agreement, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.

One of the biggest talking points of the lockout is how Basketball Related Income (BRI) is to be split between the owners and the players.  The owners want a 50/50 split, which seems extremely fair, but the players are reportedly holding out for a 52/48 percent split in their favor.  To date, commissioner David Stern has cancelled all games up to November 30th.

I get that these percentage points are worth millions of dollars, but at some point these idiots have to realize that the league has just experienced one of the greatest seasons in its history, and is going nowhere but up.  If they don’t figure something out, and fast, we could be looking at one of the most embarrassing moments in league history.

I’m tired of hearing how “close” they are to completing a deal.  Seriously.  Wake me up when it’s all said and done.

Oct
24

Ian Davis and Talor Gooch are golfers for the OSU golf team.  They are in the process of finishing up the fall season and taking the next step in the spring season; finishing with a national title in the team match play tournament.

Oct
17

Yesterday in Week 6 of the NFL season, the undefeated, 5-0 Detroit Lions hosted a huge game against the 4-1 San Francisco 49ers.  The Niners scored a go-ahead touchdown with roughly 90 seconds remaining, going on to a 25-19 victory.  After the Lions failed to convert a 4th down and 5, turned the ball back over to SanFran, who then ran out the end of the game clock, the head coaches met at midfield for the not-so-ceremonious handshake that follows every game.

What follows is one of the stupidest series of events that I’ve ever seen at the end of a football game (No, LeGarrette Blount, I didn’t forget about you.  You definitely take the cake).

Jim Schwartz of the Lions and Jim Harbaugh of the 49ers met at midfield, just as the thousands of coaches before them, and shook hands just like everyone else.  But as Schwartz walked away, he looked to be shoved by Harbaugh in the back, as if Harbaugh didn’t have the time of day to respect his opposition.  Schwartz proceeded to charge after him, chasing him down only to be separated by what looked to be a public relations director for one of the sides, and several others.  Schwartz claims he heard an expletive from Harbaugh as he was being clapped on the back, but we may never know.

Somehow, one way or another, a head coach has to realize that cooler heads will always prevail.  Isn’t that exactly what they stress in the locker rooms?  “Don’t let your emotions get the best of you”, “Keep your cool”, “Keep your emotions off your sleeve”:  these are all things that even at a young age I was preached at for by the numerous coaches I played for.  If the head coaches of a professional football team can’t keep it together themselves, then what hope is there for 25-35 year old physical specimens to keep from murdering each other in the trenches?

These coaches should know better.  And the fact that they let this happen is an embarrassment to the entire league.  Two of the best teams in the NFC ruined what was a fantastic, back and forth game by one silly incident that could have just as easily been avoided.

ERW

Oct
12

One thing that helps me through times of stress is playing the piano.

Oct
03

This post hits a little closer to home.  Head football coach Mike Gundy of our beloved Oklahoma State Cowboys led his squad to a huge come from behind win over the Texas A&M Aggies last weekend, outscoring the opposition 27-9 in the second half en route to a 30-29 victory.

Gundy’s postgame speech was kicked off by some form of dancing (yet to be discovered) in the middle of a crowd of players.  They all loved it.  And who wouldn’t?  Seeing their coach, a MAN at the age of 40+ perform such things in the middle of a locker room is something that every team in America wishes they could see.

Who knows whether he was teaching the guys some new dance moves, but no matter, he was obviously just as fired up as the guys that brought the Cowboys back from the dead, and kept all of our national title hopes alive.

We’ll learn much more about this football team in the few weeks to come, with road trips to Austin and Columbia after a can of corn at home against the Kansas Jayhawks, but one thing is for sure; the sky is the limit.  We could very well have a national semifinal against the Gooners in Stillwater on December 3rd.  (Crosses fingers).

ERW

Sep
18

There are about a hundred different ways to look at NFL coaches getting too fired up in the press conference room.  On one hand, there is nothing wrong with caring about winning or losing.  Then again, there is certainly a line that does not need to be crossed.  These three coaches had complete and utter disregard for that line, and for that, we salute them.

#3. “You Play To Win The Game!”

Coach Herm Edwards of the New York Jets had words of wisdom for the members of the media on October 30th, 2002.  “You play to win the game!”, shouted Edwards time and time again.  Playing with this kind of motivation is what it’s all about in sports.  If you’re not leaving everything out on the field, why even play at all?

#2. “PLAYOFFS?!”

Classic stuff here from Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora.  He was quite upset about the quality of play from his team against the San Francisco 49ers; more specifically his offense that turned the ball over 5 times.  Mora’s anger spilled over the brim when he was asked about whether his team had a chance to make the playoffs.  “Playoffs?!  I just hope we can win a game!”

#1. “They Are Who We Thought They Were!

Arizona Cardinals coach Dennis Green takes the cake as the top tirade.  “We let ’em off the hook!”, said Green, after his Cardinals had lost a game to the Chicago Bears.  This was truly an angry press conference, as the video ends with Green walking off the podium (but not before he slapped the microphone out of his face in anger).

These are some of the best, and definitely most famous post-game reactions for those that follow professional football.  There are obviously many others, but these three stood out as the most memorable.  More to come as the season begins to heat up.

ERW

 

Sep
12

David Bennett, head football coach of the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, had an interesting metaphor to describe what he wanted to see out of his team in their upcoming game against his former team, Catawba College.

All cats, dogs, and screen doors aside, what he said obviously got the job done.  The Chanticleers brought down the Catawba Indians 20-3 on the road on Saturday in Salisbury, NC.

With all the stupid things that are said in the sporting world, most of the ranting and raving that is done is done out of anger [see Dennis Green].  Bennett’s rant on cats and dogs is one of the more lighthearted ones seen in recent years.

Necessary?  Definitely not.  But this stupid tidbit of motivation is exactly what makes the world of sports such a beautiful thing.  Whatever a coach can do, especially nowadays with all the disrespect toward coaches from players, to help get the most out of his players should be looked warmly upon.

Well played, David Bennett.  Well played indeed.

Coming up next week, I’ll break down the other side of the coin; the angriest football coach rants in recent history.

ERW