Maybe it's the scantily clad women catching
sunbeams on Fifth St. Maybe it's this conference realignment thing. Or
maybe it's just Britton Banowsky. Is the "Jackass of the Week Award" on
Sportsline (Monday's @ 6pm on Pirate Radio 1250) possibly catching
notoriety and people are vying for the award? I can't put my finger on
it, but there has to be someone or something to blame for all these
mistakes people are making.
Scanning espn.com over the past week, I came across the Conference USA
football preview. Kudos for the "worldwide leader in sports" to scan
each conference and give diehards like me a little bit of information.
However, the majority of the names on the ECU preview were misspelled.
Certainly, a 'no-no' in journalism.
The most disturbing aspect actually came from senior writer Pat Forde.
Forde, who was recently promoted, used to be a specialist for
Conference USA. Because he wrote out of Lexington, KY, Forde often
sided with Louisville. It is understandable in the business because
some people have bias and Louisville was one of the most consistent and
dominant teams in C-USA.
Forde's third point in his "Three things to watch in C-USA" was asking
if anyone will still pay attention to the league now that Louisville is
gone. It is a realistic and a viable question. Forde's ironic lack of
judgment actually fell in his MAC preview. Before it was changed the
next day, Forde's third point was something to the effect of how is
Marshall going to do without Bob Pruett.
Forde, being a senior writer, obviously hasn't paid much attention to
C-USA after Louisville left. To Forde's defense, journalism is one of
the very select professions where one is expected to be perfect.
Another case of absolutely poor judgment is Marquette president Robert
Wild. Wild nixed last week to do away with the Golden Eagles moniker
and replace it with Gold. The problem is that Wild ignored the
overwhelming fan favorite of Warriors. Gold was not even one of the
options that the faculty, students and even the Board of Trustees voted
How do you cheer for the Gold? Is their mascot going to be a huge gold
nugget? There are some horrible nicknames and mascots in college
sports, but this has to rank near the top. If only the Minges Maniacs
could feast on this one.
What about all of these basketball transfers? Mike Cook decided ECU
wasn't the place for him. Martin Iti, a highly recruited seven-footer,
left Charlotte after two seasons. Southern Miss lost a talented rising
sophomore. Tulsa coach Doug Wojick dropped two players from his squad.
Why do all of these players believe it is worth sitting out a calendar
year in order to find increased playing time?
The BCS never seems to disappoint in the lack-of-judgment category. Why
does Notre Dame receive a million dollars for existing? Also, why does
Louisville's storybook 2004 football season count for the Big East?
Last time I checked, Louisville was in Conference USA in 2004.
Here's to hoping that a happy Mother's Day cured everyone's whacky
judgment. If not, here's to lovely Fifth St.