Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Bobby....

Bobby Knight has retired. Hmmm....

He may have been the "winningest coach" in college history but he set a horrible example for those entrusted to his charge. His public persona was very much lacking, in my opinion. He comes off as a spoiled rotten, self centered, egotistical prick. His retirement announcement wasn't about the kids, or the other coaches, or the team, or the game. It was about himself.

We send kids to school to get an education. I believe that teachers should set a good example for their students. Adults throwing temper tantrums in front of huge audiences isn't a good example. Period. In America we allow this behavior because above all else, sport is king. Watching sports is our new religion. Nothing else matters.

It doesn't matter how many kids he taught to win or how many kids he made perform beyond their abilities. In my opinion he's still an ass. Or just an ass.

And the winningest college basketball coach in history. I suspect that record will stand.

Happy retirement, Bobby.

Ride safe.

Peace out, yo!

11 Comments:

Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Don't hold back; tell what you really think of him!
Ditto for me. My mom went to school at IU and thinks the guy is the greatest thing since Jesus. I never understood how the woman who used to rail at me to control my temper on the field, thought this guy was god.
Good riddence Bobby. The world of sports will be better off without you.

11:51 AM  
Blogger Guitar Ted said...

blue: Amen! And to think this guy modeled himself after George S. Patton. At least Patton had the sense enough to "reel it in" when he went overboard in the public eye.

Just a thought.

3:30 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

brian....

moms are funny that way, eh? i miss mine.

i never understood how anyone could believe that the way bobby knight behaved was ok. perhaps it's small commentary on our society today that we allow these types of behavior in a position such as those he has held? a sad commentary.

g-ted....

the difference between patton and knight is that patton understood that even he was deserving of, and subject to, discipline now and then. bobby thinks he's above that. i ask again, how can we think that this behavior is ok? **shaking head**

8:16 PM  
Blogger Captain Bob said...

I would have posted a comment sooner but I was busy tossing a folding chair across the living room floor towards my 3 yr old because she called my 7 yr old a poopyhead.

Go into hiding Mr. Knight and never come out!!

Now, I need to go out & scoop snow to cool off. Good post Blue. It was well worth the week off that you took from posting a blog. :-)

9:40 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

good one, cap'n! :)

6:37 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Blue - but he did make for great viewing when it came to the sports highlights with the choking and chair tossing and such.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Ari said...

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12:10 AM  
Anonymous Bob Huggins said...

I guess graduating 90% of his players
or the national titles(positive feedback for the school) or the winning seasons where he didnt throw a chair or choke a player.For some reason in 40+ yrs you only hear about the negative's.How much $ did all those winning seasons bring to the school to the girls tennis team the hockey team the cycling team. I wouldnt hesitate to let my kids or grandkids play for Bob Knight

8:39 PM  
Blogger Guitar Ted said...

bob huggins: Well, you don't have to act like he did, at all, to get the results you mention. That's the point here. Money, graduating kids, and sports triumphs don't excuse poor behaviour. Ever. Period.

9:34 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

thanks for your comment, bob.

good response, g-ted.

6:39 AM  
Anonymous Chad Johnson said...

Guitar Ted
your right but it seems anytime Bob Knights name is used,his temper is always at the forefront and not the positives that he's achieved

and if Bobby rode his motto would be

One speed is all you need

6:50 PM  

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