Ladies and gentlemen, I’ll be brief. The issue here is not whether Brinkhater broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests – he did. *wink*
But you can’t hold a whole blog responsible for the behavior of one, sick, twisted individual. For if you do, then shouldn’t we blame the whole blogspot system? And if the whole blogspot system is guilty, then isn’t this an indictment of the Internet in general? I put it to you, Alex – isn’t this an indictment of our entire American society?
Well, you can say whatever you want about Brinkhater, but we’re not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!
Simply put Alex, if Brinkhater stops blogging, the terrorists win. If you don’t like what he has to say…don’t fucking read it! That said, feel free to flame on. Your page views are much appreciated.
Guys, this is a blog. Hawk does a phenomenal job of breaking down and presenting all of the information that’s out there in very informational, concise posts. He’s entitled to posting his opinion on top of that.
Brinkhater on the other hand, posts his feelings about all of the goings on in Cougar Nation with a very emotionally charged (and sometimes incoherent) style. Every publication needs it’s lighting rod – just ask Jim Moore.
Now, I feel compelled to respond to Alex (and anyone like him) based on this quote: people like Brinkhater are the “EXACT people that Dobes addressed when the coaching thing went down. Its guys like Brinkhater that ruined a really good thing.”
First of all, I don’t know about you, but my definition of “a really good thing” is a good return on an investment. As in – I pay for my season tickets, make donations to the Athletic Foundation and then watch us beat USC, UW and the rest of the PAC 10 and go to BOWL GAMES!
When I first heard Bill Doba’s quote about the Internet trying to “fire him”, I stayed silent on the issue, though it was one that I found kind of funny; kind of ignorant; and more than anything, a horrible excuse for why we only had one commit – if that – at the time.
This is the world in which we live. The Internet has made every jackass with an opinion a published author (see McBoob, Hooty). For better or worse, this is who we are. We sit in our glass houses and cast stones until we require Tommy John surgery. Get used to it. Or better yet, adapt to it and use it to your advantage. Those who do not adapt, fall by the wayside.
One thing I have never seen on this blog, from Brinkhater or anyone else, are direct attacks on Bill Doba. We all think Bill is an absolutely wonderful human being and has dutifully served our university for many years. We appreciate everything that he has done but the simple fact is that given a fair chance, he had not elevated our program to where it should have been after 3-straight 10-win seasons. That’s saying it nicely. To be blunt, the program is probably in the worst shape it’s been since the Sweeney/Sherrill/Powers/Walden carousel from ’75-’78. In this age of major college football, you simply cannot make it to Christmas with only 3 marginal recruits and expect to succeed – despite any amount of negative scuttlebutt on the Internet.
Perhaps this will help illustrate my point…
WSU Commits: 3
Defending National Champion Florida Commits: 14
Tennessee Commits: 11
Penn State Commits: 12
Notre Dame Commits: 21
Washington Commits: 23!
So I guess what I’m trying to say to all the Alex’s out there – is “eat shit”.
We at the WSU Blog thank Coach Doba for his many years of loyal service to WSU. He will forever be remembered as the architect of the original “Palouse Posse”. As good as our offense was under Price, it was Bill’s defenses that propelled us to greatness.
We wish him the best of luck in retirement and hope that he enjoys many days on the lake, baiting hooks and catching fish with his grand kids. Simply put, he deserves nothing but the best and I am sure his family is grateful to have him back.
We love ya’ Dobes.
Now it’s time to turn the page.