Diamonds and Ice

Thanks to the readers
December 17, 2008, 9:23 am
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Got quite a bit of feedback from my opinion column in Tuesday’s paper calling out Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard for not taking any blame for the hiring of Gene Chizik as football coach. I’d say it was about half and half, as far agreeing with it and disagreeing with it. Thanks to all for responding.

Thought I’d share an e-mail I got from one of the respondents. I think he kind of disagreed with me, but I’m not real sure. What do you think?

“What a disgrace you are the journalistic profession and to the other, mostly decent sportswriters at the Gazette. Once again you have latched on to an opportunity to make sophomoric and infantile insults in an effort to kick the Cyclones while they are down. It’s not professional. It’s not clever. It’s really quite sad and distasteful. I hope you never aspire to be more than a local hawk lapdog and blatant Cyclone hater, because it’s clear to this long time Gazette reader, that you have no other skills.

“Maybe the one bright spot in all of this …. is how you really have the opposite effect of that for which you strive. In all your efforts to degrade , belittle and minimize the Cyclones, you just give weight to the true significance of the ISU Cyclones. Otherwise, you wouldn’t have to spend so much effort trying to prove the opposite.

“I know this probably gives you pleasure to know you’ve ticked off another Cyclone fan. You’re most likely grinning ear to ear with nerdy delight. In the future, I suggest you just write “Hawks rule, Cyclones drool” and leave it at that. It packs the same intellectual punch as your other masterpieces, it will arouse the same drunken cry of “GO HAWKS” in trailer parks throughout eastern Iowa, and it will save you considerable time.

“(don’t waste your time with a reply – it will be ignored)”


At any rate, I make sport of people and teams, including Iowa State, from time to time in our Saturday “Pick ‘Ems” during the football season. Actually, most of us on the panel do because it’s supposed to be a light-hearted endeavor.

However, if you can’t see that Jamie Pollard’s two biggest hires thus far at Iowa State have not turned out very well, then you need to take off the cardinal and gold pom-poms and find a dose or reality. Quickly.

OK, what I am supposed to say now? Oh, yeah: “Hawkeyes rule, Cyclones drool.”

Actually I’m a big Coppin State fan, so can I say “Eagles rule, Cyclones drool” instead?


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It really is sad. Emotion in sports is a given and the rabid dedication of fans to a program/school is admirable to a point. Until, that is, emotion overcomes the glaring reality of performance and decision-making detailed for the world to see by facts and statistics. When it comes to blind devotion, this kind of feedback is prototypical, made worse by its inflammatory and degrading tone.
No program has a record of perfection. We all get it and, statistically speaking, ISU fans should especially get it. Some of the low points are attributable to specific individuals. Decisions that seemed like a good idea at the time that turn into putrifying messes are still bad decisions, like it or not. Pollard made that decision and it can’t be cloaked with childish quips (Hawks rule, Cyclones drool???) targeted at those who report the reality of sub-par performance and bad decision making.
I really do hope the ‘Clones work through this quickly and get their program on the upswing. There are plenty of hard-working players at ISU who deserve a stable coaching presence and, harkening back to an earlier topic, it would be good for the state of football in the state of Iowa.
Thanks for sharing the hate mail, JJ. LOLAIWTWTOB! (lot of laughter as I wait to watch the Outback Bowl)

Comment by Mike Coleman

All of us in the sports room know you’re nothing but a Hawkeye lapdog, but, hey, we love you anyway. I just want to hear what you have to say when ISU re-hires either Johnny Majors or Earle Bruce (I think they’re both still alive) and one of them returns the Cyclones to the glory days of the 1970s. OK, glory days might be a bit much, but that was when I was on the Ames campus. We had Cyclone fever!. Jim Criner? Jim Walden? I digress. Keep up the good work.

Comment by Jeff Dahn

Maybe when Pollard dumps McDermott he can hire Fang Mitchell…

My apologies to you non-CSU fans out there.

Hang in there JJ, don’t let the mouth-breathers of the world drag you down.

Comment by Jorge Vino

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