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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Patience, Herd Nation

Over the past few days I've started to hear a lot of grumbling from Marshall Thundering Herd fans about the success (or lack thereof) of the football team this season. At 0-3, many are starting to call for Mark Snyder's head on a platter which, according to an artistic rendering from one of my interns from the Robert C. Byrd College of Blogonomics, would look something like this:

(Apologies to John the Baptist)

Before we rush to get rid of a pretty decent coach with strong community ties and a national championship ring from his days as an assistant at THE Ohio State University (ed. note: why the frig do they insist on sayin' it that way?), let's break down the losses. Miami (FL) is arguably the most successful team of the past 30 years and is always going to be tough to beat on the road, just ask our friends in Mo'town. The WVU game was a competitive matchup well into the third quarter and we gave the likely BCS squad a scare until depth and conditioning did us in. Snyeder did, indeed, seem to have WVU's offense figured out, as promised; he just lacked the players to shut it down for 60 minutes. That leaves fans to ponder the New Hampshire game, which was admittedly a bad beat, but wasn't exactly Michigan-App. State. You simply don't fire a coach over one bonehead game, especially when it was the other team's Super Bowl (would WVU fire RichRod over a loss to the Herd?).

Before we do/say anything rash/stupid, let's see how we do against our C-USA foes. Sure, we'd all love to go back to the halcyon days of perfect seasons and top ten finishes, but it just ain't gonna happen 'ginst the schedule we gotta play to be part of the BBQ Conference (mmm Memphis dry rub....). If we can hang tough with this young team, then we can look ahead to some great football in '08 and '09 and, on the off chance that we suck eggs then, feel free to gripe away.

But until then, I say this to the Snyder haters/Sunday morning coaches: shut the hell up.


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Blogger The Film Geek said...

Excellent post, as usual, Chris. And I agree with the analysis...we shall see, eh?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007  
Blogger Rebecca Burch said...


Love the photoshop! And I agree re: the Sunday morning coaches.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous Monica35 said...

THE Ohio State University? All I have to say about that is:

Go Bucks!

(Also...love the blog!)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Thanks :)

Seriously, though, is it some sort of dig/FU at Ohio University or something?

I will give you that it is nowhere near as irritating as Miami players sayin' "The U."

Wednesday, September 19, 2007  
Blogger Stanton said...

I think it's kind cute how you don't realize that the Mountaineers either:

A. Left their brains on the bus for 3/4 of the game; or

B. Were well compensated by Governor Manchin for making the game entertaining; or

C. Both.

Wake up and smell the burnt couches, will ya?

Wednesday, September 19, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Is that the story up north these days?

#5 and slippin'...

Better run up the score on ECU.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

I forgot to add this:


Wednesday, September 19, 2007  
Blogger JDB said...

#5 and slippin'...

Yup, 'cause beating the Herd means nothing. Maybe the WVU fans can get Snyder fired? :p

Wednesday, September 19, 2007  
Blogger Stanton said...

jdb's right, Chris. What does it say for Marshall that they got pasted and the winning team was penalized for it by dropping in the rankings? Maybe if the game was played after the DVD was released MU would have had more credibility with the voters!

Ah, well: You'll get 'em next year!


Saturday, September 22, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

Is this what WVU has been reduced to? WVU picking on Marshall's shitty football program is about like a bullied kid beating up their retarded younger brother.

None of the real pundits take them seriously and no major programs consider them to be a rival, save Pitt (and that is stretchin' it). Though Mountaineer fans may still hold a grudge against Penn State and VA Tech, I can assure you that they remember WVU about as well as you recall that girl who gave you head after the Bob Dylan concert in college.

BTW, wtf is Lousiville doing to your strength of schedule?

Oh, and thanks to Stanton and JDB's comments, here, as a gift to WVU's future opponents, is RichRod's on the DL (in more ways than one, so I hear) offense: Slaton and White are really fast.

And wow, I can't believe I ragged on Marshall's football team like that. But hey, I'm glad to have a president like Kopp who (unlike Gilley and Angel) thinks that it is more important to build a university than a football program.

Monday, September 24, 2007  
Blogger Chris James said...

A thought: maybe RichRod should get his buddy Saban to try to start a rivalry w/ Bama. That'll give both schools a strength of schedule boost for sure.

That is assuming that Saban doesn't quit in 2 years.

Monday, September 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we fire a coach after 4 boneheaded games?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007  

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