No Love In The Heartland
Asking the tough questions, and getting ornery responses
Oct. 9, 2007
By Brian Jones
Special To CSTV.com
Brian Jones is a football analyst for CSTV and CSTV.com.
Let me tell you, it's been an interesting last couple of weeks for your boy B.J. It seems that the last few weeks I've been getting on people's bad sides. I know; it's hard to believe a quiet, mild-mannered dude like myself, making people angry? Well, apparently I am.
This past weekend I headed to
All my troubles started on a significant 3rd-and-3 or 4 from the Youngstown State 25 or 30 yard line. That's when I noticed backup QB Joe Allaria trotting onto the field. I then panned to the
So, like any credible reporter would, I had to ask the coach what the hell was going on and why his stud QB was on the sideline in that particular instance. Of course, I didn't ask like that, I'm much more professional than that, right...quit laughing.
"Can you talk about that little exchange you just had with your quarterback prior to that last third down play?" I asked, to which he answered with what exchange? There was no exchange.
"Well, you didn't have Nick Hill in the game coach..." I continued. "Well, we like to get Joe Allaria in for about eight or nine plays each game." Riiiiiight!
While the backup Allaria had played in the previous four blowout games, he did not play in the one close victory over Northern Illinois. So, coach, come on! It's a big moment, a chance to get a first down or move into the red zone and possibly the end zone before halftime and you put your back up in? Plus, on the sideline you appear indifferent to your talented signal caller. But yet, you were irritated by my question, viewing it as an exchange? From my perspective, there was a mutual expression of ideas and you said shoo fly. That's an exchange, homie.
If that wasn't good enough, I had to then pose a question to the Penguins head coach, the aforementioned Heacock.
"Coach, the first couple of drives your team put points on the board and after that they fell off, what was said at halftime about that fact?" I asked. "Well, I don't know what game you're watching, but from my perspective we've continued to fight, like we always do, so I didn't see any fall off."
What is up with these coaches being so persnickety? The first two series his offense scores a field goal and a touchdown, the next three possessions were punt, fumble, punt. That's a freakin' fall off no matter where you're from. But of course I couldn't stop there, why not piss someone else off?
I had a little help with the next person that was angered. That person was the referee, Ron E. Snodgrass. Mr. Snodgrass called an intentional grounding on
Alright, I'm done. Now I'm going to try to get through this week without causing anyone else grief.