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Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...

Posted on: December 11, 2008 12:29 am
Edited on: December 11, 2008 8:13 am

... because Mike Leach has gone too far.

I've waited for this moment all season. I'm going to tee up the Texas Tech coach big time after he issued this statement on Wednesday. It seems he was peeved that quarterback Graham Harrell wasn't named as a Heisman finalist.

"If Graham is not invited to the Heisman, they ought to quit giving out the award. It is a shameless example of politics ruling over performance. The other guys are deserving, but he has earned a place alongside them."

Leach doesn't have a peg leg to stand on. If his guy wasn't invited to New York it was because of lack of trying by his coach. If Harrell wasn't allowed to talk to the media, we might all know more about him. Coverage = attention, Mike. It's a fairly simple formula.

It was your decision not to bring your star quarterback to Kansas City this summer for the preseason Big 12 media days. It was your decision to literally hide Harrell from the media for days at a time. In the two weeks preceding the Oklahoma game, Harrell spoke once to the media -- a conference call 12 days before the game.

Then when your Dead Raiders got smashed by OU it was someone's decision -- I suspect yours -- to leave Harrell and receiver Michael Crabtree in the lockerroom. Biggest game of the season, two best players don't talk. That's beyond bush. It's cowardly on someone's part.

Harrell can legally be married, vote, go to war and beat Texas, however, he's not to be trusted to talk to the media? It's a big, cruel world out there, pirate. Your players are going to experience it sooner or later, despite your attempts to coddle them.

Graham, if you're mad, please blame your coach. Had we known more about you, there might have been more Heisman votes.

The Heisman Trust didn't do this out of spite. It was a sound economic decision. If the race had been close enough, Harrell would have been invited.

Remember, Coverage = Attention.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: Texas, Texas Tech

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2009 3:49 pm

Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...

No response, Dodd?

That's okay.  I assumed as much.

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 6:36 pm

Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...

Dennis Dodd,
You have completely showed off how childish you are in this article.

"Well, Leach didn't let me talk to Grahm, therefore, I am not voting for him." Good lord man, how old are you?

Grahm has more TOTAL yards than all 3 other Heisman candidates and did it with out 4 and 5 star recruits surrounding him. He is a great player and is deserving of an invite to New York.

It's people like you that have ruined The Heisman Trophy. You know, the type that has probably never been to Lubbock for a game or the kind that probably watches the highlights on ESPN to write a story. You are a clown and an embarrassment to sports writers, to sports fans and to CBS.

Next time you decide to write a story on someone who is deserving of something you should maybe think it over.

Next time you vote for someone, do it on merit, not media days, not speaking arrangements, not for a player who plays for the most known program, or dislike of a head coach. Next time use your brain.

I am disgusted and embarrassed by your article. I hope you never have a kid who gets screwed over by an immature adult like yourself. By reading your article I doubt you have kids. Your article lacks fortitude for you to have a pair. GROW UP Dodd!

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 4:00 pm

Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...


First and foremost, even though I am not from England, and do not speak with an English accent, I would like your mind's voice to read my comments with an English accent.

Very well then. 

Secondly, it's not hypocritical of Leach.  Look up the word.  It simply does not fit the situation.  I think naive or ignorant is the appropriate word. 

Also, Leach shielded his players, and then complained about the Heisman invitations, so you pretty much got that backwards, which is par for the course, in my opinion.

Frankly, I think your assessment of the added value, that is provided by players speaking with the media, is way off.  What more would you like to know about Harrell that might have resulted in more Heisman votes?  Between the regurgitated coach-speak that football players provide during interviews, do you really learn much about them?  Suppose between the "we played hard", "the opposition is well coached", "we just have to execute" ramblings that Harrell feeds you guys, you learn that his favorite color is purple.  Sure, that might make all the other purple-liking voters more interested in Harrell, but what about the people who like blue or red?  Would those voters feel alienated?  Furthermore, why would it even matter?  Am I asking too many rhetorical questions?

Anyway, the bottom line is this, you and Leach have a fundamental disagreement regarding player availability, and you're taking your shots while you can.  That seems very vindictive, especially since it's clear that Leach wasn't limiting players' media time to spite you specifically.

This brings me to my next point -- When Dan Rather reported the news, was he speaking to you personally?  I think you need to seriously consider this question, and arrive at an answer after extensive deliberation.  Please allow yourself 15 minutes to do so now.

Good.  Welcome back to my comment.  Now, the question that needs to be addressed is this:  If Harrell didn't receive many votes, well, why not?  The answer is simple, because Oklahoma destroyed Tech on a national stage.  It wasn't Harrell's fault, he actually had a decent game, and his performance wasn't the outright cause for the loss.

Perhaps it just left a bad taste in the mouths of the voters, figuratively speaking, of course, since the voters apparently were never given the opportunity to taste Harrell or Crabtree, which was Mike Leach's fault.

You're probably not aware, but the definition of right, according to me, is True and Good.  I think now you are able to see the big picture, my way, which is the right way.


Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 2:21 pm

Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...

Dennis Dodd...You have NO clue what you are talking about.  The simple fact is Graham Harrell was the leading Heisman Candidate before the OU game.  That's right.  Even without all the interviews that you so desperately wanted, Graham was going to win the Heisman if he beat OU.  But of course that didn't happen.  So it was the OU game, and not Graham's lack of interviews, that lead to him not being invited to NYC.  No Texas Tech quarterback would ever be able to recover from a game like that and the voting showed.  Graham Harrell had plenty of attention before the OU game and that was all with his limited interviews.  If you try and argue that Graham wouldn't have won the Heisman if he beat OU, then it appears you know less about College Football than my grandmother.  But he didn't beat OU.  The voters based their votes on the OU game.  And Graham Harrell wasn't invited to NYC.  And please for the love of God, somebody at CBS get rid of Dennis Dodd to save us from these insipidly inept blogs. 

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 1:50 pm

Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...

While play acting, I wonder if Dennis has ever used the line, "Kneel before Dodd"?

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 12:23 pm

Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...

This is simply egomaniacal sportswriter rhetoric.  You admitted here that the Heisman is about interview skills versus performance on the field.  Which is not what it's about.  And the sad thing is that its cowards such as you that get to vote.  It's easy to sit behind a computer and pass judgement when you've never played or coached football in your life - much less at the highest level in which Harrell and Leach compete every day.  You're an embarrassment to your "profession".  CBS should be ashamed for giving you an avenue to spout this absurd fecal matter.  And as for teeing up a titleist, I hazard a guess that you're a 30 handicap golfer just like you're a 30 handicap sportswriter.  You're no Tiger Woods and you're damn sure no Graham Harrell or Mike Leach.

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 12:11 pm

Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...

Dodd is rather self-important, isn't he?  Interesting how he tries to craft his argument in terms that almost make it seem like he was dying to help Graham Harrell in his quest for the Heisman.  Truth, however, is very clear.  Dodd, like many not only in the sports media, but in the overall media in general, believes himself to be entitled to audiences with sports figures of his choosing at times and places of his choosing. 

So Dodd perhaps should simply fess up and say what he really means.  "Coach Leach, I should be able to decide which players are available at which times for me to speak with and if this is not done according to my specifications, I'll not consider your players for postseason accolades."  Would be so much more honest than trying to play this off as "Hey, I only had Graham's best interests at heart when I criticized Mike Leach earlier in the year."

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2008 11:28 am

Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...

If Harrell had a "University of.." on his jersey, you have already shipped him the trophy by Federal Express.  There are only maybe 6 schools that are "eligible" for the Heisman.  Everyone else, gets a pat on the head and told to "go back to the kids table son, you did not HYPE yourself enough."  Its a joke and I have tired of it.  Since he will be there, just give Colt a trophy also and say "due to economic conditions, we just decided to give this to you for next year.  congrats!"

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 11:19 am

Give me a Titleist and Big Bertha ...

Like so many have said before - you are a perfect example of what is wrong with college football.  Let it be about playing football and not about how many stupid questions you get to ask.  Give me a break.

Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2008 10:54 am

You are a whiny little girl

If you were my 5 year old I would put you in a time out.  It sounds like our great Texas Tech QB is punished because Mike Leach doesn't bow down to media punks like you.  You are everything that is wrong with sports writing in America.  If Blackie Sherrod were still alive he would kick you ass!

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