Greg McElroy Should Be EMBARRASSED

He did what any coach who loves and enjoys being around his players and fans would do: celebrated with them, and his family. Jumped into the stands with the fans. Bumped chests with his players. Hugged his dad.

McElroy doesn't like Vitello for whatever reason--I mean, personally, something beyond the Bama-Volunteer rivalry. And he stupidly allowed that dislike free rein on the radio this morning.

He's smart enough that he'll regret this. He tries to be objective. He'll realize he blew it here.

Go Vols!
I doubt Vitello even knows who he is much less what he did to piss him off enough for it to be personal.
 
Dude...you're thinkin 'bout THIS Dude...

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who decided to leave his wife and 7-year-old daughter and start playing "ball in the hole" with THIS girl from CBS...

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who
THEN decided to go back to his wife...the same week he COULDN'T put the "ball in the hole" at the US Open


Yep who woulda thought there could be two of these fellows being less then smart.
 
This is ridiculous. Oh wow he was excited about winning. He did nothing wrong! Greg you are special!

PS Greg: Nick Saban would not do that because he couldn't. He's in his 70's not 40's!

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Finally got around to listening to Greg McElroy's foot in mouth interview. Mom used to say, "watch what you say because you can't put it back in your mouth". So true and I have said things I regret. My issue in general with this is that sports media has to be some of the cockiest and ridiculous people on the planet. Ego? Wow! And I will leave it there. I could watch all sports without ESPN, CBS, ABC, SECN and other announcers. Prefer a Vol Announcer to all the rest. We love the Bally Braves announcers and learned how much we missed them when Bally and MLBN and Xfinity failed to make a deal. Braves announcers make it real....the rest...not so much.
 
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Finally got around to listening to Greg McElroy's foot in mouth interview. Mom used to say, "watch what you say because you can't put it back in your mouth". So true and I have said things I regret. My issue in general with this is that sports media has to be some of the cockiest and ridiculous people on the planet. Ego? Wow! And I will leave it there. I could watch all sports without ESPN, CBS, ABC, SECN and other announcers. Prefer a Vol Announcer to all the rest. We love the Bally Braves announcers and learned how much we missed them when Bally and MLBN and Xfinity failed to make a deal. Braves announcers make it real....the rest...not so much.

I contend there is money to be made (or saved if you are ESPN) in figuring out how to sync up hometown broadcast teams with ESPN feeds. I like having a play by play person but some of these folks. Karl Ravech was getting on my nerves something terrible during Game 1 of MCWS and I ordinarily like him.
 
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I want to ask a follow-up question to McElroy about this quote that he stated. “My frustrations about where we’re at in society boiled over.”

I don’t understand what society has to do with Vitello celebrating a national championship. I want to understand McElroy’s thought process with that one. It was a weird excuse for his statements.
It WAS a weird excuse. Why? No excuse makes sense, but he had to formulate one to avoid the pink slip. Actually, the network is so inbred with Bama homers, they probably decided not to give him the raise when he apologized.
 
It WAS a weird excuse. Why? No excuse makes sense, but he had to formulate one to avoid the pink slip. Actually, the network is so inbred with Bama homers, they probably decided not to give him the raise when he apologized.
I could see the excuse. I mean, don't accept it, but I see possible rationales. Here's one:

McElroy catches his teenage kid doing some rude gesture. Maybe even the 'suck it' one. Reads the kid the riot act. THAT VERY EVENING, McElroy's sitting on the couch with his kids, watching the baseball championship game, and Vitello does it. Kid's all smarmy to his dad, because a head coach just did it on national TV.

So McElroy's problems in that scenario are (1) personal/family and (2) societal, because he's swimming uphill to keep his kids from being as rude as a lot of folks are.

That would make sense.

I'm not saying that's what McElroy meant. I'm not saying that's what happened. And I'm not saying excuse him. There is no excuse for him going off like that on a head coach who clearly has a strong, positive relationship with his players.

I'm just saying it wasn't totally weird, as excuses go.

Go Vols!
 
I could see the excuse. I mean, don't accept it, but I see possible rationales. Here's one:

McElroy catches his teenage kid doing some rude gesture. Maybe even the 'suck it' one. Reads the kid the riot act. THAT VERY EVENING, McElroy's sitting on the couch with his kids, watching the baseball championship game, and Vitello does it. Kid's all smarmy to his dad, because a head coach just did it on national TV.

So McElroy's problems in that scenario are (1) personal/family and (2) societal, because he's swimming uphill to keep his kids from being as rude as a lot of folks are.

That would make sense.

I'm not saying that's what McElroy meant. I'm not saying that's what happened. And I'm not saying excuse him. There is no excuse for him going off like that on a head coach who clearly has a strong, positive relationship with his players.

I'm just saying it wasn't totally weird, as excuses go.

Go Vols!
Or…..One night Nick told Greg about the time Opie broke the window with a baseball. And how he should always own up to his mistakes.
 
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I could see the excuse. I mean, don't accept it, but I see possible rationales. Here's one:

McElroy catches his teenage kid doing some rude gesture. Maybe even the 'suck it' one. Reads the kid the riot act. THAT VERY EVENING, McElroy's sitting on the couch with his kids, watching the baseball championship game, and Vitello does it. Kid's all smarmy to his dad, because a head coach just did it on national TV.

So McElroy's problems in that scenario are (1) personal/family and (2) societal, because he's swimming uphill to keep his kids from being as rude as a lot of folks are.

That would make sense.

I'm not saying that's what McElroy meant. I'm not saying that's what happened. And I'm not saying excuse him. There is no excuse for him going off like that on a head coach who clearly has a strong, positive relationship with his players.

I'm just saying it wasn't totally weird, as excuses go.

Go Vols!
Agree - but dang, when the smoke clears and you break it down, whatever the underlying circumstances, McElroy's role as working for a network rather than a school directly, is supposed to swallow his homer bias, and I think for the most part, up to now, he hasn't been bad about disguising it. In fact there have been times when I've said, "dang, he's doing pretty good analysis, that's not a bad take". So, like Biden, he's been good at masking it, but eventually his lack of love for the U. of T. was shown brightly as if the torchbearer got close enough to illuminate it.

The reality is this though, SEC teams are like Indian tribes, we are hard wired to know what tribe we come from and it's difficult if not impossible to promote another tribe rather than the one you belong to. Me, I really have to do some soul searching to heap praise on anything Bama, whether deserved or not. I'm hard wired to root against them, and if I had a talking head job like he does, my bias would eventually be revealed. Oh, I could hide it - but one day.. maybe I went out and had a couple more beers the night before, compounded with a nagging wife and maybe getting rear ended on the way to work... whatever. Just saying everyone had a bad day and that's when you slip and do something stupid like McElroy did.

And let's put yourself in McElroy's shoes for a moment. He's getting some vibes from the Hill. "Gosh, they went into the post season in every sport". "Gosh they just won the natty in baseball". "Gosh their basketball team made a good run in NCAA", He's watching the TV coverage of the final game and I'm looking at the mount Rushmore or UT athletics sitting up there in the box, yucking it up. Heupel, Barnes, Manning, (Fulmer was in that crowd too), Vitello and he's thinking "these guys all have their act together". And he's scared.

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Then he starts evaluating his own situation. Saban's gone. New coach, lot's of talent left Bama in the portal and they don't quite have the Rushmore effect he just witnessed on TV and he becomes annoyed that his "tribe" might just have come up against some parity after being dominate, plus all those bad things I mentioned that might have happened with his nagging wife and wrecked car, and he just "went off" on the VOLS for a seemingly random rant.

But it's not random at all, and like that debate - it confirmed what we've suspected all along. and now the world knows his bias. Again - I don't fault him, because I understand the tribal forces at work here. I would be the same way about my beloved VOLS.
 
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Agree - but dang, when the smoke clears and you break it down, whatever the underlying circumstances, McElroy's role as working for a network rather than a school directly, is supposed to swallow his homer bias, and I think for the most part, up to now, he hasn't been bad about disguising it. In fact there have been times when I've said, "dang, he's doing pretty good analysis, that's not a bad take". So, like Biden, he's been good at masking it, but eventually his lack of love for the U. of T. was shown brightly as if the torchbearer got close enough to illuminate it.

The reality is this though, SEC teams are like Indian tribes, we are hard wired to know what tribe we come from and it's difficult if not impossible to promote another tribe rather than the one you belong to. Me, I really have to do some soul searching to heap praise on anything Bama, whether deserved or not. I'm hard wired to root against them, and if I had a talking head job like he does, my bias would eventually be revealed. Oh, I could hide it - but one day.. maybe I went out and had a couple more beers the night before, compounded with a nagging wife and maybe getting rear ended on the way to work... whatever. Just saying everyone had a bad day and that's when you slip and do something stupid like McElroy did.

And let's put yourself in McElroy's shoes for a moment. He's getting some vibes from the Hill. "Gosh, they went into the post season in every sport". "Gosh they just won the natty in baseball". "Gosh their basketball team made a good run in NCAA", He's watching the TV coverage of the final game and I'm looking at the mount Rushmore or UT athletics sitting up there in the box, yucking it up. Heupel, Barnes, Manning, (Fulmer was in that crowd too), Vitello and he's thinking "these guys all have their act together". And he's scared.

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Then he starts evaluating his own situation. Saban's gone. New coach, lot's of talent left Bama in the portal and they don't quite have the Rushmore effect he just witnessed on TV and he becomes annoyed that his "tribe" might just have come up against some parity after being dominate, plus all those bad things I mentioned that might have happened with his nagging wife and wrecked car, and he just "went off" on the VOLS for a seemingly random rant.

But it's not random at all, and like that debate - it confirmed what we've suspected all along. and now the world knows his bias. Again - I don't fault him, because I understand the tribal forces at work here. I would be the same way about my beloved VOLS.
Rule number 6. Do not sympathize with the enemy, no matter how much ye can relate based on past experience.

Punishments include lashes with wet noodle, court mandated electric shock collar, and public ridicule, to name a few.
 
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Rule number 6. Do not sympathize with the enemy, no matter how much he can relate based on past experience.

Punishments include lashes with wet noodle, court mandated electric shock collar, and public ridicule, to name a few.
Ankle bracelet that goes off just before kickoff.
 
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