Break all the mirrors in the houseSeattle
Times kicks top Dawg
Richard Linde, 15 December 2002
trying to guess the name of a mysterious editorial
writer from the Seattle Times. The
editorial, which is entitled “Coach Rick Hamlet,” assumes that the rumor
mongering surrounding Coach Rick Neuheisel is true, that he “really wants the (UCLA)
job,” as one of Steve Henson’s sources put it. The anonymous writer tells the
Huskies to jettison Neuheisel and find a coach who wants to say around.
You run with a rumor and treat it as the truth, then create a
double standard for football coaches in the State of Washington. Is that fair
Mike Price (WSU head coach) "has earned the right to seek new
challenges and other coaching opportunities," which is a double standard if I
ever heard one.
“But Price is the coach we want to stay put,” the editorial goes on
to say. “His teams play hard for him and he runs a clean program…Neuheisel is
the fellow at the holiday party who never quite makes eye contact. He is always
looking over the shoulder of the person in front of him, scanning the crowd for
whom to schmooze next.”
That’s it in a nutshell. Okay let’s play “Authors.”
I’m guessing Lord Blaine Newnham, wearing Claudius’ armor
for disguise. Rumor has it that he’s Neuheisel’s uncle. Didn’t Nueheisel once
say of Blaine, "My father's brother; but no more like my father/ Than I to
Hercules..." Or was that Hamlet who said that?
Just more proof that the editorial slant of the Seattle
Times, in part, if not anti-Husky, is anti-Shakespeare. This bias, assuming it's
against the Huskies, most likely starts with the people up front and filters down to its
sports pages. So, on the other side of the coin, anything pro-Husky probably gets spiked--if one dare
write such a piece, a blasphemy to the Gods of the Seattle
Check big brother out, the New York Times and its Tiger
Woods controversy, one of its own making. Two more writers in New
York now, that they call Spikey, and not for their
Most of the local media bash the Huskies and its headman
routinely, including Claudius. Sometimes their manure is blatant, other times it’s thinly
disguised, but it’s always there, if for one word’s, one sentence’s or one
paragraph’s time in the universe.
If Neuheisel should leave the program, the media elitists
will continue to “watch” the Husky program and stereotype it negatively at
every opportunity. It’s in their genes. It won’t stop with a new coach.
One of the worst bashers, Art Thiel, the Husky hater
incarnate, stripped of his metaphors, stands naked, wearing a dangling
participle and a split infinitive. Fortunately for Husky fans, his diatribe is
disguised in metaphorical garbage, some of it so cleverly written that he can't
understand it himself.
And then there are the Husky beat writers, Ted Miller and Bob
Condotta, men of integrity, who exude honesty. How the hell did they ever end up
in this business? Okay, okay, add Blaine Newnham to that list.
As for the others, how do they look at themselves in the
mirror. Break all the mirrors in the house, they’re too painful for watching in