And people wonder why the Gopher fan base is accused of being thin-skinned.
For those who did not read the article - a very short summary:
Reusse started the TOY column to poke fun at pompous and self-important sports figures. (Woody Hayes, Pete Rozell, etc) He also used the TOY to spotlight people whom he saw as under-achieving - as a form of satiric motivation.
Remember - at the time Fleck got the award last year, the Gophers were struggling on the field and drawing actual crowds of 15,000 people. Since that column, the Gophers have played well and attendance is way up. So, Reusse is giving himself credit for motivating Fleck and Gopher fans to do better, putting the program in a position where it has a chance to go to the Rose Bowl for the first time in decades.
He ends the column with the phrase, "my work here is done."
Remember in elementary school - there was that kid that everybody teased, because he or she would always get mad and make a scene. and that's what the other kids wanted - to get that reaction.
In this case, Reusse is teasing Gopher fans, expecting them to react. And they react exactly the way Reusse expected. Every time. When Gopher fans react, Reusse wins.
Pat Reusse is not the problem. Gopher fans who react like 6th-graders are the problem.
he reacts, then I react........and he gets the win!
Is this some kind of "common man theme" where I just don't get it?