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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."

It's satire.

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?
 

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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?

Exactly.

He "wins"? Really? What, exactly, does he "win"? It can't be anything that matters. It seems so juvenile.
 

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Exactly.

He "wins"? Really? What, exactly, does he "win"? It can't be anything that matters. It seems so juvenile.

I could swear Reusse brings up gopher-holers more than we bring up him.

Doesn't that mean we win?
 


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Reusse should be a hero to every sports loving fan in GopherHole. Even if he's not your hero he couldn't care less. What you think of Reusse matters not at all to him. Since he graduated high school he has made his living and raised a family by getting paid to watch athletes play sports and then write and or talk about what he saw. It's the only thing he has ever done. Most guys would do what he does for free. For the large majority of his career he has been well paid to write a sports column for newspapers in the 15th largest metropolitan area in America. Most sports fans have neither the knowledge nor writing ability to get a weekly shopper newspaper to publish anything they write much less pay them for it.
I used to enjoy reading Pat’s columns going back to the 80s and the PiPress. But he jumped the shark many years ago. He’s not entertaining. He’s predictable. He’s helped perpetuate a negative and farcical perception of Gopher football through his ridiculous takes for many years. As a Gopher football fan, I find this insulting. But we shouldn’t be critical of him because he’s doing what he wants? That’s a horrible take.
 


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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?

Is that a possibility?

Call it human nature, different strokes for different folks but part of Reusse likes getting under your skin and a whole lot of other people like to read about it. Reusse has admitted his timing on the Turkey was terrible, the guys are doing really well, and he tipped his hat to PJF for the season. He does write some semi-positive stuff, when warranted.

Is it really that different that Murray ragging on the even keeled germans and Scandinavian Lutherans in our great home state week in and week out trying to precipitate a reaction, or maybe it’s his way to motivate us to change our best (or something). People like to peck at others. It’s not a big deal, except to some of you. The joke is the often times hilarious overreaction. You’re getting the last laugh anyway...
 

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So what did we do that gives Reusse laughs. I don't get the ending to this arricle, is he basically saying Fleck Will bail to coach Notre Dame in 2021 alla Holtz? Who is the Turkey this year, Gopherhole posters? This article makes little sense other than historical look back.
 

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Reusse should be a hero to every sports loving fan in GopherHole. Even if he's not your hero he couldn't care less. What you think of Reusse matters not at all to him. Since he graduated high school he has made his living and raised a family by getting paid to watch athletes play sports and then write and or talk about what he saw. It's the only thing he has ever done. Most guys would do what he does for free. For the large majority of his career he has been well paid to write a sports column for newspapers in the 15th largest metropolitan area in America. Most sports fans have neither the knowledge nor writing ability to get a weekly shopper newspaper to publish anything they write much less pay them for it.

Well, if you get paid to write about sports, it's not smart to troll yourself out of one of the best sports stories in your market in decades. Reusse was too stupid to realize that would happen. His opining on anything Gopher is now irrelevant to anyone other than grumpy trolls themselves including fans of Iowa, Wisconsin or NDSU (the lowest of all fan types). Good riddance. Retire in peace.
 

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Is that a possibility?

Call it human nature, different strokes for different folks but part of Reusse likes getting under your skin and a whole lot of other people like to read about it. Reusse has admitted his timing on the Turkey was terrible, the guys are doing really well, and he tipped his hat to PJF for the season. He does write some semi-positive stuff, when warranted.

Is it really that different that Murray ragging on the even keeled germans and Scandinavian Lutherans in our great home state week in and week out trying to precipitate a reaction, or maybe it’s his way to motivate us to change our best (or something). People like to peck at others. It’s not a big deal, except to some of you. The joke is the often times hilarious overreaction. You’re getting the last laugh anyway...

Laughing my azz off at this guy is him getting under my skin? Again, I just don't get it.

Dam, I can't imagine how bad Stephen A Smith must get under my skin. LMAO

I've read Sid columns all my life and commented on them regularly. Sid must get under my skin, too.
 



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I used to enjoy reading Pat’s columns going back to the 80s and the PiPress. But he jumped the shark many years ago. He’s not entertaining. He’s predictable. He’s helped perpetuate a negative and farcical perception of Gopher football through his ridiculous takes for many years. As a Gopher football fan, I find this insulting. But we shouldn’t be critical of him because he’s doing what he wants? That’s a horrible take.

I'm just going to throw this out there. If you had a really good friend at the University, who got in some trouble at the University during his drinking days, you were his drinking buddy also, and he got fired for being inappropriate, maybe you'd hate the university, too.
 

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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."

It's satire.

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.
Lol
Anyone who reacts like a 6th grader is a problem.

not sure Ruesse wins or loses. I guess he wins because he continues to get paid to write.

me finding him not funny and lazy before during and after the last 2 years doesn’t mean I lose or win either. Reading articles isn’t a competition.
Lazy writing.
I could’ve predicted he would either write that exact article if not for the possibility of naming himself the turkey of the year.

He should’ve named Tracy Claeys the turkey of the year. Or he should’ve named the bird study turkey of the year. Or he should’ve named someone I couldn’t have thought of. His writing is simply neither informative or entertaining. Read my first piece of writing by him this year today because I was curious what he would do with it. I’ll never get that 120 seconds back, but I’ve got time to burn.
 

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I'd say Fleck wins!

If Fleck had 2 wins this year, Fatrick would still do his usual turkey writing.

I can't imagine how badly this amazing writer is cheering for Bucky on Saturday.
 

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The tradition of the Turkeys on Thanksgiving morning started in 1978 at the St. Paul newspapers, to point out particularly boorish or overly officious individuals on the national sports scene.

The Turkey of the Year was a grand slam from the start. The initial winner, Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes, went on to slug Clemson’s Charlie Bauman after he intercepted a pass late in the Gator Bowl.

Thirty-seven days after the first Turkey, the winner was fired. Talk about immediate gratification.

The next four winners were the combination of commissioners Pete Rozelle and Bowie Kuhn (1979), Bobby Knight (1980), George Steinbrenner (1981) and Billy Martin (1982).

Valid as were those honorees, the Turkey founder began to contemplate the true purpose of these awards. There had to be more to the celebration than merely going down the list of Sid Hartman’s close personal friends.


Patrick Reusse's Turkeys of the Year: A look back
Reusse's past Turkeys of the Year: Players
The founder named himself Turkey Chairman and recruited a Turkey Committee of bright, diverse and objective statewide sports followers, issuing this mission statement:

“The Turkey Awards are dedicated to improving the Minnesota sports scene with annual honors intended to increase accountability, to motivate toward future success and, in extreme cases, to get somebody canned.”

This task of greater importance was launched in 1983, with Gophers athletic director Paul Giel selected as Turkey of the Year. Giel had overseen the football program fall to amazing depths, accepted Joe Salem’s in-season resignation and then seemed incapable of finding a replacement.

Calling out Giel didn’t stand up as well as Woody Hayes. After the selection, the Chairman learned Paul was hospitalized that week because of a heart problem. While there, Giel received a visit from booster Harvey Mackay, with the information that Lou Holtz — done at Arkansas — would come to Minnesota.

The deal was made. Giel enjoyed two seasons of a full Metrodome with Sweet-Talkin’ Lou, and served as AD through 1989. He died in 2002 at age 69, remembered as the Gophers’ tailback for the ages (including a very close second in the 1953 Heisman voting).

The last four years of the Turkeys being St. Paul-based produced Vikings coach Les Steckel (1984), Holtz as he was leaving for Notre Dame (1985), university President Dr. Kenneth Keller (1986) for spending large sums on the president’s residence and ignoring athletics, and Twins owner Carl Pohlad (1987), for being such a lousy public speaker during the festivities celebrating his team’s first World Series victory.


Steckel seems like a layup all these years later, but the players had just started to quit on the rookie coach by that Thanksgiving morn, and there was no indication Vikings decisionmaker Mike Lynn would gas him after one (3-13) season and lure back Bud Grant.

Thus, it was prescient when the Turkey Committee went to the final phase of the mission statement — to get somebody canned — for the first time with Steckel.

The Turkeys relocated to Minneapolis in 1988, with Lou Nanne the first winner after the move. Yeah, the North Stars had fallen in the standings, but the Chairman would like a do-over on that one, since Louie remains a Minnesota sports treasure.

The previously mentioned Lynn was the 1989 winner. He called the Chairman early on Thanksgiving to say, “It’s about time.”

What a beauty … Remarkable Mike.

Kent Hrbek was named in 1990. He threw Ron Gant off first base and assisted greatly in other areas to give the Twins a second World Series title in 1991. Grade: A+.

The Vikings’ Chris Doleman was named in 1991 on his way to a seven-sack season. He had 27 over the next two years, 89 for the rest of his career and wound up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Grade: A+.

The ’90s came and went, with Mr. Pohlad (1998) becoming the only two-time winner over his payroll slashing. The Turkey of the Year went to Clem Haskins in 1999, with tears in the Chairman’s eyes, since Clem remains his favorite all-time Gophers coach (all-sports category).

Terry Ryan won in 2013, after Year 3 of the disaster that ruined all budget projections for the new Target Field. That one hurt, too. Grand human being, but the Turkey Committee could never forgo its objectivity.


Ryan was followed by 25 Years of the Timberwolves and their relentless futility (2014), the Grim Reaper following the death of Flip Saunders (2015), Men’s Athletics at the University of Minnesota with its dwindling crowds and results (2016), and then in 2017, in the Turkeys’ 40th year, the committee revolted and decided it was time to honor someone deemed a major Turkey in all of this:

The Chairman.

That was supposed to be the end, but the defrocked Chairman retreated to a small basement office last December and took one more shot at using a Turkey for motivation:

The Authentic Turkey [TAT] awards were revealed on Thanksgiving morning 2018 for the sole purpose of selecting Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck, in a desperate quest for him to do less new-age babbling and more coaching — to put behind what was then a 4-13 Big Ten record and seek actual significance.

Two days later, his players started on the Road to Significance by bringing home Paul Bunyan’s Axe with the first victory over Wisconsin since 2003.

Since that day in Camp Randall Stadium, Fleck’s Gophers are 8-1 in the Big Ten, 12-1 overall and another victory over the Badgers here on Saturday will send Minnesota to the Rose Bowl (at a minimum) for the first time since Jan. 1, 1962.

Forty years of the Turkeys and one year of TATs and now it’s so close, long-suffering Gophers fans can taste it:

A return to the Rose Bowl … to join the holy names of Murray Warmath, Bobby Lee Bell and Sandy Stephens.


After 41 years of poking and prodding, agitating and sledgehammering, the Minnesota sporting public has arrived on the cusp of the impossible, and as the voice of the Turkeys, it is time to announce:

Our work here is done.

• • •

(Note: I recently signed a two-year contract to continue at the Star Tribune through 2021. So, presuming ongoing mobility, that would make me available to cover Fleck’s first game as the Notre Dame coach on Labor Day night 2021 at Florida State.)

 



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Anyone that thinks Reusse is seriously taking credit for the improvement of the Gophers this season after naming PJ Fleck as 2018 Turkey of the Year is missing the satirical nature of the claim and the article in general, which suggests that winning this award is sort of a reverse Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Attaining the honor leads to immediate success rather than failure. Anyone that is getting upset over the dig about PJ Fleck being coach of Notre Dame by 2021 is once again falling for his efforts to troll people at this message board for laughs, primarily his own, although not exclusively.
 

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Anyone that thinks Reusse is seriously taking credit for the improvement of the Gophers this season after naming PJ Fleck as 2018 Turkey of the Year is missing the satirical nature of the claim and the article in general, which suggests that winning this award is sort of a reverse Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Attaining the honor leads to immediate success rather than failure. Anyone that is getting upset over the dig about PJ Fleck being coach of Notre Dame by 2021 is once again falling for his efforts to troll people at this message board for laughs, primarily his own, although not exclusively.
No one thinks that.
Everyone knows the article is satire.

This year‘s is really bad satire.
Neither informative nor entertaining
 

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The tradition of the Turkeys on Thanksgiving morning started in 1978 at the St. Paul newspapers, to point out particularly boorish or overly officious individuals on the national sports scene.

The Turkey of the Year was a grand slam from the start. The initial winner, Ohio State football coach Woody Hayes, went on to slug Clemson’s Charlie Bauman after he intercepted a pass late in the Gator Bowl.

Thirty-seven days after the first Turkey, the winner was fired. Talk about immediate gratification.

The next four winners were the combination of commissioners Pete Rozelle and Bowie Kuhn (1979), Bobby Knight (1980), George Steinbrenner (1981) and Billy Martin (1982).

Valid as were those honorees, the Turkey founder began to contemplate the true purpose of these awards. There had to be more to the celebration than merely going down the list of Sid Hartman’s close personal friends.


Patrick Reusse's Turkeys of the Year: A look back
Reusse's past Turkeys of the Year: Players
The founder named himself Turkey Chairman and recruited a Turkey Committee of bright, diverse and objective statewide sports followers, issuing this mission statement:

“The Turkey Awards are dedicated to improving the Minnesota sports scene with annual honors intended to increase accountability, to motivate toward future success and, in extreme cases, to get somebody canned.”

This task of greater importance was launched in 1983, with Gophers athletic director Paul Giel selected as Turkey of the Year. Giel had overseen the football program fall to amazing depths, accepted Joe Salem’s in-season resignation and then seemed incapable of finding a replacement.

Calling out Giel didn’t stand up as well as Woody Hayes. After the selection, the Chairman learned Paul was hospitalized that week because of a heart problem. While there, Giel received a visit from booster Harvey Mackay, with the information that Lou Holtz — done at Arkansas — would come to Minnesota.

The deal was made. Giel enjoyed two seasons of a full Metrodome with Sweet-Talkin’ Lou, and served as AD through 1989. He died in 2002 at age 69, remembered as the Gophers’ tailback for the ages (including a very close second in the 1953 Heisman voting).

The last four years of the Turkeys being St. Paul-based produced Vikings coach Les Steckel (1984), Holtz as he was leaving for Notre Dame (1985), university President Dr. Kenneth Keller (1986) for spending large sums on the president’s residence and ignoring athletics, and Twins owner Carl Pohlad (1987), for being such a lousy public speaker during the festivities celebrating his team’s first World Series victory.


Steckel seems like a layup all these years later, but the players had just started to quit on the rookie coach by that Thanksgiving morn, and there was no indication Vikings decisionmaker Mike Lynn would gas him after one (3-13) season and lure back Bud Grant.

Thus, it was prescient when the Turkey Committee went to the final phase of the mission statement — to get somebody canned — for the first time with Steckel.

The Turkeys relocated to Minneapolis in 1988, with Lou Nanne the first winner after the move. Yeah, the North Stars had fallen in the standings, but the Chairman would like a do-over on that one, since Louie remains a Minnesota sports treasure.

The previously mentioned Lynn was the 1989 winner. He called the Chairman early on Thanksgiving to say, “It’s about time.”

What a beauty … Remarkable Mike.

Kent Hrbek was named in 1990. He threw Ron Gant off first base and assisted greatly in other areas to give the Twins a second World Series title in 1991. Grade: A+.

The Vikings’ Chris Doleman was named in 1991 on his way to a seven-sack season. He had 27 over the next two years, 89 for the rest of his career and wound up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Grade: A+.

The ’90s came and went, with Mr. Pohlad (1998) becoming the only two-time winner over his payroll slashing. The Turkey of the Year went to Clem Haskins in 1999, with tears in the Chairman’s eyes, since Clem remains his favorite all-time Gophers coach (all-sports category).

Terry Ryan won in 2013, after Year 3 of the disaster that ruined all budget projections for the new Target Field. That one hurt, too. Grand human being, but the Turkey Committee could never forgo its objectivity.


Ryan was followed by 25 Years of the Timberwolves and their relentless futility (2014), the Grim Reaper following the death of Flip Saunders (2015), Men’s Athletics at the University of Minnesota with its dwindling crowds and results (2016), and then in 2017, in the Turkeys’ 40th year, the committee revolted and decided it was time to honor someone deemed a major Turkey in all of this:

The Chairman.

That was supposed to be the end, but the defrocked Chairman retreated to a small basement office last December and took one more shot at using a Turkey for motivation:

The Authentic Turkey [TAT] awards were revealed on Thanksgiving morning 2018 for the sole purpose of selecting Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck, in a desperate quest for him to do less new-age babbling and more coaching — to put behind what was then a 4-13 Big Ten record and seek actual significance.

Two days later, his players started on the Road to Significance by bringing home Paul Bunyan’s Axe with the first victory over Wisconsin since 2003.

Since that day in Camp Randall Stadium, Fleck’s Gophers are 8-1 in the Big Ten, 12-1 overall and another victory over the Badgers here on Saturday will send Minnesota to the Rose Bowl (at a minimum) for the first time since Jan. 1, 1962.

Forty years of the Turkeys and one year of TATs and now it’s so close, long-suffering Gophers fans can taste it:

A return to the Rose Bowl … to join the holy names of Murray Warmath, Bobby Lee Bell and Sandy Stephens.


After 41 years of poking and prodding, agitating and sledgehammering, the Minnesota sporting public has arrived on the cusp of the impossible, and as the voice of the Turkeys, it is time to announce:

Our work here is done.

• • •

(Note: I recently signed a two-year contract to continue at the Star Tribune through 2021. So, presuming ongoing mobility, that would make me available to cover Fleck’s first game as the Notre Dame coach on Labor Day night 2021 at Florida State.)

This is the equivalent of Pat sniffing his own flatulence and describing how pleased he is with the aroma. (Apologies if that feels too crude for anyone.)
 

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I'm guess I'm confused at the "Reusse was wrong for last year". Fleck won Turkey of the Year, not lifetime. I didn't have a problem with him being named in 2018. 2019 is a new year. How was Reusse wrong in 2018?
 

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Ah- by letting Fleck at least finish his second year! Reusse couldn’t have done TOY then!
 

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No one thinks that.
Everyone knows the article is satire.

This year‘s is really bad satire.
Neither informative nor entertaining

Given the long period of time I've posted here, and lurked here before joining, the body of posts over that timeframe honestly makes me believe there are posters here with a hatred of Reusse that is irrational enough that the satirical nature of this article was either obliviously overlooked or willfully ignored.
 

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Satire criticizes people's "stupidity or vices" per its defintion. First of all, satire is often mean spirited by nature and it ain't for everyone. Secondly, Reusse and his apologists rationalize his attacks on Fleck by calling it satire when in reality it's just being an a-hole for clicks. What "stupidity or vice" was Reusse trying to expose in last year's TOY award? Nothing. Satire makes no sense in that context. He's just a lazy a-hole and voluntarily extracted himself from one of the best sports stories here in a long time.
 

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Were Reusse's relentless attacks on Denny Green back in the day satire? Or was he just being an a-hole like always?
 

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Everyone loves a good coach/journalist spat. The three main things that spring to mind about Green was taking a knee, being a player’s coach, and letting em off the hook. The 98 season was fantastic (except the end), and there were some exciting moments (except 41-0). I seriously doubt Denny was ever bothered by Reusse, no matter what was written, or any of the other press ding dongs. Same with PJ. Heather...
 

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The Reusse situation will ultimately resolve itself. I would imagine that on some lonely future Christmas Eve after Jim Klobuchar has passed, ole' little town boy affecting big city cynicism Pat will be visited by Jim with the warning to expect visits from three ghosts.

The first ghost will transport Pat back to the joyously painful life of growing up in Fulda on the prairie.

The second ghost will show him gleefully torturing PJ and Heather with a stinkin' inkin".

And the final ghost will hover above TCF when they somberly announce that longtime sports columnist Pat Reusse passed from a urinary infection --not having one, being one--and the crowd erupts like the Gophers toppled a number one ranked the Ohio State.

And a thoroughly chastened and repentant Pat vows to change and he will change. He flags down some wandering boy--a marvelous boy, a delightful boy--to deliver a turkey to the Flecks.

And Pat empties his 401k to help Casey O'Brien get better and stay better, and all the Gopherholers love Pat Reusse, for he kept Gopher mania in his heart the whole year 'round, and his eyes grew moist and glistened everytime Casey says: "Keep us elite, everyone!"
 

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This thread shows Patrick is accomplishing exactly what he wants. Instead of people not reading him they are making post after post talking and bitching about the article. Yes, Patrick wins. Clearly.

My personal favorites are the posts calling for a ban of Patrick talk/articles on this board. If only there was some other, easier way to avoid reading or talking about him if that is your desire.
 

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I’ve grown to like Reusse. The GH can get a bit too caught up in itself. Happy Thanksgiving to all.
 

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I guess when you're nearing the end of the line, you do whatever you can to amuse yourself. Can't drink, the "equipment" doesn't function anymore, gotta pass the time somehow.
 

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Given the long period of time I've posted here, and lurked here before joining, the body of posts over that timeframe honestly makes me believe there are posters here with a hatred of Reusse that is irrational enough that the satirical nature of this article was either obliviously overlooked or willfully ignored.
 


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This thread shows Patrick is accomplishing exactly what he wants. Instead of people not reading him they are making post after post talking and bitching about the article. Yes, Patrick wins. Clearly.

My personal favorites are the posts calling for a ban of Patrick talk/articles on this board. If only there was some other, easier way to avoid reading or talking about him if that is your desire.

All I have to do is write schit articles and have people bitch about them.

Dam, I think I could do that easily.
 

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At what BMI level do we decide someone’s opinions are invalid? Maybe it should be in our profile here, so we can be on the alert for fattys.
 




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