In other news, the Danny Hope gif is priceless.
Mike Lantry, 1972
In other news, the Danny Hope gif is priceless.
My problem is that Beyer was right there. It was borderline taunting of a player on another team who had just made a huge mistake. It was a DB move pure and simple.
His over-exuberance for a personal foul call--which was not even for a potentially more legitimate reason like a TD, game-winning FG, sack, or goal line stand--upset his karma ... if you believe in that kind of stuff
He just made himself look stupid, end of story. Nothing overly malicious or amoral, not a big deal, he just comes off as a clown, like he puts it. Fine by me
I like Fitz. One of the better representatives of the Big Ten. But that was kind of embarrassing. And I don't buy that it was a sarcastic response to not getting calls all day. I think he lost his composure. Not the end of the world, but not his best moment.
I don't like him. He was doing that same double arm raise after they beat Michigan in the rain a couple of years back. He's supposed to be the coach, not a player. Even if he's happy while raising his arms in triumph, it makes him look like a twit. It was funny to see the clip of him sacking Brian Griese during the game, because he was doing that same double arm raise when he was a player. It's his trademark I guess.
He's Steve Holt.
That is all.
Rub a stuffed animal in someone's face
The word clown and sports go well together.
He adds a lot of personality to the conference. He coaches and talks like football is just a game, and I think a lot of us could use a reminder of that, sometimes.
He generally is not a douche and I have much respect for the job that he does at N'western. We all have our moments that we're not real proud of, here was his. IMHO
In the overall scheme of things, and I was sitting right behim Fitzgerald when he was jumping around like a clown, it didn't matter. I'm much more pissed off about the reffing in the MSU-Nebraska game that probably cost us a trip to Indy.
or lack thereof, cost us a trip to Indy. Not preparing Devin every week hurt us against Nebraska. We can only blame ourselves.
No offense to all the voters out there but this is fact. Blaming MSU, PSU, or the refs for costing us a trip to Indy when all we had to do was win is pretty lame. Just because it isn't a warm and fuzzy response doesn't mean it's flamebait. I would +1 you if I could.
I didn't have a problem with it at all. He probably felt immense disappointment that the play appeared to not be a success, and then saw the flag and, along with most of us, assumed that it had sealed a win for his team. What we were feeling in disappointment was what he was feeling in excitment.
Now, had he been chirping or taunting Desmond Morgan after the flag came out, it would be a different story.
he would have looked real foolish chirping at Morgan.
Eh, Beyer, Morgan...all white people look the same.
That's my take exactly. His team got a first down in a critical moment in the game when they needed to score. Who would have not jumped up and down, excited for an extremely important first down??? The self righteousness on this board is incredible! You're a hypocrite for blasting Fitz if/when you would have done the same thing in a critical moment. What's he supposed to do? Coddle his QB? They just moved 15 yards closer to the endzone (for perhaps the WIN!) vs it being 3rd and long. Get over your hypocritical selves, people. And give Fitz some benefit of the doubt here...
I hate when people tell me what I would have done. I coach a lot and have never done anything like that. Even in make it or break it momements you try to have some composure. There is a way to show enthusiasm without jumping up and down like a 9 year old girl that just got a pony for Christmas.
Now this isn't douchebaggery on a Dantonio scale, but let's just say that Fitz has used up his stupidity points and will be watched closely from here on out. I'm sure he's a nice guy and a good coach, but that was pure bush league.
Gif is priceless
given Fitzgerald's career, my tremendous respect for him as a player and coach I find this explination very disatisfying.
I still love the guy and what he's done for Northwestern but that's some weak sauce.
Let the records show that the only place I've seen anyone bitching about this on MGoBlog. So...yeah.
I'm going to file this in the "Who Gives A Shit?" category and move on to more pressing needs: What do we sacrifice to AIRBHG to keep him in Iowa City?
There was some bitching about it on one of the Northwestern blogs too.
The tone of this board would be a lot different had we lost. As it were, he looked like a fool for a few moments in an intense game in a key situation. Time to move on.
i have no problem with the way fitzgerald acted, if someone were to put a camera in my house while i watched a UM game, i would probably look similar. he just happen to have a tv camera capture his actions, i honestly believe he had no idea how dumb he looked
Along the same lines. I'm a big fan of coaches that show their emotions during the game so long as it isn't direct negatively toward players. If you are at a school with limited talent and history maybe that little extra emotion inspires the players a little. The first one is awesome just because every word can be heard.
Anyone who wants to hate on Fitz really needs to go somewhere far, far, FAR away and never come back.
Fitzgerald is a GREAT coach. He loves his program and he wants like HELL to take NW to the next level. I saw nothing wrong with that he did...he was just trying to motivate his team. He didn't show up ANYONE on Michigan. He wasn't in anyone's face, he was just trying to put some emotion into his team.
Face it, I don't care if Michigan is ranked or not...when you're NW and you beat them, it's a HUGE win.
If Michigan didn't have Hoke, the best coach in the conference. They'd be honored to have Fitz, the 2nd best coach. Hoke and Fitzgerald also have tremendous respect for one and other.
If you didn't read any of the above. Maybe this will sink in: If you don't like Pat Fitzgerald. You can't like Jordan Kovacs. They're one in the same. May not have all the tools, but they're going to give you EVERYTHING they have to win and fight like hell for their team.
With Fitz strongly suggest he is a classy guy. I have met and played for/against a lot of B1G coaches in all sports and Pat Fitzgerald noticeably has his act together more than most. I can't forget the '06 PSU/NU game when PSU came from behind to win. I was fortunate to be on both sidelines during that game and I came away much more impressed with how Fitz interacted with his kids than any other coach that day. Even though NU suffered a mind-blowing loss that included PSU making a 4th and 20 inside their own 10 with a minute to play.
I wrote about other interactions I have had with Fitz in the other thread. Over a 5 year period I really have nothing bad to say about him.
That is why it stands out. He is usually such a good guy that has it all together. It was so against is usual sideline demenor at an inappropriate time. If he was out there stuffing chew all the time it wouldn't be such an issue.
I was a few beers in and in section 10. When I saw the flag fly I pointed out to my buddy "look at that idiot jumping on the sideline" he then asked who it was and I told him"gotta be a student assistant or something. Pat Fitzgerald is better than that". Was kinda upset to find out it was him. I have great respect for what he has done there but that was terrible sideline behavior for a head coach
The head coach saw his team get 15 yards closer to the endzone to take the lead. Yeah, he shouldn't have been excited about that.
what play might players not get hurt from? It's freaking football! It's not like it was a nasty rip your head off Gholston style penalty or anything. The dude was knocked out of bounds late... and a first down ensued and the winning TD got closer and closer.
I just watched the play again (and replay). It really didn't seem to be a ROUGH late hit at all... And Fitz was RIGHT THERE watching it all ensue. I mean, I'm not a Fitz fan, and I don't really care to defend him, but his reaction just doesn't seem to justify all the HATE on this board. I don't get it.
Was it less than classy? Yes. Was it borderline childish? Yes. But it's not a very big deal within the context of that game and certainly not in the wider context of college football behavior. It's no "60 minutes of unncessary roughness" statement.
Besides, his punishment will be his childrenand grandchildren never being able to escape the gif of that moment when the google the old man.
He looked like an immature teenager. That being said, I don't think it's that big of a deal and regardless
of what he is saying about his actions, I'm sure he is embarrassed behind closed doors.
That being said, at the moment I was watching him jump around, I was kinda glad he decided to not leave NW when we were conducting our coaching search a few years ago.
YAY My QB possibly just got injured, I'm going to jump around like an idiot.
I keep seeing people say, "Well, if there was a camera in my living room..." Well, there isn't one. We aren't paid a lot of money to be public representatives of a university. Fitzgerald is. Did he jump around like that when his team scored a td to take the lead with 4 minutes to go? No. He only did this after a personal foul on his QB. The guy is a douche. If there were a camera in my living room, then I'd adjust my behavior. I certainly wouldn't jump around like a fool after a personal foul on my qb. Now, I might jump around like a fool after Rountree makes an amazing catch, after Gibbons kicks the tying field goal, after DG scores the go-ahead td in OT, or after Demens makes a monstrous stop on 4th and 2 to end the game...but not for some random pf call that you don't even know is going to result in a score.
I actually like this part. "Like I tell [my wife] Stacy all the time, you'll have to excuse my passion. Get over it."
Seems to me a coach acting like a "knuclehead" will most likely motivate his players to act like knucleheads.
At least Fitzgerald displayed better sense jumping around on the sideline than he did when shopping for a chair recently: