Tressel the tragic hero

Submitted by dahblue on July 29th, 2011 at 11:41 AM

As folks are now aware, The Dean of Discipline referred to Saint Jim Tressel as a "Tragic Hero" at the Big Ten Media Days.  Given that the scoreboard webcam cannot capture the back of the board work, it seems there's not much else to ponder today (not expecting BBQ commitments until later in the weekend).  So, I thought I'd toss it out for the good people herein to suggest others who fit that label just as well as Tressel.

Some suggestions for parallels to Tres the Tragic Hero:

-Puff the Magic Dragon
-Ron Artest
-Plaxico Burress
-Casey Anthony
-Kwame Kilpatrick
-Rich (just you really think I was going there?) -ard Nixon
-Maurice Clarett

Oh, football season...please start.



July 29th, 2011 at 4:43 PM ^

Nothing better to do, eh?  Actually, I'm not the only one negging you (as you've hit the minus territory).  Of course, this thread is so "bad" that it has more comments than most threads lately and even gave birth to another thread further discussing the Dantonio comments.  

If you don't like it...move can talk about Nintendo games, the US Mens soccer team or even the Bar exam.  You get hit with "trolling" because that's exactly what you're doing. 


July 29th, 2011 at 5:20 PM ^


You're still here?  You're now 4 posts in (beginning by calling my OP "pointless") and now my it's graduated to "shameful, callous an stupid" and "a slap in the face to all Michigan students and alums"?  You need help.

Mr Mackey

July 29th, 2011 at 11:47 AM ^

In other news, I was buying a sandwich at work and I told them I wanted turkey. They asked me if I wanted Oven Roasted, Honey Roasted, or Smoked. I was baffled that so many choices of turkey existed, because I just wanted turkey. So I decided on Oven Roasted, and it was quite delicious.

Is another type of turkey better?

Blue in Yarmouth

July 29th, 2011 at 12:19 PM ^

and reminded me of a funny joke:

Three immigrants were looking for work at a construction site (an englishman, a scot and a chinese man). The foreman called them over and told them if they wanted a days work he would pay two of them to move a massive pile of gravel from one end of the yard to the other and the third to get the supplies for moving the gravel.

He told the englishman he was to do the shovelling, the scot was in charge of the wheelbarrow and the man from China was to go get the supplies so the other two could start working and once he had the supplies he could spell the other two if needed.

The foreman came back to the site four hours later to see how the work was progressing. When he arrived, he saw the pile of gravel hadn't been touched and the englishman and scot were standing by the pile talking.

He approached the two and asked what the hell was going on and why they weren't working. They responded,"Well we came over here to wait for the supplies you asked for but haven't seen the chinese man since you left."

Pissed off, the foreman went on a hunt for the chinese man to see what the holdup was. He searched the entire yard and couldn't find him. As he walked past the gravel pile on his way back to the other two workers, the chinese man jumped out from behind the gravel pile waving his arms in the air and shouted "supplies!".

This joke is better when you can tell in person with accents. 


July 29th, 2011 at 11:47 AM ^

Jim Bakker.  The holier than thou, I'll save us all evangelist who preached about a life of morality and integrity......that turned out to be less than so.  Sounds familiar.......and same first name.


July 29th, 2011 at 11:54 AM ^

He loves OSU more than his own school.  Hell, he even hates UM more than he loves his own school which is perfect for Sparty.


July 29th, 2011 at 12:08 PM ^

"Tragic heros have a way to rise above it in the end and that's what I will look for in the end."

So the Vest is going to turn all state's evidence or something with the NCAA, umm, doubt it. Don't worry Mark, keep emulating your hero and hiding things from compliance. Make sure that electronic paper trail ends up right on your desk. You can be tragic just like Jim. Since he has all this free time on his hands and potentially a show-clause coming from the NCAA to limit his future hiring, maybe he can move up to Lansing to read you books before tucking you into bed at night.



July 29th, 2011 at 12:15 PM ^

If I was Sparty I'd be worried about this delusioned admiration. Dantonio sounds like he would be fine having (as Dantonion called it) "positive" impacts on all his players, to the point where he would forfeit seasons. Either that or he would jump to tsio if they ever showed the slightest bit of interest.


July 29th, 2011 at 12:13 PM ^

Dantonio's response after being read Brandstatter's twitter reply:

"I don't even know who that guy is," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, he's never coached one day of college football or had a relationship with college players, a real meaningful relationship.

How can you not know who someone is and then go into detail about how he's never coached or had a meaningful relationship with a player?  C'mon Mark, if you're going to lie, at least keep on message for the rest of your quote.



July 29th, 2011 at 12:16 PM ^

....comments, Jim Brandstatter had this to say on Twitter (as reported by Matt Charboneau of the DetNews):

"When is lying to your boss, to the NCAA heroic," he wrote. "Is it heroic to teach young men that wrong isn't wrong unless you get caught? Gimme a break."

Dantonio was asked about it Friday morning and here's the exchange:

"Who? What did he say?" Dantonio asked.

After hearing what was written, Dantonio was quick to dismiss Brandstatter.

"I don't even know who that guy is," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, he's never coached one day of college football or had a relationship with college players, a real meaningful relationship.

"But I know I'm going to be criticized. I figured I would be, but that's OK. It wouldn't be the first time."

[Elmer beat me to it. Dantonio is still an asshat.]


July 29th, 2011 at 12:18 PM ^

I give him credit for being a relatively good X's and O's coach, but what a transparent suck up. You think maybe he has his eye on the HC job in Columbus at the end of the season?


July 29th, 2011 at 12:30 PM ^

Let's face it, OSU easily could end up with a better coach than Dantonio. I would be fine with him replacing the Vest for 4-5 years while we retake control of both rivalries. One condition: Dantonio must take Pittman and McGowan with him. I just have to see the meltdown in EL when they flip.


July 29th, 2011 at 12:19 PM ^


This guy is who I think of when I think of Tressel these days. The distinctly American sociopath who can preach moral values while throughly corrupting himself in pursuit of money (or in Tressel's case wins), even when it leaves the people and places around him hopelessly broken.

So, yeah, totally a tragic hero, right?


July 29th, 2011 at 12:45 PM ^

"The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways." - Gene Hackman

This is a particulalry fitting quote for Tressel (though he may have taken multiple steps). He could have been a "tragic hero" by accepting the consequences from the start, sacrificing a potential championship season because it was the right thing to do (and the smart thing, obviously). He instead took the route of the coward, and well, we all know what happened.

yossarians tree

July 29th, 2011 at 1:28 PM ^

You have to acknowledge the guy's had some success, but what a sanctimonious, grey-suit douchebag. Then again, he always looks like he's got a hard-boiled egg stuck in his throat.

Hey Mark, most smart people think Tressel f*cked up and say nothing. But you call him a "hero" at Media Day. Well played.