Legendary FSU coach Bobby Bowden called Heisman winner Jameis Winston “an embarrassment” during an appearance on the Paul Finebaum Show Tuesday. Courtesy of Paul Finebaum Show/SEC Network.
Shame on FSU, Patriots fans who blindly defend Jameis Winston and Tom Brady
Many of my buddies who are diehard sports fans always give me grief because I am not an avid supporter of any one team.
They root for the Seminoles and Gators and Dolphins and Bucs and Yankees and Red Sox, and I root for nobody. They mock me when I tell them I like a bunch of teams but don’t love any of them.
When they ask me why I feel that way, I tell them about the time my family got a death threat from a University of Florida football fan because I picked the Gators to lose to Tennessee.
Bobby Bowden calls Jameis Winston ‘an embarrassment’
I tell them that too many otherwise respectable, intelligent human beings check their brains at the ticket window and turn into illogical raving idiots when defending their team’s honor — or dishonor.
Two glaring examples happened this week when a troubling number of Florida State and New England Patriots fans morphed into a lunatic fringe in their zeal to blindly defend Jameis Winston and Tom Brady.
Let’s start with Patriots fans and acknowledge that the NFL-commissioned investigation didn’t prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Brady ordered Patriots underlings to illegally deflate footballs. But any reasonable-minded person who read the report will recognize the ballboys doctored the balls most likely because that’s what Brady wanted them to do.
Of course, the idiot fringe of Patriots fans doesn’t care. They immediately began painting the NFL as the villain and their team as the victim. They actually convinced themselves into believing the NFL purposely tried to bring down one of its most popular players (Brady) and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell deliberately wanted to make one of his most ardent supporters and one of the league’s most powerful owners — Robert Kraft — look like a buffoon.
Some Patriots fans even started an Internet campaign and began contributing money on-line to help Kraft pay the $1-million fine levied by the NFL. That’s right, instead of contributing their money to a worthy cause, they were mindlessly donating it to a billionaire sports owner. … “Sorry, honey, the braces are going to have to wait. Your crooked teeth aren’t nearly as important as fighting the crooked commissioner!!!”
These idiot fringe of fans, like the followers of wacko religious cults, can be brainwashed into anything. One member of the Patriots cult even quoted Martin Luther King Jr. when pledging his money: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
“To a lot of people — as crazy as it may sound — their team is the most important thing in their lives,” says nationally renowned sports radio host Paul Finebaum, who has spent most of his career doing a talk show among the fanatical college football fans in Alabama. “I’ve seen it too many times where a lot of fans measure their manhood by how their team does and they become obsessed with it.”
Finebaum saw it firsthand this week when FSU icon Bobby Bowden came on his show and made some candid and constructively critical comments about Jameis Winston.
“I think it’s a consensus among FSU fans and boosters that he was an embarrassment in a lot of ways to the university,” Bowden said when Finebaum asked on the show if Winston had been an embarrassment with his off-the-field behavior. “He won a lot of ball games, probably one of the best football players that ever attended Florida State, but he hurt himself off the field. The good news is he’s young enough to get over that. But he’s got to do that. He just can’t make those junior high school decisions that he made when he was in college.”
Everything Bobby said was absolutely true, but a faction of fans are so blindly loyal that they don’t want to hear the truth even if it comes from their most revered legend. The zealots who have spent the last two years defending Winston’s every misstep turned on Bobby as if he were Benedict Bowden. Social media was littered with attacks on the 85-year-old icon, calling him “senile” among other ugly venomous names.
The Seminole radicals who rip Bowden should have their FSU fan cards revoked. Bobby didn’t just put FSU on the map; he drew the dad-gum map. Without the great Bobby Bowden, FSU probably wouldn’t even have a football team for Jimbo Fisher to coach or Jameis Winston to have played on.
Of course, if Winston played for the Gators or the Hurricanes, the idiot fringe of FSU fans would perceive him as Shame-us Jameis instead of Famous Jameis.
If this is what it means to be a “loyal” fan, then I’ll pass.
It should never be an option to become so myopic in defending your program that you would vilify the very man who created that program.
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