Big 12: Unfortunate Reference

By Adam Caparell - July 25, 2006

Well, now that I remember, there was one blemish on Dan Hawkins' introduction to the majority of Big 12 media that I forgot to mention.

Hawkins referenced "Saving Private Ryan" in describing his transition from Boise State to Colorado saying how he felt like he was on Utah Beach on D-Day.

I think that's more than a stretch. I can't stand the war references in sports. After 9/11 and during the early months of the Iraq war, I distinctly remember a large out cry from many media members to quit it with the war references. And for the most part, they did. But it's back. I cringe when I hear an athlete saying "they're going to war" or "they wouldn't want to go to war with anyone other than their teammates."

We have it pretty good over here. Yet we have a lot of American men and women risking it all in two foreign countries and we demean what war means when we use it in the context of sports. I don't think the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan get enough credit and support. They deserve as much respect as anyone, anywhere for what they're doing - no matter what you think of the war. I can't even imagine what it must be like over there. I'm 22 years old and could just as easily be over there right now in a different set of shoes. I count my blessings every night that I'm in the situation I'm in - to be in Kansas City, talking and conversing with football players, coaches and media members, to have the job I have, to live where I live, to have what I have.

I've got nothing to complain about.

Sorry for the tanget, but I just checked my notes from Hawkins' time with reporters and had wanted to comment on it earlier. I'm guilty of using the word "battle" every once in a while, but I wish the war references would go by the wayside. Kellen Winslow will never be a soldier. Kevin Garnett will never carry an arms cache against any enemny. And Dan Hawkins will never find himself on a beach, bullets whizzing by his head, in an unimaginably scary and terrifying situation. Those men on D-Day are real heroes. Just like today's soldiers. Not football players or coaches.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 02:19 PM on July 25, 2006
Comments (1)


Get a life Caparell.Do you really think Hawkins was refering to specific war(s)?

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