WVU’s Big 12 Bust
Posted on 12.30.12 by Danny Glover @ 10:36 pm

Every diehard West Virginia University fan was excited about our debut season in the Big 12 four months ago, and the Mountaineers justified our enthusiasm early in the season with five straight wins, including back-to-back, high-scoring, come-from-behind thrillers against Baylor at home and Texas in Austin.

But the season fell apart after those first two Big 12 games. The Mountaineers, plagued by a horrendous defense (one of the worst in the nation) and an offense that couldn’t make big plays at key moments, lost five straight Big 12 games. WVU closed the season with two wins over the bottom dwellers of the Big 12, Iowa State and Kansas, lifting the spirits of us fans.

Then came yesterday’s Pinstripe Bowl, where the Mountaineers decided to embarrass themselves one last time against former Big East rival Syracuse. This Yahoo Sports analysis sums up the pitiful performance nicely, albeit painfully:

The Mountaineers defense was awful, as always. It is a poorly coached unit with not a lot of talent, which is a horrible combination. Teams like Baylor and Syracuse worked to get better on defense and put forth a good showing in the bowl game. West Virginia didn’t look like it really cared how bad its defense was, and it didn’t look like it took any steps to fix it in the time before the Pinstripe Bowl. The offense usually keeps the Mountaineers in games, but that wasn’t the case against Syracuse.

[Quarterback Geno] Smith looked like he was bothered by the snowy weather, but that’s nothing that will be excused by NFL teams evaluating him. … He had poor pocket awareness on many plays, never seeming to figure out where the Syracuse rush was coming from. He was sacked in the end zone twice for safeties, which is something that shouldn’t happen to a highly skilled senior quarterback.

Adding insult to injury, the newspaper in Weirton, W.Va., published an embarrassing typo that put the bowl loss in comedic perspective: “WVU loses bowel.” We Mountaineers fans, who endured ridicule even after a record-setting Orange Bowl victory one year ago, had to laugh to keep from crying.

Now we have to eight months to see if Dana Holgorsen, who has taken WVU football fans on a two-year roller coaster ride using players recruited by his predecessor, Bill Stewart, can coach the Mountaineers out of the Big 12 basement. Considering Holgorsen coached a team with great potential at the beginning of the season to WVU’s our worst record since 2001 (3-8), count me among the skeptics.

Filed under: News & Politics and Sports and West Virginia
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Gun Control For WVU’s Mountaineer
Posted on 12.07.12 by Danny Glover @ 8:14 pm

December 6, 2012, is a date which will live in infamy in West Virginia history. That is the date, or thereabouts, that WVU imposed gun control on the Mountaineer!

His sin: Mountaineer Jonathan Kimble killed a bear with the university-issued musket, and someone who shot video of it didn’t have the sense to keep the kill off YouTube.

“While Jonathan Kimble’s actions broke no laws or regulations,” spokesman John Bolt told the Charleston Daily Mail, “the university has discussed this with him and he agrees that it would be appropriate to forego using the musket in this way in the future. There are some provisions regarding the gun, but none that prohibit its use outside of the University-sponsored functions or for hunting purposes.”

Way to go, WVU. Bob Costas wins.

Filed under: Hunting & Guns and News & Politics and Video and West Virginia and Wildlife
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The Travesty That Is ‘Buckwild’
Posted on 12.07.12 by Danny Glover @ 6:26 pm

The juveniles who run MTV have gone “Buckwild,” and the result is a new show that twists reality about life in West Virginia into a 12-part series of sensational stereotypes. It’s just the kind of script you would expect from ignorant Hollywood honchos.

I’m talking about “Buckwild,” the show that will replace “Jersey Shore” on MTV come January. The content in the online trailer is so vulgar and vile that I won’t even embed it in this blog. The full episodes are sure to push the boundaries of decency further still.

I first heard about “Buckwild” earlier this week while watching “The Five” on Fox News. The hosts exposed the MTV show for what it is — bigoted nonsense that reveals nothing about the true nature of people in the Mountain State and everything about the profit-driven motives of entertainment elites. They degrade American culture with shows like “Jersey Shore” and “Buckwild” because recent TV history has proven that phony reality is a reliable get-rich scheme.

They also know that such shows are sure to get people like me riled. Or Sen. Joe Manchin, the West Virginia Democrat who today released a letter asking MTV president Stephen Friedman to “put a stop to the travesty called ‘Buckwild’” before it debuts.

“As a U.S. senator,” he wrote, “I am repulsed at this business venture, where some Americans are making money off of the poor decisions of our youth. I cannot imagine that anyone who loves this country would feel proud about profiting off of ‘Buckwild.’

“Instead of showcasing the beauty of our people and our state, you preyed on young people, coaxed them into displaying shameful behavior — and now you are profiting from it. That is just wrong.”

Sen. Manchin and I have personal reasons for condemning “Buckwild.” We love West Virginia and won’t tolerate the haters who prowl our backwoods for every oddball character they can find to perpetuate myths about our beloved state. But “Jersey Shore” is just as bad. And “The Real World.” And “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” They’re all garbage.

The real travesty is that the Stephen Friedmans of the world have their pick of stereotypes to exploit because gullible people don’t mind humiliating themselves for a paycheck — and because today’s TV watchers are more unrefined than any West Virginia hillbilly.

Filed under: Culture and Entertainment and Hatin' On Rednecks and People and Rednecks and West Virginia
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