Posted: 2:05 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
Regarding this past weekend’s player protests: let the harrumphing begin!
Paul Johnson says the Georgia Tech players who participated should’ve checked with the team first: “I think the first thing is there’s probably a process that we didn’t go through,” Johnson told NBCSports.com. “In my mind what you do if the players all feel strongly about an issue, then they need to talk about it as a team and let the coaches know and it needs to be a team thing. Six guys don’t represent the team, or whatever, when 80 of them don’t even know what’s going on and the coaches don’t know what’s going on.”
In revolutionary terms, or perhaps Marxist ideology (we never got too far so we’re probably getting this wrong), the players were the vanguard of the proletariat and the coaches were the reactionary bourgeoisie who are telling the vanguard that not only do they need to work on their revolutionary propaganda, but it’d be good to check with their bosses first, too, and maybe after a few hundred reps at that.
We’re not big fans of the Bolsheviks (give us the Mensheviks any day!), but we’re pretty sure they would tell the coaches to take a hike.
To paraphrase what Orwell said in Animal Farm, some in the sports world are more equal than others. But Johnson would probably prefer Pogo’s classic line, again paraphrased: we have met the enemy, and he’s in our huddle.
Or one could turn to a more modern student of human nature to put it in proper context.