Certainly, this blog attracts more insightful and knowledge thirsty readers from around the Nation than, say, ESPN.com. So, we fully expect that when we mention the name Gene Wojciechowski, most readers will ask, 'Wojawhatski ?'
As our readers will agree, the Nation can rarely be accused of judging a book by its cover; or in this case, a writer by his name. However, we must make an exception. Gene is a Gene. His first name perfectly captures his writing stylistics. Bland, uneventful, boring. And, his last name, with no discernible pronunciation, perfectly depicts his point of view.
Recent submissions from Gene include a combination romantic love letter to Brett Favre/bandwagon driving advertisement elevating the Jets to elite status after beating the Titans. Of course, everything crashed down a week later. But hey, what 'columnist' doesn't get caught up in the chance to hyperbolize a players performance and punch a teams Super Bowl tickets every now and again (with a whole lot of again)?
Last week Gene took a unique point of view regarding Notre Dame, Charlie Weis and Ty Willingham.
Gene was able to find a cozy spot aboard the ever expanding bandwagon that ND made a huge error in giving Weis that huge extension just roughly halfway into his first season. Nothing unique there.
What is unique is that Gene uses Tyrone's firing after just three seasons to try to argue for ND to retain Weis.
Willingham's tenure was the shortest of any non-interim Notre Dame football coach in the previous 70 years (George O'Leary never coached a game). It was a mistake to fire him then, just as it would be a mistake to fire Weis now.
He argued that ND's usual 5 year commitment to a coach was part of what made the Gold Dome different than other programs. That firing Willingham was something that made ND just like everywhere else.
Notre Dame lost its football DNA and its inner self when it dismissed Willingham four years ago. It compromised a belief. But it's not too late to go retro.
It's not too late to go 'retro'. No indeed.
Retro: short for retrospective. Meaning: involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past.
You know, things past. Like firing a Negro for 'poor performance', and then letting a white guy who drops it even lower keep the job.
Clearly, Gene longs for the past.
If only ESPN would put him in theirs.