Particular interesting dichotomy this weekend regarding current/former ND coaches. On the one hand, you have Weis, who tried his best to ease a cancer victim’s pain and bring some small measure of happiness to his family.
On the other hand, there’s Ty Willingham letting John Saunders fight his battles for him, accusing ND of using him, stabbing him in the back, and firing him because he was black. Nothing like accusing one of the most generous, service oriented universities in the world of being racist. Solid work by the molder of men.
Back to the gesture from Weis: the story is amazing on several levels. For example, imagine being the mother of a boy named after Joe Montana, he’s ten and now he’s undeniably dying. The oncologist has finally given up the ghost - his medical treatment is finished. Nothing left to offer the boy but the hope of God’s mercy in the afterlife.
Well, maybe one thing to offer - his hero.
A hero who not only came through but took the experience seriously enough to call the boy’s play, when it was unwise from a football perspective to do so.
Angrier is right, makes you want to cry, in my case almost something else…
…yeah I have very strong personal ties to the University of Michigan and Marquette University, so I pretty much hate Notre Dame six ways to the weekend.
But first this blog and then Saint Charlie, hell I may just decide ND is alright after all.
Thanks for checking in. I’m glad to hear that you are kosher with folks making unfounded claims of institutional racism, which, as you well know, are easy to make and usually lacking in evidence.
Ty Willingham was let go because he had a 3 year performance clause in his contract, and he didn’t meet it. Major college sports is a highly pressurized, competitive environment. Like it or not, these coaches are routinely cast aside when they fail to meet expectations. The only thing Ty Willingham was a “victim” of is very high expectations in major college sports.
But the point is not whether he was a good football coach, it’s the cowardly manner in which he’s allowed others to make accusations for him, and his accusation on Saturday. Calling ND racist imputes it on everyone associated with the school. It brands the ND Family as racists. Loy, me, and all of our friends and classmates, the numerous priests and clergy folk, not to mention the countless professors who make the university work, all tarnished by a baseless accusation.
Thankfully, the MSM has ignored the last, desperate plea from an unsuccessful coach and is now focused on the wonderfully gracious gesture by Charlie. I shall now do the same.
It matters not whom you pull for on Saturday, we can all agree that the world would be a much better place if more folks cherished the idea of family and service such as Charlie Weis. Looking in the mirror, I find myself lacking in this respect compared to him. (Appearance-wise too, as Charlie has some girth on me.)
Coach, David said ND stabbed Ty in the back, which does not mean David is ok with racism, nor is he claiming racism lead to Ty being fired. David could think ND screwed Ty over AND that it had nothing to with race and everything to dowith something else. I actually do not know what David thinks, but his statement here is not enough to conclude what you just concluded: that David condones institutionalized racism. Yes, I am defending David, calm down everyone :)
I don’t recall accusing you of being Swarthington, and I certainly don’t recall accusing you of any felonies and misdemeanors. I just said it was interesting how you posted right after Swarthington and that you sounded like Edgar Bergen speaking to Charlie McCarthy. It’s more along the lines of “things that make you go hmmmm” as opposed to an accusation, tawdry or otherwise.
I don’t mean to perseverate, and I feel conflicted given a basic personal dislike for Notre Dame - but to be clear this is not your garden-variety “Hero-visits-sick-kid” story.
Straight from the article:
Before leaving, Weis signed the football.
“He wrote, ‘Live for today for tomorrow is always another day,”’ Mazurkiewicz said.
“He told him: ‘You can’t worry about tomorrow. Just live today for everything it has and everything you can appreciate,” she said. “He said: ‘If you’re (in pain) today you might not necessarily be in pain tomorrow, or it might be worse. But there’s always another day.”
Weis asked Montana if there was something he could do for him. He agreed to let Montana call the first play against Washington on Saturday. He called “pass right.”
Amazing words to back an amazing story. Beautiful words for a stranger at death’s door…Matthew 25:31-46 at its finest - Charlie Weis is the BEST, no matter how many more football games he wins (hopefully none at Notre Dame, but many more elsewhere :).
Charlie’s priorities are in order. I don’t know if you are familiar with the story about his daughter… He and his wife are the definition of loving, caring parents. Whether he wins one more game or 100, he’s already a winner in the big game of Life.
Yes, by believing that Ty was treated unfairly by Notre Dame, I obviously am claiming that there was racism involved. Yet another example of how Leahy has brought the level of intellectual discourse around here to an all time low.
Having not been privy to all the details that Ty was I have no idea whether there was institutional racism involved or not, that doesn’t mean I can’t still think he was treated unfairly. Get a grip Leahy.
My post specifically referenced unfounded allegations of racism by Willing-Saunders. I assumed most would understand that was the main reason why I found it distasteful. That you chose to ignore it was curious to me. It’s obvious that I mistook your silence for assent. For that, I apologize.
I think we can both agree that for Ty to allege racism in the lame way that he did in the interview is disgraceful. If he believes he is the victim of racism, come out and prove it. Ty chose to insinuate that his firing racially motivated without any evidence, in the meantime besmirching the reputation of an entire University.
I’m not going to comment about the racism comment becuase I haven’t heard or read anything about it. Period.
Your need to read into other peoples statements what you want to see and not what they write is getting old and tired Leahy. You wonder why people consider what you say to be tripe? Thats a pretty good starter.
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