19.Nov.2009 Being Frank: I Dislike Keaton Kristick
This might be unpopular but it needs to be said: Keaton Kristick is an unlikable player.
There, I said it.
Always thought the guy was just a flat out jerk, but never had the means to prove it, so I was left disliking the guy solely for his overrated play on the gridiron. But this past Tuesday, Paul Buker printed the article I’ve been craving for years. Quotes from Kristick, proving he’s a All-American a-hole.
“My dad says, if you really don’t like a player you’ve got to hit him right there, right there in the chin,’’ said Kristick.
Well Keaton, your dad sounds like a class act. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
But that wasn’t the end of it:
“At the start of the year, guys talk about wanting to be all conference, or having this many tackles, but I really thought it would be neat if at the end of the year people were calling me the most feared, most violent player in the Pac-10,’’ said Kristick.
“And to my surprise, somebody mentioned that during a TV telecast.”
Yes, Keaton, it’s really “neat” that you take high, cheap-shots at players’ heads and telecasters call you the “most violent” player in the Pac-10. That is something to be proud of.
And then there’s this nugget about his cheap shots on his own teammates:
Kristick apparently had seen enough of those Quizz cutback moves that were making the starting defense look foolish.
So he blasted him, which did not sit well with OSU coach Mike Riley.
“I’m not sure if that was a legal hit, either, but it was necessary,’’ said Kristick, letting out his trademark laugh. “I’ve never seen Quizz so mad at somebody. … yeah, coach Riley came up and gave me one of those ‘talks of a lifetime.’ But Quizz is a good kid, and it was all good.’’
So it’s funny that he could have ended a teammate’s career on an illegal hit during practice? A teammate who is carrying this squad toward a 2nd straight Rose Bowl bid. Yes, Keaton, that is hilarious–watch out, Louis CK.
The bottom line is that this guy is a real work of art. If he were on another team, we’d all be up in arms about his cheap shots and head-hunting. The guy should focus on wrapping up runners and getting to the QB cleanly instead of placing focus and energy into being known as a dirty, violent player. He’s basically Al Afalava but a step too slow to make the play cleanly. Afalava had similar (violent) motivations, but he at least was able to time things correctly so the hits appeared clean, legal, and justified. Al never laughed about possibly ending a teammates’ career during a scrimmage, either, though.
Before reading Buker’s article, Kristick was going down as one of my 10 most overrated players to ever don the corny Beaver headgear, but solely for his on the field play; after reading it, he’s also going down as the biggest jerk, for both his dirty play on the field and his cavalier attitude toward that violence once off the field.