21.Nov.2010 Keith Pankey’s Injury
There's an elephant in the room. The Pankey injury has been hush hush so far. Nobody wants to discuss it because they're afraid what atrocities might be muttered.
Screw that. I'm just going to come out and say it: I gave my lady Beav a screaming high five when Keith Pankey went down. I know that sounds terrible, but many times the truth is painful. I can't be the only one. Come on, fess up.
Anyway, my questions are twofold:
1. Does celebrating injury make me/us bad people?
2. Who is to blame?
I'll try to reason out my own questions, but by all means add input.
In regard to #1, yes, celebrating injury makes you/me a jerk. But were we truly celebrating injury, or were we celebrating the defense getting faster and stronger? I think it was the latter. I mean, I don't really care if Keith Pankey is injured or healthy, so long as he's not near the field. Therefore, I was not truly celebrating the injury, just what the injury represents. That is, improved play. Must I have compassion for every player who wears the uniform? That seems equally ridiculous as saying every player should care about this blog.
Tackling question #2, if we fans do look like jerks, then the head coach is to blame for that. Injury was the only thing that was going to remove Keith Pankey from that game. I'm not going to beat myself up or feel guilty because Riley can't figure out his personnel.
Anyway, this is the one place on the internet where you can stomp the elephant. Repeat after me, "F it. We're better off without Pankey, and I was glad when he went down." The truth feels good. It's okay; it's going to be alright.