Friday, November 17, 2006

Why is Lloyd Carr such a jerk?

Well, the easy answer is because he has to spend his days coaching a team that will just never be up to the same standard as THE Ohio State Buckeyes under the direction of coach/Senator Tressel. So, I guess that makes him a little testy. But really, is swearing at a reporter necessary?
Nerves are bound to be a little frayed this week. We are, after all, on the cusp of the Game of Three Centuries. Never in the history of what ESPN has declared the greatest rivalry in sports—which dates to 1897—has it been a No. 1-No. 2 matchup.

And Monday, in a closed-off room within the Wolverines’ practice facility, the pressure got to Coach Carr, who’s 6-5 in the rivalry but 1-4 since Jim Tressel arrived in Columbus.

After Carr’s weekly press conference Monday, he went off to tape a private interview with Lisa Salters, who does sideline reporting for ABC/ESPN’s college football broadcasts.

A couple other reporters lingered in a nearby lobby, hoping to get a couple more questions with Carr when he finished with Salters. What they got instead was the sound of the coach opening a can of Wolverine whoopass on the ABC folks.

Salters, a former Penn State basketball player, has no doubt heard salty language from a coach before but probably not at the conclusion of the kind of fluffy interview ABC inserts during a game when it’s second down and Brent Musburger can’t think of anything to say about the preceding play.

Jim Carty, a sportswriter for The Ann Arbor News, was one of three reporters who heard the commotion—but evidently the only one who saw fit to report on it.

“All of a sudden,” said Carty, “you sort of heard up the hallway the door opening in a louder, more commotion-y way than it normally would. You heard a loud, angry ‘Fuck!’ which was clearly Lloyd.”

“As he got closer, I heard him say, ‘What the fuck kind of questions were those?’”

Carr then stormed out the door to his SUV, Carty said. As the coach waited for the rest of his entourage to get to the car, the door opened and closed, and Carty picked up bits of Carr’s conversation with Michigan’s football spokesman.

“I heard Lloyd saying, quite irately, to Dave Ablauf, who’s the assistant director of media relations, ‘You go back in there and tell them…’ then the door closed, so we didn’t hear the rest of it,” Carty said.
It's too bad he has to take his anger over his mediocre team out on an innocent reporter. Typical, but too bad.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The gameday Ohio State fans are the most obnoxious and dangerous in college football.

Walk down High Street in opposing colors, especially Maize and Blue, and you will not only be greated with profanity laced tirades from the budweiser induced stupidity or Ohio State fans, but beer bottles, beer and urine are coming your way.

This is common knowledge in all of college football. Ohio State fans are the bottom feeders in the great sport of college football.

This year, the University of Michigan sent an e-mail to fans traveling to Columbus. It reads like a State Department warning to tourists visiting a hostile Third World country.

Read it yourself.

We are sure that you are excited about this Saturday's football game versus Ohio State, and the possibility of capturing the Big Ten conference title and playing for the national championship.

For those of you traveling to Columbus, we invite you to kick off your Saturday by joining the Alumni Association, Michigan Student Assembly, Division of Student Affairs and other Michigan fans at a fun-filled True Blue Away-Game tailgate. You and your fellow fans can enjoy food, music, large-screen TVs and a variety of arcade games and activities before the game. The cost of student tickets is free with a valid U-M student ID. The tailgate is being held at the Fawcett Center, which is approximately 1/2 mile northwest of Ohio Stadium. The tailgate entrance will be located inside the Fawcett Center. There will be signs posted inside directing you to the Alumni Room and patio. Game-day parking is $10 per car.

We know that it can be uncomfortable being in an opposing team's environment, especially when the stakes are so high. We would like to offer a few suggestions in order to help you stay safe and have a positive experience this weekend:

--Try carpooling to the game; if possible, drive a car with non- Michigan license plates.
--Keep your Michigan gear to a minimum, or wait until you are inside the stadium to display it.
--Stay with a group.
--Know and obey the laws regarding alcohol use.
--If you are of legal age to drink, use alcohol in moderation. Stay in the blue.
--Stay low-key; don't draw unnecessary attention to yourself.
--If verbally harassed by opposing fans, don't take the bait.
--Avoid High Street in Columbus.

If at any time you feel unsafe, you should call 9-1-1 for assistance. U-M campus police also will be available in Columbus to support our fans. You may call them with non-emergency concerns at (734) 216-****.

We look forward to a tremendous game on Saturday. Let's help the Wolverines win with spirit and class.

Go Blue!

Sue Eklund, Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Steve Grafton, President, Alumni Association
Nicole Stallings, MSA President

Lloyd Carr lost his temper. Woody Hayes attacks an opposing player. It must be all the poison in the acorns.

9:24 AM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...


10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You guys are just pissed bc you know Tressel is a better coach than Carr.

Go Bucks.

10:17 AM  
Blogger DougHed said...

Wow, Anon makes it sound like Mich fans are saints. I went to the VT vs. USC game a couple of years ago and the most obnoxious fans at that game were the 5 Michigan dorks riding the subway with a couple fifths of Jack. They were belligerent and obnoxious. And they weren't even PLAYING!

Good lord.

What kind of Auto does Tressel own? A Lloyd Carr.

Now, why is Lloyd a jerk? He lets the 14 mil BCS payout get to him? Or maybe he's just a jerky.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...


Two pints on a Michigan win?

12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I can tell you this.

I joined a charter of FSU fans from the area who were going to a game in A2 in the early 90's. Upon the return flight, to a man and woman, these FSU fans said the best treatment the every got on one of the road trips was the just completed journey to A2.

And yes, FSU won the game.

ANd Jamie's reply to HER fans throwing beer bottles and urinating to and on opposing guest is an intellectual WAAAAAAAAA.

Ohio State Fan...'nuf said.

Go Blue!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Phriendly Jaime said...


If you think Michigan fans ain't just as bad, then you obviously have not been to a game.

2:56 PM  

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