Last week there were so many possibilities for this award. But in the end, we had to go with an old standard. An old standard who left us scratching our heads yet again. Well, OK, he left McD scratching his head and he left me throwing things at the TV screen.
For over a year now we’ve been saying that Lou Holtz has no business (sorry, bui-th-ness) being an analyst for ESPN. The guy is horrible. From his lisping/spitting all over the set, to his ridiculous homer-ism for teams he used to coach (specifically Notre Dame and Arkansas) the guy makes us want to change the channel more than he makes us want to listen to anything he has to say. But this past week, he crossed (yet another) line.
During a College Football Live broadcast, Holtz and Mark May were making their picks for each week’s game. Holtz first stated that Notre Dame’s defense would be vastly improved because they named Corwin Brown (former Jets defensive backs coach) their defensive coordinator. He then stated that they would definitely start 7-0 despite road games against Penn State, Michigan and UCLA. Already I was shaking my head. Then he stated that the Irish would surely defeat U-eth-C when they visit South Bend on October 20th. Excuse me?
Let me give you a little Lou recap here: Last year he picked against USC six times during in studio predictions, he never picked against the Irish. He said the Trojans would be overwhelmed by the crowd when they travelled to Arkansas (USC won 50-14), and then claimed that the Irish would whip U-eth-C when they travelled to Los Angeles since: “we always th-eem to win when we go out there,” for the record, they haven’t won at the Coliseum since 2000. He also claimed the Irish would, after winning that game, be headed to the National Championship game because “there is just something special about Brady Quinn and this team,” to be fair, he was right. They were special enough to lose to the Trojans 44-24. Then Holtz claimed that L-eth-U had better watch out because they would likely be embarassed by Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl – 41-14 LSU.
His abject homer-ism has become ridiculous. To think that a Notre Dame defense that gave up 44 points to the Trojans, then lost 6 starters would stop a SC team that has a stocked stable of tailbacks and receivers, a likely improved offensive line and a Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback is ridiculous. Then factor in that the Irish return just three offensive starters and must break in a new quarterback, while the Trojans bring back 10 on defense (the only starter they lost was Dallas Sartz who is replaced by a former starter in Brian Cushing) and this should be a blow out.
We just don’t get how someone who is supposed to provide unbiased analysis yet is so obviously one-sided for a former school, is allowed to keep his job. Seriously we don’t get it. If he worked for NBC Sports covering Irish football we wouldn’t care, as it is, we’re boycotting any ESPN program he appears on. He’s got us so angry we’re actually hoping the network brings back Trev Alberts. No, seriously.