Monday, December 14, 2009
So, did you hear about Turner Gill getting hired as the head coach of Kansas? I'm sure you did. Did you also know Fire Turner Gill is up and running? By now, you may have heard, if not, feel free to check it out. While the guy who runs the site is apparently mad at the lack of a national search, there is evidence it was started while Gill was at Buffalo. Anyway you cut it, the result is the Internet at it's finest, if you define finest as absurd.
Calling for Gill to be fired before he's coached a game isn't exactly behavior that anyone would call rational, however, it's common place here on this vast series of tubes we call the world wide web. Last year in a fit of rage, I called for Andy Reid to be fired. To be fair, so did John Smallwood of the Philadelphia Daily News. Suffice it to say, that was probably an irrational reaction on both of our parts. I would like to point out that Reid corrected almost every one of the long list of grievances I had - although something tells me it had nothing to do with my rant on this dopey blog.
However, the Fire Insert Coach of Choice.com phenomenon got me thinking - does every coach have one of these? Would people really start web sites demanding that really successful coaches to be fired? Of course they would.
Let's start with the most the most successful NFL coach of the last decade. Is there a Fire Bill Belichick? There most certainly is.
While the blog hasn't been updated since 2006 (the Pats finished 12-4 that year) I'm sure it won't be long until it's fired back up, or until a competitor emerges, after all the Patriots are merely 8-5 this year.
How about the most successful college football coach of the last decade? I present you with Pete's on the Hot Seat.
This blog was last updated about six months ago, and among their grievances:
- Pete Carroll has not won a National Championship in over four years.
- Pete Carroll has lost a season’s worth of games.
- Pete Carroll is content with just winning the Rose Bowl every year.
Oh the horror.....
What about the coach of the United States basketball team? Take it away Fire Coach K
Now granted, this site appears to have been created by some UNC fans, but the fact that it's there at all is pretty funny.
Andy Reid just got a three year contract extension, but there's still a blog calling for him to be canned.
For Syracuse fans there are no sites currently calling for the dismissal of Jim Boeheim or Doug Marrone - although the folks at the apparently dormant Get Gross Out did start a Fire Doug Marrone site that is no longer around.
And while Joe Girardi may have won the World Series, he shouldn't get too comfortable.
While all those sites are fun, I really expected more out of Fire Wade Phillips, now that's a guy that actually deserves to be fired. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go register Fire Jim Caldwell, he's bound to lose a game at some point, and then we'll look like geniuses.