Jim Tressel may have just made a bigger miscalculation than passing on two downs instead of running out the clock at the end of the second quarter. At his weekly teleconference today, he seemed to take a poke at disgruntled OSU fans (are there any other kind right now?) and their reaction to Saturday’s 18-15 loss to USC.
Tressel, who resembles every vice principal you’ve ever had and is three times as likely to confiscate your chocolate milk, is a bit chagrined at all the negative email he’s been receiving since Pete Carroll beat him for the 17th consecutive time (actual facts may vary). But in calling Buckeye fans “miserable,” he may have actually missed the target low. A telling, horrible example below:
An eyewitness description from an OSU message thread of one group of Ohio State fans watching the game on television:
Originally Posted by zinn0 LOL.
I was at a good friends house for this game. As soon as it was over, the host’s best friend put a beer bottle through the host’s glass top coffee table.
Host punches best friend, lays him out. Best friends brother blasts host, drops him. Hosts wife throws beer bottle at best friends brother.
zinn0 ducked and ran.
But back to Tressel. For the record, I picture him reading these emails in his den, wearing nothing but a sweater vest and Speedos. Do not mock me — I am a sick individual.
“Honestly, the thing when I read some of them is I feel terrible for them because there’s no way they’re happy,” Tressel said at his weekly media luncheon today. “They’ve got to be some of the most unhappy people in the world, and I feel bad because we just made them less happy.
“And I hate to be a part of making someone less happy. I mean, they’re already miserable and to make them less happy, I feel bad.”
Plenty of vitriol on the OSU message boards today, but I think we can sum up the mood of Buckeye Nation with these simple words: “Why, Jim Tressel? Why?”