I don’t think there are too many people out there who aren’t disappointed with how this football season has gone. Many were hoping for the Rose Bowl and are frustrated we couldn’t get there. And certainly this is a very talented team, perhaps a Rose Bowl team.
But this Tedford backlash is INSANE. Utterly insane. It’s like people have forgotten the institutional apathy that once dominated Cal. They have forgotten Tom Holmoe. To them, it was merely a bad dream a few years ago. But for everybody at this blog, they lived that nightmare. Some for 4 years, others merely for 2. But it was enough. They won’t forget his sterling .291 Win Percentage, the worst since the early 60s when stunningly Marv Levy was the coach and Bill Walsh was his assistant. By comparison, Tedford has a .683 Win Percentage, which, of course, includes going about .500 his first two seasons.
To help remind our adoring public (Hey, Hovannes!) of how far we’ve come, I decided to post this photo. To make a long story short, in the Spring of 2002 (and also Fall of 2002), some OX fraternity brothers and I became disastisfied with the unimaginable ego of so-called grass roots student leaders on campus. And, again, to make a long story short, during a Israel-Palestine rally, we decided to poke those egos by protesting alongside them with unrelated comedic signs such as "1,2, 3, 4 I declare a Thumb War" and "Thumb Wars Are Not The Answer." High times. High times, indeed.
But to draw closure to this rambling retelling, when I busted out the bad boy below, there was an actual crowd reaction. The reaction? Hilarious disgust! Anger (perhaps) feigned. To even think of going from a Holmoe-less existence to an existence packed with Tom Holmoe was physically painful. From just a sign. Oh, how the wounds were still fresh.
People, we cannot forget where we came from and how much Tedford has done for this program. Taken us from laughing stock to national contender (even if we don’t always contend to the best of our abilities). Letters to the editors calling for Tedford to be fired are laughable. Changing the entire culture of a school known more for dread locks and sit ins is not an easy task. I am as frustrated with losing as the next person. But I’d rather people be frustrated with losing than apathetic towards it.
But as they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. No word on frenemies. Yet. So, perhaps we should re-hire Holmoe. But as what? Janitor? Trash would just pile up in the hailways as goats roamed free to chow down. Bowles Hall RD? Because it’s not like the administration wants anything successful to happen to Bowles. Lowly Rally Comm Member? Well, that’d be fine, I mean who could screw up a Rally Commers only real task: rhythmic clapping.
What would you re-hire him as?
Tom Holmoe: 1997-2001. Never forgive. Never forget.