The Wednesday BF.C Mailbag

I GET LETTERS. I get lots of letters. There usually isn't enough time in the day to respond to each one individually -- though I do read every single one. But my energies are mostly focused on the BF.C message boards and on content. Still, it's a bye week and reeling from a double OT loss on a failed 2-point conversion, (it's déjà vu all over again, Yogi), it's time to open up the mailbag.

Let's pluck a few gems generated by the Time for an Official Review article..

Angrybeaver writes:
‘I wrote the pac-10 regarding the supposed UA grad in the booth. This was Kirk Reynolds reply: "Actually, he's not a former Arizona player, nor is he a booster as some others have claimed."'

-Interesting. It doesn't appear from the reply that Mr. Reynolds refutes that Jim Fogltance graduated from the UA in 1967. I also have to wonder about the claim that Fogltance isn't a booster. In the eyes of the NCAA, there is no such thing as a "former booster": Once a booster, always a booster, according to bylaw 13.02.12.1. In NCAA terms, a booster is a "representative of the institution's athletics interests". If you have ever been a member of an organization promoting athletics, made any type of a donation, ever assisted in evaluating or recruiting, providing benefits, or promoting athletics in any other manner, you are a booster. Some might say that Fogltance's outrageous officiating in the Utah – Arizona game a few years back alone should qualify him. Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune talked about that a little, and also said Fogltance is, "a Tucson citizen, an Arizona grad and, according to one source, a donor to the school's athletic department." You can read the article here.

Brian from Albany writes:
"Preach it Brother! But will anyone except the choir hear it?"

- I don't know. You can lead a horse to water, but can you get it to say Amen? Well, can you?? Seriously, I'm not sure, unfortunately, that anything will change -- but I sure wasn't the only crazy street preacher up in arms after the Arizona game. Enough voices come together, that's usually how things get done. Still, the very next week, there it was again. Beyond all reason, no flags were tossed when Jacquizz Rodgers was rodeo-tossed well after scoring a touchdown at UW in overtime. Sigh.

Sparky writes:
"You said it all. EXCEPT WHO IS GOING TO TAKE THE LEAD and ORGANIZE A DIRECT MEETING WITH THE TOP DECISION MAKERS or MAYBE EVEN THE PRESIDENTS OF THE SCHOOLS? There is not much more to say other than HOW DO WE GET THEM TO LISTEN! Do we have to sign a petition? what? I VOTE FOR YOU!"

- When the glorious revolution occurs and I take my rightful place as Supreme Iron Fisted Dictator of All I Survey, you will have a special place in my cabinet, friend. And not just Minister of All Caps Lock Development, either.

Jim writes:
Good article Chad . I thought the worst call or non-call that was reviewed was when the Arizona player caught the long pass, fell on the 1 yard and slid into the end zone for a touchdown. Amazing! I couldn't believe it. People might say well they would have scored anyway. Maybe. Maybe not. They might of fumbled or a pass might might be intercepted. You never know.

And Wayne writes:
"..totally agree with your assessment of the Arizona game and the replay reviews. Your explanation of the replay official being an Arizona alumni explains it all. The one play you didn't talk about was when the Arizona receiver caught the ball and bounced in from about the ½ yard line. The TV announcers were amazed that they gave them the TD."

- Good points. But in writing it, it just felt like the major points in the article had already been pretty well made. In other words, "Ahem. A, B, C, D, E. And as far as F goes – oh I don't think we also need an F, do we?"

David writes:
"Wow. This was powerful, and should be followed up by the athletic dept. I realize whiney fans should not have much if any "power", and the players and Coach Riley have stayed well away from the poor officiating of this game, but this is incredible, and extends Beaver fan feelings of "It does not matter, its just OSU". That attitude fronted by Verle Sorgen is incomprehensible, and has no place in any official capacity…."

- First it must be said that OSU was all over it before my piece was published – Oregon State officials had spoken to Pac-10 supervisor of officials Dave Cutaia, and Athletic Director Bob De Carolis was expected to take up the issue with the Pac-10 according to the Portland Tribune. As for Mr. Sorgen, I honestly wonder if the problem might be one of oral podiatry. I don't think that he lacks for intelligence, but he clearly has done his level best over the years to be as arrogant as humanly possible. It's a commitment to quality at all costs that the Pac-10 lacks. Excuses and eye-rolling have held more value than demanding excellence. At a certain point, the league officials have to realize this kind of attitude is detrimental to the growth they say they want -- at least, one would certainly hope so. And if not, I've got that whole Supreme Dictator thing I'm working on.

I'll be dipping back into the mailbag again on Thursday – come on back now, ya hear? And I wonder if I'll get email about the email... orangeattack@beaverfootball.com

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