Time and Place

I had a great feeling about Stanford last night giving the 4 points to Virginia Tech, but I didn’t think it would be that messy for the Hokies.  40-12?  Damn.  What was my favorite part of the game besides pocketing some cash at the expense of Marcus Vick’s alma mater?  Was it Stanford’s Andrew Luck slinging the ball all over the field, picking apart the VTech defense?  A pleasure to watch, but no.  Was it Stanford’s creative sense of humor by out-rushing Virginia Tech 247-66? LOL close, but no.  It wasn’t even Luck’s interview after the game: speaking so proper, nervously blinking uncontrollably, and reminding me of the kid from ‘Leave it to Beaver’.  My favorite part of the game came after the horn went off, and the microphones got turned on.  As we all know Stanford coach Jim Harbough and quarterback Andrew Luck are both rumored to be making the jump to the pro’s.   In the heat of the moment after winning the Orange Bowl, an ESPN reporter (Michelle Tafoya) on the field immediately asked Luck if he was leaving college.  Luck said he needed to talk to his parents and he would make a decision in the coming weeks.  When officials called the team up on the podium 30 seconds later to accept the trophy, and Luck accepted it, he was again asked by an ESPN employee if he was staying at Stanford.  As if Luck changed his mind in the 30 seconds from one interview to the next, but Luck responded politely and repeated the words that had just rolled off his tongue.  Jim Harbough on the other hand had the right idea.  Tafoya grabbed coach Harbough seconds after the game and was surely going to get around to asking ‘The Question’, but good ol’ Jimbo didn’t even give her the chance!  He waved another player over, ignored her question, and said “the credit goes to our players” and proceeded to, literally, run away.  The look on the face of Tafoya was as if she was just kicked in her Uterus.  On the podium accepting the trophy, like Luck, Harbough was asked again about his future.  His response was “respect the game”, as in the one that was just played, as in the  very reason he’s up on the podium in the first place.  Directly after the ceremony in the press conference, some cheesy reporter asked the same damn question!  This time Harbough was a little more irritated, and said things like “give me a break” and “respect these players”.  Thank god.  Don’t you think we all want to know where he’ll be next season?  Do these reporters think for even one millisecond that in the moments after the Orange Bowl Jim Harbough is going to announce his decision?  That it will be their question that breaks the story?  What are you expecting him to say?  “Hell yea guy I’m glad you asked, I want to coach the 49ers! If they’re booked up I wanna take a shot in Denver, but I hate the cold.”   I heard Colin Cowherd saying on his show how he respects the reporter for asking the tough question.  I couldn’t disagree more.  These guys have to use discretion.  Take into consideration he just won the biggest game of his career.  Consider that he’s just been asked the same question 3 times in the last 90 seconds.  Why would the fourth question get a different response?  Sure, media is a competitive business, so set yourself apart!  Props to Harbough for making the win about the team who won.

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9 Responses to Time and Place

  1. Chris Ross says:

    Great post. The orange bowl solidified to an even greater extent the value that Andrew Luck holds should he enter the draft this year. Him and Harbaugh have been ducking a lot of questions and it should be interesting to see if he follows in the footsteps of other guys who were in a similar position that he is in now. In other words Matt Leinart and Jake Locker who both lost their status as #1 overall after staying another year in college instead of going out into the draft. Also, he doesn’t want to play for Carolina apparently but what do you expect if you wanna be #1 right. Also, you think you could check out my blog cuz I really wanna hear what you have to say. http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/2011/01/04/make-the-right-decision-andrew-luck/

  2. ByesLine says:

    I can see why you would say ‘hey if they cant handle it’ because these guys put themselves in these “glory” positions, they should have to play by those same rules when it doesnt favor them…but as a reporter, you have to be aware of the fact that you wont get a answer. If you know that you wont get a answer, why ask the question? He was asked like 4 times!

  3. hot rod says:

    Hey, if they can’t stand the heat. Any question is fair game, except ones about personal life.

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