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04/25/2014

How the University of Texas became Office Space

Hi-res-6683522_display_imageMaybe he did it because he felt sorry, or maybe Texas linebacker Steve Edmond was told to be sorry, either way there was no need for an apology.

 

This is, however, 2014 and, much like in Office Space, Michael Bolton has to do what Bill Lumbergh says.

In our need to "respect" everyone, we continue to lose ourselves and be comfortable in the reality that not everyone is going to, or even should, like everyone. Especially when it comes to football, or sports.

After the Texas' spring game, Edmond went on anti-Baylor rant.

He was quoted as saying: ""I really don't like Baylor. I still feel they're trash.Y'all think it's funny, but I'm dead serious. They've had some good players. But I don't understand how we lost to Baylor."

And this winner: "They won (the Big 12), so what? They still suck to me."

YES! Candor. Honesty. Sports hate. Brilliance. Edmond made those comments on April 19. He issued the apology five days later. Why?

His statement: "I need to apologize for what I said about the Baylor program last week. I respect them for everything they've accomplished. I've been so frustrated over not being able to play in last year's game and our loss to them that I let all that anger build up and get the best of me. I won't let that happen again."

A790736549e-bossYes, by all means let us continue to lie to everyone and act like bitter rivals are best friends.
Do not fool yourselves into believing Edmond is alone in these thoughts; he and his teammates have likely exchanged such words hundreds of times, no different than in the locker rooms at TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, etc.

Office Space mocks a world where, in the name of reaching 5 p.m., co-workers must act like they like each other in order to be productive, or create the illusion of productivity.

This is football, and sports, where it should be OK not to like your opponent.
But this is 2014, and now faking to be friends is as necessary in football as it is in Office Space.

 

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Comments

Davidmar

We're going to need to talk about your TPS reports.

Rob Tentoy

And I said, I don't care if they cut me either, because I told, I told Coach Strong that Baylor sucks and if they don't believe me, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Commissioner Bob too, because Baylor thinks they are so great, and Baylor always sucked, and we always beat them, and they were losers, but then, they switched from the sucking to not sucking as much, but I think they still suck because they lost their bowl game, and I kept saying they sucked and it's not okay because if they don't keep sucking then I'll set the building on fire...

Daniel

I think it used to be called "good sportsmanship" Instead of the "freedom" to hate, but whatever. Edmond just joined you and others who have publicly espoused hate tired of Baylor's success.
Enjoy.

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