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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

A Knight Quits!

I woke up this morning to today’s headline screaming that a Knight Quit. More precisely, “Bob Knight Calls it Quit.”

Bobby Knight is, of course, the greatest basketball coach in the history of the world! (Did I just write that?). You can’t argue wins and losses: 902 victories, three national titles, 32-0 Season at I.U., Olympic Gold, and an unforgettable chair throw.

I’m not sure that Bobby Knight would want to be a Knight of MSA. He doesn’t seem like much of a joiner. I don’t know if he “Drinks” and, even though I have seen evidence of a terrific sense of humor, I don’t think we can exactly call him “Merry.”

But, he is a brilliant “Thinker” and Knight, like all good Knights, is a fervent reader of biographies – especially of successful men and woman.

You can say a lot about Bobby Knight, but he is a winner. Do the means justify the ends? Should I hate the sin but love the sinner? Should I judge him for his actions?

The way I see it, I cannot, as a Knight of MSA, judge him – at least until I’ve walked a mile in his sneakers (Sneakers, now there’s a word you don’t see much anymore!).

So, a toast to the Knight of College Basketball. Whether you remember him fondly as you drink your pint, or curse him “good riddance” as you piss your ale, here’s remembering the legacy of Bobby Knight.

Sir Bowie of Greenbriar


  1. Yes, I never cared that much for his tactics, but you can't argue with the results. It appears that Fuedilism is still alive in our time because Bobby has passed the crown to his son, Pat. What about what the university thinks, or the AD? Piss on that. So Bobby! It is noble to love the sinner but hate the sin. And since he started as a Hoosier, I can't help to love him. I will miss making fun of him and listenting to his great sense on humor with reporters. He obvioiusly has more class and spirit than Bill the "Patriot"!

  2. Well, actually Knight started his head coaching career as a Knight: A Black Knight of Army, leading them to a 102-50 record from '65 to 71.

    And, here's something synergistic, Army is currently coached by former Knight assistant (I.U.) and University of Evansville (17 years, believe it or not) coach Jim Crews.

    And finally, speaking of Bill the "Patriot," this from a news report earlier in the week:

    GLENDALE, Ariz.— During media day Tuesday, New England Coach Bill Belichick discussed his relationship with other successful coaches, including his friend Bob Knight, the Texas Tech basketball coach. The two men met through Bill Parcells, Belichick’s former boss when the two won Super Bowl championships with the Giants in 1986 and 1990.

    Belichick said he and Knight often talk about coaching. The two men have each won three championships in their respective sports as head coaches.

    “It’s not specific to football or basketball,” Belichick said, “but more just how to be a coach.”

    Belichick said he and Knight have discussed how to handle players and prepare for big games, something the Patriots have gotten used to in the past seven seasons.

    “There’s nobody I have more respect for in the coaching fraternity than Coach Knight,” Belichick said. “He’s been very helpful.”

    "It's a small world, but I wouldn't want to paint it." -- Steven Wright

    Sir Bowie of Greenbriar