Reason #6,322 why I hate Twitter…
Yesterday, news broke that South Carolina quarterbacks coach GA Mangus had been arrested in Greenville on a charge of “public nuisance” after drunkenly urinating in a city street. He has been suspended indefinitely by Steve Spurrier. Mangus, of course, is viewed as the “mentor” to Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia, who has also had a number of alcohol-related incidents over the years.
The reaction came quickly on Twitter. Even Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd piped up via his keyboard:
“Like coach, like QB, shaking my head.”
Pretty judgmental for a 20-year-old rival quarterback.
Boyd has now given this writer someone to pull against this fall. Every interception he tosses and every fumble he loses, I’ll be chuckling to myself that the popper-offer might be better at tossing barbs than he is at tossing touchdowns.
Last season, as a freshman, Boyd completed 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. And those kind of numbers give him the confidence to mock the personal troubles of another program’s quarterback and coach… a coach who has just done serious damage to his career?
If not for Twitter — and coaches stupidly continuing to allow their players to use the medium — I would have never known that Boyd had such a self-righteous attitude.
Well, he’d better hope he doesn’t step out of line during his next three years on Clemson’s campus, lest it be his rear that’s roasted in the Twittersphere.
As someone 20 years older than Boyd, I know that when I call someone out for a moral failing, it could be my flaw that someone else is mocking the next time around. (Which is why you don’t see this site get too judgmental over moral issues.)
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July 27th, 2011 11:41 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: QB, Stephen Garcia, Steve Spurrier, Tajh Boyd
Reason #6,322 why I hate Twitter…
Mangus is a role model, public figure, and put himself out to be criticized. What wrong did Boyd do by "calling it like WE ALL see it"?
You called out Garcia and Magnus' relationship and their commonality in drinking:
"Mangus, of course, is viewed as the “mentor” to Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia, who has also had a number of alcohol-related incidents over the years." -- You get off clean but Boyd is wrong?
Like other's have said, there's much worse out there. And as for Boyd "criticizing an adult"...adult or not, wrong is wrong...call it like you see it.
You think that was a calling out of Mangus? Talk about reading into things. That was a statement of fact. Mangus IS viewed as Garcia's mentor and -- as I said yesterday -- plenty of people would make "apple doesn't fall far from the tree" jokes.
And Boyd doesn't call it like WE ALL see it. I think Mangus made a mistake and feel bad for him. We haven't called for his head. We don't believe he's beyond redemption on this one. We're guessing that most of the people calling for blood have done just as bad or worse. And we think it's up to USC to decide his fate... not us.
I love your last line though. Boyd should call it as he sees it with Mangus. (But I should not call it as I see it with Boyd.)
So in your judgment a youth making a mildly-critical statement is worse than public drunkenness and urination by an adult, a role-model no less?
Who's being judgmental now?
What is the name given to those who criticize what they themselves do?
And your one to criticize someone else for judging someone without knowing them by calling Tahj "self righteous" when you have never even met him or had a conversation with him. He is one of the hardest workers on Clemson's team and a damn good person. This coach messed up. When and if Tajh ever messes up like Garcia or this clown then go after him, but until then, get a life. Im sure there are more newsworthy tweets and events taking place than this. I have lost all respect for this joke of a website.
ROLL TIDE ROLL
Just want to get this straight...
I post my feelings that I find it very troubling that a college quarterback at one school takes to Twitter to criticize an adult at another school -- an adult who may have just really messed up his life and the lives of his family. You believe I'm so far off base that I need to "take a long hard look" at my life and my job.
Then you say you've "lost all respect for this joke of a website."
Hmmm. Seems you're the one that's over-reacting. As we've stated about 200 times today, we're not big on people being overly critical of moral failings like drinking and carousing and lying. Had Mangus punched a guy, gotten a DUI, or knocked over a liquor store... then Boyd could pop off all he likes. But to jump on a guy for having one too many? THAT is self-righteous. 'Cause I'm guessing at some point in his life, Boyd will do something that other people find to be stupid or offensive.
Also, if this one opinion piece -- on a site devoted to opinion pieces -- has caused you to lose all respect for this site, well, be sure not to let the door hit ya on the way out.
Life's too short.
When replying to posters, "Never go full retard". Calm down people, I'm joking. I love the site for all that it offers. I love even more the comment section because they are always entertaining. John, your quick wit responses reminds me of my favorite quote movies. Tombstone. Its like you respond with Doc Holiday's lines "I'm your huckleberry, Say when!, Why Johnny Ringo, You're no daisy at all."
Keep up the good work. And yes i am one of the many posters that believe that John is out to get my school (Tenn), joke!
Please look at half of the tweets student althletes are posting these days, ACC or SEC, and ff you honestly get upset over this one enough to write an article about it you need to take a long hard look at your life and your job. Ever seen Will Hill's twitter account from Florida? "Blowin on that sour wit mommy in the passenger givin me head." This was one of the nicer things said by a student athlete on twitter, and specifically one of the nicer things said about Garcia / Mangus through social networking yesterday. What do you expect people to do when news like this breaks? Especialy from a Rival School. Also, Garcia could never say anything like this about any other student athlete for that matter, given his track record. It would be more humorous than this website if he did. I think most people agree with what was tweeted and I think this is one of the dumber articles I have ever read.
John love your site, but think you are being a sourpus on this one.
Kid was just having fun, i follow a lot of players and many of them post much much worse and it goes uncovered.
Trust me, I know that these guys post all kinds of stuff that they shouldn't. But a man might have just cost himself his career... which would certainly have an impact on his family. For the quarterback of a rival school to take a dig at an adult like that, sorry, that rubs me the wrong way.
Not disagreeing that I'm probably a sourpuss, however.
Thanks for reading,
You being 20 years older than the Clemson quarterback and calling him out/pulling against him makes you so much better...just like me calling you out for calling him out. It's all about readers, but you could at least follow your own advice...just saying.
But I stand by what I wrote. We at MrSEC.com don't tend to call people out for drinking too much or carousing or lying. Because a LOT of people do those things (not saying it's right, just saying we don't throw stones in glass houses).
I also think it's pretty amazing for a QB at one school to call out publicly an adult from another school -- who's just damaged his career -- and another player from that school who was not even involved in the adult's trouble.
If you want the players on your team to behave like that, fine and dandy. But I wouldn't want that if I were you.
Thanks for reading. And tell Dad hello.
#1. Don't question an individual's intelligence when you misspell words in your post. Moron.
#2. I never said anything about the coach's actions being okay.
#3. Tajh will be owned by the cocks (long and hard) in November. Don't you worry your sweet, little self to death over that.
Now, go back to your house. I say that because we all know you're a Clemson fan and are at a public library in Pickens (the libraries with the coloring books).
Yeah- I'm sure it only took that comment for you to be a hater...moron, you're SEC...! Let me guess, your a Gamecock fan(and emaphasis on cock)? All Tajh did was to make a comment and a pretty fair one at that. Get real, the coach made a terrible mistake by drunkenly urinating in public...really? That makes a good role model for these young players, huh? And all you can say is that Tajh is the judgemental one...! Pretty funny!
"Moron." Pretty impressive, since you've never met me.
"You're SEC." Uh, yeah. And that's hasn't stopped us over the years from talking about the league's cheating, the league's in-fighting, the league's academic standards and on and on. Tajh Boyd could play at Georgia and we'd have said the same thing.
"Your a Gamecock fan." Nope. Not a fan of any SEC team. I've pulled for and against every one of them depending on the game and the circumstances. Usually pull for underdogs, but not always. And that should be "You're" as in "You are." Typing a jillion stories a day, we sometimes make typos, too, so we'll give you a pass on that one.
I could go on but it's clear you're either 15-years-old or have the intelligence level of a 15-year-old.
If the roles were reversed and Garcia had commented on Boyd, you'd be outraged... yet we'd be making the same point about Garcia.
Go look at Jim Kelly's nephew and Clemson QB commitment's Twitter page if you want to see what a delusional, spoiled kid likes to say. He's opened the doors up to a "whoopin'" from USC come three years from now - provided he is actually starting by his RS-Sophomore season.