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Chizik Says “Damn,” Writer Gasps

Kentucky’s John Calipari got into some hot water last week when he was captured on camera calling one of his players a “selfish mother…” shut yo mouth!

The use of the big daddy (or mommy as the case may be) of dirty words on television was offputting for some and I understood that.  What I didn’t understand was the outrage over Calipari cursing at his player.  Players have been cursed by coaches for generations.

Well now another SEC coach is being called out for his language.  And all he said was “damn.” 

At Auburn’s BCS championship celebration on Saturday, Gene Chizik tossed out the words “War Damn Eagle!”  Twice.  Clearly, Kevin Scarbinsky of The Birmingham News did not approve of Chizik’s or Calipari’s vulgarities:

“Take all those four-letter words and shove ‘em.  Off-camera.  Off-mike.  Off-air.  Where they belong.  You want to vent?  Fine.  Do it on your time, not in my face, and I’ll return the favor.

“There’s long been an attitude in sports that says, if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying.  Welcome to version 2.0, which is just as wrong.

“If you’re not cussing, you don’t care.”

Okay, so Scarbinsky — like many other folks, I’m sure — is offended by foul language.  Fine.  But our culture is changing and curse words are everywhere these days.  “Bleep My Dad Says” is already a show on CBS.  ABC recently bought a project called “Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23.”  Seriously.

Would that have happened 40 years ago?  “Tonight, It’s a deadly game of cat-and-mouse for Mannix!  Followed by ‘Don’t Trust The Bitch In Apartment 23!’”

It’s a new world.  But cursing isn’t at all new to SEC sporting events.  “War Damn Eagle” is so well-known as AU’s battle cry that it’s abbreviated WDE on websites across the interweb.  And the saying is actually part of Auburn’s “Bodda Getta” cheer which goes like this:

Wwwwwwaaaaaarrrrr Eagle!  Hey!

Two pence, four pence, six pence, a dollar,
All for Auburn, Stand up and Holler!

Bodda Getta Bodda Getta, Bodda Getta Bah!
Rah Rah Rah!
Sis Boom Bah!
Wegl, wegl!
War Damn Eagle!
Kick ‘em in the Butt, Big Blue!

Track ‘em, Tigers!
Just like Beagles!
Give ‘em Hell you War Damn Eagles!

Sis boom bah?  I’m guessing that one’s been around for a while.  And Auburn fans are not the only SEC supporters with a time-honored tradition of cursing publicly at athletic events.  Familiar with Alabama’s “Rammer Jammer” cheer?

Hey Tigers!
Hey Tigers!
Hey Tigers!
We just beat the Hell out of you!
Rammer Jammer, Yellowhammer, give ‘em Hell, Alabama!

Take a gander at Ole Miss’ famous “Hotty Toddy” cheer:

Are you ready?
Hell, yeah!  Damn Right!
Hotty Toddy, Gosh Almighty
Who the Hell are we, Hey!
Flim Flam, Bim Bam
Ole Miss by Damn!

Look, should a coach drop an F-bomb in the middle of a press conference?  No.  But if he’s caught launching one at a player in the middle of a game, I’ve got no complaints.  And if he’s firing up the fanbase with a stump speech at a pep rally, I see nothing wrong with that either.

Maybe I’ve listened to too many George Carlin routines, but I agree with the late, great comedian who insisted that there are bad thoughts and bad intentions in this world… but there are no bad woooooords.

So why don’t we spend more time worrying about folks’ bad thoughts and bad intentions and less time worrying about bad words?

Now flim flam bim bam get back to work by damn!

(Useless Sidenote — Many people use “Mike” when they don’t want to use the full word “microphone.”  But shouldn’t that be “mic” instead of Mike?  It is in the TV industry.)

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