Long time ago in college, I learned about this rhetorical device call Inoculation. Basically, a speaker would use this technique to inoculate himself from some sort of criticism by giving his audience a weak version of the criticism. Today, Mike Francesa came out today using that technique to defend UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. He started off by using the excuse that everyone is basically corrupt in college sports. But then he began to inoculate us against any criticism by bringing up the idiocy of the rules. "They should be allowed to make as many phone calls as they want. Who cares?" and "UConn made 15,000 calls on the record! Obviously they weren't too concerned about the phone calls." Also, he used the 'Everyboy's doing it defense' which confirms that he is immature in many ways.
This screed by Mike was obviously a pre-emptive strike to ward off endless calls into the show today about Mike's relationship with Jim Calhoun. He rambled on about you can't fix the system and you can't police everyone. Mike apparently regards these accusations as trivial. "We go through this song and dance every year," Mike said. Of course, there is hypocrisy to the system, Mike. But the song and dance is part of checks and balances. If there were no investigations, then the current system would spiral out of control. That has already happened in the past. So sorry if this indiscretion ruined your love-in with Coach Calhoun but the rules are there for a reason. You can't just dismiss them because one of your guests is the target.
Here was First Time, Long Time's Take on the open:
Mike opened the show going on a tirade against the "establishment" that questions NCAA recruiting violations. Francesa is incensed at these people that get all up in arms over these moralistic qualms with the current system. While he admitted that the "NCAA is a joke" he then completely diminised that statement by saying "it's the only system we have." Essentially, Mikey is annoyed that once a year these people come out of the woodworks and cry foul at some little violation. Mike would prefer in the words of one Colonel Nathan Jessep that these people just said "thank you and went on their way." Otherwise, they better pick up an NCAA rules book and stand guard. But if you read between the lines here, Mike is just upset that people are going after his buddy Jim Calhoun. Francesa always comes to the defense of his allies. And he seems to be taking on the world right now. He is channelling Jessep. It's almost like he just wants to say to all those people investigating Calhoun "What I want is for you to stand there with your faggoty white notepads, and with your Connecticut School of Broadcasting mouths, extend me some fuckin' courtesty."
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