I'm a native of Maplewood, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul. It was there that I was inflicted with the curse of being a Minnesota Vikings fan. There is still no known cure, though many times I wish there was. I'm also an avid follower of the Minnesota Twins and of course, the Iowa State Cyclones.
After further review, I’m going to fall into line with the rest of the world and agree that Iowa State got totally hosed by the officials last night against Texas. However, I’m not going to fall in line with the ISU fans who think that call, and that call alone, cost the Cyclones the game. Iowa State made good many mistakes (pass interference, anyone?) and blew too many opportunities (a lost fumble, a missed interception) to take it all out on the refs. Rhoads admitted as much during he interview on the Dan Patrick radio show.
That being said, I don’t blame Paul Rhoads one bit for going off in his post-game press conference last night. He’s a passionate guy who was caught up in the heat of the moment, stood up for his team in the face of an egregious call and never truly lost control. I’m convinced Rhoads used the words he wanted to say. Not that this was premeditated but the guy knows what he’s doing.
Judging by the response from ISU fans and national media outlets, Rhoads’ blowup won’t hurt his reputation one bit. In fact, it seem he’s enhanced it. When some other coaches lose their minds, it comes off as embarrassing. When Rhoads does it, it becomes endearing. That’s quite a feat.
By the way, the Big 12 has made it clear they and their officials are the only people who didn’t see what everyone else saw. Sigh.