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Derek Dooley compares own team to WWII Germany

Posted on: October 25, 2010 4:37 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

If there's one maxim about making comparisons and analogies, it's this: Don't mention the Nazis. Unless the subject directly involves the deaths of tens of millions of people, just leave World War II out of this. And since this is a blog about college football, well, it's pretty safe to say any references would be wildly inappropriate.

With that, here's Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley comparing his team to Germany's army during D-Day or something:

Right now we're like the Germans in World War II. Here comes the boats, they're coming. You have the binoculars, and it's like, 'Oh, my God, the invasion is coming.' That's what they did, they were in the bunkers. It's coming, they call Rommel -- they can't find Rommel. (Pretending to speak into a radio.) 'What do we do? I'm not doing anything until I get orders.' (Pretends to look through binoculars.) 'Have you gotten Rommel yet?'"

"All right, and the Americans were the exact opposite. We hit the beach, and we were on the wrong spot. 'What do we do? I don't know, but these guys are firing and we better hide over there and blow some stuff up to get up there.' They weren't looking for (help). That's where we've got to make that transition."

Now, here's the thing: in a vacuum, there isn't anything immediately wrong with what Dooley said. Yes, his grasp of the historical details is dubious, but Dooley acknowledges that himself shortly thereafter. More to the point, it's not as if he was in any way endorsing any aspect of Nazism whatsoever, of course, nor even addressing the atrocities that preceded and necessitated that American invasion.

But we're not in a vacuum, and there are likely tens of millions of Americans who would prefer not to be reminded of World War II and everything about it when they're just trying to enjoy football. That goes for plenty of other wars, for that matter, and there isn't much need to rehash the awful casualties of those. World War II, however, just happens to be predicated upon one of the most profane displays of inhumanity in the history of the world. It's probably not asking a lot for football coaches to just avoid references to it from here on out.

Here's video of the comments, via Dr. Saturday:


Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2010 9:00 am

Adam Jacobi is a ...

Adam Jacobi is a pussified idiot with no grasp of history or the significance of sporting metaphors. Pass it on.

Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 26, 2010 11:03 am

Derek Dooley compares own team to WWII Germany

And this type of journalism, commentary, or whatever you want to call it, is supported by CBS? That is pretty sorry.

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 10:02 am

Derek Dooley compares own team to WWII Germany

Well now, Adam Jacobi (whoever the hell he is) certainly got her PC panties all in a twist over this one. I'll bet he's never come within sniffing distance of a recruiting center, much less served time in the military. As a veteran, I say that Coach Dooley's analogy was perfectly OK. Don't bite off more than you can chew, Adam. You don't know jack squat about what military folks think. Yeah, let's just all forget about the atrocities of WWII. Nothing like that could ever happen again, especially if we all close our eyes and pretend it never happened.

Since: Dec 4, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:31 pm

Derek Dooley compares own team to WWII Germany

Thats Classic. He did it in a lighthearted way to point out some issues with his team. I cant believe anyone would be offended by this: As a coach, if he wants to say  his players are not reacting to the situations, its his right.
His analagy was historically accurate.
whats the big deal?

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:48 pm

Derek Dooley compares own team to WWII Germany

Ridiculous.  World War II was a big deal.  It happened.  60 years on analogies to the war that don't at all deal with Hitler are perfectly fine.  In fact to say that German atrocities are what necessitated the American invasion is a fairly shallow reading of history unless by that you mean the beligerence of the Nazis to adjacent countries.  We didn't invade because we were pissed at the Gestapo, as much as that would have been a deserving cause.

Also, I would be inclined to compliment Dooley on his fairly sophisticated grasp of history.  The details aren't perfect, but it is true that the German strategic communications following the landings were a total disaster and their inability to make decisions and react quickly by local commanders made the landings relatively easy compared to what could have been.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:35 pm

Derek Dooley compares own team to WWII Germany

Amen brother.  Pussification of the United States is underway.

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2010 8:07 pm

Derek Dooley compares own team to WWII Germany

You can make a big deal out of it, if you want. But if you actually watch him say his comments, it's actually a fair analogy.

Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2010 7:24 pm

Derek Dooley compares own team to WWII Germany

When did we become a country of such thinned skinned woosy's.  Whats wrong with what he said?  If you don't like it - don't listen.

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