Why a Fire Gary Kubiak Rally is a Bad Idea
Seems like a lot of folks are down right pissed at Gary Kubiak these days. Texans owner Bob McNair doesn't appear to be among them, but our latest Death Watch has the poor guy on his last legs here and fans on sports talk shows are calling for his head.
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for the St. Pius alum, here comes the Fire Gary Kubiak rally planned for Sunday at Reliant Stadium before the Texans final game of the year against Jacksonville. It managed to grab national headlines even though the organizer, Brad White, has said he won't participate due to "unrelenting hate mail and threats.".
Listen, Brad, we need to talk.
Rallies always seem like a good idea until the planning begins. If it is done well and is extensively organized with massive support from die-hard fans, the result is something akin to Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally or Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity." Without those things, chances are your participants will include three drunk guys with misspelled signs and a homeless dude who grabbed your bullhorn and started shouting, "The end is near!"
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Houston football has a bit of history with rallies, both good and bad. In 1978, after being blown out by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC title game, 50,000 fans gathered at the Astrodome in support of the Houston Oilers singing the God-awful "Luv Ya Blue." The next year, after nearly the identical outcome to the season, 70,000 fans showed up in support of the team. Those were the days.
On the other end of the spectrum, there was the Save the Oilers rally. Planned on the steps of city hall after the team announced they would be moving to Nashville due to lack of support from the city and county for a new retractable roof stadium (sound familiar?) people laughingly called the "Bud Dome" in mocking honor of owner Bud Adams, fewer than 50 fans showed up and video of the paltry crowd shown on ESPN made Houston sports fans look like idiots.
Organizing fans, especially for the purpose of getting someone fired, is not only tricky but kind of morally questionable no matter what you think of Kubiak. But we don't question the rally on those grounds. It's every fan's right to act like a complete jackass if he so chooses. We think the whole thing is a mistake because it makes the assumption that fans are qualified to be involved in these kinds of important decisions. Football fans in Houston once demanded that Bucky Richardson be our starting quarterback. Bucky freaking Richardson!
Sports fans often think they are smarter than the people calling the shots for pro franchises. In the case of the Clippers or the Raiders, they might be right, but every in every other situation, they are clueless and no one should want them making decisions.
To fans, when Mickey Mantle first joined the Yankees, he was a bum. They booed when the Rockets drafted Robert Horry instead of Harold Miner. They couldn't believe it when Larry Anderson was traded for some minor leaguer from Boston named Jeff Bagwell. At one time or another, they have called for the head of every hall of fame coach, player and owner.
Allowing them to decide the fate of a coach is like letting your crazy uncle who lives in the woods and has no running water take care of your newborn baby for a week.
Fans can be as pissed as they want but when they reach the point of delusions that the know more than the owner, general manager or coach, we think they should put down the bullhorn and back away...no matter how much we may agree with them.