It's now been about five days since the police report was released telling us all what Bobby Petrino was hoping to keep a secret -- that his unfortunate motorcycle accident a couple Sundays ago was not a mere solo act, but instead included a passenger.
And not just any passenger, but a tasty, blond 25-year-old subordinate named Jessica Dorrell, who is best known for two things: (1) playing volleyball at Arkansas a few years ago and (2) not being Bobby Petrino's wife.
As I've outlined in this space, revelations of what went on that Sunday evening have rocked and split the Arkansas faithful into two camps.
On the one hand, you have Razorback supporters who are rightly embarrassed (and probably not all that surprised) by their coach's actions and his attempted cover-up. These folks would like to see athletics director Jeff Long make a change, Petrino's 21-5 record over the last two seasons be damned.
And then on the other hand, you have these people:
Yes, over 200 cardinal-red-clad sheep turned out for a rally at The Gardens, a popular tailgating spot near Razorback Stadium, to squeal their support for their beleaguered head coach. The gathering was a big popcorn fart considering it was organized by the founders of a Facebook page entitled "Team Save Coach Petrino," a page that as of this entry has over 21,000 members, although the paltry 200
idiot Razorback fan turnout to the actual rally is said to be the result of three dynamics:
1. It's much easier and far less time-consuming to show your support by clicking "LIKE" on a Facebook page than it is to get in your
redneck pickup truck car and drive over to an actual event.
2. The 21,000 "friend" number actually includes literally thousands of
poor victims people who were added to the group without their consent.
3. Going to a rally in public would require showing your face at an event that essentially says, "Our millionaire adulterer head coach needs our help," which also is another way of saying, "I really have very little going on of any value in my life."
Still, this didn't stop some of the
pack of losers Razorback faithful from expressing their support for Petrino with some creatively spelled signs...
....or some convenient preaching on behalf of Jesus Christ himself....
The rally was organized by a guy named Matt Couch who made it clear that he wasn't condoning Petrino's flimsy interpretation of his marital vows, but was highly in favor of more Sugar Bowl appearances:
"We're not condoning it. I wouldn't ask him for marriage counseling," Couch said. "But at the same time we're supportive of him and want him to do well."
And that's basically what this rally boils down to --- Petrino wins football games. Make no mistake, if Petrino's record the last two years were 13-13 instead of 21-5, this same throng of 200 would be hanging mannequins dressed in Razorback coach's gear in effigy in the exact same location, the signs about Jesus would be about his smiting Petrino down, and the Facebook page would carry the title "TEAM FIRE COACH PETRINO."
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The only constant would be the misspelling. Stupid is stupid regardless of how conveniently forgiving you may be.
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