Devon O’Neil: Sad, but true " I’m gonna miss the General |

Devon O’Neil: Sad, but true " I’m gonna miss the General

Deveon O'Neil " My $0.02

Did you see what he did the other day ” the white-haired grandfather who walks the sidelines at Texas Tech?

First, during the game, he kicked the scorer’s table out of frustration after a foul call didn’t go his way. He did it with such panache that his shoe fell off.

Then, after the game ” a victory over UTEP that gave Bobby Knight 899 career coaching wins ” the 6-foot-4, 240-pound legend who is three years shy of 70, did something either outrageous or hilarious, depending upon your point of view.

He brought his 21-month-old grandson into the press conference with him, pacifier and all. As the little kid stared wide-eyed at a scene that must’ve looked like outer space, Knight went on to antagonize the media in typical fashion. He sarcastically praised his silent grandson for deflecting the reporters’ questions. Then he cursed a few inches from the child’s ear.

A reporter asked Knight whether the game would give his team momentum, and Knight snapped, “Who knows? I don’t know any of that stuff. You guys read fairy tales on all that bulls—.”

Maybe we should reject the guy for his outlandish ways. I know I would if I were one of the reporters he condescended to Saturday night. But something else comes to mind when I’m removed from it all. It’s entertaining. Not in a pathetic, reality-show kind of way, but a brutally honest, ode-to-the-old-days kind of way.

It’s why, as much as there is to hate in Bobby Knight as he conducts himself in modern America, at least a small part of me dreads the day he bids the spotlight adieu. …

Another intriguing week of NFL playoffs coming up. I, along with the rest of America, will take the Patriots to earn one over the Jags, 24-17; which means they’ll be playing the Colts the following week, after Indy dispatches San Diego 32-23.

In the NFC, Dallas makes it three wins in one season over Inconsistent Eli and my Giants, 36-21; and Seattle gets within a win of the Super Bowl, ending a memorable season for Favre and the Pack, 27-16. …

Bill Belichick was named the NFL Coach of the Year by the AP last week. Which is pretty much the pundits saying his Spygate actions, however long they were going on, didn’t influence the Patriots’ ability to win games.

Not sure if I agree with the principles at work there, but you do have to agree that New England was a special team without taping the other team’s signals. As such, you must conclude that the practice was greed, nothing more. …

A 34-year high school wrestling winning streak ended Saturday night in Florida. Brandon High had won every dual match since 1973, an almost inconceivable run of 459 consecutive wins. Oddly, the run met its maker during a tournament Brandon hosts: the Jim Graves “Beat the Streak” Tournament. …

When I asked Hermann Maier at the Birds of Prey World Cup stop last month whether he planned to retire after this season, his stodgy bodyguard/handler immediately stuck out his hand and sniped, “Next question.” But you have to think this is it for the Herminator. He’s 17th in the downhill standings, 18th in super G, 32nd in GS and 24th overall. Hardly numbers to satisfy such a proud Austrian. …

By the way, the Swiss alpine racers’ irrelevance is over. The once-proud nation had slipped in recent years on the World Cup, but it’s officially returned to legitimacy. In fact, the top two challengers to Benny Raich’s overall Cup lead are Swiss: Didier Cuche is second, 115 points back of Raich’s 640, and Daniel Albrecht has ridden a standout December week at Beaver Creek to third place overall, with 446 points. …

The Chicago Tribune reported the other day that Barry Bonds is on Oakland’s radar as a potential ticket attraction for next season. Forget the A’s ” if ANYONE signs Bonds to play next year, rational thought is taking a vacation. …

With regard to the now-retired tennis star Martina Hingis getting a 2-year ban for a positive cocaine test last year: Seriously, who snorts coke before a match at Wimbledon? …

In parting, next winter when they print up the Skiers’ Responsibility Code for all the visitors to memorize, would it be too much to ask them to include something on how a singles line works?

” Breckenridge resident Devon O’Neil’s My $0.02 column runs on Tuesdays. He can be reached at

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