Wednesday, June 6, 2007

A D-Bag Goes To The D-League

Well, looks like Quin really landed on his feet after that Mizzou debacle, eh?

As mentioned in my profile, I have a irrational hatred for Quin Snyder. He's just one of those guys that people hate just by looking at them. My dad hated a Northern New York weatherman named Tom Messner, a friend of mine has a similar loathing for Andy Garcia and a friend of mine's dad hates Alan Thicke (no word on how he feels about Thicke's falsetto singing son). To be honest, if you asked my why I feel so strongly about him, I could not possibly explain it. I will tell you, however, that while I can't explain it, I sure can feel it, and the sensation of hatred is palpable and real (as few know, the original name for this blog was "Can't Stand Quin Snyder," and that was during a period of time where Quin was neither seen nor heard, unless were around a meth lab or high school party near Mercer Island, Washington). Anyhoo, it was announced today that our friend Quin did what other former disgraced college coaches have done before him (see Jim Harrick), he signed with the D-League's Austin Toros. It is gonna be just too sweet knowing that Quin will be taking the Team van to Motel 6's in rockin towns like Fort Wayne, Bismarck and Albuquerque. I will really enjoy this while it lasts. But what I find most ironic about the situation is that Quin, a disgraced coach who broke several rules while in the college game, is joining a team with a bit of a scandalous past itself:
The mascot, known as Da Bull, prematurely ran onto the court and hung from the rim with .4 seconds remaining, apparently to punctuate center Loren Woods' breakaway dunk that gave the Toros a four-point lead over Colorado.

While hanging from the rim, the Toros detailed in a news release Thursday, Da Bull collided with a Colorado player. At the point of contact, the mascot's head, to his horror, fell to the floor.

The Toros were assessed a technical foul. The 14ers' Von Wafer made the free throw, but Rick Rickert missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the score as time expired.

"I was hanging there in celebration," Da Bull said. "I didn't see the ball in play."

Da Bull was suspended for two games and assigned by the team to 50 hours of community service. A replacement mascot will perform in his absence; Da Bull is expected to return to duty Feb. 2 when the Toros play the Bakersfield Jam.
Unfortunately for Quin, Mizzou wasn't so understanding. But it got me thinking that maybe there was more to this hiring than just using Quin's tremendous marketing cache. Maybe this team wants to emulate the fiery "no holds barred" style of "Da Bull" and hired Quin as an extension of this new attitude. Da Bull and Quin seem to have a lot in common. Given that this seems like more than a coincidence, I thought it might be interesting to compare the two. Well fortunately, the Toros have a "Da Bull Bio" on their site. So how closely does Quin compare to Da Bull?

Da Bull: Height: 6-2
Quin: Height: 6-3

Da Bull: Shoe Size: 13
Quin: Shoe Size: 7

Da Bull: Favorite Color: Toros Blue and Red
Quin: Favorite Color: Powder White

Da Bull: Favorite Foods: ALL
Quin: Favorite Foods: Chicken and Cock Sandwich, hold the chicken

Da Bull: Favorite Book: How To Be the Best Mascot In The Game
Quin: Favorite Book: The Secret

Da Bull: Favorite Music: Hip Hop
Quin: Favorite Music: Genesis after '78

Da Bull: Favorite Hangout: The Austin Convention Center otherwise known as “Da Bull Pen”
Quin: Favorite Hangout: Parking lots of high school dances and the cold medicine sections of CVS

Da Bull: Favorite Actress: Sandra Bullock (She lives in Austin too!)
Quin: Favorite Actress: RuPaul

Da Bull: Role Model: San Antonio Spurs Coyote
Quin: Role Model: Caligula

Da Bull: Attitude towards life: Da Bull loves to create excitement. He is 100% pure energy. He likes to pass this energy to everyone around him.
Quin: Attitude towards life: Fuck it, they'll never find out...

Da Bull: Response to audience: Da Bull loves people, especially children!
Quin: Response to audience: "Tell 'chesty' in section 12, row 3, that I'm in room 102 at the Super 8 right off I-40 next to the Waffle House. And tell her I'll make it rain if she makes it snow."

Da Bull: Pet Peeves: When people pull on DA BULL’S TAIL!!!!
Quin: Pet Peeves: Narcs

Da Bull: Hobbies: Da Bull loves to play games and be active and he also loves cars
Quin: Hobbies: Needlepoint

Best of luck Quin.

No comments: