I'm not going to break this baby down line by line. The blog/column is apparently about the fact that the Brewers have three fellas on their staff who have managerial experience -- Macha, Willie Randolph, and Sveumy. (Yosty!) As per usual, MikeHunt doesn't know if this is a good thing or a bad thing; on the one hand, he thinks it's probably beneficial for a team's staff to have a buttload of managerial experience, but on the other, he's concerned that a dynamic might emerge where the players are running to Sveum or Randolph if they don't like what the top dog is doing.
Anyway, for some reason, MikeHunt decided to toss in this nugget near the end of the piece:
Macha, Randolph and Sveum project success more than failure. They're smart baseball people who should make this work without resorting to the good cop/bad cop routine that define some coaching relationships.
It could have happened last season at Marquette, with Buzz Williams as the good cop when things got tense between Tom Crean and the star players. If that were the case, Williams deserves even more credit for how he has handled things this season. That's because sometimes the good cop gets walked on when he assumes a position of authority.Couple things:
(1) Since when was this column about Marquette?
(2) Putting relevance aside ... what the fuck are you saying? Did this happen last year? Have you heard rumors that players were going to Buzz when they had problems with Crean? Hell -- did players have problems with Crean?
Or, as I strongly suspect, are you saying: "I have no fucking clue if this happened or not, and I don't have any evidence to back it up either way, but lemme toss some wild speculation out there to support an argument that I'm not even sure I'm making?"
What's that you say? There is some evidence?
The right people usually figure it out. Apparently, Williams has. "I've been incredibly hard on this group of guys," he said recently.
Oh. So, in fact, the only evidence you've got -- a quote from Buzz -- indicates that Buzz wasn't playing Jeff to TC's Mutt last year.
But, hey, you know what they say -- never let facts get in the way of a good argument. (Unless you're not making an argument, and you're just doing everything you can to get to 600 words so you can mail this puppy in and fire up Redtube.)